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David Tennant and Michael Sheen are returning for a second series of 'Staged'. © Bang Showbiz Michael Sheen and David Tennant
The duo have signed on for a new run of the popular BBC One show, which follows the cast of a West End production who have been furloughed due to coronavirus, but they continue to rehearse in lockdown.
The upcoming episodes will see the two actors navigating their 'new normal' at home with their families, while also trying to tackle the world of 'virtual Hollywood'.
Michael Sheen said: “It’s been so great to see how much people enjoyed the first series. Seemed like the laughs were much appreciated.
David Tennant's wife shares incredibly rare photo of all five children
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"It made us really excited about taking it further and going in some surprising and hopefully enjoyable directions this time.”
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Happy Birthday, Will Smith!
Hollywood superstar Will Smith turned 52 on September 25.The Philadelphia-born actor began his career as a rapper in the 80s as one half of duo DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince, which led him to his first acting role 90s NBC sitcom 'The Fresh Prince of Bel Air'.Over the decades, Will has shown off his talent in a wide range of movie genres, earning himself five Golden Globe nominations and two Academy Award nominations.Here is a look at Will's best films...
One of Will Smith’s first major roles after ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel Air’ was in Michael Bay’s 1995 directorial debut ‘Bad Boys’. The action film followed Miami cops Mike Lowrey, played by Will, and Marcus Burnett, played by Martin Lawrence, as the two partners become entangled in a deadly drugs investigation. The duo’s interaction was highly praised by audiences and the film gained a cult following, which has prompted two sequels, 'Bad Boys II’ in 2003 and 2020's ‘Bad Boys for Life’.
Men in Black
Will Smith is probably best known for playing James Darrell Edwards in the ‘Men in Black’ franchise. The first film was released in 1997 and told the story of New York cop Edwards who is recruited by a secret intelligence agency to protect the citizens of Earth from aliens. The sci-fi comedy was a box office hit and received three Academy Awards nominations, winning one. Three further films have since been released, ‘Men in Black II’, ‘Men in Black 3’ and the latest sequel ‘Men in Black: International’, which was released earlier this year.
Enemy of The State
In 1998, Smith found success once again, starring with Gene Hackman in ‘Enemy of The State’. The film told the story of a lawyer named Robert Dean, played by Smith, who was framed for the murder of Congressman Phil Hammersley and forced to team up with a former communications expert, played by Hackman, to go on the run and clear his name.
Will Smith starred alongside Eva Mendes and Kevin James star in the 2005 romantic comedy ‘Hitch’, playing a professional “date doctor” whose job is to teach other men how to charm gorgeous women. But his toughest case yet arises when he fails to get his woo love interest, Sara, who is played by Eva Mendes.
The Pursuit of Happyness
Stepping away from action films in ‘The Pursuit of Happyness’ Will played Chris Gardener in the biographical drama based on his autobiography. The 2006 critically acclaimed biopic follows Gardener as he interns at a brokerage firm whilst being homeless with his five-year old son, played by Smith’s own son, Jaden Smith. Will explained that starring alongside Jaden added an element of reality to his performance. He said, “Part of being an actor is almost self-hypnosis during those brief moments when the cameras are rolling ... And having my son, and being able to lay in a subway bathroom, with my real son, just added to the ability to be able to transform and to become Chris Gardner for those moments.”
I am Legend
Will has a long history of starring alongside his children. In 2007, Smith acted in ‘I Am Legend’ alongside his daughter Willow. The post-apocalyptic flick is set in New York after a virus has wiped out almost all humanity and scientist Robert Neville, played by Will Smith, is the last living human left in the city. Speaking about working with his then six-year old daughter, Will joked, “You kind of don’t work with Willow, you work for Willow."
Will Smith starred alongside Charlize Theron in the unusual superhero film ‘Hancock’ in 2007. Will played John Hancock, a larger than life but unpopular superhero, who has become unpopular over the years due to the collateral damage of his actions. However, after meeting a PR man, played by Jason Bateman, and his wife, played by Charlize, things start to change for the better for him. The film includes scenes of Hancock flying at speeds of up to 50 miles per hour through the air, 60 feet up, which Smith admitted scared him a little. He said: "All right, I was scared. I can say that. It's a superhero movie, but I think in real life I was a little nervous."
Will Smith joined the long list of A-Listers who have voiced Disney characters when he took on the role of the Genie in Disney’s 2019 live-action remake of ‘Aladdin’. In the family favourite, Smith helps the lowly Aladdin woo Princess Jasmine and then stop the Jafar from usurping The Sultan. After Robin Williams’ acclaimed portrayal of the Genie in the animated version, Will knew he had a challenge on his hands to match the late comic. Will settled on a hip hop version of the character, saying: "“Genie is timeless, you get to really say and do anything so I started to feel confident that I could deliver something that was an homage to Robin Williams but was musically different and just the flavour of the character would be different enough and unique enough that it would be in a different lane versus trying to compete.”
Georgia Tennant - who returns alongside Anna Lundberg, Lucy Eaton, Nina Sosanya and Simon Evans - added: "The prospect of getting my husband back into employment alongside the divine Ben Schwartz and the hairy, Welsh legend that is Michael Sheen all makes me very happy to be back for series two!”
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Ben - a new addition to the regular cast - will play the assistant to David and Michae's American agent.
In a press release, BBC teased: "The series hopes to capture our shared feelings of frustration and confusion at a world not quite ready to re-open.
"Moments that promise normality dashed before they can take hold. The tantalising prospect of comfort kept at bay.
The show was created by Simon Evans and Phin Glynn, and the former also writes and directs the project.
The first series followed the latest government guidelines on coronavirus to ensure the cast remained safely apart using a combination of self-shooting and video conferencing technology.
At the time, Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content - said: "It's so important that the BBC provides moments of humour and light relief and this mischievous idea shows what great sports Michael and David are."
ITV ad revenues recover strongly on the back of crime dramas .
Earnings from ads were up 3 per cent year-on-year in August compared to a 23 per cent drop in July, and a 43 per cent plunge in the second quarter of the year.Earnings from ads were up 3 per cent year-on-year in August compared to a 23 per cent drop in July, and a 43 per cent plunge in the second quarter of the year when England had just entered its first national lockdown.