Billy Connolly presents the final part of his moving, yet still hilarious, ITV documentary series Big Send Off tonight (May 14).
The Big Yin is best known for his prolific stand-up comedy career over the past six decades, but he has often shown off many different strings to his bow, taking in the world of TV, film, music and charity work.
To mark Connolly's latest excellent project, Digital Spy takes a look at just some of his best moments outside his stand-up work.
1. The Humblebums
Before Billy started his stand-up career, he sang with the late Gerry Rafferty of 'Baker Street' fame in the folk group The Humblebums, along with Tam Harvey. Largely forgotten outside the folk world, they did produce some genuinely brilliant tracks, both moving and funny. Their gigs often featured Connolly chatting to the audience between songs, eventually leading to him giving the comedy thing a go full-time. »
By Lee Pfeiffer
There are precious few things in life that reach the status of absolute perfection. Off-hand I can think of three:
1. A top notch Cuban cigar.
2. A wee-small hours meal in a New Jersey White Castle.
3. Any performance by the New York Philharmonic.
Last night, I had the opportunity to cover the latter for Cinema Retro, as the Philharmonic, under the direction of the esteemed conductor David Newman, presented a magnificent tribute to the music of the Pixar animated film classics. The event took place at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City and was the latest production in the legendary orchestra's tie-ins to major motion pictures. Last year, I reported on the Philharmonic's similar celebration of the films of Alfred Hitchcock. (Click here for coverage) However, the Pixar event was even more impressive. My one gripe with the Hitchcock event was that the film »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
Even though we're right around the perfect time for real easter eggs, those aren't the kind we're talking about. In this case, we're talking about hidden references to other films within the filmography of Pixar Animation. We've featured some cool easter eggs from Pixar films in the past like Brave and Up, but a new video straight from Disney and Pixar, complete with an intro from Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich, puts some more of them on display, including the frequent appearances of the ball from their original short Luxo Jr. There's even a few that I'll bet you didn't even notice. It's not all-inclusive, but it's cool. Watch it! Here's the video from Pixar, telling fans to join in on the easter egg hunt (via Movies.com): There's tons more references between Pixar films that you can notice by rewatching the films. Sometimes, you don't even know »
- Ethan Anderton
Joey King (The Conjuring, Oz The Great And Powerful) has been cast in Lifetime’s original movie Outlaw Prophet from Sony Pictures Television. It focuses on the true story of Warren Jeffs, the leader of a Fundamentalist Mormon polygamist sect who spent more than a year on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted List, eluded authorities and was ultimately caught by a Nevada Highway Patrol trooper. Based on Stephen Singular’s book When Men Become Gods, the movie chronicles Jeffs’ rise to power after the death of his father, Rulon Jeffs (Martin Landau). King will play Elissa Wall, the battered young woman who brings Jeffs (Tony Goldwyn) to justice. King, repped by Dan Spilo at Industry Entertainment and Meredith Fine at Coast to Coast Talent Group, will next be seen in FX’s Fargo and Zach Braff’s indie Wish I Was Here. Scottish actor Steven Cree (Brave) has joined the »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Starz has attracted another hunk to star in its adaptation of Outlander this summer.
Scottish actor Steven Cree (300: Rise of an Empire) will play Ian Murray (Sam Heughan), Jamie’s best friend since childhood. Ian lost part of his leg during battle with the English but that hasn’t held him back.
The series is expected to closely mirror the “Outlander” book, which follows Claire (Caitriona Balfe), a married combat nurse in the 1940s who’s vacationing with her husband (Tobias Menzies) in Scotland. Claire falls »
- Lynette Rice
Let us take this moment, as Disney's "Frozen" becomes the highest-grossing animated film in box office history with $1 billion worldwide-- passing "The Lion King" and entering the top ten of all-time grossers list-- to make note that this princess musical with two female leads plays well to wide audiences all over the world. It is not a sequel. While it boasts a fairy tale pedigree, fair to say this is an original screenplay, and marks the second year in a row that the animated feature Oscar was won by a movie co-directed by a woman, in this case Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck ("Brave" was directed by Brenda Chapman and Mark Andrews). The Walt Disney Studios’ seventh billion-dollar release and the first animated feature to cross that mark, “Frozen” has grossed an estimated $398.4 million at the domestic box office and $674 million overseas. In its sights are such iconic blockbusters as "The Dark Knight Rises. »
- Anne Thompson
Commenting on the Critics with Simon Columb...
"Tyler’s resume also includes The Expendables films, Now You See Me, and a handful of the Fast and Furious movies. He did an alright job with the music in his previous Marvel efforts, but as I said before, none of them were exactly memorable. The studio must like him though if they want to bring him back for Avengers: Age Of Ultron. Let’s just hope that he does as good a job with the superhero team-up as Silvestri did the first time around."
Read the full article here.
I think Garcia is well aware of flawed ‘alright’ critique of Tyler’s previous efforts. Considering the success of Marvel’s Universe of films, this is a core element that is consistently below par. »
- Gary Collinson
The days of Pixar confidently releasing one beautiful and original animated film after another are long gone. Sequels which were once just the domain of the "Toy Story" franchise, have now spread to "Monsters Inc," "Cars" and "Finding Nemo," even while standalone pics like the recent "Brave" don't quite capture the magic of earlier efforts. And it seems Pixar isn't done yet morphing into a machine that seems more concerned these days about re-branding and exploiting their popular properties. At the 3D Creative Summit in London, Pixar’s director of 3D production Josh Hollander revealed that the company is planning three-dimensional re-releases of basically all their popular movies. “Right now we’re working on 'The Incredibles,' which is a lot of fun in 3D. I’m not sure what the release strategy for it will be," he said, adding: “We have a version of 'Ratatouille,' which »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Our weekly round up of the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Captain America 3, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Black Widow, Ant-Man, Doctor Strange, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Luke Cage, Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Venom, Sinister Six, The Fantastic Four, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Batman vs. Superman, Gotham, Arrow, The Flash, Constantine and more...
It's been a bumper week for superhero news, so we'll get things underway with the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which is set to open here in the UK in just eleven days time (we'll have our review up this coming week). Naturally we've been treated to a wealth of promotional material for the Phase Two sequel this week, including propaganda-style posters for Cap (Chris Evans), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), The Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan »
- Gary Collinson
For a movie that is still not official, Marvel sure does like to talk about Doctor Strange.
Last month, reports that Marvel had assembled a shortlist of potential directors prompted us to put together a poll for who should play the role. Now, with 2014's Captain America: Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy along with 2015's Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man on the horizon, Marvel president Kevin Feige explained how Doctor Strange would fit into Marvel's Cinematic Universe.
"Are you watching the Cosmos series?" Feige asked Badass Digest. "That’s magic, [the quantum physics]. It’s unbelievable. If somebody knew how to tap into that stuff, what’s the difference between that and magic?
"You don’t get into it in Harry Potter," Feige continued. "But if a scientist went to Hogwarts he’d find out how some of that stuff is happening! We’re not going to spend a lot of time on that, »
- Ryan Gowland
With only a mere four massive franchise installments prepped for this year and next, Kevin Feige and Marvel have begun delving into one of the more mystical of their properties, “Doctor Strange.” Reports that Johnny Depp might play the titular superhero were quickly dashed, and a list of potential directors for the film has gained traction, with such names as Jonathan Levine (“50/50”), Scott Derrickson (“Sinister”), and Mark Andrews (“Brave”) in the mix. While Feige has confirmed meeting those names, he’s also said they’re not as close to deciding as some might believe.At a recent junket for “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” Feige laid down the current status of “Doctor Strange” for SlashFilm. “We’ve met with all of [those three],” he said, speaking of Levine, Derrickson, and Andrews. “Some of those three are not in contention anymore, some of those three we’re still talking with and there are many others. »
- Charlie Schmidlin
(Cbr) Marvel may be revving up for the April 4 release of "Captain America: The Winter Soldier", but the studio is also playing the long game, with an eye toward Phase Three films like "Ant-Man" and the long-discussed "Doctor Strange". The project will further broaden the boundaries of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but the studio still hasn’t figured out who will helm the project. However, it does seem to be getting closer. On Twitter, The Hollywood Reporter’s Borys Kit wrote, “Doctor Strange update: Scott Derrickson ("Sinister", "Exorcism of Emily Rose") also in the mix to direct the movie.” He followed that up with, “Being told Mark Andrews ("Brave"), Jonathan Levine ("Warm Bodies") still on the shortlist.” Derrickson might be best known for helming the microbudget Blumhouse horror film "Sinister", but he also directed the larger-budget "The Day the Earth Stood Still" remake. »
- TJ Dietsch, Comic Book Resources
French filmmaker Jean-Pierre Jeunet pulled no punches at the 2014 3D Creative Summit in London March 12 as he criticized Hollywood’s approach to 3D and bemoaned poor-quality exhibition.
“I think Hollywood is killing 3D,” Jeunet told the assembled international industryites on day one of the two-day event. The audience was there to see footage from Jeunet’s first 3D film, “The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet,” above. The outspoken helmer elicited applause as he criticized the use of 3D for fast-cut, action-focused summer blockbusters and also lambasted post-production conversion, leveling direct criticism at Paramount’s “World War Z.”
His stereographer on “T.S. Spivet,” Demetri Portelli, who also handled Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo,” blamed a late decision to convert “World War Z” in post, not allowing the filmmakers to plan for 3D. “A problem is that often the director and cinematographer don’t know they are making a 3D movie, »
- Robert Mitchell
We've been talking about a Doctor Strange movie here on Dread Central for a long while now, and with the pieces slowly falling into place, a short list of directors for the project has come to light. Read on to see who could possibly be bringing the Strange in a big way!
According to THR reporter Borys Kit on Twitter, the aforementioned directors includes Mark Andrews (Brave), Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies, All the Boys Love Mandy Lane), and Scott Derrickson (Sinister, The Exorcism of Emily Rose).
Given my familiarity and love for the character, I'd like to see Derrickson tackle it, but Levin is also a very inspired choice. Stay tuned.
Created in 1963, Doctor Strange »
- Uncle Creepy
It looks like Marvel Studios has added a few more potential directors to its shortlist for Doctor Strange, with THR reporter Borys Kit suggesting that Scott Derrickson (Sinister) is now in contention alongside the previously mentioned Mark Andrews (Brave) and Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies).
The latter two were rumoured last month along with Dean Israelite (Welcome to Yesterday) and Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair), although Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige subsequently shot down the shortlist as speculation.
Jonathan Levine would certainly bring an interesting indie sensibility to the Hollywood glamour of the Marvel Cinematic Universe but for me, Nikolaj Arcel seems best fit - if only so that we get to see Mads Mikkelsen joining the McU.
Who would be your choice to director Doctor Strange? Let us know in the comments below or head on over to The Flickering Myth Forum...
- Gary Collinson
Doctor Strange's rumoured list of potential directors has been updated.
— Borys Kit (@Borys_Kit) March 11, 2014
He also added that two of the four previously rumoured directors are still in the running for the project.
— Borys Kit (@Borys_Kit) March 11, 2014
He also quashed reports that Johnny Depp was in line to take the title role of the Sorcerer Supreme.
Stephen Strange was a proud »
Marvel confirmed multiple times that "Doctor Strange" will be one of the studio's upcoming movies. But when a list of potential directors was posted online, Marvel head Kevin Feige was quick to dismiss the news. The Hollywood Reporter has now revealed that two of the originally-mentioned helmers are in fact being considered for the job. Those helmers are Mark Andrews (Brave) and Jonathan Levin (Warm Bodies, 50/50). The outlet went on to add another name to the mix, Scott Derrickson (Sinister, The Day the Earth Stood Still). »
The Marvel marketing machine is now in full swing, promoting the company’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but, as always, our interests lie more in what’s further down the road. The studio is notorious for planning years in advance, and one film they’ve been talking about for some time now is Doctor Strange. We know Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige is excited about it, and though the movie hasn’t even been officially announced yet, we recently heard that a shortlist of directors had emerged.
Mark Andrews (Brave), Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies), Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair) and Dean Israelite (Welcome to Yesterday) were all reportedly in the mix to bring the Sorcerer Supreme to the big screen, and we now have another name that’s been tossed into the ring: Sinister director Scott Derrickson. Check out the official tweet below:
- James Garcia
Last month a shortlist of potential directors for Marvel's Doctor Strange surfaced, however Marvel head Kevin Feige called bullshit on the report a few days later. But yesterday Borys Kit from THR tweeted another name has been added to the list, and said two of the previously mentioned directors are still in the mix to helm the project. Borys Kit says Marvel is still interested in Mark Andrews (Brave) and Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies) for Doctor Strange, however they are apparently »
- Jesse Giroux
News Simon Brew 12 Mar 2014 - 06:38
Marvel currently has three names on its list as potential directors of the Doctor Strange movie, it seems...
Plotting continues at Marvel Studios Towers on its collection of phase three movies, of which Doctor Strange is all but certain to be a part. Rumours over the past few weeks have suggested that the studio is currently juggling a director shortlist, and the latest reports on that suggest that there are three names currently in contention for the Doctor Strange job.
Those names? Well, Mark Andrews (Brave) and Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies) remain in contention. The new name seemingly added to the list is that of Scott Derrickson (Sinister), whose new film, Deliver Us From Evil, arrives over the summer.
This shortlist remains unconfirmed, but we can't help but suspect that a Doctor Strange announcement can't be too far away now. When we hear more, »
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