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Hopefully Not 'The Tourist 2': Paul Bettany Joins Wally Pfister's 'Transcendence' With Johnny Depp

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 28, 2013 6:30 PM
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Paul Bettany has had it a bit rough the past few years, famously turning down "The King's Speech" (oops) and starring in a handful of forgettable movies like the Charles Darwin flick "Creation," and stuff like "Legion" and "Priest." He had a nice turn in "Margin Call," but mostly he's been better known of late as the voice of Jarvis, Tony Stark's AI butler, in the Marvel movies. He's a talented dude who has always seemed to just keep missing a leap into bigger and better things, but now his time may have finally arrived.

Paul Bettany & Matthew Goode Lead Falklands War Flick 'Destroyer,' Michael Pitt Will 'Rob The Mob'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • October 29, 2012 12:40 PM
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Paul Bettany & Matthew Goode: two talented British actors and veterans of both rom-com ("Wimbledon," "Leap Year") and terrible comic book movies ("Priest," "Watchmen"), in search of a boost to the next level. Things are already looking up for both; Bettany impresses in new cop thriller "Blood," and Goode looks to have a juicy role in Park Chan-Wook's "Stoker" early next year. And now the pair are teaming up for the Falklands War-era thriller "Destroyer." Based on the sinking of the HMS Coventry at the end of the 1980s conflict between the UK and Argentina, it's directed by Tom Shankland ("The Children," "The Fades"), and shooting gets underway early next year.

LFF Review: Stephen Graham & Mark Strong Impress In Generic But Powerful Cop Thriller 'Blood'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 18, 2012 3:03 PM
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The history of the British police movie is not a glorious one. Perhaps it's because (for the most part) UK coppers aren't allowed to carry firearms, which somewhat reduces the capacity for squib-happy action sequences. Or maybe it's the lack of glamorous locations for said shootouts, which can hardly compete with Manhattan or L.A. But after Edgar Wright imported the cop movie to rural Britain with "Hot Fuzz," we've seen a string of more straight-faced takes on the genre from the UK, including the Jason Statham vehicle "Blitz," '70s remake "The Sweeney," and the upcoming "Welcome To The Punch."

Paul Bettany In Talks To Star In 3D 'Lost Rooms' From 'How I Ended This Summer' Director Alexei Pobogrebksy

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 13, 2012 1:05 PM
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Paul Bettany's career has been a little frustrating of late, for no one more so than him, we imagine. Once touted as the next big thing, he's been in his fair share of hits, but in the last few years, he's either taken supporting roles in films like "The Young Victoria" or "The Tourist," or leads in Screen Gems action pictures like "Legion" and "Priest," with "Margin Call" proving the only real highlight. But perhaps inspired by the Oscar-winning success of "The King's Speech," which the actor famously passed on, and by missing out to his old pal Russell Crowe on "Les Miserables," he seems to be getting serious about his choices again.

Emma Stone & Andy Samberg To Guest On '30 Rock'; Bryan Cranston Heads To 'Archer' & Paul Bettany Drops 'Masters Of Sex'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 11, 2012 10:19 AM
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Paul Rudd's guest-star appearance on "Parks & Recreation," as announced yesterday, has seemingly set a good precedent for the coming year, in terms of awesome people appearing on awesome shows. With folks like Kate Winslet and, imminently, Dustin Hoffman, picking up plaudits for small-screen turns, any stigma of appearing on TV has long been gone, and the last 24 hours has brought more news of stars heading to your favorite shows.

Review: British Urban Melodrama 'Broken Lines' With Paul Bettany Falters, Fails To Convince

  • By Sam Price
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  • September 26, 2011 3:11 AM
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There’s a familiar, some would say endless, argument about the British film industry: that the films it produces are essentially afraid of tackling the present and pressing contemporary issues. British directors, or at least the companies that finance their films, have rarely tried to engage with the shock of the now, and instead remain happy to retreat into a comfortable, mindless and nostalgic past that probably never existed in the first place. The recent riots that rocked the capital, for instance, or the fall-out from the News International hacking scandal are subjects less likely to be turned into a feature film than, say, something like “Notting Hill 2,” or any another mythological and monocultural representation of London or -- God forbid -- one of the country's other major cities. Occasionally someone comes along with a stick and pokes the ruling classes in the eye (think “The Shooting Party” or “Gosford Park”) but screenplays penned by Julian Fellowes can hardly be considered the stuff of breath-taking dynamism. When the Brits aren’t churning out benign pictures about a benign royal dynasty (hello, “The Queen” and “The King’s Speech”) or enlisting scads of former theatre directors (Richard Eyre, Stephen Daldry, Nicolas Hytner, Sam Mendes) to blandly recreate their deferential attitude towards bland material, they make shockingly poor gangster pictures that would make even a hack like Guy Ritchie blush.

Paul Bettany, Brian Cox & Stephen Graham Draw 'Blood'

  • By Sam Price
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  • September 23, 2011 1:44 AM
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Screen Daily reports that Paul Bettany, Brian Cox and Stephen Graham will lead a big screen adaptation of an acclaimed 2004 BBC mini-series originally called “Conviction,” now simply retitled “Blood,” set to shoot this January. Screenwriter Bill Gallagher will pen an adaptation of his own material, which centered on two policemen in the Criminal Investigation Department or CID being thrown into chaos by the murder of a twelve year-old girl and exploring, rather loftily, "the notion that everyone has the ability to kill and what it is that can trigger that reaction in any of us." By anyone’s standards the announced cast is a very decent line-up -- it's a hopeful sign in the case of Bettany, who’s slid into ludicrous supernatural fare directed by Scott Stewart with alarming ease of late, whilst Graham and Cox always offer reliable support. Bankrolled by BBC Films, the BFI and Neal Street Productions, its producer Pippa Harris only let slip that the project promises to be a “fast-moving, gripping thriller.” One expects it will also involve the red liquid that circulates in the arteries and veins of vertebrate animals spilling in some capacity.

Watch: Trailer For Star-Studded Financial Drama 'Margin Call' Arrives

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 26, 2011 1:04 AM
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Given that it was as significant an event in the world as any in the last century, it's not surprising that Hollywood have finally turned their eye to the 2008 financial apocalypse; even if it's unlikely to bring in the teens, it's inherently dramatic subject matter, and this year has already seen Curtis Hanson's solid "Too Big To Fail," and people like George Clooney potentially eyeing the subject in the near future. Next up is "Margin Call," the starry drama that picked up solid reviews at Sundance this year.

Russell Crowe Confirmed For Tom Hooper's 'Les Miserables'; Film Now Set For December 7, 2012 Release

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 22, 2011 1:04 AM
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Paul Bettany Out, Helena Bonham Carter Also Joins The CastUpdated: Looks like Crowe is now confirmed for this role. The film is now dated for a Dec. 7, 2012, release. Update 2: Helena Bonham Carter has also joined the cast.

Paul Bettany May Escape From Screen Gems Purgatory To Play Inspector Javert In 'Les Miserables'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 16, 2011 1:19 AM
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So, you might not be aware of this, but even with the awards buzz around his role in "A Single Man," Colin Firth wasn't the first choice to star in "The King's Speech," the film that became a phenomenon, and won the British veteran his first Oscar. In fact, the part was originally offered to Paul Bettany, star of, among others, "A Beautiful Mind," "Master and Commander" and "Dogville." Unfortunately, for Bettany, he was coming off a lengthy shoot for vampire actioner "Priest" (yes, it shot that long ago), and the actor turned the role down to spend time with his young family: an admirable decision, but one that the actor must view with some regret, considering his once-promising career has been stricken with bad action movies like the aforementioned "Priest" and "Legion," or sub-par dramas like "Creation" in recent years.

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