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Book Review: "MGM British Studios: Hollywood In Borehamwood" (Bearmanor Media) By Derej Pykett

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MGM British Studios: Hollywood in Borehamwood

By Derek Pykett (Published by BearManor Media £20.00), 444 Pages, Softcover, Isbn: 9781593938833 (also available £26.50 Hardcover)

Review by Tim Greaves

Several of the greatest films of all time were made at MGM British Studios and some of Hollywood's most prolific names laid foot upon the stages there. In an eminently readable trip down memory lane, “MGM British Studios: Hollywood in Borehamwood” is a bounteous treasure trove primarily comprising interesting and amusing memories of some of those who had the privilege to work there. Sub-titled "Celebrating 100 Years of the Film Studios of Elstree/Borehamwood", the tome boasts a voluminous collection of stories from those who worked in front of and behind the camera back in those halcyon days – some names are familiar, others not so much, but all of them have tales to tell; if nothing else, author Derek Pykett deserves an award for his prowess in undertaking
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Long Before Obi-Wan There Were the Eight D'Ascoynes: Guinness Day

Alec Guinness: Before Obi-Wan Kenobi, there were the eight D’Ascoyne family members (photo: Alec Guiness, Dennis Price in ‘Kind Hearts and Coronets’) (See previous post: “Alec Guinness Movies: Pre-Star Wars Career.”) TCM won’t be showing The Bridge on the River Kwai on Alec Guinness day, though obviously not because the cable network programmers believe that one four-hour David Lean epic per day should be enough. After all, prior to Lawrence of Arabia TCM will be presenting the three-and-a-half-hour-long Doctor Zhivago (1965), a great-looking but never-ending romantic drama in which Guinness — quite poorly — plays a Kgb official. He’s slightly less miscast as a mere Englishman — one much too young for the then 32-year-old actor — in Lean’s Great Expectations (1946), a movie that fully belongs to boy-loving (in a chaste, fatherly manner) fugitive Finlay Currie. And finally, make sure to watch Robert Hamer’s dark comedy Kind Hearts and Coronets
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Interview: Matthew Rhys Red Carpet for ‘The Scapegoat’ at Chicago International Film Festival

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Chicago – The new film “The Scapegoat” made a premiere splash at the 48th Chicago International Film Festival, with lead actor Matthew Rhys – of TV’s “Brothers & Sisters” – and director Charles Sturridge walking the Red Carpet on Thursday, October 18th. The festival wraps up this week on October 25th.

The Scapegoat” is an adaptation of author Daphne Du Maurier’s novel of the same name. It involves two lookalike men (both played by Matthew Rhys) who switch lives with dire consequences. This film is breakout for the Welsh-born Rhys, who is also known for his stage work and his recent appearance in the BBC produced “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” which aired on “Masterpiece Theater” in the former colonies. Director Charles Sturridge has mostly done television, with the notable exception of “Fairy Tale: A True Story” (1997).

Photographer Joe Arce was also on the Red Carpet to capture the photos, and HollywoodChicago.
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Dominic Minghella Plans Puccini Movie

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Dominic Minghella, brother of the late Oscar-winning filmmaker Anthony, is currently prepping three films for his Island Pictures banner with a Puccini biopic likely to go first.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Minghella has written the $19 million-budgeted costume drama on which he hopes to make his feature directorial debut. Rainer Mockert is already onboard as producer.

The story follows the opera composer who lived the high life due to the rewards from the classical works he created. The action is set during his dry spell between his two most famed operas - "La Boheme" and "Madame Butterfly" - and the unique relationship with a housemaid that helped him break out of it.

Minghella and partner Sarah Beardsall are also developing an adaptation of Ben Hatch's UK travelog "Are We Nearly There Yet?" and an original script by Australian comedienne Tania Lacey called "Virtually Kitty".

Minghella's previous work includes creating and
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TV review: The Thick Of It; The Scapegoat

Whisper it – The Thick Of It isn't very funny. Even the swearing has lost its edge

It's like … what's something you really look forward to for a long time but which turns out to be not all that? Losing your virginity? A cigarette at the end of a long haul flight? The Stone Roses' Second Coming? Actually, I think Second Coming is underrated and brilliant, so not like that; smoking, and the other, I've forgotten. Anyway, there's no escaping it: this opening episode to the fourth (and probably final) series of The Thick of It (BBC2), one of the smartest, funniest British TV shows ever made, is – whisper it – disappointing.

The opposition from the last series is now in power. So the Ken Clarke-ish Peter Mannion is the new minister at the DoSAC, and he's flanked, ineptly, by advisers Phil and Emma. But this is a coalition government,
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Bafta TV special: Ant and Dec, Anna Maxwell Martin, Kayvan Novak, Andrew Scott

Stars of the small screen reveal their TV secrets

The entertainers: Ant and Dec

This feels like real life," says Declan Donnelly, settling back into the sofa next to Anthony McPartlin. "We've done this before." You would have thought that after all those hours on telly performing – often live – for millions, Ant and Dec would want to do anything but watch it when they got home. "It's my number-one way to relax," says Dec. "We watch everything and anything and we constantly text each other to check what we're watching." Dec's last text to Ant was about the best ham sandwich in the world, as featured on Countrywise Kitchen. Ant's alerted Dec to the Hairy Bikers' pork terrine. Both food related, "but we text through sport, documentaries and dramas, too," says Dec. As hosts of Britain's Got Talent, the pair have been baffled by the competition revved
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Bafta TV special: Ant and Dec, Anna Maxwell Martin, Kayvan Novak, Andrew Scott

Stars of the small screen reveal their TV secrets

The entertainers: Ant and Dec

This feels like real life," says Declan Donnelly, settling back into the sofa next to Anthony McPartlin. "We've done this before." You would have thought that after all those hours on telly performing – often live – for millions, Ant and Dec would want to do anything but watch it when they got home. "It's my number-one way to relax," says Dec. "We watch everything and anything and we constantly text each other to check what we're watching." Dec's last text to Ant was about the best ham sandwich in the world, as featured on Countrywise Kitchen. Ant's alerted Dec to the Hairy Bikers' pork terrine. Both food related, "but we text through sport, documentaries and dramas, too," says Dec. As hosts of Britain's Got Talent, the pair have been baffled by the competition revved
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Bafta TV special: Ant and Dec, Anna Maxwell Martin, Kayvan Novak, Andrew Scott

Stars of the small screen reveal their TV secrets

The entertainers: Ant and Dec

This feels like real life," says Declan Donnelly, settling back into the sofa next to Anthony McPartlin. "We've done this before." You would have thought that after all those hours on telly performing – often live – for millions, Ant and Dec would want to do anything but watch it when they got home. "It's my number-one way to relax," says Dec. "We watch everything and anything and we constantly text each other to check what we're watching." Dec's last text to Ant was about the best ham sandwich in the world, as featured on Countrywise Kitchen. Ant's alerted Dec to the Hairy Bikers' pork terrine. Both food related, "but we text through sport, documentaries and dramas, too," says Dec. As hosts of Britain's Got Talent, the pair have been baffled by the competition revved
See full article at The Guardian - Film News »

Bafta TV special: Ant and Dec, Anna Maxwell Martin, Kayvan Novak, Andrew Scott

Stars of the small screen reveal their TV secrets

The entertainers: Ant and Dec

This feels like real life," says Declan Donnelly, settling back into the sofa next to Anthony McPartlin. "We've done this before." You would have thought that after all those hours on telly performing – often live – for millions, Ant and Dec would want to do anything but watch it when they got home. "It's my number-one way to relax," says Dec. "We watch everything and anything and we constantly text each other to check what we're watching." Dec's last text to Ant was about the best ham sandwich in the world, as featured on Countrywise Kitchen. Ant's alerted Dec to the Hairy Bikers' pork terrine. Both food related, "but we text through sport, documentaries and dramas, too," says Dec. As hosts of Britain's Got Talent, the pair have been baffled by the competition revved
See full article at The Guardian - TV News »

Matthew Rhys, Sheridan Smith for ITV1's 'The Scapegoat'

Matthew Rhys, Sheridan Smith for ITV1's 'The Scapegoat'
ITV has announced the cast for its forthcoming adaptation of Daphne du Maurier novel The Scapegoat. The 100-minute drama, set in 1952, follows two very different men, John Standing and Johnny Spence, who swap identities. Brothers & Sisters star Matthew Rhys will play the two lead roles, while Dame Eileen Atkins will portray Johnny's mother Lady Spence. Sheridan Smith, Jodhi May, Andrew Scott, Anton Lesser and Alice Orr Ewing also feature in the cast, while award-winning French actress Sylvie Testud will make a special appearance. "We're delighted to be bringing The Scapegoat to ITV1," said the channel's director of drama commissioning Laura Mackie. "It's a terrific, suspenseful script featuring characters with sinister motivations and dark secrets. We've wanted (more)
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Matthew Rhys and Eileen Atkins To Star in The Scapegoat

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I’m sure The Scapegoat sounds familiar to you. Of course it does, it’s Daphne du Maurier‘s 1957 novel. And whenever we have some novel in our report, you immediately know that a big screen adaptation of the whole thing is coming, right? Well, ok then, nothing to be surprised about, so check this out. According [...]

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Dame Eileen Atkins for ITV's Daphne du Maurier film 'Scapegoat'

Dame Eileen Atkins for ITV's Daphne du Maurier film 'Scapegoat'
Dame Eileen Atkins has signed up for one-off feature film The Scapegoat which will be aired on ITV1. The 77-year-old actress will star alongside Matthew Rhys in the adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's novel. Atkins left her role as Lady Holland on Upstairs Downstairs in August after one series, allegedly due to issues with the BBC drama's script. Meanwhile, Rhys is best known for playing Kevin Walker in the Us series Brothers and Sisters. ITV's head of drama Laura Mackie said: "We're delighted to be bringing The Scapegoat to ITV1. It's (more)
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Dame Eileen Atkins for ITV's Daphne du Maurier adaptation 'Scapegoat'

Dame Eileen Atkins for ITV's Daphne du Maurier adaptation 'Scapegoat'
Dame Eileen Atkins has signed up for one-off ITV drama The Scapegoat. The 77-year-old actress will star alongside Matthew Rhys in the adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's novel. Atkins left her role as Lady Holland on Upstairs Downstairs in August after one series, allegedly due to issues with the BBC drama's script. Meanwhile, Rhys is best known for playing Kevin Walker in the Us series Brothers and Sisters. ITV's head of drama Laura Mackie said: "We're delighted to be bringing The Scapegoat to ITV1. It's a terrific, (more)
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Rhys, Atkins In du Maurier's "Scapegoat"

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Matthew Rhys ("Brothers and Sisters") and Eileen Atkins ("Robin Hood") have signed to star in a film adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's 1957 psychological thriller novel "The Scapegoat" at Island Pictures says The Hollywood Reporter.

The story follows a man who meets his perfect double and takes over his life. Sturridge adapted the script and is directing. The film will air in the UK on ITV1 next year before rolling out worldwide in a theatrical release. Dominic Minghella and Sarah Beardsall will produce.

Alfred Hitchcock adapted three of her works into classics of his own - "Jamaica Inn," "The Birds" and his Best Picture Oscar winner "Rebecca". Nic Roeg also turned her "Don't Look Now" into what's considered a cornerstone work of horror and British cinema.
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