Friday 10 March 1995
Back on safer intellectual ground, Yale graduate and acknowledged big brain Jodie Foster (right) hogs the spotlight this week with the first TV screening of her directorial debut, Little Man Tate (Sun 10pm C4), and a clashingly-timed hour-long interview with Melvyn Bragg on The South Bank Show (Sun 10.15pm ITV) sparking video programming nightmares everywhere. Foster, 32 and a 29-year Hollywood veteran, is one of the few really powerful female role models spawned by that most inequitable of cities: intelligent, articulate and high-earning, she comes equipped with a CV that is a dream of variety, from psycho-brat in The Little Girl who Lives Down the Lane to psycho-buster in The Silence of the L:ambs by way of controversy both in her career (remember the exploitation vs feminist tract debate that raged around The Accused?) and out of it. Her latest venture, Nell, the story of an eerie creature from the backwoods, opens today to a less than rapturous response. Still, the cool one's low-key stroppiness and her refusal to lie down and play victim for stalker John Hinckley deserve all the plaudits one could scrape off the bottom of the barrel. We like Jodie Foster.
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Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 PlayStation and Xbox hacked by Lizard Squad
- 2 Christmas comes early to Hong Kong, as millions of bank notes spill out onto busy street
- 3 The 'Black Museum': After 150 years, public set to see exhibits from police’s grisly crime museum
- 4 British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
- 5 Vagina canoe artist defends herself over ‘obscenity’ charges
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Felicity Jones on being Stephen Hawking's wife in The Theory of Everything: 'I didn't want her to be a saint'
Game of Thrones season five: First preview clip shows a beardy Tyrion, a moody Cersei and a distressed Arya
Doctor Who series 9: Jenna Coleman staying on for whole season as Clara Oswald
The Interview finally gets US release after Sony hack and terror threats – but reviews of North Korea satire are mixed
British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Rozanne Duncan: Ukip expels councillor for 'jaw-dropping' comments made in BBC TV interview
Germany anti-Islam protests: 17,000 march on Dresden against 'Islamification of the West'
Ukip member gets into Christmas spirit with Union Flag plea to Santa 'for our country back'
BBC director Danny Cohen: Rising UK antisemitism makes me feel more uncomfortable than ever
Alex Salmond has 'broken his word to the Scottish people' says Scottish Lib Dem leader