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Eva Sereny's best photograph: Liz Taylor and Richard Burton swap angry looks - Dotemirates
12/09/2018

Eva Sereny's best photograph: Liz Taylor and Richard Burton swap angry looks

In 1972, I found myself on the set of The Assassination of Trotsky, which starred as the Russian revolutionary. I was there to do ad hoc background shots, capturing rehearsals and that kind of thing. , the director, would tell me all about Trotsky but I was more interested in , who played his assassin. He was very big at the time. The film was being shot on location in a villa in Rome. wasn’t in the cast but one day, just as shooting paused, she suddenly appeared. There was no time to think. By chance, I managed to catch...


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Early February might be a little early to start identifying key television trends of the year. That said, one of the big television trends of the year is definitely adults playing child versions of themselves in comedies. Friday sees the debut of Hulu’s PEN15, a sitcom where creators Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle play two girls suffering through the multiple indignities of middle school in the year 2000. If that seems familiar it might be because you watched Funny or Die’s Life Sucks, a sitcom where members of sketch group Dinner for One play a group of teens suffering through...
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