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Celebrities Call For A Fur Ban In The UK

This week, British Prime Minister Theresa May received a letter from 31 of Britain’s biggest stars urging her to introduce a UK ban on animal-fur imports.

Fur farming has been illegal in the UK since 2000, but since then Britain has imported over £650 million worth of fur from countries such as China and Poland, where animals are typically bred in appalling conditions on fur farms.

The stars signed the open letter to show their support for the #FurFreeBritain campaign run by a group of prominent animal charities – Humane Society International UK, the Rspca, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), Four Paws, Animal Aid, Brian May's Save Me Trust, Viva!, The Jane Goodall Institute UK, and Open Cages – and supported by social network Care2.

The following celebrities have added their names: Alesha Dixon, Alison Steadman OBE, Sir Andy Murray OBE, Bill Bailey, Chris Packham, Douglas Booth, Evanna Lynch, Fearne Cotton,
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Jennifer Saunders, Matt Lucas, Alison Steadman Join Moomins Animated TV Series

Jennifer Saunders, Matt Lucas, Alison Steadman Join Moomins Animated TV Series
Jennifer Saunders, Matt Lucas and Alison Steadman have joined the upcoming animated TV series centered on the Moomins, the central characters in a series of hugely popular Scandinavian children’s books.

The animated TV series Moominvalley already has Rosamund Pike, Taron Egerton, Kate Winslet, Warwick Davis and Matt Berry in its voice cast. The latest additions to the small-screen adaptation, set for two seasons of 13 22-minute episodes and set to air in spring 2019, will have Saunders voice the character of Mymble, while Steadman and Lucas will lend their voices to Emma the Stage Rat and Teety-Woo, respectively.

Katie Leung...
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Trailer for New John Cleese Sitcom ‘Hold the Sunset’

The pilot sitcom starring Alison Steadman, John Cleese, and Jason Watkins is a British effort of Director Sandy Johnson and writer Charles McKeown that ventures into the unfortunate but all too-familiar world of an adult child returning home to his parents and deciding to stay for a while. A long while. Producers Moira Williams, Humphrey Barclay, and Chris Sussman try to find success exploring the sunset of the Baby Boomer generation and the “rising” of the Millennials. Airing Sundays on BBC One, the storyline is that Edith (Steadman), a widow who has managed to find life and happiness in her

Trailer for New John Cleese Sitcom ‘Hold the Sunset
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Stranger Things' David Harbour and Fantastic Beasts' Alison Sudol Join Greenpeace Ship Headed to Antarctica

Stranger Things’ star David Harbour and ‘Fantastic Beasts’ star Alison Sudol are on board a Greenpeace ship heading for Antarctic waters.

They will help make the case for an Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary backed by campaigners, scientists, over 40 international celebrities and 800,000 people around the world.

Following a Twitter challenge, resulting in more than 200,000 retweets in five hours, David Harbour secured a place on the Greenpeace ship alongside singer-songwriter and actress Alison Sudol. They have joined an expedition to gather scientific evidence of the need for an Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary to safeguard species like whales and penguins.

More than 40 international celebrities have joined David and Alison as ambassadors for the ‘Protect the Antarctic’ campaign. From countries ranging from Argentina to China, Spain to Israel, the ambassadors include actors, presenters, explorers, musicians, chefs and fashion designers:

Gillian Anderson, Carlos Bardem, Javier Bardem, Sir Quentin Blake, Tanya Burr, Jim Chapman, Gwendoline Christie, Lily Cole,
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All of the Films Joining FilmStruck’s Criterion Channel This February

Each month, the fine folks at FilmStruck and the Criterion Collection spend countless hours crafting their channels to highlight the many different types of films that they have in their streaming library. This January will feature an exciting assortment of films, as noted below.

To sign up for a free two-week trial here.

Thursday, February 1st

The Great Escape*

Based on the true story of an elaborately coordinated attempt to break out of a Nazi Pow camp, John Sturges’s The Great Escape is one of the most rousing adventure films of all time, anchored by Steve McQueen’s rebellious turn as “Cooler King” Captain Virgil Hilts. Featuring a powerful ensemble that includes Richard Attenborough, James Garner, Charles Bronson, and James Coburn, the film pulses with the humor of the prisoners’ camaraderie and the relentless suspense of their plan. Never released on DVD or Blu-ray, this 1993 Criterion laserdisc edition includes a long-unavailable commentary featuring Sturges,
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The BFI’s “Missing Believed Wiped” season gets horrific!

The BFI’s Missing Believed Wiped returns to BFI Southbank this December to present British television rediscoveries, not seen by audiences for decades, most since their original transmission dates…. The bespoke line-up of TV gems feature some of the countries most-loved television celebrities and iconic characters including Alf Garnett in Till Death Us Do Part: Sex Before Marriage, Cilla Black in her eponymous BBC show featuring Dudley Moore , Jimmy Edwards in Whack-o!, a rare interview with Peter Davison about playing Doctor Who, an appearance by future Doctor Who Patrick Troughton from ITV’s early police drama, No Hiding Place plus a significant screen debut from a young Pete Postlethwaite.

However for Nerdly readers, one of the real highlights of this edition of Missing Believed Wiped is the uncovering of TV horror Late Night Horror: The Corpse Can’t Play. Originally broadcast on 3 May, 1968 on BBC2 this is the only
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‘Lady Macbeth’ Leads 2017 British Independent Film Awards Nominations

Lady Macbeth topped the list of nominations for the 2017 British Independent Film Awards (Bifa) announced this morning by Maisie Williams and Hayley Squires at The London Edition.

Debut features dominate the nominations list, with the first-time writers, producers and directors of Lady Macbeth, I Am Not a Witch and God’s Own Country all recognised in the three newcomer categories – Debut Screenwriter, Breakthrough Producer sponsored by Creativity Media and The Douglas Hickox Award for Best Debut Director – as well as Best Screenplay sponsored by BBC Films, Best Director and Best British Independent Film.

Included in Lady Macbeth’s 15 nominations are nods for Florence Pugh, Naomi Ackie and Cosmo Jarvis for their performances; Naomi is nominated twice, for Best Supporting Actress and Most Promising Newcomer sponsored by The London Edition. The film has also been nominated for five technical categories, newly introduced this year, including Best Cinematography sponsored by Blackmagic Design,
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John Cleese doubles down on Brexit position: "I don’t want to be run by a bunch of European bureaucrats"

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John Cleese doubles down on Brexit position:
Iconic comedian also calls UK press “a disgrace”.

UK comedy legend John Cleese has reaffirmed his position in the Brexit debate, saying that while it will be five years before we know the full outcome, he thinks leaving the European Union is the correct decision.

“I don’t want to be run by a bunch of European bureaucrats because they always look after themselves first,” he commented to Screen.

The Monty Python and Fawlty Towers star admitted that “it will be five years before we know if it was a good thing or a bad thing, or if it will be a hard of soft exit”, but added that he supported the possibility of the latter option.

Heart Of Sarajevo, ‘Edith’

Cleese was speaking to Screen at the Sarajevo Film Festival, which he has been attending this week to accept the festival’s top prize, the honorary Heart of Sarajevo.

The actor said
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London Calling: Phil Hunt Rocks the Casbah with Head Gear Films

London Calling: Phil Hunt Rocks the Casbah with Head Gear Films
Phil Hunt’s London-based film-financing house Head Gear Films, which launched 15 years ago, has been ramping up its dealmaking activity in recent years. The company provided funding for 55 movies last year, up from five in 2012. Movies backed have included Johnny Depp starrer “Black Mass,” “Trespass Against Us,” starring Michael Fassbender, and John Michael McDonagh’s “War on Everyone,” starring Alexander Skarsgard and Michael Pena. Hunt tells Variety about how he balances his punk-rock ethos with a careful assessment of the risks inherent in the independent film business.

Hunt, who also co-heads 10-year-old sales company Bankside Films, started out as a photographer in the advertising business in the early 1990s. A punk rocker and Clash devotee at heart, he started to shoot music videos for bands like Big Audio Dynamite, as well as corporate films. From there he pogoed into producing micro-budgeted feature films, starting 20 years ago with “Fast Food,” starring Gerard Butler.
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John Cleese To Woo ‘Edith’ In BBC Sitcom; Cannes Sets Short Films – Global Briefs

John Cleese is returning to a BBC sitcom for the first time since Fawlty Towers — after having previously lobbed criticism at the broadcaster. But, he says, the scripts for six-part comedy Edith are “the most enjoyable” he’s been sent “in the last 100 years." Written by Charles McKeown (Brazil) and produced by BBC Studios for BBC One, Edith also stars Alison Steadman (Gavin & Stacey) and Jason Watkins (Line Of Duty). The story centers on Edith (Steadman) who’s been a…
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John Cleese To Woo ‘Edith’ In BBC Sitcom; Cannes Sets Short Films – Global Briefs

John Cleese To Woo ‘Edith’ In BBC Sitcom; Cannes Sets Short Films – Global Briefs
John Cleese is returning to a BBC sitcom for the first time since Fawlty Towers — after having previously lobbed criticism at the broadcaster. But, he says, the scripts for six-part comedy Edith are “the most enjoyable” he’s been sent “in the last 100 years." Written by Charles McKeown (Brazil) and produced by BBC Studios for BBC One, Edith also stars Alison Steadman (Gavin & Stacey) and Jason Watkins (Line Of Duty). The story centers on Edith (Steadman) who’s been a…
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John Cleese to Star in ‘Edith,’ First BBC Sitcom Since ‘Fawlty Towers’

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John Cleese to Star in ‘Edith,’ First BBC Sitcom Since ‘Fawlty Towers’
British comedy legend John Cleese is returning to the small screen in his first BBC sitcom since “Fawlty Towers,” the network announced Tuesday. Cleese will co-star along with Alison Steadman (“Orphan Black,” “The Adventures of Baron Munchausen”) in “Edith,” a six-part comedy series created and written by Oscar-nominated screenwriter Charles McKeown (“Brazil”). Cleese and Steadman previously played husband and wife in the 1986 film “Clockwise.” The series follows a widow — named Edith, of course — whose life is put on hold after her son hits rock bottom and moves back in with her. Cleese will play Phil, an old boyfriend and neighbor of.
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John Cleese to appear in his first BBC sitcom since Fawlty Towers

Monty Python actor, who vowed never to work with the corporation again, will star alongside Alison Steadman in Edith

John Cleese is to star in his first BBC sitcom since Fawlty Towers ended nearly four decades ago.

The Monty Python legend will appear alongside Alison Steadman in the comedy series Edith, having previously vowed never to work with the BBC again.

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John Cleese to Star in a British Sitcom for First Time in Nearly 40 Years

John Cleese to Star in a British Sitcom for First Time in Nearly 40 Years
John Cleese is set for a return to a BBC sitcom for the first time since “Fawlty Towers,” the broadcaster said Tuesday. The “Monty Python” legend will co-star alongside actress Alison Steadman in new six-part comedy series “Edith,” which has been commissioned for BBC One.

Created and written by Charles McKeown, who was Oscar-nominated for 1985’s “Brazil” directed by Cleese’s fellow Python Terry Gilliam, “Edith” will also star Jason Watkins, Jessica Hynes, Anne Reid, Rosie Cavaliero, James Cosmo and Peter Egan. The show re-teams Cleese and Steadman, who played husband and wife in Christopher Morahan’s 1986 film “Clockwise.”

“If you had carte blanche on your fantasy BBC One comedy cast then you’d not be far off the ‘Edith’ line-up,” said Shane Allen, controller of comedy commissioning at the BBC. “It’s also a huge pleasure to welcome John Cleese back to the land of BBC sitcom – his last one did all right.”

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Yonderland Christmas Special review: It's The Thought That Counts

Rachel Meaden Dec 24, 2016

Tis the season both on both sides of the portal as Debbie is gearing up for Christmas and Yonderland is celebrating Thanktival…

Hooray! Yonderland is back! And for an hour long Christmas special no less!

See related Power Rangers, boob armour, and impractical costumes

Christmas is a stressful time for all of us but it’s doubly headache-inducing for Debbie Maddox aka the Chosen One. We meet back up with Debbie as she’s getting the Maddox household ready for an imminent Christmas Eve party and angrily tracking an undelivered Christmas present for her in-laws. In Yonderland, our favourite idiot Elders are preparing for ‘Thanktival’ a Yonderland festival where (in true Yonderlandian style) people buy presents to thank their friends and family for all they’ve done for them throughout the year but before they can open them they’re gobbled up by a Monster called Chompus.
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The 2016 British Independent Film Awards winners in full

Bifa winners 2016: American Honey wins the night, by Dave Johns takes Best Actor for his work on I, Daniel Blake.

See the complete Bifa winners 2016 list below.

American Honey won the night at the 2016 British Independent Film Awards (Bifa) held at Old Billingsgate last night. The film won four awards including Best British Independent Film. Andrea Arnold took home Best Director, Sasha Lane won Best Actress sponsored by Mac and Robbie Ryan’s Cinematography was rewarded with the Outstanding Achievement in Craft award.

The film will be screened in 25 Vue, Odeon and Everyman cinemas across the country on Sunday 11 December, as the first in the Bifa Independents screening series supported by the BFI.

Also recognised was the eponymous hero of I, Daniel Blake, Dave Johns. He took home the Best Actor award, while his co-star Hayley Squires was named Most Promising Newcomer sponsored by The London Edition.

Under the Shadow
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2016 British Independent Film Awards: Full Winners List

2016 British Independent Film Awards: Full Winners List
American Honey” took the top prize at the 2016 British Independent Film Awards, which was held on Sunday at London’s Old Billingsgate.

American Honey” was named Best British Independent Film, and also scored three additional awards (including Best Director for Andrea Arnold). Barry Jenkins’ “Moonlight” was the night’s only non-uk winner, picking up honors for Best International Independent Film.

The 19th annual Bifa ceremony, hosted by Jennifer Saunders, also presented Clare Binns with the Special Jury Prize for her “unstinting efforts in bringing independent film to new audiences.”

Naomie Harris was also presented the Variety Award by Danny Boyle, in recognition of the global impact she made this year in helping to focus the international film spotlight on the UK.

Read More: La Film Critics Association Name the Best Films and Performances of 2016

The Richard Harris Award was given to Alison Steadman by Richard Harris’ granddaughter Ella Harris and
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BIFAs 2016: 'American Honey' triumphs over 'I, Daniel Blake'

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BIFAs 2016: 'American Honey' triumphs over 'I, Daniel Blake'
Andrea Arnold’s epic travelogue won four awards including best independent British film.

Andrea Arnold’s American Honey was the big winner at the 2016 British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs), taking four prizes from six nominations.

The film, which follows a group of young people travelling around the Us, scooped the night’s top prize, best independent British film, as well as best director for Arnold, who danced on the stage accepting her award.

BIFAs 2016: complete list of winners

Breakthrough star Sasha Lane won best actress, while cinematographer Robbie Ryan was presented with the outstanding achievement in craft prize.

Accepting the award on behalf of the absent Lane, Arnold read a text from the actress saying: “[American Honey] completely changed my life. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

Accepting his award, Ryan joked “A very strange category, I don’t quite understand it. Here’s to all the people who are crafty.”

Ken Loach’s much-fancied
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‘American Honey’ Triumphs at British Independent Film Awards

‘American Honey’ Triumphs at British Independent Film Awards
London — Andrea Arnold’s new-age road movie “American Honey” triumphed at the British Independent Film Awards Sunday. It won four awards, including best British independent film.

Arnold took the director prize for her movie, which Variety’s reviewer described as “part dreamy millennial picaresque, part distorted tapestry of Americana and part exquisitely illustrated iTunes musical.” The film’s Sasha Lane won best actress, and Robbie Ryan’s cinematography was rewarded with the outstanding achievement in craft award.

Among the guests at the Bifa ceremony, held at London’s Old Billingsgate, were Michael Fassbender, Jamie Dornan, Martin Freeman, Naomie Harris, Anna Friel, Lena Headey, Patrick Stewart and Danny Boyle. The awards were hosted by Jennifer Saunders.

The surprise of the evening was the triple win for Farsi-language horror movie “Under the Shadow.” The screenplay prize and the Douglas Hickox Award for best debut director both went to the film’s Babak Anvari,
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Burn Burn Burn review – confident road-trip comedy about millennials

A last request to scatter their best friend’s ashes leads to some surreal and startling moments on the road

This confident, relaxed British feature debut by director Chanya Button and screenwriter Charlie Covell is a sort of millennials’ mashup of Laughter in Paradise and Last Orders. Cynical twentysomething Dan (Jack Farthing) has just died of cancer, and has posthumously ordered his two best friends Seph (Laura Carmichael) and Alex (Chloe Perrie) to go on a road trip across Britain to scatter his ashes in personally important locations, for reasons he announces in separate videos which they have promised to watch in each place. In engineering this cathartic quest, Dan plans to sort out their personal issues from beyond the grave. It’s not the most original premise, but it’s very nicely acted by Carmichael and Perrie (who was the lead in Scott Graham’s 2012 movie Shell). There are
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