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Andy Serkis , Lorraine Ashbourne - Celebrities attend 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood. at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, Academy Awards - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 28th February 2016

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Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens Review

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Appealing both to a new generation of viewers and fans of the series since the beginning, this 30-years-later sequel to 1983's Return of the Jedi is a thrilling adventure. Filmmaker J.J. Abrams has managed to capture the tone of the original trilogy while telling a story about young, vibrant new characters whose connection to the overall saga deepens intriguingly as events unfurl.

Over the past three decades, the Empire has regrouped, forming the First Order to crush the Old Republic for good. And the plucky Rebellion hasn't offered much resistance since leader Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) disappeared. The Empire's top henchman Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) is searching for him just as diligently as the rebel leader General Leia (Carrie Fisher). But the real action is happening out of their grasp, as disaffected storm trooper Finn (John Boyega) teams up with rebel pilot Poe (Oscar Isaac) and then feisty scavenger Rey (Daisy Ridley) and expressive droid BB-8. Along the way, Han Solo and Chewbacca (Harrison Ford and Peter Mayhew) find themselves back in the fray. And everyone is startled when there's a strong stirring in the force.

Abrams beautifully recreates the scruffy, clanky mechanical atmosphere of the original trilogy, infusing scenes with witty banter and John William's soaring score to throw us right back into that familiar galaxy. This includes the saga's main themes: the temptation of power, how true heroism is often accidental, and the tension between parents and children. Combine this with a plot that propels itself with a series of unexpected adventures and battles, all centred on the characters, and the film taps strongly into the teen in all of us.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer


It's been thirty years since the Rebel Alliance; led by the noble Luke Skywalker, the intrepid Princess Leia and the lionhearted Han Solo; finally defeated Emperor Palpatine of the Galactic Empire, alongside his redeemed assistant Darth Vader. The second Death Star was reduced to rubble, and the galaxy was free from a tyrannous evil once more. If only that were true. For there can never be good without evil, and sure enough another Dark Lord, Supreme Leader Snoke, has arisen to take the Emperor's place, with even more brutal plans for the civilians across the stars. But this time there are also new heroes, better equipped to deal with the ever looming terror thanks to an example set by the now ageing former Han, Luke and Leia. They are now preparing to help a vindicated former stormtrooper named Finn, an independent scavenger called Rey, and Poe Dameron who is a Resistance X-Wing pilot. 

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Benedict Cumberbatch Becomes A Father


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London-born actor Benedict Cumberbatch and his wife Sophie Hunter are now the proud parents of a baby boy, the BBC reported earlier today (Saturday 13 June).

Benedict Cumberbatch at the Bafta Nominations AwardsBenedict Cumberbatch is celebrating parenthood

In a statement, a spokesman for the 'Sherlock' star said: "Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter are delighted to announce the arrival of their beautiful son.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer


30 years ago, the Rebel Alliance struck their killing blow against the Galactic Empire. The Emperor has been defeated, and his right hand man, Darth Vader, is dead. The second Death Star has been destroyed, and celebration reigned across the galaxy. But it was not the victory we once thought it was. With Imperial soldiers scattered across the galaxy, the Storm Troopers have rallied behind a new leader, a new Dark Lord of the Sith. But old heroes will rise once again, and come out of retirement, to once again wage war across the stars. The Force has awakened once more. 

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Avengers: Age Of Ultron Trailer


They've fought private military corporations, Nazi splinter-groups and a Norse god. Now, The Avengers assemble once again to celebrate their success. But when a new project from Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) reveals itself to be sentient and ready to bring the world to its knees, The Avengers are ready to fight amongst themselves while the threat of Ultron (James Spader) grows his strength, and gains allegiance from Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and the Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen). Meanwhile, Stark is seeing hostility from Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and The Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) while Captain America (Chris Evans) desperately tries to bring the team back together to stop the Age of Ultron.

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Andy Serkis Launches 'Planet Of The Apes' Oscars Campaign - But Can He Win?


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British actor Andy Serkis, the man behind one of the year's best movies - Dawn of the Planet of the Apes - as launched his Oscars campaign for the sci-fi drama. Serkis plays King Ape Caesar in the gripping movie and 20th Century Fox wants the Academy to recognise his role when the nominations are announced in January.

Dawn of the Planet of the ApesAndy Serkis [R] shooting Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

It is likely that, should Serkis be nominated, it would be in the category of Best Supporting Actor. That would probably see him up against JK Simmons (the big favourite for Whiplash), Mark Ruffalo, Edward Norton and Ethan Hawke. 

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Has A Year To Go. But What Do We Know?


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Star Wars: The Force Awakens is out one year today. This is huge news for the legions of fans that are eagerly awaiting J. J. Abrams’ take on the epic Episode VII. But does anyone know anything about what this new enterprise will entail?

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The countdown to Star Wars: The Force Awakens has begun

One person who certainly has more than a bit of a clue is Andy Serkis who has cryptically admitted that he plays one character in the film.

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Andy Serkis Learns Directing Skills From 'The Battle Of The Five Armies' [Interview]


Nine years after his final appearance as the iconic Gollum in Peter Jackson's 'The Lord of The Rings' trilogy, Andy Serkis returned to reprise he role in 2012's prequel, 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey'. But at the last moment, Jackson asked Serkis to act as the second unit director for the film as well. "It was a huge epic adventure" he explains, before confessing "which I didn't even know I was going to be involved in!" 

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Andy Serkis - Photographs of a variety of celebrities as they took to the red carpet for the UK premiere of 'Exodus: Gods and Kings' which was held at the Odeon Leicester Square in London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 3rd December 2014

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Teaser Trailer


Set three decades after the devastating events of 'Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi', the latest instalment sees a whole new adventure for Luke Skywalker and company, as both the light and dark of the universe clash once again. Episode VII, entitled 'Star Wars: 

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Avengers: Age Of Ultron - Teaser Trailer


A lot has happened since the Battle of New York. The world was attacked by Norse God, Loki (Tom Hiddleston), causing a united force of tech super-hero Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr), reanimated World War Two super soldier Captain America (Chris Evans) and Loki's brother - the Norse God of thunder, Thor (Chris Hemsworth). Two years on, the Avengers have worked to defeat evil in Godly realm of Asgard, on planet Earth, and within S.H.I.E.L.D., the organisation that brought them together in the first place. Now, with Iron Man in retirement and S.H.I.E.L.D. in disarray, the world is suddenly threatened by Ultron (James Spader), a robot who seeks to destroy the Avengers now that he has been unshackled. 

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Andy Serkis and Lorraine Ashbourne - Harper's Bazaar Women of the Year Awards held at Claridge's - Arrivals. - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 5th November 2013

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Andy Serkis, Lorraine Ashbourne, Golden Globe Awards and Beverly Hilton Hotel - Andy Serkis and his wife Lorraine Ashbourne Sunday 15th January 2012 The 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards (Golden Globes 2012) held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel - Departures

Andy Serkis - Andy Serkis and his family Thursday 28th July 2011 at Grauman's Chinese Theatre Los Angeles, California

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Andy Serkis

Date of birth

20th April, 1964

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Actor

Sex

Male

Height

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Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens Movie Review

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens Movie Review

Appealing both to a new generation of viewers and fans of the series since the...

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens TV Spot Trailer

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens TV Spot Trailer

After the victory of the Rebel Alliance over the Galactic Empire and subsequent demolition of...

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer

It's been thirty years since the Rebel Alliance; led by the noble Luke Skywalker, the...

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer

30 years ago, the Rebel Alliance struck their killing blow against the Galactic Empire. The...

Avengers: Age Of Ultron Trailer

Avengers: Age Of Ultron Trailer

They've fought private military corporations, Nazi splinter-groups and a Norse god. Now, The Avengers assemble...

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer

Set three decades after the devastating events of 'Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the...

Avengers: Age Of Ultron Trailer

Avengers: Age Of Ultron Trailer

The Avengers may be feeling like they are capable of anything after saving New York...

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Avengers: Age Of Ultron Trailer

Avengers: Age Of Ultron Trailer

A lot has happened since the Battle of New York. The world was attacked by...

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Movie Review

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Movie Review

Director Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) ramps up this reboot franchise with a strikingly well-written action-drama, which...

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes Trailer

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes Trailer

In a post-apocalyptical Earth inhabited by only the few humans who survived the viral pandemic...

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes Trailer

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes Trailer

Caesar was the world's first genetically modified ape, who was more than let down by...

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes Trailer

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes Trailer

Earth has become a post-apocalyptic nightmare inhabited by the few survivors of a virus that...

Dawn Of The Planet of the Apes Trailer

Dawn Of The Planet of the Apes Trailer

Nearing a decade after a massive percentage of human civilisation was destroyed after a virus...

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Trailer

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Trailer

Bilbo Baggins has narrowly escaped several deadly confrontations with the likes of trolls, stone giants...

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