Hot Fuzz – Studio 360 Interview with Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost

The creators of “Hot Fuzz” reveal how they prepared for their action flick spoof and why they defiled a small English village.

England still isn’t safe from filmmaker Edgar Wright. First it was invaded by zombies, in his cult hit “Shaun of the Dead.” Kurt talks with Edgar and stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost about their follow-up film, “Hot Fuzz,” a high-intensity Hollywood-style cop caper set in a quaint village. Click the link below to heard the interview, originally aired April 27, 2007.

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Fawlty Towers stars John Cleese and Connie Booth salute Andrew Sachs

John Cleese ‘He left me weak with laughter’:

The first time I set eyes on Andy Sachs was at the Lyric Theatre, London, in the autumn of 1973. Andy was appearing with Alec Guinness in Alan Bennett’s Habeas Corpus, an exquisitely crafted sex-farce about a respectable family in Brighton in the 1960s. Andy was playing a piano tuner, but the magnificent Margaret Courtenay mistook him for the man who was coming to measure her for a custom-made bra. When Andy started on the standard pianist’s hand-and-finger stretching routine, she began to register anticipation of nameless carnal delights, producing one of the funniest farcical moments I have ever seen. Weak with laughter, I managed to open my programme and underline his name [ . . . ]

Source: Fawlty Towers stars John Cleese and Connie Booth salute Andrew Sachs | Television & radio | The Guardian

Terry Jones ‘still here’ despite dementia, says Eric Idle

Terry Jones’s dementia has not got to the stage where he has become unhappy and unaware of who he is, his Monty Python co-star Eric Idle has said.”It doesn’t seem to me that he’s unhappy,” Idle told the Radio Times. “He hasn’t forgotten who he is, yet. Terry’s still here. He’s not gone.”Earlier this year it was announced that the 73-year-old has primary progressive aphasia, a severe variant of dementia.

Source: Terry Jones ‘still here’ despite dementia, says Eric Idle – BBC News

Nevermind the Horrocks

By Johnny Foreigner

I’ve been a fan of Jane Horrocks since first seeing her in Mike Leigh’s wonderful Life Is Sweet in 1990. She played the chain-smoking, bulimic daughter Nicola, constantly spitting insults (“Racist!” “Capitalist!”) yet so fragile and in need of love.

Never Mind the Horrocks (not so clever pun on the Sex Pistols album Never Mind the Bollocks) was a  TV Special featuring the Horrocks as comedian, first broadcast in England on September 1996 . The special also starred a pre Doc Martin, Martin Clunes.

This clip starts with Horrocks as the 1950s-era children’s tv show host “Watch With Nanny” (easily annoyed by puppets yet capable of singing the “Marching Song” for eternity.) Then there’s Horrocks as a modern day “Good Morning USA” host, only slightly more obnoxious than Kathy Lee Gifford. Finally, there’s Horrocks brilliantly playing a pig-tailed teenager phoning her boyfriend on her stairway (“Darren! Get off the phone, I’m on the phone!”)

Horrocks is probably best known as the character “Bubble” in Absolutely Fabulous. She was nominated for a Golden Globe for her work in the semi-autobigraphical “Little Voice” where she  gave amazing singing impressions of Judy Garland, Shirley Bassey, Marilyn Monroe, and others.

She also performed on London stage as Sally Bowles in the 1994 revival of Cabaret. She won a National Society of Film Critics Awards awarded her Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Life Is Sweet.

Steve Coogan’s Caroline Aherne tribute

Last night’s comedy telethon Stand Up to Cancer was full of touching and heartbreaking clips of real people who’ve struggled with or lost loved ones to the disease, but one moment stood out as particularly poignant.

During the broadcast actor and comedian Steve Coogan paid tribute to Caroline Aherne, the creator and star of series including The Mrs Merton Show and The Royle Family (with co-writer Craig Cash) and narrator of Gogglebox, who died of lung cancer aged 52 just three months ago.
“30 years ago, when I started out in comedy, I met a girl who worked as a secretary for the BBC,” Coogan said in the tribute. “She was sassy, sexy, earthy, kind, smart, sometimes daft.
“She mercilessly took the piss and she made me and our small gang of Manchester friends laugh until they cried. Her name was Caroline Aherne.”

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Caroline Aherne in character as Mrs. Merton with Martin Clunes 1997