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Dying to Divorce: Turkish women’s campaign against domestic violence is set for Oscars

Two British film-makers have shone a light on a campaigning lawyer and her clients in an expose of misogyny and dangerous politicsOnce, not that long ago, Kubra and Arzu were healthy young Turkish mothers, looking forward to raising their children. Today, sadly, this is no longer all these charismatic, determined women have in common. They are now both among the many damaged survivors of violent attacks at the hands of husbands who believed it was their right to inflict potentially lethal injury...
Tags: Law, Film, Society, World news, Turkey, Domestic Violence, Culture, Britain, Oscars, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Femicide, Documentary films, KUBRA, Arzu, Violence against women and girls


Searches for Gucci label soar after release of murder film starring Lady Gaga

Designer brand reaps the benefit of Ridley Scott’s movie telling the story of the killing of firm’s ex-bossWhen is murder good for business? When it is made into a Hollywood movie, for one – and when that film stars Lady Gaga. House of Gucci, the Ridley Scott feature released last week to mixed reviews, has sent interest in the Gucci brand soaring. Searches for Gucci clothing were up 73% week on week, according to e-commerce aggregator Lovethesales.com on Friday, with a leap of 257% for bags and...
Tags: Fashion, Hollywood, Salma Hayek, Film, Culture, Film adaptations, Lady Gaga, Anna Wintour, The Wolf Of Wall Street, Ridley Scott, Gucci, Crime films, Patrizia Reggiani, Maurizio Gucci, True crime books, Lady Gaga House


House of Gucci review – Lady Gaga steers a steely path through the madness

Gaga rules in Ridley Scott’s at times ridiculous drama based on the true-life sagas of the Italian fashion dynasty“The most Gucci of them all” is how Patrizia Reggiani described herself in a 2014 interview and, judging by this entertainingly ripe, comedically tinged tragedy, she has a point. Variously known as “Lady Gucci” and “Black Widow”, Reggiani became the centre of a very 1990s scandal involving lust, money, fashion, murder… and a clairvoyant. To that tabloid-friendly cocktail, Ridley Scot...
Tags: Film, Culture, Lady Gaga, Ridley Scott, Jared Leto, Adam Driver, Al Pacino, Gucci, Jeremy Irons, Patrizia, Reggiani, Guccio Gucci, Patrizia Reggiani, Maurizio Gucci, Sara Gay Forden, Roberto Bentivegna


‘I have an outsider’s perspective’: why Will Sharpe is the A-List’s new favourite director

The actor-director won a Bafta for his performance in Giri/Haji. Hailed as a star in the making by Olivia Colman​ and others, he discusses the true stories that inspired his new projects behind the cameraWill Sharpe has only been surfing a couple of times, but he really loved it. “So I’m not a surfer, I’m not very good at it, I’ve been twice,” clarifies the 35-year-old English-Japanese actor, writer and director. “But there’s something about being in this huge, loud, ‘other’ force and I never fe...
Tags: Television, Drama, Film, Bbc, Culture, Television & radio, Olivia Colman, Rodney, Sharpe, Julian Barratt, Will Sharpe, Giri Haji, Drama films, Giri Haji Hailed


What connects Janet Jackson’s ‘wardrobe malfunction’ to Shonda Rhimes and John Singleton?

From the Super Bowl to groundbreaking cinema: we jump down the rabbit hole, via a detour to Britney SpearsA new documentary, Malfunction: The Dressing Down of Janet Jackson, has revisited the infamous “wardrobe malfunction” at the 2004 Super Bowl half-time show, when Justin Timberlake exposed one of Janet Jackson’s breasts – and nipple adornment – for about a half a second, causing America to lose its collective mind in a manner that was unfathomable then and remains unfathomable now. Continue r...
Tags: Music, Television, Shonda Rhimes, Film, NFL, America, Sport, Culture, Television & radio, Super Bowl, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Janet Jackson, John Singleton, Britney SpearsA


Gaby Hoffmann: ‘I really love my job, but I don’t want to do it that often’

Despite being a child actor and having her own sitcom at 12, the star of Transparent and new film C’mon C’mon is happiest out of the spotlightThere were only a few occasions when the famed self-portraiture artist Cindy Sherman took photos of someone else and, at just five years old, Gaby Hoffmann became one of them. In the portrait, Hoffmann remembers with a knowing snort, she was dressed as the devil. Posing for one of the world’s most famous photographers was no fluke: Sherman was Hoffmann’s s...
Tags: Film, Culture, Television & radio, Manhattan, Andy Warhol, Sherman, Joaquin Phoenix, Transparent, Jackson Pollock, Cindy Sherman, Viva, Cindy, Chelsea Hotel, Hoffmann, Gaby Hoffmann, Valerie Solanas


The stars with Down’s syndrome lighting up our screens: ‘People are talking about us instead of hiding us away’

From Line of Duty to Mare of Easttown, a new generation of performers are breaking through. Meet the actors, models and presenters leading a revolution in representationIn the middle of last winter’s lockdown, while still adjusting to the news of their newborn son’s Down’s syndrome diagnosis, Matt and Charlotte Court spotted a casting ad from BBC Drama. It called for a baby to star in a Call the Midwife episode depicting the surprising yet joyful arrival of a child with Down’s syndrome in 60s Lo...
Tags: Health, Fashion, London, Television, Film, Theatre, Life and style, Society, Bbc, Culture, Television & radio, Models, Stage, Broadway, Down's Syndrome, West End


Blade Runner and Alien TV Shows Confirmed by Ridley Scott

Ridley Scott is 83, and good on him for not slowing down. The Last Duel came and went, but it actually existed and was an original idea, based on a true historical event, and with a script from Nicole Holofcener, and featured a re-teaming up of Ben Affleck and Matt Damon. And as of this writing, House of Gucci is set to open and give us some salacious scandal and murder among the hoity and toit, just in time for Oscar season. He’s even recently dropped some hot takes against the superhero movie...
Tags: Facebook, Hollywood, Film, College, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Los Angeles, Bbc, Ridley Scott, Noah Hawley, Nicole Holofcener, Scott, KCRW, William S Burroughs, Vangelis, Denis Villeneuve


‘I’ve always been drawn to loners’: Ann Dowd on Aunt Lydia, Mass and playing it mean

From The Handmaid’s Tale to Hereditary, the 65-year-old actor owns malevolence. She talks about her Oscar-tipped role as a school-shooter’s mother in Mass – and why men are more vulnerable than women Many people don’t want to see Ann Dowd’s new movie. Even the most positive of its reviews from Sundance called it “excruciating”, “exhausting” and “tortuous”; an endurance test some will not be willing to endure. Including Dowd herself, who has yet to watch it.“We’ve talked about it a lot, the cast,...
Tags: Film, Culture, Hereditary, Mass, Dowd, Ann Dowd, Chelsea New York, The Handmaid's Tale, Lydia Mass


Dueling as a Film Trope: Pretty Much Pop #109 Considers The Last Duel and Its Genre

https://podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/traffic.libsyn.com/secure/partiallyexaminedlife/PMP_109_10-28-21.mp3 In light of the release of The Last Duel (which you needn’t have watched), we talk about the trope of the honor-resolving duel in movies and TV. Mark and guest co-host Dylan Casey of The Partially Examined Life are joined by Clif Mark, host of the Good in Theory podcast who wrote his political thesis and a 2018 Aeon article on the history and logic of dueling. Since we’re all philosophy...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Podcasts, Film, College, Ridley Scott, Justin Trudeau, Hegel, Clif, Nicholas Barber, Trump Biden, Adam Nayman, Meilan Solly, Pretty Much Pop, Dylan Casey, Clif Mark


‘Idris Elba and Seal are the only Black men in England!’ Boxing Day’s Aml Ameen on repping the UK from LA

It is more than a decade since the London-born star of I May Destroy You moved to the US. Now, he has directed the first Black-led British Christmas filmAml Ameen has one of those big, light-the-room smiles – and he deploys it freely, even to those physically impervious to his charm. When I join the video call, he is asking Alexa, very nicely, to turn down the music. Ameen is at home in Los Angeles (to where he moved from London a decade or so ago). He has been acting professionally since he was...
Tags: UK, England, London, Film, La, US, Los Angeles, Culture, Idris Elba, Alexa, AML, Ameen


Stellan Skarsgård: ‘My tips for fatherhood? Don’t lie. Even about Santa Claus’

The Swedish actor best known for his collaborations with Lars von Trier – as well as Marvel movies, Pirates of the Caribbean and Mamma Mia! – answers your questions about Lars von Trier, porn and pickled herringsAre you ever frustrated with having to wear clothes when you’re working? Do you feel you’re better at your job if you’re able to be naked? KayBee123I usually take off my clothes when I get home but I have no special ambition to be naked on screen. And I’m getting fewer and fewer offers. ...
Tags: Film, Culture, Santa Claus, Lars von Trier, Caribbean, Stellan Skarsgard, Mamma Mia


"I'm Not The Girl Who Misses Much" is a strange, beautiful video about the female body

I felt like I had taken a drug the first time I watched I'm Not The Girl Who Misses Much by the one and only Pipilotti Rist. Rist is an installation and video artist who makes work about the female body, which she often depicts through a surreal or abstract lense. — Read the rest
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The Unforgivable review – Sandra Bullock does something terrible in ITV drama remake

Bullock plays a dead-eyed woman restarting life after 20 years behind bars for killing a police officer, in this compressed and contrived adaptation of Sally Wainwright’s miniseries Unforgiven Sally Wainwright’s award-winning ITV crime drama Unforgiven has been redeveloped for Netflix as a feature film; it has been transplanted from Yorkshire to Seattle, and the title has been changed, perhaps to prevent any confusion with the Clint Eastwood movie. Sandra Bullock takes over Suranne Jones’s leadi...
Tags: Books, Viola Davis, Film, Netflix, Culture, Television & radio, Clint Eastwood, Film adaptations, Yorkshire, Sandra Bullock, Thrillers, Seattle, Ruth, Katherine, Suranne Jones, Sally Wainwright


November linkfest

Happy Thanksgiving to those who celebrate, and happy fourth week of November to everyone else. My book recommendation this month is The Confidence Men, by Margalit Fox, the riveting true story of two British officers’ escape from an “escape-proof” Turkish POW camp—“the Alcatraz of its day,” Fox writes—toward the end of World War I. What makes their story amazing is how they did it: no tunnels, no violence, no weapons except for a homemade Ouija board and the two men’s skill at psychological ...
Tags: Hong Kong, Books, Japan, UK, Holidays, Writing, Film, Australia, Punctuation, Singapore, Advertising, Sports, Fox, Netflix, Renaming, Oxford


The 50 best movies of all time, according to critics

"The Godfather."Paramount Pictures/"The Godfather" Insider ranked the best films of all time, based on Metacritic scores. They include recent Oscar winners "Moonlight" and "Parasite" and classics like "The Godfather" and "Citizen Kane." Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. To find out which films have been the most critically acclaimed over time, Insider turned to the reviews aggregator Metacritic for this ranking, which scores films by their composite critical reception. T...
Tags: Reviews, Hollywood, Media, Entertainment, Film, Washington Post, Time, Disney, America, San Francisco, Trends, Bbc, Features, Ford, New York Times, Manchester


Jennifer Lawrence defends Leonardo DiCaprio’s higher pay for Don’t Look Up

Despite their equal billing on the forthcoming Adam McKay disaster comedy, Lawrence says she is ‘extremely fortunate and happy with my deal’Jennifer Lawrence has defended the higher salary paid to Leonardo DiCaprio for Don’t Look Up, their forthcoming film for which they receive equal billing.Speaking to Vanity Fair, Lawrence said: “Leo brings in more box office than I do. I’m extremely fortunate and happy with my deal.” A recently published report in Variety suggested that DiCaprio will receive...
Tags: Business, Jennifer Lawrence, Celebrity, Film, Women, Life and style, Society, World news, Film Industry, Culture, Leonardo Dicaprio, Leo, Gender Pay Gap, Equal Pay, Adam Mckay, Lawrence


Kevin Spacey to pay House of Cards studio more than $30m over alleged misconduct losses

Court ruling made public on Monday finds Spacey violated his contract’s demands for professional behaviourKevin Spacey and his production companies must pay the studio behind House of Cards more than $30m because of losses brought on by his firing for alleged sexual misconduct, according to an arbitration decision made final on Monday.A document filed in Los Angeles superior court requesting a judge’s approval of the ruling says that the arbitrators found that Spacey violated his contract’s dema...
Tags: Film, Los Angeles, US news, Culture, House Of Cards, Kevin Spacey, Spacey


House of Gucci review – Lady Gaga murders in style in true-crime fashion house drama

Ridley Scott’s pantomimey soap entertainingly tracks fractures in the fashion world as Patrizia Reggiano plots to kill her ex, Maurizio GucciRidley Scott’s fantastically rackety, messy soap opera about the fall of the house of Gucci is rescued from pure silliness by Lady Gaga’s glorious performance as Patrizia Reggiani, the enraged ex-wife of Maurizio Gucci, grandson of the fashion-house founder Guccio Gucci. She singlehandedly delivers the movie from any issues about Italianface casting: only s...
Tags: Books, Fashion, Music, Salma Hayek, Film, Life and style, Culture, Film adaptations, Thrillers, Lady Gaga, Ridley Scott, Jared Leto, Adam Driver, Al Pacino, Gucci, Gaga


No dramas: superhero movies and their opening weekend cash cows crowd out realistic films | Greg Jericho

Fewer artistic risks means fewer films that say something about your life, unless it involves flying peopleIt was not a shock to hear Jane Campion become the latest in a growing line of high-profile directors to announce her dislike of superhero films. But the issue is not just about taste – it is about money and how the movie industry now provides less opportunity to show dramas and real-life comedies on the big screen.I’ll be upfront: I don’t mind superhero movies. I have watched plenty and en...
Tags: Film, Marvel, Superhero movies, Spike Lee, Martin Scorsese, Jane Campion, Greg Jericho


How a dream coach helped Benedict Cumberbatch and Jane Campion put the unconscious on screen

Kim Gillingham explains how her work on The Power of the Dog enabled the ‘lioness of an artist’ and her ‘translucent’ star to access their inmost drivesTo access his dreams the surrealist artist Salvador Dalí napped while sitting on a chair, holding keys over an upturned metal plate. After he lost consciousness, the keys dropped onto the plate, jangling him awake so he could paint fresh from his unconscious. Kim Gillingham tells this story to connect her practice to the history of artistic endea...
Tags: Psychology, Science, Benedict Cumberbatch, Film, Montana, La, Culture, Salvador Dalí, Gillingham, Jane Campion, Netflix Continue, The Power of the Dog, Kim Gillingham, Thomas Savage, Phil Burbank


Eddie Redmayne: playing a trans character in The Danish Girl was ‘a mistake’

The actor, who was criticised at the film’s release in 2015, has said in an interview that he would not take the role on if offered it now Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them star Eddie Redmayne has described his participation in the trans drama The Danish Girl as “a mistake”, adding that he “wouldn’t take it on now”.Speaking to the Sunday Times, Redmayne agreed that the criticism he received for appearing in the film was justified, saying: “I made that film with the best intentions, but I t...
Tags: Film, Society, Transgender, Culture, Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl, Redmayne


The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash

YouTube Originals presents The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash: Johnny Cash stands among the giants of 20th century American life. But his story remains tangled in mystery and myth. This documentary, created with the full cooperation of the Cash estate and rich in recently discovered archival materials, brings Cash the man out from behind the legend. Taking the remarkable Folsom Prison recording as a central motif and featuring interviews with family and celebrated collaborators, the fi...
Tags: Facebook, Music, Film, College, Johnny Cash, Folsom Prison, YouTube Originals, Johnny Cash Stars


Brooke Shields on child stardom, sexualisation and nailing comedy: ‘It’s not in my nature to be a victim’

From Hollywood movies to naked photoshoots, the actor spent much of her youth in projects that now look more than a little creepy. She talks about her alcoholic mother, her new romcom and the happiness she has found in her 50sHow, I wonder, is Brooke Shields so sorted? She has survived a childhood with an alcoholic mother, some disturbing early films, a nation’s creepy obsession with her, a divorce and severe postnatal depression. She even came through the 90s’ overplucked-eyebrow trend unharmed...
Tags: Health, New York, Hollywood, Film, Scotland, Life and style, Society, Mental Health, Netflix, Brooke Shields, Culture, Postnatal depression, Sophie, Shields, Sophie Brown


Watch "Witches Cradle," an experimental occult film from 1943

Filmmaker Maya Deren was truly ahead of her time. Deren was a Ukrainian born American artist, whose contributions to film played an important and early role in the avant garde. Deren believed that the point of film was to create an experience for the viewer. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, News, Film, 1940s, Occult, Maya Deren, Deren


Film-maker Julia Ducournau: ‘Women kicked serious ass this year’

Only the second woman to win the ​prestigious ​Palme d’Or, the French director behind Raw and new film Titane discusses the boom in female-led horror and ​how she’s terrified of being booed“When I see a stereotype,” says French director Julia Ducournau, “I try to kill it.” She certainly did that in July by winning the top prize at the Cannes film festival. The most revered and exalted award in cinema, a world away from the erratic glossiness of the Oscars, the Palme d’Or tends to honour films th...
Tags: Film, Culture, Romania, Cannes, Horror Films, Jane Campion, Campion, Julia Ducournau, Ducournau, Chloe Zhao, Audrey Diwan, Cannes 2021, Alina Grigore, Nomadland Venice, San Sebastián Blue Moon


From child labourer to Oscar hopeful, the extraordinary life of PS Vinothraj

As a boy, the Tamil director saw movies made in the market where he worked. Now he’s India’s choice for awards gloryAs a child labourer working in the flower markets of Madurai, there was nothing more exciting for PS Vinothraj than when the film crews would descend. He would put down his sacks of petals and look up in awe at the camera operators who sat atop cranes to get dramatic sweeping shots. It was, to his nine-year-old mind, intoxicating. “I knew that’s what I wanted to do with my life,” h...
Tags: Film, India, Culture, South and Central Asia, Awards and prizes, Child Labour, Oscars, Madurai, Vinothraj, Tamil Nadu He


On the Visual Thesaurus: The lingo of film noir

For my latest Visual Thesaurus column I’m celebrating Noirvember—the monthlong tribute to film noir—with a lineup of classic noir slang. The column is paywalled for three months; here’s an excerpt: Film noir is often associated with visual tropes such as wet city sidewalks, deep shadows, and oblique or “Dutch” camera angles. (“Dutch” here has nothing to do with the Netherlands; it’s a corruption of “Deutsch,” or German. German filmmakers introduced the technique as part of Expressionist s...
Tags: Amazon, Hollywood, Film, Paris, Netherlands, Linguistics, Detour, Bay Area, Slang, Lingo, Henry, Arthur, Duffey, Haskell, Ben Zimmer, Nancy Friedman


Sheila Atim: ‘Six wings, chips and a drink. That’s my guilty pleasure’

The actor, 30, talks about learning tenacity, gaining an MBE, meeting Tom Hanks and her pole-dancing addictionIt’s fun to write MBE after your name occasionally. I got the honour in 2019 for services to drama. I have complex feelings about it and it hasn’t made any tangible difference to my career, but it solidified my sense of responsibility. I’m a big advocate for youth arts access and young people often ask me about the MBE, so it’s cool to show them what’s possible. It’s almost an ambassador...
Tags: Television, Drama, Film, Life and style, Tom Hanks, Culture, Television & radio, Ferrero Rocher, Sheila Atim, Drama films, Essex Immigrants


‘I just can’t believe it exists’: Peter Jackson takes us into the Beatles vault locked up for 52 years

Ahead of his epic series Get Back, the director reveals the secrets of 60 hours of intimate, unseen footage of the Fab Four – and why it turns everything we know about their final days upside downWhen the world closed down in March 2020, most of us had to make do with pretending to enjoy video calls with friends or baking bread. Peter Jackson, meanwhile, was busy sifting through a mountain of unseen footage – 60 hours in total – of the Beatles, shot by the director Michael Lindsay-Hogg in 1969.H...
Tags: Music, Television, Film, Disney, The Beatles, Culture, Television & radio, New Zealand, Jackson, Peter Jackson, Michael Lindsay Hogg, Lindsay Hogg