Scotland were facing Samoa in the Rugby World Cup.
Jk Rowling has been known to enjoy letting Harry Potter fans in on some new information about their favourite characters, but on Saturday the author used a little bribery to drum up support for Scotland in the Rugby World Cup from her loyal followers.
JK Rowling has revealed the birthday of Sirius Black.
As Scotland were gearing up to face Samoa, Rowling asked fans on twitter to show their support, promising to then reveal the birthday of Sirius Black if enough people tweeted the hashtag AsOne.
Gary Oldman is now a single man after his divorce from Alexandra Edenborough has been finalised.
Gary Oldman and Alexandra Edenborough’s divorce has been finalised. A Los Angeles Superior Court judge signed off on the divorce on Tuesday (29th September). The couple were married for six years.
Alexandra Edenborough and Gary Oldman at the Palm Springs Film Festival in January 2014.
Gary Oldman opens up about the movie that Russia has banned.
Gary Oldman stars alongside Tom Hardy in the Soviet thriller 'Child 44'; a film that was recently banned by Russia for its depictions of events during the era of Stalin. Oldman plays an army general, who he dubs a 'hero' in the piece.
Gary Oldman and Tom Hardy star in 'Child 44'
It's no wonder Daniel Espinosa's latest movie has caused a stir overseas. Based on the true story of serial killer Andrei Chikatilo (also known as the Butcher of Rostov), it reveals how the Soviet government refused to acknowledge a series of horrific crimes being so determined maintain the facade of a crime-fee communist state. A disgraced military police officer named Leo Demidov (portrayed by the man of many voices Tom Hardy with another incredible accent) takes it upon himself to investigate, only to be met with denial and threats at every turn. Joining him in his case is Gary Oldman's character, the formidable and initially sceptical General Mikhail Nesterov.
Continue reading: Gary Oldman Brands The USSR Government The 'Real Killer' In 'Child 44'
For some film-makers, hearing that your movie has been banned in certain countries can be seen as a seal of approval. However, when the country in question has as huge film market, as Russia does, it can be a different story.
As 'Child 44' opens in cinemas this weekend, novelist Tom Rob Smith is praising Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace as the perfect actors to bring his characters to life on the big screen. But since the story is set in the Soviet Union, Russia's officials have had a very different reaction to the movie.
Noomi Rapace and Tom Hardy in 'Child 44'
Indeed, Russia's culture ministry has banned the movie across the country, saying that it "distorts" historical facts. The story is a fictionalised version of the true case of a serial killer who was executed in 1994 for killing 52 children and women. The film, by contrast, is set at the beginning of the Cold War in 1953.
Continue reading: 'Child 44' Is Praised And Banned
A meaty, fascinating story is splintered into three plot strands that battle for the viewer's attention, so while the film is never boring, it's also oddly uninvolving. Fortunately, it has an excellent cast and is shot with skill and a relentless intensity to feel like a big, epic-style dramatic thriller with heavy political overtones.
After a scene-setting prologue, the story starts in 1953 Moscow, where Leo (Tom Hardy) is a war hero now working in the military police, purging the city of its spies. Or at least its suspected spies. In the Soviet socialist utopia, crime officially doesn't exist, but Leo finds it difficult to tell his best pal Alexei (Fares Fares) that his 8-year-old son was killed in a train accident when he was so clearly tortured and murdered. Ordered by his boss (Vincent Cassel) to let it go, and menaced by his rival colleague Vasili (Joel Kinnaman), Leo continues investigating, resulting in a reprimand that sees Leo and his wife Raisa (Noomi Rapace) relocated to the the grim industrial city of Volsk. But when another young boy's body appears here, Leo gets his new boss (Gary Oldman) to see the connection.
There are at least three main plots in this film, and the filmmakers oddly never allow one to become the central strand. There's the mystery involving this brutal, unhinged serial killer (Paddy Considine) stalking boys along the railway. There's the thriller about Leo being brutally taunted by Vasili, who has a thing for Raisa and is trying to crush them for good. But the only emotionally engaging strand is Leo and Raisa's complex marriage relationship, which takes a couple of unexpected turns. Along the way, there are several action sequences shot with shaky cameras and edited so they're impossible to follow. And there's a sense that the film also wants to be a grandiose Russian epic with its expansive cinematography and big orchestral score.
Continue reading: Child 44 Review
The actor plays military man Leo Demidov in the Tom Rob Smith adaptation.
Tom Hardy has a go at yet another accent in the Ridley Scott produced 'Child 44', an adaptation of Tom Rob Smith's award-winning 2008 novel about a series of brutal murders during the time of the Soviet Union.
Gary Oldman and Tom Hardy go head to head in 'Child 44'
Hardy plays a former Russian military officer named Leo Demidov in the thriller, who's offered the highest protection in the wake of his war heroism. But things take a dark turn when it becomes apparent that a set of ongoing child killings are being covered up by the authorities, and Demidov wants to do the right thing and find the perpetrator - to much anger from his Stalin obsessed superiors.
During the Second World War, many Russian men were able to make a name for themselves as heroes. Returning home to their victorious country, many discovered that the Communist utopia they had fought to defend may have been more fictitious than they originally thought. For Leo Demidov (Tom Hardy), this truth comes harshly. Having become a hero for his efforts in the war against Germany, Demidov is given the job as a secret policeman. But when he comes across the case of a potential serial killer that hunts children, his superiors refuse to acknowledge the crime, maintaining that they live in a perfect world. After being exiled from Moscow for refusing to drop the case, Demidov must search for the real truth behind the killings, despite knowing that the truth could be dangerous.
Continue: Child 44 Trailer
The 56-year-old actor and his 36-year-old wife are divorcing due to "irreconcilable differences."
Gary Oldman is once again a single man. The 56-year-old actor and his fourth wife singer-songwriter Alexandra Edenborough are reportedly getting a divorce after seven years of marriage. The couple don't have any children together.
Oldman and Edenborough are divorcing after seven years of marriage
According to RadarOnline, the divorce papers were filed by Edenborough in Los Angeles on January 9th, in which she cited "irreconcilable differences" as the reason for their marriage failing, but the date of their separation is listed "TBD."
Will the Academy recognise Andy Serkis' stunning performance in 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes'?
Gary Oldman says he has doubts over Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' Oscars chances - specifically those of Andy Serkis, who plays ape leader Caesar. The movie is comfortably one of the most critically acclaimed cinematic offerings of the year, though Serkis' co-star Oldman is wary of the O-word.
Andy Serkis [R] on the set of 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes'
"There isn't a review that hasn't said how wonderful he [Serkis] is," Oldman told Digital Spy, "The audiences and critics acknowledge the work but I just don't know if it's the sort of thing that the Academy will accept."
Director Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) ramps up this reboot franchise with a strikingly well-written action-drama, which takes an unusually complex route through the story. By refusing to have any simplistic villains, the film encourages viewers to see all sides of the conflict, which draws out vivid emotions and some unusually relevant political themes. It's also a technical triumph, obliterating the line between animation and actors.
It's been 10 years since the events of 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and Caesar (Andy Serkis) has built a thriving ape community in the woods north of San Francisco. They haven't seen any humans in years, since the simian flu has killed all but one in every 500 people. But there's a tenacious group of human survivors in the city, and when Malcolm (Jason Clarke) and his team venture out to search for a source of hydroelectric power, they run into the ape community. Both Caesar and Malcolm are willing to talk about cooperating, but Caesar's second in command Koba (Toby Kebbell) finds it impossible to trust men after they so viciously tortured him as a young chimp. And Malcolm's sidekick Carver (Acevedo) is more than a little trigger happy, as is the community's leader Dreyfus (Oldman) back in the city.
Instead of concentrating on the conflict between apes and men, the film's perspective is through their family units. Caesar's mate Cornelia (Judy Greer) has just given birth to a son, while their older son Blue Eyes (Nick Thurston) struggles to make sense of the clash between humans and apes. Meanwhile, Malcolm's scientist partner Ellie (Keri Russell) and his observant teen son Alexander (Kodi Smit-McPhee) offer similar emotions from the human side. The script's clear suggestion is that the next generation may offer more hope for understanding, which makes the stakes startlingly high as violence threatens to break out. Indeed, the film is a bracing exploration of how our decisions today will affect our future.
Continue reading: Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes Review
'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' is really, really good.
Critics are uproarious in their praise for Fox's sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. The movie, which follows 2011's well received effort, focuses on a growing nation of genetically evolved apes who, after initially reaching fragile peace, go to war with a group of human survivors to determine Earth's dominant species.
Jason Clarke in 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes'
The movie stars Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman and Keri Russell, though it is the wizardry of director Matt Reeves that has garnered the majority of praise from critics.
Early reviews of 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' suggest the upcoming film is thought provoking, action packed and lends itself well to a sequel continuing the popular movie franchise.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is released in US cinemas this Friday. The film has already caused controversy but early reviews have been overwhelmingly positive and indicate it may prove a huge success.
Early reviews have praised Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.
Planet of the Apes stars meet the press in San Francisco, while the casts of Hercules and Begin Again stage photo-calls in London. Ferrell tries out prison garb in L.A., and new trailers offer glimpses of Horrible Bosses 2, Paddington and The Skeleton Twins...
It was a week for photo-calls, as the cast of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes gathered in San Francisco. Andy Serkis, Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke, Keri Russell and director Matt Reeves were all on-hand to premiere the film and then pose for some picturesque shots in front of the Golden Gate Bridge. The film opens next week in the US and July 18th in the UK. Watch 'Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes' trailer.
Dwayne Johnson and his costars in the blockbuster retelling of the Hercules myth gathered in London this week to meet the press. Director Brett Ratner introduced the cast and showed a new clip-reel before heading out into Trafalgar Square for a photo op with Johnson, John Hurt, Ian McShane, Reece Ritchie, Aksel Hennie, Ingrid Bolso Berdal and Irina Shayk. The film opens at the end of the month. Take a look at some photo's from the Hercules Photocall taken in London on Wednesday 2nd July 2014.
Gary Oldman apologised for his comments in a recent 'Playboy' articles whilst appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Gary Oldman has apologises for his defence of fellow actors Mel Gibson and Alec Baldwin in a recent Playboy interview, published on Wednesday (25th June). His comments about Gibson's use of anti-Semitic language have been condemned by fans and press worldwide.
Gary Oldman at the Palm Springs Film Festival [Photo: Getty Images, credit: Charley Gallay]
Oldman attempted to argue the media and public response to anti-Semitic comments made by Gibson and homophobic ones made by Baldwin was an overreaction. He said "no one can take a joke anymore," explaining "I just think political correctness is cr*p." The 56-year-old was specifically asked about Gibson and attempted to excuse his use of offensive language by claiming those who criticised the actor later were simply 'hypocrites'. Oldman further claimed everyone, from the policeman who arrested Gibson to "some Jewish guy in his office", uses offensive language of some description.
Continue reading: Gary Oldman Apologizes For Playboy Interview On TV: "I'm An A-Hole"
The ADL responds: this fight is far from over
Once you get involved in a Hollywood scandal, it’s not easy to pull yourself out - Gary Oldman is finding this out the hard way. After his controversial interview in Playboy, wherein he criticised Hollywood’s “political correctness gone mad” and stood by Alec Baldwin and Mel Gibson for their racist and homophobic remarks. A choice quote from the interview: “I don’t know about Mel. He got drunk and said a few things, but we’ve all said those things. We’re all fucking hypocrites. That’s what I think about it.”
The Anti-Defamation League came down hard on Oldman's comments.
He then went on to use the same slurs that Gibson and Baldwin got busted for. Oldman later issued an apology of the “sorry you were offended” variety.
The English actor regrets striding into the Mel Gibson debacle.
Gary Oldman has issued a "heartfelt" and "genuine" apology for comments he made in an interview with Playboy magazine which recently surfaced in which he appeared to be condoning or perpetuating anti-Semitic views by defending Mel Gibson's infamous 2006 rant against Jews.
The apology was issued as an explanation to the Anti-Defamation League and the Simon Weisenthal Center, in response to the ADL's charge that his words propagated anti-Semitic stereotypes.
"I am deeply remorseful that comments I recently made in the Playboy Interview were offensive to many Jewish people. Upon reading my comments in print-I see how insensitive they may be, and how they may indeed contribute to the furtherance of a false stereotype," began the JFK star.
The 56 year-old actor wrote an open letter of apology to the Anti-Defamation League for defending controversial remarks by Gibson and Baldwin, as well as insinuating racist rants are normal.
Gary Oldman suggesting that everyone has had a racist rant at least one time was always going to end with an apology.
The 56 year-old actor received a heavy backlash after seemingly making some anti-semitic remarks during in an interview with Playboy.
Oldman was attempting to defend the publically scrutinized actors Alec Baldwin and Mel Gibson against the "hypocrites," who criticised them after making controversial comments about Jews and gays.
Continue reading: Gary Oldman Issues Apology For Anti-Semitic Remarks In Playboy Interview
Former cop James Mee, who arrested Mel Gibson, has heavily criticised the 56 year-old actor's recent interview with Playboy magazine and claims that he is not a "hypocrite."
Gary Oldman has made an enemy out of the former police officer who arrested Mel Gibson for DUI in 2006.
The actor reportedly shouted anti-Semitic remarks at the law enforcer, before being taken to the police station.
Continue reading: Gary Oldman Is Slammed By Mel Gibson's DUI Arresting Police Officer
Gary Oldman recently sat down with Playboy and decided to let rip on everything, you have been warned.
We all know Gary Oldman as one of Britain’s most talented acting exports, from Dracula to JFK and Harry Potter the actor has done it all in Hollywood. But it appears that during his near 30 years in showbusiness, Gary may have been letting a few things simmer. Now the actor has given a ‘controversial’, shall we say, interview to Playboy, where it seems nothing was off limits. From his views on Mel Gibson to the Golden Globes, here are the 10 things we learnt about Gary thanks to Playboy.
Gary Oldman has let loose, in Playboy of all places
1. Gary doesn't seem too happy with his career.
Continue reading: 10 Things We Learnt About Gary Oldman From His Playboy Interview
The British actor has said that he doesn't understand the furore surrounding Gibson's 2006 remarks.
Gary Oldman has become the centre of his own controversy after dipping into the enduring furore surrounding anti-Semitic comments that fellow actor Mel Gibson made in 2006. The Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy actor features in a new interview with Playboy magazine in which he airs his disbelief over the outrage that followed Gibson's outburst.
Describing those who chastised Gibson as "f**king hypocrites," Oldman added "We've all said those things." The 56 year-old continued "We all hide and try to be so politically correct. That's what gets me. I think it's like, take a f**king joke. Get over it."
Gibson was arrested for drink-driving in Malibu and after asking whether the police officer was Jewish, said "F**king Jews. The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world." The filmmaker apologised, saying the comments were "blurted out in a moment of insanity" and branding the incident as "despicable behaviour."
Continue reading: "I Don't Get It": Gary Oldman Shields Mel Gibson's Anti-Semitism
Bram Stoker's Dracula, Dracula, Winona Ryder, Elisabetta and Gary Oldman - Bram Stoker's Dracula - Winona Ryder as Elisabetta and Gary Oldman as Dracula Wednesday 17th October 2012 Hollywood Costume - press view held at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
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