"Oliver!" 50th Anniversary Screening, Beverly Hills, July 15

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By Todd Garbarini

Laemmle’s Ahrya Fine Arts theater will be presenting a 50th anniversary screening of Carol Reed’s Academy Award-winning 1968 film Oliver! The 153-minute film, which stars Ron Moody, the late-great Oliver Reed, a very young Mark Lester, and Shani Wallis, will be screened on Sunday, July 15, 2018 at 3:00 pm.

Please Note: At press time, actress Shani Wallis is scheduled to appear in person for a discussion about the film prior to the screening.

She will be on hand at 2:30 pm in the lobby selling posters for $50.00 and photos for $20.00, and will also autograph them. All proceeds will go to charity.

From the press release:

Part of our Anniversary Classics series. For details, visit: laemmle.com/ac.

Oliver! (1968)

50th Anniversary Screening

Sunday, July 15, at 3 Pm

Ahrya Fine Arts Theatre

Q&A with Actress Shani Wallis

Laemmle Theatres and the Anniversary Classics Series present a 50th anniversary screening
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"Oliver!" 50th Anniversary Screening, Beverly Hills, July 15

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By Todd Garbarini

Laemmle’s Ahrya Fine Arts theater will be presenting a 50th anniversary screening of Carol Reed’s Academy Award-winning 1968 film Oliver! The 153-minute film, which stars Ron Moody, the late-great Oliver Reed, a very young Mark Lester, and Shani Wallis, will be screened on Sunday, July 15, 2018 at 3:00 pm.

Please Note: At press time, actress Shani Wallis is scheduled to appear in person for a discussion about the film following the screening, as well as taking time to autograph memorabilia available for sale. The price is $50.00 to sign posters, which will go to charity.

From the press release:

Part of our Anniversary Classics series. For details, visit: laemmle.com/ac.

Oliver! (1968)

50th Anniversary Screening

Sunday, July 15, at 3 Pm

Ahrya Fine Arts Theatre

Q&A with Actress Shani Wallis

Laemmle Theatres and the Anniversary Classics Series present a 50th anniversary screening of the Oscar-winning Best Picture of 1968, Oliver!
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2018 Oscars: Does Best Picture champ have to win an acting award first?

2018 Oscars: Does Best Picture champ have to win an acting award first?
The Shape of Water” numbers three acting bids among its leading 13 Academy Awards nominations for lead Sally Hawkins and supporting players Richard Jenkins and Octavia Spencer. According to our exclusive Oscar odds none of them is predicted to win on March 4. Should that scenario play out, does that mean that their film won’t win Best Picture?

Not so fast.

While 53 of the 89 Best Picture champs to date include an Oscar-winning performance, 36 of them (40%) did not win any acting awards. And among those three dozen winners are four of the eight films — “The Hurt Locker” (2009), “Argo” (2012), “Birdman” (2015) and “Spotlight” (2016) — decided by preferential ballot under the newly expanded slate of Best Picture nominees.

Surprisingly, an even dozen of the Best Picture winners did not even reap any acting nominations. That is welcome news for “Arrival,” which does not number an acting bid among its eight nominations. However, four of those films
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Oscars: How Often Do Musicals Result in Best Actor and Best Actress Nominations and Wins?

Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling in ‘La La Land’ (Courtesy: Lionsgate)

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

Not only is La La Land breaking records as the most-nominated musical in Oscar history but that haul of 14 nominations for its lead pair, Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. Musicals don’t often get that much love from the Academy Awards and getting recognition in both the best actor and best actress categories is even rarer. Let’s take a look back at the history of this happening and see how Stone and Gosling’s nominations — and potential wins — are important.

Taking a look at this year’s nominations, Stone is favored to win more than Gosling is for their work in the Damien Chazelle-directed musical. Gosling is up against Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea), Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge), Viggo Mortensen (Captain Fantastic), and Denzel Washington (Fences) — with the latter expected to reign supreme.
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Jeremy Summers obituary

Television and film director known for the TV series The Saint and the 1963 film The Punch and Judy Man, starring Tony Hancock

Jeremy Summers, who has died aged 85, enjoyed a 40-year career as a director that went through several clearly defined phases. He made film comedies with Tony Hancock, Barbara Windsor and Ron Moody, as well as two screen musicals, and worked on the TV mogul Lew Grade’s action-adventure series aimed at British and Us markets. There were also films for the prolific low-budget producer Harry Alan Towers, and a string of other popular television series, then soaps.

With only one feature film behind him, he was entrusted to direct The Punch and Judy Man (1963), with Hancock in his second starring role for the cinema after phenomenal success on television with Hancock’s Half-Hour. However, the star had just left the BBC for ITV and dropped his writers, Ray Galton and Alan Simpson,
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Oliver! set for remake, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell director attached

The Daily Mail is reporting that producer Cameron Mackintosh, along with Working Title and Sony Pictures, are set to produce a new version of Lionel Bart’s musical Oliver!

Toby Haynes, who directed British television drama Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, is set to helm the new film, which will start shooting next year in and around London locations. In addition, Haynes and casting director Lucinda Syson have reportedly already started the search to find the young British actors who will play the title character Oliver and The Artful Dodger.

The previous film version, which was released in 1968 and won five Academy Awards, was directed by Carol Reed, and starred Mark Lester, Jack Wild, Shani Wallis, Oliver Reed and Ron Moody.
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Oscar-Nominated Actor Biggest Professional Regret: Turning Down 'Doctor Who'

Ron Moody in Mel Brooks' 'The Twelve Chairs.' The 'Doctor Who' that never was. Ron Moody: 'Doctor Who' was biggest professional regret (See previous post: "Ron Moody: From Charles Dickens to Walt Disney – But No Harry Potter.") Ron Moody was featured in about 50 television productions, both in the U.K. and the U.S., from the late 1950s to 2012. These included guest roles in the series The Avengers, Gunsmoke, Starsky and Hutch, Hart to Hart, and Murder She Wrote, in addition to leads in the short-lived U.S. sitcom Nobody's Perfect (1980), starring Moody as a Scotland Yard detective transferred to the San Francisco Police Department, and in the British fantasy Into the Labyrinth (1981), with Moody as the noble sorcerer Rothgo. Throughout the decades, he could also be spotted in several TV movies, among them:[1] David Copperfield (1969). As Uriah Heep in this disappointing all-star showcase distributed theatrically in some countries.
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Oscar Nominated Moody Pt.2: From Fagin to Merlin - But No Harry Potter

Ron Moody as Fagin in 'Oliver!' based on Charles Dickens' 'Oliver Twist.' Ron Moody as Fagin in Dickens musical 'Oliver!': Box office and critical hit (See previous post: "Ron Moody: 'Oliver!' Actor, Academy Award Nominee Dead at 91.") Although British made, Oliver! turned out to be an elephantine release along the lines of – exclamation point or no – Gypsy, Star!, Hello Dolly!, and other Hollywood mega-musicals from the mid'-50s to the early '70s.[1] But however bloated and conventional the final result, and a cast whose best-known name was that of director Carol Reed's nephew, Oliver Reed, Oliver! found countless fans.[2] The mostly British production became a huge financial and critical success in the U.S. at a time when star-studded mega-musicals had become perilous – at times downright disastrous – ventures.[3] Upon the American release of Oliver! in Dec. 1968, frequently acerbic The
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After Christopher Lee, Another Nonagenarian British Actor Has Died: Oscar Nominee Moody

Ron Moody in 'Oliver!' movie. Ron Moody: 'Oliver!' actor nominated for an Oscar dead at 91 (Note: This Ron Moody article is currently being revised.) Two well-regarded, nonagenarian British performers have died in the last few days: 93-year-old Christopher Lee (June 7, '15), best known for his many portrayals of Dracula and assorted movie villains and weirdos, from the title role in The Mummy to Dr. Catheter in Gremlins 2: The New Batch. 91-year-old Ron Moody (yesterday, June 11), among whose infrequent film appearances was the role of Fagin, the grotesque adult leader of a gang of boy petty thieves, in the 1968 Best Picture Academy Award-winning musical Oliver!, which also earned him a Best Actor nomination. Having been featured in nearly 200 movies and, most importantly, having had his mainstream appeal resurrected by way of the villainous Saruman in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies (and various associated merchandising,
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Rip Ron Moody, Famed Fagin of 'Oliver!'

Sometimes an actor stumbles into a role that defines a career. Ron Moody, who died Thursday at the age of 91, sang his way in. A journeyman British movie and television actor and musical revue performer, he was 36 in 1960 when he accepted the role of Fagin, master of a gang of child pickpockets, in Lionel Bart’s musical stage version of Charles Dickens’ "Oliver Twist" after two other actors had turned the part down. (Watch Moody perform "You've Got to Pick a Pocket or Two" in the video below.) "Fate destined me to play Fagin; it was the part of a lifetime," Moody once said. He played Fagin again in "Oliver!" Carol Reed’s Oscar-winning 1968 film. That time Fagin won Moody a Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination for Best Actor. Moody had turned down an offer to go to Broadway with "Oliver!" after the musical’s London run because he felt it would trap him.
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Ron Moody, Star Of "Oliver!", Dead At Age 91

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Moody as Fagin with Mark Lester as Oliver Twist and Jack Wild as The Artful Dodger.

By Lee Pfeiffer

There is an old adage that says bad things happen in "threes". That seemed to be the case when it came to distinguished British actors in the past week.  On the heels of news that both Richard Johnson and Sir Christopher Lee had passed away comes notice that Ron Moody has also died. He was 91 years old. Moody was undoubtedly the least famous of these three gentlemen but he was no less talented. He originated the role of Fagin in Lionel Bart's classic stage musical, "Oliver!", based on the Dickens classic "Oliver Twist". Moody won kudos for his role as the charismatic con man and head of a London gang that employed young boys as pickpockets. He was astonished when he was chosen to play the lead in the 1968 film version,
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Actor Ron Moody Dead at 91 – Starred in Oliver and Worked With Mel Brooks

Wouldn’t want this to get lost in all the coverage of Christopher Lee’s passing. When I saw Oliver, the musical version of “Oliver Twist” on stage at the Muny Opera in St. Louis in 1976, hometown hero Vincent Price essayed the roll of Fagin, the leader of the gang of juvenile pickpockets. Price was terrific but the role belonged to Ron Moody who had originated it on Broadway and received an Oscar nomination for Oliver, the Best Picture-winning film version in 1969 (he lost to Cliff Robertson for Charly). Moody starred in Mel BrooksThe Twelve Chairs in 1970 and had other film roles but was best known for his stage work. Moody died today in England at age 91.

From The New York Times:

Ron Moody, a British character actor who rose to prominence in the role of Fagin, Dickens’s guru of thievery, in “Oliver!”, the stage and movie versions of “Oliver Twist,
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5 songs by Ornette Coleman that changed my life

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5 songs by Ornette Coleman that changed my life
Today saw the passing of three very notable people in the entertainment world. Christopher Lee, Ron Moody and the one who meant the most to me Ornette Coleman. The father of "Free Jazz" completely melted my mind the first time my ears were graced with the sound of his Saxophone.  In no particular order, here are five selected tracks over his 57 year career that changed my life. 1960 "Birdfood" on Change of The Century 1959 "Focus on Sanity" on The Shape of Jazz to Come 1971 "Monk and The Nun" on Twins 2006 "Turnaround" on Sound Grammar 1960 "Una Muy Bonita" on Change of the Century Share your favorite track and memories in the comments below!
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Ron Moody obituary

Actor best known for playing Fagin in Lionel Bart’s film and stage musical Oliver!

Ron Moody, who has died aged 91, saw himself not as a great comic actor – above all as Fagin in Lionel Bart’s Oliver! on stage and screen – but as a writer and as a composer of musicals. Most of the world could never quite be persuaded to agree. He wrote more than a dozen (mostly unperformed) musicals and a clutch of (mostly published) novels, and could be an explosively funny after-dinner speaker for theatre charities. To everything he did, he brought a questioning anarchic flair.

When the possibility of creating the role of Dickens’s miserly mentor of child pickpockets arose, he was wary: “At first I never wanted to do it. They told me there was this musical of Oliver Twist so I went to see the Alec Guinness film [Oliver Twist, 1948], which I found to
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R.I.P “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes (1945 – 2015)

Well, today turned out to be a sucky day. Not only have we lost both Ron Moody and Christopher Lee, Paul “Triple H” Levesque announced on Twitter the passing of “The American DreamDusty Rhodes at the age of 69.

One of the most charismatic entertainers of all-time in the industry, Dusty Rhodes (real name Virgil Runnels) dominated the sport of professional wrestling during the 70s and 80s with classic fueds against the likes of Ric Flair. He was a 3-time Nwa Champion and a WWE Hall of Famer.

“Runnels became a hero to fans around the world thanks to his work ethic, his impassioned interviews and his indomitable spirit,” the WWE.com website writes. “Moreover, Runnels was a dedicated father to WWE Superstars Goldust (Dustin Runnels) and Stardust (Cody Runnels), a caring husband and a creative visionary who helped shape the landscape of WWE long after his in-ring career had ended.
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Ron Moody dies by Amber Wilkinson - 2015-06-11 18:02:45

Ron Moody as Fagin Ron Moody has died at age 91. His agent said he had been ill for some time.

The London born comic and acting star had a career spanning more than 60 years but was best known for his Oscar-nominated role as arch-thief Fagin in the 1968 Charles Dickens screen adaptation Oliver! He won a Golden Globe for the role and was nominated for a BAFTA - losing to Spencer Tracy, who won the award posthumously for Guess Who's Coming To Dinner.

Born Ronald Moodnick, he was the son of Jewish immigrants, and didn't come to acting until ater a stint in the Raf and a spell at the London School of Economics, where acting in revue shows became a passion. In later life he became familiar to television audiences through his voice work on animated series The Animals Of Farthing Wood and in the guest role of Edwin in EastEnders.
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Ron Moody Dead: Golden Globe-Winning Oliver! Actor Passes Away at 91

Ron Moody Dead: Golden Globe-Winning Oliver! Actor Passes Away at 91
Ron Moody has passed away. The British actor, best known for his Golden Globe award-winning performance as Fagin in the 1968 British musical film Oliver!, died this week at the age of 91, the BBC reports. Moody's wife Therese Blackbourn told British media he would be "greatly missed." "He brought joy to his family and to the hearts of many and will be greatly missed. He was singing until the end," she said. Moody is survived by his widow and six children. Moody's performance in Oliver! not only garnered him with a Golden Globe win, he was also nominated for an Oscar in 1969. Although he didn't nab the Academy Award, the film did win six Oscars including Best...
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Ron Moody, the original 'Oliver!' Fagin, dies at 91

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Ron Moody, the original 'Oliver!' Fagin, dies at 91
Oscar nominated actor Ron Moody, best known for a career of playing Fagin in the musical "Oliver!," died on Thursday, June 11 at the age of 91. Moody was the original Fagin in Lionel Bart's West End production of "Oliver!," which premiered in 1960. He was able to play the pick-pocketing grifter in Carol Reed's 1968 film adaptation, which won the Best Picture Oscar, earned Moody his lone Oscar nomination and also earned him a Golden Globe win for Best Motion Picture Actor - Musical/Comedy. Over the years, Moody returned to various productions of "Oliver!" to great acclaim, even picking up a Tony nomination for a 1984 Broadway revival. Moody famously turned down the opportunity to replace Patrick Troughton as the third Doctor, but he did appear in a "Doctor Who" audio play in 2005.  His other credits include "EastEnders" and performances as Merlin in both "Unidentified Flying Oddball" and "A Kid in King Arthur's Court.
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Oscar-nominated actor Ron Moody dies aged 91

Ron Moody dies aged 91. The British actor played the role of Fagin in Oliver. Ron Moody dies

British actor Ron Moody has died aged 91.

The star was best known for playing Fagin in the 1968 hit film version of ‘Oliver!’, for which he was nominated for an Oscar and won a Golden Globe.

His widow Therese said: “He brought joy to his family and to the hearts of many and will be greatly missed. He was singing until the end.”

The London-born actor was initially known as Ronald Moodnick and had planned to pursue a career as an economist, which meant he did not take acting seriously until his late 20s.

However, his big break came when he was cast in the film adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic novel, which also featured Oliver Reed as Bill Sikes.

Later, Moody said: “Fate destined me to play Fagin. It was the part of a lifetime.
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Christopher Lee 1922-2015: Entertainment world pays tribute to acting icon

Christopher Lee 1922-2015: Entertainment world pays tribute to acting icon
The world of entertainment has been paying tribute to Sir Christopher Lee, who has died at the age of 93.

The prolific British actor was best-known for his work with Hammer Horror as well as The Wicker Man and The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and many stars and fans have paid tribute to the star on Twitter today (June 10).

It's terribly when you lose an old friend, and Christopher Lee was one of my oldest. We first met in 1948.

Sir Roger Moore (@sirrogermoore) June 11, 2015

I'm saddened by the deaths of Sir Christopher Lee and Ron Moody. Both starred in films that are treasured by millions.

— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) June 11, 2015

The great, always criminally underrated Sir Christopher Lee has left us. A Titan of Cinema and a huge part of my youth. Farewell.

Mark Gatiss (@Markgatiss) June 11, 2015

An extraordinary man and life lead, Sir Christopher Lee. You were an icon,
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