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Russian film director's replica Berlin Wall rejected by city authorities

The 800-metre recreation for the premiere of Ilya Khrzhanovsky’s film Dau caused safety concerns

A controversial art installation that would have rebuilt part of the Berlin Wall in the German capital has been put on hold by city authorities over safety concerns. The brainchild of Russian film director Ilya Khrzhanovsky, who also paid 400 people to live for three years in a recreation of the Stalin-era Soviet Union, Dau Freedom would have immersed visitors in a totalitarian regime in the heart of a city once home to both Nazi and communist states. Continue reading...

Published 2018-09-24 16:18:11

Cinemagoers celebrate at Kenyan screening of banned lesbian drama

A judge has temporarily lifted the ban on Rafiki to allow it to be entered for an Oscar

Rafiki, an acclaimed film portraying a lesbian romance that was, until Friday, banned in its home country Kenya, showed on Sunday to a cheering full house audience in Nairobi. Nairobi residents will be able to watch Rafiki during daytime-only screenings at the Prestige Cinema in the capital for a week after a judge on Friday temporarily lifted a ban on the film, making it eligible to be entered for an Oscar. Rafiki means “friend” in Swahili. Related: Kenya briefly lifts ban on gay film to allow for Oscar submission Continue reading...

Published 2018-09-23 16:38:52

Family of James Ricketson 'hesitant' about film-maker returning to Cambodia

Australian ‘grateful to have his freedom’ after 15 months in prison as family urge 69-year-old to ‘chill out’ and take ‘time to reflect’

The family of film-maker James Ricketson have celebrated “a very happy day” after his return to Australia on Sunday night, but admit to feeling “hesitant” about the 69-year-old returning to Cambodia any time soon. Ricketson, an Australian documentary film-maker, had spent 15 months inside a Cambodian jail but returned to Australia on Sunday night after he was granted clemency from the king, Norodom Sihamoni. Related: Pardoned film-maker James Ricketson lands back in Australia Continue reading...

Published 2018-09-24 03:49:49

Utøya survivor: Anders Breivik massacre films 'don't tell full story'

Victim’s sister speaks out over Paul Greengrass’s acclaimed movie 22 July

Survivors of the atrocity on the Norwegian island of Utøya in July 2011 will never need reminding of the shootings that killed 69 young people. The detail of their frightening ordeal will stay sharp and stark. But for Lara Rashid, a survivor who lost her elder sister, Bano, that summer’s day, the arrival of two major films telling the actions of the killer, Anders Behring Breivik, is a difficult test. Continue reading...

Published 2018-09-22 14:00:23

Tourists on Mamma Mia! island asked: voulez-vous return your pebbles?

Greek islanders want tourists to stop pinching marble stones from bay on Skiathos, where parts of Abba movie were filmed

Usually at this time of year, Greek beaches are basking in the sunlight of summer’s dying days. But recently the news has been less luminous. First came the terrifying footage, taken by tourists, of a landslide on Zante’s Navagio beach. The collapse of the cliff face only narrowly missed holidaymakers sunbathing on its shores below. Now comes the news that a bay on Skiathos – the island that served, partially, as a backdrop for the first Mamma Mia! film – is losing its smooth pebbles so fast campaigners have been forced to take drastic action. Continue reading...

Published 2018-09-21 13:05:22

Kenya briefly lifts ban on gay film to allow for Oscar submission

Judge’s decision on Rafiki, which premiered in Cannes, hailed by filmmakers but decried as ‘a great insult’ by Kenyan film board

Kenyan cinemagoers will be able to see a critically acclaimed film banned in the country for promoting lesbianism, but only for seven days a judge has ruled. The decision makes Rafiki, meaning “friend” in Swahili, eligible to be entered for a foreign language Oscar, delighting the filmmakers but angering Kenya’s censor.I am crying. In a french airport. In SUCH Joy! Our constitution is STRONG! Give thanks to freedom of expression!!!! WE DID IT! We will be posting about Nairobi screening soon. Follow @rafikimovie Continue reading...

Published 2018-09-21 15:37:26

James Bond 25: True Detective's Cary Fukunaga named as director

Beasts of No Nation director Fukunaga confirmed to take over from Danny Boyle on new film starring Daniel Craig

Exclusive interview with new James Bond director Cary FukunagaDanny Boyle’s replacement as director of the 25th James Bond film has been named as Cary Fukunaga, best known for helming HBO’s True Detective. Posting on the official James Bond Twitter feed on Thursday, producers from Eon, the outfit behind Bond, confirmed the hire of the Beasts of No Nation film-maker, writing: “We are delighted to be working with Cary. His versatility and innovation make him an excellent choice for our next James Bond adventure.” Continue reading...

Published 2018-09-20 10:47:49

Gillian Anderson to star in West End version of All About Eve

Ivo van Hove directs adaptation of Bette Davis-propelled Hollywood classic

Gillian Anderson is to play a role made famous by Bette Davis when she takes the lead in a West End stage adaptation of the 1950 film All About Eve. Details were announced on Friday of a new production by one of the world’s most in-demand directors, Ivo van Hove, with music by PJ Harvey. Related: Gillian Anderson: 'If X-Files fans aren’t put off by our walking sticks, fantastic' Continue reading...

Published 2018-09-21 05:00:17

'Too much, too fast': Disney to scale back production of Star Wars movies

After the disappointing box office performance of Solo: A Star Wars Story, Disney CEO Bob Iger says fans ‘can expect some slowdown’

After months of rumour and speculation, Disney CEO Bob Iger has confirmed that its production and release of Star Wars movies will be scaled back. Iger admitted that he had made a mistake, and that there had been “too much, too fast”, in an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, after it put him at the top of its list of the most powerful people in the entertainment industry. Continue reading...

Published 2018-09-21 09:58:21

Nicolas Cage expresses 'frustration' with Cage rage internet meme

Actor says his over-the-top acting style is ‘all very thought out and carefully planned’

Nicolas Cage has expressed his frustration with “Cage rage” internet memes, saying they are “frustrating” and unfair to him and the directors of his films. In an interview with Indiewire to promote his latest film Mandy, a gory action-horror in which Cage plays a revenger looking to take down a satanic biker gang, Cage said: “I’m sure it’s frustrating for [director] Panos [Cosmatos], who has made what I consider a very lyrical, internal, and poetic work of art, to have this ‘Cage rage’ thing slammed all over his movie … the internet has kind of done the movie a disservice.” Continue reading...

Published 2018-09-19 11:04:14

The Predator chomps up The Nun at UK box office

Sci-fi reboot knocks supernatural horror prequel off the top spot; while Crazy Rich Asians and King of Thieves share the spoils just behind them

Arriving at the summit of the official UK box-office line-up, Shane Black’s The Predator has given distributor Fox its third chart winner of the year, after The Greatest Showman and Deadpool 2. Including previews, the franchise title opened with £2.39m – just ahead of the debut number for previous entry Predators, which began in July 2010 with £2.20m. Continue reading...

Published 2018-09-18 11:27:07

Soon-Yi Previn gives rare interview to defend Woody Allen

Mia Farrow’s adopted daughter accuses her of using #MeToo to resurface ‘unjust’ allegations Allen abused his daughter, Dylan Farrow

Soon-Yi Previn, the wife of Woody Allen, has spoken publicly for the first time in decades about her early life with adopted mother Mia Farrow, and allegations that Allen molested his daughter Dylan Farrow. In an interview with New York Magazine, published on Sunday, Previn, 47, alleged that Farrow has been taking advantage of the current conversation about sexual harassment to spread lies about Allen. Related: Woody Allen: 'I should be the poster boy for the #MeToo movement' Related: We may never know the truth, but Moses Farrow is clearly a victim too | Suzanne Moore Statement on New York magazine, which has done something shameful here: Continue reading...

Published 2018-09-17 07:32:24

Green Book tipped for Oscars after picking up top award at Toronto

Feelgood movie starring Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen scoops the festival’s People’s Choice prize

Green Book, the Peter Farrelly-directed film about a Jamaican-American pianist touring the Deep South in the 1960s, has massively boosted its Oscars chances after taking the top prize at the Toronto film festival. The festival’s People’s Choice award has long been seen as a reliable Oscars bellwether, with nine out of the last 10 winners going on to secure a best picture Academy Award or nomination, including La La Land, 12 Years a Slave and Slumdog Millionaire. Related: From the Green Book to Facebook, how black people still need to outwit racists in rural America Continue reading...

Published 2018-09-17 13:36:37

Sean Penn: 'salacious' #MeToo movement will 'divide men and women'

The actor says he is ‘very suspicious’ of spirit of Hollywood post-Weinstein and worries that it is ‘too black and white’

Sean Penn has spoken of his concerns with the #MeToo movement, worrying that it revolves around too many “salacious” revelations. The 58-year-old actor, promoting his new TV drama The First, appeared on NBC’s Today programme with co-star Natasha McElhone when conversation shifted to the rise in women coming forward with their experiences of sexual harassment and abuse. Related: Sean Penn: ‘Some of my best laughs have come out of the worst reviews’ Continue reading...

Published 2018-09-17 14:51:01

Asia Argento threatens legal action against Rose McGowan over 'horrendous lies'

McGowan asked to retract a statement made following sexual assault claim against Argento by actor Jimmy Bennett

Asia Argento has threatened to take “immediate legal action” against Rose McGowan unless the latter retracts a statement she made on 27 August following accusations of sexual assault against Argento by actor Jimmy Bennett. Argento posted a statement on social media demanding that within 24 hours McGowan retract the “horrendous lies” she claimed were contained in the statement. “If you fail to address this libel I will have no option other than to take immediate legal action.”Dear @RoseMcGowan. It is with genuine regret that I am giving you 24 hours to retract and apologise for the horrendous lies made against me in your statement of August 27th. If you fail to address this ...

Published 2018-09-17 14:51:49

Irish famine film Black 47 wins over the critics

Revenge thriller sidesteps pitfall of bleak subject-matter to become local box-office hit

Filmmakers have long steered clear of the Irish famine, a trauma of starvation, poverty and suffering that remains a sacred national topic. It seemed too bleak, too depressing, too fraught – get a historical detail wrong and you risked accusations of insensitivity and exploitation. Now, 170 years after a million people died and more than a million emigrated, comes Black 47, a big-screen blockbuster that uses the famine as a western-style revenge thriller. There are lots of muskets, explosions and horse chases, the lead actors are Australian, and many of the interiors were shot in Luxembourg. The Irish famine ran from 1845 to 1849 and killed an estimated one million people from hunger ...

Published 2018-09-17 15:33:40

Writers’ wilderness haven split over Brecon Beacons phone mast plan

Edna O’Brien, Ian McEwan and Bruce Chatwin have treasured its wild beauty. But now plans for a 17.5-metre tower have divided a tranquil hamletIts monks left more than a century ago but the whitewashed stone walls of the monastery in stand proud. Outside, a large, well-preserved statue of the Virgin Mary welcomes visitors to the venerable Victorian building, which has now been converted into self-catering apartments in great demand when the crowds flock to nearby Hay-on-Wye for its celebrated literary .

Since the monks’ departure, little has changed in this picturesque Welsh hamlet of a few houses, a chapel and a scattering of farms. Nestling in the foothills of the Black Mountains, it is a place of moss and bracken, stone walls and brooks, and has the lingering solemnity of an untended churchyard. Continue reading...

Published 2018-09-15 13:24:00

Iranian comedies thrive at box office as audiences look to lift gloom

Filmgoers flock to screens in newly built shopping centres, as critics warn that other genres are being sidelined

As they rose to their feet for the national anthem, the mood among the crowd was sombre. Iran’s leading film festival, usually seven days of red carpet premieres and gong-giving, was forgoing the glamour of the silver screen as the country outside suffered the chill of economic hardship. The organisers had months earlier said the festival would match the downcast mood of a country where sanctions and escalating political turmoil have hit the living standards of many ordinary Iranians. The death of Ezatollah Entezami, a celebrated actor of the 1960s Persian new wave, known in Iran simply as Mr Actor, further dampened spirits. Continue reading...

Published 2018-09-15 04:00:44

Veteran 007 writers Purvis and Wade rehired to salvage Bond 25

Neal Purvis and Robert Wade are returning to James Bond for a seventh time, following Danny Boyle’s late-hour departure from the project

As producers attempt to get the next James Bond film back on track, after the abrupt departure of director Danny Boyle, reports have emerged that the series’ longtime writers, Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, have been rehired to produce a new script. According to the Daily Mail, Purvis and Wade have returned to the 25th Bond film, having had their original treatment for the film set aside when producers opted to go with Boyle and a script by him and his regular writing collaborator, John Hodge. Continue reading...

Published 2018-09-14 10:26:37

Netflix hunts long-term UK production base amid race for studios

Permanent space needed to spend more of film-maker’s £6bn yearly budget in Britain

Netflix is targeting a permanent production base in the UK because a boom in demand for studio space is hindering plans to spend more of its $8bn (£6.1bn) annual production budget in Britain. Netflix, which is making about 40 productions in the UK this year, is understood to have made the UK a high priority for securing a long lease on studio space to ensure its growing slate of UK-based productions can be filmed without delays. Continue reading...

Published 2018-09-14 11:27:45

Actor wearing anti-fascist scarf stopped by police in Venice

Incident involving Ottavia Piccolo at film festival prompts fears of crackdown

An Italian actor was stopped by police at the Venice film festival for wearing a neck scarf associated with the anti-fascism group Anpi, raising questions in parliament over whether the far-right interior minister, Matteo Salvini, had issued orders against the group. Ottavia Piccolo was stopped by officers checking bags at an access gate as she headed towards the red carpet area of the Venice Lido at the close of the festival on Saturday. Related: Tony Blair has 'friendly, positive meeting' with Italy's Matteo Salvini Continue reading...

Published 2018-09-12 10:03:06

Viola Davis 'regrets' her role in The Help

Actor has said she felt the voices of the black maids in Oscar-nominated 2011 film were marginalised

Viola Davis has expressed regret about her role in 2011 film The Help, apparently concurring with critics of its “white saviour” narrative. Davis played Aibileen Clark, one of two black maids in 1963 Mississippi whose stories are told by a young white woman (Emma Stone) in a book exposing the everyday racism they face. In an interview with the New York Times, Davis cited The Help as a role she regretted. “I just felt that at the end of the day that it wasn’t the voices of the maids that were heard,” she said. “I know Aibileen. I know Minny. They’re my grandma. They’re my mom. And I know that if you do a movie where the whole premise is, I want to know what it feels like ...

Published 2018-09-12 11:04:16

Collection of Sharon Tate's personal items to go on display in Ireland

Intimate possessions of actor murdered by Charles Manson’s followers to be auctioned off

A collection of personal items belonging to Sharon Tate, the actor murdered by Charles Manson’s followers in 1969, is to go on display ahead of an auction of her items. An ivory silk moiré wedding dress, mini dresses by Ossie Clark and others, peep toe shoes and a black floral lace Dior gown with satin bow that she wore for the London premiere of her husband Roman Polanski’s cult film Cul-de-Sac are among the items in an exhibition at the Museum of Style Icons in Newbridge, Co Kildare, Ireland. Related: Charlie Says review: Matt Smith is magnetic Charles Manson in unpersuasive cult drama Continue reading...

Published 2018-09-12 11:55:10

Henry Cavill to stop playing Superman, reports suggest

After failing to nail down a cameo role in the upcoming Shazam! movie, it looks as if Cavill’s time as the Man of Steel has drawn to a close

Henry Cavill is to be dropped as Superman, after failing to agree terms to make an appearance in the upcoming Shazam! film, it has been reported. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Cavill, who played the role three times – in Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League – is no longer in the running as Superman for future outings in the DC Extended Universe. Cavill, reportedly, was unable to find time to appear in Shazam!, the upcoming comic-book movie starring Asher Angel and Zachary Levi, due for release in April 2019. Continue reading...

Published 2018-09-12 15:37:03

From The Nightingale to Hotel Mumbai: Adelaide film festival launches biggest program yet

From The Babadook director Jennifer Kent’s new thriller to Willem Dafoe as Vincent Van Gogh, here are 10 must-sees on this year’s program

For a long time, the question of which film festivals in Australia were the most important and prestigious could be answered simply: the big ones in Melbourne or Sydney. In recent years, however, under the tenure of Amanda Duthie, the Adelaide film festival has more than held its own – making the gong for Australia’s best film festival very much a three-way race. Adelaide’s 2018 program is the most exciting of any festival this year for Australian content. A whopping 44% of the films are Australian, with 22 created in South Australia. From the new film by the director of The Babadook to a bizarre underwater live art performance, here are 10 events to attend at the festival, which ...

Published 2018-09-12 02:30:02

Fenella Fielding, Carry On Screaming actor, dies aged 90

Fielding, whose career spanned seven decades, appeared in Carry On Regardless and Carry On Screaming!

The former Carry On actor, Fenella Fielding, has died aged 90, her spokeswoman has said. The star, who enjoyed a showbusiness career spanning seven decades, suffered a stroke two weeks ago and died on Tuesday. She appeared in two Carry On films – Carry On Regardless in 1961 and Carry On Screaming! in 1966 – and was awarded an OBE in the 2018 Queen’s birthday honours list. Related: Carry on Screaming's Fenella Fielding on fighting with Kenneth Williams and bouncing back after bankruptcy Related: Fenella Fielding – a life in pictures Continue reading...

Published 2018-09-12 06:25:35

Kevin Spacey will not face charges over Los Angeles sexual assault claim

Prosecutors say the alleged sex crime in 1992 falls outside of California’s statute of limitations

Kevin Spacey will not be prosecuted over a sexual assault claim because too much time has passed since the alleged incident took place. A man alleged the actor had assaulted him in West Hollywood in October 1992, but Los Angeles prosecutors said on Tuesday they could not take the case forward because any alleged sex crime involving an adult that occurred in that year would fall outside of California’s statute of limitations. Continue reading...

Published 2018-09-4 23:22:24

Oscar race heats up as star-studded Toronto film festival begins

New films from Oscar winners Barry Jenkins, Michael Moore and Steve McQueen will be unveiled as part of this year’s lineup

Much-anticipated new films from Barry Jenkins, Steve McQueen and Michael Moore are set to be unveiled at this year’s Toronto film festival, beginning this week. In one of the festival’s stronger lineups in recent years, there will be 138 world premieres featuring a long list of stars, including Judi Dench, Julia Roberts, Steve Carell, Colin Farrell, Robert Pattinson, Viola Davis and Kristen Stewart. Related: Venice film festival: Guillermo del Toro says gender disparity is 'a real problem' Continue reading...

Published 2018-09-5 08:00:52

Warner Bros to launch 'inclusion rider' diversity policy with Michael B Jordan film

The new measure, which also applies to HBO and Turner, builds on concept popularized by Frances McDormand at Oscars

Warner Bros has become the first major Hollywood studio to adopt a company-wide policy meant to increase diversity on and off screen, expanding the “inclusion rider” concept popularized by actor Frances McDormand earlier this year. The initiative announced on Wednesday, which will also apply to sister companies HBO and Turner, will begin with Just Mercy, a film starring Michael B Jordan, who was one of the first actors to commit to the idea in March. Inclusion riders are provisions that actors and others in the industry can add to their contracts to stipulate diversity in the casts and crews of their projects. Related: How Frances McDormand’s Oscar-grabbing 'inclusion rider' got ...

Published 2018-09-5 21:56:37

Burt Reynolds, Hollywood film star, dies aged 82

The much-loved star of hits such as Deliverance and Boogie Nights died on Thursday in Florida

Burt Reynolds, the star of Deliverance, The Longest Yard and Boogie Nights, has died aged 82. His manager, Erik Kritzer, confirmed the news on Thursday that Reynolds had died that morning at Jupiter medical center in Florida. The star had undergone a quintuple heart bypass in February 2010 but had been working until recently; he was filming Quentin Tarantino’s movie about the Charles Manson murders, Once Upon A Time in Hollywood. Reynolds, who famously turned down the roles of James Bond and Han Solo, nevertheless forged a film career that marked him out as a singular talent. Related: Meeting Burt Reynolds was a revelation which still shocks me today | Hadley Freeman Related: ...

Published 2018-09-6 19:04:28

Oscars: Academy suspends plans to add popular film category

Academy said that it recognized new award created challenges for films already released amid widespread backlash to the category

The organization that bestows the Academy Awards says it is suspending plans to award a new Oscar for popular films amid widespread backlash to the idea. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences says it will further study plans for the category. It wrote in a statement that it recognized that implementing a new award three-quarters of the way into the year created challenges for films that have already been released. Related: Oscars' new 'popular film' category sparks Hollywood backlash Continue reading...

Published 2018-09-6 19:45:38

Burt Reynolds's most memorable performances – video

The American actor Burt Reynolds has died aged 82. The star had undergone a quintuple heart bypass in February 2010 but had been working until recently. 

Reynolds forged a film career that marked him out as a singular talent, starring in classics such as The Longest Yard, Deliverance and Boogie Nights.Burt Reynolds, star of Deliverance and Boogie Nights, dies aged 82 Continue reading...

Published 2018-09-6 21:57:02

Terry Crews settles lawsuit with agent he says groped him

The Brooklyn Nine-Nine actor was among the most prominent men to come forward as a victim in the #MeToo movement

The actor Terry Crews and agent Adam Venit have agreed to settle a lawsuit in which Crews alleged Venit groped him at a Hollywood party. Venit’s agency William Morris Endeavor, also named as a defendant, confirmed the deal Thursday in a statement saying the lawsuit would be dismissed. Related: Actor Terry Crews: I was sexually assaulted by Hollywood executive Continue reading...

Published 2018-09-7 00:16:33

Burt Reynolds in conversation with the Guardian: ‘Marlon Brando was a strange man’ – archive video

In a 2015 interview, Burt Reynolds, who has died at the age of 82, speaks to the Guardian columnist Hadley Freeman about his autobiography, But Enough About Me. The candid conversation spans his varied career in film, the important relationships in his life and a clash with Marlon Brando 

 Interviewing Burt Reynolds was a revelation which still shocks me today Continue reading...

Published 2018-09-7 09:01:01

Burt Reynolds: Hollywood pays tribute to 'a true American icon'

Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Viola Davis, Mark Wahlberg and Adam Sandler were among the actors to remember the 82-year-old star

As word of Burt Reynolds’ death spread through Hollywood, people from all corners of television and film took a moment to offer warm remembrances of a “legend”, “icon” and “trailblazer”. The 82-year-old star of Deliverance, The Longest Yard and Boogie Nights, died on Thursday after going into cardiac arrest at his Florida home. Related: Interviewing Burt Reynolds was a revelation which still shocks me today | Hadley Freeman Continue reading...

Published 2018-09-7 15:05:09

Weinstein scandal film to follow day in the life of his assistant

Untitled script derived from ‘scores of interviews’ is the third Hollywood project in the works about the disgraced mogul

A film based on the day-to-day life of Harvey Weinstein’s personal assistant is in the works, one of a flood of projects about the disgraced former movie mogul. According to the Hollywood Reporter, a script for the film is being shown to potential buyers at the Toronto film festival. A statement from the production company says that the film’s writer-director Kitty Green (previously responsible for avant-garde documentary Casting JonBenét) researched “hundreds of public records and documents, and [conducted] scores of interviews … [and] has distilled and invented a wholly original vision of just one day in the life of an imagined entry-level worker”. Continue reading...

Published 2018-09-7 16:37:33

Olivia Colman wins best actress award at Venice film festival

British star honoured for her role as Queen Anne in Yorgos Lanthimos’s comedy The Favourite

Olivia Colman has been named best actress at the Venice film festival for her role as a frail and volatile Queen Anne in the quirky period comedy The Favourite. Her performance has been described as showing “career-best form”. The film’s Greek director, Yorgos Lanthimos, also cast Colman in his first English-language film, The Lobster, a black comedy, for which she won best supporting actress at the British Independent film awards for her role as the hotel manager. In The Favourite, Colman stars opposite Rachel Weisz, who plays her close friend Sarah Churchill, who has to put up with the queen’s mercurial temper, and Emma Stone as Sarah’s cousin Abigail. The film also won the ...

Published 2018-09-8 22:39:08

Beyond the Blade – The Boy

Warning: this film contains language some viewers may find offensive

A teenage boy looks back on the fateful events that led to him confronting a rival group with a blade. He never thought he would stab someone - and when he did, he never thought they could die Continue reading...

Published 2018-09-10 06:00:19

John Legend, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice become EGOT winners

With Emmys for Jesus Christ Superstar, the trio join elite winners of an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony. Legend is the first black male EGOT winner and joint youngest

John Legend, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice have been awarded Emmys for their TV production of Jesus Christ Superstar, earning them EGOT status – meaning they have each won Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards. EGOT winners are an exclusive club: including the trio, only 15 people have ever managed to achieve the four wins, including Audrey Hepburn, Mel Brooks and John Gielgud. Related: What about Twin Peaks? The 2018 Emmys' bizarre snubs Continue reading...

Published 2018-09-10 10:19:55

Geena Davis joins women in film to give Toronto a reality check

Thelma and Louise star was among the actors and directors who shared tactics at the Toronto film festival for overcoming gender inequality

On the third day of the Toronto film festival (Tiff), business appears to be booming. The queues for the press and industry screenings speak to that. But a few feet from the main venues, a section of John Street has been converted into what looks more like a music festival than a trade convention. There’s artificial grass covering the tarmac, and a stage where singer Shakura S’Aida is leading the crowd in a chant of “use your voice, use your voice”. The event is a rally in support of women in film, part of Tiff’s Share Her Journey initiative, which was set up in 2017. The object of Share Her Journey, Tiff executive director Michele Maheux explained in her introduction, was not ...

Published 2018-09-10 11:11:36

Neil Armstrong biopic not unpatriotic, say sons as Aldrin fuels controversy

First Man does not show the astronauts planting US flag, sparking anger on the right – but second man’s views are unclear

Neil Armstrong’s sons do not think First Man, a Ryan Gosling-starring biopic about their father, is anti-American. Some American conservatives do. Buzz Aldrin, the second man on the moon, may agree with them. Or he may not. Related: First Man review: Ryan Gosling shoots for the moon in Neil Armstrong biopic Related: Neil Armstrong obituary Continue reading...

Published 2018-09-3 17:15:47

Kathleen Turner: Millions paid to Hollywood A-listers is ‘immoral’

Celebrated star of Body Heat and Prizzi’s Honor calls on film industry to invest in writers and allow more rehearsal time

She is one of Hollywood’s most celebrated actresses, the award-winning star of John Huston’s Prizzi’s Honor and Francis Ford Coppola’s Peggy Sue Got Married – for which she received an Oscar nomination. But now Kathleen Turner has turned on Hollywood with an angry attack on the eye-watering millions that studios spend on movies and A-list actors, which she describes as “immoral”. Funds should be redirected, Turner says, into improving the quality of scripts and performances, investing in writers and allowing actors rehearsal time rather than mere “read-throughs” before the shoot begins. Related: Venice film festival 2018: all star lineup, despite lack of female ...

Published 2018-09-1 13:00:54

Stalinist Truman Show: artist paid 400 people to live as Soviet citizens

Participants lived in replica Stalin-era research institute as part of three-year art project

In an art project that has been compared to The Truman Show, Big Brother and the Charlie Kaufman film Synecdoche, New York, a Russian artist has paid 400 people to live for three years in a fictional but functioning Stalin-era research institute. In an experiment long anticipated in the film and art worlds but confirmed by the Guardian on Friday, Ilya Khrzhanovsky created an institute of theoretical physics in eastern Ukraine modelled on the shadowy facilities which existed in the Soviet Union from the 1930s to the 1950s. Related: The big picture: childish defiance in Soviet-era Czechoslovakia Continue reading...

Published 2018-08-31 12:18:56

'Screaming nightmare': William Shatner boldly goes into VR

Star Trek’s Captain Kirk voices concerns about virtual reality after simulating a walk on Mars

As Captain Kirk in Star Trek, William Shatner took us to places “where no man has gone before”, with stories that foreshadowed the invention of the mobile phone and tablet computers. Now, in real life, the actor is exploring virtual reality – but he wants the entertainment industry to be aware of its potential detrimental impact on vulnerable minds. Shatner told the Guardian: “The use of technology to affect our minds is so powerful now that we need to be on guard in the future.” Related: Reboot no more: the overused characters who should be retired Continue reading...

Published 2018-08-31 09:00:06

BFI London film festival: 38% of films directed by women

Festival unveils programme with gender parity in three of the four competition strands

Organisers of the 2018 BFI London film festival have said they are moving in the right direction when it comes to gender representation, unveiling a programme in which 38% of directors are women. On Thursday details were announced for the 62nd edition of the festival, one which will include the world premiere of Stan & Ollie, starring Steve Coogan and John C Reilly, and the UK premiere of Mike Leigh’s Peterloo, which will be screened in Manchester, a festival first. Continue reading...

Published 2018-08-30 10:15:53

Telluride film festival boasts Robert Redford and Nicole Kidman in star-studded lineup

The Old Man & the Gun, The Front Runner and White Boy Rick among premieres screening at the weekend

The Telluride film festival kicks off this week with a heavy dose of star power, featuring the world premieres of movies starring Robert Redford, Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman and Matthew McConaughey. The boutique event in the Colorado mountains, which prides itself on its lack of a red carpet and its egalitarian organisation, is sandwiched between the Venice film festival, which ends on Saturday, and its Toronto counterpart, which starts next Thursday. Continue reading...

Published 2018-08-30 15:32:05

French investigation opens after Gérard Depardieu accused of rape

Preliminary investigation launched after police receive complaint against actor

The French public prosecutor has opened a preliminary investigation into rape and sexual assault allegations against the actor Gérard Depardieu, according to reports. A 22-year-old female actor made a complaint to police on Monday in Bouches-du-Rhône, southern France, over an assault alleged to have occurred at Depardieu’s home in Paris’s Left Bank between 7 and 13 August. Continue reading...

Published 2018-08-30 17:01:37

Woody Allen's new film shelved by Amazon

A Rainy Day in New York may never be screened, after distributor says no release date has been set

Woody Allen’s latest film, A Rainy Day in New York, has been left in limbo after Amazon Studios appeared to shelve it indefinitely. The production company, which was contractually obliged to distribute the film, said on Thursday: “No release date has ever been set.” Related: Actors are lining up to condemn Woody Allen. Why now? Continue reading...

Published 2018-08-30 17:36:34

Venice film festival: Guillermo del Toro says gender disparity is 'a real problem'

Oscar-winning director calls for greater female inclusion with 50:50 split by 2020

The jury president of the Venice film festival has condemned the gender disparity in the film industry and demanded urgent reform. Speaking on the opening day of the 75th film festival, Guillermo Del Toro said equality must be achieved by the end of the decade. Only one of the 21 films in competition this year has a female director. Related: Cannes of worms: true gender equality in film will take more than 'just add women' Continue reading...

Published 2018-08-29 13:51:25

Hacker sentenced to prison for role in Jennifer Lawrence nude photo theft

George Garofano, 26, one of four charged over illegal hacking of American actor and other celebrities

A hacker was sentenced to eight months in prison on Wednesday for a scheme that exposed intimate photos of the actor Jennifer Lawrence and other celebrities. George Garofano, 26, was accused of illegally hacking the private Apple iCloud accounts of 240 people, including Hollywood stars as well as average internet users, allowing their nude photos and private information to be spread around the internet. Related: The Jennifer Lawrence naked photo response is the end of the 'shamed starlet' | Jessica Valenti Continue reading...

Published 2018-08-29 21:13:09

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