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Movie Review – Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1973)

Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, 1973.

Directed by D.A. Pennebaker

Starring David Bowie, Mick Ronson, Mick ‘Woody’ Woodmansey, Trevor Bolder, Angela Bowie, Ringo Starr

Synopsis:

A documentary and concert film documenting David Bowie and his band, The Spiders From Mars, performing their last live date together at London’s Hammersmith Odeon on July 3, 1973.

Directed by pioneering music film-maker D.A. Pennebaker (1967’s Bob Dylan: Don’t Look Back), this documentary and concert film captures Bowie and his band, The Spiders From Mars, performing at London’s Hammersmith Odeon on July 3, 1973. It was at this now-infamous concert that Bowie made a sudden announcement stating “it’s the last show we’ll ever do”.

This announcement – as we learn from drummer ‘Woody’ Woodmansey, talking about the gig in a special interview released in conjunction with a one-off screening of the film – came as a shock to fans and Spiders alike, but
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6 times Jessica Gunning proved she might be Britain's most underrated actress

You might not know her name, but Jessica Gunning has been part of some of the best, most ground-breaking British film and TV of the last decade. Born in Holmfirth, West Yorkshire ("... where Last of the Summer Wine was filmed," she says. "Claim to fame!"), Gunning later joined the National Theatre where she shared the stage with Hayley Atwell.

Unforgettable moments in Doctor Who (destroyed by CGI munchkins), Fortitude (by far some of the icy drama's grisliest scenes) and BBC Three comedy Top Coppers have confirmed her place as an exciting talent.

1. Doctor Who (2008)

Gunning brought charm to the part of poor Stacey Campbell, who met a darkly comic fate - she melted and was replaced by a pack of adorable Adipose, marshmallow-like blobs that posed an unlikely threat to Earth.

"You do really feel when you're doing Doctor Who that you're part of something that's pretty special," says Gunning.
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Bend It Like Beckham: Where are the cast of the 2002 box office hit now?

Bend It Like Beckham: Where are the cast of the 2002 box office hit now?
Cast your minds back to 2002 - a time when Pop Idols didn't need to have The X Factor, Fifty Shades of Grey were just colours on a paint sampler chart and David Beckham was a mere international superstar rather than global megastar.

Bend It Like Beckham, with a modest estimated budget of £3.7 million, opened that same year and became a critical and commercial success - breaking box office records and scoring BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations, as well as making household names of many of its stars.

As the cast continues preparing for the West End stage adaptation of Gurinder Chadha's screen hit ahead of previews on May 15, find out what the movie's ensemble cast went on to achieve - including who is coming back for the musical...

Parminder Nagra (Jess Bhamra)

Nominated for Best Newcomer at the Empire Awards on the back of the movie's success, Parminder went
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Claire Foy tipped to play the Queen in Netflix big budget drama

Claire Foy is the frontrunner to play a young Queen Elizabeth II in Netflix's ambitious $100 million series The Crown.

Following the story of the British monarch and her various relationships with prime ministers in the post-war era, the show will be released on the streaming site in 2016.

According to Deadline, Foy is being lined up to play a young version of the Queen.

The actress's most famous projects include White Heat, Little Dorrit and Upstairs Downstairs. She has also recently filmed the role of Anne Boleyn in the BBC adaptation of Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall.

The Crown is inspired by the award-winning West End play The Audience and follows "the inside story of two of the most famous addresses in the world - Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street".

It will also explore "the intrigues, love lives and machinations behind the great events that shaped the second half of the 20th
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See Reddit users’ favorite movie from each year

Throughout the summer, an admin on the r/movies subreddit has been leading Reddit users in a poll of the best movies from every year for the last 100 years called 100 Years of Yearly Cinema. The poll concluded three days ago, and the list of every movie from 1914 to 2013 has been published today.

Users were asked to nominate films from a given year and up-vote their favorite nominees. The full list includes the outright winner along with the first two runners-up from each year. The list is mostly a predictable assortment of IMDb favorites and certified classics, but a few surprise gems have also risen to the top of the crust, including the early experimental documentary Man With a Movie Camera in 1929, Abel Gance’s J’Accuse! in 1919, the Fred Astaire film Top Hat over Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps in 1935, and Stanley Kubrick’s The Killing over John Ford’s
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See Maggie Gyllenhaal in BBC Two's The Honourable Woman trailer

A trailer for new Maggie Gyllenhaal series The Honourable Woman has been released.

The eight-part political thriller from Hugo Blick (The Shadow Line) begins on BBC Two on July 3. The show will air on Sundance TV in the Us.

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"The Honourable Woman tells the story of one woman's personal journey to right the wrongs conducted in a past life," said the BBC.

"As a young girl, Nessa Stein witnessed the assassination of her father by the Palestinian Liberation Organisation.

"Now in her 30s, Nessa is at the forefront of the Middle East peace process. But when she awards a lucrative contract to a Palestinian businessman, who is later found dead, she finds herself under the close scrutiny of Whitehall and the Secret Intelligence Service."

Starring alongside Gyllenhaal are Broadchurch actor Andrew Buchan, Katherine Parkinson (The It Crowd) and The Shadow Line's Stephen Rea.
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David Gyasi exits BBC One's The Interceptor due to injury

David Gyasi has exited the cast of BBC One's The Interceptor.

The White Heat actor was due to play Ash in the eight-part hour-long drama from Strike Back writer Tony Saint.

However, he has been forced to leave the series due to a leg injury, the BBC confirmed today (March 31).

Looking actor Ot Fagbenie will now replace Gyasi in the role. Filming will continue in April in London.

Kate Harwood, Head of Drama Production England, said: "We're incredibly sorry to be losing David from The Interceptor.

"He's a very talented actor and we hope to find another opportunity to work with him again in the future. In the meantime, we're delighted that Ot Fagbenle has been able to join us and look forward to welcoming him on board."

Gyasi said: "I'm very disappointed to not be able to continue filming this role, but I look forward to working with the BBC in the future.
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Is BBC1 on the right trail with Agatha Christie and its other new dramas?

Drama chief stresses need for breadth as he defends mix of classics and new work from Jimmy McGovern and others

If the answer is Agatha Christie, then what is the question? For the BBC, which revealed a new long-term partnership with the Christie estate last week, it was "how do we rejuvenate peaktime drama on BBC1?".

Whether Christie is the solution remains to be seen. It is a safe bet, no doubt, to turn to the woman described by the BBC's controller of drama commissioning Ben Stephenson as the "bestselling novelist in the world ever".

BBC1 has to be broad, as Stephenson was keen to point out at. But does it have to be safe? There's been no shortage of Christie on the box of late, nearly all of it (Poirot, Marple) on ITV.

It was also ITV which last adapted Christie's Tommy and Tuppence tales (in 1983, starring Francesca Annis
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David Gyasi, EastEnders star Jo Joyner for BBC One's The Interceptor

David Gyasi and EastEnders' Jo Joyner are to star in new BBC One series The Interceptor.

The eight-part hour-long drama, from Strike Back writer Tony Saint, will focus on the Unit - an elite surveillance team who track dangerous criminals.

White Heat actor Gyasi will play new recruit Ash, with Joyner cast as his feisty wife Lorna.

Trevor Eve will play Ash's ultimate target, the ruthless criminal Roach, with Anna Skellern, Lorraine Ashbourne and Ewan Stewart all playing members of the Unit team.

Completing the cast are EastEnders actor Gary Beadle and Coronation Street veteran Lee Boardman as criminals Docker and Xavier.

"I am simply thrilled to be working with this creative team and to be a part of this exciting new project," said series lead Gyasi.

The Interceptor - helmed by Luther director Farren Blackburn - starts filming next month in London and will air on BBC One in the autumn.
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2014 NME Awards Announces Nominees

Slightly overshadowed by the Oscar nominations early this morning, the 2014 New Music Express Awards unveiled their list of hopefuls today (January 16).

In an interesting twist, the NME’s category for Villain of the Year included nominees like Russell Brand, Robin Thicke, Harry Styles, Miley Cyrus, David Cameron and Vladimir Putin.

Furthermore, the Worst Band contenders are 30 Seconds to Mars, The 1975, Muse, Imagine Dragons, One Direction and The Wanted.

Of course, there are also plenty of positive categories such as Hero of the Year, with nominees like Alex Turner, David Bowie, Pussy Riot, Lou Reed, Este Haim, and Russell Brand.

The 2014 NME Awards nominees are:

Best British Band

Arctic Monkeys

Biffy Clyro

Disclosure

Foals

Palma Violets

Two Door Cinema Club

Best International Band supported by Austin, Texas

Arcade Fire

Haim

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

Phoenix

Vampire Weekend

Queens Of The Stone Age

Best Solo Artist

David Bowie

Jake Bugg

Kanye West
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Top 10 Bob Dylan Songs (1962-1967)

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Ask any music obsessive about which year they recognise as the best in the history of popular music and any self-respecting one will say 1967. If the beginning of popular music can be measured (as it often is) by the rise of The Beatles in 1962 and the abundance of acts that formed in the Fab Four’s wake, the prevalence of this year seems understandable. Yet it truly is outstanding just how many career-defining long-players were dropped in ’67, from incomparable avant-garde masterpieces such as the Velvets’ Velvet Underground and Nico and White Light/White Heat, through the dark cynicism of Forever Changes and The Doors to the Beatles’ own rainbow-hued Sgt Pepper.

Although there is a distinct absence of many revered ‘60s artists from this list (the Stones were on the cusp of releasing a string of four fabulous
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Why we need to re-evaluate the films we once called great

Nobody wants to rock the boat when it comes to reassessing the classics, but face facts: Gregory's Girl is clunky, 2001: A Space Odyssey is never-ending, while Dirty Dancing is still brilliant

A few weeks ago I watched The Searchers, the 1956 John Ford horse opera that is routinely described by critics as one of the greatest films of all time. In 2008 the American Film Institute named it the finest western ever, as well as the 12th best American movie, while the British Film Institute slotted it in at number seven on the all-time greatest list.

Are these guys serious? The Searchers, which deals with a mysterious, morally ambivalent Johnny Reb's relentless quest to find – and perhaps kill – a niece abducted by marauding Comanches, is padded out to epic length with all sorts of daffy comedy. The gags and slapstick fistfights undercut the serious message of the film: that most white
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Lou Reed, though a hipster, gave the rock underground a glow of beauty

In 1972, a couple of years after the Velvet Underground imploded, Lou Reed, struggling to latch onto his identity as a solo artist, kicked off a period of rapid-fire image transformation roughly parallel to the more high-profile one that David Bowie was enacting. For three or four years, Reed tried on his outlaw personas like costumes from hell (Iggy-ish gutter hunk, kohl-eyed leather-bar rock & roll animal, cropped-blond ambisexual mannequin). It was his way of tapping into the liberating boundary-bashing of the post-’60s wasteland. During that period, Reed tried to live up to the ideal of being a “transformer” (the title of his second,
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Me and Lou

Not that Lou Reed would have recognized me (though I was introduced to him once, which I'll get to), but he and his body of work intersected my life in more personal ways than that of any other major rock star. So this isn't an obituary so much as a series of memories. For obituaries, check out Gary Graff in Billboard and Jon Dolan in Rolling Stone.

Lou was from Long Island and I was from Long Island. At the most basic level, this meant that, growing up listening to Long Island radio stations, I heard lots of Lou even when he was no longer especially fashionable (between about 1976 and 1981). Thus, while most of the world ignored his 1978 album Street Hassle, I heard much of it on Wlir and Wbab, and bought it – my first Lou album. He had started out underground in the Velvet Underground, had managed to claw
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BBC announces 'Moving On' as first drama to premiere on iPlayer

BBC One has announced a new series of Jimmy McGovern's Moving On.

The fifth run of the daytime series will be the first drama to premiere in its entirety on BBC iPlayer.

As with previous series, the drama will consist of five stand-alone films, produced by Accused creator McGovern.

Natalie Gumede (Coronation Street), Anita Dobson (EastEnders), Anthony Flanagan (The Village) and Jo Joyner (EastEnders) will be among the new series' stars.

Lee Ingleby (Inspector George Gently), Duncan Preston (Love And Marriage), Ray Fearon (Harry Potter), Emma Cuniffe (The Lakes), Sharon Horgan (Pulling) and Craig Kelly (Coronation Street) will also appear.

The lineup is completed by Taj Atwal (Stella), Amy Nuttall (Downton Abbey), Ramon Tikaram (White Heat), Jo-Anne Knowles (Waterloo Road) Rosalind Ayres (Outnumbered), Emma Lowndes (Cranford) and Keith Barron (The Chase).

Johnny Vegas and Robert Glenister will also direct two of the films.

BBC Daytime's Damian Kavanagh said: "Moving On
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TVLine Items: Whose Line Renewed, Revenge Gets Holy, Annette Bening's TV Turn and More!

The CW has renewed the revived Whose Line Is It Anyway? for a 24-episode Season 2.

“It’s clear that viewers are as excited to have Whose Line back on the air as we are,” said CW President Mark Pedowitz said Monday in a statement. “We have wanted to bring comedy back to The CW for a long time, and Aisha [Tyler], Wayne [Brady], Colin [Mochrie] and Ryan [Stiles] have brought funny to the network in a big way. We’re very excited to have them back for another season.”

A premiere date will be announced at a later date.

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'Broadchurch' star, Stephen Rea join Maggie Gyllenhaal BBC thriller

Maggie Gyllenhaal's BBC thriller series The Honourable Woman has added an extensive list of stars to its cast.

Broadchurch actor Andrew Buchan, Katherine Parkinson (The It Crowd) and The Shadow Line's Stephen Rea have joined the seven-part series, which has been written by BAFTA winner Hugo Blick.

The Honourable Woman is billed as "a fast paced, labyrinthine thriller" and features Gyllenhaal as lead character Nessa Stein.

Rea will play Hugh Hayden-Hoyle, an MI6 spy on the verge of retirement who is digging into Stein's life and family. Lindsay Duncan (The Hollow Crown, White Heat) is cast as his bitter ex-wife.

Buchan stars as Stein's brother and Parkinson plays his "highly strung pregnant wife".

Academy and Tony award nominee Janet McTeer plays the head of MI6 Julia Walsh, who has a hold over Hayden-Hoyle (Rea).

Tobias Menzies (Game of Thrones), Genevieve O'Reilly (Episodes), Israeli actor Igal Naor and Eve Best
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'Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters' cast fills in a few more

'Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters' cast fills in a few more
As of yesterday, a few new names have now been added the cast list for The Weinstein Company's adaptation of "Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters" by Richelle Mead. ... "Blue Bloods" star Sami Gayle as Mia (the very bad girl of the series), "Shameless" star Cameron Monaghan as Mason Ashford, Ashley Charles as Jesse Zeklos and "White Heat" star Claire Foy as Karp. View slideshow: New 'Vampire Academy' castmembers Photos of each of each are attached in the slideshow; do these faces match up with your mental images of the characters? These newcomers join Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry, Danila Kozlovskiy and Olga Kurylenko in the picture. In other "Vampire ...
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Hollywood’s John Wilkes Booth

The St. Louis Globe-Democrat is a monthly newspaper run by Steve DeBellis, a well know St. Louis historian, and it’s the largest one-man newspaper in the world. The concept of The Globe is that there is an old historic headline, then all the articles in that issue are written as though it’s the year that the headline is from. It’s an unusual concept but the paper is now in its 25th successful year! Steve and I collaborated in May of 2011 on an all-Vincent Price issue of The Globe and I’ve been writing a regular monthly movie-related column since. Since there is no on-line version of The Globe, I post all of my articles here at We Are Movie Geeks. This month’s edition of The Globe takes place in 1865, the year President Lincoln was shot .Steve and I originally decided I would write an article
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Falklands on film: how broadcasters have handled Margaret Thatcher's war

BBC and ITV enraged the government with early portrayals of the conflict but it is being supplanted by recent conflicts

British TV deployed rapidly – and with frequent controversy – to attack the Falklands war as a subject. The assiduous historical website British Television Drama records, in the decade after the war, 10 dramas based on the conflict.

The BBC screened five plays within five years of the events, which may surprise those who now associate the corporation with editorial caution and at the time clearly astonished the Ministry of Defence, which made numerous objections and obstructed access to actual locations and equipment.

The earliest pieces were oblique, with Don Shaw's The Falklands Factor dramatising an 18th-century dispute over the islands, and Maggie Wadey's The Waiting War focusing on military and naval families. ITV also enraged the MoD and the government with a children's series, Jan Needle's A Game of Soldiers,
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