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Friday 2nd May, 2008

Kirsty Wark
This week's Newsnight Review - BBC Two, 2300BST - is presented by Kirsty Wark .

ON THIS WEEK'S PROGRAMME

THE PANEL:
Tom Paulin | Michael Gove | Sarah Churchwell


film

IRON MAN

Iron Man

Marvel Comics' latest super hero to make it to the silver screen is Iron Man.

Weapons manufacturer and billionaire industrialist Tony Stark, played by Robert Downey Jr, is ambushed and kidnapped by Afghan insurgents and forced to make them a missile but instead constructs an all-action, all-fighting Iron Man suit which he uses to make his escape.

Back in LA he decides to turn his back on his weapon making past and take the company in a new direction, whilst also constructing a new improved Iron Man suit, much to the disdain of his right hand man Obadiah Stane (Jeff Bridges). Gwyneth Paltrow stars as his personal assistant Pepper Potts and Terrence Howard (The Brave One) plays Rhodey his trusty military aide.

  • Iron Man, certificate 12A is on general release.


    theatre
    THE YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING
    NATIONAL THEATRE

    The Year of Magical Thinking

    Following a hugely successful run on Broadway, Vanessa Redgrave returns to the National with a solo performance in Joan Didion's stage adaptation of her bestselling memoir, The Year of Magical Thinking.

    Directed by David Hare, Redgrave plays Didion as she chronicles her grief following her husband John's death in December 2003 and the subsequent death of her daughter Quintana in August 2005.

  • The Year of Magical Thinking continues in rep at the Lyttelton, National Theatre, London until 15 July and will then go on tour to Cheltenham Everyman Theatre (2 - 6 September), Bath Theatre Royal (9 - 13 September), and the Gaiety Theatre for the Dublin Theatre Festival (30 September 4 October).


    book

    BREATH
    BY TIM WINTON

    Breath

    Australian novelist Tim Winton has been twice nominated for the Booker Prize with The Riders and Dirt Music.

    His ninth novel, Breath, is narrated by Bruce Pike, a 49-year-old paramedic looking back at his life.

    Although his job now is to keep people breathing, as a teenager, Bruce and his friend Loonie became obsessed with testing the limits of their bodies, guided by mysterious local surf guru Sando into ever more perilous adventures.

  • Breath by Tim Winton is published by Picador.


    art

    THE CANS FESTIVAL

    Due to breaking news on the London Mayoral election on Friday's programme we weren't able to bring you a preview of The Cans Festival but you can see the pictures below.

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    The secretive street artist Banksy has gathered together spray can stencillers from around the world to decorate an entire London street.

    Ironically a Banksy work was once removed as unwanted graffiti from the viaduct under Waterloo Station.

    Visitors are invited to bring their own stencils and add their own art in between the murals and large scale sculptures which include a child's playground lined with barbed wire and watched by CCTV.

    Banksy told Newsnight Review: "The main difference between this and properly sanctioned public art is this stuff actually means something. I should make it clear the event has only been made possible by the Lottery Commission and the Arts Council giving us absolutely no help whatsoever."

  • The Cans Festival runs from 3rd - 5th May in Leake Street, London. Works on the walls will remain in place for 6 months pending approval by Eurostar who own the viaduct.


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