Sunday, December 21, 2014


By Nick Romano December 17, 2014 1:43 PM

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Might Rosamund Pike earn herself a Best Actress trophy at the 2015 Oscars? While the 'Gone Girl' star is likely to get nominated, her chances of winning are up in the air.

Could Rosamund Pike win Best Actress at the 2015 Oscars? Reese Witherspoon's gripping performance in Wild has been dubbed the one to beat. And Jennifer Aniston's role in Cake is gaining momentum. But many critics say the Gone Girl actress shouldn't be dismissed just yet.

Rosamund Pike Ben Affleck Gone Girl

Just a few months ago, the average moviegoer wouldn’t recognize the name Rosamund Pike. But now the breakthrough star of Gone Girl is likely going to earn herself an Oscar nomination for Best Actress. Her director, David Fincher, had some reservations about her casting, but they ultimately proved to be an advantage.

“Rosamund was someone that I had seen in four or five different movies over 10 years, and I never got a bead on her,” he said at the Gone Girl New York premiere. “I never got a sense of who she was. And I pride myself on being able to watch actors and sort of know instinctively what their utility belt is, and I don’t have that with Rosamund. I didn’t know what she was building off of. There was an opacity there and it was interesting.”


The name's Elba. Idris Elba: Leaked Sony emails reveal boss Amy Pascal wants British actor to be James Bond

PUBLISHED: 05:31 EST, 21 December 2014 | UPDATED: 09:48 EST, 21 December 2014

British actor Idris Elba, 42 (left), who has starred in The Wire and Luther, could replace Daniel Craig, 46, (right) as the next James Bond when his contract ends after the next film, if leaked Sony emails are to be believed

British actor Idris Elba could become the next James Bond, according to leaked Sony emails.

Elba, 42, who has starred in The Wire and Luther, could replace Daniel Craig as the next 007 when his contract ends after the next film, if leaked emails are to be believed.

Sony Pictures co-chairman Amy Pascal allegedly told a top executive at Columbia Pictures, which distributes the Bond films, that 'Idris should be the next bond'.

It is latest piece of information to emerge from the Sony hacking scandal, which resulted in the cancelling of the Christmas Day release of The Interview.

Hackers threatened 9/11-style terrorist attacks on cinemas showing the comedy about two journalists – played by actors James Franco and Seth Rogen – who are recruited by the CIA to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The federal government confirmed on Wednesday that North Korea was behind the massive hack of Sony, which saw thousands of internal emails leaked.

According to the Daily Beast, an email sent on January 4 from Ms Pascal to Elizabeth Cantillon,
former executive vice president of production for Columbia Pictures, simply said: 'Idris should be the next bond (sic).'

If Elba, from Hackney, east London, did follow in Daniel Craig's footsteps, he would become the first black James Bond. Previous actors to portray 007 on the big screen include Pierce Brosnan, Roger Moore and Sean Connery.

Many have voiced support for Elba to play the British spy, including actor Jamie Foxx who said in an interview earlier this year that he was a big fan of the idea.

Elba himself has also previously expressed desire to play the British spy, telling website Reddit that he would take the role.

'Yes. if it was offered to me, absolutely,' he said. 

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Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch eyes up LA mansion

Sun, December 21, 2014

IT IS a long way from 221B Baker Street, but Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch has got this multi-million pound mansion under his magnifying glass as a potential home in Hollywood.

The British actor, hotly tipped for Oscar glory for his latest film, may have discovered the perfect residence for a fast-rising star.

Cumberbatch, 38, who last month announced his engagement to 36-year-old theatre and opera director Sophie Hunter, has just viewed a magnificent £10.8million Tuscan-style villa in one of LA’s most sought-after areas.

And as our exclusive photos show, the seven-bedroom, nine-bathroom property, nestling in 2.5 acres of perfectly manicured land with sweeping panoramic views, has more than enough cachet for the celebrity couple.

An estate agent involved in sales negotiations told the Sunday Express Cumberbatch “was almost doing backflips” when he first saw the Hidden Hills home.

Neighbours include fellow Britons Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne as well as Hunger Games actress Jennifer Lawrence plus singer Jessica Simpson.

The agent revealed: “Benedict’s representatives have indicated he is ready to make an initial offer which will not be too far off the asking price, so he could be moving in early in the New Year.”


Friday, December 19, 2014

7 Times Tom Hiddleston Was Beyond Adorable with His Youngest Fans — PHOTOS


I think it’s about time we recognize the kids who love the man known as Loki in Thor and The Avengers. That’s right, it’s time for those adult and teen fans to step aside, because it’s all about Tom Hiddleston and his kid fans. Just because some of his movies might be too mature for younger audiences doesn’t mean children don’t admire Hiddleston. Obviously, this means their parents are extremely smart individuals raising their children right and to believe in the wonderfulness that is Tom Hiddleston.

After spending some time researching how many children are fans of Hiddleston, I managed to stumble upon quite a few videos and photos of the man meeting them. My words don’t do these moments justice — at all. If you thought Hiddleston was charming all by his lonesome self, or when he meets his grown fans, then you are so wrong. Imagine the Marvel star hugging children, talking to them sweetly, and kneeling down to take photos. These are all swoon-worthy moments — duh.

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With that said, let’s take some time out of our day to reflect on just a few of the best Hiddleston moments, where he just can’t help but showcase his adorableness with children. Thank you, Tom. Thank you so much.


Colin Firth: Fight scenes were exhilarating!

December 19, 2014

Firth: Fight scenes were exhilarating!

Colin Firth has raved about how much he "loved" filming choreographed physical scenes for Kingsman: The Secret Service.

Colin Firth "misses filming fight scenes terribly".

The 54-year-old actor is known for playing the dignified Englishman in countless films, but broke into the action world in his latest movie, Kingsman: The Secret Service. And shooting the heavily physical scenes with trained professionals was a serious thrill for him.

"To actually become a team with those people was utterly exhilarating and I have to say I missed it terribly," he told Access Hollywood. "Once those scenes were done, to go back to the day job of just sitting around pointing my suit at people and talking... it lacked the exhilaration."

Colin was directed by Matthew Vaughn in the action-spy movie, which was based on comic book The Secret Service. He portrayed Harry Hart, a secret service agent who takes a younger agent into the fray.

(oops wrong movie)

And Colin thoroughly enjoyed his foray into the genre.

"I started to love it!" he gushed. "I started to love the collaboration and the camaraderie, people whose history and whose skills were completely alien to mine."