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Tracey Ullman returns to London stage for Stephen Poliakoff play

23 July 2011 4:11 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Comedian who made her name on TV in the 1980s takes role in new work celebrating the teaching profession

Hollywood stars and the public sector are rarely mentioned in the same breath. But thanks to dramatist Stephen Poliakoff, that is about to change. Multimillionaire, comedian and Hollywood actress Tracey Ullman is to return to the British stage after a 20-year absence in a new play by Poliakoff about the importance of teachers and the public service ethos in our lives.

The British star, who established herself as a household name in America in the 1980s, is returning to appear in My City, which will open at London's Almeida theatre early in September. It will be Poliakoff's first theatrical work for 12 years, following his acclaimed television dramas Shooting the Past and The Lost Prince.

The award-winning writer wrote the "powerful and surprising" play before news of the cuts in education, but »

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Exclusive: Derek Cianfrance Talks Blue Valentine

9 May 2011 1:07 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Blue Valentine director Derek Cianfrance discusses this drama's long road to the big screen, his directorial style, new projects and more.

At the young age of 23, director Derek Cianfrance wrote, directed and edited his first feature, Brother Tied in 1998. 12 years later, after initial difficulties to secure funding, his follow-up Blue Valentine was released, although, due to the critical acclaim of his second film, we won't have to wait that long for his third. This fantastic drama stars Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams as a couple trying to save their marriage, as we also see how their relationship started through a series of well-placed flashbacks in this intricately-structured drama.

Blue Valentine will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on May 10, and I recently had the privilege of speaking with Derek Cianfrance to promote the home video release. Here's what he had to say below.

I really enjoyed the movie, so it's »

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