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What is Casting Couch? It’s a safe place where you can read all the casting news you want without being afraid that anyone is going to judge you. Today we are happy to inform you that Hollywood has given new jobs to TV funnymen Donald Faison and Ryan Hansen. From judging reality shows on TV to recently co-starring with Jason Statham in Parker, it seems like Jennifer Lopez is slowly dipping her toes back into the world of celebrity. Probably it’s only a matter of time before we even have to start listening to “J-Lo” music on the radio again. Before you shudder at that notion though, let’s just focus on the movie world. THR is reporting that she’s just taken another role, this one in the dramatic retelling of the Chilean mining collapse of 2010, The 33. We already know that Antonio Banderas is starring in this one, and »
- Nathan Adams
Gary Oldman's (The Dark Knight Rises) directorial debut was the powerful drama Nil by Mouth in 1997, starring Ray Winstone (The Sweeney) and Kathy Burke (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy). Now there are reports that for his follow-up he is planning to direct a biopic of the film pioneer Eadweard Muybridge titled Flying Horse.
Muybridge developed technological advances in photography and motion-capturing imagery. The film will focus on the love affair between his wife Flora and the theatre critic Harry Larkyns, who was killed by Muybridge.
Oldman has written the script and is eyeing Ralph Fiennes (Skyfall) and Benedict Cumberbatch (Star Trek Into Darkness) to play Muybridge and Larkyns. He might also appear himself, as the district attorney who prosecuted Muybridge.
Flying Horse is scheduled to begin production early next year and will be produced by Oldman's manager Douglas Urbanski. Oldman can next be seen in the upcoming thriller Paranoia with Liam Hemsworth and Harrison Ford. »
Winstone will take on the role of the mentor of Penn's former hitman.
The film centres around Penn's character, who finds himself hunted across Europe by the organisation he used to work for.
Nil By Mouth is one of the greatest films ever made, so it seems a shame that acting legend Gary Oldman hasn’t directed since. But that looks set to change thanks to Flying Horse, a biopic focusing on the life of Eadweard Muybridge, a photographer known for his pioneering work in motion-picture projection. Obviously quite the inspiration for anyone in film, but I’d hazard a guess that Oldman will focus more on the darker side of his life, which included murder. Suspecting his son may have been fathered by his wife’s friend, he shot the man (Major Harry Larkyns) dead after saying “Good evening, Major, my name is Muybridge and here’s the answer to the letter you sent my wife.” Muybridge’s insanity plea may have been dismissed, but the jury saw fit to acquit him on the grounds of justifiable homicide. Good times.
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- Luke Ryan Baldock
New York, Jun 16: Ray Winstone has revealed that his biggest weakness is his fear that he and his family will be stricken with Cancer.
The 56-year-old told The Sun that he is afraid of the deadly disease because his mum Margaret was killed by the disease aged 52.
Ray asserted that the terror of being diagnosed with the illness gets worse as he grows older than his mother.
He also talked about how he has been dwelling on his health and mortality after a string of his friends were recently struck with cancer.
Ray said that he has three daughters, so he is not worried about prostate cancer but does worry about. »
- Meeta Kabra
Only this week we brought you news that both Javier Bardem and Idris Elba had joined the cast of Taken director Pierre Morel’s assassin thriller, The Gunman, which is being headlined by Sean Penn. Now we have word of Brit brute Ray Winstone’s addition, who’s expected to portray the man Penn’s character learned his killing craft from.
The film is based on the 2002 novel ‘The Prone Gunman’ by Jean-Patrick Manchette and has the following synopsis:
Martin Terrier is a hired killer who wants out of the game — so he can settle down and marry his childhood sweetheart. That’s why he took up this profession! Martin returns to his hometown to claim her, but the Organization won’t let him go. Once again, the gunman must assume the prone shooting position.
- Craig Hunter
Ray Winstone has joined the cast of Pierre Morel's "The Gunman" for Silver Pictures and Studio Canal. Winstone plays the mentor of a hitman (Sean Penn) who is betrayed and then hunted by the organization he worked for.
The story follows a young woman (Michelle Williams) in Nazi-occupied France who ends up falling in love with a German officer (Matthias Schoenaerts). Dibb and Matt Charman adapted the story, and shooting begins in Belgium and Paris later this summer. [Source: Deadline]
- Garth Franklin
Louise Redknapp discusses ageing and why she named a nail polish after her father-in-law
Harry Redknapp is a man of many incarnations: footballer, manager and a man perennially touted for the England job in the past. But it seems safe to say that he has never before been a nail varnish.
And yet, thanks to his daughter-in-law, Louise Redknapp, he is now immortalised as "Harry" – a dusky-lilac lacquer in her new make-up range. The idea, Louise says, was to identify each product as a friend or family member to make them easier to remember. Her husband, Jamie, a former professional footballer turned Sky Sports pundit, is a mushroomy gold varnish. The couple's sons, Charlie, nine, and Beau, four, are both eyeshadow duo pencils.
"I don't think Harry knew before I did it," she admits when we meet in her office in Chelsea, south-west London. "He doesn't get that involved in my make-up products. »
- Elizabeth Day
For decades, Gary Oldman has demonstrated his knack for drastically changing his appearance and mannerisms to suit the character he’s playing in any given film. From drug-dealing pimp Drexl Spivey in True Romance to Count Dracula himself in Francis Ford Coppola’s 1992 adaptation of the Bram Stoker novel, Oldman has been widely acclaimed for his chameleon-like transformations.
Now, Oldman is looking to add another radically different role to his accomplished career: director. Currently, the actor’s only directorial feature credit is the 1997 British release Nil by Mouth, which starred Ray Winstone as an abusive husband. This time, however, it looks like Oldman has his sights set on a more ambitious project.
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- Robert Yaniz Jr.
After news that Idris Elba has been tipped for a role in the upcoming action-thriller, Ray Winstone is now set to join Sean Penn and Javier Bardem in Pierre Morel‘s The Gunman as well. This time around, an outstanding British actor who tends to play working-class London psychotics, signed on to play the mentor to Penn’s titular character, a hired killer betrayed by and hunted down by his crime organization employer. Pete Travism who directed the violent 2012 comic book adaptation Dredd, wrote the adapted script from the Jean-Patrick Manchette novel ‘The Prone Gunman,’ which was published post-mortem in 2002. According to Deadline, Italian actress »
- Nick Martin
Veteran actor Ray Winstone, who recently wrapped work in Darren Aronofsky’s Noah, based on the Bible story with Russell Crowe as Noah, joined the cast of the upcoming crime thriller The Gunman. As reported by Deadline, Winstone signed on to play the mentor to Sean Penn’s titular character, a hired killer betrayed by and hunted down by his crime organization employer. Winstone, something of a veteran with crime thrillers via Sexy Beast and The Departed, joined Idris Elba and Javier Bardem on the movie. Jasmine Trinca signed on as the film’s female lead. »
Sean Penn. Javier Bardem. Idris Elba. For any normal production that would be more than enough star-power, but apparently it's not quite enough for Pierre Morel's The Gunman, as today the project has added yet another top-notch performer to the gang. Deadline is reporting that The Departed and Beowulf star Ray Winstone has been added to the cast of the action film, as has Italian actress Jasmine Trinca. Based on the novel "Prone Gunman" by Jean-Patrick Manchette, the story centers on an international operative (Penn) who is turned on by his handlers and forced to go on the run through various locales in Europe. The site says that Winstone will be playing Penn's mentor at the organization that betrays the lead character, which is strange casting when you consider that the former is only three years older than the latter. There aren't any details about the character that Trinca »
Although DreamWorks is no longer involved with the project, director Thomas McCarthy (Win Win) is hoping Matt Damon will show interest in his untitled picture about the Catholic Church's sex abuse scandal. Based on the Boston Globe's Pulitzer Prize-winning articles chronicling reports of sex abuse within the Church, the project is said to be in the vein of All the President's Men, and would star Damon as lead reporter Mike Rezendes. Damon has yet to see a script but the filmmakers have had the Boston-native in mind for the role during its two years of script development. Hit the jump for more on this controversial picture and for the latest casting news on Pierre Morel's The Gunman. The Wrap further reports that McCarthy's untitled picture will follow the uncovering of the scandal as a result of "a year-long investigation by the Boston Globe's spotlight team, which interviewed victims and »
- Dave Trumbore
• Idris Elba (Prometheus) is in talks to join Sean Penn and Javier Bardem in the action flick The Gunman. Taken’s Pierre Morel is set to direct the project about what happens when an international operative is betrayed by his organization. Elba’s being considered for the role of Dupont, vaguely described as a “mysterious operative.” The story is based on Jean-Patrick Manchette’s novel The Prone Gunman. [THR]
- Lindsey Bahr
Two time BAFTA winner Gary Oldman hopes to add Ralph Fiennes and Benedict Cumberbatch to his second directorial effort, Flying Horse. Oldman has collaborated with both actors in the past as he co-starred with Cumberbatch in the intriguing but overly complex drama Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (for which Oldman was a Best Actor nominee at the Oscars) and with Fiennes in the Harry Potter series.
Flying Horse, which was written by Oldman, is a biopic of photographer Eadweard James Muybridge. While Muybridge’s accomplishments and contributions to film would provide plenty of material alone, the movie will center primarily on the relentless media gossip surrounding his personal life.
In addition to making great strides in his photography work, Muybridge was accused of murdering a theater critic, Harry Larkyns, who he suspected was having an affair with his wife. Fiennes would take the role of Muybridge opposite Cumberbatch as the deceitful critic Larkyns. »
- Katherine Kranz
Exclusive: Looks like the sides have been chosen for the shoot-out film The Gunman, which Taken helmer Pierre Morel will direct for Silver Pictures and Studio Canal. Ray Winstone has just joined the film. He’ll play the mentor of the hitman played by Sean Penn, who is betrayed and then hunted by the organization he worked for. On the opposite side of this twosome are Javier Bardem and Idris Elba, and they run all over Europe in a fatal game of cat and mouse. Jasmine Trinca (Miele) is the female lead. Winstone’s tough guy cred includes The Departed, Sexy Beast, 44 Inch Chest and the upcoming Darren Aronofsky-directed Noah, where he goes mano a mano against Russell Crowe in that Biblical epic. I hope this movie is as good as it sounds here, because I’d follow these four actors anywhere. The Gunman is based on the Jean-Patrick Manchette novel Prone Gunman, »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
On the heels of word yesterday that Idris Elba had joined the cast, Deadline is reporting that Ray Winstone has also signed on to director Pierre Morel's The Gunman . The current cast also includes Javier Bardem and Sean Penn. The film is an adaptation of Jean-Patrick Manchette's novel The Prone Gunman , which was published post-mortem in 2002 and translated by James Brooks and published through Lawrence Ferlinghetti's City Light Books in 2002 with the following official description: Martin Terrier is a hired killer who wants out of the game . so he can settle down and marry his childhood sweetheart. That's why he took up this profession! Martin returns to his hometown to claim her, but the Organization won't let him go. Once again, the gunman must assume the prone shooting »
Glen Murphy also stars in the story about two generations of gangsters in which the son of a crime boss is forced to make a decision.
“My relationship with Spotlight has proved the smoothest of roles for a producer,” said Murphy, who also produces Lords Of London.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Critics Choice Awards
"The Big Bang Theory" won in the Best Comedy Series category, "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" was honored as Best Talk Show, "Archer" was honored as Best Animated Series, and "Behind the Candelabra" was honored as Best Movie/Miniseries. [Source: TV Line]
Someday Someday Maybe
Actress Lauren Graham has closed a deal with Warner Bros TV and A Very Good Production for an hourlong drama series adaptation of her new book "Someday, Someday, »
- Garth Franklin
Aneurin (represented by Ken McReddie Associates), won an Olivier award in 2010 for best actor in a musical for his West End debut as Melchoir in musical Spring Awakening after graduating from Rwcmd in 2008. He will next be seen as the lead in feature film Mariah Mundi and the Midas Box and on TV as the Duke of Gloucester in BBC One's The White Queen.
Set in the small Dorset village of Moonfleet, Aneurin plays young John Trenchard who is desperate to join the local band of smugglers led by Elzevir Block (Winstone). Together they embark on an adventure full of action, friendship and humour, and hunt for a fabled lost diamond. Their journey takes them from 18th Century Dorset, »
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