11 items from 2015
Did you just feel a tremble in the Force? That was Disney and LucasFilm announcing on StarWars.com that Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams and producer Kathleen Kennedy will be kicking off Star Wars Celebration 2015 in person. And guess what? They are bringing something 'big'? What that is, we just don't know. It could be a new trailer, it could be more information about the sequels and spin-offs, or it could be the original 1977 cast back together on stage for their first big public reveal. Or, heck, it could be all three of those things. Whatever happens, its going to bring the world to it's knees for approximately 20 minutes. Excited yet? Here is the official press release:
For J.J. Abrams, the Celebration circle is now complete.
StarWars.com is thrilled to announce that the director of Star Wars: The Force Awakens - who once »
A sewing maverick makes his mark, Gregg Wallace invades a family kitchen, and Warwick Davis invests everything in a novel play. Plus: Leigh Francis rehashes Bo’ Selecta! and some people nearly crash their cars
The Super League season-opener from Widnes’s evocatively named Select Security Stadium. It’s hard to be too keen on the home team’s chances: the Vikings finished last season in mid-table no-man’s land, while the Warriors looked likely champs until half-time in the grand final, before eventually being overwhelmed by St Helens. One player hoping to make a good impression will be Widnes prop Gil Dudson, who joined from Wigan in the off-season. Andrew Mueller
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South by Southwest, the multi-faceted film, music and technology festival held annually in Austin, TX will feature such upcoming films as Paul Feig’s Spy, David Gordon Green’s Manglehorn, Alex Gibney’s documentary Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine, and Ondi Timoner’s Russell Brand profile Brand: A Second Coming as headliners in this year’s film festival lineup.
SXSW runs from March 13 to 21 in Austin and is now in its 22nd year. Variety has details of the 145 films and 100 world premieres bowing at this year’s festival. Brand, as previously reported, will be the festival’s opening night film.
Other notable titles on the list are the Will Ferrell/Kevin Hart comedy Get Hard, a rough cut of Judd Apatow’s Trainwreck, the directorial debut of 28 Days Later screenwriter Alex Garland, Ex Machina, and a new comedy by Michael Showalter, Hello, My Name is Doris.
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- Brian Welk
Warwick Davis turned down 'I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here!' The 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2' actor has revealed he decided against taking part in the ITV reality show - in which celebrities are tasked with eating creepy crawlies and performing death defying stunts - as he didn't see how it would benefit his career. Quizzed on what the last job he turned down was, he shared: ''I'm A Celebrity' ... I just didn't fancy it, not because of the challenge of going into the jungle, but because I only choose to do stuff that I think »
Quick…name a favorable film where the landscape is run by (or at least partially include) the demographic of little people as part of the instrumental storyline? C’mon…it should not be that difficult, okay? If you want to mention say Darby O’Gill and the Little People then that would fine. How about Bad Santa or Poltergeist for that matter?
In That’s Good Enough, Short Stuff: Top Ten Films Featuring Little People we will take a look at some of the mini megastars that inhabited these movies and contributed their fair share of entertainment value to the on-screen proceedings. The debate as to whether some of these selected films featuring these pint-sized performers are considered positive, exploitative or dismissive are not up for discussion (although one of these considerations could apply in the minds of a few folks). Instead, we want to celebrate the inclusion of »
- Frank Ochieng
Even though you’re probably searching for redemption after last year’s disastrous reboot of the Leprechaun franchise, don’t assume Gnome Alone will provide the cheeky pint-sized fun that Dylan Postl and company failed to deliver. Copying the Celtic horror franchise almost verbatim, directors Timothy Woodward Jr. and John Michael Elfers enlist Mini-Me himself to play a pervy little gnome who lusts for blood and timely death-related zingers (sound familiar?).
Unfortunately, there’s no horror to be found as Verne Troyer hobbles around dressed like an angry lawn ornament, barely standing up to your kneecap, but a few genuine laughs are available for those who love a good tongue-in-cheek death scene oozing with B-Movie antics. It’s certainly nowhere near as horrid as Leprechaun: Origins, but then again, that’s like comparing apples to rotting, festering oranges covered in mold, flies, and shit – Anything would be better. Well, Gnome Alone is your Anything. »
- Matt Donato
Having transformed from a successful but anonymous rent-a-goblin actor into the host of two primetime ITV shows, Britain’s most famous dwarf says he has plenty to be thankful for. So can he pass it on?
“Well, as you get older, it gets worse,” Warwick Davis says, swinging his legs off the edge of his seat. “Your joints, for a start. My hips are dislocated, so they’re sitting out here. Very painful knees. I had surgery on my feet when I was very young. There’s a risk of retinal detachment, but I know the signs now. And then, yeah, you wake up, the alarm goes, it takes a good half hour to get moving, we’re both like, ‘Uggggh.’ Imagine the worst flu you’ve had, every day – it’s like that.”
Davis is speaking in a hotel room in Canary Wharf in London, a few minutes from the O2 Arena, »
- Archie Bland
It's ages until Britain's Got Talent returns to our screens, but don't despair - if you're dying to get some Got Talent action in your life, then you're in luck, because ITV has gifted us a new show bringing us the best (and weirdest) auditions from around the globe.
Since Got Talent airs in nearly 60 countries, there is quite a lot to choose from - and Warwick Davis is there to host the show and bring you all the contestants you won't be able to forget. We caught up with Warwick for a chat to find out more about the show, what his own talent would be, and why he'd like to be a judge himself...
Were you a big fan of Britain's Got Talent before you did this show?
"Oh yeah, a massive fan of it. There's nothing better than celebrating talent, and so many people out there have »
Every single piece of media released about Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been carefully selected. Each video, photo, quote, everything has been checked, double checked and perfectly timed to reveal to fans just enough information that Lucasfilm feels appropriate. And, so far, nothing has been particularly spoilery. That either just changed, or there’s some […]
- Germain Lussier
Warwick Davis was very keen to get a role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens last year, and while appearing on The One Show on BBC One, the Return of the Jedi star has shared a couple of selfies with two familiar Star Wars characters on the set at Pinewood Studios.
As things are being kept top secret we can assume that Davis was given permission to show these two photos which hardly give away any details about the film. We already knew that Chewbacca was making a return but the selfie with what is clearly Darth Vader is interesting. There have been rumours that Vader would appear in the film but it is more likely that the costume was available on set for being so iconic. Or maybe Davis has just spoiled the return of the Dark Lord of the Sith….
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is »
- Thomas Roach
The famous faces discuss the pet hates found lurking in their Room 101 - from the metric system to "a certain kind of karaoke DJ".
The Musketeers: BBC One, 9pm
The epic BBC drama set on the streets of 17th century Paris returns for a second series.
Tonight, Athos, Aramis, Porthos and D'Artagnan try to break a French general out of an impenetrable prison in Spain.
Jimmy Carr hosts this 10-year anniversary special, looking back at the most memorable events of the last decade.
Crisis: Watch, 9pm
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11 items from 2015
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