By Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Shortly before wrapping up filming for "The Railway Man," a World War Two drama about a former British Army officer and victim of torture, actor Colin Firth dreamt he was drawing a map of a railway but was bluffing and didn't know how to do it. Firth, 53, plays Eric Lomax, a man with a passion for trains and railway timetables who meets his wife on a train decades after he had been tortured as a prisoner of war during the building of the Thailand-Burma Railway, or what became known as the "Death Railway." The railway, built by the Empire of Japan in 1943 to support its attack on the British colony of Burma, used forced labor, including Asian civilians and Allied prisoners of war, many thousands of whom died of beatings, disease, starvation and exhaustion.
WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Zooey Deschanel is almost bubbling over with excitement: Her show "New Girl" is a hit, she just released a pop song with Prince, she's working on a movie with Bill Murray and Bruce Willis, and now she's sitting in a Tommy Hilfiger store filled with racks of dresses she helped design.
Fans of "Star Trek" will soon be able to follow the adventures of the crew of the USS Enterprise in their favorite films as the popular franchise goes where it has never gone before, with screenings accompanied by a symphony orchestra. Director J.J. Abrams' 2009 reboot of "Star Trek" and "Star Trek Into Darkness" will be shown on the big screen in high definition accompanied by live music. "The events will celebrate the extraordinary collaboration between film and music as Michael Giacchino's scores are brought to life on stage," organizers said in a statement. The "Star Trek: Live in Concert" tour will begin with two performances in Lucerne, Switzerland next month followed by three more in London before moving to Houston, San Diego and Philadelphia in July and Toronto next March.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The pre-pre-season opening kickoff of the 2014 National Football League schedule is returned for a score in "Draft Day," an entirely conventional serio-comic sports world melodrama that pushes its buttons with undeniable professional finesse. In his most effective full star turn in perhaps a decade, Kevin Costner dominates as the greenhorn general manager of the beleaguered Cleveland Browns who could emerge from the heavy shadow of his late revered father with the successful handling of the annual draft of college players.
A resurgent Kevin Costner makes another play for big-screen success in his latest movie "Draft Day," returning to the sports genre he has scored big hits with in the past. Directed by Ivan Reitman ("Ghostbusters," "No Strings Attached,") it recounts the day of the draft, the annual high-stakes, high-profile event when major National Football League (NFL) clubs bid for players from college team ranks. Costner's character Sonny is general manager of the Cleveland Browns, facing decisive choices for his club while also in demand with his girlfriend Ali (Jennifer Garner) and mother Barb (Ellen Burstyn). And while his recent films haven't triumphed at the box office, "Draft Day" could score a hit to rival Costner's baseball "trilogy" -- "Bull Durham" (1988), "Field of Dreams" (1989) and "For Love of the Game" (1999).
By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - As temperatures continue to rise and habitats come under threat, a group of Hollywood heavyweights is seeking to bring the spotlight back on climate change with a new documentary. "Years of Living Dangerously," a nine-part documentary beginning Sunday on CBS Corp's premium cable network Showtime, chronicles the human impact on the global climate and the consequences for humans of climate change. From the disappearing forests of Indonesia to the increasing frequency of California's wildfires and the crippling Texas drought, the documentary wants to put the focus back on an issue that has lost visibility since the days of the 2006 Oscar-winning documentary "An Inconvenient Truth." "This is such a critical time," said James Cameron, best known as director of blockbuster films "Titanic" and "Avatar" and an executive producer on "Years of Living Dangerously." "The devastation to the planet that we'll be experiencing in the next century is really, I think, pretty unfathomable for most people, and I think that what the series can do is to bring it home and make it real, make it real in people terms." To do that, Cameron appealed to well-known Hollywood actors to act as correspondents, including Harrison Ford, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, Jessica Alba, Michael C. Hall and Arnold Schwarzenegger, also an executive producer on the documentary.
Undercover cops Jenko (Channing Tatum) and Schmidt (Jonah Hill) impersonate Spanish-speaking hoodlums to varying degrees of success in a clip from "22 Jump Street." Instead of returning to high school in this sequel to 2012's "21 Jump Street," this time the pair go undercover as college students in order to bust up a crime organization operating under the auspices of a fraternity. In addition to several previous trailers, high spirits on set spilled over into the public realm in November, after Tatum and co. lampooned Jean Claude Van Damme's Volvo ad with a clip named "Jenko's Epic Split." Appearing alongside the two leads will be Ice Cube as commanding officer Captain Dickson, as well as Nick Offerman of "Parks and Recreation," Amber Stevens of "Greek," Dave Franco of "Warm Bodies" and Rob Riggle of "Saturday Night Live" and "The Daily Show."
By Billy Cheung NEW YORK (Reuters) - Six years after releasing his best-selling autobiography, veteran actor Robert Wagner recalls his early years and favorite haunts in Hollywood in a new memoir, "You Must Remember This." The book, written with Scott Eyman, chronicles not only Wagner's favorite places as he gained fame as a television and film actor but also the historical development of Hollywood and greater Los Angeles prior to becoming a movie-star destination. He is married to actress Jill St John. Wagner's former wife, "West Side Story" actress Natalie Wood, drowned in 1981 at the age of 43. A: My co-author, Scott Eyman, is so knowledgeable about Hollywood and he knows the background.