Monthly Archives: November 2012

‘Dallas’ star Larry Hagman dies at 81

By Ray Bennett LONDON – Larry Hagman, who has died aged 81, was one of the great TV villains. He became a household name thanks to “Dallas” but when the show aired a short-run summer series in 1978, not many … Continue reading

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UK cinema ticket sales bottled in Bond

By Ray Bennett LONDON – The UK box office is on track for record receipts this year thanks to James Bond and 3D pictures and in spite of competition for audiences from the royal jubilee and the London Olympiad. The … Continue reading

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Why Rose Kennedy got mad at songwriter Sammy Cahn

By Ray Bennett Sammy Cahn was a walking musical box. Open him up and songs and memories came tumbling out in a profusion of rhythms, melodies and moods. When I interview him in 1975, to speak in his presence is … Continue reading

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THEATRE REVIEW: Nick Payne’s ‘Constellations’

By Ray Bennett The infinite variety of chance and choice is the subject of Nick Payne’s funny and touching 70-minute play “Constellations” at the Duke of York’s Theatre in which Sally Hawkins and Rafe Spall spin considerable enchantment. The chance … Continue reading

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Learning about American English from Alistair Cooke

By Ray Bennett The BBC has made more than 900 of Alistair Cooke’s radio reports, Letter From America, available online and I am reminded of the one time I got to talk to him. Cooke was one of my heroes … Continue reading

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‘Skyfall’ tops $287m in 10 days

By Ray Bennett “Skyfall” in the UK grossed £53.7 million in 10 days after the James Bond train steamed past the all-time UK 7-day box office record with £37.2 million ($60 million) in the first week of the Sony Pictures … Continue reading

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