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Diane Cilento Passes Away


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Diane Cilento, Australian theatre and film actress and author, has sadly passed away aged 79. During her distinguished life she could boast starring roles opposite icons such as Charlton Heston and Paul Newman, whilst she was also married to Sean Connery - her second of three marriages - for 11 years between 1962 and 1973.

The star passed away at Cairns Base Hospital near her home in Queensland, reports the BBC, just two days after her 79th birthday - no cause of death has as yet been given. Paying tribute to her, close friend and playwright MICHAEL GOW reflected that, "She kept us all hugely entertained until the day before yesterday, when she just couldn't manage anymore and we took her to hospital."

Cilento's Broadway breakthrough occurred in 1955 where she played Helen Of Troy in JEAN GIRADOUX's 'Tiger At The Gates,' a performance which earned her a TONY AWARD nomination. On the silver screen meanwhile she is perhaps best known for her role as Molly Seagrim in 1963 British adventure film 'Tom Jones.' That too saw her gain an award nomination, Best Supporting Actress at the Academy Awards; other films Cilento appeared in included 1965's 'The Agony And The Ecstacy' opposite Newman, and cult 1973 horror film 'The Wickerman' - during which she'd meet third husband, the film's script writer Anthony Shaffer.

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Diane Cilento, Actress And Ex-wife Of Sean Connery, Dies Aged 78


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Diane Cilento, the Oscar-nominated Australian actress once married to Scottish star Sean Connery, has died aged 78. Cilento passed away in northern Australia on Thursday evening (7th October 2011), although no cause of death was given, reports the Associated Press.

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Sleuth Remake Offends Writer's Children


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The daughters of SLEUTH writer Anthony Shaffer have criticised the remake of the 1970s movie of the same name - for failing to involve them in the new Kenneth Branagh adaptation.
The original film starred Michael Caine and Laurence Olivier, while the 2007 version sees Jude Law take the role of the younger gentleman with Caine portraying the part made famous by Olivier.
But Shaffer's children Claudia, 43, and Cressida, 40, are devastated they did not have a say in the Branagh version - despite suggesting Law for the part in the remake.
And they are even more angered to have been snubbed altogether for the movie's London debut at the weekend (18Nov07).
Claudia says, "My sister and I are distressed that we weren't invited to the film premiere in London on Sunday. Cressida was particularly surprised because she was the one who suggested Jude Law for the part.
"Its very odd because we knew Michael Caine when we were children. We met Kenneth Branagh last Christmas and he promised he would let us know what was happening about the film. But we have heard nothing.
"It's rather strange when you see huge posters on your way to the Tube (London Underground transport system). Sleuth has been a part of our lives for as long as I can remember. It's very sad and depressing."

Sleuth (1972) Review


Excellent
It's not often that you see 2-hour dramas with only two real characters in them. Sleuth is a great example of how you can take the barest of essentials -- two great actors, one great script, one great set -- and make magic happen. A young Michael Caine matches wits with Laurence Olivier over jewels, a girl, and life & death in what turns out to be a very convoluted plot of cat, mouse, dog, tadpole, and cheese... who has the upper hand on whom? You'll have to wait until the final scene. Highly recommended.

Raunchy Radcliffe Pictures Upset Parents


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Naked pictures of Daniel Radcliffe to promote a new play are causing controversy among fans of the Harry Potter movies.
The young star peels off his top half and cuddles up with a topless co-star in the promotional snaps for his London West End run in Equus.
The pictures have already become popular among young female fans of the 17-year-old - most famous for his role in the boy wizard franchise.
But parents are up in arms and are bombarding Harry Potter fansites with emails.
One reads, "We as parents feel Daniel should not appear nude. Our nine-year-old son looks up to him as a role model. We are very disappointed and will avoid the future movies he makes."
Radcliffe's spokesperson VANESSA DAVIES tells British newspaper the Daily Mail, "Daniel does not want to step away from Harry Potter but he does want to show he is a rounded actor capable of very different roles. He has tremendous support from Harry Potter fans."
The play, written by Anthony Shaffer, opens in London on 27 February (07).

Branagh, Caine + Law Team Up For Sleuth Remake


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Kenneth Branagh will direct Michael Caine and Jude Law in the remake of classic movie SLEUTH.
Caine, who played MILO TINDLE in the 1972 thriller will play co-star Laurence Olivier's part in the remake - adapted from Anthony Shaffer's play by Harold Pinter - while Law will take on Caine's original role.
It's the first time Law, who is also co-producing the remake with Branagh, and Caine have worked together, although both British actors have played love rat Alfie on the big screen.
Production on the film will begin later this month (JAN07) at Twickenham Studios in London.
Sleuth tells the story of a wealthy author and his efforts to outwit an out-of-work actor (Law) who is having an affair with the writer's wife in the rooms and corridors of his exquisitely modernised Georgian manor.

The Wicker Man (1973) Review


Extraordinary
It's difficult to shake the disquieting climax of The Wicker Man, where pious Police Sgt. Howie (Edward Woodward) of the West Highland Police is confronted by the secrets kept within the isolated Scottish island of Summerisle. Being a decent Christian, he finds himself repulsed by their pagan rituals, open sexuality, and their unwavering devotion to the Old Gods. Much like the unwitting protagonists of Peter Weir's The Last Wave and Nicolas Roeg's Don't Look Now, Howie is facing off against powers much larger than himself (and anything that is dreamt of in his narrow theology).

Called upon to investigate the disappearance of a young schoolgirl named Rowan Morrison, Sgt. Howie finds stubborn, tight-lipped resistance from the local islanders, who carry about their business unmindful of his single-minded detective work. More often than not, they treat him with bemused detachment, laughing into their drinks or simply ignoring him altogether as he marches through the rustic schoolyards, dingy inns, and lush green hills. The locations, filmed in the highlands of Scotland, possess the eerie, musty, ever-haunted quality of an Old Country worn down by time. If there is a central character in The Wicker Man, it's the timeless elements of rock and water, moss and faded wood that comprise the town squares. Sgt. Howie, a man from the city, is clearly out of his depth.

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Branagh To Remake Sleuth With Caine And Law


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Kenneth Branagh will direct the remake of SLEUTH featuring fellow British stars Jude Law and Michael Caine.
This is the second time Anthony Shaffer's play is getting made into a movie and the second time Caine is playing a major role in the drama that revolves around two men vying for the same woman.
This time around, Caine will play a brilliant writer and social fixture who's so upset at losing his wife to a young hairdresser (Law) that he hatches a complex revenge plan.
Caine played the hairdresser in the original and SIR Laurence Olivier played the writer.
Both actors received Oscar nominations for the 1972 film, along with director JOSEPH MANKIEWICZ.
Law is stepping into a screen role originally played by Caine for the second time, after also starring in the remake of ALFIE.

Frenzy Review


Excellent
One of Hitchcock's final movies is also one of his goriest -- his first R-rated feature -- and most dryly funny. The story's a relatively straight-up crime drama; we know who the bad guy is from the start -- Jon Finch, playing the Necktie Murderer. But he's framed another guy for his crime spree. Meanwhile, inspector Oxford (Alec McCowen) is on the case, and when he isn't tracking down clues, he's eating the increasingly questionable cooking of his trying-hard-but-failing wife. It's Hitch's last great film (he made one more movie and died eight years later), and proof that he still had his form -- last seen put to good use in 1963's The Birds.

Sleuth Review


Excellent
It's not often that you see 2-hour dramas with only two real characters in them. Sleuth is a great example of how you can take the barest of essentials -- two great actors, one great script, one great set -- and make magic happen. A young Michael Caine matches wits with Laurence Olivier over jewels, a girl, and life & death in what turns out to be a very convoluted plot of cat, mouse, dog, tadpole, and cheese... who has the upper hand on whom? You'll have to wait until the final scene. Highly recommended.
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