Emily Blunt replaces Holliday Grainger in Wild Mountain Thyme

Emily Blunt has replaced Holliday Grainger in the lead role opposite Jamie Dornan in Wild Mountain Thyme.The romantic drama follows lovers Anthony and Rosemary, played by Dornan and Blunt, whose families are caught up in a feud over a patch of land tha…

Emily Blunt has replaced Holliday Grainger in the lead role opposite Jamie Dornan in Wild Mountain Thyme.

The romantic drama follows lovers Anthony and Rosemary, played by Dornan and Blunt, whose families are caught up in a feud over a patch of land that separates their two farms in Ireland.

Oscar winner Christopher Walken will play Dornan’s father, who threatens to bequeath the family farm to his son’s American cousin, who will be played by another new addition to the cast, Mad Men’s Jon Hamm.

Irish actress Dearbhla Molloy will play Blunt’s mother, who desperately tries to unite the two families, according to Deadline.

Wild Mountain Thyme is an adaptation of John Patrick Shanley’s Broadway play Outside Mullingar, and will also be directed by the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright.

It was announced back in May that Grainger would be playing Rosemary, and details over her exit from the project – which will begin shooting at the end of September – have not yet been disclosed.

Blunt has recently wrapped filming A Quiet Place: Part II, which is the follow-up to her husband John Krasinski’s horror movie. She’ll next be seen opposite Dwayne Johnson in Disney’s live-action interpretation of the popular theme park ride, Jungle Cruise, which will hit cinemas in July 2020.

Meanwhile, Hamm is appearing in four hotly-anticipated films over the next 12 months, including astronaut thriller Lucy in the Sky opposite Natalie Portman, Clint Eastwood‘s The Ballad of Richard Jewell, and Top Gun: Maverick, the sequel to Tom Cruise’s 1980s classic which will be released next year.

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Jamie Dornan joins Kristen Wiig’s comedy Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar

Jamie Dornan has signed on to star in Kristen Wiig’s upcoming comedy Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar.The new movie follows two best friends, Barb and Star, who leave their small Midwestern town for the first time to go on vacation in Vista Del Mar, w…

Jamie Dornan has signed on to star in Kristen Wiig’s upcoming comedy Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar.

The new movie follows two best friends, Barb and Star, who leave their small Midwestern town for the first time to go on vacation in Vista Del Mar, where they quickly become inadvertently involved in a villain’s plot to kill everyone in the California town.

Wiig and her Bridesmaids co-writer Annie Mumolo will play Barb and Star, while Dornan will portray Edgar, a lovelorn spy who gets caught between the forces of good and evil.

The leading ladies also wrote the script, and enlisted Josh Greenbaum as director, with Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Jessica Elbaum serving as producers, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The 37-year-old has yet to flex his comedy muscles, and is best known for his dark and moody characters, such as serial killer Paul Spector in BBC drama The Fall, brooding S&M enthusiast Christian Grey in the Fifty Shades of Grey franchise, and photographer Paul Conroy in war biopic A Private War.

Dornan will next be seen later this year alongside Shailene Woodley and Sebastian Stan in the untitled Drake Doremus project, and is set to star in sci-fi thriller Synchronic, opposite Anthony Mackie.

News of Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar was announced in April, and representatives for studio Lionsgate said they were “honoured” to be behind Wiig and Mumolo’s upcoming comedy.

“Their projects offer a rare combination of big laughs, big heart and female empowerment that everyone will love – men and women, young and old,” Lionsgate president Nathan Kahane said in a statement.

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Emilia Clarke turned down Fifty Shades of Grey due to nude scenes

Emilia Clarke turned down the lead role in Fifty Shades of Grey because she didn’t want to get naked onscreen again.The British actress was among the stars considered to play Anastasia Steele in the 2015 adaptation of E.L. James’ erotic novel, with the…

Emilia Clarke turned down the lead role in Fifty Shades of Grey because she didn’t want to get naked onscreen again.

The British actress was among the stars considered to play Anastasia Steele in the 2015 adaptation of E.L. James’ erotic novel, with the film directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson.

However, Emilia has now shared that she rejected an offer to portray the leading lady as she was sick of being asked questions about disrobing for hit TV series Game of Thrones, in which she played Daenerys Targaryen.

“Well, Sam (Taylor-Johnson) is a magician. I love her, and I thought her vision was beautiful. But the last time that I was naked on camera on (Game of Thrones) was a long time ago, and yet it is the only question that I ever get asked because I am a woman,” she said during The Hollywood Reporter’s Drama Actress Roundtable, which also included Patricia Arquette, Michelle Williams, Christine Baranski, Danai Gurira and Niecy Nash. “And it’s annoying as hell and I’m sick and tired of it because I did it for the character – I didn’t do it so some guy could check out my t**s, for God’s sake. So, that coming up, I was like, ‘I can’t.'”

Emilia went on to explain that she also feared being “pigeonholed” in Hollywood.

“I did a minimal amount and I’m pigeonholed for life, so me saying yes to that, where the entire thing is about sensuality and sex and being naked and all of that stuff, I was just like, ‘No way am I going to voluntarily walk into that situation,’ and then never be able to look someone in the eye and be like, ‘No, you can’t keep asking me this question,'” the 32-year-old commented.

Anastasia was ultimately played by Dakota Johnson, while the part of Christian Grey went to Jamie Dornan. The duo reprised their roles for the two follow-up films in the franchise; 2017’s Fifty Shades Darker and 2018’s Fifty Shades Freed.

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Jamie Dornan knew Fifty Shades would ‘get panned’ by critics

Jamie Dornan knew that the Fifty Shades movies would “get panned” by film critics.The 37-year-old made his debut as suave millionaire businessman Christian Grey in Fifty Shades of Grey back in 2015, but has now confessed it was a strange decision he ha…

Jamie Dornan knew that the Fifty Shades movies would “get panned” by film critics.

The 37-year-old made his debut as suave millionaire businessman Christian Grey in Fifty Shades of Grey back in 2015, but has now confessed it was a strange decision he had to make when he was offered the part.

“It was very odd to be honest, because you are presented with this incredible opportunity that is going to have a big impact on your life and change many things,” Jamie explained during an interview on the Out to Lunch with Jay Rayner podcast.

“To be honest, mostly financially, but again in (my) career (it) opened so many doors. But you sort of know it’s going to get panned. Very strange thing.”

While the father-of-three went on to reprise his role as the S&M loving millionaire, alongside on-screen love Dakota Johnson, in two more Fifty Shades films, the response to the movies adapted from E.L. James’ books has been polarising.

And while Jamie was aware of the negative reviews of the books, he managed to maintain a professional attitude on set, and admitted working on the movies was “a great joy”.

“You’re trying to do the best you can and make the best of it but we knew that because the books were sort of adored by many, bought by many, but panned by many, it was probably going to be the same thing for the movies,” he shared.

“It’s not like suddenly everyone who thought the book was badly written was going to be like, ‘Oh but the film’s very good.’ They were a great joy to be a part of and a crazy journey to go on, but also, above everything else, they are just a job on a film set. It’s no different than anything else; you’re just simulating more sex.”

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Jamie Dornan turns to power of push-ups during takes

Jamie Dornan gets in some last-minute push-ups before a shirtless scene so he’s always looking his very best.The hunky Northern Irish actor became a global pin-up after being cast as Christian Grey in the big screen version of E.L. James’ steamy novel …

Jamie Dornan gets in some last-minute push-ups before a shirtless scene so he’s always looking his very best.

The hunky Northern Irish actor became a global pin-up after being cast as Christian Grey in the big screen version of E.L. James’ steamy novel Fifty Shades of Grey, and its sequels, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed.

But Jamie is no stranger to stripping off, having made his name as an underwear model for Calvin Klein. Talking on the Out To Lunch with Jay Rayner podcast, the 37-year-old explained why push-ups are his secret weapon.

“Oh yeah, Jesus, yeah, yeah, yeah (I do a lot of push-ups). I’ve done that for various reasons. I’ve done that for reasons of, ‘I’m about to have my top off, and everything they film is committed to celluloid forever.’ Why not try to look as good as I can in that moment?” he said.

The exercise doesn’t just serve Jamie well when it comes to aesthetics though; he also turns to push-ups when he either needs a hit of energy, or has to burn off any excess energy.

“I’ve also done it sometimes when I’m particularly spent and exhausted after a scene where I’m running in The Fall or whatever. Sometimes I do it because I sometimes just have a lot of energy and I don’t know what to do with it,” he shared. “They’re f**king hanging around, ‘Oh, I just gotta fix this light, sorry Jamie.’ I’m good to go, champing at the bit to get rid of some of this energy, so I’ll drop and just do press-ups – just for something to do.”

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Rosamund Pike: ‘Starring in A Private War sometimes felt too big a responsibility’

Rosamund Pike sometimes worried she was taking on a job “too big” when she was preparing to play late journalist Marie Colvin in A Private War.In the drama, the Gone Girl actress plays American journalist Colvin, who worked as a foreign affairs corresp…

Rosamund Pike sometimes worried she was taking on a job “too big” when she was preparing to play late journalist Marie Colvin in A Private War.

In the drama, the Gone Girl actress plays American journalist Colvin, who worked as a foreign affairs correspondent for The Sunday Times from 1985 until her death in 2012, while she was covering the siege in Syria.

Rosamund had to change a lot about herself to transform into Colvin, and she admitted to Marie Claire magazine that she was daunted by the enormous responsibility of the role as she was preparing for the shoot.

“At the end of film, Marie says, ‘Fear comes later when it’s all over.’ And now I’ve done it, sometimes I think, ‘How did I have the audacity?'” Rosamund said. “There were definitely times I felt at a loss in the preparation; that it was too big, that there was too much to change. The voice, the smoking, the head gestures, her laugh, her walk, her brain… everything, really.”

The British actress had plenty of insight from people who knew Colvin well, such as photographer Paul Conroy, who joined her in warzones, to journalist Rosie Boycott and politician Jane Bonham-Carter.

Rosamund explained that her and director Matthew Heineman gradually won people over by proving that they were staying true to Colvin’s story.

“There’s a horrible fear that you’ve dared to tread in their dear friend’s shoes, and that can make you feel quite apologetic at times, although in this case, I’m not apologetic because we’ve made the film with the fiercest integrity,” she continued. “Gradually, people trusted that Matt and I were committed to depicting their friend truthfully and not for any Hollywood-isation.”

The actress has been nominated for a Golden Globe for her work in A Private War, but will face stiff competition from Lady Gaga, Melissa McCarthy, Glenn Close and Nicole Kidman for the best dramatic actress in a film prize.

A Private War, which also stars Jamie Dornan as Conroy, hits U.K. cinemas from 1 February (19).

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Jamie Dornan used fragrance to become a man

Actor Jamie Dornan credits cologne with helping him come into his own as a man.The Fifty Shades of Grey star is the new face of Hugo Boss fragrance, Boss the Scent, and appearing in the campaign made him reflect on how scents have shaped him as a perso…

Actor Jamie Dornan credits cologne with helping him come into his own as a man.

The Fifty Shades of Grey star is the new face of Hugo Boss fragrance, Boss the Scent, and appearing in the campaign made him reflect on how scents have shaped him as a person, revealing his first Calvin Klein cologne helped him feel more mature.

“CK One was probably the first fragrance I had, at least in my consciousness,” he tells Esquire. “I’m sure I was first given Old Spice or Brut, something that stinks like a locker room. I think everyone in Northern Ireland was wearing CK One.

“I was probably 14 years old at the time. Fragrance at that age is so expensive, so you get it at Christmas and use it for a few years or so. When I put the fragrance on, I felt like a grown up. I thought, ‘I’m sophisticated. I’m a man now’.”

Jamie, who was a model before becoming an actor, loved the concept for his Boss the Scent ads, admitting he was able to lose himself during the photoshoot.

“I felt the world that the team created lent itself to giving in to this bizarre sense of existence in the virtual world,” the 36 year old shares. “I did feel like we had to embody something other than ourselves, which is fun to do. There’s usually a formula for standard fragrance campaigns, and this turned that on its head. Having a unique concept is really fun.”

Although dapper Jamie sports a fine black suit in the Hugo Boss campaign, he prefers to be as casual as possible when he’s not working.

“My whole thing with style is comfort,” he explains. “For me, I feel the most comfortable in a white T-shirt. I have a pile of white T-shirts that I did a clear out on last week, so now I know that it’s all T-shirts that I like. I feel comfort in just reaching for one of them.

“I like wearing it with jeans and Nike Air Maxes. That’s the easiest thing to do: put on some T-shirts, jeans, and trainers. That’s the easiest way to be. Sometimes you can’t even be bothered buttoning your shirt.”

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Lily Aldridge reflects on family connection to Levi’s

Lily Aldridge has reflected on her family’s long history with iconic denim brand Levi’s.The model previously starred in the label’s Walk the Line commercial alongside Jamie Dornan in 2006 and is now fronting the Made Crafted campaign for the fall/winte…

Lily Aldridge has reflected on her family’s long history with iconic denim brand Levi’s.

The model previously starred in the label’s Walk the Line commercial alongside Jamie Dornan in 2006 and is now fronting the Made Crafted campaign for the fall/winter 2018 collection.

As she is “very much” a jeans and T-shirt girl, Lily was more than up for the gig, and has now shared that she has a number of personal links to the Levi’s brand.

During a tour through the Levi’s archives with the collection’s design director, Nicolle Arbour, Lily came across a retro contribution, courtesy of her late father, artist Alan Aldridge.

“You guys found a piece of my dad’s art from the ’70s. He did a Levi’s ad and I had no idea. I was grateful to you guys to have this special moment. It was something I’ll never forget,” she smiled in a promotional video for the brand.

Lily added that Levi’s also aided an unexpected meeting between her and her now-husband, Kings of Leon singer Caleb Followill.

“(Walk the Line) was the first kind of thing I experienced where people would recognise me like, ‘You’re the girl from the Levi’s commercial,'” the 32-year-old recalled. “And my husband actually recognised me at Coachella. He’s like, ‘That’s the girl from the Levi’s commercial.’ He found me.”

Last month (Aug18), Lily and Caleb – who married in 2011 – revealed that they were expecting their second child together, a sibling for their six-year-old daughter Dixie.

The Victoria’s Secret Angel shared the happy news via Instagram, showing off her blossoming bump in a photo of herself wearing a bikini on the beach.

“SURPRISE,” she captioned the shot, while the mother-to-be received many messages of congratulations, with Alessandra Ambrosio, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Adriana Lima, Irina Shayk, Sara Sampaio, and Winnie Harlow among the well-wishers.

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Jamie Dornan talks low-maintenance grooming regime

Jamie Dornan does not prioritise grooming due to his laidback lifestyle.The actor worked as a model until he landed his first onscreen role in Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette, and went on to become a Hollywood sex symbol after being cast as Christian …

Jamie Dornan does not prioritise grooming due to his laidback lifestyle.

The actor worked as a model until he landed his first onscreen role in Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette, and went on to become a Hollywood sex symbol after being cast as Christian Grey in the Fifty Shades film series.

In spite of frequenting many best-dressed lists over the years, Jamie has now insisted that he takes little care of his appearance when he’s at home with his wife Amelia Warner, and daughters Dulcie, four, and Elva, two.

“We live out in the English countryside, where it’s not really about looking or smelling good,” he explained in an interview with WWD. “You sort of get up and go, really. It’s the life we’ve chosen, and we love it. I have two very small kids, and it’s the last thing in your mind in the morning – how you look and how you present yourself.”

Jamie recently made a return to the fashion industry when he was announced as the new face of Hugo Boss’ BOSS The Scent alongside Dutch model Birgit Kos.

The new advertising campaign goes live from 1 September (18), and the film star admitted he feels bolstered when wearing the iconic scent.

“It does give you a bit of a lift – it does elevate you a bit, and it’s a nice feeling,” the 36-year-old smiled. “I don’t like anything too fresh, fruity or floral usually. I just find it a bit distracting, and it makes me a bit dizzy. I prefer the earthier, woodier, leather sort of stuff.”

Jamie also added that the emotions and memories linked to a particular fragrance “never fails to blow my mind”.

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Peter Dinklage addresses My Dinner with Herve whitewashing claims

Peter Dinklage has hit back at claims that his new film My Dinner with Herve has whitewashed Herve Villechaize.The Game of Thrones star portrays the Fantasy Island actor in an upcoming HBO movie, while Jamie Dornan plays a journalist who interviewed Vi…

Peter Dinklage has hit back at claims that his new film My Dinner with Herve has whitewashed Herve Villechaize.

The Game of Thrones star portrays the Fantasy Island actor in an upcoming HBO movie, while Jamie Dornan plays a journalist who interviewed Villechaize shortly before he committed suicide at the age of 50 in 1993.

However, there has been some criticism over Dinklage’s casting after a reporter recently alleged that Villechaize had Filipino heritage. But, contrary to popular belief, the Emmy Award winner has insisted this was not the case.

“Herve wasn’t Filipino,” Dinklage explained in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. “Dwarfism manifests physically in many different ways. I have a very different type of dwarfism than Herve had. I’ve met his brother and other members of his family. He was French, and of German and English descent.”

He added that while those who accuse the film of whitewashing “think they’re doing the right thing politically and morally,” in reality, they are “judging and assuming what he is ethnically” based on his looks alone.

Editors at IndieWire have reported that HBO president Casey Bloys also rejected the allegation, agreeing that Villechaize’s brother confirmed that they were not Filipino.

And while he had considered the issue of race, the executive asserted that it was Dinklage’s “passion project” to dramatise Villechaize’s life.

“I don’t think anyone like him has really been humanised like that (onscreen) before… having gone through this experience of acting in Hollywood (and how it) takes a toll,” he said at the Television Critics Association press tour.

Villechaize achieved worldwide recognition for various roles, including his portrayal of evil henchman Nick Nack in the 1974 James Bond film, The Man with the Golden Gun.

My Dinner with Herve, which Dinklage is also producing, is scheduled for release in the U.S. on 20 October (18).

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