Former Doctor Who Matt Smith has signed on to star in the movie adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's novel Pride & Prejudice & Zombies. Smith has joined a cast that includes Lily James, Sam Riley, Jack Huston, Bella Heathcote and Douglas Booth. The actor will play a suitor for the film's heroine Liz Bennett, portrayed by James. The film and Smith's book are both based on Jane Austen's classic Pride and Prejudice.
British soul sensation Sam Smith was left stunned by reports suggesting he is the frontrunner to record the theme tune for the next James Bond movie, insisting it's "all news to me". Sources told multiple news outlets that the Stay With Me hitmaker was in talks to team up with 007 producers to croon the lead song for Daniel Craig's latest outing as the suave superspy, following in the footsteps of artists like Adele, Madonna, Tom Jones and Dame Shirley Bassey.
Smith claims he has no knowledge of the negotiations, but he'd love to tackle a Bond theme if given the chance.
He tells NME.com, "No, I have no idea what that (report) was about and I know as much as you do. You probably know more than me; I didn't even read the article.
"I think it's something everyone would love to do, but yeah, it was all news to me. I won't say any more on it."
Smith admits he is a big fan of Jack White and Alicia Keys' Bond theme, Another Way To Die, which was crafted for 2008's Quantum of Solace.
He says, "I love that; I thought it was amazing. Her voice and his voice together, I thought, was really interesting."
The next Bond film is due for release next year (15).
We thought we wanted serious Johnny Depp. We were wrong.
After watching Depp struggle through a dry turn as a megalomaniacal calculator in Transcendence, a performance that was about as dull as a couple lines of binary code, we realized that we missed the old Johnny Depp. We missed the actor that could bring the swaggering pirate Jack Sparrow to life, the actor who could capture the horror and ecstasy of a drugged-up Raoul Duke in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, the actor who could put his own spin on Willy Wonka without succumbing to a stale impersonation of Gene Wilder. The actor we see in this first trailer for Mortdecai.
In the film, Depp plays the eponymous Charlie Mortdecai, a debonair and extremely European art dealer who is part-time rogue, full-time buffoon. In the clip, we see Mortdecai, fully equipped with his own man servant and a world-class moustache, traipsing around the world and getting into trouble with both women and the law. The teaser is light on actual plot, but there appears to be a ton of fun shenanigans heading our way, thanks to a cast filled with the likes of Ewan McGregor, Gwyneth Paltrow, Paul Bettany, Aubrey Plaza, and Olivia Munn.
While we admire Depp's recent attempt to play a more serious role after years of playing wacky eccentrics, but serious shouldn't be synonymous with boring, and given the two options, we’d much rather see Depp let loose and embrace his wilder inclinations. Depp has a certain silliness that allows him to play such absurd characters better than just about anyone else in Hollywood, and it's good to see the actor back in his kooky comfort zone. Stay strange Johnny!
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Girls creator/star Lena Dunham is giving fans the chance to serve as the opening act for her upcoming U.S. book tour.
The Golden Globe award winner will release her first book, Not That Kind of Girl, this autumn (14), and to help promote the memoir she is hitting the road for a 10-city tour.
The events will include a book signing and discussion with Dunham, and she is calling on talented fans to help entertain the masses at each stop, before she hits the stage.
Interested parties can submit videos of themselves demonstrating their talents, whether it be singing, dancing, or stand-up comedy, and the winners will land a three-to-five minute slot.
The actress will also be joined on tour by a few of her celebrity friends, including comedienne Amy Schumer and Portlandia star Carrie Brownstein.
Her last stop in Brooklyn, New York, will be moderated by author Zadie Smith, and feature appearances by her Girls co-star Jemima Kirke and her boyfriend Jack Antonoff's band, Bleachers.
The Not That Kind Of Girl tour begins on 30 September (14).
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Sam Smith's London home was targeted by burglars while the pop star was at Britain's Glastonbury Festival, according to a U.K. report.
The Stay With Me hitmaker performed at the iconic music event in Somerset, England over the weekend (28-29Jun14) and shared a series of posts on his Twitter.com account about the fun he was having at the festival.
However, when he returned to his south London home, he reportedly found the property had been broken into and a number of items stolen.
A source tells Britain's The Sun newspaper, "Sam and his mates were all down at the festival when it happened. They (the burglars) took a number of items from his property. Sam was gutted when he got back. He's clearly paying the price of fame."
Supplied by WENNThis is said to be the second time the singer's home has been broken into this year (14). The source adds, "Sam loves where he lives but his management are looking to move him somewhere else as his current place is not very secure."
Former Doctor Who star Matt Smith has sparked rumours he is dating actress Lily James after they were spotted spending time together during the Cannes International Film Festival in May (14). The British TV star further fuelled the romance speculation by recently spending time with Downton Abbey actress James in London, where they were seen enjoying dinner with friends.
A source says, "They looked pretty close and were having a chat, but quickly turned on their heels and headed off in different directions when they noticed people were looking over.
"It was hard not to notice these two famous people stood together in the street, but it seemed as though they weren't keen to be spotted together."
Smith previously dated model Daisy Lowe until 2011, while James has previously been linked to actor Jack Fox.
CBS announced its fall television lineup today, and the network seems to be charting very familiar territory. While the other broadcast players scramble for the next big thing, CBS is firmly in cruise control. It would be easy to say that the the channel is just going through the motions, but the folks at CBS know what works and know their audience even better, which is why they're still the reigning champs of broadcast television. This year, the channel that brought you NCIS and NCIS: Los Angeles, brings you their next surefire hit, NCIS: Somewhere Else, plus another half dozen police procedurals and two new comedies... one of which is actually a really old comedy. In these hardscrabble times, it may be difficult to decide which NCIS to watch, so we've rounded up all the new shows in CBS's 2014-2015 lineup.
Scorpion What It Is: Drama.What's It About: Eccentric genius and his team of misfits battle against high tech threats of the modern age, but the socially awkward group needs a translator of sorts, to help them communicate to the world around them.Who's In It: Elyes Gabel, Robert Patrick, Katharine McPhee.What It Sounds Like: The Big Bang Theory meets Criminal Minds. How Good Will It Be: It looks like This show looks like it might try to mine the same kinds of humor as The Big Bang Theory, which often nosedives into silly stereotyping of nerd culture without being actually funny or insightful. This one isn’t looking good at all. How Long Will It Last: CBS might be trying to find a bridge between the faux-geeky comedy in Big Bang and the litany of cop procedurals on the network. Perhaps the network’s audience will pick up on that. Airs: Mondays at 10 PM this fall.
NCIS: New Orleans What It Is: Police procedural.What's It About: The local field office investigates criminal cases involving military personnel. Who's In It: Scott Bakula, Lucas Black, Zoe McLellan.What It Sounds Like: It’s going to be NCIS, but everyones going to be talking about gumbo. How Good Will It Be: As good as an NCIS spin-off can be. Scott Bakula is great, but we doubt he's going to flourish in this.How Long Will It Last: Forever.Airs: Tuesdays at 9 PM this fall.
Stalker What It Is: Police procedural. What's It About: Det. Jack Larsen and his new boss, Lt. Beth Davis, investigate dangerous stalker incidents. Who's In It: Maggie Q, Dylan McDermott.What It Sounds Like: The inevitable Catfish episode of Law and Order: SVU. How Good Will It Be: CBS already has about 90 other cop shows, and this one isn’t doing much to stand out. There’s a new wrinkle (hey, we’re only going after stalkers in this on) but that’s no enough to separate it from the herd. How Long Will It Last: McDermott’s last show on CBS, Hostages, was a big misfire for the network. Plus, there are already so many procedurals clogging up the network’s schedule. We’re thinking some cop drama fatigue might be creeping in. Airs: Wednesday at 10 PM this fall.
Madame Secretary What It Is: Political drama.What's It About: Elizabeth Cord, the newly appointed Secretary of State, balances work and family life while trying to serve the President. Who's In It: Téa Leoni, Bebe Neuwirth, Geoffrey Arend, Patina Miller.What It Sounds Like: House of Cards without all the murder by train.How Good Will It Be: It looks a little staid compared to the wilder political action available from other dramas of its ilk. Still, maybe a slower drama depicting Washington is a move in the right direction.How Long Will It Last: House of Cards and Scandal has shown that political shows can survive and thrive on TV as long as they’re soapy and ridiculous. Madame Secretary looks a bit tamer than those two efforts so thrillseekers might not be interested. We’ll give it a season or two. Airs: Sundays at 8 PM this fall.
The McCarthys What It Is: Multi-camera sitcom. What's It About: The gay son of a brash Boston family wants to leave the city, but decides to stay when his outspoken and politically incorrect father gives him a position as an assistant coach on the local basketball team. Who's In It: Laurie Metcalf, Tyler Ritter, Jack McGee. What It Sounds Like: That one episode of All in the Family where meathead comes out to Archie. How Good Will It Be: We’re excited to see Laurie Metcalf return to TV, but the story itself doesn’t sound all that original or exciting. How Long Will It Last: Since Fox’s Dads failed to deliver ratings, it seems that we might be a bit tired of the whole "outspoken fathers annoying their sons thing" on TV. This one might not get a back nine. Airs: Thursdays at 9:30 PM this fall.
CSI: CyberWhat It Is: Police procedural.What's It About: Special Agent Avery Ryan is in charge of the Cyber Crime Division of the FBI, a team that solves crimes centered on the Internet.Who's In It: Patricia Arquette.What It Sounds Like: CSI meets the Internet.How Good Will It Be: It depends which The Who song they chose for the theme song. How Long Will It Last: Forever, or at least a handful of years.Airs: Midseason.
Battle Creek What It Is: Police procedural.What's It About: Two bickering detectives with polar opposite world views work together to clean up the mean streets of Battle Creek, Michigan. Who's In It: Josh Duhmel, Dean Winters.What It Sounds Like: A more straightforward version of True Detective How Good Will It Be: Dean Winters is always great, and television heavyweights Vince Gilligan (Breaking Bad) and David Shore (House) are producing. This could be something special.How Long Will It Last: This series seems darker and grittier than the average CBS procedural, which might not click with regular viewers of CBS’ breezier cop dramas. We’ll be surprised if this gets a second year. Airs: Midseason.
The Odd Couple What It Is: Multi-camera sitcom. What's It About: Charming slob Oscar Madison and buttoned-up neat freak Felix Unger become unlikely roommates after the demise of their marriages. Who's In It: Matthew Perry, Thomas Lennon.What It Sounds Like: Well… The Odd Couple.How Good Will It Be: We can’t imagine what new spin this new show could put on the Odd Couple formula since every other sitcom is basically a pastiche of the Odd Couple anyway. Been there, done that. How Long Will It Last: Matthew Perry has been on a serious losing streak so he may be a bad omen for The Odd Couple. we'll give it a season.Airs: Midseason.
Veteran actress Jaclyn Smith is still struggling to overcome the death of her mother five years ago, confessing she cries about the loss every day. The original Charlie's Angels star, 68, reveals she had to seek professional help after her beloved mum Margaret passed away in 2009, because losing her exacerbated the pain the actress still felt following the death of her father, Jack, in 1993.
She tells People magazine, "I had to get a grief counselor, and I still cry every single day."
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Johnny Depp used to be relevant.
Films like Edward Scissorhands and Ed Wood established Depp as an idiosyncratic performer willing to appear in offbeat projects. Who can forget his iconic performance in Jim Jarmusch's revisionist Western Dead Man, or in Terry Gilliam's drug odyssey Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas? It seemed, for a while anyway, that Depp was a different kind of movie star. He was weird, for sure, but also accessible, and hundreds of teenage girls across the world idolized him and cherished his abnormality.
Then came Captain Jack Sparrow. To be fair, the first Pirates of the Caribbean is a great film, but the rest of the series represents a lazy attempt to cash in on the original chapter's unmatched excellence. Depp turned Sparrow into a caricature, and with each Pirates installment, the magic of the original performance rapidly diminished. If Depp wasn't making a Pirates movie, he could be seen in the latest Tim Burton project, or in The Rum Diary, a film that might as well be an inferior sequel to Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Not all of Depp's recent movies are trash, but most of them are, and at the very least they suggest that Depp is more interested in making money than making quality movies.
Depp's forthcoming big studio film Transcendence might just be the final nail in the coffin. Is Depp, the once enigmatic auteur performer of the 1990s, officially over?
There's certainly room for a comeback, but at the present moment, all signs suggest that Depp has lost his cultural and cinematic significance. Like Will Smith, Depp continues to appear in Hollywood blockbusters and makes a ton of money for doing so, but his films are hardly as influential or important as they were in the 1990s. Moreover, I think we can all agree that The Tourist and The Lone Ranger don't work as mainstream entertainment in the way the first Pirates does. This is important to point out, because it's not necessarily Depp's constant appearance in mainstream films that is his problem (after all, it works well for Leonardo DiCaprio and George Clooney), but his inability to distinguish between intelligent blockbusters and mindless drek.
I understand that show business is tough to crack, and everyone, even Depp, needs to make a living. Who am I, after all, to criticize his career choices? I get it. But Depp has committed arguably the worst sin possible for a movie star. He's spent years selling the audience on his unique star persona, only to appear in lame tent-pole productions that are void of creativity, originality, and respect for the audience. Was this Depp's plan all along, or did he unintentionally fall off track at some point?
We'll never know, but one thing is certain: the jig is up, and the name Johnny Depp barely generates excitement from the same people who hung his poster on their bedroom walls. What do you think? Cast your vote below.
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While every Marvel film to date has culled inspiration from a handful of the same comic book series, the studio has done a great job with diversifying its offerings to suit every taste. From Iron Man's unwavering confidence to The Incredible Hulk's appetite for destruction, your favorite Marvel movie speaks volumes about what kind of person you are. Here's what your favorite Marvel movie says about you.
Iron Man Who are you: You're the trendsetter. You have a type-A personality that's full of swaggering confidence, and you're not afraid to plunge into the unknown. You're prone to start great things. You're also pretty funny and like to quip incessently about everything and anything. Bigger and better things will undoubtedly follow after you're gone, but people won't forget that you're the one that started it all.
Iron Man 2Who are you: You know that first guy that liked Iron Man so much? Yeah, you're that guy's shadow. You try to ape what was so great about him. You wear the same kinds of clothes, and try to act that same way, but you don't need to be as smart as Tony Stark to know that you're trying too hard to be something you're not. You're a pale and disappointing imitation of something greater. You'd be better served to try out your own thing, than trying to imitate others.
Iron Man 3Who are you: You're unique. You march by the beat of your own drum and subvert expectations. You like changes to the status quo, and just because a movie might throw you for a couple curveballs and do some things that aren't totally by the book, you value daring. You know that an original movie trumps a faithful one every time.
ThorWho are you: You're a jack of all trades. While just looking at you might give off the impression that you're a small-minded gym rat, your heart truly belongs to the theater. You're a student of Shakespeare and love a good melodrama about tragic kingdoms, betrayal, patricide. Because really, Thor is basically a cosmic version of something like Hamlet or Macbeth... except, you know, with frost giants and Kat Dennings. Hidden depths.
Thor: The Dark WorldWho are you: You just want to have a good time. You're not an especially deep or nuanced person, but you know how to get down when it's time to party. You let other people worry about being deep and complicated. For you, it's all about instant gratification. A movie doesn't have to be complicated to be good. All you need is a couple of hours of wiz-bang action, and you're satisfied.
Captain America: The First AvengerWho are you: You’ve got an old soul. New and flashy things are fine and all, but you truly enjoy the joints with a vintage style. History books line your shelves, and those old school Spielberg flicks get your nostalgia engine firing on all cylinders.
The Incredible HulkWho are you: You're destructive. Breaking things into a million little pieces fires all the right synapses in your brain, and likewise, seeing a giant rage monster crumbling entire city blocks into dust is your idea of a great night at the movies. Your temper has gotten you into trouble in the past and you've been told countless times about the virtues of keeping your anger in check, but who needs peace and calm when blind rage is so liberating.
The AvengersWho are you: You're a team player, and you love taking charge over a team of knuckle heads and accomplishing a goal. You get a contact high from seeing people strive towards something greater than what they could have accomplished alone. Beyond your love of team building, you’re a crowd pleaser. You’re dripping with charisma and you can entertain for hours on end.