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November 14, 2012 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Two things to keep in mind when considering "Barrymore," starring Christopher Plummer as the great John B: It was brilliant as a one-man stage show; it was never a good candidate for film. Indeed, the struggle to transform itself for the big screen is there in every frame. Adapted and directed by Erik Canuel, "Barrymore" sticks very close to its source, William Luce's deliciously gossipy play. The filmmaker is reluctant to even let his leading man step off stage. The setting is 1942, the final year in Barrymore's life.
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January 23, 2014 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
If you've ever said to yourself after being wowed by an actor of Christopher Plummer's caliber, "They sure don't make 'em like that anymore," then you won't want to miss Plummer's one-man show, "A Word or Two," at the Ahmanson Theatre. He more or less explains why. This 80-minute star vehicle, directed with elegant finesse by Des McAnuff, is less an autobiographical tour of an illustrious thespian's career than an anatomy of a sensibility. It is a love letter to reading and the written word, the building blocks of a classical actor's talent.
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August 20, 2013 | By David Ng
Christopher Plummer will bring his one-man show "A Word or Two" to Los Angeles for a brief engagement at the Ahmanson Theatre next year. Center Theatre Group announced on Tuesday that Plummer is scheduled to perform 16 shows from Jan. 19 to Feb. 9. "A Word or Two"  ran at the Stratford Festival in Canada in 2012. The stage production tells the story of Plummer's lifelong fascination with the written and spoken word, and features the octogenarian actor reciting pieces by W.H. Auden, Lewis Carroll, William Shakespeare and many more.
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January 18, 2014 | By David Ng
This is a Christopher Plummer interview without any questions about "The Sound of Music. " Not that the veteran stage and screen actor would have minded talking about Captain Von Trapp, but he has more pressing items at hand. His one-man show "A Word or Two" at the Ahmanson Theatre opens Wednesday, and each performance requires him to command the stage for nearly an hour and a half. The show, which previously ran at the Stratford Festival in Canada, is a literary stroll through works by the actor's favorite writers.
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January 23, 2014 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
If you've ever said to yourself after being wowed by an actor of Christopher Plummer's caliber, "They sure don't make 'em like that anymore," then you won't want to miss Plummer's one-man show, "A Word or Two," at the Ahmanson Theatre. He more or less explains why. This 80-minute star vehicle, directed with elegant finesse by Des McAnuff, is less an autobiographical tour of an illustrious thespian's career than an anatomy of a sensibility. It is a love letter to reading and the written word, the building blocks of a classical actor's talent.
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August 24, 2012 | By Christopher Smith
"First you're young. Then you're old. Then you're wonderful. " - Alice Roosevelt Longworth STRATFORD, Canada - Christopher Plummer is in the wonderful phase of his career - and at 82 he's seizing the opportunity. In February, the six-decade veteran of 100-plus movies and uncounted opening nights on stage, vaulted back to the top of the heap while becoming the oldest actor to win an Oscar, for his compelling turn as an out-of-the-closet-at-life's-end character in the movie "Beginners.
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January 18, 2014 | By David Ng
This is a Christopher Plummer interview without any questions about "The Sound of Music. " Not that the veteran stage and screen actor would have minded talking about Captain Von Trapp, but he has more pressing items at hand. His one-man show "A Word or Two" at the Ahmanson Theatre opens Wednesday, and each performance requires him to command the stage for nearly an hour and a half. The show, which previously ran at the Stratford Festival in Canada, is a literary stroll through works by the actor's favorite writers.
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October 29, 1988 | DON SHIRLEY
A fascinating story struggles to get out of "Souvenir" (Showtime cable, 8 p.m. Sunday, then at different times on Nov. 3, 9, 14 and 22). It's about two survivors of a terrible World War II incident in a small town in France. One of the survivors was a German soldier; the other was a member of the Resistance.
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March 28, 2007 | Susan King, Times Staff Writer
Christopher Plummer is receiving the Method Fest Independent Film Festival's 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award Saturday for his "outstanding contribution" to cinema during a career that spans half a century. "Nobody has a greater body of work than Christopher Plummer," says Don Franken, executive director of the festival, which puts emphasis on the actor. The festival runs Thursday through April 5 in Woodland Hills and Calabasas. "He was a natural choice. We should have recognized him years ago."
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September 6, 1998 | Barbara Isenberg, Barbara Isenberg is a frequent contributor to Calendar
Christopher Plummer admits to having been a little uneasy when John Barrymore's widow came to see his portrayal of her late husband in William Luce's play "Barrymore." "I laid it on with a trowel in the beginning and then relaxed," Plummer says of his performance that evening. But he needn't have worried. Elaine Barrymore came back a second time, shared with Plummer some private love letters from her husband "and said she closed her eyes and heard him.
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August 20, 2013 | By David Ng
Christopher Plummer will bring his one-man show "A Word or Two" to Los Angeles for a brief engagement at the Ahmanson Theatre next year. Center Theatre Group announced on Tuesday that Plummer is scheduled to perform 16 shows from Jan. 19 to Feb. 9. "A Word or Two"  ran at the Stratford Festival in Canada in 2012. The stage production tells the story of Plummer's lifelong fascination with the written and spoken word, and features the octogenarian actor reciting pieces by W.H. Auden, Lewis Carroll, William Shakespeare and many more.
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November 14, 2012 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Two things to keep in mind when considering "Barrymore," starring Christopher Plummer as the great John B: It was brilliant as a one-man stage show; it was never a good candidate for film. Indeed, the struggle to transform itself for the big screen is there in every frame. Adapted and directed by Erik Canuel, "Barrymore" sticks very close to its source, William Luce's deliciously gossipy play. The filmmaker is reluctant to even let his leading man step off stage. The setting is 1942, the final year in Barrymore's life.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 24, 2012 | By Christopher Smith
"First you're young. Then you're old. Then you're wonderful. " - Alice Roosevelt Longworth STRATFORD, Canada - Christopher Plummer is in the wonderful phase of his career - and at 82 he's seizing the opportunity. In February, the six-decade veteran of 100-plus movies and uncounted opening nights on stage, vaulted back to the top of the heap while becoming the oldest actor to win an Oscar, for his compelling turn as an out-of-the-closet-at-life's-end character in the movie "Beginners.
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February 26, 2012 | By Amy Kaufman and Oliver Gettell, Los Angeles Times
"The Artist," produced by Thomas Langmann, won best feature at the Film Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday. The black-and-white homage to silent cinema, which is also nominated for 10 Oscars, is considered a best picture front-runner heading into Sunday's 84th Academy Awards ceremony. The top prizes for the independent film community, the Spirit Awards trophies are handed out in 14 competitive categories. The afternoon affair is designed to be a more casual answer to the motion picture academy's lavish Oscar gala.
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February 16, 2012 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Two legendary actors - Christopher Plummer and Max von Sydow - are competing for the supporting actor trophy this Oscar season. Despite their pedigree - Plummer has been acting in films for more than 50 years and is best known as Captain von Trapp in 1965's "The Sound of Music," and Von Sydow is closely associated with the seminal Swedish director Ingmar Bergman - neither has won an Academy Award. But that's likely to change. Plummer has already won numerous awards for his turn as a widower who comes out of the closet in"Beginners,"while Von Sydow has earned kudos as an elderly man who doesn't speak in "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close.
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February 13, 2012 | By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times
— The breakout silent movie "The Artist" continued its unscripted run of awards glory Sunday when it was named best film and claimed six other trophies at the British film awards, including director and lead actor. Frenchman Michel Hazanavicius, who shot the movie in black and white, added to his growing pile of laurels by beating Hollywood legend Martin Scorsese, who directed "Hugo. " Hazanavicius also won for his original screenplay, a less expected honor for a film of few words.
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February 16, 2012 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Two legendary actors - Christopher Plummer and Max von Sydow - are competing for the supporting actor trophy this Oscar season. Despite their pedigree - Plummer has been acting in films for more than 50 years and is best known as Captain von Trapp in 1965's "The Sound of Music," and Von Sydow is closely associated with the seminal Swedish director Ingmar Bergman - neither has won an Academy Award. But that's likely to change. Plummer has already won numerous awards for his turn as a widower who comes out of the closet in"Beginners,"while Von Sydow has earned kudos as an elderly man who doesn't speak in "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close.
NEWS
April 15, 2004
Casting: Christopher Plummer, currently starring on Broadway as King Lear, has been cast as Cardinal Bernard Law in "Our Fathers," Showtime's TV movie about the Catholic Church's sexual abuse scandal. Law resigned as archbishop of Boston while under fire for mishandling abuse cases. Filming is scheduled to begin in June.
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November 17, 2011 | By Amy Dawes
Like autumn leaves that blaze brightest before they fall, the performance given by Christopher Plummer in "Beginners" reminds one that life can sometimes save the best for last. In the charming comedy-drama from writer-director Mike Mills, Plummer plays Hal, a widower who waits until his wife of 45 years dies to tell his son, Oliver (Ewan McGregor), that he's gay. And from that point on, he's the happiest person in the story — even after he's diagnosed with terminal cancer. "It's because he's found himself.
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June 3, 2011 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"Beginners," starring Ewan McGregor and Christopher Plummer, is a buoyant and disarming drama about sons and fathers, death and dying, living and loving and all the ways we find ourselves starting over, hoping to finally get it right. This fresh peach of a film is plucked out of writer-director Mike Mills' past, its story loosely based on a series of events that shook his world a few years ago. Mills' mother had died and within months his 75-year-old father announced that despite their 44-year marriage he was gay and intended to spend his remaining time seizing the day. Cancer shortened those plans, but not the vim and vigor with which he attacked them.
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