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Nothing Like a Dame review – an actor’s life for the famous four

Eileen Atkins, Judi Dench, Joan Plowright and Maggie Smith take a trip down memory lane in this enjoyable documentary

It’s a gloriously simple idea. Put four old friends, all of them stars of stage and screen, all of them dames, together, and let them reminisce as the cameras roll. Even so, director Roger Michell could hardly have anticipated the wealth of treasurable anecdotes that would result when dames Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Eileen Atkins and Joan Plowright got together over a wet weekend in the country. Stories of errant landladies on the rep circuit, confidences about respective husbands and delicious hints of impropriety, are cut together with diligently researched archive material from four remarkable careers. It’s wonderfully entertaining and celebratory stuff, enlivened particularly by Smith’s deadpan comic timing and Dench’s fondness for swearing like a trawlerman.
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Kew Media Beefs Up Non-Fiction Slate With Six Movies Including Judi Dench Doc ‘Nothing Like A Dame’

Kew Media Group has picked up international rights to six non-fiction films for Cannes including documentary Nothing Like A Dame, about the lives and careers of Brit actresses Eileen Atkins, Judi Dench, Joan Plowright and Maggie Smith. Directed by Roger Michell (Notting Hill) and produced by Sally Angel (Night Will Fall) and Karen Steyn (Looking For Audrey), executive producers are Sally Angel and Debbie Manners for Field Day and Anthony Wall for the BBC. Also new to the…
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Nothing Like a Dame review – Judi Dench and Maggie Smith trade brutal banter

Dench, Smith, Eileen Atkins and Joan Plowright engage in a round-table war of theatrical anecdotes in this outrageously funny film

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The laughter and pure hysteria are infectious in this wildly enjoyable film. I can’t for the life of me think of any other recent documentary in which I have laughed pretty much all the way through. It is nothing more nor less than an acerbic round-table chat between four of British theatre’s most famed dames: Judi Dench, Joan Plowright, Eileen Atkins and Maggie Smith, which takes place at the country home Plowright shared with her late husband, Laurence Olivier (I seem to remember it being the site of Melvyn Bragg’s South Bank Show special on Olivier in the 80s).

This is basically an Avengers: Infinity War of theatrical anecdotery: outrageously camp, with
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The Marisa Tomei Oscars Conspiracy That's Fascinated Hollywood For Decades

For anyone who watched the Academy Awards last year, the jaw-dropping best picture mix-up for La La Land and Moonlight might have brought to mind a long-circulated Oscars conspiracy regarding Marisa Tomei. Although the two events aren't exactly alike, it's no wonder connections between the 2017 ceremony and a moment at the awards all the way back in 1993 are being drawn. At the 65th Annual Academy Awards, Tomei took the stage to accept the Oscar for best supporting actress from presenter Jack Palance thanks to her work in My Cousin Vinny. Elated and giggly, she celebrated other Hollywood actresses in her speech, profusely thanked costar Joe Pesci, proceeded to the press room to take photos with best supporting actor winner Gene Hackman, and that was that. Except, it wasn't; what should have been a purely celebratory milestone in her career ended up turning into one of Hollywood's oldest and most interesting award season rumors.
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Plowright, Dench, Smith To Reflect In BBC’s ‘Nothing Like A Dame’; Fremantle Buys Oz’s Easy Tiger – Global Briefs

As part of a new series of arts programming, the BBC has set a one-off program of insights and revelations from Joan Plowright, Judi Dench, Maggie Smith and Eileen Atkins. The four old friends will reflect on their lives and careers in BBC Two's Nothing Like A Dame, directed by Roger Michell, as they spend a weekend together at the retreat once shared by Plowright and Laurence Olivier. The channel will also celebrate the world of Harry Potter on its 20th anniversary…
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Judi Dench and Maggie Smith to reflect on lives in new BBC arts output

Two actors will spend a weekend retreat together with fellow dames Eileen Atkins and Joan Plowright for new programme

Dames Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Eileen Atkins and Joan Plowright will reflect on their lives and careers in a new programme for BBC2.

The old friends will spend a weekend together reminiscing at a retreat once shared by Plowright and Laurence Olivier for a one-off programme directed by the Notting Hill filmmaker Roger Mitchell.

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Oscars 2017: 'Moonlight,' Warren Beatty and the Perfect Hollywood Ending

Oscars 2017: 'Moonlight,' Warren Beatty and the Perfect Hollywood Ending
Forget it, Jake – it's La La Land.

No wait, sorry, there's been a mistake. it's Moonlight! Our bad.

What a glorious only-in-Hollywood fiasco, and what a sublimely insane ending to an Oscar night for the ages. It was just like the end of Bonnie and Clyde: Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway bask in each others' glow, there's suddenly an awkward silence, they share a moment of doomed erotic eye contact ... and then oh, the carnage. The only thing missing was some sad banjo music. The Best Picture screw-up was
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Dan Ireland, ‘Whole Wide World’ Director Who Co-Founded Seattle Film Festival, Dies at 57

Dan Ireland, ‘Whole Wide World’ Director Who Co-Founded Seattle Film Festival, Dies at 57
Dan Ireland, who co-founded the Seattle Film Festival, served as an acquisitions exec at Vestron Pictures and directed films including “The Whole Wide World” (1996) and “Jolene” (2008), starring Jessica Chastain, has died Thursday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 57.

Chastain tweeted in memory of him.

“The sweetest angel left us. Called his voicemail just to hear his voice once more. I’ll miss you baby,” she wrote.

The sweetest angel left us. Called his voicemail just to hear his voice once more. I'll miss you baby. #DanIreland #Jolene

Jessica Chastain (@jes_chastain) April 15, 2016

The Whole Wide World,” starring a young Vincent D’Onofrio and Renée Zellweger, was a biopic of Texas-born pulp fiction writer Robert E. Howard, who created Conan the Barbarian in the early years of the 20th century, and the woman in his life, played by Zellweger (the film was her movie debut).

Ireland was nominated for
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Ian McKellen on Modeling His Career After Laurence Olivier’s

Ian McKellen on Modeling His Career After Laurence Olivier’s
Ian McKellen stars in “Mr. Holmes,” which bowed Nov. 9 on DVD and Blu-ray. He reunites with writer-director Bill Condon after “Gods and Monsters,” where the actor earned the first of his two Oscar nominations. McKellen was first mentioned in Variety on Nov. 4, 1964, in a review of James Saunders’ play “A Scent of Flowers.”

That was your West End debut?

Yes. I had left university in 1961. In those days, every sizable town in the country had a permanent repertory company, which would do a new play every two to four weeks. I was in a series of those companies. One had to do that in those days: You couldn’t join Equity until you’d done 44 weeks’ work. And until you had your full card, you couldn’t work in the West End, or do film or TV. Finally, I got my full Equity card, No. 42015. It was the proudest day of my life.
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Stage Tube: On This Day for 10/16/15- Angela Lansbury

Happy Birthday Angela Lansbury Lansbury - who returned to Broadway in this year's revival of The Best Man - has enjoyed an unprecedented career, first as a star of motion pictures, and then as an award-winning stage actor in New York and London. She appeared as Madame Armfeldt in the 2009 revival of A Little Night Music, and before that as Madame Arcati in the 2009 revival of Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit, for which she won her fifth Tony Award, as well as Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards. She performed in 2006 in Terrence McNally's Deuce, for which she was also nominated for a Tony Award. She made her Broadway debut in 1957 as Bert Lahr's wife in Hotel Paradiso. In 1960, she returned to Broadway as Joan Plowright's mother in the season's most acclaimed drama, A Taste of Honey, by Shelagh Delaney. A year later, she starred in her first musical,
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Pierce Brosnan: The Hollywood Flashback Interview

I interviewed Pierce Brosnan in conjunction with his third outing as James Bond, in Michael Apted's The World Is Not Enough, in 1999. Brosnan was alternately charming, erudite, thoughtful and intense during our two hour chat. His native intelligence shone through it all, as did a sense of decency which many people seem to acquire after enduring and surviving hardship in their formative years.

Bonding With Brosnan

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Alex Simon

There are several dangers in becoming a cultural icon, not the least of which is the stigma that your public will forever keep you imprisoned in the mold of your iconography, allowing the recipient a privileged, if imprisoned, existence, particularly if that person is an artist. Sean Connery faced just such a dilemma during the height of James Bond-mania in the mid-60's. A serious actor, Connery desperately wanted to break out of the action hero mold that was British Superspy James Bond,
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John Osborne on Film: The Entertainer

Part I. Anger, Suez and Archie Rice

“There they are,” George Devine told John Osborne, surveying The Entertainer‘s opening night audience. “All waiting for you…Same old pack of c***s, fashionable assholes. Just more of them than usual.” The Royal Court had arrived: no longer outcasts, they were London’s main attraction.

Look Back in Anger vindicated Devine’s model of a writer’s-based theater. Osborne’s success attracted a host of dramatists to Sloane Square. There’s Shelagh Delaney, whose A Taste of Honey featured a working-class girl pregnant from an interracial dalliance; Harold Pinter’s The Room, a bizarre “comedy of menace”; and John Arden’s Serjeant Musgrave’s Dance, which aimed a Gatling gun at its audience. Devine encouraged them, however bold or experimental. “You always knew he was on the writer’s side,” Osborne said.

Peter O’Toole called the Royal Court actors “an
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Billie Whitelaw Of ‘The Omen’ & ‘The Krays’, Beckett Muse Is Dead At 82

Billie Whitelaw Of ‘The Omen’ & ‘The Krays’, Beckett Muse Is Dead At 82
Update Tuesday, 7:00 a.m. with more information, below:

Stage, screen and radio actress Billie Whitelaw was perhaps best known to international audiences for her role as Mrs. Baylock in 1976 horror film The Omen, but she had a versatile career at home in the UK where she was a muse to Samuel Beckett and won BAFTAs for her film and television work. Whitelaw died on Sunday at a London nursing home, her son told the BBC. She was 82. Among her many big-screen credits, which stretch back to 1953, are 1967’s Charlie Bubbles with Albert Finney; 1968’s The Twisted Nerve with Hayley Mills; Alfred Hitchcock’s 1972’s Frenzy; The Omen; 1988’s The Dressmaker with Joan Plowright and Pete Postlethwaite; Peter Medak’s classic biopic The Krays in 1990; and more recently, Edgar Wright’s 2007 Hot Fuzz with Simon Pegg.

Whitelaw was born in 1932 and made her radio acting debut at age 11, per the BBC.
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2015 Golden Globes: Double Trouble! Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo and Bill Murray Score Twice

2015 Golden Globes: Double Trouble! Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo and Bill Murray Score Twice
While Jennifer Aniston, Steve Carell, Viola Davis and Martin Freeman are among the stars celebrating their well-deserved Golden Globe nominations on Thursday morning, we would like to raise our proverbial glass to these double nominees.

Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo and Bill Murray each scored a pair of acting noms this year, giving them each a shot at the rare double Globes win. Once more: for Murray and Ruffalo, the nominations mark each actor’s excellence on screens both big and small.

Pics: All the 2015 Golden Globes Nominees

Ruffalo, 47, is up for Best Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television for his role in HBO's The Normal Heart, as well as Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama, for Foxcatcher. The news comes just one day after Ruffalo was nominated in the same categories for the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Meanwhile, Murray is being recognized in the Best Actor in a Motion Picture
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Stage Tube: On This Day 10/16- Angela Lansbury

Happy Birthday Angela Lansbury Lansbury - who returned to Broadway in this year's revival of The Best Man - has enjoyed an unprecedented career, first as a star of motion pictures, and then as an award-winning stage actor in New York and London. She appeared as Madame Armfeldt in the 2009 revival of A Little Night Music, and before that as Madame Arcati in the 2009 revival of Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit, for which she won her fifth Tony Award, as well as Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards. She performed in 2006 in Terrence McNally's Deuce, for which she was also nominated for a Tony Award. She made her Broadway debut in 1957 as Bert Lahr's wife in Hotel Paradiso. In 1960, she returned to Broadway as Joan Plowright's mother in the season's most acclaimed drama, A Taste of Honey, by Shelagh Delaney. A year later, she starred in her first musical,
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Richard Broke obituary

Film and TV producer behind such politically controversial BBC dramas as The Monocled Mutineer and Tumbledown

Richard Broke, who has died aged 70, not only produced and script-edited some of the most significant and politically controversial television dramas; he did so from a wheelchair, after being injured in a car crash in his 20s, and became a fierce campaigner for better access in public places, particularly in the theatre, one of his great loves.

As a young assistant stage manager, before his accident, he helped Laurence Olivier launch the first Chichester Festival theatre season. The stellar cast included Olivier himself, Joan Plowright, Michael Redgrave, Sybil Thorndyke, André Morell, Lewis Casson, Joan Greenwood, John Neville and Keith Michell. One of his treasured possessions was the 1962 programme of Uncle Vanya, signed by them all.

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Director Paul Feig picks his favorite underrated films

Director Paul Feig picks his favorite underrated films
Paul Feig went from creating ’90s cult favorite Freaks and Geeks to directing 2011′s comedy hit Bridesmaids, but between those, he directed 2003′s little-known drama I Am David – which he’s still proud of to this day. See what the director had to say about that film, along with his other picks for favorite underrated movies:

Loves of a Blonde

“This first feature film from Amadeus director Milos Forman is the funny and bittersweet tale of a pretty teenage girl living in Communist Czechoslovakia trying desperately to find anything to lift her out of her bleak everyday life. Filled with funny,
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Jerome Willis obituary

Actor known for his Shakespearean roles, but who also appeared on TV and in films including Winstanley and Orlando

Jerome Willis, who has died at the age of 85, was an actor who might have described himself, without bitterness, as an "attendant lord". He was a natural Shakespearean, in possession of a strong physique and the ability to speak verse with enviable confidence. In a distinguished career spanning almost 60 years, he brought to every part he undertook a perceptive intelligence that illuminated even the smallest cameo. He also became a familiar face on television from 1974 to 1978 as Charles Radley, the deputy governor of Stone Park prison in Within These Walls, with Googie Withers as his boss.

Jerome began his career as a disc jockey, newsreader and actor by turns, posted to Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) in 1946 for his national service in the Raf and serving in communications for the Ceylonese station Radio Seac.
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Angela Lansbury: return of a star who shines ever brighter | Observer profile

After 40 years, the British-born actress who conquered Hollywood and starred in TV's Murder, She Wrote is back on the West End stage. As she approaches her 90s, she's in her theatrical prime

In the play Blithe Spirit, the wildly eccentric and chaotic clairvoyant Madame Arcati, Noël Coward's most colourful creation, announces that "time is the reef upon which all our frail mystic ships are wrecked".

No aphorism has ever applied less than this does to the actress now about to don the headscarves and bangles to play Arcati in the West End at the age of 88. Dame Angela Lansbury, ennobled earlier this month, has defied the laws of nature by becoming more theatrically prolific as her years have advanced. In 2007, she was Tony award-nominated for her role in a new Terrence McNally play, Deuce, on Broadway; in 2010, she was nominated again for a revival of Sondheim's A Little Night Music; and then,
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Watch: Billy Eichner And Amy Poehler Assault New Yorkers With Christmas Cheer

Billy Eichner, the crown prince of random hollering (and the only openly gay nominee for Best Game Show Host in Emmy history), and Amy Poehler, the Golden Globe-hosting queen of almost everything else, joined forces for something spectacular: a round of Christmas caroling that brutalized the citizens of New York.

It’s for the new season of Billy on the Street on Fuse, which features a number of celebrity cameos including Lindsay Lohan and Lena Dunham.

I say it all the time, but Billy’s gonzo humor remains a breath of fresh air and a one-of-a-kind head rush. You can also tell he’s really, really smart. He claims to be an enormous Meryl Streep fan but I bet his true passion for is an actress who’s a little less that universally admired. I hope he comes out as a Judy Davis/Joan Plowright/Samantha Morton superfan sometime soon.
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