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20 items from 2012


Rewind TV: The Fear; The Town; A Young Doctor's Notebook; The Secret Life of Rubbish; Imagine... Jeanette Winterson: My Monster and Me; Inside Claridge's – review

8 December 2012 4:06 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Peter Mullan's bravura performance wasn't enough to rescue Channel 4's incoherent four-part drama about a Brighton crime boss suffering from dementia

The Fear (C4) | 4oD

The Town (ITV1) | ITV Player

A Young Doctor's Notebook (Sky Arts 1)

The Secret Life of Rubbish (BBC4) | iPlayer

Imagine Jeanette Winterson: My Monster and Me (BBC2) | iPlayer

Inside Claridge's (BBC2) | iPlayer

The Fear ran across four consecutive nights for a total of four hours. The question is whether that was two hours or three hours too long. Those who argue that it was four hours too long have a strong case, but that would be unfair to Peter Mullan, who gave a powerful performance in difficult circumstances.

He played Richie Beckett, a Brighton crime boss with fast-moving dementia. He went from administrative incompetence to hopeless incontinence in about as much time as it would have taken him to pull his trousers down. »

- Andrew Anthony

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Rewind TV: The Fear; The Town; A Young Doctor's Notebook; The Secret Life of Rubbish; Imagine... Jeanette Winterson: My Monster and Me; Inside Claridge's – review

8 December 2012 4:06 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Peter Mullan's bravura performance wasn't enough to rescue Channel 4's incoherent four-part drama about a Brighton crime boss suffering from dementia

The Fear (C4) | 4oD

The Town (ITV1) | ITV Player

A Young Doctor's Notebook (Sky Arts 1)

The Secret Life of Rubbish (BBC4) | iPlayer

Imagine Jeanette Winterson: My Monster and Me (BBC2) | iPlayer

Inside Claridge's (BBC2) | iPlayer

The Fear ran across four consecutive nights for a total of four hours. The question is whether that was two hours or three hours too long. Those who argue that it was four hours too long have a strong case, but that would be unfair to Peter Mullan, who gave a powerful performance in difficult circumstances.

He played Richie Beckett, a Brighton crime boss with fast-moving dementia. He went from administrative incompetence to hopeless incontinence in about as much time as it would have taken him to pull his trousers down. »

- Andrew Anthony

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TV review: Imagine: Jeanette Winterson – My Monster and Me; Why Poverty? The Great Land Rush

4 December 2012 4:02 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Winterson's passion and eloquence was exhilarating. By the end, I felt as refreshed as if I had been bathing in a rough sea

There are so many mindboggling vignettes in Jeanette Winterson's story, each one precision-engineered by the extraordinary mental tools at her disposal, that the temptation is simply to list them for readers who have not yet had the pleasure or good fortune to read her roman à clef, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, her memoir Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal or watch Imagine: Jeanette Winterson – My Monster and Me (BBC1), and then just leave them to boggle too at Winterson's awful and awe-inspiring story. But they are told too perfectly by Winterson in her books and to Alan Yentob in last night's documentary for me to want or dare to summarise them here. Read and watch at your leisure and be astounded by them all. »

- Lucy Mangan

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TV listings and previews: plan your week's viewing - 3-7 December

2 December 2012 11:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Your chance to be a fly-on-the-wall at some exclusive London locations – plus another tango in Halifax and a nationwide Shakespeare-off

Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday | Friday

MondayInside Claridge's

9pm, BBC2

You don't have to have a mixture of a sunny disposition, infinite patience and obsessive attention to detail to work at Claridge's, but it helps. Why? Because, as this fly-on-the-wall series reveals, everything at the hotel has to be perfect. It takes days of work, for example, to transform an entire floor to a temporary palace for foreign royals who haven't even confirmed their stay. Sharp questions from behind the camera and humour prick the how-to-spend-it bubble. General manager Thomas Kochs on the perils of jotting a note to U2's guitarist: "You can't write, 'Dear Mr The Edge…'" Jw

The Real Man's Road Trip: Sean And Jon Go West

9pm, Channel 4

More amusing culture-clash frolics as liberal city-slicker-type »

- Ben Arnold, Ali Catterall, Mark Jones, Andrew Mueller, Gwilym Mumford, Phelim O'Neill, Louis Pattison, Julia Raeside, Sam Richards, John Robinson, Martin Skegg, David Stubbs, Hannah Verdier, Jonathan Wright

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What future for the arts with these Tory philistines? | Catherine Bennett

2 December 2012 5:09 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Little wonder our great creative talents despair as dark falls on regional theatres, libraries and the humanities

Given their lifetime's experience in generating applause, it is mystifying how brilliant directors can often struggle, when it comes to defending their own cause, to elicit the desired response. In theory, no one is better qualified to win the argument for the arts. In practice, the words evidently glance off or, to judge by online comments, even alienate, the very people they want to engage.

As a champion of regional theatres, the great director Danny Boyle recently stressed their importance as an alternative from "Wetherspoon and Walkabout pubs and Mario Balotelli and John Terry". Maybe it was modesty that stopped him dwelling, or dwelling for long enough, on his own Olympic opening ceremony, which touched and spectacularly united the nation. Instead, Boyle identified the privately funded cultural practices – sport, going to pubs – that »

- Catherine Bennett

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Morning Brew - Mon. Nov. 26: Lindsay Lohan on her relationship with Sam Ronson, lesbian Republicans in "The New York Times"

26 November 2012 7:22 AM, PST | AfterEllen.com | See recent AfterEllen.com news »

Tags: Morning BrewSamantha RonsonLindsay LohanCarla BruniDorothy AllisonJeanette WintersonIMDb

Good morning! I hope you all had a nice long weekend.

Lindsay Lohan spoke with Us Weekly about her relationship with Samantha Ronson.

Two toxic people cannot be together. End of story. We’re friends now. That’s how it started so I think that’s how it was meant to be. I was bold enough to say, "Yeah I like a girl. And?" That put her in a situation where she was being attacked every day. That’s not fair. And what am I left with? Heartbreak. That was three years ago. It was my last serious relationship.

"Didn't we almost have it all?"

Photo by Jean Baptiste Lacroix/Getty

And now Britney Spears' "Toxic" is in my head.

Calgary Stampeder Jon Cornish has two moms, and one of them is an Anglican priest. Pretty rad.

Jeanette Winterson wrote about »

- trishbendix

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Hammer Launches YouTube Channel

23 August 2012 10:01 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

To the delight of fans worldwide Hammer, Britain’s most celebrated genre film brand which recently produced box office smash The Woman in Black and the acclaimed Let Me In, today launches its first dedicated YouTube Channel at www.youtube.com/hammerfilms.  For the very first time, exclusive new content from current Hammer productions as well as carefully restored classic Hammer feature films will be available to stream online.

The Hammer Films Channel will carry a range of exclusive new content, previews, commentary and behind the scenes material from upcoming new productions such as The Quiet Ones starring Jared Harris and Sam Claflin and The Woman in Black: Angels of Death, the follow up to the worldwide box office hit, The Woman in Black, starring Daniel Radcliffe.

In addition, the Hammer Films Channel will stream a collection of Hammer.s well-known classic feature film titles including The Quatermass Xperiment, The »

- Michelle McCue

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Bring on the blood-spattered bodies – the Tories are in power

1 June 2012 6:18 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Perhaps it's only natural that horror's rise in popularity – in film as well as books – tends to mirror that of the Conservative party

In May 2001, Margaret Thatcher gave a speech to a gathering of Tories in Plymouth. She told the party faithful: "I was told beforehand my arrival was unscheduled, but on the way here I passed a local cinema and it turns out you were expecting me after all. The billboard read The Mummy Returns."

A joke, perhaps, but one that shouldn't be dismissed too lightly, because as the horror genre enjoys one of its shambling, cyclical returns to form, could it possibly be that such spikes in supernatural fiction's popularity do, in fact, coincide with Conservative gains on the UK's political battlefield?

A cursory glance at the points where horror fiction did enjoy periods of resurgence do tend to follow an upward graph with Tory fortunes. For example, »

- David Barnett

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Adrian Searle encounters … Luc Tuymans's Allo!

4 May 2012 8:28 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The Guardian art critic journeys deep into the heart of darkness with Tuymans's Gauguin-themed painting, displayed in A Room for London, the boat perched on the Queen Elizabeth Hall

Gallery: cast adrift in A Room for London

When did I last get butt-naked with a painting in the line of duty, I ask myself. There's just the two of us here: me, and a work by Luc Tuymans called, propitiously enough, Allo!

I'm off to bed. We're in my cabin on a boat called the Roi des Belges ("King of the Belgians"). Tuymans is Belgian too. To be honest, this is the only cabin. It's after midnight and the crew – let's call them "room service" – aren't about. The tide's up. Where's my cocoa?

I'm sailing through the night on the Roi de Belges, the riverboat shuddering and creaking on the roof of the Queen Elizabeth Hall on London's South Bank. »

- Adrian Searle

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Hammer To Develop And Produce Horror Film Based On Winchester Mystery House

27 April 2012 5:05 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

In the first deal of its kind, the San Jose, California based Winchester Mystery House considered the .world.s most haunted house. is authorizing Hammer, an Exclusive Media company, the use of its unique property for a feature film based on its legendary story. Hammer has optioned all rights to develop and produce the feature film with Imagination Design Works (Idw) and Nine/8 Entertainment, it was announced today by Simon Oakes, Vice-Chairman of Exclusive Media and President & CEO of Hammer, and Guy East and Nigel Sinclair, Co-Chairmen of Exclusive Media.

Production on the supernatural horror film currently in development will be overseen by Exclusive Media.s Tobin Armbrust, President of Worldwide Production and Acquisitions, and Shira Rockowitz, Director of Development and Production. Brett Tomberlin and Antonia Lianos will produce for Imagination Design Works, Inc along with Andrew Trapani and Brian Gilbert for Nine/8 Entertainment.

.The Winchester House has a rich and compelling history. »

- Michelle McCue

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Hammer Signs Jared Harris To Star In The Quiet Ones

16 April 2012 10:10 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Simon Oakes, Vice-Chairman of Exclusive Media and President & CEO of Hammer and Guy East and Nigel Sinclair, Co-Chairmen of Exclusive Media, Hammer.s parent company, announced today that Jared Harris has signed on to star as Professor Joseph Coupland in The Quiet Ones.

The Quiet Ones is a supernatural thriller/horror to be directed by John Pogue (Quarantine 2) which James Gay-Rees (Senna, Exit Through The Gift Shop) will produce in association with Tpsc Films. With the story and original screenplay by Tom DeVille, revisions by Craig Rosenberg, Oren Moverman and most recently John Pogue, the film is currently in pre-production and will start shooting in June 2012 in the UK.

Inspired by true events, The Quiet Ones tells the story of an unorthodox, but charismatic professor who uses controversial methods and leads his best students off the grid to take part in a dangerous experiment:  to create a poltergeist from negative human energy. »

- Michelle McCue

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What Happened to the Coming-Out Memoir?

2 April 2012 1:00 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

What has the publishing industry put in the water? This spring heralds the arrival of not one but two memoirs by prominent lesbian writers: Jeanette Winterson’s Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? and Alison Bechdel’s Are You My Mother? In this week’s issue of the magazine, I write about those memoirs and about my own formative first encounter with Winterson’s coming-out novel, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit. That was back when I was coming out myself, and queer literature was a revelation: taboo yet affirming, illicit yet requisite, totally comforting, totally hot. At the time, I couldn’t get enough of it. Almost twenty years later, as I settled down with the Winterson and Bechdel memoirs, I realized something startling: I couldn’t remember the last time I’d read a coming-out story, or even anything specifically queer. What happened? For one thing, »

- Kathryn Schulz

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Hammer’s The Woman In Black Most Successful British Horror Film Of The Last 20 Years

28 February 2012 7:33 AM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Hammer.s hit film The Woman in Black has broken records again after becoming the UK.s highest grossing British horror film since records began 20 years ago*. The film has now made more than many Hollywood productions shot in the UK with British talent such as: The Others, Bram Stoker.s Dracula and Interview with a Vampire, as well as home-grown horrors such as Shaun Of The Dead and 28 Days Later.

The film has scored a hat-trick at the top of the UK box office for distributor Momentum Pictures. Holding the number one slot in the UK for the last 3 weeks, it has taken a total of £14,598,813 from 457 screens (per screen average of £5,351).

The film.s UK success is echoed by a sensational North American performance for a British film, which now stands at more than $50 million after 25 days on release.

The Woman in Black, starring Daniel Radcliffe, is directed »

- Michelle McCue

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Hammer Films Announces Project to House Hammer’s Script Archive

21 February 2012 6:22 AM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The Cinema And Television History (Cath) Research Centre at Leicester De Montfort University is delighted and honored to be the custodian of Hammer’s archive of scripts.

Internationally, Hammer is the most famous of Britain’s film studios, and in the UK it has an impressive heritage. Most recently with The Woman In Black which has since its release taken over £10m in the UK and over $60m worldwide- Hammer is bringing its brand of horror films to a whole new generation.

The Cath Research Centre is proud to be associated with the revival of this classic British brand, and to be entrusted with elements of its historic archive at a time when the company is restoring its classic films for Blu-ray and DVD release. Our agreement with Hammer will involve the cataloguing and curation of the materials, but the intention is also to make them available to scholars in digital form. »

- Tom Stockman

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Exclusive Media’s Hammer Acquires Gaslight Screenplay

8 February 2012 1:24 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Exclusive Media.S Hammer Production Label Acquires Rights To Blacklist Screenplay .Gaslight.

Hammer To Develop And Produce The Horror Feature Film

Iconic production company Hammer, an Exclusive Media company, has acquired the rights to Gaslight, an original screenplay written by newcomer Ian Fried, it was announced today by Simon Oakes, Vice-Chairman of Exclusive Media and President & CEO of Hammer, and Guy East and Nigel Sinclair, Co-Chairmen of Exclusive Media.  Hammer will develop and produce Gaslight for the big screen.

The screenplay landed on Hollywood.s Blacklist of the best unproduced scripts in 2011 and is an atmospheric thriller in the vein of From Hell meets The Silence Of The Lambs. Secretly imprisoned in a London insane asylum, the infamous Jack the Ripper helps Scotland Yard investigators solve a series of grisly murders whose victims all share the iconic death brand: dual puncture wounds to the neck.

Tobin Armbrust, President of Worldwide Production & Acquisitions of Exclusive Media, »

- Michelle McCue

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Women writers turn to the horror story

30 January 2012 2:44 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Jeanette Winterson and Helen Dunmore among famous names venturing into the horror genre this year

As an icy wind blows in from the east, the grip of a good horror story is tightening its hold on many of Britain's leading literary talents. Terrifying new novels from outspoken author Jeanette Winterson and from the acclaimed novelist and children's writer Helen Dunmore are at the head of a blast of chilling fiction heading for British bookshops.

Where once an accomplished "lady novelist" in search of a change might have attempted a neat whodunnit or perhaps a cosy "Aga saga", suddenly the unholy desire to create a horror or ghost story has seized a range of established talents. Even the television book club presenter Judy Finnigan has been drawn to the genre for her debut novel, a ghost story that will be out this autumn.

Winterson, who had her first success with the »

- Vanessa Thorpe

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Hammer Announces Global Film Restoration Project

19 January 2012 12:15 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

© Hammer

In a landmark collaboration, Hammer today announced that Studiocanal, Anolis Entertainment (Germany), Pinewood, illuminate Hollywood fka Htv and others are coming together to undertake a major restoration of the iconic Hammer film library. The project will bring over 30 movies into HD format for Blu-ray and new media exploitation in the 21st Century. This represents substantial investment by Hammer and its key partner Studiocanal, and is testimony to the extraordinary regard with which the Hammer legacy is held internationally, with some materials for the project being provided by Hammer’s original Us production partners Twentieth Century Fox, Warner Bros. and Paramount Pictures.

Dracula Prince of Darkness is the first title scheduled for release in the global restoration project and will be released in the UK in conjunction with Studiocanal in March 2012. The partnership continues throughout the spring for the releases of The Reptile and The Plague of The Zombies, and »

- Michelle McCue

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Literary events in 2012

6 January 2012 2:51 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

More Dickens and even more Shakespeare, but also new novels from Toni Morrison, Hilary Mantel, Zadie Smith, plus exciting new voices – 2012's literary highlights

January

10 Charles Dickens's The Mystery of Edwin Drood, starring Matthew Rhys and Tamzin Merchant, begins – and, unlike the book, ends – on BBC2.

13 Michael Morpurgo's much-loved children's novel War Horse, a long-running favourite at the National and on Broadway, gets the Hollywood treatment. A tearjerking saga about a young soldier and his horse – it was only a matter of time before it was Spielberged.

16 Ts Eliot prize. Despite withdrawals from the shortlist over objections to a hedge fund's sponsorship of the prize, the Eliot remains the UK's premier poetry award, and its eve-of-event reading is always a treat. This year's shortlist includes Daljit Nagra, Carol Ann Duffy and John Burnside.

20 Release of film of Coriolanus, an Orson Wellesian effort directed by and starring Ralph Fiennes, »

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Literary events in 2012

6 January 2012 2:51 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

More Dickens and even more Shakespeare, but also new novels from Toni Morrison, Hilary Mantel, Zadie Smith, plus exciting new voices – 2012's literary highlights

January

10 Charles Dickens's The Mystery of Edwin Drood, starring Matthew Rhys and Tamzin Merchant, begins – and, unlike the book, ends – on BBC2.

13 Michael Morpurgo's much-loved children's novel War Horse, a long-running favourite at the National and on Broadway, gets the Hollywood treatment. A tearjerking saga about a young soldier and his horse – it was only a matter of time before it was Spielberged.

16 Ts Eliot prize. Despite withdrawals from the shortlist over objections to a hedge fund's sponsorship of the prize, the Eliot remains the UK's premier poetry award, and its eve-of-event reading is always a treat. This year's shortlist includes Daljit Nagra, Carol Ann Duffy and John Burnside.

20 Release of film of Coriolanus, an Orson Wellesian effort directed by and starring Ralph Fiennes, »

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Eve Arnold apprentice: she taught me how to pack a suitcase

5 January 2012 5:19 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Beeban Kidron became the great photographer's apprentice at 16 and learned the tricks, trials and triumphs of the business

At 99 and after a long stay in a nursing home, the death of legendary photographer Eve Arnold was hardly a surprise – though she may have been just a little annoyed to quit a few months short of 100.

I was very young when I was summoned to Eve's flat in Mayfair. Under my arm was a pile of photographs taken during the previous year. Unfortunately I had spilt a jar of pickled beetroot over them just before leaving home. Fortunately I had managed to rinse most of the pink stains off but they were still a little damp, and a slight whiff of beetroot emanated from the envelope.

On the intercom her voice was as deep as a man's and as American as the movies – in no way suggesting the elegant and diminutive »

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