Alan Rickman

Alan Rickman Embodied an Imperfect Character with a “Perfect Voice”

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Alan Rickman’s filmography and theatrical endeavors — both as an actor and director — are towering achievements. But it’s inarguable that while everyone might have their separate favorite Alan Rickman moments (whether it’s his dignified kindness in Sense and Sensibility, his ghost boyfriendliness in Truly Madly Deeply, or his willing submission to utter silliness in Galaxy Quest), the character most people think of immediately when they think of Rickman is Sevreus Snape, of the Harry Potter series. (After all, he portrayed him in eight different films, under four different directors.) 
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‘CBGB’ the Movie Somehow Manages to Make Punk Rock Boring

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Let’s get this out of the way: I wasn’t there. CBGB and the New York punk scene it fostered had their heyday almost a decade before I was born. By the time I made it to the club — exactly twice — it was the turn of the millennium. The first time, I arrived by cab from a friend’s house on the Upper East Side, ordered a coffee (I was 16), saw a band called The Candy Darlings (who initially interested me only because of their Warhol-related name, although I remember loving them), and had to run home to make curfew before a then-unknown-outside-of-New-York act called Yeah Yeah Yeahs took the stage.
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Flavorwire Interview: Alan Rickman on ‘CBGB,’ Punk, and What Making Films and Hilly’s Chili Have in Common

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Of all the curious pieces of casting in Randall Miller’s new punk-era biopic CBGB, this might be the strangest: distinguished British stage actor and Harry Potter star Alan Rickman playing the club’s crabby proprietor Hilly Kristal. Severus Snape hanging out with the Ramones and the Dead Boys? But while there’s plenty to question about the film — its historical accuracy and its largely one-dimensional portrayal of many of its key characters have already been the subject of some criticism — Rickman at least lends a measure of depth and interest to his portrayal of Kristal. He spoke to Flavorwire about the film, the era, and how to approach the depiction of living history.
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25 ‘Die Hard’ Knockoffs for ‘Die Hard’s’ 25th Anniversary

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Break out your blood-smeared undershirt and go crawl around in an air duct: this month marks the 25th anniversary of the release of Die Hard, John McTiernan’s seminal action movie that made Bruce Willis a star, Alan Rickman a go-to villain, and the simple formula of a lone hero, a contained location, and a brilliant supervillian into one of Hollywood’s most durable. And though Fox paid its own dubious tribute to the franchise with its most recent sequel, the true testament to the film’s influence is the sheer volume of Die Hard imitators unleashed in the quarter-century since its release.
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