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Joss Stone gives ET Online exclusive behind the scenes preview of Season 3
November 22, 2008, 4:53 am
Filed under: The Cast, The Show

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



Is James Frain the new Doctor Who?
November 22, 2008, 4:34 am
Filed under: The Cast

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.



Jonathan Rhys Meyers Honored At Trinity College
October 6, 2008, 7:26 pm
Filed under: The Cast

 The Tudors star Jonathan Rhys Meyers receives a royal welcome as he is given the Honorary Patronage award from the Trinity College Philosophical Society during a special ceremony on Sunday in Dublin, Ireland.

Society president Barry Devlin said, “We look for people who we feel represent the spirit and values embodied by former pioneering Irish people like Oscar Wilde. We are delighted to present this award to such a list of diverse and talented individuals such as Jonathan Rhys Myers.”

Tidbit: Republican presidential candidate John McCain was given this honor when he came to Trinity in 2006 to answer questions from students.

Source : Just Jared.com



Joss Stone goes all frumpy for ‘Tudors’
October 3, 2008, 6:32 pm
Filed under: The Cast

First look at Joss Stone as Anne of Cleves

British Grammy-winning soul singer Joss Stone, 21, had hoped to play Jane Seymour in Showtime’s sexy royal series, The Tudors, which returns for a third season in spring 2009. But her touring schedule didn’t allow it, so instead she landed the role of Henry VIII’s fourth wife, Anne of Cleves.

“She wears frumpy clothes,” says Stone, from her home in Devon on a break from filming in Dublin. “None of the sexy English corsets. I’m a German weirdo. I had to have a bloody German accent and play the harpsichord.”

The upside: Henry, played by Jonathan Rhys Meyers, doesn’t find his German bride attractive. But Stone still will have to film a love scene during her three-episode appearance. “I just have to lie there. He’s trying to consummate the marriage. She’s a virgin and very afraid and she has no idea what to do. It’s all very uncomfortable and not working. He gets very angry.”

Acting uncomfortable was the easiest part, says Stone. “I’m not really an actress yet. At the end of the day I would love to go into acting and I am — but my first love is music.”

Source : USA Today.com



Taking a risk on The Tudors
October 3, 2008, 6:27 pm
Filed under: The Cast

When David Alpay auditioned for The Tudors, he knew he’d have a chance to share the screen with a who’s who of British acting talent, in a story as English as fried food and damp curtains.

With recurring roles in Canadian shows like Slings And Arrows and Billable Hours as well as Atom Egoyan’s Ararat behind him, he nonetheless decided to take a bit of a risk.

“I never told them that I didn’t have an English accent. I kind of auditioned with an accent and just kinda got the part and bluffed my way through, I guess.”

Alpay ended up landing the role of Mark Smeaton, the court musician who became a favorite of King Henry VIII and then his second wife, Anne Boleyn. Smeaton was a rock star at the Tudor Court – the show even shows him having an affair with Anne’s brother George, a creative embroidery with no precedent in historical fact – but he met with an unfortunate end, implicated in an adulterous affair with Anne that conveniently suited both Henry’s burgeoning paranoia and his need to get rid of yet another wife who wasn’t producing an heir, though Smeaton was in all likelihood innocent.

“What’s really cool is that the show refuses to provide answers like that on the surface,” Alpay says, “and it’s not until the last two episodes of the season that we really find out what’s happening, and it’s heartbreaking, actually. Smeaton and Anne aren’t out to get the king or screw around and cause trouble. They’re just two people who, in a way, really love each other and care about each other, but the environment, the society that they live in, that has a really hard time with that. There’s a social friction that’s the kernel that grows into bigger problems later on. He’s a very innocent character who isn’t duplicitous, but seen through Henry’s eyes he seems that way. The history books though have kind of favoured Henry’s viewpoint.”

Source : Metro News.CA



Hotshot Rhys Meyers quits The Tudors
October 3, 2008, 6:23 pm
Filed under: The Cast

Jonathan Rhys Meyers is planning to hang up his crown by quitting hit Hollywood show The Tudors.

Despite achieving enormous success with the show, the Cork born actor will finish out the current series but has already decided he will not return whether a new run is scheduled or not.

A source close to the star said: “Jonathan has decided he’s going to quit The Tudors. He’ll stay around to record the next season but he won’t be doing any more after that.

“He’s really enjoyed playing King Henry VIII and having the opportunity to work in Ireland again but he feels it’s time to go.” The Hollywood star will jet off to Paris this week to shoot his latest blockbuster From Paris With Love alongside John Travolta.

Our source told the Herald: “Jonathan is delighted because he’s landed the lead role. His character is much bigger than Travolta’s so it’s great news for him. It’s confirmation that he’s really made it, there’s no stopping him now.”

He will remain in Paris for the next 11 weeks while filming his latest project.

And with a $55m budget and a script that centres on an embassy employee and an American covert agent who become involved in a high-stakes mission, it’s sure to be a box office hit. To celebrate, the actor hit the town this weekend alongside his new The Tudors co-star Joss Stone.

They were spotted enjoying a farewell drink in members only bar, Residence, on Saturday.

Discreet

According to one onlooker: “They were there with another friend and seemed to be just out for a quiet drink. They were at a discreet corner table and appeared to be getting on very well and having a great laugh together.”

However, the superstars didn’t have much time to catch up, with Jonathan causing a stir with the ladies.

“People were walking past him on their way to the bathroom and then when they saw who it was they just stopped dead in their tracks.

“He was mobbed by girls all night and had a constant swarm of people coming up to talk to him.”

Singer Joss will make her debut in the period drama in the upcoming third series. She plays Anne of Cleves.

And while the celeb pair play lovers onscreen, it seems there will be no romance off camera, as Jonathan has spoken of his love for his long term girlfriend Reena Hammer.

Source : Herald.IE



Trinity Society honour actor Rhys Meyers
September 28, 2008, 2:42 pm
Filed under: The Cast

Hollywood heartthrob Jonathan Rhys Meyers is set to get a royal welcome from Trinity College students in coming weeks.

The Philosophical Society is to award its Honorary Patronage to the Cork-born star of The Tudors at a special ceremony.

Previous personalities who have been given this honour include US presidential candidate Senator John McCain who came to Trinity in 2006 to answer questions from students.