Arts features

There is life after Potter - and Radcliffe does not miss a beat

By Stephen Applebaum, November 28, 2013

If ever there was an actor who seemed in danger of being trapped by a role, it is Daniel Radcliffe. After playing Harry Potter in eight movies, there cannot be many places on the planet where his name is not associated with the Hogwarts hero. But Radcliffe is refusing to be boxed in, as his new film, Kill Your Darlings, amply demonstrates.

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Gina Bellman: 'I was never comfortable with the sex symbol thing'

By John Nathan, November 25, 2013

Gina Bellman, the New Zealand-born JFS girl who burst on to our TV screens in 1989 as a sexual fantasy in the title role of Dennis Potter’s Blackeyes, doesn’t much want to talk about those days now.

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Why crime pays for thriller writer Scott Turow

By Jenni Frazer, November 21, 2013

"The Holocaust hovered over the neighbourhood in which I grew up — and it never left me.” Such a sentiment is surprising coming from the doyen of legal crime thriller writers, Scott Turow.

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Beatboxing grandmaster sounds off in all manner of directions

By John Nathan, November 14, 2013

One of the problems of being a drama critic is that you cannot watch a school play without wanting to tell a kvelling parent that their 12-year-old has the stage presence of a bar stool.

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Garland, Minnelli and me: Luft on family, fame and performing

By Sandy Rashty, November 14, 2013

At 60, cabaret star Lorna Luft has seen it all. The daughter of Hollywood legend Judy Garland and film producer Sidney Luft, she lost her mother to an accidental overdose, watched her half-sister Liza Minnelli’s rapid rise to stardom and suffered the psychological impact of battling breast cancer.

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Not flash, but Gordon makes a splash with directorial debut

By Stephen Applebaum , November 7, 2013

Many is the child actor who has tasted success and then faded into obscurity. But Joseph Gordon-Levitt has managed to make the transition to adult roles look easy and is carving out an impressive career on screen and behind the camera. Now Don Jon, the 32-year-old’s first feature as a writer, director and actor, opens here next week.

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‘Jewslims’ on love across the divide

By Sandy Rashty, October 24, 2013

Lenny is the son of a Holocaust survivor who has converted to Islam for love. Like others in the same situation interviewed under pseudonyms for BBC Radio 4 programme “Meet the Jewslims”, which aired on Monday, he married his British-Iranian wife Sheherazade in a Muslim ceremony but also sought to reconcile Islam with his Jewish heritage.

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Michael Grade, lord of the song and dance, on Broadway

By Brigit Grant, October 24, 2013

In any great adventure,
that you don’t want to lose,
victory depends upon the people that you choose.
So, listen, Arthur darling, closely to this news:
We won’t succeed on Broadway,
If you don’t have any Jews*

*Courtesy of Eric Idle’s Spamalot

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She's doctor in the house for Channel 4

By Sandy Rashty, October 17, 2013

As a general practitioner, Ellie Cannon is well used to patients bringing in their home remedies for her approval. Now the JC’s health columnist will be sharing her views with a much wider audience in a prime time Channel 4 series, Health Freaks, which launches on Monday night.

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Sinatra, the Gershwins and me — a life of American song

By Sandy Rashty, October 10, 2013

Michael Feinstein says Americans have lost their appreciation of the arts. So the singer, pianist and purveyor of The Great American Songbook is eagerly anticipating his capital concert next month as part of the London Festival of Cabaret.

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