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
Child actors' improvisation techniques are a star turn in 'What We Did On Our Holiday'.
The new British comedy 'What We Did on Our Holiday' carries on a fine tradition of lively romps with serious undercurrents, blending a cast of comedy stars and solid actors to create hilariously offbeat characters. But what sets the film apart is its approach to its child stars.
Writer-directors Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin perfected their methods on the long-running UK television sitcom 'Outnumbered', for which they script the adult characters' dialogue but allow the children to improvise based on last-minute instructions just as a scene begins filming.
Although its story easily could have spun right off the rails, this British comedy uses earthy honesty to win the audience over. The filmmakers also refuse to shy away from things that are usually taboo in family movies, like marital problems, sexuality and mortality. And by never indulging in wacky slapstick or trite moralising, the movie makes the point that sometimes the worst thing we can do to our kids is try to protect them from what's really happening.
The story starts in London, as Abi and Doug (Rosamund Pike and David Tennant) set off to drive north to the Scotland Highlands for the 75th birthday of David's father Gordy (Billy Connolly). They've told their three hilariously overactive kids Lottie, Mickey and Jess (Emilia Jones, Bobby Smalldridge and Harriet Turnbull) not to say anything to anyone about their crumbling marriage. And when they arrive it's clear that everyone has something they don't want to talk about. Gordy is avoiding conversations about his terminal cancer, while David's brother Gavin (Ben Miller) and his wife Margaret (Amelia Bullmore) are also covering up facts from their recent past. Then on a day trip to the beach, the holiday takes a startling turn.
Where the film goes from here hinges on the actions of three children under 10 years old, and all three actors are terrific, creating believable characters who are bursting with individualistic personalities. Watching them try to decode the adult world around them is thoroughly engaging, with the humour lightly balanced by some darker truths. Meanwhile, the grown-up cast get to play the more obviously comical moments, including a few rather too-broad gags. But each of them keeps their character in focus, never letting them tip over into cartoonish silliness. Pike, Tennant and Connolly are all terrific, with pointed support from Miller and Bullmore, plus Imrie as a rather too-knowing social worker.
Continue reading: What We Did on Our Holiday Review
The Scottish comedian revealed that he and Williams' final conversation was about their experiences dealing with Parkinson's disease.
Billy Connolly recently revealed that his good friend and legendary comedian, Robin Williams, may have tried to say his final goodbyes in an emotional phone call to the Scottish funnyman before committing suicide last month.
Connolly recently recalled his final conversation with Williams
Connolly, 71, who revealed he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease this time last year, recently told The Telegraph that he and the 'Mrs. Doubtfire' actor would frequently speak about their experiences dealing with the nervous disorder. Williams is believed to have taken his own life not long after discovering he was suffering with early-stage Parkinson's, he was 63 years-old.
Billy Connolly - Snaps of the stars as they took to the red carpet for the premier of British comedy movie 'What We Did on Our Holiday' at Odeon West End, London, United Kingdom - Monday 22nd September 2014
Watch kids approach adult subjects in the trailer below
David Tennant and Rosamund Pike star in the upcoming BBC film, 'What We Did On Our Summer Holiday' from the creators of 'Outnumbered'. And when we say 'Outnumbered' you should know that the film basically just relies on the formula of kids saying funny things because they don’t care about offending people.
Family laughs are what 'What We Did On Our Summer Holiday' are all about
The family comedy drama sees Tenant and Pike as the parents of three outspoken sprogs. They drive up to Scotland - from London or Brighton, probably, considering the kids get Watford confused with the highlands – to visit Billy Connolly (granddad).
The 71 year-old comic spoke on his new ITV documentary about the day he was diagnosed with prostate cancer and Parkinson’s disease.
In one unforgettable day Billy Connolly received two life changing diagnosis'.
The Scottish comedian recalled the time he was told he had testicular cancer and Parkinson's disease on the same exact day, in a new ITV documentary.
The upcoming 2-part series, called 'Billy Connolly's Big Send Off', takes a detailed look into the world of death, from its customs to the people working within the industry.
Continue reading: Billy Connolly Recalls Receiving Double Diagnosis On The Same Day
The comedian underwent cancer surgery last month, during which point he was also diagnosed Parkinson's
Billy Connolly has one less thing to worry about now, as his cancer scare is now officially over, with the comedian revealing the good news himself earlier this evening (1 October). The 70-year-old comic was speaking with the Sky Sports News team ahead of Celtic's Champions League tie against Barcelona in Glasgow when he revealed that he is officially cancer free.
"I got the clearance on Wednesday on my cancer so I'm okay," he told the Sky Sports News team on live television, quoted by the BBC. Last month, it was revealed that the veteran comic had undergone minor surgery to treat a cancerous tumour in his prostate, which was in the early stages of it's development. It was during his treatment for prostate cancer were he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. At the time of his diagnosis, a spokesperson for the comic said that he was receiving "appropriate treatment" after he was found to be suffering from the early symptoms of Parkinson's. Despite his recent health scares though, the statement added that he will continue to perform on stand-up and appear on the screen.
"Billy has been assured by experts that the findings will in no way inhibit or affect his ability to work, and he will start filming a TV series in the near future, as well as undertaking an extensive theatrical tour of New Zealand in the new year," his spokesperson said at the time.
Continue reading: Billy Connolly Given All Clear Following Cancer Scare
The veteran entertainer won't stop entertaining.
Despite the seemingly crippling twin concerns of being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and undergoing surgery for prostate cancer, Scottish comedian and national treasure Billy Connolly has vowed to keep on working, in what can only be described as the most determined move. Ever.
BIlly Connolly is staying positive.
A spokeswoman for the 70-year old comedian and actor said: “Billy Connolly recently underwent minor surgery in America after being diagnosed with the very early stages of prostate cancer. The operation was a total success, and Billy is fully recovered. In addition, Billy has been assessed as having the initial symptoms of Parkinson's disease, for which he is receiving the appropriate treatment.” (The Independent).
Continue reading: Relentless Billy Connolly Won't Let Recent Medical Setbacks Stop Him
Billy Connolly has been diagnosed with early signs of Parkinson's Disease just after having surgery for prostate cancer.
Comedian, Billy Connolly has had a rough time as of late, he is currently recovering from surgery for prostate cancer and has recently been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.
A spokeswomen for the Scotsman told BBC "Billy Connolly recently underwent minor surgery in America after being diagnosed with the very early stages of prostate cancer", the post-op assessment is that it was a total success and he is currently fully recovering.
She also stated, "in addition, Billy has been assessed as having the initial symptoms of Parkinson's disease, for which he is receiving the appropriate treatment". To the comedian's relief, the symptoms in no way hinder or effect his performances on stage or behind the camera.
Continue reading: Billy Connolly Receives Treatment For Two Health Scares
It was a mixed week for the Big Yin, who successfully underwent cancer surgery, but was also diagnosed with Parkinsons disease
Billy Connolly has secretly been suffering from an operational form of prostate cancer, which he successfully managed to control following a procedure under the knife in an American specialist hospital. The success of his operation was a great moment for the Big Yin, but only moments after he was visited by doctors again, who this time told the Scottish comic that he is suffering from Parkinsons disease, the BBC reported.
Connolly made a full recovery from his cancer surgery
The former welder-turned folk singer made a "full recovery" from his prostate cancer surgery and "the operation was a total success," his spokeswoman revealed earlier this week. She added that Billy was lucky to find the cancer at a very early stage of it's development, a factor that would have helped with the procedure. The spokeswoman then added, "In addition, Billy has been assessed as having the initial symptoms of Parkinson's disease, for which he is receiving the appropriate treatment."
Billy Connolly is to undergo treatment for Parkinson's disease.
Comedian and actor Billy Connolly, a British treasure, has undergone successful surgery for prostate cancer though has now been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.
The 70-year-old, who famously began his working life as a welder in the Glasgow shipyards before quitting to become a folk singer, will now begin treatment for the degenerative disease.
"Billy Connolly recently underwent minor surgery in America after being diagnosed with the very early stages of prostate cancer," his spokeswoman told BBC News, "In addition, Billy has been assessed as having the initial symptoms of Parkinson's disease, for which he is receiving the appropriate treatment."
Date of birth
24th November, 1942