Irish actress Saoirse Ronan is hoping to land her dad a role in a new Mary Queen of Scots biopic - as her character's executioner. Father and daughter have appeared onscreen together twice - in Irish TV drama The Clinic and new movie How I Live Now - and they've killed each other in both projects.
Now the Hanna star is hoping her dad, Paul, will be on-set for her royal death scene in her latest project.
She says, "It's his turn. He could do it for Mary Queen Of Scots.
"They needed a man to almost knock me down in a car (in The Clinic) (and) clearly they thought my dad would be a good choice. So that seems to be the relationship we always have on screen. One of us is always killing the other one."
Ronan, 19, has been cast as Queen Mary in the upcoming historical drama. The royal was found guilty of plotting to assassinate Elizabeth I, imprisoned for 18 years and executed.
"PS contrary to ludicrous reports, family, friends & followers, I am certainly not trying to have a baby... mind boggling." British actress/model Elizabeth Hurley has denied reports she is planning to have children with her estranged fiance Shane Warne.
Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Hudson and Kerry Washington were among the Hollywood stars recognised for their charity work at a special industry event on Saturday (05Oct13). Comedienne Amy Poehler, Charlize Theron and Elizabeth Banks were also feted at the Beverly Wilshire hotel during Variety magazine's annual Power of Women ceremony, which honours celebrities for their philanthropic efforts.
Kidman was praised for her work with UN Women (United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women), telling the crowd, "I became involved with this organisation because I was raised by a feminist mother - and she said to never be frightened of using the 'F' word!"
Meanwhile, Hudson was feted for the foundation she set up in memory of her slain nephew, and Washington took the stage to talk about her work campaigning for arts education in low-income areas.
And Theron, who advocates for HIV/AIDS awareness and research, fought back tears as she dedicated her trophy to her own mother in the audience.
She said, "It's impossible for me to accept this award because there's someone here so much more powerful than me. I hope you're OK with me giving this award to my mum. That b**ch was building roads in Africa when no woman was doing that. I thank you, Mum, for teaching me by your actions how to be a strong woman, and for turning me into a p**sy every time I talk to you."
Banks gave a comedic speech about women's health, the cause closest to her heart: "There's a lot of talk about boobies, and I'm all about boobies. But you are four times more likely to die from heart disease than breast cancer... I mean, when was the last time your gyno (gynaecologist) checked your cholesterol?"
Samuel L. Jackson is clearly not as good of a spy as his role as Nick Fury or his eye-patch has led us to believe.
In a recent interview with The Wall Street Journal, Jackson, clearly not following S.H.I.E.L.D. protocol, let slip the clandestine information that Elizabeth Olsen is definitely taking part in the upcoming Marvel flick The Avengers: Age of Ultron.
In the interview, Jackson said, "I don't think we begin shooting before March of next year," Jackson said of The Avengers: Age of Ultron, the next film in the Marvel universe to begin production. "I know we're shooting in London, that James Spader is Ultron and going to be the bad guy, and that we added Ms. [Elizabeth] Olsen [who will play the Scarlet Witch], but I don’t know what she's doing, if she's on the inside or the outside. I haven’t seen a script."
Olsen, the younger sister of twins Mary-Kate and Ashley, has become an accomplished young actor in her short career by sticking largely to indie fare like 2011's Martha Marcy May Marlene, for which she garnered significant critical acclaim. She now appears to be peppering in some genre and thriller projects into her résumé with roles in films like Oldboy, Godzilla, and this upcoming Avengers sequel.
The character she's pegged to play, Scarlet Witch, is one of the most powerful mutants in the Marvel universe, possessing the ability to bend and fold the fabric of reality with just her thoughts. That, added to her history of mental instability, will definitely give the Avengers a slew of problems to deal with come 2015. Ms. Olsen seems to already have experience with reality-shaping, seemingly having bent her older sisters out of existence.
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Plots: Schmidt (Max Greenfield) is forced to finally deal with his failing love triangle when Jess (Zooey Deschanel) and Nick (Jake Johnson) plan a double date with him and CeCe (Hannah Simone). Meanwhile, Winston (Lamorne Morris) spends most of the episode by himself scouting out a table at a restaurant that he can't get a reservation for. Oh, Winston.
Time to Grow Up, SchmidtUnfortunately, most of the episode focuses on the inevitable end to Schmidt's relationships with both CeCe and Elizabeth (Merritt Wever). When Nick finds out what Schmidt has done, he asks him, "In your little brain, how do you see this ending?" (Thank you, Nick. That's what we've all been wondering since day one.)
After Schmidt wimps out again and tells CeCe that Nick has been cheating on Jess, the two couples race to the restaurant where CeCe punches poor Nick below the belt and Schmidt is forced to tell her what a loser he is (is anyone starting to really dislike Schmidt?). To make things worse for Schmidt, his honesty doesn't come off as endearing. Yes, there are definitely some tears in his eyes, but he ends up blaming his indiscretion on his newfound good looks. (We get it, you were fat, but that doesn't give you a pass.)
Honestly, this episode was probably the most serious one out of the whole series. Not even Nick's dad's funeral was this sad. We knew it had to happen eventually, but things just got too real for a show that thrives off of the gang's loveable quirks and, well, humor.
Nick and Jess Save the DayThankfully, Nick and Jess save the episode from being utterly depressing and unfunny. From Nick's facial reactions when Schmidt tell him about CeCe to his interpretive dancing to his confession that he bought 10 thousand minutes in 1999 that he still hasn't run out of, Nick successfully reminds us that without him, there is no show.
As for Jess, one of the best scenes is when Schmidt threatens to ruin their relationship (yeah, that happened), and her and Nick come up with a list of information that Schmidt could use to pull them a part. The couple saves the end of the episode from being intense and kind of creepy with their admissions:
- Jess is in the Green party, has been banned from Lake Ontario, has a fear of pears and pear-shaped people, has been told by doctors that she might grow another 18 inches, and kind of wants to get a gun.- Nick is not convinced that he can read (he's just memorized a bunch of words), thinks the moon landing was fake (he looked at photos on the internet and the shadows are off), and is sexually attracted to ladybugs.
They may not have had a plotline of their own, but they had a slew of one-liners that helped the show stay on track. It was nice to see that Nick and Jess can function as couple without there being any drama between the two of them (just a whole lot of weirdness).
Winston, Reservation for EightHeartbroken and lonely from his breakup with Daisy, Winston is determined to join the gang on their double date. Convinced that he can get a reservation at a restaurant that is booked up for the next seven weeks, he hangs out a reject table -- where all of the people who don't have reservations can sit and eat -- in the hopes that he can completely take over the table.
Since Winston has officially been cast as the loveable nut-job, it's no surprise that one of his tactics for saving seats for his friends involved ordering eight different meals for nonexistent people and then taking different sized bites out of them to convince the hostess that people are sitting there. Winston might be the official C-plot of every episode (and spend most of it by himself), but hey, we're not complaining.
Some of the Best Moments and Lines from This Week's New Girl Episode:- Winston swallows a sanded piece of glass that he thinks is a mint.- Nick has sex with Jess while he's wearing a motorcycle helmet so his face can't reveal that he knows what Schmidt has done.- Nick can't get any more tickets or else they'll make him wear eye-glasses.- "You broke my heart. Mail me my mouth guard." - Elizabeth to Schmidt
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Actress Elizabeth Olsen was treated to a graduation ceremony on late night TV on Monday (30Sep13) after skipping her own school celebration earlier this year (13). The Martha Marcy May Marlene star enrolled in a theatre course at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts after high school in 2007, but studied part-time, alternating between classes and film jobs and even studying abroad in Russia in 2009.
She finally completed her degree in theatre this year (13), but decided to sit out her commencement ceremony at Yankee Stadium in February (13) in favour of having a double celebration at her 24th birthday dinner days later.
During an interview on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, she said, "It took me six years to graduate... It was at Yankee Stadium and I didn't know anyone so I didn't want to be there by myself, I'd have a panic attack or something... so I just, like, had a birthday and got myself a cake and pretended it was also graduation. It was fine, it was really good."
Host Jimmy Fallon took pity on Olsen's sad graduation story and decided to throw her a mini-commencement there and then, presenting her with a traditional academic cap and reading out her name as he handed her a pretend scroll.
In awe at the gesture, she said, "My parents are going to be so happy. They were really mad I didn't go to graduation..."
The action on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is thrilling, but it's the sassy one-liners that set the tone for the show. Joss Whedon's characters are always punctuating their high-pressure jobs with clever comebacks and cheeky wordplay. (Think Buffy and Firefly's Mal Reynolds.) So it's not a surprise that his televised take on the Marvel-verse is equally stacked with excitement, intrigue and puns. Here are our favorite quips from the pilot episode.
"I don't think Thor's technically a god.""Well, you haven't been near his arms."— Agents Ward and Hill have differing opinions about what qualifies one as a deity.
"Sorry, that corner was really dark, and I couldn't help myself."— The presumed dead Agent Coulson can't resist making a dramatic entrance.
"Well, you get shanked by the Asgardian Mussolini, you can tell it your way."— Loki reference — drink!
"Under 'People Skills,' she drew...I think it's a little poop. With knives sticking out of it."— We're not above a little toilet humor here at Level 7.
"This is actually where they make the red tape, isn't it?"— Agent Coulson isn't a behind-a-desk kind of guy.
"She might as well be one of those sweaty cosplay girls crowding around Stark tower.""What? I would...it was one time."— Agent Ward has Skye's number. We assume this was a good-natured ribbing of cosplay girls, since they make up about half of the audience of this series.
"She is an asset.""She is such an...wait...asset?"— These are the people we're trustring to defend our planet, by the way.
"What are we seeing?" "Well, the man is very angry at the other man."— Fitz also answers to "Captain Obvious."
"When you get back, I'll show you my thing. Ah, thing. It's my hardware. My equipment! Hang up."— And there's the inevitable phallic joke, made charming by Fitz's cute British accent and lack of smoothness.
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Cricket legend Shane Warne's ex-wife has dismissed rumours she is the reason for his split from fiancee Elizabeth Hurley. Actress/model Hurley confirmed earlier this month (Sep13) that her romance with Warne is over, although the Australian sports ace insisted they are fighting to save it.
Rumours swirled that the rift was due to Hurley's jealousy of Warne's continuing friendship with his ex-wife Simone Callahan, the mother of his three children, but Callahan has now spoken out to dismiss the suggestion as "laughable".
She tells Britain's The Sun newspaper, "I hope Shane and Elizabeth can work things out because they seemed happy together... There are definitely no feelings there (between us). It's laughable really."
Warne and Callahan divorced in 2006.
Actress/model Elizabeth Hurley has been blasted by animal welfare charities after boasting that her dogs kill foxes. The Austin Powers star, who is currently in talks with her estranged fiance Shane Warne in a bid to save their romance, told how her beloved Labradors police her farm in the English countryside.
Discussing her dogs, she described them as "naughty" and told Sky News, "Mine kill foxes", but the remark has sparked outrage among animal welfare groups.
A spokesman for the U.K.'s National Fox Welfare Society says, "It's despicable", and an Animal Aid representative adds, "Anyone with dogs liable to attack wild animals would do well to attend training classes or muzzle them."
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Cate Blanchett is, without a doubt, one of the great actors of our time. She's been delivering powerful performances for the past 20 years, with her roles in films like The Aviator, Elizabeth, The Lord Of The Rings trilogy, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button just a few on a long list of great works. We were so excited to learn that the amazing Aussie talent is getting ready to go behind the camera, as she'll be making her directorial debut with an adaptation of the bestselling novel The Dinner. Here are a few reasons we're expecting very big things from this project.
It’s Technically Not Her First Time Directing
Theatre-heads know this better than the rest of us, but Blanchett has been in the director's seat before. Her husband (playwright and screenwriter Andrew Upton) runs the Sydney Theatre Company, and Blanchett has directed David Harrower’s Blackbird and Joan Didion’s Pulitzer Prize-finalist memoir The Year Of Magical Thinking. Obviously, directing for the big screen will be different from directing for the stage, but we expect that Blanchett will make a strong transition.
The Novel Was A Huge Deal
The Dinner is a Dutch novel by Herman Koch. It was a European sensation, an international best seller (making the New York Times bestseller list), and the plot sounds like it was just asking to be adapted into a film. The psychologoical thriller tells the story of parents who must meet for dinner and deal with the ramifications of a horrific crime committed by their sons; it's been described as "the European Gone Girl." We can't wait to see how Blanchett brings such a tale to life.
The Oren Moverman Factor
One of the most exciting things about the project is that Blanchett is teaming up with the Oscar-nominated writer Oren Moverman. Moverman is adapting the novel for the screen, and since he was partly responsible for the critically-acclaimed 2009 film The Messenger, we think this could make for a dream collaboration.
Her Red Carpet Sensibility
This may sounds strange, but based on Cate Blanchett's red carpet stylings, we think she is going to make a fantastic film. Cinematography is everything, and Blanchett's recent, show-stopping looks (like this one) have us convinced that she knows how to make artistic magic happen in more ways than one.
She's Learned From The Best
Right now Blanchett is starring in Blue Jasmine, which is on its way to being Woody Allen's highest-grossing film to date. And Allen is just one of the many great directors Blanchett has worked with; Martin Scorsese, Peter Jackson, David Fincher, and Terrence Malick are just a handful of the filmmakers we think Blanchett will be drawing on when she gets behind the camera. If these guys have any influence on her debut, the possibilities are endless.
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