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6 items from 2004

Homegrown fare stars in ITV holiday set

2 December 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

LONDON -- ITV is relying on homegrown fare to woo viewers during the festive season, featuring a host of British stars to head its holiday lineup, as well as evergreen drama and soaps, Britain's biggest commercial network said Wednesday. Seasonal editions of ITV's most popular soaps, including Coronation Street and Emmerdale, will head the Christmas Day schedule, as well as a one-off celebrity Who Wants to Be a Millionaire featuring Paul McCartney and his wife, Heather Mills. John Nettles stars in a special edition of detective drama Midsomer Murders. Christmas Day movies will include the Sean Connery starrer Finding Forrester and the Martin Short fantasy A Simple Wish. »

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McCartney Picked for Super Bowl Halftime Show

23 November 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

American football bosses are confident Janet Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction" will not be repeated, after hiring Paul McCartney as the featured performer for the Super Bowl halftime show. February's CBS broadcast of Jackson's breast flash during a duet with Justin Timberlake spurred thousands of complaints to federal regulators and changed the shape of live TV in the United States. And National Football League spokesman Brian McCarthy insists there won't be any such malfunctions during the 12-minute performance, which will air on Fox on February 6. He says, "We're very cognizant we'll be under spotlight with this year's halftime show and we've looked at all facets of the show including talent selection, song selection and costume selection, to ensure we wouldn't have a repeat of what happened last year. We're very comfortable that this year's show will be acceptable to a mass audience and won't have any issues." This will be McCartney's second Super Bowl appearance, after putting on a pre-game performance in 2002. He says in a statement, "There's nothing bigger then being asked to perform at the Super Bowl. We're looking forward to rocking the millions at home and in the stadium." »

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Zemeckis Gets Star on Walk of Fame

9 November 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Oscar-winning Forrest Gump director Robert Zemeckis has been awarded the 2,268th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Frequent collaborator Tom Hanks attended the ceremony on Friday, along with hundreds of fans. The actor says of Zemeckis, "He is, to film, a visionary. He is what Paul McCartney is to music. Bob is without a doubt the most inspirational example of the true work ethic that is needed in order to make movies in this day and age than any other human being I have worked with or come across." Zemeckis also counts such hits as the Back To The Future trilogy, Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Cast Away among his credits. »

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BBC's Parkinson lured to rival ITV

27 April 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

LONDON -- Veteran British journalist and talk show host Michael Parkinson has been lured from the BBC to rival broadcaster ITV, the network said Monday. The deal means the long-standing Saturday-night primetime chat show Parkinson will switch to ITV1 exclusively for two years beginning in the fall. "Television stars don't come much bigger than Michael Parkinson, and I am delighted that he is joining us at ITV," ITV director of programs Nigel Pickard said. "There's no doubt that he is the very best in his field and will be a fantastic addition to ITV's Saturday nights." Such guests as Nelson Mandela, Orson Welles, Muhammad Ali, Paul McCartney and Shirley MacLaine have joined Parkinson on his show. »

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McCartney To Make Animated Film

13 April 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Rock legend Sir Paul McCartney is moving one step closer to his life-long ambition of making a feature-length animation film. The former Beatles frontman, 61, has created three animated musical shorts in Paul McCartney: The Music And Animation Collection - fulfilling a dream the he's had since his days in the 60s pop phenomenon. McCartney says, "My ambition in the 60s was to make a feature. I don't know why I wanted to but I just loved it so much. It is a passion." The multi-millionaire entertainer began pursuing the hobby more than 20 years ago and has been involved in every aspect of creating the story and look of the animated films. He has collaborated with director Geoff Dunbar for the collection. McCartney explains his loves of Disney films, "You could lose yourself in it, it's a magical world, really. I just always loved that stuff as a kid." The champion of animal rights also credits Disney films Bambi and Lady And The Tramp for teaching people the importance of animal welfare. He says, "He taught us against cruelty to animals. He made us sympathize so much with animals. He gave us a compassion for animals." »

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BBC spots to sing praises of broadband

3 March 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

LONDON -- The BBC said Tuesday that it will launch a series of new online services, starting with Paul McCartney's performance at the United Kingdom's Glastonbury music festival in June and the Summer Olympics from Athens, as part of the public service broadcaster's efforts to help push broadband takeup in the United Kingdom. BBC director of new media and technology Ashley Highfield made the announcement at a Financial Times new-media and broadcasting conference here. The new projects are part of the BBC's On Demand services strategy, which will put some of the BBC's radio and TV output and deliver it to PCs and interactive TVs together with additional information. "It's part of the BBC providing public access to its sound, television and film archives in a way that appeals to the new generation of media consumers," Highfield said. »

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