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Happy 80th Birthday to Sir Michael Caine! We’ve spent the week leading up to his birthday reflecting on previous Anglophenia interviews; five definitive performances; and ten songs that encapsulate him. Well, the big day is finally here and he is still just as smooth as he was in his earlier days. Let’s take take a peek at some of his slickest characters as they are time-capsuled in these glossy movie posters!
Catch Mel Gibson, Jason Issacs, and Heath Ledger in The Patriot (2000) tonight at 8/7c on BBC America.
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“Doctor Who” star Matt Smith is ready to cross the Atlantic to make his U.S. acting debut, taking the male lead in the Ryan Gosling-directed pic “How to Catch a Monster.”
Pic currently stars Christina Hendricks and Eva Mendes, and will mark Gosling’s directing debut.
Marc Platt and Adam Siegel will produce on behalf of Marc Platt Prods., along with Gosling via his Phantasma Films banner, and Michel Litvak and David Lancaster via the Bold Films banner.
Story is set against the surreal dreamscape of a vanishing city and centered on a single mother of two being swept into a macabre and dark fantasy underworld while her teenage son discovers a secret road leading to an underwater town. Production is set to start this spring.
The UTA and Troika-epped Smith has starred in a handful of BBC and British productions but never a stateside movie.
His third season of playing the Doctor recently wrapped and he also recently directed the short film “Cargese” for Sky Arts series Playhouse Presents.
There will be a half hour Red Carpet Pre-Show, immediately followed by the ceremony, hosted by STEPHEN FRY.
So save the date.
Ato Essandoh: D’Artagnan, “Django Unchained”
It may not be every actor’s dream to get ripped apart by dogs. But as D’Artagnan, the runaway slave in “Django Unchained,” actor Ato Essandoh was in heaven. “Quentin Tarantino and Sam Jackson are the reasons I’m an actor,” he declares. Essandoh had graduated from Cornell with a chemical engineering degree when he saw “Pulp Fiction,” starring Jackson. “For the first time, I thought, ‘I wonder what it’s like to be in the movies?’” He’s been finding out ever since.
Essandoh’s D’Artagnan suffers a gruesome fate, yet the atmosphere on the set was so relaxed, Tarantino cracked jokes between takes. “I’m like ‘Quentin, I’m about to die here, I need to get into this.’ ‘Oh, OK, sorry, sorry, sorry.’ And then he’d make another joke.”
Acting opposite Leonardo DiCaprio (with whom he had previously worked on “Blood Diamond”) helped Essandoh focus. “From the first take, I’ve got the tears going, everything’s going, and I see the look in his eye as he’s delivering the lines, and I’m like, ‘Aww, Leo is not playing right now,’” he says of DiCaprio’s evil slave master. “That really helped me a lot.”
Finally meeting Sam Jackson later — and having his hero compliment his work on the BBC America series “Copper” — made the experience complete. “I can die right now,” Essandoh jokes. “I’m good.”
In this photo, you can see Benedict alongside Daniel Bruhl, who plays Daniel Domscheit-Berg, the former WikiLeaks spokesperson who wrote the book Inside WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange at the World’s Most Dangerous Website, on which the movie is partly based.
Laura Linney, Anthony Mackie, David Thewlis, Peter Capaldi, Dan Stevens, Alicia Vikander and Carice van Houten also star, with Bill Condon directing.
The Britannia Awards to air next Sunday on BBC AMERICA
Daniel Craig, Daniel Day-Lewis, Quentin Tarantino, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, and Will Wright will be honored at The Britannia Awards. For the first time ever, the awards ceremony hosted by Alan Cumming will broadcast on BBC AMERICA, airing November 11, 8:00pm ET/PT as a two-hour special, preceded by the Britannia Awards Pre-show Special at 7:30pm ET/PT.
Daniel Day-Lewis to be honored at Britannia Awards - Airing Nov. 11 on BBC AMERICA
Daniel Day-Lewis will be honored at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles’ Britannia Awards.
The Lincoln star will receive the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film at this year’s BAFTA LA Britannia Awards.
BBC AMERICA airs The Britannia Awards on Sunday, November 11 at 8pm ET as a two-hour special, preceded by the Britannia Awards Pre-show Special at 7:30pm ET.
(via Hollywood Reporter)
BBC AMERICA TO BROADCAST BRITANNIA AWARDS ON NOVEMBER 11
Daniel Craig, Quentin Tarantino, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, and Will Wright to be honored
For the first time ever, the BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards will broadcast on BBC AMERICA, airing in primetime November 11, 2012 at 8pm ET as a two-hour special, preceded by the Britannia Awards Pre-show Special at 7:30pm ET.