Moviemaker Baz Luhrmann has branded himself an "idiot" for turning down the chance to direct the Harry Potter films in favour of shooting movie musical Moulin Rouge! The Australian director was contacted by producers of the wizarding franchise while they were planning the first big screen installment, 2001's Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.
He turned down the opportunity to join the fledgling franchise to concentrate on his "reinvention of the modern musical", but even though Moulin Rouge! was a critical and commercial hit, Luhrmann rues missing the chance to join the Potter movies.
He tells U.K. talk show host Graham Norton, "The first one came along and they rang me, and while I love the pictures and the books now, then I thought, 'What's that?' And I said, 'Well that sounds interesting, but I'm thinking of doing a reinvention of the modern musical,' and that was Moulin Rouge! So I'm an obvious idiot, because I should have taken Harry Potter."
Actress Isla Fisher was bullied into losing her baby weight by a fearsome personal trainer who barked orders in German. The Wedding Crashers star ballooned by 60 pounds (27 kilograms) when she was expecting her first child with husband Sacha Baron Cohen in 2007 and she faced a race against time to get in shape again before filming her next role in Confessions of a Shopaholic.
She has previously revealed she used the services of a personal trainer to help lose the excess weight - but now she has recounted how the fitness expert terrorised her into slimming down with a punishing, teutonic workout regime.
Fisher tells U.K. talk show host Graham Norton, "I gained 60 pounds when I was pregnant with my first child and everyone started to panic because I had to start shooting two and half months after she was born. So they sent a German taskmaster and he went through my fridge and monitored everything.
"I was going out of my mind - I was fat and sweaty and he was yelling at me in German. And then one day it all came to a head. I was stuffing a cake into my mouth and I didn't know he was there. He shouted, 'Nein! Nein!' and started to cry. I don't know if his whole livelihood depended on me getting skinny, but that was a mistake!"
Actress Olivia Colman was the toast of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) TV Awards on Sunday (12May13) after picking up two trophies. The Iron Lady star took home the Best Supporting Actress prize for Accused and Best Female in a Comedy Programme for Twenty Twelve.
Praising her fellow nominees Miranda Hart, Jessica Hynes and Julia Davis during her second trip to the podium, she joked, "I'm not even the funniest one in our own programme."
A tearful Sheridan Smith struggled to contain her emotions at the London ceremony as she picked up the Lead Actress trophy for ITV drama Mrs Biggs, based on the true story of the wife of the notorious Great Train Robber, Ronnie Biggs.
Funnyman Steve Coogan won Best Male Performance in a Comedy Programme for Welcome to the Places of My Life, while Ben Whishaw took home the Best Actor award for Richard II (The Hollow Crown).
Comedy legend Michael Palin was presented with a Bafta Fellowship by fellow Monty Python member Terry Jones, and said of his prize, "This is a fantastic honour for which I feel deeply unworthy. It is an award for thoroughly enjoying myself for the last 48 years."
Popular TV series Game of Thrones was crowned the Radio Times Audience Award winner and talk show host Graham Norton, who hosted the event at the Royal Festival Hall, landed Best Entertainment Performance for The Graham Norton show.
Actress Olivia Colman fears she will spill out of her dress at the upcoming British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) TV Awards as the designer gown split when she tried it on. The Iron Lady star has been nominated for two honours at the ceremony - Best Supporting Actress for an episode of hard-hitting drama series Accused, and Best Female Performance in a Comedy for her role in Twenty Twelve.
But she is terrified her evening will end in embarrassment because the outfit she plans to wear is so close-fitting that she accidentally bared her breasts the first time she wore it.
Colman tells U.K. talk show host Graham Norton, "I tried it on and the zip split and my boob fell out. And then it took two people to get me out of it. They had to cut the zip off. It was a bit embarrassing."
The BAFTA TV Awards are due to be handed out at a ceremony in London on Sunday (12May13).
If it wasn't clear from his real gay sex masterpiece, Interior: Leather Bar, James Franco is incapable of making anything without reference to gay people and/or penis jokes. His new video for the band Lonely Island has both, of course. The video starts off as one of Zach Galifianakis' "Between Two Ferns" interviews where he asks James Franco wonderfully embarrassing questions about himself but then it turns to musical guest Lonely Island – Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, and Jorma Taccone's factory of novelty jams.
Yes, this is actually a video for their song "Spring Break" where guys are pounding brews, chasing p***y, and then "marrying a man." Yes, each member gets wed to either Galifinakis, Franco, and Ed Norton in a queer cameo. But what does it mean? How do these things go together? Is it just the juvenile male sense of humor saying "ha ha, dudes doing it is funny?" Is it trying to show us that guys who are aggressively into chasing tail in Cabo are doing it to mask latent homosexual desires? Is it because Zach in a tux is a really funny thing to behold? Is it because they all smoked too much pot and thought this was really funny and it's not supposed to make sense and the joke is on me for trying to make sense of it? What is going on? Will someone please tell me because I have to decided if I should be offended or not.
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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.