If you like westerns, this is an interesting story. Catch Russell Crowe still at the top of his best years.
Russell Crowe plays a desperado whose accomplices stage an ambush after he is taken into custody by a determined local sheriff in this remake of the 1957 film starring Glenn Ford and Van Heflin. James Mangold directs a script based on the Elmore Leonard short story and penned by Stuart Beattie, Michael Brandt, and Derek Haas.
Another member of the Fiennes family leaves a mark in the film business, as Martha Fiennes makes her big-screen directorial debut with a screen adaptation of the verse novel by Aleksander Pushkin, with her big brother Ralph Fiennes in the leading role. Onegin (Fiennes) is a blase man who has grown weary of the social whirl of his life in St. Petersburg in the 1820s. Onegin’s wealthy uncle has recently passed on, bequeathing him a large estate in the country, where the financially embarrassed Onegin has now chosen to live. Onegin makes fast friends with his neighbor Lensky (Toby Stephens), who introduces Onegin to his fiancée Olga (Lena Headley). Olga in turn introduces him to her mother (Harriet Walker) and her younger sister, Tatyana (Liv Tyler). Onegin finds Tatyana interesting, and she is strongly infatuated with him, finding him coolly attractive and enjoying his straightforward way of expressing himself. Tatyana makes her feelings known to Onegin in a love letter, but he calmly rejects her advances. Lensky senses Tatyana’s attraction to Onegin and talks to him about her; Lensky is shocked when Onegin says he regards her as unintelligent, and in a moment of anger Lensky challenges his friend to a duel. Neither man wants to kill the other, but both are too stubborn to back down, and Onegin ends up shooting Lensky, forcing him to flee to parts unknown. Six years later, a older and more humble Onegin re-encounters the married Tatyana and begs her for a second chance.
Filmed with the usual meticulous attention to period and detail of films from Ismail Merchant and James Ivory, The Remains of the Day is based on a novel by Kazuo Ishiguro. Anthony Hopkins plays Stevens, the “perfect” butler to a prosperous British household of the 1930s. He is so unswervingly devoted to serving his master, a well-meaning but callow British lord (James Fox), that he shuts himself off from all emotions and familial relationships. New housekeeper Miss Kenton (Emma Thompson) tries to warm him up and awaken his humanity. But when duty calls, Stevens won’t even attend his own dying father’s last moments on earth. The butler also refuses to acknowledge the fact that his master is showing signs of pro-Nazi sentiments. Disillusioned by Hitler’s duplicity, the master dies an embittered man, and only then does Stevens come to realize how his own silence has helped bring about this sad situation. Years later, regretting his lost opportunities in life, he tries once more to make contact with Miss Kenton, the only person who’d ever cared enough to seek out the human being inside the butler’s cold veneer.
I must admit that I have not seen every Anthony Hopkins film, but this is my favorite. I think it is a “MUST SEE!”
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 CROWN! The 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
I must say, I can hardly wait for this one. I hope they can do it justice to the original. I’ve always thought this was a film that should never be remade. The music in the original was haunting. ~Genie
The series starts this May on Amazon Prime
Period set delights for you today, starting with the first trailer forNatalie Dormer’s THE PICNIC AT HANGING ROCKwhich will, produced by Australian Foxtel, air on Amazon Prime and also on BBC in UK. This new reimagining of Joan Lindsay’s novel, will first premiere its six episodes in Australia on May 6th and then on May 25th at Amazon Prime.
With the story set in the 1900 Natalie Dormer plays English headmistress Mrs Hester Appleyard (a woman whose dead husband instructs her daily life and whose peculiarities are surely hiding dark skeletons) in the drama which revolves around the mysterious disappearances of three schoolgirls and one teacher on Valentine’s Day. The complex, interwoven narrative follows the subsequent investigation and the event’s far reaching impact on the students, families and staff of Appleyard College, and on the nearby township.
Late Victorian Era
Natalie Dormer plays the mysterious headmistress of the 1900 school
Although winter is slowly giving up, your trusted spy predicts frost and ice later this month when wintery new mini-series THE TERROR starts overtly at AMC on March 26th! You can feast your eyes today on the first character photos and atmospheric posters from the 19th-century epic thriller featuring a rather stellar cast lead by some of our favorite men from period set project Ciaran Hinds, Tobias Menzies, Matthew McNulty, Adam Nagaitis, Liam Garrigan, Edward Ashley, Ronan Raftery. They all play the crew of the ship HMS Terror which was
The series is based on the best selling novel by Dan Simmons
found actually last year under the sea. The series is based on the 2007 best selling novel of the same name by Dan Simmons! The anthology series will describe some other terror in the following seasons.
The Terror will have ten hour-long episodes
THE STORY OF THE TERROR
is set in 1847. A crew of a Royal Naval expedition is sent to find the Arctic’s treacherous Northwest Passage but instead discovers a monstrous predator, a cunning and vicious Gothic horror that stalks the ships in a desperate game of survival, the consequences of which could endanger the region and its native people forever. Faced with treacherous conditions, limited resources, dwindling hope and fear of the
David Kajganich is the showrunner of the mini-series
unknown, the crew is pushed to the brink of extinction. Frozen, isolated and stuck at the end of the earth, THE TERROR highlights all that can go wrong
Nive Nielsen plays the lead female character of Lady Silence
when a group of men, desperate to survive, struggle not only with the elements but with each other. Meet the main characters below:
CAPTAIN FRANCIS CROZIER
Played by Jarred Harris, Captain of the HMS Terror and second in command of the expedition, Francis Crozier is a peerless sailor who has reached his glass ceiling in Her Majesty’s Royal Navy.
SIR JOHN FRANKLIN
Played by Ciaran Hinds, Captain of HMS Erebus and commander of the expedition, Sir John Franklin is an experienced leader with a blemished record in the Royal Navy.
CAPTAIN JAMES FITZJAMES
Played by Tobias Menzies, James Fitzjames is a rising star in the British Royal Navy and has secured John Franklin’s confidence in spite of his never having sailed in the polar regions before.
DOCTOR HENRY GOODSIR
Played by Paul Ready, the most junior of the expedition’s four doctors, Henry Goodsir is a gentle, moral soul who is of the first to realize something supernatural is at play.
Played by Adam Nagaitis, Cornelius Hickey is a young petty officer whose rank on the ships should keep him invisible to the officers. But Hickey is not quite what he seems.
Played by Ian Hart, Ice Master of Terror and longtime friend of FrancisCrozier, Thomas Blanky has the experience to be a captain but prefers the thrill and challenge of battling the constant puzzle of the Arctic ice.
Photo updates from some of our most anticipated 2018 period set projects this Saturday, people! The spy has found a few new photos from MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS which arrives (or possibly rides as you can see in one of the photos) into theatres this September starring two current Oscar nominees Saoirse Ronan as Mary and Margot Robbie as English queen Elizabeth depicted at the time when the Scottish queen plotted against her cousin Elizabeth in order to take over her throne which only led to her own demise.
Notice the intricate details on Mary’s gown!
Releases USA November 02, 2018
Edinburgh, Lothian, Scotland, UK
Derbyshire, England, UK
Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, UK
London, England, UK
Glencoe, Highland, Scotland, UK
Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, England, UK
Mary Queen of Scots riding a horse in a magnificent blue gown
Jack Lowden (left) plays one of Mary’s husbands
Jack Lowden, David Tennant, Guy Pearce, Martin Compston, Brendan Coyle and Joe Alvyn also star. Spy on it more here!
The Post is a 2017 American political thriller film directed and produced by Steven Spielberg from a screenplay written by Liz Hannah and Josh Singer. Set in the early 1970s, the film stars Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Sarah Paulson, Bob Odenkirk, Tracy Letts, Bradley Whitford, Bruce Greenwood, Carrie Coon, and Matthew Rhys. The Post depicts the journalists from The Washington Post and The New York Times who published the Pentagon Papers regarding the involvement of the United States government during the Vietnam War.
The Post received highly positive reviews, with specific praise for the performances of Streep, Hanks and Odenkirk, and critics noting the film’s comparisons of the administrations of Richard Nixon and Donald Trump. It was chosen by the National Board of Review as the best film of 2017, and was named as one of the top 10 films of the year by Time and the American Film Institute.] At the 75th Golden Globe Awards, the film received six nominations: Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Director, Best Actress – Drama for Streep, Best Actor – Drama for Hanks, Best Screenplay and Best Original Score
Although, this 12 episode epic mini series does not show a USA or UK date of release, this trailer is in English. One hopes it comes our way. Already playing in Russia and the Ukraine
This one has already aired in motherland Russian earlier this year, and is currently airing over in Ukraine. MATA HARI is a 12 episode period set drama with an international cast that includes Vahina Giocante, Oisin Stack, Rutger Hauer, Gerard Depardieu, John Corbett, Rade Serbedzija, Christopher Lambert, Pasha Sol, Alexey Guskov and Svetlana Hodchenkova!
LOVE AND SURVIVAL
Margaret McLeod is penniless and out on the streets after her husband leaves her and gains custody of her only daughter. With no other means of making a living, she decides to become an exotic dancer. Under the stage name of MATA HARI, Margaret soon wins fame and notoriety, becoming extremely popular with the European elite. She becomes a regular guest of luxury villas and magnificent mansions, her every performance creating a real name of MATA HARI, Margaret soon wins fame and notoriety, becoming extremely popular with the European elite. But the year is 1913 and the world is on the verge of a war that will change the entire course of history. MATA HARI cannot even imagine what fateful role she is to play in these coming events.
The series features Mata Hari’s steamy choreographies!
The name Matahari means ‘eye of the day’ in Indonesian and Malay
I have just recently self-published a new novel of Historical Romance, which includes paranormal and mystery. I am giving the preview to this site and will include the first three chapters in the weeks ahead. The digital download is available on Amazon for 3.99 US
On a day of beauty and celebration, the life of one young Viscount Trevor Caldwell is irrevocably set off course when a heinous tragedy besets upon his family. Questioning his role, self-imposed guilt is heaped upon him, Trevor elects to abandon his home and station. Now living in London, under a different name and occupation, he embarks on a path of worlds beyond the life he once knew, entrenched in mystery, intrigue, and a new chance for love. However, as he rides under the shroud of anonymity, he soon discovers that all roads lead back to that one horrid day. Led by clues, haunted by his memories, he determines to seek retribution. With all he holds dear, once again under threat he calls on himself and his allies, both living and departed, as he engineers a new path for redemption. But is this quest for revenge worth his nobility? His word? His honor?