Stephen Schaefer’s HOLLYWOOD & MINE – Boston Herald

It’s at all times fascinating to contemplate why some artists work for many years and others shortly fade away.  Few would have predicted that Jane Seymour who first rose to stardom in her native England and performed Solitaire, a psychic Bond lady reverse Roger Moore in ‘To Live and Let Die’ (’73), can be right here as we speak at 71 starring within the AcornTV homicide thriller collection as ‘Harry Wild.’  Harry being Harriet. Seymour is an enchanting interview, extremely well-spoken and candid, minus any pretense. She has a lot to say on her longevity and the coaching that enabled her each step of the way in which on this excerpt from our current interview.

Jane Seymour As SolitaireEnglish actress Jane Seymour in costume because the clairvoyant Solitaire within the James Bond movie ‘Live and Let Die’, UK, eleventh July 1973. (Photo by Evening Standard/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Q: When you take a look at your profession, do you say to your self, How many individuals began as a Bond lady and handle to have gone on blazing for like, what’s it? Nearly 50 years? You’re in a enterprise the place rejection by no means stops. People are at all times saying No. How have you ever managed this sunny disposition and this drive?

JANE SEYMOUR:  First of all, I began particularly younger, once I was 13. Doing the maths I feel that’s far more than 50 years. So that’s a very long time. Also I used to be attempting to turn out to be a ballerina. I bought injured and have become an actress by default. While I used to be doing that, I used to be at all times an artist. I needed to earn a living, so I used to create my very own clothes and issues, which I nonetheless do as we speak. I do artwork and I do loads of design issues as nicely. I additionally produce. And I’ve been extremely lucky.

Certainly once I began out it helped that I had the classical options for the digicam — it actually helped there. I did all of the classics within the theater. In England I did two weekly reps. I did Shakespeare, Ibsen, [Thomas] Middleton and [William] Rowley. You title it and I did it. So once I bought to do a Bond movie I used to be actually attempting to turn out to be a severe actress. I didn’t notice that this was a frivolous factor. And [on ‘To Live and Let Die’] you ran 3 paces behind a person with a gun and attempt to look as horny as potential. I used to be taking part in, after all, a virgin so I wasn’t actually required to be ‘sexy’ simply to know how you can do tarot playing cards. After that I got here to America the place I used to be given all these extraordinary characters to play. I used to be principally advised that if I may lose my English accent I’d by no means cease working in America — and that’s what occurred. America has been excellent to me.

Actress Jane Seymour poses on the set of “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman” on the Paramount Ranch close to Agoura Hills, California on Sept. 17, 1996. (AP Photo/Frank Wiese)

Then they realized they needed to make interval dramas in England they usually wanted an American star — and I now counted as one! So they’d have me really return to England (the place they weren’t hiring me) to star in motion pictures there in these costumes. I did a complete bunch of these. I’ve actually been in a position to work everywhere in the world. I communicate languages, so I performed Marie Antoinette in French and English. I do accents. I had a speech obstacle once I was younger, so I had loads of vocal coaching once I first began.

I feel having been a dancer permits me to grasp the physicality of individuals. Whether I’m taking part in just a little previous girl who can’t transfer very nicely or can’t stand up or down or whether or not I’m taking part in a dancer or an motion factor. I feel when you’ve had dance coaching you’ve gotten that too. I’m additionally theater skilled. I’ve had a bizarre profession often because I made a decision I needed to have all of it. I needed to be married, have youngsters and have a profession. Not many individuals of my age who’re actresses did all of that.

HOLLYWOOD, : British actress Jane Seymour, touches the newly unveiled star to honor her on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood, California, 20 April 1999. AFP PHOTO/Lucy NICHOLSON (Photo credit score ought to learn LUCY NICHOLSON/AFP by way of Getty Images)




VIGGO, NAOMI, CRONENBERG                       A stunning directorial authority propels the London-set Russian prison caper ‘Eastern Promises’ (4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray, KL Studio Classics, R). Viggo Mortensen had efficiently teamed up with Canadian horror auteur David Cronenberg on ‘A History of Violence’ they usually reunited for this 2007 thriller. Mortensen’s Oscar nominated flip has him an outsider amongst a infamous household of gangsters, its members recognizable by their exceptional jail physique tattoos.  Naomi Watts is a midwife who stumbles onto proof that would get her killed.  The violence is express and deliberately disturbing.  The movie’s most celebrated sequence finds Mortensen nude in a steam tub dealing with a number of Russian assassins with very lengthy knives.  Special Features: ‘Two Guys Walk into a Bathhouse,’ ‘Watts on Wheels’ and ‘Marked for Life,’ featurettes all.

Viggo Mortensen in ‘Eastern Promises.’



AND SCREAM AGAIN                        Kevin Williamson created ‘Scream’ (4K Ultra HD + Digital Code, Paramount, R) in 1996 however this new reboot of the ‘90s franchise has moved on.  But not too far. We’re nonetheless in Woodsboro and we nonetheless have the killer within the now iconic Ghostface masks. Yes, there are new suspects, new victims however fortunately, acquainted faces: Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and David Arquette.  As for the ‘Killer Bonus Content,’ it’s deleted scenes, behind the scenes, a featurette on unique director Wes Craven’s legacy and an audio commentary with the administrators and writers.

This picture launched by Paramount Pictures reveals Ghostface in a scene from “Scream.” (Paramount Pictures by way of AP)



LOPEZ ROM-COM                             Jennifer Lopez’s romantic comedy ‘Marry Me’ (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Code, Universal, PG-13) is a rigorously crafted star automobile designed to current its all the way down to earth heroine as admirable, lovable and, maybe, enviable.  Who else has Lopez’s grit and style to play a pop star who, humiliated on the eve of her public spectacle marriage ceremony, reacts by agreeing to marry a stranger within the stadium the place the nuptials have been to occur?  It’s frothy, and it’s enjoyable. Bonus: Deleted scenes, a gag reel, a Making of, an ‘On My Way’ lyric video and a characteristic commentary by the two girls who made this occur: director Kat Coiro and Lopez’s enterprise companion and producer Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas.

Charlie Gilbert (Owen Wilson) and Kat Valdez (Jennifer Lopez) tie the knot in ‘Marry Me,’ directed by Kat Coiro.



WONDROUS WILDER                             After ‘Double Indemnity” Billy Wilder’s finest beloved film must be the rueful, romantic 1960 ‘The Apartment’ (4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray, KL Studio Classics, Not Rated) the place Jack Lemmon’s CC ‘Bud’ Baxter shortly rises on this mammoth Manhattan firm not via excellent work however by lending the important thing to his condominium to execs who need a number of hours to be with workplace staff who are usually not their wives earlier than they board the practice again to the suburbs.  Sadness follows when Bud falls for elevator operator Fran Kubilek (Shirley MacLaine) and discovers she’s among the many girls who go to his flat, accompanied by none aside from prime canine exec Sheldrake (Fred MacMurray, once more with Wilder post-‘Indemnity’).  These are this trio’s definitive turns.  MacMurray, a terrific final minute alternative for Paul Douglas, 52, who died of a coronary heart assault simply 2 days earlier than filming, vowed by no means, ever to play one other craven, mendacity scoundrel.  And he didn’t. The movie received 5 Oscars, together with Best Picture, Director, Screenplay.  Until ‘Schindler’s List,’ it was the final Black & White film to win that prime Oscar.  Special Features:  Audio commentary by Joe McBride, a Wilder authority; one other audio commentary by movie historian Bruce Block. A brief doc on Making of and one other on Lemmon, whose star ascended with this image – and by no means descended.




TASHLIN’S TRIUMPH                       Frank Tashlin is known, earlier than Pop Art and earlier than popular culture turned a examine, for making motion pictures that performed like stay cartoons.  If we take a look at the Fifties there’s proof that these Eisenhower years of lots actually have been able to explode within the imminent cultural collisions of the Sixties.  Tashlin’s motion pictures, manic, impolite, wild, are a clue to what’s coming.  His 1956 ‘The Girl Can’t Help It’ (Blu-ray, Criterion Collection, Not Rated) stars Jayne Mansfield, the busty blonde Marilyn Monroe wannabe who IS a cartoon earlier than she steps in entrance of the digicam.  In her debut Jayne is a mobster’s gal who a washed-up agent (Tom Ewell from Monroe’s Billy Wilder comedy ‘The Seven Year Itch’) figures he could make a music sensation.  That means the entry of rock n roll and a lineup of rock legends doing their good factor, not in ‘B’ image black and white however widescreen Cinemascope and Technicolor: Little Richard, Fats Domino, Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochrn, The Platters. There can also be the gorgeous Julie London, surreally providing her #1 hit ‘Cry Me a River.’ Fun truth: her husband Bobby Troup wrote the title tune.  This new digital switch gives an audio commentary, a brand new video essay, a brand-new interview with ‘Jayne Mansfield: The Girl Couldn’t Help It’ creator Eve Golden, and a ’57 interview with Mansfield herself.



EGYPTIAN HOMICIDE(S)             Kenneth Branagh is again in Agatha Christie’s ‘Death on the Nile’ (4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + Digital Code, twentieth Century Studios, PG-13) as each Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot and director.  While no match for the all-star 1977 model which actually went to Egypt and starred Peter Ustinov’s Poirot alongside Bette Davis, Maggie Smith, Angela Lansbury and Mia Farrow. For the Nile cruise’s passengers/suspects, Branagh’s good-looking forged is led by Gal Gadot, Sophie Okonedo and Armie Hammer. He has recast sure roles, Salome Otterbourne is not a romance novelist however a jazz vocalist, and doesn’t muck up the classic state of affairs. He additionally in some way manages to make this ‘Death’ all about Poirot.  Extras: featurettes on the transition from novel to movie, designing the glam 1937 interval look, a look at Christie’s love of journey in her homicide mysteries and deleted scenes.

Kenneth Branagh returns as Hercule Poirot in twentieth Century Studios’ ‘DEATH ON THE NILE,’ a mystery-thriller directed by Kenneth Branagh primarily based on Agatha Christie’s 1937 novel. Photo by Rob Youngson. © 2020 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All Rights Reserved.



ROCK X 3                           A intelligent, gay-focused evaluation of probably the most recognizable ‘outed’ star of postwar Hollywood ‘Rock Hudson’s Home Movies’ (DVD, Kino Classics, Not Rated) arrives alongside a pair of the actual Rock Hudson’s ‘60s  sex comedies. This then is a perfect trio of Inside Hollywood awareness.  The 1964 Howard Hawks comedy ‘Man’s Favorite Sport?’ (Blu-ray, KL Studio Classics, Not Rated) at all times appeared like a coded film, ostensibly a couple of man posing as one thing he wasn’t, on this case an ‘expert’ on fly fishing who has by no means fished (shades of Barbara Stanwyck, the proper cook dinner in ‘Christmas in Connecticut’ who has by no means cooked!). Hawks is a legendary Golden Age director who famously has Cary Grant shouting, ‘I’ve all of a sudden gone homosexual!’ as he wears a girl’s fluffy bathrobe within the screwball basic “Bringing Up Baby.”  The 1965 “Strange Bedfellows” (Blu-ray, KL Studio Classics, Not Rated) reteams Hudson not with Doris Day however his different completely calibrate co-star: Italy’s intercourse siren Gina Lollobrigida following their hit comedy “Come September.”

Rock Hudson is rehearsing a scene for a Hollywood film on April 2, 1963 at an undisclosed location. He performs the a part of an author-expert on the positive artwork of fly casting (fishing) however who has no sensible expertise within the water. His ebook is entitled “Fishing Made Simple.” However his personal directions show disastrous. He’s unable to make sense out of his personal recommendation and falls underneath the water. He comes out a soaking then does a handstand to get the water out of his waist-high waders. (AP Photo)


ULMER TIMES 3                                    The low-budget Hollywood director Edgar G. Ulmer is understood – and revered — for his good Poverty Row 1945 noir basic ‘Detour.’  The ‘Edgar G. Ulmer Sci-Fi Collection’ (Blu-ray, KL Studio Classics, Not Rated) gives 3 of this ow-budget auteur’s motion pictures in a single disc: ‘The Man From Planet X’ (‘51) and 2 from 1960: ‘Beyond the Time Barrier’ and ‘The Amazing Transparent Man.’ The topics vary from a would-be world dominating alien who lands in Scotland to a time-bending traveler and a nuclear-poisoned safecracker. Bonus: Multiple audio commentaries on all 3 movies.



DEUX FRENCH TITANS                                    As the Nineteen Seventies raced alongside, France’s 2 reigning superstars continued to cannily cement and proceed their standing as producer-stars with neatly structured motion automobiles.  Jean-Paul Belmondo’s 1976 ‘The Body of My Enemy’ (Blu-ray, KL Studio Classics, Not Rated) is a class-conscious revenge drama with Belmondo ideally positioned as this man simply launched from jail and able to rumble.  The 1977 ‘Armageddon’ (Blu-ray, KL Studio Classics, Not Rated) finds Alain Delon in a state of affairs that has chilling echoes to as we speak’s battle of aggression in Ukraine.  Delon’s a psychologist from INTERPOL, the worldwide police group, who should cease an more and more unstable villain (Jean Yanne) from his reign of terror.  Bonus audio commentaries on every movie.



REAL LIFE SCANDALOUS TRAGEDY                       Fans of Emily Watson – and there are a lot of – mustn’t miss certainly one of her definitive roles as Nottingham (UK) social employee Margaret Humphreys in ‘Oranges & Sunshine’ (Blu-ray, Cohen, Not Rated). Adapted from Humphreys’ ebook ‘Empty Cradles,’ the 2010 movie chronicles the appalling-but-true scandal that noticed, actually, hundreds of poor youngsters within the UK who, advised their mother and father have been useless, have been shipped off to Australia. Promised, because the title goes, ‘Oranges & Sunshine,’ what they bought was institutional imprisonment, arduous labor and, within the case of the so-called Christian Brothers overseeing them, sexual and bodily abuse.  Humphreys all by herself uncovered these horrors, reunited households and introduced authorities to justice.  Rousing and with Watson, a task equal to her Oscar-nominated girls in ‘Breaking the Waves’ and ‘Hilary and Jackie.’



AN HONEST MAN?                            One of the Golden Age of Hollywood’s most distinctive – and beloved – curmudgeons, W.C. Fields (1880-1946) continues to fascinate – and make us snicker – together with his ‘30s and ‘40s classics like ‘Great Expectations,’ ‘My Little Chickadee’ with Mae West and ‘The Bank Dick.’  The 1939 ‘You Can’t Cheat an Honest Man’ (Blu-ray, KL Studio Classics, Not Rated) is important Fields.  An absurdist masterwork with the person who ‘hated’ youngsters and canine starring reverse baby star Gloria Jean! Also right here ventriloquist Edgar Bergen (father of Candice) and Charlie McCarthy, his puppet, and Eddie ‘Rochester’ Anderson.

MAMA HAS TROUBLES                            An heiress who walks away from household biz however is pulled again?  No it’s not a distaff model of ‘Godfather,’ it’s ‘For the Love of Money’ (Blu-ray, Lionsgate, R), a dramatic thriller that serves as a super automobile for Keri Hilson as troubled Gigi Davis.  A single mother, Gigi didn’t need any a part of the billion-dollar household enterprise however when her daughter’s life is threatened, nicely, there’s no stopping a Tiger Mom when poachers dare to pounce on her household.


KOREAN SON OF?                                       Jamie Dornan has a terrific time as an amnesiac within the HBO Max ‘The Tourist,’ just about an old school serial with a brand new journey for our struggling anti-hero in every episode.  The South Korean ‘Spiritwalker’ (Blu-ray, Well Go USA, Not Rated) is likely to be a non secular cousin, being as it’s, a couple of man who, identical to Dornan, wakes from a automotive crash to search out his reminiscence erased.  Only right here, each 12 hours he begins regaining consciousness.  Inevitably, he finds himself fleeing killers, criminals and secret brokers – whereas attempting to remain alive as he retains popping up many times each 12 hours.

Jamie Dornan stars as an amnesiac whose life is being threatened in ‘The Tourist’ on HBO Max.

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