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2008-12-26 10:36:13

Irish actor Michael Gambon has called British playwright Harold Pinter, who died of cancer this week, a god for actors. Pinter penned dozens of plays including The Caretaker and The Birthday Party, as well as scripts for the films The French Lieutenant's Woman and Sleuth. He died Wednesday at the age of 78. Gambon, who is best known for playing Albus Dumbledore in the three most recent Harry Potter films, has appeared in numerous Pinter plays throughout his career. He is scheduled to star in...

2008-09-28 03:00:17

By Lee, Veronica Alan Ayckbourn, so theatre lore has it, is the second-most performed British playwright after Shakespeare. So why has he become so unfashionable among theatre cognoscenti? Partly, it's his own doing. In 2002, disillusioned by the musical-laden, drama-free territory it had become and despite his many successes there throughout his career, he announced a West End hiatus on his work (only recently ended for a revival of Absurd Person Singular with Jane Horrocks). Plus, he...

2008-09-05 00:00:16

By Paul Taylor Peter Brook wrote the bible for 1960s theatre's revolutionaries with 'The Empty Space' and, at 83, is still relentlessly pushing boundaries. He tells Paul Taylor why he has to live in the moment Peter Brook is shouting at me. Loudly. And he's shouting at me about Shakespeare. Not that he's angry. It's just that the world's greatest theatre director is talking to me on his mobile from Heathrow Airport and the competition is cacophonous. He is on his way back home to his...

2008-08-01 21:00:25

By JEFF SIMON It isn't that Evelyn Waugh was a man incapable of discretion and moderation. It's just that he was a man who, among many things, understood the pleasures of extravagant opinion. Lord only knows, then, what he'd have thought of Julian Jarrold's version of his most popular novel, "Brideshead Revisited," but I suspect it would have made him sclerotic. Listen closely, and you can practically hear Waugh's wattles flapping in furious anger even now from the grave. The changes to...

2008-07-31 18:00:33

By Lawrence Toppman, The Charlotte Observer, N.C. Jul. 31--Moviegoers today may have trouble relating to a society that strait-jackets its members by class, one where religion is taken so seriously that a clash in views imperils marriages, one where "the love that dare not speak its name" is so crippling that it drives a rich, intellectually promising young man to a suicidal kind of alcoholism. But I hope they'll try. The setting is England between the two World Wars, the source...

2008-07-24 09:00:47

Best enjoyed by those unfamiliar with Evelyn Waugh's classic 1945 novel or the seminal 1981 miniseries version, this new "Brideshead Revisited" is tidy, proper and obvious _ the cinematic equivalent of Cliffs Notes. Director Julian Jarrold and screenwriters Jeremy Brock and Andrew Davies tried to get as much of Waugh's epic onto the screen as possible. But nuanced relationships and motives have been dulled in a movie that seems designed more to soothe the arthouse masses than challenge, as...

2008-07-22 06:00:32

By Sarah Lyall The images from the 11-episode mini-series are still vivid, 27 years later. Louche young Oxford students in crisp linen suits (and one teddy bear) drinking endless cocktails. A spectacular country estate, dripping with treasures and crackling with religious, sexual and dynastic tensions. A delicately beautiful Jeremy Irons. It is those lingering memories, even more than Evelyn Waugh's novel, that anyone attempting to turn "Brideshead Revisited" into a feature film for the...

2006-08-31 00:51:12

By Gregg Goldstein NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - Michael Apted's slave-trade drama "Amazing Grace" has lined up a U.S. distribution deal on the eve of the Toronto International Film Festival, where it will make its world premiere in the closing-night slot. Independent distributors Samuel Goldwyn Films and Roadside Attractions said they would release the film on February 23, the 200th anniversary of the British parliament's vote to abolish the slave trade. The film, which is still...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.