16 items from 2011
Jared Harris is the son of the late Richard Harris (Harry Potter), so the acting blood lines are there. He's been a recurring character on AMC hit series Mad Men, and plays Sherlock Holmes villain Professor Moriarty in A Game of Shadows coming out December 16 next.
Variety reports today, Steven Spielberg has cast Harris as Civil War General Ulysses S. Grant in his star studded biopic Lincoln. Harris joins noteworthy performers Daniel Day-Lewis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Tommy Lee Jones in this epic film adaptation of the biography "Team of Rivals" by Doris Kearns Goodwin. »
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Steven Spielberg seems hellbent on casting just about every talented actor he can in his long talked-about and finally-upcoming Abraham Lincoln biopic, Lincoln. Beyond Daniel Day-Lewis as the brilliant and ill-fated American president, the rest of the cast listing for Lincoln gives new meaning to the term “star-packed,” as it currently includes Sally Field, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tommy Lee Jones, John Hawkes, Hal Holbrook, James Spader, Tim Blake Nelson, Bruce McGill, Joseph Cross, David Strathairn, Walton Goggins, Lee Pace, Jackie Earle Haley, and David Oyelowo. At this rate, I’m not entirely unconvinced that I haven’t been cast in this project. But Spielberg has now added another British actor to this most American of stories, casting Jared Harris as Ulysses S. Grant. As Spielberg’s film will focus on “the road to abolition,” the inclusion of Grant is a no-brainer, as the general was an essential part of the Civil War, and »
- Kate Erbland
Even though "The Dark Knight Rises" has recently wrapped, there's not too much known about the film. The cast gets so clammed up about it when asked any questions regarding the project that sometimes it ends up leading to awkward exchanges like this. But that doesn't stop rumors about "Rises" from floating around the web, and we're diving into two of the biggest ones currently knocking around.
It's already been announced that the first six to seven minutes of the film are being shown before "Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol," but only of screenings of that flick in IMAX using 70mm film. Fortunately, there's an easier option for everyone else out there. Variety reporter Jeff Sneider tweeted that fans can expect to see a new trailer for "The Dark Knight Rises" before "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows."
But that's not the only rumor circulating right now, though this »
- Terri Schwartz
Don't you just love post-converted 3D films and the way they'd be 100% better off being shown in the format they were shot in mind with? They capitalize on a gimmick that's wearing thin already, and in fact are often hurt more so by the application than they are helped. Not only are new films being post-converted, studios are beginning to dig into the vaults to squeeze some more money out of their past successes. There's nothing wrong with that, but at least do a good job of it. 'The Lion King' 3D was entirely pointless. 1994 animated backgrounds don't make for good eye candy in 3D. Perhaps 'Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace' will get the post-conversion right. It's kind of a scary thought bringing 1999 CGI into the realm of 3D, but it's a good opportunity to touch up the effects and build to the inevitable "complete" 'Star Wars' Blu-Ray set. »
Jared Harris is one of those actors you might not instantly recognise by name, but you’ll definitely know him by on sight. The son of acting legend Richard Harris, he has appeared in tons of movies and TV shows over the years, including Fringe, Mad Men, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Resident Evil: Apocalypse, he even played Winona Ryder’s boss Mac McGrath in the Adam Sandler comedy Mr. Deeds!
His latest movie, which is released on DVD and Blu-ray on October 17th, is John Carpenter’s The Ward, where he plays the Dr. Stringer, the head of the eponymous ward… He’ll also next be seen as Professor Moriarty in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows – which, if you ask me, is a case of perfect casting! We recently got a chance to talk to Harris to discuss The Ward, Sherlock Holmes 2 and much more.
Playwright who mixed a comic brew of weird suburban characters and absurd situations
The playwright Nf Simpson, who has died aged 92, was hailed by the critic Kenneth Tynan in 1958 as "the most gifted comic writer the English stage has discovered since the war". He was generally identified with the Theatre of the Absurd movement alongside Eugène Ionesco, Arthur Adamov, Samuel Beckett and Harold Pinter. But Simpson was peculiarly and singularly English in his absurdism. He turned suburban characters into weird chatterboxes and language into highly imaginative chop logic, and mixed a comic brew that derived more recognisably from the worlds of Lewis Carroll, Ws Gilbert and the Goons, without the puerile edge that came along with Monty Python.
His first play to be produced was A Resounding Tinkle (1957), which in its original two-act form won third prize in an Observer playwriting competition organised by Tynan and was produced as a »
- Michael Coveney
If the Sidebar section of the site was meant for anything, this is it as Superherohype is reporting the first teaser trailer for Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises is set to premiere in front of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 next week as was previously rumored. The trailer is said to be one minute and 33 seconds long and will play in both 2D theaters and IMAX 3D screens. A teaser poster is also expected soon and I would expect something minimal along the lines as the teaser poster for The Dark Knight which I'm sure you remember... if not, here's a link to click.
There is no word on when the trailer will be available online.
Additionally, trailers for other Warner Bros. releases including Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows and a second trailer for Happy Feet Two are also expected to play in front of Potter. »
- Brad Brevet
The cast and crew of Paul W.S. Anderson's The Three Musketeers takes home a paycheck in this confusing, yet clear cut attempt to cash in on a companion franchise to Sherlock Holmes. The new trailer for this dandy showed up on YouTube, and it's exactly what you think it is. D'Artagan (Logan Lerman) unites with the three feathery – but apparently down on their luck Musketeers – to battle a villainous duo, keep them from overthrowing French royalty and causing total war. See blimps, something that looks like Hellraiser's The Lament Configuration, Milla Jovovich slow-mo ass kicking à la the Resident Evil franchise, and Orlando Bloom (and his hair) possessed by the spirit of Johnny Depp in the new trailer below. The only reason this might be worth...
Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame, 2010.
Directed by Hark Tsui.
In 7th Century China, An exiled detective is recruited to solve a series of mysterious deaths that threaten to delay the inauguration of Empress Wu.
A good detective story can survive with just a good amount of clues and a steady pace, but when it enters the outer circle of the action adventure genre, it’s hard not to be pleased. Even the recent Sherlock Holmes adaptation embraced the modern cop buddy genre to provide a thoroughly good watch. Of course, not all detectives would benefit with this treatment. I would hardly imagine Poirot or Columbo mucking in when the fists started flying. But some detectives can.
Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame has been described mostly as a cross between Sherlock Holmes and Crouching Tiger, »
By Josh Wigler
Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images
Evangeline Lilly already had a strong connection to Middle-earth thanks to her former relationship with "Lost" co-star Dominic Monaghan — better known to Tolkien fans as "Lord of the Rings"' very own Merry Brandybuck, of course — but now she's strengthening those ties all on her own.
Lilly is the latest addition to "The Hobbit," director Peter Jackson announced on his Facebook page over the weekend. The actress, who starred on "Lost" as fugitive-turned-adoptive-mother Kate Austen throughout the show's six-season run, will play "a new character" in the two-part "Lord of the Rings" prequel, which is slated to hit theaters in December 2012 and December 2013.
"Evangeline Lilly will be playing a new character — the Woodland Elf, Tauriel," Jackson revealed of her casting. "Her name means 'daughter of Mirkwood' and, »
Though shooting has been underway in New Zealand for months now, The Hobbit is still adding cast members — and now two of the last remaining major characters in director Peter Jackson’s two-part fantasy epic have been locked down. EW has confirmed that, as first reported by Deadline, English actor Luke Evans (pictured, left) — who played Apollo in last year’s Clash of the Titans and will co-star in the upcoming 3-D Three Musketeers — will play Bard the Bowman, who helps Hobbit hero Bilbo Baggins and company do battle with the dragon Smaug.
As for Smaug himself, English actor Benedict Cumberbatch »
- Josh Rottenberg
Fascinated by stories of her mysterious estranged Uncle Silas and his portrait, Maud Ruthyn soon finds herself under his care when her father suddenly dies unexpectedly. With a blind devotion to her “Papa”, Maud is unwilling to believe unnerving rumours about her uncle and is unruffled by his challenging of her father's will. But as days pass on her Uncle's estate, Maud becomes a prisoner locked in a room and everyone seems to scheme against her. There are soon very few people she can trust, with the exception of the Gamekeeper's daughter, Peg; the inaccessible maid, Mary, and her equally difficult to reach, Aunt Monica.
Before her father's demise in the first episode, there are already signs life will not be easy for the young heiress. Cousin Monica's warning for Maud to not be frightened but “be on [her] guard” indicates there'll be a turn in events. The introduction of the »
Prolific playwright and the hidden hand behind a string of classic TV series
Jeremy Paul, who has died of pancreatic cancer aged 71, was a prominent and industrious television writer associated with many of the leading series of the past 40 years, from Upstairs, Downstairs and The Duchess of Duke Street in the 1970s, to Roald Dahl's Tales of the Unexpected in the 80s and Lovejoy in the 90s. Relatively unknown writers such as Paul – who also wrote three BBC Plays for Today, including The Flipside of Dominick Hide (1980), starring Peter Firth as a time-traveller, and many of Granada Television's Sherlock Holmes series, starring Jeremy Brett and Edward Hardwicke – are the unsung heroes in the sustained supply of wit, literacy and humanity in our popular culture.
- Michael Coveney
Hardwicke, who passed away at the age of 78, is best known for playing Sherlock Holmes' sidekick on U.K. TV in the 1980s.
He says, "He was a great Watson, they were really good adaptations, it was great television.
"I found out when a friend texted me while we were filming the second series of Sherlock, and I texted him back and and said hopefully I'll pick up the torch." »
British actor Edward Hardwicke has died, aged 78.
He is survived by two daughters, Kate and Emma. »
During his fifty years as an actor, Peter Cushing found himself up against many monsters (some of whom he created) of varying creepiness. From his star-making role as Baron Frankenstein, the monster hunter certainly had his hands full...
The Abominable Snowman (1957): Intelligent Val Guest science fiction thriller, with Cushing’s scientist Dr John Rollison leading an expedition to find the Yeti, only to learn there is something more other-worldly about this particular monster.
The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959): Cushing gives his finest performance as Sherlock Holmes, battling the ferocious (and rather feeble-looking) dog that has cursed the Baskerville family for centuries. Cushing played the Great Detective in a 1968 TV series and turned up years later in The Mask of Death (1984), looking very frail but never losing his spark.
The Mummy (1959): Cushing plays crippled archaeologist John Banning, who ignores native warnings and activates a mummy (Lee again) that wrecks havoc. »
16 items from 2011
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