Arts news round-up
28 January 2015
BBC BOSS TONY HALL QUESTIONS TV WATERSHED AND THE ARCHERS
The 9pm television watershed may not survive, as on-demand viewing becomes more prevalent, the BBC director general Tony Hall has said.
CUMBERBATCH CONTROVERSY IS RIDICULOUS, SAYS SELMA STAR DAVID OYELOWO
David Oyelowo has defended fellow British actor and friend, Benedict Cumberbatch, for using the term "coloured" during an interview.
CRITICS' CIRCLE HONOURS MARK STRONG'S STAGE RETURN
Actor Mark Strong has been honoured for his role in a play that lured him back to the theatre after 12 years in film.
TOP GEAR, BBC4 AND THE WATERSHED: WHAT WE LEARNED FROM TONY HALL
BBC director general stands byJeremy Clarkson in Radio Times interview and says watershed probably won’t be around in 20 to 30 years
WHO YOU GONNA CALL? MELISSA MCCARTHY AND KRISTEN WIIG HEAD GHOSTBUSTERS CAST
Director Paul Feig tweets that McCarthy and Wiig will be joined by Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon as the leads in all-female reboot of beloved 80s film
JANE FONDA: SHAME STUDIOS THAT DON'T HIRE WOMEN DIRECTORS
Veteran actor calls on studios to stop gender-orientated employment practices, accusing male hierarchies of giving ‘jobs to people like them’
GYPSY DIRECTOR JONATHAN KENT: ‘NEW MUSICALS ARE A CRAPSHOOT’
Gypsy director Jonathan Kent has described the process of launching new musicals as “difficult and treacherous”.
MARK STRONG: ‘SUPPORT WORKING-CLASS ACTORS OR LOSE INTERESTING CHARACTERS’
Performer Mark Strong has warned that interesting characters will disappear from theatre if working-class actors and writers are not supported.
JUDE KELLY CLAIMS GENDER EQUALITY IS “STILL A DANGEROUS SUBJECT” IN THE ARTS
Southbank Centre artistic director Jude Kelly has said the arts has a responsibility to highlight the “dangerous subject” of gender imbalances affecting women in the industry.
MARK STRONG AND HELEN MCCRORY SCOOP CRITICS’ CIRCLE THEATRE AWARDS
Mark Strong and Helen McCrory have won the acting prizes at this year’s Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards, with awards also presented to Chichester Festival Theatre’s revival of Gypsy and Antony Sher.
CREATIVE ECONOMY “UNUSUALLY HIGHLY CONCENTRATED IN LONDON”, REPORT FINDS
Almost a half of all creative jobs are based in London or the south-east, despite the fact the areas account for just 28% of the national workforce, new research has revealed.
WHO YOU GONNA CALL? THE ALL-FEMALE GHOSTBUSTERS
The reboot's cast includes Bridesmaids stars Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy