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Sir Bruce Forsyth obituary: a TV presenter in a class of his own

Entertainer who began his career in variety and became an enduringly popular TV host

How Bruce Forsyth made Saturday nights swingA life in picturesShare your tributes and memories

Bruce Forsyth, who has died aged 89, was associated with some of the most successful shows in television history, from Sunday Night at the London Palladium in the late 1950s to The Generation Game in the 1970s and, for a decade from 2004, Strictly Come Dancing, a light-entertainment phenomenon that attracts a third of the viewing audience to BBC1 on a Saturday night.

As a compere, game-show host and fleet-footed comedian, he was in a class of his own, providing an authentic link between the old days of variety, where he started as a youthful sensation during the second world war, and the new craze for audience participation and reality television. He had appeared in variety (and indeed on the golf course) with the great Max Miller,
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Paul McCartney Reveals Who Was Cut from ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ Cover

Paul McCartney Reveals Who Was Cut from ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ Cover
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Paul McCartney has revealed who was cut from the iconic Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover.

2017 marks the 50th anniversary of The Beatles‘ eighth full-length album and acts as one of the best-selling albums of all time.

The album cover featured a wide range of famous faces, including Fred Astaire, Edgar Allan Poe, Bob Dylan, Oscar Wilde, Shirley Temple and Marlon Brando.

While most of these celebrities were happy to appear on the cover for free, McCartney says that there was one actor who wanted a fee.

“We all had a list of favourites.
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This Living Space is Only Big Enough for One: First Trailer

Tagline: "His House. Your Nightmare." The Horror Patch has debuted the trailer for Steven Spiel's Living Space. The clip shows a couple attacked by a German SS Officer, straight out of World War II. Other characters are silenced in a horrible way. The film is in post-production, with shooting taking place near Melbourne, Australia. The film stars: Georgia Chara and Andy McPhee. More details on this indie horror film are available here. The story is about Brad (Leigh Scully) and Ashley (Chara). They are travelling through Germany, on a romantic journey. Their adventure goes sideways, when they encounter a German SS Officer. Now, they cannot escape their remote vacation home and could be turned into slave labour, for a war that is long since over. Along with the trailer, a still has been released and a movie poster. The poster shows a character muted, via a tortuous procedure. The still debuts the villain,
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Wolf Creek: Pop Renews Australian Drama for Season Two

Greg McLean's Wolf Creek TV show has been renewed for season two on Pop. The cable channel announced the second season renewal today, as part of it new programming slate.Based on the cult horror film of the same name, Wolf Creek season two will premiere on Pop in 2018. Jon Jarratt will return as terrifying serial killer Mick Taylor. Wolf Creek also stars Lucy Fry as Eve Thorogood and Dustin Clare as Sullivan Hill. The cast cals includes Andy McPhee, Damian de Montemas, and Jessica Tovey.Read More…
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Debut feature 'Choir Girl' to shoot in Melbourne in early April

Indie feature Choir Girl is set to go into production in early April on location around Melbourne..

The film marks the debut of writer-director Michael Wormald, a former editor who directed shorts.The Death and Life of John Vaughan in 2008 and Legacy in 2014.

Choir Girl is a drama set in the 90s about a lonely photographer, Eugene, who becomes obsessed with a fifteen year-old girl who is trapped in the illegal sex trade.

The film, to be shot entirely in black-and-white, is produced by Ivan Malekin of Nexus Production Group and Lucinda Bruce. Daniela Ercoli is the associate producer.

Cast includes Roger Ward (Mad Max), Peter Flaherty (The Leftovers), Krista Vendy (Neighbours), Andy McPhee (Ali.s Wedding), Kym Valentine (Neighbours) and Vca grad Sarah Timm.

Budget is around half a million, with shooting to take place over 24 days, including a stint at Docklands Studios.

Bridget Borgobello is the casting director
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Ralf Little webchat – your questions answered on football, The Royle Family and Caroline Aherne

The actor and producer joined us live from the National Theatre to weigh in everything from his most-coveted role to which packet of crisps goes best with two pints of lager

1.09pm GMT

Really sorry I've got to go, a real shame because I'm quite enjoying myself. Great questions and a lot of fun - thanks for taking the time.

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eastofhampstead asks:

Did working with Jim Royle give you a head-start when Monkey Life came along?

You could say that - watching Jim Royle is like a study in anthropology. So yes, doing the voiceover for Monkey Life came pretty naturally after that.

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Have to phrase this as a question or it’ll just look rude. How hard did you laugh when Jim said: “Finger, My Arse!”?

About as hard as I laughed at every other thing Jim said, whether I was supposed to or not.
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Cameras roll on horror 'Living Space'

Andy McPhee stars as an SS officer in 'Living Space'..

Principal photography is set to get underway in Geelong next week on Tru Dot Film.s horror Living Space, with the shoot expected to continue until mid- December..

The film is the feature debut of writer-director Steven Spiel, who previously directed short Never Forgiven, and will be produced by Tru Dot.s Natalie Forward (Haunted or Hoax)..

The cast includes Georgia Chara (Wentworth, Home & Away) Leigh Scully (Home & Away, Catching Milat), Andy McPhee (Saving Mr Banks, Sons of Anarchy, Wolf Creek) Jolene Anderson (All Saints, Rush) and Emma Leonard (800 Words, Home & Away).

Scully and Chara play college sweethearts whose romantic holiday to Germany takes a sinister turn after they encounter SS Officer (McPhee) and his family (Anderson and Leonard), thrusting them into a .psychological vortex of horror..

Living Space's crew includes cinematographer Branco Grabovac (Witches), special effects artist Steven Boyle (The Hobbit,
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Skip Ahead disburses $500,000 for online creators

Five online creative teams will receive a total of $500,000 in the second round of the Google/Screen Australia talent development initiative Skip Ahead.

Google Australia/New Zealand will contribute funding and resources and will support the successful applicants to travel and work at the YouTube Space in Los Angeles in November.

Comedy trio SketchShe will deliver Traffic Jam . The Musical, a comic tale of road rage while Aunty Donna will deliver absurdist webseries 1999 based on the Y2K panic of last century.

French SungaAttack and The Roundabout Crew will collaborate on the satirical series The Australiana Hostel, set in a rundown Sydney hostel.

Draw with Jazza is planning The Tale Teller, an animated documentary about an ageing storyteller who wants to pass on his stories before he dies.

How To Cook That.s Ann Reardon will go on tour to find and make The Sweetest Thing,. Australia.s most extreme dessert.
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Snowtown duo reunites for historical epic

Snowtown director Justin Kurzel and screenwriter Shaun Grant are collaborating on an Australian bushranger feature.

Grant is writing True History of the Kelly Gang, adapted from the Peter Carey novel, a co-production between Porchlight.s Liz Watts and the UK's Daybreak Pictures.

The novel is seen through Kelly.s eyes, scribbling his narrative on scraps of paper in semi-literate but descriptive prose as he fled from the police.

To his pursuers, Kelly was a monstrous criminal, a thief and a murderer. To many ordinary Australians, the bushranger was a hero, defying the authority of the English to control their lives.

Joe Penhall was listed as the writer when the project received development funding from Screen Australia.

Heath Ledger played the bushranger in Gregor Jordan's Ned Kelly in 2003 and Mick Jagger starred in Tony Richardson's Ned Kelly in 1970. The first screen version was The Story of the Kelly Gang in
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Slow West | Review

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Western Dreams: Maclean’s Accomplished, Stylized Debut

Scottish musician John Maclean makes a handsome directorial debut with Slow West, a period western set mainly in 19th century Colorado. But if Sergio Leone’s famed retro genre films earned the moniker ‘spaghetti western,’ than Mclean’s recapitulation and relocation is worthy of its own unique label, perhaps an Anzac (or kiwi?) western. Maclean’s pan-Euro flavoring is exactly what gives this familiar genre piece a high dose of unexpected flair, at times comedic and bloody, while maintaining a fatal romantic fixation for a societally primordial period.

Sixteen year old Jay Cavendish (Kodi Smit-McPhee) has fled his family’s privileged heritage in Scotland to pursue his love interest, Rose Ross (Caren Pistorius), a young woman of meager means who left for America with her father (Rory McCann). Alone and running out of money as he wanders through the woods of Colorado to find the Ross’ homestead,
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‘Bad Land: Road to Fury’ Review

Stars: Nicholas Hoult, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Michael Shannon, Elle Fanning, Robert Hobbs, David Butler, Aimee Mullins, Christy Pankhurst, Alex McGregor, David Clatworthy, Liah O’Prey, Carel Nel, Andy McPhee | Written by and Directed by Jake Paltrow

In a post-apocalyptic eternal drought, people kill for water. Where it is scarce and desperately needed, a farmer, Earnest Holm, defends his land from threat, and hopes to rejuvenate his parched soil in the hope of a better life for his family. However, his daughter’s boyfriend wants the land for himself, and will go to any length to get it.

The best way to describe Bad Land is… strange. Set in the futuristic, dried out plains of the USA, this film seems to walk the line between western and science fiction. Now, if you’re like me, when those two genres are combined your mind instantly goes to Firefly. This film isn’t Firefly,
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Bushranger movie starts shooting

Callan McAuliffe, Andy McPhee, Arthur Angel and John Orcsik have joined the cast of writer-director Matthew Holmes. The Legend of Ben Hall, which started shooting on Sunday in regional Victoria. The plot follow the last six turbulent months of the life of the notorious bushranger (newcomer Jack Martin), whose gang pulled off the largest gold heist in the British Empire, and the circumstances surrounding his controversial execution by police in 1865.

Martin played the character in Holmes. Kickstarter-funded short film, footage from which is being incorporated in the feature. The cast includes Joanne Dobbin as his ex-wife Biddy, Adam Willson as Mick Coneley, who harboured Hall, Jamie Coffa and William Lee as fellow gang members, Angus Pilakui as an Aboriginal tracker, Jordan Fraser-Trumble as Inspector Davidson and Gregory Quinn as Sergeant Condell.

The La-based McAuliffe (The Great Gatsby, Robot Overlords) and McPhee (Animal Kingdom, Sons of Anarchy) are playing members of the gang.
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'Slow West' Trailer Starring Michael Fassbender

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'Slow West' Trailer Starring Michael Fassbender
Before Michael Fassbender reprises his role as the mutant Magneto in X-Men: Apocalypse, the actor takes a trip to the frontier in the first trailer for the upcoming indie Western Slow West. The latest from A24 Films will debut on DirecTV starting April 16 before it arrives on VOD, iTunes and in theaters starting May 15. The film will also be hitting the festival circuit next month, screening at the Tribeca Film Festival, Ashland Independent Film Festival, Hawaii International Film Festival and the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film Festival. If you're in those areas, you can clickHere to purchase tickets.

Set at the end of the 19th Century, Slow West is an American western filtered through the eyes of European filmmaking. The story centers on 17-year-old Jay Cavendish (Kodi Smit-McPhee) who has travelled from Scotland to Colorado to be reunited with the woman with whom he is infatuated. He is quickly confronted
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John Osborne on Film: The Entertainer

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Part I. Anger, Suez and Archie Rice

“There they are,” George Devine told John Osborne, surveying The Entertainer‘s opening night audience. “All waiting for you…Same old pack of c***s, fashionable assholes. Just more of them than usual.” The Royal Court had arrived: no longer outcasts, they were London’s main attraction.

Look Back in Anger vindicated Devine’s model of a writer’s-based theater. Osborne’s success attracted a host of dramatists to Sloane Square. There’s Shelagh Delaney, whose A Taste of Honey featured a working-class girl pregnant from an interracial dalliance; Harold Pinter’s The Room, a bizarre “comedy of menace”; and John Arden’s Serjeant Musgrave’s Dance, which aimed a Gatling gun at its audience. Devine encouraged them, however bold or experimental. “You always knew he was on the writer’s side,” Osborne said.

Peter O’Toole called the Royal Court actors “an
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'Young Ones' Trailer Starring Michael Shannon and Elle Fanning

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'Young Ones' Trailer Starring Michael Shannon and Elle Fanning
Those of us in California who are experiencing a record drought can somewhat relate to the dystopian sci-fi thriller Young Ones, albeit on a much smaller scale. A new trailer has been released which shows a world torn apart after water has become the most precious and valuable resource on the planet. Michael Shannon stars as a family man struggling to survive with his children Jerome (Kodi Smit-McPhee) and Mary (Elle Fanning), although they realize Mary's boyfriend Flem Lever (Nicholas Hoult) wants to take over their land.

Jake Paltrow (The Good Night) directs this upcoming drama which arrives in theaters nationwide October 17.

Young Ones is set in a near future when water has become the most precious and dwindling resource on the planet, one that dictates everything from the macro of political policy to the detailed micro of interpersonal family and romantic relationships. The land has withered into something wretched.
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Batch of New Stills Revealed from Jake Paltrows Young Ones

A stack of new images from writer/director Jake Paltrow's new futuristic thriller 'Young Ones' have been revealed helping to further shape the apocalyptic and pretty dusty environment that Paltrow's vision will bring with it. The movie stars Elle Fanning ('Maleficent'), Nicholas Hoult ('Warm Bodies'), Michael Shannon ('Boardwalk Empire') and Kodi Smit-McPhee ('Dawn of the Planet of the Apes') which Signature is set to distribute across the UK whilst Screen Media will be taking on the Us release rights. Aimee Mullins, Andy McPhee, Alex McGregor, Robert Hobbs, Carel Nel and Liah O'Prey also star. Head below for the new batch of images....
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Jean Kent obituary

Popular stalwart of film classics such as The Browning Version and Fanny By Gaslight

Jean Kent, the fiery, sexy, red-haired bad girl of British movies in the 1940s, who has died aged 92, was a fine actor, and clearly enjoyed life, her work and – while it lasted – her cinema fame. While never a top star, she gained a considerable following, and from the 1960s appeared regularly on television. Her film breakthrough came as a result of stage work: after the revue Apple Sauce, starring Vera Lynn and Max Miller, reached the London Palladium in 1941, she was offered a long-term contract, and the first of her Gainsborough Pictures appearances came in It's That Man Again (1943), with another wartime entertainer, the radio comic Tommy Handley.

It took another four films for her to make her first real mark as Lucy, the friend of Phyllis Calvert in the title role of the melodrama Fanny By Gaslight,
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Stan Stennett obituary

Comedian, actor and pantomime veteran, he played the garage mechanic Sid Hooper in the TV soap Crossroads

With his doleful face, good-natured smile and ever- gleaming teeth, the stalwart entertainer Stan Stennett, who has died aged 88, was a favourite in pantomimes and seaside shows around the UK for decades. After starting out as a musician, he found success at the BBC, cracking jokes on the radio series Welsh Rarebit and compering The Black and White Minstrel Show on television in the 1960s.

He went on to act in soap operas, playing Hilda Ogden's brother Norman Crabtree in Coronation Street in 1976. An appearance on Crossroads in 1971 as Harry Silver, a GI on the run in the village, led to a recurring role on the series in the 1980s as the garage mechanic Sid Hooper. The character caught on and stayed in the show for much longer than planned thanks to Stennett's sympathetic portrayal.
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The Look of Love – review

This biopic of Paul Raymond has about as much depth as a 1970s British sex comedy

Scripted by Matt Greenhalgh (who wrote the screenplays for the ambitious biopics of Ian Curtis and John Lennon, Control and Nowhere Boy), The Look of Love is a disappointingly crude and shallow biography of the self-made northern impresario Paul Raymond, who started out conducting a music hall mind-reading act and finished up as a multi-millionaire nightclub proprietor, pornographer, owner of much of Soho, and for a while the richest man in Britain. The film reunites Michael Winterbottom, director of 24 Hour Party People, and its star Steve Coogan, but whereas that wonderful portrait of the ebullient Tony Wilson and the vibrant Manchester music scene was a piece of imaginative social history, The Look of Love has about as much depth and style as a cheap British sex comedy like Can You Keep It Up for a Week?
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