The new fantasy action thriller Underworld: Blood Wars marks Kate Beckinsale's fifth appearance as tough-girl Selene
While she also returned to more highbrow roles last year with the Jane Austen adaptation Love & Friendship, Kate Beckinsale says she loved revisiting Selene. "There's a lot that goes on for the character in this movie," Beckinsale says. "She has stuff happen to her that hasn't happened before, and we also have a lot of new cast. It feels like a very different universe and world this time."
Kate Beckinsale in Underworld: Blood Wars
She admits to being somewhat surprised at the franchise's longevity. "I think I envisioned it coming to an end after the first one," Beckinsale says. "I never really planned on doing five movies playing the same character! And it's an amazing privilege because there's not that many girls that get the opportunity to be in a long-running franchise, especially an original story. There's no template for where it goes from here."
The trailer for the fifth 'Underworld' movie sees Selene being as badass as ever.
Kate Beckinsale is back with her shiny catsuit and glowing contact lenses as vengeful Death Dealer vampire Selene in 'Underworld: Blood Wars' - the latest installment in the vampire/Lycan series. The new film sees the franchise's first female director in Anna Foerster ('Criminal Minds', 'Outlander').
Kate Beckinsale returns for 'Underworld: Blood Wars'
'Underworld: Blood Wars' carries on from 2012's 'Underworld: Awakening', which saw Selene escape her cryonic prison only to discover that she has a hybrid daughter named Eve (India Eisley) and the latter's Lycan father Michael is missing. She discovered a world overrun by Lycans posing as genocidal humans and Eve's life is under threat because her DNA is coveted by the Lycans who want to perfect their bloodlines and those who want to cure both the vampires and the Lycans and end the eternal war for good.
Vampire death dealer Selene has been fighting for survival for years against the vampire faction that double-crossed her and her bloodline's sworn enemy the Lycans. Imprisoned for twelve years, she awoke to a world overrun with Lycans, but also to a potential end to the eternal war. He daughter Eve, a vampire-lycan hybrid who's father is Selene's lover Michael Corvin, could be the key to curing the world of this supernatual disease, but the pair have still not reunited with Michael who is believed to be on the run himself. Selene and Eve aren't alone, however, because this time they are joined by a vampire survivor named David and his father Thomas. But what will they have to sacrifice to save the world from drowning in darkness?
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The couple, married for 12 years, had effectively been separated since November last year.
British actress Kate Beckinsale is officially getting divorced from her film director husband Len Wiseman, having been effectively separated for almost a year.
Court records in Los Angeles show that Wiseman filed for divorce last Friday (October 21st), citing irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split, according to TMZ.
Len Wiseman and Kate Beckinsale pictured in early 2015
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Beckinsale and Sheen had a daughter, Lily Mo, in 1999 - and she sometimes sends her amusing pictures of her father to cheer her up.
Beckinsale and Sheen dated for eight years between 1995 and 2003, during which time they welcomed their daughter Lily Mo, now 17 years old, in 1999. Although they split, they have remained friends since.
The 42 year old actress made the startling revelation during an appearance earlier this week on Conan O’Brien’s chat show.
The actor has revealed she was ordered to work out if she wanted the role in the 2001 blockbuster.
Kate Beckinsale has revealed how Pearl Harbour director Michael Bay felt she didn’t fit the body type he was looking for and ordered her to lose weight if she wanted the role. Speaking on ‘The Graham Norton Show’ Beckinsale also said that the director constantly said she was cast because she wasn't “so attractive” during the promotion of the film.
Kate Beckinsale says she was told to ‘work out’ for Pearl Harbour role.
“I don’t think I fitted the type of actress Michael Bay, the director, had met before. I think he was baffled by me because my boobs weren’t bigger than my head and I wasn’t blonde,” Beckinsale said.
Acclaimed filmmaker Whit Stillman reunites the stars of his 1998 drama The Last Days of Disco, Kate Beckinsale and Chloe Sevigny, for what might be the most entertaining big-screen Jane Austen adaptation ever. Based on her novella Lady Susan, this is a lacerating social comedy packed with hugely engaging characters. It brilliantly captures Austen's gift for crisply astute comedy, giving everyone in the gifted cast a chance to shine.
Set in 1790s England, the story centres on Lady Susan (Beckinsale), who has been recently widowed and now needs to sort out a hopefully lucrative future. First, she sets out to find a wealthy, dim-witted man to marry her spoiled daughter Frederica (Morfydd Clark), and the dorky Sir James (Tom Bennett) is the perfect candidate. For herself, she sets her sights on the gorgeous, gullible Reginald (Xavier Samuel), the younger brother of her sister-in-law Catherine (Emma Greenwell), who's the only person who can see through Susan's scheming. Through all of this, Susan's only confidant is her American friend Alicia (Sevigny), who is sensibly married to an older man (Stephen Fry). And of course, Susan's plans simply refuse to go as she expects.
Beckinsale is terrific in the role as a sexy cougar who keeps all the men around her happy with blatant flattery. She understands the way to a man's heart, and isn't afraid to exploit everyone around her to make sure that she and Frederica are set up for life. Beckinsale gets this balance of charm and contempt exactly right, and her riotously sharp wit easily wins over the audience. The cast around her is just as good, engaging with Susan in fabulous wordplay, unable to resist being manipulated by her charisma. As the two targets of Susan's strategy, Bennett and Samuel are particularly strong. Bennett's bumbling James is simply the funniest thing on-screen this year, while Samuel manages to keep Reginald sweetly charming and never dull.
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In an alternative universe maybe...
Since Daniel Craig firmly stated that he didn't want to do another James Bond film after 'Spectre', suggestions have been flying all over the place about who it could be next. Will Idris Elba become the first black 007? Or will it embrace the talents of Tom Hardy or Tom Hiddleston? But what if was a woman?
Ok, so feminism aside, it's a firmly held idea that Bond should continue to be a male. For a start, you'd have to change the name - how many ladies do you know called James? (Apart from Blake Lively's daughter, of course). But if you erase the tradition of him being a man, you might as well erase all the other Bond conventions; the gadgets, the fast cars, the womanising etc. But, turning pop culture upside for a moment, if James Bond WERE a woman - who would she be?
Emily Blunt displayed some I-work-for-the-government skills in 'Sicario'
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Simon Pegg continues his rollercoaster career, alternating between superior blockbuster franchises (Mission: Impossible and Star Trek) and awkward British romantic-comedies (Hector and the Search for Happiness). And this might just be his most disastrous move yet. Despite a promising cast, which includes a reunion of the surviving Monty Python members, this madcap sci-fi comedy never finds its tone, veering wildly from nutty slapstick to sentimental silliness. It's hard to remember laughing even once while watching it.
The story kicks off when an American space probe launched in 1972 is intercepted by the Intergalactic Council (voiced by the Pythons). Their investigation into Earth consists of watching YouTube videos, so of course they decide to destroy the planet. But first, they'll give one earthling a chance to save the world: they randomly choose North London schoolteacher Neil (Simon Pegg) and give him superpowers that allow him to do absolutely anything. After a few mishaps, he tries to use his abilities to improve his life, making his his dog Dennis speak (in the voice of Robin Williams) and appearing irresistible to his neighbour Catherine (Kate Beckinsale). Even though she already likes him. But Neil only has 10 days to do the right thing with his powers, or Earth is doomed.
Yes, this is essentially the same plot as Bruce Almighty, but the film never quite settles on an approach. It's produced in the style of an over-wacky child's movie, but the humour is eerily adult-oriented, so it's difficult to see who would enjoy it. The main plot is never remotely coherent, meandering through the story without any sense of direction. There are also a few corny sideroads to pad out the slim running time, including Neil's work colleague (Sanjeev Baskar) becoming an object of religious devotion, while Catherine's American military one-night-stand (Rob Riggle) becomes an obsessive stalker. Neither of these strands goes anywhere funny. Nor do extended cameos by Eddie Izzard (as a gruff headmaster) or Joanna Lumley (as a snooty TV presenter).
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Nicky Hilton is married! The 31-year-old hotel heiress wed English banking heir James Rothschild on Friday (10th July).
Nicky Hilton and James Rothschild are married! The happy couple tied the knot in the orangery at Kensington Palace in London on Friday (10th July). The hotel heiress and her family were spotted leaving Claridge’s hotel on Friday morning and heading for the palace.
Nicky Hilton leaving Claridge's Hotel on Friday morning.
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