Oscars: Meryl Streep vents fury at Karl Lagerfeld in dress row

Meryl StreepImage copyright
Getty Images

Image caption

Streep said the controversy had “eclipsed” her 20th Oscar nomination

Meryl Streep’s choice of dress for the Oscars has sparked a bitter row between the star and designer Karl Lagerfeld.

Chanel’s creative director accused Streep of rejecting one of his dresses because she found a different designer who was willing to pay her.

He has since said he “misunderstood” – but that has not calmed Streep’s ire.

“I do not take this lightly, and Mr Lagerfeld’s generic ‘statement’ of regret for this ‘controversy’ was not an apology,” she said.

She also criticised fashion website WWD, which originally reported his quotes.

“He lied, they printed the lie, and I am still waiting,” she said in a statement.

Image copyright
Getty Images

Image caption

Karl Lagerfeld said he regretted the controversy

The dispute began when WWD published an interview in which Lagerfeld said he had started work on a dress for Streep to wear to Sunday’s Academy Awards.

But he claimed he was then told by one of the actress’s representatives: “Don’t continue the dress. We found somebody who will pay us.”

Referring to Streep, he said: “A genius actress, but cheapness also, no?”

The designer later issued a statement admitting he had “misunderstood that Ms Streep may have chosen another designer due to remuneration” and said he regretted the controversy.

However, Streep, who has her 20th Oscar nomination this year for Florence Foster Jenkins, hit back.

She said Lagerfeld “defamed me, my stylist and the illustrious designer whose dress I chose to wear, in an important industry publication”.

Her statement added: “The story was picked up globally, and continues, globally, to overwhelm my appearance at the Oscars, on the occasion of my record-breaking 20th nomination, and to eclipse this honour in the eyes of the media, my colleagues and the audience.”

Follow us on Facebook, on Twitter @BBCNewsEnts, or on Instagram at bbcnewsents. If you have a story suggestion email

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-39097189

Bill Paxton, actor known for Aliens and Titanic, dies aged 61

Actor Bill Paxton arrives at the People's Choice Awards 2017 in Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 18, 2017.Image copyright

Image caption

Actor Bill Paxton has died at the age of 61, after complications following surgery

Actor Bill Paxton, who was best known for his role in the sci-fi classic Aliens, has died at the age of 61, US media report.

Paxton had reportedly suffered from complications following surgery.

The Texan actor’s biggest hits included The Terminator, Apollo 13, True Lies, Titanic, and 1996′s Twister – in which he starred opposite Helen Hunt.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Louise Newbury, and their two children.

Paxton won an Emmy for his performance in the TV mini-series Hatfields and McCoys, alongside Kevin Costner.

He also earned three Best Actor Golden Globe nominations for his starring role in the HBO drama Big Love, where he played a suburban polygamist juggling three wives and families.

At the time of his death, he was working on a crime thriller TV series – Training Day – for the US network CBS.

He played a morally dubious LAPD officer, Detective Frank Rourke.

The woman who knows who’s won the Oscars

Oscars 2017: Readying the red carpet

Oscars 2017: Full coverage

Fellow Hollywood stars were quick to pay tribute to Paxton as news of his death spread – among them West Wing actor Rob Lowe.

He wrote on Twitter: “Devastated by the sudden loss of my close friend and one of the finest actors in the business, Bill Paxton. Renaissance man, raconteur and uniquely American national treasure. His filmography speaks for itself. His friendship was a blessing. My love to Bunny, James and Lydia.

“In his memory, on this Oscar Sunday, watch One False Move or A Simple Plan to see this lovely leading man, at his finest.”

Cary Elwes, his co-star in Twister, shared a picture of the pair together and praised his “talent, enthusiasm and energy”.

Image copyright

Jamie Lee Curtis, who co-starred with Paxton in True Lies in 1994, tweeted her sadness, writing: “Nooooo. Bill Paxton is gone. Such a funny, talented, loving human.”

Paxton’s family said in a statement: “A loving husband and father, Bill began his career in Hollywood working on films in the art department and went on to have an illustrious career spanning four decades as a beloved and prolific actor and filmmaker.

“Bill’s passion for the arts was felt by all who knew him, and his warmth and tireless energy were undeniable. We ask to please respect the family’s wish for privacy as they mourn the loss of their adored husband and father.”

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-39097834

Oscars 2017: Who’s predicted to win, and other things to look out for

It’s the biggest night of the year in Hollywood – the Oscars begin at 17:30 PST on Sunday (01:30 GMT on Monday). As the final preparations take place, here’s what to look out for in the main battles.

Best picture

Image copyright

The frontrunner: La La Land

Surely, with a record-equalling 14 nominations, this will waltz off with the top award. It’s classic yet contemporary. It feels unlike any other modern film, yet feels so right. And it’s about the agony and ecstasy of “making it” in Hollywood. What could be more Oscar-friendly?

The challenger: Moonlight

A beautifully-crafted film and a beautifully-told story, Moonlight gives screen time to the type of central character that Hollywood doesn’t normally dwell on, or does so only as a stereotype – a poor, young, gay, black, marginalised man.

The outsider: Hidden Figures

This real-life story of three black, female mathematicians in a white, male world at Nasa in the 1960s has exceeded expectations at the US box office, and is the highest-grossing of the nine best picture nominees.

Best actress

Image copyright

The frontrunner: Emma Stone (La La Land)

If La La Land is to sweep the board, then it will sweep Emma Stone along with it. She’s also at the age, and the stage of her career, at which the Academy likes to admit female stars to its A list.

The challenger: Isabelle Huppert (Elle)

The French actress won a Golden Globe for her role in rape revenge thriller Elle, and there’s a strong contingent that thinks the Oscars should give her the credit she deserves for her 40-year career.

The outsider: Natalie Portman (Jackie)

At one stage, Portman and Stone were neck-and-neck. The Academy loves stars who transform themselves into real-life legends, as Portman has with former US first lady Jackie Kennedy. But Jackie has underperformed at the box office and elsewhere in the Oscar nominations.

Best actor

Image copyright

The frontrunner: Denzel Washington (Fences)

Denzel is probably the marginal favourite in this race. If he wins, he will become only the fourth man to have won three acting Oscars, and will be the oldest best actor winner for 25 years.

Or maybe the frontrunner is: Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea)

It’s a close call, and Casey is still very much in contention for his depiction of pent-up grief. But he has slipped back, partly because he’s hardly charmed the campaign circuit, and partly because of a shadow cast by sexual harassment claims dating back to 2010.

The outsider: Ryan Gosling (La La Land)

If Ryan Gosling wins best actor, then La La Land really will be sweeping everything before it.

Best supporting actress

Image copyright

The frontrunner: Viola Davis (Fences)

Playing the same role that earned her a Tony Award on Broadway, Viola is, according to the bookies and the pundits, the surest thing in this year’s Oscars.

The challengers: Naomie Harris (Moonlight), Nicole Kidman (Lion), Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures) and Michelle Williams (Manchester by the Sea) all gave fine performances. But they needn’t bother rehearsing an acceptance speech.

Best supporting actor

Image copyright
A24 Films

The frontrunner: Mahershala Ali (Moonlight)

Ali was the standout performer in Moonlight’s ensemble. And with a role in Hidden Figures also among his credits, he is another actor the Academy is ready to anoint as a major star.

The challenger: Dev Patel (Lion)

There’s a lot of love and a late surge of support for Patel, who has come of age as an actor eight years after his breakthrough film Slumdog Millionaire won eight Oscars.

The outsider: Jeff Bridges (Hell or High Water)

He may be supporting, but Bridges steals the show as a wizened, maverick Texas Ranger.

Best director

Image copyright

The frontrunner: Damian Chazelle (La La Land)

La La Land is so beloved by the Academy that they’re likely to reward Chazelle’s vision and audacity – and the fact he’s made a film like this at the age of 32. He would be the youngest best director winner in Oscars history.

The challenger: Barry Jenkins (Moonlight)

But Moonlight also shows rare directorial acumen and marks the arrival of another major film-making talent in Jenkins, who would be the first African-American winner of this award.

The outsider: Mel Gibson (Hacksaw Ridge)

It would be a big statement to give the award to the Australian after his exile from Hollywood following notorious anti-Semitic, racist and misogynist outbursts. But then again, the Oscars did give this award to Roman Polanski in 2003, despite his own Hollywood exile after admitting unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl.

How many Oscars will La La Land win?

The magical musical has a record-equalling 14 nominations. That includes two for best song – meaning it can win a maximum of 13 statuettes.

The record number of wins in Oscar history is 11 (Titanic, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King and Ben-Hur). The record for a musical is 10 (West Side Story).

The hype has cooled a little, so La La Land will do well if it gets into double digits. It’s the favourite in 10 of the 13 categories in which it has nominations – the only ones in which it isn’t frontrunner are best actor, original screenplay and sound editing.

The most diverse Oscars ever?

After two years of #OscarsSoWhite, in which there were no non-white acting nominees, three of the four acting trophies could go to black actors this year.

If Denzel, Viola and Mahershala all triumph, it will be the first time that black performers will be in the majority when the four acting winners get together for that post-Oscars photo hug.

Who will mention Donald Trump?

A lot of people, probably, directly or indirectly. There’s a whole separate article on this.

Image copyright
Getty Images

Will Lin-Manuel Miranda get a PEGOT?

There is a select group of 12 people who have got what is known as an EGOT – the set of Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Awards.

There’s an even more select group of just two people (composers Richard Rodgers and Marvin Hamlisch) who have got a PEGOT – all the above plus a Pulitzer Prize.

Lin-Manuel Miranda, who created the Broadway smash Hamilton, currently has a PEGT – he’s just missing an O. He’s nominated for best song for How Far I’ll Go from Moana.

La La Land is hot favourite for that prize, of course. But could the fact it has two nominations in that category split the La La vote and let Lin-Manuel sneak in to complete the set?

Image copyright

21st time lucky for Oscar’s biggest loser?

Sound recording engineer Kevin O’Connell notched up his 21st Oscar nomination this year for his sound mixing work on Hacksaw Ridge.

That’s a great achievement – the shine only coming off it slightly when you consider the fact he’s never won.

This could be his year. It could. Except La La Land is standing in his way. So it won’t.

At the nominees’ luncheon group photo this year, the Academy placed him in the middle, next to the giant Oscars statuette – and the face he made shows he’s past caring.

Sibling rivalry for visual effects nominees

Two British brothers are nominated for best visual effects this year, for different films.

Paul Corbould is nominated for Doctor Strange, while Neil Corbould is shortlisted for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Neil has won twice before – for Gladiator and Gravity – while Paul, previously nominated for Guardians of the Galaxy, has never won.

It’s a talented family. There’s another visual effects wizard brother, Chris, who won an Oscar for Inception. Fortunately for the sake of preventing further family rivalry, he’s not nominated this year.

Follow us on Facebook, on Twitter @BBCNewsEnts, or on Instagram at bbcnewsents. If you have a story suggestion email

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-38716724

SM:TV Live reunion: Cat Deeley says one-off ‘great idea’

Ant, Dec and Cat DeeleyImage copyright

Image caption

Ant and Dec presented alongside Deeley from 1998 until 2001. Deeley left the programme in 2002

A one-off reunion of hit kids’ morning show SM:TV Live is looking more likely after presenter Cat Deeley said it would be a “great idea.”

The show, which ran from 1998 to 2003, launched the presenting careers of Geordie duo Ant and Dec.

The pair floated the idea of making a 20th anniversary special, but said they might need to beg Deeley to return because “she’s a big star” in America.

But Deeley said she was keen to “recreate the magic”.

7 things that MUST be in the SM:TV reunion

On ITV’s This Morning on Friday, Declan Donnelly said: “We are talking about maybe doing something if we can get Cat back from America.

“She’s a big star out in America now so she might come back if we beg.”

Deeley has presented the US TV show So You Think You Can Dance since 2006.

Image copyright

Image caption

The kids’ morning show included regular segments like sumo wrestling (above), Wonky Donkey, Eat My Goal, and Challenge Ant

Image copyright
Getty Images

Image caption

Deeley has been Emmy-nominated for her work on So You Think You Can Dance

Speaking to the Press Association, she said she had not been “cordially invited” to the reunion, but admitted she had spoken to Ant and Dec about a reunion.

She added: “I think it would be a great idea. It’s been 20 years.

“I think it’s about time, isn’t it, for all those with a mis-spent youth?

“It would be great and really fun. If we can all get back together at the same time, at the same place, let’s recreate the magic.”

Follow us on Facebook, on Twitter @BBCNewsEnts, or on Instagram at bbcnewsents. If you have a story suggestion email

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-39088630

Foo Fighters to headline Glastonbury 2017

Foo FightersImage copyright

Foo Fighters will be headlining Glastonbury Festival 2017, the band have announced.

The American rock outfit will play the Pyramid stage on Saturday, 24 June, confirming rumours they would take the slot.

The announcement was made by the group during a secret show for fans in Frome, Somerset, on Friday night – their first in 18 months.

They join the line-up alongside Radiohead.

The announcement was also viewed by fans on a live internet stream of the Frome gig, with a video that saw the band sitting on the festival site four months early.

Festival organiser Michael Eavis introduced them on stage, confirming they were playing.

Singer and guitarist Dave Grohl said: “So, who knew? How did you know? You just can’t keep a… secret any more.”

BBC Radio DJ Jo Whiley tweeted a picture from the gig and wrote: “A very blurry Michael Eavis announcing @foofighters will be headlining @GlastoFest Saturday night. A surprise, I know.”

A previous version of this story mistakenly said Ed Sheeran and Green Day have also been confirmed. This is an error and was not based on any official sources.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-39085717

Jodie Foster and Michael J Fox lead anti-Trump protest

Media captionMichael J Fox and Jodie Foster condemned Donald Trump’s policies

Jodie Foster and Michael J Fox have led an anti-Donald Trump protest two days before the Oscars in Los Angeles.

The United Voices rally was staged by Hollywood’s United Talent Agency instead of its usual pre-Oscars party.

Foster, a double Oscar winner, said she rarely spoke out in public but that it was now “time to show up”.

Back to the Future star Fox told the crowd “we are the lucky ones” and that he wanted to “share a bit of that luck” with refugees who want to enter the US.

“I believe that when so much good has been done unto you it’s natural to feel a sense of civic or even global responsibility,” he told the Beverly Hills rally.

“I consider myself an optimist and that can be a tall order at times for me personally, and more as I see a growing intolerance and lack of compassion and empathy in the world around us.

“But one’s dignity may be assaulted, it may be vandalised, it may be cruelly mocked, but it can never be taken away unless it’s surrendered.”

The Canadian-born star, who became a US citizen two decades ago, showed only relatively small signs of the Parkinson’s Disease he has lived with since 1991.

He added that he believed “in the power of the arts to change not just our hearts but the world”.

Foster, meanwhile, who has won Oscars for The Silence of the Lambs and The Accused, said the rally was “exactly the way to celebrate our industry, to celebrate all of you, to celebrate artistic expression and our commitment to humanities on screen and off”.

She did not air her views in public often, she told the crowd during her impassioned speech. “I’m not somebody who’s very comfortable using my public face for activism.

“And so in my life I’ve found the small ways, much like most of you, to serve and to show up and to give somebody a lift at the bottom of the hill when they’re going to the top.

“But this year is a very different year and it’s time to show up. It’s a singular time in history. It’s time to engage.”

She added: “When we get to celebrate excellence in film like we’re doing today, like we’re doing this week, we can’t forget that this industry is in the business of humanism.

“It’s that compassion that makes us strong. It’s doing the right thing that makes us just.”

Image copyright
Getty Images

Image copyright
Getty Images

Image caption

Actors Keegan-Michael Key (top) and Wilmer Valderrama also spoke at the event

The rally comes ahead of an Academy Awards ceremony that is likely to be highly politically charged.

Mr Trump has previously been dismissive of celebrity protests and of stars who have criticised him, such as Meryl Streep.

The rally was also shown a video message from Oscar-nominated Iranian film director Asghar Farhadi, who has said he is staying away from Sunday’s ceremony following Mr Trump’s attempt to ban travel from Iran and six other mainly Muslim countries.

Also on Friday, all the nominees for best foreign language film – including Farhadi – issued a joint statement denouncing the current “climate of fanaticism and nationalism”.

They said: “Regardless of who wins the Academy Award for best foreign language film on Sunday, we refuse to think in terms of borders.

“We believe there is no best country, best gender, best religion or best colour. We want this award to stand as a symbol of the unity between nations and the freedom of the arts.”

Follow us on Facebook, on Twitter @BBCNewsEnts, or on Instagram at bbcnewsents. If you have a story suggestion email

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-39088450

The woman who knows who’s won the Oscars… but won’t tell

Martha Ruiz and Brian Cullinan on the red carpetImage copyright

Image caption

Martha Ruiz and Brian Cullinan are the only two people who know the results in advance

On Sunday, the eyes of the world will be on the Oscars. But two people already know who’s won.

You’ve never heard of Martha Ruiz and Brian Cullinan. They haven’t been in any films or on any magazine covers. But they will be the most important people at the Oscars.

They are the only two people in the world who know the names of the winners before each award presenter rips open the golden envelope and says the immortal words: “And the Oscar goes to…”

Ruiz and Cullinan have counted the votes – and counted them again, and again, to make sure the results are correct.

By Sunday night, they will have made sure the results are kept secret and delivered to the venue, no matter what, before personally handing the envelopes to each award presenter moments before they walk on stage.

“I’ve been asked what I enjoy the most,” says Ruiz. “Heading in my car to the theatre is that fun period of time, when everyone’s anticipating who the winners are going to be, and of course I know exactly who the winners are.

“So that short ride is a fun hour. Knowing what I know.”

Image copyright

Image caption

The pair carry briefcases containing the results envelopes up the red carpet

Ruiz and Cullinan – who are partners at accountancy firm PwC – started work counting the results as soon as final voting closed on Tuesday.

The Oscar winners are chosen by 7,000 members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, who can vote electronically or by post.

Most do so electronically these days, says Ruiz, who spoke to the BBC before this year’s final voting took place.

Despite that, counting in the 24 categories is not done by computer – it is all done by hand.

“Once polls close, we print everything and go through a very manual process,” Ruiz explains.

“We do that for a variety of reasons. We want to make sure that no results reside in any one system or computer, and want to ensure a variety of different mechanisms [are used] to secure the process and the results.”

Ruiz and Cullinan are joined by three or four colleagues to help with counting. “But the team members we have to help us only have a small fraction of the paper we print out.

“It’s up to Brian and I to fully count everything together once, twice and sometimes multiple times to make sure it’s correct.”

Image copyright
Getty Images

Image caption

Ruiz and Cullinan each have a full set of envelopes, just in case something happens to the other

The pair will have worked their way through the categories all week until Friday, when they will have the full winners list.

Next they will start memorising all the winners – just in case anything happens to the envelopes. That is just one of a number of precautions.

Police protection

“We will go through a significant amount of time quizzing each other, ensuring that we’re memorising everything,” Ruiz says.

“At that point, we also start stuffing the envelopes and ensuring that the correct winners are in each of the envelopes, and Brian and I will seal them.

“We also have two sets of ballots – Brian will have one complete set and I’ll have another. The envelopes are kept locked up in an undisclosed location.

Image copyright
Getty Images

Image caption

Each envelope has an official PriceWaterhouseCoopers seal

“On the day of the show, we’ll get the ballots and Brian and I will go to the theatre on two separate roads. He’ll go one route and I’ll go another route.

“We do that to ensure that in case anything happens to one, [the other] will be there on time and delivering what’s needed with the full set.

“We also have security – LAPD – with us at all times. They’re securing not us, but what’s in the briefcase that we’re holding in our hands. That’s very clear to us!

“So we do have security measures up until we’re at the theatre and delivering that envelope to the presenter, just seconds before they walk on stage.

“We’ll be in two different locations. Brian will be on stage right, and I’ll be on stage left.”

Red carpet tug of war

The pair also get to walk the red carpet before the ceremony. They are aware, though, that the briefcases containing the envelopes attract more attention than they do.

“There are celebrities who will see what we’re carrying and will want to say hello,” Ruiz says.

“There was one year when Brian was on the carpet and Cate Blanchett saw he had the briefcase so they had a bit of a tug of war on the carpet – in jest of course, and Brian never let the briefcase go.”

Image copyright
Getty Images

Image caption

Blanchett had a tug of war with Cullinan in 2014, the year she won her Oscar for Blue Jasmine

The system has worked pretty well for the past 83 years, since PriceWaterhouseCoopers started counting the Oscar votes. In all that time, just 12 other people have been responsible for counting and delivering the results.

This is the third year Ruiz has done the job. “It’s a small community of partners that have had the honour to be part of this process,” she says. “It’s something I cherish and take with a lot of responsibility.”

So she’s never tempted to give anyone a hint?

“From time to time we’ll have people jokingly ask. But those around us and family members know that it’s just something we don’t talk about, actually. That’s pretty clear in my household.”

The 89th Academy Awards take place on Sunday at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre.

Follow us on Facebook, on Twitter @BBCNewsEnts, or on Instagram at bbcnewsents. If you have a story suggestion email

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-38923750

Emma Thompson: ‘Too soon’ to do Love Actually sequel after Alan Rickman’s death

Emma ThompsonImage copyright
Getty Images

Image caption

Thompson said it was the “right decision” not to revisit her character

Emma Thompson has spoken for the first time about why she isn’t taking part in the upcoming Love Actually sequel.

A 10-minute film is currently being produced to raise money for Comic Relief.

Thompson appeared in the original 2003 film as the wife of Alan Rickman’s character.

But in light of the actor’s death last year, Thompson has said it would be “too sad” and “too soon” to revisit her character.

“Richard [Curtis, the writer] wrote to me and said ‘darling we can’t write anything for you because of Alan’ and I said ‘no of course, it would be sad, too sad’.

Image caption

Alan Rickman died in January 2016

“It’s too soon. It’s absolutely right because it’s supposed to be for Comic Relief but there isn’t much comic relief in the loss of our dear friend really, only just over a year ago.

“We thought and thought but it just seemed wrong but to revisit the wonderful fun characters of Bill Nighy and Hugh Grant and Liam [Neeson] and all of that, that’s fantastic but obviously what would he [Richard Curtis] have done?”

‘Right decision’

Speaking about what might have happened to their characters Karen and Harry, whose marriage is rocked by Harry’s affair with a colleague in Love Actually, Thompson added: “Both of them would be in therapy by now and I would be working on some kind of ward.

“It was absolutely the right decision.”

The short sequel, which will be broadcast on BBC One on 24 March, has already begun filming.

Image copyright
Nick Briggs/Comic Relief

Image caption

Rowan Atkinson returns as the somewhat slow shop assistant Rufus

Rowan Atkinson, Liam Neeson and Thomas Brodie-Sangster (the now-not-so-little boy from the first film, who also stars in Game of Thrones) have been seen shooting their scenes.

Image copyright
Getty Images

Image caption

Thomas Brodie-Sangster has got quite a bit bigger since 2003

Atkinson returns as the shop assistant Rufus, who was painfully-slow at gift wrapping in the first film. He now appears to be working in a supermarket.

Image copyright
Nick Briggs/Comic Relief

Image caption

Atkinson shot his scenes earlier this week

Hugh Grant, Martine, McCutcheon, Keira Knightley, Liam Neeson, Colin Firth and Bill Nighy are among the other actors reprising their roles.

Read more about Red Nose Day Actually.

Follow us on Facebook, on Twitter @BBCNewsEnts, or on Instagram at bbcnewsents. If you have a story suggestion email

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-39075711

SMTV: 7 things that MUST be in the anniversary special

Ant, Dec and Cat DeeleyImage copyright

Image caption

The children’s show was first aired in 1998

The show that launched Ant and Dec’s presenting career and represented a golden age of TV may be returning to our screens.

SM:TV first ran from 1998 to 2003, but now it might be on its way back for a one-off special.

The Saturday morning ITV children’s show was hosted by the Geordie duo until 2001, when they left to host Pop Idol.

Earlier this week, Ant said: “It’s funny, we were talking to someone about this recently, because it’s 20 years since the launch of SM:TV next year.

“We were saying, or asking if there’s an appetiteā€¦ to do an anniversary special.”

Ant, let us answer this question for you right now: YES THERE IS.

Assuming this goes ahead (and go ahead it must), here are seven things that absolutely need to return along with the show.

1. Cat Deeley

Ant and Dec have gone on to become national treasures since their early days, and now host Britain’s Got Talent, I’m A Celebrity and Saturday Night Takeaway.

But it’s important to remember this Geordie duo were once part of a trio.

Cat Deeley was the third presenter of SM:TV, and she was just as important a fixture as Ant and Dec.

She now lives and works in the US – but if she books her trip to the UK now she might be able to get a good deal on flights.

But would she be able to fit it into her schedule?

On Friday, Dec told This Morning: “[We'll see] if we can get Cat back from America – she’s a big star over there now – so she might come back if we beg!”

2. The postman dance

Image copyright

For anyone under the age of 18, we’d better put in a quick explainer here.

In the olden days, people didn’t have smartphones. Most of them didn’t text, email or use instant messaging.

They sent letters. Actual paper, handwritten, stamped, addressed, put in the postbox letters.

Every week, Ant, Dec and Cat would read out the weird and wonderful letters that had been sent in by viewers.

And most importantly, this segment kicked off with a dance routine to Please Mr Postman by The Carpenters.

3. C.H.U.M.S.

Image copyright

What’s your favourite sitcom of all time? You may well be thinking of The Big Bang Theory or How I Met Your Mother.

If so, you should be ashamed of yourself. ASHAMED. You clearly missed Chums – Ant, Dec and Cat’s brilliant take on Friends.

This breakout segment of SM:TV may not have had Jennifer Aniston or Matthew Perry, but it did have “Me and Cat, alone in the flat”.

In other words, Dec’s ever-failing attempts to seduce his flatmate, Ross and Rachel style.

Could the return of SM:TV see Dec and Cat finally getting together? (Spoiler: No)

4. Wonky Donkey

Image copyright


*shakes fist*

5. CD:UK

As if presenting a Saturday morning kids show wasn’t enough, Ant, Dec and Cat stayed on an extra hour after it ended to present a second show.

CD:UK was a live music show for the days when channels used to broadcast live music shows.

All the biggest pop acts could be seen singing (or miming) from 11:30 every Saturday morning.

We’re talking S Club 7, Cleopatra, Steps, B*Witched, Atomic Kitten and so many more music legends.

It may be hard to track down some of them these days, so we’ll accept Little Mix and Ed Sheeran in their place.

Having said that, CD:UK staple All Saints are still together, so please make sure your phone is switched on Shaznay.

6. Pokemon (or, more realistically, the Pokerap)

Image copyright

Reruns of Pokemon are not absolutely essential, so we’re willing to compromise on this one.

The one thing that is totally non-negotiable, however, is the Pokerap.

Every week, before showing an episode of Pokemon, Ant Dec would dress up as (very dodgy) rappers and spit some bars.

The only rules were the rap had to rhyme and include the names of several Pokemons.

Example lyric: “SM:TV is the place to be / if you wanna catch a Pikachu or Butterfree.”

7. Eat My Goal and other brilliant features

Image copyright

There are so many to mention here that we can’t possibly do justice to them all.

Eat My Goal is obviously a classic.

And then there was Catch The Cockney, Challenge Ant, Sumo Wrestling (pictured), Fart Attack, The Beautiful Corrs, Splatoon, Pick Your Knows and The Vicar of Dribbley.

The brilliant thing about all of these is the title alone leaves no need for explanation.

Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly, please do what is in the best interests of this nation and bring back SM:TV in 2018.

Follow us on Facebook, on Twitter @BBCNewsEnts, or on Instagram at bbcnewsents. If you have a story suggestion email

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-39078492

Twelfth Night: Can you recognise this well-known actress in her latest role?

Tamsin Greig as Malvolia in Twelfth NightImage copyright
NAtional Theatre

Image caption

She has previously starred opposite Matt LeBlanc in Episodes

Do you recognise this actress?

You’ve probably seen her in a million TV shows – but you could be forgiven for not recognising her in her latest role.

We’ll give you a few clues: Black Books, Episodes, Friday Night Dinner, Green Wing.

Image copyright
NAtional Theatre

Image caption

The actress stars in the National Theatre’s new production of Twelfth Night

Yes – it’s Tamsin Greig.

So why has she dared to be seen on stage in a Ms Trunchball-style outfit and long hair?

Well, it’s for her role in the National Theatre’s new production of Twelfth Night.

‘Masterstroke of casting’

She plays the role of Malvolia in the production.

“Hang on, there’s nobody called Malvolia in Twelfth Night,” the Shakespeare scholars among you are probably thinking.

Yes, well, this is a gender-bending production which sees Greig play the role as a woman rather than a man.

It adds a whole new layer of enjoyment to a play with a gender-swapping plot at its heart.

The show opened on Wednesday evening – and critics were impressed with Greig’s performance.

Image copyright
NAtional Theatre

“Tamsin Greig is brilliant in the part. Every gesture is full of attitude,” wrote the Evening Standard‘s Henry Hitchings.

“It’s a performance of wit and immense poise, which perfectly captures the character’s neuroses about rank.”

Natasha Tripney of The Stage said: “As Malvolio – here Malvolia – Tamsin Greig joins the list of women playing major Shakespearean roles. It’s a masterstroke of casting.

“She doesn’t just steal her scenes she starts up her own black market. Hers is a performance of great comic skill.”

Image caption

Here’s Tamsin looking a lot more familiar in BBC romantic comedy Love Soup

The Telegraph‘s Dominic Cavendish said Greig “makes the part her own” although he was slightly less warm about the production overall, awarding it three stars.

“It’s hit and miss – or hit and mister (whatever suits) – more a straightforward romp than a strange tragicomedy of unrequited love and mistaken identity.”

Twelfth Night is at the Olivier Theatre in London until 17 April and will be broadcast live to cinemas on Thursday 6 April.

Follow us on Facebook, on Twitter @BBCNewsEnts, or on Instagram at bbcnewsents. If you have a story suggestion email

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-39065805