Based on the true story of an unapologetic underdog who never won anything, this British comedy is a shameless crowd-pleaser. Eddie Edwards won the hearts of fans worldwide by coming in dead last at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, and the cast and crew follow his journey with buckets of humour and emotion, plus some seriously exhilarating ski jumping. And like its central character, the film is awkward, good-hearted and impossible not to love.
Eddie (Taron Egerton) grew up obsessed with becoming an Olympian even though he has no talent for sport. He manages to become a regional downhill skiing champion, but is so annoying that the head of the British Olympics Team (Tim McInnerny) changes the rules to disqualify him. So at 22 he instead decides to become Britain's only ski jumper. He moves to Germany to train on his own, meeting the jaded ex-jumper Bronson (Hugh Jackman) and persistently convincing him to offer some coaching tips. And as the Olympics officials keep raising the bar for membership on the team, Eddie improves just enough to qualify. His father (Keith Allen) thinks he should give up, but his mother (Jo Hartley) quietly offers support. And it's Eddie's sheer tenacity that gets him to Calgary.
Director Dexter Fletcher (Wild Bill) tells this story as a high-energy comedy centred on a dorky young man who simply won't take no for an answer. Egerton plays Eddie with perhaps too many physical tics, but exudes so much goofy charm that it's easy to see how he won over the people around him, and the global audience watching the Olympics. His interaction with everyone he meets on this journey is barbed and hilarious, and his joy at each small achievement is infections. Egerton also generates terrific chemistry with Jackman in one of his most enjoyable roles yet. It's hugely entertaining to watch this grouchy loser be begrudgingly coaxed out of his shell by Eddie's boundless enthusiasm.
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Keith Allen - Stars attend the premiere of the biopic movie of British skiing Olympian Michael Edwards, also known as 'Eddie The Eagle' Edwards. at Odeon Cinema, Leicester Square - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 17th March 2016
Even when Michael Edwards was a small boy, he had huge ambition. Whenever the Olympics were on the TV Eddie would gleefully watch and admire the athletes and their abilities, it was the catalyst that drove Eddie to become a household name.
Though he was a strong skier, Eddie had zero knowledge or ability when it came to Ski jump, but the lack of competition was his in. Eddie decided that he too was going to become an Olympic athlete, HE would appear and represent his country at the winter games.
With no sponsors and everything working against him, Eddie begins training. Accident after accident, bad run after bad run - Eddie tirelessly continues with his quest to somehow reach his goal. Whatever the outcome of Eddie's journey, he's sure to change the sport and the winter Olympics forever.
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Lily Allen's mother Alison is worried about her daughter's wild partying.
Lily Allen's mother is worried about her.
The 'Not Fair' singer - who has daughters Ethel, three, and Marnie, two, with husband Sam Cooper - has caused a stir in recent months with her wild partying, and now her mum Alison Owen is pleading with the star to ''sort herself out.''
A source said: ''Her family are worried - particularly her mum. Alison is incredibly proud of Lily but feels responsible for her extreme DNA. Her dad, Keith Allen, was a notorious partier and he and Lily are very similar.
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It's in the genes! Parents whose children have followed in their famous foosteps
News executives in America were left surprised when news anchor Brian Williams took time out of his NBC Nightly News bulletin last Wednesday to happily announce the appointment of his daughter, Allison Williams, as Peter Pan. Allison, who has previously proved her acting work on huge HBO hit Girls, has been cast by NBC to play the mischievous boy who never grows up in the network's live broadcast of the Broadway musical in December.
News anchor Brian Williams proudly announced his daughter Allison's latest job opportunity
Clearly thrilled at his daughter's achievement, the proud father elaborated: "Family members confirm she's been rehearsing for this role since the age of three and they look forward to seeing her fly".
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We root around the line-up and take a look at the acts that may not have stood out on first view.
Part of Glastonbury’s enduring reputation is its propensity for composing a line-up that is extensive that a wealth of acts will pass by unnoticed. We’ve sieved through the thousands of acts who will be making the trip to Worthy Farm to highlight ten acts whose inclusion in the festival bill may surprise many. Sifting through the lower rungs of the bill uncovers a slew of rising stars and forgotten flames, those who are on the ascension to the upper levels of cultural recognition as well as those whose days of glory are far behind them.
Metallica will be this years most controversial performers. Photo: Getty Images, Credit: Frazer Harrison
Beyond the endless stretch of humans eyeing up the pyramid stage with binoculars are copious tents and smaller stages which host a myriad of curiosities, from fading pop stars regurgitating their hit songs for the umpteenth time to all manner of odd theatrics, spoken word performances, comedians, circus performances and Happy Monday’s hype-man Bez, who has this year been granted his very own ‘Acid House’ stage. Here then, are ten acts who to varying degrees will surprise festival goers with their very presence at the culturally sacred Somerset site:
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Lily Allen admits she always wanted to become famous because she'd seen how her mother and father had been treated.
Lily Allen always wanted to be famous.
The 29-year-old singer - whose parents are actor Keith Allen and film producer Alison Owen - admits she dreamt of becoming a celebrity when she was younger because she wanted people to give her ''special treatment''.
Speaking in an interview with the Telegraph magazine, she said: [I always wanted to sing but more than that] I think I wanted to be famous. [I'd see] how people treated famous people better than they treated not-famous people. [I wanted to] feel special.''
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Lily Allen has unveiled a new track on SoundCloud, referring to it as her ''unofficial World Cup song'' for England, and it features the lyrics ''God Save The Queen, with a pint of lager''.
Lily Allen has unveiled her unofficial World Cup song for England.
The 'Hard Out Here' hitmaker has debuted a new track on her SoundCloud page, and although it doesn't refer to soccer or the upcoming FIFA World Cup in Brazil, she has dubbed it her ''unofficial'' ode to the tournament on her Twitter account.
Alongside a link to the song, she tweeted: ''My unofficial #worldcup song BASS LIKE HOME (sic).''
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Lily Allen performed her first headline gig in four years at Shepherd's Bush Empire last night (28.04.14) before heading to an after-party.
Lily Allen performed her first headline gig in four years at Shepherd's Bush Empire last night (28.04.14).
The 'Hard Out Here' singer took to the stage at the London venue after a hiatus to celebrate the release of her new album 'Sheezus' and treated the audience to a number of songs from the record.
The 28-year-old star opened the show with the album's title track, which namechecks a number of her fellow female pop stars, including Rihanna, Lady Gaga and Beyonce, and she was joined on stage by a group of twerking back-up dancers wearing tiny shorts.
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Lily Allen doesn't think she was ''suited'' to being a stay-at-home mother and missed performing live and the perks of fame.
Lily Allen returned to music because she missed ''free clothes and handbags''.
The 28-year-old singer doesn't think being a stay-at-home mother to Ethel, two, and Marnie, 15 months, ''suited her'' and she longed for the excitement of performing again - as well as the perks of fame.
She said: ''I wasn't good at staying at home all day, it didn't suit me. I'm creative, it's just who I am... I missed the positive feedback about my music from my fans.
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Channel 4’s Drugs Live: the Ecstasy Trial garnered nearly 2 million viewers, reports The Guardian. The innovative show tests ecstasy for medicinal purposes.
1.9m intrigued viewers tuned in between 10pm and 11.05pm on Wednesday, with a five-minute high of 2.3 million. BBC2's Culture Show special, featuring an interview with Jk Rowling, between 10pm and 10.30pm, only managed 600,000 viewers, with the Harry Potter author talking about her new book, The Casual Vacancy. Elsewhere on Channel 5, Paddy and Sally's Excellent Gypsy Adventure was watched by 700,000 viewers, and BBC4's drama Room at the Top had 539,000. The big-hitters, though, were ITV1’s penultimate episode Mrs Biggs, with 4.2 million viewers and BBC1's Who Do You Think You Are? featuring Coronation Street star William Roache, which was watched by 4.3 million. Political broadcasts weren’t on the viewers agenda, with BBC2's coverage of the Liberal Democrat autumn conference averaged 400,000 for both it’s viewings, although most of the potential viewers would have been at work.
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