November 8, 2012 |
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts celebrated its annual Britannia awards Wednesday, but the vibe was distinctly American -- no one was escaping the post-election glow. Filmed for BBC America at the Beverly Hilton, host Alan Cumming welcomed 2012's crop of honorees including Daniel Craig, Daniel Day-Lewis, Quentin Tarantino, Trey Parker and Matt Stone. Decked out in a gaudy red suit, Cumming cracked that his look was "recycled from Ann Romney's dress at the concession speech," as he wanted to prove that "even in defeat, there is beauty.
January 19, 1988 |
"Far From the Madding Crowd" by Thomas Hardy. Read by Julie Christie. Listen for Pleasure (two cassettes). Christie, who played Bathsheba Everdeen in John Schlesinger's 1967 filming of the Hardy novel, gives a superlative reading, West Country accents in place, of the self-centered Bathsheba's tangled and fateful relationships with three men: the sturdy shepherd, the devoted landowner, the dashing soldier.