Q: I recently saw the Disney version of “Cinderella” with Lily James and Richard Madden as the prince. What can you tell me about this actor who played the prince?
A: While that 2015 live-action version of “Cinderella” was a tidy hit around the world, Scotland-born actor Madden was already known for playing Robb Stark in the HBO series “Game of Thrones.” (He is no longer on the series, for reasons I will not spoil here.) He began acting professionally when he was 11, but he did not fully commit to an acting career until he was 17. Then, he told the Scotsman newspaper, “I got to the point when they ask you to choose what to do for the rest of your life and I knew there was nothing else I wanted to do more.” He is now 31, with an array of film, television and stage roles behind him, including a stint with the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Is NBC still home of ‘The Brave’?
Q: Do you know if — or when “The Brave” will be returning on NBC? This is one of the absolute best new shows in a decade.
A: The military drama is one of three that premiered on broadcast networks this year, along with “Valor” on The CW and “SEAL Team” on CBS. So let’s recap all of their statuses.
“Valor” and “The Brave” have each completed their first seasons, which consisted of 13 episodes apiece. “Valor” hoped for an order for additional episodes, which it did not get. The Hollywood Reporter reported that “The Brave” was meant to have a 13-episode season although, with better ratings, more first-season “Brave” telecasts “would not have been out of the question.” Still, neither show has been canceled or renewed for next season, so keep an eye out for network announcements in the spring.
“SEAL Team,” meanwhile, was picked up for a full, 22-episode first season less than a month after its premiere last fall, and its chances of a second season look good.
Craig will be back as Bond
Q: Will Daniel Craig reprise his role in the next James Bond movie? Is it in pre-production?
A: For a long time there were questions about whether Craig would play Bond a fifth time (following “Casino Royale,” “Quantum of Solace,” “Skyfall” and “Spectre”). After all, he once said in an interview that he’d rather slash his wrists than return as Bond. After that interview, however, according to the New York Times, he said he had been overtired in that interview and was considering another round as 007. In January, the folks behind the Bond films said Craig is set for the next movie. It’s due in November 2019, and right now there is a lot of speculation about who will direct and who will write the script.
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