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Mr. Bean's $1.4M Car Repair The Biggest Repair Bill Ever In Britain


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It's officially the most expensive; Mr. Bean's $1.4m (£910k) car repair tops an unwanted chart after Rowan Atkinson's insurance company shelled out big bucks to fix his McLaren F1.

Atkinson crashed McLaren F1 - which can reach speeds of 240mph - in 2011 for the second time, culminating in a hefty, hefty repair bill, which is astronomically high because it's made mostly of carbon fibre. Luckily, for Mr. Bean anyway, it was the insurance company that were creasing at signing that mega-cheque. Atkinson actually picked up the supercar back in 1997 - around 16 years ago - but due to inflation and the rarity of the model, its value has skyrocketed. In fact, Atkinson's is one of only 64 F1s McLaren built. We hate to think what the monthly payments on that car are now. Reports say that it took over a year before expert technicians from McLaren were able to restore Mr. Bean's automobile. "I'm not a collector," he says, "I don't like the toy cupboard syndrome that causes so many good cars to evaporate. It depresses me that they are hidden away like investment art, or gold ingots in a Swiss vault. The McLaren is just so usable, it is a crime not to use it. No gritted teeth, you just get in and drive." (via The Sun).

This probably won't be too much of a problem for Mr Atkinson, though, his infamous turn as Mr. Bean, followed by a string of hilarious movie roles and some impressive writing credits have lead him to a reported net worth of $112 million. 

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Paul Mccartney Closes Olympics Opening Event


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Sir Paul McCartney closed the Opening Ceremony of the London Olympic Games last night, encouraging the crowds to sing along.

After the British band Arctic Monkeys covered 'Come Together' by his famous band the Beatles, the singer ended the show with the aptly titled 'The End' and 'Hey Jude'.

Sitting at grand piano, his performance was watched by his daughter Stella Mccartney who has played a key part in designing Team GB's costumes.

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Willem Dafoe Braved Exploding Wallaby On The Hunter Set


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Willem Dafoe almost had a wallaby explode in his face on the set of 'The Hunter'.

The 56-year-old actor plays the role of a man who must find and kill the last Tasmanian tiger in the film, and in one scene he had to skin a wallaby and he had to be incredibly delicate with the deceased creature in case its' gastric juices burst.

He said: ''When it came to skinning the wallaby I only had One Chance at it, because they only had one animal.

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Movie Reviews Johnny English Reborn


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People either love Rowan Atkinson or hate him. Those among the former amount to a virtual cult In America -- although he has a massive following overseas. Those among the latter -- well, let's just say that they represent the vast majority of U.S. moviegoers. Critics in this country are likewise divided over the comedian, who first came to prominence on PBS via his Mr. Bean TV series, which originated on Britain's ITV. In his latest film, Johnny English Reborn , writes Robert Abele in the Los Angeles Times, Atkinson is given the "chance to add to his prodigious slapstick abilities a well-honed gift ... for hundred-yard-stare arrogance and a withering baritone. The gangly performer can combine the two in the subtlest of ways for brilliant effect." Stephen Holden in The New York Times suggests that the movie is not likely to resonate with a "jaded American audience for gross-out pranks." However, he concludes, "As the movie glides along, it may not elicit explosive laughter, but it plants a steady smile on your face and doesn't leave you feeling molested." Mick LaSalle in the San Francisco Chronicle suggests that the spy spoof may amount to "an ideal vehicle for the gifts of Rowan Atkinson, a superb physical comedian. He is also, in his way, an actor with a marvelous talent for conveying thin but blustery confidence that often gives way to suppressed humiliation and eye-darting panic." On the other hand, there's the majority of critics who seemingly are unable to bear Atkinson's brand of slapstick (or perhaps slapstick at all). Peter Howell of the Toronto Star calls the movie warmed over Austin Powers and Get Smart! " Johnny English Reborn makes no attempt to hide Atkinson's Shameless thievery, his lack of invention or even his graying hair," Howell writes. Sean O'Connell in the Washington Post notes that the tagline for the movie is "A little intelligence goes a long way." He then remarks, "Let's pray those contemplating this needless effort show a little intelligence and stay far away from any theater foolish enough to screen it." And Elizabeth Weitzman in the New York Daily News assigns a single star to Reborn, calling it an "airless spy spoof" in which "joke after joke falls painfully flat."

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Jessie Wallace Celebrates Her 40th Birthday With Friends At The Ye Olde Swan Pub In Thames Ditton. The Group Arrived At Around 1.30pm, And Stayed Till 7pm, Taking A Boat Ride Up And Down The Thames In Between. Jessie Was In A Fine Mood, And Even Wore A Mr Bean Face Mask, While Holding Her Birthday Cake Up To Snappers.

Jessie Wallace and Mr Bean Sunday 25th September 2011 Jessie Wallace celebrates her 40th birthday with friends at the Ye Olde Swan Pub in Thames Ditton. The group arrived at around 1.30pm, and stayed till 7pm, taking a boat ride up and down the Thames in between. Jessie was in a fine mood, and even wore a Mr Bean face mask, while holding her birthday cake up to snappers. Surrey, England

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Rowan Atkinson Amused By Royals


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Rowan Atkinson sees the British royal family as a great "source of comedy".

The 'Johnny English Reborn' actor - who is a friend of Prince Charles - insists his love of making fun of the Monarchy is "born out of love and respect" for them, but he wouldn't ever want his work to be seen as "discrediting" them.

He said: "In 'Mr Bean' there was a 'thing' at the time about nutting the Queen Mother. We've inflicted violence on members of the royal family on a regular basis so it seems silly to stop now.

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Guy Ritchie And Joss Stone Invited To Royal Wedding


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Guy Ritchie and Joss Stone are on the guest list for the Royal Wedding.

Clarence House today (23.04.11) revealed the official list and seating plan of those invited to the nuptials of Prince William and Kate Middleton next Friday (29.04.11) and the British film director and singer are included.

Other celebrities to attend the ceremony in London's Westminster Abbey are Sir Elton John, David and Victoria Beckham, TV presenter Ben Fogle, 'Mr Bean' actor Rowan Atkinson, photographer Mario Testino and socialite Tara Palmer-Tomkinson.

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Guy Richie And Joss Stone Invited To Royal Wedding


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Guy Richie and Joss Stone are on the guest list for the Royal Wedding.

Clarence House today (23.04.11) revealed the official list and seating plan of those invited to the nuptials of Prince William and Kate Middleton next Friday (29.04.11) and the British film director and singer are included.

Other celebrities to attend the ceremony in London's Westminster Abbey are Sir Elton John, David and Victoria Beckham, TV presenter Ben Fogle, 'Mr Bean' actor Rowan Atkinson, photographer Mario Testino and socialite Tara Palmer-Tomkinson.

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Rowan Atkinson Returns As Johnny English


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Rowan Atkinson is to star in 'Johnny English 2'.

Universal Pictures has given the green light to the project, which would be a follow-up to 2003's 'Johnny English' - a spoof spy thriller directed by Peter Howitt and starring Atkinson as the titular character.

The project will be directed by Oliver Parker, with Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan from Working Title signed up to produce.

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Atkinson Says Goodbye To Mr Bean


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English funnyman Rowan Atkinson is saying goodbye to his Mr Bean character forever.
Atkinson, 52, first introduced the bumbling, clumsy loner in the 1990 TV series, Mr Bean, and brought his character to the big screen in 1997 movie BEAN.
However, after Mr Bean's latest outing in new film MR BEAN'S HOLIDAY, Atkinson insists he is "hanging up" the character for good.
He says, "I think it's highly unlikely there will be another Mr Bean film or TV show.
"You must never say never but I think its highly unlikely."

Star Wars Character Voted Most Irritating Ever


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Star Wars alien JAR JAR BINKS has been voted the most annoying film character of all time. In a poll of 5,000 movie fans by UK website LoveFilm.com, the computer generated Binks beat out competition from Andie McDowell's character, CARRIE, in Four Weddings And A Funeral. Third most irritating is Rowan Atkinson's Mr Bean, followed in fourth place by Jim Carrey's ACE VENTURA character. In fifth place is Ben Stiller's WHITE GOODMAN in DODGEBALL.

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