Liam Neeson has revealed he turned down the role of James Bond on the instruction of his late wife.
The actor was approached to play the famous spy but turned it down, after Natasha Richardson threatened not to marry him. The pair were married for 15 years before Richardson tragically died in a skiing accident in March 2009.
In a recent interview with the Hull Daily Mail, Neeson spoke about the Bond role proposal, saying: "I was heavily courted, let's put it that way, and I'm sure some other actors were too.
"It was about 18 or 19 years ago and my wife-to-be said, 'If you play James Bond we're not getting married'. And I had to take that on board because I did want to marry her."
The 61-year-old recently discussed his wife's death saying it still doesn't feel "real".
The couple had two children together, to which Neeson added: "There's periods now in our New York residence when I hear the door opening, especially the first couple of years... anytime I hear that door opening, I still think I'm going to hear her."
"It hits you. It's like a wave. You just get this profound feeling of instability. The Earth isn't stable anymore and then it passes and it becomes more infrequent, but I still get it sometimes."
It's that time of year again and what's becoming one of New York's premiere film festivals, the 13th annual Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), is getting ready to kick off the spring, running from April 16 to April 27, with the announcement of the full line of films playing both in competition and outside competition.
The "Spotlight" section has a lot of interesting entries among its 31 films with some of the World Premieres including that of Dito (A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints) Montiel's Boardwalk starring Robin Williams and Kathy Bates, actors Chris Messina and Courtney Cox make their directorial debuts with Alex of Venice and Just Before I Go respectively, Oscar nominated doc director Amy Berg makes her narrative debut with a movie written by Nicole Holofcener, Every Secret Thing, starring Elizabeth Banks, Diane Lane and Dakota Fanning; plus Joss Whedon wrote In Your Eyes, a romantic drama starring Zoe Kazan.
There are also a number of films playing that have done the festival circuit and already have distribution, including the New York premiere of Favreau's star-studded Chef following it opening the SXSW Film Festival this week; Roman Polanski's movie based on the award-winning play Venus in Fur, Paul Haggis' Third Person; Ira Sachs' Love is Strange and Charlie McDowell's The One I Love starring Mark Duplass and Elizabeth Moss.
The festival's "Viewpoints" section also includes a number of World Premieres amongst its 19 films as well as David McKenzie's Starred Up and the SXSW Midnighter selection Honeymoon.
There are 12 narrative and 12 documentary features in competition from all over the world, although they're a mixed bag with some featuring known actors and filmmakers, such as Racing Dreams director Marshall Curry who returns to Tribeca with his new doc Point and Shoot and Junebug ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)
Mar 07 2014
Isaiah Washington will return to Grey's Anatomy nearly seven years after his highly-publicised dismissal from the show.
Washington played Dr Preston Burke in Grey's Anatomy from 2005 to 2007, but was written out amid allegations that he used a homophobic slur on the set and later at the Golden Globes.
His return comes as part of the farewell for Sandra Oh's character Cristina Yang at the end of the current season.
He will appear in one episode in May that will focus on Preston Burke's past romance with Cristina.
Grey's Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes said of the casting development: "It's important to me that Cristina's journey unfolds exactly as it should.
"Burke is vital to that journey - he gives her story that full-circle moment we need to properly say goodbye to our beloved Cristina Yang."
It was reported in January that Ellen Pompeo and Patrick Dempsey have reached deals for two more seasons.
Grey's Anatomy airs on Thursdays at 9/8c on ABC. Sky Living airs the show in the UK.
Angelina Jolie has explained how her daughter was cast in Maleficent.
Vivienne Jolie-Pitt, Jolie's 4-year-old daughter, will play a young Princess Aurora in the Sleeping Beauty adaption.
The Salt actress said that the role went to her daughter as she was the only one who would co-operate with her intimidating costume.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, she revealed: "The other 3- and 4-year-old [performers] wouldn't come near me. It had to be a child that liked me and wasn't afraid of my horns and my eyes and my claws. So it had to be Viv."
Jolie added that she was thrilled to be part of the film, which tells the story of Sleeping Beauty from the viewpoint of Maleficent.
She said: "The exercise wasn't 'how can we have fun with a villain?' It was 'what turns people evil and vile and aggressive and cruel? What could have possibly happened to her?'"
"It is really funny when people say you'd be obvious for a great villain," she added.
Jolie went on to say that her role in the film had changed her children's opinion of the Disney villain.
"The next day, I heard Shiloh getting into a fight with another kid, defending Maleficent, saying, 'You don't understand her!'" she said.
Maleficent will be released on May 30.
Gravity has emerged as the fastest-selling 3D Blu-ray title of all time, after hitting UK shelves earlier this week.
The thriller and space drama movie knocks off the previous record holder Prometheus with the highest number of first day sales.
News of Gravity's home entertainment success comes off the back of a successful awards season for the Sandra Bullock and George Clooney-led film.
Last Sunday (March 2), it walked away with seven Oscars, including awards for Best Director for Alfonso Cuarón and Best Visual Effects.
The film also bagged six BAFTAs in February, notably - and controversially - the Best British Film award.
Shailene Woodley has revealed that Jennifer Lawrence convinced her to star in Divergent.
The actress plays Tris Prior in the upcoming film, an adaptation of Veronica Roth's book on a dystopian future where society is split into five factions.
Lionsgate's co-president Erik Feid said he enlisted Lawrence to help him convince Woodley, after working together on Winter's Bone.
The actresses then had a series of email exchanges about the role of Tris.
"'You must do it. You will not regret it for a second'," Woodley quotes Lawrence as saying in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. "'Yes, there are some hard things, but there are so many beautiful things that will come from an opportunity like this'."
The 22-year-old also revealed her reasons for being hesitant about signing up to the film and possible sequels
"Having come off a TV show, I was kind of in the place where I was like, 'I'm never signing a contract for more than one movie', because once you do sign a contract, legally, you're liable. [Even] if you don't find something creatively stimulating anymore, you've still got to do it legally."
Woodley also gave her opinions on nudity, admitting she would strip off if the role required it.
"When somebody's doing a sex scene and they're wearing a bra and underwear, that's not how it happens in real life," she added. "If I'm going to say yes to a movie where this is necessary, then I'm going to bring truth to that situation."
Divergent will open on March 21 in the US and April 4 in the UK.
Warner Bros is eyeing Safe House director Daniel Espinosa for Blood on Snow.
Leonardo DiCaprio is already on board to both star and produce the thriller.
Blood on Snow is based on the novel of the same name from author Jo Nesbo, Variety reports.
The premise follows a hitman, who ends up on the run from the mob after a job goes wrong.
Jennifer Davisson Killoran, DiCaprio's long time partner, will also produce alongside Jon Berg and Cate Adams.
Espinosa recently wrapped up filming on his latest project Child 44 with Tom Hardy and Gary Oldman.
Warner Bros has yet to comment on their negotiations with Espinosa.
Steven Spielberg has reportedly expressed an interest in shooting a new movie adaptation of West Side Story.
The 1957 musical, inspired by Romeo and Juliet, tells the story of two people from rival gangs - the Sharks and the Jets - who fall in love.
Deadline reports that Fox is keen to work with Spielberg on the project, although no writer has been set yet.
West Side Story was famously made into a film in 1961, winning 10 Academy Awards including Best Picture.
Natalie Wood starred as Maria, with Richard Beymer as Tony.
Spielberg is currently producing a new TV pilot about a group of teenagers who bond while staying in the children's wing of a hospital.
Octavia Spencer was recently cast in the show - titled Red Band Society - as a nurse who is fiercely protective of her patients while also showing tremendous compassion.
Bond 24 screenwriter John Logan has suggested that the Skyfall follow-up may re-introduce the Quantum crime organisation from Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace.
The Oscar-winning writer, who worked on the script for Skyfall after Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, revealed that he is combing through Bond's cinematic and literary history for the new Daniel Craig-led movie.
When asked about a return for Quantum, Logan told Empire: "There might be! Honestly, not being evasive, but the great thing about Bond is that I have 50 years of movies - 23 movies - and all the Ian Fleming novels and short stories, all of which are fodder.
"And when I'm working on the new Bond I'm constantly going back to Fleming and the other movies - what are the bits and pieces, what are the resonances?
"One of the things we learned in Skyfall is that the audience really enjoyed those, they enjoyed when they saw the Aston Martin, they enjoyed when we had references to things they grew up with, either from Ian Fleming or from the other movies, and that's always been a part of my thinking about Bond."
Offering an update on the script, Logan added: "Right now the first draft is almost done. I'm terrifically excited about it! I've been working very closely with Sam (Mendes), and it's been joyous to pick up from our work on Skyfall and just continue on with the storytelling.
"The new movie continues the themes of Skyfall. Some of the characters and themes that we began to introduce in Skyfall will play out, I hope successfully, in the next movie."
Logan also issued a "no comment" to suggestions that iconic 007 villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld or other 00 agents will make an appearance in ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)
The New York Times has published a correction for its 161-year-old story about Solomon Northup.
The newspaper had on Monday (March 3) linked to a scan of its 1853 article about the man whose memoir 12 Years a Slave was adapted into the Best Picture-winning movie at this year's Oscars.
Readers looking at the archive piece had contacted the newspaper about the misspelling of Northup's name and it yesterday (March 4) printed a full correction.
"An article on Jan. 20, 1853, recounting the story of Solomon Northup, whose memoir 12 Years a Slave became a movie 160 years later that won the best picture Oscar at the 86th Academy Awards on Sunday night, misspelled his surname as Northrop," The Times said.
"And the headline misspelled it as Northrup. The errors came to light on Monday after a Twitter user pointed out the article in The Times archives.
"(The errors notwithstanding, The Times described the article as 'a more complete and authentic record than has yet appeared.')"