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The Good Dinosaur
You wait two years for a new Pixar movie, then two come along at once. Hot-ish on the heels of this summer’s ‘Inside Out’ comes this more traditional family-friendly affair set in an alternate reality populated by intelligent dinosaurs (the meteorite that killed them off never hit us, you see). The story follows an Apatosaurus named Arlo who, with shades of ‘The Lion King’, loses his Dad in a sudden accident and wanders off into the wilderness, only to make friends with a human boy. Director Peter Sohn’s only credit thus far is on likeable short ‘Partly Cloudy’, but with a script co-written by Pixar stalwart Bob Peterson, we reckon this one could be a lot of fun.
Upcoming theatre and comedy events in KL
Angels in America
‘Angels in America’ is one of the most iconic pieces of literature in the HIV/AIDS era. Many of us might remember the high profile 2003 HBO miniseries...
Mud: Our Story of Kuala Lumpur
It’s the year 1880, when a mining boom prompts a host of fortune seekers from across Asia to descend upon the junction of two rivers: the erstwhile Sungai...
Upcoming art exhibitions in KL
Minut Init presents an exhibition revolving around the realms of the internet – think virtual installations, chatroom performance, online messages and the...
Khayamiya: Khedival To Contemporary – The Tentmakers of Cairo
Khayamiya is the Egyptian art of tentmaking. Visitors will get to explore the stunning transformations of khayamiya from the late Ottoman Empire to the...
Portrayal of Pakistan by Awais Yaqub
Photographer Awais Yaqub will give visitors an intimate look on how modern Pakistan has been shaped through his camera lens. This photography exhibition goes...
After years filled with renaming, relocations and rotations of directors, the National Visual Arts Gallery (NVAG) seems to be finally settling into a more...
The PavilionNOW presents an active deliberation of living, creativity and sustainability through the investigations of the familiar ‘pavilion concept’. Jade...
Picturing the Nation
Ilham gallery, owned by former Finance Minister Tun Daim Zainuddin, opened to much fanfare two months ago. First, it features the earliest works of Dato’...
Film and TV features
Daniel Craig interview
If you want to know how James Bond – sorry, I mean Daniel Craig – starts the day, I can tell you. Two double espressos with honey. Plus poached eggs on toast. With another double espresso to follow. So basically: caffeine, more caffeine and some more caffeine, with honey to soften the blow. And some eggs. It’s the British actor’s fourth outing as Bond, and his second with the director Sam Mendes after the huge success of ‘Skyfall’ – which in 2012 took over USD1,000 million at the global box office. So, no pressure, then. Another double espresso, please… When we speak, Craig is tired and he’s wired. He turns up in jeans, T-shirt, leather jacket and a New York Yankees cap at the photo studio where he’s being shot for Time Out. His arms betray the intense fitness training that goes into playing 007. At one point during our hour together he jokes: ‘Am I getting my kit off in this movie? Yes, I’ve been working out for six months. Of course I’m getting my kit off!’ He’s exhausted but he’s also on a high from two years of intensive work – first getting the story right in close collaboration with Mendes and the film’s writers and producers. Then came the shoot, hopping back and forth between Pinewood Studios near London and Mexico City, Morocco, the Austrian Alps and Rome. He thinks – thinks – ‘Spectre’ is going to be a good, stylish, classic Bond movie, and Craig is not an actor who talks bullshit. He’s blunt. He’s thoughtful. He’s wary of being precious. But he’s obviously nervo
Sir Ian McKellen interview
His close friends call him ‘Serena’. Meant as a campy play on ‘Sir Ian’, it’s an oddly appropriate nickname for an actor who exudes an air of such immaculate serenity. Whether he’s glad-handing ‘X-Men’ fans on the red carpet, defending gay rights in his role as co-founder of Stonewall or saving Middle Earth as Gandalf the Grey, Ian McKellen is the calm eye of whatever storm happens to be raging. And he’s just as laidback in person, spending a fair portion of our interview umm-ing, aah-ing and gazing wistfully out of the window – not in a senior-moment sort of way, but with the confident demeanour of a man who simply refuses to be hurried. But like any stage veteran, he does occasionally show his thespian streak: grabbing his back theatrically to evoke the aches of old age, or grinning slyly as he recounts a cheeky anecdote about working with Will Smith. We’re at the Langham Hotel in central London to discuss ‘Mr Holmes’, in which the 75-year-old McKellen dons ageing make-up to play a 90-year-old Sherlock Holmes, who’s living in a quiet corner of post-WWII Sussex until an old case rears its head. It’s an incredibly controlled performance, packed with pathos and subtlety: not as crowd-pleasing, perhaps, as Gandalf or Magneto, but every bit as memorable. Have you always wanted to play Sherlock Holmes? I never thought I’d play him. Sometimes these things just happen. I never thought I’d play Hitler, but someone once asked me to and it was a jolly good script! The list of screen
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Rebel Wilson interview
First things first. Rebel Wilson is not Fat Amy – the character she plays in ‘Pitch Perfect’. This is disappointing for precisely as long as it takes for her to answer my first question. Disappointing because Fat Amy (she calls herself that so ‘twig bitches’ don’t do it behind her back) is one of the most hilarious characters in recent movie memory – so funny people have taken to wearing her off-the-wall one-liners on t-shirts. The actress is one of the most impressive people I’ve met – funny, yes, but totally focussed and refreshingly honest about her ambition, refusing play down her intelligence. Put simply, Rebel Wilson is the living, breathing woman you want to be after reading Sheryl Sandberg’s motivational book ‘Lean In’. The 29-year-old moved to Hollywood in 2010 after working on the stand-up circuit and TV in Australia, and within months landed a role in ‘Bridesmaids’ playing Kristen Wiig’s flatmate. It was a tiny part but here’s the thing about Rebel Wilson – she’s got a knack for stealing every scene she appears in. Within two weeks, she signed up to six new films, including ‘Pitch Perfect’. The sequel, out this week, opens with Fat Amy flashing her vagina to President Obama on his birthday in front of a crowd of thousands. Okay, let’s talk about that opening scene in ‘Pitch Perfect 2’. You end up dangling in mid-air with a split leotard in a massive concert hall. Is it true that you went to circus school to prepare?Yes! I trained really hard. I had to, because th