RT @scougal: @grandmasterwook I know you want it.
Billy Connolly suffered a near death experience during the filming of his new television show.
In Billy Connolly's Tracks Across America, the 73-year-old comedian and actor, who suffers from Parkinson's disease, travels from Chicago to New York for the new ITV series. However, when he was showering in a train cubicle on his journey, he slipped and almost caused himself a major injury.
He tells the camera in the first episode of the show, airing on Friday night (01Apr16): "I tried to take a shower, I thought I must take a shower on a train. But I nearly broke my bloody neck. I was trundling along and skidding around.
"As you probably know, I’ve got Parkinson’s disease. People with Parkinson’s disease should not have showers on trains. In much the same way as Vietnam veterans shouldn’t go to firework displays in swamps."
Continue reading: Billy Connolly 'Nearly Broke His Neck' Filming New Tv Show
Ant and Dec win the presenting award yet again.
Last night's National Television Awards was brimming with UK celebrities, all arriving to congratulate the predictable winners, the successful newcomers and, of course, this year's Special Recognition Award recipient which was the much-loved Scottish comic Billy Connolly.
Billy Connolly lands Special Recognition Award
The 2016 awards show actually celebrates fifty years of Connolly's comedy career, and he was branded 'unique' as he was asked to accept his award by Dustin Hoffman. 'I'm delighted to be here to pay tribute to a man whose work I've always admired and whose company I always enjoy', he said. He follows last year's winner David Tennant.
Scottish Funnyman Billy Connolly Is To Receive A Prestigious Honour At The U.k.'S National Television Awards To Celebrate His 50-Year Career In Showbiz.
The comedian/actor, who started his performing life as a folk singer, will be presented with the Special Recognition Award by his close pal, actor Dustin Hoffman.
The honour is to mark Connolly's outstanding career, in which his stand-up routines earned him a place as one of Britain's best-loved comedians before he transitioned into movie roles and presenting TV travel shows.
Connolly will receive the trophy at the National Television Awards ceremony at London's O2 Arena on 20 January (16).
Billy Connolly is refusing to let Parkinson's disease bring him down so doesn't dwell on the degenerative impacts of the brain condition.
Billy Connolly is refusing to let Parkinson's disease bring him down.
The 72-year-old comedian was diagnosed with the brain condition in 2012 - in the same week he was told he had prostate cancer and had two hearing aids fitted - and although it has prevented him from playing the banjo he doesn't dwell on the degenerative impacts.
He said: ''I am doing as well as can be expected. Some people get grim, but I do not.
Continue reading: Brian Connolly: I Won't Let Parkinson's Bring Me Down
Drawings By Actor/comedian Billy Connolly Are Set To Feature In An Exhibition In His Native Scotland From Friday (21aug15).
More than 40 pieces of artwork drawn by The Hobbit star are going on display at The People's Palace museum in Glasgow alongside mementos from the start of his career.
Talking about the collection, Connolly says, "I don't want them to be judged. I didn't want to put them in a position where people would like or dislike them... They're little pals of mine. I'll always draw, I'll always do it."
The exhibition is due to run until 21 February (16).
Parkinson's Disease Has Forced Scottish Comedian/actor Billy Connolly To Hang Up His Beloved Banjo Because He Can No Longer Play It.
The Hobbit star, who was a folk singer before finding fame as a stand-up comedian, admits his condition has robbed him of the full use of his left hand.
He says, "I'm starting a documentary series in a month's time following the railways around America. I'm going to festivals and state fairs and all that. I've been longing to do it for a long time. The only trouble is that we're going to bluegrass festivals and I've got Parkinson's Disease and it's really affected my left hand and I can't play the banjo or guitar any more.
"I'll join in on the singing at least. It's been a rough go between that and the cancer. I kept telling my wife that haemorrhoids couldn't be far behind."
Continue reading: Billy Connolly Gives Up Banjo Playing Over Illness
Self-proclaimed Atheist Billy Connolly Has Returned To Church Since The Death Of Actor Robin Williams To Light A Candle In His Memory.
The Hobbit actor and comedian grew up a Catholic but turned his back on religion as an adult, but he has been making frequent visits to church since the death of his friend Williams, who passed away in August (14).
He tells The Canadian Press, "He's got me going to church, the b**ger... I don't go and pray, I go and light a candle for him. And my sister died a couple of weeks ago, so I light two candles... It really appeals to me, the flame burning when you leave the building."
Connolly's sister Florence passed away in May (15), aged 74, and the comedian helped carry her coffin at the funeral.
Aidan Turner has revealed he spent a month learning how to move like a dwarf for the 'Hobbit' movies.
Aidan Turner spent a month learning how to move like a dwarf for the 'Hobbit' films.
The 31-year-old star - who appeared in the role of Kíli, one of the twelve companions of Thorin and Bilbo - has revealed the unusual preparation he did before appearing in the Peter Jackson-directed movies.
Asked what it was like working on the 'Hobbit' films, Aidan replied: ''Incredible. We were there the entire time. The dwarves were there six to eight weeks before we started shooting. For a dwarves boot camp. We did a month on how to move like a dwarf.
Continue reading: Aidan Turner Spent A Month 'learning To Move Like A Dwarf'
Actor/comedian Billy Connolly Is To Be Honoured For His Love Of His Native Scotland Next Month (Apr15) During The Tartan Week Celebrations In New York.
The Hobbit star will receive the Great Scot Award during a fundraising gala for the National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA on 9 April (15) for promoting his home country's culture and heritage throughout his career.
Fellow Scot and previous award winner Alan Cumming will present Connolly with the prize during the annual event at the Metropolitan Club during Tartan Week, an annual celebration of Scots in New York City.
Helen Sayles, chairwoman of the Trust, says,"Billy Connolly truly embodies the title of Great Scot. He is a self-made man and proud Scot, whose extraordinary gifts, down-to-earth Scottish humour, and distinguished body of work in music, comedy, and film have warmed the hearts and minds of audiences worldwide."
Billy Connolly - A variety of stars were photographed as they arrived for the New York premiere of 'Danny Collins' which was held at the AMC Lincoln Square Theater in New York City, New York, United States - Wednesday 18th March 2015
Peter Jackson's expanded take on J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit comes to a conclusion in a battle epic packed with enormous action sequences that oddly distract attention from the much more engaging central plotline. By the time it thunders to its satisfying conclusion after nearly two and a half hours, there's a sense of balance restored, providing some powerfully emotional moments along with the thrills. But there's a lot of chaotic mayhem to get through first.
The action picks up immediately, as the dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch) roars into Laketown causing further desolation before being stopped by the heroic Bard (Luke Evans), who then leads the survivors back to their long-abandoned city in the mountains. Meanwhile, dwarf king Thorin (Richard Armitage) has reclaimed his throne and Smaug's enormous stash of gold, which consumes his soul with greed. But he abandons his promises to Bard and the elf leader Thranduil (Lee Pace), who assembles the elf army against him. So Thorin calls in a dwarf battalion to take them on. Meanwhile, the hobbit Bilbo (Martin Freeman) is trying to diffuse the situation and snap Thorin out of his avaricious funk. And wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) discovers that two waves of ruthless orcs are descending on Thorin.
All of this strategising and squaring-off feels fragmented and uneven, as Jackson cuts back and forth between the sprawling ensemble cast while trying to build momentum toward the earth-rattling collision of these five armies. Thankfully, there's also a lot of interpersonal stuff going on to hold the interest. Elf warrior Legolas (Orlando Bloom) is still caught up in a romantic triangle with his intended Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly) and her forbidden love, the unusually hot dwarf Kili (Aidan Turner). And there's some comic relief from Alfrid (Ryan Gage), a weaselly human who worms his way into Bard's inner circle for some inexplicable reason. Best of all is the push and pull between Bilbo and Thorin, which is very nicely played by Freeman and Armitage.
Continue reading: The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies Review
Date of birth
24th November, 1942
RT @scougal: @grandmasterwook I know you want it.
@lobo12325 How nice to meet you.Enjoyed the chat about Boondocks Saints.
@BuachaillDana2 beautiful place.Nice people.Loved it.
@Anto00001 I didn't know it was a woman.I could only see the legs and the big lens of the camera.
I played at the Opera house in Cork last night.I had a great time.Great crowd,great theatre,great staff.Great to be back.
The photographer from Killarney seems to have run to the media weeping about the big bad comedian who gave her a hard time.Boo Hoo.
I met some lovely people after the gig in Killarney.We talked for ages,it was lovely.Some great fans of Boondocks Saints.In Killarney!,,
I seem to have caused a little ripple on the Lakes of Killarney,by telling a photographer to get the Hell out of my eye line.No regrets.
@katyroxaline I remember those nights in Bangor.I used to perform at the Tonic Cinema.Many a happy hour i spent there.
The gig I did tonight in Castlebar Co.Mayo,and the previous night in Galway,are the most satisfying gigs I have done in a long time.
@djhenshall are you the actual Doug Henshall or someone pretending to be him?What was the last thing we did together?(A wee test!)
@liamhudsonhosie This tweet is not a smart idea.
Meeting Seamus Heaney is weird. It feels like meeting William Wordsworth and Bob Dylan at Dinner. It's nice to meet someone older than me.
I had a meeting with Seamus Heaney in Dublin. He has translated some old Scottish fables,which I will read this week for animation on BBC.
Just finished a week in Dublin. The Gaiety theatre is a real old jewellery box. What a great audience,I couldn't be happier.
@Billy_Connolly What a night in Belfast. I don't know what makes them so good,but they sure have it by the bucketload.
Goodbye Sweet Riochard Griffiths,you we're a nice big Man.
@graemecorbett th thing that gets me is how many of the aidience are now dead!
@Ronjemin Sorry,I got it wrong,it 's not the riverside,it's the Waterside Hall.Oops.
@JohnCockburn7 It's a pleasure.
Peter Jackson's expanded take on J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit comes to a conclusion in a...
The Lonely Mountain has been reclaimed from the dragon Smaug. The dwarves of Thorin Oakenshield...
Although its story easily could have spun right off the rails, this British comedy uses...
When Doug (David Tennant) and his family travel to the Scottish Highlands for his father's...
Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf and the mini-army of dwarves led by Thorin are facing an evermore...
Three young children are about to learn what adulthood is really like when they take...
Bilbo Baggins has narrowly escaped several deadly confrontations with the likes of trolls, stone giants...
Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf and their company thirteen dwarves have managed to leave the Misty Mountains...
For his directing debut, Dustin Hoffman takes no chances, filling the screen with gifted actors...
Pixar continues pushing boundaries with this lavishly animated Scottish adventure, which centres on an involving...
Princess Merida is the daughter of the warrior, King Fergus and his wife, Queen Elinor....
Jonathan Swift's 1726 novel is given the Jack Black treatment in this lively, colourful romp,...
There's only one day before Boog and Elliott should depart on their guys only trip,...
Gulliver works in a mail room, he's got big dreams and ambitions but he's never...