12 items from 2011
I find it surprising that some people were surprised when the fact that Rock Hudson was gay was publicly revealed back in the mid-1980s, as the actor became the best-known person with AIDS in the world. After all, even my mother knew about that. Anyhow, today's jaded crowd, looking at the above photograph, will surely assert that it's so obvious that Rock Hudson was gay. Just look at him! I thoroughly disagree. In fact, I don't see anything "obvious" about Hudson's sexual orientation in the photo. And no, I'm not blind. The guy just looks like a man — gay, straight, anything in between — doing his best to appear classy, or at least what used to pass for classy. Personally, I don't find Hudson very convincing as a "classy" type à la Cary Grant. Whatever his sexual predilections, I've always found Rock Hudson much more believable in rugged roles, such »
- Andre Soares
The Murder, She Wrote star portrayed Agatha Christie's famous detective in 1980 film The Mirror Crack'd, alongside a stellar cast including Dame Elizabeth Taylor, Tony Curtis and Rock Hudson, while other actresses to tackle the role include Dame Margaret Rutherford and Joan Hickson.
Disney bosses recently announced plans to reboot Miss Marple in a new movie showing her as a young woman, with Garner tapped to play the title role. Lansbury admits she is shocked by the news and can't understand how the concept could be successful.
She tells Britain's the Guardian, "Will you please tell me how? How can they cast this lovely young girl in that role? It doesn't make any sense at all." »
 Disney has obtained the movie rights to Agatha Christie's amateur sleuth character Miss Marple, who has appeared in twelve of Christie's novels. Traditionally, Miss Marple has been an elderly English woman who enjoys knitting and weeding, and whose harmless-looking exterior hides a sharp, logical mind. In fact, a large part of the fun of the character is the discrepancy between the assumptions you'd make from her outward appearance and her true nature as a shrewd detective. Naturally, then, the obvious casting choice for the role of Miss Marple would be Alias star Jennifer Garner. Wait, what? Deadline  reports that the 38-year-old Garner has won the role, which has been played previously by Margaret Rutherford at the age of 70 and Angela Lansbury in her 50s. Come to think of it, that's quite a gap between Rutherford and Lansbury, too. At this rate, the next Miss Marple after Garner will probably »
- Angie Han
This beloved classic is getting a facelift. Quite literally.
Disney has closed a deal for a big screen reboot of Agatha Christie's "Miss Marple" mystery novel series, and the House of Mouse is making substantial changes to the story. Deadline reports that, instead of the British grandma Jane Marple portrayed in the books and in previous big screen incarnations, the film series will instead feature a young, far more svelte amateur sleuth, to be played by Jennifer Garner.
Garner, of course, has plenty of screen experience when it comes to solving mysteries, starring in the longrunning TV spy show, "Alias." This will be a bit different; the novels, 12 in all, were written from the 1930-70's. Whether the films will stay in that considerable span of time, or be brought up to date has yet to be announced.
Marple has been played by a number of notable actors, both »
- Jordan Zakarin
A new film version of Agatha Christie's much-loved middle-class mysteries to feature a younger heroine and unfold in the present day
She is not, perhaps, the first actor that springs to mind when one thinks of Miss Marple, the elderly, unmarried detective of Agatha Christie's famous crime novels. Yet Jennifer Garner is to take on the role of the amateur sleuth in a new film that will see her character hit the screen as a younger woman, Deadline reports.
Garner, 38, will also the produce the film, which is being backed by Disney. So far it is not known whether the project will be based on any of Christie's novels: the British author always posited Marple as a woman in her 70s, so screenwriter Mark Frost may well be working from scratch.
This genteel detective with the instinctive understanding of the dark side of human nature has been played »
- Ben Child
There's updating, and then there's taking the piss.
In surprising news though, the studio is making drastic changes in their approach to the character of Jane Marple. Gone is the elderly spinster who resides in the quaint pre-WW2 village of St. Mary Mead. In this version she'll be a young, modern day and possibly American city girl - and no, this is not a satire.
Jennifer Garner is set to produce through her Vandalia Films and will likely star in the new adaptation. Mark Frost, who co-created "Twin Peaks" and penned the "Fantastic Four" movies, will be penning the script.
The changeover is rather disturbing to say the least. The entire point of the character is that her small English village life and kind, unassuming outward appearance »
- Garth Franklin
In a move that is sure to excite fans of British author Agatha Christie, Disney has acquired the film rights to Christie's senior detective, Miss Jane Marple. Per THR, Mark Frost (Fantastic Four and Twin Peaks) has been hired to pen Miss Marple's latest adventure while placing it within a contemporary context. Marple made her first appearance in Christie's 1927 short story "The Tuesday Night Club" and made her big screen debut in 1961 in Murder, She Said being played by Margaret Rutherford. Angela Lansbury later made a turn as the wily sleuth in 1980's The Mirror Crack'd. Of course, Lansbury would also go on to play a similar character, the mystery writer/amateur detective Jessica Fletcher, in your grandmother's favorite television series, Murder, She Wrote. [Update: Jennifer Garner will produce and star as a younger version of Miss Marple.] »
- Jason Barr
Miss Marple first appeared in an Agatha Christie short story in 1927, and made several appearances in the author's work. The character was portrayed by in the 1961 movie Murder She Said..., and later by Angela Lansbury in the 1980 movie The Mirror Crack'd. The elderly detective character is a frail lady with a penchant for knitting, but who also has a sharp mind and a deep understanding of the human condition.
Although no story details were given, this new Miss Marple will be set in present day with a contemporary take.
No production schedule was revealed for Miss Marple. »
Philip French remembers the child star turned Oscar-winning actress, who was as celebrated as much for her tempestuous relationships as her movies
For people like myself, born in Britain in the inter-war years and growing up during the second world war, Elizabeth Taylor will always be thought of as the youngest of four British evacuees who brought their immaculate English accents to Hollywood and became an essential part of a corner of Tinseltown that was forever England. She and Peter Lawford were transported across the Atlantic by their parents as war clouds gathered over Europe and were put under contract by MGM in the early 1940s. Roddy McDowall followed when bombs began to fall on Britain, as did Angela Lansbury who was also signed by MGM. McDowall was the first to attain stardom, playing the Welsh miner's son in How Green Was My Valley and then appearing in MGM's children's classic, »
- Philip French
No one under 40 was in the stalls for the Hollywood star's last good role, so why did the Times devote so much coverage to her death the day after budget day?
Consider, then, the priorities of the Times on the day that Taylor died. Twenty rather padded pages of pullout budget coverage; a full dozen fact- and ex-husband-packed pages on the Taylor passing. Even the Daily Mail only managed five.
It is commonplace to say that newspapers are chasing (and losing) young readers. It's odd, then, to reflect that nobody under the age of 40 was around in the front stalls when The Mirror Crack'd Taylor's residual career apart.
I know George Osborne didn't have much cash to move around, but it is at least money in your pocket now, not crumpled fivers from long ago. »
- Peter Preston
I cannot cannot cannot express my sadness at the passing of such a vibrant, powerful, charismatic, and tumultuous woman as Elizabeth Taylor.
Only 79, Taylor died peacefully today in Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, California, where she has been suffering from congestive heart failure for over 6 weeks.
Taylor didn't really become the provocative actress you know her as today until she was well into her 30s and beyond, though she started acting at 12. She explored sadness, horror, pain, fear, sexuality, and she lived it through her profoundly passionate life.
In Butterfield 8, she plays a woman who screws and drinks, before women screwing and drinking was acceptable, and her character deals with this contradiction in a most unflattering and earth-shattering way:
In Who's Afriad of Virginia Woolf and Taming of the Shrew, her real-life passion for husband Richard Burton was behind every kiss, every slap, every malicious barb and gentle whisper: »
The woman, the star, the legend that is Elizabeth Taylor passed away this morning at the age of 79.
The violet-eyed actress was hospitalized six weeks ago at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles for treatment of congestive heart failure, a condition that had stabilized. The hope was she would soon be well enough to return home, sadly that wasn't to be.
Taylor had a career that spanned a full six decades, from her first role in the 1942 comedy "There's One Born Every Minute" to her last in the 2001 TV movie "These Old Broads". Her first real breakthrough role was as Velvet Brown in MGM's "National Velvet" which made her a star at age 12.
For the next few years she became a very bankable adolescent star with a string of successful features. Her first success in an adult role was in the original "Father of the Bride" in 1950 with Spencer Tracy, »
- Garth Franklin
12 items from 2011
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