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Denzel Washington on race relations: You can’t legislate love

Denzel Washington on race relations: You can’t legislate love

After winning the Tony Award in 2010 for playing the lead character, Troy, in August Wilson’s Pulitzer winning play, Fences, Denzel Washington reprises the role in the play’s film adaptation, which he also directs. Yet again, his performance was greeted with critical praise and garnered him a 7t...

Hugh Grant: I struggled to make up my mind about Brexit – interview

Hugh Grant: I struggled to make up my mind about Brexit – interview

Four years ago, Hugh Grant told me that he preferred “playing golf in Scotland to acting,” and that he was planning to quit his craft and move into politics. But he didn’t keep his word, continuing to show up in movies nearly every year since then and even vying for accolades. This year, he h...

Mark Wahlberg wants to spread love around the world – interview

Mark Wahlberg wants to spread love around the world – interview

Mark Wahlberg is not just an actor, he is one of the most prolific producers in Hollywood. In fact, he exec-produced so many shows on HBO, such as Entourage, Boardwalk Empire, How to make it in America and Ballers, that he was dubbed Mr. HBO. In this interview with me for the BBC, he tells me that h...

Damien Chazelle: Musicals are the best genre to examine dreams vs reality

Damien Chazelle: Musicals are the best genre to examine dreams vs reality

In 2013, Damien Chazelle arrived into Sundance Film Festival with “Whiplash,” a drama about a young drummer trying to please his tyrant teacher, and left with the festival’s audience and jury awards, and later went on to collect four Oscars. This September, his musical “La ...

Woody Allen: I feel alienated and out of touch

Woody Allen: I feel alienated and out of touch

Woody Allen has often described reality as a miserable existence and that he made movies in order to escape it and suppress the thought of his ultimate end. In his recent movies, such as “Midnight in Paris,” “Cafe Society,” and TV show “Crisis in Sex Scenes” he j...

Viggo Mortensen: I played characters I don’t want to meet – TV interview

Viggo Mortensen: I played characters I don’t want to meet – TV interview

Before he gained his international fame thanks to playing the role of Aragon in the epic film trilogy “Lord of the Rings,” Viggo Mortensen inhabited supporting roles in Hollywood movies, but instead of using his newfound stardom to take lead roles in big movies, he parlayed it into suppo...

Nicole Kidman: There is no difference between biological and adopted children – TV interview

Nicole Kidman: There is no difference between biological and adopted children – TV interview

Being an adoptive mother, Nicole Kidman felt a special connection with Sue Brierley, whom she played in “Lion,” which tells the story of an Indian child, Saroo Brierley, who got lost and could not find his family, and ended up being adopted by an Austrian couple, John and Sue Brierley....

Venassa Redgrave: Terrible things done to women in the name of God – TV interview

Venassa Redgrave: Terrible things done to women in the name of God – TV interview

Regarded as one of the finest actresses of her generation, 80-year-old Vanessa Redgrave is still very busy, performing in theatre, TV and film. “I do it to pay my mortgage,” she jokes. But then she adds that “acting gives her artistic satisfaction.” I caught up with her at To...

Tim Burton: my directorial decisions are emotional not intellectual – TV interview

Tim Burton: my directorial decisions are emotional not intellectual – TV interview

  Like many of the characters in his earlier movies, such as Alice in Wonderland, Frankenweenies and Edward Scissorhands, the central character in his latest picture “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” Jakob, is an aloof dreamer, who finds comforts in a fictional wo...

Why is “Me Before You” Upsetting Disabled People?

Why is “Me Before You” Upsetting Disabled People?

Since its opening last week, the tearjerking romantic drama “Me Before You,” has been decried by the disabled as a false and misleading depiction of their lives and desires, insisting that death is not a wish they contemplate as a solution to their predicament, as the film suggests, and calling ...

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