British supermodel Cara Delevingne initially refused to watch her starring role in TV movie Timeless because she was convinced her acting was "horrible". The catwalk beauty, who made her acting debut in 2012 movie Anna Karenina, landed a leading role in Timeless, in which she plays a young woman forced to look after her great-grandmother.
However, Delevingne could not bring herself to watch her star turn, telling Seven Days magazine, "I couldn't watch Timeless at first - I couldn't let anyone watch it, I couldn't hear it or see it, it was horrible! "When you watch your own stuff, you can't get past your own performance... It's the same with modelling photos. I'm very critical of myself so I hate to look at my stuff but then you always want to improve. I managed to watch it in the end."
Later this year (14), the model will be seen in psychological thriller The Face of an Angel, indie film Kids in Love and drama London Fields. Timeless will air in the U.K. on Thursday (19Jun14).
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We don't live in a post-racism society, folks.
I mean, come on – yesterday, a homeless woman very pointedly told me not to eat my dog! Granted, she was probably nuts, but this is happening on much larger scale than crazy ladies and my evening walk with my dog. Last week, it was announced that Joe Wright – the director behind critical hits like Atonement and Pride and Prejudice (as well as critical misses, like Anna Karenina) – had cast Rooney Mara as Native American character Tiger Lily. Now, that's just plain wrong.
Many fans are petitioning for a recast, yet some don't seem to mind – and even go so far as to liken the situation to Michael B. Jordan's upcoming turn as the Human Torch. Luckily, Whedonverse actress Felicia Day is setting people straight; she has some wise and cogent words on why Tiger Lily and the Human Torch are not even remotely the same situation:
Most lead characters and lead actors of movies are white ... Across 100 top-grossing films of 2012, only 10.8% of speaking characters were Black, 4.2% were Hispanic, 5% were Asian, and 3.6% were from other (or mixed race) ethnicities. Just over three-quarters of all speaking characters are White (76.3%) ... Bottom line, actors of ethnicity don’t get a lot of work to begin with. And that very fact creates a scarcity in the number of actors of different ethnicities to choose from when casting ... In what instance can you point out a role where a Native American actress has a chance to be a lead in any movie? Almost none ... The opportunity to give a leading role that could be a Native American, a possible protagonist role that the audience could relate to and live the story through, to a white actor, is kind of s**tty and backwards to me.
But you know what the worst part of this whole debacle is? We're not moving forward: whitewashing is not something we left back in the days of ultra-racist filmmakers like D.W. Griffiths and grossly distorted stereotypes like Mr. Yunioshi. No, it's still a pervasive problem that continues to flood all avenues of pop culture – films, music, television – even celebrities. Remember when former DWTS star Julianne Hough thought it was okay to don a little blackface to portray her favorite Orange Is the New Black character?
Just last summer, J.J. Abrams cast whiter-than-white actor Benedict Cumberbatch (he and Rooney Mara could probably go head-to-head in a Caucasian-quotient contest) to play Khan Noonien Singh, a role originally played by Mexican actor Ricardo Montalban. How telling is it, that in some ways, 1960's Gene Roddenberry was more progressive than present-day Abrams? And a little more than month ago, Katy Perry shamelessly appropriated Egyptian culture in her latest music video – and that's after dressing up like a "geisha" at the VMAs. Oh, and let's not forget that at the beginning of this year, well-loved sitcom How I Met Your Mother (or, as dubbed by Twitter, #HowIMetYourRacism) employed some tasteless (not to mention tin-eared) yellowface.
It's hard to believe that we're still seeing this kind of ignorance and blatant whitewashing in this day in age. Well, at least we can still hold out hope for a recast.
After casting the main players of the new Fantastic Four movie, director Josh Trank is now eyeing his lead villain. The field of potential actors for the film's central nogoodnik Doctor Doom has been narrowed down to four: Domhnall Gleeson, Toby Kebbell, Eddie Redmayne, and Sam Riley.
Victor Von Doom, who has the second most absurdly evil name in the marvel universe (the top honor goes to Baron Wolfgang von Strucker), is the leader of Latveria, a fictional nation nestled in the edge of the former Soviet bloc. Doom is a gifted sorcerer and scientist who uses his knowledge and power to overthrow the monarchy of Latveria. Doctor Doom has always been an imposing force in the Marvel Universe, so it's important that the right actor is chosen for the part. So which one of these actors would make the best Doctor Doom?
Notable Films: Harry Potter, About Time, Anna Karenina Genre Experience: Gleeson is well acquainted with genre films, playing Bill Weasley in the later chapters of the Harry Potter series and a role in the film Dredd. Potential for Villainy: We're not sure. Gleeson is a bit of a peculiar choice since he plays some pretty diminutive characters, and Doctor Doom is one of the most fearsome villains in the Marvel Universe. The actor does have an aura of mystery about him, but he certainly doesn't scream Victor Von Doom. Though Bill Weasley was a bit moody after getting slashed by a werewolf, so there's that.
Notable Films: Control, Alexander Genre Experience: Kebbell has the most genre experience under his belt of the four candidates, with roles in Prince of Persia, The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Wrath of the Titans, and Alexander. Potential for Villainy: Kebbell is an interesting case. The actor played a violently unhinged and unstable character in RocknRolla, though he came off as more strung out and unpredictable than calculating and evil. He does have a ton of intensity in his roles, however, which is something that Doctor Doom needs.
Notable Films: Les Miserables, My Week with MarilynGenre Experience: Redmayne's genre experience is pretty scant up until now, but he does have a big sci-fi adventure on the horizon with The Wachowskis' upcoming Jupiter Ascending. Potential for Villainy: Not terribly high, as Redmayne just doesn't look especially imposing. The Fantastic Four reboot is clearly casting younger than most people expected, but casting Redmayne as Doctor Doom might be a leap too far. He does play a pretty despicable character in Hitch, but most probably wouldn't buy him as the fascist leader of an entire country.
Notable Films: Control, On the RoadGenre Experience: Riley has been a part of several genre films, including Byzantium, Franklyn, and 13. He will also play a major role in the upcoming Disney fantasy Maleficent.Potential for Villainy: Pretty high. Riley gave a dark performance in the film Brighton Rock, and was recently cast as Diaval, Angelina Jolie's right hand man and raven in Maleficent, so it's clear that studios are getting some pretty nefarious vibes from Riley. He does give a good icy glare, a necessary staple of any world conquering super villain.
Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein wants to turn British model Cara Delevingne into a bona fide Hollywood star by hiring her for his next movie Tulip Fever. Weinstein met the model through his fashion designer wife, Georgina Chapman, and he wants to give the aspiring actress a boost by casting her in his new drama alongside Christoph Waltz and Alicia Vikander.
He says, "I know Cara through Georgina but we know her also for who she is and what she is. I've been talking to her about doing something in my next movie, Tulip Fever. We're shooting in May and I cannot imagine her being anything but fantastic in front of the camera. She's adorable."
Delevingne made her acting debut in 2012's Anna Karenina and she has two more films set for release this year (14), including The Face of an Angel, a drama inspired by the story of convicted murdered Amanda Knox.
Jennifer Lawrence burst into tears after director David O. Russell ruined literary classic Anna Karenina by telling her the ending. The Hunger Games star was reading Leo Tolstoy's classic tome while filming Russell's latest movie American Hustle and impressed the director with her devotion to the book.
However, the Oscar-winner was left in tears when Russell revealed the ending of the book before she reached its conclusion.
He tells the Hollywood Reporter, "She's walking around the set all the time reading the Tolstoy novel Anna Karenina, which is like a phone book. I was just impressed that this 20-year-old girl is reading Anna Karenina - from Kentucky, who likes to eat junk food, and watch Real Housewives of Long Island. I go, 'Oh wow, you're down to almost the end, Jennifer. Have you gotten to the part where she throws herself under the train tracks?' And she goes, 'What?' She goes, 'Surely, surely Vronsky (the title character's lover) is coming back!' And she starts crying, she's sobbing. I've never had an experience like that in my life, this 20-year-old person who is living every ounce of Anna Karenina."
Bridesmaids star Chris O'dowd's TV presenter wife Dawn O' Porter and British actress Emerald Fennell have been shortlisted for the U.K.'s coveted Children's Book Prize. O' Porter's first novel for youths, Paper Aeroplanes, which was inspired by her own upbringing on the British island of Guernsey, is up for Best Book for Teens, while Anna Karenina star Fennell is in the running in the Best Fiction for 5-12s section for her release Shiverton Hall, about the strange goings-on in a haunted school.
Fennell will compete against screenwriter and director Soman Chainani, whose book The School for Good and Evil has already been picked up for a film adaptation by executives at Universal Pictures.
Performance poet Laura Dockrill and TV producer Piers Torday, son of late Salmon Fishing In The Yemen author Paul Torday, are also nominated in the same category for their works Darcy Burdock and The Last Wild, respectively.
The recipients of the two awards, in addition to the Best Picture Book title, will be announced in April (14), with the three winners then going head-to-head for the overall Children's Book Prize title.
British filmmaker Joe Wright has been confirmed as the swashbuckling director who will take charge of a new origin film about Peter Pan. The Anna Karenina filmmaker became a frontrunner to take on the film about the boy who never grew up in a project that will chronicle who Peter Pan was before he discovered Never Never Land and took charge of the Lost Boys.
Screenwriter Jason Fuchs, who penned the script for Ice Age: Continental Drift, is adapting the idea for the screen.
Wright's Peter Pan project isn't the only movie about the ageless hero in the works - bosses at Disney and Sony are also reportedly developing films based on author J.M. Barrie's most famous character.
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A beloved fairytale classic is about to get the superhero treatment: Warner Bros. is developing a new film that would focus on the origins of Peter Pan, and follow his journey from an ordinary boy to the only child who never grew up. Esteemed filmmaker Joe Wright has been tapped to direct the film, which will feature a script written by Jason Fuchs and will be produced by Greg Berlanti.
Not much is known about the movie at this time, but it will have to compete with two other Peter Pan-inspired films that are also in the works. The first is Peter and the Starcatchers, which is also an origin story and is based on the book and stage play of the same name. Gary Ross is set to direct it as his follow up to The Hunger Games, but it seems like it may still be some time before that film enters production. The second Peter-based project is called Pan, and has Channing Tatum attached to star.
Fuchs' best known script to date is Ice Age: Continental Drift, which doesn't necessarily bode well for the film, as the Ice Age films are usually critically panned despite making lots of money at the box office. However, it could be an advantage if the film is intended for a younger audience, rather than being a more adult story. Another advantage that the film has is Berlanti, whose work on the CW show Arrow means that he has experience with projects that develop and re-work backstories. On the other hand, both Ice Age and Arrow are considered to be "guilty pleasures," which doesn't seem to fit well with Wright's more serious credits. If this Peter Pan tale is intended to be for children, though, they have the past experience to ensure that the film will entertain both the young audience and the parents who accompany them.
Wright is a bit of an unusual choice for a Peter Pan film — after all, the vast majority of his film credits are period pieces starring Keira Knightley. His projects are aimed at an adult audience, although he has also been rumored to be attached to a new retelling of The Little Mermaid, so there is a chance that Wright is intending to start making films aimed at children. But his experience with period pieces will be an advantage for him on this project, as the story of Peter Pan requires, if not a period setting, multiple period elements. The original story was set in the early 1900s, so the film would need to be set earlier than that in order to explore the origins of Peter.
Although Wright's films are always more grounded in reality than a film about Peter Pan might call for, his style of directing would allow him to insert some of the magical and fairy tale elements quite easily. His penchant for sweeping landscapes, elaborate costumes and carefully choreographed ballroom scenes make an ideal environment to weave magic into a film, and he's proven with Atonement that he is adept at weaving together disparate storylines that are intended to mislead the audience, which will be helpful for a story like Peter Pan. It's likely that Wright will take a highly stylized approach to the film, like he did with Anna Karenina, which was shot almost entirely on sets built in a dilapidated London theater, in order to represent the fact that the characters all lived their lives like a performance on a stage. The story of Peter Pan naturally lends itself to a metaphorical shooting style, and so it would make sense for Wright to attempt something similar for this film.
It's also likely that Wright's take on Peter Pan will have a darker tone, as both Atonement and Hanna — his only films to feature a young leading character — were darker takes on the typical coming-of-age tale. Wright's Peter will also probably have a similar feel to the character of Hanna, and feature elements like her intelligence, fearlessness and physicality. His experience with the teenage-warrior character will likely be relevant for this project, as every adaptation fo Peter's story features at least one instance where the character needs to fight or outsmart an adult, a villain, or an adult villain in order to survive.
The only thing that really remains in question when it comes to this new take on Peter Pan is whether or not Wright will be able to find a role for Knightley in it.
British filmmaker Joe Wright is in talks to bring Peter Pan back to the big screen in a new origin movie. The Anna Karenina director has become the frontrunner to tackle the latest tale about the boy who never grew up in a project that will chronicle who Peter Pan was before he discovered Never Never Land and took charge of the Lost Boys.
Screenwriter Jason Fuchs, who penned the script for Ice Age: Continental Drift, is adapting the idea for the screen, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The Warner Bros. project is the latest to revolve around the Peter Pan tale - there are also films in the works at Columbia and Disney, with the likes of Channing Tatum and The Hunger Games director Gary Ross attached.
British stars Keira Knightley and Jude Law are nominated for acting prizes at the 2013 European Film Awards for their roles in period blockbuster Anna Karenina. Knightley, who played the title role, will go up against Naomi Watts (The Impossible), Veerle Baetens (The Broken Circle Breakdown), Barbara Sukowa (Hannah Arendt) and Luminita Gheorghiu (Child's Pose) for the Best Actress prize.
Law will compete for the Best Actor trophy against Johan Heldenbergh (The Broken Circle Breakdown), Fabrice Luchini (In the House), Toni Servillo (The Great Beauty) and Tom Schilling (Oh Boy).
The Best Film nominations include The Best Offer, Blancanieves, The Broken Circle Breakdown, The Great Beauty, Oh Boy And Adele: Chapters 1 & 2.
Veteran French actress Catherine Deneuve will be presented with a lifetime achievement award at the prizegiving in Berlin, Germany on 7 December (13).