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Jeff ArmstrongJeff ArmstrongMarch 25, 2018
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It seems there is no stopping British, TV Presenter, Louise Gookey. Each year she seamlessly takes the helm hosting some of the biggest awards ceremonies in the country. She is a presenter and journalist with a love for entertainment and the arts and has just been confirmed to host this year’s National Film Awards for the fourth year running. She can currently be seen reporting events across London for Winkball.com and talking through the papers with Penny Smith on Talk Radio. She is also the voice of the travel on both LBC London News and BBC Radio Northampton. On top of this, she has just finished presenting the latest instalment of health programs for Diabetes.co.uk which is followed by over 300,000 people.

However, Louise is no stranger to the entertainment industry having originally trained in musical theatre at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. She worked as a performer before making the move into presenting and most recently training as a journalist and passing her NCTJ qualification in Multimedia Journalism.

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She has worked with teams over at London Live, Showbiz TV, Muzu.tv, Maverick TV, Radio Jackie, Juice FM, Hoxton Radio, Vibe FM and even took some time to entertain brunch lovers across London on the Breakfast Clubs debut radio show.
Louise’s passion for presenting lead her to host an array of award ceremonies including the National Film Awards, Urban Music Awards, National Reality TV Awards and Luxury and Lifestyle Awards where she got to meet and interview guests on the red carpet as well as hosting the events.

When it comes to working with brands, she has also worked with Skinny Tan, Argos, Vax, Hoover, Ideal Homes, Cannon, British Gypsum, and Just Eat.

On top of this Louise is a huge travel fan and experiences new cultures as often as possible. This naturally led on to Louise documenting these travels and turning them into vlogs which will be published very soon.

 You can watch Louise Gookey live on the National Film Awards red carpet by logging on to www.facebook.com/nationalfilmawards live at 18.00 on the 28th of March 2018


Lisa FullerLisa FullerFebruary 9, 2018
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Calum Scott is joined by vocal powerhouse and 3-time Grammy nominee Leona Lewis on a stirring rendition of his hit single, ‘You Are The Reason.’

Leona Lewis has sold over 20 million records worldwide and topped the charts in more than 35 countries with the single ‘Bleeding Love.’ With her debut album, Spirit, she became the first British female solo artist in more than 20 years to top the Billboard 200. She is currently back in the studio working on new music. A brilliant new video for ‘You Are The Reason’ with Leona and Calum to follow soon.

“Working with Leona was a dream come true,” says Calum.  “As a fan, I first remember watching her on TV before going on to grace the globe with her incredibly beautiful voice. Now having the honour of working with her on one of my own songs is completely surreal and the passion and raw emotion she brings to our duet makes it even more special to me. I can still hardly believe that we did it!”

Leona adds “I remember the day Calum sent me this track, I sat listening at home and had it on repeat. It’s one of those powerful songs that touches your heart and such a beautiful ballad, everyone knows I love singing them! Calum’s performance on it is stunning and I loved being able to join him to make this duet version.”

‘You Are The Reason’ is the follow up to the multi-platinum selling ‘Dancing On My Own’, which reached No.2 on the UK Chart. Streams of ‘You Are The Reason’ have surpassed 50 million worldwide while the official video has already racked up 40 Million YouTube views and amassing over 1M views/day.

April 2018 will see Scott play shows across the UK & Ireland, full dates below.

UK Tour April 2018:
Thursday 12th – The Academy – Dublin
Friday 13th – O2 ABC – Glasgow
Saturday 14th – University – Newcastle
Monday 16th – O2 Ritz – Manchester
Tuesday 17th – Hull City Hall – Hull
Wednesday 18th – Hull City Hall – Hull
Friday 20th – Rock City – Nottingham
Sunday 22nd – O2 Institute – Birmingham
Monday 23rd – O2 Academy – Bristol
Tuesday 24th – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire – London


Jeff ArmstrongJeff ArmstrongJanuary 15, 2018
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 Jude Law, Julie Andrews, Ewan McGregor, Daniel Kaluuya, Harry Styles, Halle Berry & Gemma Arterton are among stars shortlisted for this year’s prestigious National Film Awards UK in 2018.

The National Film Academy today announced the nominations for the National Film Awards UK  for 2018
This year a record 2.4 million movie fans nominated across 18 categories to make up the official shortlist.  


Dunkirk is nominated in three categories including Best British Film, Best Director, and Best Newcomer for pop star turned actor, Harry styles who receives a nod for his performance as Alex.

Styles goes head to head with ‘Get Out’  star Daniel Kaluuya and an array of new talent including; Harry Gilby (Just Charlie), Harry Michell (Chubby Funny) , Cosmo Jarvis (Lady Macbeth), Lily Newmark (Pin Cushion) , Naomi Ackie (Lady Macbeth) and Ella Purnell (Access All Areas) all nominated for the Best Newcomer category.

Guy Ritchie’s; King Arthur: Legend of the Sword receives three nominations in the Best Drama, Best Action and Best Director categories.


Sir Elton John receives his first National Film Academy nomination for theBest Breakthrough Performance’  following his cameo appearance in Kingsman (The Golden Circle).  The film also receives a record nine Academy nominations including;  Best British Film, Best International Film, Best Comedy and Director  Matthew Vaughn picks up a nomination for Best Director.  Taron Egerton is nominated in the Best Actor category for his role as ‘Eggsy’ while American actress Halle Berry is nominated for two categories including the Best Supporting Actress & Best Breakthrough Performance for her role as ‘Ginger’ in the franchise. Keith Allen goes head to head with Colin Firth who are both nominated in the Best Supporting Actor category.

Gemma Arterton picks up a nomination in the Best Actress category for her role as Catrin Cole in  Their Finest and competes in the same category with  Alice Lowe (Prevenge) , Florence Pugh (Lady Macbeth) , Tatjana Inez  (Redwood), Ruth Wilson (Dark River) , Emily Beecham (Daphne), Kristin Scott Thomas (The Party) and Nathalie Emmanuel (Fast  & Furious 8)

The National Film Awards UK is one of the few motion picture awards shows to provide a platform for movie fans to nominate and vote for their favourite films and talent. Voting goes live from the 15th of January 2018 until the 26th of March 2018. Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony taking place at The Porchester on the 28th of March with highlights televised for broadcast on Sky Showcase and syndicated across all major global territories.


Full List of  the National Film Awards UK (2018)  nominees:
Best Actress
Alice Lowe ( Prevenge)
Florence Pugh ( Lady Macbeth)
Gemma Arterton (Their Finest)
Tatjana Inez  (Redwood)
Ruth Wilson (Dark River)
Emily Beecham (Daphne)
Kristin Scott Thomas (The Party)
Nathalie Emmanuel (Fast  & Furious 8)


Best Newcomer
Daniel Kaluuya (Get out)
Harry Styles (Dunkirk)
Harry Gilby (Just Charlie)
Harry Michell (Chubby Funny)
Cosmo Jarvis (Lady Macbeth)
Lily Newmark (Pin Cushion)
Naomi Ackie (Lady Macbeth)
Ella Purnell (Access All Areas)

Best Supporting actress  in association with Serenity & Grace
Naomi Ackie ( Lady Macbeth)
Patricia Clarkson (The Party)
Julie Walters (Film stars don’t die in Liverpool)
Kelly Macdonald (Goodbye Christopher Robin)
Judith Roberts (You Were Never Really Here)
Halle Berry (Kingsman, The Golden Circle)
Jane Asher (Brian Pern: A Tribute)
Elarica Johnson (How to Talk to Girls at Parties)


Best Supporting Actor  in association with DeChavel Watches
Robert Webb (Back)
Sam Gillet (A Caribbean Dream)
Keith Allen (Kingsman ‘The Golden Circle’)
Jordan Stephens (Access All Areas)
Paul Whitehouse (Brian Pern: A Tribute)
Lucien Laviscount (Snatch)
Matt Lucas (Brian Pern: A Tribute)

Joseph Vijay (Mersal)


Best Drama
The Limehouse Golem
My Cousin Rachel
Breathe
I Am Not a Witch
You Were Never Really Here
Borg vs McEnroe
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
A Caribbean Dream
The Hatton Garden Job
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

Best TV Drama Series
Broadchurch, S3
Guerrilla
White Gold
Taboo
Howards End
Back
Halcyon
Snatch
The Cuckoo’s Calling

 

Best Thriller
Prevenge
Redwood
You Were Never Really Here
Eat Locals
The Moving Theatre
Hellriser
The Snowman


Best Foreign Language Film
Happy End (France)
Loveless (Russia)
In The Fade (Germany/France)
The Square (Sweden, Germany, France)
A Fantastic Woman, (Chile)
Vaya (South Africa)
The Insult (Lebanon)

Mersal (India)


Best Action
Antimatter
Trespass Against Us
Jawbone
Baby Driver
Essex Heist
Smoking Guns (aka A Punters Prayer)
Borg vs McEnroe
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
We Still Steal the Old Way


Best Independent Film
God’s own country
Film stars don’t die in Liverpool
The Intent
Jawbone
My Name is Lenny
Lady Macbeth
Rise of the Footsoldier 3
Eat Locals


Best ScreenPlay
Francis Lee (God’s own Country)
Alice Birch (Lady Macbeth)
Lynne Ramsay (You Were Never Really Here)
Martin McDonagh (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)
Simon Amstell (Carnage: Swallowing the Past)
Shakirah Bourne ( A Caribbean Dream)
Oliver Veysey (Access All Areas)

 

Best Documentary  sponsored by Bank Republic
Kingdom of Us
Almost Heaven
Halfway
Williams
My Generation
Blue Planet 2
Dark States
The Moving Theatre


Best British Film
Dunkirk
T2 Trainspotting
Kingsman: The Golden Circle
Goodbye Christopher Robin
Victoria & Abdul
6 Days
Lady Macbeth
Journeyman


Best Actor  in association with DeChavel Watches
Jamie Bell (6 Days)
Ray Winstone (Jawbone)
Mike Beckingham (Redwood)
Daniel Kaluuya (Get out)
Bill Nighy (The Limehouse Golem)
Craig Fairbrass (Rise of the Footsoldier 3)
Matt Lucas (Brian Pern: A Tribute )
Ewan McGregor (T2 Trainspotting)
Paddy Considine ( Journeyman)
Taron Egerton (Kingsman – The Golden Circle)
Jude Law (King Arthur: Legend of the Sword)
Rupert Grint (Snatch)

Best Comedy  sponsored by Bank Republic
T2 Trainspotting
Mindhorn
The Party
Carnage: Swallowing the Past
Kingsman ‘The Golden Circle
Access All Areas
Brian Pern: A Tribute


Best Breakthrough Performance
Harry Styles (Dunkirk)
Mark Strong (6 Days)
Halle Berry (Kingsman, The Golden Circle)
Johnny Harris (Jawbone)
Daniel Kaluuya (Get out)
Margaret Mulubwa (I am not a witch)
Sir Elton John (Kingsman, The Golden Circle)
Simon Day (Brian Pern: A Tribute)
Marc Warren (Snatch)


Best Director
Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk)
Danny Boyle (T2 Trainspotting)
Rungano Nyoni (I am not a Witch)
William Oldroyd ( Lady Macbeth)
Andy Serkis (Breathe)
Lynne Ramsay (You Were Never Really Here)
Matthew Vaughn (Kingsman , The Golden Circle)
Guy Ritchie ( King Arthur: Legend of the Sword)

 

Best International Film  sponsored by Invest Nation
Get Out
Bright
Girls Trip
Kingsman – The Golden Circle
Borg vs McEnroe
The Shape of Water
Roman J. Israel, Esq.
American Made, Barry Seal
The Wedding Party 2


Global Contribution to Motion Picture
Julie Andrews
Judi Dench
Sean Connery
Halle Berry
John Cleese
Rowan Atkinson
Tom Cruise
Colin Firth


Vote Live now by clicking on www.nationalfilmawards.org/voting  
Voting officially commences (15/01/18 until the 20/03/18) with winners of each category announced at the star-studded National Film Awards 2018 awards ceremony taking place on the 28th of March 2018 and televised for broadcast on Sky Showcase (Sky 261, Freesat 402, Freeview 254).

Tickets for the NFA 2018 are out on sale now at www.nationalfilmawards.org


Lucy ColemanLucy ColemanAugust 8, 2017
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Britain’s Got Talent, The Voice UK, Dragon’s Den, Love Island,  Take Me Out, First Dates, and Love Island are a few of the nominees announced today ahead of the the prestigious 7th annual National Reality TV Awards taking place next month on the 18th of September 2017 at the Porchester Hall in London.

The National Reality Television Awards is the only awards ceremony worldwide to re-define the sub genres that make up the whole industry of Reality TV with all categories nominated and voted for by millions of television fans.

Over 4.6 million submissions were received for this year’s nominations. Each year all nominations for the NRTA are submitted via the official NRTA website by the public between the 7th of  January till the 1st of August  and the public decide winners of each category by voting on the official NRTA website for their favorite shows, celebrities or participants. This year (2017) the National Reality Television Awards has partnered with broadcast partner, Sky Showcase  who will be broadcasting the event.

VooVix will be the official streaming partner for the NRTA’s. Exclusive highlights of the National Reality TV Awards 2017 will be streamed live on VooVix.com . The coverage supported by Sky Showcase will include live broadcast of backstage interviews with winners via Facebook Live.

The Best Television Presenter category sees a plethora of talent go head to head including; Paddy McGuinness for Take Me Out , Nick Knowles for DIY SOS, Bradley Walsh for the The Chase , Stephen Mulhern for Catchphrase , Susanna Reid for Good Morning Britain, Lorraine Kelly for Lorraine and Naga Munchetty for BBC Breakfast are among the list of presenters competing for this category. Whilst the Best TV Judge category sees;  Simon Cowell for Britain’s Got Talent, David Walliams (Britain’s Got Talent), Danni Minogue (Let it Shine) go head to head with WIll i am (The Voice UK & Voice Kids) , Peter Jones (Dragon’s Den) and Sir Tom Jones (The Voice UK).

Previous NRTA Best TV Judge winner Peter Jones (Dragon’s Den) commented “I have always supported the NRTA’s from the first ever awards show at the O2 over 7 years ago and it is amazing to see how far this has come as an awards ceremony celebrating not just the faces we see on our screens but the Producers, Directors and production companies who play an excellent part in delivering contents to millions of TV viewers each year”.

Swiss Luxury watch brand, Dechavel watches has been announced as headline sponsor for this year’s 7th annual National Reality TV Awards with a 3 year sponsorship deal worth 2.2 million pounds per year and will be gifting their Royal Champion 2017 watch which costs £25k per timepiece to winners of their sponsored categories.

Louis Thurbolt, Head of Marketing for Dechavel watches commented  “Our remit as a luxury brand is to invest in the TV, Sports, Music and off course the Fashion industry. We are very excited to partner with the National Reality TV Awards and are proud to sign up for the next 3 years as exclusive luxury watch sponsor. Congratulations to all the nominees and looking forward to celebrating together at the event in September”.

Find full list of the 2017 NRTA nominees here:

Best TV Presenter sponsored by Dechavel watches

Paddy McGuinness (Take Me Out)

Nick Knowles (DIY SOS)

Noel Edmonds (Deal or No Deal)

Bradley Walsh (The Chase)

Stephen Mulhern (Catchphrase)

Brendan Sheerin (Coach Trip)

Rylan Clark (BB)

Alex Zane (Rude Tube)

Caroline Flack (Love Island)

Paul O Grady (Blind Date UK)

AJ Odudu (Trending Live)

Susanna Reid (Good Morning Britain)

Lorraine Kelly (Lorraine)

Naga Munchetty (BBC Breakfast)

Best Docu-Soap 2017

Eden

Ross Kemp: Extreme World

Who do you think you are?

Oxford Street revealed

Chris Tarrant: Extreme Railways

Nadiya’s British Food Adventure

Katie Price: My Crazy Life

The Bionic Vet

Heir Hunters

Don’t Tell the Bride

Best Entertainment Show  sponsored by St. Moriz

The Only Way is Essex (Lime Pictures/ITVBe)

Made in Chelsea (Monkey Kingdom/E4)

Britain’s Got Talent (Fremantlemedia/Syco/ ITV)

Love Island (ITV2)

Dinner Date  (ITVBe)

Celebrity Masterchef (BBC 1)

Big Brother (Bazal/Brighter Pictures/Channel 5)

Take Me Out (Fremantlemedia/ ITV2)

The Voice  (ITV )

Let it Shine (BBC One)

Trending Live (4 Music)

First Dates (Twenty Twenty/ Channel4)

Best Dating Show 2017   sponsored by ONE Condoms

Love Island

Take me out

Dinner Dates

First Dates

Ex on the Beach

Celeb Go Dating

Naked Attraction

Dinner Date

Blind Date UK

Celebrity Personality of the Year

Lisa Vanderpump (Vanderpump Rules)

Alesha Dixon (BGT)

Susanna Reid (Good Morning Britain)

Ampika Pickston (Real Housewives of Cheshire)

Martin Kemp  (Let it Shine)

Ashley Roberts

Amanda Holden (Britain’s Got Talent)

Trisha Goddard (BOOTS)

Piers Morgan (Good Morning Britain)

Sarah Harding (CBB)

Simon Cowell (BGT)

 

Best Business Show sponsored by Chelsea Monthly

Dragon’s’ Den

Secret Dealers

Four in a Bed

Escape to the Country

Flog it!

A Place in the Sun

Salvage Hunters

 

Most Inspiring TV Show

The Wright Stuff

DIY SOS

Dragons’ Den

First Dates

Eden

Binky & JP’s Baby: Born in Chelsea

Who do you think you are?

Escape to the Country

Voice Kids

 

Best Reality TV Judge

Gregg Wallace (Celebrity Masterchef)

Simon Cowell (Britain’s Got Talent)

Touker Suleyman (Dragon’s Den)

David Walliams (Britain’s Got Talent)

Danni Minogue (Let it Shine)

Peter Jones (Dragon’s Den)

Sir Tom Jones (The Voice UK)

Amanda Holden (Britain’s Got Talent)

Judge Rob Rinder (Judge Rinder)

Sarah Willingham (Dragons’ Den)

Gary Barlow (Let it Shine)

Will I  Am  (The Voice)

 

Best Television Chef

The Hairy Bikers

Lorraine Pascale

Nigella Lawson

Ken Ho

Mary Berry

John Torode

Ainsley Harriott

Simon Rimmer

Jamie Oliver

Nadiya Hussain

Gordon Ramsay

James Martin

Best Reality Competition Show

Strictly Come Dancing

Britain’s Got Talent

Big Brother

Come Dine with Me

The Jump

Celebrity MasterChef

Love Island

Take Me Out

Britain’s Got Talent

Me and My Dog: The Ultimate Contest

Dance Dance Dance

Coach Trip

CelebAbility

Best Reality Non-Competition Show   sponsored by Sebamed

The Only Way is Essex

Made in Chelsea : Ibiza

The Real Housewives of Cheshire

Dinner Date

Gogglebox

Geordie Shore

Ibiza Weekender XXL

Say yes to the dress

Tattoo Fixers

Reality Personality of the Year

Lauren Simon

Vicky Pattison

Leanne Brown

Charlotte Crosby

Ampika Pickson

Drew Pritchard

Olivia Attwood

Paisley Billings

Best Male Personality sponsored by DeChavel watches

ALex Mytton

Jamie Laing

Stephen Bear

Joey Essex

Chris Clark

James Diags

Drew Pritchard

Simon Rimmer

Best Game Show

Catchphrase

The Chase

Pointless

Tipping Point

Letterbox

CelebAbility

Ninja Warrior UK

Best Food Show  sponsored by Hungrynation.co.uk

Sunday Brunch

Celebrity Masterchef

Great British Bakeoff

Who’s Doing the Dishes?

Saturday Kitchen

Masterchef

Nadiya’s British Food Adventure

Best Female Personality sponsored by Lash Perfect

Megan McKenna (TOWIE)

Chloe Simms (TOWIE)

Sarah Willingham (Dragon’s’ Den)

Deborah Meaden (Dragon’s Den)

Amber Davies (Love Island)

Ampika Pickston (Real Housewives of Cheshire)

Montana Brown (Love Island)

Lydia Bright (TOWIE)

Rachel Riley (Countdown)

Chloe Meadows (TOWIE)

Katie Price: (My Crazy Life)

Olivia Wardell (Britain’s Next Top Model)

 

Best Performance (on a Reality TV Show)  sponsored by VooVix.com

Mo Adeniran (The Voice UK)

Issy Simpson ( Britain’s Got Talent)

Jess Folley (The Voice Kids)

Sarah Ikumu (Britain’s Got Talent)

Tokio Myers (Britain’s Got Talent)

Michelle John (The Voice UK)

The Mersey Girls (Britain’s Got Talent)

JB Gill & Chloe Gill (Dance Dance Dance)

DNA (Britain’s Got Talent)

Daliso Chaponda (Britain’s Got Talent)

Clara Hurtado (The Voice UK)

Jess Robinson (Britain’s Got Talent)

Best Male Personality sponsored by DeChavel watches

Pete Wicks (TOWIE)

Harley Judge (Love Island)

Dan Edgar (TOWIE)

Marcel Somerville (Love Island)

Paul Hollywood (Great British Bake Off’)

Jamie Laing (Made in Chelsea)

Matthew Wright (The Wright Stuff)

Fred Sirieix (First Dates)

Kem Cetinay (Love Island)

Chris Hughes (Love Island)

Best International Show  sponsored by VooVix.com

Vanderpump Rules

Real Housewives of Atlanta

Keeping up with the Kardashians

Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

Shark Tank

Pawn Stars

Botched

#RichKids of Beverly Hills

Married to Medicine

Hardcore Pawn

Love & HipHop – Hollywood

Best Talk Show

Good Morning Britain

Loose Women

Big Brother’s Bit On the Side

This Morning

The Jeremy Kyle Show

John Bishop: In Conversation with….

 

Best Social Experiment Show

Love Island

Big Brother

Naked Attraction

Gogglebox

Eden

Coach Trip

Just Tattoo of us

Celebrity Big Brother

Geordie Shore

Celebrities in therapy

Best Production Company

FremantleMedia UK

Avalon

All3Media

HatTrick

Shed Media

Endemol Shine UK

Pulse Films

Two Four

Voting is currently live @ www.nationalrealitytvawards.org/voting

Winners will be announced on the 18th of September 2017.


Johana BaldellaJohana BaldellaApril 12, 2017
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New fundraising event encourages children and families to explore the outdoors whilst raising vital funds for Save the Children

 

 

Ashley Jensen has donned her wellies in a bid to encourage nurseries, early years groups, families and children up and down the country to take part in Peppa Pig’s Muddy Puddle Walk for Save the Children.

The actress, best known for her roles in the television series Ugly BettyExtras and Catastrophe, has taken part in her own Muddy Puddle Walk to encourage the nation to sign up and jump in muddy puddles, like Peppa Pig, for a worthy cause.

The brand-new fundraiser has been launched by Save the Children in partnership with Entertainment One’s (eOne) Peppa Pig. By taking part in a Muddy Puddle Walk between 8 and 14 May 2017, participants are encouraged to explore the world around them, splash in muddy puddles and raise money to help Save the Children give every last child the chance to learn, play and grow up healthy and happy.

Ashley Jensen, Save the Children Ambassador, says: “I’m encouraging everyone to get outside, come rain or shine, and help raise much needed funds for Save the Children. It’s so easy to take part and it’s the perfect excuse to explore the outdoors with your little ones! By jumping in muddy puddles like Peppa Pig and raising money for Save the Children you can help the world’s most vulnerable children have a brighter future. I’ve seen the charity’s work first hand so know what a difference it makes. I’m proud to do my bit to help raise awareness and funds.”

Ashley has supported Save the Children’s vital work since 2011 and has visited the charity’s projects in India, Tanzania and Greece.

Sign up your nursery or family now at MuddyPuddleWalk.org to get your free Muddy Puddle Fundraising Pack, full of fundraising ideas and tips for great walks and activities indoors and out – including free Peppa stickers and Save the Children balloons too.

There are lots of easy ways to raise money on your Muddy Puddle Walk for Save the Children. The free fundraising pack is full of great activities and fundraising ideas, so you can choose which option will work best for you and your children. Your little ones can get sponsored to walk or splash in puddles at the park, or they can simply donate to join your muddy puddle walk. You can even top up your total by baking and selling Muddy Puddle cupcakes!

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Jeff ArmstrongJeff ArmstrongFebruary 26, 2017
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He is an English film director and executive producer. He first came to public attention as a director when Leon the Pig Farmer won him the FIPRESCI International Critics’ Prize at the 1992 Venice Film Festival, the Best Newcomer award from the London Critics’ Circle and the Chaplin Award for the best first feature from the Edinburgh International Film Festival. His new film Breaking the Bank which features legendary actor Kelsey Grammer is nominated for the prestigious 3rd annual National Film Awards UK. We caught up with Vadim Jean ahead of the awards show taking place in London on the 29th of March.

How did you get your first break into the motion picture industry?

I was a runner on Mike Figgis’ first film, ‘Stormy Monday’ starring Tommy Lee Jones and Sting, which mainly involved driving a clapped out minibus up and down the M1 from Newcastle to London and back with everything from camera equipment to a Polish jazz band (with their instruments).  My finest moment was the van breaking down right in the middle of Waterloo Bridge roundabout at 5am in the morning after the tie I had used as a temporary fan belt gave up the ghost.

You are best known for your debut Leon the Pig Farmer. So what made you delve into the world of finance with Breaking the Bank ?

I’ve enjoyed directing comedy and it seemed to me that it was about time the bankers had a humorous stick poked at them.  I’ve always wanted to make an Ealing style, old school comedy and Breaking the Bank seemed the perfect vehicle to make my homage to Ealing. From the score to the old Rolls Royce driving past the Bank of England and the imagery of the Tower of London the loving nods are all there in the film.  I also didn’t really understand the 2008 crash so now, thanks to script writer Roger Devlin’s insider knowledge of banking, I do understand about as much as many bankers.  Which is not necessarily that much…

Kelsey Grammer plays  Charles Bunbury in your movie.  With Grammer having such a huge legacy. What was it like having your work brought to light by such an accomplished actor?

It’s the second movie Kelsey and I have done together and we’d been trying to work together ever since the first one so, this was a joy.  We have a real short hand with each other.  He really can play anything.  I thought he might need a dialogue coach to play Charles Bunbury, who is quintessentially English, but after about three minutes of the read through we sent the coach home.  It’s hard to believe the man who played the monstrous mayor of Chicago in ‘Boss’ can also play bumbling Charles Bunbury.  We’re looking for the next thing to do together already.

Now, you have just been nominated for this year’s 3rd annual National Film Awards UK which is fantastic as all nominations and voting are left for the public which makes it fairer than  other traditional awards ceremonies. How did you feel when you got the news that Breaking the Bank was nominated for Best Comedy?

Any nomination is an honour to start with and I do think Breaking the Bank is a film that the public will enjoy.  We’re in the company of much higher profile films on the list so my hope is that the public will seek out our independent film and then we’re in their hands.

The movie industry is fast changing with the rise of Netflix, VooVix and other similar platforms . Do you feel the cinema industry has had its day or do you believe the experience of going to watch a film still resonates amongst movie fans worldwide?

Wherever we’ve played our film in the world to a cinema audience it’s been received with lots of laughter.  Even the French laughed.  A lot.  The ‘theatrical experience’, especially with a comedy that works, where laughter is the shared experience of the audience, will never lose its great pleasure.  If it did, theatre would have died years ago.  So while the audience is finding films on a plethora of platforms now, there’s still nothing quite like being captivated by the flicker of light projected in a dark room and sharing communal laughter in front of the big screen.

What would you say is your Top 5 Best Directors of all time?

Tough question.  There are so many but I will list my favourites, not necessarily in this order:

Spielberg

Coppola

Tarkovsky

Billy Wilder

Danny Boyle

Top 5 Best Actors/Actresses you would like to work with in the future?

George Clooney

Geoffrey Rush (we have plans)

Emma Thompson

Gerard Butler

Kelsey (always)

Where would you see yourself and company Mob Film in the next 5 years?

Still directing films I care passionately about but that also find an audience and transport them to the emotional places to which only cinema can take you.

Why should our readers watch and vote for ‘Breaking the Bank’ at the National Film Awards UK ?

Breaking the Bank is a deliberately old school, very British comedy; so if that’s your cup of Earl Grey then it might tickle your funny bone; Tamsin Grieg, Mat Horne and of course Kelsey, give such great comic performances they’re worth checking out especially if it didn’t come across your radar when it was released.

To vote for Breaking the Bank as the Best Comedy at the 3rd annual National Film Awards UK . Click Here


Annie PalmerAnnie PalmerApril 5, 2016
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Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L Jackson, Taron Egerton, Nathalie Emmanuel, John Boyega,top the list of winners at the prestigious 2nd annual National Film Awards UK 2016

Last week (31.03.15), the National Film Academy announced the winners of the 2nd annual National Film Awards UK at the prestigious awards ceremony which took place at the Porchester Hall in London.

British film, stage and television actress, Dame Helen Mirren was first to be announced as the winner for the Lifetime Achievement Award and accepted her award from New York. Mirren commented “I feel truly honoured to be awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Film Academy. I am proud to be a member of the National Film Awards winners list and thank you to all the movie fans for voting for me”.

Rise of the Footsoldier II, Kingsman (The Secret Service), London Road, Chasing Robert Barker, Reason to Leave, and Man UP which featured Actor Simon Pegg all received a gong at the prestigious event. Man UP won Best Comedy beating tough competition from The Lobster and The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel . Best Director award was won by Stephen Fingleton for his movie ‘The Survivalist’

The nominees for Global Contribution to Motion Picture included a stellar list of stars who have excelled in their craft. Nominees included; Hugh Grant, Denzel Washington , Ben Kingsley , Meryl Streep, Harrison Ford, Samuel L Jackson, Michael Caine, Leonardo DiCaprio and Kevin Spacey . Samuel L Jackson was voted winner and added “This is just perfect. I am incredibly honoured and thankful for this award from the National Film Academy and all the movie fans who voted for me.

A list of new breakthrough talent also made the National Film Awards 2016 shortlist; Battling it out on the Best Newcomer category are ; Taron Egerton (Kingsman- The Secret Service) , Agyness Deyn (Sunset Song), Bel Powley (A Royal Night Out), Milo Parker (Mr. Holmes), John Boyega (Star Wars- The Force Awakens), Abigail Hardingham (Nina Forever), Kodi Smit-McPhee (Slow West), Sonoya Mizuno (Ex-Machina), Karidja Touré (Girlhood) and Hermione Corfield (Mission Impossible- Rogue Nation)

Taron Egerton saw of the competition by winning the Best Newcomer category for his role in Kingsman, The Secret Service whilst John Boyega was voted winner of the Best Breakthrough Performance in a Film for his role in Star Wars the Force Awakens

Over 2.9 million movie fans nationwide voted for this year’s 2nd annual National Film Awards and the night was hosted by TV presenter Louise Gookey and featured a stellar list of celebrity guest presenters. The night ended with an incredibly heartfelt video tribute to the late, great Alan Rickman who was honoured with a National Film Academy fellowship award.

The 3rd annual National Film Awards are scheduled to be held on the 31st of March 2017 and public nominations will begin in October.

Below is a full list of winners for the 2nd annual National Film Awards UK:

Best International Film
Kingsman- The Secret Service

Best Comedy
Man up

Best Action
Chasing Robert Barker

Best Drama sponsored by Gold Collagen
A Reason to Leave

Best Independent Feature

Never Let Go


Best Documentary

The Hardstop

Best Thriller
Dartmoor Killing

Best British Film sponsored by Metcalfe’s Skinny
Rise of the Footsoldier II

Best Actor sponsored by Angel Tears Vodka
Tom Hiddleston (High-Rise)

Best Actress sponsored by Gold Collagen
Natalie Emmanuel (Fast and Furious 7)

Best Director

Stephen Fingleton (The Survivalist)

Best Screenplay
London Road

Best Breakthrough Performance in a Film

John Boyega (Star Wars – The Force Awakens)

Best Newcomer sponsored by Mokingo
Taron Egerton (Kingsman- The Secret Service)


Best Foreign Language Film
sponsored by InvestNation
Son of Saul (Hungary)

Best Supporting actress sponsored by IUTTA
Alexandra Evans (Redistributors)

Best Supporting actor

Samuel L Jackson (Kingsman- The Secret Service)

Best Short Film
Above

Global Contribution to Motion Picture
Samuel L Jackson


Annie PalmerAnnie PalmerFebruary 14, 2015
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Playtech, the multi-channel gaming software and services supplier brought a touch of A-list glamour to London’s trendy Camden Town tonight, as it hosted a star-studded party to mark the technology giant’s participation at ICE Totally Gaming 2015 – a unique exhibition taking place at the ExCel Centre in London aimed at the world’s online gaming industry.

The glamorous party was held at the exclusive Pan-Asian restaurant and club Gilgamesh Bar & Loungein The Stables Market in Camden. Proceedings began with a red carpet parade featuring Mandela actor and musician Idris Elba, DJ Pixie Geldof, model and ex-girlfriend of footballer Cristiano Ronaldo Irina Shayk illusionist Dynamo, chart-topping band Clean Bandit and TV personality Zoe Hardman were among some of the high-profile attendees who walked the carpet.

The showbiz extravaganza began with a drinks reception featuring a range of bespoke, tantalising cocktails and canapés from Gilgamesh’s award-winning menu. Guests were then treated to an eclectic mix of sumptuous entertainment, featuring beautiful burlesque dancers in Martini glasses, mesmerising aerial dancers, a live music set by Clean Bandit, and, to conclude proceedings a DJ set from Pixie Geldof and Idris Elba, which brought guests to their feet on the dance floor. A further highlight of the evening was a performance by master illusionist Dynamo, who thrilled guests with an array of illusions that had everyone spellbound.

Founded in 1999, Playtech is listed on the London Stock Exchange and has more than 3,900 employees located in 14 countries. Its leading gaming applications include casino, bingo, poker, sports betting, live, mobile and social gaming, casual and fixed odds games. New licensees include existing online operators upgrading or diversifying their offerings, land-based casino groups, government-owned entities, and new entrants, in regulating and newly-regulated markets.

Future plans for Playtech include a significant roll-out of and investment in multi-channel, personalised software and services, and the expansion of retail, sportsbook and other products into new and existing regulated markets.


Annie PalmerAnnie PalmerNovember 28, 2014
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Special guests including Bill Oddie, Alexei Sayle, Gillian McKeith, Celia Hammond and Bollywood actress Sofia Hayat are set to attend a glitzy gala screening and celebrity fundraiser in Leicester Square on Saturday December 6th for LION ARK, the multi-award winning critically-acclaimed documentary about the rescue of 25 lions from Bolivian circuses. Following sell out screenings at film festivals around the world, LION ARK is now screening in cinemas across the UK.

More action adventure style than traditional documentary, feel-good movie LION ARK charts one of the world’s most ambitious and daring animal rescues, as a team from Britain’s Animal Defenders International (ADI) swoops on eight illegal circuses spread across Bolivia following a ban.

The story begins when ADI secures a ban on animal circuses in Bolivia following a two-year undercover investigation across South America. The shocking findings lead to public outrage and calls for action across the continent. Bolivia is the first to act. Now ADI must help the government enforce the law. The team journey across a vast, hostile terrain to track down the illegal circuses defying the new law, save the animals and bring them to safety, and a joyous finale sees 25 lions airlifted to freedom in the US.

LION ARK Producer and rescue leader Jan Creamer said: “People have been gripped by the way Lion Ark covers a serious issue about saving animals from circuses, but in a uniquely exciting and enjoyable way. The British public can be very proud that the seeds of this historic operation were sown at Animal Defenders International’s headquarters in London, which makes Lion Ark’s West End gala screening a very special event indeed.”

A smash hit on the international film festival circuit, LION ARK is told through live action interviews, in the moment, as events unfold. This is up close and personal, in the thick of the action; you are as close as you can get to these animals and to understanding their life in the circus and feel the fear and joy of the rescuers as they journey through their incredible mission.

LION ARK is receiving rave reviews from critics, including “Lion Ark proceeds with refreshing unpredictability” (The New York Times); “Born Free with balls on… unmissable” (Britflicks); “Compelling cinema verité” (The Hollywood Reporter); “a story of passion and sensitivity; of liberation and determination” (The Telegraph); “this film should be a target for this year’s Oscars. Excellent.” (ACED Magazine); “the feel-good movie of the year!” (Reel Talk); “One of your must–see films” (The Independent Critic); “A consciousness-raising milestone of a documentary” (The Ecologist); “thoroughly rewarding” (TV and Film Review).

LION ARK Director Tim Phillips said: “The response to Lion Ark has been fantastic, receiving standing ovations, armfuls of awards and sell-out shows around the world and we are looking forward to welcoming so many celebrity supporters at the gala screening. This special event is open to the public so that everyone has a chance to enjoy the uplifting animal magic of Lion Ark on the big screen in London’s Leicester Square, and meet the rescue team directly from their latest mission in Peru.”

A similarly ambitious rescue operation – Spirit of Freedom – is now underway in Peru, where ADI is once again assisting authorities to enforce an animal circus ban, having successfully secured legislation. ADI currently has 30 lions, 9 primates and several other animals in its care, and audiences will hear the very latest news from rescue team leaders LION ARK Director Tim Phillips and Producer Jan Creamer, who have come straight from their latest mission to hold Q&A sessions following each screening across the UK.

The LION ARK rescue mission was backed by legendary and Emmy award-winning US TV ‘Price is Right’ game show host Bob Barker and CSI actress Jorja Fox (‘Sara Sidle’), whose company Seafox Productions is an Associate Producer and both appear in the film. Bob Barker’s support enabled the rescue team to empty Bolivia of its suffering circus animals and build new homes for them in the US.

LION ARK has recently been signed into distribution for television, video on demand, DVD / Blu Ray and in-flight entertainment with ITV Studios Global Entertainment, one of the world’s leading distribution companies which has its own channels in Europe, Asia, Africa and Middle East, including flagship ITV broadcasting in 40 countries.

Since opening at Raindance, London and Mill Valley Film Festival, California, LION ARK has taken the film festival circuit by storm with sell out shows, six awards, official selections for 14 prestigious film festivals, and an NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding International Motion Picture.

Tickets for LION ARK screenings at UK cinemas including the West End gala and celebrity fundraiser are on sale now. Tickets for the gala start at just £11: http://www.lionarkthemovie.com/news/lion-ark-in-londons-west-end


Annie PalmerAnnie PalmerNovember 28, 2014
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ITV’s flagship daytime show This Morning will support the 2015 Audience Award, which is decided entirely by members of the public voting for their favourite long-running West End show.

Voting for the ‘This Morning Audience Award’ will launch on Tuesday 17th February and there are currently a total of 18 eligible shows. The Olivier Awards 2015 will be broadcast on ITV on the evening of Sunday 12th April.

The Olivier Awards are also pleased to be working with a new radio broadcast partner, Magic Radio. The station, available nationally on DAB Digital Radio from January 2015, will be celebrating the partnership with a specially commissioned strand of programming highlighting the best of the West End.



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