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Bill Nighy: 5 Awesome Performances And 5 That Sucked

20 hours ago | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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It’s thanks to Richard Curtis that Bill Nighy broke into the mainstream, after two decades spent languishing on TV, going from prestige drama to prestige drama in the hallowed halls of the Beeb where he was pretty much wasted.

He really broke out in Hollywood thanks to Richard Curtis making him the heart and soul of Love Actually, and in turn we’ve been gifted twelve years of aloof, dry-witted older gents and curt yet well-spoken villains.

Unfortunately, there are an alarming amount of instances where the character actor’s particular charms appear to be on autopilot and his performances sometimes have the tendency to fall a mite flat.

That’s not to say that we haven’t had our fair share of great Nighy performances; there are a few notable ones that don’t make this list, but are deserving of an honourable mention. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, »

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Are Rom-Coms Making Us Think Creepy Male Behavior Is Okay? New Study Says Yes

4 February 2016 9:00 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Turns out, romantic comedies may want to rethink their moniker - to romantic creepies. A new study from University of Michigan gender and sexuality expert Julia R Lippman claims that male behaviors often show in rom-coms are actually pretty damaging to our perception of what's "normal." Basically, rom-coms are making us think actions that are actually pretty creepy and borderline stalker-ish are romantic, sweet or passionate. Lippman looked at women's responses to aggressive behavior in relationships in two groups. The first was after watching rom-coms like There's Something About Mary and the second, non-romance movies like March of the Penguins. »

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Are Rom-Coms Making Us Think Creepy Male Behavior Is Okay? New Study Says Yes

4 February 2016 9:00 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Turns out, romantic comedies may want to rethink their moniker - to romantic creepies. A new study from University of Michigan gender and sexuality expert Julia R Lippman claims that male behaviors often show in rom-coms are actually pretty damaging to our perception of what's "normal." Basically, rom-coms are making us think actions that are actually pretty creepy and borderline stalker-ish are romantic, sweet or passionate. Lippman looked at women's responses to aggressive behavior in relationships in two groups. The first was after watching rom-coms like There's Something About Mary and the second, non-romance movies like March of the Penguins. »

- Diana Pearl, @dianapearl_

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Study finds romcoms teach female filmgoers to tolerate 'stalking myths'

3 February 2016 5:06 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

University of Michigan report suggests women who watch movies such as High Fidelity and Love Actually are more accepting of aggressive male behaviour

If you ever felt a little uncomfortable watching Andrew Lincoln’s cue-card delivered confession of devotion for Keira Knightley in Love Actually, or wondered whether it was appropriate for Ben Stiller to hire a private eye to track down his high school crush in There’s Something About Mary, it turns out science is on your side. A new study suggests romcoms that feature men engaging in stalker-like behaviour can make women more likely to tolerate obsessiveness from prospective romantic partners.

I Did It Because I Never Stopped Loving You, a report by the gender and sexuality expert Julia R Lippman, of the University of Michigan, examined women’s response to questions about aggressive romantic behaviour after watching a series of films with differing themes. Lippman found »

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‘The Women of Walmington’ featurette for the Dad’s Army movie

3 February 2016 12:00 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ahead of its release this Friday, a new featurette has arrived online for the Dad’s Army movie focussing on the Women of Walmington. Take a look below after the official synopsis…

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It is 1944 and World War II is reaching its climax. The Allies are poised to invade France and finally defeat the German army. But in Walmington-on-Sea morale amongst the Home Guard is low. Their new mission then – to patrol the Dover army base – is a great chance to revive spirits and reputation, that is until glamorous journalist Rose Winters arrives to write about their exploits, setting the pulses racing and putting the local women on red alert. MI5 then discover a radio signal sent direct to Berlin from Walmington-on-Sea. There’s a spy on the loose! The outcome of the war is suddenly at stake, and it falls »

- Amie Cranswick

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Bottle Shock – The ‘Tribute to Alan Rickman’ Review

31 January 2016 4:44 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

I Hate wine!  Seriously, no kidding, I cannot drink it, smell it and I don’t like to talk about it.  The origin of this distaste for fermented grape juice?  It was when I was in the Navy (there he goes again!) I was on liberty in Brindisi, Italy (Bill remembers!)  We were in a restaurant on a bright, sunny Italian Sunday afternoon.  We ordered food and wine.  The wine came in pitchers, not bottles.  I don’t recall the food ever arriving, don’t remember leaving the restaurant, going back to the ship, none of that, complete blackout.

Literally one minute in the restaurant, the next lying face down in my rack strangling on my own sick.  I won’t go into any more sordid details, I’ll spare you that.  Sufficient to note I was in trouble with the Navy, had gotten horribly sick on a liberty boat, »

- Sam Moffitt

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‘Legacy’ featurette for the Dad’s Army movie

29 January 2016 10:00 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ahead of its UK release next week, the first featurette has arrived online for the Dad’s Army movie which see’s the cast and crew discuss the legacy of the classic TV show. Watch it below after the official synopsis…

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It is 1944 and World War II is reaching its climax. The Allies are poised to invade France and finally defeat the German army. But in Walmington-on-Sea morale amongst the Home Guard is low. Their new mission then – to patrol the Dover army base – is a great chance to revive spirits and reputation, that is until glamorous journalist Rose Winters arrives to write about their exploits, setting the pulses racing and putting the local women on red alert. MI5 then discover a radio signal sent direct to Berlin from Walmington-on-Sea. There’s a spy on the loose! The outcome of »

- Amie Cranswick

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Giveaway – Win a Dad’s Army merchandise pack!

22 January 2016 8:10 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

To celebrate the release of Dad’s Army on February 4th, we’ve got a merchandise pack to give away to one lucky reader courtesy of the lovely people at Universal.

It is 1944 and World War II is reaching its climax. The Allies are poised to invade France and finally defeat the German army. But in Walmington-on-Sea morale amongst the Home Guard is low. Their new mission then – to patrol the Dover army base – is a great chance to revive spirits and reputation, that is until glamorous journalist Rose Winters arrives to write about their exploits, setting the pulses racing and putting the local women on red alert. MI5 then discover a radio signal sent direct to Berlin from Walmington-on-Sea. There’s a spy on the loose! The outcome of the war is suddenly at stake, and it falls to our unlikely heroes to stand up and be counted.

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10 Awesome Obscure Alan Rickman Roles You Probably Missed

22 January 2016 2:44 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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When you think Alan Rickman, you think of the icy sneer of Hans Gruber, the twisted malevolence of the Sheriff of Nottingham and the chilling gravitas of Professor Snape. You might even call to mind the doe-eyed sincerity of Harry, the hapless protagonist of Love Actually, or moustachioed cellist Jamie from Truly, Madly, Deeply. Yet the London-born actor who so sadly passed away enjoyed a rich and varied career that took in everything from romantic comedies and dark dramas to fantasy, sci-fi and animation.

Notoriously private when off-screen, Rickman was quoted as saying that “if people want to know who I am, it is all in the work”. To gain a full understanding of one of Britain’s finest acting talents, then, we must look to his full catalogue, including those films that didn’t grab the headlines in the manner of Die Hard and Harry Potter but none »

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'He made every word complex': Richard Curtis remembers Alan Rickman

15 January 2016 3:25 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The writer and director of Love Actually has spoken of his sadness at the death of Alan Rickman, and his memories of working with the actor

Richard Curtis, the writer and director of Love Actually, has remembered the actor Alan Rickman, who died on Thursday.

Curtis made his directorial debut with the 2003 film, an ensemble comedy about intersecting couples in the run-up to Christmas, which has become a perennial holiday favourite.

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Honoring Alan Rickman: Spend Your Long Weekend Revisiting His Greatest Roles

14 January 2016 10:30 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

For all he did to make us hate his characters on-screen, it only made the world love Alan Rickman, everyone's favorite villain, even more. So it's only fitting to honor the life of Rickman, who has died at 69 after a battle with cancer, with a movie marathon of his most-loved films - in chronological order - this long weekend. Die HardIn the action-packed favorite, Rickman is evil personified as Hans Gruber, the psychotic German terrorist who takes Bruce Willis' wife hostage. Truly, Madly, DeeplyThis emotional roller coaster follows Nina and Jamie, played by Rickman, a happy couple in love - until Jamie dies. »

- Diana Pearl, @dianapearl_

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J.K. Rowling, Emma Watson, Mia Farrow and More Mourn Alan Rickman's Death on Twitter

14 January 2016 9:19 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Alan Rickman, veteran actor and beloved for his performance in the "Harry Potter" franchise as the chilly villain Severus Snape, died today at 69. His roles, from "Perfume: The Story of a Murderer" to "Love Actually" to "Die Hard," display his vast range; though he excelled at embodying nefarious characters, Rickman was a renaissance actor. Today, Hollywood mourns the loss of a legend. His "Harry Potter" co-stars and other celebrities took to social media to express their grief.  "Harry Potter" FamilyCelebritiesREAD More: Remembering Alan Rickman: 9 Essential Performances Now Streaming Online »

- Emily Buder

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'I Just Kissed Him Goodbye': Emma Thompson's Moving Tribute to Her Close Friend Alan Rickman

14 January 2016 8:35 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

As the world mourns the death of British stage and screen star Alan Rickman, one of his closest friends and frequent collaborators is grappling with the loss. Emma Thompson, who appeared with Rickman in several films, including Love Actually, three Harry Potter films, Sense and Sensibility and 1998 crime thriller Judas Kiss said in a statement that saying goodbye to the 69-year-old Rickman was "painful." "Alan was my friend and so this is hard to write because I have just kissed him goodbye," Thompson, 56, wrote. "What I remember most in this moment of painful leave-taking is his humour, intelligence, wisdom and kindness. »

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Daniel Radcliffe, J.K. Rowling Pay Tribute to Alan Rickman

14 January 2016 8:13 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

British actor Alan Rickman, who died Thursday at 69, was beloved in the industry for his roles as Severus Snape in the Harry Potter movies as well as roles in “Die Hard,” “Truly Madly Deeply” and “Love Actually.” Among those remembering the versatile actor, known for his delicious villains, were Harry Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe, and Potter creator J.K. Rowling.

Radcliffe wrote on his Google Plus page “Alan Rickman is undoubtedly one of the greatest actors I will ever work with. He is also, one of the loyalest and most supportive people I’ve ever met in the film industry. He was so encouraging of me both on set and in the years post-Potter. I’m pretty sure he came and saw everything I ever did on stage both in London and New York. He didn’t have to do that. I know other people who’ve been friends with him »

- Variety Staff

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Actor Alan Rickman Dies At Age 69

14 January 2016 7:31 AM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

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The world has lost British great, Alan Rickman. The actor sadly died at the age of 69.

From the AP:

Rickman’s family said Thursday that the actor had died after a battle with cancer.

Born to a working-class London family in 1946 and trained at the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Rickman was often cast as the bad guy; with his rich, languid voice he could invest evil with wicked, irresistible relish.

His breakout role was as scheming French aristocrat the Vicomte de Valmont in an acclaimed 1985 Royal Shakespeare Company production of Christopher Hampton’s “Les Liaisons Dangereuses.”

Film roles included the psychopathic villain Hans Gruber who tormented Bruce Willis in “Die Hard” in 1988; a deceased lover who consoles his bereaved partner in 1990’s “Truly Madly Deeply”; the wicked Sheriff of Nottingham in “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves” in 1991; and a wayward husband in 2003 romantic comedy “Love Actually. »

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Alan Rickman Has Passed Away

14 January 2016 7:22 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

It seems that this has been a sad week for fans of both Music and Film. Unfortunately, earlier today legendary actor Alan Rickman passed away at the age of 69.

After battling with cancer for some time, the British national treasure was reportedly surrounded by friends and family at the time of his death. This is absolutely devastating news and a truly tragic loss for millions across the globe.

Not only was Rickman a wonderfully talented actor, but he was also one of the most diverse in the entire world. After making his Hollywood debut as the brilliantly menacing Hans Gruber in the original Die Hard, Rickman exploded into the film industry in a career spanning almost three decades.

He went on to play a variety of highly acclaimed roles in some of the most popular films of all time, such as Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Dogma, Love Actually, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street »

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R.I.P. Alan Rickman (1946-2016)

14 January 2016 7:17 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

While the movie world celebrated the finest in the year's achievements with the Oscar nominations unveiled this morning, underpinning it all was a sense of sadness as acclaimed and beloved British actor Alan Rickman has passed away at the age of 69. The actor first earned attention for his work on the stage, breaking out with this Tony-nominated turn as Valmont in "Les Liaisons Dangereuses." Hollywood followed, and two years later, Rickman took the role of a lifetime as Hans Gruber in "Die Hard," crafting one of the big screen's all time best villains. Roles in "Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves" and "Rasputin" also brought him attention, but Rickman reached a new generation of fans thanks to his performance as Professor Snape in the "Harry Potter" franchise. But it's really the range of his roles that truly made Rickman stand out. His performances in "Michael Collins," "Truly Madly Deeply," "Love Actually, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Alan Rickman, 'Die Hard' and 'Harry Potter' Actor, Dead at 69

14 January 2016 6:59 AM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Alan Rickman, the British actor who portrayed likable villains in films like Die Hard and the Harry Potter series, has passed away. "The actor and director Alan Rickman has died from cancer at the age of 69. He was surrounded by family and friends," his family wrote in a statement confirming the actor's death, the BBC reports.

Rickman's acting career began on the stage with a stint in the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) as well as roles on numerous BBC productions. In 1987, a RSC production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses came to Broadway, »

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Film News: Alan Rickman, Snape in Harry Potter, Dies at 69

14 January 2016 6:55 AM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

London – He lived in a show age when a classically trained British actor could also portray a German villain, an indecisive husband and one of the most memorable characters in the Harry Potter series. Alan Rickman was all of these, and he did it with a signature style. Rickman died in London at age 69 on January 14, 2016.

Alan Rickman as Severus Snape

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Alan Rickman was born in London, and his early college background was in art and design, while pursuing drama on the side. He worked for a few years before auditioning with the Royal Academy of Drama in 1972. After graduating, he worked his way up the British stage, both in the Royal Court Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Theatre. He was doing television and narrator parts when his big break came in 1988 as Hans Gruber in “Die Hard.” Gruber was named the 46th greatest villain in »

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Alan Rickman obituary

14 January 2016 6:28 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Versatile stage and screen actor hailed for his roles in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Harry Potter and Love Actually

Related: Alan Rickman: the most loyal, playful and generous of friends | Katharine Viner

The world became fully aware of the sly, languid and villainous charms of Alan Rickman, who has died aged 69 of cancer, as the self-parodying Sheriff of Nottingham pitted against Kevin Costner in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991). However, the actor had already established himself as a star name at the Royal Shakespeare Company in the mid-1980s and as the hilarious German terrorist, Hans Gruber, in the action thriller Die Hard (1988) with Bruce Willis.

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- Michael Coveney

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