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In 2004, Iranian American actress Shohreh Aghdashloo became the first woman from the Middle East to be nominated for an Oscar, for her work in “House of Sand and Fog” opposite Ben Kingsley. She is also the first Iranian woman to win an Emmy, for her performance as Saddam Hussein’s wife in the HBO-bbc miniseries “House of Saddam.”
More recently, Aghdashloo has appeared in “X-Men: The Last Stand” and “Star Trek Beyond,” and plays high-ranking United Nations politician Chrisjen Avasarala in Syfy channel series “The Expanse,” which was recently renewed for a third season.
Aghdashloo spoke to Variety at the Monte Carlo Television Festival, where she is a juror, about why the lead role of Avasarala represents a milestone in her struggle to smash stereotypes for Middle Eastern actors in Hollywood and how she hopes there is no turning back now.
You’ve often decried that, for years, the only roles you could get in Hollywood were »
- Nick Vivarelli
According to Deadline, Ben Kingsley has signed on to play the notorious Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann in Operation Finale, the new thriller from MGM and director Chris Weitz (About a Boy, A Better Life) which sees Oscar Isaac as Peter Malkin, a member of Israel’s Mossad tasked with hunting down Nazis following World War II.
Eichmann, an SS officer, was one of the chief architects of the Holocaust and was responsible for arranging and managing the mass deportation of Jews across Europe to the Nazis’ extermination camps. Following the Nazis’ defeat in 1945, Eichmann fled to Austria and then Argentina, where he was eventually captured by Mossad in 1960. Brought to Israel to stand trial, he was ultimately sentenced to death for his crimes and executed in 1962.
- Gary Collinson
Shooting will begin this fall in Argentina with Chris Weitz to direct the thriller about the capture of Eichmann, who was one of the major architects of the Holocaust. Eichmann organized the transport of Jews from countries all over Europe to concentration camps, where an estimated 6 million died.
When World War II was ending, Eichmann fled to his home country of Austria and then moved to Argentina. Eichmann was captured in Argentina in 1960 by the Mossad, Israel’s intelligence service. Following a trial in Israel, he was found guilty of war crimes and hanged in 1962 at the age of 56.
- Dave McNary
Exclusive: Ben Kingsley is set to play Adolf Eichmann in Operation Finale, the Chris Weitz-directed MGM thriller about the hunt and capture of the notorious Nazi war criminal in Argentina in the ’60s. Oscar Isaac plays Peter Malkin, the leader of a group of Israeli spies tasked with hunting down Eichmann. The Mossad operative held a deep hatred for the Nazis after they murdered his sister and her children, and had a particular obsession for nailing Eichmann. This project… »
There can be few film festivals as eclectic as Slovakia’s Art Film Fest, where, this year, works by established and emerging local directors — such as Tereza Nvotova, with her mental health drama “Filthy” — vie for attention alongside white-hot Cannes titles such as Josh and Benny Safdie’s “Good Time” and Sergei Loznitsa’s “A Gentle Creature,” or Hollywood totems such as the 1942 Humphrey Bogart drama “Casablanca,” and Charlie Chaplin’s near-silent 1936 classic “Modern Times.” Festival runs June 16-24.
Now celebrating its 25th edition, the festival was founded in 1993 in Trencianske Teplice, a small spa town in West Slovakia. Back then, the festival was simply titled Art Film, screening short films on the subject of art. Tellingly, the guest of honor that year was the experimental British director, and digital film advocate, Peter Greenaway.
Two years after that, the festival inaugurated its annual Actor’s Mission award, with Franco Nero »
- Damon Wise
Coming to Digital Download from 24 July and DVD and Blu-ray from 7 August is The Ottoman Lieutenant, a new film featuring Ben Kingsley (Gandhi, Schindler’s List), Josh Hartnett (Black Hawk Down, Penny Dreadful), Michiel Huisman (Game of Thrones, The Age of Adaline) and Hera Hilmar (Anna Karenina, Davinci’s Demons).
The film tells the wartime story of a strong-willed woman Lillie (Hera Hilmar) who leaves the United States after meeting Jude (Josh Hartnett) an American doctor who runs a remote medical mission within the exotic Ottoman Empire. There, she finds her loyalty tested to both Jude and the mission’s sagacious founder (Ben Kingsley) when she falls in love with Ismail (Michiel Huisman), a Lieutenant in the Ottoman Imperial Army. Set among the backdrop of World War 1 and tied together with epic battles and mind-blowing fight sequences, Lillie must decide if she wants to be what other people want her to be, »
- Paul Heath
Exclusive: Chris Chalk, who currently recurs as Lucius Fox on Fox’s Gotham series, is set to co-star opposite Chris Evans in Gideon Raff's spy drama The Red Sea Diving Resort, based on the true-life mission to rescue Ethiopian Jews from Sudan to Israel in the early 80s. Haley Bennett, Alessandro Nivola, Michael K. Williams, Michiel Huisman, Alex Hassell, Mark Ivanir, Greg Kinnear, and Sir Ben Kingsley are also among the cast with production is slated to begin this… »
Ahead of its home entertainment release next month, a new trailer has arrived online for the upcoming action thriller Security which stars Antonio Banderas, Ben Kingsley, Gabriella Wright, Chad Lindberg, and Jiro Wang; watch it below after the official synopsis…
An ex-special services veteran (Antonio Banderas), down on his luck and desperate for work, takes a job as a security guard at a run-down mall in a rough area of town. On his first night on the job, he opens the doors up to a distraught and desperate young girl who has escaped and fled from a hijacking of the Police motorcade that was transporting her to testify as a trial witness in a briefcase. Hot on her heels is psychopathic hijacker (Ben Kingsley), alongside his resourceful henchmen, who will stop at nothing to extract and eliminate their witness.
Security is set for release on July 3rd. »
- Amie Cranswick
James Corden is a late-night host full of ideas. Unfortunately, some of them are terrible. The “Late Late Show” host dragged Tom Cruise into his latest scheme — a riverboat venture on London’s River Thames. Their ride was renamed Tom’s Cruise on the River James Corden, of course. The whole ship was an homage to Cruise’s films (the “Top Gun” room exists in the “Hallway to the Danger Zone,” naturally) and to Corden’s talk show. Guess which section was more popular among the passengers? Also Read: James Corden Stops London Traffic With Ben Kingsley for 'Mary Poppins »
- Tony Maglio
"Take as many of them out as you can." Arrow Films from the UK has debuted the first official trailer for an action thriller titled Security, which seems like a movie straight out of the 90s. Antonio Banderas stars as a special services veteran who is hired to work as a security guard at a shopping mall. Ben Kingsley also co-stars as a "psychopathic hijacker" who goes after a young girl who was going to testify as a witness in a trial. This sounds like another one of those formulaic action movies where they plug in all the usual tropes, including a young girl being chased by criminals, a former military man forced to do regular security work, and a crazy evil guy after all of them. Also starring Liam McIntyre, Chad Lindberg, Gabriella Wright, and Cung Le. This kind of looks like Die Hard in a shopping mall, but nowhere near as good. »
- Alex Billington
Danish director Per Fly shot the film last year in Marrakech, Morocco. James plays an idealist who lands his dream job as a program coordinator for the U.N.’s Oil-for-Food Programme and is thrown into an already fraught post-war Iraq, where government agents and power-hungry nations are circling the country’s oil reserves.
Bisset portrays a French Ngo activist overseeing food aid. Kingsley plays a seasoned diplomat and James’ character’s boss.
The producers are Lars Knudsen, Daniel Bekerman, Malene Blenkov, and Nikolaj Vibe Michelsen. The film was financed by Houndstooth, Hoylake Capital, and the Danish Film Institute. UTA Independent Film »
- Dave McNary
James Corden is pulling out all the stops during his trip back home to England for a week of The Late Late Show from jolly old London. In addition to hopping in the car for a "Carpool Karaoke" trip with Ed Sheeran, Corden took to the streets for the latest edition of another series, "Crosswalk the Musical."
With help from Sir Ben Kingsley, Corden and the gang suited up for a practically perfect rendition of Mary Poppins with Corden bravely taking on the lead role with Kingsley as his Dick Van Dyke, Bert.
While James didn't say »
- Gil Kaufman, Billboard
7 June 2017 10:33 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
The political thriller, based on a true story, is an adaptation of the best-selling 2008 memoir by Michael Soussan about an idealistic young United Nations worker who gets embroiled in corruption, fraud and corporate malfeasance when he starts working on a covert mission in Iraq.
- Rebecca Ford
Stephen Colbert went after Vladimir Putin on Tuesday for trying to “confuse the American people with bulls— conspiracy theories,” adding: “That is Donald Trump’s job.” The CBS host was referring to the Russian president’s hard-to-follow answers to accusations that his state hacked the 2016 Potus election. During a recent one-on-one interview with Megyn Kelly, Putin changed that subject to discuss an unpopular theory about the United States government having John F. Kennedy killed. Mission accomplished, Vlad, because now we’re all befuddled. Also Read: James Corden Stops London Traffic With Ben Kingsley for 'Mary Poppins' Crosswalk Musical »
- Tony Maglio
Who says you can’t go home? James Corden did that this week, taking his “Late Late Show” back to London. The CBS host also packed “Crosswalk the Musical” for the trip, which he broke out Tuesday night for a “Mary Poppins” performance that was particularly appropriate given the setting. “I think if we can make this show as Supercalifrag as I know it can be, then the audience is gonna be like, ‘Wow, that was expialidoc,'” Corden gloats to his cameras during rehearsal. The returning Tony Awards host handled the title role, of course, and he dragged Sir Ben Kingsley into this. »
- Tony Maglio
James Corden took The Late Late Show to London this week, and on Tuesday, he treated viewers to something extra special. "After the success of the last few Crosswalk Musicals, I knew I had to get the company out of Los Angeles. It was too much: the constant fame, the adulation, the cocaine," he said. "Where better to go than where I made my name on the stage?" Before Corden revealed which musical they would be performing at the Strand in Westminster, he teased, "The musical we will be performing is practically perfect in every way." Company members guessed Cats and My Fair Lady before Corden revealed it would be Mary Poppins. He then introduced Sir Ben Kingsley. "It takes one great man to make a »
As The Late Late Show With James Corden gears up for its first of three live shows from London on Tuesday, the creative team behind the late-night program is looking to celebrate the city following recent attacks.
“It has been a difficult week to be here,” executive producer Ben Winston admits to Et, sharing that the Late Late Show staff is staying at a hotel just five minutes away from Saturday’s attack on London Bridge and nearby Borough Market. “You wake up on Sunday morning and you go, actually, London is carrying on and the atmosphere here is great, it’s one of resilience of strength.”
“It makes me even happier that we’re here this week,” Winston adds. “When would be a better place to show off the brilliance and character and joy than a week when such tragedy happens? If anything, it’s made us even more excited about being here and more excited »
In the wake of the weekend terror attacks on London, James Corden opened the first of his three “Late Late” shows from the British capital with a defiant message: “I’m so proud to be broadcasting here from my hometown, proud to show off its beauty, its diversity, and its stoic British determination to let nothing or anybody stand in our way,” he said. “This is not a country that feels afraid.”
Corden told Variety this week that the “Late Late Show” team had to rework the intro to the first of the London shows following the terror attack which claimed seven lives. In a piece prerecorded near the Houses of Parliament, close to where the U.K. shows are being filmed, and about a mile from the attack, he said he wanted to deliver the most fun-packed shows ever in defiance of the terrorists.
“Some people might say it’s a strange time to do a »
- Stewart Clarke
Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, Finland and Norway: Scandinavia has always made a good show of films in all festivals, but this is the first time in 17 years a Swedish film has been in Competition.
“The Square” is the first Swedish film in Competition in 17 years! Winner of the Palme D’or and the Vulcain Prize for an artist technician awarded by the C.S.T. Director Ruben Östlund attracted producers from Sweden, Germany, France and Denmark to tell this tale of the successful curator of a modern art museum who lives in the epicenter of the art community and takes his work very seriously. A few days before the opening of the prestigious exhibition The Square he is mugged, which he can neither shake off or let pass unnoticed. He embarks on a hunt for the perpetrator and ends up in situations that turn steadily more amusing, and make him question his own moral compass. »
- Sydney Levine
James Cordon is taking the Late Late Show back to his home down of London, England, for a week of new episodes starting on Tuesday. However, the recent terror attacks in the city forced him to rethink some of what would be featured in the upcoming episodes.
Speaking with Et's Carly Steel in London on Monday, Corden explained that "after what happened here this weekend, we're gonna have to think about our show," and it's comedic tone.
According to the 38-year-old host, he had to scrap his opening sketch after having already filmed a majority of it, since "tonally doesn't make sense" in the wake of the attack, which seven people were killed and 48 others were injured by a group of terrorists on the London Bridge.
Watch: James Corden Shares His Emotional Reaction to London Terror Attack as Other Stars Lend Their Support
As a result, the opener is still up in the air just a few hours »
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