‘Dumbed down’ Romeo rewrite panned by critics
A new version of Romeo and Juliet has suffered a critical mauling after screenwriter Julian Fellowes rewrote large stretches of Shakespeare’s original text to make it easier to understand.
Death of actor who ‘changed the art of television’
The sudden death of James Gandolfini, the actor behind Tony Soprano, shocked millions of TV fans yesterday. Did he launch a new artform or merely make money from violence?
Arts must pay their way, says UK government
The British culture minister has called on arts organisations like theatres and museums to prove that they benefit the economy. But should culture really be valued in pounds and pence?
‘Mad’ method wins actor a place among the stars
When Daniel Day-Lewis won his record-breaking third Oscar for Best Actor, a Hollywood legend was born. Is his famously eccentric devotion to ‘method acting’ the secret to his success?
Physics on stage in ‘multiverse’ love story
A hit play seeks to explain cutting edge quantum physics through a love story with infinite variations. Audiences love it. What happens when science meets the arts?
‘The Master’ takes arthouse box offices by storm
Festival favourite ‘The Master’ has only been shown in five cinemas, but it has already developed a cult following and broken records. Does mainstream film have a lesson to learn?
Critics row over film version of Tolstoy’s love story
Anna Karenina, the tale of a doomed woman torn between her family and a compelling love affair, is often called the world’s greatest novel. How does a film director tackle a classic?
Dead dictator prank steals the Oscars show
Hot favourite The Artist monopolised the top honours at last night’s Academy Awards, with nostalgia the theme of the night. But Sacha Baron Cohen refused to play to the script...
Nominations bring some surprises for Oscars 2012
The nominations are out for the 2012 Academy Awards, with Martin Scorsese’s ‘Hugo’ and Michel Hazanavicius’s ‘The Artist’ among the favourites. Why so much love for films about filmmaking?
Silent film goes back to basics for surprise hit
In a world of 3D blockbusters and surround sound, a silent, black and white movie has taken cinemas by storm. How has something so simple and old-fashioned done so well?
Downton Abbey triumphs again in Hollywood
The new series of the acclaimed TV drama launched this weekend to a rapturous welcome from critics, public and Hollywood showbiz moguls. What's the magic?