Friday, May 27, 2016

PICTURED: David Tennant and Olivia Colman filming Broadchurch in Bristol

By Tristan_Cork  |  Posted: May 27, 2016

Actors Olivia Colman and David Tennant are in Bristol today, Friday, filming scenes for the upcoming series of ITV crime drama Broadchurch.

The stars of the slow-burning murder mystery were pictured between takes at the entrance to Mail Handling International in Feeder Road, in the industrial eastern side of the city centre.

It is the third series of Broadchurch, which is actually set on the Jurassic Coast of Dorset with the coastal resort of Bridport effectively playing the title town.

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Colin Firth to star in Russian submarine disaster film Kursk

Ben Child
Friday 27 May 2016 05.33 EDT

 Colin Firth at the 2016 Cannes film festival. Photograph: Tony Barson/FilmMagic

Oscar winner Colin Firth is reportedly to star in the submarine disaster movie Kursk for Far from the Madding Crowd’s Thomas Vinterberg, Variety reports.

Based on Robert Moore’s 2002 book A Time to Die: The Untold Story of the Kursk Tragedy, the film is being produced by France’s EuropaCorp. Kursk may be a more cerebral creature than the Luc Besson-owned studio’s usual staple of exploitation-tinged action movies, including Taken.

A Time to Die details events that took place in 2000 in the Barents Sea in the Arctic Circle. Captain Gennady Lyachin was engaged in a torpedo exercise on board the submarine K-141 Kursk, called “the pride of the Russian navy”, when the missile exploded, instantly killing seven men in the ship’s forward compartment and leaving the other 111 crew members’ lives in danger. The movie will tell the story of the battle for survival on board the submarine and the desperate efforts of the crew’s families to persuade authorities to mount a rescue effort.

Tom Hiddleston’s ‘Mystery Blonde’ Is Actually Famous Historian Dr. Suzannah Lipscomb, and she's not 'his'

Sarah Ann Harris
News Reporter, The Huffington Post UK

 Everyone knows that when a male celebrity leaves a venue alongside a woman, she must be identified by her hair colour and preferably be a “mystery”.

So when Night Manager star Tom Hiddleston was seen exiting a London restaurant at the same time as one, the Sun was quick to label her his “mystery blonde...”

Last night @twhiddleston left the same venue as me. Paps outside; I tried to block their view: thereby being in his way when he came to exit

This “mystery” woman is in fact historian Dr Suzannah Lipscomb.

Lipscomb has written a number of books on Tudor England, as well as presenting history programmes on the BBC and Channel 5.

And no she is not “Hiddleston’s” either.

She explained on Twitter before the story was even published that she was simply leaving the Ivy Club in central London at the same time.

Delightful as it is to have been pictured with @twhiddleston, I am embarrassed to have given The Sun a bogus story.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Benedict Cumberbatch in row with neighbours over plan for 'noisy' boiler room at new £2.7m Victorian home

 Telegraph Reporters
26 MAY 2016 • 1:35PM

Benedict Cumberbatch, the Sherlock actor, faces a planning battle after concerns were raised over his plans to build a "noisy" boiler room at his new home.

The 39-year-old bought a five-bedroom villa in Camden, north London, for just over £2.7m last April - but did not move in.

Instead, the actor - who married opera director Sophie Hunter last year - got builders to put up hoardings around the Victorian property while he made plans to renovate the three-storey home.

He submitted plans to Camden Council for an attic conversion to add another bedroom - and also install a "plant room", with a water heater/boiler in it - at the front of his semi-detached home.

Cumberbatch bought the five-bedroom villa in for just over £2.7m last April

The Harrow-educated actor, who stars in The Jungle book and The Hobbit, also wants to build a rear extension to the property, but has promised not to cut down an established magnolia tree.

A sticking point, which has been raised by Camden Council - and neighbours - is the boiler room, which according to plans would be "installed in the front garden beneath the existing retaining wall".

The plans state the road "is a wide, tree-lined avenue with substantial detached, semi-detached and short terraces of mid to late Victorian and Edwardian villas.

"There is an established residential land use pattern across the area."

But the council report states that it might need to call for an "acoustic report" to find out if there are any "noise issues" related to the plant room in the front garden.

Cumberbatch also wants to build a rear extension to the property

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Keira Knightley leads the stars at opening of La Traviata - the world's most fashionable opera

24 MAY 2016 • 4:51PM

Keira Knightley at the opening night of La Traviata - the Sofia Coppola directed Opera    

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West revealed themselves as surprise fans of the opera last night: “Awesome,” was Kanye’s verdict on the performance of Verdi’s La Traviata he’d just seen. “My husband always takes me to the opera - we love to go,” added Kim. They were joined in the stalls by Keira Knightley, Elizabeth Hurley, Luke Evans and Diane Von Furstenberg, all of whom had jetted to Rome to see the show alongside a host of Italian fashion and film stars including Monica Bellucci, Silvia Venturini Fendi and Frida Giannini.

Sofia Coppola

Opera is of course becoming increasingly popular, but this particularly glittering crowd was drawn by more than soprano Francesca Dotto’s top notes playing the doomed heroine, Violetta Valery. It was Valentino Garavani, founder of the Valentino fashion house, who sparked their interest when he decided to stage the opera. The beleaguered Teatro dell’Opera di Roma - suffering from a funding crisis - was happy to agree when the designer promised to supply the costumes himself, not only for the consumptive courtesan of the title but also for her friend and fellow seductress Flora.

The entire chorus was visibly thrilled to be singing in draped, pleated and expertly fitted gauze gowns designed by a top couturier rather than scruffy old hand-me-downs. Costumes for Dotto and Anna Malavasi (Flora) were made in the Valentino couture atelier under the eyes of Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli, the Valentino creative directors now the man himself has stood down.

Not content with creating the costumes, Mr Garavani attracted the talents of Sofia Coppola, Oscar-nominated director daughter of Francis Ford, to direct the piece (“Opera. Rome. Valentino - how could I say no?” she’s said of taking the helm at her first opera), and Nathan Crowley who designed the sets for Batman Begins and Dark Knight.

Valentino Garavani

The combination looks like a winning one. The so-called most fashionable opera ever to be staged has already taken almost £900,000 in advance ticket sales against a total cost of £1.3million, according to WWD.