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You might have noticed there's a General Election happening this week - it's kind of been in the news, and a few people have been talking about it. But how can you keep up with all the bewildering swingometer and poll-closing action? Fear not, because we've put together a handy guide to all of the TV you need in the next few days...
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You might have missed Educating Joey Essex: General Election - What Are You Sayin'? last night (May 5), but fear not, for the programme is now available on ITV Player.
If you ever wanted to see a former Towie star interrogating the party leaders - minus spoilsport David Cameron, of course - then this is the show for you.
The election isn't until tomorrow, but that doesn't mean you can't start getting in the spirit of it early. Our pick for tonight »
Philomena, Mrs Biggs, The Widower and most recently Cilla - Jeff Pope has made a career out of plowing real-life stories to produce drama on both the big and small screen; and it's paid off, with the writer winning two BAFTAs and an Academy Award.
His latest accolade is a BAFTA TV Special Award - an honour presented in recognition of an outstanding creative contribution to television, with previous recipients including TV exec Jane Tranter, director Paul Greengrass and dramatist Alan Clarke.
Pope started his career in journalism - working as a reporter and researcher - and says the skills he learned have kept him "in good stead" throughout his career as a screenwriter.
"It was dealing with stories - things that had happened, facts," he explains. "It's getting the material and shaping it."
Pope also credits his journalistic roots with inspiring his passion for 'true to life' drama - series, »
Gwyneth Paltrow silver dress on the Oscars' Red Carpet Gwyneth Paltrow at the Academy Awards Donning a shining silver dress, Gwyneth Paltrow arrives at the 2011 Academy Awards held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Paltrow's latest movie, Country Strong, was up for a Best Song Oscar. It lost to the Toy Story 3 ditty "We Belong Together," by Randy Newman. More than a decade ago, Gwyneth Paltrow took home the Best Actress Oscar for John Madden's Shakespeare in Love (1998), a romantic comedy-drama also featuring Joseph Fiennes (as William Shakespeare), Judi Dench, Geoffrey Rush, and this year's Best Actor Oscar winner, Colin Firth (The King's Speech). Paltrow's (moderately) gender-bending Shakespeare in Love heroine remains her only Oscar-nominated performance to date. Directed by Shana Feste, Country Strong fared decently at the U.S. box office, but not as well as some had expected. Besides Gwyneth Paltrow, the cast includes »
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We certainly felt the power of 10 former Gladiators yesterday, as we took a look at what some of the stars went on to after the success of ITV's '90s hit.
We were bowled over to discover that Blaze (Eunice Huthart) is a stunt double to A-listers and godmother to Angelina Jolie's daughter Shiloh, and that Rhino (Mark Smith) went on to star in Hollywood films including Ben Affleck's Oscar-winning drama Argo.
But whatever happened to the villainous Wolf or the infamous Shadow, who was dramatically sacked from the series? We haven't found many current pictures of this lot, but here's a little bit about what 9 more of our favourite former Gladiators got up to after their time on the show:
1. Scorpio (Nikki Diamond)
Contenders were subjected to the mighty sting of the speedy Scorpio. Former bodybuilder and model Nikki Diamond was an original Gladiator, but was forced »
The very stylish Sid Mallya, takes his commitment to charting his own cause in the field of acting to a whole new level. This October, Sid will kick start his Masters Degree course in Screen Acting at ‘The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama’.
A Part of the University of London, the school has a wealth of knowledge to offer in the field of drama and is considered one of the world’s top drama schools with names like Andrew Garfield, Kit Harrington, Dame Judi Dench, and Carrie Fisher among many others as part of its alumni. The school receives thousands of applicants every year and after a string of grueling auditions and interviews, less than 5% are accepted. Hence, being associated with such a huge name is a milestone for the talented lad.
Sid, who’s quite excited about getting into the course for his Masters Degree at Royal Central said, »
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Vin Diesel is a huge nerd. You may not be able to tell that based purely on the Fast & Furious franchise, but Diesel's got some serious geek credentials. He founded a video game company just to make games for his Pitch Black movies, and he not only grew up playing Dungeons & Dragons, but he still does as an adult, and better yet -- he taught Judi Dench how to play while they were filming The Chronicles of Riddick. So don't be so shocked to see the muscle car icon starring in a fantasy movie like The Last Witch Hunter, which has just revealed its first teaser trailer. The teaser doesn't dole out a whole ton of plot specifics, but as you can probably guess from the title, if you dabble in the dark arts, Vin Diesel is going to chop your...
- Peter Hall
Daniel Craig – Mr. Bond himself – joined director Sam Mendes on set, and the cast and crew were kind enough to give fans an inside look behind Spectre. In the two below vlogs, Craig and Mendes are joined by 007’s new castmates, Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Léa Seydoux (Blue is the Warmest Colour).
Naomi Harris, our Moneypenny as per Skyfall’s last reveal, makes a brief appearance as well. Ralph Fiennes – best known for Harry Potter or Schindler’s List, depending on your age – returns as M, taking over the reigns on MI6 from Judi Dench. Ben Whishaw, clad in a toque, parka, and stripped socks, also continues with his affable nerdy/hipster “thang” as our generation’s perfect Q. »
- Sasha James
Vin Diesel is a huge nerd. You may not be able to tell that based purely on the Fast & Furious franchise, but Diesel's got some serious geek credentials. He founded a video game company just to make games for his Pitch Black movies, and he not only grew up playing Dungeons & Dragons, but he still does as an adult, and better yet -- he taught Judi Dench how to play while they were filming The Chronicles of Riddick. So don't be so shocked to see the...
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Fox Home Entertainment has tapped into a love for the color pink on The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Blu-ray and DVD cover art. You'll first spot this eye-popping artwork on store shelves when the sequel arrives on its July 14, 2015 release date.
Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy and Dev Patel return in the sequel to the charming original film that brought total strangers together under the most unusual of circumstances. Made for only $10 million, the sequel has gone on to earn over $81 million at the worldwide box office.
Both the Blu-ray and DVD editions are standalone releases and will not include a Digital HD copy. They will come with a nice selection of bonus features are outlined below.
Returning to the Marigold Hotel
The Marigold Wedding
Filming in India
Here's that pink The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for your viewing pleasure. Or is that displeasure? »
Pre-order The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Here.
Check in again for more love and laughter as new arrival Richard Gere joins an all-star ensemble cast — including Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy and Dev Patel — returning for this heartwarming sequel to The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel! Now that his first venture has been proven successful, ever-confident Sonny (Patel) is busy juggling plans for a second resort…as well as his own wedding. But his efforts are constantly hampered by hilarious complications, and in order to pull it all together, he’ll need »
- Scott J. Davis
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."
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, »
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.
For each episode, they will be joined by celebrity guests and politicians as they look back at the latest election news.
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. »
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 »
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
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. »
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
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
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.
It was also announced that the BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards will take place on Friday »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
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
“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 Starr, Malin Akerman, June 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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