11 items from 2014
They were known simply as “The Lost Boys.”
Orphaned by the brutal Civil war in Sudan that began in 1983, these young victims traveled as many as a thousand miles on foot in search of safety. Fifteen years later, a humanitarian effort would bring 3600 lost boys and girls to America.
In The Good Lie, Philippe Falardeau, (writer and director of the Oscar- nominated Foreign Language film “Monsieur Lazhar”) brings the story of their survival and triumph to life. Academy Award winner Reese Witherspoon (“Walk the Line”) stars alongside Sudanese actors Arnold Oceng, Ger Duany, Emmanuel Jal, and newcomer Nyakuoth Weil, many of whom were also children of war.
Mamere and Theo are sons of the Chief in their village in Southern Sudan. »
- Michelle McCue
One of the stars of the new Postman Pat movie, Rupert Grint, chats to us about the film, Harry Potter, Knightmare and more...
I felt sorry for Rupert Grint. Just an hour before he ended up speaking to me, he'd been interviewed live on air on Radio 2. Then he ended up in a basement of a London office, clutching a coffee, with me. While I had him trapped though, I got ten minutes of his time, and here's how it went...
You're clearly a much younger, more attractive and more learned man than me, and I expect our experiences of childrens' television is very different. Postman Pat is clearly a big thing for you, but what were the TV shows that helped define your youth? What were you watching as you grew up?
I really identified with characters that did things that it was feasible to achieve. Fireman Sam! »
When Francesca Martinez was two, her parents were told she had cerebral palsy and would never lead a normal life. What did they know? From Grange Hill to Extras (via a teenage breakdown), the comic has put her 'wobbly' self centre stage
I'm wobbly. That's how I describe myself, because the words "cerebral" and "palsy" are as attractive as an ingrowing toenail. The former evokes something cold, clinical, distant; the latter sounds like Shakespeare: "God's mercy! I have a palsy! The devil feasteth upon my face!" Or something like that.
On 6 August 1978, my mum went into a London hospital to give birth. She was 19 and my dad was 21, but they found themselves alone with neither doctor nor nurse to be seen. It was a Sunday and the hospital was short-staffed because, as is well known, nobody is born on a Sunday. Mum went into labour while my poor panicking dad »
- Francesca Martinez
EastEnders' newcomer Lisa Hammond insists her character Donna Yates isn't just a ''hard-faced cow''. The 31-year-old star burst onto Albert Square as a tough market trader, who declares war on stall holders Bianca Butcher (Patsy Palmer) and Kat Moon (Jessie Wallace), but the former 'Grange Hill' actress claims there's more to come from her alter-ego in the future. She told Inside Soap magazine: ''It was hard to launch into such a fiery character. Once I settled in, I thought, 'This is fun - people will hate me'. Initially Donna is very opinionated. But there is a humorous side to her. I don't »
Odd List Andrew Blair 25 Apr 2014 - 06:29
They're despicable, smug and downright unpleasant. Andrew lines up his pick of 50 biggest unpleasant, sometimes heroic folk in cinema...
Nb: This article contains swearing and spoilers for numerous films. Bear in mind that it may be not safe for work, and if you haven't seen a film mentioned in a particular entry, do consider skipping to the next one.
Conflict drives drama. Unpleasant people create conflict. Thus, cinema is crammed with huge, provocative arseholes/assholes (we went with the latter on the headline, but now we're in the article, we're going more arse than ass). There are obviously too many to list, but we've provided you with a thought-provoking array of multi-faceted bell-endery. That said, feel free to copy and paste the phrase, "Nice list, but you forgot x" to save time when placing comments below! The 'nice' bit is not compulsory.
Review Ron Hogan 31 Mar 2014 - 06:55
Da Vinci's Demons is becoming crowded. Here's Ron's review of the latest episode...
This review contains spoilers.
2.2 The Blood Of Brothers
If you're someone famous who lived during the time period around the reign of Lorenzo Medici, specifically 1478 or so, then just accept the fact that you're going to be on Da Vinci's Demons. That's just how it works. Whether you're a famous artist, Vlad Tepes of Wallachia, or the guy the American continents are named after, if you're anywhere around Leonardo and company, you're going to end up being on Starz. That's just the way the show operates, and I think that fast-and-loose use of history proves to be beneficial.
For example, the character of Nico wasn't a major player in the first series, but since his kidnapping by Riario, I can only assume he's about to become more important to the show's general plot. »
Supernatural is the CW’s longest running show at the moment, with its ninth season currently continuing the strong ratings and high critical praise it has enjoyed since it began back in 2005. Earlier this week it was also announced that the networks flagship drama had been renewed for a milestone tenth season due to begin this October.
On top of that fans have known for a little while now that a spin-off is also planned for later this year titled Supernatural: Tribes, which will take the monster hunting action to the city of Chicago. Supernatural: Tribes will reportedly revolve around monster families that run the criminal underworld of Chicago, before being tracked down by a new hunter in the hopes of ridding the city of them once and for all. Now the two faces that will lead the brand new spin-off have been cast in the form of Nathaniel Buzolic »
- Ben Read
Feature Alex Westthorp 19 Feb 2014 - 07:00
The BBC's contemporary take on Arthur Conan Doyle's short stories has made Sherlock the most popular television drama series in many years. Benedict Cumberbatch has made Sherlock his own, his approach to the role as radical for the current era as the late, great Jeremy Brett's was a generation ago. Martin Freeman has banished our memories of his role as Tim Canterbury in Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant's The Office, with his wonderful re-assessment of Dr John Watson. The corporation is making the most of the Conan Doyle franchise. After from two rather lacklustre yuletide cases, firstly with Richard Roxburgh in 2002 then Rupert Everett in 2004; they finally have a hit on their hands. The benchmark hitherto has always been Granada Television »
The signing of the British director comes on the heels of a strong reception for “Belle” at the Toronto Film Festival. Variety‘s Justin Chang gave the period drama a rave review, calling it “surprisingly elegant and emotionally satisfying.”
Asante was selected last month as one of Variety’s 10 Directors to Watch. She began her career as an actor on the British show “Grange Hill” and made her directorial debut in 2004 with “A Way of Life,” which centered on a single teen mother.
- Dave McNary and Justin Kroll
Tom Daley's Splash! returned to ITV with 4.76 million viewers, according to overnight data.
The show's second series came in less than last year's 5.49 million (22.9%) debut, but gained a further 192.6k who tuned in an hour later on ITV+1 (0.8%).
Pointless partially dented the return of Splash!, as actors from the likes of Grange Hill and Waterloo Road took part in a celebrity school-themed edition, attracting 5.87 million viewers (25.2%) from 7pm to 7.45pm.
BBC One also led the evening with Celebrity Mastermind at 6.30pm (4 million, 17.5%) and The National Lottery: Who Dares Wins from 19:45pm (4.78 million, 20.5%).
The channel topped its schedule off with Catherine Tate's Nan, which took in 4.3 million and an 18.4% share of the audience.
Meanwhile, ITV's most watched programme of »
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Dimitri Leonidas is scarred by the memory of his worst audition. It was for the lead part in a new production of Peter Shaffer's Equus a couple of years ago. He thought it had gone really well, and when his agent told him he'd got the part he understandably spent the weekend celebrating.
"Then I met up with a friend who said: 'What do you mean, you've got it? Alfie Allen's doing it.'"
There'd been some confusion: Leonidas had actually been auditioning to be the understudy. "It was just too heartbreaking," he says, smiling.
He can afford to laugh about it now. »
- Elizabeth Day, Tom Lamont
11 items from 2014