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British Academy Television Awards - Arrivals

Dawn O'Porter and Chris O'Dowd - House Of Fraser British Academy Television Awards (TV BAFTA) 2015 - Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Monday 11th May 2015

British Academy Television Awards - Arrivals

Dawn O'Porter and Chris O'Dowd - House Of Fraser British Academy Television Awards (BAFTA) held at Theatre Royal - Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 10th May 2015

TV Bafta Awards 2015

Dawn O'Porter and Chris O'Dowd - A host of stars were photographed as they arrived for the House Of Fraser British Academy Television Awards 2015 which were held at the Theatre Royal in London, United Kingdom - Sunday 10th May 2015

Dawn O'Porter and Chris O'Dowd

The House of Fraser British Academy Television Awards 2015

Dawn Porter and Chris O'Dowd - The House of Fraser British Academy Television Awards 2015 held at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane - Arrivals at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 10th May 2015

Dawn O'Porter and Chris O'Dowd

BAFTA Television Awards - winners board.

Chris O'Dowd - House of Fraser British Academy (BAFTA) Television Awards held at the Theatre Royal - winners board. - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 10th May 2015

Chris O'Dowd Welcomes First Child With Wife Dawn O'Porter


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Chris O'Dowd has recently become a father for the first time. The Irish actor and his wife Dawn O'Porter have welcomed a healthy baby boy into the world on January 25th, and they announced the exciting news in a hilarious way.

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O'Dowd and his wife welcomed their first child on January 25th

On Sunday morning (Feb 1st) O'Dowd took to Twitter to share with his 600 thousand followers, "It's a boy! @HotPatooties & I would like to introduce Art O'Porter, our gorgeous baby. Well, I'm pretty sure he's ours."

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St. Vincent Review


Excellent

Bill Murray shines in this story of a cynical grump whose life is changed by his friendship with a bright young kid. Writer-director Theodore Melfi makes an assured debut with this hilariously astute, emotional punchy drama, which may sometimes feel a bit over-planned but gives the audience plenty to think about. And along with Murray, the film has especially strong roles for Melissa McCarthy, Naomi Watts and promising newcomer Jaeden Lieberher.

It's set in a New York suburb, where the neighbourhood grouch Vincent (Murray) is already having a bad day when he discovers meets the perky family next door: Maggie (McCarthy) and her curious son Oliver (Lieberher). She has just fled from her unfaithful husband (Scott Adsit) and is working extra hours to make ends meet, so she reluctantly agrees to let Oliver stay at Vincent's house after school. Intriguingly, Oliver is one of the few people Vincent can bear to be around, aside from the pregnant Russian stripper Daka (Watts) and his lively cat Felix. And Oliver is like a sponge, happily soaking up Vincent's knowledge about things like swearing, fighting and betting on the horses. Oliver has no real idea that all of this makes Vincent a seriously unsuitable role model.

Yes, the central point is that good people are sometimes hard to spot. Vincent may smoke, swear, gamble and hang out with hookers, but he also has a deep soul that Oliver witnesses in the way he takes care of Daka, or how he regularly visits his wife in a nursing home even though she has long forgotten who he is. Melfi makes the most of this perspective, seeing everything through the eyes of perceptive young actor Lieberher. And Murray shines in a role that adds clever shadings to the actor's usual on-screen bluster. The interaction between Oliver and Vincent snaps with personality, and sharp roles for McCarthy and Watts offer meaningful wrinkles, as do other side characters such as Chris O'Dowd's schoolteacher.

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Is Bill Murray's Performance Strong Enough To Save 'St. Vincent' From Critics' Sneers?


Bill Murray Melissa McCarthy Naomi Watts Chris O'Dowd

Critics have plenty to say about St. Vincent, the soon-to-be-released comedy drama written and directed by Theodore Melfi, but not all of it is as positive as the film.

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Bill Murray and Melissa McCarthy star in St. Vincent.

Read More: Guess What Bill Murray Went And Did?

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National Theater Live To Bring 'Of Mice & Men', Starring James Franco, To US Cinemas


James Franco Chris O'Dowd Leighton Meester

Missed out on James Franco starring as George in the recent Broadway adaptation of John Steinbeck's 1937 tale Of Mice and Men? Don't despair as the National Theater Live is bringing the show from the stage to the screen and broadcasting recorded performances at cinemas around the US and Canada.

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James Franco at the photocall for Of Mice and Men.

Read More: James Franco Uses Venice Film Festival To Shoot Scenes For New Movie Sporting A Shaven, Tattooed Head.

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The Geek TV Shows We're Not Afraid To Love


Adam Brody Chris O'Dowd Richard Ayoade Doctor Who Peter Capaldi George Takei Zachary Levi Mary McDonnell Judd Hirsch

Geeks: once the deeply awkward and much-maligned members of society- ridiculed by Jocks and long stereotyped on TV and film as socially inept weaklings with a love of bow ties, thick-rimmed glasses and high-waisted slacks. But oh how things have changed. Ever since Adam Brody’s intensely loveable Seth Cohen appeared on screens in the mid noughties as the lonely, quick-witted, Death Cab For Cutie loving geek on The O.C, the tables have been well and truly turned. ‘Geek Chic’ prevails, the once laughable clothing choices of society’s most brainy and introverted have been re-appropriated by the masses. Everyone is falling over themselves to replicate a look that twenty years ago would have posited the wearer of such garments as a human punch-bag for meat-headed bullies.

Adam Brody Attends Premiere Adam Brody has been credited with helping makes geeks cool through his O.C character Seth Cohen

In the world of TV, sci-fi shows such as Star Trek and Stargate are geek staples but the recent role reversal of geeks as the cultural vanguard posits fantastical shows that would have more likely been derided several years ago as universally acclaimed hits. Game Of Thrones is arguably the biggest TV show in the world whilst The Big Bang Theory, which maintains the long-held geek stereotypes has made veritable superstars of its cast. Here then, is a list of those geeky TV shows that we just can’t get enough of.

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James Franco To Direct 'The Long Shrift' At Rattlesticks Playwrite Theatre


James Franco Chris O'Dowd

Clearly James Franco is not busy enough currently starring in the Broadway revival of Of Mice and Men. The actor/film director/writer/producer/lecturer/social media fiend has now decided to become a theatre director.

James Franco The Long Shrift Franco is currently starring alongside Chris O'Dowd in a Broadway production of Of Mice and Men

Franco is set to direct Robert Boswell’s The Long Shrift in New York this summer. The play, which is about a man who is released from jail after he was accused of rape in his teens, will launch the 20th anniversary of the Rattlestick Playwrights theatre, which is based in the West Village. The production will star Ahna O’Reilly, Brian Lally, Scott Haze, Allie Gallerani and Ally Sheedy. Haze appeared in Franco’s 2013 film As I Lay Dying, based on William Faulkner’s 1930 novel.

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"Gentleman's Guide", "Hedwig" Lead Tony Nominations


Neil Patrick Harris Hugh Jackman Chris O'Dowd Idina Menzel Bryan Cranston

It’s Tony season!  The night of gratuitous musical numbers is almost upon us. The nominations were announced on Tuesday and this year, they feature a couple of new names. The nominees list includes Tony vets Neil Patrick Harris and Audra McDonald, but one of the biggest new names on the list is Bryan Cranston.

Bryan Cranston
Bryan Cranston is moving from the Emmys straight into the Tonys.

 

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'Of Mice And Men' Brings Out Broadway Talents Of James Franco, Chris O'Dowd


James Franco Chris O'Dowd Leighton Meester

Of Mice And Men premiered on Broadway last night, giving critics a chance to cast their eyes over Anna D. Shapiro's all-star adaptation of John Steinbeck's classic 1937 play. Lead actors James Franco, Chris O'Dowd and Leighton Meester may feel more comfortable in front of a lens on a big budget Hollywood set but their roles in this Depression-era drama serve to show their dramatic prowess extends beyond the glitzy confines of tinseltown.

Of Mice And Men Cast
The 'Of Mice And Men' Cast Premiered Their Production On Broadway Last Night.

The NY Times focusses on the lead trio's performances and hasn't a bad word to say about any of the Broadway newbies' theatre turns: "O'Dowd ("Bridesmaids") is such a likable and endearing actor that he automatically brings goodwill to a role," says Joe Dziemianowicz, adding "Franco's confident, straightforward, no-frills performance works just right. He can do a lot with a look" and "Meester brings out the yearning and sadness of the unnamed wife."

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'Calvary' Rises to the Challenge of Tackling Religion on Film


Brendan Gleeson Chris O'Dowd John Michael McDonagh

After teaming up for the hit Irish action-comedy The Guard, actor Brendan Gleeson and writer-director John Michael McDonagh made the unexpected decision to set their next film around a priest.

Brendan Gleeson Brendan Gleeson [L] and Kelly Reilly [R] in 'Calvary'

"After we made The Guard, we were talking over drinks about the idea of making a film about a good guy for a change," says Gleeson. "At the time there was a lot of talk about priests accused of paedophilia, but what if this one was innocent?"

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Is Brendan Gleeson's 'Calvary' The Best Movie of 2014?


Brendan Gleeson Chris O'Dowd Kelly Reilly

John Michael McDonagh's Calvary is an early contender for best independent movie of the year, while Brendan Gleeson's lead performance as a good priest facing a death threat is perhaps unrivalled as the year's finest.

Brendan GleesonBrendan Gleeson [L] and Kelly Reilly [R] in 'Calvary'

Gleeson's Father James Lavelle is the flip side to Sergeant Gerry Boyle in McDonagh's critically acclaimed The Guard - a good man intent on making the world a better place. However, one day, is life is threatened during confession and the forces of darkness begin to close in around him.

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Chris O'Dowd

Date of birth

9th October, 1979

Occupation

Actor; Comedian

Sex

Male

Height

1.91