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INTERVIEW | Jon Ronson, The Men Who Stare at Goats

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Thu, 05/11/2009 - 21:21

I was lucky enough to get some time with journalist and author Jon Ronson, who wrote the non-fiction book that the new film The Men Who Stare at Goats is based on. You can watch and enjoy it below ...

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Hey guys: Brüno's offering a free sack and crack wax!

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Thu, 05/11/2009 - 16:19

By Lizzie Husher

"You can do it yourself, but ze last time ich tried ich glued mein arshenhalle to ze bed"

Of all the events and stunts that marketers have come up with to promote a film's release on DVD, this has to be the funniest and potentially most uncomfortable yet. In the manner of the controversial comedian himself, Sasha Baron Cohen's outrageous comedy Brüno is getting its home-viewing launch by an offer from Universal Pictures' to foot the bill of any man who fancies a little personal grooming next week.

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Tonight's terrestrial TV tips

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Thu, 05/11/2009 - 09:30

I want to give Mr and Mrs Perham a medal for common sense, and a whole raft of other gongs for services to letting kids grow up properly. We've become so overprotective of our children in the UK over the last 20 years that most no longer walk to school, play outside or even enjoy such innocent delights as conkers In Case Something Bad Happens to Them.

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Armchair Viewing: Groundhog Day (1993)

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Thu, 05/11/2009 - 09:18

"I was in the Virgin Islands once. I met a girl. We ate lobster, drank pina coladas. At sunset we made love like sea otters. That was a pretty good day. Why couldn’t I get that day over and over and over?"

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Tonight's terrestrial TV tips

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Wed, 04/11/2009 - 09:13

I spy with my little eye that Spooks is returning to BBC1 tonight. It's hard to believe it's already season 8 - you'd think the scriptwriters had already exhausted every possibility for a storyline. But no, they keep finding new angles to explore in the murky world of espionage. Not that any of the plotlines are remotely credible but Spooks has always been well written and well acted, with a terrific cast, and it has remained absolutely gripping.

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Tonight's terrestrial TV tips

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Tue, 03/11/2009 - 09:01

Well, fuck me! Gordon Ramsay's back! Yes, our favourite sweary chef returns to Channel 4 tonight with a fresh series of Gordon Ramsay's F Word (9pm). The F stands for food, in case you were wondering, rather than anything Anglo-Saxon, although it's a given that the air of the restaurant kitchen will be liberally seasoned with Ramsay's own special brand of Tourette's.

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Tonight's terrestrial TV tips

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Mon, 02/11/2009 - 10:30

I'm still fanning my brow after last night's terrific new courtroom drama on BBC1, Garrow's Law (crammed with powdered wigs, heaving bosoms and the birth of legal defence*) but my thoughts are already turning to the late, great Steve McQueen's iconic cross-country motorbike getaway in The Great Escape.

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Tonight's terrestrial telly tips

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Sun, 01/11/2009 - 10:17

It’s a good plan to start with Life (BBC1, 6pm) tonight, even if you saw this episode last Monday; it’s quality Sunday evening chill-out television, a perfect companion to cheese on toast and a pot of tea. If you have kids it’s a good way to slip in some education just before bedtime without them even noticing – they’ll be too absorbed in the amazing imagery, this week of bats migrating in Zambia, and lulled into perfect calm by Sir David’s tones.

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Armchair Viewing: Halloween (1978)

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Sat, 31/10/2009 - 12:50

"It's Halloween, everyone's entitled to one good scare"

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Tonight's terrestrial telly tips

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Sat, 31/10/2009 - 10:19

A proper Saturday full of quality stuff at last! X Factor Schmex Factor! Strictly Schmrictly! (Note to self: don’t overdo the ‘schm’ thing.) Drama, comedy and documentary are pushing their way back in and I am cheering them on.

BBC4 is hosting an evening of programmes about the 20th century figurative artist Francis Bacon from 9pm, and why not? We ease in with Francis Bacon’s Arena which is a general documentary about him, his life and his career, then lead into the more interesting Francis Bacon in His Own Words at 10.35pm, then finally we get the very exciting (but not actually new) Love is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon at 11pm, a feature-length drama investigating the relationship between Bacon (Derek Jacobi) and George Dyer (Daniel Craig). Sorry, those brackets there very much obscured the fact that Derek Jacobi and Daniel Craig are in this! I can’t imagine why it’s on quite so late. Hopefully they’ll show it again at a more sensible time.

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