• June 28, 2009: A nice short interveiw with James about Philanthropist. Poor dear with all of his injuries and it's so nice to feel his excitement over the show. :) (click here)
• June 25, 2009: Nice lengthy interview with James and Tom Fontana about Philanthropist. (click here)
• June 23.2009: Another NEW Interview with James about Philanthropist (click here).
• Another great NEW Interview with James about Philanthropist (click here).
• NEW Interview with James about Philanthropist (click here) Yay! :)
• Brief mention of James in this article for The Philanthropist: (click here)
"Sameer loved being on set, said his father, and soon became good friends with co-actor Purefoy. He also plays tennis, swims and participates in monkeynastics, but wants to be an actor when he grows up." So sweet! :)
• James comes to the aid of S. Africa's street children (click here)
Not at all surprised knowing how wonderful James is. :)
Patrick Teoh and James Purefoy posing for the camera. Purefoy’s character meets his nemesis in the ruthless Myanmar general (played by Teoh), in The Philanthropist. And another great pic on his blog here...
"James Purefoy has without question delivered an extraordinary Kane, he put in months of training and i was impressed to say the least how he went about creating the character, gaunt and all! I think your going to love his performance all round. We have been blessed.
We wrapped the film on Friday and i am going on holiday for a weeks skiing with the kids. The Prints are rolling out the door next week ready for your eyes and ears!
The end credit sequence was holding us up a little but now its done it was worth the wait.....its terrific. Feeling quite emotional after all the many years work.....is it 12 or 13 or maybe even 14 since the idea first came to us!" [Emphisis added]
• March 13, 2009: NEW Pic of James while filming Philanthropist, from the Washington Post! Thanks to Teresa for sending this! :D
Click image for larger view - Mr. P... Lookin' GOOOOD!
• March 12, 2009: NBC Heats Up Summer lineup... from Television Week - Detroit,MI,USA
As for scripted series, “The Philanthropist,” starring James Purefoy, will air Wednesdays at 10 pm (with a “Talent” lead-in) beginning June 24. ... Ok, so what's a "talent" lead-in???This is gonna ROCK!! :P
• March 12, 2009: Diamonds will air on Canadian TV in April click here!
• A blurb, photo (YUMM) ...and upcoming trailer soon... posted at NBC.com!!Thanx Redhol2000)
I don' t think insanely giddy quite covers it! ;)
• Lord Richard Attenborough in Ironclad (Telegraph.co.uk) - I'm absolutely loving the cast! [Ironclad] is described as "an ultra-violent medieval action thriller"
Rupert Penry-Jones and Sheridan Smith today launched a £2.5 million scheme to get young people into theatre. The star of Spooks and the actress from Two Pints Of Lager And A Packet Of Crisps kick-started A Night Less Ordinary which will give away more than 500,000 free tickets to under 26-year-olds. The scheme was unveiled at the Donmar Warehouse. It is being organised by Arts Council England with extra money from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.
...James Purefoy said: "Live theatre is like a secret you want to share - exciting, involving and different every time you tell the story. The beauty of this is that you can try different shows on for size and see what suits best, for free."
He recently visited LA and met with some execs there. Here is what he said about it:
"The main business of the trip was executed as well as it could be. A pitch to one of the studios for a new project. I love pitching; just going into a room full of execs and telling a story. Oddly this time I was nervous probably because I was doing it for the studio head and his team but once I was in the room it all came together. I did a bunch of meet-and-greets with other execs at various studios. Some of this was because I know they're developing projects I'm really interested in. So for these big fish, my bait was a little sneak peek at a 90 second teaser for Kane. Happy to say they were universally blown away by how it looks. Of course, a trailer can make anything look good, but still… nice to have such a powerful reaction. There's a real appetite for this film. It is so different from traditional fantasy fare."
I know I've said it before but, Dang It!! I CAN'T WAIT! :
• Jan 15, 2009: NBC's 'Philanthropist' might debut this spring... (read more) Also it's great to read that James' hamstring is all healed up and filming can commence! (read more)
• Jan 12, 2009: Episode 5 of the Philanthropist needs actors...
TV SERIES: THE PHILANTHROPIST, EPISODE 5
STARRING James Purefoy
NBC, Carnival, Stillking
Director: John Strickland
Shooting in Prague: 2-10 Feb, 2009
SYNOPSIS: Teddy Rist is a renegade billionaire who uses his wealth, connections and power to help people in need. In this episode Teddy attempts to build a new factory uniting Serb and Albanian workers in
ALL Roles speak English (except Old Serb) and actors need to be BE ABLE TO WORK LOCALLY IN PRAGUE.
JOVAN PEROVIC, LEAD. 40s-50s. Orthodox Christian Serb. Fit, sharp, focused.
FATHER TOMOR TOPANI. Lead. Serbian Priest, 30s. Genial, fatalistic, good-humored
GENTA COBAJ, LEAD. 30s. Albanian Muslim, beautiful woman.
IMAM HASIM HASSAN. LEAD. Muslim Cleric.
MILOS. Perovic's adopted son.
• Dec 30, 2008: You might find this interesting, the 2009 Theatrical Releases list... Scroll down to find Solomon Kane in the To Be Announced list. • Dec 26, 2008: Ironclad still on?(click here: pg 2 paragraph 3-in Spanish). This is interesting since James is no longer listed in the cast on IMDB.com.
Page 2 paragraph 3:“Tengo una cinta para la primavera del año que entra, se llama Ironclad, y se trata sobre la Carta Magna, la filmaremos en Berlín, durante tres meses, y tendrá actores muy interesantes como Richard Attenborough, Paul Giamatti y Bob Hoskings, será muy divertido, James Purefoy la protagonizará”, ahonda Moseley, quien actualmente toma clases de literatura en Londres."
Translated by Patri of JamesPurefoy.es (THANKS): “I have a new film in Spring of next year; its name is Ironclad and it's about the Magna Carta. It will be filmed in Berlin for 3 months and will have very interesting actors such as Richard Attenborough, Paul Giamatti and Bob Hoskings, it will be very fun, and James Purefoy will be the leading man.” says Mosely, who is taking classes of Literature in London."
• Nov. 4, 2008: Some musical score news for Solomon Kane. Click
• Oct. 30, 2008: We've all been wondering what James has been
up to over the past couple of months. Well, here's a bit about The Philanthropist: "...The network brought in "Battlestar Galactica's"
David Eick to run the show and has hired Peter Horton to direct the
first episode, which has been filming
in London, South Africa, and the Czech Republic..." Read the entire article here: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/the_big_picture/2008/10/are-the-worlds.html
• James makes an appearance at Bumpkin restaurant launch.WireImage.com (search "James Purefoy")(thanx Lori!)
of WireImage.com. The man
is lookin' SO DAMN GOOD! Sighhhhh...
• October 20-22, 2008... Some great Kane info to wet our appetites! The
REH Forum click here. Thanks Redhol2000 for posting
to the JP Yahoo group!
played Edmund in King Lear and there were several fights in that. So,
all of last year, I was sword fighting. And then, I finished off that
year by doing a film, called Solomon Kane, which had
another bit of sword fighting. I really enjoy that part of the work."
- Philip Winchester
•August 4, 2008 NBCs The Philanthropist Eyes Foreign Money.NBC is looking for a foreign member of a partnership to projection half
the cost of the midseason drama, about a renegade billionaire who uses
his wealth, connections and power to help people in need no matter the
risks or costs. British actor James Purefoy (Rome) is in talks towards
the lead role. http://reviewsmovie.wordpress.com/2008/08/04/nbcs-philanthropist...
• July 8, 2008 James attended another Imogen Jones book launch!(Thanks Redhol2000)
Tuesday, July 08 2008: Imogen Edwards Jones - book launch party - celeb
update Trafalgar Hotel, 2 Spring Gardens, London, SW1, 6.30pm Imogen
Edwards-Jones, Jamie Theakston, James Purefoy Pearl Lowe, Simon Sebag
Montefiore, Claudia Winkleman, Wendy Holden, Nicky Haslam, Kirsty...
Author of the Babylon book series is joined by VIPs to celebrate June
30 publication of Pop Babylon, a fictional insiders' guide to the music
industry... NEW Getty Images Here: http://www.gettyimages.com...
Prince and The Pauper will air on UK TV Friday 18th July 1:00pm - TCM (Digital) 7pm on TCM
Synopsis: When the youthful heir to the British throne meets a street
urchin who looks remarkably like him, the mischievous pair decide it
would be great fun to trade places. However, after the boys swap identities
to fulfil their wishes for a different life, they find the grass is
not always greener on the other side. Adaptation of Mark Twain's classic
novel, starring Phillip Sarson, James Purefoy... (Thanks Redhol2000)
May 2008 Entry: - NEW Scrapbook
entry for SOLOMON KANE...(thanks Liz!) ..."James
P as Kane is very impressive and the supporting casting are no slouches
either. From a character and acting perspective, this thing is pure
gold. The sword fights are tricky to cut as I want to try and make each
one feel a little different from the last - and each one is justified
from a character point of view, which informs the nature of the combat.
Besides, James went to such lengths to learn the full choreography for
these things that it is unnecessary to cheat anything by fancy cutting
- I'd rather just let the scene play and enjoy the skill and agility
of the hero."... -Michael Bassett
More on our Solomon Kane page and at: http://www.michaelbassett.com/pages...
2008 - The year of SOLOMON KANE... (thanks
photography is completed on Kane. Now for the long-haul of post-production
to get it all into shape. James Purefoy is simply amazing as Kane and
so much of what's needed for the film is already in place and looking
quite wonderful. The character has been set up really well for the next
adventures which, I'm sure, will tap more completely into Howard's original
stories. There's a huge amount to be done to make sure it runs on time
and tells a compelling story but despite my exhaustion I'm very enthused
and confident that there really hasn't been anything like this before.
just a little fact for you real Kane fans; the final scenes of the film
were shot in England on the North Devon coast. It was all done on a
private estate which used to belong to the real Sir Richard Grenville....
March 16, 2008: Thanks to Reveuse for posting some new
Summit news on the forum. Even a poster! YAY! For some
reason the link won't translate. Sorry guys. Visit the forum "News
and Updates" section for the link. The photos are still not showing
on their site as of Easter sunday.
Purefoy is a delight to work with; he is giving his heart and soul to
this. He's in brilliant physical shape and his sword fighting is just
brilliant to behold and he's finding depth and sophistication within
the character in ways I really hoped he would. " -Michael Bassett
No surprise there! James always give it his all and with his grace and
the power he always radiates, well, he's going to be a real beauty to
behold in this role! Thanks Michael for posting this!! We're all giddy
with excitement!! :D
Jan 13, 2008: TV review: Roman gods must be laughing. Some great quotes here!
son will eat shit and die before he is recognised [as legitimate],"
Antony says to Cleopatra of her son, the offspring of the recently offed
Julius Caesar. This passes for flirting at the ramparts of what other
writers and historians have always encouraged us to believe was one
of the great passionate love stories of history. If Antony was anything
like this – played with handsome bastardly-ness by James Purefoy
– we're talking major love rat. He's a real charmer.\
think people need to understand that Van Helsing, being a rip off of
Solomon Kane, had a certain look to his costume, and there is really
no way around that when staying true to THE ORIGINAL character. It will
take this film coming out to prove it is NOT a revamp of VH. I have
faith that this will be fabulous and satisfying in a way VH didn't even
come close to. And not only that, but be an entirely DIFFERENT experience
from VH. But unless you're familiar with the original SK stories, there
is no way you can realize that there are certain elements that will
be familiar. It's just too bad VH keeps coming up with this film. I
highly recommend reading the stories to get a good idea of where this
film will be coming from and try to put VH out of your minds. ~Nada
Lovely photo of James on the set of Rome with two adorable little actresses.
Click photo for larger view.
pal Claudia of PollyWalkerOnline.com sent us this gorgeous photo of James on the set of Rome with two darling
young actresses from the show. Their mother, Mariana, gave us permission
to post the photo here. The girls each played Mark Antony's daughter
in the last episode. Thanks SO much Mariana and Claudia for sending
us this pic. It has to be one of our very favorites of James ever!
"As Canadian Prime Minister Adderly (Bruce Greenwood - Thirteen
Days), U.S. President Aimes (Christopher Plummer - A Beautiful Mind)
and other world leaders gather to meet at the G8 Summit, Leonie Adderly
(Rachelle Levefre - Life on Mars), grad student and daughter of the
PM, and Columbian union organizer Maria (Mia Maestro - Alias) are preparing
to release an explosive documentary about the conditions of the Columbian
Meanwhile, a U.S. military-engineered strain of smallpox is smuggled
into Canada and finds its way within the walls of the summit. With leading
CDC investigator Dr. Thom Lightstone (James Purefoy - Rome), U.S. Chief
of Staff Ellie Bruckner (Wendy Crewson - ReGenesis), head of the U.S.
Black Ops, Tate (Stephen McHattie - 300), and reporter Rebecca Downey
(Lisa Ray - Water) on-site, a search gets underway for the bio-terrorist
before the results turn deadly." Mmmm, Dr. L.ightstone, eh?
Can't wait! ;)
you to all who are keeping up with these things in the various groups
and forums, and those who have emailed me directly. I hope you don't
mind my posting the links here for any fans who might not have caught
them yet. I have just had dental surgery so been a bit out of sorts
for a few days. Will get back into things as I start feeling better.
Oct. 22, 2007: Write-up for Frankenstein. Excerpt:
Handsome, intelligent and deeply flawed, Clerval also works within the
field of stem cell research. But where his ex-wife conducts her research
for the public sector, his motivation is purely monetary and results
are handed over to the private sector. Still harbouring a deep love
for his ex-wife, he is genuinely concerned for Victoria and their terminally
ill son; she feels, however, that his interest stems from a desire to
sell her findings to the highest bidder and rejects his pleas to help
Oct. 21, 2007: Interview with James for Frankenstein. Excerpt:
"I play the part of Dr Clerval. He’s a specialist in stem
cell research, and runs and owns a large biotech company. He is very
much in the private sector, is very wealthy and, rather worryingly,
has unusual and strange contacts within the security and intelligence
communities." - James
Oct. 12, 2007: Interview With James for Frankenstein in Marie Claire
UK! If anyone can get me a copy of this please email
me!!! MarieClaire.co.uk Thanks
Holly for posting this on the JamesPurefoy2
Yahoo Group and to Brandywine for finding it! Great interview!
James is so funny! :P
Oct. 8, 2007: A Bit About Diamonds (Rough) Filming in South Africa http://allafrica.com/stories/200710080895.html Excerpt: "Ruthless Lucas Denmont (James Purefoy) is heir to his family's
once mighty, but now faltering, diamond conglomerate. Voracious and
desperate to restore the business to its former glory, Denmont will
stop at nothing; a stunning British model (Louise Rose) with roots in
West Africa is recruited as "the face" of the Denmont diamond
- and Denmont's 'diamond girl'- when she and Lucas fall deeply in love." More...
Oct. 3, 2007: A bit about Diamonds from Alchemy.tv!
Jacobi is one of our favorite actors, so seeing him in a project like
this with James is so exciting! Diamonds is really is going to be fabulous!!!
Thanks Ruth for sending this link.
• Oct. 2, 2007: NEW Miniseries (UK) Purefoy to star in The Summit!! From:
Mini: Robert Cohen reports he's producing the new miniseries The Summit
for CBC and Global. Shooting in town and Hamilton through October, the
cast of the Shaftesbery Films production set before a G8 summit includes
Christopher Plummer, James Purefoy, Bruce Greenwood and Mia Maestro. Thanks
Hollis for giving us the head's up!
Oct. 1, 2007: Purefoy to star in Solomon Kane!!
announced: "James Purefoy has been cast in the lead on Samuel Hadida's
upcoming comic book adaptation Solomon Kane. Following what the producers
called "an exhaustive search", they have finally found the
man to play the eponymous 16th century soldier and Puritan." Read
Sept. 15, 2007 - A Blog Review of Son of the Dragon Nice
excerpt here: "James Purefoy is the guest star of this story
and he is given a starring role. ...Purefoy’s presence is what
stands out in this story. The way that he portrays Count Dracula is
absolutely fantastic, his nice side and nasty rather gruesome moods
are what strikes you most about the role. The way that he is willing
to punish or torture someone without a moment of hesitation was quite
similar to most bad guys in Doctor Who but yet is somewhat better than
all of them. His role in the TV show Rome was Mark Anthony who was a
man who did what he wanted to do and was able to snap for no reason
but at the same time he manages to make the character of Dracula likeable.
I had high expectations of James Purefoy from the moment that I found
out that he was going to be in Son of the Dragon and I have to say that
I wasn’t disappointed."
are just dying to see James' portrayal of the "ruthless" Rupert!
Goodness but is he gonna be SMOKIN' in this role or what!!! Thanks Ruth
• A German article on Frankenstein at MonstersandCritics.com! GOOD LORD what a GORGEOUS pic of James!! Can't read the
thing, but that pic is a good enough reason to visit the link even if
you don't speak German. Thanks Ruth!!!
Swoooooooooon..... Mmm, he seems rather miffed... YUMMMY!
Lookin' freakin' HAWT in those snug slacks too. THUD! ;)
• ITV1Magazine has the very first mention of Frankenstein!
Aug. 22, 2007 - US DVD Release of A Dance to the Music of Time Here
is an excerpt of a nice review from blogcritics.com:
Purefoy (he played Reese Witherspoon's army officer husband in the movie
Vanity Fair and the Prince Of Wales in A Knights Tale) has the unenviable
task of playing the ultimate straight man, Nicholas Jenkins, through
whose eyes we see the whole story. He does a fantastic job of actually
finding ways of expressing character in what is essentially a plot device
around which all the other characters revolve. A lesser actor could
never have accomplished what he did given what little he had to work
with (my one complaint with the production is that they replace him
for the last reel with an older actor who is nowhere near as accomplished
– I wish they would have simply aged Purefoy as they did with
other actors)." More...
Aug. 20, 2007 - James' Radio Play: A Coup A
Coup will air on BBC Radio 4 on Sept 28th at 2:15 (UK time I think).
Thanks holly. And thanks to Ruth for this link with an excerpt from
the play: http://www.fictionfactory.co.uk/ACOUP-details.htm.
Once the play airs you can visit this link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/to
listen afterwards. If anyone can record this let us know. We'd love
to get a copy!
Terribly Sad News!: Rome Set Destroyed by Fire... ROME
(Reuters) - Fire ripped through a section of Italy's famous Cinecitta
film studios late on Thursday, partly destroying the set for the HBO
television series "Rome." (More...)
you Patri for letting us know. We are so sad to hear about this. Bad
enough that the series is over but this really makes it feel final. :(
• August 8, 2007 - Rome’s Purefoy to star in Bruce Chatwin radio
play for BBC 4 Radio Rome
star James Purefoy is to feature alongside Royal Shakespeare Company
member Ben Onwukwe in a new play for BBC Radio 4 based on the memoirs
of travel writer Bruce Chatwin. Click
here for the full article.
so much Hollis for emailing us about this!
• August 8, 2007 - A bit about the Rome 2 DVD Release... Can't
wait for James' commentary!!! YAY! Here's a snippit from the article: "Also of note is James Purefoy’s devilishly keen insight
into the series’ production. Having done extensive preparation
for his role as Mark Antony, James Purefoy muses in his audio commentary
about the kinds of drugs that might have been used during Antony and
Cleopatra’s decadent reign and how Cleopatra might have been the
source of inspiration for Madonna’s cone shaped bra. “As
you can see, …[here is] Lyndsay Marshal sporting a very early
version of that famous Madonna outfit,” Purefoy comments. “See,
there is nothing such as originality, is there really?” Click
here for the whole article.
don't miss the link at the bottom of the article, too. Click
Here for the bit about the Rome costumes and another photo. Here's
a snippit: "Regarding Antony’s gorgeous wolf-skins, James
Purefoy keeps them in his bedroom as a sexy bed warmer. He also has
Antony's black armor and a slave dress for his girlfriend. " OMG!!!
His girlfriend is ... ohhh she's
just too lucky! How adorable is James!!! sighhhh
• August 4, 2007 - James at the Rome release party! CUUUTE!
• August 1, 2007 - James in Rough! From alchemy.tv "Following a trail of greed and obsession, this powerful mini-series
traces the international web that brings us diamonds - the world's purest
and most dazzling of gems. From the most fashionable enclaves of London
and Cape Town to the war ravaged villages of Sierra Leone, "Rough"
takes television viewers inside the glamorous – and often dangerous
and illegal – diamond industry."
Genny for letting us know official word was released on this! Can't
• July 20, 2007 - If only we had our way: This is who we would nominate
for Emmys (ah, it's but a dream) inRich.com says: "...For best actor in a drama: James Purefoy in HBO's "Rome"
because he made a historical figure -- Mark Antony -- the rowdiest,
craziest dude on TV, which is all the more impressive when you consider
that Denis Leary also has a series."
course we totally agree! We are extremely miffed and disappointed that
James (or any of the other actors on Rome) was not recognized. Appalling,
but this often happens with the greatest of talents both in acting and
music getting snubbed here in the US.
• July 19, 2007 - James Purefoy leads male admirers at Imogen's
was no mistaking the blonde author's delight as she posed for pictures
with handsome Somerset-born thesp James Purefoy." Click
here for the full article. Thanks Hollis for sending us this link!
• July 14, 2007 - Of course we hope James gets nominated for his portrayal
of Mark Antony! Here
is an article from StarTribune.com that mentions James as a favorite.
Purefoy, "Rome" (HBO): The year's best series provided a glorious
platform for this English gladiator who portrayed Marc Antony as, at
first, the meanest warrior this side of "Deadwood" and, eventually,
as a drug-addled reject of Andy Warhol's Factory. Friends, Romans, countrymen,
lend him your prayers. http://www.startribune.com/459/story/1299830.html
• July 13, 2007 - First bit about Frankenstein out this fall in the
...Mary Shelley's classic horror Frankenstein will also be given a new
twist, with Frankenstein re-born in the 21st Century as a female biologist.
The drama stars Helen McCory and James Purefoy. Click
here for the full article.
• July 3, 2007 - Emmy Nods Leaked Online Aha,
it looks like Rome is on the list for best drama in the list. Here's
a link: www.reuters.com
so much, Kimberly, for letting us know about this! We SERIOUSLY hope
James gets recognized for best actor! If not, it will be just WRONG!
• June 26, 2007 - James on FiveLive DailyMayo podcast Thanks
Holly for sending us the link. Great interview! LOVE James' American
guy impression! LOL!
• June 5, 2007 - BBC 2 has promo clips for Rome Supposedly
there is a lot of James in these. Hopefully you can view them. For some
reason some people get an error, but we wanted to post this for those
who can see them.
the link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbctwo/noise/?programme=rome Thanx
again to Holly!
• June 2, 2007 - James attends a cancer charity
fundraising dinner and party at Hampton court Palace James
and his girlfriend attend the fundraiser for Raisa Gorbachev Foundation.
Photos are at gettyimages. (if James' images don't come up via this link, just type his name
into their search to see his images) Thank
you so much Holly for the head's up!
• May 16, 2006 - James images galore and an appearance at the CLIC
Sargent bigo event: Holly
comes through for us again! Girl, you ROCK! :D Dafydd
Jones images here WireImage
CLIC event images here.
• May 15, 2006 - It's official! James will be starring in I Hate Valentines
Day!: YES! We knew this would happen, but it's great to hear it is official! Click
here for the latest: http://www.canmag.com/nw. And we can't help but respond to the article's mention of "prosthetics"
on Rome... HA! We all know no "enhancements" were necessary
for our boy! WOOOF! :P
• May 10, 2006 - James makes an appearance at Gerrard Colour &
Cocktails party:You can see a tiny little photo of him from the event here: http://www.wireimage.com. Thanks again to Holly for posting this. :)
• May 12, 2006 - The Female Dr. Frankenstein:A bit more about Frankenstein on The
Sun website. It looks like Lindsay Duncan (Servilia from Rome) will
also be part of the cast. :D
• I Hate Valentines Day: Well, my sentiments exactly! HAHA!
James is in negotiations to star in this romantic comedy to be filmed
in Canada. Thanks soooo much Holly for emailing us about this. It sounds
like it's going to be a lovely role for James!
mischievous and dirty on the phone, so he's a joy to write for,"
Vardalos said about Purefoy. "The part was written for an American
guy in mind, but I'm now revamping the script to make it about a British
guy who doesn't understand the ways of American women." Oh, oh,
oh dear... mischievous and dirty... THUD! God we just LOVE this man!
• James listed on IMDB
as part of the cast of Frankenstein!: This
is a UK television production that is currently in pre-production. Supposedly
there is a brief writeup in The Guardian. We have reposted the article
here and wish to thank Holly for posting this on JamesPurefoy2 Yahoo group!
September 28, 2006
The creator of critically acclaimed medical drama Bodies and the producer
behind Walking With Dinosaurs are teaming up to develop a contemporary
version of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein for ITV1. Jed Mercurio, the writer
responsible for Bodies and Cardiac Arrest, is
working on a script for a two-hour drama retelling Shelley's original
story in a 21st century setting, with the monster created using modern-day
Mercurio is expected to draw on his experiences as an NHS doctor, as
he did previously for Bodies and Cardiac Arrest. Frankenstein's monster
will be played by an actor, yet to be cast, but their performance will
be augmented by computer-generated special effects. A recent example
of this technique was seen in Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man's
Chest, in which Bill Nighy's Davy Jones had a beard made out of tentacles.
ITV1's Frankenstein is being made by Impossible Pictures, the independent
production company set up by Tim Haines after he left the BBC, where
he oversaw projects combining CGI effects and live action, including
Walking With Dinosaurs.
Mr Haines will executive produce the Frankenstein project. "With
modern genetic and transgenic technology, the Frankenstein story is
even more relevant today than ever and there is perhaps no better writer
to tackle this than Jed," he said. The ITV controller of network
drama, Laura Mackie, who commissioned the script, said: "Frankenstein
is a universal and enduring story that lends itself to a contemporary
adaptation. Jed has come up with a fascinating new take on a familiar
• May 6 , 2007: Nice reviews of Beau Brummell - Don't Miss it on BBCA!!!: Ken's
• May 5 , 2007: THE SATURDAY LIST! Free Press critics' picks for this
weekend: Say hello to the original Suit Boy. The name's Beau
Brummell, the game's dandified fashion. And as the witty, bittersweet
tale unfolds in "Beau Brummell: This Charming Man" at 8 p.m.
Sunday on BBC America, we soon discover that for party hearty Beau Brummell
(James Purefoy, "Rome"), impeccable taste is not always accompanied
by impeccable judgment. The well-connected style icon of late 18th-
and early 19th-Century London essentially invented the modern suit,
persuading his pal the Prince of Wales (Hugh Bonneville) to ditch the
Regency Fop look of powdered wigs, painted faces and brightly colored
jackets for a more finely tailored, streamlined look. Alas, the impertinent
Brummell also pursued the debauched high life with his buddy Lord Byron
(Matthew Rhys, "Brothers & Sisters"), which besmirched
his reputation with unfashionable hedonist excesses. Oh, tacky, tacky. - Mike Duffy, Free Press TV critic
• April 29 , 2007: Nice
article with Kevin McKidd about Rome:
We love Kevin too, so wanted to share this link
here. He mentions James in the article briefly. Enjoy!
...Love scenes are never easy for the actors to act out, admits McKidd.
He feels especially sorry for James Purefoy, who plays the womanising
Mark Antony. “Poor James. At one point he said, ‘I’m so sick
of having to take my f***ing clothes off every episode!’”Click
Here for full article.
• April 26, 2007: James participates in MacMillan's
Cancer Support "Pin Ups" campaign to help people living
Click the link above to see James tiny snapshot as well as other
UK celebs also taking part. If you live in the UK, you can also participate
yourself. I looked it over to see if we can from here, but I'm not sure
there's a way. You can always donate from anywhere in the world by clicking
"Other Ways to Give" below.
• Beau Brummell: This Charming Man on US TV!!!
Don't miss one of James' most wonderful and steamy performances!! Set
your timers... mark your calendars. BBC America - Sunday, May 6th -
8-9:30 pm EST.
• Thanks Claudia for pointing us to these 3 lovely photos of James at www.tobymerritt.co.uk!!
Click #1, #18 and #19. :)
• April 15, 2007 - GentryStyle.com posted an article about Beau Brummell style and featured our little
Wonderful Beau video! Yayyy!
This is our updated version of the video with better
picture and sound!
• April 2, 2007 - Manchild A No Go... Well,
it looks like Manchild was not picked up by Showtime. Of course James
has other projects on the horizon and as soon as we learn any details
about those we will post them here. Don't be disheartened, we feel James
can do much better than what Manchild had to offer, though we would
have LOVED to see him every week on TV again, SIGH. Can't wait to hear
what else is coming up!!
• Times Online has a great interview with James! He’s
right on target
James Purefoy, 42, cuts a dash on screen but he’s really a home-lover
with a passion for pasta. Click
Here for full interview. What a loooverly pic! :D
• James makes an appearance at Almedia Theater Fund
The BBC Somerset Short Story Competition has come to a close. They are
currently organizing the publication of the book, as well as the audio
side of the competition. Keep checking back on the page for a date for
when you'll be able to listen to the story on our radio station. www.bbc.co.uk/somerset/raw.
Sadly this is UK only. I hope we can find someone to record it so we
can get a copy. Please, if you're willing to do this, e-mail
us and let us know.
• March 23st - All Hail Rome - End of a Great Series: Very
nice article with well-deserved praise for our wonderful boy!
acting is superb. Special kudos go to James Purefoy, whose portrayal
of the troubled, drug-addled, lustful Mark Antony is a deeper, darker
version of Joaquin Phoenix’s Commodus in Gladiator." Click
Here to read the full article!
March 21st - James Plays Dracula in Dr. Who Audio Series! YAY!!: Thank
you so much, Lynne, for turning us on to this! We can't wait!!! Dr. Who New Audio Adventures
"Son of the Dragon"
Starring James as Dracula. This is just TOO cool!!! We are huge Dr.
Who and Dracula fans, so needless to say we are extremely jazzed about
March 1, 2007 James attends the stage performance Whip
If you're not on Mac, you can view the video below the article. Thanks
to Kelly for bringing this to our attention and to Patri for this cap
from the video.
February 10, 2007 James and his girlfriend attended the BAFTAS:
I wonder if he will present? We'll record it just in case. :D Thanks
to our pal Teresa for the heads up!
February 8, 2007 James and his girlfriend attended:
The Awards Of The London Film Critics Circle (ALFS). You can see the
image below at GettyImages.com.
Natural Justice Update February 9, 2007:
According to a source at Piper Films who graciously answered our query
about the status of Natural Justice, we have learned that James' role
is being recast. Of course we are saddened and disappointed to learn
this, but we also know that James will be moving on to do many wonderful
things! Thanks to Piper Films for taking the time to keep us up to date.
we are waiting to hear the status of Manchild! And of course any and
all new projects coming up for our boy! In the meantime, we hope to
see more Mark Antony than we got in last week's episode of Rome! Come
on, guys... we need a substantial weekly fix of our haughty and oh so
naughty Roman general! ;)
NEW BBC Somerset Interview
with James on Rome Season II. Ahhh, we could listen to James talk all day long. His lovely voice.
The way he expresses things! Wonderful!!! xo
• Goose on the Loose website updates, but still no release date. Sheesh! Come on guys, get with the program and give us some clue of when
we'll get to see this! And James isn't in the updated preview, Grrrrr!
Images of James at Burns Night Party Jan. 25, 2007! Nice coat!
Click images for larger view.
January 26, 2007: Mark Antony HUGE in Time's Square!
shot this great pic of the massive ad in Times Square. Delish!! Oh YES!
Thanks hon! It is located between 43rd and Broadway and may not be up
much longer so if you can get there to see it in person, go SOON! You
can click on the image to see a larger / closer view.
January 9, 2007: PUREFOY LOVES HIS CRAGGY 'FIELD' FACE (And so do WE though we feel that is a bit of an exaggerated description!!)
"Dashing British actor JAMES PUREFOY refuses to sign up for plastic
surgery to keep his leading man looks intact - because he wants to appear
rugged and craggy as he ages." Oh thank GOD! Just the mere
thought of our boy even considering plastic surgery would be so horrifying
it's unthinkable!! He has true beauty and every line, every little sign
of age on him is like fine art! Click
Here to read the whole bit.
New Yorker - Power Play Rome Returns to HBO
"First to stake his claim is Mark Antony (James Purefoy). Antony
is an ill-tempered sot, but you have to admire his balls, if only because
he waves them about so in repeated nude scenes. Seeking to bully Cicero
(an exquisitely diffident David Bamber), the conscience of the Senate,
into proposing that he govern Gaul, Antony sits his reluctant ally down.
Then he approaches, menacingly parts his tunic—and urinates onto
a nearby plant.
CICERO (shrinking away): The Senate would know I was backing you only
through—through fear of death.
ANTONY: Oh . . . (mock dawning comprehension) Oh, I understand. You
do not want to seem cowardly. Well, tell them I bribed you." Click
Here to read the entire review!
• January 8, 2007: Purefoy Refuses to Get Naked
for Rome Directors "There were directors who were disappointed that I didn't get buck-naked...
I would just go, 'Why? Tell me the reason...." Read the full article here.
yes, we agree with James reasons for his refusal, but still we are selfish
and will miss seeing Mark strutting around toga-less. :P
there is also this nice quite from James about the whole V for Vendetta
situation. We feel for ya, James:"That was a bit of a debacle.
I don't really want to talk about it. We all promised that it was best
left that we had creative differences. Sadly, some people since have
broken that promise, but I'm a gentleman." British actor James
Purefoy on leaving the comic book adaptation V For Vendetta. 08/01/2007
more I read about [Mark Antony], the more I looked into him in history,
he's just unbelievably tragic - what happened to him in the end - and
certainly the way we've played it, which is, I think, going to be very
different from how anybody else has ever... Those scenes, especially
him and Cleopatra at the end, there's clearly something very tragic
about it. It's really interesting just getting your head around a man
of that size and what he's reduced to, and how he can deal with her
betrayal of him... And, you know, a great Roman general who sincerely
believed he was a sun god. Get your head round that one," says
here for full article
December 23, 2006: Manchild has wrapped!
According to Kevin Smith on his latest blog, Manchild wrapped sometime
last week, so our lovely man has probably returned to London for Christmas
with family and friends. We believe his next project will be Natural
Justice, which is supposed to start filming in January. We hope that
maybe, possibly, in 2007 year he will do some stage work! We would have
to make time in our busy schedules to get over there to enjoy him on
stage, and MAYBE even get to meet him... <<beg>>
The NEW January Issue of Out magazine has our boy on the cover!
...and talk about WOW! That look... I'm feeling... a bit.... light-headed...
Barnes and Noble carries this magazine! We now have nice scans from
this in your Magazines Gallery! Purrrrrrr! :P
here for full article in Spanish! Thank you Patri for all of your
HARD work! Once the magazine is off the stands, we will post the full
Rome Episode 13 News Click
here to read the synopsis of Ep #13 "Passover"the
first episode of season 2! YAY!
GORGEOUS Mark Antony Ad in Premiere Magazine!
for a nice large scan!
just got our Premiere mag and flipped all the way through until BAM
- we hit the inside back cover and Woo Hoo... Mark Antony all lovely
Goose on the Loose Soooo, it seems we are going to have to wait
until Dec. 2007 for this film that wrapped back in 2002! Sheesh, what
is the deal with this movie. I'm seeing '07 on all but the IMDB site
for this. Click
here for some basic stock info. Also, we were turned onto an Italian
site that is selling the DVD, but you have to have an Italian "tax
ID number" to order. Unfortunately, we don't know anyone in Italy
to order for us. Phooey! Well, patience is a virtue - :) Oh, and while
you're there, you may want to check out James'
actor stock info. Hmmmm.
Rome videos - ok,
so we're a little late on this, sorry - we were out of town...
**thanks to LadyPurefoy for turning us on to these new updates**
Visit HBO's website for clips from
the new season of Rome. Good Lord, the Mark Antony vid and the Atia
vid, YUMMY to see Marco in action again. SWOON! New eps start Jan 14,
9pm EST! We can't wait! Lots of updates to the HBO site! Goooo!
Manchild pilot currently being filmed - Surf's Up!
Thank you "pdsbkup" from James Purefoy 2 Yahoo group for this
tidbit: Kevin Smith was on the Craig Ferguson show last evening and
he mentioned they were filming the pilot - Manchild. In the opening
scene the 4 actors (including James) are surfing in the Pacific Ocean! ~good lord! I would have melted away into a puddle of joy if I could
have been there for that!
November 30, 2006: Temptation, Torment & Retribution Rule Season
Two of HBO's Rome
News courtesy of CNW Group - NewsWire.ca
Premiering on The Movie Network and Movie Central on Sunday, January
at 9 p.m. ET/ 8 p.m. PT
TORONTO, Nov. 30 /CNW/ - Astral Media's The Movie Network (eastern Canada)
and Corus Entertainment's Movie Central (western Canada) present the
exclusive Canadian premiere of the second season of the Emmy(R) Award-winning
epic drama series, Rome, debuting day-and-date with HBO on Sunday, January
14 at 9 p.m. ET on The Movie Network and 8 p.m. PT on Movie Central.
Season two begins in a frantic rush for position and power by political
and personal factions triggered by Gaius Julius Caesar's assassination
in 44 BC. Caesar's bodyguard, Lucius Vorenus descends into near-madness
over his failure to protect his charge, but Titus Pullo soon returns
to Rome to help him put his shattered life back together. Mark Antony
aligns himself with Atia and her son Gaius Octavian, appointed in Caesar's
will as his son and heir, while Cleopatra arrives to pay respect to
her fallen lover and win legitimacy for the son she claims Caesar fathered.
Brutus and his mother Servilia ponder how to curry favour with the pro-Caesar
here for full article)
Thanks Aurianne for letting us know the dates for James' upcoming film
Natural Justice. It will begin filming in January and will be shot in
London and Budapest.
NEW Rome Posters posted here!
here is Mark Antony's poster. Yummy!! Click
here for a version without words over his lovely face!
James Chairty Contributions!
to our lovely friend Lady Purefoy, we now have news of some of James
Rome Wrapped on Friday: Nov. 10, 2006
"Rome Historian's" blog, Rome has wrapped. So, James will
be back in London spending quality dad time with his son for about a
month or so. Next for him should be Natural Justice then Manchild I
assume. Thanks to our good pal Shelia for alerting us to this latest
Showtime's men: Smith and Purefoy - Hollywood
Reporter: Nov. 09, 2006
and James Purefoy have been tapped to star in the Showtime comedy pilot
"Manchild," from Darren Star Prods. and Sony Pictures TV.
"Manchild," based on the BBC series, revolves around a group
of fortysomething male friends (Smith, Purefoy, John Corbett, Paul Hipp)
who are knee-deep in midlife crises.
Smith will play Paul, the cynic of the group, an angry divorced guy
who loathes himself, his ex and his ex's perfect new husband.
British actor Purefoy will play Joe, the ad
hoc leader of his circle of pals. He is attractive, polished, virile
and wealthy, goes to the hottest new clubs and doesn't date anyone over
25... Click here for the whole article. at the Hollywood Reporter.
- The above
article gives the final word on the final season of Rome, too. :(
• James is currently filming the second season of Rome - and their
almost finished. Click here to view the Mark Antony segment from the HBO preview.
After that, in Jan, he'll be filming Natural
Justice in the London area. There is new casting info on the Piper
Films site. They waited for James, because they felt he was so perfect
for the role they didn't want to recast. Very cool! I sure hope it gets
released here in the US! But seeing the director's list of previous
films, only released in the UK, doesn't give me much hope of getting
to see it here on the big screen. Most likely we'll have to wait fo
the DVD in 2008. :(
The Stage TV Review
By HARRY VENNING
Edward Teach was a cut above your average pirate captain. Intelligent,
erudite, charismatic and bold, Teach also displayed a flair for publicity
that Max Clifford could learn from. With one eye firmly fixed on posterity,
he ensured that his every entrance was theatrical, his appearance was
spectacular and his exploits never less than sensational. Without the
help of a PR agency, focus groups or market research he also acquired
a terrific pirate brand name instantly recognisable on both sides of
the Atlantic - Blackbeard... Click
here for full article...
'Rome' DVD set has abundant bonus features
By BRUCE DANCIS
"Rome," the ambitious HBO/BBC coproduction that combines historical
realism with soap opera relationships, has been released in a DVD set
which matches in grandeur both the production and its subject. The complete
first season, a 12-episode tale of ancient Rome in the era of Gaius
Julius Caesar, is packaged in an elegant six-disc DVD box (HBO Video,
$99.98, TV-MA) with an abundant 20 hours of bonus features and interactive
here for full article...