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“Amar Akbar & Tony deals with universal themes like friendship and love” – Martin Delaney

13 April 2015 12:51 AM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

In his career, Martin Delaney has starred on stage, on television and has been seen in feature films like Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty playing a myriad of characters.  Taking on the challenge of doing something a bit different, the young actor plays the role of Tony in the British independent film Amar Akbar & Tony a realistic, multicultural coming-of age comedy drama.

Amar, Akbar & Tony follows the lives of three childhood friends as they stumble through life from their carefree twenties into adulthood. Martin’s character Tony whose obsession with winning over the Asian woman of his dreams finds him pursuing the wrong woman.

Check out the trailer to get a feel for Martin’s Tony and the world of Amar Akbar & Tony.

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In this fabulous interview Martin Delaney tells us about playing Tony, how much the cast bonded while »

- Stacey Yount

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Ursula Le Guin interview: sci-fi and fantasy snobbery, adaptations & trouble-making

2 April 2015 1:49 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

We spoke to seminal Us fantasy and sci-fi author Ursula Le Guin about her career, radicalism, literary influence and more…

A Wizard Of Earthsea. The Left Hand Of Darkness. The Lathe Of Heaven. The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas. The Dispossessed. Ursula Le Guin may not thank me for listing them (“Everybody wants to go back to the older stuff, come on now! I’ve written some really good stuff recently! I don’t want to get stuck in reminiscing”) but the novels and short stories she published in the sixties and seventies are undeniable sci-fi and fantasy classics.

Le Guin has nourished imaginative literature for decades with fine, precise prose and political provocation. She’s also spent years clear-headedly defending sci-fi and fantasy against the kind of people who turn up their noses up at books with dragons on their covers and maps in their title pages.

She »

- louisamellor

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Watch Dame Judi Dench discuss working with Dustin Hoffman in Esio Trot

1 April 2015 1:50 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Dame Judi Dench has spoken about Esio Trot in a new interview clip exclusive to Digital Spy.

Watch below as the actress discusses working with Dustin Hoffman on the BBC One Christmas film.

Dench and Hoffman starred as Mr Hoppy and Mrs Silver in the adaptation of Roald Dahl's novel.

The 90-minute film was written by Richard Curtis and Paul Mayhew-Archer, who previously collaborated on BBC comedy The Vicar of Dibley.

Esio Trot follows Mr Hoppy (Hoffman), a retired bachelor who has a secret love for his neighbour Mrs Silver (Dench).

However, she only gives her attention to her pet tortoise Alfie. The shy Mr Hoppy's attempts to talk to Mrs Silver usually end in some form of calamity.

Roald Dahl's Esio Trot is out now on DVD. »

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Watch Dame Judi Dench discuss working with Dustin Hoffman in Esio Trot

1 April 2015 1:50 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Dame Judi Dench has spoken about Esio Trot in a new interview clip exclusive to Digital Spy.

Watch below as the actress discusses working with Dustin Hoffman on the BBC One Christmas film.

Dench and Hoffman starred as Mr Hoppy and Mrs Silver in the adaptation of Roald Dahl's novel.

The 90-minute film was written by Richard Curtis and Paul Mayhew-Archer, who previously collaborated on BBC comedy The Vicar of Dibley.

Esio Trot follows Mr Hoppy (Hoffman), a retired bachelor who has a secret love for his neighbour Mrs Silver (Dench).

However, she only gives her attention to her pet tortoise Alfie. The shy Mr Hoppy's attempts to talk to Mrs Silver usually end in some form of calamity.

Roald Dahl's Esio Trot is out now on DVD. »

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7 actors who were too attractive for the role: Hugh Grant, Harry Potter

1 April 2015 6:01 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Ok, so we all know that movie logic increases the median attractiveness of everybody on screen by at least 50%, and we accept it. But what happens when an actor is just too attractive for suspension of disbelief to work in a particular role?

Mae Whitman being cast as the eponymous "designated ugly fat friend" in this weekend's The Duff is a fine example. Thankfully the film (which is kind of great, by the way) does take pains to emphasise that even perfectly attractive people can be the Duff in their friendship group, because Duff is a state of mind. Or something.

Digital Spy takes a look back at seven more actors who were too attractive for the part, most of whom still got cast anyway.

Hugh Grant (Four Weddings and a Funeral)

Last year, mere months after Four Weddings celebrated its 20th birthday, Hugh Grant dropped the bombshell that nobody »

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TV Review: ‘Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot’

29 March 2015 4:00 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

A rare romance from the typically dark imagination of children’s book author Roald Dahl, “Esio Trot” spells more than just “tortoise” backwards, but an evening of warm-fuzzy feelings all around as Dustin Hoffman’s Mr. Hoppy devises an elaborate scheme to woo the chelonian-loving widow downstairs, as played by Judi Dench. Commissioned as a New Year’s telepic for British TV, this delightful family offering is already making its way to homevideo in several European markets, but could potentially support a more substantial treatment Stateside, if someone were to shell out for theatrical (exec producers Harvey and Bob Weinstein bought all other U.S. rights).

Judging by Hoffman and Dench’s involvement alone, this is no ordinary TV movie. Co-written by “Love Actually’s” Richard Curtis (who shares credit with Paul Mayhew-Archer) and directed by smallscreen miracle worker Dearbhla Walsh (“Little Dorrit,” “Shameless”), the film has been crafted with »

- Peter Debruge

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Watch the best moments from U.K.’s red nose day

24 March 2015 3:38 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

 

Back on March 13, BBC aired a six hour telethon to raise money for Comic Relief. The telethon raisied over 78 million pounds and after thirty years, celebrities celebrated raising over 1 billion pounds. Along with documentary shorts highlighting the charities supported, humorous sketches and musical numbers were shown. Comic Relief was started by writer Richard Curtis (Love Actually, Notting Hill) and comedian Lenny Henry to raise support for families starving in Ethiopia.

To the surprise of everyone, Orlando Bloom (Lord of the Rings, Pirates of the Caribbean) made an appearance to kiss David Walliams (Little Britain) to help break a world record in “Most Kisses Received in 30 Seconds.” Popular sketches brought back Mr. Bean, the Vicar of Dibley, and Little Britain (featuring Stephen Hawking). Parodies of The Four Yorkshiremen, James Bond (featuring Daniel Craig and Roger Moore), and One Direction were featured. Liam Gallagher of the original Shameless was also named a national treasure. »

- Michelle Leibowitz

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Spring Review

20 March 2015 10:30 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

This review was originally published during Fantastic Fest 2014.

Since festival audiences have already exhausted the “Spring is like…” comments over every form of social media (Spring is like Before Sunrise meets H.P. Lovecraft, for example), I’ll just plainly say that Spring is romantically horrific bliss, achieving perfection through tragedy and soul. Is there a subgenre of horror equatable to the “Mumblecore” scene yet? If not, filmmakers Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead have pioneered it, throwing together a loving tale that’s aided by a creature-feature subplot akin to a Troma production on super-steroids.

There’s something so primal and affectionate about Spring. It strikes an honesty that’s notably reminiscent to Richard Linklater’s or Joe Swanberg’s crowning work. It’s the most regal of Shakespearean epics meets the most sinister Joe Dante feverdream, striking a wealth of emotional riches while also utilizing beastly effects reminiscent of Landis »

- Matt Donato

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NBC brings Red Nose Day to the U.S. on May 21

18 March 2015 3:19 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Red Nose Day is coming to the U.S. NBC will introduce Americans to the long-time U.K. charity tradition with a three-hour live telethon on May 21.

Variety reports Christina Aguilera, Jon Hamm, and Sienna Miller have already begun promoting the New York-based event, which will feature comedy sketches, standup sets, musical performances and celebrity appearances.

Launched 30 years ago by Love Actually and Bridget JonesDiary director Richard Curtis, the drive raises money for various charities and attempts to raise public awareness about the plight of underprivileged people living throughout the world. The U.S. effort will donate proceeds to 12 charities that help young people in the U.S., Africa, Asia, and Latin American, including Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the Vaccine Alliance, Children’s Health Fund, and United Way.

As in the U.K., people will be encouraged to buy red clown noses to don on May 21 to show solidarity with the cause. »

- A.R. Wilson

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NBC Sets 3-Hour ‘Red Nose Day’ Live Telethon for May 21

18 March 2015 7:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

NBC will close out the 2014-15 regular season on May 21 with a three-hour live telethon that marks the arrival in the U.S. of the Red Nose Day charity drive that has become a U.K. institution.

The Peacock is planning a star-packed telecast featuring standup and sketch comedy segments, musical performances and various celebrity appearances. The special will originate from New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom.

Red Nose Day was launched in 1985 by director Richard Curtis, of “Love Actually” and “Bridget Jones’s Diary” fame. The goal was to raise money for a range of worthy causes and also generate awareness among the public of the struggles of underprivileged people around the world.

As in the U.K., Red Nose Day will include a retail push to encourage people to buy plastic red clown noses to wear on May 21 as a means of acknowledging the greater need in the world. »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Comic Relief breaks £1 billion barrier after 30 years: 'Thanks Britain'

13 March 2015 6:25 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Comic Relief has officially raised over £1 billion for charity since the project started 30 years ago, with £78,082,988m already achieved for this year's fundraiser.

The Red Nose Day event, which launched in 1985, broadcast live from the London Palladium for the first time on Friday night (March 13).

More Than - One Billion Pounds over the past 30 years. Britain you are great. #ComicRelief pic.twitter.com/vltoquePDl

— Red Nose Day (@rednoseday) March 14, 2015

Richard Curtis, founder and vice chair of Comic Relief, said: "This is a very strange moment for me. When a bunch of comedians got together all those years ago we dreamed of raising a million or two, and never imagined the generosity that would be shown by the British public for so many years.

"Figures tell us that the billion pounds have helped around 50 million people in the UK and overseas, 50 million people whose lives have been changed or saved by »

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20 Cult British Films You Need To See Before You Die

13 March 2015 2:27 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Eagle Films

When one thinks of British films, what immediately springs to mind are the gentle comedies of Richard Curtis such as Four Weddings And A Funeral or Notting Hill or the image of Harry Potter. But British cinema is not all light romance or whizz kid wizards. In fact, since the early days of the medium British film output always been incredibly diverse, producing horror (through the legendary Hammer and Amicus studios), war, comedy, kitchen sink social realism and good old exploitation movies of every flavour. It also produced Michael Winner, but the least said about that, the better.

British cinema was, for decades, subject to the strictest censorship laws in the Western world (widely known as The Limp D**k Laws) which prohibited the flourishing of really interesting films for adults. Instead the intrepid cinema customer was treated to supremely unerotic ‘nudist’ films, followed by British sex films, »

- Clare Simpson

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‘Dig’ Premiere: Jason Isaacs Dispels ‘Da Vinci Code’ Comparisons, Talks ‘Creepy’ New Thriller

5 March 2015 1:30 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

USA Network’s “Dig,” a 10-part mystery thriller created by “Homeland’s” Gideon Raff and “Heroes'” Tim Kring, premieres at 10 p.m. on March 5. The event series stars Jason Isaacs as Peter Connelly, an FBI agent recently stationed in Jerusalem who begins investigating the murder of a young American and inadvertently uncovers an ancient international conspiracy that threatens to change the course of human history. The cast also includes Anne Heche, Alison Sudol, Ori Pfeffer, David Costabile, Lauren Ambrose, Angela Bettis, Richard E. Grant, Regina Taylor and Omar Metwally.

Variety spoke to Isaacs ahead of the show’s premiere to discover the pros and cons of shooting in Jerusalem versus New Mexico, Peter’s “dark and murky” journey down the rabbit hole, and those pesky comparisons to “The Da Vinci Code.”

What most appealed to you about playing Peter?

Isaacs: Well, the fact is, if somebody says to you »

- Laura Prudom

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Gff 2015: Sex comedy ‘The Little Death’ fires too many blanks

22 February 2015 8:35 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Little Death

Written and directed by Josh Lawson

Australia, 2014

The Little Death is an Australian comedy concerning five hetero couples (or potential couple in one case), whose relationships become defined by their fetishes. Though the lives of some of these characters intertwine through the setup of them living in the same neighbourhood, the film is more anthology feature than network narrative in that the stories basically act as shorts that we jump in and out of for 95 minutes – and one of them runs uninterrupted for the final 20. Writer-director Josh Lawson even introduces each plot thread with a title card akin to what you might find in a more traditional anthology feature. This isn’t so much The ABCs of Sex, but the title of recent Argentinean anthology Wild Tales wouldn’t be out of place if re-applied to The Little Death.

Lawson definitely tries to be wild, anyway. His »

- Josh Slater-Williams

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Paddy McGuinness confirms Phoenix Nights live shows raised almost £5m

20 February 2015 4:05 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Paddy McGuinness has spoken about the recent Phoenix Nights tour.

The actor - who played Patrick O'Shea on the sitcom and reprised the role for the recent arena gigs in Manchester - revealed that the live shows have raised around £5 million for Comic Relief.

Speaking on The Jonathan Ross Show, the Take Me Out host said: "I've not got an exact figure [of money raised] but it'll be around the £5 million mark."

On working once again with Peter Kay and the cast of the show, he said: "We all got in a room the day we rehearsed - and it was one day's rehearsal. We picked up where we left off, and it was amazing!"

McGuinness also spoke about Ted Robbins's health scare, which saw the actor collapse on stage during the opening night of the tour.

"The first night of the tour, Ted Robbins - who plays Den Perry - collapsed »

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From 'The Thin Man' to 'Dogfight': A broken-hearted Valentine's playlist

14 February 2015 11:30 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

It has not been an easy week. At the start of the week, we had our editorial meeting here at HitFix, as we do every Monday, to talk about both the week ahead and longer-term projects as well. For fairly obvious reasons, there was a fair amount of talk about Valentine's Day content, and I mentioned a few different ideas that I might write about, including one that I'll end up publishing at some point about Steve Martin. But even as I pitched a few ideas, I found myself uncomfortable with the entire idea of writing about romantic films right now. Honestly, I was hoping to spend this week with my head down and then just sail right through this weekend without writing about love at all, because for the first time in my adult life, I am no longer sure what I think about it. After all, I was with my wife for 14 years. »

- Drew McWeeny

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The Best Romantic Comedies on Netflix Right Now

13 February 2015 6:00 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Romantic comedies: They make us laugh, they make us cry, then they make us laugh at how much we cried. We've rounded up all our favorites currently streaming on Netflix, from screwball classics in the public domain through the high periods of the late '80s, mid-'90s, and early 2000s to the current renaissance of microbudget rom-coms. You may remember some of them from our lists of the 25 best romantic comedies since When Harry Mery Sally, 27 best indie rom-coms, and 8 mumblecore rom-coms, but hey — if a movie's good, why recommend it only once?Four Weddings and Funeral (1994)In just his second feature script, writer Richard Curtis sketched out the formula for what would become a lucrative subgenre: the Brit rom-com. Take a handsomely nebbishy protagonist, pair him off with a bold and bright love interest, and fill the scenes with a collection of quirky supporting characters who all get »

- Nate Jones

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Hugh Grant Has A Message For People Who Think Love Actually Is Bs

12 February 2015 9:54 AM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Hugh Grant has launched an impassioned defense of Love Actually, while at the same time also revealing that the romantic-comedy.s writer and director, Richard Curtis, is a woeful romantic. According to Vulture, Hugh Grant made his comments after being informed of The Atlantic.s recent tenth-anniversary review of Love Actually. Rather than celebrating the intertwining tales of London.s lovelorn, the publication heavily lambasted the film. In fact The Atlantic called it anti-romantic. (!!!) After a screening of his latest rom-com, The Rewrite, on Tuesday, Hugh Grant decided that he wouldn.t take this abuse lying down, and valiantly fought back. And in the process revealed just how chequered Richard Curtis. history in the love department is. Well, interesting theory. I don.t think [Love Actually] is fake, because Richard Curtis, who wrote I, is a man [who] has suffered more in love than any human being I.ve ever »

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Vienna Series 2 Out Now!

12 February 2015 6:53 AM, PST | Kasterborous.com | See recent Kasterborous news »

Philip Bates is a writer at Kasterborous Doctor Who News and Reviews - All the latest Doctor Who news and reviews with our weekly podKast, features and interviews, and a long-running forum.

As Ultravox sang: Oooooh, Vienna! The second series of Vienna from Big Finish is out now. Star Trek‘s Chase Masterson is back as glamourous bounty hunter, Vienna Salvatori, across three new stories in one weighty boxset. Co-starring Samantha Béart as Lieutenant Jexie Reagan, Harry Ditson as Chief Doran Curtis, and Dalek‘s John Schwab as Anders, here’s the official synopsis: Tabula Rasa by...

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- Philip Bates

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Hugh Grant Defends Love Actually’s Rom-Com Merits

11 February 2015 8:49 PM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

You may recall an online debate, prompted by a scathing tenth-anniversary review in The Atlantic, that posited Love Actually is not only the least romantic movie ever — but actively anti-romantic. Harsh. Hugh Grant responded Tuesday to the criticism of the ultimate holiday indulgence at the screening of his latest quasi-rom-com, The Rewrite, hosted by the Cinema Society and Brooks Brothers. "Well, interesting theory," Grant told Vulture. "I don't think it's fake, because Richard Curtis, who wrote it, is a man [who] has suffered more in love than any other human being I've ever met. So he does care about love; it's the thing that has dictated his whole life. So I think he did write it from the heart."And what about the shallow story line of his character, the British prime minister, who presumably falls in love with his staff member upon first glance? "I don't know," he said. "I »

- Kylie Gilbert

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