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‘Pure Luck’ DVD Review

Stars: Martin Short, Danny Glover, Sheila Kelley, Sam Wanamaker, Scott Wilson, Harry Shearer, Jorge Russek | Written by Herschel Weingrod, Timothy Harris | Directed by Nadia Tass

Good god, it’s been what seems like a lifetime since I last saw Pure Luck. I’m not even sure it previously made the leap from VHS, where I first saw it back in the early 90s, to DVD here in the UK. Back when the film was first released both Danny Glover and Martin Short could do no wrong. Glover was riding high off the success of the Lethal Weapon franchise, scoring lead roles in Predator 2 and Flight of the Intruder; whilst Short had scored back-to-back hits with Innerspace and Three Fugitives… Well I say do no wrong, but maybe that should have read “could have” done no wrong, given the bad reception afforded this comedy…

Comedy in the early 90s was
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Former Globe director Dominic Dromgoole launches movie company and feature debut

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Exclusive: Open Palm Films launches with Dromgoole-directed drama ‘Making Noise Quietly’; first-look image.

Dominic Dromgoole, former artistic director of London’s Globe theatre, has launched film production company Open Palm Films.

The indie outfit has recently wrapped its first production Making Noise Quietly (for which Screen can reveal the first image), a drama which is directed by Dromgoole and is adapted from Robert Holman’s well-received stage play of the same name.

The triptych of war-related stories follows a conscientious objector and a roaming artist during the Second World War; a bereaved mother struggling with the loss of her son who died in the Falklands; and an ageing holocaust survivor who seeks to bring peace to a disturbed young boy in Germany.

The film stars Deborah Findlay (The Lady In The Van), Barbara Marten (Oranges and Sunshine), Trystan Gravelle (National Treasure), Geoffrey Streafeild (Rush), Luke Thompson (Dunkirk) and Matthew Tennyson who reprises his role from the stage
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Mark Rylance webchat – your questions answered on hats, Shakespeare and Steven Spielberg

The Oscar-winning star discussed everything from role preparation to his love for Neil Young and Pj Harvey in our live webchat

12.55pm GMT

Thank you for these wonderful questions, there were many more than I had time to get to, because of rehearsals today. Perhaps we can do this again in the future. I hope my answers were helpful.

12.55pm GMT

Splashdown1995 asks:

a) What advice would you give to someone who wants to act professionally after graduating from a non-performance-related degree?

To answer b) - it feels better to be Steven Spielberg's friend.

12.54pm GMT

Stuffandstuffan asks:

What did you think of the Pj Harvey concert that Twitter announced you were at?

I think she's extraordinary.

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BushfireBilly asks:

Why do you always seem to be wearing a hat when not in role?

I've always liked hats, since I was a teenager, and they used to be
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Pauline McLynn: 'There's a Mrs Doyle everywhere'

EastEnders, Shameless, Shakespeare: she’s done the lot. But it’s her tea-foisting role in Father Ted she’ll always be remembered for – and it almost didn’t happen

All is calm and quiet on a weekday morning inside the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse in London. The stage is bare, the ornate chandeliers hang low. Then Pauline McLynn bursts in, having abandoned her taxi in traffic and hurried the rest of the way on foot. Her brown hair is pinned up, save for a few stray tendrils. Accepting a drink from a nearby publicist, she launches immediately into a monologue about the importance of wax exports to the Ethiopian economy. It is entirely possible that she takes a breath over the course of the next hour, though I couldn’t swear to it.

The effect is to draw the listener instantly into her confidences. Within minutes of settling down in the pews of the London theatre,
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Cummings Pt.4: Career Peak with Tony Award Win, Acclaimed Mary Tyrone

Constance Cummings: Stage and film actress ca. early 1940s. Constance Cummings on stage: From Sacha Guitry to Clifford Odets (See previous post: “Constance Cummings: Flawless 'Blithe Spirit,' Supporter of Political Refugees.”) In the post-World War II years, Constance Cummings' stage reputation continued to grow on the English stage, in plays as diverse as: Stephen Powys (pseudonym for P.G. Wodehouse) and Guy Bolton's English-language adaptation of Sacha Guitry's Don't Listen, Ladies! (1948), with Cummings as one of shop clerk Denholm Elliott's mistresses (the other one was Betty Marsden). “Miss Cummings and Miss Marsden act as fetchingly as they look,” commented The Spectator. Rodney Ackland's Before the Party (1949), delivering “a superb performance of controlled hysteria” according to theater director and Michael Redgrave biographer Alan Strachan, writing for The Independent at the time of Cummings' death. Clifford Odets' Winter Journey / The Country Girl (1952), as
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Cummings Pt.3: Gender-Bending from Joan of Arc to Comic Farce, Liberal Supporter of Political Refugees

'Saint Joan': Constance Cummings as the George Bernard Shaw heroine. Constance Cummings on stage: From sex-change farce and Emma Bovary to Juliet and 'Saint Joan' (See previous post: “Constance Cummings: Frank Capra, Mae West and Columbia Lawsuit.”) In the mid-1930s, Constance Cummings landed the title roles in two of husband Benn W. Levy's stage adaptations: Levy and Hubert Griffith's Young Madame Conti (1936), starring Cummings as a demimondaine who falls in love with a villainous character. She ends up killing him – or does she? Adapted from Bruno Frank's German-language original, Young Madame Conti was presented on both sides of the Atlantic; on Broadway, it had a brief run in spring 1937 at the Music Box Theatre. Based on the Gustave Flaubert novel, the Theatre Guild-produced Madame Bovary (1937) was staged in late fall at Broadway's Broadhurst Theatre. Referring to the London production of Young Madame Conti, The
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Failed TV pilots that paved the way for breakout hits

Had these pilots been given the green light, we might have been without Breaking Bad, 24, Hannibal, Community and more…

It’s not all grumble and moan round here when TV networks decline to pick up pilots. Sometimes, we’re even grateful.

Hindsight teaches that every so often, passing on a particular show is the best thing a channel could have done. Not ordering one pilot to series spurs its creators on to start another, and frees up its cast to join new projects.

Had the failures below all thrived, there’s a chance we could now be living in a world with no Breaking Bad, Hannibal, or even South Park. Had these pilots gone on to enjoy healthy, lengthy lives, then Jack Bauer, Oberyn Martell, Chandler Bing and more might all be unrecognisable today.

Here then, are the TV pilots we’re grateful weren’t taken to series because their
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Penn Is Latest Hollywood Celeb to Take Home French Academy's Honor

Sean Penn: Honorary César goes Hollywood – again (photo: Sean Penn in '21 Grams') Sean Penn, 54, will receive the 2015 Honorary César (César d'Honneur), the French Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Crafts has announced. That means the French Academy's powers-that-be are once again trying to make the Prix César ceremony relevant to the American media. Their tactic is to hand out the career award to a widely known and relatively young – i.e., media friendly – Hollywood celebrity. (Scroll down for more such examples.) In the words of the French Academy, Honorary César 2015 recipient Sean Penn is a "living legend" and "a stand-alone icon in American cinema." It has also hailed the two-time Best Actor Oscar winner as a "mythical actor, a politically active personality and an exceptional director." Penn will be honored at the César Awards ceremony on Feb. 20, 2015. Sean Penn movies Sean Penn movies range from the teen comedy
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Hollywood Exiles in Europe: "Christ in Concrete"

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Hollywood Exiles in Europe is a screening series co-curated by author Rebecca Prime and the UCLA Film and Television Archive.

Following a recent presentation of Christ in Concrete (1949) at the Hammer Museum's Billy Wilder Theater, Norma Barzman, wife of the film's late screenwriter Ben Barzman, stated “it was the hope of her husband as well as director Edward Dmytryk that Christ in Concrete would at least explain the motivations of the Hollywood Ten and at best absolve them.”

Production for the film took placed in London during Dmytryk and Barzman's self-imposed exile in Europe following their blacklisting by the United States Congress's House Un-American Activities Committee. When Christ in Concrete (later re-titled Give Us This Day and eventually Salt to the Devil) arrived in American theaters it did so quietly, playing to regional crowds in New York before its hasty exit into a relative obscurity—at least as far as domestic audiences were concerned.
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2014 Tony Awards Live-Blog

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2014 Tony Awards Live-Blog
I was in London two weeks ago and caught four plays -- Well, three plays and one musical -- in three days, so when the Olivier Awards roll around, I'll be well-prepared. However, with Josh Lasser handling most of the New York junkets for Team HitFix, I haven't made it to NYC since Fall 2012, which would also be the last time I made it to Broadway. As a result, I've seen none of this year's Tony nominees. So follow along for full coverage of what I'm able to understand from the 2014 Tony Awards. I know Hugh Jackman is hosting. I know Neil Patrick Harris is both a performer and a guaranteed winner. Click through for the full live-blog and comment below, should the spirit move you! 7:55 p.m. Et. In case you haven't been following any Tony fanatics on Twitter, pre-show winners have included "Rocky" (Scenic Design of a
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Shakespeare productions, Gemma Arterton play among BBC Arts plans

The BBC has outlined plans for its upcoming arts coverage.

Director General Tony Hall stated that the corporation aims to increase its art output with its "strongest commitment to the arts in a generation".

"The arts are for everyone, and from now on BBC Arts will be at the very heart of what we do," he added.

Productions from Glyndebourne and Shakespeare's Globe will be filmed for broadcast, along with Gemma Arterton's appearance in The Duchess of Malfi at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.

The One Show will broadcast live from the Hay Literary Festival in May, while the makers of The Hollow Crown will reunite for filmed versions of Shakespeare's Henry VI and Richard III.

The BBC Arts... strand will be used on TV, radio and online via the BBC's iPlayer service.

iPlayer will premiere BBC Two series The Story of Women and Art, along with coverage of
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Gemma Arterton strikes out for Made in Dagenham musical in the West End

Rupert Goold will direct at the Adelphi theatre with the former Bond girl taking a role played by Sally Hawkins in the 2010 film

Gemma Arterton is to star in a West End musical version of the British film Made in Dagenham this autumn, it has been confirmed.

Rumours have circulated about the former Bond girl's casting for several months, after she took part in a workshop with director Rupert Goold. Producers have now announced that the run will officially start previewing at the Adelphi theatre from 9 October.

Arterton will play Rita O'Grady, who leads her colleagues at Ford's Dagenham car plant out on strike in 1968. Sally Hawkins played the role in the 2010 film, opposite Daniel Mays as her husband. Arterton's co-star is to be Adrian der Gregorian, who starred in Sweet Smell of Success at the Arcola theatre in 2012.

Made in Dagenham, which has a book by Richard Bean, will
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Eileen Atkins: 'I've become better at quelling my anger'

The 79-year-old actor on surviving cancer, why she chose not to have children and how she plans to bow out

Some people have it, some don't. Benedict Cumberbatch has it in spades. He's very attractive to watch, and that's because he can act – if you saw him standing still you might think him plain.

People assume I'm posh because I'm one of the acting dames. I grew up in Tottenham and didn't used to speak like I do now. The thing we dames really have in common is that we're all rather bossy, because you had to speak up for yourself in our day. If only I had the wonderful way of covering up my bossiness that Judi Dench has – it only seems to come out when she's making us all play games together.

My parents thought I was going to be a dancer, but at 12 I began to find
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Eileen Atkins: 'I've become better at quelling my anger'

The 79-year-old actor on surviving cancer, why she chose not to have children and how she plans to bow out

Some people have it, some don't. Benedict Cumberbatch has it in spades. He's very attractive to watch, and that's because he can act – if you saw him standing still you might think him plain.

People assume I'm posh because I'm one of the acting dames. I grew up in Tottenham and didn't used to speak like I do now. The thing we dames really have in common is that we're all rather bossy, because you had to speak up for yourself in our day. If only I had the wonderful way of covering up my bossiness that Judi Dench has – it only seems to come out when she's making us all play games together.

My parents thought I was going to be a dancer, but at 12 I began to find
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The Duchess of Malfi - review

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London

Gemma Arterton brings beauty, determination and moral goodness to one of the great female roles

A new theatre is often a challenge. Until weathered and worn by use, it can seem strangely cold and forbidding. But the extraordinary thing about the new indoor Jacobean theatre that is part of Shakespeare's Globe, is that it feels as if it's always been there and was just waiting to be uncovered.

Designed by architect Jon Greenfield, it is small, intimate, welcoming. It seats 340 people who sit tightly packed in two galleried tiers in a beautiful oaken building. I wouldn't say the backless seats are the height of sybaritic comfort but they force one to pay attention. But the real innovation is the use of candlelight in the tradition of 17th century theatre. Sliding panels at the back of the auditorium admit artificial light when needed but there is something rich,
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Laughlin's Capra Reboot Bombs (U.S. Government Members to Blame?); Failed Presidential Runs

Tom Laughlin: ‘Billy Jack’ movie franchise comes to an end; U.S. government, Hollywood studios blamed (See previous post: “‘Billy Jack’: Tom Laughlin Revolutionized Film Distribution Sytem.”) In 1975, Tom Laughlin’s self-produced Western The Master Gunfighter — a remake of Hideo Gosha’s samurai actioner Goyokin, co-starring Ron O’Neal and Barbara Carrera — bombed at the box office after opening at more than 1,000 locations. Laughlin reportedly had spent $3.5 million to market the $3.5 million production, having hired John Rubel, assistant secretary of defense under Robert McNamara, to plan the film’s distribution tactics. Financially depleted and embroiled in more lawsuits against Warner Bros., Laughlin embarked on the Billy Jack series’ fourth — and, as it turned out — final film, Billy Jack Goes to Washington. A 1977 Frank Capra Jr.-produced reboot of Frank Capra’s 1939 classic Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Laughlin’s final directing effort was barely seen even in its drastically edited form.
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Gemma Arterton to play Duchess of Malfi in new Globe theatre's first show

The candlelit Sam Wannamaker theatre is on the same site as the Globe, where Arterton made her professional stage debut

Forget Quantum of Solace and Prince of Persia, Gemma Arterton is about to play the Duchess of Malfi in the inaugural production at the Shakespeare's Globe new indoor theatre, which is on the same site as the Globe.

The 350-seat Sam Wanamaker theatre – named after the Globe's founder – is the only recreation of an indoor Jacobean theatre in the UK and will be lit entirely by candles as it would have been in Shakespeare's day.

The Globe's artistic director Dominic Dromgoole has specified that the theatre will be used to showcase the work of Shakespeare's contemporaries. John Webster's revenge tragedy, last seen in London at the Old Vic with Globe regular Eve Best in the title role, will open in January with Dromgoole directing.

It means a return to
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Zoe Wanamaker bemoans shortage of TV roles for older women

Actor, who is set to appear in her sixth Poirot episode, tells Radio Times that it's difficult for women her age to get work

Actor Zoe Wanamaker has said that older women are still not getting enough decent screen roles. The star of My Family, 64, is set to appear in her sixth Poirot episode as a crime writer who occasionally helps the detective. But she told the Radio Times this week: "It's difficult to get work as I age, but it was always thus. Even Shakespeare stopped writing about women while his men aged. The young look nicer, but older women are more interesting with more to offer and better stories to tell."

She added: "It's similar in politics: there aren't many women because they find the fighting a bit galling and give up.

"It's a man's club and that must be difficult. I hope it will change because women's
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Q&A: Zoë Wanamaker

'Who would play me in the film of my life? Robert Downey Jr'

Zoë Wanamaker, 63, was born in New York. The family moved to England because her father, actor Sam Wanamaker, was identified as a communist sympathiser in 1951, at the height of McCarthyism. After drama school, she went on to win Best Actress Olivier Awards for her 1979 role in Once In A Lifetime at the National Theatre and for playing Electra at the Donmar Warehouse the following year. On television, she starred in the hit sit-com My Family, and her films include 5 Children And It, Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone and My Week With Marilyn. She plays PG Wodehouse's wife in Wodehouse In Exile on BBC4 on Monday.

When were you happiest?

Getting married at Islington register office in 1994.

What is your greatest fear?

Losing my memory.

What is your earliest memory?

A donkey called Ali Baba when
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Manning up for The Expendables 2 - The Arnold Schwarzenegger Rampage

Tom Jolliffe mans up in preparation for The Expendables 2, taking in an overdose of explosive action cinema with 'The Arnold Schwarzenegger Rampage'...

Arnold Schwarzenegger personifies the American Dream. He came to the country to achieve something, and then managed to fulfill every fanciful goal he set himself. He wanted to be the best at bodybuilding. He did it. He wanted to be a huge movie star and he achieved it. He then overcame the doubters to become Governor of California.

The former Mr Universe's movie career has seen him become a pop culture icon as The Terminator. Alongside Sylvester Stallone and Bruce Willis, Arnold led the action movie genre throughout the 80s and 90s. His CV is filled with some of the best action movies in the business. The first two Terminator movies are widely regarded as classics, while Predator, Total Recall and Conan the Barbarian also remain fan favourites.
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