BOB DYLAN'S MODERN TIMES
WAYNE ROONEY: MY STORY SO FAR
A new version of the cult 80's TV show about crime-busting cops in Florida comes to the big screen.
Detectives James "Sonny" Crockett (Colin Farrell) and Ricardo Tubbs (Jamie Foxx) go undercover to infiltrate a powerful global drug trafficking network after they learn about the murder of two federal agents and an informant friend's family. The partners are helped in their undercover mission to transport drugs into South Florida by Detective Trudy Joplin (Naomie Harris) Ricardo's intel-analyst girlfriend. They soon become drawn into their sophisticated criminal world but lines are crossed when Crockett starts up a relationship with Isabella (Gong Li) the drug cartel's financial officer.
The film is directed and written by Michael Mann whose other movie credits include Heat, The Last of the Mohicans, The Aviator and the Insider. He was also the executive producer on the original 80's TV series which was created by Anthony Yerkovich and starred Don Johnson as Crockett and Philip Michael Thomas as Tubbs. The show ran from 1984 to 1989.
According to the director, one of the reasons for returning to Miami Vice was the allure of undercover work.
"The best undercover identity is oneself with the volume turned up and restraint unplugged."
How will the film compare with the classic TV series? Our panel give their verdict.
MIAMI VICE IS ON GENERAL RELEASE ON 4 AUGUST, 2006
'Modern Times' By Bob Dylan
A TV world exclusive of Bob Dylan's long-awaited new album
For fans of American singer songwriter Bob Dylan, the wait for new material has been a long one but it ends on August 28th with the release of the album Modern Times.
Dylan's last full album was Love and Theft in 2001 but he has been busy in the meantime performing around 100 live dates each year, hosting a weekly show for XM Satellite Radio and picking up an Oscar and Golden Globe for the song Things Have Changed, written for the film The Wonder Boys.
In 2005 a BBC and PBS TV co-production, No Direction Home, directed by Martin Scorsese was released. The multi award winning documentary gave an insight into Dylan's turbulent career from reluctant hero of the anti war movement to being booed off stage when he went electric. The first of a planned trilogy of autobiographies, Chronicles Vol 1, was released in 2004.
Modern Times is Dylan's 44th album and features him on keyboards, guitars, harmonica and vocals, accompanied by his touring band. The ten new songs combine for a running time of just over an hour in length. The record is being kept tightly under wraps but with titles like 'Thunder on the Mountain' and 'Spirit on the Water' Dylan seems to be keeping firmly to his folk roots.
Newsnight Review were given a TV world exclusive with access to one track Working Man's Blues # 2, a six minute piece whose plaintive lyrics ("Sometimes no one wants what we got; Sometimes you can't give it away") and political engagement ("They say low wages are a reality; If we want to compete abroad") are offset by a gentle rolling melody.
MODERN TIMES IS RELEASED ON AUGUST 28TH ON THE COLUMBIA LABEL.
Exiles by Jame Joyce
Cottesloe, National Theatre
James Joyce's only play is revived by the National Theatre
Legendary Irish writer James Joyce produced four novels which became famous the world over - Dubliners, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Ulysses and Finnegans Wake. He wrote just one play, Exiles, in 1915 which was rejected by Irish theatres and eventually first performed in Munich in 1919 and then London in 1926 but withdrawn on both occasions and considered a flop.
This play was rediscovered by Harold Pinter in 1970 and again by the National Theatre this week, directed by James Macdonald, 80 years since it was first performed.
Exiles is influenced by Joyce's favourite dramatist, Henrik Ibsen, and explores sexual freedom within the marriage of Richard Rowan, a semi-autobiographical figure. Rowan is a writer who's returned to Dublin from Italy with his much less educated common-law wife, Bertha, and their eight year old son. He renews an acquantance with Beatrice whom he corresponded with and wrote about whilst abroad. Robert Hand, his former best friend, now a prominent journalist, turns up with a bunch of flowers for Bertha in a bid to win her away from Rowan. But Bertha reports everything back to her husband. The play is about a search for the truth in relationships and deals with self-deception, collusion and voyeurism.
The cast includes Peter McDonald, Dervla Kirwan, Adrian Dunbar and Marcella Plunkett.
Will the Newsnight Review panel appreciate this play of ideas? Or will they regard it as yet another flop?
EXILES CONTINUES IN REP AT THE COTTESLOE, NATIONAL THEATRE, LONDON UNTIL OCTOBER 2006
Wayne Rooney: My Story So Far
The first installment in the Wayne Rooney autobiography series covers his life from birth until the infamous red card in the 2006 World Cup.
Rooney was reportedly paid £5m for co-operating on a five book series. This first work is written in conjunction with Hunter Davies who was the only authorised biographer for The Beatles and has worked on the biographies for several other footballers including Paul Gascoigne and Dwight Yorke.
Davies spoke to Rooney daily during the World Cup and in previous conversations gathered material about the gambling and prostitution scandals that have emerged during the young player's short career. Rooney is frank about his troubled relationship with Everton boss David Moyes and uniformly supportive of Sven-Goran Eriksson's management of the England team.
Is this a book for fans only or will our reviewers find some insights into life inside England's favourite game?
WAYNE ROONEY: MY STORY SO FAR IS PUBLISHED BY HARPER COLLINS
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