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Sally Phillips interview: Ferdinand, Taskmaster, Smack The Pony, Veep

Louisa Mellor Dec 15, 2017

We chatted to actor and writer Sally Phillips about comedy, European accents, special cuddles, writing films and more...

“I’m quite keen to meet a Finnish shaman, have you seen them?” asks Sally Phillips three minutes into an interview that’s supposed to be about her role in new family animation Ferdinand. Scrolling through her phone, she presents me with a photograph of a fearsome looking woman with Pris from Blade Runner eye make-up, wearing an elaborate headdress and holding a tambourine.

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“Look at the expression! Very, very miserable, tambourine, excellent eye make-up” says Phillips, delighted. “I play a character who looks a bit like that in Zapped! and I did something else recently where they painted a black chicken on one eye. I thought, well, it’s slowly, slowly happening, I’m turning into a Finnish Shaman.”

Despite not having visited Finland,
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How Doctor Who series 8 tapped into horror

The directors of Doctor Who's latest series brought back the scares in a big way. Well, fear is a superpower...

Warning: contains spoilers for every episode of the eighth series of Doctor Who.

We were promised back in August that the Peter Capaldi era of Doctor Who would mark a departure from the adventurous fairy tale approach of Matt Smith's run.

“Darker” and “edgier” are buzz words that have been applied to countless Hollywood sequels, but the eighth series actually lived up to that promise and by September, the tabloid press were dispensing think-pieces about whether or not it had become too scary for children (“scary” here standing in for “complicated” in Smith's era and “heretical” when David Tennant got a lift off a couple of angel robots in Voyage Of The Damned.)

All moral panics aside, this series brought back the scares in a big, bad way.
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New Who Review: “In the Forest of the Night”

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A great actor once said “never work with children or animals.” This episode features both, and once again, the axiom proves true. The students of Coal Hill School have a sleepover in the museum of natural history, and wake up…

In The Forest Of The Night

By Frank Cottrell-Boyce

Directed by Sheree Folkson

London, and indeed the whole world, ha been engulfed by dense, fireproof forests overnight. The Doctor assumes it’s an act of aggression, but with the help of the kids of Coal Hill School, including one very sensitive girl, the real threat to Earth is identified. But are they too late to realize they’ve been attacking the wrong side?

This is another episode where the main plot and the threat of the week is almost overwhelmed by the staggering character work. Wonderful camera work from the director (the steadi-cam run around the top deck of the
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Doctor Who series 8: Frank Cottrell Boyce confirmed

Frank Cottrell Boyce completes the line-up of writers for Doctor Who series 8...

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As teased earlier in the week, novelist and screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce (24 Hour Party People, Millions) is indeed the writer of an episode in Doctor Who's new series.

Now the news is official, the BBC has released a smattering of details about Boyce's episode, which will feature a cast of child actors including young Harley Bird (the actress who lends her voice to CBeebies character Peppa Pig), and is to be directed by Sheree Folkson (Casanova, The Decoy Bride).

In the official press bumf about the news, Steven Moffat gave Boyce's script a raving endorsement as "pure magic - and everyting I could have hoped for from the genius behind the Olympics opening ceremony!! Doctor Who is born anew in the mind of a genius".

Boyce joins fellow series eight writers Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss, Phil Ford,
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Guardian profile: David Tennant, our favourite Doctor … his time has come

Actor returns to face old foe in Doctor Who's 50th anniversary special, possibly the TV event of 2013, then is off to crack Us

Regularly acclaimed as the nation's favourite Time Lord, the former Doctor Who star David Tennant is accustomed to travelling through space and time. But even if he had a real-life Tardis it is unlikely that he would travel beyond the here and now, such is his ubiquity across screen and stage.

From his lead role in the ITV murder mystery Broadchurch to his return to the Royal Shakespeare Company in Richard II, via leading parts in BBC dramas The Politician's Husband and The Escape Artist, Tennant's tilt at world domination is enough to make the Daleks jealous.

Tennant will return to face the old foe in Doctor Who's 50th anniversary special – reunited with his companion, Billie Piper, alongside incumbent Matt Smith and guest star John Hurt.
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DVD, Digital Release: Petunia

DVD Release Date: Sept. 3, 2013; Digital Release Date: Aug. 6, 2013

Price: DVD $24.95

Studio: Wolfe Video

Christine Lahti and Tobias Segal light up in Petunia.

An offbeat family of New Yorkers, the Petunias, comes to terms with their own misgivings about life, relationships and the sheer unpredictability of love itself in the 2012 independent comedy-drama film Petunia.

The movie weaves together the lives of brothers Charlie (Tobias Segal, R.I.P.D.), Adrian (Jimmy Heck), and Michael (Eddie Kaye Thomas, A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas) as they unlearn everything their psychoanalyst parents have taught them.

While Michael’s cynical wife Vivian (Thora Birch, American Beauty) discovers she is pregnant, the family is also changing. Charlie’s would be boyfriend George (Michael Urie, The Decoy Bride) is in a polyamorous relationship with fitness fanatic Robin (Brittany Snow, Pitch Perfect) and Adrian has developed an unrelenting sex addiction. Meanwhile, meddling parents Felicia (Christine Lahti, ...And Justice for All) and Percy (David Rasche,
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Blu-ray, DVD Release: Spies of Warsaw

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: April 16, 2013

Price: DVD $19.98, Blu-ray $24.98

Studio: BBC Home Entertainment/Warner Home Video

Doctor Who steps into the past for BBC’s miniseries Spies of Warsaw.

Well, not Doctor Who exactly, but actor David Tennant (The Decoy Bride), playing Colonel Jean-Francois Mercier, a decorated hero of the 1914 war and new military attache at the French embassy in Warsaw.

In the years leading up to World War II, Mercier is drawn into a world of abduction, betrayal and intrigue in the diplomatic salons and back alleys of the city. He risks his life working in the shadows, amidst spies and others, and finds himself in a passionate love affair with Anna (Janet Montgomery, Black Swan), a Parisian lawyer for the League of Nations.

Spies of Warsaw premiered on BBC America on April 3 in the cable network’s Dramaville programming block. The 180-minute miniseries is based on the acclaimed novel
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Blu-ray, DVD Release: Anna Karenina

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Feb. 19, 2013

Price: DVD $19.99, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $34.98

Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment

The 2012 movie based on the classic novel by Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina stars Keira Knightley (A Dangerous Method) as the titular Russian aristocrat.

The film is the third partnership of Knightley and director Joe Wright, who previously helmed the actress in Atonement and Pride & Prejudice.

In taking on Tolstoy’s book, Wright tells the story of Knightley’s Karenina, a late-19th-century Russian aristocrat married to one of Russia’s most esteemed men (Jude Law, Sherlock Holmes). Karenina feels an immediate spark when she meets cavalry officer Vronsky (Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Savages) and the two begin a passionate affair that shocks the nation.

Written by acclaimed screenwriter Tom Stoppard (Shakespeare in Love), Anna Karenina got mixed reviews when it was in theaters, where it ran on a limited number of screens. The R-rated period film, which
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Scottish film on show at Pyongyang Film Festival

The idea of holding a film festival in one of the most culturally isolationist countries on Earth might seem bizarre, but this year's Pyongyang event, which opened yesterday, is giving North Koreans their best chance yet to see foreign films on the big screen. One of its most eagerly anticipated choices is Scottish romantic comedy The Decoy Bride, with Doctor Who star David Tennant.

Although former North Korean ruler Kim Jong Il was famous for his love of cinema, once going so far as to kidnap his favourite South Korean auteur and force him to make monster movies, the changes in the festival actually have more to do with his successor, Kim Jong Un, who has been working to strengthen cultural ties between the hermit kingdom and the outside world. In particular, Kim Jong Un has worked with China, and groundbreaking North Korean-Chinese co-production Meet In Pyongyang will also feature at.
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Blu-ray, DVD Release: The Raven

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Oct. 9, 2012

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

Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

John Cusack is Edgar Allen Poe in The Raven

John Cusack (Hot Tub Time Machine) stars as Edgar Allen Poe in the 2012 mystery thriller film The Raven, which revolves around the troubled writer’s investigation into a string of grisly murders seemingly inspired by his most macabre works.

The film is set in Baltimore, 1849, where police detective Emmett Fields (Luke Evans, Immortals), while investigating a horrific double murder, discovers that the killer’s methods mirror the twisted writings of Edgar Allan Poe. Suspecting Poe at first, Fields ultimately enlists his help to stop future attacks. The stakes are raised as the gruesome slayings continue, the hunt intensifies, and Poe’s own love, Emily Hamilton (Alice Eve, The Decoy Bride), becomes a target for the killer.

Directed by James McTeigue (Ninja Assassin), the R-rated
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Don't Take The Bait For This 'Decoy'

One must imagine that a good portion of romantic comedy’s appeal is the boundless illogic with which their star-crossed lovers are drawn together; otherwise, it probably would have died out a long time ago. Watching The Decoy Bride is like watching the world’s loneliest, most awkward teenager orchestrate the fate of two people who natural laws dictate would never, ever get together, but will simply have to for the purposes of this story. If you find these sort of set-ups appealing you may well enjoy Decoy; if not, look out.

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Blu-ray, DVD Release: Atm

sBlu-ray & DVD Release Date: July 31, 2012

Price: DVD $24.98, Blu-ray $29.98

Studio: IFC/Mpi

Brian Geraghty (l.), Alice Eve and Josh Peck choose the wrong cash machine in Atm.

The 2012 film Atm is a compact independent horror-thriller movie about three young people who make a quick late-night stop at a cash machine, a seemingly simple action that thrusts them into a life-threatening situation.

At a company Christmas party, insecure investment banker David (Brian Geraghty, The Hurt Locker) is going to give his co-worker (and secret crush) Emily (Alice Eve, The Decoy Bride) a ride home, only to have David’s pushy friend Corey (Josh Peck, Havoc) horn in and joing them as they leave. As if that’s not enough, Corey asks them to make a late-night stop at a glass-enclosed Atm in a dimly lit parking lot. Not long after that, the trio’s routine transaction turns creepy when a mysterious man
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New DVD Blu-Ray: 'The Artist,' 'Mirror Mirror,' '21 Jump Street'

Moviefone's New Release Pick of the Week "The Artist" What's It About? The Academy Awards' Best Picture of the Year just so happened to be a black-and-white silent film about a beloved actor who struggles to adjust to the advent of "talkies" in Hollywood. See It Because: Even without hearing a word he says, Jean Dujardin (Best Actor Oscar winner) brings a full and expressive performance as movie star George Valentin. And while the film's approach is decidedly old-fashioned, it's a real crowd-pleaser. Oh and also, Uggie the Dog pretty much upstages everybody. (Also Available on Redbox DVD & Blu-ray | Amazon Instant Video ) Family Release of the Week "Mirror Mirror" What's It About? Tarsem Singh ("The Fall," "Immortals") offers his own unique, stylized spin on the "Snow White" fairy tale, bringing Julia Roberts along as the Evil Queen. See It Because: Tarsem's style has always been distinct -- full of lush colors,
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New on DVD and Blu-ray: 'The Artist' and More

This week: "The Artist" -- the French silent movie that won five Oscars this year, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Costume Design and Best Original Score -- arrives on DVD and Blu-ray at last.

Also new this week are Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill in the hilarious action comedy "21 Jump Street," Sam Worthington going Greek again in "Wrath of the Titans," the Snow White interpretation "Mirror Mirror," and an anniversary Blu-ray edition of "Deliverance."

'The Artist'

Box Office: $45 million

Rotten Tomatoes: 98% Fresh

Storyline: Set 1920s Hollywood, this silent romantic dramedy by director Michel Hazanavicius stars Jean Dujardin as George Valentin, a silent-movie star whose career is threatened by the arrival of sound. He sparks with an extra, Peppy Miller (Bérénice Bejo), who is on the verge of getting her big break while George clings to his hope that "talkies" are just a passing fad.

Extras!
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Q&A: Sally Phillips

'My most treasured possession? My children have destroyed pretty much everything I liked'

Sally Phillips, 42, was born in Hong Kong and educated at Wycombe Abbey School and Oxford University. After performing at the Edinburgh festival fringe, in 1997 she was cast as the receptionist in the TV series I'm Alan Partridge. Between 1999 and 2003, she co-wrote and starred in Smack The Pony on Channel 4. In 2001 she played Shazza in Bridget Jones's Diary and most recently she wrote and appeared in the movie The Decoy Bride. She stars in a new sitcom, Parents, which starts next month on Sky 1. She is married with three children and lives in London.

When were you happiest?

At the birth of each of my children. Drugs were involved.

What is your greatest fear?

The death of my children.

What is your earliest memory?

Showering in the rain with my brother in Borneo.

Which living person do you most admire,
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Q&A: Sally Phillips

'My most treasured possession? My children have destroyed pretty much everything I liked'

Sally Phillips, 42, was born in Hong Kong and educated at Wycombe Abbey School and Oxford University. After performing at the Edinburgh festival fringe, in 1997 she was cast as the receptionist in the TV series I'm Alan Partridge. Between 1999 and 2003, she co-wrote and starred in Smack The Pony on Channel 4. In 2001 she played Shazza in Bridget Jones's Diary and most recently she wrote and appeared in the movie The Decoy Bride. She stars in a new sitcom, Parents, which starts next month on Sky 1. She is married with three children and lives in London.

When were you happiest?

At the birth of each of my children. Drugs were involved.

What is your greatest fear?

The death of my children.

What is your earliest memory?

Showering in the rain with my brother in Borneo.

Which living person do you most admire,
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Latest MPAA Ratings: Bulletin No: 2222

This has to be one of the biggest MPAA rating bulletins I've ever had to put together with 11 prominent films getting new ratings or amended ratings. Included is Julie Delpy's 2 Days in New York co-starring Chris Rock, Pixar's Brave, the upcoming dramedy Celeste and Jesse Forever, Marjane Satrapi's Chicken with Plums, William Friedkin's Killer Joe which gets an updated Nc-17 rating reason, an R-rating for Ridley Scott's Prometheus, Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection, the horror collaboration V/H/S, The Words starring Zoe Saldana and Bradley Cooper, the R-rated rom-com Ruby Sparks and Sylvester Stallone's newly dated Bullet to the Head. Like I said, it is packed and if you're wondering what that film called Kiara the Brave is considering its similar rating to Pixar's Brave, just click here and bask in the glory of some of the best animation you've ever seen. Evar!
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Video on demand: kill or cure for arthouse cinemas?

The new streaming service for leftfield movies will be welcomed by many film fans, but there's a risk that local indie cinemas will suffer

For all the chatter about the coming revolution in film distribution, movie fans might be forgiven for thinking that there has been a lot of hot air and not much actual innovation. If you want to see a new release, your choices remain a visit to the cinema or pursuing pirated content. You have to wait four months before you can leegally watch a film in the comfort of your own home. Sure, there is the odd exception such as The Decoy Bride – a little-loved romantic comedy starring David Tennant and Kelly Macdonald, which last month you could find on digital platforms such as FilmFlex, iTunes and Blinkbox, as well as simultaneously in four cinemas – but this is hardly reinventing the film distribution wheel.

While the
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Some still like it hot, fast...and screwball

The screwball is making a comeback. A comedy genre which flourished in Hollywood in the 1930s and early 1940s, and which yielded such classic films as His Girl Friday, Bringing Up Baby and The Lady Eve as well as such latter-day manifestations as Some Like It Hot (1959), is being dusted down by a new generation of film-makers. Last week saw the release of The Decoy Bride, a new, Scottish-set screwball comedy. Later in the year, we'll see Tanya Wexler's Hysteria, a romantic comedy with strong screwball elements about the invention of the vibrator in Victorian England.
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John Carter sparkles in the Sunday sun as Marigold wilts at the UK box office

Andrew Stanton's sci-fi blockbuster takes advantage of the UK's weekend sunshine to edge past The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel – but grey skies and the grey pound could soon bounce back

The winner

Despite suffering bad buzz over budget overruns, an epic production process and a name change, Disney was able to trumpet a UK No 1 opening for its sci-fi blockbuster John Carter, with a gross of just under £2m. That's probably not the number Disney envisioned 26 months ago when shooting started on this pricey Edgar Rice Burroughs adaptation with Pixar's Andrew Stanton at the helm, but it could have been worse. John Carter lost the box-office war to The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel on Friday, and was still behind after Saturday, but was a convincing winner on Sunday. John Carter's opening number compares with £2.47m for Green Lantern last June – viewed as a flop that stopped a potential franchise in its tracks.
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