Tuesday, March 31, 2009

British newcomer joins Twilight


British actor Jamie Campbell-Bower has revealed he will play Volturi leader Caius in The Twilight Saga: New Moon.

The 20-year-old, who has appeared in RockNRolla and Sweeney Todd, told the BBC news website that taking part in the vampire series was "very exciting".

"You're the first people I've told" he said. "Shooting has already started, and I'm going over in June."

The film, due for release in November, is the second adaptation from author Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series.

The role of Caius is key to the plot of New Moon. He forms part of the triumvirate leading the Italian based coven of vampires called the Volturi.

The second book in the series sees the gang become a threat to lovers Bella and Edward.

Campbell-Bower confessed he was not previously aware of the character: "I hadn't read the books before. But it's a great thing to be a part of, and it did very well last year."

Film-maker Chris Weitz (About a Boy, The Golden Compass) has taken over directing duties from Twilight's Catherine Hardwicke for the second film.

Casting news for New Moon has been revealed gradually, with 15-year-old Dakota Fanning now confirmed to take the part of Jane, a member of the Volturi gang with psychic abilities.

Five American Indian actors will make their film acting debuts as members of a wolf pack which features heavily in New Moon.

Casting for other roles is being hotly debated on fan websites.

Campbell-Bower teased: "I do know who else will be in it - but I can't tell you, unfortunately.

"But go online and have a look at the rumours," he said, then added: "They're all false. You're putting me in a terrible situation."

The up-and-coming star will be acting alongside fellow Brit Robert Pattinson, who returns as the hero, teenage vampire Edward Cullen. Kristen Stewart reprises her role as Edward's human girlfriend, Bella Swan.

The quartet of books by Stephenie Meyer is a best-seller worldwide.

The first film adaptation, Twilight, topped the US box office, making more money than industry insiders had predicted.

Global receipts for the film currently stand at $376m (£265m).

Hundreds of fans turned out for the London premiere in Leicester Square last year, while Pattinson has become a heartthrob overnight.

Campbell-Bower said: "I doubt I'll get the same sort of adulation as Robert - but it's always nice when people recognise you for your work."

The actor also plays alongside Sir Ian McKellan and Jim Caviezel in the remake of cult series The Prisoner which is due to screen on American television this year.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

First Light Movie Awards 2009


Up-and-coming teen actors Eliza Bennett, Jemma McKenzie-Brown, Georgia Groome, Kaya Scodelario, Dakota Blue Richards with some older ones too including Sienna Miller, Maxine Peake, Andrea Riseborough and Joanna Page.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Meet the cast of Grandpa in My Pocket

JASON: JAY RUCKLEY
Young Jay (represented by ATSLI) lives in Barry, South Wales and attends All Saints Primary School. At just ten years of age, he is quite an experienced young professional, having appeared as Tiny Tim alongside Ron Moody, who played Scrooge, in the Wales Theatre production of A Christmas Carol, directed by Michael Bogdanov. In addition to this, he portrayed the juvenile lead role of Jeremy in a touring production of the London Palladium’s popular version of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.


The part of Jason, in Grandpa In My Pocket for CBeebies, is his first major role for television. Previous television experience has included a number of commercials. When Jay is not busy either ‘treading the boards’ or appearing in front of the camera he likes nothing better than playing football, rugby or indeed any other sport, like most young boys.

JEMIMA: JOSIE CABLE

Josie (represented by SRA Agency) is 10 years old and lives in Bristol with her family. She has always had a passion for performing. She started dance lessons at the age of 3 and has performed in several dance shows, taking starring roles. Josie joined Bristol School of Performing Arts three years ago, which has given her lots of opportunities to perform and gain LAMDA musical theatre and acting exams. She has done several shows including: Aladdin, (in which she was Aladdin), Annie, Fame, Oliver and performed in Doctor Dolittle at the Bristol Hippodrome with Tommy Steele. When she’s not acting, singing or dancing Josie likes to read books and have fun with her friends.

Grandpa In My Pocket is Josie’s first television role.


A second series of 26 episodes has already been commissioned and will be filmed in Wales in Summer 2009 ready for transmission in Spring 2010.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Skins gossip


E4 have confirmed that there will be a Series 4 of Skins....

And ex-Skins actress Hannah Murray (Troika) who played Cassie in Series 1 and 2 is being rumoured as a possible new companion for the new Dr Who....

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Royal Television Society Programme Awards

Three top BBC children's dramas from 2008 are competing for the Royal Televison Society Programme Award for Best Children's Drama of 2008.
MI High, The Sarah Jane Adventures and Summerhill have all been nominated.

The Sarah Jane Adventures and Summerhill were both also nominated for best drama at the Children's Baftas but were beaten by The Revenge Files of Alistair Fury. Will they miss out this time to MI High?

Who do you think should win the RTS award?

UPDATE 17th March: The award went to MI High!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Runaways

12 year old William Miller, star of the 2007 BBC TV adaptation of "Oliver Twist" returns to our screens in a thought-provoking new, three-part drama serial for CBBC on BBC One called "Runaways".

He plays 11 year old Sean who is ignored at home by his mother and made to look after his two younger brothers. Fleeing his unhappy home life and bullying at school, Sean takes to the streets and meets serial runaway Molly (played by newcomer Saffron Coomber (Theatre Street) who had a small role in the BBC's Christmas hit "Dustbin Baby"). Together the pair attempt to survive by sleeping rough and trying to find food before falling into the clutches of a deceptive stranger.

The series follows the police search for Sean and the emotional ramifications for his mother and brothers. Sean's occasional imaginings, fears and fantasies are portrayed in brief animations, based on original drawings by William Miller, which bring his heightened senses to life.

Playing his brothers are young Jack Scanlon (Hamilton Hodell), last seen as Shmuel in "The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas" , and Haydon Downing, who played little Walter in "Cranford".