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Volcano is Fearless Finney Showcase: L.A. Screening with Bisset in Attendance

Volcano is Fearless Finney Showcase: L.A. Screening with Bisset in Attendance
'Under the Volcano' screening: John Huston's 'quality' comeback featuring daring Albert Finney tour de force As part of its John Huston film series, the UCLA Film & Television Archive will be presenting the 1984 drama Under the Volcano, starring Albert Finney, Jacqueline Bisset, and Anthony Andrews, on July 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Billy Wilder Theater in the Los Angeles suburb of Westwood. Jacqueline Bisset is expected to be in attendance. Huston was 77, and suffering from emphysema for several years, when he returned to Mexico – the setting of both The Treasure of the Sierra Madre and The Night of the Iguana – to direct 28-year-old newcomer Guy Gallo's adaptation of English poet and novelist Malcolm Lowry's 1947 semi-autobiographical novel Under the Volcano, which until then had reportedly defied the screenwriting abilities of numerous professionals. Appropriately set on the Day of the Dead – 1938 – in the fictitious Mexican town of Quauhnahuac (the fact that it sounds like Cuernavaca
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Doreen Jones obituary

My friend and colleague Doreen Jones, who has died aged 76, was a leading British casting director. She had a long career during which she worked on more than 400 television dramas and series.

Doreen had a sharp instinct for the subtle chemistry that can exist between actors and knew well how players could spark off each other. She demonstrated this flair in the casting of Granada’s adaptation of Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited (1981), which I produced, when she matched a lineup of promising young actors including Jeremy Irons, Anthony Andrews, Diana Quick and Phoebe Nicholls against such starry veterans as Laurence Olivier, John Gielgud and Claire Bloom.

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9 bodice ripping period dramas - from the steamy to the sodden

Prithee, my lord, loosen our corsets and unbutton our breeches. This week has seen a new wave of period drama steam, from Natalie Dormer's BBC film The Scandalous Lady W to the furore about the 'pornographic' new adaptation of Lady Chatterley's Lover.

But they're hardly the first shows to bare historical breasts and bottoms. Here's our 9 favourite saucy costume dramas...

Pride and Prejudice

Ooh, Mr Darcy. We'll ease you in gently with the BBC's iconic 1995 Pride and Prejudice miniseries, fondly remembered for the scene in which Colin Firth's dashing hero takes a dip in the Pemberley lake and emerges to greet his unexpected guests, dripping like a dolphin in a wet T-shirt contest.

While it may have shocked your grandma, this is pretty tame stuff.

Tipping the Velvet

Classic 19th century literature isn't known for its portrayal of lesbian love but Sarah Waters set out to right this
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Last Surviving Gwtw Star and 2-Time Oscar Winner Has Turned 99: As a Plus, She Made U.S. Labor Law History

Olivia de Havilland picture U.S. labor history-making 'Gone with the Wind' star and two-time Best Actress winner Olivia de Havilland turns 99 (This Olivia de Havilland article is currently being revised and expanded.) Two-time Best Actress Academy Award winner Olivia de Havilland, the only surviving major Gone with the Wind cast member and oldest surviving Oscar winner, is turning 99 years old today, July 1.[1] Also known for her widely publicized feud with sister Joan Fontaine and for her eight movies with Errol Flynn, de Havilland should be remembered as well for having made Hollywood labor history. This particular history has nothing to do with de Havilland's films, her two Oscars, Gone with the Wind, Joan Fontaine, or Errol Flynn. Instead, history was made as a result of a legal fight: after winning a lawsuit against Warner Bros. in the mid-'40s, Olivia de Havilland put an end to treacherous
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Film Forum Honoring Legendary Cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa

While the name Gabriel Figueroa may not be a familiar one to many, even those with a stronger affinity for filmmaking and the art behind it, New York’s own Film Forum is hoping to change that.

On June 5, the theater began a career spanning retrospective surrounding the work of iconic cinematographer and Mexican film industry legend Gabriel Figueroa. Taking a look at 19 of the photographer’s films, the series is running in conjunction with the new exhibition at El Museo del Barrio, entitled Under The Mexican Sky: Gabriel Figueroa – Art And Film.

Best known as a pioneer of Mexican cinema, primarily with his work alongside director Emilio Fernandez, Figueroa’s work was as varied as they come. His work with Fernandez is without a doubt this retrospective’s highlight, particularly films like Wildflower. One of the many times Mexican cinema’s “Big Four” worked together, the film saw the
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What to Watch: Tonight's TV Picks - Birthday, Supernatural, Guitar Star

Guitar Star: Sky 1, 8pm

This new series sees Edith Bowman on the nationwide hunt to find a new superstar guitar player to perform at Latitude Festival.

Contestants will play a range of different music styles and are mentored by Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi and George Benson.

The Syndicate: BBC One, 9pm

The Syndicate continues tonight with all eyes on Godfrey (Lenny Henry) who was the last person to see Amy, who is still missing.

Lord Hazelwood's health (Anthony Andrews) continues to deteriorate and he asks Julie and Sarah for assistance in his desperate hour of need.

Birthday: Sky Arts 1, 9pm

Stephen Mangan stars as a very pregnant Ed alongside Anna Maxwell Martin in comedy drama, Birthday.

Ed experiences the drama, excitement and pains of childbirth as he goes into labour, whilst his wife (Maxwell Martin) does her best to remain calm and sympathetic.

Supernatural: E4, 10pm
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The Syndicate review – Anthony Andrews suaves around with aplomb

Sit back, turn your brain off and relax – Kay Mellor’s undemanding upstairs-downstairs drama series will do nicely for the first six weeks of summer

When I am president of the world, every television drama will have Anthony Andrews suaving around a Queen Anne drawing room in a handful of key scenes before the credits roll. Life is simply better that way.

He is currently doing so particularly valiantly in the third series of Kay Mellor’s The Syndicate (BBC1), which began last night. He plays Lord Hazelwood, owner of Hazelwood Manor, who has had a stroke and amassed £6.5m worth of debt but remains the epitome of gentlemanly grace. He has a dead wife and son and a second wife who is an ebbsolute cow, played with marvellous brittleness by Alice Krige.

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William Bast, Writer for TV Who Penned James Dean Bios, Dies at 84

William Bast, Writer for TV Who Penned James Dean Bios, Dies at 84
William Bast, who wrote extensively for both film and TV and was also known for his two biographies of James Dean, died of complications from Alzheimer’s on May 4. He was 84.

Bast wrote scripts for episodes of series including “Combat!,” “Perry Mason,” “Ben Casey,” “The Outer Limits,” “Alfred Hitchcock Presents,” “Honey West,” “Dr. Kildare,” “The Mod Squad” and “It Takes a Thief.” He also wrote scripts for the BBC and British Independent Television, adapted Jean Giradoux’s play “Tiger at the Gates” for Granada Television and wrote episodes for classic series “The Prisoner.”

In 1976 he received the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allan Poe Award for his telepic “The Legend of Lizzie Borden,” starring Elizabeth Montgomery. His 1977 adaptation of Alexandre Dumas’ “The Man in the Iron Mask,” with Richard Chamberlain in the dual role, was nominated for an Emmy, and in 1982 his script for “The Scarlet Pimpernel,” with Anthony Andrews and Ian McKellen,
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Lenny Henry Will Go From "Downstairs" to "Upstairs" After Winning the Lottery in 'The Syndicate 3'

This spring, the third series of the critically acclaimed, hugely popular BBC drama "The Syndicate," from BAFTA award winning writer Kay Mellor OBE, returns to BBC One. And this time around, Lenny Henry is coming along for the ride, along with Anthony Andrews and Elizabeth Berrington. The trio will headline the new series. The story, courtesy of the BBC: It's 2015 and the once impressive Hazelwood Manor, which overlooks all of Scarborough and is the family home of the Hazelwoods, has now fallen into disrepair. Lord Hazelwood (Anthony Andrews) is fading fast, but Lady Hazelwood (Alice Krige), his second wife, seems more concerned with maintaining the lifestyle she's become...
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The Syndicate back for third series, Lenny Henry to star

Lenny Henry will star in the third series of The Syndicate.

Anthony Andrews and Elizabeth Berrington will also appear in Kay Mellor's series that follows a lottery syndicate group.

The Syndicate will be set in Hazelwood Manor, a once-impressive stately home that is slowly decaying.

Owned by Lord Hazelwood (Andrews), Hazelwood's second wife (Alice Krige) and stepson (Sam Phillips) seem intent on keeping their lavish lifestyle whatever the cost.

The home's five members of staff form a lottery syndicate, headed by gardener Godfrey (Henry), and manage to scoop the £14 million jackpot.

But tragedy strikes when cleaner Dawn's (Berrington) daughter goes missing on the night of the win, and the search raises suspicions to who took her.

The Syndicate also features Cara Theobold as housekeeper Sarah, and Melanie Hill as cook Julie.

Richard Rankin will appear as handyman Sean.

The first series of The Syndicate focused on five supermarket workers,
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Lewis Collins obituary

Actor who was both heart-throb and hardman as Bodie in The Professionals

In a 1980 episode of the hit British cop show The Professionals, an ill-advised villain tries to threaten the ex-mercenary William Bodie with his snarling doberman pinscher. After a brief altercation, Bodie, all sang-froid and minimally curled lip, inquires: "Would your little dog like to chew this electric fire? Or maybe you'll just leave."

This kind of butch badinage, along with rugged good looks, helped make Lewis Collins, who played Bodie in all 57 of the show's episodes from 1977 and 1983, and who has died aged 67 after suffering from cancer, into a household name. During that time he formed one half of Britain's answer to Starsky and Hutch, a crime-fighting duo called Bodie and Doyle who worked for a shadowy criminal intelligence agency, CI5, headed by Gordon Jackson's strait-laced George Cowley. At its height, The Professionals was watched by 12 million viewers a week,
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Lewis Collins obituary

Actor who was both heart-throb and hardman as Bodie in The Professionals

In a 1980 episode of the hit British cop show The Professionals, an ill-advised villain tries to threaten the ex-mercenary William Bodie with his snarling doberman pinscher. After a brief altercation, Bodie, all sang-froid and minimally curled lip, inquires: "Would your little dog like to chew this electric fire? Or maybe you'll just leave."

This kind of butch badinage, along with rugged good looks, helped make Lewis Collins, who played Bodie in all 57 of the show's episodes from 1977 and 1983, and who has died aged 67 after suffering from cancer, into a household name. During that time he formed one half of Britain's answer to Starsky and Hutch, a crime-fighting duo called Bodie and Doyle who worked for a shadowy criminal intelligence agency, CI5, headed by Gordon Jackson's strait-laced George Cowley. At its height, The Professionals was watched by 12 million viewers a week,
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The top 25 underappreciated films of 1995

Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 24 Oct 2013 - 06:46

Another 25 unsung greats come under the spotlight, as we provide our pick of the underappreciated films of 1995...

The year covered in this week's underrated movie rundown was significant for a number of reasons. It was the year that saw the release of Toy Story - the groundbreaking movie that would cement Pixar's reputation as an animation studio, and set the tempo for CG family movies for the next 18 years and counting. It was the year that saw James Bond (played by Pierce Brosnan for the first time) emerge for GoldenEye after a six-year break. It was also the year of Michael Mann's Heat, Dogme 95, and the moment where Terry Gilliam scored a much-deserved hit with 12 Monkeys.

As ever, we're focusing on a few of the lesser-known films from this particular year, and we've had to think carefully about what's made the cut and what hasn't.
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TV Promos: ITV, Arrow, Treme, Atlantis

ITV

UK broadcaster has released a specially made advert which mixes characters from its various Fall drama series in one location. Actors from "Downton Abbey," "Whitechapel," "Vera," "The Bletchley Circle," "Doc Martin," "Endeavour," "Mr. Selfridge" and "The Suspicions of Mr Whicher" all appear in character.

Added to that is a couple of old classic characters who have been digitally added into the mix such as Helen Mirren's Dci Jane Tennison from "Prime Suspect," John Thaw's "Inspector Morse," Anthony Andrews' Sebastian Flyte from "Brideshead Revisited" and David Suchet's Hercule Poirot from "Agatha Christie's Poirot" (the final episodes of which go to air later this year). Check it out below:

Arrow

The CW have unveiled a new one-minute trailer for the second season of "Arrow" which begins on the network on October 9th.

Treme

HBO has posted the teaser trailer for the shortened, five episode final season of
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Sound Off: 2013 Summer Round-Up! The Scarlet Pimpernel, Shakespeare, Dench, Jewish Musicals & More

Today we are highlighting four particularly compelling recent releases perfect for Summer enjoyment, all from AcornAthena Media- the documentaries Shakespeare The King's Man and Broadway Musicals A Jewish Legacy, as well as the complete collection of Judi Dench's British TV series A Fine Romance and also the lavish 1982 TV film The Scarlet Pimpernel starring Ian McKellen, Anthony Andrews and Jane Seymour.
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Seymour of Jane, and Timothy Spall on Acorn DVD

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Timothy Spall in The Syndicate. BBC

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The Syndicate Series 1

The Syndicate, Series One is the pick of Acorn Media’s late April DVD releases. The show is a fascinating character study involving the mundane staff members of a humdrum low-end British supermarket. In the normal course of events, there is nothing particularly intriguing about this group but that all changes when they win the national lottery. When millions of pounds are involved, personal relationships, work rivalries and previously undetected misdeeds suddenly become a lot more important. While the show doesn’t exactly portray the lottery as a bad thing, let’s just say that Kay Mellor’s scripts show us that every silver lining has a massive dark cloud attached to it.

The cast for The Syndicate is top notch and the biggest star among the talented ensemble is Harry Potter actor Timothy Spall. He plays the store manager Bob.
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DVD Release: The Scarlet Pimpernel

DVD Release Date: April 30, 2013

Price: DVD $29.99

Studio: Acorn Media

Jane Seymour and Anthony Andrews star in The Scarlet Pimpernel.

The 1982 British romantic adventure TV miniseries The Scarlet Pimpernel is based on the novel of the same name and Eldorado by Baroness Emmuska Orczy, set during the French Revolution.

In 1792 during the Reign of Terror, “The Scarlet Pimpernel” (Anthony Andrews, TV’s Brideshead Revisited) rescues French aristocrats while posing as the wealthy but foppish and seemingly empty-headed Sir Percival Blakeney. Percy marries the beautiful French actress Marguerite St. Just (Jane Seymour, Wedding Crashers), but her previous relationship with the evil Robespierre’s (Richard Morant) agent Paul Chauvelin (Ian McKellen, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey) may endanger the Pimpernel’s plans to save the young Dauphin (Richard Charles), eldest son of the former King of France.

Directed by Clive Donner, this version of The Scarlet Pimpernel was a fan favorite that premiered
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The Flight of the Dove: Rip Deborah Raffin

One night during my college years, I was pulling an all-nighter studying for finals when I caught an old movie on TV; a flick called Willa that concerned a divorced mother who becomes a truck driver.

I saw a lot of myself in Willa, the shy, smiling blonde with the heart and will of a lion. And seeing this movie got me to thinking, “What can I do?”

Deborah Raffin, the actress who played Willa, passed away Wednesday, November 21st, 2012 after a battle with leukemia. In her all too brief existence this woman accrued a vast list of accomplishments that reflected her boundless talents.

As an actress her regal demeanor and angelic beauty served her well in glittery romances like 40 Carats and Jacqueline Susann’s Once is Not Enough. Yet she also played heroines whose strength, intellect and resourcefulness were of far more importance than her grace and fashion sense.
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Take five: classic TV drama box sets

There's plenty of top-class British TV if you want to dodge this summer's sport, from Brideshead Revisited to House of Eliott

If no amount of British sporting fortitude, personal triumph and parental tear-fountains can make you love the Olympics or Paralympics then you'll be looking for other ways to fill your flat-screen between now and mid-September. These classic British box sets will transport you from Lycra-based festivals of sport to somewhere altogether more tweedy. Britain is not just brilliant at cycling and rowing; we also make some quite brilliant TV drama.

Brideshead Revisited (1981)

Jeremy Irons and Anthony Andrews star as university friends in this pleasingly languorous adaptation of the Waugh classic. Charles Ryder (Irons) becomes entangled with the aristocratic Flyte family when he befriends the peculiar Sebastian (Andrews) at Oxford. There follows 659 minutes of Catholic symbolism, forbidden love and beautiful photography set against the backdrop of the titular homestead, played
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How we made ... Anthony Andrews and Charles Sturridge on Brideshead Revisited

'We'd often be filming in one room of Castle Howard while the public passed by in another'

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Anthony Andrews, actor

Filming began on Gozo, one of the Maltese islands, which was standing in for Africa. I never forgave them for this, because it meant we started with my character Sebastian's final scenes. So Jeremy Irons [Charles Ryder] and I had to film the bedside scenes in hospital before we'd figured out our characters or built a relationship.

I was tearing my hair out, too, because there were such holes in the script: we were required to make mammoth jumps. The plan had been for a six-hour series but it was impossible to fit this all-encompassing book into such a time frame without skipping some golden parts. So when a pay strike stopped production in 1979, it gave everyone time to take stock. We feared the
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