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Family Guy: It’s a Trap!
Directed by Peter Shin.
Return of the Jedi gets the Family Guy treatment as Han Solo (Peter), Chewbacca (Brian), Princess Leia (Lois) and Luke Skywalker (Chris) continue their battle against Darth Vader (Stewie) and the Evil Empire.
Back in 2007 Seth MacFarlane and his Family Guy team earned rave reviews (not to mention an Emmy Award nomination) for Blue Harvest, their hilarious parody of Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope that saw characters from the hit animated show recast into roles from a galaxy far, far away. Two years later it was the turn of The Empire Strikes Back with the sequel Something, Something, Something, Dark Side, and now the circle is complete with this latest offering, It’s a Trap! »
Despite the best efforts of the tabloid press, there were no knighthoods for either Bruce Forsyth or Simon Cowell, but veteran actors Sheila Hancock and David Suchet were both awarded CBEs, as was the composer and broadcaster Howard Goodall. Representatives of the arts and media make up 7% of the honours list.
Harriet Walter, best known as a classical actor with the Royal Shakespeare Company – most recently as Cleopatra opposite Patrick Stewart's Antony and as Friedrich Schiller's Mary Stuart in the West End and on Broadway – is made a dame, 11 years after becoming a Cbe. Reacting to her award, Walter said: "I have reservations about some parts of the honours system. I fear it's not very fair and I think there are lots of people not recognised who should be." But she »
- Stephen Bates
Pulp singer delights his young audience at Royal Festival Hall with his narration of the Russian composer's children's story
Being asked to narrate Peter and the Wolf is like being cast as Lear: the ultimate sign you have pricked a certain layer of the nation's consciousness. David Bowie has done it. So has Peter Ustinov. Ditto Patrick Stewart, Ben Kingsley and David Attenborough. It was only a matter of time, then, before Jarvis Cocker was given the honour.
Like those that have gone before him, the Pulp singer is the owner of a voice you'd recognise underwater, a deep and warm tenor with vowels as flat as his native Sheffield is hilly.
"Hello everyone. I'm Jarvis," he said with a salute, as he strode on to the stage at London's Royal Festival Hall. The introduction was not superfluous. While Cocker will be remembered by anyone over 30 after his bottom sabotaged »
- Helen Pidd
Director: Kelly Asbury
The Scoop: Imagine a modern, animated take on William Shakespeare’s classic romantic tragedy “Romeo and Juliet.” Now imagine that this time around, the star-crossed lovers are garden gnomes and that the movie will feature voicework from a who’s who of random celebrities including Patrick Stewart, Jason Statham, Hulk Hogan, Ozzy Osborne and Dolly Parton. If you can somehow imagine all this, you’ve just described “Gnomeo and Juliet.”
Rated G | Watch the trailer »
- NextMovie Staff
A Broadway production of Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown is to close three weeks early following low ticket sales.
But after weeks of disappointing box office takings, producers have decided to close the show on 2 January, according to the New York Times.
Broadway shows have seen a slump in tickets sales over the last few weeks and bosses have been forced to bring the curtain down on a number of high profile productions.
Family Guy: It’S A Trap
Another year, another Family Guy Star Wars spoof, and as Stewie says at the beginning of the episode: “We’re about to do Jedi, aren’t we?” Yes it’s the last (hopefully) of the animated parody’s of George Lucas’ sci-fi classics, taking on what many see as the lesser of the original trilogy, Return of the Jedi. So does this make for a lesser spoof? Well frankly yes.
The plot follows Jedi pretty closely, with Luke Skywalker (Chris) and Princess Leia (Lois) attempting to free Han Solo (Peter) by infiltrating the palace of Jabba the Hutt (Joe) before teaming up with the Ewoks to take out the Imperial base on Endor, whilst the Emperor (Carter Pewterschmidt) and »
Usually around this time of the year we list maybe 10 or 20 films that we think are as absolute ‘Must See’s’ for what the next 12 months of cinema has to offer us but as the clock is ticking ever closer to midnight on 2010, we thought we would challenge ourselves a little further this time around. The question I posed to the Owf staff recently was… can Cinema in 2011 produce enough ‘Must See’ films to hit 52, which would ratio out to be just one film per week? That’s all we are hopeful for here… just one film every Friday that justifies us parting with our ever increasingly important cash in these tough economic times.
Did we manage to find 52? Kind of.
There’s certainly 52 films listed here but once we got to around 30, the whole thing became a struggle and we had to fill it out disappointingly with the usual array of over-budgeted summer spectacles, »
- Matt Holmes
Completing their lampooning rampage across the pop culture cornucopia of George Lucas’s original Star Wars trilogy Family Guy: It’s A Trap! is Seth MacFarlane’s take on Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.
The DVD and Blu-ray of the three special episodes has all the ribald non sequiturs the show is famous for as well as the obligatory celebrity cameos with Patrick Stewart, Michael Dorn from Star Trek and Carrie Fisher gamely jumping into the ring with the Family Guy team for this special.
Here’s an exclusive clip from the DVD extras in which the creators talk about setting up the scene on Jabba’s barge. The Blu-ray and DVD set is out on the 27th of December and we hope to have our review of the set up on HeyUGuys shortly.
And as a special Christmas treat here are some stills to wow friends and amuse grandparents. »
- Jon Lyus
Organizing one’s Christmas viewing is a delicate thing – one needs to know what films and TV to watch at which times, maximizing festive cheer whilst not overdoing it and spoiling The Most Wonderful Time of the Year for oneself. For the past three weeks you’ve been right to be cautious, but now, as we head into week four, all bets are off, feel free to get as festive as you damn well like. That’s right, it’s time to bring out the big guns – and if you’ve made it this far, followed the Essential Christmas Guide, and paid close attention, you’ve made it onto the ‘nice’ list. In other words, you’ve earned it…
It’s true that Christmas is largely considered to be a time for children, and to a degree that’s absolutely right. So it’s no surprise that a large number »
- Tom Fordy
Charles Dickens’ antihero Ebenezer Scrooge, the protagonist of A Christmas Carol, has been played by many, many actors over the course of film and TV history. (See also: PopWatch’s “The 10 greatest Scrooges in film and TV.”) I think Patrick Stewart is my favorite, or maybe Bill Murray; no, wait: Rowan Atkinson. But there are many, many actors left who have yet to take a turn as the tightest man in Victorian England. What actor who hasn’t already done so should play Ebeneze Scrooge? I bet Morgan Freeman would be awesome as Scrooge... (If you have a suggestion for a Qotd, feel free to email me. Responses to this Qotd sent by email will be ignored; please post your responses here.) »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Pompeii: Life and Death in a Roman Town (BBC2) | iPlayer
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Cambridge classicist Mary Beard brought a good-natured balance of erudition and vulgarity to Pompeii: Life and Death in a Roman Town. The minute she'd said "shit" with that big smile, you knew "fuck", "piss" and "cocksucker" wouldn't be far behind, perhaps with a few statistics and a map of Mediterranean trading routes. But, what the buggery heck, it was an essential part of the tour here in sunny Pompeii with its humorous graffiti and lewd frescoes and phalluses pointing skyward wherever you looked. Interestingly, the "big willies everywhere", as she put it, were not a sign of an orgiastic mindset but simply a »
- Phil Hogan
Tron: Legacy almost operates as a litmus test for how much we will tolerate in our tent-pole filmmaking. Just how much bad dialogue, poor acting, inexplicable plotting, and emotionally-vapid characterizations will we accept as long as we’ve been convinced that the film is “cool”? How little actual content will we demand in exchange for $300 million light shows disguised as motion pictures? We casually accept seemingly intentional mediocrity in our franchise films, from The Flintstones to Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, holding our nose but making these films into smash hits.
I am reminded of Patrick Stewart’s monologue towards the end of Star Trek: First Contact. “The line must be drawn here. This far, and no further.” If we as moviegoers accept this artless, soulless confection as a suitable example of big-budget filmmaking, then we deserve everything we get in the following years. The apparent absence of any attempt »
- Allan Ford
Gary Barlow is to become the latest celebrity to appear on CBeebies to read a Bedtime Story, it has been confirmed. The Take That singer will read David McKee's Elmer And Papa Red on Christmas Eve to viewers of the BBC's dedicated children's channel. Veteran actor Sir Patrick Stewart will also read several tales across the festive period. "I am delighted that we have two such wonderful readers for our special (more) »
- By Ryan Love
Gary Collinson selects his Essential Movie Superheroes...
Although the comic-book superhero was generally overlooked by the movie industry until Richard Donner’s Superman: The Movie (1978) made you believe a man could fly, Hollywood failed to capitalise on this success over the next couple of decades and a stigma soon became attached to the genre. Save for a handful of notable exceptions (Warner Bros.’ Batman franchise was successful, but we all know how that turned out once Joel Schumacher got involved), it wasn’t until the release of the X-Men and Spider-Man movies that Hollywood really started to stand up and pay attention.
These days it seems you can’t breathe for superheroes – 2010 has seen the release of Iron Man II, Kick-Ass and Jonah Hex, while the next few years will see a host of superhero movies grace the screen including Thor and X-Men: First Class in 2011 along with the likes of Captain America, »
Nominations for the 17th annual Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards have been announced on Thursday morning, December 16. While many of the usual contenders make it into the list, there are a number of those who were left out. "Glee" actor Chris Colfer earned his first ever SAG nomination, but his co-star Lea Michele notably absent.
Chris, who portrays Kurt on the series, vies for Best Male Actor in a Comedy Series. Having got his first Golden Globes nom days earlier, he couldn't contain his excitement. "It's fantastic! It's crazy because where I come from, peers is not necessarily a good word," he gushed. "People are mean to you and they throw things at you and they make fun of you in the hallway, so it's amazing."
Lea, in the meantime, didn't manage to score a nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy Series. The category, instead, saw her co-star Jane Lynch »
The nominees for the 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards for outstanding performances in 2010 in film and television have now been revealed. See the full list below. "The Fighter" and "The King's Speech" both earned four nominations for its actors. On the television side, "Modern Family" received four nominations for its actors, including Ty Burrell, Ed O'Neill and Sofia Vergara. The awards ceremony will air live on TNT and TBS on Sunday, January 30th, 2011 at 8pm Est from the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center. Theatrical Motion Pictures Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Leading Role * Jeff Bridges (True Grit) * Robert Duvall (Get Low) * Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network) * Colin Firth (The King's Speech) * James Franco (127 Hours) Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Leading Role * Annette Bening (The Kids Are All Right) * Nicole Kidman (Rabbit Hole) * Jennifer Lawrence (Winter's Bone) * Natalie Portman (Black Swan) * Hilary Swank (Conviction »
JoBeth Williams welcomes you! "They're heeeeeeeee--eeeere"
Though this is the last major clue as to where Oscar acting nominations will go, it is not the "this is it!" twin that many like to claim.
Important Differences From SAG to Oscar: Contrary to what you often read on the internet there is not significant overlap in the voting pools between SAG and Oscar. Unless they've recently changed their rules, SAG randomly chooses a sliver of its membership each year to do the nominations. Some miniscule percentage of them might be Academy members but the numbers don't add up to a big percentage. SAG is a mammoth union, representing 200,000 film, tv and background performers and all dues paying members can vote on the winners. Oscar's acting branch is infinitely harder to join; it's »
- NATHANIEL R
Today the nominations for the 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards was released. The King’s Speech and The Fighter received the most nominations, with four each. Thankfully the Guild seems to know what they are doing unlike The Golden Globes who pretty much screwed up all the nominations.
The nominees here are usually a very strong indication of how the acting award nominees will play out at the Oscars. King’s Speech has long been an Oscar favourite, but David O. Russell’s The Fighter has gained considerable steam in the past few weeks. Last year, 19 out of 20 SAG nominees went to the Oscars as well so you can be sure that The Fighter and King’s Speech will get a best picture nomination. The 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS on January 20th. See the complete list below.
Theatrical Motion »
The Screen Actors Guild announced their 17th annual SAG nominees this morning. The Glee cast is up for a comedy ensemble award, and Jane Lynch is also up for an individual award. The Kids Are All Right scored individual acting nods for Annette Bening and Mark Ruffalo, as well as a nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Cast.
Theatrical Motion Pictures
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
- AfterEllen.com Staff
Awards season is in full swing right now, which is pretty evident since for the past week we've been bombarded with movie nominations left and right. The 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards adds onto the bunch, throwing their hat into the ring of who's the cream of the crop acting-wise this year. Los Angeles may be gloomy-looking this morning, but the sun is certainly shining down on some actors who are nominated.Of course you have the typical nominees from films like "The Social Network," "The King's Speech" and "Black Swan," but there's also a couple of nice little surprises in the mix. Scroll down to see the full list of movie and television nominees and let us know whether you like the SAG list more than the Golden Globe one or not.This year's 17th Annual SAG Awards will be shown on January 30th, 2011 at 5 p.m. Pst on TNT and TBS. »
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