JAMES 'Whitey' Bulger was one of America's most wanted fugitives. But what happened to him, did Johnny Depp portray him on the big screen, and did he do time in Alcatraz? Here's our lowdown... Who was James 'Whitey' Bulger? James 'Whitey' Bulger was an American gangster who was murdered in prison aged 89. He was second only to Osama Bin Laden as one of America’s most wanted fugitives after living a double life as one of Boston's most notorious mobsters and as a secret FBI informant. In the late 1970s and 1980s, Bulger terrorised Boston’s underworld as the leader of the notorious Winter Hill crime gang, murdering and extorting his way to the top of the Massachusetts He was arrested in Los Angeles in 2011 after 16 years on the run, and was convicted in 2013 of a string of gangland crimes - including participating in 11 murders. What film did Johnny Depp play him in? Bulger was portrayed by Johnny Depp in the 2015 film Black Mass. The film - directed by Scott Cooper - also … [Read more...] about Who was James ‘Whitey’ Bulger, what film did Johnny Depp play him and when was he held in Alcatraz?
Mike Leigh, 154 mins, starring: Rory Kinnear, Maxine Peake, Pearce Quigley, David Moorst, Rachel Finnegan, Tom Meredith Mike Leigh’s epic new film Peterloo (premiering this week in Venice) is bound to foster awareness about an event which no-one in Britain now pays much attention to. In August 1819, mounted “yeomen” militia charged into a huge crowd that had gathered in St Peter’s Fields, Manchester, to listen to a speech from campaigning political reformer, Henry Hunt. 15 people were killed and several hundred injured in the ensuing mayhem. The carnage was reported in national and local newspapers. It marked a transformational moment in British history. As the historian E.P. Thompson noted,” the moral consensus of the nation outlawed the riding down of an unarmed crowd.” To put it another way, the authorities realised they couldn’t get away with violent attacks on crowds, even if they didn’t approve of those crowds’ politics or … [Read more...] about Peterloo, Venice Film Festival, review: Mike Leigh’s period drama has immediacy and a sense of anger
Everyone was rooting for Dani Dyer and Jack Fincham to win Love Island back in the summer. But it seems just three months later, the cracks are beginning to show. The show's winners are said to be going through a "rocky patch". But they're staying together for the sake of their upcoming reality show. "They’ve been at each other’s necks for a few weeks now," a source told the Sun . The source continued: "Dani has been offered so many opportunities since leaving the villa, from her hugely successful clothing range with In The Style to appearances with her dad. "She has a very busy schedule and is doing incredibly well for herself following Love Island. "But the more projects Dani takes on the less time she spends with Jack, so tensions between them are mounting. "A lot is riding on them staying together as they continue to film their reality series – but Dani may not have the patience to stay in the relationship for much longer.” A spokeswoman for the couple … [Read more...] about Dani Dyer and Jack Fincham suffer ‘furious rows’ while filming reality show
Whitey Bulger's life of crime has served as a constant source of inspiration in the world of entertainment, to the extent that the Irish-American gangster has become an archetype in his own right. For years, writers have been telling the infamous Boston gang leader's story, either directly, as was the case in a 2015 biopic starring Johnny Depp, or indirectly, by crafting TV series characters whose backgrounds borrow elements of Bulger's biography. James Joseph "Whitey" Bulger Jr died on Tuesday aged 89 in prison, where he was serving a life sentence following his 2013 conviction for a slew of crimes, including his participation in 11 murders. The gangster had just been moved to a new facility in West Virginia. Bulger, who was arrested in 2011 in Santa Monica, California, was previously one of the FBI's most-wanted fugitives over the course of 16 years. He became an FBI informant in 1975 and later embarrassed the agency by corrupting several of its agents - a story told in the … [Read more...] about Played by Johnny Depp and inspiration for Oscar-winning film, how Whitey Bulger left his mark on popular culture
Video PUBLISHED: 16:44 30 October 2018 | UPDATED: 16:56 30 October 2018 Craig Higgins, Co-director of Norwich Film Festival Christopher Eccleston Archant From Doctor Who star Christopher Eccleston to star of stage and screen Juliet Stevenson, Craig Higgins, co-director of the Norwich Film Festival, discusses this year’s highlights. Norwich Film Festival, which is supported by Norwich BID and the BFI Film Audience Network, is back for the eighth time with over 120 films from November 6 to 18 in venues across the city.1. In Conversation with Christopher Eccleston Plus a Screening of Shallow Grave (18) November 6, 6.30pm, The Open Norwich To help launch this year’s Festival, we will be joined by the outstanding actor Christopher Eccleston. His acting career has spanned the best part of 30 years and he has established himself as one of the most talented actors of stage and screen. Throughout his extensive film career he has starred in films such as … [Read more...] about Ten must-see events at the Norwich Film Festival 2018