The His Dark Materials cast is becoming absolutely divine. The upcoming BBC series has just cast James McAvoy (Split) and Clarke Peters (The Wire, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) in key roles in Tom Hooper‘s highly anticipated adaptation of Philip Pullman‘s beloved YA novels. They’ll join an already stacked cast including Logan‘s Dafne Keen and Hamilton‘s Lin-Manuel Miranda. Deadline reports that McAvoy has been cast as Lord Asriel, the rugged and charming explorer first played by Daniel Craig in the 2007 feature film The Golden Compass. Asriel is a key figure in the story of Lyra Belacqua (Keen), a hot-headed young girl living in an alternate Oxford, England who embarks on a dangerous quest to rescue her kidnapped friend. First introduced as her uncle, it’s revealed that Asriel is her father — untangling a web of conspiracies surrounding Lyra that stretch back to even before her … [Read more...] about ‘His Dark Materials’ Casts James McAvoy as Lord Asriel, Clarke Peters as Lyra’s Guardian
JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM (3 STARS) PLOT A volcano threatens the dinosaurs of Isla Nublar once again with extinction. CAST Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Isabella Sermon RATED PG-13 (several gruesome deaths) LENGTH 2:08 BOTTOM LINE Horror director J.A. Bayona adds a bit of shiver to this successful entry in the dino-franchise. “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” the fifth film in the dinosaur franchise, is a blockbuster with unsettling undertones. Some of them come courtesy of the Spanish director J.A. Bayona, whose best-known films -- “The Orphanage,” “A Monster Calls” --- have touches of horror. Some of the dark moments, though, reflect larger concerns about the world: What we’re doing to it, and what the results will be. “These creatures were here before us,” says chaos theoretician Ian Malcom, played by Jeff Goldblum in a brief but welcome return. “And if we’re not careful, they’ll be here after … [Read more...] about ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ review: Well-made thriller with dark undertones :
PUBLISHED: 16:05 19 June 2015 | UPDATED: 16:05 19 June 2015 Musician Jeff Shapiro Archant Jeff Shapiro is to turn the home where Curtis committed suicide into a base for Joy Division fans, finds Alex Bellotti. It may have been the setting of one of pop music’s biggest tragedies, but a Hampstead musician is hoping to turn Ian Curtis’s last home into a museum celebrating the Joy Division front man. Jeff Shapiro was approached to plan and design the project by his friend, entrepreneur Hadar Goldman, who secured the Macclesfield property with a last minute bid of £190,000 – nearly twice its asking price – after being inspired by a failed crowdfunding attempt by fans. The terraced building housed Curtis and his family until 1980, when the punk legend hanged himself in the kitchen at the age of 23. Having looked set to be used as a home, many fans are relieved it will now be saved from obscurity. But others question whether creating a museum would be … [Read more...] about Celebrating life or profiting from suicide? Hampstead rocker to turn Ian Curtis’s final home into museum
THE North Water is a new drama set to air on BBC Two this year. Here's the lowdown on when it starts and what's it about... When does The North Water start on BBC Two? As of yet, The North Water has no official release date but it is expected to air Autumn 2018. Filming for the five-part drama is set to begin this summer. It is based on the critically-acclaimed 2016 novel of the same name that was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and named A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice. The series is produced by See-Saw films who released the Academy Award-winning film The King's Speech. Who's in The North Water cast? Casting details have not yet been announced however 45 years director Andrew Haigh is attached to helm the project. The English writer and director said: “The novel by Ian McGuire is a darkly brilliant piece of work, propelled by a vision of the world that is both beautiful and brutal. "It feels bracingly modern and is piercingly perceptive about the … [Read more...] about When does The North Water start on BBC Two, who’s in the cast and what’s the Ian McGuire adaptation about?
PATRICK Stewart is an English actor whose career began in theatre, but nowadays is best known for his roles as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek and Professor X in X-Men. Here's everything we know about the actor... Who is Patrick Stewart? Patrick Stewart is an actor who started his career with the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1966. He was a part of various drama groups from the age of 11 and when he was 15, he left school and participated in more theatre. He also got a job as a newspaper reporter, but quit when his boss told him to choose between acting and journalism. After several TV appearances, Patrick became a household name thanks to his role of Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation. He also went on to star in the Star Trek film franchise and X-Men film series. Patrick was knighted at Buckingham Palace in 2010. What is Patrick Stewart's net worth? Patrick grew up in a working class household - his mother was a textile worker and his father was a regimental … [Read more...] about What is Patrick Stewart’s net worth, who is his wife Sunny Ozell and how did the Star Trek icon meet Ian McKellen?