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Music and Sex #10: Writing and Rachel Redux

Music and Sex: Scenes from a life - A novel in progress (first chapter here).

Like his bandmates, Walter was relieved that the group could lapse for a while as midterms approached. He had to write a paper for Lit.Hum. that he hadn't started yet. He decided to do it on More's Utopia, since he'd been familiar with it since high school thanks to AP English and thus had already read it all instead of just the sections on the syllabus. He like More too, as a person, though granted that was based on the play A Man for All Seasons. The stubbornness of his position in regard to Henry VIII was something Walter identified with, though he doubted he'd be willing to be executed over anything no matter how right he thought he was.

He wanted to write something good enough that Professor Starr wouldn't be disappointed with him.
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Richard Johnson, British Star Of Stage, Screen And Television, Dead At Age 87

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Richard Johnson (far right) in the 1963 supernatural masterpiece "The Haunting" with Claire Bloom, Russ Tamblyn and Julie Harris.

 

By Lee Pfeiffer

Cinema Retro mourns the loss of our friend, actor Richard Johnson, who has passed away at age 87. Johnson was a classically trained actor, having attended Rada and was also one of the founding members of the Royal Shakespeare Company. His acting career was interrupted by service in the Royal Navy during WWII but Johnson resumed his profession at the end of the war. He alternated between playing small parts in feature films and leading roles in stage productions. In 1959, he got his first significant screen role starring with Frank Sinatra and young Steve McQueen and Charles Bronson in the WWII film "Never So Few".  He was initially offered the role of James Bond but turned down the opportunity. He later told Cinema Retro that he had no regrets because
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10 Best Movies About The British Monarchy

Don’t worry, guys. You can all anxiously stop checking your phones and refreshing the BBC News homepage. The heir to the British throne has finally been born, after about two years of anticipation/mild enthusiasm/complete and utter disinterest. I think I can speak for everyone when I say that this news will undoubtedly heal wounds between nations and give people all around the world a reason to celebrate. And all those poor women in England, who just had babies but didn’t name them so they could avoid the royal name, can finally stop referring to their children as It.

Anyway, I thought it would be fitting to go through the top ten best movies ever made about the British monarchy. Say what you will about them royals, they’ve certainly provided some entertaining material over the past half a dozen centuries. So without further ado, The Royal List.
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Anna Wing obituary

Actor who became a household name in her 70s as Lou Beale in EastEnders

When Anna Wing took on her most famous role, in EastEnders in 1985, the Sun ran the headline: "Enter the dragon ... Lou Beale!" As hard as nails and as brittle as pressed flowers, Lou was one of a declining breed, an East End widow whose power indoors was absolute, but whose attitude towards the outside world was one of mounting fear and alienation. She played Albert Square's indomitable matriarch for only four years but Wing, who has died aged 98, became synonymous for many with her character.

The original character outline by Julia Smith and Tony Holland, creators of EastEnders, described Lou Beale thus: "The changing face of the area (especially the immigrants) is a constant source of fear to her, but then she doesn't go out much. She prefers to be at home, or on a trip down memory lane.
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British monarchy rarely get crowned at Oscars

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It may seem as though Academy Awards voters would be a bunch of fawning monarchists, considering how often the ceremony has been a love fest for all things English. But British kings and queens generally wind up losers at the Oscars.

If The King's Speech, a saga about Queen Elizabeth II's dad, makes good on its status as best-picture favourite on Sunday, it would become the first film with a British monarch as its central figure to win the top prize in the 83-year history of the Oscars.

Two films with a British king or queen as a supporting player - 1966's A Man for All Seasons and 1998's Shakespeare in Love - did win best picture. Yet past contenders with a monarch in a lead role have always lost: 1933's The Private Life of Henry VIII, 1946's Henry V, 1964's Becket, 1968's The Lion in Winter, 1969's Anne of the Thousand Days,
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A Study in Error: the ten worst Sherlock Holmes

With Robert Downey Junior's inspired reinventing of the role in Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Homes (2010) and the BBC effectively bringing Holmes to the 21st Century in the popular TV series Sherlock (2010) starring Benedict Cumberbatch, the crime-solving antics of the Great Detective and his loyal colleague Dr Watson seem in good hands, and remain as popular as ever. Among the screen actors who have effectively brought Holmes to life include Arthur Wontner, Basil Rathbone, Peter Cushing, Douglas Wilmer, Ian Richardson and Jeremy Brett. As an amazing and complex role to play, the right actor can add great depth to it.

But then there are others who turned out to be Not-So-Great-Detectives, either through miscasting or just being plain bad. One does not need the power of deductive reasoning to see why the following ten actors fell way off the mark...

Roger Moore - Sherlock Homes in New York (1976)

"My name is Holmes,
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Breaking Down Today’S Oscar Nods: Key Stats, Inclusions, And Snubs

Noteworthy inclusions: “Winter’s Bone” for best picture; Ethan Coen and Joel Coen (“True Grit”) for best director; Javier Bardem (“Biutiful”) for best actor; Jeremy Renner (“The Town”) and John Hawkes (“Winter’s Bone”) for best supporting actor; Hailee Steinfeld (“True Grit”) and Jacki Weaver (“Animal Kingdom”) for best supporting actress; “The Illusionist” for best animated film (feature); “GasLand,” “Restrepo,” and “Waste Land” for best documentary film (feature); Greece (“Dogtooth”) for best foreign language film; “I Am Love” for best costume design; “127 Hours” for best film editing; “Barney’s Version” and “The Way Back” for best makeup; “Unstoppable” for best sound editing; “Hereafter” and “Iron Man 2” for best visual effects. Noteworthy snubs: “Blue Valentine” and “The Town” for best picture; Christopher Nolan (“Inception”) for best director; Robert Duvall (“Get Low”), Ryan Gosling (“Blue Valentine”), and Mark Wahlberg (“The Fighter”) for best actor; Julianne Moore (“The Kids Are All Right
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Heston's Embarrassment Over Baldness

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Heston's Embarrassment Over Baldness
Movie icon Charlton Heston was so embarrassed by his thinning hair he wore two wigs on stage, according to Star Trek's George Takei.

The Planet of the Apes actor was starring in A Man For All Seasons at a theatre in London's West End in 1987.

And Heston made sure he wore his regular hairpiece at all times - despite having to don a large wig during the shows.

Takei says, "There was another actor that wore two helmets in a play on the West End at the Savoy Theatre as matter of a fact, an American... Charlton Heston was as bald as a billiard ball, so he wore a hairpiece, a toupee - and he didn't like to reveal that fact. So he came in to the theatre with the toupee on, he was doing A Man For All Seasons... so on top of his toupee he'd put the Sir Thomas More wigs on, can you imagine how hot it was? Two wigs on: His toupee and that full head of hair."

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