AS THE voice of Iron Man’s computer programme, Jarvis, actor Paul Bettany has spent a lot time hidden away in a sound booth, only meeting his Marvel Comics co-stars on the red carpet. For the new Avengers: Age Of Ultron movie, however, he finally made it onto set.
Moviegoers weary of vampires and their stubborn foothold on the pop culture landscape might be heartened to know that the vampires in ‘Priest’, Scott Stewart's adaptation of the popular TokyoPop comic, bear little resemblance to the angst-ridden and emotionally complex bloodsuckers of ‘Twilight’ and ‘True Blood’.
Jean-Marc Vallee’s history lesson concentrates on the year prior to Victoria’s coronation when the young queen (Emily Blunt) is at the mercy of her mother, the Duchess of Kent (Miranda Richardson) and scheming advisor Sir John Conroy (Mark Strong).
We tend to think of Queen Victoria in terms of her black-garbed, not amused, lengthy period of mourning following the death of Prince Albert, so here it is heartening to see her as a pretty, flighty and surprisingly sexy young lady at the time she met Albert.