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Alec Guinness movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘The Bridge on the River Kwai,’ ‘Star Wars’

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Alec Guinness movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘The Bridge on the River Kwai,’ ‘Star Wars’
Alec Guinness would’ve celebrated his 105th birthday on April 2, 2019. The Oscar-winning performer excelled in comedy, drama, and most famously, science fiction, starring in dozens of movies before his death in 2000 at age 86. But how many of those titles remain classics? In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at 15 of his greatest films, ranked worst to best.

Born in 1914, Guinness got his start in theater, winning a Tony for his performance in the Broadway play “Dylan.” He adapted and starred in a stage version of Charles Dickens‘ “Great Expectations,” playing the role of Herbert Pocket. Among the audience members was David Lean, who brought the book to the screen in 1946 and cast Guinness in his first movie.

SEEDavid Lean movies: All 16 films ranked worst to best

He would go on to make five more films with Lean, including the Oscar-winning “The Bridge on the River Kwai
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Disney Hires a Screenwriter For Ice Cube's Remake of The Musical Oliver!

Disney is moving forward with the development of a remake of the classic musical Oliver! which as you know, is based on Charles Dickens' novel Oliver Twist. The project was announced last year and it has also got a solid team of talent on board to bring it to life.

According to Deadline, the script for the film will be written by Danny Strong (The Hunger Games, The Butler). The director of Broadway's Hamilton, Thomas Kail, is set to helm the movie. Then there's the music, which will be handled by Marc Platt, who worked on La La Land. Oh, and I should probably mention that Ice Cube is producing and he's taking on the of the villainous Fagin.

I know you all know the story, but just in case you've been living under a rock since you've been born, the story follows the journey of an orphan
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Dan Stevens: 'Dickens could be bleak, but also very silly'

He’s got debts, writer’s block, and a child on the way; a new film tells how Charles Dickens beat the odds to write everyone’s favourite Christmas story. Its star Dan Stevens reveals how he brought the writer to life

In the pecking order of Christmas stories, A Christmas Carol is second only to the baby Jesus. Even if you’ve never read it, or had it read to you, you know about that flinty-hearted miser Ebenezer Scrooge and his redemption during one long dark night of the soul.

Bill Murray, Albert Finney, Michael Caine and Alastair Sim have all played Scrooge in one of the endless film remakes and reboots there have been over the years. Now comes the story behind the story, The Man Who Invented Christmas: a heavily fictionalised biopic with Dan Stevens playing Charles Dickens, bashing out A Christmas Carol in six weeks
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Tom Hardy is Teaming Up With Peaky Blinders Creator For Charles Dickens Series

The creator of Peaky Blinders, Stephen Knight, is teaming up with Tom Hardy to develop a new BBC series. The show is based on the work of Charles Dickens and it will adapt his classic stories.

According to THR, the first season of the series will start with A Christmas Carol. The classic story of Ebenezer Scrooge will be told in three hourlong episodes and Ridley Scott's Scott Free London production company will be producing.

Hardy and Knight have previously worked together on the shows on the shows Taboo and Peaky Blinders, so you can bet we are going to get another quality series! I assume we are going to get a very different, dark, and stylized version of this story than anything we've ever seen before. I wonder if we'll see Hardy in the role of Scrooge because that would be amazing!

When talking about the show, Knight
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Peaky Blinders creator to adapt Charles Dickens novels

Joseph Baxter Nov 29, 2017

Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight has been tapped by the BBC to oversee TV adaptations of several classic Charles Dickens novels...

It appears that the BBC has television plans of Dickensian proportions set for the near future. A series of small screen adaptations of the 19th century literary works of Charles Dickens are in the pipeline and the network has tapped Steven Knight, the mastermind behind the hit series Peaky Blinders, to head this ambitious initiative.

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BBC controller of drama Piers Wenger has commissioned the series of Dickens TV adaptations, in which Steven Knight will work to create what is being called “a boxset of Dickens’s most iconic novels,” which will roll out in the next few years. Apropos to the holiday season,
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Review: ‘The Man Who Invented Christmas’ is a Charming Look Behind a Beloved Story

As Les Standiford’s book would tell it, Charles Dickens (Dan Stevens) found himself in somewhat of a creative rut after a lengthy and expensive tour of America post-Oliver Twist. He had published three flops since buying a new London home in need of wholesale remodeling and began watching his pocketbook dwindle along with his confidence. It was as though the autumn of 1843 presented him a make or break moment wherein he wasn’t certain he would ever write again. And then inspiration struck with the voice of a new maid (Anna Murphy’s Tara) telling the children Irish ghost stories before bed. This idea of Christmas Eve providing a doorway of sorts to the spiritual world planted itself in Dickens’ mind. Soon after Ebenezer Scrooge (Christopher Plummer) was born.

The last thing anyone needs in 2017 is another adaptation of A Christmas Carol — especially since none have ever come
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Film Review: Charles Dickens is ‘The Man Who Invented Christmas’

Chicago – The story of Ebenezer Scrooge, as told in Charles Dicken’s classic “A Christmas Carol,” seems to be the one constant that survives the commercialization of the holiday season. The story of Scrooge’s creation is told with expressive sentimentality in “The Man Who Invented Christmas.”

Rating: 3.5/5.0

Dan Stevens portrays the title character, that of Charles Dickens himself, and the film – directed by Bharat Nalluri (“Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day”), and adapted from a book by Les Standiford – is a scattered narrative between Dicken’s chaotic life in mid-19th Century Britain and his creative spirit in producing “A Christmas Carol.” Literature buffs will get a thrill as the characters spring to life as Dickens invents them, and they follow him around for the rest of the process, almost begging to be freed. Less interesting are the particulars of Dicken’s life, with domestic and familial duties that
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The Man Who Invented Christmas – Review

Dan Stevens (left) stars as Charles Dickens and Christopher Plummer (right) stars as Ebenezer Scrooge in director Bharat Nalluri’s The Man Who Invented Christmas, a Bleecker Street release. Photo credit: Kerry Brown / Bleecker Street ©

Dan Stevens gives a frenetic performance as Charles Dickens racing to finish writing “A Christmas Carol” in time to publish before the holiday, in The Man Who Invented Christmas. Directed by Bharat Nalluri (Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day), this film has all the Christmas color and Victorian period costumes and sets you could want in a Christmas film. The film is mostly a clever way to retell the famous tale, as characters spring from the author’s imagination while he struggles with his own family issues and races to meet a pre-Christmas release deadline, but it also touches on how his short novel transformed a once-minor holiday into the tradition we know today.
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Movie Review – The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017)

The Man Who Invented Christmas, 2017.

Directed by Bharat Nalluri.

Starring Dan Stevens, Christopher Plummer, Jonathan Pryce, Simon Callow, Morfydd Clark, Miriam Margolyes, Donald Sumpter, Bill Paterson, Cosimo Fusco, Ian McNeice, Annette Badland, Justin Edwards, Ger Ryan, Miles Jupp, and Valeria Bandino.

Synopsis:

The journey that led to Charles Dickens’ creation of “A Christmas Carol,” a timeless tale that would redefine the holiday.

There aren’t enough variations of A Christmas Carol *sarcasm* so here’s another one dubbed The Man Who Invented Christmas, directed by Bharat Nalluri (Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day) exploring the creation of the widely celebrated holiday fable. Beauty and the Beast‘s Dan Stevens stars as revered author Charles Dickens (previously known for the beloved book Oliver Twist before penning arguably the greatest and most important Christmas story ever told), going through a writing career slump while continuing to deal with the falling out between
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The Man Who Invented Christmas movie review: but would Charles Dickens approve?

MaryAnn’s quick take… There’s charm and wit in its fanciful depiction of the creative process, but the film downplays the social activism that Dickens fully embraced in his work. I’m “biast” (pro): love Dickens and A Christmas Carol

I’m “biast” (con): haven’t been the biggest fan of Dan Stevens

I have not read the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Did Charles Dickens really invent our modern observance of Christmas? Well… he certainly contributed to it, with his beloved 1843 novella A Christmas Carol bringing to it a spirit of family celebration and togetherness and moving the holiday away from its religious grounding to a more secular one focused on ecumenical kindness and generosity. But we also have Prince Albert to thank, for importing his German Yuletide customs — such as evergreens and Christmas trees — to England when he married
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“Secret Superstar is a heartwarming portrayal of girl power but does not go far enough” – Subhash K Jha

Secret Superstar

Starring Zaira Wasim, Aamir Khan

Directed by Advait Chandan

It is easy and comforting to get swayed by the rags-to-riches fable constructed with such contemporary diligence and zeal by first-time director Advait Chandan. But once you get to penetrate the bubble of bonhomie and get into thick of things, so to speak, you come face-to-face with an unnerving sterility.

Secret Superstar is one of those well-meaning films that keeps reminding you constantly of how well-meaning it is. Many times as I watched Advait Chandan’s panoply of tricks and treats I felt I was being offered a Christmas deal with ‘Santa’ Aamir Khan mentoring the film’s 15-year old wanna-shine Zaira Wasim whose brilliance as an actor is far more dazzling than anything that is written into this film to support her dreams.

Everyone, we are told in many different ways in this stretched-out ode to wish-fulfilment, has the right to dream.
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Mark Strong interview - Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Stardust, Kick-Ass

Duncan Bowles Sep 21, 2017

Mark Strong chats to us about Kingsman 2, reuniting with Matthew Vaughn, and the brilliant Stardust...

Spoilers for Sherlock Holmes and Kick-Ass 2 lie ahead. We've also marked a bit in big red letters where we talk about a specific Kingsman 2 spoiler.

While Matthew Vaughn has been the director responsible for a string of fantastic movies, his talisman in front of the camera and a core part of his cinematic journey since Stardust, is Mark Strong. As the superbly villainous (or some might say driven) Septimus, a character just as mesmerising dead or alive, Strong imbued him with a roguish evil that really made him stand out in a packed and stellar cast line-up. His next project with Vaughn saw him take up arms (and fists) against a teenage due in Kick-Ass, doling out a new definition of ‘Daddy issues’ yet giving Frank D’Amico a
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Tom Hardy: My Taboo character James Delaney is based on Oliver’s Bill Sykes

Tom Hardy says his character James Keziah Delany in FX’s new show Taboo was based on a conversation he had with his dad about Bill Sykes from Oliver Twist. The actor says the idea came about when he and his father Edward “Chips” Hardy asked each other: “Wouldn’t it be great to take Bill Sykes and put him in a gentleman’s body?” After the pair talked about flipping the social status of the iconic Charles Dickens character, blending both the upper and tougher lower classes of London, Hardy says he went straight to his Peaky Blinders producer/creator Steven Knight to flesh...read more
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We’re Feeling Lucky! Neil Patrick Harris Stars as the Archest of Archvillains in Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events

We’re Feeling Lucky! Neil Patrick Harris Stars as the Archest of Archvillains in Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events
In Daniel Handler’s s Lemony Snicket books, the three Baudelaire children (Violet, Klaus and Sunny) are cycled through an endless sequence of cruel horrors — baby Sunny is threatened at one point with being dropped from a roof — all concocted by their greedy relation, Count Olaf (Neil Patrick Harris).

It’s a fiendish, funny, bustling and yet oddly impersonal narrative, as if Charles Dickens from time to time regarded Oliver Twist less as a hapless urchin than a hamster on a wheel.

Netflix’s version, which covers the first four books, preserves some of the 2004 film’s style (a blend
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Disney’s New Oliver Twist Movie Casts Ice Cube As Fagin

Oliver Twist, the time-honored saga from Charles Dickens, is bound for the big screen once more with a, ahem, twist.

This time, Disney is fanning the flames of a live-action version, and has now enlisted both Ice Cube and Thomas Kail, the Tony-winning director of Broadway hit Hamilton, for this new interpretation. As you’ve likely already gathered from the addition of Kail, the Mouse House is angling this particular version of Oliver Twist as a modern musical, one in which Cube will play the infamous part of Fagin, the ringleader of a London gang who introduces our titular orphan to the seedy world of pickpocketing and theft. Hardship, murders and secrets ensue.

By casting the N.W.A rapper-turned-actor, who most recently produced the rather excellent Straight Outta Compton, The Hollywood Reporter notes that Disney is aiming to broaden the scope of the traditional Dickens story, incorporating new music genres including hip-hop and more.
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Ice Cube and Disney Team for Updated Oliver Twist Musical

Ice Cube and Disney Team for Updated Oliver Twist Musical
Disney is moving ahead with another live action remake of an antiquated classic, but this time around, things are quite a bit different. It was announced today that the studio will be making a new version of Oliver Twist. They originally did an animated version of the tale in 1988 with Oliver & Company, but this version will include Ice Cube and hip hop. And no, it won't reimagine the classic tale with CGI cats and dogs.

The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that the House of Mouse is looking to do a modern retelling of the classic Charles Dickens story. Ice Cube is currently set to produce the movie as well as write a treatment for the movie with producer Jeff Kwatinetz. Not only that, but Ice Cube is also set to take on the role of Fagin in the movie, the leader of a London game of pickpockets.

In addition
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Wtf? Ice Cube To Give Oliver Twist The Hamilton Treatment!?

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Charles Dickens

Oliver Twist

Broadway

Musical

Disney

Ice Cube

Hmm, one of these things is not like the others. 

In a move that is both head-scratchingly random and possibly total genius, Ice Cube is about to help Disney produce a modern-day take on Oliver! The musical adaptation of the classic Charles Dickens novel "Oliver Twist" has been a hit for ages with constant revivals of the stage play. Now, according to a new report, an adaptation of the classic Oliver Twist story is going to come to the big screen with an appealing new twist:

The updated take on Oliver Twist is going to be given the Hamilton treatment.

For those unaware, Lin-Manuel Miranda's reworking of the real-life story of Alexander Hamilton- one of our nation's Founding Fathers- has been a phenomenon. The show, while set very much in the period that Hamilton actually lived in, features music
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Ice Cube and Hamilton Director Are Teaming Up for a New Oliver Twist Film

Disney is teaming up with actor Ice Cube and Tony Award-winning director Thomas Kail (Hamilton), for a new, modern take on the Charles Dickens’ classic Oliver Twist.

According to THR, this version of Oliver Twist will be "a modern musical with sources describing it as crossing many genres, including hip-hop." With Cube and Kail involved, that's pretty much what I expected. Cube is writing the script with Jeff Kwatinetz, and, of course, Cube is set to play the character Fagin.

The story follows the life of a young orphan boy who moves from a life as an exploited child laborer to being taken under the wing of Fagin, who leads a gang of young pickpockets in London.

Oliver Twist has been adapted several times over the years, and Disney even had their own animated version called Oliver and Company. This new adaptation seems like it could be a great project
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Newswire: Ice Cube is writing and starring in an Oliver Twist musical

After engaging in a Fist Fight with Charlie Day and going for yet another Ride Along with Kevin Hart, Ice Cube is going to dabble in musicals. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the erstwhile N.W.A rapper is going to put a modern, er, twist on Charles DickensOliver Twist. Ice Cube has signed on to co-write the contemporary take on the classic orphan story, which is chock full of squalor, social criticism, and gruel. He’ll also produce the film with his co-writer Jeff Kwatinetz and Marc Platt, the latter of whom was behind the hit pre-Oz musical Wicked. The musical will be under the Disney Studios banner.

As if that weren’t enough to ensure that the updated version of Dickens’ novel “[crosses] many genres, including hip-hop,” Ice Cube will also be on hand to play Fagin, the leader of a gang of pickpockets. Thomas Kail, fresh ...
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