Toby Jones plays the announcer for the Games, Claudius Templesmith. He seemed genuinely surprised when the fans screamed out his name.
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Hunger Games Fandom
First along to our humble spot on the red carpet was Toby Jones (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,Infamous). Speaking about the concept of the games and of his character, Hunger Games commentator Claudius Templesmith, the actor said “It’s like ancient Rome as seen by contemporary reality TV; people trying to make misfortune out of other people’s misery is a very contemporary thing.” When asked about whether he took inspiration from reality or real life sports commentators he added, “not really reality TV, more like ESPN.. those guys who do American Football, all of that stuff I find very interesting; those guys that sit there and you hear them pondering over everything”. On how much improvising the actor did for the film, Jones added: ”all of it, we were able to [improvise everything], he [Gary Ross] was very relaxed about the script. “
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Serena, the adaptation of Ron Rash's 2008 novel, has already landed an excellent pair of leads in Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, and today it roped in some amazing supporting actors as well.
Rhys Ifans, who is set to have a great year with both The Five-Year Engagementand The Amazing Spider-Man coming out in a few months, and Toby Jones have been added to the cast of the upcoming thriller, which is being directed by Susanne Bier. The story, set in 1929 North Carolina, is about a pair of newlyweds who start up their own timber business and stop at nothing to make sure that it grows. But when Serena (Lawrence) discovers that she can't have children of her own, she takes it out on her husband's illegitimate son.
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Gary Oldman may play the leading role of George Smiley in the screen revival of John le Carre's 1974 novel, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy but this depiction of a Cold War MI6 has some serious talent in its ranks. Smiley's people include reigning best Oscar winner Colin Firth, as well as veterans John Hurt, Ciaran Hinds, Mark Strong and Toby Jones. And it even has room for two bright young things - the brawny Tom Hardy and the captivating Benedict Cumberbatch.
The task of condensing a 400-page novel into a sleek feature film running just over two hours, while retaining the nuance of the story and characters, proved a daunting task for the British screenwriting couple Peter Straughan and Bridget O'Connor, who has since died of cancer.
Straughan points out that choices had to be made in the 1979 mini-series too. "A couple of characters were cut, even though they had seven hours. We never intended to do the whole book. We had to find a fillet to cut out and go with that."
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SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN
Kristen Stewart and Chris Hensworth team up as the title characters to take down an evil witch played by an icy-cold Charlize Theron.
Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans), et al, join forces under the guidance of Samuel L. Jackson, aka Nick Fury, to stop Thor’s brother, Loki (Tom Hiddleston), from destroying all of mankind. Filling out the cast (nicely) is Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye. Joss Whedon (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) directs.
Director Ridley Scott revisits “Alien” territory with this quasi-prequel in which a team of space explorers encounter a dark, menacing force bent on the destruction of humankind. Noomi Rapace (the original Lisbeth Salander) leads a cast that reunites Charlize Theron with her “Young Adult” co-star, Patrick Wilson.
THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PART 2
Star-crossed lovers Bella and Edward conclude their romance in the final chapter of Stephanie Meyers’ bloody good (or bad, depending on your viewpoint) vampire epic. And at the center of it is their adorable offspring, Renesmee, who is creating woe for the entire Cullen clan.
THE HUNGER GAMES
With “Harry Potter” vanishing and “Twilight” fading, Hollywood prepares a new feast for young fantasy fans by serving up the first of Suzanne Collins’ novels about a teenage girl (Jennifer Lawrence) fighting for love and survival in a despotic world. Gary Ross (“Seabiscuit”) directs. (also starring Toby Jones)
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For those already worrying about how they will cope without Downton Abbey in the New Year, ITV has come up with a £10million answer.
The broadcaster has enlisted Downton creator Julian Fellowes to make another epic drama series – this time retelling the story of the Titanic.
The four-part show, called simply Titanic, will mark 100 years since the ship sank after hitting an iceberg on her maiden voyage to New York.
It is already being described as ‘Downton on sea’ as it follows the Oscar-winning screenwriter’s tried and tested formula of interweaving the lives of the upper and lower classes.
The show will feature 90 actors including Sophie Winkleman, Timothy West, Toby Jones and Downton star Maria Doyle Kennedy.
The cast also includes Perdita Weeks, best known for her role as Mary Boleyn in The Tudors, and little-known Canadian actor Noah Reid.
Fellowes has said that the show will be very different from the 1997 film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, insisting his drama will be the most comprehensive view yet of life aboard the doomed vessel, on which 1,500 died.
A two-minute trailer for the show will go out on ITV this Christmas Day - just after the Downton Abbey Christmas special is aired, giving fans a double treat.
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