Former Boyzone star Ronan Keating is set to make his theatrical stage debut in musical Once. The Irish pop star reveals producer Barbara Broccoli, the woman behind the James Bond films, personally called and asked him to take on the role played by Glen Hansard in the hit 2006 movie in London's West End.
Keating tells Britain's Daily Mail newspaper, "It's scary. I never saw myself going into the West End... This is, like, a play with music, and for me it's daunting."
He has been preparing to play busker Guy by taking notes during a recent visit to the Broadway production.
He adds, "I've spent 20 years trying to be Ronan Keating, the musician, so I guess I can spend four months playing another character."
The film and musical centres upon a love story between an Irish musician and a talented immigrant.
Filmmaker Oliver Stone is set to write and direct a movie about U.S. 'whistleblower' Edward Snowden. The former technical contractor and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) employee is currently living in Russia after confessing to leaking confidential information on mass surveillance operations undertaken by the U.S. and U.K. government officials on their own citizens.
He has been charged with committing espionage against America, but the Platoon director considers him a "hero" and has purchased the rights to Guardian journalist Luke Harding's book, The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World's Most Wanted Man.
He plans to begin production on an adaptation later this year (14).
Stone says, "This is one of the greatest stories of our time. A real challenge."
Guardian editor-in-chief Alan Rusbridger adds, "The story of Edward Snowden is truly extraordinary, and the unprecedented revelations he brought to light have forever transformed our understanding of, and relationship with, government and technology. We're delighted to be working with Oliver Stone."
This isn't the only Snowden film in development - James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli is working on a movie about the 30 year old, based on journalist Glenn Greenwald's book, No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the N.S.A. and the U.S. Surveillance State.
James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli is set to help turn fugitive U.S. whistleblower Edward Snowden's story into a new movie. The filmmaker and her producing partner Michael G. Wilson have picked up the movie rights to journalist Glenn Greenwald's new book, No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the N.S.A. and the U.S. Surveillance State, which will detail the former National Security Agency contractor's efforts to evade prosecution by U.S. authorities by hiding out in Russia. The film will be released in conjunction with executives at Sony Pictures Entertainment.
James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli has given evidence in Max Clifford's sex abuse trial, telling jurors the celebrity publicist had "never met" her famous father despite allegedly promising a role in a 007 movie to a young actress. Clifford is accused of molesting seven females, aged between 14 and 19, over an 18-year period, and a court in London has heard one woman was attacked by him after he offered to land her a role in 1983 spy movie Octopussy.
However, Broccoli - daughter of original Bond producer Albert 'Cubby' Broccoli - took the stand on Monday (24Mar14) to tell the court Clifford had never even met her father.
She told the jury, "Max Clifford represented a couple of gymnasts we hired on Octopussy. He was just an agent."
Earlier the jury had heard from a woman who claimed Clifford attacked her in his office when she attended a meeting about the possibility of him representing her after she won a role in Octopussy.
Clifford, 70, denies 11 charges of indecent assault between 1966 and 1984.
The trial continues.
A trio of Bond girls, including new Miss Moneypenny Naomie Harris, turned out to launch a 007 exhibition in London on Tuesday (18Mar14). Harris, who was unveiled as the latest incarnation of Moneypenny in 2012's Skyfall, launched the Bond in Motion show at the London Film Museum along with The Living Daylights star Maryam d'Abo and Casino Royale's Caterina Murino.
Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli also turned out for the opening of the exhibition, which features some of the most famous cars from the spy franchise, including a vintage Rolls-Royce from Goldfinger and an Aston Martin DBS from Quantum of Solace.
The exhibition opens to the public on 21 March (14).
John Travolta is secretly courting the role of the villain in the next James Bond movie. During a taped theatre interview with British TV personality Barry Norman on Sunday (16Feb14), the Pulp Fiction star revealed he and Bond producer Barbara Broccoli have discussed the possibility of him playing 007's foe in the untitled 24th Bond film.
Travolta said, "I would love to be a villain in the next James Bond film."
The movie is set to go before cameras later this year (14) with a release planned for 2015.
Critically-acclaimed movies Gravity and 12 Years A Slave have tied to share the top prize at the 2014 Producers Guild Awards. The two films are dominating this year's (14) awards season, and it was a dead heat at the PGA prizegiving in Beverly Hills, California on Sunday night (19Jan14). The movies landed the ceremony's first ever tie as they were both awarded the night's top prize, the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures.
Hollywood superstar Brad Pitt was among the producers of 12 Years A Slave and he joked about the tie during his speech, telling the audience, "Why they let me lead (the speeches), I don't know. I got my vote in at the last minute. I voted for Gravity."
Other big winners at the ceremony, held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, included hit TV show Breaking Bad, which landed the Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Drama, and Michael Douglas' TV movie Behind the Candelabra (the David L. Wolper Award for Outstanding Producer of Long-Form Television).
Disney movie Frozen took the award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures, and TV comedy Modern Family landed the Danny Thomas Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Comedy.
Special awards went to the team behind the James Bond movie franchise, Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, who received the David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures, and TV sitcom mogul Chuck Lorre, creator of Two and a Half Men and The Big Bang Theory, who took home the Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television.
Despicable Me producer Chris Meledandri landed the Visionary Award and the Stanley Kramer Award, for films which highlight social issues, went to Fruitvale Station.
Oscar winner Christoph Waltz, director Michel Gondry and James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli have been given the honour of helping to select the winners of the Berlin International Film Festival in Germany next month (Feb14). Actress Greta Gerwig, Iranian filmmaker Mitra Farahani, Chinese actor Tony Leung and Danish screen star Trine Dyrholm will also serve on the competition jury, which will be chaired by Brokeback Mountain producer James Schamus.
The panel will select the honourees for a number of competition prizes, including the prestigious Golden Bear for best film.
The 2014 Berlin International Film Festival will kick off on 6 February (14).
Dame Judi Dench's final turn as James Bond's boss M has helped movie mogul Harvey Weinstein win an appeal to lower the age rating for the actress' new film. The Brit brought her Skyfall character back from the dead for a skit aimed at winning over bosses at the Motion Picture Association of America's Classification and Ratings Administration Board, who had slapped a restrictive 'R' rating on her film Philomena.
The ruse has now paid off as executives at The Weinstein Co. have won their appeal to land a family-friendly PG-13 rating.
Producers argued that the film's two 'f' words did not warrant an 'R' rating.
The film's star Steve Coogan joined TWC executives at the appeals hearing in Los Angeles on Wednesday (13Nov13).
A jubilant Weinstein says, "We owe this victory to Barbara Broccoli, producer of the James Bond series, Daniel Craig and Sam Mendes who because of their relationship with Judi Dench gave permission to spoof the ratings system using the M character.
"We know that went a long way into shedding light on the themes of the movie and the fact that the PG-13 rating was correct. We are glad the MPAA has a good sense of humour and, with the co-operation of Barbara and her team, it was proven once again no one does it better than James Bond. And my sincerest congratulations to Steve Coogan, who went to the MPAA and defended the case personally."
Coogan also wrote the screenplay for the film, about an Irish woman on a hunt for the son who was adopted as a child without her permission.
Dame Judi Dench has brought her James Bond character M back from the dead to appeal a restrictive U.S. rating for her new movie Philomena. The British acting icon portrayed the head of the Secret Intelligence Service MI6 in seven of the Bond films, until she was killed off in 2012's Skyfall.
However, Dench has revisited one of her most famous roles for a campaign video as part of producer Harvey Weinstein's bid to convince censors at the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) to lower the 'R' rating for Philomena, a true story about a Catholic woman who tries to track down the son she was forced to give up for adoption at birth.
During a TV appearance in America on Thursday (07Nov13), Weinstein debuted a clip of the video, in which Dench appears in her late character's London office and quips, "Just when you thought I was dead..." She then begins to detail a new job for a mystery agent, stating, "I have an important mission for you. Are you familiar with MPAA?"
Weinstein reveals he sought the permission of Bond bosses before shooting the video, explaining, "With the blessing of Barbara Broccoli and the Bond team, M has returned from the dead to fight this battle. The appeal is on Wednesday, and M has risen from the dead."
The Hollywood producer is determined to win a revised PG-13 rating for the emotional drama to allow children over 13 to see the film without parental guidance, because he is convinced there is nothing offensive in the movie.
He says, "There are two F-words in the movie - you're allowed one F (for a PG-13 rating)... The movie is the gentlest, most wonderful true story, filled with humour and joy. They should just put 'PG-13 strong language' on this and make an exception."
Dench's co-star Steve Coogan also features in the campaign video, which will premiere in full on the comedy website FunnyorDie.com.
Philomena is scheduled for release in the U.S. later this month (Nov13).
Weinstein has become a regular MPAA visitor in recent years and won a ratings appeal in 2010 after movie bosses gave his film The Kings Speech a hard R rating. He also challenged them over the NC-17 rating of another movie, Blue Valentine.