British actors Toby Jones and Sheridan Smith will compete for top trophies at the U.K.'s upcoming Royal Television Society Programme Awards next month (Mar15). The Hunger Games star is up for the best actor title for his role in TV movie Marvellous, going up against Tom Hollander for The Poet and Adeel Akhtar for Utopia, while Smith lands a nomination in the best actress category for her portrayal of 1960s singer Cilla Black in the TV series Cilla. She will compete against British actresses Sarah Lancashire (Happy Valley) and Georgina Campbell (Murdered By My Boyfriend).
Fargo, True Detective and The Big Bang Theory will go head-to-head for the International title while Chris O'Dowd's TV series Moone Boy, which he created, co-writes and stars in, is up for a Scripted Comedy prize.
Other nominees include funnyman Billy Connolly for the Presenter prize for his documentary Billy Connolly's Big Send Off, Maggie Gyllenhaal's series The Honourable Women for Drama Serial, while Peaky Blinders, starring Cillian Murphy, will compete for the Drama Series title against Happy Valley and Line of Duty.
The winners will be announced at a ceremony in London on 17 March (15).
Hit TV show Downton Abbey is to end later this year (15) after six series, according to a new report.
The period drama, which was first broadcast in 2010, will reportedly draw to a close so creator/writer Julian Fellowes can work on a new project, and the stars of the show, including Michelle Dockery and Hugh Bonneville, have been seen holding meetings for future work. A source tells Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper, "It's an open secret that Downton is ending this year. Some of the actors are keen to let it be known they will be available for work after the summer. Some are interested in the U.S., where Downton is as popular as it is in the U.K. "Joanne Froggatt, Edith (Laura) Carmichael and Allen Leech were in Los Angeles for the awards last week and there were several meetings about both TV and film roles."
Toronto hitmakers Magic! will lead the way at Canada's Juno Awards in March (15) after snagging five nominations. The Rude group has picked up nods for Juno Fan Choice, Best Single, Best Breakthrough Group, Best Songwriter and Best Pop Album.
Meanwhile, Kiesza has landed four nominations, including Best Single and Best Video of the Year.
Competing with MAGIC! for the coveted Best Pop Album prize will be Avril Lavigne, Down With Webster!, Lights and Nikki Yanofsky, while Bryan Adams, Deadmau5, Leonard Cohen, Sarah McLachlan and The Weeknd will battle for Best Artist.
Katy Perry, Lorde, One Direction, Sam Smith and Taylor Swift will compete for the Best International Album award.
The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences' Juno Awards will be presented at a ceremony in Hamilton, Ontario on 15 March (15).
British TV shows Sherlock and Downton Abbey will battle it out for the best drama prize at Britain's National Television Awards (NTAs) later this month (Jan15). Two shows will compete for the top trophy with sci-fi series Doctor Who and Cilla Black biopic Cilla.
Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch has earned also a nod for best Drama Performance for his role as the detective and will compete against Downton's Dame Maggie Smith, Cilla's Sheridan Smith, and Sarah Lancashire for her role in police show Happy Valley.
Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead have received mentions in the best Multichannel category, while The Big Bang Theory will compete against sitcoms including Mrs. Brown's Boys and Outnumbered for the best Comedy title.
Motoring show Top Gear was nominated in the Factual category, while The X Factor co-stars Simon Cowell and Cheryl Cole will compete against each other for the best talent show judge title.
Winners of the public vote will be announced in a ceremony at London's O2 Arena on 21 January (15).
Juno star Ellen Page has been honoured as Out Magazine's Entertainer of the Year for her bravery in 'coming out' earlier this year (14).
The actress declared her sexuality during a speech at the Human Rights Campaign's Time To Thrive conference in Las Vegas on Valentines Day (14Feb14). Page has now been awarded for her bravery by editors of the gay magazine, who have named her Entertainer of the Year and featured her on one of four celebrity covers for the publication's annual OUT100 double issue.
Page tells the publication, "No one's ever been so direct as to say, 'You're gay, so we're gonna hide it.' But there's an unspoken thing going on. (People) believe it's the right thing to do for your career. They don't realize it's eroding your soul. It was eventually about me being like, 'Wait, why am I listening to that? At what point did I let those things become important?'"
British singer Sam Smith was named Breakout of the Year, actor Zachary Quinto was awarded Artist of the Year and Orange is the New Black actress Samira Wiley received Ingenue of the Year.
The stars all feature on the magazine's other three covers.
Sam Smith was the toast of the Music of Black Origin (MOBO) Awards in London on Wednesday night (22Oct14) when he picked up four top prizes, including the Best Album trophy for his hit debut In The Lonely Hour. The 22-year-old singer also picked up the Best Male title, Best R&B/Soul Act and Best Song for Stay With Me.
The honours came just hours after he was named Best Newcomer at the annual Q Awards.
Smith dedicated his coveted Best Album prize to his supportive parents, and stated, "It's been an incredible year. This is truly a dream come true."
Backstage, Smith said, "I came last year and really wanted to win Best Newcomer but didn't and to come back and win four awards is ridiculous. I am overwhelmed... I don't know what to do with my awards. I need to get a cabinet."
He also took a selfie with MOBO hosts Mel B and Sarah-Jane Crawford and rapper Eve, who presented him one of his prize, and posted it online.
Other big winners included Jessie J, who was named Best Female, Beyonce, who was honoured with the Best International Act title, and actor and DJ Idris Elba, who took home the night's Inspiration Award.
Ella Eyre beat out FKA Twigs among others to land the Best Newcomer award and rapper Skepta's That's Not Me promo was named Best Video.
Jessie J also performed at the SSE Wembley Arena event, alongside Nicole Scherzinger, Professor Green, Tinie Tempah and Candi Staton.
The producers of Glee have been sued by a shopper who allegedly tripped over cables while the TV series was filming in a California mall.
In the lawsuit, Yolando Rosario claims she was shopping at Burbank Town Center in November (13) when she fell over wiring which had been set up by the 20th Century Fox crew in a walkway open to regular shoppers. In the paperwork, obtained by TMZ.com, Rosario states that she broke her arm and a rib in the fall and is suing bosses at the Fox network and the owners of the mall for unspecified damages and coverage of medical bills.
The scene set in the mall features characters Kurt, Santana and Rachel, played by Lea Michele, working as elves for Santa Claus. It aired in the U.S. in December (13).
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Guardians of the Galaxy cruised to the top of the box office last week, bashing several records in its wake, including the highest August opening of all time. But what's harder than getting to the top is staying there. The film's second weekend faces some stiff competition from a big group of new releases, including the Michael Bay-produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot, the Daniel Radcliffe rom-com What If, the Helen Mirren-starring Disney family movie The Hundred-Foot Journey, the dance flick Step Up All In, and the tornado-laden Into the Storm. Can Marvel's misfits withstand the onslaught and reclaim box office gold once again? We analyze each films chances of winning the weekend.
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES
Guardians of the Galaxy's fiercest competition comes by way of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which is likely to be the second biggest moneymaker in August. It's a strong contender, and the turtles might have the muscle (and the ninja skills) to knock Guardians off of its pedestal.
Previous Films in the FranchiseTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: $25 million Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze: $20 million Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: $12 million TMNT: $24 million
The Past Five Michael Bay FilmsTransformers: Age of Extinction: $100 million Transformers: Dark of the Moon: $97 million Transformers: Rise of the Fallen: $108 million Transformers: $70 million
The opening weekends for the previous four Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles films have topped out at about $25 million, which on its own wouldn't be enough to topple Guardians of the Galaxy. But the film's attachment to producer Michael Bay, who is a proven money maker in Hollywood, will likely give this latest reboot a significant boost. The film's marketing has been smart to smatter the Transformers director's name all over the promotional material for the film. The hype for this film is huge and the Guardians might not survive this fight.
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INTO THE STORM
The effects-driven disaster film is facing some stiff competition, but disaster films in the past have been able to carve out a nice chunk of box-office cash. Into the Storm is also looking to capitalize on the last legs of the found footage trend. Could Into the Storm rain on Guardians of the Galaxy's parade?
Notable Natural Disaster FilmsThe Impossible: $3 million2012: $65 millionThe Day After Tomorrow: $69 millionTwister: $41 million
The Past Five Found Footage FilmsEarth to Echo: $8 millionA Haunted House 2: $9 millionDevil's Due: $8 millionParanormal Activity: The Marked ones: $18 millionA Haunted House: $18 million
Sadly, Into the Storm likely doesn't have the momentum to reach the top of the charts this weekend. The public's interest in found footage films is slowing in earnest, and Into the Storm doesn't have the same hype surrounding it as the best in the genre. The film's negative reception from critics certainly won't help matters either.
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Can Daniel Radcliffe make it in Hollywood without Harry Potter? It's been a question surrounding the actor ever since the massive franchise came to an end in 2011. Radcliffe has boatloads of charm, but all of the likeability in the world doesn't equal movie tickets sold.
The Past Five Romantic ComediesAbout Last Night: $26 millionThink Like a Man Too: $29 millionThe Other Woman: $25 millionBlended: $14 millionAnd So It Goes: $5 million
The Past Five Daniel Radcliffe FilmsKill Your Darlings: $53,000The Woman in Black: $20 millionHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2: $169 millionHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1: $125 millionHarry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: $78 million
What If is an indie export from Britain, and the film isn't opening up in nearly enough theaters to give Guardians of the Galaxy any reasonable competition, but even if the film was widely distributed, the romantic comedy genre isn't a strong enough contender to compete with the superheroes wizzing around in Marvel's latest smash hit. Daniel Radcliffe was a massive box office draw in the Harry Potter franchise, but the actor still hasn't proved himself a moneymaker out of his wizard robes.
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THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY
This delightful comedy-drama featuring two competing restaurants stationed right across the street from each other is going after a completely different market than Guardians of the Galaxy, but is this slice of feel good counter programing good enough to contend with not one but two comic book films?
Notable Feel Good ComediesChef: $2 millionAdmission: $6 millionThe Best Exotic Marigold Hotel: $6 millionThe Help: $26 million
The Past Five Helen Mirren FilmsRed 2: $18 millionMonsters University: $82 millionHitchcock: $287,000The Debt: $10 nillionArthur: $12 nillion
The Hundred-Foot Journey looks like a great film to take your mom to in the crush of CGI adventures clogging the theaters, but we highly doubt it will come anywhere close to Guardians of the Galaxy. Helen Mirren isn't as big of a draw as you might expect, and similar films in the same vein have only enjoyed moderate success.
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STEP-UP: ALL IN
The improbably long-running dance movie franchise has somehow reached its fifth entry, but will it reach the top of the box office by weekends end?
Previous Films in the FranchiseStep Up: $21 millionStep Up 2 the Streets: $19 millionStep Up 3-D: $16 millionStep Revolution: $12 millionThe Step Up franchise certainly has its work cut out for it. The series' box office totals have been steadily declining with each release, with the last one only managing to secure $12 million in its opening weekend. There's no possible way the newest Step Up film will top Guardians. In fact, with how crowded this weekend is, Step Up might get lost in the shuffle entirely.
Veteran British radio presenter Mike Smith had died at the age of 59. The former BBC Radio 1 host passed away on Friday (01Aug14) from complications following major heart surgery.
His wife of 25 years, Sarah Greene, said in a statement released through Smith's filming company Flying TV she would "like to offer enormous thanks to the staff at the hospital for their care and compassion".
Smith first joined BBC Radio 1 in 1975 as a freelance producer and presenter but moved to Capital FM in 1978 where he presented a number of shows.
He returned to Radio 1 in 1982 and took over the station's breakfast show slot in 1986, with Diana, Princess of Wales declaring herself one of the programme's biggest fans. He also appeared on TV as a host of Top of the Pops and the BBC's coverage of Live Aid.
In 2004 Smith, a qualified pilot, founded aerial filming company Flying TV.
Close friend Noel Edmonds was among those to pay tribute to Smith following the news of his death, saying, "I am totally stunned and heartbroken for Sarah and his family... Mike was that rare individual, the consummate broadcaster, in an era when professionalism, dedication and hard work were truly valued."
BBC Radio 2 host Simon Mayo also paid tribute, writing on Twitter.com, "When we joined Radio 1 in '86, he was the guy who had it all. His breakfast show was a shiny, sparkly thing, a must-listen."