A previously unreleased George Michael track is being debuted on Chris Evans' Radio 2 breakfast show on Thursday (Sep 7th).
A previously unheard track from the late George Michael will make its world premiere on BBC Radio 2 this week, it has been confirmed.
Chris Evans’ breakfast show will give the unreleased track its first ever radio play on Thursday morning (September 7th) at 9:00am, a press representative has confirmed, but no other details about the song, such as its title, are known.
The Wham! lead singer and solo star in his own right passed away suddenly on Christmas Day 2016 at the age of 53. He had been reportedly planning to release a new album in 2017, his most recent being 2014’s Symphonica, and there are rumours that there are as many as three albums’ worth of material in his vaults.
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Evans' show is still the most popular radio programme in Britain, however.
He might be the highest-paid BBC star, but Chris Evans has reportedly suffered a drop of nearly half a million listeners to his Radio 2 breakfast show in the last year.
A new report published by audience research company Rajar estimates that listening figures of Evans’ week-day breakfast show on BBC Radio 2 have dropped by nearly 500,000 from 9.47 million listeners in the second quarter of 2016, to the same time period in 2017.
Despite this, nearly nine million people tune into Evans’ show every day, making his show still by far and away the most listened-to radio show in the country. The drop in his listenership coincided with rises for the BBC’s sister stations and their early-morning shows.
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Evans revealed on his Radio 2 breakfast show that he called his 91 year old mum to ask for advice on the BBC pay row.
As the aftermath of yesterday’s revelations of the salaries of the highest-paid BBC stars continues to be a talking point, radio presenter Chris Evans has revealed that he turned to the advice of his mother as he sought to deal with the fallout.
It was revealed on Wednesday (July 19th) that Evans was paid between £2.2 million and £2.499 million during 2016/2017 for his work on the BBC, which included his short-lived presenting stint on the revived ‘Top Gear’ and his ongoing BBC Radio 2 job.
That figure was four times that of Claudia Winkleman, the highest-earning woman at the BBC who earned £450k-£499k for her presenting role on ‘Strictly Come Dancing’, which has given way to a debate about a gender pay gap at the Beeb. MPs are reportedly set to grill the corporation on the issue, it has been since been revealed.
This may be the third reboot of this franchise in 15 years, risking audience exhaustion, but there are plenty of reasons not to miss this one. Most notably, this is the first Spider-Man movie that's part of Marvel's Avengers franchise, which places it in a larger story with lots of cameo possibilities. But more importantly, young British actor Tom Holland seems to have been born to play the role, infusing the entire film with cheeky teenage energy. And it's also one of the funniest, most complex blockbusters of the year.
The film opens with overexcited home videos Peter Parker (Holland) made of his adventure with the Avengers in Civil War. Now he's plunged back to the dull reality of being a high school student living with his sparky Aunt May (Marisa Tomei). He has a crush on classmate Liz (Laura Harrier), but faces rivalry from the school's alpha male Flash (Tony Revolori). And after a night out playing superhero in his Spider-Man costume, his nerdy best pal Ned (Jacob Batalon) is a bit too thrilled to discover his secret alter-ego. Meanwhile, Peter is annoyed that Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and his assistant Happy (Jon Favreau) are ignoring his calls, especially after he warns them that he has seen winged bad guy Toomes (Michael Keaton) dealing illegal alien weapons around New York while plotting something nefarious.
Director Jon Watts (Cop Car) cleverly maintains a nimble teen perspective throughout the film, which makes it feel more like a comedy than an action movie. And instead of snarky one-liners, the laughs come from character-based humour, most notably Holland's brilliant reactions to everything that comes along. One memorable sequence, which kicks off the final onslaught of action, is both hilarious and terrifying at the same time, perfectly balanced thanks to a knowing revelation, Watts' subtle direction and Holland's hugely engaging performance. And each breathtaking action set-piece pushes the character forward in positive ways.
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This is one of those films that dances right up to the edge of soapy sentimentality, making us a little nervous about where it might go. But director Marc Webb (500 Days of Summer) holds his nerve, letting the emotions build without ever tipping over into melodrama. What emerges is a striking exploration of the tricky connections between parents and children and the importance of makeshift families. And it's so sharply played that it can't help but move us.
It's set in rural Florida, where the quietly intelligent Frank (Chris Evans) is hiding out from his academically minded mother Evelyn (Lindsay Duncan), trying to give his 6-year-old niece Mary (Mckenna Grace) the free-spirited childhood his late sister wanted for her. Their life includes sassy neighbour Roberta (Octavia Spencer) and a one-eyed cat named Fred. But Mary is a mathematical prodigy, and her teacher Bonnie (Jenny Slate) is worried that the public school can't keep up with her. This alerts Evelyn to Mary's gifts and, after taking no interest before, she sweeps in with a legal challenge to Frank's custody. Like her daughter and granddaughter, Evelyn is also a maths genius, and believes that Mary's abilities need to be exploited in a higher-class educational environment.
While the argument about what's better for this little girl is fairly simple, Tom Flynn's script never lapses into the usual trite courtroom drama. And while there are a lot of formulae scribbled on white boards, the focus is always on the people rather than the numbers. Thankfully, these characters also never turn into heroes or villains; each is just trying to do what they think is best. This means that the actors can invest unusual depth into the roles, adding surprisingly sharp edges while revealing their softer sides as well. Evans has rarely had a chance to flex like this as an actor, and he's terrific, creating some powerful chemistry with the, yes, gifted Grace.
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As outspoken as ever, 'Captain America' star Evans spoke to the latest issue of Esquire about the new president.
The 35 year old superstar, who has played the superhero in five Marvel blockbusters since 2011, spoke to Esquire magazine in a new interview this week, and the subject of Trump’s presidency inevitably came up. “I feel rage,” he replied. “I feel fury. It's unbelievable.”
Evans has never flinched from getting political on his social media accounts, recently arguing with former KKK leader David Duke, and he didn’t hold back on Trump either.
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Chris Evans and Natasha Shishmanian arrives at the Service of Thanksgiving for Sir Terry Wogan. Friends, Family and colleagues gather at Westminster Abbey to celebrate the life of much loved broadcaster Sir Terry Wogan who died January 2016 - Tuesday 27th September 2016
LeBlanc's co-host Chris Evans resigned from the show the day after it finished airing last month amid poor ratings.
The recent return of ‘Top Gear’ to the BBC might have ended in something of a debacle, but surviving co-presenter Matt LeBlanc has said he’d be keen on a second series of the motoring show.
His co-host Chris Evans quit the programme last month on the day after the series’ sixth and final episode aired to record low ratings, with overall viewing figures tumbling from 4.4 million to 1.9 million over the course of the series.
Speaking at the Summer TCA press tour in Los Angeles on Wednesday (August 10th), LeBlanc fielded questions from the press and admitted that, while he doesn’t know what the future holds for ‘Top Gear’ when it finally does return for its 24th season, he would very much like to be a part of it.
Chris Evans , Anthony Mackie - Celebriteis attend the World Premiere of 'Captain America: Civil War' at Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. at Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Dolby Theatre - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 12th April 2016
The awards ceremony, held in Birmingham in December, will also feature Little Mix, Jess Glynne, Mumford & Sons and Hozier.
The second annual BBC Music Awards will play host to an impressive list of performers at the end of the year, with One Direction, Ellie Goulding, Little Mix and Mumford & Sons among the confirmed acts.
The ceremony, which is being held at Birmingham’s Genting Arena on December 10th, is in its second year after the inaugural awards were held in 2014 at London’s Earl’s Court. Just like last year, the evening will be hosted by Fearne Cotton and Chris Evans and broadcast on BBC One, and the radio stations 1 and 2. More than 10,000 tickets are currently on sale to members of the public.
One Direction will be playing at the BBC Music Awards in December
But the new presenter has yet to reveal the full line-up
The Top Gear presenting line-up - it’s had more drama than the cobbles of Corrie and the square of Eastenders. Since Jeremy Clarkson had his contract ended with the BBC One show after a fracas with a producer, there’s been rumours (Jodie Kidd), possibilities (Jensen Button) and definite nos (Sue Perkins, who had to quit Twitter after the trolls told her they didn’t want to see her on the show).
Chris Evans has picked a team for the new Top Gear series
Now Chris Evans, the one constant since the trio of Clarkson, May and Hammond left, has revealed that the newest line-up has been picked and there will be “announcements pending”.
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Evans, who is happily married to his third wife Natasha Shishmanian, thinks the concept itself is outdated.
British TV presenter Chris Evans has declared that the concept of marriage “doesn’t work” and is outdated.
The 49 year old star and future presenter of ‘Top Gear’ visited a marriage counsellor and a sex therapist for the purposes of researching his new book ‘Call the Midlife’, and confessed that after having done so, it caused him to look at his own life and predict any marital issues that might lie ahead.
Evans has been married three times, and is currently happily wed to 35 year old Natasha Shishmanian, but reckons that the institution itself doesn’t apply to the 21st century and is a betrayal of human instincts.
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'TFI Friday' is returning for 10 more episodes later this year, but after that, Evans will have to concentrate on 'Top Gear'.
‘TFI Friday’ may be returning to Channel 4 later this year after its successful comeback, but its presenter Chris Evans has revealed that after the planned crop of shows he is “not allowed” to present any further series because of his ‘Top Gear’ duties.
The off-the-wall ‘90s favourite returned for a one-off special to celebrate its twentieth anniversary in June this year and was well-received (except for Lewis Hamilton killing the momentum stone dead at the end), but Evans has conceded that his BBC duties must take priority after the planned 10-episode series of ‘TFI Friday’ finishes.
Chris Evans will not present any more 'TFI Friday' episodes after this year
‘Top Gear’ is one of the BBC’s biggest international money makers, but will Chris Evans turn off viewers?
As the BBC prepares to relaunch ‘Top Gear’ bosses are said to be panicking that their new host Chris Evans isn’t internationally famous enough to keep the show’s global audience. ‘Top Gear’ has always been one of the Beeb’s biggest international money makers, but there is concern that Evans’ lack of notoriety might turn off international viewers.
Chris Evans will be fronting the relaunched ‘Top Gear’ next year.
The final series of ‘Top Gear’ fronted by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May brought in a massive 350million viewers in 214 territories. The show also collected £50million in commercial revenue for the BBC in that 12 months alone.
The presenter has described reports that Ball will join ‘Top Gear’ as ‘hilariously inaccurate’.
‘Top Gear’ host Chris Evans has denied that his good friend Zoe Ball will be joining him when the BBC motoring show returns next year. Ball was said to be the frontrunner in the race to find Evan’s co-host for the series, having reportedly excelled during a screen test.
Chris Evans has denied Zoe Ball will be his new co-host on ‘Top Gear’.
But Evans rubbished the rumours on twitter Monday, writing, ‘Hilariously inaccurate story in 2days paper. Re my good friend Zoe Ball excelling in Top Gear screen test. She hasn't even been for one.’
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Ball and Evans have been friends since the 1990s and are said to have ‘perfect’ chemistry.
Zoe Ball looks set to join old friend Chris Evans as a co-host on the new series of ‘Top Gear’. The 44 year old is being touted as producer's first choice to join the show, becoming the series’ first ever female presenter.
Will Zoe Ball be ‘Top Gear’s’ first female presenter?
A source told The Mirror, “Zoe looks like a certainty after the screen tests. She was brilliant down on the race track and she’s enthusiastic about cars.”
Continue reading: Zoe Ball Emerges As Frontrunner To Join Chris Evans On New 'Top Gear'
The model was hotly tipped to join the revamped show’s new line-up.
Former model Jodie Kidd has revealed she’s turned down a presenting job on the new series of ‘Top Gear’ saying that she feared the gig would ‘take over her soul’. Kidd had been the favourite to join Chris Evans and become the show’s first female presenter but now it seems Zoe Ball could be joining the line-up instead.
Model Jodie Kidd will not be ‘Top Gear’s’ new presenter.
Speaking to The Telegraph, Kidd confirmed a woman would definitely be joining the new ‘Top Gear’ but added that it will not be her. “Am I doing it? I am not," she told the newspaper. “I feel greatly honoured that people think I could possibly be good enough to fill those shoes, especially as a woman.”
Continue reading: Jodie Kidd Says No To 'Top Gear' Gig, But Will Zoe Ball Say Yes?
Spoiler alert! Mary just revealed which contestant will exit the 'GBBO' next.
‘Great British Bake Off’ judge Mary Berry suffered an unfortunate slip of the tongue during her appearance on Radio 2’s breakfast show with Chris Evans this morning (August 19th), when she revealed which contestant would be exiting the show next. So if you’re a fan of the BBC baking contest it’s probably advisable to stop reading right about now.
Mary Berry revealed a big ‘GBBO’ spoiler on Chris Evan’s breakfast show.
Discussing the contestants who have already left the show with Evans, Mary mistakenly said, “Wait a minute, we’ve lost three.”
Continue reading: Oops! Did Mary Berry Just Reveal A Big 'Great British Bake Off' Spoiler?
Andrew Garfield, the actor who played Spiderman in two recent movies, is looking forward to seeing Tom Holland step into the role.
Andrew Garfield is pleased he’s no longer portraying Spiderman. The 31-year-old actor finally responded to the news of the casting of Tom Holland as Spiderman in the upcoming reboot of the Sony Spiderman films and in Captain America: Civil War. Garfield says he’s pleased Holland will be taking over the role he played in two Amazing Spiderman films.
Andrew Garfield at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Annual Grants Banquet in Los Angeles in August 2015.
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'Strictly' returns to screens in September on BBC One.
The nights are starting to draw in, the football season has started, and now another reminder that autumn is nearly upon has arrived with the news of ‘Strictly Come Dancing’s first contestant.
BBC Radio 2 DJ and presenter Jeremy Vine is the first celebrity name to be confirmed for the ever-popular dance competition. The news was announced on Vine’s Radio 2 colleague Chris Evans’s breakfast show on Monday (August 10th). The 50 year old presenter, who is stand-up comedian Tim Vine’s brother, told Evans: “How could I say no to the biggest show in TV? Yes, yes, yes and yes again to the sequins and the Samba!”
Jeremy Vine is the first contestant to be confirmed for 'Strictly' 2015
Wilman left along with Richard Hammond and James May after Jeremy Clarkson's sacking from the BBC earlier in 2015, but believes Chris Evans is the best choice to continue with the popular British show.
He may be following Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May out of the BBC to help with the trio’s new Amazon Prime show, but executive producer Andy Wilman has given his backing to ‘Top Gear’s new presenter Chris Evans.
While speaking to Broadcast magazine about the new show, Wilman was asked for his thoughts on what was going on back at the BBC with what remains of ‘Top Gear’. He said that he was satisfied with Evans’ appointment in June this year, as it demonstrated that the Beeb are serious about breathing new life into it, after he and Clarkson brought it back to the network in 2002.
Chris Evans is the new 'Top Gear' presenter on the BBC
The ex-'Top Gear' trio have a new home on Amazon Prime, and the as-yet-untitled show will be launching in 2016.
Former ‘Top Gear’ hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May have finally decided where they’ll be making their new motoring show. The ex-BBC trio have signed up with Amazon’s streaming video service ‘Amazon Prime’, with the first commissioned series due in 2016.
Speculation has been rife as to where their new home would be, following their departure from the BBC Two show earlier in 2015 after Clarkson’s now-infamous ‘fracas’ in March when he assaulted one of the show’s producers. Netflix, Sky and ITV had all been touted as strong possibilities in the last few months, but the US giant appears to beaten all of them to their signatures.
Continue reading: Clarkson, Hammond And May To Launch New Motoring Show On Amazon Prime
Chris Evans - Stars from Marvel's action movie took to the red carpet at the UK premiere of 'The Avengers: Age of Ultron' which was held at the Westfield White City in London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 21st April 2015
Date of birth
13th June, 1981
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