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Peaky Blinders series 4 episode 1 review

Louisa Mellor Nov 15, 2017

Peaky Blinders has a triumphant return, with as much swagger, glamour and excitement as ever. Spoilers ahead in our review…

This review contains spoilers.

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The sensational twist at the end of Peaky Blinders’ last series left writer Steven Knight with a problem: having blasted them apart, how could he reunite the Shelby family? After six months inside and a noose around each of their necks—all part of the boss’ plan to shake them loose of the Economic League’s grip—would Arthur, John, Polly and Michael ever forgive Tommy?

They don’t need to forgive him to get back together, is Knight’s simple and smart answer. An unprecedented threat is what’s required to make the Shelby-Grays reunite. Enter: the New York mafia. In retaliation for the murder of Vicente Changretta last series, son Luca (Adrian Brody
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Seth Rogen On James Franco: He ‘Helped Me Be Happier With My Work’

Seth Rogen On James Franco: He ‘Helped Me Be Happier With My Work’
James Franco is one of the six names in entertainment being celebrated at the inaugural IndieWire Honors on Nov. 2. His vision as a filmmaker and actor is showcased in “The Disaster Artist” as well as HBO’s “The Deuce,” and he’s receiving the Vanguard Award for film. Seth Rogen, who produced “The Disaster Artist” and has been friends with Franco for years, shares his thoughts here on collaborating with his actor friend:

So, before I start this story, I just wanna say that, first, I get that it kind of has an element of me, like, explaining that I thought of a funny joke. So I get that. I’m not, like, oblivious to that. But it’s mostly a story about how great Franco is and what he taught me and all that, so just hang tight.

We were filming “Pineapple Express” in 2007. I had first met James
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Paul Kaye interview: Dennis Pennis, Game Of Thrones, Zapped

Louisa Mellor Oct 19, 2017

We chatted to actor Paul Kaye about playing wizards, the musical Matilda, and his move from celebrity satire to serious drama…

Main image credit: Jordan Katz-Kaye

“Bitterness, really” is Paul Kaye’s explanation of what drove his satirical red-carpet interviewer Dennis Pennis in the nineties. “I’d hit thirty, I’d sort of failed as a musician, I’d failed as an artist I felt at the time.” Ambushing Hollywood’s elite in the persona of a brash, punk nuisance wasn’t Kaye’s first choice for stardom, he admits. “It wasn’t how I expected to forge a career. Of all the things I thought I’d end up doing, it wasn’t that.”

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Trained in theatre design, in his twenties Kaye worked as an illustrator
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Look Back at Madonna, Britney Spears and More Superstars' First Times on the Vma Stage

Look Back at Madonna, Britney Spears and More Superstars' First Times on the Vma Stage
With enough talent and gumption, performers can cement their icon statuses at the MTV Video Music Awards.

These singers-turned-legends blew expectations away on their very first tries at conquering the awards ceremony stage, where fans expect them to be everything but boring.

1984: Madonna

Madonna‘s now-iconic “Like a Virgin” performance stole the show at the first-ever MTV VMAs in 1984.

1992: Nirvana

After the network banned them from performing “Rape Me,” the band began their first and only performance at the awards by teasing a few chords of the song. The antics continued at the end of the performance of
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Conservative Group, Filmmakers at Odds Over Movie Ratings in France

Conservative Group, Filmmakers at Odds Over Movie Ratings in France
For decades, France has given the world iconic films that deal frankly with sexual themes: “And God Created Woman,” “Belle de Jour,” “Betty Blue” and “Blue Is the Warmest Color.” But as in more puritanical nations, like the U.S., France is seeing the rise of socially conservative groups that are challenging the country’s traditionally permissive view on sex in movies, leading to an uproar in the film community while the government explores revamping its film ratings system.

Activist group Promouvoir, led by Andre Bonnet, who is affiliated with far-right politicians, has clashed repeatedly with France’s classification board, a government body regulated by the National Film Board (Cnc). The board comprises guild representatives, parents, psychologists and various organizations dedicated to protecting families and children. It recommends certificates for films in four categories: all audiences; -12, which prohibits a film to viewers under 12 years of age; -16; and -
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Love review – one for hardcore fans only

Gaspar Noé’s bid to shock us into submission with 3D sex is let down by two-dimensional performances

“I want to film that which cinema has rarely allowed itself, either for commercial or legal reasons,” says Gaspar Noé, writer/director of cause celebre Cannes favourites Seul Contre Tous, Irréversible and Enter the Void. For his fourth feature, Noé sets out “to film the organic dimension of being in love”, free from “the ridiculous division that dictates no normal film can contain overly erotic scenes”. Thus we have a Last Tango in Paris-tinged tale of amour fou in which a disconsolate young American in Paris drifts from the responsibilities of fatherhood back into memories of lost love, Noé taking us on a lurid three-way tour of appendages and orifices, physical and psychological.

This of course is nothing new. Since the post-Deep Throat days of Nagisa Oshima’s Ai No Corrida
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French Guilds Back Gaspar Noe’s ‘Love’ in Light of Rising Far-Right Pressures

French Guilds Back Gaspar Noe’s ‘Love’ in Light of Rising Far-Right Pressures
Paris — French film guilds have rallied to support Gaspar Noe’s “Love,” the Cannes-preeming pic that is on the radar of Gaul’s minister of culture and communication Fleur Pellerin. The minister has asked the classification commission to reconsider its rating of “under-16 with warning,” aiming to secure for the film an under-18 rating (equivalent to Nc-17). The measure would seriously damage the movie’s commercial prospects, limiting its theatrical release and television life.

The French movie community fears Pellerin is caving in to pressures from Promouvoir, an organization led by Andre Bonnet, a former leader of Bruno Megret’s far-right party, the National Republican Movement, which recently engineered the cancellation of “Saw 3D’s” exhibition visa in France, following a five-year legal battle. Promouvoir also managed to get “Saw 3D’s” rating upped to under-18 (from the previous under-16) by the French Council of State.

As the far-right National
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Remembering Kurt Cobain: 5 Iconic Nirvana Performances – From ‘Teen Spirit’ to ‘Unplugged’ (Video)

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Remembering Kurt Cobain: 5 Iconic Nirvana Performances – From ‘Teen Spirit’ to ‘Unplugged’ (Video)
Saturday marks the 20th anniversary of the death of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, who entertained millions and inspired countless more through his music. To honor Cobain's memory, TheWrap's Steve Pond offers his five favorite Cobain performances, from “Love Buzz” in Detroit in 1991 to “Rape Me” in Paris in 1994. Also read: In Memoriam: Kurt Cobain & Courtney Love Watch the videos to honor Cobain's memory and witness his incredible talent. Also read: Police Deny Kurt Cobain Death Investigation ‘Reopened’ “Love Buzz” from Saint Andrew's Hall, Detroit, 1991 The quality of the footage from this classic early gig at Saint Andrew's Hall in Detroit
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Kurt Cobain's birthday: 47 videos and photos to celebrate the Nirvana singer's life

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It's been almost 20 years since Kurt Cobain committed suicide in Seattle, but he has hardly been forgotten. On this, what would have been the Nirvana singer's 47th birthday, enjoy 47 videos and images of the man and his music.

Note: Several videos are Nsfw.

1. "Come As You Are"

2. A fan at the Seattle vigil, 1994

3. CNN report on Cobain's death

4. "MTV Live and Loud," 1993

5. Cobain's childhood home in Aberdeen, Wash.

6. "MTV Unplugged" -- "Something in the Way"

7. Dave Grohl talks about Nirvana

8. News report on Cobain's death

9. Cobain in concert, Italy, Feb. 1994

10. 1994 MTV tribute to Cobain

11. New Year's in London, 1991

12. Kurt Cobain Memorial Park, Aberdeen

13. Cobain with Courtney Love and Frances Bean, MTV Music Awards, 1993

14. "Lithium"

15. Kurt Cobain -- the outtakes

16. Nirvana in January, 1992

17. At the 1992 MTV Video Music Awards

18. Interview in Seattle, 1992 (with Cobain holding his baby)

19. A quote from Cobain at an Occupy Wall Street protest

20. Frances Bean Cobain, 2007

21. "About a Girl"

22. October,
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Nirvana to give birth to extensive 'In Utero' re-issue

  • Hitfix
Nirvana is giving birth to "In Utero" once again. Like "Bleach" and "Nevermind" before it, the '90s band's third and final album, "In Utero," will get the deluxe treatment this fall for its twentieth anniversary (yes, you read that correctly, Gen X-ers).  1991's "Nevermind" may have been their breakthrough album, but history has been kind to the initially undervalued "In Utero," which was produced by Steve Albini (Big Black, Shellac) and features the singles "Rape Me," "All Apologies" and "Heart-Shaped Box."  Details of the re-issue -- including artwork, track listing and price -- haven't been released yet, but like 2011's "Nevermind" box,...
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‘Baise-Moi’ Review

Starring: Karen Bach, Raffaëla Anderson | Written and Directed by Virginie Despentes, Coralie Trinh Thi | Based on the novel by Virginie Despentes

Baise-Moi is not an easy film to watch for a great many reasons, the foremost of which, after all the controversy surrounding the film’s dealt with, is that it’s really quite dull. Based on co-writer/director Virginie Despentes’ novel of the same name, the story follows two victimised, harried young women – occasional porn star Manu and prostitute Nadine – as they escape the misogyny and casual violence of their lives by screwing and killing their way across France.

…And that’s about it. The sex scenes are real (stars Bach and Anderson were both porn actresses up to the time of shooting) but not particularly insightful or revealing (apart from the obvious) but the violence is utterly unconvincing, showcasing lumpy blood effects and removing any sense of verisimilitude we might have previously gained.
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DVD Review: 'Baise-moi' (rerelease)

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★☆☆☆☆ Infamous for its scenes of graphic real sex juxtaposed with acts of brutal violence (the latter thankfully simulated), Virginie Despentes and Coralie Trinh Thi's Baise-moi (2000) is released this week on DVD in its original uncut form, courtesy of cult film specialists Arrow Video. Sadly, thirteen years on from its initial, muted rallying cry, this sleazy exercise in neo-exploitation feels just as vapid and nihilistic now as it did then. Crudely shot on digital with little or no aesthetic consideration, the best that can be said of Despentes and Thi's female-led revenge thriller is that its soundtrack will stay with you - for all the wrong reasons.

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Competition: Win the uncut 'Baise-moi' on DVD

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Arrow Video's outrageous and completely uncut version of Baise-moi (2000) will be released on DVD for the very first time this Monday (25 March). One of the most controversial French films ever made, this highly anticipated release also marks the first time that Virginie Despentes and Coralie's cult classic will be available in widescreen format. To celebrate this new Baise-moi rerelease, we've kindly been provided with Three DVD copies of the film to offer our readership, courtesy of the hardworking guys and gals at Arrow. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook and Twitter fans, so if you haven't already, 'Like' us at facebook.com/CineVueUK or follow us @CineVue before answering the question below.

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DVD Review - Baise-moi (2000)

Baise-moi, 2000.

Directed by Virginie Despentes and Coralie.

Starring Karen Lancaume and Raffaëla Anderson.


Two young women embark on a destructive tour of sex and violence.

Often a film will be made with a certain intent. Often a director and/or writer can struggle to adequately convey and ideals or message they set out to. Baise-moi, supposedly a feminist film with a strong message, is one that has sparked a lot of controversy since its release. It’s still banned in some countries to this day, and you can even be hit with a maximum 10 years in prison for distribution, import, or possession of this film in Australia. Not only was this highly controversial for its explicit sex scenes, but also for its excessive and unhinged violence too.

Baise-moi is about two disturbed young women who both go on the run after killing someone (in one case her brother, in
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Baise Moi DVD Review

Directors: Virginie Despentes, Coralie

Starring: Karen Lancaume, Raffaela Anderson,

Running Time: 74 Minutes

Certificate: 18

Extras: The Making Of Baise Moi, Q & A with Cast and crew

When the title of your film translates to Fuck Me/Rape Me, you can just imagine the controversy that will surround it. Baise Moi is a brutal assault on the senses in more ways than one which constantly challenges the audience. But does it amount to anything?

Baise Moi follows two women who are treated like dirt by society. Nadine (Lancaume) is an escort and Manu (Anderson) is raped by a gang of men. Manu’s reaction is to show no emotion while such a horrific act takes place. It immediately robs the assailants of any sense of power and they soon leave. Nadine and Manu soon meet up and decide to take a road trip of destruction across France, engaging in sex, drugs, and murder.
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Jared Leto channels Kurt Cobain in YouTube tribute video

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They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery -- but they never mention how creepy flattery can be.

Such is the case with Jared Leto. On the occasion of the 17-year anniversary of Kurt Cobain's death actor, 30 Seconds to Mars frontman and Cobain super-fan posted a video of himself singing Nirvana's "Rape Me," in full Cobain regalia.

The lengths Leto goes to to look like a circa-1993 Cobain are tremendous. The hair, the clothes, the mannerisms and guitar plucks are eerily spot-on. If he's going for authenticity, job well done. But if he's going for tasteful, we think he misses the mark.

In the short statement accompanying the video, Leto more-or-less confirms that its a biopic audition reel he never sent in:

I heard today (April 5) was the day Kurt passed away 17 years ago. Can't believe it's been that long. So grateful for his contribution and inspiration.
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Flickering Myth's second birthday extravaganza!

February 2009... the 3D craze was still in its infancy, James Cameron's Titanic remained untouchable at the all-time box office, The Hobbit was gearing up for production under director Guillermo del Toro and M. Night Shyamalan’s career lay in tatters following the release of The Happening. Fast-forward 24 months and almost every film now comes with that added dimension (and subsequent surcharge), James Cameron’s Avatar sits proudly atop the global box office, The Hobbit is gearing up for production under director Peter Jackson and M. Night Shyamalan’s career lies in tatters following the release of The Last Airbender.

My, how time flies. It really doesn’t seem like two years ago that Flickering Myth first made its way onto the World Wide Web but today marks our second anniversary. We've come a long way since that first posting (a review of Easy Rider, if you’re interested); in
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Top 100 Most Anticipated Films of 2011: Virginie Despentes' Bye Bye Blondie

#96. Bye Bye Blondie Director/Writer: Virginie DespentesProducers: Sébastien de Fonseca and Cédric WalterDistributor: Rights Available. The Gist: Adapted by the director from her eponymous novel, Gloria (Dalle) lives in Nancy. Unemployed, without a family, and with no permanent address, she wastes her days at a local watering hole. Frances (Béart) lives in Paris - she is a popular figure in television and is married to a novelist. While in the public eye they form the ideal couple, in their private lives, she prefers women and her husband is into boys. ....(more) Cast: Emmanuelle Béart, Béatrice Dalle and Pascal Greggory List Worthy Reasons...: It's been a decade since Rape Me, the road-trip fueled with sex and violence which stirred up controversy on at least one side of the Atlantic (it was pulled after one week in the U.S), but the reason why we're curious about this specimen hasn't got
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Where Does Kanye West Rank Among Best 'SNL' Performances Ever?

You can't spit on the host and then show up with your B game. Kanye West knows this, which is why his pair of performances on this weekend's "Saturday Night Live" were among the most arresting in the show's 30-plus year history. You might recall that West took a hard shot at the long-running late night staple on his single "Power," unfavorably name-checking the sketch comedy show with the line "F--- 'SNL' and the whole cast. Tell 'em Yeezy said they can kiss my whole ass."

But when he showed up to perform the song on Saturday (October 2), Kanye paid the biggest compliment he could to the show: He delivered one of his typically eye-popping visual spectacles, one which will undoubtedly go down in the books. And keep in mind, everybody has played on SNL, from U2 and Abba, to Frank Zappa, the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Queen, R.E.M., Public Enemy,
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Randomness: Pics of Béatrice Dalle and Emmanuelle Béart in Bye Bye Blondie

Filming for Virginie Despentes' Bye Bye Blondie took place over the summer and we finally have some production/set pics gathered from the interwebs (here & here) on a punk, lesbian film we expect to see rocking the Croisette next May. Below, we have Emmanuelle Béart in what would be a pic where her character gets chauffeured around. Below that in the b&w pic, you find you find Dalle with Dp Hélène Louvart (At Ellen's Age) and Despentes. The Les Inrockuptibles article mentions that the release of Baise-moi a decade back hasn't made financing her 2nd film easier, she is filming with a budget of less than 3 million euros and had to cut some key backdrops from the shooting script. Adapted by the director from her eponymous novel, Gloria (Dalle) lives in Nancy. Unemployed, without a family, and with no permanent address, she wastes her days at a local watering hole.
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