British actor Richard E. Grant will feature as a hologram in the upcoming theatre musical Water Babies. The Withnail & I star will pre-record his role in the stage adaptation of Charles Kingsley's children's novel, in which a young man jumps into a violent river and encounters a civilisation of underwater creatures who he must help before he can return to dry land.
Grant, who recently finished filming a guest role on British period drama Downton Abbey, will appear as a mythical sea monster dubbed the Kraken.
He announced the project on Twitter.com on Friday (11Apr14), writing, "Done on Downton (Abbey) & filming a hologram playing the Kraken for a stage musical version of The Water Babies today. Fully plate licked Friday."
The musical, starring Tom Lister from British soap opera Emmerdale, will open at the Curve Theatre in Leicester, England from 6 May (14).
Zach Braff's stage adaptation of Woody Allen's 1994 crime caper Bullets Over Broadway has fallen flat with critics. The comedy film, which starred John Cusack and Dianne Wiest, has been adapted for the Broadway stage with Scrubs star Braff in the lead role, but the show failed to impress reviewers when it opened at the St. James Theatre on Thursday night (10Apr14).
The New York Daily News' Joe Dziemianowicz called the production a "bit of a miss", adding, "Allen's showbiz and gangland eccentrics stiffen into cardboard when they're amplified from two to three dimensions... It doesn't help that key actors shoot blanks... Beyond mediocre acting is the poor choice at the center of this jukebox musical."
Charles McNulty of the Los Angeles Times criticises the "coarseness of some of the humour" as well as the actors' performances, while Variety's Marilyn Stasio adds, "Everyone hoped Bullets Over Broadway would be the show to get those flickering Broadway lights blazing again... Surprisingly, though... (it) is feeble on laughs, and certain key performers don't seem comfortable... So, let's call it close - but no cigar."
Ben Brantley of The New York Times also criticised the show, adding, "While the movie was a helium-light charmer, this all-talking, all-singing, all-dancing reincarnation is also all but charm-free... The experience of watching the film was like being tickled, gently but steadily, into a state of mounting hysteria... The musical version... feels more like being head-butted by linebackers. Make that linebackers in blinding sequins."
The Hollywood Reporter's David Rooney concludes by urging theatre fans to rent a copy of the movie instead: "Spend five bucks to rent the delightful movie or north of a hundred to watch its buoyancy get trampled in a strained musical? Not a tough choice."
A new movie adaptation of Macbeth featuring Rupert Grint will head into production after a successful crowd-funding campaign. The Enemy of Man will be made after members of the public pledged more than the target of $250,000 (£156,250) on Sunday (06Apr14).
The independent film, directed by Troy's Vincent Regan, will star British actor Sean Bean as the titular character in the latest adaptation of the classic William Shakespeare tragedy. Grint will portray Ross and Game of Thrones actor Charles Dance will play King Duncan.
The campaign, launched on crowd-funding site Kickstarter.com, will cover the pre-production costs required to get the project off the ground.
Veteran British actor Charles Dance once turned down the chance to audition for the coveted role of James Bond. The Game of Thrones star played evil henchman Claus in 1981 007 film For Your Eyes Only, and was given the opportunity to rejoin the franchise in the lead role after Timothy Dalton stepped down.
However, Dance decided not to go to the audition on the advice of his agent.
He says, "She (my agent) might have been right. I don't know that it would have ruined my career, but I am not sure I was right (for the part) anyway."
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When you think about it, superheroes can be a pretty fickle bunch. Through several decades of comic books and the dozens of comic book films released over the years, it's become abundantly clear that there's no such thing as a binding alliance. Comic book characters switch over the moral dividing line so often that keeping track of it all can be headache-enducing, a fact that one Captain America knows all too well. In the upcoming sequel, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Cap sees himself facing off against an old friend, and in his honor, we've decided to list our favorite comic book movie frienemies.
Harry Osborne and Peter Parker (Spider-Man)High school best buds turned mortal foes, Peter Parker and Harry Osborne are the original frenemies. When Harry discovers that Spider-Man killed his father Norman (the OG Green Goblin), and later finds out that Peter Parker is Spider-Man, the news sets him on a raging path of revenge. Harry picks up the mantle of the Green Goblin and tries to put a stop to the webslinger's heroics once and for all.
Loki and Thor (Thor)Being second sucks, doesn't it? Brothers Thor and Loki were always thick as thieves, but under the surface, certain injustices began to slowly gnaw away at their friendship. Jealousy over Thor's birthright plus the discovery of his true frost-giant origins were enough to send the already mischievous Loki into full villain mode.
Dr. Connors and Peter Parker (The Amazing Spider-Man)Peter Parker and Dr. Connors had a budding Teacher/protege relationship in The Amazing Spider-Man, but Connors was slowly driven crazy by his limb re-growth serum and becomes the Lizard. When the Lizard decides to turn the whole of New York into gigantic reptilian creatures, Spidey had to take the respected scientist down.
Andrew, Matt, and Steve (Chronicle)There's nothing like finding alien superpowers to make a friendship stronger. In Max Landis' Chronicle, Andrew, Matt and Steve bond after accidentally obtaining powers, but Andrew gets consumed by his new found abilities and his terrible home life. After possibly killing Steve, Andrew goes on a rampage through the streets of Seattle, and it's up to Matt to stop him before more people get hurt.
Todd and Dave (Kick-Ass 2)In the sequel to Kick-Ass, the eponymous hero continues to wage his inept war against crime, but when his best friend Todd feels left out of the superheroics, he almost unwittingly becomes a henchmen of Christopher Mintz-Plasse's The Motherfu****, and inadvertantly get's Kick-Ass' father killed. Things between the two are reconciled at the end, but there are some things you probably shouldn't forgive.
Magneto and Professor X (X-Men: First Class)Did I say Harry and Peter were the original frenemies? Nope, that honor clearly goes to Magneto and Professor X. While Erik Lehnsherr and Charles Xavier were originally united in their fight for Mutant rights in the 60's, Professor X sought more peaceful methods, while Magneto was very much an ends-justifies-the-means type of guy, and the two have been at each others throats ever since. They still have mutual respect and affection for one another, but it's buried under years of hate.
Mystique and Professor X (X-Men: First Class)Wait, hold on. Did I say Magneto and Professor X were the original frienemies? Well, according to X-Men: First Class, the good Professor knew Mystique back when they were both children. The two were basically siblings growing up until Raven started to side with Magneto's more forceful ideas about Mutant rights.
Harvey Dent and Bruce Wayne (Batman Forever)Harvey Dent was a by-the-books district attorney that protected Gotham with law and order, while allowing Batman clean up whatever scum slipped out of the court and onto the streets. Their tag-team was broken up when Dent's face was burned by a disgruntled crime boss in the middle of a court proceeding, and Dent is driven insane by his disfigurement, becoming the villain Two Face.
Sabertooth and Wolverine (X-Men Origins: Wolverine)Bound by blood and death, Wolverine and Sabertooth were half-brothers that spent the better part of two centuries fighting through American military conflicts across the globe. After being recruited by William Stryker to join a group of mutant military group called Team X and carrying out some wet work on behalf of the government, Logan leaves the team, feeling dismayed by all of the killing, and Sabertooth sees this as the ultimate betrayal.
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Part of what makes action movies universally appealing is if they have that little something extra. Superhero movies can blends mythical worlds and science fiction with collateral damage. Some bring in the visceral thrill of revenge. Some lighten the mood with a healthy dose of comedy. Some just have a lot of really impressive visuals. Although plenty of action movies are brain dead duds, there are plenty that have enough humanity, charm, and intelligence to enjoy with your action-hesitant significant other.
Here are some of the best action movies that have a little bit more than just shoot-'em-ups and car explosions. They add a little something extra to the genre that allows for date friendly entertainment.
GALLERY: Action Movies for Date Night
Here are this week's highlights from VH1, Celebuzz, Flavorwire, and Hollywood.com.
Check out the childhood homes of famous musicians. From Elvis' tiny home to Madonna's suburban origins, see the fascinating gallery at Flavorwire.
See the Game of Thrones cast at its most adorable. Because after lots of death and scheming, who wouldn't want some fun in the sun? Find out more about their beach day at Celebuzz.
No one is spared! Let's judge the fashion of the Kids' Choice Awards. And there were some real atrocities. Check out the gallery at VH1 Celebrity.
Find out why Rihanna is the sexiest woman in the world. Hint: it's all about confidence. Read the case for Rihanna at Hollywood.com.
Former The X Files actor David Duchovny has been cast to star in a new TV drama about the search for mass murderer Charles Manson. Bosses at America's NBC network have placed a 13 episode, straight-to-series order for a show titled Aquarius, which centres on a Los Angeles Police sergeant's hunt for the serial killer in the 1960s.
The project reunites Duchovny with NBC Entertainment chief Bob Greenblatt, who previously worked with the actor on both The X Files and Californication.
Duchovny has shared his excitement for the new project and new collaboration with Greenblatt in a statement which reads: "I'm thrilled to be working with Bob Greenblatt again and coming back to broadcast television. I think Aquarius has a chance to be a special show and I can't wait to get going."
Before Aquarius hits the small screen, Duchovny will wrap up the seventh and final season of dark comedy Californication, which is set to end its run in June (14).
Actor Josh Charles reprised his anchor role from TV series Sports Night during a visit to America's sports news network ESPN2. The Good Wife star reverted back to one of his earliest roles as Dan Rydell, an anchor on a fictional news sports show in the shortlived Aaron Sorkin series.
Charles' pal, TV presenter Keith Olbermann, invited the actor to join him at the newsdesk last week (ends29Mar14).
The two ran down the day's highlights in sports, even referencing Sorkin as well as Charles' personal favourite baseball team, the Baltimore Orioles.
Sports Night, which ran for three seasons before it was cancelled in 2000, also starred Peter Krause, Felicity Huffman and Robert Guillaume.
The stars of TV's country music drama Nashville are taking their talents on the road for a mini-concert tour in America. The three-city tour in April and May (14) will feature performances by Charles Esten, Clare Bowen, Jonathan Jackson, Sam Palladio and Chris Carmack, with Will Chase joining the quintet for one date in New York. The series' stars Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere will not take part in the tour.