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Perfectly evil: Top 5 evil actors Comments Off

Posted on September 20, 2013 by admin

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To celebrate Halloween only being a few short weeks away, we’re celebrating the actors who scare us all year round. Whether it’s through a disarming charm or downright evil intentions, these actors were born to play villains.

Many of these actors have appeared in various roles, as both good and bad guys, but their bad guy performances have been nothing short of stand out. Whether they’re seasoned villains or deviating from their type cast, no-one can send shivers down our spines quite like these five actors.

Leonardo DiCaprio

DiCaprio has played a huge range of characters throughout his career, transforming him from heart throb status to genuine Hollywood legend. No character he has played however has been quite as outright evil as Calvin Candie in Django Unchained.

It is DiCaprio’s charm that makes this character so despicable. He successfully utilises his charisma we so enjoy in his other roles, forces us as an audience to find him amiable, and then turns from slightly evil to outright detestable!

Jarvier Bardem

While Bond villains are famous for their extravagant, almost cartoonish personas, Bardem’s role as Silva in 2012’s Skyfall completely reinvented what a Bond villain is. Cold, calculating and unpredictable, he is the perfect match for 007 himself.

Bardem plays the character with perfect balance; it pays respect to the previous actors to take on the antagonist’s role in the Bond franchise through a devilish attitude and over-the-top actions, but it is when he is talking to Bond one-on-one that the actor truly shines.

Joaquin Phoenix

Joaquin Phoenix has a unique acting method, as he is able to take even likeable characters  and provide them with natural, human depth, showing that no one character is truly good or truly bad. It was his turn as Commodus in Ridley Scott’s Gladiator, however, that truly showed how evil this actor could be.

He seems to have travelled from the period itself as he so perfectly embodies the arrogance and mentality that must have surely come from a position of such power. Whether he is loud and aggressive or quietly threatening, the actor has a wonderful ability to simply make your skin crawl.

Heath Ledger

From a heart throb in A Knight’s Tale and 10 Things I Hate About You, to a sensitive, conflicted cowboy in Brokeback Mountain, it is a telling thing that Ledger’s most celebrated role has been as The Joker in The Dark Knight.

The Joker is perhaps one of the best known villains from the Batman franchise, and many were unhappy with Ledger as the choice for the role. However, the power and pure evil he brought to the character has only served to widen the adoration found for this villain who is, arguably, now more popular than Batman himself.

Brad Dourif

A quiet, criminally under-recognised actor, Dourif came to fame as the insecure and vulnerable Billy Bibbit in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and has gone on to have a varied and rich acting career. It was his role as Grima Wormtongue in The Lord of the Rings franchise that brought his abilities to a mainstream audience, as he transformed himself into a sickly, purely evil character.

It is his slimy, manipulative performance that sees him crowned as one of cinema’s greatest villainous actors. While others have shown themselves to be powerful, scene-stealing villains, Dourif is understated and all the more creepy for it, perfectly playing against the other characters on screen.

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The best of fest: Festival highlights 2013 Comments Off

Posted on September 06, 2013 by admin

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Bestival is taking place this weekend with headlining acts Elton John, Snoop Dogg and Fatboy Slim playing out the end of the mainstream festival season here in the UK. With an eclectic mix of acts taking to stages all across the country, it’s been one of the best summers of music to date!

Now that summer has officially ended (according to the weather in any case!), you might be missing those hedonistic weekends spent with good friends, lots of drink and great music. Let’s take a look back at some of the highlights of this year’s festivals…

The Rolling Stones at Glastonbury

Event organiser Michael Eavis called the set “the high spot of 43 years” according to BBC News, which is high praise indeed coming from the man who has hosted some of the greatest live sets seen from festivals across the world.

Despite the huge and continual success of the band, this was their debut performance at Glastonbury, a fact recognised by Mick Jagger as he talked to the crowd throughout the set: “We waited a long time…It’s great to be here doing this show, doing this festival.

“After all these years they finally got round to asking us.”

Those who preferred to watch the show from the comfort of their own sofa also got in on the act, with 2.5 million people tuning in to watch the set on BBC Two. The volume of the audience actually managed to break a record which was previously held by U2 who attracted 2.1 million to watch on TV.

The band posted a great shot of themselves before heading to the stage for the first time on Twitter:

Kraftwerk at Latitude

The legendary German techno group Kraftwerk headlined Saturday night at the mixed-arts festival, giving an exclusive British festival performance of their much-talked about set at the Tate London. Alongside playing a wide range of hits for the adoring crowd, they also created one of the most unique stage productions seen at a festival this year. Handing out free 3D glasses throughout the day, the band performed in front of a huge 3D screen, which hosted a wide range of different 3D videos and images, leaving many spellbound by the set. Richard Hughes of band Keane tweeted his appreciation of the set:

 Eminem at Reading and Leeds

Alongside Biffy Clyro and Green Day, rap superstar Eminem was a surprise third headliner for the double location festival, typically the reserve of pure rock. Preceded by Chase and Status, the crowd was suitably excited for the event come nightfall. It was the rarity of Eminem’s appearances which made this such a unique event, with most festival-goers aware this may be the only chance to see the star. With a huge mix of new tracks with his most famous hits, it was when Dido appeared as a surprise guest during Stan which lead the crowd into a deafening roar of appreciation, showing that just because Em’s been away for the while, he still hasn’t lost it! Dido shared the special moment with fans over Twitter with a video of her performance on the Leeds stage:

Best of the fancy dress!

It’s not a festival without some fancy dress! A Glastonbury reveller shared a shot of his fancy dress as he packed for the weekend:

 

Dermot O’Leary tweeted about the fancy dress theme before his DJ set at Latitude:

Finally, these guys certainly made an impression at Leeds Festival before the rain hit!

 

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Dead funny: Top 5 horror-comedy films! Comments Off

Posted on August 30, 2013 by admin

Simon_Pegg_SDCC_2013_(2)The horror-comedy film is an increasingly popular sub-genre of horror, providing a genuinely scary horror narrative and slipping in some truly hilarious comedy alongside. Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is attributed as “the first great comedy-horror story” as it both scared and amused readers in equal measure.

Horror is such a popular genre amongst film lovers as it allows them the thrill and adrenaline release of a dangerous situation in complete safety; horror-comedy therefore allows audience members to laugh at their fears and refuse to confront demons, phobias and death with whimsy.

The first horror-comedy was Haunted Spooks, released in 1920, though it was in the late 90s and early 00s wherein the genre really found its market. Here are five of the best if you like your laughs as much as your scares!

Shaun of the Dead 2004

Highly praised and considered one of the best horror-comedies of all time, Shaun of the Dead is the small British indie flick which turned its stars into international icons.

With some seriously gory special effects and a great comedy cast including Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Lucy Davis, Dylan Moran and Bill Nighy, alongside cameos from popular comedy actors including Jessica Stevenson, Martin Freeman Reece Shearsmith and Tamsin Greig, the film was a visual love letter to the genre.

Scream 1996

Using comedy in an entirely different way to Shaun.., Scream successfully uses satire to highlight the conventions used during a period of time wherein horror was considered a ‘cheap’ form of entertainment.

Attributed to reviving the genre and proving big name actors should consider such roles, the humour in Scream balances the intense nature of an otherwise classic slasher flick. Given the lesser acclaimed sequels it’s easy to dismiss Scream but now is the time to revisit the film and appreciate the smart writing and excellent acting.

The Cabin in the Woods 2012

Another horror-comedy which uses satire for the comedic effects, Joss Whedon created this horror film which references essentially every horror trope in modern cinema. Playing on a typical ‘teenagers holidaying in a remote wood’ storyline, the narrative is twisted for black comedy effect.

One of the few horror-comedies to be successfully truly frightening, this is a perfect addition to any Halloween horror fest. With gore, jumps and a lot of laughs, Whedon wrote one of the best horror films of the 21st Century whilst criticising the modern genre at the same time.

ParaNorman 2012

This stop-motion animation is perfect for the entire family as it provides plenty of gentle scares whilst using humour and morality to balance the horror elements.

Dealing with the topic of death in a family film is never easy, but directors Sam Fell and Chris Butler have managed to create a lesson for children and adults alike which boldly dares to approach topics no other family film has successfully dealt with before.

Zombieland 2009

One of the most successful horror-comedies at the international box office of all time, Zombieland is a hilarious comedy that chooses to approach the horror aspect with a tongue-in-cheek style using gross make up and elaborate use of weapons to keep the tension up.

The Bill Murray cameo is perhaps one of the funniest cameos of all time, with Murray showing complete and utter willing to parody himself and the perception society may have of him as an actor.

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Celebrities walk the floor of Comic-Con 2013 in awesome costumes! Comments Off

Posted on August 08, 2013 by admin

Comic-Con, the ultimate geek convention, is as famous for its costumes and cosplay as it is for its amazing range of panels, merchandise and sneak previews of up-and-coming TV and film. In fact, you’re more likely to feel out of place in standard clothing than you would dressed up!

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Fans and admirers spend huge amounts of time putting together incredibly complex and realistic costumes replicating their favourite characters from film, TV, computer games and literature, with some amazing results.

It’s not just the fans who enjoy the thrill of the fancy dress though – there are plenty of celebrities getting in on the action too!

Director and writer Edgar Wright, known for Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, talked to Michael Cera for Wired about being a celebrity at Comic-Con: “Comic-Con is an interesting barometer of fame. I remember walking the convention floor with Nick Frost, and that made it easy to gauge your fame ratio.

“You would walk for 10 minutes, and 20 people would stop Nick and go, “Dude, Shaun of the Dead!” And then one out of those 20 would go, “Hey, you’re Edgar Wright!” Simon Pegg went around the convention floor wearing a Joker type mask.”

Simon Pegg

Ultra-geek Simon Pegg has made his career based upon his love of pop and geek culture, so the British actor would never miss a chance to walk the convention floor to check out some of his favourite shows.

But how would Pegg, now a star around the world, do so without being spotted?

Pegg tweeted this to his followers during the convention, showing exactly how to do the walk without being surrounded by fans! His costume is a dedication to his Shaun of the Dead character, right down to the “bit of red” on his white shirt. The actor and writer shared his enjoyment of the convention with his followers at the end of the event with a fun picture of himself and friend Edgar Wright:

 

Bryan Cranston

Previously of Malcolm in the Middle, Bryan Cranston has made a huge name for himself as chemistry-teacher-turned-meth-cook Walter White in the phenomenally successful Breaking Bad. Cranston was set to appear in the all-star panel with the rest of the cast to talk about the final eight episodes of the show, released in August.

The multi-award winning actor didn’t want to miss a chance to walk the floor, and came up with a hilarious disguise…

Matt Smith

If there is one celebrity who could never walk the floor undisguised, it’s Matt Smith. As the current Doctor in the BBCs internationally adored Doctor Who, Smith has been unable to leave the backstage area every year he has attended Comic-Con as far too many excited fans would surround him.

As 2013s convention would prove to be his last as the Doctor, Smith decided to take matters into his own hands and disguised himself as Bart Simpson:

Smith seems disappointed that many Doctor Who fans were unwilling to talk to him about the show – we bet they were kicking themselves after seeing this video!

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Fearne Cotton Takes the Cake at Fancy Dress Party Comments Off

Posted on April 30, 2013 by admin

To celebrate Leigh Francis’ 40th birthday, a star studded-event was held where celebrity friends could show their fun side in fancy dress! The Celebrity Juice host, more commonly known as Keith Lemon, hosted a party with the best and brightest in TV and radio in attendance, making for some brilliant pictures the next day!

Fearne Cotton, a regular team leader on the ITV2 smash-hit show, was a highlight of the night as she revealed her first post-baby fancy dress choice. Fearne kept her Twitter followers up to date with the evening with pictures and funny updates.

Fearne gained over 1,000 retweets from her fans who loved the sweet ensemble, which may have hidden her post-baby bump but still showed off her great legs!

The TV and radio host is much-loved for her on-trend look, and she has shown her good taste continues with fancy dress!

The new mum also tweeted pictures with the birthday boy himself, who went gothic for the evening dressed as a Victorian vampire.

Holly Willoughby was also in attendance dressed as another busty blonde, country star Dolly Parton!

Jodie Marsh also kept Twitter fans entertained by posting a step by step guide to her elaborate Avatar-inspired costume.

Jodie stole the show with her vibrant costume and made the headlines thanks to the effort and commitment to the film!

 

The Queen of Halloween Wows Again Comments Off

Posted on December 05, 2012 by admin

The ‘Queen of Halloween’, as they call her, has stunned the fancy dress world once again at her annual Halloween costume party.

In her 13th annual event, Heidi Klum sported a frankly outrageous and brilliant Cleopatra costume to wow guests.

The event might seem a little late, but it was actually postponed due to the destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy on the east coast of America.

New York enjoyed an overdue Halloween fancy dress party thanks to the German supermodel and it’s fair to say that her costume was worth the wait.

It was made up of a long, sexy and glittery golden dress with huge sleeves, completed with a Cleopatra mask and hundreds of colourful rhinestones stuck to her face.

As always (and as the host of the party), she came in the most spectacular, eye-grabbing costume there is and had the paparazzi as snap happy as ever!

Seal, Heidi’s ex-husband, was of course the big absence compared to previous years. He and Klum had grabbed the headlines for the previous few years with their equally extravagant costumes. Instead, Seal was performing at a concert in Paris while Heidi partied away in New York!

You can see all the pictures from the party over on the Daily Mail.

What the Deuce! You Sell Stewie Griffin Costumes?! Comments Off

Posted on November 26, 2012 by admin

It became one of the world’s favourite cartoons in far less than a decade and has gone from strength to strength since it was re-launched by American broadcasters Fox seven years ago.

It was originally cancelled after three seasons by Fox but, such was its popularity on DVD, it returned with a bang. That’s right, we’re talking about everybody’s favourite inappropriate cartoon comedy, Family Guy.

The hit cartoon actually became the first ever TV show to return to broadcast based purely on the sales of its DVDs. Upon cancellation, it quickly amassed a cult following by word of mouth and is now considered one of the most successful cartoons of all time.

The show has been so successful that its creators have made several spin-off shows, including American Dad and the Cleveland Show, along with much cross-show referencing, much to the delight of fans the world over.

Seth MacFarlane, Family Guy’s creator, is the star of the show, voicing three of the main characters in Peter Griffin, Brian Griffin and, of course, everyone’s favourite evil one-year-old, Stewie Griffin.

To celebrate the overwhelming and on-going success of Family Guy, we stock a brilliant Stewie Griffin costume here at Fancy Dress Ball. We have an adult version as well as a teen version of this great costume.

Of course, we don’t sell all the sinister paraphernalia that comes with the young villain character that is Stewie Griffin, but the football-headed costume is enough to bring a laugh to any party!

Iconic Costumes: Cheryl Cole Fight for this Love Comments Off

Posted on November 20, 2012 by admin

Ever since it first appeared on XFactor, this costume has been a favourite amongst many. It’s the outfit that ex-Girls Aloud member Cheryl Cole wore for her first solo performance of the hit song ‘Fight for this Love’ in public.

It hasn’t taken long to become iconic, but it is so precisely because of how instantly recognisable it is. The Geordie’s debut solo, amazingly in 2009, brought to the world one of the most desirable fancy dress costumes amongst teenage girls.

The military-esque outfit consists of a pair of satin split leg trousers with a gold-braided waist band, a V body leotard, cropped military jacket and matching hat. The fingerless gloves polish off one of the sexiest celebrity costumes around.

What’s more is that the Duchess of Cambridge actually dressed up as Cheryl in this outfit for her hen party, making it all the more popular. Cheryl was understandably rather flattered upon learning that news, so she’s no doubt delighted that it has become such a hit costume since it first appeared on the scene.

Themed Parties: The 1960s Comments Off

Posted on September 24, 2012 by admin

Everybody loves a good old fashioned themed fancy dress party. Over the years, we have seen some truly great costumes come from the entertainment industry, but there is one decade that always stands out as a favourite amongst many – the 1960s.

It’s the chosen theme for many a fancy dress party and there’s plenty of inspiration for costumes. We take a look at some of the outfits that made the 1960s so memorable to give you some ideas for your own party.

The Beatles

Undoubtedly one of the greatest and most influential bands of all time, The Beatles are always on the horizon when it comes to 1960s fancy dress. Of all the Beatles costumes, Sergeant Pepper has to pip it at the post – the instantly recognisable costume is still a strong favourite today!

1966 Soccer Hero

The 60s was, indeed, the decade in which England won the World Cup (in case you had forgotten after all these years of hurt). Bobby Moore was an absolutely stalwart part of that defence and he has been immortalised in this soccer hero fancy dress costume to recognise his achievements.

Marilyn Monroe

We recently saw the 50th anniversary of the death of the Blonde Bombshell and it is only fitting that her distinctive look is still a fancy dress favourite in the 21st century. She was sultry, sexy and altogether loveable, so what better way is there to stand out at a themed fancy dress party today?

Relive the 90s to celebrate Gallagher’s bumper birthday Comments Off

Posted on September 14, 2012 by admin

It’s hard to believe that Liam Gallagher turns 40 later this month – and you can bet the rock wildman will celebrate the milestone birthday in some style!

The Beady Eye frontman is renowned for his rock ‘n roll antics down the years and Supersonic lifestyle, although the former Oasis star has shown signs of mellowing in recent years.

Gallagher, though, has a reputation to uphold and is expected to get stuck into plenty of Cigarettes & Alcohol and will Soldier On when he reaches the big 40 on September 21.

A fashion icon, Gallagher has inspired a whole generation.

And here at Fancy Dress Ball we offer you the chance to get the Gallagher look in homage to the Manc rocker.

First up, the classic 60’s mod jacket costume lets you look just like Liam when he and his brother Noel burst onto the scene in the 1990s. Sing it load and sing it proud – We are the mods, we are the mods, we are, we are, we are the mods!

Music from the Madchester era in Gallagher’s home city inspired the original Oasis line-up to get together and write music, so here’s a doff of the baggy hat to bands such as the Stone Roses and Happy Mondays.

Gallagher has had some weird and wonderful haircuts, but Don’t Look Back In Anger about this particular barnet.