Medici The Magnificent – Final Season

 ‘MEDICI THE MAGNIFICENT’
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.

 

Valhalla Epic Series

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

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.

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 Deadline broke 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.

MGM

“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.

History

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.

The Crown – S3 Trailer and new cast members Nov 17

‘The Crown’ latest trailer reveals first look at Season 3’s all-new cast

Netflix has released a full trailer for the upcoming third season of The Crown.

The award-winning period drama series about the reign of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom is finally back next month.

Season 3 will see the entire cast being replaced by older actors as The Crown moves further into the second half of the 20th Century.

The Favourite star Olivia Colman is taking over the role of Elizabeth from Claire Foy, who played the Queen in the first two seasons.

Following a recent teaser clip introducing Colman, this new exciting two-minute preview features the first look at Tobias Menzies (Outlander) as Prince Philip, Josh O’Connor (Larry in The Durrells) as Prince Charles, and Helena Bonham Carter (Harry Potter) as Princess Margaret.

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.”

Season 4 is already filming in England right now and we now know who’ll be playing Princess Diana and who’s been cast as Margaret Thatcher.

 

The Irishman 2019 Nov 27, Netflix

‘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.

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“The Irishman”
Netflix

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.

 

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