The six-part drama is taking us back to Victor Hugo’s original novel and exploring the themes of revolution, love, and survival. Filming for the cast and crew began in Belgium and Northern France earlier this year. Casting looks particularly exciting with Dominic West as Jean Valjean, and David Oyelowo the villainous policeman Javert. Lily Collins will play Fantine, the orphaned single mother, with Ellie Bamber as daughter Cosette. Olivia Colman and Adeel Akhtar are set to star as Madame Thénardier and Monsieur Thénardier along with Josh O’Connor and Erin Kellyman as Marius and Éponine respectively.
It seems there are different rules when it comes to ‘reality TV stars’.
A fantastic interview from a UK publication Now Magazine was printed recently where they interviewed ‘celebrity’ Gemma Collins from television series The Only Way Is Essex (or: TOWIE).
It came to light that Gemma ‘I’m a big fan of the dictionary‘ Collins (yes she really said that in an interview once) is likely to have never read her own book -let alone written it. In a car-crash interview, printed in full by Now Magazine, the celeb and the journalist created what could be the worst interview about a book ever.
With a Kiss I Die is a new film directed by Ronnie Khalil. The Shakespearean classic has been reimagined as a vampiric romp, answering that age-old question of ‘what if Juliet Capulet was turned into a vampire and discovers her bisexuality?’
It is set 800 years after the death of Romeo and the death of Juliet as a mortal… Juliet (played by Ella Kweku), meets Farryn (Paige Emerson) who captures her heart much like Romeo had all those centuries ago. Once again it seems the lovers are star-crossed as the ruthless head of Juliet’s vampire family does not approve of the lesbionics. Juliet finds she must choose between her love and her family, and is understandably nervous that she will be repeating her past and inviting tragedy once more.
With a Kiss I Die is released on August the 28th 2018 and you can preorder the film on iTunes.
Ever the supporter of new artists and ambitious, young people, Stormzy has teamed up with Penguin Random House to create his own imprint #Merky Books. This will be added to his other projects: his record label, #Merky Records, and his own music festival in Ibiza, #Merky Festival.
Bearing all that in mind: would you name your new community development Gilead?! A group in New South Wales, Australia, has done just that.
BBC Radio 4’s The Kitchen Cabinet programme (download the weekly podcast) this week was held in Bournemouth where J.R.R. Tolkien would frequently holiday with his family. Dr Una McCormack, Tolkien expert and food lover, spoke with the hosts, Jay Rayner and Sophie Wright, about the author and discussed favourite foodie scenes from The Hobbit.
If you are one of those folk who tell others not to talk about politics, or that racism no longer exists, then you probably won’t want to read this article… Despite the fact you are the very type of person who should.
In both the USA and the UK, and much of the world if we are absolutely honest, there is still an on-going issue with race. People of colour are disproportionately affected by the power imbalance created by centuries of systemic oppression. We have yet to evolve, learn, and grow, especially when many white folk bury their heads in the sand and do their best to ignore the obvious racial prejudice that permeates their own culture.
ITV are pulling no punches with their latest televisual spectacle: Vanity Fair.
Vanity Fair has been adapted for screen by Gwyneth Hughes (Dark Angel) and directed by James Strong (Broadchurch). The classic novel by William Makepeace Thackeray for a seven-part series on ITV and Amazon will be brought to life by an all-star cast of great British actors. Joining Olivia Cooke as Becky Sharpe are Michael Palin, Suranne Jones, Francis Delatour, Martin Clunes, Johnny Flynn, and Tom Bateman.
Filming commenced last year and has no ended- a release date has yet to be confirmed but it will definitely be on our screens before 2018 is over.
Though well received in Poland, Sapkowski’s books didn’t receive world wide recognition until a game developer called CD Projekt RED adapted his fantasy world into a series of video games which were met with critical acclaim. This fame saw many overseas fans checking out the original books, which have now been translated into English. Read More