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George Michael Remembered as Hollywood Pays Tribute to Pop Superstar

26 December 2016 9:45 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Earlier today, we reported the unfortunate news that pop music icon George Michael had passed away at the age of 53, after suffering from a heart failure. While his death was certainly unexpected, there is no foul play suspected, as the Hollywood community and fans around the world are in mourning at this devastating loss. As fans begin the grieving process, we have compiled a number of statements and tributes that have been sent out through social media over the past 24 hours, since the musician's untimely passing was announced.

One of the first to pay tribute to this late musician was his collaborator in the 1980s pop group Wham!, Andrew Ridgeley. Both George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley attended high school together, before forming Wham! in 1981. The group skyrocketed to fame with their 1984 album Make It Big, which was certified 6x platinum and included the smash hit singles "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" and "Freedom. »

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Walliams & Friend review – ooh matron, it's Sheridan Smith's turn

9 December 2016 10:20 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

With a skit called Carry On Up the Sexual Harassment Tribunal, this was a very, very silly sketch show. But the weirder things got, the funnier it all was

With Alan Carr’s Happy Hour acting as a less obnoxious version of Tfi Friday over on Channel 4, there’s a retro feeling to Friday night television, and David Walliams’ primetime sketch show Walliams & Friend (BBC1) is chipping in with 70s-style ribaldry. In place of Matt Lucas, the comedy partner with whom Walliams became a household name and catchphrase merchant in Little Britain, is a rotation of guests who each take on an episode’s worth of co-starring. After Jack Whitehall and Harry Enfield, it’s Sheridan Smith’s turn, and there’s a Variety performance showmanship to her that complements Walliams’ “ooh matron” leanings nicely.

Related: Why is almost nobody making TV sketch comedy any more?

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- Rebecca Nicholson

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Den Of Geek’s Christmas 2016 UK TV and radio picks

9 December 2016 6:38 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Louisa Mellor Dec 12, 2016

We’ve taken a pen to the UK Christmas TV and radio schedules and circled the shows we’re looking forward to. Add yours below!

Amid the cosy repeats, big movies and inescapable cranberry-stuffed cookery shows on TV this month are a few original gems. Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton’s Inside No. 9 festive special The Devil Of Christmas (Tuesday the 27th of December, 10pm, BBC Two) is top of our must-watch list. Hot on its heels is Yonderland’s family friendly Yonder Yuletide (Saturday the 24th of December, 6.30pm, Sky One). Another for families on Sky is the Christmas Day Jasper Fforde adaptation The Last Dragonslayer, while Channel 4 has the non-festive-but-essential-for-fans-of smart-sci-fi Humans series two finale (Sunday the 18th of December, 9pm).

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Not to forget, of course, the Doctor Who Christmas Special, a brand-new series of Sherlock, »

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Friday’s best TV: Adele in New York City; Walliams & Friend

8 December 2016 10:30 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Adele gives a performance masterclass in the Big Apple, while Sheridan Smith joins David Walliams in the defiantly old-fashioned sketch show

The brain is the most complex known structure in the universe, and research into what memories actually are continues to this day. If we are no more than the sum of our experiences, can memories be implanted or removed, leaving personalities artificially altered? A Us documentary, with all the irritating conventions that entails (quick edits, overwrought music), it does ask some intriguing questions, if leaving a frustrating number unanswered. Luke Holland

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- Luke Holland, Andrew Mueller, Ali Catterall, David Stubbs, Graeme Virtue, Jack Seale, John Robinson, Paul Howlett

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Keira Knightley Reveals Her Baby Daughter Swore When Donald Trump Won Election

7 December 2016 7:28 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Keira Knightley‘s 19-month-old daughter, Edie, swore the night Donald Trump won the U.S. election.

The British actress explained on the Christmas special episode of The Jonathan Ross Show — airing Saturday — that her daughter has been “talking a lot, she’s running, she’s literally repeating everything we say so we’re having to be really careful.”

However, Knightley and her husband, James Righton, experienced a strange moment in the aftermath of Trump’s surprising win.

The 31-year-old actress said she brought her daughter into bed with her and her husband in the morning.

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- Alexia Fernandez

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Friday’s best TV: The Story of UB40; Walliams & Friend

1 December 2016 10:30 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The 1970s reggae-pop darlings rake over the ashes of their career; and Harry Enfield, perhaps inevitably, steals the show from David Walliams

Formed in 1978, UB40’s early, impassioned pop-reggae tracts lambasted global injustice and saw them rocket to fame. They set up their own studio and split royalties evenly; but despite worldwide success, they found themselves bankrupt, with millions unaccounted for. Ali Campbell left the group with two others and a bitter court battle for rights to their name is ongoing. Both sides put their case in this sad yet gripping documentary. David Stubbs

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- David Stubbs, Andrew Mueller, Phil Harrison, Ben Arnold, Graeme Virtue, Ali Catterall

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Children’s books roundup: the best new picture books and novels

26 November 2016 1:30 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Monochrome magic with Mary Poppins, a swooning Ya romance and Winnie-the-Pooh returns

This bleak November, curl up with a story – whether about monkeys, Mary Poppins, sentient trains, revolutionary France or romance across borders.

For picture book lovers there is Pandora (Frances Lincoln), by the award-winning Victoria Turnbull, the tale of an inventive vixen who lives alone, “in a world of broken things”, until a wounded bird falls from the sky. Compelling detail, tender, subtle colouring, economical text and pure emotion – loneliness, grief, hope and eventual joy – add up to a book of quiet but considerable power.

The story of children contending with a wicked hospital matron, David Walliams latest will appeal to fans

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- Imogen Russell Williams

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David Walliams Named First Host Of ITV Late Show; Serpentine, Mubi Partner For Cinema Season — Global Briefs

25 November 2016 5:52 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

ITV is set to air a new weeknight entertainment series in the UK in 2017, with comedian and writer David Walliams hosting the first week. The 30-minute daily entertainment show, dubbed The Nightly Show, will go out in the 10 Pm slot. It's being produced by Second Act Productions and will air five nights a week for an eight-week run, featuring a different big name host each week. The show, which will be recorded live at 6 Pm at a central London location, will feature a… »

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David Walliams Named First Host Of ITV Late Show; Serpentine, Mubi Partner For Cinema Season — Global Briefs

25 November 2016 5:52 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

ITV is set to air a new weeknight entertainment series in the UK in 2017, with comedian and writer David Walliams hosting the first week. The 30-minute daily entertainment show, dubbed The Nightly Show, will go out in the 10 Pm slot. It's being produced by Second Act Productions and will air five nights a week for an eight-week run, featuring a different big name host each week. The show, which will be recorded live at 6 Pm at a central London location, will feature a… »

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Friday’s best TV: Walliams & Friend; Alan Carr’s Happy Hour

24 November 2016 10:09 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Comedians David Walliams and Alan Carr kick off new shows, with predictably idiosyncratic twists

The title and the setting of this new show – which will be filmed at a social club – suggests an evening of slightly tipsy and possibly gently anarchic chatshow fun. Sadly, it has already been confirmed that drunken highjinks will not be on the agenda, but even so Carr is a reliably slick operator and this variety format could prove a good fit for his talents. Expect celebrity guests, standup comedy and live music with your hyperactive, mildly saucy ringmaster. Phil Harrison

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- Phil Harrison, Jack Seale, Andrew Mueller, John Robinson, Hannah Verdier, Jonathan Wright, David Stubbs, Paul Howlett

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Christmas 2016: our books and comics gift guide

17 November 2016 4:47 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Rob Leane Dec 2, 2016

Is there any older tradition than giving books at Christmas? Well yes, there is. But here's a list anyway...

Books! Undeniably, the combination of ink, paper, a nice cover and a gripping story makes for a classic Christmas present.

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Whether you and your loved ones are into books or comics, biographies or crime, laughs or love stories, we hope you’ll find something in our gift guide of the biggest and best books coming to shops both real and digital this festive season...

Out now A Life In Parts 

If you saw Bryan Cranston on The Graham Norton Show, you’ll know that he’s lived a fair few different lives, from waiter to actor via murder suspect and online dating expert. He chronicles all those roles, and the ones he’s played in TV and film. »

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Rupert Grint in first trailer for Sick Note!

14 October 2016 3:42 AM, PDT | Rupert-Grint.us/ | See recent Rupert Grint - Ice Cream Man news »

October 14, 2016, 6:48am– It’s only been three days since we had our very first look at Rupert Grint in Adolf the Artist (check it out here in case you missed it) and already we’re being spoiled with another piece of amazing news. We now have the very first look at Sick Note with a brand new promo trailer for the series. Thanks to TheRomione for uploading it to youtube so that everyone can enjoy it: The trailer offers a great look at the 6-part show which is scheduled to air in 2017 (no exact date yet). Here’s Sky Vision‘s official synopsis: Rupert Grint (Harry Potter movies), Nick Frost (Shaun of the Dead) and Golden Globe award-winning actor Don Johnson (Miami Vice) star in this brand new comedy for Sky Atlantic. Directed by BAFTA winner Matt Lipsey (Little Britain, Psychoville), this series is produced by King Bert, the »

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The Greasy Strangler review – a grossout comic smack in the face

6 October 2016 2:30 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Jim Hosking’s Us-set feature debut, about a serial killer who smears his naked body in cooking fat before committing murders, is revolting and funny

Bad taste is extruded from this outrageously revolting movie like poisoned mince from a rusty meat grinder. And, despite having neglected to smoke the hundredweight of weed I really needed to appreciate it properly … I did laugh. There’s actually a touch of real inspiration in the final few minutes. It’s the Us-set feature debut from British director Jim Hosking, with Ben Wheatley serving as an executive producer: a macabre display of grossout-grotesque, with a touch of John Waters, Harmony Korine, David Walliams and Matt Lucas. (Little America could almost be an alternative title.) Brayden (Sky Elobar) is a sad, overweight, middle-aged guy who lives with his revolting father Ronnie (Michael St Michaels), a retired disco manager whom Brayden suspects – correctly – of being the notorious Greasy Strangler, »

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MasterChef Names Its Season 7 Winner: Did Shaun, Brandi or David Take the Title?

14 September 2016 7:08 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Three home cooks remained in the quest to be named the winner of MasterChef season seven—but only one could take home the title. In the two-hour finale, Shaun O'Neale, Brandi Mudd and David Williams competed for the title after cooking an entrée for 17 intimidating restaurant critics. David narrowly avoided going home as one of the bottom two contestants, but he had another chance to redeem himself in the super-sized episode. The final three got a hand from some familiar home cooks as they rushed to prepare an amazing appetizer dish in just 60 minutes. In part two of the episode, they had one hour to create entrees and one hour to create dessert. Finally, it was time for judges Gordon »

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YouTube Kids Teams With Roald Dahl’s Estate To Commemorate His 100-Year Legacy

14 September 2016 10:16 AM, PDT | Tubefilter.com | See recent Tubefilter News news »

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of famed author Roald Dahl’s birth, YouTube Kids has teamed up with Dahl’s grandson, Ned Donovan, to curate a special playlist featuring videos that complement his revolutionary work, including James And The Giant Peach, Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, and Matilda.

The playlist, fittingly titled Celebrating 100 Years Of Roald Dahl On YouTube Kids, is now live and features everything from step-by-step arts and crafts with TV presenter Claudia Winkleman to The Bfg story time with comedian David Walliams to drawing tutorials with cartoonist Quentin Blake to a reading of Matilda by the actress Kate Winslet.

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- Geoff Weiss

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Sunday's best TV: Poldark; Roald Dahl's Most Marvellous Book

3 September 2016 10:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The brooding period drama returns for more trials and toplessness, while David Walliams remembers Dahl’s crotchety genius

9pm, BBC1

A new series of the brooding coastal drama opens with Poldark preparing for his trial. Both Demelza and Elizabeth are determined to try to influence the outcome, but how tough will the judge be? There are lighter moments with the arrival of snooty, dog-carrying heiress Caroline, as well as a dark twist. But on to more important matters: fans of Poldark’s habit of whipping his top off will be relieved to know they won’t have to wait long for a sighting of that torso. Hannah Verdier

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- Hannah Verdier, Ali Catterall, Andrew Mueller, Ben Arnold, Hannah J Davies, Jack Seale, Mark Gibbings-Jones, Paul Howlett

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Griffith Film School, Hugo Weaving team for animated short about autism

21 August 2016 7:15 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

According to Griffith Film School Deputy Head Trish FitzSimons, the best thing Griffith can do for its students is obvious: "Help them get a job related to the multiple screen industries in the period immediately after graduation, so they can keep learning new skills, networking and finding role models of both genders.".

To that end, Gfs is focussing on work-integrated learning during undergraduate, partly via LiveLab, the school's commercial production arm..

"LiveLab employs the strongest of our recent graduates and other professionals to work with current students to make commissioned content," FitzSimons told If..

LiveLab's Creative Director is Richard Fabb, who worked as a TV producer for 25 years before joining Gfs at the end of 2014 and spearheading its latest project: an animated short about autism, fronted by none other than Hugo Weaving.

"We were approached by Gold Coast Health in May 2015 to make a short animated film about autism, with Sentis, »

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Kate Beckinsale Links Arms with David Walliams After Grabbing Dinner in London

23 July 2016 11:50 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Kate Beckinsale and David Walliams grabbed dinner in London at Scott's Restaurant on Friday. The 42-year-old actress wore a flowing halterneck white jumpsuit with gold platform heels. She accented the looked with gold dangly earrings - her brown hair pulled back in a high ponytail. Walliams, a judge on Britain's Got Talent, looked handsome in sleek navy suit and open-collared grey shirt. Beckinsale held the arm of the 44-year-old comedian - who appears to have grown out his grey beard - as the two exited. The two have been friendly for years - since before either found fame - and »

- Dave Quinn, @NineDaves

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Kate Beckinsale Links Arms with David Walliams After Grabbing Dinner in London

23 July 2016 11:50 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Kate Beckinsale and David Walliams grabbed in London at Scott's Restaurant on Friday. The 42-year-old actress wore a flowing halterneck white jumpsuit with gold platform heels. She accented the looked with gold-dangled earrings - her brown hair pulled back in a high ponytail. Walliams, a judge on Britain's Got Talent, looked handsome in sleek navy suit and open-collared grey shirt. Beckinsale held the arm of the 44-year-old comedian - who appears to have grown out his grey beard - as the two exited. The two have been friendly for years - since before either found fame - and have been »

- Dave Quinn, @NineDaves

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Universal sets Shrek 5 and Edgar Wright and David Walliams’ Shadows for 2019

21 July 2016 1:50 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Last month it was reported that NBC Universal was looking to revive the Shrek franchise following its acquisition of DreamWorks Animation, and now Universal’s Jeffrey Katzenberg has revealed to THR that Shrek 5 has been given a 2019 release date.

Universal plans on releasing two DreamWorks Animation films each year, beginning in 2019 and starting with Shrek 5 and Shadows, a mystery project from Edgar Wright and David Walliams.

As part of the deal, Universal got its hands on hit Dwa properties such as Kung Fu Panda, Madagascar, How to Train Your Dragon and The Croods. The Croods 2 is set to hit cinemas in 2017, followed by How to Train Your Dragon 3 the following year.

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- Gary Collinson

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