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Controversial figures apparently attract Marina Zenovich. After her celebrated docu “Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired” and its less acclaimed follow-up, the documentarian tackles the rococo ups, downs and reincarnations that marked a brilliant comedian’s career in “Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic.” Though the film features a number of fellow comics praising Pryor’s genius, from Bob Newhart to Whoopi Goldberg, Zenovich concentrates on those lawyers, agents, wives and collaborators most central to the different stages of his highly eventful life. Skedded for a May 31 Showtime airing, this straight-ahead docu, like its subject, packs surprising punches.
Zenovich generously samples bestselling comedy LPs, early TV appearances and film clips representing the different Pryors on display, from the Bill Cosby-like crossover comedian who enjoyed great initial success, wowing Vegas only to utterly sabotage himself, to the phoenix that rose from the ashes of near-fatal self-immolation. In between, she taps any number »
- Ronnie Scheib
Heavyweight boxer, James Bond stuntman and bodyguard to Hollywood stars
The abiding memory that millions around the world will have of Nosher Powell, who has died aged 84, is of him fighting in vain to save his aeroplane after it had been attacked by a seagull in Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines (1965). Gert Fröbe may have been the German officer in charge of the plane but it was Powell who, as the stuntman and double, ended up in the water.
Powell's first appearance as a stuntman was in Laurence Olivier's Henry V (1944). He also had small roles in David Lean's Oliver Twist (1948) and Cosh Boy (1953), with Joan Collins. In 1952 he was a boxer in Emergency Call, in which he fought the former world champion Freddie Mills. Powell had a decent if not outstanding boxing career himself, reaching No 3 in the British heavyweight rankings.
George Frederick Bernard Powell was born in Camberwell, »
- James Morton
they're not the stars but they steal the show. Chosen by the Guide's film writers, the prizes for the 23 best supporting actors of 2013 go to …
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There are times you feel as if Swinton has made it her mission to eradicate all traces of natural provenance. She's achieved an almost clone-like physical presence: an ageless, androgynous, translucent-skinned human blank, ready to be moulded into whatever role she's assigned. And boy does she get through them. She's been everything from a distressed housewife to the Angel Gabriel; corporate lawyer to Narnian ice queen. But in personality terms, she's the complete opposite of a blank. Malleable though she may be, Swinton has ironically become her own trademark. »
- Francesca Babb, Alex Godfrey, Andrea Hubert, Charlie Lyne, Phelim O'Neill, John Patterson, Steve Rose
O'Leary revealed in an interview with the Daily Telegraph that he had turned down the chance to appear on BBC politics show Question Time, but said that he would consider fronting his own politics project.
The TV host said that he fancied taking part in Question Time to "satiate my ego", but admitted that he had concerns about expressing his views and opinions in an age of "internet-generated instant opinion".
"However, I'm into politics," he added. "And I'd like to host a political show, though my manager will probably shudder to hear me say it."
In 2003, O'Leary was asked by The Guardian whether he leaned politically towards Labour, Tory, Liberal or Socialist Workers and the TV star replied: "I suspect that these days I'm politically closest to the Socialist Workers, but they'd take all my money so it's still Labour. »
Feature Sarah Dobbs Jan 31, 2013
As the anniversary of his passing approaches, Sarah looks back over the career of Boris Karloff - one of cinema's true icons...
If there’s one classic movie star I’d love to have met, it’s Boris Karloff. Now, he’s mostly remembered for his breakthrough role in Universal’s 1931 adaptation of Frankenstein: if you close your eyes right now and imagine Karloff, chances are it’s in green face paint with bolts in either side of his neck. But there was a hell of a lot more to him than that.
Karloff was an amazingly talented actor who brought something special to just about every role he played, and it would have been amazing to get the chance to sit down and talk to him about his life and career, to get his perspective on fame, Hollywood, horror, acting, and all the rest of it. »
Dermot O'Leary has revealed that he wants to bring back This Is Your Life. The X Factor host told Digital Spy that he thinks "there's room... in the schedules" for the classic biographical programme, providing that the celebrities honoured with its famous red books don't "scrape the bottom of the barrel". "Maybe [I'll bring back] This Is Your Life, I'd quite like to do that," he said. "I think there's room for This Is Your Life. "I think there's room for it in the schedules, but you have to be over about 45 I think is the qualification. "You wouldn't want to scrape the bottom of the barrel with the guests, you've got to have proper legends doing it. And you'd have to reinvent it as well." (more) »
- By Daniel Sperling
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