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Star Trek Into The Darkness Movie Premiere – What’s Hot and What’s Trending 03 May 2013

Alice Eve - looking sexy in low cut  black dress revealing cleavageStar Trek Into The Darkness Movie Premiere – the latest outing for the Star Trek sci-fi franchise had its premiere at London’s Empire Cinema yesterday evening.

The cast was out in force (resists ‘may be with you’ remark!) and there were plenty of great outfits on view as well as a near wardrobe malfunction.

By all accounts the stand out female outfits for the night came from actress Alice Eve who stars as Dr Carol Marcus. She looked stunning as she wore a figure hugging grey suede look dress with a black belt to the actual movie premiere and an even better looking black dress to the after movie party at Aqua.

Although there is not believed to be romance in the air just yet it is more than likely that Alice will have a good long future in the Star Trek movies as it is a character with the same name who eventually gave birth to Captain Kirk’s children in the original 60′s television series.

If you have not heard much of Alice before then you can tell just from her parents that she is not only going to be super attractive but also a talented actress. Her father is Trevor Eve, forever Eddie Shoestring for those of the right age in the 70′s or perhaps you might remember him from his role as Det Supt Peter Boyd in the BBC drama Waking the Dead. He is also remembered for his part in the long-running tv ad for Nescafe Gold Blend (that’s Taster’s Choice if you are in the US) where he starred opposite his real-life wife the very attractive Sharon Maugham.

Although both of Alice’s outfits went down well with both the crowd and the assembled press fellow cast member Zoe Saldana, who plays Lt Uhura in the movie, was a little more troubled as she narrowly avoided a wardrobe malfunction in her white skirt which started to blow up in the wind threatening to reveal her underwear. It was only the intervention of Alice, Benedict Cumberbatch (John Harrison) and Zachary Quinto (Spock) that saved her blushes.

The movie has received some really good reviews although we guess the hardcore Trekkies will see it regardless of what is said by the movie critics. Star Trek Into The Darkness will go on general release on 09 May in the Uk and on 17 May in the US. It would be a fair bet that the movie will do well at the box office as so far the Star Trek movie franchise is estimated to have taken in excess of $1 billion in the US alone.

 
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Posted by on May 3, 2013 in Trending now

 

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Is Doctor Who Too Sexy? – What’s Hot and What’s Trending 08 April 2013

Doctor Who kissing Clara - Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman

Matt Smith kissing Jenna-Louise Coleman

Is Doctor Who Too Sexy? – the director of the first series of Doctor Who has said he feels the show has now become too sexual.

Waris Hussein directed An Unearthly Child back in 1963 with William Hartnell playing the part of the Doctor and the parts of his then three companions were played by Carole Ann Ford, Jacqueline Hill and William Russell. The four episodes of the first series were soon overshadowed by the next series which featured The Daleks.

Indian-born director Hussein says that he believes Doctor Who now has an element of sexuality in its programmes and said in an interview with the BBC ‘Why bring in this element when in fact you needn’t have it there?’

He went on to say how surprised he was that with the recent rebirth of The Doctor there had been a scene showing the Doctor “snogging” his new companion Clara Oswald, played by Jenna-Louise Coleman. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 8, 2013 in Trending now

 

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Sherlock To Return For Series 3 and Series 4 – What’s Hot and What’s Trending 12 March 2013

Sherlock Series 4Sherlock To Return For Series 3 and Series 4 – Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch has been talking about the new series 3 of the hit show and also the not mentioned before series 4.

At the South Bank Show Awards Cumberbatch revealed that he and co-star Martin Freeman had already agreed to 2 new series saying: “All I know at the moment is I’m doing these three [episodes of the upcoming series] and another three.”

After saying that he and Freeman had agreed to two more series of Sherlock Cumberbatch quickly added:”I could get into trouble for saying that.” Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 12, 2013 in Trending now

 

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World’s Most Reproduced Print To Be Auctioned, Nude Sherlock Star To Be In Bond Biopic – What’s Hot and What’s Trending 25 January 2013

The Chinese Girl by Vladimir Tretchikoff - The World's Most Reproduced Painting. Artwork. Kitsch.Original Painting Of World’s Most Reproduced Print To Be Auctioned – the original painting of The Chinese Girl by Vladimir Tretchikoff is to be auctioned in London in a few weeks time.

Tretchikoff was born in Russia in 1913 but moved to China in 1917 at the onset of the Russian Revolution. He later moved to Singapore before finally settling in South Africa after the Second World War.

The Chinese Girl is probably better known to many as The Green Lady and was painted by Tretchikoff in 1950. The painting is actually Tretchikoff’s second attempt at this theme with the original version (using a different model) being destroyed when his South African studio was robbed.

The model for The Chinese Girl was a 17-year old girl called Monika Sing-Lee who Tretchikoff spotted working in a Cape Town launderette owned by his uncle.

The picture was hugely popular with the general public in the 60′s and 70′s but was always looked down on by the art world and Tretchikoff became known as the King of Kitsch. He said before he died in 2006  that he believed around half a million full size copies of The Chinese Girl had been sold. In addition to this the image was used on many other items such as mugs and tea towels as well as being sold in a smaller format reproduction. Although selling well around the world, the work was particularly popular in the Uk and The Commonwealth.

The original painting was bought by a woman in Chicago whilst Tretchikoff was touring the US in the 50′s and it has remained in the same family ever since. Prior to coming to London for the auction the painting will be on display in New York and Johanesburg.

The painting is being sold as part of an auction of South African art at Bonhams on 20 March. The Chinese Girl  has a guide price of £300-500k and is sure to surpass the record price for a work by Tretchikoff which currently stands at £337k. This was achieved by his picture Portrait of Lenka (Red Jacket). a semi-nude work featuring his lover and muse Lenka (real name Leonara Schmidt-Salomonson).

Naked Lara Pulver as domintrix Irene Adler in SherlockNude Sherlock Star To Appear In Bond Biopic – Lara Pulver, the actress whose character captivated Sherlock Holmes when she appeared nude in front of him, is to feature in a new biopic of James Bond creator Ian Fleming.

The 32-year old actress caused a bit of a stir in the series when she appeared naked in front of Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock character. Her character of Irene Adler was taken directly from the original Sir Arthur Conan Doyle stories. Adler is the strongest of the female characters in the Sherlock Holmes stories and it is believed that he based Irene on the real life character of Lola Montez, an Irish dancer who was the lover of Ludwig 1 of Bavaria. The King eventually bestowed upon Montez the title of the Countess of Landsfeld.

As well as making a big impression on his Sherlock character it is thought that in reality Lara’s naked performance impressed actor Benedict Cumberbatch as the pair were said to be romantically linked last year.

In the new Ian Fleming biopic Lara is to play the part of Ann O’Neill. Ann became Fleming’s wife in 1952 after her divorce from her second husband Viscount Rothermere. This marriage broke down due to Ann’s affair with Fleming, who she had known since before the marriage took place in 1945. Even as early as 1947 it seems Ann and Fleming had rekindled their romance as she stayed with him at his Jamaican Goldeneye estate when she had in fact told her husband she was staying with Noel Coward at his neighbouring property.

The new biopic will star Dominic Cooper in the role of Ian Fleming  as well as also featuring Samuel West and Anna Chancellor. The Show is being produced for Sky Atlantic and filming is expected to start later this year in the UK and Bulgaria.

Lara has recently been talking about her breakthrough role as Irene Adler in Sherlock and said that she would love it if she could make a return to the series as the whip bearing dominatrix. From the reception the character got first time round it would certainly be a popular return.

 
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Posted by on January 25, 2013 in Trending now

 

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Diana Rigg and Rachael Stirling Appear Together, Elementary To Air On UK TV

Diana Rigg and Rachael Stirling – former Avenger’s star Dame Diana and her daughter Rachael are to appear together on-screen for the first time in a specially written episode of Doctor Who.

Diana did of course play Emma Peel in the classic 60′s tv series. Her character was known for being a tough fighting feminist who had a penchant for leather and pvc catsuits. There was always plenty of flirting between Emma and Patrick Macnee’s  character Steed and audiences were never quite sure if the two of them had had an affair, were still having an affair or were just friends who enjoyed plenty of flirting together.

Oh and in case being one of the hottest Avengers girls was not enough for her Diana also played the part of Contessa Teresa di Vicenzo, later Tracy Bond, in the 1969 Bond film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, where she becomes the only woman, so far, to marry 007.

Diana’s daughter Rachael Stirling is still best-known for her steamy television performance as Nan Astley playing opposite Keeley Hawes in the 2002 lesbian drama Tipping The Velvet. Although she does appear to have a reputation for tackling sexual roles on television, as she also played Ursula Brangwen in the 2011 adaptation of D.H.Lawrence’s Women In Love, Rachael has actually spent most of her career in very different roles in the theatre.

Diana and Rachael are playing mother and daughter roles in the new Doctor Who episode but there will apparently be a twist as they are described as having “a dark secret.” The episode has been specially written for them by Mark Gatiss and filming has already begun this week at the Roath Lock studios in Cardiff. The mother and daughter duo will be starring alongside Matt Smith as the Doctor and Jenna-Louise Coleman as the Doctor’s new companion.

Rachael said of her new opportunity: “What joy. I am looking forward to the madness of Doctor Who enormously. Mark Gatiss has written a gift of a script and an on-screen relationship between Ma and I that is truly delicious.

“We’ve never before worked together as the offers have not been  tempting, but when such a funny and original script comes through you know the time has come.”

Doctor Who’s executive producer Steven Moffat said: “Dame Diana Rigg, Rachael Stirling and a Mark Gatiss script – a combination of talents you could only get in Doctor Who! Frankly, I’m terrified already!”

Although we don’t yet have an exact date for the episode airing on tv we do know that we will all have to wait until next year.

Elementary – satellite broadcaster Sky have picked up the CBS modern-day version of the Sherlock Holmes stories.

The CBS series seemed to follow on indecently closely to the BBC’s critical and viewer favourite Sherlock starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.

The US show has a number of twists with Sherlock being relocated to New York following a visit to a rehab centre there for addiction treatment. Sherlock is played by Jonny Lee Miller but in another twist his faithful sidekick is world’s away from both Freeman’s interpretation and the original Conan Doyle character with Lucy Liu playing the newly sober Joan Watson.

The part of the policeman DI Greg Lestrade from Sherlock (played by Rupert Graves) is turned into Captain Tobias Gregson of NYPD, played by Aidan Quinn. Although this might appear to be another deviation from the original Conan Doyle stories in fact there was an Inspector Gregson in a number of the stories including the original story A Study In Scarlet.

Gregson was described by Sherlock Holmes in A Study In Scarlet as so:”Gregson is the smartest of the Scotland Yarders,” my friend remarked; “he and Lestrade are the pick of a bad lot. They are both quick and energetic, but conventional — shockingly so. They have their knives into one another, too. They are as jealous as a pair of professional beauties. There will be some fun over this case if they are both put upon the scent.”

The CBS series has generally received less favourable reviews in the US than Sherlock, which aired on PBS, did but some reviewers have enjoyed the change in scenario offered by the move to New York. It does seem a shame that Elementary has made Sherlock’s sidekick a woman and seemingly introduced a romantic element to their relationship. This seems too obvious a move and just serves to turn the series into the usual formulaic style US tv series. Why everything has to be dumbed down for audiences these days I just can’t understand. With all if the channels that are available to people these days there are already plenty of “easier” viewing options out there.

One of the reasons that Sherlock has been such a success is the highly intelligent writing style which doesn’t treat the audience as the sort of people who need everything spoon-fed and explained to them every second. Also Sherlock’s relationship with Watson is a rare example on our screens of two friends being shown doing whatever they can for each other, even in the face of death, but also showing them getting more than a little cross and frustrated with each other.

Although we are more than confident that Sherlock will be the superior show you can bet we will be watching Elementary when it comes to our screens; if nothing else just to prove that we were right!

Elementary will be shown on Sky Living starting this Autumn.

 
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Posted by on July 3, 2012 in Trending now

 

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Critics’ Choice TV Awards, Royal Ascot Fashion

Critics’ Choice TV Awards – yesterday evening’s award show brought further glory for detective series Sherlock which took the award for Best Miniseries with Benedict Cumberbatch taking Best Miniseries Actor.

The awards were held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills and the winner of the night’s biggest prize was the psychological thriller Homeland which took the Best TV Drama Series award. The show’s star Claire Danes also picked up the award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Carrie Mathison the bipolar CIA agent looking for a terrorist in the heart of America.

It was thought that it would be another good night for Mad Men which won 3 awards last year but as it turned out the only award it picked up this year was for curvy Christina Hendricks in her role as the office manager Joan Holloway. It is the second consecutive year that she has walked away with the award.

We also had another quite unexpected British winner on the night with Cat Deeley picking up an award for Best Reality Show Host for her work in Fox Network’s So You Think You Can Dance. Cat shared the award with Tom Bergeron who hosts Dancing With The Stars.

One person we did think might take away an award on the night is Damian Lewis, who plays Marine Sgt Nicholas Brody in Homeland but in the end Lewis lost out to Bryan Cranston who stars in the crime drama Breaking Bad. Damian got the chance to meet President Obama in March this year when he was invited to a special state dinner. The President is a huge fan of Homeland and has said that it is his favourite tv show.

Another possible British winner was Lara Pulver who was up for the Best Actress in a Miniseries award for her role as Irene Adler in Sherlock but in the end she too lost out, this time to Julianne Moore who won for her role as the 2008 vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin in the HBO drama Game Change.

The Critics’ Choice Awards are seen as the precursor to next month’s Emmy Awards which are the US television industry’s most prestigious awards.

Royal Ascot Fashion - today saw the opening day of Royal Ascot and after some problems in previous years racegoers this year had to abide by some stringent new fashion guidelines.

Anyone lucky enough to secure an invite to the Royal Enclosure had some fairly tough rules to follow. Women are banned from wearing fascinators and their skirts and dresses have to be of modest length and no shorter than just above the knee. In previous years women have just been advised that miniskirts were unsuitable.

Other fashion no-no’s for the Royal Enclosure are strapless, halterneck and off-the-shoulder dresses as well as those with spaghetti straps or any strap thinner than one inch wide. Just in case people were in any doubt bare midriffs are also banned this year.

Men do not escape from the fashion police if they are heading for Ascot’s Royal Enclosure and must now be seen in black or grey morning dress together with a waistcoat. Ties are of course compulsory and you are not even allowed any leeway by wearing a cravat.To go with their morning dress the men must also wear a black or grey top hat and only black formal shoes are permitted.

In the grandstand area of the course things are less formal although men must still wear a suit and tie and all women must wear a hat or a fascinator.

To make sure that everyone abided by the rules today there were a number of what the course described as dress code assistants but we prefer to call fashion police. They were kitted out with wicker baskets full of lots of ties for the men if they had forgotten and pashminas for the ladies in case they should be showing too much flesh

Amongst today’s celebrity racegoers were TOWIE’s Lydia Bright in a tight-fitting scarlet dress from Hybrid that showed off her slim figure and Danielle Lineker in a stylish black and white dress with black shoes and bag. These two got almost universal praise today for their choice of outfit however another celeb seems to have split opinion on whether her outfit was a hit or a miss. Britains’ Got Talent judgeAmanda Holden wore a floral cream Azagury dress. The designer is a firm favourite with Kelly Brook, Katherine Jenkins, Mylene Klass and Helen Mirren as well as previously being a favourite of Princess Diana. She matched this with a cream Aspinal bag but the part of her outfit that has most divided people is her choice of headgear. She wore a DeDe Valentine hat which has been described by some as stylish although the Huffington Post thought it made her look like Little Bo Peep.

Another outfit that got people talking was the one worn by model and wildlife presenter Anneka Tanaka-Svenska with a huge hat designed by Louis Mariette that seemed to be made of 2 large birdcages, a number of pink roses and lots of white feathers. We are sure that she was glad today wasn’t too windy or she would have ended up somewhere down by the car park!

In case anyone was interested in the horses then we can report that the world’s top rated racehorse, Frankel, won the Queen Anne Stakes. This was no surprise to either the bookies or anyone in the crowd that had seen him race before. Today’s victory took his total number of consecutive wins to 11 and the level of dominance he has shown in earlier meetings and his form in training meant that it was not a big pay-day for you if you backed him as his odds were a staggeringly mean 10 to 1 on.

It appears that the economic woes have not yet reached this part of Berkshire as over the next few days racegoers are expected to consume 170k bottles of champagne, 10k lobsters, 5k oysters and 18k punnets of strawberries. Nice work if you can get it!

 
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Posted by on June 19, 2012 in Trending now

 

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Olympic Torch Relay, Steven Moffat Gets Special Award

Olympic Torch Relay – the Olympic torch has started its 70 day journey across the country towards the Olympic Stadium in London.

The UK relay was started today by 3-time Olympic Champion Ben Ainsley who described it as an honour almost as special as winning a gold medal. Ainsley is still at the top of his game as he won his 6th World sailing title in his Finn sailing boat in Falmouth this Friday.

Ainsley decided to walk his stage although being in supreme condition he could easily have run it. His reasoning was that he wanted everyone to get a chance to touch the torch. It was a big day for Ben who also has the honour of being the first athlete to be selected for the British Olympic team. He will be trying to win a 4th consecutive gold medal in the sailing events which are being held at Weymouth and Portland this year.

Ben started the Olympic torch on its journey this morning at 7.08 beneath the Lands End sign. He is the first of 8,000 torchbearers who carry the Olympic Flame 8,000 miles through 1019 cities, towns and villages over the next 70 days where it will be used to light the cauldron as the highlight of the Opening Ceremony.

The Olympic Flame arrived in Cornwall at RNAS Culdrose on Friday night accompanied by David Beckham, Princess Anne, Lord Coe and London Mayor Boris Johnson.

Whilst travelling on its 8000 mile journey through the UK the Olympic Torch will travel within 10 miles of 95% of the population. Today’s journey took the Olympic Flame from Lands End to Plymouth with 139 torchbearers carrying it over its 136 mile route to Plymouth Hoe.

Steven Moffat – the Doctor Who and Sherlock writer will be presented with a special award at this year’s BAFTAs.

The 50-year old Scottish writer and producer started working in television in 1989 although his first well-known tv series was not until 2000 when he wrote Coupling. This series was described by many critics at the time as the British “Friends”, It concerned the relationships between six friends, three male and three female, who often talked to the camera about the same events from completely different perspectives.

In 2004 Moffat was asked to write some episodes for the newly relaunched series of Doctor Who. he soon became known for writing the “cleverer, darker episodes” as The Guardian put it. In 2008 it was announced that Moffat was taking over as head writer and executive producer from Russell T Davies.

While he and Mark Gatiss were travelling by train from London to Cardiff to film Doctor Who they conceived the idea of Sherlock, to be a contemporary update on the Sherlock Holmes stories. This series has been a huge success, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock and Martin Freeman as his faithful sidekick Watson.

Both Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman are up for awards at the BAFTAs this year with Cumberbatch up for the Best Actor award and Martin Freeman and Andrew Scott (Jim Moriarty) going for Best Supporting Actor.

Moffatt has previously won awards at the BAFTAs for Doctor Who in 2008 and Sherlock last year. He said of this year’s award: “it’s a bit like being shown your mausoleum! No, it’s great, it’s really exciting, of course. It fends off the insecurity for 10 or 15 minutes more a day, I suppose! It’s absolutely lovely, absolutely thrilling.”

The BAFTA tv awards will take place at the Royal Festival Hall on 27 May. They will be hosted by Dara O’Briain and will be shown on BBC1.

 
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Posted by on May 19, 2012 in Trending now

 

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