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The world’s largest arts festival is nearly upon us and a selection of the finest comedic talent around is set to have us rolling in the aisles and wiping the tears from our eyes.
Over the years the Edinburgh Fringe Festival has seen the likes of Steve Coogan, Lee Evans, Frank Skinner, Al Murray and more recently Russell Kane, Doc Brown, Bridget Christie, and David O’Doherty walk away with the the main prize; annually attacking a hotbed of comedic talent.
It is also a great place for rookie and lesser-known comedians from all over the globe to launch their careers and get themselves noticed on the big stage. Past winners of the Best Newcomer award include Harry Hill, Tim Vine, The Mighty Boosh, Tim Minchin, and Sarah Millican, with 2013 Best Newcomer, John Kearns, going on to be crowned best in show just one year later. »
- Adam Hopkins
Rejoice, you fans of The Mighty Boosh! For leading man Julian Barratt has reunitied with Boosh cohort Simon Farnaby and Steve Coogan's Baby Cow Productions on a new feature film titled Mindhorn. and, yes, it sounds every bit as odd as you would hope with that collection of talent:When MI5 Special Operative Bruce Mindhorn was captured in the late 1980s, his eye was replaced by a super-advanced optical lie detector, which meant he could literally "see the truth." He escaped and fled to the Isle of Man, to recuperate in the island's temperate microclimate, and today has become the best plain-clothes detective the island has ever seen.Barratt plays the title role himself and while no other cast has been officially announced the general regard with...
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Pic centers on former secret agent Bruce Mindhorn, whose eye has been replaced by an optical lie detector. He manages to escape and finds work on the Isle of Man as a sleuth. Acclaimed theater director Sean Foley (“The Play What I Wrote”) makes his feature debut on the pic.
Producers are Jack Arbuthnott and Laura Hastings-Smith. BBC Films developed the project and will co-finance with the Isle of Man and Pinewood Pictures, the BFI Film Fund and Studiocanal, which will release the film in the U.K. and Ireland. Protagonist Pictures is handling international sales.
The news first appeared on Variety‘s sister title Deadline.
- Leo Barraclough
Exclusive– A heavyweight line-up of talent is assembling for Brit comedy feature Mindhorn. Written by Julian Barratt and Simon Farnaby of cult fave The Mighty Boosh, and directed by award-winning theatre director Sean Foley (The Play What I Wrote) who makes his feature debut here, Mindhorn is produced by Jack Arbuthnott at Scott Free and Laura Hastings-Smith in association with Baby Cow. BBC Films have developed the project and will also co-finance along with Isle of Man… »
When Paddington hit theaters earlier this year, Movies.com sat down with producer David Heyman?, best known for producing the entire Harry Potter series, to talk about his wonderful movie. But you know what? The movie is indeed so darn wonderful, we' chatted with Heyman a second time for this week's Blu-ray, DVD, and DigitalHD release. Directed by Paul King (The Mighty Boosh), Paddington is a tremendous family film that can easily be appreciated by anyone, young or old. It may star a CGI animated bear, but this isn't your run of the mill movie that's churned out to keep kids entertained for 90 minutes. It's a loving, funny, tender, artful film that has a lot of lessons to teach kids and adults alike. It's also a surprisingly topical film about...
- Peter Hall
As the British comedian brings his madcap stage show to Australia, he raises the possibility of a film version of his surrealist TV comedy The Mighty Boosh
The British comedian Noel Fielding is probably best known for his role as Vince Noir in the surrealist BBC television comedy The Mighty Boosh. The show was the brainchild of Fielding and Julian Barratt, who played jazz-loving Howard Moon, and came to an end in 2009 with a final British stage show.
Fielding is in Australia for the Melbourne International Comedy festival 2015, and will then take his solo show, An Evening with Noel Fielding, around the country.
Related: The Mighty Boosh: a gorilla’s-eye view
Related: Noel Fielding recreates classic glam images - in pictures
I think I peaked with Old Gregg and that’s it. People still say “are you Old Gregg?” I think it’ll be on my tombstone.
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- Oliver Milman
Director: Paul King
Run Time: 91 minutes
Extras: Meet the Characters, When a Bear Comes to Stay, From Page to Screen, Gallery
When I first heard the rumours of the Paddington adaptation for the big screen, I wasn’t in opposition to the idea but wasn’t convinced they’d do Michael Bond’s wonderful books and Peggy Fortnum’s illustrations justice. Paddington Bear is an adored element of British upbringing and sometimes films can lose that purity and appeal when they’re out there for the whole world to see. Thankfully, with Harry Potter producer David Heyman behind the work alongside director Paul King, they’ve creatively concocted a quite fantastic family film that brings all the spirit alive.
For those who don’t know the story, it all centres on a rare, »
- Dan Bullock
Sigthseers' Steve Oram will unleash his Ape-ified Romeo & Juliet epic upon us sometime in 2015, and today we've got this splendid poster to ogle over.Shot last spring, Aaaaaaaah! sees The Mighty Boosh's Julian Barratt and Green Wing's Julian Rhind-Tutt playing rival clan leaders, with Oram's regular comedic partner Tom Meeten and Australian actress Lucy Honigman also starring. When Todd reported on the film over a year ago it was stated that it would be performed with no discernible human dialog, with the actors going full ape. Now that the film is nearing screens, this one has certainly spiked on the ol' anticipation-meter. ...
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According to The Guardian, Avalon's Jon Thoday and Hat Trick's Jimmy Mulville will also challenge Cohen and Tony Hall to a live televised debate on the future of the channel, which is set to move online this autumn.
Cohen recently responded to the bid by insisting »
The ABC’S Of Death 2
2012’s ABC’S Of Death was an interesting venture. Taking 26 directors and assigning each of them a different letter of the alphabet and letting them have at it might have seemed like a good idea (and to some it was), but it ended up falling somewhere closer to a misfire than a hit. Sure, there were great entries like Marcel Sarmiento’s “D is for Dogfight” and “U is for Unearthed” directed by Kill List director Ben Wheatley, but for every one of those, there were segments like “F is for Fart“. The premise of the anthology was an interesting one, but it just didn’t amount of a very even film. When it was announced that The ABC’S Of Death 2 would be soon coming, the exact word that came from a good amount of peoples’ mouths was “Oh.” With a new roster of filmmakers including E.L. Katz, »
- Jerry Smith
The new family film "Paddington" is quite a charmer, and should delight kids and adults alike. It's adapted from author Michael Bond's popular children's book series. The film concerns a young bear from darkest Peru, who is sent by his aunt from his earthquake ravaged jungle abode to try to find a new home in London. The bears had been visited years before by an explorer who told them they'd be welcome to visit him, should they ever make their way out to England. After stowing away on a boat, the bear later finds himself alone at a train station where he is found and taken in by a kindly family. They put him up temporarily while they try to help him locate the explorer. Once the newly named Paddington is ensconced in his new digs, the clumsy bear wreaks havoc in the house causing all sorts of damage. »
- Daniel W. Tafoya
Directed by Paul King
Disclaimer: This review is in regards to the version released earlier in UK cinemas, which did not seem to feature Pharrell Williams and Gwen Stefani’s single “Shine”. As such, this reviewer can not vouch for the recently released song’s presence in any scene alterations for the North American release. I would, however, like to publicly request that Mr. Williams’ song “Happy” be pulled from the radio. Thank you.
A big screen, CG-assisted adaptation of Michael Bond’s beloved Paddington Bear book series could have gone so horribly wrong, becoming yet another offender in the line-up of pandering kids-aimed film atrocities like Yogi Bear, Garfield, and The Smurfs. Thankfully made with clear love for the material and smart execution from writer-director Paul King, Paddington is instead a welcome breath of fresh air in a family film market that, »
- Josh Slater-Williams
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