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5 items from 2011

V for Vendetta: Reading the film

21 November 2011 3:37 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Alan Moore harboured a special resentment towards the film version, which did serious injustices to his graphic novel

The film of V for Vendetta carries the following credit line: "Based on the graphic novel illustrated by David Lloyd." Alan Moore's name is nowhere to be seen. There's nothing unusual in that. Moore has disassociated himself from all Hollywood product, explaining: "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen was the reason why I decided to take my name off all subsequent films."

Few who have seen League of Extraordinary Gentlemen would want to argue with that. But even though his refusal to have his name on the credits is part of a general policy, Moore seems to harbour a special resentment towards the Joel Silver and Wachowski brothers production of V for Vendetta. As the New York Times wrote at the time of its release:

"To him, the movie adaptation of V for Vendetta »

- Sam Jordison

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Doctor Who complete reviews: The Stolen Earth

7 September 2011 2:58 PM, PDT | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

The critics can advise you on what's good and what's bad in all aspects of life – whether it's TV, music, films or food – but at the end of the day, it's the public view that counts. A TV critic can pick apart a really bad programme until the cows come home, but if the public likes it, who cares? How else could you explain the long-running My Family – Aka, the most depressing, mean-spirited excuse for a comedy in the history of telly – a programme that seems to be derided by every critic under the sun, and yet seems to have lasted for decades. See? If the public likes something, then a critic's job sometimes feels a bit pointless.

Still, as I weep into my computer keyboard, at least I can console myself with the fact that My Family's limping to its well deserved end this year. As for Doctor Who, »

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Flick Colby obituary

31 May 2011 5:59 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Choreographer behind Pan's People, the dance troupe loved by Top of the Pops fans

When 15 million viewers tuned into Top of the Pops each week during the show's 1970s heyday, the appeal extended beyond the hitmakers on the screen to those who were not appearing, since an absent act's single was interpreted by the show's all-female dance troupe, Pan's People. Their silky routines were choreographed by one of their dancers, Flick Colby, who has died aged 65 of bronchial pneumonia, after suffering from cancer.

Colby, an American with long blonde hair and a megawatt smile, confected slinky, semi-risque and often extravagant Top of the Pops routines for Pan's People for eight years. She continued to work on the show with subsequent troupes, choreographing moves to suit a range of musical styles such as glam rock, folk, soul, disco and punk.

Her routines were often balletically graceful, but Pan's People became best »

- Chris Wiegand

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Charles Stapley obituary

4 April 2011 4:57 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Actor known for his role as Ted Hope in Crossroads

An actor with a military bearing, Charles Stapley, who has died aged 85, was best known to television viewers as Ted Hope in the soap opera Crossroads. Ted was the retiring navy captain who arrived in the fictional village of Kings Oak in 1970, then wooed and married his namesake, Tish Hope (Joy Andrews). Together, they ran the antiques shop The Hope Chest, but Ted's philandering ways led him to have numerous affairs. Stapley remained in the serial, on and off, until he was written out in 1979, after Ted had a fling with an American psychiatrist's daughter.

Born in Ilford, Essex, Stapley attended Ilford county high school until his family moved to Portslade, East Sussex, and he was educated at Brighton and Hove grammar school. His father worked for the Blue Circle cement company, in London. During the second world war, they were evacuated to Waunfawr, »

- Anthony Hayward

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Alec Baldwin, Julianne Hough & Mary J. Blige Join Tom Cruise in Rock Of Ages!

8 March 2011 5:26 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Here in the UK, we typically appropriate- or have thrust upon us- ghastly American fads. From Big Macs to The Monkees, from hip-hop to the hydrogen bomb, if something is big and bad in the USA, it’s not usually along before it besets us across the Atlantic. However, the UK is far from being an entirely innocent party in this seemingly one way abusive relationship and, occasionally, the lowest forms of Western European culture have a pernicious influence on the artistic lives of the colonies. Among these indiscretions are The X FactorThe Benny Hill Show and, latterly, Russell Brand.

In a similair spirit, a certain amount of blame must be taken for the nostalgia stage musical, and the most notable Us equivalent of its- primarily- English phenomenon, Rock of Ages.

Whereas in the UK we laboured under the malevolent machinations of Ben Elton and the Abba musical, Mamma Mia, »

- Ben Szwediuk

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