Welsh actor Michael Sheen won a top acting trophy at his home country's version of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards on Sunday (29Sep13). The Frost/Nixon star picked up the best actor prize at the BAFTA Cymru ceremony in Cardiff for his role in The Passion, which he filmed on the streets in his hometown of Port Talbot.
Gavin & Stacey star Ruth Jones missed out on the best actress award, which was presented to Sara Lloyd Gregory for her role in Welsh language drama Alys. However, Jones went home with the best writer prize for her show Stella.
Welsh producer Julie Gardner, who has helmed Doctor Who, took away the Sian Phillips award for producing. The ceremony also marked the 50th anniversary of the sci-fi show, which is filmed in Cardiff, with a montage of clips.
"This was a very environmental movie. The ship we were shooting on was loaded with all the inconveniences of being on a ship at sea. The engine room stank and there were a lot of rusty things that you could bonk your head on." Tom Hanks had to get used to filming in difficult conditions and close quarters for real-life pirate hostage drama Captain Phillips.
"It was a very unique experience to be shooting that first take. It was loud and scary and intimidating. I mean, we all looked like fat, middle-aged, lazy white guys. And in came the skinniest, scariest-looking human beings on the planet." Tom Hanks on his first scenes with the Somalian actors who played real-life pirates in his new movie Captain Phillips.
Veteran actor Edward Petherbridge has been nominated for a major honour at the 2013 Theatre Awards UK for a play inspired by his recovery from a stroke. My Perfect Mind, which Petherbridge co-wrote, was inspired by his experience of having to abandon his dream role as King Lear when a stroke left him partially paralysed two days into rehearsals in 2007.
Petherbridge will compete at the awards in the best performance category against Cush Jumbo, for her role in Hendrik Ibsen's A Doll's House, and Simon Scardifield for his performance in The Double.
Other nominees include playwright Sir Alan Ayckbourne, who is up for best new play for Surprises, and Sian Phillips, who has been shortlisted for best supporting performance for her role in This Is My Family.
The honours will be handed out at a ceremony in London next month (Oct13).
"You think, 'They're bad guys and they have machine guns and they're thugs...' (but) all the riches of global commerce (are) literally floating by a country that has completely fallen apart, where corruption and violence rule the day, in which famine is truly a part of life. Some of these pirates have no fear, because what's their option? To quietly live in this country that (has) fallen deeply into chaos?" Tom Hanks admits he can understand the desperation of Somalian pirates, like the ones his seaman character experiences in new movie Captain Phillips.
"The actors who play them all live in Minneapolis... They’re part of a Somali community up there. When I met them, I never felt more like an out-of-shape, middle-aged white man in my life." Tom Hanks on the men who portray Somali pirates in new movie Captain Phillips.
Michael Jackson's mother Katherine is set to return to the witness stand next week (begs16Sep13) as her wrongful death lawsuit against concert promoters AEG Live draws to an end. Defence lawyer Marvin Putnam plans to call the Jackson family matriarch to give evidence in Los Angeles County Superior Court for a second time as he wants to question her about the "absurdity of the damages" she is demanding from AEG amid claims company bosses were responsible for hiring Dr. Conrad Murray as the King of Pop's physician. The medic is currently serving time behind bars after he was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for administering the fatal dose of anaesthetic propofol which caused the superstar's death in 2009 - weeks before he was due to make his live comeback with a string of concerts in London.
Katherine Jackson, who is suing along with the singer's three children, is seeking more than $40 billion for loss of future earnings and other damages.
She previously testified in July (13), when she broke down on the stand and admitted she had no idea who Murray was when she first heard his name. She also told the court that she did not believe her son had any responsibility for his own death.
AEG Live executives maintain Jackson had prescription drug and addiction problems, and that they're not to blame for the King of Pop's demise. Two bosses, Randy Phillips and Paul Gongaware, were excused from the trial earlier this week (09Sep13), after Judge Yvette Palazuelos insisted there was not enough evidence to hold them personally accountable.
Defence lawyers are expected to rest their case following the 83 year old's testimony on Monday (16Sep13).
Actor Mark Wahlberg is set to replace Leonardo DiCaprio in a remake of the 1974 James Caan movie The Gambler, according to U.S. reports. The Titanic star was first attached to the lead role in 2011, with his frequent collaborator Martin Scorsese tapped to direct, but The Hangover filmmaker Todd Phillips took over the project a year later (12), with no mention of DiCaprio's involvement.
Now Deadline.com editors claim Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt will helm the remake, with Wahlberg stepping into Caan's shoes to portray the main character.
The original version of The Gambler, which also starred Lauren Hutton and Paul Sorvino, was about a college professor with a gambling addiction who falls foul of a mob of gangsters.
You were probably too busy looking up the big words, or screaming at Dawson's bangs to notice these celeb cameos the first time you watched Dawson's Creek, but now that we're 15 years passed the original air date, let's take a look back at all the famous folk who walked the hallowed halls of Capeside High and hooked up with Katie (err, Kate?) Holmes. Michael Pitt as Henry ParkerBefore he was all gangsta on Boardwalk Empire, Michael Pitt was featured on season three as Jen's sappy, budding, young boyfriend. He allegedly left the show because he felt the role wasn’t challenging enough.Ken Marino as Professor WilderYou know him for his deadpan humor in We’re the Millers, Wanderlust, Party Down and Children's Hospital, but before hitting his comedic stride, Ken Marino waxed poetic as Joey's naughty English professor during season 5. They may have made out.
Seth Rogen as pot-smoking college kidIn a role he was born to play / has only ever played, he “porks” (his word, not ours) Joey’s roommate, Audrey (Busy Phillips – his former Freaks and Geeks co-star) during the show’s last season.Scott Foley as jock Scott Foley shines as a dim quarterback who took Jen on a date – forcing Dawson – who was also pining for her - to do some epic soul searching (for the seventh time that episode).Ali Larter as Kristy
Best known for her bangin' whipped cream-covered bod in Varsity Blues, (also Heroes and Legally Blonde), Ali Larter steals Pacey's heart as a popular chick who's out of his league (poor thing). Rachael Leigh Cook as Joey’s proxyThe She’s All That star (seriously, where has she been since then?) plays Joey in one of Dawson’s masturbatory movies (Season 2, Episode 13). He’s so meta.Jane Lynch as Mrs. WitterAs Pacey’s uber-religious, disparaging mother (we don't see the resemblance either) the incomporable Jane Lynch got practice for her role on Glee. (Season 4, Episode 12).Chad Michael Murray as Charlie Todd
This soapy darling's dimples had already appeared on Gilmore Girls and would go on to star in One True Hill after his stint on the fifth season of Dawson's. He plays a collegiate cad who sleeps with Jen and then has a miniature affair with Joey after she performs with Charlie's band “Aggressive Mediocrity" in a moment that's almost as cringey as when she performs "On My Own" during season one.
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