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Tracey Ullman's Mother Dies In Tragic House Fire Aged 85


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Tracey Ullman's mother has died at the age of 85. Doreen Skinner died in a house fire on Monday (23rd March). The fire was reportedly caused by the 'careless disposal of a cigarette'.

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Tracey Ullman's mother has died in a house fire at the age of 85.

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Tracey Ullman To Return To British Television For First Time In 30 Years


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Nearly thirty years since she ceased to be a regular presence on British television, Tracey Ullman is set to return to the BBC with her own comedy series.

The actress, singer and sketch writer will front a new six-part series ‘The Tracey Ullman Show’ as part of a slew of new comedy programmes commissioned by the BBC.

Having enjoyed many years of success in the United States, the British-born Ullman said in a statement that it was “a privilege” to be back. Now 55 years old, she said “I still feel as inspired to inhabit people as I did when I was six, standing on the windowsill in my mother's bedroom, putting on a show.”

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Picture - Christine Baranski, Tracey Ullman and... New York New York United States, Friday 23rd January 2015

Christine Baranski, Tracey Ullman and Meryl Streep - A host of stars were photographed at the Casting Society of America 30th Annual Artios Awards which were held at the BPM night club in New York, New York, United States - Friday 23rd January 2015

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Christine Baranski, Guest, Meryl Streep, Tracey Ullman and Rob Marshall
Christine Baranski, Tracey Ullman and Meryl Streep
Christine Baranski, Tracey Ullman and Meryl Streep
Christine Baranski, Tracey Ullman and Meryl Streep

Bafta 2015 Nominations Reveal Secrets Of Awards Season


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Friday morning's British Academy Film Awards nominations show the predicted BAFTA love for home-grown movies like 'The Imitation Game' and 'The Theory of Everything', but were even more notable for who was missing from the shortlists.

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Timothy Spall - snubbed by the academy?

The most obvious snub was for Mike Leigh's acclaimed biographical drama 'Mr Turner', for which Timothy Spall won Best Actor at the Cannes Film Festival. But the film only has a handful of technical nods (for cinematography, production design, costumes and make-up/hair), with nothing for Spall or Leigh, and most surprisingly no British Film nomination.

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Picture - Tracey Ullman - Shots of... London United Kingdom, Wednesday 7th January 2015

Tracey Ullman - Shots of the stars of the new Disney musical 'Into The Woods' including Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt and James Corden as they attend the films U.K. Premiere at the Curzon Mayfair in London - Wednesday 7th January 2015

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Into the Woods Review


Excellent

It's taken a long time for this stage musical to make it to the big screen, and while director Rob Marshall once again fails to give the story a sharp focus (see also Chicago and Nine), he at least lets the music and characters shine. Originally staged on Broadway in 1987, this musical by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine is a gleeful mash-up of fairy tales that continues on past the "happily ever after", eventually turning rather dark and emotional.

Once upon a time, there was a Baker and his Wife (James Corden and Emily Blunt) who learn that they can't have children because the Witch (Meryl Streep) next door has cursed them. She offers to break the spell if they collect a cow, a cape, a slipper and a lock of hair. Meanwhile, Jack (Daniel Huttlestone) annoys his mother (Tracey Ullman) by selling the family cow for a handful of "magic" beans; Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford) dodges a leery Wolf (Johnny Depp) following her through the woods; Cinderella (Anna Kendrick) sneaks to the festival to meet the Prince (Chris Pine) against the wishes of her nasty stepmum (Christine Baranski); and Rapunzel (Mackenzie Mauzy) defies her mother by letting her hair down for a Prince (Billy Magnussen). After knotting together, each plot strand resolves happily. Until the next day.

This is very much a story of two halves, with the sharp, snappy, hilarious first act contrasting strongly against the rather disturbingly grim and grisly second act, as everyone's story unravels to reveal each character's deep neediness. What makes this show so clever is the way it undermines the usual fairy-tale happiness of most stories, cautioning that this artifice is actually a problem for children. While the songs are all clever and thoroughly engaging, none of them is particularly hummable on first listen, but each is packed with witty wordplay and serious subtext that gets under the skin.

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Tracey Ullman - Tracey Ullman arriving at ABC studios for late-night talk show 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 16th December 2014

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Picture - Tracey Ullman - Photographs from... New York City New York United States, Tuesday 9th December 2014

Tracey Ullman - Photographs from the red carpet as a vast array of stars arrived for the World Premiere of Disney's film musical 'Into The Woods' which was held at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City, New York, United States - Tuesday 9th December 2014

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Into The Woods - Extended Trailer


When a Baker (James Corden) and his wife (Emily Blunt) are unable to have children due to a curse, they are advised by a witch (Meryl Streep) to venture into the woods in order to find a cow as white as milk, a cape as red as blood, hair as yellow as corn and a slipper as pure as gold. Along the way, they become intertwined in the stories of 'Jack and the Beanstalk', 'Little Red Riding Hood', 'Rapunzel', and 'Cinderella', in this original story based upon Grimm's classic fairy tales.

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Into The Woods - Alternative Trailer


When a Baker (James Corden) and his wife (Emily Blunt) are cursed by a witch (Meryl Streep), they discover that they are unable to have children. The couple embark on an adventure into the woods in order to recover the magical objects required to break the spell and allow them to begin a family together. Over the course of their journey, they encounter iconic fairy-tale characters and motifs from stories like Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel and Cinderella. They also steadily learn valuable lessons about responsibility and being careful what they wish for.

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Into The Woods - Featurette


Take a sneak peak of forthcoming musical fairytale flick 'Into The Woods' in this short featurette, featuring comments from the stellar ensemble cast and crew. Among them are stars Emily Blunt, James Corden, Chris Pine, Meryl Streep and Johnny Depp, as well as director Rob Marshall ('Chicago'), author of the book James Lapine and composer Stephen Sondheim ('Sweeney Todd').

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Into The Woods - Teaser Trailer


When a Baker (James Corden) and his wife (Emily Blunt) are cursed by a witch (Meryl Streep), they discover that they are unable to have children. The couple embark on an adventure into the woods in order to recover the magical objects required to break the spell and allow them to begin a family together. Over the course of their journey, they encounter iconic fairy-tale characters and motifs from stories like Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel and Cinderella. They also steadily learn valuable lessons about responsibility and being careful what they wish for .

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Russell Brand Among All-Star Cast For Eric Idle's Latest Play


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Eric Idle Play Cast

A truly special comedy moment as [L-R] Sophie Winkleman, Russell Brand, Tim Curry, Tracey Ullman, Billy Connolly, Jane Leeves, Jim Piddock, Eric Idle and Eddie Izzard join forces in Los Angeles.

Look at that line-up, it's one for the ages is it not? Los Angeles comedy fans were given an absolute treat as an all-star cast featuring world renowned stand-up comedians, Hollywood actors and sitcom legends performed improvisational musical called What About Dick? Written by Monty Python man Eric Idle, the show saw comedians-cum-actors Eddie Izzard and Russell Brand join up with the likes of acting stalwart Tim Curry, US 80s comedy star Tracey Ullman, Scottish stand-up Billy Connolly and Frasier star Jane Leeves and more for the hilarious play. 

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