British actress Imogen Stubbs has accused the stars of The Great Gatsby of ruining the dialogue of Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's literary classic by mumbling and "garbling" their lines. The Jack & Sarah star insists she struggled to follow conversations between the characters played by Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan due to the awkward way in which they were reciting the script.
She tells Britain's The Observer, "You're just longing for it to stop... I thought the actors looked embarrassed."
And Stubbs insists Hollywood's mumbling doesn't end with The Great Gatsby: "It was so drummed into us at drama school that 'it's unforgivable not to be clear and heard'... The naturalistic, mumbling acting style tends to go with people who are playing something closer to their obvious self... People who are playing against their obvious self tend to embrace the acting a bit more.
"Acting is playing. You are pretending. Simon Russell Beale or Alex Jennings are theatrical actors who are naturalistic. You can hear them and people love them."
If you had to choose between Girls, Game of Thrones, and Homeland, which one would you say is your favorite show? We know, this is tough question. The shows are all equally entertaining, but in very different ways. These and other series have been pitted against each other in the 2013 Arqiva British Academy Television Awards (put out by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts) international category. Up against Danish/Swedish crime drama The Bridge, only one of these four shows can come out the winner. Which one will it be?
See the full list of 2013 BAFTA Television nominees below.
2013 BAFTA TV Nominees:
LEADING ACTOR:Ben Whishaw, Richard II (The Hollow Crown)Derek Jacobi, Last Tango In Halifax Sean Bean, Accused (Tracie’s Story)Toby Jones, The Girl
LEADING ACTRESS:Anne Reid, Last Tango In Halifax Rebecca Hall, Parade’s End Sheridan Smith, Mrs Biggs Sienna Miller, The Girl
SUPPORTING ACTOR: Peter Capaldi, The Hour Stephen Graham, Accused (Tracie’s Story) Harry Lloyd, The Fear Simon Russell Beale, Henry IV Part 2 (The Hollow Crown)
SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Anastasia Hille, The Fear Imelda Staunton, The Girl Olivia Colman, Accused (Mo’s Story) Sarah Lancashire, Last Tango In Halifax
ENTERTAINMENT PERFORMANCE:Alan Carr, Alan Carr: Chatty Man Ant and Dec, I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!Graham Norton, The Graham Norton Show Sarah Millican, The Sarah Millican Show
FEMALE PERFORMANCE IN A COMEDY PROGRAM:Jessica Hynes, Twenty Twelve Julia Davis, HunderbyMiranda Hart, Miranda Olivia Colman, Twenty Twelve
MALE PERFORMANCE IN A COMEDY PROGRAM:Greg Davies, Cuckoo Hugh Bonneville, Twenty Twelve PeterCapaldi, The Thick Of It Steve Coogan, Welcome To The Places Of My Life
SINGLE DRAMA :Everyday, Revolution Films/Channel 4 The Girl, Wall to Wall/BBC Two Murder, Touchpaper TV/BBC Two Richard II(Hollow Crown), Neal Street Productions co-production with NBC Universal and WNET Thirteen/BBC Two
MINI-SERIES:Accused, RSJ Films/BBC One Mrs Biggs, ITV Studios/ITV Parade’s End, Mammoth Screen/BBC Two Room At The Top, Great Meadow Productions/BBC Four
DRAMA SERIES:Last Tango In Halifax, Red Production Company/BBC One Ripper Street, Tiger Aspect Productions/BBC One Scott And Bailey, Red Production Company/ITV Silk, BBC Productions/BBC One
SOAP & CONTINUING DRAMA: Coronation Street EastEnders Emmerdale Shameless
INTERNATIONAL:The BridgeGame of ThronesGirlsHomeland
FACTUAL SERIES:24 Hours In A&E, Garden Productions/Channel 4Great Ormond Street, Films of Record/BBC TwoMake Bradford British, Love Productions/Channel 4Our War, BBC Productions/BBC Three
SPECIALIST FACTUAL:All In The Best Possible Taste With Grayson Perry, Seneca Productions/Channel 4The Plane Crash, Dragonfly Productions, MAP TV/Channel 4The Plot To Bring Down Britain’s Planes, Raw TV/Channel 4The Secret History Of Our Streets, Century Films, Halcyons Heart Films/BBC Two
SINGLE DOCUMENTARY:7/7: One Day In London, Minnow Films/BBC TwoBaka: A Cry From The Rainforest, River Films/BBC TwoLucian Freud: Painted Life, Blakeway Productions/BBC TwoNina Conti – A Ventriloquist’s Story: Her Master’s Voice, Nina Conti in association with the BBC/BBC Four
FEATURESBank Of Dave, Finestripe Productions/Channel 4Grand Designs, Boundless/Channel 4The Great British Bake Off, Love Productions/BBC TwoPaul O’Grady: For The Love Of Dogs, Shiver/ITV
REALITY & CONSTRUCTED FACTUAL:The Audience, The Garden Productions/Channel 4I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!, ITV Studios/ITVMade In Chelsea, Monkey Kingdom/E4The Young Apprentice, Boundless Productions/BBC One
CURRENT AFFAIRS:Britain’s Hidden Housing Crisis(Panorama Special), Genie Pictures Ltd/BBC OneThe Other Side Of Jimmy Savile(Exposure), ITV Studios/ITVThe Shame Of The Catholic Church(This World), BBC Northern Ireland/BBC TwoWhat Killed Arafat?(Al Jazeera Investigates), Al Jazeera English/Al Jazeera English
NEWS COVERAGE:BBC News At Ten: Syria, BBC News/BBC One & BBC News ChannelChannel 4 News: Battle For Homs, ITN/Channel 4Hillsborough – The Truth At Last(Granada Reports), ITV Granada/ITV
SPORT & LIVE EVENT:The London 2012 Olympics: Super Saturday, BBC Sport/BBC OneThe London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony: Isle Of Wonder, Done & Dusted/BBC OneThe London 2012 Paralympic Games, Sunset & Vine, IMG/Channel 4Wimbledon 2012 – Men’s Final, BBC Sport/BBC One
ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAM:Dynamo Magician Impossible, Phil McIntyre Entertainment, Inner Circle Films/WatchThe Graham Norton Show, So Television/BBC OneHave I Got News For You, Hat Trick Productions/BBC OneA League Of Their Own, CPL Productions/Sky One
COMEDY PROGRAM:Cardinal Burns, Left Bank Pictures/E4Mr Stink, BBC Productions in association with Bert Productions/BBC OneThe Revolution Will Be Televised, Hat Trick Productions/BBC ThreeWelcome To The Places Of My Life, Baby Cow/Sky Atlantic
SITUATION COMEDY: Episodes, Hat Trick Productions/BBC TwoHunderby, Baby Cow/Sky Atlantic The Thick Of It, BBC Productions/BBC Two Twenty Twelve, BBC Productions/BBC Two
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Guests at A-list eaterie The Ivy will be treated to service from some of stage and screen's most famous faces while dining there on Sunday (02Dec12) as part of an event to raise funds for theatrical good causes.
Other celebrities taking part in the One Night Only scheme include James Bond's former Miss Moneypenny Samantha Bond, stage star Simon Russell Beale, and Thompson's actress mother Phyllida Law.
They will all work alongside staff at the West End venue, serving meals and looking after guests, with proceeds going to The Combined Theatrical Charities - a group of 15 organisations which support actors and their families in times of hardship.
Bond says of the scheme, "We are all thrilled that The Ivy has chosen to support The Combined Theatrical Charities, in what will be an extraordinary and unique event. The calibre of talent that has offered its support for the evening is overwhelming and testament to the altruism and generosity of the acting profession, in support of their colleagues in need."
The Ivy boss Fernando Peire adds, "Having had many famous actors ask me over the years 'How much would I give to work just one evening at The Ivy?', I suddenly had a eureka moment that I would put the two together. We have to put on a good show for the customers every time we open our doors; we have to know our lines and we have to get them right. I am really looking forward to seeing how the actors cope with service on Sunday night."
Millions of people around the globe tuned in to watch Boyle's $43.2 million (£27 million) spectacular this summer (12), which featured appearances from The Queen, Daniel Craig, Sir Kenneth Branagh and David Beckham and officially kicked off the 2012 London Games.
As well as Boyle, Dame Judi Dench was a big winner, being presented with the Moscow Art Theatre's Golden Seagull award for her contribution to world theatre.
Simon Russell Beale received the Best Actor award for Collaborators while Hattie Morahan picked up Best Actress for her performance in A Doll's House.
Sir Nicholas Hytner was presented with the Best Director award for Timon of Athens and the Lebedev Special award for his dynamic directorship of the National Theatre.
Constellations was named Best Play.
British funnyman James Corden hosted the star-studded event at the Savoy Hotel in the U.K. capital.
The star slipped over during the second half of Shakespeare's Timon of Athens at London's National Theatre and he halted the performance when it became clear he was hurt.
Understudy Paul Dodds took over and Beale was admitted to St Thomas' Hospital for treatment.
A spokeswoman for the theatre tells the BBC, "He had his fingers splinted at the hospital. It was his right hand so he has had to slightly amend his performance."
Dodds says of the incident, "I didn't have time to get nervous. It was about an eight-minute turnaround from Simon deciding he couldn't continue to me going on stage to replace him. I think I very quickly became some kind of pragmatist! The audience gave me a tremendous welcome and I just got straight into it. It's probably the only time I'll get to play a Shakespearean character in front of an audience of 1,200."
Beale resumed his role in the play on Thursday night (20Sep12).
Full disclosure: the trailer for The Deep Blue Sea doesn't give us a whole lot to work with.
We meet Hester Collyer (Rachel Weisz), the wife of a judge (Simon Russell Beale) who has taken up a catastrophic affair with a Royal Air Force pilot (Tom Hiddleston of Thor). We can tell that there is pain (although, knowing the premise, you probably wouldn't have guessed otherwise). But the clip is brief, information is sparse, and we are primarily in the dark about what kind of a movie this will be.
But maybe that's the point. There's not a lot to 'tell' when it comes to something like this. It's not about plot twists and turns, it doesn't rely on anything that warrants or needs explanation. It's an internal story. The three people involved in this tragic love triangle each battle the situation, and each other, and themselves. Perhaps we can expect a severly internalized movie? That would be a pretty nice thing to see.
You can watch the trailer here, at Lovefilm.com
Even though this has no official word behind it besides what the ex-wife of the director has said, we’re still inclined to believe it is true because I hope we live in a world where we can trust Kate Winslet. Because if we do not live in a such a world, I’m afraid I don’t want to be a part of it. If we can’t trust Kate Winslet, then who, pray tell, can we trust? No one, exactly. And since I want to go on believing that people are good and true (and that Intellect and Romance triumphs over Brute Force and Cynicism) I will believe what Kate Winslet has said: that Sam Mendes is still directing the next James Bond film and will begin shooting at the end of next year.
Think for a moment about the implications of what this would mean if it were not true. It would mean that Kate Winslet has lied to us. Think about that. Kate Winslet. Lied. I don’t really want to even think about it, but it's a harsh reality we have to consider, much like hoarding jugs of water for the impending Zombie Apocalypse. It sends shivers down my spine, but I think we’re the better for it. We’ve looked at the possibilities, we’ve seen the world through the eyes of a lying Kate Winslet, and we have come through unharmed. Long live the world of the truth-saying Kate Winslet.
Other things she said revolving around the 23rd installment of the franchise is that Mendes and producers have looked at British stage thespian Simon Russell Beale for a possible role which could conceivably be the bad guy. Again, I choose to believe this is true but in all honesty it's not that big of a stretch. They go for a British guy with serious acting chops to play a bad guy? Surely you must be joking. She also said that she is moving her kids to London for this film and that she will not have a part in it.
And I know it seems crazy to have my entire perception of the world shaped around the mutterings of some British actress talking about her husband’s job, but stranger things have happened. Like this. Which was awesome.
The Little Britain comic teamed up with Sir Michael Gambon in 2008 to tackle Harold Pinter's No Man's Land and Walliams is keen to take to the stage once again.
He tells London's Evening Standard newspaper, "I got a real kick out of working with Michael Gambon in the West End.
"Harold Pinter died during the time we were running. It was an incredible interlude in my life, where I was performing with one of the world's greatest actors who I've admired since I was a child, and meeting the world's greatest living (at the time) playwright. So it was like, 'How did that happen?' I'd love to do a play again and learn."
And Walliams already has his dream co-stars in mind: "I went to see Simon Russell Beale the other night in Death Trap. If I got the chance to work with someone like him or Derek Jacobi or Judi Dench or Maggie Smith..."