Sir Ian McKellen

Watch Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Patrick Stewart Talk to the New York Times About Their Friendship and New Play(s)

Acting greats Sir Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellen are currently performing on Broadway in a repertory production of Harold Pinter’s No Man’s Land and Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot. The two actors have starred opposite each other on stage and screen several times previously – most notably as Magneto and Professor Magneto in the X-Men films, which is apparently when they became the biggest BFFs to ever BFF – and their friendship is absolutely lovely to behold.

McKellen and Stewart have been splashing their epic friendship all over New York City over the past couple weeks, whilst preparing for their Broadway run. (Basically, we all want to be BFFs with them. It’s okay. They’re amazing.)

The duo did a special appearance at the New York Times’ Times Talk series – basically an awesome intimate Q&A session with Times theater reporter Patrick Healy, in which the two of them discuss everything from their mutual love of Shakespeare, to their experiences in blockbuster movie franchises X-Men and The Lord of the Rings, to their current adventures sharing a dressing room on the Great White Way. It’s a fascinating chat with two of the greatest actors working today – and well worth a watch.

WATCH: Brit-packed Trailer for 'X-Men: Days of Future Past'

Casting buckets of British actors in your upcoming blockbuster film certainly seems to be the thing to do nowadays – The Hobbit’s bursting with Brits, and the recent Star Trek sequel had more than its fair share. And, of course, that’s not counting the art house-style films that are always packed with accent-ridden thespians, like 12 Years a Slave, Philomena or Great Expectations. Adding a bit of Britishness to your upcoming feature film certainly seems to be a popular choice amongst casting directors and producers – which means it’s basically a great time to be an anglophile who happens to live near a multiplex.

And this trend doesn’t seem to be slowing down any time soon. One of Summer 2014’s most-anticipated films is the sequel to X-Men: First Class, a film which was, in itself, a prequel to the super successful X-Men trilogy from the early 2000s. Yeah, it’s a bit timey wimey if you think about it too hard. Anyway, called Days of Future Past, this prequel sequel looks set to give us an amazingly good time – and will blend together the best parts of all the films, including two sets of Charles Xaviers and Erik Lehnsherrs (that’s Professor X and Magneto to y’all that don’t follow comics much), who are all British in real life.

That’s a lot to say that the first trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past is here, and it’s kind of awesome.

How Exciting: Sir Ian McKellen to Play Sherlock Holmes!

In casting news that’s pretty much guaranteed to make you smile – and possibly wonder why this hasn’t happened before now – its official: The great Sir Ian McKellen is set to play Sherlock Holmes. McKellen will star in the film A Slight Trick of the Mind, a story about the legendary fictional detective that’s going to be quite different from almost anything we’ve seen before.

Based on the novel of the same name by Mitch Cullin, the story focuses on Holmes when he is 93, long-retired in Sussex and living with a housekeeper and her amateur-sleuth son. Holmes becomes haunted by an unsolved case from fifty years ago, of which he can only remember fragments: a confrontation with an angry husband, a secret bond with his beautiful but unstable wife. With the great detective’s legendary mind starting to go and without the help of his devoted sidekick Watson, it may be the toughest case of his life. Sound interesting? Read on?

ITV's Gay Comedy 'Vicious' Renewed for Series 2

From the how on earth did I miss this bit of news files…..

ITV’s Vicious, the gay comedy starring the legendary Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Derek Jacobi has been officially renewed for a second series. The comedy had already been confirmed to be returning for a Christmas special at the end of this year, but its fate beyond that point had been up in the air.

ITV’s Director of TV Peter Finchman announced the renewal news at the recent Edinburgh International Television Festival, calling Vicious “a very bold sitcom with a wonderful cast”.

Read on for more.

Countdown to Middle Earth: Watch The Colbert Report’s Week-Long Hobbit Tribute

We’re less than a week away from the premiere of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which features a large percentage of the British acting population in some role or other, including Sherlock’s Martin Freeman, Sir Ian McKellen, MI-5’s Richard Armitage, Andy Serkis, Being Human’s Aidan Turner and more.

Those of us who are big fans of J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy world of Middle Earth are over the moon at being so close finally getting to return to the world of hobbits, dwarves and wizards after a near ten-year absence. Stephen Colbert, the host of Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report, is also a huge Tolkien enthusiast and featured a week-long tribute to The Hobbit on his show this past week. This included turning his set into a replica of Bag End and reimagining the map of New York, Lord of the Rings style.

Colbert featured four nights of interviews with The Hobbit cast – Freeman, McKellen and Serkis – as well as director Jackson. Watch all four below.

Pages