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How Greta Gerwig’s ‘Little Women’ became an international box office smash

How Greta Gerwig’s ‘Little Women’ became an international box office smash
Literary adaptation delivers more than $27m in UK, $10m in Australia, $6m in Italy.

Greta Gerwig’s Oscar-winning Little Women is on course to cross $100m at the international box office this spring according to sources, as the period drama’s remarkable trajectory continues to charm fans.

At time of writing Columbia Pictures’ Louisa May Alcott adaptation stood at $178m worldwide, with international markets contributing $75.1m, and North America accounting for $102.9m through Sony’s distribution pipeline.

Ever since the film premiered in New York on December 7, 2019, Gerwig and her cast including Oscar-nominated Saoirse Ronan, Florence Pugh, Timothée Chalamet and
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Prince Harry's Friend Offers Theory About His and Meghan Markle's Royal Exit

Prince Harry's Friend Offers Theory About His and Meghan Markle's Royal Exit
There have been several theories circulating as to why Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have decided to "step back as 'senior' members of the Royal Family," as they put it, and now, one of the Duke of Sussex's friends is offering his rare insight into the controversy. JJ Chalmers, a former Royal Marine who met Harry when they served in the military together several years ago, shared his thoughts in a recent interview on the BBC's The One Show. "He's less the captain in the army I used to knew, and he's more the father, and when I see him, it's 'How's the kid?' So that's the first thing that comes up," Chalmers...
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Richard Dreyfuss & ‘Queer Eye’s Tan France To Star In Channel 4’s ‘The Great Celebrity Bake Off’

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Richard Dreyfuss & ‘Queer Eye’s Tan France To Star In Channel 4’s ‘The Great Celebrity Bake Off’
Oscar-winning American actor Richard Dreyfuss and Queer Eye star Tan France are among the celebrities who will put on an apron and get baking for Channel 4’s special Stand Up To Cancer episodes of The Great British Bake Off.

The Great Celebrity Bake Off, produced by Love Productions, will also feature documentary maker Louis Theroux, The Inbetweeners actor James Buckley, and model and TV presenter Kelly Brook.

In each episode of the five-part series, four celebrities will battle it out to showcase their baking skills, with the winner taking home the Star Baker apron. The show airs later this year.

Dreyfuss is perhaps the biggest booking. The actor is known for starring roles in Jaws and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, while he won an Academy Award for best actor in The Goodbye Girl in 1977. He is no stranger to light entertainment TV in the UK having appeared
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Mrs Brown's Boys: how did the worst show on TV become a festive must-watch?

Somehow, without anyone noticing, the dire BBC sitcom has become the centrepiece of Christmas TV. How on Earth did this happen?

In a way, I’m glad that Mrs Brown’s Boys exists, and that it exists for the people it exists for, because I realised something halfway through watching this year’s Christmas special, and that is this: the viewers of Mrs Brown’s Boys are also the people writing in to complain on the BBC’s Points of View.

I have literally no evidence to back this up other than a sincere, unshakeable, powerful gut feeling, so let’s just take it as fact: everyone who finds themselves too challenged by, like, same-sex dance routines on Strictly, are also the same ones who see Agnes Brown and go: “Yeah, she’s got a big mole on her chin, that’s sort of like a joke.” A substantial amount
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Is Ed Sheeran Related to The Irishman Mobster Robert De Niro Plays in Martin Scorsese’s Movie?

Is Ed Sheeran Related to The Irishman Mobster Robert De Niro Plays in Martin Scorsese’s Movie?
Could Ed Sheeran have a mobster in the family tree?

While promoting The Irishman, actor Stephen Graham claimed that the “Shade of You” singer, 28, is distantly related to Frank Sheeran, the real-life hitman played by Robert De Niro in the movie.

“It’s all based on true events,” Graham said during an interview on BBC’s The One Show. Seemingly struggling to remember the name of the central character, Graham noted that he thought “of Ed Sheeran” to help jog his memory.

“Apparently they’re related, you know,” he added. “Honest to God, I swear on my nana’s life.
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BBC Internal Documents Show How It Grades Its Stars Using A ‘Top Trumps’-Style Scoring System

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Exclusive: Internal BBC documents have revealed how the British broadcaster conducts repeated research on its biggest stars and scores how well they are performing with audiences.

So-called BBC “talent reports” were released as part of the corporation’s legal battle with presenter Samira Ahmed, who has taken the BBC to an employment tribunal seeking £693,245 in lost earnings as part of an equal pay dispute.

Ahmed said “it just does not seem fair” that she was paid £440 for hosting an episode Newswatch, while at the same time, male presenter Jeremy Vine took home £3,000 for recording an installment of Points of View.

She argued that both shows, which invite viewer feedback on BBC output, involve similar work and provide audiences with a similar service. The BBC disputes this characterization, arguing that Newswatch is a news show on the “relatively niche” BBC News channel, while Points of View is a BBC One brand
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BBC Clears Schedule After Court Rules Boris Johnson Broke Law By Suspending UK Parliament

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The BBC has cleared its schedule for news after a momentous ruling from the highest court in Britain on Tuesday.

The UK’s Supreme Court reached the unanimous conclusion that Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend Parliament for five weeks, known as proroguing Parliament, was unlawful.

Johnson shut down Parliament on September 9, with a plan to open it again on October 14. The government’s justification for the suspension was that it wanted to devise new policies for a Queen’s Speech, but critics said it was designed to stop MPs from frustrating Johnson’s Brexit plans.

In her verdict, Supreme Court’s President Lady Hale said: “The decision to advise Her Majesty to prorogue Parliament was unlawful because it had the effect of frustrating or preventing the ability of Parliament to carry out its constitutional functions without reasonable justification.”

Parliament will sit again on Wednesday.

Following the ruling’s publication,
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I have been begged to do Strictly Come Dancing. Here’s why I turned it down | Adrian Chiles

There were more reasons for me not to take part than there are sequins on all the outfits of all the ballroom dancers in the world

Once upon a time, when I was presenting The One Show, I used to get asked – begged, even – to do Strictly Come Dancing. On one occasion, a couple of channel executives, who have since moved on, took me to dinner to try to talk me into it. They even pulled out glossy 10x8 photographs of the new professional dancers. I am sure this wasn’t their intention – they were just trying to enthuse me about the whole production – but to anyone looking on from another table it must have looked as though they were inviting me to take my pick.

There were more reasons for me not to do Strictly than there are sequins on all the outfits of all the ballroom dancers in the whole wide world.
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BBC Studios Cuts First-Look Deal With Fast-Growing U.K. Indie Big Deal Films (Exclusive)

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BBC Studios will take Big Deal Films’ unscripted content to the international market after striking a first-look deal with the up-and-coming U.K. shingle.

The two-year agreement gives BBC Studios a first look at all of the London-based producers’ unscripted output. Big Deal’s managing director Dhanny Joshi told Variety that the deal will allow the company to beef up its development team and add to its growing slate.

Big Deal was born out of Joshi’s music-management business and co-founded with Thomas Stogdon, who is creative director. It majors in identifying underrepresented and diverse talent and stories, and bringing them to TV. Its factual output includes numerous pieces in BBC One’s flagship magazine series, “The One Show,” and short-form series “Disabled Fight Club” for Channel 4.

“The hunger for diverse content has never been higher,” said Rebecca Brown, specialist factual commercial manager for BBC Studios. “Supporting Big Deal
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Richard E. Grant Says Star Wars: Episode IX Actors Aren’t Given Scripts

As various stories relayed from the set of Avengers: Endgame make clear, Disney can get pretty controlling in their spoiler security measures, and the upcoming Star Wars: Episode IX is no exception, with actor Richard E. Grant recently explaining the production’s excessive procedures for keeping details under wraps.

Speaking to The One Show, the actor explained that the cast is only allowed to see a full script under heavily monitored circumstances.

“It’s extraordinary,” he said. “They don’t give you a script, you have to go to a room where there are bodyguards outside, closed-circuit television cameras, and it’s printed on crimson pages so you can’t photograph it. You have to read it in there, and then leave.”

Mark Hamill also reflected on the film’s crimson script last month, lamenting how the tint gave him a headache to read. Regardless, the actors are at least
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Chris Evans confirms he will appear on Strictly Come Dancing in 2019

The presenter and radio host announced he has signed up for the dance competition while on BBC’s The One Show

Chris Evans has confirmed he’s swapping the studio for the dancefloor after he announced he will appear on Strictly Come Dancing next year.

The presenter and radio host, who is leaving Radio 2 to start a new breakfast show on Virgin Radio in January 2019, said he has spoken to show bosses, although he has not yet signed up officially.
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12 Photos of Princess Eugenie and the Queen That Will Make You Want to Hug Your "Granny"

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12 Photos of Princess Eugenie and the Queen That Will Make You Want to Hug Your
Queen Elizabeth II may be the ruler of England, but it's clear that her family always comes first and foremost. The queen has a total of eight grandchildren; however, we especially love seeing her bond with Princess Eugenie. The two are frequently seen together at royal events, and Eugenie often refers to her as "Granny." In fact, when Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson's youngest daughter got engaged to wine merchant Jack Brooksbank this past January, Elizabeth was one of the first people to find out. "Granny actually knew right at the very beginning; she was one of the few people who knew," Eugenie previously told BBC's The One Show. "She was very happy, as was my grandfather." Aw!

Related: Princess Eugenie Didn't Need the Queen's Ok For Her Wedding - Here's Why
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Princess Eugenie's Untold Love Story: Skype Dates, The Walking Dead and a Beautiful Volcano

For several long days this past January, Princess Eugenie's left hand felt agonizingly bare. While boyfriend Jack Brooksbank had proposed earlier in the month near a Nicaraguan lake, he dropped to one knee without the pale pink padparadscha sapphire he'd selected in part because "it changes color from every different angle," just like his multi-faceted gal. With Brooksbank nervous to set the stone "until Eugenie had signed off on it," as he explained in the couple's joint engagement interview on BBC's The One Show With Matt Baker, he waited until after his proposal to have a U.K. jeweler surround the bauble with diamonds. It wasn't until the evening of Jan. 21—less than 24 hours...
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Strictly Come Dancing 2018 launch show - as it happened

It’s happening again, the BBC’s dancing competition is back and we’re following every second of it. Tonight’s live show is guest blogged by Stuart Heritage, Heidi Stephens will be back next week

Strictly Come Dancing 2018: all the contestants – ranked

8.58pm BST

And that’s it. It is my time to leave you now, to enjoy the rest of this series by yourselves. I haven’t read any comments tonight, but I’m sure you’ve all been wonderful and nice. I’m on Twitter as @Stuheritage if you want to follow me, which you don’t. Oh whatever. Bye.

8.57pm BST

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There’s a group dance now. This will come thick and fast, so I’m just going to bulletpoint observations:

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What do the judges think, Tess asks. Spoiler: It’s the same thing that they’ve said the last four
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Sarah Ferguson Opens Up About Daughter Princess Eugenie's Upcoming Wedding

Sarah, Duchess of York is fully embracing her role as the Mother of the Bride ("Mob") before her daughter Princess Eugenie's wedding. Sarah Ferguson—more popularly known as "Fergie"—dished out details to BBC's The One Show about the princess' wedding and how excited she is to finally become a grandmother. Princess Eugenie and fiancé Jack Brooksbank are set to tie the knot at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, the same aisle Meghan Markle and Prince Harry walked down just a few months ago. During her interview with The One Show, Fergie gushed over Brooksbank. "Jack is an amazing bringer of light and he brings joy," she...
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The Royal Wedding Countdown Is On: Everything We Know About Princess Eugenie's Big Day

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Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank are hearing wedding bells! The couple, who first met while skiing in Switzerland back in 2010, made their love official when they got engaged in January. Even though their big day is still a few months away, details regarding their upcoming nuptials have already started trickling in. From the location to the star-studded guest list, here's everything we know so far about Eugenie and Jack's upcoming royal wedding!

Related: Who Is Princess Eugenie's Fiancé? 5 Things to Know About Jack Brooksbank The Date

Eugenie and Jack's big day will take place this Fall on Oct. 12, 2018.

The Location

The couple will exchange "I dos" in front of their family and friends at St. George's Chapel in Windsor, which also happens to be the same venue where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are getting married in May.

The Guest List

Given the fact that a handful of Eugenie's friends are celebrities,
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Former Doctor Who Showrunner Says He’s Heard Season 11 Is Brilliant

He might not be an active part of Doctor Who‘s production anymore, but former showrunner Russell T. Davies still has friends who work on the sci-fi institution. And through them, he’s heard some good things about Jodie Whittaker’s new era in the Tardis.

Davies – who helmed the show from 2005 to 2010, overseeing both Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant’s tenures – was speaking on UK chat show The One Show to plug his new drama A Very English Scandal starring Hugh Grant (who he once asked to play the Doctor). Obviously, the conversation eventually turned towards Doctor Who and Davies teased that there’s a “real buzz” about the upcoming season 11 in Cardiff, Wales, the series’ home since its 21st century comeback.

“Down in Cardiff there’s a real buzz about it. People I know working on the show keep saying, ‘It’s brilliant, it’s brilliant, it’s brilliant.
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‘The X Factor’s Dermot O’Leary & ‘Desert Island Disc’s Kirsty Young To Front BBC’s Royal Wedding Coverage

‘The X Factor’s Dermot O’Leary & ‘Desert Island Disc’s Kirsty Young To Front BBC’s Royal Wedding Coverage
The BBC has revealed its programming plans to cover the May 19 wedding of Prince Harry and Suits star Meghan Markle.

The British public broadcaster has lined up The X Factor host Dermot O’Leary and Crimewatch and Desert Island Discs host Kirsty Young to present the nuptials alongside BBC news presenter Huw Edwards. Ore Odubda, who won Strictly Come Dancing, the British version of Dancing with the Stars, Radio One’s Tina Daheley and The One Show host Alex Jones will join, marking the BBC’s most diverse line-up to cover a royal wedding.

The BBC is the only broadcaster allowed to film the actual ceremony, which takes places in St George’s Chapel in Windsor, but it will share its coverage with global networks.

The broadcaster has also lined up major radio plans including Gogglebox star Scarlett Moffatt, who also appeared on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here,
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“Smell my cheese!” Alan Partridge is back at the BBC with new series

“Smell my cheese, you mother!” appeared to bring about the end of Alan Partridge’s career at the BBC, but now the channel has welcomed back Steve Coogan’s creation as a stand-in on fictional evening magazine show This Time with Alan Partridge.

The BBC reported that filming began on Monday for the “heady mix” of consumer affairs, news, “highbrow interviews and lightweight froth” that is meant to riff on the channel’s disposable teatime chat show, The One Show.

Steve Coogan’s beloved character has served his time on various UK digital channels, and fronted North Norfolk Digital’s local radio show, but it will be the first time he has been back on mainstream television since shooting a guest live on air during a broadcast of Knowing Me, Knowing You.

Susannah Fielding (Black Mirror) will play his co-host, with Tim Key returning as Sidekick Simon. The six-part series will be written by Coogan,
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Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank Announce a Wedding Date: October 12, 2018

Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank have set a date. Prince Andrew, Duke of York, announced Friday that the couple will wed on Oct. 12, 2018 at St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle—146 days after Prince Harry marries Meghan Markle at the same venue. Dating since 2010, Eugenie and Jack publicly announced their engagement Jan. 22. In their first joint interview on BBC's The One Show With Matt Baker, Eugenie said keeping the news private was tricky. "We literally told just our mother and fathers, brothers and sisters, and my grandparents," she said, adding that she'd been wearing her ring less for than 24 hours. "Granny actually knew right at the beginning. She was one of the very few...
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