David Thewlis Joins Avatar Sequels Cast

Harry Potter and Wonder Woman star David Thewlis has confirmed that he is joining the cast of the Avatar Sequels, currently filming Avatar 2 & 3 back to back with James Cameron. Speaking about the forthcoming project on the red carpet in London at the world premiere of his new film The Mercy, Thewlis confirmed that while his role has not yet been announced he has been getting to grips with wearing motions capture suits, so it’s a safe bet he won’t be playing a human part for at least the majority of the film.

Thewlis also hinted that while he is potentially scheduled to actually appear in three sequels, the studio will apparently wait to see how Avatar 2 & 3 do at the box office before starting production on further sequels.

Check out the Full video interview below:

Eugenius! Review

The Plot

In the magical heart of the 1980s, a teenage geek named Eugene spends his nights dreaming of superhero adventures in far flung galaxies and his days turning those visions into comic books. Little suspecting that the heroes and villains he’s dreaming of are actually all real. When Hollywood decides to turn Eugene’s creations into a blockbuster movie it looks set to change the lives of Eugene and his loyal best friends. But things quickly get much more complicated when the world of Hollywood make believe starts colliding with real life adventures.

The Good

Eugenius! is a truly joyous comic book homage that utterly embodies the most beloved elements of the genre. Undeniably original and fun throughout, the show strikes a nice balance between knowing comedy and genuine heart.

Musically Eugenius! does a magnificent job of fully capturing the quirky magic of the 1980s, with original songs showcasing a wide array of crowd pleasing genres. The show has more toe taping rock anthems, seductively cheesy love songs, awkward raps and belting power ballads than you can shake an electric keytar at. Song title’s such as ‘Comic Book Kind of Love’ and ‘No Pants Dance’ give a flavour of the abundant playful charm on display. The biggest challenge for audiences is not singing along, particularly during catchy choruses and a memorable finale.

Eugenius! has a wonderful ensemble cast that do full justice to the often demanding score while also delivering acting performances bursting with effortless enthusiasm. Liam Forde is a well-chosen fit for the reluctantly heroic Eugene, his boyish frame and powerful voice make for an endearingly awkward leading man. Likewise Dan Buckley is shamelessly entertaining as Feris, Eugene’s loyal ally who regularly proves to be a show stopping self-deluded delight. Perhaps the show’s most valuable asset though is the dazzling vocal power of Laura Baldwin, giving a literally note perfect performance as Eugene’s love lorn fellow geek Janey.

Surrounding this central trio of west end superstars a versatile cast that breath hilarious life into Hollywood cliché’s and characters like Tough Man and Superhot Lady. The production does a fine job in particular of recycling its modest ensemble in a compact performance space. The show’s choreography deserves special praise as well for consistently packing blisteringly energetic displays into almost every scene. The dance performances add an extra dimension of spectacular spectacle to proceedings, crafted with a loving fusion of classic 80s moves and modern musical magic.

The overall look and feel of Eugenius! is a colourful mash up of classic comic book charm and 80s throwbacks. Smoke machines, knowingly cheesy special effects and spectacular spandex perfectly embody the true spirit of the production. Mark Hamill lending his instantly recognisable voice to a robot sidekick is also an extra special treat for fans. It’s hard to imagine a more perfect sign of just how loving well-crafted this production is than the fact that Luke Skywalker himself has given it such a vocal seal of approval.

The Bad

Audiences that are either too old or too young to have any affectionate memories of the 1980s and its timeless pop culture charms will obviously be a little less delighted by this shows relentless barrage of in jokes and playful references. Thankfully most of the show’s inspirations are iconic enough that even those with merely a passing knowledge should be able to laugh along quite easily. While the show’s silly slapstick sense of humour won’t appeal to more sombre cynics, thankfully there’s nothing more infectious than irrepressible joy.

The Ugly truth

Eugenius! is a delightful explosion of musical madness fuelled by power ballads and pop culture. A brilliant ensemble cast, catchy original songs and camp clever comedy combines to make this show a truly delightful treat. Eugenius! is absolutely essential viewing for comic book fans, 80s obsessives and all musical theatre lovers. We urge you, book tickets for this show now, if you want a better life.

Review by Russell Nelson

Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards Winners 2018

The Critics’s Circle Theatre Awards 2018 announced winners in London yesterday with stars including Bryan Cranston, Andrew Scott and Victoria Hamilton among those collection top honours. The full list of winners in included below along with winners interview and photocall videos.

Most promising newcomer

Sheila Atim for Girl from the North Country
Old Vic and Noel Coward Theatre, London

John McCrea for Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
Sheffield Crucible and Apollo Theatre, London

Best Shakespearean performance

Andrew Scott for Hamlet
Almeida and Harold Pinter Theatre, London

Most promising playwright

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins for An Octoroon at Orange Tree Theatre 
and Gloria at Hampstead Theatre, London

Best musical

Victoria Palace Theatre, London

Best designer

Vicki Mortimer for Follies
National Theatre, London

Best director

Dominic Cooke for Follies
National Theatre, London

Best actress

Victoria Hamilton for Albion
Almeida Theatre, London

Best actor

Bryan Cranston for Network
National Theatre, London

Best new play

The Ferryman by Jez Butterworth
Royal Court and Gielgud Theatre, London

Special award

David Lan for services to theatre

Downsizing Review

The Plot

An amazing new technology allows people to shrink themselves to just 5 inches tall, diminishing their environmental impact while allowing them to live lives of extravagant luxury in miniature cities. A couple concerned by their own bleak economic outlook considers making the big move and Downsizing…

The Good

Downsizing is a film which combines thought provoking and intelligent themes with well executed special effects and an entirely convincing cast. The result is an entertaining and entirely original experience for audiences.

The central questions that Downsizing explores are truly universal concerns about the environment, global economy and the ultimate future of humanity. These daunting and potentially depressing themes are however thankfully wrapped up within a series of uplifting personal journeys and the entertaining concept of miniaturization.

Matt Damon is a much adored leading man and continues to transition skilfully from his former boyish charms and action heroics into more mature roles. His character in this film acts as a wonderful vehicle for audiences to discover the world of Downsizing. In particular, his kind hearted good nature and relentless optimism are a welcome contrast to the more cynical portrait of mankind which the film often presents.

Alongside Matt Damon a host of familiar faces like Christoph Waltz, Udo Kier, Jason Sudeikis  and Kristen Wiig help populate the newly tiny world. However the film’s secret weapon is a star making turn from actress Hong Chau.

Playing an outspoken political refuge Chau is a consistent scene stealing revelation. Her performance is absolutely the heart of the movie, providing the film’s biggest laughs and most sincerely poignant moments. Pairing Chau’s joyously blunt Vietnamese prison survivor with Damon’s brow beaten and increasingly bemused American suburbanite, frequently yields excellent odd couple chemistry.  This unlikely coupling helps carry the film in many unlikely but rewarding directions.

One of the things that also enables Downsizing to tell a sincerely emotional and thoughtful story is the convincing special effects on show. Fine acting performances would not be capable of carrying audiences into the world of Downsizing if it didn’t look and feel so tangibly real. The film strikes a clever balance of making the reality of Downsizing equally wondrous and mundane.

The Bad

Director Alexander Payne has a specific style of melancholy storytelling. While some give him considerable credit for striking a consistently wistful balance between tragedy and bittersweet joy, others no doubt find the emotional tone of his films a little less readily satisfying. Downsizing takes a number of unexpected twists and those emotional and intellectual tangents force audiences to confront real life problems in a way they might not necessarily always welcome.

Likewise audiences lured into the film by the promise of dazzling special effects will be less happy about the fact that though the film showcases well executed and clearly expensive visual effect work, the film isn’t ever trying to be just ‘an effects’ film.  The goal of the film is always to make the effects less noticeable, not merely to showcase them in the most crowd-pleasing ways possible. People might go to Jurassic Park films just to see CGI dinosaurs, but you probably shouldn’t go to see Downsizing just to see tiny people.

The Ugly Truth  

Downsizing is an intelligent and well-made piece of cinema that holds audience’s attention thanks to brilliant work from a well-chosen cast, polished special effects and thought provoking subject matter.

Review by Russell Nelson


National Television Awards 2018 Winners

The National Television Awards 2018 took place at the O2 arena in London last night and saw most of the familiar faces on UK TV gather to celebrate and collect awards. Broadchurch, Doctor Foster and presenting duo Ant & Dec were among the night’s big winners. Full list of winners for all categories below

Challenge Show

Love Island


The Great British Bake Off

WINNER: I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!


Crime Drama

Line Of Duty

Little Boy Blue


WINNER: Broadchurch


Talent Show

Britain’s Got Talent

The Voice UK

The X Factor

WINNER: Strictly Come Dancing 



Call The Midwife


Game Of Thrones


WINNER: Doctor Foster


TV Presenter

Bradley Walsh

Holly Willoughby

Phillip Schofield

WINNER: Ant & Dec 


Factual Entertainment


Diana, Our Mother: Her Life And Legacy

Paul O’Grady: For The Love Of Dogs

WINNER: Gogglebox


Drama Performance

David Tennant, Broadchurch

Jenna Coleman, Victoria

Sheridan Smith, The Moorside

Tom Hardy, Taboo

WINNER: Suranne Jones, Doctor Foster


The Bruce Forsyth Entertainment Award

All Round To Mrs Brown’s

Celebrity Juice

The Graham Norton Show

WINNER: Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway


Serial Drama

Coronation Street



WINNER: Emmerdale


Serial Drama Performance

Barbara Knox, Coronation Street

Danny Miller, Emmerdale

Lacey Turner, EastEnders

WINNER: Lucy Fallon, Coronation Street




Still Open All Hours

The Big Bang Theory

WINNER: Peter Kay’s Car Share



Nathan Morris, Hollyoaks

Ned Porteous, Emmerdale

Rob Mallard, Coronation Street

WINNER: Danny Walters, EastEnders



Loose Women

The Chase

The Jeremy Kyle Show

WINNER: This Morning


TV Judge

Paul Hollywood, The Great British Bake Off

Simon Cowell, Britain’s Got Talent The X Factor

will.i.am, The Voice UK The Voice Kids

WINNER: David Walliams, Britain’s Got Talent