The Gleneagles Hotel in Torquay, whose owners Donald and Beatrice Sinclair inspired John Cleese to write 'Fawlty Towers' in the 1970s, is to be demolished.
Cleese, who co-created the legendary comedy series, stayed at the Gleneagles Hotel in 1971 with his ‘Monty Python’ colleagues when they were in the area filming ‘Monty Python’s Flying Circus’, and he and the rest of the party were flabbergasted at the stony reception he received from the hotel’s owner Donald Sinclair.
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Alice once again returns to Wonderland and meets a lot of familiar faces. This time her biggest enemy is Time, quite literally. As the Blue Caterpillar reminds her, 'You've been gone too long, Alice there are matters that might benefit from your attention. Friends cannot be neglected.' Instead of falling down a rabbit hole, this time Alice gains entry to wonderland through a large mirror which takes her to a topsy-turvy universe which could only be associated with Wonderland. There appear to be a few differences between the book and the new film; whilst Lewis Carol's original version of the book was based six months after the original tale, the inclusion of Time might mean that Linda Woolverton's version make time travel much quicker in Wonderland. Again, Carol used many chess analogies in the book, at the moment its unknown how much this will play a part in the movie. The majority of the lead cast from Tim Burton's 2010 version of Alice in Wonderland including Johnny Depp as Mad Hatter, Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen and Anne Hathaway as the White Queen. Alice Through The Looking Glass was directed by James Bobbin who previously worked on the 2011 Muppets film and Muppets Most Wanted.
The Forgetting Sarah Marshall star caused outrage when he and U.K. chat show host Jonathan Ross left a voicemail message to Sachs in which the funnyman boasted about sleeping with his granddaughter Georgina Baillie.
Brand was forced to quit his job at BBC Radio following the on-air scandal in 2008, and sent flowers and a short letter to Sachs and his wife Melody in the aftermath, but they considered his efforts "inadequate".
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The Forgetting Sarah Marshall star stepped down from his job at a Bbc radio station in 2008 after coming under fire for playing a prank on beloved Fawlty Towers actor Sachs, in which he boasted about having sex with the actor's granddaughter.
Georgina Baillie, the woman at the centre of the scandal, has now broken her silence about the incident, revealing she never received an apology from her former lover.
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The Forgetting Sarah Marshall star quit his BBC Radio show under intense pressure in 2008 after he caused outrage by leaving a voicemail message for the Fawlty Towers star boasting about sleeping with his granddaughter Georgina Baillie.
In the fallout following the incident, Brand and British Tv presenter Jonathan Ross, who was also part of the prank, said sorry for upsetting Sachs, but he has now spoken out to blast their apology as a sham.
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The 82 year old, who played hapless Spanish waiter Manuel in John Cleese's popular 1970s sitcom, has confirmed he is writing a book detailing his long-running acting career.
Sachs has named the tome I Know Nothing after his character's famous catchphrase and it will hit stores by the end of the year (13).
The funnyman was suspended from The Russell Brand Show in 2008 for playing a cruel joke on Fawlty Towers star Sachs, leaving "grossly offensive" messages about the Tv star's granddaughter on his answering machine.
Brand subsequently quit the show, but returned to the airwaves on a different station, TalkSport, for several weeks in 2010.
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For his directing debut, Dustin Hoffman takes no chances, filling the screen with gifted actors who are working from an intelligent script. So even if it's essentially a rather flimsy little drama that never really stretches the talented cast, there's plenty to like along the way. And Hoffman makes sure that we enjoy ourselves, inserting some sparky humour and a bit of romantic comedy to keep us smiling.
It takes place in a stately home for retired British musicians, which is planning its annual fundraising gala. Then iconic soprano Joan (Smith) arrives, and the gala's diva-like director (Gambon) decides to reunite the quartet known for a famed performance of Verdi's Rigoletto. The other three have long been residents: womanising Wilf (Connolly) and ditzy Cissy (Collins) are up for it, but Reggie (Courtenay) has never recovered after his marriage to Jean failed decades ago. Of course, everyone connives to get Jean and Reggie to talk to each other, but getting Jean to come out of retirement to sing again is an even more daunting task.
Aside from the central theme of second chances, there isn't much to this film beyond watching a group of superb veteran actors have a lot of fun on screen together. As the swishy ringleader, Gambon camps it up hilariously, even as everyone else ignores him. Connolly gleefully chomps on Wilf's innuendo-filled dialogue, and Collins radiates warmth. While Sheridan Smith surprises with a strong turn as the doctor in residence. This leaves Smith and Courtenay with the script's only meaty scenes, and they make finding the raw honesty in these wounded people look easy.
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Get Him to the Greek star Brand quit his radio show in the wake of the scandal after causing outrage in his native U.K. with a series of lewd, on-air phone calls to Sachs.
He had teamed up with TV host Jonathan Ross and left several messages on Sachs' voicemail bragging he had bedded the actor's granddaughter, Georgina Baillie.
The incident sparked hundreds of complaints from angry listeners - and now Ant, who employs Baillie as a backing singer, has launched a furious broadside against Brand and Ross.
Continue reading: Adam Ant Blasts 'Arrogadam Ant' Russell Brand Over Sachs Scandal
British comedian Russell Brand has been offered a multi-million dollar deal to join American radio station Sirius.
Russell Brand is being lined up to host his own radio show in America.
Satellite station Sirius Radio broadcasts shows by some of the biggest names in the US, including controversial shock jock Howard Stern, Eminem and Jamie Foxx, and bosses are now keen to add Russell to the roster.
Sirius have reportedly offered the 'Get Him to the Greek' star a deal "worth millions of dollars" to hit the American airwaves.
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