Archive for February, 2016

"Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" photo copyright Marvel Studios

“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” photo copyright Marvel Studios

Marvel Studios has begun principal photography at Pinewood Studios in Atlanta, Georgia, on Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” which is slated to hit U.S. theaters on May 5, 2017. The production will shoot at Atlanta’s Pinewood Studios.
“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” is written and directed by James Gunn (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Slither”). The film marks the return of the original Guardians, including Chris Pratt (“Jurassic World,” “Guardians of the Galaxy”) as Peter Quill/Star-Lord;  Zoe Saldana (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Star Trek Into Darkness”) as Gamora; Dave Bautista (“Spectre,”  “Guardians of the Galaxy”) as Drax; Vin Diesel (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Furious 7”) as the voice of Groot; Bradley Cooper (“Joy,” “American Sniper”) as the voice of Rocket;  Michael Rooker (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Jumper”) as Yondu; Karen Gillan (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “The Big Short”) as Nebula; and Sean Gunn (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Gilmore Girls”) as Kraglin. New cast members include Pom Klementieff (“Oldboy”), Elizabeth Debicki (“The Great Gatsby,” “Everest”), Chris Sullivan (“The Knick,” “The Drop”) and Kurt Russell (“The Hateful Eight,” “Furious 7”).
Set to the all-new sonic backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” continues the team’s adventures as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage.
The Cast of "The Night Manager".  Photo copyright BBC.

The Cast of “The Night Manager”. Photo copyright BBC.

 

The BBC brings a contemporary adaptation of John le Carre’s popular espionage drama “The Night Manager” to tv screens with a stellar cast that includes Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Laurie, and Olivia Coleman.

The series follows former British soldier Jonathan Pine (Tom Hiddleston) who is recruited by intelligence operative Angela Burr (Olivia Colman) to infiltrate the inner circle of international businessman Richard Onslow Roper (Hugh Laurie) and detonate the unholy alliance he has ministered between the intelligence community and the secret arms trade.

To get to the heart of Roper’s vast empire, Pine must withstand the suspicious interrogations of his venal chief of staff Major Corkoran (Tom Hollander) and the allure of his beautiful girlfriend Jed (Elizabeth Debicki). In his quest to do the right thing, he must first become a criminal himself.

The BBC recently spoke to Tom Hiddleston about this exciting new project:

 

Tom Hiddleston as Jonathan Pine in "The Night Manager".  Photo copyright BBC.

Tom Hiddleston as Jonathan Pine in “The Night Manager”. Photo copyright BBC.

 

” I play Jonathan Pine who, at the beginning of the story, is a lost soul. He is the night manger of a 5-Star hotel in the ski resort of Zermatt in the Swiss Alps, living an almost monastic life, literally and figuratively buried in snow, silence and darkness. I think he is a mystery to all men and to himself – the uniform and the face he prepares to meet others is a mask that protects him from having to know who he is. Behind an immaculate three-piece suit, immaculate tie, polished black shoes and impeccable manners, he almost has no character because he is filled with guilt and shame because of what has happened in his past. He is a former soldier who has served two tours in Iraq, so though he has disbanded from the military, he is still a serviceman – he is just serving in the hotel now as opposed to in the army.

I was sent the first episode by my London agent, telling me that Simon and Stephen Cornwell – John le Carré’s sons – were seeing who might be interested in a television adaptation of The Night Manager. I read the first episode, and from the very beginning, I was completely hooked into the story and the character. I fell in love with it immediately.”

 

The series will air on BBC starting on the 21st of February and on AMC in the US starting on the 19th of April. Check your local listings for details.

 

 

 

 

You may know of  the multi-talented Dominic Monaghan as the lovable Hobbit, Meriadoc Brandybuck in the mega hit  The Lord of The Rings trilogy.

His list of movie and TV credits do not start or end there.

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Monaghan created, produces and hosts the Primetime Emmy Award nominate “Wild Things With Dominic Monaghan”.

During an earlier episode Monaghan and his crew found a previously unnamed spices of spiders.

Dominic Monaghan's spider name. Ctenus monaghani. (Photo: Peter Jäger/Senckenberg)

Dominic Monaghan’s spider name. Ctenus monaghani. (Photo: Peter Jäger/Senckenberg)

 

Wild Things With Dominic Monaghan is an exhilarating travel-adventure series that follows the actor and wildlife enthusiast as he treks through the remote corners of the globe in search of some of the most exotic, bizarre and dangerous animals in the world. From the Travel Channel

The Travel Channel did an excellent job of promoting the new season. Monaghan worked non-stop promoting Wild Things With Dominic Monaghan Season 3 Ep 1 Majestic Mozambique. (The episode is listed on IMDB.com as Mozambique: Whale Shark .)

The questions that came up the most were not about lions, tigers, bears or the thing that sticks his hind legs in the air but his fingernail polish. “Why does he wear fingernail polish?”” Why does he wear it on one hand? “”Why do the nails have different colors?”” Does he paint them?” He was endlessly patient and polite. Personally, I like fingernail polish on a man. It would be hilarious if said something like, “I wave the hand with multi-colored nails in front of the snake to hypnotize it and grab the snake with the other hand.”  To paraphrase his answers, he wears the nail polish because he wants to, he likes the colors and someone does the nails for him.

The very best question came from with  zappit.com . He asked if there were moments during production that were too dangerous to air? Answer: I’m kind of the animal guy, for the most part. That’s not to say that we have not been in situations that have been dangerous but I think it’s very important to differentiate between fear and danger. Fear is something that makes your brain go into panic mode and you’ll make the wrong decisions. You’ll feel insecure, you’ll feel clunky, and clumsy.

If you haven’t seen Wild Things With Dominic Monaghan think Steve Irwin without the animals biting him.

Wild Things With Dominic Monaghan Majestic Mozambique

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Dominic Monaghan is hot on the trail of the largest fish on the planet – the 42-ton whale shark! Along the way, he enters a local boat race and partakes in an annual fishing celebration.Travel Channel

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I hope you didn’t faint during play back.

The show is a perfect fit for the Travel Channel. Monaghan effortlessly moves through each clip giving the viewer a feeling of talking with a (amazing) friend. He seems to have an endless knowledge of the animals in each clip.

The show is more than just animals. Monaghan teaches us about the people who live in the area where he is filming. Mozambique, a previous war-torn area, has 1600 miles of beautiful beaches. This is where he hopes to find the shy ginormous fish, “a big needle in an even bigger haystack.”

Deep inside the animal reserve, he show us the heartbreaking effects of poaching. An ancient tree marked by elephants in the past stands as a reminder of the elephants that once lived there.

He saves a very frightened, injured snake from a chicken coop (?) in a village they pass through. Rather than kill the snake he tends it’s wound and relocates it. He enlisted the help of local school children to find animals they knew were near by. When he was cleaning the snakes wounds their faces spoke volumes, but it would be interesting to know what they said about him when he left.

This is a good family show. Wild Things With Dominic Monaghan, by land and sea introduces, you to rare and endangered animals without being preachy.

Did he find the giant shark he was looking for? You will have to watch the episode on Travel Channel to find out.