Deborah Ross 31 August 2019 9:00 AM 31 August 2019 9:00 AM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp The Souvenir15, Key cities Joanna Hogg’s films are the antithesis of popcorn entertainment so if it’s not the antithesis of popcorn entertainment that you seek, you may be better off going elsewhere. Her latest, The Souvenir, is about a young woman finding herself and her own voice, and is semi-improvised and I know someone who hates her films — ‘like watching paint dry,’ I was told — but if this is so, I have never seen paint dry so enthrallingly. I was fascinated throughout, in fact. This is her fourth film after Unrelated (2007), Archipelago (2010) and Exhibition (2013), and it is her best, I think. (Although I will always have a very soft spot for Unrelated.) All of her films are somehow about people trapped by their own privilege — I am wondering if it’s worth thinking of her as the Ken Loach of posh … [Read more...] about Sensational: The Souvenir reviewed
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PUBLISHED: 19:00 28 August 2019 Judy Rimmer Richard Gere attending the UK premiere of his movie, Time Out of Mind, at the Glasgow Film Theatre, as part of the Glasgow Film Festival. PA Archive/PA Images Can you believe that Richard Gere is about to turn 70? We're looking back at his career, and at other stars who are still in the limelight as they move into their eighth decade. Richard Gere and Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman Photo: Getty Images/IMDBHearing that Richard Gere is about to celebrate his 70th birthday, on August 31, seems almost incredible. I can vividly remember the first time I saw Gere on the big screen, in 1980, when he starred in romantic crime drama American Gigolo. I was a student at the time and had a German penpal staying with me. When we went along to see the film, she sat there almost swooning, and I could hear her whispering under her breath once or twice: "Ist er schoen!" (English translation: "Is he handsome!")Actor and … [Read more...] about Happy birthday, Richard Gere
Manny Pacquiao left home because his father cooked his beloved dog to feed his hungry family and Keith Thurman left boxing to walk through the Himalayan wilderness in search of the snow leopard. On Saturday night at the MGM in Las Vegas they meet for the WBA’s welterweight title, a trinket of increasingly confusing heritage, in a fight that is far more than just a potential goodbye for Pacquiao. There have been too many of those over the years. Thurman is ten years younger, a career welterweight, unbeaten in 29 fights, fresher in every single way and still Senator Pacquiao of the Filipino parliament, who often looks older than 40, is the real attraction. We’ll tell you what’s true. You can form your own view. From 15p €0.18 $0.18 USD 0.27 a day, more exclusives, analysis and extras. Subscribe now His career has long been about defying sense, some improbable wins, shocking losses and as he enters its 24th year – this will be his 71st fight – there … [Read more...] about How Pacquiao can defy sense again with improbable win vs Thurman
The original queen of pop talks to Vanessa Grigoriadis about inspiration, aging, motherhood and why she refuses to cede controlThe night before the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas in May, Madonna was sitting in the arena attached to the MGM Grand hotel, staring at a double of herself. The double, who was standing on the stage many yards away, was younger and looked Asian but wore a similar lace minidress and a wig in Madonna’s current hairstyle, a ’30s movie star’s crimped blond waves.“It’s always the second person with the wig — she wants to see it,” a stage designer said, adding that when she makes a decision, she is definitive.Madonna was observing Madonna to make sure Madonna was doing everything perfectly. Up on the stage set of a funky urban street with lampposts and a tiled bar, the double hit her marks and held a fist up to her mouth like a faux microphone for a rendition of “Medellín,” the on-trend, Latin-inflected … [Read more...] about What next for Madonna?