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1972: Soaked in Booze with "The Ruling Class"

Tfe will be periodically looking back at the 1972 film year before we hit the Supporting Actress Smackdown at month's end. Here's Anna from Defiant Success

Adapted from the play of the same name by Peter Barnes (who also serves the film’s writer), Peter Medak’s The Ruling Class establishes its bizarre nature early on. The plot kicks off after Ralph Gurney, the 13th Earl of Gurney (Harry Andrews) accidentally hangs himself while performing autoerotic asphyxiation. Upon his death, his only surviving son Jack (Peter O’Toole) becomes the 14th Earl of Gurney. One problem with this new arrangement: Jack firmly believes that he’s Jesus Christ...
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Glenn Close (‘The Wife’) loses at Oscars for 7th time, setting new record among actresses

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Glenn Close (‘The Wife’) loses at Oscars for 7th time, setting new record among actresses
Glenn Close just set a new Oscar record, and not in a good way. With Close’s loss at the 91st Academy Awards for “The Wife,” she now has seven nominations and no wins, more than any other actress in film history. Amy Adams, Deborah Kerr and Thelma Ritter all have six Oscar misfires, with Adams joining that list during Sunday’s ceremony. As for male actors with the most at-bats without a home run, Close now ties Richard Burton at seven while Peter O’Toole is still in the record books at eight. Click through our photo gallery above for a closer look at Close’s seven Oscar nominations.

See 2019 Oscars: Full list of winners (and losers) at the 91st Academy Awards [Updating Live]

For her role as Joan Castleman, the repressed wife of a Nobel Prize-winning author (Jonathan Pryce), Close earned her fourth bid for Best Actress. Her co-nominees this
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The Changeling

The Changeling

Blu ray

Severin Films

1980/ 1.85:1 / Street Date August 7, 2018

Starring George C. Scott, Trish Van Devere, Melvyn Douglas

Cinematography by John Coquillion

Directed by Peter Medak

The success of 70’s shockers like The Devils, The Exorcist and Alien – grindhouse films in big budget drag – opened the door to increasingly explicit studio fare – moviemakers were happy to accommodate and upped the ante in the bargain.

1980 alone saw the release of Sean Cunningham’s seminal slasher Friday the 13th, Ken Russell’s evolutionary freak out Altered States and, infamously, the unvarnished (and x-rated) depredations of Deodato’s Cannibal Holocaust.

But it was The Shining, with its rotting ghosts, blood-soaked hallways and promise of never-ending horror that personified Reagan era fright films.

Into this heavy atmosphere ambled Peter Medak’s The Changeling, an unassuming murder mystery disguised as a ghost story. Compared to its over the top contemporaries, Medak’s film seemed
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‘The Ghost of Peter Sellers’ Film Review: A Troubled, Barely-Seen Comedy and Its Erratic Star

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‘The Ghost of Peter Sellers’ Film Review: A Troubled, Barely-Seen Comedy and Its Erratic Star
Peter Medak’s new documentary “The Ghost of Peter Sellers,” about the catastrophic production of the actor’s failed 1973 pirate comedy “Ghost in the Noonday Sun,” begins with a little back-patting.

Medak, who also directed the classic films “The Ruling Class” and “The Changeling,” says he’s fairly certain that no filmmaker has ever made a movie about the making of his own movie before. “It’s incredible,” he remarks. And also “completely insane.”

That statement isn’t strictly true. Richard Rush made a documentary about his Oscar-nominated drama “The Stunt Man” called “The Sinister Saga of Making ‘The Stunt Man,'” and Richard Stanley catalogued his catastrophic production of “The Island of Dr. Moreau” (which was eventually finished by John Frankenheimer) in “Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s ‘Island of Dr. Moreau.'” But it’s always intriguing, regardless, to look back at what was, what could have been,
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‘Ghost Of Peter Sellers’ Trailer: Director Peter Medak Discusses Unique Relationship With The Comedy Great

Peter Sellers is regarded by many as one of the greatest comedians of all time. But behind the charismatic performer, and his three Oscar nominations (two of which were for acting) is a story of reflection and forgiveness that has been years in the making.

Directed by Peter Medak, “The Ghost of Peter Sellers” finds the filmmaker revisiting one of his early credits, “Ghost In The Noonday Sun,” and the antics of its star, the aforementioned Peter Sellers.

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August 7th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include The Changeling Limited Edition, Pyewacket, Lowlife, John Carpenter’s Someone’S Watching Me!

August’s horror and sci-fi home media releases are off to a great start, as we have numerous titles arriving this Tuesday that fans are going to want to add to their collections. Severin Films has put together a stellar limited edition release of The Changeling, and Scream Factory is resurrecting John Carpenter's Someone’s Watching Me! on Blu-ray as well. Scream Factory has also teamed up with IFC Midnight for a trio of releases—Pyewacket, Lowlife, and Wildling—and Marrowbone arrives on both formats, too.

Other notable releases for August 7th include Predator and the Predator 3-Movie Collection in 4K, Desecration, The Keeping Hours, and Dead Shack.

The Changeling Limited Edition

It is perhaps the most chilling supernatural thriller of our time. It remains a career peak for star George C. Scott and director Peter Medak. Now the film that Martin Scorsese calls, "One of the scariest movies ever made,
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Peter O’Toole movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Lawrence of Arabia,’ ‘The Lion in Winter,’ ‘My Favorite Year’

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Peter O’Toole movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Lawrence of Arabia,’ ‘The Lion in Winter,’ ‘My Favorite Year’
On August 2, the legendary Peter O’Toole would have turned 86. One of the most esteemed actors of his generation, he also holds the dubious record of earning the most Best Actor Oscar nominations (eight) without a win. O’Toole’s trophy case isn’t exactly bare — he won three Golden Globe Awards from eight nominations and received an honorary Academy Award for his lengthy career.

And as younger generations begin to discover his work, his reputation has only grown over the years, particularly for his big splash on the world’s film stage for his performance in “Lawrence of Arabia,” work that is astonishing in its complexity.

In honor of this great actor’s birthday, let’s take a photo gallery tour of his career and rank his 12 greatest film performances from worst to best.

SEEHonorary Oscars: Full gallery of acting recipients includes Charlie Chaplin, Peter O’Toole, Angela Lansbury
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Severin Films Reveals The Changeling Limited Edition Blu-ray Bundle

We've known that Severin Films has been working on a new Blu-ray edition of 1980's The Changeling, but today they officially announced their special features and limited edition bundle offerings, which include a poster, enamel pin, soundtrack CD, and replica ball:

"It is perhaps the most chilling supernatural thriller of our time. It remains a career peak for star George C. Scott and director Peter Medak. Now the film that Martin Scorsese calls “one of the scariest movies ever made” finally comes to Blu-ray: Academy Award® winner Scott delivers “one of his greatest performances ever” (BloodyGoodHorror.com) as a Manhattan composer consumed by grief after his wife and daughter are killed in a shocking accident. But when he moves to a secluded Victorian mansion, he will find himself haunted by a paranormal entity that may unleash an even more disturbing secret. Trish Van Devere (The Hearse), two-time Oscar® winner Melvyn Douglas
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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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Sundance ’17: ‘Tell Them We Are Rising’ by Stanley Nelson

Sundance ’17: ‘Tell Them We Are Rising’ by Stanley Nelson
by Peter BelsitoTwo years after his documentary on the Black Panthers, filmmaker Stanley Nelson chronicles the evolution of the United States’ historically black colleges and universities.Group of graduated students, men and women at Atlanta University 1900s (Credit: Atlanta University Center)

The story of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (aka HBCUs) began before the Civil War and influenced the course of our nation yet remains one of America’s most important untold stories. Until now.

Veteran documentarian Stanley Nelson’s latest work traces the century-and-a-half story of HBCUs in the documentary film “Tell Them We Are Rising” revealing the crucial role of HBCUs not only in the identity of black Americans but in the nation as a whole.

A haven for Black intellectuals, artists and revolutionaries — and path of promise toward the American dream — Black colleges and universities have educated the architects of freedom movements and cultivated leaders in every field.
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Review: "Romeo Is Bleeding" (1994); Twilight Time Limited Edition Blu-ray

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By Todd Garbarini

I first became acquainted with director Peter Medak’s work in 1983 when I saw his 1980 masterwork The Changeling, one of the most frightening ghost stories shot in color. Also known for 1972’s The Ruling Class and 1990’s The Krays, Mr. Medak made the film noir Romeo is Bleeding, shot in 1992 and released on Friday, February 4, 1994. The film is told in an elliptical narrative fashion, starting with the end and going back in time to show us how the protagonist got to where he is. We first see Jack Grimaldi in a dilapidated diner, his voiceover indicative of a man full of regrets who is probably in the Witness Protection Program and forced to lead a life bereft of any true purpose or feeling. Once upon a time, he was a police officer in New York City and his partners are comprised of actors we know well today:
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The Changeling

Director Peter Medak fled Hungary during the 1956 revolution and his best work, like The Ruling Class and Let Him Have It, usually expressed a strong socio-political bent. The Changeling, his 1979 ghost story is no different, mixing supernatural thrills and political intrigue. An eerie and elegant film with haunting overtones of 1944’s The Uninvited, it stars George C. Scott and Melvyn Douglas who bring welcome gravitas to the proceedings.
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Director Peter Medak Plans to Resurrect The Ghost of Peter Sellers

It was 1973 and Peter Medak was a hot director on the rise. Following the success of The Ruling Class, which had earned Peter O’Toole an Academy Award nomination the previous year, United Artists offered him Death Wish. But when the studio insisted on casting Charles Bronson instead of Medak’s pick, Henry Fonda, Medak passed on the project. Back in London, Medak ran into his friend Peter Sellers, who asked him to direct his next film, Ghost in The Noonday Sun, which was set to be filmed on the island of Cyprus. Somehow the idea of filming a 17th-century pirate comedy aboard real ships on […]
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Red Carpet Lineup Xxl: Nicole, Jada, Paz and Kate(s)

Jose here. Nicole Kidman won another award! Nathaniel recently praised her work in Photograph 51 in London, and the voters at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards agreed with him, for they gave her a Best Actress award to go with her Oscar, Globes and other statuettes.

Nicole wasn't the only movie-related winner: James McAvoy and Imelda Staunton, also won awards for their work in The Ruling Class and Gypsy, respectively. At the event Nicole was simply majestic in an Alexander McQueen design.

...and before you all whine about how Cate wore it better (she did wear a similar McQueen to the Robin Hood premiere at Cannes in 2010),  be reminded that...

a) McQueen should be worn by all screen queens

b) Nicole is flawless!

c) Cate was in Robin Hood...

d) most importantly, Cate and Nicole love each other as proved by this image to your left.

 

Before I lose you to
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London Evening Standard Theater Awards Names 2015 Winners

New York City theater won big across the pond at the Old Vic Theatre, which was home to the 61st annual London Evening Standard Theater Awards on Nov. 22. New York transfers “The Motherf**ker with the Hat” from Stephen Adly Guirgis, about a former drug-dealing jailbird trying to go straight, was awarded best play, and “Kinky Boots” won the Radio 2 Audience Award for best musical. Imelda Staunton, who performed “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” at the ceremony, won for her musical performance as Mama Rose in “Gypsy,” beating out Katie Brayben for Broadway’s transfer of “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical,” Killian Donnelly for “Kinky Boots,” and Rosalie Craig for “City of Angels.” Also recognized were Nicole Kidman and James McAvoy in the best actress and best actor categories for their work in “Photograph 51” and “The Ruling Class,” respectively. Vanessa Redgrave was presented with the Editor’s Award and Stephen Sondheim with the Lebedev Award.
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Nicole Kidman, James McAvoy Take Top Acting Prizes At London Evening Standard Awards

Nicole Kidman, James McAvoy Take Top Acting Prizes At London Evening Standard Awards
Actors known more for their Hollywood work than for the stage took best performance honors Sunday at London’s Evening Standard Theater Awards with Nicole Kidman and James McAvoy taking the top prizes. Kidman won best actress for her critically praised turn as under-appreciated DNA scientist Rosalind Franklin in Anna Ziegler's Photograph 51, and McAvoy was named best actor for his role as the delusional English earl in a revival of Peter Barnes' 1968 satire The Ruling Class
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Top Ten Tuesday – The Best Substitutes for Downton Abbey

By rights I should hate the English. Seriously, my background is almost entirely Scots and Irish. I grew up hearing about the troubles the English gave to the Scots and Irish, both in school and from my parents.

Yet I do not, I love the English. How can I hate a country that gave us not only Monty Python but also Benny Hill and the Carry On Films? How can I bear any ill will to a country that gave us writers of the caliber of Ramsey Campbell, Brian Aldiss, Michael Moorcock and J. G Ballard? How can anyone hate a country that not only prizes eccentric behavior but encourages it? Take Mr. Kim Newman for instance, a brilliant writer whose work appears regularly in Video WatchDog and Videoscope Mr. Newman dresses himself, has his hair and mustache styled and speaks in the manner of someone from the 19th Century!
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Turn off the TV, political drama happens offscreen now | Mark Lawson

In the run-up to 7 May, British TV will become a no-go area for plays relevant to the election. Thankfully, theatre has the courage to provide our fix

Today’s scenes of tears, jeers, scowling and howling in the House of Commons – over William Hague’s unsuccessful attempt to unseat the Speaker, John Bercow – were British politics at its most theatrical, ahead of an election expected to be among the most dramatic ever. So it’s fitting that this spring’s British theatre listings contain an unprecedented number of productions timed to coincide with a UK ballot.

James Graham’s The Vote is set in a polling station, while a recent new play, John Hollingworth’s Multitudes, imagined the result (a Tory government) and consequences (racial unrest) of the 7 May poll. And the producers of current revivals of David Hare’s The Absence of War, Peter BarnesThe Ruling Class and
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Photo Flash: James McAvoy-Led The Ruling Class Opens in the West End

Ron Cook Mr Selfridge, Henry V, King Lear, Hot Fuzz as Sir Charles Gurney, Kathryn Drysdale Suspects, Love's Labour's Lost, Tripping Over, Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps as Grace Shelley, Joshua McGuire Privacy, Posh, About Time, Mr Turner as Dinsdale Gurney and Anthony O'Donnell The Captain of Kopenick, Skyfall, Matchpoint as Daniel Tucker, join BAFTA winning James McAvoy, as Jack, the 14th Earl of Gurney, in the first West End revival of Peter Barnes' satirical comedy, The Ruling Class, directed by Jamie Lloyd, Artistic Director of Trafalgar Transformed. BroadwayWorld brings you photos from opening night below
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The Ruling Class Revival, Starring James McAvoy, Begins Previews in the West End

Ron Cook Mr Selfridge, Henry V, King Lear, Hot Fuzz as Sir Charles Gurney, Kathryn Drysdale Suspects, Love's Labour's Lost, Tripping Over, Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps as Grace Shelley, Joshua McGuire Privacy, Posh, About Time, Mr Turner as Dinsdale Gurney and Anthony O'Donnell The Captain of Kopenick, Skyfall, Matchpoint as Daniel Tucker, join BAFTA winning James McAvoy, as Jack, the 14th Earl of Gurney, in the first West End revival of Peter Barnes' satirical comedy, The Ruling Class, directed by Jamie Lloyd, Artistic Director of Trafalgar Transformed.
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