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Ralph Fiennes heading back to London's National Theatre

March 20th, 2014 9:30pm EDT
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British actor Ralph Fiennes is set to return to London's Royal National Theatre for the first time in seven years for a new production in 2015.

The Schindler's List star will lead the cast in a revival of George Bernard Shaw's political drama Man and Superman, which will open at the National in February (15).

The new season line-up for the iconic venue will also include new plays by Tom Stoppard and David Hare.

Fiennes previously hit the stage at the National Theatre as the title character in a 2008 production of Sophocles' tragedy Oedipus, while his last stage role was in a 2011 run of ...

Ralph Fiennes kept polishing note from Irons

March 4th, 2014 3:10am EST
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Ralph Fiennes has a pre-fame keepsake Jeremy Irons gave him after sharing polishing tips with him at a top London hotel.

Fiennes was a porter at Browns Hotel in the months leading up to drama school and one encounter with fellow British thespian Irons made the job extra special.

The English Patient star recalls, "I wore a white coat and you're the lowest of the low. I had to go around changing lightbulbs and shower curtains, hoovering and polishing the brass. I was in the housekeeping department.

"The bathrooms were one stair down in a kind of basement area off of the main lobby and I wa...

Wes Anderson commissions movie cologne

February 28th, 2014 3:20am EST
Wes Anderson
Director Wes Anderson has commissioned a cologne inspired by his new film, The Grand Budapest Hotel.

The filmmaker's latest project centres on a concierge at a Central European hotel, played by Ralph Fiennes, who has a penchant for spritzing himself with a fragrance called L'Air de Panache.

Anderson, who previously described the scent to the New York Observer as having a "Russian quality, like Orthodox incense", decided to bring the cologne to life with the help of perfumer Mark Buxton.

Experts at Buxton's French boutique Nose have now created a complex aroma, which is described on the s...

Lupita Nyong'o inspired to be an actress by Ralph Fiennes

February 10th, 2014 10:20am EST
Lupita Nyong'o
Lupita Nyong'o says Ralph Fiennes' advice inspired her to become an actress.
The 30-year-old star has been catapulted into the limelight with various awards and nominations for her performance in '12 Years a Slave' but admits she hadn't fully committed to a career in acting until she met Ralph while working as a production assistant on his film 'The Constant Gardener'.
She said: "He asked me what I wanted to do with my life, and I very timidly admitted that I was interested in being an actor. He sighed and said, 'If there's something else that you want to do, do that. Only act if you feel ...

Ralph Fiennes has 'huge' anxiety attacks

December 10th, 2013 1:20am EST
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Ralph Fiennes suffers from panic attacks.
'The Constant Gardener' actor often wakes up in a sweat in the middle of the night with a feeling of impending doom hanging over him and lies awake worrying about his life.
He said: "I have huge anxiety attacks. I'll wake up early in the morning with my brain anxious about something and I don't even know what it is, just a general sense of profound uncertainty. It's from the unconscious, I suppose, fears about existence. A weird twilight zone.
"We feel we can organise our lives and have an order that we can control but really we can't, it's always ...

Lupita Nyong'o discovered silence is golden on English Patient movie set

November 27th, 2013 3:20am EST
Lupita Nyong'o
12 Years A Slave star Lupita Nyong'o learned the art of silence on movie sets from Ralph Fiennes when she was working as a production assistant on The English Patient.

The Yale School of Drama graduate began her movie career behind the camera when she was hired to look after the talent on the 1996 film - and she quickly realised that great actors don't like to be bothered when they're preparing for dramatic scenes.

She tells The Hollywood Reporter, "That was the first film that I worked on, and I would escort Ralph from his tent because, in Kenya, we don't have trailers.

"He was always i...

Saoirse Ronan eager to make stage debut

November 5th, 2013 8:30pm EST
Saoirse Ronan
Actress Saoirse Ronan is eager to overcome her severe stagefright to make her theatre debut.

The Oscar nominee admits she has long harboured dreams of treading the boards, like her actor father, The Devil's Own star Paul Ronan, but she will have to confront her fears of performing in front of a live audience first.

She tells The New York Times Style Magazine, "I think it (performing in a theatre) is in the blood. And even though I'm terrified about doing it, if something goes all right on stage, it must be the most amazing feeling."

However, Ralph Fiennes, the actress' co-star in upcomin...

Lupita Nyong'o credits Ralph Fiennes for her acting career

October 14th, 2013 8:31pm EDT
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Actress Lupita Nyong'o credits Ralph Fiennes for her acting career, insisting James Bond's new boss gave her the encouragement to chase her dreams while she was working as a runner on the set of The Constant Gardener.

The 12 Years a Slave star reveals the Brit gave her advice about the industry and gave her the information she needed to find a career in acting.

She tells the New York Post, "Ralph Fiennes was a pivotal influence on me. I was having Ralph on set and he asked me, 'So what is it you want to do?' I very shyly, timidly admitted that I wanted to be an actor.

"He sighed, and he ...

Vancouver International Film Festival 2013 - 'More Michael Reviews'

October 3rd, 2013 12:30pm EDT
VIFF 2013
And the hits and misses just keep on getting reviewed!  Dear old dad is back with more reviews ala the "Vancouver International Film Festival 2013" (visit www.viff.org for more details) and as you readers can tell honesty is not a problem for the seasoned film vet.  So here to give you the movie skinny is Northern correspondent Michael Coleman with more film reviews from VIFF 2013.



"3X3D" - With three shorts, by three legendary directors all in 3D, you would think is a lock for visual artistry gone good.  Suffice to say there are some things you encoun...

Ralph Fiennes and Cate Blanchett to be honoured at New York Film Festival

August 22nd, 2013 8:40pm EDT
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Cate Blanchett and Ralph Fiennes are set to be honoured at the 2013 New York Film Festival.

The Lord of the Rings star, who has been getting major Oscar buzz for her role in Woody Allen's new movie Blue Jasmine, will be celebrated on 2 October (13) with a gala tribute, according to TheWrap.com, while Fiennes' salute will take place on 9 October (13), in conjunction with a screening of his new film The Invisible Man, which he also directed.

Past honourees include Nicole Kidman, Pedro Almodovar and David Cronenberg.

The New York Film Festival opens on 27 September (13).

Gary Oldman developing Eadweard Muybridge movie - report

June 16th, 2013 7:09pm EDT
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Gary Oldman is reportedly hoping to develop a new movie about 19th century photographer and inventor Eadweard Muybridge, which the actor will direct.

TheWrap.com reports Oldman has recruited fellow Brits Ralph Fiennes and Benedict Cumberbatch for Flying Horse, which is inspired by the book River of Shadows: Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West.

The film will be Oldman's second feature as a director - his debut was 1997's Nil By Mouth. He also took charge of 2012 concert movie Jack White: Unstaged.

Muybridge, who is considered the "father of the motion picture", appears to b...

New 'Skyfall' Trailer Features James Bond Back From The Dead

August 1st, 2012 8:20am EDT
The second trailer for James Bond film "Skyfall" has arrived. It shows 007 (Daniel Craig) getting shot and apparentely killed in a mission gone wrong. Naturally, he doesn't actually die. Instead he fakes his death, similar to Sean Connery's 007 in "You Only Live Twice."

Craig's Bond re-enters the spy game when a villain attacks British agency MI6 in an attempt to get at M, Bond's boss played by Judi Dench.

The latest 007 trailer features some new faces, including Ralph Fiennes as M's eventual replacement, Ben Whishaw, a young gadget savy master Q. There's also villain Silva, played by a b...

Blu-ray Review: 'Coriolanus'

May 31st, 2012 11:00am EDT
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Shakespeare meets modern day warfare? Actor turned director Ralph Fiennes takes on the Shakespeare classic "Coriolanus," now available on Blu-ray from Anchor Bay Entertainment and The Weinstein Company. The battle of the bard begins below!

Title: "Coriolanus"

Grade: 2

Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Gerard Butler, Brian Cox

Director: Ralph Fiennes

Rating: R

Runtime: 124 minutes

Release Company: Anchor Bay/The Weinstein Company

Website: www.anchorbayent.com

The Flick: Ralph Fiennes movie adaptation of Shakespeare’s play sports a stellar cast, high body count and some stylish vi...

Check Out 'Coriolanus' On Blu-ray & DVD May 29

May 27th, 2012 6:44am EDT
Ralph Fiennes' directorial debut, "Coriolanus," scripted by John Logan, updates one of William Shakespeare's more difficult plays without sacrificing the Bard's original dialogue.

Set in modern times, the movie stars Fiennes as the title character, a fierce General able to fight Rome's most dreaded enemies as well as quell civil unrest from a lack of food. When politicians convince Coriolanus to become a political leader, his natural fierceness and lack of political instincts lead to him being disgraced by other politicians and eventually forced to leave Rome after being branded a ...

Ralph Fiennes Backs UNICEF's West Africa Aid Campaign

April 12th, 2012 11:35am EDT
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Actor Ralph Fiennes has urged fans to donate to UNICEF's latest appeal for youngsters starving in West Africa, declaring: "Do whatever it takes to save children's lives now."

The English Patient star serves as an ambassador for the humanitarian organization, and he is appalled by recent statistics which suggest a million African children could die by the summer because of a lack of food and medical care.

He is backing UNICEF's new aid campaign, and he is calling on fans to raise cash and awareness of the crisis.

Fiennes says, "I am alarmed to hear from UNICEF that in the next few month...

Liam Neeson & Ralph Fiennes Felt Silly Playing Gods

March 29th, 2012 10:10pm EDT
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Liam Neeson struggled to keep a straight face while shooting the two Clash of the Titans movies with pal Ralph Fiennes - because the thespians felt ridiculous playing gods.

Neeson, who portrays Zeus in Clash of the Titans and sequel Wrath of the Titans, admits he had to focus on Fiennes' forehead during tense scenes between the warring brothers - to maintain his composure.

He explains, "When we did Clash of the Titans we found it hard to act with each other, so I would look at his forehead and he would look at my forehead because if we made eye contact it would go quite silly.

"We were m...

'Two Jews' Review 'Wrath Of The Titans' And Don't Feel The Magic (Video)

March 29th, 2012 2:00pm EDT
Wrath Of The Titans
Two Jews on Film - By Joan Alperin Schwartz: So what's a demigod to do when all he wants is to live a quiet life with his son, and do a little fishing, but his daddy has other plans for him?

That's the predicament Perseus (Sam Worthington) finds himself in, when a war breaks out among the gods. Families... Can't live with them... Can't live without them.

Seems Perseus father, Zeus (Liam Neeson) has been kidnapped by his brothers Hades (Ralph Fiennes) and Poseidon (Danny Huston) and he's being held captive in the underworld, where his bad-ass dad, Kronos, is sucking the life out of him.


Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies - 'Wrath Of The Titans,' 'Mirror Mirror' & More

March 26th, 2012 2:00pm EDT
Trailer Talk: This Week in Movies
Last week I was lucky enough to see an advanced screening of the Drew Goddard/Joss Whedon horror flick “The Cabin in the Woods,” which took SXSW by storm. I won’t comment on it just yet, but I will say that I’m excited to be interviewing two of its stars, Kristen Connolly and Fran Kranz, in the coming days. Keep your eyes peeled for my write up.

Big budget franchise season arrived last week with the premiere of “The Hunger Games,” and continues this week with the release of the Greek action sequel “Wrath of the Titans.” Also coming out this week are the light-hearted Snow White picture...

Blu-ray Review: 'Best Picture - Five Film Collection'

February 1st, 2012 2:45pm EST
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What’s more passionate then owning an Academy Award winning flick on Blu-ray? How about five! That’s the premise of the new Lionsgate/Miramax collaboration Blu-ray out Jan 31 containing five best picture flicks including "No Country for Old Men," "Shakespeare in Love," "Crash," "The English Patient" and "Chicago." Check out the review of the 'Best Picture Academy Award Winners – Five Star Collection' below!

Title: 'Best Picture Academy Award Winners – Five Film Collection'

Grade: 3

Cast: Various

Director: Various

Rating: R

Runtime: 634 minutes

Release Company: Lionsgate/Mir...

Bravo's 'Watch What Happens Live': Best Party on Late-Night

January 19th, 2012 1:30pm EST
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The Bravo network is making a power move for the late-night crowd by expanding its live late-night talk show, “Watch What Happens Live,” from two to five nights a week.

Hosted by Andy Cohen, Bravo’s Executive Vice-President of Original Development and Programming, WWHL mixes real celebrities, the network's own stars (like the bombastic NeNe Leaks) with pop culture-themed games and a lot of alcohol, creating an intoxicating cocktail of entertainment.

Airing at 11 p.m. EST, the show is timely follow-up to Bravo’s original programming. Earlier this week, Housewife Kyle Richards and her hott...

Trailer Talk: This Week in Movies - 'Underworld: Awakening,' 'Haywire,' & More

January 16th, 2012 11:18am EST
Trailer Talk: This Week
I felt incredibly silly last week when I was supposed to see Mark Wahlberg’s “Contraband.”  I showed up at the wrong theater, and ended up missing my screening.  From what I’ve heard from my colleagues though, I didn’t miss anything fantastic.  One of them compared it in quality to last year’s remake “The Mechanic,” better than expected, but nothing special.    

Hitting the box office this week: the Kate Beckinsale vampire action flick “Underworld: Awakening,” the Steven Soderbergh spy thriller “Haywire,” the Ralph Fiennes helmed Shakespeare adaptation “Coriolanus,” the World War II fighte...

Celebrities That Turn 50 In 2012

January 4th, 2012 8:00am EST
Celebrities That Turn 50 In 2012
The year was 1962, John F. Kennedy was President of the United States and the cold war with Russia was in full swing as the world witnessed the Cuban Missile Crisis. Also in 1962, Marilyn Monroe died of a drug overdose at the age of 36 and Johnny Carson took over the duties of "The Tonight Show." Landmark movies that hit the big screen in '62 included "Lawrence of Arabia" and "To Kill a Mockingbird." The Academy Award winner for best picture that year was none other than "West Side Story."

We think you'll be surprised at how young many of today's popular celebrities look who were born in ...

And Ralph Fiennes' Secret New James Bond Role Is...

January 3rd, 2012 1:59pm EST
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The shroud of secrecy surrounding the upcoming James Bond film "Skyfall" has been so dense, you'd almost think Christopher Nolan or Ridley Scott were directing it, but now the first real spoiler has just hit the internet... and this one is about as big as they come.

Forget spoiler warnings; you're going to need a bomb shield for this one, because your head is about to explode.

First, let's set the stage by going over what we already know about "Skyfall." The third installment in the current Daniel Craig iteration of the venerable spy franchise, "Skyfall" was delayed — and nearly cancell...

'Tyrannosaur' Wins Big at British Independent Film Awards

December 5th, 2011 1:03pm EST
Last night at the British Independent Film Awards in London, actor/ director Paddy Considine's feature, "Tyrannosaur," lived up to its name, taking home several trophies, including the top prize for Best Film.

The brutal drama, which tells the story of a widower trying to conquer his crippling anger, also nabbed Best Debut Director (Paddy Considine) and Best Actress (Olivia Colman). Not too shabby for Considine's first time behind the lens.

Other standout winners included "Senna," for Best Documentary, Lynne Ramsay, for Best Director ("We Need to Talk About Kevin"), Richard Ayoade for Be...

Ralph Fiennes Was Stressed About Directing & Starring In 'Coriolanus'

November 19th, 2011 9:30am EST
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Ralph Fiennes called on his dialect coach to help him with his directorial debut because he knew she'd be honest about his performance in his film "Coriolanus."

The star admits he was wracked with "continual anxiety" when filming started on the movie adaptation of the Shakespeare tragedy because he couldn't be sure he was giving the best performance in front of the camera as he attempted to direct himself.

So he called on his friend and coach Joan Washington to help him.

He tells WENN, "I couldn't tell if I was delivering it. I very much relied on Joan Washington, who is admired as a dia...

Check Out 'Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2' On DVD & Blu-ray

November 11th, 2011 8:15am EST
Deathly Hallows
The final adventure in the Harry Potter film series follows Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint), and Hermione (Emma Watson) as they prepare for a final battle with Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes), who is determined to destroy Harry once and for all.

In order to defeat the powerful wizard, they must find and destroy Voldemort's last and most elusive Horcrux - the enchanted piece of soul allowing him to remain immortal - before his nefarious plans come to fruition. David Yates directs.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 smashed the record for the best opening weekend in mo...

New Bond Girl Berenice Marlohe Looks Red Hot At 'Skyfall' Photocall

November 3rd, 2011 10:30am EDT
Berenice Marlohe
Daniel Craig, Naomie Harris, and Berenice Marlohe attended the photocall for "Skyfall," the 23rd James Bond movie, in London today. The film's official title was released at the event.

Berenice is a French actress who has starred primarily on TV shows in her native country.

Film execs recently scrapped plans to shoot a high-action train sequence in India. They chose to film the scenes in South Africa after negotiations fell through.

"Skyfall" also stars Javier Bardem, Judi Dench, Ralph Fiennes, and Albert Finney. The film is set for release in November 2013.


'Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2' Is 2011's Biggest Film

August 10th, 2011 9:58am EDT
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 has been crowned the most successful film of 2011 after conjuring up a worldwide haul of $1.1 billion.

The fantasy epic, the final movie in the hugely successful wizard series, has been hailed a "global phenomenon" by Warner Bros chiefs.

Warner President Of Distribution Dan Fellman beams, "This is another incredible milestone for the last chapter of this historic film series, and for the Harry Potter franchise as a whole.

"In a crowded and very competitive summer, it is a tribute to both the film and the people behind it that moviegoers ar...

Two Jews' Reviews 'Harry Potter & Deathly Hallows-Part 2': One Gives Standing 'O' To Final Epic Adventure (Video)

July 14th, 2011 12:00pm EDT
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
'Two Jews on Film' By Joan Alperin Schwartz: 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows-Part 2' is the final adventure in the 'Harry Potter' series. The film is directed brilliantly by David Yates and cleverly adapted for the screen by Steve Klos.

This is not only the last film in the franchise, but it is the best.

From the first shot...where we see Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) holding his sword up to the darkened sky, followed by Severus Snape (Alan Rickman) staring out into the gloomy courtyard at Hogwarts, you know...you're in for one great ride.

For those of you who haven't read the books ...

Naomie Harris Is Moneypenny In Upcoming 'Bond' Movie

July 8th, 2011 10:45am EDT
She's fought zombies in "28 Days Later" and pirates in "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest," but Naomie Harris' latest role pits her against her greatest opponent yet: seduction.

The 34-year-old actress has been cast as M's assistant, Moneypenny, the object of Bond's flirtatious advances, in Sam Mendes' upcoming "Bond 23" (via IndieWire).

The iconic character, which has appeared in 20 previous Bond films and two TV specials, has been played in the past by actresses Lois Maxwell, Caroline Bliss, Samantha Bond, Barbara Bouchet, and Pamela Salem.

While Moneypenny has not appeared i...

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