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Timothée Chalamet: 'I don’t want to profit from my work on Woody Allen's film'

Chalamet is the most high profile male actor to disavow Woody Allen, whose next film, A Rainy Day in New York, he stars in

Opinion: Why should women apologise for working with Allen? Timothée Chalamet has become the latest actor – and the most high profile male actor – to publicly disavow Woody Allen, announcing he will be donating his salary from Allen’s upcoming film to the Time’s Up initiative against harassment and assault, alongside other charities. Chalamet, 22, wore a Time’s Up pin to the Golden Globes this month, where he was nominated for his critically lauded role in Luca Guadagnino’s film Call Me By Your Name. His next film, Allen’s A Rainy Day in New York, is set for 2018 release. Related: Mira Sorvino: I am terribly sorry for working with Woody Allen Related: Greta Gerwig ...

Published 2018-01-16 06:20:31


Gary Oldman's Darkest Hour gives V for victory at UK box office

Oldman’s Oscar-tipped portrayal of Winston Churchill’s wartime tribulations storms to the top as Three Billboards nabs third place

When it comes to the annual awards-season movie glut, in which Oscar-bait dramas are launched every week from the start of the year until the middle of February, most would agree that the second weekend of January is the plum release date. That’s traditionally the Friday after the Golden Globes ceremony and the Bafta film awards nominations, so it’s a great date if you expect to perform well with those awards-giving bodies, while also giving your film plenty of play up to the Baftas and Oscars ceremonies. It was the date nabbed by La La Land last year, by The Revenant in 2016 and 12 Years a Slave in 2014. Continue reading...

Published 2018-01-16 14:01:19


Eliza Dushku claims True Lies crew member sexually assaulted her aged 12

Stunt coordinator Joel Kramer denies allegations that he molested actor during production of the 1994 film

Eliza Dushku says she was sexually molested at age 12 by a stunt coordinator during production of the 1994 film True Lies. In a post on her Facebook account on 13 January, the actor also alleged that Joel Kramer, then 36, caused her to be injured on the set as payback for disclosing the alleged misconduct to a friend. Kramer denied the accusations in trade publication interviews. Continue reading...

Published 2018-01-15 12:43:10


Arthouse films battle squeeze from Netflix and blockbusters

Mid-budget films such as Darkest Hour are succeeding despite big studios’ dominance

As the latest clutch of arthouse films – including Darkest Hour and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – are feted during this year’s awards season, the mid-budget film sector is grappling with Hollywood’s blockbuster addiction and the new challenges presented by Netflix and Amazon. The big US studios have become increasingly dependent on big-budget, populist releases that can pack cinemas around the world, for example superhero films and franchises such as Transformers, Pirates of the Caribbean and Fast and the Furious Continue reading...

Published 2018-01-15 15:30:06


From Turner to Lowry: Timothy Spall provides portrait of another artist

Actor says he is ‘trying to tick off all the artists’ as he starts work on film exploring LS Lowry’s relationship with his mother

After rave reviews for his portrayal of JMW Turner in 2014, Timothy Spall is to star in a film about another British artist – LS Lowry. Shooting begins this week on Mrs Lowry & Son, directed by Adrian Noble, a former head of the Royal Shakespeare Company. Continue reading...

Published 2018-01-14 16:38:09


Time's Up: Michelle Williams praises Mark Wahlberg donating reshoot fees

Actor welcomes her co-star’s donation to campaign, after it was revealed he was paid $1.5m for reshooting All The Money In The World while she got than $1,000

The actor Michelle Williams has welcomed co-star Mark Wahlberg’s decision to donate his $1.5m (£1.1m) pay cheque for reshoots of All The Money In The World to Time’s Up, thanking fellow actors who “stood by me and stood up for me”. Wahlberg said on Saturday his donation to the initiative, which was set up to help fund accusers of sexual harassment and abuse, would be made in the name of Williams. Related: Mark Wahlberg donates $1.5m reward for film reshoots to Time's Up fund Continue reading...

Published 2018-01-14 18:47:42


Hypnotic thriller that haunted a nation inspires remakes for a new generation

Half a century after novel depicted tragedy at Hanging Rock, updated film and theatre versions shed new lightIn the searing heat of an Australian Valentine’s Day, a small party of schoolgirls set out for a local beauty spot, Hanging Rock. Some were never to return. The shocking incident, whether imagined or real, as some still believe, has haunted the national psyche ever since the publication of Joan Lindsay’s novel Picnic at Hanging Rock in 1967.

Regarded as a key work of modern Australian literature, Lindsay’s hypnotic puzzle soon spawned a classic film version that was to beguile and disturb audiences around the world. Continue reading...

Published 2018-01-13 22:01:09


After the #MeToo backlash, an insider’s guide to French feminism

Catherine Deneuve joined 99 other prominent French women in a letter last week accusing the Hollywood anti-abuse campaign of censorship and intolerance. Agnès Poirier explains how the debate is viewed in Paris

French women made headlines all over the world last week. And not because they never get fat or their children never throw food, as a series of American bestsellers put it, but because 100 of them signed an open letter published in Le Monde offering an alternative view of the #MeToo campaign and drawing attention to what they regard as rampant censorship in feminist ranks. In signing the letter, the French film star Catherine Deneuve set the feminist world ablaze. They spoke their mind in a Gallic manner: straightforwardly, to the point of appearing blunt. The letter was also strikingly badly edited, with clumsy chunks unworthy of their authors. But, in short, they think the campaign by ...

Published 2018-01-14 00:03:12


Italy’s love affair with cinema cools as film fans turn to TV

Piracy and online distributors such as Netflix keep audiences in armchairs at homeFrom Paolo Sorrentino’s 2014 Oscar-winner The Great Beauty to Call Me By Your Name, the highly acclaimed gay love story directed by Luca Guadagnino, Italy still has a flair for making films that create a global buzz. But that doesn’t mean to say that Italians are such great fans of their homegrown productions – at least when it comes to taking themselves off to the cinema to watch them.

According to dismal data released by film associations Anec and Anica, box office sales for Italian films were down by over 46% compared with 2016, while takings fell by around 44%. Continue reading...

Published 2018-01-14 00:05:12


Leonardo DiCaprio to star in Quentin Tarantino's Charles Manson movie

The Oscar winner will play an aging actor in Tarantino’s ninth movie, with Margot Robbie reportedly being lined up to play Sharon Tate

Leonardo DiCaprio is set to star in Quentin Tarantino’s ninth film, set around the time of the Charles Manson murders. Related: Pulp science-fiction? How Quentin Tarantino could save Star Trek Continue reading...

Published 2018-01-12 21:12:19


Rebecca Hall says she won't work with Woody Allen again

Actor apologizes for role in Allen’s new film and will donate wages to Time’s Up initiative: ‘My actions have made another woman feel silenced and dismissed’

Actor Rebecca Hall, who has a role in Woody Allen’s new film, has announced that she would not work with the embattled director in the future and was donating her wages to the Time’s Up initiative. Hall, who starred in Allen’s 2008 film Vicky Cristina Barcelona, is the latest high-profile actor to denounce the film-maker and apologize for working with him, following statements by Mira Sorvino and Greta Gerwig.The day after the Weinstein accusation broke in full force I was shooting a day of work on Woody… https://t.co/ivlszR11MV Related: Mira Sorvino: I am terribly sorry for working with Woody Allen Continue reading...

Published 2018-01-12 23:23:40


Liam Neeson says harassment allegations are now 'a witch-hunt'

Hollywood A-lister suggests the treatment of some celebrities, such as Garrison Keillor, has been excessive

Liam Neeson has described the wave of sexual misconduct allegations that have swept the entertainment industry as “a bit of a witch-hunt” and appeared to dismiss breast groping as “childhood stuff” in an interview on Irish television. Speaking on The Late Late Show on RTE, the Hollywood A-lister said “there’s some people, famous people, being suddenly accused of touching some girl’s knee, or something, and suddenly they’re being dropped from their program, or something”.Liam Neeson on the wave of sexual harassment allegations against high profile men in Hollywood #latelate pic.twitter.com/NzT0rWXf25 Related: Garrison Keillor: the downfall of a beloved figure accused ...

Published 2018-01-13 10:34:21


Steven Seagal accused of raping teenage actor in 1993

Regina Simons, who worked as an extra on the film On Deadly Ground, becomes latest woman to allege sexual misconduct against Hollywood star

The actor and producer Steven Seagal has been accused of rape by an extra who worked on his film On Deadly Ground. Regina Simons, who was 18 when shooting the film in 1993, told the Wrap that Seagal assaulted her after he invited her to a party at his house. On arrival, she discovered that no one else was there and says she “froze” when Seagal began to have sex with her. Simons said: “I think because of the situation I was completely caught off guard. Tears were coming down my face and I know that it hurt. He was three times my size.” Related: Steven Seagal accused of harassment by Arrested Development actor Portia De Rossi Continue reading...

Published 2018-01-12 16:02:47


James Franco accused of sexual misconduct by five women including former students

Spokesperson repeats actor’s earlier denial over claims of inappropriate or sexually exploitative behaviour, describing them as ‘not accurate’

James Franco has been accused of sexual misconduct by five women, including former students at the actor-director’s New York acting school. The allegations, which have been reported by the Los Angeles Times, include claims that Franco engaged in inappropriate or sexually exploitative behaviour by the women, four of whom were coached by him at his film and acting school, Studio 4. Related: James Franco denies sexual misconduct claims during Stephen Colbert interview Continue reading...

Published 2018-01-11 15:26:39


Arthur Miller scorned 'public mourners' of Marilyn Monroe, archive sale reveals

A 1962 essay by the playwright after the death of his ex-wife is one of many unpublished works in a huge archive sold to the Harry Ransom Center in Texas

Arthur Miller’s anger at the death of his second wife Marilyn Monroe is expressed in an excoriating and never before published essay from 1962, in which the playwright attacks the “public mourners” who “stand there weeping and gawking, glad that it is not you going into the earth, glad that it is this lovely girl who at last you killed”. The playwright’s essay is one of many unpublished works found in an extensive archive of manuscripts, notebooks and letters that has just been acquired by the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin, for a sum the New York Times put at $2.7m (£2m). Related: Are you now or were you ever...? Continue reading...

Published 2018-01-11 16:21:50


Steven Spielberg: Oprah would make a brilliant president and I will back her

Calling her the ‘ambassador of empathy’, The Post director endorses Winfrey and says America needs ‘a mindful, empathetic human being in the White House’

The undeclared but burgeoning campaign to elect Oprah Winfrey the next president of the United States has received another boost, with the full-throated backing of one of Hollywood’s biggest figures: Steven Spielberg. “I think Oprah Winfrey would make an absolutely brilliant president,” the Oscar-winning director told the Guardian on Thursday. Spielberg, in London to promote his new movie The Post, said: “If she declares, I will back her.” Related: The Post review – Streep and Hanks scoop the honours in Spielberg's big-hearted story Related: The Post review – Streep and Hanks scoop the honours in Spielberg's big-hearted story Continue reading...

Published 2018-01-11 16:49:40


Mira Sorvino: I am terribly sorry for working with Woody Allen

The Oscar-winning star of Mighty Aphrodite has penned an open letter to Allen’s daughter Dylan Farrow to say she will never work with him again

Mira Sorvino has penned an open letter to Woody Allen’s daughter Dylan Farrow to express regret over starring in his 1995 comedy Mighty Aphrodite. Related: Greta Gerwig regrets Woody Allen film: 'I will not work for him again' Continue reading...

Published 2018-01-11 19:32:26


Winston Churchill's eccentric working habits revealed in rare papers

Secretaries working for ex-PM recall a ‘very caring person’ in memorabilia released to mark the UK release of Darkest Hour

Winston Churchill had a habit of breakfasting in bed and remaining there – sometimes until as late as 1pm – with a secretary and typewriter near his bedside, according to rare papers and insights revealed for the first time by the Imperial War Museums. Documents, testimonies and images showing what life was like in the Churchill war rooms – the former prime minister’s underground wartime HQ under central London – have been made public to mark the UK release of the film Darkest Hour, which recounts the early days of his premiership. Related: Winston Churchill of Darkest Hour a rebuke to Trump, says film's director Continue reading...

Published 2018-01-12 00:01:14


Greta Gerwig regrets Woody Allen film: 'I will not work for him again'

Actor, writer and director says ‘if I had known then what I know now, I would not have acted in [To Rome With Love]’

Greta Gerwig has expressed regret over working with Woody Allen on 2012 film To Rome With Love, saying in an online roundtable, “If I had known then what I know now, I would not have acted in the film.” At the Golden Globes this week, where Gerwig’s critically acclaimed film Lady Bird won in two of four nominated categories, the actor, writer and director dodged a question about working with Allen. Related: It’s easy to sneer at Hollywood doing politics but the Golden Globes nailed it | Abi Wilkinson How Greta Gerwig feels about previously working with Woody Allen pic.twitter.com/4tmrNMdHiLYo, while we're (correctly and righteously) trashing the women who worked with Woody ...

Published 2018-01-11 01:18:35


Michael Douglas issues surprise pre-emptive denial over sexual misconduct allegation

The actor has issued a pre-emptive denial of allegations that were expected to be made by a female employee of his production company in the 1980s

Actor-producer Michael Douglas has come forward to deny as-yet-unaired accusations that he masturbated in front of an employee of his production company, over 30 years ago. Speaking to Deadline, Douglas said he was taking the unusual step of making a pre-emptive denial after he was informed by his lawyer that film industry trade magazine the Hollywood Reporter was preparing to run a story on the allegations of a woman who worked for Douglas in the mid-1980s. Douglas describes the suggestion that he masturbated in front of her as “a complete lie, fabrication, no truth to it whatsoever”. Continue reading...

Published 2018-01-10 11:18:08


James Franco denies sexual misconduct claims during Stephen Colbert interview

Actor says claims made against him by two women are ‘not accurate’ after being quizzed by Late Show host

James Franco has described sexual misconduct allegations made against him as “not accurate”, when quizzed on the subject on Tuesday’s episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. The actor, who on Monday received a Golden Globe for his performance in comedy biopic The Disaster Artist, responded to claims made by two women on Twitter in the wake of his victory. Actor-director Sarah Tither-Kaplan alleges that Franco exploited her by asking her to perform nude in two of his films for $100 per day, while actor Violet Paley alleges that Franco tried to force her to perform oral sex on him while in a car.A couple weeks ago, James offered me & a few other girls an overdue, annoyed, ...

Published 2018-01-10 11:21:19


Catherine Deneuve's claim of #MeToo witch-hunt sparks backlash

French actor and 100 other women who signed letter are accused of being ‘apologists for rape’

The French actor Catherine Deneuve has sparked a furious international backlash after she denounced the #MeToo campaign against sexual harassment as a “witch-hunt” against men. Deneuve and around 100 other women had signed an open letter blasting the new “puritanism” of the avalanche of “denunciations” following claims that the Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein had sexually assaulted dozens of women. Continue reading...

Published 2018-01-10 15:47:17


'Change is definitely happening': Baftas to follow Golden Globes' #MeToo lead

While some categories lack diversity, this year’s Bafta awards, hosted by Joanna Lumley, will celebrate varied talents and strong female performances

The Shape of Water, Guillermo del Toro’s strange and thrilling fantasy epic about a woman who falls in love with a sea monster, will lead the charge at this year’s Bafta film awards with 12 nominations. With multiple nominations in the craft categories the film easily topped the 2018 list, followed by Martin McDonagh’s black comedy Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and the Gary Oldman-starring Churchill biopic Darkest Hour. Each received nine nominations. Related: The full list of nominations for the Baftas 2018 Continue reading...

Published 2018-01-9 17:53:51


All the Money in the World pay gap reports spark new Hollywood inequality row

Claims Michelle Williams paid $1,000 for reshoots after Kevin Spacey was replaced, but Mark Wahlberg reportedly got $1.5m

Mark Wahlberg was paid $1.5m (£1.1m) for the reshoot of Ridley Scott’s film All the Money in the World while his co-star Michelle Williams was paid $80 a day – a total of less than $1,000 – according to reports. Related: Ridley Scott on erasing Kevin Spacey from his new film: 'He's a very good actor. It's a pity' I heard for the reshoot she got $80 a day compared to his MILLIONS. Would anyone like to clarify? I really hope that with everything coming to light, she was paid fairly. She's a brilliant actress and is wonderful in the film. https://t.co/VzGA2ucAjVThis is so messed up that it is almost hard to believe. Almost. This is how this business works. I wonder if the studio ...

Published 2018-01-10 05:01:43


Gwyneth Paltrow to give 'soul-stretching opportunities' of marriage a second shot

The Oscar-winning actor will marry TV producer Brad Falchuk four years after her ‘conscious uncoupling’ from Chris Martin

Most people call it marriage. But Gwyneth Paltrow has decided to give “the soul-stretching, pattern-breaking opportunities” of intimacy a second chance after announcing her engagement to television producer Brad Falchuk. The 45-year-old actor, who famously described her 2014 separation from her first husband Chris Martin as a “conscious uncoupling”, confirmed the engagement in an interview for the latest edition of her lifestyle magazine Goop. Related: 'Gwyneth glows like a radioactive swan' – my day at the Goop festival Continue reading...

Published 2018-01-9 04:27:13


Bafta nominations 2018: Shape of Water leads the way as Joanna Lumley announced as new host

Fantasy drama receives 12 nominations for revamped awards, which will be presented by Absolutely Fabulous star following Stephen Fry’s departure

Read the full list of nominations hereThe Shape of Water, Guillermo Del Toro’s fantasy epic about a woman who falls in love with a sea monster, leads the nominations for this year’s Bafta film awards – though it will face strong competition from Martin McDonagh’s Golden Globe-winning black comedy Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and the Gary Oldman-starring Churchill biopic Darkest Hour. At a Bafta press conference that also unveiled Joanna Lumley as the new host for the awards, Del Toro’s drama picked up 12 nominations, including best film and best director, as well as a best actress pick for Sally Hawkins and best supporting actress for Octavia Spencer. Continue ...

Published 2018-01-9 08:25:43


The full list of nominations for the Baftas 2018

From The Shape of Water to Lady Bird, the full list of films up for a gong at this year’s leading British film awards

Related: Bafta nominations 2018: Shape of Water leads the way as Joanna Lumley announced as new host Continue reading...

Published 2018-01-9 08:26:09


Roman Polanski will not face criminal charges for allegations of 1975 molesting

Prosecutors will not bring criminal charges against director because they say allegations that woman was molested during a photo shoot are too old

Los Angeles prosecutors will not bring criminal charges against Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski after a woman said he molested her in 1975 – when she was 10 years old – because the allegations are too old. Related: Roman Polanski: topless protesters disrupt Paris retrospective Continue reading...

Published 2018-01-9 15:33:00


Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle swings past the Last Jedi at UK box office

Dwayne Johnson action comedy is top of the tree as crowd-pleasing musical The Greatest Showman chases La La Land’s record

Declining just 25% from the previous session, action comedy Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle knocked Star Wars: The Last Jedi off the top of the UK box office, with third-weekend takings of £3.9m. After 19 days, the Jumanji reboot has grossed £26.3m, which puts it in 15th place among the 2017 releases. The 12A-rated title has been successfully positioned by distributor Sony as a picture that appeals to a range of ages. Continue reading...

Published 2018-01-9 16:11:15


Golden Globes 2018: Three Billboards wins four but Oprah steals the night

Awards season kicked off with Hollywood stars wearing black to honor victims of sexual abuse, while Frances McDormand and Gary Oldman were big winners

Full list of winners Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri took home four awards at the 75th annual Golden Globes but it was the #MeToo movement that led conversation in a politically charged ceremony. The small-town drama won best motion picture (drama) as well as best screenplay, best supporting actor and best actress (drama) for Frances McDormand, who spoke about the importance of women speaking out against sexual predators. Related: 'Their time is up': Oprah Winfrey takes on sexual predators in Golden Globes speech Related: It’s easy to sneer at Hollywood doing politics but the Golden Globes nailed it | Abi Wilkinson Related: Afterparty highlights from the Golden Globes ...

Published 2018-01-8 08:20:43


Mary J Blige: 'I went through hell with sexual harassment'

On the red carpet at the Golden Globes, the R&B star told of a history of sexual harassment she faced as a child

Soul and R&B singer Mary J Blige has detailed a history of sexual harassment she faced as a child, in a red carpet interview at the Golden Globes. After a discussion of the recent wave of sexual harassment that has come to light in Hollywood, Blige was asked if she’d faced struggles of her own. She replied: “I’ve had to fight since I was five years old ... ever since [the ages of] five to 17 I’ve been going through hell with sexual harassment”. She said she hadn’t faced harassment during her time in the music industry, saying that “by the time I got to the music business it was like, ‘Don’t touch me or I’ll kill you’.” Related: Mudbound review – a ...

Published 2018-01-8 10:33:39


Oprah Winfrey's stirring Golden Globes speech prompts talk of White House run

After Winfrey gave a powerful speech about sexual harassment, racial injustice and press freedom, celebrities on Twitter urged her to run for office

Oprah Winfrey brought the Golden Globes audience to their feet with a powerful speech as she accepted the Cecil B DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award on Sunday night, prompting speculation about a run for the White House. Related: Golden Globes 2018: Three Billboards wins four but Oprah steals the night Related: The Rape of Recy Taylor: behind one of the year's most vital documentaries Continue reading...

Published 2018-01-8 13:35:10


Oprah Winfrey's Golden Globes speech: the full text

Oprah Winfrey accepted the Cecil B DeMille Award at Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California

The following is the full text of Oprah Winfrey’s speech as she accepted the Cecil B DeMille Award at Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards: Related: Oprah Winfrey's stirring Golden Globes speech prompts talk of White House run Related: 20 Dems for 2020: who might the Democrats field next time around? Related: The Rape of Recy Taylor: behind one of the year's most vital documentaries Continue reading...

Published 2018-01-8 15:15:09


Oprah Winfrey's speech marks a shift for the Golden Globes – and for women

The speech, which has many urging Winfrey to run for president, capped a night of feminist battle cries that rendered the event unrecognizable from past years

Oprah Winfrey’s Golden Globes speech: the full textWomen in Hollywood have urged Oprah Winfrey to run for US president in 2020 after she electrified the Golden Globes with a speech that helped transform the awards show into a newly minted platform for women’s rights and social justice. The entertainment mogul reaped lavish praise and pleas to enter politics on Monday after bringing the Golden Globes audience in Los Angeles to tears and to its feet on Sunday night, with a rousing call to arms against sexual abuse and racial discrimination. Related: Oprah Winfrey's Golden Globes speech: the full text Related: Time's Up: Hollywood women launch campaign to fight sexual harassment ...

Published 2018-01-8 19:36:42


Oprah Winfrey takes on sexual predators in Golden Globes speech: 'Their time is up'

As she accepted the Cecil B DeMille Lifetime Achievement award, Oprah gave a powerful speech about sexual harassment, racial injustice and press freedom

Oprah Winfrey brought the Golden Globes audience to their feet with a powerful speech as she accepted the Cecil B DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award on Sunday night. After an introduction by Reese Witherspoon, the actor and philanthropist took to the stage to address racial injustice and sexual abuse on an evening in which women wore black to show support for the #MeToo movement. Winfrey began by discussing Sidney Poitier, who won the 1964 Academy Award for best actor and, in doing so, became the first black man to win an Oscar. Eighteen years later, he received the Cecil B DeMille award at the 1982 Golden Globes. Related: Golden Globes 2018: the red carpet, the winners, the speeches ...

Published 2018-01-8 07:22:43


Seth Meyers takes on Weinstein and Spacey in fiery monologue

The ceremony’s host addressed sexual harassment directly in his opening monologue, referencing Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, and Woody Allen

Seth Meyers kicked off the 75th annual Golden Globes by addressing sexual harassment in Hollywood head-on, taking aim at Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, and Woody Allen in his opening monologue. “Good evening ladies and remaining gentlemen,” the host of Late Night with Seth Meyers, began. “It’s 2018. Marijuana is finally allowed, and sexual harassment finally isn’t.” Related: Golden Globes 2018: the red carpet, the winners, the speeches – live! Related: Seth Meyers: ‘I couldn’t have asked for a better target than Trump’ Continue reading...

Published 2018-01-8 07:28:48


Golden Globes 2018: Three Billboards wins four awards but Oprah steals the night

Awards season kicked off with Hollywood stars wearing black to honor victims of sexual abuse, while Frances McDormand and Gary Oldman were big winners

Full list of winners Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri took home four awards at the 75th annual Golden Globes but it was the #MeToo movement that led conversation in a politically charged ceremony. The small-town drama won best motion picture (drama) as well as best screenplay, best supporting actor and best actress (drama) for Frances McDormand, who spoke about the importance of women speaking out against sexual predators. Related: 'Their time is up': Oprah Winfrey takes on sexual predators in Golden Globes speech Related: Seth Meyers takes on Weinstein and Spacey in fiery Golden Globes monologue Continue reading...

Published 2018-01-8 07:37:45


Magical and gender-fluid … the enduring appeal of mermaids

In film and books, the beautiful creatures are back with a splashThey are the mythical, glittery-tailed females, beautiful cousins of the sirens said to lure unsuspecting men to a watery doom and whose sweet songs of love should never be trusted. And in 2018 they are back in vogue.

Mermaids, in all their incarnations, from Disney’s resourceful Ariel to the darker creatures of folk myth, are big news – moving on from the school accessories where their likenesses have long decorated bags, pencil cases and water bottles. Suddenly there are growing numbers of mermaid academies and swimming schools, an annual Merfolk UK convention (this year’s will take place in the unlikely environs of Snaresbrook, north-east London) and any number of professional mermaids for hire. The appeal of mermaids is that they aren’t just pretty and docile. They’re beautiful, exotic, unusual and powerful Continue reading...

Published 2018-01-7 00:03:07


Golden Globes: #MeToo movement set to make major impact on awards

The first major ceremony of the season comes after a tumultuous year in Hollywood, and stars will pay tribute to the women who have spoken out against sexual harassment

Awards season kicks off on Sunday, when the Hollywood Foreign Press Association will reward the best films and TV shows of the year. But the conversation around the 75th Golden Globes has centred less on the potential winners and more on how the ceremony will be affected by the ever-growing #MeToo movement. Related: Sublime Shape of Water leads Golden Globes on merit, but all-male director list is dismaying | Peter Bradshaw Continue reading...

Published 2018-01-6 06:00:05


One female director for every 22 men: Hollywood's stark diversity problem

Despite a momentous year heralding change, women and ethnic minority film-makers are no better represented in Hollywood today than they were a year, or even a decade ago

The film industry has had momentous upheavals over the last 12 months, but an annual diversity survey has found that the US movie industry is no more diverse than it was a decade ago, and “there was no meaningful or sustained change in 2017” for female, black or Asian directors in Hollywood. The report, commissioned by the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, surveyed 1,100 films made in the last 11 years, and found that just 4% were directed by women – which equates to 22 male directors hired for every woman. Related: #HollywoodSoWhite: diversity report gives damning picture of US film industry Continue reading...

Published 2018-01-4 17:31:05


Stephen Fry steps down as host of Bafta film awards

Comedian calls a wrap after 12 shows of ‘glory, drama and occasional embarrassment’

Stephen Fry has announced he is stepping down as host of the Bafta film awards to let others have a go. Fry said it was time to call it a day after two stints in which he hosted the annual ceremony a total 12 times. “What fun it will be to watch Bafta 2018 without my heart hammering, mouth drying and knees trembling,” he said. Related: Stephen Fry on Saki's Sredni Vashtar - short story podcast Continue reading...

Published 2018-01-5 12:47:33


White House to screen Spielberg's pro-media drama The Post

The Oscar-tipped film, starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, will receive screenings at both the White House and Camp David this weekend

The White House has been granted access to a print of Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-tipped newspaper drama The Post for screenings this weekend. Related: The Post review – Streep and Hanks scoop the honours in Spielberg's big-hearted story Continue reading...

Published 2018-01-5 15:48:14


Removing Kevin Spacey from movie was a 'business decision', says Ridley Scott

The director has explained his last-minute decision to replace Spacey, following accusations of misconduct, with Christopher Plummer in drama All the Money in the World

Read Rory Carroll’s full interview hereRidley Scott’s removal of Kevin Spacey from his new movie All the Money in the World was a business decision, he has told the Guardian. In an exclusive interview, the 80-year-old director explains how he acted as soon as allegations of Spacey’s sexual misconduct came to light, last October. “My decision was almost immediate. I said, ‘We need to redo this,’” he recalls. “I didn’t agonise. I never dwell on a problem, only the solution.” Scott said the commercial impact the revelations against Spacey could have had on the $40m film were uppermost in his mind. The film had been completed and was set for release in December, and ...

Published 2018-01-5 18:25:35


LBDs are selling out but Golden Globes backlash has already begun

Female stars will wear black dresses to highlight Hollywood sexual harassment on Sunday, but not everyone is supportive

Anyone shopping for a little black dress in Los Angeles this weekend can expect slim pickings. The Time’s Up campaign, which has called on women to wear black on the Golden Globes red carpet to support the fight against sexual harassment in Hollywood, has seen a run on black gowns. “Every request we’ve received thus far has been for black,” a representative of an LA fashion showroom told the Hollywood Reporter. There have also been reports from Paris of brightly coloured gowns, laboured over for weeks, being mothballed in favour of last-minute black alternatives. Related: The Golden Globes’ all-black protest dress code is confirmed – with even some male stars obliging ...

Published 2018-01-5 19:15:44


Cinema box office in UK and Ireland breaks record third year in a row

Star Wars: The Last Jedi top earning film of 2017, with £1.38bn in overall takings showing cinema retains appeal in digital age

The cinema box office in the UK and Ireland had a record-breaking year in 2017, with its highest grossing year to date. According to figures released by the box-office tracker comScore, £1.38bn was spent on cinema tickets, 6.1% up on the previous year. It was not expected to beat 2016, which was a 53-week year (the year includes all Friday-to-Thursday play weeks where the Friday falls into that calendar year). Continue reading...

Published 2018-01-5 19:40:22


Paul Haggis: Crash director accused of sexual misconduct by four women

The Oscar winner, whose credits also include Crash, has denied the claims with his lawyer stating: ‘He didn’t rape anybody’

Paul Haggis has been accused of sexual misconduct by four women, including two allegations of rape. The Oscar-winning screenwriter and director was originally the subject of a lawsuit in December from a publicist who claimed he raped her. Now, three other women have come forward with accusations, according to the Associated Press. Related: Hollywood after Weinstein: ‘The animals have no choice but to be civilized’ Related: Hollywood? It’s finished, claims Oscar-winning director who fled to New York Continue reading...

Published 2018-01-5 20:44:54


Oscar-tipped Timothée Chalamet nominated for Bafta rising star award

American who starred in gay drama Call Me By Your Name is shortlisted alongside three British actors

Timothée Chalamet, whose startling performance as a precocious teenager who falls in love with a handsome lodger has prompted talk of an Oscar, is one of five nominees for this year’s Bafta rising star award. The American actor has been shortlisted along with Florence Pugh, Tessa Thompson, Josh O’Connor and Daniel Kaluuya for the only Bafta voted for by the British public. Related: Call Me By Your Name review – gorgeous gay love story seduces and overwhelms Related: Florence Pugh: ‘Me, the next Kate Winslet? That’s ridiculous’ Related: Get Out's Daniel Kaluuya: 'I resent that I have to prove I'm black' Continue reading...

Published 2018-01-4 11:47:18


Father of Slender Man attacker calls new movie 'extremely distasteful'

Bill Weier, whose daughter attacked a classmate inspired by the fictional bogeyman, has claimed that Sony’s new horror film is ‘popularizing a tragedy’

The father of a girl who violently attacked a classmate after being inspired by the fictional character Slender Man has criticized a new horror film of the same name as being “extremely distasteful”. Related: Slender Man trailer: a mythical monster worth the wait? Fat chance Continue reading...

Published 2018-01-4 16:48:26


Hollywood diversity sees no improvement in 2017, report finds

Despite a momentous year heralding change, women and ethnic minority film-makers are no better represented in Hollywood today than they were a year, or even a decade ago

The film industry has had momentous upheavals over the last 12 months, but an annual diversity survey has found that the US movie industry is no more diverse than it was a decade ago, and “there was no meaningful or sustained change in 2017” for female, black or Asian directors in Hollywood. The report, commissioned by the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, surveyed 1,100 films made in the last 11 years, and found that just 4% were directed by women – which equates to 22 male directors hired for every woman. Related: #HollywoodSoWhite: diversity report gives damning picture of US film industry Continue reading...

Published 2018-01-4 17:31:05


Harvey Weinstein: prosecutors consider first charges after sexual harassment claims

Beverly Hills police have handed files on two investigations to Los Angeles county district attorney’s office

Prosecutors are considering bringing charges against disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein after police in Beverly Hills handed over two investigations. Related: James Toback: the film-maker accused of being a sexual predator Related: Hollywood after Weinstein: ‘The animals have no choice but to be civilized’ Continue reading...

Published 2018-01-3 03:15:14


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