“I had really always felt a connection to the greater good in my work with Quentin,” Thurman said, “and most of what I allowed to happen to me and what I participated in was kind of like a horrible mud wrestle with a very angry brother. But at least I had some say, you know?” … [Read more...] about Uma Thurman breaks silence over Harvey Weinstein
In a statement, the director said that through "a journey of extensive screen testing and music and performance workshops, I knew unequivocally that I had found someone who could embody the spirit of one of the world's most iconic musical figures". … [Read more...] about Austin Butler ‘beats Harry Styles’ to play Elvis Presley in Baz Luhrmann biopic
Stephen Frost One day in the late 1980s, I was invited to join the Comedy Store Players for an evening of improv. I already knew them all through gigging together, and I'd been improvising for a while, so it wasn't such a leap. The night I went along, the producer from Whose Line? was in and asked if I wanted to go on the show. I said yes right away: I'd done lots of TV, including Carrott's Lib, which was also filmed live. A show with no rehearsal or lines to learn seemed like a good thing. … [Read more...] about How we made Whose Line Is It Anyway?
The second Klan, which came to its ascendancy in the early to mid 1920s, just as Benito Mussolini was coming to power in Italy, was widely recognised in the US as a specifically “fascist” organisation. In the late 1920s and early 1930s, it went into decline, plagued by corruption and sex scandals. But its members did not stop believing that they needed to make America great again by purifying it of citizens they viewed as lesser or “alien”; they simply formed new groups, with different names. In 1930, the “American Fascisti” was founded in Atlanta by a former KKK member; in 1932, a group known as the Khaki Shirts was formed, declaring its intention to overthrow Herbert Hoover. “Comparisons with the Fascisti of Italy and the Nazi of Germany” were “inevitable”, its founder noted, but promised the Khaki Shirts “would be essentially American”. The “Silver Legion of America,” known as the Silver Shirts, … [Read more...] about Paths from the past: historians make sense of Brexit and our current political turmoil