Golden Globes presenters confirmed

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The Golden Globes have begun revealing which stars will present awards at Sunday’s show.

Robert Downey Jr., Salma Hayek, Kevin Hart, Ricky Gervais and Kate Hudson will be on hand to present awards to the winners.

Kristen Wiig, Lily Tomlin, Amy Adams, Chris Pratt, Catherine Zeta Jones, Channing Tatum, Anna Faris, Adrien Brody, Owen Wilson and Gwyneth Paltrow have also been added to the list.

Other confirmed presenters include Harrison Ford, Katie Heigl, Jeremy Renner, Kate Beckinsale, Kerry Washington, Adam Levine, Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Jennifer Aniston, Bryan Cranston, Colin Firth, Jane Fonda, Bill Hader, Jennifer Lopez, Matthew McConaughey, Seth Meyers, Lupita N’yongo, Meryl Streep, Vince Vaughn, Katie Holmes and Paul Rudd.

More presenters include Jack Black, Benedict Cumberbatch, David Duchovny, Jared Leto, Colin Farrell, Melissa McCarthy, Sienna Miller, Clive Owen, Naomi Watts and Oprah Winfrey.

Don Cheadle and Julianna Margulies will also be in hand to present George Clooney with the Cecil B DeMille Award.

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Shaun of the Dead heads to the stage

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A new stage show based on Shaun of the Dead will tour the South West later this year.

The show has already had an endorsement from Simon Pegg.

It was put together after Gloucestershire-based Almost Legal Productions secured the stage rights to the 2004 zombie rom-com.

The 110-minute show involves lots of audience participation, audience members are given a ‘goodie bag’ of props so they can take part and are encouraged to dress as zombies or other characters from the movie.

The tour begins in Stroud on April 10.

He’s the King of the Swingers

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Bill Murray has recorded a new version of The Bear Necessities for the new adaptation of the Jungle Book.

He’s voicing Baloo the Bear in the film which is being directed by Jon Favreau.

Other stars voicing characters in the film include Idris Elba, Lupita N’yongo, Scarlett Johansson and Ben Kingsley.

The film is due to be released in October.

Is The Interview the worst film of the year?

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The Interview has been included in the shortlist for Worst Film at the Golden Raspberry – or Razzie – Awards.

Stars James Franco and Seth Rogen are also under consideration for Worst Screen Combination.

Other films on the short list for Worst Film include Sex Tape, A Million Ways to Die in the West and Transcendence.

The nominees for the annual awards will be announced on January 14.

New images from Crimson Peak

Two new images from Guillermo Del Toro’s new film Crimson Pean have been released.

The first is of Tim Hiddleston as the film’s leading man Sir Thomas Sharpe, who takes his new love back home to Crimson Peak where she finds more than she bargained for.

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Mia Wasikowska co-stars as Sharpe’s romantic interest with Jessica Chastain as his jealous sister. The cast also includes Charlie Hunnam.

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The film is due for release later this year.

2015 preview: Films

There are so many films that I’m already looking forward to in 2015 but I have managed to narrow the list down to just ten.

Snoopy and Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie: you might think ‘oh, good grief!’ But I always enjoy a bit of Charlie Brown and the gang. The trailer looks a lot of fun and the use of computer animation isn’t distracting at all.

The Minions Movie: Minions make me giggle. That’s all.

Jurassic World: I still remember sitting in the cinema watching the opening five minutes of Jurassic Park and thinking ‘oh this is going to be good!’. Unfortunately the two sequels never quite lived up to the first. Can this new film, directed by Colin Treverrow, take us back to the magic and wonder of the first?

Birdman: a but of a cheat this one as I’ve already seen it – but it’s not out in the UK until 2015! Michael Keaton is on top form as the former superhero actor trying to kickstart his career by starring in, and directing, a Broadway play. The supporting cast are also excellent – particularly Emma Stone as is daughter. But my favourite thing about Birdman is the craft that’s gone into making the film – the idea of just a single shot through the whole film, I think it’s incredibly clever!

Whiplash: I’m calling it now, you won’t see a better onscreen villain in 2015 than JK Simmons’ horrific music teacher. He’s brutal! Miles Teller holds his own but it’s Simmons who has the showier role and he absolutely runs with it. An Oscar is surely in the bag. Whilst there are plot points in the film that I could see coming the ending was fantastic. It’s a great movie.

Selma: British actor David Oyelowo stars as Martin Luther King in the drama which focuses on his campaign for civil rights and the march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965. Oprah Winfrey is among the supporting cast.

Spectre: Bond is back! But no Judi Dench this time. Can director Sam Mendes emulate the phenomenal success of Skyfall? I’ve never been a huge fan of 007 but I am looking forward to the new film. Plus, who’s going to perform the theme song?

Tomorrowland: George Clooney leads the cast of this scifi mystery about a former boy-genius and a gifted teenager who set out on a dangerous mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic location caught between time and space. The cast also includes Hugh Laurie and young actress Britt Robinson. It’s directed by Brad Bird who made the last Mission: Impossible movie as well as Pixar’s The Incredibles so I think it should be in safe hands.

Avengers: Age of Ultron: Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Captain America (and the others) back on screen together. I just can’t wait! Director Joss Whedon’s brought the whole gang back (we might even get to see Tom Hiddlestone’s Loki). Avengers Assemble set the bar so high, can they reach those heights again? Or even top them? We’ll find out in April.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens: did you really think I wouldn’t include this in my list of must-see films? Of course it tops the list! The first film I ever saw at the cinema was Star Wars, it is the franchise that I have loved for over 30 years. And it’s back. And I can not wait until December!!

So that’s my top 10 must-see movies for 2015. Close but no cigar mentions for Love is Strange, Blackhat, Cinderella, Frankenstein, The Lady in the Van and Absolutely Anything.

What are you looking forward to? Tell me in the comments section below!

2015 preview: TV

ITV kicks off the year with the return of Broadchurch. Will we all be as hooked again? We’ll have to wait and see.

Also in the New Year, The Voice returns to BBC1 with Rita Ora replacing Kylie Minogue in the judges chair.

Kylie was such a hit last year, can Rita emulate her success? And can the show ever launch a successful pop star?

There are some great dramas due on our screens in 2015. I’m really excited for the BBC’s adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Booker Prize-winning Wolf Hall.

It stars Mark Rylance and Damian Lewis as Thomas Cromwell and Henry VIII. The books are fantastic and I’m really intrigued to see if the TV version will be the same.

The BBC are also turning to classic literature for a new adaptation of Tolstoy’s War and Peace.

Paul Dano, Lily James and James Norton will star in the series which will be shown as six one hour episodes. Filming hasn’t started yet so I expect it’ll be on screens towards the end of 2015.

And finally, you’ll have to forgive me for this, but I am already excited about the return of Sherlock!

Filming on the special one-off episode begins on January 6 with three new episodes due to be made later in the year, I suspect getting Martin and Benedict at the same time is probably pretty tough these days.

Anyway as Moriarty would say ‘did you miss me?’ Yes!!

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2015 preview: Music

The music world’s always tough to predict as artists don’t announce releases and tours until close to the time. But here’s some things we do know.

Madonna’s new album, Rebel Heart, will be out in early February.

She was forced to release six songs before Christmas after some early demos leaked. Is she still relevant in 2015? I guess that remains to be seen.

2015 should see the return of Adele. No news on when the long awaited new album will finally be released but surely it has to be soon?

There are constant reports that she’s in the studio working on new music so hopefully it’s only a matter of time.

Emeli Sande will also be back in 2015 with her new album, Who Needs The World.

Can she replicate the amazing success of her debut? And will we see her on every TV show possible as she promotes it?

I’m looking forward to the new Coldplay album, A Head Full of Dreams. Chris Martin has promised fans the band will tour after its release. I hope so!

One of my highlights in 2014 was their small concert at the Royal Albert Hall. I’ve seen them play some huge shows over the years so it was great to see them strip backed and in such an intimate setting.

And talking of touring – Take That will be out on their first UK tour as a three-piece.

They always put on a fantastic show for fans so I expect this tour to be just the same, with a bit more singing from Mark and Howard!