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Monday 30 March 2009
Oscar-winning French composer Maurice Jarre, who wrote the rich, lyrical scores for films including 'Doctor Zhivago' and 'Lawrence of Arabia', has died in Los Angeles at the age of 84.
Friday 13 February 2009
Steve Martin: the dream is over. The dream being that one day he might be funny again.
Thursday 31 July 2008
The one thing conspiracy theorists get right is that history is never quite as simple as it seems; there's always something – some happenstance, a hidden motive – rumbling under the surface. A couple of instances of this cropped up yesterday. Movie Outcasts: the Making of 'Easy Rider' (Radio 4) showed how Seventies counterculture and modern Hollywood were, in fact, by-products of the success of The Monkees, whose drummer, Mickey Dolenz, got to narrate.
Monday 31 March 2008
Wednesday 19 March 2008
Sunday 16 March 2008
Are American films any worse now than they used to be? It's tempting to name a year and suggest that, before this point, movies were better, but is the idea of Transformers being nominated for an Oscar any crazier than Dr Dolittle making the Best Picture list four decades earlier? There have been key periods, though, when Hollywood has experienced a sea change. In 1981, after Raiders of the Lost Ark won Best Picture, there was a shift away from films with a demanding European aesthetic, towards merchandisable matinee popcorn. In 1967, Mark Harris argues, there was another pivotal moment, as studio-generated epics gave way to smaller films that reflected the countercultural thirst for change.
Sunday 16 October 2005
Sunday 25 September 2005
Wednesday 16 March 2005
Monday 25 October 2004
Friday 08 October 2004
Sunday 26 September 2004
This morning, Steve Kenyon will be far from the madding crowd of 40,000 Great North Runners. "I've booked a stall to sell records in Bolton town centre," he said. "I've got a hobby, buying and selling vinyl records. I've got a big collection from the 1960s. I'm a big fan of the Beatles. I'm showing my age there."
Thursday 16 September 2004
Monday 28 June 2004
Sunday 16 May 2004
There will almost certainly be tears. Every parting is the same but the one at Celtic Park today is invested with such mass appeal that it will create a genuine sense of sorrow. When Henrik Larsson walks up that tunnel for the last time, after the Scottish Premier League champions close the book on a successful season at home to Dundee United, he will not re-emerge. His iconic No 7 shirt will disappear from view and Celtic's fans will grieve for a long while.
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