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7 items from 2016


Inspector Morse: top 10 episodes

8 February 2016 8:16 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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A king among detective dramas, here are ten of the most complex, macabre and memorable cases faced by Inspector Morse...

Warning: contains spoilers.

Beer, Wagner, a red Jaguar, and Barrington Pheloung’s haunting theme. Those images conjure up one of the most memorable characters in British television. Inspector Morse’s final episode aired in the UK over fifteen years ago, yet the impression left by the hugely popular drama remains indelible. Its popular spinoff, Lewis, finished only last year after nine successful series, while a prequel, Endeavour, has just come to the end of a third four-episode run. The appeal of Morse and his Oxford is clearly as strong as ever.

Inspector Morse ran for 33 episodes between 1987 and 2000 (7 series and 5 specials). Colin Dexter’s bestselling series of thirteen Morse novels provided the basis for the show; twelve were adapted for television, while one, 1986’s The Secret of »

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BAFTA to Present Angels Costumes with Honorary Award

18 January 2016 5:41 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — The British Academy of Film and Television Arts is to present the 175-year-old costume company Angels Costumes with its annual award for outstanding British contribution to cinema at BAFTA’s film awards ceremony on Feb. 14.

The award is presented in honor of Michael Balcon, the British film producer known for his work with Ealing Studios. Previous recipients include Mike Leigh, Kenneth Branagh, Derek Jarman, Ridley and Tony Scott, Working Title Films, the Harry Potter franchise and former Film4 boss Tessa Ross. Last year’s recipient was BBC Films.

Angels, which was established in 1840, is a seventh-generation family business. Today it is led by chairman Tim Angel, who has also served as chairman of BAFTA and as a governor of the British Film Institute.

Angels has a collection that spans eight miles of hanging rails, and is made up of more than 1 million items of clothing. Angels supplied costumes to »

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Todd Haynes and Oscar-Nominated Writer Phyllis Nagy Talk 'Carol,' Glamorous Stars, Highsmith and More

15 January 2016 7:05 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Author Patricia Highsmith is most well-known for her six Tom Ripley novels (currently heading for the small screen), and many of her works have been made into movies, from Alfred Hitchcock's "Strangers on a Train" to Anthony Minghella's 1999 "The Talented Mr. Ripley." When Phyllis Nagy was working as a researcher at the New York Times when she was in her early 20s, she was assigned to accompany Highsmith on a walking tour of the Greenwood Cemetery. They became friends, and thus Nagy came to know the novelist, who lived in Switzerland, in the last ten years of her life. They corresponded, and when Nagy moved to London a few years later, they saw each other more often. Highsmith suggested that Nagy, who was establishing her career as a playwright ("Butterfly Kiss"), should adapt one of her books.  "I’d heard her talk about how much she hated all of her adaptations, »

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Rickman Dies: Harry Potter Actor Won Golden Globe, Emmy, BAFTA

14 January 2016 6:32 AM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Alan Rickman. Alan Rickman dead at 69: Professor Snape in 'Harry Potter' movies Alan Rickman, best known for his role as Professor Snape in the Harry Potter movies, died of cancer on Jan. 14, '16. Rickman (born on Feb. 21, 1946, in London) was 69. Rickman first played Professor Severus Snape – who looks like a villain, walks like a villain, and talks like a villain, but who turns out to be anything but – in Chris Columbus' Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001). One of many British stage and screen stars featured in the franchise toplining Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint, Rickman would remain part of the Harry Potter gang until the final installment, David Yates' Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011). Alan Rickman movies Beginning with the Bruce Willis actioner Die Hard (1988), in which he plays the leader of a criminal gang, Alan Rickman was featured in nearly 50 movies. »

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Rip Alan Rickman

14 January 2016 6:00 AM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Cancer has been busy in the pop cultural world in the first couple weeks of 2016. Stage and Movie star (and silky-voiced villain) Alan Rickman has succumbed to a battle with cancer at aged 69.Depending on your age (and geographical location) you might know the man as Hans Gruber from action-classic Die Hard, where he portrayed one of the most memorable, Plutarch quoting, baddies of the screen ("And Alexander wept, for there were no more worlds to conquer.")If you are of the younger set, then perhaps you remember him as the shifty Hogwarts teacher, Snape, from the Harry Potter films. But this only scratches the surface of a quirky and varied acting career that spanned arthouse ghost stories, like Anthony Minghella's Truly, Madly, Deeply, often cited...

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Actor, Director Alan Rickman Dies at 69

14 January 2016 4:59 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — British actor and director Alan Rickman, whose films included the “Harry Potter” franchise, “Die Hard” and “Truly Madly Deeply,” died of cancer in London on Thursday. He was 69.

His Hollywood roles included Severus Snape in the Harry Potter movies, which earned him a legion of new fans. Rickman brought the beloved book character to life, carrying him through the saga in which his role ended up being pivotal to Potter’s fate. He recently completed “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” in which he delivered the voice of the Blue Caterpillar.

Rickman was little known in the United States before his fascinating turn as vaguely German villain Hans Gruber in John McTiernan’s “Die Hard”; Gruber’s motives at first seem relatively idealistic until Bruce Willis’ John McClane realizes that the takeover of Nakatomi Plaza is just a high-stakes robbery. As McClane single-handedly destroys the plot, Rickman’s Gruber watched in delicious disbelief. »

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Does Writing the Screenplay to Your Film Help Best Director Chances?

12 January 2016 6:00 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Patrick Shanley

Managing Editor

With a number of big Golden Globe wins last night, including best director and best dramatic picture for The Revenant, director Alejandro G. Inarritu finds himself once more in the thick of the Oscar hunt. The Mexican-born filmmaker won big last year with three Oscars for his avant garde drama Birdman, which scored him the best original screenplay, best director, and best picture awards.

This year, with the western revenge thriller The Revenant, Inarritu has once more directed a film that he wrote himself, this time adapting the screenplay from the novel by Michael Punke with co-writer Mark L. Smith.

Inarritu is not the only writer/director with films in the race this year, however, as a number of other contenders boast a director who also penned the film’s script. The original screenplay hopefuls include Spotlight (directed and written by Tom McCarthy with co-writer »

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