British actress Alice Eve is engaged to her childhood sweetheart, according to a U.K. report. The Star Trek Into Darkness star, 32, is set to marry Alex Cowper-Smith, who she first dated back in high school. The pair split before she headed to university but they rekindled the romance earlier this year (14), according to Britain's Daily Mail.
The actress and the financier, also aged 32, were spotted together at Britain's Glastonbury music festival in June (14).
Eve has previously dated poet Adam O'Riordan and actors Rafe Spall and Rufus Sewell.
British actor Rufus Sewell has become hooked on 'The Rock' diet after using it to help him bulk up to play Autolycus in Dwayne Johnson's new epic Hercules. The Dark City star asked his leading man for tips on how to pile on the muscle and has now become a fan of The Rock's tough bodybuilding diet.
He says, "We were all eating our own versions of the Dwayne Johnson diet. I mean, f**k me, I was so sick of salmon by the end of that job. But now I've become institutionalised, I can't get off it! I've got a protein habit that I just cannot keep under control."
But Sewell admits he could never hope to become a man-hulk like Johnson: "No matter how much you work out, it's quite easy to develop dysmorphia because if you stand next to Dwayne Johnson, you're always going to look like there's not enough going on.
"I was standing next to Dwayne every day thinking, 'My arms are so spindly'. It was only when I got home I realised none of my old suits fitted me."
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For whatever reason, there's been a flood of sword and sandal epics charging toward the screen. But Brett Ratner's Hercules, already the second film starring the mythical demi-god to be released this year, is the best of the lot. Unsurprisingly, this feature lacks the polish and ambition of the year's weightier blockbusters like Captain America: The Winter Soldier or the sublime Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. But what it lacks in ambition, it makes up for in pure thrills.
It's been years since Hercules completed his mythical labors, and stories of his gallantry have spread far across Greece, which benefits Herc and his merry band of mercenaries just fine since a résumé that can double as a child's bedtime story is worth its weight in gold. But when King Cotys of Thrace (John Hurt) enlists Hercules to end a rebellion that threatens to send his city into chaos, a quest that has the untrained Thracian soldiers whispering nervously of monsters, beasts, and an evil sorcerer, the mighty son of Zeus might not have the gods on his side.
Who knew a film by Brett Ratner and starring Dwayne Johnson would have more than two brain cells to mush together? Hercules boasts a narrative that's all about the power of mythmaking; it examines the way legends grow, spread, balloon, and deflate, and takes the classic Hercules story in unexpected directions in a nicely subversive, clever way.
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The Rock's brawny good looks do the Greco-Roman demi-god his due justice, and the hulking hero's physique looks like a supreme feat of nature (and the gym). But even through the muscles and leather armor, Johnson's natural charisma shines through. While The Rock is the centerpiece of the film, the true highlights are his supporting cast of heroes, who fire off expertly loaded quips when necessary. The standout here is Ian McShane's soothsaying Amphiaraus, whose quest to meet his fate often requires standing right in the way of flaming spears. The jokes sometimes feel anachronistically modern, but they mesh well enough into a story that's wholly uninterested in adhering to classic representations of ancient Greecian myths.
Hercules is by no measure a great film. Hell, I'd even be cautious to call it a good film. The suspect CGI and cheesy costumes break the spell all too often, but it's such a cheerfully ridiculous take on Hercules myth that it's nearly irresistible. The film is knowingly doofy and hits every rung of the standard action adventure, but does so with such a spirited commitment to the material and swashbuckling sense of fun, it's hard not to buy into its legend.
British actress Gemma Arterton battled nerves ahead of her performance at a tribute concert for musical theatre legend Sir Tim Rice. The former Bond girl was joined a host of musicians including The Who star Roger Daltrey, Rufus Wainwright, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Rice's long-term collaborator Andrew Lloyd-Webber to celebrate the works of the Oscar-winning songwriter on Tuesday (08Jul14).
Arterton sang with an orchestra during the show at London's Southbank Centre, and she posted a picture of the stage on Twitter.com ahead of her big moment, adding, "My first proper public singing performance tonight. Here's me doing the soundcheck. No pressure..."
The tribute show, titled Tim Rice: A Life In Song, will be televised in the U.K. later this year (14).
Arterton will soon be showcasing her vocal skills on a regular basis in the Made in Dagenham musical, which opens in London in October (14).
Rufus Wainwright scrapped a concert in Rome, Italy on Thursday night (03Jul14) after his flight was cancelled. The Canadian singer was due to perform at the Auditorium Parco della Musica in the city but travel issues prompted him to postpone the show at the last minute.
Wainwright's manager Mark Adelman claims the singer's plane had been affected by "technical problems".
It's the latest show Wainwright has axed - his upcoming concert in Moscow, Russia on 10 July (14) had to be cancelled after floods hit the Moscow International Performing Arts Centre.
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Sir Michael Gambon is reuniting with Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling to bring her first adult fiction book, The Casual Vacancy, to life on the small screen.
The British acting icon, who replaced the late Richard Harris as Albus Dumbledore in the boy wizard film franchise, will lead the cast in a BBC TV adaptation of the bestselling novel, about an unexpected death in a quaint English village. He will portray deli owner Howard Mollison, opposite Notes on a Scandal actress Julia McKenzie.
The miniseries will also feature Keeley Hawes, Rufus Jones, Rory Kinnear, Monica Dolan and newcomer Abigail Lawrie. Production on the three-hour series is due to begin on 7 July (14) in south west England. Rowling released The Casual Vacancy in 2012. It has sold more than six million copies worldwide.
"A Time to Kill, people still stop me to talk to me about what an important film it was, and you know, they made it into a Broadway play this year... Who played my part? Well f**k him, he wasn't any good!" Kevin Spacey wasn't a fan of Patrick Page's performance as District Attorney Rufus Buckley in the stage adaptation of his classic 1996 crime thriller. The play closed last year (13) less than a month after its official launch, due to poor ticket sales.
Singer Rufus Wainwright has launched an online campaign to fund the recording of his opera. The Canadian star composed Prima Donna himself and premiered the show in Manchester, England in 2009. Wainwright now wants to record the music for a CD and digital release ahead of plans for a concert tour, so he is asking members of the public to donate their own cash to fund the studio project. He has set up a page on Pledgemusic.com urging fans to give generously. In a message posted on the page, he writes, "It is vitally important to me that Prima Donna be properly recorded and released so that I can tour a concert version of it in the coming year, and I have decided to do this with the help of both PledgeMusic and the incredible BBC Symphony Orchestra which in turn requires your generous support. Quality studio opera recordings are extremely expensive and too time consuming to pull off these days, and it seems that a once vibrant recording industry is no longer what it was and new methods are needed to get the music out." Wainwright is offering fans special rewards in return for their donations. For $99 (£62) they will be given the chance to sing on stage with the star at one of his shows, while $1,500 (£938) buys a producer's credit and access to the recording sessions wrap party, and for $50,000 (£31,250), Wainwright will play a private concert for the lucky donor.
Folk star Martha Wainwright is adding author to her resume to pen her first memoir. The Far Away artist has landed a deal with publishers at Flatiron Books for Stories I Might Regret Telling You, which will detail her upbringing as the daughter of musicians Loudon Wainwright III and the late Kate McGarrigle, and as the sister of fellow singer Rufus Wainwright.
The 37 year old will also open up about her "strange love affairs" and her experiences with drugs and alcohol during her youth.
The book is scheduled for release in early 2016.