Friday, November 28, 2014

Benedict Cumberbatch and Dame Helen Mirren lead starry cast presenting the London Evening Standard Theatre Awards

LONDON EVENING STANDARD
LOUISE JURY, CHIEF ARTS CORRESPONDENT
28 November, 2014



Stars including Dame Helen Mirren, Benedict Cumberbatch, Carey Mulligan and Eddie Redmayne will hand out the honours at the 60th London Evening Standard Theatre Awards.

It will be a night to remember as Sienna Miller, Sir Ian McKellen, American actress Anna Kendrick and Damian Lewis — the host of the 2013 ceremony — also turn out at the London Palladium on Sunday to honour fellow professionals.

Dame Helen, who was named best actress last year, will anoint this year’s best actor from among Tom Hiddleston, Ben Miles and Mark Strong.


And Idris Elba will present the Natasha Richardson Award for best actress from a line-up of five: Gillian Anderson, Helen McCrory, Tanya Moodie, Billie Piper and Kristin Scott Thomas.

The NOOK Award for best play will be presented by James McAvoy, who returns to the stage in January in The Ruling Class. And Cumberbatch, who jointly won best actor in Danny Boyle’s Frankenstein, will warm up for his stage return as Hamlet by revealing the recipient of an award given in the name of the Evening Standard’s owner, Evgeny Lebedev.


READ MORE HERE: http://www.standard.co.uk/showbiz/celebrity-news/benedict-cumberbatch-and-dame-helen-mirren-lead-starry-cast-presenting-the-london-evening-standard-theatre-awards-9889712.html

Downton Abbey's Christmas special: "You’ll have a lump in your throat, but in a very nice way"

RADIO TIMES
By Ellie Walker-Arnott
Thursday 27 November 2014 at 03:11PM

Downton Abbey's Christmas special: "You’ll have a lump in your throat, but in a very nice way"

"Heartwarming" and "nice". We like the sound of those words being used to describe the Downton Abbey Christmas special.

After one romantic, one traumatising and one frankly rather boring Christmas episode we don't quite know what to expect when the ITV period drama returns to our screens this Christmas Day. We know Julian Fellowes isn't afraid of spilling blood on December 25th and with the ominous way the fifth series ended, our minds have been running wild with possibilities, both nice and not so.



But thankfully Hugh Bonneville, who plays lord of the manor Robert Crawley, has put some of our worries to rest. Talking about the festive, feature-length installment, Bonneville disclosed it will be "very heart-warming."



"You'll have a lump in your throat, but in a very nice way," he added, talking on tomorrow's Graham Norton Show.


READ MORE HERE: http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2014-11-27/downton-abbeys-christmas-special-youll-have-a-lump-in-your-throat-but-in-a-very-nice-way

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Emily blunt saves Meryl Streep's life on Into the Woods set (video) Into The Woods movie clip

VANITY FAIR
BY JULIE MILLER
NOVEMBER 26, 2014 1:23 PM



Last night on the Late Show with David Letterman, Blunt revealed that she is getting sick of her characters being treated terribly by Streep, especially after the British actress came to the Oscar’s winner’s rescue on-set—while pregnant!—essentially saving Streep’s life. “She owes me big time,” Blunt said.


Blunt told Letterman that she even proposed to Streep that the two reverse power roles for a future collaboration. “I think at some point I should play the Queen of Versailles and she could be my lonely dressmaker,” Blunt said of her peer. After the audience applauded, Blunt continued, “I think it’s a great idea and I mentioned it to her.” Sadly, Streep did not seem as enthused about the power dynamic change-up. “Her response was, ‘Dream on,’” Blunt confided.



For more about Blunt’s collaboration with Streep, watch the complete Letterman segment below.




COLIN FIRTH KILLS, THRILLS IN 'KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE' TRAILER AND POSTERS

Wednesday, 26 November 2014 11:04
Written by  iamrogue


"You like spy movies?" Samuel L. Jackson asks in a new trailer for Kingsman: The Secret Service.

"Now days they're all a little serious for my taste," answers Colin Firth.  "Give me a far-fetched theatrical plot any day."

With that, this international trailer announces Kingsman's intentions in no uncertain terms.

Remember Kick-Ass, Matthew Vaughn's smirking, self-consciously outrageous, willfully provocative riff on superhero movie convention?  Well, Kingsman finds the director once again teaming with co-writer Jane Goldman to adapt a comic book by Mark Millar, bringing that same Kick-Ass self-awareness to the spy genre.


Vaughn's love of old Bond was evident in X-Men: First Class, but here, in the film he opted to make instead of X-Men: Days of Future Past, he puts his predilection towards over the top espionage action and genre subversion on blast, trumpeting in particular the impeccably British performance of Colin Firth in his first role as an action hero.

Like Millar's Wanted, The Secret Service follows a nobody from an ordinary life into a heightened world he never knew.  In this case, the nobody is Gary Unwin, a teenage delinquent in London who Firth's Harry Hart takes under his wing, recruiting him for top-secret government service and making him a protege.

British unknown Taron Egerton stars as Unwin, and this international trailer gives the first real sense of how Kingsman follows him from juvenile delinquent to dapper one-man-wrecking-machine.




READ MORE HERE: http://www.iamrogue.com/news/movie-news/item/12493-colin-firth-kills-thrills-in-kingsman-the-secret-service-trailer-and-posters.html



Tuesday, November 25, 2014

DID TOM HIDDLESTON GET MARRIED IN SECRET? HE'S WEARING A RING ON THAT FINGER ... — PHOTO

BUSTLE
MARTHA SORREN @MARTHASORREN
13 HOURS AGO ENTERTAINMENT


If you thought Benedict Cumberbatch getting engaged broke the Internet, just imagine if Tom Hiddleston secretly got married. That’s what a lot of fans feared this weekend when they spotted a gold band on a certain finger of his. On Sunday, a fan posted a picture with the actor and people immediately pointed out that it looked like Hiddleston was wearing a ring on his left hand.

But you can all breathe a collective sigh of relief because Hiddleston is most likely not married. He’s not even rumored to be dating anyone. (Although, I can’t imagine why, since he’s the world’s best catch.) The real story here, it seems, is that Hiddleston forgot to take his prop ring off at the end of his filming day. He’s currently playing Hank Williams for the movie I Saw the Light and his character has a wife. (Who is played by the very lucky Elizabeth Olsen.)





READ MORE HERE:http://www.bustle.com/articles/50964-did-tom-hiddleston-get-married-in-secret-hes-wearing-a-ring-on-that-finger-photo