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13 British comedy stars lured to Hollywood in the 1990s

20 April 2015 10:52 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Hollywood went hunting for lots of British comedy talent in the 1990s - and lured the likes of Hugh Laurie, Stephen Fry and Emma Thompson...

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 »

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Bottom turns 20: Richie and Eddie's guide to being a sad git

10 April 2015 1:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Twenty years ago today (April 10), Rik Mayall and Ade Edmondson's Bottom came to an explosive end on BBC Two.

In a modern world full of hipsters, selfie sticks and kale, it's sometimes good for the soul to embrace your inner slob and take a leaf out of Richie and Eddie's book.

To celebrate the milestone, we've put together a guide to becoming the ultimate slobby, disgusting and sad git.

1. Fast-track your way to getting a date

Attempting to find a sexual partner can be an arduous process, with all that talking and listening bollocks. There are other means to find your soulmate.

Why not try out a revolutionary sex-spray to attract someone? Or even take out an ad in a lonely hearts column? "Minky Musky Sly Old Foxy Stoaty Stoaty Stoat" is a surefire winner.

You could always try a dating service or 'Love Bureau', but make sure to »

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Jennifer Saunders: 'I wrote Absolutely Fabulous film for a bet'

19 February 2015 4:01 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Jennifer Saunders has spoken about the forthcoming Absolutely Fabulous film.

The actress revealed that she only wrote the first draft of the movie to win a bet with comedy partner Dawn French.

Speaking on The Jonathan Ross Show, Saunders said: "Did I tell you that I'd had a bet with Dawn that I would have to pay her £10,000 if I didn't produce [the film] by the end of the year?

"We had a live radio show at the end of [last] year so I produced a first draft by [then]! I literally vomited it out. On New Year's Eve it came out!"

She added: "There's some stuff I like, some stuff I've cut out. It'll be an ongoing process until it's actually finished."

It was also revealed that actress Rebel Wilson will star and that some of the film will be set in the French Riviera.

Of her time working with French, Saunders said: "I do miss it, »

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Jennifer Saunders: 'I wrote Absolutely Fabulous film for a bet'

19 February 2015 4:01 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Jennifer Saunders has spoken about the forthcoming Absolutely Fabulous film.

The actress revealed that she only wrote the first draft of the movie to win a bet with comedy partner Dawn French.

Speaking on The Jonathan Ross Show, Saunders said: "Did I tell you that I'd had a bet with Dawn that I would have to pay her £10,000 if I didn't produce [the film] by the end of the year?

"We had a live radio show at the end of [last] year so I produced a first draft by [then]! I literally vomited it out. On New Year's Eve it came out!"

She added: "There's some stuff I like, some stuff I've cut out. It'll be an ongoing process until it's actually finished."

It was also revealed that actress Rebel Wilson will star and that some of the film will be set in the French Riviera.

Of her time working with French, Saunders said: "I do miss it, »

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BAFTA explains Bob Hoskins omission from tributes

9 February 2015 5:26 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The British Academy Film Awards has explained why Bob Hoskins was not included during the annual ceremony's tributes section last night (February 8).

Fans voiced their anger when Hoskins and Rik Mayall were not featured in the In Memoriam video montage.

BAFTA stated that individuals are only featured in televised obituaries once, and Hoskins had already received a tribute at last year's Television Awards.

For those commenting on Bob Hoskins' omission from last night's broadcast please read our statement for clarification pic.twitter.com/ddjmKCp0Fm

— BAFTA (@BAFTA) February 9, 2015

"Due to the timing of his death in April last year, and the fact that his credits included television as well as film (he was BAFTA-nominated for Pennies from Heaven in 1979), Bob Hoskins was included in the televised obituaries package at the British Academy Television Awards last year," the statement reads.

"BAFTA feature individuals in televised obituaries only once, sadly due »

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BAFTA explains Bob Hoskins omission from tributes

9 February 2015 5:26 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The British Academy Film Awards has explained why Bob Hoskins was not included during the annual ceremony's tributes section last night (February 8).

Fans voiced their anger when Hoskins and Rik Mayall were not featured in the In Memoriam video montage.

BAFTA stated that individuals are only featured in televised obituaries once, and Hoskins had already received a tribute at last year's Television Awards.

For those commenting on Bob Hoskins' omission from last night's broadcast please read our statement for clarification pic.twitter.com/ddjmKCp0Fm

— BAFTA (@BAFTA) February 9, 2015

"Due to the timing of his death in April last year, and the fact that his credits included television as well as film (he was BAFTA-nominated for Pennies from Heaven in 1979), Bob Hoskins was included in the televised obituaries package at the British Academy Television Awards last year," the statement reads.

"BAFTA feature individuals in televised obituaries only once, sadly due »

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BAFTAs 2015: Rik Mayall, Bob Hoskins snub in tribute angers fans

8 February 2015 3:57 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The British Academy Film Awards' decision not to include comedian Rik Mayall and award-winning actor Bob Hoskins in its 'In Memoriam' segment has proved controversial on social media.

Robin Williams, Lauren Bacall and Lord Richard Attenborough were among the celebrities whose lives were memorialized, but Mayall and Hoskins were left out of a tribute montage.

Boyhood, Theory of Everything lead winners at BAFTA Film Awards 2015

Hoskins won the Best Actor BAFTA Award for his performance in Mona Lisa, and also appeared in The Long Good Friday, Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Snow White and the Huntsman prior to his death last April.

Mayall was perhaps best known for his television work in The Young Ones and Blackadder, but he also starred in the films Guest House Paradiso and Drop Dead Fred.

Mayall's sudden passing shocked the entertainment world last June.

Fans of both actors reacted to the BAFTAs snub on »

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