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Actress Rooney Mara has replaced Jessica Chastain in an upcoming film adaptation of award-winning book The Secret Scripture.
The Zero Dark Thirty star had been attached to star as a younger version of Vanessa Redgrave's lead character Roseanne in the project earlier this year (14), but she has since bowed out and now Mara will take over the role.
The film is based on Irish author Sebastian Barry's 2008 book of the same name, about a 100-year-old woman in a mental hospital who recounts her traumatic childhood in a secret memoir.
My Left Foot's Jim Sheridan will direct the movie, which will also star Jeremy Irons and Jack Reynor.
Production is due to begin in Ireland in September (14), according to Deadline.com.
Ansel Elgort and Tye Sheridan have been added to the shortlist of actors in the running to take on the lead role in the Wargames reboot. The original movie premiered in 1983 and featured Matthew Broderick as a teenage computer hacker, who accidentally accesses a United States military supercomputer programmed to predict possible outcomes of nuclear war.
The man who inspired Sir Daniel Day-Lewis' Oscar-nominated film In The Name Of The Father has died. Gerry Conlon, who was wrongly jailed for a 1974 IRA attack on a pub in England, lost his battle with cancer on Saturday morning (21Jun14) at the age of 60.
Conlon spent 15 years behind bars after he was found guilty of the atrocity in Surrey. He was one of four people who had their convictions overturned in 1989 and he spent the remainder for his life campaigning for inmates he belived to be innocent.
His life story was adapted for the big screen in the 1993 biopic, with Day-Lewis playing Conlon. The star was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar for his turn in the movie. His co-stars Emma Thompson and Pete Postlethwaite also earned Academy Award nods for their supporting roles, and Jim Sheridan was nominated for a Best Director Oscar.
Veteran British entertainer Cilla Black's bitter bust-ups with her late husband Bobby are to feature in an upcoming TV biopic. The '60s singer will be portrayed by British actress Sheridan Smith in the TV mini-series and the drama will focus on Black's early career and her links to The Beatles.
Black has revealed the series will also portray the grittier side of her life and will include scenes where she argues with husband Bobby, who she was married to for 30 years before his death in 1999.
She tells Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper, "We did have our rows. And you see some of that. When we eventually got married there were no rows - well, the odd one maybe. But in the course of the courtship we had terrible arguments. I can't tell you the times that he left me.
"The rows were always about stupid things really, to do with work. Not other men because he never left me alone. I was never, ever allowed to go out alone. We always went out as a couple.
"But really it's a love story between Bobby and I. How we met and how we did things together and how I made it to the top."
The three-part drama is due to air in the U.K. later this year (14).
Pop star Lily Allen is convinced her theatre writing debut on a musical adaptation of Bridget Jones's Diary may never make it to the stage. The Smile singer wrote the music and lyrics for the stage show based on the novel by Helen Fielding, and the production had been expected to open in London's West End in 2011.
However, the project has been marred by delays and setbacks, and was thrown into turmoil in 2012 by the exit of lead actress Sheridan Smith, who had reportedly been tapped to take over the title role made famous by Renee Zellweger in the movie series.
Allen has now admitted her hard work may go to waste as the musical may never be seen by the public.
She tells Popjustice.com, "It's finished and it's brilliant. But I don't know if it will ever see the light of day."
When pressed on the details, Allen adds, "I cannot divulge", before revealing her favourite song from the show: "It's called Yummy and it's Bridget singing to a fridge."
Revered moviemaker Jim Sheridan has signed on to make a new drama about the Pan Am terrorist bombing over Lockerbie, Scotland. The 1988 disaster claimed the lives of 270 passengers and locals, and now Sheridan has teamed up with screenwriter Audrey O'Reilly to develop a script he will direct.
The filmmaker behind classic movies like My Left Foot and In the Name of the Father has revealed his Lockerbie drama will centre upon activist Jim Swire, who lost his daughter Flora in the tragedy when Pam Am Flight 103 was blown up over the Scottish village.
The doctor has always maintained Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, the alleged Libyan intelligence officer who was jailed for the bombing, was not guilty. Megrahi was released from prison on compassionate grounds in 2012 after he was diagnosed with terminal cancer.
Recent reports suggest members of a Syrian terrorist group were responsible for the disaster.
Sheridan hopes his film will help to answer many outstanding questions about the Lockerbie bombing.
He says, "It's scary what they didn't reveal to us at the time. It doesn't really matter, the people are dead and you can't bring them back to life. But in the future, we need clear investigations of these things."
Actor Nicolas Cage feared he would be bitten by a poisonous snake on the set of his upcoming movie Joe after he was forced to wrestle with the reptile on camera. The Face/Off star reveals he worried about his safety during one particular scene with co-star Tye Sheridan and he feared the creature would not like being manhandled, according to the New York Post.
He says, "The challenge was not having it bite me, but also spit venom in Tye's face. So I had to hold it in a very careful way, and then when I tossed it... I was also worried that it would turn around and bite me on my neck.
"(It was) incredible. I felt that I was surfing the adrenaline of picking the snake up, and when I was done with it, I was exhausted."
Quartet star Sheridan Smith is planning a night out with Cilla Black as she prepares to play the veteran entertainer in a new TV mini-series. The actress will portray the British singer-turned-TV star in a new small screen drama which will chronicle Black's rise to fame, her early years in the music industry and her links to The Beatles.
Smith has now revealed she wants to get to know Black before tackling the role, so the pair is planning a dinner date.
She tells Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper, "We are going for dinner. Before we start shooting, I wanted to meet her. I've been watching lots of footage so I feel like I know her inside out."
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An hour and change into Pompeii, there's a volcano. You'd think there might have been a volcano throughout — you'd think that the folks inhabiting the ill-fated Italian village would have been dealing with the infamous volcano for the full 110 minutes. After all, volcano movies have worked before. Volcano, for instance. And the other one. But for some reason, Pompeii feels the need to stuff its first three quarters with coliseum battles, Ancient Rome politics, unlikely friendships, and a love story. But we don’t care. We can't care. None of it warrants our care. Where the hell is the volcano, already?
To answer that: it's off to the side — rumbling. Smoking. Occasionally spiking the neighboring community with geological fissures or architectural misgivings. Pretty much executing every trick picked up in Ominous Foreshadowing 101, but never joining the story. Not until Paul W.S. Anderson shouts, "Last call," hitting us with a final 20-odd minutes of unmitigated disaster (in a good way). If you've managed to maintain a waking pulse throughout the lecture in sawdust that is Pompeii's story, then you might actually have a good time with the closing sequence. It has everything you’d expect — everything you had been expecting! — and delivers it with gusto. Torpedoes of smoke running hordes of idiot villagers out of their homes and toward whatever safety the notion of forward has to offer. Long undeveloped characters rising to the occasion to rescue hapless princesses who thought it might be a good idea to set their vacation homes at the foot of a lava-spewing mountain. The whole ordeal is actually a lot of laughs. But it amounts to a dessert just barely worth the tasteless dinner we had to force down to get there.
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To get through the bulk of Pompeii, we recommend focusing all your attentions away from the effectively bland slave/gladiator/hero Kit Harington — sorry, Jon Snow (he's actually called a bastard at one point) — and onto his partner in crime: a scowling Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje — sorry, Mr. Eko (he and Snow actually trade valedictions by saying "I'll see you at another time, brother" at one point) — who warms up to his fellow prize fighter during their shared time in the klink, and delivers his moronic material with a sprinkle of flair. Keeping the working man down is Kiefer Sutherland — sorry, Jack Bauer — as an ostentatious Roman senator, doling out vainglory in Basil Fawlty-sized portions. When he's not spitting scowls at peasants, ol' JB is undermining the efforts of an earnest local governor Jared Harris — sorry, Lane Pryce (he actually calls someone a mad man at one point) — and his wife Carrie-Anne Moss — sorry, Katherine O'Connell from Vegas (joking! Trinity) — and finagling the douchiest marriage proposal ever toward their daughter Emily Browning — sorry, but I have no idea what she's from.
But questionable television references and some enjoyably daft performances by Eko and Jack can't really make up for the heft of mindless dullness that Pompeii passes off as its narrative... until the big showstopper.
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In truth, the last sequence is a gem. It's fun, inviting, and energizing, and might even call into question the possibility that Pompeii is all about how futile life, love, friendship, politics, and pride are when even the most egregiously complicated of plots can be taken out in the end by a sudden volcanic eruption. But you have to wade through that egregious complication to get there, and you shouldn't expect to have too much of a good time doing so.
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Rocker Trent Reznor has vowed never to attend the Grammy Awards again after his set at the 2014 show was cut short. The Nine Inch Nails frontman was furious when his finale performance with Dave Grohl, Josh Homme and Lindsey Buckingham fell victim to time constraints, and the TV broadcast's credits began to roll before their set was finished.
He has now revealed he didn't know about the snub until he walked off stage and was told his performance had been cut short so TV channels could show adverts instead.
Reznor tells 3news.co.nz, "It was an utter waste of time... We weren't expecting was that level of insult. In fact we walked off stage and I thought, 'Hey, that actually went pretty well', and I look at my collaborator Rob Sheridan, who I run (sic) into, and he's like, 'Oh my God man, you won't believe what they just did... They cut this thing off in the middle and put a Delta commercial on.' 'What?' We had no idea... It was just insulting."
Reznor also vows to boycott the awards show in future, adding, "Lesson learned... If we hadn't have done it, I'd be thinking, 'Well, what would have happened it we would have done it?' You know. So I don't regret that we did it, but would I ever - in any situation - ever consider possibly patronising that event in any form? Absolutely not."