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Rhys Ifans To Join 'Elementary' As Sherlock Holmes' Brother

6/27/2013 8:24am EDT
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When "Elementary" returns for its second season, new cast member Rhys Ifans will come on board as Mycroft Holmes, Sherlock's brother.

The CBS series debuted last year and is a contemporary take on the legendary detective Sherlock Holmes. The show is set in New York City and stars Jonny Lee Miller as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's fictional detective, while Lucy Liu plays his sidekick.

Ifans will make his first appearance in the season two premiere, which will be set in London. His role will be recurring.

The Welsh actor and Miller co-starred in 2001 film "Love, Honor & Obey." Ifans is also kno...

Rhys Ifans Based His 'Spider-Man' Villain On Crystal Meth Addicts

6/11/2012 8:39am EDT
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Rhys Ifans drew on his knowledge of drug addicts to portray the villain in comic book blockbuster The Amazing Spider-Man.

In the superhero prequel, the Welsh star takes on the part of Dr. Curt Connors, an amputee scientist who creates a serum using reptile DNA in a bid to gain the lizard-like ability to re-grow limbs. Ifans insists he had an unusual influence for his role, taking inspiration from the dependency crystal meth users experience.

He tells Britain's The Sun, "He is a very intelligent scientist who genuinely wants to benefit and help millions of humans - limbless humans in hi...

Review: 'The Five-Year Engagement' Just Not That Engaging

4/26/2012 7:19pm EDT
Five-Year Engagement
Unlike John, the other half of the 'Two Jews On Film, it doesn't take a lot for me to enjoy a film. Basically, I want to care about the characters and their story. And this brings me to my problem with 'The Five Year Engagement', directed by Nicholas Stoller ('Get Him To The Greek') I just didn't care.

Not only didn't I care about the two lead characters, Tom (Jason Segel) and Violet (Emily Blunt) but they really, really annoyed me.

The film starts out promising. Tom, an up and coming chef in San Francisco proposes rather romantically to his British girlfriend Violet. She happily accepts...

Japanese 'Amazing Spider-Man' Trailer Gives Darker Preview

4/16/2012 4:07pm EDT
The Amazing Spider-Man
A new Japanese trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man has hit the Internet and created buzz in a movie-going community hungry for anything "Spidey."

In the two-minute clip (don't worry; it' in English with Japanese subtitles), an evolving (pun!) relationship is shown between Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) and Dr. Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans). When it first appears that Connors may have some insight into what Parker's father was studying, he dives in head-first - and ends up creating one of his most deadly adversaries, The Lizard (a mutated Dr. Connors).

When wounds from his "nightlife" begin t...

Investigation Launched Over Rhys Ifans Assault Claims

2/12/2012 12:15pm EST
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Police in London have launched an investigation into allegations Welsh actor Rhys Ifans slapped a guest during a party in his hotel room in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The Notting Hill star attended a pre-BAFTA awards party in the city on Friday night with his actress girlfriend Anna Friel, and later in the evening, he reportedly invited a number of people to a bash at his suite at the St. Pancras Renaissance hotel.

Theater producer Adam Spreadbury-Maher, 30, attended the party with friends including actor Dominic Cooper and he claims Ifans became embroiled in an argument with on...

The First 'Amazing Spider-Man' Trailer - Watch It!

2/7/2012 1:00pm EST
The Amazing Spider-Man
The first full-length trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man has been released. Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) juggles his newfound powers with his normal life - which includes girlfriend Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) and her father, the city's police chief who is out to capture a masked vigilante (Denis Leary).

The Amazing Spider-Man reboots the story, but it is to be seen how much of the film will describe Parker getting his powers. What is known is that the main villian will be The Lizard (Rhys Ifans).

The film joins a heavy Summer release schedule that includes The Avengers, Men in Black 3, S...

Rhys Ifans Demands Filming Breaks To See Anna Friel

1/2/2012 7:30pm EST
Actor Rhys Ifans has negotiated a condition in his movie contracts to ensure he gets to see his girlfriend Anna Friel every three weeks during filming.

The Notting Hill star has been dating the Pushing Daisies actress since the beginning of 2011, following her split from David Thewlis.

Ifans is currently busy with film work, including the Spider-Man reboot, and is away from the couple's native Britain for long periods of time.

But he demands studio bosses include a clause in his contract ensuring he is given every third weekend off during shooting so he can spend some precious time with ...

Two Jews' Review 'Anonymous' And Battle Over This Political Thriller (Video)

10/25/2011 11:00am EDT
Two Jews on Film - By Joan Alperin-Schwartz: Yes 'Anonymous' is a political thriller, but it's one that is set in the past, 400 years ago to be precise.

The film, directed by Roland Emmerich and written by John Orloff (took him 15 drafts to get it right) supports the premise that Edward de Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford, (Rhys Ifans)a prominent aristocrat, was the real author of the works attributed to William Shakespeare. Sounds dull? Believe me, it's anything but.

Whether you agree with the premise or not, 'Anonymous' is an exciting, sexy, suspenseful, exquisitely acted and intriguing fi...

Rhys Ifans Will Not Face Charges Over Comic-Con Altercation

8/13/2011 6:00pm EDT
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Welsh actor Rhys Ifans will not face charges over his recent arrest on suspicion of battery due to insufficient evidence.

The Amazing Spider-Man star caused a disturbance at the Comic-Con convention in San Diego, California last month when he allegedly became involved in an altercation with a female security guard.

He was accused of pushing the woman after a member of his entourage was refused entrance to the event because she didn't have the correct identification. The actor is said to have lashed out and cursed at event staff, prompting the guard to make a citizen's arrest.

Ifans wa...

Rhys Ifans Arrested At Comic-Con

7/24/2011 10:00am EDT
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Welsh actor Rhys Ifans has been arrested on suspicion of battery after an alleged altercation with a security guard at Comic-Con in California.

Ifans appeared at the annual pop culture event in San Diego on Friday to promote his upcoming action movie The Amazing Spider-Man, in which he stars as the villain Lizard.

But he landed in trouble for reportedly pushing a female guard after a member of his entourage was found to be without proper identification. Ifans was said to have cursed at staff, prompting the guard to make a citizen's arrest.

San Diego police spokeswoman Lt. Andra Brown tel...

'The Amazing Spider-Man' Teaser Trailer Arrives (Watch It!)

7/20/2011 3:37pm EDT
The Amazing Spider-Man
The first teaser trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man, starring Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, has officially arrived - and it looks really good, but also really familiar.

The film, which is still almost a year off, is a re-boot of the Spider-Man franchise that began in 2002 and ended in 2010 when director Sam Raimi and star Tobey Maguire quit over issues with the script of then-planned Spider-Man 4.

So the studio forged ahead with a new telling of the story, which, according to this teaser, is basically the same story we got back in 2002 - only this time there's more focus on Spidey honin...

Keira Knightley Joins Syfy's 'Neverland'

3/10/2011 11:31am EST
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Keira Knightley will voice Tinker Bell in the upcoming Syfy miniseries Neverland, Deadline reports.

In her first American TV role, she joins Rhys Ifans, Anna Friel, and Charlie Rowe in the four-hour special.

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Anna Friel Confirms Rhys Ifans Romance

2/28/2011 8:43am EST
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Actress Anna Friel has confirmed speculation she's dating Rhys Ifans, just two months after splitting from David Thewlis.

The Pushing Daisies actress parted ways from Harry Potter star Thewlis late in 2010 after nine years together. Friel and Ifans sparked rumors of a romance earlier this month after he was photographed wearing a bathrobe outside her Hollywood home.

The stars reportedly grew close since they started filming Peter Pan prequel Neverland in September - and now they've gone public with their romance.

They were snapped arm in arm outside Hollywood hotel Chateau Marmont an...

First Photo from 'The Amazing Spider-Man' (Official Title!)

2/14/2011 5:28pm EST
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Columbia Pictures gave comic book fans a Valentine's Day gift by releasing a sneak peek of the Spider-Man reboot starring Andrew Garfield: the first photo of the star in the suit and the film's official title.

The image shows Garfield fully suited up -- mask and all -- as the nimble vigilante in his classic crouched pose ...

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Kara Dioguardi Without Makeup (& Other News)

11/28/2010 3:30pm EST
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Kara Dioguardi showed up to the opening night of Cinderella at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood last night looking almost unrecognizable with hardly any makeup or hair styling. Looks like life hasn't been that great since being dumped by American Idol.

In other news...

"It kinda sounds a little raunchy." Jessica Simpson on what her new married name will be when she weds new fiance Eric Johnson.

Reese Witherspoon will be honored with the 2,425th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame next week.

"Lord Of The Rings - The Fellowship Of The Ring" star Dominic Monaghan performed a Thanksg...

Rhys Ifans To Play New 'Spider-Man' Villain

10/11/2010 9:05pm EDT
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"Nanny McPhee Returns" star Rhys Ifans is set to follow in the footsteps of Willem Dafoe and Alfred Molina after signing on to play the new "Spider-Man" villain.

The Welsh actor will join new webslinger Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone in the cast of the Marc Webb-directed blockbuster.

Sony bosses have declined to reveal which villain Ifans will play in the film.

As well as Molina and Dafoe, the "Spider-Man" bad guys have been played by Thomas Haden Church and Topher Grace.

Rhys Ifans Calls For Marijuana Decriminalization

10/11/2010 2:13pm EDT
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Welsh actor Rhys Ifans is calling for cannabis to be legalized in the U.K. - branding the drug "one of life's little pleasures."

The Notting Hill star, who portrays infamous drug smuggler Howard Marks in upcoming biopic Mr. Nice, is adamant the criminalization of marijuana is "idiotic" and creates more problems. And Ifans is urging the British government to consider controlling pot in the same way as tobacco and alcohol.

He tells Britain's FHM magazine, "I agree with Howard on this. You look at any culture and prohibition has invariably been an unmitigated failure. It is just idiotic to...

Megan Fox Is An Angel In White At The 'Passion Play' Premiere

9/12/2010 12:00pm EDT
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Megan Fox was a vision looking absolutely gorgeous in a white gown at the Toronto Film Festival premiere of her new movie, "Passion Play." In the film, Megan plays Lily, a carnival attraction called "Bird Woman" - because she has wings.

Think that's weird? It gets better: Lily falls in love with a trumpet player (Mickey Rourke) who is about to be executed by a gangster in the desert but is saved by ninjas.

Yes, you read that correctly, ninjas.

So basically, we have a film about an angel, some ninjas & gangsters, and a musician.

We know what you're thinking - doesn't sound too good. Well...

April DVD Releases: 'Avatar,' 'Crazy Heart' & More

3/30/2010 9:04am EDT
Fans around the world will soon be able to discover every detail and relive every moment of James Cameron's "Avatar" in the comfort of their own homes. But there are plenty of other new DVD releases this month:

April 6

Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans - Buy it.

Nicolas Cage, Eva Mendes, Val Kilmer, Fairuza Balk

Apparently this is one of those "Good" Nicolas Cage movies. Worth a watch to see why everyone is so excited about his appearance in the upcoming Kick-Ass.

The Collector - Skip it.

Josh Stewart, Michael Reilly Burke, Juan Fernandez, Andrea Roth

Lord of the Rings Tril...

Philip Seymour Hoffman Stars In 'The Boat That Rocked'; In Theaters Aug. 28

4/24/2009 6:30pm EDT
The Boat That Rocked
In the late 1960s, American radio stations blasted rock and roll 24 hours a day. But in the home country of the Beatles and The Rolling Stones, the only way 25 million people could hear their music was to tune in…to a boat.

Celebrated filmmaker Richard Curtis (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill, Bridget Jones's Diary, Love Actually) brings the incredible story of a band of rogue deejays who captivated British radio listeners in the '60s, playing the music that defined a generation and boldly defying the government that tried to shut them down - The Boat That Rocked.


Billy Bob Thornton Heads An All-Star Cast In 'The Informers', In Theatres April 24

3/25/2009 5:00pm EDT
The Informers
In such works as Less Than Zero and American Psycho Brett Easton Ellis brilliantly dissects contemporary American society, a culture in which too much is never enough. Now, adapting his own acclaimed novel for the screen, he returns to the Los Angeles of the early 1980's with a multi-strand narrative that deftly balances a vast array of characters who represent both the top of the heap (a Hollywood dream merchant, a dissolute rock star, an aging newscaster) and the bottom (a voyeuristic doorman, an amoral ex-con).

Connecting all his intertwining strands are the quintessential Ellis pr...

Celebrity Serial Daters

9/16/2008 9:15am EDT
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In Hollywood, the dating circle seems to be so small that most celebrities share boyfriends and girlfriends and swap spit left and right. The time between significant others seems to get shorter and shorter as well. Last week's tabloid cover may show a huge celebrity breakup and the week after it will feature the same exes and who they're already dating next. And although this isn't the case with all of Hollywood, there are a few we like to call Celebrity Serial Daters.

John Mayer uses his smooth rock star status to make the ladies fall for him, but seems to break their hearts just a...

Stanley Tucci Stars In 'Four Last Songs'; Coming To DVD June 26

6/17/2007 12:00pm EDT
Four Last Songs
Larry (Stanley Tucci) is a chronically unsatisfied ex-pat residing on a remote island village in the Mediterranean. The village is tiny but famous for having been the home of one of Europe's most celebrated composers. Although Larry hoped to absorb some of the great man's glory. His modest talents have instead confined him to playing piano in local bars.

Desperate to make his mark Larry stages a gala concert as a tribute to the late composer. His plans, however, are challenged by every inhabitant of the village including his partner, the neurotic, Miranda (Jessica Stevenson); the co...

Lindsay Lohan Romancing Rhys Ifans?

7/10/2006 9:36am EDT
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Lindsay Lohan is allegedly romancing British actor Rhys Ifans. The Mean Girls actress is said to have fallen for the 37-year-old actor - best known for his role as Hugh Grant's eccentric flatmate Spike in Notting Hill - after being introduced to him by her friend Kate Moss.

A source told Daily Star newspaper: "Falling for Rhys was really the icing on the cake for Lindsay. She already loves hanging out with Kate in London. One of the reasons Rhys appealed is that he's so quirky, bright and refreshing."

The flame-haired actress is apparently so infatuated with her new love, who is 1...