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Comedian Jo Brand was among the winners at the British Comedy Awards on Thursday night, receiving the accolade for best sitcom for Getting On, along with co-creators Vicki Pepperdine and Joanna Scanlan.
Miranda Hart, Alan Carr and Lee Mack were also rewarded for their work at the ceremony hosted by Jonathan Ross. Carr shared the Best New Comedy award with Graham Norton and Hart reclaimed the Best TV Comedy Actress title, which she last won in 2011. Mack was a double winner, taking home Best Male TV Comic for the second year running and seeing Would I Lie To You, which he co-hosts with David Mitchell, win Best Comedy Panel Show. »
- Kevin Rawlinson
Stars attended the UK premiere of Anchorman 2 in London last night dressed up in '70s attire to celebrate the sequel.
Made in Chelsea's Spencer Matthews, Francis Boulle, Jamie Laing and Oliver Proudlock donned '70s-style suits with flared trousers, hats, wigs and moustaches similar to those worn by Will Ferrell's Ron Burgandy in the comedy.
No offense to everyone involved with this Freddie Mercury biopic being developed, but it just keeps getting less and less likely that it will be a good movie.
British actor-turned-director Dexter Fletcher has been hired to helm the movie that will focus on the Queen frontman, who is set to be played Ben Whishaw (Skyfall, Cloud Atlas). When the project was first announced we had the talented team of director Tom Hooper (Les Miserables) and Sacha Baron Cohen attached to the bring the film to life. Those were the days that the movie felt promising. The band is still attached to the project, and apparently Cohen left because he wanted to make a hardcore, R-rated tell-all film, while the band wanted to tell a more watered down version. It's kind of a shame, as the watered down versions of things are always less interesting.
According to Deadline, "Fletcher »
- Joey Paur
There's no denying that Amy Adams and Isla Fisher bare a striking physical resemblance to one another. They both have gorgeous auburn locks, perfect skin and megawatt smiles. And the similarities don't end there: they are notable actresses and have daughters around the same age. Adams is mom to 3-year-old Aviana with fiancé Darren Le Gallo, while Fisher has 6-year-old Olive and 3-year-old Elula with hubby Sacha Baron Cohen. But the look-alike comparisons don't really make much sense to Adams, who reveals to Vanity Fair that she doesn't understand why people confuse them. "I get Isla Fisher all the time, still," the American Hustle star tells the January issue of the magazine »
Will he do the Fandango? British actor Ben Whishaw has been cast as rock star Freddie Mercury in the forthcoming biopic, it has been confirmed. Earlier this year, it was reported that comedian and Borat actor Sacha Baron Cohen would be playing the Queen frontman - but then Cohen dropped out, with rumblings from the Queen camp that the surviving members of the band were unhappy with the casting choice. »
Winshaw, famous for his portrayal of Q in 'Skyfall', replaced Sacha Baron Cohen, who had been pulled out off the biopic due to creative differences, the BBC reported.
- Anita Agarwal
• News: Queen didn't want Mercury biopic to be a joke
Queen have got their man. Two months after Roger Taylor announced that Ben Whishaw was the band's preferred choice to take the lead role in the long-planned Freddie Mercury biopic, Whishaw's casting has been confirmed.
Deadline reports that Whishaw, who gained excellent notices after playing Q in the record-breaking Bond film Skyfall, has been handed the Mercury role in a film that will tell the story of the band in "a formative coming-of-age story … culminating in Queen headlining Live Aid in 1985". Mercury died in 1991 of Aids-related illness, but the film will apparently not tackle that aspect of his life.
- Andrew Pulver
The departure of Sacha Baron Cohen from a planned Freddie Mercury biopic left a sizable casting hole that the producers have now filled: Skyfall actor Ben Whishaw will play the Queen frontman in the upcoming movie, which Dexter Fletcher will direct, Deadline Hollywood reports.
Whishaw, an English actor, played Q in Skyfall, the latest installment of the James Bond franchise. He also appeared in Cloud Atlas and was one of six actors who depicted a version of Bob Dylan in Todd Haynes' 2007 movie I'm Not There.
The upcoming biopic is finally on the move after a couple of years in limbo, with Sacha Baron Cohen attached. The remaining Queen band members apparently were concerned about the casting of Cohen, who's known for his prankster roles.
Drummer Brian Taylor told Mojo Magazine, "We felt Sacha probably wasn't right in the end... We didn't want it to be a joke. We want people to be moved."
- Jenni Miller
The long-gestating Freddie Mercury biopic finally seems to be moving forward, with Deadline revealing that British filmmaker Dexter Fletcher (Wild Bill, Sunshine on Leith) has closed a deal with Gk Films to direct the film, which has Ben Whishaw (Skyfall, Cloud Atlas) attached to star as the legendary Queen frontman after Sacha Baron Cohen (Borat, The Dictator) dropped out.
The script for the as-yet-untitled biopic has been written by Peter Morgan, whose previous credits include The Queen, Frost/Nixon, The Damned United and The Special Relationship. The film - which will explore the formative years of the British rock band through to their headlining performance at Live Aid in 1985 - is being produced by Gk's Graham King along with Tim Headington, Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and the surviving members of Queen, and cameras are expected to roll next year. »
- Gary Collinson
Actor-turned-director Dexter Fletcher has also signed on to helm the film, reports Deadline.
The director has been meeting with Queen in preparation for the film.
The biopic will centre around Mercury's formative years, culminating with the band's headline performance at Live Aid in 1985. It will not deal with the singer's death due to AIDS-related complications in 1991.
Whishaw will next be seen in Ron Howard's Heart of the Sea and will reprise his role as Q in the next James Bond film. »
The biopic about legendary Queen frontman Freddie Mercury was in limbo for a short while following Sacha Baron Cohen’s departure due to creative differences with the remaining members of the band. However, the movie is back on track now with the announcement that Ben Whishaw (Cloud Atlas, Skyfall) has been cast as the titular singer and Dexter Fletcher (Wild Bill) is set to direct.
Cohen clashed with Queen when the incendiary actor intended to take the film in a gritty, R-rated direction that explored all corners of Mercury’s tumultuous life. The details on his version were never disclosed but it was likely Cohen would have wanted to touch on Cohen’s sexual relationships (both male and female), parties, and eventual battle with AIDS. The surviving members of Queen, however, opted for a lighter, PG-rated film that would no doubt gloss over some of these elements.
It’s a »
- Christopher Sheridan
With Sacha Baron Cohen having dropped out earlier this year, the role of Freddie Mercury in his forthcoming biopic is no longer up for grabs, with Ben Whishaw confirmed to take the role. Whishaw was actually selected as the choice of Mercury’s Queen bandmates back in October, but after screen-testing for the part, Deadline reports the young actor has now officially signed on. In addition to that casting news, the report also reveals that Dexter Fletcher has been chosen to direct the film, only his third major picture after Wild Bill...
- George Wales
Huge news on this Tuesday morning as it looks as if Sunshine On Leith and Wild Bill helmer Dexter Fletcher is to direct Ben Whishaw in the biopic of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury. Fletcher, who was previously known for his acting work on Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels and the superb 80s kids show Press Gang, looks to have beat off all competition for the coveted gig after impressing with this year’s superb musical based around the music of The Proclaimers.
Peter Morgan (Rush, The Queen) is writing the Freddie Mercury biopic which for a long time had the talents of Sacha Baron Cohen attached to it. Now the talented Skyfall actor Whishaw will assume the role of the iconic frontman, with the film covering the band’s early years leading the way to their Live Aid performance in 1985.
Sony have first dibs to distribute the film.
- Paul Heath
News Simon Brew 10 Dec 2013 - 06:16
Earlier this year, Sacha Baron Cohen dropped out of the planned biopic of Freddie Mercury, leaving the producers with a sizeable problem. Who could convincingly step into the shoes of the legendary Queen lead singer? The answer, it seems, is Skyfall star Ben Whishaw.
Whishaw was linked with the role last week, but it's now being reported that he is indeed on board. The plan is to film the movie next year if all works out. Whishaw's committed to reprising his role as Q in Sam Mendes' next James Bond movie, but that's unlikely to be a massive time commitment.
For years, Sacha Baron Cohen was attached to play Freddie Mercury in a biopic about the Queen frontman. However, Baron Cohen dropped out earlier this year due to creative differences with the Mercury's Queen bandmates. The remaining Queen members identified Ben Whishaw as their ideal choice in October. Whishaw reportedly screen tested for the juicy role last month, and Deadline confirms Whishaw has landed the part. Additionally, Dexter Fletcher (Wild Bill) has signed on to direct. Hopefully this is the iteration that will get off the ground, because Whishaw is a promising young talent and I am curious to see what he can do as Mercury. The script by Peter Morgan (Rush) starts with Queen’s formation in the early 1970s and ends around their 1985 Live Aid set, which you can watch in full after the jump. »
- Brendan Bettinger
• Tom Cruise is developing a follow-up to 2012′s Jack Reacher with Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions. The sequel will be based on Lee Child’s Never Go Back – the 18th book in the series — where Jack is faced with a new commanding officer and a possible return to Army service. No writer or director is attached to the pic, but according to the report, all hope that Christopher McQuarrie, who directed the first film and is currently working on prepping Mission: Impossible 5 with Cruise, will return. [Deadline]
- Lindsey Bahr
We reported in October that Ben Whishaw was being eyed to star as Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury, and now his deal has been finalized. Sacha Baron Cohen had previously been attached to star, but he dropped out in July after creative differences with the band.
Dexter Fletcher has been meeting with band members to get a better feel for the story, which will tell the coming-of-age tale of Freddie Mercury, leading up to Queen's iconic Live Aid performance at Wembley Stadium in 1985, which is considered one of the great rock performances of all time. The singer died of AIDS in 1991, although his last days will not be part of the film. However, the film's rights package does come with several popular Queen songs such as "Bohemian Rhapsody," "We »
Exclusive: Hot off directing the musical Sunshine On Leith, British actor-turned-helmer Dexter Fletcher has closed a deal to helm the movie on rock supergroup Queen, with frontman Freddie Mercury to be played Ben Whishaw. Gk Films’ Graham King is producing, and Sony Pictures has first crack at the film. This has been a passion project for King for several years, and it started with Sacha Baron Cohen attached to play Mercury, the singular-voiced frontman. Fletcher, who’s repped by Wme and Independent, made his directorial debut with the BAFTA-nominated Wild Bill before directing Sunshine On Leith, a musical based on the Proclaimers songbook. Before that, Fletcher became a familiar face acting in films that include Guy Ritchie’s Lock Stock & Two Smoking Barrels. Whishaw has been rumored to be getting the Mercury role for some time. Related: Sacha Baron Cohen Exits Freddie Mercury Biopic I’m told that Fletcher has »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Spectacular flameouts and unlikely triumphs flickered across the nation’s living rooms this year, from cancellations to shocking success stories. With 2013 roaring to a close, TheWrap separates the successes from the failures. Winner: Kenny Powers (Danny McBride), “Eastbound & Down,” HBO Kenny rose like a phoenix from the third and almost final season of “Eastbound & Down” to regain his fame, fortune and balls in the fourth. And good, because Season 4 was arguably the best yet. The finale — including cameos from Sacha Baron Cohen, Lindsay Lohan and Alexander Skarsgård — was more spectacularly ridiculous than any fan of McBride, »
- Tim Molloy, Jethro Nededog, Tim Kenneally, Tony Maglio and Greg Gilman
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