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Will Gompertz, Arts editor

Will Gompertz Arts editor

A view from the wings - from the Strokes and the soaps to Bauhaus and Bach

Clint Eastwood goes to Iraq

I was apprehensive about interviewing Clint Eastwood. Not because of his iconic status, or his reputation for being taciturn, but because I did not go a bundle on his latest film, American Sniper, a biographical film set in the Iraq war.

Based on the autobiography of US Navy Seal Chris Kyle, the story follows the military marksman played by Bradley Cooper.

Given the film was the reason for our meeting, I felt a bit awkward.

The good news was the 84-year-old director seemed happy enough when he came into the foyer of the Warner Bros cinema on the studio's lot in Hollywood.

He was casually dressed in cream coloured slacks, light blue polo shirt and a dark linen jacket.

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Can Luther King take on North Korea?

The FBI says North Korea was behind a cyber-attack on Sony Pictures, over a film about its leader Kim Jong-un.

Sony withdrew The Interview following threats from hackers against US cinemagoers. North Korea denies any involvement.

Read full article Can Luther King take on North Korea?

Ennio Morricone on his film career

Ennio Morricone has written more than 500 scores for films like The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and Cinema Paradiso.

But he says his biggest regret is turning down the opportunity to compose for Clint Eastwood's directorial work, out of loyalty to Sergio Leone.

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Can ex-drug users ever make good art?

The controversial Danish film director Lars von Trier said recently that he fears that he will not make any more films now he is no longer taking drugs or drinking alcohol.

While taking drugs can have a very negative impact on brain function, some argue that artists can be at their most creative under the influence of drugs. So is Von Trier right that this enhanced creativity is lost if the artist returns to sobriety?

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Can art and artist be separated?

A US cable TV station has decided to pull repeats of the 1980s sitcom The Cosby Show from its schedule, following allegations of sexual assault against actor Bill Cosby.

More than a dozen women have come forward in recent weeks to accuse Cosby of sexually assaulting them.

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Kim Kardashian's bottom: Art or artefact?

Last week, reality TV star Kim Kardashian attempted to "break the internet" with a nude photoshoot for Paper magazine.

The pictures, by photographer Jean-Paule Goude, focused on her famous derriere, and stoked the ongoing debate over how black women are represented in the mainstream media.

Read full article Kim Kardashian's bottom: Art or artefact?

Why is the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum selling her work?

What struck me about the Georgia O'Keeffe sale was not the high price paid for the work.

Nor was it the discrepancy between what the market will pay for art made by men and what it will pay for art made by women, the reasons for which have never been entirely clear.

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Mike Nichols 'didn't direct actors, he inspired them'

Mike Nichols, one of Hollywood's best-known directors, has died at the age of 83.

He was among an elite few who managed to win all of America's big four entertainment awards - an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and a Tony.

Read full article Mike Nichols 'didn't direct actors, he inspired them'

Inside the burned Mackintosh building

It was one of the finest examples of Art Nouveau architecture in the world, but in May 2014 fire ripped through the Glasgow School of Art.

Forensic archaeologists have begun sifting through the rubble to see what can be saved from Charles Rennie Mackintosh's architectural masterpiece.

Read full article Inside the burned Mackintosh building

Do Allen Jones's sculptures objectify women?

An exhibition featuring the work of the controversial artist Allen Jones RA is opening in the Royal Academy of Arts on Thursday.

One of the reasons why Mr Jones's art work is famous is because some have label it as morally repugnant in its objectification of women.

Read full article Do Allen Jones's sculptures objectify women?

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About Will

Will has been BBC arts editor since 2009.

Before that, he was a director at the Tate Gallery for seven years, where he was responsible for the award-winning Tate Online, the UK's most popular art website, and Tate Etc, the UK's highest circulation art magazine.

He was voted one of the world's top 50 creative thinkers by the New York-based Creativity Magazine.

In 2009 Will wrote and performed Double Art History, a sell-out one-man show at the Edinburgh Fringe.

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