Monthly Archives: September 2014

What newlywed George Clooney needs to know about married life

Don’t leave binbags in the living room, do check the fridge … Stuart Heritage draws on his 25 days’ experience of marriage to advise the honeymooning George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin

George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin marry in just 14 minutes
Clooney and Alamuddin’s wedding weekend – in pictures

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Maps to the Stars review – David Cronenberg enters the dark heart of Hollywood

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Terry Gilliam: The Fisher King is changed by Robin Williams’ death

The director, who made The Fisher King in 1991 with Robin Williams in the lead role, said that seeing the film in the wake of the actor’s suicide cast it in a new light

The film director and Monty Python member Terry Gilliam has said that The Fisher King, the 1991 film he made with Robin Williams, has been cast in a completely new light in the wake of the actor’s suicide.

Speaking to the Hollywood Reporter, Gilliam said he rewatched the film ahead of a Blu-ray release by Criterion; the sequences in which Williams’ character is pursued by the Red Knight, a tormentor from his own imagination, were given an eerie significance. “I didn’t have to push him because he believed that was true. He knew the darker side and what it means to have demons,” Gilliam said, adding that Williams helped to turn the scenes from “cutesy” on the page to something much darker.

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Shatner in Star Trek 3: is boldly going where everyone has gone before a good idea?

William Shatner’s Captain James T Kirk is loved by many, but let’s not forget that he was at the centre of some Star Trek howlers throughout the years

How do you solve a problem like William Shatner? The 83-year-old Star Trek icon has always divided opinion almost as spectacularly as the long-running space saga with which he will be eternally connected. Shatner was at the heart of the best moments of the original Star Trek TV series and early movies – think the Harlan Ellison-penned City on the Edge of Forever, or the rugged, visceral thrill of 1982’s The Wrath of Khan. But he also played his part in episodes of preposterous camp, such as 1968’s Spock’s Brain, and directed the abominable fifth big-screen adventure, 1989’s The Final Frontier.

Now there are rumours that Star Trek 3’s Roberto Orci is considering asking Shatner to play a prominent role in his directorial debut. Writes Devin Faraci of Badass Digest:

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John Cusack: ‘Hollywood is a whorehouse and people go mad’

After 25 years as a star, John Cusack has seen the movie industry’s dark side close up – from its misogyny to its treatment of young actors. His new film, Maps to the Stars, is brutally honest, he says

A couple of summers ago, John Cusack was at a baseball game, watching the Chicago White Sox play.

“In the next box over there was a gorgeous girl – young, but she was looking right at me,” he says. I went to go to the bathroom and I saw her get up. I thought: ‘Ohhhh … she’s going to come and meet me and I’m gonna … you know …’ I was going to be really flattered. And she was, like: ‘I have to take a picture of you! You’re my mom’s favourite actor.”

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Monster fuss: Ridley Scott alienates xenomorphs from Prometheus 2

The director has said his sequel to the 2012 Alien spin-off Prometheus is unlikely to feature any more of the franchise’s iconic beasts

(Warning: this article contains Prometheus spoilers)

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Ida review – an eerily beautiful road movie

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Threat to post Emma Watson nude photos appears to be hoax

Rantic.com says it created EmmaYouAreNext.com site as publicity stunt but firm does not appear to existHackers trying to silence Watson only make her voice louderThe Great Celebrity Nude Photos Leak is only the beginning Continue reading… Continue reading

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Feminists rally round Emma Watson after nude photos threats online

In response to Watson’s UN speech about gender equality, anonymous threat posted online countdown to purported leak

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Steven Soderbergh recuts Raiders of the Lost Ark as a silent movie

To show the importance of staging in filmmaking, the director reworks Steven Spielberg’s classic adventure into a moodily black and white silent film

Having semi-retired from the directing game, Steven Soderbergh is now free to tinker in his garden shed – and his latest work is an inspired riff on a classic adventure story. He’s recut Steven Spielberg’s Indiana Jones tale Raiders of the Lost Ark, turning it into black-and-white silent movie.

Writing on his own website, he wrote that the experiment was “for educational purposes only”, to illustrate the importance of considering the staging of a film’s scenes. “I operate under the theory a movie should work with the sound off, and under that theory, staging becomes paramount,” he writes. He replaces the sound with a pulsating electronic soundtrack, with various bits of it lifted from Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’s compositions for The Social Network.

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Stellan Skarsgård: Nobody should think they have God on their side

The actor on fatherhood and respect, religion and wrath – and why he’d do anything for Lars von Trier

The actor Paul Bettany once said some things about you and I wanted to check if they are accurate. Is that OK?
Sure.

He said: “In every city he knows the best place to eat oysters…”
Yeah, probably. Not the best, but at least I know a couple of good ones. In London, I often go to Bentley’s not only because I like the oysters but also because I like Richard Corrigan’s cooking.

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Night Will Fall review – sober, thoughtful documentary

André Singer has produced a worthy companion piece to Sidney Bernstein’s 1945 footage of the German concentration camps

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Brigitte Bardot: her life and times so far – in pictures

BB was born in Paris on 28 September 1934 and as she approaches her 80th birthday, we thought it a good time to look back at her life and work as an actor and activist

• Brigitte Bardot at 80: still outrageous, outspoken and controversial

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Brigitte Bardot at 80: still outrageous, outspoken and controversial

Since her first public appearance in 1950, BB, the screen icon who turned her back on film fame, has courted scandal

Bardot through the years picture gallery

The woman Paris-Match deemed “immoral, from head to toe” in 1958, is turning 80 in a few days. “The most beautiful woman in the world” may have chosen to leave the limelight in 1973, at the peak of her fame and beauty, to dedicate her life to animals, yet Brigitte Bardot has never ceased to be a controversial figure.

Some anecdotes speak volumes. On the evening of 7 December 1967, Paris held its breath. Charles de Gaulle and Brigitte Bardot were about to meet for the first time. Le général had invited the film star to the Elysée Palace. And in shocking breach of Elysée protocol, which at the time banned trousers for women as evening wear, Bardot arrived dressed as a Napoleonic hussar. With gold braiding and more than a dozen rows of shiny buttons covering her chest, she had her long blond mane loose over her shoulders, and her eyes neatly circled with black kohl eyeliner. The chamberlain at the Elysée must have felt a cold sweat down his spine when he saw her walking up the steps in such attire. The star and the general met on the steps. She was the first to talk: “Bonjour, mon général,” she said, a little shy. De Gaulle, feigning to inspect the frogs on her dolman, replied: “Indeed! Madame.” Panache is the word, and they both showed plenty during their lives, albeit in very different fashion and circumstances.

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Night Will Fall review – unflinching footage reveals true hell of the Holocaust

Overseen by Hitchcock and completed by the Imperial War Museum, an astonishing British record of the liberation of Nazi death camps exposes the obscenity of Holocaust denial Continue reading… Continue reading

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Salomé review – Al Pacino and Jessica Chastain explore Wilde sex

Pacino’s brooding Herod lusts after a pre-fame Chastain in this filmed 2006 staging of Oscar Wilde’s sensual power play
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The Riot Club review – a satirical cartoon of English class warfare

Laura Wade’s story of privileged bad behaviour comes to the screen at a politically delicate moment for Britain’s ruling elite

This is coming out at an unfortunate historical moment; it shows a drunken bunch of well-off Oxford undergraduates destined for Establishment greatness, smashing up a country pub whose hard-working owner is … erm … Scottish. Some years ago, David Cameron was famously discomfited when a group photo emerged, showing him strutting and preening as a member of Oxford University’s Bullingdon Club, along with the rather less embarrassable Boris Johnson. They were a tiresome collection of rowdy middle-class popinjays on grants whose forebears in this association had been satirised by Evelyn Waugh in his 1928 novel Decline and Fall as the “Bollinger Club”.

Laura Wade’s stage play Posh reinvented the Bullingdon as the Riot Club, and Wade has now rewritten it for a screen version directed by Lone Scherfig, the Dogme veteran who made An Education and One Day. Max Irons (son of Brideshead’s Jeremy “Charles Ryder” Irons) plays Miles, a posh but nice boy at Oxford, in love with Lauren (Holliday Grainger) a pretty, smart girl from a state school. But Miles is flattered when the notorious Riot Club invite him to join; these rich smoothies start teasing him about his infra-dig girlfriend and it all ends in horror at the annual debauched dinner.

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Tom Hiddleston to swing on to King Kong ‘origins’ film Skull Island

British actor popular from Thor and Avengers movies to take key role in giant-ape yarn, while Jordan Vogt-Roberts takes on directing duties

Tom Hiddleston has signed on to take the lead role in Skull Island, the follow-up to the Peter Jackson-directed King Kong remake that was released in 2005. No details have yet been released on the nature of his role, but Hiddleston, who shot to international fame playing Loki in the two Thor movies so far produced by Marvel as well as the same studio’s two Avengers films, now counts as a major draw for the science-fiction and fantasy fanbase.

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‘That silly little dress’: the story behind Marilyn Monroe’s iconic scene

Sixty years ago today, Marilyn Monroe stood on top of a subway grate in New York City and made cinematic history Continue reading… Continue reading

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Emma Thompson: ‘It’s a different patch of life, your 50s’

Emma Thompson couldn’t give a damn about fame, or getting older: she just wants to save the planet, and be a good parent in the meantime

Emma Thompson was on a ship recently, bound for the Arctic, with 37 crew and her 14-year-old daughter, Gaia, part of a Greenpeace mission to highlight global warming. She has done a lot of trips like this, to Africa and south-east Asia – “raising awareness”, as the exhausted phrase goes – but the ship cleaving through ice seemed particularly apt. Thompson, at 55, is regarded as formidable in almost the Edwardian style, the actor-activist more concerned with the cause than with what you might think of her – or, for that matter, with the niceties of the charity world. “When a disaster occurs,” she says, “there can be a rather unsavoury rush to plant the flag of your NGO in the nearest head of whoever’s surviving.” She will not bite her tongue for anyone.

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