<p>Renowned for his diminutive stature and deliberately rambling armchair monologues, Ronnie Corbett became a national treasure in his British homeland thanks to a hugely successful partnership...
British comedy legend Ronnie Corbett's daughter Sophie has paid tribute to her funnyman father by naming her boutique store The Four Candles after the iconic sketch by Corbett and his late co-star Ronnie Barker. The store, based in Brighton, England, sells clothes, jewellery, bags and furniture.
Actor-turned-writer Tony Marriott has died at the age of 83. He passed away on 17 April (14). No further details of his death have been released.
After starting his career as an actor in the 1960s, he turned his hand to writing and co-created comedy play No Sex Please, We're British.
The show opened in London in 1971 to dismal reviews, but it became a smash hit with theatregoers and remained on stage for 16 years, making it the longest-running comedy play in British history.
A film version was made in 1973 and starred beloved British comic Ronnie Corbett.
Marriott also produced scripts for TV series Z-Cars and worked on 1980s children's animation shows including James the Cat, and Bill the Blue Bear.
He went on to run an animal charity in London and worked as a magistrate.
British funnyman Ronnie Corbett has detailed his bizarre habit of getting trapped in restrooms, revealing he had to be helped out of toilets at Queen Elizabeth II's residences Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle. The veteran comedian is baffled by his frequent bathroom mishaps, and he even had to unscrew the door to a WC after getting stuck during a memorial for actor and poet Victor Spinetti.
Corbett tells U.K. talk show host Graham Norton, "I have been trapped in some posh toilets including those in Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace, and at Victor Spinetti's memorial at St Paul's Covent Garden I got locked in the loo. I had to scream and shout and eventually someone threw a screwdriver over the door and luckily I was out in time for my reading!"
Veteran British comedian Ronnie Corbett has denied long-running rumours he played one of the apes in sci-fi classic 2001: A Space Odyssey. The diminutive funnyman was rumoured to have portrayed a pre-historic beast in the 'Dawn of Man' segment in Stanley Kubrick's 1968 movie.
However, he has now revealed he was offered a role after the director saw him performing a comedy routine on a British variety show, but he turned it down.
Corbett tells U.K. talk show host Graham Norton, "Stanley Kubrick saw me doing a little spot on Sunday Night at the Palladium and said, 'He would be ideal for one of my apes.' I turned it down!"
Veteran British funnyman Ronnie Corbett is still angry over false reports suggesting he had retired from showbiz. The 83-year-old comedian has been entertaining audiences for more than 60 years but was at the centre of 'quit' rumours last month (Mar14) following a report in a British tabloid.
Editors alleged Corbett's wife Anne had stated the funnyman had retired from TV work because of several health issues, but within hours she had spoken out to insist Corbett had a number of contracts still ongoing and his career was "not over".
Now the former Two Ronnies star has revealed bosses of the publication gave him crates of booze to make up for the blunder and also made donations to several nursing homes, but he is still furious about the story.
Corbett tells U.K. talk show host Graham Norton, "It was absolute nonsense. It was very annoying. I got a major apology but not matching the size of the error. It was irresponsible. They sent me some booze and plenty of money which I'm dividing among a number of care homes."
British comic Ronnie Corbett has no plans to retire from television despite ongoing health woes, according to his wife. Corbett was said to be bringing his entertainment career to an end following a recent health scare, but the funnyman's partner, Anne, has now spoken out to clarify the report, which was published in a British newspaper on Sunday (16Mar14).
She reveals the 83-year-old star was treated for an inflamed gall bladder last week (ends16Mar14), but will continue with his upcoming projects, including filming a T.V. pilot with British comedian Rob Brydon.
She tells Britain's Daily Mail, "He's got contracts and commercials that he is working on. This report makes him sound like he has died, that his career is over, which is absolutely not the case. I am f**king furious.
"He was taken to hospital on Thursday and doctors discovered he had an inflamed gall bladder. They put him on high antibiotics and he is now perfectly fine.
"There will naturally come a time when he will decide it is a time to call it a day, but that moment has not arrived. Life goes on for Ronnie, as it always has done."
Beloved British comic Ronnie Corbett has retired from TV work after a health scare left him in hospital. The 83 year old fell ill at his London home last Sunday (09Mar14) after complaining of chest and stomach pains. He was taken to a nearby hospital but doctors were unable to diagnose the problem.
Now Corbett, famous for his longrunning TV comedy act with late star Ronnie Barker, has decided to step away from the spotlight to help preserve his health.
His wife Anne tells Britain's Sunday Mirror, "He won't be doing any more TV - he's 83. He won't be like (veteran British TV star) Bruce Forsyth.
"We didn't know what was wrong. He was feeling sick in his stomach and he wasn't well. The hospital ran lots of tests, he was in there for several days."
It's the latest health worry for Corbett - he collapsed during a celebratory dinner on New Year's Day in 2012 and spent several days in hospital in April of the same year (12).
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When we last left our heroes, they had conquered all opponents in the 74th Annual Hunger Games, returned home to their newly refurbished living quarters in District 12, and fallen haplessly to the cannibalism of PTSD. And now we're back! Hitching our wagons once again to laconic Katniss Everdeen and her sweet-natured, just-for-the-camera boyfriend Peeta Mellark as they gear up for a second go at the Capitol's killing fields.
But hold your horses — there's a good hour and a half before we step back into the arena. However, the time spent with Katniss and Peeta before the announcement that they'll be competing again for the ceremonial Quarter Quell does not drag. In fact, it's got some of the film franchise's most interesting commentary about celebrity, reality television, and the media so far, well outweighing the merit of The Hunger Games' satire on the subject matter by having Katniss struggle with her responsibilities as Panem's idol. Does she abide by the command of status quo, delighting in the public's applause for her and keeping them complacently saturated with her smiles and curtsies? Or does Katniss hold three fingers high in opposition to the machine into which she has been thrown? It's a quarrel that the real Jennifer Lawrence would handle with a castigation of the media and a joke about sandwiches, or something... but her stakes are, admittedly, much lower. Harvey Weinstein isn't threatening to kill her secret boyfriend.
Through this chapter, Katniss also grapples with a more personal warfare: her devotion to Gale (despite her inability to commit to the idea of love) and her family, her complicated, moralistic affection for Peeta, her remorse over losing Rue, and her agonizing desire to flee the eye of the public and the Capitol. Oftentimes, Katniss' depression and guilty conscience transcends the bounds of sappy. Her soap opera scenes with a soot-covered Gale really push the limits, saved if only by the undeniable grace and charisma of star Lawrence at every step along the way of this film. So it's sappy, but never too sappy.
In fact, Catching Fire is a masterpiece of pushing limits as far as they'll extend before the point of diminishing returns. Director Francis Lawrence maintains an ambiance that lends to emotional investment but never imposes too much realism as to drip into territories of grit. All of Catching Fire lives in a dreamlike state, a stark contrast to Hunger Games' guttural, grimacing quality that robbed it of the life force Suzanne Collins pumped into her first novel.
Once we get to the thunderdome, our engines are effectively revved for the "fun part." Katniss, Peeta, and their array of allies and enemies traverse a nightmare course that seems perfectly suited for a videogame spin-off. At this point, we've spent just enough time with the secondary characters to grow a bit fond of them — deliberately obnoxious Finnick, jarringly provocative Johanna, offbeat geeks Beedee and Wiress — but not quite enough to dissolve the mystery surrounding any of them or their true intentions (which become more and more enigmatic as the film progresses). We only need adhere to Katniss and Peeta once tossed in the pit of doom that is the 75th Hunger Games arena, but finding real characters in the other tributes makes for a far more fun round of extreme manhunt.
But Catching Fire doesn't vie for anything particularly grand. It entertains and engages, having fun with and anchoring weight to its characters and circumstances, but stays within the expected confines of what a Hunger Games movie can be. It's a good one, but without shooting for succinctly interesting or surprising work with Katniss and her relationships or taking a stab at anything but the obvious in terms of sending up the militant tyrannical autocracy, it never even closes in on the possibility of being a great one.
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Stars including Nicole Scherzinger, Kimberley Walsh, Alexandra Burke and Peter Andre were on hand to honour brave Brits at the annual Pride of Britain Awards in London on Monday night (07Oct13). James Corden, Ronnie Corbett, Sarah Harding, Katherine Jenkins and Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron also attended the ceremony, but were overshadowed on the night as the spotlight was shone on the country's most inspirational citizens.
Among those honoured included lollipop lady Karin Williams, who dived in front of an out-of-control car to push a group of children to safety, as well as eight-year-old Harley Lane, who raised more than £1,000 for charity by completing a sponsored run, despite having his arms and legs amputated as a toddler.
After presenting him with his award, Scherzinger told reporters, "I'm humbled to be here. Last year was my first year and I cried rivers. I just want to embrace everyone here."
Also feted was teenage activist Malala Yousafzai, who hit headlines around the world last October (12) when she was shot in the head by Taliban gunmen after campaigning for the rights of girls in Pakistan to go to school.
Comedians Stephen Fry and Ronnie Corbett and revered British talk show host Sir Michael Parkinson were among the mourners who turned out on Wednesday (11Sep13) to attend the funeral of legendary broadcaster Sir David Frost. The iconic newsman, who was portrayed by Michael Sheen in Oscar-nominated movie Frost/Nixon, passed away on 31 August (13), after suffering a heart attack on a cruise ship, and stars including Sir Paul McCartney, Yoko Ono, Russell Crowe and Joan Collins were some of the first to offer tributes following his death.
On Wednesday, friends and family members gathered at the Holy Trinity Church in Oxfordshire, England to bid a final farewell to the famed interviewer, and his close friend Fry later took to his Twitter.com blog to share his grief with fans.
He wrote, "David Frost's funeral - so sad. He was a wonderful father, husband and friend. The only people who didn't like him hadn't met him."
A public memorial service is expected to be held in the U.K. at a later date.
Teams up with Ronnie Barker for "The Two Ronnies" (BBC1, 1971-1988)
Stars as Timothy Lumsden in "Sorry!" (BBC1, 1981-88)
Plays lead in "No Sex, We're British"
Celebrates 80th birthday with Christmas special, "The One Ronnie" (BBC1, 2010)
Joins the cast of "The Frost Report" (BBC1, 1966-67)
<p>Renowned for his diminutive stature and deliberately rambling armchair monologues, Ronnie Corbett became a national treasure in his British homeland thanks to a hugely successful partnership with Ronnie Barker which, alongside Morecambe & Wise, helped to define the golden era of British comedy. Born in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1930, Corbett caught the performing bug while playing a wicked aunt in a youth club pantomime and after stints at the Ministry of Agriculture and in the Royal Air Force - where at five foot one, he became the shortest commissioned officer in Britain - he moved to London to pursue a career in showbiz. He first appeared on screen as a student in university comedy "You're Only Young Twice" (1952) and due to his height, continued to land similar schoolboy roles well into his twenties in the likes of "Top Of The Form" (1953) and "Fun at St. Fanny's" (1956). Following appearances as the resident comic on children's TV institution "Crackerjack" (BBC1, 1955-1984), a valet in short-lived sitcom "Sheep's Clothing" (BBC1, 1957) and Drooby in the comedy sequel "Rockets Galore!" (1957), Corbett switched his attention to the stage, starring in the West End production of "The Boys Of Syracuse" and performing at Danny La Rue's Mayfair nightclub, Winston's, where he was spotted by prominent TV personality David Frost. Corbett was subsequently invited to join "The Frost Report" (BBC1, 1966-1967), a satirical sketch show largely composed of Oxbridge graduates, where he struck up a friendship with the cast's only other grammar school boy, Ronnie Barker. Corbett then appeared as SMERSH agent Polo in the James Bond spoof "Casino Royale" (1967), landed his first lead role as ambitious insurance salesman Ronnie in hit sitcom, "No - That's Me Over Here!" (ITV, 1967-1970) and played reluctant bank robber Herbert Russell in ensemble comedy "Some Will, Some Won't" (1970). Corbett and Barker then joined forces permanently for the hugely popular "The Two Ronnies" (BBC1, 1971-1988), which thanks to likes of their 'four candles' sketch, "Mastermind" (BBC1, 1972-) parody and Corbett's elaborate monologues, assured the duo's place in British comedy history. Both parties also continued to forge solo careers with Corbett starring as a bank clerk in the farcical "No Sex Please, We're British" (1973), and returning to the sitcom world with "Now Look Here" (BBC1, 1971-1973) and more notably the long-running "Sorry!" (BBC1, 1981-1988) as mummy's boy Timothy Lumsden. Following Barker's retirement in 1988, Corbett narrated the adaptions of Roger Hargreaves' series of children's books, "Timbuctoo" (CITV, 1997-1998), hosted quiz show "Small Talk" (BBC1, 1994-1996) and appeared as Reggie Sea Lions in "Fierce Creatures" (1997). A year after reuniting with Barker for a one-off special, Corbett sent himself up wondrously with a cocaine-snorting cameo in Ricky Gervais' "Extras" (BBC1, 2005-2006). After guest appearances on "Little Britain Abroad" (BBC1, 2006) and "Strictly Come Dancing" (BBC1, 2004-), Corbett celebrated his 80th birthday with a Christmas special, "The One Ronnie" (BBC1, 2010).</p><p> </p>