British actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Emma Watson have been voted the world's sexiest movie stars. The Star Trek Into Darkness actor gained top spot in the 50 hottest males of the moment poll conducted by Empire Online, coming ahead of The Avengers star Tom Hiddleston, who took second place, and Man of Steel heart-throb Henry Cavill in third.
Harry Potter actress Watson earned the sexiest female movie star title, beating Scarlett Johansson in second and The Hunger Games favourite Jennifer Lawrence in third.
Other stars who featured high in the charts include Bradley Cooper, Ryan Gosling, Mila Kunis and Angelina Jolie.
James Dyer, editor of Empire Online, says, "It's a great result for British stars, but what's clear is that it's less important to have lots of casual fans and better to have a dedicated hard-core. The Cumberbabes, Hiddlestoners, Twi-hards and Cavilliers all made their opinions heard!"
Thor star Tom Hiddleston was left battered and bruised by his The Hollow Crown co-star Jeremy Irons after insisting the Oscar winner really hit him in a tense father-and-son scene. Irons plays the young actor's dad in the mini-series, which combines four of William Shakespeare's history plays, and Hiddleston admits the veteran actor can pack a punch.
He tells TV Guide, "I thought Henry should hit (my character) Hal as hard as he could. Jeremy said, 'Are you sure you're all right with this?'
"We did it for six or seven takes, and he had two magisterial rings on his fingers."
Every agency — be it an advertising firm, a mystical demon-hunting society, or a top secret government organization bent on thwarting international terrorism — needs a snarky office fixture. A master of the deadpan, though moreover useless in the field. Preferably British. Thick glasses optional. Don't bother trying to fill this position though (we're sorry, recent graduates desperate for any means of employ). Jared Harris has got it covered. Deadline reportst that the increasingly present actor is now joining The Man from U.N.C.L.E., the Guy Ritchie picture set with Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer in the central spots. While the mad Men star's role in this film is as of yet undisclosed, we can surmise that it will entail some finely pressed suits, orders barked with conviction, and a stark deficit of smiling.
This will be Harris' second go with Ritchie, who led the British actor to villainy in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. Harris' most recent turn was in the YA feature The Mortal Instruments, in which he played his intellectual shut-in shtick up to 11. With a script from Scott Z. Burns, the mind behind Steven Soderbergh's exceptional The Informant!, Harris should have a good deal of fun pouncing on some dark, bridled mania.
Just the way we like our Jared Harris: buttoned up tight, confined to a claustrophobic office, and right on the verge of snapping.
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Hugh Grant has landed a role in director Guy Ritchie's Man From U.N.C.L.E. movie adaptation. The revamp of the cult 1960s TV spy series will star fellow Brit Henry Cavill, who replaced Tom Cruise after the Hollywood actor dropped out of the project, and The Lone Ranger's Armie Hammer. Alicia Vikander has also signed up to play the female lead.
Grant will play the head of British Naval Intelligence in the film, which is slated to begin production next month (Sep13).
An exhibition celebrating Superman's 75th anniversary has been launched at the Comic-Con International event in California. The superhero made his comic book debut in 1933, so bosses at DC Comics have marked the occasion by gathering together some of the most iconic costumes from Superman's movie and TV career.
The exhibit at Comic-Con in San Diego features eight outfits including Christopher Reeves' iconic red and blue suit from the 1978 original movie, as well as the costume he wore as an evil version of the Man of Steel in the third installment.
Dean Caine's turn as the superhero in 1990s TV series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman is memorialised in the exhibition, which also includes an outfit worn by Smallville star Tom Welling.
Brandon Routh's outfit from 2006's Superman Returns is on display as well as three costumes worn by Henry Cavill in the latest blockbuster Man of Steel.
Comic-Con kicks off on Thursday (18Jul13) and runs until 21 July (13).
For many, The Grapes of Wrath conjures memories of that 500-page novel they had to suffer through in high school English class. For others, it brings to mind a 1940 movie starring Henry Fonda. For Steven Spielberg, The Grapes of Wrath might just be his newest big project.
According to Deadline, Spielberg and DreamWorks are in talks with the Steinbeck estate to acquire the rights to the author's classic Pulitzer Prize-winning book for a big screen project. The original 1940 adaptation of The Grapes of Wrath garnered seven Oscar nominations and two wins, including Best Director for John Ford. Spielberg has been a longtime admirer of Ford, but he reportedly will only produce this movie and will not take the helm as director.
In case you aren't familiar with the book or original movie, The Grapes of Wrath tells the story of the Joads, a poor family of tenant farmers who leave their home in Oklahoma to escape economic hardship after a drought ravages their land. Fleeing the Dust Bowl, they wind up in California, where they continue to struggle for survival during the Great Depression.
It's too early to know any other details about the new Grapes of Wrath movie, but for now we can say that wherever there's a Spielberg-produced film adaptation of a classic novel, we'll be there.
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We're still not quite sure what the plot of Man of Steel is, but in the new TV spot, we find a lot of heart. The 30-second spot gives us everything from fatherly wisdom to spaceship crashes to Superman and Lois Lane holding hands. There are also a number of different shots of Superman reaching out to things. Keep reaching, Superman. We believe in you.
We won't know what it is he's trying to grasp until June 14th. All we can do until then is watch the TV spots and trailers over and over again. Besides, there's a shot of baby Clark in this spot, and who doesn't love a cute baby?
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When Tom Cruise opted to call it quits on The Man from U.N.C.L.E., the studio must have panicked. First Clooney, then Cruise. The bar had been placed incredibly high. Few men could contend with the gravitas of the actors who previously occupied the spy feature's lead role of Napoleon Solo. What they'd need is a real hero. Someone existing well beyond the realm of mortal stardom. A bona fide super... fella. They'd need Henry Cavill, who, as Variety reports, is in negotiations for the part.
While the Man of Steel star is still only sprouting as a Hollywood name, his turn in the highly anticipated Superman picture could cement him as the next big thing. With a character both as iconic and as fragile as Clark Kent, an impressive performance by Cavill could cement him the kind of celebrity Christian Bale won after reinventing and re-immortalizing Batman.
If Cavill does indeed climb aboard, he'll be joining another rising star, The Lone ranger's Armie Hammer, along with established adrenaline aficionado, director Guy Ritchie. Meanwhile, Cruise is focusing his energies on Mission: Impossible 5. So, we're pretty much covered for fast-paced action-adventures.
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The most extensive child custody case in the history of time: the battle for the rights to Superboy. For 70 years now, DC Comics and the estate of Jerry Siegel (co-creator of Superman and his youthful alter ego) have grappled over distribution of the character, with the court's leaning bouncing between the parties over this time — after a 2006 decree of Siegel's heirs as authority on the adolescent Kal-El, DC and Warner Bros. have won the rights to develop a Superboy movie, as reported by Deadline.
Since initial inception in 1938, we have seen a number of different incarnations of "Superboy." The initial property, and that which seems to be the subject of Warner Bros.' new film, depicted Superman fighting crime and coming to terms with his powers in his pre-Metropolis days (a la Smallville). Another version of Superboy, deemed Kon-El, was actually a "metahuman clone" of Kal-El, synthetically created to emulate his source's powers.
As the latter was created by Karl Kesel and artist Tom Grummett, we assume that the news of Warner Bros.' recent legal acquirement must refer to young Kal-El. However, as the forthcoming Man of Steel film looks to tackle Clark Kent's journey from his mysterious childhood to ultimate heroism, there might be a hefty sum of crossover between that and a traditional Superboy film. Perhaps a melding of DC's Superboys is what we'll see in any title Warner Bros. releases in the near future... either that, or we can assume that all those brooding shots of hanging laundry and Kevin Costner diatribes from the man of Steel trailers will be spread out over a whole other 120-minute movie.
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Disconnect is the Crash of the Internet age. Like the Best Picture-winner the stories are somewhat interconnected. It also takes itself very, very seriously. Although it has some salient points about how the Internet has affected our relationships, Disconnect comes off more like a sort of 21st century Reefer Madness about technology.
The phrase "concern-trolling" comes to mind. One of its many definitions is when someone appears to empathize with a troubling situation, but that concern is really condescending or, worse yet, barely masked schadenfreude and derision. Although I don't actually think that writer Andrew Stern and director Henry-Alex Rubin (Murderball) are enjoying the paces they put these characters through, the overall effect is one of insincerity.
Although the Internet can be a hazardous place for people of all ages, these characters' stories come across as Lifetime movie fodder. The kid who's humiliated via Facebook by two male peers isn't just withdrawn, he pouts at the world from beneath the most impressive bangs this side of Thrasher Magazine. One of his bullies is, of course, bullied himself by his resentful dad, a former cop who had to become a PI to support them after his wife died. In another subplot, a hot teen makes money getting his kit off for strangers with webcams and lives in a sort of flophouse owned by the sleazy pseudo-pimp who runs the cam site. When a journalist sniffs out this webcam ring as a great story, the line between professional and personal get blurry. For a grieving mother and wife, the succor of an online support group inadvertently gets her sucked into a phishing scam that almost ruins her and her husband's lives.
Maybe if Disconnect focused on just one of these stories, or even two interconnected ones, it wouldn't come off so overwhelmingly maudlin. Some of the concerns are terribly dated or simply ludicrous; I can't get over the fact that the term "sexcam" is used, as well as the weirdly hysterical idea of a sweatshop of possibly underage teens lured into the world of web-camming with a hot meal and a place to crash. The movie can be effective in parts, though. The Facebook bullying plotline is painfully relevant, even though it's played for high melodrama. It gives us all a disturbing look at how easy social media has made bullying, and how hard it is to escape it.
Disconnect gives some underused actors a chance to gnaw some scenery. Jason Bateman's role of the grieving and angry dad allows him to explore his darker, more sensitive side — some of his scenes are the most affecting. Andrea Riseborough is a wonderful chameleon who dons sensible suits and French-tipped manicures for her performance as a news anchor hoping to bring her career to the next level. Alexander Skarsgard is oddly effective as an emotionally stunted husband, even though it's hard to take him really seriously as an office drone. The rest of the cast — Max Thieriot, Paula Patton, Hope Davis, Frank Grillo, Michael Nyqvist, and Colin Ford — are decent enough, given what they have to work with. Fashion designer Mark Jacobs, who plays Harvey the webcam pimp, is an amazing bit of stunt casting, though he shouldn't quit his day job.
Disconnect is oddly dark and murky, but luckily cinematographer Ken Seng left his Project X shaky handheld style at home. Max Richter is an incredible composer, but in conjunction with the overripe dramatics onscreen, it all becomes a bit much. We get it, people are disconnected from each other, their feelings, and their sexuality, but isn't there some room for happiness and joy that isn't tinged with pain amid all this tragedy?
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