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He Gave Birth to His Sonand Filmed It for You to See

Its not an unusual occurrence: Child care needs and work commitments have forced single dad Freddy McConnell and me to shuffle our interview appointment a few times. So when we finally connect and I can hear the faint cries of a child in the background, I am surprised and delighted. Is that his son? No, McConnell laughs, explaining that hes taking the call from the beach in Deal, England, where he lives. Thats another random baby. Wants an ice cream, I think. Though McConnell spent three years extensively documenting his…

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Yesterday: A Musical Fairy Tale That Asks What if the Beatles Didnt Exist?

Introducing Yesterday at the closing night of the Robert De Niro had a unique reason for endorsing the film. It made him think of a world in which there was no the Beatles never existed? The new film, directed by Slumdog Millionaire) and written by Love Actually) is a musical fairy tale of sortsor a musical nightmare, depending on your devotion to the Fab Four and purview of a world without them in it. It is without a doubt a high-concept Richard Curtis romantic comedy, featuring the hallmarks of his…

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‘He was super happy’: Heath Ledger film fights perception actor was depressed

Documentary portrays young star as a passionate force of nature who was enthralled by his final role as the Joker Nine years after his death at the age of 28, audiences are seeing a different side of the Australian actor Heath Ledger through the lens of his own camera. A new documentary about the actors life, I Am Heath Ledger, uses thousands of hours of video shot by Ledger, as well as his artwork and music videos, to paint a portrait of the young actor who took Hollywood by storm…

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