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18 items from 2014


Great Performances at the Met: Mozart’s Comic Masterpiece Le Nozze di Figaro – Schedule

24 December 2014 10:26 AM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

TV Picks: Met Music Director James Levine Conducts Richard Eyre’s New Production of Mozart’s Comic Masterpiece Le Nozze di Figaro airing on Great Performances at the Met coming Friday, January 16 at 9 p.m. on PBS. Soprano Renée Fleming hosts the broadcast.One of the most popular operas of all time, Mozart’s Figaro features music that has been used in countless movies and advertisements, including Trading Places, The King’s Speech, and The Shawshank Redemption.Mozart’s elegant masterpiece of marital discord, Le Nozze di Figaro, conducted by Met Music Director James Levine and staged by Richard Eyre, is the season premiere of Great […] »

- April Neale

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Hopkins, McKellen Team For "Dresser"

19 November 2014 9:15 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Sir Anthony Hopkins and Sir Ian McKellen are set to team for a BBC2 telemovie adaptation of Sir Ronald Harwood's 1980 play "The Dresser".

The two-hour period drama provides a portrait of theatre life backstage during the London Blitz. The action follows a touring Shakespearean theatre group, specifically a backstage hand who struggles to support the brilliant but ailing star (Hopkins) of the company.

The Richard Eyre-directed project is just one of two high-profile projects announced by the BBC today, the other being a five-episode event series adaptation of novelist Len Deighton's "SS-gb" for BBC1.

James Bond series scribes Robert Wade and Neal Purvis will pen the 1940s detective series set in a fictional Nazi-occupied London. A police detective becomes caught between the Nazis and the British resistance.

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- Garth Franklin

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James Bond Writers to Adapt Len Deighton Novel ‘SS-gb’ for BBC

19 November 2014 9:13 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The BBC has commissioned Robert Wade and Neal Purvis, the writers of the last five James Bond films, to adapt Len Deighton’s novel “SS-gb.”

The series for flagship channel BBC One comprises five one-hour episodes. It is set in an imaginary Britain controlled by the Nazis, if Germany had occupied the country. It centers on a police detective caught between the Nazis and the British resistance.

Sid Gentle Films, whose creative director is former Carnival Films exec Sally Woodward Gentle, is exec producing with Lee Morris.

It is part of a slate of projects to be unveiled later today by BBC drama boss Ben Stephenson.

The slate also includes a new adaptation of “The Dresser,” about life in the theater, starring Anthony Hopkins and Ian McKellen, and directed by Richard Eyre, the former chief of the National Theatre.

The original play was a hit on London’s West End »

- Leo Barraclough

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Sean Bean Cast in ‘The Frankenstein Chronicles’ Mini-Series

17 November 2014 10:11 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

He’s faced off against many movie characters over the years, including an army of Orcs and James Bond, and soon prolific actor Sean Bean will face another formidable foe in The Frankenstein Chronicles, a six-part miniseries set to air on ITV Encore. Bean will play Inspector John Marlott in the 1800’s-set show, a man assigned to capture a killer who melds body parts together in a manner reminiscent of Victor Frankenstein.

Press Release - “ITV today confirmed commission of The Frankenstein Chronicles, a thrilling and terrifying re-imagining of the Frankenstein myth as a six-part period crime drama to be produced by Rainmark Films.

Incorporating elements from the investigative and horror genres with an extraordinary hero at its centre, Inspector John Marlott, played by multi-awarding winning leading actor Sean Bean (Game of Thrones, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Accused) will be taken on a terrifying journey in pursuit of a chilling and diabolical foe. »

- Derek Anderson

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‘Game of Thrones’ Alumni Sean Bean to Lead ‘Frankenstein Chronicles’

17 November 2014 9:30 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Actor Sean Bean, whose credits include “Game of Thrones” and “Lord of the Rings,” will star in “The Frankenstein Chronicles,” a re-imagining of Mary Shelley’s monster tale as a six-part period crime drama.

Executive producers are Rainmark FilmsTracey Scoffield and Frank Doelger, whose credits include “Game of Thrones,” “Rome” and “John Adams.”

The series has been created by director and writer Benjamin Ross, who was nominated for a Primetime Emmy for “Rko 281,” and writer Barry Langford (“Torte Bluma”). Ross will direct the series.

Rainmark is producing for U.K. broadcaster ITV. Endemol Worldwide Distribution will be responsible for international sales outside U.K./Ireland.

The series is set in London in 1827 with Bean playing Inspector John Marlott. It opens with the discovery of the corpse of a child that turns out to be a crude assembly of body parts. Marlott accepts the challenge to track the perpetrator of this crime. »

- Leo Barraclough

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Letters: Michael Kustow's thinking was bold, his ambition high

7 September 2014 8:17 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Jeremy Isaacs writes: Channel 4 was charged, by Act of Parliament, with providing a "distinctive" service; as its commissioning editor for the arts, Michael Kustow did much to make that promise good. His thinking was bold, his ambition high. Peter Brook's Hindu saga, The Mahabharata; Peter Hall's masked Oresteia; Pina Bausch's Bluebeard's Castle and Tony Harrison's V, directed by Richard Eyre, tumbled on to the screen one after the other. BBC2 commissioned an opera from Harrison Birtwistle, Yan Tan Tethera, but declined to broadcast it. Kustow snapped it up for Channel 4; the television version we made was simulcast with the BBC's Radio 3. He brought together the artist Tom Phillips and the film-maker Peter Greenaway to attempt A TV Dante: eight episodes of The Inferno resulted. Kustow behaved as a patron of the arts in a grand manner.

Himself an unreconstructed egghead, Kustow also offered highbrow argument. »

- Jeremy Isaacs, Tony Gordon, Bernard Regan and Mike Westbrook

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Bernard Cribbins: 'I made Noël Coward's favourite record'

24 July 2014 12:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

No one tells a story like Bernard Cribbins. Simon Hattenstone settles down to listen to the former paratrooper, pop star and Womble talk about his epic career and never having children of his own

Bernard Cribbins is completing the Telegraph crossword when I arrive. He looks up. "What bloody time d'you call this?" I apologise. He grins. He knows the trains have been delayed at Waterloo. "Six down, enzyme, must be. Bobobobobom, bobobobobom," he sings, to no recognisable tune. It's a brute of a summer's day, and Cribbins' pink shirt is sweat-patched, and there's a rivulet dripping from his forehead. He has a full head of white hair, a beard like brambles and a crippling handshake.

He is 85 now and industrious as ever. This week, appropriately enough, he stars in the first CBeebies Prom as Old Jack, eponymous hero of the BBC show Old Jack's Boat. Appropriate because no »

- Simon Hattenstone

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Colin Firth's 5 best screen roles: Pride and Prejudice, A Single Man

11 June 2014 1:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

When Colin Firth is good, he's very, very good. And when he's bad, he's in Mamma Mia!. Or Gambit. Or St Trinian's. You can really take your pick.

Judging by the reviews to date, this week's true crime drama Devil's Knot - which stars Firth as a private investigator looking into the case of the West Memphis Three - falls into the latter category. Which, given that Firth's co-stars include Reese Witherspoon, Amy Ryan and Dane DeHaan, is a pretty substantial disappointment.

But why linger on the negative? Instead, we've taken a look back on five of Firth's finest hours across the big and small screens.

1. Tumbledown

Four years after his breakthrough role in Another Country (which just barely missed out on a spot in this list), Firth earned the first of many BAFTA nominations in Richard Eyre's Falklands War drama. He gives a raw and unflinching central performance »

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Ghosts to receive Dolby Atmos release

9 June 2014 4:35 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Third title in the West End Theatre Series to be the first ever Event Cinema release in Dolby Atmos.

Digital Theatre and CinemaLive are working with Dolby on the UK cinema release of Ghosts.

The third title in the West End Theatre Series will be the first ever Event Cinema release in Dolby Atmos.

Tom Shaw, Digital Theatre, commented: “Digital Theatre is thrilled Ghosts is the first ever live production captured on film to feature Dolby Atmos. Cinema audiences will experience the benefits of ultra-surround sound, moving ever closer to recreating on screen the thrill and sensation of being in the theatre.”

“This is a hugely significant step in the Event Cinema movement, with the technology moving us another step closer to bringing the immersive experience of watching live theatre to a wider audience,” added Helen Jones, CinemaLive.

Richard Eyre’s multi award-winning revival production of Ghosts sold out at the Almeida Theatre before transferring to the »

- ian.sandwell@screendaily.com (Ian Sandwell)

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'Chimerica,' 'Book of Mormon' win at Oliviers

14 April 2014 5:48 AM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

Irreverent musical The Book of Mormon and hit geopolitical drama Chimerica were the big winners Sunday at Britain’s Olivier stage awards, on a night when London’s small theaters flexed their substantial muscle.

The Book of Mormon — which stormed London just as it earlier wowed New York — won four prizes, including best new musical and best actor in a musical, for Gavin Creel.

Choreographer and co-director Casey Nicholaw said the success of the show — written by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone — came down to its blend of “good contemporary satire and good old-fashioned entertainment.”

Lucy Kirkwood’s Chimerica, »

- Associated Press

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Lesley Manville's Ghosts to be screened in cinemas

11 April 2014 6:58 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Hit play Ghosts will be screened to over 200 cinemas in the UK and Ireland for one night only on Thursday, June 26.

The Henrik Ibsen play adaptation, directed by Richard Eyre, stars Lesley Manville and was performed at Trafalgar Studios.

Helene Alving has spent her life suspended in an emotional void after the death of her cruel but outwardly charming husband. She is determined to escape the ghosts of her past by telling her son, Oswald, the truth about his father. But on his return from his life as a painter in France, Oswald reveals how he has already inherited the legacy of his father's dissolute life.

Ghosts has been nominated for five Olivier Awards: Best Actress, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Lighting Design, Best Director and Best Revival.

Manville won the 2013 Critics' Circle Theatre Award for Best Actress for her performance as Helene Alving, while Richard Eyre was »

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Fathom Events – Win A Pair of Tickets To See Massenet’s Werther In St. Louis

12 March 2014 5:23 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The same team that brought you The Met’s recent hit production of Carmen returns with Massenet’s tragic romance Werther. The sublime new production comes to cinemas nationwide live on March 15th. For more information and participating theaters, visit http://www.fathomevents.com/event/werther

Two of opera’s greatest artists—Jonas Kaufmann and Sophie Koch—appear together for the first time at the Met in Massenet’s sublime adaptation of Goethe’s revolutionary and tragic romance. It is directed and designed by Richard Eyre and Rob Howell, the same team that created the Met’s recent hit production of Carmen. Rising young maestro Alain Altinoglu conducts.

Don’t miss the chance to experience the excitement of the Metropolitan Opera, including interviews and behind-the-scenes features exclusive to The Met: Live in HD series, all at your neighborhood movie theater!

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- Movie Geeks

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The Olivier Awards 2014 Nominations Announced

10 March 2014 6:50 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The nominations for The Olivier Awards 2014 were announced today (Monday 10th March) by Nigel Harman and Leigh Zimmerman and there is a great variety of talent being recognised this year for their work in theatre.

New musical Charlie And The Chocolate Factory and acclaimed revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along lead the nominations for a single production, each receiving seven. Once, The Book Of Mormon and The Scottsboro Boys each receive six. The shortlist for the BBC Radio 2 Audience Award – the only Olivier Award voted for by the public – includes firm favourites Les Miserables, The Phantom Of The Opera, Matilda The Musical and Wicked.

There are also some great film and TV actors included in the nominations this year, with nods for Tom Hiddleston, Jude Law and Judi Dench.The star-studded Olivier Awards 2014 ceremony will take place at the Royal Opera House on Sunday 13th April.

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- Amanda Keats

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Rupert Everett in defence of prostitutes: 'There is a land grab going on'

19 January 2014 12:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The prostitutes of London's red-light district are being evicted. Here, Rupert Everett argues, with wit and vehemence, that closing down the brothels has nothing to do with protecting women

The other night I watched Stephen Ward at the Aldwych Theatre, a morality musical about the destruction of an innocent man by the combined forces of Her Majesty's Government, her judiciary and her Metropolitan police force. Written by Lord Lloyd Webber, directed by Sir Richard Eyre, it is the best sort of British story, set against a world of stately homes and Soho drinking clubs, of peers, politicians, prostitutes and bent cops – with a few thrilling Jamaicans wielding guns thrown in – all ending up at the Old Bailey, where that deep wave of British hypocrisy (masquerading as fair play and crested by the usual police bullshit) drags Ward out to sea and drowns him. Convicted of being a pimp – he was »

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Roger Lloyd Pack obituary

16 January 2014 4:06 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Stage and screen actor best known for his roles in Only Fools and Horses, The Vicar of Dibley and Harry Potter

The talented and idiosyncratic character actor Roger Lloyd Pack, who has died of pancreatic cancer aged 69, achieved national recognition, and huge popularity, as Colin "Trigger" Ball, the lugubrious Peckham road sweeper in John Sullivan's brilliantly acted comedy series Only Fools and Horses. He appeared alongside David Jason's Del Boy and Nicholas Lyndhurst's "plonker" Rodney from 1981 for 10 years, with many a seasonal "special" for another decade.

This success cemented a career in which, up to that point, he had played important roles at the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre and the Almeida theatre in north London – he was a notably anguished Rosmer in Ibsen's Rosmersholm at the National in 1987, opposite Suzanne Bertish – without recognition any wider than usually appreciative reviews.

His enhanced status led to another »

- Michael Coveney

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Roger Lloyd Pack obituary

16 January 2014 4:06 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Stage and screen actor best known for his roles in Only Fools and Horses, The Vicar of Dibley and Harry Potter

The talented and idiosyncratic character actor Roger Lloyd Pack, who has died of pancreatic cancer aged 69, achieved national recognition, and huge popularity, as Colin "Trigger" Ball, the lugubrious Peckham road sweeper in John Sullivan's brilliantly acted comedy series Only Fools and Horses. He appeared alongside David Jason's Del Boy and Nicholas Lyndhurst's "plonker" Rodney from 1981 for 10 years, with many a seasonal "special" for another decade.

This success cemented a career in which, up to that point, he had played important roles at the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre and the Almeida theatre in north London – he was a notably anguished Rosmer in Ibsen's Rosmersholm at the National in 1987, opposite Suzanne Bertish – without recognition any wider than usually appreciative reviews.

His enhanced status led to another »

- Michael Coveney

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Roger Lloyd Pack: the perfect Pinter performer

16 January 2014 10:40 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

His TV work might have upstaged his distinguished career in theatre, but the actor best known as Trigger excelled in plays by Bennett, Marber and, especially, Pinter

You can often tell the quality of an actor by the company he keeps. Roger Lloyd Pack, who has died of pancreatic cancer, aged 69, was one of those actors who only ever seemed to work with the very best. He became internationally famous by playing Trigger in TV's Only Fools and Horses, but he had a long and distinguished stage career: one that, typically, began with the democratic Joint Stock company under William Gaskill and Max Stafford-Clark in the early 1970s and ended with his memorable performances as Aguecheek and Buckingham in the Shakespeare's Globe productions of Twelfth Night and Richard III, respectively.

I never saw Lloyd Pack do any rubbish. He worked with many of our best contemporary writers (Michael Frayn, Alan Bennett, »

- Michael Billington

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Predictions for the 86th Academy Awards' Best Actress Category: Streep to Perform One More Record-Breaking Feat?

6 January 2014 1:39 AM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Oscar Predictions 2014: Best Actress (photo: Meryl Streep in ‘August: Osage County’) (See also: "Oscar Predictions 2014: Best Actor.") Compared to the vibrant Best Actor field, the 2014 Academy Awards’ Best Actress category looks somewhat anemic. Not in terms of quality, but in terms of quantity. Whereas ten actors could be called strong competitors for the Oscar 2014 shortlist, only five actresses can be considered truly strong candidates for this year’s Best Actress shortlist. Besides these five, there are three unlikely runners-up and a handful of long shots — and we mean "long" as in "light-years-away long." Note: Exact SAG Award and Academy Award matches are actually less common than you might think for the reasons mentioned in our previous Oscar 2014 predictions post (see link in the paragraph above). For instance, last year Marion Cotillard and Helen Mirren were both shortlisted for the Best Actress SAG Awards for, respectively, Jacques Audiard’s »

- Steve Montgomery

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