Notorious British criminal Ronnie Biggs has died at the age of 84. Biggs was part of a 15-man team that stole $3.9 million (£2.6 million) from a mail train in Buckinghamshire, England, in 1963.
He was sentenced to 30 years in jail for his part in the record-breaking heist, but escaped from prison in 1965 and spent more than 35 years on the run.
During his time as a fugitive, he lived in Brazil for 31 years and relaunched himself as a rock musician and minor celebrity, charging tourists money to take photos of him.
Biggs sang vocals on songs by the Sex Pistols, German punk band Die Toten Hosen, and Argentinian group Pilsen. He also recorded his own album, Mailbag Blues.
After suffering a series of strokes, Biggs finally returned voluntarily to the U.K. to face justice in 2001 and was returned to prison to serve the remainder of his sentence.
He was freed on compassionate grounds in 2009, a day before his 80th birthday.
He died in the early hours of Wednesday (18Dec13) at the Carlton Court Care Home in London.
Withnail & I actor Ralph Brown played Biggs in a dramatisation of the Great Train Robbery, the 1988 movie Buster - which starred Phil Collins as gang member Buster Edwards.
At the end of Arrested Development's fourth season, director Ron Howard and producer Brian Grazer said that a movie based on Buster Bluth's forthcoming murder trial would be their "next Da Vinci Code." Well, now it seems that their next Da Vinci Code will actually come from the author of The Da Vinci Code.
Sony has set a Dec. 18, 2015 release date for Inferno, based on the fourth book by Dan Brown about Harvard University symbologist Robert Langdon, which was just published in May. And the studio is keeping the winning team that powered The Da Vinci Code and its prequel/sequel follow-up Angels & Demons to $758 million and $486 million respectively in worldwide box office: Howard, writer David Koepp, and star Tom Hanks, who probably won't wear the much-derided shaggy haircut he wore for his first turn as Langdon.
Particularly interesting about this move is that Sony's skipping right over Brown's third Langdon novel, The Lost Symbol. Back in 2012 Howard had said he would not return to direct an adaptation of Symbol, but now he's back on board for Inferno. As the title suggests, the story is inspired by Dante Alighieri's 14th century masterpiece The Divine Comedy, the most memorable portion of which, Inferno, involves a descent into the Seven Circles of Hell.
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Watching Arrested Development is like playing a video game. The more you dedicate yourself to the intricacies, the more you'll be rewarded. Mitch Hurwitz's beloved comedy series regularly rewards its devoted fans with self-directed references that build upon one another as the episodes progress. In short, the more you watch, the more funny the show's jokes become.
Surely, the forthcoming season of AD (which began filming yesterday) is bound to revisit some of the original run's most memorable running gags, from oft repeated one-liners to more intricate plot callbacks. As the new episodes enter production (as proven by star Jason Bateman's Twitter account, revealing photos of the team returning to the set), we can't help but think back on some of our favorite recurring bits through our first three years with the Bluth family. Here's a list of some of our staff's favorite Arrested Development running jokes that we presume, and hope, will find their place in the show's return.
"I've Made a Huge Mistake."
GOB first utters his catchphrase during Arrested Development's fourth episode... twice. First, upon realizing that he might have gotten himself into a trickier situation than he imagined after getting himself locked up in jail. Second, immediately after committing himself romantically to his then-girlfriend (though not for long), Marta.
The Enchanting Mrs. Featherbottom
In an effort to reconnect with his moderately estranged daughter Maeby, Tobias Fünke developed the Mrs. Doubtfire inspired plagiarized alter ego Phylidia Featherbottom in the second season episode "The Immaculate Election." The character's crowning moment came when she plummeted from the second story of the Bluth family home into the living room coffee table, in an effort to bequeath the power of whimsy unto an uninterested Maeby.
Life Lessons from J. Walter Weatherman
As revealed in a flashback in the Season 1 episode "Pier Pressure," George Sr. made a habit of enforcing borderline abusive life lessons unto his young children via the help of friend and amputee J. Walter Weatherman. Over the course of the series' run, JWW helped to teach the Bluth family about leaving notes, not yelling while one's father is driving, and, interestingly, not using people with missing limbs to teach other people lessons.
Sad Charlie Brown Music
Technically, the Charlie Brown musical motif only appeared in one episode — Season 2's "Good Grief" — but made its way into four different scenes, illustrating the sorrows experienced by George Michael, his grandfather George Sr., GOB, and (upon discovering that someone had eaten his hard-boiled eggs) Tobias.
Tobias' Colorful Diction
This isn't so much a running gag as it is a defining characteristic of one of Arrested Development's fan favorite characters. Tobias has a bit of a habit for slipping some pretty shocking innuendo into everyday speech... without even knowing it. It's a big part of why he is so beloved by AD fans. And speaking of colorful...
From the moment she enters their lives in "Let 'em Eat Cake," the members of the Bluth family, Michael especially, make no effort to hide their... unimpressed attitude toward young George Michael's first girlfriend, Ann. Or Bland... Plant. Egg. Annhog. Here's hoping that she makes a thrilling comeback in the new season (perhaps as GOB's girlfriend now?), and is no less receptive to the family's insulting stack of nicknames.
The Literal Doctor
"Let 'em Eat Cake" introduces another much detested character into the lives of the Bluth family... but this one for much better reason: Dr. Fishman, mocked as "Dr. Wordsmith" by Lucille and known to fans primarily as "the Literal Doctor." How did he get this moniker? Perhaps by affirming that Buster would be "all right" after losing his left hand, or by declaring, "It looks like we lost him," after an apparently heart attack-stricken George Sr. sneaked away from his hospital room.
Yeah, the guy in the $4000 suit is going to explain this joke to you. Come on!
The Many Faces of Gene Parmesan
Private detective Gene Parmesan is another element of Arrested Development that only appeared in one episode, but that seems like it spanned the series due to how big an impact it made on fans. Throughout the second season "Amigos," Lucille is shocked (and elated) over and over by the "master of disguise," Gene Parmesan, who is enough of a class act to not even count the money when you pay him for his time.
A HAND-Ful of Buster
After Buster loses his hand in the second season episode "Out on a Limb," Arrested Development takes no caution poking fun at the youngest Bluth sibling's (well, half-sibling/cousin) handicap. Whether he's exasperatedly screaming, "I'm a monster!" or unintentionally puncturing someone... or something... with his hook, Buster's hand jokes are an AD staple.
Introducing Franklin Delano Bluth
The most accomplished member of the Bluth family by far is Franklin: a recording artist and entrepreneur... and a puppet, who GOB first introduced to AD fans in the Season 2 ep "Meat the Veals." Via Franklin, GOB taught the world a lot about living in racial harmony... and about pimping out a prostitute who may or may not be your biological sister.
Although we might not see Charlize Theron return to her role as Michael's "secretly" mentally challenged girlfriend Rita in the new episodes, we can still hope that the family can find its way back to Wee Britain: the California neighborhood that introduced fans to the wild machinations of a yesteryear's James Bond in episodes like "For British Eyes Only," "Notap***y," and, best of all ... "MR. F."
The Fable of Chareth Cutestory: Maritime Lawyer
In an effort to impress a cute prosecutor at a bar in the episode "Altar Egos," Michael decided to make up an identity for himself: Chareth Cutestory. This role also helped Michael live out a longtime dream of actually being a lawyer... a dream that he had ever since taking a role in a school production of The Trial of Captain Hook. The song'll stick in your head like glue.
He Just Likes Cutoffs
No, Tobias. Those do not effectively hide your thunder.
I'll Meet You Down at the Big Yellow Joint
While George Sr.'s twin brother Oscar and son GOB appear to have their share of familiarity with cannabis, neither the family patriarch nor his straight-laced grandson George Michael seem to have much savvy in the realm of narcotics, both affirming awkwardly, "I'm going to smoke the marijuana like a cigarette." Will another comical mismanagement of streetwise lingo work its way into the future of Arrested Development episodes as it did in Season 1's "Pier Pressure" and Season 2's "Sad Sack"? Are we in for a revival of the boardwalk's hit number "Big Yellow Joint"? Just keep Buster's turtle Mother out of the Afternoon Delight box...
”I Just Want My Kids Back.”
Even though Lindsay Fünke might have no idea who Thomas Jane is, most other people do. He’s the star of such blockbusters as the hit family film Homeless Dad, as we saw in the episode “Out on a Limb.” It’s a touching story. He just wants his kids back.
The Family's Grammar Issues
For an affluent, well-to-do clan, the Bluth family doesn't seem to have a great deal of formal education. Especially when it comes to putting together a sentence do they tend to fail, such as seen (most notably) in the Season 3 episode "Forget-Me-Now." Look at banner, reader!
Not too many things seem to bother the guards at George Sr.'s prison. People sneak out of jail, sneak into jail, get stabbed, push each other off balconies, form alliances, teach courses on misguided versions of major religions... but as fans learned in the second episode of the series, "Top Banana," there is one rule that is always enforced: "NO TOUCHING!"
And of course... The Chicken Dance
After making its first triumphant appearance in the Season 1 episode "Staff Infection," GOB's nothing-like-a-chicken chicken dance (used primarily to torment Buster over his cowardice) has become arguably the most beloved element in the entire series. The rest of the family eventually got in on the act: Lindsay, Lucille, and George Sr. each contributed equally brow-raising depictions of the barnyard fowl. Enjoy the clip below, and watch out for Arrested Development's fourth season!
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The actress pays homage to screen legends including Keaton for the June (11) edition of fashion magazine W, in a feature titled Woody's Other Woman: A Study In Scarlett. The issue is a tribute to filmmaker Woody Allen, who counts Johansson as one of his muses.
The Lost In Translation star, wearing a straw hat and pin-striped suit, scowls as she portrays Keaton, and also dons a white ruffled outfit to emulate French actress Sarah Bernhardt.
Another portrait shows Johansson in clown make-up and holding a trumpet to depict Italian legend Giulietta Masina, the wife of famed filmmaker Federico Fellini.
Johansson also dyed her locks a deep brown colour for a photo inspired by Marlene Dietrich.