Actor Jamie Foxx is eager to portray boxer Mike Tyson on the big screen. The Django Unchained star has been perfecting his impersonation of the former heavyweight champion for several years, but he is hoping to one day play him in a film biopic because he is fascinated by his life story.
He says, "I got a chance to hang out with Mike, when Mike was at his height (peak of fame) and I watched Mike Tyson go from his height to where he is now. I talked to Mike about doing his story and I said, 'Mike, how do you feel?' and he said, 'I'm happy, God bless, I'm alive brother.' I said, 'Why you happy (sic)?' and he said, 'I don't have any money, so I'm very happy. No one is trying to take anything from me.' It broke my heart when I heard him say that and I said, 'What do you mean?' He says, 'When I had money everybody was all over me and all I wanted to do was box and fall in love.'
"So that story would be fantastic to do and I actually gained 225 pounds to do a role at one point and I had my make-up artist dress me up as Mike Tyson and I was in Toronto and people were literally coming up asking me for autographs (thinking I was Tyson), so hopefully..."
Foxx's wish may come true sooner than he thinks - Tyson is reportedly working with his wife, Lakiha Spicer, to bring his life story to the big screen and wants Kevin Spacey to portray his mentor and trainer, Cus D'Amato, and Helen Mirren to star as his adoptive mother, Camille Ewald.
Crime writer Lynda La Plante is set to return to the gritty world of her Prime Suspect characters for a prequel. La Plante recently revealed she has started work on a new book, titled Jane Tennison, which she will subsequently adapt into a script for a TV series.
Dame Helen Mirren played tough homicide detective Jane Tennison in the 1990s TV series, based on La Plante's books, and the author is keen to bring The Queen star back for the new project.
She says, "I would love to even approach her to consider it but I feel she has carved out such an impressive career. I really doubt she would want to go back."
The book will be released in 2015 and the series is slated to air the following year (16).
British actor Luke Treadaway has recruited Dame Helen Mirren and Doctor Who star Matt Smith to take part in his upcoming gala to raise money for autism charities. The 28-year-old Clash of the Titans star was inspired to organise the event after playing a teen diagnosed with the condition in hit play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at London's Apollo Theatre.
Treadaway, who won an Olivier Award for the role last month (Apr13), explains, "When I started doing the play I had gone to lots of schools to research autism. Even though the schools are incredible, 90 per cent (of those students) are unemployed when they leave. I felt that so many of them would be able to work and have a social life, but are not given the opportunity."
The Brit reveals Mirren, who is also currently performing in the West End theatre district, was keen to take part: "I dropped a letter into the stage door, and she got back to me by email within an hour."
Singer Bat For Lashes will perform at the theatrical gala, while Smith is auctioning a tea date with him at London's Ritz hotel.
Proceeds generated by A Curious Night at the Theatre, scheduled for 1 July (13), will benefit Ambitious About Autism and The National Autistic Society.
It’s been nearly a month since “Sacrifice,” the high-seas adventure/Dead Calm homage that saw the death of Fauxmanda. In addition to recappers like myself heaving a sigh of relief over the fact that we wouldn’t have to keep using the word Fauxmanda, it seemed like Revenge was finally back on track. The Ryan Brothers were dispatched, Conrad Grayson was once again clearly the villain, and Emily herself had a newfound laser focus on her revenge scheme. Or so we thought. “Retribution” decided to do what Revenge always seems to do when it doesn’t know how to proceed: muddy the narrative waters and add even more extraneous characters! We’re right back to square one.
The episode began with a deliberate echo of the way the series itself began: Emily narrating her Hammurabi platitudes over an image of rolling waves. Retribution, an eye for an eye, is all about restoring balance. Even if retribution risks perpetuating a cycle of violence, such an unending cycle is preferable to letting the guilty go free, and all that Old Testament stuff. Of course, she was especially gunning for blood after Amanda died in her arms. She herself said that she’d just lost “one of the only people I’ve ever loved,” which makes it all the more unfortunate that the show had been keen on turning Amanda into a rival/poseur/threat for so damn long. How deep did that love for her doppelganger (in name only) go? Emily was so affected, in fact, that she seemed to want to shoot Conrad Grayson then and there. I mean, this situation could not be more desperate: Amanda’s dead, Jack’s in the hospital, and Nolan is on the verge of giving over a WMD computer program to save his girlfriend’s father from losing another finger. What’s a revenge-meister to do?
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On top of all that, Helen Crowley’s replacement, Mr. Trask (who you eagle-eyed readers noted last time was Mr. Guppy on Andrew Davies’ version of Bleak House) had decided to snoop around about Fake Amanda. Conrad told him she was in possession of a laptop with evidence that could incriminate all of them. So when Emily was at the Stowaway picking up Jack’s clothes she discovered the Initiative agent doing a scan of the place himself, posing as a lawman. No man with such bug eyes, thin lips, and pasty complexion could be up to any good. Shame that was pretty much the last we saw of him in this episode.
At the coroner’s, Charlotte was brought in to identify the body of her “sister.” You’d think Jennifer Jason Leigh’s Kara, who rushed to her daughter’s hospital bed when she was flung off a balcony rail, would be there too, no? I guess Revenge’s writers realized her character was such a mistake that she’s totally banished, even when this is one time that her presence would make some logical sense. Emily showed up at the coroner’s herself and saw Victoria was there as Charlotte’s escort. By now Emily and her nemesis reiterate their contempt for one other each time they’re in each other’s presence by emphatically stating each other’s names: “Emily.” “Victoria.”
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Of all the Graysons, Daniel seemed to be the only one having a crisis of conscience over Amanda’s death. First things first, he wanted to rob the Initiative of their prize by getting Nolan to delete the Carrion program. “Control-Alt-Delete, got it,” Nolan said in response. The thing is…who should he trust? Daniel probably is right that he should delete it, but Padma’s father will die if the Iniative doesn’t get their cloak-and-dagger-holding hands on it. Then again, for what apocalyptic purpose will the Initiative use Carrion? Like any geek, Nolan should realize that, despite his love for Padma, the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few or the one. No wonder he now answers the phone with, “Nolan Ross, life’s pawn.”
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So Jack was totally devastated by Amanda’s death, as was to be expected. Not certain if he was as devastated by her death as he was by Sammy’s, but that was man’s best friend, so come on. His grief burned bright for a moment, then quickly turned to a chill. Suddenly, it seemed that he needed to scratch the revenge itch against the Graysons as well. He would finish what his wife had started, and the first step to do that would be to get into Conrad’s good graces. He’d accept the mogul’s generous offer of paying his medical bills and thank him with obsequious gratitude like “I don’t know if I can ever repay you.” Conrad saw Jack’s phoniness and raised him, even allowing baby Carl into Grayson Manor. The cherry on top of Conrad’s own charlatanism was the flag pin he now wears to advance his craven political ambitions.
NEXT: Emily eulogizes Amanda…meaning she’s eulogizing herself. We’ve really gone down the Persona/Mulholland Drive female-personalities-merging rabbit hole haven’t we?
Jack decided that he wanted Emily to give Amanda’s eulogy. Which meant basically that she would have to give her own eulogy to someone else. Yes, this is majorly effed up. While Conrad made his own statement about Amanda’s death to the media, Jack began the first part of his revenge scheme against him by cracking open his late wife’s laptop. He needed that intel to use against the Graysons. The only problem was that he has zero computer skills, was never able to log in, and thus was dead in the water — not to make a pun, since his wife literally was dead in the water. He’d have to loop in Nolan. In the meantime, though, he did discover files among Amanda’s effects that showed she and Emily went way back and were even juvie buddies at Allendale. Meaning that Emily probably knew about Amanda’s vendetta against the Graysons and did nothing to discourage her from it, even though she was in terrible danger. Jack was not happy. To Emily, he was even all like, “Aw, you were worried it would ruin your perfect reputation?” Um, your wife was in juvie too, buddy. But it was an interesting glimpse. If Jack is this mad at her for concealing her past, imagine how he’ll fly off the handle when he learns she’s really Amanda. When he finds out, will he totally lose it? Or will he be so besotted with the concept of Amanda, that he’ll immediately forget about Fauxmanda, even though she’s the mother of his child, and embrace his second chance with his childhood sweetheart? Nolan, for one, discouraged Emily from revealing herself to Jack at this moment. He thought it would be like Jack losing his wife twice: once in death, another in realizing that she wasn’t who she said she was.
So Emily eulogized herself. I half expected a distraught Jack to climb on top of his wife’s coffin and ride it into her grave like Leland Palmer on Twin Peaks, but he kept it together. Victoria had a quasi-nice moment with Emily, in which she said that she was actually glad David Clarke had died so he wouldn’t be around to witness his daughter’s death.
As for Nolan, he decided to turn over the Carrion program to Padma, so she could give it to the Initiative and rescue her father. But come now. Surely that wasn’t the “real” Carrion program he gave her? Methinks Nolan has an ace up his sleeve. Perhaps a device that will allow him to expose the Initiative’s entire computer network?
Emily was also looking to throw away some crucial tech. When Aidan presented her with the revenge computer, she threw it into the sea. Sure, it had evidence on there to send Conrad and Victoria to prison, but then again she said, “My plan never had anything to do with going to prison.” Um, so what is your plan? A season and a half into this show, you can at least give us an idea of your goal right? I mean, as murky as Lost was, at least we always had a goal in mind: leaving the island. What could possibly by Emily’s endgame at this point?
So, hopefully brainstorming that endgame, Emily visited Amanda’s grave. Standing behind her was another mourner who said he couldn’t believe she was gone, that the Amanda he knew was a force of nature, that she burned his house down. Mason Treadwell? No. An African-American guy who called himself Amanda’s brother. Oh, right, foster brother! Because Charlotte’s Google search into Amanda’s past, which revealed her sister’s foster family, had to be setting up something. A shame that it’s a new character we’ve never seen before, in whom we have no investment, who will likely just be another red herring. Except that, since he knew the real Amanda at a slightly older age, he may be among the few who could actually expose Emily now. From the preview of next week’s ep, that sure seems to be the case.
Anyway, folks, do you think I’m being too hard on our favorite primetime sudser? Do you think Revenge has found its way back on track? Or was Emily right when she quoted Roger Moore and said "before setting out on revenge you first dig two graves”? Is one of those graves for this show itself?
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The action genre is not for everyone. A good amount of people are turned off by the high-flyin', fast-drivin', guns-a-blazin', 90-minute explosions of bloody adrenaline churned out several times a year by this corner of the film industry. And though I fall squarely in the camp of those not too keen on big screen violence, my aversion to the practice is far overshadowed by my affinity for the White Stripes (and I'm sure I'm not alone there). As such, we have a G.I. Joe: Retaliation trailer that works for everybody.
A leviathan of faceless ninjas over take the new video, soaring swiftly above mountaintops and facing off in remarkably choreographed sword fights as "Seven Nation Army" colors the backdrop, the visuals and the audio working in extremely impressive conjunction for the likes of a movie trailer. It's almost a shame when the focus veers away from the masked warriors towards the end of the trailer, shifting instead to the obligatory showcase of stars Bruce Willis, Dwayne Johnson, and their behemoth arsenal. But if this kind of display of meticulous ninjarama carries through the bulk of the big screen feature (and with as dynamic a soundtrack choice as Jack White's Elephant opener), then this next G.I. Joe adventure might be worth the time of even those not ordinarily affixed to action flicks.
Check out the stellar trailer below; Retaliation opens March 29.
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Greta Garbo and Helen McCrory have previously played the part - but Knightley was keen not to pay close attention to their scenes.
She tells Interview magazine, "I saw a couple of versions ages ago. I've seen the one that was on TV in England with Helen McCrory playing Anna, and she's wonderful.
"I also saw the Greta Garbo version, but years and years ago. I didn't want to see it again just before I played the part because I thought if I did something similar that I would want it to be an accident, not because I've nicked (stolen) it."
Beyonce, Nicole Richie and Girls Aloud star Nicola Roberts have also raided their closets for the annual Clothes Throw campaign, which raises money for Liverpool's Alder Hey Children's Hospital.
Roberts, who hails from Liverpool and is a keen fundraiser for the medical facility, is fronting the initiative and she's urging fans to support it any way they can.
She says, "I am really excited to be fronting the Clothes Throw 2011 campaign! I'm an avid supporter of Alder Hey Imagine Appeal. I visit Alder Hey and the patients there really touch my heart.
"There are three ways you can help with the Alder Hey Clothes Throw: donate clothes, hold your own Clothes Throw party or attend any of the official Clothes Throw events in (local shopping centre) Liverpool ONE."
The three-day sale kicks off on 25 October (11).
The Nanny McPhee star is a keen supporter of the Helen Bamber Foundation, an organisation which helps rebuild the lives of survivors of human rights violations.
She was the star guest at its fundraising bash in London and headed up the evening's auction, which included an Andy Warhol painting of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II.
Before the sale, Thompson encouraged guests including British actress Emilia Fox to "buy something fabulous" to benefit the charity.
The Queen star previously wowed theatre audiences in New York when she starred in A Month in the Country (1995) and Dance of Death in 2001 and 2002; both projects earned her Tony Award nominations for Best Actress.
And Mirren is keen to head back to the theatre once again - she's just waiting for the perfect project to come her way.
She tells New York Post columnist Cindy Adams, "I very much want to do Broadway. Soon. Quite soon. I'm hoping something will jell."
The I Know What You Did Last Summer star is set to follow her directing dream by stepping behind the cameras for new movie Wait Until Helen Comes - and she's keen to land Bello as her star.
She tells Eonline.com, "I would love Maria Bello to be in it. I would love her to play the mom in it."
The film will shoot on location in Rhode Island later this year (11).
It won't be Hewitt's first time behind a camera - she directed a handful of episodes of her spooky TV drama Ghost Whisperer.