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4 items from 2012

Principal Photography Wraps On South African Family Drama 'Felix!' ('Billy Elliott w/ Cape jazz')

5 November 2012 11:00 AM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

From the press release... Filmming has wrapped in Cape Town, South Africa on the new South African family feature film, Felix! which features an all-star cast that includes Joburg-born Oscar-nominee Dame Janet Suzman in her first South African film; South African Film and Television Award (Safta) Best Actress winner Linda Sokhulu in her feature film debut; and newcomer Hlayani Mabasa, who was cast in the title role from over 400 auditions across the country. What's the film about? 14-year-old Felix Xaba dreams of becoming a saxophonist like his late father, but his mother Lindiwe (Sokhulu) thinks jazz is the devil’s music. When Felix leaves his township »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Shakespeare and me: Michelle Dockery

30 June 2012 4:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Michelle Dockery, who plays Lady Percy in BBC2's Henry IV Part 1, on what Shakespeare means to her

Othello was my first Shakespearean discovery. I was obsessed with drama at school, and I studied the play for my English Gcse. Desdemona is the part that everyone wants, but Iago's wife Emilia is the one I've always been drawn to.

You have to try to abandon your own opinion. That's the thing with Shakespeare: everyone has their own view on how the roles should be played.

I remember seeing Michelle Fairley play Emilia at the Donmar with Ewan McGregor. She was perfect because she played it exactly as I'd imagined when I first read it at 15.

Shakespeare's work is like a good song: you never really forget the main lines. "To thine own self be true" from Hamlet is the line that will always be with me.

Anyone who's ever played »

- Shahesta Shaitly

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DVD Playhouse--June 2012

5 June 2012 11:09 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

By Allen Gardner

Harold And Maude (Criterion) Hal Ashby’s masterpiece of black humor centers on a wealthy young man (Bud Cort) who’s obsessed with death and the septuagenarian (Ruth Gordon) with whom he finds true love. As unabashedly romantic as it is quirky, with Cat Stevens supplying one of the great film scores of all-time. Fine support from Vivian Pickles, Cyril Cusack, Charles Tyner, and Ellen Geer. Fine screenplay by Colin Higgins. Also available on Blu-ray disc. Bonuses: Commentary by Hal Ashby biographer Nick Dawson, producer Charles Mulvehill; Illustrated audio excerpts from seminars by Ashby and Higgins; Interview with Cat Stevens. Widescreen. Dolby 2.0 stereo.

In Darkness (Sony) Agnieszka Holland’s Ww II epic tells the true story of a sewer worker and petty thief in Nazi-occupied Poland who single-handedly helped hide a group of Jews in the city’s labyrinthine sewer system for the duration of the war. »

- The Hollywood

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Oscar-Nominated Actress Joyce Redman Dies

10 May 2012 7:16 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Actress Joyce Redman, Oscar nominated for both Tom Jones and Othello, died in Kent, England, earlier today. The Newcastle-born Redman, who was either 93 or 96, had been suffering from pneumonia. Film lovers will remember her as Tom Jones‘ Mrs. Waters, stealing the movie while “sexting” — as in, sex while eating — Albert Finney. Mostly a stage and television performer, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art-trained Redman appeared in only a handful of movies. Yet, her brief film career was notable because of her two Best Supporting Actress Academy Award nominations. In fact, Redman brought "Oscar luck" to her movies and fellow players: Best Picture Oscar winner Tom Jones (1963) earned five nominations in the acting categories (Joyce Redman, Albert Finney, Diane Cilento, Dame Edith Evans, Hugh Griffith), while the filmed version of Britain’s National Theatre presentation of Othello (1965) earned four (Joyce Redman as Emilia, Laurence Olivier, Maggie Smith, Frank Finlay). Regarding the nominations for the Othello actors, »

- Andre Soares

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