Thursday, April 28, 2016

Ten Interesting Facts about Bridget Jones’s Diary You Might Not Know (Colin Firth, Hugh Grant, Pride and Prejudice)

April 27, 2016
By John Rabon

Helen Fielding exposed the world to her thirty-something protagonist in the 1996 novel Bridget Jones’s Diary.  The popularity of the book across the population would lead to 1999’s sequel, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, two films in 2001 and 2004 based on these works, another novel, Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy in 2013, and a third film not based on that novel, Bridget Jones’s Baby in 2016.  With the film adaptations, actress Renee Zellweger has become as synonymous with the character as Bridget’s creator has.  If you want to know more about the books and films, read on.


Getting into Character

Before filming started, Renee Zellweger gained twenty-five pounds, put on a posh English accent, and started working in a real British publishing company.  Surprisingly enough, very few of her new coworkers actually recognised her.  Zellweger even kept a picture of then-boyfriend Jim Carrey on her desk, which employees who didn’t know her thought strange, but were too polite to say anything about it.

Friends in High Places

Salman Rushdie’s cameo in the first film was done as a favor to Helen Fielding.  The two have been long-time friends and she called Rushdie to ask him if he’d be willing to embarrass himself on camera. He recently jokingly tweeted that he considers it his finest work.

Actor Paradox

As the first two books were written well before the films came out, both of them actually make references to Hugh Grant and Colin Firth.  Of course, when they were cast in 2001’s Bridget Jones’s Diary, no reference to them is made in the film.  In the books, Bridget is actually a huge fan of the 1995 Pride and Prejudice mini-series and gets to interview Firth for her television job.


Wednesday, April 27, 2016

26 Things Most People Don’t Know About Michael Caine.

Laura McCallum

2/26 Michael turned down both male leads in Women in Love because he refused to do on-camera nudity.

4/26 Caine was Peter O'Toole's understudy for The Long and The Short and The Tall at the Royal Court Theatre in 1959. When O'Toole left to film Lawrence of Arabia, Caine took over the role for the remaining months.

6/26 After graduating high school Michael did two years of mandatory national service with the Queens Royal Regiment, serving in Germany and South Korea.


Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Benedict Cumberbatch is back in his detective's overcoat as Sherlock Series 4 starts filming in Cardiff

PUBLISHED: 09:34 EST, 25 April 2016 | UPDATED: 11:39 EST, 25 April 2016

It's been over two years since the last series of Sherlock, with fans treated to just one 90 minute New Year's Day special in the meanwhlie.

So no doubt self-confessed 'Cumberb**hes' will be counting down to until the release of the long-awaited Series 4, which has started shooting in Cardiff.

Leading man Benedict Cumberbatch was spotted back in the detective's familiar navy overcoat as he filmed scenes in South Wales.

Chic and cheerful! Benedict seemed in good spirits on the scene as he waved at the rest of the crew 

'Whatever else we do, wherever we all go, all roads lead back to Baker Street - and it always feels like coming home.

'Ghosts of the past are rising in the lives of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson bringing adventure, romance and terror in their wake.

'This is the story we've been telling from the beginning. A story about to reach its climax.'

Mark has been teasing fans every few days on his Twitter account by posting photos of the back of the castmembers' heads, with Benedict, Martin Freeman and Amanda Abbington included.

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Tom Hiddleston: ‘The Night Manager’ Ratings Score Best Ever Debut Live + 3 Rises For AMC

by Dominic Patten
April 25, 2016 1:03pm
 AMC definitely chose a gilded sword to pierce into Tuesday nights and The Night Manager looks to have done been up to the job. In Live + 3 results, the April 19 debut of the Hugh Laurie and Tom Hiddleston starring co-production with the BBC delivered the cabler a total viewership of 1.6 million with 455,000 among adults 18-49 and 554,000 among the 25-54 demo.

In what is the biggest jump an AMC show debut has ever had, that’s a surge of 70% in total viewership over the Live + Same Day audience that the first episode of the Susanne Bier directed 6-part TNM snagged. Looking at the two demos, which also are record breaking jumps percentage-wise, TNM was up 72% over L+SD in the 18-49s and 73% in the 25-54s.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Annie Lennox, Sophie Hunter and Benedict Cumberbatch listened as the US president described meeting the royals


Proving his celebrity transcends all walks of life, stars have flocked to Barack Obama 's live question and answers session this morning.

Benedict Cumberbatch, Australian beauty Holly Valance and British singer Annie Lennox all listened intently as the US President hosted his "town-hall" style meeting during the second day of his visit to the UK ahead of his meeting with Jeremy Corbyn .

US President Barack Obama visits London's Lindley Hall

The US president took questions from ordinary Brits after stopping off at London's Globe Theatre to mark the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare .