The actor's former wife wants to attend his funeral.
Peter O'Toole's death on the 14th December has brought a renewed interest in the actor and his lengthy and illustrious career as well as people emerging from the fray to attest to the star's character and praise one of the old hellraisers. O'Toole's former wife, Siân Phillips, may have split acrimoniously from the Lawrence of Arabia actor but apparently holds her ex-husband in high enough esteem to be planning on attending his funeral.
Peter O'Toole Burned Out In The Late 70s Due To Alcohol.
The Leeds-raised actor married the Welsh-born actress in 1959 and they had two children together, Kate and Patricia, before their 1979 divorce. "It is sad the way things worked out, but Siân did have some very happy times with Peter and a death is a time to see a whole life in perspective," a friend of Miss Phillips tells The Telegraph.
Continue reading: Peter O'Toole Funeral To Be Attended By Ex-Wife Sian Phillips
The BBC Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor biopic aired last night, bringing the Hollywood's stars' romance to a new generation. We digest the critical reception to see if the Helena Bonham Carter/Dominic West pairing was a success.
It was the real-life and onscreen romance that fascinated millions and now the unique romance of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton has yet again been brought back to life in the BBC4 biopic, Burton and Taylor, that aired last night (22nd July).
Burton And Taylor: Helena Bonham Carter & Dominic West Brought The Fabled Romance Back To Life.
Set in 1983, the Richard Laxton-directed biopic tracks a period of the lovers' lives where they appeared together in the Noël Coward play, Private Lives, in New York.
The pair combine for this highly anticipated TV movie
The BBC Four biopic Burton And Taylor will - as Drama Commissioning Controller Ben Stephenson puts it – see them "go out with a bang,” of original drama, anyway. The TV movie details the relationship between Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor during the Noël Coward play Private Lives.
"I nearly didn't take the role," Bonham-Carter admitted to Vogue. "When I first found out about it, I thought, 'Elizabeth Taylor? I should run a mile.' Even my mum said, 'Don't touch that with a barge pole.' But it was the script that won me over - it was such a touching, sweet story. The fact that it was about two of the world's most famous stars was incidental."
Shakespeare's Globe have announced plans to take Shakespeare's most famous play - Hamlet - to every country in the world, embarking on a monster tour to celebrate two very special anniversaries.
Shakespeare's Hamlet, a play thought to have been originally penned in 1603, is going on tour as part of production company Shakespeare's Globe celebrating the 450th anniversary of the Bard's birth and 400 years since his death on April 23rd. The Globe's artistic director, Dominic Dromgoole announced the news, calling the plans "a thrill." According to BBC News, the theatre company will spend two years on world tour, performing in each of the 196 countries beginning and ending on the same day two years apart.
Former Doctor Who David Tennant Was One Of The Most Famous Incarnations Of Hamlet.
Travelling by planes, trains, boats and buses the cast of eight will bring the shortened two and a half hour performance to a wide range of different stages, including beach, woodland, and traditional wooden stage. "We already know this production works in all sorts of venue - whether it's a charismatic national theatre with glistening chandeliers or a simple market square. Or just in a field. It's a slightly mad extension of our Globe to Globe project last year, when we had 37 Shakespeare plays in 37 different languages staged in London by companies from around the world. The contacts made last year are already proving crucial to deciding some of the places we'll visit."
Helena swaps Tim for Richard: the first image of the BBC's Burton and Taylor, airing later this year, has been released.
The first picture has been released by the BBC showing Helena Bonham-Carter and Dominic West in full costume as one of Hollywood's most famous couples - Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor - ahead of the airing of brand new Burton and Taylor feature-length television biopic.
The snap shows the pair affectionately united in sumptuous shades of blue and purple, with fur and diamonds adorning Bonham-Carter; who is married to Edward Scissorhands director Tim Burton and turned 47 in May.
Speaking at the unveiling, Welsh actor Michael Sheen, who attended the ceremony with the Hollywood pair’s adopted daughter, Maria, recalled how he felt when they visited his hometown. "The same beach that I built my boyhood sand castles and learned to flailingly swim, it was that same beach, that one legendary day, Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor descended from the heavens, like gods from Olympus, in a helicopter ... and landed on those sands," Sheen said. "They stepped out swathed in luxurious fur coats - it was the '70s - and walked among us for too short a time." The unveiling was pertinently held on the the 50th anniversary of their film, Cleopatra. Speaking after the unveiling, Ms Burton said: "I am very proud and very touched by this. I look at the plaque and it brings tears to my eyes."
Anne Hathaway is likely to pick up the Best Supporting Actress prize at the Oscars in February, though it's likely she'll be competing for Best Actress upon the release of writer Abi Morgan's adaptation of The Taming of the Shrew. The latest movie - based on Shakespeare's late 16th century comedy - was announced this week, though a director is yet to be attached, reports The Wrap.
The Taming of the Shrew has been adapted dozens of times by Hollywood, though most notably in 1967, with Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in the lead roles. The teen-movie 10 Things I Hate About You, starring the late Heath Ledger and actress Julia Stiles, was also based on Shakespeare's play. Morgan - the screenwriter behind The Iron Lady and the critically acclaimed Shame - will transfer the action to the modern day, though the movie will be set in Italy. The main plot depicts the courtship of Petruchio, a gentleman of Verona and Katherina, the headstrong shrew. She is an unwilling partipant to the relationship, though is "tamed" until she becomes a compliant and obedient bride.
Continue reading: Can Anne Hathaway Outdo Elizabeth Taylor In 'The Taming Of The Shrew'?
It looks as though the decision to cast Lindsay Lohan as Elizabeth Taylor in Liz and Dick was both an inspired choice and a terrible one, all at once. The very idea that Lohan may have turned in a credible performance seems to have become a laughable notion, as the show’s premiere draws ever closer (it airs tonight – November 25, 2012 – at 9pm ET, on the Lifetime network).
Anyone still clinging to the hope that Lindsay’s career may have ben saved and thrust back into the land of credibility, by taking on the role of an iconic screen gem, may as well just loosen their grip now, to save the friction burns. A review from People magazine gives the TV movie a paltry two stars out of four, but suggests the project was doomed – Lohan, or no Lohan. In fact, even though she won’t be winning any awards (“she attacks the part with a relentless, huffing-and-puffing determination that throws any acting technique under the bus”), her performance still “rivets attention” – albeit possibly for the wrong reasons.
Lohan’s bullish performance even manages to overshadow the “flawless” performance from Grant Bowler as Richard Burton. The producers of the show must have known that they were onto a winner, casting a ‘just-off-probation’ Lohan as the lead in this low-rent biopic. She was always going to attract attention and bump up viewer ratings… and hey, if she turns in a good performance, that’s even better, right?
The run up to Lifetime's Elizabeth Taylor biopic Liz & Dick has been as controversial as Liz's own life, and as anticipated as any of her movies. Sadly, all this hype has largely been due to the problems that Lindsay Lohan, starring as the Queen of Hollywood, has garnered for the production.
From being found unconscious in her hotel room to the enormous insurance policy and 'what if' clauses in her contract the tabloids haven't been able to leave the Lohan stories alone. While her co-star Grant Bowler (you'll recognise him from Ugly Betty), who's playing Taylor's husband Richard Burton, believes Lohan was the right choice, preliminary reviews of the production disagree.
MTV report that Grant said, "I think it was a very smart decision on a lot of levels. And it has been interesting, because reading the press before we started, there was a lot of questioning, like, 'Why cast Lindsay as Elizabeth Taylor?' And then right from the start, by the very fact that the tabloids were running around after it, you had your answer."
Continue reading: Lindsay Lohan in Liz and Dick, Bitten Off More Than She Could Chew?
Lindsay Lohan’s Liz & Dick will premiere on Lifetime on November 25, 2012. Amidst the persistent tabloid dramas, it’s easy to forget that Lindsay Lohan has been trying to revive her ailing career. However, the 26 year-old was cast to play Elizabeth Taylor in the TV movie, which will explore the late Hollywood legend’s relationship with Richard Burton. Taylor is a popular character; the subject matter alone will be enough to draw in an audience but of course, curiosity is bound to get the better of scores of viewers, who will tune in to see what the troubled actress makes of the role.
Liz & Dick follows the tale of Elizabeth and Richard’s 25 year love affair, who married and divorced twice in their time together. Their relationship was renowned for being a turbulent and fiery one, beginning when they both starred in Cleopatra together. Starring opposite Lohan, as Burton, is the True Blood star Grant Bowler.
Of course, Lindsay Lohan has gone through her own fair share of turbulence recently. During the filming of Liz and Dick, Lohan crashed her Porsche into a dump truck and just a week later, had to be treated by paramedics for exhaustion and dehydration. Was it a sign of an excessive work schedule or something else? More recently, Lindsay was accused of hitting a pedestrian with her car outside a New York nightclub, though that matter appears to now be resolved.
Lindsay Lohan has given fans their first peak at the upcoming TV movie Liz & Dick with a brand new teaser trailer of the biopic of the former screen siren Elizabeth Taylor and her tumultuous relationship with actor Richard Burton. The trailer shows Lohan in a number of stills from the film as well as some clip of her and co-star Grant Bowler - who plays Burton - and is billed as the biggest television event of the year.
The biopic of Elizabeth Taylor has been a long time coming and due to be released on the Lifetime channel in November this year, after Lohan spent the summer filming it. Over the long filming schedule there have been a number of dramas involving the film’s star, Ms Lohan, including an incident where paramedics had to be called after she had been found unconscious in her hotel room. Lindsay had collapsed as a result of exhaustion following the long days of filming and later joked about the incident on Twitter. The actors' union, SAG-AFTRA, investigated the set during filming after it emerged that other members of the crew were suffering from exhaustion during filming.
Another incident occurred when the trailer that Taylor used during the filming of Cleopatra was trashed; presumably by Lohan and her friends, however she has not been found guilty of anything yet.
Oh no Lindsay Lohan, what is Judge Sautner going to say? The controversial star was kept on a tight disciplinary leash by the judge during her probation period relating to her infamous jewellery theft case of a couple of years back, but after completing the allotted community service set by the courts in relation to the crime, it looked like the 26 year-old was back on the straight and narrow. Lohan has appeared as a guest host on Saturday Night Live and nailed a starring part in a TV movie about the late actors Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor this year, putting her career back on track.
Unfortunately, those silly little misdemeanours still seem to be biting at her heels and according to TMZ, she’s suffered another one, having been arrested for allegedly leaving the scene of an accident this morning (September 19, 2012) where she apparently clipped a pedestrian with her car in downtown Manhattan. Reports are that Lohan’s Porsche Cayenne was parking up near the Dream Hotel where she was staying when she clipped the knee of a 30-something year-old man just after midnight. Someone called the police regarding the incident and they arrested her at around 2:30am.
Lohan however is claiming that this is all a set-up, that she had no idea she hit anybody and didn’t know anything was going on until she got arrested. The man was hospitalized but he wasn’t knocked down or dragged along, making the whole thing seem a little suspicious.
Lindsay Lohan, Elizabeth Taylor, Grant Bowler and Richard Burton - Official images of Lindsay Lohan as Elizabeth Taylor and Grant Bowler as Richard Burton in USA the Lifetime's Original Movie, Liz & Dick, debuting this fall on Lifetime. Wednesday 6th June 2012