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Road to Brexit review – thanks for trying to joke us through this hell

You’d have to have a heart of stone not to find Matt Berry funny – but somehow this one-off comedy fell flat. Perhaps we’re too depressed to laugh now?

Very much like Kenneth Tynan and Look Back in Anger, I could not love anyone who did not love Matt Berry. Whose heart, already full with Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace or The It Crowd, did not lift further when a Todd Rivers or Douglas Reynholm scene came along. Toast of London, in which he played the main character rather than a piquant smaller role, has its issues, but nevertheless … Anyone who can hear that distinctive drawl – emphasising just the wrong syllable in a sentence and somehow managing to capitalise random nouns and letters – and not collapse in a heap of laughter has my abiding sympathy. It is no way to live.

Last night he was Michael Squeamish, author of Fish
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David Bowie 1980s Boxed Set, ‘Loving the Alien,’ Due in October

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David Bowie 1980s Boxed Set, ‘Loving the Alien,’ Due in October
Parlophone Records announced Wednesday that “David Bowie: Loving the Alien 1983-1988,” the fourth in its series of boxed sets compiling the late artist’s work from 1969, will be released on Oct. 12. The era was Bowie’s most commercially successful period and includes the hit albums “Let’s Dance” and “Tonight.”

The 11 CD/15 LP set follows the formidable collections “Five Years (1969-1973),” “Who Can I Be Now? (1974-1976),” and “A New Career in a New Town (1977-1982).”

It also includes a near-complete re-recording of Bowie’s 1987 album “Never Let Me Down,” which he’d often said he wanted to re-do, overseen by producer / engineer Mario McNulty with new instrumentation by longtime Bowie collaborators Reeves Gabrels (guitar), David Torn (guitar), Sterling Campbell (drums), and Tim Lefebvre (bass), as well as string quartet with arrangements by Nico Muhly and a guest cameo by Laurie Anderson on “Shining Star (Makin’ My Love).”

It
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David Bowie’s Mid-Eighties Work Collected for Massive ‘Loving the Alien’ Box Set

David Bowie’s Mid-Eighties Work Collected for Massive ‘Loving the Alien’ Box Set
David Bowie‘s mid-Eighties career will be explored in the new box set Loving the Alien (1983-1988), a massive collection that gathers the late icon’s albums, live LPs and more from the era.

The 11-cd or 15-lp Loving the Alien, due out October 12th, features three Bowie studio albums – 1983’s Let’s Dance, 1984’s Tonight and 1987’s Never Let Me Down – alongside a pair of first-time-on-vinyl live albums – Serious Moonlight (Live ’83) and Glass Spider (Live Montreal ’87) – and the newly assembled compilation Dance, which collects 12 contemporaneous remixes from the era.
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The Incredible Shrinking Man

The Incredible Shrinking Man

Blu ray – Region Code: B

Arrow Video

1957 / 1.85:1 / Street Date November 13, 2017

Starring Grant Williams, Randy Stuart

Cinematography by Ellis W. Carter

Directed by Jack Arnold

Richard Matheson’s The Shrinking Man debuted in 1956, published by Gold Medal Books in an economical paperback edition with electrifying cover art by Mitchell Hooks.

Disguised as a modest science-fiction potboiler, Matheson’s brainy thriller appeared the same year Look Back in Anger opened at the Royal Court, The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit arrived at New York’s Roxy and Howl was unleashed via City Lights in San Francisco. Existential angst was all the rage and The Shrinking Man was its poster boy.

The first hand account of Scott Carey, a well-heeled suburbanite who suddenly finds himself growing smaller and smaller, Matheson’s briskly paced novella charts Carey’s literal and figurative descent as the tokens of his success – home,
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Look Back in Anger Review

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Movie adaptations of classic texts can be disappointing. Transitioning from one form to the next is dangerous, particularly when nothing original arises from the outgoing medium. Sometimes it’s as if the filmmakers have left the camera pointed at a stage-play or between the pages of a book. But the 1958 film adaptation of Look Back in Anger is a masterful translation of John Osborne’s (now-)classic play – incorporating the essence of the newly-emerging British New Wave and continuing the legacy of the “angry young men” literary movement.

Set in the grey and wet city of Derby, sweet-seller Jimmy Porter (Richard Burton) lives with his wife Alison (Mary Ure) and best friend Cliff (Gary Raymond). He is a stern, explosive individual – consistently aggressive and searingly misogynistic, even by the standards of 1958. Alison feels tired and trapped by him, never finding the right opportunity to say she’s carrying his child.
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Movie Poster of the Week: Sir Alan Bates in Posters

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Above: UK one sheet for The Shout (Jerzy Skolimowski, UK, 1978)One of the greatest but perhaps less heralded of British actors, Sir Alan Bates (1934-2003) is being deservedly feted over the next week at the Quad Cinema in New York with the retrospective series Alan Bates: The Affable Angry Young Man. The title makes sense: before he had acted on film Bates was in the original West End and Broadway productions of Look Back in Anger, but he played not the disaffected anti-hero Jimmy Porter, made famous on film by Richard Burton, but the amiable Welsh lodger Cliff. Though a performer of great virility, intelligence and passion, he often played second fiddle to his more demonstrative co-stars—whether Anthony Quinn in Zorba the Greek (1964), Lynn Redgrave in Georgy Girl (1966), Julie Christie in Far From the Madding Crowd (1967) and The Go-Between (1971), or Jill Clayburgh in An Unmarried Woman (1978). Consequently, he is
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The Forgotten: Sidney J. Furie's "During One Night" (1961)

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According to the story he himself tells in the documentary series Hollywood, UK, Canadian filmmaker Sidney J. Furie came to England to take part in the British new wave, whose films he admired. First, he had to pay his dues with nonsense like Dr. Blood's Coffin, The Snake Woman and The Young Ones (starring pop singer Cliff Richard), but eventually, with The Leather Boys in 1964, he was able to make the kind of dynamic working-class social realism he'd been admiring from afar (Rita Tushingham's presence in the cast provides the stamp of authenticity).But During One Night (1961) shows Furie working on a small-scale independent film that has more in common with his mid-sixties work than it does with the cheesy exploitation movies he marked time on, and its date shows how quick off the mark Furie must have been: Look Back in Anger only hit cinemas in 1959, and by '61 Furie was in Britain,
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Metallica Leads Manchester Audience In Epic Oasis Sing-Along

Following the horrific bombings that took place during Ariana Grande’s concert in Manchester earlier this year, Oasis’ “Look Back In Anger” became something of an anthem for the city’s residents, symbolizing their resilience and recovery from the devastating attack. “Music is playing a part in the recovery story,” Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham told Rolling Stone of […]
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Liam and Noel Gallagher Donate Oasis Royalties to Manchester Fund

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Liam and Noel Gallagher Donate Oasis Royalties to Manchester Fund
As Britain mourned those killed in the Manchester Arena bombings, Oasis’ hit single “Don’t Look Back In Anger” became an anthem of healing and soared to the top of the UK charts. Now Liam and Noel Gallagher are doing their part by donating their royalties from the song’s latest sales spike to a Manchester relief fund. The song first became associated with Manchester when a choir from Chetham’s School of Music performed the song two days after the attack. A day later, a crowd gathered at Manchester’s city center and sang “Don’t Look Back In Anger,
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One Love Manchester Organizers Release Statement Defending Noel Gallagher’s Absence

One Love Manchester Organizers Release Statement Defending Noel Gallagher’s Absence
This article originally appeared on NME.com.

The organizers of last weekend’s One Love Manchester benefit concert have issued a statement regarding Noel Gallagher‘s absence at the event.

Liam Gallagher made a surprise appearance at the concert to perform ‘Live Forever’ with the help of Coldplay, “Rock N’ Roll Star” and his new solo single “Wall Of Glass.” There had been speculation over a possible Oasis reunion, with Liam later hitting out at his older brother and calling him a “sad f–k” for his apparent no-show.

Now organizers of the events have defended Noel, stating that he was never booked to perform,
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Coldplay Defends Noel Gallagher After Brother Liam Blasts Him for Missing ‘One Love Manchester’

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Coldplay Defends Noel Gallagher After Brother Liam Blasts Him for Missing ‘One Love Manchester’
Cheer up, Noel GallagherColdplay has your back, even if your brother thinks you’re a jerk. Chris Martin and and his band sent some love to the former Oasis guitarist, after Noel Gallagher’s brother and former bandmate Liam trashed him for pulling a no-show at the One Love Manchester concert over the weekend. In a tweet published Tuesday, Coldplay thanked Noel for giving the Ok for the band to play the Oasis hits “Don’t Look Back in Anger” and “Live Forever” (Noel was the band’s primary songwriter) at the benefit concert. Also Read: Piers Morgan Apologizes to Ariana Grande for Manchester.
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Oasis' Liam Gallagher Calls Out Brother Noel for Being a No-Show at Manchester Concert: 'Very Disappointed'

Oasis' Liam Gallagher Calls Out Brother Noel for Being a No-Show at Manchester Concert: 'Very Disappointed'
Liam and Noel Gallagher's famously complicated relationship continues.

Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher made a surprise appearance at Sunday's One Love Manchester benefit concert, singing the band's hit, "Rock 'n' Roll Star," and one of his solo songs, "Wall of Glass." On Monday, he revealed that his brother, Noel, had been invited to perform with him.

"Manchester I'd like to apologize for my brother's absence last night, very disappointed, stay beautiful, stay safe," he tweeted.

Watch: Oasis' Noel Gallagher Slams Adele -- Her Music is for 'F**king Grannies'

The notoriously outspoken singer then bluntly called out Noel for not performing, with a few choice expletives.

"Noel's out of the f**king country, weren't we all love, get on a f**king plane and play your tunes for the kids you sad f**k," he wrote.

Interestingly enough, Coldplay and Ariana Grande ended up singing Oasis' classic, "Don't Look Back in Anger," during the star-studded
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Watch Ariana Grande and Coldplay Cover Oasis at ‘One Love Manchester’

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Watch Ariana Grande and Coldplay Cover Oasis at ‘One Love Manchester’
While performing for a crowd of 50,000 gathered at Old Trafford for the “One Love Manchester” benefit concert, Ariana Grande was joined by Coldplay for a rendition of Oasis’ classic hit, “Don’t Look Back In Anger.” The song, which was written by Oasis in 1996 and reached the top of the U.K. charts shortly after its release, became an anthem for Manchester residents following the May 22 bombing of the Manchester Arena during one of Grande’s concerts, killing 22 people. It was performed by students from Manchester’s Chetham’s School of Music the day after the attack, and was spontaneously sung by mourners after.
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Manchester Strong! Oasis Frontman Liam Gallagher Makes Surprise Appearance at Ariana Grande’s Benefit Concert

Manchester Strong! Oasis Frontman Liam Gallagher Makes Surprise Appearance at Ariana Grande’s Benefit Concert
Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher made a surprise appearance at Sunday’s One Love Manchester benefit concert.

The English singer, 44, was met with plenty of cheers and applause from the crowd as he began his performance of his band’s song “Rock ‘n’ Roll Star.” He then launched into his solo song “Wall of Glass.”

Gallagher, 44, was born in Manchester and Oasis is one of the city’s most famous exports, so his presence at the charity concert was surely special for the fans in the audience. Despite many fans’ hopes, Liam did not reunite with his brother Noel Gallagher for the concert.
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Manchester Crowd Sings Oasis’ ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’ [Video]

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A group of Manchester residents gathered together in song on Thursday evening. Manchester Crowd Sings “Don’T Look Back In Anger” A crowd of about 400 got together at St. Ann’s Square in the city to honor the victims of the Manchester bombing. The UK was holding a nationwide, minute-long silence in tribute. After the silence, Lydia […]

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Watch: Manchester Crowd Sings Oasis’ ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’ Following Deadly Terrorist Attack

Watch: Manchester Crowd Sings Oasis’ ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’ Following Deadly Terrorist Attack
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Manchester Crowd Sings ‘Don’t Look Back in Anger’ After Moment of Silence for Victims (Video)

Manchester Crowd Sings ‘Don’t Look Back in Anger’ After Moment of Silence for Victims (Video)
Thousands joined in an impromptu sing-along of Oasis’ “Don’t Look Back in Anger” in Manchester on Thursday morning, following a one minute moment of silence for the 22 people killed and dozens injured in Monday’s terrorist attack following an Ariana Grande concert. “We can’t be looking backward to what happened, we have to look forwards to the future,” said Lydia Bernsmeier-Rullow, the woman who started the sing-along, according to The Guardian. “We’re all going to join together, we’re all going to get on with it because that’s what Manchester does.” The vigil was hosted in Alberts Square,
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Movie Review – La Strada (1954)

La Strada, 1954.

Directed by Federico Fellini.

Starring Giulietta Masina, Anthony Quinn, and Richard Basehart.

Synopsis:

A care-free girl is sold to a traveling entertainer, consequently enduring physical and emotional pain along the way.

Entire essays could be written on Giuletta Masina’s face alone. There’s a childlike quality to her puppy dog eyes, her ability to express such sadness with a simple tilt of the head, or exuberance with a blink. If there was ever a face for the big screen, it was hers, and with the re-release of Federico Fellini’s tragic masterpiece, La Strada, once again she can be celebrated.

Although married to Fellini, he never found a role more purely “Masina” than that of doleful reluctant clown Gelsomina. When news of the death of her sister reaches Gelsomina and her poverty stricken family, she is forcefully sold for 10,000 lire to manipulative, drunken strongman Zampano (an indelible Anthony Quinn). The two travel,
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David Bowie and the Indestructible Metaphors of Mirror Scenes

A video essay examines our most private moments.

Strap on your thinking caps for this one, film fans, because it’s a doozy.

According to director Nicolas Roeg (The Man Who Fell to Earth, Don’t Look Now, The Witches), mirrors are cinema in all its glory and in fact the essence of the medium. See, mirrors are the only time we truly look at ourselves; photographs of us are from other perspectives, for other people or posterity, and as such we don’t show our real faces in them, we show projections of who we think we should be or how we think we should feel in a certain situation. But the mirror isn’t public, it’s private, it is us alone with ourselves and thus the way we look into mirrors, into ourselves, is different from every other face we show the world.

The mirror is an eye, Roeg
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Stage Door: Sally Field in The Glass Menagerie

by Dancin' Dan

This is not your parents' Glass Menagerie.

It's not uncommon for theatrical "reinventions" to take place nowadays. Ivo van Howe has made it into a cottage industry of sorts, creating an intimate, visceral A View From the Bridge and a raw, elemental The Crucible in recent years. Sam Gold is of the same cloth. He made his name with an audacious revival of Look Back in Anger at the Roudabout in 2012, won the Tony in 2015 for his sensitive in-the-round staging of the musical Fun Home, and most recently directed a searing Othello with David Oyelowo and Daniel Craig off Broadway at the New York Theater Workshop.

But all those pieces benefit from a stripped back, in-some-cases radical rethinking. Tennessee Williams's memory play is a much more delicate thing, announcing as narrator Tom Wingfield does right at the start that this is a subjective work of art,
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