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Emma Watson jetted to Uruguay this week (beg15Sep14) to give a speech as part of her new role as a United Nations (U.N.) Goodwill Ambassador.
The Harry Potter actress, who was appointed to the position in July (14), addressed an event at Uruguay's Parliament in the capital city Montevideo on Wednesday (17Sep14) which was organized by several women's groups. Watson spoke via a translator backing the U.N.'s HeForShe campaign, which is fighting for more elected female senators, and she won applause from audience members including Uruguay's Vice President Danilo Astori.
The 24 year old admits she was pleased with how her speech was received, saying, "At the back of the room there were five young women, probably under the age of 17, who were holding a banner that said, 'Say yes to more women in politics'. To see this kind of participation is why I'm here. It's why I've come to Uruguay and why I want to work with U.N. Women...Thankfully, I have this platform and I'm able to shine a light on these issues, which are really important to me and this is what I want to continue to do and what I believe in passionately."
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British actress Emma Watson is moving houses amid reports she is setting up a home with her new boyfriend.
The Harry Potter star has been pictured clearing her belongings out of her London home with help from her partner, college rugby player Matthew Janney. Watson was seen piling a car with items including rugs and board games while a team of removal experts handled heavier items.
The snaps have fuelled rumours the actress is moving in with Janney, who she has been dating since last year (13).
"We bit off more than we could chew. We had a superhero opera, and as great as Shailene is, she didn't really co-exist with the bigger story we were telling. It felt like a distraction. You can't have Peter thinking about Gwen every moment and then there's this girl next door who's suddenly there. We weren't ready for it." The Amazing Spider-Man 2 producer Matt Tolmach explains why Shailene Woodley's portrayal of Mary Jane Watson, the girl who helps mend Peter Parker's heart following the death of his girlfriend Gwen Stacy in the film, was cut.
Before you get too ahead of yourself: Matt Smith appearing on BBC’s Sherlock is nowhere near close to happening. In fact, Steven Moffat, showrunner for Sherlock and Doctor Who, may even be toying with the fans. (First rule of BBC: never trust Moffat.)
That being said, Moffat did fuel the crossover fire between the two successful series in a recent interview. (If you have any doubt about how much fans want a crossover between Doctor Who and Sherlock, try Googling “Wholock.”)
"It's not something we're particularly striving for. There's enough inevitable crossover talk between those two, it might be disconcerting for either of them to appear in the other's show,” Moffat said of fans’ desire to see Smith go head to head with Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch.
However, Moffat wouldn’t necessarily ban Smith from auditioning or being cast in a non-time-lord role on Sherlock since he’s passed the Doctor torch to Peter Capaldi (cue the tears of mourning for Eleven).
"I love working with Matt. He's a phenomenal actor. I'd jump at the chance to work with him again. I don't know how likely that is to be on the set of Sherlock,” Moffat said. “If there was a perfect part for him, there's no rule against it. We wouldn't want it to be stunt casting, because stunt casting doesn't work, so it would have to be just because he was overwhelmingly right for it."
While it’s not confirmed that Smith will ever appear on Sherlock, it’s also not confirmed that he won’t. Let the Wholock speculations continue with renewed fervor!
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When we last left our heroes, they had conquered all opponents in the 74th Annual Hunger Games, returned home to their newly refurbished living quarters in District 12, and fallen haplessly to the cannibalism of PTSD. And now we're back! Hitching our wagons once again to laconic Katniss Everdeen and her sweet-natured, just-for-the-camera boyfriend Peeta Mellark as they gear up for a second go at the Capitol's killing fields.
But hold your horses — there's a good hour and a half before we step back into the arena. However, the time spent with Katniss and Peeta before the announcement that they'll be competing again for the ceremonial Quarter Quell does not drag. In fact, it's got some of the film franchise's most interesting commentary about celebrity, reality television, and the media so far, well outweighing the merit of The Hunger Games' satire on the subject matter by having Katniss struggle with her responsibilities as Panem's idol. Does she abide by the command of status quo, delighting in the public's applause for her and keeping them complacently saturated with her smiles and curtsies? Or does Katniss hold three fingers high in opposition to the machine into which she has been thrown? It's a quarrel that the real Jennifer Lawrence would handle with a castigation of the media and a joke about sandwiches, or something... but her stakes are, admittedly, much lower. Harvey Weinstein isn't threatening to kill her secret boyfriend.
Through this chapter, Katniss also grapples with a more personal warfare: her devotion to Gale (despite her inability to commit to the idea of love) and her family, her complicated, moralistic affection for Peeta, her remorse over losing Rue, and her agonizing desire to flee the eye of the public and the Capitol. Oftentimes, Katniss' depression and guilty conscience transcends the bounds of sappy. Her soap opera scenes with a soot-covered Gale really push the limits, saved if only by the undeniable grace and charisma of star Lawrence at every step along the way of this film. So it's sappy, but never too sappy.
In fact, Catching Fire is a masterpiece of pushing limits as far as they'll extend before the point of diminishing returns. Director Francis Lawrence maintains an ambiance that lends to emotional investment but never imposes too much realism as to drip into territories of grit. All of Catching Fire lives in a dreamlike state, a stark contrast to Hunger Games' guttural, grimacing quality that robbed it of the life force Suzanne Collins pumped into her first novel.
Once we get to the thunderdome, our engines are effectively revved for the "fun part." Katniss, Peeta, and their array of allies and enemies traverse a nightmare course that seems perfectly suited for a videogame spin-off. At this point, we've spent just enough time with the secondary characters to grow a bit fond of them — deliberately obnoxious Finnick, jarringly provocative Johanna, offbeat geeks Beedee and Wiress — but not quite enough to dissolve the mystery surrounding any of them or their true intentions (which become more and more enigmatic as the film progresses). We only need adhere to Katniss and Peeta once tossed in the pit of doom that is the 75th Hunger Games arena, but finding real characters in the other tributes makes for a far more fun round of extreme manhunt.
But Catching Fire doesn't vie for anything particularly grand. It entertains and engages, having fun with and anchoring weight to its characters and circumstances, but stays within the expected confines of what a Hunger Games movie can be. It's a good one, but without shooting for succinctly interesting or surprising work with Katniss and her relationships or taking a stab at anything but the obvious in terms of sending up the militant tyrannical autocracy, it never even closes in on the possibility of being a great one.
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Dispatches from the set of the Doctor Who Christmas Special last week reported that Matt Smith had wrapped his final scenes as the Eleventh Doctor. Dry your eyes, fangirls and boys, because the amibitious rising star isn't taking a break. News broke this morning that Smith is trying his hand at musical theater. But Cats, this definitely is not. Matt will definitely be showing London audiences a different side of himself this winter as the lead in a new adaptation of the controversial Bret Easton Ellis novel American Psycho. On Monday, director Rupert Goold tweeted this photo of the actor's first rehearsal as Wall Street psychopath Patrick Bateman.
The production at the relatively tiny Almeida Theater was already highly anticipated even before the announcement, thanks to the involvement of Spring Awakening composer Duncan Sheik and a Kickstarter campaign promoted by Easton Ellis himself. (Check out the video below for his endorsement). But all it took was Smith's name to mobilize his fans into buying out the run in a matter of minutes. We hope that viewers who worship him for his sweet, childlike portayal of the 1000-year-old time traveler sufficiently prepare themselves to witness Matt doing all manner of un-Doctor-like things.
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BURN NOTICE -- "Desperate Measures" -- Pictured: Jeffrery Donovan as Michael Westen -- (Photo by Glenn Watson/USA It's been a while since Burn Notice ended its run at seven seasons and I'm still digesting what happened. Be warned though, I'm going to go into spoiler-heavy details, so if you haven't seen the episode, stop now, watch it and then come back. I'll be here. I'm serious. Shoo. OK. You good now? I'll continue.
I disliked how this season had gone in terms of plot, what with them straying away from the formula of Michael Westen and his crew helping out people in trouble. Heck, they had even stopped doing the captions like "Steve Austin... The Bad Guy." Instead, they had Westen go undercover and into a very deep, dark place.
The show attempted to redeem itself very quickly in this episode, with Westen snapping back to his normal self very quickly and reuniting with his crew, Fiona Glenanne, Sam Axe and Jesse Porter and got them figuring out how to extricate themselves from the mess they were in: both the CIA and a terrorist organization after them.
There were some emotional moments. The most touching part was the goodbye call between Westen and his mother, Maddie, who was about to sacrifice herself to give him a chance against his nemesis, James Kendrick, the terrorist leader. It was a redemption of sorts for Maddie, who had let both Westen and his brother, Nate, be abused by their father growing up, Despite my dislike of how the season had gone, I found my living room to be very dusty, despite my having vacuumed earlier. Sharon Gless, Jeffrey Donovan and Coby Bell all handled those scenes really well.
The writers also made callbacks to some of the more famous lines from the show, with Bruce Campbell's Axe saying his "spies are a bunch of b----y girls" and Fiona sort of reprising his opening line: "My name is Michael Westen. I used to be a spy" which is total fan service, but it worked.
Did it redeem itself? For a little bit towards the end, it looked like the nuclear option had been chosen, but Westen and Glenanne avoided death and wound up together in a new place to raise Westen's nephew. The groundwork for a possible spin-off with Axe and Porter was also laid (do it, USA Network. do it).
It was a definitive end and not a happy one for everyone, but it wasn't one that Matt Nix, the show's creator should be ashamed of.
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Actor Michael Douglas was the toast of the GQ Awards in London on Tuesday night (03Sep13) as he was crowned Legend of the Year. A week after his separation from wife Catherine Zeta-Jones was announced, a solo Douglas was beaming as he picked up the accolade at the publication's annual Men of the Year ceremony, held at the Royal Opera House in the British capital.
Douglas, who flew in from the Venice Film Festival in Italy, was handed the prize by Samuel L. Jackson, while Sir Elton John was given the Genius award by terminally-ill rocker Wilko Johnson, and Doctor Who actor Matt Smith handed Noel Gallagher the Icon trophy.
Downton Abbey's Dan Stevens picked up Most Stylish Man, Pharrell Williams got lucky landing Performer of the Year, rockers Arctic Monkeys nabbed Band of the Year and Lou Reed was hailed the Inspiration of the Year.
Accepting her trophy for Woman of the Year, former Harry Potter actress Emma Watson joked, "Given the perilousness in the journey from child star to adult, any award with woman in the title is frankly a relief!"
Watson's My Week with Marilyn co-star Eddie Redmayne was also feted, taking home the Breakthrough Award, while Simon Pegg and Nick Frost were crowned the Comedians of the Year, and newsman Piers Morgan nabbed TV Personality of the Year.
Summit Entertainment's Highlander reboot is starting to look like the moors of Scotland, and by that I mean uninhabited by people. Juan Carlos Fresnadillo was most recently attached to direct, but he left in November 2012. Now Ryan Reynolds has left the project as well. Reynolds was attached to play Connor MacLeod, an immortal Scottish swordsman forced to confront the Kurgan, a brutal barbarian who lusts for the fabled "Prize."
Art Marcum and Matt Holloway wrote the Highlander reboot, while Noah Oppenheim penned the most recent draft. Melissa Rosenberg also took her turn with the script in 2011. Justin Lin was originally attached to direct in September 2009, though he exited the project in August 2011 to focus on Fast and Furious 6.
Leaving the film won't hurt Reynolds, as he'll soon begin filming Tarsem Singh's thriller Selfless, which FilmDistrict will release on Sept. 26, 2014. He also stars opposite Jeff Bridges in Universal's R.I.P.D and voices the title character in Turbo, which DreamWorks Animation opens July 17. And his exit might actually help the reboot. When it eventually finds a new director, he or she will have more freedom with the vision for the film without being stuck with another director's casting choice.
In the end, there can only be one Highlander star — until he leaves, that is. Then there will be a different one.
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Question: Could Emma Watson be any more perfect? Answer: Nope! The Harry Potter star captivated audiences with her charm in The Perks of Being a Wallflower, will embrace her inner valley girl in the highly anticipated movie The Bling Ring, and can now add the title of producer to her perfectly polished resume.
Watson is teaming up with her Harry Potter producer David Heyman to deliver a new franchise, Queen of the Tearling. And the good news just keeps on coming because Watson is also set to star in the fantasy project, which is being compared to the all-encompassing series Game of Thrones. According to Variety, Warner Bros. has already secured the rights to the books that the movie(s) will be based upon, but as of now they are still searching for a director and screenwriter.
Queen of the Tearling is the first book in Erika Johansen's fantasy trilogy that takes place in an alternate 2014, three centuries after an environmental catastrophe. Watson will star as 19-year-old princess Kelsea Glynn, who must defeat the Red Queen to reclaim her deceased mother's throne in the kingdom of the Tearling. It sounds like an amazing mix of Game of Thrones and Alice in Wonderland. Can we reserve our tickets now?
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