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Christopher Lee 1922-2015: Iconic star's life and career in pictures

Christopher Lee 1922-2015: Iconic star's life and career in pictures
Sir Christopher Lee, one of the world's most celebrated actors, has died at the age of 93.

In a career spanning seven decades, Sir Christopher had over 280 screen credits in film and TV, and brought some of cinema's most iconic characters to life - Dracula, Saruman, Mycroft Holmes, Count Dooku, Frankenstein's monster, The Wicker Man's Lord Summerisle and James Bond villain Scaramanga, to name just a few.

Take a look back at some of his most memorable career moments below:

1940s: Career beginnings with Rank

Sir Christopher Lee started his film career in the late 1940s following service in the Raf during World War II.

After the war ended, he turned down his old job at pharmaceutical company Beechams to train at the Rank Organisation's Company of Youth - nicknamed the 'Rank Charm School'.

1957: The Curse of Frankenstein

He made his debut with gothic horror producers Hammer Films in The Curse of Frankenstein.
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'Strictly' beats 'X Factor' by 2 million on Saturday

Strictly Come Dancing topped the ratings with 9.82m (43.1%) on BBC One yesterday (October 12), overnight data reveals.

The show, which aired at 6.30pm, was up 570k on last week's episode. It peaked at 10.79m at 7.45pm.

Meanwhile, ITV rival The X Factor picked up 7.82m (33.3%) at 8pm, down 360k from last week. It peaked with 8.63m at 8.45pm, while a further 282k (1.4%) caught the programme on +1.

Back on BBC One, Atlantis took 4.66m (19.9%) at 8.30pm, down 400k on last week. Casualty was watched by 3.97m (17.6%) at 9.30pm, while The Rolling Stones Return to Hyde Park: Sweet Summer Sunday attracted 1.62m (12%) an hour later.

On BBC Two, Count Arthur Strong interested 330k (1.5%) at 7pm and Meerkats: Secrets of an Animal Superstar was seen by 650k (2.7%) at 7.30pm.

Dad's Army took 1.5m (6.4%) at 8.30pm and The 70s appealed to 1.38m (6%) at 9pm, while The Sarah Millican Slightly Longer Television Programme had 1.07m (5.6%) at 10pm.
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Jazz Miniseries Dancing On The Edge Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor to Premiere on Starz October 19th

Starz is excited to announce that the U.S. television debut of the Starz Original Miniseries Event “Dancing on the Edge,” will premiere on Saturday, October 19th at 10pm Et/Pt. The tuneful five-part drama will continue airing on Saturday nights at 9pm and stars Golden Globe® Award nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years of a Slave–releasing in October 2013, Salt, American Gangster), Matthew Goode (Stoker, A Single Man, Brideshead Revisited), Emmy® and Golden Globe® Award nominee Jacqueline Bisset (Joan of Arc, Two Jacks) and Emmy® and Golden Globe® Award winner John Goodman (The Monuments Men, Inside Llewyn Davis–both set to release in December 2013, Monster’s University). Written by the multi-award winning writer/director Stephen Poliakoff (Glorious 39, “Gideon’s Daughter,” “The Lost Prince...
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Blu-ray, DVD Release: The Eagle Has Landed

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Oct. 15, 2013

Price: Blu-ray/DVD Combo $24.97

Studio: Shout! Factory

Michael Caine leads a Nazi paratrooper plot to kidnap Winston Churchill in The Eagle Has Landed.

Michael Caine (Dressed to Kill), Donald Sutherland (1900) and Robert Duvall (The Conversation) lead a star-studded cast in the 1976 World War II action film The Eagle Has Landed, which makes its U.S. Blu-ray debut with this release from Shout! Factory.

Based on Jack Higgins’ best-selling novel, the film revolves around a Nazi plot to kidnap Winston Churchill while he is resting in a desolate Norfolk village. Nazi officers Colonel Radl (Duvall), Colonel Steiner (Caine) and Liam Devlin (Sutherland) are enlisted to carry out the operation, which if successful, would irrevocably alter the outcome of the war. Disguised as Polish airmen, the team of paratroopers descends upon England only to be interrupted by an unforeseeable incident which threatens to derail their treacherous mission.
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The HeyUGuys BAFTA Film Awards Liveblog

The 66th annual British Academy Film Awards are here! And there was much rejoicing.

We’re here at the Royal Opera House in London to bring you all the up to the minute news on who won, who looked really annoyed when they lost, and who knows what else will be in store for us tonight?

Lord Stephen of Fry is leading proceedings once again and I’ll be updating you fine people with the winners as they are announced.

The full list of awards and nominees can be found here, and as the awards are announced I’ll update the liveblog below with the nominees and the winners.

The ceremony is due to start at around 7pm and if you’re hungry for all the red carpeting then head over here to see the arrivals from around 5pm.

Updates will be added at the top…But not anymore as we’ve finished.
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Dancing on the Edge, episode two

Miss Fancy Knickers, Aka Lady Cremore, brings our jazz cats a taste of the big time – but we're still waiting for this drama to get into its groove

Spoiler Alert: This blog is for people watching Dancing on the Edge on BBC2. Don't read on if you haven't seen episode two.

Catch-up with Jon Wilde's episode one blog here.

It says a lot about the second episode of Dancing on the Edge that the most gripping thing about it was the long-range teaser that kicked the whole thing off: go-getting music hack Stanley telling bandleader Louis that they need to get him out of the country pronto. It was the only moment of urgency in an episode that left me wondering how Stephen Poliakoff is going to stretch his tale out to five instalments.

Certainly there was an awful lot of stretching in episode two. The hour stretched out on
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Watch: Trailer For Chiwetel Ejiofor's Jazz Age BBC Miniseries 'Dancing On The Edge'

Watch: Trailer For Chiwetel Ejiofor's Jazz Age BBC Miniseries 'Dancing On The Edge'
Chiwetel Ejiofor has been turning in great performances since Steven Spielberg spotted him and cast him in “Amistad” back in 1996, but it wasn’t until almost a decade later he started to make himself known to wider audiences in the likes of “Children of Men,” “Inside Man,” and, of course, “Serenity.” We’re particularly looking forward to a couple of his upcoming movies, “Half of a Yellow Sun” and Steve McQueen’s “Twelve Years a Slave,” but he’s also got an interesting looking project coming soon to the small screen. In late 2011 he starred in the BAFTA-winning BBC miniseries “The Shadow Line,” and he’ll next be seen in another BBC miniseries, “Dancing on the Edge,” which is directed by the acclaimed British playwright and television dramatist Stephen Poliakoff (“Glorious 39”). The five-part dramedy will follow a group of black jazz...

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Watch: Trailer For Chiwetel Ejiofor's Jazz Age BBC Miniseries 'Dancing On The Edge'

Chiwetel Ejiofor has been turning in great performances since Steven Spielberg spotted him and cast him in “Amistad” back in 1996, but it wasn’t until almost a decade later he started to make himself known to wider audiences in the likes of “Children of Men,” “Inside Man,” and, of course, “Serenity.” We’re particularly looking forward to a couple of his upcoming movies, “Half of a Yellow Sun” and Steve McQueen’s “Twelve Years a Slave,” but he’s also got an interesting looking project coming soon to the small screen. In late 2011 he starred in the BAFTA-winning BBC miniseries “The Shadow Line,” and he’ll next be seen in another BBC miniseries, “Dancing on the Edge,” which is directed by the acclaimed British playwright and television dramatist Stephen Poliakoff (“Glorious 39”). The five-part dramedy will follow a group of black jazz...
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Exclusive: The Joy Of Six Trailer

It's not often we get the chance to dwell on short films in these parts, what with so many long ones to fixate on, so it's a rare joy to be able to debut this new trailer showing newbie filmmakers at work in the shorter form. As you know, we're also partial to the odd pun around here so The Joy Of Six ticks multiple boxes. Well, two boxes. Click below to catch a glimpse of Romola Garai and Matthew Holness' directorial debuts, and Peter Mullan, Dame Judi Dench and Luke Treadaway on the other side of the camera. Garai's 21-minute directorial debut Scrubber gives her the chance to step away from the trials and tribulations of Atonement, Glorious 39, King Lear and the like and let someone else (her Crimson Petal And The White co-star Amanda Hale) take the strain as a young mum with a strange obsession.
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2012 BAFTA Awards Live Blog

Hello everyone and welcome to our favourite day in the British film calendar. We’re here in the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden for the 65th annual BAFTA awards and while the red carpet is being ironed and our colleagues fight off the cold anticipation is building for what should be an excellent evening.

Two of the films dominating the nominations are paeans to the magic of cinema with Michel HazanaviciusThe Artist and Martin Scorsese’s Hugo up for numerous awards though a particular favourite of ours here on HeyUGuys, Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive, has been championed within the Academy and find itself up for Best Film, Director and a Supporting Actress nod for Carey Mulligan.

You can follow our coverage of the awards ceremony, with details of the winners as they are announced as well as other highlights from the Awards noted down before the BBC’s
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Blu-ray, DVD Release: My Week With Marilyn

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: March 13, 2012

Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $39.99

Studio: The Weinstein Company/Anchor Bay Entertainment

Nominated for two Academy Awards, My Week With Marilyn got plenty of acclaim when it was in theaters but was screened in only a limited release.

The independent film, which grossed $13 million at the box office, stars Michelle Williams (Blue Valentine) as the titular blonde bombshell and Kenneth Branagh (Pirate Radio) as actor Sir Laurence Olivier. Both were nominated for Oscars for their performances.

In the drama movie, Marilyn Monroe makes her first trip to London to film The Prince and the Showgirl with Olivier. There, she befriends Colin Clark (Eddie Redmayne, Glorious 39), the film’s third assistant director, but as their relationship progresses, he begins to focus less on the movie and more on rescuing Marilyn from the pressures of celebrity life.

Julia Ormond (The Music Never Stopped) and Emma Watson
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Romola Garai: 'I'm not the next Kate Winslet'

Romola Garai: 'I'm not the next Kate Winslet'
Romola Garai has said that she is flattered by comparisons to Kate Winslet. The Junkhearts and The Hour actress said that Glorious 39 director Stephen Poliakoff was "very generous" when he told Digital Spy that she was "the next Kate Winslet" back in 2009. Garai told Stylist of Poliakoff: "He's a very dear friend of mine, who I love. He's an incredibly kind director and an amazingly brilliant man. "He was obviously trying to garner as much publicity for the film as possible. And that is a good way to get publicity! Obviously, I'm flattered. It's a very nice thing to say - albeit (more)
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Watch WWF’s Short Film Astonish Me Featuring Gemma Arterton, Christian McKay And Bill Nighy

The WWF-uk is pleased to share with you this short film Astonish Me starring Bill Nighy, Gemma Arterton, Christian McKay and introducing Will Jacklin. In a tale of adventure and discovery showcasing some of the extraordinary species recently found around the world, Astonish Me has been created by writer Stephen Poliakoff and director Charles Sturridge to celebrate the WWF’s 50th anniversary.

On a sidenote, actor Bill Nighy, writer Stephen Poliakoff and the film’s composer Adrian Johnston, all worked on the 2009 film Glorious 39.
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Stephen Fry's 'Ocean Giants' makes a splash with 5.4m

Stephen Fry's 'Ocean Giants' makes a splash with 5.4m
BBC nature series Ocean Giants launched with 5.45m on Sunday night, while Stephen Poliakoff's Glorious 39 premiered on BBC Two with 2.6m, the latest audience data has revealed. Ocean Giants, the Stephen Fry-narrated mini-series on the undersea world of whales and dolphins, averaged 5.45m (22.7%) for BBC One in the 9pm hour, easily outperforming Law & Order: UK's 3.91m (16.3%) on ITV1 and 215k (1.1%) on +1. BBC Two's screening of Glorious 39, a suspense thriller starring Bill Nighy and Romola Garai, was watched by 2.43m between 9pm and 11pm, while 194k (0.9%) tuned in on BBC HD. Top Gear revved up 1.86m (9.6%) in the 7pm hour and 162k (0.8%) in HD, before business reality TV show Dragons' Den slumped to 2.96m, down 780k week-on-week. An additional 311k (1.4%) caught the show on BBC HD. Britain's (more)
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Tracey Ullman returns to London stage for Stephen Poliakoff play

Comedian who made her name on TV in the 1980s takes role in new work celebrating the teaching profession

Hollywood stars and the public sector are rarely mentioned in the same breath. But thanks to dramatist Stephen Poliakoff, that is about to change. Multimillionaire, comedian and Hollywood actress Tracey Ullman is to return to the British stage after a 20-year absence in a new play by Poliakoff about the importance of teachers and the public service ethos in our lives.

The British star, who established herself as a household name in America in the 1980s, is returning to appear in My City, which will open at London's Almeida theatre early in September. It will be Poliakoff's first theatrical work for 12 years, following his acclaimed television dramas Shooting the Past and The Lost Prince.

The award-winning writer wrote the "powerful and surprising" play before news of the cuts in education, but
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Hugh Grant Takes The Lead In The Pirates! Band Of Misfits

An Aardman Production For Sony Pictures Animation Martin Freeman, David Tennant, Imelda Staunton, Jeremy Piven, Salma Hayek, Brian Blessed, Brendan Gleeson, Russell Tovey, and Ashley Jensen Also On Board

Culver City, Calif. – Hugh Grant will voice the lead role alongside an all-star cast in The Pirates! Band Of Misfits, the new stop-motion, 3D, animated film produced by Aardman Animations for Sony Pictures Animation. The film, which will be distributed by Columbia Pictures, will be released March 30, 2012 in North America.

Hugh Grant, starring in his first animated role, is the luxuriantly bearded Pirate Captain – a boundlessly enthusiastic, if somewhat less-than-successful, terror of the High Seas. With a rag-tag crew at his side (Martin Freeman, Brendan Gleeson, Russell Tovey, and Ashley Jensen), and seemingly blind to the impossible odds stacked against him, the Captain has one dream: to beat his bitter rivals Black Bellamy (Jeremy Piven) and Cutlass Liz (Salma Hayek) to
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Bonneville To Topline 3D "Captain Nemo"

Veteran British TV actor Hugh Bonneville will star in the 3D steampunk action feature "Captain Nemo" for Shoreline Entertainment says Heat Vision.

The story serves as a pseudo sequel to Jules Verne's "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" and finds Captain Nemo joining forces with President Ulysses Grant to battle an evil genius who is causing naval disasters.

Pearry Teo will direct the project which begins filming in Beijing this August. Illuminate Hollywood will handle the 3D visual effects while Mark Rudnitksy and Amy Krell are producing.

Bonneville's long resume stretches back two decades and includes the likes of "Lost in Austen," "Married for Life," "Tipping the Velvet," "The Robinsons," "Bonekickers," "Courting Alex," "Five Days" and films like "Notting Hill," "Mansfield Park," "Mary Shelley's Frankenstein," "Iris," "Glorious 39" and "Burke and Hare". He currently stars in "Downton Abbey" and played a pirate captain in last week's episode of "Doctor Who".
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New Release: Black Death Blu-ray and DVD

On May 10, Magnolia will release the British medieval adventure film Black Death, about the outbreak of the bubonic plague across England during the 14th Century, on Blu-ray and DVD.

Actions speak louder than words for Sean Bean in Black Death.

Written and directed by Christopher Smith (Triangle) and starring Sean Bean (Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief), the movie opens as Europe begins to fall under the shadow of the “Black Death.” As the plague decimates all in its path, fear and superstition are rife and even the church begins to lose its grip on the people. There are rumors of a village, hidden in marshland that the plague cannot reach, and there is even talk of a necromancer who leads the village and is able to bring the dead back to life. Ulric (Bean), a fearsome, sword-slashing knight, is charged by the church to investigate these rumors. He
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DVD Playhouse--March 2011

DVD Playhouse—March 2011

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Allen Gardner

127 Hours (20th Century Fox) Harrowing true story of Aron Ralston (James Franco, in another fine turn), an extreme outdoorsman who finds himself trapped in a remote Utah canyon, his arm pinned between two boulders, with no help nearby, no communication to the outside world, and dim prospects for survival, to say the least. Director Danny Boyle manages to prove again that he’s one of the finest filmmakers working today by making a subject that is seemingly uncinematic a true example of pure cinema. Inventive, breathtaking, funny, and horrifying, often all at once. Amber Tamblyn and Kate Mara make a memorable, brief appearance as hikers who connect with Ralston during his journey. Also available on Blu-ray disc. Bonuses: Commentary by Boyle, producer Christian Colson, co-writer Simon Beaufoy; Deleted scenes; Featurettes. Widescreen. Dolby and DTS-hd 5.1 surround.

Amarcord (Criterion) Federico Fellini’s Oscar-winning, autobiographical classic might
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Exclusive: Glorious 39 Cast Interview Featurette

Exclusive: Glorious 39 Cast Interview Featurette
Glorious 39 is the latest film from director Stephen Poliakoff, and it stars Romola Garai, Bill Nighy, and Julie Christie as a traditional British family who must content with the encroaching brutality of World War II. The Glorious 39 Blu-ray and DVD are available in stores now. We have an exclusive look at this enthralling drama with an exclusive featurette that includes interviews from the cast and the crew. For an in-depth look behind-the-scenes of Glorious 39, click on the clip below.

Click to watch Exclusive: Cast Interview Featurette!

Glorious 39 was released in 2009 and stars Romola Garai, Bill Nighy, Julie Christie, David Tennant, Juno Temple, Eddie Redmayne, Asier Newman, Christopher Lee. The film is directed by Stephen Poliakoff.
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