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Cate Blanchett on Woody Allen: 'I don't think I've stayed silent at all'

The Oscar-winning star of Blue Jasmine has spoken about the allegations aimed at the film-maker, saying she knew nothing of them when they worked together

Cate Blanchett has addressed the allegations aimed at Woody Allen, claiming she knew nothing of them when they worked together. The actor won a best actress Oscar for her part in the film-maker’s 2013 comedy drama Blue Jasmine and is the latest star to talk about the claims of sexual abuse leveled at him. Related: Woody Allen’s Oscar-winning women: how did his direction affect them? Continue reading...

Published 2018-03-22 19:09:49

Man who died after getting trapped in cinema seat named as Ateef Rafiq

Rafiq, 24, suffered cardiac arrest after attempting to retrieve his phone at screening in Birmingham multiplex

The man who died after his head became wedged under the electronic footrest of a cinema seat has has been named as Ateef Rafiq, 24. In a statement from operator Vue International, the cinema said Rafiq died on 16 March, a week after the incident. Continue reading...

Published 2018-03-21 14:58:50

Robin Williams groped and flashed me on set, says Mork & Mindy co-star

‘I had the grossest things done to me,’ says Pam Dawber, but says she took no offence at the star’s lewd antics on the set of their hit sitcom

Robin Williams’s Mork & Mindy co-star has said he repeatedly grabbed her breasts and bottom and exposed himself to her on the set, a new book reveals, but she excused it as part of Williams’s playful personality. “I had the grossest things done to me by him,” said Pam Dawber, who played Mindy. “And I never took offence. I mean I was flashed, humped, bumped, grabbed. I think he probably did it to a lot of people … but it was so much fun.” Related: Robin Williams' career in clips: from Mork to Mrs Doubtfire via Aladdin Continue reading...

Published 2018-03-21 12:03:21

Man who died after getting trapped in cinema seat named

Ateeq Rafiq, 24, suffered cardiac arrest after attempting to retrieve his phone at screening in Birmingham multiplex

The man who died after his head became wedged under the electronic footrest of a cinema seat has has been named as Ateef Rafiq, 24. In a statement from operator Vue International, the cinema said Rafiq died on 16 March, a week after the incident. Continue reading...

Published 2018-03-21 14:58:50

Black Panther becomes most tweeted-about movie ever

The hit Marvel adventure has been mentioned more than 35m times, knocking off Star Wars: The Force Awakens from the top spot

Black Panther has become the most tweeted about movie ever. Twitter revealed news that the Marvel hit has been mentioned more than 35m times, pushing previous record holder Star Wars: The Force Awakens to second place, with Star Wars: The Last Jedi in third. Related: After Black Panther: can Hollywood maintain black visibility on screen? Continue reading...

Published 2018-03-20 19:15:41

Weinstein Company files for bankruptcy and frees staff from secrecy orders

Statement from the board says move is a step towards justice for victims ‘silenced by Harvey Weinstein’

US film and TV studio The Weinstein Company, whose ex-chairman Harvey Weinstein has been accused of sexual harassment and assault, said on Monday it has filed for bankruptcy with an offer from an affiliate of private equity firm Lantern Capital Partners to acquire its assets. Crucially, the company also said it was releasing all employees from non-disclosure agreements. Related: Ellen Barkin tweets accusation against Terry Gilliam after director's #MeToo comments The Weinstein Company's agreement to release victims of and witnesses to sexual misconduct from NDAs will finally allow voices that have too long been muzzled to be heard—something my office has sought from the start. My ...

Published 2018-03-20 04:17:37

Stub it out: Netflix criticised for too many smoking scenes

Anti-smoking group finds streaming giant’s shows feature twice as many cigarettes and ‘tobacco incidents’ as traditional TV channels

Netflix has been singled out for criticism by an anti-smoking organisation, which released research that claims the streaming giant’s original programmes have more than twice as many scenes featuring smoking as its rivals. Truth Initiative, a US public health organisation, identified the 14 most popular shows with viewers aged 15-24 across broadcast and cable providers. It found Netflix shows featured a total of 319 “tobacco incidents” (a definition that covers implied use of a tobacco product), with Stranger Things top of the list for 182 scenes featuring cigarettes. Related: Smoking in movies: film-makers just can't kick the habit Continue reading...

Published 2018-03-20 13:30:47

Peter Rabbit kicks Black Panther off the top of the UK box office

Family-friendly bunnies hop to the top in their first week with double the takings of Alicia Vikander’s Lara Croft reboot Tomb Raider

While Black Panther extends its run at the top of the US box office into a rare fifth week, in the UK the Marvel superhero hit succumbs to a well-aimed kick from the family-friendly Peter Rabbit. Very loosely adapted from Beatrix Potter’s children’s tale, this blend of humans (Domhnall Gleeson and Rose Byrne) and digital animals stuns with a £7.27m opening – the second biggest debut of 2018, after Black Panther. Continue reading...

Published 2018-03-20 13:42:22

Man dies after getting trapped in cinema seat

Victim suffered cardiac arrest after reportedly attempting to retrieve his phone at screening in Birmingham multiplex

A man whose head became wedged under the electronic footrest of a cinema seat has died. In a statement from operator Vue International, the cinema said the man died on 16 March, a week after the incident. Continue reading...

Published 2018-03-20 15:42:31

Ellen Barkin tweets accusation against Terry Gilliam after director's #MeToo comments

Actor hits out after Gilliam says anti-sexual violence harassment movement is creating ‘world of victims’

Ellen Barkin has hit out at Terry Gilliam after leading criticism of the director and former Monty Python member’s “mob rule” comments on the #MeToo campaign. Barkin, who acted in Gilliam’s 1998 movie Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, stated: “My hard won advice: never get into an elevator alone with Terry Gilliam.”My hard won advice: never get into an elevator alone with terry gilliam Continue reading...

Published 2018-03-19 21:25:12

Terror Nullius: 'controversial' Australian film loses funders' support

Ian Potter cultural trust withdraws PR support for film it reportedly called ‘un-Australian’

A philanthropic trust that gave $100,000 to fund a new Australian movie has withdrawn promotional support for the film on the eve of its release, describing it as “a very controversial work of art”. The Ian Potter Cultural Trust withdrew the promotional support from one of its key works, the political satire Terror Nullius, one day before the film’s world premiere. Related: Kangaroo film is shocking and gruesome – but is the analysis sound? Related: Funding Dora: fears Queensland will lose out on major film productions Continue reading...

Published 2018-03-19 05:57:06

NYPD reportedly hid Weinstein accuser, fearing district attorney would sink case

New York magazine reports detectives investigating model’s sexual assault claim had strong case but feared DA would not prosecute

New York detectives investigating a 2015 sexual assault complaint against Harvey Weinstein physically “hid the victim” from staff working for the Manhattan district attorney, reportedly fearing she would be treated unfairly and the case dropped. After an investigation in which one officer told New York magazine the NYPD went “above and beyond”, given what it saw as attempts by the DA’s office to undermine its work, DA Cyrus Vance did indeed decide not to prosecute. Related: The allegations against Harvey Weinstein – a list Continue reading...

Published 2018-03-17 18:02:18

Hollywood condemns Terry Gilliam for #MeToo comments

Actors and directors criticise film-maker for likening movement to ‘mob rule’ and remarks about Weinstein scandal

The film director Terry Gilliam has come under fire from Hollywood actors and directors for comparing the #MeToo movement to “mob rule”. The former Monty Python member suggested the anti-sexual harassment campaign had led to a “world of victims” in an interview with Agence France-Presse.Terry Gilliam may wanna turn those feelings of fear & uncertainty he’s getting from #metoo/#timesup and realize “Ohh this is how life has been for THEM til now... huh. Wow. Damn.” See? Now it’s empathy..@Variety This interview turns my stomach. terry gilliam is the last man to admonish a movement that is trying to protect women from abusive men. #MeToo Continue ...

Published 2018-03-17 17:18:29

'A wave of change': Sienna Miller hails #MeToo movement at New York summit

Actor gives impassioned speech at UN event exploring sexual exploitation and harassment in media and entertainment worlds

The actor Sienna Miller has hailed the “wave of change” enveloping the media and entertainment industries in an impassioned speech at the United Nations headquarters in New York on Friday. Speaking at an event on sexual exploitation and harassment hosted by the Guardian, UN Women and the Norwegian government, Miller praised the courage of the women who have spoken out about their experiences of harassment since the Harvey Weinstein scandal broke last year. Continue reading...

Published 2018-03-16 19:41:43

Olivia de Havilland, 101, on suing Feud: TV show 'put false words in my mouth'

The last great star of the 1930s condemns hit FX docudrama that depicted her as a gossip who called her sister a ‘bitch’

The words come via email but the voice echoes down from Hollywood’s golden age. “The creators of Feud used my identity without my consent and put false words in my mouth, including having me publicly calling my sister, Joan Fontaine, a ‘bitch’.” Related: The life lessons that Olivia de Havilland can teach us | Vanessa Thorpe Related: Sign up to our Film Today email Continue reading...

Published 2018-03-16 09:00:01

Danny Boyle reveals he is working on script for next James Bond film

Boyle’s comments suggest he will direct Daniel Craig’s final outing as Bond in late 2019

Danny Boyle has confirmed he is working on a script for the next James Bond film alongside his Trainspotting collaborator John Hodge. The news suggests Boyle will direct the 25th installment in the franchise, the final one featuring Daniel Craig in the title role. Related: Licence renewed: Anthony Horowitz to write official James Bond prequel Continue reading...

Published 2018-03-15 18:52:04

Funding Dora: fears Queensland will lose out on major film productions

Dora the Explorer may not be made in Queensland due to lack of tax breaks to film in Australia

Queensland’s film industry risks being snuffed out unless the federal government increases tax breaks to attract international film companies, the head of Screen Queensland said.Tracey Vierra says they have been working to get the new Dora the Explorer live-action movie to film in Queensland, but it may not come here because there is not enough of an incentive to film in Australia compared to other countries, including New Zealand.Australia has a 16.5% tax offset for international film productions, compared to 25% in New Zealand and 30% in the US state of Georgia. Related: Record ​$1.3bn spent on Australian TV and film drama in 2016-17 Continue reading...

Published 2018-03-15 02:54:08

Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Paul Feig adopt 'inclusion riders': 'It's just common sense'

Affleck and Damon pledge to use diversity clauses at their production company as Bridesmaid’s director calls it ‘right thing to do’

Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Paul Feig have committed to adopting an “inclusion rider” for their companies’ films as the diversity agreement that Frances McDormand promoted in her Oscars speech continues to spread within Hollywood and other industries. The public pledges from the high-profile actors and directors to embrace inclusion riders – a contract clause stipulating diversity in casts and crews – has increased pressure on other celebrities and studios to follow suit, and comes as businesses outside of entertainment are also exploring the concept. An inclusion rider is a clause that an actor can insist be inserted in their contract that requires cast and crew on a film to ...

Published 2018-03-13 19:00:12

From The Simpsons to Pink Floyd: Stephen Hawking in popular culture

The scientist’s fame led to appearances on sitcoms, films about his life and music being written about him

Stephen Hawking dies aged 76‘This Oscar,” declared Eddie Redmayne, delirious, “belongs to all of those people around the world battling ALS. It belongs to one exceptional family.” Related: A brief history of Stephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time Related: Stephen Hawking obituary Continue reading...

Published 2018-03-14 04:27:19

Black Panther still purring at UK box office as it passes $1bn worldwide

Marvel’s groundbreaking film profits from the dearth of new releases, while renewed controversy for Woody Allen may have affected his latest Wonder Wheel

A commercially impotent set of new releases last Friday ensured that Black Panther remained unchallenged at the top of the UK box office for a fourth week, with weekend box office of £2.93m. After 27 days, the title’s cumulative box office has reached £39.8m – ahead of the lifetime total of every Marvel film accept Avengers Assemble (£51.9m) and Avengers: Age of Ultron (£48.3m). Continue reading...

Published 2018-03-13 12:32:56

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald – first full trailer released

The first footage for the follow up to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has been launched online

The first full-length trailer for the sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has been released. Subtitled The Crimes of Grindelwald, it sees Eddie Redmayne return in the role of “magizoologist” Newt Scamander in the second of the projected five films in the JK Rowling-scripted Harry Potter spinoff series. Directed by Potter veteran David Yates, Fantastic Beasts 2 sees Scamander and Albus Dumbledore (played by Jude Law) take on powerful dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp). Katherine Waterston also returns from Fantastic Beasts, as Tina Goldstein, the rehabilitated auror who also joins the fight against Grindelwald. Related: Sign up to our Film Today email ...

Published 2018-03-13 16:02:53

Stormy Daniels offers to return money to 'tell her story' of alleged Trump affair

Letter from actor’s lawyer offers return of $130,000 fee and asks that no action be taken to prevent the airing of an interview on CNN

Stormy Daniels has offered to give back a $130,000 fee paid to her by Donald Trump’s personal lawyer in return for her silence about her alleged affair with the future US president. Related: How Trump tried to keep his alleged affair with Stormy Daniels a secret Continue reading...

Published 2018-03-12 18:35:12

Beatrix Potter would not have liked Peter Rabbit film - biographer

Sony adaptation in which James Corden is voice of bullying rabbit would have appalled author

When Walt Disney offered to adapt the Tale of Peter Rabbit for film in 1936, Beatrix Potter did not hesitate: the answer was no. During her lifetime, the author exercised minute control over the reams of merchandise spun out of her work, which is why Sony Pictures’ new film adaptation would have been anathema to the Lake District author, according to her biographer. Continue reading...

Published 2018-03-9 10:40:21

South Korean actor Jo Min-ki found dead after sexual assault accusations

Actor and lecturer had lost his job in the wake of accusations from students as the #MeToo movement gathers momentum in his country

A South Korean actor accused of sexual assault has been found dead. Jo Min-ki, who had been accused of assaulting at least eight people, was found hanged in a storage area of the building where he lived in Seoul, Yonhap news agency cited police as saying. Most of his victims were drama students at a provincial university where he taught. The 52-year-old had lost his professorship over the scandal. Jo appeared in various television series and a number of films, including the hit 2013 courtroom drama The Attorney. Continue reading...

Published 2018-03-9 13:29:05

Black Panther's Michael B Jordan adopts 'inclusion rider' for future projects

The actor is among the first to respond to Frances McDormand’s Oscar speech urging A-listers to use their power to demand greater diversity

Black Panther star Michael B Jordan has announced that his production company will be adopting the “inclusion rider” – a clause in contracts demanding projects have diverse casts and crews. His move comes in response to Frances McDormand’s powerful speech at Sunday’s Academy Awards, in which she encouraged the industry to back more stories and projects created by women. “In support of the women & men who are leading this fight, I will be adopting the Inclusion Rider for all projects produced by my company Outlier Society,” Jordan announced on 7 March, posting an image of himself with Outlier Society’s head of production, Alana Mayo, and his agent, Phil Sun. “I’ve ...

Published 2018-03-8 11:54:11

David Chase to make Sopranos prequel movie The Many Saints of Newark

The Emmy-winning creator of the hit crime drama series will revive the franchise with a 60s-set film featuring some familiar characters

David Chase is set to return to the universe of The Sopranos with a big screen-prequel. The script, with the working title of The Many Saints of Newark, has been purchased by New Line and will be set against the backdrop of the Newark riots of the 1960s. It was written by Chase and Lawrence Konner, who has previously written for The Sopranos and Boardwalk Empire. Related: The Sopranos: 10 years since it finished, it's still the most masterful show ever Continue reading...

Published 2018-03-8 17:37:17

Wolf of Wall Street producers to pay $60m to US government

Red Granite Pictures has been implicated in a scandal involving the Malaysian prime minister

The producers of hit Hollywood film The Wolf of Wall Street have agreed to pay back $60m to the US government after allegations the film was funded with money stolen from a Malaysian state investment fund. Last year, Red Granite Pictures was implicated in the scandal, in which $3.5bn (£2.5bn) from the government-run 1MDB fund is alleged to have found its way into the bank accounts of associates of Malaysian prime minister, Najib Razak, to be used for lavish expenses and investments across the world. Continue reading...

Published 2018-03-7 16:29:10

Three women accuse Korean director Kim Ki-duk of rape and assault

Actors come forward to accuse the renowned film-maker and his regular actor Cho Jae-hyeon – while the director says he only engaged in ‘consensual sexual relationships’

Internationally renowned South Korean director Kim Ki-duk and one of his actors face multiple accusations of rape, assault and sexually predatory behaviour from three women, all actors. The accusations were made in an investigative documentary broadcast on South Korean TV on 6 March, in which all three remained anonymous. One woman alleges that Kim and male actor Cho Jae-hyeon both raped her after Kim summoned her to his hotel room to “discuss a script”. She claimed that Kim tormented her on a nightly basis when they were filming in a remote village. “It was a living hell … so many nights, he came to my room and slammed the door or phoned me at the room repeatedly until I ...

Published 2018-03-7 16:50:45

Rebel Wilson spent more than $1.4m fighting defamation case, court told

Pitch Perfect actor wants most of those costs paid by Bauer Media, which defamed her in 2015

The Hollywood actor Rebel Wilson spent more than $1.4m fighting her high-profile defamation case, her lawyer has told a Melbourne court. The Pitch Perfect actor is now fighting to have most of those costs repaid by Bauer Media, which defamed her in a series of articles published in 2015. Related: Australian media companies join forces to appeal Rebel Wilson damages payout Continue reading...

Published 2018-03-8 03:55:40

Walk Like a Panther review – Brit wrestling comedy that forgets to be funny

The World of Sport type British wrestling gets a workout but despite its likeable and entertaining cast there just aren’t enough laughs

The school of 90s Guy Ritchie is revived in this frankly ordinary British romp which is a comedy in everything except actually being funny. It’s a film about wrestlers: wrestlers like Big Daddy, Mick McManus, Les Kellett and Jackie Pallo, that is, those British grip’n’grapple legends made famous on 70s television by ITV’s World Of Sport. They are not the fancy modern American kind, and this film patriotically claims that unlike the American version, our native British wrestling wasn’t fixed. (Erm, excuse me?) Stephen Graham does his likeable best to give this film some weight and bite playing Mark Bolton, a Scouse lad who grew up hero-worshipping wrestlers because his dad was ...

Published 2018-03-6 21:00:20

BBC film about IRA funeral murders to air in March

Exclusive: The Funeral Murders will focus on atrocity at Milltown cemetery and the revenge attack

Unheard testimony from the families of victims of an attack on an IRA funeral by the loyalist paramilitary member Michael Stone and of a revenge attack at a subsequent funeral that killed two British corporals is to be revealed in a BBC documentary to mark the 30th anniversary of the atrocities. The Funeral Murders features accounts from family members of the three men killed by Stone at the first funeral – Kevin Brady, Thomas McErlean and John Murray – who the BBC said have not spoken to the media until now about the day their relatives were murdered. Continue reading...

Published 2018-03-7 00:01:24

Weinstein Company buyers pull out after much more debt found

Group led by Maria Contreras-Sweet and Ron Burkle uncovered $50m more debt than expected

The eleventh-hour deal to save Harvey Weinstein’s TV and film company from going bankrupt has fallen through, after the buyers discovered tens of millions of dollars more in liabilities on the books than expected. Last week, a consortium of investors led by Maria Contreras-Sweet, a former senior official in Barack Obama’s administration, and US billionaire Ron Burkle, entered the final stage of a $500m (£360m) deal to buy the Weinstein Company. The Weinstein Company’s biggest box office hits Continue reading...

Published 2018-03-7 08:14:05

Flower of the Universe: hear Sade's first new music in eight years

Taken from Ava DuVernay’s big-budget Disney fantasy A Wrinkle in Time, the song marks an unexpected return from the reclusive British soul legend

Sade has released her first new music in eight years, with the song Flower of the Universe, taken from the soundtrack to A Wrinkle in Time – Ava DuVernay’s big-budget sci-fi fantasy starring Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and more. Backed by pretty acoustic guitar and almost eerie wordless backing vocals, Sade delivers a typically spellbinding vocal line. The sentimental lyric is aimed at a child, described as a “flower of the universe”: “They want to know it’s true / There’s someone in the world, lovely as you.” Continue reading...

Published 2018-03-7 11:10:12

Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan reveals he has 'rare disease'

Veteran Indian star, who has appeared in more than 100 films including Slumdog Millionaire and Jurassic World, asks fans not to speculate about his condition

Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan has announced that he is suffering from what he describes as a “rare disease”. The veteran star wrote on Twitter that he didn’t want fans to speculate about his condition until he had a “conclusive diagnosis”. He said that he would reveal more about the illness within a week to 10 days. Continue reading...

Published 2018-03-6 11:33:18

Black Panther gobbles up Red Sparrow at snow-disrupted UK box office

Marvel franchise is top of the tree for third week in a row, with Jennifer Lawrence spy thriller a distant second, while Lady Bird proves an indie hit

Freezing snow and disrupted transport across the UK saw box office takings plummet at the back end of last week, with film fans instead opting for the comfort of their sofas. But the big thaw on Saturday and Sunday saw audiences return to cinemas. Continue reading...

Published 2018-03-6 12:45:46

'We don't have stars anymore'; Trump mocks Oscars as ratings fall to record low

Broadcast for 2018 Academy Awards attracted 26.5m viewers, a 16% drop on last year’s ceremony

US president Donald Trump has mocked the ratings for the 2018 Academy Awards, which were the lowest ever recorded, according to Nielsen viewing figures for the ceremony. 26.5m US viewers watched the ABC network’s live broadcast of the four-hour show, a 16% drop from the 32.9m who tuned in for the awards in 2017. The ratings for Sunday’s ceremony do not include digital or mobile viewers.Lowest rated Oscars in HISTORY. Problem is, we don’t have Stars anymore - except your President (just kidding, of course)! Related: Man suspected of stealing Frances McDormand's Oscar arrested Continue reading...

Published 2018-03-6 15:04:59

Oscar winners 2018: the full list

All the winners from the 90th Academy Awards

•Oscars 2018: how the night unfolded•Oscars red carpet 2018: from Jennifer Lawrence to Salma Hayek – in pictures Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – WINNER!Willem Dafoe, The Florida ProjectWoody Harrelson, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, MissouriRichard Jenkins, The Shape of WaterChristopher Plummer, All the Money in the World Related: Helen Mirren on a jet ski and BB8 backstage: Oscars 2018 highlights – in pictures Continue reading...

Published 2018-03-5 07:19:14

Man suspected of stealing Frances McDormand's Oscar arrested

Terry Bryant arrested after Oscar allegedly stolen during after-partyBryant bragged about trophy on Facebook, claiming he had won itA man who apparently swiped Frances McDormand’s Oscar trophy boasted about it on Facebook, claiming he won it for music, before being arrested on suspicion of felony grand theft.

Terry Bryant, 47, was being held on $20,000 bail for allegedly stealing the statue at the Governors Ball party soon after Sunday night’s 90th Academy Awards ceremony in Hollywood. A Los Angeles police department spokesperson said Bryant had a ticket for the event. Related: Frances McDormand is right – forget diversity ‘initiatives’, change the system | Doris Ruth Eikhof Security at the Governors Ball are looking for this guy, who grabbed Frances McDormand’s Oscar and ran out with it. Wolfgang Puck’s photographer stopped him, got the Oscar back, and the guy disappeared back into the ball. Apparently Frances has said to let him go. #Oscars #Drama ...

Published 2018-03-5 19:51:25

Frances McDormand wins best actress award for Three Billboards at Oscars 2018

McDormand received the prize for her turn as a grieving mother in the comedy drama, beating a strong field that included Meryl Streep and Saoirse Ronan

•Oscars 2018: the red carpet, the winners, the speeches – liveFrances McDormand has won the best actress prize at the 90th Academy Awards for her performance as a grieving mother in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. It is the second time McDormand, a five-time Academy award nominee, has picked up the best actress statuette, following a 1996 win for her performance in Fargo. The 60-year-old actor triumphed in a strong field that included three-time Academy award winner Meryl Streep, Lady Bird star Saoirse Ronan and British actor Sally Hawkins. Her victory here follows corresponding prizes at January’s Golden Globes and February’s Baftas. Related: What is an 'inclusion ...

Published 2018-03-5 04:33:40

Adam West: late Batman star snubbed at Oscars 2018 ceremony

The former film and television star was omitted from the Academy’s In Memoriam montage

Oscars 2018: The Shape of Water wins best picture award – live Adam West, the actor best known for his appearances as Batman in the 1960s TV series, has not been remembered at the 2018 Academy Awards. West, who gained a cult following for his eccentric portrayal of the superhero, died aged 88 of leukaemia last June. As well as his performances in the ABC series, which ran for three seasons from 1966 to 1968, West also starred in a number of animated films including Chicken Little, and had a regular voice role in the popular cartoon Family Guy. Continue reading...

Published 2018-03-5 04:42:03

Woman behind 'inclusion rider' explains Frances McDormand's Oscar speech

Professor responsible for concept spotlighted in McDormand’s acceptance speech tells the Guardian how it can boost diversity

Oscars 2018: the full list of winners Many people watching the Oscars were left scratching their heads when Frances McDormand finished her speech with the phrase “I have two words for you: inclusion rider.” An “inclusion rider” is a clause that an actor can insist be inserted in their contract that requires cast and crew on a film to meet a certain level of diversity. Related: Frances McDormand wins best actress award for Three Billboards at Oscars 2018 I’m committed to the Inclusion Rider. Who’s with me? Continue reading...

Published 2018-03-5 06:03:20

A battle cry for inclusion: The Shape of Water triumphs in Oscars of seismic change

Guillermo del Toro’s outcast fantasy wins best picture in a ceremony that called for more representation and female empowerment in Hollywood

Helen Mirren’s jet ski to BB8 backstage: Oscars 2018 – in picturesOscars 2018: Full list of winnersThe Shape of Water, a romantic fable about a janitor who falls in love with a sea creature, has swept top honours at the Oscars in a ceremony that turned into a battle cry for inclusion and female empowerment. Guillermo del Toro’s cold war-era fantasy about the triumph of outcasts fended off the satirical horror Get Out and the drama Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, to take best picture and director, continuing a winning streak for Mexican film-makers in Hollywood. Related: Helen Mirren on a jet ski and BB8 backstage: Oscars 2018 highlights – in pictures Continue reading...

Published 2018-03-5 06:42:44

Oscar winners 2018: the final list

All the winners from the 90th Academy Awards

•Oscars 2018: how the night unfolded•Oscars red carpet 2018: from Jennifer Lawrence to Salma Hayek – in pictures Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – WINNER!Willem Dafoe, The Florida ProjectWoody Harrelson, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, MissouriRichard Jenkins, The Shape of WaterChristopher Plummer, All the Money in the World Related: Helen Mirren on a jet ski and BB8 backstage: Oscars 2018 highlights – in pictures Continue reading...

Published 2018-03-5 07:19:14

Cut to the editor: Lee Smith wins Australia's only Oscar in 2018

Longtime Christopher Nolan collaborator honoured for Dunkirk as Margot Robbie gets in the middle of ceremony’s favourite group hug

This year’s Academy Awards ceremony was a historically significant occasion, the first to take place after the downfall of Harvey Weinstein and the rise of the #MeToo movement. It was hardly a vintage year for Australia but hey, at least we got one run on the board. The Sydney-born editor Lee Smith was the sole Aussie winner, taking best editing for Dunkirk, the writer/director Christopher Nolan’s superb second world war drama about the evacuation of allied troops from the titular French city. Related: 'I've got some things to say': the best Oscars quotes and jokes .@MargotRobbie’s adorable brother has the most messer-y brother message for her #Oscars #Oscars90 ...

Published 2018-03-5 07:34:37

The Shape of Water wins best picture Oscar

Guillermo del Toro’s creature feature, starring Sally Hawkins, takes the top prize of the night at the Academy awards

•Oscars 2018: the red carpet, the winners, the speeches – live •The full list of winners The Shape of Water has won the Oscar for best picture at the 90th Academy Awards, defeating strong competition from Get Out, Lady Bird and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri in what had been considered the closest Oscar race in many years. The award was presented by Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, who had been involved in last year’s mix-up over La La Land and Moonlight. Acknowledging the fiasco in 2017, Beatty said: “It’s so nice seeing you again”; Dunaway added: “Presenting is lovelier second time around.” On receiving the award, del Toro, said: “I want to dedicate this ...

Published 2018-03-5 07:37:28

Gary Oldman wins best actor Oscar for Darkest Hour

Star overcomes competition from fellow Briton Daniel Kaluuya and Daniel Day-Lewis to take home the award for his performance as Winston Churchill

•Oscars 2018: the red carpet, the winners, the speeches – live Gary Oldman has won the Oscar for best actor for his performance as Winston Churchill in the second world war drama Darkest Hour. The actor, who had been considered the strong favourite in the category, overcame competition from fellow British nominees Daniel Kaluuya and the soon-to-retire Daniel Day-Lewis to take home the prize. In his acceptance speech, Oldman appeared near to tears: he thanked America, saying he was “deeply grateful to her”, and recalled that “the movies, such is their power, captivated a young man from south London, and gave him a dream”. He finished up by thanking his mother, saying: “Put ...

Published 2018-03-5 07:39:51

UK Oscar winner's sign-language speech raises profile of 'silent disability'

Rachel Shenton, who wrote and starred in short film The Silent Child, used speech to highlight often overlooked area of diversity

Much of the talk before Sunday’s Oscars ceremony was about Hollywood’s moral compass. Related: Radicalism lite: eight things we learned from the Oscars 2018 Let's celebrate diversity. Disability is Diversity.Retweet this or even better, take a picture like Maisie #TheSilentChildOscars90 Continue reading...

Published 2018-03-5 16:49:28

'Billboards still work': Frances McDormand backs Grenfell activists

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Oscar winner praises group’s protest inspired by film

The winner of the Oscar for best actress, Frances McDormand, has spoken in support of activists seeking justice over the Grenfell Tower fire, who used her film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri as inspiration for a publicity campaign. Billboards were driven through central London last month saying “71 dead”, “And still no arrests?”, “How Come?” Continue reading...

Published 2018-03-5 17:07:23

Ryan Seacrest: controversy – and many A-listers – avoided on Oscars red carpet

After #MeToo founder Tarana Burke says Seacrest should have been dropped from E! coverage, the TV host’s stint was light on major interviewees

Oscars 2018 live - follow the action from the red carpet and ceremony as it happensRyan Seacrest retained his spot hosting E!’s red carpet coverage as controversy swirled around him over allegations of sexual harassment that he denies, but A-list actors were conspicuous by their absence from the roster of interviewees that E!’s Live from the Red Carpet managed to attract. No formal boycott was announced, but only two of the five supporting actress nominees – Alison Janney and Mary J Blige – were interviewed, while other prominent early arrivals such as Mira Sorvino and Ashley Judd did not speak to him. Others he did speak to made remarks considered pointed by Twitter users: ...

Published 2018-03-5 00:45:35

Sam Rockwell wins best supporting actor for Three Billboards at Oscars 2018

The first-time nominee beat out Willem Defoe and Richard Jenkins for his performance as a volatile, racist small-town cop in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Follow the Oscars 2018 – liveSam Rockwell has won the Oscar for best supporting actor at the 90th Academy Awards, prevailing over stiff competition from Willem Dafoe of The Florida Project and Richard Jenkins of The Shape of Water to win his first Academy award. The 49-year-old, whose turn as a disgraced police officer in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, has earned him a string of prizes throughout this awards season, had never been nominated for an Oscar before. Related: Sam Rockwell: ‘Playing hicks is not where I come from, but they keep throwing me on a horse’ Continue reading...

Published 2018-03-5 01:18:06

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