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Author J.K. Rowling and her greatest creation, Harry Potter, both have birthdays today -- July 31. The author already tweeted her thanks to fans, but did you see the sweet birthday messages shared by several "Harry Potter" cast members to Time?
As Harry turns 35, his mum turns (it's not polite to say but the cast does refer to it) 50. Time celebrated J.K. Rowling's big milestone by getting 17 birthday notes from these movie stars: Alan Rickman (Snape), Imelda Staunton (Dolores Umbridge), Robbie Coltrane (Hagrid), Natalia Tena (Tonks), David Thewlis (Lupin), Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom), Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy), Clemence Poesy (Fleur), movie director Chris Columbus, Oliver and James Phelps (George and Fred Weasley), Katie Leung (Cho Chang), Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley), Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood), Sean Biggerstaff (Oliver Wood), Frances de la Tour (Madame Olympe Maxime), Mark Williams (Arthur Weasley), and Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley).
While some of the messages were »
- Gina Carbone
ABC’s “Once Upon a Time” has found its King Arthur in British actor Liam Garrigan, Entertainment Weekly reports. He’ll first appear in the season five premiere and will recur throughout the year.
“As we do on ‘Once Upon a Time,’ we’re doing our own twist on Camelot, on Arthur’s background and on his relationships with Merlin, Guinevere and Lancelot,” executive producers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis told EW. Lancelot (Sinqua Walls) debuted on the series in season two, and will return in season five. The role of Guinevere has yet to be cast.
In other casting news:
“Captain America: Civil War” star Anthony Mackie will play Martin Luther King Jr. opposite Bryan Cranston’s Lyndon B. Johnson in the HBO telepic “All the Way,” according to Variety sister site Deadline. Jay Roach is directing the TV adaptation of the Robert Schenkkan play, which earned Cranston a »
- Variety Staff
Photos: ‘Outlander’ Season 2: Meet The Cast
She'll help out Claire in many, many (translation: spoilers!) ways in Season 2.
Executive Producer Maril Davis revealed Mother Hildegarde's sidekick earlier this year – the dog Bouton. ...
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Well, look at this bit of “magical” casting for Outlander. Harry Potter actress Frances de la Tour has signed on to play Mother Hildergarde in the second season of the Starz drama, another important role in Diana Gabaldon’s second novel, Dragonfly in Amber, the book on which Season 2 of Outlander will be based. In the novel, Mother Hildegarde is the commanding Mother Superior of Paris’ L’Hopital des Anges, a hospital at which Claire spends a a large amount of her time at in Dragonfly in Amber. Therefore, we should definitely expect de la Tour and Caitriona Balfe to share quite a few scenes together. In addition to her role as Madame Maxime, the headmistress of Beauxbatons Academy and love interest for Hagrid, in the Harry Potter films, de la Tour is also a Tony Award-winning actress, whose other film roles include Into the Woods and Tim Burton‘s live-action Alice in Wonderland. »
- Chris King
The latest addition to Outlander‘s Season 2 cast is a real giant in Hollywood. (Well, a half-giant.)
Frances de la Tour, known for her portrayal of towering Beauxbatons headmistress/half-giantess Madame Maxime in the Harry Potter films, will play Mother Hildegarde in upcoming episodes of the Starz series, the network announced Tuesday.
Mother Hildegarde is the commanding Mother Superior of Paris’ L’Hopital des Anges. »
In an extract from this week's Guardian film show, Peter Bradshaw and Henry Barnes join Xan Brooks to review Mr Holmes, in which Ian McKellen plays a nonagenarian Sherlock Holmes struggling to recall the details of the case which sent him into early retirement. Laura Linney co-stars as McKellen's housekeeper in the Winchelsea-set story directed by Bill (Dreamgirls, The Fifth Estate) Condon and featuring a cameo from Frances de la Tour Continue reading »
- Xan Brooks, Peter Bradshaw, Henry Barnes and Dan Susman
The actor, currently cameoing in Mr Holmes, may be best known for sitcoms, but she’s also featured in an eclectic selection of big-screen work
And yet De la Tour has also made movies: an eclectic selection featuring collaborations with Martin Scorsese, the Wombles and Denzel Washington. Sometimes she’s seen only fleetingly – the briefest of fee-fi-fo-fums in last year’s Into the Woods, and just one appearance opposite Vicious housemate Ian McKellen in this week’s Mr Holmes. Sometimes we never even see the scenes: her role as a headmistress having an affair with Anne Reid in Love Actually was left on the cutting-room floor.
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- Catherine Shoard
Mr Holmes review: It’s wistful and witty – a real delight that may leave you a little bereft at its end. Mr Holmes review
Director: Bill Condon
Run Time: 104 minutes
Synopsis: An aged Sherlock Holmes at the end of his life, looks back at the man behind the celebrity as he grapples with the circumstances of an unsolved case that forced him into early retirement 30 years earlier with the help of his housekeeper’s young son.
The credits have just started rolling here inside the State Theatre for Mr Holmes and the first words that come to mind are ‘Well, that was melancholic wasn’t it’. Don’t get me wrong – I enjoyed this unique and interesting reinvention of Britain’s most famous detective – it’s just that it feels reminiscent »
- Sacha Hall
Sherlock Holmes has never been more popular, what with Robert Downey Jr, Benedict Cumberbatch and Johnny Lee Miller all putting their stamp on the character in a big-budget movie franchise and concurrent TV series respectively. With low-key drama Mr Holmes, director Bill Condon goes farther out into imagined realms, casting Ian McKellen as the Baker Street detective at 93, when that famous intellect is beginning to fail, leading him on a fascinating, quite poignant search of his own soul.
Mitch Cullin's source novel A Slight Trick of the Mind takes a mischievous leap by crediting the work of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to the recently deceased Dr Watson. These books are an endless source of bemusement for Holmes who, in 1947, is retired and living in the Sussex countryside, »
Director: James McTeigue; Screenwriter: Philip Shelby; Starring: Milla Jovovich, Pierce Brosnan, Dylan McDermott, Robert Forster, Angela Bassett, Frances de la Tour, James D'Arcy; Running time: 96 mins; Certificate: 12A
There's little to enjoy about this daft spy thriller beyond the sight of Pierce Brosnan looking vaguely like a Spanish pimp when he wears a pencil-thin moustache as a disguise. Survivor is played straight, but laden with laughs that are entirely unintentional and make you feel somewhat sorry for the impressive cast.
You can vaguely understand why actors of the calibre of Brosnan, Milla Jovovich, Dylan McDermott, Robert Forster, Angela Bassett, Frances de la Tour and James D'Arcy signed up to the project. After all, the basic premise is an intriguing one, involving the capture of an American soldier in the Middle East leading to severe repercussions in London.
Security expert Kate (Jovovich) notices something suspicious at the Embassy, propelling her into »
Vicious: ITV, 9pm
Meanwhile, Ash (Iwan Rheon) gets a surprise when he introduces his new girlfriend to the gang.
More action from Westeros as Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) faces a struggle after being thrown into jail.
Also tonight, Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) continues »
The ITV comedy consigns some of our most famous thespians to 70s sitcom purgatory – a very cruel fate indeed
If the general chatter’s right, old-school British sitcoms are a small point of national pride, a sort of showcase for the type of humour that’s damp from a mist off the Channel and wrinkled where the grandeur has deflated. Be honest, though – when was the last time you fired up the George And Mildred or Are You Being Served? box set? “Hmm, you know what I fancy over, say, the entire HBO output I have at my fingertips? A six-hour marathon of sitcom japes, most of which will be spent in queasy anticipation of someone casually dropping a racial epithet while Mrs Slocombe makes a face like an Estée Lauder Medusa at a young Pauline Fowler” isn’t a phrase being repeated up and down the country, I don’t think. »
- Filipa Jodelka
Opening in Us theatres on July 17, here’s a look at the new trailer for Mr. Holmes.
In his Berlinale 2015 review, Alex Billington (First Showing.net) writes Ian McKellen, “is absolutely magnificent in this film, taking on the role with complete authority and differentiating himself (from anything he has done before) with minor quirks and physical mannerisms. He does give us a Sherlock Holmes that we have never seen before, both likable and unlikable, but still traditional and nevertheless wise. Through his charm, and the impressively conceived narrative built around emotion, this film left a strong impression on me that will likely last for a long time.”
McKellen leads a stellar cast including Laura Linney, Hiroyuki Sanada, Hattie Morahan, Patrick Kennedy, Roger Allam, Frances de la Tour, Phil Davis and newcomer Milo Parker in Bill Condon’s Mr Holmes. The film reunites McKellen with director Bill Condon after their collaboration »
- Michelle McCue
"If I ever write a story myself it will be to correct millions of misconceptions created by his imaginative license." Roadside Attractions has unveiled the full-length Us trailer for Mr. Holmes, starring Ian McKellen as Sherlock Holmes at the end of his years. This is already one of my favorite films of the year and my stamp of approval on this one actually appears in the trailer – I'm quoted! It comes from my glowing review of the film from Berlinale, where I first saw this and loved it. McKellen is indeed magnificent in this story about memory loss and aging, featuring a stellar cast that includes the young Milo Parker, Laura Linney, Hattie Morahan, Hiroyuki Sanada and Frances de la Tour. Don't miss this in the summer! Here's the official full Us trailer for Bill Condon's Mr. Holmes, direct from Roadside: You can also watch the other recent UK »
- Alex Billington
Update with New York Pride March news: A teaser for the second season of Britcom Vicious has landed (above) with the show soon to kick off on the UK’s ITV and due Stateside on PBS in August. Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi play Freddie and Stuart, a loving couple together (and bickering) for more than 50 years. Returning with the veteran thesps is Harry Potter‘s Frances de la Tour. The new six-part series deals with change amongst their close circle of friends. The news… »
The new Vicious trailer has offered a first look at the sitcom's second series.
The first series of Vicious was met with a mixed reception from critics and viewers, with some going as far as labelling it homophobic.
McKellen recently defended the show against such suggestions, but said that work needed to be done to improve the show heading into its second series.
Vicious will return to ITV later this year. »
The May 1 release of Avengers: Age of Ultron marks the "official" start of the 2015 Summer Movie Season and with that in mind, it's only appropriate to offer up a look forward at what's ahead over the next four months. What is ahead over the next four monthsc Well, a lot of movies that cost a lot of money with a few smaller features mixed in for good measure, and as much as some of us may lament the fact studios have become so franchise focused, it's hard not to admit a desire to see some of these bigger features. As a means of whittling down the flock of films arriving over the next several months I've chosen to take a look at my 20 most anticipated, which does mean there are bound to be some titles I probably ought to mention, but didn't make the list for a variety of reasons. »
- Brad Brevet
The middle of Spring actually means a new selection of summer blockbusters to look forward to, and with a ton of big-budget films slated to come out within the next few months and beyond, the summer of 2015 looks like one to remember.
From the new Mad Max (which is already on our end-of -year top ten list event though we haven’t yet seen it) to Avengers, Poltergeists, male strippers, talking teddy bears, and a reboot of the Jurassic Park franchise, this summer’s trips to the theaters will be jam-packed with sequels and new tales. From May 1st right through to the end of August, some of the movies on our list could wind up on year-end “best of” lists or even receive some Oscar talk by December.
Grab your calendar, because Wamg has a rundown of this summer’s films we’re most excited about, so check them out below! »
- Movie Geeks
Sherlock tries desperately to recall the events of 30 years ago that ultimately led to his retirement.
In 1947, the world famous sleuth has retired to a remote Sussex farmhouse, living in relative anonymity with only his housekeeper Mrs Munro and her young son Roger for company. Cantankerous, demanding and frustrated with the mis-representation of him in Watson’s best-selling novels, he diverts his attention to an unsolved case. As the mystery deepens, Sherlock tries desperately to recall the events of 30 years ago that ultimately led to his retirement.
Photo credit: Giles Keyte
Mr Holmes is a new twist on the world’s most famous detective. 1947, an aging Sherlock Holmes returns from a journey to Japan, where, in search of a rare plant with powerful restorative qualities, he has witnessed the devastation of nuclear warfare. Now, in his remote seaside farmhouse, Holmes faces the end of his days tending to his bees, with only the company of his housekeeper and her young son, Roger. Grappling with the diminishing powers of his mind, Holmes comes to rely upon the boy as he revisits the circumstances of the unsolved case that forced him into retirement, and searches for answers to the mysteries of life and love – before it’s too late.
- Michelle McCue
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