British actor Rufus Sewell has become hooked on 'The Rock' diet after using it to help him bulk up to play Autolycus in Dwayne Johnson's new epic Hercules. The Dark City star asked his leading man for tips on how to pile on the muscle and has now become a fan of The Rock's tough bodybuilding diet.
He says, "We were all eating our own versions of the Dwayne Johnson diet. I mean, f**k me, I was so sick of salmon by the end of that job. But now I've become institutionalised, I can't get off it! I've got a protein habit that I just cannot keep under control."
But Sewell admits he could never hope to become a man-hulk like Johnson: "No matter how much you work out, it's quite easy to develop dysmorphia because if you stand next to Dwayne Johnson, you're always going to look like there's not enough going on.
"I was standing next to Dwayne every day thinking, 'My arms are so spindly'. It was only when I got home I realised none of my old suits fitted me."
Singer B. Simone is reportedly set to play late R&B star Aaliyah in a big screen biopic. Nickelodeon regular Alexandra Shipp has been tapped to replace Zendaya Coleman in an upcoming TV movie based on the singer's short life, but Aaliyah's uncle and former manager, Barry Hankerson, is working with author Zane on a second film, which may also feature actors Terrence Howard and Wood Harris, according to S2S magazine.
A source says, "We're in a position where we can do the feature film and we can do the music. I think if we do our due-diligence, people will watch the TV movie and still say, 'I need to see the feature film'."
Coleman pulled out of the TV project in June (14) after she was bombarded with negative comments surrounding her casting.
Aaliyah was just 22 when she died in a plane crash in 2001.
Legendary British festival boss Vince Power has been banned from staging live music events. Power, who has previously helmed top festivals including Britain's Reading & Leeds and Benicassim in Spain, has been found guilty at London's High Court of hosting the Hop Farm event in Kent, England without a proper licence.
In a written order filed by officials at the Performing Rights Society for Music (PRS), it was claimed Power did not have the right to play live music at the festival between 2009 and 2012.
Power, who had been running the event since 2008, failed to file a defence. This week (begs28Jul14), he was banned from hosting live music in public until he updates his licences. He was also ordered to pay $13,577 (£7,987) in legal costs.
Last year's (13) Hop Farm festival was cancelled because of poor ticket sales. It returned last month (Jul14) under new management.
If you’ve even given the Internet a cursory glance over the last few weeks, you’re probably aware that Chris Pratt is having a moment right now. Thanks to a starring role in Guardians of the Galaxy, one of the biggest movies of the year, even people who’ve never seen an episode of Parks and Recreation or Everwood are being clued into his goofy, lovable charms. But playing Peter Quill is bound to have more long-term effects on Pratt’s career than simply giving him a venue to showcase his French-braiding skills – the question that remains is whether these will be positive effects.
Obviously, getting to play a superhero in a Marvel film is going to be amazing for any actor. They’re easily the biggest, most-exciting films of the year; they guarantee you plenty of press attention and new fans, and open you up to countless new opportunities and projects. But what about the times Pratt won’t be protecting the galaxy? Actors who star in superhero and sci-fi franchises often struggle to break out of the shadow of their famous characters. Leonard Nimoy and George Takei will always be Spock and Sulu, no matter what other projects they pursue; despite the beard, Mark Hamill is still known as Luke Skywalker; even Michael Keaton has yet to surpass his Batman fame. Once you become recognized for a single, beloved character, it’s hard for fans to see you any other way, which could result in Pratt being stuck as Star-Lord for the rest of his career.
Despite being part of one of the most iconic franchises of all time, only Harrison Ford was really able to break away from his Star Wars character, which he did by jumping straight into the Indiana Jones series. Pratt is taking a somewhat similar path, following up Guardians of the Galaxy with Jurassic World, which should help keep him in people’s minds as something other than Star-Lord. Still, from what we’ve heard, Pratt’s character Owen seems to be similarly confident and wise-cracking, which could result in him being typecast as the good-looking jokester. Considering the fact that Pratt only just stopped being typecast as the “chubby, dumb best friend,” that’s not necessarily a step forward, even if it does guarantee him more leading roles. And since there are so many more actors in Hollywood who specialize in those kinds of roles, it means that Pratt will face a lot more competition for parts.
Becoming known solely as Star-Lord could also make it harder for Pratt to play the kind of supporting character roles that he’s done well with lately, like the underdog baseball player in Moneyball and the good-hearted but doofy colleague in Her. Now that he’s considered a leading man, he might not be considered for those roles anymore. Even if he is, it could be hard for audiences to see him as anything else, which could pull them out of the film. Sure, Star-Lord’s a nice guy and all, but who would actually believe that he’s working at a company that writes love letters?
Look at some of Pratt’s superhero contemporaries: it doesn’t matter what film Robert Downey Jr.’s in, he’s most likely playing the handsome jerk. Scarlett Johansson is almost always the tough girl. And Jeremy Renner is... constantly overlooked. It would be very easy for Pratt to get typecast as the rule-breaking wisecracker. That’s not to say he wouldn’t be great at those parts – he obviously plays them well – but it does put him in a box.
However, Pratt does have an extensive background in television, which gives him an advantage over some of his fellow Marvel heroes. Andy Dwyer and Peter Quill have a fair amount of similarities, but where one is a schlubby slacker, the other is an adventurous go-getter. And both are different still from Bright Abbott, the obnoxious football player Pratt played on Everwood. He’s already proved that he has the range to handle a variety of characters, and now that people are finally paying attention to him, that should help open him up to a different slate of roles and opportunities. Pratt’s got the talent and the charm to play almost anything, as his extensive sitcom past proves, so to keep him locked into one type of character for the rest of his career would be disappointing.
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Academy Award--winning actors Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer are teaming up for a new movie that has a unique plot. Costner plays a widower who loses his wife in a car crash, then enters into a difficult custody battle over his granddaughter. After the death of his own daughter, he raises her bi-racial daughter, until the paternal family comes into the mix.
Spencer plays a grandmother who wants the little girl to live with her father Reggie (Spencer's character's son), but there's one particular aspect to this story some people find ttroubling. Reggie is a drug addict—and it sounds like he'll play the bad Dad to Costner's good grand[dad]. Some readers have interpretated such a distinction—in an already-complex narrative—as racially problematic.
Of course, we'll have to see how the movie navigates these issues, but—either way—it's sure to spark an interesting discussion.
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Veteran actresses Mia Farrow, Carol Burnett and Anjelica Huston are set to hit the Broadway stage in a revival of A.r. Gurney's romantic play Love Letters. Farrow will make her first appearance on the Great White Way in nine years in September (14), when she will feature opposite Brian Dennehy in the two-person show, about letters exchanged over the years between two childhood friends.
She will depart on 10 October (14) to make way for Burnett, who will co-star with Dennehy until 7 November (14).
The changing monthly line-up will continue with M*A*S*H star Alan Alda and Murphy Brown's Candice Bergen, before Stacy Keach and Diana Rigg take over in early December (14).
The production will close on 1 February (14) with Martin Sheen and Huston playing respective characters Andrew Makepeace Ladd III and Melissa Gardner.
Gregory Mosher will direct the Pulitzer Prize-nominated play at the Nederlander Theatre.
Love Letters originally debuted on Broadway in 1989 with Colleen Dewhurst and Jason Robards.
The wishes of theater nerds everywhere were granted Thursday when they were finally able to get their first look at the long-awaited, highly-anticipated film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods. Well, at least a few of their wishes were granted. While the clip introduces all of the major characters, gives us a glimpse at the spooky, magical atmosphere and shows off what Meryl Streep would look like as a fairy tale witch, there was one key element missing from the teaser: there was absolutely no singing. Considering that this is an adaptation of one of the most iconic musicals of all time, that’s a bit of a problem.
There was no doubt that Into the Woods would turn out to be a grand, visually stunning affair. After all, this is a Disney production, and fairy tales are their specialty. Even those who were worried that the studio wouldn’t be able to handle the darker elements of the play were comforted by the dragons, thorns and cursed castles that made up the Maleficent set. But the one thing that fans were concerned about is whether the cast would be able to handle the demands of Sondheim’s difficult score.
Sure, we know that Daniel Huttlestone knows his way around a classical theater score, and that Anna Kendrick and James Corden have an impressive set of pipes on them, but there are still plenty of cast members whose lack of musical theater pedigree makes us a bit nervous. Streep might be the greatest actor of her generation, but even she had difficulty with the songs in Mamma Mia, and those are pop songs. Johnny Depp might be creepy enough to play the big bad wolf, but his last stab at a Sondheim musical didn’t fare so well. Giving fans a look at some of the musical performances in the film would be the best way to assure fans of the musical that Into the Woods is in good hands, but avoiding the score completely has just done the opposite.
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We know it’s only a teaser, but not featuring any singing whatsoever doesn’t seem like a good omen. It feels almost as if the producers are deliberately trying to hide something from moviegoers, whether it’s that the soundtrack isn’t done being mastered, or that some of the performances aren’t up to snuff, or even the fact that Into the Woods is a musical in the first place. If theater nerds really don’t have anything to worry about, why not pop a line or two into the trailer? We know what creepy fairy tale forests look like; that’s not why we’re interested in seeing Into the Woods.
Of course, we might just be getting all worked up over nothing. Perhaps the producers felt it was better not to try and cram songs into a two-minute space, or they want to get people curious about the film before they can properly showcase all of the talent they’ve got. Or maybe they’re just trying to grab the attention of the people who loved Maleficent but might not be interested in a musical otherwise. But it’s hard not to be a little nervous about the way such a difficult production will turn out if so much is still being kept under wraps.
However, we are willing to be a little less critical if the next trailer actually features Stephen Sondheim’s name in it somewhere. Into the Woods opens – hopefully with a bit more singing – on Christmas Day.
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Allison Williams was surely blushing last night when her father, reporter Brian Williams, made this incredibly sweet announcement on the news. Williams will play Peter Pan in an upcoming NBC production, and her father's sharing of this news was perfect:
You almost can't tell they're related (kudos to Papa Williams for keeping it so professional), but that baby picture proved that he's just like dads everywhere—just itching for a moment to both gush about and embarrass his child in front of the world.
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British dance stars Massive Attack dedicated their charity concert in Lebanon on Tuesday (29Jul14) to the children of Gaza as the violence between Israeli and Palestinian forces continues to rise. The Teardrop hitmakers travelled to the Middle East this week (begs28Jul14) to play a benefit gig in Byblos for the Hoping Foundation, a pro-Palestinian organisation helping to fund the ambulance service in the troubled region of Gaza.
Massive Attack members Robert Del Naja and Grant Marshall used their down time on Monday (28Jul14) to visit young refugees at the Al Naqab Center in Bourj el-Barajneh, Beirut, where they met with displaced youths and chatted to volunteers at the camp, which was initially set up to provide a safe haven for Palestinians escaping conflict in war-torn Syria, which neighbours Lebanon.
Speaking after the visit, Del Naja said, "Like most people we believe in peace and justice over violence and oppression.
"The crisis for Palestinians everywhere is most evident with the horrific violence and loss of life we have been witnessing in Gaza these past weeks. Massive Attack have always supported the Palestinian people in their struggle. We are therefore honoured to be working with these young people, and with the Hoping Foundation that serves them."
Del Naja's statements were reiterated during the band's show on Tuesday, when the stars reaffirmed their support for the people of Palestine by flashing up a message on a big screen during their hit Unfinished Sympathy.
The message read: "Gaza has been occupied or under restrictions since 1948. 8 July Israel starts Operation Protective Edge. Population of Gaza: 1,816,000. Israeli death toll 60. Civilians 7. Palestinian dead 1,200. Civilians 864."
Prog-rock pioneers King Crimson will not be playing their signature album In The Court Of The Crimson King on their upcoming U.S. tour - and guitarist Robert Fripp is urging fans expecting to hear it to sell their seats for a profit.
The legendary supergroup is making a live comeback in September (14) with a 17-date trek around the States, the band's first U.S. gigs since 2008. However, band leader Fripp is warning fans not to attend the shows if they have a set idea of what tracks they want to hear the band play, as they will be in for a disappointing evening.
He tells Uncut magazine, "A guiding King Crimson principle is the music is new whenever it was written. So it's all new music. What I will say is, if you are coming with the explicit or implicit demand that you need to hear this music or that then don't come. And if you've already bought tickets, sell them to someone and you might make a profit. The point is with Crimson, if you come with an open mind, generally something worthwhile happens. If you don't, it's less likely. If you go there thinking, 'If I don't hear In the Court of the Crimson King I will have a lousy show', then you will have a lousy show. It's not on the setlist."