At the heart of the festivities will be acting great and national treasure Ralph Fiennes, the newly-announced recipient of this year’s Empire Legend award. The Suffolk-born actor follows in the footsteps of Helen Mirren, Tim Burton and Tom Cruise in collecting the accolade.
Even by the vaulted standards of his 25-year career, Fiennes is experiencing a purple patch. A Golden Globe nominee for his exceptional comic turn as M. Gustave in The Grand Budapest Hotel, he’s also kicked-started his directorial career in fine style with contrasting period pieces, Coriolanus (2011) and The Invisible Woman (2013), in recent years.
Fiennes, of course, is twice Oscar-nominated. He was first recognised by the Academy for his indelible depiction of SS commandant Amon Goeth in Schindler’s List, a tone-perfect depiction of the banality of evil, and went on to receive a Best Actor nod as The English Patient’s lovelorn Count. There’s been memorable villains, including Voldemort and In Bruges’ potty-mouthed Harry, romantic heroes, and, in the shape of Gareth “M” Mallory, an ongoing presence behind the oak desk of the James Bond franchise.
This morning, Bloomsbury have sent over the cover for their new illustrated edition of Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone, due to be released on October 6, 2015. View the cover in high resolution in the gallery. You can pre-order the book at Waterstones (UK) and Amazon (US).
Illustrated by Jim Kay, Kate Greenaway Medal winner, the front cover image shows Harry Potter beside the majestic Hogwarts Express.
Published globally on 6th October 2015 this will be the first fully illustrated edition of J.K. Rowling’s original Harry Potter novel. The hardback edition will include ribbon marker, head and tail bands, illustrated endpapers and colour artwork on every spread. The illustrated edition will be published in more than 21 languages around the world. All will be using Jim Kay’s artwork and will be joining the UK and the US in bringing this beautiful edition to life.
It is set to be the landmark publishing event of 2015. Fiona Noble of the The Bookseller said: “I’m willing to call this the most handsome and desirable gift book of the year. It is stunning…with full colour illustrations throughout from Greenaway Medal winner Kay, who breathes incredible life into these much-loved characters and locations, staying faithful to Rowling’s vision but revitalising the story for a new generation.”
The Harry Potter novels have now sold approximately 450 million copies worldwide and have been translated into 78 languages. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was voted the nation’s favourite children’s book in a 2013 poll by reading charity Booktrust.
BBC has released a bunch of previews in anticipation of Tom Felton Meets the Superfans which is airing on BBC Three tonight at 9pm. And don’t forget to tune into Bluestone 42 immediately after to see Matthew Lewis.
Deadline is reporting that Freddie Stroma will be joining 13 Hours, a film by Michael Bay about the assault on the U.S. compound in Benghazi. He will play a brash Yale grad who is an undercover CIA agent in Libya.
The film is based on the book Thirteen Hours: The Inside Account Of What Really Happened In Benghazi by Mitchell Zuckoff, which follows the true story of the events on September 11, 2012, when terrorists attacked a U.S. State Department Special Mission Compound and a CIA station in Benghazi, Libya.
It has just been announced that Disney’s live-action version of Beauty and the Beast will be released on March 17th 2017, two years from tomorrow. Seems a long time to wait, but filming won’t begin on the project until this Summer. It has also been revealed that Emma Thompson will be playing Mrs. Potts, as was rumored a couple weeks ago.
In other exciting news Alan Menken, the original composer for Disney’s 1991 animated version, will be writing the score for this version. Menken has won 8 Oscars for his work, including 2 for Beauty and the Beast. The film will feature new recordings of the original songs in addition to several new songs written by Menken and Sir Tim Rice.
After a successful showing at this years SXSW it has been announced that Rupert Grint’s Moonwalkers has been picked up for release in the United States. Alchemy has bought the rights to the film, written by Dean Craig. A description of the film may be read below:
What if Apollo 11 never actually made it? What if, in reality, Stanley Kubrick secretly shot the famous images of the moon landing in a studio, working for the US administration? This is the premise of a totally plausible conspiracy theory that takes us to swinging sixties London, where a stubborn CIA agent (Ron Perlman a.k.a. Hellboy) will never find Kubrick but instead is forced to team up with Rupert Grint’s lousy manager of a seedy rock band to develop the biggest con of all time, in this riotous, high-tempo action-comedy.