Former Doctor Who Matt Smith has signed on to star in the movie adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's novel Pride & Prejudice & Zombies. Smith has joined a cast that includes Lily James, Sam Riley, Jack Huston, Bella Heathcote and Douglas Booth. The actor will play a suitor for the film's heroine Liz Bennett, portrayed by James. The film and Smith's book are both based on Jane Austen's classic Pride and Prejudice.
Stars including John Legend, Kerry Washington, Mark Ruffalo and Pete Wentz have condemned police officers in Ferguson, Missouri for firing tear gas at protesters on Wednesday night (13Aug14). A group of campaigners took to the streets on Wednesday to express their outrage over the death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown, who was shot by a police officer over the weekend (09-10Aug14).
Heavily armed riot police descended on the city centre and used tear gas and rubber bullets to break up the demonstration.
The news has sparked outrage and a number of celebrities took to Twitter.com to voice their disgust.
Legend writes, "The fact that the small town Ferguson police dept (department) has all this equipment should disturb us all. Priorities... Apparently the equipment was brought in from other communities. But still... America is #1 at war and imprisoning. I wish we were #1 at building infrastructure and health care and educating our kids."
Scandal actress Washington adds, "What's happening in #Ferguson is devastating. Wow," and Fall Out Boy rocker Wentz writes, "Photos out of #Ferguson look like more like a war zone."
Ruffalo shared a link to the story and added, "No, it's not Baghdad, it's in America tonight," while dance artist Moby concludes, "Nothing makes me more ashamed of America than the abuse of power. Our country is supposed to be ruled by laws, not the gestapo (Nazi secret police)... dear #Ferguson police, your job is to protect people and respect the law. Or did you all skip police school on the day that was taught?... a reminder: It is 100 per cent LEGAL to photograph or film the police anywhere in the U.S. it's our first amendment right. #Ferguson #AbuseOfPower."
Glee star Amber Riley, Grey's Anatomy actor Jesse Williams and singer Sam Sparro also waded into the debate on Twitter.
Downton Abbey star Lily James is to battle the undead in the upcoming film adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's book Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. She will play Elizabeth Bennet opposite Sam Riley as Mr. Darcy in the Jane Austen spoof.
British actor Sam Riley recruited his Maleficent co-star Angelina Jolie to help make his grandfather's 90th birthday extra special by having the beauty sign a card for him. The On the Road star's shooting schedule for the film was rearranged so he was able to return home with the special note from the actress.
Riley says, "She signed him a birthday card, which is pride of place in the kitchen. He shows it to everybody who comes around."
His grandfather wasn't the only member of the Riley family Jolie impressed - she also made time to speak to her co-star's parents when they came to visit the set.
He continues, "When my mum and dad came to visit she was so lovely with them that they floated back home. They're still telling everyone."
Actor Sam Riley turned his back on his dreams to become a rock star after one critic suggested his band was perhaps the worst in Britain. The 34 year old and his brother George formed British band 10,000 Things, and the siblings felt sure they had made it big when they landed a record deal in 2003, but the critics hated them and the band was dropped after one scathing review.
Riley, who is about to appear on the big screen as Angelina Jolie's sidekick in Maleficent, says, "I really wanted to be a rock star. I did that for five or six years and then we got one of the worst reviews of all time in the New Musical Express. The review was bad enough that they (record label bosses) dropped us within two weeks of the review.
"We were touted as the worst band in Britain. I know who wrote it; I can still remember his name!"
The bad review prompted Riley to hunt down an agent who once offered him encouragement as an actor.
He adds, "I did National Youth theatre as a summer course when I was 17. Then I did a play when I was 19, replacing the lead actor in London and Paris for some weeks. I got an agent who saw me do that play and then I told her I didn't want to be an actor, I wanted to be a rock star.
"After we were dropped I rang this agent up and the first thing she sent me for was to play a singer in (the film) Control!"
Riley landed the role of tragic Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis in the film, and he has since made a handful of other films.
British actor Toby Kebbell has become the frontrunner to play villain Doctor Doom in the new The Fantastic Four movie. The 31 year old looks set to beat out the likes of Jack Huston, Domhnall Gleeson, Eddie Redmayne and Sam Riley to land the menacing role in the much-anticipated action film, according to Variety.
If he signs on, the War Horse star will join a cast of other rising actors, including Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Bell.
Julian McMahon previously played Dr. Doom in 2005's Fantastic Four and its sequel Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer in 2007.
Sam Riley's revenge drama The Dark Valley looks set to sweep the board at the German version of the Oscars after landing nine nominations. The Control star missed out on a Best Actor nod at the German Film Academy Awards, known as the Lolas, but his movie landed a slew of nominations including Best Picture, Best Director for Andreas Prochaska, and Best Supporting Actor for Tobias Moretti.
The other nominees for the coveted Best Picture award include Home From Home: Chronicle of a Vision, which landed a further five nods, Suck Me Shakespeer, Finsterworld, Two Lives and Love Steaks.
The Lolas will be handed out at a ceremony in Berlin on 9 May (14).
After casting the main players of the new Fantastic Four movie, director Josh Trank is now eyeing his lead villain. The field of potential actors for the film's central nogoodnik Doctor Doom has been narrowed down to four: Domhnall Gleeson, Toby Kebbell, Eddie Redmayne, and Sam Riley.
Victor Von Doom, who has the second most absurdly evil name in the marvel universe (the top honor goes to Baron Wolfgang von Strucker), is the leader of Latveria, a fictional nation nestled in the edge of the former Soviet bloc. Doom is a gifted sorcerer and scientist who uses his knowledge and power to overthrow the monarchy of Latveria. Doctor Doom has always been an imposing force in the Marvel Universe, so it's important that the right actor is chosen for the part. So which one of these actors would make the best Doctor Doom?
Notable Films: Harry Potter, About Time, Anna Karenina Genre Experience: Gleeson is well acquainted with genre films, playing Bill Weasley in the later chapters of the Harry Potter series and a role in the film Dredd. Potential for Villainy: We're not sure. Gleeson is a bit of a peculiar choice since he plays some pretty diminutive characters, and Doctor Doom is one of the most fearsome villains in the Marvel Universe. The actor does have an aura of mystery about him, but he certainly doesn't scream Victor Von Doom. Though Bill Weasley was a bit moody after getting slashed by a werewolf, so there's that.
Notable Films: Control, Alexander Genre Experience: Kebbell has the most genre experience under his belt of the four candidates, with roles in Prince of Persia, The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Wrath of the Titans, and Alexander. Potential for Villainy: Kebbell is an interesting case. The actor played a violently unhinged and unstable character in RocknRolla, though he came off as more strung out and unpredictable than calculating and evil. He does have a ton of intensity in his roles, however, which is something that Doctor Doom needs.
Notable Films: Les Miserables, My Week with MarilynGenre Experience: Redmayne's genre experience is pretty scant up until now, but he does have a big sci-fi adventure on the horizon with The Wachowskis' upcoming Jupiter Ascending. Potential for Villainy: Not terribly high, as Redmayne just doesn't look especially imposing. The Fantastic Four reboot is clearly casting younger than most people expected, but casting Redmayne as Doctor Doom might be a leap too far. He does play a pretty despicable character in Hitch, but most probably wouldn't buy him as the fascist leader of an entire country.
Notable Films: Control, On the RoadGenre Experience: Riley has been a part of several genre films, including Byzantium, Franklyn, and 13. He will also play a major role in the upcoming Disney fantasy Maleficent.Potential for Villainy: Pretty high. Riley gave a dark performance in the film Brighton Rock, and was recently cast as Diaval, Angelina Jolie's right hand man and raven in Maleficent, so it's clear that studios are getting some pretty nefarious vibes from Riley. He does give a good icy glare, a necessary staple of any world conquering super villain.
Eddie Redmayne and Sam Riley are among the actors who have been shortlisted to play villain Doctor Doom in the Fantastic Four revamp. Toby Kebbell and Domnhall Gleeson are also being considered to take on the character, who will do battle with superheroes portrayed by Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara and Jamie Bell in the new movie, according to TheWrap.com.
Julian McMahon previously played the character in 2005's Fantastic Four and its sequel Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer in 2007.
Whenever a television show reaches its 100th episode, there's always some sort of special celebration. Well, Glee has decided to put all of those celebrations to shame with its 100th episode spectacular on March 18th. In addition to allowing the fans to choose their top 10 favorite Glee songs to be remixed and re-performed on the night - think of it as the Glee tribute episode to Glee - creator Ryan Murphy has confirmed that he invited all of the original cast members to return to the show, so that everyone can celebrate together. Among those confirmed to reprise their roles are Amber Riley, Mark Salling, Harry Shum Jr., Kristin Chenoweth, and Heather Morris, who left at the end of last season to have her son, Elijah.
Most notably, Dianna Agron, who played cheerleader Quinn Fabray, confirmed via Twitter that she would indeed be returning for the 100th episode, despite not appearing in the show's tribute episode to Cory Monteith. There have been rumors of bad blood between her and Murphy for some time now, and her absence from "The Quarterback" only seemed to fuel the fire. However, it seems that the two have managed to bury the hatchet in order to give the fans what they want, and to celebrate Glee.
Of course, this is Glee, so no matter how many original cast members or old school performances the show gets together, there's always the chance that things could go terribly wrong and the 100th episode spectacular could turn into a 100th episode train wreck. In order to give the writers a helping hand, we've come up with four things that the March 18th celebration should include, and 4 things that should be avoided at all costs.
Focus on the "Originals"Glee currently juggles two separate shows: one in New York, with Rachel, Kurt and Santana, and one in Ohio with Mr. Shue and the McKinley High glee club, and the adventures in New York are always far more entertaining than anything going on back in Lima. This is partially because we are more familiar with Kurt, Rachel, and Santana and therefore more invested in what happens to them, but it's also partially because we've sat through so many of those Ohio plots before. Therefore, the best thing for the writers to do on the 100th episode is to focus on all of the original cast members, rather than attempting to shoehorn the new kids into the plots. It worked well for the Monteith tribute episode, so it should work just as well this time around. And be sure to let us all know just what everyone's up to now, and why they came back to McKinley in the first place. It seems obvious, but those are details that Glee tends to leave out.
Strip Back the PerformancesSure, it wouldn't be Glee without an over-the-top array of costumes, dancing, and numbers that would put even the most expensive Broadway show to shame. But some of the show's best moments occured when the songs were quieter, simpler, and made sense in terms of the story they were telling. Rachel's pilot performance of "On My Own" was a touching look into who the character was and what made her tick. Santana's use of Fleetwood Mac's "Songbird" to tell Brittany how she felt about her was both moving and memorable. Artie singing "Dream a Little Dream of Me" as he came to the realization that he would have to give up on his dreams was one of the most underappreciated numbers that Glee has ever featured, and one of its best, the Rachel/Quinn duet of West Side Story's "I Feel Pretty" and TLC's "Unpretty" is proof that sometimes less is more. Glee shouldn't be afraid ot go big for their 100th episode, but they should remember that their strengths often lie in their smaller moments.
Give Mercedes an Actual PlotThis one might just be a personal opinion, but it always seemed unfair that Mercedes never got a proper story arc to herself. Her leaving New Directions to form a new glee club was presented, resolved and forgotten about in only a few episodes, and the show spent much of that time painting her as the villain, rather than using it as a way to create a compelling story for an underused character. Similarly, her relationship with Sam was ignored and practically retconned, even though it was one of the most interesting plots the show has ever developed. So, Glee, why not put Sam and Mercedes back together for the 100th episode so fans can find out what really went on between them. Sam was never more interesting than he was with Mercedes, and it would be the perfect excuse to give her plenty of perfectly-sung diva numbers.
Bring Back MattWay back in Season 1, there was a character named Matt Rutherford, played by Dijon Talton. Despite being both a football player and a member of the glee club, Matt only spoke two lines over the entire season, and then disappeared without ever being mentioned again. There would be no character return that would excite the fans more than bringing back Matt for the 100th episode. Besides, everyone's dying to know where he went, why he left, and why nobody ever brought him up again. The characters may have forgotten Matt, but the fans never will.
Making It Schue-CentricWhen it comes to Glee, there is no character more universally reviled than the head of the glee club, Will Schuester. He's not only creepy towards his students and far too involved with their day-to-day lives, but he's also a terrible teacher. Remember how he used to be a Spanish teacher, but couldn't actually speak the language? Has he even stepped foot into an actual classroom since the first season? He not only had his students help him propose to Ms. Pillsbury, but he also had Finn be his best man. A move that should have been sweet just turned out weird. He even stole Finn's letterman jacket - that never belonged to him in the first place - from Santana while she was sleeping, and then blamed it on Puck. He's the worst. It's probably tempting to make Mr. Schue the focal point of the episode, for the narrative's sake, but it's better for all involved if he just stands in the background and occasionally writes a word on the whiteboard.
Too Much Singing, Not Enough Story Glee was originally intended to be a television show that featured musical numbers, then it became a televised musical, but now it's just an excuse to shoehorn in as many random songs and productions numbers as possible, without any regard to the story going on around them. We're not sure when the Glee writers forgot that songs do not magically make up for a lack of plot, but we sincerely hope that it's a lesson they remember when it comes time to write the 100th episode. Otherwise, it just becomes blatantly obvious that someone heard something on the radio and just decided to work it into an episode so that it would run a full 45 minutes.
Love Triangles on Love Triangles on Love TrianglesWe get it; love triangles are a super easy way to add conflict to a show. But Glee has featured so many that they've run out of every single possible combination. Seriously, there's been Will/Terri/Emma, Finn/Rachel/Quinn, Finn/Rachel/Jesse, Finn/Quinn/Sam, Sam/Mercedes/Mercedes' Football Boyfriend, Santana/Brittany/Artie, Artie/Tina/Mike, and Blaine/Kurt/Creepy Dalton Guy to name - literally - only a fraction. For the 100th episode, why not take a break from all of that romantic confusion and focus instead on the kids who made up the glee club, and the friendship that bonds them together. Or, if you prefer, have them all fight each other. Just make sure it's not over a romantic rival.
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No offense to Jane Lynch, who is often one of the show's best elements, but everything about this was a terrible idea. This may be the worst performance the show has ever done. Watch it, learn from it, and never speak of it again.