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Remembering Tom Clancy, Hal Needham, Lou Reed and Other Reel-Important People We Lost in October

1 November 2013 2:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Reel-Important People is a monthly column that highlights those individuals in or related to the movies who have left us in recent weeks. Below you'll find names big and small and from all areas of the industry, though each was significant to the movies in his or her own way. Norma Bengell (1935-2013) - Brazilian actress who starred in Planet of the Vampires (see below), Mafioso and the Oscar-nominated The Given Word (aka Keeper of Promises). She died from lung cancer on October 9. (Uol) Antonia Bird (1927-2013) - British director of Ravenous, Mad Love and the famously controversial Priest. She died of anaplastic thyroid cancer on October 24. (BBC) Daniel H. Blatt (1937-2013) - Producer of Cujo, The...

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Antonia Bird obituary

28 October 2013 1:35 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Stage, TV and film director motivated by a desire to tell relevant and provocative stories

As the director Antonia Bird, who has died aged 62 from anaplastic thyroid cancer, moved from the stage into television and film, she retained the ideals that had come out of the political radicalisation of theatre during the 1970s. Though she was at home in other genres, as with the horror-movie satire Ravenous (1999), her main aim was to use whatever medium she was working in, however commercial or mainstream, to tell important stories, highlight issues and champion causes.

In 1985 the producers of the groundbreaking BBC TV soap EastEnders recruited Antonia to direct 17 early episodes, including the renowned two-hander focusing on the disintegrating marriage of Den and Angie Watts (Leslie Grantham and Anita Dobson). She was the initial director on the BBC's drama Casualty (1986-87), responsible for casting and keen to ensure that the writers used this »

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Antonia Bird dies aged 54

26 October 2013 12:46 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

British film and television director Antonia Bird has died aged 54.

Bird was best known for directing films including Priest (1994), Face (1997) and Ravenous (1999), all starring actor Robert Carlyle.

The Scottish star of Trainspotting and The Full Monty said on Twitter: “Such a sad day today. Rip Antonia Bird. Farewell my beautiful friend.”

Bird, who had a rare anaplastic thyroid cancer, died peacefully in her sleep according to a statement from her partner.

The statement added that she had an operation to remove a large tumour in April but “despite a determined fight, she had come to terms with the inevitable in the last few weeks and died peacefully in her sleep.”

Bird worked in TV in more recent years on series including Spooks, Cracker and BBC drama The Village.

She began her career at London’s Royal Court as a theatre director before making episodes of BBC soap EastEnders and medical drama Casualty in the mid-1980s.

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R.I.P. Antonia Bird

26 October 2013 11:30 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

English TV and film director Antonia Bird has died after a cancer battle. She was 54. Bird broke through as a director on episodes of EastEnders and worked extensively on the small screen helming television projects including BBC series Casualty, the Bill Nighy-starring miniseries The Men’s Room, and a 2006 special telefilm episode of Cracker. In film she made a detour into teen romance with the 1995 drama Mad Love, starring Drew Barrymore and Chris O’Donnell. Bird frequently directed actor Robert Carlyle who appeared in her feature debut Priest (1994), Face (1997), and Ravenous (1999), the cannibal horror pic that amassed a cult following after initially opening to dismal returns. “Such a sad day today.. Rip Antonia Bird. Farewell my beautiful friend xxx,” Tweeted Carlyle. BBC series The Village which debuted this Spring was Bird’s final project. She directed four Season 1 episodes of the show created by Peter Moffat. “She said to »

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British Director Antonia Bird Dies at 54

25 October 2013 7:18 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Antonia Bird, the British director who made the crisis-of-faith film Priest her feature debut in 1994, has died, the U.K. website Eye for Film reported Friday. She was 54. Bird also helmed Mad Love (1995), a romantic drama starring Drew Barrymore and Chris O’Donnell; the crime drama Face starring Robert Carlyle; and Ravenous (1999), a tale about cannibalism with Carlyle and Guy Pearce. Photos: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2013 With Carlyle, journalist Mark Cousins and Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh, she set up the production company Four Way Pictures. “Such a sad day today.. Rip Antonia Bird. Farewell

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Antonia Bird, Director of ‘Priest’ and ‘Ravenous,’ Dies at 54

25 October 2013 6:04 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Antonia Bird, who directed the 1999 cannibalism horror pic “Ravenous,” died Thursday in London after an illness. She was 54.

The British helmer is known for directing films including “Priest,” “Mad Love,” and “Face.” Her close friend and frequent collaborator Robert Carlyle starred in several of her movies. Her films are renowned for their socially-conscious themes. Bird’s first feature, 1994′s “Priest,” was heavily criticized by the Catholic Church. She won a BAFTA for the “Safe” episode of the series “Screenplay” and another for “Care.”

Bird, Carlyle, Mark Cousins and Irvine Welsh created the production company 4-Way Film. Welsh and British thesp Matt Stokoe took to Twitter today to express their condolences.

Antonia made amazing films. She was my partner with @markcousinsfilm and @robertcarlyle_ So sad they've gone, so lucky to have known them.—

Irvine Welsh (@WelshIrvine) October 25, 2013

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Antonia Bird, Director of ‘Priest’ and ‘Ravenous,’ Dies at 54

25 October 2013 6:04 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Antonia Bird, who directed the 1999 cannibalism horror pic “Ravenous,” died Thursday in London after an illness. She was 54.

The British helmer is known for directing films including “Priest,” “Mad Love,” and “Face.” Her close friend and frequent collaborator Robert Carlyle starred in several of her movies. Her films are renowned for their socially-conscious themes. Bird’s first feature, 1994′s “Priest,” was heavily criticized by the Catholic Church. She won a BAFTA for the “Safe” episode of the series “Screenplay” and another for “Care.”

Bird, Carlyle, Mark Cousins and Irvine Welsh created the production company 4-Way Film. Welsh and British thesp Matt Stokoe took to Twitter today to express their condolences.

Antonia made amazing films. She was my partner with @markcousinsfilm and @robertcarlyle_ So sad they've gone, so lucky to have known them.—

Irvine Welsh (@WelshIrvine) October 25, 2013

She began her career at the Royal Court Theatre before venturing to the small »

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Rest in Peace - Antonia Bird

25 October 2013 12:34 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

While the name may not immediately jump out at you, Antonia Bird delivered one of our most favorite films here at Dread Central called Ravenous. It's with a heavy heart we report that she's been taken from us at the all too young age of 54.

The sad news comes to us from the UK film site Eye For Film. No cause of death has been announced at this time as the news just broke early this morning after Bird passed away in London, England. We'll keep an eye out for more and update this story accordingly.

In addition to Ravenous, she was much admired for her intense, realistic films, including Priest, Mad Love and Face, for which she won a BAFTA. She also worked extensively in television, making her mark in series like "Casualty."

We here at Dread Central would like to take this time to offer our deepest of condolences to Bird's friends, »

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Antonia Bird dies at 54

25 October 2013 11:14 AM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

The film and theatre director Antonia Bird has died at the age of 54 from anaplastic thyroid cancer. Also known for her television work, she was much admired for her intense, realistic films, including Priest, Mad Love and Face, for which she won a BAFTA. She also worked extensively in television, making her mark in series like Casualty.

Best known internationally for Ravenous, Bird worked extensively with Robert Carlyle, with whom she, Mark Cousins and Irvine Welsh set up the production company 4-Way Film. The actor has described her as one of his closest friends and paid tribute to her on Twitter, saying: "Such a sad day today. Rip Antonia Bird. Farewell my beautiful friend." »

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"School Ties" Cast -- Then & Now

26 June 2013 6:00 PM, PDT | TooFab | See recent TooFab news »

Chris O'Donnell has gone from "School Ties" heartthrob to full-grown hottie!The birthday boy was only 22 when he costarred in the 1992 movie about a prep school student (Brendan Fraser) who keeps his religion a secret -- and today, he turns 43.Luckily for Chris, he's been pretty successful ever since, with big roles in "Batman & Robin," "Mad Love," "Grey's Anatomy" and "NCIS: Los Angeles."His costars all fared fairly well for themselves too, winning Oscars, starring in huge blockbusters and a very well-known Broadway musical.Of course, it hasn't been great for everyone. Check out the gallery above to see which star is currently serving prison time -- plus, find out what the rest of the cast looks like now. Read more »

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Chris O'Donnell On 'Batman' Franchise: Playing Robin "Was A Blast"

5 June 2013 7:41 AM, PDT | Filmology | See recent Filmology news »

Before there was Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale with one of the biggest franchises in movie history, a slew of actors have taken on the roles of Batman, Robin, and Catwoman. And soon after Michael Keaton and Michelle Pfeiffer (with Danny DeVito playing the creepiest Penguin ever), it was Val Kilmer and Chris O'Donnell's turn. In probably one of the most favorite films of the series, O'Donnell took on the role of Robin in the 1995 hit Batman Forever. Looking back, the 42-year-old actor told me what it was like to play such an iconic character.

"I grew up a fan of the TV series. For me, it was a blast," he said during a recent interview. "My kids get a kick out of it – sometimes I see them playing with the dolls that are me."

O'Donnell was also joined by Tommy Lee Jones, Jim Carrey, and Nicole Kidman in the film. »

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The Following Recap: Three's Company

11 February 2013 6:59 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

You know the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign? I propose a Following-related tweak: Go Red for Ryan. After all, as the latest episode reminds us, the former FBI agent and his heart need all the help he can get.

Hardy’s busted ticker is at the center of this week’s offering, which is titled “Mad Love” but which, unfortunately, does not involve a mid-’90s Chris O’Donnell trying to talk a butterfly-bedecked Drew Barrymore off the ledge. (The hour does offer a very interesting group-shower scene, though, so we’ll call it a draw. »

- Kimberly Roots

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