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Frances Barber: 'The part plays itself, really'

9 June 2012 4:08 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The Lady Macbeth of BBC1's Silk on male writers who know what women think, and why facelifts are nothing to joke about

Late on a Monday in May, Frances Barber's mobile phone starting pinging. "Are you Ok?" the first text read. A handful more followed from friends with the same message. They were responding to a preview of the next day's Daily Telegraph front page that was dominated by a huge photograph of Barber – "bigger than Pippa Middleton" – and feared the worst.

Eventually, the 54-year-old actress tracked down the story: "Honest to God, it was like I'd died. My obituary won't be that big; my obituary will be two lines. I thought: 'What have I said? Am I going to be arrested?'"

Barber had, in fact, made a quip – she insists it wasn't serious – to the Radio Times that she was saving up for a facelift so »

- Tim Lewis

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Kirk Helms "Osterman Weekend" Remake

28 February 2012 9:06 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

He may have missed out on helming the "Thor" sequel, but that hasn't stopped demand for the skill of Brian Kirk who has entered talks to direct the long-gestating adaptation of "The Osterman Weekend" at Lionsgate/Summit Entertainment and Captivate Entertainment reports Deadline.

The second and shortest novel of 'Bourne' series author Robert Ludlum, the story has the host of an investigative news show becoming convinced by a CIA agent that the friends he has invited to a weekend getaway in the country are engaged in a Kgb conspiracy that threatens national security.

The book was adapted once before in 1983 and marked the final film of trend-setting helmer Sam Peckinpah's career. John Hurt, Craig T. Nelson, Rutger Hauer, Dennis Hopper, Meg Foster, Burt Lancaster and Chris Sarandon all starred.

Simon Kinberg and Jesse Wigutow penned the reboot which ditches the Cold War and spy elements and will switch around some of the occupations. »

- Garth Franklin

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