You're not British, you just like watching Brits on TV. Maybe you like it a little too much - to the point where American TV just doesn't cut it for you anymore. Here are some signs that you might be addicted.
1. You can name every actor who has ever played Doctor Who.
2. You find yourself slipping into a British accent at least once a day. Which tends to get this reaction from people:
3. You've gone into a rage spiral when someone reminds you how long you have to wait for more Sherlock.
4. Whenever there's a death on Downton Abbey you grieve like it was a member of your own family. Whyyy Matthew?!
5. You boycotted the American version of Broadchurch. And you won in the end because Gracepoint was cancelled.
6. You're convinced it's only a matter of time before the things in Black Mirror happen in real life.
7. You've swapped out coffee for tea - because all your favorite characters drink it.
8. After watching Luther, you're campaigning hard for Idris Elba to be the new James Bond.
9. You've never seen Mad Men, but you're obsessed with The Hour.
10. Forget Christian Grey. You'll always think of Jamie Dornan as Paul Spector in The Fall.
11. When Lena Dunham tweeted about her love for Call the Midwife, you were all like, "Duh, where have you been?"
12. You've cried while watching Derek. Like, openly bawled.
13. You're planning a trip to UK as we speak.
Are YOU addicted to British TV? Which show is your favorite? Tell us on Twitter and Facebook!
As obsessive readers and fans of dismissing quality movies as inferior to their literary counterparts, it's important for us to know which books will head to the big screen ahead of time. How else will we know how Wild Reese will be, or what is going to happen to Peeta? Be reasonable. We've decided to use our research for the good of society and share the adaptations coming soon that we are most excited for.
1. The Spook's Apprentice - Joseph Delaney (Seventh Son)
Thomas Ward (Ben Barnes) is the seventh son of the seventh son, which gives him the ability to see things that others cannot: ghosts, ghasts, boggarts, and the like. He becomes an apprentice to John Gregory, the Spook (Jeff Bridges). Julianne Moore is set to play Mother Malkin, one of the most sinister witches who uses blood magic, luring young runaway women into care before sucking their blood to maintain her youth, who was then imprisoned by the Spook. Kit Harington and Djimon Hounsou also star.
2. Fifty Shades of Grey - E.L. James
Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan, in case you somehow didn't know, are stepping into the roles of Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey for the adaptation of the incredibly successful erotic novel. Steele, a literature student, interviews Grey as a favor to her roommate, but quickly becomes entranced by this brilliant and handsome man who is unable to resist her. He admits his desire, but on his own terms; this is a man with a need to control everything. This is also probably going to be the movie with a bunch of heavy-breathing sweaty middle-aged women trying to control themselves in the theater. You've been warned.
3. In the Heart of the Sea - Nathaniel Philbrick
The last time Ron Howard and Chris Hemsworth teamed up, they brought us one of the best films of 2013, Rush. Now, they're at it again (along with Cillian Murphy and Benjamin Walker) with this story of a whaleship attacked by one angry whale, leaving the crew shipwrecked and stranded for 90 days, thousands of miles from land. The true story inspired a little book by Herman Melville (played in the movie by our favorite, Ben Whishaw) entitled Moby-Dick.
4. The Price of Salt - Patricia Highsmith (Carol)
W. W. Norton & Company
Patricia Highsmith, author of successful novels-turned-movies like Strangers on a Train and The Talented Mr. Ripley (we're choosing to ignore the recent The Two Faces of January here), wrote The Price of Salt, which will be released as 'Carol.' The novel itself, controversial for its lesbian content and unprecedented gay happy ending, is said to have inspired Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita. The film stars Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, and Sarah Paulson, with Far From Heaven and I'm Not There director Todd Haynes helming.
5. Dark Places - Gillian Flynn
Shaye Areheart Books
Gone Girl author brings us yet another chilling thriller. A young girl is the sole survivor of a massacre that leaves both of her sisters and her mother dead in an apparent Satanic cult ritual. She testifies against her brother, but 25 years later, she begins to investigate the actual events. Charlize Theron, Chloë Grace Moretz, Nicholas Hoult, and Christina Hendricks star.
6. A Walk in the Woods - Bill Bryson
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants director Ken Kwapis is set to direct Bryson's memoir, starring Robert Redford and Nick Nolte. The hilarious book describes Bryson's attempt to walk the Appalachian Trail with his friend Stephen Katz. Emma Thompson and Parks and Recreation's Nick Offerman will also star.
7. Insurgent - Veronica Roth
As conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows, a war looms for Divergent's post-apocalyptic Chicago. In this sequel, we're still following Shailene Woodley and Theo James' Tris and Four as they try to understand the reasons for Erudite's insurrection and obtain information the Abnegation are trying to protect. Kate Winslet, Zoë Kravitz, Ansel Elgort, and Miles Teller return in their supporting roles, and are joined by some all-star names: Naomi Watts, Octavia Spencer, and Suki Waterhouse.
8. Serena - Ron Rash
The dynamic duo of mega-nominated movies Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle are back at it! Bradley Cooper plays a man trying to maintain his timber empire during the Depression, while Jennifer Lawrence plays his wife who discovers she can't have children. For some reason, we're a little terrified of JLaw in this movie from the trailer.
9. Silence - Shusako Endo
Taplinger Publishing Company
This 1966 novel about a Jesuit missionary sent to 17th century Japan where he endures persecution is set to be adapted by Martin Scorsese. It will also have an all star cast of Andrew Garfield, Liam Neeson, Ken Watanabe, and Adam Driver.
10. The Longest Ride - Nicholas Sparks
The producers of The Fault in Our Stars, the author of The Notebook, and the hottest Hollywood son around, this movie already has us in love with it. Scott Eastwood and Britt Robertson play two lovers and there's a rodeo or something; we don't really know, we were just thinking about how much this movie will make us cry. Time to read the book.
11. Far From the Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
The Hunt director Thomas Vinterberg tackles Thomas Hardy's novel. Carey Mulligan stars as Bathsheba Everdene, a woman who has too many men in love with her and of course rejects them all until she falls for one. Three men, played by Michael Sheen, Matthias Schoenaerts (Rust and Bone), and Tom Sturridge (On The Road), all after this woman: who will she end up with? We actually just read the plot description and had everything spoiled and somehow still gasped and cried at those three paragraphs. Why didn't we know about this book before?!
12. Paper Towns - John Green
The Fault in Our Stars author John Green's next book to be adapted by the same team who adapted TFIOS (Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber). Margo and her adventures are legendary at her high school, and Quentin ("Q") has always loved her for it. Margo climbs through his window and demands he take an all night road trip of revenge, but when she goes missing the next day, Q realizes she's left clues for him and promptly hits the road again in search of her. Cara Delevingne will play Margo and TFIOS' Nat Wolff will play Q.
13. The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge - Michael Punke
Carroll & Graf Publishers
Academy Award-nominated Alejandro González Iñárritu (Birdman, 21 Grams, Biutiful) is set to direct Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy in this adaptation. Partially based on the life of fur trapper Hugh Glass. Leo will play Glass, who is mauled by a bear, then later robbed and left for dead by his companions. He survives and sets out for revenge against those same men.
14. The Secret Scripture - Sebastian Barry
Faber and Faber
A one-hundred-year-old woman, Roseanne McNulty, in a mental hospital for about 50 years decides to retrace her history. As the hospital faces demolition and he must choose which of his patients should be transferred and which should rejoin the community, Dr. Grene also tries to discover her history. What they find is very different, though there are some consistencies. Vanessa Redgrave and Rooney Mara will play Roseanne McNulty, Eric Bana will play Grene, with Theo James also starring.
15. Frankenstein - Mary Shelley
An oft-adapted novel, Mary Shelley's classic is to be turned into yet another film, this time directed by Paul McGuigan (Lucky Number Slevin, Push). The updated version, titled Victor Frankenstein, will be told from the perspective of the doctor's assistant, Igor. The film will explain how the doctor became the man who created the legendary monster. Daniel Radcliffe will play Igor and James McAvoy will play Victor Frankenstein.
16. The Martian - Andy Weir
Crown Publishing Group
Described as Cast Away meets Apollo 13, the novel follows an astronaut stranded on Mars, fighting to survive (which also sounds mildly like Gravity to us, no?). Ridley Scott is set to direct a pretty stellar (no pun intended) cast here: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Jeff Daniels, Kristen Wiig, Donald Glover, Kate Mara, and Chiwetel Ejiofor. This sounds like a great movie already, but we'll have to wait until November to see it.
17. The Jungle Book - Rudyard Kipling
Walt Disney Pictures is working on this live-action/CGI mash-up of the classic book, directed by Jon Favreau (Iron Man, Chef), with a mind-bogglingly incredible cast. Bill Murray, Idris Elba, Ben Kingsley, Christopher Walken, Scarlett Johansson, Lupita Nyong'o, and Breaking Bad's Giancarlo Esposito will provide voices, while newcomer Neel Sethi will play Mowgli.
Model and actress Cara Delevingne has bared all for a new jewellery and accessories collection campaign. The British 'it' girl stripped off for the revealing John Hardy shots in Bali. She preserves her modesty with the careful placing of her hands, arms and legs
The 22 year old's new ads promote the brand's Fall collection. She signed on as the face of John Hardy earlier this year (14).
Sons Of Anarchy star Charlie Hunnam and Downton Abbey actor Dan Stevens have reportedly emerged as the frontrunners to take on the lead role in a long-delayed remake of John Carpenter's sci-fi classic Escape From New York. The Walking Dead's Jon Bernthal is also said to be in consideration to tackle the part of anti-hero Snake Plissken, the character made famous by Kurt Russell in the 1981 original, according to Starlog.com.
Jeremy Renner and British movie tough guys Tom Hardy and Jason Statham were all previously linked to the reboot, which has been in the works since 2010.
Producers at Silver Pictures have yet to secure a director to take on the job, although Breck Eisner, Len Wiseman and Brett Ratner have all been attached to the project in recent years.
British actor Tom Hardy has been walking around in Sir Elton John's old clothes in an effort to get into character for an upcoming biopic about the rocker. The Dark Knight Rises star will portray the flamboyant performer in Rocketman, a new film which will detail the singer's life after leaving rehab in 1990, and he reveals he has been getting a feel for Sir Elton's personality by dressing up as him.
He tells the New York Post, "When I play a real person, I like to have bits of them. Since I can't take physical body parts and sever those, I try and grab as much 'kit' off them as possible. Then you can sell it on eBay!"
But there's one aspect of the film Hardy still feels unprepared for - singing onscreen.
He recently told the Wall Street Journal, "(I will have to sing) otherwise I'll have probably failed, right? But that's terrifying me. I can't hold a tune to save my life. God knows how I'm going to do that."
Actor Tom Hardy is terrified about portraying Sir Elton John in a new biopic because he has an awful singing voice. The Brit has been cast as the flamboyant performer in Rocketman, a new film which will detail the singer's life after leaving rehab in 1990.
However, Hardy fears he will infuriate fans unless he learns how to sing properly to portray the Your Song legend on screen. He tells the Wall Street Journal, "(I will have to sing) otherwise I'll have probably failed, right? But that's terrifying me. I can't hold a tune to save my life. God knows how I'm going to do that. "But then I couldn't cage fight before I'd gotten in with (2011 fighting film) Warrior. And I still can't. I'm not supposed to be a cage fighter. I'm only playing one."
Johnny Depp is back on board to portray notorious crime boss James 'Whitey' Bulger in a new biopic. The Edward Scissorhands star was originally cast in Black Mass last February (13), but dropped out in May (13) after he was reportedly asked to take a $10 million (£6.25 million) pay cut due to budget constraints.
Last month (Jan14), it was reported the actor was back in talks and now he has officially signed on to play the Boston, Massachusetts gangster, who spent almost two decades evading capture after he was placed on the Federal Bureau of Investigation 's (FBI) Most Wanted List, according to Deadline.com.
Rain Man director Barry Levinson was initially attached to direct the film, but Out of the Furnace filmmaker Scott Cooper has taken over the project.
In addition to Depp's casting, The Dark Knight Rises actor Tom Hardy is reportedly in talks to star as former FBI agent John Connolly, a childhood friend of Bulger who served time in prison for racketeering and obstruction of justice charges stemming from his relationship with him.
Production is expected to begin in May (14).
Black Mass isn't the only film based on Bulger's life story in development - Matt Damon is also set to star as the crime lord in a new project directed by his pal Ben Affleck, while Twilight actor Peter Facinelli is working on a TV adaptation of Edward MacKenzie and Phyllis Karas' book Street Soldier: My Life as an Enforcer For Whitey Bulger and the Boston Irish Mob.
Tribeca Film via Everett Collection
For a film that involves a love triangle, mental illness, a Bohemian colony of free-spirits, an impending war and several important historical figures, the most exciting elements of Summer in February are the stunning shots of the English country and Cornish seaside. The rest of the film never quite lives up to the crashing waves and sun-dappled meadows that are used to bookend the scenes, as the entertaining opening never manages to coalesce into a story that lives up the the cinematography, let alone the lives of the people that inspired it.
Set in an Edwardian artist’s colony in Cornwall, Summer in February tells the story of A.J. Munnings (Dominic Cooper), who went on to become one of the most famous painters of his day and head of the Royal Academy of Art, his best friend, estate agent and part-time soldier Gilbert Evans (Dan Stevens), and the woman whom they both loved, aspiring artist Florence Carter-Wood (Emily Browning). Her marriage to Munnings was an extremely unhappy one, and she attempted suicide on their honeymoon, before killing herself in 1914. According to his journals, Gilbert and Florence were madly in love, although her marriage and his service in the army kept them apart.
When the film begins, Munnings is the center of attention in the Lamorna Artist's Colony, dramatically reciting poetry at parties and charming his way out of his bar tab while everyone around him proclaims him to be a genius. When he’s not drinking or painting, he’s riding horses with Gilbert, who has the relatively thankless task of keeping this group of Bohemians in line. Their idyllic existence is disrupted by the arrival of Florence, who has run away from her overbearing father and the fiancé he had picked out for her in order to become a painter.
Stevens and Browning both start the film solidly, with enough chemistry between them to make their infatuation interesting. He manages to give Gilbert enough dependable charm to win over both Florence and the audience, and she presents Florence as someone with enough spunk and self-possession to go after what she wants. Browning’s scenes with Munnings are equally entertaining in the first third of the film, as she can clearly see straight through all of his bravado and he is intrigued by her and how difficult she is to impress. Unfortunately, while the basis of the love triangle is well-established and entertaining, it takes a sudden turn into nothing with a surprise proposal from Munnings.
Neither the film nor Browning ever make it clear why Florence accepts his proposal, especially when they have both taken great pains to establish that she doesn’t care much for him. But once she does, the films stalls, and both Stevens and Browning spend the rest of the film doing little more than staring moodily and longingly at the people around them. The real-life Florence was plagued by depression and mental instability, but neither the film nor Browning’s performance ever manage to do more than give the subtlest hint at that darkness. On a few occasions, Browning does manage to portray a genuine anguish, but rather than producing any sympathy from the audience, it simply conjures up images of a different film, one that focused more on Florence, and the difficulties of being a woman with a mental illness at a time when both were ignored or misunderstood.
Stevens is fine, and Gilbert starts out with the same kind of good-guy appeal the won the heart of Mary Crawley and Downton Abbey fans the world over. However, once the film stalls, so does his performance, and he quickly drops everything that made the character attractive or interesting in favor of longing looks and long stretches of inactivity. He does portray a convincing amount of adoration for Florence, although that's about the only real emotion that Gilbert expresses for the vast majority of the film, and even during his love scene, he never manages to give him any amount of passion.
Cooper does his best with what he’s given, and tries his hardest to imbue the film with some substance and drama. His Munnings is by turns charming, brash, and brooding, the kind of person who has been told all of their life that they are special, and believes it. He even manages to give the character some depth, and even though he and Browning have very little chemistry, he manages to convey a genuine affection for her. It’s a shame that Munnings becomes such a deeply unlikable character, because Cooper is the only thing giving Summer in February a jolt of life – even if it comes via bursts of thinly-explained hostility. It's hard to watch just how hard he's working to connect with his co-stars and add some excitement to a lifeless script and not wish that he had a better film to show off his talents in.
Unfortunately, by the time Florence and Gilbert are finally spurred into activity, the film has dragged on for so long that you’re no longer invested in the characters, their pain, or their love story, even if you want to be. Which is the real disappointment of Summer in February; underneath the stalled plot and the relatively one-note acting, there are glimmers of a fascinating and compelling story that’s never allowed to come to the forefront.
We were really excited when news broke that Tom Hardy will be starring in Rocketman, the Elton John biopic, but Hardy better know how to sing. He’s proved his acting chops, and although he hasn’t proven his musical talents yet, we’re excited to see the actor sing some of John’s most famous and beloved tracks in the upcoming film. These are just a few we’d like to see.
We’re looking forward to the outrageous costumes that could easily be included with the performance of “Crocodile Rock.” Giant feathers! Bright colors! We want all of it.
We can’t wait for Hardy to sing “Tiny Dancer” and not because we’re secretly hoping he’ll accidentally say “Hold me closer, Tony Danza.” (Okay, maybe a little.)
“Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going To Be A Long Long Time)”
If the creators of Rocketman chose this song as the film title, they better include it. Plus it’s one of our favorites, so they doubly better include it.
“Bennie and the Jets”
C’mon, who doesn’t love dancing around and getting the lyrics wrong while singing this song? It’s a crowd pleaser and we hope Hardy can get the words right.
Hardy’s got the dreamboat thing down. Imagine him singing “Your Song.” It’s even dreamier than Ewan McGregor in Moulin Rouge! This song alone could persuade many ladies (and gentlemen) to see Rocketman.
Tom Hardy has built a career out of playing no-nonsense tough guys in film, but his next project represents a bit of a departure for the actor. Hardy will face the exciting world of piano ballads and Jaunty 70's pop for his newest role as Elton John in the upcoming biopic, Rocketman. However, we wonder if he has the trademark pipes and nimble fingers to successfully portray the piano playing pop-legend.
While Hardy has been spending his career as of late slapping on muscle and playing hulking strong men, he will have to seriously lay of the weights to play a true-to-period Rocketman. It’s a good thing Hardy is a versatile actor that can shrink and grow into roles quite effortlessly. All Hardy needs is an unreasonable amount of sunglasses and he should be golden.
Focus features will give the film a major U.S release, and Elton John himself will be re-recording many of his most iconic hits for use in the film. Rocketman will begin shooting next fall.