British actor/comedian Stephen Merchant is to make his West End debut in a revival of comedy show The Mentalists in July (15). The Extras actor will appear opposite Gavin and Stacey star Steffan Rhodri in the play, about two men holed up in a hotel, which premiered at London's National Theatre in 2002.
Merchant says, "I'm going to be in a West End play. A hilarious, darkly poignant Richard Bean play no less. Come and see me and Steffan Rhodri doing proper acting in The Mentalists this summer."
The comedy, written by Richard Bean and directed by Abbey Wright, will open for previews on 3 July (15) and run until 26 September (15) at Wyndham's Theatre.
Actor Dylan Baker is set to join the cast of Broadway show The Audience as former Prime Minister John Major. The Spider-Man star will appear alongside Helen Mirren, who will reprise her role as Queen Elizabeth II, and Tony-winner Judith Ivey, who will play former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in the stage show.
The Audience originally ran in London last year (13) and featured Geoffrey Beevers, Michael Elwyn, Richard McCabe and Rufus Wright, who will also reprise their roles in the New York show.
The Audience will open in March (15) at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre.
Every once in a while a romantic movie will come along that will just tug at everyone's heart strings due to having a great story and actors with excellent chemistry. We decided to compile a list of 16 movies that have all of these ingredients therefore everyone should see them! Take note of the ones you haven't watched for your next movie night.
1. Beyond The Lights (2014)
The people behind Love & Basketball are back with Beyond The Lights, a love story between a very successful, yet emotionally struggling singer Noni (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) and a handsome man named Kaz (Nate Parker). Since Love & Basketball was so amazing we are definitely looking forward to this new romance!
2. The Artist (2011)
This romantic story is silent but powerful. Watch two performers, George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) and Peppy Miller (Bérénice Bejo) try to navigate their careers during a time when movies were slowly moving out of the silent movie era.
3. West Side Story (1961)
This movie tells a great forbidden love story with excellent music and dancing. Although the story is mostly between Maria (Natalie Wood) and Tony (Richard Beymer), Anita (Rita Moreno) steals the show in her scenes.
4. Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
This creative movie tells a story of a young Jamal's (Dev Patel) life through flashbacks as he answers questions on "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire." A big part of his past is falling in love with Latika (Freido Pinto).
5. The Fault In Our Stars (2014)
Prepare yourself emotionally to at least tear up. The story between Hazel (Shailene Woodley) and Gus (Ansel Elgort) is heart breaking since they meet in a support group for cancer patients. Together they become each other's support and true love.
6. Sleepless In Seattle (1993)
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We couldn't leave our girl Meg Ryan from this list! In this film she plays Annie, a woman who falls for a widower (Tom Hanks) when he tells his sad story on the radio. This story is pretty crazy, but some of the greatest movie plots are based on crazy...
7. Grease (1978)
If you haven't seen Grease yet then what are you doing?! This musical stars Sandy (Olivia Newton-John) and Danny (John Travolta), two high school kids who had a summer romance and get into a weird predicament when they end up going to the same school together. It's fun, it's dirty, and so darn catchy!
8. Casablanca (1943)
This classic will show the beauty of old Hollywood and the reason why Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart will forever be remembered. Their characters cross paths in Africa during World War II and are forced to reflect on their failed relationship.
9. Her (2013)
What would the future of relationships look like if Siri became a thousand times smarter? This movie answers that question with Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) falling in love with a operating system voiced by Scarlett Johansson.
10. Titanic (1997)
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This '90s blockbuster showcases Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet playing two characters who are from two completely different classes, but fall in love on the infamous Titanic ship.
11. Gone With The Wind (1939)
This classic features a Southern woman named Scarlett (Vivien Leigh) who comes across a blockade runner (Clark Gabel) and have a passionate relationship during the Civil War.
12. Moonstruck (1987)
This movie is fun and will have you laughing! Moonstruck" shows Loretta Castorini (Cher) getting scandalously close to her fiancé's brother named Ronny Cammareri (Nicolas Cage) while he is away.
13. Lars And The Real Girl (2007)
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Yeah, you might have fallen for Ryan Gosling while watching The Notebook, but it's time to branch out to his other work! In this indie film he plays Lars, a man who orders a doll and has a delusion that she is real and they are dating. The whole town ends up playing along pretending that she's real in order to help Lars.
14. Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
You just can't go wrong with Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper! This duo plays two very dysfunctional characters who cross paths after experiencing tragic endings to their past relationships. You will laugh and be drawn in by their riveting acting and script.
15. Forrest Gump (1994)
Tom Hanks has quite a few great movies in his resume and this one is certainly one of them. Forrest Gump shows a great portion of one man's life from grade school, college, fighting in a war, and so much more. One person that reappears in his life multiple times is Jenny (Robin Wright).
16. The Princess Bride (1987)
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If you're in the mood for a fairytale then tune into this last pick! The movie has a grandfather (Peter Falk) reading a story to his grandson (Fred Savage) that features a princess (Robin Wright), giants, and so much more.
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Pink Floyd star David Gilmour has warned the band's younger fans they might not enjoy the group's upcoming final album because it is unsuitable for online streaming. The legendary band is releasing its 15th and final record, The Endless River, on 07 November (14), featuring a collection of songs constructed from tracks left over from previous recording sessions with late keyboardist Richard Wright.
Fans and critics are keen to hear the veteran band's new music, but guitarist Gilmour has sent a warning ahead of its release to any younger fans planning to listen to snippets of it on streaming sites.
He tells Mojo magazine, "My struggle is to try to not have it over-hyped. All the powers that be that surround us, the record companies and management, want to make a huge, huge, huge fuss and I want to make a bit of a fuss, but I want people to understand where this is coming from and why it's not Dark Side of The Moon or even The Division Bell.
"Unapologetically, this is for the generation that wants to put its headphones on, lie in a beanbag, or whatever, and get off on a piece of music for an extended period of time. You could say it's not for the iTunes, downloading-individual-tracks generation... But there are a lot of people who'll get a lot of enjoyment out of this."
Rockers Pink Floyd have confirmed their new album The Endless River will be their last. Band members Nick Mason and David Gilmour spoke out to insist they will not release another record and admit it is a "shame" their career is over.
Gilmour tells BBC6 Music, "This is the last thing that will be out from us, definitely. I'm pretty certain that there will not be any sort of follow up to this. Polly, my wife, thought that would be a very good lyrical idea to go out on. A way of describing the symbiosis that we had. It's a shame but this is the end."
The Endless River is composed of tracks partly recorded with keyboardist Richard Wright prior to his death in 2008, and Gilmour still has some leftover pieces he plans to use on a solo album.
He adds, "I have a little bit of Rick playing on some sessions that I did for my solo stuff. I still have some tracks with Rick playing on them that will hopefully appear on my next solo album. So there will be a little bit of Rick to come but not on a Pink Floyd album."
The Endless River is due for release next month (Nov14).
British rocker Roger Waters has distanced himself from the latest Pink Floyd release by insisting he had no involvement in the production of the new album. The group is poised to release The Endless River, a new album based on 20 hours of previously unreleased material which was recorded with late bandmember Richard Wright.
However, former frontman Waters, who quit the group in 1985, fears the record is causing confusion among fans and he has spoken out to insist he had nothing to do with the project.
In a post on Facebook.com, he writes, "Some people have been asking Laurie, my wife, about a new album I have coming out in November. Errhh (sic)? I don't have an album coming out, they are probably confused. David Gilmour and Nick Mason have an album coming out. It's called Endless River. David and Nick constitute the group Pink Floyd. I on the other hand, am not part of Pink Floyd. I left Pink Floyd in 1985, that's 29 years ago. I had nothing to do with either of the Pink Floyd studio albums, Momentary Lapse of Reason and The Division Bell, nor the Pink Floyd tours of 1987 and 1994, and I have nothing to do with Endless River. Phew! This is not rocket science people, get a grip."
The Endless River, the group's first album in 10 years, is due to for release in November (14).
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Though we can’t fault Laika for returning time and time again to the “misfit children” well, we’re beginning to worry if the studio isn’t dipping its bucket deep enough. Though it turned in two past entries worth remembering — Coraline was good, but just shy of great; ParaNorman was great, but just shy of excellent — and repeats this achievement with The Boxtrolls, its latest is perhaps the boldest evidence of Laika’s limiting trepidation.
The film actually turns the “misfit” gambit on its head, introducing a character who fits in so perfectly with his friends and family — a race of friendly subterranean hoarder goblins — that years pass before he realizes he’s not actually one of them. Eggs (Isaac Hempstead-Wright), so named for the box that guards his unseemly torso, is a young boy raised by the sweet and creative (but ultimately cowardice) Boxtroll family that lives below the misguided aristocracy of Cheesebridge, a town decidedly phobic of its underground neighbors. Led by a comically menacing vagabond with aspirations for glory (played with flair by Ben Kingsley), the Cheesebridgers agree to rid their streets and lives of the vile little creatures forever.
A few steps beyond the average 101 Dalmations rip-off, The Boxtrolls actually puts a great deal of energy into exploring the blurry dichotomy of good vs. evil, turning would-be mindless henchmen Trout and Pickles (Nick Frost and Richard Ayoade) into well-meaning patriots led astray by propaganda. But it doesn’t get too heady — Frost and (especially) Ayoade provide the biggest and most consistent laughs of the film. To their credit, Boxtrolls might be the funniest thing Laika has produced yet. The film, whose cast also includes a plucky and petulant Elle Fanning, a snooty and oblivious Jared Harris, and a thickheaded and maniacal Tracy Morgan, is eager to get especially wacky when it plays with the weird worlds of Boxtrolls and cheese-obsessed noblemen. But it’s just too darn afraid to get emotional.
The Boxtrolls barely scratches the surface of its characters’ relationships, which is particularly destructive to a story about family, understanding, and bravery. Instead of watching young Eggs’ relationship with his surrogate father Fish (a babbling Dee Bradley Baker) evolve, we hear prototypical speeches about being yourself, standing up for what’s right, and a few more all-purpose themes. The Boxtrolls’ goofiness is grade A, but it cuts through the hints of biting emotional material, rendering the ordeal about half as affective as it might have been. Drop your bucket deeper next time, Laika. You're so close to that masterpiece...
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Rockers Pink Floyd are dedicating their first new album in 20 years to late keyboardist Richard Wright. The Comfortably Numb hitmakers will unveil The Endless River in November (14).
The material is based on a series of tracks David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Wright originally recorded in 1994, during studio sessions for their last record, The Division Bell.
Gilmour and Mason decided to revisit the songs following Wright's death in 2008 and now they will be releasing the tracks in his memory.
In a statement, Gilmour writes, "We listened to over 20 hours of the three of us playing together and selected the music we wanted to work on for the new album. Over the last year we've added new parts, re-recorded others and generally harnessed studio technology to make a 21st century Pink Floyd album.
"With Rick gone, and with him the chance of ever doing it again, it feels right that these revisited and reworked tracks should be made available as part of our repertoire."
Drummer Mason adds, "The Endless River is a tribute to Rick. I think this record is a good way of recognising a lot of what he does (sic) and how his playing was at the heart of the Pink Floyd sound. Listening back to the sessions, it really brought home to me what a special player he was."
Actors Mia Farrow and Dylan Mcdermott have led the tributes to their former co-star Lord Richard Attenborough, following the British movie icon's death on Sunday (24Aug14). The exact cause of death has yet to be revealed, but Attenborough had been living in a nursing home with his wife, Sheila Sim, and was confined to a wheelchair after suffering a serious fall in 2008.
McDermott, who starred alongside Attenborough in the 1994 reboot of Christmas film Miracle on 34th Street, took to Twitter.com to pay tribute to the man who played Kris Kringle, and wrote, "Rest in peace Richard Attenborough. U (sic) were the best Santa ever."
Their co-star and former child actress Mara Wilson also added, "Sir Richard Attenborough was the only Santa Claus I ever believed in. A wonderful man. Still in shock right now. May he rest in peace."
News of Attenborough's death comes almost two weeks after Wilson's Mrs. Doubtfire co-star, Robin Williams passed away after committing suicide.
Mia Farrow, who worked with Attenborough in 1964's Guns at Batasi, also added her own tribute to her friend, and wrote, "Richard Attenborough was the kindest man I have ever had the privilege of working with. A Prince. RIP 'Pa' - and thank you," as well as comedian Ricky Gervais, who added, "RIP Richard Attenborough. One of the true greats of the silver screen."
Other Twitter tributes have come from Edgar Wright, former 007 star Samantha Bond, Rob Schneider, Stephen Amell, and British Prime Minister David Cameron, who noted that Attenborough's "acting in 'Brighton Rock' was brilliant, his directing of 'Gandhi' was stunning," and adding, "Richard Attenborough was one of the greats of cinema."
Born in Cambridge, England, he studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and served in the Royal Air Force during World War II before pursuing an acting career.
He made his debut as a sailor in the 1942 film In Which We Serve and gained popular acclaim playing ruthless young thug Pinkie Brown in Brighton Rock in 1947, eventually becoming a staple of countless British films over the next 30 years.
An accomplished stage actor, Attenborough was one of the original cast members of The Mousetrap, which went on to become the longest-running play in London's West End.
In the 1960s, he expanded his range of acting, taking on a variety of roles that exposed him to a wider audience - most notably as Squadron Leader Roger Bartlett in 1963's The Great Escape.
Hitting his stride, Attenborough won back-to-back Golden Globe Awards for Best Supporting Actor in 1967 and 1968 - for The Sand Pebbles and Doctor Dolittle.
But he'll be most fondly remembered for his behind-the-camera skills. In the late 1950s, he formed a production company, Beaver Films, and directed his first picture, Oh! What A Lovely War, in 1969.
He later scooped the Best Director and Best Picture Oscars in 1982 for his epic Gandhi, which also won him another Golden Globe Award the following year.
Other directorial credits followed - notably the 1992 biopic Chaplin, and classic 1993 movie Shadowlands - before Attenborough made a welcome return to the screen in 1993 as eccentric John Hammond in Jurassic Park.
Attenborough won a total of eight Oscars during his career. He was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1967, and a knighthood came in 1976. In 1993, he was bestowed the honour of life peer, becoming Baron Attenborough, of Richmond upon Thames, London.
And in 2006, Attenborough and his brother David, a popular broadcaster and beloved nature expert, were awarded the title of Distinguished Honorary Fellows of the University of Leicester in recognition of their services to the university.
Attenborough was also later awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Drama from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow, and was an Honorary Fellow of Bangor University.
On Boxing Day 2004, tragedy struck Attenborough's family when his eldest daughter Jane, her daughter Lucy, and her mother-in-law, also named Jane, died in the devastating Asian tsunami.
His family is expected to make a full statement about his death on Monday (25Aug14).
Actor Ed Harris is reuniting with his The Human Stain co-star Sir Anthony Hopkins to play the villain in upcoming TV series Westworld. The A Beautiful Mind star has been cast as The Man in Black, a character described by producers as "the distillation of pure villainy into one man", reports TheWrap.com.
X-Men actor James Marsden has also joined the line-up for the highly-anticipated show, which is inspired by director Michael Crichton's cult 1973 sci-fi thriller of the same name.
Harris, Hopkins and Marsden will co-star alongside Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright and Rodrigo Santoro, while J.J. Abrams and Jerry Weintraub will serve as executive producers.
The original film starred Richard Benjamin, James Brolin and Yul Bryner, who portrayed creepy robot cowboy Gunslinger.