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Not only is Tom Hanks one of Hollywood's greatest actors, he's also a thoroughly nice chap to boot. The two-time Oscar winner has a few interesting hobbies, too, including collecting vintage typewriters and supporting Aston Villa.
Today marks Tom's 58th birthday, so to mark the occasion Digital Spy has compiled a selection of his best bits from movies and beyond...
1. Captain Phillips showed he's still at the top of his game...
Despite being a big-screen presence for more than 30 years, Tom still knows how to deliver a barnstorming leading man performance. The mid-'90s saw him on a hot streak that resulted in back-to-back Oscars for Philadelphia and Forrest Gump, but last year's Captain Phillips - in which he played a man caught up in a traumatising freighter hijack - saw him play a key part in one of the most emotional film endings in recent memory.
2. Big in the '80s. »
Jonathan Ross was shocked at how polite David and Victoria Beckham's children are. 'The Jonathan Ross Show' host has interviewed the former soccer star on numerous occasions but admits he was surprised by how well-mannered his children - Brooklyn, 15, Romeo, 12, Cruz, nine, and two-year-old Harper - were when he met them and their fashion designer mother at an event. Quizzed whether he felt sorry for them having to cope with their parents' fame, he said: ''No, I don't, because Victoria and David are such cool people and such good parents. I met them out years ago with their kids and »
Jonathan Ross believes his chat show's revamp will overturn disappointing ratings.
The previous series of The Jonathan Ross Show saw viewing figures drop below 3 million, with the March 8 finale being watched by 2.7 million.
However, Ross stated that the programme will come back stronger, teasing an upcoming "shake-up" for the next series.
"We'll be shaking up the format of the show in October - that will be the first big shake-up in a while," he told The Sun. "We do it every six years to keep the show fresh.
"So expect a few new surprises - and we're still striving to get top guests. It will be a shorter run this time, so I'll get a little time to rest."
He added: "I'm like a vampire. I keep coming back."
Ross previously told Digital Spy that he was "very happy" at ITV.
"I have no problem with the BBC, but I »
Jonathan Ross won't host 'Strictly Come Dancing'. The chat show host has ruled himself out of replacing Sir Bruce Forsyth on the BBC ballroom dancing competition following his involvement in the Andrew Sachs prank call scandal in 2008. Jonathan, who hosted popular talk show 'Friday Night with Jonathan Ross' on BBC One until 2010, says he won't return to work for the BBC and is ''happy'' at ITV, where he now fronts 'The Jonathan Ross Show'. He told Digital Spy: ''That would never happen, oh come on. I'm not going to be offered it. I'm very happy at ITV. I'm an ITV person. »
Rather than Commenting on the Critics, this week it’s a Comment on Television…
This morning, scrolling through the articles on a Facebook feed, I am recommended a clip from The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. This time, it is Kevin Spacey as part of a barbershop quartet. Indeed, Fallon himself is amongst the singers and, not only is it hilarious as they perform Jason Derulo’s ‘Talk Dirty’ in vocal harmony but this is also thought-through, viral entertainment. Jimmy Fallon’s YouTube feed has a wealth of high-ranking stars performing the most comedic sketches. Recently, Jonah Hill, Justin Timberlake and Fallon turned Twitter into a literal conversation, hashtags included, to become a hypnotic and endlessly repeatable (“hashtag addictive”) clip. It also proves how skilled Fallon himself is. He holds his own against the highest ranking musicians and actors.
In the UK, we have quite a few talk-show hosts. The »
- Simon Columb
The CW is joining the comedy and magic club this summer.
The net, which throughout the year typically airs nine drama series as part of its 10-hour schedule, is experimenting with a pair of new half-hour comedies, “Backpackers” (originally a digital series) and “Seed,” as well as magic series “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” and “Masters of Illusion,” as part of its summer lineup.
CW kicks off its summer June 2 with improv comedy “Whose Line Is It Anyway” on a new night; each week, an original episode will be followed by a repeat. Original episodes of sophomore drama “Beauty and the Beast” will air from 9 to 10.
Reality docuseries “Famous in 12″ bows the next night, airing from 8 to 9. It’s an unscripted series/social experiment that will film one fame-seeking family around the clock for 12 weeks straight. The family will be guided by the TMZ machine, which will create a series of opportunities for them. »
- Rick Kissell
It seems Russell Brand may be more than just the quintessential funny man. The actor and comedian, 38, has been involved with British socialite Jemima Khan, and she is apparently quite happy with other, um, areas of their relationship. With Brand, Khan is "having a sexual awakening," a source tells People of the 40-year-old mother of two, whose ex is cricket champ-turned-politician Imran Khan. "She's having a lot of fun and she's loving their relationship." Brand, whose divorce from pop star Katy Perry was settled in February 2012, also seems smitten with his new love. "They're really into each other," the source adds. »
- Raha Lewis
BBC America has ordered their first original comedy series -- Almost Royal. The sitcom will revolve around two young British aristocrats -- Georgie (Ed Gamble) and Poppy Carlton (Amy Hoggart) -- who are visiting the United States for the first time. There will be seven episodes.
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BBC America Commissions First Original Comedy Series "Almost Royal"
New York - March 25, 2014 - BBC America has commissioned its first original comedy series Almost Royal, a tale of two young British aristocrats on their first trip to the United States - interacting with real-life Americans. The (7x30) series is produced by Burning Bright Productions with Clive Tulloh (Eddie Izzard: Marathon Man, The Dame Edna Treatment, High Spirits with Shirley Ghostman) as executive producer and Seamus Murphy-Mitchell (Bug, Friday Night with Jonathan Ross) as series producer. Almost Royal premieres Saturday, »
BBC America is taking its first step into original comedy series with “Almost Royal.” It will premiere on Saturday, June 21 at 10/9c after the “Orphan Black” Season 2 finale. The series will follow two young British aristocrats, played by stand-up comedian Ed Gamble and newcomer Amy Hoggart, on their first trip to the United States, in which they'll interact with real-life Americans. Also read: BBC America Announces Premiere Dates, John Simm Casting for ‘Intruders’ Clive Tulloh (“Eddie Izzard: Marathon Man,” “The Dame Edna Treatment”) will serve as executive producer with Seamus Murphy-Mitchell (“Bug,” “Friday Night with Jonathan Ross”) as series producer. »
- Jethro Nededog
BBC America has greenlighted its first original comedy series, and it has a strong British theme. Almost Royal, which has received a seven-episode order, tells the tale of two young British aristocrats, Georgie (Ed Gamble) and Poppy Carlton (Amy Hoggart), on their first trip to the U.S. – interacting with real-life Americans. The project comes from Burning Bright Prods, with Clive Tulloh (Eddie Izzard: Marathon Man) as executive producer and Seamus Murphy-Mitchell (Friday Night With Jonathan Ross) as producer. Almost Royal will premiere June 21, following the Season 2 finale of BBC America’s breakout drama series Orphan Black. BBC America entered original scripted programming with its first original drama Copper, which ran for two seasons, followed by Orphan Black. Georgie and Poppy Carlton are heirs to Caunty Manor, a large country estate in Norfolk, England, where they have enjoyed privileged lives as distant descendants of the British Royal Family. They have »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Wong is prexy of international production for Sony Pictures Television, and prexy of international for Sony Pictures Entertainment. Based in London, she is responsible for the studio’s international television production business. Previously, she served as prexy and CEO of Lifetime Networks.
Czernin worked in Los Angeles for nearly 10 years for a number of production companies, including Di Novi Pictures, where he was prexy.
In 2005, he partnered with Graham Broadbent to set up Blueprint Pictures, a London-based film production company, which has produced seven pics, including John Madden’s “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” and Colin Farrell-starrer “In Bruges.”
Ross is a chat-show host, »
- Leo Barraclough
They will attend their first BFI Board meeting on 29 April, 2014.
The board of governors, chaired by Greg Dyke and co-chaired by Libby Savill, comprises Josh Berger, Ashley Highfield, Tom Hooper, Matthew Justice, Peter Kosminsky, Pat Butler, Charles Cecil, Oona King, J Timothy Richards and Alison Cornwell.
TV and radio personality Ross presents ITV’s The Jonathan Ross Show and previously presented BBC One’s flagship film show. »
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway pulled in its highest ratings of the current series so far last night (March 8), according to overnight data.
The third episode of the current 11th series attracted 6.65 million viewers and 28.89% of the audience share when it aired at 7pm on ITV. It gained an additional 356k (1.56%) on +1.
The long-running entertainment show was just 50,000 viewers behind the reigning ratings champion The Voice UK, which once again topped Saturday night's live viewing figures.
The BBC One show pulled in 6.7m (29.3%) as contestants faced off for the second bout of battle rounds at 7pm.
Great British Bake Off host Sue Perkins has revealed that she originally turned down the job of presenting the BBC reality show.
Speaking on the Jonathan Ross show, Perkins confessed that she was the "luckiest person alive" to have changed her mind.
"They said, 'Would you do it?' and I said, 'No, it's about cakes, don't be silly'," she tells Ross.
Perkins also reveals some amusing secrets about life behind the scenes on the bakery show, which includes the team playing a game with a plastic baguette.
"Paul [Hollywood] in particular likes to take a running jump and thwack me so hard that my teeth knock together," she says.
"I got him [Hollywood]. He bent over to receive a cob and I connected intensely with big John and the twins. So that's what we do. It's like a playground."
Perkins also spills secrets about Mary Berry, telling Ross that the 'Queen »
Speaking on This Morning yesterday (March 6), the 49-year-old said that she felt the story remains "unfinished".
The actress - who is due to appear in the West End adaptation of Fatal Attraction - said it was always a "big struggle" for four women over 40 to lead the franchise.
"Would I do another? Of course! We'd be thrilled if there was another," the actress explained. "I think in our hearts - actually I shouldn't speak for all of us - but I feel like it's unfinished. I feel that way, and I don't know if I would feel that way if the fans weren't supportive.
"But maybe because everyone talks to me every day about it, it still feels so relevant in some way... so it feels unfinished a little bit. »
The Voice UK continued to top Saturday ratings last night (March 1), as 6.95 million tuned in to the first instalment of Battle Rounds at 7pm.
According to overnight data, 30.4% of the audience share watched the remaining contestants go head-to-head as the coaches were joined by guest mentors Katy B, Tinie Tempah, Dante Santiago, Leah McFall and Jake Shears.
In the same timeslot on ITV, 6.4m (27.79%) tuned in to watch the latest episode of Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway. This week's episode saw the duo go undercover to prank Gordon Ramsay. A further 456,000 (2.01%) watched an hour later on ITV+1.
Back on BBC One, medical drama Casualty entertained 5.15m (25.15%) at 9.20pm, while 4.14m (29.43%) watched the football highlights on Match of the Day at 10.30pm.
New series The Perfect Morcambe & Wise launched with 1.33m (5.72%) at 7.45pm, »
Dara Ó Briain has set the record straight on his recent comments concerning the BBC's ban on all-male panel shows.
The Irish comedian - who faced a backlash after seemingly criticising the announcement - said that he is "all in favour of the policy" to include more women on panel shows like Mock the Week.
Speaking on The Jonathan Ross Show, he said: "The headline gave the impression that I'd said I was against this particular ruling.
"I'm not against this particular ruling, I've had meetings in the BBC in which I've said, 'Do you know what this has been a stick to beat Mock the Week for a while, and it shouldn't be and we should make sure that there are, but my view is that we shouldn't announce that as a policy'."
He maintained that the decision to announce the ban will make female guests appear like "token »
The actress - who played Charlotte in the HBO series and film spin-offs - said that there is still demand for the show a decade after the original series ended.
Speaking on The Jonathan Ross Show, Davis said: "If the fans weren't interested I don't think it would ever happen. It was a struggle to get both the first movie and the second movie made, partly because we're a franchise starring four women over 40 and that just frankly doesn't happen.
"It's only from our fan support that anything ever happened ever in the film region. I think the third if it does happen is because people talk about us, we're still on the air, there is the fan support and so it means a lot to us. »
Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway returned to ITV to 6.05 million viewers last night (February 22), according to overnight data.
25.9% of the audience share tuned in to the first instalment of the entertainment show's 11th series when it aired at 7pm.
In the same timeslot on BBC One, The Voice UK continued to top Saturday night ratings, with 7.25m (31.2%) watching as Kylie Minogue, Tom Jones, will.i.am and Ricky Wilson completed their teams in the final round of blind auditions.
On BBC Two, 1.51m watched the highlights of Sochi 2014's penultimate day on Winter Olympics: Today at the Games at 7.10pm.
Top Gear followed at 8pm with 1.15m (5.15%), while The Culture Show pulled in 1.01m (4.85%) at 9pm.
Back on ITV, Take Me Out's current series came to an end with 3.67m (17.44%) hoping »
The "McBusted" star has now attempted to play down speculations that the two are dating, reports mirror.co.uk.
During a chat on "The Jonathan Ross Show", Poynter was asked to comment on his relationship with Goulding.
He said: "We're friends."
The two are often seen out together, and they even looked cosy at the recent London Fashion Week Storm Models party.
- Amith Ostwal
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