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‘Gosford Park’ Star Stephen Fry Reveals His Battle With Cancer

Gosford Park and Wilde star Stephen Fry has revealed that he was diagnosed with prostate cancer but said that he is recovering well. Fry, who stepped down from hosting duties ahead of this year's BAFTA Film Awards, said that it was an "aggressive little bugger" but added that "it all seemed to go pretty well." In a 13-minute YouTube video posted to his own website, he called it "mischievous" but praised his family and his "darling husband" Eliott Spencer after a…
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Stephen Fry Reveals Battle With Cancer in Online Video

Stephen Fry Reveals Battle With Cancer in Online Video
Stephen Fry has told fans about his battle with prostate cancer in a video posted to his website Friday. The video from the actor, comedian, and repeat BAFTA Awards presenter opens with the title “A Message From Stephen Fry” before the star recounts how he was diagnosed with prostate cancer and subsequently had surgery. He assured fans and supporters that “as far as we know, it’s all been got.”

Fry said he went to see his doctor for a routine flu shot late last year and, as part of a wider checkup, discovered he had prostate cancer. He went on to describe the treatment he has received and the subsequent surgery he underwent to remove his prostate. “It all seemed to go pretty well,” he said of the procedure.

He described the cancer as an “aggressive little bugger,” but said he is recovering. “You think you’re going to recover well but it takes longer than it
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St Vincent to direct The Picture Of Dorian Gray

Tony Sokol Aug 17, 2017

Rock star St Vincent will put a feminine spin on Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray.

Annie Clark, who is better known by her rock star name St. Vincent, is directing an adaptation of The Picture Of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde’s controversial 1890 novel for Lionsgate. The updated film will have a twist. The Picture Of Dorian Grey will be a portrait of a woman.

The Victorian era story of a hedonist who never gets old will be adapted by David Birke (Elle, the upcoming Slender Man).

Multi-instrumentalist St. Vincent started her music career as a member of the Polyphonic Spree and Sufjan Stevens's touring band before forming her own band in 2006. She released her debut album Marry Me in 2007. She collaborated with David Byrne for the 2012 album Love This Giant. Her eponymous album won the Grammy for Best Alternative Album in 2015.

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‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’: St. Vincent to Direct Female-Led Film Adaptation (Exclusive)

‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’: St. Vincent to Direct Female-Led Film Adaptation (Exclusive)
Lionsgate has launched development of a movie based on Oscar Wilde’s 1890 novel “The Picture of Dorian Gray,” Variety has learned exclusively.

The studio is putting a twist on the classic Victorian age story of a hedonistic man whose self-portrait ages while he stays eternally young. In this project, the title character will be a woman.

The film will be directed by Annie Clark, a.k.a St. Vincent, the experimental rock multi-instrumentalist. Her album, the self-titled “St. Vincent,” won the Grammy for Best Alternative Album in 2015. She has been the recipient of the Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award and the Q Maverick award, both given for outstanding innovation in the arts.
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Martin Short, Maya Rudolph Join Ricky Gervais in Animated Film ‘Willoughbys’

Martin Short, Maya Rudolph Join Ricky Gervais in Animated Film ‘Willoughbys’
Martin Short, Maya Rudolph, Jane Krakowski, Terry Crews, and Sean Cullen will voice Bron Animation’s movie “The Willoughbys.”

The project is based on the Lois Lowry children’s book of the same name. Rudolph will be the voice of Nanny, who looks after the Willoughby children. Crews is voicing candy mogul Commander Melanoff, and Short and Krakowski will voice Father and Mother Willoughby, parents so in love with each other that they forget they even have children. Cullen voices the twin boys Barnaby A and B.

Ricky Gervais was previously announced as the narrator of the film, which follows the four Willoughby children. When abandoned by their selfish parents, they embark on an adventure through the modern world, colliding with a cat, an orphan, a nanny, and a candy mogul, to reunite with the “family they were born into.”

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Trump Jokes, Lgbt Issues Take Center Stage at Oscar Wilde Awards

Trump Jokes, Lgbt Issues Take Center Stage at Oscar Wilde Awards
The whiskey and Trump jabs were flowing freely at the Bad Robot offices on Thursday night.

Stars from the worlds of “Star Trek” and “Loving,” music, and comedy gathered at the sprawling headquarters of J.J. Abrams’ production company for the 12th Annual Oscar Wilde Awards. The U.S.-Ireland Alliance event, founded by Trina Vargo, was designed to honor Irish talent in entertainment.

The vast Bad Robot space was bathed in shamrock green, with a podium installed in one corner on the roof next to an open bar (perhaps appropriately for an Irish-centered event, as honoree Martin Short pointed out). Abrams served as emcee for the night, and after jokingly asking why on earth he had been asked back to host the event, he listed the honorees: Short, Glen Hansard, Caitriona Balfe, Ruth Negga, and Zachary Quinto.

As Quinto had previously told Variety, his connection with Oscar Wilde runs far deeper than shared Irish roots,
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Oscar Wilde Awards Honors Irish-Hollywood Connection

Oscar Wilde Awards Honors Irish-Hollywood Connection
Oscar Wilde Awards honoree Martin Short, known for his zingers and stinging observations, was asked if anyone in the current presidential administration is ripe for satire. “Everyone is ripe for satire,” he says, “particularly in this administration. But it’s hard to satirize, hard to go broader than what we have seen.”

Asked if his talk-show character Jiminy Glick would have anything to say about the current Trump administration, Short demurs. “I’m not going there.”

Short feels a connection to the Wilde Awards. “My mother was half-Irish, my father was 100%,” he offers. Short, who has credits going back to 1972, says his father introduced him to film. They watched Ireland-set films such as “The Quiet Man” and “Shake Hands With the Devil.”

And while fans admire his wit, the performer freely admits, “I don’t know that if I could compare to Oscar Wilde.”

The comic actor is one of
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Beauty Break: Jude Law

Jude Law is 44 years old today and what better way to shake off the blues than to appreciate extremely vivid talent that's still very much with us and has always comes in such delicious wrapping? Next up for Jude Law is the intriguing but-who-knows HBO series The Young Pope.

But until then we gawk at the beauty for with Jude Law the beauty never ends, no matter what phase of life he's hit or what character he's lurking within. He began as callow twinks, moved into suave young guns, aced the sexually promiscuous twenty-something swingers and wounded thirtysomething romantic. And now he charms whether purposefully going to seed or cleaning up real nice in middle age.

We've loved him since his film breakthrough in 1997 (Wilde, Gattaca, Bent). Twenty years later after offering up many great performances and generous eye candy to his fans, he has yet to give us a reason to stop.
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Merry Chrispmas, Mr. Crisp

England is viewed by the wider world as a nation of eccentrics. This is considered a genetic characteristic, and something to be celebrated. Like most assumptions, the truth lies somewhat wide of the remark. Quentin Crisp, one such "National Treasure," is now rightly revered as one, but his journey from pariah nuisance to that of sage-like venerability was a long and winding affair. He migrated to New York, remaining vital till the end, an amalgam of defiance and disappointment worn as wit.

Some considered him a latter-day Oscar Wilde, a comparison he didn't much value, remarking that he'd known many who'd been sent to prison for crimes of the flesh like Wilde's, without being broken or penning such bad verse.

Unkind maybe, but Wilde had it all and lost it largely because of his own arrogance. He could have fled to Paris, had the chance to but didn't take it.
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Filming underway on Rupert Everett’s Oscar Wilde biopic The Happy Prince

Screen International is reporting that principal photography is now underway on The Happy Prince, a biopic of Oscar Wilde starring Rupert Everett, who also writes and directs.

The Happy Prince “tells the story of the last days of famed playwright Wilde. As he lies on his death bed, the past floods back to him, transporting him to other times and places.”

Everett is joined in the cast of the film by Colin Firth (The King’s Speech), Edwin Thomas (Churchill: 100 Days That Saved Britain), Colin Morgan (Merlin), Emily Watson (War Horse), Tom Wilkinson (Michael Clayton), Miranda Richardson (Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 1), Beatrice Dalle (Betty Blue) and John Standing (The Elephant Man).
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Rupert Everett, Colin Firth begin filming Oscar Wilde biopic

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Rupert Everett, Colin Firth begin filming Oscar Wilde biopic
The Happy Prince chronicles Wilde in the last days of his life.

Rupert Everett’s long-gestating Oscar Wilde biopic The Happy Prince has commenced principal photography in Bavaria, Germany.

Everett directs from his own screenplay and will star alongside Colin Firth (The King’s Speech).

The cast is rounded out by Edwin Thomas (Churchill: 100 Days That Saved Britain), Colin Morgan (Merlin), Emily Watson (War Horse), Tom Wilkinson (Michael Clayton), Miranda Richardson (Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 1), Beatrice Dalle (Betty Blue), and John Standing (The Elephant Man).

The biopic tells the story of the last days of famed playwright Wilde. As he lies on his death bed, the past floods back to him, transporting him to other times and places.

The project will also shoot in France, Belgium and Italy.

Maze Pictures is producing with Entre Chien et Loup in co-production with Palomar. Beta Cinemas is handling worldwide sales.

The project
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ITV Studios Global Ent. Buys Minority Stake in Route 24

ITV Studios Global Entertainment has acquired a minority stake in fledgling TV drama shingle Route 24.

The newly-established outfit was founded by indie film producer Marc Samuelson and co-directors Robert Cheek and Josie Law. Writer and producer Matt Delray will also work with the team as a consultant development producer.

Route 24 will focus on high-end drama with Itvs Ge exclusively distributing all of its content. The shingle currently has several series in development with broadcasters and has rights to a number of projects with the John Wyndham Estate, providing access to the celebrated author’s IP.

Samuelson has had a career in film production for more than 20 years with credits including Oscar-nominated “Tom & Viv” and “Chico & Rita” as well as Stephen Fry and Jude Law starrer “Wilde” and U.K. clicks “Stormbreaker” and “TT3D: Closer to the Edge.” He also exec produced BBC series “The Shadow Line.”

“Marc has an exciting
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‘Carol’ Sweeps Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Awards

‘Carol’ Sweeps Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Awards
Todd Haynes’ “Carol,” which missed out on key nominations for best picture and best director from the Academy last week, swept the Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association’s top categories, the org announced Monday. The film won top honors for film of the year and received gongs for director Haynes, lead actress Cate Blanchett and screenplay.

Haynes also took the Wilde Artist of the Year Award (named for the group’s “patron saint,” Oscar Wilde), while the film was named Lgbtq Film of the Year as well. Leonardo DiCaprio won the lead actor prize for his performance in “The Revenant.”

On the television side, “Fargo” and “Orange is the New Black” tied for the drama series award, while “Transparent” won a trio, for best comedy series, comedy actor (Jeffrey Tambor) and Lgbtq show of the year.

Full list of winners below.

Film of the Year

Carol

Director of the Year

Todd Haynes,
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Stage Tube: On This Day for 1/12/16- The Importance Of Being Earnest

Today in 1939, The Importance of Being Earnest opened at the Vanderbilt Theatre, where it ran for 61 performances. Written by Oscar Wilde, the show was first performed on 14 February 1895 at St. James's Theatre in London, it is a farcical comedy in which the protagonists maintain fictitious personae in order to escape burdensome social obligations. Working within the social conventions of late Victorian London, the play's major themes are the triviality with which it treats institutions as serious as marriage, and the resulting satire of Victorian ways. Its high farce and witty dialogue have helped make The Importance of Being Earnest Wilde's most enduringly popular play.
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The Selfish Giant

Director Clio Barnard’s 2013 film is an unflinching look at the hard scrabble lives of two teenage misfits growing up in a poverty-stricken area of post-Thatcher England. The two boys, who earn their money collecting and selling scrap metal, fall in with a Fagin-like dealer whose shady ways lead to inevitable tragedy. The film was very loosely based on a children’s parable written by Oscar Wilde and though Wilde’s story takes place far from the destitute foothills of Bradford, England, the melancholy allegory proves both moving and authentic.
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Exclusive interview with actress Julia Farino

Senior Staff Writer sits down with British actress Julia Farino about her new career in the Us, her upcoming role in a new version of Lady Windermere’s Fan and her aspirations for the future…

Scott J. Davis: How did you get started as an actress-singer? Was it always your dream?

Julia Farino: Well, I didn’t dream of being a pop star or film star when I was a kid. It was only when I was 15 and wanted something to do over the summer holidays that I joined a local, youth, drama group and I fell in love with performing. I pleaded with my parents to let me leave school at 16 and apply for drama school and I was amazed as, contrary to what I expected, they agreed and backed me all the way. I enrolled in a 3 year musical theatre course at the London Studio Centre – winning
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BBC America Honors 'The Rocky Horror Show's' 40th Anniversary with Stephen Fry-Starring Special

BBC America has just announced that in celebration of the cult classic, "The Rocky Horror Show," their viewers will be able to watch a rare midnight premiere of an on-stage rendition, starring Stephen Fry and Anthony Stewart Head among others.  Read More: HBO to Celebrate 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show' 40th Anniversary with Midnight Screening Original show creator Richard O'Brien will accompany Fry as "Narrator" on October 18 from the Playhouse Theater in London. But fans not in the UK will be able to watch the one-of-a-kind stage performance by tuning into BBC America at midnight. The special will also encore on October 31 to conclude a full day of "Doctor Who"-lloween. "The Rocky Horror Show" also will feature guest narrators including Fry ("Wilde," "Blackadder," "Qi"),  Head ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer"), Adrian Edmondson ("The Young Ones"), Emma Bunton (The...
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Michael Emerson, Sally Field, Darren Criss to Star in Charity Reading of Oscar Wilde Play

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Michael Emerson, Sally Field, Darren Criss to Star in Charity Reading of Oscar Wilde Play
Michael Emerson will star in a one-night benefit reading of the Moisés Kaufman play “Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde.” A revival of the drama, which chronicles Wilde’s trial for homosexuality, was blocked in Moscow by the Kremlin earlier this year for its Lgbt content. The reading is being staged to raise awareness of the rights being denied Russia’s Lgbtq community. The rest of the cast includes Jonathan Groff, Sally Field, Michael C. Hall, David Hyde Pierce, Tony Kushner, Judith Light, Darren Criss, Tituss Burges, David Burtka, Andy Mientus, Jose Llana, Will Carlyon and Jake Shears.
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Seven shorts honoured by Miff

Seven films have been recognised for their strength, technicality and ingenuity in the 64th Melbourne International Film Festival (Miff) best shorts awards.

The jury consisting of producer Anna McLeish, author and writer Christos Tsiolkas and Rialto Distribution.s Hayley Weston. awarded the following films: The Rmit University Award for Best Experimental Short Film went to French film Tehran-geles by director Arash Nassiri and producer Eric Prigent, in which a futuristic vision of Tehran is constructed using aerial shots of Los Angeles at night. The jury said, .Nassiri.s astonishing and mesmerising film, that blurs the lines between animation and the real, between science fiction and documentary, is a visually inventive exploration of what the future of the moving image might look like.. Pond5 Award for Best Documentary Short Film was given to Nowhere Line: Voices from Manus Island by director/producer Lukas Schrank, in which animation is used to depict
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