Christopher Lawford, actor and nephew of JFK, dead at 63

Christopher Lawford, an actor and the nephew of President John F. Kennedy, died Tuesday, his cousin Kerry Kennedy confirmed. He was 63.

“We mourn the loss of my cousin Christopher Lawford, Rest in Peace,” she wrote on Twitter.

TMZ reports Lawford suffered a medical emergency at a yoga studio, and…

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Why ‘Christopher Robin’ Is The Perfect Family Movie

Why ‘Christopher Robin’ Is The Perfect Family Movie

"But wherever they go, and whatever happens to them on the way, in that enchanted place on the top of the Forest, a little boy and his Bear will always be playing."

So ends “The House at Pooh Corner,” A.A. Milne’s second volume of stories centered upon the imagination of his son, Christopher Robin, and the boy’s stuffed companions. Published in 1928, the always has been always there, leaving the words to gather layers in nostalgia from generations of our own…

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Christopher Robin Is as Much a Movie For Adults as It Is For Kids

In a foul humor? Working too hard? Christopher Robin, directed by Marc Forster and featuring characters made famous in the 1920s by A.A. Milne and illustrator E.H. Shepard, is the movie you didn’t know you needed. The advertising campaign makes it look like a corn-syrup-sweet—as opposed to hunny-sweet—thing you might prefer to steer clear of. But the picture has a charming, low-key vibe that is, here and there, brushed with just a trace of adult melancholy. It’s good for kids, but maybe even better for adults who could use a little calming something.

Ewan McGregor stars as the grownup version of Christopher Robin, the little boy who, in Milne and Shepard’s Winnie the Pooh books, gamboled in the Hundred-Acre Wood with his friends Eeyore, Piglet, Rabbit, Owl, Kanga and baby Roo—as well as, of course, the bear of very little brain, Pooh. (This isn’t the story of the real Christopher Robin Milne, son of A.A., as explored in the 2017 film Goodbye Christopher Robin, but a wholly fictional imagining.) Before we meet Christopher Robin as a grownup, we see him as a child—at this point played by Orton O’Brien—saying good-bye to his friends in the wood: In the movie, they’re CGI-animated versions of the characters Shepard so memorably illustrated, complete with fur that’s been mashed down by lots of hugging and the occasional encounter with spilled honey. Young Christopher Robin is off to boarding school, and it’s time to leave childish things behind. He gets through school. He goes off to fight in World War II. Upon his return he falls in love with, and marries, a woman named Evelyn (Hayley Atwell). The two have a child, Madeline (Bronte Carmichael).

All of that happens practically before the opening credits have finished rolling. Then we see what has become of Christopher Robin: He holds a steady but pressure-filled job with a luggage manufacturer. His livelihood is taxing and takes him away from his family. A work project means he has to send them on a long-planned weekend in the country by themselves, a turn of events that disappoints young Madeline and upsets Evelyn.

And then, suddenly, Pooh—still missing his best friend after all these years—slips through a magical Hundred Acre Wood portal (or something) and shows up in London. Pooh (voiced by Jim Cummings) is thrilled to be reunited with Christopher, but Christopher is none too happy to see him. He’s got too much to do. And it’s just too weird. Christopher drags the poor bear off to the train station, eager to send him back to Sussex from whence he came. Pooh further embarrasses his old friend by talking incessantly—his words and movements are audible and visible to everyone, not just Christopher.

It takes a while, but Christopher finally softens. He’s also reunited with the rest of his talking, sawdust-filled posse, the most delightful of whom might be Eeyore (voiced by Brad Garrett): The perpetually dejected gray donkey has a sullen quip for every occasion. (Other voice performances include Sophie Okonedo as motherly, protective Kanga, Peter Capaldi as dithery Rabbit, and Toby Jones as the ever-helpful, if sometimes somewhat ill-informed, Owl.)

You can guess what the movie’s lesson is: We all need to slow down and enjoy life. Or worse, yet, get in touch with that dread creature, our Inner Child. But somehow, in Forster’s hands, it all works. Shot by Matthias Koenigswieser, the picture is lovely to look at, a purely English heaven of heathery meadows and sun-dappled clearings. Forster employs some artful dissolves: At times the live action melts into an imaginary world of Shepard-inflected line drawings, and back again. And there’s some gentle slapstick, though nothing too aggressive or noisy: The most delightful gag involves Pooh padding across first a wood floor and then a carpeted one, squinching along on sticky, honey-smeared feet.

But it’s doubtful the movie would work at all if not for McGregor: He turns Christopher’s anxiety into a haunting presence, the kind of storm cloud that we can all, now and then, feel hovering above us. Yet McGregor is also an actor capable of expressing unalloyed delight. And when, as Christopher Robin, he finally does, some of that delight rubs off on us too. It’s just the thing when it’s time for a little something, even if you’re not quite sure what that something is.

 

 


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Christopher Sieber And Jennifer Simard Lead ANNIE At The Muny Opening Today!

The Muny announced today that Tony nominees Christopher Sieber and Jennifer Simard will star as the stoically affluent Daddy Warbucks and the deliciously wicked Miss Hannigan, respectively, in the theatre’s centennial season production of Annie, July 18 – 25. Annie is directed by John Tartaglia and choreographed by Jessica Hartman with music direction by Colin Welford. Annie is proudly sponsored by Edward Jones.
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Umbro & Christopher Raeburn Debut Deconstructed Soccer Gear for Spring/Summer 2018

Progressive designer Christopher Raeburn joins forces with Umbro for an assortment of deconstructed soccer gear. Repurposing iconic Umbro sportswear from 1996-2010, the collection slices retro shirts into new garments, like jackets, sweaters and shorts.

The original shirts were selected for their relevance in British soccer history, like the ’98 World Cup kits worn when rookie Michael Owen hit a breakthrough goal against Argentina and the pair of kits from 2002’s World Cup 5-1 victory against Munich. Raeburn’s new creations offer aggressively rearranged numbers, patterns, logos and colors, with bits of each jersey splattered haphazardly across each garment all while maintaining England’s key white, red, orange and black colors throughout. Completing the collection is a backpack and soccer ball, both offering complementarily patchwork detailing.

Look for the goods to hit Umbro and Christopher Raeburn’s web stores today. For more elevated soccer wearables, check out BEAMS’s selection of collaborative adidas jerseys.

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Director Marc Forster Previews Christopher Robin as First Teaser Arrives

Director Marc Forster Previews Christopher Robin as First Teaser Arrives

In Disney’s upcoming live-action fantasy Christopher Robin (out August 3), Ewan McGregor plays the title role of the little boy who was Winnie the Pooh’s closest friend in the beloved series of children’s stories written by A.A. Milne and illustrated by E.H. Shepard. In the movie, Christopher is now an adult with a wife (played by Hayley Atwell), kids of his own and all the personal and financial responsibilities that come with that — responsibilities that have snuffed out his…

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Everything You Need to Know About Christopher Bailey’s Last Burberry Show

Welcome to Runway Matters, where we’re delivering notes straight from the runway so you can quickly digest the most important trends and noteworthy moments from the F/W 18 shows.

It was easy to predict that Christopher Bailey’s final Burberry show would be an emotional peak of February’s London Fashion Week. The designer is much-loved across the industry, and his longstanding tenure at the British heritage brand has seen global growth and many an It piece (anyone else remember those blanket scarves with great fondness?) but the swansong started quite simply with a heartfelt Instagram post just a few days prior. ‘My final collection here at Burberry is dedicated to and in support of—some of the best and brightest organizations supporting LGBTQ+ youth around the world. There has never been a more important time to say that in our diversity lies our strength, and our creativity,’ said Bailey upon launching a new house check that features a rainbow woven in. The simple visual of a swatch pinned onto the invite set the tone, leading to a blazing all-out celebration of inclusivity. Keep reading to see how that came to life…

A darkened warehouse space took industry members and celebrities totally off the normal grid—way out west and on the surprising doorstep of Westfield mall. Swinging spotlights moved to the music—either dancing or perhaps swaying in a sort of faux wind machine, slicing through a cloud of smoke to bring further drama to the occasion. The Burberry check-clad crowd could only really be seen as they filtered into the building, after that point it was a more private affair thanks to the mood lighting. Emotive dance-era tunes filled the space, starting with Runaway building up to a laser-beam extravaganza set to Don’t Leave Me This Way for the finale.

The generation that partied when clubbing felt new and essential, when punks, mods, ravers and new-age hippies were moving in unusually similar circles, when surf culture was building and accessible travel broadening minds… they are the crowd that would understand many of the reference points Bailey pulled together for his version of luxury streetwear. Baja hoodies were worn over ballgown skirts. Shellsuit jackets were thrown on with zero sense of irony. All of the fabrics and visual codes you’d associate with the time—fleece, tie-dye, graffiti, crafty knits, nylon—were all present in one form or another, with our money being placed first onto the Burberry-emblazoned sling bags being a smash. They will be closely followed by the patchworked trench coats and heritage-check visors, if this dedicated group is anything to go by. It was all or nothing for the designer’s last turn, and he definitely turned up the nostalgia dial to the point where we were practically back in time.

It was the range of rainbow options at the very end of the show that will undoubtedly secure the most Instagram coverage of all—who could resist Cara Delevingne (pictured above) swooping down the runway in a technicolour dream coat? A little rainbow mesh market bag is the more casual route in, but the aforementioned rainbow/check hybrid will certainly become a part of Bailey’s legacy. More than the literal symbol of inclusivity, you couldn’t help but sense the gender fluidity of the entire collection—the boys kilt-trousers will no doubt be snapped up by women, every hoodie and jacket bore no stereotypical signs of being destined for a particular sex, and more often than not all of the models wore similar sneakers.

Christopher has gathered quite a loyal following over the years—Anna Wintour, Kate Moss, Alexa Chung, and Sienna Miller were all in attendance to support, along with the biggest audience of international editors any one show can house during the LFW circuit. The runway models that have been part of the brand’s family for some time were also present, with current campaign girl, Adwoa Aboah opening the show. The finale ended in a standing ovation when Bailey took his bow—praise indeed for a few hundred people with sore feet at the end of a busy day.

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Photo Flash: Beth Leavel, Christopher Sieber, Erin Mackey, Get A New Deal For Christmas in Paper Mill’s ANNIE

It’s the hard-knock life Paper Mill Playhouse, recipient of the 2016 Regional Theatre Tony Award, presents the hit Broadway Tony Award-winning musical Annie, based on ‘Little Orphan Annie,’ with book by Thomas Meehan, music by Charles Strouse, and lyrics by Martin Charnin, directed by Paper Mill’s Producing Artistic Director Mark S. Hoebee, with choreography by JoAnn M. Hunter and musical direction by Jeffrey Saver.
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Movie News: Christopher Plummer to Replace Kevin Spacey in ‘All the Money in the World’

Movie News: Christopher Plummer to Replace Kevin Spacey in 'All the Money in the World'

All the Money in the World: Christopher Plummer (The Man Who Invented Christmas, above) will portray billionaire J. Paul Getty in Ridley Scott's All the Money in the World. The film has already been completed, but in view of recent, serious allegations of misconduct against Kevin Spacey, the decision was made to re-shoot his scenes, originally shot over a period of eight to ten days, with Plummer stepping in to play his supporting role. Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlberg also star; the…

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Watch Exclusive ‘Goodbye Christopher Robin’ Video: The Story

Watch Exclusive 'Goodbye Christopher Robin' Video: The Story

We became acquainted with an endearing teddy bear named Winnie the Pooh and his friend Christopher Robin in a popular series of short films that began appearing on the big screen in the 1960s. The fascinating origin story of the characters, however, dates back many decades and is now told in Goodbye Christopher Robin.

Domhnall Gleeson and Margot Robbie star as author Alan Milne and his wife Daphne, respectively, and in our exclusive video, they talk about the experiences that led Milne to…

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Christopher Lloyd to Headline Reading of POUND in NYC

On Monday, September 18th at 7pm, Triumvirate Artists will present a one-night-only’ reading of POUND by playwright Sean O’Leary featuring award winning actor Christopher Lloyd Back to the Future trilogy as Ezra Pound and directed by Kathleen Butler. The play is produced by Triumvirate Artists John Essay, Daniel Butler and Kathleen Butler.
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Some Minnesotans want to swap out a Christopher Columbus statue with one of Prince, and we’re into it

Some Minnesotans want to swap out a Christopher Columbus statue with one of Prince, and we’re into it


Some Minnesotans want to swap out a Christopher Columbus statue with one of Prince, and we’re into it

These days, it seems like everyone is creating a petition for one reason or another — whether it’s to bring back a gone-too-soon Netflix series or to create change, like these wonderful folks in Minnesota who want to replace a status of Christopher Columbus with one of Prince. And yes, we’re talking about the late, great, foxy, “Purple Rain”-singing, smooth-operating, seven-time Grammy Award-winning rockstar Prince Rogers Nelson — that same Prince.

The petition was created by community organizer Wintana Melekin, and has already been signed by over 2,500 people. The petition is titled “Replace Columbus Statue with a Prince Statue and One Chosen by the Native Community,” and addressed specifically to Gov. Mark Dayton and the State Legislature of Minnesota. Its description reads:

“Across the nation, city governments are choosing to remove statues of white supremacists, slave owners, and those who threatened the livelihood of Black people. Here in Minnesota, communities are reigniting the demand to bring down state’s monument to Christopher Columbus, a man who murdered, raped and enslaved Black and Native peoples in the Americas.”

“We, the undersigned, do not believe that Columbus represents the values Minnesotans carry. Rather than glorify a man who wanted to extinguish Black and Native peoples, we should honor members of our community whose leadership we find inspirational.”

Probably not what you were taught about Columbus in school, huh?

Under the question “Why is this important?” Melekin answered, “Prince represents Minnesota values and Columbus does not.” Prince is a Minnesota native and legend, so replacing the status of the “discoverer,” which currently stands at the State Capitol building in St. Paul, with the rockstar makes sense.

“We all know Prince is a genius, and who wouldn’t pick him over Columbus, anyway?” Melekin said.

Listen, we know we definitely would! Let’s hope the Minnesotans can collect all the signatures they need to conjure up this magical statue swap.



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Dunkirk Actor Says Christopher Nolan Banned Chairs and Water Bottles from Set

British newspaper The Independent asked Dunkirk star Mark Rylance whether director Christopher Nolan had any idiosyncrasies and it turns out that Nolan kind of hates both chairs and water bottles.

“He does things like he doesn’t like having chairs on set for actors or bottles of water, he’s very particular,” Rylance told the paper. The director of the masterpiece reportedly banned the seemingly essential items from his set in order to keep his actors focused on the task of bringing the World War II drama to life, according to Dunkirk co-star Barry Keoghan. He explained Nolan’s thinking: “They’re distractions —the noise of [the bottles], they’re like toys almost, playing around with toys. [The lack of chairs, meanwhile] keeps you on your toes, literally.”

The actors didn’t seem to mind Nolan’s chair-banning ways, though. Rylance seemed to shrugging it off as just part of the glamour of acting and the cost of working with a very driven director: “He’s definitely into the craft of it, and serious,” said Rylance.

 


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How do you solve a problem like Christopher Nolan? Answer: You give him a war to recreate.

You can tell from the very first seconds of Dunkirk, the filmmaker's attempt to encapsulate a key WWII battle and the agony/ecstasy of an epic rescue mission

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Christopher Meloni Shares the Sweet Story of How Goldie Hawn and Amy Schumer Comforted Him After His Mother’s Death

Goldie Hawn and Amy Schumer extended their condolences to Christopher Meloni when they learned about his mother’s passing in the sweetest — and most humorous — way.

Speaking with The Talk co-hosts on Wednesday, the former Law & Order: SVU actor shared the story about how the two actresses comforted him on set just a day after his mother died.

“We were shooting in Hawaii and I did a few of my scenes for a couple weeks there and then they said ‘We’re not going to need you for a while, so you go home.’ So I went back east and unfortunately my mother got ill and so she passed,” Meloni, 55, said on the talk show. “I actually had to leave her bedside, flew and by the time I landed, she had passed. So no one knew except for the producers and the director and they were all very sweet and kind.”

Early the next morning, Meloni said that he was working on more scene with Hawn and Schumer on the set of Snatched and the trio had to take a little boat up the river to film.

“Goldie Hawn and I start talking. I say, ‘I just came from D.C. That’s where I was.’ And she was like, ‘D.C.? What were you doing in D.C.?’ She goes, ‘I’m from D.C.’ … and she says, ‘What were you doing in D.C.’ And I didn’t want to be coy about it — and I also didn’t want to make a big deal — but I said, ‘Well, to be honest, my mother passed,’ ” Meloni explained to the 71-year-old actress.

“Oh, she grabs me. … And she hugs me tight. She goes, ‘I know, I know,’ ” Meloni described about Hawn’s warm embrace. “I was like, ‘Oh my God, what a beautiful —’ I needed that moment, right?”

But when Schumer, 35, found out about the death of his mom, she took a more light-hearted approach to cheering him up.

“And then Amy, she goes ‘Wait, what did you just say?’ I said, ‘Well, my mother passed.’ She goes, ‘Oh, that’s terrible. Hold on one second,’ ” he said with a laugh as he brought his cell phone to his face, copying what Schumer did when she was told the sad news.

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And Schumer’s humor was just what he needed in that moment.

“I knew she was joking. … How courageous that she — she invited, she needed to diffuse all of that obvious emotion that was filling up the boat,” said Meloni, who added, “And later — this was even cuter — later she goes, ‘You know I was kidding, right?’ ”

The Talk airs weekdays (2 p.m. ET) on CBS.


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