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19 items from 2011


Meet the young cast of Labyrinth

30 December 2011 4:00 AM, PST | ScreenTerrier | See recent ScreenTerrier news »

Based on Kate Mosse’s international bestseller, Labyrinth is a four-hour event miniseries which will take a global audience on a richly compelling journey through the South of France of the present, and the dark and tortured landscape of the Crusades and Cathar massacres of medieval times. Two spirited and charismatic heroines must somehow work together across the centuries in order to save a four thousand year-old secret from falling into the wrong hands.

Jessica Brown Findlay stars as Alaïs Pelletier. Jessica (represented by Troika) made her film debut in the coming-of-age drama Albatross. She also played Rachel in Misfits, and was recently seen as Abi in Black Mirror:15 Million Merits on Channel 4. She also appears in Downton Abbey as the politically engaged youngest daughter, Lady Sybil Crawley.

Jessica began her career as a dancer, training with the National Youth Ballet and was asked at the age of »

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Harry Morgan obituary

8 December 2011 4:07 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Actor best known as the warm and authoritative Colonel Potter in M*A*S*H

The actor Harry Morgan, who has died aged 96, was best known as Colonel Sherman T Potter, commander of the 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital in M*A*S*H, the wonderfully witty and sharp television series set in an army camp during the Korean war. He played Potter, an expert surgeon and a father figure in the camp, from 1978 until 1983.

Those who knew Morgan from films alone might have been surprised by his warm and authoritative performance as Potter. Throughout the 1940s and 1950s, as a supporting actor, he played runtish bad guys and worms that seldom turned. He gradually began to reveal a more likable side, as a musician buddy of Glenn Miller (James Stewart) in The Glenn Miller Story (1954) and in the typically bland 50s TV sitcom December Bride (1954-58). Later, he played »

- Ronald Bergan

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Harry Morgan, 1915 - 2011

8 December 2011 2:13 PM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

"Harry Morgan, the prolific character actor best known for playing the acerbic but kindly Colonel Potter in the long-running television series M*A*S*H, died on Wednesday morning at his home in Los Angeles," reports Michael Pollak in the New York Times. "In more than 100 movies, Mr Morgan played Western bad guys, characters with names like Rocky and Shorty, loyal sidekicks, judges, sheriffs, soldiers, thugs and police chiefs…. In The Ox-Bow Incident (1943), which starred Henry Fonda, he was praised for his portrayal of a drifter caught up in a lynching in a Western town…. He went on to appear in All My Sons (1948), based on the Arthur Miller play, with Edward G Robinson and Burt Lancaster; The Big Clock (1948), in which he played a silent, menacing bodyguard to Charles Laughton; Yellow Sky (1949), with Gregory Peck and Anne Baxter; and the critically praised western High Noon (1952), with Gary Cooper. Among »

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Harry Morgan: 1915-2011

7 December 2011 10:11 AM, PST | IMDb News

Harry Morgan, the actor best known for his role as the well-respected, sometimes irascible Colonel Sherman T. Potter in the long-running series "M*A*S*H", died Wednesday morning at his home in Los Angeles. He was 96.

He was born Harry Bratsberg on April 10, 1915 in Detroit, Michigan, to Henry and Anna Bratsberg, where his father worked for war hero and car designer Eddie Rickenbacker. The family soon moved to Muskegon, Michigan, where Harry, hoping to be a lawyer, became heavily involved debate and speech classes; his junior year in high school he won a debate championship at the University of Michigan. He attended the University of Chicago for a few years, before leaving school and finding employment with an office equipment maker who eventually sent him to Washington D.C. It was during his time in Washington D.C. that Harry got his start on the stage, joining the Civic Theater in Ben Hecht’s "Front Page". Eventually, he moved on to a Mt. Kisco summer stock theater company, where he met and acted regularly with actress Frances Farmer. Ms. Farmer had quite an impact of his life; she promoted his career by involving him to acting classes with Elia Kazan, and also introduced him to her University of Washington classmate Eileen Detchon. He married Detchon in 1940 and they would have four children, sons Christopher, Charles, Paul and Daniel. Harry's stage career continued to grow, as he joined New York's Group Theater, whose members included Kazan, Karl Malden and Lee J. Cobb. When Hollywood agent Charlie Feldman saw him perform on Broadway, he signed the young actor and had him quickly under studio contract with Twentieth Century Fox, where he changed his name to Henry Morgan.

Harry and Eileen made the move to Hollywood in the early 1942 and his first billed appearance (as Henry Morgan) came that year in To the Shores of Tripoli. To avoid confusion with a popular comedian of the time, another name change soon followed, and he became Harry Morgan. Morgan’s film career prospered, and in the next 5 decades he appeared in many now-legendary dramatic films, including The Ox-Bow Incident, All My Sons, Madame Bovary, High Noon, The Glenn Miller Story, Inherit the Wind, Cimarron, How the West Was Won, Frankie and Johnny, The Apple Dumpling Gang and The Shootist.

While building this impressive film resume, Morgan was simultaneously working regularly in radio and television, with brief roles in "Alfred Hitchcock Presents", "Cavalcade of America" and "The Twentieth Century Fox Hour" before landing the role of comedic neighbor Pete Porter in "December Bride", which eventually lead to the spin-off series "Pete and Gladys". In 1963, his TV career took a turn toward more serious projects, as part of the ensemble in "The Richard Boone Show" and an iconic role as Officer Bill Gannon in 1967’s "Dragnet". The series, and his performance in it, was not only a precursor to modern police and detective series, but would also inform the 1987 film Dragnet, a comedic reimagination of the show starring Dan Aykroyd and Tom Hanks; Morgan appeared in this film as Captain Bill Gannon.

Despite decades spent working in film and TV, it would be his work in the TV series "M*A*S*H" that made him instantly recognizable around the world. After a memorable, Emmy-nominated guest turn as loony Major General Steele at the beginning of the third season in 1974, Morgan was invited back to join the cast a year later as Colonel Sherman T. Potter, the late-career Army man sent to run the eccentric medical unit after the loss of their previous commanding officer. Morgan's nuanced performance as dedicated leader and surgeon with an unwavering sense of right and wrong combined with a father-like protectiveness of his staff, allowed Potter to grow organically through the long run of the series. The small touches he brought to the role – Potter's paintings were done by Morgan himself, and the picture of Mildred Potter on Potter’s desk was actually Morgan's wife Eileen – only added to the authentic humanity of his portrayal, and in 1980 Morgan won an Emmy for his performance. After the series came to an end in 1983, Morgan continued the role in the short-lived spin-off "AfterMASH".

After the death of his wife Eileen in 1985, he kept himself busy making guest appearances in series such as "The Love Boat" and took a regular role in the single season run of "Blacke's Magic". In December of 1986, he married Barbara Bushman, the granddaughter of silent film star Francis X. Bushman. His work as a TV guest star continued through the late 1990s in "The Simpsons," "3rd Rock from the Sun," "Grace Under Fire", and his final movie work included Family Plan and the short film Crosswalk.

He is survived by Barbara, his sons Christopher, Charles and Paul, and grandchildren Spencer, Rosemary and Jeremy.

He was preceded in death by his first wife Eileen in 1985 and his son Daniel in 1989. »

- Heather Campbell

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Noel Gallagher Slams Katie Holmes after Bodyguard Demands Video of Impromptu Meeting

21 November 2011 4:53 AM, PST | National Ledger | See recent National Ledger news »

Oasis star Noel Gallagher wasn’t too impressed after meeting Katie Holmes backstage at the Us talk show Letterman. The 44-year-old singer slammed the Dawson's Creek actress, 32, on his blog over the weekend. Noel seemed excited to meet Tom Cruise’s wife in the New York studio but felt snubbed after the encounter. He wrote: "We literally bumped into that top Scientologist Katie Holmes on the way into the studio. We came out of the lift and Bang, there she was." Noel and his pal Scully were so pleased to see the beauty that they filmed the meeting. "Scully was doing a bit of filming for my website and managed to capture the moment," wrote Noel. But the All My Sons Actress was not flattered and sent her security over to get the film destroyed. "She looked a bit miffed at the various North-West accents and some vigorous handshaking, but »

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Portrait of the artist: Julie Walters, actor

31 October 2011 5:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

'The worst thing anyone ever wrote? "Julie Walters obviously thinks she's got good legs." That was painful'

What got you started?

I just had a desire to entertain from a very early age. When I was really teeny, I used to pull the curtains across the bay window and come out, play my plastic ukulele, and pretend to be Elvis Presley or Lonnie Donegan.

Who or what have you sacrificed for your art?

My health. I didn't realise how stressful acting is until I did [the BBC film] A Short Stay in Switzerland. There was a collage of my character having all these health tests. A real nurse was doing them, and she said: "Ooh, your blood pressure's really high." It was because she had taken it during filming.

Has fame been difficult to cope with?

It would be churlish to say it has, but it has its problems. It's odd for kids. »

- Laura Barnett

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Portrait of the artist: Julie Walters, actor

31 October 2011 5:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

'The worst thing anyone ever wrote? "Julie Walters obviously thinks she's got good legs." That was painful'

What got you started?

I just had a desire to entertain from a very early age. When I was really teeny, I used to pull the curtains across the bay window and come out, play my plastic ukulele, and pretend to be Elvis Presley or Lonnie Donegan.

Who or what have you sacrificed for your art?

My health. I didn't realise how stressful acting is until I did [the BBC film] A Short Stay in Switzerland. There was a collage of my character having all these health tests. A real nurse was doing them, and she said: "Ooh, your blood pressure's really high." It was because she had taken it during filming.

Has fame been difficult to cope with?

It would be churlish to say it has, but it has its problems. It's odd for kids. »

- Laura Barnett

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Newly-single Metcalf Heading To London Stage

28 September 2011 6:36 PM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Former Roseanne actress Laurie Metcalf is set to leave her marriage troubles behind and escape to London next spring to star in a West End drama.

Actor Matt Roth, Metcalf's second husband of eight years, filed for divorce last week (ends23Sep11), but she is refusing to let her personal issues derail her career - the actress is returning to the London stage for a production of Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey Into Night.

Previews for the drama are scheduled to begin on 2 April at the Apollo Theater and the production will run until August, reports trade paper Daily Variety.

Metcalf last appeared in the West End in Arthur Miller's All My Sons in 2001. »

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12 Fun Facts about Katie Holmes

26 August 2011 4:04 PM, PDT | Momlogic | See recent Momlogic news »

Actress and mom Katie Holmes returns to the big screen this weekend in the horror film "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark." Which film role did she land on her first Hollywood audition? Find the answer and other interesting facts about Katie right here! Fun Katie Holmes FactsShe's a Buckeye

Born and raised in Toledo, Ohio, Katie Holmes attended an all-girls Roman Catholic academy and acted in their theater productions.

Go Be a Star!

After a few modeling gigs, Katie was encouraged her to go to L.A. for TV pilot season and in her first audition won a part in the 1997 film "The Ice Storm." An audition tape was sent to "Dawson's Creek" creator Kevin Williamson in 1998 - and she was cast as series regular Joey Potter. The show ran for six seasons.

'Dawson' Love

Holmes dated "Dawson's Creek" co-star Joshua Jackson during the first few years of the show, »

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12 Fun Facts about Katie Holmes

25 August 2011 2:51 PM, PDT | Extra | See recent Extra news »

Actress Katie Holmes returns to the big screen this weekend in the horror film "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark." Which film role did she land on her first Hollywood audition?

Find the answer and other interesting facts about Katie right here!

Fun Katie Holmes FactsShe's a Buckeye

Born and raised in Toledo, Ohio, Katie Holmes attended an all-girls Roman Catholic academy and acted in their theater productions.

Go Be a Star!

After a few modeling gigs, »

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The BBC's Great Expectations rounds out its cast

2 July 2011 8:14 AM, PDT | ScreenTerrier | See recent ScreenTerrier news »

Shooting is set to start this Monday on the BBC's three-part TV adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic novel Great Expectations.

Written by Sarah Phelps, and directed by Brian Kirk, it's billed as being "part thriller, part mystery, with a powerful love story at its heart and Dickens' trademark wit and characterisation throughout, Sarah Phelps' three-part adaptation embraces all of these qualities, delivering a vibrant, visceral, story."

Joining the already announced Ray Winstone (Magwitch), Douglas Booth (Pip), Gillian Anderson (Miss Haversham) and Izzy Meikle-Small (Young Estella) are:

24 year old Vanessa Kirby (represented by Ken McReddie), who this week made it on to Screen International's Stars of Tomorrow 2011 list, has been cast as Estella. After studying at Exeter University, Vanessa turned down a place at Lamda drama school last year after being offered the opportunity to appear in three productions at the Bolton Octagon: Arthur Miller's All My Sons, »

- noreply@blogger.com (ScreenTerrier)

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Guardian young arts critic competition: 2010 winning entries

19 June 2011 4:09 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Read the winning entries from 2010

Overall Winner

Film, 14-18s

Alice in Wonderland by Rebecca Grant, 15

Tim Burton has snatched the beautifully eccentric odyssey that we once lovingly knew as Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, wrung it dry of anything resembling the endearingly capricious originality of the children's classic, and slung the disgusting dregs into a pretentious, Disneyfied quest movie replete with, frankly, un-special effects.

Burton's insistence that his film was not a re-imagining or sequel to other "Alice movies" made me wonder whether he had actually read the book at all. Nineteen-year-old Alice, played by the apparently tranquilised Mia Wasikowska, spends a disproportionate amount of time at the beginning of the movie prancing around in a tediously twee caricature of Victorian high society. When the dopey antagonist finally wiggles her way into Wonderland, we are ambushed by the White Rabbit, the Dormouse, the Dodo, Tweedledum and Tweedledee all at once, »

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Guardian young arts critic competition: 2010 winning entries

19 June 2011 4:09 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Read the winning entries from 2010

Overall Winner

Film, 14-18s

Alice in Wonderland by Rebecca Grant, 15

Tim Burton has snatched the beautifully eccentric odyssey that we once lovingly knew as Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, wrung it dry of anything resembling the endearingly capricious originality of the children's classic, and slung the disgusting dregs into a pretentious, Disneyfied quest movie replete with, frankly, un-special effects.

Burton's insistence that his film was not a re-imagining or sequel to other "Alice movies" made me wonder whether he had actually read the book at all. Nineteen-year-old Alice, played by the apparently tranquilised Mia Wasikowska, spends a disproportionate amount of time at the beginning of the movie prancing around in a tediously twee caricature of Victorian high society. When the dopey antagonist finally wiggles her way into Wonderland, we are ambushed by the White Rabbit, the Dormouse, the Dodo, Tweedledum and Tweedledee all at once, »

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Despite snubs, Daniel Radcliffe and Chris Rock presenting at Tony Awards

24 May 2011 10:30 AM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Turns out taking the high road leads to the Beacon Theater, at least for Daniel Radcliffe and Chris Rock who were left off the list of Tony Awards nominees but will still be presenting at the June 12 kudos. Radcliffe, who made his musical debut this season in the nominated revival of "How to Succeed," will also be performing with the rest of the cast on the CBS show. This is the second time that Radcliffe has failed to win over the Tony nominating committee. He was also snubbed two seasons ago for his Broadway debut in a revival of the play "Equus" but he appeared alongside Katie Holmes (who had been similarly overlooked for "All My Sons") at the 2009 Tonys. Rock is making his stage debut this year in the Best Play nominee "The Motherf***er With the Hat." Three of his co-stars are in contention: lead actor Bobby Canavale »

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Elia Kazan: biggest rat of the pack

12 May 2011 4:06 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Star-maker, success, scoundrel – Elia Kazan defined his era. David Thomson marvels at the divisive subject of Martin Scorsese's new documentary

One way and another, in the middle decades of the 20th century, Elia Kazan became a central figure in American culture. He offered himself as the archetypal despised immigrant who had made it in the new world. He had been born in Istanbul in 1909 and he arrived in New York in 1913 as the son of a rug merchant. He was smart, hugely ambitious, drawn to women, and an inspiring conspirator (and betrayer) with guys. He went to a good school, Williams College in Massachusetts, but felt looked down on by the upper-class white girls. So he slept with them, and he excelled at every competitive urging. In the early 30s he apprenticed to the Group Theater as an actor, a possible director and a handyman who could fix physical problems – chairs, »

- David Thomson

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Legally Blonde Leads U.K. Stage Awards

21 February 2011 12:16 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

The British stage adaptation of hit movie Legally Blonde has triumphed after landing a series of prizes at London's What's On Stage awards.

The musical received four trophies over the weekend (19-20Feb11), including Best Actress in a Musical for Sheridan Smith, who plays the role Reese Witherspoon famously portrayed in the big screen original.

The show, staged at the Savoy Theatre in the U.K. capital, also won prizes for Best Supporting Actress (Jill Halfpenny), Best New Musical and Best Choreographer.

Meanwhile, Andrew Lloyd Webber's Love Never Dies scored two awards for Best Actor (Ramin Karimloo) and Best Supporting Actor (Joseph Millson).

Glee actor Jonathan Groff was also named Newcomer of the Year for his turn in Deathtrap.

Poirot star David Suchet was applauded as he picked up the Best Actor in a Play title for All My Sons, while his co-star Zoe Wanamaker won the female equivalent.

The musical Wicked, which was inspired by the Wonderful Wizard of Oz, took home two trophies including Best West End Show for the second consecutive year. »

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Britain's Olivier Awards Nominate and Relaunch

7 February 2011 11:00 AM, PST | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

The Society of London Theatre today announced the nominations for its 2011 Olivier Awards, the U.K. equivalent of the Tonys. "Love Never Dies," the sequel to "The Phantom of the Opera," garnered the most nominations with seven, despite opening to a mixed reception. Solt also announced initiatives to revitalize the awards ceremony and reach a broader audience. The society has entered a three-year partnership with MasterCard that will fund efforts to boost the image of the Olivier Awards and London theater around the world. Additionally, Solt announced a new agreement with the BBC for the ceremony to be broadcast live on BBC television and radio. The Olivier Awards will be presented at Theatre Royal Drury Lane on March 13. The nominations for the 2011 Olivier Awards are:Best ActressTracie Bennett, "End of the Rainbow"Nancy Carroll, "After the Dance"Tamsin Greig, "The Little Dog Laughed"Sophie Thompson, "Clybourne Park"Best ActorRoger Allam, "Henry IV Parts 1 & 2"Derek Jacobi, »

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Webber's Phantom Sequel Leads Olivier Nominations

7 February 2011 8:06 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber's latest production Love Never Dies is in line to be one of the big winners at the Laurence Olivier Awards in Britain next month after picking up seven nominations.

The theatre impresario's Phantom of the Opera sequel has received nods in the Best New Musical category, as well as musical acting nominations for the show's stars Ramin Karimloo, Sierra Boggess and Summer Strallen, despite mixed reviews from critics.

Acting veteran Sir Derek Jacobi is up for the Best Actor prize for his acclaimed turn in King Lear, and will compete for the honour against David Suchet (All My Sons), Mark Ryland (La Bete), Roger Alam (Henry VI) and Rory Kinnear (Hamlet).

Emma Thompson's sister Sophie is up for Best Actress for Clybourne Park alongside Episodes star Tamsin Greig for The Little Dog Laughed, Tracie Bennett for End of the Rainbow and Nancy Carroll for After The Dance.

Clybourne Park, The Little Dog Laughed, Sucker Punch, Tribes and End of the Rainbow will compete for the Best New Play honour.

The awards, which celebrate the best of the year's West End shows, will take place at London's Theatre Royal Drury Lane on 13 March. »

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Jonathan Deroko... Got the Part!

24 January 2011 11:00 AM, PST | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Jonathan Deroko opened Back Stage and saw the casting notice for Arthur Miller's "All My Sons" at the Newport Theatre Arts Center. He wanted to audition, but unfortunately he had broken his ankle and was walking on crutches. "As the audition got nearer, I was debating whether or not I should go," he says. "I had surgery on the ankle, and then I had to make sure that I would be ready for the opening and the production. Once I figured out the time frame and that I would be okay for the performance, I felt like it was okay to go to the audition."He auditioned for the role of Chris Keller, the son who returns from war. Director David Colley, who had previously seen Deroko in Ntac's production of "A Few Good Men," was impressed with Deroko's audition. "His monologue was very strong," remembers Colley. "He had »

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