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Powerful photography and history meet Hollywood in the latest news that war photographer Don McCullin’s life story will be adapted for the screen, with Angelina Jolie onboard to direct the movie.
Although McCullin is best known for his involvement and dedication to war photography, his autobiography, titled “Unreasonable Behaviour”, which was released in 1990, also carries a powerful message and insight from his experiences during various human conflicts. And, it is this memoir that has inspired Scottish playwright Gregory Burke to work on an adaption of McCullin’s life experiences. Burke is best known for having written for the 2014 historical thriller “’71”, which was based on violent clashes in 1970s Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Angelina Jolie has agreed to direct the film and has expressed that she is “humbled to have a chance to bring Don McCullin’s life to film,” pinpointing McCullin’s dedication to diving deep into witnessing and recording the truth as the source of inspiration, despite how painful it might be not just to observers but also to those experiencing it directly. Jolie’s previous work as a director has also been based around periods of modern conflicts, such as, “First They Killed My Father”, “Land of Blood and Honey”, and “Unbroken”.
English actor Tom Hardy is set to play McCullin in this biopic whose production company, Hardy Son & Baker, is also going to produce the movie alongside Working Title, a British film and television production company. The title and the release date of the film have not yet been confirmed.
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Film star Tom Hardy has been made a CBE for services to drama by Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace.
The Mad Max and Venom actor is a friend of Princes William and Harry and was among the guests at Harry’s wedding to Meghan Markle in May.
He was honoured by the Prince of Wales at a ceremony where author Ken Follett was also made a CBE and TV historian Lucy Worsley was appointed an OBE.
Businessman and philanthropist Lloyd Dorfman received a knighthood.
Hardy’s connections with royalty extend back to 2006, when he played Robert Dudley, Elizabeth I’s favourite, in TV’s The Virgin Queen.
It is also understood that he appeared with Princes William and Harry in a scene from Star Wars: The Last Jedi in which they all dressed as masked stormtroopers. The scene did not appear in the finished film.
The 41-year-old was nominated for an Oscar for his role in 2015’s The Revenant and has also starred in such films as Mad Max: Fury Road, Inception and The Dark Knight Rises.
Ken Follett, who has been honoured for his services to literature, is known for writing such historical novels as The Pillars of the Earth, World Without End and his best-selling Century trilogy.
“I’m off to Buckingham Palace today,” the 69-year-old author told his Twitter followers on Friday in a post showing him sporting a top hat and morning coat.
Sir Lloyd Dorfman, the founder of Travelex, is no stranger to the Prince of Wales, having been chairman of The Prince’s Trust since 2005.
The 66-year-old donated £10m to the National Theatre in 2010, resulting in one of its stages, formerly the Cottesloe, being renamed in his honour. Travelex also subsidised the venue’s cheap ticket scheme for 15 years.
The star is set to appear in Marvel’s ‘Venom’ and the upcoming Al Capone movie ‘Fonzo’
Tom Hardy has said he’s “kind of had enough” of acting and wants to “go on with [his] life.”
The actor is set to appear in Marvel‘s Venom, which is due for release on October 5, and the forthcoming Al Capone movie, Fonzo.
Speaking to Esquire, Hardy discussed how turning 40 last year had changed his perspective on his career. “You’ve summited Everest,” he replied. “It’s a miracle that you’ve made it anywhere near the fucking mountain, let alone climbed it. Do you want to go all the way back and do it again? Or do you want to get off the mountain and go fucking find a beach?”
Tom Hardy is a man of mystery. Well, sort of. But while he is keen to keen his private life just that, you better bet when it comes to his children, he keeps that on lock down, as he explained to Esquire UK recently.
The 40-year-old action man has 10-year-old son with ex-girlfriend Rachael Speed and a two-year-old with his actress wife Charlotte Riley – and it’s been reported Charlotte is pregnant with the couple’s second child.
While the Venom star – who just finished filming the comic’s big screen incarnation – admitted he is fine with people snapping pictures of him and his wife, when it comes to his kids cameras are a no go zone.
Next year, Daniel Craig will make his final appearance as 007 in the yet-untitled 25th James Bond film directed by Danny Boyle. While there have been a number of rumors about who will pick up the role, former James Bond star Pierce Brosnan has endorsed Tom Hardy to be the next 007.
“I think Tom Hardy could be a good Bond. I’d be happy to see him do it. You need an actor who can put a bit of wiggle into it—that’s what makes Bond,” he told the The Mail on Sunday’s Event magazine.
While it’s not clear what he means by “put a bit of wiggle into it” (perhaps that Hardy has a nice butt?), Brosnan has always been a fan of Craig as Bond.
“Daniel Craig has been an incredible Bond,” Brosnan said. “He’s very physical, he looks lethal. You genuinely believe this is someone who could kill a man.”
Yes, fans and critics alike have both enjoyed Craig’s time as Bond, but unfortunately for the actor it’s been an entirely miserable experience. Maybe Hardy would hopefully have a little more fun with it!
Actress Emma Thompson and classicist Mary Beard are named as the nation’s newest Dames in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
Thompson receives a Damehood for services to drama, while Beard is honoured with the same title for services to the study of classical civilisations.
The pair are among a number of famous faces on the list. Taboo and Peaky Blinders star Tom Hardy is honoured with a CBE, while Keira Knightley receives an OBE for services to drama and charity.
And there’s a knighthood for author Kazuo Ishiguro, who is honoured for his services to literature. The Japan-born author said he was “deeply touched to receive this honour from the nation that welcomed me as a small foreign boy.”
Actor and comedian Gary Wilmot gets an MBE and veteran Carry On star Fenella Fielding receives an OBE at the age of 90. The Archers star Timothy Bentinck is also honoured with an MBE for services to drama.
Other familiar faces featured on the list are broadcaster and historian Lucy Worsley (who becomes and MBE for services to history and heritage) and documentary maker Stacey Dooley (who also gets an MBE).
The BBC’s former chief news correspondent Kate Adie and author Ken Follett both receive CBEs, alongside University Challenge’s former host, Bamber Gascoigne. TV gardener Monty Don and Dangermouse creator Brian Cosgrove both receive OBEs.
Dalglish, an MBE for Niomi McLean-Daley (that’s Ms Dynamite to you and I) and a CBE for soprano Dame Kiri Jeanette Te Kanawa.
The stars are among the 1057 names honoured with an award, of which there are eight different types. This includes Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE), Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) and Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE).
Matt Dillon and Linda Cardellini also sign up.
Tom Hardy’s upcoming Al Capone biopic Fonzo has added a whole load of new names, with Twin Peaks star Kyle MacLachlan leading the pack.
The movie, which will be directed by Fantastic Four’s Josh Trank, will focus on the notorious crime boss and his later years in prison where dementia plagues his mind.
MacLachlan has been cast as Capone’s doctor Karlock, according to The Hollywood Reporter, alongside Matt Dillon (Crash) as his closest friend Johnny.
Also joining the cast are Linda Cardellini (Freaks and Geeks) as the mobster’s long-suffering wife Mae, and Kathrine Narducci (Power), who plays sister Rosie.
This isn’t Hardy’s first brush with playing gangsters though, having previously taken on the role of the Kray twins in 2015’s Legend.
Meanwhile, the actor’s deleted scene from Star Wars: The Last Jedi was unveiled this week. Hardy played a Stormtrooper that gets a bit handsy with Finn (John Bodega).
The clip also sees him sport a bizarre accent as he intimidates Finn into believing that he has been caught out while under cover.
As for MacLachlan – he recently starred in the revival series of Twin Peaks, returning as Agent Dale Cooper, though whether there will be any more remains as unanswered as the series’ ending.
Fonzo, which is due to begin principal photography next month in New Orleans, doesn’t currently have a release date.
Tom gave a speech at The Prince’s Trust Awards in London on Tuesday 6th March.
The awards recognise those who have overcome issues such as abuse, drug addiction, homelessness and depression and have gone on to have successful lives.
Award categories include Young Achiever, Rising Star and Community Impact and the ceremony will see the Trust present the inaugural Mentor of the Year Award.
See photos of Tom at the event in our gallery.