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We’re still waiting on the official title for Stephen Frears‘ currently-shooting Lance Armstrong biopic but we’ve news of a Hollywood icon joining the cast of the film being led by Ben Foster. Once filming has completed on location in Europe, production will move to the United States. It’s here that Oscar-winner Dustin Hoffman is set to hook up with the rest of the cast and crew in the outing of the disgraced drug cheating cyclist.
Frears’ film, based on sports journalist David Walsh’s best-selling book ‘Seven Deadly Sins: My Pursuit Of Lance Armstrong’, sees the intense Foster as the seven-time Tour du France winner who was later stripped of those titles. Irish actor and star of The It Crowd, Chris O’Dowd, plays the determined Walsh. No word on Hoffman’s role but he rounds out the main cast which also includes Jesse Plemmons (Breaking Bad »
- Craig Hunter
Picking what to watch at Christmas time can be a tricky challenge, so Digital Spy has created a quick handy guide to the biggest shows and movies airing across Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
Check out the Christmas TV schedules for the big channels below:
EastEnders - 7.30pm
Holby City - 8pm
Last Tango In Halifax - 9pm
Not Going Out Christmas special - 10pm
Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special - 5pm
Call The Midwife - 6.15pm
Doctor Who: 'The Time Of The Doctor' - 7.30pm
EastEnders - 8.30pm
Mrs Brown's Boys Christmas Special - 9.30pm
Gangsta Granny - 6.05pm
EastEnders - 7.15pm
Still Open All Hours - 7.45pm
Death Comes To Pemberley - 8.15pm
Victoria Wood's Mid-Life Christmas - 8pm
Qi Xl Christmas Special - 9pm
The Awakening - 11.25pm
On Tuesday December 24 from 9pm until midnight, the broadcaster will air this year's It Crowd Special: The Internet is Coming (9pm), behind-the-scenes documentary The It Crowd Manual (10pm), The Fan's Favourite Episode (11pm), and Graham Linehan's Favourite Episode (11.30pm).
The It Crowd: 5 magic moments from Maurice Moss
Fans will be able to vote for their favourite episode soon on the Channel 4 website.
The It Crowd Manual is narrated by Stephen Mangan and includes classic clips from the show alongside interviews with Richard Ayoade, Chris O'Dowd, Katherine Parkinson and Matt Berry, as well as input from fans Paul Whitehouse , Danny Wallace, Kevin Eldon, Frances Barber, Matthew Crosby, Boyd Hilton and Lucy Montgomery.
Show creator Linehan will give a guided tour of the basement set he calls "a cheerful mess".
Links for the night were written »
“The Boxtrolls is a 3D stop-motion and CG hybrid animated feature based on Alan Snow’s bestselling fantasy adventure novel Here Be Monsters. The Boxtrolls is being directed by Anthony Stacchi (co-director of the hit animated feature Open Season) and Graham Annable (story artist on Coraline and ParaNorman), and produced by David Ichioka and Mr. Knight. The voice cast includes Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley, Academy Award nominee Toni Collette, Elle Fanning (marking her fourth movie with Focus), Isaac Hempstead-Wright (Game of Thrones), Emmy Award nominee Jared Harris (Mad Men), Simon Pegg (Star Trek), Nick Frost (of Focus’ upcoming The World’s End), Richard Ayoade (The It Crowd), and Tracy Morgan (30 Rock).
The Boxtrolls is a comedic fable that unfolds in Cheesebridge, »
- Jonathan James
The amazing people at Laika (Coraline and Paranorman) have debuted a second trailer for The Boxtrolls, and hoo-boy, is it ever Cute!
The stop motion animation is incredible. With all the fine detailing and so much artistry, I can’t wait for this stunning film!
The voice cast includes Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley, Academy Award nominee Toni Collette, Elle Fanning, Isaac Hempstead-Wright (Game of Thrones), Emmy Award nominee Jared Harris (Mad Men), Simon Pegg (Star Trek), Nick Frost (the upcoming The World’s End), Richard Ayoade (The It Crowd), and Tracy Morgan (30 Rock).
The Boxtrolls is a comedic fable that unfolds in Cheesebridge, a posh Victorian-era town obsessed with wealth, class, and the stinkiest of fine cheeses. Beneath its charming cobblestone streets dwell the Boxtrolls, »
- Melissa Thompson
The broadcaster unveiled details of its holiday lineup today, with a raft of Christmas programming due to air.
Along with Chelsea and Yorkshire - which will feature much-loved student Musharaf - comedies 8 Out of 10 Cats and Man Down will also get out the tinsel for Christmas.
Channel 4 will also feature a number of other comedy spectaculars over the holiday period, with the British Comedy Awards due to air on December 12. 50 Funniest Moments will countdown the best moments of the year, while one night will be devoted to celebrating The It Crowd.
Playing the part of George, he'll be joined by Chris O'Dowd in the role of Lenny. O'Dowd initially found fame on British television in The It Crowd before successfully making the transition to Hollywood, appearing in Bridesmaids, This Is 40 and the hit HBO TV series Girls.
Franco originally announced the project in March this year, and gave details of casting and direction a month ago, but the project has been officially announced by lead producer David Binder. The play's director will be Anna Shapiro, who won a Tony for her production of August: Osage County, since turned into a film starring Meryl Streep. »
- Ben Beaumont-Thomas
With a finale and some pilots, it’s another full week of television on the podcast. We kick things off with comedy and reality, including the pilot for Ground Floor and the series finale (for reals this time. Probably.) of Eastbound & Down, then move on to genre, including a few words on the Almost Human pilot, and wrap up the week in TV with drama, including the pilot for the British import Black Mirror. Then it’s over to the DVD Shelf, where Jason Griffin, the TVaholic, joins us to discuss the cult British comedy The It Crowd.
Our Week in Comedy and Reality (11:13-24:40): Comedy Roundup (Ground Floor pilot, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Mindy Project, Key & Peele), Eastbound & Down series finale, Top Chef New Orleans, The Amazing Race
Our Week in Genre (26:33-42:55): Kate’s Genre Roundup (Grimm, Almost Human pilot), Ahs: Coven, Les »
- Kate Kulzick
Interview Louisa Mellor 20 Nov 2013 - 07:00
Marcus Garvey is a tall and funny man. The first part doesn't come across as much as the second on the phone (which is where I spent a very enjoyable half-hour chatting to him about his parts in Broadchurch and Wolfblood) but it is borne out by his roles. Policemen and comfortingly daft dads are Garvey's self-described speciality so far - hapless, affable types who can deliver a punchline and make you a brew.
I say we chatted about Broadchurch and Wolfblood, in which Garvey plays, respectively, Pete, the ineffectual Family Liaison Officer assigned to the Latimer family, and Daniel Smith, father to Maddy and Wolfblood in his own right. That we did, but it was via his childhood terror at Chocky, the »
Running Time: 92 minutes.
Synopsis: A group of computer chess enthusiasts meet at a convention pitting various computer programmes against each other. But is there more to their artificial intelligence than even the programmers think?
Computer Chess is a love letter to a bygone era of computing, maths and chess. Director Andrew Bujalski clearly has a great deal of affection for his subjects, themes and characters, and certainly has a vision he wants to convey. Alas, what we receive is pretentiousness so confounding and lost in its own mythology that any potential joy has been lost. Or checkmated, if you will.
- John Sharp
Her old party's war on immigrants prompts Birgitte's return to politics in Borgen, while Yonderland is a real teatime treat
Borgen (BBC4) | iPlayer
Yonderland (Sky 1)
Crackanory (Dave) | Dave on Demand
Fresh Meat (C4) | 4oD
Toast of London (C4) | 4oD
Those pining for the sizzle of Danish coalition politics these wintry Saturdays were rewarded with the return of Borgen last night (Hurra!, as they say over there), only to find that the magnificent Birgitte had – in the two years that have elapsed since we last saw her in February – swapped a life of squabbling over EU pig subsidies for the cool thrill of being helicoptered across a glittering Hong Kong skyline from one lucrative corporate consultancy or Blair-like speaking engagement to another. Could our expensively accoutred heroine – trim, toned and floating in champagne with her new English lover, Jeremy – really be happy?
Of course not. Back home, there was much to frown about, »
- Phil Hogan
MSN has debuted the first trailer for the upcoming British comedy Cuban Fury, which sees Nick Frost (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World's End) starring a s Bruce Garrett, an under-confident, over-weight guy whose love for salsa dancing is reignited by his beautiful American boss, played by Rashida Jones (The Social Network, I Love You, Man, Parks and Recreation).
The film is directed by James Griffiths (Episodes, Up All Night) and also stars Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids, The It Crowd), Olivia Colman (Hot Fuzz, Tyrannosaur), Rory Kinnear (Skyfall, Black Mirror), Kayvan Novak (Four Lions, The Pirates! Band of Misfits) and Ian McShane (Snow White and the Huntsman, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides). Check out the first trailer after the official synopsis....
1987: Poised to sweep the floor at the UK Junior Salsa Championships, 13-year-old Bruce Garrett has fire in his heels and the world at his feet… »
- Gary Collinson
While watching Thor: The Dark World, my desire was to switch this week’s list of movies to watch to a list of TV series to watch. The whole movie is like Game of Thrones meets Doctor Who, the former an understandable influence since director Alan Taylor has helmed six episodes of that show (the fact that Christopher Eccleston is in the movie has nothing to do with the latter). He’s also won an Emmy for his work directing The Sopranos and a DGA Award for his work on Mad Men. Other series I was reminded of while watching include The Wire, because of Idris Elba, Lost, because of Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, and The It Crowd, because of Chris O’Dowd. But most of these are already so well known, and they really don’t have a lot to do with Thor 2 other than talent connections. I also wasn’t interested in checking out 2 Broke Girls »
- Christopher Campbell
Our weekly round up of all the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, Doctor Strange, Daredevil, Punisher, Black Panther, The Avengers 3, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Wolverine, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Deadpool, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Batman vs. Superman, Man of Steel, Arrow, Beware the Batman, Justice League: War, Marvel Disk Wars and more...
There's just four days to go before UK moviegoers get to head back to Asgard courtesy of Game of Thrones director Alan Taylor with the release of Marvel Studios' Thor: The Dark World, and this past week saw Taylor and cast members Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Natalie Portman (Jane Foster), Kat Dennings (Darcy Lewis), Christopher Eccleston and Marvel chief Kevin Feige heading to these shores for the UK press conference, »
- Gary Collinson
The It Crowd actor, who has made headway in Hollywood since his role in the hit comedy Bridesmaids, will play Lennie, a large ranch worker with learning difficulties, who is seeking employment alongside his friend George Milton.
Franco previously revealed to American chat-show host Stephen Colbert that the production was in the works, and he confirmed additional details at a live Q&A session at a theatre in California.
- Matt Trueman
With Thor: The Dark World set to open here in the UK in just over a week's time, Marvel Studios has released yet another clip from the Phase Two offering, this time featuring Chris O'Dowd's (The It Crowd, Bridesmaids) Richard interrupting a dinner between Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) and Darcy Lewis (Kat Dennings); check it out after the official synopsis...
Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World” continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself. In the aftermath of Marvel’s “Thor” and “Marvel’s The Avengers,” Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos…but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, »
- Gary Collinson
It would be humble of me to say that I am still learning my craft. It would be humble – but untrue. Because I think I know quite a lot about my craft: the craft of acting. Benedict Cumberbatch said to me recently, "I don't know how the fuck you do it." It got me to thinking, "How the fuck do I do it?" I duly analysed my secrets of successful thespianship and present them to you here.
Be good at acting
Although largely forgotten now, the Jamaican actor Bennet Carnival was probably the finest Othello I've ever seen (excluding Lenny Henry). One of the original Windrush immigrants, Bennet had it tough when he first came to London at the age of 65. No sooner »
This is the time of year when the must-have accessory for TV comedians seems to be a celebrity memoir: autumn 2013 autobiographers include Sir David Jason, Jennifer Saunders, Peter Kay and Jack Whitehall. But the other most desired CV entry for comics is to have written your own sitcom, and the above list demonstrates the transition in this area.
Jason is representative of a generation that tended to be involved in comedy as an actor in scripts written by other hands: Open All Hours was scripted by Roy Clarke and Only Fools and Horses by John Sullivan. Although Jason's mentor, Ronnie Barker, wrote one sitcom for himself – Clarence (1988), under the pseudonym Bob Ferris – Barker also most often served the work of other writers, »
- Mark Lawson
Whereas many know Richard Ayoade for portraying the board game-reviewing computer geek Maurice Moss in Channel 4′s The It Crowd (‘Four! I mean, five! I mean, fire!’), less people know that he was BAFTA-nominated for his critically-acclaimed 2010 directorial debut Submarine. Now, Ayoade’s second film The Double, which he directed and co-wrote (alongside Avi Korine, brother of Harmony), has been picked up for release in the Us by Magnolia Pictures. The independent film screened at the Toronto International Film Festival last month to some great reviews.
The Double stars Jesse Eisenberg and Mia Wasikowska and is based on Dostoyevsky’s novella ‘The Double: A Petersburg Poem’. In the story, Simon (Eisenberg) begins to lose his mind after he finds that a doppelgänger has taken over his life. Even more infuriatingly, his copy is better than him in every way – the man he can only dream of being.
- Tom Durbin
Ben Foster has been cast as former cyclist Lance Armstrong in Stephen Frears's upcoming biopic. The as-yet unnamed film will cover Armstrong's rising career, cancer diagnosis, and amazing comeback; it's not yet clear how deeply the movie will delve into the allegations and investigations of his later career.
Foster, whose intense vibe has wowed critics in movies like "The Messenger," will be co-starring with Chris O'Dowd, who will play the Irish journalist David Walsh. Walsh wrote the book "Seven Deadly Sins: My Pursuit of Lance Armstrong," about his dogged determination to uncover the truth about Armstrong's success. O'Dowd is primarily known for comedic roles on the British TV show "The It Crowd" and "Bridesmaids," although he showed a darker side with a recurring part on HBO's "Girls" and the mini-series "The Crimson Petal and the White."
Frears's film won't be the only one examining the former Tour de France champ. »
- Jenni Miller
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