Portly actor Ray Winstone received a digital tummy tuck and six-pack abs for his role as Beowulf in Robert Zemeckis‘ film out this fall.(The Daily Mail compares his normal body, featuring a prominent belly, to his new lean-and-cut one.) The Guardian‘s Geoffrey Macnab is a bit disturbed by it: “The good news is that stars in fantasy adventures no longer have to hide away in gyms or endure agonies at the hands of make-up artists to play warrior heroes. The bad news is that audiences will know instantly that their hyper-real look is faked.” Watch the trailer.
Movie City News‘ Noah Forrest was bowled over by Sienna Miller‘s performance in Steve Buscemi‘s film, Interview: “To call her performance great would be an insult because it is better than that. Every pose and mannerism and vocal tic is so artfully played by Miller that it is something to cherish. This is Sienna Miller’s coming out party and boy, does this girl have talent…I hope that this breakthrough role is just the beginning of a special career for a woman who I once thought was no better than Lindsay Lohan. Turns out, if she keeps it up, she might just be the next Natalie Portman. And that’s no small compliment.”
Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.