Japanese actor Ken Watanabe is set to make his Broadway debut in a revival of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein's The King And I. The Inception star will team up with Broadway favourite Kelli O'Hara in the musical about the relationship between the King of Siam and a British schoolteacher, who he enlists to tutor his wives and children.
The play will be directed by Bartlett Sher and will begin previews at the Vivian Beaumont Theater in New York in March, 2015.
The original stage show was adapted in 1951 from Margaret Landon's novel Anna and the King of Siam and featured Yul Brynner and Gertrude Lawrence.
It won Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Actress and Best Featured Actor and spawned a 1956 film, for which Brynner reprised his role as the king and won an Academy Award.
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In a recent interview with the London Evening Standard, Tom Hiddleston said, "I’m soooo aware of the borderline pretentiousness of my conversation." As his rabid fans (myself included? Not admitting anything here) know, Hiddleston has quite the penchant for esoteric references and waxing poetic when it comes to Shakespeare. Let’s take a look at his most-pretentious-ever quotes:
On Tilda Swinton: "And we read each other Rumi and talked about Einstein’s theory of entanglement and Hamlet and the White Stripes and Fibonacci. It was just an amazing time of sharing all the things that we loved, filling ourselves up with so many references that we were then happy to drop, because we knew what we were talking about." (From NowToronto)
Standard Hiddleston fare: a couple of vaguely academic references, along with a sly mention of that infamous brooding Dane ("There are some other princes I haven’t played yet, too." Hint, hint).
On Loki: "When I was constructing him with ['Thor' director] Ken Branagh — because Shakespeare is a shared passion and shared inheritance — we talked about the reference...he's kind of like Edmund in King Lear, Iago in Othello or Cassius in Julius Caesar. So I was borrowing archetypes from my knowledge of Shakespeare." (From the LA Times)
I suppose Shakespeare isn’t too big of a leap when your director is “Ken” Branagh — especially when Branagh himself states that Henry V was one of his sources of inspiration.
On his work in Midnight in Paris: "I met David O. Russell for dinner when he was in London for Silver Linings Playbook. I just wanted to tell him how much I loved the film. And he basically spent an hour telling me why he thinks Midnight in Paris is the greatest film that’s been made in the last 20 years, and he insisted on taking a picture because he was such a fan of Fitzgerald." (From Entertainment Weekly)
Oh, smooth backdoor brag, Tom. So what we can gather here is that Hiddleston’s hoping to star as Hamlet in David O. Russell’s ground-breaking adaptation – ooh! Jennifer Lawrence can play Ophelia, Melissa Leo can play Gertrude, and – who are we kidding, Russell would pass right over Hiddleston in favor of Christian Bale when it came down to the title role.
When all is said and done? We (the Hiddlestoners? Whatever, at least it’s more politically correct than “Cumberbitches”) love him all the more for his (over) enthusiastic name-dropping and über-academic manner of speaking. Who wouldn’t? He’s so damn irresistible! And if you’re ever feeling down on him, you can always temper this mass of pretentious-ness with the fact that he recently danced to K-Pop and sang Michael Jackson on a recent promotional tour of Seoul. Yeah, that actually happened.
The Hollywood star was due to begin working on Queen of the Desert, starring as writer Gertrude Bell alongside Robert Pattinson as British Army officer T.E. Lawrence.
However, Watts reveals the project is currently on hold, as she wants to be around more for her two young sons with actor partner Liev Schreiber.
She tells EOnline.com, "(Queen of the Desert) is still a way's off. I don't know yet. Hopefully, it will happen. I just can't travel again right now because I did a lot of travelling last year. It's been a big year and it's time for me to be home with the kids."
Watts admits her schedule will be hectic as she prepares for the upcoming Academy Awards ceremony, where she is nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture (Drama) for her turn in disaster epic The Impossible.
Talking about her Oscars gown, she adds, "It's kind of endless hours that you have to put into it, in terms of fittings and second fittings and more."
We should have seen this coming. In the first moments of the Sons of Anarchyseason finale, Tara sits up, staring into the great beyond while Katey Sagal’s melancholy song drapes itself over the scene. We gathered that by episode’s end, Tara would be gone. But we were dead wrong about where she was going. As Jax has become darker and darker, inching closer to becoming the second coming of Clay, Tara has drifted towards the other life she’s envisioned for herself. She’s got that job offer in Oregon, her wrist will soon be rehabilitated enough to allow her to return to surgery, and all that’s waiting for her in Charming is the threat of Otto taking her down with him for murdering that nurse. Jax solidified that when he injected Wendy with heroin. The former junkie exposes Jax’s actions to Tara and she finally snaps, deciding now is the time to move the boys out of Charming. Of course, she still wants Jax to be a part of this new life, letting go of his dastardly move in what seems to be the hope that once he’s out of Charming, he’ll lose the dark elements he’s taken on. But Jax can’t leave Charming. He’s shackled to that town like a prisoner, and when Gemma learns of Tara’s plan, she makes sure she keeps those cuffs in place… and give Tara a pair of her own. Gemma threatens to feed incriminating lies to the investigator’s in Otto’s case, leading them to believe Tara gave Otto the cross with the intent of aiding the murder. Tara would be locked up, and as Gemma so satisfyingly spat: she’d be “getting fist-raped until [Abel and Thomas] are well into their 20s.” Gemma’s been burdening the sick task of becoming Clay’s lover in order to betray him, and while Jax was the one who asked her to do it, Tara’s support of the plot is where Gemma’s focus lies, as always. It’s never Jax, it’s always Tara. Gemma wants her boys – Jax, Abel, and Thomas – all to herself, even if that means making them miserable. As Tara is silently booked, Thomas’ cries ring out through the house: this is Jax’s own personal hell. Everything he’s ever wanted has been taken from him, and while Gemma’s self-satisfied mini-smirk assures us this plan was all her doing, for Jax it’s just Karma. It’s not about who wronged him, or what outside forces put this consequence in place, it’s that he’s earned this punishment: seeing the woman he loves and the mother of his child locked up for the crime of trusting him. Because Tara loves Jax, she signed up for the life of an old lady. She visited Otto multiple times to get him to reverse RICO. She put her needs and feelings in a box and took care of her man, and her reward is being inducted as a full-fledged member of his band of criminals and thugs. And while Tara doesn’t deserve this, Jax certainly does. The finale saw him making his final transformation into Clay 2.0. When he took Tig into the desert, presumably to allow him to be the requisite SAMCRO boy whose blood would be spilled by Pope, we thought that would be the final moment in Jax’s transition to the dark side. And when it turned out his plan all along was to save Tig and let him murder the man who ruined his life, we thought our white knight had finally found his way. Unfortunately, he’d done something much worse than leading one of his brothers to slaughter. In the club, honor is the highest form of currency. Death is a professional hazard. And when Tig realized that Jax gave him Clay’s gun to kill Pope, Jax’s honor was decimated. Bobby drives the final nail into Good Jax’s coffin when he says, “It wasn’t about being smart enough to hurt him. I was about being smart enough not to hurt him.” The club voted Clay out on the promise that Jax would be different. They gave him his shot to be the better man, to excommunicate Clay, but leave him with his dignity. It’s a level of maturity and compassion that Clay could never have executed as head of the MC. Yet, when given the chance, Jax not only takes his shot at Clay, he doesn’t regret it in the slightest. With heaps of willful resolve, Jax simply tells Bobby, “Maybe I’m not that different.” But Jax’s resolute transition can’t come without consequences. Not only does Mr. Marx threaten to look into and expose the frame job on Clay, potentially opening a world of hurt for Jax and the MC, but Jax’s personal life is over. He’s left to wallow in a life straight out of a passage from Hamlet. In the final scene, he sits with Thomas in arms, pain written all over his face while Gemma comes in and assumes the role of matriarch. It’s impossible not to compare Gemma’s unmotherly affection towards her son, as she stands in the position that rightfully belongs to Tara, to Hamlet’sQueen Gertrude. Of course, like Hamlet, Jax seems complicit in this strange relationship for the moment. But Queen Gemma’s crown will fall as soon as Jax learns why Tara’s suddenly deemed guilty. And now that he’s fully a lost soul, his wrath will be unimaginable – and his further punishment even greater. Follow Kelsea on Twitter @KelseaStahler [Photo Credit: FX] More: 'Sons of Anarchy''s Theo Rossi on Life With Jax and Clay: 'He Has an Excuse to Kill Me' 'Sons of Anarchy': When Clay Falls, A New King Rises 'Sons of Anarchy': Kim Coates and Theo Rossi on How To Not Die — VIDEO
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The Hollywood hunk has been cast as British Army officer T.E. Lawrence in upcoming project Queen of the Desert, alongside Naomi Watts as writer Gertrude Bell, according to industry publication Variety.com.
Pattinson's new film character was made most famous by O'Toole in the 1962 epic Lawrence of Arabia.
The new job will be a welcome distraction for the young actor, who has thrown himself into his work since news of his girlfriend Kristen Stewart's cheating scandal hit headlines last month (Jul12). Pattinson faced fans and the media for the first time since the tabloid drama on Monday (13Aug12) at the New York premiere of his new movie Cosmopolis.
They say keeping busy is the best way to mend a broken heart, and if Robert Pattinson's recent workload is any indication, he's on track to being completely over it by the time the final installment of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part Two opens.
Variety is reporting that Pattinson has been cast as T.E. Lawrence, better known as Lawrence of Arabia given his work as a British Army officer whose writing earned him international fame, and on whom the David Lean's classic 1962 film was based upon.
The film also stars Naomi Watts, who plays Lawrence's friend, the English writer Gertrude Bell. The film is said to discuss Bell's incredible life story. For those unfamiliar with Bell, she wore many hats, including writer, archaeologist, explorer, cartographer and political attaché for the ol' British Empire. She was also a figure in the women's rights movement, as she was one of the first women to graduate from Oxford University. Her travels through the Middle East helped define borders for the countries of Iraq, Jordan and Saudi Arabia.
The nature of the film follows Pattinson's pattern for a post-Twilight career that involves working extensively in a series of upcoming indie films, including Bel Ami and the just-released David Cronenberg film, Cosmopolis.
Seems like a quick trip to the desert is one way to get your mind off your cheating (ex?)-girlfriend.
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Angelina Jolie is attached to the title role in Gertrude Bell, a biopic about the woman who played a key role in the progression of the Middle East pre-World War I.
Ridley Scott's production company is behind the film about Bell, a British polymath who, The Hollywood Reported notes, has been described as the female Lawrence of Arabia. Scott may also direct Bell.
Jolie, who made news earlier Thursday for signing with a new talent agency, has several acting projects coming up, including a sequel to Salt; her directorial debut, In the Land of Blood and Honey, is set for release in December.
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