Anglo Fan Favorites Tournament Kicks Off November 1
By Kevin Wicks
It’s one of our most frequently asked questions: when’s Anglo Fan Favorites coming back? The wait is almost over: the tournament returns November 1.
If you’re unfamiliar, here’s how it works: we pit beloved British celebrities, in tournaments of 32 men and 32 women, against each other, and each week, you’ll vote for the winners in a set of matchups, whittling down the fields until there is one man and one woman standing, the British Man and Woman of 2014.
Now we’re in our fourth year, and the tournament is bigger than ever. Keep an eye on the blog, as we’ll be revealing this year’s men’s contenders before November 1. (The women’s competitors will be announced closer to the start of the women’s tournament on November 28.) But rest assured, Hiddlestoners and Kinglets: Hiddleston and Kingston will be back this year to defend their titles. But which feisty upstarts and mighty veterans will try and dethrone them? Could this finally be the year of Cumberbatch? Can Karen Gillan, buoyed by Guardians of the Galaxy and sitcom success, return to defeat her Doctor Who daughter?
As usual, the choice is yours.
Who should be a contender in this year’s race? Let us know!

Anglo Fan Favorites Tournament Kicks Off November 1

By Kevin Wicks

It’s one of our most frequently asked questions: when’s Anglo Fan Favorites coming back? The wait is almost over: the tournament returns November 1.

If you’re unfamiliar, here’s how it works: we pit beloved British celebrities, in tournaments of 32 men and 32 women, against each other, and each week, you’ll vote for the winners in a set of matchups, whittling down the fields until there is one man and one woman standing, the British Man and Woman of 2014.

Now we’re in our fourth year, and the tournament is bigger than ever. Keep an eye on the blog, as we’ll be revealing this year’s men’s contenders before November 1. (The women’s competitors will be announced closer to the start of the women’s tournament on November 28.) But rest assured, Hiddlestoners and Kinglets: Hiddleston and Kingston will be back this year to defend their titles. But which feisty upstarts and mighty veterans will try and dethrone them? Could this finally be the year of Cumberbatch? Can Karen Gillan, buoyed by Guardians of the Galaxy and sitcom success, return to defeat her Doctor Who daughter?

As usual, the choice is yours.

Who should be a contender in this year’s race? Let us know!

Brit Binge Watching: Five Tom Hiddleston Roles Available Online
By Kimberly Truong
Tom Hiddleston shows no sign of slowing down: in addition to wrapping filming on High-Rise and preparing to play Hank Williams (impromptu music festival appearance included) in I Saw the Light, he’s also found time to nab a role in the miniseries adaptation of The Night Manager. He even snuck in the ALS ice bucket challenge.
In case it needed saying, Hiddleston is also something of a fan favorite, having been voted the Man of the Year in our Anglo Fan Favorites Tournament two years in a row. This year’s Anglo Fan Favorite tournament kicks off on Saturday, November 1.
Brush up on his oeuvre with five of his works, available to stream online now.

Brit Binge Watching: Five Tom Hiddleston Roles Available Online

By Kimberly Truong

Tom Hiddleston shows no sign of slowing down: in addition to wrapping filming on High-Rise and preparing to play Hank Williams (impromptu music festival appearance included) in I Saw the Light, he’s also found time to nab a role in the miniseries adaptation of The Night Manager. He even snuck in the ALS ice bucket challenge.

In case it needed saying, Hiddleston is also something of a fan favorite, having been voted the Man of the Year in our Anglo Fan Favorites Tournament two years in a row. This year’s Anglo Fan Favorite tournament kicks off on Saturday, November 1.

Brush up on his oeuvre with five of his works, available to stream online now.

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ANNOUNCING: ‘LONDON SPY,’ A New, Original Co-Production starring Ben Whishaw, Jim Broadbent and Charlotte Rampling

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BBC AMERICA today announced a new original co-production, the five-part miniseries London Spy, created by acclaimed best-selling author Tom Rob Smith (Child 44), co-produced with BBC Two and produced by Working Title Television.

The gripping, contemporary, emotional thriller stars Ben Whishaw (The HourSkyfallBright Star) as Danny, an innocent, young romantic drawn into a dangerous world of espionage. He is joined by Academy Award-winning Jim Broadbent (Moulin Rouge!Bridget Jones’ DiaryHarry Potter), British actress Charlotte Rampling OBE, whose recent role in Restless in 2012 saw her receive an Emmy Award nomination, and newcomer Edward Holcroft (Wolf Hall).

London Spy is the story of a chance romance between two people from very different worlds, one from the headquarters of the Secret Intelligence Service, the other from a world of clubbing and youthful excess.

Danny (Whishaw) – gregarious, hedonistic, romantic and adrift, falls for the anti-social enigmatic and brilliant Alex (Holcroft). Just as the two of them realize that they’re perfect for each other, Alex disappears. Danny, utterly ill-equipped to take on the complex and codified world of British espionage, must decide whether he’s prepared to fight for the truth.

Read the entire press release here.

10 British Actors Trying Their Hands at Pop Music
By Fraser McAlpine
While there is some crossover between the disciplines of music and theatre—actors becoming singers, singers becoming actors—it’s fair to say that each makes very singular demands on the charisma of the performers.
So while David Bowie is an enormously charismatic rock star, as an actor, he’s David Bowie, and therefore best suits roles in which his essential David Bowie-ness is crucial to the part. Similarly, actors that may be excellent at burying themselves in a role, or subtly delivering a devastating emotive moment simply by raising an eyebrow may discover that music, and pop music in particular, is a far brasher beast, requiring bigger and more expansive gestures (and the ability to sing).
And then there are the actors who are simply happy to perform, whether its prose, poetry or rap lyrics. All anyone has to do is shout “action” and they’re good to go.
These are the people this collection aims to celebrate.

10 British Actors Trying Their Hands at Pop Music

By Fraser McAlpine

While there is some crossover between the disciplines of music and theatre—actors becoming singers, singers becoming actors—it’s fair to say that each makes very singular demands on the charisma of the performers.

So while David Bowie is an enormously charismatic rock star, as an actor, he’s David Bowie, and therefore best suits roles in which his essential David Bowie-ness is crucial to the part. Similarly, actors that may be excellent at burying themselves in a role, or subtly delivering a devastating emotive moment simply by raising an eyebrow may discover that music, and pop music in particular, is a far brasher beast, requiring bigger and more expansive gestures (and the ability to sing).

And then there are the actors who are simply happy to perform, whether its prose, poetry or rap lyrics. All anyone has to do is shout “action” and they’re good to go.

These are the people this collection aims to celebrate.