Monthly Archives: April 2014

Actor Bob Hoskins dies aged 71 video

Actor Bob Hoskins has died of pneumonia aged 71. He is best known for his roles in the films The Long Good Friday and Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Hoskins announced he was retiring from acting in 2012 after he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease Continu… Continue reading

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Star Wars Episode 7 cast: meet the newcomers

The original crew of the Millennium Falcon will return, joined by Max von Sydow, Andy Serkis and a lot of British talent

Star Wars Episode VII cast announced

When Lucasfilm and Disney announced the cast of the new Star Wars film on Tuesday, fans fell into two camps: those celebrating the return of Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford, and those furiously Googling the new (young) cast members. Meet the new class of Star Wars stars:

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Tom Hooper and Eddie Redmayne to reunite on The Danish Girl

Les Misérables director and actor are to work together again on an adaptation of David Ebershoff’s novel about transgender artist Einar Wegener Continue reading…
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Quiz: how good is your taste in films?

Fancy yourself as a film connoisseur? Find out how closely your tastes coincide with critical opinion with these 20 questions.

Below are a selection of films from the last two decades. From each year, pick the ONE film that is either your favourite, or the one you’re most interested in seeing.

We’ll give you a ‘good taste’ rating out of 100, based on how closely your answers match the critical opinions collected at rottentomatoes.com

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Johnny Depp – five best moments

Our pick of the star’s greatest performances to date. What others would you add to the list? Continue reading… Continue reading

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Statue commemorating thumbs-up film critic Roger Ebert unveiled

A bronze figure of the late critic – with a cinema seat on either side of him – goes on show at the Ebertfest film festival venue

A statue of the late critic Roger Ebert in the famous “thumbs up” pose has been placed outside a cinema hosting the film festival that bears his name.

The bronze figure, placed between two cinema seats on which visitors can sit, has been described as “interactive art” by Ebert’s widow, Chaz. It was unveiled on Thursday at the entrance to the Virginia cinema in Champaign, Illinois, which hosts the annual Ebertfest.

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Jessica Chastain to play Marilyn Monroe in Hollywood biopic

Andrew Dominik slated to direct big-screen adaptation of Joyce Carol Oates’s novel Blonde Continue reading… Continue reading

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The Hurricane: the facts of Rubin Carter’s life story are beaten to a pulp

Denzel Washington’s compelling performance gives Norman Jewison’s biopic punch – despite its many inaccuracies Continue reading…
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Jodie Foster marries partner

The Oscar-winning star and director has wed girlfriend Alexandra HedisonThe Oscar-winning actor and director Jodie Foster has married her girlfriend, Alexandra Hedison, at an undisclosed location, according to her publicist.Foster, who came out at last… Continue reading

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Apple announces 7-1 stock split, dividend increase, and expanded captial return program

Apple today released its earnings results from its second fiscal quarter of 2014, posting revenue of $45.6 billion and EPS of 11.62 in the process. Overall, iPhone sales came in stronger than expected while iPad sales came in weaker than expected.

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Apple Q2 2014 earnings results

The results are in: Apple just announced its financial results for the second quarter of fiscal year 2014 (ending March 31, 2014) and here are the highlights.

Apple posted quarterly revenue of $45.6 billion and quarterly net profit of $10.2 billion…. Continue reading

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Apple announces 7-1 stock split, dividend increase, and expanded captial return program

Apple today released its earnings results from its second fiscal quarter of 2014, posting revenue of $45.6 billion and EPS of 11.62 in the process. Overall, iPhone sales came in stronger than expected while iPad sales came in weaker than expec… Continue reading

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Apple Q2 2014 earnings results

The results are in: Apple just announced its financial results for the second quarter of fiscal year 2014 (ending March 31, 2014) and here are the highlights.

Apple posted quarterly revenue of $45.6 billion and quarterly net profit of $10.2… Continue reading

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Viva Mavericks: OS X Beta Seed program now open to all

Really, who among us hasn’t wanted to run a presumptively unstable operating system? Until today, the delights of beta releases of OS X were reserved to those who signed up for Apple’s developer program (and paid the $99 fee to enroll).

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Viva Mavericks: OS X Beta Seed program now open to all

Really, who among us hasn’t wanted to run a presumptively unstable operating system? Until today, the delights of beta releases of OS X were reserved to those who signed up for Apple’s developer program (and paid the $99 fee to enroll).

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Quiz: How big a Quentin Tarantino fan are you?

Can you identify which Tarantino character delivered each of these lines of dialogue? Continue reading… Continue reading

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The name’s Bland, not Bond: why Pierce Brosnan is right about his 007

Brosnan’s James Bond was lackadaisical and smug – what once appeared to be insouciant cool now comes across as laziness

• Pierce Brosnan: My James Bond was ‘never good enough’

Pierce Brosnan’s revelation that he doesn’t rate his own performances as Bond, James Bond, ought to be shocking stuff. Here is an actor who throughout his seven-year run as the suave British sleuth was regularly voted the public’s second-favourite 007 after Sean Connery. Occasionally, he even came out ahead.

At the time the Brosnan era was considered a hugely successful reinvention of a Bond brand that had suffered in the late 1980s. Timothy Dalton’s brace of outings as the secret agent gladly bought into the period’s high-octane agenda, but lost something of 007’s quintessentially English charm in the process. These films – especially 1989’s Licence to Kill – were, to all intents and purposes, violent Hollywood action movies with a bit of Bond tacked on as an afterthought.

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Pierce Brosnan: My James Bond was ‘never good enough’

Actor, who played Ian Fleming’s secret agent in four Bond films, describes his portrayal of 007 as ‘tame’ Continue reading… Continue reading

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How Scarlett Johansson helped me challenge disfigurement stigma

Adam Pearson was born with a condition that causes tumours to grow on his face. But acting with Scarlett Johansson in Under the Skin is changing the way people look at him Continue reading… Continue reading

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Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith to return for Karate Kid 2

Sahara’s Breck Eisner to direct sequel to Karate Kid, which took $343m worldwide despite failing to contain karate Continue reading… Continue reading

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