STV back to its roots with £1 sale of Pearl & Dean

It was once a fiercily ambitious Scottish company whose aim was to become a UK media giant. But now, with the sale of its...

The Freddie Mercury movie – Sacha Baron Cohen be representin'

Interesting to see what method will be required from Sacha Baron Cohen to approach the character of the late Freddie Mercury. As Ali G, he...

How proportional representation has changed the Oscars

Even in the most predictable Oscars in years, there are aspects which will inspire some feverish guessing. Consensus (or previous awards) suggest the acting categories...

Normal flights resumed: Peter Pan as Barrie intended

When playwright David Greig describes the essence of his latest adaptation as “a very primal, very dark, almost Greek-type myth”, it sounds like a...

YouTube if you want to: Ten things wrong with The Iron Lady

1 – Anyone is allowed to make a film about Margaret Thatcher – just don’t make it dull For all the silly howls of protest...

The curious appeal of Don Draper

It’s probably no longer worth fighting the argument that telly is the new film. Actors must believe it, or Dustin Hoffmann wouldn’t have chosen...

Avatar no need to feel blue after BAFTA loss

Some thoughts on last night’s BAFTAs. Results: Many will read The Hurt Locker’s win as a bad omen for Avatar. There are precedents which suggest...

England's green and pleasant land crawling with possibly cursed superheroes

Want to read more stories about film? Consider donating to The Caledonian Mercury Holy Cow, Batman! The three main superhero costumes are all filled by...

Trainspotting, the sequel: Will Danny Boyle choose Leith?

There are some films which do not require a sequel – take Weekend at Bernie’s II, for example – but Trainspotting is not one...

Arise, Sir Kenneth Loach? Well, perhaps not, but he deserves it

Birmingham must feel left out. Liverpool is the setting of the latest movie from Ken Loach, Route Irish, which arrives in cinemas this weekend. Loach...