Sunday, March 29, 2015

Benedct Cumberbatch 'proud' to have read at burial of ancestor Richard III

PUBLISHED: 00:01, Sun, Mar 29, 2015

The Oscar-nominated actor explained why he felt compelled to be involved in Thursday’s service of reinterment at Leicester Cathedral, where he read the poem Richard by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy.

Cumberbatch, who is the king’s third cousin, 16 times removed, plays him in the forthcoming BBC series The Hollow Crown: The Wars Of The Roses.

He said: “Having just played his very different Shakespearean characterisation I was intrigued to see what the real historical event would be like and to be a part of this extraordinary moment of remembrance. Then what really sealed the deal was this beautiful poem.

“It’s an extraordinary moment to be witnessing a monarch who has been found after hundreds of years in a car park being reinterred in a cathedral hundreds of yards away. It is a very special thing to witness, let alone be asked to perform at.”

The Sherlock star, 38, revealed how he watched with amazement the Channel 4 documentary, The King In The Car Park, which showed historian Philippa Langley leading the Leicester excavation in 2012 to reveal Richard’s skeleton, 527 years after his death at the Battle of Bosworth.

He said: “As it unfolded you realised the discovery was real, the drama was unheard of in a documentary like that. It wasn’t a high profile programme but it became so because of what they discovered. There was a glorious romanticism about that.”

Cumberbatch believes the rediscovery of the much maligned monarch’s bones has changed the world’s perception of him. “I think the debate in historical and archaeological terms about the reality of him and his kingship is what’s extraordinary to witness now,” he said.

“We’ve all known the play for a long time but now it feels we’re getting to know the king better and to be living in that era is very special.”

Cumberbatch is still in two minds about the king, who remains accused of killing his cousins, Edward V and Richard, the Duke of York, the so-called Princes in the Tower. “I’ve no qualms in viewing both entities of the man in completely different categories,” he said. “The fi ctionalised Shakespearean version of him, while based on some truths, has taken huge dramatic licence. I don’t come down on one side. Both need to co-exist.

Eddie Redmayne Dresses Up for His Transgender Movie Role

March 29, 2015

Eddie Redmayne Dresses Up for His Transgender Movie Role

The movie is “inspired by the lives of artists Einar and Gerda Wegener, whose marriage takes a dramatic turn when Einar (Redmayne) decides to become the world’s first transgender woman, Lili Elbe,” according to THR.

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30+ pictures inside of Eddie Redmayne on the set of his movie…


Saturday, March 28, 2015

Michael Fassbender is a grizzled cowboy fighting bounty hunters in action-packed trailer for Slow West

PUBLISHED: 18:48 EST, 24 March 2015 | UPDATED: 19:36 EST, 24 March 2015

Wild: Michael Fassbender (left) and Kodi Smit-McPhee (right) take on the American Frontier in the new trailer for Slow West

He's made a name for himself as a chameleon onscreen.

And for Michael Fassbender's next transformation he plays a grizzled cowboy who is more than willing to shed his share of blood in the first trailer for Slow West.

The film tells the story of a 16-year-old boy travelling from 19th century Scotland to the wild west in search of his young love.

The trailer introduces Jay Cavendish, played by The Road star Kodi Smit-McPhee, and his girlfriend Rose Ross, played by newcomer Caren Pistorius, looking very well-to-do and very much in love as they frolic in the Highlands.

'Once upon a a time, Jay Cavendish traveled from the cold shoulder of Scotland to the baking heart of America to find his love,' Fassbender's voice growls. 'A jackrabbit in a den of wolves.'

We are then whisked to a desolate turn of the century American Frontier, where the boy looks very out of place as he stammers and tries to explain his presence to a gang of bandits.

Brotherhood: Fassbender and Smit-McPhee will reunite next year in X-Men: Apocalypse, as Magneto and Nightcrawler, respectively

The lead outlaw is about read him his last rights when he drops dead mid-sentence... to reveal a masked Michael Fassbender with a smoking gun, and we know the 37-year-old Irish German has nailed the role of Silas Selleck before the audience even sees his face.

'Keep heading west solo, you’ll be dead by dawn,' he tells the stunned Smit-McPhee. 'I can take care of myself,' he replies.

'Sure kid,' Silas tells him. 'You need chaperoning. Let’s drift.'

The beautifully shot scenes also introduce us to Payne, the fur coat wearing bounty hunter villain, played by Ben Mendelsohn.

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Friday, March 27, 2015

In Ross Poldark, we have reached romantic hero nirvana

Sarra Manning
March 25, 2015

Ross Poldark
 ‘He straddles different social classes with the same mastery with which he straddles his stallion.’ Aidan Turner as Captain Ross Poldark. Photograph: Mike Hogan/BBC/Mammoth Screen

Stripped to the waist, his pecs lightly furred, a faint, photogenic sheen of sweat delineating his six-pack, the sun glinting on his dark Byronic tumble of curls, the classic patrician lines of his face given distinction by the devilish scar that lovingly caressed one sharp cheekbone, Captain Ross Poldark treated the nation to some hot scything action on Sunday night – and the nation did swoon. By the time Poldark, aka Aidan Turner, had saved a misguided young poacher from transportation, gainfully employed the local peasantry by reopening his father’s mine, then bedded and wedded Demelza, his flighty young serving girl, Twitter was a’twitter with love for the kind of romantic hero that has been absent from our screens for far too long.

Not since Colin Firth, as one Fitzwilliam Darcy, strode purposefully out of the lake at Pemberley, his white shirt clinging to the planes of his chest, have Sunday nights been such a treat.

In Ross Poldark we have reached romantic hero nirvana. Whether he is straddling different social classes or his stallion, it is always with the same mastery. He has the life experience that can only come from fighting in a war then returning home to find his father dead, the family tin mine all but derelict and his one true love married off to his doughty cousin. He’s equally at home in the drawing rooms of the gentry as he is supping cider in the fields with the great unwashed. He has contempt for those who are rich only by accident of birth and knows how to perform all manner of household tasks. He’s part alpha male, part metrosexual, all combined in one HD-ready, smouldering package.

Now, compare Poldark to that other romantic hero of our age, Christian Grey. Grey’s deep inner turmoil comes from the kind of mummy issues so basic that even a GCSE psychology student would roll their eyes at them. He may be suited and booted, but in the box office-busting adaptation of Fifty Shades Of Grey, with every extraneous hair felled from his body, Grey looks disturbingly pre-pubescent for a tortured torturer. Even more disturbing is that Jamie Dornan looked sexier playing a serial killer in The Fall than he ever did when he was getting down to some sexy slapping in the Red Room.

There’s something incredibly reductive and old-fashioned about the pumped-up posturing of the BDSM-lite billionaire. It harks back to the days when steamy bodice-rippers featured brutish heroes and love scenes that bordered on rape – the kind of romances that have long fallen out of favour with the readers of romantic historical fiction, who now prefer the more considered and contemporary novels of writers like Courtney Milan, Stephanie Laurens and Elizabeth Hoyt. Their heroines have backbone, their heroes aren’t autocratic arseholes, and any bodice-ripping is entirely consensual.


Downton Abbey to end after six series

March 26, 2015

The cast of Downton Abbey

The next season of ITV's period drama Downton Abbey will be its last, its makers have announced.
"Inevitably there comes a time when all shows should end and Downton is no exception," said the programme's executive producer Gareth Neame.

Created by Julian Fellowes, the show follows an aristocratic family's fortunes from 1912 to the mid-1920s.

Hugh Bonneville and Elizabeth McGovern have played the Earl and Countess of Grantham since the show began in 2010.

The drama has won a string of awards since its inception, including two Baftas, three Golden Globes and 11 Primetime Emmys.

Its success both at home and abroad was recently demonstrated when the Duchess of Cambridge went to see it being filmed at Ealing Studios in west London

"The Downton journey has been amazing for everyone aboard," said Lord Fellowes, whose next project will be The Gilded Age, a period drama set in New York.

"People ask if we knew what was going to happen when we started to make the first series and the answer is that, of course we had no idea.

"Exactly why the series had such an impact and reached so many people around the world, all nationalities, all ages, all types, I cannot begin to explain."

"But I do know how grateful we are to have been allowed this unique experience."