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It appears that director Ridley Scott’s first foray into television won’t actually be making it to television. The filmmaker signed on to helm the pilot for the potential Showtime series The Vatican last year with Kyle Chandler in the lead role, but the network has decided not to move forward with the show. Described as a contemporary thriller, the aim of the series was to explore spirituality, power, and politics against the backdrop of the modern-day political machinations within the Catholic Church. THR reports that the expensive pilot did not turn out well, and difficulties with showrunner Paul Attanasio—including failure to meet deadlines and clashing with colleagues—led to his exit once they wrapped. Hit the jump for more. The failure of The Vatican to move forward to series is a disappointing turnout for sure, not only because it was Scott’s first foray into television but »
- Adam Chitwood
When BAFTA voters diverge from the Oscars, history shows they are more likely to favor an overlooked American or an unexpected European than a Brit.
This year, once again, a strong contingent of Brits have great chances to be honored on both sides of the Atlantic. These include Steve McQueen, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael Fassbender for “12 Years a Slave,” producer David Heyman for “Gravity,” Paul Greengrass for “Captain Phillips,” Emma Thompson and producer Alison Owen for “Saving Mr. Banks” and Judi Dench, Stephen Frears and Steve Coogan for “Philomena.”
Perhaps Ejiofor is a marginally hotter »
- Adam Dawtrey
London, December 11: Kate Winslet and her husband Ned RocknRoll welcomed a nine-pound baby boy on Saturday, her spokesperson has revealed.
The 38-year-old Oscar winning actress gave birth to her third child at an NHS Hospital in Sussex, the Mirror reported.
The 'Titanic' star's spokesperson has insisted that the mother and the baby both are doing great.
- Ketali Mehta
Winslet’s rep confirmed that her son was born at an NHS Hospital in Sussex County, but refused to release any further details other than saying that “baby and mother are doing great.”
Winslet has two other children from previous relationships: a daughter, Mia Threapleton, 12, from her first marriage to Jim Threapleton and a son, Joe Mendes, 9, with her second husband, director Sam Mendes.
Winslet has yet to release the name of her new son.
The actress will return to the big screen in Labor Day, set for release January 31.
– Olivia Truffaut-Wong
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Here’s the first image for the upcoming drama The Judge, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall. Not a whole lot of meat to the shot, but it’s got Duvall doing what he does best: pointing and being dramatic. The film marks the first time David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers, The Change-Up) has moved into the dramatic scene and for the outing he’s joined by screenwriter David Seidler (The King’s Speech).
The Judge follows Hank Palmer (Downey Jr.) as he returns to the home he grew up in only to find that his distant father, who is also the town’s judge (Duvall), has been accused of murder. Palmer begins searching for clues to his father’s innocence and in the process rebuilds bridges with the rest of his estranged family. Leighton Meester (Gossip Girl), Vera Farmiga (The Conjuring), and Billy Bob Thornton (Bad Santa) also star. »
- Christopher Sheridan
The War continues. Paramount has signed a deal with Spanish filmmaker Juan Antonio Bayona, best known as just J.A. Bayona, to direct the World War Z sequel in development. After thwarting bad buzz to earn an impressive $540 million at the global box office, Paramount and Skydance Prods. are already moving forward on a sequel to the zombie action movie based on Max Brooks' bestselling novel of the same name. Bayona last directed The Impossible, which got one Oscar nomination, and broke out with the 2007 horror film The Orphanage. Few details have been revealed about a sequel, but at least they found a good director. Ever since he finished directing The Impossible, J.A. Bayona has been showing up on a number of shortlists for major projects. We heard his name mentioned in relation to the next James Bond movie before they got Sam Mendes back. Thankfully with World War Z »
- Alex Billington
The Oscar-winning actress and her husband welcomed a baby boy on Dec. 7, the couple’s rep confirmed to HollywoodLife.com. Congrats to the happy couple!
Kate Winslet and her husband Nate Rocknroll welcomed their first child together — a baby boy, born on Dec. 7 in London.
Kate Winslet Baby Born — Actress & Husband Ned Rocknroll Welcome A Baby Boy
Kate, 38, gave birth to her third child on Dec. 7!
“Kate had ‘baby boy Winslet’ on Saturday, December 7 at an NHS Hospital in Sussex County, U.K.,” Kate’s rep confirmed to HollywoodLife.com. Mother and Baby are doing great.”
The baby boy weighed in at 9 pounds, a source close to the couple told Page Six.
This is the first baby for Kate and Ned. Kate has a daughter Mia, 10, with her ex-husband Jim Threapleton, and a son Joe, 9, with her second husband Sam Mendes. Kate and Ned got married in December 2012.
- Kristine Hope Kowalski
Kate Winslet's the proud mom of a healthy baby boy! The actress welcomed her first child with husband Virgin Galactic businessman Ned Rocknroll on Saturday. Kate -- who tied the knot with Rocknroll last December -- will definitely be having a very happy holiday season and anniversary! A rep for the 38-year-old tells toofab, Kate gave birth on "Saturday, Dec. 7 at an NHS Hospital in Sussex County, UK," and that the "mother and baby are doing great." The "Revolutionary Road" actress has a daughter Mia, 12, with ex-husband Jim Threapleton, and son Joe, 9, with ex-husband Sam Mendes.We can't wait to find out what the happy couple name their little guy. Click "Launch Gallery" below to see even more expecting stars! Read more »
- tooFab Staff
Though he spends much of his time hacking into computer systems and revealing top secret information as Q, actor Ben Whishaw chooses to remain very quiet about his private life.
In light of his announcement as the star of the upcoming Freddie Mercury biopic, Digital Spy brings you ten facts about this multi-talented individual, who is being widely hailed as one of the finest actors of his generation.
1. Benjamin John Whishaw was born in Bedfordshire on October 14, 1980 to Linda and Jose Whishaw, a cosmetics worker and an It consultant respectively. He has a fraternal twin brother, James.
2. Whishaw has been interested in acting from a young age; he was a paying member of the Bancroft Players Youth Theatre and eventually graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 2003. Whishaw has a career that spans radio, stage, television and film! Do you think he just couldn't make his mind up? »
News Simon Brew 10 Dec 2013 - 06:16
Earlier this year, Sacha Baron Cohen dropped out of the planned biopic of Freddie Mercury, leaving the producers with a sizeable problem. Who could convincingly step into the shoes of the legendary Queen lead singer? The answer, it seems, is Skyfall star Ben Whishaw.
Whishaw was linked with the role last week, but it's now being reported that he is indeed on board. The plan is to film the movie next year if all works out. Whishaw's committed to reprising his role as Q in Sam Mendes' next James Bond movie, but that's unlikely to be a massive time commitment.
Last year, we asked the good people of the online film community to submit their favourite movies of 2012 so that we could compile an alternative top ten list. Once the lists were assembled and the votes were tallied, it was Sam Mendes’ Skyfall which took top spot.
It’s that time of year once again, and so we’re putting out the call to like-minded film journalists and bloggers to tell us their best movies of 2013. Just the one rule; Films chosen must have been released in the UK this year, so please be mindful of including any fantastic 2014 films you’ve seen in your list.
Closing date for submitting entries is Friday 20th December at 12:00, so do try and get in your responses before then. We will be updating this post regularly as the selections come through.
You can email your list to us at HeyUGuystop10@heyuguys.co. »
- Amon Warmann
In issue 214 of Total Film magazine, Bond's brand new Miss Moneypenny, Naomie Harris, drops some tantalising hints about the future of 007. Inside the issue - which is available for just £1.99 on your iPad, Harris reveals that her first Bond film, Skyfall, won't necessarily be her last, adding that Bond 24 could pick up threads left hanging by Skyfall. “I feel like Skyfall is one part of a continuing story," the 37-year-old Brit says. "It needs completing and it needs the same storyteller." With Sam Mendes on board to direct Bond 24, it...
- Total Film
Respected actor Jeremy Irons is set to co-star in the Edward R. Pressman/ Prashita Chaudhary’s Cinemorphic Entertainment Company production of The Man Who Knew Infinity, the biographic film on the life of Srinivasa Ramanujan with Dev Patel starring as the revered Indian mathematician. Irons will play G.H. Hardy, the English mathematician who plucked Ramanujan from obscurity in Edwardian India and installed him in the hallowed halls of Cambridge University.
The film will be directed by Matthew Brown, who also wrote the screenplay based on the biography The Man Who Knew Infinity: A Life of the Genius Ramanujan by Robert Kanigel. Edward R. Pressman and Prashita Chaudhary of Cinemorphic are producers along with Jim Young under his Animus Films banner and Sofia Sondervan of Dutch Tilt Film.
Announcing the casting, Pressman said, “I am delighted to be working with Jeremy again. Our last collaboration on Reversal of Fortune earned an Oscar for Jeremy, »
- Stacey Yount
After eight years of seeing his face reflected in a knife blade across the buses of Los Angeles and New York, in his role as blood-spatter analyst/serial killer Dexter Morgan, Michael C Hall is finding it nice to talk about a different character.
His role in the beat generation drama Kill Your Darlings is the least known figure in a largely forgotten murder scandal that engulfed the proto-beats, and perhaps even fashioned them into the movement we now recognise. In New York City in 1944, Allen Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe), William S Burroughs (Ben Foster) and Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston) were all inspired by an epicene beauty from the midwest, Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan), who liked to stand on the university library tables »
- John Patterson
Naomie Harris became a global star as the Bond girl in Skyfall, but her biggest challenge yet has been playing the controversial figure of Nelson Mandela's wife in the new biopic. Luckily, she says, her co-star was Idris Elba…
The first time I met Naomie Harris was in 2010 in a noisy cafe in Portobello Road, London. I thought then that she was the sort of girl you would have wanted to make your best friend if you had met her at school: warm, talkative, not at all puffed up and not dressed up either. I don't remember what she wore but it wasn't aiming to be memorable. The cafe was noisy so she suggested we talk in her nearby flat. She was best known then for her role in Pirates of the Caribbean and for television dramas (Clara in White Teeth, Hortense in Small Island). She was about to pull into the fast lane, »
- Kate Kellaway
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James Bond and the Doctor don’t have very much in common. Bond is a violent British superspy. The Doctor is a pacifist alien traveler. Bond jets around to exotic locations and uses expensive gadgets; the Doctor spends a curious amount of time in Wales and uses semi-abstract technology that makes funny noises. Weirdly, if the two characters ever met, they would probably be enemies. Bond is the kind of guns-blazing loose »
- Darren Franich
The Skyfall filmmaker confirmed his involvement in the untitled Bond 24 earlier this year, after initially claiming that the prospect of directing another movie in the franchise left him feeling "physically sick".
Harris, who played Eve Moneypenny in Skyfall, and will be reprising the role in Bond 24, told Total Film: "I'm so relieved. He chose me and had a vision for my character. I'd feel really weird working for someone who hadn't chosen me and didn't have that same vision.
"I just want him to see it through. I feel like Skyfall is one part of a continuing story. It needs completing and it needs the same storyteller."
Bond 24 will reportedly see Harris's character feature in an expanded "sidekick" role.
Mendes recently directed the eight-part drama Penny Dreadful, which is due »
Skyfall—the 23rd installment of the James Bond franchise—was the highest-grossing Bond film ever and the eighth-highest-grossing film of all time (not adjusted for inflation). It was the biggest film ever released in the UK.
For many critics, director Sam Mendes’ Bond was one of the most cerebral and most beautifully filmed offerings in the franchise. Fans also appreciated the ways in which Skyfall built on the Bond franchise but continued to pave a new direction forward. The elements that we know and love in any Bond film—the recognizable opening action sequence, the emblematic opening song and titles, gadgets, excellent chase scenes, a stellar villain, a ‘Bond girl,’ and the global trekking of Bond—will, to some extent or another, be present in Bond 24. Skyfall used all of these recognizable Bond elements but notably modified a number of them, which perhaps led to the film’s popularity with both critics and fans. »
- Scott A. Lukas
Earlier this week, it broke that Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg were to produce and possibly write an adaptation of the cult comic classic Preacher, with Breaking Bad series writer Sam Caitlin attached to pen the series.
Today, there have been reports that Preacher will in fact be developed by Sony Pictures Television, rather than AMC as was previously reported. However, AMC will broadcast the show within the Us, with no word as to where it will be show internationally.
Creator Garth Ennis is reportedly very pleased with Goldberg and Rogen rumoured to have "finally captured the tone" of the comic. Numerous different adaptations have been in development over the years with James Marsden at one point attached to star in the lead role, and Sam Mendes (Skyfall), D.J. Caruso (Disturbia) and Rachel Talalay (Tank Girl) all passing through the director's chair. »
- Gary Collinson
James Bond will return to free-to-air television in the UK this year after ITV snatched the rights to the Ian Fleming franchise back from Sky.
ITV lost the rights to the pay-tv giant last year as part of a landmark deal with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, but it has taken little more than 18 months for the commercial broadcaster to win them back.
Quantum of Solace will be the first film to air under the new agreement in December.
Sky, which had a fixed-term licence to the Bond rights, will continue to be the first pay-tv window for new films in the franchise.
Angela Jain, ITV director of digital channels and acquisitions, said: “Skyfall is the highest grossing film of all time at the UK box office and proves not only the »
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