HE’S ex-Army and has topped the charts, but Captain James Blunt now has another role to add to his CV. He has bagged his first film role, alongside funnymen David Mitchell, Steve Coogan and Stephen Fry in Greed, a satire about the super-rich from director Michael Winterbottom. Last month James shot scenes at London’s Chiltern Firehouse restaurant for the project, which also stars Isla Fisher and features a cameo role from Made In Chelsea’s Ollie Locke. An insider said: “James has released five albums now, so he has been more than happy to take on a new challenge. He is known for his self- deprecating sense of humour, especially with his witty remarks on Twitter, so he jumped at the chance to star in a comedy.” The movie was originally set to have Sacha Baron Cohen playing the main character but the Borat actor has since dropped out. Greed is yet to get a release date but it is expected to hit cinema screens late next year. Alan Partridge actor Steve and 24 … [Read more...] about Singer James Blunt lands film role alongside Stephen Fry, Steve Coogan and David Mitchell
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FROM Billericay to Barry and on to Hollywood, Rob Brydon has seen his career go sky high. We know he is a stand-up and impressionist extraordinaire, but just who is the man behind the mirth? Who is Rob Brydon? Born Robert Brydon Jones on May 3, 1965, in Baglan, Port Talbot, Wales to school teacher mother Joy and car dealer father Howard, Rob is now a famous actor and comedian. The 5ft 7in star has a younger brother called Peter. Rob was a pupil at St. John's School in Porthcawl, which Eddie Izzard also attended, and Dumbarton House School in Swansea, where he once stole the money of a fellow pupil called Catherine Zeta-Jones. At the age of 14, he attended Porthcawl Comprehensive School, where he met Gavin and Stacey's Ruth Jones. They became members of the school's theatre group and Rob, who memorised comedy sketches as a kid, later became part of an improv troupe with Ruth and another future co-star Julia Davis. How did Rob get into the entertainment industry? Rob studied at The Royal … [Read more...] about How old is Rob Brydon, who’s his wife Clare Holland and when did the Gavin & Stacey star first meet Steve Coogan?
You can often tell how old a person is by the comedy catchphrases they repeat. “Ooh you are awful... but I like you” people are 55-plus, while anyone telling you “computer says nooo...” is around 30. People of my age, however, will often shout “ooh, suits you sir!” or “You wouldn’t let it lie” at the drop of a hat. That’s because my generation’s formative years were spent watching Paul Whitehouse and Bob Mortimer dominating TV comedy, with Big Night Out, Shooting Stars and The Fast Show all being catchphrase factories for impressionable teenagers. So it’s a bit of a shock to see these comedy heroes pitching up looking older, greyer and slower on the side of lake, fishing for tench. And yet, in Mortimer and Whitehouse: Gone Fishing (BBC2, Wednesdays, 10pm) you could still see the silliness rising to the surface, like a carp in search of bait. The basic premise is simple – after both had serious heart problems, … [Read more...] about Mortimer and Whitehouse: Gone Fishing
When Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing airs tomorrow night, comparisons with The Trip will be inevitable. Just like Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon’s show, it’s two men in late middle-age spending large amounts of time in each other’s company. But Bob and Paul reckon their series has one crucial difference – it is real; not versions of themselves, but how they really are. Bob says: “I watched The Trip and thought, ‘That’s not Rob and Steve’, they had no relationship whatsoever. “It’s almost like the difference between old Top Gear and new Top Gear. With me and Paul, we were going to be like what we are. It emerged from that reality. “What we did, you don’t see that often. It is just Paul and Bob and that’s how we speak.” Whitehouse says he barred himself from doing impersonations – almost. At a Bafta screening he said: “There is a Michael Caine impression, where he takes a breath. … [Read more...] about Bob Mortimer and Paul Whitehouse’s latest show draws comparisons to The Trip
Ray Winstone played a London gangster hiding on the Costa del Sol. Photo: Sexy Beast. Spain is both home to the largest number of British migrants in Europe, at an estimated 700,000, and last year welcomed a record 17.8 million British tourists, making it by some margin Brits’ favourite holiday destination. Those in search of the good life have for decades flocked predominantly to the costas but also to Madrid, Barcelona and the Balearics. It should come as no surprise, then, that their lives and exploits have inspired scores of filmmakers - the history of Britain’s long love affair with Spain is nowhere better reflected than in cinema. From sunburned gangsters to young revolutionaries, Balearic ravers to misty-eyed actors, here are The Local's favourite portraits of Brits in Spain to have hit the silver screen. The Business (2005) Understandably, the Costa del Sol has dominated Spain’s representation in British cinema. The lack of an extradition treaty … [Read more...] about Crooks, Clubbers and Commies: British cinema’s love affair with Spain