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House Lannister Promises Game Of Thrones Season 3
Are you ready for Season 3 of Game of Thrones? Yeah, I know. Season 2 hasn’t even hit HBO yet but people are already looking towards the future of Westeros. Charles Dance, who plays Tywin Lannister on the hit series, already has a few Season 3 tidbits to share.
Regardless of what your favorite movie genre is, you’ve probably seen Charles Dance somewhere. From the British TV mini-series The Jewel in the Crown to more modern hits like Underworld:Awakening, Neverland, and Game of Thrones, the actor has covered all the bases. While talking to entertainment journalist Bryan Reesman about his various works, Dance indicated that Game of Thrones Season 3 will start shooting in May or June of 2012.
While he didn’t elaborate on the schedule, recent rumors indicate that Season 3 and Season 4 may shoot back-to-back, which coincides with executive producer/creator David Benoiff telling »
- Marty Shaw
The star of stage and screen opens the door to her private study
Geraldine James, 61, has "rather lived in" her study for the past 25 years. She bought the house in Clapham, south London, for "a snip" when she was pregnant with her daughter Ellie and had just become a household name in BBC mini-series The Jewel in the Crown (she still has sketches of the costumes she wore).
It's her only truly private space; her husband, director Joseph Blatchley, isn't allowed in, although a jacket hand-embroidered with peacocks belonging to his great-great grandmother lives here because it is "the most beautiful thing". Most of James's accolades for film, TV and theatre performances have been banished ("I'm not very showy") and only a Venice Film Festival Best Actress cup won jointly with Dame Peggy Ashcroft for the 1989 drama She's Been Away remains. James recalls Ashcroft sending a telegram saying, "Laurel, rejoicing, »
- Megan Conner
Will we be able to believe in Glenister as Harry Venn when his Gene Hunt still looms so large?
The job of an actor is to disappear into a variety of characters over several decades. But this process is complicated when a particular standout role remains in viewers' memories for that length of time. Philip Glenister's performance as a compromised lawyer in next week's BBC1 drama Hidden has been widely publicised along the lines of "what Gene Hunt did next", with Glenister asked at least as many questions about the old role as the new one.
This emphasis is inevitable because the audience's memory of screen appearances is exceptionally intense. Few classical actors become known forever as John "Hamlet" Smith; but appear in one TV hit and, even 40 years later, canny theatre producers stick the name of the cop or doctor you once played in brackets on the posters »
- Mark Lawson
Comedy has been a mainstay of the fringe for years. But now serious plays are attracting a broader range of stars
Film stars have developed a habit of venturing on to the West End stage to hone their acting skills in front of a live crowd. But now an unprecedented number of big names in showbusiness are to take the challenge one step further by facing Edinburgh fringe audiences in a series of intimate, temporary venues. The city's pavements may still be lined with student hopefuls during the annual festival, but suddenly there are familiar A-list faces vying for attention too.
This summer the world's largest fringe arts event, which opened in earnest in the Scottish capital this weekend, will boast performances from the Los Angeles-based British film star Julian Sands in a solo show directed by John Malkovich, and from the television and film actor Art Malik, who will »
- Vanessa Thorpe
The screenwriter Ken Taylor, who has died aged 88, had his first radio play broadcast in 1941. Anyone who has enjoyed drama in the intervening 70 years will have been touched by his work for radio, television, film and stage, which included a Bafta-nominated adaptation of Mary Wesley's The Camomile Lawn for Channel 4 (1992), the 1983 BBC version of Jane Austen's Mansfield Park, a 1975 adaptation of Muriel Spark's The Girls of Slender Means and the 1964 teleplay The Devil and John Brown, for which he won the Writers' Guild award. Perhaps his biggest success was The Jewel in the Crown, the 1984 Granada television mini-series based upon the Raj Quartet novels by Paul Scott, which earned him an Emmy nomination and the writer of the year award from the Royal Television Society.
Friday Night Lights never got the treatment or the respect that it deserved. True, the critics adored it, and the audience for the program, while not the biggest, was passionate enough to keep it on the air even as it got shuffled from one time slot to another on NBC before finally finding a rather out-of-the-way home on DirecTV’s The 101 Network. However, even that wasn’t enough to keep it going for the long haul, which is why this week the fifth and final season of the show has been recently released on DVD, officially ending the run of the program.
And what a good run it was. Friday Night Lights was adapted for television from the movie of the same name, which was adapted from the book (also conveniently of the same name) by H.G. Bissinger. While the book was nonfiction and took place in Odessa, Texas, and »
- Lee Jutton
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