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Nigel Terry, who starred as King Arthur in John Boorman's 1981 film Excalibur, has passed away at age 69. According to The Guardian, the famous British star died of emphysema. Terry began his decades-long career in The Lion in Winter—where he starred as a young Prince John alongside Peter O'Toole and Katharine Hepburn. Hepburn ended up winning the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the 1968 Anthony Harvey-directed film. Terry didn't appear in a credit role, however, on the silver screen until his big break with Boorman's Excalibur. In between shooting for the films, he focused on theater work in and around London. Terry made his onstage »
Actor Nigel Terry has passed away at the age of 69.
He worked extensively at the Royal Court in the '70s in productions such as Edward Bond's The Fool and Caryl Churchill's Light Shining in Buckinghamshire, and for the Royal Shakespeare Company in 'Tis Pity She's a Whore and Julius Caesar.
Terry was a prolific theater actor who took part in numerous prominent productions from England's National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company, including multiple plays by William Shakespeare and Moliere. But while his film work took a backseat to the stage, Terry nevertheless left his mark on movies thanks to key roles in several Hollywood films, ranging from awards bait and arthouse fare to big-budget epics.
Terry made his film debut in "The Lion in Winter," the lavish 1968 period piece starring Katharine Hepburn and Peter O'Toole, which also marked the feature debuts of Anthony Hopkins and Timothy Dalton. Following that Oscar-winning flick, however, Terry remained under the radar in Hollywood, until he turned up in the starring role in 1981's "Excalibur," playing King Arthur opposite Helen Mirren.
- Katie Roberts
Nigel Terry, the English actor who starred as King Arthur in John Boorman's 1981 medieval drama Excalibur, has died of emphysema, The Guardian of London reported. He was 69. Terry made an impressive movie debut as a young Prince John alongside Peter O’Toole and eventual best actress Oscar winner Katharine Hepburn in The Lion in Winter (1968), but he did not appear in a credited role on the big screen until the Boorman epic. In between, he worked often on the British stage. Terry played the title role of a 17th-century Italian painter in Caravaggio (1986), helmed by Derek Jarman,
- Mike Barnes
Nigel Terry, perhaps best known for roles in films such as Excalibur and The Lion In Winter, has died. The beloved character actor and sometime leading man was 69.Born in 1945 with the singular distinction of becoming the first baby to be delivered in Bristol after World War II, Terry was the son of Frank and Doreen Terry. The family moved to Truro, Cornwall when he was young and Terry soon developed a keen interest in painting and drawing, which he studied at school. But his parents encouraged him to pursue acting and, after working briefly in forestry and as a petrol pump attendant, he joined the National Youth Theatre.The stage would continue to be a happy home for many years, and Terry moved between companies and productions with ease, working on the fringe of both the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company. On film, he made an auspicious »
HitFix's recent spate of "Best Year in Film History" pieces inevitably spurred some furious debate among our readers, with some making compelling arguments for years not included in our pieces (2007 and 1968 were particularly popular choices) and others openly expressing their bewilderment at the inclusion of others (let's just say 2012 took a beating). In the interest of giving voice to your comments, below we've rounded up a few of the most thoughtful, passionate, surprising and occasionally incendiary responses to our pieces, including my own (I advocated for The Year of Our Lynch 2001, which is obviously the best). Here we go... Superstar commenter "A History of Matt," making an argument for 1968: The Graduate. Bullit. The Odd Couple. The Lion in Winter. Planet of the Apes. The Thomas Crown Affair. Funny Girl. Rosemary's Baby. And of course, 2001, A Space Odyssey. And that's only a taste of the greatness of that year. "Lothar the Flatulant, »
- Chris Eggertsen
Finally, this website that's so obsessed with awards will bestow kudos upon ourselves! Yes, even you can be a nominee or winner. Hurry up and cast your votes for our new Derbyite Awards to determine Funniest Derbyite, Best Forums Debater, Breakthrough Forum Poster of the Year, Bitchiest Derbyite, Best Expert, Best Editor and more. Nominations will be unveiled on April Fool's Day. Winners to be unveiled on April 21. To cast your vote, click here to go to our Predictions Center, click on "Derbyite Awards," scroll down on that page and click on one of the category boxes. Choose up to 10 nominees by typing in their Screen Names, User Names or real names. You can even vote for yourself. Hey, such selfishness worked for Barbra Streisand, who was a member of the academy when she won Best Actress for "Funny Girl" in 1968, tying Katharine Hepburn ("The Lion in Winter"). Assuming she »
How would you pump yourself up to craft the twists and turns of hip-hop soap Empire? How about if you don't work in the music business? How about if you're a white guy? Danny Strong knows — he has to, as the show's co-creator. (He's also a part-time that guy, playing Elijah's ex on Girls, Danny Siegel on Mad Men, Jonathan on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Doyle on Gilmore Girls). Here's how, as he told Kcrw:“I was in my car in L.A., and I was driving around, and I heard a news story about Puffy, and I just thought, ‘Hip-hop is so cool. That’s what I should do next, something in hip-hop.’ And I immediately began thinking King Lear and The Lion in Winter, and that’s how I work. I go to classical archetypes.” And how else do you, a white guy, write that patented Empire drama? »
- Lindsey Weber
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu won the Directors Guild Award for "Birdman," continuing the film's surprise sweep of industry prizes that started with its victory at the Producers Guild, lately a reliable bellwether of the Oscars. Here, Inarritu defeated presumed frontrunner Richard Linklater, who spent 12 years directing "Boyhood." “I never expected to be here tonight talking to you — never,” Inarritu said in his emotionally charged acceptance speech at the Century Plaza Hotel in L.A. “I am openly humbled.” Also Read: At DGA Awards, 'Birdman' soars ahead in the Oscars race - by Tom O'Neil -Break- In the 66-year history of the DGA awards, its winner has gone on to take home the Oscar on 58 occasions. The seven exceptions were as follows: 1968 -- DGA to Anthony Harvey for "The Lion in Winter" and Oscar to Carol Reed for "Oliver!" »
Audaciously honest on black issues, Lee Daniels’s family saga has won a huge audience that television had long ignored – and a big fan in the White House
America’s biggest new TV show is a gaudy family saga described as a “black Dynasty” by its creator, featuring music by uber-producer Timbaland and counting Michelle Obama among its numerous celebrity fans.
In the five weeks since its premiere on Fox, Empire – essentially a mashup between The Lion in Winter and The Godfather and set in the world of hip-hop music – has pulled in 11.5 million viewers and dominated watercooler chat. The internet is awash with memes from the show, while episodes are gleefully discussed on Twitter by viewers whose jaws appear to be in a state of permanent dislocation from the gloriously ripe dialogue.
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- Sarah Hughes
Robert Redford: 'The Great Gatsby' and 'The Way We Were' tonight on Turner Classic Movies Turner Classic Movies' Star of the Month Robert Redford returns this evening with three more films: two Sydney Pollack-directed efforts, Out of Africa and The Way We Were, and Jack Clayton's film version of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel The Great Gatsby. (See TCM's Robert Redford film schedule below. See also: "On TCM: Robert Redford Movies.") 'The Great Gatsby': Robert Redford as Jay Gatsby Released by Paramount Pictures, the 1974 film version of The Great Gatsby had prestige oozing from just about every cinematic pore. The film was based on what some consider the greatest American novel ever written. Francis Ford Coppola, whose directing credits included the blockbuster The Godfather, and who, that same year, was responsible for both The Godfather Part II and The Conversation, penned the adaptation. Multiple Tony winner David Merrick (Becket, »
- Andre Soares
Since its astonishingly high-rated debut last Wednesday, people have been referring to the new Fox nighttime soap Empire as a hip-hop King Lear. This is mainly because one of the characters sarcastically asks in the pilot, “We King Lear now?” With only one episode (which I recapped) under its snakeskin belt, Empire appears to take pride in melding the classic with the contemporary (notice the Kehinde Wiley paintings that are all around the episode, which show African-American men in historic, heroic poses). But as much as creators Lee Daniels and Danny Strong obviously pick up a few things from the immortal Shakespeare tragedy, the text the show really owes its plot to is The Lion in Winter. C’mon, the family’s last name is Lyon, for chrissake!Even Strong has admitted that Lion is just as key an influence as Lear. “The whole idea just flooded through my head, »
- Craig D. Lindsey
Anderson, Eastwood, Iñárritu, Linklater, Tyldum.
Directors Guild of America President Paris Barclay today announced the five nominees for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2014.
“In a year full of excellent films, DGA members have nominated a stellar group of passionate filmmakers,” said Barclay. “Inspiring and artistic, these five directors made films that left an indelible impact not only on their fellow directors and members of the director’s team, but on audiences around the world. Congratulations to all of the nominees for their terrific work.”
Of the DGA nominations, Oscar pundit Scott Feinberg (THR) writes, “You’ll notice that the list does not include Selma’s Ava DuVernay, Gone Girl’s David Fincher, Foxcatcher’s Bennett Miller, Interstellar’s Christopher Nolan, Inherent Vice’s Paul Thomas Anderson, The Theory of Everything’s James Marsh, Unbroken’s Angelina Jolie, Into the Woods’ Rob Marshall and A Most Violent Year »
- Michelle McCue
William Shakespeare. Sean "Puffy" Combs. Alexis Carrington. This pop culture threesome doesn't usually come up in conversation—unless you're talking to the creators of Fox's new drama Empire. While driving around L.A., writer Danny Strong heard a story about Combs on the radio and instantly began brainstorming a movie about a hip-hop mogul and his family. "The whole idea just flooded through my head: I'd do it like King Lear or The Lion in Winter," says Strong. "Make the main character like a dying king, and he's got three sons. Then my next thought was 'I think I need to call Lee Daniels. »
- Tim Stack
From Matthew Perry on “The Odd Couple” to Sutton Foster on “Younger,” here’s your guide to the winter premieres of new network and cable comedies and dramas. “Empire” (Fox, Jan. 7)Lee Daniels’ series about a hip-hop, er, empire, boasts a standout performance from Taraji P. Henson alongside Terrence Howard. Bonus points for being a loose adaptation of “The Lion in Winter”! “Hindsight” (VH1, Jan. 7)For all you nostalgia freaks, here’s a series about your fondest dream: Time traveling back to the ’90s. Byo flannels and Converse. “Eye Candy” (MTV, Jan. 12)Based on the R.L. Stine novel, MTV’s latest follows a woman who works with a group of hackers to uncover which one of her online boyfriends might be a serial killer in NYC. “Man Seeking Woman” (Fxx, Jan. 14)Jay Baruchel plays a sweet man who grapples with the realities of dating. Presumably he is not the serial killer in “Eye Candy. »
I normally publish this list on Luise Rainer's birthday but having lost her just as 2014 ended after a year already marked by the loss of several screen giants including Mickey Rooney, Peter O'Toole and Joan Fontaine, we needed some positivity to kick off the new calendar!
Olivia de Havilland, two time best actress. She's still defiantly with us!
This semi-annual list of living Oscar-vets was never intended to be a morbid countdown list as a stray commenter or three has complained. Not at all! It's a way for us to honor people while they're still conscious of our appreciation for their indelible contributions to our favorite artform. Your assignment: pick six players here and during the year, rent a key film from each so that they can receive your telepathic waves of appreciation in 2015! (That's only 1 film every other month. You can do it!)
So our very best wishes »
- NATHANIEL R
16 items from 2015
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