bill nighy in about time the new film by Richard Curtis

Bill Nighy in About Time reviews

About Time by Richard Curtis and with Bill Nighy is about to have its release in the UK and there are lots of news items about it floading the internet. Here are some handpicked ones.

The Huffington Post has a great interview with Bill Nighy about the film, and how it made him think about his own life: Bill Nighy Calls Richard Curtis Rom-Com ‘About Time’ His Own Wake-Up Call

BBC News has a very nice article about About Time.

And for those interested, here are some good stills from About time.

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Bill Nighy stars in Robin Hood tax campaign

More than 50 charities are supporting a UK campaign to levy a Tobin tax on transactions between financial institutions, which can be used to help fight poverty, protect public services and tackle climate change.

The campaign will be launched today with an online promotional film written by Richard Curtis, the writer of Four Weddings and a Funeral, and starring Bill Nighy.

More about the campaign on the Independent website.

And more on the BBC website too.

And do check the official website: Robinhood tax.

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Bill Nighy in Dr. Who and new Charles Paris radio play

Bill Nighy will guest star in an episode of the new series of Doctor Who.
Bill will play the curator of a Vincent van Gogh exhibition, apparantly dressed in the same fashion as The Doctor in an episode written by Richard Curtis (of Love Actually, The Boat That Rocked and The Girl in the Cafe fame).

The story is set both in the present day and 19th Century France.

The episode, which is the tenth in the new series with Matt Smith, was filmed on location in Croatia and Cardiff over Christmas and will is planned to air on the 5th of June 2010.

(Source)

Bill is also a new Charles Paris radio play, it’s called A Charles Paris Mystery: Cast in Order of Disappearance, catch the second episode on BBC iPlayer now and catch the next two on the next two Fridays.

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Would you like to rock the boat?

The producers of The Boat that Rocked are currently looking for extras who want feature in the shoot of The Boat that Rocked.

The majority of the filming will take place on a boat in Portland Harbour, and street shots set in the 1960s will be filmed in Castletown.

An open casting session will be held on Saturday April 12 and Sunday April 13 in Weymouth where producers will chose a number of extras.

No experience is required but would be extras must be aged 16 years and above.

The casting session will run from 10am to 5pm at the Hotel Prince Regent, on The Esplanade, Weymouth.

Here is your chance to star in a Richard Curtis movie with Bill Nighy!

Read more in the Dorset Echo.

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Bill Nighy is Quentin, the boss of Radio Rock

There is more information available about your without a doubt favourite film of 2009.

Production of The Boat that Rocked has just started in the UK. Shooting will take place in both the Shepperton Studios and on a vessel in the Channel.

From the Working Title website:

Synopsis:
n 1966, arguably British pop music’s finest era, the BBC played only two hours of rock and roll every week. But pirate radio blasted rock and pop from the high seas 24 hours a day. And 25 million people, more than half the population of Britain, listened to these pirates every single day.

The Boat That Rocked is an ensemble comedy in which the romance takes place between the young people of the ’60s and pop music. It’s about a band of rogue DJs that captivated Britain, playing the music that defined a generation and standing up to a government that, incomprehensibly, preferred jazz.

Leading the cast are Philip Seymour Hoffman (Charlie Wilson’s War, The Savages) as The Count, a big, brash, American god of the airwaves; Bill Nighy (Love Actually, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End) as Quentin, the boss of Radio Rock – a pirate radio station in the middle of the North Sea that’s populated by an eclectic crew of rock and roll DJs; Rhys Ifans (Notting Hill, Elizabeth: The Golden Age) as Gavin, the greatest DJ in Britain who has just returned from his drug tour of America to reclaim his rightful position; Nick Frost (Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead) as Dave, an ironic, intelligent and cruelly funny co-broadcaster; and Kenneth Branagh (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Hamlet) as British Minister Dormandy, a fearsome government official out for blood against the drug taking, record playing lawbreakers of a once-great nation. The film also stars Tom Sturridge, Jack Davenport, Ralph Brown, Chris O’Dowd and January Jones.

Richard Curtis has written the screen play and will direct.

It is safe to say that that is a dream cast. It will be a long wait, but it will be worth it.

More info:
Working Title

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More crew on board The Boat that Rocked

It’s getting more crowded on Richard Curtis’ The Boat That Rocked, as it seem to turn into a beautiful British ensemble project:

January Jones (Love Actually)
Rhys Ifans (Spike from Notting Hill)
Kenneth Branagh

have just boarded.

Add Bill Nighy and Philip Seymour Hoffman to that mix and it is getting rather explosive.

Shooting starts in the beginning of March in London.

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Bill Nighy opposite Philip Seymour Hoffman in The Boat That Rocked

Bill Nighy is getting a fantastic cast aboard his rocking boat, Philip Seymour Hoffman has signed up to star opposite Bil in The Boat That Rocked.

Set to begin production in March, the film centers on two DJs running pirate radio stations on boats in the North Sea in the 1960s, when the BBC was only broadcasting two hours of pop music a week. Working Title Films will produce, Richard Curtis has written it, and will direct.

(Source)

That is fantastic casting.

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Bill Nighy on board The Boat That Rocked

The actor who still rocks is on board The Boat That Rocked.

Not much is known about this movie yet, but 3 essential things:
1. Richard Curtis wrote it (Remember Love Actually and The Girl In The Cafe?)
2. Richard Curtis will direct it (he directed Love Actually too).
3. It is a comedy, to be more specific : a period comedy about an illegal radio station in the North Sea in the 1960’s.

Bill Nighy in a Richard Curtis’ written and directed comedy, filled, no doubt, with Rock ‘n Roll. How groovy can it get?

Christmas surely came early this year.

Release is set to be somewhere in 2009.

(Source: an interview with Bill Nighy in the London Paper)

Bill is currently filming G-Force in the US. G stands for Guinea Pig. Bill likes it when it gets a bit daft, he mentions in the same interview. And he is off to New Zealand in the beginning of next year to shoot Underworld: Rise of the Lycans where he will return as Viktor.

Bill is also raising money for the charity Debra. DebRA is the national charity working on behalf of people in the UK with the genetic skin blistering condition Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB).
DebRA is organizing La Dolce Vita Christmas Ball, held on the 12th of December. (And yes that’s Bill’s birthday too).

Because of Bill’s fully packed schedule, his Dracula silksound reading will be moved into the new year. He simply doesn’t have the time to press it into his schedule. Good things come to those who wait.

He is a busy man, but it gives us a lot to look forward too!

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The Girl In The Cafe wins Emmy’s in the USA


It has been a succesful evening for the The Girl In The Cafe yesterday, at the yearly Emmy Awards. The film featuring Bill Nighy and Kelly MacDonald won 3 prizes :

Best TV Movie
Best Writing, mini-series/TV movie
Best Supporting actress in mini-series/TV movie (Kelly MacDonald)

All prices are absolutely deserved, Richard Curtis wrote a fantastic script, and Kelly MacDonald gave an excellent performance. So let’s not wonder about the obvious question. (How could they not nominate Bill Nighy that is).

The Chicago Tribune writes this:
Sometimes even when the Emmys get it right, they still get it wrong. Witness Kelly Macdonald’s win for “The Girl in the Cafe”; the problem is not that she won, it’s that she wasn’t actually playing a supporting role. The HBO film was really a two-person vehicle for Macdonald and the tremendous Bill Nighy.

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