Russell Crowe was left stunned when he realised the young star playing his son in the new Superman movie, Man Of Steel, was the kid he offered acting advice to on the set of 2000 film Proof Of Life. British actor Henry Cavill was an extra playing rugby with Crowe's movie son, Merlin Hanbury-Tenison, in the film when he plucked up the courage to chat with his idol during a break.
Crowe tells U.S. TV show Extra, "I was watching the kid who was playing my son... but there was a guy in that rugby match who was a dominant player. When he came over to talk to me, I gave him an ear purely because I liked watching him play.
"He asked me, 'How do you become an actor?' and something in him, the way he asked that, made me take that question seriously. It was like I knew he was from my tribe.
"Twelve years later, for us to be standing in a room, I was like, 'I know I know this kid', and then for him to remind me that we'd had that conversation when he was 16 years old and there he is now on this massive film..."
Cavill admits Crowe's advice and the gift the movie star gave him inspired him to make the most of his acting career: "He gives me, amongst other things, this picture of him in Gladiator, saying, 'Dear Henry, a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.'
"Now he's playing my dad at the most pivotal point of my career. You think about it and it's just one of those incredible things. I mean, what are the chances?"
Sherlock and Doctor Who were among the favourites to win prizes at the London ceremony after garnering a total of five nominations between them, but it was Julian Fellowes' popular series, starring Dame Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville and Michelle Dockery, which landed the top honour.
Benedict Cumberbatch's portrayal of the fictional detective and Matt Smith's role as the Time Lord were also snubbed in the Best Male Performance in a Drama category - Colin Morgan claimed that title for his axed BBC series Merlin.
Former Doctor Who star Karen Gillen also missed out on an award - she lost out to Call the Midwife's Miranda Hart in the Best Female Performance category.
Meanwhile, long-running soap opera Coronation Street was a double winner at the event - it was named Best Serial Drama and Best Serial Drama Performance went to Alan Halsall.
Sir David Attenborough's Frozen Planet was named Best Documentary Series and Best Situation Comedy was handed to Mrs Brown's Boys.
Other winners at the annual TV prizegiving included Eastenders' David Witts (Best Newcomer), I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! (Best Entertainment Programme), This Morning (Best Daytime Programme), QI (Best Comedy Panel Show) and Strictly Come Dancing (Best Talent Show).
Meanwhile, Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly were named Best Entertainment Presenters for the 12th year in a row.
Prince William's single younger brother, who is currently serving as a military helicopter co-pilot in Afghanistan, has topped the Top 40 Bachelors list compiled by America's Town & Country magazine.
Harry made the list ahead of Hollywood's most famous bachelors - Clooney and Nicholson.
Magazine editors write of the 28-year-old royal, "Prince William's baby brother flirts and flies Apache helicopters with equal aplomb... He loves dressing up - in everything from ill-fated fancy dress to his birthday suit."
The list also featured a number of other European royals, including Prince Philippos of Greece and Denmark, Grace Kelly's grandson Pierre Rainier Stefano Casiraghi of Monaco, Prince Carl Philip of Sweden, and Prince Amedeo of Belgium.
A number of sports stars were also granted top bachelor status - golfer Adam Scott, American football player Tim Tebow, and baseball star Jeremy Lin were all included, while celebrity offspring also featured highly.
Bryan Ferry's four sons, Merlin, Isaac, Otis, and Tara, won a mention, along with Arnold Schwarzenegger's son Patrick and Clint Eastwood's actor son Scott. Taylor Swift's ex-boyfriend Conor Kennedy was also included, along with twins Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss and Hollywood veteran George Hamilton.
They will compete with Downton Abbey and Merlin for the Best Drama prize, and Steven Moffat, who writes and produces both Sherlock and Doctor Who, is hoping for a dead heat.
He says, "Well this is very flattering, but also terrifying. I hope everyone votes with tremendous care and the result is an exact draw between both shows."
Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch and Doctor Who lead Matt Smith are both up for the Best Male Drama Performance prize, against Merlin's Colin Morgan and Daniel Mays, who is tipped for his portrayal of Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs in drama Mrs Biggs.
Mays' co-star Sheridan Smith has been nominated in the Best Female Drama Performance category, and goes up against Doctor Who's Karen Gillan, Miranda Hart (Call The Midwife) and Suranne Jones (Scott & Bailey).
The winners will be announced during a ceremony held at the O2 Arena in London on 23 January (13).
The latest movie in the Step Up franchise aims for a politicized message behind all the flashy moves but it could do with a lot less plot and a lot more dancing. In Step Up Revolution the Miami dance group "The Mob" takes to the streets (and other random locations) to perform intricately choreographed routines with their own DJ a camera guy who uploads their videos to YouTube and a graffiti artist who leaves their signature behind. It takes at least that much effort just to get hipster New Yorkers to ride the subways without any pants on once a year; it's hard to believe that The Mob could pull off their elaborate schemes without getting caught but that's the magic of movies.
The Mob represents the more diverse working class side of Miami a young multiracial group of friends who create incredible works of art that disappear before they get shut down. One of the Mob's leaders Sean (Ryan Guzman) earnestly explains to newcomer Emily (Kathryn McCormick) that the group's reason is to give a voice to the voiceless or to be happy or to dance or something. It's not really clear but they have a lot of fun and look amazing doing it.
Once Sean and his friends find out that a greedy developer plans to raze their neighborhood to make way for another South Beach-style hotel monstrosity they have a reason to rally but until then they're just trying to win a cash prize by getting clicks on YouTube. The typical Step Up twist is that Emily is the developer's daughter. Mr. Anderson (Peter Gallagher) doesn't approve of Emily's love of dancing or other frippery and he certainly wouldn't approve of her hanging out with the people causing such mayhem in the streets of Miami.
Step Up Revolution biggest misstep is trying to give the movie more of a hook than the franchise's typical Romeo and Juliet-style love story and tap into "the Zeitgeist" (I swear that's from the studio-provided press notes) of flash mobs. The film could have cut out most of the plot and characters and still have a completely intact film insofar as the point of the film is its multimedia dance routines. The sort of productions The Mob pulls off are more akin to carefully planned art installations or music videos in terms of scope; it would have been better to at least make that somehow feasible in terms of the storyline. Yes we are here for a spectacle and we surely get a spectacle but it needs to have some roots in reality.
The dance scenes are fun sexy and occasionally a little sappy but overall quite enjoyable for people who enjoy "So You Think You Can Dance" type of shows. Kathryn McCormick and Stephen "tWitch" Boss both appeared on "SYTYCD" and their costar Misha Gabriel is a classically trained ballet dancer turned pro back-up dancer for folks like Beyoncé and Michael Jackson. Guzman doesn't have a dance background but he is an MMA fighter who obviously took his training very seriously. The entire outfit is pretty damn entertaining to be honest.
As far as the 3D goes it makes most of Miami look overcast and grey. The extra zings added in to make sure we get our money's worth like sand flicking out at us or a breakdancer whose foot seems to be aiming for our face only serves to distract from the real show at hand. There is also an awful lot of ramping and generally spazzy editing tricks that look cheap. The screenplay by Amanda Brody is definitely not its strong suit.
Step Up Revolution is the cinematic equivalent of a trashy beach novel. It's embarrassing to be caught actually enjoying it and you'll forget about it almost immediately but it's a decent way to spend a summer afternoon.
Some people labor under the delusion that Halloween is the scariest day of the year, and perhaps for those under appropriate employment age, this is still true. For the rest of us, the single most frightening day of any given year is the dreaded tax day.
If you haven’t filed your income tax return by now, you are either frantically seeking an extension or generally in a whole heap of trouble. Either way, you’re probably in need of economically-inclined, cinematic spirit-raising. To counteract these financial woes, we’ve decided to celebrate a few of our favorite downtrodden movie characters who end up clawing their way up to prominence…or at least fiscal stasis.
Charlie Bucket, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
As we watch little Charlie Bucket and his sizable family, composed mostly of geriatrics, struggle to feed themselves, we inevitably find ourselves loudly joining in the chorus of “Cheer Up Charlie.” This poor kid has to sit through lectures by the worst possible teacher, works his fingers to the bone delivering papers, and can’t even buy a freaking candy bar for himself?
Yet through all of it, Charlie remains a kind, humble, grateful child and his goodness is ultimately rewarded with a trip through the eccentric Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory. As the far more privileged children on the tour are one-by-one undone by their own absent character, Charlie persists and ends up inheriting the entire Wonka operation, securing new lodging and financial stability for his entire family. That story is sweeter than a Wonka Scrumdiddlyumptious.
Billy Ray Valentine. Trading Places
Remember in the ‘80s when everything Eddie Murphy did was pure gold? In 1983’s Trading Places, he played a character so poor, not even his fillings were gold. As part of a bizarre wager between two unscrupulous sibling tycoons, penniless street hustler Billy Ray Valentine is thrust into a rather lofty executive position at a brokerage house. The man who previously held that job is cast out, stricken of his wealth, and spurned by everyone he once knew. Despite the fact that Billy Ray Valentine is far from an upstanding citizen, he manages to be impossibly likable and we can’t help but enjoy the hilarious economic role reversal; a sort of oddly prescient version of the clash between the 99% and the 1%...only funnier.
You can’t possibly talk about characters down on their luck without talking about the original victim of the hard knock life. Our favorite cinematic ginger, Annie spends most of her childhood in the most despicable orphanage imaginable. We watch her butt heads with the frequently imbibing Miss Hannigan and engaging in the kind of chores that would make Cinderella picket for fair wage rights. We can’t help but be taken by her unflappable optimism as she continues to assert that the sun will come out tomorrow. When the scales are finally tipped back in her favor, it damn near topples under the weight of righteous serendipity. She’s adopted by the affluent (read: money out the ears) Daddy Warbucks who, while a bit of an ogre at first, grows to love the auburn-locked chatterbox just as much as we do.
Chris Garnder, The Pursuit of Happyness
When a good-hearted, well-meaning character in film falls upon hard times, we root for him/her. When that character is also a single parent doing everything they can to support their child, it breaks our hearts. That is exactly the situation faced by Chris Gardner (played by Will Smith) in the 2006 film The Pursuit of Happyness. Based on a true story, the movie tells the tale of a downtrodden dad forced into poverty by the failing economy. Refusing to accept the station with which he’s been saddled, he enrolls in an internship at a major brokerage firm, working odd jobs on the side and living with his son at a local church. Gardner impresses his superiors with his skills and incomparable work ethic to such a degree that he earns a job as a broker, obtaining a better future for himself and his son. If you aren’t in tears by the end of this film, you may be a cyborg. A rich cyborg.
Wart, The Sword in the Stone
Is there a greater rags-to-riches story than that of The Sword in the Stone? You have a poor, put-upon young boy, Wart, who is mistreated by his guardians and used as a servant. All he wants in the whole world is to be a knight, and prove himself valiant and noble. Meanwhile the kingdom is without a ruler and divine providence dictates that whosoever pulls the sword Excalibur from the stone, in which it is encased, shall be king. With the help of his new friend, a wizard named Merlin, Wart (alias Arthur) realizes his worth and pulls the sword from the stone; becoming the king of all England. Maybe it doesn’t adhere strictly to Arthurian legend, but the rising-above-all-obstacles story makes The Sword and the Stone one of my favorite Disney animated films.
The popular period drama will do battle with the sci-fi show for the Best Drama award along with Merlin and last year's (11) winner, Waterloo Road.
Doctor Who star Matt Smith has also been nominated in the Best Actor category, while his co-star Karen Gillan will compete for the Best Actress prize.
In the other categories, shows including The Only Way Is Essex, Celebrity Juice, I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!, Come Dine With Me and The Apprentice will compete to win the Best Reality Show trophy, while The X Factor, Strictly Come Dancing, Dancing on Ice and Britain's Got Talent are in the running for Best Talent Show.
The awards will be handed out during a ceremony at London's O2 Arena on 25 January (12).
The actor/writer, who starred in the 2002 movie adaptation of Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest, will be the guest of honour at the Pere Lachaise Cemetery ceremony.
Wilde's grandson, Merlin Holland, personally invited Everett to attend.
The new tombstone will be cased in protective glass in a bid to prevent Wilde devotees from actually touching the grave marker. It has become customary for fans to leave a kiss mark on the stone.
Everett is currently completing a script detailing the latter years of Wilde's life.
The literary legend died from meningitis in 1900.
The producer and director passed away on Tuesday (13Sep11) after suffering a heart attack in Redondo Beach, California, according to Variety.com.
Hunt's first job was making surfboards, and his career in Hollywood began after he landed the role of a surfer in the 1964 movie North Swell.
He then stepped behind the camera for The Psychedelics in 1966, and went on to helm films including California Country, Fusion, You, Merlin and The Harem Bunch.
Hunt also worked with Orson Welles from 1970 until the Citizen Kane director's death in 1985, teaming up to make The Other Side of the Wind, which was never finished.
The filmmaker also distributed underground movies through his firm Canyon Films.