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Phil Hogan on television: The Queen, Being Alan Bennett, Big Top | TV review

5 December 2009 4:10 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Phil Hogan enjoyed five hours with the Queen but not a night at the circus

I can't remember when I first started feeling sorry for the Queen. Was it the day I woke up to read in the Daily Mirror that she kept Tupperware in the house and ate cornflakes? Channel 4's excellent marathon docudrama The Queen didn't revisit that particular cruelty, but with such an abundant history of indignity to draw on you could hardly expect them to fit everything in, even with five hours to fill.

At times it looked as if the poor woman had had nothing but misery since 1952, though the real bad luck was landing the job as monarch just when the scrofulous masses were beginning to wonder whether England's world-beating class system was losing its glister after 900 years of having us all bowing and scraping while the posh had all the fun. It didn't »

- Phil Hogan

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Nine Men We Still Miss: AIDS Robs the World of Some of the Brightest Lights

12 November 2009 2:29 PM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

The original reality show broke ground with Pedro.

On November 11, 1994, the day after the final episode of The Real World: San Francisco aired, Pedro Zamora succumbed to complications from AIDS. Most of the world had only known him since June of that year, but the 22-year-old had made the most of the short time he’d spent on earth.

Born in Cuba, raised in Miami, Pedro was diagnosed as HIV+ while still in high school, and had dedicated his life to being an educator on the disease.  Prior to appearing on the groundbreaking MTV reality show, he had already spoken about the disease with Oprah Winfrey, Phil Donahue, and before a session of Congress.

But it was by appearing on The Real World: San Francisco that he managed to have a global impact. For many young people, Pedro was the first real, out gay man they ever saw »

- lostinmiami

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Think Penn.

8 October 2009 4:42 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Jose here.

With the death of iconic photographer Irving Penn earlier today I began to wonder exactly how much are movies indebted to fashion and the other way around.

This was also sparked by my viewing last night of R.J. Cutler's "The September Issue" (my review here) which deals with Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour (not played by Meryl Streep this time).

Penn was a key photographer of the magazine in the 1950's, along with legendary figures like Helmut Newton and Richard Avedon. Together they showed that there is something that fashion can bring to art. Penn, in fact was one of the first portraitists that used the blank background to shoot his subjects, technique which is as relevant today as it was groundbreaking fifty years ago (can you imagine Beyoncé's "All the Single Ladies" video with a faux-forest background?).

But Penn is also important because he was one of »

- Jose

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