Sunday, August 16, 2015

Benedict Cumberbatch told 'not to go into acting' by leading Harrow drama teacher

By Lucy Clarke-Billings
2:51PM BST 16 Aug 2015

Benedict Cumberbatch (ringed) as Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew at the Globe Theatre in 1994

Benedict Cumberbatch was encouraged not to enter the ‘tough business’ of acting by his drama teacher Martin Tyrrell, according to fellow schoolboy thespian.

The Oscar-nominated actor, pictured in The Sunday Times today playing Petruchio in a school production of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew at the Globe Theatre, greatly impressed in the performance.

However he was advised not to pursue a career with his “dazzling” talent, according to Alexander Gifford, who performed alongside the young Cumberbatch in the play.

Mr Gifford, now a theatre director and playwright, told The Sunday Times: “Benedict was the complete star of the acting scene at Harrow and funnily enough I remember in that was like he had gone to a whole new level and had a vitality on stage and an uninhibited freedom that was dazzling.

"I do remember our drama teacher, Martin Tyrrell, advising him not to go into acting because it was such a tough business.

“We were a really rich crop of young actors. We had Laurence Fox and Patrick Kennedy, and that was down to Mr Tyrrell. Benedict stood out as being preternaturally gifted."

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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Henry Cavill new James Bond: Superman actor being groomed as the next 007?

Snooky Grawls 27 June 2015

It is that time once again for Ian Fleming's James Bond character where the search for a new actor to play 007 is up in the air.

Daniel Craig is the current one portraying the British Super Spy and word around is that the one likely to succeed him is Henry Cavill.

Should Cavill indeed be blessed of taking over from Craig, it will mark the first time that an actor with high regard would be chosen to play the role.

Previous actors who took on the role of 007 were virtual unknowns. In fact, portraying James Bond was seen as a springboard for their career.

Among the actors who previously played James Bond include Sean Connery, David Niven, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and Craig.

So will Cavill be up to the task?

For the record, Cavill had auditioned for the role before. This was back in 2005 when he tried out together with Daniel Craig. At that time, producers felt he was too young for the role (he was only 22 years old at the time) so Craig eventually got the part.

After 10 years and Cavill having a following of his own, all that has changed. He has the age and most importantly the looks that James Bond had always been associated with, a lady's man if you will.

So does this make him a shoe-in to be the next 007?

While that remains up in the air, Cavill is set to debut in another remake – The Man from U.N.C.L.E which is set to debut this coming August. The upcoming film may somehow help critics if Cavill is fit to be the next James Bond, being a spy-themed movie.


Friday, June 26, 2015

Richard Armitage Goes Medieval in First 'Pilgrimage' Images (Exclusive)

JUNE 08, 2015 7:23am PT by Austin Siegemund-Broka

Tom Holland, who's in the running for the Marvel Spider-Man role, co-stars in the upcoming action release.

Jon Bernthal and Richard Armitage quest through medieval Ireland in the upcoming film Pilgrimage.

The Hollywood Reporter exclusively debuts the first images from the feature, which has just wrapped production in Europe following seven weeks of shooting in Belgium and Ireland.

The film from Brendan Muldowney centers on a group of monks who undertake a pilgrimage to transport their monastery's holiest relic to Rome. When the true significance of the relic is revealed, the journey becomes much more treacherous, and the group's faith and loyalty to one another are tested.

Bernthal (Fury, The Walking Dead) and Armitage (The Hobbit, Hannibal) star with Tom Holland, who played one of Naomi Watts' sons in The Impossible and currently is in contention for the role of Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War and upcoming Marvel movies.


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Thor 3: Ragnarok News: Loki's death unlikely as Tom Hiddleston gets multi-movie contract with Marvel; Kenneth Branagh to helm final installment?

June 22, 2015

Thor 3: Ragnarok is still approximately 2 years away from its release, but as early as now, various speculations surfaced as to the possible plot of the final installment of the Thor franchise. Also, Marvel is rumored to be eyeing on director Kenneth Branagh to helm the film.

The end of days is near for Asgard as Thor: Ragnarok is slowly approaching and despite that no official synopsis has been released for the film as of yet, many theories have emerged as to the possible direction the film might go.

The fire giant "Surtur" who causes destruction is said to likely appear in Thor 3: Ragnarok. Surtur will burn the Birfrost which will lead to the destruction of Asgard. In the mythology, the god Odin fights a giant wolf and dies. Thor also faces a giant snake and ends up dead. Loki comes face to face with Heimdall and later dies, however in the comics, Thor rips Loki's head off due to his treachery.
Although Loki's death may be possible, many speculate that it is also somewhat unlikely as Tom Hiddleston, who plays Loki, still has a multi-movie contract with Marvel.

Meanwhile, there are also reports that Thanos might make an appearance in Thor 3: Ragnarok, and that the god of thunder, Thor, might come into a battle against Thanos and Surtur.

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Is Matthew Macfadyen attached to new MI5 Spy comic thriller Mindhorn?


Julian Barratt is writing his first feature film.

The Boosh star has teamed up with comedian Simon Farnaby, best known for Horrible Histories and Yonderland, to write the comic thriller Mindhorn.

It revolves around a former MI5 spy whose eye has been replaced by an ‘optical lie detector’, which means he can literally see the truth. He now lives in the Isle of Man, where he is a crack plain-clothes detective.

BBC Films have developed the project, which is being produced by Ridley and Tony Scott’s company Scott Free in association with Boosh programme-makers Baby Cow.

Filming starts on July 27 on the Isle of Man, which has a development fund run through Pinewood Studios to attract such projects.

No casting has yet been announced, although Ripper Street and Spooks actor Matthew Macfadyen has been rumoured to be attached to the film.