Like many of her co-stars on "Downton Abbey" (ITV/PBS, 2010- ), British actress Jessica Brown Findlay, who played the socially conscious Lady Sybil Crawley on the series, was elevated from relative ob...
Aiden Turner and the cast of the Poldark reboot changed the way they recited their lines following the "scary" backlash over mumbling in Jessica Brown Findlay's TV adaptation of Jamaica Inn. Last year (14), the Downton Abbey star came under fire over the poor sound quality in her BBC mini-series based on Daphne Du Maurier's book, and hundreds of viewers lodged complaints suggesting they could not hear the dialogue.
The Hobbit actor is following in Brown Findlay's footsteps by appearing in another BBC period drama, an update of classic 1970s show Poldark, and he reveals many castmembers ditched plans to use regional accents because of the Jamaica Inn row.
He tells Britain's Radio Times magazine, "The fuss about it spooked us all a lot... We started shooting a few weeks later and I can tell you all the actors were aiming for 10 out of 10 on enunciation. I'm doing posh RP (received pronunciation) anyway so it didn't really affect me directly, but I was scared, yes."
Jessica Brown Findlay's ex-boyfriend has spoken out to condemn the hackers who stole saucy pictures of the actress and leaked them online.
The Downton Abbey star was among the female celebrities caught up in the Hollywood hacking scandal when Internet criminals broke into cloud storage devices and stole hundreds of personal files. Findlay was featured in a number of explicit pictures and a video, and her former partner Thomas Campbell, who dated the star for two years, admits he felt shocked and outraged by the leak.
He tells Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper, "It was a huge invasion of privacy, I feel really sorry for her. The video was nothing to do with me. I haven't even seen it. But I do hope that anybody who sees it understands that grown adults do stuff for them that they don't expect the world to see."
Campbell and Findlay dated after meeting at art school in London.
Downton Abbey star Laura Carmichael has blasted hackers who stole naked images of her former co-star Jessica Brown Findlay, insisting they have subjected her to a "horrendous" ordeal. Carmichael was shocked when it emerged last month (Aug14) that around 100 female stars had personal photographs stolen from online storage devices by cyber-crooks.
Findlay was among those targeted, with reports suggesting the hackers accessed naked video clips featuring the actress, and now Carmichael has spoken out to slam those responsible - and anyone viewing the images.
She tells Britain's Event magazine, "It's just awful. It's a crime. It makes me really sad that this is the world in which we live. Terrifying and upsetting. What's happened to my mate is horrendous... It is just plain stealing. I don't think there is any other way of looking at it. The fact people are interested is just sad. I don't understand why it is anything other than criminality and exploitative."
Former Downton Abbey star Jessica Brown Findlay and actor Greg Wise are set to star in a new BBC drama based on author Sadie Jones' bestselling novel The Outcast. Production on the TV adaptation, about a 10-year-old boy who is raised by his war veteran father after the death of his mother, is currently underway in Buckinghamshire, England, ahead of a planned 2015 broadcast.
Northern Irish actor Jamie Dornan has advised the world's leading showbiz stars to quit using social media to stop a repeat of the nude pictures leak scandal. Dornan, who plays bondage-loving businessman Christian Grey in the upcoming movie adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey, was disgusted after hackers stole nude photos of 100 famous women including actress Jennifer Lawrence and model Kate Upton.
It has sparked outrage in Hollywood amid a probe by agents at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and prompted calls for legal action against the hackers, but Dornan is adamant cyber-crime is impossible to guard against.
He is now urging all famous women to avoid using online storage devices to hold their private photographs.
Speaking at the GQ Men of the Year Awards in London on Tuesday (02Sep14), Dornan says, "What can you do? It's sort of disgusting. I don't know how they are going to keep control over it but there seems to be so many different ways that your information can be accessed. I think the thing to do is step away from social media if you can."
Other stars at the event also sent their sympathy to those caught up in the furore, with pop star Jessie J saying, "I think it's really awful and I think that nobody deserves to have their privacy tampered with. I think everyone deserves their sanity, and sanity is privacy. You need something for yourself, so I hope that it's sorted and it doesn't happen again."
Downton Abbey actor Dan Stevens, whose former co-star Jessica Brown Findlay was among those affected by the leak, says, "It's pretty despicable behaviour really and I think the practice of human online behaviour has to evolve. I think people are behaving in a way online that they never would in real life and it's creating a warped new reality. It's very, very frightening."
Actor Douglas Booth, who was recently rumoured to be dating Miley Cyrus, adds, "I think it should be treated the same way as sexual assault. I think it should be treated criminally and I hope that the person goes to prison for a very long time."
A boss of leading cyber security company Malwarebytes has advised stars to check if copies of photographs are kept online after deletion to avoid a repeat of the nude pictures scandal gripping Hollywood. Celebrities including actresses Jennifer Lawrence, Jessica Brown Findlay, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and model Kate Upton were left mortified when explicit snaps of them leaked on the Internet on Sunday (31Aug14).
They are among a group of 100 stars targeted by hackers, with many of the images thought to have been stolen from 'cloud' storage sites, and now an industry expert has warned those in the public eye to tighten their online security.
Chris Boyd, malware intelligence analyst at Malwarebytes, a leading anti-virus software company, says, "It is a stark reminder of the potential consequences of having sensitive material lying around in the cloud. With today's devices being very keen to push data to their own respective cloud services, people should be careful that sensitive media isn't automatically uploaded to the web, or other paired devices.
"People should also investigate the deletion procedures for online storage. Many services allow you to 'undo' deletions, which could cause problems in certain situations... You could also argue that smartphones, which are continually connected to the Internet, are not the best place for nude pictures."
Ariana Grande has spoken out to assure fans she is not a victim of the nude picture leak which has rocked Hollywood, insisting she is not the girl in the pictures.
The singer was rumoured to be among the stars whose saucy snaps were leaked onto the Internet on Sunday (31Aug14), and a series of photographs appeared to show her posing without her clothes. A representative for the Problem hitmaker denied the snaps were real, and now the singer has reached out to set the record straight herself.
In a series of posts on Twitter.com, she writes, "To every1 (everyone) going on about my 'nudes'... (They are not) real! My lil a** is a lot cuter than that... But for real tho (though) whoever thought those were actually me.... love u (sic) but I'm praying for u (sic).."
Agents at America's Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are investigating the leak, which has affected stars including Kirsten Dunst, Jennifer Lawrence and former Downton Abbey actress Jessica Brown Findlay.
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Hollywood actress Kirsten Dunst has criticised technology giant Apple over the nude photo leak which led to saucy photographs of the star emerging online.
The Spider-Man heroine was among a number of celebrities targeted by a hacker who published reams of explicit personal pictures on the Internet. The images were reportedly obtained from Apple iCloud accounts, and Dunst, who was shown topless in a number of the leaked shots, has now hit out at the company through her Twitter.com account.
In a message posed on her page, she writes, "Thank you iCloud" along with an emoticon of a slice of pizza and a pile of excrement.
Apple bosses have confirmed they have launched an investigation into the alleged security breach, saying in a statement, "We take user privacy very seriously and are actively investigating this report."
Other stars caught up in the scandal include Jessica Brown Findlay, Kate Upton, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Jennifer Lawrence, whose publicist has warned that anyone caught sharing the snaps could face prosecution. Agents at America's Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are also investigating the scandal.
Actress and model Kelly Brook has opened up about her double miscarriage in a candid new autobiography. In an extract from Close Up, published in Monday's (01Sep14) issue of The Sun, the British stunner breaks her silence about the devastating tragedies when she twice fell pregnant while dating ex-boyfriend Thom Evans.
In her new book, she details the nightmare of her first miscarriage, which began when she woke up in a pool of blood in May, 2011 and found herself in labour.
She writes, "I sat up and immediately my waters broke. I was only six months pregnant - this was not supposed to happen. I called an ambulance and said, 'I think you'd better come'. I was very scared and felt something was seriously wrong."
Brook's baby girl was stillborn hours later.
She recalls, "Thom and I spent a lot of the time crying that week. Ironically, something that had been such a shock and so unplanned had become something we'd both been desperately looking forward to."
Taking her doctor's advice, she and rugby player Evans began trying to conceive again, and when the model fell pregnant a second time weeks later, she kept the baby news secret.
Brook explains, "I got pregnant again. The look on Thom's face said it all. I think he was terrified. It seemed like he was reluctant and given our experience I got that. It was like, 'Here we go again'. And, indeed, we did go again."
The double heartache of two miscarriages eventually drove her and Evans apart - and they called off their engagement.
Brook's big reveal in The Sun comes as her name appears on a list of female stars who have had nude photos stolen from their iPhones and leaked on the Internet.
She joins fellow Brits Jessica Brown Findlay and Cat Deeley, among others, who have fallen victim to an Apple iCloud hacker.
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Sundance is long gone, Cannes sailed away months ago, and both Tribeca and the Los Angeles Film Festivals have cleared away until next year. But when one major film festival ends, another starts putting its lineup together, and this time, it's Canada's time to shine. The Toronto International Film Festival, which will run from September 4 until the 14, has unveiled the list of titles they'll be premiering this year, and it's packed with under-the-radar indies, highly anticipated returns from accliamed directors, and of course, several likely awards contenders. But with nearly 60 films all making their debut in Toronto this fall, it can be hard to pick out the good from the bad and the exciting from the ones you've probably seen before. In an attempt to simplify the decision-making process for you, we've highlighted some of the most exciting films to hit north of the border this fall.
The Imitation Game Who’s Involved: Benedict Cumberbatch, Kiera Knightley, Matthew Goode and Charles Dance star What It’s About: The British mathematician and computer scientist Alan Turing, who helped the Allies win WWII by cracking German codes, and was then prosecuted by the government for being homosexual. Thoughts: Finally, a cast good enough to convince you that math is interesting for two hours.
The Last Five Years Who’s Involved: Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan What It’s About: A musical that tells the story of a married couple’s five-year relationship – his perspective runs from the day they met to when it all fell apart, and hers from the end back to the beginning. Thoughts: The perfect example as to why you should pay attention when your theater nerd friend tries plays you cast recordings.
Foxcatcher Who’s Involved: Bennett Miller directs; Channing Tatum, Steve Carell, and Mark Ruffalo starWhat It’s About: Based on a true story, it follows two championship wrestler brothers and the tragic consequences that they face after getting involved with an eccentric millionaire coach. Thoughts: We really are going to have to come up with the Tatum equivalent of “McConaissance” sometime soon.
A Little ChaosWho’s Involved: Alan Rickman directs; Kate Winslet, Stanley Tucci and Rickman star What It’s About: A landscape gardener finds herself struggling with the politics of Louis XIV’s court and her own demons after she’s hired to work at the Garden of Versailles. Thoughts: You had us at “Rickman.”
The Riot Club Who’s Involved: Lone Scherfig directs; Sam Claflin, Max Irons, Natalie Dormer and Jessica Brown-Findlay star What It’s About: A privileged young man is inducted into the “Riot’s Club,” an exclusive, wild group of young men full of debauchery and bad behavior, during his first year at Oxford. Thoughts: Look! It’s that guy from that thing! And that girl, from that other thing! I like them. They should be in more things.
Before We Go Who’s Involved: Chris Evans directs; Evans and Alice Eve star What It’s About: Two strangers bond over the course of one night in Manhattan, and the conflicts in their lives allow them to explore more about each other and themselves. Thoughts: Captain America is directing movies now!
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This Is Where I Leave You Who’s Involved: Shawn Levy directs; Tina Fey, Jason Bateman, Adam Driver, Connie Britton and Jane Fonda star What It’s About: Four adult siblings return to their childhood home after their father dies. Dysfunction and hijinks ensue. Thoughts: Does Driver say “outer space” in this? Can we re-write the script so that he does?
Men, Women and Children Who’s Involved: Jason Reitman directs; Jennifer Garner, Adam Sandler and Judy Greer star What It’s About: A group of parents and children navigate the way the Internet has changed their relationships and lives. Thoughts: Well, it’s got be better than Labor Day, right?
Miss Julie Who’s Involved: Liv Ullman directs; Jessica Chastain and Colin Farrell star What It’s About: Set over the course of one night in the 1880s, an aristocratic woman and her father’s valet struggle for power. Thoughts: Should we also be thinking about the “Farrellissance?”
Nightcrawler Who’s Involved: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, and Bill Paxton star What It’s About: An ambitious journalist becomes involved with the world of LA nighttime journalism, and the line between spectator and perpetrator becomes blurred. Thoughts: Oh, so this isn’t an X-Men solo film? That’s slightly disappointing.
Rosewater Who’s Involved: Jon Stewart directs; Gael Garcia Bernal stars What It’s About: The true story of Iranian-Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari, who appeared on The Daily Show before being imprisoned for five months by the Iranian government. Thoughts: This is the movie that gave us Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, and for that we shall always be grateful.
The Theory of Everything Who’s Involved: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Emily Watson, and David Thewlis star What It’s About: The life and relationship of world-renowned physicist Stephen Hawking and his wife Jane Wilde from their first meeting at Cambridge through Hawking’s diagnosis through their numerous accomplishments. Thoughts: Oscar Season 2014: Alan Turing vs. Stephen Hawking in The Battle of the British Genius Biopics.
Whiplash Who’s Involved: Damien Chazelle directs; Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons star What It’s About: An ambitious jazz drummer who enrolls at a prestigious music conservatory, but must endure the brutal, intense tutelage of a brilliant, drill sergeant-like teacher in order to achieve greatness. Thoughts: Look, we’ll stop talking about this one once it finally comes out, and not a moment sooner, okay?
Like many of her co-stars on "Downton Abbey" (ITV/PBS, 2010- ), British actress Jessica Brown Findlay, who played the socially conscious Lady Sybil Crawley on the series, was elevated from relative obscurity to worldwide fame with the groundswell of popularity that rose around the show's debut. She was also able to parlay that attention into a successful film career, beginning in 2011 with her starring turn in the critically acclaimed independent film "Albatross." Featured roles in U.K. television productions soon led to major roles in American projects like the drama "Lullaby" (2013) and the female lead in the all-star fantasy "Winter's Tale" (2013). Findlay's ascent from British television player to Hollywood film actor on the strength of both the international popularity of "Downton Abbey" and her own undeniable talent underscored her status as a major star on the rise.