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Philip French: my life as a stammerer

25 December 2010 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The Observer's film critic reflects on The King's Speech – and how his own speech impediment has contributed to his life and character

From as early as I can remember until 1952, when I left home at the age of 18 to go into the army, there was an annual ritual on the afternoon of Christmas Day. Dinner, which meant turkey and all the trimmings followed by plum pudding, began around two o'clock and was carefully timed to end so that everyone could sit there beneath the paper decorations, wearing the hats that came out of the crackers, and earnestly, reverently listen to the king's Christmas message on the radio.

This hallowed national tradition, initiated by Sir John Reith in 1932, was not five years old when George V, who'd given four of them, died. His successor Edward VIII's landmark contribution to broadcasting was his 1936 abdication speech: there was no Christmas message that year. »

- Philip French

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Hendricks Knows How She Does It

19 December 2010 4:02 PM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

British novels are often a rich source for Hollywood films, though Allison Pearson’s I Don’t Know How She Does It is more Bridget Jones than Brideshead Revisited. But then, that’s exactly the appeal of the tome, which has been adapted into a film for Sarah Jessica Parker to appear in. Now Mad Men’s Christina Hendricks has signed on, along with Saturday Night Live’s Seth Meyers and Attack of the Show’s Olivia Munn.Parker will play the lead, Kate Reddy, a woman who is faced with a juggling act every day – trying to balance her high-powered career with being a mother to two small kids.Hendricks, last seen in Life as We Know It, has agreed to play one of her best friends and part of her supporting system. Munn, meanwhile, who had a small role in Iron Man 2, is on as a colleague at Reedy’s work. »

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Hugh Bonneville: escape from Downton

19 December 2010 4:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Hugh Bonneville stars in this Christmas's Poirot. How did he become the poster-boy of period drama?

Down at the ITV offices, Hugh Bonneville thinks he is giving a press conference about his role as a butler in the new Poirot, Murder On the Orient Express, to be shown on Christmas Day. Yet all anyone wants to talk about is Downton Abbey. In his role as Robert Crawley, the Earl of Grantham, who presides over a house and family on the brink of ruin, Bonneville was a pivotal part of the Edwardian costume drama that pulled in 11.6m viewers and became the TV sensation of the year. In the next room, David Suchet (Poirot) is being interviewed and can be heard through the wall murmuring about Downton – and he wasn't even in it.

"I've had people come up to me in the past and say they enjoyed whatever show I've been in, »

- Emine Saner

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Firth Pretends To Be Posh

10 December 2010 4:11 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

British actor Colin Firth happily plays upper-class roles to keep him in work - but insists his genteel accent is fake.

Firth is renowned for playing posh parts after his role as aristocrat Mr Darcy in 1995's Pride And Prejudice made him a star.

However the actor, who was born in an affluent area of southern England, admits he changed his accent to fit in at his boarding school.

He tells Britain's Daily Express, "I don't know how many times I've read a script and thought, 'Nobody knows how good I'd be at this character - but they want me to play that other one.'

"It's odd because I didn't grow up speaking like this and have made a career out of it. I would not have survived (at school) if I'd spoken like my parents."

But Firth isn't fazed about being typecast due to his refined reputation - because it keeps the offers flooding in.

He adds, "When I was starting out, I thought I was so cutting edge - I had nothing to do with the middle classes. But at drama school people saw me as a Brideshead Revisited type. So I whored myself out immediately! I've embraced typecasting as a way of being employed. I'm more afraid of not being employed." »

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A House Divided: An Advance Review of Masterpiece's Extraordinary Downton Abbey

8 December 2010 9:02 AM, PST | Televisionary | See recent Televisionary news »

“Death is not the end. There remains the litigation over the estate.” - Ambrose Bierce A house might be a home, but it can also serve as an apt metaphor for an entire country. Numerous writers have offered portraits of the changing face of their nation in such condition-of-England novels as Charles Dickens' "Bleak House," Evelyn Waugh's "Brideshead Revisited," and Elizabeth Gaskell's "Cranford" and "North and South." In the case of Julian Fellowes' extraordinary period drama Downton Abbey, launching January 9th on PBS' Masterpiece Classic, the titular country estate, home to the well-heeled Crawley family, is in turmoil. Great houses such as these are both relics of bygone eras as well as living, breathing organisms of their own right, humming along as they employ a staff of hundreds. Everyone--from the lord and lady to the humblest footman and scullery maid--has their function and their duty to maintain. »

- Jace

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Aldeburgh documentary festival: when fact is more riveting than fiction | Diana Quick

23 November 2010 7:09 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

As an actor, curating a feast of factual film-making showed me the beauty of the subjective truth, says Diana Quick

Aldeburgh cinema in Suffolk is not all it seems. From the outside, it looks like a half-timbered shop at the end of the high street. Within, it's an independent picture house that's been screening films for nearly a century. It's a proper community staple: to save it from shutting in the 1960s, a group of locals, including Benjamin Britten, clubbed together to buy it and then run it themselves. Year after year I've gone there to see mainstream releases, international arthouse films and special treats – I still remember introducing a bunch of teenagers to White Christmas at the cinema, one wintry day. I think it's ambitiously programmed every day of the year, but especially so for the three days its annual documentary festival comes around.

Molly Dineen had the brainwave »

- Diana Quick

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Mrs Miniver shares Downton Abbey's Julian Fellowes feeling

10 November 2010 5:35 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

William Wyler's propaganda-laden wartime drama abounds in the kind of defiant hominess Fellowes has down to a fine art

He is an Oscar-winning screenwriter for Gosford Park, a bestselling author with his novels Snobs and Past Imperfect, and now Julian Fellowes rules the small screen unchallenged thanks to his barnstormingly successful period costume drama Downton Abbey. This crackingly enjoyable TV show is the most successful of its sort since 1981's Brideshead Revisited and has been swiftly recommissioned, with the first series DVD edition poised to catapult off the shelves in time for Christmas. It perfectly demonstrates Fellowes's skills as a writer: he is clever, vigorous, prolific; he has a storyteller's gusto, a killer instinct for a narrative chicane and an uncool interest in the intricacies of the English caste and class system.

The only tiny speck of grit in the vaseline for Mr Fellowes must have been the complaints »

- Peter Bradshaw

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Mrs Miniver shares Downton Abbey's Julian Fellowes feeling

10 November 2010 5:35 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

William Wyler's propaganda-laden wartime drama abounds in the kind of defiant hominess Fellowes has down to a fine art

He is an Oscar-winning screenwriter for Gosford Park, a bestselling author with his novels Snobs and Past Imperfect, and now Julian Fellowes rules the small screen unchallenged thanks to his barnstormingly successful period costume drama Downton Abbey. This crackingly enjoyable TV show is the most successful of its sort since 1981's Brideshead Revisited and has been swiftly recommissioned, with the first series DVD edition poised to catapult off the shelves in time for Christmas. It perfectly demonstrates Fellowes's skills as a writer: he is clever, vigorous, prolific; he has a storyteller's gusto, a killer instinct for a narrative chicane and an uncool interest in the intricacies of the English caste and class system.

The only tiny speck of grit in the vaseline for Mr Fellowes must have been the complaints »

- Peter Bradshaw

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Downton Abbey triumphs as toff television takes orff, again

7 November 2010 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Show exceeds 10 million viewers, demonstrating ITV's ability to compete with BBC on period drama

With Lady Mary rejected by the man she hoped to marry, during a garden party interrupted by the announcement of war with Germany, Downton Abbey ended last night at 10.30pm on a note of uncertainty for its characters.

For ITV1 and the cast, though, the show has become a triumph in the precarious world of TV drama. The closing episode was bloated to fit a 90-minute slot rather than the usual hour because of the volume of advertisers wanting to reach the 10 million-plus viewers who for seven weeks have followed events at the country pile of the Earl of Grantham from 1912.

The creator of the series, Julian Fellowes, has railed against carping from some viewers and critics over continuity errors and historical anachronisms. The latter continued last night – would a butler really have hugged his female employer? »

- Mark Lawson

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Downton Abbey fans brace for farewell

5 November 2010 5:07 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Downton Abbey has been ITV's most successful costume drama since Brideshead Revisited, and a second series is on the way

It is our last chance to swoon over the romance between Bates, the master's valet, and Anna, the head housemaid; to savour every last delicious glower from Dame Maggie Smith as the wild-eyed dowager duchess. Tomorrow evening, a legion of fans will be perched on the edge of their sofas. Oh, Downton Abbey, how we will miss you.

With viewing figures topping 11.6 million, this is ITV's most successful costume drama since Brideshead Revisited launched the careers of Jeremy Irons and Anthony Andrews. Over the past seven weeks, the nation has been gripped by the Upstairs Downstairs carryings-on at the Crawley family seat. A critical and commercial triumph for ITV, the series has already been sold to the Us, and eight more episodes have been commissioned for a second series, with »

- Viv Groskop

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Luther 1.02 “Episode 2″ Recap

24 October 2010 8:22 PM, PDT | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

I’m kind of amused that this morning, BBC America was running the newer version of Brideshead Revisited, and tonight we get the second episode of Luther. Both feature amazing individual performances from the lead actors (Matthew Goode and Idris Elba) and both are stocked full of dysfunctional characters who do plenty of damage to themselves and others. Maybe there was a theme.

It’s another bleak night as a pair of cops are shot and killed by a man pretending to be dead. This is Luther’s next case, once he comes down off the roof of the building, that is – and once he’s done being investigated for the scuffle he had with Zoe’s new boyfriend Mark at the end of the last episode. His old partner Ian comes to get him down before he decides to take a step off the edge.

Luther and Justin visit the crime scene, »

- Brittany Frederick

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Daily News – Day 9

22 October 2010 9:34 AM, PDT | Pure Movies | See recent Pure Movies news »

This is the daily news vodcast from the London Film Festival on Pure Movies covering the gala screening of The King's Speech, starring Colin Firth (A Single Man, Mamma Mia!) as King George VI, Academy Award Winner Geoffrey Rush (Pirates of the Caribbean, Shine), as speech therapist Lionel Logue, Academy Award nominee Helena Bonham Carter (Alice in Wonderland, Harry Potter) as Queen Elizabeth (later the Queen Mother), Guy Pearce as King Edward VIII, Michael Gambon (Harry Potter) as King George V, Derek Jacobi (The Golden Compass, I Claudius) as the Archbishop of Canterbury, Timothy Spall (The Damned United) as Winston Churchill, Anthony Andrews (Brideshead Revisited) as Stanley Baldwin, Claire Bloom (Crimes and Misdemeanors, Limelight) as Queen Mary, and Jennifer Ehle (Pride and Glory, Pride and Prejudice) as Logue’s wife Myrtle. »

- Dan Higgins

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Trailer: The King’s Speech

12 October 2010 3:15 AM, PDT | Pure Movies | See recent Pure Movies news »

This is the trailer for The King's Speech, screening at London Film Festival, on Pure Movies. The King's Speech tells the story of the relationship between Britain’s reluctant King George VI, plagued by a nervous stammer, and the unorthodox Australian speech therapist who helps him. The multi-award winning cast includes Academy Award nominee Colin Firth (A Single Man, Mamma Mia!) as King George VI, Academy Award Winner Geoffrey Rush (Pirates of the Caribbean, Shine), as speech therapist Lionel Logue, Academy Award nominee Helena Bonham Carter (Alice in Wonderland, Harry Potter) as Queen Elizabeth (later the Queen Mother), Guy Pearce as King Edward VIII, Michael Gambon (Harry Potter) as King George V, Derek Jacobi (The Golden Compass, I Claudius) as the Archbishop of Canterbury, Timothy Spall (The Damned United) as Winston Churchill, Anthony Andrews (Brideshead Revisited) as Stanley Baldwin, Claire Bloom (Crimes and Misdemeanors, Limelight) as Queen Mary, and Jennifer Ehle (Pride and Glory, »

- Dan Higgins

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Film Composer Burgon Dies

23 September 2010 1:11 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

British film and television composer Geoffrey Burgon has died. He was 69.

The music writer passed away at his home on Tuesday. His cause of death was not known as WENN went to press.

Burgon's most well-known pieces formed the soundtrack for the 1981 adaptation of Brideshead Revisited, starring Jeremy Irons - and earned him a prestigious Ivor Novello award.

He also penned music for films including Monty Python's Life Of Brian and The Chronicles of Narnia, as well as for cult sci-fi show Doctor Who.

James Rushton, of his publishers Chester Music, says, "Geoffrey Burgon was one of very few composers in recent times whose music has truly touched the hearts of the international public."

He is survived by his wife Jacqueline Krofchak and their son Daniel, as well as two children from a previous marriage. »

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Geoffrey Burgon obituary

22 September 2010 11:30 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Composer of television and film scores for Brideshead Revisited and Monty Python, as well as many concert and stage works

The composer Geoffrey Burgon, who has died aged 69 after a short illness, wrote some of the most memorable music for television drama of recent decades. He was also versatile and prolific, producing a wealth of refined, compelling music in many other genres.

Though an old friend, Geoff, born in Hampshire, wasn't my friend to begin with. He was my elder brother Nigel's best mate at Pewley school, Guildford, in Surrey. It was there that my brother persuaded Geoff to buy a trumpet so that he could play alongside Nigel's clarinet in the school jazz band. But his ambitions to be a jazz trumpeter were thwarted by his yearning to write music. He taught himself notation while he was still at school, played the trumpet in a local youth orchestra, and »

- Terry Jones

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Geoffrey Burgon obituary

22 September 2010 11:30 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Composer of television and film scores for Brideshead Revisited and Monty Python, as well as many concert and stage works

The composer Geoffrey Burgon, who has died aged 69 after a short illness, wrote some of the most memorable music for television drama of recent decades. He was also versatile and prolific, producing a wealth of refined, compelling music in many other genres.

Though an old friend, Geoff, born in Hampshire, wasn't my friend to begin with. He was my elder brother Nigel's best mate at Pewley school, Guildford, in Surrey. It was there that my brother persuaded Geoff to buy a trumpet so that he could play alongside Nigel's clarinet in the school jazz band. But his ambitions to be a jazz trumpeter were thwarted by his yearning to write music. He taught himself notation while he was still at school, played the trumpet in a local youth orchestra, and »

- Terry Jones

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Your next box set: The Jewel in the Crown

16 September 2010 10:45 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Poignant and understated, The Jewel in the Crown's account of the decline of the British Raj is one of the high-water marks of 1980s British TV

Saturated in gin fizz and repressed emotion, The Jewel in the Crown sits alongside Brideshead Revisited as the high-water mark of 1980s British TV. Understated and hugely poignant, its 14 episodes trace the decline of the British Raj from Gandhi's inflammatory Quit India speech of 1942 to partition and the riots that followed.

Paul Scott's original Raj Quartet novels become much more navigable in Ken Taylor's elegant screenplay. Focusing on just two of the quartet's many storylines, the series, which first aired on ITV, follows the struggles of young Hari Kumar (Art Malik), an Indian raised in England who returns to find himself "too Indian for the English and too English for the Indians". Kumar's tragic affair with English girl Daphne Manners leads »

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Ask the Flying Monkey: Is the World Unfair to Gay Conservatives?

7 August 2010 3:15 PM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

This week: Actors who got their start playing gay, period films, and jokes about gay Republicans. Plus, “Ugly Betty” hottie Christopher Gorham speaks!

Have a question about gay male entertainment? Contact me here (and be sure and include your city and state and/or country!)

Q: Remember the old expression that after a nuclear holocaust, the only thing living will be cockroaches and Cher? I think we can also add Ugly Betty hottie Christopher Gorham (“Henry”) to their ranks. How many series has been in now? – Blue, Milwaukee, Mi

A: By my count, at least eight: Popular, Odyssey 5, Jake 2.0, Medical Investigation, Ugly Betty, Harper’s Island, and a new show, Covert Affairs, running right now on the USA Network. And this doesn’t include his multiple-episode gigs on Party of Five and Felicity.

What the secret to his success? He doesn’t have a clue, but he is »

- michael

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Random House Bullying Agents On E-Books - But Is It Legal?

23 July 2010 11:18 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Most summers, the biggest late-week concern among publishing honchos is Long Island Expressway traffic to the Hamptons. This week has proven different. Debate is raging about how vulnerable major publishing houses suddenly are after book agent Andrew Wylie formed an electronic publishing imprint for his authors and made an exclusive deal with Amazon. This means that instead of leaving it to a publisher and taking a low split, Wylie gave Amazon sole e-book rights to titles like Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man, Vladimir Nabakov’s Lolita, Philip Roth’s Portnoy’s Complaint, Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, John Updike’s Rabbit Run series, Norman Mailer’s The Naked and the Dead and Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited. You can read all of them only on the Kindle for $9.99 each, under Wylie’s own Odyssey Editions imprint. Random House responded with sheer thuggery, blacklisting Wylie in »

- MIKE FLEMING

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Toy Story 3 | Film review

17 July 2010 4:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Brimming with wonderful satire and lump-in-the-throat nostalgia, the final Toy Story film provides a fitting end to a classic trilogy

As always, the generous gang at Pixar films offer excellent value, starting with the usual bonus of an animated short as a curtain raiser for the feature. In this case it's the delightful, five-minute Day & Night, directed by Teddy Newton, who worked on The Incredibles, Ratatouille and the magnificent Pixar short Presto, which accompanied Wall-e. Two amorphous, asexual creatures – like cartoon ghosts – confront each other against a flat, black background. One, it transpires, is the surly Night, the other the cheerful Day. Within the outline of each two-dimensional figure we're shown 3D images of the world in sunlight and moonlight, of Las Vegas neon-lit by night and under blue skies by day. The pair mime their challenges and at the end come to accept their happy, complementary roles.

The charming, »

- Philip French

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