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For some reason, Hollywood fell in love with British actors again in the 1990s. Sparked by Alan Rickman's turn as Hans Gruber in Die Hard at the back end of the 1980s, many movie villains were either Brits, or in the case of Cliffhanger, John Lithgow taking on the mannerisms of a British antagonist.
Yet in particular, Hollywood went recruiting British comedy talent, with faces then mainly - but not exclusively - known for their small screen work getting roles of various sizes in Hollywood productions. Here are some who racked up the air miles - starting with the man who arguably became one of the most successful...
Hugh Laurie - 101 Dalmatians
Laurie is a man of many talents, who ultimately cracked America with »
The actor - who hosts E4's panel show Virtually Famous - told Digital Spy that casting directors began to realise that there was no chance of hiring any of the cast.
Speaking about the end of Glee, McHale said: "I would love to do more television. But we'll see. This will be the first time I've had any free time in the past six years, so it's terrifying and exciting all at the same time. I got to do a film last year and I really enjoyed doing that.
"It was a weird thing too because our schedules were so tough that people knew they couldn't hire us for six years. When a show becomes successful people want to hire the people on the show for other things, and »
The Angels’ Share: Girard’s Musical Drama a Conventional Return
Quebecois filmmaker Francois Girard returns from a near decade long hiatus with Boychoir, his first cinematic venture since 2007’s Silk. The absence may not be much for Girard, who never seems to be in a much of a hurry when it comes to filmed endeavors, considering he last received breakout notices in that realm for 1998’s The Red Violin. Returning once more to his favored subject matter, the connective tissue of music, his latest feels a bit too familiar, a commonplace underdog tale that never quite feels invested in itself. True, Girard bypasses the general sense of staunch melodrama that saddles these diamond in the rough tales where troubled yet talented youth meets grizzled mentor (Finding Forrester, for instance), but there’s an air of nonchalant convenience to its rudimentary structure that tends to undermine some potential powerful elements, such »
- Nicholas Bell
The Mid-Atlantic Accent, that most self-conscious of acting choices, can still provide a good self-aware laugh. A particularly snooty variant appears early in François Girard's Boychoir, by way of Eddie Izzard playing a teacher at a Boy Choir school with maximum haughtiness. In a different film this might be delicious, but, symptomatically of Boychoir's larger problems, this character uncomfortably skewers the tone: Though Izzard is going full camp, Boychoir is incredibly earnest — at times, it veers into the garden-variety sentimentality of underdog sports movies, a subgenre to which it effectively belongs. Stet (Garrett Wareing) is an impoverished youth who, upon the death of his alcoholic mother, is sent by his absentee father (Josh L »
The South African’s appointment is welcome – but as an outsider, can he cover the 2016 presidential campaign as convincingly as Jon Stewart would have done?
This morning, Comedy Central officially announced 31-year-old South African comedian Trevor Noah as the third host of its flagship late-night show, The Daily Show. Noah has been slowly working his way up the ladder of Us comedy over the last few years, with his own Showtime special and appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Late Show with David Letterman. When he joined The Daily Show back in December as an international correspondent, it seemed like a forward-thinking move on the part of the network. But it’s a big jump to take over from Jon Stewart, whose wry voice has become a pillar of American satire.
On the one hand, he’s no stranger to hosting; before he became Africa’s most successful standup, »
- Elise Czajkowski
She played two very diverse roles last year in Oculus and Guardians Of The Galaxy. Now genre favourite Karen Gillan’s movie career has received a major boost as she took Best Female Newcomer at the Jameson Empire Awards.
The prestigious honour saw her sharing the bill with Andy Serkis (Best Actor), Rosamund Pike (Best Actress) and Christopher Nolan (Best Director/Empire Inspiration). She fought off strong competition from the likes of Essie Davis (The Babadook) and Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Belle). Taron Egerton picked up Best Male Newcomer for Kingsman: The Secret Service. The ceremony was held last night at the Grosvenor House Ballroom in London.
Other guests included current Doctor Who Peter Capaldi. Gillan notably had her own stint in the Tardis, and acted with Capaldi during the David Tennant era before they were both cast in the key roles of Amy Pond and The Doctor.
A ringing endorsement from »
- Steve Palace
HBO is turning James Marsters into a man of the cloth.
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Today we have the trailer for the upcoming "Boychoir" drama, starring Dustin Hoffman, Josh Lucas, Eddie Izzard, Kathy Bates, Kevin McHale, and Garrett Wareing. Check it out below. Plot: The story focuses on Stet (Wareing), a rebellious preteen with a remarkable gift who is challenged by a demanding vocal teacher (Hoffman) at one of the most prestigious music academies in the country as they prepare for the National Championship. The new movie is directed by Francois Girard from a script by Ben Ripley (Source Code). It's set to hit select theaters on April 3rd. Trailer: »
The first trailer for upcoming music-drama Boychoir – the latest film from acclaimed director François Girard (The Red Violin, Thirty Two Films About Glenn Gould) – has been released online by Informant Media, along with a new poster which we have for you here…
In the film, 12-year-old newcomer Garrett Wareing plays Stet, a rebellious preteen with a remarkable gift who is challenged by a demanding vocal teacher (two-time Academy Award winner Dustin Hoffman) at one of the most prestigious music academies in the country as they prepare for the National Championship. Kathy Bates (Misery), Kevin McHale (Glee), Eddie Izzard (Hannibal), Debra Winger (In Treatment), River Alexander (The Way Way Back) and Josh Lucas (Poseidon) co-star.
Boychoir opens in selected Us cinemas on April 3rd, with a UK release scheduled for July 10th.
- Scott J. Davis
Late screenwriting guru Syd Field often wrote in his Bibles for wannabe film scribes that if the writer doesn’t grab the viewer in the first 10 minutes (or the first 10 pages), then there’s no reason to stay with the story. Often these introductory minutes indicate the kind of story we are about to see, and illuminate important aspects of the protagonist whose journey we will follow. If one judges Boychoir from its opening scenes, few would want to stick around to see how the rest of the story unfolds.
The film begins going steadily through a checklist of conventions for stories about a downtrodden young protagonist with prodigal talent. The first shot of the film is of Stet, played by newcomer Garrett Wareing, crouching behind a train as it rattles through a Texas town. (If one was looking for a more trite way to show that the main character »
- Jordan Adler
Boyhood and Whiplash? That’s old news! This year, let’s combine them for Boychoir. The first trailer for the film, directed by François Girard, hit the web on Tuesday. It stars Dustin Hoffman, Kevin McHale, Kathy Bates, Eddie Izzard, Joe West, Josh Lucas, and Debra Winger. Wareing plays Stet (as in Stetson), an 11-year-old Texan who’s sent to “the premier boy choir school in the nation” after the death of his single mother. He immediately fails to fit in — he’s a poor kid with behavioral issues, in a fancy school full of fancy people — but his vocal talents capture the attention of the sour Carvelle (Hoffman).
Boychoir seems to be a more sedated version of Whiplash with Hoffman playing the teacher that will be pushing Stet past him limits to make him the best singer in the choir. Hoffman looks strong in the role, but the overall »
- Zach Dennis
Read More: Dustin Hoffman Brought to Tears While Eloquently Explaining Why 'Tootsie' Was ‘Never a Comedy’ A casting director could do worse than what's been assembled for "Boychoir." The film, from director François Girard ("The Red Violin"), stars Kathy Bates, Debra Winger, Eddie Izzard and, in what looks to be his best role in years, Dustin Hoffman. It centers on a rebellious, extremely talented 11-year-old (newcomer Garrett Wareing), who is taken under the wing of a demanding vocal teacher (Dustin Hoffman) at one of the most prestigious music academies in the country, as they prepare for the National Championship. If you think that sounds akin to a certain Oscar winner from last year, wait until you get a look of Hoffman in the official trailer (posted above): Seething, demanding and frequenter of "inspirational" lines like, "Quitting is all you know," Hoffman appears to be tapping into the same, »
- David Canfield
While you likely won't see Dustin Hoffman straight up abuse his young charges in "Boychoir," and the overall vibe is more feel-good than deliciously vicious, the general outline of the movie is not unlike "Whiplash": a young kid with talent struggles to find his way with a gruff teacher who expects nothing but the best. And a new trailer has dropped for the movie that trades jazz fills for perfectly blended baritones and sopranos. Kathy Bates, Kevin McHale, Eddie Izzard, Josh Lucas and Garrett Wareing co-star in the movie that follows a young kid with an extraordinary gift for singing who lands himself in a prestigious music academy. And with the National Championships on the horizon, everyone must learn to get along and meet their potential to win the day. So yes, it's all standard formula feel-good stuff, with less chair throwing than "Whiplash." "Boychoir" arrives on April 3rd. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
If you’ve ever participated in a band, an orchestra, or a choir, you know the time, talent and dedication it takes to become an world class musician.
In Boychoir, a rebellious preteen (Garrett Wareing) with a remarkable gift is challenged by a demanding vocal teacher (Dustin Hoffman) at one of the most prestigious music academies in the country as they prepare for the National Championship.
Here is your first look at the trailer for Boychoir.
Boychoir also features Eddie Izzard as a teacher who serves as Hoffman’s right-hand at the school. Josh Lucas as Stet’s estranged father, while “Glee” star Kevin McHale plays a young music teacher who champions the boy. Debra Winger is the principal from Texas who first spots his talent.
- Michelle McCue
Director François Girard, known for his acclaimed films Silk, The Red Violin and Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould, is back with an all-new drama this spring. Boychoir arrives in theaters this April, and is headlined by acclaimed actor Dustin Hoffman as a demanding vocal teacher. He is joined on screen by an all-star cast that includes Kathy Bates, Josh Lucas, Debra Winger, Kevin McHale, Eddie Izzard and River Alexander.
Boychoir follows Stet, a troubled and angry 11-year-old orphan from a small Texas town who ends up at a Boy Choir school back East after the death of his single mom. Completely out of his element, he finds himself in a battle of wills with a demanding Choir Master who recognizes a unique talent in this young boy. The man will push Stet to the breaking point, hoping the prodigy will discover his creative heart and soul in music. »
Jim Norton: Contextually Inadequate is returning to the Somerville Theatre in Boston, Ma, for his third consecutive Epix special, Norton takes on the twisted state of the 21st century. With his customarily caustic point-of-view, Norton tackles everything from Bill Cosby to nude photos to the firing of his radio co-host Anthony Cumia. Jim Norton: Contextually Inadequate premieres on April 24 at 10 Pm Et/Pt, 9 C only on Epix. Epix is known for its all-star roster of stand-up specials. Previous featured headliners include: Russell Brand, Dennis Miller, Lewis Black, Jenny McCarthy, Patton Oswalt, Louis C. K., Jim Norton, Tom Papa, Jim Jefferies, Sherri Shepherd, Jim Breuer and Eddie Izzard. Epix's commitment to the craft of comedy also includes the Epix Original Documentary "The Improv »
- Pietro Filipponi
With the first three episodes currently available on PlayStation Network, Sony Television has dropped a synopsis and batch of promotional images for the fourth episode of its comic book adaptation Powers, entitled ‘Devil In A Garbage Bag’. Check them out here…
Walker (Sharlto Copley), Pilgrim (Susan Heyward), and the rest of the Powers Division must prevent Wolfe (Eddie Izzard) from escaping the high security prison that holds him, The Shaft. As Wolfe goes on a murderous rampage from within these walls, the Powers team are forced to try a new top-secret technology to keep him detained—Code name: The Drainer.
- Gary Collinson
After starring in the best romantic comedy on TV in 2014, ABC’s short-lived Selfie (I still miss you now and every day, you beautiful show), Karen Gillan has signed on for a new project that certainly sounds a lot darker than the life of Eliza Dooley. The actress has joined the cast of the HBO drama pilot The Devil You Know (the potential series’ working title), which was co-written by Orange Is The New Black creator Jenji Kohan, Bruce Miller, and Tracy Miller. Per Deadline, The Devil You Know is “a provocative period drama” that “explores the circumstances around one of the most compelling chapters in American history — the infamous Salem Witch Trials in 17th century New England, where intolerance and repression set neighbor against neighbor and led a town to mass hysteria.” Gillan joins a massive cast that already includes Eddie Izzard, Nadia Alexander, and Ismenia Mendes in series regular roles. »
- Chris King
Brit Zawe Ashton has joined the cast of HBO's "The Devil You Know," a new pilot from "Orange is the New Black" creator Jenji Kohan. This marks Ashton's debut appearances on Us television, alongside Damien Molony, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Ewen Bremner, Karen Gillan, Naian Gonzalez Norvind, Eddie Izzard, Ever Carradine, Hannah Nordberg and others. "The Devil You Know" will look at the infamous Salem Witch Trials in 17th century New England, as neighbor was set against neighbor, leading a town to mass hysteria. Izzard plays farmer Thomas Putnam, the Puritan patriarch of the powerful Putnam family and a leader in agrarian Salem Village. Molony will play his eldest son, opposite Ever Carradine as Putnam's wife, while Rhind-Tutt portrays Minister Samuel Parris, a hard-line Puritan who isn't popular with his peers until the accusations begin flying. Hannah Nordberg will play his daughter, Betty, with Naian...
- Tambay A. Obenson
Brit Zawe Ashton has joined the cast of HBO's "The Devil You Know," a new pilot from "Orange is the New Black" creator Jenji Kohan. This marks Ashton's debut appearances on Us television, alongside Damien Molony, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Ewen Bremner, Karen Gillan, Naian Gonzalez Norvind, Eddie Izzard, Ever Carradine, Hannah Nordberg and others. "The Devil You Know" will look at the infamous Salem Witch Trials in 17th century New England, as neighbor was set against neighbor, leading a town to mass hysteria. Izzard plays farmer Thomas Putnam, the Puritan patriarch of the powerful Putnam family and a leader in »
- Tambay A. Obenson
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