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BAFTA British Academy Children’s Awards 2011 Interviews

30 November 2011 1:00 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Several of our writers at HeyUGuys, including our two editors, have young children, and therefore a legitimate excuse to watch Children’s TV. I, on the other hand, don’t. On the other hand, I am barely employed (and barely employable), so am far better versed in the ins-and-outs of children’s TV than I have any right to be. Consequently, when I was asked to head to the Park Lane Hilton to film my far more respectable colleague Paris Davis as she interviewed the arrivals on the red carpet, I leapt at the chance. After all, it’s not every day I get to be in the same room as Dick and Dom, Mr Tumble and Helen Skelton. Certainly not all at once.

Of course, it wasn’t just children’s TV presenters, and during the course of the night we spoke to Simon Farnaby, Bunny and the Bull »

- Ben Mortimer

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DVD: DVD: Snuff Box: The Complete Series

18 October 2011 10:01 PM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Before diving into the highly bizarre 2006 BBC Three sketch-comedy series Snuff Box, it may help to check out the DVD set’s “Taking Control Of Your Body” featurette, in which an eclectic array of Snuff Box fans from Weird Al to Simon Pegg explain why a six-episode show that almost nobody watched is one of the peak achievements of the recent British comedy Golden Age. Created by comic character actors Matt Berry and Rich Fulcher—best-known for their supporting roles in cult shows like The It Crowd, The Mighty Boosh, and Garth Marenghi’s DarkplaceSnuff Box features Berry »

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Box Set Club: Nathan Barley

20 September 2011 7:37 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Charlie Brooker and Chris Morris's excellent sitcom isn't quite the museum piece you'd imagine – it's well futile

Broadcast by Channel 4 in 2005 the eponymous star of Nathan Barley, played by Nicholas Burns, was a webmaster, guerilla film-maker, club promoter, fashion guru, "self-facilitating media node" and a prime example of what was known at the time as a "Shoreditch twat". Surrounded by similarly deluded fools, only one man was capable of seeing through the facade – journalist Dan Ashcroft (Julian Barratt), whose Rise Of The Idiots column in Sugar Ape magazine is proclaimed as genius by the very people it ridicules.

There was only one series, broadcast seven years ago – but Nathan Barley is still used as shorthand for describing someone who is a bit of a trendy prat. Last week Qpr midfielder Joey Barton (he of the Nietzsche and Morrissey-quoting Twitter feed) was labelled a "footballing Nathan Barley" after he »

- Johnny Dee

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Richard Ayoade joins Neighborhood Watch

14 September 2011 10:25 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Richard Ayoade has landed a role in the new sci-fi comedy Neighborhood Watch, joining Ben Stiller (Tropic Thunder, Zoolander), Vince Vaughn (Dodgeball), Jonah Hill (Superbad) and Rosemarie DeWitt (Cinderella Man). The film revolves around a group of men who join the local neighborhood watch patrol to escape family life, only to start uncovering a major conspiracy.

Ayoade will play a recently-divorced man named Jamarcus, a part that Chris Tucker was also being considered for. Akiva Schaffer (Hot Rod) is directing the film, from a screenplay by Superbad writing partners Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, while Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum, Date Night) is listed as a producer.

Richard Ayoade is well-known for his roles in TV comedies like The It Crowd, The Mighty Boosh and Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace. On the big screen, he wrote and directed Submarine and will be following that with an adaptation of Dostoyevsky’s The Double, »

- flickeringmyth

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Richard Ayoade On For Neighborhood Watch

13 September 2011 5:03 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Looks like Chris Tucker’s loss is Richard Ayoade’s gain… While last week we reported on Tucker being considered for one of the main roles in Ben Stiller’s new sci-fi comedy Neighborhood Watch, the part has now been handed to the It Crowd veteran.Stiller stars as a man who moves from the big city to the suburbs, and worries that his life will be boring now he’s away from the excitement of the metropolis.But while he signs up for the local neighborhood watch patrol after being assured that the crime-fighting organisation is really a way for blokes to escape the routine of family life, he’s soon thrust into uncovering a massive conspiracy.Ayoade is playing Jamarcus, who has recently gotten divorced. He joins a cast that already includes Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill and Rosemarie DeWitt.It’s almost odd to think of Ayoade acting on the big screen, »

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Will Smith for James Cameron-produced ‘Fantastic Voyage’

21 August 2011 7:55 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Will Smith is being circled for a remake of sci-fi film Fantastic Voyage according to The Hollywood Reporter. James Cameron and Jon Landau are producing and Shawn Levy, the director of Real Steel and Night at the Museum, is set to helm proceedings.

They will be meeting in the next couple of weeks, but Levy looks set to be moving on if a deal can’t be struck with Smith or another big-name star. The story revolves around a group of scientists who are shrunk in order to pilot a submarine inside a sick scientist’s body. The storyline has been used in an episode of The Mighty Boosh and also The Magic School Bus.

It’s unknown how interested Smith is in the project, and the studio is said to be apprehensive about spending big bucks on a big-name star. Hugh Jackman was previously rumoured, but with The Wolverine coming up so soon, »

- JeButlin

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Submarine DVD Review

13 July 2011 12:48 PM, PDT | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

After his involvement with the likes of The Mighty Boosh, Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace and Smack The Pony, Richard Ayoade turns his very capable hands to directing for the big screen. His first feature length coming-of-age flick, Submarine, is based on Joe Dunthorne’s novel and follows Oliver’s journey of self-discovery, desperate attempt to fix his parents ailing marriage and quest for love.

The film is broken up into four parts of significant days and dates with Oliver’s (Craig Roberts) quirkily written voice-over guiding us through his daily life. Carrying a brief-case, he amusingly slips into school like a “torpedo” and through his constant commentary exposes his eccentricities. His mother, Jill (Sally Hawkins), once dreamt of being an actress and is described as “naturally neurotic”. By contrast, his father Lloyd (Noah Taylor) is a marine biologist who works for the University and is notable as being the first »

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Trail Of The Screaming Forehead: DVD review

25 June 2011 3:43 AM, PDT | 24framespersecond.net | See recent 24FramesPerSecond news »

Director: Larry Blamire. Review: Adam Wing. Comedy. It’s an acquired taste. With that in mind, I’d like to make a few things clear - that would be me. Airplane. Not funny. Leslie Nielsen. Not funny. Chevy Chase. Not funny. Lee Evans. Funny (even if he does make me feel uncomfortable with his relentless sweating). The Mighty Boosh. Not funny. Harry Hill. Not funny. Leigh Francis. Not funny. My Family… are they even calling that comedy these days? Ricky Gervais. Funny. Steve Merchant. Funny. Michael McIntyre. Funny. Stewart Francis. Funny. Kevin Bridges. Funny. Simon Pegg. Funny. Dumb & Dumber. Funny. Steve Carell. Funny. Comedy, like I say, very much an acquired taste. Larry Blamire, best known for cult favourite The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra, returns to writing, directing and producing with a loving tribute to 60’s sci-fi movies. Lets just make another thing clear - I hate spoofs. Sorry, I »

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René Magritte: enigmatic master of the impossible dream

20 June 2011 6:25 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

On the eve of a major Magritte exhibition, artists with an eye for the peculiar reveal why they love the witty Belgian surrealist

Terry Gilliam Film director and former member of Monty Python

It wasn't until I'd seen Magritte's work collected together in an exhibition at the Tate, at the end of the 1960s I think, that I realised just how incredibly funny his stuff was. People walk around these exhibitions in a religious state of awe and I just walked round this one laughing uncontrollably. Until then, I'd always thought of Magritte as having an interesting and intriguing mind – the way he would turn things inside out or make that which was solid suddenly not solid. But suddenly here he was, this wonderfully dry joke teller. The work that really struck me that day was The Man in the Bowler Hat [1964]. He'd spent months painting a guy in a bowler hat and then, »

- Imogen Carter

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The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1: trailer review

6 June 2011 4:25 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

As the Breaking Dawn trailer sees the light of day, Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson show that true love waits – then goes at it like the clappers

This is the moment that all Twilight fans have been waiting for. The trailer for Breaking Dawn has been released online, hinting at how the epic teenage vampire saga will end. Or at least it would, had the studio not decided to split the final instalment into two parts.

The epic conclusion will actually come in 2012. That's unless the studio decides that it'd be financially beneficial to keep splitting the second half of the book into smaller and smaller chunks, in which case we should all look forward to The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2: Part 1 and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2: Part 2. But for now, let's just concentrate on the trailer for Breaking Dawn: »

- Stuart Heritage

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Julian Barratt: 'Pain – that's what life is all about, isn't it?'

4 June 2011 4:06 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The melancholic half of The Mighty Boosh reveals why he's terrified of his first stage role as the mayor in Gogol's The Government Inspector

Julian Barratt is looking Russian. He has grown a convincing beard in readiness for playing the mayor in Gogol's classic 1836 comedy The Government Inspector. He is best known as Howard Moon – playing opposite Noel Fielding's Vince Noir in the BBC's zany comic series The Mighty Boosh – and might have found one of Moon's Hawaiian shirts more comfortable today than what he has chosen to wear: a brown tweed suit and hobnail boots. But at least he sports sunglasses. It is Riviera hot out here on the Young Vic's terrace and we are eyeing a roof eccentrically carpeted in heather.

But, first, to Gogol. How are we pronouncing him? "Goggle" and "Google" are swiftly dismissed. Next: did Barratt know Gogol urged actors to draw on the »

- Kate Kellaway

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The Strange, Sweet Teen Romance of 'Submarine'

1 June 2011 1:00 PM, PDT | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

The story of a guy or gal trying to get the old v-card punched is nothing we haven't seen before, but "Submarine" is smarter, cooler, and funnier than what 99 percent of teen comedies have to offer.

You won't find any ravaged baked goods or hard-up goobers peeking at girls in the locker room in this delicious import from Wales, just a moody teen who stares out at the sea in Swansea.

Instead, our hero and narrator Oliver Tate (Craig Roberts) is a serious young man who has important questions about life: Who is he? Where does he fit in? Should he smoke a pipe? How can he get Jordana (Yasmin Paige) to be his girlfriend and sleep with him? Is his mom going to leave his dad for a terribly batty ex-boyfriend who has a mullet and runs self-help workshops?

Jordana's mischievous and seductive and vehemently against anything slightly romantic »

- Jenni Miller

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This Week on DVD: Blow Out, The Holy Mountain, Bunny and the Bull

26 April 2011 10:40 AM, PDT | FilmJunk | See recent FilmJunk news »

It's an absolute wasteland out there on store shelves this week, as studios are offering virtually no major releases to speak of and instead we are left to sort through a pile of pathetic-looking direct-to-dvd titles. Believe it or not, South Park: Season 14 is probably the only high profile release out today, but if that's not your bag, you can always check out Sniper: Reloaded starring Billy Zane, Blood Out starring Val Kilmer and 50 Cent, or Sacrifice starring Cuba Gooding Jr. and Christian Slater! A couple of potential hidden gems include British comedy Bunny and the Bull from the makers of The Mighty Boosh and the lottery winner doc Lucky from director Jeffrey Blitz (Spellbound). Fortunately, Criterion also has Brian De Palma's Blow Out and Terry Gilliam's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas on Blu, while Anchor Bay is releasing high-def versions of Alejandro Jodorowsky's The Holy Mountain and El Topo. »

- Sean

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Netflix Nuggets: Heartless Winged Mutants from Heaven

10 April 2011 8:45 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Netflix has revolutionized the home movie experience for fans of film with its instant streaming technology. Netflix Nuggets is my way of spreading the word about independent, classic and foreign films made available by Netflix for instant streaming.

This Week’s New Instant Releases… Title: Black Heaven (2010)

Streaming Available: 04/12/2011

Cast: Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet, Louise Bourgoin, Melvil Poupaud, Pauline Etienne, Pierre Niney, Ali Marhyar, Patrick Descamps, Pierre Vittet, Swann Arlaud, Francesco Merenda

Director: Gilles Marchand

Synopsis: While searching for the owner of a missing mobile phone with his girlfriend, Marion (Pauline Etienne), Gaspard (Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet) falls for the mysterious Sam (Louise Bourgoin), who draws him into a dangerous virtual-reality video game, where she provokes unsuspecting victims into killing themselves. Directed by Gilles Marchand, this intense French drama alternates between real-life events and those within the simulated computer world. Title: Heartless (2009)

Streaming Available: 04/12/2011

Cast: Jim Sturgess, Clémence Poésy , Noel Clarke, Luke Treadaway, Justin Salinger, »

- Travis Keune

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Submarine – review

17 March 2011 5:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The It star Richard Ayoade goes down the irony-heavy route for his directorial debut – but his comedy about a Swansea teenager's love life is also sweet and very funny.

Richard Ayoade probably first came to public attention by appearing in Garth Marenghi's Darkplace, a spoof horror television series by Matthew Holness about a psychogeographically troubled Romford hospital built over the gates of hell. Since then, he has written, directed and acted in TV shows including The Mighty Boosh, Nathan Barley and The It Crowd, and also directed an Arctic Monkeys video. But nothing in his CV prepared me for the confidence and panache of the debut movie feature now being sprung on us.

It's a dark coming-of-age comedy about a lovelorn teenage boy in 1980s Swansea, written and directed by Ayoade, adapted from a novel by Joe Dunthorne, and executive produced by Ben Stiller, who appears in a subliminal cameo. »

- Peter Bradshaw

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TV Britcom's skittish foray into film

17 March 2011 5:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

If British comedians insist on crossing over to the big screen, they need to pay more attention to narrative and character development

Is there anything British comedians can't do? Not content with dominating the airwaves with their comedy shows, chat and quiz shows, they've been branching out into journalism, novels and, increasingly, the movies. And I'm not just talking about performing, though nowadays it's hard to escape Russell Brand, who popped up in The Tempest, will shortly be heard as voice of the Easter Bunny in Hop, and seen as Arthur in the remake of a film that starred Dudley Moore, another British TV comedian who was (briefly) clutched to the bosom of Hollywood.

No, because here comes Richard Ayoade, best known for roles in Garth Marenghi's Darkplace, Nathan Barley and The It Crowd, making his feature writing and directing debut with Submarine. Also coming soon to a multiplex near you is Attack the Block, »

- Anne Billson

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TV Britcom's skittish foray into film

17 March 2011 5:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

If British comedians insist on crossing over to the big screen, they need to pay more attention to narrative and character development

Is there anything British comedians can't do? Not content with dominating the airwaves with their comedy shows, chat and quiz shows, they've been branching out into journalism, novels and, increasingly, the movies. And I'm not just talking about performing, though nowadays it's hard to escape Russell Brand, who popped up in The Tempest, will shortly be heard as voice of the Easter Bunny in Hop, and seen as Arthur in the remake of a film that starred Dudley Moore, another British TV comedian who was (briefly) clutched to the bosom of Hollywood.

No, because here comes Richard Ayoade, best known for roles in Garth Marenghi's Darkplace, Nathan Barley and The It Crowd, making his feature writing and directing debut with Submarine. Also coming soon to a multiplex near you is Attack the Block, »

- Anne Billson

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Matt Berry: Witchazel – review

5 March 2011 4:07 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

(Acid Jazz)

You already know actor Matt Berry – he's the boss in The It Crowd and a veteran of The Mighty Boosh and late-night horror send-up Garth Marenghi's Darkplace. The cover of his debut album promises more deranged satire. A caped Berry holds up a pheasant, every inch the hairy 70s prog-folk vestige. But Berry's music only lives up to this visual promise intermittently. "So Low" is a well-turned 60s romp; the garish guitar solo on "Woman" is pitched perfectly. But Berry misses a trick by not making use of his comedic baritone and much of Witchazel noodles past adequately, nailing the period nicely, but failing to really enchant or amuse.

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Paul King Visits The "Island of the Aunts"

17 February 2011 2:32 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Paul King ("Bunny and the Bull") is set to direct the fantastical adventure story "Island of the Aunts" reports Deadline.

Edna Walsh is adapting the novel by Eva Ibbotson which follows three aunts who spirit away unloved children and take them to a magical island where they’ll find happiness.

The late Ibbotson also penned "The Great Ghost Rescue" which has been adapted for the screen in a film starring Jason Isaacs, Kevin McKidd and Emma Fielding due out later this year.

King is best known for his work with "The Mighty Boosh" and recently directed segments of British comedy series "Come Fly with Me". »

- Garth Franklin

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Paul King Off To Island Of The Aunts

16 February 2011 4:02 PM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

We have a lot of time for writer/director Paul King here at Empire Towers, particularly following his superb debut film Bunny and the Bull. Now he’s back with a new project, which will adapt Eva Ibbotson’s adventure story Island of the Aunts.Chatroom’s Edna Walsh is hard at work cranking out the screenplay for this one, which follows three aunts who make it their mission to spirit unhappy and unloved children away from their neglectful parents and take them to a magical island where they’ll find happiness.It’s a fantastical kids’ book, so while there are always dangers to be found, it doesn’t exactly end as it might in real life, with the three women forced to go on some sort of register of child-snatchers.King, of course, is best known for his work with The Mighty Boosh, though more recently he’s »

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