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Jeremy Paxman and David Mitchell to lead Channel 4's election coverage

20 April 2015 3:49 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Jeremy Paxman and David Mitchell are to lead Channel 4's coverage of the general election.

Former Newsnight host Paxman will host a night of comedy and entertainment with Peep Show's Mitchell for Channel 4's Alternative Election Night on May 7.

Paxman, who recently interviewed David Cameron and Ed Miliband in a joint Channel 4 and Sky News programme, said: "Elections matter, but that doesn't mean the coverage has to be dull. I hope there'll be room for both insight and laughter."

Mitchell previously co-hosted Channel 4's election coverage in 2010, which also featured Jimmy Carr, Charlie Brooker and Lauren Laverne.

Cathy Newman and Gary Gibbon from Channel 4 News will join the hosts, along with guests including Last Leg presenter Adam Hills, Pointless host Richard Osman "providing his interpretation of events", and Fonejacker star Kayvan Novak.

The Channel 4 News team "will be on the ground in key electoral battlegrounds, »

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The Last Leg to return for 3 General Election specials on Channel 4

13 April 2015 2:36 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The Last Leg is to return for three specials later this month.

The Channel 4 topical comedy show will discuss the build-up to the General Election, launching on Thursday, April 23 at 10pm.

Adam Hills, Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker will all return for their usual alternative review of the week.

For each episode, they will be joined by celebrity guests and politicians as they look back at the latest election news.

Channel 4 will also air political sitcom Ballot Monkeys in the run-up to the General Election. Sarah Hadland and Ben Miller will star as politicians campaigning in their respective buses.

Meanwhile, Dame Judi Dench and Mark Gatiss are to star in a new stage play that will be broadcast live on More4. The Vote - set in a fictional polling station - will make theatrical history when it is shown live on TV on election night (May 7) as polls close from 8.30pm. »

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Jon Snow to receive a BAFTA Fellowship

12 April 2015 10:59 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Jon Snow is to receive a BAFTA Fellowship.

The journalist and broadcaster will receive the honour, which is granted "in recognition of an outstanding and exceptional contribution to film, television or games".

"I am genuinely overwhelmed by the honour of being awarded a BAFTA Fellowship," Snow said. "There is no greater recognition than that of one's own industry.

"When I saw the list of Fellows I was daunted by the idea that I could in some way be ranked amongst them. I thought at first BAFTA must have the wrong Snow... There are several of my cousins they could have chosen.

"I'm genuinely looking forward to the ceremony on May 10. I think my daughters have concluded I've finally done something cool!"

He also told The Guardian that the letter informing him of the Fellowship had been sent to the wrong address, revealing: "For two or three months I was blissfully »

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Channel 4 News presenter Jon Snow to receive Bafta fellowship

12 April 2015 8:59 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Veteran television journalist will receive British Academy of Film and Television Arts equivalent of lifetime achievement award

Channel 4 news presenter Jon Snow is to receive a Bafta fellowship, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts’ equivalent of a lifetime achievement award, presented “in recognition of an outstanding and exceptional contribution to film, television or games”.

In an interview with the Guardian, Snow revealed the letter notifying him of the award was sent to an address he hadn’t lived at for 10 years. “For two or three months I was blissfully unaware until they sent a rather hurt email,” he said. “I couldn’t believe it, I thought they’d got the wrong Snow. Then I saw the cascade of people who’d had it before. Judi Dench, both Attenboroughs. Amazing.”

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- Jasper Jackson

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BAFTA sets dates for next three film awards

12 April 2015 3:23 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

BAFTA has dated its annual film awards for the next three years.

According to Variety, the next Ee British Academy Film Awards will be held on Sunday, February 14, 2016.

This will be followed by ceremonies on Sunday, February 12, 2017 and Sunday, February 18, 2018.

The awards are expected to continue to be held at London's Royal Opera House and be broadcast by the BBC.

The Academy also announced that it will hold this year's BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards on Friday, October 30, with the ceremony taking place at La's Beverly Hilton hotel.

The annual Britannia Awards are held to honour contributions to the collaborative relationship between the UK and Us film industries, with previous winners including Sir Anthony Hopkins, Dame Judi Dench, George Clooney, Dame Helen Mirren, Idris Elba, Benedict Cumberbatch and Emma Watson.

The nominees for this year's British Academy Television Awards were announced last week. »

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Set Shots From Tim Burton’s ‘Peregrine’s Home for Peculiars’ Filming In Cornwall

11 April 2015 11:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Tim Burton has gathered another wonderful cast for his big screen version of the book Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs and Thn have witnessed the incredible set in Cornwall and have a few shots from the setup, which has all been created for this adaptation.

Renamed Peregrine’S Home For Peculiars, and with a screenplay by Jane Goldman, it stars Dame Judi Dench, Samuel L. Jackson, Asa Butterfield, Terence Stamp, Rupert Everett, Ella Wahlestedt, Chris O’Dowd with Eva Green in the lead role, the film follows teenager Jacob, who follows clues that take him to a mysterious island, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s School for Peculiar Children.

As Jacob explores the abandoned bedrooms and hallways, he discovers that its former occupants were far more than peculiar; they possessed incredible powers. And they may still be alive…

The set already »

- Dan Bullock

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BAFTA Announces Awards Dates Through 2018

10 April 2015 1:55 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts announced a handful of award show dates on Friday, including the slate for the next three installments of the Ee British Academy Film Awards.

In 2016, the Ee British Academy Film Awards will air Feb. 14, followed by the next installment on Feb. 12, 2017. The 2018 awards will air Feb. 18.

These ceremonies will all take place in London at the Royal Opera House. BBC is set to broadcast the proceedings. BAFTA’s film awards sometimes serve as Oscar indicators; Eddie Redmayne, J.K. Simmons, Julianne Moore and Patricia Arquette all won for their performances at the most recent ceremony.

The announcement included information about BAFTA/La’s Britannia Awards: that ceremony will take place Oct. 30 at the Beverly Hilton. The Britannia Awards honor those in the industry for their commitment to collaboration between the U.S. and U.K. film industries. Past honorees include Anthony Hopkins, Judi Dench, »

- Marianne Zumberge

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BAFTA sets dates for next three film awards

10 April 2015 5:46 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

BAFTA also announces date for the next Britannia Awards in Los Angeles.

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has revealed the dates for its film awards for the next three years.

The Ee British Academy Film Awards will take place on February 14 2016, February 12 2017 and February 18 2018.

The awards will again be held at London’s Royal Opera House and broadcast by the BBC. This year, the four performance winners – Eddie Redmayne, Jk Simmons, Julianne Moore and Patricia Arquette – also went on to win Oscars.

The ratings for this year’s film awards increased in the UK and were broadcast in every major territory in the world and seen for the first time on Youku Tudo, China’s leading internet television broadcaster.

The announcement came just a day after the dates for the next three Academy Awards were revealed.

Britannia Awards

It was also announced that the BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards will take place on Friday »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Wamg Talks To Woman In Gold Director Simon Curtis

9 April 2015 7:37 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

After having robust box office numbers this past weekend and being praised by both audiences and critics, Woman In Gold opens in wide release this Friday, April 10. In his review, Jim Batts says, “Woman In Gold concerns a celebrated work of art, but it’s also about two inspiring lives also worthy of celebration.” Read his review here.

Woman In Gold is the remarkable true story of one woman’s journey to reclaim her heritage and seek justice for what happened to her family. Sixty years after she fled Vienna during World War II, an elderly Jewish woman, Maria Altmann (Mirren), starts her journey to retrieve family possessions seized by the Nazis, among them Klimt’s famous painting ‘Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I’. Together with her inexperienced but plucky young lawyer Randy Schoenberg (Reynolds), she embarks upon a major battle which takes them all the way to the heart of »

- Michelle McCue

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Blythe Danner shines in first trailer for Sundance hit, ‘I’ll See You In My Dreams’

8 April 2015 9:08 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

“I don’t know what the hell I’m doing.”

This seems to be what Blythe Danner’s Carol is dealing with during the first trailer for the Sundance hit, I’ll See You In My Dreams. The film also stars Sam Elliott, Martin StarrMalin AkermanJune Squibb, and Rhea Pearlman, and is directed by Brett Haley.

The story follows a widow (Danner) whose quiet life is shaken up by the death of her dog, inspiring her to strike up some new friendships. And that means elderly speed dating and karaoke, among other things.

Our own Dylan Griffin saw the film at Sundance and said that “A lot of the comedy is derived from “this is funny because they’re old”, but luckily Haley has a cast that can sell it. I will happily watch June Squibb revel in any shenanigan, her comedic timing is impeccable. The script often »

- Zach Dennis

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Helen Mirren Drives 'Woman in Gold' to Top 10 Opening, 'While We're Young' Expands Well

5 April 2015 10:25 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

And the company's Radius pushed horror breakout "It Follows" to wider success. The holiday weekend brought little in the way of new opening success as wider release films drew most upscale audiences. Check our upcoming Top Ten Takeaways for more detail.  Among the newcomers, IFC romance "5 to 7" did display some initial modest interest. Meanwhile, the second weekend of A24's "While We're Young" showed continued significant appeal though still limited. (Our initial grosses are often estimates calculated from sources with knowledge of two-day totals and not reported by distributors.) Opening "Woman in Gold" (Weinstein) - Criticwire: B; Metacritic: 50; Festivals include: Berlin 2015 $2,004,000 in 258 theaters; PSA (per screen average): $7,767; Cumulative: $2,100,000 Helen Mirren shows she has the same ability to overcome less than stellar reviews that Maggie Smith, Judi Dench and Meryl Streep have done in recent »

- Tom Brueggemann

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10 Times James Bond Turned Into A Complete Psychopath

4 April 2015 4:23 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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James Bond has, as most know, a fair few problems. He’s got those issues with authority (highlighted best with the presence of Judi Dench’s M) stemming most likely from his troubled childhood, an inarguable drinking problem, and quite probably a raging sex addiction.

Did you know there’s also a strong possibility that James Bond is a clinical psychopath? 007 carries some of the better traits of psychopathy, like charm and cunning, as well as the worst: he’s ruthless, a daredevil, and is just about lacking that thing the rest of society would call ‘a conscience’.

As an MI6 agent with a licence to kill, Bond is pretty much entitled to indulge his most psychopathic qualities whenever the hell he chooses. If he wanted, he could kneecap every person who walks down the street looking at him askance, and the worst the British government could probably »

- Brogan Morris

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Watch Dame Judi Dench discuss working with Dustin Hoffman in Esio Trot

1 April 2015 1:50 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Dame Judi Dench has spoken about Esio Trot in a new interview clip exclusive to Digital Spy.

Watch below as the actress discusses working with Dustin Hoffman on the BBC One Christmas film.

Dench and Hoffman starred as Mr Hoppy and Mrs Silver in the adaptation of Roald Dahl's novel.

The 90-minute film was written by Richard Curtis and Paul Mayhew-Archer, who previously collaborated on BBC comedy The Vicar of Dibley.

Esio Trot follows Mr Hoppy (Hoffman), a retired bachelor who has a secret love for his neighbour Mrs Silver (Dench).

However, she only gives her attention to her pet tortoise Alfie. The shy Mr Hoppy's attempts to talk to Mrs Silver usually end in some form of calamity.

Roald Dahl's Esio Trot is out now on DVD. »

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Watch Dame Judi Dench discuss working with Dustin Hoffman in Esio Trot

1 April 2015 1:50 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Dame Judi Dench has spoken about Esio Trot in a new interview clip exclusive to Digital Spy.

Watch below as the actress discusses working with Dustin Hoffman on the BBC One Christmas film.

Dench and Hoffman starred as Mr Hoppy and Mrs Silver in the adaptation of Roald Dahl's novel.

The 90-minute film was written by Richard Curtis and Paul Mayhew-Archer, who previously collaborated on BBC comedy The Vicar of Dibley.

Esio Trot follows Mr Hoppy (Hoffman), a retired bachelor who has a secret love for his neighbour Mrs Silver (Dench).

However, she only gives her attention to her pet tortoise Alfie. The shy Mr Hoppy's attempts to talk to Mrs Silver usually end in some form of calamity.

Roald Dahl's Esio Trot is out now on DVD. »

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TV Review: ‘Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot’

29 March 2015 4:00 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

A rare romance from the typically dark imagination of children’s book author Roald Dahl, “Esio Trot” spells more than just “tortoise” backwards, but an evening of warm-fuzzy feelings all around as Dustin Hoffman’s Mr. Hoppy devises an elaborate scheme to woo the chelonian-loving widow downstairs, as played by Judi Dench. Commissioned as a New Year’s telepic for British TV, this delightful family offering is already making its way to homevideo in several European markets, but could potentially support a more substantial treatment Stateside, if someone were to shell out for theatrical (exec producers Harvey and Bob Weinstein bought all other U.S. rights).

Judging by Hoffman and Dench’s involvement alone, this is no ordinary TV movie. Co-written by “Love Actually’s” Richard Curtis (who shares credit with Paul Mayhew-Archer) and directed by smallscreen miracle worker Dearbhla Walsh (“Little Dorrit,” “Shameless”), the film has been crafted with »

- Peter Debruge

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What did we learn from the Spectre teaser trailer?

28 March 2015 3:21 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

The first teaser trailer for James Bond 24 has been released, but what did it tell us about the upcoming movie, Spectre?

After letting the sky fall when it crum-balled to the tune of a billion dollars at the global box office, Spectre may be the most anticipated James Bond movie since the last one. Daniel Craig's fourth feature as 007 won't arrive in UK cinemas until October, but the response to the teaser trailer released over the weekend has been very positive.

Four is hardly a magic number for Bond actors. Sean Connery's fourth outing was the less-than-stellar Thunderball, Roger Moore's was the all-too-interstellar Moonraker and Pierce Brosnan closed out his four-movie tenure with the infamously poor Die Another Day.

That makes Craig the fourth actor to rack up four turns as Bond, and if you're superstitious about this sort of thing, maybe that's why this looks to be the combo breaker. »

- simonbrew

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‘Spectre’ Teaser Trailer: James Bond Has a Secret (Video)

27 March 2015 4:55 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

James Bond is hiding a secret in the first teaser trailer for the latest 007 film, “Spectre.” Daniel Craig returns to play the British super spy, who is still reeling from the events of “Skyfall,” which took him to his childhood home and which left his mentor M (Judi Dench) dead. Ralph Fiennes is taking over the M role, while the first trailer also teases Naomie Harris returning as Miss Moneypenny. She hands Bond his personal effects from what’s leftover of the last battle, with a mysterious picture of the spy as a young child the central focus. Also Read: »

- Linda Ge

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Daniel Craig's James Bond returns in first trailer for Spectre

27 March 2015 2:02 PM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Spectre, the title of the next 007 film, is actually a callback to S.P.E.C.T.R.E. – the Special Executive for Counter-Intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge, and Extortion – an anti-MI6 (with a pretty great acronym) that made its first appearance in Dr. No (1962). Honestly, as much as we love James Bond (Daniel Craig) and all of his one-letter friends, you have to get behind an evil corporation with the word “Revenge” in their name.

Director Sam Mendes (Skyfall, American Beauty) announced his Spectre cast this passed December, and together they’ve filmed in Rome, Mexico City, and on the slopes in Austria.

Even though Dame Judi Dench won’t be reprising her role of M, the cast for Spectre is still stacked, boasting Christoph Waltz, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw, Monica Belluci, Léa Seydoux (Blue is the Warmest Colour), Andrew Scott (“Sherlock”), and Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy).

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- Sasha James

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Doctor Who: 60 things we learned from The Writer's Tale

26 March 2015 2:35 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

To end a week celebrating New Who's 10th birthday, here's a bumper list of Doctor Who titbits from Russell T Davies' The Writer's Tale...

We’ve touched on why The Writer’s Tale, the 2008 (expanded in 2010) compendium of correspondence between Doctor Who showrunner Russell T Davies and journalist Benjamin Cook, deserves a space on your bookshelf here.

In short, The Writer’s Tale is both a screenwriting masterclass and an unparalleled look behind the scenes of new Doctor Who. As well as following the production triumphs and emergencies as the show lurches “from one crisis to another”, it lets you witness story ideas being created in the wild. See pivotal Doctor Who moments tottering unsurely out of Davies’ mind like new-born giraffes and watch them transform into sleek, galloping beasts of majesty! Think of it like a classy David Attenborough doc on storytelling, with bonus David Tennant photos and chat about Tony from Skins. »

- louisamellor

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Terence Rattigan On Film: The Browning Version

24 March 2015 6:54 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

I. The Rattigan Version

After his first dramatic success, The Winslow Boy, Terence Rattigan conceived a double bill of one-act plays in 1946. Producers dismissed the project, even Rattigan’s collaborator Hugh “Binkie” Beaumont. Actor John Gielgud agreed. “They’ve seen me in so much first rate stuff,” Gielgud asked Rattigan; “Do you really think they will like me in anything second rate?”  Rattigan insisted he wasn’t “content writing a play to please an audience today, but to write a play that will be remembered in fifty years’ time.”

Ultimately, Rattigan paired a brooding character study, The Browning Version, with a light farce, Harlequinade. Entitled Playbill, the show was finally produced by Stephen Mitchell in September 1948, starring Eric Portman, and became a runaway hit. While Harlequinade faded into a footnote, the first half proved an instant classic. Harold Hobson wrote that “Mr. Portman’s playing and Mr. Rattigan’s writing »

- Christopher Saunders

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