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Jared Harris interview: John Carpenter, Mad Men, and being Moriarty in Sherlock Holmes 2

18 October 2011 9:04 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Jared Harris chats to us about Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows, John Carpenter's The Ward, and Mad Men...

A gifted actor with a long and diverse career in such films as I Shot Andy Warhol, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and The Other Boleyn Girl, Jared Harris puts in a small yet captivating performance in John Carpenter’s horror, The Ward, out now on DVD and Blu-ray.

One of Harris’ finest performances in recent years, though, is as Lane Price in the acclaimed TV series, Mad Men. Initially a supporting player, Harris’ character, a buttoned-up English financial officer, has gradually grown in prominence, and is now one of the most engaging faces in the entire series.

It was a real pleasure, then, to speak to Mr Harris about his role in Mad Men, what it was like to work with John Carpenter, and also about his appearance as »

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John Wood obituary

11 August 2011 3:30 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Ferociously intelligent actor who reigned supreme in Stoppard and Shakespeare

John Wood, who has died aged 81, was one of the greatest stage actors of the past century, especially associated with his roles in the plays of Tom Stoppard. But a combination of his enigmatic privacy and low profile on film – he cropped up a lot without dominating a movie – meant that he remained largely unknown to the wider public.

As with all great actors, you always knew what he was thinking, all the time. Wood was especially striking in the brain-box department. Tall, forbidding and aquiline-featured, he was as much the perfect Sherlock Holmes on stage as he was the ideal Brutus. He exuded ferocious intelligence, and the twinkle in his eye could be as merciless as it was invariably amused.

As the Royal Shakespeare Company's Brutus in Julius Caesar in 1972, he was undoubtedly the noblest Roman of them all, »

- Michael Coveney

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John Wood obituary

10 August 2011 9:06 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Ferociously intelligent actor who reigned supreme in Stoppard and Shakespeare

John Wood, who has died aged 81, was one of the greatest stage actors of the past century, especially associated with his roles in the plays of Tom Stoppard. But a combination of his enigmatic privacy and low profile on film – he cropped up a lot without dominating a movie – meant that he remained largely unknown to the wider public.

As with all great actors, you always knew what he was thinking, all the time. Wood was especially striking in the brain-box department. Tall, forbidding and aquiline-featured, he was as much the perfect Sherlock Holmes on stage as he was the ideal Brutus. He exuded ferocious intelligence, and the twinkle in his eye could be as merciless as it was invariably amused.

As the Royal Shakespeare Company's Brutus in Julius Caesar in 1972, he was undoubtedly the noblest Roman of them all, »

- Michael Coveney

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Sheila Burrell obituary

27 July 2011 4:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

A striking stage presence for more than 60 years and a familiar face on TV

Sheila Burrell, who has died aged 89 after a long illness, was a cousin of Laurence Olivier, and a similarly distinctive and fiery actor with a broad, open face, high cheekbones and expressive eyes. She stood at only 5ft 5ins but could fill the widest stage and hold the largest audience. Her voice was a mezzo marvel, kittenish or growling and, in later life, acquired the viscosity and vintage of an old ruby port, matured after years of experience.

In a career spanning more than 60 years, she made her name as a wild, red-headed Barbara Allen (subject of the famous ballad) in Peter Brook's 1949 production of Dark of the Moon (Ambassadors theatre), an American pot-boiler about the seduction of a lusty girl by a witch boy and the hysterical reaction of her local community.

The role remained one of her favourites, »

- Michael Coveney

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Sheila Burrell obituary

27 July 2011 4:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

A striking stage presence for more than 60 years and a familiar face on TV

Sheila Burrell, who has died aged 89 after a long illness, was a cousin of Laurence Olivier, and a similarly distinctive and fiery actor with a broad, open face, high cheekbones and expressive eyes. She stood at only 5ft 5ins but could fill the widest stage and hold the largest audience. Her voice was a mezzo marvel, kittenish or growling and, in later life, acquired the viscosity and vintage of an old ruby port, matured after years of experience.

In a career spanning more than 60 years, she made her name as a wild, red-headed Barbara Allen (subject of the famous ballad) in Peter Brook's 1949 production of Dark of the Moon (Ambassadors theatre), an American pot-boiler about the seduction of a lusty girl by a witch boy and the hysterical reaction of her local community.

The role remained one of her favourites, »

- Michael Coveney

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Jared Harris Discusses Playing Moriarty in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

21 June 2011 9:50 AM, PDT | Reelzchannel.com | See recent ReelzChannel news »

Actor Jared Harris (AMC's Mad Men, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) wasn't the first actor rumored for the role of Professor Moriarty in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. Brad Pitt was originally rumored for the role, back before the first Sherlock Holmes opened in 2009.

Months later, Sean Penn, Javier Bardem, and Gary Oldman were said to be possible contenders with Daniel Day-Lewis as the frontrunner. Instead, Harris landed the role. In an interview with Collider, Harris described how he was able to get the part.

Next Showing: Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows opens December 16

Link | Posted 6/21/2011 by Ryan

Jared Harris | Joel Silver | Guy Ritchie | Robert Downey Jr. | Eric Porter | Susan Downey | Sherlock Holmes : A Game Of Shadows »

- Ryan Gowland

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New this Week: ‘Source Code’ and ‘Black Swan (DVD)’

30 March 2011 7:00 AM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

Hitting movie theaters this weekend:

HopRussell Brand, James Marsden, Elizabeth Perkins

InsidiousPatrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Ty Simpkins

Source CodeJake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga

Movie of the Week

Source Code

The Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga

The Plot: A soldier (Gyllenhaal) wakes up in the body of an unknown commuter and is forced to live and relive a harrowing train bombing until he can determine who is responsible for it.

The Buzz: Source Code looks to be a Quantum Leap meets Groundhog Day sci-fi action romp. 35 seconds into the film’s trailer, I half expected Jake Gyllenhaal to utter, “oh boy.” He instead exclaims, “no, no, no, no,” as if to echo my thoughts exactly — I don’t want to see Gyllenhaal act the same “stop the terrorist on the train” scene, over and over and over again.

I have a strong feeling that this »

- Aaron Ruffcorn

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The Forgotten: A Close Shave

17 February 2011 9:54 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Another sad entry in the criminal history of British barbering! For it is a remarkable fact that any time the protagonist of a Brit flick reaches for the straight razor or scoops out a handful of Brylcream, his fate is sealed and the gallows awaits. One need only think of Uno Henning in Anthony Asquith's luminous-black slice of English expressionism, A Cottage on Dartmoor (1929), or Eric Porter in Compton Bennett's Daybreak(1948), a British answer to French poetic realism and one of the saddest films ever made (reviewed for The Forgotten here).

Both those films represent clear (and successful) attempts to transplant essentially foreign modes of film-making onto British soil. On the Night of the Fire (1939) is something different: it gathers together all the key elements of the classic American noir, and plays them out in an unusual working class and regional setting, but it does so before Hollywood had encoded those genre principles. »

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Q&A: PAtrick Stewart

4 February 2011 4:02 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

'Which living person do I most despise? If I answered honestly, every Manchester United supporter would come looking for me, so I prefer to remain silent'

Patrick Stewart, 70, was born in Yorkshire. He left school at 15 and worked as a newspaper reporter before joining the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. In the 1960s he began a long association with the Royal Shakespeare Company. In 1987, he was cast as Jean-Luc Picard in the TV series Star Trek: The Next Generation, and went on to star in several Star Trek films and the X-Men movies. His latest film is Gnomeo & Juliet.

When were you happiest?

A year ago, after only four lessons, skiing alone in the Sierras.

What is your greatest fear?

Lying on a road, dying, having been hit by a car and feeling really cross.

What is your earliest memory?

In my brother Geoffrey's arms as he pointed to a V2 going overhead. »

- Rosanna Greenstreet

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Q&A: PAtrick Stewart

4 February 2011 4:02 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

'Which living person do I most despise? If I answered honestly, every Manchester United supporter would come looking for me, so I prefer to remain silent'

Patrick Stewart, 70, was born in Yorkshire. He left school at 15 and worked as a newspaper reporter before joining the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. In the 1960s he began a long association with the Royal Shakespeare Company. In 1987, he was cast as Jean-Luc Picard in the TV series Star Trek: The Next Generation, and went on to star in several Star Trek films and the X-Men movies. His latest film is Gnomeo & Juliet.

When were you happiest?

A year ago, after only four lessons, skiing alone in the Sierras.

What is your greatest fear?

Lying on a road, dying, having been hit by a car and feeling really cross.

What is your earliest memory?

In my brother Geoffrey's arms as he pointed to a V2 going overhead. »

- Rosanna Greenstreet

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