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The Last Diamond review – crime caper missing a few crucial cogs

The heist here is entertaining enough, but sluggish pacing and the lack of sparkle between the lead actors takes the shine off things

If the perfect crime caper movie should be as slick and effortless as a well-oiled machine, this French diamond heist thriller trundles along like a jalopy that is missing a few crucial cogs. Writer/director Eric Barbier ticks the right boxes – the brassy, swaggering score sounds like offcuts from David Holmes’ work for the Oceans series; the backdrop, an auction for a 137-carat diamond, is suitably glitzy. But the pacing is sluggish and, for all the glinting, multifaceted precious stones, there is little sparkle between conman and heist specialist Simon (Yvan Attal) and glamorous but conveniently credulous auction organiser Julia (Bérénice Bejo, rather out of her depth). The heist itself is devilishly convoluted, but entertaining enough. However, whatever momentum the picture had accrued is lost in an
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Watch: 7-Minute Supercut Showcases The Earliest Roles Of The 2015 Oscar Nominees

By the time the 87th Academy Awards are over this Sunday, two men and two women will have joined the elite ranks of those actors to have won an Oscar for Best Performance (in either a leading or supporting role). Regardless of what the predictions might be, we all have our favorites. Maybe you think someone’s overrated. Or your friend just doesn’t get the hype. Or you know in your gut the best performance will lose out to the more “Oscar bait” role. But you’re still going to fill out your ballot for the office pool, or root along with whomever you want to win the coveted statuette, because that’s half the fun of watching, no? Well, let’s take a brief, seven-minute break from speculating who might win to take a look at some of the earliest roles these 20 nominees had (we recently highlighted 20 Great
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Watch the Swinging, Spy-Filled First Trailer for 'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.'

This weekend's "Kingsman: The Secret Service" might be the first big spy movie of 2015, but it's far from the last. This August, Warner Bros will unleash "The Man from U.N.C.L.E.," based on the television series that ran for more than a hundred episodes from 1965 - 1968 (to tell you what a technologically trippy period this was, the first season's episodes were in black-and-white, the rest in color). This new version retains the period setting but seems to be ruder and more action-packed. Would you expect anything less from director Guy Ritchie?

In the new "Man from U.N.C.L.E.," Henry Cavill (summoning considerable more charm than he ever exhibited in "Man of Steel") plays Napoleon Solo, an American secret agent forced to partner with a Russian agent named Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer, forever the handsome straight man). Hugh Grant and Jared Harris are British agents and the almost painfully
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Paralysed Potter Stuntman Determined To Attend Premiere

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Paralysed Potter Stuntman Determined To Attend Premiere
The stuntman who was paralysed during the filming of the latest Harry Potter movie is determined to put his health problems behind him to attend the picture's premiere in November.

Daniel Radcliffe's stunt double David Holmes was hospitalised last year with a serious back injury after falling from a harness at Leavesden Studios in Hertfordshire, England, where he was practising flying scenes for the two-part Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

He was devastated when medics told him he would probably never walk again and the franchise's cast threw a celebrity auction to raise funds to cover his expensive medical bills.

But despite his condition, Holmes regularly returned to the set and is positive he will be able to appear at the red carpet event when Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 launches later this year.

Producer David Heyman tells Britain's Total Film magazine, "He was trying out a form of wire pull which we've done hundreds of times before and it went wrong.

"It's terrible on many fronts, but David is amazing - he remains, in spite of his situation, so positive and determined. And he may find his way back into the industry in some form. He loves Harry Potter, he still visits the sets and he wants to come to the premiere. He'll be part of our family forever."

Another 'Harry Potter' Stuntman Injured On Set

A stuntman working on the final "Harry Potter" movie has been hospitalized following a daring action sequence, just a year after Daniel Radcliffe's body double fell from a harness and suffered severe spinal injuries.

Movie action man Greg Powell, 56, suffered a broken shoulder in a motorcycle crash while filming the final installment in the wizard franchise, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II", last week. The accident, which occurred at the Leavesden Studios in Hertfordshire, England, is said to have happened after Powell's long trench coat became trapped in the rear wheel of the bike, sending him flying into the air, according to Britain's The People newspaper.

Last year David Holmes, who doubled for Radcliffe in the first part of the "Deathly Hallows" movie, broke his back at the same studios while he was practicing flying scenes.
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Radcliffe's Stunt Double 'Paralysed'

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Radcliffe's Stunt Double 'Paralysed'
Daniel Radcliffe's stunt double wept after he was told he will never walk again following an accident on the set of the new Harry Potter movie, according to reports.

David Holmes was hospitalised in January with a back injury after falling from a harness at Leavesden Studios, near Watford, Hertfordshire, where he was practising flying scenes for the forthcoming Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

The 25-year-old had surgery at the hospital, which specialises in spinal injuries.

Holmes' family published a message on his personal Facebook page to let friends know he was confident of a recovery: "David wants to thank everyone for their kind thoughts and wishes. And don't worry... the stunt-runt will be back."

But now doctors have delivered the devastating news that Holmes will be confined to a wheelchair and will never be able to walk again, according to Britain's The People newspaper.

A source tells the publication, "David is struggling to come to terms with the news. It's terrible news but his family and friends are trying to offer him as much support as they can.

"He is young and was very good at his job. But his life will be completely altered now."

But Holmes refuses to give up hope, despite the doctors' diagnosis.

The source adds, "Although David has been told he'll never walk again he is still not giving up hope. Deep down he knows it's unlikely but it's still early days and so he's not giving up completely."

Potter Stars Visit Injured Stunt Double

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Potter Stars Visit Injured Stunt Double
British actor Daniel Radcliffe has taken time out of his busy schedule to visit a London hospital to see the Harry Potter stuntdouble who was recently injured in a horrific onset accident.

David Holmes was admitted to hospital last month with a serious back injury after falling from a harness at Leavesden Studios, in Hertfordshire, England, while filming new movie Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

The 25-year-old, who steps in for dangerous scenes for Radcliffe, was hurt when a rehearsal for a flying scene went wrong. He was recently transferred to a specialist spinal unit at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in north London where he underwent surgery.

Radcliffe, who was in New York at the time of the accident, recently flew back to the U.K. and went to visit his pal in the medical facility on Tuesday.

Tom Felton, who plays Draco Malfoy in the blockbuster movies, joined Radcliffe in visiting Holmes, and was accompanied by his girlfriend Jade Olivia, who was pictured crying outside the hospital after the emotional visit.

The film set at the British studio recently reopened following a brief closure following the shocking accident.

Harry Potter 7 Set has Re-Opened

The set of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" has been allowed to re-open after an accident which left a stuntman badly injured. David Holmes, a stunt double for the film's star, Daniel Radcliffe, remains in hospital with a serious back injury after the accident on January 28th. The set was cordoned off after the accident but the Health and Safety Executive has now agreed for it to reopen, a spokesman said on Friday. "We have carried out a site visit and the set has now reopened," he added. "The investigation is ongoing." It is understood that Holmes was practicing an aerial sequence when he was injured. He is receiving treatment at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, which counts treatment for acute spinal injuries among its specialties. Click here to read more about "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows."
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Potter Set Reopens

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Potter Set Reopens
Work has resumed on the latest Harry Potter movie a week after Daniel Radcliffe's stunt double was seriously injured in an onset accident. David Holmes was admitted to hospital last Wednesday with a back injury after falling from a harness at Leavesden Studios, near Watford, Hertfordshire, England.

The 25-year-old was hurt when a rehearsal for a flying scene in the forthcoming Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows went wrong.

He has undergone spinal surgery and subsequently vowed not to let his injuries blight his career.

The film set at the British studio was closed following the shocking accident, with the U.K.'s Health and Safety Executive launching an investigation into the incident. But the crew are now back at work, according to British newspaper the Daily Mirror.

The new movie is the seventh in J.K. Rowling's wizard franchise and will be split into two parts, with the first scheduled for release in 2010.

Filming of 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows' Starts in Two Weeks

Despite experiencing an early drawback following the on-set accident late January, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I" will move ahead as scheduled. BBC News reported that the filming of the seventh movie installment of the "Harry Potter" series will be kicked off in two weeks.

"We have not begun filming yet and will not do so for another two weeks. This has always been the case," a spokeswoman for the production team of "Deathly Hallows" said of the production plan for the film. The rep further added, "Filming will commence mid-February and go through to spring 2009."

The confirmation of the filming schedule came out along with the news that the Leavesden set, where a stunt double for Daniel Radcliffe has been seriously injured during a test for a stunt for the movie, has been reopened. "We have carried out a site visit and the set has now reopened,
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'Potter' set reopens after stuntman injury

Production on the latest Harry Potter movie has resumed following an accident which left a stuntman seriously injured. Filming on Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows was halted after David Holmes plunged to the ground while rehearsing an aerial sequence last week. The 25-year-old, who is Daniel Radcliffe's stunt double, was taken to a North London hospital after complaining of paralysis in his hands and legs. A Health and Safety (more)
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'Potter' stuntman vows to return to work

The stuntman injured on the set of the latest Harry Potter film has vowed that he "will be back". According to The Telegraph, David Holmes is still unable to move his hands or legs after plunging to the ground while rehearsing an aerial sequence for Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows. However, Holmes has updated his Facebook page to read: "David wants to thank everyone for their (more)
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Radcliffe's Stunt Double Vows To Work Again

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Radcliffe's Stunt Double Vows To Work Again
Daniel Radcliffe's stunt double has vowed to return to work after he was seriously injured while rehearsing for the new Harry Potter movie. David Holmes, 25, was taken to Stanmore Hospital on Wednesday with a back injury after falling from a harness at Leavesden Studios, near Watford, Hertfordshire, where he was practising flying scenes for the forthcoming Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Holmes was forced to undergo surgery at the hospital, which specialises in spinal injuries.

The stuntman is still unable to move his hands and feet, according to British newspaper The Daily Telegraph.

But he has asked relatives to update his online Facebook page to let friends know he is eager to make a quick recovery.

The message reads: "David wants to thank everyone for their kind thoughts and wishes. And don't worry... the stunt-runt will be back."

A statement released by Holmes' family says: "We would like to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers. We are trusting in the expertise of the medical staff who are caring for David."

The U.K.'s Health and Safety Executive has opened up an investigation following the accident.

'Potter' stuntman's family thank fans

The family of a stuntman injured on the set of the latest Harry Potter film have thanked well-wishers for their thoughts and prayers. David Holmes was taken to hospital with a back injury after reportedly falling to the ground on set when a planned aerial stunt went wrong. Holmes's family said in a statement that they are "trusting in the expertise of the medical staff". The 25-year-old, who doubles (more)
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