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Freddie Jones obituary

Veteran actor admired for his roles as ‘Sir’ on stage in The Dresser, the freak-show owner in the 1980 film The Elephant Man and Sandy Thomas in TV’s Emmerdale

Freddie Jones, who has died aged 91, was the best sort of old-fashioned actor, a comic tragedian, eccentric and full-hearted, with something of both Donald Wolfit and Dickens’ Vincent Crummles about him. Indeed, his most famous stage role was that of Ronald Harwood’s affectionate near-portrait of Wolfit in The Dresser (1980), an old ham called “Sir” who faces disaster in the mirror while preparing to play King Lear. And he memorably embodied the extravagant Crummles in a television Nicholas Nickleby of 1977.

If Jones sometimes emulated Wolfit, his real hero was Wilfrid Lawson, a bibulous character actor who could break your heart on the instant, and he always welcomed the comparison. Yet, to the general public, he was never a name in lights,
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‘Twin Peaks’: Kyle MacLachlan Thinks ‘The Return’ Is a Film, Even Though the Golden Globes Nominated Him for TV

‘Twin Peaks’: Kyle MacLachlan Thinks ‘The Return’ Is a Film, Even Though the Golden Globes Nominated Him for TV
When Kyle MacLachlan won a Golden Globe award in 1991, he was nominated for the television series “Twin Peaks” in the role of Agent Dale Cooper. In 2018, when he attends the 75th Annual Golden Globes, he’ll again be nominated in the TV category for his portrayal of Dale Cooper.

But should he be nominated for film, instead?

Though no one debated what “Twin Peaks” was when it debuted on ABC in 1990, many consider its sequel, “The Return,” to be more of a film than a TV show. And MacLachlan is one of them.

Read More:Golden Globes 2018 TV Snubs and Surprises: ‘Mindhunter’ Shut Out as ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Makes a Splash

“I lean toward the film example only because it was written as one story,” MacLachlan said in an interview with IndieWire, shortly after the nominations were announced. “We were all encouraged not to refer to it as episodes, but as hours.
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Tom Hardy is Teaming Up With Peaky Blinders Creator For Charles Dickens Series

The creator of Peaky Blinders, Stephen Knight, is teaming up with Tom Hardy to develop a new BBC series. The show is based on the work of Charles Dickens and it will adapt his classic stories.

According to THR, the first season of the series will start with A Christmas Carol. The classic story of Ebenezer Scrooge will be told in three hourlong episodes and Ridley Scott's Scott Free London production company will be producing.

Hardy and Knight have previously worked together on the shows on the shows Taboo and Peaky Blinders, so you can bet we are going to get another quality series! I assume we are going to get a very different, dark, and stylized version of this story than anything we've ever seen before. I wonder if we'll see Hardy in the role of Scrooge because that would be amazing!

When talking about the show, Knight
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The Big Sick, Jamie Bell and Stand Up for Something to be Honored at Hollywood Film Awards

dick clark productions announced today that the cast of the film The Big Sick, including Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter and Ray Romano, will receive the “Hollywood Comedy Ensemble Award”; actor Jamie Bell will receive the “New Hollywood Actor Award” for his recent work in “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool”; and musicians Diane Warren, Common and Andra Day will receive the “Hollywood Song Award” for the original song, “Stand Up For Something” with music by Diane Warren, lyrics by Diane Warren and Common and is performed by Andra Day featuring Common from the film Marshall, at the 21st Annual “Hollywood Film Awards.” The 2017 “Hollywood Film Awards,” known as the official launch of the awards season®, will be hosted by actor and comedian James Corden for the third consecutive year and will take place at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA, on Sunday, November 5, 2017. The ceremony, which
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Review: "Nicholas Nickleby" (2002) Twilight Time Blu-ray Special Edition

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By Raymond Benson

“A Dickens Delight”

By Raymond Benson

The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby may not immediately come to mind when naming the most well-known of author Charles Dickens’ novels, but it’s arguably one of his best. Besides being a cracking good story in print, the Royal Shakespeare Company famously produced an 8-1/2-hour long Tony Award-winning play (staged in two parts, with a dinner break) in 1980 that was one of this reviewer’s most treasured theatrical experiences.

The motion picture, released in 2002 to positive critical acclaim but little enthusiasm from ticket-buyers, is also a delight. Writer/director Douglas McGrath whittled down Dickens’ massive tome to a mere 132 minutes, and yet one doesn’t miss the extracted bits. The screenplay is an essential lesson in adaptation. Now a gorgeously rendered Blu-ray release from Twilight Time, Nickleby can be re-evaluated and appreciated for the superb achievement it is.
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‘Becoming Mike Nichols’ Director Discusses Capturing Mike Nichols’ Final Performance

The second documentary by Douglas McGrath (best known for his narrative films Emma and Nicholas Nickleby), Becoming Mike Nichols explores the early career of Nichols through three specific phases: his early life as a German immigrant living in New York, his early collaborations during and after college with Elaine May, and his early directing career on stage and eventually on screen. Playing as a cross between a biography and directing master class, Becoming Mike Nichols is an engaging study of the filmmaker’s early career. We spoke with McGrath at the Sundance Film Festival, where his film had its world premiere, about what would be the director’s final performance, so to speak, as discussed in the interview.

The Film Stage: Can you tell us a little about how you approached these interviews?

Douglas McGrath: I think of the film as a sort of film version of what his
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Time Machine: Woman in Red Hathaway on Red Carpet - Updated Film List

Anne Hathaway: Oscar Host's Red Dress outshone Oscars' Red Carpet. Anne Hathaway Oscar host: Red dress one of countless outfits Blast from the Past: Pictured above is Oscar host Anne Hathaway sporting a blindingly bright white smile while on the 2011 Academy Awards' Red Carpet just outside the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. But wait. In the photo, Hathaway is wearing a blindingly bright red gown. Wasn't her dress of a metallic blue hue? Actually, no. It was beige (with patterns). Wait. Come to think of it, she actually wore a tux, not a dress. Or maybe it was all of the above. And more. How could that be? Well, the color, texture, format, and type of Anne Hathaway's outfits varied according to which 15 minutes of the Oscar telecast you watched on Sunday night, Feb. 27. Hathaway, a Best Actress nominee for Jonathan Demme's Rachel Getting Married in early
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Stunning-Looking Mix of Sex Melodrama and Science Fiction

'L'Inhumaine': Marcel L'Herbier silent classic stars Jaque Catelain and Georgette Leblanc. Marcel L'Herbier silent 'L'Inhumaine': 'Intense sensory integration of sight' For me, the real jewel in the crown of the San Francisco Silent Film Festival's “A Day of Silents,” held on Dec. 5, '15, at the Castro Theatre, was Marcel L'Herbier's The Inhuman Woman / L'Inhumaine (1924). The screening of this mix of desire and seduction with science fiction turned out to be an intense sensory integration of sight and sound. First, the sight. I had not seen any other films directed by L'Herbier (e.g., L'Argent, La Comédie du bonheur), so L'Inhumaine, with its spectacular visuals, came as a big surprise to me. For instance, the film features a stand-out scene of a car racing down a wooded highway from the driver's point of view, while in a party sequence I really liked the effect of the serving staff wearing sardonic face masks,
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TV & Broadway Star Roger Rees Dies -- Famed 'Cheers' & 'Nicholas Nickleby' Actor Dead At 71

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Roger Rees, best known for playing Nicholas Nickleby on Broadway and TV ... died in New York on Friday. Rees' rep says the Tony Award winning star was at his home when he passed after a brief illness. He had been performing up until May when he left his show Broadway show "The Visit" to undergo a medical procedure.  Rees was also famous for film and TV roles -- co-starring in "Frida," "Robin Hood: Men in Tights,
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Save on The Visit, Previews Begin Tonight Starring Chita Rivera

This spring, two-time Tony winner and Broadway legend Chita Rivera joins Tony Award winner Roger Rees Nicholas Nickleby in a stunning tale of young love, timeless seduction, and sweet revenge. Sure to become the seasons most delicious musical sensation, The Visit marks the historic final collaboration between the creators of the Tony award-winning masterwork Kiss of the Spider Woman and the Tony, Emmy and Grammy Award-winning songwriters of Chicago and Cabaret.
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Australian-Chinese writers get Lost in America

Australian Craig Rosenthal and writing partner Emmo Xu have been commissioned to write Lost in America, a comedy that follows a dysfunctional Chinese family on a road trip across the Us to deliver their daughter to college in California.

The project will be produced by a new joint venture between Jeff Sharp.s Story Mining & Supply and Ivanhoe Pictures to create a slate of China-targeted movies.

Sharp, whose credits include Boys Don.t Cry, You Can Count on Me, Nicholas Nickleby and Proof, is backed by filmmaker and financier Jim Kohlberg. The La-based Story Mining & Supply produces the Outlander TV series.

Development of Lost in America will be overseen by SMS.s Jennifer Hatton and Ivanhoe.s Kelly Carmichael and Hong Kong-based Kat Lee, who heads development and production in Asia.

Rosenthal, who has directed shorts and TVCs, told If he hopes to direct the film but that hasn.t been decided yet.
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Brie Larson and Ben Kingsley up the pedigree of Daniel Radcliffe-led 'Brooklyn Bridge'

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Brie Larson and Ben Kingsley up the pedigree of Daniel Radcliffe-led 'Brooklyn Bridge'
Daniel Radcliffe will win an Oscar, eventually. He's driven, he's eclectic, he's riding Leonardo DiCaprio-esque blockbuster momentum that he's happy to cash in for provocative material, and, most importantly, he's good. And getting better. Holding his own against Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith and Ralph Fiennes for a decade certainly helped. Based on the talent assembled for his latest project, Radcliffe's time could be coming sooner than later. Goldcrest Films announced today that Sir Ben Kinglsey ("Schindler's List") and Brie Larson ("Short Term 12") will join Radcliffe in Killer Films' "Brooklyn Bridge," the story of engineer Washington Roebling and his calamitous road to realizing New York City's iconic structure. Radcliffe will play Roebling, who inherits the Brooklyn Bridge project from his father (Kinglsey) and finds an unlikely working partner in his wife, Emily (Larson). Radcliffe's costars provide an awards-friendly bedrock for "Brooklyn Bridge." Kinglsey is a four-time Oscar nominee, picking
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Ben Kingsley, Brie Larson join Daniel Radcliffe in 'Brooklyn Bridge'

Ben Kingsley, Brie Larson join Daniel Radcliffe in 'Brooklyn Bridge'
Daniel Radcliffe has been set to play the engineer, Washington Roebling, who built the Brooklyn Bridge in the aptly titled Brooklyn Bridge for several months now. But for the film, which is inspired by the bridge’s real-life construction, key to the actual story were Roebling’s father and wife, who have now also been cast.

Ben Kingsley will play Roebling’s father, John Augustus Roebling, who initially designed the bridge connecting Manhattan and Brooklyn. Washington took up his father’s position as chief engineer after the elder Roebling passed away. Brie Larson will play his wife, Elizabeth Warren Roebling,
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From Scrawny To Sexy: Behold Charlie Hunnam’s Beautiful Transformation

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Sons of Anarchy‘s final season begins tonight, which means we get a healthy serving of eye candy in the form of Charlie Hunnam. Yowza! It’s been a wild ride for the English actor, who didn’t always have a grizzly beard and menacing looks.

Charlie first popped onto the scene over 15 years ago on the British version of Queer As Folk, all blonde, floppy-haired, and innocent. After a stint on Fox’s Undeclared, and roles in Nicholas Nickleby and Cold Mountain, his looks started to mature. Once he got his starring role on Sons of Anarchy in 2008, the blonde hair was longer, and the beard was in full swing. Nowadays, he only shaves for special occasions — like last year’s Pacific Rim — and routinely shows us all how much hard work in the gym can pay off. Originally cast as Christian Grey in Fifty Shades of Grey,
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From Scrawny To Sexy: Behold Charlie Hunnam’s Beautiful Transformation

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Sons of Anarchy‘s final season begins tonight, which means we get a healthy serving of eye candy in the form of Charlie Hunnam. Yowza! It’s been a wild ride for the English actor, who didn’t always have a grizzly beard and menacing looks.

Charlie first popped onto the scene over 15 years ago on the British version of Queer As Folk, all blonde, floppy-haired, and innocent. After a stint on Fox’s Undeclared, and roles in Nicholas Nickleby and Cold Mountain, his looks started to mature. Once he got his starring role on Sons of Anarchy in 2008, the blonde hair was longer, and the beard was in full swing. Nowadays, he only shaves for special occasions — like last year’s Pacific Rim — and routinely shows us all how much hard work in the gym can pay off. Originally cast as Christian Grey in Fifty Shades of Grey,
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The 6 Best Film Scores of 2014 (So Far)

Far be it from me to make any grand sweeping statements on the year in film this early, but as of July 2014, I would argue it’s already been a fascinating year for scores. Just look at blockbusters. We’ve heard both the invigoratingly new and the depressingly dull. Ambitious combinations have even produced a commendable failure here and there. Hollywood studios almost always take the safe road in their big-budget franchises, but the music attached to those tentpoles feels less restrained and not nearly as beholden to manageable cliches.

Thus far we’ve had a tremendous grab bag in film music (and I say this as someone who hasn’t yet seen Under the Skin), but what’s been the best to come out of it? Without further ado…

6. Captain America: The Winter SoldierHenry Jackman (Intrada)

Captain America: The Winter Soldier isn’t a great movie, but it
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18 context-free quotes from the Tony Awards red carpet

18 context-free quotes from the Tony Awards red carpet
What happens on the Tony Awards red carpet? Fans cheer, stars schmooze, and TV stars get closer to an Egot.

This year, Radio City Music Hall was packed with an array of celebs who showed up to demonstrate their love for the theater. EW hit the red carpet to ask some of the ceremony attendees about their current show, the show that gave them their biggest theater education, their big stars, their little selves…really, just anything having to do with the stage. Below, enjoy 18 quotes we heard about the wonderful world of theater.

Patricia Clarkson (The Elephant Man)

“I
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Luba Mason & Karen Kohler to Lead Robert Sickinger's Nicholas Nickleby at Tnc, 4/17-5/5

Theater for the New City, Crystal Field, Executive Director presents Nicholas Nickleby, A New Musical based on the classic Charles Dickens novel with book by Robert Sickinger, music and lyrics by Alaric Jans. Performances will be staged Off-Broadway at the Joyce and Seward Johnson Theater at Theater for the New City, 155 First Avenue bet. 9th and 10th Streets, New York, NY 10003 from April 17-May 5, 2014.
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10 Things About... Tom Hiddleston

10 Things About... Tom Hiddleston
Best known for playing mischievous villain Loki in Thor and The Avengers, fan favourite Tom Hiddleston is coming back to cinema screens on October 30 in Thor: The Dark World.

With an army of fans known as 'Hiddlestoners', it's difficult to browse any website without the Brit actor's name popping up. Handily, Digital Spy has ten facts about the star that you may not know.

1. Born in Westminster, London in 1981 to former stage manager Diana Patricia and James Norman, a manager of a pharmaceutical company, Hiddleston is of both Scottish and English descent. He grew up with his two sisters in Wimbledon and later moved to Oxford.

2. Prior to hitting the big time in Kenneth Branagh's Wallander, he'd made a few blink and you'll miss it TV appearances. His on-screen debut was playing a Lord in the TV movie The Life of Nicholas Nickleby, based on the novel by Charles Dickens.
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Hunnam as Grey? Good Idea? The Whole World Reacts

Charlie Hunnam: ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ gets its Christian Grey (photo: shirtless Charlie Hunnam in ‘Pacific Rim’) In the last couple of weeks, the world has been rocked by several revelations that have left earthlings — depending on their particular expectations, prejudices, and mental health — infuriated, terrified, shocked, thrilled. Am I referring to the reported chemical attacks in Syria and the Obama administration’s determination that the U.S. should get involved in that country’s bloody civil war? Syrius Chemical Civil War? Is Obama endorsing a new video game? Is it in 3D? Nope, that’s not what I’m talking about. Nor am I referring to the ivory trade and the relentless poaching of African elephants, which will quite possibly lead to their extinction in the very, very near future. Or to the nearly 1,000 manatees and dolphins that have met with slow and agonizing deaths in Florida’s grossly polluted waterways.
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