18 items from 2014
Ever since breaking out in the states in "300," Lena Headey has been lighting up the small and silver screen playing strong, iconic women.
Over 20 years ago, Headey's film career was jump-started by a chance encounter at the Royal National Theatre in high school. Today, the actress plays character-you-love-to-hate Cersei Lannister in the hit HBO series "Game of Thrones," but, this Friday, the actress will return to theaters as the popular warrior queen for another go-round in "300: Rise of an Empire."
From hilarious fan encounters to her love of horror films, here are 15 things you probably don't know about Lena Headey.
1. Headey was born in Bermuda, where her father -- a Yorkshire police cadet -- was stationed. She grew up on the island country before her family moved back to Huddersfield, Yorkshire, when she was five.
- Jonny Black
Forgetting stars in the Academy Awards "In Memoriam" segment is almost as much a tradition as the fashion and speeches. But which stars missed out on live Oscars broadcast in 2014? Cory Monteith, Dennis Farina, Sarah Jones and Tom Clancy are among those not memorialized on TV.
Thanks to the Internet, the 86th Academy Awards can claim to honor just about everyone in film who died. Still, there's a bit of a slight felt by fans of those deemed unworthy for the telecast. Here are some of the biggest names left out of the video:
Jonathan Winters -- Died: April 11, 2013. Claim to Oscar fame: "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World," "The Russians Are Coming the Russians Are Coming," "The Smurfs"Gary David Goldberg -- Died: June 22, 2013. Claim to Oscar fame: "Must Love Dogs," sitcoms from "Family Ties" to "Spin City"Cory Monteith -- Died: July 13, 2013. Claim to Oscar fame: "Glee, »
Jason Statham is at a major turning point in his career. Is he still a leading man? Well, perhaps a better question is, can you imagine him standing behind another leading man? Looking back on 2003.s The Italian Job, it seems improbable that Statham would need the help of Marky Mark and Seth Green in executing a heist. You watch Snatch today, with its collection of colorful names, and you wonder why Statham isn.t drop-kicking people. But when things are getting a bit stale for Statham, he knows when to mix it up. And his latest role is quite a shift: Variety confirms the rumors that Statham is attached to Susan Cooper, a major tentpole comedy starring Melissa McCarthy. Statham wouldn.t have to stretch too much, playing a British spy who aligns himself with McCarthy on assignment. McCarthy.s The Heat collaborator Paul Feig would be directing his »
Reports in October indicated that Statham had met with director Paul Feig but the actor was uncommitted as he was still weighing other options. Sources now confirm Statham has agreed to co-star in the project and that a deal should be made shortly.
In the comedy that reteams McCarthy and Feig yet again (“The Heat,” “Bridesmaids”), the story follows the adventures of an unlikely spy, Susan Cooper. Statham will play another spy McCarthy teams up with.
- Justin Kroll
Fractured is written by Adam Gierasch and his partner, Jace Anderson (both of whom teamed for Night of the Demons and Autopsy), with Gierasch once again in the director's chair. Callum Blue ("Smallville"), Vinnie Jones (Snatch, Midnight Meat Train), and Ashlynn Yennie (The Human Centipede) star.
Dylan White leads an easy, if unambitious life: He has a good job that doesn’t require much thought and a girlfriend who wants only so much commitment. The world doesn’t demand much of him and he’s okay with that… until terrifying experiences intrude upon his everyday life. Are they visions, nightmares, glimpses into another world? Forced onto a journey of self-discovery that takes him into the »
- Uncle Creepy
Guy Ritchie, the stylish Brit behind the hyperkinetic one-two punch that was Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch, hasn’t made a great crime comedy since 2008′s RocknRolla (blame Warner Bros., which keeps throwing Ritchie big fish like Sherlock Holmes and The Man from U.N.C.L.E.). It might be a while until the auteur bounces back with another instant classic but in the meantime, at least we have Black Out, a mostly clever and entertaining Dutch flick that mimics Ritchie’s furious editing technique, convoluted storytelling and zany characters so meticulously that it almost managed to convince me it was doing something original.
That’s a diss, sure, but originality has never been a requirement in cinema; on the contrary, it’s so rare that we wildly applaud whenever we do see it. And to be fair, Ritchie stood on the shoulders of other filmmakers »
- Isaac Feldberg
Guy Ritchie (Sherlock Holmes, Snatch) is bringing the popular 1960s spy series to the big screen with Henry Cavill (Man of Steel) and Armie Hammer (The Lone Ranger) in the leads. Set in the 1960s, the story follows CIA agent Napoleon Solo (Cavill) and Kgb operative Illya Kullyakin (Hammer), who work for the mysterious United Network Command for Law Enforcement (U.N.C.L.E.). Forced to put aside long-standing hostilities, the two team up on a joint mission to stop a mysterious international criminal organization, which is bent on destabilizing the fragile balance of power through the proliferation of nuclear weapons and technology. The duo’s only lead is the daughter of a vanished German scientist (played by Alicia Vikander), who is the key to infiltrating the criminal organization, and »
- Pietro Filipponi
The Gosford Park actor will star as Downton guest Simon Bricker in the ITV drama's fifth series.
The Hour star Anna Chancellor will also join the series as Lady Anstruther, while Snatch and Taken 2 actor Rade Sherbedgia will play Russian refugee Kuragin, who flees the Russian revolution after Wwi.
Downton executive producer Gareth Neame said of the castings: "We are delighted to welcome these talented actors to the world of Downton. The characters they play are set to bring yet more excitement and intrigue to the show."
Downton Abbey will also return for a Christmas special in 2014 after its eight-part fifth series, it has been confirmed.
The fifth series began filming on February 10, and will return to ITV in the autumn.
Grant previously guest »
Carnival Films and ITV have set a handful of new names to join the cast of Downton Abbey as it heads into its 5th season. Richard E. Grant will play Simon Bricker who visits the estate as a guest of the Granthams. Anna Chancellor (The Hour), fresh off a West End production of Private Lives, is also coming aboard in the guest role of Lady Anstruther. Rade Sherbedgia (Snatch, Taken 2) will play Russian refugee, Kuragin, who has fled the Russian revolution after World War I. Downton executive producer Gareth Neame said, “We are delighted to welcome these talented actors to the world of Downton. The characters they play are set to bring yet more excitement and intrigue to the show.” Returning guest cast member Dame Harriet Walter will also reprise her role as Lady Shackleton, and Peter Egan will return as Lord Flintshire. Last season, the series added a »
- NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor
Though Jason Statham is one of the most widely known action stars in the world today, it wasn’t that long ago when he first arrived on the scene. After delivering memorable performances in Guy Ritchie’s crime capers Snatch and Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels, it was really The Transporter, back in 2002, that elevated him to action stardom. In subsequent Transporter films, the Crank franchise and dozens of stand-alone action flicks since, he’s refined his niche, but that film truly marked his breakout. Though it’s been five years since Transporter 3 made bank with $108 million, the success of the series has led EuropaCorp towards rebooting the franchise with three new films. Now, likely hoping to kick-start another young actor’s career, EuropaCorp has tapped Game of Thrones actor Ed Skrein to take the lead role in Transporter 4.
The British actor has a few credits to his name, »
- Isaac Feldberg
The 2002 film The Transporter saw Jason Statham stake his claim as possibly the best bald action star since Bruce Willis (well, maybe tied with Vin Diesel). After making a big impression in Guy Ritchie’s first two films (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch), he would go on to define his career with the Transporter and Crank action franchises, and audiences are now used to seeing the release of at least one Statham action film per year.
The first three Transporter movies, written and produced by Taken mastermind Luc Besson, became bigger and bigger hits around the world, with The Transporter 3 cracking $108 million globally. And while the Cinemax spin-off Transporter: The Series was not a hit, TNT ...
- Anthony Vieira
It looks like the role that made Jason Statham a star in North America is going to be getting the reboot treatment. The Transporter franchise began back in 2002 after Statham had appeared in Guy Ritchie's Lock, Stock, And Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch, giving the gravel-voiced brit an action franchise all his own. Writer/producer Luc Besson would go on to make three films in The Transporter series which also became a small screen show a few years back (season 2 hits TNT this fall). But, »
- Alex Maidy
THR report that the director is in negotiations with Nu Image, who are shopping the action sequel to international buyers at the European Film Market.
Jason Statham is reprising his role as Arthur Bishop, the eponymous elite assassin with a talent for clean kills, often made to look like accidental deaths, and a strict code of conduct.
No word yet if Ben Foster will be reprising his role for the upcoming sequel, but Statham’s involvement alone will no doubt be enough to continue the success of the franchise.
Remaking the 1972 film of the same name, Simon West’s The Mechanic netted just over $50m. around the world, with its home entertainment release sure to have tipped the scales very nicely in the black, »
- Kenji Lloyd
There are very few classic swords and sorcery properties that seem ripe for revival on the big screen: Peter Jackson's splendid Lord of the Rings trilogy finally wiped out memories of Ralph Bakshi's brave but half-finished 1978 effort. There will never be a Conan movie as fabulous as John Milius's Conan the Barbarian, from 1982, and it ought to be a good 20 years before we have to see another Harry Potter movie. But it's easy to argue that there has never been a definitive movie about King Arthur, so the news this week that we're about to get a six-film Arthurian saga from Warner Bros really ought to be cause for celebration.
The question, however, is whether Guy Ritchie is the »
- Ben Child
Four year ago it was reported that Guy Ritchie (Sherlock Holmes, Snatch) signed on to direct a "King Arthur" film for Warner Bros. At the time, Ritchie was working on the script with John Hodge (The Beach). The project eventually fell apart, but now comes word that it's back and has a new ambitious plan associated with it. According to Deadline, Ritchie is once again attached to direct "King Arthur," which will be a big-budget movie that's means to span six films. Joby Harold (Awake) already wrote the script for the first installment. Project aims to be a re-imagining of the legend of Arthur, believed to have been a 6th century king who defended Britain against Saxon invaders. Key source material will be Thomas Mallory's "Le Morte d'Arthur," published in 1485 as a compilation of French and English tales. »
Guy Ritchie is currently in production on the massive big-screen adaptation of the TV show The Man From U.N.C.L.E., but it looks like he’s already setting his sights on something even bigger next. The Lock, Stock and Snatch helmer is looking to at least helm the first in a proposed series of six films over at Warner Brothers, the studio where he found huge success with the Sherlock Holmes films.
The first film is written by Joby Harold (Awake), and revolves around the legend of English knight King Arthur, a character that has featured in many movies, most recently in the Jerry Bruckheimer produced film of 2004 starring Clive Owen as the title character. Oscar-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman is producing the new film alongside Ritchie’s partner Lionel Wigram.
Warners have been wanting to get an ‘Arthur’ project off the ground for many years, and even the likes of Kit Harington, »
- Paul Heath
It was back in 2010 when word first broke that Sherlock Holmes and Snatch helmer Guy Ritchie was interested in bringing to the big screen a faithful adaptation of Arthurian legend. Although the project seemed to fall by the wayside, Deadline today reports that attempts are being made to get it back on track and that plans for a franchise based on King Arthur's exploits may ultimately become six separate feature films. Joby Harold has drafted the script for the first film and will produce alongside Akiva Goldsman, Tory Tunnell and Lionel Wigram. An earlier iteration of the project was to feature a screenplay by John Hodge ( Trainspotting ) and was to be based directly on Thomas Mallory's 15th century work "Le Morte d'Arthur" (which itself is divided into eight »
London — The first image has been released of Jim Broadbent starring in “Get Santa,” which is shooting in London and Yorkshire, Northern England. Altitude Film Sales will be selling the pic at the European Film Market in Berlin.
When Santa (Broadbent) is arrested in London, it falls on 9-year-old Tom (Kit Connor) and his dad Steve (Rafe Spall) to go on a desperate quest to save Christmas.
Pic is penned and helmed by Christopher Smith (“Black Death,” “Severance”), and produced by Liza Marshall for Ridley Scott’s Scott Free London, alongside the BFI, Screen Yorkshire and Altitude Film Entertainment.
As well as Broadbent, newcomer Connor, and Spall (“Prometheus,” “I Give It a Year,” “Life of Pi”), the cast includes Stephen Graham (“This Is England,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” “Gangs of New York”), Ewen Bremner (“Trainspotting,” “Snatch,” “Black Hawk Down”), Jodie Whittaker (“Attack the Block,” “Venus”), Warwick Davis (“Harry Potter” franchise, »
- Leo Barraclough
18 items from 2014
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