Harry Potter co-stars Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint have both been honoured among the cream of the British theatre scene after landing nominations for the upcoming WhatsOnStage awards. Radcliffe is on the shortlist for the coveted Best Actor in a Play prize for his turn in The Cripple of Inishmaan, but he faces fierce competition from fellow Hollywood actor James McAvoy for his role in Macbeth, as well as Lenny Henry (Fences), Rory Kinnear (Othello) and Skyfall star Ben Whishaw (Peter and Alice).
Grint has followed his friend into theatre this year (13) and has landed a nod in the Newcomer of the Year category for his West End debut in Mojo. He faces rivals including Jack Huston (Strangers on a Train) and singer Tori Amos, who has been nominated for composing the score to her musical The Light Princess.
Other stars to have landed nods include Dame Helen Mirren, whose turn playing Queen Elizabeth II in The Audience scored her a nomination for Best Actress in a Play. She is going up against Captain America: The First Avenger star Hayley Atwell (The Pride), James McAvoy's wife Anne-Marie Duff (Strange Interlude), Suranne Jones (Beautiful Thing), and Tanya Moodie (Fences).
The awards, which are voted for by theatre-goers, will be handed out at a ceremony in London on 23 February (14).
Actor Ethan Hawke attempted to serenade a New York audience with an apology song after play, Macbeth, had to be cancelled on Thanksgiving eve (27Nov13) due to production issues. The show at Lincoln Center, New York was halted after just 20 minutes when technicians were unable to make mechanical trees, which are part of the play, move.
In a bid to keep theatre fans happy, Hawke took to the stage with a guitar and offered to perform, but was left red-faced when he couldn't think of an appropriate song.
After an audience member suggested he attempted Taylor Swift's You Belong To Me, the Training Day star began to strum the tune, but stopped after realising he really did not know the song.
Hawke said, "That's enough! Have a happy Thanksgiving and good night," and walked off stage.
Macbeth, which also stars James McAvoy's actress wife Anne-Marie Duff, opened last week (begs18Nov13) to dire reviews. The production will run until 12 January (14).
Actor Ethan Hawke has felt the wrath of America's theatre critics - they have savaged his turn as William Shakespeare's tragic king Macbeth on the New York stage. The Training Day star tackles the gruelling role in a new production at the Lincoln Center Theater, alongside James McAvoy's actress wife Anne-Marie Duff as his murderous queen, Lady Macbeth.
However, the show has opened to dire reviews following its press night on Thursday (21Nov13), with Hawke taking the brunt for his performance.
In the New York Times, critic Ben Brantley brands the play's three witches as the stars of the show, adding, "The production also features a lost soul named Ethan Hawke in the title role, but let's not distract ourselves from the main event."
Brantley also claims the audience struggled to hear a word Hawke said, writing, "He delivers Shakespeare's poetry like a moody, glue-sniffing teenager reciting Leonard Cohen lyrics to himself."
Elisabeth Vincentelli for the New York Post agrees, adding, "There's no getting around Hawke's underwhelming performance... It's almost enough to make you believe that the Scottish play really is cursed."
The Hollywood Reporter's David Rooney writes that Hawke gives a "sauntering, strangely noncommittal performance" and only "intermittently gets his teeth into the tyrant".
James Mcavoy is keen to spend more time in his hometown of Glasgow, Scotland to ensure his son grows up with an accent like his own. The 34-year-old actor married his former Shameless co-star Anne-Marie Duff in 2006 and the couple live in a north London apartment with their three-year-old son, Brendan.
McAvoy returned to Glasgow for six weeks while filming his new movie Filth and realised how much he missed the city.
He tells Britain's Daily Record newspaper, "I'd been away from Glasgow for a long time. To be honest, while I was away whenever I'd return for a visit, I felt that the Glasgow I knew had moved on and didn't really feel like the city I grew up in.
"What was brilliant was that I got to spend six weeks living in Glasgow while making the film and I then realised that wasn't true."
The Atonement star admits he would love to move back to Glasgow, but has to stay in London due to work commitments, but he wants to spend more time in the Scottish city for the sake of his young son.
He adds, "For the first time in 10 years I thought that I really want to live here again. I can't do that because my work's all down south and I'd spend all my time travelling, so I have found myself coming up the road a lot more - and trying to get my son a Scottish accent."
British actress Anne-Marie Duff is poised to make her Broadway debut opposite Ethan Hawke in an upcoming staging of Macbeth. Duff will play Lady Macbeth in the forthcoming production of William Shakespeare's classic tragedy at the Vivian Beaumont Theater in New York City.
Last month (Jun13), it was revealed Hawke has been cast in the title role in the play, which begins performances on 24 October (13) and officially opens on 21 November (13).
Duff already has a connection to Macbeth - her husband James McAvoy starred as the tragic Celtic king during a stint in London's West End theatre district earlier this year (13).
British actress Anne-Marie Duff turned down the chance to learn the art of burlesque with Dita Von Teese for a U.K. reality TV show. The former Shameless star, who is married to Hollywood actor James McAvoy, has revealed she was approached by producers looking to put together a new TV talent show with famous faces learning sexy dance routines in Las Vegas.
Duff admits she was tempted by the offer, but eventually turned it down over fears it would affect her acting career.
She tells Britain's Event magazine, "They asked me to train as a burlesque dancer with Dita Von Teese in Las Vegas, which sounded fabulous! I turned it down because I'm an actress and this is reality - I don't want people to see (the real) me."
The series will compete for the title of best TV drama, while show stars Tom Vaughan Lawlor and Robert Sheehan will go head-to-head for best lead actor, and Charlie Murphy will battle for the female equivalent.
Peter Coonan and Susan Loughnane also land mentions in the supporting categories, while Love/Hate's writer Stuart Carolan and director David Caffrey are both up for top honours too.
Other nominations for the best TV drama award include hit fantasy series Game of Thrones, The Borgias and Titanic: Blood and Steel.
Meanwhile, in the movie categories, the new star of Michael Bay's upcoming Transformers sequel is already proving his credibility - Irish actor Jack Reynor has earned recognition in the shortlist for best film actor for What Richard Did, which received a total of 10 nods.
The low budget project, from director Lenny Abrahamson, is the favourite to win best film, ahead of Death of a Superhero, Shadow Dancer, Grabbers and 1970s punk biopic Good Vibrations.
Also up for film acting accolades are Colin Farrell (Seven Psychopaths), Martin McCann (Jump), Anne Marie Duff (Sanctuary), Ruth Bradley (Grabbers) and Reynor's What Richard Did co-star Roisin Murphy.
The winners of the 10th annual IFTAs, which highlight the best in Irish entertainment, will be announced at a ceremony on 9 February (13), the night before the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards on 10 February (13).
The show, focusing on a dysfunctional family living on an impoverished English housing estate, launched Duff and her now husband James McAvoy's careers when it started in 2004.
The pair left after two runs, but the Nowhere Boy actress is set to make a comeback as Fiona Gallagher when the show comes to an end after its 11th series later this year (13).
Duff and McAvoy fell in love on the show while playing a couple. The Atonement actor will not reprise his role as Steve McBride.
McAvoy landed his big break with his role in the U.K. drama and started a real-life relationship with his character Steve McBride's love interest, played by actress Anne-Marie Duff, who is now his wife.
The show has since been rebooted for U.S. audiences but McAvoy admits it is too "strange" for him to watch Canadian actor Justin Chatwin in his place.
He says, "My wife and I must have watched about 10 minutes of the very first episode and it was kinda freaky, so we decided not to watch anymore.
"It was too strange watching people do lines that we ad-libbed that weren't even in the script. It was just stuff that we would improvise. When my character, Steve, dropped his pants, bared his a*s and slapped his bum in the face of a bouncer, that wasn't in the script. I did that on the night. And yet, there it is in this new series. It's really, really strange. It was the same director, as well."
The Atonement star and his actress wife Anne-Marie Duff welcomed baby Brendan last year (10), but remained tight-lipped about their new addition in a bid to keep him out of the spotlight.
Duff recently spoke more candidly about her son, revealing, "He's just gorgeous... I do feel my life's completely expanded since he arrived" - and now McAvoy has addressed how fatherhood has changed him.
He tells London's Evening Standard newspaper, "I've become much more practical. And more efficient. But your world narrows, and the things you devote your new-found efficiency to are less. There are less things that you give a s**t about."