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A hold-up turned hostage situation in an all-night store is played for laughs
Director Keri Collins won a Bafta Cymru breakthrough award for this Clerks-y comedy about a petrol station convenience store that becomes the scene of a bungled robbery. Simon Fantauzzo’s script propels two haplessly indebted mates – driving force Ray Panthaki and Four Lions graduate Adeel Akhtar – into the all-night store where Vicky McClure’s seen-it-all shop assistant proves more than a match for her would-be captors (“Er, when does the Stockholm syndrome kick in?”). As the night wears on, a succession of clueless customers, including Verne Troyer, Tom Bell and Tony Way, all fail to grasp the gravity of the situation. Panthaki and Akhtar have droll double-act chemistry, McClure is indomitably entertaining (as ever) and the low-budget vibe produces a few good giggles.
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- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic
While only featuring in a cameo role in the British comedy Convenience, it’s arguably the funniest scene in the movie – so it was our pleasure to sit down with Verne Troyer and discuss his latest performance. Troyer also discussed what it is about the British film industry that appeals to him so greatly, and the
- Stefan Pape
What’s this? I hear you cry. Nerdly reviewing a new British comedy? Yes, given the fact we tend to avoid British productions – especially those featuring football hooligans and/or gangsters, two “genres” which tend to proliferate the shelves of DVD stores and supermarkets everywhere (and two genres I consider the nadir in filmmaking) – and focus on mainly horror output from these shores, seeing Convenience reviewed on these pages may come as a shock. However never let it be said we (well, mostly I) won’t step out of our comfort zones once in a while. And this case I’m glad we did.
- Phil Wheat
BAFTA breakthrough Brit Ray Panthaki is fast emerging as one of the British Independent film industry’s most exciting hybrids. One just has to look at the list of British films he’s been involved with not just as an actor but producer, beginning with the trend-setting Kidulthood. Here, Panthaki’s new film Convenience defines him not only to be a leading man but a filmmaker who’s curating excellent, ground-breaking films with sensible budgets, proving that the future of the British Film industry is very much alive. Alongside Panthaki, Convenience stars Vicky McClure better known as Lol from This is England and Adeel Akhtar from Four Lions who will also appear as the character of Smee in the mainstream film, Pan.
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- Paul Heath
Celebrity Juice celebrates its seventh birthday tonight with a special 'Throwback Thursday' episode.
New clips from the show see Troyer and Lemon play a spot of charades, while D'Acampo gets compared to Fearne Cotton.
Celebrity Juice airs tonight (September 24) at 10pm on ITV2.
Set for release in cinemas October 2nd and home entertainment October 5th, here’s an exclusive first look at the trailer for the BAFTA Cymru Award-winning British comedy ‘Convenience’ starring Vicky McClure, Adeel Akhtar, Ray Panthaki, Anthony Head and Verne Troyer. Ajay and Shaan, two hapless friends who need to find money to pay a debt
The post Exclusive: Trailer & Poster for BAFTA Award winning ‘Convenience’ appeared first on HeyUGuys. »
- David Sztypuljak
New distribution outfit B-Attitude Films has announced that its BAFTA Cymru Award-winning film Convenience is to be released in UK cinemas on Oct 2 and on demand/DVD on Oct 5.
The comedy heist film is directed by former Screen Star of Tomorrow Keri Collins.
Produced by Ray Panthaki and written by Simon Fantauzzo, Convenience stars Vicky McClure (This Is England), Adeel Akhtar (The Dictator), Ray Panthaki (28 Days Later), Anthony Head (Buffy The Vampire Slayer) and Verne Troyer (Austin Powers).
The buddy comedy heist movie follows two convenience store robbers who bungle the crime and end up working there for the rest of the night.
Collins won the BAFTA Cymru Breakthrough Award for Convenience last October. »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
In what is already a crowded field, Bgo have managed to make the worst betting company advert on television with help from Paris Hilton and Verne Troyer
An unwritten rule of adverts for betting companies is that they need to be as facile as possible. Whether it’s Paul Kaye on a pogo stick or Ray Winstone doing a bad impression of Ray Winstone, they have to be silly because the thing they’re trying to sell is deadly serious. They want you to think: “No need to worry too much about the consequences of putting little Timmy’s lunch money on a horse called Bum Tits because, look, Carlton Palmer’s sitting in that guy’s bath. Hahaha!” But with the new advert for online casino Bgo we might have reached the apotheosis of the genre. It don’t even try to use current pop culture figures, instead opting »
- Edward Tew
Verne Troyer gave fans a bit of a scare this weekend. The actor, who is best known for playing Mini Me in the “Austin Powers” films, took a tumble at Liv nightclub in Miami on Saturday night. According to TMZ, the mishap unfolded as Troyer danced on a DJ booth. Video from inside the club showed him plummeting off the booth and hitting his head on a speaker. Fortunately, club owner Dave Grutman was nearby to help him up, and Troyer continued to party. We’re not sure if he took to Twitter before or after his fall, but the actor tweeted a picture from. »
- Wrap Staff
Scary moment last night ... when Verne Troyer fell hard while dancing on the DJ booth at a nightclub and smacked his head on a speaker -- but fortunately, we're told He's Okay!!! 46-year-old Troyer was dancing his ass off at Liv nightclub in Miami and having a blast during Cedric Gervais' set -- but you can see in the video, he loses his balance and tumbles backwards until he hits the speaker. The good »
- TMZ Staff
The ratings for Celebrity Wife Swap's third season were way down (about 22%) and the second season's numbers weren't so good to begin with. Will the ratings continue to fall this timae around or, will they go up? Renewed for a fifth season or cancelled? Stay tuned to find out.
On Celebrity Wife Swap, a pair of families switch wives/mothers for two weeks. The ladies are given a chance to see how another celebrity raises children and lives in the spotlight. In the first week, the guest wife must live by the house rules. In the second week, they get to take charge. At the end, the couples come together to talk about how things went. This time around, the celebs include Jeremy London, David and Jackie Siegel, Verne Troyer, Hines Ward, Jackee Harry, and Traci Lords.
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Here is the lowdown on Love Island contestant Hannah Elizabeth, who we met in Mallorca just days before she entered the villa...
Job: Glamour model and Playboy bunny
Entered the villa: Day one
What you need to know
Hannah is hoping for some better luck with men.
"I have the s**ttest luck with fellas. I cannot get myself a nice lad. I don't know why it is. I just attract the wrong kind of lads. I like geeky, funny lads but I don't attract them - I attract cocky lads so I'm just going in there to try and find someone really. If I find someone then that's amazing, and if not it will be an amazing experience in the sun. I'll get a nice tan!" She added: "I like a little skinny arse really! But I only attract these muscly, grr guys. And because of my job they just think, »
It feels like we've been waiting forever, but finally Love Island is less than a week away! Yep, the brand new civilian-only reboot of the show begins on Sunday, but if you can't wait that long, you're in luck - we've got our hands on all the info you need about the 12 sexy singles jetting to Mallorca in an attempt to find love. Read on to meet them...
Job: Former athlete, model, and single mum
Turn-on: A good personality and a family man ("I tell men straight away that I'm a mum"). Physically: "They have to look good, but I've learned that's not everything. I'd like him to be tall, athletic, not with big muscles but he should work out."
Turn-off: Arrogance, untidiness, men who think they're better than everyone else, and "loud and obnoxious" behaviour. »
Verne Troyer let his ass do the talking for him during an argument with Hines Ward's wife -- ripping a fart on the NFL star's spouse in protest ... and it was all caught on video. It all went down on Wednesday night's episode of "Celebrity Wife Swap" -- when Hines' wife Lindsey Georgalas moved in with the "Austin Powers" star and tried to redecorate his game room. But Troyer Hated the feminine touches Lindsey »
- TMZ Staff
“Austin Powers” star Verne Troyer is now a documentarian. That is if you consider recording a hot pursuit through Lax, up until the suspect gets tasered by security, a short film. Troyer, who played Dr. Evil’s Mini-Me in the “The Spy Who Shagged Me” and “Goldmember,” was catching a flight to Ohio on Wednesday when he caught a shady character ignoring airport security. The Tsa told NBC4 in Columbus, Ohio that at about 11 a.m. Wednesday, 21-year-old Christian James Heinz refused to be screened by Tsa agents. After airport police officers were called to assist, Heinz continued to refuse to cooperate. »
- Greg Gilman
Verne Troyer turned vigilante at Lax -- chasing down a man who burst through a Tsa checkpoint until police captured and tased him ... and Verne recorded the whole thing. Verne was on his way to catch a flight to Ohio when he heard the commotion near Tsa, and when he saw the suspect running away ... he fired up his motorized scooter and tracked down the guy. You might call the video ... VerneVision ... it's all shot from his, »
- TMZ Staff
Kind-hearted Zoe (Kerry Knuppe) is having a tough time. Her mother is heavily medicated. Her step-father is a molester. She works at a convenience store to put herself through college, where she is receiving unwanted attention from a professor, and one of the store’s regulars, a homeless woman nicknamed Ms. Mae (Willow Hae), is killed in a hit-and-run accident. Before Ms. Mae dies, she passes along a curse to Zoe which gives her a witch’s mark on her skin and the unwanted protection of a murderous gnome (Verne Troyer).
- Rachel Kolb
Disney is developing a project loosely based on their 1940 animated classic Pinocchio, bringing on screenwriter Peter Hedges (The Odd Life of Timothy Green) to write the screenplay. This is the third live action adaptation of an animated movie that Disney has put into development over the past week, following Mulan and Winnie the Pooh. The studio has also announced new live action versions of Dumbo and Beauty and the Beast over the past few months.
The story of Pinocchio originated with author Carlo Collodi's 1883 novel The Adventures of Pinocchio, following a boy made out of wood who ultimately gets his wish to become a real human, but each time he tells a lie, his nose grows longer and longer. Peter Hedges' take on Pinocchio is said to be inspired by the original story, but no specific plot details were given. Director Guillermo del Toro is currently developing his own version of Pinocchio, »
Verne Troyer is on the mend! The 46-year-old actor was hospitalized Saturday "for precautionary measures," his rep told E! News in a statement, adding that "all tests came back normal and [he] then left shortly after that." Troyer, who rose to fame back in 1999 playing "Mini-Me" in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, is "doing fine," added his rep, noting that he returned to The Heart of Texas Comic Con in Waco, Texas, the same day. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Troyer suffered a seizure Saturday which resulted in his brief hospitalization. The actor himself declined to mention the specific nature of his health scare, but he did personally reassure fans on social media he was »
Verne Troyer, who is best known for playing Mini Me in the “Austin Powers” films, is on the mend after suffering a seizure at the Heart of Texas Comic Con in Waco, Texas. “I’m sure you guys have heard some news that I went to the hospital,” the actor said in a video posted late Saturday on Twitter. “But I just want to reassure you and let everybody know that I’m doing fine. I was there for maybe a couple of hours, did some tests and now I’m here at the hotel.” Troyer promised in the video »
- Anita Bennett
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