ITV – Star Wars actor John Boyega and musicians Kylie Minogue and James Blunt will be among the guests at the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations on ITV.
Hosted by Ant & Dec, the event will take place in the private grounds of Windsor Castle.
Jess Glynne, Jim Carter, Andrea Bocelli, Katherine Jenkins and Damian Lewis have also been announced, as well as Beverley Knight, Martin Clunes and Dame Helen Mirren.
Jennifer Saunders, Imelda Staunton and Alan Titchmarsh will also be taking part.
“We are honoured to be hosting this special celebration of Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday,” Ant & Dec said.
“This spectacular evening will bring together some of the best-known names in the entertainment world, who will perform with 900 horses and 1,500 participants to mark this very special birthday.”
The Queen turns 90 on April 21.
THE UPCOMING – Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L Jackson, Taron Egerton, Nathalie Emmanuel and John Boyega were among the winners announced at the second annual National Film Awards on Thursday night. The prestigious ceremony, held at London’s Porchester Hall, celebrated the best of established and emerging talent in the UK film industry.
The first celebration of the night was Dame Helen Mirren’s Lifetime Achievement Award, presented for her multitude of contributions to cinema. Accepting her prize from New York, Mirren commented: “I feel truly honoured to be awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from by the National Film Academy.”
Films such as Rise of the Footsoldier II, Kingsman (The Secret Service), London Road, Chasing Robert Barker, Reason to Leave, and Man UP all received a gong at the massive event. Man Up, starring Simon Pegg, won Best Comedy, beating some tough competition. The award for Best Director was won by Stephen Fingleton for his science-fiction thriller The Survivalist.
The nominees for Global Contribution to Motion Pictures included a stellar list of stars who have all excelled in their craft. Hugh Grant, Meryl Streep, Harrison Ford, Samuel L Jackson, Michael Caine, Leonardo DiCaprio and Kevin Spacey were amongst the list of nominees for this category. Samuel L Jackson was ultimately voted as champion and enthused “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 crowd of new breakthrough talent also made the National Film Awards 2016 shortlist. Battling it out on the Best Newcomer category were 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 off the competition in this category for his comedic performance in Kingsman, whilst John Boyega was voted the winner of Best Breakthrough Performance in a Film. It was Never Let Go that won the Best Independent Feature award.
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.
Over 2.9 million movie fans nationwide voted for this year’s second annual National Film Awards. The third annual National Film Awards are scheduled to be held on 31st March 2017 and public nominations will begin in October.
For a full list of 2016 winners visit here.
Thanks to the early release of the digital copy, I’ve added the HQ screencaps from the Star Wars: The Force Awakens to the gallery. And thanks to Mouzer at John Boyega Fan, I’ve been able to add the screencaps from the bonus feature “The Secrets of The Force Awakens” and deleted scenes, as well. Thanks to Daisy Ridley Source for the new still and portrait. Enjoy!
EMPIRE – It’s difficult now to imagine Star Wars: The Force Awakens without John Boyega or Kingsman: The Secret Service without Taron Egerton. But speaking to Empire for the new issue, the latter’s director Matthew Vaughn has recalled how it could all have been so very different.
Vaughn’s search for Eggsy, Kingsman’s walking-ASBO-turned-gentleman-spy, ended up a straight choice between The Man Who Would Be Finn and The Man Who Would Be Eddie Edwards. Post-Attack The Block, Boyega was a known quantity. Egerton meanwhile, had turned heads on the London theatre scene but had yet to make a film.
“It was a tough call,” Vaughn tells us. “Boyega is a fabulous actor, but there’s something about Taron. You have to listen to your instincts about who that role is. John’s probably thinking, ‘Thank fuck he didn’t cast me!’ because he might never have been in Star Wars!”
Oddly, there’s a possibility that Star Wars now lurks in Egerton’s future too: he’s one of the names reputedly on the shortlist to play the young Han Solo in the developing spin-off.
Vaughn’s Kingsman sequel The Golden Circle starts shooting imminently for a release next summer. Check out the new Empire, out next week, for much more on that. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is out on Blu-ray and DVD on April 18.
Last night, John attended a special screening in the UK called Secrets of The Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey. I also added a photoshoot from the Empire Awards and a couple of Behind the Scenes photos.
WALL STREET JOURNAL – John Boyega is as big a “Star Wars” geek as many of the moviegoers who pushed J.J. Abrams‘s “The Force Awakens” beyond the $2 billion mark at the global box office. The proof is in the video above.
In the clip, provided exclusively to Speakeasy, Boyega freaks out when he sees the Millennium Falcon for the first time. Not only is it there in proper scale, a dream come true for any fan of the franchise, he will get to work inside the spacecraft, which made its debut in 1977′s original “Star Wars.”
The clip comes from the bonus features for the upcoming home video release of “The Force Awakens,” which will include an in-depth documentary about the making of the movie, a look at how the crew created the droid BB-8, deleted scenes and more.
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” will be available through video on demand services April 1, and on Blu-ray and DVD on April 5.
Thanks to Daisy Ridley Source, we now have HQ quality for most of this great shoot with Daisy and John, including two new ones! Enjoy!