Sam Claflin was still a relatively unknown actor when he was cast in one of the biggest movies of all time, "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" (2011), opposite one of Hollywood's most renow...
The Grand Budapest Hotel emerged as the top contender for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Film Awards on Friday (09Jan15). The oddball comedy, starring Ralph Fiennes, lead the charge with 11 nominations as the shortlist was announced by the ceremony's host Stephen Fry and Hunger Games star Sam Claflin in London.
The Theory of Everything and Birdman closely followed with ten nominations, and all three movies will go head-to-head for the coveted Best Film prize, alongside The Imitation Game and Boyhood, which both received a host of nods.
The Grand Budapest Hotel also picked up a Leading Actor nomination for Fiennes, Director and Original Screenplay nods for Wes Anderson, and mentions in multiple technical categories including Music, Costume Design and Cinematography.
The Theory of Everything will also compete in the Best Leading Actor category for Eddie Redmayne, leading actress for Felicity Jones, Best British Film, Best Director for James Marsh, and Best Adapted Screenplay, while Birdman's Michael Keaton received another awards season nomination. The film's director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu earned a nod, as did supporting actors Edward Norton and Emma Stone.
The lead actor category is completed by Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler) and Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game), while other contenders for the female counterpart include Reese Witherspoon (Wild), Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl), Julianne Moore (Still Alice) and Amy Adams (Big Eyes).
Further nominees for best director are Richard Linklater for Boyhood and Damien Chazelle for Whiplash.
Pride, Paddington, The Imitation Game, '71 and Under the Skin will compete for the Outstanding British Film title.
The winners will be announced at London's Royal Opera House on 08 February (15). The show will be hosted by Fry.
The main nominees are as follows:
The Theory of Everything
The Imitation Game
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Leading Actor:
Michael Keaton - Birdman
Jake Gyllenhaal - Nightcrawler
Eddie Redmayne - The Theory of Everything
Benedict Cumberbatch - The Imitation Game
Ralph Fiennes - The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Leading Actress:
Felicity Jones - The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore - Still Alice
Rosamund Pike - Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon - Wild
Amy Adams - Big Eyes
Best Supporting Actor:
Steve Carell - Foxcatcher
Ethan Hawke - Boyhood
Edward Norton - Birdman
Mark Ruffalo - Foxcatcher
J.K. Simmons - Whiplash
Best Supporting Actress:
Patricia Arquette - Boyhood
Keira Knightley - The Imitation Game
Emma Stone - Birdman
Rene Russo - Nightcrawler
Imelda Staunton - Pride
EE Rising Star Award:
Outstanding British Film:
The Theory of Everything
The Imitation Game
Under the Skin
Wes Anderson - The Grand Budapest Hotel
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu - Birdman
Richard Linklater - Boyhood
James Marsh - The Theory of Everything
Damien Chazelle - Whiplash
Best Original Screenplay:
Richard Linklater - Boyhood
Wes Anderson - The Grand Budapest Hotel
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. and Armando Bo - Birdman
Damien Chazelle - Whiplash
Dan Gilroy - Nightcrawler
Best Adapted Screenplay:
Gillian Flynn - Gone Girl
Graham Moore - The Imitation Game
Jason Hall - American Sniper
Paul King - Paddington
Anthony McCarten - The Theory of Everything
Best Animated Film:
Big Hero 6
The Lego Movie
Actor Sam Claflin was convinced his wife Laura Haddock was "out of his league" when he fell for her at first sight at an audition in 2011. The Hunger Games star was instantly struck by how beautiful the actress was, and experienced heartache when he learned she was not single. But destiny brought them together twice in 24 hours.
He explains, "It was love at first sight. We met in an audition room and I walked in and was somewhat blown away by her beauty. I remember leaving the audition and calling my agent like, 'I have just met the woman I want to marry'.
"She was totally out of my league, there was no way I was getting her and he basically confessed that he represented her as well and I was like, 'Is she single?' and he said, 'No...'
Another chance meeting with Haddock later that day made Claflin feel sure he was supposed to be with her.
He continues, "That evening I went out, partied with a few friends, stayed up all night, got the first tube (train) home in the morning, got to my station, the doors opened and there she was alas at 5.30am. So I was like, 'Hi, I look awful, still wearing the same clothes as I met you in yesterday'. It was fate."
“When I was 16 I injured myself badly and had to sit out of soccer. In that time, I realised a few things... I just wasn’t strong enough or talented enough to keep up. So, with a heavy heart, I had to say goodbye to that dream." The Hunger Games star Sam Claflin became an actor after turning his back on a promising soccer career.
British actress Tamsin Egerton suffered an embarrassing accident on the set of her new film Love, Rosie after her onscreen son urinated all over her. The St. Trinian's star plays new mum Sally, the wife of Sam Claflin's lead character Alex Stewart, but one scene with her baby co-star left her covered in pee - and it didn't even make the final cut.
She tells the DailyMail.co.uk, "There was a scene that didn't (make it) in the film, where I'm bathing my character's baby and during a take it started peeing all over me."
She adds sarcastically, "I was just there acting with warm baby pee all over me which was just really, really fun."
Love, Rosie is based on the 2004 relationship novel of the same name, aka Where Rainbows End, by Irish author Cecelia Ahern.
Actress Suki Waterhouse did not have to dig too deep to research her role as a hot model who breaks up a couple in new film Love, Rosie, because she was on the wrong end of a love triangle at school. The 22 year old, who is dating Hollywood hunk Bradley Cooper, admits she can sympathise with co-star Lily Collins' character - because she was just like her not that long ago.
In the film, Waterhouse plays model Bethany, who comes between the title character and the love of her life, Alex, portrayed by Sam Claflin - and she admits she based her role on the girl who stole her boyfriend when she was a teenager.
She explains, "I haven't run into her for a long time. But it's so weird, even though it's been such a long time, those things from school still hold such a thing for you."
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Sundance is long gone, Cannes sailed away months ago, and both Tribeca and the Los Angeles Film Festivals have cleared away until next year. But when one major film festival ends, another starts putting its lineup together, and this time, it's Canada's time to shine. The Toronto International Film Festival, which will run from September 4 until the 14, has unveiled the list of titles they'll be premiering this year, and it's packed with under-the-radar indies, highly anticipated returns from accliamed directors, and of course, several likely awards contenders. But with nearly 60 films all making their debut in Toronto this fall, it can be hard to pick out the good from the bad and the exciting from the ones you've probably seen before. In an attempt to simplify the decision-making process for you, we've highlighted some of the most exciting films to hit north of the border this fall.
The Imitation Game Who’s Involved: Benedict Cumberbatch, Kiera Knightley, Matthew Goode and Charles Dance star What It’s About: The British mathematician and computer scientist Alan Turing, who helped the Allies win WWII by cracking German codes, and was then prosecuted by the government for being homosexual. Thoughts: Finally, a cast good enough to convince you that math is interesting for two hours.
The Last Five Years Who’s Involved: Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan What It’s About: A musical that tells the story of a married couple’s five-year relationship – his perspective runs from the day they met to when it all fell apart, and hers from the end back to the beginning. Thoughts: The perfect example as to why you should pay attention when your theater nerd friend tries plays you cast recordings.
Foxcatcher Who’s Involved: Bennett Miller directs; Channing Tatum, Steve Carell, and Mark Ruffalo starWhat It’s About: Based on a true story, it follows two championship wrestler brothers and the tragic consequences that they face after getting involved with an eccentric millionaire coach. Thoughts: We really are going to have to come up with the Tatum equivalent of “McConaissance” sometime soon.
A Little ChaosWho’s Involved: Alan Rickman directs; Kate Winslet, Stanley Tucci and Rickman star What It’s About: A landscape gardener finds herself struggling with the politics of Louis XIV’s court and her own demons after she’s hired to work at the Garden of Versailles. Thoughts: You had us at “Rickman.”
The Riot Club Who’s Involved: Lone Scherfig directs; Sam Claflin, Max Irons, Natalie Dormer and Jessica Brown-Findlay star What It’s About: A privileged young man is inducted into the “Riot’s Club,” an exclusive, wild group of young men full of debauchery and bad behavior, during his first year at Oxford. Thoughts: Look! It’s that guy from that thing! And that girl, from that other thing! I like them. They should be in more things.
Before We Go Who’s Involved: Chris Evans directs; Evans and Alice Eve star What It’s About: Two strangers bond over the course of one night in Manhattan, and the conflicts in their lives allow them to explore more about each other and themselves. Thoughts: Captain America is directing movies now!
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This Is Where I Leave You Who’s Involved: Shawn Levy directs; Tina Fey, Jason Bateman, Adam Driver, Connie Britton and Jane Fonda star What It’s About: Four adult siblings return to their childhood home after their father dies. Dysfunction and hijinks ensue. Thoughts: Does Driver say “outer space” in this? Can we re-write the script so that he does?
Men, Women and Children Who’s Involved: Jason Reitman directs; Jennifer Garner, Adam Sandler and Judy Greer star What It’s About: A group of parents and children navigate the way the Internet has changed their relationships and lives. Thoughts: Well, it’s got be better than Labor Day, right?
Miss Julie Who’s Involved: Liv Ullman directs; Jessica Chastain and Colin Farrell star What It’s About: Set over the course of one night in the 1880s, an aristocratic woman and her father’s valet struggle for power. Thoughts: Should we also be thinking about the “Farrellissance?”
Nightcrawler Who’s Involved: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, and Bill Paxton star What It’s About: An ambitious journalist becomes involved with the world of LA nighttime journalism, and the line between spectator and perpetrator becomes blurred. Thoughts: Oh, so this isn’t an X-Men solo film? That’s slightly disappointing.
Rosewater Who’s Involved: Jon Stewart directs; Gael Garcia Bernal stars What It’s About: The true story of Iranian-Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari, who appeared on The Daily Show before being imprisoned for five months by the Iranian government. Thoughts: This is the movie that gave us Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, and for that we shall always be grateful.
The Theory of Everything Who’s Involved: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Emily Watson, and David Thewlis star What It’s About: The life and relationship of world-renowned physicist Stephen Hawking and his wife Jane Wilde from their first meeting at Cambridge through Hawking’s diagnosis through their numerous accomplishments. Thoughts: Oscar Season 2014: Alan Turing vs. Stephen Hawking in The Battle of the British Genius Biopics.
Whiplash Who’s Involved: Damien Chazelle directs; Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons star What It’s About: An ambitious jazz drummer who enrolls at a prestigious music conservatory, but must endure the brutal, intense tutelage of a brilliant, drill sergeant-like teacher in order to achieve greatness. Thoughts: Look, we’ll stop talking about this one once it finally comes out, and not a moment sooner, okay?
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The Hunger Games stars including Jennifer Lawrence, Woody Harrelson and Sam Claflin bid an emotional farewell to the franchise as filming on the final installment came to an end on Friday (20Jun14).
The cast of the blockbuster movie series shot their final scene for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 in Europe and producer Nina Jacobson photographed a group hug between castmembers Lawrence, Harrelson, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth as the foursome said their goodbyes.
Jacobson published the snap on Twitter.com and added, "That's a wrap. Thank you Suzanne Collins (author of the original book series) Thank you (director) Francis Lawrence. Thank you HG Fans. Other than that, I'm speechless."
Claflin, who joined the cast for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire last year (13), also took to the microblogging website to express his thanks to his co-stars and fans of the book-to-big screen franchise.
He wrote, "I just want/need to express my many thanks to everyone (cast, crew & fans) who have worked so hard for so long to make The Hunger Games experience what it is. "But for also trusting me enough to let me be part of it. I feel privileged, honoured and so very lucky to have shared this opportunity with so many passionate & talented people. #dreamjob"
The final book of Suzanne Collins' dystopian series, Mockingjay, has been split into two films, with the first premiering this November (14), and the fourth and final movie debuting in November, 2015.
A host of famous fathers including Nathan Followill, Rob Lowe and Mark Ruffalo have taken to Twitter.com to mark Father's Day (15Jun14). The stars uploaded moving messages to their own dads, and their kids, in celebration of the international day which honours fatherhood.
Kings of Leon rocker Followill, who is dad to daughter Violet, enjoyed breakfast with the tot ahead of his set at Britain's Isle of Wight Festival on Sunday night (15Jun14).
He tweeted: "Happy Fathers Day. Breakfast & lunch with Violet, dinner with a few thousand friends at Isle of Wight. See y'all soon."
Actor Lowe, who is currently in London, reveals he will celebrate Father's Day by watching tennis star Andy Murray on the court, writing, "Father's day in London. Off to Queen's Cup. Go Andy!"
Father of three Ruffalo adds, "Happy Fathers Day , brother Dads!", while British pop star Marvin Humes writes, "Happy Father's Day to my amazing Dad Colin Humes... you are now and will always be The Man! See u (sic) tonight!"
Humes' singer wife Rochelle also tweeted a sentimental message to mark the day, writing: "Happy Father's Day to my one and only - MarvinHumes The best dad our baby girl could ever ask for. We love you soooo (sic) much."
The Hunger Games star Sam Claflin added a tribute to his own dad, tweeting, "Happy Father's Day to the big man @markclaflin. Wish England (soccer team) could've have worked some magic for you last night (at the World Cup)... Have a great day mate."
The England team was beaten 2-1 by Italy in their opening World Cup game.
Meanwhile, Limp Bizkit star Fred Durst provided his own rock 'n' roll Father's Day message, writing, "Happy Father's Day to the present and loving fathers out there. The rest of ya loser dads can suck it (sic)."
And Rihanna tweeted, "Happy Father's Day Pops! I love you deeply and unconditionally! You've taught me so much about myself!"
She later added, "Happy Father's Day to the step fathers who step up for the fathers who cant! And especially to the Mothers who have to be both, we adore you."
Actress Eva Longoria also tweeted, "Happy Father's Day to all the dads in the world but especially mine!! I love u daddy!" And Sharon Osbourne paid tribute to the men in her life - husband Ozzy and son Jack, writing, "Happy Father's Day to my Husband @OzzyOsbourne and my Son @JackOsbourne. I’m so proud of you both. You’re both crazy f**ks, but I love you."
Glee star Lea Michele completed the collection of celebrities remembering their dads - she posted a picture of herself in an American football costume with her father and the caption, "Happy Fathers Day to the greatest dad in the whole world! Thank you for always making me and mommy laugh we love you!"
Dame Helen Mirren was feted with the coveted Icon honour at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards on Tuesday (03Jun14). The 11th annual prizegiving at London's Berkeley Square Gardens brought out a slew of stars, but it was the 68-year-old Oscar winner who stole the show.
Mirren was presented the Icon prize by Ryan Reynolds, her current co-star in upcoming film Woman in Gold. Reynolds dubbed her the "Dame of Thrones", and joked about the beloved actress, stating "For most actors, painstaking preparation involves nothing more than spray tan and a big pile of coke. But this next honouree has shown me that those things just aren't as important as I'd previously thought."
He continued, "The term 'national treasure' is bandied around a lot but, in the case of this stage and screen legend, it's absolutely deserved. She brings grace and fierce talent to her roles and leaves a trail of critical acclaim in her wake. She's also someone we're absolutely desperate to get drunk with at a party."
Upon receiving the honour, Mirren said, "There are a lot of really young women here who are very beautiful, incredibly talented, and I salute you and respect you all. I'm so proud to be a member of your sex." But she left with some parting advice, and quipped, "Your 40s are good. Your 50s are great. Your 60s are fab. And 70 is f**king awesome. I'm not quite there yet, but almost."
Other Glamour Women of the Year Awards winners included Taylor Swift (International Solo Artist), Nicole Kidman (Outstanding Contribution), Naomi Campbell (TV Personality for The Face), Orange is the New Black star Taylor Schilling (Editor's Special Award) and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire hunk Sam Claflin (Man of the Year).
Tributes are flooding in from celebrities following the death of British acting legend Bob Hoskins. The Who Framed Roger Rabbit star passed away on Tuesday night (29Apr14) after suffering from a bout of pneumonia. He had retired from acting in 2012 after being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.
Tributes were led on Twitter.com by Hollywood actor Samuel L. Jackson, who writes, "Truly saddened by the passing of Bob Hoskins! A truly gigantic talent & a Gentleman. R.I.P."
British comedian Stephen Fry tweets, "Oh no, Bob Hoskins. Gone? That's awful news. The Long Good Friday one of the best British movies of the modern era. A marvellous man.", while actor Sam Claflin, who co-starred with Hoskins in his last film Snow White and the Huntsman, adds, "I had the honour of working with one of our countries (sic) greats, and what a privilege that was. A diamond. A gent. A legend. #RIPBobHoskins."
Spandau Ballet star Martin Kemp adds, "RIP Bob Hoskins, 'Long Good Friday' one of the best movies ever made! You will be missed!", Melissa Joan Hart tweets, "RIP Bob Hoskins!!! In your memory I will show my boys Roger Rabbit this weekend", and John Leguizamo adds, "Dear BobHoskins rest in peace! - never worked a more gentle kind and talented actor!"
Cast in "Snow White and the Huntsman" opposite Kristen Stewart and Charlize Theron
Made TV debut in Starz miniseries "The Pillars of the Earth"
U.S. film debut, "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" opposite Johnny Depp and Penélope Cruz
Co-starred on BBC drama series "White Heat"
Sam Claflin was still a relatively unknown actor when he was cast in one of the biggest movies of all time, "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" (2011), opposite one of Hollywood's most renowned talents, Johnny Depp. An impressive feat for a newcomer, Claflin managed to sweep millions of audiences off their feet by playing a stalwart missionary; even stealing a few scenes from Depp's hilarious Captain Jack Sparrow in the blockbuster film. Prior to his breakout film role, the British-born Claflin appeared in big-budget productions for the small screen, including a featured role in the epic miniseries "The Pillars of the Earth" (Starz, 2010). Yet it was undoubtedly Claflin's portrayal of the kindhearted man of God in "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" that showcased his talent and onscreen charm, and launched his career as an exciting and versatile leading man.