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James Bond 007: revisiting From Russia With Love

12 February 2015 9:18 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

In the second of our James Bond retrospectives, we look at From Russia With Love, starring Sean Connery...

Two films in and the James Bond franchise reaches its artistic highpoint. Downhill from here? Certainly for some; others won’t see what the hype is. Yet critically, From Russia with Love remains the darling: a gritty, almost-plausible tale of gypsies, Spectre and sex tapes. It boasts a whole array of brilliant characters and a fight scene to make Daniel Craig crap his paints. Anyone who claims the film is slightly dull has my opposition and my sneaking respect.

The Villain (s): Spectre. A real team effort here. Until the release of Bond 24 (which it seems fair to bet will feature the organisation pretty heavily) From Russia With Love remains the definitive exploration of the creatively acronymed gang. (SPecial Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion.) Chief of Operations Rosa Klebb is calculating, »

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Katy Perry Reveals Just How Hard It Is to Be a Pop Star

4 February 2015 2:40 AM, PST | | See recent Popsugar news »

Katy Perry makes a stunning appearance on the March cover of Elle Magazine, and inside the publication she spills new details on the Super Bowl, the trials and tribulations of being a modern pop star, and, of course, Beyoncé. Katy has been making headlines all week due to her much-discussed halftime show, which included some fierce outfits, sparked a few pretty spot-on comparisons, and made us wonder about the dancer in that shark costume. Keep reading to get even more insight, and check out Katy's full feature in the March issue of Elle, which hits newsstands on Feb. 17. On being a pop star in today's society: "It is a hundred times harder a dream than the dream that I dreamt when I was 9 . . . You think you signed up for one thing, but you automatically sign up for a hundred others. And that is why you see people shaving their f*cking heads. »

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Katy Perry Calls Taylor Swift a "Sweetheart," Kanye West a "Villain"

4 February 2015 1:04 AM, PST | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

Don't try to reach her, she's offline! Hot off her Super Bowl Xlix performance, Katy Perry's March 2015 cover for Elle was released on Tuesday, Feb. 3. In the issue, the pop star talks about how terrified she was as she prepped for the biggest moment in her career, and discussed her fellow music superstars Taylor Swift, Kanye West, and Beyonce. "In my show, I am boss daddy. I am boss mommy," Perry, 30, told the mag. "They call me Boss. Everything goes through my eyes; I [...] »

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18th-Century Period Piece Beloved Sisters Mixes the Pastoral and Sexually Playful

6 January 2015 9:00 PM, PST | Village Voice | See recent Village Voice news »

In a marvelously cheeky 1979 essay, the late, great Ellen Willis defined the difference between classical sex ("romantic, profound, serious...and typically feminine") and baroque sex ("pop, playful, funny...and stereotypically masculine"). So where shall we put German director Dominik Graf's Beloved Sisters, which tells the possibly semi-true story of the pact made by aristocratic sisters Caroline and Charlotte von Lengefeld (played by Hannah Herzsprung and Henriette Confurius) to peaceably share the same man, poet, playwright, and historian Friedrich Schiller (Florian Stetter)? Everything goes swimmingly for a time in this 18th-century idyll, and, particularly in the first section of the film, Graf brings a lush but discreet eroticism to the story. In the most »

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