The winner of the “Oscar” for the film “The Pianist” Ronald Harwood dies :: Society :: RBC

The playwright, who wrote the scripts for the films The Pianist, The Dresser and Browning’s Version, died at the age of 86

Ronald Harwood (left) and filmmaker Mike Newell

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British writer, playwright and screenwriter Ronald Harwood died at the age of 85. About it reports Telegraph citing his family’s statement.

It states that Harwood died on Tuesday, September 8, at his home in Sussex. The cause of death is not named.

Ronald Harwood (real name Horwitz) was born on November 9, 1934 in South Africa in a family of Lithuanian Jews. In 1951, at the age of 17, he moved to England. Here Harwood wanted to get an acting education, but later began to write. He published his first novel, All the Same Shadows, in 1961. The following year, Harwood wrote the first screenplay for Private Potter.

Throughout his career, he wrote more than 20 scripts, but at the same time he rarely created original plots for films, as a rule, adapting books and plays for them, including his own composition. Among them were the plays “Quartet” and “Dresser”.

His other notable screen-based works include The Spacesuit and the Butterfly, for which he received a BAFTA, Browning’s Version starring Albert Finney, and Cry, Beloved Country.


Director Alexei Uchitel – about the new nudity of Christina Asmus: “I was amazed!”

Each has its own isolation. Someone got stuck in Bali, someone climbed away into the wilderness, someone does not leave the city apartment. And here Director Alexey Uchitel (“Walk”, “Land”, “Diary of his wife”) is completing work on a new painting – “47”, dedicated to the journey of Victor’s tomb Tsoi to the northern capital after deadly Accident in 1990.

In a conversation with the writer Alexander Tsypkin, based on the works of which the series is already being shot, the director remembered how he convinced Tsoi to star in his film and why


“When we shot“ Rock ”in 1986, none of that company knew me – neither Grebenshchikov nor Garkusha. Who knows who I am? The KGB or something else. AND [чтобы наладить контакт] I chose the most silent – Tsoi. And he said: “Listen, Victor, let me come with an operator, a camera to your boiler room, and we will sit with you for a shift – and he was on duty for two days – and we’ll shoot. Not a single question, I swear, I will. As it is, it is. Then you come – take a look. If you don’t like it, we’ll disperse. ” And these were the first frames of the stoker, which now often show. I saw a lot of things: different people came and drank, but I honestly restrained myself – I didn’t move anything, I didn’t say “come here”. Perhaps that’s why it turned out to make a film. And then they came to my native Leningrad documentary studio in the director’s room with the whole Kino group – they watched in silence, went out in silence. I think: Christmas trees, sticks, what is there? I say: “Vit, tell me! Did you like it or not? ” And in response there was one word: “Normal.” This word gave me a sharp pass to life. After that, no one asked who I am and what they eat me with. ”

Frame from the movie “Rock”


“When a terrible accident occurred (Viktor Tsoi crashed on August 15, 1990 after the collision of his Moskvich in the oncoming lane with the Ikarus bus, which was driven by Janis Fibigs, on the highway SlokaTalsi – Aut.) From material that was not included in the Rock, we mounted the picture “The Last Hero”, then I met the driver of Ikarus, who was driving, and spoke with the investigator. Then it settled down with me. When you go and don’t know who Tsoi is … and then life changes abruptly (the driver was found not guilty, but nevertheless became known throughout the USSR – Aut.). The story of our picture “47” begins with an accident, and then begins the journey of the bus with Tsoi’s coffin in Petersburg. A kind of roadflies. The one who is driving does not know who all these people close to Choi are (Ricochet performed by Ilya Del, wife Natalya Reasons performed by Paulina Andreeva etc.), but they don’t know what kind of driver it is.

About 7-8 years ago, Sasha Gonorovsky (“The Land”, “From Five to Seven”) wrote the script, but we did not shoot. I thought that it was irrelevant, but interest in Tsoi is growing more and more every year. This is a mystery that no one will solve. With all due respect and Vysotskyand to Okudzhavaaccording to how often they sing, Choi overtook them. ”

In December, I starred in the full-length film Whaling. This is not horror)))), this is drama. I played the girl from the video chat Uuuf))) But I hasten to upset you, there were no naughty scenes. It’s even straight offensive. But there was my longest double in my career, which lasted 43 minutes. Studio: @ Production: Russia, Poland Gen. producer: Aleksey Uchitel Director and screenwriter: Philipp Yuryev Camera-man: Mikhail Khursevich, Yakov Mironchev Which image from the movie do you like more?


“At our Rock studio, we also shoot full-length debuts. One of my students Philip Yuriev seven years he wrote the script for the painting “Whalers”, which he then shot in Kamchatka. A stunning story will soon be shown at one of the major festivals, if it takes place. So, according to the plot, whalers are watching a computer showing a undressing girl [из секс-чата]. And this heroine was supposed to play Christina Asmus. She read the script, she liked it, agreed. Then the film “Text” comes out, this whole story takes place (after naked scenes with Ivan Yankovsky the actress’s husband, Harik Kharlamov, was sucked as a cuckold, in the end couple gets divorced and assures that the cinema has nothing to do with it – Auth.). And then an agent calls me and explains that Christina can’t act in our scene. I begged them to come to the studio, Asmus apologized for a long time that it would not work. Hoping for nothing, I turned on her 10 minutes of the film, she looked and said: “That’s it. Let’s. When to shoot? ” I asked again: “Are you not afraid that they will start rinsing again?” “This is my business,” she said firmly and starred wonderfully. I was amazed! ”


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The heirs of Conan Doyle have filed a lawsuit against Netflix :: the company :: RBC

According to the lawsuit, copyrights are infringed as a result of “inconsistent use of the original author’s manner of Conan Doyle’s stories about Sherlock Holmes.” Also the family of the writer believes that “Enola Holmes” shown “attitude towards people and empathy” characteristic of the detective only works created after 1923.

The lawsuit against Netflix, movie company Legendary Pictures, publishers Penguin Random House writers Nancy Springer and Jack Thorne and Director Garry Bradbury.

As reported by the publication Deadline and CNN, the lawsuit was filed in Federal district court in new Mexico.

In may, the daughter of a Soviet and Russian writer Daniil Granin Marina Chernysheva-Granik announced that it will consider filing a lawsuit to the film’s “Blockade diary” Andrei Zaitsev for copyright infringement. Before that you need to check the reliability of the information about the violation, she said. While Zaitsev argues that informed Granik gave permission to use excerpts from the works of her father, “My Lieutenant.”


The writer of “the Avengers” explained why the Cap lifted Thor’s hammer

The Writer Of “The Avengers. The finale of” Christopher Markus acknowledged that the film crept plot error. The creators made a mistake in the scene of the decisive battle in which Captain America suddenly became the “changer” of the Torah. Fans have long puzzled about why this was possible in the universe of superheros, but the explanation was very simple: the creators felt like it.

Recognition as one of the screenwriters of the last “Avengers” (the best movie in 2019, for a moment) Christopher Marcus June 19, published edition of The Independent. As I remember many in the audience, in the scene of the decisive battle with Thanos Captain America picked up Thor’s hammer and caused them to zip. Although previous Marvel movie “Thor: Ragnarok”, gave the world memes about lying about Loki, was that causing the lightning hammer and powers of Thor.

Fans immediately noticed the problem and began to build a theory about how such a plot twist fits into the Marvel mythology. But the answer was simple: nothing. The creators just could not pass up the opportunity to add another exciting film moment:

For some time, we discussed how this is justified because in “Thor: Ragnarok” explicitly States that it is not in the hammer. But when come to mind such bright ideas, you just think, “It’s too cool to refuse! And the rest will understand later.”

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Girl found in Omsk socket apartment in the Baroque style. But for the good stucco people saw the monster

Premiere Of “The Avengers. The final” took place last year, but its creators continue to bedazzle fans of the Marvel new surprises. Recently, they released a deleted scene from the movie, which has forced many on-new to look at “supervillain” of Thanos. And before that, the authors showed the world the other is not included in the film episode is a touching scene of the meeting of Tony stark with her daughter.

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Why the series “the Witcher” does not repeat the plot of the story: comment of the producer

Showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich told how picks up screenwriters for the project.

Henry Cavill retrained superhero in the Witcher. Photo:

The Creator of the series “the Witcher” for Netflix Lauren Schmidt Hissrich argued with fans of the universe created by Sapkowski Andrzej, on Twiiter. As so often happens, the producer began to criticize, why her paintings do not correspond to one of the story books. Answering questions, showrunner said that filmmakers should reproduce the spirit of the novel, and full tracing is impossible, as the characters on screen can’t have hour-long conversations, as it occurs in the text.

She noted that found for series writers who are familiar with the books “the Witcher”, but not put before them the task to copy their story.

“We need writers who are close, but not too close (to the original novels. — Approx. ed.). Who love this universe, but not afraid to question it. Who are fans, but are willing to step back and open your minds to lead your favorite world in our real world. I hope we did,” writes Lauren.

We will add that shooting the second season of “the Witcher” was suspended due to a pandemic coronavirus, but recently there was news that the process is resumed. Next year we will know how far Geralt of Rivia in the performance of Henry Cavill walked away from his book adventures.


The fight of a writer to save the village of Lacoste

The case is now well known. About twenty years ago, couturier Pierre Cardin, “the stone collector”, fell in love with Lacoste, a charming little village in the Luberon. There he bought the castle of the Marquis de Sade, which threatened ruin, and renovated it at great cost.

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He organizes a lyric art festival there, aims to do “ a Saint-Tropez of culture “, Bought one by one the houses of the town – he now owns 40 – and hectares of surrounding land to create a golf course. Since then, little or nothing. Lacoste is nothing more than a sleepy village whose homes and businesses remain resolutely closed.

The newspaper filmed of an unequal and lonely fight

Cyril Montana, writer and communications professional, has an emotional bond with this village where his hippie parents lived a few years and where his grandmother eventually settled. There are still childhood friends and knows the artists who have taken up residence there. When his son Grégoire challenged him, the Parisian bohemian, to join forces to fight the couturier’s grip, he took his word for it and chose with his accomplice Thomas Bornot, to film the adventure.

The resulting documentary, funded in a participatory manner and broadcast in e-cinema on the 25th Hour platform, is the journal of this fight. An unequal, but above all lonely fight since it will not cease to meet with contempt from one, Pierre Cardin, and the indifference of the others, the inhabitants of the village.

The interest of the documentary is that it hides nothing, neither of the narcissism of its author, whose approach may seem annoying at the outset, nor of its failures and disappointments. It is filmed with lucidity and humor and, above all, offers us a fascinating reflection on the meaning and the possibility of engagement at a time when globalization has offered power to the “very wealthy”.

Beyond the case of Lacoste which he recalls, exhuming archive images, that he was a village welcoming artists from around the world long before the arrival of Pierre Cardin, he wonders: can a man buy a village? “, Consults experts on the relationship between private property and the public interest, examines the different types of mobilization in the world like the pacifist marches for the land in India. When the law is on the money side, it seems to tell us in conclusion, only utopia remains.


The first trailer for the Shirley thriller appeared on the Web

Due to restrictions on the operation of cinemas, the Shirley thriller will immediately go on-line rental on the Internet.

The tape is a free retelling of the fate of the American writer Shirley Jackson performed by Elizabeth Moss. The film has already been shown at the Sundance Festival and at the Berlinale.

According to the plot, Shirley lives in the status of a recognized classic of literature, but does not leave the house where she suffers from alcoholism and depression. The adored husband, whom everyone around loves, destroys her self-confidence, including regular cheating.

At the same time, a young couple appears on the campus – a future professor with a pregnant wife who are full of hope and illusion. The relationship of the newly arrived girl and Shirley herself goes a difficult way from hatred to love and complete dissolution in each other.

The director of the film is actress Josephine Decker, who tries herself in directing thrillers and explores the female psyche.

It was previously reported that Disney is likely to restart the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. The main role, however, will be called not by the charming Johnny Depp, but by actress Karen Gillan.


Twilight author Stephanie Meyer hints at the continuation of the cult saga

Frame from the movie “Twilight”

A countdown clock has appeared on the writer’s official website.

Fans of the Twilight Saga have long been hoping for the continuation of popular works. In anticipation of the news, the most loyal fans are on duty around the clock on the website of bestselling author Stephanie Meyer. On the eve of their efforts were rewarded.

On the A countdown clock appeared on the writer’s portal. The time until which event they show, while being kept secret, however, it is clear that it will occur on May 4.


Optimistic fans expressed the opinion that in the near future they will find a new work about their favorite characters.

It’s no secret that Mayer really planned the release of the book “Midnight Sun”. In it, the narration was to be conducted on behalf of the vampire Edward.

However, after the draft versions of the future masterpiece were merged into the Network, the author refused to continue the work. Now, fans have hoped that the writer still completed what she started. The image of the clock itself, shown in the form of a bright circle in the starry sky, also supports this fact.

At the same time, many Mayer lovers of creativity considered that the event was dedicated to her other novel. Fiction “Guest” could not repeat the stunning success of “Twilight”, however, was also quite popular in its circles. Therefore, the sequel to this project is also quite likely.

A series of novels by Stephanie Mayer “Twilight” describes the events that happened with a young girl Bella, who fell in love with a vampire Edward.

All four parts became bestsellers and were translated into 37 languages ​​of the world, including Russian. They brought millions to their creator. No less popular films made on the basis of works.


Writer Fang Fang, a fallen idol in the hearts of the Chinese

Fang Fang is in turmoil. Famous 64-year-old Chinese novelist born in Wuhan, epicenter of the coronavirus epidemic, her works have been translated all over the world (1). But in recent days she has suddenly gone from being an untouchable icon to a “traitor” in the eyes of the nation.

During the terrible quarantine period in Wuhan, from January 23 to April 8, she picked up her pen and told a daily chronicle in her “Journal”, published on her Weibo site. Faced with very controlled Chinese media, his subjective chronicle written in Chinese was followed by millions of Chinese not only in Wuhan but also in the rest of the country. But everything changed.

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“She gave hope to all”

“During this period that put Wuhan to the test, she was the only one who was allowed to express herself”, analyzes Brigitte Duzan, her translator in France for her latest novel “Funérailles molles” in 2019. “It gave hope to all, offered a glimmer of optimism for the future, outside the official media. Every morning the Chinese rushed to their computers to read the Fang Fang column “, adds this specialist in Chinese literature who also works at the National Institute of Oriental Languages ​​and Civilizations (INALCO) on Chinese cinema.

This free breathing was tolerated by the authorities who felt that the pressure cooker was in need of a safety valve and Fang Fang played this role of social stabilization perfectly in order to appease the spirits.

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Some extracts from his journal have been published in several major daily newspapers abroad, offering a gloomy look at a city emptied of its inhabitants and silent. Already, the most nationalist Chinese critics were unleashed against it in China, referring to accusatory and insulting practices of the bloody cultural revolution (1966-1976).

But what will tip Fang Fang’s reputation into the hearts of Chinese people is the announcement of “The sale of its worldwide copyrights (at a very high price) to an American literary agent”, says Brigitte Duzan again. The highly politicized presentation by US publisher HarperCollins, “a writer who stands up against the systemic political problems (…) of an authoritarian country,” will set fire to the powder among some of Fang Fang’s staunchest supporters. In Germany, his Journal will be published next June with the subtitle: “The banned newspaper from the city where the coronavirus comes from.” An edition should be released in France in the fall.

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“You are revealing your treacherous nature”

“An American media has already said it wants to use the book to hold China to account. Bravo Fang Fang, you are giving Western countries weapons to shoot China ”, quips a surfer on the social network Weibo, concluding:“ you are revealing your trait of being a traitor ”. Another wonders, “How much have you sold your newspaper for?” Who accuses him of enriching himself on the back of nearly 4,000 dead in Wuhan.

Much more political answer from Hu Xijin, famous and very influential editor-in-chief of the Chinese Communist Party’s daily newspaper Global Times: “In the end, it will be the Chinese, including those who supported Fang Fang at the outset, who will have to pay the price. of its renown in the West “, attracting in a few hours almost 200,000” likes “. He accuses the novelist of presenting only the “dark side of Wuhan”.

The well-tempered writer, victim of the cultural revolution in the 1960s (she was a carrier on hoists for four years), says she is a victim of the “cyberviolence” of nationalists who could be compared to the little guards Mao reds. In a more liberal online daily Caixin interview, she defends herself by stressing that “if people really read my newspaper, they will discover all the effective measures that China has taken against the epidemic” and announces that it will pay all his royalties “to the families of deceased caregivers”.

For Brigitte Duzan, who considers Fang Fang as “A leading writer of Chinese neo-realism”, “She did not realize that by selling her rights to the Americans she was destroying her reputation in the eyes of her fans”. What is she risking today? The fate of Fang Fang will depend on the very political turn that this scandal will take in the upper echelons of power. Arresting and condemning her would offer the West a new martyr in the clutches of the Chinese Communist Party. The most extremists in the party, where tensions exist, do not care and this would further strengthen their weight in the party.


Smokes is trout

Animated picture Emmanuel Pierrot

Jim Harrison must go back to his grave: this year, he could not have teased trout in the rivers of the Morvan, near his friend Gérard Oberlé, writer ogre of knowledge and good things to drink and eat . All of this is the fault of this damn coronavirus that prohibits dipping the wire in water. However, we know a lot of chicks who recognize themselves through the words of Jim Harrison in A good day to die (ed. 10/18, 2003): “I was struck again by the way the fishery helped me to wipe out everything else, at least as long as I was in the river. For a few hours, all the problems – money, sex, alcohol, madness – disappeared in my concentration on the river, the places where the big trout were probably, the clear currents or in the swirls near the grassy shore , or behind the big rocks and pebbles that protruded from the surface of the water, forming pockets of water that always seemed to contain one or two fish. ”

Ass comb

Our old friend Bébert is one of those guys for whom life revolves around three pillars: the factory, the garden, fishing. Turner that he was Bébert. “OHQ” as we said for a highly skilled worker. At the workshop, he was entrusted with the machining of prototypes on his Ernault Somua lathe. You shouldn’t have risked touching his bike, which he burnt like a new penny. He was so proud of it that he didn’t understand anything when the takeover’s combs passed before him without a look or a word. It’s true what, almost forty banks to machine scrap for the same taulier, it deserved at least a bit of chat. He didn’t see anything coming either when the HRD told him that it was not going very much question backlog. It must be said that Bébert is not the kind of guy who gossips at the bistro after work. Him, it is the garden, the fishing which ventilates the mood. So when the big egg spoke “Production outsourcing” in Hungary and China, he simply put his tools in their large rag, emptied his closet in the locker room and then he went home to butter his potatoes. When his wife tumbled into the garden to unpack his chickweed, he simply shrugged, grumbling: “I was told I have enough quarters for retirement.”

Giant of Flanders

Sometimes he misses his turn, the smell of hot metal, the precision of a successful adjustment. But he doesn’t say anything because he always has something to take care of. The garden first: prepare the soil for the end of winter before the spring sowing: transplant, pick, pick, water, and then there is always a blade of grass to pull. You also have to take care of the hens, the rabbits (he is particularly proud of his giant of Flanders, a male), give a helping hand to his wife to hull the beans of the canned goods. Winter, Bébert “Do his wood” as he says in his communal affouage. He cuts, he splits oak, beech, foyard. Logs and quarters of 50 cm (it is precise as in the factory) for the Godin stove which heats a large part of their house. Bébert does everything himself. He never put the words “autarky”, “autonomy” in Scrabble. But the other day, he laughed softly when he heard on TV talking about “transition”, “living and consuming differently”. “I’ve always lived like this, that he thought, and my world will last long enough before I pass the gun to the left. “


And then there is fishing. This year, as usual, Bébert checked his gear in February. You have to see him polishing his rods, disassembling and checking his reels, mounting his lines, classifying his hooks and lures in his drawer box as tidy as that of his wife’s sewing. At dawn on March 14, he was happy as a kid, posted in one of his favorite fishing spots. To tell the truth, he doesn’t care a bit about the fish, especially since the farmed trout that has just been released is a bit like “duck fishing” at funfairs. Bébert especially likes “to take some fresh air” as he says, snack alone with his dog corniaud by scanning the river bed where he hopes to see a real trout, “A savage”. This year, Bébert came back from fishing with a nice … dandelion salad they ate with bacon and a poached egg. When containment landed like smallpox on the low clergy, Bébert sighed that he was “Too old for this kind of bullshit”. But the doctor phoned: with his emphysema (the fault in the scrap metal dust at the factory), he has to stay well sealed so as not to catch the coronavirus. As usual, he shrugged. he “Fuck the coronamachin” and then “Those joggers idiots”, they have the right to run in the countryside. So why shouldn’t he walk his dog along the river?

Big fario

So the other afternoon, after sowing an 18-day radish plank in the garden, he goes to the water’s edge while the boss goes shopping at Super-U. The dog knows the way alone, over there where the river bends under a large willow. This is where it hides “The memory”, thinks Bébert. A big fario that he spotted a handful of times when she came out of his hideout, a huge strain. Bébert admires him. She fucked all the fishermen in the area. He is afraid it will end up in a landing net. He never had the trophy virus. He would just like to feel it undulate between his fingers underwater like when he was fishing by hand, kid. Today, the wave is clear under a hot spring sun. Bébert leans against the stump under which he distinguishes a tapered shadow. It’s for sure, it’s her. So he plunges his arms into the water to try to catch Memère. But it is already far away when Bébert falls with all his weight into the river.

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“You are going to catch death”, she says Bébert’s wife as he dries himself with a rough towel. Once the anger of his mishap is over, he smiles and thinks he’s twelve years old this afternoon. Then he leaves in a huge laugh when he sees in the middle of his wife’s shopping a bag of smoked trout which she is carefully disinfecting with hydroalcoholic gel.

Noirmoutier beanie

Like all fish when smoked, trout love potatoes, especially when they are early, like those grown on the island of Noirmoutier. The star is the bonnotte but there is also the earlier sirtema, the iodea, the lady christ’l. Here is a recipe for “Bonnet apples in goat whipped cream and dill, strips of smoked trout and Siltimur pepper” that you can make with the potatoes available in these confined times.

You need 20 medium-sized underwear for six people; 2 slices of smoked trout cut into strips; 20 cl of very cold liquid cream; ½ fresh goat cheese log; 12 small sprigs of dill; 1 lime cut into quarters; Siltimur pepper or another if you can’t find it (black pepper, Espelette pepper …)

Wash and brush the potatoes then immerse them in a large pot of boiling salted water. Allow 10 minutes for cooking as soon as it boils again. Drain and keep warm. Whip the liquid cream with a mixer. In another bowl, whisk the goat cheese with the rinsed and finely chopped dill and stir in the cream. Whisk again and keep cool.

Arrange the bonnottes on each plate (about three per guest), cutting the top to make the flesh of the potato visible. Using a fluted piping bag or a spoon, arrange your cream.

Add one or two strips of trout, a sprig of dill and a wedge of lime. Give two mill turns with Siltimur pepper and it’s ready.

You can zest your lime in the whipped cream.

Jacky durand