06.08.2022
Legendary actor Bryan Brown dishes on how gruelling mini-series shoot triggered his anxiety

He’s built a career playing tough as nails characters, but veteran Aussie actor Bryan Brown revealed on Saturday a recent mini-series production triggered his anxiety.

The Two Hands star opened up about how filming Acorn TV mini-series Darby and Joan in Queensland last year, with co-star Greta Scacchi, over 18-weeks took a toll on his mental wellbeing.

He told The Daily Telegraph a combination of the extended shoot and being away from his family for so long saw him struggle with insomnia.

He said: ‘I think the days of playing a character are fine – it’s when you wake up in the middle of the night and the pressure’s on you and you can’t sleep.

‘And then you start thinking, ”Holy Christ. I’m being picked up at 5am. I’d better get back to sleep.”

The 75-year-old added the ongoing Covid pandemic affected the overall mood of the production.

‘It’s kind of hard to put your finger on why it does, it just does,’ he said.

Bryan married his wife Rachel Ward in 1983, meaning the pair will celebrate their 40-year wedding anniversary next year.

The pair met while on the set of the TV miniseries The Thorn Birds in 1982, where Bryan wooed his co-star with a palm reading.

‘So we were sitting around waiting for a take one day and I said, ”give us a look at your hand”… She gave me her hand and there were three lines and I said ”you’re gonna have three kids,” he told A Current Affair last year.

Bryan and Rachel went on to have three children together: Rosie, 38, Matilda and Joe, 30.

The star is still heavily involved in his acting career, and recently starred in the Australian sci-fi series Bloom.

If you or anyone you know is struggling, contact Lifeline or Beyond Blue.

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    John Wayne opens up on the two scenes he’d ‘cut’ from The Alamo

    The Oscar-winning hit The Alamo was the first film silver screen icon John Wayne produced and directed. While the film was a success, the actor opened up about the length of the western and the two sequences which could have been ‘cut’ from the final edit in an episode of BBC’S Talking Pictures.

    John starred in the 1960s film alongside Richard Widmark and Laurence Harvey.

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    The screen legend replied: “Well, I felt that it needed to be that long.

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  • 4 минуты назад 19.08.2022Showbiz
    Josephine Tewson dead: Last Of The Summer Wine actress dies at 91 as fans pay tribute

    Josephine Tewson has died at the age of 91, her agent has announced. The actress was best known for starring in Keeping Up Appearances and Last Of The Summer Wine.

    She also played Elizabeth ‘Liz’ Warden, the long-suffering next door neighbour of Hyacinth Bucket, in Keeping Up Appearances (1990–1995).

    From 2003-2010, she starred as Miss Davenport in Last of the Summer Wine.

    In 2012, Josephine launched her one-woman show Still Keeping Up Appearances? and toured across the UK until early 2019.

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    “John loved working with her on Last of the Summer Wine. Another one gone.”

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    William Hanson wrote: “Goodnight, Elizabeth.

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    “joy to work with in Last of the Red Hot Lovers along with Bruce Montague and Debbie Arnold.

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  • 4 минуты назад 19.08.2022Showbiz
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    In recent weeks, Coronation Street fans have seen Toyah Battersby (played by Georgia Taylor) grow close to her former flame Spider (Martin Hancock) after the activist made a return to the ITV soap. Poor Toyah needed a shoulder to cry on after her husband Imran Habeeb (Charlie De Melo) died in a car accident she caused. However, Toyah was left feeling guilty after she ended up sleeping with Spider while waiting for her trial.

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    Abi was quick to reassure Toyah, explaining her night with Spider was a mistake.

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    “Who to?” Abi asked before Toyah explained: “I don’t know? The universe?

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    Turning her attention to Spider, Abi asked: “Be honest, if Imran was still here, would you have dumped him for this Spider?”

    “Never in a million years,” Toyah insisted as Abi reassured: “Well, there you go then. You haven’t trashed Imran’s memory, it didn’t mean anything.”

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    “I reckon Spider isn’t his real name,” another Reddit user wrote.

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    Technoimage completely agreed, and simply penned: “Informer.”

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  • 16 минут назад 19.08.2022Showbiz
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    Model turned fashion entrepreneur Kimora Lee Simmons was seen beaming as she posed with all five of her children.

    The founder of Baby Phat has kids Gary, 12, Kenzo, 13, Wolfe, 7, Ming, 22, and Aoki, 20.

    The siren, who was born Kimora Lee Perkins, was wed to music producer and entrepreneur Russell Simmons in 1998.

    They have two daughters, Ming Lee Simmons, 22 (born January 2000) and Aoki Lee Simmons, 20 (born August 2003).

    The power couple split in 2006.

    Simmons began dating Hollywood actor Djimon Hounsou – best known for Amistad and Gladiator – in 2006 and they wed in 2008.

    In May 2009, they welcomed son Kenzo Lee Hounsou.

    They split in 2012; he said that they never wed because she was still married to Russell.

    She married Tim Leissner in 2014.

    The next year she welcomed their son, Wolfe Lee Leissner.

    During a trial for his alleged $200M theft from his former company, Leissner said he was still married to second wife Judy Chan Leissner, lying to Kimora.

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    The fashion label – created by Lee Simmons – joined forces with HatchBeauty Brands to bring the collection to stores, featuring Kimora’s two daughters Ming Lee and Aoki Lee.

    Kimora said: ‘The girls grew up on the runway. It’s teaching them to tap into their inner entrepreneur, inner creative director, teaching them the ins and outs of the business, which is also very important to me.’

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    Kimora told People magazine: ‘Ming’s is Opulence. Ming is very similar to me, she gets the love of fashion, beauty and self-expression. The smell is also super yummy. It’s peachy and has orchid with the caramel,’ she said.

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  • 4 часа, 16 минут назад 19.08.2022Showbiz
    CHRISTOPHER STEVENS reviews House Of The Dragon

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    This time, it really is all about the dragons. Fantasy addicts who championed Game Of Thrones always insisted the mythical fire-breathing monsters were the real stars of the show.

    The nudity, the brothel scenes, the rapes and the brutality to women, all that was a regrettable necessity imposed by the sexual excesses of writer George R.R. Martin’s epic novels.

    This was never a very convincing defence. It’s one thing to suspend your disbelief in witches and demons, quite another to accept that a generation of teenage boys fast-forwarded through Queen Cersei’s naked walk of shame so they could get to the next scene with dragons.

    Now this theory is being put to the test. There is very little medieval rumpy-pumpy in House Of The Dragon – and what there is, you’ll wish you’d never seen.

    There are, however, as the title suggests, a great many 80ft lizards with crocodile teeth and eagles’ talons. What’s more, the computer graphics are astonishingly convincing. When a dragon slinks out of its dungeon into a gladiatorial arena and flame-grills an unfortunate goat with a single roar, it’s as thrilling as any footage of lions hunting wildebeest on a wildlife documentary.

    But what marks out this lavish serial, conceived as a prequel to Games Of Thrones, is its radically different treatment of women. They are the real power in the kingdom.

    When Cersei (Lena Headley) was condemned to that humiliating march through streets lined with jeering crowds, it was for an episode screened in 2015.

    Since then, the MeToo movement has transformed TV production. Another Thrones star, Emilia Clarke, who played the would-be Empress Daenerys Targaryen, has complained that she was reduced to tears by some of her nude scenes, ten years ago. Those would not be filmed today, she claims.

    Instead of portraying women as frequently subservient and sex objects, House Of The Dragon has the rivalry between two powerful female aristocrats at the heart of its story.

    We can guess, from the moment we see best friends Alicent and Rhaenyra together, that they will soon be at each other’s throats – and that their feud might drag their kingdom into civil war.

    In the opening scene, the daughter of the king, Princess Rhaenyra (newcomer Milly Alcock), is dismounting from her dragon Syrax after an aerial tour of Westeros that proves the ambition of the film-makers to create an entire world using CGI.

    Rhaenyra’s best friend and the daughter of her father’s chief adviser is Lady Alicent Hightower (played first by Emily Carey, and later by Olivia Cooke, brilliant as Becky Sharp in Vanity Fair).

    Miss Hightower doesn’t look terribly impressed by dragoneering, which tells us all we need to know about her. Never trust a woman who doesn’t love a fire-breathing cross between a dinosaur and a jumbo jet.

    If you baulk at those names, by the way, don’t even think of persevering. Even more than the original show, this one is obsessed with the tongue-twisting minutiae of Martin’s imagination.

    The TV version evokes this with a three-minute proclamation, beginning: ‘It is now the ninth year of King Viserys I Targaryen’s reign, 172 years before the death of the mad king Aerys…’

    Much of the first episode continues in this vein, dumping information on the viewer in cartloads. Several early scenes feature the king’s council chamber, where bickering lords take it in turns to remind each other at length of their realm’s recent past.

    All this is delivered in cod Shakespearean language with a great many ‘mayhaps’ and ‘mine lieges’.

    Rhaenyra, who is 15 at the start, is expected to wait at her father’s table, filling goblets with wine. It’s a useful crash-course for her in Targaryen politics, though it does mean Milly Alcock has little to do for the first hour except hold a wine jug and practice looking like Emilia Clarke’s twin.

    Arguments over the succession to her father’s Iron Throne quickly give the character more depth, with a connection to each dimension of the plot. Game Of Thrones worked as a collection of separate stories, slowly converging, but this prequel has a more conventional structure – with Rhaenyra at its centre. Later in the series, as the princess grows up, Emma D’Arcy takes over the part.

    D’Arcy identifies as ‘non-binary’ and asks to be referred to as ‘they’ rather than ‘she’. In this, the star is like namesake Emma Corbin, who played Princess Diana in The Crown. It’s an odd thing, mayhaps, that non-binary actors should so often portray princesses, that most feminine of female archetypes.

    Rhaenyra’s insipid father, King Viserys I, a man who makes Frank Spencer look decisive, is played by Paddy Considine. He wouldn’t have lasted ten minutes in Game Of Thrones, where even popular characters were lucky to live longer than three episodes.

    House Of The Dragon has a different pace, and Viserys does survive for a while, though not entirely intact. That doesn’t mean this show lacks a taste for blood.

    Torture, mass execution and fights to the death are enacted in psychotic detail. In particular, there is an obsession with childbirth. The opening episode, with Sian Brooke as the heavily pregnant queen, turns into a horror movie remake of Call The Midwife – the Texas Midwife Massacre.

    A jousting tournament descends into a free-for-all brawl where the camera zooms in to replay every hatchet through the skull in gore-splattered slow motion.

    And when the City Watch, commanded by the king’s scheming brother Daemon, launches a crackdown on crime, the ‘zero tolerance’ policy is taken to an extreme.

    All the scum of King’s Landing are rounded up for punishment. Petty thieves have their hands chopped off. Robbers have their heads chopped off.

    When a sex offender is caught (and aren’t half the men in Westeros sex offenders?), something else gets chopped off, in clinical close-up.

    This brings us to the biggest name in the series – Matt Smith, who plays Daemon in a silver wig with his ears poking out like a pair of dragon’s wings.

    Smith features in both the sex scenes that punctuate early episodes. Viewers who grew up with him on Doctor Who should be warned that one shot reveals a naked Daemon, from behind, with his pink rear looking like two slabs of pork on a butcher’s counter.

    His friend, whose favours he has purchased, notices his lack of enthusiasm. ‘What troubles you, my prince?’ she trills.

    When he turns around, careful camera angles hide the worst, though this attempt at modesty has an unlucky effect: Matt appears to have no genitalia, like Barbie’s friend Ken.

    Believe me, if I could hijack a Tardis and travel back to a time when I hadn’t seen that, I would.

    In another scene, shortly after his hopes of becoming king have been lifted and then dashed, Daemon organises an orgy. His heart isn’t in it – he can’t even be bothered to get undressed, for which small mercy we can all be grateful.

    Instead, he indulges in the chief pastime of Westeros and makes a speech. All the naked orgiastes hold their poses, like a lewd tableaux at the old Windmill theatre.

    One thing’s certain, fans of this lavish, spectacular fantasy show will never have to protest that they aren’t watching for the rude bits.

    This time, when someone insists to you, ‘It’s the dragons I like,’ they’ll be telling the truth.

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