Bradley Whitford is Happyish

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Bradley Whitford has joined the cast of new TV drama Happyish.

The Showtime series was originally due to star Philip Seymour Hoffman but has been recast with Steve Coogan in the lead role.

Whitford has joined the cast as Coogan’s boss who is described as an “advertising industry legend whose success is due in equal parts to his creative genius and moral cravenness”.

So a lot different from Josh in The West Wing then.

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The Last Goodbye

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Billy Boyd’s been discussing his song for the final Hobbit film.

The actor, best known for playing Pippin in Lord of the Rings, has recorded The Last Goodbye for the closing credits of The Battle of the Five Armies.

“We focused on not just the final instalment, but moreso on this 10-year epic adventure,” says Boyd.

“A song to sum up the six movies. We recorded in Wellington, New Zealand, at one point traveling to Auckland to Neil Finn’s studio — where we recorded some of the guitar”.

You can listen to the song here: http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/6319735/the-hobbit-song-premiere-billy-boyd-the-last-goodbye

I’m not ashamed to say it brought a tear to my eye.

Julia and George together again

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George Clooney and Julia Robers look set to reunite on the big screen.

Julia is in talks to co-star alongside George in Money Monster, a new drama being directed by Jodie Foster.

George will play a TV host who is taken hostage live on air. He has to uncover he truth about a big stocks deal whilst the situation unfolds. Julia is expected to play his producer. Rising British star Jack O’Connell (who seems to be in everything at the moment) is in talks to play the hostage taker.

Filming is due to begin in the spring.

Cumberbatch gets special award

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Benedict Cumberbatch will receive the Variety Award at this year’s British Independent Film Awards.

Cumberbatch is already nominated in the Best Actor category at the annual awards which honour the best independent films of the year.

The Variety Award is presented to a director, actor, writer or producer who has helped to focus the international spotlight on the UK. Previous winners include Jude Law, Kenneth Branagh, Sir Michael Caine, Daniel Craig, Dame Helen Mirren and Richard Curtis.

Speaking about the honour, Cumberbatch said: : “I am delighted to receive this prestigious award and would like to thank Variety and The Moët British Independent Film Awards for this incredible honour.

“It is made even more special by the recognition of The Imitation Game in this year’s nominations, a film I am very proud to be a part of.”

The awards are presented at Old Billingsgate on December 7.

Best Actor race – some thoughts

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Already this year I’ve been lucky enough to see what I think should be four of the five Best Actor nominees at the Oscars.

Benedict Cumberbatch, Steve Carell, Michael Keaton and Eddie Redmayne all give superb performances and should therefore be recognised.

Of those four I’m finding it hard to pick a winner – I know the smart money is currently on Keaton and it would be a typical Oscars-comeback story. Cumberbatch and Redmayne are both excellent as British mathematical geniuses and both brought me to tears. I didn’t like Foxcatcher – I found it too dark – but I did appreciate Carell’s work – I’ve never seen him so unlikeable and menacing on screen. It’s a complete about turn for his regular persona.

Who could be the fifth nominee? Well overnight in LA David Oyelowo has emerged as a serious contender following the debut of Selma at the AFI Fest. Wouldn’t it be fantastic to have Brits among the contenders?

There are still some other actors who could crash the party – I think Timothy Spall is still in contention for Mr Turner, as I’m writing this I’m waiting on reaction to Bradley Cooper’s performance in American Sniper and what about Johnny Depp in Into The Woods which no-one has seen yet?

It’s all speculation of course but it’s shaping up to be an incredibly strong category this year. I just wish we could say the same for Beat Actress.

Matthew Morrison heads to Neverland

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Glee’s Matthew Morrison is to lead the cast of the Broadway production of Finding Neverland.

The musical is based on the film starring Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet and the theatrical production is being produced by Harvey Weinstein.

The show’s music has been written by Take That star Gary Barlow alongside Eliot Kennedy.

The show begins previews on March 15 and officially opens on April 15.

More stars at Hollywood Film Awards

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More celebs have been confirmed to attend Friday’s Hollywood Film Awards in LA.

The awards show is being hosted by Queen Latifah and helps to kick off the annual publicity drive towards awards season.

This year the event is being broadcast on CBS for first time and that’s helping bring out some major Hollywood names including Angelina Jolie, Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Reese Witherspoon, Johnny Depp, Jared Leto, Jennifer Lopez, Amy Adams, Gerard Butler, Benedict Cumberbatch, Robert Downey Jr, Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart.

Should be a good one!

Mockingjay premiere – live stream

Want to watch tonight’s world premiere of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 but can’t get there?

Well hope is at hand – there’s going to be a livestream!

From 5.30pm you can watch Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Sam Claflin, Natalie Dormer, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore, Donald Sutherland, Stanley Tucci, Jeffrey Wright, Jena Malone and director Francis Lawrence on the red carpet.

Here’s the link: https://uk.yahoo.com/movies/film/the-hunger-games-mockingjay-part-one?autoplay=1