Monthly Archives: February 2014

Real-life Wolf of Wall Street says his life of debauchery ‘even worse’ than in film

Jordan Belfort, who was jailed for 22 months for securities fraud, admits that the Oscar-nominated film based on his memoir had no need to exaggerate the sex and drugsThe controversial figure whose memoir formed the basis of Leonardo DiCaprio’s unhinge… Continue reading

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Real-life Wolf of Wall Street says his life of debauchery ‘even worse’ than in film

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Non-Stop review: Liam Neeson claims his crown as B-movie king | Tom Shone

This airplane thriller never threatens to make sense as Neeson carries it to a denouement worthy of a murderous Miss Marple

“Nervous flyer?” asks Julianne Moore after she notices Liam Neeson fiddling nervously before take off. “It never quite goes away,” Neeson replies. You don’t know the half of it, lady.

The last flight Neeson was on crash-landed in the Alaskan tundra, where his fellow passengers were picked off, one by one, by a pack of ravenous grey wolves. The year before that, in Unknown, Neeson landed at Berlin Tagel Airport for a biotechnology summit only to have someone steal his wife, his identity and all respect for German traffic codes. And before that we had Taken, in which Neeson had his daughter kidnapped at Charles de Gaulle Airport by Albanian slave traffickers. Neeson and foreigners don’t mix. Neeson and airports don’t mix. But Neeson and foreign airports is really asking for trouble. If Moore had any sense, she would have seen who was sat next to her, excused herself and caught the next flight.

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Apple releases iTunes 11.1.5

Apple has released iTunes 11.1.5 which, according to the company’s copious release notes, “…fixes a problem that may cause iTunes to quit unexpectedly when a device is connected and improves compatibility with iBooks for Mac on OS X Maverick… Continue reading

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Apple releases iTunes 11.1.5

Apple has released iTunes 11.1.5 which, according to the company’s copious release notes, “…fixes a problem that may cause iTunes to quit unexpectedly when a device is connected and improves compatibility with iBooks for Mac on OS X Mavericks.” Go an… Continue reading

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OS X Update 10.9.2 now available, patches SSL/TLS hole [Updated]

OS X 10.9.2 just arrived via the Mac App Store, bringing with it a number of “improvements to the stability, compatibility and security of your Mac.”

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OS X Update 10.9.2 now available, patches SSL/TLS hole [Updated]

OS X 10.9.2 just arrived via the Mac App Store, bringing with it a number of “improvements to the stability, compatibility and security of your Mac.”

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Shrek theme park to open in London

DreamWorks to open attraction inspired by the series of hit animations about the green ogre, with a fifth film also mooted

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The Guardian Film Show: Nymphomaniac, Stranger by the Lake, Winter’s Tale and Only Lovers Left Alive – video review

Catherine Shoard and Peter Bradshaw join Xan Brooks for our weekly round-up of the big cinema releases. This week the team get tweaked and teased by Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac; cruise for a killing in Stranger by the Lake; drink the lifeblood of vampire romance Only Lovers Left Alive; and gallop headlong into Colin Farrell turkey A New York Winter’s Tale. Plus interviews with Nymphomaniac’s Charlotte Gainsbourg and Colin Farrell

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Meryl Streep thanked more often than God in Oscar acceptance speeches

Academy awards winners have namechecked Streep, God and Sidney Poitier – in that order

Meryl Streep to play Emmeline Pankhurst in Suffragette

She may be the queen of the Oscars, with a staggering 18 nominations and three wins over a 35-year period, but Meryl Streep might be surprised to hear that she is also unsurpassed when it comes to being mentioned in acceptance speeches at the ceremony. A new survey by Slate magazine suggests that winners over the past dozen years have namechecked the star more times than they have thanked God.

Streep topped the list of individual luminaries named during acceptance speeches, ahead of God, Sidney Poitier and Oprah Winfrey. She was thanked by four out of the 47 individual Oscar-winners since 2002, compared with three for the Almighty and two each for Poitier and Winfrey.

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8 Minutes Idle – review | Peter Bradshaw

This British indie romcom suggests love in the workplace can be a tricky business, especially if you secretly live there

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Matt Thorne’s witty 90s novel Eight Minutes Idle has been reheated as a low-budget British indie: the result is a well-intentioned disappointment. Tom Hughes plays Dan, a twentysomething guy who has to move out of his parents’ house and finds himself secretly squatting in the ceiling crawl-space above the toilets in a drab call centre where he is precariously employed – and falling in love with beautiful co-worker Teri (Ophelia Lovibond). The story is a potentially interesting satirical commentary on the subject of how workplaces are where we invest our entire identity, and in these times of economic trial, the film’s ideas are no less relevant. But the “office” comedy doesn’t exactly raise its game to match Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, and the acting and direction are desperately plodding and slow. Occasionally this film looks as if it has achieved the movie equivalent of John Peel’s legendary 45-played-at-33 mistake. It is a shame, because there is a real creative intelligence behind it.

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Her – review

In Spike Jonze’s postmodern pastoral about a man who dates his operating system, digital affairs are as sensual – and heartbreaking – as the real thing

Spike Jonze on Jackass, Scarlett Johansson’s erotic voice and techno love
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Cuban Fury: why Kayvan Novak isn’t playing the ‘foreign bad guy’ any more

He’s been a Turkish pimp, an Afghan drug dealer, an Iranian assassin. Now the prankster behind Fonejacker wants to use his comic flair in drama Continue reading… Continue reading

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The Dallas Buyers Club: don’t buy this history

Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto are just what the doctor ordered, but this drama’s message about sexuality and Aids is all bad medicine Continue reading… Continue reading

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You’re going to be hearing a lot about ‘iPod’ on tonight’s Olympics broadcast

Note: This article contains spoilers regarding the snowboarding competition at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, which has not yet aired in some regions. If you want to watch the broadcast and pretend it’s live, stop reading now.

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You’re going to be hearing a lot about ‘iPod’ on tonight’s Olympics broadcast

Note: This article contains spoilers regarding the snowboarding competition at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, which has not yet aired in some regions. If you want to watch the broadcast and pretend it’s live, stop reading now.

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Transporter 4 will star Ed Skrein in Jason Statham role

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Shia LaBeouf walks out of Nymphomaniac press conference at Berlin film festival – video

Actor Shia LaBeouf makes a statement about seagulls and sardines and then walks out of a press conference at the Berlin film festival. Later on Sunday he arrives for the premiere of Nymphomaniac, directed by Lars von Trier, with a paper bag over his he… Continue reading

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Attack of the Clones: The Flappy Bird copies have arrived, and boy are they crappy

Flappy Bird is simple, straightforward and hugely successful. Those three things make it a prime target for copycats, and now that the game has perched itself on the top of the App Store charts, the clones are arriving in full force. They … Continue reading

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Attack of the Clones: The Flappy Bird copies have arrived, and boy are they crappy

Flappy Bird is simple, straightforward and hugely successful. Those three things make it a prime target for copycats, and now that the game has perched itself on the top of the App Store charts, the clones are arriving in full force. They are, o… Continue reading

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