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Warwick Davis's strategy of basically daring J.J. Abrams to refuse him has apparently worked out: He's going to have a brief role in Star Wars: Episode VII after all. Davis played Wicket the Ewok in Return of the Jedi and had various roles in Phantom Menace; thinking out loud to IGN last year, Davis mused that in the new film, he could play a bad guy or even a Jedi, adding that "a villain with a lightsaber is the ultimate goal, if that's not asking too much." He just wants people to see his face! Davis cautioned that he wasn't "dying to get back inside an Ewok suit," but after Life's Too Short, he'd probably still prefer it to a frog suit. »
- Nate Jones
Is this the return of Wicket? Warwick Davis, who was only 11 years old when he won the part of Wicket the Ewok in Return of the Jedi, has been tapped to return to the galaxy far, far away for J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: Episode VII. Lucasfilm made the announcement with this video: Meanwhile, at the Davis residence… #StarWarsVII https://t.co/i9ChKEtNb0 — Star Wars (@starwars) October 16, 2014 In addition to Return of the Jedi, the 3-foot-6 actor has impressive geek cred in the movies, having played the title role of Willow in Ron Howard's 1988 fantasy adventure, Professor Flitwick »
- Anthony Breznican
So as we anticipate what Brent has been up to since the end of the BBC hit comedy, here's what the cast have done since:
Ricky Gervais played the lead role as David Brent - the embarrassing, toe-curling and cringeworthy boss of company Wernham Hogg, devoid of self-awareness but poised with an unwavering love for the paper merchants he manages.
Gervais went on to create comedy Extras with Stephen Merchant, which was co-produced by the BBC and HBO and aired between 2005 and 2007. Gervais played ambitious actor Andy Millman, afflicted with a useless agent played by Merchant. Guest stars have included Patrick Stewart, Samuel L Jackson, Ben Stiller and Kate Winslet.
In 2009, Gervais starred in, wrote and directed his feature comedy debut The Invention of Lying. »
A WWE and Lionsgate panel was present at Comic-Con last night touting their upcoming projects 'See No Evil 2' and their 'Leprechaun' franchise reboot 'Leprechaun Origins'. The project from director Zach Lipovsky will be unleashed onto VOD from 26 August and will see a DVD and Blu-ray release just over a month later. WWE's Hornswoggle (Dylan Postl) has snared the iconic little guy role from Warwick Davis ('Life's Too Short') and from this new first look teaser at the green bastard we can certainly see that he's been given an even more sinister makeover for his latest outing. Brendan Fletcher, Teach Grant, Andrew Dunbar, Stephanie Bennett, Bruce Blain and Adam Boys also star. Check out the new teaser below. »
'When did I last cry? Over a YouTube clip about animals'
Ricky Gervais, 52, was born in Reading. He worked as a radio scriptwriter with Stephen Merchant, and together they wrote the TV series The Office. It became the most successful British comedy of all time. He has since made Extras, An Idiot Abroad, Life's Too Short and Derek. In 2007, he entered the Guinness World Records for the most downloaded podcast; in 2010, Time Magazine named him one of the world's 100 most influential people. His latest film is Muppets Most Wanted, and series two of Derek starts on Channel 4 on Wednesday.
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- Rosanna Greenstreet
It's time to do a little jig and celebrate the fact that the first official teaser one-sheet for Zach Lipovsky's 'Leprechaun: Origins' has been uncovered. Whether of not the franchise needs rebooting is a question that seems to have been answered positively by Lionsgate along with WWE Studios whom have teamed up to bring us this new look version which is said to be 'darker and a more traditional horror.' Warwick Davis ('Life's Too Short'), whom was fitted out in the fetching green attire for 6 of the previous installments, has been looked over this time around in favour of WWE's own Hornswoggle Dylan Postl. Brendan Fletcher, Teach Grant, Andrew Dunbar, Stephanie Bennett, Bruce Blain and Adam Boys also star. Check out the new poster below. »
Davis originally fronted a pilot episode in November. The show will follow the format of contestants trying to complete rows on a giant board of famous faces by deciding whether they agree or disagree with the answers the celebrities have given to general knowledge questions.
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The Big Reunion was a family affair this week, as '90s group 3T talked about the good, the bad and the tragic times they went through as members of the Jackson clan. Their story struck a chord with married mother-of-one and Girl Thing member Jodi Albert, who's been blogging about her time on the show exclusively for DS. Read on for her thoughts on Jackson family life, cheeky comparisons to the King of Pop and the prospect of being fired by fax like Eternal's Kéllé Bryan...
"First of all, I thought Andi Peters' jibe about Girl Thing not bothering Michael Jackson's record sales was hilarious. You can't take it too seriously - I think that's what makes The Big Reunion good. All of the bands at some point or another didn't end up working and you've got to be able to take it on the chin. »
Interview Simon Brew 27 Jan 2014 - 06:15
It's March 2013, and we're having a pinch-yourself day. For we're on the set of Muppets Most Wanted (still simply known as Muppets II at this point), and have seen things that would have our younger selves pinching ourselves. We'll have, as a result, a lot more on the film for you in the weeks ahead.
Our starting point though is when we're bundled into a room with a bunch of other wide-eyed visitors from around Europe. Turns out the room belongs to one of the stars of the film, Ricky Gervais. And turns out too that he's wearing a lemur costume, »
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