Tag Archives: film

Spandex snobbery smackdown: why the liberal elite snubs wrestling

The sport has drama, showmanship, and gender equality as the film Fighting With My Family proves. Yet, because its working class, its marginalised, writes director Stephen Merchant In 2014, after years of struggle, a working-class British woman, aged just 21, was awarded the highest honour her profession can bestow, live, in front of 20,000 people and a television audience of …

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Sweaty, not stirred: is Daniel Craig really doing 12-hour workouts?

The new James Bond movie starts filming soon, so the 51-year-old star has apparently been hitting the gym like never before Name: The name’s 12-hour routine, Daniel Craig’s 12-hour routine. Appearance: Sweaty, not stirred. Age: Well, Craig is 51. But I expect he feels 81 right now. Why is that? I heard that he and Rachel Weisz had a baby. …

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Claus von Bülow obituary

Moneyed socialite who was convicted and then acquitted of trying to kill his wife Questions over whether Claus von Bülow twice attempted to murder his multimillionaire American wife, or whether she was the cause of her own fate, are likely to re-emerge now that he has died, aged 92. Martha “Sunny” von Bülow, who died in 2008 after lying in …

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Quentin Tarantino: Weinstein Company owes me over $4m in royalties

The director, along with stars including Jake Gyllenhaal and Meryl Streep, has filed court papers claiming the company owes him money Quentin Tarantino has filed court papers to state that he is owed over $4m in royalties from the Weinstein Company. The failed film company is currently taking bids for its assets yet before any sale is made, the film-maker …

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Stanley Kubrick: film’s obsessive genius rendered more human

He was portrayed as a recluse, but a new picture is emerging of a family man who was simply passionate about his work Twenty years after his death, Stanley Kubrick has never been more popular or visible, particularly in the country he called home for the last 37 years of his life. The BFI Southbank is dedicating a retrospective to …

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Ageing bulls: have Robert De Niro’s roles inspired Donald Trump?

They hate each other and are involved in a very public spat. But Trump is a huge fan of De Niros movies and the actor is also a real estate mogul, just like the US president Seconds out for Grudge Match 2: the ageing bull versus the old pretender. It’s a trash-talking, fist-pumping, shadow-boxing spectacular featuring two rich alpha-males who …

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Alan Alda reveals Parkinson’s disease diagnosis

The M*A*S*H and West Wing actor says he has been living with disease for three years, but is living a full life Alan Alda, who starred as Hawkeye in the long-running TV comedy M*A*S*H, has revealed he has Parkinson’s disease. The 82-year-old actor told US talk show CBS This Morning that he was diagnosed with the disease more than three …

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David Lynch: ‘You gotta be selfish. It’s a terrible thing’

The Twin Peaks director lives for his work. He talks about his four marriages, why explaining his films is a crime, and what makes him a happy camper David Lynch seldom smiles in photographs. His etched Easter Island statue of a face doesn’t glower so much as brood; lips pursed and eyes hooded, he looks every inch the auteur in …

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Tomb Raider review – Alicia Vikander’s Lara Croft is a badass bore

The rebooted action heroine channels the spirit of Indiana Jones and creepy daddy issues in a dull, derivative romp Dave Allen once said that men know they’re getting older when they watch Sunset Boulevard and realise they find Gloria Swanson quite attractive. Similarly, a certain generation will sense the grim reaper’s presence now that Angelina Jolie is no longer the …

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Jake LaMotta was not a great champion but one of the toughest, a boxing beast | Kevin Mitchell

The fine details of Jake LaMottas brief reign as world middleweight champion are not always absorbed in recollections of his career, mainly because one of the greatest films of all time painted him in classically Shakespearean mode Jake LaMotta should have been in Las Vegas to watch Gennady Golovkin and Saul “Canelo” Álvarez, two distinguished middleweights pitched together to echo the …

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