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"The Wheel Of Time" On Amazon Prime

Amazon Studios has set September 2019 to start shooting a live-action adaptation of the first book in "The Wheel Of Time" fantasy series, by author Robert Jordan, drawing on numerous elements of European, Asian culture and philosophy, most notably 'the cyclical nature of time':

"...'The Wheel of Time' is set in a sprawling, epic world where magic exists, but only women can use it, including 'Moiraine', a member of the shadowy and influential all-female organization 'Aes Sedai', as she embarks on a dangerous, world-spanning journey with five young men and women.

"Moiraine believes one of them might be the reincarnation of an incredibly powerful individual, whom prophecies say will either save humanity or destroy it..."

Amazon Prime Video will bring the one-hour fantasy drama to over 200 markets. The series is being adapted by Rafe Judkins ("Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.") and is produced by Sony Pictures Television and Amazon Studios.

The first book in the series,
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‘Game of Thrones’ Star Lena Headey to Lead ‘Rita’ Showtime Pilot

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‘Game of Thrones’ Star Lena Headey to Lead ‘Rita’ Showtime Pilot
Just over a week after her “Game of Thrones” brother-lover Nikolaj Coster-Waldau joined a pilot at FX, Lena Headey has been a cast in a pilot of her own.

The actress, who was most recently seen under a pile of rubble in the final episode of the HBO mega hit, will play the title character in “Rita,” an hour-long dramedy which has received a pilot production order at Showtime.

Headey’s character in the new project is described as a headstrong, unconventional teacher and single mother who takes on every kind of authority – as well as her family – in a messy and unfiltered way.

The pilot is being written and executive produced by Christian Torpe and is based on his original Danish series. Headey is also on board as an executive producer.

“Rita is a deliciously subversive character who will make you laugh and cry as she continuously challenges the hypocrisy around her,
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‘Black Mirror: Bandersnatch,’ Netflix and the Emmys TV Movie Crisis (Column)

  • Variety
As A-list stars and auteurs made their way to TV this decade, “limited series” orders became a way to sign them up without having to lock in full-season commitments. The format has become such a dominant part of modern TV culture that it’s hard to believe that less than a decade ago there were too few miniseries (as the genre was then dubbed) to even mount its own category.

In 2011, the Television Academy merged TV movie and miniseries into one consolidated program field because the number of miniseries entries had dropped below the threshold needed for at least five nominees. Ironically, that same year both PBS’ “Downton Abbey” and FX’s “American Horror Story” premiered — and the success of those shows swiftly became the template for a whole new kind of “limited series” that now dominates the genre.

The impact of “Downton,” a limited series that then became a regular drama,
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Albert Finney movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Erin Brockovich,’ ‘Tom Jones,’ ‘The Dresser’

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Albert Finney movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Erin Brockovich,’ ‘Tom Jones,’ ‘The Dresser’
The entertainment community suffered an enormous loss in February with the death of the great actor Albert Finney, who would have been 83 on May 9, 2019. Finney, whose legacy included triumphs on stage and television, was primarily known worldwide for his career, which lasted over half a century, as a film actor, equally adept in light-hearted musicals and complex dramas.

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Finney’s work has been heralded in all three media. He won London’s Olivier Award for “Orphans” on stage, and won an Emmy, Golden Globe and BAFTA Award for his performance as Winston Churchill in TV’s “The Gathering Storm.” But it was in film that Finney was most honored. In 2000, Finney scored a rare double at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, winning Best Supporting Actor for his work in Steven Soderbergh‘s “Erin Brockovich,” and even though
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Albert Finney movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best

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Albert Finney movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best
The entertainment community suffered an enormous loss in February with the death of the great actor Albert Finney, who would have been 83 on May 9, 2019. Finney, whose legacy included triumphs on stage and television, was primarily known worldwide for his career, which lasted over half a century, as a film actor, equally adept in light-hearted musicals and complex dramas.

Finney’s work has been heralded in all three media. He won London’s Olivier Award for “Orphans” on stage, and won an Emmy, Golden Globe and BAFTA Award for his performance as Winston Churchill in TV’s “The Gathering Storm.” But it was in film that Finney was most honored. In 2000, Finney scored a rare double at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, winning Best Supporting Actor for his work in Steven Soderbergh‘s “Erin Brockovich,” and even though he had little more than a cameo part in Soderbergh’s “Traffic” later that year,
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Kary Antholis To Exit As HBO Head Of Minis & Cinemax Programming, HBO Films President Len Amato To Add His Duties

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Exclusive: Kary Antholis, President, HBO Miniseries and Cinemax Programming, will be leaving the company after more than 25 years. Following Antholis’ exit, HBO Films president Len Amato will expand his current role to also assume Antholis’ responsibilities in his new post as President, HBO Films, Miniseries and Cinemax Programming.

“Len has had a distinguished career leading HBO Films to award-winning results,” said HBO President of Programming Casey Bloys. “He is uniquely qualified to add HBO Miniseries and Cinemax to his responsibilities; and we are thrilled that he will now be overseeing these three areas.”

The departure of Antholis comes amidst sweeping changes at WarnerMedia following At&T’s acquisition of Time Warner, which have included the recent arrival of Bob Greenblatt as chairman of WarnerMedia Entertainment and Direct to Consumer, overseeing HBO, and the departure of HBO CEO Richard Plepler.

Antholis, who will stay through June, was among a number of veteran
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Why Albert Finney Was the Perfect Winston Churchill: ‘An English Bulldog of an Actor’

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Why Albert Finney Was the Perfect Winston Churchill: ‘An English Bulldog of an Actor’
Albert Finney was destined to play Winston Churchill. That was the view of the producers behind the 2002 HBO movie “The Gathering Storm,” which earned Finney his first and only Emmy Award.

Finney, who died Thursday in London at the age of 82, was envisioned for the role of Churchill in “Storm” from the outset, according to producer Colin Callender, who ran HBO’s movies and miniseries department at the time Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Productions made “Storm.”

The movie tells the story of Churchill’s return from political exile in Britain during the 1930s, as he continually sounds the alarm about the growing Nazi menace in Germany. Vanessa Redgrave played Churchill’s wife, Clementine, in the movie that is rooted in the strength of their love and her influence on his life.

The movie opens with a shot of Churchill waddling out of bed naked to take a bath. The
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5-time Oscar nominee Albert Finney, a larger-than-life actor yet down-to-earth star who put his work first

5-time Oscar nominee Albert Finney, a larger-than-life actor yet down-to-earth star who put his work first
“To be a character who feels a deep emotion, one must go into the memory’s vault and mix in a sad memory from one’s own life” – Albert Finney, 1936-2019.

Finney was part of a post-war wave of English performers, including Tom Courtenay, Richard Burton, Peter O’Toole, Alan Bates and Oliver Reed, who made a quite a splash on the big screen in the early ‘60s. The much-admired actor, who was nominated for five Oscars spanning four different decades yet never won one, died at age 82 on Thursday.

Finney first earned awards attention as a hard-drinking, philandering and disgruntled member of the working class in the 1960 British release “Saturday Night and Sunday Morning,” which was emblematic of a genre called the “kitchen sink drama.” But it was his charming rogue who proved irresistible to women in 1963’s “Tom Jones,” a bawdy, boisterous picaresque that blew the dust off of period pieces,
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Ridley Scott Toasts Albert Finney

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Ridley Scott Toasts Albert Finney
Along with Keith Carradine and Harvey Keitel, Abert Finney starred in The Duellists, the very first feature film directed by Ridley Scott. Finney played the role of Fouche. It was the start of a long personal and professional relationship between them. The filmmaker is among many mourning the passing of a great actor, and he has written a short remembrance for Deadline.

As a student on a travelling scholarship in America I was in NY in the early 60s – one night I went to a cinema to watch a British film, I was homesick for England and the midlands. It was Saturday Night and Sunday Morning.

This was Albert Finney’s marvelous Entrance.

A formidably charming bad boy with the ladies – when I left the theatre I even tried to behave like him for a week – I recall getting slapped a couple of times that week.

But 30 years on I
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Albert Finney, Legendary Actor of Skyfall, Miller’s Crossing, Passes Away at 82

Joseph Baxter Feb 8, 2019

Five-time Oscar-nominated English acting legend, Albert Finney, has died, leaving behind a prestigious legacy.

Albert Finney, the celebrated British thespian known from films like Skyfall, Big Fish, Murder on the Orient Express and Tom Jones, just to name a few, has died at the age of 82.

The legendary actor succumbed to a chest infection on Thursday at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London. As his family tells AP in a statement, Albert “passed away peacefully after a short illness with those closest to him by his side.”

Finney spearheaded the British performance movement known as “kitchen sink realism,” focusing on angsty, disillusioned characters. Having started in stage and television, he would burst onto the cinematic scene in 1960 in The Entertainer. However, his lead role as the title character in 1963’s Tom Jones – a picaresque adventure-comedy based on Henry Fielding’s 1749 novel – cemented his place in the annals,
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Albert Finney, Oscar-Nominated British Actor, Dead at 82

Albert Finney, Oscar-Nominated British Actor, Dead at 82
Albert Finney, renowned British actor and Oscar-nominated star of films like Tom Jones, Under the Volcano and Erin Brockovich, has died at the age of 82.

“Albert Finney, aged 82, passed away peacefully after a short illness with those closest to him by his side. The family request privacy at this sad time,” a family spokesperson said in a statement to the BBC.

One of Britain’s most revered stage and screen actors, Finney earned four Best Actor Academy Awards nominations and one nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Finney received both an
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Hollywood Pays Tribute to Albert Finney

Hollywood Pays Tribute to Albert Finney
Hollywood stars and public figures took to social media on Friday to pay tribute to Albert Finney, who died at the age of 82 after a short illness.

Finney was known for his many film roles, including parts in Tom Jones, The Dresser, Annie, Murder on the Orient Express and Erin Brockovich.

In addition to being a five-time Oscar nominee, Finney won an Emmy for portraying Winston Churchill in the 2002 HBO film The Gathering Storm.

Erin Brockovich star Julia Roberts expressed her admiration for Finney in a statement to the Hollywood Reporter: "It was my terrific joy and privilege to work ...
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R.I.P. Albert Finney (1936 – 2019)

Oscar-nominated British actor Albert Finney has passed away aged 82, his family has announced.

“Albert Finney, aged 82, passed away peacefully after a short illness with those closest to him by his side,” reads the announcement. “The family request privacy at this sad time.”

A graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Finney began his film career in 1960, and would go on to receive five Academy Award nominations – four for Best Actor for Tom Jones, Murder on the Orient Express, The Dresser and Under the Volcano, and once for Best Supporting Actor for Erin Brockovich.

Finney would also receive two BAFTA Awards, for Most Promising Newcomer for 1960’s Saturday Night and Sunday Morning and Best Actor for the 2002 BBC/HBO TV movie The Gathering Storm, where he portrayed Winston Churchill in a role that also saw him honoured with an Emmy and a Golden Globe.

Other credits during his illustrious career include Scrooge,
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Albert Finney, Five-Time Oscar Nominated Actor, Dies at 82

Albert Finney, Five-Time Oscar Nominated Actor, Dies at 82
Albert Finney, the English actor who earned five Oscar nominations throughout his screen career, has died at age 82. Finney’s family confirmed the actor’s passing February 8 and told the Associated Press he “passed away peacefully after a short illness with those closest to him by his side.” Finney was diagnosed with kidney cancer in 2007.

Finney got his start in theater after graduating from England’s esteemed Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and moved to film in 1960 with his feature debut in Tony Richardson’s “The Entertainer,” starring Laurence Olivier and Brenda de Banzie. Finney’s screen acting career spanned over five decades. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor four times: “Tom Jones” (1963), “Murder on the Orient Express” (1974), “The Dresser” (1983), and “Under the Volcano” (1984). Finney’s role opposite Julia Roberts in Steven Soderbergh’s “Eric Brockovich” earned him his first and only Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
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Albert Finney, Oscar-Nominated Star of ‘Tom Jones’ and ‘Bourne’ Movies, Dies at 82

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Albert Finney, Oscar-Nominated Star of ‘Tom Jones’ and ‘Bourne’ Movies, Dies at 82
Albert Finney, the British actor who starred in “Tom Jones,” “Erin Brockovich” and the “Bourne” movies, has died. He was 82.

The five-time Oscar nominee had been suffering from a short illness, according to BBC News on Friday.

A statement from a family spokesperson to the BBC said: “Albert Finney, aged 82, passed away peacefully after a short illness with those closest to him by his side. The family request privacy at this sad time.”

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The Guardian reported that the veteran actor died of a chest infection at the Royal Marsden hospital near London, England, which specializes in cancer treatment.

His wife, Pene, and son, Simon, were by his side. He previously revealed in 2011 that he had been diagnosed with cancer but had overcome it with successful treatment.

He earned the first of five Oscar nominations for playing
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Albert Finney Dies: ‘Tom Jones’, ‘Skyfall’ Actor Was 82

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Albert Finney Dies: ‘Tom Jones’, ‘Skyfall’ Actor Was 82
Oscar-nominated actor Albert Finney, one of the great British actors of his generation who made a worldwide name for himself in 1963’s Tom Jones and maintained a strong career through 2012’s Skyfall, died Thursday in London. He was 82.

The cause of death, according to The New York Times, was a chest infection. He died at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London Thursday afternoon. In 2011 Finney disclosed he was undergoing treatment for kidney cancer.

Among his Oscar-nominated performances were roles in Tom Jones, Murder on the Orient Express, The Dresser, Under the Volcano and Erin Brockovich.

Trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Finney moved quickly into film, gaining immediate acclaim for his 1960 debut in Tony Richardson’s The Entertainer. With that year’s Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, produced by Richardson but directed by Karel Reisz, Finney secured his position, along with Alan Bates and Tom Courtenay, at the
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British Actor Albert Finney Dead at 82

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British Actor Albert Finney Dead at 82
Five-time Oscar nominee Albert Finney has died. A family spokesman said the actor died after a short, undisclosed illness. Finney had kidney cancer back in 2011, but it's unclear if it was related to his death. Finney was at the forefront of a British invasion of sorts ... a wave of British actors who hit the big screen in the '60s in the U.S. The actor received Oscar noms -- Best Supporting Actor for "Erin Brockovich,
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British actor Albert Finney dies aged 82

British actor Albert Finney dies aged 82
Finney died after a short illness, according a family spokesman.

British actor Albert Finney has died aged 82 after a short illness.

In a statement, Finney’s family said that he “passed away peacefully after a short illness with those closest to him by his side.”

Finney began his career in the Royal Shakespeare Company before breaking into film with the lead role in Karel Reisz’s critically acclaimed Saturday Night and Sunday Morning.

Among his other memorable roles were Tom Jones, as Hercule Poirot in Murder On The Orient Express, The Dresser, Under The Volcano, Erin Brockovich, as Winston Churchill
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"The Wheel of Time" on Amazon Prime

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Amazon Studios has set September 2019 to start shooting a live-action adaptation of the first book in "The Wheel Of Time" fantasy series, by author Robert Jordan, drawing on numerous elements of European, Asian culture and philosophy, most notably the cyclical nature of time:

"...'The Wheel of Time' is set in a sprawling, epic world where magic exists, but only women can use it. following 'Moiraine', a member of the shadowy and influential all-female organization called the 'Aes Sedai', as she embarks on a dangerous, world-spanning journey with five young men and women.

"Moiraine believes one of them might be the reincarnation of an incredibly powerful individual, whom prophecies say will either save humanity or destroy it..."

Amazon Prime Video will bring the one-hour fantasy drama to over 200 markets. The series is being adapted by Rafe Judkins ("Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.") and is produced by Sony Pictures Television and Amazon Studios.
See full article at SneakPeek »

Hugh Whitemore obituary

Dramatist and screenwriter who enjoyed success with Stevie, Breaking the Code and The Gathering Storm

The dramatist and screenwriter Hugh Whitemore, who has died aged 82, was an accomplished craftsman for theatre and TV for more than 50 years, moving easily between the disciplines and writing major stage roles (usually based on real-life characters) for Glenda Jackson, Judi Dench, John Gielgud and Derek Jacobi. Having started out with ambitions as a performer, he was told by one of his teachers at Rada, the actor Peter Barkworth, that he had the potential to make a great contribution to theatre – “though perhaps not as an actor”.

And so it proved. He was busy in television from the early 1960s, contributing to such important one-off drama series as the BBC’s Play for Today and ITV’s Armchair Theatre, as well as to popular series such as the soap opera Compact, set in the world of magazine publishing,
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