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Space race 2: Russian actor bound for ISS in same month as Tom Cruise

Hollywood star is aiming to be first to shoot a feature film in space, but Russia has launched rival bid

The space race appears set for a relaunch following the news that Russia is to send an actor and director to the International Space Station in October, with the ambition of making the first feature film in space. The crew are scheduled to begin their expedition on 5 October 2021. While on the space station they could encounter some fellow film-makers: Tom Cruise and the director Doug Liman, who are also due to travel there in October to make a movie. Continue reading...

Published 2021-05-13 17:30:36


Outrage as male voice actor dubs Laverne Cox in Italian-language Promising Young Woman

Cox’s character in the revenge thriller given deep voice of Roberto Pedicini, sparking backlash over European dubbing of trans actors

The Italian-language version of Emerald Fennell’s revenge thriller Promising Young Woman has come under fire for giving trans actor Laverne Cox a male voice. Scheduled to hit theatres across the country on 13 May, the release has been pushed back after a clip of Una Donna Promettente was posted by Universal Pictures Italy on 6 May. In the since-restricted video, Cox’s character, Gail, talks to protagonist Cassie, played by Carey Mulligan, in a distinctively masculine tone. The Orange Is the New Black star was given the deep tones of voice actor Roberto Pedicini. Italian viewers couldn’t believe their ears, immediately taking to social media to voice their outrage. “I think this ...

Published 2021-05-12 09:09:51


Actor Norman Lloyd, who worked with Alfred Hitchcock and Orson Welles, dies aged 106

American actor was best known for his roles as the villain in Hitchcock’s Saboteur and as the kindly Dr Daniel Auschlander on TV’s St Elsewhere

Norman Lloyd, whose distinguished stage and screen career that put him in the company of Orson Welles, Alfred Hitchcock, Charlie Chaplin and other greats, has died. He was 106. Lloyd manager, Marion Rosenberg, said the actor died Tuesday at his home in the Brentwood neighbourhood of Los Angeles. Related: Stage Fright: Hitchcock thriller makes theatre a crime scene Related: Kim Novak on Hitchcock, Sinatra and why she turned her back on Hollywood to paint Continue reading...

Published 2021-05-12 00:48:07


New film to document Oasis’s 1996 Knebworth gigs

Liam and Noel Gallagher are executive producers on project, being released later in 2021

Liam and Noel Gallagher are executive producing a new feature documentary about the Knebworth concerts their band Oasis played in August 1996. After 2.5m people applied for tickets, 250,000 fans attended the Hertfordshire gigs over two days, seen by many as the peak of both Oasis’s career and the wider Britpop scene. The Prodigy, the Chemical Brothers, Manic Street Preachers, the Charlatans, Cast and Kula Shaker also performed. Continue reading...

Published 2021-05-11 10:35:47


Golden Globes backlash: Tom Cruise hands back awards and NBC drops broadcast

Actor and network join industry figures distancing themselves from Hollywood Foreign Press Association after exposé

Tom Cruise has returned his three Golden Globes in protest after criticisms levelled at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association continue to create problems in the industry. The actor, who won for Born on the Fourth of July, Jerry Maguire and Magnolia, is one of many to stand up against the HFPA, the small group of international journalists who vote on the awards, after an exposé highlighted failings. NBC has also announced that it will not be airing the 2022 Golden Globes. Related: Scarlett Johansson joins criticism of Golden Globes body amid accusations of racism and sexism Continue reading...

Published 2021-05-10 19:52:51


Celebrities unite to back #StopAsianHate campaign

Marvel film stars Gemma Chan and Benedict Wong among prominent east and south-east Asian people taking action on UK’s wave of Covid-related sinophobia

The Marvel film star Gemma Chan has revealed that she is frightened for her family in the UK after a surge in hate crimes against Chinese, Japanese and south-east Asian people. Speaking to the Observer to help raise awareness for a national #StopAsianHate campaign, Chan said she was “deeply concerned and disturbed” at police figures revealing that, in London alone, attacks on east and south-east Asian people (ESEA) have tripled over the past year. Bodies including the Met categorise all east and south-east Asian people as ‘oriental’. It's derogatory and dehumanising Related: Anti-Asian hate crimes up 21% in UK during coronavirus crisis Continue reading...

Published 2021-05-9 08:46:29


Scarlett Johansson joins criticism of Golden Globes body amid accusations of racism and sexism

The actor said the film industry should step back from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association

The actor Scarlett Johansson urged the film industry on Saturday to “step back” from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association as criticism of the opaque film industry group, which controls the influential Golden Globe awards, continues to mount for sexism and racism. In a carefully-worded statement, the Avengers star said the “HFPA is an organization that was legitimized by the likes of Harvey Weinstein to amass momentum for Academy recognition.” Related: Golden Globes body unveils plans to deal with crisis over diversity and ethics Continue reading...

Published 2021-05-8 20:05:03


Films shot on smartphones herald new age for cinema, say directors

London’s first international festival for movies made on mobiles will celebrate innovation, diversity and access

Smartphone films are no longer just a fun experiment: they are the next step towards a new age of cinema, already attracting top performers and influential directors, believe the two award-winning film-makers behind Smart, next month’s first London International Smartphone Film Festival. “Anyone can now make an amazing film,” said producer Adam Gee, who has set up the festival with director Victoria Mapplebeck. “All you need is the vision and the talent. It is not a question any more of being able to afford the right equipment or securing a big distribution deal.” Related: The Waiting Room – a single parent's unflinching account of cancer Continue reading...

Published 2021-05-9 08:00:13


‘It feels radical about women’: Nancy Mitford hits BBC One’s Sunday night slot

In The Pursuit of Love, Mitford explored shellshock, abuse and xenophobia ... but in a funny way, says director Emily Mortimer

Jesus, Mary, Joseph and the wee donkey … does Sunday night television need another costume drama about posh English folk who live in a big house somewhere in the countryside? The producers of BBC One’s The Pursuit of Love would unhesitatingly say yes. But Emily Mortimer, the actor who has adapted the Nancy Mitford novel and directed the three-part series, admits she asked herself the same thing. Related: Lily James: ‘All sorts of people can become great loves of your life’ Continue reading...

Published 2021-05-7 11:31:12


Steven Soderbergh: Oscars ending changed in case Chadwick Boseman won

The producer of this year’s ceremony has defended finishing with best actor rather than best film, leading to anticlimax after Anthony Hopkins triumphed

Steven Soderbergh, the film-maker who co-produced this year’s Oscars ceremony, has defended the controversial decision to switch round the running order, meaning the final prizes were best actress and best actor, with best film coming third from the end. In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Soderbergh credited the decision to the likely narrative of the night, saying that he and fellow producers Stacey Sher and Jesse Collins first discussed the possibility back in January, months before the nominations. Related: Oscars 2021 winners: the full list Continue reading...

Published 2021-05-5 10:39:44


Bafta deputy chair defends decision to honour Noel Clarke

Pippa Harris says she stands by senior academy figures after ‘extremely difficult’ affair

Bafta’s deputy chair has defended the academy’s decision to honour Noel Clarke despite warnings that serious allegations of verbal abuse, bullying and sexual harassment were being made against him. Dame Pippa Harris said she stood by Bafta’s chair, Krishnendu Majumdar, and chief executive, Amanda Berry, after the decision to hand Clarke the honour and then to suspend both his award and membership once allegations against the actor and director were made public by the Guardian shortly afterwards. Continue reading...

Published 2021-05-5 19:30:10


Golden Globes body unveils plans to deal with crisis over diversity and ethics

HFPA’s roadmap includes proposal to add minimum 20 new members in 2021 with a ‘focus on recruiting Black members’

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), the body that organises the Golden Globe awards, has outlined the changes it plans to make in an attempt to rescue its credibility after months of complaints and criticism over the lack of diversity in its membership and “ethical lapses” in the way it conducted its business. In a letter to the organisation’s membership published by Deadline, the HFPA said that it has “created a roadmap for transformational change in our organisation”. The plan calls for the HFPA (which currently has about 90 members) to add a minimum of 20 new members in 2021 “with a specific focus on recruiting Black members”, and over the next 18 months to ...

Published 2021-05-4 10:57:55


The new Marvel megatrailer: just go limp and let it stomp all over you

Lockdown is lifting – to be replaced by mandatory MCU movies from now until eternity, from Black Panther 2 to Ant-Man 3, Guardians of the Galaxy 3 to Thor 4. And more …

Bit of a rollercoaster, that Marvel trailer, wasn’t it? The misty eyed reminiscences. The clip of a packed cinema collectively losing its mind at Endgame. And then, the climax – a punishing rabbit-punch of forthcoming MCU releases. Our first look at Eternals. Confirmation that Marvel is releasing four new movies, including the new Spider-Man, before Christmas. Dr Strange 2 next March. Thor 4 next May. Black Panther 2 next July. Captain Marvel 2 next November. Ant-Man 3 the following February. Guardians of the Galaxy 3 three months after that. A Fantastic 4 movie at some point. It just kept coming and coming. It was like one of those old Steve Jobs “One more thing” presentations, ...

Published 2021-05-4 11:18:10


Odeon to reopen most cinemas in UK despite film shortage

Chain welcomes back cinema-goers as Covid restrictions ease but warns blockbusters are in short supply

Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageOdeon is to reopen the vast majority of its UK cinemas on 17 May, but film fans will initially find new Hollywood blockbusters in short supply as the industry gets back on its feet after a gruelling series of pandemic lockdowns. The UK’s biggest cinema chain, which is sweetening its £9.99 monthly all-you-watch subscription scheme to get punters back indoors as summer nears, will welcome back film fans to most of the 112 sites it operates across the UK. Continue reading...

Published 2021-05-4 15:30:08


Darth Vader’s helmet raises charity funds in May the 4th auction

Items collected by the late David Prowse, who played Vader, go under hammer in Bristol

In an auction house far, far away (well, Bristol actually), the enduring power of the force was clear. A Darth Vader helmet sold for £2,200, more than five times the top estimate, and a signed picture of Alec Guinness in his Obi-Wan Kenobi robes was snapped up for £3,100, treble what was anticipated. Continue reading...

Published 2021-05-4 16:30:36


Actor Timothy Spall gets first solo show of his paintings

Star of Mr Turner created 20 works over six-month period after gallery owner saw his talent

He is one of Britain’s most revered actors and has portrayed JMW Turner and LS Lowry on screen – and now Timothy Spall is having his own paintings hung in a solo show at a London gallery. The gallery owner Domenic Pontone asked Spall to create a show after seeing his work at the Lowry Gallery in Salford, where 14 of Spall’s paintings were displayed in an exhibition to celebrate the release of the 2019 film Mrs Lowry & Son. “Talk about being a bit stunned,” Spall said. “I’ve always liked a challenge but I thought: Jesus, can I do this?” Timothy Spall, Out of the Storm runs from 18 June to 18 July at Pontone Gallery, W1. Continue reading...

Published 2021-05-3 16:11:46


Historian fights to establish William Friese-Greene as true father of cinema

On the centenary of his death, admirers hope to win recognition for the Bristol photographer’s motion picture camera

It’s a strange fact, but British inventor William Friese-Greene is as well-known among serious film buffs for not having invented cinema as he is for inventing it. Now, on the centenary of his sudden death at 65, mid-flow at a meeting of film distributors, admirers of this controversial pioneer from Bristol are at the centre of a new drive to establish his international legacy once again. Film director and historian Peter Domankiewicz believes Friese-Greene will soon be reinstated as one of the great figures in the development of the moving image: the one who got there before Thomas Edison, the Lumière brothers and George Méliès, the Frenchman whose story was told by Martin ...

Published 2021-05-2 06:30:25


Oscar-winning actor Olympia Dukakis, star of Moonstruck, dies aged 89

Dukakis won best supporting actress Academy AwardFilm, TV and stage actor also starred in Steel MagnoliasOlympia Dukakis, whose hit films included Moonstruck and Steel Magnolias, has died. She was 89.

Related: Olympia Dukakis: 'My character is described as a foul-mouthed lesbian Walther Matthau? I love that!' Continue reading...

Published 2021-05-1 21:23:28


Will they, won’t they?: Line of Duty ‘Flemson’ dynamic draws in fans

Show has turned UK into nation of detectives, not least to dissect Kate Fleming and Jo Davidson’s relationship

It’s broken viewing records, turned a nation into experts on police acronyms, made the letter H synonymous with evil, and, on Sunday evening, 11 million viewers are expected to watch the culmination of Line of Duty’s sixth series. “It’s made us into a country that’s playing detectives,” says Craig Parkinson, who played Matthew “Dot” Cottan in earlier seasons. Related: Line of Duty finale: five theories on how series six will end Continue reading...

Published 2021-05-1 06:00:55


ITV will not air finale of Noel Clarke drama after sexual harassment claims

Broadcaster cancels plans to show primetime drama Viewpoint as actor denies women’s accusations

Noel Clarke accused of groping, harassment and bullying by 20 womenITV has cancelled plans to show the final episode of Noel Clarke’s primetime drama Viewpoint after the Guardian published detailed allegations of sexual harassment against the show’s star. The five-part big budget thriller has been running every night this week at 9pm on ITV, but the conclusion of the story will no longer be shown on the broadcaster’s main channel on Friday night due to the “very serious nature” of the allegations raised by women who have worked with the actor and director. Continue reading...

Published 2021-04-30 14:30:12


How Bafta spent two weeks grappling with Noel Clarke dilemma

Academy says it was in ‘impossible’ situation, but it faces questions over delays in offering safeguarding to alleged victims

Noel Clarke accused of groping, harassment and bullying by 20 womenWhen Bafta announced its plan to give Noel Clarke the award for outstanding British contribution to cinema on 29 March 2021, the academy’s film committee chair, Marc Samuelson, described him as an “inspiration … [we] cannot think of a more deserving recipient for this year’s award”. Others in Britain’s film industry disagreed. Within hours, Bafta was contacted jointly by three industry figures alerting it to the existence of several allegations of verbal abuse, bullying and sexual harassment against Clarke. In the court of public opinion we are going to be … this will destroy us Bafta’s response was ...

Published 2021-04-30 17:09:42


‘It is life-saving’: Elliot Page reveals happiness at having had top surgery

Juno and Inception star gives interview to Oprah Winfrey‘I feel like I haven’t gotten to be myself since I was 10 years old’Actor Elliot Page has revealed how much happier he feels after having top surgery, and described transitioning as “life-saving”.

“I want people to know that not only has it been life-changing for me, I do believe it is life-saving and it’s the case for so many people,” the actor told Oprah Winfrey on her new show for Apple TV+. Related: Trans kids on the Republican bills targeting them: 'I'm not a problem to society' Related: 'Trans kids are not new': a historian on the long record of youth transitioning in America Continue reading...

Published 2021-04-30 20:29:26


Polanski announces first new film since being expelled from Academy

Italy’s Rai Cinema is backing a drama by the director wanted in the United States for the statutory rape of a 13-year-old girl

Roman Polanski has announced his first film to be put into production since the director was expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Ampas) in 2018. According to Variety, Polanski has secured backing from Italian media giant Rai Cinema for The Palace, a drama Polanski has co-written with fellow Polish film-maker Jerzy Skolimowski. Rai Cinema’s CEO Paolo Del Brocco said that The Palace is set on New Year’s Eve in 1999, and is about “a big hotel immersed in the Swiss Alps where the lives of the guests and those who work for them intersect”. Continue reading...

Published 2021-04-29 16:53:35


‘Sexual predator’: actor Noel Clarke accused of groping, harassment and bullying by 20 women

Actor-producer categorically denies allegations from all 20 womenBafta suspends outstanding contribution award and actor’s membershipAlleged misconduct including claims he secretly filmed naked auditionDoctor Who and Kidulthood star allegedly showed colleagues sexually explicit photos and videos of womenWhen appeared on stage at the Royal Albert Hall on 10 April to collect his Bafta, the typically self-assured actor looked a little on edge. Viewers might have concluded that Clarke was simply overwhelmed: he was clutching one of the most prestigious accolades bestowed by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, the prize for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema.

Yet there were other reasons why Clarke – and Bafta – may have felt preoccupied. It was just constant, inappropriate comments. He was always trying to steer the conversation towards sex Continue reading...

Published 2021-04-29 18:35:39


Star Wars prequels ‘not very much liked’, admits Ewan McGregor

Actor, who played Obi-Wan Kenobi in little-loved trilogy, says negative reaction was ‘quite difficult’

While he may have been one of the biggest names in three of the highest grossing movies of all time, Ewan McGregor has said he found it “hard” when the Star Wars prequels were panned by critics and audiences. The actor, who played Obi-Wan Kenobi in the little-loved episodes I, II and III from 1999 to 2005, told the Hollywood Reporter it was “hard they didn’t get well received”. He added: “That was quite difficult. They were universally not very much liked.” Continue reading...

Published 2021-04-28 22:52:29


Small Axe picks up 15 nominations for Bafta TV awards

Steve McQueen’s ground-breaking anthology series dominates, with The Crown, Normal People and I Will Destroy You also in the running

Steve McQueen’s ground-breaking five-part series Small Axe has dominated the Bafta TV nominations with 15 nods, in a year when diverse talent was recognised across the board. McQueen’s anthology series, which was set in the 1960s, 70s and 80s based on real-life stories from London’s black Caribbean communities, led the pack, with Netflix’s royal drama The Crown (10), I May Destroy You (eight) and Normal People (seven) also doing well. Continue reading...

Published 2021-04-28 08:14:13


‘Like a Starbucks’: Elton John and Donald Trump deliver damning Oscars verdicts

The singer and former president among those voicing scepticism about the experimental ceremony on Sunday

Elton John was among celebrities expressing his disappointment with this year’s Oscars ceremony, the telecast of which was watched by 58% fewer people than last year. “The Oscar ceremony looks like it’s coming from a Starbucks somewhere,” John remarked to co-host Neil Patrick Harris at his annual – and this year, virtual – viewing party.Trump lashed out at the Academy. Their response tho… pic.twitter.com/FdZ261Xdk1 Continue reading...

Published 2021-04-28 09:59:31


DisneyMustPay: authors form task force to fight for missing payments

Coalition of author groups call for Disney to pay outstanding royalties owed to writers of novels and comics including Star Wars, Alien and Buffy the Vampire Slayer series it now owns

A task force made up of science fiction and fantasy, romance, crime and horror authors has been formed in an attempt to persuade Disney into paying authors outstanding royalties for novelisations and comics relating to their properties, including Star Wars, Alien and Indiana Jones. The so-called DisneyMustPay Joint Task Force includes major writers Neil Gaiman, Tess Gerritsen, Mary Robinette Kowal and Chuck Wendig among its members. It has been formed by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America in partnership with the Author’s Guild, Horror Writers Association, National Writers Union, Novelists, Inc., Romance Writers of America, and Sisters in Crime. Related: Star Wars ...

Published 2021-04-28 17:07:11


Disney unapologetic over Mulan credit thanking Chinese Communist party

US film company says local contractors made credit decisions and complied with Chinese laws

Disney has claimed it was not responsible for thanking the Chinese Communist party in the credits at the end of the film Mulan, saying the decision was taken by local contractors. In a letter to the Commons business select committee, the film company is unapologetic about its refusal to accept a request to give evidence in person to the committee. Related: Revealed: UK solar projects using panels from firms linked to Xinjiang forced labour Continue reading...

Published 2021-04-28 17:58:12


Another Round set for English-language remake starring Leonardo DiCaprio

Following Oscar win for Thomas Vinterberg’s Danish film about boozy teachers, a remake starring DiCaprio has been announced

Another Round, the Danish comedy-drama about a group of teachers who attempt to survive a term under the influence of alcohol, is set for an English-language remake. Leonardo DiCaprio will take the lead role, played in the original by Mads Mikkelsen. Another Round won the best international feature Oscar on Sunday night, having triumphed in the same category at the Baftas two weeks before. Continue reading...

Published 2021-04-27 15:11:22


Chadwick Boseman’s family defends Anthony Hopkins amid best actor Oscars backlash

Brother of the late actor congratulates the 83-year-old, as Academy criticised for not allowing Hopkins to make his acceptance speech on Zoom

The family of Chadwick Boseman, the Black Panther star who had been widely expected to received a posthumous best actor Oscar for his role in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, have come to the defence of the man who took the prize. The brother of the actor, who died last August of cancer aged 43, says the family had no hard feelings towards Anthony Hopkins. Continue reading...

Published 2021-04-27 10:58:10


Guardian film Colette wins Oscar for best documentary short

Film about a former resistance fighter travelling to visit the concentration camp where her brother died wins prize at the 93rd Academy Awards

Watch the Guardian’s Oscar winning film, ColetteHow we made Colette: ‘We wanted to give witness to what she had held inside’Colette, a film released by the Guardian, has won the Oscar for best documentary short at the 93rd Academy Awards in Los Angeles. Written and directed by Anthony Giacchino, and produced by Alice Doyard, Annie Small and Aaron Matthews, Colette tells the story of 90-year-old former French resistance member Colette Marin-Catherine, who visits the concentration camp where her brother was murdered during the war with a young history student, Lucie Fouble. Related: Colette: former French resistance member confronts a family tragedy 75 years later Continue reading...

Published 2021-04-26 01:35:06


My Octopus Teacher, heartwarming nature film, wins best documentary Oscar

Film about human-octopus bonding in an undersea kelp forest takes the top documentary prize at the Academy Awards

My Octopus Teacher, the heartwarming story of a human-octopus friendship, has won the Oscar for best documentary at the 93rd Academy Awards, which are taking place in Los Angeles. Directed by Pippa Ehrlich and James Reed, My Octopus Teacher follows film-maker and diver Craig Foster as he explores an underwater kelp forest near Cape Town, South Africa. Foster appears to bond with an octopus he encounters living in the area. Continue reading...

Published 2021-04-26 01:41:42


Youn Yuh-jung wins best supporting actress Oscar for Minari

South Korean follows her Bafta win with an Academy Award for Minari, in which she played a ‘grandma’ living on a farm in Arkansas

South Korean performer Youn Yuh-jung has won the best supporting actress Oscar for her role in Minari at the 93rd Academy Awards, which are taking place in Los Angeles. In Minari, Youn plays Soon-ja, “grandma” to young David, who comes from Korea to stay with the family on their farm in Arkansas. She brings with her the “minari” seeds that gives the film its title. Continue reading...

Published 2021-04-26 01:54:48


Nomadland wins best picture Oscar as Chloé Zhao makes history with best director win

Film about retirees struggling to make ends meet takes the top prize at the Academy Awards, while Chloé Zhao becomes first woman of colour to take the directing prize

Oscars 2021: the dresses, the winners, and the speeches – live!Oscar winners 2021: the full list – updating live!Oscars 2021 red carpet in picturesNomadland has won the best picture Oscar at the 93rd Academy Awards. A study of retirees struggling to make ends meet, Nomadland stars Frances McDormand alongside a group of non-professional actors, and is directed by Chinese-American film-maker Chloé Zhao. The film was inspired by Jessica Bruder’s non-fiction book Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century. Unusually, the best picture award was not the last of the night, being announced before the awards for best actor and best actress. Continue reading...

Published 2021-04-26 03:06:16


Frances McDormand wins third best actress Oscar for Nomadland

McDormand Academy award for her role in Chloé Zhao’s Nomadland, second only to Katharine Hepburn in number of best actress Oscars

Oscars 2021: the dresses, the winners, and the speeches – live!Oscar winners 2021: the full list – updating live!Oscars 2021 red carpet in picturesFrances McDormand has won the best actress Oscar for Nomadland at the 93rd Academy Awards, which are taking place in Los Angeles. McDormand plays one of a group of retirees struggling to make ends meet, alongside a cast largely made up of non-professional actors. Written and directed by Chloé Zhao, the film was inspired by Jessica Bruder’s non-fiction book Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century. Continue reading...

Published 2021-04-26 03:12:50


Historic wins for Nomadland – and surprise victory for Anthony Hopkins – at odd Oscars

Chloé Zhao made history as the first woman of colour to win best director with her drama about van-dwellers as Hopkins and Frances McDormand won top acting honours

During an unusual Oscars ceremony, on-the-road drama Nomadland triumphed with a win for best picture, best actress and a historic victory for Chloé Zhao, becoming the first woman of colour to be named best director and only the second woman ever. The film, starring Frances McDormand as a woman living out of her van and interacting with real-life nomads, took home the top trophy near the end of a delayed night and a delayed season amid the pandemic. The ceremony played out in person but with safety precautions and a modest guest list. Related: Oscar winners 2021: the full list – updating live! Related: Oscars 2021 live: Nomadland wins best picture Continue reading...

Published 2021-04-26 03:36:07


Anthony Hopkins becomes oldest-ever Oscar winner after taking best actor for The Father

The British actor has beaten stiff competition from Chadwick Boseman and Riz Ahmed to win his second best actor Academy Award for his role in Florian Zeller’s film about a man with dementia

Oscars 2021: the dresses, the winners, and the speeches – live!Oscar winners 2021: the full list – updating live!Oscars 2021 red carpet in picturesAnthony Hopkins has won the best actor Oscar at the 93rd Academy Awards in Los Angeles. Hopkins, 83, won for his performance as an elderly man with dementia in The Father, directed by French novelist and playwright Florian Zeller, who also wrote the acclaimed stage play on which the film is based. It is Hopkins’ second best actor victory – he won in 1992 for his role as Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs. Continue reading...

Published 2021-04-26 03:43:39


‘My mum met my dad, they had sex. It’s amazing!’: the best quotes of the 2021 Oscars

Daniel Kaluuya shouted out to his parents’ productivity, Frances McDormand urged Americans to return to cinemas soon, and winners decried police brutality in America

“It has been quite a year. And we are still smack dab in the middle of it,” said King as she kicked off the 93rd Oscars with a strut through Union Station to the socially distant stage. “We are mourning the loss of so many, and if things had gone differently this past week in Minneapolis? I might have traded in my heels for marching boots.Here's Daniel Kaluuya's mom and sister reacting to him saying "My mom and my dad...they had sex. It's amazing! I'm here!" at the end of his Oscar speech pic.twitter.com/4nLZxY0Jwc Continue reading...

Published 2021-04-26 04:20:22


Glenn Close’s magnificent Da Butt and superb flirting: key Oscars moments

An impromptu dance masterclass became an instant highlight, but Steven Soderbergh’s directorial shakeup delivered a ceremony with few highs and frequent depressions

In a skewiff ceremony of overlong speeches, quiet applause and a downsized red carpet, one moment effortlessly stole the show: Glenn Close doing the dance to the 1988 funk hit Da Butt.Glenn Close knows everything about E.U.'s 1988 hit "Da Butt." #Oscars #Oscars2021 #GlennClose #Oscar #DaButt pic.twitter.com/pwO0bpb6xyGLENN CLOSE DOING "DA BUTT" #Oscars pic.twitter.com/AwhR46pmWX Continue reading...

Published 2021-04-26 05:25:28


Chloé Zhao’s Oscars victory greeted with some praise – and censorship – in China

Nomadland director hailed on social media as the ‘pride of Chinese people’ but posts about her win have since been removed from Weibo

Chloé Zhao made history on Sunday night by becoming the first Asian woman to win an Oscar for best director for her film Nomadland. But in China, Zhao’s country of birth, posts about her victory were removed and Weibo searches for her Chinese name returned results about a low-level official who had volunteered to promote a local Covid-19 vaccination drive. Zhao’s film also took out best picture, and Frances McDormand won best actress for her leading role. But the success wasn’t enough to end a domestic silencing of Zhao-related news which began last month in response to an old interview for which she was accused of “smearing China”. Within hours of her win at the Oscars, ...

Published 2021-04-26 05:39:18


Oscars 2021 live: Nomadland wins best picture – as it happened

At the 93rd Academy Awards, Anthony Hopkins wins best actor, Frances McDormand wins best actress – and Glenn Close does ‘da butt’

Oscar winners 2021: the full list 6.27am BST Here’s a little more analysis for those who might fancy it, picking over the bones of a very strange night in Hollywood. • Quotes of the night• Peter Bradshaw’s reaction• Key moments – including da butt• A gallery of the winners 4.59am BST Turns out that reaction is actually quite thin on the ground, so I’ll call it a night. Thanks for sticking with me through these weird Oscars. Do join me next year, when they will be terrible in a different way. 4.47am BST You will be pleased to learn that Da Butt already exists on Gif form, where it will remain forevermore.GLENN CLOSE DOING "DA BUTT" #Oscars ...

Published 2021-04-26 06:07:10


Oscars fashion trends: midriffs and tuxedos catch up with Gen Z style

On the red carpet, cleavage gave way to abs for Hollywood’s women, while men’s suits stole the show with colour and variety

The dresses at the 2021 Oscars confirmed what a walk through any park or beer garden this weekend would have told you: for the younger generation, a cantilevered cleavage has been replaced by a flash of bare midriff as the key signifier of party dressing. For Generation Z, a plunging neckline is what mums wear in date-night photos they post on Facebook. A crop top above high waisted jeans, to show a few inches of skin, or a dress with a shark-bite sized cut out to show some side-ab, is a more modern way to power (party) dress. When fortunes are made by high-kicking action roles, perhaps it makes sense that dresses that show off boxer abs are edging out the meringue prom aesthetic ...

Published 2021-04-26 06:35:43


Key Oscars moments: from the historic to the hilarious – video

While the scaled-back Oscars in Los Angeles on Sunday made for a more subdued and intimate affair than usual, the evening was not without its moments. 

Picking up his award for best supporting actor, the British actor Daniel Kaluuya managed to embarrass his proud mother. ‘It's incredible. My mum met my dad, they had sex. It's amazing, you understand. I'm here, you know what I mean?’  Glenn Close twerked and Frances McDormand howled like a wolf. Making history as the first Korean actor to win an Oscar, Youn Yuh-jung took a moment to appreciate Brad Pitt, who handed her the award. 'Oh, Mr Brad Pitt, finally, nice to meet you. Where were you while we were filming, in person?' she joked, to laughter Historic wins for Nomadland – and surprise victory for Anthony Hopkins – at odd OscarsOscars 2021 live: Nomadland wins best ...

Published 2021-04-26 07:57:22


Oscars 2021 winners: the full list

From Nomadland to Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, all the winners at the 93rd Academy Awards, as they are announced

Oscars 2021: – as it happenedHistoric wins for Nomadland – and surprise victory for Anthony Hopkins – at odd OscarsJudas and the Black MessiahMinariPromising Young Woman – WINNERSound of MetalThe Trial of the Chicago 7 Continue reading...

Published 2021-04-26 09:58:29


Anthony Hopkins posts video from Wales after Oscars triumph

Winner of best actor award pays tribute to fellow nominee Chadwick Boseman, who died in August

Sir Anthony Hopkins has paid tribute to the late Chadwick Boseman in a short video from the Welsh countryside, in which he expressed his surprise at winning this year’s best actor Oscar. Unusually, the best actor winner was the final award of the always long ceremony this year, held, to allow better social distancing, at the Union railway station in Los Angeles. Related: Anthony Hopkins becomes oldest-ever Oscar winner after taking best actor for The Father Continue reading...

Published 2021-04-26 12:35:27


Oscars ratings down 58% to new record low

Early numbers suggest ceremony, which saw Nomadland triumph, watched by 9.85 million Americans, down from 23.6 million in 2020

The Oscars telecast suffered another major dip in viewership this year, with early ratings suggesting a 58% drop. The ceremony, which saw on-the-road drama Nomadland pick up the top prize, was watched by 9.85 million Americans, down from 23.6 million in 2020, according to preliminary Nielsen numbers. That year, which was led by a historic win for Parasite, was already the least watched televised ceremony ever for the Academy. Related: And this year’s Oscar for inclusivity goes to … the Academy! Continue reading...

Published 2021-04-26 18:10:40


Rudy Giuliani wins a Razzie for his role in Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

Singer-songwriter Sia picks up three Golden Raspberry Awards for her controversial film on autism

The former mayor of New York, Rudy Giuliani, has been awarded a Razzie for one of the year’s worst performances for his unwitting appearance in Sacha Baron Cohen’s sequel to Borat. The Golden Raspberry Awards, colloquially known as Razzies, are an annual prize for Hollywood’s lowlights, taking place the day before the lavish Oscars ceremony. Continue reading...

Published 2021-04-24 12:21:55


Real-life plot twists leave Oscars struggling to adapt to new reality

Lockdowns, the rise of streaming and demands for diversity are forcing change on the 93rd Academy Awards

No full-blown red carpet, no outfit questions, no after-parties – many involved in Sunday’s Oscars are happy to take a break from a four-hour seated ceremony that, some argue, has long put the movie industry’s in-house favourites, the promotion of luxury lifestyles and virtue-signalling ahead of peer-reviewed creative recognition. The event has been under reconstruction since the #OscarsSoWhite campaign forced an expansion of the voting body’s membership and drafting of inclusivity requirements that will come into effect next year. Continue reading...

Published 2021-04-24 19:00:45


Scott Rudin resigns from Broadway League over alleged abusive behavior

Famed film and theater producer quits trade associationThe powerful film and theatre producer Scott Rudin is resigning from the Broadway League, the trade association for producers and theatre owners, almost three weeks after being first accused of decades of abusive behaviour towards employees.

“I know apologizing is not, by any means, enough,” Rudin told the New York Times in a statement. “In stepping back, I intend to work on my issues and do so fully aware that many will feel that this is too little and too late.” Continue reading...

Published 2021-04-24 19:33:28


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