15 items from 2014
Flickering Myth catches up with Charles Dance…
Directed by Garrick Hamm (The Man Who Married Himself), Retrospective an all star British cast lead by Charles Dance (Game Of Thrones), Emilia Fox (Silent Witness), Vincent Regan (Snow White And The Huntsman, 300) and Omid Djalili (Sex And The City 2). It follows Jonathan Hoyle (Dance), who has been a war photographer in some of the world’s most troubled places, but it is in London, the night before a retrospective of his life’s work, that he is taken off the street by an armed man. Hoyle is about to learn that his photographs were not without consequences, and whether he survives the night will depend on what exactly he witnessed through his camera’s unflinching eye.
In this exclusive interview, we speak with Charles Dance to talk about working on the movie.
FM: Thanks for taking the time to talk to us today. »
- Luke Owen
A World Exclusive for you here folks! We have a featurette on short film Retrospective which features Charles Dance (Games of Thrones) and Emilia Fox (TV’s Silent Witness) which you can watch below. Check back later today for an exclusive interview with Charles Dance himself.
Directed by Garrick Hamm (The Man Who Married Himself), the film features an all star British cast lead by Charles Dance (‘Game Of Thrones’), Emilia Fox (‘Silent Witness’), Vincent Regan (Snow White And The Huntsman, 300) and Omid Djalili (Sex And The City 2). It follows Jonathan Hoyle (Charles Dance), who has been a war photographer in some of the world’s most troubled places, but it is in London, the night before a retrospective of his life’s work, that he is taken off the street by an armed man. Hoyle is about to learn that his photographs were not without consequences, and whether »
- Luke Owen
Here's a treat for Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy fans: previously unseen material is being performed live this very week...
Previously unseen Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy material is to be exclusively performed at a comedy book festival that kicks off later this week. And the good news is that tickets are still available.
Writer Jem Roberts has unearthed reams of previously undiscovered archive material from Douglas Adams as part of his research for a new biography, The Frood. His stash includes unfinished drafts of a second Hitchhiker TV series that never got made, reams of printed notes for an abandoned Dirk Gently book, A Spoon Too Short, and numerous abandoned chapters for Mostly Harmless.
But the cornerstone of the performance at the Chortle Comedy Book Festival will be a chapter from Life The Universe & Everything that was ditched before publication. In the extract, Angst In Space, Zaphod Beeblebrox faces a court interrogation. »
Orkian will play Mahmoud Nassir, a Muslim man who discovers that he was adopted and that his birth parents are Jewish. The role was originally played by Omid Djalili in Baddiel's feature film.
Baddiel is directing The Infidel – The Musical with Kerry Michael of Theatre Royal Stratford East.
Baddiel said of the stage production: "Despite being released in 43 countries, The Infidel movie, with its message of tolerance through comedy, seems not completely to have fixed Muslim-Jewish relations.
"Luckily The Infidel – The Musical, with its terrific cast, »
By 2009, the new version of Doctor Who had become not only an integral part of Saturday night television and a huge Christmas ratings winner but also an international success all over again. David Tennant, who had played the Time Lord since 2005 and was, arguably, more popular than any Doctor since the mighty Tom Baker hung up his scarf in 1981, had announced his resignation from the part he loved in October 2008. Many wondered how the incoming showrunner, Steven Moffat, would follow Tennant and what kind of show would emerge.
Tennant spent much of 2009 on stage in Hamlet and was only able to devote small amounts of time to Doctor Who. Occasional specials »
Bob Hoskins passed away earlier today (April 30) at the age of 71.
Stars of stage, screen and beyond have paid tribute to the respected actor. A selection of messages are presented below:
Bob Hoskins was an acting great and a wonderful, kind man. I am truly saddened by his passing. My deepest sympathy to his loved ones.
— christina ricci (@ChristinaRicci) April 30, 2014
— Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) April 30, 2014
Just heard the very sad news Bob Hoskins has died. He was one of the best. I feel honoured to have met & worked with him. Rip Bob. Xx
— Vicky McClure (@Vicky »
The 2010 British film, written by David Baddiel, starred comedian Djalili as a devout Muslim who discovers that he was adopted and his birth parents are Jewish.
Baddiel wrote on Twitter that the project had hit its target of £55,000, going on to joke: "Oh, hang on. Means we have to do the bloody thing... But really, incredible thanks."
The music for the stage production will be composed by Erran Baron Cohen, older brother of Hollywood star Sacha.
According to its Kickstarter page, the Infidel musical will be in the tradition of such subversive productions as Book of Mormon, Avenue Q and Spamalot!
The show will run at Theatre Royal Stratford East in London.
Snoop Dogg has appeared in a new advert for MoneySuperMarket.
The Us rapper narrates and stars in the new campaign from the price comparison website.
The ad features a geeky guy cruising through Los Angeles in an invisible lowrider and impressing some ladies before snapping back to reality.
Snoop Dogg then appears in a blue suit with a group of women, saying: "Save money, feel epic."
MoneySuperMarket's brand director Gareth Helm said that the advert shows how "great it feels" to save money, transforming Phil into an "epic dude who isn't just recognised by the Gs and Honeys of La's hip-hop scene but also by the legendary Snoop himself".
"Have some price comparison TV icons had their day?" he asked. "This advert using Snoop is about shaking up the sector."
Aside from being one of the very best films of this awards season, the Coen brothers' lovely, melancholic Inside Llewyn Davis also features one of the very best performances from a cat we've ever seen on the big screen.
In honour of the wonder that is Ulysses the Cat, we've picked out eleven more of the movies' greatest felines. We only had one rule: these had to be domestic cats. Sorry Simba, Aslan, Richard Parker et al.
Thomas O'Malley (The AristoCats)
At first glance, Thomas O'Malley comes across as a bit of a douchebag, the self-assured charmer who you wish wasn't hitting on you in a bar (or, in the modern age, a box on the Internet). He's even got his own theme tune full of talk about how he's "duke of the avant-garde", for crying out loud.
Ultimately, though, Thomas proves to be pretty handy in a jam, saving »
Slapstick Festival | The Loco London Comedy Film Festival | Rybczynski: Exploring Space | CarnyVille
Slapstick Festival, Bristol
With Buster Keaton back in cinemas (The General is on reissue and there's a retrospective at London's BFI), it's a good time to brush up on silent comedy, and this festival, celebrating its 10th anniversary, has done much to spread the word, or maybe the subtitle. This year Charlie Chaplin takes his turn in the spotlight and marks the 100th anniversary of his Little Tramp incarnation, with Omid Djalili introducing an orchestra-backed screening of City Lights at Colston Hall on Friday. The seen-it-all crowd will be more intrigued by celebrations of forgotten stars such as Constance Talmadge, Raymond Griffith and Max Davidson. More up to date, Tim Vine explains why he loves Benny Hill (Watershed, 26 Jan), and Phill Jupitus asks Paul McGann and Ralph Brown about the making of Withnail & I (Bristol Old Vic, 26 Jan).
Various venues, »
- Steve Rose
Ooh, we could murder a doughnut. Wednesday's episode of The Great Sport Relief Bake Off was the closest yet, as Jamelia, Michael Ball, Victoria Pendleton and Emma Freud fought valiantly for the crown (well, apron). It was anyone's game. Everyone had a comedy disaster; everyone had a triumph. And we obviously loved it. But what were our favourite bits? Read on to find out...
The Signature Bake - Traybakes
First off, we have to mention how much we loved Victoria's prim and proper school prefect look and her superb facial expressions - especially when she whipped cream onto herself. But largely, everyone's traybakes seemed to start off well (however disconcerting it was learning that Michael had played Sweeney Todd and thinking through the implications of that). It was also a joy to see Mary getting excited at the mention of cointreau in Victoria's blondies. (That and a hot toddy traybake from Michael? »
The Great Sport Relief Bake Off is back with four brand new celebrities tonight.
In an attempt to raise money for Sport Relief, the four famous faces will be challenged to make a variety of tasty treats.
The competition will begin when they are tasked with whipping up traybakes and doughnuts.
However, the proof really will be in the pudding when the showstopper round comes along and the celebrities are asked to create a layer cake representing their sporting hero.
The competition reportedly gets too much for some, and there are expected to be some tears before the evening is out. »
Want to make sure you don't miss anything great on the telly in the next seven days? Never fear, because Tube Talk has done all the hard work for you and smushed all of this week's must-see TV into one snappy rundown. Check out what you should be checking out below...
The Great Sport Relief Bake Off: Monday (January 13) at 8.30pm on BBC Two
After rolling up their sleeves and creating a load of tasty festive delights in the Christmas special, Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry return to their cushy judging roles as a bunch of hapless celebrities enter the tent for The Great Sport Relief Bake Off.
Don't go expecting the technical showstoppers or signature bakes seen in the regular show, though. This four-part charity special's running theme is 'Look how clueless famous people are when they have to get their hands dirty', and a celeb is deemed »
The hopefuls will be seen in four programmes for BBC2's The Great Sport Relief Bake Off to be screened later this month, with four participating each night.
Cyclist Pendleton's fellow Olympian Greg Rutherford is also in the series along with her 2012 Strictly Come Dancing competitor Michael Vaughan, under the watchful eyes of judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood.
Others taking part are Dancing on Ice judge Jason Gardiner, Desert Island Discs host Kirsty Young, Saturdays singer Rochelle Humes, singers Michael Ball and Jamelia, actors Doon Mackichan, Samantha Bond and Bonnie Wright, who played Ginny Weasley in the Harry Potter films, writer and broadcaster Emma Freud, Johnny Vaughan, and Helen Skelton, the former Blue Peter presenter. »
- Alistair McGowan
Impressionist Alistair McGowan, singer Michael Ball and Dancing on Ice judge Jason Gardiner will also take part in the four-part BBC Two series, which will air every night from Monday, January 13 to Thursday, January 16.
For the first time, a number of guest presenters will also step into the tent to host the series, which is in aid of Sport Relief. As well as regular presenter Sue Perkins, comedians Omid Djalili, Ed Byrne and Jo Brand are to each host one episode.
15 items from 2014
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