Arts features

Haim - the three sisters who are this year's pop sensation

By Paul Lester, February 14, 2013

Right now, Este, Danielle and Alana Haim, from Los Angeles, are three of the hottest names in pop, rock and r&b (and their sound is a blend of pop, rock and r&b — imagine Fleetwood Mac jamming with Destiny’s Child).

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Radio review: Ajax - the Jewish club

By Simon Round, February 7, 2013

Fans of Dutch football club Ajax call themselves the “super Jews”. They wear scarves adorned with Stars of David and display Israeli flags in the Amsterdam Arena where the team plays .But Ajax is not a Jewish club. Only 500 of the weekly attendance of 50,000 is Jewish.

This was a fascinating and disturbing investigation into why Ajax fans have adopted this spurious Jewish identity.

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A romcom from the man who brought you Borat

By Stephen Applebaum, February 7, 2013

Dan Mazer studied law at Cambridge, but from the moment that he discovered it was nothing like the American TV crime drama LA Law, he knew he had no future as a legal eagle.

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How David Cronenberg's son is joining the family business

By Stephen Applebaum, January 31, 2013

If Brandon Cronenberg looks a little shell-shocked when we convene for an interview at last May’s Cannes Film Festival, there is a good reason. It is not only his first feature, Antiviral, that has got the world’s media buzzing, but also his background.

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TV review: Yes, Prime Minister

By Simon Round, January 24, 2013

Around 26 years after the last episode of Yes, Prime Minister aired, it is back, with the same writing team but a different cast — Henry Goodman replaces the peerless Nigel Hawthorne as Sir Humphrey and David Haig is the bumbling PM Jim Hacker in place of the much underrated Paul Eddington, both the original actors sadly no longer with us.

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Questions of identity? For us, they're a laughing matter

By Philippa Fordham and Bennett Arron, January 24, 2013

Philippa Fordham writes:

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An epic survivor's tale

By Simon Round, January 17, 2013

This extraordinary film was made by Lisa Bryer, the producer of The Last King of Scotland, about her Aunt Henia.

According to the producers, when it was shown to BBC1 controller Danny Cohen, he cleared the schedules so that the film could be the centrepiece of the Holocaust Memorial Day coverage. Having seen the 40-minute documentary, I can only endorse his decision

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Revealed: Nikki van der Zyl, the secret Bond girl

By Sandy Rashty, January 17, 2013

People know my voice, they just don’t know me.When people see Ursula Andress in Dr No, or Shirley Eaton in Goldfinger, they don’t know that I revoiced them, and a lot of other Bond girls too.

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Roman Polanski: the great survivor

By Melanie Abrams, January 10, 2013

With a string of instantly recognisable movies — Chinatown, Rosemary’s Baby, The Pianist — Roman Polanski is one of the world’s pre-eminent filmmakers.

When Frantic was released in 1988, the influential American critic Roger Ebert dubbed him one of the few modern masters of the thriller and film noir.

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The Hollywood director who thinks Holocaust films don't tell the right story

By Jennifer Lipman, January 3, 2013

Holocaust films? Pah!” says Jack Garfein, shaking his head. “They’re awful. They always show the horror, not the human element.”

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