Members of Britain's most famous theatrical families will come together on the London stage when Vanessa Redgrave's granddaughter makes her debut alongside Jack Fox. Daisy Bevan, daughter of Nip/Tuck star Joely Richardson, is following her mother and grandmother into the family business after landing a leading role in a stage production of Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray.
The title character will be played by Fox, who is also a member of one of the U.K.'s most famous acting dynasties - his father is James Fox, his brother is Lawrence Fox, and he is the cousin of Freddie and Emilia Fox.
It will also mark the actor's professional stage debut, and Fox admits he has asked his father for advice.
He tells the London Evening Standard newspaper, "He has wonderful pearls of wisdom. He said, 'Think about what your character wants in every scene and if you do that you will be able to get into his head a little bit'. My dad's a model professional and a perfect dad. He's my idol. My family have always been there for me."
Bevan is equally as thrilled to get her big break in theatre: "I was very excited to get my first theatre job. The world of theatre is so different from film acting. Being in a rehearsal room is electrifyingly exciting. But there's an added pressure because of the work my family does. What if I'm the black sheep, the one who can't do it?"
The play will open at the Riverside Studios in London on Thursday (17Apr14).
With the unveiling of the first official portrait of Kate Middleton at the National Portrait Gallery in London on Friday morning, we learned the secret to Middleton's flawless looks. It appears that while Middleton looks better with each passing day, her portrait will slowly decay until visitors to the National Portrait Gallery find a decrepit old woman staring back at them from a gilded frame. From the looks of things, Middleton's portrait has been taking a beating in her stead for approximately ten years.
Artist Paul Emsley, who is responsible for the atrocity portrait, explains in a video for the Mirror, "The fact she is a beautiful woman is for an artist difficult. In the end I think what I tried to do really was to convey something about her warmth and her smile." Emsley, who worked on the portrait for three months, says that his perception for the image changed once he met Middleton. He tells the Mirror, "She struck me as enormously open and generous actually. And a very warm person to meet so I, after initially feeling it was going to be an unsmiling portrait, I think actually it was the right choice in the end to have her smiling because that’s really who she is I think."
While Middleton reportedly called the likeness "amazing," and Emsley notes, "I think, from what I can see this morning, she's delighted with it. I'm very happy about that," critics have been less polite. (Not to mention, Middleton's face upon seeing the reveal, pictured above, doesn't seem to say "amazing" to us.) Waldemar Januszczak, art critic for the Sunday Times, tells ABC News, “Seriously, as a concept, what is it? It’s like a giant Polaroid. Like she went into a photo booth and had that picture taken and blown up to a huge size, it would look more or less the same, wouldn’t it?”
ABC News' royal contributor (what a title!) Victoria Arbiter adds, "To me it’s just utterly lifeless. There doesn’t seem to be any of her vitality, her sparkle, her youth. There’s none of the mischief behind her eyes, none of the light in her eyes. It just comes across as a little flat, lifeless and dull … She just seems to have lines that aren’t there and bags under her eyes.”
Unfortunately, we can't help but agree. What can we say, at least her hair looks nice?
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You know how it feels. Shortly after you realized you were no longer immune to the pop culture zeitgeist, you picked up a copy of Fifty Shades of Grey at your local book store. (Just kidding — you ordered it through Amazon to avoid judgment from Barnes & Noble employees.) And as if your realization that your mother is reading the same book about graphic S&M sex wasn't enough to scar you for life, the knowing stares from those surrounding you certainly did the trick. I swear, you say through a telepathic stare, I'm only reading to understand all the fuss/for my book club/for a mental break/for work! I'm in between Tolstoy novels! Wait, you're reading Fifty Shades Darker?! Geez, what kind of deranged person are you?
Click to See the Covers! But! We're here to help (ourselves)! Hollywood.com has created printable, designed-to-scale book covers you can place over your copy of Fifty Shades of Grey in order to disguise it on the subway, in your favorite café, or in your bedroom. (Because it's even too embarrassing to read in front of your cat.) So go ahead: Click on the picture above to print out our covers and trick everyone into thinking you're reading a math textbook, a novel about Dorian Gray with E.L. Fudge, or the Henry James-esque Hearts of Edy Gyffis, which so happens to scramble into Fifty Shades of Grey. (And, to see all your options, click here to see the covers in photo gallery form.) After all, Christian Grey will punish you if you don't. More: Fifty Shades of Grey: First Photo of Christian Grey Revealed Fifty Shades of Grey Directors: Will It Be an Action-Thriller, Rom-Com, or Aaron Sorkin Drama? Charlize Theron and Michael Fassbender Get Their Fifty Shades of Grey On — PICS
We’ve all been there. It comes time to pick the Saturday afternoon movie and you really want to see that sweeping love story adapted from your favorite Jane Austen book, but as soon as you think the words, your friends or your boyfriend or that guy with the judgy face standing next to you in the ticket line start to groan loudly in protest and they think of fifteen different ways to tell you how boring they think the movie will be. Fret not, there is hope. These movies are actually pretty awesome and exciting if you explain them correctly.
First off, when you’re lobbying to see Jane Eyre at the theater this weekend or you’re arguing for putting Little Women next on the Netflix queue, you want to avoid words like "touching," "heart-warming," "tear-jerking," "thought-provoking," "classic," "feminism," and "literary." Basically, avoid anything that refers to the fact that the movie once came from a book that may have been required reading in your A.P. English class. That is wrong. That is the element producing your friends’ groans of distaste. Instead, try our helpful, sexed-up descriptions of the canonical books turned super-awesome-fun-time movies to trick them. (Don’t worry, this won’t have any adverse effects.)
Jane’s tough as nails. She’s been tortured her whole life. She’s been told she’s no good. She’s lost anything she’s ever loved. But when she breaks out on her own, she finds a man who’s just as un-tamable as she is. Rochester’s smoldering magnetism is irresistible, but he’s hiding a dark and terrible secret SO unforgivable, SO terrifying, that it may just rip them apart forever.
Take this journey through burning desire, sexual tension, untimely death and LESBIAN fantasies. Clarissa took the easy road. She chose the nice guy. But life’s not that easy. All it takes is one day to send her careening through her past, reliving all her mistakes and former lovers until it all comes to a screeching halt.
Pride and Prejudice
She can’t stand him. Everything about her life enrages him. Yet, something draws them together. They’re both so full of anger, but is it really anger? Or is it unbridled sexual tension building and mounting until it overtakes them? Will they resist, or will their unbearable lust demolish the obstacles between them?
Five women. One house. No rules. Jo and her sisters are left to their own devices when their father leaves to fight in the war. They share everything, space, beds – even MEN. But when the going gets rough, things get complicated and when things get complicated, shit gets intense.
The Picture of Dorian Gray
What if you could be drop dead SEXY for eternity? It’s like the fountain of youth, only ten times better. Dorian Gray is forever young, handsome, rakishly good-looking, and desirable and he’s got the unrelenting freedom to do whatever he wants. JACKPOT. He answers to no one and nothing. He’s got the power and the appeal, but can he handle it all?
The God of Legion secular Hollywood’s latest Biblically-inspired action flick is old-school an angry spiteful Almighty with a penchant for Old Testament theatrics. Fed up with humanity’s decadent warmongering ways He’s decided to pull the plug on the whole crazy experiment and start over from scratch.
Fortunately for us the God of Legion is also a rather lazy fellow. Instead of doing the apocalyptic work himself and wiping us out with a giant flood which worked perfectly well last time He opts to delegate the task to His army of angels — a questionable strategy that starts to fall apart when the archangel charged with leading the planned extermination Michael (Paul Bettany) refuses to comply.
Michael who unlike his boss still harbors affection for our sorry species abandons his post and descends to earth where inside the swollen belly of Charlie (Adrianne Palicki) an unwed mother-to-be working as a waitress in an out-of-the-way diner sits humanity’s lone hope for survival. Why is this particular baby so important? Is it the one destined to lead us to victory over Skynet? Heaven knows — Legion reveals little details its script devoid of actual scripture. What is clear is that God’s celestial hitmen want the kid whacked before it’s born.
But Michael won’t let humanity fall without a fight. Armed with a Waco-sized arsenal of assault weapons he hunkers down with the diner’s patrons a largely superfluous collection of thinly-sketched caricatures from various demographic groups led by Dennis Quaid as the diner’s grizzled owner Tyrese Gibson as a hip-hop hustler and Lucas Black as a simple-minded country boy.
Together they mount a heroic final stand against hordes of angels who’ve taken possession of “weak-willed” humans turning kindly old grandmas and mild-mannered ice cream vendors into snarling ravenous foul-mouthed beasts. They descend upon the ramshackle diner in a series of full-frontal assaults commanded by the archangel Gabriel (Kevin Durand) the George Pickett of End of Days generals.
Beneath its superficial religious facade Legion is really just a run-of-the-mill zombie flick a Biblical I Am Legend. Bettany an actor accustomed to smaller dramatic roles in films like A Beautiful Mind and The Da Vinci Code looks perfectly at ease in his first major action role wielding machine guns and bowie knives with equal aplomb. Conversely first-time director Scott Stewart a former visual effects artist does little to prove himself worthy of such a promotion serving up some impressive CGI work but not much else worthy of note.
Oscar Wilde's eerie tale about a handsome Englishman who retains his youth while his portrait ages was given a two-part tape-to-film adaptation. Earlier there had been five silent film versions plus the classic production with Hurd Hatfield in 1945 and its 1970 remake.