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God-Dame! Helen Mirren swears on TV again as she turns the air blue on Good Morning Britain

28 July 2015 4:26 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

She may be a Dame but Helen Mirren certainly doesn't give a damn when it comes to turning the air royal blue in public - and she's at it again.

The Oscar winner brought equal amounts of class and filth to the Good Morning Britain sofa this morning (July 28), although you can judge for yourselves whether the Queen star's potty mouth was really such a punishable crime.

Talking about a camping trip to in Cornwall with her former boyfriend Liam Neeson, the 70-year-old matter-of-factly recalled how it "pissed with rain", which was enough to send ITV into a panicked tizzy.

Presenters Ben Shephard and Kate Garraway immediately jumped in and apologised, with Shephard nervously adding: "You can't say things like that first thing in the morning."

But she's got good form when it comes to dishing out the swears. Last year, Mirren made headlines for delivering all manner of expletives »

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The Top Father's Day Films Ever Made? Here Are Five Dads - Ranging from the Intellectual to the Pathological

22 June 2015 4:02 AM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'Father of the Bride': Steve Martin and Kimberly Williams. Top Five Father's Day Movies? From giant Gregory Peck to tyrant John Gielgud What would be the Top Five Father's Day movies ever made? Well, there have been countless films about fathers and/or featuring fathers of various sizes, shapes, and inclinations. In terms of quality, these range from the amusing – e.g., the 1950 version of Cheaper by the Dozen; the Oscar-nominated The Grandfather – to the nauseating – e.g., the 1950 version of Father of the Bride; its atrocious sequel, Father's Little Dividend. Although I'm unable to come up with the absolute Top Five Father's Day Movies – or rather, just plain Father Movies – ever made, below are the first five (actually six, including a remake) "quality" patriarch-centered films that come to mind. Now, the fathers portrayed in these films aren't all heroic, loving, and/or saintly paternal figures. Several are »

- Andre Soares

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Oscar Nominated Moody Pt.2: From Fagin to Merlin - But No Harry Potter

19 June 2015 4:00 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Ron Moody as Fagin in 'Oliver!' based on Charles Dickens' 'Oliver Twist.' Ron Moody as Fagin in Dickens musical 'Oliver!': Box office and critical hit (See previous post: "Ron Moody: 'Oliver!' Actor, Academy Award Nominee Dead at 91.") Although British made, Oliver! turned out to be an elephantine release along the lines of – exclamation point or no – Gypsy, Star!, Hello Dolly!, and other Hollywood mega-musicals from the mid'-50s to the early '70s.[1] But however bloated and conventional the final result, and a cast whose best-known name was that of director Carol Reed's nephew, Oliver Reed, Oliver! found countless fans.[2] The mostly British production became a huge financial and critical success in the U.S. at a time when star-studded mega-musicals had become perilous – at times downright disastrous – ventures.[3] Upon the American release of Oliver! in Dec. 1968, frequently acerbic The »

- Andre Soares

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New Projects: Bradley Cooper, Lbj, Reese Witherspoon, and Meg the Shark

19 June 2015 9:21 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

After American Sniper was the biggest box office draw of 2014, it seems anyone will pay to see Bradley Cooper in uniform again. Deadline reports Cooper is set to produce Ghost Army, a World War II story about an agency tasked with feeding the Nazis fake intelligence about the actual number of American troops, with the hope that Cooper will star. Cooper, Todd Phillips, and Andrew Lazar are producing a script by Henry Gayden (Earth to Echo), working from a non-fiction book entitled The Ghost Army of World War II and a 2013 documentary also titled Ghost Army.

Not even a year after Tom Wilkinson portrayed Lyndon B. Johnson in Selma, Woody Harrelson will now portray our former president in Rob Reiner’s political drama simply titled Lbj. Via Variety, production will begin in the fall on a film about the life of Johnson up through his childhood and how he was »

- Brian Welk

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Cinderella director Kenneth Branagh to take over Murder On The Orient Express?

18 June 2015 4:40 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The new movie adaptation of Agatha Christie's Murder On The Orient Express may have found its director.

Cinderella's Kenneth Branagh is the current frontrunner to take charge of the project, says The Wrap. Ridley Scott, Simon Kinberg and Mark Gordon are producing the detective film for 20th Century Fox.

Michael Green, who has scripted the Blade Runner reboot for Scott, is adapting Christie's 1934 novel.

There is no word yet on casting for the movie, which tells the story of famed detective Hercule Poirot investigating the murder of an American tycoon aboard the famous train.

A previous adaptation filmed in 1974 starred Albert Finney as Poirot, and featured a star-studded cast of Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Sean Connery, John Gielgud, Vanessa Redgrave and Michael York.

Here's hoping for a similar calibre of actors for the reboot.

Watch a clip from Kenneth Branagh's Cinderella below: »

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Kenneth Branagh To Helm "Orient Express"

16 June 2015 10:11 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

"Thor" and "Cinderella" director Kenneth Branagh is in discussions to direct a new film adaptation of Agatha Christie's "Murder on the Orient Express" for 20th Century Fox.

In the story, Belgian detective Hercule Poirot investigates the murder of an American tycoon aboard the titular train. A large ensemble of A-lst stars are expected to be a part of the cast.

Michael Green, who wrote the upcoming "Blade Runner" sequel, will pen the adaptation of Christie's iconic 1934 detective novel. Ridley Scott, Mark Gordon and Simon Kinberg are producing.

The work was previous adapted onto a multiple Oscar-nominated film in 1974 with Albert Finney, Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Jacqueline Bisset, Sean Connery, John Gielgud, Anthony Perkins, Vanessa Redgrave and Michael York.

It was adapted again in 2004 as part of the long-running David Suchet-led TV series. That version included Jessica Chastain, Toby Jones, Barbara Hershey, David Morrissey, Hugh Bonneville, Brian J. Smith and Eileen Atkins. »

- Garth Franklin

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Christopher Lee, Actor Who Made Dracula Count Again, Dies at 93

11 June 2015 5:09 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Christopher Lee, the second most famous Dracula of the 20th century — an impressive feat — and a memorably irrepressible villain in James Bond film “The Man With the Golden Gun,” in the Star Wars films and in “The Lord of the Rings” pics, has died. He was 93.

Lee appeared in 10 films as Count Dracula (nine if his uncredited role in the comedy “One More Time” is excluded).

His first role for famed British horror factory Hammer Films was not the Transylvanian vampire, however, but Frankenstein’s Monster in 1957’s “The Curse of Frankenstein.” His close friend Peter Cushing, with whom he would co-star in horror films frequently, starred as the Baron.

Lee made his first appearance as the sharp-toothed Count in 1958’s “Horror of Dracula.”

For reasons not quite certain, he skipped the 1960 sequel “Brides of Dracula,” but he returned to the role for 1965’s “Dracula: Prince of Darkness” — a movie »

- Carmel Dagan

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After Tony Win, Helen Mirren Is One Step Away From an Egot

8 June 2015 10:30 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

The Egot crew is one of the most exclusive clubs in Hollywood, and it seems that there's no dearth of performers on the cusp of claiming that title. Now, yet another Hollywood legend is poised to join that historic group.

Helen Mirren is the latest candidate for an Egot -- the distinction bestowed on someone who's won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony -- after she snagged a Tony on Sunday night for best lead actress in a play for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in "The Audience." Mirren also won an Oscar for playing Her Royal Highness in "The Queen," and has a whopping four Emmys -- three for her leading role on BBC miniseries "Prime Suspect," and another for once again portraying QE2. Now, Mirren is only one spoken-word album or audio book narration away from nabbing that Grammy, and that sweet Egot title. »

- Katie Roberts

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‘The Mack’ Director Michael Campus Dies at 80

21 May 2015 6:08 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Michael Campus, director of seminal African-American dramas “The Mack” and “The Education of Sonny Carson,” died May 15 at his Encino home of natural causes. He was 80.

Campus, a Manhattan native, graduated from U. of Wisconsin and served as a U.S. Army lieutenant in Berlin after WWII. He broke into the business as a writer-producer on “Pm East/Pm West” late-night talk show hosted by Mike Wallace and Joyce Davidson, then joined ABC Television’s special projects division to work on documentaries such as “Saga of Western Man,” “Meet Comrade Student” and “India the Troubled Giant.”

Campus later became director of special programs at CBS, where he supervised over 150 specials including “Horowitz at Carnegie Hall,” Hal Holbrook’s “Mark Twain Tonight” and Peter Hall’s production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” He worked for David Suskind’s Talent Associates and produced “Ages of Man,” starring John Gielgud.

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- Dave McNary

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Time Machine: Bachchan and Rai - Bollywood King and Queen on Hollywood Red Carpet

9 May 2015 12:48 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai at the Oscars Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai on the Academy Awards' Red Carpet Pictured above are Bollywood stars Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan arriving at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony, which took place on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Two years ago, an Anglo-Indian-American co-production, Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire became not only one of the season's biggest sleeper hits, but also the eventual Best Picture Oscar winner. Dev Patel and Freida Pinto starred. Curiously, some have complained that Slumdog Millionaire was just a less interesting rehash of higher-quality Bollywood musicals and dramas that have received relatively little play outside South Asian communities around the globe. Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai movies The son of Indian cinema legend Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan has been featured in nearly 50 films. Among them are: Dhoom (2004). Director: Sanjay Gadhvi. Cast: Abhishek Bachchan. Uday Chopra. John Abraham. Esha Deol. »

- D. Zhea

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Watch: Trailer for 50th Anniversary Release of Orson Welles' 'Chimes at Midnight'

4 May 2015 11:10 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

For anyone who says Orson Welles made one good movie and never did again, you are a horribly misinformed person. Welles was a genius, pushing what the medium could do with nearly every film he made. One of these gems has been criminally under seen, mainly due to the fact it is extremely difficult to find. This is his ode to one of William Shakespeare's greatest creations, Falstaff. The film: Chimes at Midnight. It will be screening across the world throughout the month of May in theaters. You can look here to see if it is playing near you. Thankfully, it is playing here in Austin. Following those screenings, Chimes at Midnight will hit DVD and Blu-ray on June 29. I, for one, am extremely excited about this, though, the home release seems to be only for the UK... for now... Hopefully Kino, Olive, Cohen or Criterion will pick it up for a U. »

- Mike Shutt

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Joss Whedon Says Agent Coulson Has No Place In The McU; New Avengers: Age Of Ultron Clip Introduces The Vision

23 April 2015 9:32 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

For those readers in the United Kingdom and other parts of Europe, today is the day that Avengers: Age of Ultron finally zooms into theaters, with early reports revealing that Joss Whedon’s sequel is tracking for a mammoth opening at the box office. Whether it can topple its predecessor’s haul – which currently stands as the third highest-grossing film ever with $1.5 billion – will be determined over the coming weeks and months, though one thing is for certain: Age of Ultron will act as Whedon’s final outing in the director’s chair under Marvel.

With The Winter Soldier‘s Joe and Anthony Russo set to carry the torch henceforth, the fan favorite has reflected on his time at the helm, revealing a great many intriguing tidbits about the inner workings of the McU. One facet that still bothers Whedon, though, is the decision to revive Clark Gregg’s Agent »

- Michael Briers

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Shield agent Phil Coulson had to stay dead for Avengers 2, says Joss Whedon

22 April 2015 3:15 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Wondering where Shield agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) was in Avengers: Age of Ultron? Writer-director Joss Whedon has explained it for us...

You may remember that Coulson was seemingly killed off by Loki in the first Avengers film, only to be resurrected for the television spinoff Agents of Shield.

Avengers: Age of Ultron review round-up - 'Spectacular, but messy'

Paul Bettany joins the Avengers in the flesh: "Now they want me to work for my money!"

Whedon recently told Buzzfeed that he never actually considered having Coulson come face-to-face with the Avengers in Age of Ultron.

"As far as I'm concerned, in this movie, Coulson's dead," he explained "If you come back in the sequel and say Coulson's alive, it's like putting f**king John Gielgud in the sequel to Arthur.

"It mattered that he's gone. It's a different world now. And you have to run with that."

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Alicia Vikander to be "voice" of Ingrid Bergman

30 March 2015 4:41 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

A Royal Affair, Ex Machina star to voice documentary set for Cannes Film Festival.

Fast rising Swedish actress Alicia Vikander is to be the “voice” of legendary star Ingrid Bergman in Stig Björkman’s documentary Ingrid Bergman - In her Own Words. 

Speaking to ScreenDaily, Björkman described Vikander as “the Bergman of today”.

The film, sold by TrustNordisk, receives its world premiere at the 68th Cannes Film Festival in mid-May prior to its Swedish release on August 28 - the day before the centenary of Ingrid Bergman’s birth. Cannes will also commemorate the centenary by featuring the late Casablanca star on its poster.

Vikander (A Royal Affair, Testament Of Youth) was apparently eager to join the film.

Björkman has unearthed unique personal records of Bergman - including home movies, films of her as a child, diary entries and many letters.

“I’ve met Alicia a couple of times over the years and I like her very much »

- geoffrey@macnab.demon.co.uk (Geoffrey Macnab)

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Terence Rattigan On Film: The Browning Version

24 March 2015 6:54 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

I. The Rattigan Version

After his first dramatic success, The Winslow Boy, Terence Rattigan conceived a double bill of one-act plays in 1946. Producers dismissed the project, even Rattigan’s collaborator Hugh “Binkie” Beaumont. Actor John Gielgud agreed. “They’ve seen me in so much first rate stuff,” Gielgud asked Rattigan; “Do you really think they will like me in anything second rate?”  Rattigan insisted he wasn’t “content writing a play to please an audience today, but to write a play that will be remembered in fifty years’ time.”

Ultimately, Rattigan paired a brooding character study, The Browning Version, with a light farce, Harlequinade. Entitled Playbill, the show was finally produced by Stephen Mitchell in September 1948, starring Eric Portman, and became a runaway hit. While Harlequinade faded into a footnote, the first half proved an instant classic. Harold Hobson wrote that “Mr. Portman’s playing and Mr. Rattigan’s writing »

- Christopher Saunders

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My First R-Rated Movie

24 March 2015 1:30 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

My First R-rated Movie Or…

How I Became The 007 Of Covert Forbidden Film Viewing

By Alex Simon

For those of us who grew up in the suburbs in the pre-home video, pre-cable TV and pre-Netflix coupons 1970s and early ‘80s, there were few dangerous pleasures as heady as sneaking into an R-rated movie at the local multiplex. The multiplex cinema was a ‘70s phenomenon that made regulating children’s viewing habits infinitely more difficult than the old days of stand-alone, single screen theaters. Ironically, the new freedom that filmmakers enjoyed with the advent of the MPAA rating system in late 1968 was almost in perfect synch with the rise of multi-screen cinemas. Some things do happen for a reason.

You never forget your first...

My first R-rated film was during Thanksgiving of 1976. We were visiting my dad’s family in Birmingham, Alabama and the men adjourned after dinner to go see Two Minute Warning, »

- The Hollywood Interview.com

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John Osborne on Film: The Entertainer

13 March 2015 4:25 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Part I. Anger, Suez and Archie Rice

“There they are,” George Devine told John Osborne, surveying The Entertainer‘s opening night audience. “All waiting for you…Same old pack of c***s, fashionable assholes. Just more of them than usual.” The Royal Court had arrived: no longer outcasts, they were London’s main attraction.

Look Back in Anger vindicated Devine’s model of a writer’s-based theater. Osborne’s success attracted a host of dramatists to Sloane Square. There’s Shelagh Delaney, whose A Taste of Honey featured a working-class girl pregnant from an interracial dalliance; Harold Pinter’s The Room, a bizarre “comedy of menace”; and John Arden’s Serjeant Musgrave’s Dance, which aimed a Gatling gun at its audience. Devine encouraged them, however bold or experimental. “You always knew he was on the writer’s side,” Osborne said.

Peter O’Toole called the Royal Court actors “an »

- Christopher Saunders

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Scribe Michael Green Comes Aboard Murder On The Orient Express Remake

11 March 2015 12:45 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Fox’s remake of the classic Agatha Christie whodunit Murder on the Orient Express is picking up steam, now that Michael Green has been tapped to pen the script. The studio has been developing this redo since late 2013, when power trio Ridley Scott, Simon Kinberg and Mark Gordon all came aboard as producers. No director is yet attached to the pic, but Fox is understandably looking to attract a big name.

The story, one of the author’s most acclaimed to feature detective Hercule Poirot, was previously adapted for film by Sidney Lumet back in 1974. His take was rapturously received, racking up six Oscar nods and winning one (for Ingrid Bergman’s supporting performance). Albert Finney starred as Poirot, leading an all-star cast that included Bergman, Lauren Bacall, Jacqueline Bisset, Colin Blakely, Sean Connery, John Gielgud, Anthony Perkins, Vanessa Redgrave and Michael York.

This remake has big shoes to fill, »

- Isaac Feldberg

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'Blade Runner' Sequel Writer Boards 'Murder on the Orient Express'

10 March 2015 4:49 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Back in the fall of 2013, we learned there was development of a remake of the 1974 Sidney Lumet mystery Murder on the Orient Express, an adaptation of Agatha Christie's 1934 novel of the same name. Ridley Scott was producing with Simon Kinberg (writer of X-Men: Days of Future Past and Sherlock Holmes) and Mark Gordon, but there was no writer on board yet. But that's changed now as Variety reports Green Lantern writer Michael Green, who is also working with Scott on the Blade Runner sequel with Harrison Ford starring and Denis Villeneuve directing, will script the remake for Scott Free Productions. Read on! The original story follows detective Hercule Poirot, a genius Belgian detective who is called upon to solve a murder that occurred in his train car the night before. Albert Finney played the detective while an all-star cast of classic movie stars like Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Jacqueline Bisset, »

- Ethan Anderton

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Gotham writer Michael Green working on new Murder on the Orient Express

10 March 2015 8:27 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Michael Green has signed up to write a new version of Murder on the Orient Express.

The Gotham and Green Lantern writer has been hired for 20th Century Fox's upcoming adaptation of the classic Agatha Christie novel, Variety reports.

Ridley Scott, Mark Gordon and Simon Kinberg are producing the project, which was first announced back in 2013. A director has yet to be secured.

The film will be based on Agatha Christie's 1934 novel, which follows Belgian detective Hercule Poirot as he investigates the murder of an American tycoon on a train.

It was first adapted as a film in 1974 by Sidney Lumet, with Albert Finney as Poirot. The film also starred the likes of Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Jacqueline Bisset, Sean Connery, John Gielgud and Vanessa Redgrave.

Alfred Molina starred in a poorly-received TV movie version in 2001 on CBS, before David Suchet led the cast of ITV's version in 2010 alongside Jessica Chastain and Hugh Bonneville. »

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