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Ian McKellen and Maggie Smith are Living Their Best Lives at Wimbledon

Ian McKellen and Maggie Smith are Living Their Best Lives at Wimbledon
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Watch out, Patrick Stewart. Ian McKellen might have a new celebrity Bff.

McKellen was spotted chilling with Maggie Smith at Wimbledon on Wednesday, watching the gentlemen’s singles quarter final match between Andy Murray and Sam Querrey.

The on-court action was fine, but the real drama happened in the royal box, where photographers captured Smith and McKellen in a full range of facial expressions — including elation, fear, disappointment, outrage, and surprise. The resulting photos are a master class in emotion from two of Britain’s most esteemed national treasures.

Funnily enough, McKellen has
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Ian McKellan Explains Why Passed on Playing Dumbledore in Harry Potter

Ian McKellan is one of those iconic actors who can do practically anything. So, it's no surprise that after Richard Harris, who played Dumbledore in the first two Harry Potter films, died, the studio began talking to McKellan to replace him. 

While talking to McKellan on BBC's HARDtalk show, host Stephen Sackur, brought up a quote from Richard Harris, who was a critic of Ian Mckellan's saying Ian was, "Technically Brilliant but Passionless."

The good Sir Ian McKellan responded that while the statement was said by Harris, it was nonsense. He then related a story that after Harris passed how the studio talked to Ian about playing a role in Harry Potter.

"When they called me up and said would I be interested in being in the Harry Potter films, they didn't say in what part. I worked out what they were thinking, and I couldn't... I couldn't take over
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Harry Potter: Ian McKellen on turning down Dumbledore role

Simon Brew Apr 5, 2017

Sir Ian McKellen was sounded out about succeeding Richard Harris in the role of Albus Dumbledore...

Sir Ian McKellen has given us no shortage of big screen wizardry in the form of Gandalf, across The Hobbit and Lord Of The Rings movies. But he also nearly found himself heading up Hogwart’s, when he was offered the role of Albus Dumbledore in the Harry Potter films.

McKellen was approached following the death of Richard Harris, who played the character in the first two Harry Potter productions. As per an interview on BBC’s Hardtalk, McKellen did consider taking over from Richard Harris. But what swung the decision was the remarks that the late actor had made about him and some of his fellow actors. Harris, just prior to his death, remarked that they were “technically brilliant, but passionless”. He grouped McKellen, Kenneth Branagh and Derek Jacobi as the target of his words.
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Why Ian McKellen Wouldn't Play Dumbledore in the 'Harry Potter' Movies

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In the land of what could have been, Ian McKellen is the star of many more franchises. The actor best known for portraying Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies and Magneto in the X-Men series, was wanted for a role in Mission: Impossible II, for instance. We learned of that two years ago and have ben imagining the alternate history ever since. Now comes news on how he could have been in Harry Potter but had a personal reason to turn it down.  When Richard Harris died in 2002, after playing Professor Albus Dumbledore, the headmaster of Hogwarts, in two Harry Potter movies, a replacement was needed for the rest of the adaptations. On the BBC talk show HARDtalk, McKellen says he was asked to join the...

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Newswire: Ian McKellen turned down a chance to play Dumbledore

Ian McKellen is well known for playing one of literature’s most famous wizards in the Lord Of The Rings movies, but he recently revealed on BBC’s HardTalk that he actually had an opportunity a few years ago to play a different famous wizard in the Harry Potter movies. This goes back to 2002, when original Dumbledore actor Richard Harris died. Scrambling to find another person who could believably portray an elderly Englishman with magic powers, the studio apparently turned to McKellen—who had appeared in Peter Jackson’s The Fellowship Of The Ring about a year prior. McKellen refused to take on the role, though, but it actually has nothing to do with him not wanting to suddenly be typecast as a guy who only plays elderly Englishmen with magic powers.

As it turns out, Harris had been kind of a jerk to McKellen in the past, referring ...
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Why Ian McKellen Didn't Play Dumbledore

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2017-04-04T12:58:45-07:00Why Ian McKellen Didn't Play Dumbledore

Ian McKellen played a famed wizard from Middle-earth in The Lord of the Rings films, but he could have almost been Headmaster of Hogwarts as well.

The actor made a recent appearance on BBC’s HARDtalk show, where McKellen explained how he was approached about taking over as Albus Dumbledore following the death of Richard Harris, who played the character in the first two Harry Potter films.

While discussing critics of McKellen’s, HARDtalk host Stephen Sackur brought up a quote about McKellen apparently said by Harris, calling him and a few other actors “technically brilliant but passionless.”

“Yeah,” McKellen replied to Sackur. “Nonsense.”

The actor then described being approached about joining the Harry Potter franchise after Harris’ death in 2002.

“When they called me up and said would I be interested in being in the Harry Potter films,
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Why Ian McKellen Didn't Want to Play Dumbledore in Harry Potter

Why Ian McKellen Didn't Want to Play Dumbledore in Harry Potter
While most fans of the Harry Potter movie franchise would associate the actor Michael Gambon with the iconic headmaster Albus Dumbledore, famed British actor Richard Harris originated the role. He appeared in the first two movies, 2001's Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and 2002's Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, before passing away in the fall of 2002, just weeks before Chamber of Secrets hit theaters. While Michael Gambon took over the role for the next six movies, another iconic big screen wizard could have played the role, Ian McKellen. The actor revealed during a BBC HardTalk interview that he was approached to take over for Richard Harris, but there was a very good reason why he didn't do so.

During his appearance on HardTalk, which recently surfaced on YouTube, interviewer Stephen Sackur mentioned that there was a time where Richard Harris himself criticized fellow British actors Ian McKellen,
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Ian McKellen on Passing Up Dumbledore Role: Richard Harris ‘Didn’t Approve’

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Ian McKellen is famous for playing Gandalf the Grey in the “Lord of the Rings” films, but could’ve played another famous movie wizard if certain opinions were different. McKellen was recently interviewed on BBC NewsHARDTalk, and spoke about how he was approached to play Dumbledore in the later “Harry Potter” movies, but declined. According to him, Richard Harris — the actor who originated the role — really didn’t like him. “When they called me up and said would I be interested in being in the Harry Potter films, they didn’t say in what part,” he said. “I worked out what.
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Gwyneth Paltrow Opens Up About Remaining 'A Family' with Ex Chris Martin - and Supports Him at Cannes Concert

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Gwyneth Paltrow Opens Up About Remaining 'A Family' with Ex Chris Martin - and Supports Him at Cannes Concert
Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin may have famously agreed to "consciously uncouple" back in 2014, but that hasn't stopped the pair from remaining close - or showing their support for each other. The 43-year-old actress opened up about her divorce on Wednesday while chatting with Stephen Sackur, host of the BBC News program HardTalk, at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in France, where she even attended a concert by the Coldplay frontman. According to the New York Post's Page Six, Paltrow said her split from Martin, 39 was "difficult" - though she's happy they've found a way to co-parent amicably.
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Gwyneth Paltrow Opens Up About Remaining 'A Family' with Ex Chris Martin - and Supports Him at Cannes Concert

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Gwyneth Paltrow Opens Up About Remaining 'A Family' with Ex Chris Martin - and Supports Him at Cannes Concert
Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin may have famously agreed to "consciously uncouple" back in 2014, but that hasn't stopped the pair from remaining close - or showing their support for each other. The 43-year-old actress opened up about her divorce on Wednesday while chatting with Stephen Sackur, host of the BBC News program HardTalk, at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in France, where she even attended a concert by the Coldplay frontman. According to the New York Post's Page Six, Paltrow said her split from Martin, 39 was "difficult" - though she's happy they've found a way to co-parent amicably.
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Watch HARDtalk for Free on FilmOn

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Watch HARDtalk for Free on FilmOn
Do you like your news with an added jolt? Perhaps you’d like watching “HARDtalk,” a program that’s part of the BBC News lineup of coverage, presented by Stephen Sackur. The program can be viewed via FilmOn’s BBC News’ live TV channel. “HARDtalk” covers various news topics in more detail and with an investigative eye, complete with interviews from the news cycle’s biggest names. One of the episodes of “HARDtalk” covers the topic of Human Rights breaches and the people at the forefront of rule-making. “Since the late seventies, Human Rights Watch has named and shamed governments and organisations for alleged breaches. But who sets those rules? And if you live [ Read More ]

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BBC World News goes upmarket with move to £1bn London headquarters

Relocation signals new era for channel, which is being given a revamp and new presenters to boost its global appeal

BBC World News, the corporation's 24-hour global news channel, began broadcasting from New Broadcasting House on Monday, with an on-screen rebrand and relaunched schedule aiming for higher quality production values.

It will be the first of the BBC's news channels to air from New Broadcasting House, the corporation's central London headquarters extensively refurbished at a cost of £1bn, and will feature new presenters including Jon Sopel in a new show and Afghanistan-born Australian Yalda Hakim.

The relaunch includes an on air rebrand, giving the channel a bright new look and a tighter focus on daily news and specific regions. The strategy behind the revamp is to improve the quality and range of output, as well as win new viewers for BBC World News, which reaches an estimated weekly global audience
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The name's Bond – or is it Black?

Wherever you look on the BBC, you'll find plugs for the new 007 movie or interviews with the recently released Lord Conrad

Ah! Welcome, Mr Bond. Here's a Bafta special, a Sam Mendes directorial special plus a Bond vintage car extravaganza (plus zillions of ordinary plugs) to welcome you to the BBC.

Ah! Welcome, Lord Black. Here's Have I Got News for You, Newsnight with Paxo and Hardtalk with Stephen Sackur to welcome you back from prison. I know nobody at the BBC talks to anyone else there, but when does a Bond launch become a puff avalanche? And since when has getting out of chokey been a topical peg for a superstorm of rehabilitation?

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Catch-up TV Guide: From Lip Service to Hardtalk

TV: Lip Service

It's the penultimate episode of the lesbian drama's second series this Friday, and if you're yet to catch on to the soapy and occasionally ropey antics of this group of friends, then now is a good time to catch up. Be prepared, however, for a kitchen-based sex scene that may induce a permanent aversion to honey.

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Radio: Wireless Nights With Jarvis Cocker

Jarvis Cocker has already earned his radio stripes with his eclectic Sunday Service show on 6 Music, but he moved over to Radio 4 in April for his idiosyncratic documentary (as far as you can call it that) series Wireless Nights. Download the four-parter in its entirety and let the Pulp singer's soothing tones guide you through nocturnal worlds, including a transatlantic red-eye flight, sheep farms, poker dens and London's seedier streets.

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TV: Very Important People

The impressions show is a strangely resilient strain of programming,
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Tumblr Round-up: Steve McQueen talks sex addiction – Sopa and Film Industry Infographic – ‘Community’ Art Work & more…

The Tumblr round-up is a compilation of images, links, posters, stories, videos and so on, taken from the Sound On Sight Tumblr account. We simply do not have the man power nor time to write articles on every interesting movie related goody we find, so this is our way of still promoting some of the stuff we love.

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Link of the day: Steve McQueen: Sex addiction destroys lives

The British artist and film-maker Steve McQueen sat down with HARDtalk’s Zeinab Badawi to discuss his latest film Shame. The two get into a somewhat heated argument about the idea that sex addiction is real. McQueen goes on to say the condition is very real and is destroying people’s lives. He tells Badawi that both men and women can have
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Good Morning Hollywood, June 14: Alien Nation

Good Morning Hollywood, June 14: Alien Nation
By Steve Pond

In this morning’s roundup of movie news ‘n’ notes from around the web, reports come in from China, Venezuela, New Zealand and outer space.

Is Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez now learning the fine art of movie marketing? The controversial leader, who rarely grants interviews to outside media, spoke for an hour to the BBC Hardtalk program – and the Guardian says that the interview was “arranged to coincide with the Caracas premiere of Oliver Stone’s new documentary” about Chavez, “South of the Border.” Stone appeared with Chavez in...
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Hugo Chávez grants rare interview to western media

Venezuelan president combatively defends 11-year rule and blames economic woes on western capitalism

Venezuela's president, Hugo Chávez intends to inject new urgency into his socialist, anti-imperialist revolution because, he says, there is clear evidence that "capitalism is destroying the world".

In a combative 60-minute interview with the BBC Hardtalk programme in the presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela's president blamed his country's deepening recession on the irresponsible economic policies of the Us and he expressed disappointment with Barack Obama's "very negative signals" towards Latin America.

"I wish Obama would focus on governing the United States and would forget his country's imperialist pretensions," the 55-year-old leader said.

Chávez rarely grants extended interviews to the western media. This one was arranged to coincide with the Caracas premiere of Oliver Stone's new documentary, South of the Border. The film portrays a Latin America being transformed by leftist radicalism. The leaders of Brazil,
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