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John Hurt’s 10 Best Movies

John Hurt

John Hurt may not be an instantly recognizable name to casual film fans, but everyone who has seen a fair number of movies has seen his work.  He was Mr. Ollivander in the Harry Potter series.  He was The Storyteller in Jim Henson’s wonderful and too-short-lived eponymous series.  He was nominated twice for Academy Awards in 1977 for Midnight Express, and for what is probably his most indelible performance, that of the title character in 1980’s The Elephant Man.  He was also the unfortunate victim in one of the most famous scenes in film history: the “chest burster” dinner scene in Ridley Scott’s Alien.  He brought gravitas and dignity to every project he participated in, and I always was instantly more interested in a film when his name appeared in the credits.  Hurt has an astounding 204 credits as an actor over the course of his career, rarely as the leading man.  As a result, some of the best films he was in; he was barely onscreen for more than a handful of a moments.  I would be lying if I said I’ve seen even a quarter of his filmography, but any movie he appeared in was better for his presence, and these are my ten best of those.

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LEGO Harry Potter in 90 Seconds!!!

The Wizarding World returns tomorrow and what better way to hail its return than with LEGOs?  As longtime readers will know, it is the official position of Killing Time that LEGOs improve everything on Earth.  Period.  Thusly, I fricking laughed my head off at the 90 second summary of the eight-film franchise put together by the geniuses at How It Should Have Ended in conjunction with the Brotherhood Workshop. Just a caveat, I don’t know why you wouldn’t know the plot of the Harry Potter books by now, but if you want it ruined for you in 90 seconds, this will also do that.  Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will hit theaters tomorrow (or really late tonight), and if you want more LEGO Harry Potter, there are two fantastic video games you can drop 100 hours on enjoying.
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Alexandre Desplat Will Score Star Wars: Rogue One

Star Wars: Rogue One
The first person to provide the score for a Star Wars movie not named “John Williams” will be Academy-Award Winning composer Alexandre Desplat.  Desplat, who just won this year’s Oscar for his score for The Grand Budapest Hotel, is no stranger for taking over  a John Williams’ scored franchise.  After Williams scored the first three Harry Potter films, the quality of the next two suffered drastically until Desplat came onboard and provided fantastic scores for Half-Blood Prince and Deathly Hallows Parts One and Two. Continue reading Alexandre Desplat Will Score Star Wars: Rogue One

Harry Potter Actor Richard Griffith Passes Away

*Just in off of Reuters.  Sad news.  Fare thee well, Uncle Vernon.

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British actor Richard Griffiths has died at the age of 65 after complications following heart surgery, his agent said today.

Griffiths was best known for his portrayal of Vernon Dursley in the “Harry Potter” films and his credits included Withnail and I, Pie in the Sky, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, and Gandhi. He received the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor, the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play, the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Featured Actor and a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play, all for his role in Alan Bennett’s play “The History Boys.”

Griffiths’ agent, Simon Beresford, described him as “a remarkable man and one of our greatest and best-loved actors.” He said Griffiths died in hospital on Thursday.

The actor was born in Thornaby-on-Tees in Yorkshire, northern England, the son of a steelworker. Both his parents were deaf and he learned sign language to communicate with them.  After studying drama in Manchester, he worked in radio and on theatre, building a reputation as a Shakespearean clown.

Griffiths is survived by his wife Heather.