September 13, 2010 12:21pm EST
Unfortunately there won’t be a crossover between Johnny English, The Wire, and The X-Files, but Dominic West and Gillian Anderson have been hired for Johnny English Reborn to star along with Rowan Atkinson. And that’s close enough for me.
An Education’s Rosamund Pike and Skins' Daniel Kaluuya are also set to join the cast.
Atkinson is firing up his finger gun once again after 2003’s Johnny English. The film was a delightful British comedy and it proved that not all British spies can be, nor should they be, James Bond. Oliver Parker is directing the sequel which was written by Hamish McColl and William Davies. Filming starts this week and should run for the next few months.
The plot finds Johnny in the middle of... wait. Hold on. One of the writers is named Hamish? Hamish McColl? Who cares about the plot. It’s going to be funny and not really that important. What does matter is that my first child will be named Hamish. Boy or girl, doesn’t matter. Hamish just sounds delicious.
Source: Hollywood Reporter
August 18, 2010 8:42am EST
In 117 AD the famed Ninth Legion of the Roman army inexplicably disappeared. Through the centuries many legends pertaining to the missing squadron have unfurled. Some claim that the harsh elements of northern Britain brought them to their doom while more extraordinary stories suggest that supernatural forces laid waste to the soldiers. Writer-director Neil Marshall sought to set the record straight about the lost faction of fearless Romans with his new film Centurion but his audience receives much more mutilation than explanation.
A highly explosive cocktail of blood sweat and steel the film centers on Michael Fassbender’s Quintus Dias the stoic soldier for whom the film is titled and a captive of the savage Picts who have thwarted Roman subjugation for decades with effective guerrilla tactics. Quintus manages to escape the Picts’ village and regroup with the Ninth Legion led by the brave General Virilus (Dominic West) which happens to be on its way to finally end the devastation at the behest of a pushy Roman governor. Like every failed attempt at conquest the Roman forces are demolished. Quintus manages to survive yet again (cue eye-roll) along with a small group of battered warriors who end up on the run through treacherous terrain trying to stay a step ahead of Etain (Olga Kurylenko) a feared Pict huntress whose only joy in life comes from spilling Roman blood.
Like the movie’s breakneck production pace the story moves incredibly quickly leaving little time for the plot to be fully fleshed out (there’s not much of it anyway). The film would have benefitted from some more character development especially with the supporting cast because it is intended to be an ensemble piece but as each soldier got picked off I began to realize how insignificant most of them were to the narrative. As with all chase films though it’s the thrill of the hunt that keeps you engaged and Centurion delivers in that sense.
Fans of Marshall’s previous films The Descent and Doomsday will be drawn to Centurion’s similarly sadistic depiction of violence which is in no short order. Squeamish moviegoers will likely spend at least half of the movie’s 97-minute runtime with their eyes clenched as heroes and villains hack away at heads and limbs vividly illustrating the less-than-civilized age in which the film is set. Had previous entries into the swords-and-sandals genre like Braveheart and Gladiator not shown audiences and filmmakers alike that blood and story can be successfully balanced Centurion would’ve fared better but the director’s preference of gore over plot points kept me from ever being able to take it seriously.
Marshall’s mind is like an encyclopedia of genre conventions and he puts this knowledge to good use in terms of the movie’s technical components conforming to the visual style that we’ve come to expect from this period. If it’s growth that you’re hoping for don’t expect to find much; the only sign of it that the filmmaker demonstrates is in his at-times surprisingly poetic dialogue which describes the repulsive details of war and gives its deliverer Quintus much-needed depth. Credit is also due to a handful of the actors (namely Fassbender West and Kurylenko) who braved health-hazardous conditions to get the film made and take the on-screen chaos in stride no matter how absurd it gets.
June 28, 2010 5:00am EST
The Wire star married Catherine Fitzgerald in front of their loved ones at Glin Castle, the bride's family home in Limerick, Ireland, on Saturday (26Jun10).
Prior to the wedding, West said, "I'm so nervous I can barely speak", while Fitzgerald told reporters outside the ceremony: "I feel so excited, really happy, really thrilled. It's a fairytale."
The happy couple was also joined by West's co-stars from the hit U.S. cop show, Wendell Pierce, Andre Royo, Sonja Sohn and Doug Olear.
Sohn says, "We had to be here for this wedding. Dominic is our boy and he is in love with Catherine which is great."
And the weekend was a double celebration for the couple - the newlyweds were back in church in Sunday (27Jun10) for the christening of their three young children.
June 24, 2010 3:45pm EST
Other celebrities including Jude Law's ex-wife Sadie Frost and British actresses Jaime Winstone and Samantha Morton have also expressed their creative sides by making their own illustrations of the big wheel, which offers views of the British capital and beyond.
The images, which cost $7.50 (£5) each, can be bought from the London Eye gift shop and cash raised will benefit the Evelina Children's Hospital.
June 01, 2010 6:15am EST
The actor dated Catherine Fitzgerald when they were both students at university but he was left heartbroken when she ended their relationship, insisting they had no future together.
He recalls, "She dumped me. I was either too immature or too stupid to make our relationship work. She just told me, 'We are not right for each other.'
"I was devastated, but being a bloke I pretended that I wasn't hurt. I was, of course. She then married somebody else, which was really hard to take."
Fitzgerald divorced her first husband, and West admits he was delighted when they met unexpectedly at a party and rekindled their romance.
The Brit proposed in 2007 and now he can't wait to exchange vows with Fitzgerald on 26 June (10) in County Limerick, Ireland.
He tells Britain's Reveal magazine, "It's the final step in a love story that began at university. If you'd have told me that one day I'd be marrying her, I'd have probably leapt with joy."
June 01, 2010 6:15am EST
The Wire actor struggles with nerves before disrobing in front of his leading ladies, admitting he lacks the confidence to strut onto the set naked.
He tells Britain's Reveal magazine, "I felt self-conscious. Whenever I have a love scene with a beautiful woman, it is always me who's naked. I did it with Calista Flockhart in Midsummer Night's Dream and I was the idiot in Mona Lisa Smile, surrounded by all these gorgeous women such as Julia Stiles and Maggie Gyllenhaal.
"I had my top off and Julia Roberts was clothed from head to toe. It was difficult, because I get so star-struck. But, fortunately, I have five sisters, so I'm used to being around women."
April 20, 2010 6:15am EST
"We can't do anything. We can't go anywhere. We've got three children under three. We can't move." THE WIRE star DOMINIC WEST has given up his social life to concentrate on raising his young children.
April 11, 2010 1:15pm EST
According to the actor's publicist, the star has smashed his metatarsal - the same injury that has prompted his soccer hero David Beckham to pull out of the upcoming World Cup.
Ironically, Monaghan was sympathising with Beckham on U.S. TV a month ago, when he told chat show host Jimmy Kimmel he really felt for the English soccer legend.
He told the host, "I'm a big Beckham fan; he's a Manchester United legend. Obviously I was pretty heartbroken that he got hurt the other night... He's my age... but, as a footballer, it's gonna be tough for him to come back.
"We're all hoping that he will. He's such an ambassador for the sport... and he's a handsome devil as well."
Monaghan made his first outing since breaking his foot to pick up antique furniture in West Hollywood for his Los Feliz, California home on Friday (09Apr10).
An eyewitness tells WENN, "He was struggling with every step. He was obviously in a lot of pain."
March 18, 2010 10:00am EST
JOSEPH FIENNES is the latest star to team up with coffee company Carte Noire for a new literacy scheme. The British actor has been filmed reading extracts from novels by Charles Dickens, Nick Hornby and Marian Keyes to help introduce more people to famous works. Former THE WIRE star DOMINIC WEST was previously involved in the campaign.
December 07, 2009 4:00am EST
Law received a nomination in the Best Actor category for his role in the West End run of Hamlet, which recently transferred to Broadway.
He will go up against former The Wire star Dominic West, who has been recognised for his part in philosophical epic Life Is a Dream.
Mirren will compete against Weisz for the Best Actress trophy for her starring role in Phedre, while the Mummy star received a nod for her turn in A Streetcar Named Desire.
Stewart's role in Hamlet earned him a nomination for the Best Supporting Actor prize, while he also received a nod in the Theatre Event of the Year category alongside Sir Ian McKellen for their pairing in Waiting for Godot.
Former Spice Girls star Melanie Chisholm has also received a nod for the Best Takeover in a Role for her West End debut in musical Blood Brothers.
The awards will be handed out at a ceremony in London on 14 February (10).