British actor Vinnie Jones narrowly escaped serious injury on the set of his 2001 thriller Swordfish after an action sequence went horribly wrong and left a stuntman fighting for his life in hospital. The former soccer player appeared opposite John Travolta, Hugh Jackman and Halle Berry in the film, and he was happy to do all of his own stunts on set.
However, Travolta unwittingly saved him from a frightening accident when he ordered Jones not to carry out a dangerous wire manoeuvre before a stuntman tried it. The stuntman sustained horrific injuries when the scene, involving a daring escape from a coach, went wrong, and Jones was thankful for his lucky escape.
In his new autobiography, It's Been Emotional, he writes, "So we're on set and they've rigged me up on the wire... ready for a run-through... Suddenly JT (Travolta) comes in and says, 'Vin, have you rehearsed any of this?... No, no, no... I wanna see the stuntman do this before Vinnie'... So my stuntman comes in. They shout 'Action!'... He flies straight through the back of the coach, 70 foot up... He smashed through.. the back window and plunges to the concrete floor... We watch him hit the f**king concrete. We all honestly thought he was dead. Travolta comes running out screaming... It could have been me. I'd been seconds away from doing the stunt. Only JT's intervention stopped me. The stuntman broke his spine. It really smashed him up."
Ah... Robert De Niro using the f-word... it just feels right. It's like coming home after a long vacation. The trip might have been nice, but you only get to truly call one place your own. And De Niro's home is in those four little letters. There have been previous trailers for The Family, but this newest red band trailer ratchets up the colorful language to its blissful peak, and turns the f-bomb into an expressive piece of art. Bobby D hasn't had a role in a while that has really let him get down and dirty, but The Family looks like the movie that will turn all that PG-13 nonsense around. Most importantly, it looks like the legendary actor is finally having some fun at the movies again.
In the film, De Niro plays Fred Manzoni, an old school Brooklyn wise guy who gets himself and his family shipped to France when they have to enter the Witness Protection Program. Of course, all four members of the family have to deal with the massive culture shock, and old mob habits definitely die hard. The black humor in this trailer makes The Family look like a great comeback for De Niro. Not that he ever truly went away; he's maintained great titles like Silver Linings Playbook, but there's something nostalgic about seeing the actor play a sleezy mobster with a penchant for swearing. In this role, it seems like he's wrapped up his whole mob filmography, from The Godfather Part II to Goodfellas, into one expletive-ladden victory lap. Welcome back, Mr. De Niro. Welcome the f**k back.
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Les Miserables star Eddie Redmayne and actress Felicity Jones have joined a new BAFTA jury in search of emerging British talent in film, television and gaming. The actors will help consider nominations for the first BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) Breakthrough Brits awards, along with 19 other industry experts.
BAFTA chairman John Willis says, "It's been wonderful to see the breadth of emerging talent in the U.K.
"We're looking forward to revealing BAFTA's first ever Breakthrough Brits and to supporting them as they advance their careers. The future of our moving image industries is in good hands."
The talent selected will attend a day of talks from industry leaders, as well as networking, mentoring and guidance sessions to help them navigate their careers.
The list of honourees will be announced later this month (Sep13) and feted at a showcase in October (13).
Actor Tommy Lee Jones is set to write and direct a remake of John Wayne's classic 1972 film The Cowboys. The Men In Black star will revamp the movie, based on a novel by William Dale Jennings, for modern audiences in his third project as director, reports Variety.com.
The original starred Wayne and Bruce Dern and followed the story of a rancher forced to train a group of novices for a cattle drive.
Jones previously stepped behind the camera for 2005's The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, while he has also directed forthcoming drama The Homesman, in which he co-stars with Meryl Streep, James Spader and Hilary Swank.
Actor Michael Douglas was the toast of the GQ Awards in London on Tuesday night (03Sep13) as he was crowned Legend of the Year. A week after his separation from wife Catherine Zeta-Jones was announced, a solo Douglas was beaming as he picked up the accolade at the publication's annual Men of the Year ceremony, held at the Royal Opera House in the British capital.
Douglas, who flew in from the Venice Film Festival in Italy, was handed the prize by Samuel L. Jackson, while Sir Elton John was given the Genius award by terminally-ill rocker Wilko Johnson, and Doctor Who actor Matt Smith handed Noel Gallagher the Icon trophy.
Downton Abbey's Dan Stevens picked up Most Stylish Man, Pharrell Williams got lucky landing Performer of the Year, rockers Arctic Monkeys nabbed Band of the Year and Lou Reed was hailed the Inspiration of the Year.
Accepting her trophy for Woman of the Year, former Harry Potter actress Emma Watson joked, "Given the perilousness in the journey from child star to adult, any award with woman in the title is frankly a relief!"
Watson's My Week with Marilyn co-star Eddie Redmayne was also feted, taking home the Breakthrough Award, while Simon Pegg and Nick Frost were crowned the Comedians of the Year, and newsman Piers Morgan nabbed TV Personality of the Year.
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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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Hugh Jackman is set to be honoured with the Golden Icon Award at the 2013 Zurich Film Festival and the Donostia Award at the San Sebastian Film Festival next month (Sep13). The X-Men star will receive the Global Icon Award at a ceremony on 28 September (13) and will also present his new film Prisoners in the Gala Premieres section of the Swiss festival.
A statement from Zurich Film Festival Director Karl Spoerri reads, "Hugh Jackman is in a class by himself as a multi-talented entertainer with a global following. There is nothing he can't do and he proves this time and time again with every project he's involved in. We're honoured to recognise his brilliant career at the Zurich Film Festival."
Past honourees include Sean Penn, Michael Douglas and Morgan Freeman.
Jackman will also be feted with the Basque festival's Donostia Award for lifetime achievement on 27 September (13), along with Spanish actress Carmen Maura, at the San Sebastian Film Festival.
Past recipients include Oliver Stone, Ewan McGregor, Tommy Lee Jones, John Travolta and Dustin Hoffman.
Step away from the dangerous biopic roles, actors. Check out five Hollywood stars and the career-threatening roles they should never have taken.
1. Naomi Watts as Princess Diana
Yes, Naomi Watts was born in Sussex and raised in Wales, making her kind of British. Yes, Naomi Watts has recently confided to the press that Princess Di has given her the thumbs up to play her in her biopic from beyond the grave. No, it's not ok that a Hollywood actress is playing Britain's most beloved royal figure - and possibly woman, ever - in a film. No matter how winsome her smile, or fizzy her screen reprisal of the world's most adored dead person, Brits are gonna hate.
2. Lindsay Lohan as Elizabeth Taylor
Elizabeth Taylor: screen icon and legend. Lindsay Lohan: troubled star of Freaky Friday and perennial Chateau Marmont squatter. Lohan's ideal starring role is a tired courtroom reality show, playing a strung-out unconvincing 'drama baby.' Who better to play the most beautiful and iconic star, ever? Anyone. Seriously, like...anyone.
3. Amanda Seyfried as Linda Lovelace
Just because Amanda Seyfried's great in it, doesn't mean horny guys aren't watching this movie because it looks a whole lot like porn you can see on a first date.
4. Renee Zellweger as Beatrix Potter
After the passable English accent/ semblance of reality she brought to Bridget Jones, Oscar-winner Renee Zellweger's portrayal of Peter Rabbit's maker comes up hammier than a swimming pool full of gammon. As her hamster-cheeked face twists itself into unimaginable expressions, we're left in no doubt as to what Beatrix Potter's O-face looked like. What's that noise? It's the sound a career makes when it dies. Quick, nominate her for a Golden Globe to revive her. (Yes, that really happened.)
5. John Wayne as Genghis Khan
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Boy, give the Duke a break. The perennial cowboy tough guy must have twisted himself into knots trying to nail the nuances of playing infamous Mongol leader Genghis Khan in The Conqueror. Nope. He got a bowl cut and a weird wispy moustache and walked, talked and acted juuuust like he did in the Wild West. Bizarre, yes, but this film is so dangerously life-threatening it gets extra points. We're not talking figurative career suicide here. It killed him (probably). Production took place in Utah, downwind from a nuclear test site. 30 years later, almost half the 220-strong film crew had developed the big C. Just saying.
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John Stamos was surrounded by his TV family as he turned 50 on Monday (26Aug13) when the cast of Full House turned out to join in his birthday celebrations. The actor threw a huge Rat Pack-themed bash to mark the milestone at the Sunset Tower Hotel in Los Angeles.
His former co-stars Bob Saget, Candace Cameron Bure and Ashley Olsen were all out in force at the party, where Sir Tom Jones took to the stage to sing It's Not Unusual to the birthday boy.
Taking to Twitter.com, he writes, "Had the party of a lifetime Monday night - everyone that is so important in my life was there."
Other stars at the event included members of the Beach Boys and Glee star Darren Criss, who also performed.
Actor/director Terry Jones' plans to reunite his Monty Python pals as aliens in a new movie have fallen flat, according to John Cleese. Jones was hoping to direct Absolutely Anything, and bring his old comedy troupe friends on-board to voice extraterrestrials, but Cleese has revealed the movie project has stalled.
He tells the Los Angeles Times, "The truth is, I don't think any one of us knows what's going on. Terry rang us about 18 months ago and said, 'If we make this movie and I direct it, will you do a voice for it?' As far as I know, everyone said yes, and that's the last we heard about it."
He also fears the film - if it ever happens - will be the only way the Monty Python gang will reteam: "It is too difficult geographically. Dear old Mickey Palin, as I call Michael Palin, is forever travelling. He is always away doing his travel programmes. (Terry) Gilliam is either racing around the world trying to raise money or at film festivals or shooting something. He loves directing films.
"Jonesie (Terry Jones) is always doing the most extraordinary mixture of things. I think a few years ago he was directing an opera in Lisbon about carpet cleaners. And Eric (Idle) is very much based in L.A.
"We only get together occasionally. It's fun when we do. We always say we laugh more when we are together than we really do any other time."