8 items from 2010
THR is reporting of actor Stephen Fry’s latest role:
Anyway, THR goes on to say:
Fry’s boarding follows the casting of Noomi Rapace, the Swedish star of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, who two weeks ago signed on as the female lead in the movie, which reunites most of the team from the original: Robert Downey Jr. as Holmes and Jude Law as Dr. »
- Michelle McCue
In their Friends heyday you couldn't mention Jennifer Aniston or Courteney Cox without name-checking the other. They came as a pair; a great on-screen partnership. So news that Aniston and Cox are set to be reunited via Cougar Town – Aniston is to play Cox's therapist in the show – gave me cause for excitement. (We haven't seen them together since Aniston briefly acted with Cox in Dirt). But while I'm certainly looking forward to seeing Aniston and Cox acting together again, I must also admit to a niggling doubt. Will it work? Can they succeeded in reigniting old flames?
There are some actors who just seem to work perfectly together. Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton recaptured the brilliance of The League of Gentlemen in the even more disturbing Psychoville. Kelsey Grammer and »
- Mathilda Gregory
Will the world of PG Wodehouse ever be captured so brilliantly again?
Oh, Jeeves and Wooster (ITV3, Monday, Tuesday), starring Hugh Laurie in spats and Stephen Fry in slicked-back hair and shining shoes, what a vanished Eden you evoke! How dim and distant a past yours seems, even though it still – incredible as it seems – belongs to a time of living memory! Will we ever see your natty like again?
But the era when ITV could be looked to to produce adaptations of the likes of PG Wodehouse's classics has gone. (D'you see? Do you see what I did there? I led you to believe that I was talking about the golden graces of the late 20s, early 30s of Bertie and his pals but really I was talking about the televisual era in which it was created! And I think we can all agree it was a deft manoeuvre »
- Lucy Mangan
Stephen Fry has attracted fans as a presenter, actor, columnist and author – but it is his use of Twitter that gives him influence
Job: writer, presenter, actor, Twitterer
Industry: broadcasting, publishing, digital media
2009 ranking: 45
@stephenfry you've made the MediaGuardian 100 please retweet this, thanks!
No one personifies the power of Twitter quite like Stephen Fry. This time last year he had 630,000 followers. Now he has more than 1.5 million.
Why does this make him powerful? Because he sets the agenda. A tweet from Fry has become a key mobilising force for campaigns from saving Bletchley Park to the outrage over Jan Moir's Daily Mail column on Stephen Gately.
A message from Fry retweeted by even a small proportion of his followers has the potential to reach many more people than would read him in a newspaper or watch one of his television shows.
"Like the printing press, Twitter changed the situation, »
23 June 2010 5:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
In a new documentary for cable channel Gold, part of UKTV, the two will talk about their interlinked careers, their on-screen partnership and a friendship that has spanned 30 years.
From their time together at Cambridge University where they were introduced by fellow Footlights performer Emma Thompson -- through an on-screen career which included "A Bit of Fry & Laurie" and "Jeeves & Wooster" in the eighties and nineties -- the two have remained close friends.
In the U.K. it was writer and polymath Stephen Fry, now the host of "Qi" who had the higher-profile of the pair, while Laurie's specialty was his portrayal of slightly effete upper class English idiots.
But when Laurie found a home in the U. »
- By Mimi Turner
The second world war spy drama was subtle, addictive and its groundbreaking heroines pulled together to achieve miracles
Sunday nights on ITV in the late 80s saw a sudden glut of glossy drama: Poirot, Jeeves and Wooster, The Charmer, The Darling Buds of May. These were commissioned by Lwt drama controller Nick Elliot, who'd been furnished with cash by incoming channel chief Greg Dyke to take the channel upmarket. And they worked.
But while those shows, and the hits they ushered in – Morse, Prime Suspect, Cracker, were all fairly formulaic, Wish Me Luck, a female-led second world war resistance adventure that ran from 1988 to 1990, was genuinely groundbreaking.
Inspired by the autobiography of secret agent Nancy (The White Mouse) Wake, it starred Kate Buffery as an unhappily married mother who signed on to the Special Operations Executive, run by Jane Asher in Whitehall, to be trained in espionage and dropped into occupied France. »
- Catherine Shoard
For my birthday this year, I received one of the most unique gifts I've ever received. A friend who knows me and my deep love for House, (and especially Hugh Laurie) got me a custom-made House/Cuddy tote back, a Hugh Laurie before-House kit, including Jeeves and Wooster, A Bit of Fry and Laurie, and All or Nothing at All, five small Hugh Laurie pins, and to top it off, a pair of underwear with Laurie's face on it.
I am well aware that this makes me sound like a crazy fan, but keep in mind, someone bought it all for me and I haven't worn the underwear. Yet.
Lots of actors make a movie or attempt to headline a television show, fail, and then vanish into obscurity. Maybe they resign themselves to character roles or bit parts, or they say "I'm going to concentrate on my family." It's noble, but time and time again we've seen these types burst back onto the public radar courtesy of a breakthrough role in a television series or film. Below is the first part of a list of the ones we think are the best and have since had the longest lasting impact. Feel free to suggest additions.
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Granted, that poster was actually for the second Harold & Kumar movie, but the fact remains: that brief cameo in the stoner flick Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle gave Neil Patrick Harris an unprecedented bounce-back. After his child-star role in Doogie Howser, M.D. »
- Lex Walker
8 items from 2010
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