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“Jack the Giant Slayer,” directed by acclaimed filmmaker Bryan Singer (“The Usual Suspects,” “Superman Returns”) and starring Nicholas Hoult (“X-Men: First Class”) gets its UK release this Friday, 22nd of March with six exclusive clips just released to whet our appetites.
Oblivion, an original and cutting edge cinematic event starring Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman from the director of TRON: Legacy) and producer of Rise of the Planet of the Apes will be in theatres this April 12.
On a histrionic Earth of the future, transformed beyond recognition, the protagonist’s confrontation with the past will transport him on a journey of redemption and discernment as he struggles in an effort to save mankind.
LEE MACK, has had a busy couple of years, winning Best Male TV Comic British Comedy Award, whilst penning his own autobiography ‘Mack the Life‘. He also returned as resident team captain on the sixth series of ‘Would I Lie To You?’ (BBC ONE) and also co-hosted the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert live from Buckingham Palace (BBC ONE). After such a hectic couple of years he has managed to avoid a case of the old writer’s block and will be bringing his award-winning sitcom Not Going Out to the small screen again this April on BBC ONE for its sixth series. Once again penned by and starring Lee, the new series will relate the affairs of Lee and his more than tolerant landlady who he has an eternal crush on – Lucy (SALLY BRETTON, The Office, Green Wing) and bubbleheaded friend Daisy (KATY WIX, Torchwood, Outnumbered).
Although production is eager to keep lids on the new storyline, a few secrets have surfaced. Lee will be going out of his way to convince Lucy to spend a romantic weekend on his dad’s (BOBBY BALL) ‘stylish’ new boat despite her sheer fear of water. Lee will also be on the hunt for a new girlfriend simply in an attempt to provoke Lucy’s jealous gene. Meanwhile, Lucy’s first love will be making an appearance so we can expect Lee to come out all guns blazing.
The sixth series was recorded between 19 October and 7 December, 2012 at Teddington Studios and although Lee denied the rumours that a seventh series had been commissioned back in May 2012, when appearing on BBC Radio 5 Live, there’s still an inkling of hope yet.
All episodes of the previous five series are available here. We’ll leave you with Lee introducing his book ‘Mack The Life’.
David Brent will be back in March as Ricky Gervais has decided it’s time to revisit his first big comedy creation for this year’s Comic Relief.
With the first episode airing back in July, 2001, it been more than a decade since Gervais’ “The Office” first appeared on our screens. At long last a brand new trailer has been unleashed (after an Ali G style teaser yesterday) showing David Brent discussing his life since the show began. As was the case back then, he’s ‘adeptly’ combining his sales rep skills with those of a music mogul to comedic effect.
Fans of the ‘comedian, rapper and bloody good entertainer’ Doc Brown (also appearing in an episode of Derek) will enjoy his special guest appearance in the sketch here with Brent demoing his political reggae song ‘Equality Street’.
Gervais commented that Brent is has taken up “passing on his wisdom to younger would-be rock stars now and is living vicariously through a young performer, Dom Johnson.”
It’s been a long time coming but the Wernham–Hogg paper merchants middle-manager is back this Red Nose Day, Friday March 15.
Gervais’ is also hard at work filming for the new Muppets movie and in case any of you missed the video we posted up on our Choice Picks Playlist here he is with Pepe on the set of ‘The Muppets…Again!’
The Rettendon Range Rover murders, which shook Essex to its core in 1995 have been back in the news again this fortnight, with one of the murderers of the infamous ‘Essex Boys’ having his appeal rejected for a second time.
The killers have always protested their innocence, and in the years since the shockingly violent murders there have been countless new witnesses, evidence and inquiries, leaving a huge question mark over the case all these years later.
Soon up there’s a Brit gangster flick that revisits Rettendon’s infamous triple murder of drug dealers. Don’t be concerned that this tale is too old as, for once, this takes it away from the just the gangsters and adds the police and shows the true nature of bullying thugs. We luckily had the chance to talk to actor, director and writer Nick Nevern (The Sweeney, Terry) who plays Danny Nicholls, the police’s grass. Almost a common face of the British indie. We talk to him about The Fall of the Essex Boys, the Rettendon murders and the rich hunting the poor.
2013 is to be set to be another great year for British Television. At the end of January when everyone tires of bidding friends and colleagues a Happy New Year, Ricky Gervais’ ‘Derek’ will be returning to our screens for its much anticipated full first series. The pilot was first broadcast in 2012 and was welcomed by over 3 million viewers in the UK. The series is both written by and stars Ricky Gervais who has previously had us peeing ourselves with laughter at television hits such as ‘Extras’ and ‘The Office’. ‘Derek’ also stars Ricky’s best mate Karl Pilkington (An Idiot Abroad), as well as Kerry Godliman (Live At The Apollo) and David Earl (Extras).
This week Comedy Chords sat down with Kerry to chat about her role as Hannah in the upcoming series that is sure to be yet another success for Ricky Gervais. Kerry plays a lonely singleton carer with a heart of gold. Kerry is no stranger to the comedy scene having regularly performed as a stand-up as well as dabbling in a bit of comedy radio. Kerry talks to us about Ricky’s farting antics, cracking up on set and how she went from being a drama school student to performing on the big screen as a female stand-up.
The hit BBC sitcom Hebburn, which pulled in approximately 1.5 million viewers each week, has been commissioned for a second season and a Christmas special. This is by no means surprising given that it has also been sold to Australia where it is being aired on Saturday night on the ABC1 network, hitting the top ten most viewed programmes.
In today’s new cinema release, we chat to Hayley-Marie Axe who plays Val in new British black-comedy ‘May I Kill U?’ Although you may not have seen her on the screen that much as she’s mostly been in theatre, keep watching an actress who has tipped to be an up-and-comer with an insatiable love of acting. Hayley-Marie is also a virally successful actress in a few online web shows that have proven to be quite successful in America which is a clever way to globalise herself.