The BBC/ITV plan, which multiple sources have described as at a very early “explore and evaluate” stage, fits into director general Tony Hall’s “open BBC” pledge as part of a reshaping of the corporation for the digital age in the next charter renewal period. … [Read more...] about BBC and ITV in talks to launch a Netflix-style streaming service
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That Schiff's book is the basis of a new Paul Greengrass film, due for 2013, seems like a good omen. It brings hope that Angelina Jolie may finally override the image of poor Elizabeth Taylor struggling to look imperial in inch-thick slap and a Folies Bergère head-dress. No previous image, visual or verbal, matches up to the inspiring, frightening, ruthless woman conjured by Schiff from an inspired combination of carefully parsed texts, new research, and pulse-quickening descriptive writing. (Not always, mind; '"Descent from Hercules is good enough for me," huffed Antony', is the kind of trashy writing that does a fine book no credit.) … [Read more...] about Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff
More recently, Dirisu has been working with Olivia Colman, Colin Firth, Josh O'Connor and Odessa Young in filmmaker Eva Husson's Mothering Sunday, based on Graham Swift's novel of the same name. Producers Elizabeth Karlsen and Stephen Woolley signed the London-based actor up after watching his work during quarantine. … [Read more...] about BAZ BAMIGBOYE: Film icon Sophia Loren, 86, shows her true grit
5. I Am Not a Witch (2017) Zambian-born director Rungano Nyoni has created a film that is technically British, but sports with ideas and tropes that have long been present in African cinema: the innocence of the child and the pain of the ostracised outsider. She brings to it her own distinctive subversion and comedy, which makes I Am Not a Witch irresistible. (Nyoni was brought up in Wales, and it is interesting to wonder if her title had echoes of Connie Booth’s baffled proclamation of innocence during the witch-trial scene in Monty Python and the Holy Grail.) Shula is a Zambian orphan who is bizarrely accused by her townspeople of being a witch; she is exiled, but then brought under the wing of the unspeakable Mr Banda, a slippery public official who has a very strange side hustle. He runs a “witch camp” into which Shula is briskly enrolled: all her classmates are elderly women. Hogwarts it ain’t. But soon Shula is pressed into service, going on talkshows, … [Read more...] about 20 best African films – ranked!
The Bronx-born rapper, 35, died on April 23 after being diagnosed with coronavirus. Fred the Godson, whose real name was Fredrick Thomas, had been updating fans about his fight with the illness and shared a selfie from his hospital bed. He had worked with artists including Mac Miller, Kendrick Lamar and Pusha T. … [Read more...] about Keeping them laughing until the end: Bobby Ball was still filming until weeks before his death aged 76 after positive Covid test, as co-star Lee Mack pays tribute to his ‘hero’ and devastated Tommy Cannon says: ‘Rock on, my good friend’