Variety review of “Burke & Hare”

October 27th 2010 • by Jess • No Comments"Burke & Hare"

A decade ago, U.K. shingle Fragile Films resurrected the treasured Ealing Studios brand, and “Burke & Hare” reps their closest attempt yet to match the tone and content of such beloved Ealing classics as “The Ladykillers” (1955). So much for intention. As for achievement, the film struggles to match the original Ealing’s quality benchmark, and its unapologetically old-fashioned sensibility may have trouble connecting with contempo auds. Helmer John Landis’ amiable, creaky comedy about 18th-century corpse retailers Burke and Hare should rattle some funny bones in native Blighty, but may face B.O. graveyards abroad.

In 1828 Edinburgh, Irish immigrants William Burke (Simon Pegg) and William Hare (Andy Serkis) strike it rich when Hare’s elderly tenant dies of natural causes. Learning there’s a ready market for freshly deceased bodies at the laboratory of pioneering anatomist Dr. Robert Knox (Tom Wilkinson), the pair shove the dead man into a herring barrel and wheel him off to collect a rich fee. From there, it’s a slippery slope of moral hazard, as they hasten another aged tenant’s departure via a helpful bout of suffocation, then induce a heart attack in an obese stranger. Burke and Hare have somehow stumbled into the lucrative trade of body-snatching.

Crafting a satisfying comedy celebrating two notorious serial killers certainly qualifies as a writing challenge, so credit goes to co-scripters Piers Ashworth and Nick Moorcroft for devising credibly sympathetic protagonists. Burke is sensibly awarded two redeeming features: his ethical quandary, which he continues to voice right up until the end, and his love for pretty young thesp-prostitute Ginny (Isla Fisher), who needs funds to mount her innovative all-female theater production of “Macbeth.” Hare’s impulse is more straightforwardly avaricious, although his troubled home life — the turnabout in his fortunes revives the spirits, and libido, of his wife (Jessica Hynes) — likewise provides a rooting interest.

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Photos of Isla at the “Burke & Hare” London premiere

October 26th 2010 • by Jess • 1 Comment »"Burke & Hare", Gallery Updates, Public Events

As posted about last night and earlier today, Isla attended the world premiere of her new movie Burke & Hare in London last night, and I have now added 90 photos from the event to our Gallery! This was Isla’s first major public appearance in over a year, and her first appearance since the birth of her 2nd child a couple of months ago. She looked so gorgeous in a printed red Dolce & Gabbana lace dress with a velvet bolero jacket and black pumps. I love this look on her! What are your thoughts? Is this a great outfit for Isla’s return to the red carpet? Are you excited for Burke & Hare? Leave a comment!

“Burke & Hare” London Premiere x90

New interview screencaps

October 26th 2010 • by Jess • No Comments"Burke & Hare", Gallery Updates

I’ve added screencaps from all the new videos we’ve had in recent days, including interviews on the red carpet last night, and the full BBC Breakfast interview.

Photos from the premiere are being sorted as we speak, so stay tuned for them in a little while!

2010 – BBC Breakfast x234
2010 – Premiere Scene x25
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2010 – Daybreak x47 “Burke & Hare” premiere interviews

October 26th 2010 • by Jess • No Comments"Burke & Hare", Public Events, Videos

PremiereScene interview with Isla at the Burke & Hare premiere

October 26th 2010 • by Jess • No Comments"Burke & Hare", Public Events, Videos

Just a short chat with Isla, skip forward to about 3mins in to find her.

ITN interview Isla on the Burke & Hare red carpet

October 26th 2010 • by Jess • No Comments"Burke & Hare", Public Events, Videos

Simon Pegg and Isla Fisher have teamed up for the new comedy Burke And Hare, based on the true story of two grave robbers.

Daybreak: Burke and Hare set visit

October 25th 2010 • by Jess • No Comments"Burke & Hare", Videos

Daybreak visits the set of new comedy film Burke and Hare starring Simon Pegg, Andy Serkis, Ronnie Corbett and Isla Fisher.

Isla Fisher on her journey from Home & Away to Hollywood – BBC Breakfast video interview

October 25th 2010 • by Jess • No Comments"Burke & Hare", Videos

Isla was interviewed on the BBC Breakfast show earlier today, and BBC have posted a clip online. Unfortunately I don’t think you can embed from their website, so to watch the clip head on over to their website. Screencaps from the interview will be added asap!

Pregnant star tells of corset poser

October 25th 2010 • by Jess • No Comments"Burke & Hare", Personal, Public Events

Burke and Hare actress Isla Fisher revealed she only pretended to squeeze into a corset for the period comedy because she was three months pregnant during filming.

The 34-year-old actress – who gave birth to her second child with husband Sacha Baron Cohen this summer – plays actress Ginny in the black comedy directed by Blues Brothers’ John Landis.

Her character is the love interest to Simon Pegg, who stars opposite Andy Serkis in the film as infamous grave robbers Burke and Hare.

At the film’s premiere at the Curzon Chelsea in London, she said: “That was difficult because I was pregnant during the making of the movie, so I didn’t really squeeze into it. I used to pretend I was wearing a corset and then not wear it, just wear a push up bra – don’t tell the director that.”

The Australian actress – who also has a three-year-old daughter Olive – revealed that Pegg did not notice she was pregnant while they were working together, even though she was suffering from terrible morning sickness.

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