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Johansson pushes her brain to the limit in the thriller Lucy, and the


rest of this week's top releases, with Anna Smith. Welcome to our


lookahead at what the papers will be bringing us. With me are Tim Stanley


from the Telegraph and the journalist Shyama Perera. Tomorrow's


front pages first, starting with: Death of a screen legend ` the


Independent pays tribute to Richard Attenborough on its front page. Lord


Attenborough's death is also on the front page of the Times, the


newspaper singling out the film Ghandi for praise. The Daily


Telegraph leads on the British aid worker with the Ebola virus brought


from Sierra Leone to the UK for treatment. The Foreign Secretary is


warning about the possibility of an attack by Islamic State in the UK is


on the front page of the Express. While the Guardian concentrates on


the forces ranged against Islamic State in Iraq. The Daily Mail has


more detail on the British aid worker suffering from Ebola. And the


Sun also leads on the Ebola patient coming home for treatment. So let's


make a start. And sad news this evening, in The Independent, with


this wonderful picture of Richard Attenborough who we have learnt in


the last 1.5 hours has died aged 90. Interesting choice of picture, many


have the smiling bearded face, but this is the face of the dreadful and


rather sinister Pinkie from his early career. It is the first thing


I thought of, in the end of the movie, what you want me to say is I


love you, but I don't, but the record catches, and it just said I


love you, I love you. Good timing that we have the First World War


season, Oh, What a Lovely War actually improves on the stage play.


His acting could be very subtle and incredibly creepy. His performances


can be so still, magisterial, cunning, devious, it actually makes


your skin crawl when he says to his victims how about a nice cup of tea?


It is very scary. When you look back at his work and think about what


stands out, it is those very quiet performances like Pinkie that held


your attention even though they didn't demand it. What is so


fascinating is that contrast to the many saw in real life. And people so


fond of him because of that great smile and that open attitude and


compassion he showed in other areas of his life. absolutely, and unlike


him I am not so familiar with his body of work. I just know him from


Gandhi, as the old bloke in Jurassic Park, thespians refer to him, and


you always saw him turning up doing appeals, and he was just larger than


life. And of course, he spawned a brilliant director in his son


Michael Attenborough. This just draws your attention, every now and


then there is the dynasties. It suddenly starts to disappear. I


think part of my reaction to this is that sense of loss, of history. A


piece of history is going, and it just reminds you that there are


sometimes families that make a difference. In particular way, and


that is the family led by Richard Attenborough. The politics and the


art art inseparable. Gandhi is a great film, the entire apartheid


films are excellent `` and the apartheid. He is a voice for


compassionate liberal progressivism `` Anti`apartheid. He was respected


in the developing world and the West, and it is a really sad loss.


We will miss him. And some lovely photos for people to look at in the


front pages. On the Times, that much more familiar face, really. A much


more recent picture, the glasses and that wonderful beard, and such an


open face. So remembering Richard Attenborough. As we look at the


Times, let's change turned slightly, and turn our attention to


their main story on the left`hand side, referring to the death of the


American hostage James Foley, and the suggestion that the video was


very stage`managed. Yes, they seem to be implying that it was filmed


for a particular kind of western audience. And the execution happened


at a different time. It is a disturbing thing to have to


consider. It suggest, if correct, that this was aimed at a western


audience, and particularly a British one, but they managed it so it would


have a particular impact on people watching. What is remarkable about


this outfit is its sense of what propaganda is. I have never


understood why ISIS or Islamic State or whatever they call it, doesn't


sell itself as a more illuminating and enlightened force. I don't


understand why it is trying to reject itself across the world as a


grotesque, murderous, terrorist movement. And it speaks to the death


cult like nature of it. You have to put it in the same racquet as the


Khmer Rouge or the SS. The idea that they are projecting that throughout


the world is chilling. We don't want to talk too much about the details,


but the suggestion is that this tradition man might be what they


call a front man rather than the actual killer used at the beginning


of the video. `` British man. Somebody very cunningly thought we


need a British person as the front man of this piece. Two as I


understand this was commissioned by The Times, a forensic look at the


video. And somebody is quoted as saying my feeling is that the


execution may have happened after the camera was stopped, and they


show, an English guy because he is an English speaking member for an


English`speaking audience. It sends a powerful message that it doesn't


matter where you are from, your allegiance is with the Islamic


State, and one`day Islamic State will encompass the entire world in


terms of their thinking. It is exactly as we are describing. But


this is just one reading of how it has been managed. We don't know if


this is right either. What it does, I think this whole Islamic State


press campaign is just extraordinary. I think the way they


have used Twitter, and it reminds you of a kind of horrendous


Reservoir dogs thing, where they discuss hamburgers and the next


minute go out and shoot people `` Reservoir Dobbs. It is very spooky


how they have played this `` how Reservoir Dogs. It is that strange


mix of savagery but also being both a with Twitter. An odd mix of the


mediaeval and the post`modern `` aux fait. And picking up on that idea we


discussed a few weeks ago with other videos, with British people in them,


fighting overseas for Islamic groups, the idea that they are very


slick and as recruiting tools they make it look somehow very menacing,


very appealing to people of a certain mindset, and think that


could be met, and somehow for the darker minds, it is... Hooters this


appeal to? Friend of mine to the study at Cambridge of the Columbine


massacre. He addressed Wade is that so many people who do school


shootings in the US turn out to be fans of Hitler. His theory was that


when you feel like an outcast in society and hate everyone else, you


pick the figure whose society has most consistently rejected and


loathed. So there isn't really a substantial Nazi ideology behind


people who do terrible things in the name of Hitler, but they identify


with what society most Paetz. And I wonder if there is an element of


that in this. They are trying to appeal to bear people who are very


lonely, hate everyone else, and latch onto people who everyone


despises. If you look at the broader series of events in that part of the


world, what I find shocking is for we went into Iraq, I can remember


the footage of UN inspectors being shown around the parts where the


so`called weapons of mass destruction were supposed to be


hidden, and it was women showing them around. And you just saw women


in everything. Now you don't see that anywhere, which goes to show,


to me, that everybody is capable, actually, quite a change in the way


they think. It is these societies have gone from being secular, from


being fairly equal, from being quite open, just like that, into being


tribal, male dominated, that says to me that could happen anywhere, quite


frankly. All it requires is the right argument at the right trigger.


And these guys are just, they were closer to the trigger and the rest


of us. Let's turn our attention to the Daily Telegraph. Like many of


the newspapers they have picked up on the return of the British Ebola


victim who has been flown into an RAF base this evening and is being


treated at the Royal Free Hospital. And he raised an eyebrow. I am not


worried about the NHS solving the problem when the worker was here,


what I'm unsure about is how much it cost to transport him here. It is


either funded by the government by the RAF or by the agency for which


he works, or it is funded by medical insurance, because if he has fallen


ill overseas, and I am interested to know how he was brought here, how


much it cost, and who paid. Because that has quite big implications. And


if you are asking me whether the government should pay, I think the


government has to pay very hard. If it is privileging British people


dying in the rest of the world but not everybody else dying around


them, and spending hundreds of thousands that might save half of


those people there, heading that one person out, actually, is that right?


I'm not sure I think so. And I also wonder if, when we choose to go into


places where we are putting ourselves at risk, we should expect


our government to come in and save us, when something goes wrong? Well


I would. I would certainly hope they would. You would like to think when


you have gone for a noble purpose, to help and to volunteer... I don't


think it matters what the paper says, I think you're asking to


congregate at a question about something which the rest of us think


is just fantastic we have done. I just think it is great that we have


gone in, got this guy out, will treat him, and that will be


fantastic. I am focused on that. The British government is there to look


after British subjects. So if one of our people is overseas, they are our


priority. And this is a unique circumstance. Because of the


particular nature of this disease, and maybe we have some self interest


in making sure that it doesn't spread, because our British person


staggers home and end up spreading it that way. I don't know what the


reasoning is. As I was saying earlier, I like to think of this as


NHS SAS style operation, nurses swooping in on parachutes and


getting this guy out. I think it is fantastic and a price worth paying.


We are starting to get a little bit more information. 29 years old they


are naming him as William. It has captured the public imagination.


What is slightly worrying, as you are saying earlier, the lack of


resources when this guy does get home. The report I was reading about


the particular hospital he was going to, it only has two beds of the


riding needed to deal with this kind of disease. And is the only one in


the UK, possibly in Europe. And the beds cost money ?5,000 each. Serious


stuff. Let's look at the Guardian. They


have got the Independent debate between Alistair Darling and Alex


Salmond. They are talking about the NHS. I just want to know what the


answer is. What will they do in Scotland that is different to what


we do here for the NHS? I want to know how they will be in charge of


it and how it will be a much bigger fish that they have two Fry. I don't


see how he can get past the issue of the currency. It doesn't matter what


subjects he brings up tomorrow. It's that argument that if you vote for


independence, you will get a socialist utopia. They will get the


debt that is 86% of the GDP. If they formed a government, he would have


to be more conservative fiscally than the current government in


London. What is upsetting is that he is setting the union against itself.


He is saying that Scots will always do vote for a Liberal government. It


implies that all English people vote Tory in fact there is something


wrong with voting Tory. If that is what the United Kingdom has voted


for, and that government is at liberty to do it. If you don't agree


with that, vote for a different party, but do virtually. `` but


don't vote to leave. Are you going to watch the debate? Not a lot of


enthusiasm. Stay with us here on BBC News. At midnight, we look back at


the life of Richard Attenborough, one of the country's greatest


actors, who has died aged 90. Coming up next, it's time for the Film


Review which was recorded before the death of Lord Attenborough was


announced. Hello and welcome to the Film Review


on BBC News. To take us through this week's cinema releases is Anna


Smith. Welcome. What do we have this week? A lot of action, a little


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