The actor Emma Thompson has spoken out this week in favour of gender-blind casting, admitting her particular desire to play the role of Sherlock Holmes.
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Monday 30 December 2013
The actress was once advised to get rid of her facial markings for a movie role
Thursday 26 December 2013
Wednesday 24 July 2013
Likes of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel helped to drive the over-45s to the cinema
Monday 01 July 2013
What really annoys MPs is that the executives at Ipsa who control their salary are so much better paid
Here come the girls: A new documentary follows nine girls around the world in their quest to get schooling
Thursday 11 April 2013
It’s been a surprise hit in the US, and not just because it has A-list narrators...
Friday 18 January 2013
Monday 24 December 2012
Baroness Thatcher remained in hospital today as she recovered from minor surgery.
Monday 24 December 2012
Baroness Thatcher is said to be “in good spirits” as she recovers from minor surgery but is expected to spend Christmas in hospital.
Monday 08 October 2012
A long-time New York City publicist who worked with celebrities including Marilyn Monroe, Robert Redford and Martin Scorsese has died. Lois Smith was 85.
Saturday 30 June 2012
Murky things are happening on the Edinburgh Fringe – and it's not even August yet. This year's fastest-emerging trend is for bribery with three acts offering cash in return for bums on seats. Nathan Cassidy is giving audiences £1 to see his show Free Pound on the Free Fringe (ticket cost: "minus £1". Donations welcome). Elsewhere, Mark MacNicol has gone for a money-back clause: if audiences don't like his "sexy, sensual, dark" theatrical take on Fatal Attraction, he will refund the £8 ticket price from his own pocket. And Irish comedian Caimh McDonnell has taken the most audacious route, promising to donate £100 to Macmillan Cancer Relief for every review published in a "recognised media source" before 20 August (only one review per outlet, sadly). Will any of these stunts work? Or will it emerge that these are, in fact, shows you couldn't pay a man, woman or Arts Diarist to see? And whatever happened to old-fashioned flyering on the Royal Mile in the rain?
Sunday 10 June 2012
When his father (Tom Hanks) is killed on 9/11, a precocious boy sets off around New York in search of people with the surname "Black", believing that one of them will impart a message from his dead dad.
Saturday 12 May 2012
My parents were... understandably worried when I told them that I wanted to be a professional actor, because in Swaziland, where I grew up, there was no prospect of earning a living doing that.
Sunday 29 April 2012
Weirdly, Phyllida Lloyd's Iron Lady devotes just half of its running time to Margaret Thatcher's upbringing and political career.
Saturday 31 March 2012
Julia Roberts is cast against type as a wicked queen in her new film, Mirror Mirror. The Hollywood favourite has more starring roles coming up but tells Lesley O'Toole that she's now happy to treat acting more like a hobby
Saturday 10 March 2012
Juliannne Moore is cast as Alaska's presidential hopeful in a recreation of 2008 election race
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