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Women-only Wonder Woman showings sell out despite outcry from haters

Movie theaters in Austin, Texas and Brooklyn, New York say ‘no guys allowed’Brooklyn Alamo promises to donate all proceeds to Planned ParenthoodPlans by US movie theaters to host women-only screenings of Wonder Woman have produced support and some grumbling about gender discrimination.

Related: Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins: ‘People really thought that only men loved action movies’ We're proud to be hosting #WonderWoman screenings for women ONLY (incl our staff) w/ all proceeds going to @PPFA! : Continue reading...

Published 2017-05-27 18:27:50

Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor to separate after 17 years of marriage

Actors were married in May 2000 and have two children, who they said will remain their priority

Actors Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor have announced that they are separating after 17 years of marriage. Stiller and Taylor released a joint statement on Friday announcing their breakup. They were married in May 2000 and have two children, who they said will remain their priority. Related: Ben Stiller speaks about diagnosis with prostate cancer Continue reading...

Published 2017-05-27 02:12:22

Glaad report shows film studios still failing with LGBT representation

An analysis of films released in 2016 shows that Hollywood hasn’t managed to increase the number of LGBT characters with TV still providing more diversity

Major film studios have failed to increase LGBT representation in 2016, according to a new report released by Glaad. Related: After the Moonlight fades: what's next for LGBT cinema Continue reading...

Published 2017-05-25 14:47:25

Netflix series The Get Down reportedly axed as Baz Luhrmann says he will focus on film

Australian director describes hip-hop show’s revival as unlikely and says ‘the simple truth is, I make movies’

The Netflix series The Get Down has been cancelled after just one two-part season, according to Variety, with director Baz Luhrmann taking to Facebook to describe an exclusivity deal that became a “sticking point” for Netflix and Sony Pictures Television, precluding him from working on a new film project. The show – an extravagant US$120m retelling of the founding of hip-hop, executive produced by Grandmaster Flash and narrated by the rapper Nas – was plagued by a revolving door of crew and beset by a series of delays. By the time it premiered in August 2017, to a polarised critical reception, it had become the most expensive series in Netflix’s history; but when part two ...

Published 2017-05-25 02:32:07

Rebel Wilson says she 'had to beg' to meet producers after Bauer Media articles published

Actor says she was dumped from Kung Fu Panda 3 at defamation trial against publishers of Woman’s Day

Rebel Wilson says she “had to beg” to be let back inside studio doors in Hollywood to impress producers after a series of defamatory articles were published about her in 2015. “Month after month, doors that used to be open were shut,” the Pitch Perfect star said through tears in the supreme court of Victoria on Thursday. Related: Rebel Wilson tells court an 'obsessed' former schoolmate sold her out to Woman’s Day Continue reading...

Published 2017-05-25 08:20:56

Nicole Kidman: I will work with a female director every 18 months

Actor makes pledge as part of an effort to improve the number of women working behind the camera in film and television

Nicole Kidman has pledged to work with a female director at least once every 18 months as part of a wider effort to increase the number of women filmmakers in Hollywood. Related: The Beguiled review – Sofia Coppola contrives hilariously fraught feminist psychodrama Related: Nicole Kidman in Cannes: her tortuous journey to Queen of the Croisette Continue reading...

Published 2017-05-24 11:01:31

Top Gun 2 is 'definitely happening', says Tom Cruise

Actor confirms sequel to 1986 classic with filming to begin ‘probably in the next year’

Tom Cruise has confirmed rumours that a sequel to 1986 classic Top Gun is in the works, with filming to begin “probably in the next year”. He revealed the news while on a promotional tour for his upcoming film Mummy, telling Australian morning show Sunrise, “It is definitely happening.” Related: Bombastic, monochrome and simplistic – and yet still I love Top Gun | Noo Saro-Wiwa Just got back from a weekend in New Orleans to see my old friend @TomCruise and discuss a little Top Gun 2. Continue reading...

Published 2017-05-24 00:17:15

Justice League: Zack Snyder quits movie after daughter kills herself

Director known for Man Of Steel and 300 steps down to support his family, with Joss Whedon lined up to complete film

Director Zack Snyder has stepped down from working on Justice League to support his family following the suicide of his daughter. Snyder, who has directed many film adaptations of comic books including 300, Watchmen, Man Of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice, has spoken about his family tragedy for the first time. Related: Justice League: first full trailer released online Continue reading...

Published 2017-05-23 13:00:44

Roger Moore – Saint, Persuader and the suavest James Bond – dies aged 89

The much-loved English actor, who made his name on the small screen before taking on the mantle of 007, has passed away in Switzerland

Peter Bradshaw on Roger Moore: a modest, self-deprecating James Bond who brought some serious aplombBond actor Roger Moore: a life in pictures‘A force of nature’: tributes pour in for Bond and The Saint actor Roger MooreMoore on how to make the perfect Martini He was the epitome of the suave English gent, quipping sweatlessly in a bespoke three-piece suit, who enjoyed an acting career spanning eight decades. On Tuesday, Roger Moore’s children announced his death at the age of 89 in Switzerland, saying: “he passed away today ... after a short but brave battle with cancer”. Related: Roger Moore: ‘Being eternally known as James Bond has no down side’ Related: Why I'd like ...

Published 2017-05-23 14:05:37

King Arthur topples Alien: Covenant to reign supreme at UK box office

Guy Ritchie’s historical romp debuted to middling reviews and underwhelming ticket sales but came up against weak opposition from Snatched and Colossal

Buzz on King Arthur: Legend of the Sword may have been pretty flat following its weak performance in the US and other territories the previous weekend, but Guy Ritchie’s Middle Ages actioner nevertheless managed to nab the top spot at the UK box office, dethroning Alien: Covenant. It did so courtesy of fairly uninspired debut takings of £2.5m. That’s the lowest gross for a No1 film so far this year, and also the lowest since early September 2016, when Sausage Party held on to the top spot in a weak field of new releases led by Ben-Hur. Related: King Arthur: Legend of the Sword review – Guy Ritchie's cheerful den of medieval dodginess Continue reading...

Published 2017-05-23 14:14:26

'You were a magnificent Bond': Pierce Brosnan leads tributes to Roger Moore

The enduringly popular 007 actor , and figures from across the world of entertainment and showbusiness have paid tribute

Related: Roger Moore – Saint, Persuader and the suavest James Bond – dies at 89 Stars of film, television and music have paid tribute to Roger Moore, the James Bond and The Saint actor, who died on Tuesday aged 89. A statement for his family said that Moore passed away “after a short but brave battle with cancer”.We are saddened to hear of the passing of Sir Roger Moore, who brought joy to so many with his portrayal of Bond & his sterling UNICEF workFew are as kind & giving as was Roger Moore. Loving thoughts w his family & friends. He will be missed too by UNICEF Roger Moore , loved ...

Published 2017-05-23 14:48:41

Rebel Wilson's 'world collapsed' after Bauer Media painted her as a liar, court told

Lawyer for Woman’s Day publisher says Wilson did not grow up ‘in a ghetto’ but attended elite private boarding school

Australian film star Rebel Wilson saw her “world collapse” when a series of articles in 2015 published by Bauer Media painted her as a fake and a liar, claiming she had lied about her age, name and childhood, a court has head. As the defamation case brought by the Bridesmaids actor began in Melbourne on Monday, the supreme court of Victoria heard that Wilson was a rags-to-riches case torn down by a tabloid publisher who simply wanted to sell magazines. Related: Rebel Wilson says 'truth must come out' in defamation case against Bauer Media Continue reading...

Published 2017-05-22 09:02:13

Al Gore at Cannes: 'Trump cannot stop the solutions to the climate crisis'

The former US vice-president and environmental activist said there was hope in the fight against climate change – but the world and the US had to act

Al Gore believes that Donald Trump will not halt the momentum of the climate movement even if he withdraws the US from the Paris agreement. Speaking at a press engagement for his new documentary An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, the former US vice-president and environmental activist said that he was confident Trump would commit to the historic climate change agreement, but that even if he did not, it would still not be enough to reverse the move towards renewable energy in many American cities. Related: An Inconvenient Sequel review – Al Gore's new climate change film lacks heat Related: The Florida Project review – poverty and joy in the shadow of the Magic Kingdom ...

Published 2017-05-22 18:10:00

A meme come true: Rihanna and Lupita Nyong'o to star in film based on tweet

Selma director Ava DuVernay will direct film for Netflix after joke movie pitch about photo of stars goes viral, with a script from Insecure breakout Issa Rae

Rihanna and Lupita Nyong’o are set to star in a buddy movie for director Ava DuVernay after a tweet of the two went viral. The Grammy-winning singer and Oscar-nomimnated actor were pictured together at a Miu Miu fashion show in 2014, which was then used as part of a joke movie pitch on Twitter in April.We deserve nice things. ✌️ Continue reading...

Published 2017-05-22 20:49:31

British screenwriters speak out on 'pathetic' treatment by Hollywood

Oscar-winner Ronald Harwood and twice-nominated William Nicholson urge industry to give writers credit they deserve

Without their words, there would be no films, but screenwriters have never received the recognition they deserve in Hollywood. Now two of the industry’s most talented screenwriters, Sir Ronald Harwood and William Nicholson, have spoken out. Harwood, who won an Oscar for the harrowing Holocaust film The Pianist, said that even the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which awards the Oscars, is “pretty disparaging” towards his profession. Continue reading...

Published 2017-05-21 13:46:17

Haute coiffure, ice-cream … and a pitched battle over the future of cinema

While Cara Delevingne showed off her shorn head, directors were caught up in the row over Netflix’s offeringsWith the sun setting over the bay at Cannes, the British model Cara Delevingne, now also a , took her place in a roped VIP area on the beach on Thursday evening. But she was not there to promote a film. As bar staff unceremoniously shifted other invited guests so that Delevingne and her glamorous retinue could enjoy an uninterrupted view of the twinkling lights on the yachts, she was handed an ice-cream lolly to eat for the cameras. The model, sporting her , was the star guest at a big party held by Magnum, now a high-profile fixture of the early part of the festival.

This year Delevingne has “collaborated” with fashion designer Moschino and the ice-cream brand in a colourful publicity campaign that makes old-school bling seem dull. That her newly shaven head makes the poster girl suddenly look so different may have displeased the ice-cream magnates, but on the other hand it gave picture caption writers something to say. Related: Promised Land review - a wild ride through doomed America in Elvis Presley's car Continue reading...

Published 2017-05-20 23:05:39

Tom Hardy to star in Spider-Man spin-off Venom

The Oscar-nominated actor will join Sony’s Marvel universe as the comic-book villain in a new film to be directed by Zombieland’s Ruben Fleischer

Tom Hardy is set to join Sony’s rebooted Marvel universe in the Spider-Man spin-off Venom. Related: Kiss of the Spider-Man: what will a Venom movie actually look like? Tom Hardy is Eddie Brock in #Venom, the upcoming film from Sony’s Marvel Universe releasing October 5, 2018 – production starts this fall. Continue reading...

Published 2017-05-19 18:58:29

Israeli minister's Jerusalem dress proves controversial in Cannes

Far-right culture minister Miri Regev makes political statement on film festival’s red carpet with print of city skyline

Clothes, suggested Virginia Woolf, “change our view of the world and the world’s view of us”. It is a lesson that apparently passed over the head of Israel’s far-right culture minister, Miri Regev, at Cannes film festival when she chose to wear a dress printed with the Jerusalem skyline as an explicit political statement. Related: Israel-Palestine: the real reason there’s still no peace #Cannes Quand les internautes détournent la robe "politique" de la Ministre israélienne de la Culture Miri Regev Culture Minister Miri Regev wears provocative dress at Cannes. Someone on Internet redresses the problem (pun intended) @monakareem ...

Published 2017-05-18 12:38:12

Cineworld bosses to meet union over living wage dispute

Meeting agreed after Picturehouse staff approached chairman at AGM following recent strike action by cinema workers

Cineworld has agreed to meet union representatives to try to resolve a long-running dispute over pay and conditions at its Picturehouse chain. Staff at the Ritzy in Brixton and five other Picturehouse cinemas have gone on strike in recent months, disrupting the London film festival in October, in their battle to secure the independently calculated living wage and better sick pay for workers. More strikes are planned, including one at the East Dulwich Picturehouse on 27 May. Related: Ritzy and Picturehouse cinema workers to strike over London living wage Continue reading...

Published 2017-05-18 18:36:58

Rebel Wilson says 'truth must come out' in defamation case against Bauer Media

The Bridesmaids and Pitch Perfect actor alleges the publishers of Woman’s Day cost her movie roles by portraying her as a liar

Rebel Wilson says the truth must come out during an upcoming defamation trial in Melbourne against the publishers of Woman’s Day magazine. Speaking outside the Victorian supreme court on Friday, Wilson said she was unable to give her “side of the story” before the trial, which is due to begin on Monday. Continue reading...

Published 2017-05-19 06:19:04

Cannes apologises after technical problems and booing disrupts Netflix film Okja

Audience members hissed and stamped their feet after film starring Tilda Swinton and Jake Gyllenhaal was shown in the wrong aspect ratio

Related: Okja review – giant Korean pig plus Tilda Swinton equals glorious family adventure The Cannes film festival was forced to apologise after technical problems and audience unrest marred the first screening of Netflix’s debut competition film at the festival. Related: 'Netflix will have to suck it up': why the Cannes film festival is not so chill | Peter Bradshaw Continue reading...

Published 2017-05-19 11:06:51

The Emoji Movie: first full trailer released

The brightly coloured symbols – voiced by TJ Miller, Anna Faris, James Corden and many more – journey through a world of apps to enlightenment in Sony’s latest candy-coloured tech/toy film tie-up

It may be one of the most conceptually baffling films ever to be put into production, but The Emoji Movie is on its way to joining Battleship and The Lego Movie as the flimsiest excuse yet for a major motion picture. A teaser trailer has already been released, with a brief glimpse of a poo emoji voiced by Patrick Stewart, but now a full-length trailer has been released. Continue reading...

Published 2017-05-17 16:35:59

Concrete flowerpots and drone killers: Cannes opens with beefed-up security

The 70th film festival begins with France on high alert against terrorism, but a full cast of A-list stars are still expected for their moment in the Riviera sun

The Cannes film festival began its 70th edition today with the usual sense of high glamour, but also heightened security. At a time when France remains under an elevated threat level following a series of terrorist incidents, local authorities have elected to ramp up security around the festival to unprecedented levels. Among the measures introduced are an increase in armed police and military personnel and a state of the art anti-drone system. Related: Ismael's Ghosts review – even Marion Cotillard can't save this silly, self-indulgent ragbag Continue reading...

Published 2017-05-17 17:26:59

Picturehouse staff to protest at Cineworld AGM over living wage

Cinema workers at Ritzy in Brixton and Hackney Picturehouse have taken strike action over pay and conditions

Protests over pay and conditions are expected from Picturehouse staff at the annual meeting of the chain’s owner Cineworld. Staff at the Ritzy in Brixton and several other cinemas have gone on strike in recent months in their battle to secure the independently calculated living wage for workers. A demo will also take place at the East Dulwich Picturehouse on 27 May. Related: Ritzy and Picturehouse cinema workers to strike over London living wage Continue reading...

Published 2017-05-18 09:57:35

Michael Moore filming Donald Trump documentary Fahrenheit 11/9

Oscar-winning film-maker will reunite with producer Harvey Weinstein for a film named after the day that Trump was named winner of the US election

Michael Moore has been secretly filming a documentary about Donald Trump, to be called Fahrenheit 11/9. Related: Michael Moore: 'Ignorance leads to fear, fear leads to hate. Trump knew that' Continue reading...

Published 2017-05-16 21:09:37

Cannes festival to right past wrongs with women directors to the fore

Nicole Kidman and Tilda Swinton head for the red carpet as Vanessa Redgrave unveils her directorial debut – and virtual reality arrives on the Croisette

The Cannes film festival kicks off on Wednesday with a familiar mix of big-name auteurs, a sprinkling of Hollywood glamour, and little-known hopefuls aiming to make an impact on one of the biggest stages in world cinema. New films from the likes of Michael Haneke, Sofia Coppola and Lynne Ramsay will be jostling for the festival’s top prize, the Palme d’Or – which last year went to Britain’s Ken Loach for I, Daniel Blake – while the likes of Nicole Kidman, Tilda Swinton and Joaquin Phoenix will be walking the famous red carpet outside the giant Lumiere cinema in front of an army of paparazzi. Related: Nicole Kidman in Cannes: her tortuous journey to Queen of the Croisette ...

Published 2017-05-17 05:00:48

Pirates of the Caribbean 5: hackers threaten to post film online unless Disney pays ransom

Hollywood Reporter says CEO Bob Iger has told employees that film would be released in segments online unless hackers were paid in bitcoin

Hackers claim to have plundered Walt Disney’s forthcoming Pirates of the Caribbean film and are threatening to release it unless the studio pays a ransom, it was reported on Monday. Bob Iger, the studio’s CEO, told a town hall meeting of ABC employees that hackers said they had accessed the film and would release it in segments online unless paid a ransom in bitcoin, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Continue reading...

Published 2017-05-16 02:18:37

Zac Efron to play Ted Bundy in film about American serial killer

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile will be directed by Joe Berlinger and be told from the point of view of Bundy’s girlfriend Elizabeth Kloepfer

Zac Efron is set to star as Ted Bundy in a new film about the American serial killer. The drama, titled Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, will be told from the perspective of Elizabeth Kloepfer, Bundy’s longtime girlfriend who initially refused to believe the allegations but who later reported him to the police. Bundy was executed in Florida in 1989 after confessing to the sexual assault and murder of more than 30 women. Related: Defending the indefensible? Lawyers on representing clients accused of nightmarish crimes Continue reading...

Published 2017-05-16 08:30:25

Alien: Covenant eclipses Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 at top of UK box office

Sci-fi blockbusters are the runaway leaders in a week when Miss Sloane, The Last Face and The Levelling all opened to muted receptions

With £5.18m including modest previews of £348,000, Alien: Covenant elbowed Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 aside after two weeks at the chart summit for the Marvel adventure. The two films were the runaway winners at the weekend, between them responsible for more the two thirds of all UK box office receipts. Related: The new wave of British countryside movies: 'It's all about the mud and the wind' Continue reading...

Published 2017-05-16 11:45:21

Rock the vote: Dwayne Johnson says running for president is 'real possibility'

Actor criticises Trump administration’s travel ban as at odds with American values and says his own policies would be based on inclusion and cooperation

Dwayne Johnson has said that there is “a real possibility” that he will one day run for US president. The wrestler-turned-actor, best known for his appearances in the Fast and the Furious franchise, made the comments during an interview with GQ in which he also criticised Donald Trump’s notorious travel ban. Related: After a hard place, a Rock – bring on the 2020 US elections! Continue reading...

Published 2017-05-11 09:06:47

How Disneyland was born: 1953 sketch of Walt's wonderland up for auction

Walt Disney and Herb Ryman’s artwork for the Disneyland theme park in California – created over one weekend – may fetch up to $1m when auctioned in June

Over one weekend in 1953, Walt Disney sat down with artist Herb Ryman and put down on paper his ideas for an ambitious new family attraction. Now, 64 years and 11 global theme parks later, the hand-drawn sketch that depicts the original Disneyland concept is up for auction. The ink-and-pencil drawing goes under the hammer on 25 June and is expected to fetch as much as $1m, according to auctioneer Mike Van Eaton. The drawing depicts the trademark princess castle, as well as a pirate ship, a railway station and a main square, with a hot air ballon floating above the park. Though it differs from how the park looks today, the map was drawn primarily to help attract investors. It’s clear ...

Published 2017-05-11 12:40:13

Cannes film festival takes on Netflix with new rule

Organisers react after unrest about inclusion of Netflix films The Meyerowitz Stories and Okja in competition this year

The Cannes film festival has waded into the war between Netflix and the global movie industry by banning films that are not released on the big screen from competing for its most prestigious prize, the Palme d’Or. Related: 'Netflix will have to suck it up': why the Cannes film festival is not so chill | Peter Bradshaw Related: Cannes takes on Trump with highly politicised lineup for 2017 film festival Related: Heavy hitters and hot tickets: Cannes 2017 is as mouthwatering as ever | Peter Bradshaw Continue reading...

Published 2017-05-11 20:34:30

Unseen footage of the Beatles during filming of Help! emerges after 50 years

Filmed by late actor Leo McKern, who starred in the film, the clip shows the Fab Four messing around between takes during filming in Austrian Alps

Unseen footage of the Beatles larking around as they filmed a movie in the Austrian Alps has emerged after being stored in a garage for more than 50 years. The footage, entitled Snow Scenes, was taken by the late actor Leo McKern, best known as Rumpole of the Bailey on ITV between 1978-92. Continue reading...

Published 2017-05-12 06:00:11

Get Out producer to make horror film about black lesbians in rural America

Jason Blum working with acclaimed film-maker Dee Rees, who scored a hit at Sundance with Oscar-tipped Mudbound, on story inspired by Rees’s experiences

Get Out producer Jason Blum is teaming up with acclaimed writer-director Dee Rees for a horror film about black lesbians in rural America. Related: Get Out: the film that dares to reveal the horror of liberal racism in America Continue reading...

Published 2017-05-12 20:03:41

From Kubrick’s dystopia to creative hub – London’s new town is reborn

A Clockwork Orange was set among Thamesmead’s brutalist buildingsWhen Stanley Kubrick wanted to conjure up an urban dystopia for his film A Clockwork Orange, the concrete tower blocks, artificial lakes and elevated walkways of Thamesmead provided the futuristic backdrop. Forty-six years after the put Thamesmead on the map, an ambitious regeneration programme is promising to reinvent this neglected corner of south-east London as a new creative hub for the capital.

Built by the Greater London council in the late 1960s, Thamesmead was promoted as London’s new town – a utopia of affordable housing, green spaces and artificial lakes, which would provide a solution to the city’s postwar housing shortage. But the so-called “city in the sky” never really got off the ground. Related: Sir Howard Bernstein on reinventing Manchester: 'Remarkable things have been achieved' Related: Different worlds, 300 metres apart: how two areas sum up Middlesbrough's fate Continue reading...

Published 2017-05-13 23:04:00

Iranian film director Farhadi endorses Rouhani for president

Oscar-winning director Asghar Farhadi throws his weight behind moderate incumbent before Friday’s poll

Iranian double Oscar-winning film director Asghar Farhadi has endorsed Hassan Rouhani for president, bolstering his campaign before Friday’s vote. Farhadi, who won his second Oscar in February for The Salesman, threw his weight behind the moderate incumbent on Sunday, saying in a statement carried by the Isna news agency: “I will vote for Dr Rouhani and I hope that those who remain undecided would use their basic right and vote despite all the understandable reasons and conditions that they may have, for the fate of children in our homeland and future generations.” Continue reading...

Published 2017-05-14 15:05:12

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is an epic failure at the global box office

Guy Ritchie’s fantasy saga, starring Charlie Hunnam and Jude Law, endures a disastrous opening weekend at US and international cinemas

Related: King Arthur: Legend of the Sword review – Guy Ritchie's cheerful den of medieval dodginess King Arthur: Legend of the Sword looks set to become the summer’s first major blockbuster failure, after a disastrous opening weekend at both the US and international box offices. Continue reading...

Published 2017-05-15 10:00:07

Alien: Covenant trailer: Ridley Scott returns with sci-fi thriller – video

Director Ridley Scott returns to the helm of the Alien franchise with his latest offering, Alien: Covenant, the sequel to the 2012 Prometheus prequel. Starring Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston and Billy Crudup, the sci-fi thriller follows the crew of a ship that lands on an uncharted planet, before a hostile alien life form forces them into a deadly fight for survival

Alien: Covenant – why Ridley Scott’s facehuggers and chestbursters will never die Continue reading...

Published 2017-05-10 17:39:13

Steve McQueen to direct authorized Tupac Shakur documentary

The 12 Years a Slave film-maker will take on a full-length look at the life of the rapper, working with his family

Oscar-winning film-maker Steve McQueen is set to direct a full-length documentary about Tupac Shakur. Related: Afeni Shakur and the mothers who shaped hip-hop Continue reading...

Published 2017-05-9 21:42:35

Robert De Niro: Charlie Chaplin would not be admitted to Trump's US

Actor criticises US immigration policy, ‘alternative facts’ and the Trump administration’s ‘hostility’ to the arts

Robert De Niro has said that Charlie Chaplin would not be allowed into the US today due to Donald Trump’s immigration policy. Deadline reports that in a speech made at a gala benefit in his honour at the Lincoln Center in New York, the 73-year-old actor took aim at the Trump administration’s “extreme vetting”, which he feared could prevent “the next Chaplin” from entering the country. Related: Robert De Niro writes letter of support to Meryl Streep Continue reading...

Published 2017-05-9 09:28:46

Hellboy to be rebooted with Stranger Things star – but without Guillermo del Toro

David Harbour to replace Ron Perlman as the demonic superhero in an ‘R-rated reboot’ of the franchise, with Game of Thrones director Neil Marshall

Stranger Things actor David Harbour is set to star as demonic superhero Hellboy in a film version of the irreverent comic-book franchise. According to the Hollywood Reporter, director Neil Marshall, best known for his work on Dog Soldiers, The Descent and Game of Thrones, has been lined up to direct the film, which has the working title of Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen. Neither Guillermo Del Toro, who directed two previous instalments of the franchise, nor Ron Perlman, who starred in the films, are involved in the new version. Related: Mike Mignola: Why I'm ending Hellboy to go paint watercolors instead Now back my real Third Act, fighting to take Democracy out of the claws of ...

Published 2017-05-9 10:32:12

Joanna Lumley: Idris Elba should not play James Bond as he doesn't fit description

Absolutely Fabulous star says casting should be ‘colour-blind’ but that Elba does not correspond to Ian Fleming’s description of the character

Joanna Lumley has said that Idris Elba should not play the role of James Bond because he doesn’t fit the description of the character in Ian Fleming’s original novels. Related: Joanna Lumley attacks Sadiq Khan's scrapping of Thames garden bridge Continue reading...

Published 2017-05-9 11:15:27

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 still stellar as A Dog's Purpose sniffs out UK box office

Mindhorn, Sleepless and Unlocked also debut in the Top 10 as Marvel’s Guardians joins the year’s top earners in its second week

By taking £27.4m in 10 days, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 has almost matched the UK lifetime of the original Guardians of the Galaxy, which earned £28.5m in 2014. But although Vol 2 is clearly on course to be much bigger than its predecessor, its burnout rate has been faster. Continue reading...

Published 2017-05-9 14:50:09

Blade Runner 2049: Ryan Gosling meets Harrison Ford in action-packed trailer

A full look at the long-awaited sequel shows Arrival director Denis Villeneuve’s vision of a tense world filled with replicants

The new trailer for Blade Runner 2049 gives a more complete look at the long-awaited follow-up to Ridley Scott’s seminal science fiction thriller, directed by Denis Villeneuve, the Oscar-nominated director of Arrival. Related: Ridley Scott: ‘I wanted to scare the shit out of people. That’s the job’ Continue reading...

Published 2017-05-8 17:39:33

Australian artists, writers and actors call on Fairfax Media not to cut arts coverage

Film critic Margaret Pomeranz, novelist Charlotte Wood and festival director Wesley Enoch appear with others in new #FairGoFairfax video

The film critic Margaret Pomeranz, novelist Charlotte Wood and festival director Wesley Enoch have joined a growing group of creatives and critics protesting against cuts to arts coverage at Fairfax newspapers, and losses to arts criticism in Australia more broadly. Related: AAP bureau chief rebuked over Fairfax strike tweet | Amanda Meade Our deputy Arts Editors in recent years have included @d3wic @bhakthi @han_francisco, huge advocates for the arts in Melbourne. What next? Related: Australia's culture of arts criticism is broken, and there's no clear way to fix it | Jane Howard No arts page in the SMH. Has management given up or they simply can't put one ...

Published 2017-05-8 04:14:51

Emma Watson wins first gender-neutral acting prize at revamped MTV movie awards

Actor recognised for her role in the live-action Beauty and the Beast, as MTV abolishes gender categories in its film and TV awards ceremony

Emma Watson was among the winners at the MTV movie and TV awards, the first major film and TV awards ceremony to adopt gender-neutral categories. Watson’s performance in Disney’s live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast won her the gong for best actor in a movie, a category that featured both male and female nominees. The British actor beat male performers including Hugh Jackman and James McAvoy to the award, which was presented by gender-neutral nonbinary actor Asia Kate Dillon. Continue reading...

Published 2017-05-8 09:24:49

Paisley and McGuinness: the movie. But is it a travesty of the truth?

Critics say a film about the friendship plays fast and loose with factsA fierce row has broken out over a “docu-drama” portraying the unlikely friendship between Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness that developed during the Northern Ireland peace process.

The Journey is a fictionalised account of the relationship of Paisley and McGuinness during the political negotiations in Scotland that led to the 2006 St Andrews agreement and paved the way to a once unthinkable power-sharing partnership. The film stars Timothy Spall as Paisley, the former Democratic Unionist party leader, and Star Trek actor Colm Meaney as McGuinness, the Sinn Féin politician and one-time IRA chief of staff. Continue reading...

Published 2017-05-6 23:04:16

Cosmic take on Brecht’s Galileo perfect for post-truth world

Director hails clash between science and political dogma as more relevant than ever

Watching stars at the theatre takes on new meaning at the Young Vic in London this month. A swirling cosmos and a giant planetarium have been recreated for an ambitious staging of Life Of Galileo, Bertolt Brecht’s masterpiece about the 17th-century astronomer. The production marks a return to live performance by Joe Wright, one of the UK’s foremost film directors. Some of the audience will be on the floor, lying down or sitting on scattered cushions, from which they will gaze up at inspiring footage of stars, planets and cosmic clouds projected on to a vast circular structure suspended from the ceiling. Actors will perform among the audience and along a narrow circular platform, ...

Published 2017-05-6 23:04:16

Return of Alien inspires invasion of Armageddon chic on catwalk

Madonna and Kanye West are among stars pushing 2017’s post-apocalyptic trendWhen cinemagoers turn out later this week to watch the latest instalment of Ridley Scott’s Alien franchise, they will be treated not just to the thrills of the extra-terrestrial predators but to costumes made by the hottest name in British men’s fashion.

Craig Green, who was crowned British menswear designer of the year at the London fashion awards in December, created Alien Covenant’s post-apocalyptic look, which is part of a wider trend embraced by the likes of Madonna and model Bella Hadid. Continue reading...

Published 2017-05-6 23:05:17

Woody Allen's jazz band to play the Royal Albert Hall in July

A rare London appearance by the director-musician’s New Orleans Jazz Band will feature a collection of improvisations – and no playlist

Woody Allen and the New Orleans Jazz Band will perform a one-off show at the Royal Albert Hall, London, on 2 July. According to the venue’s website, the performance will be “an energetic collection of improvisations”, adding that there is no “playlist, nor do the musicians know what song Allen, in collaboration with band director Eddy Davis, will call out next”. Related: Woody Allen, Hammersmith Apollo, London Continue reading...

Published 2017-05-4 15:11:49

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