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First look at the ‘Bend It By Beckham’ musical, now previewing in London

9 hours ago | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

We strive to cover as many theatre productions as physically possible here at Thn, and love it when one comes our way that ties into film at the same time. Sure we’ve had some duds over the years, but there are also the gems that come our way too (we’re thinking Dirty Dancing, Billy Elliot and the brilliant Once to name a few).

Now in previews but officially opening in a couple of weeks is the stage version of Gurinder Chadha’s rather brilliant Bend It Like Beckham, which is probably most famous as being Keira Knightley’s break-out movie.

The production officially opens at the end of June, and we hope to bring you a full review in the weeks leading up to the big opening night on the 24th, but for now here’s a very special, first-look at the cast in the musical.

Natalie Dew »

- Paul Heath

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12 forgotten hosts of the biggest TV shows from Brian Dunkleman to Daisy Donovan

12 May 2015 9:01 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

American Idol was announced to be coming to an end after 15 seasons yesterday (May 12), but did you know that Ryan Seacrest used to have a co-host?

Brian Dunkleman hosted the Fox competition's first season alongside Ryan Seacrest, before the latter took sole control. History has not been kind to poor old Brian since, with Fox TV CEO Dana Walden joking about a possible reunion for the pair.

"Where is Brian Dunkleman? If you give me his number, I will call and invite him," she joked, though Dunkleman gave as good as he got last night:

I knew American Idol would never last without me #Cancelled

— brian dunkleman (@briandunkleman) May 11, 2015

To honour Dunkleman, we have collected a few hosts of massive shows that you may have cruelly forgotten, starting with the man himself.

1. Brian Dunkleman (American Idol)

The comedian co-hosted the Fox series with Ryan Seacrest for its first season, which »

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Jamie Campbell Bower: 'The Mortal Instruments axe is disappointing'

1 May 2015 4:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Jamie Campbell Bower has echoed the thoughts of fans who were disappointed that a sequel to The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones will not be made.

The British actor played Jace Wayland opposite Lily Collins in the 2013 adaptation of Cassandra Clare's book, with plans for a series of sequels to follow.

However, the series was scrapped after the film didn't perform as well as expected, making over $90 million worldwide. It was initially marketed to become the next successful 'young adult' movie series, following Twilight, The Hunger Games and Divergent.

Campbell Bower told Digital Spy that he was sad to hear the movie series had been scrapped, but that he enjoyed making the film.

"Of course I was disappointed, I'd be lying if I said I wasn't," he said. "We were greenlit for movie two. I think placement, timing, all sorts of different factors led to [that decision]. We did well, but we didn't do supremely well. »

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Jamie Campbell Bower: 'Bend It Like Beckham on stage is a different monster'

30 April 2015 11:00 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Jamie Campbell Bower made his first big impression when appearing in the movie adaptation of musical Sweeney Todd in 2007.

Eight years and several big Hollywood films later, he's finally making his West End debut in the upcoming musical version of Bend It Like Beckham as musician and football coach Joe.

Digital Spy chatted with the actor about nerves, football skills and swapping Hollywood for the West End.

Bend it Like Beckham: Where are the cast of the 2002 box office hit now?

The original film has become a cult favourite. Were you a fan?

"Yeah, of course. For me, it was a point in time when I was growing up. I was either turning a teenager, or had just turned into a teenager, and obviously I was madly in love with Keira Knightley. One of the first movies that she did was a film called The Hole, and this [Bend It Like Beckham] came shortly after that, »

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Juliet Stevenson: 'Bend It Like Beckham was screaming out to be made into a musical'

30 April 2015 5:45 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Juliet Stevenson is as excited as anyone for the upcoming Bend It Like Beckham musical.

The Truly, Madly, Deeply actress played the mother of Jules (Keira Knightley) in the original 2002 film, which has been adapted for the stage by director Gurinder Chadha.

Stevenson told Digital Spy: "I'm really delighted because it's such a fantastic story, and I can see it lending itself very well to the stage.

"I often think, 'No, that's a bad idea, don't make a musical out of that movie', but Bend It Like Beckham is screaming out to be made into one."

She continued: "There's so much song and dance, and it's such a vibrant story. It's more than just a story, it's got a lot to say about what it is to be a British-Asian and the battle between the two competing cultures. [Chadha] has such a capacity to make that into something joyous and funny. »

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Bonneville, Anderson topline partition drama 'Viceroy’s House'

30 April 2015 3:30 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Pathé/Gurinder Chadha partition drama sets cast ahead of shoot.

Downton Abbey’s Hugh Bonneville and The X FilesGillian Anderson are to star in Gurinder Chadha’s upcoming partition drama Viceroy’s House, which is set to shoot in India later this year.

The feature drama will chart the life inside Viceroy’s House, the sumptuous Delhi home of the British rulers of India, and the momentous political decisions that led to the Partition of India in 1947.

For six months in 1947, iconic British statesmen Lord Mountbatten assumed the post of last Viceroy, charged with handing India back to its people.

Mountbatten lived upstairs together with his wife and daughter, downstairs lived their 5,000 Hindu, Muslim and Sikh servants. As the political elite took their seats upstairs to wrangle over the birth of independent India, conflict erupted throughout the House.

Chadha, Deepak Nayar and Paul Ritchie produce the feature backed by Pathé and sold by Pathé International »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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In Pictures: Asian Awards 2015

22 April 2015 8:01 AM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

It was a night to remember when the fifth annual The Asian Awards took place in London! Not only did the show, hosted by Gok Wan, boast a performance by the Bend It Like Beckham musical, the stars came out…literally!

Shah Rukh Khan was honored for his Outstanding Contribution to cinema,”I am extremely humbled and honoured to receive this award. I say this very often that my stardom belongs to most South East Asians who reside abroad who have made the Indian cinema and me known around the world. I congratulate all the winners at the Asian Awards as well. There is so much talent around Asia and so many achievers, whether is was Dr Amar Bose, the Hinduja Brothers or Zayn Malik. I am glad to have been a part of such a wonderful celebration of hard work by people in difference field but similar passion.”

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9 things we learned at The Asian Awards 2015: Srk, Zayn Malik and more

21 April 2015 4:30 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

It was a starry night at the 5th Asian Awards courtesy of some of the biggest talents on the planet, who were recognised for setting an unprecedented standard of excellence in their fields of endeavour.

Celebrating Asian success across all walks of life, the event saw the best of stage, screen, sport, music and industry, converge on the lavish setting of the Grosvenor House Hotel, for a night of highly merited back-slapping and champagne-swilling.

Of course, all eyes were on the two star attractions whose rise to fame has been nothing less than stratospheric. Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan flew in to personally collect his award, while ex-One Direction bandmate Zayn Malik made his first public appearance since the now infamous split that left Directioners around the world in a state of mourning.

It was difficult to determine who the hoards of fans gathered outside the Park Lane hotel were screaming for, »

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9 things we learned at The Asian Awards 2015

21 April 2015 4:30 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

It was a starry night at the 5th Asian Awards courtesy of some of the biggest talents on the planet, who were recognised for setting an unprecedented standard of excellence in their fields of endeavour.

Celebrating Asian success across all walks of life, the event saw the best of stage, screen, sport, music and industry, converge on the lavish setting of the Grosvenor House Hotel, for a night of highly merited back-slapping and champagne-swilling.

Of course, all eyes were on the two star attractions whose rise to fame has been nothing less than stratospheric. Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan flew in to personally collect his award, while ex-One Direction bandmate Zayn Malik made his first public appearance since the now infamous split that left Directioners around the world in a state of mourning.

It was difficult to determine who the hoards of fans gathered outside the Park Lane hotel were screaming for, »

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Exclusive First Performance From Bend It Like Beckham The Musical At Asian Award

21 April 2015 4:09 AM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

The cast of upcoming West End musical Bend It like Beckhamgave a rousing performance of the show’s opening number ‘UB2’ to a star studded audience at last Friday’s Asian Awards.  The evening, hosted by Gok Wan, was attended by icons of the stage and screen including the legendary Shah Rukh Khan, former one direction member Zayn Malik, national treasures Sanjeev Bhasker and Meera Syal.

 

Adapted by Gurinder Chadha and Paul Mayeda Berges from the 2002 smash hit film of the same name, Bend it Like Beckham: The Musical follows Jess, a talented young football player torn between following in the footsteps of her hero David Beckham, or living up to family expectations of university, career and marriage.

 

Scored by Howard Goodall (Love Story, The Hired Man) with the collaboration of pioneer of the British Bhangra sound, composer and performer Kuljit Bhamra and lyrics by Charles Hart (Phantom of the Opera, »

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Zayn Malik, Shah Rukh Khan & John Rocha Win at Fifth Annual The Asian Awards

19 April 2015 7:03 AM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

Global music phenomenon, Zayn Malik, Bollywood superstar, Shah Rukh Khan, renowned fashion designer John Rocha and cricket legend Kumar Sangakkara were among the big winners at the fifth annual The Asian Awards a global celebration of Pan Asian excellence, on April 17th at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel. Fashion icon, Gok Wan hosted The Asian Awards, in Partnership with the British Asian Trust, and saw an exclusive performance from the cast of Gurinder Chadha’s upcoming West End extravaganza, Bend It Like Beckham – The Musical. The event itself dazzled with an array of A-list celebrities, dignitaries and influencers, including Zayn Malik, Mila Kunis, Gary Linekar, the Hinduja Brothers, Naughty Boy and Shah Rukh Khan. Picking up the award for Outstanding Contribution to Music, was Zayn Malik, who propelled to stardom with One Direction and is now one of the most influential music artists of our time. Bollywood icon, Shah Rukh Khan »

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Director Atul Malhotra on all things Amar Akbar and Tony

15 April 2015 10:44 PM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

Director Atul Malhotra’s romantic comedy drama Amar Akbar and Tony set in present day multicultural London is getting ready to hit the big screen on Friday April 17th.

Written by Malhotra, Aat tells the tale of a a Sikh, a Muslim and an Irish Catholic who take stock of their lives in the coming-of-age story.

The film explores the predicaments that face its lead trio – Amar (Rez Kempton), whose promising career gets derailed by a turn of events, Tony (Martin Delaney), whose obsession with winning over the Asian woman of his dreams finds him pursuing the wrong woman, while Akbar (Sam Vincenti), an ambitious charmer, tries to manage business, love and friendship with the gift of the gab.

A British Independent film, Amar Akbar & Tony‘s cast offers a mix of some of the coolest talent in the UK including Karen David, Laura Aikman, Nina Wadia, Goldy Notay, Ace Bhatti, »

- Stacey Yount

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Lionsgate UK CEO Zygi Kamasa signs new deal

25 March 2015 6:47 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Executive’s portfolio expanded to CEO of Lionsgate’s European office.

Lionsgate UK CEO Zygi Kamasa has signed a long-term agreement to stay at the company and has taken on the role of CEO of Lionsgate’s European office.

In his expanded role Kamasa will spearhead Lionsgate’s strategic growth initiatives and new business development across Europe, including potential coproduction arrangements, M&A initiatives and entry into new lines of business.

Lionsgate UK recently expanded its distribution slate to include Summit as well as Lionsgate releases (for Summit titles produced after July 2015). 

Lionsgate has also relocated its international sales and distribution headquarters to London.

“Zygi is one of the entrepreneurial executives playing a leadership role in moving Lionsgate forward around the world,” said Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer. “He and his team have grown Lionsgate UK into a vibrant and diversified company, and his expanded mandate for Europe underscores our commitment to continue building Lionsgate into a next »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Bend It Like Beckham: Where are the cast of the 2002 box office hit now?

22 March 2015 2:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Cast your minds back to 2002 - a time when Pop Idols didn't need to have The X Factor, Fifty Shades of Grey were just colours on a paint sampler chart and David Beckham was a mere international superstar rather than global megastar.

Bend It Like Beckham, with a modest estimated budget of £3.7 million, opened that same year and became a critical and commercial success - breaking box office records and scoring BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations, as well as making household names of many of its stars.

As the cast continues preparing for the West End stage adaptation of Gurinder Chadha's screen hit ahead of previews on May 15, find out what the movie's ensemble cast went on to achieve - including who is coming back for the musical...

Parminder Nagra (Jess Bhamra)

Nominated for Best Newcomer at the Empire Awards on the back of the movie's success, Parminder went »

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Gurinder Chadha reveals ‘UB2’ the first track from Bend It Like Beckham The Musical

17 March 2015 10:00 PM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

Gurinder Chadha and the cast of the West End show Bend It Like Beckham last night revealed the first song ‘UB2’ from the highly anticipated musical.

The song is a tribute to Southall (postcode UB2) and features the cast setting the scene for the show.The accompanying video was shot on the streets of Southall before rehearsals began.  The cast spent a day singing, dancing and stopping traffic, and took over one of the most iconic streets in west London.

Chadha said of the filming and the track: “UB2 is where Jess lives, and where I lived. We wanted to get people to start to feel the essence and heart of the music, and the best way was to bring it to life here in the heart of the community.”

London previews begin for the new British musical Bend It Like Beckham on 15 May 2015 with opening night on 24 June 2015.

Natalie Dew »

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Bend It Like Beckham: First look at the cast of the West End play

27 February 2015 6:21 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Bend It Like Beckham has offered a first look at its West End cast.

A stage adaptation of the 2002 film will open at the Phoenix Theatre in London on June 24, with previews from May 15.

Natalie Dew will lead the cast of the play as football-crazy Jess, with Lauren Samuels playing Jules and Jamie Campbell Bower in the role of coach Joe.

Ronni Ancona, Jamal Andréas, Preeya Kalidas, Tony Jayawardena and Natasha Jayetileke will also star in the play.

Gurinder Chadha will direct the adaptation of her own hit film, with original music by Howard Goodall, lyrics by Charles Hart and a new book by Paul Mayeda Berges and Chadha.

The original film starred Parminder Nagra, Keira Knightley, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Anupam Kher, Shaznay Lewis and Archie Panjabi.

Tickets for Bend It Like Beckham are on sale now. »

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Gurinder Chadha on Desi Rascals: ‘You’ll watch it because it's entertaining, not because it's Asian'

19 January 2015 10:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Bend It Like Beckham director Gurinder Chadha is back with a ‘scripted reality’ show on Sky Living. She explains why it was important to make a British Asian drama in an election year

In pictures: meet the cast of Desi Rascals

Gurinder Chadha is not prone to false modesty. She is more prone to majestic statements. She throws them down, these lines, with the pleasure and mischief of a child who holds a hand of winning cards. For example: “With Bend It Like Beckham, I actually changed race relations in this country.” Or: ‘‘There are very few people who are Asian, who have the kind of global reach that I have, not just with Asians but with non-Asians. I’ve worked hard for what my name represents, my brand, not just in Britain but around the world.” Sincerity slows her speech. It means you take a moment to listen, consider the words, »

- Nikita Lalwani

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Desi Rascals: the cast – in pictures

19 January 2015 10:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Towie meets Bend It Like Beckham in Desi Rascals, a new structured reality show that will follow a bunch of characters from a British Asian community in west London. Creator Gurinder Chadha has said that she hopes the programme will showcase the ‘three-dimensional’ nature of this world, moving away from television’s often wooden and stereotypical depictions of British Asian life. Instead, the show will focus on the real issues faced by the community and the importance of family. ‘Desi Rascals shows you how English we are as well as how British Asian we are,’ Chadha said. Let’s meet the cast …

Gurinder Chadha on Desi Rascals: ‘You’ll watch it because it’s entertaining, not because it’s Asian’

• Desi Rascals begins on Tuesday 20 January at 8pm on Sky Living HD

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Bend It Like Beckham – The Musical – Cast Announcement

13 January 2015 7:00 AM, PST | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

Gurinder Chadha’s hit film Bend It Like Beckham is being readied for the West End stage and following a host of auditions and workshops, the cast for the highly anticipated stage version Bend It Like Beckham the Musical has been formally announced.

Natalie Dew will play football crazy Jess with Lauren Samuels as Jules, a player with the Harriers, a local women’s football team, and Jamie Campbell Bower as their coach Joe. The three young leads will be supported by some familiar faces, including comedian Ronni Ancona who plays Paula, Jules’s Mum, with Jamal Andréas as Jess’ good friend Tony.

Preeya Kalidas who appeared in the original film as one of the cousins, will take on the role of Pinky, Jess’ sister and Tony Jayawardena andNatasha Jayetileke take on the all important roles of her parents, Mr and Mrs Bhamra.

Jess needs extra time. She is facing »

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Simon Perry joins Sweden's Film i Vast

13 January 2015 4:43 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

UK veteran producer Simon Perry has been appointed head of production at Swedish regional film centre Film i Väst in Trollhättan, aka Sweden’s Trollywood.

Perry - former head of British Screen Finance and, more recently, the Irish Film Board from 2006-11 – has signed a two-year contract with the centre and started in his new job this week.

He replaces Swedish producer Jessica Ask, who left to join independent production company Anagram Film & TV.

“We are happy to welcoming Perry to Film i Väst, and look forward to a collaboration with one of the world’s most experienced co-producers on the international scene,” said CEO Tomas Eskildsson.

Film i Vast operates on an annual budget of $11.5m (Sek 93m).

Perry, a film journalist, independent filmmaker and producer with his own Umbrella Films, was head of state-financed development and production company British Screen Finance (later known as the UK Film Coucil) from 1991.

Since 2000 he has concentrated on teaching »

- jornrossing@aol.com (Jorn Rossing Jensen)

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