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Kenneth Branagh Inspired By Note From Laurence Olivier

December 18th, 2011 10:19am EST
Kenneth Branagh
Kenneth Branagh felt inspired to play Laurence Olivier in new film My Week With Marilyn thanks to a letter the acting legend sent him when he was a 20-year-old wannabe.

Branagh, who has received a Golden Globe nomination for his portrayal of the great Brit in the movie, wrote to Olivier for help when he was struggling to play an old man in a play - and his hero replied.

Branagh recalls, "I was playing a character who was 60 years old and I didn't know how to do it and my single attempt to do so was to pour a lot of flour into my hair and walk a little bent, but every time I moved around, ...
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Anthony Hopkins Encouraged Kenneth Branagh To Portray Olivier

May 7th, 2011 9:30am EDT
Kenneth Branagh
Anthony Hopkins gave his "Thor" director Kenneth Branagh the confidence to portray acting great Lord Olivier on the big screen by telling the star all about his encounters with the legend.

Branagh was mulling over the idea of playing Olivier opposite Michelle Williams in "My Week With Marilyn" as he shot "Thor" - and he couldn't decide whether it was something he could pull off.

He says, "Tony had worked with Olivier himself. (He) knew him well, and had many war stories, many intimate observations of the way Olivier was, and that, to some extent, gave me the confidence to try and do it."
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Spotted: Al Pacino Sporting Long Hair As Richard III

January 18th, 2011 4:00pm EST
Al Pacinio
Dressed as 15th century British monarch Richard III, Hollywood legend Al Pacino took a break after filming a scene for the comedy movie "Jack & Jill" in Los Angeles yesterday.

Immortalized on screen by Sir Laurence Olivier, Richard III was a controversial medieval monarch who was alleged to have murdered his way to the British throne.

In the film, a family man is forced to deal with his twin sister from the Bronx when she comes to Los Angeles for a visit and won't leave. Adam Sandler plays the dual role of Jack and Jill. See photos of Adam dressed like a woman HERE!

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Michelle Williams: 'I Can Get In And Out Of My Bra & Panties Faster Than Anyone'

September 27th, 2010 8:28am EDT
Michelle Williams
Michelle Williams is a speedy dresser.

She explained, "Auditioning taught me to change my clothes really fast. To this day I can get in and out of my bra and panties faster than anyone."

Michelle is currently filming "My Week With Marilyn" about an employee of Laurence Olivier who documents the tense interaction between the actor and Marilyn Monroe during the 1957 production of "The Prince and the Showgirl." Williams is playing Marilyn.

The actress has several other films in production, including "Take This Waltz" and "The Emperor's Children."

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Emma Watson Joins Marilyn Monroe Film

September 24th, 2010 1:15pm EDT
Emma Watson
Emma Watson has landed her first post-Harry Potter film role in an upcoming movie about Marilyn Monroe.

The 20-year-old actress finished work on the final installment in the wizard franchise earlier this year but has shunned Hollywood to concentrate on her university studies and launching her eco-friendly fashion line People Tree.

She has now accepted her first film role after the Potter franchise in new Monroe movie My Week With Marilyn, which will see Michelle Williams playing the blonde bombshell. The film tells the story of Colin Clark who worked as Laurence Olivier's assistant on 1...
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When Good Movies Turn Bad: The Movie Version Of Jumping The Shark

August 13th, 2009 11:34am EDT
Funny People
Ordinarily, an article such as this warrants a spoiler alert, but since the only thing giving away plot details of the last hour of "Funny People" would spoil is a good nap, that disclaimer is null in this instance.

There's a moment in this film, about three-fifths of the way through it, when Adam Sandler's George Simmons calls Seth Rogen's Ira Wright (née Weiner), and tells him in a strange pirate voice that they're to set sail for San Francisco the next day to perform a comedy show. He then makes a funny phallus-related joke and the camera cuts away.

When Judd Apatow shot this scen...
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TV Stars Who Deserve Emmy Nominations On July 17, Part 2

July 15th, 2008 10:42am EDT
Alec Baldwin - 30 Rock
Enough drama, time to laugh! The Emmy nominations are upon us, two days away in fact, so it's time to round out our suggestions to The Academy's blue ribbon panel. In the final installment, the focus turns to comedy and the actors who make us laugh every week.

This category is far more loaded than the drama section with far fewer obvious mistakes on the ballot and a ton of strong performances from the men and the women (rather than watching the ladies struggle with substandard material from their mostly male counterparts. Yes, I will clamor for more female writers and directors every...
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Celebrity Birthdays, May 22

May 22nd, 2008 3:00am EDT
Morrissey
Happy Birthday to sexy British lass Katie Price a.k.a. Jordan (1978), British supermodel/actress Naomi Campbell (1970), The Smiths singer Morrissey (1959), Elton John's songwriting partner Bernie Taupin (1950), late soccer phenom George Best (1946; d. 2005), Late "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" actor Paul Winfield (1941; d. 1999), pianist Peter Nero (1934), American musician Sun Ra (1914; d. 1993), English actor Sir Laurence Olivier (1907; d. 1989), American expatriate impressionist Mary Cassatt (1844; d. 1926), and German composer Richard Wagner (1813; d. 1883).

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Celebrity Birthdays, May 22

May 22nd, 2007 3:00am EDT
Morrissey
Happy Birthday to sexy British lass Katie Price a.k.a. Jordan (1978), British supermodel/actress Naomi Campbell (1970), The Smiths singer Morrissey (1959), Elton John's songwriting partner Bernie Taupin (1950), late soccer phenom George Best (1946; d. 2005), Late "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" actor Paul Winfield (1941; d. 1999), pianist Peter Nero (1934), American musician Sun Ra (1914; d. 1993), English actor Sir Laurence Olivier (1907; d. 1989), American expatriate impressionist Mary Cassatt (1844; d. 1926), and German composer Richard Wagner (1813; d. 1883).
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Jeremy Irons Turns Down 'Brideshead Revisited' Role

April 2nd, 2007 10:26am EDT
Jeremy Irons
British actor Jeremy Irons has turned down the chance to star in the forthcoming movie remake of 1980s TV mini-series Brideshead Revisited. Irons - who played Charles Rider in the 1981 show - was approached for a different role, played by Lawrence Olivier in the original adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's novel.

But the Oscar winner was reluctant to take on a role played by one of the greatest actor's of all time. Irons says, "They did approach me and ask me to be involved in it - they wanted me to play the part of Lord Marchmain - but I said I couldn't possibly put my feet into the footstep...
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The History Boys Soundtrack Spotlights An Eclectic Mix Of Songs From The 80s; Film And CD Out Nov. 21

November 13th, 2006 12:05pm EST
The History Boys Soundtrack
After winning five Tonys earlier this year-including honors for Best Play--The History Boys is set to conquer the big screen this November with Fox Searchlight's film adaptation of the Broadway phenomenon.

Rhino Records brings together the film's biggest musical moments with a soundtrack that features classic alternative rock cuts from the '80s, cast recordings, and more. The History Boys Original Soundtrack will be available November 21.

Featuring 14 songs, the film's soundtrack helps evoke the story's setting in 1980s England with songs such as The Smiths' "This Charming Man," N...
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Celebrity Birthdays, May 22

May 22nd, 2006 3:00am EDT
Morrissey
Happy Birthday to sexy British lass Katie Price a.k.a. Jordan (1978), British supermodel/actress Naomi Campbell (1970), The Smiths singer Morrissey (1959), Elton John's songwriting partner Bernie Taupin (1950), late soccer phenom George Best (1946; d. 2005), Late "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" actor Paul Winfield (1941; d. 1999), pianist Peter Nero (1934), American musician Sun Ra (1914; d. 1993), English actor Sir Laurence Olivier (1907; d. 1989), American expatriate impressionist Mary Cassatt (1844; d. 1926), and German composer Richard Wagner (1813; d. 1883).
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