The actress, who played Emma Peel in the cult 1960s drama, will join fellow Brits Nathalie Emmanuel and Mackenzie Crook among the new faces in the third season of the TV adaptation of writer George R.R. Martin's books.
Martin himself revealed who would be joining the cast at Comic-Con in San Diego, California on Friday (13Jul12).
Former Bond girl Rigg, 73, will play Olenna Tyrell, The Queen of Thorns, while Crook will play wildling raider Orell. Emmanuel has been cast as child slave Missandei.
Other new additions include Kerry Ingram, Tara Fitzgerald, Paul Kaye and Thomas Brodie-Sangster.
Tom Hanks, who directed the 1996 romantic comedy That Thing You Do!, said he is quitting directing, Ananova.com reports. "It takes a substantial amount of time out of you. I'm still in my child rearing years and I'd like to be around a little bit more--not only physically but also mentally for my family, "he told the UK's Radio 1 while promoting his latest film, Road to Perdition. "As soon as you say you're going to direct a motion picture, the risks just keep piling," he added. "The stuff of your worst nightmares, you know."
No Doubt singer Gwen Stefani married Bush guitarist-frontman Gavin Rossdale in London Saturday. According to People.com, the ceremony took place at St. Paul's Church in the city's Covent Gardens. Stefani wore a traditional white gown designed by not-so-traditional designer John Galliano, while Rossdale wore a traditional British morning suit. The couple's Hungarian sheep dog Winston, also the guest of honor, wore pink and purple flowers. The couple plans on having a ceremony Sept. 28 in Los Angeles.
Angelina Jolie officially dropped Voight as her last name on Sept. 12, according to The Associated Press. Although her legal name was Angelina Jolie Voight, the actress is professionally known as Angelina Jolie. The Tomb Raider star has been involved in a public feud with her father, Oscar-winning actor Jon Voight. Jolie also petitioned to legally change the name of her son, whom she recently adopted in Cambodia, to Maddox Chivan Thornton Jolie.
Chicken Run scribe Karey Kirkpatrick will co-adapt the screenplay of Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Variety reports. Adams had penned his own feature adaptation but died last May. The project will be helmed by Austin Powers director Jay Roach, who will also serve as a producer on the project. Hitchhiker has previously been made into a radio series, TV series and video game.
With The Alamo forgotten, director Ron Howard has set his sights on The Serpent and the Eagle, the story of how Spanish conqueror Cortez flattened the Aztec nation and pilfered its wealth with the help of an Aztec princess-turned-slave, according to Variety. But Howard, who is still producing The Alamo with his Imagine partner Brian Grazer, still has not chosen his next directing project.
The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation said Monday that primetime TV is getting straighter. The gay activist group says the number of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) characters in lead, supporting or recurring roles on network TV has dropped from 20 last year to just seven in this coming season, Reuters reports. Among the shows featuring LGBT this fall are ER, Will & Grace, NYPD Blue, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dawson's Creek and the new hospital drama MDs.
Get ready for 24 Hours of Love. MTV2 will give rocker Courtney Love control of the music network for a full 24 hours starting at 8 p.m. (EDT) Saturday, the AP reports. According to the MTV2, Love will play videos, invite her friends and do whatever she pleases, including sleep. An MTV spokesman says the network will probably show snippets of her dozing.
Two years after the publication of J.K. Rowling's fourth Harry Potter book, The Goblet of Fire, there is still no word on when the fifth book will hit the stores. Originally scheduled to come out in July 2002, Bloomsbury Publishing Plc. said Tuesday it was still unable to announce a date for the launch of Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix. Since the June 1997 publication of Rowling's first in the series, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, a book had been released every year. There are a total of seven books planned for the series.
Trekkies can breathe a sigh of relief.
It looks as though Paramount is going ahead with plans for the tenth Star Trek offshoot, unofficially titled Star Trek: Nemesis.
The project had been talked about for some time, but things started looking glum after 1998's Star Trek: Insurrection only managed to rake in $70 million, a low figure by Star Trek box office standards. Compounded by the recent series finale of Star Trek Voyager, many fans were starting to believe the popular franchise might be coming to an end.
Though it has not been officially green-lighted, Nemesis is reportedly in pre-production and is expected to begin shooting this fall. The push may have inadvertently come from one of Nemesis' stars, Patrick Stewart.
The Star Trek veteran may have helped yank the project out of development hell thanks to his limited schedule. It seems Stewart is due on the set of X-Men 2 in January to reprise his coveted role as Xavier.
But while Stewart may be gearing up for the X-Men sequel, he will probably be saying his final farewells to Star Trek captain Jean-Luc Picard. Nemesis will apparently be the last Star Trek film to feature cast members from the TV series The Next Generation.
So far the only other Generation member to sign on apart from Stewart is Brent Spiner, who will reprise his role as Data. Rumors are circulating that Jude Law will also star in Nemesis, but none have been confirmed as of yet. According to different script reviews, Law would play the role of a Reman named Shinzon.
Penned by John Logan (Any Given Sunday, Gladiator, The Time Machine), Nemesis revolves around a Reman slave (Shinzon) who overthrows the leader of the Romulan Empire. The catch is that Shinzon is not really a Reman, he is actually a human. In fact, he's not just any human--he is a clone of Picard.
It turns out that the Romulans had cloned Picard in an attempt to spy on the Federation. When their plans failed, they relegated Shinzon to the slave planet of Remus, where he remained until the coup d'état. But because of a glitch in the cloning process Shinzon's days are numbered and he must find Picard in order to save himself.
Besides the Romulan story line, there is a subplot that involves Data and his long lost brother B-9, created by Dr. Snoog, and his never ending struggle to be more human.
The film will be helmed by Stuart Baird (Executive Decisions, U.S. Marshals), who also served as executive producer for Paramount's summer action flick Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.
Whether Nemesis will be the last Star Trek gig is another question. With the start of the new TV series Enterprise this fall and the cast of The Next Generation bowing out of the movie franchise, maybe it's going to be a whole new ball game. One thing remains certain: as long as there are Trekkies, there will always be an audience for Star Trek on the big screen.