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they are joined by japanese astronaut akihiko hoshide and european space agency astronaut thomas pesquet, who will serve as mission specialists to the space station for a six—month science mission. now it's time for a look at the weather with nick miller. dry clear night to come, temperatures dipping away after dark to allow another touch of frost in many places as we go into the morning. it will be rather patchy, with these temperatures in towns and city centre is more likely in the countryside, parts of east and north—east scotland down to minus these we start the day with a little patchy cloud here and there for sunday morning and a lot of what has
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developed overnight but some will continue to impact parts of eastern england with the chance of a light shower later on, may be the odd heavy show into highland scotland and a few spots of rain into shetland but the vast majority will stay dry, sunny for another day, with a fairly gusty easterly winds especially in the channel, channel islands and into south—west england. it will feel quite cool in that wind along north sea coast but in the sunny parts of the west and the warmest spot here, 17, may be the odd heavy shower into highland scotland and a few spots of rain into shetland but the vast majority will stay dry, sunny for hello this is bbc news. the headlines... hospitals in india struggle with overwhelming demand for beds, ventilators and oxygen — as it records the world's highest—ever daily rise in coronavirus infections for the third day in a row. labour has called for the government to publish full details of how work on borisjohnson�*s official flat was paid for, following allegations by his former chief advisor, dominic cummings.
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indonesian rescue teams recover debris that is believed to be from the submarine that went missing off the coast of bali on wednesday. the public have been told to stay away from the mourne mountains in northern ireland — amid warnings more fires may break out this weekend. we'll have all the latest sports news in around 15 minutes�* time, but first on bbc news, it's the film review. hello and welcome to the film review with me, anna smith. i'm filling in for mark kermode to review this week's releases.
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the american actress aubrey plaza usually picks really interesting indie films. i loved safety not guaranteed and ingrid goes west. her latest movie might be her most fascinating yet. you're so lucky. what do you meant? you've got a guy who cooks. i can't cook. like at all. like anything? can you cook eggs? i can scramble an egg, maybe. what about a hamburger? have you ever cooked a hamburger? baked a potato? uh—uh. you never baked a potato? black bear begins as a biting relationships drama and transforms into something much more complex. it's split into two parts, both set in a remote lake house and featuring three terrific lead actors — aubrey plaza, sarah gadon, and christopher abbott.
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orfour actors if you include a real black bear. you're really hard to read. yeah, you know what? i get that all the time. part one, called the bear in the road, is an intense triple—hander in which plaza's character allison arrives to spend the night with a musician, gabe, and his pregnant partner, blair. the more the alcohol flows, the more the trio's debates about modern life and feminism turn into full—blown arguments, with allison apparently taking sides for sport. it's not i can't stand that you have thoughts about the world, it's that i can't stand the thoughts about the world that you have. it's a darkly funny and uncomfortably credible depiction of a bickering couple. writer—director lawrence michael levine has a real handle on the way that partners can remember things differently and contradict each other in public. in part two, called the bear by the boathouse, the story becomes a film shoot featuring the same actors in slightly different roles. whenever you're ready.
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abbott is now a controlling director who plays mind games with actress allison, and it's incredibly stressful to watch him torture her. yet, as the shoot descends into near chaos, black bear is bitterly, brilliantly funny, offering convincing insights into the film—making process. you are in love with her. you are. i know it. this explores and critiques the extremes that creative people can go to for their art and while the first part shows us what we already knew — that plaza is great at sarcastic, deadpan comedy — the second part demonstrates her talent as a serious dramatic actress. it's on digital now. next up, a documentary about the man who gave star wars the green light and who suggested that the character of ripley in alien should be a woman. he's the most influential movie executive you've never heard of. during his career, he's been an agent, a producer, an executive, and a studio head. with150 academy awards nominations and 50 academy award wins, he's one of the most prominent executives in the history of hollywood.
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not that any of this impressed me much growing up. just as my dad spent years trying to escape the shadow of his own illustrious father, i tried everything i could to do the same. laddie, the man behind the movies, tells the story of the hollywood tells the story of hollywood producer alan lader, known as laddie. he's the son of film star alan ladd, and was a big short at fox in the seventies before founding the ladd company in the eighties. during his career, lader has worked on 50 oscar—winners, and his story is told here by his daughter, amanda ladd jones. her goal is to understand more about the job that kept him away from her as a child. i think he really liked it. she speaks to his collaborators, including sigourney weaver, george lucas, morgan freeman, ron howard, and ben affleck. he said, i think you're really talented and i really loved american graffiti, and what else do you have? so i said, let's do it.
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i particularly enjoyed hearing from director ridley scott, who explains how laddie helped make alien, blade runner and thelma and louise a reality. many women in the industry also explain how he gave them a chance when other studios wouldn't. at one point, he's described as gender blind. why do all roles have to be made for men? laddie himself appears much less comfortable talking about his career, perhaps unaccustomed to being in the spotlight, and, maybe inevitably, certain areas are skimmed over by his director daughter. at times, this feels like a premature eulogy, but it's still a tribute to an impressive career, loaded with film trivia and reminders of classics you'll want to rewatch immediately. it is on digitalfrom monday the 26th of april. now to a music doc, and the brilliantly named sisters with transistors. technology is a tremendous liberator. it blows up power structures. women were naturally drawn to electronic music.
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you didn't have to be accepted by any of the male dominated resources — the radio stations, the record companies, the concert hall venues. directed by lisa rovner and narrated by laurie anderson, it's a riveting film about the electronic music pioneers you may never have heard of, perhaps because they're all women. i was enthralled by the black—and—white footage of clara rock moore, a glamorous lithuanian violinist who amazed the world as a theremin soloist in the 20s. there's also terrific archive material of daphne oram, bebe barron, pauline oliveros, and the late delia derbyshire, who arranged the doctor who theme tune in �*63. to make them of value for a musical piece, we have to shape them and mould them. this has plenty to say about how creative people are shaped by world events. derbyshire describes being inspired by the abstract sound of air raid sirens. the history of women has been a story of silence. . sisters with transistors concludes
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with a compelling message about the male bias in music history and demands a change in the way that students are taught. if you are after a fascinating alternative history of electronic music, rent this and turn up the sound. it's in virtual cinemas now. go to modernfilms.com. onto a film with absolutely no women in it, the oak room. a concept thriller set in a bar in snowy canada. i'm cleaning up the place. guess who walks through the door? out of the blue, he comes in here acting like a big shot. based on peter genoway�*s play, it stars breaking bad's rj mitte as a lone late—night punter, steve, who's clearly got history with the bartender, paul, played by peter outerbridge. i've got something better than cash. i've got a story. with time to kill, the pair trade stories, and so the action flashes to a story within a story.
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steve ends up telling a mysterious tale about a guy walking into a bar in eerily similar circumstances to the one they're in. as sure as i'm sitting here right now, i'm getting this bad, well, as sure as i'm sitting here right now, i'm getting this bad, bad vibe from this guy. the performances are variable. some actors go for a more heightened comic tone than others. but i enjoyed the way that explores the art of storytelling, the dark sense of humour, and the twilight zone vibe. it's on digitalfrom monday, april the 26. when i was a kid, teenagers would write their romantic fantasies in their diaries, but young suzanne lindon has turned hers into a feature that was selected by the cannes film festival.
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she writes, directs and stars in spring blossom as suzanne, a 16—year—old schoolgirl in paris who is monumentally bored. it is when she spots 35—year—old actor raphael, she is smitten, and a hesitant romance begins during his time performing at a local theatre. this is a convincing portrait of a possibly inappropriate erotic obsession. i was torn between viewing it as a concerned adult and reminiscing about my own teenage crushes. it's certainly refreshing to have the story shown entirely from the point of view of the girl. lindon was actually 15 when she wrote this, so it feels very authentic. her performance is pleasingly
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quirky and her direction is tremendously assured. this captures the awkwardness of young romance and indulges in playful stylistic flourishes. it could almost be the work of a young, french miranda july, with an emphasis on the french. suzanne's on—screen parents are terribly cosmopolitan and matter—of—fact about sexual matters. it's no surprise to learn that she's the daughter of actors, sandrine kiberlain and vincent lindon. spring blossom is on curzon home cinema now and it will be in cinemas when they open on may the 17th. finally, a tribute to one of the world's most famous fashion designers, pierre cardin. in the 60s, he decided that it's ok to use a japanese person, it's ok to use a person that looked like me with brown skin. what he was selling was not a colour of skin.
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the documentary house of cardin is a pacey, colourful insight into the work of cardin. he was actually born in italy but moved to paris in 1916. after working for christian dior, he launched the eponymous brand and didn't stop at the famous bubble dress, designing everything from glasses to aeroplanes. in archive interviews, the young cardin comes off as pretty pleased with himself. but he's rather endearing in his old age. this was filmed before he died last year at the age of 98. it is most remarkable for its eye—popping footage of fashion shows that were way ahead of their time. some of his futuristic designs look fabulously outrageous even now. it really is kind of amazing. this is an enjoyable portrait of a real self—starter, with no shortage of flamboyant fashionistas to regale us with colourful tales. famous faces include naomi campbell, sharon stone, and, most surprisingly, alice cooper, who tells an amusing story involving
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bianca jagger, catherine deneuve and a broom cupboard. house of cardin is on digital from the 26th of april. thanks for watching the film review with me, anna smith. mark kermode will be back next week. meantime, stay safe. you really don't need to prove anything to me. i prefer weak, sickly men. now on bbc news it's time for sportsday. hello and welcome to sportsday. it's three in a row for england who win this year's women's six nations. chelsea win to keep their champions league hopes alive as liverpool falter again. and back in the premier league — watford promoted at the first
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time of asking. hello, and welcome to sportsday. good evening. plenty to get though. we start though with england's success in this year's womens six nations, their third straight title coming after a hard—fought 10—6 victory over france at the twickenham stoop. the two leading sides in europe topping their groups in a shortened tournament this year to reach today's final. craig templeton reports. a different format for the women's six nations this year, but it was the same old foes fighting for the title. england and france, winner takes all, crunch time. in truth, the first half was more about the crunch with both sides of the line on defensive solidarity rather than attacking failure. when england did get the chance to put some points on
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