Netflix ‘Bridgerton’ Saga

Netflix has revealed the cast for their new period set costume series BRIDGERTON that your trusted spy has informed you about earlier this

Phoebe Dynevor is Daphne Bridgerton, the picture-perfect young debutante has been waiting her entire life to make her grand debut on the marriage mart. Poised to be the season of 1813’s forthcoming Incomparable, Daphne’s set to take the town by storm – but not everything goes exactly as planned for this diamond of the first water, especially after she meets a certain Duke.

summer. The small screen adaptation of Julia Quinn‘s best selling series of historical romance novels, produced by Shondaland, will star Polly Walker, 

Rege Jean Page is Simon Basset. Having newly returned to London, the Duke of Hastings finds himself the primary topic of conversation amongst marriage minded misses and ambitious mamas alike. Yet, for reasons of his own, our devastating Duke has zero interest in his title, society, or taking a wife.

Phoebe Dynevor (whom we remember from BBC series Dickensian and The Village),  Regé Jean Page beside Jonathan Bailey, Golda Rosheuvel,

Polly Walker is Lady Portia Featherington, perhaps the most ambitious mama of all, determined to make advantageous matches for each of her daughters – and is forever pushing them on some rather disinterested parties. Cunning and ruthless, Lady Featherington hustles to get what she wants, no matter the cost.

Luke Newton, Claudia Jessie, Nicola Coughlan, Ruby Barker, Sabrina Bartlett, Ruth Gemmell and Adjoa Andoh! In the eight episode drama Julie 

Luke Newton will be dashin Colin Bridgerton, used to disarming his fellow society members with good natured jokes, though a serious sense of adventure lurks behind those swoon-worthy eyes. Colin takes a liking to the newest young lady in town — but it’s this infatuation that winds up giving him more than he may have bargained for.

Andrews will be Lady Whistledown, the narrator of the story. The series will shoot this year in London for 2020 airing at Netflix!

 

THE STORY OF BRIDGERTON IS
set in the sexy, lavish and competitive world of Regency London high society. From the glittering ballrooms of Mayfair to the aristocratic palaces of Park Lane and beyond, the series unveils a seductive, sumptuous world replete with

Jonathan Bailey will be Anthony Bridgerton, quintessential English nobleman, the eldest Bridgerton sibling and dutiful head of the family since assuming his late father’s title of Viscount. Endlessly handsome, charming and rich, he’s quite the catch on this year’s marriage mart. But if he has any hope of fulfilling his oftentimes overwhelming duty of marrying and producing an heir, Anthony must first learn to temper his pursuit of pleasure.

intricate rules and dramatic power struggles, where no one is truly ever on steady ground. At the heart of the show is the powerful Bridgerton family.

Golda Rosheuvel will be Queen Charlotte. The veritable tastemaker of London society, Queen Charlotte finds herself living for the sordid gossip that Lady Whistledown prints, though she’d swear she’s above such mundane musings. It’s only when the ton’s newest gossip writer takes aim at the palace that Queen Charlotte knows she must do something about it.

Comprised of eight close-knit siblings, this funny, witty, daring and clever group must navigate the upper ten thousand’s marriage mart in search of romance, adventure and love.

Barkskins Epic Saga

‘BARKSKINS’ EPIC SAGA ADS
ANEURIN BARNARD AND OTHERS

Barkskins follows a group of outcasts who must navigate the brutal hardships, competing interests, and tangled loyalties at the crossroads of civilization—1600s New France—where the war to escape their past and re-make themselves is cast against the vast and unforgiving wilds of North America.

Runtime: 60 minutes
Status: In Development
Show Type: Scripted
Genres: Drama
Created by: Elwood Reid
10 Episodes
Aneurin Barnard is the new Barkskins cast member

Casting additions have also been made for National Geographic‘s new period set series BARKSKINS based on Annie Proulx book. Aneurin Barnard, Thomas M. Wright and Tallulah Haddon have joined the series about a disparate group of outcasts who must navigate the brutal hardships, competing interests, and tangled loyalties at the crossroads of civilization, 1600s New France, where the war to escape their past and re-make themselves is cast against the vast and unforgiving wilds of North America.

IN BARK SKINS Aneurin Barnard will be Hamish Goames, a clean cut Hudson Bay Company man in search of his lost comrade and Thomas M. Wright will play Elisha Cooke, a cutthroat English barrel maker, who has schemed his way into New France, set on growing the crown’s stake in the region. Tallulah 

Thomas M. Wright is also in the cast

Krypton – Season 2

MEET THE CHARACTERS FROM THE 2ND SEASON OF KRYPTON SF SERIES SET ON SUPERMAN’S HOME PLANET WITH CAMERON CUFFE, SHAUN SIPOS, EMMETT SCANLAN

 

  ‘KRYPTON’ SF SERIES
SEASON 2 BEGINS NEXT MONTH!

Last summer, which was a deadly season for science fiction as SyFy had decided to cancel Dark Matter

Set two generations before the destruction of Superman’s home planet, Krypton follows Seg-El, the legendary Man of Steel’s grandfather—whose House of El was ostracized and shamed. With Krypton’s leadership in disarray, Seg-El encounters Earthly time-traveler Adam Strange who warns he’s under the clock to save his beloved world from chaos. Fighting to redeem his family’s honor and protect the ones he loves, Seg is also faced with a life and death conflict—save his home planet or let it be destroyed in order to restore the fate of his future grandson.
Network: United States Syfy (2018 – now)
Schedule: Wednesdays at 22:00 (60 min)
Status: Running; returning June 2019
Show Type: Scripted
Genres: Drama Action Science-Fiction
Episodes ordered: 10 episodes
Official site: www.syfy.com

 

Krypton returns June 12th on SyFy

and then later on Z Nation as well, saving only KRYPTON from their leading sf shows. That one is getting its second season next month. June 12th is the start date for the new season of the series that follows Superman’s grandfather back on their home planet.

SECOND SEASON
brings us back to a changed Kandor, locked in a battle over its freedom and its future. General Dru-Zod (Colin Salmon) is now in control. He’s on a ruthless mission to rebuild KRYPTON according to his ideals and to secure its future by conquering the universe. Seg-El (Cameron

The series was renewed while the first season was still airing!

Cuffe) has to unite a dispersed group of resisters in an effort to defeat Zod and restore hope to their beloved planet. He will first have to escape the

New season will have a rich gallery of nasty villains indeed!

Phanton Zone prison, where he’s been trapped with Brainiac (Blake Ritson) There is also the arrival of ultimate villain Doomsday and intergalactic bounty hunter, Lobo (Emmet J. Scanlan).

CAMERON CUFFE

is  the Man of Steel’s grandfather, Seg-El, who brings hope and equality to the planet of Krypton, turning a world in disarray into one worthy of giving birth to the greatest superhero ever known.

SHAUN SIPOS

is Adam Strange,  a world-weary, time-travelling human, who finds himself stranded on Krypton as the unlikely mentor to Seg-El. Adam will stop at nothing to ensure that the greatest hero who ever lived actually exists.

 AARON PIERRE

is Dev-Em! Bound to Lyta-Zod, Dev-Em is a Sagitari who has always relishedhis role as a protector of Kandor. He admires Jayna as the perfect template of a warrior, but he’s loved Lyta since childhood, and his jealousy of Seg could destroy everything.

WALLIS DAY

is Nyssa-Vex,  the youngest daughter of House Vex and brilliant lawmaker, she understands the city’s politics and is utterly at home within the establishment of Kandor’s ruling class. She’s adept in the art of political alliance, but it is Seg who will teach her about friendship when she betrays her family for the rebellion.

ANN OGBOMO

is Jayna-Zod,  the leader of Kandor’s Military guild and Lyta’s mother. She has dedicated her life to protecting the city from threats within and without. Shewants nothing more than to leave behind a legacy of ironclad duty. She did, however, have to betray the government and join the rebellion.

IAN MCELHINNEY

is Val-El, Seg’s grandfather and one of Krypton’s greatest scientists, he was instrumental in Krypton’s greatest era of scientific progress, before beingexecuted for treason. After a fourteen-year absence, he returns to become a pivotal player in defeating the threat against Krypton.

GEORGINA CAMPBELL

is Lyta-Zod. Torn between proving herself worthy of the Zod name and her innate desire to help and heal the people of Krypton, Lyta-Zod is fierce andcompassionate. Lyta’s journey of self-discovery means forging her own destiny in the face of what society dictates.

EMMETT SCANLAN
is Lobo, the crazy new villain, one of many, in the new season in which it seems all of the universe’s nastiest villains have their eye on Krypton!  His Lobo is the legendary galactic maniac, a ruthless bounty hunter who murdered his entire species!

Aladdin

  ZAYN’S A WHOLE NEW WORLD  IS HERE FROM DISNEY’S ALADDIN
Aladdin is ready to fly into cinemas May 24th

And here it is: the latest rendition of timeless classic A Whole New Worldset as the end title for Disney‘s live action ALADDIN which flies into theatres this month. It is performed by surprisingly good Zayn and awfully mismatched vocals from a singer called Zhavia Ward (I’ve never heard of her, but her singing sounds ghastly bad in the song, even offensively disrespectful to the genre, but that’s a millennial for you, sadly)! Beside new versions of the old songs, the soundtrack will have a new song as well. Will Smith and DJ Khaled will cover classic Oscar nominated song Friend Like Me. New song Speechless is performed by

The movie is a live action version of the animated hit

Princess Jasmine herself.

LIVE ACTIONALADDIN   
directed by Guy Ritchie, is written by John Augustand Ritchie based on Disney’s classic animated adventure. The film stars Will Smith as the larger than life Genie; Mena Massoud as the charming scoundrel Aladdin; Naomi Scott  as Jasmine, the beautiful, self determined princess; Marwan Kenzari as Jafar, the powerful sorcerer; Navid Negahban as the Sultan concerned with his daughter’s future; Nasim Pedrad as Dalia, Princess Jasmine’s free spirited best friend and confidante;

Mena Massoud is Aladdin in the live action remake

Billy Magnussen as the handsome and arrogant suitor Prince Anders; and Numan Acar as Hakim, Jafar’s right-hand man and captain of the palace guards. Read more in our spotlight on the movie!

 

Tolkien – Cinema May 10th

PREMIUM SPOTLIGHT ON TOLKIEN BIOPIC ON THE AUTHOR OF LEGENDARY LORD OF THE RINGS SAGA WITH NICHOLAS HOULT, LILY COLLINS, DEREK JACOBI

‘TOLKIEN’ EPIC BIOPIC
 DEPICTS A LIFE OF LOVE, COURAGE AND FELLOWSHIP
few months ago director Francis Lee found himself in a sort of a pickle when the family of famous fossil hunter Mary Anning refused to give any support to his film Ammonite in which she is played by Kate Winslet as the film portrays her as a lesbian and there are no real records or evidence that she ever was lesbian. Something similar is happening now to another biopic – TOLKIEN on the famous author of legendary Lord of the Rings saga. His family has also decided not to endorse the movie and hasn’t been a part of its production in any way. But then again, they did not give support to Peter Jackson‘s Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies either, but they did back the upcoming Amazon‘s TV series on the famous saga (for which they did get about $250 million for the rights – deservedly if I might say so). It seems that Fox movie studios did not even try to involve the family in the movie which depicts the early years in the extraordinary life of J.R.R. Tolkien which influenced his later writing. His son Christopher Tolkien said that the commercialization of his father’s work has reduced the aesthetic and philosophical impact of the creation to nothing! With or without the family’s support, Dome Karukoski‘s movie in which Nicholas Hoult plays famous storyteller is ready to hit theatres around the world next month.
Hoult previously played J.D. Salinger as well
Tolkien will hit cinemas worldwide May 10th

 

THE STORY OF TOLKIEN explores the formative years of the orphaned author as he finds friendship, love and artistic inspiration among a group of fellow outcasts at school. This takes him into the outbreak of World War I, which threatens to tear the “fellowship” apart. All of these experiences would inspire Tolkien to write his famous Middle-Earth novels. The movie also sees Lily Collins playing his wife, with Derek Jacobi, Patrick Gibson, Colm Meaney, Anthony Boyle also in the cast
Nicholas Hoult takes the role of the father of LOTR

 

 

All Is True US May 10th

‘ALL IS TRUE’

WHEN THE PLAY ENDS
This one already went through UK and US cinemas (in limited release in the pre-award season) but is getting a wider US release next month May 10th! ALL IS TRUE is Kenneth Branagh’s project which he not only directed but also plays the lead role together with other two legendary British thespians Judi Dench and Ian McKellen! Written by Ben Elton, the historical movie offers a look at the final days in the life of renowned playwright William Shakespeare.

 

The movie is out May 10th in limited US cinemas

SHAKESPEARE’S FINAL YEARS

This small scale movie is set  in the summer of 1613, when, just 14 years after it had been built, the Globe Theater burned to the ground due to errant sparks from a stage cannon during a performance of ALL IS TRUE, the original title of a play believed to have been written by Shakespeare and John Fletcher that a decade later was renamed Henry VIII. Evidently demoralized by the destruction of his theatre, the 49 year old playwright (Kenneth Branagh) retreated to rejoin his wife (Judi Dench) and two daughters, of whom he had seen very little for some 20 years. Pressing even harder on him are thoughts of his son Hamnet, whom he had scarcely known before his death at age 11 a decade earlier.
Sir Ian McKellen is Will’s patron and possibly love.
Judi Dench plays Will’s wife who was 8 years older than him.
Kenneth Branagh has directed five films based on Shakespeare!
JUDI DENCH AND IAN MCKELLEN
His illiterate wife Anne is played by Judi Dench! She resents his disruptive arrival after so long! Lydia Wilson plays Will’s daughter Susanna Hall

accused of being unfaithful to her husband John (Hadley Fraser). Kathryn Wilder plays Will’s unmarried younger daughter Judith, Hamnet’s twin sister who can’t even read and thinks her father wishes she died instead of her brother. Ian McKellen is dandy Earl of Southampton, the writer’s patron and maybe something more.

Interior scenes were shot using only candle light!

 

 

Fantasy Books coming to the screen

NEW FANTASY BOOK ADAPTATIONS: HUXLEY’S BRAVE NEW WORLD, JENN LYONS’ THE RUIN OF KINGS, ADAM SILVERA’S THEY BOTH DIE AT THE END TO BECOME TV SERIES

‘THE RUIN OF KINGS’ TO
BECOME EPIC FANTASY TV SERIES

A number of new fantasy books are getting adaptations, people! Annapurna TV will turn Jenn Lyons‘ THE RUIN OF KINGS into an epic fantasy

The Ruin of Kings was published this month

television series. It is the first book of her five part saga A Chorus of Dragons.

Set in a sprawling, magic filled world populated by gods, dragons, krakens, witches, demons, ghosts, shape shifters and zombies, THE RUIN OF KINGSfollows the story of Khirin, a young thief who discovers he may be the son of a prince and involved in a complex prophecy where he is more valuable alive than dead. Lyons, who worked as a graphic artist on video games before, has published this one just two weeks ago for Tor Books!
  ‘BRAVE NEW WORLD’
TO BECOME USA NETWORK SHOW

USA Network has taken over from SyFy the series adaptation of Aldous Huxley‘s seminal work BRAVE NEW WORLD set in a utopian society that has achieved peace and stability through the prohibition of monogamy,

Brave New World has been in work since 2015

privacy, money, family, and history itself. As citizens of New London, Bernard Marx and Lenina Crowne have only ever known a rigid social order, a perfect pharmaceutical called Soma, and a culture of instant gratification and ubiquitous sex. Curious to explore life beyond the strictures of their society, the two New Worlders embark on a vacation to the Savage Lands, where they become embroiled in a harrowing and violent rebellion. Bernard and Lenina are rescued by John the Savage, who escapes with them back to New London. John’s arrival in the New World soon threatens to disrupt its utopian harmony, leaving Bernard and Lenina to grapple with the repercussions.

‘THEY BOTH DIE AT THE END’
TO BECOME SF SHOW AT HBO
Silvera’s bestseller will become HBO series

Over at HBO they’ve decided to turn Adam Silvera‘s fantasy novel THEY BOTH DIE AT THE END into a half hour series produced byChris Kelly and J.J. Abrams. The story is set in the near future where everyone receives a bureaucratic phone call notifying them at the start of their last day on Earth! The series will follow a seemingly disparate group of people as they live their scary, funny, weird, hopeful, romantic, and unexpected final hours, all connected through the two gay teenage boys who are both looking to make a new friend on their End Day and will meet up for one last great adventure — to live a lifetime in a single day.