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Amazing Grace review – euphoric vision of Aretha Franklin’s gospel glory

There’s an oceanic swell of euphoria and joy in this extraordinary film, effectively a rediscovered concert movie showing the creation of Aretha Franklin’s gospel LP, Amazing Grace, recorded over two nights in 1972 in front of a live congregation and accompanied by the Southern California Community Choir. The concert was at the New Temple Missionary Baptist […]

May 10th, 2019 | Posted in Art & Ents,Films | Read More »

Steve Martin receives AFI tribute

A host of stars paid tribute to Steve Martin as he received the American Film Institute’s life achievement award, its highest honour, on Thursday. Steve Carell, Diane Keaton and Martin Short were among those who joined Martin at the Los Angeles ceremony. Tina Fey called him “the first rock star comedian”, while Jack Black sang […]

June 6th, 2015 | Posted in Art & Ents,Films | Read More »

Nichelle Nichols, Star Trek’s Lt Uhura, suffers stroke

Nichelle Nichols, best known for her role as Lieutenant Uhura in TV’s Star Trek, has suffered a stroke. “Last night while at her home in LA, Nichelle Nichols suffered from a mild stroke,” her agent Zach McGinnis wrote on Facebook. “She is currently undergoing testing to determine how severe the stroke was. Please keep her […]

June 5th, 2015 | Posted in Art & Ents,Films | Read More »

Cannes Palme d’Or awarded to French film Dheepan

French director Jacques Audiard’s film Dheepan has won the top prize at Cannes, the Palme d’Or. The gritty drama tells the story of refugees fleeing post-civil war Sri Lanka for a life in France. The choice made by the jury led by American filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen was a surprise. Holocaust drama Son of […]

May 25th, 2015 | Posted in Art & Ents,Films | Read More »

Disney Pixar want to tell ‘more diverse stories’

Disney Pixar chief John Lasseter has said the company wants to make more diverse stories about “female and ethnic characters”. “It’s very important to us,” Lasseter told reporters at Cannes Film Festival, where the latest Pixar film Inside Out has screened out of competition. “It’s grown in importance over time. As you’ll see in future […]

May 19th, 2015 | Posted in Art & Ents,Films | Read More »

Pitch Perfect 2 beats Mad Max to top of UK box office

Musical comedy Pitch Perfect 2 has topped the UK box office in its opening weekend, beating Mad Max: Fury Road into second place. The new Pitch Perfect film, which again stars Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson, took £5m – more than five times the original film’s cinema debut in 2012. Mad Max: Fury Road, starring […]

May 19th, 2015 | Posted in Art & Ents,Films | Read More »

Cannes Film Festival ‘turns away women in flat shoes’

Cannes Film Festival has come under fire after reports women were turned away from a red carpet screening for wearing flat shoes instead of heels. The women – some of whom were said to be older with medical conditions – were attending the world premiere of Cate Blanchett’s new film Carol. Screen Daily said the […]

May 19th, 2015 | Posted in Art & Ents,Films | Read More »

Wall Street: Money never sleeps

As the international economy staggers on the verge of calamity, two economic specialists (Shia LaBeouf and Michael Douglas) try to shake the financial community for the forthcoming disaster and to figure out who is the one who blame for the death of the one partner’s mentor. A very promising movie directed by Oliver Stone.

October 13th, 2010 | Posted in Films | Read More »