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Last Updated: Friday, 9 December 2005, 10:48 GMT
Newsnight Review 9 December, 2005

Martha Kearney
Alex James
Stephanie Merritt
Rosie Boycott
Ian McMillan
Presented by Martha Kearney with guests:

Alex James
Stephanie Merritt
Rosie Boycott
Ian McMillan


This week:
KING KONG
GREAT EXPECTATIONS
THE STROKES
BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN


King Kong

Publicity from King Kong

In this remake of the 1933 classic, director Peter Jackson has applied cutting edge special effects to re-tell the biggest love story ever between beauty and beast.

The story is still set in the depression era of 1933. Ann Darrow, immortalised by Fay Wray in the original, is played by Naomi Watts.

Ann, a struggling actress, is persuaded by renegade film director Carl Denham (Jack Black) to participate in his latest venture in Singapore.

It is only after boarding the ship that Ann, the crew, and scriptwriter Jack Driscoll (Adrien Brody) learn that Carl is planning to shoot not in Singapore but a mysterious place of legend: Skull Island.

Publicity from King Kong

Here, the team is to uncover the Island's mysteries: savage natives, dinosaurs and a 25 foot silverback gorilla.

When Ann is taken by the gorilla, the crew, Carl and Jack attempt a rescue mission. But the animal and Ann develop a surprising relationship.

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  • KING KONG IS RELEASED ON 15 DECEMBER 2005


    Great Expectations
    Royal Shakespeare Theatre

    Publicity from Great Expectations

    Charles Dickens wrote Great Expectations in 1860, the story of the orphaned Pip's journey from childhood to becoming a gentleman.

    As a child he is taken to Satis House, where he meets Miss Haversham, who was jilted at the altar as a young woman and whose life has been frozen ever since.

    There, Pip also meets and falls in love with Estella, who has been taught by Miss Haversham to be cruel and heartless.

    Both women have a lasting effect on Pip's character.

    Publicity from Great Expectations

    The Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon has revived the tale in a new stage adaptation by the Cheek By Jowl theatre company and stars Sian Phillips, Samuel Roukin and Neve McIntosh.

  • PLAYING AT THE ROYAL SHAKESPEARE THEATRE IN STRATFORD-UPON-AVON UNTIL 4 FEBRUARY 2006


    The Strokes
    First Impressions of Earth

    New York rock outfit The Strokes were the most hyped band of 2001 due to the largest bidding war over a signing that the music industry had seen in years.

    The Strokes
    The anticipation was justified by the rave reviews for their debut album, Is This It, which reached number two in the UK charts.

    Their follow up album, Room on Fire (2003), had a quieter reception but equalled the chart position of its predecessor.

    Julian Casablancas, Nikolai Fraiture, Nick Valensi, Fabrizio Moretti and Albert Hammond, Jr are back with a darker work in First Impressions of Earth.

    The guitars are heavier sounding, although none the less inventive, and the lyrics have swapped the cheek of Is This It for a more biting humour.

    The album has a greater diversity than the previous albums with room for the catchy hook of Razorblade, manic Middle Eastern guitar solo of Vision of Division and undeniable oddness of jumpy sounding first single Juicebox.

  • FIRST IMPRESSIONS OF EARTH IS RELEASED BY ROUGH TRADE RECORDS ON 2 JANUARY


    Brokeback Mountain

    Publicity from Brokeback Mountain
    Based on the short story by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Annie Proulx and directed by Ang Lee, Brokeback Mountain is about the 20 year love story between ranch-hand Ennis Del Mar (Heath Ledger) and rodeo cowboy Jack Twist (Jake Gyllenhall).

    In 1963 the two men meet in Signal, Wyoming looking for employment.

    Local rancher Joe Aguirre (Randy Quaid) dispatches them to work as sheepherders up on the majestic Brokeback Mountain.

    Remote and away from society, Jack and Ennis gravitate towards camaraderie and then a deeper intimacy.

    At the end of the year they return to their home towns. Ennis marries his childhood sweetheart Alma (Michelle Williams) and Jack meets and marries rodeo queen Lureen (Anne Hathaway).

    One day, Alma brings Ennis a postcard from Jack, who is en route to visit. The two men meet and realise that the deep and special relationship they developed on Brokeback Mountain never went away, and in the years that follow, Ennis and Jack struggle to keep their secret bond alive.

    Brokeback Mountain won the Golden Lion Award for Best Picture at this year's Venice International Film Festival.

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  • BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN IS RELEASED IN LONDON ON 30 DECEMBER AND NATIONWIDE ON 6 JANUARY


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