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London — British actress Billie Whitelaw died Sunday in a nursing home in London at the age of 82, the BBC reported Monday. She was best known for her role as Mrs. Baylock, the guardian of the demonic Damien in “The Omen.”
Whitelaw appeared in more than 50 films, including crime drama “The Krays” and comedy “Hot Fuzz,” but was equally known for her TV and stage performances, and Samuel Beckett’s plays in particular. He described her as a perfect actress.
Whitelaw made her stage debut in 1950 in “Pink String and Sealing Wax” in her home town, Bradford, England, and made her TV bow in a BBC adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s story “The Secret Garden” in 1952. She later appeared in several episodes of BBC police series “Dixon of Dock Green.”
Her early stage career included spells with Joan Littlewood’s Theatre Workshop and the National Theatre. In 1964, she played Desdemona »
- Leo Barraclough
Movies have always been full of smoke and mirrors. It’s a fact: all films deceive their audience to some degree, whether it’s through filming a scene in Toronto and pretending it’s New York City or putting Gillian Anderson on a box so she can stand in the same shots as David Duchovny.
But some push that deception further than others, especially when it comes to actors in Hollywood movies. Though it’s not practiced much these days, there was a time in Tinseltown’s history when white actors would play any race they chose, from Mickey Rooney’s infamous Chinese neighbour in Breakfast at Tiffany’s to Laurence Olivier’s woefully misguided taking of the title role – darkened from head to toe – in his version of Othello.
Thankfully that’s not really regular practice these days, though there are still a few actors who play characters with »
- Mark Allen
The mini-series, that’s in association with HBO, has a great cast confirmed that includes Michael Gambon, Keeley Hawes, Rory Kinnear, Monica Dolan, Julia McKenzie, and they’re also introducing newcomer Abigail Lawrie.
BAFTA Award-winning actor Michael Gambon is set to play Howard Mollison, owner of the Pagford delicatessen, with Julia McKenzie playing his wife Shirley. Howard’s son Miles is being played by Rufus Jones (W1A) with his wife Samantha Mollison being played by Keeley Hawes (Ashes To Ashes). Rory Kinnear, who recently won the Olivier Award for Best Actor for his role as Iago in Nicholas Hytner’s production of Othello at the National Theatre, is to play Barry Fairbrother, Keeley Forsyth (Coronation Street) is playing Terri Weedon with »
- Dan Bullock
Chicago – World War II will never be over, in a sense, as long as it continues to influence the culture or teach us lessons about our contemporary lives. The new film “Walking with the Enemy” is rooted in the Holocaust, but uses the twist of a Hungarian Jew who brashly impersonated a Nazi officer to relocate his counterparts.
“Walking with the Enemy” is inspired by the true story of Tibor Rosenbaum, who led a group of resistance fighters, and saved many Jewish lives through his Nazi officer impersonations, also directing his people to the “Glass House,” an old factory that printed Swiss passports for those Hungarian Jews during the war. The story in the film is condensed and fictionalized through the character of Elek Cohen, portrayed by Jonas Armstrong (known in Britain for his role as Robin Hood, portrayed on a TV series from 2006-09). British character actor Simon Dutton portrays Miklos Schoen, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Look, it's Shakespeare's 450th birthday. We at Riot are generally concerned with internet memes and Zac Efron's musculature, but let's give credit where its due: These are real celebs kicking real ass in real Shakesperean roles and no one's worthy. And we can't contain ourselves. So, here are 10 people kicking thine ass in Shakespearean roles and leaving you in the mortal, pathetic dust. 1. Meryl Streep Serving You Death Sass In "The Taming Of The Shrew'2 Judi Dench With Gunpowder Eyes And A Kevlar Heart In "Twelfth Night" 3. Ralph Fiennes Is A Hotheaded Traitor Bad-ass In "Coriolanus," So Just Deal With It. 4. Kate Winslet Has A Song For You Losers, And It's A Heartbreak And A Goddamn Treasure In "Hamlet" 5. Now Is The Winter Of You Melting At The Computer, Because Kevin Spacey Is A Hunchbacked Hellraiser In "Richard III" 6. This Is CNN? Close, Moron, It's James Earl Jones »
- Louis Virtel
5 items from 2014
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