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April 14, 2013   •  Category: Joseph News, ProjectsComments Off on Joe Joins Cast of ‘Hercules’

Paramount Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios have announced that Golden Globe-winner Ian McShane (Deadwood), Rufus Sewell (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter), Joseph Fiennes (Shakespeare In Love), Rebecca Ferguson (The White Queen), Aksel Hennie (Headhunters) and Academy Award®-nominee John Hurt (Immortals) have joined the cast of the upcoming film Hercules, starring Dwayne Johnson and directed by Brett Ratner. The film is set to begin production in May.

Based on Radical Studio’s graphic novel ‘Hercules: The Thracian Wars,’ the ensemble-action film is a revisionist take on the classic myth set in a grounded world where the supernatural does not exist. The screenplay is by Ryan Condal and Evan Spiliotopoulos.

Producers are Beau Flynn, Barry Levine and Brett Ratner; executive producers are Peter Berg, Sarah Aubrey and Jesse Berger.

“We are thrilled to surround Dwayne with an ensemble cast featuring legendary actors as well as some of the finest emerging talents working today,” said Jonathan Glickman, MGM’s President, Motion Picture Group.

“We are anxious to get production underway on what promises to be a high-action film that works around the globe.”

Hercules marks the reinvigorated MGM’s second original project, in addition to the previously announced film The Machine with Vin Diesel scheduled to begin production later this year.

The studio has several films slated for release this year including another Paramount partnership with GI Joe: Retaliation set for release March 28, Carrie with Sony’s Screen Gems due October 18 and The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug with New Line/Warner Bros. set for December 13.

Hercules will be distributed by Paramount Pictures on August 1, 2014.

January 24, 2013   •  Category: Joseph NewsComments Off on Joseph Fiennes Join Forces to Help Polar Bears

British actor Joseph Fiennes is hoping to stop the slaughter of polar bears by calling on the British government to support a proposed ban on the international trade of the animals’ parts.

The Shakespeare In Love star has joined forces with Humane Society International/Uk in writing an open letter to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) Minister Richard Benyon urging him to champion the cause.

Fellow British actors Brian Blessed and Martin Clunes have also signed the I’m There For The Polar Bear petition in a bid to end the killing of polar bears for their parts, which are traded on the global market as rugs, trophies and ornaments.

In the letter, the signatories call on Benyon to support a U.S. proposal to increase protection for the animals.

The plan will be unveiled at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites) in Thailand in March (13).

Fiennes says, “Polar bears are having a hard enough time surviving the challenges of climate change. Surely we humans can give them a break by ending the commercial hunting of these magnificent creatures. A world without polar bears would be very bleak indeed, so I for one proudly stand with Humane Society International and declare I’m There For The Polar Bear!”

Blessed adds, “Polar bears are such awesome creatures, we must do everything we can to protect them. They face such an uncertain future with immense threats from oil exploration and climate change, and we are only making their survival harder by allowing them to be killed and sold around the world. The polar bear is in great danger of becoming extinct. We must save them, before they are gone forever.”

June 14, 2012   •  Category: Joseph News, ProjectsComments Off on Joseph Fiennes in Talks to Join ‘American Horror Story’

FX’s American Horror Storymay have found the head of its insane asylum.

FlashForward star Joseph Fiennes is in talks to join the second season of the FX anthology series from Glee co-creators Ryan Murphy andBrad FalchukThe Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

As first reported by EW, Fiennes would play the head of the East Coast institution for the criminally insane whereJessica Lange’s new character is employed. Fiennes’ character will also be a love interest for Lange’s character, who is charged with running the joint.

The casting marks the second time Murphy and Fiennes will work together; the actor starred in theAHS co-creator’s 2008 FX drama pilotPretty/Handsome, in which he played a family man struggling with his gender identity.

Fiennes would join an all-star cast for the rebooted second season. In addition to Season 1 cast members coming back to play different characters Lange,Zachary QuintoEvan PetersSarah Paulsonand Lily Rabe, the second-season cast includesChloe SevignyThe Voice‘s Adam Levine, Oscar nominee James Cromwell and newcomer Lizzie Brochere.

August 29, 2010   •  Category: Joseph NewsComments Off on Flash Forward DVD Contest!

ABC’s FlashForward starring Joseph Fiennes and John Cho is coming to DVD in a complete series set on August 31 after previously having been available as partial-season sets. I am going to award one of you this upcoming release as randomly chosen in this daily entry contest.

To enter please fill out and submit the short entry form below. You are encouraged to return any or every day the contest is open to enter again and increase the odds of winning with each additional entry.

Out of nowhere, a mysterious flash causes nearly everyone in the world to lose consciousness and gain a glimpse of his or her life six months into the future. As one elite FBI unit attempts to solve the mystery, the rest of the world’s population soon discovers that, when it comes to destiny, nothing is set in stone. Uncover the answers and delve even deeper into the mind-bending story with riveting bonus features, including an in-depth look at the entire series from pilot to final episode and inside stories from the cast and crew. Relive every brilliant twist of the groundbreaking show’s complete series — uninterrupted — in this 5-disc collection.

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Simply complete and submit the entry form below to us with your name, physical and e-mail address where we can send the prize if you win.

This contest is open to all residents of the United States and Canada, and will close on September 25, 2010 at 9:59 pm EST. You can enter this contest once every day until the contest closes.


August 17, 2010   •  Category: Gallery Update, Joseph News1 Comment

Here is a first look of Joseph Fiennes as Merlin in the upcoming Starz flick Camelot.

August 13, 2010   •  Category: Joseph News3 Comments

Fans of HBO’s “Rome” and epic, lush, well-produced period dramas have a lot to look forward to from Starz, coming in 2011.

The 10 episode Irish-Canadian production of “Camelot” will take a fresh approach to the classic King Arthur story, and the filming is at Ardmore studios, where “The Tudors” and classic film“Excalibur” where both shot.

Yesterday at the last day of the Television Critics Association press tour meeting in Beverly Hills, Starz presented “Camelot’s” star Joseph Fiennes and showrunner Chris Chibnall, piped in via satellite from Ireland to talk about this opulent, star-studded series.

Monsters and Critics noticed James Purefoy in the clip and asked Mr. Chibnall about Purefoy.  Mr. Chibnall confirmed to the TCA that that indeed was James Purefoy as King Lot, described by Mr. Chibnall “as one of the most fearsome villains I’ve ever seen on television and film for a while.”

Fans of Rome remember Mr. Purefoy, called “James Pure Joy” by both Fiennes and Chibnall during the press conference, as Mark Antony, the lover of Atia of the Julii (Polly Walker) who fell for Cleopatra (Lyndsey Marshal), and wound up becoming an enemy of Rome.

Mr. Purefoy is set to add a great deal of interest to a cast that includes Clive Standen as Gawain, Jamie Campbell Bower as King Arthur, Tamsin Egerton as Queen Guinevere,  Joseph Fiennes as Merlin,  Claire Forlani as Queen Igraine, Eva Green as Morgana le Fey and Peter Mooney as Kay.

Mr. Chibnall added that Vincent Regan, Sinéad Cusack and Sebastian Koch are cast in the ensemble as well.

The promotional clip shown at the TCA’s was richly saturated, earthy, more realisitic than “Spartacus” and looked more like a feature film than a TV production, and Monsters and Critics asked Mr. Chibnall about the cinematography.

“What we want here is something filmic. We want something with huge cinematic ambition.  I hope the promo gives you a sense of that.  Our DP is Joel Ransom, who was the DP on ‘Battlestar Galactica’ and ‘Caprica.’ He also did ‘Band of Brothers.’ He is one of the great DP’s in the business, and he has given this a real palette.  We want the richness and vibrancy, and we want a sense of reality to it as well.” Mr. Chibnall added, “We have a great roster of directors as well.”

As for the tone of this Arthur, Mr. Chibnall described it as unlike anything ever seen of the popular legend, and said: “This is an adult drama; I think the great and amazing thing about Camelot is you can talk about political pursuits.  You can talk about great agendas.  You can talk about a King bringing hope to a turbulent kingdom.  But the extraordinary thing in all the versions of Camelot and Arthurian legend is it is all about the romance. It’s all about the passion.   It’s all about great ideals compromised by falling in love with the wrong person and great passions conflicting with…”

Joseph Fiennes finished his sentence: “Sex gets in the way a lot, right?”

“That’s absolutely true,” finished Mr. Chibnall.

As for Fiennes approach to Merlin, the sorcerer who mentors Arthur?  “He is more of a warrior monk and less of a Zen Obi-Wan Gandalf,  I think there’s a duality with Merlin…he fights fire with fire; he drives out a nail with another nail.  He doesn’t turn the other cheek. I don’t think Merlin is a villain, but he is far from driven snow.  I think he is full of Machiavellian machinations…there’s an element of Willy Wonka, Donald Rumsfeld and Obi-Wan to him.”

August 13, 2010   •  Category: Joseph NewsComments Off on Fiennes: ‘Camelot will have Magic”

Camelot star Joseph Fiennes has revealed that magic will play a part in the new Starz drama.

However, the actor – who plays Merlin – admitted that the rise of Arthur will be the main focus of the show.

“The magic lies in the political essences of the piece,” he said. “Yes, there will be dark arts. You’ll see things disappearing and changing shape, but it’s really about the birth of a legend. It’s [about] power [being] given to the wrong individuals, a country split by war and greed… and the assent of a pure king and noble minds.”

He also revealed that he has pictures of Star Wars characters Obi-Wan Kenobi and Luke Skywalker on his dressing room wall, explaining that the pair’s relationship is similar to the one shared by Merlin and the young Arthur.

“Merlin is a cross between Obi Wan Kenobi and Donald Rumsfeld,” he claimed.

Fiennes also expressed regret at the cancellation of his previous science-fiction series, the ABC drama FlashForward.

“It was hugely ambitious and it’s sad about it being taken off air for so long,” he said. “We didn’t pull it off.”

Camelot is expected to premiere on Starz early next year.

May 14, 2010   •  Category: Joseph NewsComments Off on FlashForward Cancelled

Michael Ausiello of Entertainment Weekly announced that ABC swung its dreaded axe on several new shows recently. Among the canceled series is FlashForward, headlined by Joseph Fiennes.

April 2, 2010   •  Category: Joseph News1 Comment

March 20, 2010   •  Category: Joseph NewsComments Off on Joe and Sonya Walger Talks Flash Forward Finale

So the second half of the first season has already aired, but there’s still more to come on FlashForward. Since this is a show about the future, we thought it’d be a good idea to fast-forward time and talk about the finale of the show.

That’s a long way from now though, and by the time the finale airs you’d have forgotten this information. Or not, since what Joseph Fiennes and Sonya Walger have to say isn’t that easy to dismiss.

Possible spoilers below!

On interviews with Collider, actor Joseph Fiennes revealed what we can expect from the finale. As with this upcoming batch of episodes, he says we’re going to get some answers. By the end of the season, we’ll see how the problem of flashforwards will be resolved before other issues can be addressed.

“I think it’s really important that fans get to realize, over and above, the thrilling element of the characters is to get almost a kind of realization or closure on how these flashforwards play out,” the FlashForward star said.

“We’re going really to that moment, to see each and every one of these visions – how they affect and how they finally get results. I think that’s ultimately the goal is to get to that point, to bring a sort of resolution,” Fiennes went on. “Only then can we move on to other issues, other flashforwards.”

As for his co-star and on-screen wife Sonya Walger, she had a few hints about the finale too. For one thing, she wishes to have more scenes with Michael Ealy’s character, Agent Vogel. The two friends starred in Sleeper Cell together and might work on the conclusion of FlashForward’s first season too.

Other than that, the cast haven’t gotten scripts for the season ender, although there are some bits Sonya Walger looks forward to. “There’s the whole resolution to why the flashforwards happen and who’s behind it, who was the man in the stadium . There’s great, satisfying resolves to lots of these big questions,” she said.

“More interesting to me, personally, is the emotional resolve of all these characters set up in these extraordinary situations,” Walger continued. “It really is incredible writing.”

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