9 items from 2014
London, April 8: Billy Connolly will be using a Nasa-style cooling suit under his hobbit armor during the filming of additional scenes in New Zealand.
The 71-year-old comedian, who played the role of dwarf warrior Dane Ironfoot, had faced considerable discomfort while filming scenes two years ago but the personal air conditioning system, which is developed for astronauts to regulate the temperatures in their space suits, will resolve the issue, the Daily Star reported.
The scenes being shot are for continuity in footage already shot for the final part of the Tolkien trilogy 'The Hobbit: There and Back Again' which co-stars. »
- Arun Pandit
London, Mar 8: Comedian Billy Connolly has stopped taking his medication for Parkinson's disease because they were apparently turning him into a sex addict.
He told a chat show in the Us that the side effects are an overriding interest in sex and gambling, the Mirror reported.
Scientists say drugs used to treat the neurological condition are linked to compulsive shopping, cleaning and gambling, as well as a higher sex drive.
Billy was diagnosed with the degenerative brain disorder last year after an Australian doctor, who was a fan, told him he was showing early signs of the illness.
The star - who is married to psychologist Pamela Stephenson, 64, and has five children from his two marriages - also had prostate. »
- Abhijeet Sen
Billy Connolly will talk openly about his battle with Parkinson's disease and prostate cancer in a new ITV series.
The comedian and actor will discuss the subject of mortality and death within different cultures and communities in the two-part series Billy Connolly's Big Send Off.
Connolly will also discover the business behind death, and will share how he would like to be remembered and his own funeral plans.
His journey will take him to a funeral convention in Texas and a pet cemetery in San Francisco, as well as a drive-through funeral parlour in Los Angeles.
Connolly will also visit his favourite graveyard in his hometown of Glasgow, and shares stories of funerals that he has attended, including that of his friend Keith Moon.
As television groups continue to criss-cross the globe acquiring production companies in key markets, Australia’s Seven Network is the latest international player to step into TV production in Britain. The group has formed 7Wonder, a UK joint venture with former Maverick Television executives Alexandra Fraser, Liza Abbott and Simon Ellse. Australia’s most watched broadcast platform says the move is intended to underline its commitment to increasing its international presence in TV production and new format creation. The company is also expected to mine some of Seven’s Oz output for potential remakes. Seven recently launched the 7Beyond joint venture with Mythbusters producer Beyond International which focuses on product for the U.S. market. The initial focus for 7Wonder will be the UK, across all genres. Fraser will be Chief Creative Officer. She spent nearly 20 years at non-scripted producer Maverick, where her credits include Embarrassing Bodies, How To Look Good Naked »
- NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor
TV: House Of Cards
Season two of the Emmy-winning Us political drama premiered last Friday. Catch up with Kevin Spacey's skullduggerous Democratic congressman Frank Underwood as he climbs the greasy pole to assume the role of vice president – or dig back through all 13 episodes of season one, which is still available on Netflix.
TV: The Musketeers
Luke Pasqualino is the swashbuckling d'Artagnan and Peter Capaldi excels as dastardly Cardinal Richelieu in this frothy but entertaining take on Alexandre Dumas's 19th-century tale, which has just scored a second series. You can catch up with the first four episodes now on iPlayer.
TV: Amazon Pilots
- Gwilym Mumford
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 13 Feb 2014 - 06:39
Our voyage through history's underappreciated films arrives at the year 2008 - another great year for lesser-seen gems...
For some, 2008 will be memorable as the year of The Dark Knight, with its astonishingly unhinged turn from the late Heath Ledger. Alternatively, it could be remembered as the year a legion Indiana Jones fans left cinemas glum-faced, having sat through Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull.
Elsewhere, Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan sang and danced on a Greek island in Mamma Mia!, while Will Smith played an alcoholic superhero in Hancock. But as usual, 2008 offered plenty of watchable movies outside the top 10, which is where we swoop in - like Hancock after a bottle of gin.
So as usual, here's our selection of 25 underappreciated films from the year 2008 - starting with a British horror film starring Michael Fassbender...
25. Eden Lake
James Watkins had written »
The Fleming, Lucan and Hellboy star on his viewing pros and woes
The Newsroom. I love the pace. Jeff Daniels is brilliant as the anchor and Emily Mortimer's very good as well. I loved The West Wing; it's my favourite ever television show. I've always loved the writing of Aaron Sorkin. He cleverly intersperses big issues alongside personal relationships. That always interests me, the idea of looking at public issues and the private.
Earliest TV memory?
Super Gran. It was a children's teatime programme on in the 1980s, about a Scottish grandmother who has super powers. It had a very distinctive theme tune, originally by Billy Connolly. It was quite rocking, actually!
It's pretty old school… The World At War. They'd never make it now – they'd probably not get the money – but it just has such extraordinary documentary footage of that war and interviews with »
- Ellie Violet Bramley
Earliest TV memory?
I remember a programme called The Boy From Space. There was a black actor called Loftus Burton in it; he ended up starting the drama school I went to in Notting Hill. Loftus went on to act in the TV series Space: 1999 and I went on to be the "pussy in space".
The Real McCoy. British television is lacking in that kind of show. The characters were not written by some guy in an ivory tower who dictates what we should be watching. Only a certain number of people now get to take the piss out of people who need the piss taken out of them. The only show that really did that was Spitting Image, and The Real McCoy was very much like that, but it was from a different community's point of view. »
- Kate Hutchinson
(L-r) John Lloyd Young as Frankie Valli, Erich Bergen as Bob Gaudio, Vincent Piazza as Tommy DeVito and Michael Lomenda as Nick Massi in Warner Bros. Pictures’ musical “Jersey Boys, ” a Warner Bros. Pictures release.
Warner Bros. Pictures has released their slate of films for 2014. Along with each movie’s synopsis and photos, you will find Hobbits, dolphins, legos, Godzilla as well as the latest info and first image of Clint Eastwood’s take on the musical Jersey Boys.
The cinematic lineup hosts a bevy of A-listers for fans of Tom Cruise, Johnny Depp, Russell Crowe, Colin Farrell, Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis, Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga, Bryan Cranston, Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Jamie Foxx, Chris Pine, Kevin Spacey, and Christoph Waltz.
Further on down the cinematic »
- Michelle McCue
9 items from 2014
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