Dame Helen Mirren has won another award for playing The Queen. The great Brit, who picked up a Best Actress Oscar in 2007 for portraying the top royal in The Queen, was named Best Actress at the London Evening Standard Theatre Awards on Sunday (17Nov13) - this time for her performance in West End stage play The Audience.
Othello co-stars Adrian Lester and Rory Kinnear were both honoured with Best Actor trophies for their performances as Othello and Iago, while Dame Maggie Smith and Andrew Lloyd-Webber received special awards at the Savoy Hotel gala.
The Downton Abbey star was feted with the Evening Standard Theatre Icon Award, while impresario Lloyd-Webber was recognised for his contribution to musical theatre.
There were also accolades for Kevin Spacey, who was honoured for his work at London's Old Vic theatre, and to funnyman and author David Walliams for his performance as Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Stephen Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along was named 2013's Best Musical, while director Lucy Kirkwood picked up the Best Play award for Chimerica.
The event was hosted by Homeland star Damian Lewis.
Scottish actor Peter Capaldi has been named the new Doctor Who. The World War Z star was announced as the latest timelord during a TV special in England on Sunday (04Aug13).
He'll take over from the current 11th Doctor, Matt Smith, who will depart the series after filming the upcoming annual Christmas special.
Capaldi was a clear favourite to become the new Doctor Who before Sunday's big announcement - British bookmakers suspended betting on the chances of the actor taking the role after his odds fell drastically to 5/6.
Ben Daniels, Rory Kinnear, Idris Elba and Daniel Rigby were all considered front-runners following Smith's announcement he would be leaving the show at the end of the year (13).
BBC bosses will announce Matt Smith's replacement on cult U.K. show Doctor Who live on TV on Sunday (04Aug13). Peter Capaldi, Ben Whishaw and Rory Kinnear have all been tipped as favourites to play the next Time Lord.
Skyfall star Rory Kinnear has signed on to play enigmatic aristocrat Lord Lucan in a new British TV drama. The actor's two-part project will mark the 40th anniversary of the 7th Earl of Lucan's mysterious disappearance following the death of his children's nanny in 1974.
Former Doctor Who Christopher Eccleston and Sir Michael Gambon will also appear in the drama, which is based on John Pearson's book The Gamblers.
Filming will begin in London in August, according to the BBC.
James Bond star Rory Kinnear has disappointed Doctor Who fans by dispelling rumours linking him to the lead role in the sci-fi TV show. A number of actors have been tipped to take over from Matt Smith as the TV Time Lord after he steps down at the end of the year (13), but Skyfall star Kinnear was by far the bookmakers' favourite.
Executives at U.K. firm Ladbrokes recently suspended bets on his appointment amid rumours he had been formally offered the job, but Kinnear has now spoken out to insist he is not going to be the next Doctor.
He tells Britain's The Independent, "I don't know where it (the story) came from and how these things evolve. I haven't been and I am totally certain that I will not be asked to be the next Doctor Who. If I was an actor who was really longing to play Doctor Who, then this would be torturous, but it's a programme I've never watched, so I don't even really know what it is...
"I really enjoy acting. So the idea of doing the same part over a number of years is not something I've longed for."
Actors Alfred Molina and Rory Kinnear are backing a campaign to rescue drama programs in U.K. schools. The stars are supporting a new initiative launched by Britain's National Independent Schools' Drama Association (NISDA) which aims to save acting classes at state-funded schools from being slashed in budget cuts.
Spider-Man 2 star Molina fears such curriculum changes would lead to the performing arts being dominated by the wealthy elite.
He says, "It is a real concern. When I came into acting in the 1970s we were the beneficiaries of the revolution in the 1950s when actors like Peter O'Toole and Albert Finney arrived with their regional accents. Working-class actors became very trendy. Now we seem to be returning to the idea that only posh kids are going to be able to study drama and become actors. That's unfair."
Meanwhile, Kinnear credits his own drama classes with helping him cope with his father's death when he was just a 10-year-old boy.
He explains, "(Acting was) more useful than anything in understanding and coming to terms with the loss of my father. Drama aids self-discovery like nothing else. In removing it from our schools we remove the inestimable benefits of it from our society. No amount of studying oxbow lakes was ever going to help me emotionally through the death of my father."
Bond star Ben Whishaw is adamant speculation linking him to a role in Doctor Who is wide of the mark because he is out of the running for the job. The 32 year old made his debut as gadget master Q in the last 007 movie, 2012's Skyfall, and online gossip has suggested he will be joining another British institution, cult sci-fi TV show Doctor Who to take over from current Time Lord Matt Smith.
However, Whishaw is adamant he is not among the actors in line to play the doctor, telling Britain's Daily Mail, "It's not going to be me. But I don't mind - I don't think you can be Q and Doctor Who. It would be a bit wrong."
Smith will leave the popular TV show at the end of the year (13) and speculation is rife about who will replace him, with bookmakers in Britain recently backing another James Bond star, Rory Kinnear, as favourite.
Riseborough took the Best Actress prize for her role in Shadow Dancer and Jones won the male counterpart for his turn in Berberian Sound Studio at the ceremony, which honours the best in U.K. independent film.
The top award of the night went to Broken, which was was hailed the Best British Independent Film, while one of its stars Rory Kinnear was named Best Supporting Actor and Olivia Colman (Hyde Park on Hudson) was the Best Supporting Actress.
Berberian Sound Studio's Peter Strickland was voted Best Director, Sir Michael Gambon picked up the prestigious Richard Harris Award for outstanding contribution by an actor to British film, and Jude Law won the Variety Award, which honours stars who help to focus the international spotlight on the U.K.
BIFA founder Elliot Grove says, "This year's BIFA nominations demonstrate that British filmmakers are now an international force to be reckoned with."
The Scottish TV mogul told of his passion for his work as he picked up the special award for Outstanding Writing at the London ceremony, held by The Writers' Guild of Great Britain.
He told the audience, "Write what you love. I've never loved anything as much as Doctor Who and Sherlock."
However, Moffat and his Sherlock co-creator Mark Gatiss missed out on winning the prize for Best TV Short-Form Drama as screenwriter Neil McKay's Fred West-inspired two-part film Appropriate Adult scooped the prize.
Acclaimed Hollywood film We Need to Talk About Kevin won Best Screenplay for Lynne Ramsay and Rory Stewart Kinnear at the event, which recognises writers working in theatre, TV, books and radio.
Moffat took over as Doctor Who's lead writer and executive producer in 2009, while he also masterminded the creation of Britain's Sherlock Holmes-inspired TV show Sherlock starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.
Skyfall is the perfect film to accompany the 50th Anniversary of the first big screen Bond movie Dr. No. The movie is a crossroads for 007; the spy is an old soul with unconventional archaic methods struggling to exist in a high-tech world with enemies who swap laser beams and nukes for Internet viruses and data infiltration. This conflict is the core of Skyfall — perfect for director Sam Mendes (American Beauty Revolutionary Road) — and the human drama gives every moment of the espionage thriller additional weight. Sure there are the grandiose set pieces we've come to expect from the series. But like the older films Mendes keeps most of the action contained the focus always on star Daniel Craig as he evades and confronts danger. He even pushes further allowing the evildoers into MI-6's home and through the magic of performance the audience into the mind of Bond.
After a botched mission sends him off the grid James Bond returns to his homebase in London to discover the MI-6 in disarray. The target of system attacks seemingly designed to screw with M (Judi Dench) MI-6 calls upon a noticeably shaken (not stirred) Bond to get back on his feet and track down the nefarious face behind the online terrorism. While politico Gareth Mallory (Ralph Fiennes) would prefer to use the magic of computers and drones to dig up the bad guy M knows even Bond at 50% is unlike any machine in the world. A few training sessions and a weapon upgrade from Q (Ben Whishaw) later Bond hits the road.
In pure Bond fashion Skyfall traverses some beautiful landscapes. From China's glowing waterside gambling epicenter Macau to the remains of a South Pacific isle to the foggy country side of Scotland. Departing from action movie aesthetics and embracing shadows atmosphere and imperfection Bond's journey feels even more tangible than the "realistic" approach of Casino Royale. The haunting locations reflect his deeply personal mission. It helps too that Bond is faced by one of his best villains yet: Javier Bardem as the charming psychopathic Raul Silva. Silva acts as another mirror for Bond albeit a version completely off the rails. Like a mix of Hannibal Lecter and Heath Ledger's Joker in The Dark Knight Silva is determined to burn his opponents in any fashion possible. Bardem plays it all with a sinister smirk — a twist on the maniacally-laughing Bond villains of yesteryear.
Skyfall's concentration is on the dramatic but continuously delivers in the action department. Mendes finds innovative new ways to stage classic Bond moments; a one-shot fist fight in the windows of skyscraper bubbles over with intensity while another in the Chinese casino tips its hat to the campier side of the franchise. And the movie goes big with an opening sequence on par with any of Bond's past outings and a foot chase through London's Tube that tests Craig's limits as a physical performer. He never misses a beat.
Impressively Skyfall is a movie pulled from this moment in history while encompassing everything that made James Bond a long-lasting character. It's one of the best Bond entries of all time a heart-pounding action flick from start to finish (with a rousing conclusion evoking everything from Terence Young to Sam Peckinpah) and one of the best movies of the year.