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Top Screenwriting Team from the Golden Age of Hollywood: List of Movies and Academy Award nominations

Billy Wilder directed Sunset Blvd. with Gloria Swanson and William Holden. Billy Wilder and Charles Brackett movies Below is a list of movies on which Charles Brackett and Billy Wilder worked together as screenwriters, including efforts for which they did not receive screen credit. The Wilder-Brackett screenwriting partnership lasted from 1938 to 1949. During that time, they shared two Academy Awards for their work on The Lost Weekend (1945) and, with D.M. Marshman Jr., Sunset Blvd. (1950). More detailed information further below. Post-split years Billy Wilder would later join forces with screenwriter I.A.L. Diamond in movies such as the classic comedy Some Like It Hot (1959), the Best Picture Oscar winner The Apartment (1960), and One Two Three (1961), notable as James Cagney's last film (until a brief comeback in Milos Forman's Ragtime two decades later). Although some of these movies were quite well received, Wilder's later efforts – which also included The Seven Year Itch
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Newcomer to star in Danny And The Human Zoo

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TV newcomer Kascion Franklin has landed the lead role of Danny in Danny And The Human Zoo, Lenny Henry's fictionalised account of his life as a talented teenager in 1970s Dudley.

Kascion (represented by Red Talent Management) from Birmingham, trained at the University of Northampton and Identity School of Acting.

He will star alongside Lenny Henry who will play his dad Samson and Cecilia Noble as his mum Myrtle. Arthur Darvill plays Danny’s Manager Jonesy, Richard Wilson plays promoter James Broughto, Mark Benton plays seasoned entertainer Syd Bolton, and Cherrelle Skeete plays Danny's sister Dee Dee,

BAFTA Rising Star Destiny Ekaragha (Gone Too Far) directs the drama which is being made by Red Production Company for BBC One.

Lenry Henry said: "I can't believe that we're finally shooting my screenplay Danny And The Human Zoo! This is a fantasy memoir of the first two years of my career - my beginnings,
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Get Your Act Together: the most humiliating celebrity talent show ever?

It’s a Sunday evening ITV talent show that looks like it was made for pennies as a horrible afterthought. Have we reached the genre’s lowest point yet?

People usually appear on celebrity talent shows because they want money, exposure or the chance to master a brand new skill set. With that in mind, it’s only logical to assume that ITV’s Get Your Act Together makes its participants rich beyond their wildest dreams.

The celebrities on Get Your Act Together definitely aren’t mastering a talent, let alone anything transferable. They haven’t spent six months learning how to ice-skate, or endured a harsh culinary training under the best chefs in the country. Instead, as with last night’s contestant, Ray Quinn, they half-heartedly learn how to do impressions of Alan Carr and Joe Pasquale. And then do Frank Spencer for both anyway.

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DVD Review: UK Release Of “Two Left Feet” (1963) Starring Michael Crawford, Nyree Dawn Porter And David Hemmings From Network

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By Howard Hughes

(The following review is of the UK release of the film on Region 2 format.)

In Roy Ward Baker’s 1960s comedy-drama Two Left Feet, Michael Crawford plays Alan Crabbe, a clumsy and unlucky-in-love 19-year-old who begins dating ‘Eileen, the Teacup Queen’, a waitress at his local cafe. She lives in Camden Town and there are rumours that she’s married, but that doesn’t seem to alter her behavior. Alan and Eileen travel into London’s ‘Floride Club’, where the Storyville Jazzmen play trad for the groovers and shakers. Eileen turns out to be a ‘right little madam’, who is really just stringing Alan along. She’s the kind of girl who only dates to get into places and then starts chatting to randoms once inside. She takes up with ruffian Ronnie, while Alan meets a nice girl, Beth Crowley. But Eileen holds a strange hold over
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Casting for lead role in BBC drama

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Casting is underway for the lead role in Danny and the Human Zoo.

Red Production Company and the BBC are looking to cast the lead role in Danny and the Human Zoo, a new semi-autobiographical drama written by Lenny Henry.

Danny Fearon - Lead Role

Black male teenager of Jamaican parentage, late teens, with an authentic West Midlands accent.

An excellent mimic with the ability and willingness to learn impersonations of 70s cultural icons such as Tommy Cooper, Mohammed Ali, Elvis Presley, Harold Wilson, John Lennon, Dave Allen etc.

A comedian who is constantly entertaining his school mates, with a boyish charm and an innocence to the ways of the world.

If you're interested, please email a photo of yourself along with a CV/covering letter to the casting director, Lisa Makin, at dannycasting@outlook.com no later than Tuesday 24th June 2014.

Danny And The Human Zoo is a 1x
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Have you been watching The Trip to Italy?

Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan's mockumentary sees the comedians impersonating Michael Caine and Roger Moore to humorous effect - but it's their take on their own personas that is most compulsive viewing

We're now halfway through The Trip to Italy, the continental sequel to Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon and director Michael Winterbottom's 2010 series The Trip. In the original, the pair were sent on a restaurant-reviewing tour of the north of England by the Observer. Now they're back for round two, this time exchanging slate-grey skies for shimmering Italian coastline.

What hasn't changed, thankfully, is the company. Not just Brydon and Coogan themselves, but those the pair lug around with them in impression form: Ronnie Corbett, Anthony Hopkins, Alan Bennett, et al. This time round, though, the surreal flavour of their impersonations has become a top note. Michael Caine solemnly buries a Batman costume. Terry Wogan furiously quizzes Brydon
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What to Watch: Tonight's TV Picks - Flintoff's Road to Nowhere

Marvel's Agents of Shield: Channel 4, 8pm

As Skye recovers from her injuries, episode 15 sees Agent Coulson and his team of agents encounter Lorelei, a deadly seductress who has escaped from Asgard and enslaved a biker gang to be her private army in a quest for power. Another Asgardian also arrives on Earth, Lady Sif (Jaimie Alexander, reprising her role from Thor and Thor: The Dark World), who has come to thwart Lorelei's evil schemes. Lorelei seduces Ward and escapes with him, as they prepare for a battle of godly proportions.

Flintoff's Road to Nowhere: Sky1, 9pm

This is the second part of the former cricketer's travelogue, as he - with his friend and cycling writer Rob Penn - pedal along Brazil's 1,200km Trans-Amazonian highway. The duo discover more about the imminent threat to wildlife from deforestation as they arrange to meet one of the few legal local logging companies.
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8 reasons why we love Les Dennis - Extras, Mavis, more

Les Dennis isn't exactly in our day-to-day thoughts, truth be told, but the news yesterday (January 23) that the light entertainment legend would be joining Coronation Street still managed to put a massive smile on our face. Les on the cobbles! Amazing!

To celebrate Les's biggest gig in quite some time, we look back at the celebrity good egg's life and career in order, and come up with eight reasons why we absolutely love him...

He's a talent show king!

Way back before Britain's Got Talent, The X Factor et al, there was New Faces, a notoriously tough competition where a panel of judges - including a youthful Noel Edmonds - marked variety acts on their "star quality", usually without chucking water over each other or trying to get into the papers with a particularly daring dress, as all that palaver is a modern talent show invention.

After doing the rounds
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Agents of Shield recap: series one, episode seven – The Hub

The team are on a Level 8 mission to track down the 'Overkill device' … too bad Agent May still has some tai chi to do

Spoiler Alert: This blog is for people watching Agents of Shield. Don't read on if you haven't seen episode seven.

Click here to read Graeme's episode six blogpost.

"I didn't realise Big Brother was this … big." That's what Skye, still tagged with a probationary security bracelet after her recent betrayals, said when entering The Hub, an enormous Shield operations facility. With so many agents striding around looking purposeful, it suddenly seemed not only plausible but practical that the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division would manufacture its own branded bottled water – a logical step toward vertical integration. (How long before our heroes visit "The Sweatshop", the Shield outpost that churns out all those dark suits?)

If the intention was to put some open water between
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Why we're watching: Lucy Beaumont

The 29-year-old comedian from Hull on being the new 'Les Dawson'

She looks familiar. Is it Kristen Wiig? It's Lucy Beaumont. She may not be a household name yet, but her star is rising rapidly on the comedy circuit.

How rapidly? She started writing and performing real-life material just two years ago, "specifically when I was working as a cleaner and a crow tried to pick me up in its talons. I felt like I was turning into Frank Spencer." Acclaim and major awards followed almost immediately. Johnny Vegas has praised the Hull comedian's perfect timing, hailing her as "the new Les Dawson".

Is that a compliment? To comedians, there is no higher honour.

Wow. So women can be funny? I'm going to pretend I didn't hear that.

Sorry. I meant, where can I judge for myself? Take your pick. Alongside her Radio 4 special To Hull and Back and the stand-up circuit,
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Review: 'Luther' - Unbearable Tension, And That's Just With Ripley

Review: 'Luther' - Unbearable Tension, And That's Just With Ripley
Increasing buckets of Idris Elba love, knowledge that it's probably the last series, not to mention a Golden Globe win for the lead actor, have raised expectations so high of this third series of 'Luther', it was going to be impressive if they could match them, let alone exceed.

But exceed they did, through two seemingly diverse plot-lines - a copycat killer on the loose, an internet troll murdered in his own room - an unretired cop determined to bring that maverick Luther down, and even the brewing of a romance.

Luther's got a lot going on in this third series

Of these, it was actually the romance that felt a bit contrived, with the old car-crash meet-cute we've seen time and time again. On the other hand, I guess they had to meet somehow, Luther isn't exactly the dance-floor-hogging type of Romeo, and the chats about his name were sweet,
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Russell Brand: what I made of Morning Joe and Question Time

So what really happened behind the scenes when Russell Brand turned up with his mum to take part in Question Time? And what did he make of Boris?

More from acute awareness of Instant Karma's immediate sting than morality, I have learned to treat people apparently lacking power with cordiality. This means that when I arrived at the New York studios of Morning Joe, the gleaming, informal mid-morning MSNBC news analysis show, I was polite to everyone there.

I was surprised by the soundman's impatient intrusiveness and yet more surprised as I stood just off set, beside the faux-newsroom near the pseudo-researchers who appear on camera as pulsating set dressing, when the soundman yapped me to heel with the curt entitlement of Idi Amin's Pa. In response I wandered calmly from the studio and into the corridor, where a passing group of holidaymakers were enjoying the NBC tour. Often when
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Lenny Henry, comedian and actor – portrait of the artist

'If I hadn't been able to make people laugh, I'd have ended up hitting someone with a brick'

When did you first discover you could make people laugh?

When I was 13. I got into lots of fights at school: I'd get racially abused, then lash out. One day, this kid said something and instead of putting my fists up, I said something back: people laughed, and he walked away. It saved my life – if I'd carried on the way I was going, I'd have ended up hitting someone with a brick.

What was your big breakthrough?

Winning a TV talent competition called New Faces. That was when I started to think of showbusiness as a job. The audition was at a dodgy nightclub in Birmingham; it smelled of chips and old beer, but there were people putting on glittery costumes, practising fire-breathing and doing Frank Spencer impressions in the toilet.
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Lenny Henry, comedian and actor – portrait of the artist

'If I hadn't been able to make people laugh, I'd have ended up hitting someone with a brick'

When did you first discover you could make people laugh?

When I was 13. I got into lots of fights at school: I'd get racially abused, then lash out. One day, this kid said something and instead of putting my fists up, I said something back: people laughed, and he walked away. It saved my life – if I'd carried on the way I was going, I'd have ended up hitting someone with a brick.

What was your big breakthrough?

Winning a TV talent competition called New Faces. That was when I started to think of showbusiness as a job. The audition was at a dodgy nightclub in Birmingham; it smelled of chips and old beer, but there were people putting on glittery costumes, practising fire-breathing and doing Frank Spencer impressions in the toilet.
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Brenda Blethyn, Simon Callow and Penelope Keith on DVD

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Philip Madoc in A Mind to Kill. Acorn Media DVD

Kieran Kinsella

The late Philip Madoc was a fantastically talented actor who specialized in playing dark and brooding characters. A familiar face on British TV, Madoc appeared in everything from Doctor Who to Dad’s Army but he saved his best performances for the crime drama A Mind to Kill. Two versions of the series were made with one being in English and the other in Madoc’s native Welsh tongue.

Madoc’s character was Detective Chief Inspector Noel Bain – an old-school detective who unhappily faces up to the fact that the world is a darker and scarier place than it was when he first walked his beat. Much to his chagrin, his daughter Hannah, (Ffion Wilkins) eventually decides to follow in his footsteps and become a police officer. The duo have a difficult relationship away from the office and
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Derek; The Hairy Bikers' Everyday Gourmets – TV review

Derek is a big-hearted source of goodness in a dark, uncaring world – and really irritating too

Derek on 4oD

The Hairy Bikers on iPlayer

When Ricky Gervais's comedy pilot Derek (Channel 4) aired last spring it drew a fair amount of flak for what many considered a broad and offensive portrayal of people with mental health problems. The main character, care home worker Derek Noakes (played by Gervais), gurned, shuffled and exhibited a diminished intellectual capacity, but his condition wasn't specified. Gervais himself displayed a certain impatience with all the criticism: he said he didn't consider his creation to be disabled, just a work of fiction; he called him a "funny little nerd" and compared him to other generic comic simpletons.

It's true that we never demanded to know what was wrong with Mr Bean or Baldrick (although personally I always thought Frank Spencer might have benefitted from some
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Matt Smith reveals premise of Doctor Who 7b story

News Louisa Mellor Dec 18, 2012

The Eleventh Doctor has revealed the premise of a forthcoming episode of Doctor Who's seventh series...

Contains story details for a series 7b episode.

Those of you with proper jobs may not have caught Matt Smith's brief appearance on today's ITV1 show This Morning, so we've done you the courtesy of taking a look.

Speaking to Philip Schofield and Ruth Langsford, Smith was on the show to promote the Doctor Who Christmas Special (read our spoiler-free review here), but while there he also let drop some details about one of the forthcoming series 7b episodes, written by Steven Moffat.

According to Smith, one of the new Moffat-penned stories has the following premise: "What if there was a monster in the Wi-Fi?", said Smith, "It's the genius of Steven Moffat again. What exists in the Wi-Fi? We all need it..." 

Could Moffat have been influenced
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TV Review - Ricky Gervais' Derek

Luke Graham reviews Ricky Gervais' comedy drama Derek, which aired last on Channel 4...

The pilot for Ricky Gervais’ new show debuted last night. It was certainly an intriguing beast, judging from the responses on Twitter. Some were very negative, seemingly enraged that it wasn’t “funny enough,” to the more positive, appreciating it for its emotional drama.

Certainly, there wasn’t as much laughter as one might expect from the writer of The Office, Extras and Life’s Too Short, and book-ending the pilot with the “Fosters: sponsoring original comedy” advert was perhaps inappropriate, but I think Gervais is trying to do something very different, special and perhaps (for himself at least) important.

Derek follows Derek Noakes, a care worker at a retirement home, as he interacts with his co-workers and the homes inhabitants. Derek is like a modern Frank Spencer, trying to do his best but mostly making mistakes.
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Thn’s Top Five Christmas TV Comedies

The Christmas television special is as much a festive tradition as presents and mince pies. In the UK, this especially applies to the comedy series, with almost every sitcom, sketch show, and variety hour screening a Christmas special over the years. Although there is a wealth to choose from, Thn has narrowed down its five favourites, a task that was an absolute pleasure to research. And whilst we enjoy these top five, let us spare a thought and say a small Christmas prayer for those who didn’t make the list but remain and integral part of the Christmas special regardless: Alf Garnett, Frank Spencer, Father Ted, Victor Meldrew, Morecombe and Wise, The Fast Show gang, and many others. A merry Christmas to you, one and all…

5. Only Fools And Horses (1996)

There was a time when no Christmas day was complete without a seasonal episode of Only Fools And Horses.
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Strictly Come Dancing - Saturday night liveblog!

It's time for the second group of Strictly celebs to take to the floor for the first time - who will impress, and who will be a mess?

Good evening, and welcome to our Week One Strictly Come Dancing Liveblog (Part Two!) Last night the first seven couples performed their unique interpretation of the waltz or the cha-cha-cha, apart from Lulu, who jigged about like someone putting out a fire. Tonight the other seven will be taking to the floor for the first time – Chelsee Healey, Rory Bremner, Alex Jones, Edwina Curry, Harry Judd, Nancy Dell'Olio and Jason Donovan. Sequins ahoy and gravy tans galore, no doubt.

I'll be here from 6pm to liveblog their dancing debuts, and very much hope you'll leave your thoughts and musings in the comment box below. Otherwise it's just me dancing on my own, which is never a good look.

In the meantime I've
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