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Wednesday 06 January 2010
Natalie Portman has revealed that she has no plans to go nude on the big screen.
Saturday 26 December 2009
Imogen Poots is all set to build on the success of her recent releases Me and Orson Welles and Cracks and become the most talked-about young British acting talent of 2010. The 20-year-old has been on the fast track to success ever since she was cast as the younger version of Natalie Portman in V for Vendetta as a sprightly 15-year-old. She was mesmerising in the apocalyptic sci-fi sequel 28 Weeks Later and then showed she could do costume drama in Miss Austen Regrets. The actress seemed perfectly suited for a period piece, with her classic beauty, wavy blonde hair, high cheekbones and cat-like eyes.
Monday 19 October 2009
Friday 01 May 2009
Sunday 25 January 2009
Sunday 22 June 2008
Optimum Wong Kar Wai's American debut is like a parody of his earlier films: pretentious, vague, and smudged with hazy, neon-lit, slow-motion camera work. It stars Norah Jones as a New Yorker who breaks up with her boyfriend and hangs around Jude Law's café for blueberry pie and sympathy. She then takes a bus across the country, stopping off in Tennessee and Nevada, and crossing paths with hard-luck cases played by Rachel Weisz, David Strathairn and Natalie Portman. But nobody gets anything amounting to a storyline. The blueberry pie doesn't look very appetising either.
Wednesday 11 June 2008
Sunday 11 May 2008
A 243-year-old wizard, played as a lisping simpleton by Dustin Hoffman, is planning to hand over his magical toyshop to his assistant, Natalie Portman. And that's the whole story. There's forced whimsy by the candy-striped basketload, some shoplifting from Dr Seuss and Roald Dahl's own wonder emporia, and innumerable lectures about believing in yourself. But if you take away all the quirkiness and preachiness there's almost no plot left on the shelves. 'Mr Magorium's Wonder Emporium' is the setting for a film. Now someone just has to come up with the film. Nicholas Barber
Friday 29 February 2008
Friday 29 February 2008
Wall Street trader turned outlaw philosopher, Taleb never bores in this exploration of extreme, improbable events - and how they shape lives. He argues that "black swan" shocks with "low predictability and large impact" – from Harry Potter to September 11 – will grow more frequent and decisive. As fragile, interconnected systems run the world, we all now live in "Extremistan". Many readers will thrill to his freewheeling heretic's tour through ideas of probability, prediction and randomness. Some will bridle at his motormouth assurance and reckless attacks on enemies. In any case, he promises as wild a ride as any mad day on the markets. Strap yourself in, and enjoy it.
Sunday 24 February 2008
Friday 22 February 2008
Wong Kar-Wai, director of the sublime In the Mood for Love, has made his first film in English, though from the stiltedness of his script you may wish he'd stuck to Mandarin.
Thursday 21 February 2008
Wednesday 11 October 2006
Shares in the printing group St Ives rose as much as 4.2 per cent yesterday, after it unveiled a 12 per cent rise in full-year pre-tax profits and said it expected to benefit from recent closures among its rivals.
EU referendum: David Cameron's rules are a 'democratic disgrace', says French-born Scottish politician set to be denied a vote
The day that Britain resigned as a global power
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Australian man punched in the face for defending Muslim women from abuse on train
A nation of inequality: How the UK is failing to feed its most vulnerable people
EU referendum: David Cameron to deny EU migrants and under-18s the chance to vote
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