Articles Tagged 'Richard Burton'

Felicity Jones and Rosamund Pike (Pics: Jon Kopaloff and Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Forget Harvard: Which of Your Favorite Stars Are Oxford Grads?

When it comes to prestige, the British education system works on a fairly simple hierarchy. There’s no Ivy League, no jostling for position. There is Oxford University and its many colleges, and there is Cambridge University and its many colleges, and then there is everywhere else. That’s not to say Manchester or Durham or Edinburgh […]

Dylan Thomas

In Celebration of Dylan Thomas

This week, the world celebrates the centenary of the birth of Dylan Thomas, a poet whose work spoke of universal things and local things, of noble emotions and minor pettiness, of harsh truths and longing sensuality. His is a voice—both on the page and out loud—that is strongly identified with Wales, not least because his […]

Mrs Brown

13 Definitive Portrayals of British Monarchs in Film and TV

Life is never boring if you’re the head of a country. There are international treaties to oversee, bitter arguments to overcome, threats from rivals and countries to conquer, and sometimes your personal life can’t help but get in the way, crown or no crown. These are the kind of stories that are irresistible for script-writers and movie […]

Benedict Cumberbatch at the Hay Festival

WATCH: Benedict Cumberbatch Reads a Letter from Kurt Vonnegut

It has been a busy Hay literary festival for Benedict Cumberbatch. On Friday (May 30), he appeared onstage with Hugh Bonneville reading the winning entries in a BBC Radio 2 children’s story competition, and over the weekend he took part in Letters Live, a series of dramatic readings of notable correspondence, to a packet tent […]

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf

Taylor and Burton: Oh, the Movies They Made – A Top Five List

Liz and Dick. That’s what they were known as back in the day, long before conflated monikers, such as Brangelina (Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie) or Julena (Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez), became de rigueur for celebrity couples. And a good thing, too, that movie stars Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton were from an earlier era. If still around and together again today, […]

Elizabeth Taylor

Snapshot: 24 Photos of Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor’s Romance

Richard Burton (Dominic West) says to ex-wife Dame Elizabeth Taylor (Helena Bonham Carter) in the film Burton and Taylor, “We’re addicts Elizabeth, you and I.” She coyly responds, “Love is not a drug.” However you want to interpret this line, the two couldn’t stay away from each other, tackling 12 films together, diving head first […]

HAMLET photo: Ellie Kurttz © Illuminations/Royal Shakespeare Company

Brit Binge Watching: Five Shakespeare Adaptations You Can View Online

Do you enjoy Shakespeare but don’t really have the time to sit down and deconstruct one of his plays? Well, you’re in luck, since the beginning of motion pictures, his work has been adapted into film and TV productions like these youthful and offbeat movie adaptations. Let’s take a peek at the more traditional interpretations […]

Burton and Taylor

WATCH: West & Bonham-Carter in ‘Burton And Taylor’ Trailer

After the less-than-rapturously received Lindsay Lohan version of Elizabeth Taylor in Liz & Dick, here’s something a bit more like it. Dominic West and Helena Bonham Carter star in the BBC AMERICA drama Burton and Taylor (arriving this fall), which covers a key period in their fractious relationship. A 1983 revival of Noel Coward’s Private Lives for […]

Emma Watson waxwork

Emma Watson And The Nine Scary Waxworks Of Doom

This week, a new waxwork of Emma Watson was revealed at the world famous Madame Tussaud’s in London. She looks, as a lot of waxworks do, not entirely unlike herself, but also not unlike someone else wearing an Emma Watson mask. Waxworks exist in that visual space robot designers call the uncanny valley: they’re too […]

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