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Pulp singer delights his young audience at Royal Festival Hall with his narration of the Russian composer's children's story
Being asked to narrate Peter and the Wolf is like being cast as Lear: the ultimate sign you have pricked a certain layer of the nation's consciousness. David Bowie has done it. So has Peter Ustinov. Ditto Patrick Stewart, Ben Kingsley and David Attenborough. It was only a matter of time, then, before Jarvis Cocker was given the honour.
Like those that have gone before him, the Pulp singer is the owner of a voice you'd recognise underwater, a deep and warm tenor with vowels as flat as his native Sheffield is hilly.
"Hello everyone. I'm Jarvis," he said with a salute, as he strode on to the stage at London's Royal Festival Hall. The introduction was not superfluous. While Cocker will be remembered by anyone over 30 after his bottom sabotaged »
- Helen Pidd
Jarvis Cocker has expressed a preference for tight-fitting underwear. Bang Showbiz quotes the Pulp frontman as stating that he hardly wears boxer shorts due to their "insufficient support". He said: "I'm wearing American Apparel Y-fronts. Not boxers. I find that boxers provide insufficient support." The star continued: "I've been known to wear swimming trunks. But only when I'm swimming. You won't find me sauntering around a beach in a pair of trunks. "I'd look (more) »
- By Paul Millar
Jarvis Cocker only wears tight-fitting underpants. The Pulp star refuses to wear baggy boxer shorts as he hates the lack of support they offer. He said, "I'm wearing American Apparel Y-fronts. Not boxers. I find that boxers provide insufficient support."
Underwear is not the only item of clothing Jarvis has strong feelings about. The 47-year-old singer also hates donning swimming trunks and other beachwear as his 6ft 2in height makes it difficult for him to look stylish.
He explained, "I've been known to wear swimming trunks. But only when I'm swimming. You won't find me sauntering around a beach in a pair of trunks. I'd look totally ridiculous and people would laugh at me. It's good to know your limits. Swimming trunks might work for the George Michaels of the world, but they don't work for me."
"It's easy to make sartorial mistakes when the weather gets hot. I've tried walking around in shorts, »
The chestnuts won't just be roasting on an open fire at this time of year; they'll also be coming to a screen near you. Christmas movies are a time-honoured tradition of saccharine family values and simulated bonhomie but, having realised that most people get enough of this at home, the smarter cinemas are at last offering alternatives.
The chestnut of choice this year is Frank Capra's It's A Wonderful Life, which, despite its icing sugar of schmaltz, could strike a chord with its themes of relinquished ambitions and financial hardship. The film is the centrepiece of the BFI Southbank's Rediscovering Frank Capra season (SE1, to 30 Dec, bfi.org.uk), and joining it in many places is another Jimmy Stewart festive classic, Lubitsch's The Shop Around The Corner.
In a similar vein, the Christmas seasons at the Glasgow Film Theatre (to 24 Dec, gft.org.uk) and Edinburgh Filmhouse (Sat to 24 Dec, »
- Steve Rose
Of all the films at the London Film Festival, we particularly warmed to Lemmy, the rock documentary from directors Wes Orshoski and Greg Olliver. And, luckily for us, they were on hand for a chat. So, we grabbed a few minutes of their time, just before they scarpered off for a drink with two members of New Wave of British Heavy Metal group, Girlschool.
Two charming and energetic dudes, they regaled us with a few priceless production anecdotes, including how they got on Lemmy’s good side, what the man himself thought of the film, and how, when they wanted to storm a stage at a Metallica gig, they ignored the band’s managers and asked James Hetfield directly.
You’ve both been involved in the »
Liam Gallagher "can't be bothered" with partying anymore. The 38-year-old Beady Eye frontman, who has two sons, 11-year-old Lennon from his marriage to Patsy Kensit and nine-year-old Gene with current wife Nicole Appleton, prefers a quiet night in with his family and claims he has never been a fan of glitzy showbiz bashes.
"I haven't really been out for 24 years. Everyone thinks they're so cool," he told the Daily Star newspaper when speaking at the after-party for Primal Scream's "Screamadelica" concert on Saturday, November 27 hosted by Wyld, W Hotels and American Express. "I could be somewhere else to be honest - at home or with my mates. I don't do it as much as I used to. I just can't be bothered with these parties any more."
Despite saying he no longer enjoys partying, Liam appeared to be having a good time at the bash, which also marked the launch of new bar Wyld, »
Katie Price is no fool. She would have made a great guest editor of the Today programme
Katie Price (glamour model, one-woman brand eruption, pantomime villain for an entire, braying nation, bestselling author) will not guest edit the Today programme on Radio 4 over the Christmas period after all.
The BBC confirmed late on Friday its list of guest editors; they include Colin Firth (actor, activist, thinking/eco-person's pin-up, Oscar nominee, the man whose public profile is regularly conflated with that of dreamy Mr Darcy), who follows in the footsteps of Stephen Hawking, Pd James, Jarvis Cocker and the Archbishop of Canterbury.
Radio 4 fans and higher-minded BBC journalists are said to be breathing a sigh of relief over the decision, having spent much of last week furiously lambasting corporation bosses for even dreaming that unleashing Price, 32, on Today might be a sensible idea.
Price, the artist formerly known as Jordan, is »
- Polly Vernon
Flagship programme continues tradition of having guest editors after Christmas, while talks continue with Katie Price
Atheist writer Diana Athill, actor Colin Firth and artist and filmmaker Sam Taylor-Wood will be giving Today listeners their own personal take on the day's news as guest editors of the Radio 4 programme between Christmas and New Year.
Richard Ingrams, editor of The Oldie and Private Eye co-founder, and Dame Clara Furse, former chief executive of the London Stock Exchange, will also be taking a turn in the editor's chair for what has become an annual festive tradition for the show.
The BBC confirmed earlier this week that it was talking to Katie Price, the model, reality TV star and author, about joining this year's Christmas guest editor roster.
Price's name was absent from the confirmed list of guest editors published yesterday, but the Today editor, Ceri Thomas, said "we're still talking" to Price »
- Jason Deans
With the arrival of Toy Story 3 (2010, Disney, PG), cinema (and now DVD) arguably has its first note-perfect trilogy. While Coppola lost the plot in The Godfather's third act, Kieslowski fumbled the ball with Three Colours: White and Jackson's The Two Towers (inevitably) sagged a bit in the middle, Pixar's bittersweet final outing with Woody and Buzz has all the poignant beauty of the last chapter of Winnie the Pooh. Remember that strange sensation (loss, elation, befuddlement) you got as Christopher Robin tried to explain to Pooh why he might not be coming back to the Hundred Acre Wood but Pooh would always have Piglet and Eeyore to play with? Well, prepare to shed those same tears again – all the more so if you're a grown-up who has long since put away childish things, »
- Mark Kermode
Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker has seemingly hinted that Pulp may perform at next year's Glastonbury festival. The Sheffield group recently announced that they had reformed and would be headlining this year's Wireless festival, tickets for which went on sale today. Writing on Twitter via his NotJarvisCocker account today, the singer wrote: "Glastonbury 2011 Tickets already sold out. And I was really hoping (more) »
- By Mayer Nissim
All six original members of British band Pulp are reuniting for the first time in 14 years to perform at shows in 2011. Led by Jarvis Cocker, with Nick Banks, Candida Doyle, Steve Mackey, Russell Senior and Mark Webber, the rock and post-rock act will be headlining the Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona on May 27 and the Wireless Festival in London on July 3. In a release posted on the band's Facebook page, the sextet said they'd be performing songs from all of Pulp's career. "In the meantime, ask yourself this: 'Do You Remember the First Time?" the post read, »
- Katie Hasty
Though 2010 still has a handful of weeks left in it, it's never too soon to start contemplating what might be on your musical menu in 2011. In keeping with recent traditions that saw cult bands get back together to rave reviews and far more success than they ever had during their initial runs (we're looking fondly at you, Pavement and Faith No More), one of the best bands of the Britpop movement will play some old songs together again next year. Pulp, who were icons in their native U.K. but never quite had the same kind of crossover success in the United States the way Oasis and Blur did, will be getting back together for a handful of shows in the summer of 2011.
"Pulp have decided to get together and play some concerts next summer," a statement on the group's official Facebook page explains. "The shows will involve all the »
- Kyle Anderson
Pulp have announced that they will reform to play shows at both Wireless and the Primavera Festival in 2011. The band formed in Sheffield in 1978, although they had to wait until the 1990s before achieving the stardom which they maintained until announcing an indefinite hiatus in 2002. An official press release confirmed the reunion, reading: "Pulp have decided to get together and play some concerts next summer. The shows will involve all the original members of the band (Nick Banks, Jarvis Cocker, Candida Doyle, Steve Mackay, Russell Senior & Mark Webber) & they will play songs from all periods of their career (more) »
- By Philippa Warr
KT Tunstall has revealed that she suffered a "massive confidence crash" before recording her new album. The singer, who releases her third LP Tiger Suit later this month, admitted that she almost quit the industry after she stopped believing in her own music following a conservation gig in Greenland. "I was living on a boat with 20 brilliant scientists and 20 fantastic artists - Jarvis Cocker, Laurie Anderson, Leslie Feist, Martha Wainwright, Ryuichi Sakamoto. Creative-wise, a bloody nightmare," she told The Scotsman. "I ended up having a huge battle over where I sat in the panoply and suffered a massive confidence crash. "Everyone else seemed so stellar, all of them big-hitters who were drawing from a much deeper (more) »
- By Robert Copsey
KT Tunstall turned to dance music after having a crisis of confidence in Greenland. The Scottish folk rocker said she had a revelation while on a visit to the icy country, which she attended with a group of scientists and other artists for the Cape Farewell conservation project - which, while a personal triumph, made her reassess her attitude toward her career.
She explained, "I was living on a boat with 20 brilliant scientists and 20 fantastic artists - Jarvis Cocker, Laurie Anderson, Leslie Feist, Martha Wainwright, Ryuichi Sakamoto. Creative-wise, a bl***y nightmare! I ended up having a huge battle over where I sat in the panoply and suffered a massive confidence crash."
"Everyone else seemed so stellar, all of them big-hitters who were drawing from a much deeper well than me, this little jingle writer with her frivolous pop songs. I desperately didn't want to be there."
KT, 35, added that »
KT Tunstall has admitted that she did not enjoy her honeymoon with husband Luke Bullen. The couple - who were married in 2008 - attended a group trip to Greenland to raise awareness of an environmental arts project along with stars such as Martha Wainwright and Jarvis Cocker, but revealed that the small spaces in the provided accommodations made the experience hard to appreciate. "It was a stupid (more) »
- By Jennifer Still
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Whisper it quietly, but there's another returning TV series about to begin which I'm even more excited about than Mad Men – The Inbetweeners on E4.
Like Jarvis Cocker, I never said I was deep.
A sort of juvenile Peep Show – try to imagine – or Teachers told from the pupils' point of view, The Inbetweeners was the sleeper hit that went mainstream this year when it picked up the audience prize at the Bafta TV awards.
Early indications are that the new adventures of awkward teenagers Will, Simon, Jay and Neil as they finish their A-level year are just as funny as the first two series.
I'll be writing about the new series each week, paying less attention to the period detail and the hidden meaning of the books they're »
- John Plunkett
Johnny Marr has written the theme for a new C4 show - so which artists would you like to see following suit?
Johnny Marr has been a busy chap. Not only has he just collaborated with Hans Zimmer on the score for Inception, but there's also his commitment to the Cribs – and now a new TV theme. Marr has composed the music for the new Channel 4 sitcom The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret, a new song called Life Is Sweet. (Hopefully this pairing will work better than when Kylie did the song for the failed ITV soap Night And Day). So, inspired by Marr's extracurricular commitment, which other turns would you like to see providing new theme tunes to bolster existing TV shows?
Let's face it, the post-Vorderman attempt to revamp the show for a younger crowd has hardly set the public imagination on fire. »
- Dan Martin
“Everybody hates a tourist,” Jarvis Cocker opined in the Pulp song “Common People.” There’s a lot of truth there, though not the whole truth. It’s the tourist’s job to come, gawk, and leave filled with memories and misperceptions. You take away snapshots and consume meals based on some universally accepted notion of the region’s cuisine, but have you seen the real thing? And pity the earnest tourists, like the one played by Patricia Clarkson in Cairo Time—the kind who show up armed with respect, knowledge, and good intentions. The more they try to grasp their »
It has been revealed that Jarvis Cocker will make a guest appearance on Tony Christie's new album. The former Pulp singer has reworked the theme from the 1971 film Get Carter for the record. Now Is The Time is due for release on the label Acid Jazz in 2011. According to NME, the company's boss Eddie Pille said: "The massive success of 'Is This The Way To Amarillo' a few years ago (more) »
- By Clare Wiley
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