Two high-profile British journalists have resigned from a freedom of speech campaign group after actor/comedian Steve Coogan was appointed as a patron. Last week (ends15Jun14), the Philomena star became a member of the Index on Censorship, an international organisation which promotes and defends the right to freedom of expression.
The move has sparked criticism because Coogan is a prominent supporter of Hacked Off, a group which campaigns for tougher press regulation, and other patrons fear the actor's appointment represents a conflict of interest.
Famed writer/broadcaster Ian Hislop and Francis Wheen, the editor and deputy editor of satirical U.K. current affairs magazine Private Eye, have resigned from the board of the Index on Censorship in protest at Coogan's appointment.
Wheen admits he was "baffled" by Coogan's inclusion, adding, "There are plenty of celebrities to choose from, it seems odd to choose someone who is so heavily associated with Hacked Off."
Jodie Ginsberg, chief executive of Index defends Coogan, saying, "Our patrons are a diverse group of people, whose opinions sometimes diverge with our own. Free speech depends on open debate with people who may have points of view you disagree with..."
Monty Python actor Michael Palin and playwright Sir Tom Stoppard are also patrons of the group.
If you were wondering what Hollywood will look like in the next five or 10 years, look no further than this talented group of young actors. Their impressive performances have put them on the map, and it doesn't look like they'll be going anywhere anytime soon. With a talent pool that includes film festival darling Ezra Miller, serious drama actor Dane DeHaan, and quirky ingenue Juno Temple, the future of film has never looked brighter.
Mackenzie FoyYou probably know her as Bella and Edward's half-human, half-vampire baby, Renesmee, from The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, but Mackenzie Foy also appeared in this summer's The Conjouring with Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga. Next up, she'll star in the coming-of-age movie Wish You Well with Ellen Burstyn and Josh Lucas, and is signed on to voice a character in the film adaptation of French writer Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's famed novella The Little Prince. Not bad for a 12-year-old.
Dane DeHaanAfter churning out haunting and powerful performances in the supernatural thriller Chronicle and cop thriller The Place Beyond the Pines, Dane DeHaan is officially on our radar. He's also appeared alongside Hollywood heavyweights in Lawless and Lincoln. Currently, DeHaan is bringing his Beat Generation movie, Kill Your Darlings, to the film festival circuit. DeHaan plays darkly alluring musician Lucien Carr opposite Daniel Radcliffe as Beat poet Allen Ginsberg. Both the film and DeHaan's performance have earned rave reviews from critics. Next up, he'll star in Reese Witherspoon's dark murder drama Devil's Knot. We're sensing a theme for this talented young actor.
Bella ThorneAt just 15, Bella Thorne is already a seasoned pro in the industry. She's been making appearances on TV and in film since she was only 6 years old. Since 2010, she's starred on the Disney Channel dance show Shake It Up, which helped her score a record deal with Hollywood Records. Next up, she'll star in the film adaptation of popular kids book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day alongside Jennifer Garner and Steve Carell.
Ezra MillerAfter his star-making performance in We Need to Talk About Kevin, everybody was talking about Ezra Miller. The movie was a hit at Cannes and Miller became an indie sensation overnight. He saw success again when he starred in last year's film adaptation of beloved teen novel The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Next up, you can catch Miller as Léon Depuis in Sophie Barthes's adaptation of Gustave Falubert's masterpiece Madame Bovary.
Juno TempleJuno Temple has had steady work since her childhood, appearing in acclaimed movies like Notes on a Scandal, Atonement, and The Other Boleyn Girl. Recent movies have shown that Temple is more than comfortable with her sexuality, such as Dirty Girl, Jack and Diane, a horror romance about two women who are lovers, and the Linda Lovelace biopic Lovelace, in which Temple plays Linda's best friend. Next up, Temple will appear in Malificent with Angelina Jolie, and the highly anticipated sequel Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.
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At the moment there are few greater clichés in the media than the freaking out single woman on the cusp of 30. Of course clichés are clichés for a reason worth exploring even through the lens of just one or two women as in Lola Versus. Unfortunately while the intention behind Lola Versus isn't that we should all be happily married by the age of 30 it still fits into the same rubric of all those "Why You're Not Married" books.
Lola (Greta Gerwig) has a gorgeous fiancé Luke (Joel Kinnaman) and they live in a giant loft together the kind of dreamy NYC real estate that seems to exist primarily in the movies. Just as they're planning their gluten-free wedding cake with a non-GMO rice milk-based frosting Luke dumps her. It's cruelly sudden — although Luke isn't a cruel man. Lola finds little comfort in the acerbic wit of her best friend the eternally single Alice (Zoe Lister-Jones) who is probably delighted to see her perfectly blonde best friend taken down a peg and into the murky world of New York coupling. Lola and Luke share a best friend Henry (Hamish Linklater) a messy-haired rumpled sweetheart who is kind and safe and the inevitable shelter for Lola's fallout. Her parents well-meaning and well-to-do hippie types feed her kombucha and try to figure out their iPads and give her irrelevant advice.
Lola Versus is slippery. Its tone careens between broad TV comedy and earnest dramedy almost as if Alice is in charge of the dirty zingers and Lola's job is to make supposedly introspective statements. Alice's vulgar non-sequiturs are tossed off without much relish and Lola's dialogue comes off too often as expository and plaintive. We don't need Lola to tell Henry "I'm vulnerable I'm not myself I'm easily persuaded" or "I'm slutty but I'm a good person!" (Which is by the way an asinine statement to make. One might even say she's not even that "slutty " she's just making dumb decisions that hurt those around her just as much as she's hurting herself.)
We know that she's a mess — that's the point of the story! It's not so much that a particularly acerbic woman wouldn't say to her best friend "Find your spirit animal and ride it until its d**k falls off " but that she wouldn't say it in the context of this movie. It's from some other movie over there one where everyone is as snarky and bitter as Alice. You can't have your black-hearted comedy and your introspective yoga classes. Is it really a stride forward for feminism that the clueless single woman has taken the place of the stoner man-child in media today? When Lola tells Luke "I'm taken by myself. I've gotta just do me for a while " it's true. But it doesn't sound true and it doesn't feel true.
In one scene Lola stumbles on the sidewalk and falls to the ground. No one asks her if she's okay or needs help; she simply gets up on her own and goes on her way. It's a moment that has happened to so many people. It's humiliating and so very public but of course you just gotta pick yourself up and get where you're going. In this movie it's a head-smackingly obvious metaphor. In one of the biggest missteps of the movie Jay Pharoah plays a bartender that makes the occasional joke while Lola is waiting tables at her mom's restaurant. His big line at the end is "And I'm your friend who's black!" It would have been better to leave his entire character on the cutting room floor than attempt such a half-hearted wink at the audience.
Lister-Jones and director Daryl Wein co-wrote the screenplay for Lola Versus as they did with 2009's Breaking Upwards. Both films deal with the ins and outs of their own romantic relationship in one way or another. Breaking Upwards a micro-budget indie about a rough patch in their relationship was much more successful in tone and direction. Lola Versus has its seeds in Lister-Jones' experience as a single woman in New York and is a little bit farther removed from their experiences. Lola Versus feels like a wasted opportunity. Relatively speaking there are so few movies getting made with a female writer or co-writer that it almost feels like a betrayal to see such a tone-deaf portrayal of women onscreen. What makes it even more disappointing is how smart and likable everyone involved is and knowing that they could have made a better movie.
The Bonnie and Clyde star leases a one-bedroom, rent-stabilised property in Manhattan's Upper East Side for just over $1,000 (£625)-a-month - almost half the going rate for the area.
Her landlord Henry Moses, Jr. filed suit against the actress in August (11) in a bid to have her evicted, claiming she's not eligible for rent regulation as she spends most of her time in Los Angeles. State laws require tenants to use rent-controlled properties as their primary residence.
The star hit back by alleging the apartment was in a state of disrepair and offered up her keys to the landlord, insisting she had moved out in May (11).
The two parties have been disputing the matter in court and Dunaway appeared in person for a hearing on Thursday (03Nov11) to try and settle the matter in closed quarters with Judge John Stanley. Dunaway's attorney, Steve Ginsberg, Moses, Jr. and his lawyer Craig S. Charlie, were also present for the discussions.
After the meeting, Charlie claimed Dunaway, who stopped paying rent when the lawsuit was filed, was ordered to hand over the outstanding money, while his client had agreed to carry out the required repairs.
The case is due to return to court in March (12).