13 items from 2013
It may not go down all that well in the world of Michael Bay, but Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim is fast shaping up as the Transformers it's Ok to like. A new extended trailer for the hugely hyped robots v aliens smackdown dropped earlier this week, confirming the Mexican film-maker's determination to show that enormous warring monstrosities can be a thing of surprising beauty.
Co-written by Del Toro himself, the latest science-fiction wannabe blockbuster to hit the big screen in 2013 is being pitched as a film which combines classy atmospheric eye candy with all the furious action one might expect from one of Bay's tortuous explosion-fests. "What we went for is a very, very romantic look," Del Toro told »
- Ben Child
News Glen Chapman 12 Apr 2013 - 06:14
Charlie Hunnam has quietly been building quite the career for himself and has certainly come a long way since Byker Grove and Queer As Folk. Most famous for his turn as Jax Teller in the excellent Sons Of Anarchy, he has to this point appeared in some quality films, but it might just be his lead role in Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim that proves to be his star-making moment.
It's seemingly no secret that Warner Bros is pleased with Pacific Rim, and it's shaping up to be one of the highlights of a rather impressive line up of summer cinema. It would also appear that the studio has further plans for the actors, as his likeness is being used in conceptual art for a rather big »
As a chap who is quite content with a six-inch sub or a quickly knocked-up cheese and slightly gone-off pickle sarnie, I've never considered bread particularly sexual. But then again, I'm no Paul Hollywood.
Mr H has come a long way from testing out Victoria sponges with Mary and checking out soggy bottoms in the Great British Bake Off village of bunting. He's now got his own series where there's no Berry or aspiring bakers, there's just Paul, some hunks of bread and a whacking great dollop of food porn.
Paul Hollywood's Bread isn't quite on the Nigella Lawson scale of foodie sauciness yet, so sadly, ladies, he hasn't resorted to parading around his kitchen in a silk nightie, suggestively fingering bowls of melted chocolate or winking at the camera as he shows us his pantry (ooh-er), but maybe that will come next week.
What we do get is hearty loaves, »
The TV duo celebrate over 20 years as a partnership on the chat show, which sees Alan Carr acting as a vicar.
Rylan Clark also appears as the pair's pallbearer, while the audience serenades them with one of their biggest hits 'Let's Get Ready to Rhumble'.
Ant McPartlin said: "We've lasted because we are friends."
He added that he made the "first move" in their friendship while playing Pj & Duncan on Byker Grove.
"I remember sending him a Flintstones Christmas card saying, 'Have a yabba dabba doo Christmas. Do you fancy coming to the Newcastle v Grimsby game on Boxing Day?'."
They have grown up together on screen, but what are Ant and Dec like away from the cameras? They open up about trying drugs, turning Tory and why they'd never go on a reality TV show
People who become very famous reach a point at which they no longer have to introduce themselves to anyone by name, or say what they do for a living. Most, however, can still remember a time when they were ordinary enough to open a conversation with, "Hello, my name is X and my job is Y." I ask Ant and Dec when those words last passed their lips, and they are both floored.
"In this country?" Ant blinks. "God, I don't know. I honestly don't know. I haven't for so long." Dec thinks hard. "Honestly, I can't think of when it would have been."
- Decca Aitkenhead
Ant & Dec return to their home on Saturday night TV this weekend, launching a 10th series of Saturday Night Takeaway.
Digital Spy has looked back at the duo's career from child stars to pop singers to Britain's most popular entertainers.
[Ant & Dec - 15 Classic Pictures]
From playing Pj and Duncan on Byker Grove and teaching the world to 'Rhumble' as Smash Hits-era popstars to launching Britain's Got Talent and Pop Idol, there have been very few flops for the Geordie pair.
They've had a helping hand from Simon Cowell, Cat Deeley and Geoff from Byker Grove along the way, but it's been the pair's charm, wit and genuine friendship over the past 23 years that have endeared them to the nation.
Saturday Night Takeaway is back on Saturday (February 23) at 7pm on ITV. »
To celebrate the return of Takeaway to Saturday nights, we've looked back at their careers and pulled out 10 classic clips from the Ant & Dec TV archives:
Byker Grove: "He can't see, can he? He can't see, man!"
Where it all began. The Geordie duo were united on this classic Cbbc drama in 1990 and never looked back. Not only did they form an inseparable friendship on the show, it also educated a generation of kids in basic safety procedures for paintballing. Never take your goggles off!
The Pj and Duncan years: 'Let's Get Ready To Rhumble'
After departing Byker Grove, the pair had hoped they'd land a spinoff series for their characters Pj and Duncan, »
Duo say they hope to 'try their luck' in the Us again, and reveal they want to create a 'legacy' with non-live TV idea
But three years off their 40th birthdays, the pair's thoughts have turned to creating a longer lasting legacy than the fast food of reality TV which does not reward repeat viewing.
The pair's latest two-year contract with ITV ends this year and McPartlin said the pair – who are insured for millions of pounds against the other one dying – have "talked a lot about the future".
Specifically, a silent comedy project and their hopes of breaking America put a question mark over how long Ant and Dec, both 37, will remain a mainstay of the ITV schedule.
"We've talked a lot about the future this year, »
- John Plunkett
'Leftist toerags', les blunders and the return of Roban in tonight's double-bill. But which way will the spiral twist next?
Spoiler Alert: This blog is for people watching Spiral series four on BBC4. Don't read on if you haven't seen episodes three and four – and please do not leave spoilers if you've seen further in the series.
Catch up with Vicky Frost's episodes one and two blog here.
No! Tintin! Lieutenant Fromentin is down, caught by a bullet in a shootout with jewel thieves. In good news, he was wearing a bulletproof vest, which could mean he could just be winded (copyright: a certain Scandi detective). In bad news, there was a lot of blood on the floor, which rather suggests otherwise. I'm hoping for a bloody but not fatal wound to a limb, but Laure's reaction suggests this might not end well. (I have everything crossed: sometimes Tintin is »
- Vicky Frost
This motorcycle gang drama gets larger Us audiences than Homeland and is every bit as ambiguous. 'I love those grey areas,' says its infamously touchy creator Kurt Sutter
Something stinks in the otherwise fragrant garden of Us cable drama. It's an acrid smell of burning rubber, motor oil and unleashed middle-aged testosterone. Sons Of Anarchy, the source of said aroma, does not bask in the critical glow of a Homeland, a Game Of Thrones or a Breaking Bad. It gets no Emmy love. Here in the UK, it's about to air its fifth season on the small-ish 5Usa. When lists are made celebrating the Golden Age of Television we currently enjoy, the show is conspicuous by its absence. But this saga of a dysfunctional southern California motorcycle club hiding deep, dark, deadly secrets has cultivated and maintained a vastly larger audience than the aforementioned award magnets. It's with good reason. »
- Jonathan Bernstein
Pogs. Saved By the Bell. Macaulay Culkin was making good films. The Simpsons was still amazing. Kenan & Kel. The 1990s were great for a lot of reasons. And if you still long for the days of Britpop, Saturday morning kids' TV and Dale Winton's Supermarket Sweep, tonight's (January 31) ITV2 series The Big Reunion will be right up your street.
A '90s (and early '00s) nostalgia-fest, it features a handful of groups who made the decade poptastic, made curtain haircuts cool and had kids learning 'Bodyshakin' dance moves across the nation's playgrounds.
Double denim legends B*Witched, Popstars rejects Liberty X, bad boys 5ive, cheeky boy-next-door trio 911, sultry girlband The Honeyz and a Kerry Katona-era Atomic Kitten are all taking part and putting aside their differences to relive their pop heyday.
But this isn't '90s enough for Digital Spy. We've picked out eight other pop »
In an age of 3D, high definition and video on demand, viewers do not watch television in the way that they used to.
But some things, it seems, will never change, after Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly were crowned best entertainment presenters for the 12th year running at the National Television Awards on Wednesday.
It was a double night of triumph for the Geordie pair, who first sprang to fame more than 20 years ago on children's BBC series Byker Grove, after their ITV reality show, I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here!, was named best entertainment programme.
- John Plunkett
It's not as if giant robots have only been a part of the Hollywood landscape since Michael Bay first brought those clattering, clunking, brain-battering metal monstrosities known as the Transformers to the big screen. The original The Day the Earth Stood Still, a classic sci-fi romp of its time, gave us the mighty Gort way back in 1951. Even more kitsch is the 1974 Japanese monster movie Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla, in which aliens try to take over the earth with a robot version of the famous giant mutant lizard.
Nevertheless, we should probably give Bay dubious credit for creating the space that others are only now beginning to fill. The second trailer for Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim dropped this week, and once again had the geekoverse in »
- Ben Child
13 items from 2013
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