Monthly Archives: March 2014

Noah: ‘Russell Crowe is just about the only actor who could have pulled this off’ – first look review

Darren Aronofsky has created an epic and stylish adaptation of the biblical flood story, but doesn’t quite overcome the traditional difficulties of the genre Continue reading… Continue reading

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Almost Married review – ‘Not afraid to offend’

Steering away from the Working Title school of cosiness is a start, but this bawdy STD comedy isn’t terribly funny either Continue reading… Continue reading

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My guilty pleasure – Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

Dodgy history and dodgier accents, but Kevin Costner’s medieval romp still has some magic – and shouldn’t be judged on the weakness of its imitators

Most things about Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves are terrible. Kevin Costner’s and Christian Slater’s attempts at English accents: terrible. Bryan Adam’s theme song which refused to go away during the summer of 1991 and can conjure mass feelings of nausea to this very day: terrible. Seeing Costner’s naked arse as he gets washed in a waterfall: terrible. But I’ve still probably watched it more than any other film and will (in true Robin Hood spirit) defend it until my dying breath.

I was a pretty sickly child, and when I was off school I’d always put it on. The stupid accents, shoe-horned in Moorish sidekick (played by Morgan Freeman) and romantiscied outlaw life were like a security blanket as I watched it while off my head on Calpol SixPlus. Yes, it’s ridiculous and cliched, but it’s entertaining, and there are some – OK, there’s one – genuinely great performance. Alan Rickman managed to polish one of 90s cinema’s biggest turds when he put in a brilliant turn as the ruthless Sheriff of Nottingham, who attempts to usurp King John while being held back by his workforce of incompetent jokers and a witch.

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Jurassic World to lose Jeff Goldblum, Laura Dern, Sam Neill

Three of the best known characters from the original Jurassic Park films to be excluded from fourth in series

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Kevin Hart, why isn’t he box-office gold?

He’s appeared in two top TV comedies and had the Apatow seal of approval but Hart has still to top his mega-successful stand-up movieJudging by About Last Night, we are still waiting for pint-sized stand-up sensation Kevin Hart to make his movie breakt… Continue reading

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Michael Bay to produce remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds

The horror returns as Transformers director revealed as man behind new take on Hitchcock’s 1963 frightener, with Naomi Watts set to take Tippi Hedren role

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Alfred Hitchcock’s film The Birds told the story of a rustic seaside town that finds itself menaced by hellish flocks of seagulls and crows. Now the 1963 classic looks set to suffer its own form of molestation courtesy of a Hollywood remake by Transformers director Michael Bay.

Loosely adapted from a 1952 short story by Daphne du Maurier, The Birds cast Tippi Hedren in the role of Melanie Daniels, a San Francisco socialite who comes horribly unstuck on a visit to northern California. Reports suggest that Bay’s version will return to tale to its original English setting, while Naomi Watts is rumoured to be considering the Hedren role.

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Lynne Ramsay settles Jane Got a Gun lawsuit

Director and producers on Natalie Portman western have ‘resolved quietly’ their legal wrangles over Ramsay’s departure from set and subsequent fallout Continue reading… Continue reading

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Daylight saving public service announcement: Don’t count on your iPhone alarm this weekend

You never know, this year the Daylight Saving Time switch might work out differently — but why take the chance? Over the years, Apple’s iOS platform has run into a few hurdles when it comes to handling the semiannual clock shift forwards (in … Continue reading

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Daylight saving public service announcement: Don’t count on your iPhone alarm this weekend

You never know, this year the Daylight Saving Time switch might work out differently — but why take the chance? Over the years, Apple’s iOS platform has run into a few hurdles when it comes to handling the semiannual clock shift forwards (in springtim… Continue reading

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Zite newsreader sold to Flipboard

My all time favorite newsreader, Zite, has been sold by CNN to Flipboard for a deal reported by Reuters to be worth about US$60 million dollars. Flipboard has also struck a content deal with CNN.

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Zite newsreader sold to Flipboard

My all time favorite newsreader, Zite, has been sold by CNN to Flipboard for a deal reported by Reuters to be worth about US$60 million dollars. Flipboard has also struck a content deal with CNN.

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Oscar Mayer launches scent-enabled bacon alarm clock for iPhone

Oscar Mayer has come up with a way to tease iPhone users in the worst possible way: By waking up with the smell of bacon in the air. The strange little device is called Wake Up And Smell The Bacon, and once paired with an iPhone and the comp… Continue reading

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Oscar Mayer launches scent-enabled bacon alarm clock for iPhone

Oscar Mayer has come up with a way to tease iPhone users in the worst possible way: By waking up with the smell of bacon in the air. The strange little device is called Wake Up And Smell The Bacon, and once paired with an iPhone and the companion app… Continue reading

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CineKink film festival flaunts sex on the big screen: ‘It’s hard to tell what America is ready for’ – video

Now in its 11th year, the CineKink film festival is a celebration of all things sexual and kinky. From arthouse dramas to porn, the films explore sex and sexuality on screen. Zoe Margolis speaks to some of this year’s directors and the CineKink co-foun… Continue reading

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TUAW by social media, podcast or newsletter

The fact that you’re reading this now means you’ve found TUAW. Welcome! Did you know we have three fabulous podcasts to subscribe to? First there’s our weekly call in show, the TUAW Talkcast. We hope you’ll join us for the next live taping, … Continue reading

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TUAW by social media, podcast or newsletter

The fact that you’re reading this now means you’ve found TUAW. Welcome! Did you know we have three fabulous podcasts to subscribe to? First there’s our weekly call in show, the TUAW Talkcast. We hope you’ll join us for the next live taping, but if yo… Continue reading

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Adele Dazeem dazzled in her Oscars glory – yet doesn’t actually exist

There’s mispronouncing the name ‘Idina Menzel’, and then there is butchering the name so badly that the internet creates a whole new person

Idina Menzel might have thought her name was Idina Menzel, but John Travolta knew better. In what was by far the best moment of the 86th Academy awards – even better than Pharrell dancing with Lupita and Meryl, and that’s saying a lot – was John Travolta’s ‘pronunciation’ of Menzel’s name.

It’s not even a difficult name to pronounce. Ee-deena Men-zel. Travolta, however (Tra-volta), introduced the Tony-award winning Broadway star to the stage, thusly:

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Ellen DeGeneres’ Oscars selfie smashes Obama retweet record on Twitter

Host of 86th Academy Awards sees what she calls the “best photo ever” – an image costarring Hollywood’s finest – soar past president’s Twitter record

Xan Brooks liveblogs the ceremony
Full list of winners as they’re announced

A picture shared by Oscars host Ellen DeGeneres became the most retweeted photograph ever on Sunday night, racing past a record held by President Obama.

Four more years. pic.twitter.com/bAJE6Vom

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Adrien Brody: life after the Oscar

When Adrien Brody became the youngest winner of the best actor Oscar in 2003 for his role in Roman Polanski’s The Pianist, he was the toast of the film world. With a cameo role in Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel, he talks about how the accolade has shaped his career

The night after Adrien Brody won the Oscar for best actor in March 2003, he went to a restaurant and the entire room stood up and applauded. Eleven years later, he makes a far more low-key entrance at the fancy Bondi Beach restaurant Icebergs – no PR, no entourage, wearing flip-flops, and slightly miffed that I dropped his name in order to get a table. “I would never have done that,” he frowns.

When Roman Polanski’s film The Pianist made him the youngest actor ever to win the Academy award, he was 29; now, he’s 40. Being a middle-aged actor in Hollywood is “different”, he says after a long pause. Then again: “I think an actor hits his prime now. If you look at all the iconic leading roles and great actors, they’re all in their 40s and 50s.”

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