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Jennie Stoller obituary

Actor with a remarkable stage presence admired for leading roles with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal Court

Jennie Stoller, who has died of cancer aged 72, was an outstanding actor who had a striking stage presence, a unique quality of strength and stillness, and a deep mezzo voice of velvety richness. She was Helena in the 1972 world tour of Peter Brook’s celebrated “white box” production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the Royal Shakespeare Company, played the title role of Eleanor Marx in a 1977 television series and the accommodating and sympathetic performer Mrs Kendal in the first production of Bernard Pomerance’s The Elephant Man (also 1977).

She also appeared in the television sci-fi fantasy series Sapphire and Steel as Annabelle Harborough in Assignment Five: Doctor McDee Must Die (1981).
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‘Requiem’ & ‘The Missing’ Outfit New Pictures Options Dystopian Ya Novel ‘The Territory’

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Exclusive: Requiem and The Missing producer New Pictures has optioned the screen rights to female-fronted dystopian Ya novel The Territory by Sarah Govett.

New Pictures’ Elaine Pyke acquired the rights from Casarotto Ramsay & Associates in a deal brokered by Mark Casarotto of Casarotto Ramsay on behalf of the Jane Turnbull Agency.

The well-received novel, set in 2059, follows Noa Blake, a member of ‘The Territory’, a safe haven in the midst of the disease ridden ‘Wetlands’. Each year thousands of children are shipped off to near certain death following population purges. Surrounded by ‘freakoids’, genetically engineered children who are able to download knowledge into their brains, Blake has her work cut out to stay educated and stay alive. Firefly Press published the novel, the first in a trilogy, in 2015.

Author Govett said of the deal, “I’m really excited that New Pictures wanted to option the rights because they have
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Celebrity Deaths 2018: ‘In Memoriam’ gallery celebrates 25, including Stan Lee, Burt Reynolds, Aretha Franklin

Celebrity Deaths 2018: ‘In Memoriam’ gallery celebrates 25, including Stan Lee, Burt Reynolds, Aretha Franklin
With just six weeks left for 2018, Gold Derby celebrates over 40 celebrities and entertainers who died in the past 12 months. Tour our photo gallery above as we feature tributes to 25 losses from this year so far.

Stan Lee, co-creator of many iconic superheroes, died on November 12 at age 95. For Marvel Comics and later many films and TV programs, his characters included Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, X-Men, Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America and the Avengers.

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen died on October 15 at age 65. He and Bill Gates helped start the microcomputer revolution in the mid-1970s by creating the world’s largest PC software company.

Burt Reynolds died on September 6 at age 82 in Florida. He was an Oscar nominee for “Boogie Nights” and an Emmy winner for “Evening Shade.” He was one of the top box office stars of the 1970s with movies such as “Deliverance,” “Smokey and the Bandit,” “The Longest Yard,
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Hollywood’s New Leaders 2018: Film

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Hollywood’s New Leaders 2018: Film
Each year Variety’s New Leaders feature profiles the most prominent up-and-comers in the entertainment business. To determine this year’s worthies, Variety looked across disciplines, from television, digital, music and film, to law and finance, as well as content creators. They were proposed by their bosses and peers who have worked with them and seen their rise. All are age 40 or under, and Variety has measured them by the progress of their career trajectories: do they take calculated risks? How fast have they risen in their companies? Are they innovative and employ solutions to problems that are creative? As part of the salute to the qualities that keep the town humming, filmmaker/producer Travis Knight, who founded Laika Studios and is also being honored with Variety’s Creative Leadership Award. The New Leaders, Variety’s 10 Asis finishing up the anticipated “Bumblebee” for Paramount, as well as Variety‘s 10 Assistants
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Remember when Beyonce was supposed to be in ‘A Star Is Born’?

Remember when Beyonce was supposed to be in ‘A Star Is Born’?
The fourth incarnation of “A Star Is Born” could’ve looked a lot different. Specifically, it could’ve been for the Beyhive and not the Little Monsters. Seven years ago, Clint Eastwood boarded to direct “A Star Is Born” with Beyonce slated to play the rising ingenue who romances an established alcoholic star about to hit rock bottom. So how did we end up with Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper?

Beyonce had long been rumored as the possible star of the long-gestating remake of “A Star Is Born,” along with Alicia Keys and Rihanna, potentially opposite Will Smith. Smith himself had been discussing remaking the film since 2002, with Jennifer Lopez as his intended star to be born at that time. After director Nick Cassavetes dropped out in January 2011, Eastwood joined to direct, with Beyonce still as the rumored female lead.

See ‘A Star Is Born’: Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga to make Oscar history?
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‘A Star Is Born': How Bradley Cooper Worked for 6 Months to Become Country Singer Jackson Maine

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‘A Star Is Born': How Bradley Cooper Worked for 6 Months to Become Country Singer Jackson Maine
Bradley Cooper took extreme measures to become Jackson Maine for his directorial debut, “A Star Is Born,” setting up a musical bootcamp in his home for six whole months.

In an interview with W Magazine, the actor said that he had learned to play the bass as a child, but still had to learn to play the guitar and the piano for the role.

“We mapped out my entire schedule, day by day,” Cooper said. “I’d wake up and work out, followed by two hours of guitar practice and two hours of piano lessons. Lunch. Then Lukas Nelson [Willie’s son], my collaborator, would come over, and we’d write music for one and a half hours. I’d write the screenplay for the rest of the day. Irina [Shayk, Cooper’s girlfriend] was pregnant, so it was kind of perfect. Lea was born a week before we started shooting.”

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‘Chained for Life’ Trailer: Jess Weixler and Adam Pearson Audition For Aaron Schimberg’s Provocative Hollywood Dramedy

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‘Chained for Life’ Trailer: Jess Weixler and Adam Pearson Audition For Aaron Schimberg’s Provocative Hollywood Dramedy
Mabel is a movie star looking for something daring, and when she signs on for an outré art-horror film set to film in a semi-abandoned hospital, it seems as if things are finally about to get markedly different in her professional career. She has no idea. In “Chained for Life,” filmmaker Aaron Schimberg toys with one hot button Hollywood issue after another, from on-screen representation to true diversity, and wraps it all together in a trippy, inventive new spin on smart satire.

The film also stars “Under the Skin” breakout Adam Pearson alongside indie mainstay Jess Weixler (as Mabel), as the gentle-natured Rosenthal, set to star alongside Mabel in an increasingly gonzo new film. Like his character, Pearson has a severe facial deformity, and his looks — and what they mean for both the film and Mabel — serve as a compelling entry point for the film. That’s something very close to Schimberg’s own heart.
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Bradley Cooper And Fiancée Irina Shayk Have Reportedly 'Started Trying For Another Baby'

Congratulations may soon be in order for Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk! According to a new report, the 43-year-old actor and his Russian model fiancée, 32, are ready to expand their family and have a second baby. "They've started trying for another baby," a source close to the couple — who are already parents to a one-year-old daughter named Lea De Seine Shayk Cooper — told Life & Style in the magazine's latest issue, on newsstands now. Bradley with Irina and Lea. (Photo Credit: Getty Images) "Bradley and Irina are hoping to make Lea a big sister next year," the insider continued. "The funny thing is that Bradley's been staying that he'd be happy with another little girl. He wants Lea to have that special sisterly bond. Irina's the one who's desperate for a boy!" "[They] have begun taking bets [on the gender] from friends and family. Of course, at the end of the day what they
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How have the various ‘Doctor Who’ players fared at the Emmys?

How have the various ‘Doctor Who’ players fared at the Emmys?
With the Eleventh Doctor Matt Smith earning his first-ever Emmy nomination for his portrayal of Prince Phillip in “The Crown,” its a good time to look back on the history of timelords at the Emmys. Is Smith the first Doctor to contend? Or is there there a long line of Emmy-winning Doctor Who players?

Well, that depends on which characters you classify as canon Doctors. We’ll get back to that later but, for now, let’s go through the standard Doctors from first to current.

Predict the Emmy winners now; change them until September 17

So, there you have it! Of the 13 usual Doctors, Smith is the first and only one to be nominated for an Emmy. However, we must point out that 12th Doctor, Capaldi, is an Oscar winner for Best Short Film (“Franz Kafka’s It’s a Wonderful Life”) – Emmy nomination or Oscar win? Hmmm. Toughie.

However,
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Bertrand Mandico's Inspirations for "The Wild Boys"

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Bertrand Mandico's The Wild Boys (2017), which is receiving an exclusive global online premiere on Mubi, is showing September 14 – October 14, 2018 as a Special Discovery.French director Bertrand Mandico shared with us the films he thought about before, during, and after making his feature debut, The Wild Boys:ISLANDSThe Saga of AnatahanMatango: Attack of the Mushroom People: The island and its fauna and flora, the mushroom-men, the sinking. A sublime film.Lord Jim: The tempest sequence in the opening and the cowardice of Lord Jim—an amazing film.A High Wind in Jamaica: For the confusion of the captain played by Antony Quinn, the phlegm of James Coburn and the beauty of his young crew.The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea (Lewis John Carlino, 1976): For the erotic figure of the Captain (Kris Kristofferson) and its clique of violent boys.Remorques: A romantic and captivating film with sequences
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Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga, Barry Jenkins Lead A Big Night For Oscar Contending Premieres At Toronto Film Festival

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Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga, Barry Jenkins  Lead A Big Night For Oscar Contending Premieres At Toronto Film Festival
It was another big day on Sunday at the Toronto International Film Festival with two hugely anticipated movies, one a big studio star-laden remake, the other a small very personal passion project with a largely unknown cast, getting the red carpet premiere treatment. What draws Warner Bros. A Star Is Born and Annapurna’s If Beale Street Could Talk also together though is they both are beautifully touching love stories laced with real life heartbreak. Both will clearly be in the Oscar conversation, as well they should.

Skipping Telluride, where he premiered his Oscar winning Best Picture Moonlight and was a staff member for years, Barry Jenkins chose

Toronto for Sunday’s unveiling at the Princess Of Wales for his Moonlight follow-up If Beale Street Could Talk and judging by the exceptional reaction and standing ovation he made the right decision. Faithful to the late James Baldwin’s 1974 book, this
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Carole Shelley Dead at 79

Carole Shelley, the Tony Award-winning actress who portrayed one of the Pigeon sisters in the stage, film and television versions of Neil Simon's The Odd Couple, has died. She was 79. Shelley passed away following a battle with cancer at her home in Manhattan on August 31.

The actress also was known for originating the role of Crage Hall headmistress Madame Morrible in the Broadway sensation "Wicked" in 2003.

Shelley won her Tony in 1979 for playing Mrs. Kendal, the gracious real-life English actress who befriends John Merrick, in the best play winner "The Elephant Man."

"I've learned a lot in playing her," Shelley, who started out as a comic actress, said in a 1979 interview with The New York Times. "So much of what I've been working toward in the past few years — the effort to achieve stillness, spareness, clarity in my acting — seems to have come together in Mrs. Kendal. She's been
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Carole Shelley Dies: ‘Odd Couple’ Star And Tony Award-Winning Actress Was 79

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Carole Shelley Dies: ‘Odd Couple’ Star And Tony Award-Winning Actress Was 79
Odd Couple actress Carole Shelley died Friday from cancer at her home in Manhattan. She was 79.

Born in London, Shelley was a star of stage and screen. She made her Broadway debut in 1965 in the original cast of Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple. In 1975, she received a Tony Award nomination for her role in Alan Ayckbourn’s Absurd Person Singular. In 1979, she received another nomination and a win for Best Actress in a Play for her performance in the original company of The Elephant Man.

Shelley went on to reprise her role of Gwendolyn Pigeon in the film and TV series adaptation of The Odd Couple. She and Monica Evans are the only two actors to appear in all three major iterations of Simon’s play as the same characters.

Shelley’s award streak would continue as she won an Obie Award in 1982 for her work in the Off-Broadway
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Carole Shelley, One of the Pigeon Sisters From 'The Odd Couple,' Dies at 79

Carole Shelley, One of the Pigeon Sisters From 'The Odd Couple,' Dies at 79
Carole Shelley, the Tony Award-winning actress who portrayed one of the giddy Pigeon sisters in the stage, film and television versions of Neil Simon's The Odd Couple, has died. She was 79.

Shelley died Friday of cancer at her home in Manhattan, her friend, Barrie Kreinik, told The Hollywood Reporter.

The actress also was known for originating the role of Crage Hall headmistress Madame Morrible in the Broadway sensation Wicked in 2003.

Shelley won her Tony in 1979 for playing Mrs. Kendal, the gracious real-life English actress who befriends John Merrick, in the best play winner The Elephant Man.

"I've learned ...
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Row over casting of able-bodied actor in Elephant Man lead role

Decision to cast Stranger Things actor Charlie Heaton as Joseph Merrick in BBC adaptation criticised

The disability charity Scope has criticised the decision to cast an able-bodied actor as Joseph Merrick in the forthcoming BBC adaptation of The Elephant Man.

Charlie Heaton, who stars in the Netflix series Stranger Things, will play the severely disfigured 19th-century man in the programme, due to be screened next year.
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Stranger Things’ Charlie Heaton to play The Elephant Man for the BBC

Stranger Things star Charlie Heaton is set to take on the role of Joseph Merrick in The Elephant Man, a two-part drama for BBC One and producers New Pictures.

Deadline reports that the drama biopic will “chart Merrick’s extraordinary story from his working-class beginnings in Leicestershire, through the work-houses, music halls and freak shows that punctuated 19th Century culture to his time at the London Hospital and his friendship with Dr Frederick Treves.”

“I’m extremely excited and honoured to be given the opportunity to take on the portrayal of Joseph Merrick in the BBC’s adaption of The Elephant Man,” states Heaton. “This is such a special role and a challenge for any actor. Joseph has such an incredible story and I can’t wait to go on this journey and bring him to life.”

“Joseph’s determination to be his own man, to earn a living, to
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Stranger Things' Charlie Heaton To Play The Elephant Man In BBC Adaptation

Stranger Things star Charlie Heaton is stepping out of Hawkins and into a heap of prosthetics as the young actor has signed on for the BBC adaptation of The Elephant Man. As mentioned, Heaton will play Joseph Merrick in a two-part series that will have two 90-minute episodes. Variety said the drama is expected to air in 2019.

As for how the miniseries may differ from the iconic film that starred John Hurt, it's been stated the film will bring an extra dose of humanity to Merrick's life and reveal more details about the real-life character than have been previously shown. 

All I know is it's going to have to be really good to top the film, which is one of my favorites. Do you see Heaton doing well as Joseph Merrick? I guess it can't be worse than Bradley Cooper's performance, right?
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‘Stranger Things’ Star Charlie Heaton Cast in BBC’s ‘The Elephant Man’

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‘Stranger Things’ Star Charlie Heaton Cast in BBC’s ‘The Elephant Man’
Stranger Things” star Charlie Heaton will take the lead in the BBC’s new two-part drama “The Elephant Man,” the U.K. public broadcaster announced Wednesday. Heaton will star as Joseph Merrick, and the show will span two 90-minute episodes to air on flagship channel BBC One in 2019.

Piers Wenger, controller of BBC Drama, also announced a trio of new drama series from female writers. The new commissions see dramas for BBC One and BBC Two from BAFTA winners Nicole Taylor and Michaela Coel. Oscar-nominated Irish filmmaker Lenny Abrahamson will direct an adaptation of author Sally Rooney’s “Normal People.”

Taylor, who won a BAFTA this year for best miniseries with “Three Girls,” will write six-part thriller “The Nest” for BBC One. Exploring the consequences of a pact between a wealthy couple and a teenage girl that changes all of their lives forever, “The Nest” is produced by Studio Lambert.
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‘Stranger Things’ Star Charlie Heaton To Play Joseph Merrick In BBC Drama ‘The Elephant Man’

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‘Stranger Things’ Star Charlie Heaton To Play Joseph Merrick In BBC Drama ‘The Elephant Man’
Exclusive: Stranger Things breakout Charlie Heaton is to star as Joseph Merrick in new two-part BBC One drama The Elephant Man, I can reveal.

The 2×90 minute drama bio-pic, from The Missing and Requiem producer New Pictures, will chart Merrick’s extraordinary story from his working-class beginnings in Leicestershire, through the work-houses, music halls and freak shows that punctuated 19th Century culture to his time at the London Hospital and his friendship with Dr Frederick Treves.

Commissioned by Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama, and Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content, and written by Neil McKay (Moorside), the series will be directed by Richard Laxton (Mum). Executive producers are Elaine Pyke and Charlie Pattinson for New Pictures and Tommy Bulfin for BBC. Producer is Tom Mullens (Poldark). all3media will handle international distribution and is associate producer.

The series will be filmed in Wales with transmission due next year with additional casting under way.
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Feature: Michael Cimino: Cinematic Maverick

To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the epic masterpiece The Deer Hunter out now on stunningly restored 4k restoration Blu-ray release, we take a look back at the work of the enigmatic director behind the film: Michael Cimino.

Magnum Force

You know you have major talent at your disposal when despite only having one previous credit to your name, you are hired to write the screenplay for the Dirty Harry sequel. Not to say that Cimino had complete creative control over said screenplay; the initial idea of vigilantes killing wealthy criminals who’d evaded justice came from a draft script for Dirty Harry, written by Terrence Malick. Don Siegel was not a fan of the concept, but Clint Eastwood was so impressed by the idea that it formed the basis of Magnum Force. By adding in some expert action sequences (particularly car chases), Cimino added some excitement to a very simple script,
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