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Richard Luck

Sabotaging since 8 Aug 2010

Richard is an award-winning feature writer, critic and author. Formerly Film4.com's deputy editor, he regularly contributes to Empire, Esquire, SFX and DVD And Blu-ray Review, and has written books on Steve McQueen, Sam Peckinpah, the Beastie Boys and the Madchester music scene. Owing to his close resemblance to Rondo Hatton, his picture has been withheld for fear of frightening our more sensitive readers, so enjoy the snap of the 'loveable' Rondo instead..

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Sport

The 5 Most Controversial Moments Of The Commonwealth Games

Drugs, boycotts, rule-bending – welcome to the dark side of the not-so-Friendly Games

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Film

Remembering Donald Cammell: The Ultimate Rock ‘N’ Roll Film Director

As his controversial serial killer thriller White Of The Eye debuts on Blu-ray, Richard Luck reflects on one of cinema’s more unlikely lives

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Film

When The World Held Its Breath: The Making Of The Longest Day

How 42 movie stars and a driven exec created the greatest American WW2 movie ever made…

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TV

Colin’s Sandwich: Comedy Legend Mel Smith’s Unsung Masterpiece

How a sitcom about an aspiring writer provided the Not The Nine O’Clock News funnyman with his finest six hours…

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Film

Collectormania – The Geeks Shall Inherit The Earth

SF/fantasy festival Collectormania comes to Milton Keynes on the weekend of May 28. If you’re curious about the sort of people who enjoy spending the day dressed as Stormtroopers, allow Sabotage Times to prepare you for the nearest thing to a nerd Olympiad.

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Kids At The Pictures: How Cinemas Have Embraced The Family

Family films are now the cornerstone of Hollywood cinema. Strange then that, for a long time, both the studios and the movie theatres thought that children were better unseen and unheard…

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White Of The Eye: The Film Too Extreme For The 80s

Some 26 years on from its first release, White Of The Eye retains an incredible ability to shock.

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Film

The Untold Story Behind The Great Rock ‘N’ Roll Swindle

What really happened behind the scenes of the Sex Pistols’ movie? McLaren and Lydon reveal all…

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Film

Wake In Fright: The Film That Left Scorsese Speechless

On 31 March, four superb cult movies are being released on DVD. In the first of a quartet of profiles, I raise a tinnie to Wake In Fright, the perfect Aussie film for anyone who couldn’t stand Strictly Ballroom…

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Riders On The Storm: The Making Of Pat Garrett And Billy The Kid

A blizzard of cocaine, a stream of whiskey, the might of MGM and a cast featuring non-actor Bob Dylan – just some of the obstacles that stood between Sam Peckinpah and the completion of his dream project. But these mountains were molehills besides Bloody Sam’s biggest problem – himself.

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Film

Devil Woman: The Horror Filmography of Ingrid Pitt

Scream queen, cricket buff, karate black belt, Holocaust survivor – the late, lovely Ingrid Pitt was all these and a whole lot more.

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The 10 Best Movie Cameos Of All Time

From Robert Duvall to Gene Hackman, here are some of the best blink and you’ll miss ‘em moments in Hollywood history…

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Chinatown At 40: The Making Of Polanski’s LA Noir

The story of piss, cock, and a poisoned dwarf called Roman Polanski

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Film

6 Steps To Making A Successful Thriller

As The Tenant and Sky Atlantic’s The Tunnel debut on Blu-ray and DVD, here are the six secrets of successful suspense

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How Hollywood Learnt To Stop Worrying And Embrace The Underground

As the dust settles on Sundance 2014, I examine how Hollywood’s relationship with independent films has grown over the years…

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The Late Dennis Hopper on Nicholson, Newman, Dylan and Dean

He made Easy Rider, he went bonkers on booze and coke and married and divorced in the same week. To top it off he was also mates with some seriously cool people…

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“Denis Law’s In The Wash”: In Praise Of Ken Loach’s Kes

In capturing the rite of passage that is schoolboy football, Ken Loach created not only the best sporting sequence ever committed to film, but one of the great scenes in all cinema….

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The 10 Best Boxing Films That Aren’t Raging Bull

Raging Bull is comfortably the best boxing movie to date, but these 10 contenders aren’t far behind.

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Up Close And Personal: The History Of The Close-Up In Film

Early movie-goers were intimidated by the close-up but studios and movie stars were quick to seize upon the device’s power…

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The Making Of The French Connection

Academy Award-winning director William Friedkin on how he brought the classic cop movie to book…

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The Making Of The Poseidon Adventure

Terrible dialogue, Gene Hackman and some of the best stunts ever committed to celluloid, Irwin Allen’s classic created the disaster movie and changed movie blockbusters forever…

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The Making Of Monty Python’s Life Of Brian

It was the simple story of a very naughty boy who gets mistaken for the Messiah. Somewhere along the line Monty Python’s magnum opus was mistaken for a blasphemous parody of the Gospels. Hmmm, wonder why…

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Lists

10 Things That I’ve Learned This Christmas

Whether learning about James Nesbitt’s multiple hair transplants or some unexpected Burmese ancestry, Christmas can be a truly educational time of year.

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Film

Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid: The Birth Of The Buddy Movie

How Redford, Newman and the entire Bolivian army brought a new movie genre into being…

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Film

Five Unsung Prison Movies It’s Worth Enduring Solitary To See

There have been some absolute stinkers set in prison, but these are but essential movies about life inside…

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Funny

Why I Can’t Stand Claudia Winkleman

And the fringe doesn’t even come into it…

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People

Eric Bana Remembers The Time He Made Peter O’Toole Choke On His Chicken Sandwich

As we mourn the passing of another great man, Aussie actor Eric Bana recalls the time he nearly killed the Lawrence Of Arabia star…

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Life

10 Things I Learned This Week

Because every day’s a school day…

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Film

Mad Max l & ll: A Tribute To George Miller’s Lo-Fi Masterpieces

With Tom Hardy set to star in Mad Max 4, a look at the brilliance of the first two that exploded out of Australian cinema with a snarl and multiple car crashes…

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The Wild Bunch: The Western That Changed Hollywood Forever

“If they move, kill ‘em” was the ethos of the Wild Bunch, and Sam Peckinpah’s classic remains the greatest western of al-time…

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Jackboots For Goalposts: The Making Of Escape To Victory

Michael Caine couldn’t run 20 yards, Rocky challenged Pele to a penalty shoot-out and the core of the team came from Ipswich Town, but nothing could ruin John Huston’s soccer celebration.

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The Good, The Bad & The Ugly At 45

First hitting UK cinemas in 1968, Sergio Leone’s epic still packs a helluva punch…

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The Film That Broke Orson Welles

Touch Of Evil offered rebellious ‘boy wonder’ Orson Welles a chance to return to Hollywood. Instead the breathtakingly brutal film noir marked the end of the Citizen Kane creator’s American career

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Film

The Marlon Brando Guide To Making It Big In The Movies

How the original Method man played the Hollywood game on his own terms and won. Sort of…

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People

The President And The Provocateur: Filmmaker Alex Cox Takes Aim At The Kennedy Assassination

50 years on from the killing of JFK, the Repo Man director joins the great conspiracy debate…

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TV

Janet Fielding: “I Was On Doctor Who For The Dads”


With a certain Time Lord soon to celebrate his 50th anniversary, I travel back in time to the early noughties where he met the woman who’ll always be Tegan Jovanka…

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Film

A Reefer Runs Through It: The Making Of Easy Rider

Fonda, Hopper and co reveal how their counter-culture opus changed the face of modern cinema.

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Film

5 Actors Who Drank Like Maniacs

The golden age of Hollywood was famous for many things, not least actors who would drink you under the table…

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Film

Living El – The Making of Salvador

The making of Oliver Stone’s brilliant portrayal of journalists amidst a terrifying bloody central American War. Imagine Withnail and I meets Apocalypse Now with not quite so many laughs.

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TV

5 Great Films That Are ‘Nam Flicks In Disguise

Dress it up as whatever you like, but these be ‘Nam movies in disguise. We’ve got your number, soldier.

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Film

Once Upon A Time In America: De Niro On The Film That Broke Sergio Leone

Bobby is joined by co-star James Woods to chew the fat on the sprawling epic that all but finished the legendary director…

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You Talkin’ To Me? Scorsese, De Niro, Keitel And Foster On The Making Of Taxi Driver

Taxi Driver saved writer Paul Schrader from suicide, cemented Martin Scorsese’s reputation as a master filmmaker and made Robert De Niro a legend. But child star Jodie Foster wasn’t quite so lucky. And neither was the President of the United States…

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Robert Mitchum: The Last True Hollywood Star

You’d might remember Robert Mitchum from his frightening turn in the original (and best) Cape Fear, but two re-released 50s film noir flicks show that, despite his self-deprecation, he was much more than a one-trick pony…

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Goodfellas: De Niro, Scorsese, Liotta & Hill On The Making Of A Classic

Join the stars, director and scriptwriter to talk about how Goodfellas came to fruition…

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Film

Nice One, Mad Cyril

Real-life gangsters, rampant drug use and the near-destruction of the Rolling Stones – just three reasons why Nicolas Roeg and Donald Cammell’s Performance remains Britain’s greatest post-war motion picture.

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People

A Pint With Pete Postlethwaite

He romanced Hollywood, was lauded as the “best actor on the planet” by Steven Spielberg and has been sorely missed since his death. But one encounter just remembers him as a humble man that was fond of a quiet pint…

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People

Peter Cook’s 10 Funniest Lines

Here’s all the proof you’ll ever need that no other comedian can hold a candle to Peter Cook.

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Film

Michael Caine: “People Forget That I Know A Few Gangsters”

The great man discusses Sean Connery’s fear of heights, the reasons he made Jaws: The Revenge and how spending time with real gangster helped him to get his Get Carter part down pat.

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Film

Cult Film Club: George A Romero’s Martin

Sick of the young, sexy vampires from True Blood and Twilight? Then prepare to meet George Romero’s Martin…

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Film

Absolute Beginners: Bowie, Kensit & Temple On The Colossal Cock-Up

It was heralded as the film to save the British film industry but nearly sunk it. Here are the people who ballsed up Absolute Beginners.

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Film

Cult Film Club: Paranoiac

Oliver Reed turns it up to 11 in this, the first Hammer movie to be given the Blu-ray treatment.

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Film

The Self-Preservation Society: The Making Of The Italian Job

Michael Caine, Benny Hill and stuntman Remy Julienne reveal the untold story behind a film that’s as British as sipping tea while listening to The Kinks.

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Unfinished Monkey Business: The Making Of Planet Of The Apes

With Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes out this summer, we remember the first time someone dared combine space travel and civil rights with talking chimps…

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A Cocktail Recipe For Disaster: Peter Sellers And Orson Welles On The Making Of Casino Royale

Take one deluded producer, two huge egos, four directors, five 007s and half-a-dozen writers. Sprinkle with cash, add jokes to taste, shake, stir – and voila! Casino Royale: a cocktail recipe for disaster

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Cult Film Club: Wild Side

A ranting Christopher Walken, Joan Chen getting it on with Anne Heche – what’s not to like about Donald ‘Performance’ Cammell’s final film?

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GI ‘Nam Lingo Bingo

Like Vietnam films? Love to know what the GIs are really banging on about? This Eh?-to-Z of Vietnam grunt-speak will bring you upto speed.

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Film

Jason Statham: “I’m Not A Method Actor”

The British star is currently appearing with Sly, Arnie and pals in The Expendables 2. Check out this interview he did with Sabotage in the lead-up to the release of The Mechanic…

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James Cameron and The Incredible Untold Story Behind Titanic

A 17 million gallon water tank, a toilet ban and PCP in the lobster chowder – the truth behind Jim Cameron’s £200m chick flick

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Elizabeth Taylor: A Tribute One Year On From Her Death

It was a year ago today that Elizabeth Taylor died, we recall that there was a lot more to the Oscar-winning actress than her fluctuating weight and her friendship with Michael Jackson.

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Film

The Hobbit and LOTR star Andy Serkis Interviewed: “Gollum, Gorillas and Me”

He’s the king of motion capture with acting chops to boot. With the Hobbit greenlit, the man who humanised King Kong is set to reprise his most famous role.

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Film

RIP Ken Russell, You Old Devil

Ken Russell passed away in his sleep yesterday afternoon, here we pay tribute to the delightfully demented genius behind Women In Love and the most shocking British film of all time, The Devils.

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TV

Seth MacFarlane: Interview with the Creator of Family Guy

The man who gave life to Peter Griffin talks about Star Wars, Stewie’s reasons for wanting to kill Santa and why he hates Meg.

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TV

Chris O’Dowd Interviewed: The Geek Done Good

The star of The IT Crowd talks about moving to the US, starring in the Knocked Up spin-off and beating up Jack Black while dressed as a giant robot.

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Football

Rugby World Cup: England Greatest XV v France Greatest XV – Who Would Win?

Ahead of tomorrow’s early morning quarter-final, we pit fifteen of the best ever to represent France against the ultimate England side to see who would emerge victorious.

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Football

The Best Players Never To Appear In A Rugby World Cup

Out of favour, injured, exiled – they’d make many a team but they never played on the biggest stage of all.

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Film

Ten Reasons Why Vincent Gallo Is The Coolest Actor Around

From doing his bit for Hip Hop to slapping up the son of a mafia boss to recover a $5 debt. There aren’t many around like Vincent Gallo

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Film

What To Watch This Week: The Devil’s Double, The Ark, Deliverance and Charley Varrick

This week, Dominic Cooper recover his acting mojo, London Zoo finds itself on the brink of closure and Ned Beatty takes it like a man.

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What To Watch This Week: Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, Sucker Punch and Watchmen

This week, we get spanked by monkeys, Abbie Cornish kicks ass, Shirley Henderson hits the High Sierras and the greatest ever graphic novel is adapted awesomely/appalling (delete accordingly).

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What To Watch This Week: Bobby Fischer Against The World, Face To Face and Blue Thunder

This week, the world’s greatest chess player goes nuts, a Spaghetti Western embraces both the counter-culture and consumption and Roy Scheider introduces the world to his awesome chopper.

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Beginners: Ewan McGregor And Christopher Plummer Shine Outside The Closet

This week you should really watch Beginners where Ewan McGregor finds out he’s got a gay dad, while Lars von Trier goes from Nazi to very nasty and Kevin Costner putts from the rough…

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What To Watch This Week: Trust, Essential Killing and A Cock And Bull Story

David Schwimmer shows his range as a director, Vincent Gallo turns to the Taliban and Michael Winterbottom films an unfilmable book…

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People

Kurt Angle: Verbal Sparring With The Wrestling Machine

The Olympic gold medallist-turned-WrestleMania headliner on neck injuries, imminent movie stardom and why he’s hoping to regain his title at London 2012.

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Film

What To Watch This Week: The Tree Of Life, Client 9 and In The Loop

For the best movies on general release, on DVD and on television – this week, Terrence Malick comes out of hiding, Wall Street turns on its sheriff and Peter Capaldi swears. A lot.

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Football

Lucha Future: Mexican Wrestling Comes To Britain

The world’s most outlandish wrestlers are returning to Britain. If you’ve yet to experience their unique brand of masked mayhem, here’s why you should.

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Film

Shut It, You Slag: Why Nick Love’s Reinvention Of The Sweeney Is A Terrible Idea

Yes, you heard me right, The Football Factory’s Nick Love is making a Sweeney movie starring Ray Winstone and – get this – Plan B. Trouble is, somebody beat him to it. Twice.

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Film

Twenty Things You Might Not Know About The Wire

Charlie Brooker called The Wire “the best TV show since the invention of radio” but did you know that Chris Bauer wasn’t actually that fat, or that there was very nearly a spin-off show in 2006?

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Football

When Former Chelsea Boss José Mourinho Met Wrestling Legend Chris Benoit

It was March 2007 in a Chelsea hotel, when the ‘Special One’ encountered the man recognised as the world’s greatest pro wrestler.. and I was there to witness this historic event.

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Film

Martin Sheen And Emilio Estevez On Mad Charlie Sheen and New Movie The Way

The Apocalypse Now star and the former Brat Packer discuss their sixth film together, the story of a father who pays tribute to his late son by walking the Camino, the Catholic pilgrimage upon which his boy perished.

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Life

Welcome To Britain, Mr President – Now, Please Free The West Memphis Three

Awesome as it’ll be to have Obama over here, perhaps we should use his visit to help overturn the worst miscarriage of justice this side of the Birmingham Six?

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Film

Alex Cox: From Repo Man To Repo Chick

The Liverpudlian writer-director took the world by storm with cult favourites like Sid And Nancy and Straight To Hell. Now he’s back with a new movie…and a new children’s book.

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People

Forget Charlie Sheen, Brian Pillman Was The Original Loose Cannon

Long before Martin Sheen’s little lad started ‘winning’, the NFL star-turned-pro wrestler Brian Pillman embarked on a reign of terror that ensured long-term infamy. And then he died.

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Bruce, Withnail and I: What Happened Before And After That Holiday

An overlooked acting career, botched Scottish accents and medical dramas. The three very different paths of the famed comedy film’s stars and director.

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Film

10 Reasons Why Dudley Moore Will Always Be Better Than Russell Brand

Brand might be about to star in a remake of Arthur, but the lissom Lothario will always stand in the ‘Sex Thimble’s’ shadow

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Film

10 O’Clock Live: Really Not That Bad

The reviews suggest it’s almost as bad as The Girlie Show, but Channel 4′s live satirical offering is far from utterly awful

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Football

Six Nations Ireland 24 – 8 England: The Loveliest Way To Lose

So England’s Grand Slam dream was shattered by a marauding Ireland. But it could have been worse. Much worse.

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Books

Tom Robbins on Acid, Elvis and Uma Thurman

The American author of ‘Even Cowgirls Get The Blues’ on taking acid with Timothy Leary and not being responsible for killing Elvis – despite rumours to the contrary.

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Film

Anthony Hopkins: “They seem to like the chills, the ladies.”

The Prince Of Wales on his new movie Thor, his abiding love for Tommy Cooper and the curious appeal of Hannibal Lecter to the fairer sex.

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Football

Six Nations: Five Titanic England v Scotland Clashes

The tries, the tears, the Slams, that semi-final – when England and Scotland take to the rugby field, it’s not sport, it’s moider.

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Film

Academy Award nominee Colin Firth: life before typecasting

He’s just picked up his second BAFTA and he’s in line for an Academy Award, but there was a time when Colin Firth played more than repressed poshos.

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Film

Oliver Stone On Gordon Gekko

With ‘Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps’ released on DVD, the Academy Award-winning writer-director talks about revisiting one of his most famous creations

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Film

David Hemmings On Sinatra, DiCaprio And Jane Fonda

Jack was the last magazine to interview this much-missed man of the Sixties. So raise a glass to the Blowup star as he celebrates the lives of Richard Harris and Oliver Reed, and pours scorn on ‘lightweight’ Russell Crowe

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Film

Cult Film Club: This Filthy World

John Waters has made a career out taking things to the nth degree and beyond, which is why this monologue is far more interesting than any of his films.

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Film

The Rock: Last Action Hero

As a wrestler, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson asked you to smell what he was cookin’. Now he just wants you to take him seriously as an actor.

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Film

God Bless the BFI

Fancy watching Oliver Reed discovering that the drugs don’t work? Or perhaps you’d rather a retrospective on the sitcoms of Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais? Whatever your cultish viewing proclivities, then a trip to the BFI is in order.

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Travel

Here Be Dragons

Driving away from Uluru – of all the testing journeys facing the modern traveller, few are as difficult as leaving Australia’s greatest natural wonder.

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Film

Forget Wall Street 2 I Love Stone’s Alexander

Forget all the hype about Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps and come back in time to Oliver Stone’s Alexander where the battles were chaotic and the subject enjoyed a Guinness.

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Film

Lucas Aide

Star Wars producer and pal of George Lucas, Rick McCallum spills the beans on Roeg, Potter and Oliver Reed.

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