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Letter: George Cole obituary

It is no surprise that the obituary of George Cole omitted Don’t Forget to Write, since the BBC themselves seem to have forgotten it. Two series, which aired on BBC2 in the late 1970s, gathered almost a cult following for episodes in the life of a put-upon dramatist, Gordon Maple, played by Cole. The cast was a strong one and included Gwen Watford, Francis Matthews, Nicholas Le Prevost and Daphne Heard.

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Kit Harington Talks Testament Of Youth and Game Of Thrones

Now playing in L.A. and NYC is director James Kent’s Testament of Youth. The film is based on Vera Brittain’s World War I memoir of the same name and stars Alicia Vikander as Vera Brittain and Game of Thrones star Kit Harington as her fiancé, Roland Leighton. As the film progresses, you see how the onset of war shatters the characters’ youthful dreams and demolishes an entire generation. It’s a powerful look at the First World War and I recommend checking it out when you can. Testament of Youth also stars Taron Egerton, Emily Watson, Hayley Atwell, Colin Morgan, Joanna Scanlan, Alexandra Roach, Jonathan Bailey, Anna Chancellor, Nicholas Le Prevost, Nicholas Farrell, Dominic West and Miranda Richardson. For more on the film, watch the trailer. The other day, I landed an exclusive video interview with Kit Harington. He talked about making Testament of Youth, how the project evolved,
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Watch Testament Of Youth’s Kit Harington Play “Save or Kill”

Opening in L.A. and NYC this weekend is director James Kent’s Testament of Youth. The film is based on Vera Brittain’s First World War memoir of the same name and stars Alicia Vikander as Vera Brittain and Game of Thrones actor Kit Harington as her fiancé, Roland Leighton. As the film progresses you see the characters' youthful dreams shattered by the onset of war and the demolition of a generation due to Wwi. It’s a powerful look at the First World War and I recommend checking it out when you can. Testament of Youth also stars Taron Egerton, Emily Watson, Hayley Atwell, Colin Morgan, Joanna Scanlan, Alexandra Roach, Jonathan Bailey, Anna Chancellor, Nicholas Le Prevost, Nicholas Farrell, Dominic West and Miranda Richardson. For more on the film, watch the trailer. Last week I landed an exclusive video interview with Kit Harington. While I’ll be posting
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Testament Of Youth Trailer Starring Game Of Thrones’ Kit Harrington

Now that the film has already seen a release in the UK, it's time for Us audiences to get familiar with director James Kent’s new film Testament of Youth. The film is based on Vera Brittain’s First World War memoir of the same name and stars Alicia Vikander as Vera Brittain. Vikander is joined by Game of ThronesKit Harington who plays her fiancé, Roland Leighton. I'm not familiar with the source material but this seems like a handsomely photographed period piece that's, as far as I can tell, competently executed on just about every level besides that as well. Check out the Us version of Testament of Youth Trailer below. The film also stars Taron Egerton, Emily Watson, Hayley Atwell, Colin Morgan, Joanna Scanlan, Alexandra Roach, Jonathan Bailey, Anna Chancellor, Nicholas Le Prevost, Nicholas Farrell, Dominic West and Miranda Richardson. Trailer courtesy of Yahoo: Here’s the
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Watch The Brand New Trailer For New British Film ‘Testament Of Youth’

Coming to UK screens in January is the new film from ‘Harry Potter’ and the upcoming Paddington producer David Heyman. Testament Of Youth is a powerful story of love, war and remembrance, based on the First World War memoir by Vera Brittain, which has become the classic testimony of that war from a woman’s point of view. A searing journey from youthful hopes and dreams to the edge of despair and back again, it’s a film about young love, the futility of war and how to make sense of the darkest times. Quite poignant that we’re posting this today.

The film, from Lionsgate and BBC Films, stars Alicia Vikander, Kit Harington, Taron Egerton, Emily Watson, Hayley Atwell, Colin Morgan, Joanna Scanlan, Alexandra Roach, Jonathan Bailey, Anna Chancellor, Nicholas Le Prevost, Nicholas Farrell, with Dominic West and Miranda Richardson, and hits cinemas on 16th January, 2015.

Watch the new trailer below.
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Testament Of Youth International Trailer Featuring Alicia Vikander and Kit Harington

Lionsgate UK just released a new trailer for James Kent’s Testament of Youth. The film is based on Vera Brittain’s First World War memoir of the same name and stars Alicia Vikander as Vera Brittain herself. Vikander is joined by Game of ThronesKit Harington who plays her fiancé, Roland Leighton. It’s unfortunate that the film’s only got a January 16th UK release at the moment because this new Testament of Youth international trailer is an especially moving one. Vikander’s got quite the commanding on-screen presence and Harington actually manages to show off more than one facial expression. Hit the jump to check it out for yourself. The film also stars Taron Egerton, Emily Watson, Hayley Atwell, Colin Morgan, Joanna Scanlan, Alexandra Roach, Jonathan Bailey, Anna Chancellor, Nicholas Le Prevost, Nicholas Farrell, Dominic West and Miranda Richardson. Via Lionsgate Films UK. Here’s the synopsis
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Kit Harington and Alicia Vikander in Testament of Youth trailer

Kit Harington and Alicia Vikander in Testament of Youth trailer
Testament of Youth: Remembrance for a Lost Generation has released a new trailer.

Alicia Vikander and Game of Thrones' Kit Harington star in the adaptation of Vera Brittain's World War I memoir.

Emily Watson, Hayley Atwell, Colin Morgan, Taron Egerton, Joanna Scanlan, Alexandra Roach, Jonathan Bailey, Anna Chancellor, Nicholas Le Prevost, Nicholas Farrell, Dominic West and Miranda Richardson also feature in the James Kent-directed film.

Vikander stars as Brittain as she struggles against the early 20th century's strict ideas of a 'woman's place'.

She falls for Roland Leighton (Harington) only to find their lives torn asunder by the war.

Testament of Youth will be released on January 16, 2015 in the UK. A Us release date is yet to be announced.
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UK release set for Testament Of Youth

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UK release set for Testament Of Youth
War drama stars Alicia Vikander and Game of Thrones star Kit Harington.

Testament of Youth, the First World War drama based on the memoir of Vera Brittain, is to be released in the UK by Lionsgate on Jan 16, 2015.

The release will follow its world premiere at the BFI London Film Festival on Oct 14.

Directed by James Kent with a screenplay from Juliette Towhidi, the film stars Alicia Vikander as a British woman who recalls her experiences during the First World War.

Co-stars include Game of Thrones star Kit Harington as well as Taron Egerton, Colin Morgan, Dominic West, Emily Watson, Hayley Atwell, Miranda Richardson, Anna Chancellor, Nicholas Le Prevost and Joanna Scanlan

Producers are David Heyman and Rosie Alison of Heyday Films, the production company behind the Harry Potter franchise, Gravity and the upcoming Paddington.

Executive producers are Christine Langan and Joe Oppenheimer for BBC Films, Richard Mansell, Zygi Kamasa for Lionsgate UK and Hugo Heppell for Screen Yorkshire
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Kino Lorber and Scorpion Releasing Announce Multi-Year Distribution Deal

Kino Lorber and Scorpion Releasing Announce First Eight Titles to be Released Under New Multi-Year Distribution Deal

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Kino Lorber and Scorpion Releasing have announces the inaugural releases of eight films under the companies' new multi-year distribution deal. Over the next year and after, there will be additional releases by Kino Lorber from the Scorpion library, including new acquisitions that will be available for the first time.

Among the first selection of titles to be released in August are Green Ice, starring Ryan O'Neal and Omar Sharif; Grizzly, starring Christopher George (both out on DVD August 5th); A Summer Story, starring Susannah York (out g August 12th), the award-winning Australian drama Careful He Might Hear You (out on August 12th), Jack Hill's Sorceress, produced by Roger Corman (out on August 19th); The Girl in a Swing, starring Meg Tilly (out on DVD on August 19th); the acclaimed drama Friendly Fire, starring Carol Burnett, and the 1982 TV movie version of The Elephant Man (both streeting on DVD on August 26th)

"Green Ice"(1981)

Director: Ernest Day

Cast: Ryan O'Neal, Anne Archer, Omar Sharif, John Larroquette

In the Andes mountains a group of archaeologists are murdered after they discover uncut emeralds. Back in New York, Joseph Wiley (Ryan O'Neal, "Love Story") is down on his luck and runs off to Mexico where he meets Lilian Holbrook (Anne Archer, "Fatal Attraction"). The two are instantly attracted to each other, but Lilian is on her way to meet Meno Argenti (Omar Sharif, "Doctor Zhivago"), the man who intends to marry her. Wiley is mistakenly drawn into perilous adventure when a mysterious caller tells him to look at the samples - stolen emeralds. Lilian's sister is killed and, suspecting Argenti, Wiley and Lilian, in a bid to avenge her murder, plan a daring raid on Argenti's vault of emeralds - green ice. Also starring John Larroquette (TV's Night Court).

"Grizzly" (1976)

Director: William Girdler

Cast: Christopher George, Andre Prine, Richard Jackel, Joan McCall

When an eighteen-foot, two-thousand-pound grizzly bear starts mauling campers and hikers at a state park, a park ranger (Christopher George, "The Exterminator") springs into action. But the job is too big to tackle alone, so he enlists the aid of a naturalist (Richard Jaeckel, "The Dirty Dozen") and a helicopter pilot (Andrew Prine, "The Evil") to take this freak of nature down. Meanwhile, the giant grizzly, not content with picnic baskets, continues to kill indiscriminately, leaving pools of blood and piles of body parts in his wake. Can the ranger and his cronies end the grizzly's reign of terror without resorting to excessively extreme measures? This post-Jaws, nature-runs-rampant thriller was directed by William Girdler ("Day of the Animals"), and was a box office hit and the top-grossing independent film of 1976.

"A Summer Story" (1988)

Director: Piers Haggard

Cast: James Wilby, Susannah York, Jerome Flynn

A country girl has a brief, life-shattering moment when she falls for a young lawyer. Adapted from John Galsworthy'sThe Apple Tree, the film tells of the relationship between a young London lawyer, Frank Ashton (James Wilby,"Handful of Dust") and Megan David (Imogen Stubbs, "True Colors"), the innocent girl who helps him during his recovery from a twisted ankle at the farm where she lives. The attraction between the two is overpowering; they make love in the farm hayloft and vow never to be parted. But Frank goes to Torquay where he meets an old schoolfriend and his lovely sister Stella (Sophie Ward). Thus, Frank's plans become muddled and Megan comes looking for him. A Summer Story of young love. Also starring Susannah York (Tom Jones) and Jerome Flynn (TV's Game of Thrones).

"Careful, He Might Hear You" (1983)

Director: Carl Schultz

Cast: Wendy Hughes, Robyn Nevin, Nicholas Gledhill

Winner of 8 Australian Film Institute Awards - Nominated for 5 more - National Board of Reviews: Winner (Top 10 Films)

Set in Australia in the 1930s, this drama stars Nicholas Gledhill as P.S., a six-year old boy who lives with his Aunt Lila (Robyn Nevin, "The Matrix Reloaded," "The Matrix Revolutions") and Uncle George (Peter Whitford, "Strictly Ballroom"). P.S.'s mother died in childbirth, so her sister Lila took him in, and while George and Lila don't have much money, they always done the best they could to the give the boy a good home. One day, Lila's older sister, Venessa (Wendy Hughes, "My Brilliant Career") arrives from a trip around the world; Vanessa is quiet wealthy, and upon her return to Australia, she expresses interest in taking custody of the child. Lila is willing to let the boy meet his aunt, but decides to fight her in court when she decides that she wants the boy full time. The case becomes more complicated by the arrival of the boy's long-absent father, Logan (John Hargreaves, "Emerald City"), an alcoholic who loves his son, but is incapable of caring for him. Careful He Might Hear You won 8 Australian Film Institute Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actress (Hughes) and Best Supporting Actor (Hargreaves).

"Sorceress" (1982)

Director: Jack Hill

Cast: Leigh Harris, Lynette Harris, David Millbern

From legendary producer Roger Corman ("Bloody Mama") comes the box office hit of 1982, "Sorceress." When an evil Wizard Traigon makes a pact with the dark forces to sacrifice his first born to his God Caligara to gain the highest degree of power, but things get complicated when his gives birth to twin. Having knowledge of her husband's plan she runs away and her two daughters grow up to be beautiful warriors played by playboy playmates Leigh and Lynette Harris. After the death of their mother and adopted families at the hands of Traigon and his army, the twins blessed with the forces of light and strength given to them by the magical warrior Krona, join forces with Baldar the Viking and Erlik the Barbarian to take down Traigon and avenge their mother's death. Standing in their way is all sorts of Traigon's minions, from an army of ape man to undead zombies which leads us to a climax in an all out battle between good and evil! Now watch this cult classic, not only from a brand new HD master, but from a previously never-before-seen longer version!

"The Girl in a Swing" (1988)

Director: Gordon Hessler

Cast: Meg Tilly, Rupert Frazer, Nicholas Le Prevost, Elspet Gray

A London art broker (Rupert Frazer, "Empire of the Sun") goes to Copenhagen where he requires the services of a secretary fluent in Danish, English, and German. He falls deeply in love with the woman (Meg Tilly, "The Big Chill"), despite the fact that he knows virtually nothing about her. She insists on not being married in a church, and after they are married, some bad things from her past begin surfacing in subtly supernatural ways, and he must find the best way to deal with them without destroying their relationship. Based on the best selling novel by Richard Adams ("Watership Down") and directed by horror specialist Gordon Hessler ("Cry of the Banshee," "The Oblong Box").

 "Friendly Fire" (1979 TV Movie)

Director: David Greene

Cast: Carol Burnett, Ned Beatty, Sam Waterston, Timothy Hutton, David Keith

 The true story of Peg (Carol Burnett, "The Four Seasons") and Gene Mullen (Ned

Beatty, "Deliverance") who pursue the truth over their son's death in Vietnam. After their son is killed in Vietnam the couple's on-going inquiries eventually establish he was killed by 'artillery fire from friendly forces'. This beautifully orchestrated, harrowing story, assembled with uncommon sensitivity, is one of the most dramatic works ever made about the Vietnam War. Directed by David Greene ("Hard Country") and based on the novel by C.D.B. Bryan ("So Much Unfairness of Things") The wonderful cast includes Sam Waterston ("The Killing Fields"), Timothy Hutton ("Ordinary People") and David Keith ("An Officer and a Gentleman"). Winner of 4 Emmy Award® including Best Director and nominated for 3 more including Best Actor and Best Actress. 1980 Peabody Award Winner and DGA nominee foe Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Specials or Movies Made for TV.

"The Elephant Man " (1982 TV Movie )

Director: Jack Hofsiss

Cast: Philip Anglim, Kevin Conwak, Glenn Clsoe 

The story of John Merrick (Philip Anglim), The Elephant Man, and of his triumph over his terrible affliction. It is a story of life and the affirmation of life; timeless, tragic, uplifting and heroic; an exultation of the humanity of a man trapped inside the twisted, lesion-ridden grip of a terminally disfiguring disease. We see John Merrick as a man with many admirers, beginning with the witty and beautiful actress, Mrs. Kendal (Penny Fuller), who, so taken with Merrick, brought a who's who of English society to visit him regularly. The stellar cast includes Glenn Close as Princess Alexandra and Kevin Conway. Directed by DGA nominee Jack Hofsiss (1984 TV Movie, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof). Winner of 1 Emmy Award® for Best Supporting Actress (Fuller) and nominated for 3 more including Best Actor, Philip Anglim who also received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Mini-Series or Made for TV Motion Picture.
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James McAvoy Set To Play Macbeth On The London Stage

James McAvoy, the star of such films as Wanted. The Last King Of Scotland, X-men: First Class and the upcoming Welcome To The Punch, is set to make his first appearance on the London stage since 2009 in a new West End production of MacBeth, according to an official press release today.

The production will run at Trafalgar Studios from 9 February until 27 April, 2013, and the difference with this adaptation of the Shakespeare work,is that ‘the action will play out in a dystopian Scotland brutalised by war. Under a toxic fog, Macbeth begins his tormented struggle for power fuelled by ambition and paranoia.’

Tickets are on sale now at www.macbethwestend.com. Here’s the full release.

BAFTA winning and Golden Globe nominated actor James McAvoy (The Last King of Scotland, Atonement, X-Men) will star in Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Jamie Lloyd’s (Donmar’s Passion, Broadway’s Cyrano de Bergerac, the
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Cranford: Return to Cranford - DVD Review

The Industrial Revolution and the Railroad are moving closer to the village of Cranford. In this second series Miss Matty, Miss Pole and the other ladies of Cranford are not convinced that all this modernization is a good thing. In Return to Cranford there are many of the characters that viewers loved in the first series, as well as new people whose stories become part of the village.s daily fare of gossip. This superbly crafted production with a splendid cast belongs in the collections of those who enjoy period stories and quality viewing. As Return to Cranford opens, Miss Matty.s (Dame Judi Dench) brother Peter (Nicholas Le Prevost) has returned home after having made his fortune in
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Knightley Picks Unrewarding Play for London Debut

London – Keira Knightley has chosen well for her West End stage debut as a spoiled young movie star who is the center of attention in Martin Crimp's rhymed update of Moliere's "The Misanthrope."She gets to look fabulous and also deliver some withering observations and insults to the sycophantic friends who surround her character, much to the annoyance of her disillusioned older lover (Damian Lewis). The play runs through March 13 at the Comedy Theater.Lewis is Alceste, a playwright whose general demeanor fits the title of the play. "Call it insanity, but I take issue with all of humanity," he says. Angry and impatient, Alceste despises the flunkies who hang around Jennifer (Knightley), whom he adores and wishes to take away from her shallow showbiz world.The setting is a fancy London hotel room where Jennifer entertains assorted visitors including actor Julian (Chuk Iwuji) and agent Alexander (Nicholas Le Prevost
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Knightley picks unrewarding play for London debut

Keira Knightley has chosen well for her West End stage debut as a spoiled young movie star who is the center of attention in Martin Crimp's rhymed update of Moliere's "The Misanthrope."She gets to look fabulous and also deliver some withering observations and insults to the sycophantic friends who surround her character, much to the annoyance of her disillusioned older lover (Damian Lewis). The play runs through March 13 at the Comedy Theater.Lewis is Alceste, a playwright whose general demeanor fits the title of the play. "Call it insanity, but I take issue with all of humanity," he says. Angry and impatient, Alceste despises the flunkies who hang around Jennifer (Knightley), whom he adores and wishes to take away from her shallow showbiz world.The setting is a fancy London hotel room where Jennifer entertains assorted visitors including actor Julian (Chuk Iwuji) and agent
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Casting Complete for Knightley-Led The Misanthrope in West End, Opens December 7

Full casting has been announced for the upcoming production of The Misanthrope, which is set to open on the West End with previews beginning December 7th. As previously announced, the cast will include Tara Fitzgerald, Keira Knightley, Damian Lewis, Tim McMullan, and Dominic Rowan. Joining the cast will be Chuk Iwuji, Kelly Price, and Nicholas Le Prevost. Directed by Thea Sharrock, the play opens at the Comedy Theatre on December 17.
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Photo Flash: The Last Cigarette Transfers To The West End

Richard Eyre's production of The Last Cigarette, adapted by Hugh Whitemore and Simon Gray from Gray's critically acclaimed The Smoking Diaries, is to transfer to the West End having previously opened the 2009 season at the Chichester Festival Theatre. Starring Felicity Kendal, Nicholas Le Prevost and Jasper Britton, who all perform as Simon Gray, The Last Cigarette will run at Trafalgar Studios from 21 April - 1 August, with opening night 28 April 2009. Designs are by Rob Howell with lighting and projection by John Driscoll and music by George Fenton.
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Full Cast Announced For Psychoville

Yes, all you observant folk have already recognized the men in the picture as being three quarters of the brilliant League of Gentlemen but, alas, I’ll have to ask you to ignore the tall man in the middle because Mark Gatiss in not involved in what I’m about to talk about. Too busy writing novels and other shows, I suppose ... anyway ...

Two of the founding members of the League - Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith - have been hard at work on a new show for BBC2 for a good while now. Titled Psychoville it’s finally ready to go into production and they’ve just announced the full cast: Dawn French, Christopher Biggins, Dame Eileen Atkins and Nicholas Le Prevost will be joining the two former League-ers. French should need no introduction, really, as is the case for anyone with ‘Dame’ in front of their name, while
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