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Not a lot to say in the pre-amble to this week’s selection of titles. Should probably apologise for the negativity in advance because a lot of the below is dreck this week across any content provider apart from the occasional bright spot and a new Netflix exclusive. Hopefully you will be able to at least find something worth a look that floats your boat.
This week’s titles of note are as follows:
There really isn’t anymore praise that I can heap on Alfonso Cuaron’s outer space thrill ride that hasn’t been heaped upon it already. Upon repeat viewing what impresses more and more is the technical marvel that this film represents with Gravity being a massive leap forward in the use of virtual sets as well as animation that looks like real people.
There are apparently whole entire scenes here featuring Sandra Bullock and »
- Chris Holt
If youve been watching BBC3s Cuckoo, youll have noticed that series two isnt quite as good as series one. This is mainly down to personnel change. When it first arrived on our screens in 2012, Cuckoo was a showcase for Andy Samberg, the dazzling breakout Saturday Night Live star who was responsible for all those Lonely Island videos and the Mark Wahlberg Talks to Animals sketch. Samberg was a star on the rise when he made Cuckoo, a fact demonstrated by the Golden Globe he won earlier this year.
Now, however, Samberg has been replaced by Taylor Lautner. To put it as politely as possible, Lautner has a vastly different skillset to Samberg. Sure, he has also won awards, but those »
- Stuart Heritage
Taylor Swift may not be a movie star (yet), but her talents are already known worldwide.
Since blowing up in 2008, Swift has been hard to miss, known as much for her acclaimed music as for her rather public relationships. With numerous Grammys and multi-platinum albums already under her belt, she's turning her attention to the big screen. This week, the renowned musician can be seen in the film adaptation of "The Giver," starring Jeff Bridges, Brenton Thwaites, and Meryl Streep.
From her early success as a poet to her first acting role, here are 27 things you probably don't know about Taylor Swift.
1. Taylor Alison Swift was born December 13, 1989 in Reading, Pennsylvania to Andrea Finlay and Scott Swift.
2. She was born on a Christmas tree farm.
3. Her mother worked as a mutual fund marketing executive before becoming a homemaker, while her father is a financial adviser.
4. Swift has one sibling, Austin, »
- Jonny Black
Cuckoo continued with more than 500,000 viewers on BBC Three, according to overnight figures.
The half-hour sitcom, which stars Taylor Lautner, picked up 516k (3%) from 10pm.
On the terrestrials, BBC One's Who Do You Think You Are? earned 4.56m (22.8%) from 9pm. The Sheriffs Are Coming nabbed 3.1m (15.6%) earlier.
On ITV, Harbour Lives aired to 2.2m (11.1%) and Kids with Cameras: Diary of a Children's Ward had 1.31m (6.5%).
Channel 4's Location, Location, Location appealed to 1.37m (6.9%). It was followed by Embarrassing Bodies (1.09m/5.4%) and First Time Farmers (508k/3.3%).
The last highlights episode of this year's Big Brother was watched by 1.22m (7.6%) on Channel 5 from 10pm, with 588k (6.2%) sticking around for Bit on the Side. »
Who Do You Think You Are?: BBC One, 9pm
Actor Brian Blessed explores the lives of his ancestors, uncovering the life of his orphaned great-great-grandfather, who lived on the streets of London before fathering 13 children.
Blessed, the oldest man to have reached the North Magnetic Pole, travels to Doncaster, London and Portsmouth on his journey.
Olivia (Kerry Washington) is led into a life-threatening situation that requires the president's help.
Elsewhere, Fitz and Mellie admit their true feelings for each other, which angers Cyrus, and Huck grows more obsessed with Rowan.
Cuckoo: BBC Three, 10pm
Dylan wants to seduce Zoe, and so decides to plan an elaborate party.
Maron: Fox, 11pm
New comedy featuring Marc Maron as a fictionalised version of himself. »
Lautner is replacing Samberg on the hilarious and bizarre English sitcom.
On the BBC Three comedy Cuckoo, a normal, proper English parents Ken and Lorna have their lives turned upside down when their daughter comes back from a year-long vacation married to a "spiritual ninja" named Cuckoo – played by the deliriously funny Andy Samberg.
While Lautner is best known for his work as Jacob in the Twilight series, and his abs, in the new season of Cuckoo he's playing a decidedly funnier and much weirder character. And, he's brought along a comedy beard to ad gravitas to his insane performance.
Lautner brings Samberg's manic energy and weirdness to the series, as well as serious comedic chops. The first episode aired and his performance has been met with »
Sunday was the beginning of Shark Week on the Discovery Channel, an annual celebration of the awesome might of these elegant creatures of the sea. But while Shark Week focuses largely on real sharks (well, real-ish) we wanted to commemorate the sharks that we enjoy the other 51 weeks of the year - the friendly and fearsome sharks that fill up our popular culture. Which pop-culture shark is best? And, just as crucially, which pop-culture shark is worst? We'd write more, but like a shark, this post needs to constantly move forward or else it dies. Onto the list, below! 23. Sharks »
- Nate Jones, @kn8
In the first season of BBC Three’s Cuckoo, a normal family was turned upside down when their daughter came home from a summer abroad having married an unusual man named Cuckoo (played by Andy Samberg). But with season two of the series kicking off with Cuckoo’s death, there was a hippie-sized hole left in the show’s lineup. Luckily, Taylor Lautner was there to fill it.
In the first episode of the second season, which premiered last Thursday, Lautner came on board as Dale Jr., a very hairy young man who left behind his ashram in India to look for his biological father. »
- Samantha Highfill
The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice scored impressive audience figures for its debut, overnight data suggests.
Elsewhere on the channel, the new series of Mastermind opened to 1.46m (7.6%) at 8pm, followed by ratings of 1.44m (7.3%) for Kitty Hope and Mark Greenwood's Sweets Made Simple at 8.30pm. Gardener's World aired to 1.69m (8.8%) at the later time of 9.30pm.
Great British Bake Off co-host Sue Perkins's opening instalment of Edinburgh Nights was seen by 536k (3.1%) at 10pm.
BBC One's police procedural Walter was the highest-rated primetime offering outside of soaps, screening to an audience of 2.73m (14.2%) at 9pm.
Documentary Scrappers continued with 2.52m (12.8%) at 8.30pm.
‘Camp X-Ray’ trailer 2014: Kristen Stewart and Payman Maadi in Guantanamo’s ‘war zone’ (photo: Kristen Stewart in ‘Camp X-Ray’) The official Camp X-Ray trailer is out. "Make no mistake about it. This is a war zone," a male voice tells the recruits (and us) at the start of the movie trailer, set in Guantanamo’s temporary detention center Camp X-Ray. A "war zone" in more ways than one; he’s referring not only to the physical danger faced by the U.S. military guards (and their Muslim prisoners — or rather, "detainees"), but also, and more ominously, to a war of minds and mindsets between the two groups, who may have more in common with each other than is apparent on the surface. Private Amy Cole aka Kristen Stewart is forewarned: "You can talk to ‘em, but do not let these guys learn anything about you. Do not let them get inside your head. »
- Andre Soares
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.
Who Do You Think You Are?: BBC One, 9pm
The new series begins with BAFTA-winning actress Julie Walters, who starred in Mamma Mia! and the Harry Potter movies, looking back at her family history.
She traces her roots back to County Mayo in western Ireland, where her great-grandfather Anthony Clark was one of the first members of the Land League.
Fitz is reluctant to go along with Mellie and Cyrus's plan, and Olivia (Kerry Washington) learns the price she has to pay to ensure Jake's safety.
Meanwhile, flashbacks reveal more about Olivia's relationship with her father, the origins of her friendship with Huck, and also highlights the true extent of how dangerous Rowan and B613 are.
Cuckoo: BBC Three, 10pm
Series two of the madcap Midlands comedy has had to replace the lead, bringing in the abs-laden Twilight star as Cuckoo Jr. Can he play comedy? Or should BBC3 have ended the show?
Dale "Cuckoo" Ashbrick the hippy who divided his other half's family and doled out "spiritual advice" alongside jacket potatoes is absent from the second series of the Midlands-based BBC3 comedy Cuckoo, which is back after a two-year break. With star Andy Samberg's commitments to the Golden Globe-winning Brooklyn Nine-Nine ruling out a return, few would have blamed bosses for ending a show that had lost its lead. Then a trailer emerged. "Different guy. Just as Cuckoo," it promised. So, who was this new guy? Enter Taylor Lautner as Cuckoo's son. Yes, you read that right: that's Taylor "Twilight" Lautner, revered by tweens as much for his abs as his acting.
Much of the first series' »
- Hannah J Davies
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London — Ahead of Thursday's second-season premiere of BBC sitcom Cuckoo, the show's new star Taylor Lautner has admitted that working in the U.K. has allowed him to swear onscreen much more than at home. "The writers were getting away with lots that we couldn't do in America," the Twilight star told The Daily Star, a local newspaper. "I was very surprised, but it is one of the things that I enjoyed about it." Photos 'Twilight': Where Are They Now? Lautner replaces Andy Samberg, who helped the first season of Cuckoo break BBC Three ratings records but
- Alex Ritman
Almost two years after it broke BBC Three ratings records, Cuckoo is back.
But there's been a few changes: Esther Smith is stepping in to replace The Musketeers and Inbetweeners 2 actress Tamla Kari, while Cuckoo himself - the great Andy Samberg - is no more, having met his end off-screen between series.
"We knew we had a second series commissioned - we actually had it commissioned before we'd finished filming the first. I was in touch with my agent, trying to find out dates, »
Taylor Lautner says taking a role in 'Cuckoo' was a ''big risk''. The 'Twilight' star is currently starring alongside 'The Inbetweeners' comedian Greg Davies in the second series of the BBC Three show and he's admitted he was worried about joining the cast of the comedy. The actor explained: ''I wasn't confident at all. I'd only done cameos in comedy films before and I hosted 'Saturday Night Live', but this was my first fully fledged comedy, so it was a big risk for me. But I'm so glad I did it.'' The heartthrob also revealed the reasoning behind him agreeing to appear »
Ever since Twilight, Robert Pattinson has set about creating a truly intriguing filmography for a star his age. Already, the talented actor has worked with two extremely talented directors, David Cronenberg and David Michôd, on three thought-provoking films (Cosmopolis and Maps to the Stars with Cronenberg, and The Rover with Michôd). Next up, he’ll appear in films by Werner Herzog (Queen of the Desert), Anton Corbijn (Life), Olivier Assayas (Idol’s Eye), Brady Corbet (The Childhood of a Leader) and James Marsh (Hold on to Me).
Now, we’re hearing that Pattinson has added another appealing provocateur to his list of future projects – the star will be teaming with Spring Breakers writer-director Harmony Korine for a Miami-set gangster movie. Details are sparse, but Korine mentioned in 2013 that he was working on a “Southern Gothic crime family picture,” which is likely also his Pattinson collaboration.
Apparently, Pattinson’s collaboration with »
- Isaac Feldberg
"I'm gonna try not to cry," said the big-eyed brunette fan, quavery-voiced as she approached the microphone. Forty feet away, the British actor seated at the dais in Comic-Con's Hall H leaned forward and nodded benevolently."We'll all try together," replied Benedict Cumberbatch.Many a genre heartthrob has graced the stage at Comic-Con in years past, but the reaction to the 38-year-old Cumberbatch — who's never made the trek to San Diego until now, despite a Con-worthy résumé that includes Star Trek Into Darkness and The Hobbit — was on a different level than the shrieks that used to greet Taylor Lautner or Robert Pattinson here. This felt personal. The women in this audience, whose crush on Cumberbatch was stoked initially by the BBC series Sherlock, had helped to make him a romantic lead and a movie star almost by sheer force of fervor, and now he had arrived to face his »
- Kyle Buchanan
As a former werewolf, Taylor Lautner should be able to grow some seriously impressive facial hair in mere moments. But because (spoiler alert) Twilight isn't real, the 22-year-old actor has to wear a very noticeably fake beard for his role in Cuckoo, a British comedy airing on BBC Three. In a teaser trailer for the show's second season, Taylor's erratic character begins as scatterbrained, disheveled bearded individual before he transforms into his shirtless, buff and seemingly Zen self. Fortunately for lifelong members of Team Jacob, he accidentally drops his towel around the 0:17 mark, providing an almost Nsfw shot of Taylor in the buff! The former teen idol joins Cuckoo in its second »
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