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Review Of The Year

31 December 2011 5:56 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

It's been an incredible year in the world of showbiz, with the usual headline-grabbing antics, scandal, sleaze, celebrity births, star weddings, and bitter break-ups. Here, WENN takes a look back at the first six months of 2011...

January

The new year began with wedding bells for many couples including singer Shania Twain, who married her fiance Frederic Thiebaud in Puerto Rico on New Year's Day, while country star Kellie Pickler and actress Valerie Bertinelli also walked down the aisle on 1 January.

The new year brought baby news for a number of celebrity couples - Orlando Bloom and his wife Miranda Kerr became first-time parents with the birth of their son Flynn. Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem also welcomed a son, and Owen Wilson became a father just days after he announced his girlfriend's pregnancy. Nicole Kidman also hit headlines when she and her husband Keith Urban revealed they welcomed a daughter called Faith via a surrogate mother over the holidays.

There was also pregnancy news for actress Kate Hudson, who announced she was expecting a baby with Muse rocker Matt Bellamy, as well as Marion Cotillard, Jewel, Selma Blair and Victoria Beckham, who confirmed she was pregnant with her fourth child.

However, the first few weeks of 2011 also brought a slew of celebrity splits - Keira Knightley ended her longtime romance with actor Rupert Friend, Shakira parted ways with Antonio de la Rua, her boyfriend of more than 10 years, and Mila Kunis and Macaulay Culkin separated after eight years together.

Many stars saw in the new year by addressing their personal problems, and a number of famous faces went in and out of rehab in the first few weeks of 2011. Lindsay Lohan and Demi Lovato both ended long treatment stints in January, while David Arquette, Backstreet Boys star A.J. McLean and his bandmate Nick Carter's younger brother Aaron all enrolled in programs. Troubled actor Charlie Sheen also admitted himself to a clinic just weeks after he was hospitalised to treat a hernia, and he later admitted he turned to booze to blot out the pain of the medical condition. Sheen’s rehab stint forced TV bosses to shut down production on his show Two and a Half Men.

Another colourful character to hit the headlines in January was British funnyman Ricky Gervais, who managed to cause controversy during his stint as Golden Globes host. The comedian was condemned by organisers for poking fun at celebrity guests including Robert Downey, Jr., Johnny Depp and Tom Hanks during the glitzy prizegiving.

The month held good news for veteran actor Michael Douglas as he was given the all-clear after a gruelling battle with throat cancer. His wife Catherine Zeta-Jones subsequently admitted she cried tears of joy when doctors told the couple the actor had beaten the disease. Poison rocker Bret Michaels also overcame a health crisis after undergoing successful surgery to close a hole in his heart.

January also saw the loss of a number of great stars including Oscar-winning James Bond theme composer John Barry, and Scottish musician Gerry Rafferty, who passed away after suffering liver failure. The world of Hollywood was again plunged into mourning following the death of British actor Pete Postlethwaite, who died at the age of 64.

February

As awards season got into full swing, The King's Speech was the toast of Hollywood after scooping four Oscars including Best Picture, Best Actor for the movie's star, Colin Firth, and Best Director for Tom Hooper, while Natalie Portman fought back tears as she walked away with the Best Actress honour for her role as a tormented ballet dancer in Black Swan. It was a different story at the Independent Spirit Awards, where Black Swan trounced its rivals, picking up four honours including Best Director for Darren Aronofsky.

In the world of music, Lady Gaga's incredible rise continued as she picked up three Grammy Awards, including Best Pop Vocal Album, but her achievements were overshadowed by country trio Lady Antebellum, who scored five accolades, and the shock win for Canadian rockers Arcade Fire in the prestigious Album of the Year category for their disc The Suburbs. Across the pond at the Brit Awards in London, Arcade Fire were again bathed in glory when they were handed the International Group and International Album honours, while newcomer Tinie Tempah crowned a triumphant 12 months by taking home the British Breakthrough Act and British Single titles. Rihanna was named Best International Female solo star, and Justin Bieber was named the International Breakthrough Act of the year.

Away from the red carpet, it was a bleak month for My Name Is Earl actress Jaime Pressly, who was charged with driving under the influence after failing a field sobriety test, Dirty Dancing star Jennifer Grey, who was underwent an operation to remove a growth from her foot, Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman, who was hospitalised with a flesh-eating bug, and Dame Judi Dench, who broke two of her toes on the set of her new movie J. Edgar.

There were also woes for Rihanna, whose raunchy promo film for single S&M provoked outrage around the world and was banned in 11 countries, actress Eliza Dushku, who broke a finger on holiday, and fashion king John Galliano, who was suspended and later sacked by Christian Dior after he was filmed launching an anti-Semitic rant at stunned drinkers in a bar in Paris, France.

Rock duo the White Stripes stunned the music world when they announced they were splitting up after 14 years, and Lady Gaga's much-hyped new single Born This Way was unveiled to a barrage of accusations she had ripped off Madonna's classic Express Yourself. But there was good news for older music fans, as '60s icons The Monkees announced they were reuniting for a U.K. tour.

Loved up celebrity couples Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez, and Anna Friel and Rhys Ifans, both confirmed their engagements, and there were wedding bells for Kelsey Grammer - who married for the fourth time - and Mark Ronson and Katherine Jenkins, who both announced their respective engagements.

Among the stars hearing the pitter-patter of tiny feet this month were Christina Applegate, who gave birth to a daughter, magician David Blaine, who became a first-time father to a baby girl, reggae star Zac Marley, rocker Rod Stewart, Sex and the City's Cynthia Nixon, and No Doubt star Tom Dumont.

Jude Law continued his unlucky-in-love streak when he split - yet again - from Sienna Miller, Iron Man star Terrence Howard was hit with divorce papers, Olivia Wilde split from her husband after eight years, and celebrity couple Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz announced their marriage was over.

The world of showbiz bid farewell to guitar legend Gary Moore, who died aged 58, blues legend Eddie Kirkland died in a car crash at the age of 88, Seinfeld star Len Lesser succumbed to pneumonia aged 88, and The Dukes of Hazzard actress Peggy Rea, who passed away at the age of 89.

March

Tinseltown lost one of its brightest lights in March after movie icon Dame Elizabeth Taylor died of congestive heart failure at the age of 79. Tributes from the world of showbiz poured in for the Cleopatra legend, with Sir Elton John, Jane Fonda, Barbra Streisand and Liza Minnelli leading the heartfelt remembrances. The acting great was interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California, where her dear friend Michael Jackson was also laid to rest in 2009.

March was also marked by controversy as a host of famous faces found themselves in the headlines for all the wrong reasons.

Pop star Christina Aguilera was arrested for drunkenness in West Hollywood, while Boardwalk Empire beauty Pas de la Huerta was also apprehended after a bar fight in New York City. Jackass daredevil Steve-o was taken into custody in Canada on an outstanding warrant, and rapper Rick Ross got caught smoking marijuana in a Louisiana hotel room.

But it was Charlie Sheen who really gave fans something to talk about after he was fired from Two and a Half Men following months of public feuding with writer/creator Chuck Lorre. Days later, cops raided Sheen's Los Angeles home to investigate a tip that the troubled star was in violation of a court order by keeping a gun in the house.

March also brought one of the year's most devastating tragedies as Japan was hit by a massive earthquake, which then created an enormous tidal wave. More than 15,000 people perished in the disaster and Slash, Lady Gaga, the Black Eyed Peas and the Foo Fighters were among the big-name acts who staged gigs to raise money for victims, while actresses Sandra Bullock and Demi Lovato also donated $1 million (£625,000) each to boost relief efforts.

Back in Hollywood, there was plenty of heartache as Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel ended their romance, Renee Zellweger called it quits with Bradley Cooper and Twilight beauty Ashley Greene split from Joe Jonas.

But love was most definitely in the air for Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon, who married showbiz agent Jim Toth in a romantic ceremony at her California home. Canadian crooner Michael Buble also wed stunning supermodel Luisana Lopilato in a civil ceremony in her native Argentina.

Celebrations were in order for former Spice Girl Melanie Brown, who announced she and husband Stephen Belafonte were expecting their first child together. Actors Robert De Niro and Mel Gibson became proud grandfathers in March, while Elizabeth Banks also became a first-time mother to a baby boy, born via surrogate.

Emily Deschanel confirmed she was expecting her first child with actor husband David Hornsby, while Cruel Intentions star Ryan Phillippe also had baby news after the tabloids reported that his ex-girlfriend, actress Alexis Knapp, was pregnant.

There was a health scare on the cards for tennis ace Serena Williams after she was hospitalised with a blood clot in her lungs, while fears for Zsa Zsa Gabor's wellbeing mounted when she began coughing up blood and suffered circulation problems in her left leg.

There was a close call for actor David Arquette after he was in a head-on car crash in Los Angeles, and Glee star Lea Michele was also involved in a smash when her car was struck by a drunk driver.

Hip-hop star Wyclef Jean had a lucky escape after he was shot in the hand during a visit to his native Haiti, while James Taylor suffered a broken leg in a skiing accident in Utah.

Courtroom battles loomed for Britney Spears, who was hit with a $10 million (£6.25 million) lawsuit over a perfume deal, and Jay-z was accused of trademark infringement over the logo for Roc Nation.

Even clean-cut teen pop sensation Justin Bieber found himself named in court papers after a songwriting duo sued over claims they hadn't received royalties for his hit song One Less Lonely Girl.

April

There were births, marriages and bust-ups galore as Spring sprung in April, but only one subject was on everyone's lips - the royal wedding. Celebs and commoners alike got carried away in the buzz of the big day on 29 April, when brunette beauty Kate Middleton walked down the aisle with her very own Prince Charming, William. Who would design the dress? Who would be invited? Would best man Harry fall for bridesmaid Pippa? But all questions fell by the wayside on the morning of the magical day, as Britain and two billion viewers across the world came to a standstill to watch the future Queen of England step out of her Rolls-Royce wearing a stunning Alexander McQueen lace gown to huge cheers from the crowd. The pair wed in front of 1,900 quests, including Queen Elizabeth II, the entire royal family, and even showbiz royalty Victoria and David Beckham, and left London's Westminster Abbey to great fanfare as the new Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. But Kate didn't hog all the limelight - who can forget the backing support of her sister Pippa, hailed Her Royal Hotness thanks to that figure-hugging dress and her much-discussed derriere?

The wedding was of fairytale proportions, one even our favourite celebs couldn't compete with - but that didn’t stop them from trying! Canadian crooner Michael Buble was one of the biggest stars to walk down the aisle in April - his second set of nuptials to stunning fiancee Luisana Lopilato following their original wedding day in March. Controversial couple LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian also wed in a private ceremony in Malibu, which was a surprise for guests - they thought they were there for the pair's engagement party! Funnyman Rob Schneider also joined the marriage club, exchanging vows with fiancee Patricia Azarcoya Arce over the Easter Weekend. The marriage mood of the month gave many stars ideas; the likes of Kate Hudson and Matt Bellamy, and Tom Fletcher and his longtime girlfriend became engaged.

Despite love being in the air, some unions were destined to end - Elizabeth Hurley started divorce proceedings against her millionaire husband Arun Nayar, while Christina Aguilera's five-year marriage to Jordan Bratman was declared officially over. After marriage must come babies, and April was awash with stars welcoming newborns. Superstar Mariah Carey welcomed twins Moroccan and Monroe, and in true diva style, gave birth to them on her fourth wedding anniversary to Nick Cannon. The Killers frontman Brandon Flowers and Black Eyed Peas rapper Taboo both welcomed their third sons, while Jane Krakowski, Kevin James, Toni Collette and Drea De Matteo all also became parents to baby boys. Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal was an exception to the rule - he became the proud father of a baby girl.

But with ups, there must be downs - and nobody does scandal like the stars. Teen sensation Demi Lovato stunned her legions of loyal fans by opening up about the emotional issues which landed her in rehab earlier in the year, revealing she was battling an eating disorder and cut herself at her lowest moments. Charlie Sheen continued his madcap ways by embarking on a comedy tour following his sacking from Two and a Half Men - only to get booed offstage on his first night, with critics calling his stand-up debut an "epic failure". Bond fans mourned April as the month Sir Sean Connery announced he was retiring from public appearances after he failed to show up to a charity event in New York. Lindsay Lohan was back in trouble - and in court - when a judge decided she'd had enough of the actress' antics and sentenced her to 120 days behind bars for violating her probation. Nicolas Cage hit the headlines when he was arrested on domestic violence charges following a street bust-up with his wife in New Orleans, and Vince Neil was also in hot water for domestic violence - his ex-girlfriend accused him of jabbing a finger at her during an argument. However, the biggest shock came when Welsh beauty Catherine Zeta-Jones checked into a mental health facility to overcome her bipolar disorder. The stint in the clinic came after a tough year for the Oscar-winner following husband Michael Douglas' cancer battle.

April was a sad month for actor Tim Robbins, who tragically lost his father, Gil, and his mother, Mary, within days of each other. The punk world was left in mourning when X-Ray Spex legend Poly Styrene lost her battle with cancer at the age of 53, while British actress Elisabeth Sladen, Dr Who's longest running sidekick, also passed away after a fight with the disease.

May

May was a shocking month as Hollywood tough guy Arnold Schwarzenegger split from his wife of 25 years Maria Shriver, only to reveal later on in the month he had fathered a lovechild with their housekeeper 13 years earlier. Although the scandal rocked Hollywood, he wasn't the only one heading for splitsville - Charlie Sheen and Brooke Mueller became officially divorced, as did actress Neve Campbell and James Bond star George Lazenby. Lady Gaga also split from boyfriend Luc Carl, while Hayden Panettiere ended her romance with her boxer boyfriend Wladimir Klitschko. Girls Aloud beauty Nadine Coyle also became single after calling off her engagement to American footballer Jason Bell.

But it wasn't all doom and gloom - Beatles legend Sir Paul Mccartney announced he was engaged to marry for the third time, to American Nancy Shevell, while director Sophia Coppolla and reality star Kim Kardashian also announced plans to walk down the aisle.

As for marriages, Marie Osmond remarried her first husband Stephen Craig, 29 years after they first exchanged vows and in the same wedding dress. Wedding bells also rang for Kings Of Leon frontman Caleb Followill and Victoria's Secret supermodel Lily Aldridge, while country king and queen Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert also became man and wife in Texas.

New romances between Sienna Miller and Tom Sturridge, as well as Nick Jonas and Australian pop star Delta Goodrem also came to light.

It was a baby boom month, with many stars becoming parents for the first time. Rockers Bryan Adams and Matthew Followill, actors David Schwimmer and Mike Myers, and actresses Alicia Silverstone, Marion Cotillard and Lost's Evangeline Lilly all became first-time parents. Former Spice Girl Emma Bunton welcomed her second son. French first lady Carla Bruni and actress Bryce Dallas Howard were also celebrating pregnancies. But it was a sad month for British actress Kelly Brook, who suffered a miscarriage.

Other sad news in May came when Grease actor Jeff Conaway passed away at the age of 60, sending Hollywood into mourning. Boxing legend Sir Henry Cooper died two days before his 77th birthday and Superman star Jackie Cooper also died, aged 88. The month started with the shock news that al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden had been shot dead in Pakistan. Other stars facing struggles included Sean Kingston, who was involved in a horrific jet-ski crash, while veteran actress Zsa Zsa Gabor was also hospitalised with pneumonia-type symptoms and fell into a coma.

It was also a controversial month for Lindsay Lohan, who started a 120-day jail term in the comfort of her own home for parole violation. British rocker Pete Doherty was also jailed for six months for cocaine possession. Other stars facing woes included Amy Winehouse, Whitney Houston, Friends star Matthew Perry and boxer/singer Oscar De La Hoya, who were all submitted in to rehab programs. It was an embarrassing month for British singer Cheryl Cole, who was hired, then fired to sit on the judging panel of America's The X Factor. In music news for the month, Silverchair announced they were to split, Rod Stewart announced a Las Vegas residency, while it was a big movie month as the Cannes Film Festival in France also kicked off. While Brad Pitt was hailed at the glitzy event, with his film Tree Of Life winning the coveted Palme d'Or prize for Best Film, it was a bad experience for director Lars Von Trier, who was banned from the festival for controversial statements he made about Nazi leader Adolf Hitler during the festivities.

June

As summer blossomed, June marked a baby boom in Hollywood. Pop star Pink became a first-time mum at the beginning of the month when she welcomed little Willow, while drummer Adrian Young added to the No Doubt family with daughter Magnolia. Natalie Portman became a yummy mummy to son Aleph, actress Tia Mowry also welcomed a little boy, and model/actress Devon Aoki was another addition to the first-time mum club with the arrival of Hunter. Denise Richards made headlines when she announced she'd adopted a baby, Eloise, into her brood, while Meat Loaf became a grandfather when his daughter Pearl Aday gave birth to a baby boy. Lindsay Price and Nia Long also announced their pregnancies in June, as did Lily Allen - whose baby news went public on the same day she married partner Sam Cooper.

Lily's wedding wasn't the only one at the start of summer - Rachel Weisz married actor Daniel Craig following a whirlwind romance and Noel Gallagher put his wild ways behind him after exchanging vows with longterm partner Sara MacDonald.

However, the month was marred by a string of high-profile splits - David Duchovny and Tea Leoni separated just two years after reconciling following the actor's sex addiction admission, Jack White parted ways with model/singer wife Karen Elson after six years of marriage, and Hugh Hefner was dumped by fiancee Crystal Harris - just days before their planned wedding. Elizabeth Hurley's divorce from Arun Nayar was granted, and George Clooney split from Elisabetta Canalis.

There were health dramas aplenty - pop princesses Selena Gomez and Jennifer Hudson were hospitalised within days of each other. Both stars were forced to pull performances, and getwellselena even became a top trending topic on Twitter.com as fans rallied to support the Disney idol. Gomez later revealed she was malnourished and feeling exhausted, while Hudson was diagnosed with a severe bout of food poisoning.

The music world was left reeling when legendary saxophonist Clarence Clemons, who had worked with Bruce Springsteen and Lady Gaga, died from complications stemming from a major stroke. The rocker led the tributes to his pal, declaring, "His loss is immeasurable and we are honoured and thankful to have known him and had the opportunity to stand beside him for nearly forty years." TV fans were also left in mourning following the passing of Columbo star Peter Falk at the age of 83, while legendary TV cowboy James Arness also died.

In other June news, the vampires from Twilight overpowered the magical Harry Potter kids at the MTV Movie Awards, taking home five golden popcorn prizes to their film franchise rival cast's one. The Cmt Awards took place in Nashville, Tennessee just days later and newlyweds Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert dominated the ceremony - picking up three of the nine top honours between them. But it was a bad month for their country music rival Trace Adkins when his Tennessee home was destroyed by fire.

The month was special for U2 when they headlined Britain's iconic Glastonbury festival after a year-long wait - they were forced to pull out of the event in 2010 after frontman Bono underwent surgery on his back. In a spooky echo of U2's concert drama, pop star Jessie J was forced to axe several summer shows after undergoing emergency surgery on her broken foot – but still fulfilled her duties at Glastonbury, performing while perched on a red and gold throne. »

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Keith Lemon's 'Celebrity Juice' Christmas special seen by over 2m

24 December 2011 9:04 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Thursday's Celebrity Juice Christmas special pulled in over 2 million viewers, overnight viewing figures indicate. The Keith Lemon panel show averaged 1.7m (8.4%) for ITV2 and 309k (2.5%) on +1, only 100k away from its all-time high of 2.1m in October. The concluding part of Anna Friel's Without You won its slot with 4.57m (18.4%) at 9pm (+1: 178k/0.9%), but the thriller was down significantly on its 6.3m premiere audience three weeks ago. BBC One's coverage of the Sports Personality of the Year, which saw Mark Cavendish take the ceremony's top prize, scored 4.16m (17%) between 8pm and 10.15pm, peaking with 6.64m (28.6%) in the final 15 minutes. The Julian Fellowes-penned drama (more) »

- By Paul Millar

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TV Highlights: 22/12/2011

19 December 2011 2:58 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Sports Personality Of The Year 2011 | Without You | London's Burning | Made In Chelsea: Christmas Special | Carole King And Friends At Christmas | Simon Amstell: Do Nothing Live

Sports Personality Of The Year 2011

8pm, BBC1

Once, this show was the flagship TV event of the sporting year, a straightforward retrospective clips-fest. In recent years, however, it has been meddled with, overhauled and modernised to the extent that it has become barely watchable. This year, further modifications; it's been moved to a Thursday night and comes from Salford. The controversy over the lack of female sports stars in the shortlist will, quite rightly, overshadow the occasion, especially in a year in which the men haven't overly distinguished themselves. Mo Farah, Darren Clarke and Mark Cavendish are likely to be frontrunners. David Stubbs

Without You

9pm, ITV1

Paul Ritter steals the final episode of this mystery thriller as the exasperated detective who has to listen »

- David Stubbs, Julia Raeside, John Robinson, Hannah Verdier, Phelim O'Neill

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Blu-ray, DVD Release: London Boulevard

13 December 2011 9:58 AM, PST | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Feb. 21, 2012

Price: DVD $30.99, Blu-ray $35.99

Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Colin Farrell (Horrible Bosses) and Keira Knightley (Never Let Me Go) find love in dangerous places in London Boulevard, a 2010 crime movie from Ireland.

Farrell plays Mitchel, an ex-con who’s hired to look after Knightley’s Charlotte, a reclusive actress who’s in demand by the paparazzi. Mitchel and Charlotte fall for each other, but their love is challenged when London gangster Gant (Ray Winstone, Cold Mountain) forces Mitchel to work for him.

The R-rated movie’s stellar cast also includes David Thewlis (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2), Anna Friel (Limitless), Ben Chaplin (Dorian Gray) and Eddie Marsan (The Disappearance of Alice Creed).

Based on the novel by Ken Bruen, the film is written and directed by William Monahan, Oscar-winning writer of The Departed. London Boulevard is his directorial debut.

The movie was released »

- Sam

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Rewind TV – Without You; Come Date With Me; The Great British Property Scandal; Black Mirror; After Life: The Strange Science of Decay – review

10 December 2011 4:07 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Anna Friel excelled in ITV1's gripping new thriller Without You while Charlie Brooker's Black Mirror raised the darkest of laughs

Without You (ITV) | ITV Player

Come Date with Me (C4) | 4Od

The Great British Property Scandal (C4) | 4Od

Black Mirror (C4) | 4Od

After Life: The Strange Science of Decay (BBC4) | iPlayer

Jealousy hobbles almost all of us at some stage; its many nastinesses ramped to unbearable levels by the fact that it is one of mankind's happiest attributes, our own imaginations, which is doing 90% of the nasties. And how much worse, then, to be jealous in retrospect, when someone's dead and you can't even scream at them, ask them, let them know how much it hurt, and hurts?

This intriguing theme, wrapped in a deft little murder (or was it?) plot, underpinned Without You, the latest adaptation of a "Nicci French" book, which means it's one by Nicci Gerrard and Sean French, »

- Euan Ferguson

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Anna Friel's 'Without You' gets 6.3m on ITV1

9 December 2011 4:20 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

New ITV1 drama Without You starring Anna Friel and Marc Warren drew a strong 6.34m (26.4%) from 9pm, helping the channel win Thursday night. Overnight figures also reveal that 3.35m (14.5%) tuned in for Tonight from 7.30pm and 1.8m (10.9%) watched Piers Morgan's Life Stories from 10.35pm. BBC One's Diy Sos fixed up an audience of 3m (12%) in the 8pm hour, with The Manor Reborn following from 9pm (3.02m/12.5%). Question Time got 2.36m (18.9%) from 10.35pm. BBC Two's live snooker saw 1.01m (4.4%) turn up from 7pm. MasterChef: The Professionals from 8pm (2.71m/10.9%), Rev from 9pm (1.24m/5.1%), Life's Too Short from 9.30pm (1m/4.2%) and Frank Skinner's Opinionated from 10pm (1.28m/6.4%) rounded off primetime for the channel. Grand Designs (more) »

- By Ben Lee

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TV highlights: 08/12/2011

7 December 2011 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Rev | Without You | Jerusalem: The Making of a Holy City | The Slap | Life's Too Short | The World's Strictest Parents

Rev

9pm, BBC2

"Don't say Jesus!" commands archdeacon Robert, but it's too late, because Adam is in one of his what's-my-vocation-all-about weeks. His conclusion? That it's about helping Mick to stay clean until the crack addict gets into a hostel. Accordingly, Adam has a house guest, much to the annoyance of Alex, who would rather her husband focused on having sex so that she might get pregnant. Via a plotline involving an alcoholic City banker (Richard E Grant) and a hole in the church accounts, this is an episode that makes some barbed points about snobbery, and who gets help in our society and why. Jonathan Wright

Without You

9pm, ITV1

Anna Friel plays a young woman trying to find out the truth about her husband's death in a car accident »

- Jonathan Wright, Julia Raeside, Andrew Mueller, Ben Arnold, Gwilym Mumford

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Friel Paying U.S. And U.K. School Fees For Daughter

6 December 2011 12:06 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

British actress Anna Friel is paying school fees for her daughter in both the U.K. and U.S. while she decides where to settle down.

Friel moved to California to play Charlotte Charles in Pushing Daisies, a role which earned her two Golden Globe nominations, and lived there until the show came to an end in 2009.

After she split from longtime partner David Thewlis last year, Friel decided to return to her native U.K. with their daughter Gracie.

The star now admits the move has been costly as she is paying education fees in both countries to ensure her daughter has a place in school if she returns to America.

She tells Britain's Daily Telegraph, "I have been back in Britain for three weeks and now I really have to fly over to the States and talk about the various offers that have been made - and there have been an awful lot. It's all very exciting, but because of Gracie, every decision I make has to be weighed up carefully. She didn't ask to be from a broken home, so she must be my priority at all times.

"I don't want her schooling to be disrupted, so at the moment I'm paying two sets of school fees - fees... in Britain and fees to keep her place open at her school in L.A. Fortunately, she's happy in both environments and it's quite funny to hear her accent change accordingly." »

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Rowe Praises 'Father Figure' Ifans For Neverland Advice

5 December 2011 8:06 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

British child actor Charlie Rowe has heaped praise on his Neverland co-star Rhys Ifans after he dished out handy tips and advice on set.

The 15 year old plays Peter Pan in the new U.K. TV miniseries, opposite Bob Hoskins as Smee, Ifans as James Hook, and the Notting Hill star's real-life girlfriend Anna Friel as Captain Elizabeth Bonny.

Rowe reveals the couple, who began dating after growing close on set, were supportive and helped him improve his performance.

He tells Scotland's Daily Record, "I learned a lot from Rhys and Anna particularly, and Bob Hoskins is just a hilarious man to work with.

"Rhys was very supportive and was like a father figure to me. He was talking to me about acting and how to take steps to improve things, and gave me tips on how to get into character." »

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The TVLine-Up: TV Worth Watching This Sunday

3 December 2011 10:00 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

On TV this Sunday: Prince Charming, Peter Pan, Leverage riffs on The Office, The Good Wife‘s foil returns, and more. All told, we’ve picked 13 programs to keep on your radar.

8 pm Once Upon a Time (ABC) | David must choose between staying with Kathryn or leaving her to be with Mary Margaret, with whom he’s fallen deeply and inexplicably in love. Meanwhile, in the fairytale world, Prince Charming has a life-changing event that will forever alter his destiny. (Watch a charming video sneak peek!)

8 pm The Amazing Race (CBS) | The final four teams make their way to Panama City, »

- Matt Webb Mitovich

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New Extended Clip and Featurette from Syfy’s Neverland

2 December 2011 4:00 PM, PST | ScifiMafia | See recent ScifiMafia news »

We’ve been talking a lot about this miniseries, but it really is quite enchanting; we hope you’ll agree. Syfy has just released a new extended clip, and a featurette with interviews of castmembers Rhys Ifans (Jimmy Hook), Charlie Rowe (Peter), and Anna Friel (Captain Bonny).

First the sneak peek extended clip:

And here’s the featurette. A bit spoilery, but you do get to hear Rhys Ifans‘s Welsh accent:

Part one of Neverland airs on Sunday, December 4 at 9/8c & part two airs on Monday, December 5 at 9/8c on Syfy. »

- Erin Willard

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Stars Wish Macmillan Cancer Care A Happy 100th Birthday

2 December 2011 7:30 AM, PST | Look to the Stars | See recent Look to the Stars news »

Leading cancer care charity Macmillan Cancer Support recently asked its celebrity supporters – including Kylie Minogue, Keira Knightley, Sting, Alesha Dixon, Joanna Lumley, James Corden, Anna Friel and Seth Rogen – to share their 100th birthday wishes in a short film 100 Years Of Macmillan: A Birthday Tribute.

The short film premiered at The Macmillan Centenary Gala, an all-star evening of entertainment hosted by Graham Norton at The London Palladium on Monday 28 November.

Acting royalty Dame Helen Mirren wished for a very high heeled pair of shoes comfortable enough to walk around in all day for her 100th birthday, while TV presenter Amanda Holden would love to look 75 years younger if she reaches 100. Funny man Ricky Gervais wished for a real life hoverboard from the film ‘Back To The Future’ while Myleene Klass’ dream present would be a grand piano which she could shrink and carry around in her handbag.

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Anna Friel: 'Neverland is not like other Peter Pan movies'

2 December 2011 7:27 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Anna Friel has revealed that her new television movie Neverland explores Captain Hook's complicated relationship with Peter Pan. Fried said in an interview with Collider that Neverland is the first film that tries to get inside the mind of the infamous pirate. "No story had ever before explained why Hook despises Peter so much, and what fascinated me with this script is that you get the story before," the actress said. "Why does this man hate this boy so much?" Friel added: "In this case, he doesn't hate him, he's just very torn. I think it's a great arrival at the story we all know. "That's what I found most fascinating, and that's what [director] Nick [Willing] cleverly did by giving the backstory of the past between them. Nick created that really beautifully." Friel, whose character (more) »

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TV Review: Neverland

2 December 2011 3:30 AM, PST | ScifiMafia | See recent ScifiMafia news »

 

Genre: Fantasy | Adventure

Air Date/Time: Sunday, December 4 at 9/8c and Monday, December 5 at 9/8c

Network: Syfy

Director: Nick Willing

Writer: Nick Willing

Summary:

From writer/director Nick Willing, Neverland is an original prequel story to author J.M. Barrie’s classic Peter Pan.  Sweeping in time from the turbulent seas of the pirates of the Caribbean to the back alleys of Dickensian London to a world of pure imagination, Neverland features an all-star cast including Rhys Ifans (The Amazing Spider-Man) as Jimmy Hook, Oscar nominee Keira Knightley as the voice of Tinker Bell, Anna Friel (Pushing Daisies) as Captain Elizabeth Bonny, Oscar nominee Bob Hoskins as Smee, Charles Dance  (Games of Thrones) as Dr. Fludd and Charlie Rowe (Pirate Radio) as one of literature’s most cherished characters, Peter Pan.

In 19th century London, Peter and his young pickpocket pals are rounded up by their mentor Jimmy Hook to snatch a magical orb, »

- Erin Willard

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Syfy Exclusive: Neverland Sneak Peek Trailers

2 December 2011 1:55 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Neverland, a prequel to author J.M. Barrie’s classic, Peter Pan, sweeps in time from the turbulent seas of the pirates of the Caribbean and the back alleys of Dickensian London to a world of pure imagination. The cast includes Rhys Ifans (Pirate Radio, Notting Hill) as James Hook, Oscar nominee Keira Knightley as the voice of Tinker Bell, Anna Friel (Pushing Daisies) as Captain Elizabeth Bonny, Oscar nominee Bob Hoskins as Smee (who previously played the character in Steven Spielberg’s feature, Hook), Raoul Trujillo (Tin Man) and Charlie Rowe (Pirate Radio) as one of literature’s most cherished characters, Peter Pan.

Peter (Rowe), along with his pals of young pickpockets, have been rounded up by their mentor Jimmy Hook (Ifans) to snatch a magical orb which transports them to another world – Neverland. Filled with white jungles and imposing cities formed out of trees created by Dr. Fludd (Dance »

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SciFi Mafia Talks with the Cast and Creator of Syfy’s Neverland

1 December 2011 4:00 PM, PST | ScifiMafia | See recent ScifiMafia news »

SciFi Mafia recently had the pleasure of talking with the extremely charming stars and the creator/writer/director of the upcoming Syfy miniseries Neverland. Rhys Ifans (Jimmy Hook), Charlie Rowe (Peter), Anna Friel (Capt. Elizabeth Bonny), and writer/director Nick Willing, whose previous work with Syfy includes directing the miniseries Tin Man and writing and directing the miniseries Alice.

When I spoke recently with Denis O’Hare (American Horror Story, True Blood) about his work in the horror genre, he gave an absolutely beautiful response, so I asked a similar question of the Neverland folk.

SciFi Mafia: Hi. Thanks everyone for being on the call. I cannot tell you how much I love this program.

Anna Friel: Thank you.

SciFi Mafia: Nick, I love Tin Man and Alice and watch them every time they’re on but wow. Neverland is an absolute treasure, so thanks to all of you »

- Erin Willard

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Director Nick Willing Neverland Interview

30 November 2011 10:24 AM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Much like he did with Oz in Tin Man and Wonderland in Alice, writer/director Nick Willing is bringing Neverland to life, in a two-part original movie for SyFy, premiering on December 4th and 5th. An original prequel story to author J.M. Barrie’s classic Peter Pan, Peter (Charlie Rowe) and his young pickpocket pals are rounded up by their mentor Jimmy Hook (Rhys Ifans) to steal a magical orb, which inadvertently transports them all to another world, known as Neverland. Once there, they encounter power-mad pirates, led by the seductive Elizabeth Bonny (Anna Friel), a Native American tribe and a colony of tree spirits that possess a magical mineral dust that enables the pure of heart to fly. As the fight to protect and save this beautiful world escalates, Peter must decide whether growing old somewhere in time is more important than defending the place where he will never grow up. »

- Christina Radish

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Rhys Ifans and Anna Friel Neverland Interview

28 November 2011 4:38 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

From writer/director Nick Willing (Alice, Tin Man), Neverland – premiering on SyFy on December 4th and 5th – is an original prequel story to author J.M. Barrie’s classic Peter Pan. In 19th Century London, Peter (Charlie Rowe) and his young pickpocket pals are sent out by their mentor Jimmy Hook (Rhys Ifans) to steal a magical orb, which inadvertently transports them all to another world, called Neverland. This mysterious realm includes the power-mad Elizabeth Bonny (Anna Friel) and her band of 18th Century pirates, trapped and in search of the secret to the tree spirits’ magical mineral dust, in order to have the power to fly. As the fight to protect and save this strange and beautiful world escalates, Peter and his crew must face harsh realities, as they learn that never growing up might be preferable to growing up like the corrupt Hook. During a recent interview to promote the SyFy debut of Neverland, »

- Christina Radish

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Friel Overpacked For Ifans' Camping Trip

26 November 2011 6:11 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actress Anna Friel was overprepared for a camping trip in her partner Rhys Ifans' native Wales after taking a suitcase instead of a rucksack.

The couple began dating after the Pushing Daisies star parted ways with David Thewlis last December and Ifans recently took his girlfriend for a country break.

Friel worried she would forget to include a vital piece of equipment, so she packed as many possessions as she could.

She tells Britain's Radio Times, "Instead of a rucksack I bought a suitcase! I didn't know what we'd need. And I learned that being out there with nothing was the important thing. We had such a good time."

But Friel was clearly impressed by the Notting Hill star's campfire skills, declaring: "Rhys made heat!" »

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Pics From Neverland Syfy’s Upcoming Magical Miniseries

21 November 2011 4:00 PM, PST | ScifiMafia | See recent ScifiMafia news »

This is one beautiful production. You get a taste of it from these pictures, but wait til you see it. Neverland is an all-uk cast – even writer/director Nick Willing (Tin Man, Alice) – which of course you can’t tell from the pics, but it adds to the ambiance, don’t you think?

Enjoy, and plan on watching the four-hour miniseries when it airs, December 4th and 5th on Syfy.

[Click the Images To Blow Sh!t Up]

Neverland, starring Rhys Ifans, Anna Friel, and Charlie Rowe premieres Sunday, December 4th and Monday, December 5th at 9/8c on Syfy. »

- Erin Willard

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