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No Trains to Ambrosia: Close-Up on John Schlesinger’s "Billy Liar"

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Close-Up is a feature that spotlights films now playing on Mubi. John Schlesinger's Billy Liar (1963) is playing July 16 - August 15, 2017 in the United States as part of the series John Schlesinger's First Masterpieces.Billy Fisher, a cheerful twenty-something lad from Yorkshire, is going to have a great future. For now, he only has a small office position in his dull small city, but Billy has already landed a job in London writing for a popular TV comedian. He is also working on a novel that soon enough will bring him fame and fortune. He is also engaged to a girl. Actually, two girls. And he doesn’t really want to marry any of them. Also, the TV star doesn’t really know that Billy exists. And he hasn’t started on the novel. Billy just has a vivid imagination and speaks before he thinks—some people prefer to call it compulsive lying.
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Dysfunctional Heterosexual Couples and Oscar-Winning Cross-Gender Performance: TCM's Gay Pride Comes to an End

Dysfunctional Heterosexual Couples and Oscar-Winning Cross-Gender Performance: TCM's Gay Pride Comes to an End
Turner Classic Movies' 2017 Gay Pride film series comes to a close this evening and tomorrow morning, Thursday–Friday, June 29–30, with the presentation of seven movies, hosted by TV interviewer Dave Karger and author William J. Mann, whose books include Wisecracker: The Life and Times of William Haines and Behind the Screen: How Gays and Lesbians Shaped Hollywood, 1910-1969. Among tonight's movies' Lgbt connections: Edward Albee, Tony Richardson, Evelyn Waugh, Tab Hunter, John Gielgud, Roddy McDowall, Linda Hunt, Harvey Fierstein, Rudolf Nureyev, Christopher Isherwood, Joel Grey, and Tommy Kirk. Update: Coincidentally, TCM's final 2017 Gay Pride celebration turned out to be held the evening before a couple of international events – and one non-event – demonstrated that despite noticeable progress in the last three decades, gay rights, even in the so-called “West,” still have a long way to go. In Texas, the state's – all-Republican – Supreme Court decided that married gays should be treated as separate and unequal. In
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What Surprised Eva Longoria Most About Filming in Wales? ‘I Don’t Think I’ve Had This Many Peas in My Life’

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What Surprised Eva Longoria Most About Filming in Wales? ‘I Don’t Think I’ve Had This Many Peas in My Life’
From Wisteria Lane to Wales!

Eva Longoria took on her first British role this year, in the BBC’s Decline and Fall, which is available for Americans to watch on Acorn.TV now. Based on Evelyn Waugh’s novel of the same name, Longoria plays Margot Beste-Chetwynde, an American woman who charms an expelled Oxford student — without telling him about her sordid side income from a number of South American brothels.

Longoria tells People she had been hoping to take on a project in the United Kingdom for years — she’s a huge fan of shows like Downton Abbey and Absolutely Fabulous.
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The Loved One / Broken Arrow

The Loved One

Blu-ray

Warner Archives

1965 / B&W / 1:85 / / 122 min. / Street Date May 9, 2017

Starring: Robert Morse, Jonathan Winters, Anjanette Comer.

Cinematography: Haskell Wexler

Film Editor: Hal Ashby, Brian Smedley-Aston

Written by Terry Southern, Christopher Isherwood

Produced by Martin Ransohoff (uncredited), John Calley, Haskell Wexler

Directed by Tony Richardson

Funeral Director: Before you go, I was just wondering… would you be interested in some extras for the loved one?

Next Of Kin: What kind of extras?

Funeral Director: Well, how about a casket?

Mike Nichols and Elaine May – The $65 Dollar Funeral

That routine, a classic example of what was known in the early 60’s as “sick humor”, was nevertheless ubiquitous across mainstream variety shows like Ed Sullivan and Jack Paar. It also popularized the notion of a new boutique industry, the vanity funeral. The novelist Evelyn Waugh, decidedly less mainstream, documented the beginning of that phenomenon over a decade earlier with The Loved One,
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‘Decline and Fall’ Trailer: Eva Longoria Is Alluring in Acorn TV’s New Satire — Watch

‘Decline and Fall’ Trailer: Eva Longoria Is Alluring in Acorn TV’s New Satire — Watch
Acorn TV, the Emmy-nominated purveyor of some of the best British shows out there, is climbing in bed with Evelyn Waugh.

The streaming service announced Tuesday morning that it has acquired “Decline and Fall,” a three-part adaptation of the late author’s first novel. The limited series stars Eva Longoria, “Poirot’s” David Suchet and comedian Jack Whitehall.

Read More: Niche Streaming Site Acorn TV Lands Emmy Nomination for ‘Poirot’

Set in the late 1920s, “Decline and Fall” stars Whitehall as modest theology student Paul Pennyfeather, who finds his life upended when he’s expelled from Oxford University, having fallen victim to a prank by the privileged Bollinger Club gets him in trouble for indecent exposure. Unfortunately, that act means that Paul has defaulted on the conditions of his inheritance and therefore must take a job teaching at Llanabba, a school in Wales run by Dr. Fagan (Suchet).

There, he
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‘Decline and Fall’ Trailer: Eva Longoria Is Alluring in Acorn TV’s New Satire — Watch

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‘Decline and Fall’ Trailer: Eva Longoria Is Alluring in Acorn TV’s New Satire — Watch
Acorn TV, the Emmy-nominated purveyor of some of the best British shows out there, is climbing in bed with Evelyn Waugh.

The streaming service announced Tuesday morning that it has acquired “Decline and Fall,” a three-part adaptation of the late author’s first novel. The limited series stars Eva Longoria, “Poirot’s” David Suchet and comedian Jack Whitehall.

Read More: Niche Streaming Site Acorn TV Lands Emmy Nomination for ‘Poirot’

Set in the late 1920s, “Decline and Fall” stars Whitehall as modest theology student Paul Pennyfeather, who finds his life upended when he’s expelled from Oxford University, having fallen victim to a prank by the privileged Bollinger Club gets him in trouble for indecent exposure. Unfortunately, that act means that Paul has defaulted on the conditions of his inheritance and therefore must take a job teaching at Llanabba, a school in Wales run by Dr. Fagan (Suchet).

There, he
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Friday’s best TV: Hotel Armadillo; Decline and Fall; Spectacular Spain

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David Attenborough lifts the lid on Brazil’s secretive giants, and there’s more from the Evelyn Waugh farce starring Jack Whitehall and Eva Longoria. Plus: Alex Polizzi stirs up Valencian paella

Resembling armour-plated Clangers and sometimes growing as big as pigs, giant armadillos are among the most singular creatures on Earth. They’re incredibly elusive and, until recently, we knew little about their lives. But Brazil’s Giant Armadillo Project has changed all that. This fascinating film, narrated by David Attenborough, lifts the lid on these burrowing beasts and their centrality to their ecosystem. Phil Harrison

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The week in TV: Decline and Fall; Line of Duty; Rio Ferdinand: Being Mum and Dad and more – review

The BBC’s superb Decline and Fall couldn’t be more timely, Line of Duty has a new secret weapon, and in talking openly about grief, Rio Ferdinand scores the goal of his career

Decline and Fall (BBC1) | iPlayer

Line of Duty (BBC1) | iPlayer

The Good Fight (More 4) | All 4

Rio Ferdinand: Being Mum and Dad (BBC1) | iPlayer

University Challenge (BBC2) | iPlayer

Fake! The Great Masterpiece Challenge (Sky Arts)

A grand surprise arrived on Friday in the shape of Decline and Fall. It shouldn’t, perhaps, have been that much of a surprise, given that the man responsible for adapting Evelyn Waugh’s first published (and most splenetically Welsh-hating, liberal-baiting) novel was James Wood, also responsible for the ever-subtle Rev., and that the casting was able to plumb such glorious heights as Stephen Graham, Douglas Hodge, David Suchet and Eva Longoria.

David Suchet reacted to freedom from all those dreary Poirots
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Decline and Fall review – Waugh-mongers be damned! This is a fine show

The ghastly gaggle of toffs are back with Jack Whitehall as the perfect Pennyweather and Eva Longoria bringing the glamour in this excellent companion to Evelyn Waugh’s classic novel

A ghastly gaggle of braying Oxford toffs leave behind a trail of destruction, safe in the knowledge that they’re rich enough for their own mess not to affect them and that it’s the poor man who will suffer the consequences ...

The previous government administration? Actually, this is Decline and Fall (BBC1). And you were worried that what Evelyn Waugh satirised in 1928 might have lost some of its relevance today?

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The Guardian view on drama today: not about tomorrow or yesterday | Editorial

We live in a world of social conflict that is ripe for dramatisation but often evades characterisation on screen

That BBC1 has decided to remake Evelyn Waugh’s 1928 masterpiece Decline and Fall as Friday night television is both good and bad news for viewers. The satirical novel of innocence crucified and risen is brilliantly witty. But we live increasingly in a world of social conflict that is ripe for dramatisation, yet often evades characterisation on screen. Instead we escape into a past or a fantasy imagined far in the future or just far away. We settle down to either Call the Midwife or Game of Thrones. It’s either Love & Friendship or Ghost in the Shell. What these allow is to moralise from today’s vantage point. Yet the art of yesteryear struggled with big questions: how unfair convention was; how to resolve the tension between what one was socially
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Friday’s best TV: Decline and Fall, Unreported World, BBC Young Dancer 2017

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Jack Whitehall shines in a lively Evelyn Waugh adaptation, shocking illiteracy in the Us comes under the spotlight and young stars of British ballet battle it out

Jack Whitehall was born to play Paul Pennyfeather in this Evelyn Waugh adaptation. In a lively opener, Pennyfeather is expelled from Oxford for “running the length of the quadrangle without his trousers” so is forced to take a job as a teacher in Wales. There he meets a kidnapper (Stephen Graham) and headmaster Dr Fagan (David Suchet). Life gets more interesting when his eyes meet those of wealthy widow Margot (Eva Longoria) over a foie gras sandwich. What larks. Hannah Verdier

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Graham Greene’s last novel to get film adaptation by William Boyd

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Graham Greene’s last novel to get film adaptation by William Boyd
Chaplin writer to adapt novel for Wild Tales and Mad To Be Normal producers.

Bad Penny Productions has picked up rights to Graham Greene’s last published novel The Captain And The Enemy, which is being adapted for the big screen by screenwriter and novelist William Boyd (Chaplin).

The novel tells the story of a young boy named Victor Baxter taken away from his boarding school by a stranger to live in London. The mysterious stranger is simply known as “the Captain”.

In London Victor companions a sweet but withdrawn woman named Liza, serving as her conduit to the outside world. When Victor reaches manhood, he finally learns the secrets of the Captain.

The thriller includes smuggling, jewel theft and international espionage and culminates in a dramatic showdown in Panama.

In addition to Bad Penny’s Phin Glynn (Mad To Be Normal), other producers are Victor Glynn (That Good Night) and Axel Kuschevatzky (Wild Tales).

The film will
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Decline and Fall on TV – would Evelyn Waugh have approved?

The prospect of a new BBC adaptation of Decline and Fall, starring Jack Whitehall and Eva Longoria, is stirring mixed feelings – will Waugh’s wit be sold short once again?

The new BBC1 adaptation of Decline and Fall, with Jack Whitehall as Paul Pennyfeather and Eva Longoria as Margot Beste-Chetwynde, has already stirred the usual mixed emotions among Evelyn Waugh fans. On the one hand, warm satisfaction at the prospect of a 20th-century classic brought to a TV channel otherwise graced by Mrs Brown’s Boys; on the other, a faint but congenital wariness, born of the fact that so many dramatisations of the Waugh oeuvre have defied the best intentions of director and cast alike to produce films that, for all their enthusiasm, have sold their onlie begetter woefully short.

Waugh, it turns out, had the same mixed feelings about adaptations. His early novels – notably Vile Bodies (1930), with its
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Doreen Jones obituary

My friend and colleague Doreen Jones, who has died aged 76, was a leading British casting director. She had a long career during which she worked on more than 400 television dramas and series.

Doreen had a sharp instinct for the subtle chemistry that can exist between actors and knew well how players could spark off each other. She demonstrated this flair in the casting of Granada’s adaptation of Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited (1981), which I produced, when she matched a lineup of promising young actors including Jeremy Irons, Anthony Andrews, Diana Quick and Phoebe Nicholls against such starry veterans as Laurence Olivier, John Gielgud and Claire Bloom.

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Nocturnal Animals review – Tom Ford's deliciously toxic tale of revenge

Jake Gyllenhaal and Amy Adams star in the gripping story of a broken-hearted ex-husband who wreaks vengeance decades later with his unpublished novel

Nocturnal Animals delivers a double shot of horror and Nabokovian despair: it’s excessive, outrageous, a story within a story about the super-rich and super-poor. Director Tom Ford has adapted Austin Wright’s 1993 novel Tony and Susan, magnifying its cruelties and ironies, and bringing to it a sheen of hardcore porn and pure provocation.

This movie had its premiere at Venice earlier this year, and it was every bit as horribly gripping and intimately upsetting this second time around. But now I was struck by its emphasis on the writer’s brooding, solitary life: the writer for whom autobiographical fiction is therapy and revenge. Watching this film, I found myself wondering how Evelyn Waugh’s first wife felt when she received her copy of A Handful of Dust,
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Jeremy Irons Tells BAFTA Audience About Streep, De Niro and The ‘Creepy’ Characters of His Illustrious Career

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Jeremy Irons Tells BAFTA Audience About Streep, De Niro and The ‘Creepy’ Characters of His Illustrious Career
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,
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Decline and Fall: Eva Longoria Confirmed for BBC Two Comedy

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As expected, Eva Longoria has joined the cast of the Decline and Fall TV show comedy at BBC Two. James Wood is the first writer to adapt the late Evelyn Waugh's novel for television. Production in Wales begins in July. Decline and Fall is slated for a late 2016 debut. Longoria's recent sitcom, Telenovela, was cancelled by NBC after one season.

The Decline and Fall TV series cast also includes: Jack Whitehall, David Suchet, and Penny Dreadful's Douglas Hodge. Decline and Fall is planned as a three-part comedy satire. Ben Cavey, Will Gould, and Wood are executive producing, with Guillem Morales directing.

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Eva Longoria Eyed to Star in BBC Miniseries Decline and Fall

Eva Longoria Eyed to Star in BBC Miniseries Decline and Fall
Former Wisteria Lane resident Eva Longoria is relocating to 1920s Wales.

The onetime Desperate Housewife is in negotiations to star alongside British comedian Jack Whitehall (Bad Education) in a small-screen adaptation of Evelyn Waugh’s Decline and Fall, our sister site Deadline reports.

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The three-part miniseries is described as a social satire that follows Paul Pennyfeather (Whitehall), a hard-partying man sent by Oxford to serve as headmaster at a boys’ private school in Wales. There, he meets a wealthy South American woman, Margot Beste-Chetwynde (Longoria), with whom he is instantly smitten.
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Eva Longoria In Final Negotiations To Join Jack Whitehall In BBC’s ‘Decline And Fall’

Exclusive: Eva Longoria is in final negotiations to join Brit comedy star Jack Whitehall in BBC Two’s high-end adaptation of Evelyn Waugh’s classic social satire Decline And Fall. James Wood (Rev) is adapting the three-part miniseries. Set in 1920s Wales, Decline And Fall is a bitingly funny satire that follows the life and times of hapless Paul Pennyfeather (Whitehall) who is sent down from Oxford after a wild, drunken party and finds himself qualifying for the position…
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Win Passes To The Advance Screening Of The Man Who Knew Infinity In St. Louis

Written and directed by Matthew Brown, The Man Who Knew Infinity is the true story of friendship that forever changed mathematics.

In 1913, Srinivasa Ramanujan (Dev Patel), a self-taught Indian mathematics genius, traveled to Trinity College, Cambridge, where over the course of five years, forged a bond with his mentor, the brilliant and eccentric professor, G.H. Hardy (Jeremy Irons), and fought against prejudice to reveal his mathematic genius to the world.

The film also stars Devika Bhise, Stephen Fry and Toby Jones. This is Ramanujan’s story as seen through Hardy’s eyes.

The Man Who Knew Infinity Opens in St. Louis on Friday, May 13th at Landmark’S Plaza Frontenac Cinema and Landmark’S Tivoli.

Wamg invites you to enter for a chance to win a pass (Good for 2) to the advance screening of The Man Who Knew Infinity on Tuesday, May 10 at 7Pm in the St. Louis area.
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