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'Chariots of Fire' to run on the London stage

Cue that music: The Oscar-winning 1980 drama Chariots of Fire will get an entirely new kind of run. London’s Hampstead Theatre announced that, just in time for this summer’s Olympics, they’ll hold the world premiere of Mike Bartlett’s stage adaptation of the film about two runners beating the odds (and facing down anti-Semitism) in the 1924 Olympics. READ FULL STORY

Hitler! Jesus! There is no God! Ricky Gervais knows our sore spots

Ricky Gervais is a comic genius. Period. Look no further than The Office. You can argue about the rest, the Golden Globes, the movie misfires, that unnerving cackle, whatever. The original British version of The Office was simply perfect, and its legacy is undeniable. Can we move on?

Wonderful. Thank you.

Now, people — fans of Gervais and haters alike — I want you to try harder. By that, I mean, I don’t want you to hyperventilate every time Gervais does something a little provocative — or seems to do something a little provocative. Take for instance the recent Internet outrage over Gervais tweeting photos of himself dressed up as Hitler and as Jesus. READ FULL STORY

British people demand refund for 'The Artist' because it's a silent movie

The Artist has been praised for being a charming delight and condemned for being a charming trifle. But there’s one thing everyone can agree on: It’s a silent movie. Like, the kind without dialogue. Apparently, that information escaped a few moviegoers in Liverpool. As reported by The Telegraph, the Odeon Liverpool One theater received several complaints from people who saw the movie without realizing it would not have any diegetic sound.

Clearly unmoved by the film’s loving reverence for the silent era, those movie-ogres then received their money back. Between this and the “Drive was not the sequel to Fast Five I was promised!” lawsuit, this feels like a real moment for theater oafs. Now I wish we’d all asked for our money back after seeing Thor, since we were promised a movie and got a commercial for another movie. Wait, that argument works for every Hollywood movie! We’ve beaten the system, gang.

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'Downton Abbey' react: All's fair in love and war

Downtown Abbey watchers, what do you think is harder for ole Carson to handle: That there is now a Ping-Pong table in Downton’s library or that former footman Thomas is running the joint?

Welcome to Downton during World War I. Last week’s premiere made it pretty clear that season 2 is about how the war effects England and our favorite cloistered Yorkshire estate. (Well, that and Mary circling her beloved Matthew like a shark, but never going in for the kill.) If you had a dollar for every time a character said “change” or “different,” you’d be rich enough to court a Grantham. The Crawleys and their staff are being downsized by the draft. Top dog Lord Grantham feels suddenly useless because he’s too old to fight. His wife, Cora, is suddenly getting out of bed before lunch. Lady Sybil has swapped her harem pants for a nurse’s uniform. Lady Edith is driving a tractor and seducing married farmers. Lady Mary (who is dating a man that is not Matthew) is turning out to be fair and kind. O’Brien, the lady’s maid who once hated Cora so violently that she caused her to miscarry, is now the wind beneath the Countess’ wings. By-the-book butler Carson is fainting during dinner service. The Dowager Countess Violet is secretly looking out for a footman and a butler.  Meanwhile, back at the Somme, heir presumptive Matthew (who is dating a woman that is not Mary) and evil ex-footman Thomas (who actually cries) are drinking tea together in the trenches.

There are apparently only five things you can still count on at Downton. Aunt Rosamund is meddlesome. Daisy is foolish. Mr. Bates and Anna are star-crossed (damn you, Mrs. Bates!). Cousin Isobel is bossy. And chauffeur Branson is trouble. READ FULL STORY

'Saturday Night Live' host poll: Is Daniel Radcliffe a keeper?

He sang, he danced Irish jigs, he attempted Chinese calligraphy, he “exposed his forest” in Target, he even kissed a herd of hobos. You can’t say Daniel Radcliffe wasn’t game in his first hosting opportunity on Saturday Night Live. Though some thought the episode was disappointing, I’d counter with merely “uneven,” and credit him with sparking some truly memorable skits. You knew there was going to be a Potter sketch, and this one, in which Radcliffe’s Harry just wanted to rehash the good ole days, delivered (though nothing will ever touch “Hermione Spring Awakening,” with Lindsay Lohan). He was also great as the “shockingly unfamous and untalented” dilettante on “You Can Do Anything!” and he even committed to playing Casey Anthony’s sarcastic adopted pooch in a Weekend Update bit that was funnier than it deserved to be.

If Radcliffe didn’t win over everyone, at least he has the competitive benefit of following Charles Barkley in our latest Saturday Night Live host poll. Barkley earned some chuckles — in fact, he survived his first week at the polls, eliminating Emma Stone. (Let me say that again: Charles Barkley. Eliminated Emma Stone.) Jimmy Fallon remained at the top with 53.4 percent of the vote, and only Melissa McCarthy remained in striking distance with 26.2 percent. Barkley drew 7.9 percent, and Jason Segel tripled his previous poll’s support to stay alive with 6.5 percent. Stone was eliminated with only 6.1 percent, a shame since she probably would’ve gained some more votes once her episode is rebroadcast next Saturday night. Sigh.

Below, I’ve embedded one clip for each of the five surviving hosts, as reminders of their recent performances. Vote below, and the host with the least popular support will be sent packing, and the other four will advance to compete against Channing Tatum on Feb. 4. Ultimately, we’ll crown the Saturday Night Liveliest Host at the end of the season. Watch and vote below. READ FULL STORY

'Saturday Night Live' recap: Daniel Radcliffe gave it his all; Lana Del Rey felt the wrath of the Internet

“I tried, and therefore, no one should criticize me.” That was one of the lines uttered by Daniel Radcliffe‘s hopelessly ambitious character Brad during the people-with-no-self-awareness sketch “You Can Do Anything.” Still, the sentiment certainly applies to Radcliffe’s effort as a first-time Saturday Night Live host. While the show itself was certainly worthy of criticism (as was musical guest Lana Del Rey, but more on that in a bit) it’s hard to rag on The Woman in Black star, who gave it his all in spite of working with some rather subpar material. Read on for the sketch-by-sketch rundown of last night’s disappointing episode.

Last night’s SNL kicked off with a tepid cold open featuring a flat Jason Sudeikis as an even flatter Mitt Romney, which lamely addressed his troublesome firing comment. (Wouldn’t a meeting with fire-happy Donald Trump have been better here?) Things picked up once an enthusiastic Radcliffe hit the stage for his spirited opening monologue in which he shared with the audience his trepidations about doing a Harry Potter sketch. (Don’t worry, it still happened.) Radcliffe earned some solid laughs, but it was Taran Killam who stole the whole thing (something the rising star seems to be doing more and more of each week) with his version of a displeased Dumbledore. Watch as Snooki and “The Situation” drop in for a visit during the monologue, too:


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Daniel Radcliffe hosts tonight's 'SNL': Will there be a bit of magic in the air? Talk about the episode here!

Earlier this week Daniel Radcliffe told EW that, thanks in part to his recent stint on Broadway, he’s as ready as he’ll ever be to take on his first-time Saturday Night Live hosting duties. Well Daniel, we’re ready to watch you. (Well us, and a few of those Harry Potter fans we keep hearing so much about.)
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Ricky Gervais talks Globes on 'Ellen': 'I was just teasing them' -- VIDEO

We’re just three days away from the 2012 Golden Globe Awards ceremony and people are still debating about who got it the worst at last year’s show? Was it some unnamed Scientologists, the gals of Sex and the City, or the typically untouchable A-listers like Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp? (Are you havin’ a laugh, Hollywood? Guess not.)

If you ask Ricky Gervais, it was, well, him. Gervais, who is returning to the scene of the crime this weekend, stopped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show to talk about the brouhaha he caused last year. READ FULL STORY

Daniel Radcliffe's charming and funny (natch) 'Saturday Night Live' promo: Watch it here!

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Daniel Radcliffe didn’t have to go far for his latest gig. The Harry Potter star moved from his recent stint on Broadway in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying just a few blocks east to Rockefeller Center to host this weekend’s brand new Saturday Night Live. So how will the busy actor fare as a first-time host? Judging from the hilarious promo video in which the always-game Radcliffe explains to SNL cast member Jason Sudeikis what the Harry Potter series was really about (not “sex wizards”) and gives his best American accent (“Chill broseph, I like Mountain Dew and big butts!” Nailed it.) he might be a keeper. Watch: READ FULL STORY

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