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'Alice in Wonderland' 2010 with Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter. 'Alice in Wonderland' 2010: Plenty of visuals, no substance In the interest of full disclosure, I should start this commentary on Alice in Wonderland by saying that I have never been a fan of Tim Burton's works. I've enjoyed a couple of his movies, but the vast majority of them I've found uninspiring and, really, quite boring. Burton's eye for unusual worlds, particularly in terms of art direction and costume design, is not lost on me. But how can I possibly find Tim Burton a great director when he continues to offer the same tricks, over and over again? True, Burton's stories and characters change from movie to movie. What he offers, however, does not. What's there beyond cool visuals? What's there beyond the neo-gothic atmosphere he offers in Batman, or the brilliantly rendered chocolate factory playhouse in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory? »
- Nathan Donarum
Danny and the Human Zoo (BBC1) | BBC iPlayer
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“So, uh, we’ve got a young cullah’d fellah coming on next. I don’t think it’s fair to laugh at the afflicted, but… you know the reason their palms are all pink? It’s the way they stack ’em before spraying…” For most of us it took about 10 seconds of watching Danny and the Human Zoo, though I’ll accept 20 if you’re from outwith the M25, or a full 40 minutes if you happen to live in Sunningdale or Midwich, to suss that this was »
- Euan Ferguson
Yes, they were being satirical, but Enfield and Whitehouse’s blackface was a mistake – as Lenny Henry’s complex autobiographical drama makes clear
Here’s a question. Were white comedians Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse right to black up for a comedy sketch or were they, as Lenny Henry’s Jamaican mother might have put it, bumbaclot idiots? I tend towards the bumbaclot thesis, but let’s suspend judgment for a moment.
The question is topical because last night the BBC broadcast two scenes of blacking up at the same time on different channels. In Lenny Henry’s Danny and the Human Zoo (BBC1), his thinly veiled autobiographical drama of rising as a black comedy star in the 1970s, the last 20 minutes dealt with the self-disgust our hero felt after performing on the same bill as white men in blackface.
- Stuart Jeffries
After more than a quarter century of comedy collaboration, the BBC celebrates the duo’s impressive run with live show-cum-retrospective An Evening with Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse – evidence of the pair’s enduring talent
According to tonight’s An Evening with Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse, it has been 25 years since the pair first started working together. While that isn’t strictly true – Enfield and Whitehouse co-created characters on Saturday Live in the mid-80s – the specifics don’t really matter. It’s still a chance for us to celebrate one of the most singular, if weirdly overlooked, comedy partnerships of the last few decades.
Enfield and Whitehouse haven’t made a television series since 2012 and yet their influence is still everywhere you look. Just a month ago, a study by the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission found that children of rich parents were more likely to become »
- Stuart Heritage
Lenny Henry plays himself in Danny And The Human Zoo, desperate migrants risk all to cross the Channel in Breaking Into Britain: The Lorry Jumpers, while The Catch portrays life at the deep end for a deep-sea fishing boat crew. Plus: Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse celebrate 25 years of comedy hits and misses, and CGI dinosaurs take over Britain
One-off film inspired by the teenage years of Premier Inn doyen Lenny Henry who – in a meta twist – plays the father of main protagonist Danny Fearon. In 1970s Dudley, the would-be impressionist persuades his strict Jamaican parents to let him pursue a showbiz career, but a family secret and a greedy manager mean that Danny’s 15 minutes could soon be over. Warm and poignant with comic touches, this feature-length drama showcases the talents of a multi-racial cast headed up by newcomer Kascion Franklin. Hannah J Davies
- Hannah J Davies, Andrew Mueller, Ali Catterall, Jack Seale, Ben Arnold, David Stubbs, Paul Howlett
19-year-old Alice returns to the whimsical world she first encountered as a young girl, reuniting with her childhood friends: the White Rabbit, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, the Dormouse, the Caterpillar, the Cheshire Cat, and of course, the Mad Hatter. Alice embarks on a fantastical journey to find her true destiny and end the Red Queen's reign of terror. Alice Through The Looking Glass features: Director: James Bobin Mia Wasikowska as Alice Kingsleigh Johnny Depp as Tarrant Hightopp/The Mad Hatter Helena Bonham Carter as Iracebeth of Crims/The Red Queen Anne Hathaway as Mirana of Marmoreal/The White Queen Sacha Baron Cohen as Time Rhys Ifans as Zanik Hightopp Matt Lucas as Tweedledee and Tweedledum Ed Speleers as James Harcourt Stephen Fry as Cheshire/The Cheshire Cat Toby Jones as Wilkins Alan Rickman as Absolem, the Caterpillar Michael Sheen as Nivens McTwisp, the White Rabbit Timothy Spall as Bayard, the Bloodhound Paul Whitehouse as Thackery Earwicket, »
Following hot on the heels of the posters for Pixar’s Toy Story 4, Cars 3, The Incredibles 2 and Finding Dory [see here], we now have a one-sheet for Alice Through the Looking Glass, the upcoming live-action follow-up to Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland…
Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass is set for release on May 27th 2016, with a cast that includes Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, Anne Hathaway as the White Queen, Mia Wasikowska as Alice, Rhys Ifans as Zanik Hightopp (the Mad Hatter’s dad), Matt Lucas as Tweedledum and Tweedledee, Ed Speleers as James Harcourt and Sacha Baron Cohen as Time and voice actors Stephen Fry as the Cheshire Cat, Toby Jones as Wilkins, Alan Rickman as the Blue Caterpillar, Michael Sheen as the White Rabbit, Paul Whitehouse as the March Hare, Timothy Spall as Bayard and Barbara Windsor as Dormouse.
- Gary Collinson
With Disney's D23 Convention starting today in Anaheim, California, fans will be treated to updates on several upcoming projects, including next year's highly-anticipated sequel Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass. Before the festivities officially get under way, Walt Disney Pictures' Twitter feed debuted the first two posters for Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass, set to hit theaters May 27, 2016. The one-sheets feature our first look at the return of Johnny Depp's Mad Hatter and Mia Wasikowska as the title character Alice.
Original Alice in Wonderland stars Johnny Depp (Mad Hatter), Anne Hathaway (White Queen), Mia Wasikowska (Alice), Helena Bonham Carter (Red Queen) and Matt Lucas (Tweedledee and Tweedledum) reprise their roles for this follow-up, along with a few new characters. Sacha Baron Cohen portrays Time, alongside Rhys Ifans as Zanik Hightopp, the Mad Hatter's father and Ed Speleers as James Harcourt. Very little is known about the story thus far, »
Fun day out on Saturday recording a bit for the new radio series of Nurse with Paul W. The BBC in their 'wisdom' have axed the TV version
— charlie higson (@monstroso) August 10, 2015
The Fast Show's Whitehouse appeared as multiple roles including Liz's patients.
The series was made up of four 30-minute episodes and aired in March 2015 on BBC Two. »
Paul Whitehouse's Pat Quid, Nigel Havers' Tony Pebblé and Michael Kitchen's John Farrow are all confirmed to return for the third series, which will celebrate 45 years of Brian Pern's musical career, Radio Times reports.
The character – who supposedly invented world music and made the first Plasticine pop video ever – arrived on our screens as a founder of fictional prog rock band Thotch last year.
Pern, played by Day, said he was "delighted" that the show is coming back, saying it will "remind people how I shaped rock music over the last 45 years".
The show's writer and creator Rhys Thomas said: "I am thrilled that Brian Pern is returning to BBC Four, though it has been hard to celebrate since receiving numerous death threats from certain members of Genesis »
School For Sex, 1969.
Directed by Pete Walker.
A crooked aristocrat opens a finishing school to teach girls how to extort money from rich men.
School For Sex followed For Men Only in director Pete Walker’s output and is a considerable improvement over that short film, mainly because it actually had a plot you could follow and it pushed the nudity a little more. It also pointed the way for the director in laying down some of the themes he would go on to employ in his later exploitation/horror work, most notably in the criminally underrated House of Whipcord in 1974, which saw Walker hit his stride and fully develop his style.
But before that School For Sex sketched out those basic themes of an institution being something else behind closed »
- Gary Collinson
It’s just concluded tonight in London and so we’ve got the full list of those hard-working stars of the small screen, who excel in one of the fastest changing formats of entertainment and impressing more and more all the time, it’s the House of Fraser British Academy Television Awards 2015 winners! The ceremony was hosted by Graham Norton at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane and was broadcast on BBC HD.
There were two awards for The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies, with Jason Watkins receiving his career-first BAFTA in the hotly contested Leading Actor category. In the Supporting Actress category Gemma Jones, who was last nominated in 1977, received her first ever BAFTA, for Marvellous, the feature-length biopic of Neil Baldwin. Marvellous was also successful against strong competition in the Single Drama category. Georgina Campbell won the BAFTA for Leading Actress for her harrowing portrayal of a victim of »
- Dan Bullock
Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter at the Academy Awards Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter on the Oscars' Red Carpet Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter sported matching hairdos upon their arrival at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Tim Burton's global blockbuster Alice in Wonderland, in which Helena Bonham Carter is one of the featured players (as the Red Queen), won Oscars for Best Costume Design and Best Art Direction. Bonham Carter was a Best Supporting Actress nominee for Tom Hooper's The King's Speech (as another queen, Elizabeth). Helena Bonham Carter: Career boosted by Oscar nomination Helena Bonham Carter's film career began in earnest in James Ivory's 1986 Best Picture Oscar nominee A Room with a View, in which she romanced Julian Sands. She kept on working without creating too much of a stir – e.g., Lady Jane, »
- D. Zhea
Do you love watching Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins on “The Great British Bake Off”? You might not have known that the two hosts also have their own talk show, “Mel and Sue.” The talk show can be viewed through FilmOn’S online BBC channel. The television show features Giedroyc and Perkins discussing entertainment, popular culture and, of course, the best of what home cooks have to offer. On one of the episodes, viewers can learn more about one of BBC2′s shows, “Nurse,” from two of the stars. Here’s more about this episode: “Chat show with Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins. Desert Island Discs’ host Kirsty Young and Paul Whitehouse and [ Read More ]
The post Mel and Sue, Available now on FilmOn.com appeared first on Shockya.com. »
BBC Two's Golf: The Masters Highlights attracted 900k (5.1%), followed by 1.63 million (8.1%) for An Island Parish: Falklands and 2.06 million (9.4%) for Gardeners' World. »
Toby Jones (Harry Potter, Captain America, The Hunger Games) is recognized for his role in Marvellous. The show received two other nominations including Single Drama and Supporting Actress for Gemma Jones.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Monica Mendoza)
The nominations for 2015’s House Of Fraser British Academy Television Awards have been announced this morning, seeing Olivia Colman and Benedict Cumberbatch among the nominees and Happy Valley, Marvellous, The Missing and Line Of Duty all receiving three nominations each.
Following a ‘Leading Actress’ triumph for her role in Broadchurch last year, Colman has received a ‘Female Performance in a Comedy Programme’ nomination for BBC Two sitcom Rev - an impressive fifth nomination in four consecutive years.
Meanwhile, Coleman’s co-star Tom Hollander has also been nominated for his role in Rev (‘Male Performance in a Comedy Programme’), seeing the pair compete with W1A’s Jessica Hynes and Hugh Bonneville respectively, another show in which Coleman has appeared.
- Mike McCarthy
The Flash: Sky1, 8pm
Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) must retrace his own footsteps after being transported back in time, as the Us superhero series continues.
Embarking on an affair with estate agent Niall (Edward MacLiam), Kathy is soon faced with a difficult moral conundrum.
Critical: Sky1, 9pm
If you have a strong stomach, Sky1's adrenaline-fuelled medical drama Critical is recommended viewing.
Paul Whitehouse's thoughtful comedy - »
To call this political discussion show one of the most worthwhile programmes ever to air on BBC3 is damning it with faint praise, so it should also be noted that it has achieved levels of clarity and insight that Question Time rarely seems to manage these days. This final instalment will see sharp and switched-on referee Rick Edwards field questions from the mainly student-age audience, and put them to representatives from Ukip and the Liberal Democrats. Rachel Aroesti
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- Rachel Aroesti, Ben Arnold, Jonathan Wright, Ali Catterall, Graeme Virtue, Andrew Mueller
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