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Online fund for unpaid Fyre festival staff raises tens of thousands

GoFundMe receives almost $80,000 for Bahamian workers who lost out in festival scam

Tens of thousands of pounds have been raised for Bahamian restaurant workers whose life savings were wiped out in a multimillion-pound fraud by the organisers of the Fyre festival. Maryann Rolle said her team worked round the clock preparing 1,000 meals a day for festival staff but went unpaid when it imploded in April 2017. Related: It’s not just the Fyre festival – this is the golden age of the social media con | Emma Brockes Continue reading...

Published 2019-01-20 13:14:44

Netflix adds 8.8 million subscribers as its stock falls over spending fears

Company’s fourth-quarter earnings were in line with analyst estimates and came after it announced a subscription price hike

Netflix added 8.8 million paid subscribers in the last quarter, up 34% compared with the year-earlier period, as the streaming media company launched hits including the movies Bird Box and Roma and the series You, The Haunting of Hill House and Sex Education. The company’s fourth-quarter earnings were broadly in line with analyst estimates and came after the streaming media giant announced a subscription price hike. Related: Netflix to raise US prices for first time since 2017 Continue reading...

Published 2019-01-17 22:26:09

Netflix criticised for using images of real-life rail disaster in Bird Box

Mayor of Lac-Mégantic, where 47 died in 2013 explosion, demands images of the incident be removed from streaming giant’s sci-fi hit

The mayor of a Canadian town where 47 people were killed in a rail disaster in 2013 has complained to Netflix after images of the incident were used in the hit sci-fi film Bird Box. The accident happened when a train carrying crude oil exploded in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, and the BBC reports that Netflix confirmed that footage of the disaster was included in a montage sequence illustrating an attack. Continue reading...

Published 2019-01-17 12:21:11

Monopoly film adaptation to star Kevin Hart gets go ahead

After repeated attempts to get a movie based on the board game off the ground, Hart will play the lead in what is likely to be a live-action caper

Kevin Hart has signed up to play the lead role in a film based on the Monopoly board game, it has emerged. According to Deadline, Hart has joined the long-gestating project along with Tim Story, who directed him in Ride Along and Night School. Hart is also credited as one of the producers. Other than the suggestion it will be live-action, no other details are known. Continue reading...

Published 2019-01-17 17:27:26

Who ya gonna call? Ivan Reitman sends son Jason to direct Ghostbusters 3

Up in the Air film-maker to take charge of ‘secret’ sequel to father’s original comedies, unconnected to Paul Feig’s contentious 2016 female reboot

Jason Reitman, the son of original Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman, has been hired to direct a “secret” new entry in the Ghostbusters series. According to Entertainment Weekly, Reitman senior will produce the new film, which will act as a continuation of Ghostbusters II and is unconnected thematically with the 2016 all-female reboot. Related: Jason Reitman: 'Growing up sucks, doesn't it?' Continue reading...

Published 2019-01-16 11:50:08

Apple-produced movie On the Rocks reunites Bill Murray and Sofia Coppola

Comedy star and director who delivered Oscar-winning global hit Lost in Translation spearhead tech giant’s $4bn move into content

Tech giant Apple has announced that its first original feature film will reteam actor Bill Murray and director Sofia Coppola for a father-daughter comedy-drama called On the Rocks. According to the Hollywood Reporter, On the Rocks is about a young mother, played by Rashida Jones, who reconnects with her larger-than-life playboy father (Murray) on an adventure through New York. Continue reading...

Published 2019-01-16 12:15:12

YouTube bans dangerous pranks after Bird Box challenge

Platform acts after challenge leads to people walking through traffic and driving while blindfolded

YouTube has banned creators from depicting “dangerous challenges and pranks”, after a wave of incidents prompted by a viral challenge involving driving blindfolded pushed it to act. The so-called Bird Box challenge, inspired by the Netflix film of the same name, saw YouTubers imitating scenes from the movie in which characters must perform common tasks while blindfolded. A culture of one-upmanship meant that rapidly progressed to online celebrities such as Jake Paul walking through traffic and driving their cars while unable to see, leading to a Utah teenager crashing her car into oncoming traffic repeating the stunt.Bird Box Challenge while driving...predictable result. This ...

Published 2019-01-16 16:24:25

Rape scenes no longer allowed in films rated suitable for under-15s

New UK guidelines for films depicting sexual violence follow societal shift, says BBFC

Scenes of rape and other forms of sexual violence will no longer be allowed in films classified for under-15s in a shake-up of the British ratings system. The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) will on Thursday publish new classification guidelines explaining in detail why films get the ratings they are given, from U up to R18. Continue reading...

Published 2019-01-16 17:24:55

Anti-abortion film Roe v Wade releases first footage online

A trailer for the controversial film from rightwing entrepreneur Nick Loeb references Brett Kavanaugh’s appointment to the supreme court

The first footage has emerged of Roe v Wade, a controversial anti-abortion film, which is part of conservative efforts to overturn the landmark 1973 US supreme court ruling that deemed abortion a fundamental right under the US constitution. Co-written and co-directed by entrepreneur Nick Loeb, who sued his former partner Sofía Vergara in an attempt to gain control over their frozen embryos, Roe v Wade is an explicitly pro-life statement that its makers claimed was shot in secret fearing harassment from pro-choice activists. This is an entirely separate project from one recently announced by UK producers Alison Owen and Debra Hayward, which will focus on lawyer Sarah Weddington, who ...

Published 2019-01-15 12:02:08

Carol Channing, star of Hello, Dolly! on Broadway, dies aged 97

Celebrated for her performances in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Hello, Dolly! Channing also earned an Oscar nomination for Thoroughly Modern Millie

The sparky Broadway and film star with a husky comic drawl – tributeCarol Channing, the American actor who originated the roles of Lorelei Lee in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and the eponymous heroine of Hello, Dolly! on Broadway, has died aged 97. Channing died of natural causes after suffering multiple strokes last year, her publicist, Harlan Boll, said. Channing played the matchmaking widow Dolly Levi more than 5,000 times across three Broadway runs from the 1960s to the 1990s and on tours around the world. The part had been turned down by Ethel Merman, but Channing made it her own, donning a hat as feathery as her eyelashes and a red sequinned gown. The musical, based on a Thornton ...

Published 2019-01-15 12:31:56

Roma victory at Critics' Choice awards strengthens Oscar hopes

Alfonso Cuarón’s drama picks up four awards, while The Americans and The Marvelous Mrs Maisel dominate the TV section with three each

Alfonso Cuarón’s nostalgic evocation of a 1970s Mexican childhood emerged as the big winner at the Critics’ Choice film awards on Sunday, picking up four awards including best film, and solidifying its place as a serious contender for the big Oscar prizes next month. As well as best picture, Roma won best director and best cinematography for Cuarón personally, and best foreign language film. The Critics’ Choice pick for best picture has coincided with the Oscars’ seven times in the last decade, and as such is seen as a vital indicator for which way the Academy will jump. Despite not being eligible for best picture at the Golden Globes, Roma’s Oscar odds shortened after its ...

Published 2019-01-14 13:00:34

Screen Actors Guild accuses Academy of ‘intimidation’ over Oscars ceremony

SAG-AFTRA union criticised the Academy over its ‘graceless pressure tactics’ to secure presenters for this year’s awards show

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has been accused of intimidation by the Screen Actors Guild (SAG). In a statement, SAG-AFTRA has claimed that an “extraordinary and unwarranted pressure” is being placed on their members to appear on stage at this year’s Oscars without previously presenting at this month’s SAG awards. Related: Roma victory at Critics' Choice awards strengthens Oscar hopes Continue reading...

Published 2019-01-14 18:51:42

Oscar contender Roma stirs up nostalgia and guilt in Mexico’s middle class

The drama about a servant and her employers has sparked soul-searching – and yearning for an era of certaintiesIn the opening scene of the film , soapy water splashes across the screen. It’s the product of the protagonist, Cleo, scrubbing the driveway and cleaning up dog mess, which her employers, a middle-class Mexican family, chide her for not removing promptly.

The scene, however simple and aesthetically pleasing, sends a subtle message that many Mexican moviegoers immediately understand about domestic workers like Cleo and the confusing status in the households they serve. I think it is one of Mexico's most serious cinematic attempts at dealing with racism Continue reading...

Published 2019-01-13 08:00:05

The Rock says Daily Star fabricated 'snowflake' criticism

Tabloid quoted actor Dwayne Johnson as saying millennials are ‘putting us backwards’

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has claimed the Daily Star fabricated a front-page story in which the film star appeared to criticise millennials as “snowflakes”. The story, which appeared on Friday’s front page under the headline “The Rock Smacks Down Snowflakes” and was billed as an exclusive, was picked up by news outlets around the world.“This generation are looking for a reason to be offended; generation snowflake are actually putting us backwards,” - The Rock makes the front page of Friday’s Daily Star: #WWE #tomorrowspaperstoday Continue reading...

Published 2019-01-12 11:24:34

Popcorn and pliés … ballet turns to cinemas to get children dancing

Northern Ballet tries a new way to break down barriers to the increasingly elitist world of classical danceChildren are no strangers to the cinema, where they can watch a dizzying array of films, from animated cartoons to blockbuster musicals to the latest rite-of-passage teen hits.

But ballet is not a genre they get out the popcorn for. And that, according to David Nixon, artistic director of Northern Ballet, is a shame. Continue reading...

Published 2019-01-12 14:00:00

Love, vengeance and the enduring appeal of Mary, Queen of Scots

The latest film version of her turbulent life and death strengthens the seductive allure of the rebel queen

More than 400 years after her brutal slaying at the hands of her royal English cousin, Mary, Queen of Scots continues to mesmerise the captains and kings of Hollywood. Edinburgh will host the premiere of Mary Queen of Scots, the eagerly anticipated latest screen adaptation of history’s most turbulent queen. It stars Saoirse Ronan as the ill-fated monarch who combined exquisite gifts of statecraft with ruthless expediency to control and manipulate her court of perfidious noblemen. Margot Robbie plays Mary’s cousin, Queen Elizabeth of England, and the film also features David Tennant and Guy Pearce. Related: Saoirse Ronan: ‘I’ve played a lot of weird people. I have!’ Continue ...

Published 2019-01-12 18:00:06

Teen crashes car after driving blindfolded for Bird Box challenge

A 17-year-old in Utah was involved in a highway collision involving another car after reportedly taking part in the social media challenge based on the Netflix horror hit

A 17-year-old has caused a highway collision after driving blindfolded as part of the Bird Box challenge. Related: Flying high: how Bird Box became Netflix's biggest hit to date Bird Box Challenge while driving...predictable result. This happened on Monday as a result of the driver covering her eyes while driving on Layton Parkway. Luckily no injuries. Continue reading...

Published 2019-01-11 22:27:58

Martin Scorsese to direct film about Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue

Netflix documentary will feature new interviews with the legendary songwriter about his celebrated mid-70s tour

Netflix has announced that Martin Scorsese will direct a documentary about Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue tour. Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story will feature new on-camera interviews with the legendary songwriter. The streaming platform says the film “captures the troubled spirit of America in 1975 and the joyous music that Dylan performed during the fall of that year.” It is due later this year. Related: The most anticipated films of 2019: 1-10 Continue reading...

Published 2019-01-11 10:33:33

Green Book writer apologises for anti-Muslim tweet

Nick Vallelonga says he is ‘incredibly sorry’ after discovery of a 2015 tweet in which he backed a false claim by Donald Trump about 9/11

Nick Vallelonga, the Green Book writer and producer whose late father Tony is a central character in the film, has apologised for a 2015 social media post that triggered accusations of Islamophobia. Vallelonga has come under fire after the discovery of a tweet in which he backed Donald Trump’s false claim during the election campaign that in New Jersey “thousands of people were cheering” the destruction of the World Trade Center. In a widely circulated screenshot, Vallelonga wrote in reply to Trump: “100% correct. Muslims in Jersey City cheering when towers went down. I saw it, as you did, possibly on local CBS news.” Continue reading...

Published 2019-01-11 12:16:59

The full list of nominations for the Baftas 2019

From The Favourite to Bohemian Rhapsody, the full list of films up for a gong at this year’s leading British film awards

Full report: The Favourite rules nominations BlacKkKlansmanThe FavouriteGreen BookRomaA Star Is Born Continue reading...

Published 2019-01-9 08:00:40

Alfonso Cuarón condemns Spanish subtitles on Roma

Director says it is offensive for Netflix to think viewers in Spain need Mexican Spanish translated

The Oscar-winning director Alfonso Cuarón has attacked Netflix’s decision to offer Iberian Spanish subtitles for his Mexico City-set film Roma, calling it “parochial, ignorant and offensive to Spaniards themselves”. The semi-autobiographical film, which tells the story of Cleo, a maid to a middle-class Mexican family in the 1970s, has already won a string of awards and is nominated for a best film Bafta. It is also heavily tipped as an Oscars frontrunner. Continue reading...

Published 2019-01-9 13:45:19

Patriotic tank film smashes Russian box office record

The state-funded war film T-34, about a Soviet soldier’s ‘devotion to the motherland’, has taken £8m in its opening weekend

A Russian war film that tells of a Soviet soldier’s “devotion to the motherland”, the latest in a line of state-funded patriotic blockbusters, has broken Russian box office records for its first week on release in the new year. T-34, named after a type of tank used in extensively in the second world war, had the best opening weekend of all time for a Russian-made movie with around 713m roubles (£8.3m) in takings, according to an industry newsletter. Continue reading...

Published 2019-01-9 13:49:15

Les Invisibles: former homeless women star in new French comedy

Former homeless women star in award-winning story about sleeping rough in the north

At a time when France is facing street protests about social injustice, a comedy about homeless women in the north is being tipped as one of the funniest and most moving films of the year. Les Invisibles, which opened in French cinemas on Wednesday, tells the story of women sleeping rough in northern France as a social work centre is threatened with closure. Continue reading...

Published 2019-01-9 17:53:09

Backlash after ex-Pixar head scores new job despite #MeToo allegations

John Lasseter will head up Skydance Animation in a move that ‘endorses and perpetuates a broken system’ according to a Time’s Up statement

Ex-Pixar head John Lasseter has scored a top new position in Hollywood, leading to a backlash from within the industry. Lasseter took a leave of absence from Pixar and Disney after admitting “missteps” related to his treatment of female colleagues. The cofounder of Pixar Animation Studios and the animation chief of Walt Disney Company apologised for anyone upset by an “unwanted hug” or “any other gesture” that was perceived as crossing the line. Related: Pixar's John Lasseter steps down from Disney in wake of #MeToo Continue reading...

Published 2019-01-9 21:39:36

Kevin Hart rules himself out of Oscars hosting return

The comedian has now declared himself ‘over it’ when it comes to discussions about being rehired at Oscars host, saying he has ‘nothing to prove’

At the end of last week, the actor and comedian who stepped down from hosting this year’s Oscars in the wake of a controversy over homophobia, said he was “evaluating” his position in terms of a return to the role. On Wednesday, Hart appeared to have come to a decision: that he would not be open to being rehired by the Academy – at least, not this year. When are the Oscars? Related: Oscars host Kevin Hart's homophobia is no laughing matter | Benjamin Lee Continue reading...

Published 2019-01-10 10:12:21

Michael Jackson estate calls sex abuse documentary 'outrageous and pathetic'

Leaving Neverland, by Bafta-winning director Dan Reed, will receive its world premiere at this year’s Sundance film festival

Michael Jackson’s estate has condemned a new documentary film, Leaving Neverland, which features allegations that the singer sexually abused children. Speaking to TMZ, representatives from the estate said the film was “another lurid production in an outrageous and pathetic attempt to exploit and cash in on Michael Jackson … just another rehash of dated and discredited allegations. It’s baffling why any credible film-maker would involve himself with this project.” Continue reading...

Published 2019-01-10 11:09:23

Green Book film-makers in line of fire as sexual and religious controversies emerge

Director Peter Farrelly apologises for ‘sick’ sexual pranks while writer Nick Vallelonga is accused of Islamophobia

Golden Globe-winning drama Green Book has been hit with further controversy after the film’s director, Peter Farrelly, apologised for his past sexual misconduct and its producer and co-writer Nick Vallelonga (on whose book the film is based) was accused of Islamophobia. Farrelly responded after newspaper articles from the 1990s were unearthed mentioning his predilection for showing his penis during meetings, including one with Cameron Diaz before she was cast in the 1998 hit There’s Something About Mary, which Farrelly co-directed with his brother Bobby. An article from 1998 in Newsweek, in the run-up to that film’s release, describes the “sick pranks” that the brothers ...

Published 2019-01-10 15:01:04

Oscars 2019 to have no host – but all the Avengers set to present

With Kevin Hart unlikely to be replaced, the Academy is planning a roster of high-profile presenters, including actors from Marvel’s franchise

For some years, the Academy Awards have been seeking to shake up their annual telecast, in an attempt to freshen the ceremony and lure a larger – and younger – audience. Veteran producers have been let go; edgier hosts employed – and ratings continued to fall. Related: Why a no-host Oscars could be a gang show of grisliness When are the Oscars? Continue reading...

Published 2019-01-10 16:56:58

Family files lawsuit after being called 'ugly' in Christmas movie

Setiam and Katherine Allah are suing Lifetime after their photo was used without permission in TV movie Christmas Harmony

US cable channel Lifetime is being sued by a couple after they were called “ugly” in the festive TV movie Christmas Harmony. Setiam and Katherine Allah sent out 50 family portraits to friends and family, one of which found its way to the set of the film, which premiered in November 2018. In the offending scene, lead character Harmony attaches the picture to a wall but is told by her love interest to remove it. She protests and he responds: “They’re ugly.” Continue reading...

Published 2019-01-10 19:02:37

The Favourite begins reign at UK box office after Golden Globes glory

Mary Poppins Returns holds on to the top spot but Olivia Colman’s Queen Anne makes an impressive debut ahead of the Oscars race

January and February represent the climax of awards season in the UK, when many of the films with the biggest chance of Oscar and Bafta wins are released. A year ago, those releases included best picture Oscar nominees Darkest Hour, The Shape of Water, Lady Bird, Phantom Thread, The Post and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Continue reading...

Published 2019-01-8 12:49:18

Kevin Spacey attends court in Nantucket on indecent assault charge

Actor will face a maximum of five years in prison if convicted over groping incident that allegedly took place at a bar in 2016

At a minutes-long arraignment on the ritzy Massachusetts island of Nantucket on Monday, Kevin Spacey did not appear to utter a word. Related: Kevin Spacey case brings attention to Nantucket – where many go to avoid spotlight Continue reading...

Published 2019-01-8 13:35:50

James Bulger's mother calls for Oscars to drop drama about son's killers

Bulger’s parents argue Detainment, a short film about the 1993 case, is sympathetic to the toddler’s murderers and shouldn’t have been made

The parents of James Bulger, the two-year-old boy murdered in Liverpool in 1993, have criticised the makers of a short film about the case, which has been shortlisted for an Oscar nomination. Detainment, written and directed by Irish film-maker Vincent Lambe, is based on transcripts of the police interrogation of Robert Thompson and Jon Venables, who were 10 years old at the time and were subsequently convicted of the murder. It won best short film and special jury award at the Cannes Lions festival in June 2018 (a separate event from the high profile film festival), and went on to win the grand prix at the Odense film festival in Denmark, which qualified it to be considered for an ...

Published 2019-01-8 14:51:20

'Hail Christian!': Church of Satan revels in Bale's Golden Globes shoutout

Church thanks actor for crediting underworld lord as inspiration for his performance as Dick Cheney, but politician’s daughter is among those inflamed by tribute

The critics and the awards voters are broadly united: Christian Bale’s transformative performance as Dick Cheney in Vice is the best male performance of the year. But opinion is more divided on the actor’s acceptance speech at Sunday night’s Golden Globe awards: as well as praise from pundits, the actor’s shoutout to Satan as an inspiration behind his performance as the former US vice president found favour with satanist officials. Related: Vice review – Christian Bale hilarious as toad-like VP Dick Cheney That'll teach him. probably inspired him to do this, too. Christian Bale arrested for 'assault on mother and sister'| The Independent. ...

Published 2019-01-8 14:58:58

Bohemian Rhapsody and Green Book defy odds at Golden Globes 2019 – as it happened

The Queen biopic and the road trip comedy took top prizes while Olivia Colman, Christian Bale and Richard Madden made it a strong night for British talent

The full list of winnersWhat we learned from the Golden Globes 5.39am GMT Before the night had began, many predicted that the 76th Golden Globes ceremony would be dominated by a film about a singer with ambitious dreams. Now, as the night ends, no one expected it would be Bohemian Rhapsody. 5.28am GMT Here’s a full wrap of tonight’s madness: Related: Golden Globes 2019: Bohemian Rhapsody and Green Book win big 5.26am GMT And we interviewed Globe winner Glenn Close at the very start of The Wife’s rollout back in 2017 Related: Glenn Close: ‘People don’t realise that you keep your sexuality up until you die’ 5.23am GMT Here’s a bit more background on Green Book, ...

Published 2019-01-7 05:39:52

Five must-see moments from the 2019 Golden Globe awards – video highlights

The 76th annual Golden Globe awards, hosted by Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg, featured some memorable acceptance speech moments, as well as an on-stage 'engagement'

Bohemian Rhapsody and Green Book defy odds at Golden Globes 2019 – as it happenedBohemian Rhapsody and Green Book win bigThe full list of Golden Globes 2019 winners Continue reading...

Published 2019-01-7 07:27:38

Fired Bohemian Rhapsody director Bryan Singer says 'thank you' for Golden Globes

‘What an honor,’ says film-maker who was dropped from the Freddie Mercury biopic, winner of the award for best film (drama)

Bryan Singer, the credited director of Queen and Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody who was conspicuously not thanked by the film’s award winners at the Golden Globes, has posted a thank-you note on social media. What an honor. Thank you #HollywoodForeignPress Related: Ten things we learned from the Golden Globes: A Star is Born fades but Roma really can't win Continue reading...

Published 2019-01-7 14:55:55

Kevin Spacey appears in court in Nantucket on indecent assault charge

Actor will face a maximum of five years in prison if convictedGroping incident allegedly took place at bar in 2016At a minutes-long arraignment on the ritzy Massachusetts island of Nantucket on Monday, Kevin Spacey did not appear to utter a word.

Related: Kevin Spacey case brings attention to Nantucket – where many go to avoid spotlight Related: Kevin Spacey's creepy video looks like a cynical attempt at distraction | Michael Segalov Continue reading...

Published 2019-01-7 17:17:19

Disney spent £100m making the new Mary Poppins in the UK

Sequel has already grossed £30m, bring some Christmas cheer to Britain’s box offices

Disney has revealed it spent nearly £100m making Mary Poppins Returns, the sequel to the 1964 classic starring Julie Andrews, in Britain. The film, with Emily Blunt playing the eponymous nanny, brought some Christmas cheer to the British box office grossing £30m since it was released two weeks ago. London is also a star in the film, with some of the capital’s most famous landmarks used as backdrops for key scenes. Continue reading...

Published 2019-01-6 17:30:37

Mungau Dain, Tanna star and 'Vanuatu’s Brad Pitt', dies after untreated leg infection

First-time actor, who starred in Oscar-nominated Australian-Vanuatu film, remembered as a ‘gentle soul’ and ‘deep family man’

Mungau Dain, who starred in the Oscar-nominated Australian-Vanuatu film Tanna – his first acting role – has died in Port Vila following an untreated infection in his leg. The film’s co-directors, Bentley Dean and Martin Butler, and script editor Janita Suter, spoke to Guardian Australia after conversations with people on the island about Dain’s death. Related: Tanna review – volcanic South Pacific love story shot entirely in Vanuatu Continue reading...

Published 2019-01-7 02:52:15

The full list of Golden Globes 2019 winners

Green Book and Bohemian Rhapsody took home top film prizes while Olivia Colman and Rami Malek won acting honours

Best actor in a TV series – musical or comedySacha Baron Cohen – Who Is America? Jim Carrey – KiddingWINNER: Michael Douglas – The Kominsky MethodDonald Glover – AtlantaBill Hader – Barry Best animated feature filmIncredibles 2Isle of DogsMiraiRalph Breaks the InternetWINNER: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Continue reading...

Published 2019-01-7 04:44:23

Golden Globes 2019: Bohemian Rhapsody and Green Book win big

The Queen biopic and the road trip comedy won the major film awards while Olivia Colman and Christian Bale led a strong night for British talent

Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody and fact-based comedy Green Book won major film awards at the 76th annual Golden Globes in a night that also saw a strong showing for British talent. Related: Golden Globes 2019 nominations: the full list Continue reading...

Published 2019-01-7 05:22:28

Golden Globes 2019: Bohemian Rhapsody and Green Book win big – live!

The Queen biopic and the road trip comedy were the biggest winners while Olivia Colman, Christian Bale and Richard Madden made it a strong night for British talent

5.28am GMT Here’s a full wrap of tonight’s madness: Related: Golden Globes 2019: Bohemian Rhapsody and Green Book win big 5.26am GMT And we interviewed Globe winner Glenn Close at the very start of The Wife’s rollout back in 2017 Related: Glenn Close: ‘People don’t realise that you keep your sexuality up until you die’ 5.23am GMT Here’s a bit more background on Green Book, which picked up three major awards tonight, including best motion picture - musical or comedy Related: Green Book: the true story behind the Oscar-buzzed road trip drama 5.21am GMT Something to look forward to...Don’t worry, Bryan Singer will go on Ellen and she’ll forgive him and all ...

Published 2019-01-7 05:28:56

'Fiji Water Girl' plays best supporting role in Golden Globes

Worker armed with a tray of refreshment and unerring sense of where the camera steals the show

The Golden Globes red carpet featured its share of scene-stealers: Lady Gaga in a dress with a train several metres long , Timothee Chalamet in a sequin holster, Melissa McCarthy dressed like a gorgeous, purple wizard, and Billy Porter in an embellished silk cape with a hot pink lining. Related: Golden Globes 2019: Bohemian Rhapsody and Green Book win big This woman holding FIJI Water at the #GoldenGlobes truly came to SERVE. got mad because I got all the attention... Chillax, Nics. #GoldenGlobes“Richard looked handsome but hot in his velvet suit. Luckily, my Fiji tray provided him with the sweet relief he desperately needed ...

Published 2019-01-7 05:28:58

Kevin Hart may return as Oscars host to 'take a stand against the trolls'

In remarkable interview with Ellen DeGeneres, comic says he is rethinking decision to step down after homophobic tweets came to light

Kevin Hart, the comedian and actor who stepped down as Oscars host three days after his appointment was confirmed, now seems set to return to the post. In an hour-long interview on Ellen DeGeneres’s chatshow, Hart said he was considering his options following a confused episode in which the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences reportedly asked him to apologise for past homophobic tweets and standup routines or to step down from the role. Related: Oscars host Kevin Hart's homophobia is no laughing matter | Benjamin Lee I believe in forgiveness. I believe in second chances. And I believe in @KevinHart4real. First, the people who brought up Kevin ...

Published 2019-01-4 10:55:05

Lady Gaga tipped to win at diverse, 'Trump-free' Golden Globes

Awards season kicks off with record showing for films from directors of colour

Stars will be out in force on Sunday to kick off this year’s awards season with the 76th Golden Globes, a ceremony that typically acts as a more raucous alternative to the Oscars. But there will be one noticeable A-list absentee. In 2017, Meryl Streep’s powerful onstage criticism of Donald Trump’s rhetoric helped set the tone for a tense relationship between the president and Hollywood, but 2019 co-host Sandra Oh has promised that this year will be different. Related: Golden Globes 2019: who will win – and who should win – the TV categories Continue reading...

Published 2019-01-4 11:49:05

Letitia Wright and Cynthia Erivo among Bafta rising star nominees

Lakeith Stanfield, Jessie Buckley and Barry Keoghan complete shortlist for this year’s prize, voted for by the public

The five nominees for this year’s rising star Bafta have been revealed, with Black Panther star Letitia Wright current favourite to attract the most public votes to crown her the winner at the ceremony on 10 February. Wright, 25, is a Guyanese-born British actor who cut her teeth on TV shows such as Top Boy and Banana. Last year, Fandango named her the highest box-office earning actor of 2018, with her roles in Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, The Commuter and Ready Player One meaning she pulled in more money than any other actor in Hollywood last year – for the studios, at least.dope dope.just deposit that amount into my bank account Related: Is ...

Published 2019-01-3 12:01:27

The Notebook: hit romantic drama to be turned into Broadway musical

Hugely popular film starring Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams is to be given the song and dance treatment

Hit romantic drama The Notebook, which sparked a real-life love story between its stars Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams, is being adapted for Broadway as a musical. Singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson told NBC’s Today show on Thursday that she has been developing the musical for more than a year. Bekah Brunstetter, a producer on the NBC family drama series This is Us, is writing the show, which will be produced in collaboration with Nicholas Sparks, author of the book on which it is based. Related: Ryan Gosling movies – ranked! Continue reading...

Published 2019-01-4 01:41:17

Number of Hollywood hits directed by women falls to 20-year low

‘Radical underrepresentation’ of women in the film industry remains unchanged, says annual study

Only 8% of Hollywood’s top films in 2018 were directed by women, down from 11% the previous year, despite high-profile efforts to improve gender equality. The percentage is roughly unchanged from two decades ago, according to an annual study, which found a “radical underrepresentation” of women in the industry. Related: Hollywood must drop fixation with beauty, says Night Manager director Continue reading...

Published 2019-01-4 04:23:26

'Christmas from hell' caps bad year for high street DVD sellers

Digital growth fuels £250m drop in physical sales of films, music, TV and games

A “Christmas from hell” capped a disastrous year for high street sellers of DVDs and CDs, as the digital revolution fuelled a near-£250m decline in sales of physical copies of films, music, TV shows and video games in 2018. In the week leading up to Christmas, sales of DVDs were down more than 31%, Blu-ray discs plummeted by over 33% and music CD sales slumped by 29%, a festive nightmare that pushed the UK’s biggest music and movies retailer HMV into administration last week. Continue reading...

Published 2019-01-3 00:01:05

Olivia Newton-John posts video: 'Rumours of my death have been greatly exaggerated'

Singer, who has been treated for breast cancer, posts video addressing US media reports that she is ‘clinging to life’

Olivia Newton-John has denied recent reports in US media that she had just “weeks” to live. Appearing in a short video posted on social media, the Australian music and screen icon wished fans a happy new year, and said reports of her imminent death were off the mark.Happy New Year! Here’s to a wonderful 2019! Love & light, Olivia Related: It was panned on release – so why are we hopelessly devoted to Grease 40 years later? Continue reading...

Published 2019-01-3 02:08:14

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