Gary Oldman's actress sister Laila Morse, who had a long-running role in hit British soap opera EastEnders, is the second star to be voted off the 2013 series of U.K. reality TV show I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!
Irish pop star Kian Egan is heading into the Australian jungle after signing up to compete on U.K. reality show I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!. The former Westlife singer, 33, arrived in Brisbane on Monday (11Nov13), shortly after British fashion guru David Emanuel, who designed Diana, Princess of Wales' wedding dress in 1981, was announced as a participant for the latest season of the hit survival series.
The other celebrity contestants for the 13th season of the hit show, which debuts on Sunday (17Nov13), have yet to be announced, but British bookmakers have already made reality TV star Joey Essex the favourite to win.
Other stars rumoured for the jungle challenge include Will Smith's one-time TV sidekick Alfonso Ribeiro, actress Laila Morse, Olympic swimmer Rebecca Adlington and ex-model Annabel Giles.
Gary Oldman's actress sister Laila Morse has been declared bankrupt. The 68-year-old star, who appeared in Oldman's 1997 movie Nil by Mouth and enjoyed a long-running role in U.K. soap opera EastEnders, filed bankruptcy paperwork with the High Court in London earlier this month (Aug13) after falling into financial difficulty.
Morse, real name Maureen Oldman, was officially declared bankrupt last week (ends18Aug13), according to Britain's The Sun newspaper.
In the last seven years Denzel Washington has paired with director Tony Scott on four hyperkinetic ultra-saturated feature films: Man on Fire Deja Vu The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 and Unstoppable. When he strays from the time-honored action collaboration you'd think the man would take a break from the format. Not so—as Washington's new film Safe House clearly demonstrates.
Daniel Espinosa director of the acclaimed Swedish crime drama Snabba Cash shoots his espionage thriller with Scott-ian flair complete with rapid camera movement a palette of eye-scorchingly bright colors and fragmented editing. If Safe House was emotionally compelling the stylistic approach might make the narrative sizzle—but the script is as simple and familiar as they come: Matt Weston (Ryan Reynolds) is a CIA agent with a monotonous gig. He's a safe housekeeper tasked with maintaining a stronghold in South Africa in case the feds need to stop by for some…interrogating. After a year of begging for field work and keeping the joint tidy Weston finds himself embroiled in the investigation of Tobin Bell (Denzel Washington) an ex-CIA notorious for selling information on the black market. A group of agents bring Bell in to Weston's safe house for a routine waterboarding but everything is thrown into chaos when the lockdown is infiltrated by machine-wielding baddies looking to put a bullet in Bell's head. To keep the captor alive Weston goes on the run with Bell in hand…never knowing exactly why everyone wants the guy dead.
The setup for Safe House provides Washington and Reynolds two fully capable action stars to do their thing and to do it well. The two characters have their own defining characteristics that each actor bites off with ferocity: Reynolds' Weston is a man drowning in circumstance built to kick ass but still out of his league and just hoping to get back to his gal in one piece. Bell has years of experience boring into the heads of his opponents and Washington plays him with the necessary charisma and confidence that make even his most despicable characters a treat to watch.
But the duo fight a losing battle in Safe House contending with the script's meandering action and ambiguous stakes that turn the Bourne-esque thriller into a grueling experience. Much of the movie is an extended chase scene where the object of the bad guys' desire is never identified. It's a mystery!—but the lack of info comes off as confusing. Safe House cuts back and forth between the compelling relationship between Weston and Bell and a war room full of exceptional actors (Vera Farmiga Brendan Gleeson and Sam Shepherd) given nothing to do but spurt straightforward backstory and typical "there's no time Mr. ______!" exclamatory statements. Caking it is Espinosa's direction which lacks any sense of coherent geography. The action is never intense because you have no idea who is going where and when and why.
Safe House is a competently made movie with enough talent to keep it afloat but without any definable hook or dramatic emphasis it plays out like an undercooked version of the Denzel Washington/Tony Scott formula. Which is unfortunate as four solid ones already exist.
Tilton, who will compete against stars including former child actor Corey Feldman on the show, ripped a shoulder muscle during a practise session, while Sugababes star Range was taken to hospital earlier this week (beg02Jan12).
The singer, whose professional ice skating partner Sylvain Longchambon dropped out of the series after rupturing a bicep, needed medical attention after dislocating a rib and damaging bones in her wrist.
She tells Britain's Daily Mirror, "I had a bone come out of my wrist and it happened to my rib as well. With the rib I was doing a flying cartwheel and I heard it pop - the physio popped it back in for me. I heard it when I did my wrist, too.
"I had to go to the hospital and I was sobbing because I thought I’d be off the show. They thought it was broken but, thank God, it wasn’t."
The One and Only hitmaker Hawkes also sustained a severe leg and ankle injury, leading to concerns he may have to miss the programme's launch this weekend (07-08Jan12).
Other contestants, including British soap star Laila Morse and actress Jennifer Ellison, have also suffered injuries in the run up to the new series.