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Ken Grieve obituary

My friend and colleague Ken Grieve, who has died aged 74, was a film and television director who worked on a range of drama series and plays including Dr Who, Strangers, Peak Practice, Casualty and The Bill, his career perhaps hitting a peak in 1988 with an adaptation of Len Deighton’s Game, Set and Match, starring Ian Holm.

Ken was born and brought up in Edinburgh, the son of Henry Grieve, a plant manager at British Aluminium, and his wife, Lesley, a seamstress. He attended the Edinburgh Academy, where he excelled in geography and history, and won a scholarship to Bryanston school in Dorset.

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Get a Load of This Ridiculously Cool Stranger Things Jack O'Lantern

We're a few days removed from Halloween 2016 by now, but this Stranger Things-themed jack o'lantern is absolutely worth sharing because my jaw dropped when I saw it. It's not the most intricately carved pumpkin I've ever seen, but the creativity on display here is fantastic, and by the time the last half of the video rolls around and reveals what's on the other side, I was shaking my head in awe. Super cool idea, and I'm glad this won a competition because it definitely deserves some recognition.

Amongst some great competition, we score another win in the Jack Morton annual pumpkin carving competition. Good work team! It's Strangers Things themed, if by chance you didn't see the series.

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[Tiff Review] Carrie Pilby

The synopsis for Carrie Pilby can sound atrocious on paper. Most films utilizing an eighteen-year old Harvard graduate do so as periphery color because the trope lends itself to obnoxious pedantry and an unsympathetic notion of “first world problems.” Having your titular lead (played by Bel Powley) be that person is therefore a risky proposition. She’s an introvert bagging on society for willingly lowering their Iq to fit a cesspool of mediocrity despite making no attempt to engage or discover whether that assumption is true. We should despise her and harbor frustration towards director Susan Johnson for wanting the opposite. Well the joke’s on us because her character proves utterly likable in her failings — likable and relatable while traversing the landscape of life and love.

Her identity is in shambles after a year off post-college in her adopted home. With Dad (Gabriel Byrne) refusing to leave London (she
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Alexis Bledel & Vincent Kartheiser Are Expecting First Child: Report

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A new report suggests that there's going to be a new Gilmore Girl -- or little Mad Man -- coming into the world soon: Alexis Bledel is reportedly pregnant, expecting her first child with husband Vincent Kartheiser.

According to Celebuzz, a source has revealed that Kartheiser is "trying to keep it quiet," but added that the actor is "very happy about the news."

The site reports that the pair's baby news slipped out when friends were "seen congratulating Kartheiser at the world premiere of his new National Geographic Channel movie, 'Saints & Strangers,' in Los Angeles on Monday night." Bledel's rep did not respond to Celebuzz's request for comment.

That's par for the course for the super-private couple, who met on the set of "Mad Men" more than three years ago. While their onscreen characters didn't exactly have a happy ending -- Bledel played a housewife who seduces Kartheiser's Pete Campbell,
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Bill Tarmey obituary

Actor who became a household name as Coronation Street's Jack Duckworth

Bill Tarmey, who has died aged 71, made his name as Jack Duckworth, the endearingly lazy husband of the nagging motormouth Vera Duckworth, played by Liz Dawn, in Granada television's Coronation Street. The former asphalt spreader began with the long-running soap as an extra in the mid-1970s, and came into his own as Duckworth in 1979. This was five years after Dawn joined the cast, and it soon helped to create a character duo that was stronger than the sum of its parts.

Vera and Jack met at Gail and Brian Tilsley's wedding. Jack later became a cellar man at the Rovers Return, whose other stalwarts at the time included Hilda Ogden and Bet Lynch, played by Jean Alexander and Julie Goodyear. The health problems of his son, Carl, led to Tarmey's departure from the series in November
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How we made ... Anthony Andrews and Charles Sturridge on Brideshead Revisited

'We'd often be filming in one room of Castle Howard while the public passed by in another'

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Filming began on Gozo, one of the Maltese islands, which was standing in for Africa. I never forgave them for this, because it meant we started with my character Sebastian's final scenes. So Jeremy Irons [Charles Ryder] and I had to film the bedside scenes in hospital before we'd figured out our characters or built a relationship.

I was tearing my hair out, too, because there were such holes in the script: we were required to make mammoth jumps. The plan had been for a six-hour series but it was impossible to fit this all-encompassing book into such a time frame without skipping some golden parts. So when a pay strike stopped production in 1979, it gave everyone time to take stock. We feared the
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The Week in Original Content: 45 Columns, Features and Movie Reviews

Sunday, September 25th 'Retreat' Ff Review: Getting Away to a Lonely Island? Beware of Bloodied Strangers by Peter Martin 'Juan of the Dead' Ff Review: Cuba Does Zombies by Jacob S. Hall Observations from a Fantastic Fest Virgin: Looking for the Magic and Finding It in 'You're Next' by Erik Davis   Monday, September 26th Monday Morning Review: 'Moneyball' Does The Unthinkable By Making Baseball Interesting Again by Sean O'Connell Dialogue: Seth Rogen on '50/50', Telling Personal Stories and Getting a Little Help from His Friends by Erik Davis 'Livid' Ff Review: A Junk Food Trick-or-Treat Bag of Deliciously Bad-for-You Horror by John Gholson Dialogue: José Padilha...

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When John Waters met Little Richard

In 1987, the iconic filmmaker John Waters was sent by Playboy magazine to interview his all-time hero – Little Richard. It was a surreal, almost religious experience for John who had been a lifelong fan of the godfather of rock'n'roll. So why did it almost end in a fistfight?

Little Richard scared my grandmother in 1957. I was 11 years old, on the way to her house for dinner with my parents, and had just shoplifted a record in the five-and-dime. Mom and Dad hadn't even noticed. Easy pickings – the 45rpm of "Lucille" on the Specialty label. My favourite tune. I felt happily defiant in the back seat of the car with the sharp edge of the single jabbing my stomach beneath the sweater. Once inside Mama's (as we called Stella Whitaker, my mother's mother), I made a beeline to her out-of-date hi-fi and let it roll. "Lu-cille! You won't do your sister's will!
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