Game of Thrones' Kit Harington has described filming scenes involving the show's famous dragons as "horrific."The Jon Snow actor said that he had initially not believed his co-star Emilia Clarke - who played Daenerys Targaryen on the hit show - when she complained about them, but eventually sympathised with her when his character finally met the dragons in series eight.
Cillian Murphy has shut down claims that he could be the next James Bond because he thinks the iconic role should go to a woman.The Peaky Binders star, who plays Tommy Shelby in the BBC show, was hotly tipped to take over Daniel Craig’s spot as the new 007, joining a list of rumoured contenders which also includes James Norton and Richard Madden.But, speaking to The Guardian, the 43-year-old admitted he has other ideas. He said: “The thing about it is, if you say anything about Bond it becomes the headline, right?“There’s two things I’ll say about that. Firstly, there’s a whole other industry which is completely separate from the film side of things, and that’s the bookies. He added: “The second thing I’d say is that I think it should be a woman, which rules me out.”The English actress Lashana Lynch has reportedly been cast as a new 007, but her character will appear alongside Craig’s Bond, having taken over his code name, rather than replace him.[[gallery-0]] Previous contenders rumoured to be in the running to play the iconic super-spy include Idris Elba and Tom Hiddleston.Filming for the 25th Bond film, which is using the working title Shatterhand, has so far taken place on location in Jamaica, Norway and Italy, and at Pinewood Studios in the UK.Earlier this year, Craig was forced to spend two weeks recovering from an ankle injury sustained while filming. Despite this, the film is still slated for release in April 2020.The 25th Bond film will be directed by Cary Fukunaga and will be Craig's fifth and final outing as the super spy.Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Jeffrey Wright and Rory Kinnear will all return to the series, while Rami Malek will make his Bond debut as a villain.
Casey Affleck has opened up about the sexual harassment allegations made against him and discussed his decision to "just stay quiet" amid the MeToo movement. The 43-year-old faced sexual harassment allegations from Amanda White and Magdalena Gorka, who worked with him on Joaquin Phoenix documentary I’m Still Here in 2010. He denied the claims and both cases were settled out of court.The Oscar-wining star confessed that he felt accountable for condoning and contributing to an unprofessional working environment on the set.Speaking during an episode of Dax Shepard's Armchair Expert yesterday, he said: “I think it’s a lesson that I had to sort of learn and be humble about; I was the producer. I was technically the boss.”Affleck said that there was "a ton of partying" on the set of the mockumentary, which followed Phoenix's short-lived career change from acting to rap, telling Shepard: "It was confusing for everybody, and it was deliberately, and that's my responsibility. The intention was to have the crew as part of the movie. I didn't know how much they knew they were part of the movie."He also added that he felt it was best to keep a low profile when the sexual harassment allegations resurfaced at the height of the MeToo movement.“I really wanted to support all but I felt like the best thing to do was to just be quiet,” he said. Shepard’s co-host, Monica Padman, suggested that the fact that women are also able to make false allegations is never considered.“I wouldn’t say that it’s helpful to say that well women lie, or to approach the argument from the point of who is lying; It actually doesn’t help,” Affleck argued.“What really matters is you resolve this in a way without hitting each other and calling each other liars. It’s not really the most important part of it.”The Manchester By Sea star emphasised that he completely stands by the MeToo initiative, asking: “Who would not be supportive of the MeToo movement? That’s an idea that’s even out there?”The writer and director also touched on whether it’s possible to gauge which cases of misconduct are the worst compared to others.He said: “[It] isn’t about, oh well this isn’t so bad, and that’s really horrible. It’s that it’s systemic.“It is accepted culturally at it’s tamest manifestation of it and at it’s worst, and that it all needs to be turned on it’s head, eradicated, not allowed for, and that kind of like lightning bolt I think is effective.”Last August, Affleck apologised for his “unprofessional” behaviour on the I’m Still Here set, telling AP: “It was an unprofessional environment … the buck had to stop with me being one of the producers and I have to accept responsibility for that.”
Ed Sheeran is being lined-up to sing the next James Bond theme tune for Daniel Craig's last outing as 007, according to reports.The 28-year-old hit songwriter is said to be the hot favourite after he released his latest album, No.6 Collaborations Project.It's been reported that Daniel Craig, who currently plays James Bond, is also keen to have Sheeran lay down some vocals for the anticipated track.A source told the Sunday Mirror that Craig is a big Sheeran fan: "Daniel was introduced to Ed’s music by his daughter Ella.[[gallery-0]] "She loves Ed, and Daniel now really likes his stuff too and wants Ed for the theme tune".The insider added: "Daniel is not just the lead actor on the movie but also one of the producers, so he has huge sway over every aspect".Speaking on The Late Late Show back in 2017, the singer revealed, "I’ve had a theme tune written for about three years. I’m not going to say (the title) because someone might steal it, but it’s good."If the artist does seal the deal for the job, he would join alumni of legends who have lent their vocals for the iconic tracks in the past. Adele, who sung the last theme tune Skyfall, won an Oscar and a Grammy for being the official singer – so it wouldn’t be a bad job to accept.The Standard has contacted reps of Ed Sheeran for comment.
New photos from the set of Bond 25 capture the moment a Range Rover flies through the air in thrilling car chase.Production for the latest instalment in the iconic spy franchise has moved to the Ardverikie Estate in Inverness, Scotland, where the crew filmed the nail-biting scenes over the weekend.The images show the grey 4x4 somersault through the air before crashing off the country road onto a rock face, apparently pursued by a yellow vehicle.Onlookers told The Sun that the dramatic scenes were filmed from the air using “a drone and a helicopter.”“It was an amazing thing to see,” an onlooker told the publication. “You could just hear the motors then suddenly a massive crash.“It sounded like a car being flattened at the scrap yard. They could only do the stunt once as the car was completely wrecked.”007 star Daniel Craig was reportedly not present while the scene was filmed.Filming for the 25th Bond film, which is using the working title Shatterhand, has so far taken place on location in Jamaica, Norway and Italy, and at Pinewood Studios in the UK.Last month, it was confirmed that a crew member was injured by an explosion during production at Pinewood.“During the filming of a controlled explosion on the set of Bond 25 today at Pinewood Studios, damage was caused to the exterior of the 007 Stage,” a message from the official 007 Twitter account read.“There were no injuries on set, however one crew member outside the stage has sustained a minor injury.”The incident came weeks after Craig was forced to spend two weeks recovering from an ankle injury sustained while filming.“Daniel Craig will be undergoing minor ankle surgery resulting from an injury sustained during filming in Jamaica,” the film’s Twitter account confirmed.“Production will continue whilst Craig is rehabilitating for two weeks post-surgery.”Despite Craig’s injury, the film is still slated for release in April 2020.The 25th film, which is directed by Cary Fukunaga, will be Craig’s fifth outing as the super spy.Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Rory Kinnear and Jeffrey Wright are also set to return to the series, while Rami Malek is joining the cast as a Bond villain.
Hollywood star Tom Hanks took to the red carpet for the European premiere of Toy Story 4, saying making the final instalment of the series transported him back in time. The A-lister, who voices Sheriff Woody in the much-loved Pixar series, said putting down the vocals for the film's emotional denouement triggered a "transcendental moment". Speaking on the red carpet in London's Leicester Square for the film's European premiere, Hanks said he had been forced to "collect himself" after becoming emotional.
James Bond fans were “screaming” after Rami Malek was finally confirmed as the villain in Bond 25. The Bohemian Rhapsody star, who won an Oscar for his portrayal of Freddie Mercury, will play the titular star’s nemesis in the 25th outing of the popular franchise. Speaking via video message at the live reveal in Jamaica, Malek teased fans about his upcoming role, vowing “not to give Bond an easy ride”.
Game of Thrones actress Emilia Clarke has shared never-before-seen pictures taken while she was in hospital recovering from a life-threatening brain aneurysm in 2011. The British actress, 32, last month opened up about suffering two brain aneurysms while filming the hit TV show. Clarke, who plays Daenerys Targaryen, has now talked to CBS Sunday Morning about surviving the haemorrhages, admitting she was left in a dark place after her second stint in hospital.
Actor Jan-Michael Vincent has died at the age of 74. The star, who was best known for playing pilot Stringfellow Hawke in the TV series Airwolf, died on February 10 according to a death certificate obtained by US publication TMZ. Born in Denver, Colorado in 1944, Vincent was a member of the California Army National Guard when he was spotted by a talent scout, and began his screen career in 1967 with an appearance in Hardy Boys adaptation The Mystery of the Chinese Junk and a part in war film The Bandits.