Hollywood actress Scarlett Johansson is set to go head to head with Dame Judi Dench for the Best Actress prize at the British Indie Film Awards. Johansson has been nominated for her role in sci-fi thriller Under The Skin, while Dench landed a nod for her film Philomena, and the two stars will go up against Lindsay Duncan (Le Week-end), Felicity Jones (The Invisible Woman) and Saoirse Ronan (How I Live Now).
James McAvoy is up for the Best Actor prize for his role in crime comedy Filth and will compete against Tom Hardy (Locke), Jack O'Connell (Starred Up), Jim Broadbent (Le Week-end) and Steve Coogan (Philomena).
Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine is in the running for Best International Film, along with Blue is the Warmest Color, Frances Ha, Italian movie The Great Beauty and Saudi Arabian/German picture Wadjda.
Nominations for Best British film include Metro Manila, Philomena, The Selfish Giant, Starred Up and Le Week-end.
The prizegiving will be hosted by Northern Irish actor James Nesbitt in London on 8 December (13).
Brit Marling has joined James Nesbitt in director Danny Boyle's Babylon, UK cop drama about an American PR expert who attempts to bolster the image of the London police department. After her breakout in 2010's After Earth, Marling took a few parts in other films, but this will be her first starring role in a TV series. The show would look at every side of police work, like a (hopefully) more inventive Law and Order; with the American character there to bridge cultural differences, this could be the next British/American crossover hit. Boyle will be producing and directing while the show is written by Peep Show alums Sam Bains and Jesse Armstrong. And while Peep Show was a comedy, the amazing way in which it built moments and orchestrated the most elaborate possible embarrassment for its characters speaks to two great storytellers who should be able to transition well to drama.
Boyle seems determined to bring his signature visual style to both UK and American television, with projects developing on both sides of the Atlantic. In addition to Babylon, over here he's working with Simon Beaufoy and Christian Colson, who helped write and produce Boyle's films Slumdog Millionaire and 127 Hours, to beat Michael Bay to the story of the Norweigens who helped destroy Hitler's nuclear facilities. Their project is called Telemark and would appear on FX.
Boyle is confident that both Telemark and Babylon will be able to capture his unique filmmaking style, which is both visually ambitious and adrenaline-filled, despite the limited budget of television. So add Boyle to the list of talent who's stepping over to television from the world of film. Even if it's simply because he believes these two ideas are best suited for series instead of standalone stories, it does make it ever clearer that the move between the two mediums is a lateral one. And with Boyle's last film, Trance, underperforming at the box office, maybe he'll find that TV actually marks a better place for some of his ideas. Either way, it's a great gain for TV fans.
Actor James Nesbitt has split from his wife after 19 years of marriage. The Cold Feet star and his partner Sonia Forbes-Adam have been living apart for "some time" but remain friends.
A spokesman says, "James and Sonia are living separately and have been for some time. They are on the best of terms and ask that the family's privacy be respected."
The split comes after Nesbitt was primarily located in New Zealand for two years while filming the role of Bofur on The Hobbit trilogy.
The couple met in 1989 and went on to wed in 1994. They have two daughters, Peggy, 16, and 11-year-old Mary.
Singer James Blunt sparked a storm of Twitter.com complaints on Monday (29Jul13) after sending an unsolicited mass mailout across the U.K. Music fans took to the social networking site to complain about receiving an email promoting the British star's new single Bonfire Heart, although they had not subscribed to his mailing list.
The message appeared to come from Blunt himself and was titled "I'd like you to be the first to hear my new single", with a virtual link to a preview of the track from his upcoming album Moon Landing.
The email prompted a wave of criticism on Twitter, including a tweet from Scottish singer Nina Nesbitt, who mused, "Great marketting (sic) from James Blunt's team I must say. Email the whole of the UK!" while another user with the name Mikey Guitar quipped, "If you receive an email with a link to the new James Blunt single, don't click on it. It's a link to the new James Blunt single!"
Blunt later addressed the situation on his own Twitter page, writing, "Oops... Just emailed the whole of the UK by mistake! Ha!"
A spokesperson for Blunt blamed the incident on a "clerical error".
Gangs Of New York star Iain Mccoll has died at the age of 59. The actor, best known for his roles in U.K. TV shows City Lights and Rab C. Nesbitt, passed away at a clinic in Glasgow, Scotland, on Thursday (04Jul13) after a long battle with cancer.
McColl's City Lights co-star Andy Gray has paid tribute to his pal, praising his comedic talents and promising to raise a glass in his memory.
He tells the Daily Record, "We were a bit of a double act in a way. We had a lot of laughs on set. We would do five-page scenes and Iain would get the big laugh at the end with just one line. He'd come in and steal it. There was nobody quite like him - he was a true character.
"We will have a... drink for him and relive happy memories of our big, daft (silly) Iain. Our sadness will be tinged with a lot of laughter and funny memories but my thoughts are with his family."
McColl first announced his cancer diagnosis in 2008, and was later believed to have beaten the disease, with Rab C. Nesbitt writers even re-introducing his character Dodie to the show in 2011.
He is survived by his three children Rhianan, Ciaran and Maurice.
The Lord of the Rings actor was awarded the special honour by his The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey co-star James Nesbitt, who is the university's chancellor.
McKellen took to the podium and revealed how his family's Irish roots shaped his own strict religious upbringing.
He said, "In puritanical Ballymena (Northern Ireland), it is said the park keepers used to tie up the children's swings on Sundays to keep the Lord's Day holy.
"In the same spirit, at our home when I was a kid, we weren't allowed to play cards, nor board games on Sundays. No snap, Ludo or even jigsaws."
He then stood in for Nesbitt and gave the Chancellor's Lecture, using the opportunity to speak about gay rights.
The Dear John star recently moved from Los Angeles to the Big Apple with her best friend Alex Nesbitt, and Seyfried reveals they are planning to curate their own vintage household goods store.
She tells InStyle magazine, "He's gay. He's my roommate and practically my husband. We met in L.A. when I was training with (fitness guru) Harley Pasternak before filming Dear John. Alex managed Harley's business.
"We stayed friends and decided to move to New York together. We're planning on opening an antiques and curiosities home store, which we want to call Mr. and Mrs. Nesbitt... I'm worried that I'll lose my career one day, and I'll need something I can contribute to creatively.
"Getting jobs isn't always based on talent or how hard you work. A lot of it is about status. And the business can be very shallow. I want a fall-back plan, and I'm really inspired by interiors."
"It was a daunting prospect but when I got there I quickly inhaled and exhaled - it's a marvellous country. It was life-changing." Northern Irish actor James Nesbitt was nervous about moving to New Zealand to film his role in The Hobbit movie trilogy.
The Lord of the Rings icon will be made a doctor of letters for his services to acting, and he will have an old pal on hand to help celebrate his win - his co-star in the highly-anticipated The Hobbit movies, James Nesbitt, serves as the school's chancellor.
The veteran star will also step up to the podium in February (13) to deliver a speech to students at the university's Magee campus.
University pro-vice chancellor Professor Deirdre Heenan says, "The university is delighted to recognise an actor of Sir Ian's standing with an honorary doctorate and that he has also agreed to deliver next year's Chancellor's lecture."
The celebrated filmmaker's comedy/drama landed Paul Laverty the Best Writer Award at the annual British Academy Scotland Awards, the Scottish branch of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.
Newcomer Paul Brannigan took home the Best Actor prize for his leading role, which he landed after telling writer Laverty about his own battle with addiction and opened up about the time he spent in a young offenders' institution.
Gregor Fisher won best TV Actor for sitcom Rab C. Nesbitt, while Up There was hailed Best Feature Film at the Glasgow event.
Funnyman Billy Connolly was also acknowledged for his career achievements with the Outstanding Contribution to Television and Film accolade.