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Bob Hoskins became an actor by accident when he accompanied a friend to an audition at London’s leftwing Unity theatre in 1969, and achieved TV stardom as the doomed travelling salesman in Dennis Potter’s Pennies From Heaven. In 1980, he became an international star in Scottish director John Mackenzie’s The Long Good Friday, his first major screen role, as the East End gangster Harold Shand who dreams of transforming his minor criminal empire into a legitimate enterprise by rejuvenating London’s decaying docklands and playing host to the 1988 Olympics. Hoskins’s Shand was compared favourably with Edward G Robinson’s seminal Little Caesar of 1931.
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- Philip French
Steve Martin isn’t someone who’s expecting to live on in posterity.
“I think it’s misguided if you actually believe you’re going be remembered,” he says. “There’s so many great artists, so many great writers filling up the shelves consuming essentially airtime and people fall by the wayside as time goes on. I don’t have any pretensions to any of that.”
The comedian, actor, writer, producer and banjo player was speaking by phone the morning after his final visit to “Late Show With Letterman” and before he began filming Ang Lee’s “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” — and about a month before he receives the 2015 AFI Lifetime Achievement Award.
Given the list of film luminaries who have accepted AFI’s highest kudo before him — including Spielberg, Scorsese, Welles, Streep, Streisand, Hoffman, et al — he said he was “surprised” when learning he was following in their footsteps. »
- Whitney Friedlander
A transcript of television writer Dennis Potter's final interview is Aliya's non-fiction book club choice for this month...
Dennis Potter was a television writer who shaped British TV drama over three decades. His final interview took place in April 1994, only a few weeks before his death. He knew there wasn't long left, and he had things he wanted to say about his life, his writing, and the society he lived in. It was that rarest of moments - a chance to evaluate everything that has gone before without having to worry about what will come after.
It's a moving interview to watch, but I found at the time of viewing it that it was almost too much to take in. As much as you're listening to what he's saying and engaging with it, you're also looking at a very ill person and your thoughts are also taken up with »
Rain or shine, snow or sleet, Bud Caldwell always finds a way to talk with his late wife. Sometimes, he just needs a little help. Every day, Caldwell, 82, drives to Lakeside Park in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, to visit the memorial bench he had installed to honor his wife of nearly 56 years, Betty, reports Wdjt. Caldwell says having a moment to be with his wife, even in spirit, is the best part of his day. After each visit, Caldwell leaves behind a single daisy and penny as a nod to the couple's favorite songs, "Pennies from Heaven" and "Daisy a Day. »
- Kelli Bender, @kbendernyc
4 items from 2015
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