This year’s British Comedy Awards, sponsored by Foster’s, were hosted live tonight by Jonathan Ross, celebrating an amazing year in British comedy.
This evening’s awards saw Fresh Meat’s Jack Whitehall win Best TV Comedy Actor and Miranda Hart reclaim the title of Best TV Comedy Actress which she last won in 2011. Chat show supremos Alan Carr and Graham Norton shared the spoils with Best New Comedy Entertainment Programme won by Norton while Chatty Man Carr won Best Comedy Entertainment Personality , an accolade which comes hot on the heels of the channel 4 show’s BAFTA win earlier this year.
Lee Mack celebrated a double win, taking home Best Male TV Comic for the second year running and seeing BBC One’s Would I Lie To You, which he co-hosts with David Mitchell, win Best Comedy Panel Show. Meanwhile, Nina Conti won her first British Comedy Award, taking home Best Female TV Comic for her performance on Live At The Apollo.
The Last Leg’s host Adam Hills won Best Comedy Breakthrough Artist while BBC Four’s Getting On, created by Jo Brand, Vicki Pepperdine and Joanna Scanlan won Best Sitcom. Paul Whitehouse also had a good night – not only awarded The Writer’s Guild of Great Britain Award but he and long-time collaborator Harry Enfield once again took home the prize for Best Sketch Show for Harry & Paul (an award they last won in 2009).
As previously announced, Will Ferrell was honoured with the British Comedy International Award as was Steve Coogan for the Outstanding Achievement award. As revealed at the Nominations show last week, ITV2’s Plebs won Best New Comedy Programme .]]>
This week sees the long awaited release of the second chapter in Peter Jackson’s big screen adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkein’s fantasy epic The Hobbit. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug continues the adventures of Bilbo Baggins as he journeys with the Wizard Gandelf and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield, on an epic quest to reclaim the Lonely Mountain and the lost dwarf kingdom of Erebor.
The film features returning stars Sir Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage and Martin Freeman, alongside Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans and Orlando Bloom. Benedict Cumberbatch also lends his unmistakable vocal menace to the terrifying Dragon Smaug. Check out below some interesting facts about exactly what else went into the production of the new film and check out our own exclusive interviews with Dwarves Adam Brown and William Kircher.
4 Tons of Silicon were used to make the facial prosthetics used in the film.
5 Hours spent applying hair, make-up, prosthetics and wardrobe for each of the 13 dwarves.
6 Weeks taken to build Beorn’s house set.
7 km of toupe tape were used to apply all the film’s beards to people faces.
9 weeks were spent on location filming the trilogy.
10 kg of actual human hair was used for wig making.
14 Tons of silicon used to mold the armor and weapons used.
48 FPS the revolutionary higher frame rate used to film the trilogy.
91 Wigs created just for the dwarves.
95 Musicians in the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra that recorded the film’s score.
99 Studios sets built for the Trilogy.
100+ Hobbit feet were made just for Bilbo Baggins.
263 Beards used in the whole production.
400 Costumes created for the inhabitants of Lake-Town.
547 Traveling weapons made for the 13 Dwarves.
752 Wigs used in the whole production.
1200 Extras cast in the Hobbit trilogy.
2000 Hand-spun goblets created for Smaug’s Lair.
8900 hours of continuous work from the art department to build, decorate and tear down sets.
11,862 Prosthetics made for the entire Hobbit Trilogy
170,000 Aluminium gold plated coins trickled over Smaug’s Lair.
Whilst collecting his well-deserved best actor prize at this year’s British Independent Film Awards for his bravely depraved turn in Filth, star James McAvoy talked to Red Carpet News about what fans can expect from X-Men First Class sequel X-Men Days of Future Past.
The next X-Men film unites the First Class stars including Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence with many of the stars of Director Bryan Singer’s previous X-Men franchise. James told us that fans will see a completely different side of Charles Xavier aka X-Men’s telepathic leader Professor X to anything they’ve seen from himself or Patrick Stewart before.
James also shared his excitement for the chance to go up against Patrick Stewart on screen, as well as working again with his ‘best pals’ Jennifer & Michael, who just happen to be some of the ‘very best actors in the world’ in his opinion.
Reacting to suggestions that director Bryan Singer may move away from the colourful costumes of First Class in favour of a return to the drab all-black outfits seen in his previous X-Men films, McAvoy reassures that armed with a pink psychedelic shirt at least his portrayal will be vibrantly colourful.
Finally James gleefully confirms that he is indeed contracted for a third instalment in the X-Men series and looks forward to returning, in what will almost certainly be the X-Men Apocalypse project announced recently by Bryan Singer.
Attending the British Independent Film Awards in London in support of Philomena and The Look Of Love, star Steve Coogan spoke to Red Carpet News about the prospects of a sequel to recent hit Alan Partridge Alpha Papa.
In news that will delight fans of the iconic comic creation, Coogan confirmed that we have most definitely not seen the last of Alan and that the bumbling regional radio DJ will most definitely return in some form. The Partridge will fly again.
However, Coogan also admits that he’s taking his own ‘mental holiday from Alan’ and that he’s going to give the public a little break from his most famous alter-ego. So though the character is certain to return, don’t expect to see more of Alan on the big screen any time soon.
Check Out the video clip below for yourself to hear the news straight from the Partridge’s mouth:]]>
Director Paul Greengrass collected the Variety Award at the British Independent Film Awards in London over the weekend and took the opportunity to put an empthatic end to persistant rumours that he may one day return along with star matt Damon to the Bourne Franchise.
Greengrass directed the second and third films in the ongoing super spy franchise, based loosely around the books of Robert Ludlum. However since star Matt Damon abandoned the character Director Greengrass has likewise increasingly distance himself from the series. Regardless there has been near constant speculation surrounding the open eagerness of studio Universal to re-unite the pair for future Bourne instalments.
Greengrass has now made it emphatically clear that he will never consider a return to the Bourne series and feels that it is time for another director to ‘do their own thing with it’.
The director’s blunt statement of intent will no doubt be unwelcome news for the studio, as a possible return for Greengrass to directing duties had often been seen as potential bait to lure disinterested star Matt Damon back to the franchise.
Speaking at the British Independent Film Awards in London actress Saoirse Ronan confirmed that she’s officially missed out on landing a lead role in Star Wars Episode VII.
The young actress had previously grabbed massive internet attention after accidentally admitting that she was one of the many young stars to have auditioned for a part in the sequel. Whether it was that ill-timed disclosure or the impact of recent open casting calls, Saoirse confirms that she now definitely won’t be taking any part in the new films, but that she still looks forward to watching what J.J. Abrams does with the revived saga like everyone else.
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British talent turned out this evening for the 16th Moët British Independent Film Awards. The winners were announced at the star-studded ceremony, held at Old Billingsgate which was hosted by BIFA Winning actor James Nesbitt.
Best British Independent Film was won by Metro Manila with the film’s director Sean Ellis picking up Best Director.
Lindsay Duncan won Best Actress for Le We-kend and James McAvoy won Best Actor for Filth. Imogen Poots collected her BIFA for Best Supporting Actress for The Look Of Love and Ben Mendelsohn took home Best Supporting Actor for Starred Up.
Metro Manila won the most awards on the night, picking up three trophies for Best Achievement in Production and as previously mentioned Best Director award and Best British Independent Film.
Joint Directors, The Moët British Independent Film Awards Johanna von Fischer & Tessa Collinson said:
“This year our independent jury had an extremely tough job, they were asked to choose from an impressive pool of talent and creativity in a year where the diversity of storytelling is more extreme than ever. Thanks to an independent film industry which encompasses so many different cultures, personalities, visions and voices, Britain is producing a new generation of fearless artists both behind and in front of the camera who represent that richness of our diverse British society. With so many of the films exploring themes about being less judgmental and more forgiving, this perhaps reflects a movement within British independent filmmaking that brings much hope for the future.”
As previously announced, Julie Walters was awarded the coveted Richard Harris Award for outstanding contribution by an actor to British film, and Paul Greengrass the Variety Award, which recognises an actor, director, writer or producer who has helped to shine the international spotlight on the UK. The Special Jury Prize went to Sixteen Films & Friends (AKA Team Loach), in recognition of their contribution, bringing the work of Ken Loach to life.
Ben Roberts, Director of the BFI Film Fund said:
‘This has been a standout year for British film and the BIFAs has once again kicked off the awards season in style, putting the wild creativity and bold storytelling of the UK’s independent sector centre stage. Congratulations to all the winners and to the BIFAs for doing such a great job of spotlighting so many brilliant filmmakers.’
The Raindance Award was won by The Machine.
Elliot Grove, Founder of BIFA and the Raindance Film Festival added:
“The breadth, scope and quality of this year’s nominated films shows that British independent films and talent are not only the talk of the town but the talk of audiences everywhere.”
The Moët British Independent Film Awards are proud to announce the following winners for 2013
BEST BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM Metro Manila
BEST DIRECTOR Sean Ellis – Metro Manila
BEST DEBUTE DIRECTOR Paul Wright – For Those in Peril
BEST SCREENPLAY Steven Knight – Locke
BEST ACTRESS Lindsay Duncan – Le Week-end
BEST ACTOR James McAvoy – Filth
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRES Imogen Poots – The Look Of Love
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR Ben Mendelsohn – Starred Up
MOST PROMISING NEWCOMER Chloe Pirrie – Shell
BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION Metro Manila
BEST TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT Amy Hubbard – Casting – The Selfish Giant
BEST DOCUMENTARY Pussy Riot – A Punk Prayer
BEST BRITISH SHORT Z1
BEST INTERNATIONAL INDEPENDENT FILM Blue is the Warmest Colour
THE RAINDANCE AWARD The Machine
THE RICHARD HARRIS AWARD Julie Walters
THE VARIETY AWARD Paul Greengrass
THE SPECIAL JURY PRIZE Sixteen Films & Friends (AKA Team Loach)]]>
As part of his relentless promotion for the forthcoming Anchorman sequel Will Ferrell co-anchored an entire news show for a real life regional news channel. In character as mustached newsman Ron Burgundy, Ferrell co-hosted a full 30 minutes of KX News, a North Dakota Affiliate for the CBS news network.
Full video below so you can see Ron in all his glorious action, complete with a bonus video interview with Burgundy giving his reaction to the experience.
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According to the Hollywood Reporter production on Fast and Furious 7 will continue in the wake of the tragic death of star Paul Walker. Various sources have suggested that much of the film had already been shot although admittedly filming had not yet been completed.
The cast of the high speed action franchise were set to return to filming in Atlanta after the thanksgiving holidays. While it’s clear that won’t be happening , it has already been suggested that the studio and cast are both committed to continuing the series.
The actor’s friend and co-star Tyrese Gibson spoke emotionally after visiting the scene of the devastating crash which claimed Walker’s life, seemingly confirming the resolve of the cast to continue with production:
“Paul is the heartbeat of this franchise and we’re gonna see to it that his energy and presence lives on forever.”
Whilst the massively popular series has already made over $2.4 billion at the box office the loss of star Walker obviously presents a complicated and sensitive dilemma for the studio. Particularly given the manner of Walker’s death and the fact the entire series is built around high speed car stunts. It remains unclear if fans would even feel able to watch Walker’s final performance given the uncomfortable parallels with his real life death. Let us know your thoughts in the comments…
Fast and Furious star Paul Walker tragically died in Southern California this weekend following a horrific real life car crash. The 40 year old heartthrob actor was a passenger in a Porsche Carrera GT driven by his friend Roger Rodas which lost control and crashed into a light pole in Valencia before bursting into flames.
Walker had been attending a holiday toy drive for his charity Reach Out Worldwide shortly before taking the ultimately fatal drive in the high performance supercar. The stars official Facebook page confirmed the tragic news with the following statement:
“It is with a truly heavy heart that we must confirm that Paul Walker passed away today in a tragic car accident while attending a charity event for his organisation Reach Out Worldwide. He was a passenger in a friend’s car, in which both lost their lives. We… are stunned and saddened beyond belief by this news.”
Universal Pictures also issued an official statement reacting to the shocking news:
“Paul was truly one of the most beloved and respected members of our studio family for 14 years, and this loss is devastating to us, to everyone involved with the Fast & Furious films, and to countless fans. We send our deepest and most sincere condolences to Paul’s family.”
Walker had been working on the seventh instalment of the Fast and Furious car racing franchise. Vin Diesel and Ludacris both took to twitter to express their own shock and heartache at the loss of their fried and co-star.
Walker already has new Hurricane Katrina drama Hours set for release later this month, with District 13 remake Brick Mansions also completed. The future of the Fast and Furious series remains unclear as fans and the studio come to terms with the loss of Walker.
For the time being fans around the world have flooded Facebook pages and twitter with messages of love and support.]]>