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Felicity Jones Covers "Glamour"

Sneak Peek images of actress Felicity Jones, aka 'Jyn Erso'  in "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story", posing for "Glamour" (UK) magazine:

Jones started her professional acting career as a child, appearing at age 12 in The "Treasure Seekers" (1996). She went on to play 'Ethel Hallow' for one season in the television series "The Worst Witch" and its sequel "Weirdsister College".

Since 2006 Jones has appeared in numerous films, including "Northanger Abbey" (2007), "Brideshead Revisited" (2008), "Chéri" (2009) and "The Tempest" (2010). Her performance in the 2011 film "Like Crazy" was met with critical acclaim...

...earning her numerous awards, including a special jury prize at the 2011 'Sundance Film Festival'.

In 2014, Jones' performance as 'Jane Wilde Hawking' in "The Theory of Everything" was also highly praised...

...garnering her nominations for 'Golden Globe', 'SAG', 'BAFTA' and 'Academy Award' for 'Best Actress'.

February 2015, Jones was cast in the "Star Wars" spin-off feature, "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story", directed by Gareth Edwards.
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Three cheers for a wave of ‘working-class’ TV dramas that wear their class lightly | Rachel Cooke

The Baftas are right to celebrate a slew of exceptional series revealing that no life is ordinary

When it comes to art, I’ve never subscribed to the idea that people need always to be able to see, whether on screen or on the page, someone just like themselves, living a life exactly like their own. If a novel or a film reaches us, it’s because we recognise the emotional terrain, not because we’re thinking: wow, that guy’s accent is just like mine – and didn’t we used to have that hall carpet, too, before we swapped it for tiles?

At 16, when I was about the most adept truant you could ever have hoped to meet, I spent most of my free time – and what a lot of that I had – reading and rereading Brideshead Revisited, a book with which I was then slightly obsessed. Evelyn Waugh’s world,
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'Babette's Feast' star Stéphane Audran dies aged 85

'Babette's Feast' star Stéphane Audran dies aged 85
She was well-known for her long creative partnership with husband Claude Chabrol.

French actress Stéphane Audran, who starred in The Discreet Charm Of The Bourgeoisie and Babette’s Feast, has died aged 85.

Their son, actor Thomas Chabrol, told Afp: “She had been ill for some time. She had been in hospital for 10 days and she had returned home. She died peacefully at around 2 am [on Tuesday 27 March]”.

The Discreet Charm Of The Bourgeoisie and Babette’s Feast both won best foreign film at the Oscars. She won best actress at the Baftas for the former and was nominated again for the latter.
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Mipcom: BritBox Signs Content Deal with FremantleMedia International

Qi, a quiz show hosted by Great British Baking Show star Sandi Toksvig, the Escape to the Country franchise and the feature docudrama Against the Law are among the titles the streaming service BritBox will offer American subscribers, via a content deal with FremantleMedia International.

The deal, unveiled Wednesday at Mipcom, will see the FremantleMedia slate join a programming roster at the video streaming service from BBC Worldwide and ITV that already includes a host of BBC and ITV shows, including Brideshead Revisited, Pride and Prejudice and Inspector Morse.

BritBox, in which BBC Worldwide and ITV each...
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Decline and Fall on TV – would Evelyn Waugh have approved?

The prospect of a new BBC adaptation of Decline and Fall, starring Jack Whitehall and Eva Longoria, is stirring mixed feelings – will Waugh’s wit be sold short once again?

The new BBC1 adaptation of Decline and Fall, with Jack Whitehall as Paul Pennyfeather and Eva Longoria as Margot Beste-Chetwynde, has already stirred the usual mixed emotions among Evelyn Waugh fans. On the one hand, warm satisfaction at the prospect of a 20th-century classic brought to a TV channel otherwise graced by Mrs Brown’s Boys; on the other, a faint but congenital wariness, born of the fact that so many dramatisations of the Waugh oeuvre have defied the best intentions of director and cast alike to produce films that, for all their enthusiasm, have sold their onlie begetter woefully short.

Waugh, it turns out, had the same mixed feelings about adaptations. His early novels – notably Vile Bodies (1930), with its
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Doreen Jones obituary

My friend and colleague Doreen Jones, who has died aged 76, was a leading British casting director. She had a long career during which she worked on more than 400 television dramas and series.

Doreen had a sharp instinct for the subtle chemistry that can exist between actors and knew well how players could spark off each other. She demonstrated this flair in the casting of Granada’s adaptation of Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited (1981), which I produced, when she matched a lineup of promising young actors including Jeremy Irons, Anthony Andrews, Diana Quick and Phoebe Nicholls against such starry veterans as Laurence Olivier, John Gielgud and Claire Bloom.

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Baywatch Trailer #2 splashes down!

The first trailer for Baywatch was about as funny as a jellyfish sting to the crotch. However we’re pleased to report the second preview of Dwayne Johnson‘s beach-bound reboot is a lot more promising. Check out the pec-heavy goodness below:

The flick is clearly going to be slapstick-heavy, but whereas our first look featured an array of bum gags (or rather boobs in the case of Zac Efron staring at Alexandra Daddario‘s cleavage) the new trailer delivers a range of wacky situations for the photogenic cast to get their pearly whites into.

Ilfenesh Hadera‘s Stephanie Holden and Priyanka Chopra‘s villain get some coverage, though Kelly Rohrbach’s C.J. Parker does little more than decorate proceedings. Mind you, it’s Baywatch not Brideshead Revisited.

Prepare to get sand in your eyes on May 29th.

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SS-gb episode 5 review

Louisa Mellor Mar 20, 2017

SS-gb failed to ignite at every step of the way. Spoilers ahead in our review of its final episode…

This review contains spoilers.

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It should have come as no surprise that a dramatisation of England under Nazi rule would be a massive bummer—as premises go, it’s hardly puppies at the circus—but lord, that was a slog.

After four interminable weeks of watching Douglas Archer do little more than set his jaw against the wretched state of things, the finale failed to significantly raise SS-gb’s game. It was by far the most gripping episode of the lot, but still felt as inessential and unsatisfying as everything it preceded. There was no victory for Archer, no
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Interview: Ridley Scott & Tom Hardy take us inside the world of Taboo, their new BBC TV series

Author: Jon Lyus

“I feel least qualified to go and do a period drama for the BBC,” says Tom Hardy during our interview sessions early last December for his new eight part drama Taboo.

The show airs its first episode tomorrow night on BBC One and charts the return of James Delaney, described by the actor as a “perverse renaissance man”, to London from his adventures in Africa upon the death of his Father.

He is a man with guilty secrets, and one who gives no quarter to the hostility he encounters from his family and the institutions which seek to hold him to order. As viewers will see tonight the dawn of the Industrial Revolution has been recreated in all its gory, dirty glory. This is a bleak beginning to a story that has an even darker path to tread in future weeks.

We sat down with Hardy and
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Jeremy Irons Tells BAFTA Audience About Streep, De Niro and The ‘Creepy’ Characters of His Illustrious Career

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Jeremy Irons Tells BAFTA Audience About Streep, De Niro and The ‘Creepy’ Characters of His Illustrious Career
Jeremy Irons is in many respects the quintessential English film actor. That’s not simply because of the honeyed diction and innate elegance, but the versatility that has enabled him to travel with ease between romantic leading man, edgy character actor and sinister villain, towards an Indian summer of ever-dependable supporting player.

Read More: Jeremy Irons Knocks ‘Batman v Superman’: It’s ‘Overstuffed’ & ‘Very Muddled’

Think James Mason. In fact, Irons and Mason even have a role in common – the riskiest of roles, Nabokov’s infamous pedophile Humbert Humbert, Mason most famously in Kubrick’s “Lolita” of 1962, Irons for Adrian Lyne in 1997. It’s difficult to imagine many Americans jumping at a character who came second in Time’s “Top 10 Worst Fictional Fathers,” or possessing the nuance necessary to make us almost like the man.

Again like many Brits, Irons is classically trained (at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School,
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Lesley Nicol: ‘People say you’ll not get married, you’re over 50. Don’t be restricted by other people’s perceptions’

The actress talks about her Gp father’s warmth, her glamorous TV presenter mother and finding lasting love in mid-life

My father, Russell, was a Gp and – with my mother, Sue, and brother, Philip – we lived in the house where he had his surgery in the steel town of Irlam, Lancashire. We’d have people knocking all times of day and night. He was known as Doc Nicol and everybody loved him. He was warm, generous and a great hugger. I’m a hugger, too. He was also very wise. He taught me happiness isn’t dependent on your view out of the window, it depends on the quality of your human relationships.

My mother worked at Granada TV. She’d always wanted to be an actress and got into Rada, but war broke out so she never went. When live TV started in the 1950s, she was determined to
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Jeremy Irons: 5 Awesome Performances & 5 That Sucked

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For a long time, Jeremy Irons was known to the public as Charles Ryder in the acclaimed TV version of Brideshead Revisited, which aired on ITV in the United Kingdom in 1981. Watching Irons as an embodiment of Ryder, injecting the role with a strange, intoxicating melancholy, it soon became apparent that he might well be destined for great things.

If Jeremy Irons’ career – through no fault of his own – hasn’t quite delivered on the promise of those early years, few would claim that he hasn’t at least made a good go of it. At times, it’s as if Hollywood doesn’t quite know what to do with him (he is often made to play “exotic” or “European”) and – as a result – his career has suffered through periods of inactivity. Cast him in the right role, however, and there are few who can rival his unique screen presence.
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Just in Time for the Downton Finale! Duchess of Devonshire's Amazing Collection Nabs $2.4 Million

Violet Crawley, take note! Part of the estate of Deborah, Dowager Duchess of Devonshire, has sold in London for more than $2.4 million. The Duchess, who died in 2014, was the last of the Mitford sisters, vivacious aristocratic girls who were at the epicentre of British political and cultural life during the interwar Jazz years. The brood of six female siblings produced writers (Nancy, Diana, Jessica), a civil rights activist (Jessica), a controversial Nazi sympathizer (Unity), and the wife of a jockey (Pamela). • Want to keep up with the latest royals coverage? Click here to subscribe to the Royals Newsletter.During World War II,
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Why Eliot on The Magicians Is the Fantasy Character We've All Been Waiting For

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If you haven't started watching Syfy's The Magicians, then you better get on the ball. Based on the critically acclaimed books by Lev Grossman, the series is already causing major waves with fans - and it's already been renewed for a second season! While the show grounds itself in a mystical realm, rest assured this isn't your typical fantasy. It effortlessly flips the hero narrative on its head by producing raw characters that all audiences can relate to. We had the chance to sit down with the show's star, Hale Appleman, and he dished on everything you need to know about his extremely complex and exciting character, Eliot. Keep scrolling to see what he said and get ready to be hooked. Popsugar: First, I just want to say I am such a big fan of the series. This last episode was insane. Hale Appleman: Honestly episode four is so exciting.
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Day of the Dead Movie List: Top 5 Most Freakish Living Dead, Undead, and Ghosts

Hell's Kitchen: Soul stew image likely from the 1922 Benjamin Christensen horror classic 'Häxan / Witchcraft Through the Ages.' Day of the Dead post: Cinema's Top Five Scariest Living Dead We should all be eternally grateful to the pagans, who had the foresight to come up with many (most?) of the overworked Western world's religious holidays. Thanks to them, besides Easter, Christmas, New Year's, and possibly Mardi Gras (a holiday in some countries), we also have Halloween, All Saints' Day, and the Day of Dead. The latter two are public holidays in a number of countries with large Catholic populations. Since today marks the end of the annual Halloween / All Saints' Day / Day of the Dead celebrations, I'm posting my revised and expanded list of the movies' Top Five Scariest Living Dead. Of course, by that I don't mean the actors listed below were dead when the movies were made.
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Video of the Day: Watch a new compilation video of First and Final frames in films

The way a film starts and the way it ends can tell a lot about a movie, as well as the particular style of the director behind the project. Numerous films throughout history have had memorable opening and closing shots that have elevated the feature in question, while also taking on a life of their own as iconic moments in cinema.

Following his first exploration of first and final frames in film, vimeo user Jacob T. Swinney has revisited the topic in a new video, looking at 70 new films and how their opening and closing mirror each other. Swinney had this to say in the episode description.

After numerous requests, I finally decided to create a sequel to “First and Final Frames”. Part II plays the opening and closing shots of 70 films side-by-side. Like the first video, some of the opening shots are strikingly similar to the final shots, while
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ITV at 60: where next for the home of Brideshead, Corrie and The X Factor?

ITV’s fortunes have been intertwined with those of the BBC since being founded in 1955. Now, with the Corporation’s future under scrutiny, it’s also the time for Britain’s biggest commercial broadcaster to think about its role

Related: Brideshead Revisited or Celebrity Wrestling: the best and worst of ITV

The question of to what extent the BBC should compete directly with ITV has already become integral to discussions with the government on the new royal charter and licence fee settlement. However, the opposite proposition – if and how ITV should shadow the BBC – has arisen since the earliest days of the commercial network and should be part of the chat over the plates of birthday cake marking the passing of 60 years since the launch of Britain’s first commercial broadcasting network.

Related: John Whittingdale raised eyebrows – challenging news scheduling and indie rules

Related: Why the BBC would never broadcast
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9 bodice ripping period dramas - from the steamy to the sodden

Prithee, my lord, loosen our corsets and unbutton our breeches. This week has seen a new wave of period drama steam, from Natalie Dormer's BBC film The Scandalous Lady W to the furore about the 'pornographic' new adaptation of Lady Chatterley's Lover.

But they're hardly the first shows to bare historical breasts and bottoms. Here's our 9 favourite saucy costume dramas...

Pride and Prejudice

Ooh, Mr Darcy. We'll ease you in gently with the BBC's iconic 1995 Pride and Prejudice miniseries, fondly remembered for the scene in which Colin Firth's dashing hero takes a dip in the Pemberley lake and emerges to greet his unexpected guests, dripping like a dolphin in a wet T-shirt contest.

While it may have shocked your grandma, this is pretty tame stuff.

Tipping the Velvet

Classic 19th century literature isn't known for its portrayal of lesbian love but Sarah Waters set out to right this
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Film Review: ‘Those People’

Film Review: ‘Those People’
The privileged Manhattan milieu is reminiscent of early Whit Stillman, but the storyline is closer to “The Line of Beauty” or “Brideshead Revisited” — surely it’s no accident that the most troubled character here is named Sebastian — in “Those People.” Joey Kuhn’s feature debut is impressively polished, but its burnished surface is more highly worked than the unevenly satisfying drama beneath. This tale of unrequited love among young denizens of the Upper East Side should nonetheless prove a popular item on the gay fest circuit, with niche home format sales assured and limited theatrical exposure a possibility.

Charlie (Jonathan Gordon) is finishing art school, but he seems primarily occupied as usual with the needs of longtime best friend Sebastian (Jason Ralph), the fulcrum of a clique that also includes Ursula (Britt Lower), London (Meghann Fahy) and “token straight boy” Wyatt (Chris Conroy). Sebastian is a reckless party boy who
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Film Review: 'A Royal Night Out'

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★★☆☆☆ Though its genesis is based in large part on the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of Ve Day, the arrival of A Royal Night Out (2015) has been granted an even higher level of prescience now that Princess Charlotte has been introduced to the royal fold. Directed by Julian Jarrold, whose previous forays into period storytelling include Becoming Jane (2007) and the stodgy Evelyn Waugh adaptation Brideshead Revisited (2008), his latest is an innocuous and overly frothy trifle that heavily coasts on a universal adoration for the monarchy, and little else. Acting as something of an unofficial bookend to 2010's The King's Speech, A Royal Night Out is set on the momentous night of 8 May, 1945.
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