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Category Archives: Cinema

Bette Davis: I’ve Had It With Gratitude | Follies Of God by James Grissom

Listen, I’ve had it with gratitude! You know I love Marian [Seldes], and she is why we are here, in this fashion, together, but she’s awfully gaga about who we … Continue reading

05/28/2020

Sam Neill: ‘I should be at Pinewood. The Jurassic World III sets are there waiting’ | Film | The Guardian

Sam Neill, star of Jurassic Park, The Piano and Peaky Blinders, is one of the best-known screen faces of the last 30 years. Yet the actor finds the idea of … Continue reading

05/25/2020

The Great Escape actor George Mikell dies aged 91 | London Evening Standard

Actor George Mikell, best known for his roles in The Guns Of Navarone and The Great Escape, has died at the age of 91. The Lithuanian-born actor also appeared in … Continue reading

05/18/2020

Michel Piccoli, renowned French acting veteran, dies aged 94 | Film | The Guardian

Michel Piccoli, the veteran French actor renowned for a string of celebrated performances for directors such as Luis Bunuel, Jean-Luc Godard and Louis Malle, has died aged 94. It was … Continue reading

05/18/2020

My sister died of coronavirus. She needed care, but her life was not disposable | Rory Kinnear | Opinion | The Guardian

‘No one could describe Karina as weak: she did not have it coming, she was no more disposable than anyone else. Her death was not inevitable, does not ease our … Continue reading

05/12/2020

‘Heart of Darkness’ in ‘Citizen Kane’ | A R T L▼R K

On the 1st of May 1941, the American drama film Citizen Kane had its premiere in New York City. The film co-written, directed, produced by, and starring Orson Welles, has … Continue reading

05/01/2020

Brian Dennehy, veteran stage and screen actor, dies aged 81

“It is with heavy hearts we announce that our father, Brian passed away last night from natural causes, not Covid19-related,” his daughter Elizabeth tweeted. Source: Brian Dennehy, veteran stage and screen … Continue reading

04/20/2020

Born on this Day – Peter Ustinov

On this day, Peter Ustinov was born. ‘Writer, performer, wit and humanitarian whose brilliant, 64-year career epitomised an old European culture – and a talent to amuse…’ Source: Born on … Continue reading

04/16/2020

Pedro Almodóvar Describes Life in Quarantine

Read Pedro Almodóvar’s Essay on Living Through Spain Lockdown and What He’s Watching in Quarantine:: ‘The good thing about not having a timetable during the confinement is that rushing disappears.’ … Continue reading

04/11/2020

Obituary: Honor Blackman

Honor Blackman was born into a lower middle-class family in Plaistow, east London, on 22 August 1925. Her father offered her a choice of presents for her 16th birthday; a … Continue reading

04/07/2020

Enemy at the Gates

Every now and then a film stands out from the crowd. One, in particular, is the 2001 production of Enemy at the Gates, directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud… Source: Enemy at … Continue reading

04/04/2020

What I’ve learnt: Kevin Bacon

‘We all have a desire to be loved but with actors we want to be seen and we want the love of the masses. I felt that even when I … Continue reading

03/22/2020

Max von Sydow obituary

The great Swedish film and stage actor Max von Sydow, who has died aged 90, will be remembered by different people for different roles: the title role in The Exorcist, … Continue reading

03/16/2020

How Film Noir Tried to Scare Women out of Working

The femme fatale doesn’t get upset when men flirt with her. In fact, she barely looks at them. She just answers their lame lines with a witty retort, one that … Continue reading

03/13/2020

Marie Dressler, the Grandest Old Trouper of Them All

Will Rogers paid tribute to Marie Dressler on the radio just before her death in 1934. “Marie Dressler is the real queen of our movies,” the actor/humorist said of the … Continue reading

03/08/2020

The Sinatra Movie Some Blamed for JFK’s Death

In the 1950s, Frank Sinatra starred in Suddenly, a movie that happens to depict a plot against the President. John Baron paces in a living room full of hostages, gun in … Continue reading

02/28/2020

Michael Medwin: Shoestring actor dies aged 96

Michael Medwin, who trained at the Italia Conti stage school in London, made his film debut as a radio operator in 1946’s Piccadilly Incident… Source: Michael Medwin: Shoestring actor dies … Continue reading

02/27/2020

Sharon Horgan: ‘I want adventures. I want to do stuff that’s challenging’

Sharon Horgan – Photograph: David Yeo/The Observer Sharon Horgan doesn’t especially enjoy watching herself on screen any more. She feels an awkwardness that, she thinks, comes from years of sitting … Continue reading

02/23/2020

How Do You Solve a Problem Like ‘Emma’?

There’s a moment toward the end of Jane Austen’s “Emma,” when the heroine goes to a picnic and is horrified to discover that she is not as wonderful as she … Continue reading

02/23/2020

Francis Cuka Obituary

Although she became one of the most loved and reliable of character actors on stage and television, Frances Cuka, who has died aged 83, seemed destined for stardom when her … Continue reading

02/22/2020

Kirk Douglas, Hollywood legend and star of Spartacus, dies aged 103

  Kirk Douglas, the self-styled “ragman’s son” who became the last great star of Hollywood’s golden age, has died at the age of 103. His son Michael announced the news … Continue reading

02/06/2020

Carry on Screaming’s Fenella Fielding on fighting with Kenneth Williams and bouncing back after bankruptcy | Stage | The Guardian

I knew Fenella Fielding’s death was in the offing as I’d read about her stroke a few days ago. I am very sad as she was always part of my … Continue reading

09/12/2018 · 3 Comments

Fenella Fielding obituary | Film | The Guardian

Inimitable, luxuriantly breathy and slyly mellifluous, Fenella Fielding, who has died aged 90, was a household name in the 1960s when she graced and sidled across the West End stage … Continue reading

09/12/2018 · 3 Comments

Neil Simon, a Master of Comedy on Broadway, Is Dead at 91 – The New York Times

Neil Simon, the playwright whose name was synonymous with Broadway comedy and commercial success in the theater for decades, and who helped redefine popular American humor with an emphasis on … Continue reading

08/26/2018 · 4 Comments

Sotheby’s Is Selling the World’s First Movie Poster, Which Promoted a Premiere Only 30 People Attended | artnet News

The world’s first public movie screening was a far cry from today’s red carpet premieres, with just 30 people in attendance for an event that lasted some 20 minutes at … Continue reading

08/21/2018 · 4 Comments

One great film noir for every year (1940-59) | BFI

Well, okay, I meant to post this in November last year. But I didn’t! To celebrate #Noirvember and the return to cinemas of The Big Heat and In a Lonely … Continue reading

08/20/2018 · 5 Comments

Equity president warns working class struggle to get into acting | Stage | The Guardian

Working class youngsters who dream of becoming actors or performers are increasingly being kept out of the profession because of the cost and failures in the education system, the new … Continue reading

08/16/2018 · 4 Comments

A Life in Focus: Peter Cushing, the actor who personified the horror genre | The Independent

The Independent revisits the life of a notable figure. This week: Peter Cushing, from Friday 12 August 1994 Peter Cushing was one of the handful of actors who defined the horror … Continue reading

08/14/2018 · 4 Comments

The Violation of Marian Seldes

Marian Seldes waltzed through the world to a composition only she could hear and only she could transcribe. Proudly not of this world, she was regal and positive and ready … Continue reading

08/13/2018 · 1 Comment

Kathleen Turner, In Conversation

At last, someone who feels exactly the same as I do about Elizabeth Taylor! When Kathleen Turner, standing in the Vulture reception area, introduces herself in her singular throaty rasp, … Continue reading

08/09/2018 · 6 Comments