Gwyneth Paltrow has branded movie tough guy Robert Downey, Jr. a "wimp" over his famous hatred of his Iron Man outfit. The Hollywood beauty plays the superhero's love interest Pepper Potts in the action franchise, and in the upcoming third installment she gets to put on Downey, Jr.'s Iron Man costume.
The Shakespeare in Love star admits she was wary of donning the superhero suit after hearing Downey, Jr. constantly complain it is too hot and uncomfortable, but she was shocked at how easy wearing it was once she got on set.
Paltrow tells U.K. talk show host Graham Norton, "I get to wear the Iron Man suit for a while - it's very cool... It's quite cumbersome but not so bad. I thought it was going to be terrible because in the first two movies Robert would put on the suit and start sweating, he'd have a nervous breakdown and would meditate and cry. He was in hell. So, I was like, 'Wow, I'd better start mentally preparing myself for the suit,' and I put it on and was like, 'This guy is a wimp, it's really not that bad.'"
Singer Michael Buble and his model wife Luisana Lopilato drew up a baby-making schedule when they were trying to start a family, but finally conceived during a wild night of unplanned passion. The Canadian crooner wed Lopilato in 2011 and the couple was so determined to start a family, they made sure they would find time for romance at the optimum moments each month.
Their carefully planned schedule failed to work, but they were stunned when an impromptu, drunken romp during a trip to Italy finally helped achieve their dream.
Buble tells U.K. talk show host Graham Norton, "It worked! The sex worked!... There was nothing sexy about it. My wife is so beautiful but it wasn't like that. She was very, 'You know what Mike, it's nine o'clock on Tuesday night and we must do it now.' But, you know what's funny, I think when we conceived was actually when we were wasted (drunk) in Milan and it was the one night we just had drunk awesome sex!"
If you had to choose between Girls, Game of Thrones, and Homeland, which one would you say is your favorite show? We know, this is tough question. The shows are all equally entertaining, but in very different ways. These and other series have been pitted against each other in the 2013 Arqiva British Academy Television Awards (put out by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts) international category. Up against Danish/Swedish crime drama The Bridge, only one of these four shows can come out the winner. Which one will it be?
See the full list of 2013 BAFTA Television nominees below.
2013 BAFTA TV Nominees:
LEADING ACTOR:Ben Whishaw, Richard II (The Hollow Crown)Derek Jacobi, Last Tango In Halifax Sean Bean, Accused (Tracie’s Story)Toby Jones, The Girl
LEADING ACTRESS:Anne Reid, Last Tango In Halifax Rebecca Hall, Parade’s End Sheridan Smith, Mrs Biggs Sienna Miller, The Girl
SUPPORTING ACTOR: Peter Capaldi, The Hour Stephen Graham, Accused (Tracie’s Story) Harry Lloyd, The Fear Simon Russell Beale, Henry IV Part 2 (The Hollow Crown)
SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Anastasia Hille, The Fear Imelda Staunton, The Girl Olivia Colman, Accused (Mo’s Story) Sarah Lancashire, Last Tango In Halifax
ENTERTAINMENT PERFORMANCE:Alan Carr, Alan Carr: Chatty Man Ant and Dec, I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!Graham Norton, The Graham Norton Show Sarah Millican, The Sarah Millican Show
FEMALE PERFORMANCE IN A COMEDY PROGRAM:Jessica Hynes, Twenty Twelve Julia Davis, HunderbyMiranda Hart, Miranda Olivia Colman, Twenty Twelve
MALE PERFORMANCE IN A COMEDY PROGRAM:Greg Davies, Cuckoo Hugh Bonneville, Twenty Twelve PeterCapaldi, The Thick Of It Steve Coogan, Welcome To The Places Of My Life
SINGLE DRAMA :Everyday, Revolution Films/Channel 4 The Girl, Wall to Wall/BBC Two Murder, Touchpaper TV/BBC Two Richard II(Hollow Crown), Neal Street Productions co-production with NBC Universal and WNET Thirteen/BBC Two
MINI-SERIES:Accused, RSJ Films/BBC One Mrs Biggs, ITV Studios/ITV Parade’s End, Mammoth Screen/BBC Two Room At The Top, Great Meadow Productions/BBC Four
DRAMA SERIES:Last Tango In Halifax, Red Production Company/BBC One Ripper Street, Tiger Aspect Productions/BBC One Scott And Bailey, Red Production Company/ITV Silk, BBC Productions/BBC One
SOAP & CONTINUING DRAMA: Coronation Street EastEnders Emmerdale Shameless
INTERNATIONAL:The BridgeGame of ThronesGirlsHomeland
FACTUAL SERIES:24 Hours In A&E, Garden Productions/Channel 4Great Ormond Street, Films of Record/BBC TwoMake Bradford British, Love Productions/Channel 4Our War, BBC Productions/BBC Three
SPECIALIST FACTUAL:All In The Best Possible Taste With Grayson Perry, Seneca Productions/Channel 4The Plane Crash, Dragonfly Productions, MAP TV/Channel 4The Plot To Bring Down Britain’s Planes, Raw TV/Channel 4The Secret History Of Our Streets, Century Films, Halcyons Heart Films/BBC Two
SINGLE DOCUMENTARY:7/7: One Day In London, Minnow Films/BBC TwoBaka: A Cry From The Rainforest, River Films/BBC TwoLucian Freud: Painted Life, Blakeway Productions/BBC TwoNina Conti – A Ventriloquist’s Story: Her Master’s Voice, Nina Conti in association with the BBC/BBC Four
FEATURESBank Of Dave, Finestripe Productions/Channel 4Grand Designs, Boundless/Channel 4The Great British Bake Off, Love Productions/BBC TwoPaul O’Grady: For The Love Of Dogs, Shiver/ITV
REALITY & CONSTRUCTED FACTUAL:The Audience, The Garden Productions/Channel 4I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!, ITV Studios/ITVMade In Chelsea, Monkey Kingdom/E4The Young Apprentice, Boundless Productions/BBC One
CURRENT AFFAIRS:Britain’s Hidden Housing Crisis(Panorama Special), Genie Pictures Ltd/BBC OneThe Other Side Of Jimmy Savile(Exposure), ITV Studios/ITVThe Shame Of The Catholic Church(This World), BBC Northern Ireland/BBC TwoWhat Killed Arafat?(Al Jazeera Investigates), Al Jazeera English/Al Jazeera English
NEWS COVERAGE:BBC News At Ten: Syria, BBC News/BBC One & BBC News ChannelChannel 4 News: Battle For Homs, ITN/Channel 4Hillsborough – The Truth At Last(Granada Reports), ITV Granada/ITV
SPORT & LIVE EVENT:The London 2012 Olympics: Super Saturday, BBC Sport/BBC OneThe London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony: Isle Of Wonder, Done & Dusted/BBC OneThe London 2012 Paralympic Games, Sunset & Vine, IMG/Channel 4Wimbledon 2012 – Men’s Final, BBC Sport/BBC One
ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAM:Dynamo Magician Impossible, Phil McIntyre Entertainment, Inner Circle Films/WatchThe Graham Norton Show, So Television/BBC OneHave I Got News For You, Hat Trick Productions/BBC OneA League Of Their Own, CPL Productions/Sky One
COMEDY PROGRAM:Cardinal Burns, Left Bank Pictures/E4Mr Stink, BBC Productions in association with Bert Productions/BBC OneThe Revolution Will Be Televised, Hat Trick Productions/BBC ThreeWelcome To The Places Of My Life, Baby Cow/Sky Atlantic
SITUATION COMEDY: Episodes, Hat Trick Productions/BBC TwoHunderby, Baby Cow/Sky Atlantic The Thick Of It, BBC Productions/BBC Two Twenty Twelve, BBC Productions/BBC Two
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In 1991, Anthony Hopkins won an Oscar for his brief, but memorable role as Hannibal Lecter. Hopkins' disappearance behind the shroud of the cannibalistic doctor's psychotic charm turned author Thomas Harris' character into a Hollywood brand. The previous iteration of the character — 1986's Manhunter — would be ignored. Hopkins owned the character now, and would reappear in Hannibal, the prequel Red Dragon, and pass the torch to Gaspard Ulliel for the prequel origin story Hannibal Rising.
In a surprise to no one, multiple attempts have been made to bring Dr. Lecter to the small screen, with one finally having slashed its way into existence. Tonight begins NBC's Hannibal, which recounts the action back before Lecter was locked up, muzzled with his iconic jaw guard. In this version, Special Agent Will Graham (previously played by William Petersen in Manhunter and Ed Norton in Red Dragon) is once again investigating grisly murders, pulled from his classroom safehaven to solve crimes that require his unhinged brain, capable of recreation and full immersion. His boss, Jack Crawford, is in desperate need of Graham's intellect, but he knows his frail recruit could snap at any minute. So he hires a psychiatrist, Dr. Hannibal Lecter, to keep tabs on him.
Hannibal preys on our expectations of the franchise, finding new motivations and arcs for familiar characters that keep us looking for clues. Creator Bryan Fuller is as calculated as his diabolical character when setting up threads for the show: there are mysteries immediate and gestating, all presented with stylish, down-right-frightening imagery.
Is NBC's latest hour-long for you? Here's the real skinny on Hannibal:
Actors you'll know: Hugh Dancy (The Jane Austen Book Club, Martha Marcy May Marlene), stars as Will Graham, Laurence Fishburne jumps from CSI to costar as Crawford, and Casino Royale villain Mads Mikkelsen slips into the role of Lecter, bringing a new dimension to the character. His Hannibal the Cannibal (who we won't see doing much murdering in the early episodes of the series), is a bit of a playboy in Hannibal: cunning, suave, and handsome. The perfect cover-up.
5 Reasons You Might Want to Watch: If you're a fan of Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal modernizes the movie's sparse look and procedural structure — mostly because it's been overdone by other television shows. It feels right, more cinematic than any of NBC (or other networks) stabs at the same experiment. Plus: Mikkelsen is creepy as all hell, Dancy finds his own way to leave our heads spinning, and gasping every five seconds at what new murder has been committed is part of the fun. And a Shining reference in the first episode! Nice touch.
5 Reasons You Might NOT Want to Watch:Blood. Guts. Blood and Guts. A slightly annoying ensemble cast who offer quips in-between the slow burn drama. So much blood (then again, if that's your thing, this is a positive!).
Love it or Leave it? Hannibal is one of the boldest network shows I've ever seen. And not only in terms of gore (of which there is an amazing amount). TV is often cited as a writer's medium, but in a rare instance, Hannibal feels like a director's show. David Slade (Hard Candy, 30 Days of Night) helmed the pilot and it's slick and unsettlingly composed. The style of putting us in Graham's mind never feels like a gimmick, slipping in and out without warning, leaving us on edge from beginning to end. It's a freaky show, and looking ahead, it gets freakier. Stick with this one.
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Over on Fox's The Following, Kevin Bacon is chasing down a vicious serial killer (played by the creepy/hot James Purefoy) whose crimes are rooted in mythology and pop cuture (here: the tales of Edgar Allan Poe). Over on NBC's upcoming Hannibal, Hugh Dancy is about to chase down a vicious serial killer (played by the creepy/hot Mads Mikkelsen), whose crimes are rooted in mythology and pop culture (here: Hannibal Lecter). And, much like The Following, Bryan Fuller's Hannibal looks like its main objective, other than attempting to be a smarter, darker procedural, is to make sure you lose any and all sleep with its graphic imagery and overall spookiness.
The first promo video for Hannibal, the TV series based on Thomas Harris' terrifying books, which spawned the Oscar-winning Silence Of The Lambs (and the not-quite-so-Oscar-winning Hannibal and Red Dragon), features Dancy as FBI detective Will Graham (played by Edward Norton on the big screen) and Laurence Fishburn as agent Jack Crawford, trying to get to the bottom of the horrific crimes committed by Mikkelsen's Dr. Lecter. Hannibal picks up before Dr. Lecter's cannibalistic tendencies start, but he's still terrifying, and damn good at playing those mind games. (In the spot, we see that Lecter toying with Graham, a la Clarice Starling).
While we don't know whether the NBC drama will swing more towards Silence of the Lambs or the movie version of Hannibal on the Dr. Lecter pendulum of quality entertainment, we know one thing for sure after watching this promo: television seems to be hell-bent on making sure we have nightmares. Watch:
Hannibal premieres on NBC on Thursday, April 4 at 10 PM ET.
Mark Walhberg was a guest on the British talk show The Graham Norton Show Friday night, where he talked about his upcoming appearance on the Oscars, where he will be presenting an award with his Ted costar. Nope, not Mila Kunis, but rather the profanity-laced teddy bear.
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And if you think that's weird, check out this clip from his appearance — with fellow guests Sarah Silverman and Michael Fassbender — where he appears to either have had a couple of drinks to loosen up before participating in one of the talk show's regular segments, or he's just in a combative mood. Drunk or obnoxious? Check out the clip and decide. Either way, we can't wait to see what kind of crazy antics the actor and his furry friend will get up to at the Academy Awards ceremony, which airs on Sunday, February 24 at 7 PM ET/4 PM PT on ABC.
Warning: potential spoilers for the future of the Marvel movie universe to follow....
Although we should know better by now than to doubt the Marvel dream, we still have a bit of trouble fully accepting the veracity when new projects hit the rumor mill. While a good deal of the studio's projects have surfaced in rumor form, years prior to materializing onscreen (think early mentions of The Avengers and its string of origin story movies, or the chatter that reintroduced Guardians of the Galaxy to the public conscious), we can't help but be skeptical upon hearing clamor regarding a new title... especially one drawn from the deep well of Marvel's "stranger" stories.
As such, we're not sure whether or not to place any faith in new discussions about an Avengers 2 follow-up centering on the Hulk — and a resulting Avengers threequel. According to Latino Review, whose inside info has hit and missed in the pass, the proposed Hulk spin-off would draw from the comic book arc "Planet Hulk," sending Bruce Banner off into outer space (by Marvel's Illuminati), where he'd land on an alien planet and become a Spartacus-like warrior. The Avengers 3, the film to follow, would return the Hulk and his extraterrestrial army to earth to exact revenge on his excommunicators and former colleagues (derived from the comic book storyline "World War Hulk"). At this point, all we have to bank on is the Latino Review's revelation of these alleged projects — Marvel has yet to enter the conversation with confirmation or denial (nor should they for some time to come). But if we're compelled to shrug off the plausibility of such titles based solely on the nature of their material, we should recall Marvel's recent history of long incubating projects — many of which didn't seem possible either.
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Over the past decade and change, the comic book enterprise has sprouted one of the most profitable, exciting film studios in the industry. Marvel cemented its superhuman prowess with The Avengers in 2012, a good four years (at least) after the first hints that such a film was in the works. Over this course of time, rumors about the developing project were met with varying degrees of hesitation — disbelief that any production company would take on such a project, or pessimism regarding whether Hollywood could do the comic book troupe justice. Even a 2008 Collider interview with Marvel's President of Production Kevin Feige that suggested the film as a sure thing ("In 2011, [we have] what we're calling The First Avenger: Captain America in early summer followed up, of course, by The Avengers.") was met with a deal of skepticism. Mainstream cinema was not conducive to what many fans would imagine as a genuine Avengers movie. And even if they could muster up a pleasing assembly, many were sure that only the already invested comic book geek populace would be interested in seeing it. Not an endeavor that any pragmatic production company would deem worthy.
But as we know, The Avengers not only came to fruition, but annihilated the international box office, earning more than $1.5 billion dollars (making it the third highest grossing film in history). With this new degree of esteem attached to Marvel's passion projects, fans could place more faith in future properties, titles they might only a year prior considered long-shots. For instance: the chin-strokingly strange Guardians of the Galaxy, a film adaptation rumored initially in 2011, is now a concrete task for the studio, with casting stories involving names like Jim Carrey and Adam Sandler (impossible ventures by the standards of our cynical minds circa the previous decade). Ant-Man, another in-the-works title from some highly oddball source material, would have been easily dismissed just a few years back. But these stories have a home in the big screen world now, thanks to the creative forces at Marvel staying true to passion and imagination. When you make something you'll like, others will like it, too.
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Which brings us to the latest, "Uh, really?" venture for Marvel: another Hulk movie. And a weird one, at that. Truth be told, America has not met its Hulk movies with a good deal of celebration: both Ang Lee's brooding Eric Bana film Hulk and the Initiative series' Edward Norton starrer The Incredible Hulk disappointed, rendering fans unsure if Banner could handle a feature film all on his own. More beloved as the antihero than either of his predecessors was The Avengers' Mark Ruffalo, who is signed on for five more Marvel movies as the not-so-jolly green giant. And with audiences' refreshed investment in all things Avenger, a new canonical Hulk movie would likely fare much better than the 2003 and 2008 films... even if the plot (Hulk landing on planet and becoming a gladiator and later king to the alien race) bears a striking resemblance to another recent Disney sci-fi film that didn't do so hot. "Planet Hulk", which earned an animated straight-to-DVD picture in 2010, could transpire with aplomb under the careful eye of Marvel's Rolodex of superstar filmmakers. Whether it will take form or not is yet to be determined. The only thing we should trust in for sure is that we live in a time when it can — as proven by Joss Whedon's Avengers, and developing entities like Guardians, Ant-Man, Dr. Strange, and more, nothing is off limits for the mainstream cinema anymore.
And that is an incredible thing.
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Ricky Gervais' comedy partner sparked complaints with his appearance on The Graham Norton Show, where the host asked if Merchant's role in new movie I Give It A Year was written specifically with him in mind.
He replied, "Yes, he wrote the role of a sort of socially autistic nerd who always says the wrong thing."
Merchant came under fire for the remark, with autism-awareness campaigner Anna Kennedy telling Britain's The Sun newspaper the comment was "disgraceful".
The 38 year old has since issued an apology, insisting, "I'm sorry if it caused offence."
Merchant teamed up with Gervais to help write hit shows The Office and Extras but branched out on his own in 2011 with a live comedy act called Hello Ladies.
He has toured the one-man show, which examines his struggle to find love after splitting from his long-term girlfriend in 2009, around the U.K. and U.S. and now he could be taking it to the small screen after bosses at HBO network approached Merchant about turning it into a sitcom.
He tells U.K. chat show host Graham Norton, "I did the stand up in America and some people from HBO came and asked me if I would like to do a sitcom. The stand-up show is about my failure to find a wife and my pathetic life as a loser and they thought, 'We want that on TV!'"
The British star wore a prosthetic baby bump for her role in Return to Zero, but when her real life son Henry saw her bulging figure he couldn't wait for a brother or sister - and he even offered to be his single mum's suitor during her 'pregnancy'.
Driver tells U.K. talk show host Graham Norton, "It was weird being knocked up again. What I liked about it was when I was really pregnant I was the size of a house, but this was how every woman imagines she would look with the perfect neat bump...
"I had to explain (to Henry) I was pretending to be pregnant and he was like, 'Are we having a baby?' He was genuinely waiting for there to be a baby and was very keen. When he said he wanted a brother or a sister I explained, 'You need a boyfriend or husband to have one of those,' and he said, 'Ah, I can be that.'"