The White Crow March 22nd.

Here’s a stirring first trailer for the Ralph Fiennes-directed Rudolf Nureyev drama The White Crow, which Sony Pictures Classics will release in the U.S. later this year.

Starring are dancer Oleg Ivenko as Nureyev, Fiennes, Adele Exarchopoulos, Chulpan Khamatova, and revered ballet figure Sergei Polunin. The script comes from David Hare (The Reader).

The film charts the life of legendary dancer Rudolf Nureyev, from his poverty-stricken childhood in the Soviet city of Ufa, to blossom as a student dancer in Leningrad, to his escape from the KGB and defection to the West at the height of the Cold War.

Studiocanal releases in the UK on March 22.

Project Blue Book (series)

  ‘PROJECT BLUE BOOK’
STARTS NEXT MONTH AT HISTORY
 Arriving next month. From January 8that History Channel starts a new science fiction period set series PROJECT BLUE BOOK based on the true, top-secret investigations into Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) and related phenomena conducted by the United States Air Force from 1952 to 1969.

 

THE STORY OF THE SERIES
follows Dr. J. Allen Hynek (Aidan Gillen), a brilliant yet under-appreciated college professor, who is recruited by the U.S. Air Force to spearhead a clandestine operation called PROJECT BLUE BOOK. Along with his

Aidan Gillen and Michael Malarkey lead the cast

partner, the debonair Air Force Captain Michael Quinn (Michael Malarkey), he is summoned to investigate UFO sightings around the country and use science to discover what really happened. However, when some

The new series is based on true events

encounters cannot be explained away and cases remain open, Hynek begins to suspect that he has been duped by the government into a larger conspiracy to cover up the truth. Set against the backdrop of the Cold War and rising Atomic

Blue Book is executive produced by Robert Zemeckis

Era, each episode will draw from the actual PROJECT BLUE BOOK case files, blending UFO theories with authentic historical events from one of the most mysterious eras in US history.

The Falling 2014

BBC

At the centre of the fainting epidemic are intense and clever Lydia Lamont (Maisie Williams) and admired and rebellious Abbie Mortimer (Florence Pugh), both 16 years old. They carve their initials into a majestic English oak tree by a magical pond and vow never to lose touch. But Lydia already feels that Abbie is drifting away from her and soon her fears are confirmed. Struggling to find solace within the volatile, strange atmosphere of the school and her troubled home-life, Lydia feels driven to discover what is really behind everything that seems wrong. As the fainting escalates Lydia confronts the authority figures around her: her self-absorbed mother, Eileen (Maxine Peake), the unbending and indomitable deputy head Miss Mantel (Greta Scacchi), and the enigmatic and powerful headmistress Miss Alvaro (Monica Dolan). Eventually Lydia’s actions force old secrets to rise to the surface and she finds herself faced with a truth that she never expected.

 

The Grand Budapest Hotel

In the present day, a teenage girl approaches a statue in a courtyard. In her arms is a memoir by “The Author.” She begins reading about a trip he made to the Grand Budapest Hotel in the late 1960s. He discovered that the nearly deserted hotel, located in the Republic of Zubrowka, a nation ravaged by war and poverty, had fallen on hard times and become dilapidated. The Author meets Zero Moustafa, the hotel’s owner, who tells him over dinner the tale of how he took ownership of the Grand Budapest and why he is unwilling to close it down.

Moustafa’s story begins in 1932 during the final years of the hotel’s glory days. Zubrowka is on the verge of war but this is of little concern to M. Gustave, the Grand Budapest’s devoted concierge. When he is not attending to the needs of the hotel’s wealthy clientele, managing its staff or training the new lobby boy, Zero (a younger Moustafa), Gustave courts a series of aging, blonde women who all flock to the hotel to enjoy his “exceptional service.” One of these, Madame D, spends the night with Gustave prior to her departure.

A month later, he is informed that Madame D has died under mysterious circumstances. He and Zero race to her wake where he learns that she bequeathed him a valuable painting, Boy with Apple, in her will. This enrages her family, all of whom hoped to inherit it, especially her son, Dmitri Desgoffe-und-Taxis. Gustave and Zero take the painting and hide it in a safe at the Grand Budapest. Gustave is then arrested and framed for the murder of Madame D.

In prison, Gustave befriends a group of hardened cons who include him in their escape plan. With the aid of Zero’s new fiancée Agatha, the group escape the maximum security prison. They part ways and Gustave enlists Zero to prove his innocence. Their adventure takes them to a mountaintop monastery where they meet with Madame D’s butler Serge X, the only person who can provide Gustave with an alibi for the night of Madame D’s murder. However, Serge is murdered by J.G. Jopling, a henchman hired by Dmitri. Zero and Gustave steal a sled and chase Jopling as he flees the monastery. During a clash on the edge of a cliff, Zero kills the assassin and rescues his mentor.

Zero and Gustave return to the Hotel, which the military has commandeered as war has just broken out. They find that Dmitri has also appeared, chasing Agatha, who was entrusted with the painting. A chase and a gunfight ensue, and a different version of Madame D’s will is discovered hidden in the painting by Serge X, in which she bequeaths her entire fortune, including the Grand Budapest, to Gustave in the event that she should be murdered.

During a train trip, soldiers search Gustave’s carriage and he is killed while trying to protect Zero. A heartbroken Zero vows to continue his legacy at the Grand Budapest, but the ongoing conflict and the ravages of time take their toll. Agatha succumbs to a disease and dies a few years later.

Moustafa confesses to the Author that he cannot bring himself to close the hotel because it is his last link to his dearly departed wife. The Author later departs for South America and never returns to the hotel. The hotel is eventually demolished, though Moustafa’s ultimate fate is left unknown. Back in the present, the girl continues reading the author’s story about the Grand Budapest. 

The Crown – S3

JOSH O’CONNOR IS
PRINCE CHARLES IN ‘THE CROWN’ SEASON 3 AT NETFLIX

In a piece of news that might excite all of you devoted fans of God’s Own Country, last year’s best movie, its star Josh O’Connor is apparently going to play young Prince Charles in the third season of Netflix’ popular series THE CROWNThe Durrells star will play the prince in his early 20s in the season that will see most of the cast replaced with older actors since it will be covering the mid 1960s all the way to mid 70s! Olivia Colman will play older Queen Elizabeth II, Tobias Menzies will be her husband Prince Philip, while Helena Bonham Carter, who was in the run for the lead role herself, will play her sister Princess Margaret.  Jason Watkins is also joining the cast as British Labour Prime

Josh O’Connor will play the future king

A Very English Scandal 2018

It is the late 1960s, homosexuality has only just been decriminalised and Jeremy Thorpe, the leader of the Liberal party and the youngest leader of any British political party in a hundred years, has a secret he’s desperate to hide. As long as his ex-lover Norman Scott is around, Thorpe’s brilliant career is at risk. Thorpe schemes and deceives – until he can see only one way to silence Scott for good. The trial of Jeremy Thorpe changed society forever, illuminating the darkest secrets of the Establishment. The Thorpe affair revealed such breath-taking deceit and corruption that, at the time, hardly anyone dared believe it could be true.

3 Episodes  BBC One