Christopher Plummer (born Arthur Christopher Orme Plummer, 13.12.1929)
Christopher Plummer is a Canadian actor. His career has lasted for over five decades and his most pivotal role is most probably his portrayal of Captain Georg von Trapp in Sound of Music.
Childhood: Christopher Plummer was born to Isabella Mary and John Orme Plummer. He was an only child and his parents divorced when he was very young. His mother's family raised him in Quebec, near Montreal. Despite studying to be a concert pianist, Plummer discovered his love of theatre as a child and decided to pursue his acting career, traveling by train to study with the Canadian Repertory Theatre, based in Ottowa.
Acting Career: Plummer has had an extensive theatrical career, encompassing many classic roles, including King Lear (as directed by Jonathan Miller).
In 1958, Christopher Plummer made his film debut, when Sidney Lumet cast him in Stage Struck, alongside Henry Fonda. The following year, he played the role of Torvald, in Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House.
In 1964, Plummer starred opposite Sophia Loren and Alec Guinness in The Fall of the Roman Empire. This was followed by a starring role in Sound of Music, which also starred Julie Andrews and Eleanor Parker.
Plummer maintained a steady career throughout the 1960s, ending the decade with an appearance in Lock Up Your Daughters! which was an adaptation of a Henry Fielding comedy, starring Susannah York. In 1975, he starred alongside Peter Sellers in the hugely popular The Return of the Pink Panther. That same year, he played the role of Rudyard Kipling in The Man Who Would Be King. The film also starred Sean Connery and Michael Caine. 1978's International Velvet saw Plummer sharing screen-time with Anthony Hopkins and Tatum O'Neal.
In both 1979 and 1981, Christopher Plummer won a Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role; the first was in Murder by Decree, with James Mason. The second was for his role in The Amateur, with John Savage. Two years on, Plummer won an Emmy for his supporting role in The Thorn Birds, which starred Richard Chamberlain and Rachel Ward.
1987 saw Plummer appearing in the cult classic, Dragnet, which had Tom Hanks and Dan Aykroyd in the lead roles. Three years later, he took on the role of a homeless magician named Shitty, in Where The Heart Is, in which he worked alongside Suzy Amis, Uma Thurman and Crispin Glover.
1992 was a pivotal year for Plummer; he earned another Genie award nomination, for his supporting role in Impolite. It was also the year that he appeared in Malcolm X, the Academy Award-winning film starring Denzel Washington, Angela Bassett and Spike Lee. Three years later, he landed a role in the Terry Gilliam-directed Twelve Monkeys, which starred Bruce Willis and Brad Pitt.
Christopher Plummer also starred in the Michael Mann film, The Insider, with Al Pacino, Russell Crowe and Michael Gambon.
Plummer played the role of F. Lee Bailey in the acclaimed television film American Tragedy, which detailed the story of OJ Simpson's murder trial. In 2001, Plummer was part of a highly revered cast in A Beautiful Mind. Directed by Ron Howard, A Beautiful Mind starred Russell Crowe, Jennifer Garner and Ed Harris.
More Genie award nominations came for Christopher Plummer with his role in Ararat in 2002. 2004 saw Christopher Plummer appearing in two hit films. The first was National Treasure with Nicolas Cage and the second was Oliver Stone's Alexander, starring Colin Farrell, Jared Leto and Angelina Jolie.
This was followed in 2005 with an Emmy nomination and a Screen Actors Guild nomination, for his role in Our Fathers, in which he starred along with Ted Danson, Daniel Baldwin and Ellen Burstyn. Later that year, Christopher Plummer appeared in Syriana, which starred Matt Damon, George Clooney and Amanda Peet.
In The Lake House, Christopher Plummer appeared along with Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves. In 2009, he worked with Terry Gilliam once more, in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, which was to be the last film that Heath Ledger worked on before his untimely death.
Personal Life: Christopher Plummer has been married three times, His first wife was the actress Tammy Grimes. His second was the journalist Patricia Lewis and the third is the dancer and actress Elaine Regina Taylor, to whom he has been married since 1970.
Plummer has published an autobiography, entitled In Spite of Myself.
All the Money in the World had to recast Kevin Spacey after allegations of sexual harassment
Following countless allegations of sexual harassment and assault against film producer Harvey Weinstein, a number of other stars have been accused of similar misconduct - including Hollywood actor, Kevin Spacey.
Michelle Williams appears in All the Money in the World
In response to allegations about Spacey, director Sir Ridley Scott reshot his newest movie - which saw Spacey in a significant role - and other actors in the piece have since revealed they re-filmed the scenes for free.
There's a somewhat contrived jauntiness to this blending of fact and fiction that may leave cynical audiences annoyed. But for those who leave their bah-humbug attitudes at home, it's a wonderfully entertaining take on a classic. In 1843, when Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol, the holiday was a fairly low-key religious festival. But the book helped create a cultural phenomenon that is still growing. And this enjoyable film recounts how it was written in six short weeks.
At the time, Dickens (Legion's Dan Stevens) was Britain's most famous author. But his last three novels failed to sell. Desperate for a hit due to financial pressures, he decides to write a Christmas book, something that had never really been done. But he's distracted by the fact that his wife Kate (Morfydd Clark) is pregnant and his parents (Jonathan Pryce and Ger Ryan) have dropped in for a noisy visit. As he plans this new book, the central figure of Scrooge (Christopher Plummer) is inspired by someone he meets, as are the rest of the story's characters and settings. But he's struggling to complete the tale, and time is running short.
The film basically proves the resilience of Dickens' iconic novella, because it has remarkable power even when turned inside-out by this script. Director Bharat Nalluri (Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day) gives the film a twinkly, often comical tone but doesn't shy away from the darker corners or some strongly emotional moments. And the script includes quite a bit of biographical detail about Dickens' life without making it too melodramatic. With his book, Dickens wanted to address Britain's harsh labour practices and the greediness of capitalism, urging people to be kinder to each other. So he reinvented Christmas as a time of year to reach out to those less fortunate.
Continue reading: The Man Who Invented Christmas Review
Charles Dickens might be one of the most legendary authors in history, but it wasn't always plain sailing for him. In fact, ahead of the release of his 1843 novella 'A Christmas Carol', his career was already suffering. Dan Stevens plays the author in 'The Man Who Invented Christmas'; a tale all about how he went from failing writer to a festive miracle.
It's the early 1840s and London author Charles Dickens (Dan Stevens) is suffering a bad case of writer's block. His last three books have been total flops, and the pressure to write a magical new story to grip the public has never been so high.
Before long, however, his new tale begins to develop in his head; a Christmas story about a miser named Ebenezer Scrooge (personified by Christopher Plummer) who is challenged by a series of mysterious apparitions. The characters develop beautifully, but before long he starts to hit another roadblock when he can't work out how to finish it.
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The director revealed earlier this month that he would re-shoot all of Spacey's scenes with Christopher Plummer instead - and he's on course to complete it on time.
Ridley Scott has broken his silence about his decision to re-shoot the entirety of his new movie All the Money In the World, replacing the disgraced Kevin Spacey with Christopher Plummer in the lead role.
When the news broke in late October that Spacey had been accused by numerous men of inappropriate sexual conduct, the British director was forced into a difficult decision. He announced back on November 8th that he would re-cast the role of oil magnate John Paul Getty III with Christopher Plummer in the role instead of Spacey, shooting all of his scenes again while still intending to honour the December 22nd release date.
It’s a daunting task, but Scott told Entertainment Weekly on Wednesday (November 29th) that everything was on course to meet the original deadline.
Sir Ridley Scott is to re-shoot all of Spacey's scenes in 'All the Money in the World', with 87 year old actor Christopher Plummer in his place.
They say that where there’s a will, there’s a way, but that could be stretching it in the case of the imminently released movie All the Money in the World, whose producers have decided to recast the film with Christopher Plummer replacing the disgraced Kevin Spacey, a little over a month before its official cinematic release.
The movie is directed by Sir Ridley Scott and was to star Kevin Spacey in the lead role as the late oil magnate John Paul Getty.
However, since the numerous allegations of sexual misconduct against Spacey surfaced a fortnight ago and which have kept on coming, Scott and Sony/TriStar have taken the decision to re-shoot all of Spacey’s scenes with 87 year old actor Christopher Plummer in his place – but still intend to honour the scheduled release date of December 22nd!
While this geriatric romance is too simplistic and sentimental to be anything remarkable, its lively central performances add some badly needed subtext and make the film worth a look. Meanwhile, the supporting cast add some spark to their scenes, elevating the warm, silly drama with quirky humour and some more resonant themes. It's also remarkably honest about how it feels to grow older.
Set in New Orleans, the story starts as 80-year-old Fred (Christopher Plummer) is moved by his hyperactive daughter Lydia (Marcia Gay Harden) into a small apartment building. Fred's wife has recently died, but they didn't get along very well, so he's enjoying being on his own. Although Lydia's husband (Chris Noth) has yet another crazy business scheme he wants Fred to invest in. And his new next door neighbour is Elsa (Shirley MacLaine), a larger-than-life 74-year-old who claims to have once known Picasso. Her son Raymond (Scott Bakula) looks in on her from time to time, while she secretly supports her younger son Alec (Reg Rogers) in his artistic career. She also immediately starts trying to coax Fred out of his shell.
Obviously, the main idea is that you're never too old to fall in love, so director-cowriter Michael Radford (Il Postino) tries to balance a comedy about ageing with a sweet love story about an engagingly mismatched couple. The blend of genres is somewhat uneven, as the script never quite decides whether it's about making the most of the time you have left, being open to unexpected romance or accepting your family members for who they are. All of these big themes are in here, most with a fairly heavy-handed touch. But at least this means that the film is about more than just a bunch of goofy characters interacting in rather silly ways.
Continue reading: Elsa & Fred Review
Rich Cline looks back over 2014 and shares some of the biggest let downs of the year.
Most of these movies feature actors, actresses and filmmakers who really should know better...
10) Dumb And Dumber To - After 20 years we had finally forgotten the resolutely unfunny first movie. And now they're back. Sadly, they haven't learned anything about comedy in the interim. Watch the trailer for Dumb and Dumber To here.
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Fred Barcroft is an old man struggling to find much good in his life following the death of his wife. While he feels terribly lonely, he hates being around people, and while he despises the tiny apartment his daughter Lydia has moved him into, he can't bear to enjoy the world outside. Soon he meets Elsa Hayes from a nearby apartment; a free spirit of similar age determined to enjoy the last years of her life in the most spectacular ways possible, be it running from an expensive restaurant without paying or going dancing like she did when she was young. She teaches Fred that death is not something to be feared, rather a motivation to live the life you have. While Lydia disapproves of her father's newfound romance, he starts to open up, cheer up and realise that his life is far from over.
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With an approach so saccharine that it makes Eat Pray Love look like an edgy thriller, this heartwarming meaning-of-life odyssey is so relentlessly schmalzy that it quickly annoys anyone with even a tiny spark of cynicism inside them. And the annoying thing is that the filmmakers might have got away with it if there was any depth to the constant flow of uplifting sloganeering.
It starts in London, where the psychiatrist Hector (Simon Pegg) has a perfect life with his cheeky girlfriend Clara (Rosamund Pike). But the misery of his patients is rubbing off on him, so he decides to go in search of the true meaning of happiness. He starts by heading to Shanghai, where he meets a stinking-rich businessman (Stellan Skarsgard) and a sexy young woman (Zhao Ming). But is happiness found in money or sex? Silly question. Moving on, he checks out knowledge and wisdom in Tibet with a monk (Togo Igawa), then charity and power in Africa with an old pal (Barry Atsma), a drug kingpin (Jean Reno) and a gang of heavily armed rebels. Finally, he heads to Los Angeles to explore nostalgia with his old flame Agnes (Toni Collette), who helps him track down an award-winning self-help author (Christopher Plummer) who's known as "the Einstein of happiness".
Based on the book by Francois Lelord, the film is assembled along an outline of Hector's discoveries along the road, so what he discovers is actually written across the screen. But none of it is remotely enlightening, so why is he travelling to China, Tibet and Africa to discover these cheesy aphorisms, which appear on trite motivational posters in every office in the Western world? In addition to the on-screen captions, there are animated segments from Hector's travel diary, which are clearly drawn by a professional artist, not this hapless goofball who can't even remember where his pen is.
Continue reading: Hector And The Search For Happiness Review
Hector (Simon Pegg) is a top psychiatrist who may appear to have everything one needs in life; a comfortable salary, his beautiful girlfriend Clara (Rosamund Pike) and plenty of friends; but after spending day after day listening to people complain about being so unhappy, he's starting to lose faith in his own advice. Bored of his own routine life, he takes a break from counselling and decides to embark on a round the world trip to uncover the true meaning of happiness. Visiting foreign lands far and wide shows him just how different people's lives really are and far from learning whether or not happiness exists, he begins to discover a new way of thinking. His desperate partner is feeling less than joyful about his long absence, but will his return bring them a fresh dose of contentment? Or will he decide that happiness can't be found within his London home?
Date of birth
13th December, 1929
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