– to read the interview, just click on the picture of it
Tom Felton is in the latest issue of the Gay Times Magazine (GT). Who already has the magazine or can buy it soon and can send us scans? You can also order the issue online, but then you have to pay shipping costs.
Furthermore Tom is nominated again for the MTV Movie Awards in the category “Best Villain”. But this is only the qualifying round for the final nominees, so vote very often that Tom is on 3rd May again on the “Best Villain” list. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1, the kiss of Harry and Hermione, Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson and Ralph Fiennes are also nominated.
Here’s how it’ll work: Starting Tuesday (March 22) and running through April 5, you can log onto MovieAwards.MTV.com to nominate your favorite movies, stars and crazy cinematic moments. Once the final nominees are announced, head back to the site to vote for the winners from May 3 through June 4. Voting for Best Movie, however, will remain open throughout the live ceremony on June 5 — meaning you’ll have a chance to affect the night’s biggest prize until the very last minute.
You can vote very often, because you can vote with various browsers. If you vote with only one browser, you must close all windows of your browser after your voting. Afterwards you open the site again and you can vote directly again. By the way, the “Best Villain” page is now my browser start page. 😉
Do you have the Red Nose Day sketch with Tom now seen? If not, click here. On the website of Sir Paul McCartney you can watch a “Behind of Scenes” video of the sketch. Unfortunately, the video can not be embedded. Click on the sceenshot below and you will be redirected to the page with the video.
The Filmmaker Gyre Entertainment of Tom Felton’s upcoming film “From The Rough” has now it own website, Twitter and facebook account. The movie “From the Rough” has an extra own facebook account. Check them out. They uploaded some behind the scenes photos and ctpost.com published an article about the production company and the movie.
‘From the Rough’ will show new aspects of African-American life
The first film from Gyre Entertainment – founded by former Pitney Bowes executive chairman and director Michael Critelli – is “From the Rough,” about a pioneering black female college golf coach played by Oscar nominee Taraji P. Henson.
For the past 40 years, mainstream films depicting African-American life have often veered from one stereotype to another or, roughly speaking, from “Foxy Brown” in 1974 to this year’s “Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son.”
Instead of griping about the situation, like the rest of us, the former executive chairman of Pitney-Bowes, Michael Critelli of Darien, and Los Angeles writer-director Pierre Bagley decided to do something.
The result is a new production company, Gyre Entertainment, whose first film, “From the Rough,” starring Oscar nominee Taraji P. Henson, will open nationally this fall.
In separate phone interviews, Critelli and Bagley said they hope their movie will be the opening salvo in their new way of telling untold stories of African-American life.
“I sort of backed into it,” Critelli said of getting involved in the world of filmmaking after retiring from Pitney-Bowes.
“I just became obsessed with getting this story on the screen,” he added of “From the Rough”s true tale of the struggles of the first black female college golf coach in the United States.
Critelli has long been involved in advocating opportunities for women in the business world so “the story inspired me on a lot of levels.”
Combine the content of the film with Hollywood’s “unwillingness to promote and support movies with black women — and women in general” and Critelli was ready to try to apply his own corporate world acumen to the realm of commercial filmmaking.
Critelli is also ready to challenge the “misperception that movies with black performers do not have the same global reach (as films with white stars)…except for (those with) Will Smith.”
Although “From the Rough” is designed to entertain people, Critelli believes movies and TV can spearhead political and social advances in a way that “is far more powerful than laws and political advocacy. We need those components, but entertainment drives things faster.”
As a black filmmaker who has lived in Hollywood for many years, Pierre Bagley understands the struggle between making socially responsible movies and delivering films that will rack up significant profits.
“It’s kind of like the way everybody complains about what the government does. Either you try to make yourself part of it or you don’t,” he said of black actors he knows who will privately complain about the material they are offered but will publicly endorse it when the time comes to promote a big new release.
Bagley let out a rueful laugh as he recalled one conversation about “From the Rough” in which a prominent black performer interrupted the director, saying “Let me tell you how this town works.”
“At the end of the day, though, there is no conspiracy” against high quality, non-stereotypical films, Bagley asserted, because in Hollywood “there is no singular voice.”
“If you want to change something you have to try to do it yourself,” the filmmaker realized after meetings with studio personnel who would only give him less than a minute to encapsulate his idea for a movie. And when it became apparent that his ideas weren’t easily boiled down to an advertising tag line — or didn’t sound like another recent hit “urban” film — Bagley was shown the door.
It was not long after one of those soul-crushing studio executive brush-offs that Bagley decided to join forces with Critelli after they met at an Urban League gathering.
Bagley and Critelli were lucky to get one of the finest black actresses in movies today — Taraji P. Henson (an Oscar nominee for “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”) — to commit to their first project; raised the $6 million needed to make “From the Rough” independently; and now are laying the ground work for a promotional campaign and wide release that will put the film on everyone’s radar this fall.
“It is a privilege to make a movie and to have 150 people (on the crew) working for the same goal. There was no THEM, there was no studio telling us what to do. Just Mike and me, keeping the whole thing very personal,” Bagley said of the filming of “From the Rough” in Louisiana last year.
Critelli believes that the Internet and the major social networking platforms give moviemakers new ways to reach audiences without spending the vast sums Hollywood does on major summer and Christmas releases.
The so-called “rules” that the studios have been following are being negated by independently produced hits such as “Black Swan” and off-beat but highly successful studio pictures like “The Blind Side.”
“Whatever rules there were, I think they are all subject to challenge now,” Critelli said. “Everything is up for grabs.”
Today is in UK Red Nose Day. Tom Felton, Rupert Grint and many other stars (Paul McCartney, James Gordon Smithy, Goerge Michael, Ringo Starr, Justin Bieber…) did together a sketch for this year’s Comic Relief – Red Nose Day on BBC.
Enjoy it – it’s great! 🙂 Thanks to Red Nose Day for the video!
James Corden’s sketch for this year’s Comic Relief was one of the funniest and star-studded ever in the history of the show. Full of top stars and celebrities from George Michael to former Prime Minister Gordon Brown, the hilarious sketch climaxed with Sir Paul McCartney telling James Corden that he was too fat to go to Africa.
James played the character of the chirpy plumber Smithy from Gavin & Stacey in thesketch which saw several celebrities arguing over who should go to Africa to make a film about the work of Comic Relief. Apart form Gordon Brown and Sir Paul, among the stars were Lords Coe and Winston, Keira Knightley, Rupert Grint and Tom Felton from the Harry Potter films, JLS, Rio Ferdinand, Tiny Tempah, Ringo Starr, Justin Bieber, and Olympic diver Tom Daley all apparently in the same meeting room.
Keira was told she couldn’t go to Africa because she was too gorgeous and Rio was not allowed to go for being unable to produce tears on demand.
When Smithy eventually volunteered, Paul told him he’s a bloater and said:
“People don’t like seeing tubby people over in Africa. If they hadn’t eaten so much, no one would be starving.”
Smithy arrived with George Michael in his plumber’s estate car, singing along to classic Wham! tunes.
Social media sites lit up within seconds of the sketch transmitted with people raving about the sketch including Good Morning’s Philip Schofield, who spoke for many when he said “Genius”. Corden replied, thanking everyone for their kind words and reminding them that it wasn’t just him who put it together.
Tom was also Trendic Topic Worldwide and in United Kingdom.