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Oliver! set for remake, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell director attached

24 July 2015 5:04 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Daily Mail is reporting that producer Cameron Mackintosh, along with Working Title and Sony Pictures, are set to produce a new version of Lionel Bart’s musical Oliver!

Toby Haynes, who directed British television drama Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, is set to helm the new film, which will start shooting next year in and around London locations. In addition, Haynes and casting director Lucinda Syson have reportedly already started the search to find the young British actors who will play the title character Oliver and The Artful Dodger.

The previous film version, which was released in 1968 and won five Academy Awards, was directed by Carol Reed, and starred Mark Lester, Jack Wild, Shani Wallis, Oliver Reed and Ron Moody.

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- Scott J. Davis

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Oscar-Nominated Actor Biggest Professional Regret: Turning Down 'Doctor Who'

19 June 2015 4:25 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Ron Moody in Mel Brooks' 'The Twelve Chairs.' The 'Doctor Who' that never was. Ron Moody: 'Doctor Who' was biggest professional regret (See previous post: "Ron Moody: From Charles Dickens to Walt Disney – But No Harry Potter.") Ron Moody was featured in about 50 television productions, both in the U.K. and the U.S., from the late 1950s to 2012. These included guest roles in the series The Avengers, Gunsmoke, Starsky and Hutch, Hart to Hart, and Murder She Wrote, in addition to leads in the short-lived U.S. sitcom Nobody's Perfect (1980), starring Moody as a Scotland Yard detective transferred to the San Francisco Police Department, and in the British fantasy Into the Labyrinth (1981), with Moody as the noble sorcerer Rothgo. Throughout the decades, he could also be spotted in several TV movies, among them:[1] David Copperfield (1969). As Uriah Heep in this disappointing all-star showcase distributed theatrically in some countries. »

- Andre Soares

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Oscar Nominated Moody Pt.2: From Fagin to Merlin - But No Harry Potter

19 June 2015 4:00 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Ron Moody as Fagin in 'Oliver!' based on Charles Dickens' 'Oliver Twist.' Ron Moody as Fagin in Dickens musical 'Oliver!': Box office and critical hit (See previous post: "Ron Moody: 'Oliver!' Actor, Academy Award Nominee Dead at 91.") Although British made, Oliver! turned out to be an elephantine release along the lines of – exclamation point or no – Gypsy, Star!, Hello Dolly!, and other Hollywood mega-musicals from the mid'-50s to the early '70s.[1] But however bloated and conventional the final result, and a cast whose best-known name was that of director Carol Reed's nephew, Oliver Reed, Oliver! found countless fans.[2] The mostly British production became a huge financial and critical success in the U.S. at a time when star-studded mega-musicals had become perilous – at times downright disastrous – ventures.[3] Upon the American release of Oliver! in Dec. 1968, frequently acerbic The »

- Andre Soares

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After Christopher Lee, Another Nonagenarian British Actor Has Died: Oscar Nominee Moody

12 June 2015 4:05 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Ron Moody in 'Oliver!' movie. Ron Moody: 'Oliver!' actor nominated for an Oscar dead at 91 (Note: This Ron Moody article is currently being revised.) Two well-regarded, nonagenarian British performers have died in the last few days: 93-year-old Christopher Lee (June 7, '15), best known for his many portrayals of Dracula and assorted movie villains and weirdos, from the title role in The Mummy to Dr. Catheter in Gremlins 2: The New Batch. 91-year-old Ron Moody (yesterday, June 11), among whose infrequent film appearances was the role of Fagin, the grotesque adult leader of a gang of boy petty thieves, in the 1968 Best Picture Academy Award-winning musical Oliver!, which also earned him a Best Actor nomination. Having been featured in nearly 200 movies and, most importantly, having had his mainstream appeal resurrected by way of the villainous Saruman in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies (and various associated merchandising, »

- Andre Soares

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Rip Ron Moody, Famed Fagin of 'Oliver!'

12 June 2015 7:58 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Sometimes an actor stumbles into a role that defines a career. Ron Moody, who died Thursday at the age of 91, sang his way in. A journeyman British movie and television actor and musical revue performer, he was 36 in 1960 when he accepted the role of Fagin, master of a gang of child pickpockets, in Lionel Bart’s musical stage version of Charles Dickens’ "Oliver Twist" after two other actors had turned the part down. (Watch Moody perform "You've Got to Pick a Pocket or Two" in the video below.) "Fate destined me to play Fagin; it was the part of a lifetime," Moody once said. He played Fagin again in "Oliver!" Carol Reed’s Oscar-winning 1968 film. That time Fagin won Moody a Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination for Best Actor. Moody had turned down an offer to go to Broadway with "Oliver!" after the musical’s London run because he felt it would trap him. »

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Ron Moody, Star Of "Oliver!", Dead At Age 91

11 June 2015 7:28 PM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

Moody as Fagin with Mark Lester as Oliver Twist and Jack Wild as The Artful Dodger.

By Lee Pfeiffer

There is an old adage that says bad things happen in "threes". That seemed to be the case when it came to distinguished British actors in the past week.  On the heels of news that both Richard Johnson and Sir Christopher Lee had passed away comes notice that Ron Moody has also died. He was 91 years old. Moody was undoubtedly the least famous of these three gentlemen but he was no less talented. He originated the role of Fagin in Lionel Bart's classic stage musical, "Oliver!", based on the Dickens classic "Oliver Twist". Moody won kudos for his role as the charismatic con man and head of a London gang that employed young boys as pickpockets. He was astonished when he was chosen to play the lead in the 1968 film version, »

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Actor Ron Moody Dead at 91 – Starred in Oliver and Worked With Mel Brooks

11 June 2015 6:17 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Wouldn’t want this to get lost in all the coverage of Christopher Lee’s passing. When I saw Oliver, the musical version of “Oliver Twist” on stage at the Muny Opera in St. Louis in 1976, hometown hero Vincent Price essayed the roll of Fagin, the leader of the gang of juvenile pickpockets. Price was terrific but the role belonged to Ron Moody who had originated it on Broadway and received an Oscar nomination for Oliver, the Best Picture-winning film version in 1969 (he lost to Cliff Robertson for Charly). Moody starred in Mel BrooksThe Twelve Chairs in 1970 and had other film roles but was best known for his stage work. Moody died today in England at age 91.

From The New York Times:

Ron Moody, a British character actor who rose to prominence in the role of Fagin, Dickens’s guru of thievery, in “Oliver!”, the stage and movie versions of “Oliver Twist, »

- Tom Stockman

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5 songs by Ornette Coleman that changed my life

11 June 2015 3:55 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Today saw the passing of three very notable people in the entertainment world. Christopher Lee, Ron Moody and the one who meant the most to me Ornette Coleman. The father of "Free Jazz" completely melted my mind the first time my ears were graced with the sound of his Saxophone.  In no particular order, here are five selected tracks over his 57 year career that changed my life. 1960 "Birdfood" on Change of The Century 1959 "Focus on Sanity" on The Shape of Jazz to Come 1971 "Monk and The Nun" on Twins 2006 "Turnaround" on Sound Grammar 1960 "Una Muy Bonita" on Change of the Century Share your favorite track and memories in the comments below! »

- Matt Perez-Mora

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Ron Moody obituary

11 June 2015 1:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Actor best known for playing Fagin in Lionel Bart’s film and stage musical Oliver!

Ron Moody, who has died aged 91, saw himself not as a great comic actor – above all as Fagin in Lionel Bart’s Oliver! on stage and screen – but as a writer and as a composer of musicals. Most of the world could never quite be persuaded to agree. He wrote more than a dozen (mostly unperformed) musicals and a clutch of (mostly published) novels, and could be an explosively funny after-dinner speaker for theatre charities. To everything he did, he brought a questioning anarchic flair.

When the possibility of creating the role of Dickens’s miserly mentor of child pickpockets arose, he was wary: “At first I never wanted to do it. They told me there was this musical of Oliver Twist so I went to see the Alec Guinness film [Oliver Twist, 1948], which I found to »

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R.I.P “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes (1945 – 2015)

11 June 2015 11:54 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Well, today turned out to be a sucky day. Not only have we lost both Ron Moody and Christopher Lee, Paul “Triple H” Levesque announced on Twitter the passing of “The American DreamDusty Rhodes at the age of 69.

One of the most charismatic entertainers of all-time in the industry, Dusty Rhodes (real name Virgil Runnels) dominated the sport of professional wrestling during the 70s and 80s with classic fueds against the likes of Ric Flair. He was a 3-time Nwa Champion and a WWE Hall of Famer.

“Runnels became a hero to fans around the world thanks to his work ethic, his impassioned interviews and his indomitable spirit,” the WWE.com website writes. “Moreover, Runnels was a dedicated father to WWE Superstars Goldust (Dustin Runnels) and Stardust (Cody Runnels), a caring husband and a creative visionary who helped shape the landscape of WWE long after his in-ring career had ended. »

- Luke Owen

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Ron Moody dies by Amber Wilkinson - 2015-06-11 18:02:45

11 June 2015 10:02 AM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Ron Moody as Fagin Ron Moody has died at age 91. His agent said he had been ill for some time.

The London born comic and acting star had a career spanning more than 60 years but was best known for his Oscar-nominated role as arch-thief Fagin in the 1968 Charles Dickens screen adaptation Oliver! He won a Golden Globe for the role and was nominated for a BAFTA - losing to Spencer Tracy, who won the award posthumously for Guess Who's Coming To Dinner.

Born Ronald Moodnick, he was the son of Jewish immigrants, and didn't come to acting until ater a stint in the Raf and a spell at the London School of Economics, where acting in revue shows became a passion. In later life he became familiar to television audiences through his voice work on animated series The Animals Of Farthing Wood and in the guest role of Edwin in EastEnders. »

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Ron Moody Dead: Golden Globe-Winning Oliver! Actor Passes Away at 91

11 June 2015 9:42 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Ron Moody has passed away. The British actor, best known for his Golden Globe award-winning performance as Fagin in the 1968 British musical film Oliver!, died this week at the age of 91, the BBC reports. Moody's wife Therese Blackbourn told British media he would be "greatly missed." "He brought joy to his family and to the hearts of many and will be greatly missed. He was singing until the end," she said. Moody is survived by his widow and six children. Moody's performance in Oliver! not only garnered him with a Golden Globe win, he was also nominated for an Oscar in 1969. Although he didn't nab the Academy Award, the film did win six Oscars including Best »

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Ron Moody, the original 'Oliver!' Fagin, dies at 91

11 June 2015 9:28 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Oscar nominated actor Ron Moody, best known for a career of playing Fagin in the musical "Oliver!," died on Thursday, June 11 at the age of 91. Moody was the original Fagin in Lionel Bart's West End production of "Oliver!," which premiered in 1960. He was able to play the pick-pocketing grifter in Carol Reed's 1968 film adaptation, which won the Best Picture Oscar, earned Moody his lone Oscar nomination and also earned him a Golden Globe win for Best Motion Picture Actor - Musical/Comedy. Over the years, Moody returned to various productions of "Oliver!" to great acclaim, even picking up a Tony nomination for a 1984 Broadway revival. Moody famously turned down the opportunity to replace Patrick Troughton as the third Doctor, but he did appear in a "Doctor Who" audio play in 2005.  His other credits include "EastEnders" and performances as Merlin in both "Unidentified Flying Oddball" and "A Kid in King Arthur's Court. »

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Oscar-nominated actor Ron Moody dies aged 91

11 June 2015 8:53 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Ron Moody dies aged 91. The British actor played the role of Fagin in Oliver. Ron Moody dies

British actor Ron Moody has died aged 91.

The star was best known for playing Fagin in the 1968 hit film version of ‘Oliver!’, for which he was nominated for an Oscar and won a Golden Globe.

His widow Therese said: “He brought joy to his family and to the hearts of many and will be greatly missed. He was singing until the end.”

The London-born actor was initially known as Ronald Moodnick and had planned to pursue a career as an economist, which meant he did not take acting seriously until his late 20s.

However, his big break came when he was cast in the film adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic novel, which also featured Oliver Reed as Bill Sikes.

Later, Moody said: “Fate destined me to play Fagin. It was the part of a lifetime. »

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Christopher Lee 1922-2015: Entertainment world pays tribute to acting icon

11 June 2015 5:14 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The world of entertainment has been paying tribute to Sir Christopher Lee, who has died at the age of 93.

The prolific British actor was best-known for his work with Hammer Horror as well as The Wicker Man and The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and many stars and fans have paid tribute to the star on Twitter today (June 10).

It's terribly when you lose an old friend, and Christopher Lee was one of my oldest. We first met in 1948.

Sir Roger Moore (@sirrogermoore) June 11, 2015

I'm saddened by the deaths of Sir Christopher Lee and Ron Moody. Both starred in films that are treasured by millions.

— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) June 11, 2015

The great, always criminally underrated Sir Christopher Lee has left us. A Titan of Cinema and a huge part of my youth. Farewell.

Mark Gatiss (@Markgatiss) June 11, 2015

An extraordinary man and life lead, Sir Christopher Lee. You were an icon, »

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Oliver! star Ron Moody dies aged 91

11 June 2015 4:11 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

British actor Ron Moody, famous for playing Fagin in the classic 1968 version of Oliver!, has died aged 91.

The actor was nominated for an Academy Award for his performance in the film, as well as winning the Golden Globe the same year. In addition, Moody also appearaed in Eastenders and Disney’s A Kid in King Arthur’s Court, as well as various other UK television series.

His widow Therese said he would be “greatly missed”, stating that: “He brought joy to his family and to the hearts of many and will be greatly missed. He was singing until the end.”

Born on January 8th, 1924 in Tottenham, North London as Ronald Moodnick, Moody played Fagin in the 1960’s musical version of the Charles Dicken’s Oliver Twist, before bringing the character to such wonderful life in the film version.

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Ron Moody Dies: ‘Oliver!’s Fagin Was 91

11 June 2015 3:47 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

A Golden Globe winner and Oscar nominee for Carol Reed’s 1968 film musical, Oliver!, Ron Moody has died. He was 91. Moody, who was born in Tottenham in 1924, originated the iconic role of Fagin in Lionel Bart’s West End stage version of Charles DickensOliver Twist in 1960. He went on to portray the petty criminal who leads a gang of pickpocketing children in the 1968 Best Picture Oscar winning feature for which he was nominated as Best Actor. He won the Golden Globe… »

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Ron Moody Dies: ‘Oliver!’s Fagin Was 91

11 June 2015 3:47 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

A Golden Globe winner and Oscar nominee for Carol Reed’s 1968 film musical, Oliver!, Ron Moody has died. He was 91. Moody, who was born in Tottenham in 1924, originated the iconic role of Fagin in Lionel Bart’s West End stage version of Charles DickensOliver Twist in 1960. He went on to portray the petty criminal who leads a gang of pickpocketing children in the 1968 Best Picture Oscar winning feature for which he was nominated as Best Actor. He won the Golden Globe… »

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‘Oliver!’ Star Ron Moody Dies at 91

11 June 2015 3:35 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — The actor Ron Moody, who played Fagin in the movie “Oliver!,” has died at the age of 91.

“He brought joy to his family and to the hearts of many and will be greatly missed. He was singing until the end,” Moody’s widow Therese Blackbourn Moody told the BBC.

Moody is best known for the role of the criminal Fagin in the Charles Dickens adaptation “Oliver!,” a role that earned him Oscar and BAFTA nominations, as well as a Golden Globe win in 1969. The film received 11 Oscar nomination and took home six statuettes, including for film and director for Carol Reed.

Moody first appeared as Fagin in Lionel Bart’s West End stage adaptation in 1960, and won a Tony when he returned to the role for a Broadway revival in 1984.

“Fate destined me to play Fagin. It was the part of a lifetime,” he said.

The depiction of Fagin in the source novel, »

- Leo Barraclough

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Ron Moody, actor who played Fagin in Oliver!, dies at the age of 91

11 June 2015 3:01 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Actor Ron Moody has died at the age of 91.

The British star was best known for his Oscar-nominated role as Fagin in Oliver!.

Moody also played Jim Branning's nemesis Edwin Caldecott in EastEnders, and the wizard Merlin in Disney's A Kid in King Arthur's Court.

"He brought joy to his family and to the hearts of many and will be greatly missed. He was singing until the end," his widow Therese said.

Born Ronald Moodnick in Tottenham in 1924, his Jewish father anglicised the family name to Moody several years later.

After originally planning to be an economist, Moody didn't take up acting until he was in his late 20s.

He won a Golden Globe award for playing pickpocket master Fagin in the musical version of Oliver Twist in 1968.

Moody had also said that his biggest regret was turning down the chance to play The Doctor in Doctor Who.

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