Since Ukrainian-born Olga Kurylenko's life prior to her initial fame was the stuff of great drama, it came as no surprise to many that she would turn to acting after an acclaimed career as an internat...
Russell Crowe has been given a big boost as a filmmaker - his new directorial effort, The Water Diviner, in which he stars alongside Olga Kurylenko and Jai Courtney, has been picked up by executives at Warner Bros. The period film is based in 1919 Turkey. It will be released in the U.S. in April (15).
Jeffrey Dean Morgan's cancelled Magic City casino mob series is set to be revived on the big screen with Bruce Willis and Bill Murray joining the cast. The period TV show, which also starred Danny Huston and Olga Kurylenko, was scrapped last year (13) after just two seasons on America's Starz network, but now blockbuster filmmaker Brett Ratner has signed on to co-produce and help finance a movie adaptation.
The original series cast will return for the film, alongside new additions Willis and Murray.
The Magic City movie will be directed by series creator Mitch Glazer, who previously worked with Murray on his 2010 directorial debut, Passion Play, starring Mickey Rourke and Megan Fox.
Moonrise Kingdom co-stars Murray and Willis have recently completed work on director Barry Levinson's new movie Rock the Kasbah.
Pierce Brosnan signed up for new spy thriller The November Man in a bid to conclude his journey as James Bond. The actor's run as 007 came to an abrupt end after four films when he was suddenly replaced by Daniel Craig, and he admits he never got the chance to get the franchise or the spy film genre out of his system.
So when producer pal Beau St. Clair presented him with the new film, Brosnan jumped on board, hoping it would help him exorcise Bond once and for all.
He tells WENN, "After my four outings as James Bond there seemed to be unfinished business in the way that the Bond films finished in my life and the demise of Bond going offstage left into the night; it seemed like there was a certain void there... The Bond was so big and mighty in my career.
"I wouldn't be in the company of you all, talking about The November Man if it hadn't been for James Bond. There was a desire, need and want to make this film. I love the title. It has a sensuality and a mystique to it. It has a complexity of character and a punch and a grit to it, which gave me the opportunity to really take the gloves off and be hard as nails and be ambivalent in my moral values as a character. There was a complexity there that was seductive and enticing."
Ironically, the new film also features actress Olga Kurylenko, who was a Bond girl opposite Craig in Quantum of Solace.
She says, "It feels like I've done two Bond films! It was wonderful working with Pierce; it was a gift. It was great with tons of action and we both already have certain skills so we were prepared with all our past and all the Bond movies."
Brosnan adds, "There was a similarity in the role because Olga had been with Daniel in the Bond movie. But it was Olga's work and her talent and beauty and vulnerability that just made sense."
And the film's stunt co-ordinator was Mark Mottram, who was Brosnan's James Bond stunt double.
The actor jokes, "He and I saved the world a couple of times."
Whether or not you agree with the idea that we, as a society, have reached superhero saturation, there's no denying that 2014 has been one of the busiest years for caped crusaders in history, between Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the steady stream of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice set rumors. And if you were to take a casual glance at the films lined up for release over the next few months, it might seem as if there's no relief in sight. Do we really need two more intergalactic, justice-seeking adventures a month until New Year? Well, we have some good news for you: those probably aren't superhero movies. In fact, most of them probably aren't - they just have titles that would make just as much sense with a mask and a pair of tights. Don't believe us? Take a look at the rest of 2014 in movies:
Into the Storm This Is Not: An X-Men: Origins movie starring Lupita Nyong'o, nor a spinoff movie about the Fantastic Four’s twins Johnny and Sue.This Is: A found-footage disaster movie about a series of intense, deadly tornadoes that are tearing the country apart. It Opens: August 8
November Man This is Not: A film about a superhero with the ability to control weather conditions. Well, he can control the autumn. He’s the Thanksgiving superhero, is what we’re saying. This Is: A thriller about an ex-CIA operative who is hunting down a woman who holds the keys to an international conspiracy, while trying to escape the people who want to kill him, starring Pierce Brosnan and Olga Kurylenko. It Opens: August 27
The Green Inferno This is Not: The story of a hero who has the ability to burst into flames and control fire (green fire, obviously) after a freak accident involving industrial waste. This Is: A horror film that centers on a group of student activists who are fighting to save a tribe in the Amazon… only to discover that they’re a tribe of cannibals, written and directed by Eli Roth. It Opens: September 5
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Gone Girl This Is Not: An action-comedy about a shy scientist who, after a failed experiment, develops the ability to turn herself invisible, and uses her powers to fight crime in a way that is not at all similar to the Invisible Woman. This Is: A psychological thriller about a woman who disappears on her anniversary, and the husband who becomes the media’s prime suspect after the journals she was writing are discovered, starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike. It Opens: October 3
The Judge This is Not: The long-awaited follow up to 2012’s Dredd about British sci-fi hero Judge Dredd. This Is: A drama about a hot-shot lawyer who returns to his hometown after his mother’s death to discover that his estranged judge father is being investigated for manslaughter. It does, however, star a superhero: Robert Downey Jr. It Opens: October 10
Nightcrawler This Is Not: An X-Men: Origins movie starring Alan Cumming. This Is: A thriller about an ambitious reporter who gets in over his head in the world of late-night ambulance chasing and freelance crime journalism, starring Jake Gyllenhaal. It Opens: October 17
Birdman This Is Not: The Falcon solo movie we didn’t know we always wanted, nor is it a movie about any other superheroes who happen to have avian-related superpowers, potentially starring Anthony Mackie. This Is: A drama about a washed-up actor who is desperate to escape the shadow of his most famous character – Birdman – by mounting a Broadway show. However, between the fictional superhero of the title and the fact that it stars Batman (Michael Keaton), the Hulk (Edward Norton) and Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), it might count as half a superhero movie. It Opens: October 17
Fury This Is Not: The highly anticipated, highly R-rated Nick Fury solo film. This Is: A World War II drama about a group of tank drivers who must go behind enemy lines to hold back German forces during the last days of the war, starring Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf and Logan Lerman. It Opens: November 14
"Every girl wants it... I wanted it. I kept eating and eating cabbage. I still keep eating it. I'm not sure it's working very well.... I'll keep eating it until I die." Former Bond girl Olga Kurylenko was told cabbage would help boost her breasts when she was a teenager.
Fast Five and Fast & Furious 6 star Gal Gadot has been cast as Wonder Woman in the Man Of Steel sequel. The Israeli actress will measure up to Superman Henry Cavill and Batman Ben Affleck in the film.
Director Zack Snyder has confirmed the news in a statement that reads: "Wonder Woman is arguably one of the most powerful female characters of all time and a fan favorite in the DC Universe. Not only is Gal an amazing actress, but she also has that magical quality that makes her perfect for the role.
"We look forward to audiences discovering Gal in the first feature film incarnation of this beloved character."
Gadot reportedly beat out former Bond girl Olga Kurylenko for the part.
Actor Adam Driver has dismissed speculation he is close to landing the role of Robin opposite Ben Affleck's Batman in the upcoming Man Of Steel sequel, although he insists the rumours are "intensely flattering". The Girls star was said to be a frontrunner to play Dick Grayson, aka Nightwing, in Batman vs. Superman, but he claims he has no knowledge of the project.
When quizzed about starring in the movie, he tells Collider.com, "Not that I know of no. If you find out, let me know, then I'll know."
However, Driver admits he would love for the reports to be true: "That's (the reports are) like, intensely flattering, as you can imagine. It's Batman and Superman... who doesn't want to be involved in something not only of that scale, but of who those characters are? That's an incredible world to be able to be in for a bit. Like, who wouldn't want to do that?"
One casting rumour which has been given credence is that Jaimie Alexander is in the running to play Wonder Woman in the forthcoming film, going up against former Bond girl Olga Kurylenko, and the Thor star admits it would be a dream to land the coveted part.
She said, "It would definitely be a cool job. I was a huge fan growing up... Not just the show, the comic books too."
Director Zack Synder is due to begin shooting the sequel next year (14), with Henry Cavill returning to reprise his role as Superman.
Actress Jaimie Alexander is anxiously waiting to hear if she has landed the role of Wonder Woman in the forthcoming Man Of Steel sequel, insisting the job would be a dream come true. The Thor star was recently rumoured to be a frontrunner to portray the comic book heroine on screen, going up against former Bond girl Olga Kurylenko, and although she is hesitant about discussing her audition, she admits Wonder Woman has always been a part of her life.
When quizzed about the movie rumours by U.S. talk show host Jay Leno on Thursday night (14Nov13), she said, "It would definitely be a cool job. I was a huge fan growing up... Not just the show, the comic books too."
If Alexander does score the coveted role, she will join Henry Cavill as Superman and Ben Affleck as the Caped Crusader in the cast of upcoming blockbuster Batman vs. Superman, which is due to hit cinemas in 2015.
Actor Adam Driver has emerged as the frontrunner to play Robin to Ben Affleck's Batman in the Man Of Steel sequel. The Girls star is currently in talks to take on the role of Dick Grayson, aka Nightwing, according to The Wrap.com.
According to Batman myth, Grayson, who is better known as Robin, adopted the identity Nightwing after growing out of his other alter-ego, aged 18.
Bosses at Warner Bros. studio are also currently searching for the female lead in the film with Olga Kurylenko, Gal Gadot and Elodie Yung emerging as the top actresses to portray Wonder Woman and her alter-ego Diana Prince.
Batman vs. Superman, which also stars Henry Cavill, is set to hit theatres in 2015.
Former Bond girl Olga Kurylenko is reportedly in talks to try on the Wonder Woman costume for the Man Of Steel sequel. Sources tell U.S. news show Access Hollywood that the Russian beauty and Jaimie Alexander, who portrays Lady Sif in the new Thor sequel, are frontrunners for the role of the comic book heroine.
The Superman sequel looks set to be quite a superhero fest - Ben Affleck has been cast as Batman opposite Henry Cavill's Superman, and reports suggest the Caped Crusader's comic book sidekick Nightwing will also make an appearance.
Made American feature debut opposite Timothy Olyphant in "Hitman"
Cast as the seductress Sofia in the French thriller "Le Serpent ("The Snake)"
Discovered by a modeling scout at age 13
Executive producing debut, "La terre outragée" ("Land of Oblivion"); also starred
Moved to Paris at age 16 and signed with the prestigious Madison Agency
Appeared in the French miniseries "Suspectes"
Played a vampiress who preys on a naïve American backpacker (Elijah Wood) in a segment of the French portmanteau film "Paris, je t’aime"
Cast in ensemble crime comedy "Seven Psychopaths"
Named official face of Bebe clothing, Helena Rubinstein cosmetics, and Lejay lingerie
Cast as Mila Kunis' murdered sister in the video-game-turned-movie "Max Payne"
Landed breakthrough role as Camille, a Russian-Bolivian agent who assists James Bond (Daniel Craig) in "Quantum of Solace"
Co-starred on 1950s-set drama "Magic City" (Starz)
Made feature debut in a leading role in the off-beat French drama "L’Annulaire ("The Ring Finger)"
Since Ukrainian-born Olga Kurylenko's life prior to her initial fame was the stuff of great drama, it came as no surprise to many that she would turn to acting after an acclaimed career as an international model. Raised in poverty after her parents' divorce, her family struggled to make ends meet during her adolescent years, yet after a chance encounter with an agent, by the time she was 18, Kurylenko's face was gracing the cover of major international publications. After years of print work for some of the top cosmetic companies and fashion houses, she made her screen debut in 2005. Decorative roles in European features preceded her American debut as a femme fatale in the film version of the popular video game "Hitman" (2007). The year 2008 proved to be breakout time, with high profile roles in "Max Payne" (2008) and the sci-fi thriller "Tyranny" (2008) serving as appetizers for her debut as the latest Bond Girl in "Quantum of Solace" (2008), the second 007 feature with Daniel Craig as the legendary super spy. The flurry of international press that accompanied the film's release served as an excellent indication that Kurylenko was an actress on the rise in both the Hollywood and global film market.
Russian; split from Olga's father when she was just three years old; raised her as a single mother
Married 2006; Divorced 2007
Split from Olga's mother when she was just three years old; had little contact with daughter, meeting her for the first time when she was eight, and later again when she was 13