Actor Jamie Dornan has landed his first post-Fifty Shades Of Grey role - he has been cast as Commandant Pat Quinlan in a film about a fabled battle between Irish troops and Congolese fighters in 1961. The Siege of Jadotville will centre on the military operation, in which Quinlan led a United Nations battalion consisting of 150 Irish soldiers against an army led by warlord Moise Tshombe, who had killed the Congo's Prime Minister Patrice Lamumba and 3,000 local troops and French and Belgian mercenaries.
Music video and commercial director Richie Smyth will take charge of the project, which is slated to begin filming next year (15) in Ireland and South Africa.
A statement from Dornan reads: "I can't wait to get stuck into Jadotville. It's an unbelievable story and Commandant Pat Quinlan is going to be a treat of a character to tackle.
"I'm a big fan of both Richie Smyth and (producer) Alan Moloney and I'm very much looking forward to working with them both."
Dornan shot to fame last year (13) when he was picked to replace Charlie Hunnam as literary lothario Christian Grey in the movie adaptation of E.L. James' erotic bestseller.
Liam Neeson has landed a new role as a travel spokesman after signing up to help promote his native Northern Ireland as a holiday hotspot. The Taken star has lent his voice to the Northern Ireland Tourist Board's new advertising campaign, which also features appearances by Pulp Fiction's Bronagh Gallagher and Hothouse Flowers singer Liam O Maonlai.
Neeson admits he was "delighted" to take part in the commercials to "promote the treasures of my homeland".
He adds, "I've always maintained that Northern Ireland is the world's best kept secret, both in the character of its people and its scenery."
Alan Clarke, chief executive of the NITB, says, "Securing Liam Neeson to do the voiceover for our latest TV campaign is a huge coup and a significant vote of confidence in our tourism industry.
"This marks the first step of a brand new direction for NITB, which will focus on the friendliness of our people and their ability to make a place memorable."
Roddy Doyle, the Booker Prize-winning author behind The Commitments and Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha, is teaming up with another Irish icon to pen his memoir. Doyle will partner with Roy Keane for the former Manchester United and Ireland soccer star's second biography.
Publisher Alan Samson at Orion believes the book, The Second Half, will have the makings of a great read.
He says, "I believe it will become a benchmark for sports autobiography. The combination of an outstanding player - and leader - like Roy with a writer of Roddy's extraordinary gifts should result in one of the books of the year."
Since retiring as a player, Keane has managed Sunderland and Ipswich, and he is currently the assistant manager to the Ireland national team.
Keane's first book, Keane: The Autobiography, was released in 2002. The sportsman says, "I am very happy to be working with Roddy Doyle on this book, and look forward to the experience."
Some celebrities just can't handle it. Whether it's the paparazzi, personal assistants, or an entire religious group, when a celebrity targets you with their wrath, it's never pretty. And this particular group have had their fair share of temper tantrums and rants. Some have survived and moved past the error of their ways, some committed atrocities so severe their careers have never survived, and some just can't get out of the habit of being publicly angry. Here are the five angriest celebrities in Hollywood.
Mr. Baldwin, tell us how you really feel about the paparazzi. And the New York Daily News. And the media in general. Just kidding. We know. Some of his outbursts include assaulting two NY Daily News photographers for taking pictures of him and his wife, Hilaria Thomas, hurling homophobic slurs at a Daily Mail reporter on Twitter after the site reported that his wife had been tweeting during James Gandolfini's funeral, grabbing a female New York Post reporter and telling her "I hope you die," and his infamous voicemail to his then-11-year-old daughter, Ireland, in which he called her a "thoughtless little pig." Whew. We suddenly feel stressed.
British actor Christian Bale is usually in good spirits, but when he loses his cool, he really loses it. During filming of his 2009 movie Terminator Salvation, Bale flipped out during a scene when the director of photography walked through the set one too many times. The unsuspecting fellow was checking the lights when Bale laid into him for four f-word-strewn minutes, during which he said, "I'm gonna kick your f*****g ass." Although this was his most infamous incident, Bale was also accused by his mother and sister for allegedly assaulting them in 2008, and he even scuffled with guards in China for denying him entrance when he visited Chinese civil rights activist Chen Guangcheng. At least his intentions were good.
Where to begin with this guy? Fox News host Bill O'Reilly just loves to shout at the camera and at other people on air. More than one video of him blowing his gasket have gone viral. The most famous one is from his Inside Edition anchoring days when he refused to read whatever was pre-written for him and famously yelled, "F**k it! We'll do it live!" and then seamlessly went into his closing statements. In 2010, O'Reilly's comments about Muslims and 9/11 angered The View hosts Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar so much that they walked off the set. This March, a debate between O'Reilly and liberal political commentator Alan Colmes escalated into a shouting match with the host calling his guest a liar repeatedly. Sigh. The list just keeps going, but I'm sure this gives you more than enough of an idea.
Anti-Semitic remarks, racial slurs, homophobic quotes, and domestic violence. Mel Gibson has done it all. In 2006, Gibson was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving and went on an anti-Semtitic rant at the arresting officer, yelling, "F*****g Jews. . . . The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world." There was already speculation over Gibson's anti-Semitic views after his controversial film The Passion of the Christ's negative depiction of Jews, and this incident only confirmed what all of Hollywood was already suspecting. Then Radar Online obtained tapes of Gibson arguing with his estranged wife Oksana Grigorieva and the world was witness to just how vile Gibson can be. The actor called Grigorieva a b***h, c**t, whore, and gold digger, and threatened to burn the house down. There were also racial slurs involved.
Russell Crowe is yet another middle-aged Hollywood actor who could use a little anger management. After a hotel concierge at the Mercer Hotel in New York City was "unhelpful" and gave him "attitude" when Crowe asked to make an international call, the New Zealander threw the phone at his face. He was arraigned on charges of second-degree assault and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon. In addition to the infamous phone incident, Crowe was also in an angry confrontation with a TV exec after part of his BAFTA speech was cut short, and he's also been known to get abusive with photographers and journalists. Maybe he and Baldwin should hang out, but only if they go to guided meditation.
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If you had to choose between Girls, Game of Thrones, and Homeland, which one would you say is your favorite show? We know, this is tough question. The shows are all equally entertaining, but in very different ways. These and other series have been pitted against each other in the 2013 Arqiva British Academy Television Awards (put out by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts) international category. Up against Danish/Swedish crime drama The Bridge, only one of these four shows can come out the winner. Which one will it be?
See the full list of 2013 BAFTA Television nominees below.
2013 BAFTA TV Nominees:
LEADING ACTOR:Ben Whishaw, Richard II (The Hollow Crown)Derek Jacobi, Last Tango In Halifax Sean Bean, Accused (Tracie’s Story)Toby Jones, The Girl
LEADING ACTRESS:Anne Reid, Last Tango In Halifax Rebecca Hall, Parade’s End Sheridan Smith, Mrs Biggs Sienna Miller, The Girl
SUPPORTING ACTOR: Peter Capaldi, The Hour Stephen Graham, Accused (Tracie’s Story) Harry Lloyd, The Fear Simon Russell Beale, Henry IV Part 2 (The Hollow Crown)
SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Anastasia Hille, The Fear Imelda Staunton, The Girl Olivia Colman, Accused (Mo’s Story) Sarah Lancashire, Last Tango In Halifax
ENTERTAINMENT PERFORMANCE:Alan Carr, Alan Carr: Chatty Man Ant and Dec, I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!Graham Norton, The Graham Norton Show Sarah Millican, The Sarah Millican Show
FEMALE PERFORMANCE IN A COMEDY PROGRAM:Jessica Hynes, Twenty Twelve Julia Davis, HunderbyMiranda Hart, Miranda Olivia Colman, Twenty Twelve
MALE PERFORMANCE IN A COMEDY PROGRAM:Greg Davies, Cuckoo Hugh Bonneville, Twenty Twelve PeterCapaldi, The Thick Of It Steve Coogan, Welcome To The Places Of My Life
SINGLE DRAMA :Everyday, Revolution Films/Channel 4 The Girl, Wall to Wall/BBC Two Murder, Touchpaper TV/BBC Two Richard II(Hollow Crown), Neal Street Productions co-production with NBC Universal and WNET Thirteen/BBC Two
MINI-SERIES:Accused, RSJ Films/BBC One Mrs Biggs, ITV Studios/ITV Parade’s End, Mammoth Screen/BBC Two Room At The Top, Great Meadow Productions/BBC Four
DRAMA SERIES:Last Tango In Halifax, Red Production Company/BBC One Ripper Street, Tiger Aspect Productions/BBC One Scott And Bailey, Red Production Company/ITV Silk, BBC Productions/BBC One
SOAP & CONTINUING DRAMA: Coronation Street EastEnders Emmerdale Shameless
INTERNATIONAL:The BridgeGame of ThronesGirlsHomeland
FACTUAL SERIES:24 Hours In A&E, Garden Productions/Channel 4Great Ormond Street, Films of Record/BBC TwoMake Bradford British, Love Productions/Channel 4Our War, BBC Productions/BBC Three
SPECIALIST FACTUAL:All In The Best Possible Taste With Grayson Perry, Seneca Productions/Channel 4The Plane Crash, Dragonfly Productions, MAP TV/Channel 4The Plot To Bring Down Britain’s Planes, Raw TV/Channel 4The Secret History Of Our Streets, Century Films, Halcyons Heart Films/BBC Two
SINGLE DOCUMENTARY:7/7: One Day In London, Minnow Films/BBC TwoBaka: A Cry From The Rainforest, River Films/BBC TwoLucian Freud: Painted Life, Blakeway Productions/BBC TwoNina Conti – A Ventriloquist’s Story: Her Master’s Voice, Nina Conti in association with the BBC/BBC Four
FEATURESBank Of Dave, Finestripe Productions/Channel 4Grand Designs, Boundless/Channel 4The Great British Bake Off, Love Productions/BBC TwoPaul O’Grady: For The Love Of Dogs, Shiver/ITV
REALITY & CONSTRUCTED FACTUAL:The Audience, The Garden Productions/Channel 4I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!, ITV Studios/ITVMade In Chelsea, Monkey Kingdom/E4The Young Apprentice, Boundless Productions/BBC One
CURRENT AFFAIRS:Britain’s Hidden Housing Crisis(Panorama Special), Genie Pictures Ltd/BBC OneThe Other Side Of Jimmy Savile(Exposure), ITV Studios/ITVThe Shame Of The Catholic Church(This World), BBC Northern Ireland/BBC TwoWhat Killed Arafat?(Al Jazeera Investigates), Al Jazeera English/Al Jazeera English
NEWS COVERAGE:BBC News At Ten: Syria, BBC News/BBC One & BBC News ChannelChannel 4 News: Battle For Homs, ITN/Channel 4Hillsborough – The Truth At Last(Granada Reports), ITV Granada/ITV
SPORT & LIVE EVENT:The London 2012 Olympics: Super Saturday, BBC Sport/BBC OneThe London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony: Isle Of Wonder, Done & Dusted/BBC OneThe London 2012 Paralympic Games, Sunset & Vine, IMG/Channel 4Wimbledon 2012 – Men’s Final, BBC Sport/BBC One
ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAM:Dynamo Magician Impossible, Phil McIntyre Entertainment, Inner Circle Films/WatchThe Graham Norton Show, So Television/BBC OneHave I Got News For You, Hat Trick Productions/BBC OneA League Of Their Own, CPL Productions/Sky One
COMEDY PROGRAM:Cardinal Burns, Left Bank Pictures/E4Mr Stink, BBC Productions in association with Bert Productions/BBC OneThe Revolution Will Be Televised, Hat Trick Productions/BBC ThreeWelcome To The Places Of My Life, Baby Cow/Sky Atlantic
SITUATION COMEDY: Episodes, Hat Trick Productions/BBC TwoHunderby, Baby Cow/Sky Atlantic The Thick Of It, BBC Productions/BBC Two Twenty Twelve, BBC Productions/BBC Two
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The trailers for Hope Springs might lead you to believe it's a romantic comedy about a couple trying to jumpstart their sexless marriage but it causes more empathetic cringing than chuckles. Audiences will be drawn to Hope Springs by its stars Meryl Streep Tommy Lee Jones and Steve Carell and Streep's track record of pleasing summer movies like Julie & Julia and Mamma Mia! that offer a respite from the blockbusters flooding theaters. Despite what its marketing might have you believe Hope Springs isn't a rom-com. The film is a disarming mixture of deeply intimate confessions by a married couple in the sanctuary of a therapist's office awkwardly honest attempts by that couple to physically reconnect and incredibly sappy scenes underscored by intrusive music. Boldly addressing female desire especially in older women it's hard not to give the movie extra credit for what writer Vanessa Taylor's script is trying to convey and its rarity in mainstream film. The ebb and flow of intimacy and desire in a long-term relationship is what drives Hope Springs and while there are plenty contrived moments and unresolved issues it is frankly surprising and surprisingly frank. It's a summer release from a major studio with high caliber stars aimed squarely at the generally underserved 50+ audience addressing the even more taboo topic of that audience's sex life.
Streep plays Kay a suburban wife who's deeply unsatisfied emotionally and sexually by her marriage to Arnold. Arnold who is played by Tommy Lee Jones as his craggiest sleeps in a separate bedroom now that their kids have left the nest; he's like a stone cold robot emotionally and physically and Kay tiptoes around trying to make him happy even as he ignores her every gesture. One of the most striking scenes in the movie is at the very beginning when Kay primps and fusses over her modest sleepwear in the hopes of seducing her husband. Streep makes it obvious that this isn't an easy thing for Kay; it takes all her guts to try and wordlessly suggest sex to her husband and when she's shot down it hurts to watch. This isn't a one time disconnect between their libidos; this is an ongoing problem that leaves Kay feeling insecure and undesirable.
After a foray into the self-help section of her bookstore Kay finds a therapist who holds week-long intensive couples' therapy sessions in Good Hope Springs ME and in a seemingly unprecedented moment of decisiveness she books a trip for the couple. Arnold of course is having none of it but he eventually comes along for the ride. That doesn't mean he's up for answering any of Dr. Feld's questions though. To be fair Dr. Feld (Carell) is asking the couple deeply intimate questions so if Arnold is comfortable foisting his amorous wife off with the excuse he had pork for lunch it's not so far-fetched to believe he'd be angry when Feld asks him about his fantasy life or masturbation habits.
Although Arnold gets a pass on some of his issues Kay is forthright about why and how she's dissatisfied. When Dr. Feld asks her if she masturbates she says she doesn't because it makes her too sad. Kay offers similar revelations; she's willing to bare it all to revive her marriage while Arnold thinks the fact that they're married at all means they must be happy. Carell's Dr. Feld is soothing and kind (even a bit bland) but it's always a pleasure to see him play it straight.
It's subversive for a mega-watt star to play a character that talks about how sexually unsatisfied she is and how unsexy she feels with the man she loves most in the world. The added taboo of Kay and Arnold's age adds that much more to the conversation. Kay and Arnold's attempts at intimacy are emotionally raw and hard to watch. Even when things get funny they're mostly awkward funny not ha-ha funny.
The rest of the movie is a little uneven wrapped up tightly and happily by the end. Their time spent soul-searching alone is a little cheesy especially when Kay ends up in a local bar where she gets a little dizzy on white wine while dishing about her problems to the bartender (Elisabeth Shue). Somewhere along the line what probably started out as a character study ended up as a wobbly drama that pushes some boundaries but eventually lets everyone off the emotional hook in favor of a smoothed-over happy ending. Still its disarming moments and performances almost balance it out. Although its target audience might be dismayed to find it's not as light-hearted as it would seem Hope Springs offers up the opportunity for discussion about sexuality and aging at a time when books and films like 50 Shades of Grey and Magic Mike are perking up similar conversations. In the end that's a good thing.
The stars were on a break from filming upcoming BBC TV comedy Blandings in Northern Ireland last week (ends06May12) and they happened to be present for Alan and Nicola Forbes' celebrations following a ceremony at Crom Castle.
Nicola tells Britain's The Sun, "It made our day, we're so lucky. The wedding was already unbelievable and everything was outstanding, but what really made it was David turning up. We'll never forget it.
"No one could believe it. Then he had everyone in stitches when he jumped for my bouquet."
The Chicago moviemaker accepted the Jason Robards Award at the Roundabout Theatre Company's Spring Gala, and during the event at Manhattan's Hammerstein Ballroom, he received tributes from many of the attendees including Gere and Julie Andrews.
Marshall also received messages from absent friends Alan Cumming, Sophia Loren, Marion Cotillard and Daniel Day-Lewis, as well as Dame Judi Dench and director Sam Mendes, who are currently filming the new Bond movie in the U.K.
The gala, which was hosted by funnyman Martin Short and featured performances of famous movie songs, raised more than $2 million (£1.3 million) for charity and some of the proceeds came from the night's auction.
Prizes included a walk-on role in TV show Smash, lunch with composer Stephen Sondheim, and a voicemail message from last year's (11) honouree, Alec Baldwin.
The 30 Rock actor joked about his auction prize by telling the crowd, "I know you're probably thinking I'm the last person you'd want to record the voicemail greeting on your phone," in reference to his infamous 2007 voicemail rant to his daughter Ireland.
Baldwin went on to persuade a number of other stars in the audience, including Julie Andrews, Jeff Goldblum, Vanessa Williams and Jane Krakowski, to also offer up voicemail greetings as prizes.
Although the fate of where their big-footed creatures will alight to shoot The Hobbit is still undetermined, Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh have begun to officially cast the projects with Martin Freeman, as expected, set to play Bilbo Baggins. A host of other names was also announced Thursday.
Meanwhile, The Wall Street Journal reports that a meeting is set for Tuesday between New Zealand Prime Minister John Key and Warner execs in a last-ditch effort to keep the films in the country, although The Independent cites Fran Walsh as saying The Hobbit could soon be enrolling in Hogwarts.
A government spokeswoman told the WSJ that talks between Key and Warner execs are scheduled to take place in Wellington on Tuesday, but she would not specify who is attending the meeting on Warners' behalf.
According to The Independent, Fran Walsh told Radio New Zealand on Thursday that Warners wanted to shift production to the UK's Leavesden Studios where the Harry Potter movies were filmed.
"They've got a huge studio that Harry Potter have vacated, that they own...that they say would be perfect for us," she said, adding that other UK locations were being scouted.
Reuters further reported, citing estimates from economists at New Zealand's ANZ-National bank, that the nation's economy could lose as much as $1.5 billion if Warner Bros. relocates the project.
Back to casting … New Line COO/president Toby Emmerich, Warner Bros COO/president Alan Horn, MGM co-CEO Stephen Cooper and Jackson also announced on Thursday that Richard Armitage, Aidan Turner, Rob Kazinsky, Graham McTavish, John Callen, Stephen Hunter, Mark Hadlow and Peter Hambleton have all been set.
While Deadline reports that nothing's definite, there are rumblings that James Nesbitt and David Tennant are up for roles, while Stephen Fry, Saoirse Ronan and Bill Nighy are possible participants.
Regarding Freeman, Jackson said, "Despite the various rumors and speculation surrounding this role, there has only ever been one Bilbo Baggins for us. There are a few times in your career when you come across an actor who you know was born to play a role, but that was the case as soon as I met Martin. He is intelligent, funny, surprising and brave -- exactly like Bilbo and I feel incredibly proud to be able to announce that he is our Hobbit."
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The British actor has been a regular on the theatre circuit throughout his career, appearing in both London and New York, and recently stepped behind-the-scenes to direct a production of Strindberg's Creditors at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
Rickman is now heading to Ireland to star in a new production of Henrik Ibsen's John Gabriel Borkman.
The show at Dublin's Abbey Theatre will reunite Rickman with Lindsay Duncan, who has shared the stage with the star in several previous productions including Les Liaisons Dangereuses in the 1980s and a 2002 revival of Private Lives.
The production of John Gabriel Borkman will open in Dublin before transferring to the U.S. in January 2011, according to Variety.com.