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Suzan Farmer obituary

Hammer horror film actor who went on to take a variety of roles in popular television series, including Coronation Street, The Saint and Blake’s 7

Suzan Farmer, who has died aged 75 of cancer, was a vocally precise actor with beguiling eyes who starred in a number of films for Hammer, the British company that specialised in memorable gothic horror.

In particular she was the heroine of Terence Fisher’s Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966), the second of Hammer’s productions with Christopher Lee as the evil count. The target of the vampire’s lust, she bravely resisted him with the help of her screen husband Francis Matthews, before shooting the ice off a frozen moat and plunging Dracula into the freezing water below at the film’s climax. Farmer also provided, in post-production, the screams supposedly uttered by her co-star Barbara Shelley.

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Preacher season 2 episode 13 review: The End Of The Road

Ron Hogan Sep 12, 2017

Dominic Cooper and Joseph Gilgun give great performances in Preacher's season two finale. Spoilers ahead...

This review contains spoilers.

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2.13 The End Of The Road

Jesse Custer, even before he was given the gift/curse of Genesis, lived in a world full of magic. Witness, for example, how The End Of The Road opens. Jesse is part errand boy, part living road sign, and part grifter, bringing in folks, making sure to take their money so they can park, and weeding out undercover cops when he's not posing for pictures and lifting wallets from tourists. Jesse's grifting started early, and his fighting started early, too.

In a way, Starr is right when he says that Jesse is the perfect centrepiece for his Messiah con. He has experience as a con artist, he's charismatic,
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Preacher Season 2 Episode 11 Review – ‘Backdoors’

Martin Carr reviews the eleventh episode of Preacher season 2…

Disharmony is rife amongst our collective gang of miscreants as we creep closer to a season finale. Cassidy, Jesse, Tulip and company stand apart but remain together in an episode which sees things return to normal. Flashbacks into a past of dubious decisions, emotional conditioning and full immersion tanks riddled with algae bulk out the Custer scrapbook a little more. Meanwhile Hell is ironically looking for a liar and Eugene continues plotting an early exit from this monochrome Cell Block H throwback.

Tongue in cheek irony is abound once more as Herr Starr suffers further indignities and Preacher’s writing room learns from last week. Tasteless religious jokes are replaced with subtle jibes at the futility of prayer, clever ideas surrounding karma and sexual references which skate close to boundaries without crossing over. Biblical weaponry and the disposal thereof also raise interesting questions of mortal sin,
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Preacher season 2 episode 5 review: Dallas

Ron Hogan Jul 18, 2017

Dominic Cooper and Ruth Nega really carry the emotional story of the latest Preacher episode. Spoilers ahead...

This review contains spoilers.

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2.5 Dallas

It seems that no good deed goes unpunished in the world of Preacher. Throughout the series, we've seen multiple characters try to do something good, only to have it backfire on them in spectacular fashion. Most prominent have been the various uses of The Voice by Jesse. Every time he asks someone to do something nice, like when he told Fiore to find peace, it ends up tragic. When he spares the life of someone who he might have otherwise killed, that positive gesture will only last so long before, for example, the Saint of Killers shows up and starts gunning down an entire house full of thugs,
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Barry Norman: A Tribute to The Nation’s Film Critic

Author: Cai Ross

With more TV channels then there are bacteria on a lab technician’s wellington boot, and with social media weaponising opinions en masse, these days everyone is a critic. But as far as British TV audiences in the 70s, 80s and 90s were concerned, there was only really one film critic, Barry Norman Cbe, who has sadly passed away this weekend at the age of 83.

Between 1971 and 1998, Norman’s was the positive verdict every studio wanted on their film poster. With a sprightly, conversational style that sounded like audible handwriting, and a dependable selection of comfortable jumpers to hand, Barry Norman was the nation’s film critic: our Gene Siskel & Roger Ebert rolled into one package.

Coming up through the ranks the old fashioned way, Norman ended up at the BBC via early work as a jobbing journalist and a film critic for various national newspapers. He
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Preacher season 2 featuette, premiere clip and motion posters released

With just a week to go until Preacher returns, AMC has released a ‘Look Ahead’ featurette for the upcoming second season of the acclaimed comic book adaptation, along with a clip from its premiere episode which sees Jesse, Tulip, and Cassidy on day one of their road trip on a mission to find God. Check them out below, along with a pair of motion posters featuring Eugene/Arseface (Ian Colletti), and The Cowboy (Graham McTavish); take a look below…

He’s been through hell. #Preacher pic.twitter.com/sBleZncNtk

Preacher (@PreacherAMC) June 16, 2017

The Saint of Killers is always watching. #Preacher pic.twitter.com/hDtdOgAzNL

Preacher (@PreacherAMC) June 15, 2017

The expanded second season, consisting of 13 episodes, is a genre-bending thrill ride that follows West Texas preacher Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper), his badass ex-girlfriend Tulip (Academy Award nominee Ruth Negga) and an Irish vampire named Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun) as they embark on a
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Roger Moore, James Bond Star, Dies at 89

Roger Moore, James Bond Star, Dies at 89
Roger Moore, the handsome English actor who appeared in seven films as James Bond — the most of any Bond actor — and as Simon Templar on “The Saint” TV series, has died in Switzerland after a short battle with cancer. He was 89.

His family issued an announcement on Twitter: “It is with the heaviest of hearts, we must share the awful news that our father, Sir Roger Moore, passed away today. We are all devastated.”

With the heaviest of hearts, we must share the awful news that our father, Sir Roger Moore, passed away today. We are all devastated. pic.twitter.com/6dhiA6dnVg

Sir Roger Moore (@sirrogermoore) May 23, 2017

Moore appeared in more official Bond pics than his friend Sean Connery over a longer period of time, and while Connery’s fans were fiercely loyal, polls showed that many others favored Moore’s lighter, more humorous take on 007.

In 1972, Moore was
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Jeremy Summers obituary

Television and film director known for the TV series The Saint and the 1963 film The Punch and Judy Man, starring Tony Hancock

Jeremy Summers, who has died aged 85, enjoyed a 40-year career as a director that went through several clearly defined phases. He made film comedies with Tony Hancock, Barbara Windsor and Ron Moody, as well as two screen musicals, and worked on the TV mogul Lew Grade’s action-adventure series aimed at British and Us markets. There were also films for the prolific low-budget producer Harry Alan Towers, and a string of other popular television series, then soaps.

With only one feature film behind him, he was entrusted to direct The Punch and Judy Man (1963), with Hancock in his second starring role for the cinema after phenomenal success on television with Hancock’s Half-Hour. However, the star had just left the BBC for ITV and dropped his writers, Ray Galton and Alan Simpson,
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Andrew Sachs: 1930-2016

Den Of Geek Dec 2, 2016

Fawlty Towers legend Andrew Sachs has passed away at the age of 86.

We've got some very sad news to share this morning: Andrew Sachs has passed away. The actor, best known for playing Manuel in Fawlty Towers, died on the 23rd of November and his funeral took place yesterday, Thursday the 1st of December. He had been battling dementia since 2012. 

The tributes have been quick to pour in, with John Cleese taking to Twitter to say, "Just heard about Andy Sachs. Very sad." He described his Fawlty Towers co-star as "A very sweet, gentle and kind man and a truly great farceur." 

"I could not have found a better Manuel. Inspired", Cleese added. Indeed, the Spanish waiter who Sachs played opposite Cleese will go down in history as one of TV's best-loved comedic characters. His famous lines "I know nothing", "eventually" and "que?" are still quoted regularly around the globe.
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James Bond, and the perils of casting a new 007

Mark Harrison Oct 14, 2016

With the question of who's playing James Bond in James Bond 25 unresolved, we look back at the casting conundrums 007 has faced before.

Since 1962, fewer men have played James Bond than have walked on the moon. Despite the relatively long turnaround of the role, the subject of who might follow in the footsteps of Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig in the future has fuelled many column inches and tabloid splashes.

It feels as if speculation about the seventh 007 in Eon Productions' long-lived spy franchise has been at fever pitch since this time last year, when Craig was doing the promotional rounds for Spectre and commented that he would rather “slash [his] wrists” than play Bond again. It's only after a year of constant reports on the subject that his far more optimistic comments at last weekend's New Yorker Festival
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Preacher episode 9 review: Finish The Song

Ron Hogan Jul 26, 2016

Preacher continues to have a way with violent surprises as it delves deeper into the Saint of Killers storyline...

This review contains spoilers.

1.9 Finish The Song

The Saint of Killers hasn't been featured very much in the first season of Preacher. He's been hinted at, he's been briefly featured in little segments, and we've seen the incident that pushes him down the path towards becoming a supernatural monster. Now, he's finally being moved from his particular slice of the cruel world to the main storyline, courtesy of two of the least-likely characters in the Preacher rogue's gallery.

This is a show that thrives on surprise, and this week's episode had two of the biggest shock moments of the entire first season. One of these involves the very same Saint, or the Cowboy, or whatever they end up calling him. We open with his vengeance; he killed 77 men at the Battle of Gettysburg,
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Preacher Sdcc Trailer Sees The Not-So-Holy Trinity Take To The Road

The San Diego Comic-Con Preacher panel has just finished up, and those in attendance were treated to a raucous live-reading of this Sunday’s new episode, as well as an exciting trailer for the season finale that’s sure to make fans of Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s comic series very happy indeed.

The show has been criticized by many for only loosely adapting the source material, and actually serving more as a prelude to the story that kicks off in the first issue – but from the looks of things, that’s going to be remedied by season’s end. The trailer finally shows Jesse, Cassidy and Tulip but aside their numerous differences and team-up to find God and offer him their help. Oh, and if their help isn’t wanted or appreciated, that deity has an ass-whooping coming.

In addition, we get to see the increasingly unstable Odin
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‘The Saint’ Movie Reboot in the Works at Paramount

‘The Saint’ Movie Reboot in the Works at Paramount
Paramount is developing a movie reboot of “The Saint,” two decades after Val Kilmer’s thriller and 50 years after Roger Moore’s TV series.

The studio has secured a deal for book series rights and is closing producing deals with Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Brad Krevoy and Robert Evans with the goal of starting an action franchise.

The Saint” is based on Leslie Charteris’ book series, which follow the debonair Simon Templar character first introduced in the 1928 novel “Meet the Tiger,” followed by “Enter the Saint” in 1930. Templar stole from corrupt politicians and warmongers, leaving a calling card of a stick figure with a halo.

George Sanders starred in half a dozen films as “The Saint” in the late 1930s and early 1940s. Prior to his days portraying James Bond, Moore starred in a popular long-running British TV series during the 1960s.

The 1997 movie starred Kilmer and Elisabeth Shue, and was
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R.I.P. Burt Kwouk - Pink Panther's Cato

Burt Kwouk, the actor who played martial arts expert Cato in the original Peter Sellers "Pink Panther" films, has died at the age of 85. He "passed peacefully" according to his agent Jean Diamond, with no specific cause of death mentioned.

Born in northwest England in 1930 and raised in Shanghai, Kwouk had his first major role in 1958's "The Inn of the Sixth Happiness". He also appeared in two James Bond classics - "Goldfinger" and "You Only Live Twice" - along with the original "Rollerball" and Spielberg's "Empire of the Sun". He also had guest spots on popular 1960s shows like "The Avengers," "Secret Agent" and "The Saint" and a regular role on 1980s British sitcom "Last of the Summer Wine'.

But it's his work in a half dozen "Pink Panther" films as Cato Fong that he'll always be remembered for. The character, a manservant to Sellers' bumbling Inspector Clouseau,
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Burt Kwouk, Who Played Cato in ‘Pink Panther’ Movies, Dies at 85

Burt Kwouk, Who Played Cato in ‘Pink Panther’ Movies, Dies at 85
London — Burt Kwouk, who played Inspector Clouseau’s manservant Cato Fong in Blake Edwards’ “Pink Panther” movies, has died at the age of 85.

Kwouk featured in seven “Pink Panther” pics, starting with 1964’s “A Shot in the Dark” through to “Curse of the Pink Panther” in 1983. He played Cato, which was initially spelled Kato, a martial arts specialist who regularly attacked Clouseau, played by Peter Sellers, to keep him alert.

Other movie appearances included James Bond films “Goldfinger” and “You Only Live Twice,” as well as Fred Schepisi’s “Plenty,” Steven Spielberg’s “Empire of the Sun” and Roger Spottiswoode’s “Air America.”

TV series credits included “The Avengers,” “The Saint,” “Doctor Who,” “Hart to Hart” and “Tenko,” in which he played Major Yamauchi. One of his last dramatic roles was in BBC sitcom “Last of the Summer Wine,” in which he played Entwistle from 2002 to 2010.

Kwouk received an award from Prince Charles,
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Don’T Bother To Knock (1952)

The icon-establishing performances Marilyn Monroe gave in Howard HawksGentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) and in Billy Wilder’s Some Like It Hot (1959) are ones for the ages, touchstone works that endure because of the undeniable comic energy and desperation that sparked them from within even as the ravenous public became ever more enraptured by the surface of Monroe’s seductive image of beauty and glamour. Several generations now probably know her only from these films, or perhaps 1955’s The Seven-Year Itch, a more famous probably for the skirt-swirling pose it generated than anything in the movie itself, one of director Wilder’s sourest pictures, or her final completed film, The Misfits (1961), directed by John Huston, written by Arthur Miller and costarring Clark Gable and Montgomery Clift.

But in Don’t Bother to Knock (1952) she delivers a powerful dramatic performance as Nell, a psychologically devastated, delusional, perhaps psychotic young woman apparently on
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Sherlock Holmes actor Douglas Wilmer dies aged 96

Roger Moore and Mark Gatiss among those to pay tribute to ‘Sherlock for all seasons’ who played the detective in mid-1960s BBC TV series

Sherlock Holmes actor Douglas Wilmer has died at the age of 96. Wilmer donned the famous deerstalker in the mid-1960s as the Arthur Conan Doyle character.

In 2012, at the very end of his acting career, he made a special cameo appearance in an episode of BBC’s Sherlock as an irate old man at The Diogenes Club alongside Benedict Cumberbatch’s Holmes.

The day gets worse. I hear dear Douglas Wilmer has left us too. A fine actor and joyous to be in The Saint and Octopussy with.

An honour to have known dear Douglas Wilmer. A Sherlock for all seasons.The work was something, the man was all. Rip pic.twitter.com/823ufhF7ZK

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Nicholas Smith, Star of British Sitcom ‘Are You Being Served?,’ Dies at 81

Nicholas Smith, Star of British Sitcom ‘Are You Being Served?,’ Dies at 81
Nicholas Smith, one of the stars of the key British sitcom “Are You Being Served?,” which was set in a department store, died on Sunday. He was 81 and had been in hospitalized for seven weeks following a fall at home.

The long-running show, which aired on BBC1 from 1972-85, followed the misadventures of the staff and customers (the latter portrayed by popular British actors in guest appearances, such as Joanna Lumley), of the clothing floor departments of the fictional London department store Grace Brothers.

The jug-eared Smith played department store manager Cuthbert Rumbold in the hit sitcom, which also starred John Inman, Molly Sugden, Frank Thornton and Wendy Richard, and frequently drew audiences of more than 20 million. The show aired in the U.S. on PBS and BBC America.

More recently, he voiced the eccentric Reverend Clement Hedges in the 2005 Wallace & Gromit film “The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.”

His TV credits also included “Doctor Who,
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Nicholas Smith, Star of British Sitcom ‘Are You Being Served?,’ Dies at 81

Nicholas Smith, Star of British Sitcom ‘Are You Being Served?,’ Dies at 81
Nicholas Smith, one of the stars of the key British sitcom “Are You Being Served?,” which was set in a department store, died on Sunday. He was 81 and had been in hospitalized for seven weeks following a fall at home.

The long-running show, which aired on BBC1 from 1972-85, followed the misadventures of the staff and customers (the latter portrayed by popular British actors in guest appearances, such as Joanna Lumley), of the clothing floor departments of the fictional London department store Grace Brothers.

The jug-eared Smith played department store manager Cuthbert Rumbold in the hit sitcom, which also starred John Inman, Molly Sugden, Frank Thornton and Wendy Richard, and frequently drew audiences of more than 20 million. The show aired in the U.S. on PBS and BBC America.

More recently, he voiced the eccentric Reverend Clement Hedges in the 2005 Wallace & Gromit film “The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.”

His TV credits also included “Doctor Who,
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‘For Your Eyes Only’ is Moore at His Most Connery

For Your Eyes Only

Written by Richard Maibaum and Michael G. Wilson, based on Ian Fleming’s short stories “For Your Eyes only” and “Risico”

Directed by John Glen

UK, 1981,

You probably have never heard this before, but my favourite James Bond film of all time, For Your Eyes Only, was the first 007 film I ever saw. (Spookily, this is exactly the same reason that my Huffington Post doppelgänger likes the film.)

But I don’t love Roger Moore’s fourth Bond film for nostalgic reasons, or at least not completely. Every so often, the 007 franchise strips Bond of his gadgets and gives us a back to basics story where a more ruthless secret agent has only his wits to fall back on: On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, The Living Daylights, Casino Royale and For Your Eyes Only are the best examples. Of these, For Your Eyes Only stands
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