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Richard Ridings interview: Daddy Pig from Peppa Pig

Brendon Connelly Apr 7, 2017

The voice of Daddy Pig, Richard Ridings, chats to us about the character, Terry Gilliam, Roger Rabbit and more..

Don't tell anyone under the age of nine, but Richard Ridings is the man who gives voice to Peppa's very own Daddy Pig. That's right, he's not a real pig.

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Ridings' is a beautifully well-judged performance; just one of a number on his varied resume. I was delighted to chat with him recently about the new Peppa Pig cinematic experience, while also making time to speak a little about Who Framed Roger Rabbit, his motion capture work with Andy Serkis and Ninja Theory and, best of all, the after-dinner exorcism of Terry Gilliam.

How much of a time commitment has it been for you, so far, for all of the Peppa Pig to date?
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Jack And The Cuckoo-Clock Heart Blu-Ray Review

Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart Blu-Ray Review

There are few movies that are as wild, original, and filled with soul as Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart, and the only problem with that is that it’s going to make you think someone else directed it. (He didn’t.)

Adapted by Mathias Malzieu from his own bestselling novel and the gold-selling album by his band Dionysos, Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart is a magical story that feels like a new breed of myth, and it comes to you through brilliant animation.

Born on the coldest day in the history of the Earth, Jack’s heart is frozen solid. To save his life, midwife Madeleine grafts a tiny cuckoo clock into his chest to take its place. Everything will be fine, she tells him, so long as he follows three rules in order to keep things running smooth – He can never touch the clock’s workings,
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Watch The Trailer for The Animated Film Jack And The Cuckoo-clock Heart

Shout! Factory has debuted the U.S. trailer for Jack And The Cuckoo-clock Heart, arriving in select theaters in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Scottsdale, Denver, Atlanta, Detroit, Miami, Houston, Orlando and Tampa beginning September 24, 2014.

This fall, step inside the imaginative story book world of the highly popular French novel La Mécanique du Cœur (The Boy with the Cuckoo-Clock Heart) and beguiled by the wildly inventive adventures of Jack and Miss Acacia as they leap from page to the screen. A film directed by Mathias Malzieu and Stéphane Berla and produced by Virginie Besson-Silla, EuropaCorp, Jack And The Cuckoo-clock Heart is a visually opulent animated fairy tale set in an exciting period full of fabulous inventions, enchanting music and marvelous adventures. This superbly animated movie brings to life a unique tale of love and the acceptance of others through an awe-inspiring cinematic adventure filled with whimsical characters, stunning CG animation and unforgettable musical numbers.
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Dr Who: films of Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy

Feature Alex Westthorp 16 Apr 2014 - 07:00

Alex's trek through the film roles of actors who've played the Doctor reaches Peter Davison, Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy...

Read the previous part in this series, Doctor Who: the film careers of Patrick Troughton and Tom Baker, here.

In March 1981, as he made his Doctor Who debut, Peter Davison was already one the best known faces on British television. Not only was he the star of both a BBC and an ITV sitcom - Sink Or Swim and Holding The Fort - but as the young and slightly reckless Tristan Farnon in All Creatures Great And Small, about the often humorous cases of Yorkshire vet James Herriot and his colleagues, he had cemented his stardom. The part led, indirectly, to his casting as the venerable Time Lord.

The recently installed Doctor Who producer, John Nathan-Turner, had been the Production Unit Manager on
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Oscar for Caesar

Apparently, 20th Century Fox is monkeying around with the Oscars in two categories: Fox is conducting an Oscar campaign for Andy Serkis for Best Actor after playing the first animal protagonist in a live-action film, and that role was Caesar in the box-office hit Rise of the Planet of the Apes co-starring James Franco and Freida Pinto. I do hope Andy does get the Oscar. Recognition should also go to the other ape actors for playing these smarter than average simians: Terry Notary who played chimps Rocket and Bright Eyes, Karin Konoval as Maurice the orangutan, Richard Ridings as Buck the gorilla, and Christopher Gordon as Koba the bonobo. The studio is also campaigning for an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects. Rise of the Planet of the Apes is exceptional for bringing motion capture actors in real world settings instead of being inside a motion capture volume. by guest blogger Eric M.
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Media Serkis: The Gollum Actor Goes Ape For Video Games

Whilst promoting his star turn as intelligent revolutionary ape Caesar in the damned fantastic Rise of the Planet of the Apes, versatile character actor Andy Serkis has talked up the future of video games as a mode of storytelling to rival the cinema.

Serkis’ involvement in games has been a revolution during this console generation, his work with Ninja Theory on the beautiful PS3 launch title Heavenly Sword and last year’s under-loved Enslaved: Odyssey to the West paving the way for more dramatic storytelling in a medium where character animations are often robotic. The motion capture enhanced success stories of L.A Noire, with its own impressive roster of established actors, and earnest drama-them-up Heavy Rain can be counted among the recent games which have taken the ball from Serkis and run with it. As a result we’re now a long way from Ryo Hazuki and closer to something with greater emotional power.
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Andy Serkis on Enslaved and acting in video games

The Games blog caught up with Mr Gollum himself to discuss the role of Monkey and his passion for performance capture

Since his breakthrough digital role as Gollum in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Andy Serkis has become the film industry's go-to thespian on all things digital.

And after he won games critics' hearts (if not, perhaps, consumers) with his contribution to last month's Enslaved: Odyssey to the West, we thought we'd find out a bit more about what tempts a high-profile actor to spend hours wearing only a skintight black bodysuit covered in Pritt Stick and ping-pong balls.

What is performance capture, exactly?

There's an important distinction between motion capture, which is the technology used to track body movement and was developed by the medical industry to assess injuries, and performance capture (PC) which has been developed by the film industry as a means of capturing on film
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HBO Orders Game of Thrones to Series

HBO's Game of Thrones HBO is set to play a brand new fantasy game with a debut set for next spring. According to The Live Feed, HBO has greenlit Game of Thrones for a series order.

The network has ordered nine episodes of the series, which is based off George R.R. Martin's fantasy novel series, on top of the pilot episode for a 10-episode first season. The pilot was written by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss and was directed by Tom McCarthy, as we reported way back in May.

Sean Bean stars in the series and here's how the site described the series.

The sprawling tale set in the mythical land of Westeros tells the story of the noble Stark family who become caught up in high court intrigue when patriarch Eddard (played by Sean Bean) becomes the king's new right-hand man. The four-and-counting books in the series would
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Jason Momoa and other casting confirmed for HBO's 'Thrones'

Another day, another round of "Game of Thrones" casting. Over the weekend, as I noted in this story, news emerged that "Stargate Atlantis" actor Jason Momoa has been cast as horse lord Khal Drogo in the epic saga "Game of Thrones." "GoT" began filming its pilot in Northern Ireland this week (other locations include Scotland and Morocco). HBO confirmed the casting for several other roles in the drama today: Jamie Campbell-Bower (of "The Twilight Saga: New Moon") as Waymar Royce Joseph Mawle as Benjen Stark Richard Ridings as Gared Ron Donachie as Ser Rodrik Cassel Donald Sumpter as Maester Luwin...
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