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The Hollywood boulevard of broken dreams: Ben Affleck and I, Notebook

The Hollywood boulevard of broken dreams: Ben Affleck and I

Watching this year’s Oscars ceremony brought back memories of when I used to live in a tiny studio apartment not five minutes walk away from the Kodak Theater on Hollywood Boulevard, where the Oscars are held. It was on a street just off Hollywood called Sycamore Avenue, home then to a transient population of Hollywood wannabes (me included), mostly Japanese music students, and others in need of cheap accommodation.

By | Notebook | Wednesday, 27 February 2013 at 4:00 am

Trying to make it in Hollywood: ‘Any notion of self esteem or dignity is a perverse fantasy’, Notebook

Trying to make it in Hollywood: ‘Any notion of self esteem or dignity is a perverse fantasy’

When it comes to Hollywood, what we are fed in the pages of showbiz columns and on the multitude of celebrity websites and TV channels which in turn feed this mammoth industry belies a truth that is as brutal as it is sad. From 2000 to 2004 I lived and worked in Hollywood, having arrived intent on establishing a career as a screenwriter (silly me).

By | Notebook | Thursday, 1 November 2012 at 3:31 pm

Tarzan’s chimpanzee is dead… Or is he?, Film

Tarzan’s chimpanzee is dead… Or is he?

I was suprised by news this morning from the Suncoast wildlife sanctuary in Florida: a chimpanzee called Cheetah was reported to have died at the grand old age of 80.
No ordinary chimp, either. According to his owners, Cheetah played Tarzan’s sidekick, of the same name, in the films of the 1930s. The sanctuary’s “outreach director,” [...]

By | Film, The Foreign Desk | Wednesday, 28 December 2011 at 11:36 pm

Some unanswered questions about Hilary Swank and human rights, Arts

Some unanswered questions about Hilary Swank and human rights

Hilary Swank attempted a bit of reputation management at the weekend, using Jay Leno’s sofa to issue a fulsome apology for her recent paid appearance at Chechen dictator Ramzan Kadyrov’s 35th birthday party.

By | Arts, Film, The Foreign Desk | Wednesday, 7 December 2011 at 6:00 am

Water for Elephants: How Hollywood continues to embarrass its female audience, Film

Water for Elephants: How Hollywood continues to embarrass its female audience

I generally tend to hate films that are aggressively marketed towards my particular sex. It’s not that I don’t like films about romance and emotions and all that; it’s just that films that have been dreamed up by Hollywood studios with the sole intention of tapping into a female audience are generally terrible films.

By | Film, Notebook | Tuesday, 10 May 2011 at 5:20 pm

Prince Charles is an “eco-hypocrite,” film-maker claims, The Foreign Desk

Prince Charles is an “eco-hypocrite,” film-maker claims

The film “Prince Charles, hypocrite” was released on YouTube earlier today. It highlights some of the inconsistencies involved in a very wealthy royal, who lives in several palaces, demanding that his subjects “live with less.”

By | The Foreign Desk | Tuesday, 3 May 2011 at 4:22 am

Caught & Social: R-Patz’s dark side, Notebook

Caught & Social: R-Patz’s dark side

Daily gossip from the world of celeb

By | Notebook | Tuesday, 19 April 2011 at 11:30 am

Trend alert: puppets will be big in Hollywood this summer, Arts

Trend alert: puppets will be big in Hollywood this summer

What with Avatar and the ensuing 16 month wave of “tentpole” movies selling their flimsy plot premises on the back of hi-tech 3D jiggery-pokery, it’s comforting to report the imminent arrival of a fresh wave of Hollywood films designed to appeal to the committed luddites among us.
The puppet will be returning to cinemas in a [...]

By | Arts | Monday, 18 April 2011 at 6:08 am

Pamela Anderson owes $600,000 in taxes, California claims, Arts

Pamela Anderson owes $600,000 in taxes, California claims

This year’s list of California’s top 250 tax delinquents was published a few minutes ago. And among the troubled souls who feature is one Pamela D Anderson of Los Angeles, who owes some $607,860.88.

By | Arts, The Foreign Desk | Wednesday, 13 April 2011 at 11:47 pm

The creator of The Wire weighs in on his star’s drug arrest, Notebook

The creator of The Wire weighs in on his star’s drug arrest

When I heard that Felicia “Snoop” Pearson, an actress from The Wire, had been arrested in a massive drug sting, I emailed David Simon, the creator of the TV series and the man who plucked her from obscurity, on the off chance he felt like commenting on the affair for today’s Indy.
He replied, half an [...]

By | Notebook | Friday, 11 March 2011 at 6:49 am

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