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12 items from 2009

Doctor Who: The End of Time – the verdict

25 December 2009 11:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

There's little room for Christmas jollity when you have several series' worth of stories to complete. So how did the Doctor do?

This year's Christmas Doctor Who was never going to pause and sniff the mulled wine. There are stories that need completing, fireworks to set up; the End of Time means No End of Plot. We've had the Ood – I find them harder to take seriously since seeing the cover of Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, but maybe that's just me – prophesying doom. We've had a ghostly Claire Bloom talking in riddles to Bernard Cribbins. We've had the Doctor facing up to death with enough fear in his eyes to make you almost forget about them filming his next incarnation. We've had one very sinister close-up of Timothy Dalton. Most of all, we've had John Simm's Master, brought most of the way back to life with unpredictable »

- Peter Robins

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News: Claire Bloom Reveals Little

18 December 2009 12:37 PM, PST | | See recent Kasterborous news »

Rumoured to be playing the part of "the Doctor's mother" when her casting in the Doctor Who Christmas The End of Time was first revealed earlier this year, little has since been revealed about actress Claire Bloom's role in the David Tennant finale. The reclusive actress has however been interviewed by The Times this week, where her role is described as "a mysterious character"and it seems she had to be briefed by a Doctor Who PR representative while journalist Damian »

- Mick Karma

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News: End of Time Cast List (Spoilers)

8 December 2009 4:30 AM, PST | | See recent Kasterborous news »

Although the following is available in the Christmas Radio Times, you should nevertheless steer clear of reading this cast list for the Doctor Who Christmas and New Year specials The End of Time if you're in any way spoiler-phobic. It's a big list that misses little and gives vague names to some notable characters. Timothy Dalton and Claire Bloom in particular are respectively labelled The Narrator and The Woman - at least one of these is expected to be a Time Lord title. David Tennant - The »

- Mick Karma

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Julie Harris, Claire Bloom, The Village People, Valerie Perrine: Out at the Pictures

7 December 2009 11:02 AM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Julie Harris, Claire Bloom in The Haunting (top); The Village People in Can’t Stop the Music (bottom) "Out at the Pictures" at London’s bfi Southbank: Robert Wise’s horror-house classic The Haunting (1963), starring Julie Harris, Claire Bloom, Richard Johnson, and Russ Tamblyn Nancy Walker’s costly box-office disaster Can’t Stop the Music (1980), starring a rollerblading Steve Guttenberg (in some tight, tight shorts that would get him arrested today for indecent underexposure), Valerie Perrine, and The Village People The Haunting is one the best horror movies ever made. Julie Harris is sensational, and Claire Bloom is almost as good in a less showy role — a Lesbian. Now, who’s that knocking at the door? Can’t Stop the Music would have been better had the [...] »

- Andre Soares

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Will Smith Gets Flowers

11 November 2009 3:00 AM, PST | Screenrush | See recent Screenrush news »

It looks like >Will Smith is on the awards war path again, and is reportedly looking to reunite a third time with The Pursuit of Happyness director Gabriele Muccino for an adaptation of the classic text Flowers for Algernon.

The book, which originated as a short story in the late '50s, has been made into a film called Charly in 1968, starring Cliff Robertson and Claire Bloom .

The story is a fairly sci-fi in a lot of ways - researchers have come up with a way to increase the intelligence of test subjects, with the titular Algernon, the mouse who first displays effects of their developments.

The story is however much more than a futuristic experiment - the dramatic change of the human test subject protagonist Charlie is such that he goes from being mentally disabled to intellectually unmatchable - but becomes aware that he is set to degenerate back »

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'Clash Of The Titans' Stars Exert Themselves, Drink Margaritas On The Set

10 September 2009 10:30 AM, PDT | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

While there isn't any actual footage from the upcoming remake of "Clash of the Titans" out there, I've got the next best thing for you. On last week's episode of "Behind the Screen," we paid a visit to the set of the Sam Worthington-starring film, which is currently shooting in Wales.

In the video below you can check out interviews with Worthingon, Mads Mikkelson, Nicholas Hoult and Liam Cunningham as well as raw footage from the shoot. So not quite the polished clip you might want to see, but good stuff nonetheless.

Director Louis Leterrier's remake of "Clash" follows the basic script of the Desmond Davis original, which starred Laurence Olivier, Claire Bloom and "Harry Potter" vet Maggie Smith. Perseus (Worthington) is on a quest to save the fair Princess Andromeda (Alexa Davalos), but he'll have to go through Medusa and the Kraken first.

Expect lots of big action, »

- Adam Rosenberg

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32 New Fantastic Reimagined Posters from Turner Classic Movies

13 August 2009 12:51 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

I am sure most of you remember the collection of 12 teaser posters Turner Classic Movies released last July in celebration of their "Summer Under the Stars," which is their 31-day series of films featuring a new actor every day. Well, they have debuted even more posters... 32 of them as a matter of fact, and over the next six pages I have every single one of them for you. Seeing how it is already August 13th, here is the list of actors left to have their day: August 13 - Gloria Grahame August 14 - Sidney Portier August 15 - Deborah Kerr August 16 - Elvis Presley August 17 - Jennifer Jones August 18 - John Wayne August 19 - Red Skelton August 20 - Miriam Hopkins August 21 - Gene Hackman August 22 - Sterling Hayden August 23 - Angela Lansbury August 24 - Fredric March August 25 - Merle Oberon August 26 - Yul Brynner August 27 - Ida Lupino August 28 - Frank Sinatra »

- Brad Brevet

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TCM's 'Summer Under the Stars' Posters are Phenomenal

13 July 2009 3:22 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Photo: Turner Classic Movies In August, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will be celebrating their "Summer Under the Stars" marathon for the seventh year and in celebration of the event they have released a series of twelve posters and there are some real beauties in this gallery. First off, for those that may be interested, here is how the series breaks down: August 1 - Henry Fonda August 2 - James Mason August 3 - Marion Davies August 4 - James Coburn August 5 - Harold Lloyd August 6 - Judy Garlan August 7 - Glenn Ford August 8 - Bette Davis August 9 - Cary Grant August 10 - Dirk Bogarde August 11 - Audrey Hepburn August 12 - Clark Gable August 13 - Gloria Grahame August 14 - Sidney Portier August 15 - Deborah Kerr August 16 - Elvis Presley August 17 - Jennifer Jones August 18 - John Wayne August 19 - Red Skelton August 20 - Miriam Hopkins August 21 - Gene Hackman August 22 - Sterling Hayden August »

- Brad Brevet

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News: Movie Legend In 2009 Specials?

29 April 2009 3:10 PM, PDT | | See recent Kasterborous news »

According to press reports today, actress Claire Bloom - best known for appearing in Laurence Olivier's film version of Richard III (1955), as well as being married to actor Rod Steiger - has been cast in either or both of the final Tenth Doctor 2009 Specials The 78 year old star - who most recently appeared in BBC One's New Tricks in 2008 and on stage in London stage in Arthur Allan Seidelman's production of Richard Alfieri's Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks alongside Billy Zane also appeared »

- Christian Cawley

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Claire Bloom to star in 'Doctor Who?'

29 April 2009 8:14 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Claire Bloom is said to be filming a part for the upcoming Doctor Who specials. The 78-year-old actress, who starred alongside Richard Burton in Hamlet, Look Back In Anger and The Spy Who Came In From The Cold, will appear in the final episodes of David Tennant's time on the show, the Daily Mail claims. A friend told the newspaper: "The script is a very closely guarded (more) »

- By Mayer Nissim

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'Percy Jackson' finds gods

25 March 2009 9:06 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Pierce Brosnan, Uma Thurman, Sean Bean, Kevin McKidd and Melina Kanakaredes are heading to Mount Olympus.

The quintet has been cast in Fox 2000's fantasy-adventure adaptation "Percy Jackson" as classical Greek gods Chiron (Brosnan), Medusa (Thurman), Zeus (Bean), Poseidon (McKidd) and Athena (Kanakaredes). Aries, Hades and Persephone have not yet been cast.

The film, being directed by Chris Columbus, is shooting in Vancouver for a February release.

Columbus and Craig Titley have adapted the screenplay from Rick Riordan's best-selling children's novel "The Lightning Thief." The Greek mythology-inflected book involves Poseidon's half-human son, Percy, who's on a quest across modern America to prevent a war among the gods.

Logan Lerman, Alexandra Daddario and Brandon T. Jackson have already been cast as the book's lead teenagers.

The all-star casting is reminiscent of the 1981 fantasy film "Clash of the Titans," which showcased Laurence Olivier as Zeus, Ursula Andress as Aphrodite, Claire Bloom »

- By Jay A. Fernandez and Borys Kit

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DVD Review: "The Outrage" Starring Paul Newman

7 February 2009 3:55 AM, PST | | See recent CinemaRetro news »

Warner Home Video has recently released a series of Paul Newman titles that have not previously been available on DVD. We'll be taking a look at some of these titles, beginning with the 1964 western The Outrage.

By Lee Pfeiffer

Paul Newman and director Martin Ritt collaborated on six films of varying quality between the years 1958 and 1967, when both men were at the prime of the careers. One of their most notable misfires was The Outrage, an ambitious 1964 remake of Akira Kurosawa's classic Rashomon redefined as a western. Kurasawa's film told of the kidnapping of an innocent couple by a bandit. The woman is raped and the husband is murdered. However, as various people recall the incident, it becomes clear there are radically different versions of what happened and who was responsible for the death. The premise of remaking the story as a Hollywood production starring Newman probably seemed like a winning proposal for MGM, »

- (Cinema Retro)

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