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Dame Maggie Smith, one of the nation's most loved actresses, has made a welcome return to our Sunday nights as the Dowager Countess in series four of the wildly successful Downton Abbey. With a career spanning over half a century, the screen icon has seen it all and has become synonymous with British film and television.
It was hard to choose them, but we've put together a list of the ten most interesting facts about the fabulous dame:
1. Originally an Essex girl, Margaret Natalie Smith was born in December 1934. Her mother was a Glaswegian secretary, while her father was a public health pathologist at Oxford University. The family moved to Oxford when 'Maggie' was four years old. She had her eyes set on the limelight from a young age and studied acting at The Oxford Playhouse as soon as she left secondary school at 16.
2. Not every BAFTA nominee for 'Best »
A collection of original music, the game's score, and tracks featured in the game's radio stations make up the massive "Grand Theft Auto V" music collection, out now on iTunes.
Oh, I get it--69 tracks. Clever, Rockstar.
The three volumes are available now as either separate purchases at $9.99 each or as a single download for $24.99 via iTunes. The collection includes original music from artists like Twin Shadow and Neon Indian on "Vol. 1: Original Music," to the incidental music and score of "Vol. 2: The Score," and remixed and licensed songs on "Vol. 3: The Soundtrack."
The release of the soundtrack continues Rockstar's media domination following the billion dollar launch of "GTA V" last week for the PS3 and Xbox 360. It's also not the first time they've had a major launch for one of the game's soundtracks: fans of "Vice City" may recall the lavish soundtrack for that game which »
- Charles Webb
By Rachel Bennett
Television Editor & Columnist
Every Friday, Rachel recaps the week’s major TV-related news, announcements and gossip!
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• CBS’s How I Met Your Mother was renewed for a ninth and final season. Maybe we will finally meet the mother?
• The rumors have been put to rest: HBO’s Girls is coming back for a third season and will feature 12 episodes instead of 10.
• Meet the girl at the center of Disney Channel’s Girl Meets World pilot: Following a lengthy search, 11-year-old Rowan Blanchard will play Riley Matthews, the daughter of Cory (Ben Savage) and Topanga (Danielle Fishel), in the spinoff of ABC’s Boy Meets World. Sabrina Carpenter has been tapped as Maya Fox, Riley’s best friend.
• Ben »
- Rachel Bennett
Dunham and Konner, the creative minds behind a little show called Girls, are developing an HBO comedy based on All Dressed Up and Nowhere to Go — the memoir of Bergdorf Goodman's personal-shopper-slash-legend Betty Halbreich. (They plan to co-write.) Now seems like a very good time to read The New Yorker's recent profile of Halbreich, who says things like "not with your behind, kid" and freezes linens before she irons them. It works better than starch, apparently. »
- Amanda Dobbins
Nowhere to Go (1958) starts well, with an almost nine-minute prison break sequence that's highly unusual because it shows someone breaking into a prison. In this case it's Bernard Lee (M in James Bond) who's the one scaling the wall. Bold? Perhaps...but it certainly sets the tone for what is surely an eventful film...
George Nader plays suave conman Paul Gregory, who latches onto wealthy widow Harriet Johnson because she has a rare coin collection. Posing as a playwright stuck on 'the second act' he arranges the sale of her coins, insisting that he be paid on her behalf in cash for the £50,000. At this point, I could delve further into the plot but...well...I think you can guess the rest.
Jazz fans will enjoy the jazz score by British star Dizzy Reece. Non-jazz fans like me might find it grating at times. Do not watch this movie if you've got a headache. »
(Seth Holt, 1958, StudioCanal, PG)
In 1956 Sir Michael Balcon appointed the Observer's energetic 29-year-old theatre critic, Kenneth Tynan, as Ealing Studios' script editor at a handsome £2,000 a year. His job was to bring in new writers, actors and ideas. Little came of this. Tynan suggested some interesting projects, all passed on to other studios. He wrote a brilliant six-page letter to Balcon about what was wrong with the unadventurous way he ran Ealing that was probably never posted, and he co-scripted the tough, low-budget thriller Nowhere to Go, the studio's penultimate production.
Tynan's collaborator on Nowhere to Go was Seth Holt, veteran Ealing editor and producer who was determined his directorial debut should be "the least Ealing film ever made". A realistic noir thriller in an American tradition that was then coming to an end, it has none of Ealing's Little Englishness, respect for authority or sense of community. Its »
- Philip French
★★★★☆ Seth Holt's Nowhere to Go (1958), starring George Nader, Maggie Smith and Bernard Lee, is a film which still packs a punch more than fifty years after its initial release. Paul Gregory (Nader) is a crook. Stealing a valuable coin collection from vulnerable widow Harriet Jefferson (Bessie Love), he sells it, puts the money in a safe deposit box and allows himself to be captured. Expecting to get five years maximum, he is shocked when he is jailed for ten. With the help of his friend Victor Sloane (Lee), Paul escapes and goes on the run, in the process meeting socialite Bridget Howard (Smith). Bridget is determined to help Paul, but for how long can they evade the law?
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- CineVue UK
Nowhere to Go, 1958.
Directed by Seth Holt.
After breaking out of prison, a thief and conman attempts to flee the country only to end up on the run in the Welsh countryside.
Don’t expect to sympathise with a man like Paul Gregory (George Nader). He’s used up his friends, burned all his bridges and leeched off the goodwill of strangers long enough. Cool indifference and conversational sleight of hand are his professional trademark. He engineers friendships, cultivates sympathy and expects everyone to consider human relations in the same manner.
Paul Gregory is a con man. It’d be more honest to call him a high-functioning sociopath, as the actions that lead him from one disaster to the next all hinge on his inability to truly feel anything for anyone else. He says his friends call him ‘Greg’. What friends? »
8 items from 2013
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