• Critics Divided on Robert Pattison’s Bel Ami Performance While most of the big-hitter reviews of Bel Ami, the British film adaptation of Guy de Maupassant’s ripe tale of an impoverished ex-soldier’s social ascent through seduction in belle epoque Paris, were brutal – they were also divided. Some spoke highly of Robert Pattinson’s performance, while others took no prisoners. Ultimately, of course, it will […] OrchardKing March 7, 2012
  • Hollywood Elite Snub Franchise Blockbusters With no clearer example than this year’s 84th Academy Awards to demonstrate the old guards’ resistance to reflecting the choices of all viewers, millions watched as the Oscars gave a cosmetic nod to – but ultimately ignored – the enormous success of the so-called young adult (YA) franchises. In the same year that the Oscars lost […] Page Mackinley March 7, 2012
  • Funkafrika – a Beginner’s Introduction to African Fusion Here’s a taster course in African funk. Not that I’m a teacher in African funk. I just like African funk, especially with dope remixes thrown in for good measure. Ethiopian musician and arranger Mulatu Astatke is best known as the father of Ethio-jazz, a genre fusing Astatke’s vibraphone, piano backing and Mediterranean-inspired conga drums. Ghanaian musician Emmanuel Tettey […] WallB March 2, 2012
  • Interview with JRR Tolkein: New York Times 1967 In 1967 Philip Norman interviewed JRR Tolkein for the New York Times. Here's the scoop. It turns out that the author of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings was born in South Africa, worked as an altar boy in Birmingham (England) and ended up pals with C.S. Lewis. OrchardKing February 18, 2012
  • EXCLUSIVE: Jermaine Jackson Interview In September 2011, controversy surrounded Jermaine Jackson. A misquoted portion of his memoir had sparked outrage. A planned tribute concert in Cardiff had caused a rift in his family. Amidst all of this, Dr Conrad Murray’s involuntary manslaughter trial was mere days away. Shelved without explanation by the Huffington Post, Charles Thomson’s interview with the star provided a window on his state of mind amid the brewing storm. Over four months later, fans can finally read it exclusively on The Orchard Times. Charles Thomson February 15, 2012
  • D’Angelo Stokes Anticipation For New Album D’Angelo was in Brixton, London last weekend, on the last leg of his European tour. Aside from being a supremely talented pianist & guitarist, he is blessed with a voice that had every female in the audience swooning, alongside some equally captivated gentlemen. On his acclaimed album Voodoo from 2000; he supposedly wrote, produced, sung […] WallB February 10, 2012
  • Facebook IPO: EVERYONE is Connecting Courtesy of The Verge. LETTER FROM MARK ZUCKERBERG Facebook was not originally created to be a company. It was built to accomplish a social mission – to make the world more open and connected. We think it’s important that everyone who invests in Facebook understands what this mission means to us, how we make decisions […] OrchardKing February 2, 2012
  • The Last Word in Spooky: The Deathbed Duties of a Spy One of my regular jobs in espionage is what I call ‘the deathbed duties.’ Spies like to fact-check the passing of illustrious figures. It’s an eerie duty that puts the spookiness in spook. It all started because we once royally embarrassed ourselves. In fact it was one of our biggest boobs to date: Mr Alfred Nobel woke up one […] 00 Wing Ding February 2, 2012
  • Chemical Brothers: Don’t Think Most concert films are tedious. Sorry (I’m not sorry) but it seems as though every act and their roadie thinks that their fans will somehow feel more emotionally connected to them if they release a show video inter-cut with some black and white handheld footage of “the real them” arriving at the venue, preparing backstage and offering homogenised pearls of wisdom. I’ve been grabbed by very few concert films since Cocksucker Blues, Robert Frank’s cinéma vérité expose of The Rolling Stones ‘72 American tour. However staged parts of it may have been (I doubt even Keith and Ronnie would have bothered chucking that telly off the balcony if the camera wasn’t rolling) it gave an insight into the men behind the myth. Perhaps too much of an insight as when they saw it, the ever image-conscious Stones legally barred it’s public screening. The internet allows one to circumvent that sort of daftness these days but I wish I’d seen CS Blues before pretty much every concert film except Stop Making Sense and Gimme Shelter (notable exceptions as they don’t just feel like early rehearsals for Spinal Tap). James Duke-Evans February 2, 2012
  • Future Visions: The Bleak, The Brown And The Great When I saw a Guardian headline warning the world that Gordon Brown was set to unveil his predictions for 2025, I thought I was reading The Onion. Oddly, yet predictably, it turns out I wasn’t. After all, Gordon’s exactly the kind of guy who thinks that everyone will benefit (if not exactly be entertained by) from his dour yet […] Oscar Rickett February 2, 2012