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Ryder: "I was inspired by David Essex"

15 December 2010 3:49 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

I'm A Celebrity runner-up Shaun Ryder has admitted that his career was inspired by seventies teen heartthrob David Essex. The Happy Mondays star claims he had only decided to become a musician after seeing Essex's performance in the 1974 film Stardust. "I came out and said, 'that game is for me'," Ryder told The Sun. "I always loved music but Stardust and David Essex changed my life." The film, (more) »

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My first X-rated movie | Film

12 August 2010 2:46 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Sneaking into an X-rated film was once the ultimate thrill – even if you needed your granny to get you in. Jane Graham hears some first-timers' stories

Many of us have tender memories of sprinkling Baby Bio over wispy moustaches or smearing baby‑soft skin with Max Factor Pan-Stik to sneak into our first X-rated movie. It might come as a surprise to learn that it was only 40 years ago that the classic over-18 X certificate was created. In 1952 the voluntary, sporadically applied "H" (for "Horror") rating was upgraded to a compulsory "X" but that was a rather wimpy X, only ruling out under-16s. It wasn't until July 1970 that the "X" took on its legendary status, barring all non‑adults from films with explicit sexual or violent imagery. However, the "X" quickly acquired what for what was then known as the British Board of Film Censors was concerned was a lurid cult status, »

- Jane Graham

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