4 items from 2014
Harry Hill is sitting in the corner of a deserted bar in the London Palladium. The sound of rehearsals for I Can't Sing!, which is billed as "The X Factor Musical", but which Hill insists "doesn't really have a hell of a lot to do with The X Factor", occasionally wafts into the room from downstairs.
For a man whose first West End musical is opening in six weeks, and is currently still in "a kind of baggy state", Hill, 49, seems remarkably calm. "I've never felt more confident about anything I've done," he nods. "Largely because I'm completely naive about it."
For one thing, he says, he has "never written anything longer than, you know, 20 minutes before". For another, »
- Alexis Petridis
One of the rights comics creators have been fighting for lo these many decades has been obtaining ownership of their work, or at least getting some control and a decent percentage. We think this is fair and necessary… as do even a few modern publishers.
Much of this revolves around how our copyright and trademark laws work. Neither are elegantly written – go figure – and our copyright laws are and have just about always been woefully outdated. Given the ludicrous growth in technology, this is likely to be true for a long, long time. The good news for creators is that these laws are understandable (by and large) and all talent, no matter what media helps pay their rent, should read these laws very carefully. If the laws sound like they were written in Klingon, there are plenty of resources out there to help you.
So… I’ll make it easy for you. »
- Mike Gold
A young Russell Crowe is spellbinding in this ugly but unforgettable film that remains hard-hitting and shockingly violent more than two decades on
Geoffrey Wright's Melbourne-set drama Romper Stomper opened in Australian cinemas in 1992, four years before Hollywood's similarly themed (and similarly hard-hitting) American History X. Both films involve skinheads, extreme violence and shocking depictions of urban decay. Before American History X's Edward Norton and Edward Furlong terrorised their neighbour with guns, the smooth-scalped thugs in Wright's picture – he wrote and directed the film – were wielding their fists, knives and bats.
In one of his first major film roles (for which he won an AFI Award) Russell Crowe is nauseatingly spellbinding as Hando, the ring leader of a group of ultra violent neo-Nazis. The now 49-year-old actor has played several tough guys since, from L.A. Confidential's archetypal bad cop to Gladiator's sword'n'sandals alpha male. But none »
- Luke Buckmaster
London, Jan 9: Controversial book 'Mein Kampf' has topped Amazon ebook charts, as it apparently follows a similar trend to that of the book '50 Shades of Grey' and other romance novels.
Chris Faraone, political author and journalist claimed that while the book's print sales have remained minimal for many years, it's various eBook versions consistently appear on various Top 20 lists for retailers like Amazon or iTunes, the Independent reported.
Faraone, who writes for The Phoenix in Boston said that people might not have wanted to buy 'Mein Kampf' at Borders or have it delivered to their home or displayed on their living. »
- Anita Agarwal
4 items from 2014
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