The attractive, strawberry blonde daughter of novelist John Ehle and actress Rosemary Harris, North Carolina-born Jennifer Ehle shuttled between the USA and the UK (following her mother's frequent car...
Sex & The City star Cynthia Nixon is returning to Broadway to revive a Tom Stoppard play she featured in 30 years ago. The Tony Award-winning actress will star opposite Ewan McGregor and Maggie Gyllenhaal in The Real Thing.
Nixon was part of the ensemble cast that worked under director Mike Nichols in 1984, when the play first hit Broadway with Glenn Close, Jeremy Irons and Christine Baranski picking up Tonys for their roles. The production also won the award for Best Play. A revival in 2000, which starred Stephen Dillane and Jennifer Ehle, also picked up a handful of theatre awards.
Nixon will play the role originated by Baranski in the latest revival, while both McGregor and Gyllenhaal will be making their Broadway debuts in the production.
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Treading water at the very surface of RoboCop, there is an idea. A dense concept, ready and willing to provide no dearth of dissection for any eager student of philosophy, psychology, political science, physics — hell, any of the Ps. To simplify the idea on hand: What separates man from machine? It's a question that is not just teased by the basic premise of José Padilha's remake of the 1987 sci-fi staple, but asked outright by many of its main characters. And then never really worried about again.
We have principal parties on both sides of the ethical quandary that would place the security of our crime-ridden cities in the hands of automatons. Samuel L. Jackson plays a spitfire Bill O'Reilly who wonders why America hasn't lined its streets with high-efficiency officer droids. Zach Grenier, as a moralistic senator, gobbles his way through an opposition to the Pro-boCop movement. We hear lecture after lecture from pundits, politicians, business moguls (a money-hungry Michael Keaton heads the nefarious OmniCorp...) and scientists (...while his top doc Gary Oldman questions the nature of his assignments while poking at patients' brains and spouting diatribes about "free will"), all working their hardest to lay thematic groundwork. Each character insists that we're watching a movie about the distinction between human and artificial intelligence. That even with an active brain, no robot can understand what it means to have a heart. But when Prof. Oldman tempers his hysterical squawking and Samuel L. Hannity rolls his closing credits, we don't see these ideas taking life.
In earnest, the struggle of rehabilitated police officer Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) — nearly killed in the line of duty and turned thereafter into OmniCorp's prototype RoboCop — doesn't seem to enlist any of the questions that his aggravated peers have been asking. Murphy is transformed not just physically, but mentally — robbed of his decision-making ability and depleted of emotional brain chemicals — effectively losing himself in the process. But the journey we see take hold of Murphy is not one to reclaim his soul, although the movie touts it as such. It's really just one to become a better robot.
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Meanwhile, RoboCop lays down its motives, and hard: Murphy's wife and son (Abbie Cornish and a puckish young John Paul Ruttan) lament the loss of Alex, condemning his dehumanization at the hands of Raymond Sellars' (Keaton) capitalistic experiments, and sobbing out some torrential pathos so you know just how deep this company is digging. Weaselly stooges (Jay Baruchel, Jennifer Ehle, and Jackie Earl Haley) line the OmniCorp roster with comical wickedness. Overseas, killer combat bots take down peaceful villages, unable to work empathetic judgment into their decision to destroy all deemed as "threats." And at the top, figures of power and money like Sellars and Pat Novak (Jackson) speak the loudest and harshest, literally justifying their agenda with a call for all naysayers to "stop whining." Clearly, RoboCop has something to say.
And when it's devoted to its outrage, RoboCop is terrifically charming. The buzzing political world is just a tiny step closer to ridiculous than our own; the pitch meetings at OmniCorp are fun enough to provoke a ditching of all the material outside of the company walls. And one particular reference to The Wizard of Oz shows that the movie isn't above having fun with its admittedly silly premise. But it loses its magic when it steps away from goofy gimmicks and satirical monologues and heads back into the story. We don't see enough of Murphy grappling with the complicated balance between his conflicting organic and synthetic selves. In fact, we don't see enough "story" in Murphy at all. First, he's a dad and a cop. Then, he's a RoboCop. But can he also be a RoboDad? With all of its ranting and raving about the question, the film doesn't seem to concerned with actually figuring out the answer.
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Actor Callum Keith Rennie has been added to the cast of Fifty Shades Of Grey - he'll play student Anastasia Steele's stepfather opposite Jennifer Ehle, who will portray her mum. Steele will be played by Dakota Johnson.
Oscar winner Marcia Gay Harden has been cast as Christian Grey's mother in the movie adaptation of erotic bestseller Fifty Shades Of Grey. News of the addition of the Pollock star comes two days after filming on the project began in Vancouver, Canada.
She will join Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson, Rita Ora, Luke Grimes, Jennifer Ehle and Eloise Mumford among the cast of the much-anticipated movie.
British singer Rita Ora has landed a supporting role in the movie adaptation of Fifty Shades Of Grey. The star will play Mia, the adopted younger sister of Jamie Dornan's character Christian Grey, in the film, which started shooting in Vancouver on Sunday (01Dec13).
The Hot Right Now singer joins a cast that also includes Dakota Johnson, Jennifer Ehle, Eloise Mumford, Luke Grimes, Victor Rasuk and Max Martini.
The main cast for the much-anticipated movie adaptation of E.L. James' bestseller Fifty Shades Of Grey has been set following the hiring of Eloise Mumford as Kate Kavanagh. Mumford has signed on to play sexy student Anastasia Steele's best friend in the film, which will star Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson.
Director Sam Taylor-Johnson has also cast Luke Grimes as Christian Grey's brother, Elliot; Victor Rasuk as Anastasia's close friend, Jose; and Jennifer Ehle as her mother, Carla.
Scottish star Ewan Mcgregor is heading to the Broadway stage to make his debut in a revival of Tom Stoppard drama The Real Thing. The Star Wars actor will lead the cast as unhappily married Henry, a playwright who has an affair with another man's wife, although McGregor's co-stars have yet to be announced.
Previews will begin at the American Airlines Theatre in October, 2014, with Sam Gold as director.
McGregor is no stranger to the stage - he last performed at London's Donmar Warehouse in 2008 as Iago in a production of Shakespeare's Othello, opposite Chiwetel Ejiofor as the lead character.
Gold's version of The Real Thing will be the play's third run on Broadway - Glenn Close and Jeremy Irons portrayed the leads in a 1984 production, while Jennifer Ehle and Stephen Dillane took over the roles for a revival in 2000. All four stars won Tony Awards for their performances.
Roger Rees and British star Felicity Kendal, who once romanced Stoppard, originated the roles in London in 1982.
Zero Dark Thirty star Jennifer Ehle has joined the cast of the Fifty Shades Of Grey movie adaptation - as Anastasia Steele's mother. The British actress will play mum to Dakota Johnson's literary character.
Johnson has already been cast alongside Charlie Hunnam, who will portray Christian Grey in the adaption of E.L. James' erotic novel.
Sam Taylor-Johnson will direct the project.
Beautiful creature from another world Tilda Swinton out-weirded herself on Saturday by spending the entire day sleeping in a glass box in New York's Museum of Modern Art. Don't be alarmed, it was art.
The exhibition, called "The Maybe" — which Swinton first performed at London's Serpentine Gallery in 1995 — consists of Swinton showing up at the museum announced to sleep in a glass box supplied only with cushions and a water jug. Visitors to the museum are not allowed to feed or pet the Swinton, but they are free to wonder what she does when she has to use the bathroom.
If you missed Saturday's performance, don't fret; Swinton plans to reprise her artsy nap multiple times this year. A MoMA source tells Gothamist, "Museum staff doesn't know she's coming until the day of … Tilda Swinton will be doing unannounced, random performance art pieces sleeping in a glass box in the museum … [Saturday] is the first performance. Each performance lasts the whole day the museum is open."
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Of the exhibition MoMA says, "An integral part of The Maybe's incarnation at MoMA in 2013 is that there is no published schedule for its appearance, no artist's statement released, no museum statement beyond this brief context, no public profile or image issued. Those who find it chance upon it for themselves, live and in real — shared — time: now we see it, now we don't."
Swinton captured the attention of not only museum-goers but Twitter as well. Here are the 10 funniest tweets about Swinton's latest acting gig.
Tilda Swinton is sleeping in a glass box on random days at MoMA in New York all year. And I just thought of a brilliant heist movie...
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) March 24, 2013
The lesson learned is that we have to think on our feet. At any moment, Tilda Swinton could just decide to nap in a box. We need to adapt.
— Julie Klausner (@julieklausner) March 24, 2013
'Tilda Swinton Sleeping' would resonate more if it featured my kids waking her hourly for water & to move her hat cuz it made a scary shadow
— Ana Gasteyer (@AnaGasteyer) March 24, 2013
Pretty cool that Tilda Swindon is sleeping in a glass box in midtown Manhattan, but @birbigs did it first. twitter.com/DanKennedy_NYC…
— Dan Kennedy(@DanKennedy_NYC) March 24, 2013
What if you go see Tilda Swinton and it's just a heat lamp, water dish, grass and a twig perch and a guard who's like, "Oh, she's in there."
— Julieanne Smolinski (@BoobsRadley) March 23, 2013
If Joaquin Phoenix came galloping into MoMA on a horse and kissed Tilda Swinton back to life, THAT would be a fucking exhibit.
— Damon Lindelof (@DamonLindelof) March 24, 2013
Someone wake up Tilda Swinton and tell her that Jaden Smith is at the Kids Choice Awards and is "ready to be slimed!"
— billy eichner (@billyeichner) March 24, 2013
Tilda Swinton’s really raising the bar on the whole ‘I’d go see that person read from the phonebook’ thing. #sheisworthit #whatsaphonebook
— Jennifer Ehle (@jennifer_ehle) March 23, 2013
"What the- Where the fuck am I??" - Tilda Swinton
— Richard Lawson (@rilaws) March 23, 2013
Woke up in a glass box being suckled by Tilda Swinton while a dumpy Midwestern couple in sweatpants watched
— Sarah Thyre (@SarahThyre) March 24, 2013
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The Zero Dark Thirty star, who found fame alongside Colin Firth in the BBC adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, now regrets taking her clothes off on camera as she feels she was too young to deal with the pressure.
Ehle was only 23 when she stripped for the 1992 British series, which also starred her mother Rosemary Harris, and insists she didn't realise the role would require so much nudity.
She tells British newspaper The Sun, "I wish I'd not taken off all my clothes in my first television series, The Camomile Lawn. When I took the job, I did not realise there would be so much nudity. But no one forced me to do it.
"I played the young Calypso and had some very full-on scenes. I went home one day and was physically sick. It never occurred to me that I was too young to deal with it all. I thought I was so grown up, because I had lived on my own for years and years."
Portrayed a young incarnation of Valerie (her mother Rosemary Harris played the older version) in István Szabó's "Sunshine"
Co-starred with Alan Cumming and Dominic West in Broadway revival of Noel Coward's "Design for Living"
Had first substantial supporting film role in "Paradise Road"
Featured in the thriller "Gothika"
Landed bit role in action thriller "The Adjustment Bureau"
Headlined the London stage revival of Tom Stoppard's "The Real Thing"
Played title role on British TV drama "Melissa" (Channel 4)
Made acting debut in an adaptation of "The Camomile Lawn"
Played Myrtle Logue, wife of King George VI's (Colin Firth) speech therapist Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush) in Tom Hooper's "The King's Speech"
Made U.S. TV debut on an episode of "The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles" (ABC)
Made her stage debut as a toddler in Broadway revival of "A Streetcar Named Desire," in which her mother (Rosemary Harris) played Blanche Dubois
Portrayed three characters in Stoppard's "The Coast of Utopia" at the Vivian Beaumont Theater
Played Lady Macbeth in "Macbeth" as part of the Shakespeare in the Park
Reprised role of Annie for the Broadway staging of "The Real Thing"
Returned to the stage in "The Philadelphia Story" opposite Kevin Spacey
Cast as a 19th-century poet in "Possession"
Featured in CBS movie "The Russell Girl"
Portrayed Cynthia Lennon in feature film debut "Backbeat"
Joined ensemble cast for Steven Soderbergh's "Contagion"
Cast as Elizabeth Bennet opposite Colin Firth's Mr. Darcy in BBC television adaptation of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice"
Co-starred with Patrick Wilson on CBS drama "A Gifted Man"
Featured opposite Jessica Chastain in Kathryn Bigelow directed "Zero Dark Thirty," based on the hunt for Osama bin Laden
Cast in "The Ides of March" with George Clooney, who also directed, co-wrote, and produced
Co-starred opposite Stephen Fry in "Wilde" as Constance Wilde, the author's wife
The attractive, strawberry blonde daughter of novelist John Ehle and actress Rosemary Harris, North Carolina-born Jennifer Ehle shuttled between the USA and the UK (following her mother's frequent career moves) before making her acting debut as the tempestuous Calypso in the British TV drama, "The Camomile Lawn" (1992), directed by Sir Peter Hall. She followed that quickly with an appearance on American TV as the Empress Zita in the "Austria, March 1917" episode of "The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles" (ABC, 1992). Her first movie role came in the small part of Cynthia Powell (John Lennon's first wife) in "Backbeat" (1993). But Ehle attracted major critical and audience attention as well as a BAFTA Award as Best Television Actress for her intelligent rendering of Elizabeth Bennet in "Jane Austen's 'Pride and Prejudice'" (BBC, 1995), which aired in the USA on A&E.