Saturday, January 31, 2015

Colin Firth started rumours that he was the next James Bond

ONE NEWS NEW ZEALAND
Published: 12:01PM Saturday January 31, 2015 Source: BANG Showbiz



Colin Firth used to start rumours that he was going to be the next James Bond.

The 54-year-old actor has joked that while he's now too old to take on the iconic role, he doesn't think he was ever in the running, apart from when he tried to spark some speculation himself.

When asked how he feels about never having played the suave spy, he said: "I suppose this has got to be it for me in a way, I suppose. I think it would never have happened. I remember lists being around of speculation ... never from the Bond people, just lists ... in my handwriting."

The star plays secret agent Harry Hart in 'Kingsman: The Secret Service' and he was delighted his role drew comparisons between himself and British sitcom 'Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em' funnyman Frank Spencer because he did his own stunts in the movie.

Speaking on London Live, he added: "That's a huge honour. I remember thinking actually that there was nothing cooler in the world than a courageous, athletic, dynamic man pretending to be a complete klutz and loser. I thought that was absolutely wonderful.

"The fact he was Superman pretending to be Clark Kent effectively."

READ MORE HERE: http://tvnz.co.nz/entertainment-news/colin-firth-started-rumours-he-next-james-bond-6226460

Judi Dench and Downton Abbey stars lobby politicians over dog meat trade

NEW MAGAZINE
January 29, 2015



DAME JUDI DENCH joined DOWNTON ABBEY stars LESLEY NICOL and PETER EGAN at the Houses of Parliament on Wednesday (28Jan15) to urge officials to do more to stop the dog meat trade in Asia.



The veteran actress attended a briefing for Members of Parliament (MPs) alongside Nicol and her co-star Egan, who plays Hugh 'Shrimpy' MacClare in the hit period drama, to support a campaign to change animal rights legislation in countries such as China and Thailand.

Long time animal welfare campaigner Egan made a speech to politicians, and fought back tears as he made an impassioned plea to end the suffering of animals in Asia.

He told the meeting, "It's such a cruel trade... and I will dedicate the rest of my life to trying to get it stopped... I hope our MPs here and their colleagues in the Foreign Office and embassies will have these animal welfare discussions with their counterparts in Asia... so the dog meat trade in particular can be put to an end."


READ MORE HERE: http://www.new-magazine.co.uk/latestnews/view/66794/Judi-Dench-and-Downton-Abbey-stars-lobby-politicians-over-dog-meat-trade/


Friday, January 30, 2015

‘Downton Abbey' To End This Year After Six Series As Cast Go Job-Hunting In The US

HUFF POST ENTERTAINMENT UK
The Huffington Post UK |  BY Matt Bagwell
Posted: 29/01/2015 07:20 GMT Updated: 29/01/2015 07:59 GMT



The next series of ‘Downton Abbey’ will be the last, according to reports.

The ITV period drama, which stars Hugh Bonneville and Dame Maggie Smith, will end after the sixth series airs later this year.

The final installment is set to be filmed over the spring and summer and will hit our screens in September.

Writer Julian Fellowes is set to begin working on a brand new series, ‘The Gilded Age’, about 19th century New York, whilst agents for the cast are already in talks to find them new roles.



A source told The Mirror: “It’s an open secret that Downton is ending this year.

"Some of the actors are keen to let it be known they will be available for work after the summer. Some are interested in the US, where Downton is as popular as it is in the UK.

“Joanne Froggatt, Laura Carmichael and Allen Leech were in Los Angeles for the [SAG] awards last week and there were several meetings about both TV and film roles.”

Michelle Dockery, who plays Lady Mary, has spoken in the past about working in America.

She said: “It feels as though there are more opportunities for us over there. “I love spending time there.”


READ MORE HERE: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2015/01/29/downton-abbey-ending_n_6568420.html

Keira Knightley Keeps Her Baby Bump All Bundled Up During London Outing—See the Pic!

E!
by LILY HARRISON
January 29, 2015

Keira Knightley

Keira Knightley is taking a well-deserved break from all the hullabaloo of awards season to spend some quality time at home in London with her hubby James Righton.

The Imitation Game stunner was spotted on a midday stroll earlier today, doing her best to stay warm and keep her baby bump all covered up in an oversized shearling coat.

And before you go criticizing the Oscar nominees casual ensemble, we'd like to point out that Knightley herself just explained in Elle U.K.'s March issue that she isn't one to follow fashion trends too strictly.

READ MORE HERE: http://www.eonline.com/news/619995/keira-knightley-keeps-her-baby-bump-all-bundled-up-during-london-outing-see-the-pic


First look pictures of Timothy Spall, Juliet Stevenson and Matthew Macfadyen in The Enfield Haunting

RADIO TIMES
By Ben Dowell
Friday 30 January 2015 at 08:00AM

First look pictures of Timothy Spall, Juliet Stevenson and Matthew Macfadyen in The Enfield Haunting

Here is the first spooky glimpse of the cast of Sky’s new drama about the ghostly goings on in a north London house in the late 1970s.

Timothy Spall, Matthew Macfadyen and Juliet Stevenson star in The Enfield Haunting which tells the story of events purported to have happened in a house in Enfield in autumn 1977 - one of the most documented accounts of poltergeist activity in British history.



Timothy Spall stars as Maurice Grosse, a rookie paranormal researcher drawn to the house on Green Street in Enfield after a recent tragedy in his life. He is joined in his quest to investigate the strange incidents at the address by his wife Betty, played by Bafta nominated actress Juliet Stevenson.

Ripper Street's Matthew Macfadyen plays Guy Lyon Playfair, a sceptical but experienced investigator who helps Maurice and Betty.

The drama is adapted from Lyon Playfair's book, This House is Haunted which draws on extensive witness statements, recordings and documentation from the time.

READ MORE HERE:  http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2015-01-30/first-look-pictures-of-timothy-spall-juliet-stevenson-and-matthew-macfadyen-in-the-enfield-haunting