I can only think of a handful of American actors (Elijah Wood, Gwyneth Paltrow and Renée Zellweger, to name a few) who can do successfully do an English accent. But as far as the majority goes, the results are often quite disastrous.
I’ve never understood why directors don’t choose to hire British actors to play BRITISH CHARACTERS. Maybe they think the name of the actor will help boost sales. But honestly, I just think that’s just too big a risk to take.
(And as for Nicolas Cage’s accent, I’m just going to go out and say that he was acting like himself.)
Nope. You did not read that wrong. Because the picture above just proves it.
Fans of Mad Men and Harry Potter will be delighted to see that Jon Hamm and Daniel Radcliffe are filming a four-part comedy series together called A Young Doctor’s Notebook.
The series, which will air on Britain’s Sky Arts channel, will feature semi-autobiographical tales taken from playwright Mikhail Bulgakov’s own experiences working as a provincial doctor during the beginning of the Russian Revolution in 1917. Radcliffe, will play the younger version of Russian medic Dr. Vladimir Bomgard, who has funny exchanges with his older self, played by Hamm.
While I wasn’t sure about Radcliffe’s resemblance to Hamm, these pictures certainly throw my doubts away. Side by side, they actually look a lot alike! (And can we mention a scene where the two will be in a bathtub together?!)
Okay, but seriously. I can’t wait to see how this series turns out. Nice to see Radcliffe branching out in interesting roles! (SOURCE)
In the name of girl power, the Spice Girls will be performing at the closing ceremonies of the 2012 Olympic Games tomorrow!
While there hasn’t been any confirmation on what songs the ladies will be performing, pictures of the girls rehearsing were posted on Twitter as they practiced their choreography on top of black cars.
Posh Spice aka Victoria Beckham was the first to confirm that the group would be performing at the Olympics about three weeks ago.
“We are so proud to be English and we are very excited about the Olympics,” she said.
But don’t count on another reunion for the girls just yet. “I don’t know about a comeback tour, but I loved being back with the girls. There was a lot of fun, we did so much together and we’ll see. If they’re up for something then I certainly am.”
Oh, for the sake of my childhood…please go on ANOTHER reunion tour! While I’ll get to see you perform tomorrow, I guess I’ll have to settle for Viva Forever!, the West End Musical based on the Spice Girls’ hits.
That being said, what songs do you want to hear when they perform tomorrow?
Hopefully, they’ll perform this song.
Whether you’re too embarrassed to admit it or not, whenever One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful” comes on the radio, it is your JAM. Speakers up, windows down and singing your heart out. I mean, what’s better than a group of five hotties from the UK? Well unless you’ve got the, “I’m just too old for this” feeling. Basically if you feel like an outcast in their fandom, this song is probably perfect for you and will make you feel a little bit better about being a cougar.
Jest made a hilarious (but accurate) parody for “One Direction’s Song For Grown-Up Teenage Girls.” Some may argue and say that the average age of directioners are already in there teenage days but it’s okay for you older ones, no need to live in secrecy anymore.
The video starts off with a woman acting very hesitant on her laptop. She must of been on iTunes downloading their newest single or concert film. Then five look-a-like members of the band pop up. I gotta says, the wigs and suspenders really do it. The lyrics go on to: “Time to come clean, know what I mean/ You have the musical taste of a tween. It’s OK (oh-oh), it’s OK to like this song.”
If you’re a diehard fan and love them unironically like us, don’t miss their latest video diary. The boys also released a new video diary, capturing moments on set from photo shoots, red carpets, in the studio, horsing around and being the pranksters that they are.
Slater was visiting the theme park with his family when his grandfather spotted the AI tryout. The judges were extremely impressed by Joe, and they have offered him a televised tryout in front of the “real” judges, Jennifer Lopez, Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler.
‘I had to pinch myself to actually believe it,’ he told the Mirror.
As you can see below, Joe definitely has a shot.
MTV has canceled the controversial teen drama ‘Skins,’ reports CTV.
The show won’t be back for another season, so says the network, because it “didn’t connect with a U.S. audience as much as we had hoped,” MTV spokesman Nathaniel Brown says.
The short-lived show received heavy criticism for its racy nature and use of drug, alcohol and sex that were prominent on the show. Many groups felt the young actors violated child pornography laws and advertisers began pulling their commercials from the series.
‘Skins’ premiered in January as an American version of the British hit, but an initial audience of 3.3 million viewers sank to 1.2 million viewers for the season finale.
Another one bites the dust – will you miss it? I never got into the show, but I heard that the American version was never as good as the British series.
The duo debuted their line last week at department store Harvey Nichols, and their clothing will begin being sold on June 6, reports Perez Hilton.
The line, unlike many celeb clothing lines, seems to have a very good concept and look. It’s very her style, but it remains marketable to many other women. Some of the pieces are a little risky, like the red jumpsuit or ruffled black dress, but if that’s your kind of style, you can totally rock it.
Check out some images of the line below, and let us know what you think. Too hipster-cute, or just the right balance of fashion and fun?
Images thanks to the Telegraph.
From the producers of ‘Shaun of the Dead’ and ‘Hot Fuzz’ comes the film ‘Attack the Block,’ a film about a gang of tough city kids who must defend their block by fighting off savage aliens invading earth.
Set in a South London complex, the film is written and directed by Joe Cornish and produced by James Wilson and Nira Park, who is also the master producer behind indie favourite ‘Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World.’
The film has a lot of british charm. The characters all seem to capture an offbeat british sense of humour, and the banter between gang members is what makes the film really enjoyable. Unlike other horror movies where you want the characters to die, you feel for these characters. You’re cheering them on.
As you gathered from the plot, the movie could easily turn cheesy but doesn’t for several reasons. As mentioned above, the clever dialogue and characters keeps the film dimensional. No stock characters here. Each gang member has a specific style and personality, causing you to connect and feel for each one of them.
The film is more comedy than horror, really. Sure, there are sharp-fanged aliens out to get them, but the film seems to knowingly use its genre to sort of make fun of itself. Let’s just say at one point there is two 9 year olds who defeat an alien with a water gun. Exaggerated, yes, but a funny little scene and duo.
My only complaint for the film is the un-scaryness of the aliens. I’m sure they made the monsters extra cheesy for a reason (they are ape-like, with fangs) but the movie would be that extra more compelling if the aliens were, say, terrifying. Maybe nothing scares me anymore, I don’t know. But there are a lot of fun jumpy scenes to make up for it.
Of course, it is also noteworthy to say that Nick Frost’s character makes the film. A comedic genius he is.
The film has no release date as of yet, but I give the film a 3.5 out of 5 stars. Don’t take it too seriously – just enjoy the ride, the humour, and the scares.
How can you tell when you are officially “the man?” Well a good sign could be when beautiful women flock all over you, and you have your own private nightclub built into your home. In other words, when you are James Blunt. This master of love songs spoke to andPOP about how great it is being James Blunt.
It looks like word of the bad economy has finally reached Buckingham palace!
British Royal Prince William and his fiancé, Kate Middleton, have decided to skip the garish, expensive honeymoon following their spring wedding. Instead, the pair have opted for a trip to the picturesque but geographically convenient Isles of Scilly just off the coastal town of Penzance.
Gotta love those lighthouses!
It’s been said that this vacation choice was not only easier on the royal family’s wallet but also made the security detail surrounding the couple far more manageable. After the recent attack on Charles and Camilla, the last thing the royal family needs is another dangerous breach.
It should be a trip down memory lane for William, who used to vacation in the isles when he was younger with brother Harry and his royal parentals, Charles and Diana.
The couple will wed on April 29th at Westminster Abbey.
Music is an ever changing business, and with that change comes a new definition of a rock star. Some of the biggest music stars on the planet are actually DJs. Grum is one of those DJs who is redefining what it means to be a rock star, and creating a new genre of music at the same time.
If you’re from North America, we would like to introduce you to one of the biggest bands in the world that you have never heard of. They made it big on a British reality TV show called The X Factor, and took the U.K. by storm. They are so big that girls are hiding in the band’s luggage just to get close to the guys (JLS will tell you the full story in the interview). Now they are ready to take on North America. JLS told us why we better watch out!
We are always trying to come up with unique interview concepts at andPOP, and today we are trying a speed date interview. Jordan and Florence from Florence and the Machine had a speed date/interview to talk about love and the connection with music. Unfortunately for Jordan it turns out Florence has a boyfriend.
A British newspaper issued an apology to Alice in Wonderland Helena Bonham Carter for printing unfounded claims about her home life with Tim Burton, reports Perez Hilton. The piece said the family was living in separate houses with Bonham Carter in one, Burton in another and their two children and a nanny in a third. The truth is that the family lives in one large house with three interconnected living spaces.
Who knew Anglo-American relations could be so funny? Directed by Armando Lannucci, “In the Loop” shows just how loopy politicians can be. Be prepared for a nonstop ride of satirical humour made famous by the Brits.
After Simon Foster, a bumbling British minister for international development played by Tom Hollander, unknowingly backs a U.S. war in the Middle East (by suggesting war is “unforeseeable”) during an interview, the Prime Minister’s communications chief (Peter Capaldi) is left to clean up the mess as tension rises amongst both countries.
Soon enough, British government officials land in Washington, D.C., where a U.S. General (James Gandolfini) thinks war is just a crazy idea and the U.S. Assistant Secretary for Diplomacy (Mimi Kennedy) tries to infiltrate the War committee. Foster continues to make things worst by trying to gatecrash a slew of government meetings while his young assistant (Chris Addison) gets distracted by a sexy American intern (Anna Chlumsky), which leads to a United National Security Council vote that makes war seem “unforeseeable.”
See, I wasn’t joking about the roller coaster part, nor the comedy. “In the Loop” features nonstop dialogue back and forth, due in part to Capaldi’s character (said to be a satirized version of real-life British politician Alastair Campbell), Malcolm Tucker. For every adjective used by Malcolm, two or more profanities follow (his favourite is “horse cock”). Capaldi delivers by far the standoff performance in this film (a character he also plays in the British TV series “The Thick of It”). But after all, the script is simply hilarious. Judge for yourself. Here’s a sample of what to expect: