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Friday 20 September 2013
With a retrospective of actress Vivien Leigh's career showing at the BFI Southbank in London next month, watch the videos below to see trailers for two of her most famous films:
Friday 20 September 2013
Vivien Leigh was a fragile superstar who always struggled with her most famous role, says Geoffrey Macnab
Monday 12 August 2013
The Oscar-winning actor 'didn’t care to be taught acting' by Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas, and said his 'hatred' for Marilyn Monroe was 'one of the strongest emotions I had ever felt'
Saturday 25 May 2013
Tuesday 21 May 2013
Tonight is the 17th annual Webby Awards, which are almost as famous for their five-word acceptance speeches as they are for the websites rewarded for their excellence.
Sunday 09 December 2012
Search and rescue operations following a typhoon that killed nearly 600 people in the southern Philippines have been hampered because many residents of this ravaged farming community are too stunned to help. With an estimated 600 people still missing after Typhoon Bopha struck on Tuesday, soldiers, police and volunteers from outside New Bataan have formed the bulk of the teams searching for bodies or signs of life under tons of fallen trees and boulders that were swept down from steep hills surrounding the town.
Monday 29 October 2012
One of the world's most picturesque paeans to sailing nostalgia was claimed by the sea as giant waves off the Carolinas sunk HMS Bounty, a replica tall ship which was built for the 1962 film Mutiny On The Bounty and, more recently, took a supporting role in Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest.
Saturday 09 June 2012
Buñuel's The Discreet Charm Of The Bourgeoisie has been newly restored. It's still unsettling, says Geoffrey Macnab
Sunday 05 February 2012
The actor Ben Gazzara, who starred in the original Broadway production of Tennessee Williams's play Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, died of pancreatic cancer on Friday. He was 81.
Saturday 24 December 2011
My parents were... always on the road. They were actors, so I was raised predominantly by grandparents in Minnesota. I spent holidays with my mother and stepfather but lived in my grandparents' house.
Monday 08 August 2011
One of this year's most interesting, elitist and curiously anti-theatrical events on the fringe is served up by a pair of Aussies in their mid-twenties who arrive in your lounge and spin a few bizarre yarns. That's right: you don't go to them, they come to you, as long as you've convened a quorum of 10 or more. We feasted on a DIY buffet in an apartment near the Meadows before the knock on the door.
Friday 27 May 2011
Wednesday 13 April 2011
Hollywood director's move to reinvigorate Napa Valley estate a 'dream come true'
Friday 25 March 2011
Chase Insteadman, the narrator of Jonathan Lethem's new novel, is a former child actor who lives on residuals from a long ago sitcom. His life as an Upper East side dilettante, however, is set to change when he meets Perkus Tooth, a paranoid counter-cultural critic who takes to lecturing him on Marlon Brando, Chet Baker and unseen forces from a booth at a coffee shop.
Friday 04 March 2011
R.E.M., by bookending the album with the ringing guitar drone of "Discoverer", are suggesting Collapse Into Now has a conceptual unity absent from their recent albums; and certainly, the recurrent themes of conclusion, starting over and rebuilding do lend it a muscular sense of purpose. That muscularity finds its musical equivalent in the rock heft of tracks like "Alligator_Aviator_ Autopilot_Antimatter" and "All the Best", although it's the more tender songs, such as "Überlin" and "Oh My Heart", which are the standouts, recalling Automatic for the People. The latter track, with its waltzing accordion, has a distinctly European flavour, while elsewhere the presence of mandolin/bouzouki folk-rockers like "It Happened Today" and "Me, Marlon Brando, Marlon Brando and I" marks a welcome return to a more varied textural palette.
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