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Remembering the Unjustly Forgotten Tony Winner, Shaw's 'Perfect' Saint Joan and Acclaimed O'Neill Performer

18 May 2015 3:44 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'Saint Joan': Constance Cummings as the George Bernard Shaw heroine Constance Cummings on stage: George Bernard Shaw, William Shakespeare and Benn W. Levy (See previous post: "Constance Cummings: Actress Went from Harold Lloyd to Eugene O'Neill.") In the mid-1930s, Constance Cummings landed the title roles in two of husband Benn W. Levy's stage adaptations: Levy and Hubert Griffith's Young Madame Conti (1936), from Bruno Frank's original, which was presented on both sides of the Atlantic. (On Broadway, the play had a brief run in spring 1937 at the Music Box Theatre.) The Theatre Guild-produced Madame Bovary (1937), from the Gustave Flaubert novel, staged in late fall at Broadway's Broadhurst Theatre. Referring to the London production of Young Madame Conti, The Sunday Times critic James Agate wrote that the American actress had made "a roaring success out of what in other hands might so easily have been an inarticulate, »

- Andre Soares

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AFI to Fete Angela Lansbury, Lawrence Kasdan With Honorary Degrees

14 May 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The American Film Institute will confer honorary degrees on actress Angela Lansbury and writer-director-producer Lawrence Kasdan on June 10.

The Doctorate of Fine Arts degrees will be presented at AFI’s commencement ceremonies at the Tcl Chinese Theatre.

Previous recipients include Robert Altman, Maya Angelou, Kathryn Bigelow, Mel Brooks, Anne V. Coates, Clint Eastwood, Roger Ebert, Nora Ephron, James Earl Jones, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Kathleen Kennedy, John Lasseter, Spike Lee, David Lynch, Helen Mirren, Robert Towne, Cicely Tyson, Haskell Wexler and John Williams.

Lansbury began her career at the age of 17, earning her first Academy Award nomination for 1944’s “Gaslight” and her second a year later for “The Picture of Dorian Gray.” She earned a third nomination in 1962 for “The Manchurian Candidate.”

Lansbury has appeared in more than 60 features, including “State of the Union,” “The Court Jester,” “Bedknobs and Broomsticks,” “Death on the Nile” and “Nanny McPhee.” She may be best known »

- Dave McNary

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Oscar-Nominated Film Series: Bates Suffers in Contrived, Overlong Drama About Christian Persecution of Jews

12 May 2015 7:17 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'The Fixer' movie with Alan Bates, Dirk Bogarde and Ian Holm (background) 'The Fixer' movie review: 1968 anti-Semitism drama wrecked by cast, direction, and writing In 1969, director John Frankenheimer declared that he felt "better about The Fixer than anything I've ever done in my life." Considering Frankenheimer's previous output – Seven Days in May, the much admired The Manchurian Candidate – it is hard to believe that the director was being anything but a good P.R. man for his latest release. Adapted from Bernard Malamud's National Book Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning novel (itself based on the real story of Jewish brick-factory worker Menahem Mendel Beilis), The Fixer is an overlong, overblown, and overwrought contrivance that, albeit well meaning, carelessly misuses most of the talent involved while sadistically abusing the patience – and at times the intelligence – of its viewers. John Frankenheimer overindulges in 1960s kitsch John Frankenheimer »

- Andre Soares

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‘Driving Miss Daisy,’ Starring Angela Lansbury, James Earl Jones Goes from Stage to Screen for One-Night Event

28 April 2015 10:21 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Fathom Events, in partnership with Broadway Near You, presents “Driving Miss Daisy” in select U.S. cinemas on Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. local time.  Shot during the play’s Australian tour, after sold out seasons on Broadway and London’s West End, the “Driving Miss Daisy” event offers fans the chance to see the stage production in advance of this year’s Tony Award season. The Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Alfred Uhry stars two iconic Broadway and Hollywood veterans, Angela Lansbury and James Earl Jones. Tickets for “Driving Miss Daisy” can be purchased online by visiting www.FathomEvents.com, or at participating theater box offices. Of this »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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The Callow Way – On Politicians and Films

26 April 2015 8:03 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With less than two weeks before the UK General Election, Neil Calloway looks at the connections between politicians and the film industry…

They say politics is show business for ugly people, but some people have crossed the line between the two, with varying degrees of success over the years.

Whoever wins the UK General Election, there will no longer be a double Oscar winner in the House of Commons; Glenda Jackson, the Labour MP for Hampstead and Kilburn (and Hampstead and Highgate before that), will be standing down. Jackson is probably the most successful example of the actor/politician in Britain, but there have been others. If you’re worried that without an Oscar winner then Parliament will suffer, then Julian Fellowes, who won for his screenplay for Gosford Park – which now looks like a trial run for Downton Abbey – still sits on the Conservative benches in the House of Lords. »

- Neil Calloway

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Daily | cléo, OtherZine, Books

23 April 2015 7:16 AM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

"Boob Tube" is the theme of the new issue of cléo, which includes essays on Angela Lansbury (Murder, She Wrote), Veronica Mars, Transparent, Top of the Lake and more. Also today's roundup: Peter Bogdanovich on Jean Renoir, Jonathan Rosenbaum on Orson Welles, an interview with Abdolreza Kahani, celebrating Johnnie To's 60th birthday, a close reading of Steven Soderbergh's re-edit of Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, Rian Johnson and Alex Garland in conversation, Ethan Hawke on Richard Linklater, Tilda Swinton on Amy Schumer, Oprah Winfrey on Lee Daniels, Michael Caine on Christopher Nolan and more. » - David Hudson »

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Angela Lansbury looks a million dollars in black lace

13 April 2015 2:11 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

She may be ‘creeping up to 90’ but the Murder She Wrote stars deserves an award for this chic ensemble, as much as for her West End comeback

We’re not alone in harbouring a soft spot for Murder She Wrote super-sleuth, the Gentlewoman magazine cover star and, as of Sunday night, Olivier-award-winning stage actor Angela Lansbury. Her outfit deserves a standing ovation, too. First curtain call for putting a slim, scalloped-edge black lace jacket over a slinky, bias-cut dress – that, ladies and gentlemen, is how to layer with panache.

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- Guardian fashion

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News Nuggets: Angela Lansbury wins first ever Olivier Award in London

12 April 2015 6:45 PM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Dame Angela Lansbury wins her first ever Olivier Award after an absence of nearly 40 years on the London Stage. Her trophy given on Sunday is for Best Supporting Actress in "Blithe Spirit," the same role that brought her a 2009 Tony Award on Broadway. Best Play is "King Charles III," and Best Musical is "Sunny Afternoon." Other acting winners are Mark Strong ("A View From the Bridge"), Penelope Wilton ("Taken at Midnight"), Nathaniel Parker ("Wolf Hall" and "Bring Up the Bodies"), John Dagleish ("Sunny Afternoon"), Katie Brayben ("Beautiful"), George Maguire ("Sunny Afternoon"), and Lorna Want ("Beautiful"). Playbill -Break- Action sequel "Furious 7" continues its hot pace adding another $60.6 million for this weekend's box office. That brings its domestic total in two weeks to $252.5 million for the Vin Diesel movie. Animated hit "Home" with ...' »

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Gene Saks, Director of Neil Simon on Stage and Screen, Dies at 93

29 March 2015 9:47 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Gene Saks, who helmed many Neil Simon plays on Broadway and won three Tonys — for the Cy Coleman-Michael Stewart musical “I Love My Wife” plus Simon’s “Brighton Beach Memoirs” and “Biloxi Blues” — died Saturday. He was 93.

His wife, Keren, told the New York Times that he died from pneumonia in his East Hampton, N.Y. home.

Saks directed only seven feature films, all of them based on legit works. They included Simon adaptations “The Odd Couple,” “Barefoot in the Park,” “Last of the Red Hot Lovers” and “Brighton Beach Memoirs.” He also directed the 1969 “Cactus Flower,” which earned Goldie Hawn an Oscar for supporting actress.

After helming the hit Broadway musical “Mame,” Saks did the big screen version in 1974. For the film, Lucille Ball played the title character, with many critics complaining that Angela Lansbury could repeat her Broadway triumph. Both the stage and screen versions of »

- Carmel Dagan

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Gene Saks, Director of Neil Simon on Stage and Screen, Dies at 93

29 March 2015 9:47 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Gene Saks, who helmed many Neil Simon plays on Broadway and won three Tonys — for the Cy Coleman-Michael Stewart musical “I Love My Wife” plus Simon’s “Brighton Beach Memoirs” and “Biloxi Blues” — died Saturday. He was 93.

His wife, Keren, told the New York Times that he died from pneumonia in his East Hampton, N.Y. home.

Saks directed only seven feature films, all of them based on legit works. They included Simon adaptations “The Odd Couple,” “Barefoot in the Park,” “Last of the Red Hot Lovers” and “Brighton Beach Memoirs.” He also directed the 1969 “Cactus Flower,” which earned Goldie Hawn an Oscar for supporting actress.

After helming the hit Broadway musical “Mame,” Saks did the big screen version in 1974. For the film, Lucille Ball played the title character, with many critics complaining that Angela Lansbury could repeat her Broadway triumph. Both the stage and screen versions of »

- Carmel Dagan

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Director Walter Grauman Dies at 93

20 March 2015 6:47 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Walter E. Grauman, who directed multiple episodes of “Barnaby Jones” and “Murder, She Wrote” in a career that stretched back to the late 1950s, died Friday in Los Angeles. He was 93, dying three days after his birthday.

Grauman also directed the 1964 feature thriller “Lady in a Cage,” starring Olivia de Havilland; the 1965 drama “A Rage to Live,” starring Suzanne Pleshette and Bradford Dillman; the 1966 WWII thriller “I Deal in Danger,” starring Robert Goulet; and the 1970 WWII film “The Last Escape,” starring Stuart Whitman.

In addition to these films, Grauman directed the 1964 WWII film “633 Squadron,” starring Cliff RobertsonGeorge Lucas has said that he patterned the “trench run” sequence that results in the destruction of the Death Star in “Star Wars: Episode IV” on a scene in “633 Squadron.”

Grauman helmed 53 episodes of Angela Lansbury’s “Murder, She Wrote” and 49 episodes of Buddy Ebsen detective series “Barnaby Jones.” But his career »

- Carmel Dagan

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Movie News - Emma Thompson to play Mrs. Potts in Beauty and the Beast

17 March 2015 7:44 PM, PDT | National Ledger | See recent National Ledger news »

Movie News - Emma Thompson will play Mrs. Potts in Disney's live-action 'Beauty and the Beast'. The 55-year-old actress will star in the role that was voiced by Angela Lansbury in the 1991 original animated film, while Kevin Kline has been lined up to play Maurice, Belle's father. What's more, Disney has confirmed the eagerly-awaited movie will feature songs from the original film, as well as new tunes written by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman. The casting of the award-winning actress comes after it was announced former 'Harry Potter' star Emma Watson would take on the lead role of Belle in the upcoming live-action adaptation of the Disney classic. Emma, 24, could barely contain her excitement about playing the iconic princess in the Bill Condon-directed picture when she broke the news to her fans on her Facebook page. She said: ''I'm finally able to tell you... that »

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Emma Thompson And Kevin Kline Join Beauty And The Beast; 3D Release Announced For 2017

16 March 2015 12:25 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

The casting of Disney’s live-action Beauty And The Beast remake has snared two major names for its supporting cast. THR reports that heavy-hitters Emma Thompson and Kevin Kline have now signed on to appear in the adaptation.

The duo join Emma Watson as leading gal Belle, Luke Evans as the villainous Gaston, Dan Stevens as the titular beast and the recently-appointed Josh Gad as Gaston’s sidekick Lefou. Bill Condon (Gods and Monsters) is directing from a script by Stephen Chbosky (The Perks of Being a Wallflower).

Thompson has been assigned the role of Mrs. Potts – voiced by Angela Lansbury in the 1991 animated caper – while Kline is tapped to play Belle’s father, Maurice. Earlier casting releases have hinted that this upcoming movie will be a straight-up remake of the beloved ’90s version, as opposed to a brand new take based on the source material.

If further proof was »

- Gem Seddon

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Disney's live-action Beauty and the Beast dated, Emma Thompson joins

16 March 2015 12:15 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Disney has confirmed a release date for its live action version of Beauty and the Beast.

Dreamgirls director Bill Condon's adaptation of the Oscar-winning 1991 Disney animated classic will open on March 17, 2017.

Emma Watson has the lead role as the enchanting Belle, and her Beast will be portrayed by former Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens.

The arrogant and villainous hunter Gaston is portrayed by Luke Evans, while Frozen's Josh Gad continues his working partnership with Disney as Gaston's servant LeFou.

Entertainment Weekly reports that Emma Thompson is joining the project to play Mrs Potts, the teapot voiced by Angela Lansbury in the animated film.

Kevin Kline has been cast as Belle's eccentric inventor father Maurice as well.

Production on Beauty and the Beast is expected to commence in London in mid-May.

The project will reunite Watson with her Perks of Being a Wallflower screenwriter Stephen Chbosky.

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‘Beauty and the Beast’ Gets a Release Date as Emma Thompson Joins the Cast!

16 March 2015 11:45 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

The live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast adds two more to the cast. And they are biggies!

News: 7 Reasons Why Emma Watson Is Perfect as Belle in 'Beauty and the Beast'

On Monday, Disney announced that Emma Thompson will join the cast as Mrs. Potts, most famously voiced by Angela Lansbury in the Oscar-nominated, animated version. The actress is no stranger to the world of Disney, as she played Mary Poppins author and creator P.L. Travers in Saving Mr. Banks.

Also adding Oscar pedigree to the cast is Kevin Kline, who will star as Belle’s father, Maurice.

The two stars join a growing cast, including Emma Watson as Belle, Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens as the beast, with Luke Evans and Josh Gad playing Gaston and his sidekick Lefou, respectively.

News: Dan Stevens Joins 'Beauty and the Beast' -- But Who's Playing Gaston?

In addition to the casting news, Disney also confirmed »

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Frozen's Josh Gad to star in Disney's live-action Beauty and the Beast

13 March 2015 11:59 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Josh Gad is nearing a deal to join Disney's live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast.

The latest Disney live-action version of one of its animated classics will star Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as the Beast.

Frozen star Gad has been lined up to play the arrogant hunter Gaston's (Luke Evans) goofy manservant Le Fou, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

This new version of Beauty and the Beast will be directed by The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn's Bill Condon.

Disney's animated Beauty and the Beast was nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award, and subsequently won two Oscars for Original Score and the Angela Lansbury-sung title track.

Beauty and the Beast is the second Disney project announced for Gad this week, following confirmation that he will voice loveable snowman Olaf once again in Frozen 2.

Disney releases its live-action version of Beauty and the Beast in »

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‘Please Murder Me’ sees underrated greats Lansbury and Burr go head-to-head

13 March 2015 7:00 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Please Murder Me

Written by Donald Hyde and Al C. Ward

Directed by Peter Godfrey

U.S.A., 1956

*It should be noted that the following review contains spoilers pertaining to the film’s plot, including an important revelation on which most of the drama hinges. Readers have been forewarned.

Defence Attorney Craig Carlson (Raymond Burr) sits alone in his office late one night. Having turned on a recording machine he begins to narrate to a fellow lawyer that he is surely to be killed within the hour. At that moment the film flashbacks to some months ago when Craig approaches a dear old friend, Joe Leeds (Dick Foran) with terrible news: Joe’s wife and him have fallen in deeply in love. Joe appears visibly disappointed, but, curiously, less angry than one might expect. He implores Craig to give him time to mull over the situation. Shortly thereafter Joe returns home to see his wife, »

- Edgar Chaput

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‘Big Bang Theory’ Star Jim Parsons on His Road to the Hollywood Walk of Fame

11 March 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

When Jim Parsons first strolled the Hollywood Walk of Fame as a teenage tourist from Houston, he didn’t have the sort of epiphany Sheldon Cooper lives for.

“I already enjoyed acting,” Parsons says on a break from shooting “The Big Bang Theory.” But “there was not some sort of sense of ‘maybe one day.’ It did not even enter my mind.”

Parsons is delighted, in his own quiet way, to become a name on Hollywood Boulevard. “I like how all-encompassing it is,” Parsons says. “It could be radio announcers you have never seen before or very, very visible and famous actors.”

The busy thesp is preparing for his third run on Broadway in the spring, but his star is in the TV category for playing the socially maladroit, brilliant physicist Cooper on the mega-hit CBS comedy. During its eight seasons, Parsons has continued to expand the role, though he »

- Jacqueline Cutler

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Blu-ray Review – The Manchurian Candidate (1962)

24 February 2015 10:43 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Manchurian Candidate, 1962.

Directed by John Frankenheimer.

Starring Laurence Harvey, Frank Sinatra, Janet Leigh, Angela Lansbury, Henry Silver and James Gregory.

Synopsis:

A former Korean War Pow is brainwashed by Communists into becoming a political assassin. But another former prisoner may know how to save him.

Exploring the extremes of cold war paranoia in a stylish cloak and dagger format that must have raised more than a few eyebrows on its release in 1962, The Manchurian Candidate is a film that takes a look beyond the usual political invective.

Following the terrifying experiences of Korean War veterans as they attempt to settle back into ‘normal’ American life, the film is a supremely dark portrayal of influence and control. Laurence Harvey (Room at the Top, Darling) as Raymond Shaw creates a terrifyingly understated performance as the pawn in the games of the political elite. Specifically, his character is controlled through the use »

- Robert W Monk

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George Lucas reveals “long lost” audition tapes for Darth Vader

6 February 2015 2:14 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Earlier this month, The Drama League of New York honoured James Earl Jones, who voiced the legendary Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy (and Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith).

But as part of the honour, George Lucas made a special guest appearance via video to show off some of the “long lost” audition tapes for the iconic role – including original Darth Vader choice Angela Lansbury!

Check out the video below:

See Also – George Lucas shares his thoughts on Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer, says Disney scrapped his ideas for the Sequel Trilogy

See Also – George Lucas slams all-white Oscar nominations, “it’s a political campaign”

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set for release on December 18th 2015 and also sees returning stars Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Anthony Daniels (C-3Po), Kenny Baker (R2-D2) and Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca »

- Luke Owen

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