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Warwick Davis talks about Hitchhikers, his book and an Ewok film

Posted by LiveFor on April 27, 2010

Warwick Davis will soon be starring in Ricky Gervais & Stephen Merchant’s new sitcom, Life’s Too Short. We know him as Wicket the Ewok, Willow, the Leprechaun and Marvin the Paranoid Android.

He always comes across as a top bloke and he has a book out called Size Matters Not, which is just the best title ever.

In the book he also recounts learning the etiquette of false beard cleaning from Michael Gambon while filming Harry Potter (check that out below); smoking a bong taller than him for comedy slasher Leprechaun; and what it was like to work with George Lucas while playing the part of Wicket the Ewok in Return of the Jedi – upon their first meeting on set, twelve year-old Warwick had no idea who the luminary director was, and passed him off as “a man with big hair, glasses and a beard” (they get on much better now, and Lucas wrote the foreword to his book).

You can pick up the book at the following links:
Size Matters Not: The Extraordinary Life and Career of Warwick Davis – Amazon.co.uk

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Cemetery Junction – Behind the scenes featurette for Ricky Gervais’ new film

Posted by LiveFor on September 10, 2009

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Cemetery Junction – Footage from Ricky Gervais’ new film

Posted by LiveFor on July 10, 2009

The recent trailer for Ricky Gervais’ Cemetery Junction showed nothing of the film. However, this piece from the BBC shows some footage and a behind the scenes look at the film.

Gervais and Stephen Merchant also talk about writing and directing the film. As usual they are rather funny.

Source: Filmstalker

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Cemetery Junction – Teaser trailer featuring Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant and Ralph Fiennes

Posted by LiveFor on July 8, 2009

Do not expect to learn too much about the film in this one, but if you are a fan of The Office or Extras then you’ll enjoy this.

Cemetery Junction is due out next year and as well as Ricky and Ralph it stars Christian Cooke, Jack Doolan, Felicity Jones, Tom Hughes, Emily Watson and Matthew Goode.

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Cemetery Junction – First photos of Ricky Gervais & Matthew Goode

Posted by LiveFor on June 24, 2009

Cemetery Junctionis the new film by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant. Gervais posted these photos from the shoot on his blog with the comment “This is me in character (Len Taylor). I play a fat middle-aged bloke from Reading by the way. Chameleon.”

Below is Matthew Goode (Watchmen) sitting on a nice car.

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Cemetery Junction – Filming has begun on Ricky Gervais’ new film

Posted by LiveFor on June 16, 2009

Principal photography is set to commence on location in London today on Cemetery Junction, the first motion picture written and directed by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, the multi-award winning team behind The Office and Extras.

Ralph Fiennes (The Reader, Schindler’s List), Ricky Gervais (The Office, Extras, The Invention of Lying, Ghost Town), Emily Watson (Synecdoche, New York, Breaking the Waves) and Matthew Goode (Watchmen, Brideshead Revisited) feature alongside stars-of-the-future Christian Cooke, Felicity Jones, Tom Hughes and Jack Doolan.

Cemetery Junction tells the funny, touching and universal story of being trapped in a small town and dreaming of escape.

In 1970s England, three blue-collar friends spend their days joking, drinking, fighting and chasing girls.

Freddie (Christian Cooke) wants to leave their working-class world but cool, charismatic Bruce (Tom Hughes) and lovable loser Snork (Jack Doolan) are happy with life the way it is.

When Freddie gets a new job as a door-to-door salesman and bumps into his old school sweetheart Julie (Felicity Jones), the gang are forced to make choices that will change their lives for ever.

The photo is a costume/makeup test of the three leads. Gervais and Merchant saw them as “the English 23 year-old, John Travolta, James Dean and Lou Costello.” I can kind of see where they are coming from with that photo.

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Cemetary Junction – Gervais and Merchant’s new film

Posted by LiveFor on April 28, 2009

Principal photography commences on June 15th 2009 on Cemetery Junction, the first motion picture written and directed by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, the multi-award winning team behind The Office and Extras.

With a cast including Ralph Fiennes and Ricky Gervais plus stars-of-the-future Christian Cooke, Felicity Jones, Tom Hughes and Jack Doolan, Cemetery Junction tells the funny, touching, universal story of being trapped in a small town and dreaming of escape.

In 1970s England, three blue-collar friends spend their days joking, drinking, fighting and chasing girls.

Freddie (Christian Cooke) wants to leave their working-class world but cool, charismatic Bruce (Tom Hughes) and lovable loser Snork (Jack Doolan) are happy with life the way it is.

When Freddie gets a new job as a door-to-door salesman and bumps into his old school sweetheart Julie (Felicity Jones), the gang are forced to make choices that will change their lives for ever.

Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant:

“ We want to capture the spirit of those classic British New Wave movies of the 1960s that made stars of Albert Finney, Julie Christie and Michael Caine. We are so excited about our fresh young cast – they are all film stars in waiting. Cemetery Junction is going to be glossy and glorious, full of humour, romance and drama as well as our usual observations on the truth and absurdity of real life. The fact that Ralph Fiennes is also on board to add depth and class to the whole thing is just unbelievable icing on the cake.”

Deborah Schindler, President of International Motion Picture Production at Sony Pictures added ” We are delighted to be partnering with two of the UK’s foremost writing and directing talents. Ricky and Stephen’s past successes have proved not only their unparallelled understanding of comedy but also their ability to create realistic stories and characters with worldwide appeal. Add to this the exciting ensemble cast and we know we have a movie for all audiences.”

Cemetery Junction will shoot on location in and around London, and will be based at Shepperton studios. The film is produced by Sue Baden-Powell and Charlie Hanson and executive producers are Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant.

Sony Pictures Entertainment will be releasing Cemetery Junction in cinemas in 2010

Thanks to Stuart for sending me the info.

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