Born in Dublin to an Irish mother and Zambian father, singer and actress Samantha Mumba has said that her unusual background and exotic beauty was accepted in Ireland with fascination rather than disc...
In the late 1800s scientist and inventor Alexander Hartdegen (Guy Pearce) builds a time machine in an effort to change the past when his fiancee Emma (Sienna Guillory) is killed. He succeeds in going back in time but is unable to prevent Emma's death. He then travels to a point about 30 years in our future and seeks an answer to his question about why he can't change the past. But when the moon explodes and the Earth goes a little haywire our intrepid time traveler gets knocked unconscious and finds himself 800 000 years into the future. It's an idyllic setting at first glance. He meets the beautiful Mara (Samantha Mumba) and her tribe of peaceful English speaking low-tech cliff-dwellers called the Eloi. Things get dangerous when Hartdegen discovers that humans have evolved into two races with one hunting the other. The Eloi are the sheep and the hideous Morlocks are the hunters. The Uber-Morlock (Jeremy Irons) is fascinated with Hartdegen and his machine and the two square off for the final battle. Will Alexander make it back to his own time? Or will he sacrifice science for love?
The Time Machine belongs solely to Pearce and thankfully he is able to pull it off. If he wasn't completely believable as the time-traveling Hartdegen than the film would certainly be lost because (besides Irons's brief appearance) there are no other major players to contend with. Pearce is an unusual actor and continues to pick projects such as last year's indie gem Memento that stretch his acting abilities. His slightly absent-minded professor persona in the beginning of The Time Machine offsets the determined and courageous man he becomes in the end. Pearce handles these character shifts very subtly and never lapses into predictability even though he has to react constantly to all the changes around him. In the supporting cast Orlando Jones (The Replacements) is hilarious as a 21st century holographic know-it-all and Mark Addy (The Full Monty) does a nice turn as Hartdegen's friend from the 1800s. As far as Irons' scenery-chewing Uber-Morlock it could have been played by any other actor since he didn't add any relevance to the character--or the movie.
There is no need to make comparisons between this updated version and the 1960 film starring Rod Taylor. It's obvious in this day and age of computer-generated imagery the 2002 Time Machine is going to be far superior to its predecessor. It would be an understatement to say the film didn't look absolutely amazing. The way the Earth evolves around Hartdegen's time machine is fascinating and historical at the same time. Also the reason Hartdegen builds the machine to search out answers and heal his pain is a great motivational factor rather than just having the character time-travel for the heck of it. However the same things that made the 1960 version somewhat campy plague this version as well and it's really H.G. Wells' fault. His novel is obviously a sci-fi classic and for its time gave a creepy view of the future: two races of mankind--one grotesque and mole-like the other more gentle and elegant--living in a cannibalistic society. In today's world savvy moviegoing audiences have seen enough of the future to know what's creepy and what's not--and Wells' future just isn't that scary. The world of the Morlocks and Eloi looks like a cross between Lord of the Rings and Planet of the Apes. Still it's enjoyable.
It looks like the third Austin Powers offshoot will begin filming this fall in Los Angeles. The film, titled Goldmember, is expected to hit theatres July 26, 2002.
We witnessed the world-class playboy and part-time secret agent from the 1960s emerge after thirty years in a cryogenic state to battle with his nemesis Dr. Evil in International Man of Mystery.
In The Spy Who Shagged Me, he was sent back to 1969 in a newly developed time machine-a psychedelic Volkswagen Beetle-to thwart Dr. Evil's plot to destroy the world.
Goldmember follows the lead of recent blockbuster franchises and is gearing up as a prequel to the two successful Austin Powers feature films. The film will flash back to the 1950s when Austin and Dr. Evil are classmates. The two apparently become enemies after a falling out of some sort. Maybe audiences will finally get to find out why Dr. Evil's been a frickin' evil doctor for 30 frickin' years.
Austin may also find his long lost parents.
Director Jay Roach, who was responsible for the first two Austin Powers films, is helming the project.
He puts the grrr in swinger, baby
Funnyman Mike Myers wrote the script and will also play multiple characters in the film. He will reprise his role as Austin Powers, his nemesis Dr. Evil and the over indulgent and dead sexy Fat Bastard.
The latest smoking gun in Myers' arsenal of characters is a villain called Goldmember. Will Austin discover that Goldmember is a millionaire industrialist who cheats at cards and golf? It looks as though fans will have to wait until next summer to find out what this villain is all about, since producers are keeping mum on the subject.
But Myers isn't kidding around about his salary. The comic actor will reportedly receive a $25 million advance against 21percent of gross profits.
Please, allow myself to introduce....
There is a long list of cast members for Goldmember. Many actors from previous Austin Powers flicks will return, including Robert Wagner as Number Two, Rob Lowe as young Number Two, Seth Green as Scott Evil and Verne Troyer as Mini-Me. While Will Ferrell, Mindy Sterling, and Michael York may also return, there are surprises in store.
Michael Caine will apparently be joining the cast as Captain Hendricks, a security officer for the Royal Navy. Honor Blackman has been mentioned to play Austin's mother, and rumors are circulating that Tom Cruise and Pierce Brosnan may make cameo appearances. As Austin's father possibly?
The producers of Goldmember also held an open casting call in October in Hollywood. A press release stated they were looking for 16- to 22-year-olds with a physical resemblance to Austin Powers, Dr. Evil, Number Two (the character played by Robert Wagner and Rob Lowe), and Basil (the character played by Michael York). It also mentioned they should be able to perform an impression of the characters to play their younger counterparts.
She's the village bicycle. Everybody's had a ride
No Austin Powers movie would be complete without a love interest. We all know what became of the explosive Vanessa Kensington, played by Elizabeth Hurley. Is anything of that magnitude in store for Felicity Shagwell? Luckily for Austin, he never forgets a pussy...cat.
While Heather Graham will make a cameo appearance in Goldmember reprising her role as Felicity, her fate remains a secret. Rumor has it Graham did not want to sign on to the project if her character was to perish.
But after all, Austin just got his mojo back and it would be a shame to waste his restored libido on one woman. The new Austin Powers babe will be the Destiny's Child temptress Beyoncé Knowles.
Irish R&B singer Samantha Mumba has also recently signed on to the project, but her role has not been announced.
Landed a starring role in "The Hot Mikado", a Dublin stage production based upon the legendary Gilbert and Sullivan opera
Featured in the remake of "The Time Machine", directed by author H.G. Wells' great-grandson Simon Wells
At age four, was spotted in a dance class and booked in a television appearance
Having bluffed her way into an exclusive club, gave demo tape to Louis Walsh, the creator of the Irish pop singing groups Boyzone and Westlife
Dropped out of school at age seventeen to record debut album "Gotta Tell You"; the title single reached Number Two on the British pop charts
Cracked the US Top Ten with catchy hit "Gotta Tell You"; followed up with the club track "Baby Come On Over"
Born in Dublin to an Irish mother and Zambian father, singer and actress Samantha Mumba has said that her unusual background and exotic beauty was accepted in Ireland with fascination rather than discrimination. Tall and graceful, with flawless skin and a dancer's build, Mumba began performing at age three at Dublin's Billie Barry Stage School. The following year she was spotted in a dance class and booked on a television program, beginning an extracurricular entertainment career that became a full-time goal when she left school at seventeen to record her debut album "Gotta Tell You". Winning the attention of producer and famed pop group creator Louis Walsh (who hit the top of the UK charts many times over with his Dublin boy bands Boyzone and Westlife) thanks to her ingenuity and her high-profile role in "The Hot Mikado", a new spin on the Gilbert and Sullivan classic produced on the Dublin stage, Mumba landed a record deal and quickly hit the charts in the UK, even managing to score a hit in the USA, an enviable accomplishment very few European pop stars can claim.<p>Standing out from the pop princess crowd dominated by blue-eyed blondes thanks to her confident demeanor and deeper voice as well as her look, Mumba became a fixture on MTV with her debut single "Gotta Tell You" and ranked a club hit with her follow up "Baby Come On Over". She then segued to the big screen in "The Time Machine" (2002), a Steven Spielberg-produced retelling of the H.G. Wells classic, directed by Wells' great-grandson Simon Wells (with an uncredited assist from Gore Verbinski). Mumba played Eloi, the ethereal futuristic creature who speaks an unknown language in a role devoid of any of the singing and dancing known to pad many a pop singer's feature work. The filmmakers were so impressed with Mumba's performance that she was called back to shoot additional footage, placing the character in more scenes and inserting her in the trailer, quite unlike the editing out many are subject to in their first feature outing.<p>Working on her sophomore album after "The Time Machine" finished shooting in 2001, the ambitious but level-headed Mumba was out to prove to be a more permanent fixture in the entertainment industry than many of her pop counterparts.
born c. 1989
Billie Barry Stage School
"I never model myself on anyone. I want to make my own name and I'm not in a huge rush. The longer things take to come, the longer they last. I'm writing my second album at the moment and I don't want it to become too deep and meaningful as I don't want ot upset those who boutght the first album. By the fifth album, I'd like to have a new style of my own." -- Samantha Mumba quoted in Sydney Morning Herald, January 5, 2002.
"I'm not complaining. I could be working in a supermarket. And I have no sympathy for pop stars who say they need drugs to escape from the pressures. It's a stupid, lame excuse. I wind down by going home, having a hot shower, putting on my pyjamas, wrapping myself in a blanket and watching television." --Samantha Mumba on the pressures of her career to Sydney Morning Herald, January 5, 2002.