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Harry Hill is to make his acting debut as Professor Branestawm in a BBC family comedy.
The 49-year-old comedian, who will be hosting a brand new version of ITV's Stars in Their Eyes next year, will play the absent-minded inventor in a family film adaptation of Norman Hunter's classic children's books by actor and author Charlie Higson.
The series of adventures see Professor Branestawm's eccentric creations causing chaos and mayhem in their wake, with disaster usually averted by his highly-strung housekeeper Mrs Flittersnoop and his loyal yet dim best friend Colonel Dedshott of the Catapult Cavaliers.
The hour-long special follows Mrs Flittersnoop's science-obsessed niece Connie coming to the rescue when jobsworth local councillor Harold Haggerstone tries to remove Branestawm from his quintessentially English village of Great Pagwell.
TV's best-loved burper Harry Hill bumbles on to the silver screen in a typically bonkers vehicle that sees him taking his gran (Julie Walters) on a road trip to Blackpool to find a cure for his pet hamster. Matt Lucas plays Harry's evil twin while Jim Broadbent makes the tea in a riot of daft laughs punctuated - naturally - with the occasional fiiiiiight! »
By Anjelica Oswald
Jake Gyllenhaal’s performance as a sleazy freelance TV reporter determined to go to any length in search of crime footage in Dan Gilroy’s Nightcrawler could get him “recognized as one of the most daring actors working in Hollywood today” and has been called some of the “best work of his career.” With this type of praise, award contention usually follows, but historically speaking, “genre films” don’t fare well at the Oscars. It’s not impossible for films that deviate from the Oscar norm — biopics, period pieces or dramas — to secure Oscar nominations for the actors involved, but looking back through the years, from 2000 to the present, shows that these films constitute a lower percentage of overall nominees.
Musicals are a type of “genre film” that actors have managed to score Oscar nominations for, though they have had more difficulty doing so since the late 60s. »
- Anjelica Oswald
Yahoo will debut Weinstein Co. biopic “One Chance” for free on Sept. 30 on its video-streaming service — a full 10 days before the movie hits theaters Oct. 10, as the studio hopes to generate coin from digital viewers in addition to specialty box office.
Financial terms of the unusual Yahoo-Weinstein deal for “One Chance” were not disclosed. Yahoo will serve both pre-roll and mid-roll video ads in the movie. In addition, the Internet media company expects to drive viewers to the Yahoo Screen destination through the pact, with the idea that they’ll find other content to watch.
The free premiere of the movie on Yahoo has “allowed us to adapt and expand our reach to limitless audiences,” Weinstein Co. COO »
- Todd Spangler
Sneak Peek the first trailer revealing footage from director Richard Laxton's period 'biopic', "Effie Gray", written by Emma Thompson ("Sense and Sensibility"), starring Dakota Fanning, Robbie Coltrane, Claudia Cardinale, James Fox, Julie Walters, Derek Jacobi and David Suchet:
"Despite her beauty, Ruskin didn’t consummate the marriage and the devastated Gray eventually fell in love with Ruskin’s protégé, painter 'John Everett Milias' (Tom Sturridge)..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Effie Gray"...
- Michael Stevens
ITV's Cilla Black biopic, which starred Sheridan Smith in the title role, launched with bumper ratings last night. Cilla attracted the channel's biggest drama audience launch since a little old show called Broadchurch and it has also won rave reviews.
Smith has been singled out in particular for her incredible performance as the Liverpudlian popstar in the swinging '60s and the only criticism that some viewers seemed to have was that she was too good a singer when she performed as Cilla. High praise indeed. Here is a roundup of the critics and Twitter verdicts:
"Smith sang her heart out, catching perfectly the bluesy belter within the girl next door, but rather than rushing her to fame, the action unfolded slowly enough to show her falling at the first hurdle as she became crippled with nerves singing for Brian Epstein. »
After an 18 month wait since completion (and several legal battles later) the first trailer has arrived for period drama Effie Gray.
Dakota Fanning (How I Live Now) stars as Euphemia ‘Effie’ Gray, a young lady torn between her dull marriage to husband John Ruskin (Greg Wise) and her exciting fling with artist John Everett Millais (Tom Sturridge). Emma Thompson (also acting as writer), Robbie Coltrane, Julie Walters, Derek Jacobi, David Suchet. Russell Tovey, Claudia Cardinale and James Fox co-star.
Although decadent in style and cinematography, this just seems to blend in with the other hundred British heritage films we’ve seen released over the last few years – shame.
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- Jazmine Sky Bradley
The first Effie Gray trailer for director Richard Laxton’s (Burton and Taylor) significantly delayed period drama has arrived. Written by Emma Thompson, the film is a biopic of Effie Gray (played by Dakota Fanning) that centers on her doomed marriage to art critic John Ruskin (Greg Wise) in 1840s London. Despite her beauty, Ruskin didn’t consummate the marriage and the devastate Gray eventually fell in love with Ruskin’s protégé, painter John Everett Milias (Tom Sturridge). Thompson won an Oscar for starring in 1992’s Howards End and another for writing 1995’s Sense and Sensibility, and she returns to the “British Period Drama” genre with Effie Gray. The film looks to be considerably grim and feels slightly reminiscent of the drab and dull Therese, but there is certainly a strong pedigree behind it, so here’s hoping it’s worth the wait. Watch the Effie Gray trailer after the jump. »
- Adam Chitwood
"She has to get away from their clutches." What is wrong with Effie? That's the question that plays at the center of the biopic Effie Gray. And from the look of its first trailer, the simple answer is that it wasn't easy being a woman in the Victorian age, where sex and desire were four-letter curse words. The Telegraph premieres Effie Gray's debut trailer ahead of its world theatrical debut in the U.K. on October 10th. Dakota Fanning stars as its title character, a woman who caused quite a scandal in Victorian England when she cheated on her art critic husband John Ruskin (Greg Wise), with the painter John Everett Millais (Tom Sturridge). Emma Thompson co-stars alongside David Suchet, Robbie Coltrane and Julie Walters, but it was her screenwriting credit that has caused the film's modern-day scandal. Indie Wire reports that director Richard Laxton completed production on Effie Gray »
The childhood friends were married in 1848 but did not consummate their union due to Ruskin's apparent aversion to the female body.
After six years, the couple were granted an annulment and Gray went on to marry the pre-Raphaelite painter John Everett Millais (Tom Sturridge).
Effie Gray will be released on October 10 in the UK. »
Scandal runs deep in the first trailer for the upcoming romance Effie Gray. Dakota Fanning and Emma Thompson star in this period drama about the troubled affair between a Victorian era art critic and his beautiful teenage bride. Things don't go so well when Effie realizes that her new husband is refusing to consummate their marriage. Directed by Richard Laxton and written by Emma Thompson herself, the film co-stars Greg Wise, Tom Sturridge, Julie Walters and Derek Jacobi. Take a first look at this intriguing bit of feminist history before it opens October 10 in the UK. Effie Gray does not currently have a domestic release date.
Written by Oscar-winning Emma Thompson, Effie Gray explores the scandalous true story of the troubled relationship between Victorian art critic John Ruskin and Effie, his teenage bride. After marrying at the tender age of 19, Effie quickly realises her marriage is a lie when Ruskin refuses to consummate it. »
Yes, it was delayed, but don’t say damaged goods quite yet. The period drama “Effie Gray” was completed 18 months ago, but the movie got bogged down in legal disputes, with two separate writers (Eve Pomerance and Gregory Murphy, who both wrote plays and existing screenplays on the subject) claiming the film leans too liberally on their existing works. With those disputes resolved in the late summer, “Effie Gray” is finally moving forward. The movie centers on love triangle and Victorian-age scandal between an art critic (Greg Wise), his wife (Dakota Fanning) and Pre-Raphaelite artist John Everett Millais (Tom Sturridge). The cast also includes Emma Thompson, David Suchet, Robbie Coltrane and Julie Walters. Directed by Richard Laxton (who helmed the "Burton and Taylor" TV movie, but fortunately not the one starring Lindsay Lohan), no exact U.S. date has been set yet (though ScreenDaily recently said November), but "Effie Gray” opens in U. »
- Edward Davis
We’ve got our hands on the exclusive poster for Effie Gray, and it's a bit of a beauty. The film tells the tale of Victorian social scandal and Jen/Brad/Ange of its day – art critic John Ruskin, his mysterious unconsummated marriage to one Euphemia Gray, and her subsequent remarriage to John Millais. Our eponymous heroine is played by Dakota Fanning, with Greg Wise as Ruskin, and Tom Sturridge as Pre-Raphaelite dreamboat Millais. The cast also includes the likes of Emma Thompson, David Suchet, Robbie Coltrane, Julie Walters, which is...
- Fiona Gales
As we look in the rearview mirror of the summer blockbusters, September heralds the start of the fall movie season. Filled with Hollywood heavyweights and A-listers, here’s our Big list of the most anticipated movies coming to cinemas this autumn and during the holidays.
Our exhaustive list includes films that are playing at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival as well the ones that already have a theatrical release date. With the awards season on the horizon, we also added a few bonus films at the end to keep your eye out for in the months ahead.
Pull up a chair, grab a pen and paper and get ready for Wamg’s Guide to the 100+ Films This Fall And Holiday Season.
We kick it off with what’s showing in Toronto at the film festival that runs September 4 – 14.
- Movie Geeks
The Weinstein Co. just sent over the above first look at Nicole Kidman in the upcoming live-action/CG-hybrid feature Paddington, the new movie based on the beloved fictional character from children's literature created by Michael Bond in 1958, along with a new teaser poster for the film at the bottom of this post. Paddington follows the comic misadventures of a young Peruvian bear (voiced by Ben Whishaw) with a passion for all things British who travels to London in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone at Paddington Station, he begins to realize that city life is not all he had imagined - until he meets the kindly Brown family who read the label around his neck -- "Please look after this bear. Thank you." -- and offer him a temporary haven. It looks as though his luck has changed until this rarest of bears catches the eye of »
- Brad Brevet
The latest poster has been released for Paddington, the rather charming looking Christmas movie which blends a CGI Paddington Bear with a live-action setting and a cast including Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, and Peter Capaldi (if you missed the first trailer, it can be found by clicking here).
For those of you wondering who it is voicing Paddington, it was recently revealed that Skyfall star Ben Whishaw had taken over from Colin Firth (The King’s Speech). It was a decision which both Firth and the movie’s director and producers all agreed with after realising that the beloved bear would be better off with a younger voice!
Along with a lovely new poster, we also have a first look at Nicole Kidman in Paddington as a sinister taxidermist who will seemingly be the one to set her sights on the sandwich loving bear in the movie. »
- Josh Wilding
The Weinstein Company has released a new Paddington image from director Paul King’s (The Mighty Boosh) upcoming film about the lovable bear. The story centers on said bear (voiced by Ben Whishaw) who is lost at Paddington Station in London, adopted by a kind family, and then sets out in search of an explorer who inspired his aunt years before. The first trailer revealed the tomfoolery that ensues, and while the pic had a bit of a creative shakeup when Colin Firth opted to step down from main voicing duties, I still remain hopeful that Paddington will be an adorable family friendly adventure comedy. Today’s new image reveals Nicole Kidman’s character, who happens to be the antagonist of the pic—a sinister, seductive taxidermist. Hit the jump to take a look at the new Paddington image. The live-action cast also includes Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, »
- Adam Chitwood
This Christmas Day, an adorable little bear named Paddington will hop off that shelf in your childhood bedroom and leap onto the big screen for a holiday adventure the whole family will enjoy. Check out this exclusive poster premiere for the movie below, then get in line behind us for a bear hug from that little guy. Click poster to enlarge Starring Nicole Kidman, Peter Capaldi, Julie Walters, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins and Ben Whishaw as the voice of Paddington, the movie will track the bear's timeless story across the streets of London as he searches for a family to call his own. For more, check out the trailer for Paddington below. The film snuggles up inside theaters on December 25.
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2014 hasn’t seen a lot of American animated films. The biggest animated film thus far has been “Planes: Fire and Rescue,” but if that film didn’t do it for you, then perhaps you need to give “Justin and the Knights of Valour” a try. The Arc Entertainment film is directed by Manuel Sicilia and stars Freddie Highmore, Antonio Banderas, James Cosmo, Charles Dance, Tamsin Egerton, Rupert Everett, Barry Humphries, Alfred Molina, Mark Strong, David Williams, Julie Walters, Olivia Williams and Saoirse Ronan. The film follows Justin, a young man who goes on a quest to become a knight like his grandfather. “Young Justin dreams of following in his grandfather Sir [ Read More ]
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Who Do You Think You Are? returned to top the ratings outside soaps on Thursday, overnight data reveals.
ITV's Harbour Lives appealed to 2.05m (10.9%) at 8.30pm (154k/0.8% on +1), while Kids with Cameras intrigued 1.37m (6.9%) at 9pm (146k/0.9%).
On Channel 4, Amazing Spaces attracted 1.31m (6.9%) at 8pm (277k/1.4%), followed by Embarrassing Bodies with 1.29m (6.5%) at 9pm (219k/1.4%).
Channel 5's Countdown to Murder fascinated 610k (3.2%) at 8pm. Autopsy's special on Brittany Murphy was seen by 843k (4.2%) at 9pm (140k/0.9%), and Big Brother continued with 1.13m (7.0%) at 10pm.
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