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"The Ruling Class" Screening, L.A., April 25

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By Todd Garbarini

The Royal Theatre in Los Angeles will be presenting a 45th anniversary DVD screening of Peter Medak’s 1972 film The Ruling Class. The 154-minute film, which stars Alastair Sim, Arthur Lowe, Caroline Seymour, Coral Browne, Harry Andrews, and Peter O'Toole, will be screened on DVD on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 7:00 pm.

Please Note: At press time, director Peter Medak is scheduled to appear in person for a discussion about the film following the screening.

From the press release:

Part of our Anniversary Classics series. For details, visit: laemmle.com/ac.

The Ruling Class (1972)

45th Anniversary Screening

Tuesday, April 25, at 7 Pm at the Royal Theatre

Followed by Q & A with Director Peter Medak

Presented on DVD

This biting black comedy, in the tradition of such British classics as Kind Hearts and Coronets, focuses on a fierce battle for succession within an aristocratic family. Peter O’Toole plays a
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Stage Tube: On This Day for 2/13/16- Stockard Channing

Happy Birthday Stockard Channing In 1971, she made her Broadway debut in Two Gentlemen of Verona - The Musical, working with playwright John Guare. She also appeared on Broadway in 1973 in a supporting role in No Hard Feelings. In 1978, at the age of 33, she took on the role of high school teenager Betty Rizzo in the hit musical Grease. Additional Broadway credits include They're Playing Our Song, A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, The House of Blue Leaves, Six Degrees of Separation, Woman in Mind, Four Baboons Adoring the Sun, and The Lion in Winter. She is currently starrign on Broadway in Other Desert Cities at the Booth Theatre.
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Stage Tube: On This Day for 2/13/15- Stockard Channing

Happy Birthday Stockard Channing In 1971, she made her Broadway debut in Two Gentlemen of Verona - The Musical, working with playwright John Guare. She also appeared on Broadway in 1973 in a supporting role in No Hard Feelings. In 1978, at the age of 33, she took on the role of high school teenager Betty Rizzo in the hit musical Grease. Additional Broadway credits include They're Playing Our Song, A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, The House of Blue Leaves, Six Degrees of Separation, Woman in Mind, Four Baboons Adoring the Sun, and The Lion in Winter. She is currently starrign on Broadway in Other Desert Cities at the Booth Theatre.
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Stage Tube: On This Day 2/13- Stockard Channing

Happy Birthday Stockard Channing In 1971, she made her Broadway debut in Two Gentlemen of Verona - The Musical, working with playwright John Guare. She also appeared on Broadway in 1973 in a supporting role in No Hard Feelings. In 1978, at the age of 33, she took on the role of high school teenager Betty Rizzo in the hit musical Grease. Additional Broadway credits include They're Playing Our Song, A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, The House of Blue Leaves, Six Degrees of Separation, Woman in Mind, Four Baboons Adoring the Sun, and The Lion in Winter. She is currently starrign on Broadway in Other Desert Cities at the Booth Theatre.
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Ralf Little's favourite TV

The actor and Sealand football star on his telly-watching habits

Unmissable show?

I've been watching a lot of Louie. I'm a big Louis Ck fan. A lot of people are jumping on the Louis Ck bandwagon but I'm quite proud to say I have been a fan for about three or four years. He strikes me as the kind of guy you could have a pint with and he'd make you laugh.

Box set?

I'm really late to the party with this, but I am absolutely loving The Shield. It was one of those where I was like, "I'll just watch the first episode, see if it's any good. That was about 10pm, and I was still awake at 5am, going, "Oh, I might just have another one." Vic Mackey's a character who in a great many ways is a bad guy. Very questionable morals. And yet you love him
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Stage Tube: On This Day 2/13- Stockard Channing

Happy Birthday Stockard Channing In 1971, she made her Broadway debut in Two Gentlemen of Verona - The Musical, working with playwright John Guare. She also appeared on Broadway in 1973 in a supporting role in No Hard Feelings. In 1978, at the age of 33, she took on the role of high school teenager Betty Rizzo in the hit musical Grease. Additional Broadway credits include They're Playing Our Song, A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, The House of Blue Leaves, Six Degrees of Separation, Woman in Mind, Four Baboons Adoring the Sun, and The Lion in Winter. She is currently starrign on Broadway in Other Desert Cities at the Booth Theatre.
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Joe Melia obituary

Outstanding actor of stage and screen who made his name as Bri in A Day in the Death of Joe Egg

The British theatre changed for ever when Joe Melia, as the sardonic teacher Bri, pushed a severely disabled 10-year-old girl in a wheelchair on to the stage of the Glasgow Citizens in May 1967 and proceeded to make satirical jokes about the medical profession while his marriage was disintegrating. The play was Peter Nichols's A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, which transformed the way disability was discussed on the stage. It made the names overnight of its author, the director Michael Blakemore, and Melia. Albert Finney took over the role of Bri on Broadway.

Flat-footed, slightly hunched, always leaning towards a point of view, Melia, who has died aged 77, was a distinctive and compassionate actor who brought a strain of the music hall to the stage, a sense of being an outsider.
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Joe Melia obituary

Outstanding actor of stage and screen who made his name as Bri in A Day in the Death of Joe Egg

The British theatre changed for ever when Joe Melia, as the sardonic teacher Bri, pushed a severely disabled 10-year-old girl in a wheelchair on to the stage of the Glasgow Citizens in May 1967 and proceeded to make satirical jokes about the medical profession while his marriage was disintegrating. The play was Peter Nichols's A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, which transformed the way disability was discussed on the stage. It made the names overnight of its author, the director Michael Blakemore, and Melia. Albert Finney took over the role of Bri on Broadway.

Flat-footed, slightly hunched, always leaning towards a point of view, Melia, who has died aged 77, was a distinctive and compassionate actor who brought a strain of the music hall to the stage, a sense of being an outsider.
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Peter Nichols on Joe Melia: 'a Brechtian actor long before he appeared in Brecht'

Joe Melia's unique quality as an actor was his intelligence. Even when deep in character, he retained an objectivity that made him seem to be assessing the scene he was in, a quality that made him a Brechtian actor long before he appeared in Brecht.

Looking at photos of A Day in the Death of Joe Egg from 1967, that quality is there, even in stills of Joe looking intently at the cushion – held by Zena Walker playing Bri's wife, Sheila – standing in for their disabled child. Joe and Zena were a dynamic duo. I take some credit for having proposed Joe for the role after seeing him in the film Four in the Morning (1965).

Never an easy man, Joe was perverse enough not to take over the part on Broadway after Albert Finney had kickstarted it. The reason he gave was that the Us was a fascist country. I
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Experts predict Best Actress (Play) showdown at Tony Awards

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Our Experts are divided over the winner of the Best Actress (Play) race at the Tony Awards. Six of them are predicting that Tracie Bennett will win for reprising her Olivier-nominated portrayal of Judy Garland in "End of the Rainbow." They are: Melissa Bernardo (EW), Brian Lipton (Theatermania), Michael Musto ("Village Voice"), Tom O'Neil (Gold Derby), Blake Ross (Playbill) and Wayman Wong (NY Daily News). This support gives Bennett the edge at 3 to 2. Make Your Tony Predictions: Who Will Win Best Actress (Play)? Forecast all races. Compete against experts! Make Your Predictions! As three of our Experts -- Paul Sheehan (Gold Derby), David Sheward (Backstage) and Matt Windman (amNY) -- foresee Stockard Channing for her performance as a brittle society matron in "Other Desert Cities" she has odds of 10 to 3. She won this award in 1985 for "A Day in the Death of Joe Egg" and ...
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Stage Tube: On This Day 2/13- Stockard Channing

Happy Birthday Stockard Channing In 1971, she made her Broadway debut in Two Gentlemen of Verona - The Musical, working with playwright John Guare. She also appeared on Broadway in 1973 in a supporting role in No Hard Feelings. In 1978, at the age of 33, she took on the role of high school teenager Betty Rizzo in the hit musical Grease. Additional Broadway credits include They're Playing Our Song, A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, The House of Blue Leaves, Six Degrees of Separation, Woman in Mind, Four Baboons Adoring the Sun, and The Lion in Winter. She is currently starrign on Broadway in Other Desert Cities at the Booth Theatre.
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