Airport novel racks across the globe are standing at half mast this week. Tom Clancy, the king of the American spy thriller, sadly passed away on Tuesday. But even after his death, his legacy in film lives on in movies like the newest Chris Pine actioner Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.
In the new trailer, Pine takes over the role of Jack Ryan, a CIA analyst working undercover for a sleazy billionaire with an even sleazier European accent (Kenneth Branagh, also the film's director). When Jack discovers a terrorist plot that threatens to dismantle the world's economy, he is forced out of his cozy office and must become a full-fledged field agent under the guidance of his handler (Kevin Costner). Keira Knightley also stars as Jack’s wife who finds herself pulled inexplicably into the depths of covert intrigue.
The trailer is buzzing with tons of frenetic action and a lot of slick spy machinations. I’m expecting at least four double-crosses and at least three characters to reveal themselves to be double agents by the time the credits roll.
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British actor Sir Tony Robinson is set to return to the stage for the first time in 16 years after signing up to star in a new London production of The Wind In The Willows. The Blackadder star will portray narrator Kenneth Grahame in the Royal Opera House musical, which is based on the author's classic 1908 novel, alongside dancer Will Kemp as Ratty.
The show will take place at the Duchess Theatre and will run for eight weeks over the Christmas (13) period.
Robinson, 67, last appeared onstage in Britain in 1997, when he featured in Alan Bennett's Forty Years On. He has also previously starred in London's West End and taken part in productions with the Royal Shakespeare Company.
The most fascinating thing about Cruella de Vil — and I'm talking the six-foot-tall, bloodless fashionista first delivered in the 1961 animated incarnation of One Hundred and One Dalmations — is that she was, uniquely, ordinary. She wasn't a tyrannical queen, a seafaring pirate, a sadistic tiger, or any sort of mystic or mythical character. She was just a sinister, foul socialite who torpedoed through the London streets, dragging a mammoth fur coat and a noxious cloud of smoke behind her at all times. She stands alone as one of Disney's most normal villains. And perhaps, to date, its best. Certainly worthy of further exploration, as the studio seems to understand: The Hollywood Reporter has announced that Disney is setting forth on a live action film centering on Cruella de Vil.
Aline Brosh McKenna — the writer behind another Disney update, Cinderella, as well as the developing Annie remake and a healthy array of sun-kissed rom-coms (Three to Tango, 27 Dresses, Morning Glory, We Bought a Zoo) — will be handling the Cruella feature, breathing a new life into the vindictive mannequin since her last embodiment through one Glenn Close.
In the face of the supernatural baddies that occupy most Disney films, we are pleased to see the dark charms of Cruella De Vil getting their due in a new project. So long as they bring back that song, we're on board.
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Legendary R&B star and producer Kenneth 'babyface' Edmonds is set to be honoured with the 2,508th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The Every Time I Close My Eyes hitmaker, a 10-time Grammy Award winner, will unveil his pavement plaque on 10 October (13), with tributes from superstar Usher and music moguls Sean 'Diddy' Combs and Antonio 'L.A.' Reid.
Ana Martinez, Producer of the Walk of Fame ceremonies, says, "The multi-talented Kenny 'Babyface' Edmonds is an accomplished artist and his work footprints are all over the work of many of today's artists and major hit songs. We are honoured to welcome Kenny 'Babyface' Edmonds on the Walk of Fame."
Babyface's star will be unveiled at 6270 Hollywood Boulevard.
Singer Toni Braxton and her longtime collaborator Kenneth 'babyface' Edmonds are heading to Broadway to appear in upcoming musical After Midnight. The Grammy winners have signed on for a two-week stint in the production, which celebrates jazz icon Duke Ellington's years at Harlem's famous Cotton Club,
The production will officially open at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on 13 November (13) and Braxton and Babyface will appear from 18-30 March (14). Other artists set to star in the show include k.d. lang and Fantasia Barrino.
Braxton and Babyface have also teamed up to record a new duets album - Love, Marriage & Divorce - which is set for release in December (13).
The Un-Break My Heart hitmaker previously appeared on the stage in Disney's Beauty and the Beast and Aida, while Babyface is set to make his Broadway debut.
Against our better judgment and emotional well-being, we became very attached to the characters on Game of Thrones. While no one is safe in the cast and characters get killed off without a second thought, it's reassuring to know these actors get to "live on" in other roles. With a cast made up of largely European and lesser-known actors, it's exciting to see the show take off and propel the careers of these talented and easy-on-the eyes thespians. So until season four returns next March or April, here's where you can find the past and present citizens of Westeros in the meantime.
When he's not strutting the Emmys red carpet, or entrancing children and adults alike on Sesame Street, Peter Dinklage a.k.a Tyrion Lannister will don armor once again in the Knights of Badassdom. The horror comedy film about LARPing (live action role play) was put on the backburner since 2010 but is slated for theatrical release this year. Dinklage will be joined by fellow LARP-enthusiasts Ryan Kwanten (True Blood) and the consistenly funny Steve Zahn. Dinklage will also make an appearance in the next X-Men installment, Days of Future Past, the dramedy The Angriest Man in Brooklyn starring Robin Williams and Mila Kunis and will reunite with his GOT onscreen sister, Lena Headey in the upcoming biopic, Low Down, about the famous jazz pianist Joe Albany.
It's been a rough year for Jon Snow, with half his family dead and his ginger girlfriend going postal on his ass and shooting him in the back with arrows. But for Kit Harrington, things are shaping up quite nicely with two new movies in the bag — one involves dragons and Julianne Moore (The Seventh Son) while the other features some rock hard abs and a loose interpretation of history (Pompeii) — a winning formula Hollywood can't resist.
While our favorite Skins star doesn't nab too much screen time on GOT, her character Gilly will have more a story arc next season now that she left the clutches of the incestuous commune of Craster's Keep. In the meantime, Murray can continue to play manic pixie dream girls in the upcoming musical film, God Help the Girl, written and directed by Belle & Sebastian frontman Stuart Murdoch about a group of kids making music in Glasgow. Here's a trailer of her other film, Lily & Kat, featuring Murray being the free-spirited wisp she's so good at.
As the dashing-boy prince Robb Stark, Richard Madden made his GOT exit in one of the most gruesome death scenes in television history. Poor Robb, we hardly knew ya. But lucky for us, Madden hasn't completely abandoned the world of period pieces and fantasy fiction. He skipped the Emmys red carpet to play Prince Charming in the upcoming Cinderella film directed by Kenneth Branagh. Before he charms the glass slipper off of Lily James, he’ll seduce a wealthy married woman in pre-World War I England, played by the impecable Rebecca Hall in the film A Promise.
After burning her enemies to death and taking names, the mother of dragons, played by Emilia Clarke can abandon the blond extensions and form fitting medieval wear for a more natural look. She'll appear in the much buzzed about comedic gangster film, Don Hemingway, starring Jude Law. While we would have pegged her as a love interest, she'll actually be playing the daughter who he tries to repair his relationship with. Let's hope Clarke acting isn't CGI-dependent.
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Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard are to revive William Shakespeare's Macbeth for a new film adaptation. The Prometheus star will play the Scottish king in a new imagining of the tragedy, while French actress Cotillard will appear as Lady Macbeth after reportedly seeing off competition from fellow Oscar winner Natalie Portman to win the part.
Snowtown moviemaker Justin Kurzel will direct the film, which is due to start filming in the U.K. in January (14), according to Deadline.com.
The casting news comes shortly after it was revealed Sir Kenneth Branagh will be staging the play in New York next summer (13), after previously appearing in the production in Manchester, England this year (13) opposite Alex Kingston.
James McAvoy also recently played the title role in a London stage production, and Macbeth has previously been adapted for the screen by both Orson Welles and Roman Polanski.
Kenneth Branagh is to make his New York stage debut as Shakespeare's tragic king Macbeth. The thespian/director will hit the stage with fellow Brit Alex Kingston when the production he launched in a former church at the Manchester International Festival earlier this summer (13) opens in the Big Apple next June (14).
New York's new Macbeth will be staged in the huge Drill Hall of the Park Avenue Armory, and Branagh admits he cannot wait to fill the space with the play.
He says, "Utilising the possibilities of the vast open space is a truly exciting prospect. I am delighted that we have the chance to recreate Macbeth in this epic setting."
Branagh will also co-direct the production.
Macbeth, dubbed the Scottish Play by theatre purists, is currently enjoying a rebirth on the New York stage - Alan Cumming received rave reviews in his one-man version of the tragedy on Broadway in the spring, and Ethan Hawke will tackle the title role in another play at the Lincoln Center Theater later this year (13).
British actress Hayley Atwell faced a last-minute dash to make it on stage for a theatre performance in London this week (beg18Aug13) after filming on her new movie Cinderella over-ran. The Captain America: The First Avenger star is currently appearing in a play called The Pride in the British capital, and she is also working on Kenneth Branagh's new movie adaptation of the classic fairytale.
Shooting on the film ran over schedule this week (beg19Aug13), forcing the actress to risk axing her appearance in the Monday night (19Aug13) performance of The Pride.
However, Atwell managed to finish work early and made a last-minute dash from the Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire, England to the theatre.
The actress made it on time and the show went ahead as planned, and she addressed the drama in a post on her Twitter.com page, writing, "Finished filming early so I WILL be appearing in The Pride this evening at Trafalgar Studios. Come join us! It's a fantastic play."
In a post on her blog for Harpersbazaar.co.uk, the actress revealed she didn't realise she was due to start filming Cinderella until the opening night of her play.
She writes, "As we arrive at the after party, at around 11pm, my agent tells me 'You have an 8am pick-up to go to Pinewood Studios for rehearsals in the morning.' Eek. This is news to me... So I say 'hello' to our guests, speak to the press, then head straight home to re-read the script... No rest for the wicked... The next day I'm sitting in a rehearsal room with Ken Branagh discussing an entirely new character. By 4pm I've had costume and wig fittings for Cinderella and then I jump back in the car and head to the theatre."
An actor appearing alongside Sir Kenneth Branagh in a U.K. production of Macbeth was hospitalised on Wednesday night (10Jul13) after a fight scene went wrong. The unnamed man sustained an injury while acting out a sword fight reportedly involving Branagh during a stage production of the show at a deconsecrated Victorian church in Manchester, England.
The actor, who is said to have been struck with a metal sword, played through the pain to complete his turn on stage, but was taken to hospital after the curtain came down.
The production is part of the Manchester International Festival, and a spokesman for the event confirmed the injured actor was not seriously hurt, telling Britain's Daily Mail, "An actor was hurt during one of the fight scenes in a performance of Macbeth on Wednesday night. We have qualified medics on site during each performance and the actor was assessed and told he was fine to continue with the evening's performance."
Branagh previously said of the play's fight scenes, "There is enormous concentration (needed)... It is impossible to say that it is without danger. Metal clashes, sparks literally fly."
Actors are notoriously superstitious about appearing in Macbeth and many refuse to refer to the dark tragedy by name, calling it 'The Scottish Play' amid fears of a jinx.