Blog Posts by Orlando Parfitt

  • BAFTAs snub James Gandolfini, Roger Lloyd Pack and Richard Griffiths

    Actors didn’t make the cut for In Memoriam section.

    Several actors were surprisingly omitted from the In Memoriam section at the 2014 BAFTAs, including James Gandolfini, Roger Lloyd Pack and Richard Griffiths.

    The section, which paid tribute to Hollywood and British film talent from behind and in front of camera, highlighted the sad passing of (amongst others) Paul Walker, Joan Fontaine and Philip Seymour Hoffman this year.

    [BAFTAs 2014: Complete list of winners]

    But Gandolfini, who died of a heart attack in June 2013, was not included in the list. Most famous for ‘The Sopranos’, he also starred in dozens of films including ‘True Romance’ and ‘The Man Who Wasn’t There’.

    Neither was ‘Only Fools and Horses’ star Roger Lloyd Pack, who appeared in the ‘Harry Potter’ franchise, ‘Tinker, Tailor Soldier Spy’ and many more before he died of pancreatic cancer in January.

    Fellow ‘Harry Potter’ alumni Richard Griffiths was also omitted. He played Vernon Dursley in the series, but is most famous for playing Uncle Monty in the cult classic ‘Withnail and

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  • Jared Leto: Dallas Buyers Club weight loss is ‘incredibly dangerous’

    Leto and co-star McConaughey on long term implications of losing so much weight for movie roles.

    Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto know how to suffer for their art.
     
    The usually photogenic McConaughey lost a frankly ridiculous three and half stone to play redneck AIDS sufferer Ron Woodruff in new film ‘Dallas Buyers Club’.

    [Leto heckled over "trans-misogyny"]
     
    Hi co-star shed two and half stone to play fellow AIDS victim Rayon – a transgender woman - and ended up weighing just eight stone.
     
    As you can see from our before-and-after photos below, they look radically different from their days appearing in rubbish rom-coms/selling out stadiums. They look really ill.

    Dedicated... McConaughey in 'Buyers Club' (left) and buffer version in 'Magic Mike' (Credit: Rex Features)


    We caught up with the duo to talk about the health implications of losing so much weight for a movie role - something Tom Hanks reckoned gave him diabetes. Watch our interview above.

    "I wouldn’t do it at the drop of a hat, and I certainly wouldn’t recommend it to anyone and I think it can be incredibly dangerous” said Leto. “But it depends what your putting into your body and taking out of it as well."
     
    “I think people get

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  • Leonard Nimoy has chronic lung disease

    Star Trek legend makes health announcement on Twitter.

    Sad news for ‘Star Trek’ fans. Leonard Nimoy, who played Spock in the classic TV show and movies, is suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

    The 82-year-old sci-fi legend tweeted to his followers: “I quit smoking 30 yrs ago. Not soon enough. I have COPD. Grandpa says, quit now!! LLAP”

    [JJ Abrams: Why I rebooted Klingons]

    As fans will know, LLAP means ‘Live Long And Prosper’ – the classic Vulcan salute.

    Pictures of a frail-looking Nimoy sat in a wheelchair at a New York hospital emerged last month. 

    Frail... Nimoy in a New York hospital last month (Credit: Splash)
    Legend... Nimoy as Spock in original Trek series (Credit: Rex Features)  
    Despite his health problems, has still been busy in recent years, making an appearance in JJ Abrams’ rebooted ‘Star Trek’ and playing Dr. William Bell in science fiction series ‘Fringe’.

    Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the name for a collection of lung diseases including chronic bronchitis, emphysema and chronic obstructive airways disease. The main cause is smoking, according to the NHS.

    Get well soon, Leonard.

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  • Why Will Smith is ‘too expensive’ for Independence Day 2

    Director Emmerich thinks star's back-end deal could rule him out of sci-fi sequel.

    Director Roland Emmerich has expanded on why it might be too costly to cast Will Smith in the upcoming ‘Independence Day 2’.

    While the German was promoting ‘White House Down’ – which is out on DVD this week - Yahoo Movies asked if the A-list star’s complex contracts could stop him being in the sci-fi sequel.

    “Absolutely. And not only his salary, his back-end,” said Emmerich.

    ['Independence Day 2' gets a release date]

    Back-end deals traditionally involve movie stars receiving a percentage of box office gross. Smith is still such a star that he can demand these kind of deals before committing.
     
    “20 Century Fox [the studio making ‘Independence Day’] is kind of fighting back-end at the forefront of all the studios,” said Emmerich. “They cannot pay 25 percent to Will Smith, if they do, they will not do the movie.”

    The director previously said that there are "two versions" of the script - one with Smith, and one without.

    Emmerich speculated that the ex-‘Fresh Prince’ star’s huge contracts have

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  • Jacqueline Bisset makes weird, swearword-laden Golden Globes speech

    69-year-old British legend loses composure after nabbing Globe win for ‘Top of the Lake’.

    British thesp Jacqueline Bisset took home the prize for ‘Most rambling speech of the evening’ at this Sunday’s 71st Golden Globes.

    The 69-year-old won a Best Supporting Actress in a Mini-Series or TV Movie trophy for her work in ‘Top of the Lake’.

    [The best speeches from last year's Oscars]


    The clearly shaken star took the stage, and for what seemed like hours didn’t really say anything. Eventually she thanked the HFPA and made the amusing point that she was named ‘Best Newcomer’ at the awards a mere 47 years ago - and that she’d been nominated “about five times”.

    Things got more bizarre when she paid tribute to her Scottish dad by giving a shout-out to ’12 Years a Slave’ star Chiwetel Ejiofor: "OK, Scottish background to the front! Where is Chiwetel? I need him for inspiration!"

    Then, with the “get off the stage music” piping up, she tried to pull herself together, before unleashing a string of expletives to the audience. Only the end of "s**t" made it into the TV audio, though there was a

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  • The most awkward movie star interviews of 2013

    Willis, Wahlberg and co. helped make it a vintage year for car crash film banter.

    As anyone who has seen ‘Notting Hill’ will know, the process of journalists interviewing movie stars plugging their latest film is ridiculous and artificial.
     
    Usually these fake chats are just dull and/or fawning, but occasionally, whether due to personality clashes, difficult questions or just the celebs being in a funny mood, these interviews turn bizarre and truly awkward. 2013 has been an especially good year for this kind of thing, thanks mainly to a certain 80s action star. Take it away Bruce!

    [The biggest movie mistakes of 2013]


    Bruce Willis vs. The One Show
    In this horrific chitchat with Matt Baker and Alex Jones, Willis slated the title of the latest ‘Die Hard’ flick and generally seemed confused and spaced out. He later apologised, saying: “I didn't get very many compliments about it. They said I was a little stale. I was jet lagged.” Maybe it was just a one off?


    Bruce Willis vs. Magic FM 
    Noooo, it wasn’t. Bruce is a serial offender when it comes to awkward interviews, as anyone

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  • Video gold: Arnold Schwarzenegger rides tiny toy horse

    More ridiculous internet antics from aging action legend.

    We don’t know why this video works, but it does. It’s Arnold Schwarzenegger… on a teeny-tiny toy horse.

    He was apparently visiting the National Finals Rodeo in Vegas this weekend (of course he was) when he spotted a toy horse for sale.

    [Arnold Schwarzenegger's weird early years]


    Someone asked if he could ride it, so he mounted the unfortunate mechanical critter and had a pal film the whole sorry episode.

    It’s the look of genuine pleasure on his face - mixed with the baffled laughter of his audience - that we enjoyed the most. One onlooker simply mutters: “Jesus”.

    The video has quickly racked up more than 60,000 views on YouTube in a matter of hours.

    Remember though readers, it’s not the first time Arnie has posed with a horse.

    Powerful beast... Arnie with equine friend on magazine cover (Credit: Vanity Fair)

    Schwarzenegger has surprisingly become of a master of the viral video in the twilight of his career.

    The Austrian Oak re-recorded some of his classic lines back in October after he took part in an "ask me anything" session for the website Reddit. The internet loved it.

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  • Liam Hemsworth: “99 per cent of stories about me are lies”

    Catching Fire star exasperated with gossip about his private life.

    Liam Hemsworth has slammed showbiz reporters in an interview with Yahoo Movies. 

    “99 per cent of the stuff that’s written about me is a lie,” said the ‘Hunger Games’ star, who reprises his role of Gale Hawthorne in new instalment ‘Catching Fire’. Watch the interview above.


    Hemsworth has been a tabloid fixture in recent years because of his relationship with Miley Cyrus.

    “I don’t know why people want to say things that aren’t true all the time about people. I don’t understand it but it happens,” added Peeta Mellark star Josh Hutcherson, who admits that appearing in ‘The Hunger Games’ series has changed his life “for good and bad”.

    “It’s a different world, this ‘Hunger Games’ world. It’s changed my life, both for good and bad…  The fans really give you energy when you go to press events. They give you something to fight for. But at the same time it can be a little daunting.”

    Double-edged sword... Hutcherson and Hemsworth admit fan attention is touch (Credit: API Images)

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  • Watch: Ian McKellen argues with Andy Serkis on Hobbit set

    Acting legend “tears strips” off assistant director in this clip from An Unexpected Journey Extended Edition.

    Sir Ian McKellen may be one of the world’s greatest actors, but even he sometimes found filming ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ a bit tricky.

    In this exclusive behind-the-scenes clip from the ‘Extended Edition’ DVD, we see the Gandalf star face-off against assistant director Andy Serkis.

    Watch the video above.

    “He didn’t like receiving direction while the scene was going on,” said the Gollum actor. “There was one day where he tore me off a strip for doing that!”


    A clearly annoyed McKellen said: “Just tell me what happens, then I’ll try and do it without you!”

    Eventually the duo made up though. “If I’m not doing it right darling you must shout out!” said Sir Ian, before adding: “It’s the director and the people behind the camera who have been planning for this for months and years. When we come to film it, we just have to do what we’re told really.”

    All-smiles... McKellen and Serkis promoting 'The Hobbit' (Credit: PA)

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  • 8 mind-blowing facts about Gravity

    Alfonso Cauron shares behind-the-scenes secrets from hit space epic.

    ‘Gravity’ is already one of the most talked about films of the year thanks to its ultra-realistic depiction of outer space survival and boundary-pushing special effects.

    The tense drama has become a smash hit in the US and is expected to earn Oscar nods for star Sandra Bullock, who carries the film as the astronaut marooned in space, and Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón.


    Most famous for making arguably the best Harry Potter film, ‘Prisoner of Azkaban’, as well as the stunning single-shot tracking shot in ‘Children of Men’, Cuarón sat down with Yahoo Movies to both confirm and debunk some of the behind-the-scenes myths that have already sprung up around his latest hit. Here's eight things we learned...

    Clooney, Bullock and director Alfonso Cuaron pose together at Gravity premiere (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

    1. Test audiences wanted aliens and monsters
    “Usually I like preview screenings,” said Cuarón. “They are great for getting a sense of watching your film with an audience, to see if it’s going too slow or too fast and so on. But in this Read More »from 8 mind-blowing facts about Gravity

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