Last Christmas review a grisly, sub-Richard Curtis festive pudding

This shameless attempt by screenwriter Emma Thompson to siphon off the eggnog flavour from Love Actually is clunky and weird For years, Emma Thompson, whose undoubted screenplay skills form part of her unique double-Oscar achievement (one for acting in Howards End, the other for adapting Paul Feig, who gave us Bridesmaids and the Ghostbusters remake. This grisly Christmassy adventure features unbearable skittery-giggly dialogue of the sort not spoken by actual humans, while it attempts to siphon off the eggnog flavour from Curtiss who gave his permission some years ago and when the connection between the twist reveal and Michaels lyrics dawns on you, there is a real danger of you going into anaphylactic shock. Suffice it to say that this …

Photographer of swinging 60s Terry O’Neill dies aged 81

Man known for his pictures of Beatles, Stones, Bardot and Sean Connery had cancer Terry ONeill, the photographer who chronicled Londons 1960s culture by capturing the celebrities and public figures who defined the era, has died aged 81. ONeill, who was awarded a CBE last month for services to photography and was known for his work with the likes of Frank Sinatra, David Bowie and Elizabeth Taylor, died at home on Saturday night after a long illness, his agency said. He had prostate cancer. It is with a heavy heart that Iconic Images announces the passing of Terence Terry ONeill, CBE, a spokeswoman for the agency said. As one of the most iconic photographers of the last 60 years, his …

Micro-aggressions and misery: why Marriage Story is a rare example of a Hollywood divorce film

Starring Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver, Noah Baumbachs film doesnt just put you off divorce it puts you off marriage in the first place It is amazing how much great pop music has been inspired by break-ups and how little great cinema. Perhaps we are happier dealing with heartbreak via three minutes of Fleetwood Mac than we are poring over it in live-action detail for two hours. Give us a romcom any day. This is what makes Noah Baumbachs Marriage Story, if not exactly refreshing, at least very honest. Marriage Story is one of the rare movies to stare divorce in the face. Or faces. Intensely focused on its unhappy couple (Scarlett Johansson), it tracks the mechanics of the modern …

Cline Dion: Courage review | Alexis Petridis’s album of the week

A team of young, hip producers signals Dions newfound cult status, but its the wobbly-lipped ballads, not EDM, that she does like no one else For decades, you knew where you were with Phil Spector collaboration) hinting at an intriguing musical path not subsequently followed. Dion seemed to have arrived pretty much as she remained: parked defiantly in the middle of the road, flicking the Vs or whatever gesture the Qubecois use to express disdain at passing trends. Indeed, Canadian critic Carl Wilson used her 1997 album Lets Talk About Love as the basis for somehow became hip. Rappers including Drake and Desiigner queued up to the toast of this years Paris fashion week, snapped in a variety of mind-blowing …

Nan Goldin review Gut-wrenching, brilliant and beautiful. I cannot turn away

The artists first UK show in 20 years is a knotty elegy to youth and the people we leave behind Nan Goldin photographs her life, her friendships and loves, her losses and addictions, good times and bad times. Little, if anything, is off-limits. The first large show of Goldins work in the the sky on the twilight of erthur, Switzerland. This large-scale print gives us a bilious dirty orange sky, a silhouetted chimney, a sodium-yellow streetlight glowing in the dusk. The world heaves in this image, its emotional weather, the uncanny light. Greer Modeling Jewellery (1985) Photograph: Nan Goldin Threaded through the exhibition are warm photographs of Goldins friends and lovers, the drag queens, cross-dressers, transexuals and third sexers. These …

Neil Young faces US citizenship delay over marijuana use

The Canadian songwriter is pursuing dual citizenship in order to vote my conscience on Donald J Trump in the 2020 election a letter to fans posted on his website, the Canadian songwriter said that he passed the test for citizenship, but that he has been called to take another test due to my use of marijuana and how some people who smoke it have a problem. The US Citizenship and Immigration Services added a policy in April 2019, proposed by Jeff Sessions during his period as attorney general, which states: An applicant who is involved in certain marijuana related activities may lack GMC (Good Moral Character) if found to have violated federal law, even if such activity is not unlawful …

Elizabeth Banks: My film is loaded with sneaky feminist ideas

Actor, writer and director Elizabeth Banks is that rarest of people in Hollywood: a woman who gets her voice heard. As her Charlies Angels reboot arrives in cinemas, she talks about setting her own agenda, equal pay and what she learned from Julia Roberts When public service announcement for the American Heart Association that went very viral and a funny short film with the actor Chlo Grace Moretz. Banks had already set up a production company, Brownstone, with her husband, the sportswriter Max Handelman. When the director of Pitch Perfect declined to take on a sequel, Banks considered it a no-brainer to take the job. Shed been a producer on the franchise already; she had all the intel she needed. …

Last Christmas review Emma Thompson’s romcom is an overstuffed turkey

An attempt to pay tribute to the music of George Michael and the fandom of Love Actually fails on both counts and at many more things along the way Somewhere in the last decade, audiences, and in turn financiers, fell out of love with the London-set romantic comedy, a subgenre that had almost single-handedly been keeping the British film industry alive, or at least somewhat in profit. They were repetitive, predictable and filled with characters who were exclusively, uncomfortably, posh and white yet they were also undeniably effective crowd-pleasers and like many, Ive missed them, as parodical as they can often be. So has Emma Thompson, it seems. Because with all the confidence of a well-spoken Oxbridge alumnus delivering a …

Jane Krakowski: I still have a face bra at home

The star of Kimmy Schmidt, 30 Rock and new period drama Dickinson discusses a career spent playing narcissists and some very strange souvenirs There were two reasons that Tina Feys favourite sort-of bad guy. Wiz Khalifa has a cameo as Death, is quite, well, Jenna Maroney. Jenna is every excess of a celebrity turned up to 11; when Tina Feys Liz Lemon describes her as a high-strung perfectionist, she zings back: I prefer soul-sucking monster. Cant stop the rock… Krakowski in 30 Rock with Tina Fey, Jack McBrayer, Alec Baldwin and Tracy Morgan. Photograph: PictureLux/The Hollywood Archive/Alamy Krakowski arrived on 30 Rock after the unaired pilot, in which a far less ego-driven Jenna was played by comic actor Rachel Dratch. …

Mtorhead members win inclusion on Rock Hall of Fame nominations list

Outcry from fans and long-serving musicians wins change after US institution includes Birmingham band on 2020 shortlist When Motrhead were nominated for induction to the singer-songwriter and bassist Lemmy Kilmister, guitarist Phil Philthy Animal Taylor were named as band members. That left out two of the Birmingham heavy metal bands longer-serving musicians, guitarist Phil Campbell and Kilmister and Clarke in 2018. Campbell joined the band in 1984 and stayed until Kilmisters death. Before the Hall made its correction, Dee, the drummer from 1992, told posted to Mtorheads Twitter account said: Thanks to everyone who spoke up loudly. Thanks to the Rock Hall for listening and adding Phil and Mikkey. All for one and one for all! The other nominations for …

Paul Feig: ‘Male humour always devolves into homophobia and name-calling’

The director adores working with women but did the all-female Ghostbusters furore change that? Not a bit, he says Paul Feig has a tendency to make films that are difficult to talk about until you have seen them. The trailers for The Heat and A S Last Christmas Daenerys Targaryen is an excellent comic actor. Isnt it crazy? Feig says. A huge Game of Thrones fan, he summoned her for a meeting. I was expecting her to be very Daenerys, you know, proper: How do you do? She comes in, and shes just funny, goofy and effervescent. I equate her in this movie to when Meg Ryan was in When Harry Met Sally. The whole country just goes: were in …

Ellen DeGeneres: should we judge her by the company she keeps? | Rebecca Nicholson

Mixing with George W Bush doesnt exactly enhance her liberal credentials Ellen DeGeneres is nice, isnt she? She dances funny. Shes got lovely twinkly eyes and shes made it OK for grans everywhere to love lesbians, if theyre like Ellen and are nice and do dancing. Last week, the comedian and talkshow host used a segment of her show to perform a four-minute monologue on the importance of being friends with people whose views do not always resemble our own, especially when it comes to awkward topics such as war crimes. She was moved to sermonise on this topic after being criticised on Twitter. While watching the Dallas Cowboys, in 2004 called for a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage, …

‘Future relics’: the painter capturing the beauty of council houses

Frank Lawss Hopperesque watercolours depict the individual character of east Londons most impressive and everyday buildings, as gentrification threatens their very existence From Mike Leighs film Meantime to the TV show Top Boy, the social housing estates of east London have provided rich subject matter for writers and artists exploring the human stories intertwining in their communities. In the paintings of east Londoner Plan Bs film and album Ill Manors, stand eerily quiet and vacant in Lawss images. Laws was born in a village in Norfolk but hated the rural quiet. I was always scared of the dark in the countryside, says the 37-year-old. Im still scared of it. Its this fear, and Laws love of film noir, that informs …

Plcido Domingo withdraws from Met Opera performances after sexual harassment claims

Opera singer drops role in Macbeth and agrees no longer to perform with New York company The Metropolitan Opera announced on Tuesday that Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways

Cream drummer Ginger Baker critically ill in hospital

Family of Baker, who has also performed with Fela Kuti and Public Image Ltd, ask fans to keep him in your prayers Ginger Baker, the jazz and blues drummer who co-founded the rock band Cream, has been reported critically ill. Fela Kuti. He has since spent time in cosmic rock band Public Image Ltd, and in groups with jazz musicians including Charlie Haden and Bill Frisell. A documentary about his life, Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways

Louis Tomlinson on loss and love: The dark side Ive been through gives me strength

The One Direction singer has had to battle a series of personal tragedies while launching his solo career. And its his fans and friends who have kept him going After Louis Tomlinsons recent show in Madrid, some fans got the chance to meet him. One girl wanted to talk to him about his song Watch the video for Kill My Mind Tomlinsons personal tragedies also meant his solo career has had a bit of a stop-start quality, but now it looks as if there is focus and momentum. He released his single One Direction, the band the show put together in its 2010 series. For six years they sold tens of millions of records, broke America and each made a …