Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel, the Superman reboot that will open in New Zealand next week, is quite possibly the most feminist action movie of the year. Striking for its absence of naked ladies, it also features a tough Amy Adams performance as Lois Lane and women all over newsrooms and the military, not just in the bedroom.
Fans of Game of Thrones have come to learn one thing: never get too attached to a character. The same goes for the actors themselves.
UKTV’s Top of the Lake managed to end with both a bang and a whimper – the whimper being from viewers who had finally managed to persuade themselves that Al the policeman (David Wenham) was a good guy after all. It turned out that he was unimaginably worse than the series’ ostensible villains, the brutal alcoholic drug lord and suspected child-rapist and his pitbull sons
A man knew where he stood in the 80s and early 90s. With Willis, Stallone and Schwarzenegger in the top tier, Van Damme and Seagal fighting it out for the scraps, and a legion of disposable pretenders going straight to video behind them, a bloke could queue up with confidence at the multiplex, safe in the knowledge that a chisel-featured white guy would be taking on an ethnically diverse pack of villains, and saving the world in time to get a couple of pints in on the way home before the pubs all closed at 11pm.
A dancer at Russia’s Bolshoi ballet who made his name playing villains has confessed to ordering the acid attack that nearly blinded its director, angry that his lover was being kept out of leading roles.
In Thornton Wilder’s The Skin of Our Teeth, the fortuneteller unfurls her skirts, hoists her bodice, strolls downstage and heckles the audience.