Happy Birthday Sir Philip Anthony Hopkins, CBE

Sir Philip Anthony Hopkins,
CBE is a Welsh film, stage and television actor. Considered by many to be one of film’s greatest living actors, he is arguably best known for his portrayal of cannibalistic serial killer Hannibal Lecter in the 1991 blockbuster The Silence of the Lambs, its sequel Hannibal and prequel, Red Dragon. His other notable film credits include The Elephant Man, Dracula, The Remains of the Day, The Mask of Zorro, The World’s Fastest Indian, Hearts in Atlantis, Nixon and Fracture.

Hopkins was born and raised in Wales, and also became a U.S. citizen on 12 April 2000. He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2003 and was made a Fellow of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts in 2008.

The above print is the third in a series of 3 painted by Derren over the last 4 years. It is available in the art shop now.



Tory party proposal to use The Wisdom of Crowds

A £1million prize is being offered by the Tories for a computer system which would help shape public policy.

The party’s culture spokesman Jeremy Hunt risked ridicule yesterday by saying he wanted to harness the theory known as the Wisdom of Crowds in the manner of television illusionist Derren Brown.

It was this theory, apparently, that Brown used when he claimed to have predicted the winning National Lottery numbers live on TV.

LibDem spokesman Jenny Willott said: ‘There are already a multitude of ways to communicate with large numbers of people online.

‘They shouldn’t waste £1million of public money reinventing the wheel.’


Review of the Year: 2009 (via Charlie Brooker)

We could have written a review of the highs and lows of 2009 – from the dizzy heights of “update ver1.2.3 of Fieldrunners” to the lows of Coops’ ear and nasal trimmer breaking down – but instead Charlie Brooker has done, as usual, an utterly perfect and undeniably hilarious rendition that is without question perfect in every way. Our very own Mr Brown gets a little mention where Charlie viciously cuts him to pieces. (OK that’s not true, but he does get a mention and is possibly let off because we know where CB lives).


What Poll: vote your favourite twitterer

DB is lagging behind and only YOU can help. 😉

Click on the thumbs up – then “Cancel” if you don’t want to log in – your vote is still counted.

What Poll

UPDATE: – OK we got DB to no1 – but it seems as though the idea is to vote other people down (even though you don’t know who they are) which isn’t really a poll… is it?

Ah well fun at the top whilst we were there for a day. – Phillis

Happy Christmas

Rather tired and dreamy and overstuffed after a long and lovely day of great food, company and wine. And the JJ Abrams Star Trek on the home cinema. I hope you’ve all had a lovely one. For those not following me on Twitter – I have been away filming a documentary and then on holiday, so apologies for my recent poor turnout on the blog.

I do hope you’ve enjoyed your Christmas days, or indeed are still enjoying them for our far distant friends. Tra-la and ho ho ho.