Fry Preparing To Write For Dr Who

British comedian and actor STEPHEN FRY is set to write an episode of cult TV series DOCTOR WHO.

Fry, who is also an acclaimed writer and director, is in discussions with the BBC over a possible contribution to the show.

He was an early favourite to become the new Doctor when plans to revive the series were unveiled in 2003, and British MPs nominated him as their ideal candidate for the role.

Fry himself said, "All I can say is I've done a couple of dramatised Doctor Whos for radio and internet and it may be that more things emerge in the future."

But a BBC spokesman said that there were no plans for Fry to act in the series.

26/06/2005 10:47

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Patsy Byrne, Actress Best Known As Nursie In 'Blackadder II', Dies Aged 80 4254228 News

Patsy Byrne, the British actress best known for her role as Nursie in Blackadder II, has died at the age of 80.

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Rowan Atkinson starred alongside Byrne in Blackadder II.

An announcement in the Telegraph as Metro reports announced her passing. Byrne died on 17th June at Denville Hall, a retirement home with a number of notable former performers.

Byrnewas born in Ashford, Kent in 1933 and went on to play a variety of role throughout her long career. She was a member of the RSC but is best known for her small role on Blackadder II as Nursie (AKA Bernard), the nurse and companion of Queen Elizabeth II. Nursie was renowned for her lack of common sense and inappropriate stories. 

The news of Bryne's passing comes two weeks after Rik Mayall's death. Mayall, who was 56 when he passed away, played Lord Flasheart in three seasons of Blackadder

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Byrne starred alongside Rowan Atkinson, Miranda Richardson and Stephen Fry in the 1986 Blackadder series. As yet the actors have commented on the loss of their former co-star on social media. However, a Facebook fan site for Blackadder acknowledged Byrne's death. The post reads: "Very saddened to hear that Blackadder has lost another amazing actor. RIP Patsy Byrne AKA Nursie AKA Bernard. You and Flasheart can flirt for an eternity now."

Byrne will be laid to rest on Thursday 26th June at Breakspear Crematorium, Ruislip in North London. Contactmusic send their condolences to Byrne's family, friends and colleagues. 

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Patsy Byrne, the British actress best known for her role as Nursie in Blackadder II, has died at the age of 80.

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Rowan Atkinson starred alongside Byrne in Blackadder II.

An announcement in the Telegraph as Metro reports announced her passing. Byrne died on 17th June at Denville Hall, a retirement home with a number of notable former performers.

Byrnewas born in Ashford, Kent in 1933 and went on to play a variety of role throughout her long career. She was a member of the RSC but is best known for her small role on Blackadder II as Nursie (AKA Bernard), the nurse and companion of Queen Elizabeth II. Nursie was renowned for her lack of common sense and inappropriate stories. 

The news of Bryne's passing comes two weeks after Rik Mayall's death. Mayall, who was 56 when he passed away, played Lord Flasheart in three seasons of Blackadder

Miranda RichardsonMiranda Richardson played Queenie in Blackadder II.

Byrne starred alongside Rowan Atkinson, Miranda Richardson and Stephen Fry in the 1986 Blackadder series. As yet the actors have commented on the loss of their former co-star on social media. However, a Facebook fan site for Blackadder acknowledged Byrne's death. The post reads: "Very saddened to hear that Blackadder has lost another amazing actor. RIP Patsy Byrne AKA Nursie AKA Bernard. You and Flasheart can flirt for an eternity now."

Byrne will be laid to rest on Thursday 26th June at Breakspear Crematorium, Ruislip in North London. Contactmusic send their condolences to Byrne's family, friends and colleagues. 

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Celebrities Blossom & Bloom At Chelsea Flower Show VIP Preview [Pictures] 4204713 News

Following a week of sultry temperate and – for Britain – near tropical climes, the celebrities were out en masse to take in the sights at the Chelsea Flower Show on Monday (19th May).

Alan Titchmarsh
Alan Titchmarsh standing outside his garden installation.

The annual flower show, which is held at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, attracted a vast array of famous faces. The Queen made her yearly visit to the show and found herself wandering through trenches, in a garden created to commemorate the centenary of the beginning of the First World War. The ‘No Man’s Land’ garden, features a crater hole as a pond which acts as a stark reminder of the damage made to, not only the soldiers embroiled in the conflict, but the land on which they fought.

Stephen Fry
He may not be royal but Stephen Fry is certainly a British institution.

The Queen was joined by a host of famous faces who attended the show’s preview event and enjoyed the champagne whilst viewing the hundreds of beautiful gardens. Another British institution, Stephen Fry, looked dapper wearing a cream pinstripe suit and tulip patterned tie. Whilst the beautiful Lily Cole, wearing flower patterned trousers and a billowing white shirt, posed for photographers in a garden room complete with a tartan arm chair.

Lily Cole
Lily Cole enjoyed the outdoor living room whilst resting her feet in a tartan chair.

Read more: Vanessa Redgrave Unveils Richardson Rose At Chelsea Flower Show.
Read more: Lily Rose Cooper Honoured With Chelsea Flower Show Bloom.

Other guests who attended the event included Benedict Cumberbatch who looked remarkably suave, even by his Sherlock standards, in a pale blue suit jacket and trilby. A host of television presenters also had invites including Vanessa Feltz, Nick Knowles and Ben Fogle. Of course, Alan Titchmarsh made an appearance and even contributed to the show with a garden of his own!

Benedict Cumberbatch
Benedict Cumberbatch attended sporting a tribly at a jaunty angle.

But what was Amy Willerton thinking? Last year’s Miss Universe Great Britain winner appeared in the Renaissance garden exhibition in an attempt to evoke Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus. The 21-year-old appeared in the garden wearing a pair of white lacy French knickers and little else. Her modesty was protected only a set of hair extensions which reached down to her waist. Willerton posed for photographers in a white shell, whilst standing in a water feature. Why anyone thought this was a good idea remains a mystery.

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What was Amy Willerton thinking - Is this the most awkward photoshoot ever?

Amy Willerton
A modern Venus?

Amy Willerton
Willerton looked distinctly uncomfortable as she made her way to her shell.

See more pictures from the Chelsea Flower Show VIP Preview.

Following a week of sultry temperate and – for Britain – near tropical climes, the celebrities were out en masse to take in the sights at the Chelsea Flower Show on Monday (19th May).

Alan Titchmarsh
Alan Titchmarsh standing outside his garden installation.

The annual flower show, which is held at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, attracted a vast array of famous faces. The Queen made her yearly visit to the show and found herself wandering through trenches, in a garden created to commemorate the centenary of the beginning of the First World War. The ‘No Man’s Land’ garden, features a crater hole as a pond which acts as a stark reminder of the damage made to, not only the soldiers embroiled in the conflict, but the land on which they fought.

Stephen Fry
He may not be royal but Stephen Fry is certainly a British institution.

The Queen was joined by a host of famous faces who attended the show’s preview event and enjoyed the champagne whilst viewing the hundreds of beautiful gardens. Another British institution, Stephen Fry, looked dapper wearing a cream pinstripe suit and tulip patterned tie. Whilst the beautiful Lily Cole, wearing flower patterned trousers and a billowing white shirt, posed for photographers in a garden room complete with a tartan arm chair.

Lily Cole
Lily Cole enjoyed the outdoor living room whilst resting her feet in a tartan chair.

Read more: Vanessa Redgrave Unveils Richardson Rose At Chelsea Flower Show.
Read more: Lily Rose Cooper Honoured With Chelsea Flower Show Bloom.

Other guests who attended the event included Benedict Cumberbatch who looked remarkably suave, even by his Sherlock standards, in a pale blue suit jacket and trilby. A host of television presenters also had invites including Vanessa Feltz, Nick Knowles and Ben Fogle. Of course, Alan Titchmarsh made an appearance and even contributed to the show with a garden of his own!

Benedict Cumberbatch
Benedict Cumberbatch attended sporting a tribly at a jaunty angle.

But what was Amy Willerton thinking? Last year’s Miss Universe Great Britain winner appeared in the Renaissance garden exhibition in an attempt to evoke Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus. The 21-year-old appeared in the garden wearing a pair of white lacy French knickers and little else. Her modesty was protected only a set of hair extensions which reached down to her waist. Willerton posed for photographers in a white shell, whilst standing in a water feature. Why anyone thought this was a good idea remains a mystery.

Amy Willerton
What was Amy Willerton thinking - Is this the most awkward photoshoot ever?

Amy Willerton
A modern Venus?

Amy Willerton
Willerton looked distinctly uncomfortable as she made her way to her shell.

See more pictures from the Chelsea Flower Show VIP Preview.

20th May 2014 4203871
New '24: Live Another Day' Teaser: "There’s No Going Home For Me" 4103965 News

Jack Bauer steps back into the breech once more as 24 returns with Live Another Day. Now a fugitive, being hunted by most of the U.S. government for his actions during the series finale, Bauer must stave off threats from multiple agendas to reach the ultimate goal in the new 12-part instalment, which is due to air on Sky One.

24 Live Another Day24 Live Another Day sees Jack Bauer fight terrorism AND the American Government

And while the 24 spot during the Super Bowl certainly reignited passions for America’s favourite all-action hero, this new teaser trailer gives us a first look at real footage from the show set in London. It’s a big deal, basically.

“If an American President is assassinated on foreign soil, you’re looking and a world war,” wants Keifer Sutherland’s Bauer in the action-packed teaser, which sees the anti-terrorism solider pitted against pretty much everyone holding a gun.

"24 has always had such a global sensibility. But to be able to tell this intense 24-style story with the beauty of Europe's history and architecture as the backdrop is going to be fascinating. Hopefully, by the time you're finished watching an episode, you'll feel like you've been there... on the edge of your seat," Sutherland has said of the show.

With 192 episodes, spanning 8 seasons and a TV movie under its belt, 24 certainly has the legs to attract viewers in for this, technically the 9th season of the show. But things aren’t exactly the same: every episode of 24 would cover 24 hours in the life of Jack Bauer.

Watch the new teaser for 24: Live Another Day
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Now, though, it’s more condensed. "We’re going to take advantage of the time. The story will be 12 hours over a day, but we'll take advantage of the fact that we can go from seven o'clock to nine o'clock," explained showrunner Howard Gordon.

Jack Bauer steps back into the breech once more as 24 returns with Live Another Day. Now a fugitive, being hunted by most of the U.S. government for his actions during the series finale, Bauer must stave off threats from multiple agendas to reach the ultimate goal in the new 12-part instalment, which is due to air on Sky One.

24 Live Another Day24 Live Another Day sees Jack Bauer fight terrorism AND the American Government

And while the 24 spot during the Super Bowl certainly reignited passions for America’s favourite all-action hero, this new teaser trailer gives us a first look at real footage from the show set in London. It’s a big deal, basically.

“If an American President is assassinated on foreign soil, you’re looking and a world war,” wants Keifer Sutherland’s Bauer in the action-packed teaser, which sees the anti-terrorism solider pitted against pretty much everyone holding a gun.

"24 has always had such a global sensibility. But to be able to tell this intense 24-style story with the beauty of Europe's history and architecture as the backdrop is going to be fascinating. Hopefully, by the time you're finished watching an episode, you'll feel like you've been there... on the edge of your seat," Sutherland has said of the show.

With 192 episodes, spanning 8 seasons and a TV movie under its belt, 24 certainly has the legs to attract viewers in for this, technically the 9th season of the show. But things aren’t exactly the same: every episode of 24 would cover 24 hours in the life of Jack Bauer.

Watch the new teaser for 24: Live Another Day
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Now, though, it’s more condensed. "We’re going to take advantage of the time. The story will be 12 hours over a day, but we'll take advantage of the fact that we can go from seven o'clock to nine o'clock," explained showrunner Howard Gordon.

10th March 2014 4103090
The 2014 BAFTAs Run Like The Oscars' Older, Funnier Sister 4072415 News

As the British equivalent to the Oscars, last night’s BAFTAs were obviously a glamorous affair. In between bouts of Stephen Fry’s self deprecating humor (“[Oprah’s] performance in The Butler was so moving, I almost gave mine the afternoon off.”) and jabs at all of his colleagues (Fry introduced the flawless Emma Thompson as “In the film world, a goddess. In real life, a ghastly piece of sickly shrieking awful.”) there were also some awards given out.

Stephen Fry, The Hobbit Premiere
Stephen Fry always makes for an entertaining awards show.

The big winners of the night were somewhat surprising. Predictions pegged Gravity and 12 Years A Slave – the two award show favorites so far – for the majority of BAFTAs as well. Instead, the Steve McQueen directed 12 Years only took two awards out of 8 nods total. Granted, they were the big ones - best film and leading actor (Chiwetel Ejiofor) – but that was it.

Chiwetel Ejiofor, BAFTA Honors
Ejiofor got recognized for his outstanding performance in 12 Years A Slave.

Gravity made a real dent however. Not only did the film win six of its 11 nominations– including outstanding British film, director (Alfonso Cuarón) and cinematographer (Emanuel Lubezki), and a Bafta for its brilliant special visual effects team, but Cuaron’s time on stage was one of the best parts of the show. Particularly good for people, who enjoy immigrant humor. Cuaron joked about how he’s been living in London for over a decade: “I guess that I make a very good case for curbing immigration.” The crowd cheered.

Alfonso Cuaron, BAFTA Honors
Alfonso Cuaron delivered what had to be the joke of the night.

There were shocks in the supporting actor and actresses categories – and 12 Years a Slave took a hit both times. Jennifer Lawrence, hugely popular in the film industry here and in the States, took the supporting actress BAFTA for her role as an outspoken, erratic wife in American Hustle, thus beating out hot favourite Lupita Nyong’o. As for the male category, it went to Barkhad Abdi, who played one of the Somali pirates in Captain Phillips. Abdi wasn’t a favorite to win, with most bookies predicting an award for Michael Fassbender, but lo and behold – Abdi was finally recognized.

Barkhad Abdi, Mayfair Hotel
Barkhad Abdi got recognized for his work in Captain Philips.

As the British equivalent to the Oscars, last night’s BAFTAs were obviously a glamorous affair. In between bouts of Stephen Fry’s self deprecating humor (“[Oprah’s] performance in The Butler was so moving, I almost gave mine the afternoon off.”) and jabs at all of his colleagues (Fry introduced the flawless Emma Thompson as “In the film world, a goddess. In real life, a ghastly piece of sickly shrieking awful.”) there were also some awards given out.

Stephen Fry, The Hobbit Premiere
Stephen Fry always makes for an entertaining awards show.

The big winners of the night were somewhat surprising. Predictions pegged Gravity and 12 Years A Slave – the two award show favorites so far – for the majority of BAFTAs as well. Instead, the Steve McQueen directed 12 Years only took two awards out of 8 nods total. Granted, they were the big ones - best film and leading actor (Chiwetel Ejiofor) – but that was it.

Chiwetel Ejiofor, BAFTA Honors
Ejiofor got recognized for his outstanding performance in 12 Years A Slave.

Gravity made a real dent however. Not only did the film win six of its 11 nominations– including outstanding British film, director (Alfonso Cuarón) and cinematographer (Emanuel Lubezki), and a Bafta for its brilliant special visual effects team, but Cuaron’s time on stage was one of the best parts of the show. Particularly good for people, who enjoy immigrant humor. Cuaron joked about how he’s been living in London for over a decade: “I guess that I make a very good case for curbing immigration.” The crowd cheered.

Alfonso Cuaron, BAFTA Honors
Alfonso Cuaron delivered what had to be the joke of the night.

There were shocks in the supporting actor and actresses categories – and 12 Years a Slave took a hit both times. Jennifer Lawrence, hugely popular in the film industry here and in the States, took the supporting actress BAFTA for her role as an outspoken, erratic wife in American Hustle, thus beating out hot favourite Lupita Nyong’o. As for the male category, it went to Barkhad Abdi, who played one of the Somali pirates in Captain Phillips. Abdi wasn’t a favorite to win, with most bookies predicting an award for Michael Fassbender, but lo and behold – Abdi was finally recognized.

Barkhad Abdi, Mayfair Hotel
Barkhad Abdi got recognized for his work in Captain Philips.

17th February 2014 3979194
'24: Live Another Day' Will Feature Stephen Fry as Prime Minister 4044548 News

The new season of 24 has been grabbing headlines on both sides of the Atlantic over the past month. London is at the center of this focus due to the film’s British setting.

Kiefer Sutherland
Keifer Sutherland On The Set Of '24' In London

And now – in more Anglo-centric news - Stephen Fry is to play the recurring role of Trevor Davies, British Prime Minister in the twelve-episode series.

Fry broke the news via Deadline, alerting followers via a Tweet that read: “Well, this particular cat is out of the bag,” and was accompanied by a link to the article and the hashtag, #24LiveAnotherDay.

24: Live Another Day, which will kick off with a two-hour premiere on May 5, 2014, takes place four years after the events of season 8. Unlike the seasons before it, the latest will portray a single day but won’t adhere to the one-hour format.

Kiefer Sutherland – Jack Bower - has admitted to being nervous about returning to the show, while his character becomes a fugitive running from the law in the British capital.

"I'm about as anxious and wound up as I've been in a long time," he said, talking earlier this month, at the Television Critics Association winter meeting.

"There's a great impetus for all of us to create something new with the show," he added. "Hopefully, by the time you're finished watching an episode, you'll feel like you've been there… on the edge of your seat," added Sutherland.

The show will certainly attract plenty of attention when it hits screens once again. All eight seasons was vigorously consumed by TV lovers, with the earlier runs considered to be the show’s peak.

Stephen FryHere's Fry practicing for the role by impersonating David Cameron

The new season of 24 has been grabbing headlines on both sides of the Atlantic over the past month. London is at the center of this focus due to the film’s British setting.

Kiefer Sutherland
Keifer Sutherland On The Set Of '24' In London

And now – in more Anglo-centric news - Stephen Fry is to play the recurring role of Trevor Davies, British Prime Minister in the twelve-episode series.

Fry broke the news via Deadline, alerting followers via a Tweet that read: “Well, this particular cat is out of the bag,” and was accompanied by a link to the article and the hashtag, #24LiveAnotherDay.

24: Live Another Day, which will kick off with a two-hour premiere on May 5, 2014, takes place four years after the events of season 8. Unlike the seasons before it, the latest will portray a single day but won’t adhere to the one-hour format.

Kiefer Sutherland – Jack Bower - has admitted to being nervous about returning to the show, while his character becomes a fugitive running from the law in the British capital.

"I'm about as anxious and wound up as I've been in a long time," he said, talking earlier this month, at the Television Critics Association winter meeting.

"There's a great impetus for all of us to create something new with the show," he added. "Hopefully, by the time you're finished watching an episode, you'll feel like you've been there… on the edge of your seat," added Sutherland.

The show will certainly attract plenty of attention when it hits screens once again. All eight seasons was vigorously consumed by TV lovers, with the earlier runs considered to be the show’s peak.

Stephen FryHere's Fry practicing for the role by impersonating David Cameron

28th January 2014 3979194
Stephen Fry Joins '24' New Season, as British Prime Minister 4043079 News

24's new series will feature Stephen Fry as the British Prime Minister. Fry confirmed the news on Twitter, posting a link to the story on Deadline.com and writing, "Well, this particular cat is out of the bag." 

Stephen FryStephen Fry Will Play British Prime Minister in '24's New Season'

In 'Live Another Day' - set four years after the last series and once again starring Kiefer Sutherland - Fry will play the "strong and charismatic" leader of the country. Sutherland's counter-terrorist expert Jack Bauer returns to London as a fugitive on the run from the CIA. Our recent photographs show the U.S. star shooting action scenes in the capital's Aldgate.

The Fox series is set to premiere in the U.S with a two-hour special on May 5, with the UK expected to get the series on Sky 1 soon after. It will explore on the friendship between Fry's Prime Minister and US President Heller, which comes under pressure due to political crises. 

24's new season will again take place over the course of a single day, though will leap around in time instead of the usual hour-by-hour structure. 

24 new seasonKeifer Sutherland Shooting The New Season of '24' in London

Sutherland talked up the series at the Television Critics Association winter meeting earlier this month. 

"I'm about as anxious and wound up as I've been in a long time," he said.

"There's a great impetus for all of us to create something new with the show."

"Hopefully, by the time you're finished watching an episode, you'll feel like you've been there. on the edge of your seat," added Sutherland.

Mary Lynn Rajskub also returns as Chloe O'Brian in the drama series, which broadcast 192 episodes between 2001 and 2010. 

24's new series will feature Stephen Fry as the British Prime Minister. Fry confirmed the news on Twitter, posting a link to the story on Deadline.com and writing, "Well, this particular cat is out of the bag." 

Stephen FryStephen Fry Will Play British Prime Minister in '24's New Season'

In 'Live Another Day' - set four years after the last series and once again starring Kiefer Sutherland - Fry will play the "strong and charismatic" leader of the country. Sutherland's counter-terrorist expert Jack Bauer returns to London as a fugitive on the run from the CIA. Our recent photographs show the U.S. star shooting action scenes in the capital's Aldgate.

The Fox series is set to premiere in the U.S with a two-hour special on May 5, with the UK expected to get the series on Sky 1 soon after. It will explore on the friendship between Fry's Prime Minister and US President Heller, which comes under pressure due to political crises. 

24's new season will again take place over the course of a single day, though will leap around in time instead of the usual hour-by-hour structure. 

24 new seasonKeifer Sutherland Shooting The New Season of '24' in London

Sutherland talked up the series at the Television Critics Association winter meeting earlier this month. 

"I'm about as anxious and wound up as I've been in a long time," he said.

"There's a great impetus for all of us to create something new with the show."

"Hopefully, by the time you're finished watching an episode, you'll feel like you've been there. on the edge of your seat," added Sutherland.

Mary Lynn Rajskub also returns as Chloe O'Brian in the drama series, which broadcast 192 episodes between 2001 and 2010. 

27th January 2014 3979194
Tributes Flood In For The Late Peter O'Toole 3999932 News

The acting great Peter O'Toole has tragically passed away after lossing a long battle with illness. The actor passed away in hospital on Saturday, 14 December, having retired from acting a little over a year prior to his unfortunate passing. He was 81-years-old.

Peter O'Toole
Peter O'Toole: 1932 - 2013

"Oh what terrible news. Farewell Peter O'Toole. I had the honour of directing him in a scene. Monster, scholar, lover of life, genius …" tweeted Stephen Fry in response to the sad passing. Comic David Walliam also had fond memories of the late acting great, tweeting, "Matt (Lucas) & I had drinks with Peter O'Toole in LA a few years ago. He was hugely entertaining. The greatest company. A legend on screen and off."

His passing hasn't just affected British entertainers, as the influence of O'Toole's acting prowess spread across the globe with each of his lauded performances. Michael Chiklis tweeted that Peter was one of the "original, hard drinking, classic, actor's actor", adding, "The piercing blue eyes of Lawrence of Arabia will never fade," whilst Neil Patrick Harris added, "Lucky to have worked with him for a month in Prague. Wonderful man, remarkable talent."

Peter O'Toole Lawrence of Arabia
His role as TE Lawrence is still his best remembered

Outside of the entertainment industry, O'Toole was known a "giant of film and theatre" by Irish President Michael D. Higgins, via BBC. After pretending not to have supported pro-apartheid policies in the past, following the death of Nelson Mandela earlier this month, British Prime Minister claimed that Lawrence of Arabia was his favourite film in his tweeted response to the death of O'Toole, adding that his acting talent was "stunning."

His role as T.E. Lawrence in the 1962 David Lean classic is probably O'Toole's most well-remembered and warmly held performance to date, but the thespian was by no means limited to this one performance. Throughout his career O'Toole won eight Oscar nominations, including one for Lawrence of Arabia, and he won numerous awards and plaudits for his performances on stage too. His career spanned more than fifty years and included some of the best known performances of his generation and his influence and legacy won't son be forgotten.

Peter O'Toole Pygmalion
O'Toole in a scene from the 1983 film Pygmalion

The acting great Peter O'Toole has tragically passed away after lossing a long battle with illness. The actor passed away in hospital on Saturday, 14 December, having retired from acting a little over a year prior to his unfortunate passing. He was 81-years-old.

Peter O'Toole
Peter O'Toole: 1932 - 2013

"Oh what terrible news. Farewell Peter O'Toole. I had the honour of directing him in a scene. Monster, scholar, lover of life, genius …" tweeted Stephen Fry in response to the sad passing. Comic David Walliam also had fond memories of the late acting great, tweeting, "Matt (Lucas) & I had drinks with Peter O'Toole in LA a few years ago. He was hugely entertaining. The greatest company. A legend on screen and off."

His passing hasn't just affected British entertainers, as the influence of O'Toole's acting prowess spread across the globe with each of his lauded performances. Michael Chiklis tweeted that Peter was one of the "original, hard drinking, classic, actor's actor", adding, "The piercing blue eyes of Lawrence of Arabia will never fade," whilst Neil Patrick Harris added, "Lucky to have worked with him for a month in Prague. Wonderful man, remarkable talent."

Peter O'Toole Lawrence of Arabia
His role as TE Lawrence is still his best remembered

Outside of the entertainment industry, O'Toole was known a "giant of film and theatre" by Irish President Michael D. Higgins, via BBC. After pretending not to have supported pro-apartheid policies in the past, following the death of Nelson Mandela earlier this month, British Prime Minister claimed that Lawrence of Arabia was his favourite film in his tweeted response to the death of O'Toole, adding that his acting talent was "stunning."

His role as T.E. Lawrence in the 1962 David Lean classic is probably O'Toole's most well-remembered and warmly held performance to date, but the thespian was by no means limited to this one performance. Throughout his career O'Toole won eight Oscar nominations, including one for Lawrence of Arabia, and he won numerous awards and plaudits for his performances on stage too. His career spanned more than fifty years and included some of the best known performances of his generation and his influence and legacy won't son be forgotten.

Peter O'Toole Pygmalion
O'Toole in a scene from the 1983 film Pygmalion

16th December 2013 3999499
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 3995382 Film Reviews

With wittier action and a few more sharply defined characters, this second episode in Peter Jackson's trilogy is more engaging than the somewhat over-packed An Unexpected Journey. Once again, the key to enjoying the film is to distance it from the beloved novel: this is a big adventure movie as opposed to Tolkien's light-hearted romp. And that's not necessarily a bad thing.

There isn't much actual plot, as we are between the set-up and conclusion, so the film consists of a series of set-pieces as Bilbo (Freeman) and his band of dwarves continue their journey to reclaim the dwarf throne in the Lonely Mountain. Gandalf (McKellen) heads off to confront the shifty, shadowy Necromancer (Cumberbatch), while Bilbo and crew head into the creepy Mirkwood, where they confront gigantic spiders before being captured by wood-elves. This is where they meet Legolas (Bloom), whose feisty sidekick Tauriel (Lilly) falls for sexy dwarf Kili (Turner) as they continue their journey to Lake-town. There they get help from Bard (Evans) as they launch their final assault on the mountain, where the dragon Smaug (also Cumberbatch) is napping on the dwarves' vast treasure.

Jackson directs with a spark of energy and humour that holds our attention even when things begin to look a little too digitally animated (basic laws of physics apparently don't apply in Middle Earth). And each sequence also provides some depth of character, especially in the overall journey of Bilbo, nicely played by Freeman as a guy who is only just discovering his own ingenuity and bravery. By contrast, McKellen's plot is much darker as he faces off against unnerving evil. As in the first film, the other strong character is Thorin (Armitage), the heir to the dwarf throne grappling with the idea of a return to power.

There's plenty to enjoy in this movie, which combines comedy, drama, action and even some horror along the way. Smaug is a bit too chatty, but is also a thrilling climactic character who gives the film a genuinely jarring cliffhanger finale. And the centrepiece action sequence, in which Bilbo orchestrates an escape using wine barrels, is witty and exhilarating. All of this feels rather a lot more intense than the Tolkien novel, but this is the kind of satisfying, exciting epic we rarely get anymore. It's also fun to see Jackson link these films with his Lord of the Rings trilogy. And it leaves us gasping to see Part 3.

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'The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug' Premiere Brings Together All-Star Cast [Pictures] 3979279 News

Last night (December 3) saw the premiere for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug at Los Angeles’ Chinese Theater. While the final Hobbit film wrapped filming back in summer, the production team and cast, including Martin Freeman, Benedict Cumberbatch, Orlando Bloom, director Peter Jackson and many others, will still have plenty of chances to catch up at premieres and promotional events leading up to the film’s release. They clearly enjoyed doing so last night, if photos from the premiere are any indication.

Peter Jackson, TLC Chinese Theater
Jackson attends the premiere with his daughter, actress Katie Jackson.

To see more pictures from the event head on over to the next page or follow the link to our full gallery.

The Desolation of Smaug continues the three-part retelling of Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings prequel, with this second film centering on Bilbo Baggins’ (Martin Freeman) journey with the dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) to reclaim their stolen treasure and face Smaug the dragon (Benedict Cumberbatch). Along the way they encounter several friends and foes – some familiar, like Orlando Bloom’s Legolas and some new and completely original to Peter Jackson’s trilogy, such as the archer Tauriel, head of the Mirkwood Elven guard.

Check out the trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug below.
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Other actors from the film like Luke Evans (Bard the Bowman), Aidan Turner (Kili), Dean O’Gorman (Fili), Stephen Fry (Master of Laketown), William Kircher (Bifur), Manu Bennett (Azog), John Bell (Bain) and Ryan Gage (Alfrid) also walked the red carpet in Downtown LA last night.

Next page: Orlando Bloom, Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.

For Orlando Bloom, this is the fifth film within the Lotr universe. The actor was first cast as the valiant elf-prince Legolas back in 2001's Fellowship, which became his breakthrough role. He has since gone on to star in other blockbusters like the Pirates of the Caribbean films and steal the hearts of millions of teenage fangirls, but his role in The Hobbit films is a return to his roots of sorts.

Orlando Bloom, The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug Premiere
Orlando Bloom at the TLC Chinese Theatre.

Martin Freeman first played Frodo Baggins' uncle Bilbo back in Fellowship as well, however that was only a minor part, compared to his lead role in The Hobbit trilogy. In the mean time, he has acted in productions like BBC's The Office, 2003's romantic comedy Love Actually and of course, Freeman's cult role as John Watson in the BBC series Sherlock, to be revived in 2014.

Martin Freeman, The Hobbit La Premiere
Freeman at the film's LA Premiere.

Benedict Cumberbatch is part of a new crop of British actors to reach intenational stardom. He came into prominence internationally with his lead role in the BBC series Sherlock, a modern day adaptation of the Sherlock Holmes stories, headed by Stephen Moffat. Since Sherlock, Cumberbatch has gone on to play the villain Khan in Star Trek: Into Darkness, portray WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in the 2013 flop The Fifth Estate and of course, voice Smaug the dragon in the second Hobbit film. 

Benedict Cumberbatch, Britannia Awards
Cumberbatch at the 2013 Britannia Awards.

Last night (December 3) saw the premiere for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug at Los Angeles’ Chinese Theater. While the final Hobbit film wrapped filming back in summer, the production team and cast, including Martin Freeman, Benedict Cumberbatch, Orlando Bloom, director Peter Jackson and many others, will still have plenty of chances to catch up at premieres and promotional events leading up to the film’s release. They clearly enjoyed doing so last night, if photos from the premiere are any indication.

Peter Jackson, TLC Chinese Theater
Jackson attends the premiere with his daughter, actress Katie Jackson.

To see more pictures from the event head on over to the next page or follow the link to our full gallery.

The Desolation of Smaug continues the three-part retelling of Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings prequel, with this second film centering on Bilbo Baggins’ (Martin Freeman) journey with the dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) to reclaim their stolen treasure and face Smaug the dragon (Benedict Cumberbatch). Along the way they encounter several friends and foes – some familiar, like Orlando Bloom’s Legolas and some new and completely original to Peter Jackson’s trilogy, such as the archer Tauriel, head of the Mirkwood Elven guard.

Check out the trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug below.
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Other actors from the film like Luke Evans (Bard the Bowman), Aidan Turner (Kili), Dean O’Gorman (Fili), Stephen Fry (Master of Laketown), William Kircher (Bifur), Manu Bennett (Azog), John Bell (Bain) and Ryan Gage (Alfrid) also walked the red carpet in Downtown LA last night.

Next page: Orlando Bloom, Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.

For Orlando Bloom, this is the fifth film within the Lotr universe. The actor was first cast as the valiant elf-prince Legolas back in 2001's Fellowship, which became his breakthrough role. He has since gone on to star in other blockbusters like the Pirates of the Caribbean films and steal the hearts of millions of teenage fangirls, but his role in The Hobbit films is a return to his roots of sorts.

Orlando Bloom, The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug Premiere
Orlando Bloom at the TLC Chinese Theatre.

Martin Freeman first played Frodo Baggins' uncle Bilbo back in Fellowship as well, however that was only a minor part, compared to his lead role in The Hobbit trilogy. In the mean time, he has acted in productions like BBC's The Office, 2003's romantic comedy Love Actually and of course, Freeman's cult role as John Watson in the BBC series Sherlock, to be revived in 2014.

Martin Freeman, The Hobbit La Premiere
Freeman at the film's LA Premiere.

Benedict Cumberbatch is part of a new crop of British actors to reach intenational stardom. He came into prominence internationally with his lead role in the BBC series Sherlock, a modern day adaptation of the Sherlock Holmes stories, headed by Stephen Moffat. Since Sherlock, Cumberbatch has gone on to play the villain Khan in Star Trek: Into Darkness, portray WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in the 2013 flop The Fifth Estate and of course, voice Smaug the dragon in the second Hobbit film. 

Benedict Cumberbatch, Britannia Awards
Cumberbatch at the 2013 Britannia Awards.

3rd December 2013 3979195
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 3888307 Videos 2nd October 2013

Bilbo Baggins has narrowly escaped several deadly confrontations with the likes of trolls, stone giants and countless orcs alongside his faithful wizard partner Gandalf and the hardy Dwarves of Erebor as they passed through the treacherous Misty Mountains. Their quest to retrieve the dwarves' vast pile of treasure and the land that they once called their home is at a peak as they reach the Lonely Mountain. Guarded by a colossal dragon named Smaug, the Lonely Mountain proves to be even more perilous than where they had just been and armed only with elven swords and Bilbo's Ring, they must make the ultimate defeat while fighting giant spiders and more goblins along the way. More threats face them in the form of untrustworthy elves with intelligence that far surpasses any of the travellers' put together, and their chances of survival are becoming very slim indeed.

'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' is the second instalment of 'The Hobbit' movie trilogy directed by Peter Jackson ('King Kong', 'The Lovely Bones', 'The Lord of the Rings') and based on the novel by JRR Tolkien. Screenwriters Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and Guillermo del Toro make their return as do much of the previous cast alongside some new faces. It is due to be released in the UK on December 13th 2013.

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