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.
Since his release of The Seventh Seal and Wild Strawberries in 1957, Ingmar Bergman has been one of the leading figures in international cinema. In a career that spanned 60 years, he wrote, produced, and directed 50 films that defined how we see ourselves and how we interact with the people we love, through works like Persona, Scenes from a Marriage, and Fanny and Alexander. Before his death in 2007, Bergman gave Taschen and the Swedish publishing house Max Strom complete access to his archives at the Bergman Foundation as well as permission to reprint his writings and interviews, many of which have never been seen outside of Sweden.
Not now that our very own public intellectual of film, Mark Kermode, has started delivering his illustrated lectures in film studies on BBC4. This week though, Kermode made a raid on the conventions of the heist movie, and I think we can say with some confidence that he got away with it.
Get ready, because the phenomenon that is Frozen is gearing up for a whole new round. Both new actors to the cast are likely best known for their TV work, with both landing Emmy nominations last week: Wood for HBO's Westworld and Brown for NBC's This is Us and Fox's Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Also returning are directing duo Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, with Lee writing the film's screenplay, and Peter Del Vecho on board as producer.
Scarlett Johansson will no longer play a trans male character in the upcoming film Rub and Tug after receiving widespread backlash for the casting decision. “In light of recent ethical questions raised surrounding my casting as Dante ‘Tex’ Gill, I have decided to respectfully withdraw my participation in the project,” the actor said in a statement provided to LGBT+ focusing news outlet Out Magazine. Ms Johansson was lined up to star in the film as Dante “Tex” Gill, a real life crime kingpin who was born a woman but identified as male.
Nearly three years since the death of dictator Francisco Franco, politicians are intensely debating the new constitution at the Palacio de las Cortes. Will the right accept abolishing the death penalty and omitting any reference to the Catholic church? Today’s crowd awaits a much more explicit celebration of cinematic sexuality: Las eróticas vacaciones de Stela (Stela’s Erotic Vacations).
Superman has been voted the greatest superhero movie of all-time by Brits. The classic 1978 flick starred Christopher Reeve as the man of steel and featured Gene Hackman as the villainous Lex Luthor, alongside the legendary Marlon Brando as Superman's dad, Jor-El. Second spot was secured by The Dark Knight which featured Christian Bale as Batman and an Oscar-winning performance from the late Heath Ledger as the Joker.
Using ultra-high definition restoration techniques, classic films from the 20th century are now being brought back to life. After six months of painstaking restoration work, one of the biggest films of the 1950s – The Dam Busters – will be released by one of the key organisations involved in film restoration - the Paris and London-based company StudioCanal.
Cold War (a world premiere in the Cannes competition) is a glorious throwback – a film made with a verve and lyricism which rekindles memories of the glory days of European New Wave cinema. Notable as one of the few films in Cannes this year with any British involvement, this is decades-spanning romantic drama that never loses its ironic edge. In telling a story reportedly inspired by the experiences of his own parents, Polish-British director Pawel Pawlikowski invokes memories of Milos Forman, Jiri Menzel and François Truffaut at the start of their careers.
To coincide with the anniversary a new film by Raoul Peck, The Young Karl Marx, looks at how the philosopher and his collaborator on The Communist Manifesto, Friedrich Engels, came to meet and form such a strong bond in Germany in 1844. The Young Karl Marx is a kindred spirit to Walter Salles’ The Motorcycle Diaries, about another Communist icon, Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara. Both films are more interested in the youthful antics of the protagonists than their later work and exploits.
R Lee Ermey, a former Marine who made a career in Hollywood playing hard-nosed military men like Gunnery Sgt. Hartman in Stanley Kubrick's "Full Metal Jacket," has died. Ermey's longtime manager Bill Rogin says he died Sunday morning from pneumonia-related complications. Rage, rage against the dying of the light," Modine wrote, quoting the Dylan Thomas poem.
Harvey Weinstein's former assistant says she tried to prevent him abusing women two decades ago. Zelda Perkins said she made the disgraced producer sign a legal agreement that required him to seek therapy and mend his ways. As part of a settlement, when she quit Weinstein's film company in 1998, along with a colleague who accused the movie mogul of trying to rape her, Ms Perkins signed a non-disclosure agreement.
As a cinemagoing experience, Pacific Rim: Uprising is the equivalent of being clattered over the head with a pair of dustbin lids for close on two hours. The new film is a follow up to Guillermo Del Toro’s Pacific Rim (2013). Of all the humans in the film, Boyega, playing Jake Pentecost, comes out just about the best.
Jim Carrey has unveiled a portrait depicting Donald Trump as the Wicked Witch of the West from The Wizard of Oz.
Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One (which received its European premiere in London on Monday night) is a nerd’s delight. It is a sci-fi film crammed so full of pop culture references that it could easily have risked sagging under the weight of its own nostalgia. Tasters of everything from Atari video games to Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, from John Hughes bratpack movies to Saturday Night Fever, from John Boorman’s Excalibur to King Kong, are thrown into the mix.
Jim Carrey has faced criticism for a portrait he painted which is thought to be of White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. The actor shared the painting on Twitter on Saturday with the caption: “This is the portrait of a so-called Christian whose only purpose in life is to lie for the wicked. The apparent caricature of Ms Sanders sparked an immediate backlash - critics arguing the comedian’s painting was “unflattering”, “insulting”, and “disgraceful”.
Salma Hayek has lambasted Mattel for creating a Barbie version of the radical Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. Mattel, the US multinational toy company, revealed a Barbie version of Kahlo last week as part of an “Inspiring Women” series which also included mathematician Katherine Johnson and aviator Amelia Earhart. The Hollywood actor, who was nominated for an Oscar for playing Kahlo in 2002 film Frida, questioned why the iconic artist had been turned into a figurine.
James Corden has hit back at critics who suggested Beatrix Potter would dislike the film adaptation of her book The Tales of Peter Rabbit, branding them “snobby”. Corden, who provides the voice for the much-loved character, said the film is primarily about “acceptance” so could not understand those who viewed it as “anything other than positive”. It is the first time the character will be featured in a film as creator Potter had previously denied permission for all those who asked for the rights, including Disney.
Culkin pondered why his character Kevin McCallister, a young boy who is mistakenly left behind when his family goes to Paris for Christmas, did not try and seek help from the police when he was attacked by robbers. The former child star, who is now 37, discussed the plotline during an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. “This kid's a really clever kid, right?” Culkin said to Fallon.
The 45-year-old actor was clapping with the rest of the audience at the 90th Academy Awards, when her face changes and her hands drop. What realization did Jennifer Garner just come to? Garner herself has now offered up a plethora of equally hilarious explanations for the meme.