Monthly Archives: July 2014

Cruz, Bardem and Almodóvar denounce Israel over Gaza

In an open letter, some of Spain’s biggest film personalities call on EU to condemn Israel’s military actions against Gaza

A group of Spain’s biggest film personalities, including Penélope Cruz, Pedro Almodóvar and Javier Bardem, have written an open letter in a Spanish newspaper denouncing Israel’s bombing of Gaza.

The letter calls for the EU to “condemn the bombing by land, sea and air against the Palestinian civilian population in the Gaza Strip… Gaza is living through horror these days, besieged and attacked by land, sea and air. Palestinians’ homes are being destroyed, they are being denied water, electricity [and] free movement to their hospitals, schools and fields while the international community does nothing.”

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Fifty Shades of Grey trailer most viewed of 2014

Promo for Sam Taylor-Johnson’s film of EL James’s erotic novel has notched up 36.4m views on YouTube so far

• Fifty Shades of Grey trailer: through a glass, daftly
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Why I’d like to be … Malcolm McDowell in If …

You don’t need to be an Old Etonian to identify with anti-hero schoolboy Mick Travis when he goes to war with the establishment

Why I’d like to be … Gregory Peck in To Kill a Mockingbird
Why I’d like to be … Julie Christie in Billy Liar
Why I’d like to be … Patrick Fugit in Almost Famous

It is every unruly pupil’s fantasy to run riot in the classroom and Mick Travis, the anti-hero in Lindsay Anderson’s If …, takes schoolboy rebellion to the limit. This razor-sharp satire eviscerates the British establishment, and Malcolm McDowell relishes his role as the public-school refusenik at war with the society that created him. This was McDowell’s debut, and his work with Anderson was to be his best. Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange made him a household name, but the rest of his career was spent playing minor-league heavies.

McDowell’s roles in Anderson’s loose trilogy comprising If …, O Lucky Man! and Britannia Hospital do not trace the development of a single character. Mick Travis is a shape-shifter whose circumstances and attitudes differ according to Anderson’s purpose. The disaffected public schoolboy in If … , the innocent chancer in O Lucky Man! and the investigative reporter in Britannia Hospital share the same name but little else. Each is a cipher through which the director projects his conflicted vision of the state of the nation.

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Susan Sarandon reveals past sexual relationship with David Bowie

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Woody Allen: Pacino, De Niro, Nicholson ‘too busy’ to work with me

Magic in the Moonlight director lists the Hollywood greats he would love to work with in his first ever podcast appearance. If only they had the time …

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Woody Allen longs to work with Al Pacino, Robert De Niro and Jack Nicholson, but they are always “too busy” to collaborate, the film-maker has revealed.

Allen said he had approached all three Hollywood icons in the past, but had come up empty handed. Promoting his new film Magic in the Moonlight, the prolific director was speaking to Josh Horowitz of Happy Sad Confused, marking his first appearance on a podcast.

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Skyfall location in Scottish Highlands blighted by litter and fly-tipping

Glen Etive residents set up a Facebook page to show photos of damage done by campers to National Trust of Scotland site

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The Purge: Anarchy – Six of the worst masked men in horror

The Purge: Anarchy is the latest movie to have its problematic protagonists wear a mask. It’s the minimum dress code for the stalk-and-mutilate setThe art of mask-making is a prehistoric tradition that dates back at least as far as the Upper Paleolithi… Continue reading

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Marilyn Monroe in Some Like It Hot … still smoking

The classic comedy has been restored and is back on the big screen. What is the secret of its enduring appeal?

• Peter Bradshaw reviews the new reissue of Some Like It Hot
• Peter Bradshaw on Tony Curtis: a true Hollywood star

In 1959, on hearing that Billy Wilder was making a comedy that started with a machine-gun massacre, the producer David O Selznick warned: “They’re going to walk out in droves!” The first test screening seemed to prove him right – the middle-aged, small-town audience stayed silent; some shuffled in their seats and some, indeed, walked out.

One person laughed, once. Some Like It Hot nearly died there. At Wilder’s insistence, they tried again, playing the film to a largely student crowd in a college town. They loved it. And most who see it have loved it ever since.

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Why I’d like to be … Val Kilmer in Tombstone

Wyatt Earp might be the lead, but the infirm Doc Holliday is the real hero, an educated, elegant gunslinger who – most importantly, for a long-term invalid such as Scott Jordan Harris – makes chronic illness look good

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Apple, IBM ink deal to create apps, sell iOS devices to enterprises

Steve Jobs flips off the IBM logo in

Photo taken by Jean Pigozzi, posted by original Macintosh team member Andy Hertzfeld

Check your lottery tickets, folks. Apple and IBM have signed a deal to cooperate on creating apps and sell iOS devices to IBM’s customer base. As reported in the WSJ and now publicized on Apple’s business site, the deal will help expand Apple’s efforts to move the iPhone and iPad into the corporate world, and will also aid IBM; Big Blue’s business applications may now be found more often on the iOS devices employees bring into the office under “Bring Your Own Device” programs. IBM will also be selling solution packages of devices and apps, and IBM’s field support force will help manage iOS devices in enterprises.

As you can see from the photo at the top of this post, taken in 1983, relations weren’t always cordial between the companies. But now, the two companies have announced an “exclusive partnership” that wipes the slate clean. In their joint press release, IBM and Apple said that they’ll “redefine the way work will get done, address key industry mobility challenges, and spark true mobile-led business change” centered around four main efforts:

  • a new class of more than 100 industry-specific enterprise solutions including native apps, developed exclusively from the ground up, for iPhone and iPad;
  • unique IBM cloud services optimized for iOS, including device management, security, analytics and mobile integration;
  • new AppleCare(R) service and support offering tailored to the needs of the enterprise; and
  • new packaged offerings from IBM for device activation, supply and management.

Apple CEO Tim Cook noted that “For the first time ever we’re putting IBM’s renowned big data analytics at iOS users’ fingertips, which opens up a large market opportunity for Apple. This is a radical step for enterprise and something only Apple and IBM can deliver.”

CNBC sat down with Cook and IBM CEO Virginia Rometty today, talking to the two corporate leaders about the agreement and how it will benefit Apple, IBM and large enterprises.

The joint press release from Apple and IBM can be read in full below:

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Apple and IBM Forge Global Partnership to Transform Enterprise Mobility
CUPERTINO, California and ARMONK, New York-July 15, 2014-Apple(R) and IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced an exclusive partnership that teams the market-leading strengths of each company to transform enterprise mobility through a new class of business apps-bringing IBM’s big data and analytics capabilities to iPhone(R) and iPad(R).

The landmark partnership aims to redefine the way work will get done, address key industry mobility challenges and spark true mobile-led business change-grounded in four core capabilities:
a new class of more than 100 industry-specific enterprise solutions including native apps, developed exclusively from the ground up, for iPhone and iPad;
unique IBM cloud services optimized for iOS, including device management, security, analytics and mobile integration;
new AppleCare(R) service and support offering tailored to the needs of the enterprise; and
new packaged offerings from IBM for device activation, supply and management.

The new IBM MobileFirst for iOS solutions will be built in an exclusive collaboration that draws on the distinct strengths of each company: IBM’s big data and analytics capabilities, with the power of more than 100,000 IBM industry and domain consultants and software developers behind it, fused with Apple’s legendary consumer experience, hardware and software integration and developer platform. The combination will create apps that can transform specific aspects of how businesses and employees work using iPhone and iPad, allowing companies to achieve new levels of efficiency, effectiveness and customer satisfaction-faster and easier than ever before.

As part of the exclusive IBM MobileFirst for iOS agreement, IBM will also sell iPhones and iPads with the industry-specific solutions to business clients worldwide.

“iPhone and iPad are the best mobile devices in the world and have transformed the way people work with over 98 percent of the Fortune 500 and over 92 percent of the Global 500 using iOS devices in their business today,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “For the first time ever we’re putting IBM’s renowned big data analytics at iOS users’ fingertips, which opens up a large market opportunity for Apple. This is a radical step for enterprise and something that only Apple and IBM can deliver.”

“Mobility-combined with the phenomena of data and cloud-is transforming business and our industry in historic ways, allowing people to re-imagine work, industries and professions,” said Ginni Rometty, IBM Chairman, President and CEO. “This alliance with Apple will build on our momentum in bringing these innovations to our clients globally, and leverages IBM’s leadership in analytics, cloud, software and services. We are delighted to be teaming with Apple, whose innovations have transformed our lives in ways we take for granted, but can’t imagine living without. Our alliance will bring the same kind of transformation to the way people work, industries operate and companies perform.”

Apple and IBM’s shared vision for this partnership is to put in the hands of business professionals everywhere the unique capabilities of iPads and iPhones with a company’s knowledge, data, analytics and workflows. Specifically, the two companies are working together to deliver the essential elements of enterprise mobile solutions:

– Mobile solutions that transform business: The companies will collaborate to build IBM MobileFirst for iOS Solutions-a new class of “made-for-business apps” targeting specific industry issues or opportunities in retail, healthcare, banking, travel and transportation, telecommunications and insurance, among others, that will become available starting this fall and into 2015.

– Mobile platform: The IBM MobileFirst Platform for iOS will deliver the services required for an end-to-end enterprise capability, from analytics, workflow and cloud storage, to fleet-scale device management, security and integration. Enhanced mobile management includes a private app catalog, data and transaction security services, and productivity suite for all IBM MobileFirst for iOS solutions. In addition to on-premise software solutions, all these services will be available on Bluemix-IBM’s development platform on the IBM Cloud Marketplace.

– Mobile service and support: AppleCare for Enterprise will provide IT departments and end users with 24/7 assistance from Apple’s award-winning customer support group, with on-site service delivered by IBM.

– Packaged service offerings: IBM is introducing IBM MobileFirst Supply and Management for device supply, activation and management services for iPhone and iPad, with leasing options.

Announced at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference in June and available later this year, Apple’s iOS 8 is the biggest release since the launch of the App Store℠, giving users incredible new features and developers the tools to create amazing new apps. For enterprise, iOS 8 builds on the new IT model for a mobilized workforce by improving the way users are informed of how their devices are configured, managed or restricted, with expanded security, management and productivity features.

Apple designs Macs, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices with iPad.

IBM’s 5,000 mobile experts have been at the forefront of mobile enterprise innovation. IBM has secured more than 4,300 patents in mobile, social and security, that have been incorporated into IBM MobileFirst solutions that enable enterprise clients to radically streamline and accelerate mobile adoption, help organizations engage more people and capture new markets.

IBM has made a dozen acquisitions in security in the past decade, has more than 6,000 security researchers and developers in its 25 security labs worldwide that work on developing enterprise-class solutions.

IBM has also established the world’s deepest portfolio in Big Data and Analytics consulting and technology expertise based on experiences drawn from more than 40,000 data and analytics client engagements. This analytics portfolio spans research and development, solutions, software and hardware, and includes more than 15,000 analytics consultants, 4,000 analytics patents, 6,000 industry solution business partners, and 400 IBM mathematicians who are helping clients use big data to transform their organizations.

For more information regarding the new Apple and IBM solutions, please visit www.ibm.com/MobileFirstForiOS or www.apple.com/ipad/business.

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Apple, IBM ink deal to create apps, sell iOS devices to enterprises

Steve Jobs flips off the IBM logo in

Photo taken by Jean Pigozzi, posted by original Macintosh team member Andy Hertzfeld

Check your lottery tickets, folks. Apple and IBM have signed a deal to cooperate on creating apps and sell iOS devices to IBM’s customer base. As reported in the WSJ and now publicized on Apple’s business site, the deal will help expand Apple’s efforts to move the iPhone and iPad into the corporate world, and will also aid IBM; Big Blue’s business applications may now be found more often on the iOS devices employees bring into the office under “Bring Your Own Device” programs. IBM will also be selling solution packages of devices and apps, and IBM’s field support force will help manage iOS devices in enterprises.

As you can see from the photo at the top of this post, taken in 1983, relations weren’t always cordial between the companies. But now, the two companies have announced an “exclusive partnership” that wipes the slate clean. In their joint press release, IBM and Apple said that they’ll “redefine the way work will get done, address key industry mobility challenges, and spark true mobile-led business change” centered around four main efforts:

  • a new class of more than 100 industry-specific enterprise solutions including native apps, developed exclusively from the ground up, for iPhone and iPad;
  • unique IBM cloud services optimized for iOS, including device management, security, analytics and mobile integration;
  • new AppleCare® service and support offering tailored to the needs of the enterprise; and
  • new packaged offerings from IBM for device activation, supply and management.

Apple CEO Tim Cook noted that “For the first time ever we’re putting IBM’s renowned big data analytics at iOS users’ fingertips, which opens up a large market opportunity for Apple. This is a radical step for enterprise and something only Apple and IBM can deliver.”

CNBC sat down with Cook and IBM CEO Virginia Rometty today, talking to the two corporate leaders about the agreement and how it will benefit Apple, IBM and large enterprises.

The joint press release from Apple and IBM can be read in full below:

Show full PR text
Apple and IBM Forge Global Partnership to Transform Enterprise Mobility
CUPERTINO, California and ARMONK, New York-July 15, 2014-Apple® and IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced an exclusive partnership that teams the market-leading strengths of each company to transform enterprise mobility through a new class of business apps-bringing IBM’s big data and analytics capabilities to iPhone® and iPad®.

The landmark partnership aims to redefine the way work will get done, address key industry mobility challenges and spark true mobile-led business change-grounded in four core capabilities:
a new class of more than 100 industry-specific enterprise solutions including native apps, developed exclusively from the ground up, for iPhone and iPad;
unique IBM cloud services optimized for iOS, including device management, security, analytics and mobile integration;
new AppleCare® service and support offering tailored to the needs of the enterprise; and
new packaged offerings from IBM for device activation, supply and management.

The new IBM MobileFirst for iOS solutions will be built in an exclusive collaboration that draws on the distinct strengths of each company: IBM’s big data and analytics capabilities, with the power of more than 100,000 IBM industry and domain consultants and software developers behind it, fused with Apple’s legendary consumer experience, hardware and software integration and developer platform. The combination will create apps that can transform specific aspects of how businesses and employees work using iPhone and iPad, allowing companies to achieve new levels of efficiency, effectiveness and customer satisfaction-faster and easier than ever before.

As part of the exclusive IBM MobileFirst for iOS agreement, IBM will also sell iPhones and iPads with the industry-specific solutions to business clients worldwide.

“iPhone and iPad are the best mobile devices in the world and have transformed the way people work with over 98 percent of the Fortune 500 and over 92 percent of the Global 500 using iOS devices in their business today,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “For the first time ever we’re putting IBM’s renowned big data analytics at iOS users’ fingertips, which opens up a large market opportunity for Apple. This is a radical step for enterprise and something that only Apple and IBM can deliver.”

“Mobility-combined with the phenomena of data and cloud-is transforming business and our industry in historic ways, allowing people to re-imagine work, industries and professions,” said Ginni Rometty, IBM Chairman, President and CEO. “This alliance with Apple will build on our momentum in bringing these innovations to our clients globally, and leverages IBM’s leadership in analytics, cloud, software and services. We are delighted to be teaming with Apple, whose innovations have transformed our lives in ways we take for granted, but can’t imagine living without. Our alliance will bring the same kind of transformation to the way people work, industries operate and companies perform.”

Apple and IBM’s shared vision for this partnership is to put in the hands of business professionals everywhere the unique capabilities of iPads and iPhones with a company’s knowledge, data, analytics and workflows. Specifically, the two companies are working together to deliver the essential elements of enterprise mobile solutions:

– Mobile solutions that transform business: The companies will collaborate to build IBM MobileFirst for iOS Solutions-a new class of “made-for-business apps” targeting specific industry issues or opportunities in retail, healthcare, banking, travel and transportation, telecommunications and insurance, among others, that will become available starting this fall and into 2015.

– Mobile platform: The IBM MobileFirst Platform for iOS will deliver the services required for an end-to-end enterprise capability, from analytics, workflow and cloud storage, to fleet-scale device management, security and integration. Enhanced mobile management includes a private app catalog, data and transaction security services, and productivity suite for all IBM MobileFirst for iOS solutions. In addition to on-premise software solutions, all these services will be available on Bluemix-IBM’s development platform on the IBM Cloud Marketplace.

– Mobile service and support: AppleCare for Enterprise will provide IT departments and end users with 24/7 assistance from Apple’s award-winning customer support group, with on-site service delivered by IBM.

– Packaged service offerings: IBM is introducing IBM MobileFirst Supply and Management for device supply, activation and management services for iPhone and iPad, with leasing options.

Announced at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference in June and available later this year, Apple’s iOS 8 is the biggest release since the launch of the App Store℠, giving users incredible new features and developers the tools to create amazing new apps. For enterprise, iOS 8 builds on the new IT model for a mobilized workforce by improving the way users are informed of how their devices are configured, managed or restricted, with expanded security, management and productivity features.

Apple designs Macs, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices with iPad.

IBM’s 5,000 mobile experts have been at the forefront of mobile enterprise innovation. IBM has secured more than 4,300 patents in mobile, social and security, that have been incorporated into IBM MobileFirst solutions that enable enterprise clients to radically streamline and accelerate mobile adoption, help organizations engage more people and capture new markets.

IBM has made a dozen acquisitions in security in the past decade, has more than 6,000 security researchers and developers in its 25 security labs worldwide that work on developing enterprise-class solutions.

IBM has also established the world’s deepest portfolio in Big Data and Analytics consulting and technology expertise based on experiences drawn from more than 40,000 data and analytics client engagements. This analytics portfolio spans research and development, solutions, software and hardware, and includes more than 15,000 analytics consultants, 4,000 analytics patents, 6,000 industry solution business partners, and 400 IBM mathematicians who are helping clients use big data to transform their organizations.

For more information regarding the new Apple and IBM solutions, please visit www.ibm.com/MobileFirstForiOS or www.apple.com/ipad/business.

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Supermensch: how Alice Cooper and Shep Gordon turned a mutilated chicken into a golden goose – video

In 1969 shock-rocker Alice Cooper reportedly bit off a chicken’s head and drank its blood on stage in Toronto. The real story is almost as gruesome. In this clip from Supermensch, a documentary by Mike Myers about Cooper’s manager, Shep Gordon, Gordon explains what really happened – and how he made the incident into great PR. Supermensch is released in the UK on Friday Continue reading…
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Grim outlook for Grimsby as Sacha Baron Cohen sets comedy in town

Lincolnshire town – shown as litter strewn, dilapidated and full of beer-swilling children – fears it will suffer as Staines has

The last time Sacha Baron Cohen chose to set his comedy in a British town, it suffered so many years of ridicule the place eventually changed its name.

But now the residents of Grimsby fear their town will suffer the same fate as Staines, now Staines-upon-Thames, as their town is depicted as litter strewn, dilapidated and full of beer-swilling children in the comedian’s latest film.

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Sacha Baron Cohen angers residents of Grimsby and Tilbury

Essex port doubles for Lincolnshire town in Baron Cohen’s new movie, which apparently portrays Grimsby as a rundown badlands strewn with litter and peopled by beer-swigging children and hooligan parents

• Baron Cohen ‘too famous’ to play Freddie Mercury

Some residents of Grimsby have been outraged after the Lincolnshire town was portrayed as a deprived den of iniquity in the latest film from Sacha Baron Cohen.

Titled Grimsby, the Borat comic’s new movie centres on a spy who is forced to go on the run with his football hooligan brother. Cohen has been filming scenes in the Essex port town of Tilbury, which has been transformed into a rundown “Grimsby”, complete with householders urinating out of their windows and children being offered beer.

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John Sessions, comedy pioneer: ‘I lost my way’

He was the king of improv comedy. Now he’s playing second fiddle to a dancing dog. What happened? John Sessions talks about stage fright, voting Ukip and life after the ‘twinkly years’ Continue reading… Continue reading

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Boyhood review – Richard Linklater makes the complex appear casual

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Veteran Bollywood actor Zohra Sehgal dies aged 102

‘The grand old lady of Bollywood’ enjoyed a career spanning seven decades, landing roles in Doctor Who, Caravaggio and Bend It Like Beckham after moving to Britain in the 60s

The veteran Indian actor Zohra Sehgal, whose work spanned Bollywood classics and Doctor Who adventures, has died in New Delhi at the age of 102. “She died of a cardiac arrest this afternoon,” her daughter, Kiran Sehgal, said on Thursday. “She [had been] unwell for the last three to four days.”

Sehgal began her career as a dancer, touring Japan, Europe and the US as part of a musical troupe. Her subsequent involvement with the leftwing theatre organisation IPTA led to a screen debut in the Bengal famine sage Dharti Ke Lal and launched a career that would span seven decades. Sehgal’s second feature, the social-realist drama Neecha Nagar, went on to win the top prize at the 1946 Cannes film festival. Other notable films include Afsar, Saaya and Cheeni Kum.

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72-minute trailer released for longest film ever

Promo precedes 30-day-long Swedish movie Ambiancé, a surreal dream-like epic due for release in 2020

A Swedish film-maker hoping to break the world record for the longest film of all time has released a 72-minute teaser trailer.

Anders Weberg hopes the near-feature-length promo will serve to whet audience appetites for his proposed 720-hour movie marathon, titled Ambiancé, which will be released in 2020. The director plans to release two further “trailers”, one 7 hours and 20 minutes long and a second 72 hours long, in 2016 and 2018 before the final film debuts in its extended glory.

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George Clooney and the Daily Mail: can the man get any cooler?

After rejecting the apology of the paper he called ‘the worst kind of tabloid’, Clooney should be applauded for standing up for journalistic standards, rather than celebrity moaning

George Clooney rejects Daily Mail apology

It seems only a few months ago that I was here celebrating George Clooney, his engagement to the human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin and the positive effect that this would have on his public image. (Guess what? It was.) And already there is cause to sing his praises again, as he rejects grudging attempts by the Daily Mail to placate him over a false story which it published about his impending marriage. The UK tabloid had reported that Alamuddin’s mother, Baria, had made it public knowledge in Beirut that she was against the wedding on religious grounds. Mentions were made of religious traditions ending in the death of the bride. As mother-in-law jokes go, it was among the worst.

Clooney issued a statement damning unequivocally the paper’s story and accusing it of incitement to religious violence: “We have family members all over the world, and the idea that someone would inflame any part of that world for the sole reason of selling papers should be criminal.” As if that were not robust enough, he has now refused to accept the apology that the Mail issued in the wake of his original statement. His response cites evidence that the apology itself, as well as the story that necessitated it, is a tissue of lies. “I thank the Mail for its apology,” he says, his magnanimity strangely amplified by what follows: “Not that I would ever accept it, but because in doing so they’ve exposed themselves as the worst kind of tabloid. One that makes up its facts to the detriment of its readers and to all the publications that blindly reprint them.”

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George Clooney and the Daily Mail: can the man get any cooler?

After rejecting the apology of the paper he called ‘the worst kind of tabloid’, Clooney should be applauded for standing up for journalistic standards, rather than celebrity moaning

George Clooney rejects Daily Mail apology

It seems only a few months ago that I was here celebrating George Clooney, his engagement to the human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin and the positive effect that this would have on his public image. (Guess what? It was.) And already there is cause to sing his praises again, as he rejects grudging attempts by the Daily Mail to placate him over a false story which it published about his impending marriage. The UK tabloid had reported that Alamuddin’s mother, Baria, had made it public knowledge in Beirut that she was against the wedding on religious grounds. Mentions were made of religious traditions ending in the death of the bride. As mother-in-law jokes go, it was among the worst.

Clooney issued a statement damning unequivocally the paper’s story and accusing it of incitement to religious violence: “We have family members all over the world, and the idea that someone would inflame any part of that world for the sole reason of selling papers should be criminal.” As if that were not robust enough, he has now refused to accept the apology that the Mail issued in the wake of his original statement. His response cites evidence that the apology itself, as well as the story that necessitated it, is a tissue of lies. “I thank the Mail for its apology,” he says, his magnanimity strangely amplified by what follows: “Not that I would ever accept it, but because in doing so they’ve exposed themselves as the worst kind of tabloid. One that makes up its facts to the detriment of its readers and to all the publications that blindly reprint them.”

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