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Mar 20 12 12:19 PM
A true talent + wicked sense of humour + charming personality = James McAvoy: Undeniably, a Scottish "legend in the making".
Apr 30 13 11:56 PM
HC: You’ve had quite a prolific career. Was there a particular role that prepared you for this one?
RH: The one that I found was close even though it’s sort of worlds apart was the role that I played in a film called “Starter for 10,” with James McAvoy. It was a sort of British comedy about college students. It’s the first film I did, just before “The Prestige,” and I played this very politically active student who was quite sassy and dry and ironic and sharp-tongued, and it felt like the same world, even though it was British.
James McAvoy and Rebecca Hall in the 2006 film “Starter for 10.” (Giles Keyte / Picturehouse)
Nov 25 13 3:21 PM
Hollywood actor Tom Hanks said he is delighted that he had a hand in helping to make Benedict Cumberbatch a star and has revealed that he is a fan of all things British – including our very own Doctor Who.
In an exclusive interview with Radio Times published on Tuesday the 57-year-old says of the Time Lord drama: “We
got our first colour TV in 1968, and in California that meant all these
extra channels nobody watched, filled with trippy Japanese cartoons –
and Doctor Who!
And we always watched because the English video just looked so weird,
and you had the guy with the big red hair and the bow tie.
“And everyone talked in English accents and
there were these big salt and pepper shaker robots and we’d look at
each other and say ‘Can you make any sense out of this?’ But it was…
intriguing. And that’s the root of my affection.”
The star also revealed that in his work as a
film producer he has been involved in the early work of some of our
hottest film talent including Benedict Cumberbatch.
This was the British film Starter for Ten,
adapted from novelist David Nicholls’s tale of young love and University
Challenge. Cumberbatch was cast as the priggish head of the University
Challenge team at Bristol University in the 2006 film which starred James McAvoy.
Said Hanks: “With every British actor who has since become a huge star! We had James McAvoy, Benedict Cumberbatch in his first or second movie, Rebecca Hall – it was definitely her first movie. We even had that guy – James Corden?
Right. It was like a Murderers’ Row of British up-and-comers.
Unfortunately, they hadn’t quite upped and come because we didn’t do
much business, but there were scenes in there that were just, dare I say
it, perfect. You know, in America they wanted to call it ‘Brian Knows
In the interview Hanks also reveals that he is a fan of the real University Challenge as well as Mastermind.
Jun 19 15 9:38 AM
new series of online maps celebrating Bristol’s rich movie heritage
have been launched to help tourists and residents explore the city’s
famous film and TV locations.
From Only Fools and Horses’ Nelson Mandela House to key Casualty and Skins filming hotspots, and taking in Clifton Suspension Bridge – which appears in many movies including The Inbetweeners 2 – the maps illustrate Bristol’s strong reputation as a backdrop for a wide range of TV and film production.
Produced by Bristol Film Office, the Bristol Movie Maps aim to tap
into the growing trend for screen tourism by letting browsers view
collections of locations that have starred in some of the most popular
films and TV shows made in the city over the past 60 years.
In keeping with the city’s reputation as a hub for innovation, the
maps harness the latest technology such as Google Maps software to give
users much more than a two-dimensional experience.
Residents and visitors can follow in the footsteps of their favourite
film and TV characters, searching by theme or production title, to take
a virtual tour online or head out with their handheld device to visit
key locations on foot.
YouTube clips at selected destination points also enable fans to
watch clips of scenes filmed at each location while they visit it.
Natalie Moore of Bristol Film Office, part of the
city council, said: “The Film Office works all year round to support
producers using Bristol locations, and by pinpointing key locations from
iconic productions, we hope to increase Bristol’s sense of pride in its
longstanding excellent reputation as a filming destination.
“We also hope to boost levels of screen tourism in Bristol, an
increasingly popular phenomenon which is shown to generate significant
revenue to local economies. We hope that this interactive and fun tool
will make it easier for screen enthusiasts to explore Bristol’s famous
film and TV locations up close.”
Figures released by Bristol Film Office last month revealed that film
and TV production in Bristol generated almost £17.5m towards the city’s
economy last year. Bristol Film Office has been supporting filming in
the city since 2003 and The Bottle Yard Studios – also owned by the city
council and where many of the more recent titles to film in the city
have based production – has been attracting new productions into Bristol
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