Christian Bale and Bradley Cooper will go head-to-head at the 25th Screen Actors Guild Awards. In the female category, Emily Blunt is recognised for Mary Poppins Returns, alongside The Wife's Glenn Close, Olivia Colman in The Favourite, Lady Gaga in A Star Is Born and Melissa McCarthy in Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Kevin Hart has stepped down as Oscars host just two days after he was named in the role, amid anger over a series of homophobic tweets. The actor and comedian said he had refused to apologise for the tweets, which were posted from 2009-2011 and have mostly been deleted, when asked to do so by the Academy Awards organisers.
Christmas is a time for family, food, forgiveness… and films. When Tim Allen’s Scott Calvin accidentally kills Santa Claus (a nice, light-hearted beginning to a family film) he is expected to take his place. When writer and director Billy Wilder first watched Brief Encounter, in which two people use a friend’s house to consummate an affair, he wrote in his notebook: “What about the poor schnook who has to crawl into the still-warm bed of the lovers?” The result of that scribble is The Apartment, a film that, with its farcical but well-wrought premise and career-best performances from Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine, never puts a foot wrong.
On 2 November 1987, Bruce Willis, having just dashed from the set of hit TV romcom Moonlighting, found himself gazing down from the roof of a five-storey parking garage on the Westside of Los Angeles. John McTiernan’s valentine to every-dude grit, pump-action one-liners and blood-stained vests would achieve more or less immediate recognition as one of the greatest action movies ever made. Along the way, Die Hard gave us one of the all-time great cinematic villains in Alan Rickman’s German terrorist Hans Gruber – the alpha and omega of the Hollywood Euro-baddie.
William (Aneurin Barnard) is in the middle of his tenth suicide attempt. Leslie (Tom Wilkinson) is an assassin who, after a drop in demand, has pivoted his services to those who would like their own lives to be ended. There is a contract to be signed (non-refundable), in return for a promise: “dead in a week, or your money back”.
Idris Elba has been transformed into an £850 doll, but fans aren’t impressed by the “upsetting” replica. The doll, created by British doll manufacturer Emperis, was meant to model the actor, who was recently named the “Sexiest Man Alive” by People magazine. Others compared the attempt to copy Elba to a Cristiano Ronaldo bust that was mocked for looking nothing like the soccer star.
Daniel Tiger – one of several puppet characters on children’s TV show Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood – is being shown how to blow up a balloon. “What if you blow all your air out?” he frets to Lady Aberlin, one of the neighbourhood’s human inhabitants. This particular episode, one of the earliest of the PBS show’s nearly 1,000-episode run, came after presidential candidate Bobby Kennedy was shot dead in a California hotel.
Paul Dano exists in slow motion. When he’s acting, of course, he can switch gears at a moment’s notice – think of his character Eli’s fitful, misdirected fervency in There Will Be Blood – but in person, he moves resolutely at his own speed. “I am slow,” he admits, folded carefully into his chair in a London hotel room, his voice so relaxed that it frequently creaks.
Whitey Bulger‘s life of crime has served as a constant source of inspiration in the world of entertainment, to the extent that the Irish-American gangster has become an archetype in his own right. For years, writers have been telling the infamous Boston gang leader’s story, either directly, as was the case in a 2015 biopic starring Johnny Depp, or indirectly, by crafting TV series characters whose backgrounds borrow elements of Bulger’s biography. The gangster had just been moved to a new facility in West Virginia.
Carey Mulligan has called film sets "limiting" for mothers, deploring a lack of childcare for working parents in the movie industry. The actor, who has a three-year-old daughter and a one-year-old son with her husband, singer Marcus Mumford, told the Radio Times that actors who are expecting children often have to "hide" their pregnancies. "I don’t think being a working mother in our industry has been made that much easier.
Until now, Mike Leigh has been something of a film festival darling. In 1999, his Gilbert & Sullivan drama Topsy-Turvy was given the coveted centrepiece position at the New York Film Festival, and in 2012, he was the president of the Berlin International Film Festival jury. “As far as Cannes is concerned, it’s not a red carpet type of a film,” Leigh concedes, playing with the zip of his fleece vest – the same black Berghaus fleece vest he’s sporting in every other photo of him on the internet, and into which he is nestled in a sort of permanent shrug.
Dogman is one of the best Italian films of recent times, a modern day neorealist fable that bears comparison with the great work of Fellini, Rossellini, De Sica et al. Its main character, the dog groomer Marcello (Marcello Fonte), is a wonderful creation: loveable, vulnerable, seedy and comic all at the same time. Marcello also does a little low-level drug dealing on the side, to earn extra money to spend on his teenage daughter.
David Gordon Green’s new addition to the Halloween “slasher” franchise, launched by John Carpenter 40 years ago, is a very creditable update of the grisly old series. It is considerably bolstered by the presence of Jamie Lee Curtis, playing the same character, Laurie Strode, as in the original film.
Venom is a mess of a movie, a baffling mishmash of sci-fi, horror and comedy elements and one which squanders most of the resources at its disposal. Prime among these are the two stars, Tom Hardy and Michelle Williams, who are giving intriguing and appealing performances before the parasite gets into the system and sucks out all the juice from the drama. Hardy plays Eddie Brock, a San Francisco-based investigative reporter with his own TV show.
Fortunately, in the past half-century, there have been numerous great movie trilogies made that have been so beloved as to become classics. While narrowing down a favourite can be difficult, a new survey conducted by Vudu Movies and TV asked 2,000 Americans to do just that - and the results are surprising. The winner of the trilogies was revealed to be the original Indiana Jones trilogy, followed by the Jurassic Park movies, and The Godfather trilogy in third place.
A new trailer The Girl in the Spider's Web has arrived, which introduces The Crown's Claire Foy as Stockholm's own avenging angel, the hacker vigilante who stalks the pages of Stieg Larsson's beloved book series. Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight has penned the screenplay, previously telling Collider: "With The Girl in the Spider’s Web, the girl [Lisbeth Salander] is really the central character.
Burt Reynolds, the actor known for his starring roles in Deliverance, Smokey and the Bandit, and Boogie Nights has died. Reynolds had received an Oscar nomination for his role in Boogie Nights, the Paul Thomas Anderson film in which he played an adult film director, and was a top box-office celebrity for a consecutive five years in the late 1970s. At the time, his manager told CNN that Reynolds "has a great motor with brand new pipes".
Earlier this week, actress Rosamund Pike made an appearance on Amazon's Audible Sessions, where The Independent reports she recalled being asked to strip for an audition in her early 20s. Pike, who's built her career starring in films like Gone Girl and A United Kingdom, revealed that she was asked to (and, ultimately, refused to) strip down into her underwear before auditioning for the 2002 James Bond film, Die Another Day. "My first audition was for a Bond film, and I remember them saying I was to drop my dress and appear in my underwear," she said, according to The Independent.
Disney has unveiled the first image from its much-anticipated live-action Mulan film, showing Liu Yifei, also known as Crystal Liu, in the starring role. Production has started on the remake of the 1998 animated film and will take place in China and New Zealand. Finding an actress to play Mulan, a young woman who disguises herself as a man in order to stop her father from joining the military, involved interviewing nearly 1,000 candidates across five candidates for the role.
Michael Moore’s newest documentary Fahrenheit 11/9 sees the left-wing filmmaker turn his eye on President Trump’s America - juxtaposing Mr Trump’s presidency with neo-nazi riots and school shootings. Referring to Mr Trump as “the last president of the United States,” the documentary preview includes references to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, as well as the Flint water crisis. The documentary comes as a sequel of sorts to Moore’s previous George W Bush documentary, Fahrenheit 9/11 - the highest-grossing documentary ever - which was released in 2004 and depicted the then President’s war on terror.
MoviePass was revolutionary in getting people to the movies again, thanks to its subscription-service model that let customers see one movie a day, every day, for less than $10 a month. Unfortunately, the incredible deal doesn’t appear to be sustainable as MoviePass grapples with outages and outraged customers. AMC Theatres is the largest theatre chain the world - and it has its very own MoviePass-esque subscription service.
Rear Window might just be the greatest film Alfred Hitchcock ever made. Not as revered as Vertigo nor as influential as Psycho, the 1954 classic nonetheless has a perfect conceit and is executed flawlessly, all the while passing comment on the inherently voyeuristic nature of cinema. Disturbia (2007) is a rare exception, a kind of adolescent younger brother to Hitchcock’s masterpiece.
Ving Rhames has revealed he was held at gunpoint by police officers in his own home after a neighbour reported a “large black man” had broken in to the property. Appearing on radio station Sirius XM, the Mission Impossible star recounted the incident after being asked to describe his personal experiences of racism. Rhames, 59, said his ordeal occurred one afternoon earlier this year while relaxing at his home in Santa Monica, California.