The 'Boardwalk Empire' actress will take a lead role in Ricky Gervais' satirical comedy for the ever-expanding streaming service.
More details have emerged about Ricky Gervais' forthcoming Netflix project Special Correspondents, with the news that Kelly MacDonald, best known as the character Margaret in HBO's 'Boardwalk Empire', will be taking a lead role in the satirical comedy, TheWrap has heard.
Kelly Macdonald will star with Eric Bana in Special Correspondents
The film, which is written and directed by Gervais, will star Eric Bana as Frank, an arrogant New York radio journalist whose decadent lifestyle hasn't exactly complemented his career. With his job on the line, he goes to the extreme lengths of fabricating front-line war reports from the comfort of his own Manhattan home.
Kelly MacDonald - A host of stars were photographed on the red carpet as they arrived at the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards which were held at the Shrine auditorium in Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 25th January 2015
Kelly MacDonald - A host of stars were photographed on the red carpet as they arrived at the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards which were held at the Shrine auditorium in Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 26th January 2015
Kelly MacDonald and Dougie Payne - Ahead of the premier for the fifth and final series of HBO’s ‘Boardwalk Empire’ at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City, stars of the show and some other HBO stars were photographed on the Red Carpet. - Thursday 4th September 2014
Watch the short but sweet teaser below
HBO have given us a first peek at Boardwalk Empire’s fifth and final season, which is set to air this September. A menacing sense of violence tingles through the 38-second trailer as Nucky, Chalky, Al Capone, Luciano, George Mueller all play a central role.
And if the stakes could get any higher following season 4’s finale, then the great depression certainly goes a long way towards raising them. Michael K. Williams has already confirmed that HBO’s period gangster drama will take place 7 years after season 4’s ending. Watch the teaser here.
Scottish actress Kelly MacDonald is a mother again after giving birth to a son in her native Glasgow.
The Boardwalk Empire star and her musician husband Dougie Payne, bassist with rock band Travis, welcomed Theodore last year (08Dec12) but kept news of the birth under wraps.
The couple, already parents to four-year-old son Freddie, exceeded Scotland's 21-day legal limit for registering the baby's birth but no action will be taken.
Continue reading: Kelly Macdonald Welcomes Baby Boy
Tolstoy's iconic novel may have been filmed several times, but you've never seen a version like this. Clever writer Tom Stoppard and visually whizzy director Joe Wright combine talents with this ambitious film, which sets all of the action in a theatre that expands and shifts into a variety of settings.
Yes, it's rather strange, but it's also drop-dead gorgeous.
Knightley reteams with Pride & Prejudice and Atonement director Wright to deliver another solid performance as Anna, an aristocrat in 1870s St Petersburg who is married to the achingly nice establishment gent Alexei (Law) but falls under the spell of the bland but sexy young heartbreaker Vronsky (Taylor-Johnson). And when she gets pregnant, she has to make a very difficult decision. The central theme is that these people are characters in a play dictated to them by their restrictive Russian society, so they have little choice but head toward tragedy.
Fortunately, there's a parallel plot about a wealthy farmer (Gleeson) who rejects so-called civilised society to stay in touch with the earth. He pursues the smart, young Kitty (Vikander), also entranced with Vronsky but beginning to become disgusted with so-called civilised culture. The film includes a rather huge number of characters, including Anna's womanising brother (Macfadyen) and his longsuffering wife (a particularly excellent Macdonald). And Wright and Stoppard effortlessly let everyone swirl around each other in a huge pool of emotion.
Although this pool often feels frozen over, as the feelings are pretty icy. So it's good to have open-hearted performances by Macdonald and Gleeson to hold our interest. Knightley is excellent, although we never understand why Anna does anything she does (which is the whole point). But perhaps the most impressive thing about this film is its astoundingly beautiful design: the sets, costumes, photography and music are sumptuous and lush, never fussy but always adding to the intensity of each scene. Look for it to deservedly hoover up Oscar nominations across the board.
Michelle Dockery had a ''great'' time working with Keira Knightley in drama movie 'Anna Karenina' and found her big screen debut to be a ''real experience''.
The 'Downtown Abbey' actress found it a ''real experience'' to make her big screen debut alongside such high profile names such as the 27-year-old actress, Jude Law and Aaron Johnson, and she was in awe of the ''extraordinary'' set used to film the 19th century period drama.
She told BANG Showbiz: ''The cast were all great to work with. I didn't ask them if they were fans of 'Downton'!
Continue reading: Michelle Dockery Loved Working With Keira Knightley
In the 10th century highlands, Princess Merida (voiced by Macdonald) is annoyed that her only fate seems to be to choose a suitor from three eligible losers.
She'd much rather be out having epic adventures and making her own history. Her mother, Queen Elinor (Thompson), struggles to keep Merida in line, to say nothing of her rambunctious husband, King Fergus (Connolly), and three tearaway young sons. When Merida's frustration boils over, she consults a witch (Walters) about a spell that will sort her mother out. Of course, what happens isn't what she had in mind.
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'Brave' - the latest animated movie from Disney Pixar - took $66.7 million to top the U.S. box office in its opening weekend. The film, about a princess in medieval Scotland, finally ended 'Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted's' run at the top of the chart, reports BBC News.
It's the first Disney Pixar movie to feature a female protagonist, and appeared to be a winner with audiences. Paul Dergarabedian, box-office analyst for Hollywood.com, wrote, "Their [Pixar] track record is just unbelievable.The Pixar brand just carries so much weight with the audience. It doesn't matter almost what the story is about if it has the Pixar name". The movie, which features the voice of Boardwalk Empire star Kelly MacDonald, received lukewarm reviews from critics, though family audiences flocked to theaters to check out the film this weekend. The movie's success meant that 'Madagascar 3' was relegated to second position while another new release - Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter - debuted at No.3. The movie, starring British actors Dominic Cooper and Rufus Sewell, took a total of $16.5 million over the weekend. 'Brave', which closes the Edinburgh International Film Festival this week, is the thirteenth consecutive Pixar release to open at No.1.
Continue reading: 'Brave' Chops Down 'Vampire Hunter' To Top Box Office
Anna Karenina is the young wife of senior statesman Alexei Karenin. Theirs was more of a marriage of convenience rather than love and soon Anna's eyes begin to wander elsewhere as her desire for romance becomes ever more intense. She meets Count Vronsky, a handsome cavalry officer with whom she enters into a passionate adulterous affair. When people find out about their involvement, Anna's honour is crushed in the eyes of the Russian noble men and women and she is forced to make a choice; to leave her loveless marriage and family and lose all honour and dignity, or end her affair with her possessive lover and be potentially forgiven.
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The latest romp from animation heroes Pixar, 'Brave', will have its first official release this weekend over in the United States, with the arrow-slinging adventure not set to hit our shores until August this year.
To compensate us Brits somewhat, Pixar and Disney have just released an extended version of the trailer however, in a bid to wet our appetites enough to wait until the end of summer.
Continue reading: Pixar's 'Brave' Released In Us This Weekend
It's been six years in the making, but 'Brave', Pixar's new potential gem of a movie is finally ready after a laborious process that saw a change in director from Brenda Chapman - who conceived the project - to Mark Andrews. The animated flick is set in the Scottish kingdom of DunBroch and focuses on the character Princess Merida - voiced by Kelly MacDonald - the headstrong, archer daughter of King Fergus and Queen Elinor (Billy Connolly and Emma Thompson).
"Because it's set in a real place and time, 11th century Scotland, more than any other film we had to figure out how to layer and texture accordingly," Tia Kratter, a Pixar shading art director told the Wall Street Journal. The studio has been working as strenuously as ever on animating the film, with every effort being made to make the characters on screen seem as true to life in their actions as possible. Simulation supervisor Claudia Chung explains "To get the movement you have to be true to the original form, or audiences will see something is off and pop out of the fantasy world we've created."
Continue reading: Pixar Unveils 'Brave' After Six Years Of Hard Work