Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Laurel and Hardy Are Coming To London's West End

Laurel and Hardy are recognised as the world's finest comedy duo and this November they're coming back to the big screen, this time in London's West End.

The newly refurbished Vue cinema in Leicester Square will be screening a classic Laurel and Hardy double bill on Sunday November 26th 2017. The perfect treat for all the family. 
More details coming soon. Watch this space.




Vue Cinema, Leicester Square, London

After four months of demolition and rebuilding, our historic West End flagship is looking better than it ever has and is a cinema we can be truly proud of . There has been a cinema on this site since Warners first opened in 1938 and the refurbishment has taken pains to keep the historic significance of the site alive whilst also bringing it up to and beyond the levels of multiplex cinema excellence we have now come to expect of our flagship sites.
The front of the building has had a huge jumbotron screen installed which fits perfectly into the art deco facade. The Box Office has been removed with glass doors put across the front of the cinema letting daylight stream into the newly designed foyer and retail spaces. The copper and wood detailing throughout the cinema brings a warmth to all the public spaces with a cohesive design ethos.
In addition to a brand new classic retail stand, there is Malletti Pizza, Square Pie, B&J, Starbucks and a bar in the foyer to offer a range of cinema food and drink to customers, corporate clients and passing tourists alike.
Lastly, all the screens have been transformed with new Fox Slider seating throughout as standard complemented by Recliner seating in the front rows of all screens. Dolby Atmos and Sony Finity Double Stack projection have been installed in the two largest screens to give us the best Seat, Sound and Screens in Leicester Square. 8 out of 9 screens are satellite enabled now also..

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

'A' list celebrities support Airdrie Trust

To help raise funds for the Airdrie Trust, I've called in the help of some celebrity friends and have asked them to sign and pose with Airdrie FC shirts for us so we can auction them.

Airdrie FC are the first football club in Scotland to install a sensory room at their stadium (Excelsior Stadium in Airdrie) for home games, which will allow children with sensory process disorders - such as autism - to attend matches in comfort. Monies raised from these signed shirts have already helped furnish the Sensory room.


Top names who've already signed Airdrie jerseys in aid of Airdrie Trust include Ricky Gervais, Mark Hamill, Eric Idle, Vinnie Jones, William Shatner, Jamie Lee Curtis, Christopher Guest, Olly Murs, Kevin Pollak, Tom Hanks and Ben Stiller. 


Sir Elton John also signed a shirt for the Trust after his recent concert at the stadium.


On July 1st 2017, Airdrieonians Supporters Trust launched their 4th Annual Kit Amnesty at Airdrie Fair Day. Running throughout July and August, under 16’s in the area will receive a free season ticket for the club in return for handing in any unwanted piece of kit, which will then be sent to charity partners KitAid, and then redistributed to some of the poorest countries in the world. KitAid were established in 1998 and since then, have sent 425,000 pieces of kit around the world. Airdrieonians have donated nearly 14,000 pieces of that kit in 3 years and as a result, have issued nearly 1200 season tickets to local children, aiming to make football affordable for the children and families in the area. Airdrie became an ambassador club for the charity in 2014 and the Strip amnesty is the biggest event in the Trusts’ calendar. Every year, the Trust subsidise the free season tickets. Backed by generous sponsorship from BSB Structural, we run a variety of fund raisers and events throughout the season to be able to pay for the kids tickets.



TOTAL RAISED FROM ROSS OWEN'S SIGNED 
AIRDRIE FC JERSEYS CAMPAIGN SO FAR... £8891



Ricky Gervais' autograph raised £620 in auction
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William Shatner's autograph raised £740 in auction
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Mark Hamill's autograph raised £1000 in auction
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Tom Hanks' autograph raised £1280 in auction
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Jamie Lee Curtis and Christopher Guest raised £1230 in auction
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Hollywood actor Kevin Pollak's signature raised £175 in auction



Monty Python star Eric Idle's signature raised £445 in auction

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Vinnie Jones's signature raised £1000 in auction


Olly Murs's signature raised £300 in auction
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Ben Stiller's signature raised £2100 in auction


Saturday, July 01, 2017

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

UPDATE: Laurel and Hardy Biopic To Start Shooting in March. International Release Set for 2018.


Larry Harmon Pictures has licensed the Laurel and Hardy feature film rights to Faye Ward’s Fable Pictures, Jeff Pope’s Sonesta Films and BBC Films.

Together the trio will be producing a Stan and Ollie original movie, based on one of the world’s most loved comedy duos. Steve Coogan will play Stan Laurel and John C Reilly will play Oliver Hardy.

‘Inspired by actual events, Stan and Ollie is billed as an emotional tribute to two of the funniest men in movie history,’ read a statement from Larry Harmon Pictures.

The film is slated to begin production in March this year in the UK with an international release slated for early 2018.

More info here > Laurel and Hardy Biopic Cast Revealed
http://rossowen.blogspot.co.uk/2016/01/laurel-and-hardy-biopic.html

Monday, January 18, 2016

Laurel and Hardy Biopic Cast Revealed

LAUREL AND HARDY BIOPIC 'STAN AND OLLIE'

Steve Coogan will play Stan Laurel and John C Reilly will play Oliver Hardy.





Writer Jeff Pope
Director Jon S Baird
Producer Faye Ward

A Fable Pictures and Sonesta Films production, developed with BBC Films.

Stan and Ollie
A gripping story of the world renowned comedy duo Laurel & Hardy as they embark on their final UK tour in 1953

Faye Ward’s Fable Pictures, Jeff Pope’s Sonesta Films and BBC Films are delighted to announce Stan & Ollie – an original film based on one of the worlds most loved comedy duos and geniuses of their time - Laurel and Hardy. Inspired by actual events, Stan & Ollie, is an emotional tribute to two of the funniest men in movie history.

Penned by award winning screenwriter Jeff Pope (Philomena, Mrs Biggs) and directed by Jon S. Baird (Vinyl, Filth), Stan & Ollie stars stellar lead actors Steve Coogan (Philomena, Alan Partridge) as Stan Laurel and John C. Reilly (Chicago, We Need to Talk About Kevin) as Oliver Hardy. Developed by BBC Films, Stan & Ollie celebrates the duo’s unique friendship and legendary working partnership. The rights to the work of Laurel and Hardy has been licensed by Larry Harmon Pictures Corporation.

Jeff Pope, screenwriter says: “Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy are my heroes. When I watch their movies, in my head it is forever a Saturday morning and I am six years old watching the TV at home utterly spellbound. I am aware of the huge responsibility of bringing their characters to life, but I have not treated the boys with kid gloves or looked at them through rose coloured specs. They are living and breathing characters, with flaws and shortcomings. The research into this story threw up so many details and facts that I had no idea about. But everything I have done has come from a place of love and more than anything else I hope this shines through.”

Pictured below: Laurel and Hardy in their dressing room at the Newcastle Empire in 1953



Christine Langan, Head of BBC Films adds: “John C Reilly and Steve Coogan are dream casting for ‘Stan & Ollie’, bringing to life with uncanny accuracy and irresistible gusto the genius creative marriage that Jeff Pope's script explores so lovingly. With Faye Ward producing and Jon Baird at the helm, BBC Films is extremely excited to crank up production of this gem in 2016.”

Laurel & Hardy, the world's favourite comedy double act, set out on a variety hall tour of Britain in 1953. Diminished by age and with their golden era as the kings of Hollywood comedy now behind them, they face an uncertain future. As they set out, crisscrossing the country, attendances are disappointingly low. But they've always been able to make each other laugh and as the charm and beauty of their performances shines through their audiences laugh too, and they re-connect with legions of adoring fans, old and new.

Pictured below: Laurel and Hardy in London 1953





The tour becomes a hit, but Laurel & Hardy can't quite shake the spectre of Stan and Ollie’s past; and long buried ghosts, coupled with Oliver's failing health, start to threaten their precious partnership. A portrait of the most tender and poignant of creative marriages begins to unfold as the duo, aware that they may be approaching their swan song, try to rediscover just how much they mean to each other.

Director Jon S. Baird says: "Like so many others I grew up watching Laurel & Hardy and I'm therefore honoured to help bring this incredible true story of love, laughter and friendship to the big screen.”



Faye Ward (Suffragette, Dancing on the Edge), Fable Pictures adds: “I feel privileged to have been entrusted to bring to screen the magnificent lives and work of comedy legends, Laurel and Hardy. It is incredibly exciting to be working with such a fantastic and collaborative team. Steve and John are a dream partnership and with Jon directing Jeff’s moving and affectionate screenplay, I know this will be a film to treasure for fans both old and new.”

Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly were the first choices of director Jon S. Baird and screenwriter Jeff Pope.

A Fable Pictures and Sonesta Films production, developed with BBC Films. Written by Jeff Pope, Directed by Jon S. Baird and Produced by Faye Ward. It is Executive Produced by Christine Langan and Nichola Martin for BBC Films, Jeff Pope for Sonesta Films and Gabrielle Tana.

Footage of Laurel and Hardy in Northampton (1953)




Press and Journal reports..

'Stan and Ollie' director Jon S. Baird said last night: “At the heart, it’s a love story – it’s a true love story between these two guys who were best pals. “When I was doing research on these two guys, I was watching clips from some of their old films. My young daughter – who was about four at the time – walked into the room and just burst out laughing. “She had no idea what I was doing, or who they were. But that strong, visual comedy never dies. People hold them in such high regard.” Mr Baird, whose television collaboration with legendary Hollywood director Martin Scorsese and Rolling Stones front-man Mick Jagger, “Vinyl” premiered last week, also rebuffed questions about Mr Coogan’s suitability. He said: “He’s a trained and very skilled actor. Steve was my first choice. I met him a while ago and he knows the character inside out. “He’s very serious about playing this guy and I couldn’t think of anyone better. “Stan Laurel was a workaholic and his whole life was dedicated to making people laugh. Steve understands that, he understands how difficult that is.” Mr Baird added: “Laurel and Hardy have passed away but their legacy lives on. You’ve got to be very respectful towards that. We’ve got a responsibility to their family and fans.” Primary filming on the film, which charts Laurel and Hardy’s swansong variety hall tour of Britain in 1953 – is due to begin later this year.

Thursday, November 05, 2015

Top 20 Laurel and Hardy Vines

ANOTHER VINE MESS

THE TOP 20 LAUREL AND HARDY VINES
To celebrate Laurel and Hardy's popular return to the big screen in national cinemas, (see laurelandhardyroadshow.co.uk), here's the top 20 Laurel and Hardy vines in order of popularity as voted by you, the fans. 



20. Stans' Double-Take - Me And My Pal




19. Rope Slap - Way Out West




18. Cat - Night Owls




17. My Dear Daddy - Way Out West




16. Eddies' Baby - Pack Up Your Troubles




15. Rubbish Bin - Night Owls




14. Hardy's Reaction To Jose Mourinho Interview Dirty Work




13. Septober, Octember... - The Laurel-Hardy Murder Case




12. Under Your Arm - Me And My Pal




11. Goodnight - The Laurel-Hardy Murder Case




10. Enough To Make A Man Burst Out Crying  - Helpmates




9. Don't Call Me A You You One Good Turn




8. One More Brick - Dirty Work




7. Chin Up - A Chump At Oxford




6. Saw Head - Busy Bodies




5. Spade - Dirty Work




4. Elbow - County Hospital




3. Stan's Lethal Punch - Block-Heads




2. Fight - Busy Bodies




1. Ball Down Stairs - Block-Heads

 



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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Laurel and Hardy Revival 2015 - It Started With A Tweet



In 2014 I sent this tweet from my twitter account @stan_and_ollie



It wasn't until someone tweeted back "but where can we see them in a cinema?" that I realised no mainstream cinemas were showing the boys films and that something had to be done. I knew Stan Laurel's 125th birthday was coming up in June 2015, so I made some enquiries via twitter. I tweeted Showcase Cinemas and asked them if they would be interested in showing Laurel and Hardy in their cinemas which resulted in an email from their director of event cinema who quickly embraced the idea. It wasn't long before other cinemas such as Vue, Perth Playhouse, SGC and Movies@ jumped on board.


So... this June, kicking off in Liverpool on June 1st, there will be a Laurel and Hardy double bill screening of County Hospital and Sons Of The Desert in selected cinemas across the UK and Ireland. Some cinemas are even screening the films on 16th June, Stan Laurel's 125th birthday.

The demand for these screenings has been overwhelming not only here in the UK & Ireland, but also throughout Europe and the USA, so we're already planning on more screenings worldwide later in the year.

The last big revival of Laurel and Hardy was back in 1975 when they reached number 2 in the UK charts with ‘Trail Of The Lonesome Pine’, held off from the number one spot by Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. Even into the 80’s the BBC regularly showed the Laurel & Hardy classic shorts on BBC2. Since those days, apart from loyal fans from ‘The Sons Of the Desert’, (the international L&H appreciation society) flying the flag, there has been virtually nothing in recent years to introduce younger generations to Laurel & Hardy. The aim of these national screenings is to invite families to come to the cinema… grandparents, mums, dads and the kids. We want to encourage people to put down their ipods, tablets, iphones and laptops for a couple of hours and come along and enjoy good family entertainment in the company of Laurel & Hardy... in a cinema... with a packed audience! The way they were made to be seen.

What started as a single tweet has turned into the beginning of the biggest Laurel and Hardy revival since 1975. What better way to introduce the boys to the next generation!

To everyone on Twitter, Facebook and to those of you out there who have bought tickets. Thank you for your support.

Ross Owen
Event Coordinator
www.LaurelAndHardyRoadshow.co.uk