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In the world of movie poster collecting, title trumps everything. A mediocre half-sheet for Casablanca or a lobby card for The Wizard of Oz will sell for thousands whereas an exquisite piece of graphic design for an obscure Czech drama can be picked up for peanuts. For good reason of course: people want movie posters to remind them of the movies they love. But I am always endlessly impressed by the bottomless well of superb design and illustration that is out there for films that have been all but forgotten. As a random example, this week the French poster dealer Dominique Besson released 171 posters for auction on eBay, and, though many of them are for well-known films I was struck by the fact that many of the most eye-catching designs were for quite obscure French films from the 40s and 50s. And all can be picked up for a song. »
- Adrian Curry
Monday’s Emmy Awards will feature a fitting tribute to the late Robin Williams, led by Billy Crystal. The beloved actor died earlier this month, but fans still can’t believe he’s gone. Ahead of Hollywood’s honor to the comedic genius, brush up on his noteworthy roles with our guide to his best films currently streaming on Netflix.
The Big Wedding (2013)
Williams isn’t the star in this film, but his role as a lovable priest offsets the other characters’ hilarious drama. A family pretends to get along as the wedding of their adopted son and sibling approaches. The star-studded cast includes Robert DeNiro and Diane Keaton.
The Birdcage (1996)
Similar to The Big Wedding, The Birdcage centers on family. However, the latter flick was also ahead of its time, transcending fans’ perception of homosexual couples at the time. Based on the play La Cage aux Folles, Williams plays »
- Rahsheeda Ali
I didn’t see Robin Williams‘ attempt at a new sitcom, CBS’ The Crazy Ones. I didn’t want to. I didn’t want to think that the great Robin was, at only 62, already making the trip back to weekly TV half-hours after such a stellar, Oscar-winning career in films and such a bright, unhinged light on comedy stages for all of his career. It’s just too constricting for this kind of talent. It’s even sadder to think the show got cancelled after one season, a failure that must have been hard to take. No, my most recent memories of Robin Williams are on the big screen, where he seemed to be heading for a place of renewal, not only as the funnyman everyone knew, but really a fine dramatic actor. In this year’s The Face Of Love he played a supporting role as a man heartbreakingly »
- Pete Hammond
Robin Williams dead at 63, possible suicide: Oscar winner for ‘Good Will Hunting’ Robin Williams, Best Supporting Academy Award winner for Gus Van Sant’s Good Will Hunting, was found dead at his northern California home earlier today, August 11, 2014. According to online reports, the cause of death is believed to be suicide via asphyxiation. Williams (born in Chicago on July 21, 1951) was 63. Robin Williams was nominated for three other Academy Awards, all in the Best Actor category: Barry Levinson sleeper hit Good Morning, Vietnam (1987), Peter Weir’s Dead Poets Society (1989), and Terry Gilliam’s The Fisher King (1991), opposite Jeff Bridges. One of his biggest box office hits was Mrs. Doubtfire (1994), in which he spends much of the movie in drag. Sally Field co-starred. Among Robin Williams’ other movies are George Roy Hill’s The World According to Garp (1982), in which Williams delivered one of his most restrained performances; Penny Marshall’s Best »
- Andre Soares
Veteran film and television comedic actor Robin Williams was found dead in his home in Tiburon, Calif. on Monday. He was 63.
The cause of death is believed to be suicide via asphyxiation, according to the Tiburon coroner’s office.
According to his publicist, who confirmed the news, the actor had been battling depression of late and recently entered 12-step rehab for drug abuse.
Robin Williams Death: Most Memorable Moments of His Career
His wife Susan Schneider said in a statement: “I am utterly heartbroken. On behalf of Robin’s family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief. As he is remembered, it is our hope the focus will not be on Robin’s death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.”
The Marin County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from Williams’ residence on Monday at 11:55 a.m. reporting »
- Andrew Wallenstein and Stuart Oldham
Yesterday, Lgbt news outlet The Advocate put together a list of “The Top 175 Essential Films of All Time for Lgbt Viewers.” The exhaustive list is full of game-changing films with Lgbt characters, many of which have important places in pop culture. But it’s also rounded out with campy cult classics and gender-bending movies that don’t necessarily have Lgbt characters. Some Like it Hot, for instance, was a groundbreaking movie with no gay characters but plenty of cross-dressing.
The list is topped with more recent movies—Brokeback Mountain (2005) caps it at No. 1, with Milk (2008) coming in second—but contains movies from all time periods. »
- Jacob Shamsian
With his second solo album, “Lazaretto,” out Tuesday (10), Jack White continues on his exploration of American music. For all his talk of condemning others for being musical magpies, he proves to be quite one himself on the set: Whether he’s recalling Howling Wolf or The Band or even Lynyrd Skynrd, it’s easy to trace the new creation back to its musical forbearers. Where White’s true talent lies is that he’s able to assimilate so many different styles into his music. “Lazaretto” works also most as two different albums: there are the gentle country-influenced acoustic tracks and the feral, primal, razor-edged electric tunes and he sells both of them with equal conviction. For the most part, both tread the same lyrical band: a sense of isolation that, in some cases, quietly creeps in and other times, announces its arrival with unrestrained howls. As acclaimed a guitarist as White is, »
- Melinda Newman
Chelsea Handler’s E! talk show will officially end in August
Ker Smith has joined the cast of Season Two of The Fosters. Who he’s playing makes me feel very … old.
The Critics Choice Awards Nominations were announced this morning, with some pleasant surprises (Kate Mulgrew! Chris Messina!) and The Normal Heart picking up five, including noms for Julia Roberts, Mark Ruffalo, Joe Mantello and Matt Bomer.
Carmen Carrera Becomes Lightning Rod in T-Word Debate
Remembering Maya Angelou’s Support Of Gay Marriage, Lgbt Rights
Betty Bowers knows that God is watching … everything.
Steve Kazee, who won the Tony award for the Broadway production of Once, has joined the cast of Shameless, in a “major recurring role.” One that better involve getting naked.
A few days ago I posted the »
Birds of a Feather: Cassavetes’ Brings Generic Chops to Predictable Comedy
Long before the inevitable denouement of the vainglorious adulterer catalyzing the female frenzied revenge fantasy that is The Other Woman, one will quickly apprehend the fact that it’s not nearly as daringly mature as it would have you think. Sort of like a younger generation’s version of The First Wives Club (1996), time has not advanced the realism of adult sexual discourse in mainstream film, the ritual of appeasing the conservative censorship of the MPAA still bound tightly to the promise of an adolescent profit margin. In a bid to secure a wholly unnecessary PG-13 rating, there’s a trade off as we lose Cameron Diaz’s sole use of the F word (seemingly changed to something like ‘flipping’ in post-production) for its sexual insinuations that can never quite be discussed in frank, real world terms. While »
- Nicholas Bell
When Mike Nichols’s The Birdcage was released in 1996, it made $185 million worldwide, a truly astonishing fact. There are so many reasons why The Birdcage would never ever be made today, let alone make so much money. We’re talking about an R-rated comedy with no gross-out or potty humor. It isn’t a buddy comedy or an action comedy or even a particularly romantic comedy. Its four main characters are quite a bit over the age of 40. Dianne Wiest has an above-the-title credit, for God’s sakes. This is a film geared towards just about every audience but the young straight men Hollywood targets with its comedies today.
Of course The Birdcage is a gay movie. Its leading couple is gay, the plot hinges on a gay secret, and there’s lots of drag and swishing and short shorts. There’s no actual sex, or even too many sexual allusions, »
- Bryan Rucker
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: April 22, 2014
Price: DVD $39.98, Blu-ray $49.98
Studio: Cohen Media
Lean Poiret (l.) is on the case as Inspector Lavardin in Chicken with Vinegar.
The Inspector Lavardin Collection offers two mystery-suspense films from French filmmaker Claude Chabrol (Les Cousins) — Chicken With Vinegar (1985) and its sequel, Inspector Lavardin (1986), as well as two Lavardin television films by Chabrol.
In Chicken With Vinegar, based on the novel Une mort en trop by Dominique Roulet, a cruel invalid (Stéphane Audran, Babette’s Feast) who consistently terrorizes her teen son into abject obedience, is threatened with the loss of her home by a conniving trio who want her property as part of a deal for a lucrative development project. After several of the principal figures suffer grisly deaths, Lavardin (Jean Poiret, La Cage aux Folles) arrives to get to the bottom of it all.
The two additional Lavardin mysteries—The Black Snail (1988) and Danger »
Sherlock and Doctor Who will battle it out at Freesat's 2014 Free TV Awards.
Emma Willis, Kylie Minogue and Susanna Reid are in the shortlist for Broadcast Personality of the Year, alongside Ant & Dec, Clare Balding, Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield, Jonny Mitchell, Mary Berry and Paul O'Grady.
In its sixth year, the Freesat Free »
Our top moments of the week:
13. Birds of a Feather Award: Wednesday's episode of Arrow unites the Black Canary and the Huntress, two members of the so-called "Birds of Prey," but in a nice twist, they're adversaries. Their fight gains even more symbolism when Laurel — who will eventually become the Black Canary and a member of the "Birds of Prey" — joins the fray. An interesting way to...
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- Kate Stanhope
Over the years, Shaquille O'Neal has built a reputation for being brazen and fearless. So, when the legendary basketball player appeared on Bravo's “Watch What Happens Live” on Thursday, he was resolved not to take an out on quiz game “Plead the Fifth.” Host Andy Cohen certainly tried, but Shaq was unyielding. Cohen asked him to say three nice things about former teammate and frequent rival Kobe Bryant. And he delivered after a pause. See video: Bravo's Men of ‘Million Dollar Listing New York’ Are Birds of a Feather — Not (Exclusive) “Smart, enigmatic, legendary,” he answered. The host then asked, »
- Jethro Nededog
'My beloved helped me shave my entire body once a week with a beard trimmer'
What first drew you to acting?
I went to this very odd school, Christ's Hospital – like Eton for poor boys. I remember seeing a school production of The Birthday Party and finding its environment strangely menacing and hostile, rather like school. Then I saw Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead at the Old Vic, and found it adult and thrilling. That's what really caught me.
What was your big breakthrough?
I don't think I've ever had one.
You've had parts in musicals, TV and film. Should an actor always be open to new things?
Yes. There's a particularly British way of going about things that I rather like, which is very different to the American way. It comes out of the amateur rep tradition of actors thinking: "Well, I'm only 26, but I'll put on a »
- Laura Barnett
Birds of a Feather came out on top for its current series finale on Thursday outside of soaps, according to overnight figures.
The recently-renewed ITV sitcom dropped over 500,000 viewers from its last episode in mid-February, amusing 4.81 million (12.9%) at 8.30pm (116k/0.5% on +1).
On BBC One, Holiday Hit Squad returned with 3.18m (14.3%) at 8pm, followed by Diy Sos with 4.26m (19.1%) at 9pm. Question Time interested 2.61m (23.5%) at 10.35pm.
On Channel 4, The Hoarder Next Door fascinated 1.22m (5.5%) at 8pm (221k/1.0%), and The Floods that Foiled New Years brought in 1.71m (7.7%) at 9pm (312k/2.0%).
Channel 5's It Takes a Thief To Catch a Thief intrigued 1.20m (5.4%) at 8pm (127k/0.6%). The Hotel Inspector was seen by 1.03m (4.6%) at 9pm (132k/0.8%) and 70 Stone and Almost Dead attracted 974k (6.1%) at 10pm. »
Birds of a Feather: ITV, 8:30pm
This final episode brings the tenth series to a close tonight and Sharon and Tracey are given an unpleasant glimpse of their future.
Meanwhile, Dorien appears in court and attempts to save her reputation after losing her job last week.
37 Days: BBC Two, 9pm
This three-part political thriller series written by Mark Hayhurst begins tonight, and centres on the movements of those in power in the unpredictable days leading up to the outbreak of the First World War.
In Berlin, the Kaiser (Rainer Sellien) attempts to use this assassination and the subsequent unsteady political climate to his own advantage.
The Big Reunion: ITV2, 9pm
In this week's show two more bands - Damage and »
Myfanwy Moore has been named as the BBC's new controller of UK comedy production.
She will take control of the BBC's in-house comedy department across both TV and radio.
She returns to the BBC after working at ITV as commissioning editor of comedy. During her time at ITV she had been responsible for its recent scripted comedy output including Birds Of A Feather, Plebs, Vicious and The Job Lot.
From 1995 to 1997, she also launched the Paramount Comedy Channel as Director of Programmes.
Moore said of her new role: "I have loved my time at ITV, but as any comedy geek knows, running BBC in-house comedy - the birthplace of so many well-loved and enduring shows that have shaped popular culture - is an »
Inspector George Gently topped the ratings overall on Thursday evening, overnight data reveals.
The BBC One drama rose by over 100,000 viewers from last week to 5.49 million (23.6%) at 8.30pm. Earlier, Pound Shop Wars dropped over a million to 4.35m (19.4%) at 8pm.
BBC Two's Winter Olympics highlights attracted 3.05m (13.9%) at 7.30pm, followed by the Hairy Bikers' new series Asian Adventure with 2.33m (10.1%) at 8pm. The first part of the documentary Bible Hunters intrigued 1.11m (4.8%) at 9pm, while the final Weekly Wipe of the series entertained 938k (4.9%) at 10pm.
On ITV, Birds of a Feather held steady with 5.36m (22.8%) at 8.30pm (102k/0.4% on +1). Benidorm's finale also amused 5.36m (23.2%), rising by over 400k at 9pm (414k/2.4%).
On Channel 5, The Hotel Inspector gathered 961k (4.1%) at »
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