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Jimmy Edwards – Outed 'Conservative' Gay British Comedian Discussed: Q&A with Biographer Anthony Slide

Jimmy Edwards. Best known for his radio and television work – Take It from Here in the former medium; Whack-O! in the latter – British comedian Jimmy Edwards was seen, mostly in small parts, in about a dozen features from the late 1940s to the late 1960s. His most notable film role […]


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Jimmy Edwards – Outed 'Conservative' Gay British Comedian Discussed: Q&A with Biographer Anthony Slide



Yvonne Monlaur: Cult Horror Film Actress & Bond Girl Contender Dies

Yvonne Monlaur: Cult horror movie actress & Bond Girl contender was featured in the 1960 British classics Circus of Horrors & The Brides of Dracula. Actress Yvonne Monlaur dead at 77: Best remembered for cult horror classics 'Circus of Horrors' & 'The Brides of Dracula' Actress Yvonne Monlaur, best known […]


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Yvonne Monlaur: Cult Horror Film Actress & Bond Girl Contender Dies



Alan Rickman Dead: Professor Snape in 'Harry Potter' Movies Won BAFTA & Golden Globe

Alan Rickman: Professor Snape in 'Harry Potter' movies. Alan Rickman dead at 69: Professor Snape in 'Harry Potter' movies, 'Die Hard' actor took home Bafta, Golden Globe Alan Rickman, best known for his role as Professor Snape in the Harry Potter movies, died of cancer on Jan. 14, '16. Rickman […]


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Alan Rickman Dead: Professor Snape in 'Harry Potter' Movies Won BAFTA & Golden Globe



British Cinema and Hollywood - 'A Special Relationship': Q&A with Anthony Slide

Alfred Hitchcock, Cary Grant, and Ingrid Bergman: The 'Notorious' British (Hitchcock, Grant) and Swedish (Bergman) talent. British actors and directors in Hollywood; Hollywood actors and directors in Britain: Anthony Slide's 'A Special Relationship.' 'A Special Relationship' Q&A: Britain in Hollywood and Hollywood in Britain First of all, what made you […]


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British Cinema and Hollywood - 'A Special Relationship': Q&A with Anthony Slide



West End Theater Raves & Best Actress Tony Award: Minor Columbia Pictures Actress Went Far

West End stage actress Constance Cummings also appeared on Broadway and in Hollywood and British movies. West End theater star: Constance Cummings in 'Saint Joan,' Shakespeare (See previous post: “Constance Cummings: From Harold Lloyd to Eugene O'Neill.”) In the mid-1930s, Constance Cummings landed the title roles in two of husband […]


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West End Theater Raves & Best Actress Tony Award: Minor Columbia Pictures Actress Went Far



Constance Cummings: Vastly Underrated Actress Went from Harold Lloyd to Eugene O'Neill

Constance Cummings: Actress went from minor, long-eyelashed Hollywood leading lady in Harold Lloyd and Frank Capra movies to starring in West End plays by Eugene O'Neill, Noël Coward and William Shakespeare. Constance Cummings: Vastly underrated actress should be better remembered Actress Constance Cummings, whose career spanned more than six decades […]


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Constance Cummings: Vastly Underrated Actress Went from Harold Lloyd to Eugene O'Neill



Michael Caine Movies: Heroes and Villains from Gay Wife Murderer to 'Best British Film' Star

Michael Caine young. Michael Caine movies: From Irwin Allen bombs to Woody Allen classic It's hard to believe that Michael Caine has been around making movies for nearly six decades. No wonder he's had time to appear – in roles big and small and tiny – in more than 120 […]


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Michael Caine Movies: Heroes and Villains from Gay Wife Murderer to 'Best British Film' Star



Glenda Jackson: 2-Time Best Actress Oscar Winner, Former MP Comeback via Emile Zola

Glenda Jackson: Actress and former Labour MP. Two-time Oscar winner and former Labour MP Glenda Jackson returns to acting Two-time Best Actress Academy Award winner Glenda Jackson set aside her acting career after becoming a Labour Party MP in 1992. Four years ago, Jackson, who represented the Greater London constituency […]


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Glenda Jackson: 2-Time Best Actress Oscar Winner, Former MP Comeback via Emile Zola



'About a Boy' Movie Review: Hugh Grant Tragically Discovers His Inner Family Man

'About a Boy' movie with Hugh Grant and Baby: 'No man has the right to be an island' message. 'About a Boy' movie review: Some men should remain islands On the surface, Chris and Paul Weitz's 2002 movie About a Boy has a profound, affecting premise. No man is an […]


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'About a Boy' Movie Review: Hugh Grant Tragically Discovers His Inner Family Man



'Henry V' Movie (1944) Actress Renée Asherson Dead at 99: 'The Others' Blind Medium

Renée Asherson in Henry V (1944), with Laurence Olivier. 'Henry V' movie (1944) actress Renée Asherson dead at 99: Laurence Olivier leading lady in acclaimed Shakespearean classic Renée Asherson, a British stage actress featured in London productions of A Streetcar Named Desire and Three Sisters, but best known internationally as […]


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'Henry V' Movie (1944) Actress Renée Asherson Dead at 99: 'The Others' Blind Medium



Ivor Novello: British Stage Legend & Hitchcock Star in 'Autumn Crocus'

Ivor Novello: 'Autumn Crocus' movie adaptation with Fay Compton. Ivor Novello last movie: 'Autumn Crocus' Can a naive, plain-looking, spinster school teacher ever find real love in faraway places? This was a question asked by Shirley Booth in Arthur Laurents' 1952 stage play The Time of the Cuckoo; Katharine Hepburn […]


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Ivor Novello: British Stage Legend & Hitchcock Star in 'Autumn Crocus'



Best British Movies of All Time?

Best British movies of all time: Michael Caine in 'Get Carter.' Best British Movies of All Time? Ten years ago, Get Carter, starring Michael Caine as a dangerous-looking London gangster, was selected as the United Kingdom's very best movie of all time according to 25 British film critics polled by […]


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Best British Movies of All Time?



BAFTAs: The Hollywood England Awards Strike Again

Argo, Ben Affleck top BAFTA Awards Argo and Ben Affleck, much like most of their predecessors in recent years, remain unstoppable. Argo was named Best Film and Ben Affleck Best Director at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards, a.k.a. the BAFTAs, earlier this evening at a ceremony […]


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BAFTAs: The Hollywood England Awards Strike Again



Deborah Kerr: Sexual Outlaw

Deborah Kerr, Burt Lancaster, From Here to Eternity. With Deborah Kerr, it's not the bare shoulders that matter. It's the eyes. Deborah Kerr, who died at the age of 86 on Oct. 16, 2007, has usually been labeled the cinematic embodiment of the English Rose: ladylike from coiffure to pedicure, […]


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Deborah Kerr: Sexual Outlaw



Oscar-Nominated Actress Joyce Redman Dies

Actress Joyce Redman, Oscar nominated for both Tom Jones and Othello, died in Kent, England, earlier today. The Newcastle-born Redman, who was either 93 or 96, had been suffering from pneumonia. Film lovers will remember her as Tom Jones' Mrs. Waters, stealing the movie while “sexting” – as in, sex […]


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Oscar-Nominated Actress Joyce Redman Dies



BAFTA Fellowship: Very Few Women, Very Few Outside UK/Hollywood Film Industry

Alfred Hitchcock on the 'Psycho' set: The very first BAFTA Fellowship recipient. BAFTA Fellowship: Focus on men in the American/British show business industry The first recipient of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts' Fellowship, “awarded in recognition of outstanding achievement in the art forms of the moving image,” […]


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BAFTA Fellowship: Very Few Women, Very Few Outside UK/Hollywood Film Industry



TCM Remembers: From Farley Granger & Annie Girardot to Googie Withers & 'Sex Film' Actresses

Farley Granger shirtless publicity shot ca. late 1940s. A Samuel Goldwyn discovery, dark and handsome Farley Granger might have become a bigger star had he not been under contract to the independent producer, whose output was considerably more limited than that of the major studios. Apart from the box office […]


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TCM Remembers: From Farley Granger & Annie Girardot to Googie Withers & 'Sex Film' Actresses



Ken Russell Movies: Sex & Other Controversies

Ken Russell, best known for his movies featuring sex-starved nuns, nude male wrestling, “offensive” religious symbolism, and kaleidoscopic musical numbers, died Sunday, Nov. 27, '11, in the United Kingdom. Russell had suffered a series of strokes. He was 84. Now hardly as remembered or admired as, say, '70s Hollywood icons […]


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Ken Russell Movies: Sex & Other Controversies



'Shame' Banned to Most Teenagers in the US, UK - But Not in France

Michael Fassbender, Shame Steve McQueen's Shame, a look at a man suffering from what some refer to as “sex addiction,” has been screwed with an NC-17 rating by the censors at the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). That means no one under 17 is allowed to watch Shame at […]


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'Shame' Banned to Most Teenagers in the US, UK - But Not in France



George Baker Dies: Tiberius in 'I Claudius' & Inspector Wexford in 'The Ruth Rendell Mysteries'

George Baker, best known for playing Tiberius in the British television series I, Claudius, and Inspector Wexford in The Ruth Rendell Mysteries, died after suffering from pneumonia and a stroke, according to The Guardian. He was 80. Though best remembered for his television work, Baker appeared in about 30 movies […]


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George Baker Dies: Tiberius in 'I Claudius' & Inspector Wexford in 'The Ruth Rendell Mysteries'



'Weekend' 2011: Romantic Gay Movie Beats Estimates

Weekend 2011 with Tom Cullen, Chris New Sept. 26 update: Writer-director Andrew Haigh's gay love story Weekend brought in $27,245 – about 8 percent above Sunday estimates – at the North American box office according to actuals found at Box Office Mojo. Currently screening at one single New York City […]


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'Weekend' 2011: Romantic Gay Movie Beats Estimates



Silvio Narizzano Dead at 84: 'Georgy Girl' DGA Award Nominee

Silvio Narizzano, best known for the 1966 swinging London comedy-drama Georgy Girl, died July 26. Narizzano was 84. Based on Margaret Forster's novel, and starring Lynn Redgrave, Alan Bates, James Mason, and Charlotte Rampling, Georgy Girl was considered daring at the time because its plot included sex (of the non-marital […]


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Silvio Narizzano Dead at 84: 'Georgy Girl' DGA Award Nominee



Jean Simmons Films

Martita Hunt, Jean Simmons in David Lean's Great Expectations Jean Simmons is Turner Classic Movies' Star of the Month of June. Though never a major box office draw, Simmons either starred or was featured in a number of the most important movies of the '40s, '50s, and '60s. Among those […]


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Jean Simmons Films



'The War Game' Movie Review: Nuclear Holocaust in England

'The War Game.' For anyone who thinks that those 50-pack mega-DVD sets of public domain films put out by several different video companies are worthless, I would argue that the amount of films you get for the money is worth it, even if all were mediocre. I would also add […]


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'The War Game' Movie Review: Nuclear Holocaust in England



'The Fallen Idol' Review: Carol Reed Before 'The Third Man'

Michèle Morgan, Ralph Richardson, The Fallen Idol The 1948 drama The Fallen Idol is the third film I've seen by British filmmaker Carol Reed. I'd previously watched the dreadful Oscar-winning musical Oliver! (1968) and the stolid biopic The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965), featuring Charlton Heston as Michelangelo. I've also […]


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'The Fallen Idol' Review: Carol Reed Before 'The Third Man'



'Blow-Up' Movie Analysis: Michelangelo Antonioni Great Work of Art

'Blow-Up' with David Hemmings and Veruschka. 'Blow-Up' movie analysis: Michelangelo Antonioni creates great work of art and philosophy Made in Great Britain in 1966, the flat-out great Blow-Up (in the U.K., Blow-Up) was Michelangelo Antonioni's first English-language effort. “Inspired” by Argentinean writer Julio Cortázar's 1959 short story Las babas del […]


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'Blow-Up' Movie Analysis: Michelangelo Antonioni Great Work of Art



'Vera Drake' Review: Imelda Staunton Outstanding in Illegal Abortion Drama

Imelda Staunton, Philip Davis, Vera Drake Director Mike Leigh's touches are found everywhere in Vera Drake, from the film's drab, working-class social setting to the somewhat bizarre characters that inhabit that milieu (at least in Leigh's oeuvre). Even so, Vera Drake cannot quite be considered a “Mike Leigh Film.” This […]


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'Vera Drake' Review: Imelda Staunton Outstanding in Illegal Abortion Drama



Colin Firth, J.K. Rowling Noteworthy Bafta Ceremony Speeches

Bafta winners Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter and Geoffrey Rush in 'The King's Speech.' 'The King's Speech' tops Bafta Awards, Colin Firth Best Actor Tom Hooper's The King's Speech was the big winner at the British Academy Awards a.k.a. Bafta Awards (or simply Baftas), held this evening, Feb. 13, '11, […]


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Colin Firth, J.K. Rowling Noteworthy Bafta Ceremony Speeches



Watch Bafta Awards Ceremony, Spanish Academy Awards Online

Bafta award. Watch the BAFTA Awards The 2011 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards ceremony, often referred to as the BAFTA Awards or simply the Baftas (sometimes in caps, BAFTAs), is currently taking place in London. Directed by Tom Hooper, and starring Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham […]


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Watch Bafta Awards Ceremony, Spanish Academy Awards Online



London Evening Standard Award Winners: Andrew Garfield, 'Neds' Among Unusual Choices

London Evening Standard Award Best Actor winner Andrew Garfield in 'Never Let Me Go.' Andrew Garfield, Kristin Scott Thomas among surprising 'London Evening Standard' Award winners If you're in search of surprises this awards season, look no further than the 2011 London Evening Standard Awards' roster of British cinema winners, […]


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London Evening Standard Award Winners: Andrew Garfield, 'Neds' Among Unusual Choices



'Brief Encounter' Capsule Review: David Lean Romantic Classic About Sympathetic Adulterers

Brief Encounter one-line synopsis: A married doctor (Trevor Howard) and a housewife (Celia Johnson) have an adulterous (and platonic) affair. The Pros: Shadow-bathed, smoke-enshrouded railway stations (cinematography by Robert Krasker) to the strains of Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 2. Enough to turn the jadedest among us into a wide-eyed romantic. […]


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'Brief Encounter' Capsule Review: David Lean Romantic Classic About Sympathetic Adulterers



Susannah York Dies: Oscar-Nominated Actress & Political Activist

Beryl Reid, Susannah York in Robert Aldrich's The Killing of Sister George Susannah York, one of the best (and best-looking) performers of the 1960s and 1970s, died today of bone marrow cancer. York's son, Orlando Wells (the Duke of Kent in The King's Speech and Lord Montagu in A Very […]


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Susannah York Dies: Oscar-Nominated Actress & Political Activist



Miriam Seegar, 103, Dies: One of the Last Surviving Silent Film Performers

Miriam Seegar, one of the last surviving adult performers to have been featured in silent films, died of “age-related causes” on Sunday, Jan. 2, at her home in Pasadena. She was 103. Born on Sept. 1, 1907, in Greentown, Ind., Seegar began her film career in England. After replacing Sylvia […]


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Miriam Seegar, 103, Dies: One of the Last Surviving Silent Film Performers



'Stairway to Heaven' & 'Orpheus': Two Radically Different Fantasies Tackle That Mysterious Space in Between

Orpheus with Jean Marais. Starring Jean Cocteau's muse, protégé, and (for some time) lover, Jean Marais, Orpheus traces the otherworldly trajectory of the titular, modern-day Parisian poet as he falls in love with Death. Worse yet, his feelings are reciprocated. As both the mysterious Princess and the lovestruck Death, Spanish-born […]


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'Stairway to Heaven' & 'Orpheus': Two Radically Different Fantasies Tackle That Mysterious Space in Between



Mainstream Group Choices: New York Film Critics Selects Crowd-Pleasing Hollywood Establishment Fare

Mainstream – “at best, mainstreamish” – critics group picks: Lisa Cholodenko's audience-friendly The Kids Are All Right topped three New York Film Critics Circle award categories, including Best Actress honors for Annette Bening, admittedly outstanding as a lesbian wife and mother fighting to maintain the unity of her – more […]


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Mainstream Group Choices: New York Film Critics Selects Crowd-Pleasing Hollywood Establishment Fare



Royal Drama Tops British Independent Film Awards But Director Snubbed + Jennifer Lawrence Wins Stockholm

Royal drama The King's Speech with Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush. Tom Hooper's real-life-inspired crowd-pleaser topped the British Independent Film Awards with five wins, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Firth), and Best Supporting Actor (Rush) – but curiously, not Best Director. Royal drama tops British Independent Film Awards The King's […]


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Royal Drama Tops British Independent Film Awards But Director Snubbed + Jennifer Lawrence Wins Stockholm



Ingrid Pitt Dies: 'The Vampire Lovers' & 'Countess Dracula' Actress

Ingrid Pitt seduces Madeline Smith in Roy Ward Baker's The Vampire Lovers Ingrid Pitt, the star of the Hammer horror flicks The Vampire Lovers (1970) and Countess Dracula (1971), has died at a South London hospital. The apparent cause of death was heart failure. Pitt was 73. Among the Polish-born […]


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Ingrid Pitt Dies: 'The Vampire Lovers' & 'Countess Dracula' Actress



Colin Firth & Keira Knightley: British Independent Film Awards Nominations

Colin Firth as King George VI in Tom Hooper's The King's Speech The fact that The King's Speech rules over the 2010 British Independent Film Award (BIFA) nominations is no surprise. The story of how King George VI was able to overcome a stubborn stutter after being made king, The […]


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Colin Firth & Keira Knightley: British Independent Film Awards Nominations



John Mills Movies: 'Ryan's Daughter' Oscar Winner

John Mills. Unfortunately, nine of the ten John Mills films to be shown on Turner Classic Movies as part of their month-long “Summer Under the Stars” series on Sunday, Aug. 22, '10, are reruns. The one exception is I Was Monty's Double, a 1958 John Guillermin-directed World War II drama. […]


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John Mills Movies: 'Ryan's Daughter' Oscar Winner



Early Alfred Hitchcock Movies Need Restoration, Louise Brooks & Richard Arlen in 'Beggars of Life'

Two early Alfred Hitchcock British efforts: Ivor Novello in The Lodger (top); Anny Ondra in Blackmail (bottom) “Rescue the Hitchcock 9” is the name of a campaign by the British Film Institute to save nine Alfred Hitchcock silent films, among them Blackmail (1929), shot as both a silent and a […]


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Early Alfred Hitchcock Movies Need Restoration, Louise Brooks & Richard Arlen in 'Beggars of Life'



'The Poseidon Director' Director Ronald Neame Dead at 99

Jack Albertson, Shelley Winters, Red Buttons in Ronald Neame's The Poseidon Adventure Ronald Neame, best-known for the 1972 blockbuster The Poseidon Adventure, died on Wednesday, June 16, '10, at a hospital in Los Angeles. Neame, who never recovered after suffering a fall, was 99. In the grandiose and technically impressive […]


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'The Poseidon Director' Director Ronald Neame Dead at 99



'Another Year' Movie Reviews: Cannes Highlight or…?

Another Year movie with Lesley Manville and Jim Broadbent. 'Another Year' movie: Cannes highlight or…? Mike Leigh's latest movie, Another Year, which revolves around old age, death, and family ties, is in the running for the 2010 Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or. For some, Leigh's drama is one of the […]


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'Another Year' Movie Reviews: Cannes Highlight or…?



Lynn Redgrave Dies: Two-Time Oscar Nominee, Troubled Private Life

Lynn Redgrave, Alan Bates in Silvio Narizzano's Georgy Girl Lynn Redgrave died Sunday, May 2, '10, at her home in Connecticut. She had been fighting breast cancer for seven years. The two-time Oscar nominee, four-time BAFTA Award nominee, two-time SAG Award nominee, New York Film Critics award winner, two-time Golden […]


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Lynn Redgrave Dies: Two-Time Oscar Nominee, Troubled Private Life



George Bernard Shaw Movies: 'Pygmalion,' 'Caesar and Cleopatra'

Leslie Howard, Wendy Hiller Pygmalion George Bernard Shaw is tonight's star on Turner Classic Movies. Major Barbara (1941), directed by Gabriel Pascal, and starring Rex Harrison and Wendy Hiller, is on right now. I've watched it a couple of times, but I haven't been able to really get into it. […]


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George Bernard Shaw Movies: 'Pygmalion,' 'Caesar and Cleopatra'



'Hatter's Castle' Movie Review: Deborah Kerr, James Mason

Hatter's Castle (1942) Dir.: Lance Comfort Scr.: Rodney Ackland; from A.J. Cronin's novel Cast: Robert Newton, Deborah Kerr, James Mason, Emlyn Williams, Henry Oscar, Enid Stamp-Taylor   James Mason, Deborah Kerr Hatter's Castle   A 1942 adaptation of A.J. Cronin's first novel, Hatter's Castle, strips away multiple characters and subplots, […]


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'Hatter's Castle' Movie Review: Deborah Kerr, James Mason



'Somers Town' Movie: 'Minor' But Worthwhile Effort Stars Tribeca & London Film Critics Winner

Somers Town with Thomas Turgoose and Piotr Jagiello. Set in the titular London suburb, Shane Meadows' black-and-white drama Somers Town chronicles the unlikely friendship between homeless Midlands runaway Thomas Turgoose (previously seen in Meadows' This Is England) and Polish immigrant Piotr Jagiello. The low-budget production was nominated for four British Independent […]


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'Somers Town' Movie: 'Minor' But Worthwhile Effort Stars Tribeca & London Film Critics Winner



Christmas Cheer: Andy Hardy & Rediscovering Sherlock Holmes Actor + One of Best Woody Allen Movies

Christmas cheer: Love Finds Andy Hardy with Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland. George B. Seitz's Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938) reunited Thoroughbreds Don't Cry (1937) co-stars Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland; unlike their first pairing, this slice of what's often referred to as “Americana” was a major box office hit […]


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Christmas Cheer: Andy Hardy & Rediscovering Sherlock Holmes Actor + One of Best Woody Allen Movies



British Independent Film Awards: Moon Mystery Tops + Andrzej Wajda Passion & Death Tale Is FIPRESCI Winner

Moon with Sam Rockwell. This year's British Independent Film Awards Best Picture winner, Duncan Jones' Moon has elements in common with, among other sci-fi/mystery thrillers, Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey and Basil Dearden's The Man Who Haunted Himself. Astronaut Sam Bell (Sam Rockwell) and supercomputer GERTY (which sounds kinda […]


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British Independent Film Awards: Moon Mystery Tops + Andrzej Wajda Passion & Death Tale Is FIPRESCI Winner



Alfred Hitchcock's British Thrillers at LACMA

Dame May Whitty, Margaret Lockwood, Michael Redgrave in The Lady Vanishes (top); Robert Donat in The 39 Steps (bottom) On Nov. 27-28, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art will present the last four films in its “Hitchcock: The British Thrillers” series. They are: The 39 Steps (1935), starring Robert […]


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Alfred Hitchcock's British Thrillers at LACMA



'A Cottage to Dartmoor': Early Anthony Asquith

Uno Henning in A Cottage on Dartmoor Very little in a career overview of filmmaker Anthony Asquith prepares a viewer for the brilliant thriller A Cottage on Dartmoor, released by Kino, which he both wrote (from a story by Herbert Price) and directed. Asquith's wonderful but straightforward adaptations of Pygmalion […]


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'A Cottage to Dartmoor': Early Anthony Asquith



British Indies' Awards + Gay Seattle Winners & Host Ricky Gervais

Katie Jarvis in Fish Tank (top); Sam Rockwell in Moon (middle); Carey Mulligan, Dominic Cooper in An Education (bottom) 'Moon,' 'Fish Tank': British Independent Film Award Nominations Andrea Arnold's Fish Tank leads the list of 2009 British Independent Film Award nominees. The tale of a rough teenager (Katie Jarvis) whose […]


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British Indies' Awards + Gay Seattle Winners & Host Ricky Gervais



Oberon Movies: Mysterious Oscar-Nominated Actress Led Intriguing Off-Screen Life

Oberon 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' mystery: Tasmanian- or Indian-born Hollywood and British cinema star? 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' for movie fans: Merle Oberon day on TCM Ravishing beauty Merle Oberon, who would have been ideally cast as the Queen of the Fairies in the 1935 version of Shakespeare's A Midsummer […]


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Oberon Movies: Mysterious Oscar-Nominated Actress Led Intriguing Off-Screen Life



Joseph Losey Movies: bfi Schedule

Dirk Bogarde, James Fox in The Servant (top); The Damned (bottom) “Among the greatest things that happened to British cinema were the arrival on our shores of the Korda brothers in the 30s, Losey in the 50s and Kubrick in the 60s,” reads the introduction to an upcoming Joseph Losey […]


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Joseph Losey Movies: bfi Schedule



Richard Attenborough Award Winners + Oscar Shorts Screenings

2009 WGA Award motion picture nominations: January 7, 2009 2009 WGA Award winners: February 7, 2009 MOTION PICTURES ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY Burn After Reading, Written by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen, Focus Features Milk, Written by Dustin Lance Black, Focus Features Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Written by Woody Allen, The Weinstein Company […]


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Richard Attenborough Award Winners + Oscar Shorts Screenings



Kathleen Byron: Passionate & Sexually Aroused 'Black Narcissus' Nun Has Died

Kathleen Byron, best-remembered as the sex-obsessed nun in Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's Black Narcissus, died on Jan. 18. She was 88 (or 86, depending on the source) and is supposed to have been in poor health for several years. Born in London (either on Jan. 11 1921 or 1923), […]


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Kathleen Byron: Passionate & Sexually Aroused 'Black Narcissus' Nun Has Died



Stockholm Film Festival Awards + British Independent Film Award Winners

Writer-director Courtney Hunt's Frozen River takes place in the days before Christmas near a border crossing on the Mohawk reservation between New York State and Quebec, where two single mothers – one white, one Mohawk – in dire straits dive into the border-smuggling underworld. Melissa Leo (above, with Michael O'Keefe), […]


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Stockholm Film Festival Awards + British Independent Film Award Winners



Dirk Bogarde Letters Revisited

In The Guardian, Simon Callow reviews Ever Dirk: The Bogarde Letters, a collection of letters written by Dirk Bogarde and edited by John Coldstream, former books editor at the Daily Telegraph: “The collection of letters (a mere eighth of his surviving epistolary output, and who knows how much was lost […]


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Dirk Bogarde Letters Revisited



Trevor Howard Movies: From 'The Third Man' to 'The Passionate Friends'

Friday, Aug. 22, highlights on Turner Classic Movies (TCM): I'm not all that familiar with Trevor Howard's career as a star. I've seen about 20 of his films, but most of these were made from the mid-1960s on, when he had become a supporting player, often in big-budget international co-productions. […]


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Trevor Howard Movies: From 'The Third Man' to 'The Passionate Friends'



'The Belles of St. Trinian's': Alastair Sim Classic Comedy

The Belles of St. Trinian's (1954) Dir.: Frank Launder. Scr.: Frank Launder, Sidney Gilliat, and Val Valentine. Cast: Alastair Sim, Joyce Grenfell, Hermione Baddeley, George Cole, Betty Ann Davies, Renee Houston, Beryl Reid, Irene Handl, Mary Merrall, Joan Sims, Guy Middleton   From the first shot of The Belles of […]


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'The Belles of St. Trinian's': Alastair Sim Classic Comedy



Robert Donat Homage at the bfi Southbank

London's BFI Southbank has been hosting an homage to Robert Donat, who died fifty years ago (on June 9, 1958) of a chronic asthma attack at the age of 53. In spite of his best actor Oscar (for Goodbye Mr. Chips in 1939) and his starring in Alfred Hitchcock's The […]


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Robert Donat Homage at the bfi Southbank



'Berserk!': Joan Crawford in Tights in Cult Horror Classic

A delightfully daffy freak show on the surface, underneath Berserk! could play as a 1940s Woman's Picture: Hard-as-nails female circus owner stops at nothing to get business for her show. Also, the garish Technicolor, cast of circus freaks, and blood-and-gore theme make it an exploitation film at its best. And […]


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'Berserk!': Joan Crawford in Tights in Cult Horror Classic



Danish + French & Irish Awards: Mockumentary About Assassination of Danish Prime Minister In

Bodil Awards: 'White Night' Tops Nominations 2008 Bodil Award winners: Imperial Cinema in Copenhagen on Feb. 24. Jannik Johansen's drama White Night (above) received the most nominations – five in all – for the 2007 Danish Film Critics Association's Bodil Awards. The film follows a real estate agent (best actor […]


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Danish + French & Irish Awards: Mockumentary About Assassination of Danish Prime Minister In



BAFTA Winners & Guests: From James McAvoy to Lee Majors

Those looking for hints for the upcoming Academy Awards will be disappointed with the results of the pompous-sounding Orange British Academy of Film & Television Arts. The British-made (with Hollywood financing) romantic melodrama Atonement (top photo), nominated for 14 BAFTAs, was supposed to have swept the awards ceremony, but ended […]


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BAFTA Winners & Guests: From James McAvoy to Lee Majors



Joy Division Biopic Tops British Independent Film Awards

Dutch photographer-turned-filmmaker Anton Corbijn's Control, a black-and-white drama about troubled Joy Division singer Ian Curtis, won five trophies – including best film, best director, and best debut director – at the British Independent Film Awards held tonight at the Roundhouse in London. Corbijn had photographed Joy Division numerous times back […]


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Joy Division Biopic Tops British Independent Film Awards



Academy Awards: Mexicans Invade the Oscars! The British Are Back! + Pedro Almodóvar Snubbed

Pan's Labyrinth with Doug Jones as the Faun. Whereas Pedro Almodóvar's Volver received on single Academy Award nomination – Penélope Cruz is up for Best Actress – Guillermo del Toro's Spanish-Mexican dark fantasy Pan's Labyrinth / El Laberinto del fauno has been shortlisted for a total of six Oscars, including Best Foreign […]


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Academy Awards: Mexicans Invade the Oscars! The British Are Back! + Pedro Almodóvar Snubbed



What Are the Golden Globes? 'Prestige' International Awards Embracing 'Diversity'?

What are the Golden Globes? Babel set with Alejandro González Iñárritu and Gael García Bernal. What are the Golden Globes? One possible answer: An awards season ceremony that, at least in 2007, opted to embrace (admittedly, mostly English-language) multinational and multiethnic nominees. Case in point: surprise Best Motion Picture Drama Babel, directed and […]


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What Are the Golden Globes? 'Prestige' International Awards Embracing 'Diversity'?



Helen Mirren Queen Elizabeth Double Awards Season Dose + Mexican Directors Are U.S. Critics' Winners

Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen. Set in the aftermath of Princess Diana's death, Stephen Frears' The Queen, written by Peter Morgan, goes out of its way to present Queen Elizabeth II as a kind-hearted heroine determined to save both the British monarchy and a hunted deer. For […]


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Helen Mirren Queen Elizabeth Double Awards Season Dose + Mexican Directors Are U.S. Critics' Winners



British Independent Film Awards: 'Queen' vs. 'King'

There were numerous surprises at the 2006 British Independent Film Awards (Bifa) ceremony, which was held yesterday, Nov. 29, in West London. Out of its six nominations, the unofficial favorite, Stephen Frears' The Queen, about the battle of wills between Queen Elizabeth II (Helen Mirren) and Prime Minister Tony Blair […]


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British Independent Film Awards: 'Queen' vs. 'King'



'Finis terrae': Jean Epstein Classic Screening + Rank Gong Man Ken Richmond Dies

Finis Terrae. Finis terrae (1929): Jean Epstein classic at London's Barbican Jean Epstein, best known for his 1928 Gothic silent classic The Fall of the House of Usher, was also responsible for the naturalistic semi-documentary Finis terrae (1929), which will be screened at 3 p.m. on September 17 at London's […]


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'Finis terrae': Jean Epstein Classic Screening + Rank Gong Man Ken Richmond Dies



'Kinky Boots': Gender-Bending Working-Class Comedy

Directed by first-timer Julian Jarrold from a screenplay by Geoff Deane and Calendar Girls co-screenwriter Tim Firth, Kinky Boots is officially a fictional motion picture inspired by a true story. Even so, this dramatic comedy with a message owes more to several British film hits of the last century than […]


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'Kinky Boots': Gender-Bending Working-Class Comedy



'Sons and Lovers': Cinematographer Jack Cardiff in Director's Chair

Copyright © A.M.P.A.S. Press Release: Beverly Hills, CA – The 1960 Best Picture nominee Sons and Lovers will be screened as the next installment in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' “Great To Be Nominated, Part Three.” The film, based on the D.H. Lawrence novel of the same […]


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'Sons and Lovers': Cinematographer Jack Cardiff in Director's Chair



Gaslighting Abuse 21st-Century Style: George Cukor Classic 1944 Thriller Remake in the Works

Gaslighting abuse: Ingrid Bergman and Charles Boyer in Gaslight. Though remembered for his female-centered dramas and comedies (Camille, The Women, A Woman's Face, etc.) and for being what's derisively called a “woman's director” (Constance Bennett, Katharine Hepburn, Joan Crawford, et al.), George Cukor was both a highly versatile filmmaker and a first-rate […]


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Gaslighting Abuse 21st-Century Style: George Cukor Classic 1944 Thriller Remake in the Works



Ivor Novello: Gay Icon & Alfred Hitchcock Star Revisited

Ivor Novello ca. mid-to-late 1920s. A gay icon of the British stage, the Welsh-born playwright-composer-actor Ivor Novello was also one of the top British film performers of the late 1920s and early 1930s. Among his most notable big-screen star vehicles are Graham Cutts' box office hit The Rat (1925), with […]


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Ivor Novello: Gay Icon & Alfred Hitchcock Star Revisited



Truman Capote 'In Cold Blood' Drama Tops Gotham Awards

Bennett Miller's Capote, which depicts author Truman Capote's research while writing In Cold Blood, won Best Picture and Breakthrough Director honors at the Gotham Film Awards on Nov. 30. Henry-Alex Rubin and Dana Adam Shapiro's Murderball, about rugby-playing quadriplegics, won the Best Documentary award. The Best Ensemble Cast award went […]


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Truman Capote 'In Cold Blood' Drama Tops Gotham Awards



Bafta Scotland & Golden Horse Awards: Swimming Across English Channel + Kung Fu

The 2005 BAFTA Scotland (or Scottish Bafta) award winners were announced at the Radisson SAS Hotel in Glasgow on Nov. 13. In Gaby Dellal's On a Clear Day, a suddenly unemployed middle-aged man (Peter Mullan) whose young son had died from drowning decides to regain his self-esteem by swimming across […]


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Bafta Scotland & Golden Horse Awards: Swimming Across English Channel + Kung Fu



Margaretta Scott: 'Things to Come' & 'All Creatures Great and Small' Actress Dies

Margaretta Scott dies: From Things to Come to All Creatures Great and Small Margaretta Scott, best remembered for playing the eccentric widow Mrs. Pumphrey in the BBC television series All Creatures Great and Small, died last April 15. Scott was 93. She was the widow of composer John Wooldridge, who, […]


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Margaretta Scott: 'Things to Come' & 'All Creatures Great and Small' Actress Dies



'9 Songs' Film: Explicit Sex Leads to Censorship Issues

'9 Songs' film (2004), with Kieran O'Brien and Margo Stilley. '9 Songs' film uncut: Michael Winterbottom -directed sexually explicit drama to be screened in the U.K., Australia In late 2004, Michael Winterbottom's sexually explicit psychological drama 9 Songs received an “18 Certificate” (no one under 18 allowed) from the British […]


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'9 Songs' Film: Explicit Sex Leads to Censorship Issues



Daniel Craig & Kate Winslet London Winners + Imelda Staunton & Cate Blanchett Top Bafta Awards

The 2005 London Film Critics' Circle Award winners were announced on Feb. 9. Best Film The Aviator - Martin Scorsese The Motorcycle Diaries - Walter Salles Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind - Michel Gondry House of Flying Daggers - Zhang Yimou * Sideways - Alexander Payne Best British Film Ae […]


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Daniel Craig & Kate Winslet London Winners + Imelda Staunton & Cate Blanchett Top Bafta Awards



'Frozen' Movie: Disturbing Metaphysical Thriller Set Between Madness & Death

Frozen movie with Shirley Henderson: Disturbing metaphysical thriller tiptoes along the razor-thin line separating sanity from madness, reality from illusion, and life from death. Juliet McKoen's Frozen movie about loss and obsession has elements in common with Michelangelo Antonioni's Blow-Up, Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo, and George Sluizer's The Vanishing. 'Frozen' movie: […]


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'Frozen' Movie: Disturbing Metaphysical Thriller Set Between Madness & Death



'Hotel Rwanda' Movie: Rwandan Genocide & Oskar Schindler-Like Hero Fact or Fiction?

Hotel Rwanda movie with Don Cheadle and Nick Nolte: History or fiction? In Terry George's 2004 family/political drama Hotel Rwanda, Don Cheadle plays Kigali's Hôtel des Mille Collines manager Paul Rusesabagina, an ethnic Hutu credited with having saved the lives of more than 1,200 people who had sought refuge at […]


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'Hotel Rwanda' Movie: Rwandan Genocide & Oskar Schindler-Like Hero Fact or Fiction?



Sexually Explicit Movie '9 Songs' Approved in the UK

'9 Songs' movie with Kieran O'Brien and Margo Stilley: Michael Winterbottom sexually explicit drama gets censors' ok. Sexually explicit movie '9 Songs' approved by British censors Award-winning filmmaker Michael Winterbottom's sexually explicit 9 Songs, starring Kieran O'Brien and Margo Stilley, has just been approved by the British Board of Film […]


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Sexually Explicit Movie '9 Songs' Approved in the UK



Michael Caine 'Get Carter': Best British Film Ever?

Michael Caine in 'Get Carter.' Michael Caine 'Get Carter': 1971 gangster thriller the Best British film ever made? Get Carter, Mike Hodges' 1971 thriller starring a young Michael Caine and some scary-looking weaponry, was selected as Britain's very best movie ever according to 25 British film critics polled by Total […]


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Michael Caine 'Get Carter': Best British Film Ever?