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  1. June 27, 2014

    ‘Arena’, Sunday, 9pm, BBC4

    The New York Times book review section was branded “a disgrace” by Elizabeth Hardwick, commissioned by sharp-eyed Harper’s...

  2. June 27, 2014

    Portrait of an artist: Robert De Niro Sr

    There are two entries for Robert De Niro in the online collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. One is for Taxi...

  1. May 16, 2014

    The Wolf of Wall Street – DVD review

    Martin Scorsese, 2013 Universal There may be elements of his 1980 Raging Bull – young gun makes it big, trades up brunette...

  2. May 9, 2014

    Thelma Schoonmaker: the queen of the cutting room

    Every morning, Thelma Schoonmaker heads to the Directors Guild of America building in New York, just south of Central Park,...

  3. March 6, 2014

    Wake in Fright – film review

    It’s a high season for machismo at the movies. Wake in Fright, an oldie reissued as a goldie, is a restoration drama from...

  4. March 2, 2014

    Male stereotype of a leader persists

    I have been teaching leadership to business school students for more than a decade and every year I ask my students to do...

  5. January 16, 2014

    The Wolf of Wall Street – film review

    They got off with fines, prison sentences and social outlawing. Now is the time for the true punishing of the Wall Street...

  6. February 14, 2013

    Cinema review: Mea Maxima Culpa, This is 40, Side by Side and more

    So. Farewell, Pope. You had eight years to swing an unbeliever – this unbeliever – around to your way of thinking, or even...

  7. December 7, 2012

    Cinema’s accidental witness

    Jonas Mekas’s first memory of using a camera is inextricably linked with his first memory of censorship. “Two days, three...

  8. October 11, 2012

    A vehicle that’s not roadworthy

    It is 64 years since the trans-American trip that inspired On the Road. Time to ask, of that founding work of beat fiction,...

  9. September 7, 2012

    In ‘Bad’ company

    I happened to be, of all places, in the Copenhagen back garden of Lars von Trier, the splendidly contrarian Danish film...

  10. August 3, 2012

    Fixer who linked sectors by putting stars in ads

    In show business and in advertising, Alan Cluer was known as the celebrity Mr Fix-It. It was to him the west’s leading ad...

  11. June 26, 2012

    Ten Questions - Felicity Wohltman

    Felicity Wohltman is an MBA graduate of the University of California Anderson School of Management in the US. She is one of...

  12. June 15, 2012

    Brim with confidence

    Johnny Depp does it. So do Brad Pitt, Adrien Brody, Matthew McCon­aughey, Justin Timberlake and David Beckham. David Bowie,...

  13. January 24, 2012

    ‘The Artist’ leads Oscar nominations

    Sony Pictures Entertainment, Paramount Pictures and Harvey Weinstein’s The Weinstein Company were the big winners when the...

  14. December 23, 2011

    Lights, camera, Christmas

    Jimmy welcomes the camera, his arms outstretched, as behind him people talk, dance and embrace in a bar decorated gaudily...

  15. December 6, 2011

    Rewriting the Hollywood script

    It was while lying in a Beverly Hills street dazed, confused and in pain after being hit by a car 17 years ago that Ari...

  16. December 1, 2011

    Film releases: December 2

    Every time we see a great or nearly great film we are Theseus in the labyrinth. In mazes that can seem measureless, we are...

  17. November 18, 2011

    Dream teams

    Brazilian superstar Gilberto Gil is perched on a high stool not three metres in front of me, cradling his acoustic guitar as...

  18. September 23, 2011

    It’s TV, but not as we knew it

    When I was growing up in the 1970s, the lowliest form of cultural consumption was to stay home and watch television. All...

  19. September 9, 2011

    Refuge for the quietest Beatle

    When Iain Duncan Smith, leader of the Conservative party at the beginning of the last decade, found himself under attack for...

  20. July 24, 2011

    The job: Food historian

    Ivan Day My headed notepaper says “food historian, museum and country house consultant” but my job is hard to pin down –...

  21. June 23, 2011

    FBI follows the dame to sink teeth into mob boss

    The Federal Bureau of Investigation likes to claim it always gets its man, sometimes in a hail of bullets, like Bonnie...

  22. April 10, 2011

    Big media names back boutique bank Raine

    Eric Schmidt, Sean Parker and other pick names from the media and technology sectors have invested in a merchant bank’s fund...

  23. April 8, 2011

    Cabinet of curiosities

    Kubrick aloft, in Spain during the shooting of ‘Spartacus’, 1959-60 A director is a kind of idea and taste machine; a movie...

  24. April 1, 2011

    A revolution and its lessons in heritage

    When the movie impresario David O. Selznick first saw Battleship Potemkin, Sergei Eisenstein’s cinematic masterpiece, he was...

  25. February 26, 2011

    New life in the Big Easy, old values in the Big Apple

    You can only receive Sky Atlantic, the channel that offers almost exclusively American shows, if your cable supplier is Sky....

  26. February 4, 2011

    Intoxicating allure of prohibition

    Boardwalk Empire (Tuesdays, Sky Atlantic) is a lot of fun, certainly for the lads among us. There’s a macho swagger about...

  27. December 10, 2010

    All’s well in Ouallywood

    The ‘Kingdom of Heaven’ set still stands. The glitz and glamour of this year’s 10th anniversary celebrations for the...

  28. July 29, 2010

    Sky’s HBO deal is sign of a new direction

    British Sky Broadcasting has bought the rights to all HBO dramas for the next five years in a sign that the satellite...

  29. FT Alphaville

    May 27, 2010

    Ken Starr, advisor to the stars, accused of $30m Ponzi

    On Thursday, the US Department of Justice issued a curious one-liner: A press conference will be held today to announce the ...

  30. May 26, 2010

    Iranian film director freed

    Jafar Panahi, Iran’s celebrated film director, was released from prison on Tuesday after spending three months in jail while...

  31. May 14, 2010

    David Lynch’s new film for Christian Dior

    Stills from the Lady Dior film collaboration between David Lynch and Christian Dior, starring French actress Marion...

  32. December 30, 2009

    Guide Spring film festivals around the world

    Berlin Berlinale In its 60th year, the Berlinale has become the city's biggest cultural event - and, with 270,000 tickets...

  33. October 30, 2009

    Good fella

    Martin Scorsese and actor Sir Ben Kingsley at the 2009 Doha Tribeca Film Festival It’s just as well that the couch I’m...

  34. April 28, 2009

    Hollywood talent agencies merge

    Hollywood talent agencies William Morris and Endeavor agreed to merge on Monday in a deal that better positions them to...

  35. December 27, 2008

    DVD releases

    Shine a Light Martin Scorsese, 2008 20th Century Fox Although not of the same stature as his previous pop masterworks The...

  36. November 15, 2008

    DVD releases

    Buddha Collapsed Out of Shame Hana Makhmalbaf, 2008 Contender Films In a fable set amid the rubble of the once mighty...

  37. October 25, 2008

    TV choice - Karl French

    The highlight of the weekend may well be Arena: The Agony and Ecstasy of Phil Spector (BBC2 9.40pm), a profile of one of...

  38. 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...

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