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"I'm thrilled, marvelous," the Duke of Cornwall told the press at the launch of Sir Ranulph Fiennes' Antarctic expedition, according to BBC. "It's a very nice thought to become a grandfather in my old age, if I can say so."
Middleton was discharged from King Edwards VII Hospital earlier today after she was hospitalized for hyperemesis gravidarum, a severe form of morning sickness. News of her pregnancy broke after she was admitted to the hospital earlier this week. She is reportedly around 12 weeks into her pregnancy. »
Oh, we are very much amused. And so was Prince Charles, by the sounds of it. In the wake of newly pregnant Kate Middleton's release from the hospital this morning, Prince William's father and royal baby grandpa-to-be spoke to reporters about the impending (well, give or take six months) arrival of the heir to the throne, and also surprisingly revealed that he was not only aware of yesterday's infamous prank call, but didn't seem all that put out by it. Though, granted, he's had plenty of years' training in perfecting that stiff upper lip...particularly when it comes to the media. Earlier today, Charles spoke at the launch of the Sir Ranulph Fiennes Antarctic expedition in London and, »
The actor, famed for his obsessive approach, has met his match in Dickens, playing Magwitch in Great Expectations and directing and starring in a film about the author. And then there was the time he could have played Bond …
Ralph Fiennes could have been a diplomat in a previous life – the low, patrician voice, and the clothes. He is dressed on the morning we meet with an elegance that would not disgrace a Frenchman: neat cardigan, fresh shirt, polished boots. We are in Soho, in post-production offices – an editing suite like a gone-wrong sitting room, with a bank of computers at right angles to a sofa.
He is, by a month, on the youthful side of 50. And he has a smile of such disarming sweetness that the first impression is that something has gone bizarrely wrong. It is only retrospectively that the oddity makes sense: what he does best as an actor is torment. »
- Kate Kellaway
We have added a new set of pictures from the event "Range Rover Reveal Event". Melissa Odabash attending the Range Rover Reveal Event at the Royal Ballet School in London on September 6, 2012.Picture copyright by Solarpix / PR Photos. Donal MacIntyre attending the Range Rover Reveal Event at the Royal Ballet School in London on September 6, 2012.Picture copyright by Solarpix / PR Photos. Ranulph Fiennes attending the Range Rover Reveal Event at the Royal Ballet School in London on September 6, 2012.Picture copyright by Solarpix / PR Photos. Zara Phillips attending the Range Rover Reveal Event at the Royal Ballet School in London on September 6, 2012.Picture copyright by Solarpix / PR Photos. Donna »
- James Wray
New Forest – A Year In the Wild
Located just an hour's drive from London, the New Forest is a misnomer; it's among the last ancient patches of a woodland and a lifestyle that once stretched across Europe. Today ponies, deer, pigs and even cows roam freely, and those who work in the forest feel themselves to be authentically connected with the rhythms of nature and humanity's true past. One only hopes that beautiful documentaries like this don't cause the place to be overrun by tourists. David Stubbs
Soham: A Parents' Tale
Several hundred people are murdered every year in the UK. A minority of these receive a certain amount of attention; aA very small number of these cases acquire enduring resonance. »
- David Stubbs, Andrew Mueller, Phelim O'Neill, Julia Raeside, Martin Skegg, Ali Catterall
Sir Ranulph Fiennes faked accidents during a televised expedition in a bid to make his adventure look more exciting, a court in England heard on Thursday.
The explorer wanted footage of the 2004 mountaineering trip in the Cotopaxi region of Ecuador to look good for viewers on U.S. TV network HBO.
Natalie Harrison, 38, from Dorset, England staged the stunts - including a pretend fall down a crevasse in a glacier - and was subsequently "saved" by guides holding ropes, but she suffered head and neck injuries, an appeal court was told.
Harrison sued British adventure holidays company Jagged Globe, who laid on guides for the expedition at Fiennes' request, and last year a judge found the firm liable for the injuries.
However, three judges at the Court of Appeal have now exonerated the company of any responsibility for the "stunts" carried out at the star's alleged suggestion, and Harrison was handed an $80,000 (£50,000) bill for legal costs. Fiennes - third cousin of actors Joseph and Ralph Fiennes - was not a defendant.
Lord Justice Pitchford said, "Sir Ranulph suggested they should undertake a staged fall which would be captured on camera. The victim would fall into a crevasse. Miss Harrison volunteered to be the victim.
"She would jump a crevasse, fall slightly short and be held suspended on climbing ropes by the guides. During this stunt her head was propelled forward into collision with the wall of the crevasse.
"In a second staged fall, she pretended to fall while climbing. The first stunt caused long term headaches and the second caused soft tissue injury to her neck."
"Sir Ranulph Fiennes did not want to do the stunt himself, that is why she volunteered. She volunteered freely and without compulsion." »
Omnilab-financed action film Killer Elite continued its soft run at the local box office over the weekend, taking just $140,774 from 102 screens. This is a 50 per cent slip on its opening weekend . a typical second-week box office drop.
Based on Sir Ranulph Fiennes' non-fiction novel The Feather Men, the film was shot in cities including Melbourne, Paris and London. It also had a disappointing run in North America, grossing just $US25 million last year, according to Box Office Mojo.
Also in the Us, Snowtown (known across the Pacific as The Snowtown Murders) opened on just one screen over the weekend, however box office figures aren.t yet available. New Zealand hit film Boy also opened in North America . it grossed $US23,400 on two screens. »
- Sam Dallas
Omnilab-financed action film Killer Elite continued its soft run at the local box office over the weekend, taking just $140,774 from 102 screens. This is a 50 per cent slip on its opening weekend . a typical second-week box office drop. The film has grossed $526,008 in total, however it was made on a $80 million budget and stars icon Robert De Niro and British actors Clive Owen and Jason Statham. Based on Sir Ranulph Fiennes' non-fiction novel The Feather Men, the film was shot in cities including Melbourne, Paris and London. It also had a disappointing run in North America, grossing just $US25 million last year, according to Box Office Mojo. Also in the Us, Snowtown (known across the Pacific as The Snowtown Murders) opened on just one screen over the weekend, however »
- Sam Dallas
Big-budget Australian action film Killer Elite has posted a disappointing opening over the weekend. The $80 million Omnilab-financed flick with a high-profile cast took in just $284,226 across 108 screens, generating a poor screen average of $2632.
The Australian opening mirrored its first weekend across the Pacific in the Us last September, where it grossed $US9.35 million across 2986 theatres ($US3132 screen average). Ranking fifth, it lost out to such titles as The Lion King (3D), Moneyball and Dolphin Tale. After eight weekends at cinemas in the Us, it took in $US25 million, according to Box Office Mojo.
Shot in various global cities including Melbourne, Paris and London, Killer Elite follows special-ops agent Danny (Statham), who is lured out of self-imposed exile to execute a feat of retribution and personal salvation. »
- Sam Dallas
Big-budget Australian action film Killer Elite has posted a disappointing opening over the weekend. The $80 million Omnilab-financed flick with a high-profile cast took in just $284,226 across 108 screens, generating a poor screen average of $2632. Based on Sir Ranulph Fiennes' non-fiction novel The Feather Men, the film stars renowned actor Robert De Niro alongside British talent Clive Owen and Jason Statham. The Australian opening mirrored its first weekend across the Pacific in the Us last September, where it grossed $US9.35 million across 2986 theatres ($US3132 screen average). Ranking fifth, it lost out to such titles as The Lion King (3D), Moneyball and Dolphin Tale. After eight weekends at cinemas in the Us, it took in $US25 million, according to Box Office Mojo. Shot »
- Sam Dallas
Although it has plenty of action sequences, Killer Elite actually feels more like a slow-burn spy thriller than the normal Jason Statham flick. Based on Sir Ranulph Fiennes' 1991 novel The Feather Men, the film was directed by Gary McKendry from a screenplay written by Matt Sherring. The film stars Statham, Clive Owen, Robert DeNiro, Dominic Purcell, Aden Young, Yvonne Strahovski, Ben Mendelsohn, and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje. Set in the 80s, the film opens on Statham.s Danny, DeNiro.s Hunter, Purcell's Davies and Young's Meier as they do a hit on a man in Mexico. The hit goes just as planned until Danny is forced to kill the man in front of his child, hesitates and is injured in the getaway. Danny »
- Patrick Luce
A special nine-week Blue Peter series, starting on Monday 23rd January at 4.30pm on BBC One, follows fearless Blue Peter presenter Helen Skelton’s progress as she sets out to complete a gruelling 500 mile challenge to the South Pole for Sport Relief 2012.
Helen’s Polar Challenge for Sport Relief sees the daredevil presenter take on the toughest adventure of her life – and one of the most demanding physical challenges ever undertaken in aid of Sport Relief. To reach the South Pole, Helen must travel for up to 14 hours a day across the coldest and windiest place on earth, battling ferocious 80mph winds and temperatures as low as -50 degrees Celsius.
Before landing in Antarctica, Helen spends months preparing for her challenge. First she learns about Roald Amundsen’s and Captain Scott’s treacherous race to the South Pole 100 years ago and meets Britain’s most famous explorer, Sir Ranulph Fiennes. »
Chicago – “Killer Elite” is one of those home releases that makes me wonder about the future of Blu-ray. It’s clearly not an edition designed for fans of this awful action movie, even if one does assume that it’s a very small group of people since it has practically no special features. And there really aren’t any Blockbusters any more, buying these things in bulk with a design on renting them. So, why not just download it? With more and more people able to download in HD, lackluster releases like that for “Killer Elite” are going to be the first to go the way of the VHS tape.
Blu-ray Rating: 1.0/5.0
As for the actual movie, I didn’t do a bottom ten for 2011 but this would have been on it if I had. Gary McKendry’s excuse for a spy action film is a loud, exhausting, cliched piece of nonsense. »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
After the likes of Crank and Shoot ‘Em Up, the prospect of seeing fellow Brit action stars Jason Statham and Clive Owen go head to head is certainly an exciting one. It is therefore intriguing that they chose a relatively low-key true life thriller Killer Elite, released on Blu-ray and DVD this week, as the film that brings them together on screen for the first time.
Based on Sir Ranulph Fiennes’ 1991 novel The Feather Men, the film follows ex-special ops agent Danny Bryce (Statham) as he is lured out of retirement to rescue his mentor Hunter (Robert De Niro) who has been taken hostage in Oman by Sheikh Amr (Rodney Afif) after failing to accomplish a mission for him. Bryce makes a deal to finish the mission which involves killing three former Sas assassins protected by a secret society known as the Feather Men led by Spike Logan (Owen). A »
- Chris Wright
From the moment Danish anarcho-prankster Lars von Trier jokingly told a Cannes press conference that he was "a Nazi" (an ill-judged joke referring to his late-life discovery that his biological father was not Jewish but German – boom boom!), it was clear that his end-of-the-world epic Melancholia (Artificial Eye, 2011, 15) was going to be eclipsed by controversy. Von Trier has since vowed never to speak again in public, which is probably a good thing because it means the work will have to speak for itself. And whatever you may think of Lars's bull-in-a-china-shop humour (he compares himself charitably to the European folklore figure Clumsy Hans), the fact remains that this oddly operatic vision of the apocalypse is one of his most satisfying films to date.
- Mark Kermode
Killer Elite arrived on Blu-ray and DVD combo pack today, and with it came a heavy mix of action and espionage with a stellar cast. What is not to love about Robert De Niro, Jason Statham, and Clive Owen? The rest of the cast is solid, including Dominic Purcell (Prison Break, Straw Dogs), Yvonne Strahovski (Chuck), Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Lost, Oz, The Thing), Aden Young (Sniper, The Starter Wife), and Ben Mendelsohn (Trespass, Knowing).
Killer Elite is directed by Gary McKendry and follows two of the world's most elite operatives--Danny, an ex-special ops agent (Statham) and Hunter, his longtime mentor (De Niro)--against the cunning leader of a secret military society (Owen). The group traverses the globe from Australia to Paris, London, and the Middle East, in a deadly game of cat and mouse.
The film is based on the book The Feather Men by Sir Ranulph Fiennes. When I went »
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Based on a shocking true story, Killer Elite is a gritty battle between guns-for-hire that has been hailed as .one of the best action thrillers of the year!. by Richard Roeper, ReelzChannel. Pitting two of the world.s most elite operatives against the cunning leader of a secret military society, Killer Elite stars Jason Statham (The Transporter, Death Race), Academy Award® winner Robert De Niro (The Godfather Part II, Raging Bull) and Academy Award®-nominee Clive Owen (Children of Men, Closer). Directed by Academy Award®-nominee Gary McKendry (Everything in this Country Must), Killer Elite is available on Blu-ray.Combo Pack with UltraViolet., DVD, On Demand and Digital Download January 10, 2012 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment and Open Road Films.
Featuring unstoppable action and »
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18 items from 2012
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