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Odile Dicks-Mireaux on Enhancing Saoirse's Journey in "Brooklyn" / Reuniting with Rachel Weisz for "Denial"

Odile Dicks-Mireaux. Image via Female FirstThe thing about Brooklyn is that everyone can relate to it. Stories of immigration touch almost everyone, or at least run through their family's DNA. Even the move from one state with a personality quite unlike your original home, can feel like a reinvention.  Nearly a year after seeing Brooklyn for the first time it's strange to think that I worried that people wouldn't connect to it! Who needs sensationalistic drama when a story is this really. When it's power can sneak up on you? 

I had the pleasure of discussing this universal resonance, and the job of defining Eilis (Saoirse Ronan) through her costume changes with the designer Odile Dicks-Mireaux, who herself related to the story. Her mother was French and her father British and they met, both immigrants, in Brooklyn in the 1940s, and built a life in a foreign country together. Odile
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Gormenghast: Neil Gaiman reveals movie talks

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Plans are afoot to bring Mervyn Peake's Gormenghast novels to the movies - and Neil Gaiman is involved...

Now here's some exciting news. Mervyn Peake's series of Gormenghast novels looks like it's heading to the movies - and Neil Gaiman is heavily involved.

Gaiman's long been a fan of Peake's series, and on his Twitter feed, he dropped the news of a potential film adaptation. But don't take our word for it. Here's the Tweet from the man himself...

Tomorrow we start talking to studios, and will soon find out which of them wants to make Mervyn Peake's wonderful Gormenghast as a movie.

Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) December 9, 2015

This is news that's pretty much landed out of nowhere, but we're excited to hear it.

Gormenghast was the subject of a television production starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Christopher Lee back in 2000, but the stories of
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Christopher Lee 1922-2015: Iconic star's life and career in pictures

Christopher Lee 1922-2015: Iconic star's life and career in pictures
Sir Christopher Lee, one of the world's most celebrated actors, has died at the age of 93.

In a career spanning seven decades, Sir Christopher had over 280 screen credits in film and TV, and brought some of cinema's most iconic characters to life - Dracula, Saruman, Mycroft Holmes, Count Dooku, Frankenstein's monster, The Wicker Man's Lord Summerisle and James Bond villain Scaramanga, to name just a few.

Take a look back at some of his most memorable career moments below:

1940s: Career beginnings with Rank

Sir Christopher Lee started his film career in the late 1940s following service in the Raf during World War II.

After the war ended, he turned down his old job at pharmaceutical company Beechams to train at the Rank Organisation's Company of Youth - nicknamed the 'Rank Charm School'.

1957: The Curse of Frankenstein

He made his debut with gothic horror producers Hammer Films in The Curse of Frankenstein.
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Christopher Lee, Actor Who Made Dracula Count Again, Dies at 93

Christopher Lee, Actor Who Made Dracula Count Again, Dies at 93
Christopher Lee, the second most famous Dracula of the 20th century — an impressive feat — and a memorably irrepressible villain in James Bond film “The Man With the Golden Gun,” in the Star Wars films and in “The Lord of the Rings” pics, has died. He was 93.

Lee appeared in 10 films as Count Dracula (nine if his uncredited role in the comedy “One More Time” is excluded).

His first role for famed British horror factory Hammer Films was not the Transylvanian vampire, however, but Frankenstein’s Monster in 1957’s “The Curse of Frankenstein.” His close friend Peter Cushing, with whom he would co-star in horror films frequently, starred as the Baron.

Lee made his first appearance as the sharp-toothed Count in 1958’s “Horror of Dracula.”

For reasons not quite certain, he skipped the 1960 sequel “Brides of Dracula,” but he returned to the role for 1965’s “Dracula: Prince of Darkness” — a movie
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In memoriam: Sir Christopher Lee 1922-2015

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We're deeply sad to report that Sir Christopher Lee, the true legend of stage and screen, has passed away.

"Legend" is an overused word these days, but not when it comes to the wonderful Christopher Lee.

Famous for his roles The Man With The Golden Gun and Lord Of The Rings and Hammer's string of horror films, and beloved for his sonorous voice and commanding persona, Lee was a constant presence on the small and silver screen.

But it's our sad duty to report that Sir Christopher Lee has died at the age of 93.

His departure brings to a close one of the most extraordinary careers in screen history. He's starred in some of the films that Den Of Geek loves to write about on a daily basis - his work for Hammer (most famously the 1958 classic Dracula) could fill a lengthy and fascinating volume. His performance in Robin Hardy's folk horror classic,
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Bend It Like Beckham: Where are the cast of the 2002 box office hit now?

Bend It Like Beckham: Where are the cast of the 2002 box office hit now?
Cast your minds back to 2002 - a time when Pop Idols didn't need to have The X Factor, Fifty Shades of Grey were just colours on a paint sampler chart and David Beckham was a mere international superstar rather than global megastar.

Bend It Like Beckham, with a modest estimated budget of £3.7 million, opened that same year and became a critical and commercial success - breaking box office records and scoring BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations, as well as making household names of many of its stars.

As the cast continues preparing for the West End stage adaptation of Gurinder Chadha's screen hit ahead of previews on May 15, find out what the movie's ensemble cast went on to achieve - including who is coming back for the musical...

Parminder Nagra (Jess Bhamra)

Nominated for Best Newcomer at the Empire Awards on the back of the movie's success, Parminder went
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The best Christmas 2014 TV and radio

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We’ve scanned the UK Christmas TV and radio schedules for the festive fortnight and circled a few programmes you may enjoy…

We’ve taken our glittery pen to the pages of this year’s festive TV Listings guide to circle a selection of shows that might tickle your Christmas fancy.

Supplement your festive box-set viewing with appearances from the Doctor and Clara, Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, Dame Judi Dench, Professor Danielle George, the work of Roald Dahl, Charlie Brooker, David Attenborough, the much-missed Rik Mayall, and many more...

Drama Doctor Who: Last Christmas

The tenth annual Doctor Who Christmas Special since the show’s 2005 return, and Peter Capaldi’s first real festive Tardis adventure. Nick Frost, Michael Troughton, Dan Starkey and Nathan McMullen all co-star in this Father Christmas North Pole caper, alongside Capaldi and Jenna Coleman. Watch the latest trailer, here.

When’s it on? 6.15pm on Christmas Day,
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The Once And Future King dramatisation coming to BBC R4

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T.H. White’s Arthurian fantasy classic will air as a six-part radio drama on BBC R4 this November…

Following on from its Dangerous Visions sci-fi season, and before this December’s Good Omens adaptation, the BBC Radio 4 drama department is serving up yet more glorious geek fare in the form of a six-part dramatisation of T.H White’s The Once And Future King.

White’s tetralogy of books, largely written in the early Second World War though first published collectively in 1958, tells the legend of Arthur’s apprenticeship to wizard Merlyn as a young boy, the inception of the Round Table at Camelot and King Arthur’s struggles as ruler, dealings with Morgause and Mordred, and the relationship between Queen Guenever and Sir Lancelot.

As well as wry humour and action romps, a thread of political debate over the philosophy that “might is right” runs throughout White’s book,
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The New Who Review – The Bells of Saint John

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How many times have you been told not to use wifi you don’t recognize? This week’s episode takes the threat of identity theft to an all new degree. And the only reason The Doctor found out about it at all is cause he got a call from a lady who said she couldn’t find the Internet. Spoiler shields up, watch for falling planes, and listen for…

The Bells Of Saint John

By Steven Moffat

Directed by Colm McCarthy

The Doctor is in the early 13th century, meditating over the living (well, living somewhere) mystery that is Clara Oswin Oswald. So when he’s told “The Bells of St. John are ringing”, he races back to his hidden Tardis, (with its “St. John’s Ambulance” label) where the phone in the door is ringing. He’s getting an impossible call from modern day, from the impossible Clara Oswald,
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David Louis Edelman – Introduction to Mervyn Peake’s Titus Alone

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Did Mervyn Peake go mad writing Titus Alone, or does Titus Alone merely predict his madness? Is it a work of dystopian science fiction, or a work of psychological symbolism? Is the book a terse masterpiece, or is it just the half-formed ravings of a crumbling mind?

What the heck is this book you’re holding?

Let’s start with the facts. Mervyn Peake was a noted artist and illustrator of children’s books who spent his formative years in China. He published the novels Titus Groan (1946) and Gormenghast (1950) to excellent reviews, though not resounding commercial success. After the failure of his play The Wit to Woo (1957), Peake suffered a nervous breakdown. Parkinson’s disease, electroshock therapy, and brain surgery would follow over the next decade. Peake spent his last years in institutions, finally passing away in November of 1968. His works would dip briefly into obscurity and academic disfavor — Kingsley Amis
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Sir Richard Rodney Bennett obituary

Composer and pianist whose work included film scores, opera and jazz cabaret

The composer Richard Rodney Bennett, who has died in New York aged 76, pursued multiple musical lives with extraordinary success. He was one of the more distinguished soundtrack composers of his era, having contributed to some 50 films and winning Oscar nominations for his work on Far from the Madding Crowd (1967), Nicholas and Alexandra (1971) and Murder on the Orient Express (1974).

But it scarcely seemed credible that this knack for writing for a mainstream audience in a melodic, romantic style co-existed with his mastery of serialism and 12-tone techniques. From 1957 to 1959, Bennett was a scholarship student with Pierre Boulez in Paris and soaked up the latter's total serialism techniques as well as his infatuation with the German avant garde. He also attended the summer schools at Darmstadt, the mecca for diehard atonalists.

His tremendous facility as a pianist would prompt the
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Sir Richard Rodney Bennett obituary

Composer and pianist whose work included film scores, opera and jazz cabaret

The composer Richard Rodney Bennett, who has died in New York aged 76, pursued multiple musical lives with extraordinary success. He was one of the more distinguished soundtrack composers of his era, having contributed to some 50 films and winning Oscar nominations for his work on Far from the Madding Crowd (1967), Nicholas and Alexandra (1971) and Murder on the Orient Express (1974).

But it scarcely seemed credible that this knack for writing for a mainstream audience in a melodic, romantic style co-existed with his mastery of serialism and 12-tone techniques. From 1957 to 1959, Bennett was a scholarship student with Pierre Boulez in Paris and soaked up the latter's total serialism techniques as well as his infatuation with the German avant garde. He also attended the summer schools at Darmstadt, the mecca for diehard atonalists.

His tremendous facility as a pianist would prompt the
See full article at The Guardian - Film News »

New Who Review: Dinosaurs on a Spaceship

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The Doctor attempts to help the Indian Space Agency about a runaway spaceship of Canadian size headed for Earth. Promising to stop it before it needs to be blown up, he picks up a few friends – Rory and Amy (and Rory’s dad, accidentally) big game hunter John Riddell, and already in his company, Queen Nefertiti of Egypt. They find the ship is a derelict space ark, originally from Earth, created by the Silurians. But where are they, and how did a mysterious and heartless trader named Solomon get control of the ship?

Arthur Darvill had it exactly right when he discusses the latest episode of Doctor Who in a promotional video – “It does what it says on the tin”. The Doctor’s got a gang, Amy has her own companions, Rory’s got his dad, Rory’s dad’s got balls in his pants, the ship’s got a surprising builder,
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Eric Sykes: a life in clips

It is for comedy that Eric Sykes will be remembered, and here – in clips from his own hit shows and alongside Tommy Cooper, Spike Milligan and Peter Sellers – is why

I interviewed Eric Sykes, who has died aged 89, in 2001 and the first thing the subeditor who received my copy said was: "I didn't know he was still alive." The legendary comedian had just filmed a straight role alongside Nicole Kidman in The Others, which demonstrated that his range was wider than people perhaps thought. But it is for comedy that Sykes will be remembered, and here is why.

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Sykes started out after the second world war writing for Frankie Howerd and the Goons but by 1960 he had his own sitcom vehicle, Sykes and A …. His unmarried twin sister was played by Hattie Jacques, but perhaps the most memorable episode was more of a solo turn,
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Eric Sykes: a life in clips

It is for comedy that Eric Sykes will be remembered, and here – in clips from his own hit shows and alongside Tommy Cooper, Spike Milligan and Peter Sellers – is why

I interviewed Eric Sykes, who has died aged 89, in 2001 and the first thing the subeditor who received my copy said was: "I didn't know he was still alive." The legendary comedian had just filmed a straight role alongside Nicole Kidman in The Others, which demonstrated that his range was wider than people perhaps thought. But it is for comedy that Sykes will be remembered, and here is why.

Reading this on mobile? Click here to view

Sykes started out after the second world war writing for Frankie Howerd and the Goons but by 1960 he had his own sitcom vehicle, Sykes and A …. His unmarried twin sister was played by Hattie Jacques, but perhaps the most memorable episode was more of a solo turn,
See full article at The Guardian - TV News »

Six to watch: fantasy dramas

As Game of Thrones continues another successful season, come along on our epic quest to uncover the finest fantasy programmes ever. Have we missed any out?

Game of Thrones is now well into its second season, with the double-dealing denizens of Westeros continuing to draw the kind of plaudits that made the show's opening outing such a success. It is both an unsurprising success – the HBO show's source material is George Rr Martin's epic series of fantasy novels – and extremely unlikely, given the small but gallant band of series that make up the televisual fantasy genre.

Fantasy is something of a murky term in tellyland, a label that's been used to pigeonhole all manner of imaginative programming over the years. But lets for a moment forget science fiction and the supernatural, and instead focus our attention on fantasy fare that revels in swords, sandals and sorcery. The series where level
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Incoming Books: Brody’s Ghost, Monsters, Art d’Ecco, and more

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The end of the year is fast approaching, which means Certain People (I name no names) realize that they need to use up their vacation days or lose them.

Changing subjects entirely, today I took off from work, and most of what I did was bop into the city to do some book-shopping. (I had a vague idea of doing Xmas shopping as well, and even walked quickly through part of that agglomeration of festive selling huts in Union Square, but that portion of the day’s festivities was not successful.)

First I hit Forbidden Planet — pretty much as an aperitif — which I hadn’t been in for several years. (My mental map of Fp is from the days when they had back issues in the basement — yes, that long ago.) I got issues of two comics for the boys, and also two extremely different graphic novels:

Brody’s Ghost,
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My TV hero: Gregor Fisher on Spike Milligan

The former Goon may have been unpredictable and even sometimes embarrassing beyond belief, but that was part of his inimitable comic genius

He was always on a knife edge, Spike Milligan. Watching him could go either way: it was either going to be fabulous, or like having lemons squeezed in your eye. It was a bit like watching your ancient grandmother having breakfast – you never knew whether she was going to find her mouth that morning. And, the evil little shit that I was, I quite liked all that.

I had The Goon Show on tape, and I remember feeling that I had to watch these guys. Even though the show could be uncomfortable and embarrassing beyond belief, it could also be the funniest thing you'd ever heard. I don't think the Pythons would have been in existence had it not been for Milligan and the Goons.

Milligan showed me that there are no limits.
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Neve McIntosh stars in British horror film Salvage released on March 19

Get ready for a bloodbath on Brookside Close.

British horror flick Salvage is released in cinemas by Revolver Entertainment this Friday, March 19.

Starring Neve McIntosh (Bodies, Doctor Who, Gormenghast) and Shaun Dooley (Married Single Other, EastEnders), it's the feature debut of director Lawrence Gough and has been a big hit at film events.

At the Fantastic Fest in Texas, Neve Mcintosh won the Best Horror Actress Award.

It's written by Hollyoaks scribe Colin O'Donnell and was shot by director of photography Simon Tindall (Bright Star, The Queen, 28 Days Later) on location in and around Merseyside and on the Brookside Close housing estate set that was built for the TV soap Brookside.

Here's the official synopsis:

"It's Christmas Eve and a quiet cul-de-sac is suddenly plunged into a world of violence, terror and paranoia when a group of heavily armed military personnel storms the area, sealing off the close and ordering
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Horror Film Salvage DVD Details

The horror film Salvage is coming to DVD July 6th and we have the details from the studio. Described by the media as “thrilling” (Bizarre), “scary and believable” (Sci-Fi London), and “a seriously shocking chiller for our times” (Alan Jones, Frightfest), Salvage, the stunning debut feature from director Lawrence Gough, is a brand new British horror film that redefines the genre with a strong female heroine and a topical plot that positions the terror right on our doorstep.

Written by Colin O’Donnell (Hollyoaks) and starring Neve McIntosh (Dr. Who; Gormenghast), Shaun Dooley (Married Single Other; Eden Lake), Linzey Cocker (Wild Child), Trevor Hancock (Behind Closed Doors), Dean Andrews (Life on Mars), Kevin Harvey (Everyone Loves Sunshine), Paul Opacic (Bad Girls) and Shahid Ahmed (28 Weeks Later), the film has already thrilled audiences at the London Frightfest, the Edinburgh Film Festival and at Texas’s prestigious Fantastic Fest where the film
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