By Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - With an extra 20 pounds, an impressive paunch and bad teeth, actor Jude Law, best known for his golden boy roles, transforms himself into a sleazy, ranting southeast London safecracker in the film "Dom Hemingway." It is Law, Oscar nominated for "The Talented Mr. Ripley" and "Cold Mountain," as he hasn't been seen before - unfit, unkempt and with a penchant for delivering expletive-filled speeches. In the film, which opens in select U.S. theaters on Wednesday, Law plays Dom Hemingway, a damaged, hot-headed crook released from prison after a 12-year stint for not ratting on his crime boss. The role enabled Law, 41, to mine the southeast London streets of his childhood for the character and to discard any lingering remnants of his matinee idol image. From the opening scene when he pontificates about his manhood, through drinking binges and brawls, Law holds nothing back as Hemingway, who is the complete opposite of the tightly coiled Russian aristocrat Karenin he played in the 2012 drama "Anna Karenina," based on Leo Tolstoy's 1877 novel.
The British actor will play the American president in "Selma," a feature on Martin Luther King Jr. and the struggle for equal voting rights. In development since 2010, "Selma" will focus on the Selma to Montgomery marches, which took place in Alabama in 1965. Martin Luther King Jr. was among the key leaders of the peaceful protest marches, which were repeatedly met with attacks from the Ku Klux Klan and from local and state police. Tom Wilkinson has been cast in the role of Lyndon B. Johnson, the 36th President of the United States, who secured full voting rights for African-Americans upon signing the Voting Rights Act. Known for his performances in "The Full Monty," "Shakespeare in Love" and "Batman Begins," Wilkinson will appear alongside fellow Englishman David Oyelowo ("Lincoln," "Jack Reacher"), who has been chosen to play Martin Luther King Jr.
Now that Miranda Kerr is single she is saying, "never say never" when it comes to being with a woman. The 30-year-old supermodel - who split with Orlando Bloom last year after being married for three years - opened up to British GQ (as excerpted by The Daily Mail) about possibly exploring her sexuality.
The actor will co-star with Rachel Weisz, Léa Seydoux, Olivia Colman, Ben Whishaw and Colin Farrell in the first English-language feature from the noted Greek filmmaker. John C. Reilly has joined Ashley Jensen, Jessica Barden and Michael Smiley among the new names added to the cast of "The Lobster," The Hollywood Reporter indicates.
"Harry Potter" fans were overjoyed when it was announced that J.K. Rowling would be penning a spin-off of her massive wizard franchise - and now fans have three times as much to celebrate! Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara told the New York Times that "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" - the new big screen project written by Rowling - will be a trilogy and described them as "three megamovies." The story will center on Newt Scamander, a "magizoologist," a person who studies magical creatures.
By Emma Pinedo MADRID (Reuters) - Spanish filmgoers are lining up for a surprise hit comedy about Basques and separatist guerrillas - complete with jokes about car-bombings - in a film that would have been unthinkable in Spain before now. The movie, "8 Apellidos Vascos" (8 Basque Surnames), has viewers in stitches over the cultural divide between a slick-haired young man from southern Spain and his Basque girlfriend. "It is very, very healthy for all of us that we are laughing at ourselves and especially that people in troubled areas of the country are able to laugh at themselves," Enrique Gonzalez Macho, president of the Spanish Film Academy, said in a television interview on Monday. The Basque separatist movement ETA declared an end to its armed struggle in 2011, after decades of violence in which more than 100 people were killed.
Adam Sandler's upcoming comedy "Pixels" is to feature "Game of Thrones" and "X-Men: Days of Future Past" actor Peter Dinklage. The project sees an alien race launch its assault on humankind using video game characters as inspiration. That's when the President (Kevin James of "The Dilemma") recruits Sandler and Josh Gad ("The Rocker") to form a task force worthy of taking down their offworld oppressors -- and that's where Sandler's old gaming mates come into play. Perhaps not coincidentally, one of the executive producers for "Pixels" is Seth Gordon, who directed a documentary about video game champions in "King of Kong."
The actor will star in the forthcoming thriller from French director Jean-François Richet ("Mesrine," "Assault on Precinct 13"). Scheduled to begin filming in New Mexico this May, "Blood Father" will feature 58-year-old Mel Gibson in the role of an ex-con. "Blood Father" will be based on a screenplay by Peter Craig, who penned the script for Ben Affleck's "The Town," released in 2010. The plot calls to mind that of Pierre Morel's 2008 film "Taken," which went on to become a multi-feature franchise.
Disney's hit film "Frozen" has become the top-grossing animated film in box office history, the studio said on Sunday as the musical topped $1 billion in global sales. Foreign box offices have added another $674 million, for a global total of $1.072 billion, Disney said. The previous animated-film box office champion was 2010's "Toy Story 3," which racked up $1.063 billion in sales, according to Boxofficemojo.com. Both films were distributed by Walt Disney Pictures.
A new TV spot for "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" introduces an army of hairy hominids -- but are they threatening the planet or saving it? Andy Serkis leads the cast, returning as intelligent ape leader Caesar, top of the tree on a planet ravaged by the virus unleashed at the tail end of "Rise of the Planet of the Apes." Joining Serkis are Jason Clarke ("The Great Gatsby"), Gary Oldman ("Harry Potter"), Kodi Smit-McPhee ("The Road"), Keri Russell ("The Americans") and Judy Greer ("The Descendants"). Director Matt Reeves, who will also direct a third "Planet of the Apes" film, previously worked with Smit-McPhee on 2010 horror film "Let Me In" and with Russell on five episodes of TV series "Felicity."
"Noah," the big screen adaptation of the biblical tale starring Russell Crowe in the lead role, topped the North American Box Office at the weekend, estimates showed Sunday. The action drama, which reunites Crow with Jennifer Connelly whom he starred alongside in "A Beautiful Mind" in 2001, earned $44 million, easily holding off last week's top earner "Divergent," which took second spot with $26.5 million. It was ahead of "Mr Peabody and Sherman," based on characters from the 1960s television cartoon "Rocky and Bullwinkle," which earned $9.5 million in its third weekend in theaters. The film was ahead of Wes Anderson's quirky "The Grand Budapest Hotel," which earned $8.8 million in sixth spot.
LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Reuters) - "Noah", starring Russell Crowe as the biblical figure who built an ark to save his family and specimens of every animal from the great flood, collected $44 million in U.S. and Canadian ticket sales to lead the weekend box office. It sailed past last weekend's winner, "Divergent", which is based on the novel by Veronica Roth about a dystopian world divided into factions. "Divergent" collected $26.5 million and a total of $95 million since its March 21 release. ...