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Billie Whitelaw, Esteemed Actress Of Stage And Screen, Dead At 82

23 December 2014 9:01 PM, PST | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

Billie Whitelaw, the acclaimed British actress who won praise for her roles on stage as well as on screen, has died in a nursing home at age 82. Whitelaw began appearing in British films in the 1960s and gradually became one of the nation's most reliable and respected actresses. Her film titles include "Carve Her Name With Pride", "Charlie Bubbles", "The Krays", "Gumshoe", Hitchcock's "Frenzy", "Start the Revolution Without Me", "The Dark Crystal" and her final big screen venture, the 2007 hit cult comedy "Hot Fuzz". She is best known to American audiences as Mrs. Baylock, the creepy housemaid from the 1976 version of "The Omen" who has a knock-down brawl to the death with Gregory Peck. Whitelaw, who was also a popular presence through frequent appearances in television series, attributed her rise to stardom to her close association with avant garde playwright Samuel Beckett, with whom she collaborated on numerous acclaimed stage productions. »

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Billie Whitelaw Of ‘The Omen’ & ‘The Krays’, Beckett Muse Is Dead At 82

23 December 2014 7:00 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Update Tuesday, 7:00 a.m. with more information, below:

Stage, screen and radio actress Billie Whitelaw was perhaps best known to international audiences for her role as Mrs. Baylock in 1976 horror film The Omen, but she had a versatile career at home in the UK where she was a muse to Samuel Beckett and won BAFTAs for her film and television work. Whitelaw died on Sunday at a London nursing home, her son told the BBC. She was 82. Among her many big-screen credits, which stretch back to 1953, are 1967’s Charlie Bubbles with Albert Finney; 1968’s The Twisted Nerve with Hayley Mills; Alfred Hitchcock’s 1972’s Frenzy; The Omen; 1988’s The Dressmaker with Joan Plowright and Pete Postlethwaite; Peter Medak’s classic biopic The Krays in 1990; and more recently, Edgar Wright’s 2007 Hot Fuzz with Simon Pegg.

Whitelaw was born in 1932 and made her radio acting debut at age 11, per the BBC. »

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R.I.P. Billie Whitelaw (1932 – 2014)

22 December 2014 12:31 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Acclaimed British actress Billie Whitelaw has passed away yesterday aged 82, it has abeen announced. Whitelaw was best known for her role as Mrs. Blaylock in the horror classic The Omen, as well as her regular collaborations with playwright Samuel Beckett.

Born in Coventry in 1932, Whitelaw trained at Rada before making her stage debut in 1950, and first appeared on the big screen four years later in The Sleeping Tiger. She would enjoy regular movie appearances throughout the 1950s and 1960s, including a BAFTA Award-winning supporting turn in 1967’s Charlie Bubbles, and Alfred Hitchcock’s 1972 thriller Frenzy.

Beginning in 1963, Whitelaw gained acclaim for her work in the plays of Samuel Beckett, who penned many of his works specifically for the actress. She would also add a BAFTA TV Award in 1972’s The Sextet, before receiving international recognition with 1976’s The Omen., where she played the sinister nanny Mrs. Blaylock.

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‘The Omen,’ ‘The Krays’ Actress Billie Whitelaw Dies at 82

22 December 2014 6:13 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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 »

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R.I.P. Billie Whitelaw (1932 – 2014)

22 December 2014 5:27 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Acclaimed British actress Billie Whitelaw has passed away yesterday aged 82, it has abeen announced. Whitelaw was best known for her role as Mrs. Blaylock in the horror classic The Omen, as well as her regular collaborations with playwright Samuel Beckett.

Born in Coventry in 1932, Whitelaw trained at Rada before making her stage debut in 1950, and first appeared on the big screen four years later in The Sleeping Tiger. She would enjoy regular movie appearances throughout the 1950s and 1960s, including a BAFTA Award-winning supporting turn in 1967’s Charlie Bubbles, and Alfred Hitchcock’s 1972 thriller Frenzy.

Beginning in 1963, Whitelaw gained acclaim for her work in the plays of Samuel Beckett, who penned many of his works specifically for the actress. She would also add a BAFTA TV Award in 1972’s The Sextet, before receiving international recognition with 1976’s The Omen., where she played the sinister nanny Mrs. Blaylock.

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- Gary Collinson

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Edgar Wright On Remembering Billie Whitelaw: 1932 – 2014

22 December 2014 5:12 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Thn were sad to hear the news that prolific actress Billie Whitelaw had passed away aged 82 yesterday, and as well as offering our heartfelt condolences to her family and friends, we wanted to share this wonderful memory piece from Edgar Wright, the director who got to work with Billie on her very final film in Hot Fuzz in 2007.

Billie was a star of the stage and screen for 64 years having making her debut treading the boards in 1950, before also sharing her work on the big screen in 1953. Hitchcock directed her in Frenzy (1972), and you’ll also know her in the likes of The Omen (1976), Quills and many, many more titles in television, theatre and cinema. She was also a muse to Samuel Beckett, one of the most important and original writers of all-time, and had a very distinct influence on his work and he loved her work in return.

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Billie Whitelaw obituary

21 December 2014 5:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Actor whose compelling presence inspired new works by Samuel Beckett and made her a chilling nanny in The Omen

“I could have easily have become a nun, or a prostitute, or both,” said Billie Whitelaw, who has died aged 82. Instead, she claimed that acting had allowed her to use both these sides of herself in a career that included theatre, films, television – and a special place in the affection and inspiration of Samuel Beckett.

By the time the playwright died in 1989, Whitelaw had established herself not only as one of his favourite interpreters, if not the favourite, but also as one of his trusted confidantes.

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- Michael Coveney

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The Omen and Hot Fuzz actress Billie Whitelaw dies, aged 82

21 December 2014 2:25 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Billie Whitelaw has died, aged 82.

The actress, known for her roles in films such as The Omen, died in the early hours of Sunday (December 21) at a nursing home in London, reports BBC News.

Whitelaw's son Matthew Muller said: "I could not have asked for a more loving mum.

"She had an incredible career - but first and foremost she was my mum - and that's who I will miss."

The actress is remembered for her starring role in The Krays, and she also appeared in the more-recent Simon Pegg comedy Hot Fuzz.

During her long career, she was nominated for a BAFTA for Most Promising Newcomer for her role in Hell is a City, and also won Best Supporting Actress for Twisted Nerve.

Whitelaw was also known for her collaboration with playwright Samuel Beckett, and was made a member of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen's »

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Billie Whitelaw dies by Jennie Kermode - 2014-12-21 21:39:45

21 December 2014 1:39 PM, PST | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Billie Whitelaw in The Omen

Billie Whitelaw, star of stage and screen over a remarkable 65 years, has died at the age of 82. A hit with colleagues and audiences alike, she progressed from The Secret Garden and Dixon Of Dock Green to lend her talents to films including Frenzy, The Omen, An Unsuitable Job for a Woman, The Krays, Quills and Hot Fuzz. She won two BAFTAs and was also much admired for her stage work, through which she became the muse of Samuel Beckett, and for her voice acting, which included extensive work for radio and fantasy film The Dark Crystal.

Whitelaw died in a London nursing home. She is survived by Matthew Muller, her son by actor and writer Robert Muller. »

- Jennie Kermode

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What's New on TV, Netflix Streaming, Digital, and DVD/Blu-ray This Week: December 15 - 21

15 December 2014 6:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.

New on DVD and Blu-ray

"The Skeleton Twins"

Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig are fantastic as estranged twins with a family history of depression. After a failed suicide attempt, Milo (Hader) goes to live with Maggie (Wiig) and her Golden Retriever-like husband, Lance (Luke Wilson). Although Maggie's life looks perfect from the outside, she's got just as many self-destructive secrets at Milo. Sweet and sad, this is definitely Wiig's best dramatic role to date.

"This Is Where I Leave You"

Tina Fey and Jason Bateman lead an impressive ensemble cast in this dramedy about a family forced together for their father's funeral, and the seven days of mourning customary known as sitting shiva in the Jewish tradition. Jane Fonda, Adam Driver, Rose Byrne, Kathryn Hahn, Ben Schwartz, »

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'The Omen' TV Show Casts 'Merlin' Star Bradley James as 'Damien'

4 December 2014 9:00 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Less than four months after Lifetime issued a series order for The Omen TV series entitled Damien, Merlin star Bradley James has signed on to play the title character. Filmmaker Shekhar Kapur (Elizabeth) will make his TV directing debut by taking the helm for the pilot episode and serving as an executive producer. The show is slated to premiere sometime in 2015 on Lifetime.

We first reported on the project back in May, when former The Walking Dead showrunner Glen Mazzara signed on to write the pilot script and executive produce through his 44 Strong Productions company. The six-episode series will follow the adult life of Damien Thorn (Bradley James), the devilish child from the original 1976 film who has grown into an adult, seemingly unaware of the evil forces around him. Damien is forced to confront his past and come to terms with the fact that he is, in fact, the Antichrist, »

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7 creepiest horror movie kids: The Exorcist, The Sixth Sense

5 November 2014 1:30 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Aussie horror The Babadook, which is currently in UK cinemas and reaches the Us next week, is one of the scariest films of the year. Like a lot of the best fear-flicks, much of its ability to terrify comes down to one truly creepy kid.

In director Jennifer Kent's harrowing debut, six-year-old Samuel (Noah Wiseman) discovers a book called Mister Babadook, which just so happens to coincide with creepy occurrences at home that his mother (Essie Davis) blames on Samuel's overactive imagination. If we reveal any more, we'll ruin the film's surprises, but suffice to say that Samuel's behaviour is every bit as unnerving as the monster that could be lurking in his house.

He's not the only movie kid putting us off parenthood for life. Also responsible for giving Digital Spy a severe case of paedophobia (or fear of children) are these terrifying tots...

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Top 100 Horror Movies: How Truly Horrific Are They?

31 October 2014 3:21 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Top 100 horror movies of all time: Chicago Film Critics' choices (photo: Sigourney Weaver and Alien creature show us that life is less horrific if you don't hold grudges) See previous post: A look at the Chicago Film Critics Association's Scariest Movies Ever Made. Below is the list of the Chicago Film Critics's Top 100 Horror Movies of All Time, including their directors and key cast members. Note: this list was first published in October 2006. (See also: Fay Wray, Lee Patrick, and Mary Philbin among the "Top Ten Scream Queens.") 1. Psycho (1960) Alfred Hitchcock; with Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin, Martin Balsam. 2. The Exorcist (1973) William Friedkin; with Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair, Jason Miller, Max von Sydow (and the voice of Mercedes McCambridge). 3. Halloween (1978) John Carpenter; with Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence, Tony Moran. 4. Alien (1979) Ridley Scott; with Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt. 5. Night of the Living Dead (1968) George A. Romero; with Marilyn Eastman, »

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Release Details for Mondo’s Pet Sematary & The Omen Vinyl Soundtracks

30 October 2014 3:02 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

“Sometimes dead is better.” Nearly 25 years ago, viewers heard Jud Crandall’s wise quote when Pet Sematary was released to theaters. The memorable movie was based on Stephen King’s 1983 novel and directed by Mary Lambert off a screenplay by King, and now Mondo is giving fans of the film a Halloween treat with the release of the Pet Sematary soundtrack 2Xlp vinyl, along with The Omen striped variant vinyl LP.

The Pet Sematary and The Omen vinyl LPs, in addition to a special Pet Sematary poster, will be available to purchase at a random time tomorrow. Stay tuned to Mondo’s Twitter for the big announcement:

https://twitter.com/MondoNews

Press Release - “This Halloween we’re celebrating two horror cult classics, Pet Sematary and The Omen. In addition to the killer Pet Sematary poster by Mike Saputo, we’ll also be releasing the soundtrack on 2Xlp vinyl with the same artwork, »

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‘The Shout’ & ‘The Medusa Touch’ Blu-ray Review (Network)

26 October 2014 6:27 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

“The British Film” collection was launched by Network Distributing in April 2013 as part of a five-year plan to release over 450 vintage British films through a deal with Studiocanal. Many of the films have never been available to own and will benefit from new transfers. We’ve already reviewed a couple of their previous releases, the Hammer horror pairing of Countess Dracula and Twins of Evil – and now we take a look at two more interesting British horrors of the 1970s…

The Shout

Stars: Alan Bates, Susannah York, John Hurt, Robert Stephens, Tim Curry | Directed by Jerzy Skolimowski

Synopsis: During a cricket match at an insane asylum between the inmates and the local villagers, Crossley and Graves keep themselves entertained by telling stories. Crossley tells of how he came to possess supernatural powers enabling him to kill with a single shout and although his companion dismisses the tale as an insane fantasy, »

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See David Warner as Freddy Krueger in Early Makeup Test Images

20 October 2014 8:34 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Robert Englund is celebrated by horror hounds for bringing to life the wicked wit and intimidating menace of Freddy Krueger in eight A Nightmare on Elm Street films and a TV series. But what may surprise some Elm Street strollers is that David Warner (The Omen) was originally cast in the role of the iconic killer, and we have a look at what Freddy would have looked like with Warner behind the scorched skin.

Originally considered to play Freddy Krueger, David Warner had to opt out of Wes Craven’s horror classic due to scheduling conflicts, but before he was out of the picture, early makeup tests were completed that show Warner as the dream invader.

David Warner has played a plethora of characters over the decades, including roles in The Omen (1976), Tron, In the Mouth of Madness, Titanic, and more recently portrayed Professor Abraham Van Helsing in Showtime’s Penny Dreadful. »

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Early make-up tests for David Warner as Freddy Krueger in A Nightmare on Elm Street

19 October 2014 11:48 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

It’s all but impossible to imagine anyone else but Robert Englund as Freddy Krueger, the razor-gloved antagonist of the Nightmare on Elm Street series (sorry, Jackie Earle Haley). Making his first appearance in 1984’s A Nightmare on Elm Street, Englund went on to portray the character in six sequels, a TV series, and the 2003 franchise crossover Freddy vs. Jason, creating a pop culture icon in the process.

But it could have been so much different, had it not been for scheduling conflicts with Wes Craven’s first choice for the role, British actor David Warner (The Omen). Englund subsequently filled the role, and the rest as they say is history, however thanks to Reddit we’ve now got a taste of what might have been, with some images of Warner in early make-up tests arriving online…

How do you think the Nightmare on Elm Street series would have fared without Robert Englund as Freddy? »

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Review: "The Medusa Touch" (1978) Starring Richard Burton, UK Blu-ray Release

12 October 2014 3:49 AM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

By Adrian Smith

Although by the late 1970s Richard Burton's reputation was based more on his hard-drinking and turbulent marriages, he was still capable of demonstrating his powers as a dangerous and magnetic performer. Arguably by this time he had lost some of his former box-office draw and was taking roles in horror films like Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977) and The Medusa Touch to pay the bills, yet he was still a mesmerising screen presence and in this film can even command the attention of the audience whilst lying on a hospital bed in a coma.

The Medusa Touch is set in London and begins with a murder. In the opening scene we see renowned author John Morlar (Richard Burton) watching news of a space shuttle disaster on TV. Within seconds he is being bludgeoned to death by a blunt instrument. It is something of a shock to see »

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The Phoenix is proud to present Frightarama 2014

6 October 2014 9:46 AM, PDT | 24framespersecond.net | See recent 24FramesPerSecond news »

If you're in the Leicester area this Halloween be sure to check out The Phoenix. Their annual Frightarama takes place on October 31st, with tickets priced at £25. The all night horror movie marathon returns with five fiendish films to take you through till dawn. Take blankets, sleeping bags, crucifixes, garlic, silver bullets, pyjamas, whatever you think will get you through till dawn. Who will survive, and what will be left of them? Time will tell I guess. The evening kicks off with The Omen, Richard Donner's masterpiece of creeping terror. Film two is yet to be confirmed but it's looking likely to be [Rec], a film that needs to be seen in the dark and on the big screen. Following a fire-crew on a routine call out to an apartment block, a Spanish camera crew soon become trapped in with something terrifying. Argento's 1977 favourite, Suspiria, is an almost overwhelming nightmare of colour and sound. »

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The Phoenix is proud to present Frightarama 2014

6 October 2014 9:46 AM, PDT | 24framespersecond.net | See recent 24FramesPerSecond news »

If you're in the Leicester area this Halloween be sure to check out The Phoenix. Their annual Frightarama takes place on October 31st, with tickets priced at £25. The all night horror movie marathon returns with five fiendish films to take you through till dawn. Take blankets, sleeping bags, crucifixes, garlic, silver bullets, pyjamas, whatever you think will get you through till dawn. Who will survive, and what will be left of them? Time will tell I guess. The evening kicks off with The Omen, Richard Donner's masterpiece of creeping terror. Film two is yet to be confirmed but it's looking likely to be [Rec], a film that needs to be seen in the dark and on the big screen. Following a fire-crew on a routine call out to an apartment block, a Spanish camera crew soon become trapped in with something terrifying. Argento's 1977 favourite, Suspiria, is an almost overwhelming nightmare of colour and sound. »

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