Cries and whispers
Sunday 15 February 1998
The award for Poster which is Most Coy about Homosexuality goes to ... In And Out! The slogan is "An Out and Out Comedy", the image is of Kevin Kline, in marital tuxedo, folding himself into a Travolta-esque dance pose. Did no one think it was worth mentioning that the movie is about a man who is outed as gay on the eve of his wedding?
The award for Magazine Ad which is Least Coy about Heterosexuality goes to ... The Wings Of The Dove! A naked Linus Roache nuzzles a naked Helena Bonham Carter, one critic's quote calls the film "sexy", and another promises "the year's most powerful piece of grown-up sex on celluloid" (as opposed to under-aged sex, I suppose). Pornography fans may be disappointed to learn that 30 seconds of miserable copulation are being used to sell a 102-minute film.
The award for Poster and Cinema Trailer which are Most Coy about Heterosexuality Goes To ... Boogie Nights! Maybe the promoters got The Wings of the Dove and Boogie Nights mixed up, but the latter's trailer and poster avoid any hint that the film is about pornographers. And the tag-line seems to be the work of a random sentence generator. "The life of a dreamer. The days of a business and the nights in between." What?
The award for Least Tempting Recommendation Outside a Cinema goes to ... Titanic! Some billboards bear the legend "'Our generation's Gone With the Wind' - Chris Evans, TFI Friday." Bear in mind that Chris "Pauline Kael" Evans's all-time favourite film is True Lies.
Life & Style blogs
EU referendum: David Cameron's rules are a 'democratic disgrace', says French-born Scottish politician set to be denied a vote
British tourists complain that impoverished boat migrants are making holidays 'awkward' in Kos
Migrants in Kos: Photos show real tragedy after Brits abroad complain of 'awkward' holidays
A nation of inequality: How the UK is failing to feed its most vulnerable people
Australian man punched in the face for defending Muslim women from abuse on train
EU referendum: David Cameron to deny EU migrants and under-18s the chance to vote
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- 2 Maisie Williams has an excellent message for one confused fan
- 3 There is something wrong but very right about this Bible illustration
- 4 Puerto Rico, island of lost dreams: People are leaving the debt-hit territory in droves as near neighbour Cuba's star rises
- 5 Tampon tax scrapped in Canada after petition convinces conservative government
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