The trailer for South Korea’s newest horrifying zombie thriller, Alive, dropped on Monday.The film, which follows the lives of two protagonists in a zombie apocalypse, is directed by Cho Il-hyung, and adapted from the screenplay of Hollywood screenwriter Matt Naylor titled Alone.
I was too young to stay up for Andy Murray’s maiden Grand Slam triumph at the 2012 US Open.Instead I woke up at intervals throughout the night to check on his progress against defending champion Novak Djokovic via the competition’s app. The process was clinical, but the experience was nonetheless emotional. It involved waking at 2am to ‘see’ the Scot secure the first set, then an hour or so later as he established a seemingly insurmountable two-set lead. The next time I forced my eyelids open by the slightest of margins to squint at my phone screen, Murray was in a decider at two sets all. The tennis gods were seemingly once again conspiring against the then 25-year-old.
Meghan Markle’s first project since stepping back from duties as a senior member of the Royal Family has been released online today.
Actor Idris Elba has tested positive for coronavirus, saying in a Twitter video that he currently has no symptoms but is isolated.The actor shared the update on Monday, telling fans in a video: “So look – this morning I got some test results back for coronavirus and it came back positive. Yeah, and it sucks.
Pixar’s new animation Onward has been banned in a number of cinemas in the Middle East because of its representation of homosexuality, according to Deadline.The report states the film has been forbidden from cinemas in Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia as a result of one of the film’s characters openly referencing their lesbian relationship.
Jennifer Aniston has spoken about her childhood, saying she grew up “in a household that was destabilised and felt unsafe”.The actor was responding to Sandra Bullock’s assertion that she has “a way of pushing joy and positivity”.
Rose McGowan has lashed out at Natalie Portman over a cape the actor wore to the 92nd Academy Awards, which featured the embroidered names of snubbed female directors.McGowan, a prominent activist in the MeToo movement, attacked Portman in a Facebook post published after the ceremony, in which she branded the outfit “the kind of protest that gets rave reviews from the mainstream media for its bravery”.
The mother of Zach Gottsagen, the actor who made history as the first Oscars presenter with Down's syndrome, has leapt to the defence of Shia LaBeouf after he was accused of laughing at his Peanut Butter Falcon co-star.While announcing the award for Best Live Action Short Sunday, LaBeouf, 33, appeared to let out a laugh as he deviated from his lines.
Barack and Michelle Obama have tweeted their congratulations to the crew of Oscar-winning documentary American Factory - which was created by the couple’s production company.The film is about the opening of a Dayton, Ohio manufacturing plant by a Chinese billionaire, and the culture clash that ensues.
Casablanca, The Godfather, Lawrence of Arabia, Schindler’s List... Some of the Oscars’ Best Picture winners are movies that have earned a spot in the pantheon of iconic films.Other winners, however, have aged like stale popcorn and are about as pleasant to savour.
Kirk Douglas, star of Spartacus, Lust for Life and Paths of Glory and one of the legends of the Golden Age of Hollywood, has died at the age of 103.In a statement to People magazine, his son Michael said: "It is with tremendous sadness that my brothers and I announce that Kirk Douglas left us today at the age of 103
The most striking aspect of the commemorative events marking the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings last year was the testimony of the veterans who participated in the conflict and who spoke eloquently and movingly about the events of 6 June 1944.These interviews should be compulsory viewing so people understand the courage and sacrifice of a generation of men and women who displayed the “unconquerable resolve” the Queen spoke about during her speech in Portsmouth.
Issa Rae said a slow-moving teleprompter led to her subtle-yet-searing quip about the Oscars’ lack of diversity.The ‘Insecure’ star went viral after reading out an all-male list of nominees for best director, then looking into the camera and saying “congratulations to those men”.
You've been looking forward to taking a break all year, but now you've set everything up with blankets and mince pies you've drawn a blank on what you actually want to watch.Several new Christmas films come out every year - you've got far too many films to choose from, and most of them aren't much good anyway.
Christmas has the ability to make even the lousiest filmmaking feel warm and brilliant. Movies that are treacly and embarrassing become festive traditions, loudly mocked in the living room with family, yet affecting enough to somehow be watched every year.They’re similarly the perfect accompaniment to entirely shutting out the world. Nothing happens on Twitter, the news tends to be uneventful, and shopping centres across the land are hateful miniature apocalypses that no one with sense will dare to tread.
Harry Potter cast members have reminisced about their time at Hogwarts with a reunion photo shoot.On Wednesday, Draco Malfoy actor Tom Felton shared Instagram photos of himself alongside Emma Watson, Evanna Lynch, Bonnie Wright, and Matt Lewis, who played the characters Hermoine Granger, Luna Lovegood, Ginny Weasley, and Neville Longbottom.
Focusing on crisis, chaos and survival, this year’s London East Asia Film Festival is showcasing disaster comedies, psychological MeToo thrillers and some of the most over-the-top exciting action the world loves from East Asian cinema. This year also welcomes back a special collection focusing on women’s stories, showcasing many faceted tales across Taiwan, Hong Kong and China.With such a huge programme to choose from, here is a highlight of 10 films from this year’s festival that you might want to go and see.
A cinema in California has cancelled screenings of the Joker following a “credible” threat, police in the state said.The film, starring Joaquin Phoenix as Batman's sadistic nemesis, has proved controversial for its portrayal of violence and there have been heightened security fears surrounding its release.
John Travolta paces a Georgetown hotel room on a mid-August morning, imitating the pronounced physicality of a few of his more recent characters. He highlights his versatility by switching from the long strides of Robert Shapiro, an attorney in the FX miniseries The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, to the hesitant baby steps of Edna Turnblad, the protagonist’s anxious mother in the movie musical Hairspray. Satisfied with the demonstration, he eventually returns to the couch where he has been sipping an iced tea, specially requested with a slice of lemon.Travolta points out that he is bald, a beauty decision inspired in part by the rapper Pitbull, whose music video the veteran actor, 65, recently appeared in – a random fact he volunteers to back his claim that he’s in the “no regrets” stage of his career. That’s not to suggest he’s playing it safe, as that has never been his forte. He’s just taking on the projects he’s always wanted to take on, marketability be damned.
On 1 September 1949, Carol Reed’s celebrated thriller The Third Man was released. It was an immediate hit and in the ensuing seven decades, The Third Man’s popularity has remained constant, with frequent appearances on TV and in the cinema, as well as a beautiful restoration in 2015.The film has also featured regularly in lists of the greatest films of all time, and many critics treasure it. It’s been 20 years now since the BFI placed The Third Man at the top of their own list of greatest British films, so perhaps it’s time for a reappraisal of the finest examples of British cinema.
Miley Cyrus claims she was fired from animated film Hotel Transylvania after photos surfaced of her posing with a penis-shaped birthday cake for her then-boyfriend Liam Hemsworth.In a Twitter thread that’s been shared thousands of times, the 26-year-old singer also commented on her recent split with Hemsworth, among other controversies she has faced.
The cast for the latest live-action Disney remake has been announced, and it includes an adorable leading pup.The feature will be a revival of the 1955 classic Lady and the Tramp, and it will star two real dogs. However, it is the casting of the male hero that has people fawning.
Gordon Ramsay playing Gordon Ramsay is a sight to behold,” declared film critic Mark Kermode, reviewing the overcooked chef drama Love’s Kitchen back in 2011. “It’s like he’s not actually human. It is quite the worst cameo acting I think I have ever seen.” Enter Ed Sheeran.The scruffy pop behemoth is rather woeful playing himself in Danny Boyle’s new film Yesterday, which stars Himesh Patel as a struggling musician who wakes up in a world in which The Beatles never existed. Even if you set aside the film’s suggestion that Sheeran is the greatest singer-songwriter of all time, and that he alone is capable of spotting a (fellow) genius, the fact remains that he is, frankly, not a very good actor. It’s not his fault. Granted, you’d think he’d have learnt from his equally disastrous cameos in Game of Thrones, People Just Do Nothing and Bridget Jones’s Baby, but the people truly to blame are those who decided to cast him. Sheeran tries his best, and is game for sending himself up – when his phone rings, “Shape of You” is his ringtone – but it is all just stilted and uncomfortable.To be fair to Sheeran – and to Gordon Ramsey, I suppose – it is surprisingly difficult to play yourself on screen. Many a celebrity has tried and failed to do so. Some are unbearably wooden (think Elton John’s bizarre, overlong cameo in Kingsman 2: The Golden Circle), some are gratuitous, dating the movie before it’s even got a DVD release (2016’s Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie was bafflingly swamped with C-list guest spots – Abbey Clancy, Nick Grimshaw… Perez Hilton?), and others show the celebrity in such a glowing light that it is feels akin to product placement.Celebrity cameos can even, at times, border on offensive. What was supposed to be funny, exactly, about Eminem coming out as gay in Seth Rogen’s catastrophic King Jong-un satire The Interview (2014)? Is the “joke” that the rapper is homophobic? Four years after that film came out, he was still using the word “faggot” in his music. Some people just haven’t earned the right to send themselves up.Occasionally, though, celebrities nail playing themselves. Ant and Dec – or should I say “Ant or Dec”? – did a good job playing themselves alongside Bill Nighy’s outrageous fictional popstar Billy Mack in Love Actually. But almost always, unsurprisingly, the best celebrities for the job are actually actors. Kate Winslet’s un-PC cameo in Extras was not only painfully funny, but strangely prescient. “Do a film about the Holocaust – guaranteed Oscar,” she announced glibly to Ricky Gervais’s struggling movie extra Andy. Three years later, she won an Oscar for doing just that. Michael Cera as a cocaine-fuelled nightmare version of himself in This Is the End was inspired, too, as was Bill Murray as one of the last survivors of a zombie apocalypse in the vastly underrated Zombieland (2009).More recently, Keanu Reeves’s extended cameo as himself on the Netflix comedy film Always Be My Maybe further cemented the cult of Keanu that is currently picking up speed (or should I say Speed?). As the unexpected lover of Ali Wong’s Sasha, Reeves manages to stay just the right side of self-parody. Arriving at an upscale restaurant to the melodramatic strains of Awolnation’s “Sail”, Reeves shakes hands with practically ever diner before greeting Sasha with a flurry of inappropriate kisses and declarations that he has “missed your soul, missed your spirit”. When Sasha’s friend professes to being starstruck, he tells her, “The only stars that matter are the ones you look at when you dream.” If you’ve watched an interview with Reeves, you’ll know that this is just a whisper away from something he would actually say – and yet it is delivered with enough self-awareness that the joke lands brilliantly.Surely the ultimate, though, is John Malkovich in Spike Jonze and Charlie Kaufman’s 1999 fantasy comedy-drama Being John Malkovich. To explain the plot would be to ruin the weird and wonderful (literal) rabbit hole through which the film takes you, but Malkovich is absolutely pitch-perfect. “Turn it up,” he told Jonze and Kaufman when they first started filming. “Who better to make fun of yourself – your impotence, your vanity, your ridiculousness – and say it’s OK? I am ridiculous – I mean, I am a celebrity. It’s sort of like human sacrifice. To offer yourself up as a subject of ridicule and scorn to make a point about the society we live in, which has this celebrity obsession.”That’s the best approach a celebrity can have to playing themselves – self-aware, undaunted, but without winking at the camera so blatantly that it all starts to feel a bit desperate. Oh, and being able to act helps.
Toy Story 4 has failed to meet financial expectations in the US and China, leading to further claims of a crisis in cinema attendance, despite the film breaking global records elsewhere.The latest entry in the long-running animated franchise dominated the US box office in its opening weekend, grossing a by-all-measures gargantuan sum of $118 million. But it fell far short of the figures that industry experts and the film’s backers at Disney had predicted, with early reports indicating that it could gross somewhere between $140 million to $150 million in its opening weekend.The gross pales in comparison to last year’s Disney/Pixar effort Incredibles 2, which grossed $182 million in its opening weekend, while 2010’s Toy Story 3 grossed $110 million in its opening – or $129 million when adjusted for inflation. In China, the film similarly underperformed, beaten into second place at the box office (by $13 million to $28 million) by Spirited Away, Hayao Miyazaki’s animated classic from 2002 that is only just receiving a Chinese theatrical release.Disney can rest easy when it comes to Toy Story 4’s global haul, with the film breaking box office records in the UK (where it had the biggest opening for an animated film in history) and Argentina (where it had the biggest opening weekend of all time), but observers have signalled it could speak to a newfound resistance to long-in-the-tooth franchises.In a series of viral tweets, journalist and film historian Mark Harris argued that “endless brand extensions… and milking of [intellectual properties]... are starting to bore people” and that “this summer is not going according to plan.”While Toy Story 4’s US performance isn’t outrageously concerning, it follows a number of summer blockbusters to underperform or outright flop in recent weeks, including Men in Black: International, X-Men: Dark Phoenix and Godzilla: King of the Monsters.
Bollywood actor Amrish Puri appeared in more than 200 films and was described by Steven Spielberg as his “favourite villain”. The Punjab-born actor, who would have been 87 today and is being honoured by a Google Doodle, is most widely-remembered for playing the menacing villain Mogambo in 1987 cult classic Mr India - where he got his signature line, “Mogambo khush hua” (Mogambo is pleased).His bad guy performance was widely touted as one of the best in Bollywood history. It was not until the age of 39 that Puri got his big break acting in the 1971 Bollywood film Reshma Aur Shera after decades spent working in theatre and doing voice-overs.Ten years later he made it into Hollywood with his role in the Oscar-winning film Gandhi. Director Steven Spielberg recruited Puri to play Mola Ram in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom in 1984, a role he initially turned it down.Spielberg said: “Amrish is my favourite villain. The best the world has ever produced and ever will”.In total, Puri appeared in more than 200 films in more than a dozen languages including Hindi, Punjabi, Malayalam, Tamil and English. He was born on 22 June 1932 and died on 12 January 2005 after suffering a rare form of blood cancer called myelodysplastic syndrome. His two older brothers, Madan Puri and Chaman Puri, were also actors. The Google Doodle was done by Pune-based artist Debangshu Moulik. Moulik said: “I hope this Doodle encourages people to look into Amrish Puri’s entire career and life and to derive some inspiration from his hard-working nature and perseverance. “He came to be a prominent figure in the Bollywood scene even though he failed his initial screen tests.”