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Jeremy Irons Tells BAFTA Audience About Streep, De Niro and The ‘Creepy’ Characters of His Illustrious Career

13 September 2016 6:30 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Jeremy Irons is in many respects the quintessential English film actor. That’s not simply because of the honeyed diction and innate elegance, but the versatility that has enabled him to travel with ease between romantic leading man, edgy character actor and sinister villain, towards an Indian summer of ever-dependable supporting player.

Read More: Jeremy Irons Knocks ‘Batman v Superman’: It’s ‘Overstuffed’ & ‘Very Muddled’

Think James Mason. In fact, Irons and Mason even have a role in common – the riskiest of roles, Nabokov’s infamous pedophile Humbert Humbert, Mason most famously in Kubrick’s “Lolita” of 1962, Irons for Adrian Lyne in 1997. It’s difficult to imagine many Americans jumping at a character who came second in Time’s “Top 10 Worst Fictional Fathers,” or possessing the nuance necessary to make us almost like the man.

Again like many Brits, Irons is classically trained (at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, »

- Demetrios Matheou

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Jeremy Irons Discusses His Entire Career With BAFTA Audience

12 September 2016 3:15 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Actor Jeremy Irons appears in Lone Scherfig’s latest film “Their Finest,” which premiered at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. But while the film is screening in Toronto, Irons himself is in London because he was the latest subject of BAFTA’s “A Life In Pictures” series, a conversational interview that looks back at an actor’s professional career. Last Friday, Irons sat down with critic and broadcaster Danny Leigh in front of an attendant audience to discuss his life on stage and on film. Below are some choice excerpts from the evening, in which he discusses working with Meryl Streep and Robert De Niro, his work on David Cronenberg’s “Dead Ringers,” and seeing himself in “The Lion King.”

Read More: Jeremy Irons Knocks ‘Batman v Superman’: It’s ‘Overstuffed’ & ‘Very Muddled’

On Being Cast in “The French Lieutenant’s Woman”

“I told director Karel Reisz, »

- Vikram Murthi

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Vanessa Redgrave on Her Early Career, ‘Howards End’ and Ismail Merchant’s Cooking

2 September 2016 10:30 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

You might say that Vanessa Redgrave was born to be an actress. Laurence Olivier, who was performing alongside her father, Michael, in a 1937 production of “Hamlet” in London, announced her birth from the stage after a show, telling the audience: “Tonight a great actress was born.”

In a career that has spanned seven decades, Redgrave has won an Oscar, a Tony, two Emmys, and two Golden Globes. She received her sixth Oscar nomination in 1992 for her role in the Merchant Ivory film “Howards End,” which is screening in a newly restored print in New York and Los Angeles. The 79-year-old actress remains as busy as ever, performing on stage and in film and television. She can be seen in the James Sheridan film “The Secret Scripture,” which premieres at the Toronto Film Festival on Sept. 10. Her first mention in Variety was on June 25, 1958.

In 1958, Variety polled London critics about their »

- Shalini Dore

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A Taste of Honey

15 August 2016 3:50 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Elfin Rita Tushingham makes a smash film debut as Shelagh Delaney's dispirited working class teen, on her own in Manchester and unprepared for the harsh truths of life. It's one of the best of the British New Wave. A Taste of Honey Blu-ray The Criterion Collection 829 1961 / B&W / 1:66 widescreen / 100 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date August 23, 2016 / 39.95 Starring Rita Tushingham, Dora Bryan, Paul Danquah, Murray Melvin, Robert Stephens. Cinematography Walter Lassally Film Editor Anthony Gibbs Original Music John Addison Written by Tony Richardson and Shelagh Delaney adapted from her stage play Produced and directed by Tony Richardson

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

The British New Wave got a real shot in the arm with 1961's A Taste of Honey. A stubbornly realistic drama about life in the lower working classes of Manchester, it was adapted from a near-revolutionary play by Shelagh Delaney, produced by Joan Littlewood. Here in »

- Glenn Erickson

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Review: "A Taste Of Honey" (1961) Starring Rita Tushingham; Criterion Blu-ray Special Edition

13 August 2016 10:31 AM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

“Everything But The Kitchen Sink”

By Raymond Benson

In the late 1950s, a film movement emerged in Britain known as “Free Cinema.” Some of the U.K.’s most celebrated filmmakers of the 1960s and 70s were among its practitioners—Lindsay Anderson, Karel Reisz, Lorenza Mazzetti, and Tony Richardson. The directors made low budget, short documentaries about the working class with an almost deliberate “non commercial” sensibility. It was radical and exciting, and it was a precursor to the British New Wave that dovetailed with the French New Wave that was so influential on filmmakers everywhere.

Many of the pictures of the British New Wave, released between 1959 and 1964, focused on characters described as “angry young men,” and the films themselves were referred to by critics and theorists as “kitchen sink dramas.” This was because the movies were presented in a harsh, realistic fashion and were indeed about the gritty, working »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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The Surprising Roles Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant Regret They Didn't Get

10 August 2016 1:15 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

She's been nominated for an Oscar 19 times - and won three - but even with a track record like that, Meryl Streep says she still missed out on a role she really wanted. When the actress heard that English director Karel Reisz, whom she had previously worked with on The French Lieutenant's Woman, was coming to America in 1985 to direct a film about Patsy Cline, she was very eager to get the role. "Karel was a friend of mine who I adored, and he was making a film about Patsy Cline who is a singer I adored," Streep tells People. »

- Mia McNiece

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The Surprising Roles Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant Regret They Didn't Get

10 August 2016 1:15 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

She's been nominated for an Oscar 19 times - and won three - but even with a track record like that, Meryl Streep says she still missed out on a role she really wanted. When the actress heard that English director Karel Reisz, whom she had previously worked with on The French Lieutenant's Woman, was coming to America in 1985 to direct a film about Patsy Cline, she was very eager to get the role. "Karel was a friend of mine who I adored, and he was making a film about Patsy Cline who is a singer I adored," Streep tells People. »

- Mia McNiece

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Meryl Streep: 'I wasn't happy with The French Lieutenant's Woman'

18 April 2016 4:23 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The actor has revealed she ‘didn’t feel I was living it’ when she played the leading role in Karel Reisz’s film-within-a-film of the John Fowles romance

Meryl Streep’s role in the 1981 romance The French Lieutenant’s Woman earned her Bafta and Golden Globe wins and an Oscar nomination. It was also rated a prestigious four out of five Meryls by the Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw in a career roundup from 2015.

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- Catherine Shoard

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Meryl Streep Reveals the Movie Role She Didn’t Get Right

16 April 2016 3:13 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It may have earned her a best actress Oscar nomination, but Meryl Streep wasn’t entirely pleased with one particular movie role.

“You won’t guess because I’ve just collected a lot of awards for that film,” she said Friday on the “The Graham Norton Show,” flipping her hair, jokingly. “It was venerated.”

She finally admitted the performance was in the 1981 movie adaptation “The French Lieutenant’s Woman.” Streep played an actress (opposite Jeremy Irons) in the movie-within-a-movie whose character was having an affair both on and off screen.

“I’m giving myself an out, but part of it was, the structure of it was sort of artificial because I was the actress playing ‘The French Lieutenant’s Woman,'” she said. “At the same time I was an American actress playing a British woman.”

Streep won a Golden Globe and BAFTA for her role in the film, directed by Karel Reisz. »

- Maane Khatchatourian

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Berlin: Meryl Streep Talks Working With Clint Eastwood, Female Directors and Vanity

14 February 2016 8:55 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Berlinale jury president Meryl Streep took time in between watching competition films to chat about her long career on Sunday as part of a Berlinale Talents event series.

In a casual and oftentimes humorous conversation with film historian and writer Peter Cowie, Streep spoke about working with leading directors, selecting parts, her ear for languages and the changing role of women in the film business.

Asked about working with Clint Eastwood in “The Bridges of Madison County,” Streep quipped that director Mike Nichols used to drill her about other directors she had worked with. “I’d say, ‘That’s like asking about the other boyfriends. Does he do it better than I do?’ They are all different.”

About Eastwood, Streep said, “He never says action. As director, I would sort of have to divine when he was starting to act. He would stroll from behind the camera into the kitchen and he would say, »

- Ed Meza

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Remembering National Society of Film Critics Award-Winning Brazilian Superstar Pêra

10 February 2016 7:28 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Marília Pêra: Actress starred in Brazilian movie classic 'Pixote.' Marília Pêra: Brazilian film, TV and stage star Remembering Brazilian stage, television, and film star Marília Pêra, whose acting and singing career spanned more than five decades. Pêra died of lung cancer on Dec. 5, '15, in Rio de Janeiro. Born Marília Soares Pêra on Jan. 22, 1943, in Rio, she was 72 years old. 'Pixote' prostitute Internationally, Marília Pêra is best known as the loud, vulgar prostitute Sueli, who becomes acquainted with São Paulo street kid Fernando Ramos da Silva in Hector Babenco's well-received social drama Pixote / Pixote: A Lei do Mais Fraco (1981),[1] a fierce indictment of Brazilian society's utter disregard for its disadvantaged members. In one pivotal – and widely talked about scene – she lets the titular character (da Silva, at the time 12 years old)[2] suckle her breast. In another, she pulls down her panties and sits in »

- Andre Soares

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Movies About 'Gambling'

27 January 2016 2:59 AM, PST | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Take a look @ classic movies with 'gambling' as the main story focus including "The Big Town", "The Gambler", "California Split" and "Croupier":

One common trend with gambling in movies is that many of them (with the exception of Martin Scorsese's "Casino"), feature a peripheral mention of gambling, with sequences rarely comprehensive, doing little to impress everyday players.

"The Big Town" (1987), directed by Ben Bolt and Harold Becker, features a variation of the game known as 'heads up craps' where players make side bets between themselves instead of  betting against the house.

Odds of the games were negotiated among the parties involved with the focus getting someone else to agree on 50-50 odds.

The film stars Matt Dillon as a successful craps shooter who moves to Chicago to become a professional player, when craps was popular before the rise of today's casino games played online. 

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