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Rosamund Pike, the star of the highly anticipated film, Gone Girl, is about to get a lot of attention for her standout role as Amy Elliott Dunne, a disillusioned housewife who suddenly disappears on her fifth wedding anniversary. The part is one intense (and showy) role, and will surely stick with audiences well after the end credits stop rolling.
With all the buzz coming her way, it’s a good time to get to know the 35-year-old English actress making a big splash Stateside.
She’s a Bond Girl
While this is definitely her biggest role, it’s hardly her first. The actress’ first big screen part was Miranda Frost, a villainous Bond Girl in Pierce Brosnan’s final James Bond film Die Another Day. She was the 68th actress to be featured as a woman who finds herself entangled with the famed British spy.
And She Can Act
- Stacy Lambe
With less than three months to go before we return to Middle-earth for the final instalment of The Hobbit trilogy, Peter Jackson has been talking to Total Film about the upcoming The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, and specifically how he’s expanding the source material in order to provide a suitably epic climax to his Lord of the Rings prequel.
“We’re developing more story with the elves and with Gandalf. We’re developing the character of Bard the Bowman. We’re able to expand what was there, bring in a little bit extra to the mythology and open it up a bit. What we’re trying to do is have a lot of that conflict and resolution happen during the course of the battle, so it doesn’t just become all action. There’s still a plot with the characters to follow, even though they’re »
- Gary Collinson
As the child stars of BBC One's Outnumbered grow older and thus less deserving of our attention, series creators Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin have come up with an elegant and surprising solution to what surely must be a high demand at BBC Films for their show to follow Mrs Brown and The Inbetweeners from small screen acclaim to big box office returns.
While we bade farewell to the Brockmans at the end of the 2014 series, Hamilton and Jenkin's début feature, What We Did On Our Holiday, looks for all the world to be re-fitting their dysfunctional family shtick for the big screen. That it actually turns out to be something more unexpected might be worth the price of admission alone.
Abi and Doug McLeod (Rosamund Pike and David Tennant) are »
What We Did On Our Holiday is the feature debut from the brains behind Outnumbered, Guy Jenkin and Andy Hamilton. It's a bold film, that stars David Tennant, Billy Connolly and Rosamund Pike. And we got to spend some time with the pair to chat about the movie. Here's how the conversation went...
I've just been reading about your film on the BBFC website. The extended guidance it gives to parents is as worth a look as always, but it did get me thinking if you had a family audience in mind when you wrote the film? And did you have to tune anything with the BBFC?
Gj: We haven't been in any negotiation! We don't really think about positioning the film when we're writing it. »
Directors: Andy Hamilton, Guy Jenkin; Screenwriters: Andy Hamilton, Guy Jenkin; Starring: David Tennant, Rosamund Pike, Billy, Connolly, Emilia Jones, Bobby Smalldridge, Harriet Turnbull, Ben Miller; Running time: 95 mins; Certificate: 12A
Rosamund Pike is about to hit it big thanks to Gone Girl, but before that she'll be seen in What We Did On Our Holiday, an off-kilter family comedy from the creators of Outnumbered. With its story of a marriage under strain, media storm and dramatic mid-point twist, it could easily be paired up with David Fincher's thriller for a slightly eccentric double-bill.
Holiday is proof of the adage 'never judge a book by its cover'. Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin's movie is not the film its trailer makes it out to be, it's a lot more surprising and ambition than the sedate fare you'd expect based on the promos. This is a comedy that turns its clichéd »
Out in cinemas tomorrow is the new feel-good British comedy What We Did On Our Holiday, which stars Rosamund Pike, David Tennant, Billy Connolly and Ben Miller, who we caught up with to chat about the movie earlier on this week.
Doug and Abi are taking their three children on a trip to Scotland for a big family gathering. They are in the midst of a difficult divorce, and have asked the kids to keep it a secret from their extended family. But as the inevitable feuds kick in, a completely unexpected turn of events involving the children causes further tensions to rise to the surface. And with the repercussions that ensue – hilarious and emotional in equal measure – the family are forced to put aside their differences and work together or else risk losing what they hold most dear.
Check out Steve Palace’s interview with Ben below. You can »
- Paul Heath
To celebrate the forthcoming release of David Tennant’s new heart-warming comedy What We Did On Our Holiday, in cinemas 26th September 2014, The Hollywood News is giving 5 readers the chance to a prize bundle featuring a picnic basket, and notebook and pen!
From the creators of the hit BBC comedy series Outnumbered – What We Did On Our Holiday is a heart-warming, uplifting comedy for all the family.
A hilarious journey through an unforgettable family holiday as a couple attempts to keep their impending divorce secret from their extended family.
Doug (David Tennant) and Abi (Rosamund Pike) and their three children travel to the Scottish Highlands for Doug’s father Gordie’s (Billy Connolly) birthday party, where it’s soon clear that when it comes to keeping their secret under wraps their children are their biggest liability.
From nine year old Lottie’s notebook to keep track of the lies so »
- Paul Heath
Doug (Tennant) and Abi (Pike), in the midst of a separation they would rather not shout about, travel to Scotland to celebrate Doug’s Father’s (Connolly) 75th birthday with their three children and the rest of their dysfunctional family.
Find a formula that works and stick to it. In this case, Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin take what is essentially their own lovingly crafted Outnumbered, the much lauded British sitcom, change the characters just enough to make it seem like a new project and tell the same jokes. The kids and the parents may be different, but it’s still just a warm, mostly fuzzy and regularly delightful version of ‘Kids Say The Funniest Things’, that all parents will both recognise and be delighted by, »
- Steve Leadbetter
Doug (David Tennant) and Abi (Rosamund Pike) are on the verge of divorce, but keen to keep their troubles a secret from Doug's ailing dad (Billy Connolly) when they get to the Scottish Highlands for his 75th birthday. But with three extremely precocious children, can they keep the split under wraps? The team behind TV hit Outnumbered create a comedy that tickles the funny bone but also stirs the soul. »
Connolly met Williams roughly 30 years ago when they were both performing on a Canadian talk show, and the pair became fast friends, with the latter frequently visiting the former’s home in Scotland. The two, who’d long bonded over their shared love of comedy, recently found a new thing they had in common – Parkinson’s disease.
“We used to talk about Parkinson’s a lot. He would call me and we would compare notes. His was early onset, the same as mine,” Connolly told The Telegraph. “Everybody worries about it. It’s like a mugger following you around.”
Connolly, who calls Williams a “complicated man, but a beautiful person,” would often exchange “I love you’s” during conversations with one another. »
The incoming British comedy drama, What We Did On Our Holiday, boasts a terrific ensemble cast. But perhaps the standout is Billy Connolly. He takes on the role of Gordy in the film, primarily working with the film's young cast. And on a British Monday morning, we found ourselves opposite an apparently jetlagged Billy Connolly, sipping away at his tea, and in fine form. Here's how our chat went...
Nice to meet you.
Consider yourself met!
I've been told that to knock you off kilter for the rest of the interview that I should ask you something random right at the start. So: have microwave ovens been a good thing for modern cooking?
Nooooo! No! It's been crap! They can't handle pastry. It's its great failing!
It's true. Plus »
Billy Connolly has had to struggle with a lot over the last couple of years, with one week in particular, proving more challenging than most after being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, deafness and prostate cancer, he told The Daily Mirror on Monday. The larger-than-life Scottish comedian-turned-actor and star of Brave, Quartet, Mrs. Brown and the upcoming The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies is currently promoting the dramedy What I Did On Our Holiday, which also stars David Tennant and Rosamund Pike, and will be released in the U.K. on Friday. Speaking to the Mirror, he was in a reflective mood about
- Abid Rahman
Updated, Monday, 12:47 Pm: We have all 29 films’ final totals updated so far, including this weekend’s big box office king, The Maze Runner. Updated so far (besides Maze Runner) are Universal’s The Boxtrolls and Lucy, Disney/Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy, and the Fox titles Let’s Be Cops, How To Train Your Dragon 2 from DreamWorks’ Animation, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, Paramount’s newly revamped franchises Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Hercules, Fox’s Ya success story The Fault In Our Stars, Universal’s horror flicks As Above/So Below and The Purge: Anarchy, Fox’s El Nino, Finding Fanny, Doktorspiele and Guten Tag, Ramon. We also just got Warner Bros. titles’ Dolphin Tale 2, Into The Storm, If I Stay, Relatos Salvajes and Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends and other Uni titles The Riot Club, indie fav Boyhood and dance franchise Step Up All In. »
- Nancy Tartaglione
Final Update, Monday, 2:12 Pm: The fall season is off to a good start, thanks to Fox’s The Maze Runner which opened nicely to $32.5M for the three-day weekend. The next installment of the film, The Maze Runner 2: Scorch Trials, is already set to bow September 18, 2015. While Fox has created another franchise for the industry, Liam Neeson and Universal weren’t so lucky with A Walk Among The Tombstones. The picture didn’t appeal to the female audience — that same demo which helped Non-Stop open to $28.8M earlier this year for the actor. Tombstones ends this weekend with $12.7M. This Is Where I Leave You opened to mediocre numbers after having a less than expected Sunday. It will take in only $11.5M for Warner Bros.
- Anita Busch
Billy Connolly thinks Robin Williams “tried to say goodbye” before committing suicide in August. While speaking to The Telegraph about his friend, the Scottish comedian said they frequently told one another that they loved each other during phone conversations, and last one was no exception. Also read: Robin Williams to Live On as Character in ‘World of Warcraft’ Virtual World “I never stopped it and he never stopped telling me. As a matter of fact, I thought afterwards he tried to say goodbye to me, because he got very luvvie towards the end. It's fanciful but that's what I told myself, »
- Greg Gilman
The family comedy comes from Outnumbered creators Guy Jenkin and Andy Hamilton, and brings the spirit of the BBC sitcom to the big screen with Pike and Tennant playing parents taking their kids up to Scotland for grandpa Gordy's (Billy Connolly) birthday.
Speaking to Digital Spy, Pike revealed that it was Jenkin and Hamilton's script's ability to tap into the "magic of childhood" that convinced her to jump on board.
"You do start off on a story you think you've got a handle on, then it just goes to these extraordinary places," Pike said of the comedy, which surprises with a bittersweet blend of humour, warmth and tragedy.
"I like the fact it's a film where the adults »
The comedian told The Daily Telegraph that the recently-deceased actor called him to tell him that he loved him.
"[Robin] was my pal," he said. "He was not always depressed. He was a complicated man, but a beautiful person. He was a joy."
He added that the pair used to discuss Parkinson's disease, which they both suffered from.
"We used to talk about Parkinson's a lot," Connolly added. "He would call me and we would compare notes.
"His was early on-set, the same as mine. Everybody worries about it. It's like a mugger following you around."
Connolly said that Williams had phoned him to tell him how much he loved him shortly before he died.
"We told each other we loved each other," Connelly said. "I told him and he told me many times. »
Running Time: 95 Minutes
Synopsis: Explores the meaning of life and suggests how best to live and love.
Writer/directors Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin bring the semi-improvised style of their hit sitcom Outnumbered to the big screen in this cosy comedy drama rocked by an outrageous twist. Beleaguered pairing David Tennant and Rosamund Pike have to pretend their marriage hasn’t fallen apart when a birthday celebration for Tennant’s father (Billy Connolly) demands they travel up to the Highlands with three precocious children (Emilia Jones, Bobby Smalldridge and Harriet Turnbull). Meanwhile up in Scotland uptight millionaire brother Ben Miller and repressed wife Amelia Bullmore plan the festivities at his hi-tech country house. When the family convenes the resulting fault-lines lead to a tragic incident »
- Steve Palace
Recently, New Line Cinema delivered this new movie banner (above) for their upcoming "Hobbit 3: The Battle Of The Five Armies," and it looks quite epic to say the least, featuring just about every major character in action. As for the movie, it stars: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch, Stephen Fry, Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt, Orlando Bloom, John Bell, Manu Bennett, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Billy Connolly, Ryan Gage, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Stephen Hunter, William Kircher, Lawrence Makoare, Sylvester McCoy, Graham McTavish, Dean O'Gorman, Mikael Persbrandt, and Aidan Turner. In the new flick, an enraged Smaug will rain his fiery wrath down upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town. Obsessed above all else with his reclaimed treasure, Thorin will sacrifice friendship and honor to hoard it as Bilbo's »
With three months to go until we return to Middle-earth, an epic new banner for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies has arrived online, featuring all of the main players from the final chapter of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy. Click the image for a high-resolution version of the banner in all its glory…
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves. Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world. Enraged, Smaug rains his fiery wrath down upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town.
Obsessed above all else with his reclaimed treasure, Thorin sacrifices friendship and honor to hoard it as Bilbo’s frantic attempts to make him see reason drive the Hobbit towards a desperate and dangerous choice. »
- Gary Collinson
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