Actors Sean Bean and Sheridan Smith will be representing Britain at the 2013 International Emmy Awards after landing two of the nation's six nominations for the annual prizegiving. The former Game of Thrones star has scored a best actor nod for his role as a cross-dresser in U.K. TV show Accused, while the show itself, created by Jimmy McGovern, is shortlisted for best drama series.
Smith has earned recognition as best actress for her performance in another drama, Mrs Biggs, which was based on the true story of great train robber Ronnie Biggs' wife, while political thriller Secret State (TV Movie/Mini-Series), rock documentary Freddie Mercury: The Great Pretender (Arts Programming) and Chris O'Dowd's Moone Boy (Comedy) have also landed nominations for Britain.
TV productions from Brazil landed six nominations too, including two top acting nods - Marcos Palmeira will compete for the Performance by an Actor title for Mandrake Especial, while Fernanda Montenegra's role in Sweet Mother has scored her a mention in the female equivalent.
France earned a total of three nods, while Angola and Uruguay are first-time nominees.
The International Emmy Awards, which recognises excellence in international television programming outside of the U.S., will take place in New York on 25 November (13).
As previously reported, director J.J. Abrams will be feted for his career achievements with the International Emmy Founders Award at the event. Previous honourees include Ryan Murphy and Simon Cowell.
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It seems a bit odd to take on a movie review of Courtney Solomon's Getaway, as only in the loosest terms is Getaway actually a movie. We begin without questions — other than a vague and frustrating "What the hell is going on?" — and end without answers, watching Ethan Hawke drive his car into things (and people) for the hour and a half in between. We learn very little along the way, probed to engage in the mystery of the journey. But we don't, because there's no reason to.
There's not a single reason to wonder about any of the things that happen to Hawke's former racecar driver/reformed criminal — forced to carry out a series of felonious commands by a mysterious stranger who is holding his wife hostage — because there doesn't seem to be a single ounce of thought poured into him beyond what he see. We learn, via exposition delivered by him to gun-toting computer whiz Selena Gomez, that he "did some bad things" before meeting the love of his life and deciding to put that all behind him. Then, we stop learning. We stop thinking. We start crashing into police cars and Christmas trees and power plants.
Why is Selena Gomez along for the ride? Well, the beginnings of her involvement are defensible: Hawke is carrying out his slew of vehicular crimes in a stolen car. It's her car. And she's on a rampage to get it back. But unaware of what she's getting herself into, Gomez confronts an idling Hawke with a gun, is yanked into the automobile, and forced to sit shotgun while the rest of the driver's "assignments" are carried out. But her willingness to stick by Hawke after hearing his story is ludicrous. Their immediate bickering falls closer to catty sexual tension than it does to genuine derision and fear (you know, the sort of feelings you'd have for someone who held you up or forced you into accessorizing a buffet of life-threatening crimes).
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The "gradual" reversal of their relationship is treated like something we should root for. But with so little meat packed into either character, the interwoven scenes of Hawke and Gomez warming up to each other and becoming a team in the quest to save the former's wife serve more than anything else as a breather from all the grotesque, impatient, deliberately unappealing scenes of city wreckage.
And as far as consolidating the mystery, the film isn't interested in that either, as evidenced by its final moments. Instead of pressing focus on the answers to whatever questions we may have, the movie's ultimate reveal is so weak, unsubstantial, and entirely disconnected to the story entirely, that it seems almost offensive to whatever semblance of a film might exist here to go out on this note. Offensive to the idea of film and story in general, as a matter of fact. But Getaway isn't concerned with these notions. Not with story, character, logic, or humanity. It just wants to show us a bunch of car crashes and explosions. So you'd think it might have at least made those look a little better.
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Our day just got a little bit brighter.
After being treated to a quirky delight of a trailer last month, we get yet another taste of The Secret life of Walter Mitty by way of an official poster that’s just as satisfying. In the upcoming film based on a short story by James Thurber, Ben Stiller plays Walter Mitty, an office drone with his head in the clouds. Mitty lives out various adventures through his frequent daydreams but has to leave his dreams behind once adventure beckons in the real world. Joining Stiller are Patton Oswalt, Kristen Wiig, Adam Scott, and Sean Penn.
The poster showcases Walter, briefcase in tow, running through a sun-soaked skyline, no doubt racing to his next big imaginary adventure. The film looks like the perfect injection of whimsy for a work weary world. Since Ben is doing all the heavy lifting for this project (directing, producing, and starring in the film) he might want to take a break and do some daydreaming himself after the movie comes out.
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Kylie Jenner was surprised by rappers Drake and Big Sean on Saturday (17Aug13) night when they performed at the reality TV star's 16th birthday bash. The youngest of the Keeping Up with the Kardashians siblings celebrated her official sweet 16 a week ago (10Aug13) with an intimate dinner with family and friends, but Jenner pulled out all the stops for a second celebration on Saturday.
Held at the AT&T Center in Los Angeles, she hosted an Alice in Wonderland-themed party, complete with her extended family and famous friends, including rumoured boyfriend Jaden Smith, actress Hailee Steinfeld, Tyga and Naya Rivera.
Drake was a big surprise when he hit the stage to perform his single All Me with Big Sean. During his impromptu appearance, Drake put his gold chains around the birthday girl's neck.
Jenner took to Twitter.com to coo about her surprise guests, writing, "DRAKE & BIG SEAN what?! Thank you guys so much. Thank u to everyone who came to my party and making my night so special HAD THE BESTTT NIGHTTT."
Her mother, Kris Jenner, also took to the microblogging site to show her gratitude to the hip-hop superstars, suggesting her daughter Kim Kardashian's boyfriend, Kanye West, was the mastermind behind the big surprise.
She wrote, "Wow wow what an amazing night @kyliejenner I hope you had the most wonderful birthday. Thank you Drake AKA @champagnepapi @bigsean for the surprise performances!! Love you Kanye."
West and Kylie's big sister Kim missed the party as they were attending the funeral of the rapper's grandfather in Oklahoma.
Pierce Brosnan's daughter Charlotte passed away at the age of 41 after a strenuous battle with ovarian cancer. After fighting ovarian cancer for three years, Charlotte died on June 28th, Brosnan confirmed to People. Charlotte's mother also suffered from ovarian cancer and died in 1991.
In a statement to People, Brosnan shared, "On June 28 at 2 p.m. my darling daughter Charlotte Emily passed on to eternal life having succumbed to ovarian cancer."
Brosnan then goes on to disclose that she was surrounded by her loved ones such as her husband Alex Smith, her children Isabella and Lucas, and her brothers Christopher and Sean during her final days.
"Charlotte fought cancer with grace and humanity, courage and dignity. Our hearts are heavy with the loss of our beautiful girl. We pray for her and that the cure for this wretched disease will be at hand soon," Brosnan said. The former James Bond then went on to give thanks for everyone's "heartfelt gratitude."
Our hearts go out to Brosnan and the rest of Charlotte's family as they mourn her passing.
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Pierce Brosnan is in mourning after his daughter lost her three-year battle with ovarian cancer. Charlotte Brosnan passed away on Friday (28Jun13), aged 41, from the same disease which killed her mother, Australian actress Cassandra Harris, in 1991.
A statement from Brosnan reads, "On June 28 at 2pm my darling daughter Charlotte Emily passed on to eternal life, having succumbed to ovarian cancer. She was surrounded by her husband Alex, her children Isabella and Lucas and her brothers Christopher and Sean.
"Charlotte fought her cancer with grace and humanity, courage and dignity. Our hearts are heavy with the loss of our beautiful dear girl. We pray for her and that the cure for this wretched disease will be close at hand soon. We thank everyone for their heartfelt condolences."
The former Bond star married Harris in 1980, and adopted Charlotte and her brother Christopher after their father's death in 1986. Brosnan and Harris also went on to have a son together, named Sean.
The actor is now married to journalist Keely Shaye Smith, with whom he has two boys, 16-year-old Dylan and Paris, 12.
Sir Sean Connery has thrown his support behind a campaign to save natural beauty spots from development in his adopted home of the Bahamas. The James Bond legend, who filmed two 007 movies in the island paradise and now has a home there, has become a spokesman for Save The Bays, a drive to protect marine life and beaches around the country.
Connery is concerned about development and oil spills in the Clifton Bay area, close his house on New Providence Island, and urges fellow residents to back the campaign.
He says, "As a longtime resident of the Bahamas, a country whose beautiful waters and beaches have been featured in a number of my films, I am proud to be a supporting member of Save The Bays, and to urge all Bahamians, citizens and residents, to support our effort to defend Clifton Bay along with all the natural resources of this country."
Save the Bays director Fred Smith adds, "In the movies, you may get a second chance. In real life, we have to make this happen now, we have to save the bays for our children before it is too late... This is the fight of our generation and adding the unmistakable voice of one of the greatest actors and heroes of our age, Sir Sean Connery, to the effort demonstrates the breadth, depth and urgency of the cause."
Connery filmed Bond adventures You Only Live Twice and Thunderball in the Bahamas, while several other 007 movies have been shot there.
Rap mogul Sean 'Diddy' Combs has cleared up confusion surrounding his claims he was set to star in Downton Abbey by debuting an online spoof featuring him parodying the hit U.K. period drama. The hip-hop star announced on his Twitter.com page on Wednesday (15May13) that he was to become a series regular on Julian Fellowes' British show, only for TV bosses to deny the claim.
Combs has now revealed his prank was to promote a new FunnyOrDie.com skit, which he unveiled to fans early on Thursday (16May13).
He declares, "Last week it was reported that they have cast the first black cast member... (Gary Carr) - the only problem with this is I already broke down that barrier. I'm the first black cast member... and I got the scenes to prove it."
The rapper then introduces a series of clips from 'Downtown Abbey' which he appears in thanks to computer trickery - and his character, Lord Wolcott, causes a stir in the online show.
In one scene, Combs, dressed in smart period costume, turns down the advances of Rob James-Collier's character Thomas Barrow, while in another he appears to host "the first ever white party" for the cast.
He later recommends Hugh Bonneville's Earl of Grantham invests in upcoming company International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) and then offers Dame Maggie Smith and Penelope Wilton's characters a sip of his own-brand Ciroc vodka - before asking them to kiss.
Pierce Brosnan hasn't stepped into James Bond's shoes for over a decade, but you wouldn't know it when you meet him. The Irish actor — who turns 60 this month, but doesn't seem to age — seems to be carrying on the suave legacy of Bond. Especially when it comes to his affinity and appreciation for women.
Hollywood.com caught up with Brosnan to discuss his latest film Love Is All You Need and when it came to the subject of his co-star, Danish actress Trine Dyrholm (whom Brosnan says has "the Meryl Streep touch" to her craft), he put it simply: "I've been blessed with all the leading ladies I've been with, they've all been rather gorgeous and beautiful and I love women." When it came to the subject of his Oscar-winning director Susanne Bier, he put it simply: "I've worked with some great directors from Barbra Streisand to Susanne Bier to when I did Remington Steele, there were some fine lady directors on that show. I love working with women. I love women. There's just an ease and a grace." Brosnan. Pierce Brosnan.
But, it wasn't just his fondness for working with talented females like Dyrholm and Bier that drew him to a project like Love Is All You Need. The film a glossy but heartfelt romantic drama about a hairdresser named Ida (played by the vivacious Dyrholm who gets naked, literally and metaphorically), a cancer survivor whose husband has been cheating on her, and Philip (Brosnan, in what Bier describes as "one of his most touching performances"), a hard-working businessman and widower. Philip and Ida meet at their respective children's nuptials at a picturesque French villa and the two begin fall in love. "It goes right up there on the shelf with, dare I say, Mamma Mia," Brosnan says of the film, which taps into similar theme of finding yourself — and, of course, love —at any age.
Another one of the film's emotional cores — dealing with a devastating loss — is one that hits especially close for Brosnan. In 1991, Brosnan lost his first wife Cassandra Harris to ovarian cancer. They had one son together, Sean, as well as her children from a previous marriage Charlotte and Christopher. (Brosnan remarried in 2001 to his wife Keely Shaye Smith, with whom he has two sons with, Dylan and Paris). "All of that life pain that I went through — somewhat publicly, somewhat privately — is in the past but I can certainly identify and draw upon it," he says of playing a part like Love Is All You Need's Philip, a man who is still dealing with his pain.
"This character and this movie and this script found me at the right time in my life to be able to sit still and explore my own tragedies, my own pain, my own loss, what it's like to be a single parent," Brosnan continues. "In the hands of Susanne Bier, you surrender to that and allow yourself to go there. It just made sense. Her style of direction is very quiet and specific, strongly so at times. But there's great liberation in there because of the cinematic style that she uses. There were many emblems within the story: fatherhood, being a widower, being a single parent, a man of business, being alone, being middle-aged, dealing with time, time past, time present, time future."
And time, it seems, has since been kind to Brosnan. Not just in terms of his rugged good looks, but finding peace and comfort within himself and his career. "I painted myself into a corner sometimes I feel with the style of performance I'd given or the kind of actor I was trying to create when I came to America with Remington Steele," Brosnan admits. "As you get older there's a loosening of the ties to the ego and the posturing of who you are and how you behave. There's an ease within my own being now and there's a confidence, simple as that really, with performing... there's a great joy in being an older actor now. You have to adapt to your age and your years. It's nothing but humble gratitude of having come down the road so far."
Then again, it's hard not to be humbled with gratitude when you have labor of love projects like the big screen adaptation of Nick Hornby's A Long Way Down (in which he stars alongside Aaron Paul, Toni Collette, and Imogen Poots, whom he refers to as "The Quartet...we were joined at the hip") and, of course, Love Is All You Need. Love, being the key word.
"It all melded together from day one," Brosnan recalls, adding, "[my cast and director] embraced me with such a warmth and generosity and I, in return, did the same and we just hit the ground running. The experience of filming on a day-to-day basis was nothing but joy. It's criminal how much fun we had. It was a magical summer." Who knew Bond was such a softie?
Love Is All You Need opens in limited release on May 3.
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Chris 'daddy Mac' Smith has broken his silence following the death of his Kris Kross bandmate Chris 'mac Daddy' Kelly on Wednesday (01May13), insisting he will "always cherish the memories" of their friendship. The 34 year old was pronounced dead at a hospital in Atlanta, Georgia after he was found unresponsive at his home in the city, and stars including Sean 'Diddy' Combs, LL Cool J and Nicki Minaj took to Twitter.com to pay their respects to the star, who was discovered in an Atlanta shopping mall by Jermaine Dupri in 1990.
Now Smith has added his tribute to his close pal in a statement, which reads: "Chris Kelly was my Best Friend. He was like a brother. I love him and will miss him dearly.
"Our friendship began as little boys in first grade. We grew up together. It was a blessing to achieve the success, travel the world and entertain Kris Kross fans all around the world (sic) with my best friend. It is what we wanted to do and what brought us happiness. I will always cherish the memories of the C-Connection. Kris Kross forever."
Smith's autopsy was carried out on Thursday (02May13) and there was no indication of foul play. Cops are investigating the possibility that drugs were involved in the rapper's death.