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Paolo Sorrentino's Youth and the hotel as a character

27 January 2016 6:28 AM, PST

'It's like I'm in a movie' is a feeling that's particularly apt to wash over you when in a hotel. This isn't because they evoke the numerous films that have been set in them however - from the surreal symmetry of Stanley Kubrick's The Shining to the hollow serenity of Sofia Coppola's Lost in Translation - but because the hotel is inherently cinematic. »

- Christopher Hooton

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Oscars 2016: Ian McKellen asks why no gay man has ever won Best Actor

26 January 2016 2:38 AM, PST

The current diversity debate surrounding the 2016 Academy Awards has squarely settled on the issue of race, thanks to conversations sparked by the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite. Yet, Sir Ian McKellen offered a keen reminder that diversity issues within the awards race are widespread. "No openly gay man has ever won the Oscar. I wonder if that is prejudice or chance," he reflected at a recent BFI event (via The Guardian). McKellen, of course, is openly gay himself; as well as being a committed activist and co-founder of Lgbt charity Stonewall. He further mentioned both occasions he'd carried an acceptance speech to the Academy Awards marked with the words, "I'm proud to be the first openly gay man to win the Oscar"; though he's never been given the opportunity to say those words on stage. His Best Actor nomination for Gods and Monsters in 1998 saw him lose to Roberto Benigni for Life is Beautiful, »

- Clarisse Loughrey

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