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10 Things You Didn't Know About Game of Thrones Star Diana Rigg's Amazing Life and Career

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10 Things You Didn't Know About Game of Thrones Star Diana Rigg's Amazing Life and Career
Warning: Spoilers ahead with regard to the most recent episode of Game of Thrones, “The Queen’s Justice.”

While Game of Thrones fans will continue to mourn the loss of Lady Olenna Tyrell (and her brilliant one-liners) on HBO’s hit show, we can all take comfort in the fact that the prolific actress who played her, Dame Diana Rigg, 79, is already hard at work on her next TV show — a supporting role on Season 2 of Masterpiece on PBS’ Victoria — and has no plans to retire anytime soon.

People recently caught up with the award-winning British star for a look
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Diana Rigg: TV’s Sexiest Woman to Mrs. James Bond to ‘Game of Thrones’

Diana Rigg: TV’s Sexiest Woman to Mrs. James Bond to ‘Game of Thrones’
On July 16, “Game of Thrones,” the medieval fantasy for people who don’t normally like medieval fantasies, begins its seventh season on HBO. The battle scenes and the dragons are epic, but the series’ success is mostly due to the vivid characters created by George R.R. Martin and the actors.

Especially notable are the powerful women played by Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey — and Diana Rigg.

Rigg, whose birthday arrives a few days after the season premiere — she was born July 20, 1938 — plays Olenna Tyrell, aka the Queen of Thorns. To younger audiences, Rigg is best known for “Thrones,” her role as Mrs. James Bond, and a “Dr. Who” episode. But others remember the TV show that shot her to stardom: “The Avengers” (the real “Avengers,” long before the Marvel team), which was a tongue-in-cheek British spy actioner.

For two seasons, 1965-67, Rigg played Emma Peel, who often wore skin-tight catsuits as she outwitted and outfought evil masterminds. Emma
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‘Dark Crystal’ Prequel Series in the Works at Netflix

‘Dark Crystal’ Prequel Series in the Works at Netflix
A prequel series to the Jim Henson film “The Dark Crystal” has been greenlit at Netflix, the streaming service announced Thursday.

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance” returns to the world of Thra with an all new adventure. When three Gelfling discover the horrifying secret behind the Skeksis’ power, they set out on an epic journey to ignite the fires of rebellion and save their world. It has been ordered for 10 episodes.

Now You See Me” director Louis Leterrier will executive produce the series and direct. The Jim Henson Company will produce, with Lisa Henson and Halle Stanford also executive producing. Longtime Henson collaborator Rita Peruggi will serve as producer and Henson’s Blanca Lista will serve as a co-executive producer. Leading the writing are co-executive producers Jeffrey Addiss, Will Matthews, and Javier Grillo-Marxuach.

Louis Leterrier is passionate about the world of ‘The Dark Crystal’ and has an incredible creative vision for the series,” said
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Netflix UK: 25 underappreciated comedies to watch now

Mark Harrison Jul 1, 2016

Need a laugh? Here's our guide to 25 comedies that are on Netflix UK now, and are well worth your time...

Putting aside all of the chunter about VPNs and rising subscription costs for a moment, there are more hidden gems to be discovered on Netflix UK than you might expect, and we've been combing through the streaming site's current catalogue to find some of the most underappreciated comedies on offer.

We've come up with this fairly broad selection of films that varies on several fronts. We've picked out a mix of belly laughers and dark comedies, with a couple of dramedies thrown in for good measure. They're not all big Hollywood comedies, but neither are they all films that you're hearing about for the first time, though we've tried to order them according to how well known they may or may not be. What they all have
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Review: Did 'The Muppets' add 'a little more joy' with revamped show?

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Review: Did 'The Muppets' add 'a little more joy' with revamped show?
Last month, I spoke with new Muppets showrunner Kristin Newman about her plans to bring the characters back to their roots. Those ideas all sounded promising, but how well were they executed? Well, tonight's episode was the first she was involved with from beginning to end (though she did some rewriting on the last episode to air back in December), and I have some thoughts on whether it lived up to expectations coming up just as soon as I sell oven mitts on Etsy... Self-awareness has always been a key part of the Muppets formula. The Muppet Show was a backstage showbiz comedy, The Muppet Movie featured the characters making and watching a movie about how they first met (and the script for the movie itself becomes a plot device), Kermit and the others in The Great Muppet Caper commented about what part of the movie they were in, and
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Can’t Miss Movies At Toronto Reel Asian Film Festival 2015

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The 19th annual Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival (Reel Asian) is set to run from November 5 – 15, 2015 in Toronto and Richmond Hill. The festival highlights contemporary Asian cinema as well as work from the Asian Diaspora. Reel Asian also features a series of industry events in areas such as pitching and screenwriting to help guide and inspire creative minds.

After meticulously going over every synopsis, trailer, and bio that this year’s festival has to offer, I’ve put together a list of several can’t miss films at Reel Asian 2015.

Seoul Searching

During the 1980s, the Korean government instituted a policy which created summer camps aimed at enticing the country’s gyopo (foreign born) teenagers to visit their motherland. The plan seemed to be a win-win; parents could send their kids away on the Korean government’s dime, the kids would gain a first-hand cultural experience, and the country
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Julie Harris, Beatles Costume Designer, Dead at 94

Julie Harris, Beatles Costume Designer, Dead at 94
Julie Harris, a Academy Award-winning costume designer who outfitted the Beatles for both A Hard Day's Night and Help!, passed away Saturday at a London hospital after a brief illness from a chest infection. Harris was 94. In addition to the Fab Four features, Harris also worked on the James Bond film Live and Let Die (as well as 1967's 007 spoof Casino Royale), Goodbye Mr. Chips and 1975's futuristic Rollerball, The Independent reports.

Speaking about working on A Hard Day's Night at the peak of Beatlemania, Harris once said, "I must
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Julie Harris, Costume Designer for Bond and Beatles Movies, Dies at 94

Julie Harris, Costume Designer for Bond and Beatles Movies, Dies at 94
Oscar-winning costume designer Julie Harris, who helped define the swinging looks of the 1960s and ’70s London, died May 30 in London. She designed for James Bond films “Casino Royale” and “Live and Let Die” as well as the Beatles’ “A Hard Day’s Night” and “Help.” She was 94 and had suffered a chest infection.

Harris (no relation to the late actress Julie Harris) won an Academy Award for her mod designs in the 1967 Julie Christie-Dirk Bogarde film “Darling.” Over a four-decade career, she also served as costume designer on “Goodbye Mr. Chips,” “Rollerball,” the 1979 “Dracula” with Laurence Olivier and “The Great Muppet Caper.”

After working on the two Beatles films, she said, “I must be one of the few people who can claim they have seen John, Paul, George and Ringo naked.”

The glamorous looks for 1968’s “Casino Royale” and 1973’s “Live and Let Die” helped define the James Bond style,
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New 'Muppets' TV Show Coming from 'Big Bang' Co-Creator

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New 'Muppets' TV Show Coming from 'Big Bang' Co-Creator
After a successful return to the big screen with 2011's The Muppets and last year's sequel Muppets Most Wanted, The Muppets are returning to the small screen with a new TV series from The Big Bang Theory co-creator Bill Prady and Anger Management writer-producer Bob Kushell. ABC has ordered a comedy pilot presentation for the new Muppets TV series, which Deadline reports will be set behind-the-scenes of a late-night talk show. Both Bill Prady and Bob Kushell will executive produce, with Bob Kushell serving as showrunner, should it get picked up to series.

Disney-owned The Muppets Studios is co-producing with ABC Studios. Disney bought the Muppets character rights back in 2004, but this is the first we've heard of a new Muppets TV series. Of course, the franchise first started on the small screen with several of the characters appearing on Sesame Street when it debuted in 1969, before creator Jim Henson
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The underrated film acting performances of 2014

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From Gone Girl and Interstellar to The Babadook and RoboCop, some of 2014's more underrated acting performances...

For once, this upcoming awards season looks set to recognise some of the bright young things in movies, rather than the usual suspects, even if the type of movie that's considered “worthy” remain the same.

Biopics loom large, with Benedict Cumberbatch, Felicity Jones, Eddie Redmayne and David Oyelowo all considered locks for their first nominations for roles in films such as The Imitation Game, The Theory Of Everything and Selma. Plus, from the advance buzz on the true story movie Foxcatcher, it seems like we're going to have to get used to the phrase “Academy Award Nominee Channing Tatum” pretty soon.

Even the old guard potentials are pleasingly off-beat, with Michael Keaton tipped for his first nomination, for playing a former superhero actor in Birdman and Patricia Arquette almost a dead cert to
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The 31 Best Kids' Movies on Netflix Streaming Right Now

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It's always a good time to revisit our favorite children's movies, whether you're introducing your kids to them for the first time or enjoying a Disney classic yet again. If kids' movies like "Dumbo" and "The Rescuers" aren't already in your library, they're available right now to stream on Netflix, along with a lot of newer movies that will appeal to your kids (and to the kid in you).

(Availability subject to change.)

1. "Anastasia" (1997) G

This winning tale of a girl who might be the lost Romanov princess features the voice talents of Meg Ryan, Christopher Lloyd, John Cusack, and Hank Azaria.

2. "Antz" (1998) PG

Woody Allen voices a neurotic ant who falls in love with a princess (Sharon Stone) and must foil the plans of the power-mad General Mandible (Gene Hackman).

3. "Born Free" (1966) PG

A still-moving classic about the couple who raised Elsa the Lioness, an orphaned lion cub, then
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‘Noah’s Ark’ Animated Movie Draws ‘Kung Fu Panda’ Director

Unified Pictures has tapped John Stevenson (“Kung Fu Panda”) to direct its CG-animated feature inspired by “Noah’s Ark,” slated for completion in 2016.

The animated comedy adventure tells the story from the point of view of the animals and follows an outcast aardvark who becomes the reluctant leader of a ragtag group of misfit animals.

John Stevenson is among the finest storytellers and animation filmmakers in the business and brings with him a wealth of experiences,” said Unified Pictures president Keith Kjarval. “His unique ability to personalize this global story with tremendous heart and humor is sure to make this an inspiring film for all ages.”

The film’s script was written by Philip Lazebnik (Disney’s “Mulan” and “Pocahontas”) and Glen Dolman.

Executive producers are Cecil Kramer (“Wallace & Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit”) and Stevenson with Unified Pictures’ Kjarval and Kurt Rauer.

Stevenson worked with Jim Henson on “The Great Muppet Caper,
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This Week in Blu-ray / DVD Releases: Muppets Most Wanted, Locke, Filth

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This week: Did anyone order more Muppets? Also: Tom Hardy gets his motor runnin', and James Spader's 'Blacklist' gives the networks reason to smile. ► Well, this seems familiar: The Muppets come out with a movie everyone seems to love, but the sequel? Not so much. That was the case the first time around back in 1981, when 'The Great Muppet Caper' was met with shrugs. Now, after the 2011...
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what’s on Netflix and Amazon Instant Video (from Jun 10)

What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream.

streaming now, while it’s still in theaters

A Long Way Down: a suicide-club meet-cute? it shouldn’t work, but it does, as wonderfully sardonic British humor and as a reminder that you’re not alone in being messed up in this insane world [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

streaming now, before it’s on dvd

Tim’s Vermeer: must-see, chills-inducing documentary looks at the intersections of art, craft, and technology [at Amazon Instant Video]

new to streaming

Omar: Palestine’s official submission for the Best Foreign Language Oscar is terse, tense suspense drama, and less overtly political than you might expect [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video] Visitors: a weirdly beautiful film, eerie in its complicated simplicity, and open to seven billion interpretations, all of them valid [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video] The Missing Picture: a blend of documentary and memoir that’s like a dream and a nightmare, though it’s
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'The Americans' Recap: Far Away, So Close!

'The Americans' Recap: Far Away, So Close!
The only thing missing from this week's episode of The Americans was Dame Diana Rigg stepping in at the end of kidnapped refusenik Anton Baklanov's single scene – not dressed as Oleanna Tyrell, but as fashion guru Lady Holiday – and remarking on his tech-heavy monologue, "It's plot exposition, it has to go somewhere!"

'The Americans,' A to Z

As fun as it would have been to include a timely reference to 1981's The Great Muppet Caper, it's not The Americans' style to break the fourth wall. Thankfully in "Stealth,
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The pitfalls of second movie syndrome

Feature Mark Harrison 1 Apr 2014 - 05:47

Following new Captain America and Muppets movies, Mark looks at the challenges facing a second movie...

This article is spoiler-free, but it may contain some plot details about Muppets Most Wanted and Captain America: The Winter Soldier that you may not want to know if you haven't already seen those films, so proceed carefully.

The sophomore slump is a trend observed in academic study, whereby a decline in morale in second-year students can be linked to new stressors, and disaffection with what previously seemed new.

Its equivalent in the music industry would be the term “difficult second album”, which gets bandied around a lot, largely projecting audience anticipation onto an artist who has enjoyed a successful début, and now has the world snapping at their heels for an equally well-received follow-up.

And, in a film industry where brand-led tentpoles are becoming dominant, the enthusiasm
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Movie Review - Muppets Most Wanted (2014)

Muppets Most Wanted, 2014.

Directed by James Bobin.

Starring Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey, Ty Burrell, Jermaine Clement, Ray Liotta, Danny Trejo and featuring the voice talent of Steve Whitmire, Eric Jacobson, Dave Goelz, Bill Barretta and Peter Linz.

Synopsis:

While on a grand world tour, The Muppets find themselves wrapped into an European jewel-heist caper headed by a Kermit the Frog look-alike and his dastardly sidekick.

When it was released in 1979, The Muppet Movie was a stage for Jim Henson and his Muppet cohorts to take their relatively simple TV show and expand and develop their techniques as puppeteers to show off what they could really do. They dreamt big and it paid off. Its sequel The Great Muppet Caper on the other hand was just that - a sequel. It wasn't bad, nor was it inferior. The jokes were all solid, the writing was great and the songs were brilliantly executed,
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Box Office Democracy: Muppets Most Wanted

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I feel bad for The Muppets in the same way I feel bad for aging rock bands. They used to be cutting edge but now they’re content to be a nostalgia act making money by playing the hits. I don’t begrudge them the work and frankly I might be a little jealous of how much money they’re making doing the same old thing but I wish they doing new and exciting things rather than just jamming out on “Sympathy for the Devil” one more time. Muppets Most Wanted is a fun movie but it’s nothing you haven’t seen before.

The plot of Muppets Most Wanted centers around an international jewel thief frog who is identical to Kermit with the exception of a mole on his lip. Using his underling Dominic Badguy (Ricky Gervais), Constantine switches place with Kermit, taking over running the Muppet world tour
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James Bobin interview: Muppets, Alice 2, Statham

Interview Simon Brew 28 Mar 2014 - 06:15

We talk to the director of Muppets Most Wanted, James Bobin, about the film, about Alice In Wonderland 2, and about Jason Statham...

Heading into UK cinemas today is the brand new Muppets movie, Muppets Most Wanted. Directed once more by James Bobin, he spared us some time to talk about working with The Muppets, the complexities, the preparation, the bits that were cut and more. Here's how it went...

Mild spoilers for Muppets Most Wanted lie ahead...

The Muppets continue to popularise quite an old fashioned craft. More than just puppeteering, too. What are your feelings on it? Because my understanding of doing a Muppets film is that the preparation is arduous, the shoot is arduous, the post-production is a little bit lighter?

It is to a degree, but remember too that in post we have to deal with the fact that they
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Muppets Most Wanted Review

Walt Disney Studios

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

In 2011, Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller, along with director James Bobin, were able to successfully bring the Muppets back into the public consciousness after 12 years of dead air. Their love for the long-running franchise shone through clearly on the big screen and it lead to the film, The Muppets, becoming a critical and financial success.

Two years later, audiences are being invited to take part in yet another Muppet adventure, this time without Jason Segel. So, is Muppets Most Wanted good enough to make you forget about Segel or should they have quit while they were ahead?

Much like how The Great Muppet Caper followed The Muppet Movie over thirty years ago, writers James Bobin and Nicholas Stoller have followed up The Muppets with another caper comedy that’s light, innocuous, enjoyable, but fails to live up to the previous film. While it
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