John Hurt Pancreatic Cancer Optimism

John Hurt Pancreatic Cancer Optimism Screen Shot 2015-06-16 at 16.30.11
Pancreatic Cancer two words in the English language guaranteed to send chills down the spine, bringing up visions of the late actor Patrick Swayze, and John Hurt has been diagnosed with this deadly disease but says he is full of optimism. The two time Oscar nominee recently completed work on an 18 minute long short, Sailcloth, The Daily Telegraph waxed lyrical about the film and Hurt’s performance in it. as well as his gloomy health forecast.

There are few actors in the world with such a wide and varied career of dissimilar roles in a range of genres. From his first part in television, in the iconic Z Cars back in 1962 to the short film Sailcloth and the upcoming projects listed in IMDb, which number 11, Hurt has worked steadily and left a lasting impression on cinema audiences the world over.

His Oscar nominations came for The Elephant Man (1981) as Best Actor and prior to that the 1979 film Midnight Express as Best Supporting Actor, it is interesting to note that the first “nod” was for his performance in a biopic based part of John Merrick’s life and the second nomination was for a “based on a true story” picture.

Hurt did get the BAFTA for both film roles and got another, on top of his 2012 “Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema,” for his work in The Naked Civil Servant in 1975. Sir John famously had an alien burst from his chest in Ridley Scott’s Alien and played in Guillermo Del Toro’s film Hellboy, based on the comics. Hurt recently played a pivotal role in Snowpiercer , another film based upon a “comic” in this case a French graphic novel.

This small slice of the long body of work from John Hurt shows just how talented and versatile this performer is and makes the diagnosis of pancreatic cancer all the more bitter and upsetting. The 75 year-old actor shows no sign of slowing down, however, he is currently filming The History of Love, which is projected for a 2016 release.

English newspaper The Guardian reports that Hurt is undergoing treatment while in the early stages of the disease and according to the actor he has good reason to be so optimistic.

Sir John says the medical team are very positive about the course of his treatment. In one of those, “can you believe it moments” the actor will be recording a BBC Radio Four play, Keith Waterhouse’s Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell, something that several publications have referred to as an ultimate “irony.”

Despite the horrific news that this august actor has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, his optimism does not feel misplaced and one can only hope that his distinctive voice and impressive skills will continue to be heard and seen for some time to come.

Patricia Arquette Kicks the Hornet Nest of Equality

Patricia Arquette kicked the hornet nest of equality at the Oscar ceremony during, and after her acceptance speech. Inadvertently, she also released a storm of controversy over her calls to minority and the LGBT community to join her glorious fight. This call to arms then sparked a row over just how racist the Academy Awards ceremony was on Sunday, “Did you see how many white people won?”

Read the rest of the article on Viral Global News…

Academy Awards Honor Four Legends

Academy Awards Honor Four Legends

At the sixth annual Governors Academy Awards four legends were honored on Saturday November 8, 2014. This ceremony gives a gong to those artists in the industry whom the Awards panel deem worthy of honorary statuettes, generally because these professionals have either been ignored for “real” Oscars or are, as the recipients were on Saturday night, legends in the film world. The winners were Harry Belafonte, Hayao Miyazaki, Maureen O’Hara and Jean-Claude Carriere and Belafonte was awarded the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.

St. Vincent Bill Murray Gives Oscar Worthy Performance (Review/Trailer)

St. Vincent Bill Murray Gives Oscar Worthy Performance (Review/Trailer)

Bill Murray in St. Vincent gives an Oscar worthy performance in a comedy that makes one think and in at least two places in the film cry buckets of those hot schmaltzy tears which are guaranteed to embarrass the men in the audience. The tears are a real surprise as the film plays its comedic moments so well that when the plot takes a shift in direction the audience is caught flat footed and these sentimental moments hit all the harder because of it.

H.R. Giger Alien Artist Dead Aged 74

H.R. Giger Alien Artist Dead Aged 74

Alien Artist H.R. Giger has died at the age of 74 on Tuesday according to Swiss television. Apparently Giger died from injuries sustained during a fall. The artist was best known as the man responsible for creating the designs for Ridley Scott’s iconic 1979 space horror film Alien. Giger won an Oscar for Best Achievement in Visual Effects for his work on the film.