Not for the reasons reeled off by some of 007’s most ardent fans – the kind of fans who felt affronted when Daniel Craig took over in 2005, because it meant the spy had turned blond. Certainly not because if we “give Bond breasts, we lose the magic behind the character”, as one particularly crude Telegraph op-ed put it. No – a woman shouldn’t play James Bond, because women deserve better.
Neo-noir is a term that is now so widely used to describe almost any stylish modern crime thriller that the lines that separate the genre from its’ film noir roots have become increasingly blurred. When for example, did film noir evolve into neo-noir, and what exactly constitutes neo-noir?
Netflix has changed the ending of popular romance film The Notebook, causing outrage among fans. The 2004 romance movie, which is based on the 1996 novel by Nicolas Sparks, stars Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams as teenagers Noah Calhoun and Alison "Allie" Hamilton, who fall in love in the 1940s. On social media, people have criticised the streaming service for cutting out what is considered a crucial part of the film – and a key reason many people decide to watch The Notebook.
One of the many viewers of Sunday’s Oscars was the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) - which spent the night live-tweeting about Black Panther. As the superhero film took home three awards, the CIA dedicated a Twitter thread to exploring the technology depicted in the film - and how fictional aspects of the film such as vibranium could be used in real life. The thread was part of the agency’s Reel vs Real series, which compares technology seen on film to technology “available to real-world intelligence officers today,” and began by asking the agency’s followers if they knew what vibranium was.
Olivia Colman has confirmed her status as national treasure thanks to her Oscar win for The Favourite – and endlessly endearing acceptance speech – but her journey to Hollywood deity began in an iconic AA advert almost 15 years ago. In the ad, Colman can be seen with her screen partner Kev – Mark Burdis from Grange Hill – pulling up in a pristine car alongside their former selves in an old banger. The pair stare at each other, calling out “Bev” and “Kev”, with the scruffier versions unable to believe their alter egos have been able to afford such an expensive vehicle (all thanks to AA insurance, new Bev and Kev explain).
Just last year, Chloé Zhao released her standout rodeo film The Rider, while in 2016, western heads had to contend with Antoine Fuqua's remake of The Magnificent Seven. John Sturges’ ever-popular original was itself a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 classic, Seven Samurai. Below is a reminder of some of the greatest entries in the western canon.
Oscar nominated British actor Albert Finney – best known for his roles in Annie, Murder on the Orient Express and Scrooge – has died following a short illness at the age of 82, his family has announced. A statement from his family reads: “Albert Finney, aged 82, passed away peacefully after a short illness with those closest to him by his side. Finney, who was born in Salford in 1936, was one of Britain’s premiere Shakespearean actors and was nominated for five Oscars across almost four decades – for Tom Jones (1963), Murder on the Orient Express (1974), The Dresser (1983), Under the Volcano (1984) and Erin Brockovich (2000).
When Anne Hathaway was first approached to host the Oscars in 2011, she turned the offer down, convinced that it was a “no-win situation”. It was James Franco, her eventual co-host, who changed her mind. “He didn’t give me anything,” Hathaway told People magazine recently.
A short film shot entirely from a pig’s point of view has been released to mark the start of the Chinese Year of the Pig.
On the surface, it seems like one of the most joyfully innocent moments in Oscar history: Tatum O’Neal became the youngest competitive winner in history, taking home the 1974 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress at the age of 10 for the Depression-era comedy Paper Moon. Director Peter Bogdanovich had cast the girl, an acting novice, opposite her father, Ryan O’Neal, with whom he worked on 1972 farce What’s Up, Doc? At the time, O’Neal said he hoped the new movie would bring him closer to his restless daughter, who was estranged from her mother, actress Joanna Moore.
Salvador Dali, a pioneer of European Surrealism, was one of the best-known artists of his generation, a visionary who explored the depths of the subconscious mind. The 17-minute surrealist film was intended to shock so-called respectable European society with its overt sexual and graphic imagery, especially the startling opening scene.
A lock of Marilyn Monroe’s is selling for $16,500 (£12,800) - 60 years after it was cut from the actress’s head. The clipping of hair, estimated to be about 35 strands, comes from the collection of Monroe’s hair stylist, Kenneth Battelle, TMZ first reported. The set is complete with a dated piece of paper from Battelle, Monroe’s hair stylist from 1958 until her death.
Since the turn of the century, no fewer than 25 actors have been Oscar nominated for playing LGBT+ roles. Benedict Cumberbatch as computer programmer Alan Turing in The Imitation Game (2014), and Timothée Chalamet for the woozy, coming-of-age drama Call Me by Your Name (2017). Of those 25 actors, not a single one was openly queer.
Musical or Comedy at the 2019 Golden Globes, but it was his accent that stood out. While thanking Satan for the inspiration required for his role in Vice during his speech, Bale spoke with a British accent – to the surprise of many viewers who were not aware that the actor is originally from Haverfordwest, Wales. On Twitter, viewers expressed their shock over Bale's "real" voice and birth place, possibly because the actor's numerous past roles as American characters, including the award-winning Dick Cheney, and compared him to other notable British actors.
Lady Gaga's Golden Globes acceptance speech for Best Original Song has viewers confused – as co-writer Mark Ronson did most of the speaking. After Taylor Swift announced Gaga as the winner of the award for "Shallow" from A Star is Born, the singer began to cry as she took the stage alongside Ronson. Ronson took the moment to accept the award on the team's behalf, which also included Andrew Wyatt and Anthony Rossomando.
Following a speech filled with jokes, Sandra Oh took a moment to be serious during her opening monologue alongside Andy Samberg at the 2019 Golden Globes. Pointing out the increase in racial and gender representation at this year’s awards, the actor, who won the Golden Globe for Best Actress – TV Drama for Killing Eve, told the crowd that she said yes to hosting despite her “fear” because she wanted to “witness this moment of change”. In addition to having the first Asian American host in Globes history, this year’s awards include nominations for films such as Black Panther, Crazy Rich Asians, and If Beale Street Could Talk.
Lady Gaga’s choice of gown for the Golden Globes may be more meaningful than she first realised – as it resembles an outfit worn by Judy Garland in the 1954 version of A Star is Born. Gaga, who is nominated for Best Actress for her role as Ally in 2018's remake, arrived on the red carpet wearing a custom lilac Valentino gown with off-the-shoulder sleeves and a train. In the 1950s version of A Star is Born, Garland, playing a rising star named Esther, wore a pale blue gown with a shrug and long gloves.
Sandra Bullock can charm her way out of even the most disastrous roles. When stalker romcom All About Steve earned her a Worst Actress “Razzie” in 2009 (the same year she won an Oscar for The Blind Side), she turned up to accept the award with a wheelbarrow of DVDs. Actually, the film really wasn’t very good, and I suspect Bullock knew it – but it was hardly the first critical calamity from which she emerged unscathed.
Idris Elba has responded perfectly to a question about the difficulty of being a man in Hollywood during the #MeToo movement. The British actor’s response has been met with praise on social media, with Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes and Valerie Jarrett showing their support for the Luther star.
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.