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Where the British panto is sadly lacking at the moment is in its use of original songs for this institution. Of all the hundreds of pantomimes about to open, only a handful will contain original music; most will use a collection of hit songs shoe horned into the story.
Super Thursday, which saw the publication of 800 books on one day in the race to reach the Christmas top ten, has long since been and gone. Now nervous publishers look to the high streets to see how this year’s financial crisis will affect their figures.
I go to three churches before Christmas and they’re all within a few miles of each other, which is most convenient as all three are now art galleries.
Much has been reported recently of the terrible news that shows are closing at breakneck speed both here and on Broadway. The media declares that the credit crunch is taking its next victim: the musical.
The London Film Festival, for all of its attributes, is a logistical nightmare. And this year it was harder than ever.
How, then, can universities hope to teach a skill that is seemingly so subjective and abstract? Many are cynical about the courses, suggesting that they extract huge fees from students giving the promise of introductions to the world of publishing.
Pushing and pulling...pummeling and kneading until the flesh is ready...is ripe. And only then did the body rise from a supine position to its full cut and thrust.
It is unfortunate that Clare Boothe Luce`s trenchant view of Thirties New York Anglo-Jewish society never has been translated onto the screen.
Although during the Golden Age Hollywood was a town run by Jews, it has never been a town which supported its own by way of jobs and/or positive screen portrayals. As Columbia chief Harry Cohn so famously said, `Hollywood makes pictures by Jews and for Jews but `not` with Jews`.
When Mike Leigh first uttered his expletives against Alfred Hitchcock`s Frenzy at the 2006 London Film Festival seminar on London film locations, I thought it was because he believed the film, judging by his own yardstick, was archaic and possibly even trivial.
Everyone is talking about the e-book reader. Most are ranting about it, some are cautiously praising it, a brave few might even go out and buy one. Meanwhile, back in the world of the traditional book, another publishing phenomenon has raised its head with remarkably little attention from the media.
“I’ve had enough food to last me for a week!” was my Grandmother’s annual litany as she neatly set down her knife and fork after Christmas dinner. Every year my brother and I would vigorously lobby for her to be taken at her word and given nothing but water until New Year’s Eve. I hasten to add that we were never successful.
I’ve long forgiven her all the screaming. It just doesn’t get in the way enough and never has. But recently Miss Sharapova has become not just a tennis star but the owner of her own planet and, frankly, things have now got out of control.
I am talking podcasts. Somehow I have never quite gotten into the phenomenon. I would prefer to turn on a radio using a primitive dial and be subjected to whatever the voice coming out of a little box at that very moment would like to tell me.
When I sat down to write my column for this month, I thought back over my last few postings. I’ve written about how I think it is essential that we as artists let ourselves combat the ‘big issues’, about how we must have the ability to empathise with a wide range of people and communities (including those we might on first glance be repulsed by) and also that we should remember there are many posi
Do you ever wonder if what you see by way of location in cinema is nothing more than propaganda? Director Alfred Hitchcock was severely criticized by `Observer` film critic Caroline Lejeune for making what she considered to be `travelogues` in sacrifice of any real political ethos. And whilst this `might` be true of his Brtitish output, it is undeniably true of the films which he made in America
Great news to hear that one of the top awards at Cannes this year has gone to female Bosnian Director Aida Begic, for her first feature film SNOW. Begic has beat competition to win the esteemed Critics Week prize. We were lucky enough to be joined by Begic and her producer/writer Elma Tataragic, on a panel of women filmmakers organised by Birds Eye View in Cannes (in partnership with the UK Film C
Dundee-born Tommy Small remembers the days before The Space was built: he graduated from the Foundation Course at Dundee College in 1996. Having had no formal dance training, a single dance performance at the College had inspired him to apply. “I was quite surprised to get in!” he remembered. In common with other Scots who wanted to take dance further, a move South of the Border followed, in To
Kevin Spacey has waxed hostile to what he called the BBC’s ‘13-week promotions’ for Andrew Lloyd Weber musicals. Meanwhile, Arts Hub's David Trennery argues that Lloyd Weber has done nothing about West End ticket prices but the series of BBC programs has significantly reduced the opportunity cost of his musicals for millions of people.
"On those occasions when director Alfred Hitchcock interviewed journalists at his Cromwell Road flat, he`d disrobe to the waist, cover his belly-button with lipstick and then proceed to do the hula to the chagrin of his guests".
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