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Magazine defends 'Tarantino cretin' interview with Ennio Morricone

German Playboy says it is ‘surprised’ by the film composer’s claim that he did not give the interview

The German edition of Playboy magazine has defended its claim to have interviewed Ennio Morricone, in which the celebrated film composer allegedly said Quentin Tarantino was a “cretin” and that his films were “trash”. In a statement issued to the Guardian, Playboy said: “We are surprised to hear that Ennio Morricone denies having given an interview to German Playboy. The conversation did in fact take place on 30 June 2018 at his property in Rome. The interview with German Playboy was arranged via the concert promotion company Semmel Concerts, who were also present. We are also confused by the claim that parts of the published statements were not made in this form.” Continue ...

Published 2018-11-13 10:38:47


Hot fuzz: why has the world gone mad over Pokémon Detective Pikachu?

The live-action film trailer has become an overnight sensation – thanks to a mix of unsettlement, nostalgia and Ryan Reynolds

This week, Warner Bros released the first trailer for Pokémon: Detective Pikachu, a live-action Pokémon film due for release in May. At the time of writing, the trailer has been viewed 10m times on the official YouTube channel alone, and tens of millions more via Facebook and Twitter. Vice declared the trailer “extremely cursed”. It’s been a top trend on all night, with hundreds of tweets a minute. So what is it about this trailer that has provoked such an intense reaction? Pokémon is a pretty sacred source of childhood nostalgia for most millennials – a lot of us think about it the same way that 45-year-old men think about Star Wars. Anything that taps into (or messes with) ...

Published 2018-11-13 12:36:41


The Grinch steals ahead of Bohemian Rhapsody at UK box office

Festive season hits the multiplexes as the animated grump climbs ahead of rockers, soldiers and Widows

Knocking Bohemian Rhapsody off the top of the UK box office after its two-week reign is The Grinch, the latest from Despicable Me animation house Illumination Entertainment. The Dr Seuss adaption begins with a solid if unspectacular £5.02m. In the US it performed better, with a $67.6m (£52.3) debut. Thanks to Comscore. All figures relate to takings in UK and Ireland cinemas. Continue reading...

Published 2018-11-13 13:02:42


'The greatest superpower is luck': Stan Lee in quotes

As well as creating a universe of enduring characters, Stan Lee spent a lifetime championing equality, diversity, and the rich art of comic books

News: Marvel co-creator dies aged 95Share your tributes and memoriesStan Lee, the co-creator of Spider-Man, Iron Man, the Fantastic Four, Daredevil and the X-Men, who has died aged 95, was an outspoken advocate of equality and of the value of comics as an art form. Here are some of his greatest quotes. Continue reading...

Published 2018-11-13 13:15:37


Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War take People's Choice honours

Shadowhunters, Korean boyband BTS and Khloe Kardashian were the other major winners in the awards determined by an online vote

The People’s Choice awards – the first major awards ceremony of the season – have seen Avengers: Infinity War and Black Panther take the honours in the film section, giving them an early boost in the Oscars jostle. The awards are voted for in a complex online poll and cover TV, music and pop culture as well as movies, and lean towards commercial and mainstream releases. Avengers: Infinity War was named best movie and action movie, with Scarlett Johansson named best female movie star, while Black Panther took two acting awards – best male movie star for Chadwick Boseman, and best action star for Danai Gurira. (Both actors also appeared as the same characters in Avengers: Infinity ...

Published 2018-11-12 12:24:29


Toy Story 4 trailer: first teaser for new film released

The fourth film in the series from Disney Pixar posts its first footage online, revealing a new character of a ‘spork-turned-craft-project’

The first teaser trailer for the fourth Toy Story film has been released. No plot details are revealed in the teaser, but producers Disney/Pixar have released a synopsis: Everyone’s favourite pull-string cowboy sheriff Woody, along with his best friends Buzz Lightyear and Jessie, are happy taking care of their kid, Bonnie, until a new toy called “Forky” arrives in her room. According to Forky, a spork-turned-craft-project, he’s not a toy at all – and he’d rather skip this big adventure completely, if only they’d let him. Continue reading...

Published 2018-11-12 14:08:47


Douglas Rain, voice of HAL in 2001: A Space Odyssey, dies aged 90

The actor best known for his role in Stanley Kubrick’s sci-fi classic was a leading Shakespearean in his native Canada and also played on Broadway

Douglas Rain, the Canadian actor best known as the voice of ship’s HAL 9000 computer in the Stanley Kubrick sci-fi epic 2001: A Space Odyssey, has died aged 90. Rain died from natural causes in hospital in Ontario. Rain was not the first actor cast in the part. Kubrick had originally asked Martin Balsam to provide the computer’s voice, but changed his mind at the last minute, explaining in a 1969 interview that “Marty just sounded a little bit too colloquially American, whereas Rain had the kind of bland mid-Atlantic accent we felt was right for the part”. Continue reading...

Published 2018-11-12 14:21:07


Ennio Morricone denies calling Quentin Tarantino a 'cretin'

The composer, whose score for Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight won an Oscar, says ‘I certainly do not consider his films garbage’

Celebrated film score composer Ennio Morricone has denied calling Quentin Tarantino a “cretin” and threatened to sue Playboy for publishing an interview that contained the alleged comments. In a statement released on Sunday, Morricone said: “This is totally false … I have not given an interview to Playboy Germany and even more, I have never called Tarantino a cretin and certainly do not consider his films garbage.” Continue reading...

Published 2018-11-12 16:24:05


'The faces are unbelievable': Peter Jackson on They Shall Not Grow Old

Lord of the Rings director talks about using footage and audio from the Imperial War Museum archive

The BBC TV premiere and cinema release of They Shall Not Grow Old, the first world war documentary created by Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson, will mark a high point of this weekend’s Remembrance Day commemorations, which mark the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended the conflict in 1918. Culled from footage and audio from the Imperial War Museum archive, They Shall Not Grow Old has already attracted rave reviews for its painstaking conversion of grainy footage of British troops on the western front into startling colourised images. The Guardian’s chief film critic, Peter Bradshaw, said: “The effect is electrifying … soldiers are returned to an eerie, hyperreal ...

Published 2018-11-10 10:00:37


Disney planning Star Wars spinoff series starring Diego Luna

CEO Bob Iger also announces that Tom Hiddleston will star in a Marvel-related programme for Disney’s forthcoming streaming service

Disney is moving ahead with another Star Wars spinoff TV series. It follows the announcement, in October, of the Jon Favreau-created The Mandalorian. In an earnings call with investors, Disney CEO Bob Iger said that the new show would act as a prequel to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. It will star Diego Luna as Cassian Andor, the rebel alliance spy he played in the movie. According to a statement from Disney: “[T]he rousing spy thriller will explore tales filled with espionage and daring missions to restore hope to a galaxy in the grip of a ruthless Empire.” Continue reading...

Published 2018-11-9 11:13:21


Empire Cinemas rejects first world war short film by Bible Society

UK chain is refusing to show three-minute film about the comfort soldiers found in Bible

A UK cinema chain has rejected a short film highlighting the comfort some first world war soldiers found in the Bible. The film by the Bible Society was intended to be shown in 125 screens around the country in the run-up to the armistice centenary this weekend, but was vetoed by Empire Cinemas, which does not accept religious or political advertising. Related: Churches become pop-up cinemas to mark armistice centenary Continue reading...

Published 2018-11-8 14:48:04


Bristol Old Vic launches ambitious new heritage experience

Institution is claimed as oldest continuously working theatre in the English-speaking world

One of the world’s most historic theatres – Bristol Old Vic – has launched an ambitious new heritage project intended to both explain its astonishing 252-year history and entice in people who may not think theatre is relevant for them. The “heritage experience” ranges from corridors crammed with images of old theatre playbills and posters to a vibrant, typically quirky animation from local studio Aardman that tells the story of the theatre. The film will be projected on to a newly exposed higgledy-piggledy stone facade as a sort of cartoon prelude to each evening performance. Related: New life for historic theatre as it faces up to ‘slave trade’ past Bristol Old Vic’s ...

Published 2018-11-8 16:49:24


Get Out producer booed off stage at Israeli film festival for criticising Trump

Judd Apatow and Jamie Lee Curtis among those defending Jason Blum’s comments

Jason Blum is one of Hollywood’s biggest film producers, known for taking risks in the horror genre and with more adventurous independent films. This has been a good year for him: he saw one film he produced, Get Out, nominated for best picture at the Oscars and another, BlacKkKlansman, win the Cannes Grand Prix. On Tuesday night, as midterm election results were still coming in, he received another honour for his trophy cabinet, this time from the Israeli film festival in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles.We have seen the end of civil discourse. We have a President who calls the Press the enemy of the people. Nationalism is surging. Dog whistle politics are rampant and anti-Semitism is on ...

Published 2018-11-8 06:00:04


Breaking Bad movie in the works

The TV programme’s creator, Vince Gilligan, is reportedly filming a two-hour project named Greenbrier in New Mexico

A Breaking Bad movie appears to finally be in the works, five years after the series finished in 2013. Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan is developing a two-hour project that “will be set in the existing Breaking Bad franchise”, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Related: Breaking Bad: The Movie? Why it could be Vince Gilligan's worst idea Continue reading...

Published 2018-11-7 10:00:10


Give tax breaks to more diverse production firms, say actors

Show business figures call for more women and BAME and disabled people behind camera

Production companies should be given tax relief to encourage them to employ more women, disabled people and people from minority ethnic backgrounds, according to a host of prominent figures in show business and other areas of pubic life. The actors Lenny Henry, Thandie Newton and Chiwetel Ejiofor were among the signatories to a letter to the Guardian that said similar moves had been successful before and should be tried again. Related: Tax breaks would focus minds on real diversity in film and TV | Letters Continue reading...

Published 2018-11-5 19:17:04


Geoffrey Rush defamation trial: judge throws out bid to introduce mystery witness

Allegations of acts of a ‘sexual nature’ had nothing to do with King Lear production, judge says

A new witness alleging acts of a “sexual nature” against Geoffrey Rush has been blocked from giving evidence in the Oscar-winning actor’s high-profile defamation case against the Daily Telegraph. On Tuesday the judge, Michael Wigney, told the federal court he had decided not to allow the Sydney newspaper to make an eleventh-hour change to its legal defence to admit the evidence of “Witness X”. He also ordered that a suppression of Witness X’s identity and the details of her claim remain in place. Related: Geoffrey Rush defamation trial brings drama to the courtroom Related: Geoffrey Rush touched Eryn Jean Norvill's breast on stage, fellow actor tells court ...

Published 2018-11-6 06:08:56


Idris Elba named sexiest man alive

American celebrity magazine People honours London-born Elba, only the third time in 32 years the award has been won by someone of colour

Idris Elba has been named the sexiest man alive by American celebrity magazine People. The British actor and star of The Wire, Luther and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom was revealed as this year’s winner on Monday’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Continue reading...

Published 2018-11-6 10:38:09


A Star Is Born classification changed after New Zealand teens 'severely triggered'

Warning added to Bradley Cooper/Lady Gaga musical after complaints from victim-support and mental-health organisations

• This article contains spoilers The head of the New Zealand film classification board, David Shanks, has demanded a new warning be added to prints of the Oscar-tipped remake of A Star Is Born. The film now comes with a suicide warning note, after complaints of viewer distress from Police Victim Support, who said two vulnerable young people had been “severely triggered” after watching the scene in which Bradley Cooper’s character hangs himself in his garage. Related: Female success and male decline: what A Star Is Born tells us about fame, fear and feminism Continue reading...

Published 2018-11-6 11:41:23


Aretha Franklin documentary Amazing Grace to be released almost 50 years after filming

Sydney Pollack’s documentary about Franklin’s legendary gospel album had suffered technical issues and legal holdups

Amazing Grace, a documentary film about Aretha Franklin directed by Sydney Pollack, will premiere in New York City almost 50 years after technical issues scuppered its original release and three years after Franklin’s lawyers blocked its premiere. Shot over two nights in January 1972 at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles, the film shows a 30-year-old Franklin return to her gospel roots. The resulting album, Amazing Grace, sold more than 2m copies in the US and remains the highest selling live gospel album of all time, as well as one of Franklin’s bestselling albums. Related: Aretha Franklin: her greatest songs, from the church to the dancefloor Continue reading...

Published 2018-11-6 12:46:30


It's a kind of magic as Bohemian Rhapsody stays top of UK box office

Muscular Freddie Mercury biopic reaches a stunning £20m as Mike Leigh’s passionate Peterloo rallies support in the north

Dropping just 11% from its opening session, Bohemian Rhapsody delivered chart-topping, second-weekend earnings of £5.75m, taking its total after 12 days to a stunning £20.4m. Cinema operators who had bullishly projected £30m for the Freddie Mercury biopic prior to release are now looking as if they were being cautious. Continue reading...

Published 2018-11-6 13:12:41


Churches become pop-up cinemas to mark armistice centenary

First world war film Journey’s End will be shown for free in 150 sites across England

More than 150 churches will transform themselves into pop-up cinemas this week to host screenings of a first world war drama to mark the centenary of the armistice on Sunday. The movie, Journey’s End, is being shown for free in churches and places of worship across England, with a collection at each screening being held for Combat Stress, a charity that focuses on the psychological impact of war. Related: The war is over! How the Guardian reported the signing of the armistice - November 1918 Continue reading...

Published 2018-11-5 13:35:48


Protests prompt Phoenix cinema to drop Curzon takeover

Planned move by one of UK’s oldest independent cinemas was opposed by thousands

One of the UK’s oldest independent cinemas has ditched plans to hand over control to a commercial operator following a backlash from thousands of supporters, including film directors and musicians. The Phoenix cinema in East Finchley, north London, had been due to have its operations and programming taken over by the Curzon cinema group, raising the possibility the venue would lose its “unique identity and much-loved atmosphere”. Related: Mike Leigh protests against takeover of one of UK's oldest cinemas Continue reading...

Published 2018-11-3 14:31:07


Geoffrey Rush defamation trial brings drama to the courtroom

Scrutiny of the actor’s alleged conduct has come with a roll-call of stars and a witness breaking into song

Some time during his bruising cross-examination of Eryn Jean Norvill, Geoffrey Rush’s barrister paused to ask the actor what she thought of the character Cordelia in Shakespeare’s King Lear. Norvill played Cordelia alongside the Oscar winner in the Sydney Theatre Company’s troubled 2015 production. Continue reading...

Published 2018-11-2 13:08:50


Meryl Streep and JK Rowling sign letter to UN over death of Jamal Khashoggi

More than 100 writers, actors and activists have signed an open letter urging the UN to launch an independent investigation

Meryl Streep, JK Rowling and Zadie Smith have all added their names to an open letter calling on the United Nations to investigate the death of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi. More than 100 artists, writers and activists have shown support on the international day to end impunity for crimes against journalists, a month after the Washington Post journalist was killed at the Saudi consulate in Turkey. Related: Jamal Khashoggi's body was 'dissolved', says Erdoğan adviser Continue reading...

Published 2018-11-2 15:33:27


Jane Fonda: Trump shares parallels with 'rise of Third Reich and Adolf Hitler'

The Oscar-winning actor has spoken out about the president’s attack on the media, calling it ‘the first step towards fascism’

Jane Fonda has spoken out about Donald Trump’s attack on the media, comparing him to Adolf Hitler. Speaking at the Women’s Media Center Awards in New York, the Oscar-winning actor noted similarities between the sitting president and the Nazi party leader. Related: Seth Meyers: Republicans have made up 'a racist scam to scare people' Continue reading...

Published 2018-11-2 16:46:53


Raymond Chow, Hong Kong producer who found Bruce Lee, dies

Chow made Lee and Jackie Chan stars after deciding to break away from the low-budget ethic of kung fu genre

Legendary Hong Kong film producer Raymond Chow, who introduced Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan to the world and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to the big screen, has died at 91. Chow “helped nurture a pool of Hong Kong talents and brought them to the international stage”, said Edward Yau, Hong Kong’s secretary for commerce and economic development in a statement on Friday. Mr Chow gave me a chance to follow my dreams Related: Lecturers recommend: non-western cinema that every student should see Continue reading...

Published 2018-11-3 01:03:11


Geoffrey Rush trial faces long delay if Daily Telegraph is allowed new witness

Judge concerned that latest development could bring an ‘entirely new set’ of allegations as well as witnesses

The defamation trial between the Daily Telegraph and Oscar-winning actor Geoffrey Rush would have to be delayed until next year if the newspaper is successful in its last-minute attempt to call a new witness. On Friday, the federal court heard that the Telegraph wanted to call a new witness, who it said would help its defence against Rush. Maybe they should have made some more inquiries before they published Related: Geoffrey Rush touched Eryn Jean Norvill's breast on stage, fellow actor tells court Related: Geoffrey Rush defamation trial: Eryn Jean Norvill accused of lying to harm actor Continue reading...

Published 2018-11-2 08:00:41


Geoffrey Rush defamation trial: Eryn Jean Norvill alleges actor touched her breast

Actor says cast of King Lear was ‘complicit’ in endorsing Oscar-winning star’s behaviour

The actor at the centre of accusations against Geoffrey Rush has claimed the actor “deliberately” touched her breast in front of an audience during a 2015 stage production of King Lear, saying she felt “trapped” and “frightened” by the Oscar-winner’s behaviour. On Tuesday Eryn Jean Norvill told the federal court that she had been made to feel “belittled” and “embarrassed” by Rush during the production, describing a “pressured” and “stressful” environment in which the rest of the cast was “complicit” in endorsing Rush’s behaviour. Related: Q&A on #MeToo: actors use sexual energy to connect, Neil Armfield says Related: Geoffrey Rush accuser did ...

Published 2018-10-30 05:51:59


Geoffrey Rush defamation trial: Eryn Jean Norvill accused of lying to harm actor

Court hears Oscar-winning actor’s barrister claim that Norvill was trying to ‘smear’ reputation

Eryn Jean Norvill has been accused of telling “a whole pack of disgusting lies” about the Oscar-winning actor Geoffrey Rush in an attempt to “blacken and smear” his reputation. During a tense and combative cross-examination on Wednesday morning, Rush’s barrister, Bruce McClintock SC, claimed Norvill had told “lies” about Rush behaving inappropriately during a 2015 stage production of King Lear. Related: Geoffrey Rush trial: Eryn Jean Norvill alleges actor touched her breast, left her frightened Related: Q&A on #MeToo: actors use sexual energy to connect, Neil Armfield says Continue reading...

Published 2018-10-31 04:42:29


The Favourite dominates British independent film award nominations

Women make up over 40% of Bifa nominees while Olivia Colman comedy edges American Animals as film up for most awards

The Favourite, Yorgos Lanthimos’s absurdist Restoration-era comedy starring Olivia Colman as a volatile Queen Anne, leads the nominations for this year’s British independent film awards (BIFAs). The film, which premiered at the Venice film festival in August but is yet to go on general release, won 13 nominations including for best British independent film and best screenplay. Related: The Favourite review – Olivia Colman is priceless in punk Restoration romp Related: American Animals review – audacious stupidity and teeth-clenching thrills Continue reading...

Published 2018-10-31 12:30:39


Blue Is the Warmest Colour director Abdellatif Kechiche accused of sexual assault

Film-maker denies accusation that he took advantage of an unconscious female actor at his Paris flat

Abdellatif Kechiche, the Palme d’Or-winning director of Blue Is the Warmest Colour, has “categorically denied” an accusation of sexual assault. According to a report by the French news channel BFMTV, Paris’ public prosecutor’s office has opened an inquiry into an allegation made on 6 October by an unnamed 29-year-old actor, who accused Kechiche of assaulting her in June after a dinner at his flat in Paris. Continue reading...

Published 2018-10-31 15:56:10


Mike Leigh protests against takeover of one of UK's oldest cinemas

Peterloo director joins Ken Loach and Robert Plant to oppose Curzon interest in Phoenix

Film directors Mike Leigh and Ken Loach and Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant have joined forces to protest against plans to hand over the running of one of Britain’s oldest independent cinemas to a commercial operator. The Phoenix Cinema in East Finchley, north London, was built in 1910 and opened in 1912 as the East Finchley Picturedrome. It is an independent art-house cinema run as a charity by a board of trustees. It is one of the oldest running cinemas in the UK and London’s oldest independent community cinema. Continue reading...

Published 2018-10-31 17:02:12


Manchester: Jeremy Deller unveils design for Peterloo memorial

Turner prize-winner’s tribute to 1819 pro-democracy rally set for August opening

For most of the last two centuries it has been an anniversary marked with little fanfare, if at all. But next August, 200 years after 18 people paid with their lives at a protest in Manchester demanding parliamentary democracy, the Peterloo massacre will finally be remembered with a new monument. Designed by Turner prize-winner Jeremy Deller, the permanent memorial will be a six-foot “hill” constructed of concentric steps made from stone sourced from all regions of the UK and other parts of the former British empire. Related: Peterloo shaped modern Britain, as much as any king or queen did | John Harris Related: 'Hope has started to grow': Maxine Peake on Corbyn, people power and ...

Published 2018-11-1 06:00:06


Seven Samurai tops critics' poll of best foreign-language films

Akira Kurosawa epic beats Bicycle Thieves to top of BBC’s 100-strong list that includes just four female-directed films

A critics’ poll conducted by the BBC has voted Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 swordsman epic Seven Samurai as the greatest ever non-English-speaking film. The BBC culture website polled more than 200 “film experts” from more than 40 countries, including critics, academics and curators to create a top-100 list. Seven Samurai beat Bicycle Thieves (1948) and Tokyo Story (1953), which came in second and third respectively. Another Kurosawa film, the multi-perspective crime fable Rashomon (1950), was in fourth place, while his Ikiru (1952) and Ran (1985) also made the list, at 72 and 79. Continue reading...

Published 2018-11-1 13:57:41


Oscar-hungry Netflix gives cinema premieres to Roma and Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Change of strategy from streaming giant comes to ensure its prestige films qualify for major industry awards

In a significant change of strategy, Netflix is to release its awards-hopeful films in cinemas before launching them on its streaming service. According to Deadline, over the next two months Netflix is planning to release Roma, Alfonso Cuarón’s Mexico-set family drama, the Coen brothers’ western The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, and Bird Box, the Sandra Bullock-starring horror directed by Susanne Bier. Roma is generating especially strong Oscar buzz after winning the Golden Lion at the Venice film festival, and Netflix appears to have accepted that not giving it a run in cinemas will harm its chances with Academy voters. Related: Roma review: Alfonso Cuarón returns to Venice ...

Published 2018-11-1 15:46:05


Kenneth Branagh and Judi Dench to star as Shakespeare and wife in Oscar-tipped film

Veteran Shakespearean actors perform – alongside Ian McKellen – in tale of the playwright’s final years All Is True, directed by Branagh from script by Ben Elton

A late contender to next year’s Oscar race was announced on Wednesday, as Sony Pictures confirmed their purchase of All Is True, Kenneth Branagh’s latest Shakespearean enterprise. The film, which will have a one-week awards-qualifying run in the US before the end of this year, before being released more widely in 2019, stars Branagh as Shakespeare and Dench as his wife, Anne Hathaway. The plot involves Shakespeare’s return to Stratford-upon-Avon in 1613 after a devastating fire destroys the Globe theatre. Continue reading...

Published 2018-11-1 15:50:34


Gladiator 2 in the works from Ridley Scott

British film-maker will reportedly follow up 2000 Oscar winner with sequel that follows the son of Connie Nielsen’s character

Ridley Scott has begun to develop a sequel to Gladiator. According to Deadline, the director is set to take on the project for Paramount with a script to be written by Peter Craig, whose credits include The Town and the forthcoming sequel Top Gun: Maverick. Related: Orson Welles' jungle book, Bilbo on mushrooms: the great unmade movies Continue reading...

Published 2018-11-1 20:26:18


Geoffrey Rush trial: Eryn Jean Norvill alleges actor touched her breast, left her frightened

Actor says cast of King Lear was ‘complicit’ in endorsing Oscar-winning star’s behaviour

The actor at the centre of accusations against Geoffrey Rush has claimed the actor “deliberately” touched her breast in front of an audience during a 2015 stage production of King Lear, saying she felt “trapped” and “frightened” by the Oscar-winner’s behaviour. On Tuesday Eryn Jean Norvill told the federal court that she had been made to feel “belittled” and “embarrassed” by Rush during the production, describing a “pressured” and “stressful” environment in which the rest of the cast was “complicit” in endorsing Rush’s behaviour. Related: Q&A on #MeToo: actors use sexual energy to connect, Neil Armfield says Related: Geoffrey Rush accuser did ...

Published 2018-10-30 05:51:59


Ava DuVernay to make Prince documentary for Netflix

The director of Selma and A Wrinkle in Time, who has access to the late musician’s archive, says she will make the film ‘with love’

Ava DuVernay, the director of civil-rights drama Selma, sci-fi epic A Wrinkle in Time, and prison documentary 13th, is to helm a documentary about the life of Prince. Produced with Netflix, the multi-part documentary will cover the entire life of the late funk musician, and is being made with the cooperation of Prince’s estate, which is giving DuVernay access to his archive. Continue reading...

Published 2018-10-30 10:10:07


Backlash over Lena Dunham script for Syrian refugee film

Girls creator is embroiled in a ‘whitewashing’ row after news that she is to adapt the story of Doaa Al-Zamel whose boat was rammed in the Mediterranean

Lena Dunham has suffered a social media backlash after it emerged she has been commissioned by Steven Spielberg and JJ Abrams to write the script for a film about a Syrian refugee who was stranded at sea. Dunham tweeted a report by Variety magazine that she was to work on an adaptation of A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea, the harrowing story of Doaa Al-Zamel, who survived the sinking of the boat on which she was attempting to cross the Mediterranean. (Her fiance drowned after their vessel was rammed.) The book was written by Melissa Fleming, head of communications of the United Nations’ Refugee Agency. Spielberg and Abrams are due to act as producers on the project, with short-film ...

Published 2018-10-30 10:49:19


Bohemian Rhapsody champion of UK box office as A Star Is Born rocked off top spot

The biopic of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury sweeps Lady Gaga aside while YA drama The Hate U Give wins a lot of love

Knocking A Star Is Born off the top of the UK box office after two weeks, Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody debuted with a commanding £6.48m (£9.53m including takings last Wednesday and Thursday). In other words, one movie involving a fair amount of singing has supplanted another, although neither is a musical. Continue reading...

Published 2018-10-30 13:11:12


Unreleased George Michael music to feature in Last Christmas film

The London-set romantic comedy to be directed by Paul Feig will include the Wham! classic as well as other, unheard tracks

Previously unheard material by George Michael will appear in Last Christmas, a new film by Paul Feig, a representative for the late singer confirmed. Emma Thompson and comedian Bryony Kimmings are writing the screenplay for the Universal Pictures film, which will also feature Wham!’s 1984 hit of the same name. Related: Still saving us from tears: the inside story of Wham!'s Last Christmas Continue reading...

Published 2018-10-29 10:45:42


Catherine Deneuve auctions off YSL haute couture outfits

French actor selling collection, including one-off pieces made by Yves Saint Laurent

Catherine Deneuve is auctioning her collection of haute couture outfits, many of them one-off pieces made by Yves Saint Laurent. The French actor was the haute couturier’s muse for many years, and at a celebration of the 40th anniversary of his career in 2002 she told Saint Laurent: “My most beautiful love affair is with you.” Continue reading...

Published 2018-10-29 12:34:34


Carey Mulligan calls for on-set childcare in film industry

Actor speaks out about lack of progress for working mothers in wake of #MeToo movement

The actor Carey Mulligan has spoken out about the limited progress for working mothers in the film industry since the widespread reckoning of the #MeToo movement and has called for on-set childcare to help parents. She praised the introduction of codes of conducts for on-set behaviour in response to the Harvey Weinstein scandal, but argued the lack of childcare was preventing talented people from doing their jobs. Continue reading...

Published 2018-10-30 00:01:00


Wolf Creek actor John Jarratt in court on rape charge

Lawyer for actor, who is accused of sexually assaulting a woman in 1976, says ‘no discount could change his plea’ of not guilty

The Australian actor and director John Jarratt has appeared in court for the first time on a rape charge as his lawyer reiterated he will be defending the charge. The Wolf Creek actor, who appeared at Sydney’s Downing Centre local court on Tuesday, is accused of sexually assaulting a woman at Randwick, in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, in September 1976. Related: John Jarratt: Wolf Creek actor to plead not guilty to raping woman in Sydney Continue reading...

Published 2018-10-30 00:30:24


Eryn Jean Norvill alleges Geoffrey Rush touched her breast and left her frightened

Actor says cast of King Lear was ‘complicit’ in endorsing Oscar-winning star’s behaviour

The actor at the centre of accusations against Geoffrey Rush has claimed the actor “deliberately” touched her breast in front of an audience during a 2015 stage production of King Lear, saying she felt “trapped” and “frightened” by the Oscar-winner’s behaviour. On Tuesday Eryn Jean Norvill told the federal court that she had been made to feel “belittled” and “embarrassed” by Rush’s behaviour during the production, describing a “pressured” and “stressful” environment in which the rest of the cast was “complicit” in endorsing Rush’s behaviour. Related: Q&A on #MeToo: actors use sexual energy to connect, Neil Armfield says Related: Geoffrey Rush ...

Published 2018-10-30 02:17:17


Geoffrey Rush accuser did not mention 'anything sexual' to cast member, court told

Fellow actor Robyn Nevin tells defamation trial Erin-Jean Norvill told her she did not want to return to the King Lear theatre

The actor at the centre of accusations against Geoffrey Rush had a “tearful” conversation with a co-star in which she is said to have referred to “trouble” with the Oscar winning actor in the 2015 production of King Lear. But Eryn-Jean Norvill did not mention “anything sexual” during the conversation, a court has heard. Related: Drama at Geoffrey Rush defamation trial as actor's friend bursts into song Continue reading...

Published 2018-10-29 02:03:49


As if! Comedy classic Clueless to get a makeover

Paramount orders remake of the 1995 hit based on Jane Austen’s Emma from Girls Trip writer Tracy Oliver

Clueless, the much-loved teen comedy, which catapulted Alicia Silverstone and Brittany Murphy to fame in the mid-90s, is to be remade by Paramount. The new film will be produced by Tracy Oliver, the co-writer of Girls Trip, the ensemble female comedy that proved an enormous hit last year – and catapulted Tiffany Haddish to stardom. Taking on writing duties for the new film is Marquita Robinson, best known for her work on Netflix series GLOW. Continue reading...

Published 2018-10-26 09:53:30


Robert De Niro: 'Votes are more powerful than bombs'

The actor urges US citizens to vote in midterm elections following delivery of explosive device to his New York offices

Robert De Niro has spoken publicly for the first time since an explosive device was sent to his offices in New York. Speaking on Friday, a day after a pipe bomb was intercepted at the mailroom of Tribeca Enterprises in Lower Manhattan, De Niro thanked law enforcement officials for dealing with the device. Continue reading...

Published 2018-10-26 14:23:44


Johnny Depp leaves Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, say reports

The actor will not appear in future releases, according to the original scriptwriter

Johnny Depp will not appear in any further Pirates of the Caribbean films, according to reports. Speaking to DailyMail TV, original screenwriter Stuart Beattie nodded when it was suggested Depp’s time as the star of the series was over. Continue reading...

Published 2018-10-26 14:39:36


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