The last thing Ned wants is to be sent to a rugby-obsessed boarding school to be humiliated for his aversion to the sport and his distinct lack of talent on the field. But, unfortunately for him, he has no choice in the matter. Constantly being pushed around by his classmates, he befriends and unlikely newcomer with whom he is forced to share a room. Initially intimidated by Conor's reputation for getting into fights and his sporting talent, Ned soon learns that there is a lot more to Conor than meets the eye. Like Ned, he also has a passion for music, but when Conor's teammates discover their friendship he seems determined to sever ties. There seems to be only one person sticking up for Ned, and that's his teacher Dan Sherry who is trying to encourage all the boys in his class to be themselves. But that's not always so easy.
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Professor Deborah Lipstadt spent her life documenting and writing about the atrocities that happened in concentration camps during the second World War. She wrote numerous books on the subject and in 1993 she eventually published a book on holocaust deniers, a conspiracy theory that was growing in strength mainly down to a few pseudo-historians and Nazi supporters who deny the holocaust ever happened - or at best claim the deaths and gassings have been vastly over exaggerated.
Rightfully documenting the danger of denial, Lipstadt's book brought to light just how such stories take shape to become plausible to readers and creators of such literature. One of the people she named in her book was the British historian David Irving who had written multiple books on Hitler and various parts of the war who supported the notion - amongst many other things - that Hitler didn't kill Jewish people for actively being Jewish and there were no gas chambers at Auschwitz.
Irving sues the professor and her publishers for Liable in the British court system and a long trial is set in motion. Lipstadt and her team of lawyers must find a way to prove in a courtroom setting that the holocaust did happen and Irving's claims (stated in her book) are false and that he is therefore a holocaust denier.
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The first book in Arthur Ransome's much loved book series has been turned into a movie. The story follows a group of children who holiday with their family in the Lake District. Once the children arrive they immediately start to explore and their mother, Mrs. Walker, couldn't be happier that her children get the chance to act like real kids out of the city which is a possible target in a country on the brink of war.
When Mr Jones agrees to let the kids take out his sailing boat called Swallow, they're quick to explore the lake and ask their mother if they can go on an overnight camping trip to the small island in the middle of the lake which they aptly adopt as their own and name it Walker Island. As the children walk further from their base, they soon discover that they might not be the only ones on the island. They're soon approached by two girls who call themselves The Amazons, they say the island is theirs and tell the Walker children to return home on Swallow, their boat.
The two sets of children start a rivalry but as time passes, events unfold which mean the children must work together to uncover the disappearance of one of the islanders most mysterious inhabitants.
As Alice is once again taken into the magical and mysterious world that she's somehow connected to, Alice finds herself with her friends on the other side of the looking glass. Through Alice doesn't really know why, she's attached to the peculiar world and its inhabitants but her latest visit will put the young girl in grave danger.
The Red Queen has gained a dangerous new ally who is out to find the young blonde haired girl. As the clock ticks and tocks, the game of kings becomes a whole new reality and Alice must find a way to beat her opponents.
Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass is based on the characters from Lewis Carroll's novel and is produced by Tim Burton. The Muppets director James Bobin directs the feature film.
'Pride' won Best Film, while Brendan Gleeson beat Benedict Cumberbatch to best actor at the British Independent Film Awards.
The miners' strike drama Pride has won Best Film at the British Independent Film Awards. The film collected three awards in total, with Andrew Scott and Imelda Staunton winning best supporting actor and actress, respectively.
Pride won best film at the British Independent Film Awards
The movie told the true story of a group of gay activists who work to help miners during their lengthy strike of the National Union of Mineworkers in the summer of 1984.
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Is Andrew Scott really the new Bond villain? We're a little unsure about this one.
Andrew Scott, the British actor best known for playing Sherlock's arch-nemesis Jim Moriarty, has been cast as a villain in the new Bond movie - according to The Mirror. The 38-year-old will apparently be announced in the casting event at Pinewood Studios on Thursday (December 4, 2014), though we're a little unsure about this one.
Daniel Craig [L] returns as James Bond for Sam Mendes' new movie
"Andrew was hand-picked for a role in the new Bond movie after film bosses loved his star turn in Sherlock," a source told the tabloid newspaper.
Continue reading: Sherlock's 'Moriarty' Andrew Scott To Play Villain In Bond 24?
Based on a true story, this crowd-pleasing comedy-drama is such a joy to watch that it wears our faces out with all the smiling, laughing, crying and cheering. Skilfully written and directed, and sharply well played by an ace cast, this is a story that can't help but get under the skin. Its twists and turns are genuinely jaw-dropping, and the character interaction sparks with all kinds of issues that feel hugely resonant, even though the events depicted took place 30 years ago. In other words, this is a strong candidate for film of the year.
It's set in 1984 London, where 20-year-old Joe (George MacKay) sneaks out of his parents' home to attend the gay pride festivities. When he meets a group of lesbian and gay activists (including Ben Schnetzer, Andrew Scott and Dominic West), he feels like he has found his own place in the world. Their cause is to aid striking miners, because they understand how it feels to be abused by the police and oppressed by their own government. But of course Lesbians & Gays Support the Miners finds it difficult to get a group to accept their assistance. Eventually, they discover a group of strike supporters in the small Welsh village of Dulais who are willing to partner with them, so they travel to Wales to meet them (including Imelda Staunton, Bill Nighy, Paddy Considine and Jessica Gunning), sparking a major culture clash.
Cleverly, the script allows each character in the story to take his or her own personal journey, and the variety of plot-threads weave together beautifully to be powerfully involving. This also allows the filmmakers to explore a wide range of issues in both communities. The gays are facing family rejection, public harassment and the dawn of the Aids epidemic, while the miners are grappling with deep-seated prejudices while watching their lives eviscerated by Thatcher's systematic plan to crush the unions. All of this gives the cast a lot of meat to chew on, and yet the film's brightly anarchic pacing and energetic period touches keep it from ever feeling preachy.
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During the UK miners strike between 1984 and 1985, working families are in desperate need of support. They're feeling victimised and abandoned by society as threats over their livelihood remain imminent. But they're not the only ones feeling ostracised in their own country and that's how the Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners campaign was born. Homophobia is rife in the UK, with the National Union of Mineworkers even refusing help from the LGSM campaigners for fear of how people may see them. Instead, they take their support to a small town in Wales where the majority of workers there are miners. In an extraordinary show of acceptance in an unlikely era, the town allows their new supporters to raise funds for their village. The townspeople may be humorously ignorant about life as a homosexual, but they're judging no longer.
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A riveting performance from Tom Hardy makes this pseudo-thriller utterly riveting, turning even the most contrived plot elements into punchy drama. Like Robert Redford in All Is Lost or Sandra Bullock in Gravity, this one-person show also works as an intriguing cinematic experiment: telling an entire story centred only on a man driving a car for 90 minutes.
Hardy plays construction foreman Ivan Locke, who's set to oversee the biggest concrete pour in Europe. But at the crucial moment, he abandons his post and hits the road for a late-night drive from Birmingham to London. He turns his work responsibility over to his extremely nervous assistant (voiced by Andrew Scott), but has a tough time calming down the corporate bosses. He also phones his sons (Tom Holland and Bill Milner) to tell them he won't make it home to watch the big game, but he struggles to explain to his angry wife (Ruth Wilson) the reason he's driving to London to meet a middle-aged woman (Olivia Colman), who is also sounding rather stressed down the line.
As Hardy's character tries to salvage his marriage, family and career, his moral conundrum becomes increasingly intense, and Hardy plays him as a man whose internal turmoil is raging behind his confident voice. It's a remarkably effective performance, gripping and involving, asking big questions even if the script never quite gets around to grappling with the issues at hand. It's also playing rather heavily on the irony that doing the right thing is likely to cost Ivan pretty much everything, leaving him alone and despised like his father.
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Jimmy Gralton is a political activist in the 1930s with strong communist values. Unfortunately, this doesn't put him in the best light for Ireland's Catholic church, who consider he, his friends and associates to be antichrists. Jimmy runs a dance hall whereby he makes his views heard as the people of his town enjoy music and socialising as well as learning together and creating happy memories. The local priest doesn't see it as such a great thing though and he subsequently does his best to convince his parishioners that the hall brings nothing but evil to the neighbourhood. Those for the continuation of the hall's practises suddenly find themselves violently up against the protesting Catholic community, and two things that were always supposed to be about peace and civic spirit suddenly become armies who'll stop at nothing to defend their values.
'Jimmy's Hall' is a shocking Irish drama based on a true story during the 'Red Scare' in Ireland in the 1930s. BAFTA nominated director Ken Loach ('Sweet Sixteen', 'My Name Is Joe', 'The Navigators') is at the helm alongside screenwriter Paul Laverty ('The Wind That Shakes the Barley', 'The Angels' Share', 'Cargo'). It is scheduled to be released in the UK on May 30th 2014.
From Ireland, this looks like yet another Hangover-style stag-night comedy, but the script has surprising depth to it, and even the sillier characters find some resonance as the events spiral into the requisite chaos. So while the movie's gross-out humour feels utterly contrived, there's meaning behind it. And the relationships between the central characters are remarkably complex.
The groom is theatre designer Fionnan (O'Conor), who is driving his fiancee Ruth (Huberman) crazy by being too-interested in planning the wedding. So she asks his best man Davin (Scott) to plan a stag getaway. They decide to go on a camping trip with Fionnan's brother (Legge) and his partner (Bennett), plus their friend Simon (Gleeson). But they fail in their efforts to avoid inviting Ruth's intense brother The Machine (McDonald). And sure enough, he takes over the weekend, causing abject mayhem at every turn as their casual hike becomes a series of frantic adventures.
The sharp actors create characters who are realistic and, for the most part, likeable. The exception is The Machine, and McDonald plays him mercilessly, chomping madly on the scenery. It's an over-the-top performance that constantly throws us outside the movie until we begin to see the man underneath the crazed bravado. But he causes the other guys to do inexplicable things as well, which sparks a reaction in us and allows for a bit of depth, especially for Scott in the meatiest role.
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Fionnan is the sensitive sort who's filled with excitement about his upcoming nuptials to partner Ruth. He's a nervous perfectionist who wants everything to be just right when the day comes, but makes no secret about his aversion to a traditional stag do of wild antics and drinking. When Ruth insists best man Davin take him on an outdoor adventure up a mountain for their bachelor's weekend, Fionnan is horrified but eventually agrees that he may enjoy a trek in the great outdoors. However, it is soon revealed that Ruth's insane brother nicknamed The Machine will be joining Fionnan and his friends - a fact that even makes Davin consider calling off their adventure. Instead, he attempts to deter him from coming along with a weird voicemail but, alas, he makes his presence known as he repeatedly brings trouble raining down on them on their journey.
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Ivan Locke could well be the model of a perfect life with his beautiful family, comfortable life and a job that is only continuing to offer more and more. However, everyone's got a past and this man's is coming back to haunt him as an incident regarding his younger self threatens the stability of his idyllic existence. He is forced to leave an important job in the construction profession that would've been of significant value to his career in order to drive to London and settle a matter that has been hanging in the air since he was in his twenties. It's a 90 minute journey that seems to take forever as he attempts to resolve a variety of issues that have arisen both at work and at home over the phone. He also finds himself talking to his dead father as he battles to save his family, his job and his sanity.
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It seems that the wedding theme for comedies hasn't got old yet.
The trailer has been released for new bachelor comedy The Stag, a movie which sets out to prove that the theme of weddings and stag parties hasn't been outgrown by the comedy genre. Hugh O'Conor plays Fionnan, the groom at the centre of John Butler and Peter McDonald's funny new film.
Andrew Scott Stars As The Best Man In New Comedy 'The Stag.'
In the movie, perfectionist Fionnan is preparing for his wedding to Ruth (Amy Huberman) but the only thing he can focus on is the smooth running of the nuptials. When faced with the prospects of the traditional pre-wedding stag do, Fionnan says he'd much rather go along with Ruth and her friends on the hen do or plan the floral arrangements.
It's usually the bride that enjoys organising every little detail for their wedding, but in Ruth and Fionnan's relationship, planning the nuptials has become the only thing that guarded perfectionist Fionnan thinks about. However, concerned about his increasing seriousness and his hatred of adventure, Ruth enlists his best friend Davin to organise a stag night on a mountain. Fionnan eventually warms to the idea of a wildlife trek. that is until Ruth mentions that her ruthless brother The Machine is coming along too. Coping with The Machine becomes an uphill struggle when he throws away the stag group's compass and gets them lost, sets their tent on fire and insists on a nude streak through the woodland that almost gets them shot. But is he a blessing in disguise for strait-laced Fionnan, who may find this trip more of a milestone than a stag?
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The first showing of Sam Mendes' 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: The Musical' has been met with mixed reviews but that didn't stop celebrities from turning out en masse for the premiere after-party (Tuesday 25th June).
The opening night of Charlie And The Chocolate Factory: The Musical turned out to be a star studded occasion. The after party pictures show the turnout of celebrities in support of director Sam Mendes, who directed this latest production. Stars included Uma Thurman (Kill Bill), Doctor Who side-kick Jenna Louise Coleman and presenter Graham Norton. Other actors present were Maxine Peake (The Village), Andrew Scott (Sherlock), Summer Strallen (Land Girls) and Danny Mac (Hollyoaks).
Uma Thurman arriving at the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: The Musical after party
Also attending was Glee actor Matthew Morrison who truly got into the spirit of the occasion by joyous celebrating his own golden ticket. Morrison was not the only American actor present as Sarah Jessica Parker (Sex and the City) made an appearance along with her husband, actor Matthew Broderick (Ferris Bueller's Day Off), and their son James Wilkie Broderick. Both Uma Thurman and singer Sinitta brought along their offspring.
Odds are in for the successor to Matt Smith's Doctor Who - who will become the next Doctor?
Matt Smith hasn't even given up his role as the Doctor in the BBC's Doctor Who yet but speculation is already rife over who will take over command of the TARDIS as the eleventh incarnation of the Doctor is set to step down this Christmas, having debuted in January 2010.
William Hill have drawn up a list of odds; the most favourable, surprisingly, is for the next Doctor to be played by a female actor.
The bookies current favourite, at 10/1, is 31 year-old Russell Tovey, best known for his roles as werewolf, George Sands, in BBC drama Being Human and the character, Rudge, in both the stage and screen adaptations of The History Boys. Tovey took to Twitter to lament the stepping down of Smith in a statement that has fuelled speculation he might be in talk to be the next Doctor: "Sad to hear of Matt Smith's doctor departure, he truly is a superb actor and made the Doc proper.. Who's next tho eh? Who's next.. Hmmm x" Rupert Grint, who played Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter franchise, jointly ranks alongside Tovey with 10/1 odds. William Hill spokesman, Rupert Adams says he thinks Grint, 24, would "be perfect for the role."
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Some dramatic scenes from the upcoming third series of 'Sherlock' took place in Central London on Friday (April 12th 2013) plus a surprise guest appearance.
Benedict Cumberbatch looking deadly serious on the set of 'Sherlock'
Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman began filming series 3 of 'Sherlock' in the most dramatic way with hypnotism and leaping of buildings on Friday (April 12th 2013) in Central London.
The contemporary detective drama based on the 19th century stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is set to continue in the Winter of 2013 as filming kicked off last week in London where the last series left off. Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman were snapped acting out some intense scenes as their respective characters Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson. Co-creator Mark Gatiss was also on the set as Sherlock's older brother Mycroft Holmes as well as antagonist Jim Moriarty played by Andrew Scott. Psychological illusionist Derren Brown made a surprise appearance on the set, hypnotising Martin Freeman who subsequently dropped to the floor in one spectacular scene; it is as yet unclear as to Derren's role in the upcoming series 3 plot but speculation has suggested that his character could be based one of Conan Doyle's darkest characters Sebastian Moran.
Andrew Scott, who is best known for his role as Moriarty in Sherlock, has been named best actor at a ceremony honouring the best of BBC radio drama.
In doing so, Scott build upon last year's performance at the awards, where he won the best supporting actor prize. Elsewhere, Michelle Fairley was named best actress for her part in John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath. Best supporting actress went to This Is England star Vicky McClure for Radio 4's Kicking the Air and David Troughton was named best supporting actor for Singles and Doublets, broadcast on Radio 3. The presenter of the awards - former Doctor Who star David Tennant, who won best actor at last year's inaugural ceremony - said, "Acting on the radio is challenging, inspiring, delicate and always a privilege." Adding, "Radio drama is often overlooked and undervalued next to its showier younger siblings on the television and in the cinema. Yet it is on the wireless that so many important and brilliant talents have been discovered and nurtured."
The award for best single drama went to 'On It;, Tony Pitts' play about a heroin addict and 'The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum', adapted from the novel by German author Heinrich Boll, took best series or serial.
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