Five – count ’em – five big stars for Control (watch trailer) from The Guardian‘s Peter Bradshaw, who calls it the film of the year and adds, “What a fantastic film this is. [Director Anton] Corbijn famously started out as a photographer who recorded Joy Division‘s existence with still images, and, in triumph, he’s transferred that achievement to the cinema.”
The Daily Telegraph‘s Sukhdev Sandhu agrees: “Everybody should see Control. It looks majestic, is full of natural piety, is frequently funny, and, just as Donnie Darko did to the music of Echo and the Bunnymen, transforms songs that even to long-time fans reek of fags and paraffin heaters, into something epic and global.”
The Independent‘s Anthony Quinn also lavishes five stars on the film, writing, “On the strength of the music and the photography this would already be a fascinating film. What raises it to an unmissable one is Sam Riley‘s eerie impersonation of Curtis, not just in his opaque, wanly innocent face and the defeated hang of his shoulders, but in those moments on stage when the singer pushed himself frighteningly to the brink, clutching the mike in both hands or breaking into the famous trapped-butterfly dance that seemed imitative of his own epilepsy.”
Ahead of the release of Blade Runner: The Final Cut on DVD, The Independent‘s Geoffrey Macnab writes about the stormy relationship between star Harrison Ford and British director Ridley Scott. Scott was used to having his own way – but so was Ford. On most of his movies, Ford was treated with kid gloves. Directors would fawn over his every move, cater to his every whim. That wasn’t Scott’s method. “Do it again,” he’d gruffly tell his star. It wasn’t his habit or inclination to flatter his actors. Besides, Scott had his own battles to fight with the Hollywood studio bosses and wasn’t about to defer to his leading man.
So those pics of Jennifer Aniston and Orlando Bloom frolicking in the Mexican sun were taken at a “gay wedding.” Those breeders and their public displays of affection – no one wants to see that.(Digital Spy)
Yes, Prince William and Kate Middleton are back together again, and The Sun has a picture of the couple out on the town.
Helen Mirren courts crazy Diana fans, comparing celebutante Paris Hilton to the late princess: “I don’t applaud Paris Hilton… but I think she’s pretty cool. She’s developed, like Princess Diana, that deliberate foolishness, which is disarming.”(Sky Showbiz)
The Sun has a photo of Victoria Beckham on Ugly Betty with Vanessa Williams.
David Walliams has been asked to present at the G-A-Y awards, which only gives The Sun‘s Victoria Newton one more opportunity to be subtly homophobic.
Suck it, Milo Ventimiglia: there’s a new muscle man in town, and it’s Robin Hood‘s Jonas Armstrong, who tells The Sun: “I saw a picture of myself last year and I looked a bit thin. So I made a decision to get a personal trainer. And I’ve put on 21 lbs in muscle.I now train four times a week and I feel a lot fitter. The stunt guys have been telling me ‘You look much more confident in your body’.” Perhaps next season Robin Hood fans will be saying, “Gisbourne who?”
Daniel Radcliffe‘s death wish: “I’d like my ashes to be fired out of a cannon with ‘Let him RIP’ on the urn. I saw it on TV once – brilliant!”(The Sun)
The State Within‘s Lennie James will star in a Channel 4 adapation of the play Fallout, about “a policeman returning to an estate he grew up on to investigate the murder of a black teenager,” reports The Stage.
Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.