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Blue Is the Warmest Colour, the award-winning French film, is already notorious for its fisticuffs between stars and director. It's the latest in an unhappy tradition of histrionics and control-freakery. Here are some vintage feuds
Directors and actors being what they are, they like a good argument. On one side are obsessive perfectionists, on the other self-involved exhibitionists – or so the theory goes. It's often proved a combustible mix in the past, with what is euphemistically termed "creative tension" often adding to the dynamic of the final film.
The media, obviously, is the silent third partner in all this; though you, the reader, ought to be equally ashamed, gleefully drinking in all the foul-mouthed resentment and high-decibel score-settling. You don't have to look far: actors Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopolous turned on Blue Is the Warmest Colour director Abdellatif Kechiche, accusing him of traumatising them during the extended periods shooting sex and fight scenes. »
- Andrew Pulver
She definitely doesn't look it, but Goldie Hawn is turning 68 today! She has many roles worth celebrating - The First Wives Club, Death Becomes Her, Private Benjamin, this jazzy Beatles cover - but today I'd like to shine a light on that zany show where she first got her start, the short-lived but always incredible Laugh In.
Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In Clip #6 Goldie... by RetroCafe
- Anne Marie
We all know why the original Star Trek TV series was cancelled don’t we? Despite the volume of fan support, this simply didn’t translate into viewing figures and the series couldn’t compete. Well, it seems that according to the latest evidence produced in Marc Cushman and Susan Osborn’s book These Are the Voyages: The Original Series: Season One, that this isn’t the entire truth.
Cushman and Osborn’s book is the first in a trilogy about the Original Series and so we won’t know exactly why the series was cancelled until the third season book comes out. But what makes this information so reliable? Well, they have licenced the Nielsen Ratings for each season – the first time they have ever been published. In the first season, the show was the first or second place in its timeslot for every single episode. It was even »
- Brian Chapman
On TV this Friday: Haven comes back and jumps ahead, Jessie goes home and signs off, Comedy Bang! Bang! has quite a happy ending and History Special: Target Earth brings our nightmares to life. Here are 10 programs to keep on your radar this Friday the 13th.
8 pm Jessie (Disney) | One-hour season finale: When Jessie takes the Ross kids back home to Texas, their antics at her dad’s (James Patrick Stuart) military base push her over the edge. SNL alum/Enlightened Emmy nominee Molly Shannon and The Office‘s Kate Flannery guest-star. (Yep, renewed.)
8 pm Perfect Score (CW) | Contestants (and BFFs! »
- Misha Solomon
If people choose to remember the 2013 MTV VMAs, the thing that is probably going to be most remembered is going to be Miley Cyrus’s performance with Robin Thicke. Right now, most of the attention focused on the number has been negative, and that’s understandable to some degree.
Still, I’m surprised by the sheer volume of venom pouring through the internet over a musical number on an awards show that has banked on controversy practically since the moment of its inception. People do not watch the VMAs hoping to catch a live performance that will be loved by multiple generations of the family and held as a cherished memory. People watch the VMAs because they’re hoping for train-wreck moments and, maybe not so shockingly, the VMAs tend to reliably deliver those kinds of things. For every “Soy Bomb” on the Grammys, there are ten or more events »
5 items from 2013
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