ToGo *** Dec 20, 2019

THE UNTOLD TRUE STORY

Here’s a trailer that I forgot to show you earlier this week, but it is not too late, I hope, to do it today. If you don’t know what to watch this Christmas

Togo will paw its way into your home December 20th

Disney is ready to release their new period set adventure TOGO on December 20th at their Disney + streaming service! Willem Dafoe is a rather strange choice for the lead role in a family movie based on the untold true story set in the winter of 1925 that treks across the treacherous terrain of the Alaskan tundra for an exhilarating and uplifting adventure that will test the strength, courage and determination of one man, Leonhard Seppala, and his lead sled dog, Togo. It is the story of the sled dog, Togo, who led the 1925 serum run, but was considered by most to be too small and weak to lead such an intense race. The movie was directed by Ericson Core who worked on epic TV series Of Kings And Prophets and Still Star Crossed.

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.

 

1917 – USA Release Dec. 25, 2019

At the height of the First World War during Spring 1917 in northern France, two young British soldiers, Schofield (George MacKay) and Blake (Dean-Charles Chapman), are given a seemingly impossible mission to deliver a message which will warn of an ambush during one of the skirmishes soon after the German retreat to the Hindenburg Line during Operation Alberich. The two recruits race against time, crossing enemy territory to deliver the warning and keep a British battalion of 1,600 men, which includes Blake’s own brother, from walking into a deadly trap. The pair must give their all to accomplish their mission by surviving the war to end all wars.  Source: Wikipedia

 

 

 

 

  JUSTIN KURZEL TO DIRECT
 THE NARROW ROAD TO THE DEEP

The novel won The Man Booker prize in 2014

NORTH WW2 MINI SERIES

After The Railwayman with Colin Firth we are getting a new movie on the horrors of infamous railway in Burma during World War II! As ‘Deadline’ reports, director Justin Kurzel has boarded Freemantle’s small screen adaptation of Richard Flanagan’s acclaimed novel THE NARROW ROAD TO THE DEEP NORTH which has the story set against the backdrop of the horrific Burma Railway in 1943 and across the Pacific during World War II. The mini series will chart the cruelty of war, the tenuousness of life and the impossibility of love, as seen through the eyes of an Australian doctor and prisoner of war.

Domina – 2020

Sky Sets Ancient Rome Drama ‘Domina’ With Isabella Rossellini (Exclusive)

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Isabella Rossellini

The 10-part political period epic is being produced by Comcast-backed Sky Studios and Fifty Fathoms.

The power struggles of Ancient Rome — told through a female perspective — are to be dramatized for TV in a new original series from Comcast-owned European giant Sky.

Domina, being produced by Sky’s new production arm Sky Studios alongside Fifty Fathoms (Fortitude, The A Word), part of Endemol Shine, with Cattleya as exec producers, is a 10-part drama following the life and the extraordinary rise of Livia Drusilla, the mother of the emperor Tiberius, who overcame adversity to become the most powerful woman in the world. Filming started this week at Cinecittà Studios in Rome.

The series features Kasia Smutniak (Perfect StrangersThemDevils) playing Drusilla, supported by an international cast including Liam Cunningham (Game of Thrones) playing Livius, Livia’s father, and Isabella Rossellini (Blue Velvet, Death Becomes Her) playing Balbina, an early enemy. Alongside them star Matthew McNulty (Misfits) as the future emperor Gaius, Christine Bottomley (The End of the F***ing World) as Scribonia, Colette Tchantcho (The Witcher) as Antigone, Ben Batt (Captain America: The First Avenger) as Agrippa, Enzo Cilenti (Free Fire) as Tiberius Claudius Nero, while Claire Forlani (Meet Joe Black) plays Claudia Octavia.

Domina follows Livia’s journey from a naïve young girl whose world crumbles in the wake of Julius Caesar’s assassination, to Rome’s most powerful and influential Empress, driven by a deep desire to avenge her father and secure power for her sons. Livia and her peers navigate their way through a brutal society by means of strategy, conspiracy, seduction and murder. This is a visceral and authentic family saga, grounded in historical accuracy and bringing to life the incredible true stories of the women who would create one of the most enduring and fascinating dynasties of all time.

Created and written by Simon Burke (ZenFortitude), the lead director is Australian filmmaker Claire McCarthy (OpheliaThe Luminaries).

The crew includes top Italian professionals: costumes will be designed by the Academy Award winning Gabriella Pescucci (The Age of InnocenceOnce Upon A Time in America), production design by Luca Tranchino (Prison Break), makeup by Katia Sisto (Penny Dreadful) and hair design by Claudia Catini (Trust).

“I am thrilled to be playing such a complex character as Livia Drusilla,” said Kasia Smutniak. “As a frontrunner in defending women’s rights, she was a tough woman who was both feared and cherished and was strong enough to seal the fate of the Roman Empire.”

Added Nicola Maccanico, Sky Italia’s executive vp programming: “Domina is an international production and we are very proud of its strong Italian roots. It is a great epic drama that brings to life ancient Rome again, but from a different perspective, that of the women, and reshapes our view of them. They are the masters of their fate and fiercely pursue their ambitions and ultimately the conquest of power. With Domina, Sky Studios will once again bring together major international artistic values and top Italian talents.”

Patrick Spence, managing director of Fifty Fathoms, added: “Simon’s scripts offer a unique opportunity to see Ancient Rome as it has never been shown before. Authentic, messy, visceral, and with the agenda-driven quietly, but ruthlessly by the women.”

Claire McCarthy, Domina lead director, said: “This period of Roman history is truth being stranger than fiction. I’m tremendously excited to bring this rich and visceral world to life with this incredible troupe of stellar actors and the gifted creative team. What an honor to be working out of Cinecittà studios too where so many of the greats have built cinema history.”

Domina is being executive produced by Spence, Marcus Wilson, Faye Dorn, Burke and McCarthy and produced by John Phillips.

The series will air exclusively in all Sky territories, in Italy, U.K., Ireland, Germany and Spain. NBCUniversal Global Distribution holds international rights in the rest of the world on behalf of Sky Studios.

Production underway.

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.

 

World on Fire 2019 BBC

 

World on Fire is a heart-stopping, multi-stranded drama telling the story of World War Two through the lives of ordinary people from all sides of this global conflict. The first series of seven episodes tells the story of the first year of the war, starting with the German invasion of Poland in September 1939 and ending with the Battle of Britain.

7 Nov 10, 2019
6 Nov 3, 2019
5 Oct 27, 2019
4 Oct 20, 2019
3 Oct 13, 2019
2 Oct 6, 2019
1 Sep 29, 2019

 

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