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Nigels With Attitude: A Straight Outta Compton feature

I don’t know anything about hip-hop and research is hard, not to mention time consuming. So, with the eagerly awaited Nwa movie Straight Outta Compton approaching release, I point you in the direction of Thn’s gushing review (“one of the best films of the year”). For anyone more interested in four Nigels, you’re welcome.

Nigel Havers ‘Straight Outta…London’

If there was ever a Nigel of ups and downs, it’s London’s very own Nigel Havers. He became a household name in 1981 thanks to his portrayal of Lord Andrew Lindsay in Chariots of Fire. He allegedly had an affair and went on to marry his mistress later that decade. He took his love-ratting from real life to fiction, playing womanising scoundrel Lewis Archer in Coronation Street in 2009. Just five years later he starred as ‘King Rat’ in Swindon Wyvern Theatre’s production of Dick Whittington. Presumably
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Roger Lloyd Pack obituary

Stage and screen actor best known for his roles in Only Fools and Horses, The Vicar of Dibley and Harry Potter

The talented and idiosyncratic character actor Roger Lloyd Pack, who has died of pancreatic cancer aged 69, achieved national recognition, and huge popularity, as Colin "Trigger" Ball, the lugubrious Peckham road sweeper in John Sullivan's brilliantly acted comedy series Only Fools and Horses. He appeared alongside David Jason's Del Boy and Nicholas Lyndhurst's "plonker" Rodney from 1981 for 10 years, with many a seasonal "special" for another decade.

This success cemented a career in which, up to that point, he had played important roles at the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre and the Almeida theatre in north London – he was a notably anguished Rosmer in Ibsen's Rosmersholm at the National in 1987, opposite Suzanne Bertish – without recognition any wider than usually appreciative reviews.

His enhanced status led to another
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Roger Lloyd Pack obituary

Stage and screen actor best known for his roles in Only Fools and Horses, The Vicar of Dibley and Harry Potter

The talented and idiosyncratic character actor Roger Lloyd Pack, who has died of pancreatic cancer aged 69, achieved national recognition, and huge popularity, as Colin "Trigger" Ball, the lugubrious Peckham road sweeper in John Sullivan's brilliantly acted comedy series Only Fools and Horses. He appeared alongside David Jason's Del Boy and Nicholas Lyndhurst's "plonker" Rodney from 1981 for 10 years, with many a seasonal "special" for another decade.

This success cemented a career in which, up to that point, he had played important roles at the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre and the Almeida theatre in north London – he was a notably anguished Rosmer in Ibsen's Rosmersholm at the National in 1987, opposite Suzanne Bertish – without recognition any wider than usually appreciative reviews.

His enhanced status led to another
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Christmas crackers: the best shows (plus top ways to escape the tinsel)

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From the Nutcracker to American Psycho, from Mary Poppins to Kurt Vile, our critics pick their must-sees of the festive season

If you wish it could be Christmas every day

Nutcrackers, various

You know it's Christmas in the ballet world by the number of Nutcrackers touring the world's stages. In the UK alone, there are close to a dozen doing the rounds, but the top three remain the Royal Ballet's exquisitely traditional version, the sparky family friendly production by Birmingham Royal Ballet, and English National Ballet's – with the best snow scene of them all. Royal Opera House, London (020-7304 4000), 4 December to 16 January; Birmingham Hippodrome (0844 338 5000), to 12 December; London Coliseum (020-7845 9300), 11 December to 5 January.

Father Christmas

Does Father Christmas use the loo? Does he secretly long for summer? Does he have strong views on the size of chimneys? You bet he does. Raymond Briggs's gorgeous picture book gets a heartwarming makeover for under-sixes.
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Christmas crackers: the best shows (plus top ways to escape the tinsel)

  • The Guardian - TV News
From the Nutcracker to American Psycho, from Mary Poppins to Kurt Vile, our critics pick their must-sees of the festive season

If you wish it could be Christmas every day

Nutcrackers, various

You know it's Christmas in the ballet world by the number of Nutcrackers touring the world's stages. In the UK alone, there are close to a dozen doing the rounds, but the top three remain the Royal Ballet's exquisitely traditional version, the sparky family friendly production by Birmingham Royal Ballet, and English National Ballet's – with the best snow scene of them all. Royal Opera House, London (020-7304 4000), 4 December to 16 January; Birmingham Hippodrome (0844 338 5000), to 12 December; London Coliseum (020-7845 9300), 11 December to 5 January.

Father Christmas

Does Father Christmas use the loo? Does he secretly long for summer? Does he have strong views on the size of chimneys? You bet he does. Raymond Briggs's gorgeous picture book gets a heartwarming makeover for under-sixes.
See full article at The Guardian - TV News »

Up All Night: The Nightclub Toilet; Britain's Secret Treasures – TV review

I can't believe it – it's called The Nightclub Toilet, and it's an hour of people going to the toilet ...

One of the founding principles of TV programming is that there are always new depths to which the schedules can aspire. If you thought Sex Box – or to be more accurate, Sex in a Box – was one of the more pointless hours you will ever spend in front of a television, then Up All Night: The Nightclub Toilet (Channel 4) will have made you realise just how wrong you were. A better title for the programme would have been Taking the Piss.

I've never had the pleasure of spending an evening at Jj Whispers in Crawley – nor any nightclub elsewhere, for that matter. I'm the wrong kind of age and they are my wrong kind of fun. But the hour I've now spent in its toilets was almost entirely as I
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Have you been watching … Celebrity Big Brother?

This series has found the right mix of celebs, and we've seen some very entertaining tasks. What have been your highlights?

I am still watching Celebrity Big Brother. We'll just wait a few moments for those of you not keen on said show to file quietly out and read something interesting about Borgen. (I like Borgen too, but it's the long-running celebrity bungalow show we're here to discuss.) From the launch-night twist – in which housemates arrived in pairs and were separated into "upstairs" and "downstairs" by fellow celebrities Frankie Detorri and Rylan Clark – I was as hooked as I have been every series. Aside from series eight, which featured Sally Bercow and Kerry Katona. There just wasn't a single person to like that year.

Celebrity Big Brother has undeniably changed since its first ever run in aid of Comic Relief back in 2001. That was only eight days long and the
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Transformers 4: Michael Bay on casting and a new trilogy

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News Ryan Lambie Jan 9, 2013

Michael Bay offers an update on Transformers 4, with a new cast member and the revelation that it'll mark the start of a new trilogy...

Having completed one triptych of Transformers action disaster movies, Michael Bay's all set to make (or at least be involved in the production of) yet another trilogy based on Hasbro's shape-shifting robots. That's what we've learned from an update Bay himself wrote on his official website, which also states unequivocally that "Transformers 4 is not a reboot".

"This movie takes place exactly four years after the war in Chicago," Bay writes, referring to his 2011 billion-dollar blockbuster, Dark Of The Moon. "The story makes a very natural transition, and reason as to why we have a whole new cast. This Transformers will feel very different then the last three. We are embarking on a new trilogy."

We already know that Mark Wahlberg
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'Britain's Got Talent' Ashleigh & Pudsey, Stephen Mulhern panto pictures

'Britain's Got Talent' Ashleigh & Pudsey, Stephen Mulhern panto pictures
The first photos of Britain's Got Talent stars Ashleigh & Pudsey and Stephen Mulhern in pantomime have been released. The three will appear in Dick Whittington at Woking's New Victoria Theatre over the festive season. Ashleigh is set to star as the titular character's love interest Alice, while Mulhern portrays sidekick Idle Jack. Ashleigh told Digital Spy that Pudsey will be "dipping in and out" of each performance so that he doesn't get too tired, meaning that she will face the new challenge of contending with the crowd on her own. "It'll be great fun and something a bit different," the teenager said. "I've always been into singing and drama so I'm really looking forward to it. "Everyone I've spoken (more)
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Stephen Mulhern confirms 'Britain's Got More Talent' return

Stephen Mulhern has confirmed that he will return to host Britain's Got More Talent next year. Speaking to Digital Spy, the presenter debunked "nonsense" reports that he had quit ITV2's Britain's Got Talent companion show and said that a deal to front its seventh series is already "done". Mulhern, who is preparing to star in Woking's Dick Whittington pantomime later this year, clarified: "There was this rumour that I was quitting, but I'm not. In fact we finish the panto on the sixth of January and we start auditioning again [for Britain's Got Talent] on the seventh." Asked if he ever worries about being axed from More Talent by Simon Cowell, Mulhern pointed out that attempts to mix up the presenters (more)
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Ashleigh & Pudsey join 'Dick Whittington' panto in Woking

Ashleigh & Pudsey join 'Dick Whittington' panto in Woking
Ashleigh & Pudsey have signed up to star in a pantomime production this Christmas. The Britain's Got Talent winners will appear in Dick Whittington at the New Victoria Theatre in Woking for the festive season. Ashleigh Butler will play Dick's love interest Alice Fitzwarren, while Pudsey will be her loyal steed. Britain's Got More Talent presenter Stephen Mulhern will also appear as Idle Jack in the panto. "We are so excited to be performing in our first pantomime," said Butler. "Drama and dance have been a big part of my life for (more)
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All the action, as it happened

Frock by frock, gong by gong, gaffe by gaffe coverage of the 2011 Oscars, in which The King's Speech reigned victorious

News: The King's Speech crowned

Full list of winners

11.23pm: Welcome to the 83rd Academy Awards. The main action kicks off at 5pm Pst, 1am GMT, but before then we have the small matter of the red carpet histrionics to attend to. Please stick with us as we celebrate the winners and usher the losers on a one-way trip to Palookaville. It's an Oscar tradition that losing nominees are forced to lick the red carpet clean following the show so we'll stick around to see that too.

We'll be bringing you all the action from the Kodak theatre, Los Angeles as the Academy doles out its annual accolades. Will The King's Speech extend its dominion or will The Social Network have more friends? Is Black Swan the dark horse or
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Sick Collins Pulls Out Of Panto Performances

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Sick Collins Pulls Out Of Panto Performances
Veteran actress Joan Collins has pulled out of several performances of a traditional British pantomime this week (begs27Dec10) after falling ill.

The Dynasty legend has been playing the role of Queen Rat in a seasonal run of family show Dick Whittington at the Hippodrome in Birmingham, England over the festive season.

But audience members this week have missed out on seeing Collins in the production, after she was struck down with a severe cold.

Venue boss Stuart Griffiths tells Britain's Daily Mail, "We are taking each performance as it comes and hope Joan will be back soon."

The show is set to run until 30 January.

Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides trailer

The first trailer sets sail for the fourth Pirates Of The Caribbean movie, On Stranger Tides, which you can view within…

Screenwriter Terry Rossio described it as “a completely different beast.” Johnny Depp has elsewhere said it’s “a fresh, clean slate” – and we’re hoping, too, that Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides returns the franchise to the brilliance of the original movie.

While Dead Man’s Chest and At World’s End made colossal amounts of money, and contained some sporadically entertaining moments, neither movie captured the focus or magic of The Curse Of The Black Pearl.

That Stranger Tides is based on the 1988 novel On Stranger Tides, a work that won numerous fantasy awards, at least affords the possibility that its story will be a compelling one, and we’re intrigued to see where director Rob Marshall takes the series as he takes over from Gore Verbinski – Marshall is,
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Windsor misses 'EastEnders' camaraderie

Windsor misses 'EastEnders' camaraderie
Former EastEnders actress Barbara Windsor has admitted that she misses the team spirit that came with being part of the soap's ensemble cast. Windsor made the decision to leave EastEnders earlier this year after playing matriarch Peggy Mitchell for 16 years, and her final scenes on the show aired in September. The actress will next appear as part of the cast of pantomime Dick Whittington. She claims that the job has helped her move on from her days as a soap star. "We started rehearsal on Monday (more)
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Stars That Are Standing the Test of Time

The new, revealing documentary, Joan Rivers: A Piece Of Work, takes its audience on a year-long ride along with the comedy icon that is Joan Rivers, now in her glorious 75th year. To celebrate the DVD release on the 15th November, we’ve had a look at some of the other stars who laugh merrily in the face of retirement. These are the guys and gals whose careers are still mercilessly on fire, and who, along with Rivers, say a big hell no! to ever slowing down.

The Rolling Stones

Now in their 48th active year, The Rolling Stones are the longest running act in the history of rock music, boasting an impressive 92 singles, 29 studio albums, 10 live albums, and a Grammy lifetime achievement award. Named after the Muddy Waters song, Rollin’ Stone, the original black leathered line up included Mick Jagger (vocals), Keith Richards (lead guitar), Brian Jones (guitar), Ian Stewart
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'90210': Where Are Your Favorite Characters Now?

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'90210': Where Are Your Favorite Characters Now?
Although the new season of "90210" premieres tonight, remember the days of Brenda and Brandon Walsh? Take a look back at some of your favorite characters from the past and find out what they're up to now!

For a complete calendar of all the fall TV shows, click here!

Original Cast of 'Beverly Hills 90210': Where Are They Now?Shannen Doherty

Brenda Walsh aka Shannen Doherty was most recently seen on season 10 of "Dancing with the Stars.
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'90210' star Perry lands UK panto role

'90210' star Perry lands UK panto role
Beverly Hills, 90210 star Luke Perry will appear in pantomime in Milton Keynes this Christmas. The Hollywood star will appear alongside Gavin & Stacey actress Joanna Page and Britain's Got Talent finalists Stavros Flatley in the production of Dick Whittington at the Milton Keynes Theatre. Perry is cast as the dastardly King Rat and will appear in the show for five weeks. "This will be my first pantomime and I feel privileged to be taking part in something that is such a great British institution," he said. "My children are going to love seeing me being booed off the stage! I've loved my live theatre experiences on Broadway (more)
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Barbara Windsor to star in Bristol panto

Barbara Windsor to star in Bristol panto
EastEnders star Barbara Windsor has announced that she is to appear in a Bristol pantomime at Christmas. The 72-year-old actress will play the part of Fairy Bowbells in a production of Dick Whittington at the city's Hippodrome theatre. Windsor's panto role is her first confirmed project since she revealed that she is to bow out as Albert Square's Peggy Mitchell later this year. Speaking to the Bristol Evening Post, Windsor commented: "I am thrilled to be returning to (more)
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Carly Zucker marries Joe Cole in London

Former I'm A Celebrity... star Carly Zucker has married her footballer boyfriend Joe Cole. The fitness trainer, 25, tied the knot with Cole in a lavish ceremony at the Royal Hospital Chelsea's chapel yesterday afternoon, reports the Daily Mail. The Rev. Dick Whittington, who conducted the hour-long service, said: "It was a traditional English wedding with traditional English vows. "The bride looked beautiful. Joe was composed, absolutely focused on the ceremony." Zucker is believed to have walked down the aisle in a £10,000 wedding dress by designer Ana Cristache, who also dressed her four (more)
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