'I feel like I'm in a David Lynch movie'
This month is particularly strong for female writers, from Joanna Cannon's The Trouble with Goats and Sheep to Ayisha Malik's Sofia Khan Is Not Obliged
Damn fine cup of coffee, indeed.
It's going to be a long 2016
From fine art and films to TV and now music - Lynch seems able to turn his hand to anything and transform it in the process. So why does he seem so out of touch with the modern world?
Design Museum brings shoe-biz legend to heel
Non-Hollywood films need nurturing in America. The producer-distributor Bingham Ray spotted potential hits, brought them to the screen and, with canny marketing, made them commercially and critically successful. He worked with Mike Leigh, David Lynch and Lars von Trier among others, and also helped kick-start American interest in Iranian cinema. Ray's enthusiasm for cinema was huge and infectious, yet unlike some independent producers he strove to bring the film-makers' vision to the screen rather than impose his own.
I'm in my house [in East London] looking out to the back garden. I can see overgrown vines and a tree.
Americana's most ripped and bleeding soul gets down with a Don Was co-production, which means presence and rough warmth in the ear.
It says "Americana" up there, but this is no sepia tint of Old America. Nor is it an exercise in artily countrified nostalgia.
Peerless National treasures
Dino De Laurentiis, the prolific Hollywood impresario who was behind more than 500 movies and left an indelible footprint on the way the industry makes and markets major films, has died. He was 91.
Transcendental methods practised by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi cut symptoms in older people by nearly half
In 1960s Japan, Svengali producers used chirpy girl singers to cover hits by Connie Francis or Helen Shapiro, then started to get creative on original garage stompers, baroque ballads and bossa-nova exotica.
Once upon a time Lovett rested his narrow eye on the wide world of Texan society, landscape and fauna, and coaxed out of those things surreal lament.
Jacques Tati may be dead, but his greatest creation is returning with a starring role at Cannes and a new animated adventure.