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It's time to raise your glass and rattle your jewelry for a birthday toast to Elizabeth Taylor, who'd have turned 83 on Feb. 27. Though memories of her begin to fade, the legacy of the woman who was perhaps the most beautiful, most popular, most everything movie star of all time remains as vivid as ever.
Younger moviegoers may wonder what all the fuss was about. Here, then, are 13 reasons why Taylor remains, decades after her prime and four years after her death, the queen of Hollywood.
1. In a way, she never left.
Even though she died in 2011, they're still showing her in commercials for her perfume, White Diamonds.
2. She's the original diva.
Long before Beyonce, the Kardashians, Jennifer Lopez, and other current divas, Taylor pretty much invented the concept that a celebrity's offscreen life was just as much a performance as onscreen, and just as much part of the job description. »
- Gary Susman
Enjoying the award-winning success of his latest television series, The Affair, Dominic West is set to capitalize on that exposure by joining the high profile Money Monster – a dramatic thriller to be directed by Jodie Foster, for TriStar Pictures. The script for the movie comes from Alan Difiore (The Bridge), Jim Kouf (Grimm) and Jamie Linden (10 Years), and has George Clooney pulling double duty as producer and star.
Clooney will play Lee Gates – the influential host of a stock investment television show, who gets a report wrong and causes a previously buoyant stock to plummet. An unhappy, armed investor forces his way into the studio while the show is live on air, and threatens the life of the host – demanding he undo the damage he has done and make the stock rise back to profitable levels before the closing bell.
West has joined the project as the CEO of the stricken company, »
- Sarah Myles
Lost in the Pacific
Brandon Routh ("Superman Returns") and Zhang YuQi ("White Deer Plain") are set to topline the cast of Vincent Zhou's multinational sci-fi thriller "Lost in the Pacific" at Arclight Films. Filming begins shortly at the Pinewood Malaysia Studios ahead of a 3D release around year's end.
Set in 2020, the story follows a group of elite passengers on board the inaugural luxury, transoceanic flight of a "futuristic Titanic in the sky". [Source: Variety]
Ferrell will play a husband who joins with his neighbors to start an illegal casino in his basement after he and his wife blow their daughter’s college fund. [Source: Variety]
- Garth Franklin
Not, as you could conceivably imagine, a CGI-laden thriller about a mountain of notes and coins that comes to life and terrorises people in a bank, Money Monster is instead Jodie Foster’s new drama, which will star George Clooney and Julia Roberts. And given that he’ll have time off between his current TV commitments, Dominic West will join them.Money Monster features Clooney as Lee Gates, a loud, gregarious financial TV host who offers up stock advice on his eponymous hit cable TV show in a style that would probably make Robert Peston blanch. Roberts will be Nancy Fenn, the director and executive producer of the show, who might also be closer to Gates.Also on board the drama? Jack O’Connell, playing Kyle Budwell, a blue-collar worker sick of the damage still being done by Wall Street. With a growing family to support, he decides to take »
Exclusive: Dominic West, between seasons of Showtime’s first-year hit drama The Affair, has signed on to star opposite George Clooney, Julia Roberts and Jack O’Connell in the Jodie Foster-directed Money Monster at TriStar Pictures. Clooney plays a Jim Cramer-type host of a stock investment show who makes a bad call on a hot stock. A disgruntled investor storms his studio with a gun in front of a live audience, and threatens to kill him if the stock price of the now beaten… »
Hot projects new to Screenbase include Nicolas Winding Refn feature The Neon Demon, Pope Francis biopic Francisco, Brady Corbet’s directorial debut The Childhood Of A Leader and a new adaptation by Wim Wenders.Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon
Principal photography will begin in Los Angeles on March 30. Gaumont and Wild Bunch are co-selling the title.
Brady Corbet’s [link »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Maud Le Rest)
From the impact of ‘The Scully Effect’ on young women, her dreams of doing a comedy with Jason Bateman, to why Paolo Nutini is a ‘living genius’, the actor was here to answer your questions. Read all her answers here
• Gillian Anderson on therapy, rebellion and ‘being weird’
Thank you everybody for joining me this afternoon - thanks for all the questions, and for making me think, and have a great day!
The conversation is in process. And the result ultimately is up to Fox.
I saw Streetcar at the Young Vic in July and later how they chose to present it live-to-tape when shown in cinemas via Nt Live, so I feel now I’ve seen three unique iterations of this production. I assumed the decision to go with a wide static frame and the long takes to compliment and keep »
- Guardian Staff
Dominic West (Pride), David Tennant (What We Did On Our Holiday) and Stacy Martin (Nymphomaniac) are to star in Glasgow-set drama-thriller I Feel Fine, which writer-director Lynne Ramsay and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy producer Robyn Slovo are executive-producing.
Set in the unforgiving streets of 1980s Glasgow the film will chart the story of teenager Jonny White who becomes embroiled in crime and drug addiction.
When a bounty is placed on his head for a crime he didn’t commit, White must get to the safe haven of rehab in order to stay »
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
With penises generally a no-go, how can we make TV nudity a more gender-equal affair? The Affair's Ruth Wilson has an idea: Force male actors to do embarrassing sex-face shots, too. Wilson tells The Edit that, during her sex scenes with Dominic West, she "kept insisting, 'Why have I always got to do the orgasm face? There should be a male orgasm face.'" And, in general: "'Why is it always the woman who’s orgasming? Let’s analyze the male orgasm.’" Somebody needs to show Ruth Wilson Outlander, immediately. »
- Nate Jones
The film adaptation of E.L. James' erotic novel bestseller "Fifty Shades of Grey" has become the fastest-selling R-rated title in the ticket seller's fifteen-year history. It is also scoring the biggest first week of ticket sales on Fandango for a non-sequel film since the first "The Hunger Games".
'Shares' is already topping the previous R-rated advance ticket first week sales figures of the previous record holders "Sex and the City 2," "The Hangover Part II," "The Hangover Part III" and "Gone Girl". [Source: Fandango]
- Garth Franklin
Sony Pictures Classics has announced the acquisition of North American rights to "Testament of Youth," directed by James Kent. Based on Vera Brittain’s World War I memoir of the same name, the story, adapted by Juliette Towhidi, follows Vera, an irrepressible, intelligent and free-minded young woman, who overcomes the prejudices of her family and hometown to win a scholarship to Oxford. The synopsis continues: "With everything to live for, she falls in love with her brother’s brilliant friend Roland Leighton as they go to University to pursue their literary dreams. But the First World War is looming and as the boys leave for the front, Vera realizes she cannot sit idly by as her peers fight for their country, so volunteers as a nurse and sets off for France. " The film stars Alicia Vikander, Kit Harington, Taron Egerton, Dominic West, Emily Watson, Colin Morgan, Miranda Richardson, Joanna Scanlan, »
- Casey Cipriani
Sony Pictures Classics has acquired the North American, Latin American and Asian distribution rights to Testament of Youth. The studio has not announced a release date at this time for director James Kent's adaptation of Vera Brittain's autobiography, although the film was released today in the U.K. Here's what the director had to say about the acquisition in a brief statement.
"I am thrilled to see Sony Pictures Classics partner on our journey in bringing Testament of Youth to the screen. I am so proud of this heartfelt, beautifully performed film of youthful hope and searing love that speaks across the ages."
"I have known Michael and Tom for many, many years and have admired their vision, integrity and passionate support of great films and original voices for even longer. »
Based on Vera Brittain’s World War I memoir of the same name, the film is directed by James Kent and adapted by Juliette Towhidi. Alicia Vikander stars as Brittain along with Kit Harington, Taron Egerton, Dominic West, Emily Watson, Colin Morgan and Miranda Richardson.
“Testament” premiered in October at the London Film Festival, where Guy Lodge called it “rousing” in his Variety review.
“Testament” is co-produced by Celia Duval, and executive produced by Christine Langan and Joe Oppenheimer of BBC Films, Richard Mansell, Zygi Kamasa of Lionsgate UK, Hugo Heppell of Screen Yorkshire, and Henrik Zein of Nordisk. The film was funded by BBC Films, Screen Yorkshire’s Yorkshire Content Fund, BFI, Nordisk Film Production, »
- Dave McNary
Sony Pictures Classics has acquired the North American, Latin American and Asian rights to Protagonist Pictures’ World War I drama “Testament of Youth,” starring “Game of Thrones” actor Kit Harington, the company announced on Friday.
The film, based on Vera Brittain’s memoir of the same name, follows the open-minded author’s journey to overcome prejudices of her family and hometown to win a scholarship to Oxford University, only to join her peers’ fight for their country by volunteering to be a nurse helping the wounded in France.
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- Greg Gilman
Vera Brittain’s memoir The Testament of Youth is as close to time travel as many of us will ever get. Her intoxicating writing style sucks you into an era full of promise, of tradition and – sadly, of course – immense loss. The book is incredibly dense and takes the reader through her younger years at school, her mission to get into Oxford, the outbreak of war and beyond as Vera gets involved in the aftermath (I use first names simply because, having read the book, I feel like more than a passing acquaintance!).
Though it is a slightly older woman who is writing the book itself, we see great insight into her younger self through the many diary entries, poems and letters that are quoted throughout the text which highlight her changing attitudes as the war continues and her life changes so dramatically.
There are so many elements to The »
- Amanda Keats
While the commonly accepted knowledge is that January in the movie world's dumping ground, there are some strong counter-arguments for that. This Friday, celebrated auteur Michael Mann unveils "Blackhat" (read our review and check out The 10 Best Performances In The Films Of Michael Mann), and also arriving in U.K. cinemas is "Testament Of Youth." If you're near a theater screening the flick, we urge you to check it out, and if not, we've got ten minutes worth clips to show you what the World War I drama delivers. Starring a stellar cast, including Alicia Vikander, Kit Harington, Taron Egerton, Emily Watson, Hayley Atwell, Dominic West, Miranda Richardson, and more, the film is adaptation of Vera Brittain's memoir, chronicling her decision to hold off attending Oxford in order to participate in the war effort after he fiancé and brother head into battle. It's a movie that, while not breaking any genre tropes, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Why do so many top Us TV dramas struggle to find a home in the UK schedules? Here are a few that you’re missing out on
If Kevin Spacey winning the Golden Globe for best actor in a TV drama has reignited your enthusiasm for House of Cards, you’re in luck: the entire third season will be available, worldwide, on Netflix from 27 February . But if Ruth Wilson winning best actress piqued your interest in Showtime’s The Affair – which also beat House of Cards to win best TV drama – things get a little more complicated.
Despite starring Brit exports Wilson and Dominic West and being produced by the cable channel behind Homeland, The Affair hasn’t yet been picked up in the UK. That seems odd in an age where it’s possible to watch a simulcast of the first episode of Game of Thrones when it broadcasts »
- Graeme Virtue
After a '70s BBC TV adaptation, Vera Brittain's World War I memoir Testament of Youth comes to the big screen this week under the stewardship of Harry Potter producer David Heyman and director James Kent. What emerges is a well-mounted drama that's a moving look at the seismic effect the Great War had on a generation.
Fast-rising Swedish star Alicia Vikander is the beating heart of the story, bringing spirit and steely determination (not to mention an impeccable British accent) to the role of Brittain. This will come as no surprise to those who caught her in A Royal Affair and Anna Karenina, and with Testament of Youth the first of eight films she has coming up in 2015, it's looking like a big year. »
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Tina Fey and Amy Poehler finished their three-year run hosting the Golden Globe Awards and we’re already begging them for one more. If not another hosting gig, then we’d love to see Tina and Amy pull together their outrageous comedy chops to remake a classic film. Is Amy a Wayne or is Tina? Who would be a better substitute for Leo in Titanic? Who can rock those famous black pants at the end of Grease? Honestly, as long as these two keep making things together, we’ll be happy!
Last night, we asked celebs on the red carpet which film they’d like to see Tina and Amy take a stab at recreating. Lorde thinks that Tina should reprise her work in Mean Girls, while Dominic West, Jon Voight, and Downton Abbey‘s Allan Leech have some other ideas.
- Lauren Elizabeth Thompson
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) presented the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards on Sunday. The awards show was hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler for a third year, and George Clooney was presented with the Cecil B. DeMille Award. "Boyhood" ended up taking home the trophy for the best film in the drama category. The movie also won for best supporting actress (Patricia Arquette) and best director (Richard Linklater). On the comedy/musical side, "The Grand Budapest Hotel" won the top prize, beating "Birdman," which many thought would be the winner. "The Grand Budapest Hotel" didn't win in any other categories. Michael Keaton, however, won for best actor for "Birdman." Check out the full list of nominees and winner (in red) below. Best Motion Picture -. Drama * Boyhood * Foxcatcher * The Imitation Game * Selma * The Theory of Everything Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture -. Drama »
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