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Gloria Bell Review

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‘Coming of middle age’ tales are rare. Normally, we follow a more youthful character on a journey of self-discovery to (hopefully) enlightenment at the end. Chilean director Sebastian Lelio’s 2013 Gloria starring the delightful Paulina Garcia in the title role has had a Hollywood A-lister makeover. Fans of the Spanish original might be asking why, as Garcia epitomises the ordinary single woman in the Fall of her adult life, reliving the dating and relationship pitfalls of bygone years.

Except Lelio has been extremely thoughtful about the casting for his American remake. Even though the new film pretty much follows the same narrative as the former, it is Julianne Moore as Gloria Bell who manages to silence the cynics.

Moore cannot – and does not – hide her film-star looks but bringing her usual sensitivity to a role and beguiling sexuality, she subtly and effortlessly down-plays a woman fighting daily for peace, happiness
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Tony Awards 2019: No Broadway debuts among this year’s acting winners

For only the third time this decade, none of the acting winners at this year’s Tony Awards did so for their Broadway debut. This is the 21st time that this has happened over the 73-year history of these top theater honors. Most of the winners were actually on the opposite end of the spectrum, winning for the first time after years of Broadway experience and several nominations to their name including André De Shields, Celia Keenan-Bolger and Stephanie J. Block. Check out the complete list of winners here.

The previous instances of Broadway debuts being shut out at the Tonys were in: 1948, 1952, 1953, 1956, 1959, 1960, 1970, 1971, 1974, 1976, 1978, 1982, 1990, 1991, 1994, 2001-2003, 2012 and 2017.

Below, you can see the names of all 96 people who have won Tonys for their debut on the Great White Way.

SEE2019 Tony Awards: Best Musical ‘Hadestown’ sweeps with 8 wins, ‘The Ferryman’ takes Best Play

Best Actor In A Play: 16 winners

Paul Scofield, “A Man for All Seasons” (1962)

Cliff Gorman,
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Oscar Flashback: With ‘The Little Mermaid,’ Disney begins its domination in Best Original Song

Oscar Flashback: With ‘The Little Mermaid,’ Disney begins its domination in Best Original Song
This article marks Part 19 of the Gold Derby series analyzing 84 years of Best Original Song at the Oscars. Join us as we look back at the timeless tunes recognized in this category, the results of each race and the overall rankings of the winners.

The 1989 Oscar nominees in Best Original Song were:

“After All” from “Chances Are”

“Kiss the Girl” from “The Little Mermaid

“Under the Sea” from “The Little Mermaid

“I Love to See You Smile” from “Parenthood

“The Girl Who Used to Be Me” from “Shirley Valentine

Won and should’ve won: “Under the Sea,” The Little Mermaid

Howard Ashman is, quite simply, one of the greatest and most influential lyricists of all-time.

Ashman, who initially left an immense impression not on the big screen but on stage from the late-1970s, through the mid-1980s, with colorful, idiosyncratic efforts like “God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater,” “Smile” and Little Shop of Horrors,
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Tony Awards 2018: Ari’el Stachel (‘The Band’s Visit’) becomes latest to win for Broadway debut

Ari’el Stachel became the latest person to take home a Tony Award for their Broadway debut. This victory puts him in a freshman club that now has 96 members. Watch him discuss his victory in the Tonys press room in the video above.

Stachel, who won Best Featured Actor in a Musical for playing Haled in “The Band’s Visit,” is the ninth person to claim that particular honor for his first Broadway outing. He joins:

Harry Belafonte, “John Murray Anderson’s Almanac” (1954)

Sydney Chaplin, “Bells are Ringing” (1957)

Frankie Michaels, “Mame” (1966)

Wilson Jermaine Heredia, “Rent” (1996)

Dan Fogler, “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” (2005)

Levi Kreis, “Million Dollar Quartet” (2010)

John Larroquette, “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” (2011)

Daveed Diggs, “Hamilton” (2016)

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Below are the Broadway debuts in the seven other acting categories that claimed Tony Awards.

Best Actor In A Play: 16 winners

Paul Scofield,
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Lewis Gilbert, Director of James Bond Hits ‘Moonraker’ and ‘You Only Live Twice,’ Dies at 97

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Lewis Gilbert, Director of James Bond Hits ‘Moonraker’ and ‘You Only Live Twice,’ Dies at 97
Lewis Gilbert, the Oscar-nominated British filmmaker whose credits include “Alfie” and three James Bond titles, died on Feb. 23, according to multiple media reports. He was 97. Gilbert’s Bond titles include “You Only Live Twice,” “The Spy Who Loved Me” and “Moonraker.” “Alfie” won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 1966 and scored five Oscar nominations including Best Picture. His other films include “Sink the Bismark,” “Educating Rita” and “Shirley Valentine.” Born in London in 1920, Gilbert became a child actor in the 1920s and 1930s, landing a role in Victor Hanbury and John Stafford’s “Dick Turpin” in...
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Theatre Review: Shirley Valentine (UK Tour)

Shirley Valentine theatre review (UK Tour): Shirley gets lost in a moment and finds herself again.

Shirley Valentine theatre review by Katey Thompson at the New Victoria Theatre, Woking, March 2017.

Willy Russell is known for writing about strong women; this play is no different and is the story of a woman from Liverpool, trapped with in a marriage where she can no longer identify with her old self. Asking herself ‘Where did Shirley Valentine go?’, she is rescued from her own limited existence by a friend Jane who pays for them both to take a 2-week holiday to Greece. This turns out be more than just any Mediterranean jaunt and becomes a journey of self-discovery. Shirley finds love and a new perspective on life with a Greek waiter Costas, whilst Jane has abandon her to find her own paradise.

The play is a monologue, the only other people on stage were the set dressers.
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The Time of Their Lives review – forgettable British comedy

Despite solid work by Joan and Pauline Collins, this tale of a fading film star fails to fly

Joan Collins plays Helen, a self-absorbed former movie star who sees a funeral in France as an opportunity to network and undo past mistakes.

Pauline Collins revisits Shirley Valentine territory as Priscilla, the browbeaten wife whom Helen bullies into accompanying her. It’s a rickety Zimmer frame of a plot, but both actors deliver memorable turns in a largely forgettable film.

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The Time of Their Lives review – depressingly cardboard pensioners' comedy

Joan Collins and Pauline Collins play silver-years friends on a jolly to a funeral in France, in a sentimental comedy that tests indulgence to the limits

There is a creeping and depressing awfulness to this sentimental silver-years comedy, whose silly and twee style of humour and cardboard characterisation jar with its strained moments of attempted poignancy. It stars Joan Collins as the former movie star Helen, now washed up in a retirement home, who bamboozles an unhappy grandmother (Pauline Collins) into travelling with her to France for her ex-lover’s funeral. There, they have adventures with a gallant Italian artist (Franco Nero). Pauline Collins plays a next-gen variation on her Shirley Valentine persona, just as she did in a comparably terrible Brit film called Mrs Caldicot’s Cabbage War, from 2002. Writer-director Roger Goldby has a great track record in television and, incidentally, executive-produced Rebecca Johnson’s tremendous urban drama Honeytrap.
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Afm: Salt boards sci-fi 'Peripheral' starring Hannah Arterton

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Exclusive: Sales deal for Paul Hyett’s recently wrapped sci-fi produced by Bill Kenwright.

UK sales outfit The Salt Company has boarded sales on sci-fi conspiracy thriller Peripheral from director Paul Hyett (Howl).

Hannah Arterton (Burn Burn Burn) stars as a young writer who enters into a Faustian pact with her publisher. Convinced to use a new smart editing software she stumbles upon a conspiracy of social control. As her mind unravels she finds herself going head to head with an artificial intelligence that is determined to write her book for her.

Producers on the feature, which wrapped in the UK this week, are UK theatre mogul Bill Kenwright and Craig Tuohy of Bill Kenwright Productions.

Co-starring are Jenny Seagrove (Local Hero), Tom Conti (Shirley Valentine), Elliott James Langridge (Northen Soul). The writer is Dan Schaffer (Doghouse).

The Salt Company, which is handling world sales for the film, is also at the Afm with Miss You Already starring
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The BBC promises us an autumn of culture, but don’t expect any surprises | Rachel Cooke

The corporation’s arts coverage bears the stamp of committee-led box-ticking. Why is there no devilment?

I am a pretty keen consumer of culture. I read two books a week, some for work but most for pleasure. I go to the theatre, ticket prices allowing, twice a month, and sometimes more, dividing these visits between big venues and smaller stages. I’m crazy about art, and I try to see as much as I can, both in London, where I live, and elsewhere; a train journey is nothing to me if there’s a decent gallery at the end of it. Between now and Christmas, I have tickets for half-a-dozen concerts. Lastly, there’s television, which I love.

You might, then, expect me to have been thrilled by the announcement that, this autumn, BBC2 will junk the repeats and devote Saturday nights to the arts, all the more so because
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Joan Collins-Pauline Collins comedy underway in France

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Exclusive: Filming has commenced on The Time Of Their Lives, also starring Franco Nero and Joely Richardson; Sir Tim Rice to oversee the soundtrack.

Shoot is underway in France on road-trip-comedy The Time Of Their Lives, starring Golden Globe-winner Dame Joan Collins (Dynasty) and BAFTA-winner Pauline Collins, OBE (Shirley Valentine).

In writer-director Roger Goldby’s (Call The Midwife) feature, a former Hollywood siren Helen (Joan Collins), who is determined to gatecrash her ex-lover’s funeral, escapes her London retirement home with the help of Priscilla (Pauline Collins), a downtrodden English housewife trapped in an unhappy marriage.

Franco Nero (Django Unchained) will play Alberto, a famous and eccentric Italian painter. Alberto becomes entangled with the two ladies and inspired by their madness, joins their road trip and, in turn, becomes part of an uneasy love triangle between Helen and Priscilla, who both vie for his attentions.

The main cast are joined by Joely Richardson (101 Dalmatians) and Ronald Pickup (Best
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Joan Collins-Pauline Collins comedy gets underway in France

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Exclusive: Filming has commenced on The Time Of Their Lives, also starring Franco Nero and Joely Richardson; Sir Tim Rice to oversee the soundtrack.

Shoot is underway in France on road-trip-comedy The Time Of Their Lives, starring Golden Globe-winner Dame Joan Collins (Dynasty) and BAFTA-winner Pauline Collins, OBE (Shirley Valentine).

In writer-director Roger Goldby’s (Call The Midwife) feature, a former Hollywood siren Helen (Joan Collins), who is determined to gatecrash her ex-lover’s funeral, escapes her London retirement home with the help of Priscilla (Pauline Collins), a downtrodden English housewife trapped in an unhappy marriage.

Franco Nero (Django Unchained) will play Alberto, a famous and eccentric Italian painter. Alberto becomes entangled with the two ladies and inspired by their madness, joins their road trip and, in turn, becomes part of an uneasy love triangle between Helen and Priscilla, who both vie for his attentions.

The main cast are joined by Joely Richardson (101 Dalmatians) and Ronald Pickup (Best
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Collins' Sex Novels Have Enjoyed Unexpectedly Few Film Versions (The Stud, The Bitch)

Joan Collins in 'The Bitch': Sex tale based on younger sister Jackie Collins' novel. Author Jackie Collins dead at 77: Surprisingly few film and TV adaptations of her bestselling novels Jackie Collins, best known for a series of bestsellers about the dysfunctional sex lives of the rich and famous and for being the younger sister of film and TV star Joan Collins, died of breast cancer on Sept. 19, '15, in Los Angeles. The London-born (Oct. 4, 1937) Collins was 77. Collins' tawdry, female-centered novels – much like those of Danielle Steel and Judith Krantz – were/are immensely popular. According to her website, they have sold more than 500 million copies in 40 countries. And if the increasingly tabloidy BBC is to be believed (nowadays, Wikipedia has become a key source, apparently), every single one of them – 32 in all – appeared on the New York Times' bestseller list. (Collins' own site claims that a mere 30 were included.) Sex
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BBC’s ‘Dickensian’ To Interweave Classic Characters; Stephen Rea & More Cast

BBC’s ‘Dickensian’ To Interweave Classic Characters; Stephen Rea & More Cast
In a sort of super-literary-hero mash-up, filming has just begun on Dickensian, an ambitious 20-part BBC One period drama that brings together some of Charles Dickens’ most iconic characters. Stephen Rea has joined the cast as Inspector Bucket from Bleak House while Shirley Valentine Oscar nominee Pauline Collins is Mrs Gamp from Martin Chuzzlewit, and Caroline Quentin (Dancing On The Edge) plays Oliver Twist’s Mrs Bumble. SpooksPeter Firth and The Imitation Game‘s Tuppe…
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50 brilliant movie opening credits sequences

From a range of eras and genres, here's Jenny and Alex's light-hearted pick of 50 great opening title sequences from the movies...

Odd List

We don’t go to the cinema much, because we hate people. We also don’t go because there’s always the risk of accidentally going to see the wrong film. It's not helped by the fact that there's no way of telling until it’s too late, because there are no bloody opening credits on lots of modern films. And by the time you do realise, you’ve eaten all your popcorn and you can’t be bothered to move.

The movies on this list won’t give you that problem. These opening credits are perfect scene setters for the movies that follow, so you won’t have to worry about awkward popcorn wasting moments. It's not a top 50, rather a selection of 50 interesting credits sequences,
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Comedians and their parents: Nina Conti and father Tom

'It sounds like it was a risible, weird topic to you': Nina and Tom Conti get to grips with her choice of career

Tom Conti says he and Nina's mother Kara had a favourite expression in the early days. When there was a lull in the conversation, one of them would ask the other, "Do you know anything about ventriloquism?" Both were actors, and neither of them did.

"How bizarre," Nina says. "It sounds like it was a risible, weird topic to you."

"Yes," Tom continues happily in a rich, rolling Scottish accent, "it was an absurdity."

Nina is weighing up her father's words. This conversation could go either way. She smiles. "It was an absurdity to me, too. I only did it to please Ken Campbell, because he wanted me to try it and he was quite scary. You had to do what he said – you always did his bidding.
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Collins & Collins: Joan and Pauline team up for buddy movie

The actors will star in The Time of Their Lives, a film that's 'Thelma & Louise with a hint of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' according to Joan Collins

• Stuart Heritage on which other same-surname movies should be greenlit

From Lethal Weapon to Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, the buddy movie has long been dominated by men – but thanks to Joan Collins and Pauline Collins, all that is set to change.

The British actors will star in The Time of Their Lives, a road movie in which Joan plays a former Hollywood star who escapes her London retirement home and travels to France for her ex-husband's funeral. Pauline plays a housewife with a failing marriage who joins the trip, and the pair become romantically embroiled with a reclusive Frenchman played by Franco Nero.

"I was very excited by the script, which was sent to me about one month ago,
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Joan Collins, Pauline Collins to lead comedy road-movie

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Joan Collins, Pauline Collins to lead comedy road-movie
Exclusive: Franco Nero, lyricist Tim Rice, designer Eve Stewart also attached to Roger Goldby project.

Joan Collins, Pauline Collins and Franco Nero are attached to star in UK road movie The Time of Their Lives, from The Waiting Room writer-director Roger Goldby.

Former Dynasty star Collins is set to play Helen, a former Hollywood siren determined to gatecrash her ex-husband’s funeral at a glamorous French hideaway. Helen escapes her London retirement home with the help of Priscilla (Pauline Collins), a repressed English housewife stuck in a bad marriage.

Nero, whose prolific career includes the starring role in 1966 Western Django, will play a famous French recluse who becomes part of an uneasy love triangle with the two women.

Sarah Sulick produces for Bright Pictures, the company she set up with Roger Goldby to make his debut feature The Waiting Room, which premiered at Edinburgh and sold to Lionsgate in the UK, IFC Films in the
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Lff 2013: Gloria Review

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Cinematic portrayals of the trials and tribulations of a more mature love saga usually go hand in hand with an obvious comedic sentiment that forgives any flaws or misdemeanours in the actions of the older protagonist. In 1989’s Shirley Valentine, say, the middle-aged heroine played by Pauline Collins was mocked for having a mid-life crisis, complete with one last fling in the sun. Things improved for the older actor with the more recent The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011) exploring the relationship dramas of a bunch of retired Brits, but it was still cloaked in humour.

The striking difference with Chilean writer-director Sebastian Lelio’s engaging and often dark Gloria is how the lead role of the same name could be played by any aged woman. Also, how events unfold very matter of fact in navigating the rocky relationship scene – the comedy is subjective and subliminal, if at all. With the
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Acorn Release Agatha Christie and P G Wodehouse Classics on DVD

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Poirot

Kieran Kinsella

Acorn Media have released numerous Agatha Christie tales on DVD but this month they are upping the ante by releasing a box set that is like manna from Heaven for fans of Britain’s favorite mystery writer. Their six disc, 16 hour long, January 29 release contains some of the best loved stories involving both Marple and Poirot. Two super sleuths squeezed into one novel sized box.

The six Poirot tales include my personal favorite – The ABC Murders, and Christie’s best loved tale – Murder on the Orient Express. I had never seen Four and Twenty Blackbirds or The Mysterious Affair at Styles before but both were very good. The former revolved around the double murder of two elderly brothers while the latter involved the murder of an early 20th century “cougar” who may or may not have been “done in” by her toy boy. Hercule Poirot’s Christmas
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