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Ahead of American Ultra's arrival in UK cinemas, here's our pick of the 25 finest, sneakiest secret agents in film...
Operatives. Spies. Moles. Infiltrators. Secret agents go by many names. In fact, Britain's national security agency doesn't even call them agents - they're covert human intelligence sources, or simply “officers".
Whatever we choose to call them, secret agents lead necessarily furtive and obscure lives - so obscure that most of what we know about them is defined by what we've seen and read in books and movies.
During the Cold War, the image of the secret agent as a well-groomed sophisticate in a suit proliferated all over the world, and even in the high-tech landscape of the 21st century, that image still stands - just look at such movies as Kingsman: The Secret Service, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and, of course, the Bond franchise. But secret agents can come in many other guises, »
One of the most pleasant surprises in the run-up to the new series of Doctor Who has been the news that Ingrid Oliver will be returning as fan favourite Osgood. Details of her return are still tightly under wraps, but back in June we snuck onto set with a handful of other journalists to speak to Ingrid about returning from the dead, future costume choices and much more...
So we thought you were dead…
So did I! So did I… Or am I?
Had you worked out that there might be a return on the cards for Osgood?
No, because I really wanted to come back, and you always hope you will come back, but I read an interview Steven Moffat had given saying ‘No, she’s definitely »
The composer recalls his days as a cab driver, while elsewhere there’s a revival of a reliably unwell columnist
Philip Glass: Taxi Driver (Tuesday, 11.30am, Radio 4) has the composer reminiscing about the period in the early 1970s when he drove a yellow cab down the mean streets of New York during the afternoons and evenings and spent the nights composing new works. It’s possible to read more or less anything into music that relies on repetition and this programme doesn’t resist, underpinning Glass’s accounts of the drudgery and danger involved in driving a cab back in the days when the city was going broke with his tense, gridded music, which keeps coming as remorselessly as the traffic up Fifth Avenue. Over a period of seven years he went from presenting that music before tiny audiences of devotees to selling out major Manhattan venues. His mother, »
- David Hepworth
You’ll be pleased to know that Sir John Hurt, praised for his turn as Doctor Who‘s War Doctor, of course, says his “treatment is going terrifically well” and that he remains ‘optimistic’ about his recovery. The 75-year-old may have been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in June but he told Radio Times although he may think...
- Richard Forbes
It's been a few months since we've heard from Sir John Hurt, who revealed that he was diagnosed with early stage pancreatic cancer earlier this year, and now the beloved actor says that he's optimistic about his treatment. In a new interview with Radio Times, the 75-year-old star admitted, "I can't say I worry about mortality, but it's impossible to get to my age and not have a little contemplation of it." He continued, "We're all just passing time and occupy our chair very briefly. But my treatment is going terrifically well, so I'm optimistic." Hurt also explained his opinions on present-day society's views on alcohol, saying, "Society is much more »
We’re obsessed with the dangers of alcohol and political correctness, says Hurt, who stars in Radio 4’s Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell
Sir John Hurt has bemoaned the homogenised state of modern society, in which excessive warnings about the danger of alcohol abound and making a pass at a woman is fraught with risks.
The 75-year-old actor, whose film credits include The Elephant Man, The Naked Civil Servant and the Harry Potter films said life was more fun in the days when he hellraised with the likes of Peter O’Toole and Oliver Reed.
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- Haroon Siddique
London — A spokesperson for sales company Carnaby International has confirmed that espionage thriller “Damascus Cover,” starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers and John Hurt, is not one of the “casualties” of Relativity Media’s decision to file for Chapter 11.
“As an official representative of the film, I can confirm that there are no contractual commitments in place between these two parties and the film is still in pre-sale negotiations with buyers worldwide,” said Carnaby’s press representative, Hayley Hamburg, director of Rave PR. Hamburg issued the statement Monday in response to “inaccurate reports” in a trade publication, not Variety, and the BBC. Both erroneous reports have been corrected.
At the Cannes Film Festival, “Damascus Cover” went to South Africa’s Crystal Brook, India’s Empire Networks, Vietnam’s Vistcom and China’s Hgc. At Berlin, it had been sold to Gulf Films (Middle East), Pt Prima Cinema (Indonesia), Flins y Piniculas (Spain »
- Leo Barraclough
“Badass” is not usually the word associated with Doctor Who. But believe it or not, every once in a while it happens.
Most of the time, but not exclusively, it’s because of the Doctor. The Doctor is the boss; a unique flavor of badass separated from the conventional image of a badass. Instead of using a gun or his muscles all he has is his intelligence that can topple countries with just four words and defeat gods and demons. Basically, he is the Batman in every versus argument. But even Batman cannot make bowties cool.
We are here to relive those moments of badassness that made as cheer. As a rule of this list, the word badass implies that the moments listed here should show a person doing something deserving their badass statues. So moments that doesn’t fit that particular category unfortunately doesn’t count no matter how awesome they are: Sorry, »
- Jon Garcia
Omar Sharif in 'Doctor Zhivago.' Egyptian star Omar Sharif, 'The Karate Kid' producer Jerry Weintraub: Brief career recaps A little late in the game – and following the longish Theodore Bikel article posted yesterday – below are brief career recaps of a couple of film veterans who died in July 2015: actor Omar Sharif and producer Jerry Weintraub. A follow-up post will offer an overview of the career of peplum (sword-and-sandal movie) actor Jacques Sernas, whose passing earlier this month has been all but ignored by the myopic English-language media. Omar Sharif: Film career beginnings in North Africa The death of Egyptian film actor Omar Sharif at age 83 following a heart attack on July 10 would have been ignored by the English-language media (especially in the U.S.) as well had Sharif remained a star within the Arabic-speaking world. After all, an "international" star is only worth remembering »
- Andre Soares
You can call Harry Potter and The Elephant Man star John Hurt Sir John Hurt now. Queen Elizabeth II has awarded the 75-year-old actor a knighthood for his "services to drama." Accompanied by his wife, Anwen, Hurt received his honor during an investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle on Friday. The actor is currently battling pancreatic cancer. "I'm halfway through my chemotherapy and I've got a whole load of tests next week," Sky News quoted him as saying after the ceremony. "It's extraordinary, I haven't lost weight or anything and I'm feeling good—it's crazy," he said. "My oncologist is »
Thomas meets the pirates, with added celebrity casting, in this reliably well-pitched diversion for the start of the summer holidays
Despite its cumbersome title, this latest Thomas the Tank Engine special sees a significant expansion in ambition for the amiable set of chuffers: with Eddie Redmayne and John Hurt on board, as well as Olivia Colman back for another go as neurotic steam-shovel Marion, we are firmly in the realm of celebrity casting. Not that it makes much difference to the actual content of the film, which remains reliably well-pitched at little ’uns and their slightly older siblings. Like Tale of the Brave, Lost Treasure jams locomotive action together with a pop motif supposedly beloved of kids: Brave had dinosaurs, Treasure has pirates. In short, a sinister-looking sailor is riding Sodor’s rails looking for a missing chest of loot. Shenanigans ensue. Not an all-time classic, but an efficient diversion »
- Andrew Pulver
London — Cannes-set television market and conference Mipcom will world premiere “The Last Panthers,” a six-hour diamond-heist television drama based on real events. A new trailer has been unveiled.
The show stars Samantha Morton, who was Oscar nominated for “In America” and “Sweet and Lowdown”; John Hurt, who was Oscar nominated for “Midnight Express” and “Elephant Man”; and Tahar Rahim, who won France’s top cinema prize, the Cesar, for “A Prophet.” It also features a breakthrough role for Balkan actor Goran Bogdan (“Broj 55”).
“The Last Panthers” opens with a daring diamond heist bearing all the hallmarks of a gang known as the Pink Panthers. The death of a girl during the raid sets on a collision course a British insurance agent, a French-Algerian cop and a Serbian diamond thief.
The show plunges “the audience into a Europe gripped by new forms of crime and featuring the interplay between traffickers, »
- Leo Barraclough
Think back to the science fiction cinema of the 1990s, and some of the decade's biggest box-office hits will immediately spring to mind: The Phantom Menace, Jurassic Park, Independence Day, Men In Black, Armageddon and Terminator 2 were all in the top 20 most lucrative films of the era.
But what about the sci-fi films of the 1990s that failed to make even close to the same cultural and financial impact of those big hitters? These are the films this list is devoted to - the flops, the straight-to-video releases, the low-budget and critically-derided. We've picked 50 live-action films that fit these criteria, and dug them up to see whether they're still worth watching in the 21st century.
So here's a mix of everything from hidden classics to forgettable dreck, »
Paul McGann's Eighth Doctor is returning, but probably not in the way you were expecting.
Titan Comics announced its latest Doctor Who miniseries during its San Diego Comic-Con panel.
McGann has of course only appeared on screen as the Doctor twice - in the Doctor Who TV film and 2013's Night of the Doctor mini episode - though he is the unparalleled king of Doctor Who audio drama.
Titan has also been presiding over the return of John Hurt's War Doctor in the upcoming Four Doctors event.
Doctor Who: The Eighth Doctor #1 will be released on October 28. »
Peter Capaldi's current twelfth incarnation of The Doctor on "Doctor Who" will team up with Batman, Gandalf, The Simpsons and more fan favourites in Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment's "Lego Dimensions". Ahead of Comic Con, the first trailer has debuted for the game which is due out September 27th.
The big deal with the game is that when Capaldi's Doctor is defeated, he returns as William Hartnell's First Doctor and then regenerates back up through to Twelfth Doctor again. This means all of the Doctors will be playable in Lego form, even John Hurt's The War Doctor.
Depending on which Doctor you play as, the interior of your Tardis will change as well. Capaldi is the only Doctor providing voice work though. A jukebox in the Tardis will also let you choose whichever version of the Dr. Who theme you want.
Talking about the game, Capaldi admits he's »
- Garth Franklin
Anthony Head, the winner of the incredibly trivial Radio Times online poll to find the best Doctor Who guest star (he beat – incredibly – Sir John Hurt!) has declared that he believes the time has come for a return to the show. Could School Reunion‘s demonic headmaster Mr Finch have survived the modified chip...
- Christian Cawley
Exciting news here – the rumoured return for River Song to Doctor Who has been confirmed, but not in the way you might expect. Alex Kingston’s character won’t be teaming up with Peter Capaldi on TV, but instead joining Paul McGann in the audio world of Big Finish.
River will join the eighth Doctor, as well as his companions Liv (Nicola Walker) and Helen (Hattie Morahan) for Doctor Who: Doom Coalition 2. Seeing as this Doctor hasn’t met River yet (David Tennant’s version, in Silence In The Library, was the first to meet her), River will have to help him without revealing too much about herself.
Seventy-five-year-old veteran actor John Hurt has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. "I am undergoing treatment and am more than optimistic about a satisfactory outcome, as indeed is the medical team," Hurt said in a statement. "I am continuing to focus on my professional commitments and will shortly be recording Jeffrey Bernard Is Unwell (one of life's small ironies!) for BBC Radio 4." Hurt hasn't slowed down at all in his 70s: He was in Bong Joon-ho's dystopic thriller Snowpiercer, and most recently was filming The History of Love as well as the new Tarzan film. You'll also see him on (British) TV in the six-part crime series The Last Panthers alongside Samantha Morton. Unfortunately, this probably means another hiccup for Terry Gilliam's white whale project, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, in which Hurt is set to play the Man from La Mancha. We wish you a speedy recovery, »
- E. Alex Jung
John Hurt revealed via his website on Tuesday, June 16, that he was diagnosed recently with cancer. The veteran actor, 75, is currently undergoing treatment, but expects to continue working. "I have always been open about the way in which I conduct my life and in that spirit I would like to make a statement," he wrote on his Tumblr. "I have recently been diagnosed with early stage pancreatic cancer." Hurt went on to say he was "more than optimistic about a satisfactory outcome, as indeed is the [...] »
British actor John Hurt revealed Tuesday he is battling pancreatic cancer. The 75-year-old Oscar nominee, who is best known for his role in 1980’s “The Elephant Man” and more recently as wand-maker Mr. Ollivander in the Harry Potter franchise, said he is undergoing treatment but that his doctors are providing a positive prognosis. “I am undergoing treatment and am more than optimistic about a satisfactory outcome, as indeed is the medical team,” Hurt said, according to BBC News. “I am continuing to focus on my professional commitments and will shortly be recording ‘Jeffrey Bernard Is Unwell’ (one of life’s small ironies! »
- Debbie Emery
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