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Cary Elwes on The Princess Bride: ‘I know what my epitaph will be’

4 February 2015 12:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Since its release in 1987, The Princess Bride has built a devoted following – nowhere more so than in the Freeman household. Hadley Freeman takes her family along to meet its dashing star Cary Elwes

Back in 1987, my mother took my little sister Nell and me to see a new movie she’d read something about in a newspaper: The Bride Princess, she thought, or maybe the The Princess Bride. This movie ended up changing my sister in a way that can only be described as profound. Before seeing The Princess Bride, Nell refused to wear dresses and didn’t much like books; afterwards, she relaxed the tomboyish dresscode and she read William Goldman’s extremely funny original novel, The Princess Bride, so many times that she got told off at school for bringing it in too much.

The reasons Nell loved The Princess Bride exemplify, I suspect, why it has become »

- Hadley Freeman

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Spit, sawdust, bullseye! – how we all learned to love darts

3 January 2015 1:30 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

I used to laugh at darts. But not any more. This weekend’s Pdc world championship final promises all the thrills of a penalty shoot-out – and blessed relief from the vainglories of other sports

When the comedian Mel Smith died in 2013, most of the tributes on TV included his famous “darts sketch”, from the 1980s TV satire show Not the Nine O’Clock News. In the sketch Griff Rhys Jones is Dai “Fat Belly” Gutbucket, competing against Smith, as Tommy “Even Fatter Belly” Belcher. Puffing away on cigs, they stand by a table groaning with bottles of booze, the joke being that instead of throwing doubles, they’re downing doubles; brandy, vodka, and so on.

Oh how we laughed, the young, savvy, Guardian-reading – there, I’ve said it – audience for that show. But in recent years, darts has become much more than a reliable source of cheap laughs for the chattering classes. »

- Martin Kelner

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