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The stage and screen legend urged other gay actors to reveal their sexuality to the world.
Sir Ian McKellen returned to his school in Bolton to spread the message of the gay rights organisation Stonewall, and to offer some words of encouragement to the pupils of his alma mater.
The 76 year old acting legend recalled how hard it could be at school for people singled out as being different. He remembered his own experience of being gay at school, with the added difficulty of homosexuality being illegal at that time. He added that absolutely anybody could be picked on for being different for any reason at all, and encouraged pupils to celebrate those differences.
Sir Ian McKellen returned to his former school to deliver a speech to the pupils
Continue reading: Sir Ian McKellen Talks Discrimination And LGBT Rights
Imelda Staunton received the UK Theatre Award for Best Musical Performance on Sunday (18th October).
Imelda Staunton has won a UK Theatre Award for her performance in Gypsy. Staunton received the award for Best Musical Performance at the UK Theatre Awards 2015 at London’s Guildhall on Sunday (18th October).
Imelda Staunton at the 2015 BAFTA Ceremony in London, February 2015.
Continue reading: Imelda Staunton Wins UK Theatre Award For Her Performance In ‘Gypsy’
McKellen was temporarily staying in Peter Jackson's NY apartment when Swift bought it last year.
He may recently have become a member of her squad along with Sir Patrick Stewart and was seen as part of a mash-up viral video of celebs miming along to 'Shake It Off'', but Sir Ian McKellen has suggested that there could be some bad blood between himself and Taylor Swift, after he said in a new interview that he was “thrown out” of a New York apartment in which he was staying.
Swift bought a property in the well-heeled Tribeca area in the Big Apple back in March 2014, from Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson for $19.95 million. It turns out that the legendary actor was living there temporarily at the time and was unceremoniously turfed out!
Sir Ian McKellen
"Haters gonna hate and fakers gonna fake" say Sir Ian McKellen, Morgan Freeman and many more in the brilliant cut-up video.
The Oxford Union, the debating society at Oxford University is trying to persuade Taylor Swift to travel to the city to give a speech by releasing a hilarious mash-up video of former guest speakers reciting the lyrics to her hit single ‘Shake It Off’.
Stephen Fry kicks off the clip opening with the line “I stay up too late”, before a range of prestigious speakers including Morgan Freeman, Sir Patrick Stewart, Piers Morgan, Richard Dawkins, Sir Ian McKellen, FIFA president Sepp Blatter and ‘Gangnam Style’ singer Psy are cut up and rearranged to recite other key lines from the song. You can check out the clip at the bottom of the page.
Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' is the subject of a brilliant mash-up video by Oxford Uni's debating society
Continue reading: Oxford Union Makes "Shake It Off" Mash-Up Video
'The Theory of Everything' star will be playing the lead in a biopic about the life of Wizard of Oz author L. Frank Baum.
Oscar-winning British actor Eddie Redmayne has landed yet more work in the wake of his fantastic success this year, being cast as Wizard of Oz author L. Frank Baum in an upcoming biopic of the celebrated children’s fantasy writer.
Movie blog The Tracking Board broke the news on Thursday (August 6th). The film is reportedly based on a much-discussed screenplay by industry newcomer Josh Golden that was bought by the New Line studio last year after an intense bidding war.
Eddie Redmayne with wife Hannah Bagshawe at the 2015 Oscars
Continue reading: Eddie Redmayne Lands Lead In 'Wizard Of Oz' Author's Biopic
The multi-talented McKellen offered his tips on how to make the simple dish in a video posted on Facebook.
Along with being both Gandalf and Magneto, as well as one of the most celebrated actors of his generation, it turns out Sir Ian McKellen is also a scrambled egg expert. In a video uploaded to his Facebook page the actor has shared how he makes the perfect scrambled eggs and we must say they do look delicious!
Ian McKellen could teach you a thing or two about making scrambled eggs.
In the video the 76 year old star of Mr Holmes shares the tips he learnt from his stepmother Gladys on how to make the breakfast staple. The actor begins by revealing that he neither mixes his eggs first nor uses the standard frying pan.
Continue reading: Sir Ian McKellen Is Here To Teach You How To Make Perfect Scrambled Eggs
The veteran actors have been putting a unique twist on some of Swifty’s finest lyrics this week.
Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart have become the unlikely new members of Taylor Swift’s ‘squad’ after the two legendary actors impressed the singer this week by reciting some of her lyrics. After both clips of the actors went viral Star Trek actor Stewart reached out to the singer on Twitter asking if he and BFF McKellen could become the newest members of Swift’s famous squad.
Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen have been reciting Taylor Swift lyrics.
It all started when McKellen, during the promotion of his latest film Mr Holmes, was filmed by Yahoo reading some of his ‘favourite’ lyrics which included Swift's ‘Bad Blood’ and Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars' ‘Uptown Funk’.
The two legendary actor star together as a gay couple in PBS sitcom ‘Vicious’.
Sir Ian McKellen and his ‘Vicious’ co-star Derek Jacobi will both be serving as grand marshals of New York City's Pride parade this Sunday, just days after the Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling. Speaking to the Hollywood Reporter, the two legendary actors who are both gay and 76 years old, gave their thoughts in the historic ruling, ahead of Sunday’s parade.
Ian McKellen will serve as a grand marshall at New York’s Pride Parade.
“I’m in a 38-year relationship with my civil partner, but I want to, someday soon, to get married. It’s such an advance, I think it’s extraordinary that we’ve come this far,” Jacobi said. “The thing about the Supreme Court is that it doesn’t lead the way; it actually confirms what’s already been happening,” McKellen added.
The veteran actor also denies worrying about adapting such an iconic character.
Sir Ian McKellen isn't the first person you'd think of to play Sherlock Holmes, currently incarnated on TV by brainy Benedict Cumberbatch and in movies by action-man Robert Downey Jr., but Mitch Cullin's novel A Slight Trick of the Mind centres on a 93-year-old Sherlock, and it has been made into the film Mr Holmes starring the 76-year-old McKellen.
Ian McKellen compares playing Holmes to playing Hamlet
"I needed more make-up to look 60 than I do to look 93," says McKellen of the two time periods depicted on-screen. But he wasn't worried about taking on such a venerable icon. "I mean, I played Hamlet. If you started thinking about all the people who've played Hamlet, you'd never step onto the stage."
Despite this being a film about Sherlock Holmes, the fact that it's not much of a mystery may disappoint die-hard fans, but as an astute drama it's more than worth a look because Ian McKellen is simply terrific in the title role. This is a much more complex character than he has been able to play recently either in movies (like the X-men and Lord of the Rings franchises) or television (the nutty sitcom Vicious). The film also reunites him with Bill Condon, who directed him to an Oscar nomination in Gods and Monsters 17 years ago.
It's 1947, and Sherlock is 93 years old when we meet him, living on the Sussex coast where he keeps bees and has befriended Roger (Milo Parker), the curious son of his tough-minded housekeeper Mrs Munro (Laura Linney). As Sherlock teaches Roger about both beekeeping and sleuthing, he is also trying to work out his final case some 30 years ago, which his mind simply refuses to recall. As he relives it in his mind, rather than through Watson's embellished account, all he can remember is a worried husband (Patrick Kennedy) asking him to follow his wife (Hattie Morahan). In addition, Sherlock is also still thinking about the things he discovered while recently in post-war Japan at the invitation of a fan (Hiroyuki Sanada).
The main story and the two flashback sequences are intriguingly intertwined in Sherlock's mind, offering parallel discoveries that help him piece together events that unfold in all three. It's a clever approach that allows McKellen to dig deep into the character as a man discovering that his mind is fading, perhaps into senility. His take on Sherlock is simply fascinating, a witty detective who has always resisted the fictional depiction of him in Watson's stories. And he's also an ageing man who hasn't lost his childlike curiosity, which makes his friendship with the young Roger surprisingly tender and engaging.
Continue reading: Mr. Holmes Review
Sir Ian McKellen delivers a stellar performance as Sherlock.
A little worried that Sir Ian McKellen had to match the likes of Robert Downey Jr and Benedict Cumberbatch as the super sleuth Sherlock Holmes? Well, you really shouldn't have. As with the Guy Ritchie's films and the acclaimed BBC series, Bill Condon's Mr Holmes is a fresh new take on the character and so far, the critics are loving it.
Sir Ian McKellen plays an aging Sherlock in Bill Condon's Mr Holmes
Grappling with the diminishing powers of his mind, Mr Holmes follows an aging Sherlock who returns from a journey to Japan where, in search of a rare plant with restorative qualities, witnessed the devastation of nuclear warfare. Now residing in a remote seaside farmhouse, content with tending to his bees, Holmes revisits the circumstances of his only unsolved case.
Continue reading: 'Mr Holmes' Has 100 Percent On Rotten Tomatoes. It's The Perfect Movie.
The 93-year-old actor has recently passed away
It’s been a sad day for many movie fans today as the news of Sir Christopher Lee’s death has filtered through the media. Lee took on a number of incredible characters throughout the decades he was on screen from Frankenstein in the Hammer Horror film, to Count Dracula and, latterly, after the turn of the Century and already over 50 years in the profession, as Darth Tyranus in Star Wars.
Sir Christopher Lee recently passed away at the age of 93
A character he didn’t portray, however, has become his lasting legacy on Twitter after many fans have posted their sorrow at the death of Gandalf.
Continue reading: Christopher Lee Fans Confuse Him For Gandalf In Their Twitter Tributes
The 'Lord of the Rings' star was awarded the honour in 1991.
Sir Ian McKellen has revealed he considered turning down his knighthood, because he believes the system is “unfair". The 75 year old was given the honour in 1991 for his services to the performing arts.
Sir Ian McKellen nearly didn't accept his knighthood.
Speaking to the Daily Mail's Weekend magazine McKellen said, "Frankly, I don't think we should have titles, really.It's a very strange system isn't it? Actors are more likely to get them than fire chiefs or people who have spent their lives doing charity work, which is a bit unfair, isn't it?”
Continue reading: Sir Ian McKellen Reveals He Nearly Turned Down His Knighthood
The live action remake is headed to cinemas in 2017.
Thanks Josh Gad for making our day! Yes the Frozen actor has just put a mid-week smile on many a face as he’s shared the first cast picture from the upcoming live action remake of Beauty and the Beast. The real life Olaf shared the image on Instagram, captioning the snap, “Can't wait for you to be our guest.”
Watson will star as Belle in the live action remake.
Posing with Gad in the pic is Emma Watson who will of course be playing Belle, former ‘Downton Abbey’ star Dan Stevens who’ll star as the Beast, Luke Evans who is his love rival Gaston and Kevin Kline who plays Belle’s father Maurice. Gad will star as Gaston’s sidekick Le Fou in the remake, which is due to begin filming later next month.
Sir Ian McKellen is heading to Beauty and the Beast.
Sir Ian McKellen will play Cogsworth the talking grandfather clock in Disney's upcoming live action remake of Beauty and the Beast. The 75-year-old joins Emma Watson (Belle), Dan Stevens (The Beast) and Emma Thompson (Mrs Potts) in the glittering remake.
Sir Ian McKellen will play Cosgworth in Beauty and the Beast
Butler Cogsworth is turned into the clock when a curse is put on the Beast's castle, transforming all the humans into various objects. Only true love's kiss can free them all.
Continue reading: Ian McKellen To Play Cogsworth In 'Beauty And The Beast'
Alf Wright, the British vet and author best known by his pen name James Herriot, has been posthumously honoured in Thirsk. A life sized statue of Herriot was unveiled on Saturday 28th March.
The British author James Herriot has been honoured in the North Yorkshire market town of Thirsk, where he lived and worked as a vet for most of his life. A life sized bronze statue of Herriot was unveiled in the museum dedicated to his life and work on Saturday (28th March).
Peter Davison starred in All Creatures Great and Small.
Herriot is best known for penning a series of semi-autobiographical books, collectively referred to as All Creatures Great and Small, which inspired two films and a hit television series of the same name. All Creatures Great and Small aired between 1978 and 1990. The series starred Christopher Timothy, Robert Hardy, Peter Davison and Carol Drinkwater.
X-Men actor Ian McKellen will be honoured in his hometown of Wigan. The 75-year-old actor will receive a star in the town centre's Believe Square.
Ian McKellen will be honoured in his hometown of Wigan. He will be given a star in Wigan town centre. Although McKellen was born in Burnley, the 75-year-old actor lived in Wigan during the 1940s. McKellen said he was pleased to receive the award as the town "holds many special memories".
Ian McKellen will recieve an honour in his hometown of Wigan.
Continue reading: Ian McKellen Honoured With Star In His Hometown Of Wigan
A new look in Sherlock Holmes' life as the once great detective begins to age
The great character of Sherlock Holmes has flexed his mind with many an actor - the beguiling Benedict Cumberbatch on the small screen and the rough and ready Robert Downey Jr at the cinema to name but a few. But there has never been an insight into Sherlock after the mind has gone until now with Sir Ian McKellen tackling the great detective at the ripe old age of 93 in this new film, Mr Holmes.
Sir Ian McKellen plays Sherlock Holmes as most have never seen him before
In 1947, old man Holmes has removed himself from London to live as a recluse in a farmhouse in Sussex tending to his bees.
Continue reading: Ian McKellen Takes On The Role Of Mr Holmes
The year is 1947. Sherlock Holmes (Ian McKellen) is 93 years old and living in almost total solitude in a farmhouse in Sussex. Here, he tries to keep himself to himself and tend to his bees, but is plagued by the fact that his once great mind has withered away to nothing. He remembers the final case he took, and how he was incapable of solving it. But now, with the help of his housekeeper's son, Sherlock Holmes shall once again solve a mystery.
Continue: Mr Holmes - Teaser Trailer
Time makes a fool of all of us; even the greatest minds will become blunt and lose their power as the years roll on. By the year 1947, Sherlock Holmes (Ian McKellen) has reached the age of 93, and lives in solitude in a small Sussex farmhouse, dividing his time between read through his journals and tending to his bees. But when his housekeeper and her son begin to ask questions about his final, unfinished case, Holmes is forced to battle his own deteriorating mind in order to solve a mystery that would once have posed no problem to him.
Continue: Mr Holmes - Clip
Date of birth
25th May, 1939
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