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Tuesday 12 July 2011
Friday 08 July 2011
Saturday 28 May 2011
Friday 20 May 2011
Long-gestating plans to turn the 1995 Pete Dexter novel The Paperboy into a big-screen thriller picked up speed during this year's Festival de Cannes.
Friday 15 April 2011
Though it is "the most famous, and instantly recognisable, monument to have survived from the classical world", the authors of this excellent history concede that the Colosseum can be disappointing. "Any visitor will almost certainly be amazed by the overpowering bulk of the outside walls," but inside "they are confronted by...a jumble of dilapidated stone and rubble."
Friday 04 March 2011
The British and the Americans have different attitudes toward the idea of sequels and prequels. If a film is seen as a classic, the Brits tend to leave it alone for fear of tarnishing the original's reputation. For the Americans, the key question is whether there is money still on the table.
Friday 04 March 2011
Monday 28 February 2011
Bidders are lining up for The Mill, the TV production company behind special effects in Doctor Who and Nike's World Cup adverts with its owners hoping to agree a deal before the end of April.
Friday 14 January 2011
Sam Rockwell has a reputation as a live wire, an American firecracker. The 42-year-old actor has played a handful of major leads – most notoriously, the possibly delusional game-show host Chuck Barris in George Clooney's wildly eccentric Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. And in 2009 he scored a personal best, playing opposite himself as an existentially troubled spaceman in Duncan Jones's acclaimed Moon. But Rockwell is still often found as a second stringer – amid the support casts of The Assassination of Jesse James...and Frost/Nixon, or playing a brattish villain in Iron Man 2, even upstaging Robert Downey Jr with sheer showboat obnoxiousness.
Monday 27 December 2010
Friday 17 December 2010
Fiona Banner's current installation in the Duveen Galleries at Tate Britain, Harrier and Jaguar (2010), sees two fighter planes dominating one of the grand spaces of the museum. It's an uncomfortable triple sublime: force x power x impressive aesthetics, but oddly underwhelming as art. Elsewhere in London, at Frith Street Gallery, is a literal echo of that installation. An enormous bell greets you at the gallery, hung low from supports in the ceiling. The sculpture is ominously named Tornado (2010) has been cast from the melted-down fuselage of a Tornado jet fighter – a deadly efficient machine of war. For whom does this bell toll? The idea of a deep, sonorous bell ring rings with signification: the passing of time, births, deaths and marriages. A large single bell like this, however, given its name and its history, is more likely to bring to mind mourning, warning and doom. The death-knell. How many times did this particular plane bring about death and destruction? Nearby is a stack of every copy of Jane's All the World's Aircraft, from 1909-2010. A heap of language that describes only destructive capability and armature, freed from the bloodshed, the conflict and the history of the wars for which such impressive machines are made.
Friday 08 October 2010
Friday 08 October 2010
Sir Ridley Scott is planning a return to science-fiction by producing a BBC mini-series almost 30 years after he directed Blade Runner.
Monday 20 September 2010
Sunday 19 September 2010
Ridley Scott’s version of ye olde legend has the hefty battle scenes and earthy period colour you’d expect, but Scott seems to think that Robin (Russell Crowe) was a real historical figure, and so he explores in baffling detail the political chicanery which led to one of King Richard’s archers becoming an outlaw, and gives us precious little swashbuckling.
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