Hollywood

Happy Little Bluebirds, by Louise Levene, reviewed

16 June 2018 9:00 am

In 1940, the British Security Coordination sent an agent with an assistant to a Hollywood film studio to help promote…

Women can now make dull formulaic franchise films too! Hurrah! Ocean’s 8 reviewed

16 June 2018 9:00 am

Ocean’s 8 is the all-female spin-off of the all-male Ocean’s trilogy and it’s a sop, with a third act that…

: Clancy Sigal and Doris Lessing, sitting together on a London bus

‘Steer clear of that cave boy, James Dean, and grease ball, Elvis Presley’

2 June 2018 9:00 am

Lucky bastard. Such are the words that come constantly to mind while you’re reading Clancy Sigal’s two volumes of posthumously…

Dancing feat: Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby rehearsing choreography for Blue Skies

A short history of tap

12 May 2018 9:00 am

Tap dancing is having a moment. Louise Levene looks back at its golden age, its African American roots and how cultural appropriation was part of its life blood

20 million awful people can’t be wrong

28 April 2018 9:00 am

Roseanne’s new success has TV networks rattled

TV execs want new shows – just ones they’ve already seen

24 February 2018 9:00 am

TV execs insist viewers love recycled shows. I’m not so sure

Taki: My #MeToo moment

17 February 2018 9:00 am

#MeToo! It happened right here, in Gstaad, last week. A man in his mid-fifties, about six foot tall and 165lb,…

Children’s cinema is conservative – and brilliant

17 February 2018 9:00 am

The Oscars promise to be truly unbearable this year, with vomit-inducing levels of sanctimony followed by the usual gibberish from…

Joan Collins: Want to know why all the Oscar films are boring? I’ll tell you

10 February 2018 9:00 am

I’ve been meaning to write a Spectator diary since the summer but as a Gemini with Aries rising I find…

Taki: In praise of French women

20 January 2018 9:00 am

I spent the better part of two sunny days indoors writing about authenticity for a Greek magazine, a strange subject…

Hollywood is the new Spanish inquistion

2 December 2017 9:00 am

There’s fear and loathing in this town and in El Lay it’s even worse. Torquemada and Savonarola are in charge,…

I made a joke book on Trump – but no one’s laughing

2 December 2017 9:00 am

Why do I keep making jokes I’m not supposed to?

If Annette Bening isn't Oscar-nominated, I'll eat my hat and also yours

18 November 2017 9:00 am

Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool is plainly wonderful, and stars Annette Bening, who is plainly wonderful, as Gloria Grahame,…

Hollywood and the stench of hypocrisy

21 October 2017 9:00 am

I may have spoken too soon last week when I defended my old friend Harvey Weinstein. It now looks very…

What was the New York Times’s real motive for exposing Weinstein?

14 October 2017 9:00 am

I smell a rat when it comes to Harvey Weinstein. Let’s take it from the start. The telephone rang very…

The Harvey Weinstein scandal threatens to engulf Hollywood

14 October 2017 9:00 am

According to an ex-employee of Harvey Weinstein’s, the movie producer once whispered something to himself that she found so disturbing…

A terrifyingly brilliant drama from the golden age of American radio

30 September 2017 9:00 am

‘On air, I could be the most glamorous, gorgeous, tall, black-haired female… Whatever I wanted to be, I could be……

Robert Lindsay as Jack Cardiff in Prism

The Israel-Palestine conflict as flat-share comedy: Oslo at the Lyttleton Theatre reviewed

23 September 2017 9:00 am

Oslo opened in the spring of 2016 at a modest venue in New York. It moved to Broadway and this…

How James Ivory made Howards End

22 July 2017 9:00 am

As one of his greatest films returns to the cinema, James Ivory talks to William Cook about his 50-year career

Band apart: conductor John Wilson, whose orchestra boasts some of the best wind and brass players on the planet

The joy of the John Wilson Orchestra

15 July 2017 9:00 am

Richard Bratby meets the conductor John Wilson, who thinks we should take Gershwin as seriously as we do Beethoven

A ragbag of pointless subplots: Geoffrey Rush and Javier Bardem in Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge

The new Pirates of the Caribbean is so insultingly lazy it’s a wonder anyone puts up with it

27 May 2017 9:00 am

Oh, Pirates of the Caribbean, I have given you every chance down the years. Every chance. I am always hopeful.…

A Kentish girl: Gemma Arterton as Catrin in ‘Their Finest’

‘People would speak to me as if I was an idiot’: Gemma Arterton on the horrors of Hollywood

22 April 2017 9:00 am

As she moves into producing, Gemma Arterton tells Tanya Gold why she hated Hollywood and nearly gave up acting

Lily Collins as Marla in ‘Rules Don’t Apply’

All dressed up, nowhere to go: Warren Beatty’s Rules Don’t Apply reviewed

22 April 2017 9:00 am

Rules Don’t Apply is Warren Beatty’s first film appearance in 15 years and his first as writer, director, producer and…

Joint account: a scene from ‘The Great Wall’, China’s most expensive film to date

The new battleground between China and America: Hollywood

1 April 2017 9:00 am

Peter Hoskin reports on the uneasy alliance between the US and Chinese film industries

Dialogue so ham-fisted it makes you die inside: Ghost in the Shell reviewed

1 April 2017 9:00 am

Ghost in the Shell is the Hollywood live-action remake of the 1995 Japanese anime of the same name and it’s…