This week on the red carpet

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Pixie Lott enjoys night out at Hair -50th anniversary tour

Pixie Lott arriving at the Wimbledon New Theatre

Pixie Lott arrived at Wimbledon’s New Theatre Thursday night beaming for the waiting photographers. Wearing a quirky off-cream jumpsuit, the 28 year old singer who is set to marry Oliver Cheshire  later this year, arrived wrapped in a warm black jacket , which she removed to pose for the waiting photographers. 

Pixie spent several minutes smiling for the photographers

Pixie was joined at the show by the leggy ‘Dancing on Ice’  star Vanessa Bauer who braced the cold Wimbledon evening wearing a smart  black mini dress and knee length black boots. 

Vanessa Bauer 

Diversity star Jordan Banjo with partner Naomi Courts were also on hand to watch Jake Quckenden and the rest of the cast perform in the hit 60’s play ‘Hair’ which is on a national tour  to celebrate it’s 50th year .

Jordan Banjo with partner Naomi Courts

Monty Python stars Terry Gilliam and Michael Palin reunite to celebrate launch of new feature length documentary – An Accidental Studio

Terry Gilliam and Michael Palin together at the film launch event 

The Curzon, Mayfair London this week saw Monty Python stars Terry Gilliam and Michael Palin on hand this week to celebrate the launch of the new feature length documentary; An Accidental Studio’, which examines the  History of HandMade Films (Life of Brian, The Long Good Friday, Withnail & I) and Features George Harrison, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam, Richard E. Grant and Others. 

Terry Gilliam and Michael Palin were joined by many showbiz friends including Sanjeev Bhaskar and Ray Cooper

Featuring never-before-seen interviews with key players, the documentary captures an extraordinary moment in film history through the eyes of the filmmakers and actors as well as the man who started it all, former Beatle and music legend George Harrison. The feature-length documentary is AMC UK’s first original production and will premiere in first window on all AMC channels internationally later this year.

     Coming to the rescue of Life of Brian when the money fell out at the last minute, George Harrison offered to fund the entire movie, mortgaging his house and his office to do so. As a Monty Python fan, he credited the Pythons’ humour for saving his sanity whilst he was a Beatle. Now it was his turn to pay them back. The film was a massive hit, so successful in fact that they decided to set up a company – HandMade Films.

     In a rare moment in film history, HandMade dominated the British movie scene with its ethos of making and releasing maverick films that everyone else had rejected, from Life of Brian, The Long Good Friday, Time Bandits and Alan Bennett’s triple BAFTA winner, A Private Function to Withnail and I and the Oscar®-nominated Mona Lisa. Harrison’s generosity in helping others fulfil their dreams and his hands-off approach allowed filmmakers to shine in their work. As its films won awards and launched careers, HandMade became more than a happy accident. It became a celebration of integrity and collaboration.

     With unreleased archive interviews and footage with Harrison, new and exclusive interviews with BAFTA winner Michael Palin, Golden Globe® and Oscar® nominee Terry Gilliam, Oscar® nominee Richard E. Grant and Oscar® winner Neil Jordan, and unseen interviews with Golden Globe® and BAFTA winner Bob Hoskins, An Accidental Studio explores HandMade’s baptism of fire and the risks it took in producing uniquely crafted, intelligent films. Additional interviews in the film include Bruce Robinson, Ray Cooper, Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, Cathy Tyson, Brenda Vaccaro, A Martinez, Richard Loncraine and Jonathan Lynn. 

Stars of stage, screen, sport and song come out to support The Pride of Birmingham Awards 

Host for the night Kym Marsh

In an emotionally charged night celebrating those unselfish, good, brave and deserving of recognition unsung hero’s of Birmingham, saw the stars give up their personal time to show their support at the annual “Pride of Birmingham Awards”.

The Vamps were on hand to present Daisy-May Demetre with the Child of Courage award

The event hosted by Kym Marsh saw awards presented by various stars, some of whom were noticeably moved close to tears. These awards included such selfless acts as climbing into an active volcano to rescue a fellow holiday maker in Bali, a teenager shot by the Taliban who has gone on to raise over £5 Million for cancer trust and now uses his voice to counter youth radicalisation and young Daisy-May Demetre who is only eight years old, but more than meets the bill for our Child of Courage award. Born with calf bones missing, she had to have both her legs amputated below the knee when she was 18 months old. But that wasn’t about to stop this determined little girl. Now, she’s a catwalk star for River Island at London Fashion Week and a budding gymnast on her prosthetic blades.

Local football stars Albert Adomah, Gabby Agbonlahor and Andre Green presented John Conway with the award for outstanding bravery

Michelle Heaton and Claudia Jessie were reduced to tears by Rachel Ollerenshaw after being presented with a special recognition award by the pair. Rachel was seen talking to the pair, telling them how her daughter  Molly Ollerenshaw lost her fight with cancer at just eight years old,  she wanted to carry on her legacy to help other children. Rachel and husband Tim founded charity Molly Olly’s Wishes, to help families with emotional and financial support through daunting hospital visits. Since then, the charity has gone on to grant hundreds of wishes to children, fund specialist equipment and donate £40,000 to furnish family support centre Magnolia House at the Children’s Hospital.

winner Rachel Ollerenshaw with Claudia Jessie and Michelle Heaton

VIVA LE ROCK AWARDS 2019 HONOUR LEGENDS OF PUNK, ROCK AND SKA

The Stranglers win band of the year

Punk legends The Stranglers walked away with the “Band of the Year” at this years Viva Le Rock Awards held at the O2, Islington this week. The legendary punk band accepted the award before treating the crowds to a selection of their greatest hits. 

Icon award winner Suzi Quatro

Lee Thompson picked up award for best film

Other winners on the night included Suzi Quatro, who picked up the icon award and Best music based film, which went to Lee Thompson for the fim “One Man’s Madness. An emotional Pauline Black received the Roots Ska award on behalf of The Beat, praising Ranking Roger, who sadly passed away earlier in the week.

Pauline Black accepts award on behalf of The Beat 

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