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Judi Dench Could Nab an Oscar Nod for Playing Queen Victoria, Again: Career Watch

Judi Dench Could Nab an Oscar Nod for Playing Queen Victoria, Again: Career Watch
In this edition of Career Watch we take on Judi Dench, who at 83 is a full-on movie star and could earn her eighth Oscar nomination for the title role in Stephen Frears’ “Victoria & Abdul.”

Bottom Line: Dame Judi Dench far prefers theater (it offers more control than director-centric moviemaking), but she’s also a marquee draw in TV and movies. She’s always stellar no matter the material (see: “The Chronicles of Reddick”), and she’s a real draw for (older) moviegoers, from two-hander “Notes on a Scandal” opposite Cate Blanchett to Dench’s other franchise, “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.”

Career Peaks: Forty years after her stage debut as Ophelia at the Old Vic, Dench broke out in 1997 in “Mrs Brown” as Queen Victoria, earning her first Oscar nomination. (She notoriously claimed that she had Harvey Weinstein’s name “tattooed on my bum, which I hadn’t. I
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Judi Dench Could Nab an Oscar Nod for Playing Queen Victoria, Again: Career Watch

Judi Dench Could Nab an Oscar Nod for Playing Queen Victoria, Again: Career Watch
In this edition of Career Watch we take on Judi Dench, who at 83 is a full-on movie star and could earn her eighth Oscar nomination for the title role in Stephen Frears’ “Victoria & Abdul.”

Bottom Line: Dame Judi Dench far prefers theater (it offers more control than director-centric moviemaking), but she’s also a marquee draw in TV and movies. She’s always stellar no matter the material (see: “The Chronicles of Reddick”), and she’s a real draw for (older) moviegoers, from two-hander “Notes on a Scandal” opposite Cate Blanchett to Dench’s other franchise, “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.”

Career Peaks: Forty years after her stage debut as Ophelia at the Old Vic, Dench broke out in 1997 in “Mrs Brown” as Queen Victoria, earning her first Oscar nomination. (She notoriously claimed that she had Harvey Weinstein’s name “tattooed on my bum, which I hadn’t. I
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‘Phantom Thread’: How Paul Thomas Anderson’s Costume Designer Channeled Reynolds Woodcock

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‘Phantom Thread’: How Paul Thomas Anderson’s Costume Designer Channeled Reynolds Woodcock
For costume designer Mark Bridges, it’s always an adventure working with Paul Thomas Anderson. But “Phantom Thread,” their eighth collaboration, represented a meta challenge: It was a movie about his craft.

But Bridges admits that there’s a big difference between fashion and costume design. “I’m there to facilitate an actor’s performance and fulfill the vision of a director,” he said.

And in the case of “Phantom Thread,” about the world of London haute couture in the 1950s, it’s a movie about the fashion designer as auteur. It stars Daniel Day-Lewis as the eccentric and obsessive Reynolds Woodcock, whose world is turned upside down when he falls for Eastern European waitress Alma (Vicky Krieps). But imagine if “Rebecca’s” Joan Fontaine struck back at Laurence Olivier with sly subversion, exorcising his demons while bringing them closer together. That’s what Anderson did with his twisted and witty love story.
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The Essentials: Daniel Day-Lewis’ Best Performances

Daniel Day-Lewis is incomparable. A looming, legendary figure in cinema, whose stature has cemented after five decades of work as one of the greatest actors in the world, and one of all the all-time greats – period – up there with the likes of Laurence Olivier and Marlon Brando. Known for his all-consuming method approach, which includes staying in character the entire time during the production of a film, like all mysterious figures who are semi-recluse —he doesn’t give a lot of interviews, he goes years in between films and once retired to become a cobbler—everyone seemingly wants a piece of Day-Lewis.

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George Englund’s Memoirs to act as basis for Marlon Brando biopic

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Author: Zehra Phelan

Considering Marlon Brando was the greatest actor that ever lived, it’s a wonder why it’s taken so long for a biopic to arise based on the memoirs of those that knew him best. Finally, we could see just that as one of Brando’s best friends, George Englund’s memoir The Way It’s Never Been Done Before has been optioned for a movie outing on the legend.

Rush, Black Swan and Hacksaw Ridge producer, Brian Oliver will produce the film for the newly established New Republic Pictures. Oliver said of the new commission;

“George and Marlon’s friendship spanned five decades and covered all the ups and downs in the actor’s career and personal life,” stated Oliver. “It makes for both an epic portrayal of the greatest actor ever to grace the silver screen and an intimate story of two men with an almost brotherly bond.
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National Film Registry Adds ‘Die Hard,’ ‘Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,’ ‘Memento,’ and More Titles to Library of Congress

National Film Registry Adds ‘Die Hard,’ ‘Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,’ ‘Memento,’ and More Titles to Library of Congress
As is annual tradition, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden has announced this year’s 25 film set to join the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. Selected for their “cultural, historic and/or aesthetic importance,” the films picked range from such beloved actioners as “Die Hard,” childhood classic “The Goonies,” the seminal “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” and the mind-bending “Memento,” with plenty of other genres and styles represented among the list.

The additions span 1905 to 2000, and includes Hollywood blockbusters, documentaries, silent movies, animation, shorts, independent, and even home movies. The 2017 selections bring the number of films in the registry to 725.

“The selection of a film to the National Film Registry recognizes its importance to American cinema and the nation’s cultural and historical heritage,” Hayden said in an official statement. “Our love affair with motion pictures is a testament to their enduring power to enlighten, inspire and
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‘Titanic,’ ‘Die Hard,’ ‘Ace in the Hole,’ ‘Memento,’ and More Added to National Film Registry

Since 1989, the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress has been accomplishing the important task of preserving films that “represent important cultural, artistic and historic achievements in filmmaking.” From films way back in 1897 all the way up to 2004, they’ve now reached 725 films that celebrate our heritage and encapsulate our film history.

Today they’ve unveiled their 2017 list, which includes such Hollywood classics as Die Hard, Titanic, and Superman along with groundbreaking independent features like Yvonne Rainer’s Lives of Performers, Charles Burnett’s To Sleep with Anger, and Barbara Loden’s Wanda. Also making this list are a pair of Kirk Douglas-led features, Ace in the Hole and Spartacus, as well as Christopher Nolan’s Memento and more. Check out the full list below and you can watch some films on the registry for free here.

Ace in the Hole (aka Big Carnival) (1951)

Based on the infamous
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‘Titanic,’ ‘The Goonies,’ ‘Field of Dreams,’ ‘Memento’ Added to National Film Registry

‘Titanic,’ ‘The Goonies,’ ‘Field of Dreams,’ ‘Memento’ Added to National Film Registry
James Cameron’s disaster epic “Titanic,” the beloved fantasy “The Goonies,” Christopher Nolan’s “Memento” and 1989’s “Field of Dreams” are among the 25 films selected for inclusion in the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry.

The 2017 selections range from obscure documentaries to a Mexican-American family’s home movies from 1920s Texas to Disney’s 1941 animated classic “Dumbo” to the 1979 Luis Valdez-directed drama “Boulevard Nights” to 1960’s “Spartacus,” the Kirk Douglas-Stanley Kubrick sword-and-sandal drama that helped end the era of the blacklist.

The titles will be added to the Library’s collection of films designated as having cultural, social or aesthetic significance.

“Our love affair with motion pictures is a testament to their enduring power to enlighten, inspire and inform us as individuals and a nation as a whole,” said Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress. “Being tasked with selecting only 25 each year is daunting because there are so many great films deserving of this honor
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Revisiting A Matter Of Life And Death

Rachel Meaden Dec 8, 2017

It’s 71 years old and considered one of the best British films ever made. Rachel takes a look at the wonderful A Matter Of Life And Death.

This article contains spoilers for A Matter Of Life And Death

It never made sense to me that they changed the title of A Matter Of Life And Death for American cinemas (it was thought that Us audiences wouldn’t go and see a film with the word ‘death’ in the title); Stairway To Heaven feels wrong for a couple of reasons. Not to be pedantic but technically it’s an escalator, also it’s never explicitly referred to as 'Heaven' in the movie. But mainly, it's far too imposing a title. Part of the film does explore the afterlife (and it doesn't get much more imposing than that...), but what's so brilliant about A Matter Of Life And Death
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The Complete List of 'Dancing With the Stars' Winners: Life After the Mirrorball!

The Complete List of 'Dancing With the Stars' Winners: Life After the Mirrorball!
Season 1: Kelly Monaco & Alec Mazo

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There's nothing sweeter than holding the title of ABC's first-ever DWTS champion! Since winning the mirrorball, Monaco continued to portray the role of Samantha McCall on the network's daytime drama, General Hospital. Monaco made her most recent return to the show during season 25, pairing up with her close pal, Cheryl Burke, and former NFL star Terrell Owens for Trio Night.

Season 2: Drew Lachey & Cheryl Burke

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The 98 Degrees singer had so much fun learning how to dance on the show, that he joined the pros and troupe dancers on their DWTS tour after winning the title. At the time, he had no idea that his brother, Nick Lachey, would later compete on season 25 of the show with Peta Murgatroyd. Unfortunately for Nick, he didn't have as much luck -- he and Peta were the fifth couple to be eliminated from the competition.

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John Hillerman obituary

Actor who was best known as Higgins, the supercilious English estate manager, in the TV series Magnum Pi

The actor John Hillerman, who has died aged 84, was best known for his role in the television series Magnum Pi, playing Jonathan Quayle Higgins III, the English caretaker of the Hawaiian complex in which Tom Selleck’s eponymous private investigator was based. It was the culmination of a series of supporting parts in TV series in which he played characters who displayed officious arrogance or a stuffed shirt’s cold superciliousness. He was a conniving radio detective competing with Jim Hutton in the title role of Ellery Queen (1975-76), Bonnie Franklin’s cold boss in One Day at a Time (1976-80) and Betty White’s ex-husband, “old pickle puss”, who winds up directing her in a TV series in The Betty White Show (1977-78).

But his eight seasons on Magnum from 1980-
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"An Evening With Anthony Waye", London, 15 November

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Tony Waye with Halle Berry on the set of Die Another Day.

Cinema Retro has received the following press release:

The Production Guild of Great Britain presents:

‘An Evening with Anthony Waye’ 7:30pm - 10pm, Wednesday 15 November 2017 The Courthouse Hotel, 19-21 Great Marlborough Street, Soho London W1F 7Hl

The Production Guild of Great Britain kicks off a brand new series of events this month, designed to take the public behind the scenes of film and TV drama production by hearing from some of Britain’s most experienced production professionals.

‘An Evening with Anthony Waye’, taking place on Wednesday 15th November in central London, is the first of the Production Guild’s new ‘Close Up’ series of events which aim to raise the profile of leading British careers in production. Tickets are openly available to the general public, as well as PG members and film students.

From mail boy to executive producer,
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THR’s Stephen Galloway Penning Laurence Olivier-Vivien Leigh Dual Biography

THR’s Stephen Galloway Penning Laurence Olivier-Vivien Leigh Dual Biography
The Hollywood Reporter's executive editor, features Stephen Galloway is writing a dual biography of Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh. A Pact With the Devil: Vivien Leigh, Laurence Olivier and the Romance of the Century will be published by Grand Central Publishing.

It is being pitched as a modern exploration of Leigh’s battle with mental illness set against the sweeping changes of mid-20th century history, taking the story from the waning days of the British Raj (Leigh was born in India in 1913) through World War II to the social revolution of the 1960s. The book will draw heavily on new material,...
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Helen Mirren Set for Chaplin Award, European Film Academy Honors Newcomers, and More — Awards Roundup

Helen Mirren Set for Chaplin Award, European Film Academy Honors Newcomers, and More — Awards Roundup
Keep up with the glitzy awards world with our bi-weekly Awards Roundup column.

– The Film Society of Lincoln Center has announced that Academy Award–winning actor Helen Mirren will be honored at the 45th Chaplin Award Gala on Monday, April 30, 2018. A beloved figure of stage, screen, and television, Mirren has bestowed upon the world a series of iconic performances in a career spanning more than fifty years. The annual event will be attended by a host of notable guests and presenters and will include movie and interview clips, culminating in the presentation of the Chaplin Award.

“It is an honor and a pleasure for us to present Helen Mirren with our 45th Chaplin Award,” said Ann Tenenbaum, the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Board Chairman. “From housemaid to Queen and everything in between, Ms. Mirren has delivered masterful performances of complex characters, upending stereotype after stereotype along the way.
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Feud: Bette and Joan writers developing Vivien Leigh biopic

Michael Zam and Jaffe Cohen, the writers behind Feud: Bette and Joan, are set to turn their attention to another silver screen starlet, with Variety reporting that the duo are developing a biopic of Oscar-winner Vivien Leigh.

Based on Hugo Vickers’ book Vivien Leigh: A Biography, the film will focus on the life of the Gone with the Wind and A Streetcar Named Desire star, as well as her relationship with Laurence Olivier. Tim MacReady and Mira Vucevic of Mrg Films are producing the project along with David A. Stern.

In addition to the biopic, Zam and Cohen have several other projects in development, including a biopic of Katharine Hepburn titled Kate, and an adaptation of William J. Mann’s biography Wisecracker: The Life and Times of William Haines, Hollywood’s First Openly Gay Star.
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Vivien Leigh Biopic in Works From ‘Feud: Betty and Joan’ Writers (Exclusive)

Vivien Leigh Biopic in Works From ‘Feud: Betty and Joan’ Writers (Exclusive)
Feud: Betty and Joan” writers Michael Zam and Jaffe Cohen are making a biopic about Vivien Leigh.

The duo received an Emmy nomination with Ryan Murphy for best writing for a limited series for the FX show.

Zam and Cohen will adapt the feature from Hugo Vickers’ “Vivien Leigh: A Biography.” The film will focus on the life of the actress and her relationship with Laurence Olivier, who was her spouse from 1940 to 1960.

Leigh won best actress Academy Awards for her portrayal of Scarlett O’Hara in “Gone With the Wind” (1939) and Blanche DuBois in “A Streetcar Named Desire” (1951). She also won a Tony in 1963 for best actress in a musical for “Tovarich.” She suffered from bipolar disorder and tuberculosis, and died at the age of 53 in 1967.
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Lff 2017: ‘Journey’s End’ Review: Dir. Saul Dibb (2017)

Journey’s End review: Saul Dibb directs an all-star British cast in this, the fifth screen adaptation of the famous Rc Sheriff play from the early twentieth century.

Journey’s End review by Paul Heath.

Journey’s End review

Bringing an updated version of the seminal 1928 play Journey’s End by Rc Sheriff to the screen, one which has had the likes of Laurence Olivier treading the boards in it over the years, and the four other adaptations that have appeared one the big and small screen in the decades since, is not an easy feat, but Saul Dibb’s 2017 version is totally worthy of it existence, and comes to the UK following its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival last month.

The story is set 100 years ago during the first world war, the German and British sides at a stalemate, a position they’ve been in for well over a year.
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Benjamin Whitrow obituary

Expert supporting actor equally at home on stage and screen

Benjamin Whitrow has never given a bad performance,” said Laurence Olivier, who employed the actor in his National Theatre company at the Old Vic for seven years in the late 1960s. By the same token, you might deduce that Olivier never thought of Whitrow, who has died aged 80, as a barnstormer.

And you would be right. Whitrow’s stock-in-trade was an avuncular, measured rationality, a superb stillness on the stage and the capacity, very occasionally, to take you by surprise with a controlled outburst, or a frozen stare. Tall and lean, with a beautiful speaking voice, Whitrow was a master craftsman and, as such, luxury goods as a supporting player.

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Vivien Leigh, Laurence Olivier Letters Show Actors Thought ‘Gone With The Wind’ Would Be A Flop, Reveal Her Mental Illness

It’s one of the most-successful films of all-time, but recently unearthed love letters between the film’s star Vivien Leigh and husband Sir Laurence Olivier reveal they believed 1939’s “Gone With The Wind” would be a flop. The Hollywood Reporter combed through a stash of correspondence from the Victoria & Albert Museum in London which offers insight into […]
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The best famous last words

There have been many great famous last words spoken over the years — some unfortunate, some poignant, and some downright hilarious. From Oscar Wilde to Che Guevara, a person’s famous last words often tell you a lot about how the person died — but sometimes tell you more about how the person lived. Some are obviously thought through in advance, while others are spur-of-the-moment, but they all help shed a light on the characters of the people that spoke them. “This isn’t Hamlet, you know. It’s not meant to go into the bloody ear.” Laurence Olivier, said to a nurse who was attempting...read more
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