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.
Daniela Vega made Oscar history she became the first openly transgender woman to present at the Academy Awards. Vega who starred A Fantastic Woman, which won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, said: “Thank you so much for this moment.I want to invite you to open your hearts and your feelings to feel the reality, to feel love. Directed by Sebastian Lelio, A Fantastic Woman beat Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Russian tragedy Loveless and Ruben Ostlund’s Swedish satire The Square to the award.
The British actor beat fellow nominees Timothee Chalamet in Call Me By Your Name, Daniel Day-Lewis in Phantom Thread, Denzel Washington in Roman J Israel, Esq and Daniel Kaluuya in Get Out. Defending antisemitic comments infamously made by actor and director Mel Gibson, he used racist and sexist language. Five years later, Gibson pleaded no contest to a misdemeanour charge of battering his former girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva.
Jennifer Lawrence might not have been nominated for any Oscars this year but she still managed to attracted a share of the limelight at the 90th Academy Awards. The 27-year-old actor, famed for tripping up at the Oscars, could be seen skilfully handling her glass of wine as she intrepidly bounded over chairs to rub shoulders with fellow Hollywood stars. Lawrence, who was lauded on social media for the display of balance and dexterity, was spotted hiking up her gold gown and clambered over chairs to have a chat with Meryl Streep at the Dolby Theatre.
The star of Forest Gump, Big and Saving Private Ryan was the choice the male population would prefer to take on the role, while the star Roman Holiday and Breakfast At Tiffany's came top of the ladies list. Overall one in two Britons thinks an Oscar-worthy actor would be required to play them in a movie of their own life, the study conducted by Sky Cinema, found. Hanks, who picked up the coveted statuette for his role in Forrest Gump and Philadelphia also received a nomination at this year's 90th Academy Awards, for his role in The Post.
Star Wars, Lord of the Rings and Avatar are the blockbuster movies which must be viewed on the big screen, according to research. A study of 2,000 film fans revealed the top 40 films which simply aren't the same when watched at home. Also featuring highly were Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Apollo 13 and The Hunger Games.
Racist trolls are making false claims that white people are being attacked at screenings of the Marvel film Black Panther. One troll, using a Twitter handle that declared them a Christian “hater of Sodomy”, showed a photo of a bloodied handkerchief and wrote: “Was at the Black Panther premiere but a group of black youths said this wasn’t for me. Other Twitter users quickly established that the claim was false and the photograph of the bloodied handkerchief had actually been taken nine years ago.
Idris Elba shocked a crowd at a screening of his new film when he proposed to his girlfriend Sabrina Dhowre. The 45-year-old got down on one knee at the Rio cinema in east London, where Elba was previewing his directorial debut, Yardie. #IdrisElba proposed to his long time girlfriend, she said yes.
How do you top what's already the most anticipated superhero film of all time? Black Panther has already broken records after selling more advance tickets than any other superhero film, according to Fandango, with expectations that it could smash opening weekend estimates of $90m (£66.8m). Adding to the hype is the first wave of critical reviews, with a full positive consensus resulting in (as of now) a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes from 64 reviews.
Perhaps it was a sign of the times or a lack of self-awareness on the part of the writers, but many of the storylines, situations and characters on Friends were problematic. While the six besties Ross and Monica Geller, Rachel Green, Chandler Bing, Joey Tribbiani and Phoebe Buffay seemed like people you wanted to hang out with back in the ‘90s, you might change your mind in 2018. Recently, Friends was added to Netflix in the UK, and millennials were astounded by the problematic elements that persisted for 10 seasons.