Joining a respected line of Welsh actors that includes Richard Burton and Ioan Gruffudd, Luke Evans hit the silver screen with numerous projects that were released during the early 2010s, paving the w...
Welsh actor Luke Evans is attached to another big blockbuster after portraying Dracula, Zeus, Apollo, Aramis and The Hobbit's Bard on the big screen - he is in negotiations to play Beauty & The Beast's Gaston opposite Emma Watson. The 35-year-old movie star, who has reportedly replaced Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne as the frontrunner for the role, will be expected show off his singing skills in the Disney film, according to Variety.com, after having previously performed in West End musicals Rent, Miss Saigon and Piaf.
News of the casting comes as a new French adaptation of Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont's fairytale roles out across Europe. The Christophe Gans movie features Vincent Cassel, Lea Seydoux and Andre Dussollier.
Taylor Swift has landed another major accolade after she was named the Woman of the Year at the Elle Style Awards in London, a year after her pop rival Katy Perry picked up the trophy. Just a day after she landed the Global Recording Artist of the Year from bosses at international trade group IFPI, and 24 hours before she's hoping to pick up a Brit Award for International Female Solo Artist, Swift claimed her latest honour on Tuesday night (24Feb15).
Sam Smith, who presented the award to his pal, was also a winner, claiming the night's Musician of the Year prize, while TV and music mogul Simon Cowell was recognised for his outstanding contribution to entertainment, and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley was named Model of the Year.
Meanwhile, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Cara Delevingne, Diane Kruger and Luke Evans landed the Elle Style Awards acting trophies, and shoe designer Manolo Blahnik was presented with a lifetime achievement award.
The full list of winners is:
Editor's Choice: Christopher Bailey
Emerging Designer: Ashley Williams
Musician of the Year: Sam Smith
Contemporary Brand: MARC by Marc Jacobs Katie Hillier and Luella Bartley
Model of the Year: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
TV Actress: Maggie Gyllenhaal
H&M Conscious Award: Lily Cole
Rising Star: Rebel Wilson
Accessories Designer: Stuart Vevers
Lifetime Achievement Award: Manolo Blahnik
Actor of the Year: Luke Evans
Breakthrough Actress: Cara Delevingne
Red Carpet Designer: Mary Katrantzou
Film Actress: Diane Kruger
Designer of the Year: Erdem
Outstanding Contribution to Entertainment: Simon Cowell
Woman of the Year: Taylor Swift.
Tree Hill was home to many interesting, awesome, and insane characters. We can’t rank everyone (because who wants to remember people like Felix or Anna) and we all know the crazy chicks like Nanny Carrie and Katie belong in jail, not on this list. Here’s to the main/big supporting characters that made One Tree Hill a show we never wanted to stop watching.
20. Victoria Davis
So about 90% of the time Bitchtoria sucked, but she did redeem herself in those later seasons by being there for Brooke. She may have been a bitch, but she was our favorite bitch.
19. Deb Scott
Deb was kind of a hot mess, but then again who wouldn't be after being married to Dan Scott? Her drug and alcohol problems taken care of, she still wasn't the best mom (who dates their kids friends?!) but she did save Jamie and Haley, and thank God for that.
18. Quentin Fields
Q started out as an asshole (sound familiar?) but turned into a big softie, who helped Nathan with his basketball comeback and was an adorable older best friend to Jamie. We all sobbed pretty hard when we lost him.
17. Jake Jagielski
Poor Jake. He could have treated Peyton well, but we all know that Leyton was the OTP. He really was a great guy, plus he was super hot and a really sweet single father. We still feel for him.
16. Clay Evans
Clay was OTH attempt at replacing Lucas. It didn't really work, but he was an okay guy. He helped Nathan, which is why he makes this list. He also had an insane amount of drama that kept things interesting, I.E. a stalker who looks like his dead wife shooting him and Quinn. Oh. and the time he forgot he had a kid.
15. Quinn James
And then there was Quinn, sent to replace Peyton. She didn't. She was another one of Haley's siblings (how many did she have?!) but not the slutty one, Taylor we're looking at you. Quinn was goofy and while she didn't make up for Peyton leaving, she was actually a very sweet character and made us laugh.
14. Antwon "Skills" Taylor
Skills was Naley's biggest fan (after us). While he didn't always make good choices for himself (See: His relationship with Deb) he was always a good friend, there to lend advice when one of the Scott boys was being stupid or when one of the many women of Tree Hill needed help. Remember when he was the Baby Proofer?
13. Millicent Huxtable
Millie as Brooke's assistant/employee = an incredible person who was always there for Brooke. Millie the model = awful and we should all forget her cocaine phase. Thank god Mouth and her got back together and she became normal again.
12. Whitey Durham
Do coaches like Whitey exist in real life? He really cared about Lucas and Nathan, hated Dan like we all did, and taught everyone some valuable life lessons, while being hilarious and as adorable as a tough basketball coach can be.
11. Marvin "Mouth" McFadden
Mouth might not have been the best dancer, but he was a great friend to Lucas Scott and the other guys of the River Court. But it's his friendship with Brooke over the years that made us truly love him.
10. Jamie Scott
Jamie circa season 5 is the cutest thing ever. He got to be buddies with everyone: his dad, his uncle Luke, his uncle Skills, his godmomma Brooke, Q...basically you were only cool on this show if Jamie liked you. Which is probably why we started to really like Dan Scott, since Jamie loved him so much.
9. Dan Scott
Dan was the greatest antagonist this show ever saw, and there were a ton of crazy people (Psycho Derek and Xavier, to name a few). You loved to hate him. He was a terrible father, a murderer, a corrupt politician/businessman, and all around kind of insane. But at the end of the day, he was Dan Scott and no one was better than Dan Scott...
8. Keith Scott
...except for Keith Scott, his big brother. AKA Lucas' surrogate father. Since, you know, Dan ditched Karen after he got her pregnant, went and got Deb pregnant and then married her. Keith kept it classy, which had to be hard with Dan as your brother, and took care of Lucas and Karen. We're STILL not over his death. When he came back in season 9, we wept.
7. Karen Roe
Karen was by far the most responsible parent to the teenagers of Tree Hill. She showed Dan Scott she didn't need a man for her life to turn out great and she definitely got the easier Scott boy because of it. Karen always gave advice that we could actually use in our own lives.
6. Julian Baker
Any guy that can take care of Brooke Davis and love her unconditionally deserves to be in the Top 10. Julian might have come into OTH with not-so-wonderful intentions, but he proved that he was the perfect man for Brooke and we've been in love with him ever since.
5. Peyton Sawyer
Peyton was probably the angstiest cheerleader to ever exist and that's what we loved about her. She was broody (for good reasons) and dark at times, but way deep down, she never gave up on love. She got her man in the end (becoming Peyton Scott!).
4. Haley James Scott
Haley has always been one of the best characters (season 2 Haley aside) to ever grace our screens. She made Nathan the man he is today. She was a great momma. She always stuck up for her friends and didn't care what people thought of her, I mean she wore that poncho all the time in high school.
3. Nathan Scott
Nathan proved that jock-assholes can become loving husbands and amazing fathers. Also, Nathan kind of became the dorky guy who thinks Shrek is a good movie to have a favorite quote from.
2. Lucas Scott
Now, we're still very mad at Lucas for leaving, and he almost came after Nathan, but let's be honest. Without Lucas Scott, there would be no One Tree Hill. Even after he left, he still was mentioned in almost every episode. Talk about never getting over a guy.
1. Brooke Davis
Broke is the ultimate OTH character. She changed from party-girl cheerleader to power-house Brooke, running (then losing, then gaining back, then losing again) her own company flawlessly while handling jerk boyfriends, crazy parents, and falling in love with an amazing man. Brooke is the girl we always wanted to become. Thanks for the memories B. Davis!
Logan, because he stole the show in season 9 with his cuteness.
Sam Walker, because that poor girl was all kind of messed up and Brooke still took he under her wing and made us care about her. But then, she went and left. Can we quote Peyton and say People Always Leave.
Chris Keller because even though he attempted to break up Naley, he kept us entertained. Who didn't love it when he came back in season 4 and called Haley "plump", only to have her say she's pregnant and he's an asshole. Classic Chris Keller.
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"The Crow is not, not for me, I think it's a little... I mean I'm sure it's going to go ahead at some point, but I have other projects that are greenlit and ready to go and projects that I'm very interested in and, you know, I can't wait much longer!" Welsh actor Luke Evans is no longer attached to The Crow remake.
Actor Luke Evans is reportedly dating Spanish model Jon Kartajarena. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug star and Kartajarena were photographed last week (ends09Nov14) on a lunch date in New York, according to JustJared.com.
The couple was also spotted together at the amFAR gala and Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2015 fashion show earlier this year (14).
Evans "came out" as gay in a 2002 interview with The Advocate, stating, "Everybody knew me as a gay man, and in my life in London I never tried to hide it."
However, he became more private about his dating life when he subsequently began to appear in blockbuster Hollywood films including The Hobbit and The Fast and the Furious franchises.
Earlier this year (14), the actor seemed to acknowledge his sexuality in an interview with Women's Wear Daily, where he was asked if he was setting a precedent as an openly gay action star.
He responded, "It's good for people to look at me and think this guy is doing his thing and enjoying what he's doing and (he's) successful at it and living his life. And that's what I'm doing and I'm very happy."
Evans' representative has refused to comment on the reports involving Kartajarena.
Movie star Luke Evans realised he had taken relaxed toilet trips for granted on the set of Dracula Untold - because it would take him 20 minutes to get his armour off so he could pee. The Welsh actor admits he loved his elaborate costume at first, because it "turned heads" on set - but he had to moderate his liquid intake as a quick trip to the bathroom was, in fact, a huge drama.
The Three Musketeers star explains, "It's hard to move in the armour and fight in the armour, and I was unable to sit down in that armour. So, whenever I was in the armour, I would spend 12 hours standing or leaning.
"I couldn't pee. It would take 20 minutes to get the armour off so I could pee. There were very scary moments where I didn't get to the toilet quick enough! It looked good but you suffer for your art."
Welsh actor Luke Evans has issued a warning to stalkers and thieves who attempt to break-in to his home - he has an impressive sword collection and he knows how to use each one. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug star has made it a point to keep the weapons his characters use in films like Dracula Untold and The Three Musketeers as souvenirs, and they're mounted on his wall.
And he's particularly proud of his keepsake from the new Dracula film, explaining, "The sword I have in the movie is the most beautiful weapon I've ever used in a movie. The handle is a bronze dragon standing on his hind feet and his tail wraps around the hilt of the sword and his eyes are rubies.
"It was quite heavy and quite difficult to work with; my wrists increased! I had to change my watch from just my wrists getting bigger from fighting, putting pressure on the wrists, which is a very weird thing.
"It (sword) was given to me on my final day and it was all inscribed by the Universal family. I feel very lucky to have it, but God help any burglar that tries to enter my house, that's for sure!"
Country star Sara Evans is set to make her acting debut in an upcoming episode of hit U.S. TV drama Nashville. The You'll Always Be My Baby hitmaker has filmed a guest spot on the country music-oriented series to air in the U.S. later this month (Oct14), but she insists she has no plans to give up her singing career to focus on acting.
She tells Country Weekly magazine, "I've thought about it over the years. I've been sent scripts for different movies and TV shows, but I'm so busy with my career, we've never been able to find the time. But I have so much respect for what these actors do. It is really hard work and a lot of time."
Evans isn't the first country singer to make a cameo on Nashville - Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line have also made recent appearances on the popular TV series, which stars Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere as rival musicians.
If you haven't heard of the ALS "Ice Bucket Challenge" yet, you've probably been offline for the last week or so. Hello, here to fill you in! The challenge is meant to help raise awareness, and donations, for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. To participate, you are supposed to videotape yourself while pouring a bucket of ice water on your head, then nominate your friends to take the challenge. Recently, more and more celebrities have been participating and nominating their celebrity friends. It's been raising a lot of awareness, as well as creating a lot of hot men in wet t-shirts.
Draco Malfoy (I'm sorry, Tom Felton)
Nominated: Ron Weasley (okay, sorry again, Rupter Grint), Josh Gordon, and Paul Hodge
Nominated: His 3rd grade teacher Don Padget, his first acting coach in New York Bob Luke, and his teacher Pat Jackson.
Nominated: Tilda Swinton, Octavia Spencer, Jamie Bell, Frank Grillo, Anthony Mackie, and Sebastian Stan
Nominated: Irving Azoff, Kanye West, and Susan Sarandon
Nominated: Prince Harry
Nominated: Sophia Smith, Pharrell Williams, John C. Reilly, and Will Ferrell
Nominated: Cub Swanson, Peter Tunney, and Olivia Culpo
Nominated: Nick Jonas, Alex Pettyfer, Nelly, Alanna Masterson, and Diplo
Nominated: Guy Pearce, Mia Wasikowska, and Marilyn Manson
Nominated: Robert Pattinson, Matthew McConaughey, and Eric The Actor
Nominated: Woody Harrelson, Josh Hutcherson, and Matt Niven
Eddie Redmayne & Jamie Dornan
Eddie Nominated: Sally Light and Jamie Dornan
Jamie Nominated: Andrew Garfield
Nominated: Jeremy Renner, Chris Evans, and Mark Ruffalo
Robert Downey Jr.
Nominated: Chris Hemsworth and Vincent D'Onofrio
Nominated: Louis Tomlinson, John Terry, and Novak Djokovic
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Nominated: Gregory Smith, Nick Offerman, and Dave Bautista
Nominated: Benedict Cumberbatch and Luke Evans
Nominated: John Green, Nat Wolff, and Dylan O'Brien
Nominated: Joe Maganiello
Nomiated: Jimmy Fallon, Steve Higgns, and The Roots
Nominated: Mark Wahlberg, Channing Tatum, and Brad Slater
Check back to see if some of these other Hollywood hotties have taken the challenge! Tweet us which celebrity you want to see take part in #ALSIceBucketChallenge!
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Actor Jj Murphy has died just four days after filming his first scenes in fantasy TV drama Game Of Thrones. The Irish actor passed away on Friday (08Aug14) aged 86, after collapsing suddenly.
Murphy had been cast as Ser Denys Mallister at the end of July (14) and was due to shoot further scenes for the show's fifth series. It is not yet known whether producers will cast another actor in the part or rewrite the scenes that Murphy had been set to film.
He was also due to play a village elder in the upcoming film Dracula Untold with Luke Evans and Dominic Cooper. His other film credits include Angela's Ashes and Cal, but he was best known for his work in theatre.
Murphy is survived by his wife Mary and their children.
Landed his first screen role as Apollo in "Clash of the Titans"
Portrayed Aramis in "The Three Musketeers"
Appeared as Bard the Bowman in "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug"
Played a key villain in "Fast & Furious 6"
Featured as Zeus in "Immortals"
Cast as the main character in the big-budget reboot of "The Crow"
Joining a respected line of Welsh actors that includes Richard Burton and Ioan Gruffudd, Luke Evans hit the silver screen with numerous projects that were released during the early 2010s, paving the way for his ascending stardom. After studying at the London Studio Centre, the ruggedly handsome Evans became increasingly renowned for his West End stage roles and eventually made the leap to feature films. Appearing in blockbusters and indies alike, he followed supporting parts in the fantastical remake "Clash of the Titans" (2010) and the scrappy drama "Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll" (2010) with predominantly high-prolife fare, including key roles in the sword-centric adventure movies "The Three Musketeers" (2011) and "Immortals" (2011). Continuing his swift rise in the Hollywood ranks, Evans filmed crucial performances for the big-budget sequels "Fast & Furious 6" (2013) and "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" (2013), and subsequently made cinema news when it was announced that he would be assuming the mantle of the brooding comic book hero The Crow in a major reboot of the film series.
London Studio Centre
"I was lucky enough to get a role in 'Clash of the Titans' and 'Robin Hood' and 'Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll.' I got them all in four days of each other and I couldn’t believe what was happening. That was last March, and now I’m on my ninth movie. The roles have gotten bigger and now I’m doing press on movies, which is even stranger." - from Collider, Oct. 7, 2010
"For me, when [Tarsem] told me that he wanted me to play Zeus, I was like, ‘That’s always been played by an old man, like Lawrence Olivier or Liam Neeson.’ He convinced me, he said, ‘No, you can do this. This is a new take.’ And you just go, ‘Okay, I surrender, I’ll follow you and you’ll lead me.’ That’s what we had to do in this film." - from Screen Rant, November 2011
Three of Evans' most notable roles have been legendary figures with extensive histories: Greek gods Apollo and Zeus, and Aramis of The Three Musketeers.