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Live Premiership Rugby Union: Sale Sharks v Gloucester
Struggling Sale Sharks host top-four contenders Gloucester, a team that's looked ordinary of late while somehow scraping victories. Gloucester's fly half Freddie Burns will be hoping he can rediscover the performances that had many tipping him to become a genuine challenger for the England number 10 shirt. Sale, meanwhile, need to recapture the form that helped them reach the Lv Cup final last month, where they lost out to Harlequins. Lanre Bakare
7.30pm, Channel 4
Time was when the loyalty of leading sports stars such as boxer Teófilo Stevenson towards the Cuban regime was a given. Since the country has been forced to relax its grip as economic conditions grow more dire, »
- Lanre Bakare, David Stubbs, Andrew Mueller, Mark Jones, Julia Raeside, Ali Catterall, Gwilym Mumford, John Robinson
Park Chan-wook's Stoker is another showcase for the former grebo-rocker turned moody soundtrack specialist
Hollywood discovered Clint Mansell in 2010, the year he turned 47. Black Swan, director Darren Aronofsky's psychodrama of a ballerina driven to the brink of sanity, was every bit the outlier its title suggested, vaulting its $13m budget to take more than $300m worldwide. Key to the film's ratcheting tension was Mansell's score, which radically reworked Tchaikovsky's famous ballet. "Motörhead," wrote the Guardian's Peter Bradshaw, "could not have played the Swan Lake theme any louder than this." Mansell received a Grammy nomination for Best Film Score, only to lose out to The King's Speech.
Mansell and Aronofsky have shared a fruitful creative relationship since the latter's directorial debut, 1996's Pi, but Black Swan's startling numbers meant that suddenly, all sorts of offers were on the table. It was then that Clint Mansell decided to take a bit of time off. »
- Louis Pattison
Song for Marion is out in UK cinemas today and almost a year ago, I sat down with fabulous British actor Gemma Arternon to chat about her role in the film as choir teacher Elizabet. Gemma is going from strength to strength with previous roles including Disney Princesses, Bond Girls and more recently a Watch Hunter in Hansel and Gretel. She’s also appeared in British independent movies Tamara Drewe and The Disappearance of Alice Creed along with everyone’s favourite St. Trinian’s. In this role, she plays a much more plain an serious character than I think we’ve ever seen from her before and it was great sitting down to discuss what she loved about the role, working on the script and what we can expect from her in the future.
Song for Marion goes in a very different direction but which is guaranteed to make you »
- David Sztypuljak
Each week, Thn takes a look back at one of the Walt Disney Animated Classics. The ones that the Walt Disney Company showed in cinemas, the ones they’re most proud of, the ones that still cost a bloody fortune no matter how old they are. The really good ones get through more editions than the Star Wars trilogy, and that’s saying something.
This week, well, it’s Fantasia. This is going to be tricky.
1940/ 125 Minutes
Budget: $2.28 million
Box Office: $83,320,000
Directed by Samuel Armstrong [with others]
Fantasia actually began as a way of getting Mickey Mouse back in the limelight; The Sorcerer’s Apprentice was originally intended to be an elaborate Silly Symphonies short. However, as production costs rose, Disney realised it wouldn’t make a profit, so made it the centrepiece of “The Concert Feature”, which later became known as “Fantasia.” The soundtrack was recorded using multiple audio channels and »
- Rob Burch
There's nothing quite like the sustained pleasure of immersing one's self in a huge chunk of a top-notch artist's output for a significant period of time. This was easily accomplished in 2012, because lately it seems like the classical arms of the major labels are trying to get all their best material into budget-priced box sets (in Europe even more than in the U.S., so check the imports, especially for Sony). And anything they aren't doing that with, another label would be happy to license. In that sense, it's a great time to be a classical fan. Nonetheless, I'm keeping this list shorter than my new releases list, because, well, there's too much to listen to all of it! So to make my list, these items had to make me very, very happy in 2012.
1. Hilliard Ensemble: Franco-Flemish Masterworks (Virgin Classics)
This eight-cd box is a delight for fans of choral music, »
5 items from 2013
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