Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Tom Hiddleston Praised For Hank Williams Transformation By Country Legend Rodney Crowell

ON OCTOBER 1, 2014

Tom Hiddleston's casting as singing legend Hank Williams may have been met with some fan backlash (as well as criticism from Williams' own family) earlier this year, but according to his mentor, country crooner Rodney Crowell, the Brit is the perfect man to take on the role of the all American Hank.

Tom will play Williams in new movie I Saw The Light which will hit cinemas next year. To prepare for the role, Tom has thrown himself into a grueling regime of weight loss, dialect lessons and most importantly singing classes. As shooting prepares to kick off, country singer/songwriter Crowell has revealed that the actor spent a month with him at his Tennessee home in September in order to get intensive singing lessons.

Posting a selfie of the two on his Facebook page, Crowell has written a long account of his time with the Brit actor, as he got to work assisting the "leading man in finding his way into the heart of one of the greatest singer-songwriters of all time."

And Tom was thrown in at the deep end by Crowell, who writes that "the classically trained British actor arrived in Nashville on the fourth day of the month and the very next day climbed on a tour bus bound for Michigan and the Wheatland Music Festival...Just minutes before taking part in an afternoon workshop with Sarah Jarosz, whose permission I had sought first, I asked Tom if he’d like to join us onstage and sing “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry,” a Hank Williams song I’d heard him practicing on the bus. I was surprised when he said yes and skillfully performed the tune before what must have been 1500 people. Later that night, with my band on the main stage, and with very little urging from me, he rendered a joyful version of “Move It On Over.”"

"Afterward, brimming with delight, he admitted, rather boyishly, that he’d never in his life performed with a band and had loved it."

Andrew Scott joins Benedict Cumberbatch in The Hollow Crown

By Mayer Nissim
Wednesday, Oct 1 2014, 8:28am EDT
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The Moriarty actor will play King Louis in the channel's upcoming adaptations of Shakespeare's Henry VI and Richard III, which star Benedict Cumberbatch as Richard III.

Also newly confirmed for the cast are Michael Gambon as Mortimer, Philip Glenister as Talbot, Adrian Dunbar as Plantagenet and Ben Daniels as Buckingham.

They are joined by previously-announced actors Judi Dench, Sophie Okonedo, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Keeley Hawes and Tom Sturridge.

BBC Two is working on three films as part of this second Hollow Crown series of Shakespeare's historical plays: Richard III and Henry VI in two parts.

Dominic Cooke directs all three films, Ben Power has adapted the plays for the screen and Rupert Ryle-Hodges will produce.

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Martin Clunes and Debra Stephenson star guests at Julia's House ball

By mbarber  |  Posted: September 30, 2014

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Julia’s House development director Sarah Clark with Martin and Philippa Clunes

Julia’s House patrons actor Martin Clunes and impressionist Debra Stephenson pitched in at the Julia’s House annual Butterfly Ball, helping to make the event a stunning success.

The event which took place at Canford School was attended by 160 guests and raised £40,000.

Martin Clunes conducted the charity auction which including two lots he had donated - a walk-on part in the next series of Doc Martin and one of the suits his character wore in the hit TV show. They turned out to be the star lots, attracting combined bids to the tune of £2,250.

Debra Stephenson rounded off the evening by singing the opera classic Oh Mio Babbino Caro.


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

SPOILER: 10 Best Moments Of Downton Abbey Season 5, Episode 2: It Just Got Interesting...


Barrow’s a bitch

Come on Tom, was telling everyone about Baxter really necessary?! Poor Mr Moseley. Just when you get used to him looking somewhat happy, he gets shot down to looking his usual slightly bewildered and vaguely unhappy self again. This is why you have no friends so you can stop miserably smoking by the fireplace feeling all lonely already.

A man comes to see a painting

In an interesting plot twist for Downton Abbey, a posh man visits to view a painting. But since he looks creepy and seems to be hitting on Cora, we wonder if there could be more to this oh-so-interesting plot line. Could an affair be on the cards for Downton’s most nasal resident?

Bye bye Jimmy

Jimmy leaves and no one especially cares that much, except Thomas of course. Although Thomas is a bitter fellow, maybe all he needs is someone to love. Is he ever going to find a sexy yet caring partner who doesn’t try to have him arrested when he goes in for a kiss? We hope so!

Lady Edith becomes Marigold’s Godmother

Lady Edith managed to keep her out-of-wedlock child a secret, and yet goes to see her everyday, tells everyone she’s paying for her education and is determined to help raise her. So why does NO ONE bat an eyelid? Except the dashing fireman’s wife of course, who we get the feeling will not be accommodating to Marigold’s birth mother.

Anna shopping for condoms

In what was definitely the funniest part of the episode, a horny Mary sends poor Anna to risk her dignity by ordering what we can only assume is an old fashioned condom for Lady Mary’s planned weekend exploits. Anna hiding from other customers to get her gear was just brilliant.

King on the wireless

“Why’s it called a wireless when there’s so many wires?” Kitchen assistant Daisy: asking the big questions. Upstairs and downstairs gathered to listen to the radio, and there was some fun ‘it’s just a phase’ talk that we could all smugly giggle at. Oh you 1920s kids!


Benedict Cumberbatch on his Oscars U2 photobomb: ‘I was drinking – it was Ellen DeGeneres’ fault!

By Emmeline Saunders Web Writer
on Tuesday, 30 September 2014 at 10:52

Benedict Cumberbatch on his Oscars U2 photobomb: ‘I was drinking – it was Ellen DeGeneres’ fault!

Remember when Benedict Cumberbatch photobombed U2 on the red carpet at this year’s Oscars? And it was the best thing that had happened in the history of red carpet events? And then someone set it to the Jaws theme and it was EVEN BETTER?

Yeah, apparently the most important moment in Oscars history was all down to Ellen DeGeneres and her bottomless stash of miniature booze, as Benedict told Time Out this week.

“Yes, I photobombed U2! But that was all Ellen DeGeneres’s fault because she plied everyone with vodka on the red carpet,” he cheekboned.

“Her team was handing out these miniatures. A friend really wanted me to get a photo with U2. So I just saw the opportunity and I’ve never felt an impulse like it.

“I spotted them all standing around and I thought, ‘Perfect!’ It wasn’t preordained or anything. I just did it.”