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The July 2014 Television Critics Association press tour kicked off on Tuesday (July 8) morning with a panel for Nielsen Media that nobody could understand because of sawing and hammering associated with hotel construction. Pity, that. Fortunately, we had no such trouble with the day's second panel, which was for Ovation, which likes to boast that it's "America's only arts network," in large part because networks previously associated with the arts have turned their programming over to wine-swilling housewives or burger-selling Wahlbergs. Ovation began with a panel for the child prodigy reality series "Young Marvels" and performances by a pre-teen singer and a pre-teen cellist, who both were relatively well-adjusted for underaged geniuses. And speaking of underaged geniuses, we followed with Daniel Radcliffe, who recalled his first press conference experience as an actor came not for anything Harry Potter-related, but at a TCA panel for "David Copperfield" way back in the day. »
- Daniel Fienberg
Patsy Byrne has died at the age of 80.
Metro reports that the veteran actress passed away on June 17 at Denville Hall, a retirement home for performers.
A post on the Blackadder Facebook page said: "Very saddened to hear that Blackadder has lost another amazing actor. Rip Patsy Byrne Aka Nursie Aka Bernard.
"You and Flashheart can flirt for an eternity now."
Born in Ashford, Kent, Byrne had an extensive career on British television and in the theatre.
She was most beloved for her role as Nursie on the popular 1980s comedy show Blackadder II.
Byrne is the second actor from the Blackadder II series to pass away this month.
Actor Rik Mayall, who played Flashheart on the show, recently died from an acute cardiac event.
Watch Byrne and Mayall in a clip »
Bob Hoskins dead at 71: Hoskins’ best movies included ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit,’ ‘Mona Lisa’ (photo: Bob Hoskins in ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’ with Jessica Rabbit, voiced by Kathleen Turner) Bob Hoskins, who died at age 71 in London yesterday, April 29, 2014, from pneumonia (initially reported as “complications of Parkinson’s disease”), was featured in nearly 70 movies over the course of his four-decade film career. Hoskins was never a major box office draw — "I don’t think I’m the sort of material movie stars are made of — I’m five-foot-six-inches and cubic. My own mum wouldn’t call me pretty." Yet, this performer with attributes similar to those of Edward G. Robinson, James Cagney, and Lon Chaney had the lead in one of the biggest hits of the late ’80s. In 1988, Robert Zemeckis’ groundbreaking Who Framed Roger Rabbit, which seamlessly blended animated and live action footage, starred Hoskins as gumshoe Eddie Valiant, »
- Andre Soares
Miscasting in films has always been a problem. A producer hires an actor thinking that he or she is perfect for a movie role only to find the opposite is true. Other times a star is hired for his box office draw but ruins an otherwise good movie because he looks completely out of place.
There have been many humdinger miscastings. You only have to laugh at John Wayne’s Genghis Khan (with Mongol moustache and gun-belt) in The Conqueror (1956), giggle at Marlon Brando’s woeful upper class twang as Fletcher Christian in Mutiny on the Bounty (1962) and cringe at Dick Van Dyke’s misbegotten cockney accent in Mary Poppins (1964). But as hilarious as these miscastings are, producers at the time didn’t think the same way, until after the event. At least they add a bit of camp value to a mediocre or downright awful movie.
In rare cases, »
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