New series The English Game streams from March 20th at Netflix
its six episodes from March 20th. Like Belgravia, this new period set series also comes from Julian Fellowes following the beginnings of soccer in Britain in the mid 19th century.
The English Game will be a six part series set in the 1800s and will describe how the world’s most popular sport of football crossed class lines and became a worldwide phenomenon despite its humble beginnings on the pitch at London’s Limes Field!
Who Is On The Football Field?
The male part of the cast is exquisitely strong led by two of our dear hunks Edward Holcroft (as Arthur Kinnaird – known as the ‘First Lord of
The mini series will air in six hourlong episodes
Football’) and Kevin Guthrie (as Fergus Suter from Glasgow, who is often considered the first recognized professional footballer) next to Craig
Kevin Guthrie, Ben Batt, Craig Parkinson, Ed Holcroft lead the cast
Parkinson, Ben Batt, Henry Lloyd Hughes, Gerard Kearns and Daniel Ings! Jamestown star Niamh Walsh leads the female part of the cast
Kevin Guthrie plays the Scottish footballer Fergus Suter
alongside Kate Phillips and, sadly, Charlotte Hope (who judging by the trailer, is as bad here as she was scandalously atrocious in the god-awful
Niamh Walsh returns to TV after Jamestown epic drama
Spanish Princess). It is interesting that the actors who play the footballers trained at Trafford Training Centre in Carrington, the training ground of
Downton Abbey’s Julian Fellowes is producing the series
Manchester United. They had to play in the 1880s style that is different from the game today. Check out the beautiful trailer below and tell us what you think:
You can also check out a new trailer for new fantasy series THE LETTER FOR THE KING which will arrive to Netflix March 29th as the adaptation of a 1962 classic book from their writer Tonke Dragt. How to Train Your
The series arrives March 20th 29th on Netflix
Dragon and Puss in Boots’ Will Davies adapted the six episode series which stars Amir Wilson in the lead role of a young boy who holds the fate of the kingdom in his hands when he embarks on a quest to deliver a secret message, David Wenham as Sir Tiuri the Valiant, Jakob Oftebro as Crown Prince Iridian, Jack Barton as Foldo, Jonah Less as Jussipo and Ruby Serkis as Lavinia.
is set in a fantasy world of three kingdoms, following 16 year old squire Tiuri. When he answers a desperate call for help, he finds himself on a perilous mission that could cost him his life.
The new series will air in six hourlong episodes
He must deliver a secret letter to the King who lives across the Great Mountains. Tiuri must abandon his home, break all the rules and leave everything behind – even the knighthood he has dreamed of for so long. The
The series is based on a beloved children’s classic from Holland
future of the entire realm depends on the letter and Tiuri must trust no one and keep his true identity secret. Above all, he must never reveal what is in the letter.
Netflix has unveiled the official title and premiere date for their previously announced C.J. Walker project starring Octavia Spencer. The four-part limited series Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker will debut on the streaming platform March 20. Netflix also released the first look at Spencer as the iconic figure in history.
In the series, Oscar-winning actress Spencer stars as Sarah Breedlove, known as Madam C.J. Walker, the black hair care pioneer and mogul who overcame hostile turn-of-the-century America, epic rivalries, tumultuous marriages and family challenges to become America’s first black, female self-made millionaire.
The series is inspired by the book, On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C. J. Walker by Walker’s great-great-granddaughter A’Lelia Bundles. Walker overcame post-slavery racial and gender biases, personal betrayals, and business rivalries to build a ground-breaking brand that revolutionized black haircare, as she simultaneously fought for social change.
Self Made also stars Blair Underwood as her husband C.J. Walker, Tiffany Haddish as her daughter Lelia, Carmen Ejogo as Walker’s business rival Addie Munroe, Garrett Morris as Walker’s father-in-law, Kevin Carroll as her longtime lawyer Freeman Ransom and Bill Bellamy as Ransom’s cousin Sweetness.
The limited series is produced by SpringHill Entertainment and Wonder Street in association with Warner Bros. Television is helmed by co-showrunners Elle Johnson & Janine Sherman Barrois, along with writer and co-executive producer Nicole Jefferson Asher, directed by Kasi Lemmons and DeMane Davis, and executive produced by Janine Sherman Barrois, Elle Johnson, Maverick Carter, LeBron James, Octavia Spencer, Mark Holder, Christine Holder, Kasi Lemmons, and Jamal Henderson.
We already had an epic series on this particular Turkish sultan two years ago but it wasn’t overly successful and got cancelled after five or six episodes, but now Turkish Netflix is ready to launch new series RISE OF EMPIRES: OTTOMAN which is a mix of docu series and a scripted one. Starting on Netflix from January 24th in 190 countries around the world, this new historical documentary will follow Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II who wages an epic campaign to take the
The six part series is a mix of documentary and scripted scenes
Byzantine capital of Constantinople and shapes the course of history for centuries. This event is celebrated in Turkey as the highlight of their history,
Cem Yigit Uzumoglu plays one of the darkest figures in mediaeval history
but in Europe it was a dark moment when the last barriers against their invasion fell announcing many centuries of Ottomans’ bloody rule in Southern Europe, a rule marked by death, rape, slavery, genocide and gruesome tyranny.
What’s The Story About? Directed by Emmy Award winning Emre Şahin and written by Celal Şengör, Liz Lake, Kelly McPherson and Emrah Safa Gürkan, the series sees young Turkish superstar Cem Yiğit Üzümoğlu portraying the infamous
The sultan was just 21 years old when he conquered Constantinople
sultan Mehmed the Conqueror, while Tuba Büyüküstün appears as famous Serbian princess Despina Mara who, as one of sultan Murad II’s wives, took care of him after his mother died and then helped him later on secure the
Tuba Buyukustun plays Serbian princess Mara who was forced to marry her country’s mortal enemy Murad II in order to become a sultana and secure peace for her country threatened by the Ottoman empire
throne for himself. Tommaso Basili plays Emperor Constantine XI, while Tolga Tekin portrays Mehmed’s father Sultan Murad II! Charles Dance is narrating the six part documentary which launches on the streaming service
Tomasso Basili plays Byzantine Emperor Constantine XI
next week bringing the epic 15th-century story of Mehmed II, known as Mehmed the Conqueror, which chronicles his astonishing and fabled rise from 13-year-old Child Sultan to toppling Constantinople in 1453 at the age of 21
The series was shot in English, although not very good as you can hear in the trailer
and becoming the ruler of the Ottoman Empire. The series also features historians including Roger Crowley and Jason Goodwin who give their in-depth analysis.
MOST ANTICIPATED SERIES OF THE YEAR IS READY TO LAUNCH
The Witcher starts December 20th
The moment is finally upon us, spylings, Netflix is ready to start airing what is without any doubt the most anticipated series of the year, from December 20th! Lavish small screen adaptation of Andrzej Sapkowski’s epic fantasy adventure (the books have been sold to date in more than 30 million copies around the world) THE WITCHER will stream its eight episode opening season ahead of Christmas with the second season already ordered. Hollywood’s leading hunk Henry Cavill toplines the cast as demon hunter in an epic tale of fate and family. Anya Chalotra stars as Yennefer and Freya Allan as Ciri. Other
The series is based on Andrzej Sapkowski’s ultra popular saga
cast members include Jodhi May as Calanthe, Björn Hlynur Haraldsson as Eist, Adam Levy as Mousesack, MyAnna Buring as Tissaia, Mimi
The series will have eight episodes
Ndiweni as Fringilla, Eamon Farren as Cahir, Joey Batey as Jaskier, Lars Mikkelsen as Stregobor, Royce Pierreson as Istredd, Maciej Musiał as Sir Lazlo, and Anna Shaffer as Triss.
The Witcher Is An Epic Story
revolving around famed monster hunter, Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill) who lives in the world of The Continent where humans, elves, witchers, gnomes, and monsters battle to survive and thrive, where people often prove more dangerous than beasts, and good and evil is not easily identified! But when destiny hurtles him toward a powerful sorceress, and a young princess with a dangerous secret, the three must learn to navigate the increasingly volatile Continent together.
Witcher Geralt of Rivia
A demon hunter played by Henry Cavill who says that Geralt is not an average hero! He’s a tough person who won’t treat everybody perfectly. He’s
Henry Cavill is Geralt of Rivia
very hard on the exterior because that’s what he believes the world is! He kills monsters who have invaded his world from a parallel dimension. He has a faithful horse called Roach.
Princess Cirrilla, played by Freya Allan, feels like she’s been sheltered from the real world. Hidden behind shrouds of loyalty and castles. She sneaks
Freya Allan is Princess Ciri of CIntra
out from time to time. She remains loyal but strives to know the world outside of her walls. After losing her entire family and everyone she loves in one night,
The series will feature exquisitely lavish and rich costumes and sets
Cirilla feels lost. She is thrown into a vicious, upside-down world than she is used to and must push forward to find Geralt. Adventuring from place to place
Joey Batey is charming minstrel Jaskier
and finding herself in new landscapes and towns, Cirilla learns a lot about herself. A power that she possesses, but cannot understand. Yet.
Yennefer of Vengerberg
Played by Anya Chalotra, Yennefer’s story arc is powerful and full of challenges. Born with a misshapen spine and jaw, she is sold by her father who
Anya Chalotra is sorceress Yennefer
resented her for her differences. This not only begins her on her journey but completely changes her life arguably for the better. She will become a powerful sorceress.
Did You Know?
The series is created and executive produced by Lauren Schmidt who also produced Umbrella Academy and Daredevil series. Henry Cavill actively pursued the role of Geralt but was initially turned down before the
Henry Cavill was cast after 200 actors were turned down for the role
show was even written. After Schmidt tested more than 200 actors she realised Henry was the only right choice especially as she kept hearing his
MyAnna Buring is Tissaia de Vries a powerful sorceress who takes Yennefer under her wing
voice in her head while writing Geralt’s lines. Henry considers the role a dream come true and I’m sure you will all agree we wouldn’t want anybody else leading this show!
THE FINAL SEASON OF THE EPIC SERIES STARTS NEXT WEEK
Netflix will air the series around the world
Medici: The Magnificent was definitely a far cry from the marvellous first season Medici: Masters of Florence, having none of its great cast and masterful storytelling, as its lead star Daniel Sharman showed a rather shocking lack of acting chops, charisma and any kind of expression or even screen presence, and given that Italian National Broadcaster has decided to air all episodes of the final third season MEDICI THE MAGNIFICENT: FINAL SEASON aka The Beauty and the Power (titled in Italy Medici: Nel Nome della famiglia) in just two weeks to be quicker done
Lorenzo’s and his wife now have tons of kids and it seems his treacherous sister is back after betraying the family and getting her own brother killed
with it, it seems the last season won’t be much better either. We will, of course, still give it a go. First four episodes will air Monday and Tuesday December
The final season starts tomorrow in Italy
2nd and 3rd on RAI and then the last four on December 9th and 10th. Netflix will air the eight episodes at the beginning of 2020 in the rest of the world as their original series!
Who Is In The Family?
Beside Sharman’s Lorenzo Medici with a much longer hair and older looks (he is supposed to be over 40 in the final season), who is now the undisputed ruler of Florence, we will also see Sanditon’s Rose Williams who is joining the season in the role of Caterina Sforza Riario, a historical figure known as the Renaissance lioness whose defiance and ruthlessness have made
Ray Stevenson, left, plays King Ferrante in the series
her a tyrant. She was a daughter of the Duke of Milan and the wife of Girolamo Riario (Jack Roth), Pope Sixtus IV’s nephew. Reign’s and Last Kingdom’s
Daniel Sharman returns in the lead role of Lorenzo Medici
Tobi Regbo is also joining the cast as painter and architect Peruzzi. Synnøve Karlsen, who was rather unimpressive and unnoticeable in the previous season, returns as Lorenzo’s flimsy wife, Sarah Parish as his
Sinnove Karlsen returns as Lorenzo’s helpless and weak wife
mother, with new cast additions being Francesco Montanari, John Lynch, Johnny Harris, Callum Blake, Aurora Ruffino! Sebastian De Souza returns as the famous painter.
Medici: The Power And The Beauty
has the story set after the terrible Pazzi Conspiracy in which Giuliano Medici (Bradley James) lost his life. Lorenzo is tormented by the desire for revenge against Pope Sixtus IV (Raoul Bova), who authorized that bloody attack, and
Alessandra Mastronardi returns as Lorenzo’s shameless mistress
towards Count Riario, the last survivor among the conspirators. His beloved wife Clarice (Synnove Karlsen) tries to convince him to find peace with a compromise that would save both his soul and the city. He does not see much
John Lynch joins the cast as Pope Sixtus
hope even after the discovery that Giuliano left a son, Giulio, who is welcomed into the family. Lorenzo is determined to save his family and Florence even at the price of losing his soul. As the bank’s situation becomes increasingly
Francesco Montanari is Lorenzo’s new enemy Savonarola
unstable, politics pushes Lorenzo to give up the ideals of the past and his relationship with his wife Clarice also suffers, especially after he meets
Rose Williams joins as Lorenzo’s new lover Caterina Sforza Riario
beautiful lady Sforza. He also continues to finance the world of art, meeting the great artists such as Leonardo and Michelangelo. In affirming his ever-
Toby Regbo is architect Peruzzi, Lorenzo’s friend
increasing power, however, Lorenzo clashes with an unexpected enemy, the Dominican friar Girolamo Savonarola (Francesco Montanari), who inflames the people of Florence with his sermons against the tyranny of the Medici.
TUDORS CREATOR MICHAEL HIRST TO CREATE VALHALLA EPIC TV SAGA FOR NETFLIX FOLLOWING HISTORY’S MOST FAMOUS VIKINGS! LEGENDARY ELRIC OF MELNIBONE SF SAGA TO BECOME TV SERIES ‘VALHALLA’ EPIC SERIES HISTORY’S MOST FAMOUS VIKINGS
The Vikings saga will continue on Netflix. The streamer has picked up Vikings: Valhalla, a sequel to the hit series that is heading into its sixth and final season on History. I hear Netflix has ordered 24 episodes of the new series from Vikings creator Michael Hirst and studio MGM Television, which continues the storytelling of the original.
Three streaming services fought for the series Valhalla will have the story which begins 100 years after the original series concludes and dramatizes the adventures of the most famous Vikings who ever lived: Leif Erikson, Freydis, Harald Harada and the Norman King William the Conqueror (also a Viking descendant). These men and women will blaze new paths as they fight for survival in an ever-changing and evolving Europe. This is the explosive next chapter of the Vikings legend. It will bring heart-pounding, unstoppable action rooted in rich characters and dramatic storytelling that shines the light on family, loyalty, and power!
‘THE ELRIC SAGA’
TO BECOME EPIC TV SERIES
The Elric Saga has been translated into many languages
Speaking of epic delights, Deadline reports that New Republic Pictures has acquired rights on Michael Moorcock’s famous THE ELRIC SAGA with the plan to turn it into TV series with Glen Mazzara and Vaun Wilmott attached to pen it. It is a series of 11 complex and layered novels that take place across multiple dimensions of reality and alternative universes. They began with the legendary Elric of Melnibone novel. The saga brings sword and sorcery tales that centre on the title character, a brooding albino warrior who presides over an unruly, decadent island nation. The novels follow Elric on a series of adventures, in which he is betrayed by his cousin, sent into exile and attempts to come to terms with his own humanity.
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‘Vikings: Valhalla’: Netflix Orders ‘Vikings’ Sequel Series From Michael Hirst, Jeb Stuart & MGM TV
Written and executive produced by feature writer Jeb Stuart (Die Hard, The Fugitive), Vikings: Valhalla begins 100 years after the original series concludes and dramatizes the adventures of the most famous Vikings who ever lived: Leif Erikson, Freydis, Harald Harada and the Norman King William the Conqueror (also a Viking descendant). These men and women will blaze new paths as they fight for survival in an ever-changing and evolving Europe. This is the explosive next chapter of the Vikings legend.
Stuart executive produces with Vikings executive producers Hirst and Morgan O’Sullivan for MGM Television.
When Deadlinebroke the news in January that History’s flagship drama would be coming to an end after Season 6, we also revealed that Hirst and MGM TV were looking to extend the Vikings franchise with a new series, written and exec produced by Stuart, who had been handpicked by Hirst.
At the time, History was in talks with MGM TV about the offshoot. But interest in the project quickly grew as streamers with deep pockets went after the hot, global-appeal property. By this fall, Vikings: Valhalla was in a bidding situation with three major streaming companies in pursuit. Netflix landed the series in a pricey deal with a massive commitment, by its standards, of 24 episodes. Netflix’s average season size is eight to 10 episodes.
Vikings is accustomed to large orders — it has been producing 20 episodes a season since its fourth season; they have been airing in 10-episode half-seasons.
The mothership Vikings series currently is not available on Netflix; it’s streaming on Hulu and Amazon Prime Video. Netflix is expected to pursue SVOD rights to Vikings to have on the platform alongside sequel Vikings: Valhalla.
“I am beyond excited that we are announcing the continuation of our Vikings saga,” Hirst said. “I know that the millions of our fans across the globe will be thrilled by the belief being shown in our show by MGM and Netflix. Jeb Stuart, a truly wonderful writer, will bring new story-lines and a powerful visceral vision to stories about some of the most famous Vikings known to history.“
Hirst, who also created The Tudors and co-created Camelot, has a first-look deal at MGM. In addition to him and O’Sullivan, much of the Vikings team in all departments will return for the sequel. It will be filmed in Ireland where the original series was shot.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with Michael, Morgan, Jeb and Netflix on the next chapter in the incredible Vikings universe,” said Steve Stark, MGM’s President of Television Production and Development. “Valhalla has been a labor of love for everyone involved and as we look ahead to the continuation of this great saga, we are excited to know that fans the world over will have the opportunity to continue with the series on its new home at Netflix.”
Vikings has been an important show for MGM TV. It marked the first series order for the company as it was rebuilding itself post-bankruptcy. The TV studio has ramped up its portfolio since; it also includes the Emmy-winning The Handmaid’s Tale and Fargo.
When he originally was tapped to spearhead the Vikings followup series, Stuart was working with History sibling A+E Studios as creator, writer and executive producer of animated World War II drama series The Liberator, which initially had been developed for History but ended up at Netflix.
“Vikings: Valhalla promises to be everything that fans love about the franchise: heart-pounding, unstoppable action rooted in rich characters and dramatic storytelling that shines the light on family, loyalty and power,” said Channing Dungey, VP Original Series at Netflix. “We are thrilled to bring the next iteration of the Vikings saga to life with Michael Hirst, Jeb Stuart, Morgan O’Sullivan and MGM Television.”
Created and executive produced by Hirst, who has written every episode, Vikings was a breakout ratings hit when it debuted in 2013 and remains History’s No. 1 scripted series of all time, successfully overcoming a number of cast changes, including the exit of original lead Travis Fimmel, whose character Ragnar Lothbrok’s story arc came to an end in Season 4.
Vikings originally set out to follow the adventures of Ragnar Lothbrok (Fimmel) and tell the sagas of Ragnar’s band of Viking brothers and his family. Because it was based on actual historical figures and events, Vikings had a finite number of stories to tell and had been building toward an end, set by Hirst as the creative mastermind behind the series.
They’ll be joined by Emerald Fennell (Patsy in Call the Midwife) as Charles’ future wife Camilla, Charles Dance (Game of Thrones) as Lord Louis Mountbatten, and Jason Watkins (A Very English Scandal) as Prime Minister Harold Wilson.
Watch the trailer:
10 brand new episodes will be available to watch from Sunday 17th November exclusively on Netflix.
The official synopsis for Season 3 reads: “Times change. Duty endures. As Queen Elizabeth II (Olivia Colman) faces a rapidly changing Britain, her family continues to struggle against the needs of the monarchy and the wants of their fracturing personal lives.”
‘The Irishman’ First Reactions Praise Martin Scorsese’s ‘Instant Classic’ and ‘Masterpiece’
Scorsese’s long-in-the-works gangster epic finally was unveiled at the New York Film Festival.
Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman” finally made its debut at the 2019 New York Film Festival at a press and industry screening ahead of tonight’s official world premiere screening. The first reactions to the long-in-the-works gangster epic are pouring in from film critics and journalists and, for the most part, they are spectacular. While the de-aging VFX Scorsese used to make cast members Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci is proving hit or miss, the overall movie is being showered in strong praise.
“‘The Irishman’ is like a greatest hits album from a master of the medium. Yes, that’s a positive,” IndieWire chief critic Eric Kohn wrote on Twitter. “The artifice of de-aging is more feature than bug. It’s not ‘slow.’ It often moves like lightening and elsewhere it’s downright Bressonian.”
/Film critic Chris Evangelista adds, “‘The Irishman’ is a masterwork. Funny, epic, and most of all, melancholy. It’s Scorsese confronting aging, legacies, and mortality. I may or may not have teared up at the end.”
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“The Irishman” stars De Niro as Frank Sheeran, a World War II veteran who became a mob hitman and allegedly played a role in Jimmy Hoffa’s death. Scorsese’s “Gangs of New York” co-writer Steven Zaillian wrote the script based on Charles Brandt’s book “I Heard You Paint Houses.” Pacino stars as Hoffa, while Pesci, who won an Oscar for starring in Scorsese’s “Goodfellas,” plays mob member Russell Bufalino. The supporting cast also includes Bobby Cannavale, Harvey Keitel, Ray Romano, and Anna Paquin.
“The Irishman” will open in select theaters beginning November 1. Netflix is giving the film an exclusive theatrical release for just over three weeks. The drama debuts on streaming starting November 27. Check out the first wave of reactions below.