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American TV is awash with Hillary Clinton-alikes... but which gets the vote?

18 April 2015 4:00 AM, PDT

Television scheduling doesn’t get luckier, or unluckier, than this, depending on your point of view. Last Sunday, on the very day Hillary Clinton announced that she was joining the presidential race, Armando Iannucci’s comedy Veep returned for a fourth season in the Us with its own female president: Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ newly promoted Selina Meyer, who had reached the position more by accident than design. »

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'After you left the room I said, Wow!': director Carol Morley and actress Florence Pugh on their haunting new film The Falling

18 April 2015 4:00 AM, PDT

It was a phone call with a friend over 10 years ago that gave director Carol Morley the idea for her new film, The Falling. When the pair fell into a hysterical laughing fit, her pal mentioned a medieval village in England that had suffered an outbreak of mass giggling. This inspired Morley to research other instances around the globe and she soon came across the term “mass psychogenic illness”, used by scientists to describe incidents of collective hysteria afflicting close-knit groups. »

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Martin Scorsese celebrates masterpieces of Polish cinema from Ashes and Diamonds to Black Cross

17 April 2015 12:00 AM, PDT

It’s the sunglasses that are the clue. If you want to understand the influence of Polish cinema on American director Martin Scorsese, look at Zbigniew Cybulski, “the Polish James Dean”. In Andrzej Wajda’s Ashes and Diamonds (1958), Cybulski plays Maciek, a young patriot fighting against the communists in the immediate aftermath of the Second World War who is seldom seen without his pair of shades. »

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Gael Garcia Bernal on working on Daily Show Jon Stewart's first film Rosewater, shunning Hollywood and his own directorial debut

17 April 2015 12:00 AM, PDT

The first inkling that Jon Stewart was looking beyond his job as the host of The Daily Show came in March 2013 when he announced that he was taking a 12-week sabbatical to direct Rosewater, a film inspired by the book Then They Came for Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity, and Survival. Written by the London-based journalist Maziar Bahari, it covers his arrest when reporting on the 2009 Iranian presidential election, and his incarceration for 118 days in an Iranian jail. »

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Dark Horse: The Incredible Story Of Dream Alliance, film review: Lots of heart and humour

16 April 2015 4:00 PM, PDT

Dark Horse plays like a documentary version of an Ealing comedy. It tells the unlikely story of a top racehorse, bred and reared on a Welsh allotment by a syndicate of co-owners paying £10 a week. These owners were from Cefn Fforest, a tight-knit mining community which suffered badly in the wake of the 1984 strike and the pit closures that followed. »

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Child 44, film review: Daniel Espinosa's Ussr thriller simply doesn't work

16 April 2015 6:28 AM, PDT

There is a telling exchange midway through Child 44 which sums up just why the film simply can’t work as the thriller it wants to be. The Soviet secret police agent “hero” Leo (Tom Hardy) discovers he and his wife Raisa (Noomi Rapace) are about to be arrested. “Do you know what happens to us now?” he asks her. “Yes, it is our turn,” she replies in an utterly fatalistic fashion. »

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Roger Taylor interview: The Queen drummer has written the soundtrack for British film Solitary

15 April 2015 2:15 PM, PDT

Tomorrow night at the Genesis Cinema in Mile End sees the UK gala screening of a new lowish-budget British film called Solitary, directed by Sasha Krane, the nephew of Method acting guru, Lee Strasberg. Shot in Southsea and Portsmouth (with some scenes filmed inside Kingston Prison), it's a dark psycho-drama about a young woman trying to reconnect with her estranged family and exposing some painful secrets in the process. The cast includes Anita Dobson from EastEnders as well as boxer Joe Calzaghe in a small role as a prison guard. Also appearing is Sarina Taylor. Her husband, Roger Taylor, drummer and vocalist of rock band Queen, has executive produced the movie and written its soundtrack. »

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