Sir Ian Mckellen is the latest Brit to tackle the role of Sherlock Holmes, following in the footsteps of Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller. The veteran thespian will play an elderly version of the enigmatic sleuth in A Slight Trick of the Mind, in which Holmes is haunted by his unsolved cases.
McKellen will reteam with his Gods and Monsters director Bill Condon on the project, which is based on the novel by Mitch Cullin.
Production will begin next spring (14).
McKellen is the latest actor to play Holmes in recent years - Cumberbatch stars as the wily detective in U.K. TV series Sherlock, Lee Miller plays him in U.S. drama Elementary, and Robert Downey, Jr. brought the role to life on the big screen in Guy Ritchie's blockbusters in 2009 and 2011.
TV hosts Richard Madeley and Judy Finnegan are set to return to British chat show This Morning to host a one off live 25th anniversary programme. The show will air on 03 October (13) and will also feature current presenters Phillip Schofield, Holly Willoughby, Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford.
Katie Holmes, Olivia Wilde AND Gerard Butler are among the big names who will host New York's free Global Citizen Festival on 28 September (13). They will be joined by will.i.am, Erin Heatherton, Deborra-Lee Furness, Karolina Kurkova and Freida Pinto. Alicia Keys and John Mayer will headline the event, which aims to help tackle poverty worldwide.
Every agency — be it an advertising firm, a mystical demon-hunting society, or a top secret government organization bent on thwarting international terrorism — needs a snarky office fixture. A master of the deadpan, though moreover useless in the field. Preferably British. Thick glasses optional. Don't bother trying to fill this position though (we're sorry, recent graduates desperate for any means of employ). Jared Harris has got it covered. Deadline reportst that the increasingly present actor is now joining The Man from U.N.C.L.E., the Guy Ritchie picture set with Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer in the central spots. While the mad Men star's role in this film is as of yet undisclosed, we can surmise that it will entail some finely pressed suits, orders barked with conviction, and a stark deficit of smiling.
This will be Harris' second go with Ritchie, who led the British actor to villainy in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. Harris' most recent turn was in the YA feature The Mortal Instruments, in which he played his intellectual shut-in shtick up to 11. With a script from Scott Z. Burns, the mind behind Steven Soderbergh's exceptional The Informant!, Harris should have a good deal of fun pouncing on some dark, bridled mania.
Just the way we like our Jared Harris: buttoned up tight, confined to a claustrophobic office, and right on the verge of snapping.
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Casting rumors have swirled ever since Ben Affleck was cast as the Dark Knight in the announced Batman vs. Superman movie. While it’s obvious which superheroes will make an appearance in the movie, there’s still no word about who the titanic heroes will battle in this hopefully epic blockbuster. But who would be better than Superman’s arch-nemesis, Lex Luthor, to challenge both the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel in his glorious return to the silver screen?Before Warner Bros. kills the fun and announces whom they picked as Luthor (assuming he will appear in Batman vs. Superman), let’s indulge our inner fanboy and pick our own dream castings.
Bryan CranstonThe internet’s been ablaze about Bryan Cranston being cast as Lex Luthor (an impressive fan trailer for Man of Steel 2 makes a strong case for both Cranston and Affleck). Who can blame the comic fanboys, especially when Cranston shows the evil behind his eyes in Breaking Bad. He even looks good bald too. Cranston could be a bit too old for the part though, and it’s in question whether he’ll want to play a similar role by taking on Lex Luthor so soon after the finale of Breaking Bad.
Jason IsaacsZack Snyder cast a British actor when he chose Henry Cavill to play Superman. So why not look across the pond again to play his arch-nemesis? One British candidate would be Jason Isaacs, whom you may know as Lucius Malfoy from the Harry Potter movies, so moviegoers have already seen him capably play a movie villain. But for fanboys who insist that the movie characters stick as close to their comic book counterparts, don’t worry: Isaacs looks even more villainous with a shaved head.
Bradley CooperThis casting would probably be as divisive as Ben Affleck. Some would say Bradley Cooper is too young or doesn’t have the talent to play Lex Luthor. First, as Matt Damon would say, Lex Luthor is not King Lear and should be a fairly easy role for the Academy Award-nominated actor. And remember the uproar that erupted when Christopher Nolan chose Heath Ledger to play the Joker. Cooper could infuse a much needed new spin on Lex Luthor. But for a villain who has evaded both the authorities and Superman for years, Cooper is an excellent choice to play a man with sinister intentions underlying all that infinite charm and innocence.
Mark StrongWhen it comes to physical resemblance to Lex Luthor, it’s tough beat out English actor Mark Strong. But beyond his facial physicality, Strong has shown he can be the perfect villainous foil to an iconic character. He played Lord Blackwood in 2009’s Sherlock Holmes, a man who was capable of fabricating an elaborate scheme to rule England by pulling all the right strings. Just substitute England for the world, and that could’ve been Lex Luthor right there!
Idris ElbaZack Snyder cast Laurence Fishburne as the Daily Planet’s Editor-in-Chief Perry White and turned Jimmy Olsen to Jenny Olsen. So would he be open to casting outside the racial box for Lex Luthor? If he were, Idris Elba would be a prime candidate for the iconic villain. Anyone who watched him as Stringer Bell in HBO’s The Wire could certainly see him as a CEO businessman by day, kingpin of an underground criminal organization by night.
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Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes' daughter Suri has broken her arm. Details on how the seven year old hurt herself remain scarce, but a representative for Holmes has confirmed the injury, insisting the youngster is doing fine.
The rep tells People.com, "Suri did break her arm, but she is OK."
Actress Katie Holmes joined rocker Lenny Kravitz, funnywoman Ellen Degeneres and politician Colin Powell onstage for a bizarre finale at a party thrown by businessman Ron Perelman at the weekend (24-25Aug13). Tom Cruise's ex-wife was among guests at the event at Perelman's home in the Hamptons, New York on Saturday (24Aug13), which was also attended by Billy Joel, Anjelica Huston, Howard Stern, and John McEnroe.
Stars including Jon Bon Jovi, Darlene Love, and Mary J. Blige performed for the evening, which was dubbed Apollo in the Hamptons, but it was during Kravitz's headline set that the night took an odd turn.
Several guests including Holmes, DeGeneres, Jamie Foxx, Ciara, Pharrell Williams, and the Roots joined the Fly Away hitmaker for a unique performance, which included a snippet of Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke.
According to New York Post gossip column Page Six, Holmes later told pals, "I haven't had such a good time in so long."
The event reportedly raised more than $3 million (£2 million) for education and culture programs at New York's Apollo Theater.
Director Morgan Spurlock was relieved he opted not to include the One Direction bandmates' girlfriends in his new movie about the group when Liam Payne ended his romance during filming. The documentary maker admits he had to cut out a lot of personal moments with the boy band and he chose early on that their love lives were off-limits.
Spurlock tells WENN, "When it came down to personal relationships I said, 'We shouldn't put the relationships with girlfriends because they're 19 to 21 years old. What if one of them breaks up with a girlfriend in the middle of my story? Suddenly I've got a hole that I can't even wrap up.' So I chose not to put those relationships in there.
"And that actually happened with Liam when we were making the film. What Liam talks about in the film, for me, is the much better story to tell about their relationships. Liam says, 'I want somebody to love me for me. I want somebody to love me for who I am, not all of this.' The better story is how do you find valuable relationships with people who trust you."
But Spurlock is still a little sad that he had to cut so much footage of the boys hanging out at home with their pals: "We shot tons of childhood friends. When Niall went home we hung out with all his friends from childhood... and when Harry was back in Holmes Chapel we shot him hanging out with his friends, but when it came down to it, when you have five guys' stories that you have to tell in over 60 minutes with the other 28 minutes of concert and 62 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage, you can't put in everything.
"Ultimately I found their relationships with their families to be more valuable and important when they were home because that is ultimately who shaped them as human beings and shaped them as young men."
And Payne and bandmate Zayne Malik are convinced their director made the right choice about the footage he used in the film.
Malik says, "It was amazing to see that scene with my mum in the house I just bought her. I'll look at that for the next 10 to 15 years and keep it quite close so its cool."
Payne adds, "It was quite hard to watch the bit where my dad says about wanting to take me to the pub and play snooker and there's that dramatic pause... I can't help but cry every time. I'm at the cinema with the 3D glasses on trying to hide but you can just see it happening."
Spurlock states, "They love their moms and dads and care about their family just like we all do and value that relationship like we all should."
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You can watch 10 different Jared Harris performances without ever realizing that they have an actor in common: the man is a proverbial chameleon. Following his exit from Mad Men and his turn as Ulysses S. Grant in Lincoln, Harris stars as the agoraphobic magic man Hodge Starkweather in The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, lining the cast of young, fresh stars in the making with his veteran bravado. Of course, spending time around his youthful costars has clearly rubbed off on the thespian. "There’s lots of laughter, because you are being a kid again," Harris admits to Hollywood.com. "It’s great fun!"
Speaking on the creation of the new movie, adapted from the novels of author Cassandra Clare, Harris added, "That was one of the things [director Harald Zwart] believed would ground the audience in the world that the story takes place in. He wanted everything to be built. He wanted anything we saw to actually happen." Watch the video above to check out our full interview with Harris, and catch Mortal Instruments in theaters Aug. 21.
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British actor Mark Strong has fuelled reports suggesting he is set to portray Superman's arch nemesis Lex Luthor in the Man Of Steel sequel after refusing to confirm or deny the casting rumours. The Sherlock Holmes star was recently tipped to take on the role of the villain in director Zack Snyder's forthcoming film, and Strong has done little to silence the claims.
When asked about the casting news by DigitalSpy.com, he coyly replied, "All I can say is... watch this space."
If Strong does sign on, he will follow in the footsteps of Gene Hackman and Kevin Spacey, who have both famously brought the character to life on film.
It's not the only casting mystery surrounding the Man of Steel sequel - rumours have swirled about who will play Batman since Snyder confirmed that the Caped Crusader will feature in the follow-up at last month's (Jul13) Comic Con event in San Diego, California.
Ryan Gosling, Josh Brolin and Joe Manganiello have all been mentioned as possible contenders for the coveted role, taking over from Christian Bale, who stepped down following the completion of Christoper Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy.
Henry Cavill will reprise his role as Superman in the planned sequel.