Jonny Lee Miller & Common to star in movie adaptation of Ursula K Le. Guin’s Nine Lives

Jonny Lee Miller and Common are teaming up to star in the movie adaptation of Ursula K. Le Guin’s Nine Lives. The sci-fi tale, set on a moon-base for off-world drilling, centres on two bored colleagues surrounded by robots. Actress Siri Rodnes, who…

Jonny Lee Miller and Common are teaming up to star in the movie adaptation of Ursula K. Le Guin’s Nine Lives.

The sci-fi tale, set on a moon-base for off-world drilling, centres on two bored colleagues surrounded by robots.

Actress Siri Rodnes, who has adapted Le Guin’s novelette for the big screen with Tom Basden, will make her feature directing debut with Nine Lives, which is expected to start shooting next summer (19), according to Deadline.

Le Guin, who passed away earlier this year, was one of the world’s leading science-fiction and fantasy writers. She was awarded the National Book Award Medal for Distinguished Contributions to American letters in 2014. She was also one of the few living authors to be inducted into the Library of America.

She was best known for her Earthsea series and The Left Hand Of Darkness. Her work was adapted by Studio Ghibli for 2006’s Tales From The Earthsea.

Trainspotting star Miller will take on the Le Guin adaptation after completing work on his new Broadway production of Ink, in which he will portray notorious tabloid boss Larry Lamb.

Two-time Olivier Award winner Bertie Carvel will play a young Rupert Murdoch in James Graham’s play, which revolves around the rebirth of The Sun newspaper in the late 1960s. Carvel won one of his Olivier Awards for his performance as Murdoch on the London stage.

Directed by Rupert Goold, Ink begins previews at the Manhattan Theatre Club’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre in early April (19).

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Mary Elizabeth Winstead: ‘Common is a lovely movie sex partner’

Mary Elizabeth Winstead has urged her fellow actresses to sign up for sex scenes with rapper Common, insisting he’s the perfect movie lover. The Live Free or Die Hard star has some pretty graphic scenes with the Oscar winner in her new film All About …

Mary Elizabeth Winstead has urged her fellow actresses to sign up for sex scenes with rapper Common, insisting he’s the perfect movie lover.

The Live Free or Die Hard star has some pretty graphic scenes with the Oscar winner in her new film All About Nina but admits that at no point did she feel uncomfortable – because Common was such a gentleman.

Winstead spent a little time with her co-star before they shot the movie, and really got to know him, which she insists was essential for their lovemaking scenes.

“I wanted to get to know Common through working and shooting, because their relationship unfolds in the film,” she tells WENN. “I wanted it to feel more real on the day.

“Any time you do those sex scenes, you have to come up with parameters together and then be free. There was no sense of not being comfortable. I saw that he is exactly what he seems to be, which is this kind-hearted, open, loving, respectful person. It was so easy to go to those vulnerable places with him. It was lovely from the get go.”

But the actress still felt she should warn her mum before she saw the movie: “She hasn’t seen me play a character like this before so it was new territory for her.”

In the film, Mary Elizabeth portrays a stand-up comedienne, whose personal life is in tatters, and she toured comedy clubs looking for inspiration.

“I’ve always been an admirer of comedians but I would never do it,” she adds. “I’m amazed at the people who do it, because it’s such a skill. I went to as many shows as I could to find the person who would spark my inspiration.

“We also had this comedian, named Jamie Loftus, who was our stand-up consultant. It was really fun to be riffing and improvising raunchy comedy with other women. Typically, in any comedic space I’ve been in before it’s been with only men. I loved the experience.”

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Common opens up about politically charged Oscar nominated song

Common wrote his Oscar-nominated song Stand Up for Something in response to President Donald Trump’s inauguration.The track, from the movie Marshall which stars Black Panther actor Chadwick Boseman, which is sung by Andra Day and co-written by Diane …

Common wrote his Oscar-nominated song Stand Up for Something in response to President Donald Trump’s inauguration.

The track, from the movie Marshall which stars Black Panther actor Chadwick Boseman, which is sung by Andra Day and co-written by Diane Warren, will battle it out with songs from The Greatest Showman, Mudbound, Call Me by Your Name and Coco on 4 March.

Common, who previously bagged an Academy Award for his song with John Legend, Glory, from the movie Selma, opened up about Stand Up for Something during a panel hosted by the Songwriters Hall of Fame and Variety on Thursday (22Feb18).

“So many people were down (after Trump’s inauguration) and I was like, ‘Man, we have the power as human beings to put the light out in the world, there’s no one man who can take us down, no government that can take us down,’ so this song for me was an outlet,” he shared.

Both Common and Diane, who’s up for her ninth Oscar, noted the song’s political relevance in the wake of the high school shooting in Florida earlier this month.

“Last night I was watching the town hall on CNN and they were using Stand Up for Something for the song… just to have art that’s connected with that is very important,” the 45-year-old said.

“Everyday it becomes more timely,” Diane added. “Look what those kids are doing right now, you see people standing up.”

As well as nonprofit organisation Everytown for Gun Safety, which advocates gun control, the #MeToo movement and American Civil Liberties Union have also embraced Common and Diane’s track.

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Kian Lawley fired from The Hate U Give after racist video surfaces

Kian Lawley has been fired from upcoming movie The Hate U Give after a video surfaced showing him making offensive remarks.The actor and YouTube star had been cast in the role of Chris, the boyfriend of main character Starr Carter (Amandla Stenberg), i…

Kian Lawley has been fired from upcoming movie The Hate U Give after a video surfaced showing him making offensive remarks.

The actor and YouTube star had been cast in the role of Chris, the boyfriend of main character Starr Carter (Amandla Stenberg), in the adaptation of Angie Thomas’ young adult novel of the same name, which tells of a woman drawn to activism after she witnesses the police shooting of her unarmed friend.

However, executives at Twentieth Century Fox Film announced on Monday (05Feb18) that they have decided to cut Lawley from the film after a bleeped 12-second video showing him apparently using the N-word and making racist comments was posted on YouTube on 26 January. The video is believed to be a few years old.

“Due to the controversy surrounding his past comments and behaviour, Kian Lawley will no longer appear in The Hate U Give,” a spokesperson said in a statement. “The studio plans to recast the role of Chris and reshoot scenes as needed.”

At present, the film does not have a release date, and a replacement actor for Lawley has not yet been announced. In response to his firing, Lawley has issued an apology for his actions.

“Words have power and can do damage. I own mine and I am sorry. I respect Fox’s decision to recast this role for The Hate U Give as it is an important story, and it would not be appropriate for me to be involved considering the actions of my past,” he said. “I understand the impact and I have grown and learned since then. From now on I plan to use my voice for positive change.”

In addition to Stenberg, the cast also features Regina Hall, Anthony Mackie, Issa Rae, Lamar Johnson and Common.

Lawley is best known for his online videos, but has attempted to transition to Hollywood in recent years, appearing in TV show H8TERS and movie Before I Fall as the character of Rob Cokran.

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