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10 Most Obvious Paycheck Movies Ever Made

We’ve all worked in a job we shouldn’t have because, well, we needed the money. I remember once spending a series of desolate evenings stuffing envelopes for a PR company, not to satisfy an overwhelming stationery fetish, but because the rent had gone up. Right now you may well be at work surreptitiously reading this article before returning your attentions to a job which is feeding relentlessly on your very soul. I’ve been there, and I feel for you.

Actors are pretty much the same. Of course, the rewards may well be much greater than those for, say, a call centre advisor, but it’s still a job. The statistics for the acting profession make scary reading, with something like 92% of actors out of work at any given time. What is most telling is that it is the same 8% who tend to work continuously whilst the remaining 92% never get a chance.
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James McAvoy Set To Play Macbeth On The London Stage

James McAvoy, the star of such films as Wanted. The Last King Of Scotland, X-men: First Class and the upcoming Welcome To The Punch, is set to make his first appearance on the London stage since 2009 in a new West End production of MacBeth, according to an official press release today.

The production will run at Trafalgar Studios from 9 February until 27 April, 2013, and the difference with this adaptation of the Shakespeare work,is that ‘the action will play out in a dystopian Scotland brutalised by war. Under a toxic fog, Macbeth begins his tormented struggle for power fuelled by ambition and paranoia.’

Tickets are on sale now at www.macbethwestend.com. Here’s the full release.

BAFTA winning and Golden Globe nominated actor James McAvoy (The Last King of Scotland, Atonement, X-Men) will star in Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Jamie Lloyd’s (Donmar’s Passion, Broadway’s Cyrano de Bergerac, the
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Evening Standard theatre awards honour Danny Boyle's Olympics ceremony

Director and team behind Olympic opening ceremony scoop prize, Nick Payne becomes youngest ever playwright to take the award for best play, and Hattie Morahan triumphs over Cate Blanchett

The team behind the Olympic opening ceremony, led by director Danny Boyle, was honoured at the Evening Standard theatre awards on Sunday night, winning the second Beyond Theatre award, which "celebrates theatricality outside the confines of the auditorium".

Boyle was presented the award by cyclist Victoria Pendleton at the ceremony, which took place at the Savoy Hotel in London, for an event that the Evening Standard's editor, Sarah Sands, said "managed to find a way of showing us who we are" as a nation.

Elsewhere, it was Nicholas Hytner's night, as the National theatre's artistic director, who recently teamed up with Boyle to spearhead a campaign against arts-funding cuts outside of London, scooped both the Lebedev special award and best
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Nicol Williamson obituary

Actor whose unpredictability never undermined his electrifying talent

Nicol Williamson, whose death of oesophageal cancer at the age of 73 has been announced, was arguably the most electrifying actor of his generation, but one whose career flickered and faded like a faulty light fitting. Tall and wiry, with a rasping scowl of a voice, a battered baby face and a mop of unruly curls, he was the best modern Hamlet since John Gielgud, and certainly the angriest, though he scuppered his own performance at the Round House, north London, in 1969, by apologising to the audience and walking off the stage. The experience was recycled in a 1991 Broadway comedy called I Hate Hamlet, in which he proved his point and fell out badly with his co-star.

Williamson's greatest performance was as the dissolute and disintegrating lawyer Bill Maitland in John Osborne's Inadmissible Evidence at the Royal Court theatre in 1964. It was
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Nicol Williamson obituary

Actor whose unpredictability never undermined his electrifying talent

Nicol Williamson, whose death of oesophageal cancer at the age of 73 has been announced, was arguably the most electrifying actor of his generation, but one whose career flickered and faded like a faulty light fitting. Tall and wiry, with a rasping scowl of a voice, a battered baby face and a mop of unruly curls, he was the best modern Hamlet since John Gielgud, and certainly the angriest, though he scuppered his own performance at the Round House, north London, in 1969, by apologising to the audience and walking off the stage. The experience was recycled in a 1991 Broadway comedy called I Hate Hamlet, in which he proved his point and fell out badly with his co-star.

Williamson's greatest performance was as the dissolute and disintegrating lawyer Bill Maitland in John Osborne's Inadmissible Evidence at the Royal Court theatre in 1964. It was
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Nicol Williamson, 1938 - 2012

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"Nicol Williamson, the British actor best known for his role as the wizard Merlin in the 1981 film Excalibur, has died of esophageal cancer," reports the AP. "Williamson had dozens of film credits to his name but won more plaudits for his stage acting. Playwright John Osborne once described him as 'the greatest actor since Marlon Brando.' He was nominated for a Tony Award in 1966 for his role in Osborne's Inadmissible Evidence and again in 1974 for Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya. He also was nominated three times for acting honors at the British Academy Film Awards, Britain's equivalent of the Oscars."

"He made his professional stage debut at the Dundee Repertory Theatre in 1960, before appearing in Tony Richardson's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Royal Court Theatre," notes the BBC. "He later teamed up with Richardson again, to star his Hamlet production at the Roundhouse. It was so successful,
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Nicol Williamson Dies: Stage Hamlet; Screen Merlin, Sherlock Holmes

Stage and screen actor Nicol Williamson, who played Hamlet onstage and Merlin on screen, died of esophageal cancer on December 16 in Amsterdam, where he had been living since 1970. His son announced the death yesterday, January 25. Reports vary on Williamson's age; he was either 73 or 75. For those familiar only with Williamson's movie work, he was best remembered for his cocaine-addicted Sherlock Holmes in Herbert Ross' The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (1976) and for his campy Merlin in John Boorman's Excalibur (1981, photo). Based on Nicholas Meyer's novel, in The Seven-Per-Cent Solution Dr. Watson (Robert Duvall) entices Holmes to seek psychiatric help with none other than a pre-Viggo Mortensen Sigmund Freud: Alan Arkin. (Here's wondering if Shakespeare's shrink, as found in John Madden's Shakespeare in Love, was inspired by the Holmes-Freud relationship in Ross' movie.) Though made for a modest $4 million (about $16 million today), The Seven-Per-Cent Solution turned out to be
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'Excalibur' actor Nicol Williamson dies at 75

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Nicol Williamson has died at the age of 75, according to his family. The Scottish actor passed away of oesophageal cancer shortly before Christmas in Amsterdam, where he lived. He was best known for playing the wizard Merlin in the 1981 film "Excalibur."

Williamson, who was a well-respected stage actor was nominated for his first Tony Award in 1966 for" Inadmissible Evidence" and his second in 1974 for his role in Anton Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya." Playwright John Osborne once called him "the greatest actor since Marlon Brando."

He starred in a production of "Hamlet" at the Roundhouse theater that was so successful it was transferred to Broadway. It was then adapted into a film which co-starred Anthony Hopkins and Marianne Faithfull.

In a statement on the actor's website, his son Luke Williamson says: "It's with great sadness, and yet with a heart full of pride and love for a man who was a tremendous father,
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Excalibur Actor Nicol Williamson Dead at 75

Nicol Williamson, the British actor best known for his role as the wizard Merlin in the 1981 film "Excalibur" and as Sherlock Holmes in 1976's "The Seven-Per-Cent Solution," died of esophageal cancer on December 16th in Amsterdam, where he had lived for more than two decades. He was 75. Williamson had dozens of film credits to his name but won more acclaim for his stage acting. Playwright John Osborne once described him as "the greatest actor since Marlon Brando." He was nominated for a Tony Award in 1966 for his role in Osborne's "Inadmissible Evidence" and again in 1974 for Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya." He also was nominated three times for acting honors at the British Academy Film Awards, Britain's equivalent of the Oscars. In films, he was an acclaimed wizard Merlin in John Boorman's "Excalibur" and also played Little John to Sean Connery's Robin Hood and Audrey Hepburn's Lady Marian in the 1976 movie "Robin and Marian.
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Actor Nicol Williamson Dies at 75

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Actor Nicol Williamson Dies at 75
Stage and film star Nicol Williamson has died, he was 75. Best known for his role as Merlin in the 1981 John Boorman film "Excalibur," he endured a two-year battle with esophageal cancer.

Some of his other notable credits include a Tony-winning role in John Osborne's "Inadmissible Evidence" and a highly acclaimed title role performance in "Hamlet" for director Tony Richardson.

The unpredictable English actor, who was in the same company as Peter O'Toole and Albert Finney,
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Cult Classics: Excalibur

British actor Nicol Williamson died Wednesday after a two-year battle with esophageal cancer. He was 75.

The English actor was perhaps best known as the sorcerer Merlin in director John Boorman's 1981 retelling of the King Arthur saga, Excalibur. That hugely influential film forever changed my perception of knights in shining armor with its gritty alchemy of blood, mud, lust, sex and sorcery.

A young, very sexy Helen Mirren stars as the seductive and budding sorceress Morgana, and as Arthur's (Nigel Terry) sometime impatient mentor Merlin, Williamson brought a welcome sense of humor to the role -- and the film -- with his wide-eyed and wily Shakespearean delivery; he broke the stereotype of the long-bearded, Gandalf-style old wizard.

Williamson won a Tony award in the mid-'60s for his role in Inadmissible Evidence, and in 1976 played both Sherlock Holmes in The Seven-Percent-Solution and Little John in Robin and Marian. He also
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'Excalibur' Star Nicol Williamson Dies at 75

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'Excalibur' Star Nicol Williamson Dies at 75
Stage and film star Nicol Williamson has died after a two-year battle with esophageal cancer. He was 75.  The unpredictable English actor earned raves for the intensity he brought to his roles, but his erratic behavior scared off many film and theater producers. He is best known for his wild-eyed portrayal of Merlin in John Boorman's 1981 film "Excalibur."  Also read: Greek Director Theo Angelopoulos Killed Near Film Set Other roles of note include a Tony-winning role in John Osborne's "Inadmissible Evidence" and a highly acclaimed title role performance in "Hamlet" for director Tony Richardson.  Williamson also
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Nicol Williamson Dead: Famed British Actor Dies At 75

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Nicol Williamson, the British actor best known for his portrayal of Merlin in the 1981 film "Excalibur," has died at age 75. His son, Luke, posted the sad news to the actor's official website. "Dad died peacefully in the early hours of the 16th of December after a two year all-out, balls to the wall struggle against esophageal cancer. He gave it all he had: never gave up, never complained, maintained his wicked sense of humor to the end. His last words were 'I love you'. I was with him, he was not alone, he was not in pain." Williamson's other memorable film roles include the title role in the 1969 Hamlet," Sherlock Holmes in "The Seven Per-Cent Solution," and Little John opposite Sean Connery's Robin Hood in "Robin and Marian." He was nominated three times by the British Academy Film Awards, Britain's equivalent of the Oscars. He was also a powerhouse on the stage,
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Actor Williamson Dies

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Scottish actor Nicol Williamson has died at the age of 73.

He passed away after losing his two-year battle with oesophageal cancer just before Christmas, his son Luke tells Britain's Daily Telegraph.

Williamson made his name in the John Osborne play Inadmissible Evidence, for which he won a Tony award in 1965, and was later described by the playwright as "the greatest actor since Marlon Brando".

He went on to star in TV shows and movies throughout the 1960s and into the 1980s, including fantasy film Excalibur, which he appeared in opposite former lover Dame Helen Mirren.

Williamson's last big screen appearance was in 1997's superhero picture Spawn, and in recent years he had been concentrating on music.

Nicol Williamson, Excalibur Star Dies At 73

The Telegraph is reporting that actor Nicol Williamson (Excalibur, Robin And Marian) has sadly passed away.

Barely three months after Inadmissible Evidence, the John Osborne play that made his name, was revived in London, Nicol Williamson has died, aged 73, in Holland.

The colourful Scot - who was described by Osborne as the greatest actor since Marlon Brando, and, by Samuel Beckett, as “touched by genius” had not made a film since 1997′s superhero picture Spawn. He had, in recent years, been concentrating on music.

His son, Luke, by his former wife Jill Townsend, tells Mandrake that he died just before Christmas after a two-year fight with oesophageal cancer and was eager that no fuss should be made about his passing. To modern filmgoers, he is probably best known for The Exorcist III and for playing Merlin in Excalibur.

I’ve always held a soft spot for this actor. Loved him
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Sad news as Merlin in Excalibur Nicol Williamson dies aged 75

Nicol Williamson who played Merlin in John Boorman's Excalibur, dies of cancer. The British actor known for his memorable role as Merlin in the 1981 film, as well as The Seven-Per-Cent Solution as Sherlock Holmes died in Amsterdam on December 16th of esophageal cancer, reports Variety. Sad news indeed. I remember watching Excalibur over 20 times at least when I was younger. A timeless classic that can be watched today and still be incredibly powerful. Williamson was nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards for 1968's The Bofors Gun and Inadmissible Evidence in the same year. He also scored a BAFTA TV Award for his work in 1972's The Gangster Show: The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui.
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Sad news as Merlin in Excalibur Nicol Williamson dies aged 75

Nicol Williamson who played Merlin in John Boorman's Excalibur, dies of cancer. The British actor known for his memorable role as Merlin in the 1981 film, as well as The Seven-Per-Cent Solution as Sherlock Holmes died in Amsterdam on December 16th of esophageal cancer, reports Variety. Sad news indeed. I remember watching Excalibur over 20 times at least when I was younger. A timeless classic that can be watched today and still be incredibly powerful. Williamson was nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards for 1968's The Bofors Gun and Inadmissible Evidence in the same year. He also scored a BAFTA TV Award for his work in 1972's The Gangster Show: The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui.

Sad news as Merlin in Excalibur Nicol Williamson dies aged 75

Nicol Williamson who played Merlin in John Boorman's Excalibur, dies of cancer. The British actor known for his memorable role as Merlin in the 1981 film, as well as The Seven-Per-Cent Solution as Sherlock Holmes died in Amsterdam on December 16th of esophageal cancer, reports Variety. Sad news indeed. I remember watching Excalibur over 20 times at least when I was younger. A timeless classic that can be watched today and still be incredibly powerful. Williamson was nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards for 1968's The Bofors Gun and Inadmissible Evidence in the same year. He also scored a BAFTA TV Award for his work in 1972's The Gangster Show: The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui.
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Excalibur Star Nicol Williamson Dies

Excalibur Star Nicol Williamson Dies
Scottish actor Nicol Williamson has died aged 73, reports The Daily Telegraph. According to his son Luke, the stage and screen actor died of esophageal cancer on December 16. He was best known for his roles in Excalibur and The Exorcist III, as well as a long and much acclaimed stage career.Williamson was a star turn as Merlin in John Boorman's dark folk fantasy Excalibur, in which he was reluctantly cast alongside former lover Helen Mirren. Boorman's mischief-making paid off: the pair share the best scenes in the film, with Mirren's Morgana and Williamson's wizard playing wittily off against each other. Williamson and Mirren had worked together once before, although much less auspiciously, in a radical staging of Macbeth.  The Hamilton-born actor made his name in John Osbourne's Inadmissible Evidence for which he received great acclaim and, later, a Tony award on Broadway. Osborne later described him as the greatest actor since Brando,
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Karen Gillan confirms Doctor Who series 7 return

Karen Gillan has confirmed she will return to 'Doctor Who'. The actress - who plays the time-travelling Doctor's companion, Amy Pond - will be back for the seventh series of the BBC One sci-fi show, her third alongside the current Doctor, Matt Smith. Speaking at Comic-Con in San Diego yesterday (24.07.11), she told blog Zap2it: "I am going to come back, yes. That's the first time I've said that today!" Speculation was rife that Karen would not be returning to the show after her casting in a revival of stage play 'Inadmissible Evidence' by John Osborne in London. Karen was at the
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