Critics night at “The Diary Of A Madman” at BAM starring Geoffrey Rush with Jeremy Irons at Brooklyn Academy of Music on February 16, 2011 in New York City.
DORIAN GRAY, directed by HELLRAISER and NIGHTBREED co-star turned filmmaker Oliver Parker, is heading for DVD and Blu-ray.
Ben Barnes from THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: PRINCE CASPIAN stars in the title role of a young man who sells his soul for eternal youth, indulging in all sorts of debauchery and worse while his portrait begins to reflect his inner ugliness.
The cast also includes Max Irons, Colin Firth, Rebecca Hall, Ben Chaplin and Rachel Hurd-Wood.
DORIAN GRAY hits the disc shelves August 24 from NEM (National Entertainment Media). Presented in anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen, the movie will have 5.1 Surround sound on the DVD and DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray. Special features on both include:
• Deleted scenes
• Behind-the-scenes footage
Retail price is $24.98 for each version.
* Actors: Rebecca Hall, Rachel Hurd Wood, Ben Barnes, Colin Firth, Fiona Shaw
* Directors: Oliver Parker
* Format: Anamorphic, PAL
* Language English
* Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
* Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
* Number of discs: 1
* Classification: 15
* Studio: Momentum Pictures
* DVD Release Date: 18 Jan 2010
* Run Time: 108 minutes
Oliver Parker has made an impressive career out of directing stylish adaptations of the Oscar Wilde plays THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST and AN IDEAL HUSBAND, and now he continues his work with the reading-list favorite, Wilde’s novel THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY. In this drama, Ben Barnes (THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA – PRINCE CASPIAN) stars as the title character, a handsome young Victorian gentleman who remains eternally young while a portrait of him grows old and bears the ugly scars of his vile undertakings.
Former PM backs new pavilion
FORMER prime minister Sir John Major was the guest of honour at a dinner to raise funds for Nettlebed Cricket Club’s new pavilion.
It was held at Manor Farm, Nettlebed, the home of Bessie Kelart, last Friday, when 125 guests enjoyed a champagne reception before sitting down to a three-course meal.
Sir John, who was introduced by local actors Jeremy Irons and Simon Williams, entertained the guests with cricket stories before an auction of 15 lots was held, with Tim Eggar acting as auctioneer.
By the end of the evening a total of £21,000 had been raised towards the £80,000 needed to replace the current pavilion, which was built more than 100 years ago.
Jeremy Irons: “You can’t get closer to the heart of England”
September 25th, 2009 by Edward Craig in England, Miscellaneous
Oscar-winning actor Jeremy Irons discusses the joys of cricket with Edward Craig
I played cricket when I was at school. I suffered indignity after indignity. I used to sit there on the boundary for hours, trying to make grass burn with a magnifying glass. I would make the sandwiches for tea. That was what I did, more of a helper.
We had a Sunday team. Called the Duckhunters, we organised it at school but played outside of school territory. It meant we could get out to cricket grounds that were next to pubs. A great excuse for drinking and the most fun I’ve had in cricket.
I would fancy being a bowler if I played properly. The strain of standing there as a batsman wondering what was going to come down outweighs any pleasure. The gruelling mind game of bowling appeals to me more. You get a second chance and there’s an element of mind control that a bowler has over a batsmen.
Local, rural cricket shows the unchanging quality of British culture. There is something essentially English and calm, ordered and measured, yet with an element of unknown and excitement about village cricket. You can’t get much closer to the heart of England than sitting on a beautiful summer’s day watching cricket.
I hadn’t followed the Ashes this summer. I was in London when we won one of the Test matches, with a friend in St John’s Wood and she thought the world had exploded at one point. She could hear the roar of the audience with each wicket.
There are a few films about sport. In films you have to focus on characters and people and you have situations in sport which allows you to do that. Film is about what’s going on in people’s heads and hearts rather than a particular game. But if we care about the person who is in the game it can make for a good film.
Harold Pinter was very furious about his cricket. I remember seeing his study full of cricket books. It was a very important part of his life.
The portrait of Harold Pinter (pictured with Jeremy Irons and actors Henry Woolf, Indira Varma and Colin Firth at the Olivier Theatre in London) is being auctioned this Sunday (September 27) at Lord’s with all proceeds going to The Taverners. Bids for the portrait can be made via email: email@example.com
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Here are the current release dates for Dorian Gray, starring Max Irons:
Canada September 2009 (Toronto Film Festival)
UK 9 September 2009 (London Film Festival)
Greece 17 September 2009
Italy 23 October 2009
Australia 12 November 2009
Finland 25 December 2009
Closing Gala Presentation
With thanks to Momentum Pictures for this closing gala.
We are delighted to close this year’s Festival with an important new UK production.
When a strikingly beautiful but naïve young Dorian (Ben Barnes) arrives in Victorian London he is swept into a social whirlwind by the charismatic Henry Wotton (Colin Firth), who introduces Dorian to the hedonistic pleasures of the city. Henry’s friend, society artist Basil Hallward (Ben Chaplin) paints a portrait of Dorian to capture the full power of his youthful beauty and when it’s unveiled Dorian makes a flippant pledge: he would give anything to stay as he is in the picture – even his soul.
Dorian’s wild adventures continue, but soon he notices that his portrait, which is now locked away in the attic, has taken on an evil and disturbing air, while his own beautiful face goes unmarked by his deeds. Forced by his own evil actions to flee the country, Dorian returns twenty-five years later. To the surprise of his old friends, he looks exactly the same but he’s jaded, having found pleasure but never happiness and he’s haunted by the monstrous painting in the attic. His fear and paranoia grow as rumours of his past misdeeds circulate. Will Dorian get one last chance for love and redemption and more importantly, will he escape with his life?
We hope to welcome some guests involved in this production to introduce our closing gala presentation.
The Sunday Gala Presentation will be preceded by a delicious Spanish meal provided by local restaurant: EL CASTIZO.
Food at 19.00, Film at 20.30
Dorian Gray will also be screened at 11.00 on Sun 6 Sep (All Tickets £7)
UK · 2009 · Oliver Parker · 105min
Book tickets to the Chichester Cinema at New Park
directed by Oliver Parker
at the ROY THOMSON HALL
9:30 pm on 11 September 2009
at the WINTER GARDEN THEATRE
12:30 pm on 13 September 2009
Tickets are $38.33 (CDN) + GST + .25 building fee + 4.25 service fee
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Dorian Gray Oliver Parker, United Kingdom
In Victorian London, the handsome Dorian Gray (Ben Barnes) is swept into a social whirlwind by the charismatic and cunning Lord Wotton (Colin Firth). Immersed in the hedonistic pleasures of the city, Dorian vows he would give anything to keep his youth and beauty – even his soul. Based on the Oscar Wilde novel, Dorian Gray examines the destructive power of beauty, the blind pursuit of pleasure and the darkness that can result from both.