Following its success at the Golden Globes (best film drama, best director, best supporting actress), Boyhood will be shown at Odeon cinemas on Tuesday this week. Boyhood took 12 years to film – it’s a coming of age movie filmed in “real time” – they got the stars, Ellar Coltrane, Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette, to come back once a year for filming. For twelve years. Imagine that level of commitment, especially for Coltrane, who was only 7 when filming started and literally grows up through the course of the movie. The film is also nominated for 6 Oscars and Linklater has already won the fabulously named Silver Bear for Best Director. In the US it’s illegal to sign a contract for more than 7 years, so nobody signed contracts for this movie – they just turned up, every year, and did their filming. There was a contingency that if Linklater were to die during the course of the filming, Hawke would take over as director.
The Sound of Music
This year is 50 years since the release of the movie, and on the 21st, the stage show is coming to the Mayflower in Southampton this week. It’s only there for 10 days, so if you want to go to one of the most popular family musicals ever, book your tickets quickly! I had never seen the movie until last year, when I bought the dvd for my daughter but we both fell in love with it immediately! In this show Maria is played by Danielle Hope, who won Over the Rainbow. One thing I didn’t realise is that the story is actually based on Baroness Maria von Trapp’s 1949 autobiography – so of course, it’s all true. Even the raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens!
The National Television Awards will be held at the O2 in London on Wednesday. Apparently Kris Jenner (the Kardashians’ mother) is appearing at this year’s ceremony, which will be… er… not the Kardashian everyone prefers! Apparently she’s flying in especially for the awards, and to film some scenes for her show – but has already made headlines by apparently refusing to pose with soap stars when she gets here.
The NTAs are a big deal because – unlike a lot of awards ceremonies, all of the awards are voted by the public. I’ve been looking at their site, which has some fantastic stats on it. For example 52 trophy nameplates for all potential winners are prepared ahead of time. And the first ever NTA in 1995 was awarded to Soldier Soldier for bes drama.
Peter Capaldi has famously not been nominated for an NTA, despite his most recent predecessors all getting awards for their roles… bit rude!
Snow White On Ice
Hands up who remembers Simon’s ice skating debut last year with the Russian Ice Stars? They’re back again this week, this year sadly without Mr Clarke, to perform Snow White On Ice. They’re at the Pavilion in Bournemouth from the 22nd to 25th January. The show is billed as ballet, gymnastics and aerial acrobatics and if last year’s show is anything to go by, this is sure to be amazing. Simon’s not in their performance this year, as Rusty Lee is doing the whole tour instead… I wonder how well she will fare on the ice!
It’s been 3 years since VH1 did one of their “Storytellers” shows, but Ed Sheeran is bringing it back! On Saturday 24th he performs live from Whelan’s in Dublin – and it’s being broadcast live for the first time. They’ve also added in the fact that the performers now choose their venue, as a place that has a special meaning for them. Sheeran has chosen Whelan’s because it’s the place where he saw Damien Rice play ten years ago, and credits this gig with changing the trajectory of his life. It’s a tiny, intimate venue with only 400 in the audience so the show is bound to be pretty special.
Thanks for reading; we’ll be back next Sunday evening on Wave 105 with another 5 things you need to know.