Just two weeks after the movie star revealed he sought professional treatment for alcohol addiction, Ben Affleck surprised fans by attending CinemaCon in Las Vegas.
Director, Christopher Nolan says his World War II drama 'Dunkirk' will transport viewers to the heart of the battle in which British led forces freed 330,000 Allied troops from the Nazis.
After the death of his father, and being robbed of his birthright, Arthur endures a hard life. But once he pulls the sword from the stone, he discovers his identity and true legacy.
Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin claim production company failed to pay option fee after entering into deal to purchase rights to book about their son’s killing in 2012
The parents of Trayvon Martin, the Florida teenager shot dead while walking home from a convenience store by George Zimmerman, have claimed they are owed at least $150,000 (£110,000) by the Weinstein Company.
According to documents filed by Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin in a Delaware bankruptcy court, the company formerly run by the disgraced Hollywood mogul entered into a deal to purchase the rights to a possible movie and TV series based on their book, Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin.Continue reading...
The veteran star rails against studio representation of minorities, saying ‘they only recently discovered that there were black people in the world’
Ian McKellen, who has for many years been the most famous openly gay movie star, has attacked Hollywood timidity in depicting minorities onscreen.
In an interview with Time Out, McKellen, 78, was asked about the controversy surrounding the decision not to show the young Dumbledore as “explicitly gay” in the upcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them sequel.Continue reading...
Rottweiler groping in family comedy normalises ‘unwanted genital touching to its child audience’, according to US’s National Center on Sexual Exploitation
Show Dogs, a new family comedy about a police hound who goes undercover to infiltrate a dog show, has come in for criticism over a scene which some feel sends a troubling message to impressionable audiences.
In a statement on Tuesday, the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) says a scene in which Max (voiced by the actor-rapper Ludacris) is instructed to put his discomfort over genital groping to one side and instead “go to a zen place” sends “a troubling message that grooms children for sexual abuse”.Continue reading...
For the great action films – Commando, RoboCop, Total Recall – authority was something to be smashed. Now we favour sickeningly rich superheroes such as the Avengers and Batman
Action films in the 80s and 90s were a special breed. Meat vessels in the shape of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone and Bruce Willis brandished problem-solving M60 machine guns, wiping out scores of faceless goons and dropping devastating puns while doing so. Half of this would happen in slow-motion, illogical explosions would go off at random, and there would almost definitely be a car chase that cost two-thirds of the film’s entire budget. It was magical.
Those were simpler times, better times, when it was just a matter of good v evil, and it was always abundantly clear who the bad guy was because they’d have a maniacal laugh or take hostages or have a cat. But when patriotic heroes weren’t blowing up Russians in helicopters, the genre was really defined by one common enemy, something audiences could rally against and blame for all the wrongdoing in the world: capitalism.Continue reading...
Glover has said his character in Solo: A Star Wars Story, Lando Calrissian, should get his own film. Alas, Disney isn’t ready for a velvet-clad pansexual ‘high-end guy in space’
Solo: A Star Wars Story has endured more strife on its way to the screen than anybody would care to tally, but this last piece might be its biggest: people are more excited about a potential spinoff for Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian than they are about the film. Solo, manhandled and mish-mashed between directors, you can take or leave. But a standalone Lando Calrissian movie? Now that’s something worth getting excited over.
Especially because Glover seems to know exactly where he’d take it. “It would be cool to see, like, Frasier in Space – like, a high-end guy in space,” the actor-rapper told Entertainment Weekly Radio. “All of these characters are very specific and they have very specific points of view, so it’s always going to be fun to see them traveling around to a planet that is the opposite of what they’re used to.”Continue reading...
Leading industry women spoke out passionately about sexual harassment – but some female film-makers said they continued to be mistreated
In the post-Weinstein era, it looked as if this year’s Cannes film festival was going to be different. A sexual harassment hotline was launched by the festival, and 82 powerful industry women staged a demonstration on the steps of the Palais des Festivals. Two days later, a panel of women from the international #MeToo, Times Up and 5050x2020 movements spoke passionately about their work, before the festival’s director signed a pledge for gender parity. It was a historic moment and strangers smiled and chatted to each other, high on hope.
There was a more uncomfortable atmosphere at the closing ceremony, when actor Asia Argento spoke out. “In 1997, I was raped by Harvey Weinstein here at Cannes. I was 21 years old. This festival was his hunting ground.”Continue reading...
Farrow says he ‘can no longer stay silent’ about accusations made by his sister and claims she was coerced into making them
Woody Allen and Mia Farrow’s adopted son, Moses Farrow, on Wednesday defended his father from allegations of sexual assault made by his sister.
In a nearly 5,000-word post, Moses elaborated further on claims he had made in previous interviews that his mother was physically abusive to him and her other children and that she coerced her daughter Dylan into accusing Allen of assault.Continue reading...
Advocacy group reports significant drop in major studio films with LGBTQ characters in 2017 and says 50% of films by 2024 should be inclusive
Monitoring and advocacy group Glaad (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) have called on Hollywood studios to ensure that lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual characters comprise 20% of the total.
Glaad has published its annual Studio Responsibility Index for 2018, which analyses the output of the seven major Hollywood studios for the previous year and is “intended to serve as a road map toward increasing fair, accurate and inclusive LGBTQ representation in film”. In 2017, it identified 14 films that contained characters identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer; a total of 12.8% that marked a significant decrease on the previous year’s total of 23 films (18.4%).Continue reading...
The wisecracking antihero tramples over his Marvel stablemates – and the royal wedding – with an impressive £13m debut
Cinema operators faced a perfect storm of challenges, thanks to sunny skies, the royal wedding and the FA Cup final, with the result that almost every film fell by at least 50% from the previous session. In these circumstances, the opening number for Deadpool 2 is pretty impressive, even if the box office has softened from the debut weekend for the original Deadpool in February 2016.
- Morison found fame in Kiss Me, Kate, The King and I and more
- Movie roles included many femmes fatale and villains
Patricia Morison, who originated the role of an overemotional diva in the Broadway musical Kiss Me, Kate, starred on stage opposite Yul Brynner in The King and I and appeared in films with Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn, died on Sunday at the age of 103.
Morison died of natural causes at her home in Los Angeles, publicist Harlan Boll said. Morison’s death was first reported by the Hollywood Reporter.Continue reading...
Alden Ehrenreich ably apes Harrison Ford in this straightforwardly rollicking adventure, which betrays little trace of its troubled production
Solo: A Star Wars Story is a crackingly enjoyable adventure which frankly deserves full episode status in the great franchise, not just one of these intermittent place-holding iterations. Ron Howard was born to direct it. Who’s next for the saga? Zemeckis? Spielberg?
There’s a terrific ensemble cast-dynamic and an effortless channelling of the spirit of Episodes IV to VI from father-and-son screenwriting team Lawrence and Jonathan Kasdan who should really be allowed to get their teeth into the stories’ daddy issues and Freudian anxieties.
Gillian Jacobs heads up a strong trio of female comic actors in a knockabout trip around Europe that squeezes moments of hilarity into a barebones plot
Last year, in a belated attempt to redress the balance, a party busload of films was released that saw women drinking, partying and casual sexing in ways that have usually been reserved for their male counterparts. There was Scarlett Johansson dealing with the death of a stripper in the dark, intermittently funny Rough Night, Toni Collette and Molly Shannon leaving the kids at home in Fun Mom Dinner, the cast of Bad Moms returning with diminishing returns in A Bad Moms Christmas and Tiffany Haddish transforming into a one woman comic phenomenon in crowd-pleasing box office hit Girls Trip. The results were mixed but the message was clear: the post-Bridesmaids boom in comedies fronted by groups of very funny women was finally happening.Continue reading...
Laura Dern stars as a woman coming to terms with her own molestation in Jennifer Fox’s landmark film
I’ve attended the Sundance Film Festival for about a decade and, until now, there’s always been a constant. After a big premiere, the men’s room adjacent to the enormous Eccles Theater is brimming with chatter. As the credits rolled on Jennifer Fox’s The Tale there was stony silence. I’ve never seen anything like it - the hushed lavatory or, quite frankly, this film.
The Tale rattled me in ways I didn’t know I still could be rattled. This deliberately paced, remarkable exploration about sexual abuse, consent and way we second-guess ourselves is the mother of all #MeToo movies. Perhaps if I knew going in that I would see (simulated) child molestation and hear the phrases predators use to lure children into thinking that their bond is “too pure for regular society to understand”, I would not have had such a visceral reaction. Would Jennifer Fox and company take it as a compliment if I told them that their movie almost made me throw up? Because it did, but only because this remarkable achievement is so damn effective.Continue reading...
Kidman channels Toyah Wilcox – not to mention Dick Van Dyke – as part of an extravagantly muddled adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s aliens v punks short story
It’s 1977. Punk-rock lands on humdrum Croydon like some alien invasion, contaminating the kids and spooking the mutton-chopped oldies who are all busy gearing up for the Queen’s jubilee. It’s in the school and out on the estates. It’s upstairs in the bedroom, spinning records on a turntable. And yet, in Croydon at least, the arrival of punk appears to have coincided with a still-more dangerous visitation – that of a cult of intergalactic space-cannibals. In the darkness of the basement gig it’s hard to tell which tribe is which.Continue reading...
Elle Fanning plays the Frankenstein author in a dutiful drama that’s adequately entertaining but indistinguishable from other similar films within the subgenre
The story of an 18-year-old woman writing one of the world’s most defining horror novels is a tantalizing proposition, and a quick scan of Mary Shelley’s exhaustive Wikipedia page clues one into an unconventional origins tale. But in this faithful new drama, named after the author, there’s a dogged, and perhaps lazy, belief that merely reciting the details will be enough, an added spark never quite arriving in tow.Continue reading...
Ryan Reynolds’ ability to conjure laughs from pain is fantastic, but there are ethnic stereotypes here that need an upgrade
Too soon? With Avengers: Infinity War still in cinemas, the world is hardly screaming out for another effects-laden saga of superheroes banding together to defeat a baddie played by Josh Brolin. But Deadpool is in a different league – or at least a different age rating. Where most superhero movies have gone family and broad, Deadpool went adult and rude, and revelled in the possibilities a UK 15 or US R rating opened up in terms of “strong bloody violence”, “strong language” and “crude depictions of sexual acts”, to quote the British Board of Film Classification. Not to mention a generation’s worth of pop-culture references only an older audience would appreciate. The gamble paid off handsomely: Deadpool became the second highest grossing R-rated movie in US history after The Passion of the Christ. And that audience will need little persuasion to return for the sequel – just the mention of a running gag about Barbra Streisand’s Yentl will probably be enough. But now that there’s a lot riding on it, this sequel is presented with a challenge: how to send up the genre without looking as if you are part of it?Continue reading...
Billy Howle and Saoirse Ronan are on song as the young couple in Britain’s duffel-coated early 1960s, in a restrained adaptation of McEwan’s novella
The overwhelming English sadness of Ian McEwan’s novella On Chesil Beach has been transferred to the movie screen, adapted by the author and directed with scrupulous sensitivity and care by Dominic Cooke, known for his stage work and making his feature film debut here. It is a tender and valuable film, well acted, with a shrewd eye for how naive you can be in your early 20s, how impatient, how pompous, how tragicomically un-self-aware.
I have to confess to feeling that this film – like other adaptations of McEwan, and also Julian Barnes – is constrained by flashbacks and by a certain literary good taste and hardback cultural prestige. It doesn’t quite explode into uninhibited life, even when the anger overflows at the end, although this is partly the effect of its setting and era: the cloud-cover of Britain in the duffel-coated early 1960s.Continue reading...
Paul Schrader fans won’t find his new drama a revelation – but Hawke fills the flawed holy man template well
First Reformed, in upstate New York, is a tourist-trap church that no one actually attends. Once, long ago, this place served as a way-station on the underground railroad, providing shelter for runaway slaves en route to Canada. Now the church is preserved as a pretty antique, a clapboard white elephant propped up by a Christian conglomerate called Abundant Life and bankrolled by a billionaire industrialist who pollutes the environment. Its planned reconsecration is just a ghastly charade.Continue reading...
Adelaide film festival: This zombie movie, with soul and pathos, is one of those in which the Z word is never uttered
The time it takes for a bitten person to transform into a slobbering, brains-hungry ghoul in a zombie movie is often commensurate to the importance of the character. Expect a quick chomp-chomp, now-you’re-an-oogie-boogie for those on the peripheries of the story, and a protracted departure – with speeches, rueful expressions and rushed inheritance planning – for the most important players.
In Cargo, from first-time feature film-makers (and co-directors) Ben Howling and Yolanda Ramke, the time it takes to turn from normal to Romero monster is supposedly the same for everybody: about 48 hours. Therefore Andy (Martin Freeman) has two days to find somebody to take care of his infant daughter, after he is chomped on by his newly turned wife Kay (Susie Porter).
An aggressively unfunny shamble of cliches marks a regrettable addition to the comic performer’s patchy resume
With the rise of the Frat Pack, there was always something oddly regressive about the lack of female comedy stars breaking through simultaneously. As Will Ferrell, Ben Stiller, Jack Black and Vince Vaughn made considerable strides at the box office, the 2000s was looking less successful for women. It was even stranger given that just two decades before, stars like Goldie Hawn, Whoopi Goldberg, Lily Tomlin and Bette Midler were given vehicles to show off their comedic talents.Continue reading...
Gabrielle Union is great as a mom whose kids are trapped in a super-secure luxury pile with some suitably stubbly lowlives
Two female-led payback thrillers in a week: something looks to have shifted within the culture. (What exactly remains to be seen: Revenge could equally be paired with March’s Death Wish as evidence of a violent lurch to the right.) Breaking In is the major studio option, which means a male writer and director, fewer nasty edges and minimised bloodshed (as if someone at Universal was hedging for a lower rating). It also unfolds around one of those implausibly vast, only-in-the-movies properties, replete with pool room, expansive crawlspace and a security system to set any CIA wonk to salivating. Nevertheless, this viewer caught himself giggling at just how well it was working.Continue reading...
Melding archival footage with drama, Matthew Sleeth's independent film Guilty aims to document the final 72 hours of Bali Nine drug trafficker Myuran Sukumaran, who was executed by Indonesian firing squad in April 2015.
Sleeth, an artist, ran workshops with the Australian in Kerobokan prison alongside acclaimed artist Ben Quilty, and the film was made with the Sukumaran family's involvement. Adam McConvell plays Sukumaran in reconstructions, and is joined by Sukumaran's spiritual adviser, Pastor Christie Buckingham, who plays herself.
The film is screening as part of the Human Rights Arts & Film festival, which opens in Melbourne on 3 May before travelling to Tasmania and Canberra. An abridged version of the film is available to watch on iView
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The visual artist reveals how her installation Turbulent built a community among the Iranian diaspora in New York, and expressed her feelings for her homeland
In 1998, a photographer who made New York her home following the Iranian revolution decided to make her first video installation. Parted from her family for 12 years, absent from the place she grew up in, Shirin Neshat sought out a team of exiled Iranian artists to create a piece that would indulge her nostalgia for traditional music and poetry. The resulting conceptual work, Turbulent, presented ideas rooted in folk culture that commented on women’s isolation in contemporary Iran, and on the creation of art itself.Continue reading...
Experiment 20 dramatises the stories of three women who took part in the psychologist Stanley Milgram’s ‘Obedience to Authority’ experiments in 1962, and insisted on being heard. More than 800 people were recruited for what they were told was a study about learning and memory. The scenario they took part in urged them to inflict electric shocks on another person. This film by Kathryn Millard is the last in Guardian Australia’s Present Traces series, presented by Macquarie University and linked by archive material
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Red Giant Chief Creative Officer and ILM alum Stu Maschwitz used coding and mathematics to animate new short film “TANK,” inspired by Battlezone and Star Wars
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Brooklyn College’s Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema will celebrate the thesis projects created by its first graduating class, highlighting topics including parenthood, disability, racism,...
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Saramonic, a respected leader in audio gear, has appointed MAC Group as their distributor for business in the United States.
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New movie and website educate the public about dietary health
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Passages Brentwood offers a safe and comfortable sober living environment that will have you feeling right at home as you thrive in your new-found sobriety. Contact us today at (855) 878-8901 for more...
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Ha Phuong Foundation Helps Others Break Into Entertainment Industry
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Hawaii's most expensive beach home is priced at $70 million and featured this week at TopTenRealEstateDeals.com.
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CMRubinWorld interviews producers of powerful new film that follows six dancers from India to Eastern Europe to the Korean Peninsula to the Middle East as they transform the lives of at-risk youth.
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This movie aims to give veterans options and examples of how they can treat PTSD and return to living normal, productive, and happy lives.
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Monster Energy would like to congratulate Giulia Tanno for her silver medal and absolutely crushing Women’s Ski Big Air Finals at X Games Norway 2018.
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