Frost/Nixon star Michael Sheen will celebrate poet Dylan Thomas’ centennial by starring in a reading of the literary icon's Under Milk Wood on the same stage where the "play for voices" premiered in 1953. Sheen will also direct the performance at New York’s 92nd Street Y on 26 October (14).
The reading will be broadcast live simultaneously on the venue's website and on bbc.co.uk/radiowales in Britain.
Thomas made his American debut at the 92nd Street Y’s Poetry Center in 1950, and he premiered Under Milk Wood on its stage on 14 May, 1953. There is only one recording of that performance with Thomas himself in the cast.
Welshman Sheen cannot wait to perform the piece by his fellow countryman, stating, "It's a real honour and an absolute thrill to be able to perform Under Milk Wood in this very special year and on the stage that it first found its voice. And the live radio broadcast is an opportunity to celebrate him and his work in both New York - a city that became so important to Dylan - and, at the same time, in Wales, his inspiration and home."
The all-Welsh cast also features actress Kate Burton, whose parents, Sybil Williams and Richard Burton, participated in the first BBC radio recording of Under Milk Wood in 1954. Burton also starred in the 1972 film adaptation of Under Milk Wood.
She says, "It is very meaningful for me to be participating in this event as my parents were in the original recording. I am very proud to be Welsh and to carry on the family tradition."
Sophia Bush and James Lafferty reunited with their former One Tree Hill co-stars at a fan convention in Paris, France over the weekend (18-19Oct14). The actors convened at the Hyatt Regency Etoile Hotel on Saturday (18Oct14) to participate in the second edition of the From Wilmington To Paris event, which pays homage to the city of Wilmington, North Carolina, where the series was filmed.
Bush and Lafferty were joined by fellow co-stars Hilarie Burton, Robert Buckley, Bethany Joy Lenz, Stephen Colletti, Torrey DeVitto, Antwon Tanner, Shantel VanSanten and Kate Voegele for the two-day festivities, during which they spoke at various panels and mingled with fans.
The actors shared photos of their reunion on social media, with Bush posting a picture on Instagram.com showing her old friends Burton and Lenz, along with the caption, "Basically the best."
Noticeably missing from the event was Bush's former co-star and real life ex-husband Chad Michael Murray, who apologised to his fans a few days before the convention, expressing his apologies for missing out on the gathering.
He wrote, "Sorry I can't make it 2 Paris, Milan & London guys. Heavy into shooting @AgentCarterTV I'll try 2 make out sometime soon! Have a great time (sic)."
The U.S. drama ended in 2012 following a nine-season run.
So you might have heard: there was a One Tree Hill reunion this weekend. In Paris. The gang got back together for an OTH convention hosted by Guest Events called, "From Wilmington To Paris 2." Should have been from Tree Hill to Paris, but we guess it's cool since it gave us the best pictures to ever grace our Instagrams.
Our favorite Tree Hill girls finally got back together again and gave us OTH fans photographic evidence:
Basically the best.
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B. Davis also reunited with her favorite Scott boys:
My two favorite Scotts. #PJRaven @ThisIsJamesLafferty #HomiesForLife #OTHfam
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Ouch. Is that a burn to Lucas/Chad I see Sophia Bush? Probs not, because she's amazing. And the sweetest girl ever. Plus, we think everyone secretly loved Dan so much because he was the funniest character to hate. And he's hot.
But guys, Sophia was not the only person blowing up our Instagram newsfeed. Haley (Bethany Joy Lenz) was a selfie fiend this weekend.
There was a Naley moment. I repeat, A NALEY MOMENT HAPPENED:
This handsome buggar... #paris @thisisjameslafferty
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Even a OTH family selfie:
@ptothejohan @robertearlbuckley @therealshantel @joylenz #hilarieburton #paris
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Everyone seemed to love Dan Scott (Paul Johannson) this weekend:
Champagne et une promenade avec un de mes amis les plus chers. How blessed I am to share these new memories with people I have known and loved for many years. Thank you #paris
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The James sisters were at it once again:
Mr & Mrs Paris... Hottest new couple in town! @joylenz #loveyasis #Paris #OTH
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Clay (Robert Buckley)and Quinn (Shantel VanSanten) made snow angels together and they didn't come out well, but it was perfect:
Clearly, our snow angel game needs a lot of work. @therealshantel #FWTP2
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Even Nanny Carrie was able to tone down the crazy and make it to this reunion:
Wow! Altogether again! Hillary joy James Antoine Torrey
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As expected, OTH fans freaked the hell out over this reunion:
This one tree hill gathering is really giving me the feels
— SHA (@ShainaWottitz) October 18, 2014
the fact that there's still one tree hill conventions going on after the show finishing years ago makes me emotional
— (@regalduckling) October 18, 2014
American fans were so sad they couldn't be there:
There's a One Tree Hill convention on in Paris and I'm so devastated I'm not there!
— AlouderLOVEGA (@EmilyyBennettt) October 19, 2014
People let this reunion make them wish (dream) for more:
I had a dream one tree hill was having a reunion season
— erudite (@amanduuurz) October 19, 2014
There were people ready to get on an airplane and fly right to Paris:
Where am I? Not at the #FWTP2 for the One Tree Hill convention. Where I want to be? #FWTP2.
— hale (@brookedaviz) October 18, 2014
People weren't even that mad that Chad had to cancel on the event:
Chad canceled but silver lining: free posters all around for us! Merci @GuestsEvents #FWTP2 pic.twitter.com/Ee0GWLRJZu
— Laura Van Staen (@LauraBlake__) October 19, 2014
Because Sophia is perfect and adorable with fans, as usual:
@sophiabush Thank you for the photo, I'm glad to met you for the first time. I love you so much #FWTP2 pic.twitter.com/LTbAyjVsVC
— I MET SOPHIA BUSH. (@badassbush) October 19, 2014
And the Clinn feels were so strong and perfect:
Shantel and Rob being super cute at their panel #fwtp2 pic.twitter.com/4Fh4piYFzK
— (@xRememberOTH) October 19, 2014
Shantel: "I'd pick Robert any day. He's my best friend!" AND THEN SHE HUGGED HIM. #FWTP2 #Clinn
— Laura Van Staen (@LauraBlake__) October 19, 2014
It was an amazing reunion and we all wish we were there. Excuse us while we go watch One Tree Hill for the rest of our Sunday. And week. We hope you do too.
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Hollywood's former Batman, Michael Keaton, would reprise the superhero role "in a heartbeat" if director Tim Burton agreed to return.
The actor first played the Caped Crusader in 1989 blockbuster Batman and reprised the role in 1992 follow-up Batman Returns, both directed by Burton. Keaton has now revealed he would only consider stepping back into costume if he could work with Burton. When asked by Entertainment Weekly magazine if he would ever return to the role of Batman, Keaton replies:
"If it was Tim Burton directing? In a heartbeat. Tim, in the movies, really invented the whole dark superhero thing. He started everything, and some of the guys who have done these movies since then don't say that, and they're wrong." Keaton recently shocked fans when he revealed he has not watched Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, which featured Christian Bale in the lead role, saying, "Chris Nolan is great, but I've never seen any of the Batman movies all the way through. I know they're good. I just have zero interest in those kinds of movies."
The only way you could possibly understand any of these issues is if you're from Tree Hill. Since, there is only One Tree Hill and it's your home.
1. When you're trying to join the basketball team, but your half brother (that lives with your asshole dad who pretends you don’t exist) is being a total dick:
2. When you try to help out a pretty girl and she verbally attacks you:
3. When you’re just trying to tutor someone and they’re all like “Don’t say I never gave you anything”:
4. When you tell your best friend that you’re just tutoring his asshole half-brother, but wind up marrying him:
5. When you're trying to give the valedictorian speech at your high school graduation, but your water breaks:
6. When you try to go to your senior prom, but your psycho stalker won't let you:
7. When you picked the boys you want, put them on the door, and your then best friend totally disregards everything:
“Peyton! He’s on the DAMN DOOR under me!”
8. When you love a guy and want your best friend to be happy for you, but they love him too, and things get real complicated:
9. When you're trying to get a heart transplant, but a dog steals and eats your new heart:
10. When you're just trying to casually attend a wedding but get kidnapped by your crazy nanny:
11. When you decide it's a good idea to marry one of three girls you've loved, call them, and ask them to meet you at the airport so you can fly to Vegas:
12. When you think it's a good idea to get married in high school and then are shocked when things don't work out perfectly:
13. When you just want to be friends with people and they decide to always leave:
14. When you're just trying to have a nice day on the beach but someone tries to baptize you:
15. When you were always trying to be a really diligent student but your sisters were secretly getting you high:
16. When you're trying to have a normal relationship with your boyfriend but then the stalker that looks like his dead wife decides to shoot you:
17. When your trying to enjoy your wedding day, but the limo flips over a bridge:
18. When you can’t understand why you’re dad is weirded out that your Nanny Deb is dating your Uncle Skills:
19. When you totally forget you have a kid and your kid is like “WTF are you talking about dad?”:
20. When you’re just trying to come home to wife and kids and get kidnapped:
Scott boys, getting kidnapped like it's nobody's business.
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Welsh actor Michael Sheen is to direct and star in a special stage performance of Dylan Thomas' play Under Milk Wood. The Masters of Sex star will perform alongside Scandal actress Kate Burton, the daughter of late actor Richard Burton, during the one-off production at the 92nd Street Y community centre in New York, where the play first premiered in 1953.
Sheen will read the part of First Voice, the role Thomas played during the original read-through of the drama about the residents of a Welsh fishing village.
The free performance will be broadcast live on BBC Radio Wales on 26 October (14), the eve of the centenary of Thomas's birth.
Sheen says, "To perform it again and give it new life in the same place where it was first born really, then that's incredibly thrilling and very moving... And for it to go out at the same time on the radio in Wales, knowing that everyone in Wales will be able to listen to it at the same moment as people in New York are able to sit and listen to it as well, it's terrific."
Sheen took on the First Voice role for a BBC Wales TV adaptation in May (14). Richard Burton also played the part in the 1972 film version opposite his on/off wife Dame Elizabeth Taylor.
Director Brian G. Hutton has died, aged 79. The filmmaker passed away on Tuesday (19Aug14) after suffering a heart attack last week (begs11Aug14).
The New York City native began his career as an actor, but stepped behind the camera after taking part in a directing programme with Universal Studios.
In 1968, Hutton directed Clint Eastwood and Richard Burton in the war classic Where Eagles Dare, and he teamed with the duo again in 1970 for Kelly's Heroes, which also starred Telly Savalas, Don Rickles, Carroll O’Connor and Donald Sutherland.
Hutton also made two movies with Hollywood icon Elizabeth Taylor - drama X, Y and Zee opposite Michael Caine and Night Watch with Laurence Harvey.
In 1980, Hutton was recruited to replace Roman Polanski as the director of The First Deadly Sin, after his predecessor fled America to escape statutory rape charges. The movie featured Faye Dunaway and Frank Sinatra in his final major film role.
Hutton also directed the films High Road to China, The Pad and How to Use It, and Sol Madrid.
As an actor, Hutton starred in movies like Fear Strikes Out, Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, King Creole, The Case Against Brooklyn, and TV shows such as Gunsmoke, Perry Mason, Have Gun - Will Travel, Rawhide and The Rifleman.
Pierce Brosnan has revealed he was in the running to play Batman for Tim Burton. The former James Bond met with the director while he was looking for his Caped Crusader for 1989's Batman, but he admits he couldn't quite see himself in the superhero role.
In a new Reddit.com chat, Brosnan recalls, "I just couldn't really take it seriously; any man who wears his underpants outside his pants just cannot be taken seriously. That was my foolish take on it. It was a joke, I thought. But how wrong was I?
"Don't get me wrong, because I love Batman, and I grew up on Batman. As a kid in Ireland, we used to get our raincoats and tie them round our neck and swing through the bicycle shed."
The role was picked up by Michael Keaton, who played Batman in two Burton movies. The character has also been played by George Clooney, Val Kilmer and Christian Bale on the big screen.
In Hollywood, it’s not uncommon for the stars to meet on set and fall in love. Usually, it’s the leading man making the leading lady swoon. But actors and actresses aren’t the only ones who wind up together. Sometimes, it’s the director who gets the girl.
Kate Beckinsale and Len Wiseman
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Prior to her marriage, Beckinsale had been in a relationship with actor Michael Sheen for 8 years. But on the set of Underworld in 2003, she fell for her then-married director, Wiseman. The following year they were married. All parties involved, except Wiseman’s first wife, have said there was no infidelity. The couple have remained friends with Sheen, who starred alongside Beckinsale in Underworld. Aside from that franchise, Wiseman has also cast Beckinsale in his film, Total Recall.
Judd Apatow and Leslie Mann
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These two met on the set of the 1996 comedy film, The Cable Guy, which Apatow was producing. Since their 1997 marriage, Apatow has cast his wife in: The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up, Drillbit Taylor, Funny People, and This Is 40. Not only has his spouse appeared in his films, but their two daughters, Maude and Iris, have made it into a few films as Mann’s on-screen children.
Milla Jovovich and Paul W.S. Anderson
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This couple met on the set of Jovovich’s most popular film, Resident Evil, in 2002 which Anderson was the director and producer for. The two dated first then had a child in 2007, before getting married in 2009, all while continuing to work on the franchise that brought them together. Anderson isn’t the first director Jovovich has wed. In 1997 she married her The Fifth Element director, Luc Besson, but divorced him two years later.
Kate Capshaw and Steven Spielberg
This Texas-born actress met Spielberg when she was cast as the female lead in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, the prequel to Raiders of the Lost Ark, in 1984. The two married in 1991, after Spielberg’s controversial and costly divorce from his first wife, Amy Irving.
Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Burton
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The pair first connected during filming Planet of the Apes in 2001. While they’ve never actually gotten married, they’ve been a couple for the last 13 years and have 2 children together. Burton is not shy from having his partner in his films; Carter has appeared in: Big Fish, Corpse Bride, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Alice in Wonderland, and Dark Shadows.
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Do you remember where you were when Batman V Superman was announced? When the first glimpse of Avatar was bestowed upon the world? Probably not, but for the Comic-Con faithful, these moments are gospel. San Diego Comic-Con has become the destination for any geek worth his salt, and a select few moments throughout the convention's history have become legendary to fans across the world. Here are the most memorable moments from Comic-Cons past.
The Batman V Superman announcementRight at the tail end of the 2013 Warner Bros. panel, a Jittery Zack Snyder turned up to announce that he was working on a sequel to Man of Steel. Then, with help from the booming voice of Harry Lennix and a choice excerpt from Frank Miller's classic Batman tale The Dark Knight Returns, Warner Bros. dropped a bomb on Hall H with the announcement of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice (which was then untitled). When the logo blazed on screen with all its glory, SDCC 2013 had hit its definitive peak.
Michael Keaton earns the cowlEveryone remembers the ballyhoo made about Heath Ledger being cast as the Joker in 2008's The Dark Knight, but comic book fans had been complaining about casting long before then. All the way back at Comic-Con 1988, the fervor about the new Batman movie was high; many fans didn't think Michael Keaton could pull off the Caped Crusader. But most of these detractors quieted down when the original creator of Batman, Bob Kane himself, stopped by the Con and gave the actor and Tim Burton's production his blessing via a set visit. He also showed up with a ton of set photos and production designs to ensure fans that his creation was in good hands.
Twilight comes to Comic-ConFor nearly 40 years, Comic-Con had been a place for more male-focused geekery. But in 2008, the playing field was leveled when the Twilight saga was given a panel in the hallowed nerd pantheon that is Hall H. This of course brought droves of Twilight fans to the convention center, who of course butted heads with seasoned veterans of the Con who though the new visitors didn't belong. But Twilight's domination of that year's festivities were undeniable. The vamps were here to stay.
The Avatar preview screeningIf there's one thing to learn from Comic-Con, it's that you shouldn't always buy into the hype. Hyperbole flows through San Diego like a river, and people will champion anything and everything as a gamechanger. But the hype around the preview screening of Avatar at 2009's convention was so massive, it was hard not to believe. The preview of James Cameron's spectacle-laden adventure left many Con-goers slack-jawed with awe.
The Avengers assemble in Hall HJoss Whedon has long been a popular face at comic-con, but he might as well have been coronated as king when he brought every member of The Avengers on stage for the first time in 2010. It was a moment that Marvel studios had been steadily building up to for years, but seeing all of those heroes (albiet in street clothes) in one place at the same time was magical.
The Iron Man trailer premiereUnsuspecting fans at the first ever Iron Man panel were greeted with a surprise visit from Jon Favreau, and an even bigger surprise: the first look at a new trailer for Iron Man. The trailer was only a few seconds long, showing Iron Man shooting through the sky, but it was enough to send the hype for the upcoming film skyrocketing. It was surefire proof that Marvel was doing right by all these heroes.
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World wows the crowdIn a rare treat, fans at the Scott Pilgrim vs. The World panel were treated to a screening of the film. Edgar Wright's dazzling comic book adaptation won heaps of praise from attendees, and Hollywood's relationship with the convention was riding high. Unfortunately, the studios soon found out the convention hype doesn't always equal ticket sales, and the film fizzled out of the box-office without recouping it's budget.
Karen Gillan goes baldMaybe it was just a really convincing wig, maybe we just couldn't wrap our heads around those deep red locks being fake, or maybe we just don't usually expect to see people ripping hair off of their heads at Comic-Con. But at the panel for Guardians of the Galaxy, after being confronted by host Chris Hardwick with accusations that her character in the upcoming space opera is bald in the comics, the actor unleashed her buzzed head to the world, and everyone lost their minds.