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Jeffrey Archer: Bollywood plagiarised my books

4 March 2015 15:56

Jeffrey Archer is none too impressed with the Bollywood film industry. In an interview with India’s DNA Newspaper, he said that several Bollywood films have ripped off his books without his permission.… Continue reading

Eddie Redmayne accepts his award from Cate Blanchett
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Oscars 2015: Neil Patrick Harris took it too far

23 February 2015 10:23

Birdman soared past longtime favourite Boyhood at the 87th Academy Awards, as Alejandro González Iñárritu’s hilarious Hollywood satire unexpectedly took both of the top prizes – best picture and director… Continue reading

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Does Hollywood need bullies?

19 December 2014 10:47

There have always been bullies in Hollywood; it’s institutionalised, like a form of hazing, but the key difference between the film business and the Marine Corps is that bullying in… Continue reading


David Cronenberg’s Map to the Stars: threesomes, incest, a dead dog and whiny farts

1 October 2014 16:41

In a scene that sticks from Map to the Stars, David Cronenberg’s Grand Guignol of a Hollywood satire, Julianne Moore, playing an ageing Hollywood never-has-been, sits on the loo in… Continue reading

Lauren Bacall

Lauren Bacall — a true great

13 August 2014 11:15

As so often, no one put it better than Papa. Here is Ernest Hemingway talking of all the movies made from his novels and short stories: ‘The only two I… Continue reading


Who will win best film at the Oscars? Here are the runners and riders.

2 March 2014 13:30

The Oscars dispenses its wisdom tonight. By tradition the award for the past year’s best film won’t go to the past year’s best film. This means 12 Years a Slave will… Continue reading

A healthy looking Matt Damon attends a photocall for "The Monuments Men" at The National Gallery. (Image: Getty)

Matt Damon’s monumental diet

18 February 2014 10:51

Mr S doesn’t usually notice A List waists, but he wasn’t totally surprised when he heard that Matt Damon was on a diet during the filming of Monuments Men. While your… Continue reading

Shirley Temple has died at the age of 85. Here she is pictured in London in 1965. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

Shirley Temple, 1928 – 2014, remembered in The Spectator

11 February 2014 11:44

Shirley Temple has died in California at the age of 85. She was known as America’s little darling after she appeared in her first film at the age of three.… Continue reading

Quentin Tarantino understands the business of directing. (JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)

Quentin Tarantino speaks

21 June 2013 13:20

Quentin Tarantino has responded to allegations in this week’s edition of Spectator Life. In the cover feature, Diane Kruger claimed the king of cool fired an actor for not bringing… Continue reading

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Leonardo di Caprio pictured in Cannes last month. (ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images)

Hollywood and oligarchs descend on Art Basel

14 June 2013 10:30

The art world has descended on the almost attractive city of Basel in Switzerland this week, for the annual art fair. And where the art world goes, glamorous collectors follow.… Continue reading

A giant fresco of Charlie Chaplin. (FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

Seriously eccentric – Chaplin & Company by Mave Fellowes

16 May 2013 14:19

Chaplin & Company is an alarming proposition for anyone with a low threshold for the cute and quirky. Its main character, Odeline Milk, is a mime artist. She is serious… Continue reading

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Looking after Bruce Willis

4 March 2013 16:23

Mr Steepike recommends this snippet about everyone’s favourite ageing action hero from Olivia Cole’s Hollywood Notebook in this week’s issue of the magazine: ‘To anyone wearing heels after a couple… Continue reading

Alfred Hitchcock pictured in Cannes in 1972. (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)

The Last Days of Alfred Hitchcock

28 February 2013 10:14

For the last 40 years it’s been impossible to interview Anthony Hopkins without him doing his Tommy Cooper impression. He’s obsessed with the bloke, constantly interrupting Silence of the Lambs… Continue reading

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Montgomery Clift and Elizabeth Taylor: beyond chemistry

6 February 2013 17:00

Regularly voted one of the greatest American novels of the last century, Theodore Dreiser’s moralising epic An American Tragedy (1925) hasn’t aged well. Adapted for the cinema as A Place… Continue reading

Matt Stone (l) and Trey Parker (r), the creators of Southpark, at a BAFTA gig in Los Angeles. Image: Getty

Scientologists trap us in the closet

12 January 2013 11:17

Whenever I give lectures on my book on censorship – Whaddya mean you haven’t read it? Buy it here at a recession-beating price – I discuss the great issues of… Continue reading

Ol Parker with his wife Thandie Newton at the premiere of 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel'. He is this week's Shelf Lifer. Image: Getty.

Shelf Life: Ol Parker

17 October 2012 12:12

Screenwriter for The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and now promoting his latest film Now Is Good starring Dakota Fanning and Olivia Williams, filmmaker Ol Parker tells us which book is… Continue reading

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Peter O’Toole’s new beginning

11 July 2012 18:00

‘It is time for me to chuck in the sponge,’ said Peter O’Toole with characteristic singularity. The 79-year-old has announced his retirement from stage and screen, after a career that… Continue reading


A dirty, weaselly word

27 June 2012 18:15

The word ‘reboot’, is the most weaselly term I’ve heard in film since people started talking about scripts needing ‘edge’ twenty years ago. A reboot is not a remake or… Continue reading


Hugh Grant and Low Life

20 May 2011 18:01

I’ve always rather admired Hugh Grant, so it was almost a pleasure to be beaten up by him on Newsnight last Friday. He was attacking the celebrity-hunting media, whereas I… Continue reading


Roman Polanski’s Friends Should Probably Shut Up

30 September 2009 16:12

Director Roman Polanski attends Che Tempo Che Fa TV Show held at RAI Studios on November 23, 2008 in MIlan. Photo: Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images. So, what about Roman Polanski,… Continue reading


Hollywood Beckons

4 March 2009 22:04

You will all be delighted to hear that today I finally signed away the rights to my life story. Stop laughing at the back! Longstanding followers of The Bright Stuff will… Continue reading