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Brian Blessed Forced To Withdraw As 'King Lear' After On-Stage Collapse


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British actor Brian Blessed has been forced to withdraw from his starring role in a production of ‘King Lear’, having collapsed on-stage during a performance a couple of weeks ago.

The 78 year old actor collapsed during the January 19th performance at Guildford's Holy Trinity Church after delivering only a couple of lines before fainting and falling off a raised platform. He was treated off-stage and bravely returned just twenty minutes later to complete the rest of the epic tragedy.

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Brian Blessed has been forced to cancel his 'King Lear' performances due to a heart condition

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Brian Blessed, 78, Collapses On-Stage while playing King Lear


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Brian Blessed, the 78-year-old veteran actor, collapsed on-stage while playing King Lear in Guildford on Monday night (January 19). The actor had begun to deliver his opening lines in Shakespeare's tragedy when he failed and fell from a raised platform.

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Daily Mail critic Quetin Letts reported that Blessed's fellow actor Noel White said: "Ladies and gentlemen, this is not part of the play. Is there a doctor in the house?"

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Brian Blessed Reveals He Turned Down The Chance To Play Doctor Who


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Legendary English actor Brian Blessed has revealed that he was once offered the role of Doctor Who by the BBC, but turned it down because of his busy schedule.

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The huge-voiced actor Brian Blessed could have been the second Doctor in the the mid '60s

Blessed told the Radio Times that he was approached and asked to step in as William Hartnell’s replacement in the mid-1960s. If he had said yes, Blessed would have been the second incarnation of the Doctor, but instead that role was taken by Patrick Troughton in 1966.

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'Legends Of Oz: Dorothy's Return' Knocks The Sparkle From Emerald City [Trailer]


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Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return is released today in the USA, giving American families a new look at the classic tale of Dorothy,Toto, Kansas and the magical land of Oz in an exciting new animated take. Glee star Lea Michele takes the lead, voicing the sparkly-shoed heroine whilst Dan Aykroyd plays the Scarecrow, Kelsey Grammer is the Tin Man and Jim Belushi voices the not-so-cowardly lion.

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Lea Michele Plays Dorothy In The Poorly-Received 'Legends Of Oz: Dorothy's Return.'

The movie is an adventure aimed at the youngest of cinemagoers but even so, critics have found fault with Legends of Oz at the most basic of levels. Directed by Will Finn ('The Road to El Dorado') and Dan St. Pierre ('Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey') and with Bryan Adams scoring, the film should have had all the makings of greatness but instead falls short with a mediocre plotline and decidedly second-rate animation.

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Legends Of Oz: Dorothy's Return - Teaser Trailer


Dorothy Gale is barely back in her Tornado-ravaged hometown in Kansas five minutes than she is whisked off over the rainbow back to the topsy-turvy land of Oz once more to rescue her friends, the Scarecrow, Tin Man, Cowardly Lion and Glinda, and the rest of Oz's innocent residents from a terrible peril. At the helm of this new evil is the Jester, more frightening than funny, who plans to turn the leaders of Oz into puppets controlled for his own nefarious means. Along the way Dorothy and her beloved dog Toto meets a string of new and unusual characters including Wiser the Owl, China Princess, Marshal Mallow and former tree Tugg the Tugboat, as she sets off on another exhilarating adventure to find her friends.

'Legends Of Oz: Dorothy's Return' is a new animated fantasy based on both L. Frank Baum's 'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz' and his great-grandson Roger Stanton Baum's sequel 'Dorothy of Oz'. It has been directed by Will Finn ('The Road to El Dorado') and Dan St. Pierre ('Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey') and written by Adam Balsam, Randi Barnes ('Imagination Movers') and Barry Glasser ('Skateboy') with a film score by Oscar nominated singer Bryan Adams. This enchanting family movie with hit the US on May 9th 2014.

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Prince's Foundation for Children & the Arts Carol Concert

Brian Blessed - The Prince's Foundation for Children & the Arts 7th annual carol concert at Holy Trinity Church - London, United Kingdom - Monday 9th December 2013

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Brian Blessed roars his approval for ADI Films' action-documentary Lion Ark

Gillian Mckeith with daughters - Celebrities turned out in style to support Lion Ark, which follows the epic battle to rescue 25 lions from illegal circuses in Bolivia. Nutritionist Gillian McKeith, DJ Sarah Young, singer-songwriter Lynsey De Paul, TV host Wendy Turner-Webster, Northern Line's Dan Corsi, and Wire's Robert Gotobed and Colin Newman attended the glitzy world premiere, where Brian Blessed made his address. - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 1st October 2013

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Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards

Brian Blessed - The Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards at indigo2 at The O2 - Winners Board - London, United Kingdom - Monday 17th June 2013

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David Cameron chats to actor Brian Blessed in Downing Street

David Cameron and Brian Blessed - David Cameron chats to actor Brian Blessed in Downing Street - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 24th April 2013

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Celebrities at the ITV studios

Brian Blessed - Celebrities at the ITV studios London United Kingdom Wednesday 23rd January 2013

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The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists! Review


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Aardman returns to hand-crafted clay-mation for this riotous seafaring romp.

The film is almost too crowded with witty visual and verbal gags to catch on a single viewing. Although it's also too corny to be a real classic.

The Pirate Captain (voiced by Grant) never gets any respect, especially with the Pirate of the Year competition gearing up. But his first mate (Freeman) and rag-tag crew (Tovey, Gleeson and Jenson) are fearlessly loyal. While accumulating plunder to win the award, they accidentally hijack a scientific ship and then travel with Charles Darwin (Tennant) to win a science prize in London. But this means that the crew needs to get dangerously close to venomous pirate-hater Queen Victoria (Staunton).

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Trailer


Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit, who lives a quiet life in The Shire. His peace is interrupted one day when Gandalf arrives on his doorstep, persuading Bilbo to hold a party in his home. Bilbo refuses but has no choice but to agree when Gandalf pesters him.

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The Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists Trailer


The Pirate Captain, although relentlessly optimistic, has never won the Pirate of the Year Award. Perhaps it has something to do with his crew - many of them are pirates but some aren't (and one is a fish dressed in a pirate hat). Or maybe it's because he doesn't have much of a success rate when it comes to stealing treasure.

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The Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists Trailer


The Pirate Captain has never won the Pirate of the Year award but this year he hopes to do so. He sets out with his crew - some are pirates, some are not, some are just fish he dressed up in a pirate hat - to beat his rivals Black Bellamy and Cutlass Liz. Along the way, he travels to places as diverse as Blood Island and Victorian London and joins forces with a young Charles Darwin. The Captain and his crew must also avoid Queen Elizabeth - who is determined to wipe out pirates from the seas.

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Flash Gordon Review


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In the grand heirarchy of high camp, The Rocky Horror Picture Show is at the top. Flash Gordon is directly beneath it. In many ways, Flash is both as good and as bad as moviemaking gets. The battle between Jones and Dalton on the deadly, spike-ridden, tilting platform hovering over a 50-mile drop is as tense as fight scenes get. The football-inspired fight in Ming's throne room is otherwise. A must-see on DVD for purists and superhero freaks. He will save every one of us!
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