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‘Harry Potter’ Star David Ryall Dies at 79

11 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Veteran British character actor David Ryall, who’s best known to mainstream American audiences as “Harry Potter’s” Elphias Doge, died on Christmas Day. He was 79.

Sherlock” writer and actor Mark Gatiss tweeted the sad news on Saturday.

The great David Ryall left us on Christmas Day. A twinkling, brilliant, wonderful actor I was privileged to call a friend. Rip.

Mark Gatiss (@Markgatiss) December 27, 2014

His daughter, actress Charlie Ryall, also confirmed on Twitter.

Please take a moment to remember his huge five-decade-spanning career outside of the more well-known TV & film. Not just Harry Potter.

— Charlie Ryall (@charlie_ryall) December 27, 2014

The actor’s career spans more than five decades and covers film, TV and theater. His movie credits include 2008’s “City of Ember,” 2004’s “Around the World in 80 Days” and 1980’s “The Elephant Man.”

Ryall replaced Peter Cartwright as Elphias Doge in 2010’s “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part »

- Maane Khatchatourian

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‘Harry Potter’ Star David Ryall Dies at 79

11 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Veteran British character actor David Ryall, who’s best known to mainstream American audiences as “Harry Potter’s” Elphias Doge, died on Christmas Day. He was 79.

Sherlock” writer and actor Mark Gatiss tweeted the sad news on Saturday.

The great David Ryall left us on Christmas Day. A twinkling, brilliant, wonderful actor I was privileged to call a friend. Rip.

Mark Gatiss (@Markgatiss) December 27, 2014

His daughter, actress Charlie Ryall, also confirmed on Twitter.

Please take a moment to remember his huge five-decade-spanning career outside of the more well-known TV & film. Not just Harry Potter.

— Charlie Ryall (@charlie_ryall) December 27, 2014

The actor’s career spans more than five decades and covers film, TV and theater. His movie credits include 2008’s “City of Ember,” 2004’s “Around the World in 80 Days” and 1980’s “The Elephant Man.”

Ryall replaced Peter Cartwright as Elphias Doge in 2010’s “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part »

- Maane Khatchatourian

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David Ryall, ‘Harry Potter’s’ Elphias Doge, Dead at 79

12 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Veteran actor David Ryall, best known by Americans as Elphias Doge in the “Harry Potter” film franchise, died on Christmas, Dec. 25 at the age of 79.

Friend and colleague Mark Gatiss, “Sherlock” and “Doctor Who” writer, broke the news on Twitter.

“The great David Ryall left us on Christmas Day. A twinkling, brilliant, wonderful actor I was privileged to call a friend. Rip,” Gatiss wrote.

See photos: Hollywood’s Notable Deaths of 2014

The great David Ryall left us on Christmas Day. A twinkling, brilliant, wonderful actor I was privileged to call a friend. Rip.

Mark Gatiss (@Markgatiss) December 27, 2014

Ryall replaced Peter Cartwright »

- Jethro Nededog

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Roger Deakins looks back on 1997's 'Kundun,' his only Scorsese collaboration to date

25 December 2014 12:39 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

It seemed this year that if any artist was due for the retrospective treatment, it was "Unbroken" cinematographer Roger Deakins. While I of course did not address all of the 50-plus films he has shot throughout his illustrious career during a recent extended interview, I settled on a few in particular that I think represent a nice cross-section of his work. Each of them — "Nineteen Eighty-Four," "Sid and Nancy," "Barton Fink," "The Shawshank Redemption," "Kundun," "The Man Who Wasn't There" and "The Village" — will get their own space in the next few days. A month like this bears reminding of the fact that external political pressure on Hollywood isn't exactly a new thing. Take a case like Martin Scorsese's Dalai Lama drama "Kundun," which became a hot button issue in 1997 with China threatening Disney's business interests in the country for moving forward with a release. One wonders if lingering »

- Kristopher Tapley

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‘The Omen,’ ‘The Krays’ Actress Billie Whitelaw Dies at 82

22 December 2014 6:13 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — British actress Billie Whitelaw died Sunday in a nursing home in London at the age of 82, the BBC reported Monday. She was best known for her role as Mrs. Baylock, the guardian of the demonic Damien in “The Omen.”

Whitelaw appeared in more than 50 films, including crime drama “The Krays” and comedy “Hot Fuzz,” but was equally known for her TV and stage performances, and Samuel Beckett’s plays in particular. He described her as a perfect actress.

Whitelaw made her stage debut in 1950 in “Pink String and Sealing Wax” in her home town, Bradford, England, and made her TV bow in a BBC adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s story “The Secret Garden” in 1952. She later appeared in several episodes of BBC police series “Dixon of Dock Green.”

Her early stage career included spells with Joan Littlewood’s Theatre Workshop and the National Theatre. In 1964, she played Desdemona »

- Leo Barraclough

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'Gone With the Wind' Facts: 25 Things You Never Knew About the Most Popular Movie Ever Made

16 December 2014 4:30 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Seventy-five years after the premiere of "Gone With the Wind" (on December 15, 1939), it seems that nothing -- not the passage of time, not the movie's controversial racial politics, not the film's daunting length, and not even the release of certain James Cameron global blockbusters -- can diminish the romantic Civil War drama's stature as the most popular movie of all time.

The film is certainly a formidable artistic achievement, a cornerstone of movie history, and a highlight of a year so full of landmark films that 1939 has often been called the greatest year in the history of Hollywood filmmaking. Each viewing of the four-hour epic seems to reveal new details. Still, even longtime "Gwtw" fans may not know the behind-the-scenes story of the film, one as lengthy and tumultuous as the on-screen romance between Scarlett O'Hara (Vivien Leigh) and Rhett Butler (Clark Gable). Producer David O. Selznick spent fortunes, hired »

- Gary Susman

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Potential Record-Breaking Year for English Actors in the Best Actor Category

25 November 2014 9:45 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor 

This year’s best actor race is filled with strong contenders, and if Eddie Redmayne, Benedict Cumberbatch, David Oyelowo and Jack O’Connell all land nominations for best actor, this year could break the record for the most English actors to score a nomination in the same category in the same year.

Redmayne’s incredible portrayal of Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, based on Jane Hawking’s memoir Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen, could result in his first Oscar nomination. Redmayne will receive the Desert Palm Achievement Award at the 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala on Jan. 3, whose past seven recipients have gone on to receive Oscar nominations.

Cumberbatch won the best actor award at the Hollywood Film Awards for his portrayal of Alan Turing, who helped crack the Nazi Enigma Code during World War II. (Redmayne »

- Anjelica Oswald

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Read Marilyn Monroe's Very Racy Love Letter from Arthur Miller

20 November 2014 7:15 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Sexting wouldn't be invented for another half-century. But that didn't stop Arthur Miller from expressing some rather explicit long-distance passion for Marilyn Monroe. In the months before the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of Death of a Salesman wed the screen siren, then the most famous star in the world, he was head over heels in love with her - and then some. In a racy, never-before-seen letter he mailed to her on April 30, 1956, he writes that when they are back together again and she awakens next to him, "I will kiss you and hold you close to me and sensational things will then happen. »

- K.C. Baker, @kcbaker77777

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Read Marilyn Monroe's Very Racy Love Letter from Arthur Miller

20 November 2014 7:15 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Sexting wouldn't be invented for another half-century. But that didn't stop Arthur Miller from expressing some rather explicit long-distance passion for Marilyn Monroe. In the months before the Pulitzer prize-winning playwright of Death of a Salesman wed the screen siren, then the most famous star in the world, he was head over heels in love with her - and then some. In a racy, never-before-seen letter he mailed to her on April 30, 1956, he writes that when they are back together again and she awakens next to him, "I will kiss you and hold you close to me and sensational things will then happen. »

- K.C. Baker, @kcbaker77777

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London Stage Star and Olivier Henry V Leading Lady Asherson Dead at Age 99

4 November 2014 4:56 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'Henry V' Movie Actress Renée Asherson dead at 99: Laurence Olivier leading lady in acclaimed 1944 film (image: Renée Asherson and Laurence Olivier in 'Henry V') Renée Asherson, a British stage actress featured in London productions of A Streetcar Named Desire and Three Sisters, but best known internationally as Laurence Olivier's leading lady in the 1944 film version of Henry V, died on October 30, 2014. Asherson was 99 years old. The exact cause of death hasn't been specified. She was born Dorothy Renée Ascherson (she would drop the "c" some time after becoming an actress) on May 19, 1915, in Kensington, London, to Jewish parents: businessman Charles Ascherson and his second wife, Dorothy Wiseman -- both of whom narrowly escaped spending their honeymoon aboard the Titanic. (Ascherson cancelled the voyage after suffering an attack of appendicitis.) According to Michael Coveney's The Guardian obit for the actress, Renée Asherson was "scantly »

- Andre Soares

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Kubrick's 'Spartacus' Among Four New Restorations Headed for TCM Fest

3 November 2014 12:09 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Audiences need a good reason to go to a movie theater these days, and a digital restoration of a great film classic is one of them. The 2015 TCM Classic Film Festival has landed four world premiere restorations set to play the fest from March 26-29, 2015 at Hollywood venues in Los Angeles. TCM will celebrate the film's 55th anniversary with a new print of Stanley Kubrick's glorious 1960 Roman epic "Spartacus," starring Kirk Douglas as the title rebel warrior, with Tony Curtis, Jean Simmons, Laurence Olivier, Charles Laughton, John Gavin and Peter Ustinov, who won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 1961. A restoration of Ron Howard's beloved 1995 space odyssey "Apollo 13," turning 20 next year, will also be playing the festival. Both are presented in collaboration with Universal Home Entertainment. TCM and Warner Bros. Classics will unveil a new print of William Dieterle's majestic 1939 Rko Production of Victor Hugo's "The Hunchback of Notre. »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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Four World Premiere Restorations At 2015 TCM Film Festival Include Ron Howard’s Apollo 13 & Stanley Kubrick’s Spartacus

3 November 2014 11:54 AM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) has landed four film restorations set to make their world premieres during the 2015 TCM Classic Film Festival, taking place March 26-29, 2015, in Hollywood. The movies, each from a different era in cinema history, including Ron Howard’s Apollo 13 (1995), Stanley Kubrick’s Spartacus (1960), William Dieterle’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939) and Charles Reisner and Buster Keaton’s Steamboat Bill Jr. (1928). The Keaton comedy will be accompanied by legendary silent film composer Carl Davis conducting the world premiere performance of his new score for the film.

Earlier this month, TCM announced that the theme for the 2015 TCM Classic Film Festival will be History According to Hollywood:

The Old West. Medieval England. Ancient Rome. Hollywood has found endless inspiration in re-creating historical moments and bringing to life the heroes and villains of the past, creating a form of time travel for audiences through the ages and around the world. »

- Melissa Thompson

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13 'Pride and Prejudice'-inspired movies, books, TV shows and more, ranked

27 October 2014 10:03 AM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

It's a truth universally acknowledged that a person in want of a good project will adapt Pride and Prejudice-if not always to dazzling effect. The latest take, a two-part miniseries called Death Comes to Pemberley, premiered yesterday on PBS. And if there's anything P&P fans like almost as much as Austen's book, it's consuming and then critiquing the various interpretations of it. Which is why we're taking this opportunity to rank 13 different iterations of Pride & Prejudice, from the best (the 1995 miniseries starring Colin Firth is a nigh-untouchable high point) to the significantly less great. 1. Pride and Prejudice (miniseries »

- Kat Ward

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Harris as 87th Academy Awards Host. Good Choice?

15 October 2014 5:35 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Neil Patrick Harris to host Oscar 2015 ceremony Stage, film, and television actor Neil Patrick Harris will host the 2015 Oscars, aka the 87th Academy Awards ceremony, Oscarcast producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today, October 15, 2014. This will be Neil Patrick Harris' first time hosting the show, which in the United States will air live on ABC on Sunday, February 22. As quoted in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences press release, Zadan and Meron are "thrilled" to have Harris host their show, adding that "we have known him his entire adult life" and "to work with him on the Oscars is the perfect storm." As to be expected, Harris' statement reads that “it is truly an honor and a thrill" to be invited to host the 2015 Academy Awards ceremony Now, Neil Patrick Harris is an experienced awards-show host. His credits in the field include hosting the 61st and 65th Primetime Emmy Awards, »

- Steve Montgomery

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Which is the greatest British film in history? No one seems to be in agreement

11 October 2014 5:32 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Best British movies of all time? (Image: a young Michael Caine in 'Get Carter') Ten years ago, Get Carter, starring Michael Caine as a dangerous-looking London gangster (see photo above), was selected as the United Kingdom's very best movie of all time according to 25 British film critics polled by Total Film magazine. To say that Mike Hodges' 1971 thriller was a surprising choice would be an understatement. I mean, not a David Lean epic or an early Alfred Hitchcock thriller? What a difference ten years make. On Total Film's 2014 list, published last May, Get Carter was no. 44 among the magazine's Top 50 best British movies of all time. How could that be? Well, first of all, people would be very naive if they took such lists seriously, whether we're talking Total Film, the British Film Institute, or, to keep things British, Sight & Sound magazine. Second, whereas Total Film's 2004 list was the result of a 25-critic consensus, »

- Andre Soares

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Robert Redford to receive Film Society of Lincoln Center's Charlie Chaplin Award

11 October 2014 3:10 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

He may have missed that Oscar nomination in January for "Bob on a Boat" — aka, "All is Lost" — but Robert Redford will be collecting some more hardware this year after all. The Film Society of Lincoln Center has announced that the 77-year-old industry legend will be honored at the 42nd annual Chaplin Award Gala. The event, which will take place on Monday, April 27, 2015, will celebrate Redford's long and distinguished filmmaking career, as well as his work as an environmentalist and founder of the Sundance Film Festival and Institute. Notable recipients of the award — which was first presented in 1972 to its namesake, Charlie Chaplin — include Alfred Hitchcock, Billy Wilder, Laurence Olivier, Federico Fellini, Elizabeth Taylor, Bette Davis, Meryl Streep, Barbra Streisand and Martin Scorsese. "The Board is thrilled to have Robert Redford as the next recipient of the Chaplin Award," Fslc Board Chairman Ann Tenenbaum said. "Not only is he an internationally known and loved actor, »

- Kristopher Tapley

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A Year with Kate: Love Among The Ruins (1975)

8 October 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Episode 41 of 52: In which Katharine Hepburn does a TV movie with Laurence Olivier and George Cukor, which might have been disappointing if it wasn't so good.

Whew! What a nice change of pace this breezy little comedy is after so many dramas. Don't get me wrong, I love Great Actresses performing Great Roles in Great Films, but sometimes you just want to curl up on the couch with a glass of wine and laugh with your friend Katie, y'know? It's been 2 months since our last comedy (or less, depending on whether you laugh as hard as I do during The Lion in Winter), and I for one was cautiously excited to see Kate return to comedic form in Love Among The Ruins.

I say "cautiously excited" because even though so many of you pointed out how good this movie is, its existence a TV movie (albeit an Emmy Award-winning one) depressed me. »

- Anne Marie

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Stephen Frears to receive BFI Fellowship

7 October 2014 4:25 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Director Stephen Frears is to receive a BFI Fellowship.

The British filmmaker, who has directed movies including Philomena, The Queen and Dangerous Liasons, will be presented with the accolade at this year's BFI London Film Festival annual awards ceremony.

The award, which recognises outstanding contribution to film or television, is the highest honour bestowed by the British Film Institute.

Frears said: "I've spent much of my life in the cinema and quite a lot of it at BFI Southbank. I am thrilled by this Fellowship."

BFI chairman Greg Dyke added: "Throughout his extraordinary career, Stephen has produced a body of work which never fails to surprise – from sweeping costume drama to powerful social realism, his films strike a perfect balance between drama, humour and pathos helping to make them a hit with audiences and critics alike.

"He is one of the UK's most important directors and we are delighted to honour him. »

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Benedict Cumberbatch Is A Sexy Richard III In The Hollow Crown

3 October 2014 11:30 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

If all you have ever seen of Shakespeare’s Richard III is Laurence Olivier’s limping, leering, badly made-up monstrosity of a king, then you’re going to have to revise your idea of this most fabulous villain. Richard as Shakespeare wrote him may have been bad, and he may have been twisted, but in his newest iteration he’s far from unattractive. Given that he’s being played by Benedict Cumberbatch, that should hardly be surprising.

The actor has taken on the role of Richard in the BBC’s adaptation of the play as part of the final section of their series The Hollow Crown, which covers all of Shakespeare’s “War of the Roses” plays, beginning with Richard II. Cumberbatch is just the latest in a long line of excellent contemporary actors to take on parts in The Hollow Crown: everyone from Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, and »

- Lauren Humphries-Brooks

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Ten Best: Unforgettable Dracula Performances

1 October 2014 6:01 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Horror cinema has a long tradition of creating iconic characters and none more so than those borne in the early days of the genre: characters such as Frankenstein’s monster, the Mummy, the Creature from the Black Lagoon and, of course, Dracula – the king of horror. A character who, despite his many cinematic deaths, always returns to the silver screen for one more bite of flesh… As he does this week in Dracula Untold, which features Luke Evans as the evil Vlad Tepes.

With that in mind we thought we’d rundown the ten best unforgettable Dracula performances in cinema. Check them out below and let us know in the comments if you agree or disagree!

Christopher LeeDracula (1958)

Dracula (1958) is the first in the series of Hammer Horror films. Directed by Terence Fisher, Dracula (1958) stars Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Melissa Stribling, Carol Marsh and Michael Gough. Retitled Horror of Dracula »

- Phil Wheat

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