McLaren’s own mother, Emily, was a distant figure, who, much to Rose’s disapproval, went off “gallivanting” when her marriage broke down. Decades later, McLaren recounted how he had once spotted her sitting in the same carriage as him on a train, but did not make contact. His emotional dislocation is a recurring theme, often expressed in a casual amorality that remains shocking to this day. With Westwood, he produced a range of T-shirts featuring a motif of the notorious “Cambridge Rapist” and, as manager of the post-punk pop group Bow Wow Wow, had plans to publish a sexually provocative teen magazine called Chicken aimed at their pre-pubescent fans. … [Read more...] about The Life and Times of Malcolm McLaren by Paul Gorman review – punk’s king of chaos
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Stephen Mangan (The Comic Strip Presents … the Hunt for Tony Blair, 2011/Red Top, 2016) Comic relief from the Comic Strip, first in a film noir pastiche, where Blair runs from the law while maintaining that the murders he’s committed were all the right thing to do at the time, then in a Boogie Nights sendup about phone hacking. Mangan extracts the Blair characteristic most suited to outright comedy: how he sees himself is not how others see him. … [Read more...] about The Tony awards: who are the best and worst onscreen Blairs?
The party’s bookshop website says that the tweets by the “well known public figure” have been described as “bizarre, weird and as part of a clever strategy”. The tweets in the compact book have been “selected by the man himself”. … [Read more...] about Gerry Adams to release book featuring his best tweets – including rubber ducks
"Keith and Stephen have worked brilliantly together with the Under-21 squad and Damien, currently finishing his UEFA Pro Licence with the FAI's Coach Education department, has impressed everyone with his coaching skills and his switch from world-class player to coach. … [Read more...] about Republic of Ireland: Damien Duff and Keith Andrews join Stephen Kenny’s coaching team
In fact, this movie makes almost no concessions to commercialism at all. Clearly, director Emile Ardolino ("Dirty Dancing") wanted a faithful re-creation of the stage production. The result is exhilarating: watching it is like having the best seats anyone ever had for "The Nutcracker." In the opening party scene, Marie (Jessica Lynn Cohen) is given a nutcracker by her godfather, Drosselmeier (Bart Robinson Cook). Later Marie and the Nutcracker-turned-Prince travel to the Land of Sweets, where they meet the Sugarplum Fairy (Darci Kistler) and an array of festive treats, notably Kyra Nichols as Dewdrop. What's really important in this part isn't dreams or candy, of course, but wonderful dancing; and that's just what Ardolino shows us. … [Read more...] about A Mouse King, A Boy Prince–And A Cash Cow