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January 1, 2010 | By Roger Moore
Of all the acclaim that's come to Colin Firth's depiction of hidden grief in "A Single Man," precious little of it has focused on the physical Firth. At 49, the Golden Globe nominee looks 10 years younger and as fit as he was in those glory days as Mr. Darcy on TV's "Pride and Prejudice." "I pick up the script, and it says 'Naked man lies on bed.' And then a few pages in, 'Naked man jumps in ocean,' " Firth recalls. " 'Well,' I thought. 'It's time. One more push against gravity before I turn 50 and it's all downhill.
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July 9, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
As if the opportunity to watch “Downton Abbey” three months before everyone in America weren't enough, here's yet another reason to move to England:  An enormous statue depicting Colin Firth as a dripping wet Mr. Darcy in the 1995 BBC miniseries “Pride and Prejudice” has been installed in the Serpentine lake in London's Hyde Park. While Jane Austen would likely blush at the sight of a 12-foot statue of her most enduring romantic hero wearing a clingy, soaking wet white shirt -- especially since the scene in question never took place in her novel -- fans of the blockbuster miniseries are nevertheless thrilled.
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September 7, 1986 | BEVERLY BEYER and ED RABEY, Beyer and Rabey are Los Angeles travel writers.
Looking up over the brilliant blooms of Princess Street Gardens toward the brooding gray battlements of Edinburgh Castle, a visitor finds it difficult to imagine the tumultuous beginnings of this now-tranquil city and its friendly people. Fierce and bloody battles, tenuous truces, devastating raids, rebellions, plots and counterplots, hangings and beheadings, internecine forays between clansmen--it seems the early reign of intrigue, death and destruction was endless.
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April 25, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Melancholy and middle America aren't usually seen in the rom-com world. In "Arthur Newman," a romantic comedy that unfolds during a road trip to Terra Haute, Ind., they are refreshingly unexpected elements that soften us up for the rough patches the film hits along the way. Also working in the film's favor are Colin Firth and Emily Blunt, both well-versed in comedy and about as appealing on screen as actors come. They star as a couple of depressed souls whose paths cross one night at the edge of a seedy motel swimming pool.
NEWS
December 2, 2009
Although British actor Colin Firth has yet to be nominated for an Academy Award, plenty of other organizations have taken note of his work, particularly in Europe. And his "A Single Man" has already earned kudos at film festivals. BAFTA Awards 2002: Nominated for supporting actor film award for "Bridget Jones's Diary." 1996: Nominated for lead actor TV award for "Pride and Prejudice." British Independent Film Awards 2007: Nominated for supporting actor for "And When Did You Last See Your Father?"
NEWS
December 2, 2009 | By Tina Daunt
Colin Firth first came to international attention as Mr. Darcy, the thinking woman's sex object in "Pride & Prejudice," and then as Bridget Jones' slightly dazed consort, conspicuously named Mark Darcy. But the role of his life may be as George Falconer, the main character in Tom Ford's adaptation of the 1964 novel "A Single Man" by Christopher Isherwood. FOR THE RECORD: Colin Firth: In an article last week about Colin Firth and the film "A Single Man," the name of painter Don Bachardy was misspelled as Bacardi.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 25, 2010 | By Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from New York ? Colin Firth, playing a monarch with a debilitating stutter in "The King's Speech," found something unusual happening during shooting: He began experiencing symptoms in parts of his body not associated with speaking. "At the end of some days on set I would get headaches, and a few times I did something weird to the nerves in my left arm and couldn't move it. I still don't know what it was," Firth said of his leading part in the highly anticipated royals drama, which opens in Los Angeles on Friday.
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November 6, 1996
Cedric Firth, a resident of Ventura County for 21 years, died Monday at Ventura's Community Memorial Hospital after a short illness. He was 84. He was born July 1, 1912, in Canada. During World War II Firth worked for McDonnell Douglas, where he assisted in installing the engines on President Franklin D. Roosevelt's airplane. He became a purchasing agent for heating and air-conditioning company E.L. Payne and moved to Ojai from Westwood Village upon his retirement in 1975.
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March 16, 2002 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Sir Raymond Firth, 100, a social anthropologist known for his studies of Pacific cultures, died Feb. 22 in London, the London School of Economics announced this week. The New Zealand-born anthropologist was most famous for his studies of the Tikopia people in the British Solomon Islands. His 1936 book, "We the Tikopia," a study of the social organization of the 1,200 islanders, was followed by nine more books on the Tikopia.
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February 18, 1987 | BART MILLS
There's no nostalgia like show business nostalgia. Of all nationalities, the English are most apt to shed a tear over dimly remembered performances, long-dead stage giants, even vanished theaters themselves. "Lost Empires," the seven-part costume drama now running on public television's "Masterpiece Theatre" on Sunday nights, taps directly into England's longing for the era when all the world was an English stage. Based on a 1965 autobiographical novel by that supreme nostalgist J. B.
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April 24, 2013 | By Nicole Sperling, Los Angeles Times
- When Emily Blunt was in grade school and Colin Firth was still a struggling actor, Becky Johnston was penning their characters in the first draft of a screenplay that would become "Arthur Newman. " Twenty years later, it is finally a movie, opening Friday, a meditation on identity guised in a road trip featuring two lost souls grappling with their unenviable realities. FOR THE RECORD: "Arthur Newman": An article about the film "Arthur Newman" in the April 24 Calendar section said that the movie was the first that Colin Firth signed onto after winning an Oscar for "The King's Speech.
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August 14, 2012 | By Nicole Sperling
Tommy Lee Jones as Gen. Douglas MacArthur; Colin Firth as a loser golfer and Nick Cassavetes' meditation on drugs and modern society are just a few of the new movie treats added to the packed slate at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival. Announced Tuesday morning, TIFF revealed a handful of world premieres to bow at the northern festival, set to begin Sept. 6. Jones stars opposite Matthew Fox in "The Emperor," a film from Peter Webber ("Girl With a Pearl Earring") that centers on the American occupation of Japan following World War II. WATCH: 5 trailers from TIFF to get you in the mood Firth will play a failed golf pro in the offbeat love story "Arthur Newman," a story about a loser who is so distraught with his current life that he fakes his own death and creates a new identity for himself.
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February 28, 2011 | By John Horn and Nicole Sperling, Los Angeles Times
The monarch may have stammered terribly, but Oscar voters spoke loudly and clearly Sunday night, handing "The King's Speech" four Academy Awards, including best picture, best director and best original screenplay. OSCARS 2011: Full coverage and photo galleries The come-from-behind "King's Speech" coup concluded a providential journey for the drama about Britain's King George VI (played by Colin Firth, who won the lead actor Oscar) and his unconventional speech therapist, Lionel Logue (played by Geoffrey Rush)
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February 28, 2011 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Learn another language, live in a different body ? that's fundamentally what "The King's Speech" required of Colin Firth if he was to give the stammering King George VI an authenticity that could be sensed in every tortured sentence he delivered. Stuttering isn't just a twisted tongue, but a range of complex emotional issues that take hold of the entire body. In Firth, we had someone always in command of the rebellion. In taking on the reluctant British monarch, the actor tied himself up in knots in such exacting ways that we became as lost in the struggle as he did. The effect was a kind of exquisite pain, leaving us to bear witness as the words refused to come, as the shame and guilt of every failure seeped in. At times, I had to cap my hand over my mouth not to shout out whatever was eluding him. We can thank screenwriter David Seidler for creating that tongue-twisting gantlet.
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February 14, 2011 | By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times
"The King's Speech," the breakout movie about a British monarch's triumph over a debilitating stutter, scored a knockout hometown victory Sunday, winning best picture and all three acting categories for which it was nominated at Britain's top film awards. FOR THE RECORD: BAFTA Awards: An article in the Feb. 14 Calendar section about the British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards said lead actor winner Colin Firth wore a kilt to the ceremony. Firth discussed wearing a kilt with the media but wore a tuxedo to the event.
NEWS
February 7, 2011 | By Glenn Whipp, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Colin Firth has spent the last three months bopping between continents, chatting and chewing through a whole mess of chicken dinners and vacuuming up awards for his work as the royal searching for a voice in "The King's Speech. " If this sounds like fun, consider how Firth greets his "King's Speech" costar, Geoffrey Rush, a man who has just scrubbed off his makeup after performing a matinee show of "Diary of a Madman" in Sydney and flown 15 hours to Los Angeles to attend the Golden Globes.
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July 9, 2013 | By Jamie Wetherbe
Remember the moment in the 1995 BBC adaptation of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" when Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy emerges from the water? Swimmers in London's Serpentine Lake have a large-scale reminder of the brooding and dashing Darcy -- soaked shirt and all. In another example of art meets advertising, a 12-foot fiberglass sculpture was installed Monday to re-create the scene. The piece, which took a team of three two months to complete, was mostly modeled after Firth (see the signature sideburns)
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October 27, 2010 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times
British actor Colin Firth plays a completely convincing stutterer as King George VI in the upcoming film "The King’s Speech" -- at least that’s the opinion of someone who could have been one of his harshest critics. Norbert Lieckfeldt, head of the British Stammering Assn. , and Firth discuss stuttering and the movie in which King George VI, who unexpectedly took the throne in 1936 after his older brother abdicated, works doggedly with a speech therapist. Here’s an excerpt from the conversation posted on the association's website: (Lieckfeldt)
NEWS
February 7, 2011
The MPAA may not have liked it, but there are signs that Colin Firth's therapeutic, stream-of-expletives breakthrough in "The King's Speech" might be entering the lexicon. In the film, Geoffrey Rush's speech therapist, Lionel Logue, encourages Firth's Duke of York to fashion an F-bomb-laden tongue-twister in order to help beat a lifelong stammer. The blue torrent earned the movie an R rating, though that might be forgotten in the future as the scene becomes emblematic of humanity's greatest fear: public speaking.
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