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Frances Barber: 'The part plays itself, really'

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
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Kirk Helms "Osterman Weekend" Remake

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.
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Daniel Mays on guest role in Doctor Who and why he admires Matt Smith

Daniel Mays is a familiar face thanks to roles in TV series such as Ashes To Ashes and the Bafta-nominated British movie Made In Dagenham with Andrea Riseborough, Bob Hoskins and Geraldine James.

He also has a role in Steven Spielberg's upcoming The Adventures of Tintin, released in October.

Away from showbusiness, he supports Leyton Orient Fc and has a young son called Mylo.

We will next see him on screen as Alex, the father of George, a frightened little boy at the centre of Doctor Who episode Night Terrors, which airs on Saturday, September 3 at 7pm. Here's what he had to say...(warning: there are some spoilers about the episode in Daniel's answers)

Tell Us A Little About Night Terrors...

It's a contemporary story set in a tower block about George, an incredibly nervous young chap of eight who seems to be absolutely petrified of everything. He can't sleep,
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Brian Kirk In Talks To Direct Thor 2

Marvel is looking to TV for a director on Thor 2.Variety reports that Brian Kirk is currently in talks to direct the sequel to this summer's hit movie, Marvel no doubt drawn in by his work on both Boardwalk Empire and Game Of Thrones. And given that Kirk's three episodes of Game Of Thrones include two of my favorites - those being Lord Snow and Cripples, Bastards And Broken Things - I have no issue with that at all. Looking back farther in his filmography and seeing episodes of Dexter, Idris Elba starring UK hit Luther, The Tudors, The Riches and about half of League Of Gentlemen alumni project Funland certainly doesn't hurt, either.This strikes me as an uncommonly savvy move by Marvel. High...
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