Alfred Hitchcock has gone down in movie history as a chatty fellow, the roguish filmmaker and droll TV host gleefully impersonated by Anthony Hopkins in last fall’s “Hitchcock.” But the British-born master of suspense began his career in the era when movies were mute, save for intertitles and musical accompaniment, and was one of the most accomplished directors of that era.
He wasn’t a singer.
Comedian Stephen Fry feels sad and lonely, but with the help of a psychiatrist and a “pharmaceutical regime” is keeping on top of the feelings that led him to attempt suicide last year. Writing on his website, Fry said he thought his mental health was now better than it had ever been, but he could still be forlorn, unhappy and lonely.
Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer’s children are fighting at a young age.
OPINION: You don’t have to look far these days for tales of high-powered greed and corruption. So last night’s premiere episode of stylish action series Arrow (Wednesdays, 9.35pm, TV2) felt topical.
THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER (M) (102 min) Directed by Stephen Chbosky Starring Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller American teen comedy/dramas set around an intelligent misfit’s first year in high school were once a very common genre. The Perks of Being A Wallflower, based on the cult novel, and written and directed by the novel’s author, is a very informed throwback to those times.
In the future of Stephen Spielberg’s Minority Report, televisions and computers have been replaced by transparent screens on which life-size images appear to be floating in thin air. Watching Tom Cruise operate this fictional technology, David Lauren, Vice President of Ralph Lauren, was inspired to develop similar screens, but with a retail spin his version would be implanted behind a store’s glass window and would be touch sensitive, allowing window shoppers to interactively browse through Lauren merchandise and purchase what they saw using a built in credit-card swiper.
Sometimes history is made by the force of arms on battlefields, sometimes by the fall of an exhausted empire. But often when historians set about figuring why a nation took one course rather than another, they are most interested in who said what to whom at a meeting far from the public eye whose true significance may have been missed even by those who took part in it
Over the past few years, an increasing number of worn-out consumers have reached for a bottle of Vitaminwater after a workout. The sports drink has emerged as a serious competitor to Gatorade and other noncarbonated beverages, so much so that Coca-Cola forked over $4.2 billion in cash to buy the brand from Glaceau back in 2007
Barclays is planning to spin off a 4bn ($6.3) portfolio of complex credit assets as the bank presses ahead with a process to clean up its balance sheet and ease shareholder concerns over its investments.