Entertainment News Archive - October 05, 2008

By TOM BONCZA-TOMASZEWSKI *** Thomas Passmore, a man in his late thirties, arrives jetlagged from Australia to visit his sick mother and track down and lay some of the ghosts of his past.

By Demetrios Matheou This pale cinematic version of Evelyn Waugh's novel can't emerge from the shadow of the classic TV adaptation Film Brideshead Revisited Julian Jarrold 132 MINS, 12A How to Lose Friends & Alienate People Robert B Weide 106 MINS, 15 It may seem obvious and a journalistic knee-jerk to compare the first film adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited with the "classic" television series of the Eighties, that is to say with something made 27 years ago and therefore irrelevant to much of the film's audience.

By Kate Bassett Theatre Girl With A Pearl Earring Theatre Royal Haymarket LONDON Creditors Donmar Warehouse LONDON Waste Almeida LONDON The jewel is nestled in the half-shadow of her neck in Vermeer's famous portrait, Girl with a Pearl Earring.

Family: The Coal And Countryside Festival 2008 takes place at The Foxfield Railway in Blythe Bridge today and tomorrow, from 10am to 6pm. Family tickets are also available. Call 01782 259667. THEATRE: Two Friends Productions present Pretty Witty Nell at Stafford Gatehouse tonight.

Inspired by the real-life exploits of Winston Churchill's Special Operations Executive (SOE) during the Second World War, Female Agents is a stirring tale of heroism.

The actress Patricia Roc was recognised as one of the great beauties of the post-war era. Thrice married, she had talent to match her looks. Noel Coward described her as "a phenomenon - an unspoiled movie star who can act".

By LAURA NAYLOR Teenage stage sensation Leon Cooke has landed the lead dance role in an international opera. The 17-year-old, of Clayton, will play Tadzio in Benjamin Britten's Death In Venice.

Edward gorey's tale Tthe Doubtful Guest takes up less than 30 lines of verse on the page. Hoipolloi have effected a minor miracle in translating it from the brief, written word to full-length entertainment.

Youngsters hope to pay off their new robes with their second annual concert. Stow Youth Singers will raise their voices tonight at 7.30pm in St Edward's Church, Stow-on-the- Wold. Last year the newly-formed group, now 22-strong, were given pounds600 in donations for their purple kit.

Film star Paddy Considine is to appear alongside Sean Bean in a new crime drama series. The Burton-born actor, who appeared in Hot Fuzz and Bourne Ultimatum, is currently shooting scenes for the first series of Red Riding, which will be shown on Channel 4 early next year.

Word of the Day
  • A poem in which the author retracts something said in an earlier poem.
The word 'palinode' comes from Greek roots meaning 'again' and 'song'.