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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.
The rather astonishing true story of the creation of the Wonder Woman character, this is certainly not your run-of-the-mill biopic. It's a sharply well-observed story of three intellectual people who choose to live a scandalously counterculture lifestyle in the 1920s, then come up with a comic book character who goes against all the rules. Frankly, they still seem radical today.
It opens at Harvard University in the mid-1920s, where Bill Marston (Luke Evans) and his wife Elizabeth (Rebecca Hall) are psychology professors who have just invented what will become the modern lie-detector. They have hired grad student Olive (Bella Heathcote) as an assistant and, after some blatant flirting, both Bill and Elizabeth fall for her, deciding to create a three-way relationship. As they work on the details of how they will live together, Bill conceives a comic book hero who will help preach a message of female empowerment, inspired by both Elizabeth and Olive. And he infuses the comics with sadomasochistic imagery to make his point. Publishers are shocked by this, but one (Oliver Platt) gives the new character a shot. And Wonder Woman outsells Superman.
The story is told in flashbacks as Bill defends his work in the mid-1940s to a representative of the Catholic decency league (Connie Britton), who of course hates the comics' feminist ideas and sexualised imagery. She has no idea about Bill's three-way relationship, or the fact that he fathered two children with each woman. Writer-director Angela Robinson (The L Word) uses this cross-cutting structure to develop some tension between Bill, Elizabeth and Olive that feels more cinematic than realistic. But the three actors keep the characters remarkably grounded, with a brainy and open-minded approach to their life together. Evans is superb in the central role, while Hall shines as the prickly Elizabeth, who wants to be liberal but can't control her jealous impulses. By comparison, Heathcote's Olive feels rather passive, even though she has moments of steely energy.
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While Wonder Woman remains one of the most important female heroines in the history of fiction, few realise the just under what circumstances the character came about. The comic was first created by Dr. William Moulton Marston in 1941 under the pen-name Charles Moulton. Not only was he pioneering comic book writer, he was also a Harvard psychologist and the inventor of the systolic blood pressure test which aided the development of the modern polygraph or lie detector test. But perhaps the most fascinating facet of his life was what went on behind closed doors. He was in the midst of a polyamorous relationship with his wife Elizabeth and a young former student named Olive Byrne; two women whose feminist ideals inspired Wonder Woman as we know her today. Though the initial stories were fraught with controversy, not many could imagine how important the character would become to young men and women everywhere.
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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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
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
Luke Evans, who plays Bard of Laketown in 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies', takes an interview about his part in the film. In the interview, Evans discusses the character of Bard, and how he moves and grows from being a simple fisherman who only cares about his family and becomes the man who will lead armies and stand up to leaders. He also discusses his physical training for the role, as well as his satisfaction with how the actors in the film are not drowned out by the CGI in the movie, despite this being a very real possibility. Furthermore, he reveals his plans to one day sit down and watch the entire 'Hobbit' trilogy back-to-back, before moving straight into a marathon of 'The Lord of the Rings' trilogy as well.
Continue reading: Luke Evans - The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies Video Interview
The Lonely Mountain has been reclaimed from the dragon Smaug. The dwarves of Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) have won; although they soon discover that the price of their victory was steep. Smaug has laid waste to Lake Town, leaving the residents homeless after Thorin promised them riches. The elves of Mirkwood seek the dwarves that escaped their dungeons, while an army of orcs seek to end the line of Durin. And behind the scenes, a dark lord of shadow, long since defeated, is preparing to make a return to Middle Earth - the secret to his power lies in a small, golden ring. A ring that has chosen a new owner; The Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman).
'The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies' serves as the final chapter in Academy Award winning director Peter Jackson's Middle Earth saga. The film serves as the sixth film by Jackson to be based on the works of writer J. R. R. Tolkien, and the final part of 'The Hobbit' trilogy. When Tolkien released 'The Hobbit' in 1937, it was a single book. Jackson released the final part of his adaptation of 'Lord of the Rings' in 2003, and stated that he would not work on a 'Hobbit' movie. However, he eventually signed on to direct a two part adaptation of 'The Hobbit', which later turned into a trilogy in 2012.
The film is due to be released on 12th December, 2014 in the UK, with a US release date of 17th December.
Date of birth
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