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Bww Review: Austin Pendleton Directs N.C. Hunter Rarity A Day By The Sea With Deft Delicacy

Though his name is scarcely remembered on American shores, N.C. Hunter was one of the more popular English playwrights during the 1950s. His genteel dramas would feature such distinguished cast members as John Gielgud, Sybil Thorndike, Ingrid Bergman, Ralph Richardson, Vanessa Redgrave and Michael Redgrave, but his work fell out of favor with the rise of Britain's 'angry young men' playwrights.
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London Stage Star and Olivier Henry V Leading Lady Asherson Dead at Age 99

'Henry V' Movie Actress Renée Asherson dead at 99: Laurence Olivier leading lady in acclaimed 1944 film (image: Renée Asherson and Laurence Olivier in 'Henry V') Renée Asherson, a British stage actress featured in London productions of A Streetcar Named Desire and Three Sisters, but best known internationally as Laurence Olivier's leading lady in the 1944 film version of Henry V, died on October 30, 2014. Asherson was 99 years old. The exact cause of death hasn't been specified. She was born Dorothy Renée Ascherson (she would drop the "c" some time after becoming an actress) on May 19, 1915, in Kensington, London, to Jewish parents: businessman Charles Ascherson and his second wife, Dorothy Wiseman -- both of whom narrowly escaped spending their honeymoon aboard the Titanic. (Ascherson cancelled the voyage after suffering an attack of appendicitis.) According to Michael Coveney's The Guardian obit for the actress, Renée Asherson was "scantly
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Milo O'Shea obituary

Irish stage and screen character actor who appeared in Barbarella, The Verdict and the BBC's 1969 sitcom Me Mammy

For a performer of such fame and versatility, the distinguished Irish character actor Milo O'Shea, who has died aged 86, is not associated with any role in particular, or indeed any clutch of them. He was chiefly associated with his own expressive dark eyes, bushy eyebrows, outstanding mimetic talents and distinctive Dublin brogue.

His impish presence irradiated countless fine movies – including Joseph Strick's Ulysses (1967), Roger Vadim's Barbarella (1968) and Sidney Lumet's The Verdict (1982) – and many top-drawer American television series, from Cheers, The Golden Girls and Frasier, right through to The West Wing (2003-04), in which he played the chief justice Roy Ashland.

He had settled in New York in 1976 with his second wife, Kitty Sullivan, in order to be equidistant from his own main bases of operation, Hollywood and London. The
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Milo O'Shea obituary

Irish stage and screen character actor who appeared in Barbarella, The Verdict and the BBC's 1969 sitcom Me Mammy

For a performer of such fame and versatility, the distinguished Irish character actor Milo O'Shea, who has died aged 86, is not associated with any role in particular, or indeed any clutch of them. He was chiefly associated with his own expressive dark eyes, bushy eyebrows, outstanding mimetic talents and distinctive Dublin brogue.

His impish presence irradiated countless fine movies – including Joseph Strick's Ulysses (1967), Roger Vadim's Barbarella (1968) and Sidney Lumet's The Verdict (1982) – and many top-drawer American television series, from Cheers, The Golden Girls and Frasier, right through to The West Wing (2003-04), in which he played the chief justice Roy Ashland.

He had settled in New York in 1976 with his second wife, Kitty Sullivan, in order to be equidistant from his own main bases of operation, Hollywood and London. The
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Sylvia Syms: 'I'd like a really evil part'

The 78-year-old Britsh actor, whose 1957 film Woman in a Dressing Gown is being re-released, talks about her rebellious past, why she's not dame material – and what she'd love to do next

Sylvia Syms sits in her lovely flat in west London explaining how she avoided being treated as a piece of meat in the 1950s. There was an "assumption that because you were blond and an actress, you were available," she says. Determined not to be "pretty, available and treated like shit", she took inspiration from Dame Sybil Thorndike.

"I thought, that's what I want," says Syms, who seems to have worked with every British screen legend – from Dirk Bogarde to Michael Caine – during her seven decades in film, TV and theatre. "I want to go on working when I'm an old lady and have that kind of jolliness and respect, which she had. She was just incredible."

Syms turns on me like a hawk.
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Blu-ray Review: Middling ‘My Week with Marilyn’ Bolstered by Top-Notch Cast

Chicago – Last year’s slate of Best Actress Oscar-nominees was among the weakest in recent memory. There was no clear front-runner since there was no picture worthy of the exemplary actress at its core. From Meryl Streep in “The Iron Lady” to Glenn Close in “Albert Nobbs,” 2011 deserves to be remembered as the year of great female performances trapped in subpar material.

Perhaps the most frustrating misuse of talent is contained within TV veteran Simon Curtis’s feature debut, “My Week with Marilyn,” an adaptation of a memoir written by Colin Clark, who served as Third Assistant Director on the set of 1956’s unremarkable romance, “The Prince and the Showgirl.” The film was most famous for teaming up the unlikely duo of Sir Laurence Olivier and Marilyn Monroe, who would subsequently go on to deliver some of the most acclaimed work of their careers.

Blu-ray Rating: 3.0/5.0

The unsatisfactory premise of
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My Week With Marilyn Blu-ray Review: Unique Insight Into Hollywood’s Best Loved Icon

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

It’s been 50 years since the tragic death of Hollywood’s most tortured star, Marilyn Monroe, but her legacy lives on and her legend remains as popular today as when she was alive. My Week With Marilyn – released this week on Blu-ray and DVD – offers a tender and intriguing glimpse at the woman behind the façade. Read on for our review…

In the early summer of 1956, 23 year-old Colin Clark (Eddie Redmayne), just down from Oxford and determined to make his way in the film business, worked as a lowly assistant on the set of ‘The Prince and the Showgirl’. The film that famously united Sir Laurence Olivier (Kenneth Branagh) and Marilyn Monroe (Michelle Williams), who was also on honeymoon with her new husband, the playwright Arthur Miller (Dougary Scott). Nearly 40 years on, his diary account The Prince, the Showgirl and Me was published, but one week
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My Week with Marilyn Blu-ray and DVD Debuts March 13th

My Week with Marilyn Blu-ray and DVD Debuts March 13th
Anchor Bay Entertainment and The Weinstein Company announced today the Blu-ray and DVD release of the "warm, wonderful and enchanting" (Rex Reed, The New York Observer) film, My Week with Marilyn, starring three-time Academy Award nominee Michelle Williams (Blue Valentine), who is "flawless, brilliant and exhilarating" (Bruce Handy, Vanity Fair) in the iconic title role. Based on Colin Clark's memoir, My Week with Marilyn also stars Academy Award nominee Kenneth Branagh (Hamlet) as Sir Laurence Olivier, Tony Award winner Eddie Redmayne (The Good Shepherd) as Clark, and Academy Award winner Judi Dench (Shakespeare in Love) as Dame Sybil Thorndike.

The film's principal cast is joined by Dominic Cooper (An Education), Emmy Award winner Julia Ormond (Temple Grandin) as Vivien Leigh, Zo&#235 Wanamaker (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone), Emma Watson (Harry Potter series), Dougray Scott (Mission: Impossible 2) as Arthur Miller, Toby Jones (Frost/Nixon), and Derek Jacobi (The King's Speech
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Kristen Wiig, Michelle Williams, Busy Philipps Photo: SAG Awards 2012

Kristen Wiig, Busy Philipps, Michelle Williams Kristen Wiig, Busy Philipps, and Michelle Williams (Albert Nobb' SAG Award nominee Janet McTeer can be spotted in the background) arrive at the 18th Screen Actors Guild Awards. The SAG Awards ceremony was broadcast on TNT/TBS directly from the Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2012, in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage.) Kristen Wiig was a 2012 SAG Award nominee as a cast member of Paul Feig's sleeper hit Bridesmaids, along with veteran Jill Clayburgh (La Luna, Starting Over, It's My Turn, An Unmarried Woman), plus Rose Byrne, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Matt Lucas, Melissa McCarthy, Chris O'Dowd, Maya Rudolph, and Ellie Kemper. Michelle Williams, for her part, was nominated as Best Actress in a Motion Picture for her performance as Marilyn Monroe in Simon Curtis' My Week with Marilyn, co-starring BAFTA Orange Rising Star nominee Eddie Redmayne and Kenneth Branagh as Laurence Olivier,
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Michelle Williams Photo: SAG Awards 2012

Michelle Williams Actress Michelle Williams arrives at the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards broadcast on TNT/TBS from the Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2012, in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage.) Michelle Williams was nominated for the SAG Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture for her performance as Marilyn Monroe in Simon Curtis' My Week with Marilyn, co-starring BAFTA Orange Rising Star nominee Eddie Redmayne and Kenneth Branagh as Laurence Olivier. My Week with Marilyn is set during the making of Olivier's The Prince and the Showgirl (1957). The cast also includes Julia Ormond as Vivien Leigh, Judi Dench as Sybil Thorndike, Dominic Cooper, Pip Torrens, Dougray Scott, Geraldine Somerville, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2's Emma Watson. Williams SAG Awards competition consisted of Meryl Streep in Phyllida Lloyd's The Iron Lady, Glenn Close in Rodrigo García's Albert Nobbs, Tilda Swinton
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Kenneth Branagh Photo: London Film Critics Awards 2012

Kenneth Branagh Kenneth Branagh was the London Film Critics' Supporting Actor of the Year for his performance as Laurence Olivier in Simon Curtis' My Week with Marilyn. Co-starring Actress of the Year nominee Michelle Williams and Eddie Redmayne, the film is set during the time Marilyn Monroe (Williams) was in England co-starring with Olivier in The Prince and the Showgirl. Also in the My Week with Marilyn cast are Judi Dench as Sybil Thorndike and Julia Ormond as Vivien Leigh. [Full list of London Film Critics winners.] Kenneth Branagh's competition was composed of Simon Russell Beale for Terence Davies' The Deep Blue Sea, Albert Brooks for Nicolas Winding Refn's Drive, Christopher Plummer for Mike Mills' Beginners, and Michael Smiley for Ben Wheatley's Kill List. Last Sunday, the veteran Plummer (The Sound of Music, The Man Who Would be King) was the Golden Globe winner in the Best Supporting Actor category. Kenneth Branagh
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Michelle Williams Photo: Golden Globes 2012

Michelle Williams Actress Michelle Williams poses backstage after winning the Golden Globe in the category of Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical for her work in Simon Curtis' My Week With Marilyn. In the above photo, Williams is seen in the press room with her Golden Globe Award at the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA, on Sunday, January 15, 2012. In My Week with Marilyn, Williams plays Marilyn Monroe during the making of Laurence Olivier's The Prince and the Showgirl. The cast also includes BAFTA Orange Rising Star nominee Eddie Redmayne, Kenneth Branagh (as Laurence Olivier), Julia Ormond (as Vivien Leigh), and Judi Dench (as Sybil Thorndike). Others in the cast are Dominic Cooper, Emma Watson, Pip Torrens, Dougray Scott, and Geraldine Somerville. Michelle Williams' competition in the Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical category
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BAFTA Nominations 2012

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The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has announced its nominations for the awards it'll be presenting on February 12.

Best Film

The Artist

The Descendants

Drive

The Help

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Outstanding British Film

My Week with Marilyn

Senna

Shame

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

We Need to Talk About Kevin

Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer

Attack the Block - Joe Cornish (Director/Writer)

Black Pond - Will Sharpe (Director/Writer), Tom Kingsley (Director), Sarah Brocklehurst (Producer)

Coriolanus - Ralph Fiennes (Director)

Submarine - Richard Ayoade (Director/Writer)

Tyrannosaur - Paddy Considine (Director), Diarmid Scrimshaw (Producer)

Director

The Artist - Michel Hazanavicius

Drive - Nicolas Winding Refn

Hugo - Martin Scorsese

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy - Tomas Alfredson

We Need to Talk About Kevin - Lynne Ramsay

Documentary

George Harrison: Living in the Material World

Project Nim

Senna

Original Screenplay

The Artist - Michel Hazanavicius

Bridesmaids - Annie Mumolo,
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Baftas 2012 shortlist: the full list of nominations

The complete list of nominations for this year's British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards

Best Film

The Artist

The Descendants

Drive

The Help

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Film Not in the English Language

Incendies

Pina

Potiche

A Separation

The Skin I Live In

Outstanding British Film

My Week with Marilyn

Senna

Shame

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

We Need to Talk About Kevin

Director

The Artist - Michel Hazanavicius

Drive - Nicolas Winding Refn

Hugo - Martin Scorsese

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy - Tomas Alfredson

We Need to Talk About Kevin - Lynne Ramsay

Original Screenplay

The Artist

Bridesmaids

The Guard

The Iron Lady

Midnight in Paris

Adapted Screenplay

The Descendants

The Help

The Ides of March

Moneyball

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Cinematography

The Artist

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Hugo

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

War Horse

Editing

The Artist

Drive

Hugo

Senna

Tinker Tailor Solider Spy

Production
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Baftas 2012 shortlist - live!

Join us from 7.40am when we'll be liveblogging the nominations in the second round of voting for this year's British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards

7.40am:

Tim Curry is teeing things up …

We're going to star those longlist contenders that make the shortlist:

Best Film

The Artist

The Descendants

Drive

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

The Help

Hugo

The Ides of March

The Iron Lady

Midnight in Paris

Moneyball

My Week with Marilyn

Senna

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

War Horse

We Need to Talk About Kevin

Film Not in the English Language

Extra Potiche 1

Abel

As If I Am Not There

The Boy Mir – Ten Years in Afghanistan

Calvet

Dhobi Ghat (Mumbai Diaries)

Incendies

Little White Lies

Pina

Post Mortem

Potiche

Le Quattro Volte

A Separation

The Skin I Live In

Tomboy

The Troll Hunter

Outstanding British Film

Attack The Block

Arthur Christmas

Attack the Block

Coriolanus
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Eddie Redmayne, Leonardo DiCaprio, Meryl Streep, Kristen Wiig: BAFTA Longlist Contenders

Eddie Redmayne in Simon Curtis' My Week with Marilyn The Artist, My Week With Marilyn, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Lead BAFTA Longlists Leading Actor Antonio Banderas (Robert Ledgard) – The Skin I Live In Brad Pitt (Billy Beane) – Moneyball* Brendan Gleeson (Gerry Boyle) – The Guard Daniel Craig (Mikael Blomkvist) – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Eddie Redmayne (Colin Clark) – My Week with Marilyn Gary Oldman (George Smiley) – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy* George Clooney (Matt King) – The Descendants* Jean Dujardin (George Valentin) – The Artist* Leonardo DiCaprio (J. Edgar Hoover) – J. Edgar Michael Fassbender (Brandon) – Shame* Owen Wilson (Gil) – Midnight in Paris Peter Mullan (Joseph) – Tyrannosaur Ralph Fiennes (Caius Martius Coriolanus) – Coriolanus Ryan Gosling (Driver) – Drive Ryan Gosling (Stephen Meyers) – The Ides of March Leading Actress Bérénice Bejo (Peppy Miller) – The Artist* Carey Mulligan (Sissy) – Shame Charlize Theron (Mavis Gary) – Young Adult Emma Stone (Skeeter Phelan) – The Help Helen Mirren (Rachel Singer
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Baftas 2012 longlist

The full list of contenders in the first round of voting for this year's British Academy Film Awards

Best Film

The Artist

The Descendants

Drive

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

The Help

Hugo

The Ides of March

The Iron Lady

Midnight in Paris

Moneyball

My Week with Marilyn

Senna

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

War Horse

We Need to Talk About Kevin

Film Not in the English Language

Abel

As If I Am Not There

The Boy Mir – Ten Years in Afghanistan

Calvet

Dhobi Ghat (Mumbai Diaries)

Incendies

Little White Lies

Pina

Post Mortem

Potiche

Le Quattro Volte

A Separation

The Skin I Live In

Tomboy

The Troll Hunter

Outstanding British Film

Arthur Christmas

Attack the Block

Coriolanus

The Guard

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2

The Iron Lady

Jane Eyre

My Week with Marilyn

Senna

Shame

Submarine

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Tyrannosaur

War Horse

We Need to Talk About Kevin
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‘My Week with Marilyn’ interview with director Simon Curtis

Working with Marilyn Monroe must have been quite a special experience for third assistant director Colin Clark, whose brief time with the star has turned into two memoirs, and now a film, titled My Week with Marilyn. Similarly, the experience of working with Oscar-nominated actress Michelle Williams portraying Monroe must have been something magical for first-time director Simon Curtis.

I sat down with Curtis in a roundtable interview to discuss working with Williams on her inevitably Oscar-nominated performance, his feelings about Monroe, and what film set he wishes he could witness just as Colin Clark did back in 1956.

My Week with Marilyn is now playing in select theaters.

What fascinates you most about the movie star and production system of the 1950s, and which you wanted to communicate that in the film?

My way into this film was reading Colin Clark’s diaries, and Clark seeing the details as to
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My Week with Marilyn – review

Long after the death of Marilyn Monroe, the old Etonian Colin Clark, documentary film-maker and son of Lord Clark of Civilisation, published a diary about the time he spent as a naive 23-year-old working as third assistant director to family friend Laurence Olivier on the 1957 film The Prince and the Showgirl. He later published a shorter book about his chaste romantic affair with Monroe during the course of shooting. This latter part, which forms the core of this film (with Eddie Redmayne as Clark), is amusing but fanciful and ultimately lacks the ring of truth. The rest, as knowingly scripted by Adrian Hodges, an experienced screenwriter and former showbusiness journalist, carries conviction. There is a real feeling for British cinema in its moderately prosperous, constantly crisis-dogged, ever-aspiring days in the 1950s, the period detail seems right, Kenneth Branagh's Olivier is just this side of caricature, Judi Dench is a moving,
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My Week With Marilyn – The Review

Marilyn Monroe was a complicated woman. Even today, people struggle to make sense of her life and career. For many, she was merely a starlet, a famous actress and icon with the world wrapped around her finger. They believe she had the perfect life. The truth, however, is the subject of My Week With Marilyn. The story revolves around a young man named Colin Clark (Eddie Redmayne) who wishes to make his own way by breaking into the motion picture business, instead of riding on his father.s success. Colin ventures out to obtain a job — any job will do — with Sir Laurence Olivier.s production company in London. Colin.s timing and youthful determination lands him on the set of The Prince And The Showgirl. This is how he meets Marilyn Monroe, played by Michelle Williams.

As London prepares for the arrival of the world.s most famous woman,
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