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Sir Michael Caine CBE (born Maurice Joseph Micklewhite Jr., 14.3.1933) Michael Caine is an Oscar and BAFTA Award winning British actor. He has appeared in more than 100 films.
Childhood: Michael Caine was born in the Rotherhithe area of London, to Ellen Frances Marie (a cook) and Maurice Joseph Micklewhite Sr. (a fish market worker). Although Maurice Sr. was a Catholic, his son was raised in the Protestant tradition, like his mother.
During World War II, Caine attended Wilson's Grammar in Camberwell and was evacuated to Norfolk. In 1952, he did his National Service in the Royal Fusiliers and served in both Germany and Korea.
Acting Career: Caine's first stage name was Michael Scott, until his agent informed him that somebody was already using that name. Under pressure to choose a new name, he took his name from The Caine Mutiny, which was showing in Leicester Square at the time.
Caine initially got walk-on parts at the Carfax Theatre but in 1964, he was cast in Zulu. As an actor, he stood out, for his Cockney accent, which was incongruous amongst the traditional received pronunciation that actors used at the time. Shortly after Zulu, Caine appeared in The Ipcress File, perhaps one of his most famous roles, along with Alfie, released in 1966.
He then reprised his role from The Ipcress File in four sequels, Funeral In Berlin (1966), Billion-Dollar Brain (1967), Bullet to Beijing (1995) and Midnight in St. Petersburg (1995).
Michael Caine rounded off the 1960s with his iconic role in The Italian Job, alongside Noel Coward. His first film of the 1970s was Get Carter, a British gangster movie and in 1972, starred alongside Sir Laurence Olivier in Sleuth. Three years later, he shared screen time with Sean Connery in The Man Who Would Be King.
The 1980s were not such a successful period for Caine and he has since admitted that he undertook a number of low-quality projects, simply for the money. Films such as The Swarm, Beyond the Poseidon Adventure and The Hand were all commercial failures. However, he still managed to pull off some decent performances in this era, such as his BAFTA winning appearance in Educating Rita in 1983. In 1986, Caine won an Oscar for his role in Hannah and her Sisters.
During the 1990s, Michael Caine took the role of Scrooge in Muppet Christmas Carol which is frequently re-shown on TV over the festive period and his role in Little Voice, alongside Jane Horrocks, won him a Golden Globe Award. His second Oscar came for his role in The Cider House Rules, released in 1999. In the recent remake of Alfie, Jude Law took Caine's old role, whilst Caine himself took the role originally played by Laurence Olivier. In Christopher Nolan's Batman adaptations, Caine was cast as Alfred Pennyworth, Bruce Wayne's butler.
In 1993, Michael Caine was awarded a CBE for services to drama. Seven years later, he was knighted, using his birth name, which he has never surrendered.
Personal Life: Between 1955 and 1958, Michael Caine was married to Patricia Haines, an actress. The couple had one daughter together, Dominique. In 1973, Caine married Shakira Baksh, an actress and a model. They also have one daughter together, Natasha.
Caine endeavoured to explain the cryptic ending of 2010's 'Inception'.
Without a doubt, one of the most cryptic and open-ended movie endings of recent times has been Inception, the Christopher Nolan-directed sci-fi movie whose plot-lines were as complex as the graphics were stunning.
However, movie icon Sir Michael Caine has offered fans what could be a definitive answer to the film’s final riddle – is Leonardo Dicaprio’s character Dom Cobb still dreaming, or has his life returned to normal, reunited with his children?
The 85 year old star recalled in an interview with SyFy a conversation he once had with Nolan during the filming of Inception. It turns out that even the actors don’t often understand what happens in the movies they’re in, but it turns out that, regarding Caine’s character of Professor Stephen Miles, it’s quite simple.
Continue reading: Sir Michael Caine Explains The Ending Of 'Inception'
What do you do when you feel like your garden ornaments are in grave danger? You call upon Sherlock Gnomes, of course! At least, that's what these pottery lovebirds do when they find their new home under attack in the sequel to 'Gnomeo and Juliet' starring James McAvoy and Emily Blunt.
Garden gnome lovers (that's lovers who are garden gnomes, not lovers of garden gnomes) Gnomeo and Juliet feel like they've finally got their happily ever after; a glorious new garden surrounded by their dearest friends. That's all they've ever wanted. But when they discover that most of the gnomes have disappeared overnight, they begin to worry for their safety.
In a bid to solve the mystery of the missing gnomes, they enlist the help of genius detective Sherlock Gnomes, voiced by Johnny Depp. His methods are a little unorthodox to say the least, but when it turns out their situation is far worse than they feared, they have no choice but to follow his lead.
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For those who knew him, Gary Unwin (better known as Eggsy to his friends), was never a likely candidate for a spy. After stealing a car and being a bit of a hooligan (who's always up for a laugh) eventually Eggsy landed himself in trouble with the police. What the outside world didn't know about Eggsy was his father was an incredibly brave probationary secret agent and Eggsy displays many of his father's strengths. Kingsman Harry Hart sees Eggsy's potential and trains him up as a Kingsman spy. Only Eggsy and one other trainee, Roxy, succeed in proving that they have what it takes to become a Kingsman. Together, with the help of Harry and their quartermaster, Merlin, they defeat psychopathic billionaire Richmond Valentine. Their mission is a success but in the process Harry is shot in the head.
Though Eggsy loses his mentor, life continues for the young spy and he becomes the Kingsman that Hart always knew him to be. As worldwide threats become known, the Kingsman are once again placed as the brink of extermination. Their headquarters and training grounds are blown up and Eggsy and Merlin must once again find a way to save the world.
Their hunt takes them to America and it's revealed that The Kingsman aren't the only highly secret organisation looking to protect the world; the two Brit's are introduced to Champagne, Jack Daniels and Tequila - three agents working for the Statesman, the US equivalent to Kingsman. With the help of their new American counterparts, Eggsy, Merlin and some other familiar faces might just stand a chance of saving the world all over again.
Michael Caine, Alan Arkin and Morgan Freeman talk about Going In Style and how to get laughs
To remake the 1979 caper comedy Going in Style, about three pensioners who turn to bank robbery to solve their financial problems, the filmmakers managed to collect three of the most venerable actors of our time: Oscar winners Michael Caine (84), Morgan Freeman (79) and Alan Arkin (83). And while the original film combined political awareness with a bittersweet tone, this one aims more for entertainment value.
"This has a social depth, but it doesn't play on it," Caine says. "We're not making a political message; it's just their financial situation. But it feels topical, very fresh. They've been robbed so they go out and steal the exact amount of their pension."
Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin in Going In Style
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This is only technically a remake of the iconic 1979 film starring movie icons George Burns, Art Carney and Lee Strasberg. While that film was a bittersweet comedy about old age, this one has a lot less on its mind. Instead, it goes for more populist joys like slapstick and smiley banter, all based on the A-list casting of present-day icons Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman and Alan Arkin. At least they give it some oomph.
It all starts when Joe (Caine) is notified by his bank that his mortgage is overdue, but this is only because they tripled the interest rate. And the situation becomes even more desperate when the company where he worked for 40 years is sold to a multinational, which liquidates the pension fund, leaving Joe and his pals Willie and Albert (Freeman and Arkin) in serious trouble. So Joe hatches a crazy scam to steal the money back from the bank, and Willie and Albert go along with it. They get advice from low-level criminal Jesus (John Ortiz) to work out the details. Meanwhile, Willie is undergoing treatment for kidney failure, and his age has left him far down the donor list. And Albert finally gives in to the flirtatious advances of amorous shop-clerk Annie (Ann-Margret).
Christopher Lloyd also stars in Going In Style
Continue reading: Going In Style Review
The Four Horsemen aren't just magicians; they're illusionists with an agenda. Their initial stunt was so spectacular that no one saw it coming - especially Arthur Tressler, a very wealthy businessman who owns multiple businesses including an insurance firm.
It's been a year since The Four Horsemen performed their spectacular stunt which saw them send Thaddeus Bradley to prison and Tressler almost bankrupt. Now the team are back with another target in their sights - this time they plan on targeting a crooked tech magnate but before they get chance to fulfil their new illusion, they group find themselves in unknown surroundings with little knowledge of how they arrived.
With their reputations on the line, the four magicians must pull off their biggest trick of all in order to save their name whilst also exposing the puppet master pulling all the strings from above.
The actor credits wife of 43 years Shakira Caine for calming him down and stopping his drinking.
Michael Caine has said he believes he would have been dead ‘long ago’, if it wasn't for his wife Shakira Caine. The actor credits his wife of 43 years for stopping his heavy drinking, revealing that he used to drink a bottle of vodka a day and smoked several packets of cigarettes.
Michael Caine and wife Shakira Caine.
"Without her I would have been dead long ago," Caine told the Radio Times. "I would have probably drunk myself to death. I was a bit of a piss artist when I was younger, I used to drink a bottle of vodka a day and I was smoking too, several packs a day.”
Continue reading: Michael Caine: 'How My Wife Saved Me From Drinking Myself To Death'
Paul Dano stars alongside Sir Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel in 'Youth', released in the UK on January 29th.
Ahead of the release of the European Film Award-winning drama Youth, which teams up Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel, one of the movie’s supporting cast members, Paul Dano, has spoken about the experience of working with the British movie legend.
31 year old Dano, who was recently nominated for a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Beach Boys genius Brian Wilson in Love & Mercy earlier this year, spoke exclusively to us about what it was like to work with Caine.
“Michael is,” he said before pausing for thought, “you know, there’s just not a false note going on in his body or his voice or anything. He’s just so present, and simple.”
Continue reading: Paul Dano Enthuses About Working With Michael Caine In 'Youth'
Vin Diesel talks about his new fantasy movie The Last Witch Hunter and being a long term Dungeons & Dragons nerd.
At the peak of his powers with the Fast & Furious and Guardians of the Galaxy franchises, Vin Diesel is not only still working to revive both Riddick and xXx, but he has just launched a new bid for an ongoing movie hero in The Last Witch Hunter. And this role is based on something very near and dear to his heart: the role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons.
Vin Diesel stars as Kaulder in The Last Witch Hunter
A long-time D&D enthusiast, Diesel based the film's witch hunter Kaulder on his gaming alter-ego Melkor ("Obviously I stole the name from Tolkien"). And he's thrilled that he has finally been able to make a movie in this genre. "The studio was very excited about making The Last Witch Hunter, and yet because they were coming into my realm, fantasy, my standards were so high," he says. "I've been waiting 10, 15 years to make a fantasy movie. Even longer! Trying to find something in the fantasy space that would be exciting, something that I could do that would speak to that Dungeons & Dragons nerd that I enjoyed being for so much of my life."
Continue reading: The Last Witch Hunter Is Personal For Vin Diesel
Vin Diesel makes a bid for yet another franchise with a supernatural action romp that's both deeply ridiculous and enjoyably entertaining. The premise is basically Underworld with witches, and Diesel uses his meathead charm to coast through his role as an immortal warrior. Thankfully, the crazed production design and some solid costars do most of the acting for him. And director Breck Eisner keeps the pace snappy enough to hold the audience's interest, even if we're laughing at it rather than with it.
Diesel plays Kaulder, who in the 13th century killed a nefarious witch queen (Julie Engelbrecht) and was cursed with immortality. Now 800 years later, he's living the high life in Manhattan and leading the Axe and Cross to contain the world's witch population. His assistant is the 36th Dolan (Michael Caine), who has just named the 37th (Elijah Wood) when they're attacked by the mysterious Belial (Olaf Darri Olafsson). He's determined to resurrect the queen and return humanity to the dark ages. So Kaulder sets out to stop him, teaming up with helpful witch Chloe (Rose Leslie), who has some special abilities that aid them as things get increasingly crazed.
Continue reading: The Last Witch Hunter Review
Date of birth
14th March, 1933
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