News archive from 1 April 2011, page 13

Response: This great folk song collector was not a controlling manipulator

Your article about the eight folk "stars" assembled to write a song suite about Cecil Sharp, "the great song collector … [who] helped lay the foundations of the modern folk revival", demonstrates that they are peddling myths and...

 
Tonight's TV highlights

Tonight's TV highlights

True Blood 10pm, FX After a patchy season of extreme gore, glowing fairy lights and evil Englishmen, True Blood draws to a close . . . but another has already been commissioned. There's the seemingly imminent and surprisingly honourable death of an...

 

Home Office urged to halt deportation of Ghanaian sex trafficking victim

A charity is calling on the Home Office to halt the forced deportation of a trafficked Ghanian woman who was forced into prostitution and who is HIV positive. Felicia Adjei, who was trafficked into the UK eight years ago, is facing removal to...

 
Off the coast of Libya, aboard America's floating fortress

Off the coast of Libya, aboard America's floating fortress

At dawn, the PA crackles into life and a country and western tune is broadcast to all decks, followed by an announcement urging marines on board to "get their game on" and sign up for the basketball tournament being held in the cavernous...

 
Proud to be a pushy parent:

Proud to be a pushy parent:

Jada Pinkett Smith is a firecracker of a woman. Fizzing with passion one minute, calm as a Buddhist monk the next, she admits she"s not an easy person to love. Quite what merry hell she put her husband, the actor Will Smith, through when he once...

 
Who ll be happiest being Miserables? Robert Downey Jnr and Sean Penn lined up for role in film version of the musical

Who"ll be happiest being Miserables? Robert Downey Jnr and Sean Penn lined up for role in film version of...

Natalie Portman told me the jokes the crew told her when she was filming the comedy Your Highness in Belfast were beyond blue. "Their dirty jokes made me laugh so much. I wasn"t outraged, although they were scandalous!" the...

 

Essential Killing ** (15)

MUCH like the similarly worthy Oranges And Sunshine, Essential Killing is a movie you want to like more than you can. An abstract chase movie inspired by the war on terror, it starts well but fades into irrelevance. Vincent Gallo is a Taliban fighter...

 

Movie Q&A with Jake Gyllenhaal

Q IF you could jump into somebody else's body for the last eight minutes of their life, who would you choose? A I'D choose to be Lincoln and tell him to not go to that play, or to say, "watch out for this person". That would be an...

 

Other singles: April 1

JENNIFER LOPEZ Ft. PITBULL On The Floor *** Jenny from the block teams up with producer RedOne and rapper Pitbull on a generic electro-house song likely to send her straight to the top. THE KILLS Satellite **** Jamie Hince and Alison Mosshart's...

 

DVD reviews: April 1: Machete; Unstoppable; Man Men - Season Four

MACHETE **** (18) Taken with a pinch of salt (and maybe some tequila) this is a gory revenge movie sprinkled with dark humour. Assassin-for-hire Machete (Danny Trejo) barely escaped death at the hands of drug lord Rogelio Torrez (Steven Seagal) and...

 

Sucker Punch * (12A)

IS DIRECTOR Zack Snyder having a laugh at our expense? It's just that he's unleashed the year's most preposterously awful action film on April Fool's Day. He calls Sucker Punch his Alice In Wonderland with machine guns. Nice try. It's more like five...

 

Source Code ** (12A)

THREE cheers for Duncan Jones, the British director who two years ago gave us Moon, that slick, cerebral and - most of all - highly watchable sci-fi adventure. Now he gives us Source Code, a slick, cerebral and - most of all - dull as all hell sci-fi...

 

Hop * (U)

RUSSELL BRAND voices the Easter Bunny's son in this week's worst movie - which is saying quite something. A blend of animation and live action, it's a bit like Who Framed Roger Rabbit, only about 10,000 times worse. The comedian voices a rabbit who,...

 

Killing Bono *** (15)

SOME are calling him one of Ireland's brightest and most promising young actors. But everyone I've spoken to thinks Robert Sheehan is an outstandingly annoying actor who makes people want to claw out their own eyeballs. Whatever your opinion, there's...

 
Odeon and UCI cinema chains could be sold

Odeon and UCI cinema chains could be sold

Financier Guy Hands, the boss of private equity outfit Terra Firma, is considering selling the market-leading Odeon & UCI cinema chain as he begins rebuilding a City reputation that was dented by the EMI debacle. Hands has seen his image as a...

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