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Recommended New Books on Filmmaking: ‘Twin Peaks,’ James Dean, ‘Seinfeld,’ ‘Aliens,’ and More

It’s time to head back to Twin Peaks, salute some major names (Gus Van Sant, James Cameron, Hal Ashby, Guillermo del Toro, Orson Welles), icons (James Dean), and (former) power players (Mike Ovitz). Plus, Harry Potter, Seinfeld, and McDonald’s! Let’s start with a loving look back at 50 years of the starship Enterprise.

Star Trek: 50 Artists 50 Years (Titan Books)

There have been a number of interesting books released to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, but there’s no question that 50 Artists 50 Years is the handsomest. As the title makes clear, the premise is simple: 50 respected artists, all with wildly unique styles, were tasked with creating a work of art highlighting some element of the Trek universe. There’s plenty of original series — Glen Brogan’s jaunty representation of the bridge of the Enterprise is my personal favorite — and lots of Spock. Plus, Leonard Nimoy himself
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Sam Kelly obituary

Versatile stage and screen character actor loved for his roles in popular TV comedies

Equally at home in panto and Pinter, sitcom and Shakespeare, Sam Kelly, who has died of cancer aged 70, was a quirky, instantly recognisable character actor, often playing beyond his natural age, and often peering through rimless spectacles like a mole pushing through to the surface. And once there, he quipped and cavorted with the best of them: Dave Allen, Dick Emery and Paul Merton on television, and the Two Ronnies, with whom he toured onstage to Australia, having partnered Ronnie Barker in the sitcom Porridge as the illiterate conman Bunny Warren, who couldn't decipher the words "burglar alarm" when it most mattered.

He enjoyed a long-time collaboration with the director Mike Leigh, dating from a "wiped" BBC television film, Knock for Knock, in 1976, right through to Leigh's latest, Mr Turner, starring Timothy Spall as the great painter.
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Doctor Who Recruits The Avengers' Diana Rigg

Doctor Who Recruits The Avengers' Diana Rigg
Doctor Who will hang with one very groovy lady when Dame Diana Rigg aka The Avengers‘ Emma Peel guest-stars on the BBC series next season.

And joining Rigg for her trip with the Time Lord will be her real-life daughter, Rachael Stirling, the BBC reports.

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In an episode filming this week with series star Matt Smith and new companion Jenna-Louise Coleman, Rigg and Stirling will play a Yorkshire local and her daughter, who together share a “dark secret.”

“The first time Rachie and I will be working together
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'Doctor Who' casts Dame Diana Rigg, Rachael Stirling

'Doctor Who' casts Dame Diana Rigg, Rachael Stirling
Dame Diana Rigg and Rachael Stirling have been cast in the next series of Doctor Who. The Bleak House actress and her daughter, last seen in Snow White and The Huntsman, will appear in a 2013 episode written by Mark Gatiss. Though character details have yet to be announced, the pair will replicate their real-life relationship on screen by playing a mother and daughter with a dark secret. In a statement, Stirling described her role on the BBC sci-fi as a "joy", adding: "I am looking forward to the madness of Doctor Who enormously. "Mark Gatiss has written a gift of a script and an on-screen relationship between Ma and I that is truly delicious. "We have never before worked together because the offers have not been tempting, but when such a funny and original (more)
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