THEY were the least usual suspects to ever commit a violent robbery - four university students from well-to-do families. Eric Borsuk was studying accountancy in the hope of joining the FBI, Spencer Reinhard was a shy artist and Charles ‘Chas’ Allen II was a budding entrepreneur. Only cannabis-smoking goalkeeper Warren Lipka, with his history of petty theft, showed any hint of criminal tendencies. But these students tried to steal £9m-worth of rare books from a US library while dressed as elderly men, in a daring heist that initially left the police baffled. They tasered and bound up a terrified librarian during the daylight raid in December 2004, before making their low-speed getaway in a family SUV. Now British director Bart Layton, who is in discussions to become the next James Bond director following the departure of Danny Boyle, has made a critically acclaimed movie called American Animals about the bungled plot. We wanted to escape our dull lives Despite spending … [Read more...] about The nail-biting true story of the teens who dressed up as OAPs and tasered a librarian to carry out a £9m book heist in broad daylight
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When four bored Kentucky college kids got together in 2004 to pull off a robbery, they set their sights higher than a bank or a corner store: they plotted to snatch from the local university a stash of valuable books, among them Darwin’s On the Origin of Species and Audubon’s lavishly illustrated The Birds of America. One of the gang, Spencer Reinhard, was a budding artist concerned that life hadn’t thrown the sort of obstacles in his path necessary to forge and shape a distinctive talent. His mettle would most likely have remained untested were it not for the heist, traced from the planning stages through to its terrible aftermath in Bart Layton’s confident thriller American Animals. Upside-down driving shots during the opening credits give a fair warning that Layton intends to flip convention on its head. This he does by alternating between interviews with the real-life subjects (all now in their thirties) and the actors who portray them as they were at the … [Read more...] about ConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlight American Animals: a heist movie that’s both fast-paced and contemplative
QUENTIN Tarantino has been credited by many as one of the most influential directors of his generation with his films becoming some of the most celebrated in Hollywood. The legendary director has revealed his 2019 flick Once Upon a Time in Hollywood will be his penultimate film before he retires but what movies has he made and how old is he now? Here's the lowdown... How old is Quentin Tarantino? Quentin Jerome Tarantino was born March 27, 1963, and is an American director famed for his particular style of nonlinear storylines and graphic depiction of violence. The 55-year-old's career began in the late 1980s when he wrote and directed My Best Friend's Birthday, the screenplay of which formed the basis for 1993's comedy True Romance. Since then, his movies have earned two Academy Awards for Best Original Screenplay for 1994's Pulp Fiction and 2012's Djanjo Unchained. He has a reported net worth of $100 million and earned his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2015 for his … [Read more...] about How old is Quentin Tarantino, what movies has the Kill Bill director made and who’s his partner Daniella Pick?
THIS is the directorial debut of screenwriter Drew Pearce (Ironman 3, Mission Impossible; Rogue Nation). Starring Jodie Foster with Sterling K. Brown, Bautista and Jeff Goldblum bringing up the rear, this futuristic action thriller tries to pack so much in it almost trips over itself. It’s 2028 and there are riots on the streets of LA regarding the privatisation of water. In the middle of the melee is Hotel Artemis, a secret members-only hospital for killers (surely a nod to the hotel in John Wick?), assassins and general bad eggs. Adhering to the house rules (no killing each other, no guns etc) is a must and it’s all overseen by the doddering alcoholic and agoraphobic Nurse Jean Thomas (Foster) and her orderly, Everest (Bautista). Patients arrive thick and fast (all with codenames like Acapulco or Nice) along with The Wolf King, LA’s crime lord (Goldblum doing his Goldblum thing). The set up is great, the look and feel really whet my appetite for an explosive, … [Read more...] about Futuristic action thriller Hotel Artemis tries to pack so much in it almost trips over itself
"Six times. What is it? Do I give a vibe off of a pensioner?" asks the actor, sitting in a cafe outside Dublin's Smock Alley Theatre. He is suntanned, sporting a well-maintained tash, a gold knuckle-duster and the taut T-shirt of an elite athlete (he was a champion kick-boxer at one time), sipping an iced coffee. It's just that he seems older than 28. He nods understandingly. "I feel older. That's why I hang around with Jimmy. He's my bud. He's in his 50s… and Tom Hickey. He's in his 80s." "That's not," he adds, "to say I'm not capable of incredible immaturity. The stage allows you to go places you can't go in real life, in case you get arrested." Rex is only partly joking about all of this. He considers Pat Kinevane and Mikel Murfi his "peers" in acting. I break it to him that they are not his peers, they are 20, 30 years older. But Rex is moving fast considering he was born in the 1990s. He has recently appointed himself artistic director of Glass Mask, the new theatre … [Read more...] about Like father, like son: Actor Rex Ryan on his ‘unashamed’ ambition