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  1. July 25, 2014

    ‘Brando’s Smile’, by Susan L Mizruchi

    Marlon Brando, 1924-2004. Actor, expert make-up artist, bisexual sex addict, kook. Only son of two drunks, with a bohemian...

  2. July 11, 2014

    Interview: director Benedict Andrews

    Open a copy of Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire and you will find the playwright’s lyrical description of the...

  1. June 27, 2014

    Personal archives: Documenting the stories of our lives

    Most people discard dry-cleaning receipts, but not Vivien Leigh. The Oscar-winning actress, who appeared in 19 films and...

  2. December 6, 2013

    Sean Penn on rebuilding Haiti

    The lobby of The Peninsula Beverly Hills hotel is a quiet spot where well-heeled locals or out-of-towners can take tea,...

  3. October 11, 2013

    Provocation as an art form

    Bernardo Bertolucci, the great Italian film director, once visited the former villa of Giuseppe Verdi as a location for his...

  4. July 15, 2013

    GSK probe shows the peril of operating in corrupt markets

    Old Asia hands doubt that police action against executives of GlaxoSmithKline in China marks the dawning of a new era of...

  5. March 29, 2013

    ‘I coulda been an app vendor’

    On second thoughts, maybe the kids aren’t spending enough time on the computer. The news that 17-year-old Nick D’Aloisio had...

  6. December 17, 2012

    Boskalis / Dockwise – shipping news

    There has not been a commotion like this on the docks since Marlon Brando got a bloody nose in On the Waterfront. It...

  7. October 19, 2012

    On the love trampoline

    Country Girl: A Memoir, by Edna O’Brien, Faber, RRP£20, 352 pages Towards the end of Edna O’Brien’s wonderful new memoir,...

  8. October 12, 2012

    The List: My other sibling’s famous

    Gerald Hughes, elder brother of Ted, has just published his memoirs. In Ted and I: A Brother’s Memoir, the 92-year-old...

  9. July 3, 2012

    Peter Blake and Pop Music, Pallant House Gallery, Chichester

    The 29-year-old Peter Blake looks sober enough, standing erect in a suburban English garden and gazing out at us with solemn...

  10. March 8, 2012

    Film don set to break windows at the studios

    The meeting rooms in Netflix’s Los Angeles office are named after famous movies, and on the day Ted Sarandos meets the...

  11. December 2, 2011

    Rebels with a cause

     Hollywood Left and Right: How Movie Stars Shaped American Politics, by Steven J Ross, OUP USA, RRP£18.99, 512 pages...

  12. October 14, 2011

    No judge, no jury, no executioner

    Television is our greatest point of access to the powerful and famous, but on whose terms? Those lucky enough to have seen...

  13. August 9, 2011

    Citigroup / Bank of America

    In The Wild One, when Marlon Brando was asked, “What are you rebelling against?” he answered, “What have you got?” Query...

  14. July 22, 2011

    On the campaign trail

    Slogan tees and summer festivals go together like mud and Glastonbury, but increasingly the former are not just for rock...

  15. May 13, 2011

    Of punk and postmodernity

    In the Fales Library, the academic heart of New York University’s busy campus, Marvin Taylor gingerly hands me what I have...

  16. February 14, 2011

    Un tramway nommé désir, Salle Richelieu, Comédie Française, Paris

    Hard to believe, but it’s taken 400 years for a non-European play to “enter the repertoire” of France’s theatrical bastion....

  17. January 23, 2011

    Mafia still holding US ports to ransom

    Hive of activity: Port Newark in New Jersey is one of many US ports vulnerable to organised crime The sweep of arrests...

  18. January 21, 2011

    Small talk: Neil Jordan

    Novelist and film director Neil Jordan was born in Ireland in 1950. A graduate of University College Dublin, he went on to...

  19. August 13, 2010

    When success breeds excess

    Stephanie Beacham’s career has spanned 45 years, including co-starring with Marlon Brando in The Nightcomers in 1971 to...

  20. June 30, 2010

    Larry King calls time on CNN show

    Larry King, the US’s premier television interviewer, will hang up his trademark braces on CNN this autumn and hand the reins...

  21. December 24, 2009

    Telling tales from Hollywood at Xmas

    It's Christmas time, and there's no need to be afraid . . . until you check the television schedules, that is. Oh dear. If...

  22. December 23, 2009

    Telling tales from Hollywood at Xmas

    It’s Christmas time, and there’s no need to be afraiduntil you check the television schedules, that is. Oh dear. If we can’t...

  23. November 2, 2009

    The public image: Levi Strauss

    Territory: US Agency: Wieden & Kennedy, Portland Verdict: Levi Strauss was once the undisputed Marlon Brando of branding,...

  24. September 26, 2009

    Defining Moment: A housewife’s request starts the jeans bonanza, December 1870

    In December 1870, a woman entered Jacob Davis’s tailoring shop in Reno, Nevada with a request for the strongest possible...

  25. February 15, 2009

    On the Waterfront, Theatre Royal Haymarket, London

    It takes some nerve to mount a stage version of an iconic film, but if anyone has it, it is Steven Berkoff. And he carries...

  26. November 1, 2008

    DVD releases Karl French

    This Sporting Life Lindsay Anderson, 1963 Network Lindsay Anderson's feature debut, released in a newly restored version,...

  27. September 29, 2008

    Screen star with a sideline in idealism

    No actor ever worked harder to overcome the handicap of good looks. With his athletic build, blue eyes and features of a...

  28. September 27, 2008

    ‘Thinking hero’ of US cinema dies

    No actor ever strove harder to overcome the handicap of good looks. With his trim athletic build, blue eyes and features of...

  29. September 27, 2008

    Flyte of fancy

    Every once in a while a film comes along that fundamentally changes the way men dress. In the 1950s it was Marlon Brando and...

  30. September 27, 2008

    Flyte of fancy

    Every once in a while a film comes along that fundamentally changes the way men dress. In the 1950s it was Marlon Brando...

  31. April 28, 2008

    Certainly a contender

    After a review I wrote a few years ago, Steven Berkoff informed me that I was "banned", but since his letter never...

  32. November 12, 2007

    50 Cent, O2 Arena, London

    Hoping to blend in with 50 Cent’s fans, I wore a hoodie to the rapper’s London gig. The ploy seemed to have paid off when I...

  33. August 18, 2007

    Just desert?

    Lost Oasis by Robert Twigger Weidenfeld and Nicholson £16.99 288 pages FT bookshop price: £13.59 The age of Google Earth is...

  34. May 26, 2007

    FILM

    The very early hours of a Sunday morning, quite possibly in a state of mild inebriation, are the perfect time to catch...

  35. April 28, 2007

    POP & ROCK CDs

    Tori Amos American Doll Posse Columbia Having emerged in the early 1990s writing autobiographical songs - "Me and a Gun"...

  36. December 30, 2006

    FILM NIGEL ANDREWS

    Hayao Miyazaki is to animation what Shakespeare is to drama. No one holds a candle and the brilliant Spirited Away (BBC2...

  37. November 25, 2006

    CRITICS' CHOICE

    The second part of How Music Works with Howard Goodall (Channel 4 Saturday 6.20pm) explores the mysteries of rhythm and is...

  38. September 14, 2006

    The ugly face of China's presence in Africa

    In the 1960s, we had the "ugly American". The phrase started life as a popular political novel in 1958, became a film...

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