Monday, September 22, 2014

Dean O'Gorman to Play Kirk Douglas in "Trumbo" (update 9/26/14)

Very exciting news - according to Dark Horizons Dean O'Gorman has just signed to play Kirk Douglas in the biopic  "Trumbo" starring Bryan Cranston and Helen Mirren.

Congratulations Dean!  

"Dalton Trumbo, one of the highest-paid screenwriters in Hollywood during the 1940s and early 1950s who was blacklisted when he refused to testify in front of the House Un-American Activities Committte.

Kirk Douglas starred in and executive produced "Spartacus" and hired Trumbo to write the script. He also gave Trumbo credit under his own name, that gesture chipping away at the negative stigma placed on the blacklisted writers."

More from Dark Horizons:

They're filming now in New Orleans.

Kirk Douglas around the time of filming "Spartacus" - I see the resemblance:

 Update 9/26/14 from Dean O'Gorman Online - US

Article from New Zealand Herald:

"It's a major coup for O'Gorman who auditioned for the role only a month ago by Skype from his home in Auckland.

Two weeks later, he was flown to Los Angeles by director Jay Roach (Austin Powers, Meet the Parents) and screen-tested in person. Then came the fittings for the facial prosthetics, including the famous Douglas chin dimple, and the 1940s wardrobe.

"The movie is a huge boost for Dean's profile. He's extremely honoured to be working alongside such a stellar cast, who all signed on knowing he's one of the lead roles," said his New Zealand agent, Imogen Johnson.

"It's a testament to Dean's reputation. He's humble and hard-working. People love working with him and he's always in demand."  From

Saturday, September 20, 2014

My Book Reading Men

"To be honest, few readers seem to have given the followers of Naxos AudioBooks more unquestioning delight than Richard Armitage. We have had more letters, more cards and emails concerning him, AND boxes of Belgian chocolates sent by courier, than anyone else, begging us to ask him to come and read more Georgette Heyer, or more anything. We ask, but alas he is too busy starring in films, on TV and currently in The Crucible. 

 ...listen again (or for the first time) to The Convenient Marriage, Sylvester and Venetia on Naxos AudioBooks. I promise they are equally satisfying.

There was a time when Sean Bean presented a similar magnetism – but for Naxos AudioBooks he read our single best-selling junior classic: King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. And knightly he certainly was."

"...And what recordings. Not always does talent on screen transfer to the intimate medium of audiobook. It is the difference between big concertos and chamber music, I suppose. But my oh my, what jewels we can enjoy – for ever."


The NAB Blog

by Nicolas Soames

Star Quality on Naxos AudioBooks


and thanks to Richard Armitage Bulgaria on FB for the link.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

My Signed Into the Storm Poster

Thank you Desde Hollywood and Warner Bros for my beautiful and very big signed Into the Storm poster.

During the movie's PR campaign prior to the premiere in New York August 4, I entered countless Into the Storm contests. I had almost forgotten the contests I had entered, when I received a surprise email from Desde Hollywood, "The #1 Latino Movie News Site Based in LA" that I had won a signed movie poster.  The entire cast there at the premiere, and the director, signed the poster.  

I just received the poster in the mail last week and I'm thrilled.

Now I need to find a place for it in my small apartment, and will have to take something down to put the poster up, since I have no available space large enough right now. This will be my special project his weekend.

 Some of you may recognize this signature 

Thank you Richard Armitage, Sarah Wayne Callies, Max Deacon, Nathan Kress, Matt Walsh,  Alycia Debnam Carey, Jeremy Sumpter, Arlen Escarpeta, and Steve Quale

and all the cast and crew

(signatures with a silver pen/sharpie I'll have you know - thinking of you Richard)

Friday, September 12, 2014

Is this THE Elliot Lester? New Project for Richard Armitage - Interviews with Director Elliott Lester

There could be another movie director named Elliott Lester in LA of course - but I think this may be the director of Richard's new film Sleepwalker

Wednesday, September 10, 2014


Sunday, September 7, 2014

Voices: Santiago Cabrera, Iain Glen, Blake Ritson

Another one of my occasional Voices post - this time about three favorite men all on hit TV shows right now. One Scots, one Englishman and one Latino/Brit,  You can't get any better than that.  

I try in my Voices post to highlight a moment in a clip of my subjects reading or talking or performing in an unexpected way that may already be known for fans of these actors, but may not be known by others that may only have seen them in their current TV roles.  

Santiago Cabrera

As a Latina I have to start of course with a fellow Latino. Santiago has become a heartthrob to many as Aramis in the BBC's wonderful The Musketeers series. 

Now despite the name, with a perfect British accent, some may not known that Santiago was born in Caracas, Venezuela, but considers his hometown to be Santiago, Chile.   

Both his parents are Chilean, but because his father is a diplomat he was born in Venezuela and then raised in various countries including the UK, Romania, Spain, and Canada. His parents returned to stay in Chile when Santiago was a teenager.  

After High School in Chile, Santiago returned to the UK for his drama training at the Drama Centre London.  

Since graduation he's become known for a number of roles in UK and US Television series and films before becoming Aramis, and you can read about it on his IMDB page here.

What I wanted to highlight here in Voices is Santiago in his native language, Spanish.  Here are two clips related to a Chilean film he made,  La Vida de Los Peces (2010)  (The Life of Fish in English):

 The film is about a couple that reunite again after being apart for 10 years.  She is now married, and so circumstances have changed between them.  In the interview clip, he talks about being interested in the part because in the film his character returns to Chile after being away for 10 years, and Santiago also had been away from Chile for 10 years before returning to make this film.  

The film is available on YouTube in Spanish - no English subtitles that I could find -yet.

Iain Glen

Iain Glen has had a long and stellar career on stage, screen, and television and I'm sure many new fans from Game of Thrones on HBO. 

But did you know Iain can sing?

Here he is singing during a break from his TV series Jack Taylor. 

He plays Irish detective Jack Taylor and I would love to see the series here in the US - are you reading this PBS? 

Blake Ritson

Blake plays my favorite character,  Riario, in STARZ Da Vinci's Demons.  (Yes, he's a bad guy but conflicted man, but he's my favorite character)

Blake has been familiar to viewers of Public Television here in the US for a while.  You can read about his long list of credits and stellar roles, especially in UK period dramas, on IMDB here.

He was indeed a familiar face to me when he was cast as Riario, but I confess it was this villain role that really made me take notice of him and become more interested in Ritson the actor. 

I wanted to look for something different, the "nice guy" Blake if you will, and in this clip he's reading a children's story: The Gingerbread Man

Hope you enjoy Voices

(Information for this post from YouTube, IMDB, and Wikipedia)
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