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Olivia de Havilland on Becoming the Oldest Person to Be Named a Dame: I’m ‘Extremely Proud’

Olivia de Havilland on Becoming the Oldest Person to Be Named a Dame: I’m ‘Extremely Proud’
The actress known to millions as Gone With the Wind‘s Melanie Wilkes is now officially Dame Olivia de Havilland.

The 100-year-old two-time Oscar winner was named a Dame Commander in Queen Elizabeth II‘s Birthday Honors list on Saturday, becoming the oldest-ever person to achieve the distinction.

Of the honor, de Havilland said in a statement to People that she is “extremely proud that the Queen has appointed me a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.”

“To receive this honor as my 101st birthday approaches is the most gratifying of birthday presents,” she said.

Promoted along
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The most disturbing, unnerving Christmas TV of yore

Wesley Mead Dec 19, 2016

Think Christmas TV has always been warm and fluffy? Think again, as we revisit some disturbing vintage festive specials...

The festive season holds long-held ties to the macabre. From the classic novels of Charles Dickens to the melancholy of the Christmas carol canon, Christmas has always harboured a darker side, lurking beyond the tinsel and mince pies. That role has extended to festive television: for every smiles-and-silliness sitcom special, there’s a programme with an altogether more disturbing spin on the season – be that a dramatic Christmas episode imbued with fear and bloodshed, or a family classic whose ostensibly wholesome charms look questionable in retrospect.

See related Star Wars: Rogue One enjoys huge opening weekend

An early mainstay of the medium in its infancy, morality play anthology series were our first taste of a darker Christmastime being translated to television. Alfred Hitchcock Presents’ Back From Christmas
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‘Billy Connolly: High Horse Tour Live’ Review

There are many comedians that spring to mind when you try to decide who are the funniest, but one of the most constant names to turn up on lists has to be Billy Connolly. We don’t tend to see much of his stand-up routines anymore, so when Billy Connolly: High Horse Tour Live was announced I made a point of grabbing the DVD.

At 72 you would wonder if Connolly had toned down, but thankfully this isn’t the case. Just listening him talk about his experiences as a Scottish comedian shows this. Full of topical humour, people who have felt down over the recent Donald Trump fiasco will be happy with the choice words that Billy decides to say in Billy Connolly: High Horse Tour Live. These comments will no doubt be even harsher now he knows that Trump won the election.

What makes Connolly a favourite
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Billy Connolly: High Horse Tour Live comes to DVD & Blu-ray

The great Scottish comedian, actor and world traveller Billy Connolly is releasing a live tour on DVD and Blu-ray on the 14th November 2016. Titled Billy Connolly: High Horse Tour Live, this marks the first tour DVD from Billy in Six years, and he has never been as funny as you will witness. Both fans of old and new will see some of greatest British comedy ever delivered on this release. Check out the two clips below…

Ever since his first, iconic appearance on Parkinson back in ‘75, Billy Connolly has enjoyed an indelible presence in the nation’s heart and has been voted the best stand-up comedian ever in three separate polls. Recent years have seen him focus more on travelogues like Billy Connolly Tracks Across America and film work like The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies but Billy Connolly: High Horse Tour Live see’s the
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Review: The Big Bang Theory The Complete Eight Season

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While one of the strongest ensembles on television today, The Big Bang Theory has come to revolve around the socially awkward Sheldon (Jim Parsons), so it makes perfect sense that the eighth season began and ended with the brilliant scientist. Sandwiched in-between, the series slowly advanced the cast of characters through their lives and thankfully Chuck Lorre has not prevented them from growing.

Warner Bros Home Entertainment releases The Big Bang Theory The Complete Eighth Season this week and the combo pack contains all 245 episodes on Blu-ray and Digital HD. We open with Sheldon, 45 days after leaving on a train, only to call Leonard (Johnny Galecki) to come rescue him from Kingman, Arizona. Accompany him is Amy (Mayim Bialik), who has been hurt by Sheldon’s actions, which remains a recurring theme through the season, setting up the finale, where she puts their relationship on hold just as he was about to propose.
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Britain's Got Talent: Your complete guide to all of the semi-finalists is right here

The Britain's Got Talent live shows are just around the corner, and we now know the 45 acts who'll be entertaining us this week! Read on for your complete guide to the lucky hopefuls who made it through...

The Golden Buzzers

Calum Scott - 26, Hull

Talent: Singing

Golden buzzer: Simon Cowell

Remind me: Calum had to take to the stage just after his sister Jade had been rejected by the judges, but his rendition of 'Dancing On My Own' won over the panel.

Boyband - Mike (18), Mikey (19), Dylan (18), Corey (18), Jaih (17) from London

Talent: Dancing

Golden buzzer: Ant & Dec

Remind me: Ant & Dec bashed their golden buzzer for Boyband, who confused the judges with their name but then won them all over with a dance to 'Uptown Funk'.

Revelation Avenue - 20-30, London

Talent: Choir

Golden buzzer: Amanda Holden

Remind me: Revelation Avenue took to the stage just after a show choir who had not done well,
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The odd places It’s A Wonderful Life has turned up

Clips of It’s A Wonderful Life appear in all sorts of TV shows and films, some predictable Christmas fare and some you might not expect…

Thanks to NBC’s long-standing tradition of airing Frank Capra’s 1946 festive fantasy drama every 24th of December, It’s A Wonderful Life has become a Stateside Christmas institution. The film’s story of a small town family man facing financial ruin being coaxed back from suicide by an angel who shows him how important he is to the world is now as festive as overspending and overeating.

Its ubiquity means that It’s A Wonderful Life is one of the first ports of call when shows and movies want to inject a festive feel into their fictional worlds, hence it having been subject to more on-screen references, quotes, parodies and homages than you can shake a jingle bell at. The Muppets, The Simpsons,
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The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies To Have World Premiere in London on December 1

The end of the six films will be here in less than two months. Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, Richard Armitage and Luke Evans made the announcement today that the final film will have its world premiere in London on Monday the 1st of December.

From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies, the third in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien.

The film opens in UK cinemas December 12th and Us theaters December 17th.

The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) and the Company of Dwarves. The Dwarves of Erebor have reclaimed the vast wealth of their homeland, but now must face the consequences of having unleashed the terrifying Dragon, Smaug, upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town.
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What We Did On Our Holiday review: David Tennant leads eccentric comedy

Directors: Andy Hamilton, Guy Jenkin; Screenwriters: Andy Hamilton, Guy Jenkin; Starring: David Tennant, Rosamund Pike, Billy, Connolly, Emilia Jones, Bobby Smalldridge, Harriet Turnbull, Ben Miller; Running time: 95 mins; Certificate: 12A

Rosamund Pike is about to hit it big thanks to Gone Girl, but before that she'll be seen in What We Did On Our Holiday, an off-kilter family comedy from the creators of Outnumbered. With its story of a marriage under strain, media storm and dramatic mid-point twist, it could easily be paired up with David Fincher's thriller for a slightly eccentric double-bill.

Holiday is proof of the adage 'never judge a book by its cover'. Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin's movie is not the film its trailer makes it out to be, it's a lot more surprising and ambition than the sedate fare you'd expect based on the promos. This is a comedy that turns its clichéd
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Remembering the Best and Worst of ABC’s Tgif Lineup

Remembering the Best and Worst of ABC’s Tgif Lineup
In fall 1993, a coming-of-age comedy called “Boy Meets World” premiered on ABC’s “Tgif” Friday night lineup; 21 years later, its sequel series, “Girl Meets World,” is debuting on the Disney Channel with many of the original cast members reprising their roles for a new generation.

Few could have anticipated the enduring popularity of the family sitcom — which starred Ben Savage as Cornelius “Cory” Matthews and Danielle Fishel as his first love and eventual wife, Topanga Lawrence — but ABC’s Tgif block was responsible for a number of iconic comedies during its initial run between 1989 and 2000, many of which still live on in syndication today. And, as with all networks, the roster was also responsible for some spectacular trainwrecks, with concepts so surreal, you’d think a kid pitched them while on a sugar high.

Before we meet Cory and Topanga’s precocious daughter, Riley (Rowan Blanchard), take a trip down
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First look at What We Did on Our Holiday

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First look at What We Did on Our Holiday, the new family feature film from the creators of Outnumbered which stars Billy Connolly, Rosamund Pike, David Tennant, Ben Miller, and Amelia Bullmore.

Bobby Smalldridge, Emilia Jones and Harriet Turnbull star as the three McLeod children.

12 year old Emilia Jones (represented by Arg Talent) plays Lottie. Emilia was Alice in Channel 4's Utopia and played Young Fiona in Shrek in the West End. She is currently filming alongside Michael Caine in Italian feature film The Early Years.

Bobby Smalldridge (represented by the Sylvia Young Agency) played Small Boy in Billy Eliot in the West End and has filmed episodes of Miss Marple, Casualty and Topsy and Tim. He played the part of Samuel in the 2011 film, Foster with Ioan Gruffudd and Toni Collette.

The film also introduces newcomer Harriet Turnbull as Jenni, the youngest McLeod.

The dysfunctional McLeod family venture
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Billy Connolly: 14 of the Big Yin's best moments outside stand-up

Billy Connolly presents the final part of his moving, yet still hilarious, ITV documentary series Big Send Off tonight (May 14).

The Big Yin is best known for his prolific stand-up comedy career over the past six decades, but he has often shown off many different strings to his bow, taking in the world of TV, film, music and charity work.

To mark Connolly's latest excellent project, Digital Spy takes a look at just some of his best moments outside his stand-up work.

1. The Humblebums

Before Billy started his stand-up career, he sang with the late Gerry Rafferty of 'Baker Street' fame in the folk group The Humblebums, along with Tam Harvey. Largely forgotten outside the folk world, they did produce some genuinely brilliant tracks, both moving and funny. Their gigs often featured Connolly chatting to the audience between songs, eventually leading to him giving the comedy thing a go full-time.
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Billy Connolly talks cancer diagnosis in ITV documentary clip - watch

Billy Connolly has appeared in a new clip from his upcoming ITV documentary.

The legendary comedian speaks about being diagnosed with prostate cancer and Parkinson's disease on the same day in the promo.

Connolly said: "I had a funny week. On the Monday, I got hearing aids. On the Tuesday, I got pills for heartburn, which I have to take all the time. And on the Wednesday, I got news that I had prostate cancer and Parkinson's disease.

"They told me on the phone. They said, 'Look we've had the result and it's cancer.' And I said, 'Oh no-body's ever said that to me before.' And Pamela was standing behind me and gave me a bit of a cuddle but I wasn't unduly worried.

"The Parkinson's was strange because it was a man in a hotel who spotted it. He said, 'Excuse me Billy, I'm a big fan
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Sponsored: Steve Coogan and Judi Dench Shine as the Odd Couple in 'Philomena'

When you think of odd couples, you think of Tony Randall and Jack Klugman, Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau, but what about Steve Coogan and Judi Dench? Based on a true story, "Philomena" stars Dench and Coogan and focuses on the efforts of Philomena Lee (Dench), mother to a boy conceived out of wedlock and given away for adoption in the United States. “I’d worked with Billy Connolly on Mrs. Brown,” Judi Dench recalls, “and Steve Coogan and Billy are very alike in a way. They’re both real comics, and they apply tremendous dedication to serious acting, something that isn’t their form of work naturally. They’re both very good at it. And then in between takes, of course, they make you cry with laughter. “The more tense it is, the better it is. Perhaps if we’d been doing a comedy, we’d have cried between the takes.
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Billy Connolly fighting prostate cancer and Parkinson's

Best wishes for comic and actor Billy Connolly, who has undergone surgery for prostate cancer, his publicist tells the BBC. The Scottish-born star, 70, had "minor surgery" after being diagnosed "with the very early stages of prostate cancer." "In addition, Billy has been assessed as having the initial symptoms of Parkinson's disease, for which he is receiving the appropriate treatment." Connolly, who played a dwarf warrior in 'The Hobbit' film series, is not expected to slow down. Connolly is set to start filming a TV series soon and launch a tour of New Zealand next year, and "has been assured by experts that the findings will in no way inhibit or affect his ability to work," the statement said.
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Billy Connolly diagnosed with prostate cancer, Parkinson's disease

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Billy Connolly, 70, recently underwent surgery to treat his prostate cancer. In addition, the comedian and actor was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.

"Billy Connolly recently underwent minor surgery in America after being diagnosed with the very early stages of prostate cancer," his representative tells BBC. "In addition, Billy has been assessed as having the initial symptoms of Parkinson's disease, for which he is receiving the appropriate treatment."

The Scot doesn't plan to let these illnesses affect his work plans. His spokeswoman says he will continue to move forward with his career as normal.

"Billy has been assured by experts that the findings will in no way inhibit or affect his ability to work, and he will start filming a TV series in the near future, as well as undertaking an extensive theatrical tour of New Zealand in the new year," the rep says.

Connolly's recent projects include playing the voice
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Billy Connolly Treated for Cancer, Diagnosed with Early Parkinson's

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Billy Connolly Treated for Cancer, Diagnosed with Early Parkinson's
Billy Connolly has been treated for prostate cancer. According to a statement on his website, the Scottish actor underwent minor surgery in the United States and has successfully recovered. Connolly, 70, also has the initial symptoms of Parkinson's disease, and is receiving treatment. The Brave star, also known for his roles in Gulliver's Travels, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events and The Last Samurai plans to continue working. "Billy has been assured by experts that the findings will in no way inhibit or affect his ability to work, and he will start filming a TV series in the near future,
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'The Hobbit' Star Billy Connolly Battling Cancer

Actor/comedian Billy Connolly has undergone surgery for prostate cancer and was also recently diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.

"Billy Connolly recently underwent minor surgery in America after being diagnosed with the very early stages of prostate cancer; the operation was a total success, and Billy is fully recovered," said a statement on Connolly's website.

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The statement also reveals that the 70-year-old Connolly is showing initial symptoms of Parkinson's disease, "for which he is receiving the appropriate treatment."

Connolly -- who played a dwarf warrior in The Hobbit franchise -- is expected to keep working throughout his recovery. "Billy has been assured by experts that the findings will in no way inhibit or affect his ability to work, and he will start filming a TV series in the near future, as well as undertaking an extensive theatrical tour of New Zealand in the new year," the statement
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Billy Connolly diagnosed with Parkinson's disease

Billy Connolly has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. The 70-year-old actor recently won his battle with prostate cancer after the disease was caught early, but he has now been told he is showing symptoms of the initial stages of the degenerative nerve disorder - which can include shaking, rigidity, slowness of movement and difficulty with walking. His spokeswomen said: ''Billy Connolly recently underwent minor surgery in America after being diagnosed with the very early stages of prostate cancer. The operation was a total success, and Billy is fully recovered. ''In addition, Billy has been assessed as having the initial symptoms of
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What We Did On Our Holiday casting news

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Principal photography begins on new British family comedy, What We Did on Our Holiday, on the 17th June on location in Scotland.

What We Did on Our Holiday stars some of Britain’s best-loved acting talent including Billy Connolly, Rosamund Pike, David Tennant, Ben Miller and Amelia Bullmore.

Playing the three young children of Doug (Tennant) and Abi (Rosamund Pike) are:

Rising star 11 year old Emilia Jones (represented by Arg Talent) who played Alice in Channel 4's Utopia and was recently seen in an episode of Doctor Who. Emilia played Young Fiona in Shrek in the West End and is the daughter of singer and TV presenter Aled Jones.

The film also introduces newcomer Harriet Turnbull, and Bobby Smalldridge as Mickey in his first feature film role. Bobby played Small Boy in Billy Eliot in the West End and recently filmed an episode of Miss Marple.

The film, produced
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