Guess who’s giving ET the exclusive behind-the-scenes scoop on the set of “The Tudors”?
For the show’s third season, British soul singer Joss Stone is joining the cast of Showtime’s always steamy historical drama, and the Protestant Reformation never looked so good!
Stone may have sold over 7.5 million albums worldwide, starred in movies and been nominated for four Grammy Awards, but yet again she is taking on another role — Jonathan Rhys Meyers’ sexy new love interest!
The period show revolves around King Henry VIII’s (Rhys Meyers) many loves and conquests, and Stone will be playing Anne of Cleves — just one of the many wives who have heated up the King’s bed.
But fans of the show won’t get to satiate their appetite for more royal mayhem until April, when the sexy third season of “The Tudors” hits Showtime.
Click here to watch the “Behind The Scenes “ interview featuring Joss Stone and Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Source : ET Online/news.com
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Showtime and Paramount Home Entertainment have delayed the USA release of The Tudors – The Complete 2nd Season DVD by a week.
Originally announced for December 30th, the 4-disc set has now moved into next year with a new release date of January 6th.
No reason for the change was provided, but retailers – including Amazon (see button link below) – have already begun updating their listings with the adjusted date.
Order The Tudors – The Complete 2nd Season from Amazon.com
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A BOOKMAKER is taking bets on a Hollywood star from Bishop’s Stortford becoming the next Doctor Who – and the UK’S Herts and Essex Observer is backing him all the way!
James Frain’s odds have shortened from 40-1 to 20-1 amid internet speculation that he has been approached to become the next Time Lord.
Intriguingly, an addition to the 40-year-old dark and brooding actor’s Wikipedia page – made just after David Tennant’s shock decision to quit the hit BBC show – indicated the star, who stole the show in a 1970s nativity play at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in Great Hadham Road, Bishop’s Stortford, had already accepted the part – but the entry has since been removed.
Former classmate and James’s first leading lady, Observer chief reporter Sinead Holland, said: “James was so clever he skipped a school year and was still the smartest kid in the form.
“In our last year at St Joseph’s we performed an alternative nativity called The Shepherd’s Story and James was the lead. I played his nagging wife and at one point I had to chase him around the stage, threatening to beat him with a shillelagh, a traditional Irish club. I’d like to think the Cybermen and Daleks would hold no fears for him after that.”
Mary Jackson, his A-level English teacher at Newport Free Grammar School, hoped a plum role and prime-time exposure in the UK would confirm the fame he has already secured in the United States.
She remembered the talented and artistic student, who was the eldest of eight children born to stockbroker dad Paul and teacher mum Geraldine, and has followed his career with interest.
The former Miss Muncie had just started teaching when she tutored James, who had been brought up in Stansted before the family moved briefly to Leeds and then back to Bishop’s Stortford. She said: “James was a very good student, very intelligent and hard-working.”
Mrs Jackson said James, who is now married to American dancer and writer Marta Cunningham, was greatly influenced by drama and English teacher Richard Kitchen and worked with him, researching, writing and performing a play about a Thaxted vicar.
He went on to study English and drama at the Univer-sity of East Anglia in Norwich before graduating from London’s Central School of Speech and Drama, where he was discovered by Sir Richard Attenborough, who cast him in the film Shadowlands in 1993.
He has since starred in movies such as Elizabeth, Hilary and Jackie and Where the Heart Is, where he played opposite Natalie Portman, and secured roles in high-profile TV series 24, The Tudors and Law and Order: Criminal Intent, as well as giving acclaimed stage performances – including most recently The Homecoming on Broadway.
Mrs Jackson was intrigued by the idea that he could be the next Doctor: “I think it would be great. Although he has had a lot of very good parts, he has not yet had such a big role over here. It would be lovely to see him do something so much in the public eye – and have all his hard work rewarded.”
Bookmaker Paddy Power has David Morrissey as 2-1 favourite for the role. An announcement is expected next year.
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The king gave the gold Coleridge Collar to one of his closest advisers, Sir Edward Montagu, around 1546.
The chains showed allegiance to the monarch and the intricacy of the design and quality of the metal signified the status of the wearer.
The collar, which fetched £313,250, is thought to be one of the most important surviving relics of the Tudor age.
It was the first time it had come up for auction.
Sir Edward is thought to have received the collar on his appointment to the role of Lord Chief Justice of the Common Pleas – one of the highest judicial officials in England.
This type of livery collar, as it was known, became popular when they were used by Henry IV as an official symbol of allegiance to the monarch.
It was known as the “collar of the Esses”, referring to the S characters used in the design alluding to the Latin religious creed Spiritus Sanctus – or holy spirit.
The Tudors later added their own designs of roses and portcullises.
But when the role of Lord Chief Justice of the Common Pleas was merged with another title in 1880 to create the Lord Chief Justice of England – the chain of office became superfluous.
It then became the personal property of Lord Coleridge and passed through his family, changing ownership only once since the 19th century.
It was discovered in the Devon family home of poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge earlier this year.
Experts say the collar is similar to the one worn by Sir Thomas More in the famous portrait by Hans Holbein the Younger.
Source : BBC News.co.uk
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“The Tudors” received four GeminiAwards from The Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television yesterday, the most awarded to any nominated series.
“The Tudors,” with 12 nominations, won Gemini Awards for Best Series Visual Effects, Best Production Design, Best Photography, and Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Series for Maria Doyle Kennedy. ”
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DAVID Starkey, an expert on Henry VIII, has slammed the hit costume drama The Tudors for its blatant inaccuracies.
Starkey, speaking at Cheltenham Literature Festival where he was promoting his latest book about Henry, said the glossy series brought ‘shame’ on the BBC with its ‘ignorance of the facts’.
He also said the show, which ended recently with the execution of Henry’s second wife Anne Boleyn, played by a pouting Natalie Dormer, was ‘terrible history’ and ‘wrong for no reason’ and that the costumes were mostly borrowed from the later Elizabethan period.
The show, starring Jonathan Rhys-Meyers as King Henry, has been a hit on BBC2 and gained a strong following in the US, despite it’s historical inaccuracies.
More series are planned, hopefully to take us right through Henry’s reign and all of his six wives and speaking personally I can’t wait. We know for sure series three will look at wives number three and four, Jane Seymour and Anne of Cleeves.
It’s great fun, riveting to watch with some super performances and glorious settings. It’s also not meant to be an accurate historical documentary, simply escapist entertainment.
I’m all for accuracy and yes, I can understand Starkey’s point and I might often get annoyed myself at some of the glaring anomalies, but hey, the Tudors isn’t supposed to be a history lesson and people shouldn’t view it as such.
Source : Coventry Telegraph.net