Brigit Grant

Get your kicks from this sequel

By Brigit Grant, August 18, 2013

Jane Goldman aka Mrs Jonathan Ross wrote the screenplay for Kick Ass (2010) together with its director Matthew Vaughn and it was a huge hit. The film appealed to me enormously, along with anyone else who can see the funny side of watching an eleven-year-old girl — played by the then unknown Chloë Grace Moretz — beat up bad guys and spit out shocking expletives.

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Review: The lone ranger

By Brigit Grant, August 12, 2013

He may be one of the most successful producers of all time, but it can’t be easy being Jerome Leon Bruckheimer.

At least not this month. And though I’m not asking you to cry for him — his reported annual earnings exceed $120 million — when you are accustomed to making blockbuster hits, it’s aggravating when one misses, as The Lone Ranger appears to be doing.

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Review: Heaven’s gate

By Brigit Grant, August 5, 2013

If seeking to be culturally controversial in 1980, admitting to liking Heaven’s Gate was a surefire way to do it. Bathed in the post-Oscar glow of The Deer Hunter, director Michael Cimino had banked on achieving similar success with his $44 million epic Western based loosely on the little known Battle of Johnson County.

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Monsters University 3D

By Brigit Grant, July 15, 2013

Many years ago, I got to hug Billy Crystal. He had just been accused of “selling out” as a comedian by a strident NME journalist and I was the next one in to interview him. Let’s just say I was able to reassure the actor sufficiently of his talent for him to want to embrace me. All I could think at the time was “I’m hugging the Harry who met Sally” and I’ve never forgotten it.

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Review: Now You See Me

By Brigit Grant, July 7, 2013

Magic tends to divide an audience. But as one camped solidly in the “Wow, how he did that?” category, I love whatever the likes of David Copperfield or homegrown Dynamo pull out of their wizards’ bags. For, once you become an adult, magic is the only thing that sustains one’s inner child. And that’s a good reason to catch Now You See Me.

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Review: Despicable Me 2

By Brigit Grant, June 28, 2013

Attention parents, bubbas and zaidas everywhere. If the thought of another blanket grey weekend spent in soft-play hell with the kids is more than you can stand, fear not. Gru, his adopted orphans and those dinky yellow minions, have returned to chase away the bouncy castle blues and, like a good family board game, delight everyone from six to 96.

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Review: Snitch

By Brigit Grant, June 21, 2013

Known to most of us only by his ring name — The Rock — Dwayne Johnson is considered one of the all-time stars of wrestling. Yes, that’s right, wrestler not actor, but that didn’t prevent him being paid a record-breaking $5.5 million for his debut role in The Scorpion King, which I’ve still to see.

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It Will Be All White On The Night

By Brigit Grant, June 13, 2013

It takes courage to wallk out all in white and I’m not talking about down the aisle.

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Dealing with hair loss

By Brigit Grant, May 30, 2013

It could be an age thing or stress, but I recently developed a bald patch bang in the centre of my hair. Confidently hirsute and hot on mane maintenance, I was shocked (horrified actually) when I spotted the depilated gap which had appeared without warning. Though half the size of a 50 pence piece, when the wind blew or I flicked the wrong way, it flashed like a winking beacon in the dark.

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Get great hair with a Brazilian

By Brigit Grant, May 30, 2013

ands up if you go to the hairdresser’s once a week? Once a month? Every six weeks? If any of the above apply to you, then you probably spend more than £2,000 a year on your hair. Almost a quarter of British women do the same, so there’s really no need to feel embarrassed.

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HATS ON FOR THE SEASON

By Brigit Grant, May 23, 2013

After the Queen and wonder horse Frankel, one name is synonymous with Royal Ascot — Audrey Hepburn. Though her association with the Berkshire track is entirely filmic, her appearance there as reformed flower girl Eliza Doolittle has never been surpassed and every woman dressing for Ladies’ Day hopes to capture something of the My Fair Lady “Hep factor” in their choice of headwear.

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Get the Great Gatsby Look

By Brigit Grant, May 23, 2013

The rumble in the fashion world started months ago. A new version of The Great Gatsby was on its way to a cinema near you and every manufacturer, boutique, hair salon and bar was prepared to embrace Art Deco design and jump on Baz Luhrmann’s dazzling bandwagon.

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All About Jeff Banks

By Brigit Grant, May 17, 2013

Brent Cross has never seen anything like it. Men who would ordinarily be shuffling through the centre in the wake of their born-to-shop spouses were suddenly parading like peacocks across the marble floor.

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Win a makeover and new wardrobe

By Brigit Grant, May 17, 2013

Do you think your man needs a makeover? Does your Dad need to dapper up his game? This is your chance to make that happen as Jeff Banks has kindly offered £250 spending money to a fella who needs a bit more fashion in his life. Whether it’s something casual for the weekend or a spanky suit for a big night out, the lucky winner can peruse the rails in the new Brent Cross store.

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Review: I'm so excited

By Brigit Grant, May 6, 2013

As a rule, film directors are rarely seen on the Graham Norton Show. The toocheses that grace his scarlet sofa are strictly A-list, front-of-camera types with Quentin Tarantino being one of the few auteurs to ever make the guest-list. Until last week.

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The Best Of Blooming Fashion

By Brigit Grant, May 2, 2013

Just the sight of crocuses through a park railing is enough to ignite a communal sentiment of “Phew, we made it through the winter — time to store those balaclavas.”

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Meet the fur fashion king with a nose for scent

By Brigit Grant, April 25, 2013

I've always rather fancied the idea of living in a hotel. While others obsess about properties with multiple rooms, the notion of residing in just one has much more appeal. Room service, fresh towels, a Do Not Disturb sign on the door and a stream of new neighbours has to be the perfect domicile arrangement — particularly if that room is in Claridges.

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Time to hear a fairy story

By Brigit Grant, April 11, 2013

The bottom of the garden is not a place one usually goes to for fashion inspiration. Unless of course you happen to be a fairy — or want to dress like one — which is exactly what I did last week for my daughter’s sixth birthday.

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Presents to make your Mother’s Day

By Brigit Grant, March 8, 2013

Forgive the short notice, but it’s Mother’s Day on Sunday. With its Lent/Easter associations the date understandably doesn’t feature on the Jewish calendar, so that gets me off the hook. With everyone — except my mother.

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Tights that are right

By Brigit Grant, January 31, 2013

Hands up if you’ve bought a Prada blossom skirt yet? An iridescent Alberta Feretti dress to be worn with neon- trimmed trainers? Maybe a crop? No, me neither. It’s not that I’m not interested in the 2013 fashion trends, as nothing pleases me more than the thought of spring and fewer layers.

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