The 68-year-old cousin of acting siblings Ralph and Joseph Fiennes will tackle -50C (-58F) temperatures next year (13) on what has been dubbed the Coldest Journey On Earth.
Fiennes hopes the six-month trek will raise over $9.6 million (£6 million) for blindness charity Seeing Is Believing.
He says, "There is a huge, blank knowledge of the winter of Antarctica, what is happening to Antarctica during a period when the scientists can't normally get out there.
"Our caboose will be bristling with scientific instruments for NASA and the European Space Agency."
The explorer already holds the record as the oldest Brit to climb Mount Everest after he reached the summit aged 65.
The explorer wanted footage of the 2004 mountaineering trip in the Cotopaxi region of Ecuador to look good for viewers on U.S. TV network HBO.
Natalie Harrison, 38, from Dorset, England staged the stunts - including a pretend fall down a crevasse in a glacier - and was subsequently "saved" by guides holding ropes, but she suffered head and neck injuries, an appeal court was told.
Harrison sued British adventure holidays company Jagged Globe, who laid on guides for the expedition at Fiennes' request, and last year (11) a judge found the firm liable for the injuries.
However, three judges at the Court of Appeal have now exonerated the company of any responsibility for the "stunts" carried out at the star's alleged suggestion, and Harrison was handed an $80,000 (£50,000) bill for legal costs. Fiennes - third cousin of actors Joseph and Ralph Fiennes - was not a defendant.
Lord Justice Pitchford said, "Sir Ranulph suggested they should undertake a staged fall which would be captured on camera. The victim would fall into a crevasse. Miss Harrison volunteered to be the victim.
"She would jump a crevasse, fall slightly short and be held suspended on climbing ropes by the guides. During this stunt her head was propelled forward into collision with the wall of the crevasse.
"In a second staged fall, she pretended to fall while climbing. The first stunt caused long term headaches and the second caused soft tissue injury to her neck."
"Sir Ranulph Fiennes did not want to do the stunt himself, that is why she volunteered. She volunteered freely and without compulsion."
Currently Jason Statham is the reigning king of the run-around-and-shoot-things-until-something-explodes genre. He doesn't have a great deal of range but he doesn't need to—pile a few insane action set pieces around him and let his clenched teeth beady eyes and grunting do the rest. At its worst he can deliver purposefully over-the-top ADD-ridden circuses like Crank. At his best stylistic surface-level heist flicks like The Bank Job.
Statham's latest movie Killer Elite manages to squander his potential in favor of being boldly drab choosing political intrigue and hammy espionage devoid of intensity over anything remotely fun. The picture introduces us to Statham's Danny a mercenary in cahoots with a ragtag team of killers: Hunter (Robert De Niro) Meier (Aden Young) and Davies (Dominic Purcell). After a fumbled mission in which Danny takes down a nameless suit in front of his horrified son the bald gunman leaves his less-than-legal lifestyle behind and heads back to his honey Anne (Chuck's Yvonne Strahovski) in Australia.
A decent setup with above-average action segues quickly into Killer Elite's floundering plot: Danny receives word a year later (or a few months? A perfect timeline/logic isn't the movie's priority) that Hunter has been kidnapped by the Sheikh of Oman and in order to get him back he'll have to slip back into his old assassin ways to knock off three members of an elite British military force (the SAS) who reportedly killed the Sheikh's son. After a lengthy heart-to-heart with the imprisoned Hunter Danny accepts the mission and reteams with Meier and Davies to eliminate the ex-SAS operatives.
Not often do you beg a film to dumb itself down and get to the fistfighting but Killer Elite's so caught up in the "real life" of the SAS the veteran masterminds known as "The Feather Men" (a table full of grandpas who puppeteer the military squad with "back in my day" anecdotes) and their involvement with Oman politics that it never allows itself to unfold as a slick thriller. Clive Owen does his best to shake the film to life as the only youthful member of the The Feather Men: a one-eyed obsessive badass sworn to protect the targeted SAS members. Thankfully he makes for an excellent antagonist to Statham's loyal killer. In the very few moments they share together Killer Elite wakes up—you've seen a moment of it in the trailer where Statham fights Owen while tied to a chair—but even then the fact that they're having the skirmish doesn't click with the rest of the film.
The performances are Killer Elite's saving grace. While De Niro gives a masterclass in phoning it in (there's literally a scene in which he runs off with a briefcase of money) everyone else appears to be trying their best to make the dense material something worth watching. Dominic Purcell is the stand-out his mutton chopped womanizing renegade giving a handful of scenes a necessary comic edge. Director Gary McKendry nails the scenes where Statham's team plans and prepares with witty banter but when it comes to action and interweaving the story's many perspectives the film becomes a muddled mess.
Killer Elite is the definition of average—which feels especially unsatisfying when you realize the talent involved. De Niro and Owen are Oscar-nomianted actors. Statham's been set on fire while headbutting an AK-47-toting gangster. The real mystery of this film is why this didn't amount to something watchable.
The Little Britain comedian and his Dutch partner have been named on JustGiving.com's list of top celebrity fundraisers after they asked friends and family members to give to the Elton John AIDS Foundation instead of buying them presents to celebrate their nuptials last year (10).
Singer Katherine Jenkins was also commanded for her charity work, while adventurer Sir Ranulph Fiennes was crowned the most generous celebrity for pulling in over $3.75 million (£2.5 million) by climbing Mount Everest in 2009 for Marie Curie Cancer Care.
JustGiving.com's managing director Anne-Marie Huby says, "Over the past 10 years, our fundraising community has done some amazing and even crazy things in the name of charity.
"We're delighted to support their efforts, whether it's Sir Ranulph Fiennes' physical challenge or David Walliams and Lara Stone requesting donations in lieu of gifts."
The explorer's Jaguar collided with Louis Castaldo's car in Stockport, England in March (10).
Fiennes was left bloodied and bruised, but Castaldo, 39, spent a month in intensive care with numerous injuries.
At a court hearing earlier this month (Sep10), Fiennes admitted momentarily falling asleep before the accident, which happened just hours after he completed a gruelling 42-mile (68-kilometre) night-time endurance race.
He pleaded guilty to careless driving and was fined $1,500 (£1,000), as well as receiving four penalty points on his licence.
But Castaldo, who is still suffering with injuries from the incident, is fuming Fiennes was not forced to serve jail time - because the crash has ruined his life.
He tells Britain's The Sun, "(I'm) very angry... Having done a marathon, he had a choice to sleep, not get behind the wheel.
"I feel awful physically and psychologically. I cannot take my children to football. It has affected our whole lives."
The explorer was left bloodied and confused after his Jaguar collided with another car in Stockport, England. The other motorist spent a month in intensive care with numerous injuries.
Fiennes, who represented himself in court on Wednesday (08Sep10), admitted he must have momentarily fallen asleep before the accident.
He told the judge, "I plead guilty. I hugely regret the incident... I travel 40,000 to 45,000 miles a year and it has not happened (before).
"There is no reason why I should have (fallen asleep) when this strange thing happened. I assumed that must have been the case."
The 66 year old, cousin of actors Ralph and Joseph Fiennes, admitted careless driving and was fined $1,500 (£1,000). He also received four penalty points on his licence.
The actor has flown Down Under for a 10-day shoot to film his part in new movie The Killer Elite, based on The Feathermen novel by famed British adventurer Sir Ranulph Fiennes.
Movie crews shut off an area of Melbourne on Tuesday (06Jul10) to film De Niro's scenes, and they baffled onlookers by transforming the sidewalk into a street from the French capital - placing Parisian phone booths, street signs and information boards along the road.
The street was also bedecked with vintage cars to transport De Niro back into the 1970s.
The film's executive producer, Christopher Mapp, recently told TheAge.com they will be using the Australian city as a backdrop for most of their foreign location filming: "We've found elements of the Middle East, Paris, the U.K. here. We'll be shooting elements of true locations, too, but I challenge audiences to pick which is which."
The explorer was allegedly caught by a speed camera travelling at 50 miles per hour (81 kilometres per hour) on a 40 miles per hour (64 kilometres per hour) road in Cheshire, England.
But the case has now been dropped by the Crown Prosecution Service after officials sent a letter bearing the name of Schindler's List star Ralph to the wrong address.
When Fiennes failed to react to the notice, another notification was sent to him but the letter was misspelled - it was written to Ranulph Feinnes.
And after hiring top lawyer Nick Freeman, Fiennes has escaped any further action.
But he still faces repercussions from another car incident - he has been charged with driving without due care and attention in relation to a car crash in England in March (10).
The driver of the other car involved in the smash was treated for collapsed lungs, broken ribs and a broken leg, while a five-year-old boy also suffered minor head injuries.
On Monday (28Jun10) Fiennes was officially charged over the incident. He is scheduled to appear in court in Stockport, England later this year (10).
Robert De Niro has been busy snatching up roles in high profile projects lately, having recently joined Neil Burger's anticipated thriller The Dark Fields as well as many others. Today, Moviehole reports that the two-time Oscar winner is set to star opposite Clive Owen and Jason Statham in the actioner 'The Killer Elite'.
Prison Break's Dominic Purcell has also been cast in the thriller that follows a group of former British special forces members who are being hunted by assassins. Statham will play a former Navy Seal who is forced out of retirement to save his closest friend. The film, inspired by true events, is based on Ranulph Fiennes' best-seller "The Feathermen" and is currently shooting in Melbourne.
Though he hasn't really shined in the last few years, in my opinion the more De Niro the merrier and, coupled with an already elite cast with likes of Statham and Owen, the project should be triple the fun.
The explorer, who is cousin to actor brothers Joseph and Ralph Fiennes, was driving his Jaguar sportscar near Stockport, England on Saturday (06Mar10) - the day before his 66th birthday (07Mar10) - when he was involved in a collision with another vehicle.
The crash took place a day after Fiennes competed in a gruelling 42-mile (68-kilometre) night time endurance race through the countryside.
He was reportedly hospitalised after the accident but is believed to have suffered no serious injury, while the other driver was treated for a suspected broken leg, and a five-year-old boy suffered minor head injuries.
A source tells British newspaper the Daily Mail, "Sir Ranulph was taken to hospital for a check-up - he wasn't injured but was pretty shaken. He was spoken to by officers but not formally arrested. So far there is no evidence of wrong-doing. He wasn't drunk and there was no suggestion he was being reckless or speeding."
A police spokesperson says, "We received a call at around 1.55pm on Saturday to say there had been a serious accident on the A6 (road). A Jaguar car had been involved in a head-on collision with a Nissan Micra. The driver, a man in his 40s, was taken to hospital with a suspected broken leg. Investigations are ongoing."