A same-sex kiss between Doctor Who actresses Neve Mcintosh and Catrin Stewart was edited out of the series eight premiere for broadcasts in conservative Asian countries. The lingering lip-lock between McIntosh's lizard-woman Madam Vastra and her human wife Jenny Flint, played by Stewart, prompted a handful of complaints from U.K. viewers when the episode in question, titled Deep Breath, aired last month (Aug14), but British TV watchdogs at Ofcom declined to launch an investigation into claims the footage was "gratuitous" and "unnecessary", insisting they "do not discriminate between scenes involving opposite sex and same sex couples".
However, the same scene had to be cut from Peter Capaldi's debut as the Time Lord for broadcast in countries like Hong Kong, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore to ensure the cult sci-fi show did not fall foul of the region's strict decency standards.
A BBC spokesperson tells PinkNews.co.uk, "In order to comply with broadcast regulations in Asia where our BBC Entertainment channel airs, BBC Worldwide made a brief edit to the first episode of Doctor Who Series 8, but did so without detracting from the storyline."
Veteran British actor Sir Patrick Stewart is among the celebrities who have given a voice to statues as part of a new art project in the U.K. Dozens of stars have recorded monologues for the Talking Statues Speak Their Minds project, which provides voices for famous sculptures in London and in Manchester, England.
Stewart has provided a voice for the statue of the Unknown Soldier at London's Paddington Station, The Wire's Dominic West read a piece for the Achilles monument in the city's Hyde Park and Doctor Who star Jenna Louise Coleman took on The Reading Girl statue in Manchester Central Library.
Other famous voices taking part include actors Russell Tovey and Hugh Dennis.
When you make your name in a huge, international film franchise it can be difficult to get audiences to see you in a different light. When that franchise happens to be as incredibly divisive as the Twilight series, it’s going to be even harder to shake the vampire sparkles from your screen persona. It’s no surprise then that since wrapping the final film Kristen Stewart has stuck primarily with small, indie films in order to add some variety to her resume and find the chance to leave Bella Swan behind for good. And even if her latest film, Camp X-Ray, doesn’t quite manage to do that, it will likely mark a start in a different stage of her career.
In the film, which premiered to positive reviews at Sundance, Stewart plays Private Amy Cole, young guard at Guantanamo Bay who builds a relationship with one of the prisoners that forces her to question both her job and her beliefs. It’s a difficult, complex subject – in fact, it might be one of the few topics that cause just as many divided Internet comments at the Twilight series – and based on the trailer it appears as if neither the film nor the cast will be shying away from portraying a lot of those complexities. Stewart in particular seems to bear the bulk of those complicated elements, and the trailer hints at an interestingly subtle performance. Of course, since of the major criticisms of the Twilight series was the stiff, wooden acting that might not sound like a compliment but in Camp X-Ray, Stewart appears to be making deliberately restrained choices, allowing her face to do the majority of the acting. Choosing a part that requires so much focus on what goes unsaid is a risky choice for her, but if it succeeds, it could be exactly what she needs to build a great career.
Amy is a completely different character than anything we’ve seen Stewart play so far. Having spent most of her career playing teenagers with various degrees of angst, it will be interesting to see her step into a more adult role as a character with a great deal of responsibilities, baggage and conflicting feelings. She’s dealing with questions of right and wrong and international law rather than the issues that come with dating a vampire, and she’s doing it all in a situation where she’s not free to outwardly question authority. Audiences need to see Stewart play complex characters like this in order to finally let go of the awkward, sullen girl they’re familiar with, and indies are the best way for her to build up a resume of roles like Amy.
A major studio film is likely going to want to bank of Stewart’s fan base in order to produce the next iteration of the Twilight Saga and make absurd amounts of money. Even if she gravitates towards more serious, dramatic films, studios are still going to be hesitant to market her in a role that’s completely against-type. After all, audiences know and love Bella Swan, so why change things up? Indies like Camp X-Ray and Clouds of Sils Maria, however, are less likely to force Stewart into any particular role, as just her presence in the film would be a big enough boost in terms of attention and marketing. Therefore, they’re offering her a wider variety of characters that will challenge her as an actress and challenge the audiences’ perceptions. They also offer less risk if the final product isn’t well-received, as the film probably won’t be on most moviegoer’s radar.
Stewart’s already lined up an impressive slate of films, acting opposite actors like Julianne Moore, Glenn Close and Juliette Binoche. If even one of those films does well enough to garner a decent amount of press attention, it could help audiences take a chance on seeing her in a different light, which will help her move away from Twilight and the baggage that comes with it. They’re also likely to help her gain the attention of major directors and producers, who would then be more likely to cast her in a prestigious film, which would also go a long way into changing the way the public sees her. It might even get her some awards attention (hey, Jonah Hill’s an Oscar nominee. You never know.)
Even if she doesn’t ever make it into the Oscar conversation, films like Camp X-Ray are the best way for her to build a solid, varied career, and that’s what tends to keep actors working, and working in great projects. The film might be a complete disaster, but the choices she’s making will still be enough to keep her moving towards new characters, new projects and hopefully, new fans. In the end, that’s really all an actor needs to build an admirable career.
Camp X-Ray opens in theaters on October 17.
"The day the movie came out there was a picture of me in the New York Post. I was sitting on my front porch, smoking a pipe with my ex-boyfriend and dog. And I was like, 'Oh s**t, well, I have to be aware of that'." Fame hit Twilight star Kristen Stewart hard when the first film in the vampire love story franchise came out.
Rap icons Wu-Tang Clan proved they have put their differences aside when all nine members appeared together for a performance on U.S. TV. on Wednesday night (06Aug14). Raekwon, GZA, RZA, Ghostface Killah, Method Man, Inspectah Deck, U-God, Masta Killa and Cappadonna gave a rendition of new track Ron O'Neal as well as 1997 classic Triumph on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart.
The group also sat down for a chat with the host during the TV appearance.
The hip-hop collective is working on new album titled A Better Tomorrow, which is due for release in November (14) and will be preceded by single Ron O'Neal, but the project has stalled several times due to disagreements between Raekwon and RZA.
The pair has reconciled in recent months, allowing work on the group's first album since 2007's 8 Diagrams to move forward.
Lifestyle guru Martha Stewart is mourning the loss of her younger sister, Laura Plimpton, who died from a brain aneurysm on Tuesday (05Aug14). Plimpton unexpectedly passed away aged 59, in Norwalk, Connecticut.
Stewart shared the devastating news in an email to the staff at her lifestyle company, where Plimpton worked in a senior position for more than two decades.
In the letter obtained by the Daily Mail, Stewart wrote, "My youngest sister, and the youngest of the six Kostyra siblings, Laura Kostyra Plimpton, passed away today in Norwalk Hospital. Laura worked for me and the company for more than 25 years."
Stewart went on to reveal that Plimpton began to feel unwell after working out on Tuesday morning, and called on her husband Randy, to take her to the local hospital, where she later died.
Stewart continued, "She was an extraordinary employee, mother, wife and sister. We are so sad but also happy that Laura had the foresight to donate so many healthy organs to needy people."
Plimpton, a mother of three, stood by her older sister's side when she was sentenced to five months in prison for lying to U.S. federal agents investigating insider trading.
During an interview on U.S. talk show Larry King Live in 2004, Plimpton gushed about her "very special relationship" with her sister.
She said, "All I wanted to do was be around her, her husband, and then when Alexis (Stewart's daughter) was born, I just wanted to take care of Alexis. I would pack my little suitcase and go every weekend, practically, just to be with Martha."
Fans of The Daily Show may be surprised to learn that Jon Stewart's directorial debut is not a comedy, nor even a satirical work. The host has taken on a big project—adapting Maziar Bahari's best-selling memoir, Then They Came for Me. The film, Rosewater, stars Gael García Bernal as the journalist who was imprisoned and tortured for over 100 days, following the 2009 Iranian election.
Stewart has revealed new images from the project, and has also said that people may be surprised by the route he's taken:
“It may not be what people expect from me; it’s not a comedy... I hope people view it for what it is—a love letter to expression and the importance of it. It’s everything.”
Rosewater will premiere at TIFF this year, and will be out in limited release on November 7.
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Robert Pattinson has no hard feelings about his ex-girlfriend Kristen Stewart after she torpedoed their romance by locking lips with a married moviemaker in 2012, insisting infidelity is "normal" among young lovers. The British actor's relationship with his Twilight co-star was rocked two years ago, when Stewart was photographed kissing her Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders in a Los Angeles car park.
The illicit romance prompted Pattinson and Stewart to briefly split, before parting ways for good last year (13), while it also destroyed Sanders' marriage to model/actress Liberty Ross. Their divorce was finalised last week (ends25Jul14).
Pattinson has now opened up about the infamous fling in a candid new interview with Britain's Esquire magazine, admitting the worst part of the scandal was having to discuss it in public.
Brushing off the cheating controversy, he says, "S**t happens, you know? It's just young people... it's normal! And honestly, who gives a s**t?
"The hardest part was talking about it afterwards. Because when you talk about other people, it affects them in ways you can't predict."
The actor's dramatic personal life has also turned him into a paparazzi target, but Pattinson insists he "doesn't understand" the media's obsession with him.
Earlier this year (14), the actor sold off the Los Angeles property he once shared with Stewart, and he admits he won't miss having snappers camped outside his home.
He explains, "(The paparazzi) photographed anyone who came up to the gate, anyone who rang the bell, and they followed any car that came in and out. I used to dress up my assistant as me, and get him to drive off with like five cars following him around for hours..."
And he jokes, "Whenever I see a bunch of paparazzi hanging out, I always think, 'Oh God, what have they found out!' Oh, THAT love child! I totally forgot!'"
Rod Stewart's son Sean is facing a legal battle with his former landlady over unpaid rent. The reality TV star is accused of failing to pay $2,995 (£1,762) for his home in California, and the landlady has launched a court fight in a bid to recoup the cash.
Stewart is now fighting back, alleging he moved out of the property and withheld his rent because of dangerous mould which gave him a skin condition, according to TMZ.com.
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Sundance is long gone, Cannes sailed away months ago, and both Tribeca and the Los Angeles Film Festivals have cleared away until next year. But when one major film festival ends, another starts putting its lineup together, and this time, it's Canada's time to shine. The Toronto International Film Festival, which will run from September 4 until the 14, has unveiled the list of titles they'll be premiering this year, and it's packed with under-the-radar indies, highly anticipated returns from accliamed directors, and of course, several likely awards contenders. But with nearly 60 films all making their debut in Toronto this fall, it can be hard to pick out the good from the bad and the exciting from the ones you've probably seen before. In an attempt to simplify the decision-making process for you, we've highlighted some of the most exciting films to hit north of the border this fall.
The Imitation Game Who’s Involved: Benedict Cumberbatch, Kiera Knightley, Matthew Goode and Charles Dance star What It’s About: The British mathematician and computer scientist Alan Turing, who helped the Allies win WWII by cracking German codes, and was then prosecuted by the government for being homosexual. Thoughts: Finally, a cast good enough to convince you that math is interesting for two hours.
The Last Five Years Who’s Involved: Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan What It’s About: A musical that tells the story of a married couple’s five-year relationship – his perspective runs from the day they met to when it all fell apart, and hers from the end back to the beginning. Thoughts: The perfect example as to why you should pay attention when your theater nerd friend tries plays you cast recordings.
Foxcatcher Who’s Involved: Bennett Miller directs; Channing Tatum, Steve Carell, and Mark Ruffalo starWhat It’s About: Based on a true story, it follows two championship wrestler brothers and the tragic consequences that they face after getting involved with an eccentric millionaire coach. Thoughts: We really are going to have to come up with the Tatum equivalent of “McConaissance” sometime soon.
A Little ChaosWho’s Involved: Alan Rickman directs; Kate Winslet, Stanley Tucci and Rickman star What It’s About: A landscape gardener finds herself struggling with the politics of Louis XIV’s court and her own demons after she’s hired to work at the Garden of Versailles. Thoughts: You had us at “Rickman.”
The Riot Club Who’s Involved: Lone Scherfig directs; Sam Claflin, Max Irons, Natalie Dormer and Jessica Brown-Findlay star What It’s About: A privileged young man is inducted into the “Riot’s Club,” an exclusive, wild group of young men full of debauchery and bad behavior, during his first year at Oxford. Thoughts: Look! It’s that guy from that thing! And that girl, from that other thing! I like them. They should be in more things.
Before We Go Who’s Involved: Chris Evans directs; Evans and Alice Eve star What It’s About: Two strangers bond over the course of one night in Manhattan, and the conflicts in their lives allow them to explore more about each other and themselves. Thoughts: Captain America is directing movies now!
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This Is Where I Leave You Who’s Involved: Shawn Levy directs; Tina Fey, Jason Bateman, Adam Driver, Connie Britton and Jane Fonda star What It’s About: Four adult siblings return to their childhood home after their father dies. Dysfunction and hijinks ensue. Thoughts: Does Driver say “outer space” in this? Can we re-write the script so that he does?
Men, Women and Children Who’s Involved: Jason Reitman directs; Jennifer Garner, Adam Sandler and Judy Greer star What It’s About: A group of parents and children navigate the way the Internet has changed their relationships and lives. Thoughts: Well, it’s got be better than Labor Day, right?
Miss Julie Who’s Involved: Liv Ullman directs; Jessica Chastain and Colin Farrell star What It’s About: Set over the course of one night in the 1880s, an aristocratic woman and her father’s valet struggle for power. Thoughts: Should we also be thinking about the “Farrellissance?”
Nightcrawler Who’s Involved: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, and Bill Paxton star What It’s About: An ambitious journalist becomes involved with the world of LA nighttime journalism, and the line between spectator and perpetrator becomes blurred. Thoughts: Oh, so this isn’t an X-Men solo film? That’s slightly disappointing.
Rosewater Who’s Involved: Jon Stewart directs; Gael Garcia Bernal stars What It’s About: The true story of Iranian-Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari, who appeared on The Daily Show before being imprisoned for five months by the Iranian government. Thoughts: This is the movie that gave us Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, and for that we shall always be grateful.
The Theory of Everything Who’s Involved: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Emily Watson, and David Thewlis star What It’s About: The life and relationship of world-renowned physicist Stephen Hawking and his wife Jane Wilde from their first meeting at Cambridge through Hawking’s diagnosis through their numerous accomplishments. Thoughts: Oscar Season 2014: Alan Turing vs. Stephen Hawking in The Battle of the British Genius Biopics.
Whiplash Who’s Involved: Damien Chazelle directs; Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons star What It’s About: An ambitious jazz drummer who enrolls at a prestigious music conservatory, but must endure the brutal, intense tutelage of a brilliant, drill sergeant-like teacher in order to achieve greatness. Thoughts: Look, we’ll stop talking about this one once it finally comes out, and not a moment sooner, okay?