Christopher Plummer (born Arthur Christopher Orme Plummer, 13.12.1929)
Christopher Plummer is a Canadian actor. His career has lasted for over five decades and his most pivotal role is most probably his portrayal of Captain Georg von Trapp in Sound of Music.
Childhood: Christopher Plummer was born to Isabella Mary and John Orme Plummer. He was an only child and his parents divorced when he was very young. His mother's family raised him in Quebec, near Montreal. Despite studying to be a concert pianist, Plummer discovered his love of theatre as a child and decided to pursue his acting career, traveling by train to study with the Canadian Repertory Theatre, based in Ottowa.
Acting Career: Plummer has had an extensive theatrical career, encompassing many classic roles, including King Lear (as directed by Jonathan Miller).
In 1958, Christopher Plummer made his film debut, when Sidney Lumet cast him in Stage Struck, alongside Henry Fonda. The following year, he played the role of Torvald, in Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House.
In 1964, Plummer starred opposite Sophia Loren and Alec Guinness in The Fall of the Roman Empire. This was followed by a starring role in Sound of Music, which also starred Julie Andrews and Eleanor Parker.
Plummer maintained a steady career throughout the 1960s, ending the decade with an appearance in Lock Up Your Daughters! which was an adaptation of a Henry Fielding comedy, starring Susannah York. In 1975, he starred alongside Peter Sellers in the hugely popular The Return of the Pink Panther. That same year, he played the role of Rudyard Kipling in The Man Who Would Be King. The film also starred Sean Connery and Michael Caine. 1978's International Velvet saw Plummer sharing screen-time with Anthony Hopkins and Tatum O'Neal.
In both 1979 and 1981, Christopher Plummer won a Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role; the first was in Murder by Decree, with James Mason. The second was for his role in The Amateur, with John Savage. Two years on, Plummer won an Emmy for his supporting role in The Thorn Birds, which starred Richard Chamberlain and Rachel Ward.
1987 saw Plummer appearing in the cult classic, Dragnet, which had Tom Hanks and Dan Aykroyd in the lead roles. Three years later, he took on the role of a homeless magician named Shitty, in Where The Heart Is, in which he worked alongside Suzy Amis, Uma Thurman and Crispin Glover.
1992 was a pivotal year for Plummer; he earned another Genie award nomination, for his supporting role in Impolite. It was also the year that he appeared in Malcolm X, the Academy Award-winning film starring Denzel Washington, Angela Bassett and Spike Lee. Three years later, he landed a role in the Terry Gilliam-directed Twelve Monkeys, which starred Bruce Willis and Brad Pitt.
Christopher Plummer also starred in the Michael Mann film, The Insider, with Al Pacino, Russell Crowe and Michael Gambon.
Plummer played the role of F. Lee Bailey in the acclaimed television film American Tragedy, which detailed the story of OJ Simpson's murder trial. In 2001, Plummer was part of a highly revered cast in A Beautiful Mind. Directed by Ron Howard, A Beautiful Mind starred Russell Crowe, Jennifer Garner and Ed Harris.
More Genie award nominations came for Christopher Plummer with his role in Ararat in 2002. 2004 saw Christopher Plummer appearing in two hit films. The first was National Treasure with Nicolas Cage and the second was Oliver Stone's Alexander, starring Colin Farrell, Jared Leto and Angelina Jolie.
This was followed in 2005 with an Emmy nomination and a Screen Actors Guild nomination, for his role in Our Fathers, in which he starred along with Ted Danson, Daniel Baldwin and Ellen Burstyn. Later that year, Christopher Plummer appeared in Syriana, which starred Matt Damon, George Clooney and Amanda Peet.
In The Lake House, Christopher Plummer appeared along with Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves. In 2009, he worked with Terry Gilliam once more, in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, which was to be the last film that Heath Ledger worked on before his untimely death.
Personal Life: Christopher Plummer has been married three times, His first wife was the actress Tammy Grimes. His second was the journalist Patricia Lewis and the third is the dancer and actress Elaine Regina Taylor, to whom he has been married since 1970.
Plummer has published an autobiography, entitled In Spite of Myself.
While this geriatric romance is too simplistic and sentimental to be anything remarkable, its lively central performances add some badly needed subtext and make the film worth a look. Meanwhile, the supporting cast add some spark to their scenes, elevating the warm, silly drama with quirky humour and some more resonant themes. It's also remarkably honest about how it feels to grow older.
Set in New Orleans, the story starts as 80-year-old Fred (Christopher Plummer) is moved by his hyperactive daughter Lydia (Marcia Gay Harden) into a small apartment building. Fred's wife has recently died, but they didn't get along very well, so he's enjoying being on his own. Although Lydia's husband (Chris Noth) has yet another crazy business scheme he wants Fred to invest in. And his new next door neighbour is Elsa (Shirley MacLaine), a larger-than-life 74-year-old who claims to have once known Picasso. Her son Raymond (Scott Bakula) looks in on her from time to time, while she secretly supports her younger son Alec (Reg Rogers) in his artistic career. She also immediately starts trying to coax Fred out of his shell.
Obviously, the main idea is that you're never too old to fall in love, so director-cowriter Michael Radford (Il Postino) tries to balance a comedy about ageing with a sweet love story about an engagingly mismatched couple. The blend of genres is somewhat uneven, as the script never quite decides whether it's about making the most of the time you have left, being open to unexpected romance or accepting your family members for who they are. All of these big themes are in here, most with a fairly heavy-handed touch. But at least this means that the film is about more than just a bunch of goofy characters interacting in rather silly ways.
Continue reading: Elsa & Fred Review
Christopher Plummer, Shirley Maclaine, William Shatner and Alex Trebek - Hollywood legend Christopher Plummer's hand and footprint ceremony at the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX during the 2015 TCM Classic Film Festival at TCL CHINESE THEATRE IMAX - Hollywood, California, United States - Friday 27th March 2015
Christopher Plummer - TCM Honor Academy Award Winning Screen Legend Christopher Plummer with Hand and Footprint Ceremony at TCL CHINESE THEATRE IMAX - Hollywood, California, United States - Friday 27th March 2015
Rich Cline looks back over 2014 and shares some of the biggest let downs of the year.
Most of these movies feature actors, actresses and filmmakers who really should know better...
10) Dumb And Dumber To - After 20 years we had finally forgotten the resolutely unfunny first movie. And now they're back. Sadly, they haven't learned anything about comedy in the interim. Watch the trailer for Dumb and Dumber To here.
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1970s rocker Danny Collins (Al Pacino) has earned a reputation for himself as a sell-out. He hasn't written a song for years, and his family has been left behind while he embarks upon the life of a true rock star. But when his manager reveals a previously lost handwritten letter from John Lennon, instructing Collins to remember who he is and not lose himself. Wondering what could have happened if he had actually received the letter 40-years-ago, Collins embarks on a journey to rediscover his family and find out just what made him famous in the first place.
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Fred Barcroft is an old man struggling to find much good in his life following the death of his wife. While he feels terribly lonely, he hates being around people, and while he despises the tiny apartment his daughter Lydia has moved him into, he can't bear to enjoy the world outside. Soon he meets Elsa Hayes from a nearby apartment; a free spirit of similar age determined to enjoy the last years of her life in the most spectacular ways possible, be it running from an expensive restaurant without paying or going dancing like she did when she was young. She teaches Fred that death is not something to be feared, rather a motivation to live the life you have. While Lydia disapproves of her father's newfound romance, he starts to open up, cheer up and realise that his life is far from over.
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With an approach so saccharine that it makes Eat Pray Love look like an edgy thriller, this heartwarming meaning-of-life odyssey is so relentlessly schmalzy that it quickly annoys anyone with even a tiny spark of cynicism inside them. And the annoying thing is that the filmmakers might have got away with it if there was any depth to the constant flow of uplifting sloganeering.
It starts in London, where the psychiatrist Hector (Simon Pegg) has a perfect life with his cheeky girlfriend Clara (Rosamund Pike). But the misery of his patients is rubbing off on him, so he decides to go in search of the true meaning of happiness. He starts by heading to Shanghai, where he meets a stinking-rich businessman (Stellan Skarsgard) and a sexy young woman (Zhao Ming). But is happiness found in money or sex? Silly question. Moving on, he checks out knowledge and wisdom in Tibet with a monk (Togo Igawa), then charity and power in Africa with an old pal (Barry Atsma), a drug kingpin (Jean Reno) and a gang of heavily armed rebels. Finally, he heads to Los Angeles to explore nostalgia with his old flame Agnes (Toni Collette), who helps him track down an award-winning self-help author (Christopher Plummer) who's known as "the Einstein of happiness".
Based on the book by Francois Lelord, the film is assembled along an outline of Hector's discoveries along the road, so what he discovers is actually written across the screen. But none of it is remotely enlightening, so why is he travelling to China, Tibet and Africa to discover these cheesy aphorisms, which appear on trite motivational posters in every office in the Western world? In addition to the on-screen captions, there are animated segments from Hector's travel diary, which are clearly drawn by a professional artist, not this hapless goofball who can't even remember where his pen is.
Continue reading: Hector and the Search for Happiness Review
Hector (Simon Pegg) is a top psychiatrist who may appear to have everything one needs in life; a comfortable salary, his beautiful girlfriend Clara (Rosamund Pike) and plenty of friends; but after spending day after day listening to people complain about being so unhappy, he's starting to lose faith in his own advice. Bored of his own routine life, he takes a break from counselling and decides to embark on a round the world trip to uncover the true meaning of happiness. Visiting foreign lands far and wide shows him just how different people's lives really are and far from learning whether or not happiness exists, he begins to discover a new way of thinking. His desperate partner is feeling less than joyful about his long absence, but will his return bring them a fresh dose of contentment? Or will he decide that happiness can't be found within his London home?
The actress won three Oscar nods and the love of several generations of fans.
Eleanor Parker, one of the stars of the original Sound of Music movie cast and an iconic actress with a legacy spanning five decades, died Monday in Palm Springs. She passed away at the age of 91 from pneumonia complications. The unfortunate news was confirmed by her son, actor Paul Clements, for the LA Times.
Continue reading: Beloved 'Sound of Music' Actress Eleanor Parker Dies Aged 91
Parker was nominated for an Oscar on three occasions, but she is best known for her portrayal as the Baroness in the 1965 musical
Eleanor Parker, an esteemed actress with a rich history of well-received performances from a career stretching over 50 decades, has passed away due to complications from pneumonia at a medical facility close to Palm Springs, California. The renowned actress was 91-years-old upon her death, with Variety first releasing the news of her passing.
Beginning in 1941 with an unused bit part in They Died with Their Boots On and lasting until her appearance in the TV movie Dead on the Money in 1991, Parker was one of the best know actresses of her time in the 1950's and 60's. In her 50's heyday, Parker was nominated for an Academy Award three times, all for Best Actress, but it is her role in the timeless movie version of Rogers & Hammerstein's The Sound of Music that she is known best for today.
Her role as The Baroness, who was left behind by Christopher Plummer's Captain Von Trapp for Julie Andrews' Maria in the film, has made sure that she has been remembered to this day, however Parker was an well-regarded and wide ranging actress in her day.
The hills are set to be alive with the sound of Carrie Underwood, when the country-pop star takes on the role of Maria Von Trapp in the upcoming TV adaption of the Sound of Music.
The former American Idol winner will take on the famous role in a new TV production for NBC, based on the much-loved Broadway original. The latest adaptation will see Underwood perform live over a three-hour broadcast, set to air next year, a network executive revealed yesterday (Nov 30th).
The TV adaption is being produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, the production team behind NBC’s well-received musical series Smash, as well as having helmed the acclaimed film versions of musical hits Chicago and Hairspray, so there's few worries over whether those in charge will know what they're doing. The pair are also in charge of the upcoming Academy Awards Ceremony in February, so expect a song and dance or two for then.
Douglas Hodge won a throng of new fans and even a Tony Award when he was last on Broadway for La Cage Aux Folles and now he is back on the stage taking on the celebrated title role in the latest version of Cyrano de Bergerac to hit New York.
It is the role, created by Edmond Rostand in 1897, that has seen such distinguished actors as Christopher Plummer, Gérard Depardieu (who won an Oscar nomination) and most recently on Broadway Kevin Kline put on the fake nose to take on the role, but this time round the Brit actor his being lamented as being the perfect casting as audiences and critics can’t help but lap on the praise for the actor, who performed the first show of the run only last night (October 11, 2012).
In fact, it isn’t just Hodge that is getting the praise for the show, as his (largely British) co-stars have also impressed all round for their performances. British director Jamie Lloyd takes helm of the new production, whilst fellow Brit Ranjit Bolt has provided a new translation of the timeless production. Kyle Soller, another Brit and French actress Clemence Poesy make up the rest of the top billed cast.