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Indiewire's 40 New Faces of Indie Film in 2011

30 December 2011 8:21 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Every week, we've profiled promising indie newcomers in our Futures column. Some made their mark in front of the camera, others behind it and a few did both. With 2011 coming to a close, we've selected the year's best to present you with our picks for the 40 new faces of indie film. Actor: Olly Alexander, "The Dish & the Spoon" On carrying the film along with co-star Greta Gerwig: "I felt terrified. When you have a small part, you can really focus your energy into one or two scenes but when you have to do a whole movie, you have to relax and trust that the director and the script works and you're the vehicle for the movie. In a way, you almost have to relax more than you would normally...I just wanted it to be good." Writer/Director: Richard Ayoade, "Submarine" While Ayoade has made quite an impression on »

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Matt Berry: 'Replacing Chris Morris in The It Crowd was daunting'

28 December 2011 5:17 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Matt Berry has admitted that it was a daunting prospect to replace Chris Morris in The It Crowd. Morris played Reynholm Industries boss Denholm Reynholm in Graham Linehan's sitcom. When his character was killed off in the second episode of series two, Denholm was replaced by his son Douglas, played by Berry. Asked if replacing Morris was a daunting prospect, Berry told Digital Spy: "It was daunting but you can't let that get in the way of what you want to do. "I just did my own thing. I knew there'd be a bunch of people saying 'Who the hell is this guy, who does he think he is coming in?'. You've just got to get on with it." Watch the introduction (more) »

- By Mayer Nissim

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Matt Berry on 'A Christmas Song': 'I don't mind naff Christmas songs'

20 December 2011 4:40 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Matt Berry has said that he doesn't mind "naff" Christmas songs. The It Crowd comedian and actor has compiled crowdsourced seasonal single 'A Christmas Song' - credited to Matt Berry & Everyone - using the GarageBand application. "It came about purely from me being interested in the technical side of it," Berry told Digital Spy. "Would it be possible for a whole bunch of people to listen to something that's already been composed and then play along with it? "I had the basic song which on the first video displayed the tempo and all the chords... you would send that to me without any backing - just you on your own, and I place that over the track. "Eventually I've got a whole bunch of people who are playing in time with the song, and I just take most of myself out." Of homelessness charity Shelter, (more) »

- By Mayer Nissim

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Chris O'Dowd: 'Bridesmaids 2 might not get made'

13 December 2011 1:39 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Chris O'Dowd has confessed that he is unsure if a Bridesmaids sequel will ever be made. The It Crowd actor, who plays Nathan in the Kristen Wiig comedy, said he is surprised that a follow-up to the hugely popular comedy has not yet been greenlit. "There's no word yet," he informed the Daily Star. "You'd think someone would want to take it on but I'm not sure." Brainstorming ideas for the potential sequel, O'Dowd jested that he wants to see the romance between his and Wiig's characters come to a bitter end. "If they (more) »

- By Daniel Sperling

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Peter Capaldi cast in 'The Hour' series two

6 December 2011 5:42 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Peter Capaldi has been cast in series two of BBC period drama The Hour. The actor - who won a BAFTA last year for his role as foul-mouthed political spin doctor Malcolm Tucker in BBC Two comedy The Thick of It - will play eccentric head of news Randall Brown when the 1950s newsroom drama returns in 2012. Capaldi has also recently portrayed civil servant John Frobisher in Torchwood: Children of Earth and appeared in a supporting role as Frank Ryland in the first series of Jimmy McGovern's acclaimed courtroom drama Accused. He is currently playing Professor Marcus in a stage version of Ealing comedy The Ladykillers adapted by The It Crowd creator Graham Linehan. Romola Garai, Ben Whishaw and Dominic West (more) »

- By Kate Goodacre

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It Crowd's Chris O'Dowd to write and star in Sky1 comedy Moone Boy

6 December 2011 1:04 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Moone Boy, to co-star Steve Coogan and Johnny Vegas, is a part autobiographical tale of growing up in Ireland

The It Crowd's Chris O'Dowd is to write and star in a new comedy for Sky1 co-starring Steve Coogan and Johnny Vegas.

Moone Boy will be co-produced by Coogan's production company, Baby Cow, and is a part autobiographical tale of growing up in Ireland at the end of the 1980s.

The comedy will also feature "animated elements" as it tells the story of the youngest member of the Moone family, 11-year-old Martin Moone, in a small town in Ireland.

O'Dowd, who also starred in Kristen Wiig's hit Hollywood comedy Bridesmaids, co-wrote Moone Boy with Nick Vincent Murphy and developed it from a comedy short he made for Sky1's annual festive season of programmes, Little Crackers.

"Martin has a unique perspective on life aided by an imaginary friend Sean Murphy [played by O'Dowd]," said Sky. »

- John Plunkett

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First Look: The Suburban Guys Save the World Comedy ‘Neighborhood Watch’

5 December 2011 10:00 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Lonely Island member Akiva Schaffer wrapped the Atlanta shoot for Neighborhood Watch not long ago, and here are the first pics from the film. The movie features Richard Ayoade (The It Crowd, director of Submarine), Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, and Jonah Hill in a story about a handful of suburban dads who end up over their heads when their time-killing neighborhood safety group uncovers a dangerous plot that is beyond what they expected to deal with. See two full images below. [gallery columns="2"] The film also features Billy Crudup, Will Forte, Nicholas Braun, Rosemarie DeWitt, Joe Nunez, Patricia French and Erin Moriarty. Neighborhood Watch is set for release on July 27, 2012. Suburban dads form a neighborhood watch group to get time away from their families, only to discover a plot to destroy Earth. [IMDb [1]] [1] http://www.imdb.com/media/rm4268929792/nm1547964 »

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First Look At Vaughn, Stiller, Hill And Ayoade In Neighborhood Watch

5 December 2011 9:14 AM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Watching the neighborhood may not always be an easy job, however based on the photos released from the Akiva Schaffer helmed comedy Neighborhood Watch, these suburban men are up to the task. Entertainment Weekly recently ran the photo below, which features Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill, and The It Crowd.s Richard Ayoade sporting matching jackets and likely doing what they.ve been cast to do in Neighborhood Watch. You can also see how this hero shot looks from the back at Indie Wire. Catch the bigger version of the above photo in EW.s December 9th issue (Spielberg on the cover), page 25. Neighborhood Watch stars Stiller, Vaughn, Hill, Ayoade, as well as Will Forte and Billy Crudup in a story about a group of men who use the local neighborhood watch responsibilities as an excuse to get out of the house and maybe pal around the neighborhood a »

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Tyrannosaur takes hat trick at British Independent Film Awards

4 December 2011 4:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Tyrannosaur, Paddy Considine's gripping and gruelling study of rage, has become the biggest winner at the 14th British Independent Film Awards.

Starring Peter Mullan as a drinking, gambling, washed-up widower, it was surprise winner of the best film award from a particularly strong shortlist that included Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Shame, Senna and We Need to Talk About Kevin.

It is not a first date movie, or rather would be one for unusual people. The tone is set in the first minutes when Mullan's character kicks his dog to death after he is kicked out of the bookies. While it is not easy to watch, critics have showered the film with praise.

Considine, best known as an actor, was given the Douglas Hickox award for best debut director. The film's hat trick of »

- Mark Brown

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First Look: Akiva Schaffer's Summer Comedy 'Neighborhood Watch'

3 December 2011 1:49 PM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Time to meet your local Neighborhood Watch fathers. Another first look reveal in the recent Entertainment Weekly via Collider included a photo from Akiva Schaffer's summer 2012 comedy Neighborhood Watch. Thanks to an update on IMDb, we can now see two first look photos in high res and they're a great intro to the four man team of suburban dads starring in this (from L to R): Richard Ayoade (of "The It Crowd", Submarine), Ben Stiller (Little Fockers, Tower Heist), Vince Vaughn (Couples Retreat, The Dilemma) and Jonah Hill (The Sitter, 21 Jump Street, Moneyball). See them and the rad embroidered jackets below. Neighborhood Watch, directed by SNL's Akiva Schaffer (Hot Rod), is about a group of suburban dads who form a neighborhood watch group to get time away from their families, only to discover a plot to destroy Earth. The screenplay was written by Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg (Superbad, »

- Alex Billington

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Cast your vote for the BAFTA Orange Rising Star Award 2012...

26 November 2011 9:31 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

As the British Academy Film Awards 2012 approaches, BAFTA have announced their shortlist for the Orange Wednesday's Rising Star Award - their only accolade to be decided by the British public. The award looks to honour emerging talent, with previous winners including Kristen Stewart (Twilight), Noel Clarke (Adulthood), Shia Labeouf (Transformers), Eva Green (Casino Royale) and James McAvoy (The Last King of Scotland), and last year's recipient, Tom Hardy (Inception).

This year's nominees for BAFTA's Orange Rising Star Award are...

Adam Deacon - British rapper and actor Adam Deacon enjoyed roles in the likes of Ali G Indahouse, Kidulthood, Adulthood and Shank before co-writing, co-directing and starring in the urban comedy Anuvahood. He has a number of future acting projects in production, such as the comedy Outside Bet and drama Payback Season.

Chris Hemsworth - Following a stint in Home and Away, Australian actor Chris Hemsworth made the shift to Hollywood »

- flickeringmyth

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Ralph Fiennes and Kenneth Branagh to receive independent film prizes

24 November 2011 3:52 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Two stalwarts of British cinema to scoop Bifas for contribution to film (Fiennes) and for putting the UK in the spotlight (Branagh)

Both are known for their love of Shakespeare, have appeared in the Harry Potter series and have at least one Oscar nomination under their belt. Now Kenneth Branagh and Ralph Fiennes have one more thing in common after it was announced that they are both to be honoured at this year's British Independent Film awards.

Fiennes, who played Lord Voldemort in the Potter films, has garnered Oscar nominations for both The English Patient and Schindler's List, and made his directing debut earlier this year with a contemporary adaptation of Shakespeare's Coriolanus. At this year's Bifas he will pick up the Richard Harris award for outstanding contribution to film by an actor, a prize that has previously gone to figures such as John Hurt, David Thewlis, Bob Hoskins, Daniel Day-Lewis and Helena Bonham Carter. »

- Ben Child

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Top 10 screen computer geeks

21 November 2011 6:54 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Just who are the geekiest computer geeks of the large and small screen? Here’s Michael’s list of suggestions…

Jim Carrey had a point when he said,  “Free cable is the ultimate aphrodisiac”, as frankly, anyone who can hand out free cable is going to be popular.

However, even The Cable Guy might find his social influence supplanted these days by the nearest computer geek. Gradually, computers have developed from a niche interest into something that everyone depends on to get through life. As a result, the computer geek has enjoyed a transformation from outcast to linchpin. 

The geek is a stock character of both the big screen and the small. A character such as Garth from Wayne's World doesn't fit into our narrow definition of a computer geek. Does he use his Amiga to create a colourful poster for his friends’ rock concert? Yes. Does he put a »

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Ben Stiller Auctions Off Walk On Role In Neighborhood Watch

17 November 2011 9:30 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

There’s more than one way to land a film role in Hollywood and Ben Stiller has popped another one on the list. The Tropic Thunder star is planning to auction off a walk-on role for one lucky bidder to appear in his upcoming film Neighborhood Watch.

The winner will get the chance to be in a scene for the new comedy that also sees Stiller reunited with his Dodgeball counterpart Vince Vaughn.

The CharityBuzz auction, which also currently has an auction to meet Mark Wahlberg, sets its sights on raking in at least $20,000 by closing time on 22 November. The auction also plans to raise money for Stiller’s own charity, The Ben Stiller Foundation, which aims to provide education for underprivileged children.

Originally scripted by Mr. Popper’s Penguins writer Jared Stern, the high concept sci-fi comedy revolves around a suburban “neighborhood watch” group that actually acts as a »

- Arjun Kharpal

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The It Crowd's Chris O'Dowd to Host The Moët British Independent Film Awards

17 November 2011 7:51 AM, PST | LOVEFiLM | See recent LOVEFiLM news »

The It Crowd’s Chris O’Dowd has been confirmed as host of The Moët British Independent Film Awards, taking place on Sunday 4 December at Old Billingsgate.

This will be the comedian’s first time presenting the ceremony which will cover 18 categories including the Best British Independent Film, sponsored by Moët & Chandon.

Competing for such a prestigious trophy on the night will be Senna, Shame, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Tyrannosaur and We Need to Talk About Kevin.

O’Dowd commented: “I am delighted to be the new host of the Moët British Independent Awards this year and I'm really looking forward to the 4 December. It's a ceremony which cherishes innovation, elegance and class so I’m humbled that they've chosen a host who so clearly lacks any of these things. Expect dancing girls.”

Also announced today was this year’s jury panel, with 2000’s Bifa Producer of the Year winner, »

- jennifer.trevorrow@lovefilm.com (Jennifer Trevorrow)

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Bridesmaids DVD Review

15 November 2011 8:00 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Bridesmaids, this summer’s sleeper hit (and welcome respite to the tired and hollow escapades of Carrie Bradshaw and her Haute Couture cronies) comes to DVD and Blu-ray, having simultaneously held its own against the other big-hitters from the season, while helping to launch the careers of a number of small-screen comedic talents.

Starring and co-written by ex-Saturday Night Live member Kristen Wiig (in a breakout performance), she plays Annie, a single gal in her mid-thirties who is struggling with life. Financially she’s suffering (her dream business has gone bust, swallowing up any savings she had) and on the relationship front, her only sexual outlet is a series of cold, no-strings-attached rendezvous with a heartless cad named Ted (a loose and very funny Jon Hamm).

A ray of sunshine comes in the form of childhood best friend Lillian, who announces she is engaged and would love Annie to be her maid of honour. »

- Adam Lowes

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Ash Atalla: The whole iPad thing has been a revelation

14 November 2011 8:01 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

TV producer Ash Atalla doesn't make a move without his trusty iPad on his lap

What's your favourite piece of technology, and how has it improved your life?

I'm sure this is an answer you're getting a lot these days, but quite simply it's the iPad 2 for me. It's improved my life in every possible manner except for my sex life. I have no complaints with it, except that it doesn't support Flash – other than that it's probably my favourite possession of all my possessions at the moment. It's almost perfect.

When was the last time you used it, and what for?

I'm using it right now – it never leaves my knee. I work in television, and 70% of the work I have to do is reading as well as watching stuff. With my iPad on my knee I can read scripts, I can watch TV shows, I can download newspapers »

- Stuart O'Connor

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Chris O'Dowd: 'People try to set me up with their sisters'

14 November 2011 12:41 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Chris O'Dowd, star of The It Crowd, on his new comedy, what links him to Tarzan and impressing Minnie Riperton's daughter

What are you doing right this moment?

I'm in London at Steve Coogan's offices, knocking off a TV show I've been working on. It's called Moone Boy, which is based on me growing up in Ireland as a 12-year-old. I'm not playing the 12-year-old, though, because I wouldn't fit the clothes, but there is a part for me as his imaginary best friend.

What do they think of you back in Boyle now that you're all famous in Hollywood?

I hope they think well of me. I guess I'll find out when we go there to shoot Moone Boy in January. They'll probably be excited for a couple of days and then they'll be like: "Get these bloody cameras out of here, we're trying to do a day's work. »

- Jason Solomons

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Chris O'Dowd: 'People try to set me up with their sisters'

14 November 2011 12:41 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Chris O'Dowd, star of The It Crowd, on his new comedy, what links him to Tarzan and impressing Minnie Riperton's daughter

What are you doing right this moment?

I'm in London at Steve Coogan's offices, knocking off a TV show I've been working on. It's called Moone Boy, which is based on me growing up in Ireland as a 12-year-old. I'm not playing the 12-year-old, though, because I wouldn't fit the clothes, but there is a part for me as his imaginary best friend.

What do they think of you back in Boyle now that you're all famous in Hollywood?

I hope they think well of me. I guess I'll find out when we go there to shoot Moone Boy in January. They'll probably be excited for a couple of days and then they'll be like: "Get these bloody cameras out of here, we're trying to do a day's work. »

- Jason Solomons

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Graham Linehan on staging The Ladykillers

31 October 2011 2:11 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Now more than 50 years old, Ealing comedy The Ladykillers is one of Britain's best-loved films. So how will Graham Linehan, writer of The It Crowd and Father Ted, rework it for the theatre?

In the vaulting back room of a church off Islington's Upper Street in north London, five bad bogus men are plotting to bump off a little old lady. It is a hugely ambitious undertaking. Not only is The Ladykillers one of Britain's best-loved films, but the cast of the 1955 production – Alec Guinness, Peter Sellers, Cecil Parker, Herbert Lom and Danny Green – did include one or two actors that modern film programmes like to wrongly refer to as "legends", even if (pedantry aside) you know what they mean.

But this won't be a film; it's a stage version. And it's far from a knock-off of the film. The story's pretty much the same, of course – criminals posing as »

- Euan Ferguson

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