Saturday, May 23, 2015

Eddie Redmayne to Star in THE FIFTH BEATLE Movie?

PUBLISHED: 18:56 EST, 21 May 2015 | UPDATED: 18:56 EST, 21 May 2015

Eddie Redmayne has emerged as one of several actors being considered to portray Beatles manager Brian Epstein in a film called The Fifth Beatle, based on Vivek J. Tiwary’s graphic novel.

The movie will show how Epstein took the Beatles from Liverpool and turned them into a sensation. The producers include Simon Cowell and Los Angeles-based Brit Stuart Ford, who runs the IM Global film company.

Ford said he has a very specific idea for a director, who will be announced soon, but he cautioned that no casting has been done yet. He did confirm, though, that Redmayne was ‘on the list’.

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Richard Armitage Hannibal season 3: First look at Francis Dolarhyde (video)

By Ben LeeFriday, May 22 2015, 8:22am EDT

Richard Armitage

 A new Hannibal trailer has given the first look at Francis Dolarhyde.

Richard Armitage plays the serial killer known as The Tooth Fairy in the NBC drama, which returns to TV next month.

"I didn't know about him until I received the information from everyone else, who gasped and said, 'Oh, you're playing the Red Dragon', and I sort of said, 'I don't really know what it means'," Armitage says in the promo.

"And then I went in search of the book and found out what it really meant."

The trailer also provides rather spoilery glimpses at Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) and Bedelia du Maurier (Gillian Anderson) in Europe.

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Pride and Prejudice is 20: Here’s 10 reasons why mortal men will never match up to Colin Firth’s Mr Darcy

Ross McG for
Friday 22 May 2015 12:42 pm

Pride and Prejudice is 20 years old.

Yes, everyone’s favourite author from the 1990s, Jane Austen, penned her modern classic novel two decades ago, inspiring Helen Fielding to write her 1996 bestseller, Bridget Jones’s Diary, a year later.
Hang on, that’s not right.

Pride and Prejudice was, of course, published in 1813, but if you say the two ‘P’ words to anyone these days, the first thing that comes into their head is an image of Colin Firth dripping wet in a white shirt.

The six-part BBC adaptation of Austen’s novel, broadcast in 1995, was a phenomenon, like the furore over that buff guy from Poldark’s abs multiplied by a thousand.

While the show itself was splendid and Jennifer Ehle was the definitive on-screen Elizabeth Bennet, P&P soared because of Colin Firth’s portrayal of Mr Darcy.

There is no way puny mortal men can ever match up to him. Here are the reasons why.

1. His wet white shirt

It looks like the kind of thing your grandad wore in bed. A normal bloke would look like a giant baby in it, but not Colin Firth, whose one-man wet T-shirt contest echoes through the ages.

2. His name

Mr Darcy isn’t just called Mr Darcy, you know. Like us, he has a first name too. But unlike us, it isn’t Colin or Phil or Dave or something equally unlikely to wow members of the opposite sex, or any sex: it’s only flipping Fitzwilliam. There’s no way us norms can match a guy with a name like that.

3. His hair

If George Best’s and Michael Hutchence’s hair follicles went out for a drink, stumbled back to a hotel room together and fumbled around for a few hours, they might just produce Firth’s Darcy thatch. That barnet is a thing of beauty.

4. His sideburns

Today’s hipsters are morons, obviously.

But chief among their many foibles is their preference for full beard. Full beard does not make grown women and men swoon.

Mr Darcy knows this, opting to display his facial hair in a more subtle manner. Crucially, his burns are bushy but not too bushy. Get sideboards wrong and you end up looking like an angry farmer.

Get them right, and you could have some Darcy magic. Except you can’t. Cos you’re not 1995 Colin Firth.

6. His steed

The dude has a horse! How can an average guy compete with that?

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J.K. Rowling and the Buffness of Longbottom

By Fraser McAlpine | Posted on May 22nd, 2015

Matthew Lewis on the cover of Attitude Magazine (Pic: Attitude Media Ltd)
Matthew Lewis on the cover of Attitude Magazine (Pic: Attitude Media Ltd)

J.K. Rowling does make the internet a fun place to be sometimes.

We all know that Matthew Lewis, the podgy and gawky boy who played Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter movies, has grown into a handsome and muscular young man. This is one of those transformations that you’d be tempted to call ‘magical,’ if that didn’t belittle all the hard work involved.

Nevertheless, when Matthew appeared on the cover of Attitude magazine this week in a pose that left almost nothing to the imagination (above the waist, at least), it proved to be a startling moment, not least for the woman who created his character in the first place.

Matthew Lewis

J.K. Rowling ✔@jk_rowling
.@Mattdavelewis Not as bad as watching Dan in Equus, but close. Warn me next time, for God's sake. …
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Michael Fassbender on making 'Macbeth': 'the Scottish film'

By Jake Coyle AP Film Writer
POSTED:   05/22/2015 05:22:09 AM MDT

CANNES, France (AP) — Michael Fassbender doesn't know if the "Macbeth" curse carries over to movie adaptations, but he'd rather not test it.

"The Scottish film" is what Michael Fassbender calls his "Macbeth" adaption, which is set to premiere Saturday at the Cannes Film Festival. He's maintaining the theatrical superstition of not speaking the name of Shakespeare's play — at least he wasn't in an interview ahead of the festival.

"Sometimes I say it, sometimes I don't," Fassbender said. "It depends on the day."

"Macbeth," usually referred to by the euphemism "the Scottish play" by actors wary of its legendary spell, will be the final film to screen in competition at Cannes. Directed by Australian director Justin Kurzel and co-starring Marion Cotillard as Lady Macbeth, it has been eagerly awaited as the blood-soaked finale of the French Riviera festival, which concludes Sunday with the presentation of the Palme d'Or top prize.

Although interpreting Shakespeare is a traditional rite of passage for any British Isles actor of ambition, it wasn't a priority for Fassbender, the Oscar-nominated actor of "12 Years a Slave," ''Shame" and the "X-Men" films. The film marks the first entry into Shakespeare, on stage or screen, by the German-born, Ireland-raised Fassbender.