ROVE LIVES

ROVE MCMANUS RE­TURNS TO TELE­VI­SION TO ACT OUT EV­ERY­ONE’S FAVOURITE MOVIE MO­MENTS

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - FRONT PAGE - SEANNA CRONIN

Rove McManus is happy to see just about any­thing at the cine­mas. That widerang­ing taste is sure to come in handy in his new role as the host of Show Me The Movie!

In his big re­turn to Chan­nel 10, nearly a decade af­ter he called time on his va­ri­ety show, Rove helms the movie quiz show with the help of team cap­tains Noel Creasey and Jane Har­ber.

“I’m happy to see some­thing in black and white with sub­ti­tles, but I’ll just as hap­pily go and see the lat­est an­i­mated Dis­ney song and dance epic,” he says.

“I went and saw Black Pan­ther and Lady Bird re­cently and they were both fan­tas­tic.

“The main thing at the mo­ment is, as the fa­ther of a four-year-old, it’s nice to have an ex­cuse to go and see the an­i­mated movies with­out look­ing like a creep.”

Of course there’s also that lit­tle an­i­mated movie that gives him some sil­ver screen cred­i­bil­ity. “I was in Find­ing Nemo. I don’t want to brag about that, but it did win an Os­car. You’re wel­come Pixar,” he jokes.

But there’s one thing that re­ally an­noys Rove as a movie­goer. “If you’re buy­ing your ticket at the counter or if you do it on­line, just have a look where ev­ery­body else is sit­ting and choose a seat that’s not right next to some­body,” he says.

“Noth­ing bugs me more, if it’s not busy, than when you sit down in your seat with al­most an empty cin­ema and some­one sits right next to you. Why would you say ‘I want to sit right next to the three other peo­ple in this cin­ema’? Let’s give each other some space.”

Since re­turn­ing to Aus­tralian screens last year, Rove had been wait­ing for the per­fect project to come along.

“I was in Ten hav­ing a meet­ing about some­thing else and they said we’ve got this show about movies from the pro­duc­ers of Spicks and Specks,” he says.

“Ob­vi­ously I have very fond mem­o­ries of Spicks and Specks. It was a real in­sti­tu­tion dur­ing its time. This has a sim­i­lar feel of com­edy panel quiz show, but re­ally that’s just a loose foun­da­tion for peo­ple to come on and have fun. Plus my movie knowl­edge is a lot bet­ter than my mu­sic knowl­edge.”

From gen­eral trivia to spot the movie out takes and celebrity in­ter­views, Show Me The Movie! cel­e­brates all facets of the film in­dus­try.

“One of the things I’m fas­ci­nated with is what ac­tors had as their first job,” Rove says.

“It’s those things I learned over the years when I was do­ing my talk show – the idea of what peo­ple’s first job was, the weird hobby they might have, that’s the stuff that fas­ci­nates me. Did you know Cate Blanchett has a tat­too? Those sorts of ideas are an av­enue for re­ally har­ness­ing fun.

“Plus this show is not re­ally about win­ning and los­ing. I will give points to peo­ple just be­cause I like what they’re wear­ing, and take points away if I don’t like the jokes they make.”

Film­ing weekly will also al­low the show to be top­i­cal. “Whether it’s some­thing like the Os­cars, phe­nomenons like Black Pan­ther or maybe it’s a new Star Wars movie that splits the fan base down the mid­dle, we want to make sure we touch on those movie news sto­ries,” Rove says.

Show Me The Movie! airs Thurs­days at 7.30pm on Chan­nel 10

Jane Har­ber, Rove McManus and Joel Creasey will pro­vide new Chan­nel 10 quiz show Show Me the Movie! plenty of laughs.

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