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Florence Foster Jenkins review: “Near note perfect”

Florence Foster Jenkins review: Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant hit the right notes in this Stephen Frears directed comedy drama about the world’s best worst singer.

Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant lead the cast of the Stephen Frears directed film which focusses the true events of the latter days of America socialite, Florence Foster Jenkins. Here’s our Florence Foster Jenkins review.

Stephen Frears’ follow-up movie to last year’s impressive biopic The Program could not be any different, and here he teams with Nicholas Martin, a successful television writer behind episodes of Midsomer Murders, Soldier Soldier and Dalziel & Pascoe, for an brilliantly funny romp set in New York City towards the end of the second World War.

Foster Jenkins (Meryl Streep) was known for her very off-key performances as an opera singer, her appearances on-stage fully financed from her fortune left to her by her late father. At
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'Strike Back: Shadow Warfare': The boys talk sex, singing and stunts

Strike Back is returning to Sky1 - and if you're looking for an action-packed, adrenalin-fuelled thrill ride, you could do a hell of a lot worse than Philip Winchester and Sullivan Stapleton's high-octane drama series…

But, now in its fourth series, there's a few changes in store for Strike Back - not only is Robson Green joining the regular cast as Sas legend Philip Locke, but we're going to see a softer side to Scott (Stapleton) and Stonebridge (Winchester).

"You see more of a vulnerable side to Scott this series," Aussie star Stapleton confirms. "There's a definite change - it's almost like he's growing up…"

Both Stapleton - 'Sully' to his friends - and Winchester were keen that their characters be portrayed as "humans" and not "superheroes" in this latest run of Strike Back.

"They have to be vulnerable, they have to be broken, they have to have a
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Ripper Street 1.1, ‘I Need Light’ Review

“How do you keep law in a lawless town,” the question is asked. The 1889 H division of East London is the answer we are given; the antidote to the chaos of Whitechapel.

On Sunday the 30th January, BBC1′s Ripper Streets burst onto our screens; the first episode of an eight-part series of a Victorian age, police procedural set in London’s East End. Created by the writers Richard Warlow (Mistresses, Waking the Dead), Julie Rutterford (Life on Mars, Shameless), Declan Croghan (Waking the Dead, The Body Farm) and Toby Finlay who have sculpted the story in the aftermath of the Whitechapel murders, six months following Jack the Ripper’s last murder. The main cast is headed by Matthew Macfadyen (Spooks, Pride & Prejudice, Anna Karenina), a talented stage and screen actor who fills the boots of Detective Inspector Edmund Reid; based on his real life namesake, head of H Division

Sweet Revenge: The Intimate Life of Simon Cowell by Tom Bower – review

He's been the linchpin of top-rating TV for a decade, but we still know little about Cowell the man. This book doesn't help much

"Rosebud," croaks Charles Foster Kane with his dying breath, the mysterious utterance symbolic of what drives Orson Welles's antihero to become a monster of his time. A reporter embarks on a doomed struggle to find out what he meant by it – and similar questions are being asked about Simon Cowell in Sweet Revenge. What drives the TV music mogul? What does he mean by it all?

Whether or not you care for Cowell's output is irrelevant. The unavoidable fact is that TV audiences here and in America have spent a decade gripped by top-rating productions in which he is the linchpin, which should make this a story of the age as much as of the man. Cowell has had an extraordinarily sustained ability to gauge and manipulate public taste.
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Comic Book Bites: Resident Evil's Colin Salmon joins Arrow, Alexandre Aja to direct Undying Love

Resident Evil actor Colin Salmon has joined the cast of The CW's new pilot Arrow.

It's based on the DC Comics' title Green Arrow and will be unrelated to Justin Hartley's portrayal in the network's Smallville series.

According to Variety, Colin will play Walter Steele, a former business associate of the late Robert Queen and the No 2 at Queen Consolidated. He married Moira Queen following her husband's death at sea and the disappearance of her son, Oliver.

The character appears in the comics as the CEO of Queen Industries.

Stephen Amell plays Oliver Queen who is shipwrecked on a South China Sea island for five years and returns to town as a master bowman who assumes a crimefighting alter-ego as Green Arrow.

The cast also includes Colin Donnell as Tommy Merlyn, Paul Blackthorne as Detective Quentin Lance, Katie Cassidy as attorney Dinah 'Laurel' Lance, Willa Holland as Oliver's sister Thea Queen,
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Christopher Neame obituary

Producer and writer behind a string of popular TV series

The producer Christopher Neame, who has died of an aneurysm aged 68, found his greatest success in television, making popular series such as Danger Uxb (1979), about a second world war bomb-disposal unit; The Flame Trees of Thika (1981), adapted from Elspeth Huxley's book about British settlers in Kenya; The Irish Rm (1983-85); and Soldier Soldier (1991-97).

His father, Ronald Neame, was a director and cinematographer who co-produced and co-wrote Brief Encounter and Great Expectations for David Lean. Ronald's father, Elwin, was a director who worked in silent films, as did Elwin's wife, the actor Ivy Close. Noël Coward was Christopher's godfather.

Inevitably, Neame grew up immersed in the film business. Born in Windsor, Berkshire, he attended the King's school, Canterbury, but spent much of his time at Pinewood studios, where his father worked. He regularly rubbed shoulders with the stars – on
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Grace Dent's TV Od: I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!

'Compared to sharing a tour bus with Rowetta and Bez, the camp is like Sandals Antigua'

For fans of jungle hi-jinks, I'm A Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here! has returned, with 11 million viewers tuning in to see Stacey Solomon do the "Who Wants To Eat A Willy On Air?" bushtucker trial. As a nation, we Brits are not a sophisticated bunch. We feign a love of dark, ironic humour and multi-layered drama, then turn up in droves to watch an X Factor loser chewing on a kangaroo's dick. Skippy's organs were pointy and mottled, like a poisonous tropical mushroom, and Stacey battled to get them down. "Sbabble, ee, gullump gob, hee hee, isnnit!" she said, as beaming faces of TV torture Ant'n'Dec offered her the sick bucket. It was hard to tell whether or not Stacey was allergic to marsupial genitals; she always sounds like she's in anaphylactic shock anyhow.
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Welch Stuns With Cocaine Confession

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Welch Stuns With Cocaine Confession
British actress Denise Welch has stunned fans by coming clean about her cocaine habit - the veteran star regularly took the drug on set while filming her role in hit U.K. soap opera Coronation Street.

The 51-year-old actress became a household name in Britain with roles in Spender opposite Jimmy Nail and Soldier Soldier, and later expanded her fan base when she was cast as Natalie Barnes in the popular drama serial in 1997.

She spent three years on the show, and has now revealed her work on Coronation Street was blighted by a raging cocaine addiction.

Welch admits she started snorting the drug when she was in her 20s, but the problem escalated when she became depressed following the birth of her first son in 1989.

She would take the drug in between scenes, and once even asked her dealer to come to the set and sell her more drugs to get her through the working day.

Writing in her new autobiography, Pulling Myself Together, Welch reveals, "The risks I took were incredible. I was a total wreck... I'd reached a point where I felt taking cocaine was the only way I could survive. I was suffering crippling depression and I'd made myself believe coke was the only thing that could make me cope...

"I'd become the master of getting out of scenes. I'd always be saying something like 'Don't you think Natalie would be in the toilet? Or in the... living room?' It was ridiculous, but this was a particularly awful day and I felt very low. When you suffer with depression it can just hit you like that at any time and I could feel myself slipping. I didn't have any drugs on me and I knew the only way I could possibly keep going and stay on an even keel was to get some more."

The actress managed to put her drug demons behind her when she fell pregnant with her second child, Louis, who is now nine.

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