12 items from 2015
You’ll be somewhere around Neverland, in the middle of an empty theatre, when the drugs begin to take hold. At least, that’s what it feels like when you’re watching Pan. A gonzo work of unbridled and unwieldy imagination that’s easier to hazily recount than actually review, this latest trip through the world of J. M. Barrie eases you through a surreal fantasy adventure like a frog slow boiling in bong water. That this most garish of kids movie can’t be written off as a shared hallucination is a testament to the clarity of Pan’s indelible and baffling vision.
As both an origin story and the umpteenth re-envisioning of Peter Pan, Pan is defined by the gratuitousness of its own existence. Both director Joe Wright and screenwriter Jason Fuchs never come up with a compelling reason for this story to be told, despite opening narration »
- Sam Woolf
UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 18th September to Sunday 20th September 2015…
Director Baltasar Kormakur’s star-studded survival thriller Everest has topped the UK box office chart in its opening weekend, with the film pulling in £3,160,154 to dethrone the Tom Hardy-headlined gangster biopic Legend.
Three other newcomers managed to sneak in towards the foot of the chart, with A Walk in the Woods pulling in £252.175 in eighth, followed by the live concert The Battle of Britain at 75 in ninth with £225,942 and historical comedy adventure Bill in tenth with £221,807.
Number one this time last year: The Boxtrolls
1. Everest, £3,160,154 weekend (New)
2. Legend, £2,446,860 weekend; £9,972,511 total (2 weeks)
3. Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, £1,510,494 weekend; £5,186,272 total (2 weeks)
4. The Visit, £485,117 weekend; £1,994,800 total (2 weeks)
5. Inside Out, £437,014 weekend; £37,367,368 total (9 weeks)
6. Straight Outta Compton, £298,142 weekend; £7,727,996 total (4 weeks)
8. A Walk in the Woods, »
- Gary Collinson
Everest has climbed to the summit of the UK box office on its first weekend on release.
M Night Shyamalan's The Visit and Inside Out round out the top five.
The UK box office top 10 in full:
1. (-) Everest - £3,160,154
2. (1) Legend - £2,446,860
3. (2) Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials - £1,510,494
4. (3) The Visit - £485,117
5. (5) Inside Out - £437,014
6. (4) Straight »
Sounds like Prince Harry isn't off the market just yet. Earlier this week, Us Weekly reported that Prince Harry and his ex-girlfriend Chelsy Davy were back on, with sources saying that the pair has been meeting up for months. According to People, though, Prince Harry is unattached. Prince Harry and Chelsy dated on and off for seven years, first meeting in 2004 and spending time together in Africa during Harry's gap year. In 2011, Chelsy joined Prince Harry at Prince William and Kate Middleton's royal wedding, and news of their breakup followed soon afterward. Speculation of the royal's love life comes during a special week for Harry, as he celebrated his 31st birthday on Tuesday. He spent his big day commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, showing off his scruffy beard during an appearance in England. »
- Laura Marie Meyers
UK TV ratings roundup - data supplied by Barb
The latest Celebrity Big Brother double eviction brought in an overnight audience of 1.49 million (7.4%) at 9pm on Tuesday evening.
Fatman Scoop and Gail Porter's departures also attracted 157,000 (1.1%) on +1. Earlier, new series The Yorkshire Vet appealed to 1.11m (5.6%) at 8pm, while The Hotel Inspector Returns was seen by 749k (5.0%) at 10pm.
On ITV, Parking Wars was seen by 2.06m (10.2%) at 8pm (222k/1.1%), followed by Britain's Biggest Adventures with Bear Grylls with 1.36m (6.8%) at 9pm (106k/0.7%).
Prince Harry looked ridiculously handsome during his latest outing on Tuesday. The famous redhead was spotted in England on Sept. 15 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, a battle fought predominantly in the air during World War II. Harry, who rocked both a black jacket and a flight suit during the outing, also debuted some sexy facial scruff. The prince's day out comes on the heels of his three-month stint in Africa, where he worked on wildlife conservation. Keep reading to see more of Harry's new look, and then check out the ultimate guide to his goofy facial expressions. »
- Caitlin Hacker
Daniel Radcliffe leads Grand Theft Auto drama The Gamechangers, anecdotal recollections in Sir David Attenborough: A Life On Earth and ‘the few’ are celebrated in Battle Of Britain: Return Of The Spitfires. Plus: into the wild for Britain’s Biggest Adventures With Bear Grylls, and Lucy Worsley in the saddle for Reins Of Power: The Art Of Horse Dancing
From a precocious passion for fossils to pursuing Komodo dragons while surviving on Mars bars, this one-off filmed during Attenborough’s 2013 Australian tour is a lovely collection of anecdotes from someone who occupies a singular space in British culture as both a surrogate grandfather and the sagest of boffins. He joins Aussie broadcaster Ray Martin for what is a must-watch event for committed Attenbros. Shame there isn’t more footage from his adventures. Hannah J Davies
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- Hannah J Davies, Jonathan Wright, Mark Gibbings-Jones, Ben Arnold, Julia Raeside, John Robinson, Paul Howlett
Director: George More O’Ferrall
Running Time: 98 mins
Classic British war films are typically associated with a stiff upper lip, and the lips couldn’t be stiffer for Angels One Five, reissued by StudioCanal to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle Of Britain. The earnest style and dodgy working class accents may raise a chuckle today, but to dismiss it on these grounds would be a disservice to what is both an interesting look inside the military machine and an important social document and product of the post-conflict industry.
Helmer George More O’Ferrall played a major role in the development of the story, basing it on his time at Fighter Command HQ. This was a base that saw seasoned pilots stuck behind desks, »
- Steve Palace
Prince Philip has hilariously had his fill of photo shoot nonsense. On Friday, the Duke of Edinburgh gave a photographer a piece of his mind during an event honoring the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain at London's Raf Club. As video from the reception shows, Philip wanted to quickly wrap up portrait time. "Just take the f*cking picture!" he said. Philip was joined by his grandson Prince William, who smiled and went the flow. Philip may have a good excuse for his impatience - just last week, he participated in Princess Charlotte's christening photo shoot, which was snapped by famed fashion photographer Mario Testino. And then there's the fact that Philip has spent most of his life in the spotlight with Queen Elizabeth II. Watch his funny moment unfold, then check out more viral videos. »
Prince Philip has a royally bad potty mouth ... and he doesn’t care who hears it. Philip got testy with a meticulous photog during a group photo -- that included Prince William -- for the 75th anniversary of the “Battle of Britain.” First, the 94-year-old husband of Queen Elizabeth II spouted out “just take it” to get the whole process moving along … but then he really lost his composure and let out profanity fit for a king … which he's not. »
- TMZ Staff
Even royalty sometimes wakes up on the wrong side of the bed. Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and husband of Queen Elizabeth II attended an Raf photocall in London today in honor of the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. And apparently, the 94-year-old royal lost his temper while waiting for photographers, even dropping an F-bomb which was caught on camera. In the clip obtained by NBC News, Prince Philip can be seen telling the photog to "just take it" before he seemingly loses his cool and exclaims, "just take the f--king picture." Presumably, that got the point across... Photos: Kate Middleton and Prince William's best moments The Duke of »
After 23 seasons, ITV’s live rights to the Champions League comes to an end on Saturday night with the final in Berlin, here are 10 highlights from its coverage
1 Rangers v Leeds, 1992
In the competition’s first season in its Champions League guise, the Scottish and English champions met in the second round, a two-legged contest inevitably dubbed the Battle of Britain. Rangers won the first leg 2-1 despite Leeds’s Gary McAllister scoring a spectacular goal in the first minute, an effort bettered by Mark Hateley’s strike in Rangers’ 2-1 win at Elland Road in the second leg. Ally McCoist scored in both legs as Rangers advanced, though they would miss out in the six-match group stage, finishing second behind Marseille.
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- Jaideep Vaidya
12 items from 2015
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