Editorial: Arise, plain Danny Boyle

So Danny Boyle, who directed the Olympics Opening Ceremony with such wisdom, wit and ingenuity, has turned down a knighthood. And good for him. Not because a knighthood per se is a bad thing, though we have misgivings about the whole honours system, but because acceptance would have been a betrayal of everything he has said and done in his artistic career. Above all, it would have negated the spirit of cocking a snook at the Establishment, the ingredient that distinguished London's Olympics opening from so many others.

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One of the strongest debuts of 2010, this bittersweet Mumbai tale of high minds and low plots never quite won the plaudits it deserves. Now – with a more populist, even Slumdog Millionaire-ish cover - it has a second chance.

The stars are aghast – Hollywood's juiciest new roles are going to unknown actresses

For Phyllida Lloyd, the decision must have been straightforward. Not only has she worked with Meryl Streep before, but she knows that – in casting the Oscar-winner as Margaret Thatcher in the forthcoming biopic Iron Lady – she is almost guaranteed a hit. Streep, after all, is both extremely famous and extremely bankable. Last year Forbes named her the seventh best value-for-money star in Hollywood. The third woman on the list, she was trumped only by Anne Hathaway and Jennifer Aniston. She is, at least on the face of things, a pretty sound bit of casting.



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