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Sheridan Smith uncut: "I've played mainly slappers and chavs"

29 December 2012 4:38 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Sheridan Smith made her name with a girl next door turn in Gavin and Stacey. Now her star has risen in the West End – from Legally Blonde to Hedda Gabler. Dustin Hoffman sees her future in Hollywood. Here, she tells Megan Conner about the most incredible 12 months of her life

Exactly 12 hours before I'm due to meet Sheridan Smith, the actor takes to her Twitter page. "Oh I can't stop crying. Hate myself sometimes, just can't be myself. I can only play characters. Wish I had more confidence when I'm being me," she writes. Within minutes, a stream of her some 310,000 followers are tweeting furiously.

"Omg, don't beat yourself up!" they say. "Stop stop stop that now," another instructs. One user, @Londontheatre1, has some helpful advice: Smith should draw on the strength of her characters, Ronnie Biggs's long-suffering ex-wife in the ITV drama Mrs Biggs, or Elle Woods, the »

- Megan Conner

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Sheridan Smith uncut: "I've played mainly slappers and chavs"

29 December 2012 4:38 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Sheridan Smith made her name with a girl next door turn in Gavin and Stacey. Now her star has risen in the West End – from Legally Blonde to Hedda Gabler. Dustin Hoffman sees her future in Hollywood. Here, she tells Megan Conner about the most incredible 12 months of her life

Exactly 12 hours before I'm due to meet Sheridan Smith, the actor takes to her Twitter page. "Oh I can't stop crying. Hate myself sometimes, just can't be myself. I can only play characters. Wish I had more confidence when I'm being me," she writes. Within minutes, a stream of her some 310,000 followers are tweeting furiously.

"Omg, don't beat yourself up!" they say. "Stop stop stop that now," another instructs. One user, @Londontheatre1, has some helpful advice: Smith should draw on the strength of her characters, Ronnie Biggs's long-suffering ex-wife in the ITV drama Mrs Biggs, or Elle Woods, the »

- Megan Conner

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Quartet – review

27 December 2012 4:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Dustin Hoffman squanders a high-grade cast in a stale directorial debut about a group of retirement-home singers

Dustin Hoffman's directorial debut about four old people in a retirement home for classical musicians and singers has some polish, but it is stale, lifeless and often weirdly humourless, like the filmed record of some sort of glossy brochure photoshoot. It should be possible to make a film about old people without condescension, but this sadly isn't the one. I had similar reservations about The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, released earlier this year; at least that had a persistent touch of fun.

Yet here it seems as if Hoffman was overawed by the poshness of all the classical music and Brit thesps. Maggie Smith plays Jean, a haughty former diva who is the newest entrant in this grandest of old people's homes, where inmates include a bullying old ex-producer called Cedric (Michael Gambon »

- Peter Bradshaw

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Quartet New Posters

26 December 2012 2:51 PM, PST | Filmofilia | See recent Filmofilia news »

We have a bunch of posters for Quartet, an opera company filled with retired performers reunite once a year to stage a fundraiser for their theater in Dustin Hoffman’s directorial sophomore project.

Contrary to what we said before, this is not Hoffman’s directorial debut as he directed the little seen Straight Time back in 1978.

An all star cast of British luminaries including Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, Pauline Collins, Tom Courtenay and Billy Connolly star with a screenplay by celebrated British playwright Ronald Harwood, based on his play.

Quartet, which also stars Sheridan Smith (Hysteria), Luke Newbury (Anna Karenina), Trevor Peacock and Welsh soprano Dame Gwyneth Jones will be released in the Us on December 28th, 2012 before going in the UK on January 1st and wider on January 4th. The film debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.

Quartet is about Cecily (Pauline Collins), Reggie (Tom Courtenay »

- Nick Martin

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TV review: Homeland | Mr Stink | Loving Mrs Hatto | James May's Toy Stories: Flight Club

23 December 2012 4:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

If there had never been a first series of Homeland, this one would probably look great. But because of that high bar, the loss of momentum has been disappointing

And so to the finale of Homeland (Channel 4, Sunday). Abu Nazir's dead, everyone can relax, so they do, big time.

Carrie'n'Brody return to their lakeside love cabin, to do the sort of things couples do when they're not defending/breaching the security of the free world. They walk by the water, trade family secrets, make plans for the future. Brody juggles potatoes, shows his lighter side. They stroke each other's hair by the flickering light of the log fire. Carrie loves her job, she says. "The thing is Brody, I also love …" "Careful," says Brody. "Being with you."

Jesus, what the hell is this? Love Story? At least Quinn's there too, watching from the porch of the next-door cabin, through his telescopic sight. »

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TV review: Homeland | Mr Stink | Loving Mrs Hatto | James May's Toy Stories: Flight Club

22 December 2012 2:30 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

If there had never been a first series of Homeland, this one would probably look great. But because of that high bar, the loss of momentum has been disappointing

And so to the finale of Homeland (Channel 4, Sunday). Abu Nazir's dead, everyone can relax, so they do, big time.

Carrie'n'Brody return to their lakeside love cabin, to do the sort of things couples do when they're not defending/breaching the security of the free world. They walk by the water, trade family secrets, make plans for the future. Brody juggles potatoes, shows his lighter side. They stroke each other's hair by the flickering light of the log fire. Carrie loves her job, she says. "The thing is Brody, I also love …" "Careful," says Brody. "Being with you."

Jesus, what the hell is this? Love Story? At least Quinn's there too, watching from the porch of the next-door cabin, through his telescopic sight. »

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TV highlights 27/12/12

21 December 2012 7:21 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Racing Legends: Stirling Moss | Restless | Panto! | Len Goodman's Dancing Feet: The British Ballroom Story | Playhouse Presents: A Young Doctor's Notebook | Blue Bloods | Rango | Percy Jackson And The Lightning Thief

• Plan your Christmas and New Year viewing with our interactive guide to festive television

Racing Legends: Stirling Moss

8pm, BBC2

This three-part series takes a celebrity car enthusiast and has them follow in the tracks of a British racing legend. First up is Sir Patrick Stewart, who tells the story of – and gets to hang out with – Sir Stirling Moss, Britain's first postwar pro driver. Stewart, who has just got his racing licence at 72, travels with Moss to Florence, retracing the route of the Mille Miglia, a race that Moss won in a record time in 1955. On hand with their opinions are the likes of Murray Walker and Damon Hill. Continues Friday. Ms

Restless

9pm, BBC »

- Martin Skegg, Ali Catterall, Mark Jones, Jonathan Wright, David Stubbs, Ben Arnold, Paul Howlett

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TV highlights 23/12/12

21 December 2012 7:16 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Mr Stink | Secret Lives Of The Apostles | Mount Pleasant Christmas Special | Loving Miss Hatto | Homeland | Him & Her: The Christmas Special | Never Let Me Go | Bad Santa

• Plan your Christmas and New Year viewing with our interactive guide to festive television

Mr Stink

6.30pm, BBC1

Children's books are a familiar second-career path for people in public life, from Prince Charles to Ricky Gervais. Happily, even for a busy person, David Walliams's efforts seem a cut above the celebrity norm. The tale of a homeless man befriended by a middle-class schoolgirl, this adaptation features a suitably strong cast. Benidorm regulars Johnny Vegas and Sheridan Smith play the parents of 12-year-old Chloe, who invites a tramp (Hugh Bonneville) to hang out in her family's garden shed. Gentle family comedy, featuring Walliams himself as the prime minister. Jr

Secret Lives Of The Apostles

7pm, National Geographic

Don't expect revelations about what Peter and Paul »

- John Robinson, Martin Skegg, Julia Raeside, Rebecca Nicholson, Hannah Verdier, Paul Howlett

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‘Quartet’ is too many notes out of tune

20 December 2012 9:32 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Quartet

Directed by Dustin Hoffman

Written by Ronald Harwood (play and screenplay)

U.K., 2012

In the directorial debut from legendary actor Dustin Hoffman, Quartet, there is a character named Cissy (Pauline Collins) who, in one of the film’s many moments of levity, quotes an old friend by saying that old age is not for sissies. The joke is not terribly good, but the intent of the line is well meaning and important. It hits home, in part at least, one of the central themes of Hoffman’s picture; that old age does not exclusively mean slowing down physically and sometimes mentally as well. The truth of the matter is that it means exactly those things and thus requires some courage to live through. With age comes wisdom and patience, not to mention that one’s particular skills do not necessarily evaporate, all depending of course on what those skills are. »

- Edgar Chaput

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'Quartet': Billy Connolly hits on Sheridan Smith in new clip - watch

20 December 2012 5:25 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Dustin Hoffman's Quartet has debuted a new clip exclusively on Digital Spy. The footage has Billy Connolly's former opera singer Wilfred Bond hitting on Sheridan Smith's character without success.

Quartet stars Dame Maggie Smith as famed opera singer Jean Horton, whose appearance at the Beecham House home for retired musicians is not entirely welcomed by her former singing partners and ex-husband Reginald Paget (Tom Courtenay). She insists on claiming all the attention by playing the diva, all (more) »

- By Mark Langshaw

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Global Showbiz Briefs: ‘Jonathan Ross Show’, Wim Wenders Foundation

18 December 2012 10:16 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Jonathan Ross Show’ To Hit U.S. UK talk show host Jonathan RossThe Jonathan Ross Show will begin airing Stateside on Christmas Eve on DirecTV’s Cinémoi. The show will air at 8 Pm with guests Michael McIntyre, Sienna Miller, Jamie Oliver, Sheridan Smith, Ellie Simmons, Jonnie Peacock and Charlotte Church. In January, it will take up a regular time slot on Saturday nights, running day-and-date with its UK version. Ross, who is perhaps the best known current day UK talk show personality, said, “Brace yourself America, I’m about to take you on a ride. With superstar guests, the world’s top comedians and the greatest bands on the planet today, what’s not to love? All the way from London right to your couch. Let’s roll!” Wim Wenders Foundation Established In Düsseldorf The work of German filmmaker Wim Wenders will be preserved and made available to the »

- THE DEADLINE TEAM

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U.K. Talk Show Star Jonathan Ross to Debut in America

18 December 2012 8:48 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

London – U.K. talk show host Jonathan Ross, will debut his talk show The Jonathan Ross Show in the Us on Directv's Cinemoi Dec. 24. Cinémoi North America president Daphna Edwards Ziman announced the deal Tuesday. Ross quit the BBC in 2010 when he was the corporation's highest-paid star, reportedly making about $9 million a year, and took his talk show to commercial web ITV a few months later. His talk show will premiere with a Christmas Eve special featuring special guests including Michael McIntyre, Sienna Miller,J amie Oliver, Sheridan Smith, Ellie Simmons, Jonnie Peacock and Charlotte

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- Stuart Kemp

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Casting: Badgley, Whannell, Hall, Smith

12 December 2012 8:57 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Parts Per Billion

Penn Badgley, Teresa Palmer, Alexis Bledel and Hill Harper have joined the ensemble cast of Brian Horiuchi’s "Parts Per Billion". Filming will take place through Christmas in Detroit.

The story follows three couples dealing with the same reality shaking event that threatens to tear them apart. Frank Langella, Gena Rowlands, Rosario Dawson and Josh Hartnett also star. [Source: Deadline]

Insidious Chapter Two

Leigh Whannell and Angus Sampson are set to reprie their roles as Specs and Tucker in the upcoming sequel "Insidious Chapter Two".

The sequel will reportedly feature flashbacks of various characters in the film that lead up to the events in the first. [Source: Horror Movies]

Transcendence

Rebecca Hall, Emily Blunt and Rooney Mara are all said to be up for the role of the wife of Johnny Depp's character in "The Dark Knight" cinematographer Wally Pfister's directorial debut "Transcendence". Shooting kicks off in early March.

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- Garth Franklin

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UK - Lashana Lynch & Riann Steele Join Cast Of Indie Drama 'Powder Room'

12 December 2012 1:08 PM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Lashana Lynch and Riann Steele have joined the cast of the all-woman UK comedy, Powder Room, from commercial director  M.J. Delane (feature debut). Starring Sheridan Smith and Jamie Winstone, the project comes from producer Damian Jones' DJ Films, and centers on a woman whose life is turned upside down during a big night out with her old college friends. That's all we know about the story at the moment. Steele and Lynch will play "old college friends." The micro-budgeted project pic is scripted by Rachel Hirons. Shooting is underway in London, and will continue through December 21.  Steele was last seen on »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Celebrity pictures - Pippa Middleton, Cher Lloyd, Mel C, more

12 December 2012 7:35 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Today's (December 12) celebrity pictures include a purple-clad Pippa Middleton at the launch of her party-planning book Celebrate in the Netherlands. Meanwhile, in Madrid, Miranda Kerr is unveiled as the new face of Mango, and in London, Melanie Chisholm arrives for the Viva Forever! after-party. Also in the capital, Sheridan Smith attends the charity gala screening of Quartet in support of the (more) »

- By Naomi Gordon

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New Featurette for Dustin Hoffman’s Quartet with Maggie Smith

12 December 2012 6:00 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Dustin Hoffman makes his directorial debut with Quartet, and following the impressive success of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel earlier this year, it will be interesting to see if a cast of a similar generation and calibre finds the same welcoming audience.

The film premiered at Tiff back in September to positive early reviews, and will be getting an Oscar-qualifying limited release in the States at the end of the month.

We caught the first trailer just over a month ago, and now Vue have debuted a new featurette, taking us behind the scenes of the dramatic comedy/musical.

“Lifelong friends Wilf (Billy Connolly) and Reggie (Tom Courtenay), together with former colleague Cissy (Pauline Collins), are residents of Beecham House, a home for retired opera singers. Every year on Giuseppe Verdi’s birthday, the residents unite to give a concert to raise funds for their home. But when Jean Horton »

- Kenji Lloyd

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James McAvoy Set To Play Macbeth On The London Stage

7 December 2012 2:53 PM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

James McAvoy, the star of such films as Wanted. The Last King Of  Scotland, X-men: First Class and the upcoming Welcome To The Punch, is set to make his first appearance on the London stage since 2009 in a new West End production of MacBeth, according to an official press release today.

The production will run at Trafalgar Studios from 9 February until 27 April, 2013,  and the difference with this adaptation of the Shakespeare work,is that ‘the action will play out in a dystopian Scotland brutalised by war. Under a toxic fog, Macbeth begins his tormented struggle for power fuelled by ambition and paranoia.’

Tickets are on sale now at www.macbethwestend.com. Here’s the full release.

BAFTA winning and Golden Globe nominated actor James McAvoy (The Last King of Scotland, Atonement, X-Men) will star in Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Jamie Lloyd’s (Donmar’s Passion, Broadway’s Cyrano de Bergerac, the »

- Paul Heath

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Jonathan Creek to return for 2013 special

5 December 2012 8:00 AM, PST | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

'Jonathan Creek' is to return for a one-off special next year. The BBC has confirmed the mystery series will air in Easter 2013 with a 90-minute episode, 'In The Clue of the Savant's Thumb', which will see Alan Davies reprise his role as the titular character and Sheridan Smith return as his assistant and fellow investigator Joey Ross. Alan - who has portrayed the mystery-solving investigator since 1997 - admits he is ''very much looking forward'' to donning Jonathan's trademark duffle coat once again, and he is delighted Sheridan is returning to the show. He said: ''The new story has »

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Alan Davies to return in Jonathan Creek special

5 December 2012 4:54 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Actor to return as BBC1's detective-magician in a one-off 90-minute Easter episode The Clue of the Savant's Thumb

Alan Davies is to return as magician and detective Jonathan Creek after a three-year break, in a BBC1 special that will air next year.

The one-off 90-minute special, called The Clue of the Savant's Thumb, will be broadcast next Easter.

Creek's sidekick Joey Ross, once again played by Sheridan Smith, will also return for the special in a plot involving a secret society, supposedly supernatural events at a girls' boarding school and the disappearance of a body in front of witnesses.

"The new story has more than the usual amount of twists and surprises, and I'm very much looking forward to sleuthing again," said Davies. "It's nearly 17 years since I first auditioned for the part; the duffle coat is always on standby, even if the periods of duffle hibernation are quite long these days. »

- Mark Sweney

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'Jonathan Creek' to return for 90-minute special in 2013

5 December 2012 4:16 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Jonathan Creek will return in a one-off 90-minute special for Easter 2013, it has been announced. The hit BBC One detective series's new episode will be titled 'The Clue of the Savant's Thumb'. Alan Davies returns in the title role and Sheridan Smith is also back as fellow investigator and sidekick Joey Ross. It is written by the show's creator David Renwick. "The new story has more than the usual amount of twists and surprises, and I'm very much looking forward to sleuthing again," said Davies. "I can't wait to join Sheridan Smith on set again; we're very lucky to have her. It's nearly 17 years since I first auditioned (more) »

- By Alex Fletcher

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