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Tiger King and a bloody mary: Hilary Mantel, Simon Armitage and other writers on lockdown life

Simon Armitage pogos to neo-punk, Anne Enright craves for Cary Grant, The Seventh Seal cheers up Julian Barnes, Diane Evans works out to hip-hop and Jeanette Winterson talks to herself … writers reveal how they’re surviving the corona crisis Continue reading...
Tags: Books, Music, Film, Fiction, Poetry, Cary Grant, Life and style, Meditation, Culture, Health & wellbeing, Classical Music, Craft, Baking, Hilary Mantel, Anne Enright, Social trends


'He didn't even pretend to let us win'… Growing up with the world's biggest stars, by their children

The sons and daughters of John Wayne, John Lennon, Caitlyn Jenner and others tell us what it was like to grow up with a world-famous dadA lot of the happy memories of my father are from the late 1960s at Kenwood, the old Tudor house we had in Surrey, when I was a little boy. Without knowing it, I probably saw some of the greatest musicians in the world come and go through that house. Continue reading...
Tags: Family, Music, Film, John Lennon, Life and style, Culture, Television & radio, Parents and parenting, Miles Davis, Surrey, John Wayne, Kenwood, Jeff Bridges, Tudor, Samuel L Jackson, Caitlyn Jenner


James Bond gun collection stolen in London raid

Pistols from Die Another Day, Walther PPK from A View to a Kill and special chrome Magnum from Live and Let Die among items taken in burglaryAn “irreplaceable” collection of prop guns used in James Bond films has been stolen from a house in Enfield, north London.Five deactivated guns, including Beretta Cheetah and Tomcat pistols from Die Another Day and the iconic Walther PPK handgun used in A View to a Kill are among the weapons reported taken. Continue reading...
Tags: Science, Technology, London, Crime, Film, Life and style, UK News, Culture, James Bond, Weapons technology, Collecting, Enfield, Thrillers (film, Beretta Cheetah


Haifaa Al-Mansour: 'Female leaders are crushed. Look at Hillary Clinton'

The Saudi Arabian director directed her first film, Wadjda, hiding in the back of a van on the streets of Riyadh. Now her latest, The Perfect Candidate, is opening doors in HollywoodHaifaa Al-Mansour’s latest film, The Perfect Candidate, opens with a doctor in her 20s driving to work. In any other film you wouldn’t register the fact that she’s behind the wheel. But this woman, dressed in a black abaya and niqab, is in Saudi Arabia, which until 2018 banned women from driving. Al-Mansour added the...
Tags: Film, Saudi Arabia, Women, Life and style, World news, Culture, Hillary Clinton, Middle East and North Africa, World cinema, Haifaa Al Mansour, Riyadh, Al Mansour, Wadjda, HollywoodHaifaa Al Mansour


This heartfelt film offers a brief history of modern art in India

The iconic Bandra mansion owned by gallerist Kekoo Gandhy gives the name to a new documentary by his daughter, Behroze Independent film ‘Kekee Manzil: The House of Art’ also showcases the life of the gallerist A young, lean Maqbool Fida Husain painting, intensely, intently; Tyeb Mehta’s wife, Sakina, speaking into the camera, “People say his art is violent; I say it is against violence”; the demolition of Babri masjid—these are scenes from independent film Kekee Manzil: The House of Art. Whi...
Tags: Film, Life, India, Bristol, Bombay, Salman Rushdie, Juhu, Maqbool Fida Husain, Bandra, Sakina, Khorshed, Kekee Manzil, Kekoo, Kekoo Gandhy, Nalini Malani, Sidharth Bhatia


Soothing, Uplifting Resources for Parents & Caregivers Stressed by the COVID-19 Crisis

When COVID-19 closed schools and shuttered theaters and concert venues, response was swift. Stars ranging from the Cincinnati zoo’s hippo Fiona to Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda leapt to share free content with suddenly homebound viewers. Coldplay’s frontman, Chris Martin, separated from his bandmates by international borders, played a mini gig at home, as did country star Keith Urban, with his wife, Nicole Kidman, lurking in the background. Choreographer Debbie Allen got people off the c...
Tags: Google, Music, Film, College, Life, Bbc, Nature, Nicole Kidman, Newcastle, Chris Martin, Coldplay, Shakespeare, Keith Urban, Hayao Miyazaki, Hamilton, Cincinnati


Winona Ryder can defend Johnny Depp - but it doesn’t tell us much

Ryder has spoken out for Depp after his ex-wife Amber Heard’s abuse claims – claims Depp strongly denies. The truth is, we can never know what goes on in other people’s relationshipsWhat to make of Winona Ryder and Penélope Cruz defending Johnny Depp?Sara, by emailTwo women say Depp never hurt them, ergo, he could never hurt any woman? Ah, were life only that simple. It recently emerged that Cruz – who has worked with Depp three times – filed a declaration stating that Depp is “always kind to ev...
Tags: Fashion, Film, Domestic Violence, Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Cruz, Johnny, Depp, Winona Ryder, Johnny Depp?Sara, Winona Continue


James Franco accusers are 'jumping on the #MeToo bandwagon', say actor's lawyers

Franco denies allegations and asks Los Angeles county superior court to dismiss lawsuit against himJames Franco has responded to allegations of sexual harassment by two former students by claiming they were an attempt to “jump on the [#MeToo] bandwagon” and played into “the media’s insatiable appetite to ruin the next celebrity”.In a demurrer filed on 28 February to the Los Angeles county superior court, Franco’s lawyers asked that the lawsuit filed in October by Sarah Tither-Kaplan and Toni Gaa...
Tags: Film, Women, Los Angeles, Life and style, World news, US news, Culture, Franco, James Franco, Los Angeles County, MeToo Movement, Sarah Tither Kaplan, Toni Gaal


‘I heard the signal – and threw my flour bombs’: why the 1970 Miss World protest is still making waves

It was the year feminists wreaked havoc on the beauty contest. Now their story has been made into a film starring Keira Knightley. They look back at that dramatic momentIt was the most dramatic feminist event since Emily Davison threw herself under the king’s horse in 1913 in the name of women’s suffrage. Now, the 1970 Miss World protests – during which feminist activists dramatically flour-bombed the stage – is getting a Hollywood makeover. The film Misbehaviour will document the period of fizz...
Tags: Hollywood, Keira Knightley, Film, Women, Life and style, World news, Culture, Feminism, Bob Hope, Emily Davison, Jo Robinson, Jenny Fortune


Word of the week: Boogaloo

Why is this man wearing an aloha shirt—in Nebraska, in February—while toting a big ol’ weapon inside a government building? And what does all of that have to do with the word of the week, boogaloo? Brett Hendrix of Omaha with an AR-15 in the #Nebraska Capitol. Hendrix said he brought the gun to demonstrate the right to keep and bear arms. He opposes a gun bill that will be heard this afternoon in the #NELeg Judiciary Committee, viewable here: https://t.co/3k43sJrjfC pic.twitter.com/834lwqOK5Z...
Tags: Facebook, Fashion, Music, Politics, New York, Nbc, Guns, Etsy, Film, Virginia, America, San Francisco, Ukraine, James Brown, Dance, New York Times


Sooni Taraporevala’s Netflix debut, Yeh Ballet proves that talent has no boundaries

A coming-of-age film about two male ballet dancers, Sooni Taraporevala was so inspired by these boys that she told their story twice Take a closer look at the films that have dominated box offices in recent times, and you’ll spot class struggle being a common theme. Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite (2019) took home four awards at the 2020 Oscars, and Zoya Akhtar’s Gully Boy (2019) was much lauded by critics and audiences alike. Following along the same vein, filmmaker Sooni Taraporevala is now bringing y...
Tags: Film, Life, India, Netflix, Mumbai, Shah, Asif, Zoya Akhtar, Chauhan, UTV Motion Pictures, Manish Chauhan, Siddharth Roy Kapur, Sooni Taraporevala, Taraporevala, Kapur, Sooni


What do female film-makers have to say about male stories?

The directors celebrated in a new season at the Barbican – focusing on films about men, made by women – on turning the traditional gaze on its headWhen Ana Kokkinos found out her second film was going to be shown at Cannes in 1998, she was overjoyed. Charting 24 hedonistic hours in the life of a gay Greek-Australian teenager, Head On is a fierce and evocative depiction of queer identity and masculinity in crisis. Then she had her first interview. “The journalist told me there was a rumour that I...
Tags: Film, Women, Life and style, Culture, Men, Kathryn Bigelow, Cannes, Barbican, Point Break, Ana Kokkinos


Rose McGowan says she regrets Natalie Portman Oscars dress comments

McGowan tweets that she ‘lost sight of the bigger picture’ after calling fellow actor a ‘fraud’Rose McGowan has expressed regret for her attack on Natalie Portman over the latter’s Oscar dress “protest”, which took aim at the exclusion of women from the best director Academy Award nominations. Related: Rose McGowan: Natalie Portman's Oscars dress protest 'deeply offensive' Continue reading...
Tags: Protest, Film, Women, Life and style, World news, Culture, Feminism, Awards and prizes, Oscars, Natalie Portman, McGowan, Rose McGowan, Oscars 2020


Rose McGowan: Natalie Portman's Oscars dress protest 'deeply offensive'

McGowan posts Facebook attack on Portman, who wore a gown embroidered with names of female directors snubbed at awardsActivist and actor Rose McGowan has labelled Natalie Portman a “fraud” for wearing a dress to the Oscars embroidered with the names of female film-makers including Greta Gerwig and Lulu Wang who were passed over for best director nominations.In a post on Facebook, McGowan said Portman had made “the kind of protest that gets rave reviews from the mainstream media” but was “more li...
Tags: Facebook, Fashion, Film, Women, Life and style, US news, Culture, Feminism, Awards and prizes, Oscars, Greta Gerwig, Natalie Portman, McGowan, Portman, Rose McGowan, Lulu Wang


Caped crusaders: how Little Women lost the Oscars – but won fashion

The film’s unexpectedly appealing style – crisp collars, sturdy boots, drummer-boy jackets – is next season’s biggest trendIn the end – after six nominations, and a controversial omission for Greta Gerwig in the director category – the only Oscar that Little Women took home was awarded to Jacqueline Durran for best costume design. Not a truly happy ending to the story of Gerwig’s project, but perhaps an appropriate one nonetheless. Because the story of this film was that Little Women lost the aw...
Tags: Fashion, New York, Film, Chelsea, Starbucks, Greta Gerwig, Bottega Veneta, Gerwig, Hudson Yards, Little Women, Jacqueline Durran, Oscars 2020, New York fashion week autumn/winter 2001


Yeh Ballet Directed by Sooni Taraporevala On Netflix India

Our dear friend Sooni Taraporevala has been extremely busy over the last few months and the reason is for everyone to see. Yeh Ballet, her latest project that she has directed shall “drop” on Netflix on February 21, 2020. Discovered by an eccentric ballet master, two gifted but underprivileged Mumbai teens face bigotry and disapproval as they pursue their dancing dreams. Namesake,” “Little Zizou”) helms this drama inspired by real events. With Jim Sarbh. More Details Genres: Indian Movies, ...
Tags: Film, Life, Netflix, Mumbai, Netflix India, Jim Sarbh, Sooni Taraporevala, Yeh Ballet


Oscars 2020: Parasite wins best picture award – as it happened

An incredible night for Bong Joon-ho as Parasite wins best screenplay, best director and best pictureOscar winners list 5.18am GMT Let’s finish up with a clip of Parasite winning best picture, and how the crowd reacted when the lights were cut. I think these might have been my favourite Oscars for years and years, you know. #Oscars Moment: @ParasiteMovie wins for Best Picture. pic.twitter.com/AokyBdIzl5 5.08am GMT We’ve got a great Phil Hoad piece here about what Parasite’s win could mea...
Tags: Fashion, Film, Life and style, Film Industry, US news, Culture, Awards and prizes, Oscars, Joker, Bong Joon, Little Women, Parasite, Phil Hoad, The Irishman, 1917, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood


Oscars 2020: Parasite wins best picture award – live!

And incredible night for Bong Joon-ho as Parasite wins best screenplay, best director and best picture. Follow all the the action with us liveOscar winners list – live as they happen! 4.35am GMT And now the lights have gone down for good. The 92nd Oscars are over, and they have ended in the best possible way. This is Parasite’s night. It’s Bong Joon Ho’s night. It is, to a slightly lesser extent, Eminem’s night. I’ll be sticking around for a little bit looking for reaction to the night, but ...
Tags: Fashion, Film, Life and style, Film Industry, US news, Culture, Awards and prizes, Eminem, Oscars, Joker, Bong Joon, Bong Joon Ho, Little Women, Parasite, The Irishman, 1917


Oscars 2020: Parasite wins best international feature film – live!

Follow all the action from Hollywood as we find out who’s wearing what, who’s winning what and whose acceptance speech is dropping jaws• Oscars tonight: predictions, timetable and all you need to knowOscar winners list – live as they happen! 3.32am GMT Here’s a story about Parasite’s latest win. Related: Parasite wins best international feature film Oscar 3.31am GMT And now for Elton John’s performance. It’s very much a late-era Elton John performance, in that he’s shouting in such a ...
Tags: Fashion, Hollywood, Film, Life and style, Film Industry, US news, Culture, Awards and prizes, Eminem, Elton John, Oscars, Joker, Little Women, Parasite, The Irishman, 1917


Oscars 2020: Laura Dern wins best supporting actress for Marriage Story – live!

Follow all the action from Hollywood as we find out who’s wearing what, who’s winning what and whose acceptance speech is dropping jaws• Oscars tonight: predictions, timetable and all you need to knowOscar winners list – live as they happen! 2.35am GMT Eminem got a standing ovation from the audience, who are well aware that their faces will now forever come up if anyone ever Googles the phrase ‘Awkward white person biting lip and nodding GIFs’ 2.33am GMT To commemorate songs being in fil...
Tags: Fashion, Hollywood, Film, Life and style, Film Industry, US news, Culture, Awards and prizes, Eminem, Oscars, Laura Dern, Joker, Little Women, Parasite, The Irishman, 1917


Oscars 2020: Brad Pitt wins best supporting actor – live!

Follow all the action from Hollywood as we find out who’s wearing what, who’s winning what and whose acceptance speech is dropping jaws• Oscars tonight: predictions, timetable and all you need to know• ‘Brad Pitt tells us he’s single’: play Oscars bingo! 1.34am GMT The song is over. During the commercial break all the Elsas must fight each other with sharpened sticks to see who is the one true Elsa. It’s a shame to be missing it, really, but commerce is commerce. 1.32am GMT The song is p...
Tags: Elsa, Fashion, Hollywood, Film, Life and style, Film Industry, US news, Culture, Awards and prizes, Oscars, Brad Pitt, Joker, Elsas, Little Women, Parasite, The Irishman


Oscars 2020: the red carpet, the ceremony, the winners – live!

Follow all the action from Hollywood as we find out who’s wearing what, who’s winning what and whose acceptance speech is dropping jaws• Oscars tonight: predictions, timetable and all you need to know 11.29pm GMT There aren’t enough red carpet dresses inspired by lampshades. Here, Laura Dern wears one that is - in the best possible way. She looks as awesome as her Marriage Story character is terrifying. Win. 11.27pm GMT Billie Eilish in head-to-toe custom-made Chanel, an updo and killer ...
Tags: Fashion, Hollywood, Film, Life and style, Film Industry, US news, Culture, Awards and prizes, Oscars, Chanel, Laura Dern, Joker, Billie Eilish, Little Women, Parasite, The Irishman


Baftas 2020: 1917 and Joaquin Phoenix triumph – as it happened

It’s the biggest night of the year in British cinema. Join us to find out who wore what, whether incoming host Graham Norton managed to make us forget the horror of Joanna Lumley – and who won this year’s prizes 12.00am GMT And finally, here’s our story on that significant Joaquin Phoenix speech, definitely one of the talking points of the night. Related: Joaquin Phoenix's attack on Baftas for 'systemic racism' meets industry-wide praise 11.56pm GMT We’ve just launched our gallery of...
Tags: Fashion, Television, Celebrity, Film, UK News, Culture, Awards and prizes, Television & radio, Joanna Lumley, Joaquin Phoenix, Graham Norton, Baftas, 1917, Baftas 2020


Baftas 2020: the red carpet, the frocks, the ceremony and winners – live!

It’s the biggest night of the year in British cinema. Join us to find out who’s wearing what, whether incoming host Graham Norton manages to make us forget the horror of Joanna Lumley – and who’s won this year’s prizes 7.24pm GMT For spring/summer 2020 sexy necklines with an architectural twist are big, and Charlize Theron, has brought the look to the red carpet here with a dose of fun thanks to the purple. The black nail polish is anything but emo on a look that seems to have been designed ...
Tags: Fashion, Hollywood, Television, Film, UK News, Culture, Awards and prizes, Television & radio, Sam Mendes, Joanna Lumley, Greta Gerwig, Hatton Garden, Graham Norton, Martin Scorsese, Baftas, Louisa May Alcott


Akira Kurosawa’s List of His 100 Favorite Movies

In movies like Seven Samurai and High and Low, director Akira Kurosawa took the cinematic language of Hollywood and improved on it, creating a vigorous, muscular method of visual storytelling that became a stylistic playbook for the likes of Martin Scorsese, George Lucas and Francis Ford Coppola. In movies like Ikiru, The Bad Sleep Well and The Lower Depths, Kurosawa relentlessly struggled to find the rays of light among the shadows of the human soul. This philosophical urgency combined ...
Tags: Google, Japan, Usa, Hollywood, Greece, Yahoo, Film, College, France, Life, Germany, Los Angeles, Spain, Iran, Earth, Taiwan


‘I’d rather spend £300 on fillers than face cream’: the rise of tweakment face

From stars who don’t age to the Love Island pout, the ‘tweaked’ look is becoming the new normal. But what is it doing to us?Do you know what a tweakment is? I didn’t, not really, until I was lying on my back with a woman dressed in white poised to inject a needle into my face. Tweakment sounds cute, right? Well, tweak does. Like in the Mary Poppins song: “My father gave me nose a tweak.” A tweak is a gesture of affection, like pinching the cheek of a toddler. Tweak tweak.A tweakment is a minor c...
Tags: Fashion, Television, Media, Instagram, Film, Social Media, Life and style, Culture, Television & radio, Beauty, Cosmetic Surgery, Mary Poppins, Love Island


Hugh Grant defends Prince Harry: 'The tabloids effectively murdered his mother'

The actor and activist has backed up Harry’s desire to ‘protect his family’, while Stormzy has said there is no ‘credible’ reason to dislike MeghanHugh Grant has defended Prince Harry’s decision to “step back” from formal royal duties and seek a self-financed life based partly in Canada.Speaking on Andy Cohen’s Radio Andy show on Sirius XM, Grant said: “I’m rather on Harry’s side. The tabloid press effectively murdered his mother, now they’re tearing his wife to pieces.” Continue reading...
Tags: Music, Media, Celebrity, Film, Race, Women, Life and style, UK News, World news, Newspapers & magazines, Newspapers, US news, Culture, Canada, Press intrusion, Monarchy


Sharon Stone blocked from Bumble dating app

Actor says she was blocked from the app after users reported her account profile was a fakeShe may be known as one of the sexiest women in the world, but even Sharon Stone can’t catch a break with online dating.Writing on Twitter, the actor complained to the dating app Bumble that she had been blocked from the service after her account was deemed to be fake. “I went on the @bumble dating sight [sic] and they closed my account. Some users reported that it couldn’t possibly be me! Hey @bumble, is ...
Tags: Technology, Film, Life and style, Dating, Culture, Sharon Stone


The Observer Christmas puzzles special: bumper quiz of the year

Test your mettle against our writers’ questions on film, music, politics, theatre and more• Try your hand at the Observer’s literary picture quizWhich of these bestselling novels has not been seen on British stages this year?Life of Pi – Yann MartelThe Line of Beauty – Alan Hollinghurst Grief is the Thing with Feathers – Max Porter Small Island – Andrea LevyA hugely successful revival of Harold Pinter’s Betrayal transferred from the West End to Broadway this year. Tom Hiddleston's casting in the...
Tags: Utah, Books, Music, Florida, Politics, UK, New York, London, Lana Del Rey, Film, Youtube, Theatre, Christmas, Los Angeles, Life and style, UK News


One of the year’s most homoerotic films came from country where LGBTQ people have no legal rights

“Temblores” (Tremors) is a Spanish-language film by Jayro Bustamante. Produced and set in Guatemala City, the film is being praised by critics and fans alike for being one of the first to show queer representation in the socially conservative country. It centers around Pablo, a married man from an ultra-religious family, coming to terms with his sexuality after meeting a free-spirited masseur named Francisco. He is later urged by his wife and parents to undergo conversion therapy or risk losing...
Tags: Entertainment, Film, Lifestyle, Guatemala, Ad Friendly, Queerty, Guatemala City, Pablo, Jayro Bustamante, Metro Weekly, Juan Pablo Olyslager, Temblores, Olyslager



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