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Ian McKellen Gets Kinky in '50 Shades of Gandalf the Grey' Spoof Trailer: VIDEO

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Gandalf has picked up a few new interesting hobbies since his adventures in Middle Earth.

Let him show you his magic tricks, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Ian McKellan's Sherlock Holmes Has Arrived - VIDEO

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The first teaser footage of Bill Condon’s take on Sherlock Holmes starring Ian McKellan has dropped, and it’s every bit as charming as you might have deduced. McKellan’s Holmes is a 93 year-old retiree spending his days in the English countryside reminiscing about his former life as a detective as stories about him gain popularity in early 1940s cinema. Now more beekeeper than detective, Holmes has largely left crime-solving behind save for the memories of a few unsolved cases that continue to pique his interest.

Check out the first clip of Bill Dondon’s Mr. Holmes AFTER THE JUMP...

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Ian McKellen And Derek Jacobi Want You To Have A 'Vicious' Christmas: VIDEO

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Just in time for the holiday comes the Vicious Christmas special set to air tomorrow on most PBS stations here in the States. The show stars Sir Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi and follows English thespians Freddie and Stuart, an older gay couple embroiled in a decades-long love/hate relationship. While season 2 has yet to debut state-side, we at least get to revel in their deliciously acrimonious celebration of Christmas. From Slate:

The episode partakes in the British tradition of bringing back beloved TV shows for a fun visit during the holiday season. Appropriately, the story depicts a Christmas party in the couple’s London flat that goes awry once the bubbles get going and gal-pal Violet (played by the wonderful Frances de la Tour) initiates a game of “Truth or Dare.”

Watch the trailer, AFTER THE JUMP...and remember to set your DVR so you can watch when your yuletide celebrations are becoming a little too bright and gay.

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Sir Ian McKellen And Harry Styles Share A Cuddle: VIDEO

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Sir Ian McKellen and the members of British boy-band One Direction stopped by The Graham Norton Show last week. McKellen talked about The Lord of the Rings movie franchise coming to an end with the latest installment of The Hobbit and how the band and Gandalf almost met once before. Now finally meeting in the flesh, McKellen and Harry Styles shared some admiration for each other's work. Talking about how he might* have watched all The Lord of the Rings films one day when off sick from school, Styles told McKellen, "You're amazing." To which McKellen cooed, "So are you." The two then shared a good cuddle, as you do. 

Watch for yourself, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Take A Look Inside 'Wonderkid,' A Short Film Aimed At Tackling Homophobia In Sport: VIDEO

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"Wonderkid," a short film in the works from director Rhys Chapman and co-writers Chapman and Terence Corless aims to tackle a substantial and pressing global issue: homophobia in professional sports. The focus of their film is football (as in soccer) and one unnamed player struggling with his sexual identity and other issues, on and off the field. Chapman has already received a great deal of support in the U.K., and Ian McKellen even did the voice-over work for the film's Kickstarter campaign video, but they need more help in order to produce a worthwhile film product.

Their Kickstarter page reads:

We want to challenge the way people think about homophobia, not only in football, but in their everyday lives. Director Rhys Chapman co-wrote the script with writer Terence Corless, producing a story tackling a subject matter that has sorely lacked widespread attention. WONDERKID provides an insight into the trauma caused by homophobia, and challenges preconceptions about what it is to be ‘masculine’. 

At the heart of this project is the desire to change people’s minds about what is and what is not acceptable behaviour towards fellow human beings. It is about the basic human right for everyone to love and pursue a relationship, regardless of gender, race, creed or anything else. Most importantly, it is a story about wanting to be happy with who you are, which is something we can all relate to.

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In his director's video, Chapman expresses an interest in tackling the issue of homophobia through film: "I feel that film is the ultimate artistic expression. You can create an entire reality that, for all intents and purposes, is real to anyone watching." Although film does offer this advantage, anyone would be hard-pressed to deny the reality of homophobia as a rampant issue in sports. Chapman is dealing with that reality by partnering with Galop, an anti-violence and hate crime charity, to spread the word on the film and its importance.

Football is an institution in British society, and as such as it is imperative to challenge the anti-LGBT attitudes prevalent in this sport and its fanbase. Together, Galop and WONDERKID will work towards stamping out homophobia in football.” Galop Press Release

This is a film with great aspirations and, working with Galop, we intend to use it as an educational tool; holding screenings of the film to start the conversation with young people who have, or may come to, experience the issues dealt with in WONDERKID.

Chapman, Corless, and crew are seeking £25,000 in funding to cover equipment, production, editing, and distribution costs, and many more details can be found at their Kickstarter campaign page. This is an important project that has the potential to impact people in a big way. Congratulations to the whole team for the support they have received, and good luck in taking the film even further!

Watch the "Wonderkid" promo video, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Ian McKellen And A Horde Of Hot Male Dancers Take On ALS Ice Bucket Challenge: VIDEO

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In typically grandiose fashion, Sir Ian McKellen, in full Gandalf the Grey "You shall not pass!" voice, nominated Laura Linney, Derek Jacobi, and Anthony Hopkins to take on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

Backed by at least fifty dancers from "Adventures in Motion Pictures" on a backlot, it'd be hard to turn down his request, especially once the always joyful Sir Ian douses himself and dances a little jig.

Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP...

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