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Luke Evans (born 15.4.1979) Luke Evans is a Welsh actor acknowledged for his appearances in theatre and film including: La Cava, Taboo, Miss Saigon, Avenue Q, Rent and his more recent film breakthroughs: The Three Musketeers, Immortals, Fast and Furious Six and The Hobbit.
Childhood: Luke Evans was born to parents, Yvonne and David Evans in Aberbargoed, a small town in the Rhymney Valley, South Wales. When he was 17, Luke studied under the supervision of Louise Ryan, a notable and acknowledged singing coach which contributed to him obtaining a scholarship to the London Studio Centre in 1997 to which he graduated in 2000.
Acting Career: Throughout the start of the 21st Century Evans starred and performed in many West-End productions including: La Cava, Taboo, Rent, Miss Saigon and Avenue Q as well as making appearances at the Edinburgh and London cultural and art festivals. In 2008 Evans secured his most significant theatre role as Vincent in Small Change, written and directed by Peter Gill, performed at the Donmar Warehouse, a 251 seat, not for profit theatre in Covent Garden, London.
His performance was viewed by film casting directors and US talent agencies, obtaining Evans with professional film recognition. He was also nominated for the evening standard for best newcomer. Later that year Evans made his second performing appearance at the Donmar Warehouse, playing Yves Montand in Piaf. Evans acted in small budget shorts including: Don't Press Benjamin's Buttons and Cowards and Monsters before getting his first feature film audition at the age of thirty for the 2010 Clash of the Titans remake.
Evans played God, Apollo alongside Liam Neeson and Sam Worthington. In 2010 Evans played supporting roles in Russell Crowe's Robin Hood and Tamara Drewe before working alongside The Hobbit co-star, Orlando Bloom and Robin Hood co-star Matthew Macfadyen in the 2011's The Three Musketeers. Evans played a supporting role in indie-film Flutter before returning to his role as a Greek God, this time as Zeus in the 75 million dollar film, Immortals.
Luke Evans worked alongside Henry Cavill and Mickey Rourke before co-starring in the Raven with John Cussack. Evans played roles in mysterious horror/thrillers No One Lives and Ashes before being cast as Shaw in box office hit Fast and Furious six. The all-star cast included: Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson which resulted in the film winning best trailer at the Golden Trailer awards. Evans was cast as Bard the Bowman for the second and third instalments of The Hobbit trilogy due for release later this year. Evans is due to appear in The Crow, The Great Train Robbery and Dracula.
Personal Life: Evans previously stated he was openly gay in the past (2002) when he was an up and coming actor however upon reaching notable success Evans has avoided talking to the media about his personal life.
This remake of Disney's 1991 classic is remarkably faithful, using present-day digital animation effects to give the story a photo-realistic sheen. The addition of more songs makes it feel much more like a big movie musical. And the use of real actors adds quite a lot of detail and subtext in the character interaction. But basically, this is still the same romantic fairy tale: lovely to look as it makes the audience swoon and sigh.
It's set in a French village, where Belle (Emma Watson) is looked at with suspicion by her neighbours for her empowered-female ways, reading books, expressing her opinions and running the farm where she lives with her single dad Maurice (Kevin Kline). It's no wonder that the vain soldier Gaston (Luke Evans) pursues her, since she's the only girl who isn't chasing him. Then one day Maurice and Belle have a fateful encounter with a castle hidden in a deep woods under a curse. Imprisoned by its beastly master (Dan Stevens), Belle befriends the staff, who have been transformed into household objects like a lampstand (Ewan McGregor), clock (Ian McKellen), teapot (Emma Thompson), harpsichord (Stanley Tucci) and feather duster (Gugu Mbatha-Raw). All of them conspire to help Belle fall in love with the Beast, which would break the spell.
Director Bill Condon (who made Dreamgirls and the final Twilight movies) makes the most of the live-action cast, allowing them to stir all kinds of undercurrents into their roles, which adds weight and interest to the rather predictable storyline. The film still looks largely animated thanks to an extensive use of digital backgrounds and characters, but the actors add an earthy tone that breaks the surface, bringing in some more textured emotions and sharper humour. The whole cast is excellent, with particular scene-stealing energy coming from Evans and Josh Gad (as his super-faithful sidekick LeFou), who are both funny and villainous at the same time. And Kline is also a standout for a surprisingly thoughtful performance.
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It was the most difficult phone prank they've ever done.
'Beauty and the Beast' stars Luke Evans and Josh Gad got a break from the regular round of generic promotional interviews when they appeared on The Matt Edmondson Show on BBC Radio 1 last week. They were asked to take part in the AlphabetiCall telephone prank - and needless to say, they both won.
Josh Gad and Luke Evans star in 'Beauty and the Beast'
Anyone can conduct a prank call, but it takes a special kind of person to do so by starting every sentence with the next consecutive letter of the alphabet, all the way to 'Z'. Luke Evans and Josh Gad, how play Gaston and Le Fou respectively in the forthcoming live action version of 'Beauty and the Beast', managed it however with a themed pair of calls appropriate to their latest film.
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Take a closer look at the cast of 'Beauty and the Beast' in the final trailer for the forthcoming live-action Disney re-boot. Gaston loves himself more than Belle, Belle loves books more than boys, and Maurice loves his daughter more than anybody else. Meanwhile, the Beast hates everything and everyone equally, but that's about to change when Belle volunteers herself as his prisoner in exchange for her father's freedom. She has much pity for the Beast and wants to make the best out of a terrible situation, especially when he presents her with the library of her dreams. He's relying on her love to rescue him from the curse that binds him in his monstrous form, and to rescue his friends and servants from their furnitural guises. But together they have an important lesson to learn about love and companionship.
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The pair became inseparable on the set of 'Beauty and the Beast'.
There's that expression; 'you can't choose who you work with'. That can be at its worst for actors when there's no chemistry off screen, but for Luke Evans and Josh Gad they were almost immediately the best of friends when they teamed up for 'Beauty and the Beast'.
Luke Evans and Josh Gad star in 'Beauty and the Beast'
Luke Evans plays the villainous narcissist Gaston in the forthcoming live action re-boot of the 1991 Disney animation of the same name, while Josh Gad portrays his faithful sidekick Le Fou. It seems they make the perfect duo in real life too.
Continue reading: 'We Like Each Other': How Luke Evans Found A New Friend In Josh Gad
To outsiders, the castle which sits on the outskirts of a small town is just another run down building soon to be turned into ruins but the secrets the beautiful building hold are some laced in magic.
The royal prince who lives in the castle hasn't been seen for years and no one but a witch knows the truth of what happened to him. When Prince Adam was young, he was confronted by a witch seeking shelter from the weather in return for a beautiful rose. The young prince had little time for beggars and dismissed the old woman without much of a thought. As punishment for his cruel arrogance and having seen the lack of love in his heart, the witch curses the prince and his castle.
Having been turned into an unsightly beast with horns and fur much like a goat, he now spends his life in a castle along with his bewitched staff - for they suffer the same curse as their master and have been turned into household objects. The witch didn't want to just punish the thoughtless Prince, she did give him a little hope - she left him with the rose he originally turned down; if he could find true love by the time the last petal fell from the rose on his 21st birthday, he and his castle would be free from the curse.
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Unused lyrics from 1991 original will excite fans of Disney both old and new
The new live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast, coming out on the 17th of March, is set to feature lyrics that were unused in the 1991 version. The Bill Condon-directed film will use lyrics originally penned by the late Howard Ashman, who wrote songs with composer Alan Menken and will feature in the song 'Gaston'.
As Menken told Entertainment Weekly: "In 'Gaston,' we had a treasure trove of lyrics that Howard had written that we did not put in the movie. In many cases, they were a little bit risqué - not risqué sexually, but risqué in terms of sensibility. We all felt ready to have these lyrics. When Bill found out about those lyrics, he said, 'Oh my god, can we please look at that, because it would be a wonderful way to add an extra freshness to the movie.' So, yes, you're going to hear some unheard Howard Ashman lyrics."
Emma Watson at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Insitute in May
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As the director of The Help, Tate Taylor may seem like an odd choice to make a movie based on Paula Hawkins' sexy mystery thriller bestseller. While the film features three central female characters, it also has a dark and twisty plot. Taylor manages to bring out plenty of insinuating textures in the characters to keep the audience intrigued, but he never quite gets a grip on the Hitchcockian elements of this story about identity and life expectations.
The title character is Rachel (Emily Blunt), who commutes into Manhattan every day, observing life in the suburban homes along the train line. She's particularly fascinated by one house and the blonde woman (Haley Bennett) who lives there with her lusty husband (Luke Evans). But the fact is that Rachel knows this woman: she's Megan, the nanny who takes care of the infant daughter of Rachel's ex-husband Tom (Justin Theroux) and his new wife Anna (Rebecca Ferguson), who live just a few doors down. And Rachel has a history of stalking them. Then she spots Megan with another man (Edgar Ramirez), just before Megan goes missing. So when Rachel emerges from yet another black-out drunken stupor, she begins to worry about what she might have done.
This is another challenging role for Blunt, who plays the shattered Rachel with raw grit. This is a woman who doesn't trust her own mind, knows that she drinks far too much and feels incapable of getting over her past mistakes. The film also occasionally circles around to show scenes from Megan's and Anna's perspectives, and both Bennett and Ferguson bring superbly unsteady textures to the roles. These are three complex, flawed women dealing with very big issues in their lives. And there are smaller but pivotal roles for the gifted Alison Janney (as a detective), Laura Prepon (as Rachel's flatmate) and Lisa Kudrow (as an old friend). By comparison the men are a bit simplistic.
Continue reading: The Girl On The Train Review
The pair will join the existing cast Emma Watson, Dan Stevens and Josh Gad in the live action re-make, set for March 17th, 2017.
More Disney casting news! The forthcoming live action re-make of the classic Beauty and the Beast will feature Emma Thompson as Mrs Potts and Kevin Kline as Belle’s father Maurice, it was announced on Monday.
A statement released to People by Disney confirmed the addition of yet more high profile names to an already star-studded cast, for what is shaping up to be the most anticipated Disney release in years.
Emma Thompson will become an anthropomorphised teapot in the 'Beauty and the Beast' remake
Josh Gad will join Emma Watson, Dan Stevens and Luke Evans in the live-action adaptation of 'Beauty and the Beast'.
Josh Gad has become the latest actor to join the cast of the live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast. 34-year-old Gad has been cast as Le Fou, the villain Gaston's minion. Gad is best known for voicing Olaf in Disney's Frozen and for his roles in such films as The Internship and Jobs. Emma Watson (Harry Potter) has been cast as Belle, Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey) as the Beast and Luke Evans (Dracula Untold) as Gaston. Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks) and Timothy Spall (Mr. Turner) are also rumoured to be in talks with the film's producers.
Josh Gad is set to play Le Fou in the upcoming live-action film of Beauty and the Beast.
Peter Jackson's expanded take on J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit comes to a conclusion in a battle epic packed with enormous action sequences that oddly distract attention from the much more engaging central plotline. By the time it thunders to its satisfying conclusion after nearly two and a half hours, there's a sense of balance restored, providing some powerfully emotional moments along with the thrills. But there's a lot of chaotic mayhem to get through first.
The action picks up immediately, as the dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch) roars into Laketown causing further desolation before being stopped by the heroic Bard (Luke Evans), who then leads the survivors back to their long-abandoned city in the mountains. Meanwhile, dwarf king Thorin (Richard Armitage) has reclaimed his throne and Smaug's enormous stash of gold, which consumes his soul with greed. But he abandons his promises to Bard and the elf leader Thranduil (Lee Pace), who assembles the elf army against him. So Thorin calls in a dwarf battalion to take them on. Meanwhile, the hobbit Bilbo (Martin Freeman) is trying to diffuse the situation and snap Thorin out of his avaricious funk. And wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) discovers that two waves of ruthless orcs are descending on Thorin.
All of this strategising and squaring-off feels fragmented and uneven, as Jackson cuts back and forth between the sprawling ensemble cast while trying to build momentum toward the earth-rattling collision of these five armies. Thankfully, there's also a lot of interpersonal stuff going on to hold the interest. Elf warrior Legolas (Orlando Bloom) is still caught up in a romantic triangle with his intended Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly) and her forbidden love, the unusually hot dwarf Kili (Aidan Turner). And there's some comic relief from Alfrid (Ryan Gage), a weaselly human who worms his way into Bard's inner circle for some inexplicable reason. Best of all is the push and pull between Bilbo and Thorin, which is very nicely played by Freeman and Armitage.
Continue reading: The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies Review
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