Newsnight Review, Friday, 21 November, 2008
Here's Kirsty with a look ahead to tonight's Newsnight Review:
We'll be discussing Blindness, Fernando Mereilles' apocalyptic film about a city struck by a plague of blindness. Starring Mark Ruffalo and Julianne Moore, Mereilles - who directed City of God and The Constant Gardener - says making the film of Jose Saramago's book was the hardest thing he's ever done.
Eddie Izzard is back on stage in "boy mode" with his new stand up show Stripped. He took it stateside first - playing 34 cities - and he kicks off the UK tour in London this week. He takes on the world as only he sees it - embracing everything from creationism, to dinosaurs, to Wikipedia, to assassins on drugs, in his freewheeling, free association way. Does it mark a new departure or is it more of what his loyal audience loves?
Axl Rose has finally released an album - more expensive and longer in the making than any before it - well, it's being released on CD on Monday. It's already accessible via the Guns N' Roses MySpace site, but the guest reviewers and I had to listen to it holed up in Polydor's headquarters. Chinese Democracy is seventy minutes of Guns N' Roses - although Axl Rose is the only original band member left. Is it heavy rock heaven? It's certainly riding a wave - AC/DC and Metallica are enjoying a huge resurgence. Bidisha was a big Guns N' Roses fan back in the day, she's made a homage to them.
This week a tremor ran through television. The audience subverted the BBC's top talent show to keep John ("I'm only dancing") Sergeant in, only for him to sashay off. Two weeks ago 50,000 viewers complained to Ofcom after X Factor favourite Laura White was booted off the show. So what are talent shows really for now? Is the genre doomed?
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