December 25, 2011 |
Geraldine James' face — those high cheekbones, sky-blue eyes and, what one London theater critic called her "Titian locks" — might look vaguely familiar. James is 61 now but still recognizable as Sarah Layton, the pivot point and conscience of "The Jewel in the Crown. " The 14-part "Masterpiece Theater" drama on the last days of British rule in India drew wide acclaim and a huge U.S. audience when it aired in 1984, thrusting the then-thirtysomething actress to the top rank of her profession.
July 11, 2008 |
Robert Downey Jr. is trading "Iron Man's" metal suit for Sherlock Holmes' deerstalker hat. Downey is following his action blockbuster "Iron Man" with the title role in "Sherlock Holmes," a mystery drama based on Arthur Conan Doyle's detective and an upcoming comic book about Holmes by Lionel Wigram, one of the movie's producers. Guy Ritchie is directing the Warner Bros. film, which is set to begin shooting in October, the studio said Thursday. That should put it ahead of the schedule for a "Sherlock Holmes" comedy in development at Sony, which will star Sacha Baron Cohen as the detective and Will Ferrell as Dr. Watson.
November 30, 2006 |
A judge ruled Wednesday that human rights organizations will help decide whether Madonna is fit to adopt a Malawian toddler. Malawi Judge Andrew Nyirenda, who earlier granted custody of the 14-month-old boy to the 48-year-old pop star and her husband, filmmaker Guy Ritchie, ruled in favor of a coalition of 67 human rights and child advocacy groups that want to be party to the assessment of their fitness as parents. That is expected to take place next May.
November 5, 2001 |
Racing mogul Bernie Ecclestone was Britain's top earner for the second year running, according to the Sunday Times Pay List of the 500 biggest earners. The newspaper estimated Ecclestone made $1.15 billion in the year to Oct. 1, from his 25% stake in Formula One racing and from running other races. Last year, he headed the list with $890 million. Financier Martyn Arbib, who earned $179 million, was second.
August 17, 2005 |
Madonna's 47th-birthday celebration was marred when she suffered several broken bones in a horse riding accident at her country home outside London, her publicist said Tuesday. The superstar was hospitalized with three cracked ribs, a broken collarbone and a broken hand, according to Liz Rosenberg, her spokeswoman based in New York.
January 10, 2010
Lining up for in London: "Sherlock Holmes" Audiences are flocking to see director Guy Ritchie's vision of London hometown boy Sherlock Holmes in this racy version of the renowned detective novels. Fallible and bare-headed -- no deerstalker here -- Holmes (Robert Downey Jr., above) and a fast-talking, slick version of ex-army Dr. Watson (Jude Law) battle an evil genius in a stylish and murky 19th century London. Reading in Mexico: "Arrebatos Carnales" ("Carnal Raptures")
August 5, 2010
Where you've seen her Although she acknowledges, "I'm always forever going to have 'Bond Girl Gemma Arterton' attached to my name," the actress has racked up more than a dozen major credits in her roughly three-year career. Before that Bond movie ("Quantum of Solace"), she was in Guy Ritchie's "RocknRolla" and the first of her two "St. Trinian's" comedies, as well as playing the titular Thomas Hardy heroine in "Tess of the D'Urbervilles" for the BBC. Since then, she has graced the big-budget "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time" and "Clash of the Titans," with a stop at Richard Curtis' "Pirate Radio."
November 21, 2008 |
A judge will likely grant Madonna and Guy Ritchie an initial divorce decree on Friday, according to the schedule for London's High Court. The court lists "Ciccone M L v. Ritchie G S" as one of 17 cases for "matrimonial and civil partnership causes for pronouncement of decree." That means a judge is to grant the couple a preliminary divorce decree. After six weeks and a day, the couple will probably be granted a decree absolute and the divorce will become final. British media reported Thursday that the celebrity pair had reached a settlement that would see the pop superstar keep the majority of her estimated $445-million fortune and share custody of their two children.
January 7, 2010
Director Guy Ritchie's updated "Sherlock Holmes" is far more physical than past portrayals but what's really shocking is how brutal those punches look in slow motion. To capture the jaw-cracking and rippled skin of the fisticuffs, director of photography Philippe Rousselot shot the fights with a Phantom HD camera, which shoots in excess of 1,000 frames per second (as opposed to the normal 24 frames per second). The results surprised even Rousselot, who says the punches weren't enhanced at all in post.