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Prince William Sounds Off on Social Media Pressures: 'There Is a Sense of Being on Call 24/7'

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Prince William Sounds Off on Social Media Pressures: 'There Is a Sense of Being on Call 24/7'
Prince William is echoing his brother Prince Harry‘s sentiments on the pressures of social media on kids and young adults.

The royal dad gave a passionate speech at a circus-themed gala Monday night, celebrating the partnership between The Children’s Trust, an organization that helps children with brain injuries, and one of his key charities, Skillforce.

“The pressure on young people these days is considerable — almost certainly more than even for my generation not so long ago,” he said.

“Children are tested more than ever before and are being prepared to enter a highly competitive work market,” he continued.
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Paul Kaye interview: Dennis Pennis, Game Of Thrones, Zapped

Louisa Mellor Oct 19, 2017

We chatted to actor Paul Kaye about playing wizards, the musical Matilda, and his move from celebrity satire to serious drama…

Main image credit: Jordan Katz-Kaye

“Bitterness, really” is Paul Kaye’s explanation of what drove his satirical red-carpet interviewer Dennis Pennis in the nineties. “I’d hit thirty, I’d sort of failed as a musician, I’d failed as an artist I felt at the time.” Ambushing Hollywood’s elite in the persona of a brash, punk nuisance wasn’t Kaye’s first choice for stardom, he admits. “It wasn’t how I expected to forge a career. Of all the things I thought I’d end up doing, it wasn’t that.”

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Trained in theatre design, in his twenties Kaye worked as an illustrator
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Matthew Vaughn and Stardust, 10 years on

Mark Harrison Oct 19, 2017

We salute the 10th anniversary of Matthew Vaughn's wonderful Stardust...

“A philosopher once asked, 'Are we human because we gaze at the stars, or do we gaze at them because we are human?' Pointless, really. Do the stars gaze back? Now, that's a question.”

Comic book movies are Matthew Vaughn's speciality. Between Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class and the Kingsman franchise, he's been a constant and eclectic presence as these films have boomed, and if reports are to be believed, his next film could be about either Flash Gordon or Superman.

But going back even further than Mark Millar or Marvel, Vaughn's first comic book movie was his adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Stardust, which arrived in UK cinemas ten years ago this week. Before it was published as a novel in 1999, Gaiman conceived the postmodern fairy tale as a 'prestige' comic; the four-issue mini-series
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Little Me: My Life From A-z by Matt Lucas review

Matt Lucas' autobiography is now on sale - and it's a book well worth seeking out...

In the preface to what both is and isn’t his autobiography, Matt Lucas fairly accurately tells you what you’re going to get. He concedes that the tone of the book shifts a lot, and indeed it does. He tells you it’s not quite chronological, and it isn’t. And he also refuses to play by the rules where you have to throw people under the proverbial bus and break confidences, to spice an autobiography up.

He had me on side early with that preface. Because what it also establishes is the very human, clearly self-authored collection of stories that follows. As a rule, I’m not a fan of the A-z format that Lucas adopts to give his book structure – he himself comes a cropper when it gets to X!
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Edgar Wright interview: Baby Driver, Bad Boys 3 & more

Matt Edwards Nov 13, 2017

Edgar Wright chats to us about making Baby Driver, A Fistful Of Fingers, Bad Boys 3 and what he's up to next...

There’s a scene in Baby Driver, Edgar Wright’s hit crime film from this summer that’s just being released on home video now, where the eponymous Baby is warned by a more experienced criminal that everyone in their game eventually ends up with blood on their hands and that it doesn’t wash off so easily. Baby plays it cool. Later Baby is given some driving gloves that are white leather on one side and red leather on the other. And, later in the movie, when he thinks he’s clear of the game he takes the gloves off, removing the red from his palms, soon to discover that blood really doesn’t wash off quite so easily.

If you’re a fan
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Tom Courtenay To Make ‘Grandpa’s Great Escape’; ‘Good Omens’ Adds Cast; Deutsche Telekom Gets ‘Germanized’ – Global Briefs

BBC One is prepping for Grandpa's Great Escape, starring BAFTA and Berlin Silver Bear winner, and Oscar nominee, Tom Courtenay alongside Kit Connor and Jennifer Saunders. Based on the children's book by Little Britain's David Walliams, it will air at Christmas. It tells the tale of Grandpa, a World War II flying ace, who now suffers from Alzheimer's. When his family can no longer look after him, he's moved to Twilight Towers, run by Miss Dandy. But it soon becomes clear…
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Baldrick’s cunning way with old words | Letters

Blackadder | The perfect dinner party | Nancy Banks-Smith | Meeting attendees | Entertaining hymns | Antelope

So Dominic Watt’s research team at York University claim to have discovered 30 lost English words, amongs which is “slug-a-bed” (Opinion, 15 September)? Would this be the same “lost” word used in Blackadder II, wherein the titular character played by Rowan Atkinson rouses the Bishop of Bath and Wells from his drugged slumber with “Wakey, wakey, Bish. You clerics really are slug-a-beds”?

Mark Boyle

Johnstone, Renfrewshire

David Williams’s suggestion (Letters, 18 September) that the best meeting comprises one person brings to mind the late Greek shipping billionaire Stavros Niarchos. Asked for the ideal number of people for a dinner party, he replied: “Two – myself and a damn good head waiter.”

John Cahillane

Washington DC, USA

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Celebrities Dupe Public on Social Media in New ITV Series ‘Celebrity Showmance’ (Exclusive)

British broadcaster ITV is looking to build on the summer success of surf-and-sex show “Love Island” with “Celebrity Showmance”, in which pairs of celebrities use social media to try to fool the public into believing they are an item.

The show features six celebrities who form three unlikely couples and then set out to get as much attention as possible from unwitting members of the public on Twitter, Instagram, and other social media. The faux couple that gets the most “likes” wins the show. Keshet U.K. is making “Celebrity Showmance,” which was created by its creative director David Williams, and ITV will launch the show in a primetime slot on its ITV2 channel next month.

Pop-star-turned-eco-warrior Abz and Chloe Sims, one of the stars of reality series “The Only Way Is Essex,” form one couple; socialite Lady Victoria Hervey and footballer Jamie O’Hara form another. The third pairing is of Hayley Hasselhoff, the
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Sean Connery Smiles As Us Open Plays James Bond Theme in His Honor During Rare Appearance

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Sean Connery Smiles As Us Open Plays James Bond Theme in His Honor During Rare Appearance
The original James Bond is back.

Sean Connery made a rare public appearance at the Us Open Tuesday night in Queens, New York during Roger Federer’s five-set win over Frances Tiafoe.

The 87-year-old actor sat courtside and looked visibly pleased when they showed him on the large screen at the game as the James Bond theme music played in his honor. Members of the audience remarked how happy the legendary actor looked when the song played.

This made me happy… #SirSeanConnery was at the Us Open and they played the @007 theme in his honour. pic.twitter.com/glJ6AHPVuZ
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Phoebe Waller-Bridge now bookmakers’ favourite for the next Doctor in Doctor Who

With Peter Capaldi set to make his exit from Doctor Who in this year’s Christmas Special, the speculation as to who will be the next actor to take on the iconic role of the Time Lord is really heating up.

Although Death Valley star Kris Marshall was widely tipped to have already secured the role of the Thirteenth Doctor, we now have a new bookies’ favourite in Fleabag star Phoebe Waller-Bridge, while Michaela Coel (Chewing Gum) and Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones) have both entered the betting after an influx of bets pointing towards the first ever female Doctor.

“A female Doctor Who definitely looks to be in the making as women dominate the betting after a massive reshuffle off the back of Peter Capaldi filming his final scenes as the time lord,” said Aoife Heffron of BoyleSports. “When the news broke that Capaldi would be stepping down as Doctor Who,
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See Camilla’s Early 70th Birthday Wish — on a London Bus: ‘I Am Hanging Onto the Last Few Days!’

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See Camilla’s Early 70th Birthday Wish — on a London Bus: ‘I Am Hanging Onto the Last Few Days!’
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall received a special early birthday message on Tuesday — on a London bus!

The royal turns 70 on July 17 and celebrated her upcoming milestone birthday with schoolchildren who helped select 70 of the U.K.’s favorite children’s books.

Also at Camilla and Prince Charles’ Clarence House residence for the culmination of the Duchess’s Bookshelves Project, that had combined six literacy-focused charities and initiatives of which Camilla is linked, were some of the kids’ favorite authors, including comedian David Walliams and Jacqueline Wilson.

The children also made a special entrance, arriving at Clarence House in the bus with Walliams.
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Edgar Wright & David Walliams' animated film in limbo

Simon Brew Jun 14, 2017

Shadows, the DreamWorks movie that Edgar Wright and David Walliams were working on, has gone quiet...

There’s been no shortage of changes at DreamWorks Animation over the past few years, with the company now a subsidiary of Universal Studios. Assorted projects thus got canned as part of the corporate takeover, and it may just be that the interesting-sounding Shadows was one of them.

It was revealed towards the end of 2015 that Edgar Wright and David Walliams had been recruited to the studio to work on Shadows, quite possibly a project coming from the ashes of the studios’ previously-announced Me & My Shadow project.

Chatting to Collider, whilst on the promotional tour for his new movie, Baby Driver, Edgar Wright has now suggested that the film is stuck. It doesn’t appear entirely dead, but the signs of life are slight at best.

“Well I wrote three drafts of that”, Wright said.
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Rupert Grint and Nick Frost's Sick Note: premiere date set

Kirsten Howard Oct 26, 2017

Sky1 have finally revealed an air date for their Rupert Grint-starring dark comedy series, Sick Note...

Sick Note is now set to start airing on Tuesday November 7th at 10pm on Sky1, it's been confirmed this week.

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The series, starring Rupert Grint (Harry Potter) and Nick Frost (Spaced) has already been renewed for a second run, which we believe may even have already finished filming. The network seem to have a lot of confindence in its appeal.

Here's a first trailer to give you a taste of what to expect...

Sick Note surprise renewal

All the way back in April (think how much has happened since then, in this darkest of the timelines) we reported that Rupert Grint's Snatch TV show had been renewed for a second season. Along with this news,
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Edgar Wright talks upcoming projects post-Baby Driver

In a couple of weeks, British filmmaker Edgar Wright will release his fifth theatrical directing effort, the action-packed heist movie Baby Driver, which stars Ansel Elgort, Lily James, Jamie Foxx, Kevin Spacey and many more. The early word is good, but thoughts are already turning towards what Wright will do next. For the past couple of years, the director has been attached to a variety of projects, including an adaptation of the young adult novel Grasshopper Jungle, where six-foot preying mantises take over a small town. More on Edgar Wright’s next movie below.

Edgar Wright’s next movie could be an adaptation of Grasshopper’s Jungle What will be Edgar Wright’s next movie?

U.S. website Collider caught up with him on the American junket tour for Baby Driver where he was asked what he would indeed tackle next. Will it be the aforementioned adaptation?

“Potentially. It’s
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Lindsay Lohan Joins ‘Harry Potter’ Star Rupert Grint’s Comedy ‘Sick Note’

Lindsay Lohan Joins ‘Harry Potter’ Star Rupert Grint’s Comedy ‘Sick Note’
Lindsay Lohan (“Mean Girls”) has come on board the second season of “Sick Note,” the upcoming British comedy series that also stars Rupert Grint (“Harry Potter”), Nick Frost (“Paul”), and Don Johnson (“Miami Vice”).

The first season of the show goes out this fall on Sky in a 10 p.m. slot and on Sky’s Now TV streaming service, with Season 2 currently in production. The comedy follows Daniel Glass (Grint) as a down-on-his-luck insurance rep who is wrongly told he has a terminal illness and decides to keep the misdiagnosis from his family and friends.

Lohan will play Katerina West, the daughter of Glass’s boss (Johnson) in the second season, which is expected to bow in 2018.

“One lie leads to the next in this unsettlingly brilliant comedy that will hook viewers in and have them on the very edge of their seats,” said Sky Head of Comedy Jon Mountague. “Filming
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One Direction Once Got Kicked Out of a Trump Hotel for Not Meeting With the First Daughter

One Direction Once Got Kicked Out of a Trump Hotel for Not Meeting With the First Daughter
They may not be Americans, but the lads of One Direction once found themselves in trouble with President Donald Trump. Liam Payne stopped by The Graham Norton Show this week and revealed, "One Direction once got thrown out of Trump's hotel!" He recalled the incident, telling the host and guests Salma Hayek, David Walliams, Ed Westwick and James Buckley, "We were were asked to meet Trump's daughter but when we said no because there were so many fans it was unsafe, we were asked to pack our bags and leave!" The singer also opened up about parenthood with Cheryl Cole and their newborn baby boy, Bear. On the topic of being a father, he admitted he hadn't met...
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Celebrities Remember Roger Moore: ‘The King of Cool’

Celebrities Remember Roger Moore: ‘The King of Cool’
Tributes to the late Roger Moore flooded social media Tuesday following the announcement that the James Bond actor had died at the age of 89 in Switzerland. Singer Boy George hailed Moore as “the king of cool” while Oscar-winning actor Russell Crowe tweeted succinctly: “Roger Moore, loved him.”

R.I.P Sir Roger Moore. He was the king of cool.

Boy George (@BoyGeorge) May 23, 2017

In a series of tweets Crowe went on to say he had tried to dress like Moore’s “The Saint” character Simon Templar as a kid.

Roger Moore , loved him

Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) May 23, 2017

At 10 I used to try to dress like Simon Templar .

My mother worked part time at the Indonesian embassy.

Added intrigue to my persona .

Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) May 23, 2017

MGM chairman and CEO Gary Barber issued a statement saying the actor, who had been a “beloved part of the MGM family for decades,” would
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What's going on at DreamWorks Animation?

Brendon Connelly Mar 23, 2017

Since DreamWorks Animation got snapped up by Universal, it seems several films have been cancelled. So what's actually happening?

If we imagine that the acquisition of Pixar by Disney was some kind of seismic shift for the Emeryville animation house, then Dreamworks Animation, by comparison, must be living in the red-hot cradle of a hyperactive volcano.

Animated films take so long, from concept to production to release, that recent Dreamworks titles are making their eventual escape from a corporate context which bears little relation to where they were conceived.

The Croods is a particularly good example. It was, originally, going to be a stop-motion film produced at Aardman with a screenplay by John Cleese. Without it ever being cancelled outright, this project continued to evolve, as Dreamworks twisted and turned like a kaleidoscope around it, in to the final product. The plot was different. The characters were different.
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Um, Ridley Scott wants to make Gladiator 2

Simon Brew Mar 13, 2017

Ridley Scott has a plan for a Gladiator sequel. Spoilers lie ahead if you've not seen Gladiator...

This story contains spoilers for Gladiator (2000)

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Ridley Scott is one of a small group of directors who have watched their film win Best Picture at the Academy Awards, yet also found themselves overlooked for a Best Director gong. Nonetheless. Gladiator – the picture concerned – remains a firm favourite, and it turned Russell Crowe from an acclaimed actor into a movie star.

There’s been talk in the past about a further Gladiator, with Nick Cave infamously putting together a Gladiator sequel script. Cave – who was asked by Crowe to explore a sequel – wanted to call his film Christ Killer (that would have gone down a treat), and would have seen the character of Maximus sent to Purgatory upon his death,
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Why can’t British TV ever make a nightly topical talkshow work?

ITV’s new 10pm show has been slated by critics and deserted by viewers

This was supposed to be a British answer to America’s late night entertainment giants. A nightly mix of topical monologues, comedy sketches and chat modelled on the format that turned Johnny Carson, David Letterman and a host of men named Jimmy into stars and recently helped James Corden become a Us household name.

Unfortunately for ITV its much-trailed new nightly talkshow, The Nightly Show, presented in its first week by David Walliams, with John Bishop, Davina McCall, Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc lined up for future slots, turned out to be more damp squib than firecracker with reviews variously calling it “awkward”, “unfunny” and “as flat as a Shrove Tuesday pancake”.

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