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Alec Baldwin says he is complying with Rust shooting investigation

Actor posts Instagram message about warrant for phoneCinematographer Halyna Hutchins was killed in set incident Continue reading...

Published 2022-01-8 23:00:51


Sidney Poitier, Black acting pioneer, dies aged 94

The first Black person to win a best actor Oscar gave a string of groundbreaking performances on screen that helped combat social prejudice

Sidney Poitier: a life in picturesA natural film star who quietly pioneered a revolution | Peter Bradshaw Continue reading...

Published 2022-01-7 15:27:30


Sidney Poitier's most memorable roles, from To Sir, with Love to In the Heat of the Night – video

The actor, whose groundbreaking work in the 1950s and 60s paved the way for generations of black film stars, has died aged 94. 

Poitier, who was born in Miami but raised in the Bahamas, was the first black winner of the best actor Oscar, for his role in Lilies of the Field. He was a pioneering black presence in mainstream Hollywood cinema.  His death was announced on Friday by Fred Mitchell, the minister of foreign affairs of the BahamasSidney Poitier, Black acting pioneer, dies aged 94 Continue reading...

Published 2022-01-7 18:18:23


Peter Bogdanovich, acclaimed writer-director, dies at 82

The Oscar-nominated film-maker, known for The Last Picture Show and Paper Moon, has died of natural causes

Peter Bogdanovich: a loving cineaste and fearless genius of cinemaPeter Bogdanovich: a life in pictures Continue reading...

Published 2022-01-6 18:05:22


Golden Globe nominations 2022: Belfast and The Power of the Dog lead the pack

Kenneth Branagh’s autobiographical drama and Jane Campion’s tense western both score seven nominations

• Full list of nominations• Peter Bradshaw: Golden Globes tries to do better as Lady Gaga brings the outrage Continue reading...

Published 2021-12-13 15:12:07


Rebel Wilson says team questioned her fitness journey – video

Rebel Wilson, one of Hollywood’s top comedy actors, has said her own team were opposed to her losing weight because she was ‘earning millions of dollars being the funny fat girl’.

The Australian actor, 41, spoke about her health and fitness journey in a BBC interview‘Funny fat girl’: Rebel Wilson says her team were against her losing weight Continue reading...

Published 2021-12-7 21:51:33


Antony Sher, celebrated actor on stage and screen, dies aged 72

His vivid and moving performances, including an Olivier award-winning Richard III, made Sher one of the world’s most respected theatre actors

Michael Billington: ‘A man of staggering versatility’Antony Sher: a life in pictures Continue reading...

Published 2021-12-3 12:54:11


David Gulpilil obituary: Walkabout star a ‘consummate actor’ who helped reinvent Australian film

Actor had key roles in Storm Boy, The Last Wave and worked with Rolf de Heer in The Tracker, Ten Canoes and Charlie’s Country

David Gulpilil, a titanic force in Australian cinema, dies after lung cancer diagnosis Continue reading...

Published 2021-11-29 19:23:51


David Gulpilil, a titanic force in Australian cinema, dies after lung cancer diagnosis

The Indigenous actor, who was in his late 60s when he died, helped shape the history of Australian film

David Gulpilil obituary: Walkabout star a ‘consummate actor’ who helped reinvent Australian film Continue reading...

Published 2021-11-29 20:03:01


Remembering David Dalaithngu: A look back at some of his most iconic performances – video

David Dalaithngu, actor, dancer and Australian cultural icon, is credited with helping reinvent Australian film. His role in Walkabout (1971) contributed to the end of blackface being used in Australian cinema. Dalaithngu had a string of successful roles in the 1970s and 80s including in Storm Boy (1976) and Crocodile Dundee (1986). His longest creative collaboration was with director Rolf de Heer, with whom he worked for more than 15 years. Together they crafted The Tracker (2002) for which Dalaithngu won an Aactar award, Ten Canoes (2006) and Charlie’s Country (2014) for which Dalaithngu won best actor in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard section.

Walkabout (1971) Max L. Raab Productions & Si Litvinoff Film Production. Storm Boy (1976) Ambience Entertainment production. Crocodile Dundee (1986) Paramount Pictures Studios. Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002) Rumbalara Films, Olsen Levy & Showtime Australia. Charlie’s Country (2014) Adelaide Film Festival & Bula'bula Arts Aboriginal. My Name is Gulpilil (2021) Vertigo Productions Continue reading...

Published 2021-11-30 00:47:39


Remembering David Dalaithngu: a look back at some of his most iconic performances – video

David Dalaithngu, actor, dancer and Australian cultural icon, is credited with helping to reinvent Australian film. His role in Walkabout (1971) contributed to the end of blackface being used in Australian cinema. Dalaithngu had a string of successful roles in the 1970s and 80s including in Storm Boy (1976) and Crocodile Dundee (1986). His longest creative collaboration was with director Rolf de Heer, with whom he worked for more than 15 years. Together they crafted The Tracker (2002) for which Dalaithngu won an Aactar award, Ten Canoes (2006) and Charlie’s Country (2014) for which Dalaithngu won best actor in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard section

David Dalaithngu obituary: Walkabout star a ‘consummate actor’ who helped reinvent Australian filmWalkabout, Max L Raab Productions & Si Litvinoff Film Production. Storm Boy, Ambience Entertainment production. Crocodile Dundee, Paramount Pictures Studios. Rabbit-Proof Fence, Rumbalara Films, Olsen Levy & Showtime Australia. Charlie’s Country, Adelaide film festival & Bula'bula Arts Aboriginal. My Name Is Gulpilil, Vertigo Productions Continue reading...

Published 2021-11-30 00:47:39


Matthew McConaughey says he will not run for Texas governor

Actor, 52: ‘A path I’m choosing not to take at this moment’Beto and the Spanish name game in the Texas governor race Continue reading...

Published 2021-11-29 12:23:43


David Dalaithngu obituary: Walkabout star a ‘consummate actor’ who helped reinvent Australian film

Dalaithngu had key roles in Storm Boy, The Last Wave and worked with Rolf de Heer in The Tracker, Ten Canoes and Charlie’s Country

David Dalaithngu, a titanic force in Australian cinema, dies after lung cancer diagnosis Continue reading...

Published 2021-11-29 19:23:51


David Dalaithngu, a titanic force in Australian cinema, dies after lung cancer diagnosis

The Indigenous actor, who was in his late 60s when he died, helped shape the history of Australian film

David Dalaithngu obituary: Walkabout star a ‘consummate actor’ who helped reinvent Australian film Continue reading...

Published 2021-11-29 20:03:01


Remembering Dean Stockwell: Blue Velvet and Quantum Leap actor dies aged 85 – video obituary

Dean Stockwell, the former child star who became a key figure in the Hollywood counter-culture and enjoyed late success in popular TV shows, has died aged 85.

Stockwell won an Oscar nomination for best supporting actor for his role as a mafia boss in Jonathan Demme’s 1988 comedy, Married to the Mob. He also starred alongside Scott Bakula in time travel series Quantum Leap, which ran until 1993, and for which he won three Emmy awards and a Golden GlobeA life in pictures: Dean Stockwell Continue reading...

Published 2021-11-9 16:11:12


Aerial footage shows police presence at scene of Rust film set – video

Aerial footage showed police at the scene of a film set in New Mexico, where a woman was killed and a man injured after the actor Alec Baldwin discharged a prop firearm. The Santa Fe sheriff's office said Halyna Hutchins, the director of photography for the film Rust, which Baldwin is producing and starring in, was shot, along with the director Joel Souza. Hutchins was airlifted to hospital, where she was pronounced dead by medical personnel

Alec Baldwin fired prop gun that killed woman on film set of Rust, authorities say Continue reading...

Published 2021-10-22 10:30:09


Alec Baldwin voices ‘shock and sadness’ over shooting death of Halyna Hutchins

Actor accidentally shot and killed cinematographer on film setSome workers reportedly walked off in protest before incident Continue reading...

Published 2021-10-23 01:25:11


Roger Michell – a career in pictures

We look back at some of the key stage and screen productions of the director of Notting Hill,

Peter Bradshaw on Roger MichellMichael Billington: ‘Michell brought the unexpected out of actors’ Continue reading...

Published 2021-09-23 17:59:19


Roger Michell, acclaimed film and stage director, dies aged 65

The director, who made films including Notting Hill, Enduring Love and My Cousin Rachel, has died

Peter Bradshaw on Michell: a quiet genius still hitting his strideRoger Michell: a career in pictures Continue reading...

Published 2021-09-23 16:15:44


Mission Impossible studio Paramount sues insurers over Covid costs

Film’s makers are accusing insurers of failing to pay out for pandemic-related production shutdowns

Paramount Pictures, the studio behind the Mission Impossible: 7 film, is suing its insurance company, accusing it of failing to cover the costs of a string of Covid-related production stoppages. Related: Tom Cruise’s car stolen while filming in Birmingham Related: Tom Cruise’s Mission: Impossible 7 production temporarily shut down due to coronavirus case Continue reading...

Published 2021-08-31 16:10:08


Joan Collins’ star-studded home movies to feature in BBC documentary

Biggest names of Hollywood’s golden age appear in footage for British-born actor’s ‘rollercoaster life story’

She is one of the last surviving actors of Hollywood’s ”golden age”. Now Dame Joan Collins has given the BBC unprecedented access to her private home movies for a forthcoming documentary. Dating back decades, the footage features some of the biggest names of the silver screen, from Sammy Davis Jr to Paul Newman, who can be seen relaxing beyond the gaze of their fans and studio cameras. Continue reading...

Published 2021-08-31 10:01:44


Princess Diana film debuts at Venice as film industry aims for return to normality

Festival’s reputation as a predictor of award-winning fare seems set with films from Denis Villeneuve, Jane Campion, Edgar Wright, Paolo Sorrentino and Pedro Almodóvar

Spencer, the much anticipated film about Diana, Princess of Wales, starring Kristen Stewart, is due to receive its world premiere on Friday at the Venice film festival – one of a string of high-profile debuts that the film industry is hoping will herald a return to some sort of normality after 18 months of pandemic. Along with the near-simultaneous Toronto film festival, Venice has traditionally marked the end of the summer blockbuster film season and the arrival of films aiming for critical praise and subsequent awards recognition. Spencer is due to be joined at Venice by Dune, the long-gestating adaptation of Frank Herbert’s mammoth sci-fi novel directed by Denis Villeneuve; ...

Published 2021-08-31 15:33:17


Queen of Denmark hired as set designer on new Netflix film

Queen Margrethe II, the reigning Danish monarch, will add an adaptation of Karen Blixen’s fantasy novel Ehrengard to her two previous screen credits

Queen Margrethe II, reigning monarch of Denmark, is to design the sets for a forthcoming Netflix film adapted from a novel by Karen Blixen, it has been announced. A romantic fantasy set in the fairytale kingdom of Babenhausen, Ehrengard will be directed by Bille August, the veteran Danish director of Pelle the Conqueror (which won both the Palme d’Or and Oscar for best foreign language film in 1988) and The Best Intentions (which won August a second Palme d’Or). Continue reading...

Published 2021-08-31 15:38:02


Ed Asner, who played Lou Grant in two hit shows, dies aged 91

Actor shone in The Mary Tyler Moore Show and spin-offSpell as Screen Actors Guild president ended over liberal viewsEd Asner, a who became a star in middle age as the gruff but lovable newsman Lou Grant, first in the hit comedy The Mary Tyler Moore Show and later in the drama Lou Grant, died on Sunday. He was 91.

Related: Ed Asner obituary Related: Mary Tyler Moore: a true cultural icon who changed the face of television Continue reading...

Published 2021-08-29 18:52:37


Tom Cruise’s car stolen while filming in Birmingham

Mission: Impossible star’s belongings reportedly missing from his BMW X7 when recovered in Smethwick

The Hollywood actor Tom Cruise’s BMW was stolen while he was filming in Birmingham. The BMW X7 had been used to ferry around the star, who has been in the city filming scenes for the seventh instalment in the Mission: Impossible series. Related: Tom Cruise’s Mission: Impossible 7 production temporarily shut down due to coronavirus case Continue reading...

Published 2021-08-27 14:23:56


‘We want to create magic’: Taking cinema to remote Spanish villages

La Barraca de Cine has spent the past year roving its way around dozens of communities across the country

Stretching six metres and painted turquoise, the trailer has trundled across Spain, making its way to mountaintop villages, cobblestone plazas and medieval historical centres. No matter the location, the process starts much in the same way: with the unfurling of a giant screen. “Our motto is cinema for everyone and anywhere,” said Patricia de Luna, one of the co-founders of La Barraca de Cine, a roving cinema that has made its way to dozens of villages across Spain in the past year. “Those evenings of cinema with family, friends and that shared experience with those around you – that’s the magic we want to create.” Continue reading...

Published 2021-08-27 04:15:07


Spencer: first trailer shows Kristen Stewart as Princess Diana

The film, set to premiere at the Venice film festival, takes a look at a weekend in the life of Diana from Jackie director Pablo Larraín

The first trailer for Spencer, the much-anticipated Diana, Princess of Wales drama, has been unveiled just days before its premiere at the Venice film festival. Related: Spencer: first poster released for Kristen Stewart’s Princess Diana film Continue reading...

Published 2021-08-26 16:56:33


Hong Kong to scour old films for subversive themes under new censorship law

Movies deemed a security threat can bring penalties of up to three years’ jail under stricter law that also covers previously approved titles

Hong Kong will scrutinise past films for national security breaches under a tough new censorship law in the latest blow to the city’s political and artistic freedoms. Authorities announced in June that the financial hub’s censorship board would check any future films for content that breached the security law. But on Tuesday they unveiled a new, hardened censorship law that would also cover any titles that had previously been given a green light. Related: Four Hong Kong students arrested for ‘advocating terrorism’ Related: Hong Kong reportedly lets Nicole Kidman skip Covid quarantine Continue reading...

Published 2021-08-25 05:46:41


Spencer: first poster released for Kristen Stewart’s Princess Diana film

Ahead of Venice premiere of Pablo Larraín’s biopic, teaser poster appears to show Diana weeping into enormous dress

A first poster has been released for Spencer, the forthcoming film about three days in the life of Diana, Princess of Wales, starring Kristen Stewart and directed by Pablo Larraín. The poster comes a week before the biopic is due to premiere at Venice film festival. The image appears to show Stewart bent double and weeping into a vast white gown, likely to be a version of the “Diaghilev” gown Diana Spencer wore on occasions such as a visit to the Royal Opera House and the film premiere of The Living Daylights. It was designed by David and Elizabeth Emanuel, who also created her wedding dress. Related: Kristen Stewart’s Princess Diana biopic to screen at Venice film festival ...

Published 2021-08-25 17:07:41


Marvel’s Elizabeth Olsen praises Scarlett Johansson in legal battle with Disney

The actor expressed support for Johansson’s legal action against the studio for releasing Black Widow on Disney+ at the same time as in cinemas

Scarlett Johansson’s lawsuit against Disney over Black Widow has received support from fellow actor Elizabeth Olsen, who plays Scarlet Witch in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In an interview with Vanity Fair, Olsen (who is currently starring in Marvel’s WandaVision series on Disney+) said that Johansson was “so tough” and “when I read [about the legal action] I was like, ‘good for you Scarlett’”. She added that “when it comes to actors and their earnings, I mean, that’s just, that’s just all contracts. So it’s either in the contract or it’s not.” Continue reading...

Published 2021-08-24 10:41:52


Sex Pistols win legal fight against Johnny Rotten over songs

High court judge rules that Paul Cook and Steve Jones are entitled to use material in Pistol TV series

The former Sex Pistols frontman, Johnny Rotten, has lost a high court attempt to block the punk band’s songs from being used in a forthcoming drama series. The group’s former drummer, Paul Cook, and guitarist, Steve Jones, sued the band’s ex-singer, whose real name is John Lydon, to allow their songs to feature in Pistol, a TV series directed by Danny Boyle. Related: John Lydon: 'Don't become entrenched in one opinion and get stuck there for ever' Continue reading...

Published 2021-08-23 11:13:41


Hong Kong reportedly lets Nicole Kidman skip Covid quarantine

Actor said to be given exemption to film Amazon TV series, as territory braces for tougher travel rules

Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAs Hong Kong braces for more draconian Covid-19 travel restrictions from Friday, the Australian actor Nicole Kidman has received an exemption from the government to skip quarantine, media reported. The exemption was given to allow her to film an Amazon television series called The Expats, the news website HK01 reported, a move that contrasts sharply with the mandatory hotel quarantine of up to three weeks that residents must undergo after entering the Chinese-ruled territory. Continue reading...

Published 2021-08-19 11:01:53


Sonny Chiba, martial arts master and Kill Bill star, dies aged 82

Chiba made his name with the 1970s Street Fighter trilogy, before Quentin Tarantino’s admiration brought him fame in the west

Sonny Chiba, the Japanese martial arts movie star who found late-career renown in Hollywood after outspoken admiration from Quentin Tarantino, has died aged 82 from a Covid-related illness. Variety reported that it had received confirmation of the news from Chiba’s agent. With an acting career beginning in the 1960s with a string of roles in Japanese martial arts films and TV shows, Chiba became widely known in the west after being name-checked in True Romance, the 1993 thriller written by Tarantino and directed by Tony Scott. By then, Chiba had become a star in Japan, appearing in titles such as the 1970s Street Fighter trilogy (and its spin-off, Sister Street Fighter), Bullet Train ...

Published 2021-08-19 16:22:40


Elizabeth Debicki channels Diana in first peek into The Crown’s fifth season

Production has begun in the UK on the next instalment of the wildly popular Netflix series, with an Australian taking centre stage

Netflix has released its first look of the Australian actor Elizabeth Debicki as Diana, Princess of Wales in the upcoming fifth season of The Crown. The British actor Dominic West will play her estranged husband Prince Charles as the pair traverse the 1990s, an era beset by extramarital affairs, eating disorders and assorted royal family dramas. Related: 'Famously the most Spanish city': The Crown mocked for lacklustre recreation of Australia Continue reading...

Published 2021-08-19 01:50:40


Werner Herzog to tell story of Japanese soldier who refused to surrender

The German film director has announced two new books: a memoir and The Twilight World, about a remarkable second world war officer

Werner Herzog is writing a book about Hiroo Onoda, the Japanese soldier who took three decades to surrender after the end of the second world war. The esteemed German film director’s take on the life of Onoda, The Twilight World, will be translated by the poet Michael Hofmann, and published next summer by The Bodley Head. A memoir by Herzog will follow in 2023, reflecting on his life and the decades he has spent in the film industry, creating films including Aguirre, the Wrath of God and Fitzcarraldo, and documentaries Grizzly Man and Cave of Forgotten Dreams. Continue reading...

Published 2021-08-18 12:56:08


Amanda Gorman: hosting the Met Gala is like ‘Cinderella going to the ball’

The poet who rose to fame at Joe Biden’s inauguration will co-chair with Gen Z favourites Billie Eilish, Timothée Chalamet and Naomi Osaka

Amanda Gorman has said that hosting the Met Gala next month feels like “Cinderella going to the ball”. The 23-year-old US national youth poet laureat, who rose to fame after her performance of The Hill We Climb in January at Joe Biden’s presidential inauguration, will co-chair the Met Gala alongside Gen Z favourites Billie Eilish, Timothée Chalamet and Naomi Osaka on 13 September. Continue reading...

Published 2021-08-16 16:11:41


Director Ken Loach says he has been expelled from Labour

Leftwing film-maker claims move by party is because he would ‘not disown those already expelled’

The veteran leftwing film-maker Ken Loach has said he has been expelled from the Labour party. Loach, whose films are regarded as landmarks of social realism, claimed the move by the party was because he would “not disown those already expelled”, and he hit out at an alleged “witch-hunt”. Related: Keir Starmer expected to back purge of far-left Labour factions Continue reading...

Published 2021-08-14 11:46:05


Disney reports post-Covid rebound as theme parks reopen

Streaming service Disney+ attracts 12m new subscribers, with company beating analysts’ forecasts

Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe reopening of theme parks and 12 million new subscribers to Disney+ fuelled a post-pandemic recovery at the world’s biggest entertainment company, which beat Wall Street expectations in the quarter to 3 July. Disney+ reached a global user base of 116 million in the quarter, ahead of analyst estimates of 115 million, dispelling fears that growth was slowing after the company missed targets in the second quarter. Continue reading...

Published 2021-08-13 07:42:01


Bollywood’s Kareena Kapoor subject to online abuse over baby’s name

Supporters say attacks over choice of name similar to 17th-century Muslim Mughal emperor rooted in prejudice against inter-faith marriage

Bollywood star Kareena Kapoor has received abuse online from extremists over her new baby’s name. Kapoor has been attacked on social media for calling her second son Jehangir, the imperial name of the 17th-century Mughal emperor, which means “conqueror of the world”. Kapoor, a Hindu, and her husband, Saif Ali Khan, a Muslim and also a Bollywood star, have faced abuse for their marriage. Related: Indian domestic workers lose their jobs to Covid fears Continue reading...

Published 2021-08-14 06:01:31


Una Stubbs, actor in Sherlock and Till Death Us Do Part, dies aged 84

TV and film actor, who also starred in Worzel Gummidge, ‘passed away quietly with her family around her’

Una Stubbs obituaryUna Stubbs: a life in picturesUna Stubbs, the actor whose long career took in Summer Holiday, Worzel Gummidge, Till Death Us Do Part and most recently Steven Moffat’s Sherlock, has died aged 84. In a statement her family said: “Mum passed away quietly today with her family around her, in Edinburgh. We ask for privacy and understanding at this most difficult and sad of times.” Related: Una Stubbs: ‘Which living person do I most despise? Tony Blair' It was one of the great joys of my life to work so closely with and to adore Una Stubbs. She was a wonderful, wonderful woman and a great and serenely graceful actor. Mischief was in her blood. We were so blessed ...

Published 2021-08-12 16:20:04


Una Stubbs: a life in pictures

Una Stubbs – the actor whose long career took in Summer Holiday, Worzel Gummidge, Till Death Us Do Part and most recently Steven Moffat’s Sherlock – has died aged 84.

Una Stubbs, actor in Sherlock and Till Death Us Do Part, dies aged 84Una Stubbs obituary Continue reading...

Published 2021-08-12 18:09:18


Una Stubbs, actor in Sherlock and Till Death Do Us Part, dies aged 84

TV and film actor, who also starred in Worzel Gummidge, ‘passed away quietly with her family around her’

The actor Una Stubbs, best known for roles in the film Summer Holiday and the BBC series Worzel Gummidge, Till Death Us Do Part, In Sickness and in Health and Sherlock, has died at the age of 84, her agent said. Born in Hertfordshire in 1937, she had a career in film, television and theatre spanning decades, including a recent role as Mrs Hudson in the BBC’s Sherlock opposite Benedict Cumberbatch. Related: Una Stubbs: ‘Which living person do I most despise? Tony Blair' Continue reading...

Published 2021-08-12 15:11:52


Instagram apologises after Almodóvar poster censorship row

The poster for new film Parallel Mothers, which depicts a female nipple, was removed from the social network but has been restored because of ‘clear artistic context’

Instagram has apologised for removing the official poster for Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar’s new film from the social network because it showed a female nipple, after the poster’s designer complained of censorship. Instagram’s parent company, Facebook, told the Associated Press on Wednesday that several images of the poster for Parallel Mothers (Madres Paralelas), which shows a lactating nipple, were removed “for breaking our rules against nudity” after they were uploaded on Monday. Continue reading...

Published 2021-08-11 15:33:41


Spanish female film-makers protest lifetime achievement award for Johnny Depp

President of Association of Female Filmmakers and Audiovisual Media says film festival award ‘transmits a terrible message’

A leading group of Spanish women film-makers condemned the San Sebastián film festival’s decision to award Johnny Depp its highest honour, saying it gave the international event a bad name. Cristina Andreu, the president of Spain’s Association of Female Filmmakers and Audiovisual Media, said she was “very surprised” by the decision to award Depp the Donostia award at the festival’s 69th edition in September. The award is the event’s top prize and aims to honour lifetime achievement. “This speaks very badly of the festival and its leadership, and transmits a terrible message to the public: ‘It doesn’t matter if you are an abuser as long as you are a good actor’,” ...

Published 2021-08-10 10:13:34


Johnny Depp to get lifetime achievement award from prominent film festival

San Sebastián film festival honours Depp as ‘one of contemporary cinema’s most talented actors’, despite recent controversy

Johnny Depp is to receive a lifetime achievement award from the San Sebastián film festival. In a statement on its website, the festival, based in the Basque resort town, praised Depp as “one of contemporary cinema’s most talented and versatile actors”, announcing that he would be given the Donostia award on 22 September. Previous recipients of the award include Viggo Mortensen, Penélope Cruz and Judi Dench. Continue reading...

Published 2021-08-9 14:59:52


‘We are pretty bruised’: UK cinemas bounce back from Covid closures

Admissions are almost at pre-pandemic levels despite fears that streaming would wreck business

Moviegoers are flocking to cinemas in numbers not seen since before the pandemic as the return of Hollywood blockbusters to the big screen fuels what theatre owners hope is the start of a post-Covid box office recovery. Tim Richards, the chief executive of Vue, the UK’s third biggest chain, says last weekend proved to be its best since February 2020 thanks to a slate of new films being given a theatrical release rather than just on streaming services. Related: Britons spent third of time watching TV and online videos in 2020 Continue reading...

Published 2021-08-6 12:56:36


Idris Elba western The Harder They Fall to open London film festival

The film will receive its world premiere at the 65th festival which is expected to mix in-person events with virtual programmes

The Harder They Fall, a new western starring Idris Elba, Jonathan Majors and Zazie Beetz, is to be the opening film for the 2021 edition of the BFI London film festival, it has been announced. Directed and co-written by Jeymes Samuel (AKA the Bullitts), The Harder They Fall is described by the festival as a “righteously new school western”, and features Majors as an outlaw who assembles a gang to take revenge on his enemy, played by Elba, who has recently been released from prison. Related: Idris Elba: ‘I used work to exorcise my demons’ Continue reading...

Published 2021-08-4 13:22:33


Mel Brooks announces his first memoir at the age of 95

All About Me!, to be published on 30 November, will cover everything from the film director’s military service to his long comedic partnership with Carl Reiner

At the age of 95, the comedian and film-maker Mel Brooks has written his first memoir. All About Me!: My Remarkable Life in Show Business will be published on 30 November by Penguin Random House in both the US and the UK. The book will cover everything from Brooks’s New York childhood and service in the second world war to his creative partnership with the late Carl Reiner, his 40-year marriage to Anne Bancroft and how his film The Producers was adapted into an award-winning musical. Related: 'Love and free food': Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner share the secrets of their 70-year friendship Continue reading...

Published 2021-08-4 16:53:40


Noel Clarke quits his own production company following sexual misconduct allegations

The film and TV actor has left Unstoppable Film and TV after more than 20 women accused him of bullying and harassment

Noel Clarke has left his production company, Unstoppable Film and TV, after allegations of bullying and sexual misconduct first reported in the Guardian in April. Clarke, 45, has left the firm – which produced his Sky series Bulletproof as well as films including Adulthood and Brotherhood – along with co-founder Jason Maza, 34. The company was founded by the pair in 2017, and was backed by the “super indie” distributor All3Media, who confirmed their departure in a statement to Variety. Clarke and Maza had been suspended from the company after the Guardian’s initial reporting. Related: ‘Sexual predator’: actor Noel Clarke accused of groping, harassment and bullying by 20 ...

Published 2021-08-3 11:14:55


Hollywood’s Sunset Studio to open new base in Hertfordshire

US production house is latest major studio to find a home in region as demand for TV and film surges

Hollywood’s Sunset Studios, which produced La La Land, Zoolander and the first in the X-Men franchise, has become the latest US movie production house to adopt the leafy Hertfordshire countryside as its main base outside the US. Backed by £700m from two major US investment firms, the TV and film studio complex will create more than 4,500 jobson a 37-hectare (91-acre) greenfield site in Broxbourne, close to the arc of rival studio complexes north-west of London known as Britain’s Hollywood. Continue reading...

Published 2021-08-2 06:00:19


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