Actress Katie Holmes is set to play Ryan Reynolds' onscreen wife after joining the cast of real-life Jewish refugee drama Woman In Gold. Dame Helen Mirren has already started filming the project, in which she stars as Maria Altmann, who spent four decades battling Austrian officials for the safe return of art stolen from her family by the Nazis during World War II. The stash, including Gustav Klimt's famous The Lady in Gold painting, was returned in 2006.
Reynolds will portray Altmann's young lawyer, Randy Schoenberg, and now Holmes has been added to the line-up as his wife.
Director Simon Curtis has also found a role for his real-life spouse, Downton Abbey star Elizabeth McGovern, in the movie, alongside fellow new additions Max Irons, Daniel Bruhl and Game of Thrones actor Charles Dance.
Production on Woman in Gold began last week (ends23May14) in the U.K., Austria and the U.S.
Dame Helen Mirren is in talks to star in a new movie about a real-life Jewish refugee who battled Austrian officials for the safe return of art stolen from her family by the Nazis during World War II. The Queen star is slated to portray Maria Altmann in The Golden Lady, about the four decades she spent fighting government officials in Austria after learning they had taken charge of art pieces including The Lady In Gold, Portrait Of Adele Bloch-Bauer I, which belonged to her uncle, and was valued at over $130 million (£81.3 million).
In 2006, the paintings were returned to Altmann and her relatives.
My Week With Marilyn filmmaker Simon Curtis is set to direct the movie, with production slated to begin in the summer (14) in the U.S. and Europe.
Steven Moffat, the head writer for Doctor Who and writer and co-creator of Sherlock, has long been criticized for his sexism, a flaw that has recently come into light with his decision to make the next doctor a man. Again. It seems that as a writer for shows that he often describes as intelligent and intellectual, he should be careful, or at least somewhat knowledgeable, about women’s rights. Instead, he continues to write female characters whose only positive characteristics are that they're "feisty" and "sexy" and discusses women’s issues as though all women are either out to get him, or eager to "shag" him. Here are a few of his musings on women, from how gross they are when they’re pregnant to their inherent and unavoidable neediness.
Moffat is proud of his sexual conquests and his ability to craft disgusting metaphors:"Between the marriages, I shagged my way round television studios like a mechanical digger."
And what is marriage besides the sacrifice of a minimalist bachelor pad?"When I met [his wife] Sue I was living in a fabulous, minimalist bachelor pad in Glasgow. I moved down to London to be with her and before I knew it I was living in a massively feminised house where shoes were left all over the place and every surface was covered with cushions and vases."
Moffat thinks kids are OK (if a bit stinky), but why did his wife have to get so huge?"Your wife turns into a boat, and shortly after that, you never sleep again and you clean shit off someone. It doesn’t seem like a very appealing prospect. Obviously, the moment I saw my child, that was different, but up until that point, I was thinking, ‘how long before she gets back to normal size? Will this damage anything?’"
And frankly it was all just pretty gross, right boys?"If you take most men aside when their wives are pregnant, most men are pretty frightened and worried and faintly disgusted by the whole experience."
On casting Karen Gillan as "Doctor Who" companion Amy Pond:"And I thought, 'well she's really good. It's just a shame she's so wee and dumpy’...When she was about to come through to the auditions I nipped out for a minute and I saw Karen walking on the corridor towards me and I realised she was 5'11, slim and gorgeous and I thought 'Oh, oh that'll probably work.'"
When criticized for using generic female tropes, Moffat would like to point out that at least they were all sexy:"River Song? Amy Pond? Hardly weak women. It's the exact opposite. You could accuse me of having a fetish for powerful, sexy women who like cheating people. That would be fair."
Moffat defends his choice not to cast a woman as the doctor:"It didn’t feel right to me, right now. I didn’t feel enough people wanted it. Oddly enough most people who said they were dead against it – and I know I’ll get into trouble for saying this – were women ... saying, ‘No, no, don’t make him a woman!’"
He then changes his defense and disses Helen Mirren:"I like that Helen Mirren has been saying the next doctor should be a woman. I would like to go on record and say that the queen should be played by a man."
Acclaimed gender scholar Moffat lays the truth down for the unenlightened (and the unenlightened are women):"There’s this issue you’re not allowed to discuss: that women are needy. Men can go for longer, more happily, without women. That’s the truth. We don’t, as little boys, play at being married - we try to avoid it for as long as possible. Meanwhile women are out there hunting for husbands."
And then laments the plight of the middle-class man:"Well, the world is vastly counted in favour of men at every level - except if you live in a civilised country and you’re sort of educated and middle-class, because then you’re almost certainly junior in your relationship and in a state of permanent, crippled apology. Your preferences are routinely mocked. There’s a huge, unfortunate lack of respect for anything male."
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Those keeping up with the continuous roll out of awards circuit nominations have, by now, come to notice a trend. Despite the wide variety of organizations offering recognition of film achievement, each year there are bound to be some mainstays: specific movies that top every venue's list.
So far, 2012's nomination championship falls in the lap of Lincoln, Steven Spielberg's beloved biopic about America's 16th president. The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has revealed its nominations, cementing Lincoln as the past year's most impressive spectacle. The historical drama earns 10 nods from BAFTA, including the top honor of Best Film. In Lincoln's company are other unsurprising entries: Les Miserables and Life of Pi each take in nine nominations (both Best Film candidates as well), and Argo ropes in seven (another top honor hopeful). Check out the full list of nominees below.
LIFE OF PI
ZERO DARK THIRTY
OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM
THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL
OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER
BART LAYTON (Director), DIMITRI DOGANIS (Producer) — The Imposter
DAVID MORRIS (Director), JACQUI MORRIS (Director/Producer) — McCullin
DEXTER FLETCHER (Director/Writer), DANNY KING (Writer) — Wild Bill
JAMES BOBIN (Director) — The Muppets
TINA GHARAVI (Director/Writer) — I Am Nasrine
FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
RUST AND BONE
SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN
WEST OF MEMPHIS
MICHAEL HANEKE — Amour
BEN AFFLECK — Argo
QUENTIN TARANTINO — Django Unchained
ANG LEE — Life of Pi
KATHRYN BIGELOW — Zero Dark Thirty
AMOUR (Writer: Michael Haneke)
DJANGO UNCHAINED (Writer: Quentin Tarantino)
THE MASTER (Writer: Paul Thomas Anderson)
MOONRISE KINGDOM (Writers: Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola)
ZERO DARK THIRTY (Writer: Mark Boal)
ARGO (Writer: Chris Terrio)
BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD (Writers: Lucy Alibar, Benh Zeitlin)
LIFE OF PI (Writer: David Magee)
LINCOLN (Writer: Tony Kushner)
SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK (Writer: David O. Russell)
BEN AFFLECK — Argo
BRADLEY COOPER — Silver Linings Playbook
DANIEL DAY-LEWIS — Lincoln
HUGH JACKMAN — Les Misérables
JOAQUIN PHOENIX — The Master
EMMANUELLE RIVA — Amour
HELEN MIRREN — Hitchcock
JENNIFER LAWRENCE — Silver Linings Playbook
JESSICA CHASTAIN — Zero Dark Thirty
MARION COTILLARD — Rust and Bone
ALAN ARKIN — Argo
CHRISTOPH WALTZ — Django Unchained
JAVIER BARDEM — Skyfall
PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN — The Master
TOMMY LEE JONES — Lincoln
AMY ADAMS — The Master
ANNE HATHAWAY — Les Misérables
HELEN HUNT — The Sessions
JUDI DENCH — Skyfall
SALLY FIELD — Lincoln
ANNA KARENINA (Dario Marianelli)
ARGO (Alexandre Desplat)
LIFE OF PI (Mychael Danna)
LINCOLN (John Williams)
SKYFALL (Thomas Newman)
ANNA KARENINA (Seamus McGarvey)
LES MISÉRABLES (Danny Cohen)
LIFE OF PI (Claudio Miranda)
LINCOLN (Janusz Kaminski)
SKYFALL (Roger Deakins)
ARGO (William Goldenberg)
DJANGO UNCHAINED (Fred Raskin)
LIFE OF PI (Tim Squyres)
SKYFALL (Stuart Baird)
ZERO DARK THIRTY (Dylan Tichenor, William Goldenberg)
ANNA KARENINA (Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer)
LES MISÉRABLES (Eve Stewart, Anna Lynch-Robinson)
LIFE OF PI (David Gropman, Anna Pinnock)
LINCOLN (Rick Carter, Jim Erickson)
SKYFALL (Dennis Gassner, Anna Pinnock)
ANNA KARENINA (Jacqueline Durran)
GREAT EXPECTATIONS (Beatrix Aruna Pasztor)
LES MISÉRABLES (Paco Delgado)
LINCOLN (Joanna Johnston)
SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN (Colleen Atwood)
MAKE UP & HAIR
ANNA KARENINA (Ivana Primorac)
HITCHCOCK (Julie Hewett, Martin Samuel, Howard Berger)
THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY (Peter Swords King, Richard Taylor, Rick Findlater)
LES MISÉRABLES (Lisa Westcott)
LINCOLN (Lois Burwell, Kay Georgiou)
DJANGO UNCHAINED (Mark Ulano, Michael Minkler, Tony Lamberti, Wylie Stateman)
THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY (Tony Johnson, Christopher Boyes, Michael Hedges, Michael Semanick, Brent Burge, Chris Ward)
LES MISÉRABLES (Simon Hayes, Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson, Jonathan Allen, Lee Walpole, John Warhurst)
LIFE OF PI (Drew Kunin, Eugene Gearty, Philip Stockton, Ron Bartlett, D. M. Hemphill)
SKYFALL (Stuart Wilson, Scott Millan, Greg P. Russell, Per Hallberg, Karen Baker Landers)
SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS
THE DARK KNIGHT RISES (Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Peter Bebb, Andrew Lockley)
THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY (Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton, R. Christopher White)
LIFE OF PI (Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer)
MARVEL AVENGERS ASSEMBLE (Nominees TBC)
PROMETHEUS (Richard Stammers, Charley Henley, Trevor Wood, Paul Butterworth)
HERE TO FALL
I’M FINE THANKS
THE MAKING OF LONGBIRD
THE VOORMAN PROBLEM
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Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger show off their action men credentials in the popular films, and West - who took control of the sequel - admits he has a few actresses in mind if movie bosses decided to create a female equivalent.
He tells E! Online, "I like the idea of the Expenda-Belles where it's seven or eight women mercenaries. It would be Angelina Jolie, Cameron Diaz, Milla Jovovich, the list goes on. Helen Mirren, Jamie Lee Curtis would be great.
"It would be running parallel. They would meet up and then they would fight and they would join up and save each other."
Actor Terry Crews, who plays Hale Caesar in the movies, adds, "I would love to see Charlize Theron. She would be a sweet bada** just doing some crazy stuff!"
Mirren portrayed Queen Elizabeth II in the hit 2006 film and they subsequently met in 2008 and again last year (11).
Now, the actress is in line for a third meeting after agreeing to help introduce acts during a show at England's Windsor Castle in honour of the royal's 60 years on the throne.
Susan Boyle, opera group Il Divo and entertainer Rolf Harris are among the performers who will take to the stage during the four-day event.
Simon Brooks Ward, the show's director and producer, says, "We have been overwhelmed by the goodwill and support from stars across the globe, who each have their own personal memories of the Queen, and share an enormous amount of love and respect for her work.
"The Diamond Jubilee Pageant will reflect the truly global impact the Queen has had during her 60-year reign, bringing horses, people, music and their culture from around the world to join the party."
The event will take place between 10 and 13 May (12), with Boyle performing on the final day, when the royals will attend.
Dame Shirley Bassey, Star Trek's Simon Pegg and Dame Judi Dench also tapped into their creative sides to transform everyday envelopes into works of art for the National Literacy Trust's annual Pushing the Envelope appeal.
Coldplay offered a cartoon depiction of the band, Mirren drew a playful picture of a woman literally pushing an envelope, while Fry doodled one of his trademark colourful ties.
Fans can bid on the celebrities' envelopes on auction website eBay.com next month (12).
All proceeds will benefit the National Literacy Trust, which helps disadvantaged families in the U.K. gain reading and writing skills needed for success.
The stars have joined the likes of Julie Walters, Russell Brand, Rachel Weisz, Ricky Gervais and Liam Gallagher by handing over their footwear to the Small Steps Project.
The shoes will be sold off at the London Celebrity Shoe Auction in October (11) at The Royal Society of Medicine to benefit children in poverty who live on rubbish dumps across the world.
Firth has donated a pair of his loafers and written a note to go alongside them which reads, "My old loafers, my best to the feet that find them!"
Other celebrities who have given their shoes to the cause include Simon Pegg, Ralph Fiennes, Jamie Lee Curtis, and singers Anastacia, Boy George, David Gray and Eliza Doolittle.
Dame Helen Mirren is a great example of how you don't need to be blonde and busty to have a desirable body in Hollywood. The Oscar-winning actress was named "Body of the Year" by 2,000 people who were part of an L.A. Fitness Survey. Oh, and did I mention that she is 66 years old? Much like a fine wine, this class act only gets better with age. Mirren beat out model Elle MacPherson, who came in a not-even-close second place, Kelly Brook, who came in third, and even Jennifer Lopez, who came in fourth place. The actress even out-shined Pippa Middleton's butt which has been the hype of most tabloid photos. Mirren's certainly proving that age is nothing but a number.
As far as the hottest male guys go, the results weren't all that shocking (except for Hasseloff ranking above Reynolds -- what's with that?). The infamously hot soccer stud, David Beckham, came out on top, putting him ahead of hunk actors Daniel Craig in second place, followed by Johnny Depp in third.
Here is the full list of Celeb Hot Bodies for both Female and Male:
Top 10 Female Celebrities
1. Helen Mirren - 17.65%
2. Elle MacPherson - 10.6%
3. Kelly Brook - 8.35%
4. Jennifer Lopez - 6.6%
5. Cheryl Cole - 5.35%
6. Myleene Klass - 4.2%
7. Holly Willoughby - 4.1%
8. Pippa Middleton - 4%
9. Kate Winslet - 3.9%
10. Nicole Scherzinger - 3.8%
Top 10 Male Celebrities
1. David Beckham - 21%
2. Daniel Craig - 15.75%
3. Johnny Depp - 10.25%
4. Brad Pitt - 9.35%
5. Peter Andre - 6.65%
6. David Hasselhoff - 3.55%
7. Rafael Nadal - 3.3%
8. Ryan Reynolds - 3%
9. Robbie Williams - 2.3%
10. Simon Cowell - 1.95%
Source: Huffington Post, Sky News
The pair will be pitted against each other for the programme's Star In a Reasonably Priced Car track drive in an episode which airs in the U.K. on Sunday (25Jul10).
A string of stars have previously revved up for the challenge, including Angelina Jolie, Dame Helen Mirren and Simon Cowell.
Harry Potter actor Rupert Grint currently holds the record for the celebrity with the fastest lap time.
Cruise and Diaz's appearance will make Sandra Bullock envious - last year (09) the Oscar-winner revealed she was desperate to compete on the track, saying, "I love Top Gear. I live for Top Gear."