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Steve Coogan And John C. Reilly To Portray Laurel And Hardy In New Movie

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Coogan will portray Laurel, while Chicago star Reilly will take on Hardy in Stan & Ollie, a film which will chronicle the duo's 1953 British tour.

The movie will be directed by Jon S. Baird and will reunite Coogan with screenwriter Jeff Pope, who penned the script for the funnyman's 2013 movie Philomena.

"Like so many others I grew up watching Laurel and Hardy and I'm therefore honoured to help bring this incredible true story of love, laughter and friendship to the big screen," Baird says.

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Laurel And Hardy Letters Up For Auction

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British born Laurel, who alongside Hardy became one of the icons of early Hollywood, wrote 41 letters to Nellie Bushby, his cousin in Cumbria, England, and they are going under the hammer along with another note from the star's widow Lucille.

In one letter, penned shortly after Hardy's death on 7 August, 1957, Laurel writes, "Deeply appreciated your kind sympathy over the death of my dear pal, it was a great shock to me even though I had been notified the day before that the end was near. I miss him terribly and feel quite lost - can't realise that he has gone. He suffered a great deal these last few weeks due to a cancer condition, so I feel it was a blessing he was taken out of his misery and pain. A sad end to a wonderful career, God bless him."

The 42 letters are go on sale in Newcastle, England later this month (Sep15) and are expected to sell for up to $19,200 (£12,000).

Ricky Gervais Says Losers Are Life's Characters

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Ricky Gervais says "Losers" are the real "interesting" characters in life.

The comedian - who shot to fame starring and writing in 90s sitcom 'The Office' - would much rather focus his TV shows on the less-successful people because they provide the humour.

Talking about office worker Tim Canterbury, Ricky said: "Tim is based on a guy I used to work with, mixed with Norm from 'Cheers', a little Chandler from 'Friends,' and a touch of Oliver Hardy. Stan and Ollie feature in all my work really. The blind leading the blind. Both thinking they're with an idiot. Both right. Both struggling. And both needing each other to survive. Beautifully precarious.

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Cowardly Lion Suit Sells For $700,000

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The cowardly lion costume from 1939 film The Wizard of Oz has sold at auction for a staggering $700,000 (GBP357,000).
The outfit, made from real lion fur and worn by actor Bert Lahr in the classic movie, was part of a memorabilia sale on internet auction site eBay.
Also sold were Elvis Presley's wedding ring, for $90,000 (GBP46,000); trousers Oliver Hardy wore in the film SWISS MISS and Fred Astaire's sailor suit from Follow the Fleet.

The Music Box (1932) Review

This 30-minute Laurel & Hardy classic is the duo's only Oscar-winning film, an archetypal short about the boys' foolhardy job of carrying a piano up an endless flight of stairs as the first job of their budding delivery company. It's an often hysterical example of Laurel and Hardy's pioneering brand of physical, feuding-buddy comedy.

Tit For Tat Review

Very Good
Laurel and Hardy spar with the grocer who runs the shop next door -- as Tit for Tat consumes half an hour of increasingly creative pranks that our boys commit against their neighbor, and vice versa. The finale includes a crate of eggs and a bucket of lard. Priceless.

Tracey And Hepburn Named As Best On-Screen Pairing

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SPENCER TRACEY and Katharine Hepburn had the greatest on-screen chemistry in the history of cinema, according to a group of British scientists.

The couple, whose chemistry extended off screen as they filmed nine movies together, were considered the most explosive couple in film by experts at the ROYAL SOCIETY OF CHEMISTRY, who were asked to analyse Hollywood stars' compatibility.

Tracey and Hepburn - who won over film fans with their on-screen rapport in ADAM'S RIB and GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER - beat off competition from DAME Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in second and Humphrey Bogart and LAUREN BACALL.

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Laurel And Hardy Fans In Food Fight

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A horde of fans kicked off a special tribute to classic movie comedians Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy in America on Saturday (19JUL03) - by throwing pies at each other.

About 20 of the duo's fans kicked off a two-day festival of their silent films in Belleville, Illinois, by re-enacting one of the most famous scenes from Laurel and Hardy's BATTLE OF THE CENTURY - a pie fight of mammoth proportions.

The festival continued Sunday (20JUL03) with four Laurel and Hardy silent films, accompanied by organ music.

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Hardy House Sold

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Silver screen funnyman Oliver Hardy's Hollywood home has been sold for $729,000 (GBP455,600).

The LAUREL + HARDY star lived in the four-bedroom house with his wife MYRTLE during his Hollywood heyday in the 1930s and 1940s.

Partner Stan Laurel lived across the street.

14/07/2003 09:17
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