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Jason Statham Says He'll 'Never Be A Great Actor'

April 19th, 2012 4:12pm EDT
Jason Statham
Don't expect Jason Statham to play anything other than action men on the big screen - he insists he isn't suitable for any other role.

The former diver and street jewelry hustler is about to be seen in new high-energy movie Safe, in which his character is embroiled in a deathly battle between the Triads, Russian mobsters and crooked New York cops.

And following roles in Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch and The Transporter films, Statham insists he is unlikely to stray from his hard man roles - and take on a romance, court thriller or period drama anytime soon.

He tells the ...

Jason Statham Dreams Of Landing Bond Role

May 20th, 2011 8:19am EDT
Jason Statham
British actor Jason Statham is hoping to become the next James Bond, branding the superspy part his "dream" role.

The Expendables star has risen to fame playing tough guy characters in movies including Snatch, The Italian Job and Crank.

However, Statham, who is dating beauty Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, is eager to take over from Daniel Craig as the next 007.

He tells Britain's Daily Mirror, "You'd be lying if you said no. He has all the fanciest gadgetry. He's in and out of bed with the sexiest, hottest women. And gets to save the world. Come on! It's everybody's dream, isn't it?"


Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies - 'Sherlock Holmes,' 'It's Complicated' & More

December 21st, 2009 9:54am EST
The arrival of Christmas on Friday brings a solid variety of films to the box office. There's the romantic comedy "It's Complicated," the fantasy adventure "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus," the action thriller "Sherlock Holmes," and the family comedy "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel."


Jane (Meryl Streep) rekindles her relationship with her ex-husband Jake (Alec Baldwin) by hooking up with him, on his son's college graduation. In addition to handling the difficulties of being her ex's mistress, Jane's life is further complicated by her attraction to an a...

Brad Pitt Joins 'Sherlock Holmes'

August 17th, 2009 11:46am EDT
Brad Pitt
Brad Pitt will be in London Tuesday to begin playing Moriarty, Sherlock Holmes' nemesis, for the new film starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law. reports that Guy Ritchie, who directed Pitt in Snatch, decided to add him to the cast after watching the first edit of the film.

Sherlock Holmes was due in theaters this December, but has now been pushed back to 2010.

"This is all such mad rush now, having such little time to get everything done," a source tells the magazine. "There's just a week to get this done and everyone is just praying the weather stays clear and tim...

Guy Ritchie's 'Sherlock Holmes' Will 'Deliver And Surprise People'

July 22nd, 2009 10:40am EDT
Sherlock Holmes
Guy Ritchie has enjoyed a cult following in America for his British gangster flicks like Snatch and Rocknrolla. He's been more famous for his marriage to, and divorce from, Madonna. This Christmas, everyone will know his directing skills. His Sherlock Holmes film is likely to get noticed for its own merits.

"I hope so," said producer Susan Downey, wife of Sherlock actor Robert Downey, Jr. "He did an amazing job, on a scale that no one's seen him work on before. He delivered. I think it's going to surprise people."

Ritchie's British films were characterized by kinetic violence and flas...

Actor Vinnie Jones Found Not Guilty

May 16th, 2009 10:00am EDT
Vinnie Jones
British tough guy Vinnie Jones has been found not guilty of assault in a South Dakota courthouse.

The former soccer star-turned-actor was charged with three simple assaults after fighting with Juan Trevino-Barrera in a bar last December. Security footage showed the Snatch star attacking Trevino-Barrera after another Wiley Tavern local smashed a beer glass in his face.

Jones, 44, needed medical attention after the bar brawl, which left him with 48 stitches in his face. Shortly before the jury's speedy verdict on Friday, the movie star testified, stating he was "driven by fear" du...

Hyper-Masculine Action Films Are Violent, Ridiculous & So Much Fun

April 15th, 2009 12:52pm EDT
Fast & Furious
According to Hollywood and its demographic cinema box office soothsayers, the only people who have the ability to purchase tickets to and actively watch an action film are men and teenage boys. They believe that women, for the most part, cannot watch these films - unless their boyfriends, husbands, male friends, etc. have explicitly gave them entrance to the theater or made the magical DVD player start the film.

Either way, it is assumed that men are the ones with the keys to the magic that is "boom and vroom." Hollywood types with these lofty gendered assumptions are most definite...

Check Out 'RocknRolla,' On DVD Jan. 27

January 25th, 2009 7:24am EST
"I own this town." But owning is getting expensive for old-school London gangster Lenny Cole (Tom Wilkinson). A wealthier foreign mob is moving in with a riverfront property swindle. A small-timer (Gerard Butler) and his crew think they can play both sides and become big time.

Now add a hard-as-ice accountant (Thandie Newton), a rocker playing dead to boost sales, wannabe music moguls (Jeremy Piven and Chris Bridges), a missing painting and a mad mosh of money and muscle, and you've got a real RocknRolla.

From Guy Ritchie (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch) comes a ...

The 10 Most Thankful Celebrities Of 2008

November 26th, 2008 9:35am EST
Britney Spears
Picture it: Pumpkin pie, green bean casserole, a bird with all the trimmings with family around the table, watching sports or playing board games. Don't forget to dish out gold medals, divorce decrees, box-office history and custody battles. As Americans across the nation tuck in to their turkey, a few notable celebrities have unique reasons to be grateful this Thanksgiving.

Tina Fey

The former "Saturday Night Live" funny lady has had a banner year: A big screen outing opposite pal Amy Poehler in the Spring release Baby Mama and two Emmy wins (Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstan...

Guy Ritchie Defends Film Flops

September 29th, 2008 2:45pm EDT
Some Guy
Director Guy Ritchie has defended his box-office flop Swept Away, insisting it would have been hailed if he had made it before becoming famous.

The 2002 film, which starred Ritchie's wife Madonna, was pounded by critics and ignored by cinema-goers. It 'won' an unprecedented five Razzie Awards - a prize giving naming and shaming the worst in the business - and was even described by Sophia Loren as "the worst movie I have ever seen in my entire life".

However Ritchie insists his only mistake was to release the movie - and more recent flop Revolver - after finding fame and success ...

Guy Ritchie Takes Sons To The Pub

August 31st, 2008 2:00pm EDT
Guy Ritchie
Movie director Guy Ritchie entertains himself while his pop star wife Madonna is on tour by taking his sons to the pub. The couple owns a bar near their home in Mayfair, London, and Ritchie has been taking eight-year-old Rocco and adopted tot David Banda, two, along to keep him company while he drinks.

The Snatch director was photographed leaving the pub with Rocco at 11pm on Wednesday night and the following evening, younger brother David and his nanny also joined Ritchie at The Punchbowl.

A source tells the Daily Star, "He is a sociable dad and just likes hanging out with his bo...

Vinnie Jones Thought He'd Die In Earthquake

August 3rd, 2008 8:00am EDT
Vinnie Jones
Tough guy actor Vinnie Jones feared he would lose his life in the earthquake that struck Los Angeles last Tuesday. The British soccer star-turned-actor was busy promoting his new movie Hell Ride on the 14th story of a Hollywood building when the 5.4-magnitude quake hit.

And the Snatch star thought he had met his end as the tremors shook the whole of L.A.

He says, "It was my first earthquake. I was 14 floors up and doing an interview when I could feel the building start to sway. I looked out over L.A. and the whole place was shaking. It was a strange feeling when it kicked off. I f...

Actor Arrested For Allegedly Bringing Gun To LAX

May 12th, 2008 8:21am EDT
Dennis Farina
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Actor Dennis Farina apologized for his arrest at Los Angeles International Airport after a loaded gun was found in his carry-on luggage.

''I apologize to anyone and everyone that I have caused any embarrassment or inconvenience to,'' the 64-year-old actor said in a statement. ''It is my own stupidity to find myself in this embarrassing situation.''

When the weapon was discovered at a security checkpoint at about 8 a.m. Sunday, police said Farina told them he had forgotten the .22-caliber handgun was in his luggage.

Farina was booked for investigation of car...

The Three Best & Worst Movies Starring Brad Pitt

March 10th, 2008 2:00pm EDT
Brad Pitt
Today's cinemaphiles have yet to come to terms with the career of one Brad Pitt. Dismissed by most as a Hollywood tabloid star, few have openly included him in the category "Best Leading Men Of All Time" where he deserves to be.

Too many have placed too much focus on his relationships with Jennifer Aniston, Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie, rather than confronting that which we know deep down in our hearts to be true: Brad Pitt is a great actor.

He is so great that his performances in films like Snatch (2000), Ocean's 11 (2001) and Ocean's Twelve (2004) and 12 Monkeys (1995) d...

'In Bruges:' A Dark Comedy Full Of Twists

February 4th, 2008 12:39pm EST
In Bruges
"In Bruges" is a movie that is good but not great. That might be the most vague and un-insightful explanation for a film, but trust me it fits and I'll explain why.

The movie works around a main dilemma: two big city hit men are sent to hide out from a hit gone wrong in the boring tourist trap that is Bruges, Belgium. Colin Farrell plays Ray, a young troublemaker who hates the city, tourists and pretty much everything about what is going on in his life. Brendan Gleeson plays Ken, the older, wiser, calmer hit man who is enjoying the city and in the process makes the trip worse for Ra...

Jason Statham Stars In 'The Bank Job,' In Theaters March 7

January 27th, 2008 10:00am EST
The Bank Job
Inspired by the infamous 1971 robbery that took place at the Lloyds Bank in Marylebone London, Lionsgate's ® The Bank Job stars Jason Statham (Transporter, Snatch, Crank, The Italian Job) and Saffron Burrows (Klimt, Enigma). The highly-charged heist thriller tautly interweaves high-level corruption, murder and sexual scandal in 1970s England.

A car dealer with a dodgy past and new family, Terry (Statham) has always avoided major-league scams. But when Martine (Burrows), a beautiful model from his old neighborhood, offers him a lead on a foolproof bank hit on London's Baker Street, Ter...

Jason Statham Blasts Guy Ritchie's 'Jealous' Critics

October 4th, 2007 2:37pm EDT
Jason Statham
Jason Statham has defended director pal Guy Ritchie, insisting any criticism of his films is based on jealousy. The 35-year-old - who has worked with Ritchie on Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Revolver and Snatch - believes Madonna's husband is subjected to criticism because he is so talented.

He says, "Guy's a good-looking, talented man with a great family. He's very successful and people are jealous - maybe more so than they like to admit, and that puts a bad taste in people's mouth's."

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)

Madonna's Former Nanny To Tell All

March 12th, 2007 10:26am EDT
Madonna’s former nanny is set to pen a sensational memoir sharing behind-the-scenes information about the pop icon and her family. Melissa Dumas, who worked for the Like A Virgin singer throughout 2005 and 2006, has handed an 80-page book proposal to publishers for evaluation, according to a US entertainment site.

The book, which is said to be brokering a $5 million deal, will expose intimate details of Madonna's marriage to Snatch director Guy Ritchie, the behavior of children Lourdes and Rocco and the story leading up to the adoption of Malawian baby David Banda.

Dumas did not...

Madonna's Husband To Direct, Produce 'Suspects'

January 22nd, 2007 10:05am EST
Madonna's director husband Guy Ritchie is to try his hand at television with new U.S. drama “Suspects.” The English filmmaker is famed for 1998's Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels and its follow-up Snatch, which starred Brad Pitt.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Ritchie, 38, will direct and executive produce the crime series, which tells the story of each suspect in a recently committed crime until the killer is revealed.

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)

Action Man Statham Sends Co-Star To Hospital With Concussion

September 4th, 2006 9:00pm EDT
Jason Statham
Actor Jason Statham's co-stars were so keen to make the British action man look good in scenes for new movie Crank, one ended up with concussion after almost putting his head through a helicopter window.

The Snatch star plays an adrenalin-chasing gangster in the high-energy new movie and despite taking on a number of stunts himself, he was one of the only people involved in chase and fight scenes left uninjured.

He says, "Jose Pablo Cantillo, who plays Ricky Verona (in the film), sustained a concussion to the head when we were flying in the helicopter because you get a bit carri...

Celebrity Judges Announced For 'The Movies' Film Competition

April 20th, 2006 10:40am EDT
The Movies
Entertainment industry icons Paul W. S. Anderson (Resident Evil), David Krumholtz (Numb3rs), Garry Marshall (Raising Helen, The Princess Diaries), Guy Ritchie (Revolver, Snatch, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels), and Brad Silberling (Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, City of Angels) have signed on to be judges for the Chrysler in The Movies: Virtual Film Competition (CiTM).

Created by Chrysler brand in connection with Activision, the competition provides an innovative approach to making movies, with aspiring filmmakers creating unique projects using Activision and Lio...

Madonna and Guy Ritchie Quell Break-Up Rumors

February 13th, 2006 8:04am EST
Guy Ritchie has quashed rumors his marriage to Madonna is in trouble. Speculation has been rife in recent weeks the pair's relationship is on the rocks because the director is furious his sexy wife has been spending hours with music producer, Stuart Price.

The rumors intensified last week after Guy failed to accompany Madonna to the Grammy awards, where she was performing a collaboration with animated band Gorillaz. The 'Snatch' filmmaker has spoken out about his no-show at the prestigious ceremony claiming he didn't go because he had to look after the couple's children, Rocco and Lour...

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