Monthly Archives: April 2007

Time for national treasure Kate Moss to help the workers

By Ray Bennett When Kate Moss was pilloried by the tabloids and began to lose contracts because of alleged drug use, CNN asked me on to talk about what she should do about it. There was a guy from People … Continue reading

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Recalling … a bumpy ride with Linda Gray

By Ray Bennett There’s a scene in an early episode of “Dallas” in which Linda Gray as Sue Ellen Ewing in a long gown bumps downstairs on her backside. She wore jeans beneath the gown and in her back pocket was a … Continue reading

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Alexandre Desplat’s score enhances ‘The Painted Veil’

John Curran’s absorbing film of Somerset Maugham’s “The Painted Veil” starring Edward Norton and Naomi Watts, which opens today in the U.K., is worth seeing for several reasons but not least for French film composer Alexandre Desplat’s excellent score. Desplat … Continue reading

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FILM REVIEW: Michelle Rodriguez in ‘The Breed’

By Ray Bennett Michelle Rodriguez (pictured), whose treacherous ex-police officer was one of the more memorable feature roles on TV’s “Lost,” first attracted attention in “Fast and the Furious” in 2001. She’s in Stuart Townsend’s political drama “Battle in Seattle” … Continue reading

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FILM REVIEW: ‘Scott Walker – 30 Century Man’

By Ray Bennett In the 1960s, there was a small group of American singers in England such as Gene Pitney, P.J. Proby and Scott Walker (pictured) who were well-liked because they were so screamingly funny. Unheralded at home, they had … Continue reading

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TV REVIEW: Joanne Whalley in ‘Life Line’

By Ray Bennett Beautiful British actress Joanne Whalley (pictured with Ray Stevenson) makes an all too rare appearance tonight in a two-part BBC tale of the supernatural titled “Life Line.” It’s a shame no producer offered her career a lifeline … Continue reading

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And now for something different in Trafalgar Square

By Ray Bennett The sci-fi nuts were out in London’s Leicester Square Monday night for the U.K. premiere of “Spider-Man 3” but a block away on Trafalgar Square it was all about St. George and coconuts. As Monty Python’s famous giant … Continue reading

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Pythons attempt to gee-up St. George’s Day

By Ray Bennett Monday is St. George’s Day, named for some Turkish bloke employed as a soldier by the Roman Empire who was said to have slayed a long-tailed beast. He was venerated as a martyr by medieval spin-doctors who … Continue reading

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‘Billy Elliot: The Musical’ still running after two years

I called Elton John and Lee Hall’s “Billy Elliot: The Musical” irresistible when it opened in March 2005 and so it has proved as the tuneful adaptation of the well-regarded 2000 movie celebrates its second anniversary at London’s Victoria Palace … Continue reading

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No British films in competition at Festival de Cannes

By Ray Bennett The U.K. Film Council has put on a brave face in reaction to the news that not one British movie will be shown In Competition or in the Un Certain Regard sidebar at the Festival de Cannes … Continue reading

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