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It is common to consider Lawrence of Arabia as Peter O’Toole’s finest moment, as David Cameron did today, but that would be to belittle a body of work of outrageously talented schtick.

O’Toole’s striking good looks and charm sustained him through a stage and film career of more than 50 years that swung wildly between triumph and disaster, garnering him eight Oscar nominations but, to the disgust of his admirers, no win.

The most-nominated actor never to win the award, he eventually – and reluctantly – accepted an honorary Oscar in 2003.

His early turn as Hamlet brought him to many critic’s attention, just as a later one as Macbeth almost ended his career.

Some of his roles showcased a gentler side to O’Toole than the rabble-rousing drunk of legend or the half-mad T. E. Lawrence yelling “No prisoners!”: Goodbye Mr Chips was a charming diversion, as was his performance in The Last Emperor, curiously, in both he portrayed a teacher.

A year after his career re-defining role in The Last Emperor, at the age of 56, he won rave reviews for playing his old Soho drinking pal in the play ““Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell” in a part that seemed to mirror his own alcoholic misfortunes. I reproduce it here, in full, for your enjoyment, in a BBC recording of the live show.

Genius is a much over-hyped word. In Peter O’Toole’s case, it is unquestionably justified.


The historical epic 12 Years a Slave and con-artist caper American Hustle lead the 71st annual Golden Globes with seven nominations each.

Cate Blanchett had better find a gown to wear to the Oscars, although Hugh Jackman, Geoffrey Rush and Chris Hemsworth likely won’t have to worry about tuxedos.
For the second time in 24 hours, Blanchett confirmed her place as frontrunner for the best actress Oscar for her roller-coaster performance in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine.

The Australian actress was nominated for a best dramatic actress Golden Globe on Thursday along with Judi Dench (Philomena), Sandra Bullock (Gravity), Emma Thompson (Saving Mr Banks) and Kate Winslet (Labor Day).


Cate Blanchett
On Wednesday Blanchett (pictured above) was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award (SAG).

The Globes and SAG Awards are the two major bellwethers for the Oscars, with nominations vital to maintaining momentum for the Academy Awards.

The Oscar nominations will be announced on January 16 and the winners on March 2.


Already getting Oscars buzz ... From left, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner, Christian Bale and Jennifer Lawrence in a scene from David O. Russell's "American Hustle," which received seven Golden Globe nominations.
Already getting Oscars buzz: From left, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner, Christian Bale and Jennifer Lawrence in a scene from David O. Russell’s American Hustle, which received seven Golden Globe nominations.



Just as Blanchett’s SAG and Globes nominations kept her on the right Oscar trajectory, Australian best actor hopefuls Jackman (Prisoners) and Hemsworth (Rush) and supporting actor Rush (The Book Thief) were all snubbed for Globes nods.

The same happened at the SAG nomination ceremony.

Oscar history says the double snubs give them little chance of scoring an Oscar nomination.

Another Australian hopeful, Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street), was an outside chance for a supporting actress nomination but she also failed to get Globe and SAG nods.

Globe voters liked Hemsworth’s Rush and Robie’s The Wolf of Wall Street films.

Rush received a Globe drama film nomination and Hemsworth’s co-star Daniel Bruhl received a supporting actor nomination.


Chiwetel Ejiofor, centre, in a scene from Steve McQueen "12 Years A Slave," which also received seven Golden Globe Nominations.
Chiwetel Ejiofor, centre, in a scene from Steve McQueen 12 Years A Slave, which also received seven Golden Globe Nominations.

The Wolf of Wall Street was given a nomination in the musical-comedy picture Globe, despite the film being neither a comedy or musical, while the film’s star Leonardo DiCaprio also picked up a comedy-musical actor nod.

In the TV categories, the star of Jane Campion’s TV mini-series Top of the Lake, Elisabeth Moss, added a Globe nomination to her SAG nomination.

The 71st annual Golden Globe Awards will be held in Beverly Hills on January 12.

The 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will be held in Los Angeles on January 18.

In other major Globe categories the best actor-drama nominees were: Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years A Slave); Idris Elba (Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom); Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips); Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club); Robert Redford (All Is Lost).

Best Actor in a musical or comedy film: Christian Bale (American Hustle); Bruce Dern (Nebraska); Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street); Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis); Joaquin Phoenix (Her).

Best Actress in a musical or comedy: Amy Adams (American Hustle); Julie Delpy (Before Midnight); Greta Gerwig (Frances Ha); Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Enough Said); and Meryl Streep (August: Osage County).

Best film drama: 12 Years A Slave; Captain Phillips; Gravity; Philomena; and Rush.

Best musical or comedy film: American Hustle; Her; Inside Llewyn Davis; Nebraska; and The Wolf Of Wall Street.

(Sydney Morning Herald)

Wellthisiswhatithink has a confession to make: we have not read Fifty Shades of Grey, nor its sequels.

Charlie Hunnam

Charlie Hunnam

We have nothing, per se, against Dominant-Submissive kinkyness if it’s what floats yer boat, we just simply can’t abide poorly-written prose.


Dakota Johnson

There’s too much good prose we don’t get time to read as it is. Let alone finding time for our true love, poetry.

So many people whose opinions we respect have assured us that the series is awful that we really can’t be bothered to set ourselves up for disappointment, no matter how many bedside tables the books have ended up on, discretely hidden beneath the Sunday papers.

(The same is admittedly not true of our TV viewing habits. In Chez Wellthisiswhatithink, we breathlessly await the next in the Spartacus series, which presumably will be called something like “Spartacus: Sorry, The Hero Died In The Last Series, So There’s No Attempt At A Story, Just Plenty Of Tits and Blood All Over The Screen”. Hoo-hah. I strongly suspect the next series of Game of Thrones, with half the cast now slaughtered, will be similarly enjoyable.)

However, despite our misgivings FSOG (as it is known by the cogniscenti) has captivated its (mainly female) audience, and I suppose anything that prompts people to read is a “Good Thing” (capital G, capital T), and anything that simultaneously encourages people to be less uptight about sex is a “Very Good Thing” (capital V, G and T).

(Actually, contradicting ourselves promptly, we admit we even quite enjoyed the Twilight saga while conceding to anyone who asked why we had our head buried in them that the books were not great literature. Then again, and that said, we could hardly turn a page without wanting to throttle the ever-more-pathetic Bella Swann, a desire which transferred instantly to her on-screen avatar, Kristen Stewart.)

We will also, Dear Reader, gloss over the fact that fire brigades everywhere are being called to suburban homes to free people who have locked themselves to the bed in handcuffs and then forgotten that they’ve left the key out of reach. (Hang on a minute, guys. Aren’t you supposed to be doing this with someone? Ed.)

Such is the price, one supposes, of life imitating art, imitating life, er …

Anyhow: on effort alone we should say “well done” to authoress EJ James, who must be, by now, a very wealthy lady indeed, and get onto the point of this story.

The point of the story is that after months of fevered speculation, we now know the two major leads for the much-touted movie, at least.

Johnson and Hunnam

Johnson and Hunnam, er, again. Cute, huh?

Dakota Johnson, who appeared in The Social Network and 21 Jump Street as well as the Fox show Ben and Kate, has been officially cast as Anastasia Steele. Her male counterpart, Christian Grey, will be played by none other than Charlie Hunnam, star of Pacific Rim and Sons of Anarchy.

The film is set for an August 2014 release, with a screenplay by Kelly Marcell. Despite the story obviously including a vast raft of sexual matter, the team working on the movie are determined to ensure it achieves an “R” (not “X”) rating in North America.

While women have been breathlessly awaiting the identity of Christian Grey, almost as much interest has been generated by the choice of Ms. Johnson to play his submissive virgin lover.

Her first notable screen role was in the multi-Academy Award-winning 2010 feature The Social Network and subsequent films include the upcoming feature Need for Speed, 21 Jump Street, and Universal Pictures’ The Five-Year Engagement. She also starred as Kate in the Fox Network comedy series Ben and Kate, which aired during the 2012-2013 season, and is currently shooting the feature film Cymbeline.

Former model Johnson is the daughter of Miami Vice star Don Johnson and Oscar-nominated actress Melanie Griffith, and had her screen debut with her mother in the 1999 film Crazy in Alabama.

Anyway, they’re both very pretty, which I’m sure is all that most of the audience will be worrying about. When it comes out we are equally sure it will mercilessly panned by critics, and go on to make squillions.

The roles were apparently two of the most desired of the current season, and the producers have received some praise for casting relatively un-known actors (we did say, relatively) to do the heavy lifting for the forecast blockbuster.

Meanwhile, other producers will have to wait awhile before capitalising on the young talent’s sudden super-stardom.

Word is, they’re going to be tied up for a bit.

(Sorry. Ed.)