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14 September 2008

  • 14th September 2008

    Conference blog: Where is Brian – update 5

    Brian Paddick was Lib Dem candidate for Mayor of London

    7:43 PM — Brian Paddick is at the Lib Dem party conference - he just called PinkNews.co.uk to say he has been here the whole time. We just had not spotted him yet.

  • Conference blog: Where is Brian? 1

    Will Brian Paddick be at conference?

    6:58 PM — The Lib Dems may have forgotten about the election for Mayor of London all those months ago (four to be exact) and the man who carried their banner, Brian Paddick.

  • Lib Dems back gay asylum seekers 1

    The Liberal Democrats are meeting in Bournemouth

    6:47 PM — The treatment of LGBT asylum seekers by the government has been attacked in a motion passed at the Liberal Democrat conference in Bournemouth.

  • Film Review: Swing Vote

    Stanley Tucci (left) and Kelsey Grammer (right) star in Swing Vote. Photo credit: Ben Glass

    4:46 PM — With pretty much the entire press having gone gaga for US presidential hopeful Barack Obama during his European tour back at the end of July, it's unlikely that many people will be unaware that there's another one of those American election things coming up pretty soon – November, to be precise. There's also a good chance that most of us will remember how close the race was back in 2004, when a Democratic candidate polled more votes than any previous winner in a presidential election, yet still lost out to incumbent Republican George W Bush.

  • Film Review: Death Race

    Jason Statham stars as Jensen Ames in action-thriller Death Race. Picture credit: Takashi Seida

    4:42 PM — It is somewhat bizarre that two directors with the same name should have such wildly divergent critical perceptions. Paul Thomas Anderson is lauded as some kind of filmmaking genius, the heir to the legendary Robert Altman thanks to his apparent obsession with complex interweaving plotlines involving multiple characters. This was most notable in his breakthrough hit Boogie Nights and 1999's sprawling Magnolia, and he was recently lauded for last year's multiple Oscar-nominated There Will Be Blood.

  • Film Review: Tropic Thunder

    Jay Baruchel, Brandon T. Jackson, Ben Stiller, Robert Downey Jr., Jack Black Picture credit: Merie Weismiller Wallace.

    4:38 PM — Ben Stiller is way up there as one of Hollywood's most successful comedians of the last ten years, as well as one of the most prolific. Part of that broad circle of Hollywood comedy buddies that includes Jack Black, Will Ferrell, Vince Vaughan, Owen and Luke Wilson and others dubbed "the Frat Pack". He's cropped up in cameos and more major roles alongside all of these actors in dozens of films over the last few years, from Starsky and Hutch to Dodgeball, Anchorman to Tenacious D, while still finding time to be the comic lead in films as varied as kids' flick Night at the Museum, romcom Along Came Polly, and his hit relationship comedy Meet the Parents and its sequel Meet the Fockers.

  • Film Review: Righteous Kill

    Robert De Niro and Al Pacino play detectives in Righteous Kill. Photo Credit: Ken Regan

    4:35 PM — For any fans of American cinema from the last forty years, there are three principle giants of the screen: Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Jack Nicholson. These three, all emerging around the same time at the end of the Sixties and start of the Seventies, ushered in a new era of gritty, rough cinematic realism – albeit building on the work of the likes of Marlon Brando, James Dean and their fellow method actors from the Fifties. But unlike Brando and co they were given an added freedom by the concurrent rise of a new wave of experimental directors: the likes of Scorsese, Coppola, Forman, Kubrick, Friedkin – even Lucas and Spielberg – who were keen to try something new, and in the process shook Hollywood by its very foundations.

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