Monthly Archives: October 2014
The Kiwi actor who impressed in Boy is back with two new homegrown films that wowed at Toronto. But will the building trade claim his considerable talents before Hollywood does? Continue reading… Continue reading
Alex Hess quivers at the sight of a slasher flick that swaps self-consciousness for societal fears and sadistic gore
I had no idea what was coming. The first – and only – time I watched Eden Lake was on a beautiful Sunday afternoon in the middle of summer. I was back home during my university holidays and working hard at perfecting the student’s art of lounging about with nowt to do. The football season had just ended and thrown me into my annual existential crisis, the weekends suddenly robbed of all meaning and purpose.
Actor reveals he ‘didn’t want’ the part of Michael Corleone and thought Francis Ford Coppola ‘a bit mad’ for offering it to him
Two decades after the double gold of Muriel’s Wedding and Priscilla, Australian film is having a moment. A soul-searching moment. What’s stopping audiences watching it in the cinema?
Much of the gutsiness of the original Appalachian tale is lost in this convoluted adaptation, but Jennifer Lawrence gives a virtuoso performanceBradley Cooper: boy to man Continue reading… Continue reading
Keira Knightley is happier than she has been for years. Although she is busier than ever, the paparazzi no longer hassle her and even her critics have softened. So what’s changed?
One-time highest-paid female actor in the world has announced she’s swapping front of screen work for a stint pursuing other ‘creative endeavours’ such as directing and poetry
Bill Betts, now 91, was a radio operator on Sherman tanks during the second world war. He talks about the memories reignited by Fury, which stars Brad Pitt as a Sherman tank commander leading his team through Germany in 1945This article contains mild s… Continue reading
Bill Betts, now 91, was a radio operator on Sherman tanks during the second world war. He talks about the memories reignited by Fury, which stars Brad Pitt as a Sherman tank commander leading his team through Germany in 1945
This article contains mild spoilers
I first met Bill about five years ago in his local pub following a Remembrance Day service in Wellesbourne, Warwickshire. Recently widowed, he sat in the corner on his own, nursing his pint. We struck up a conversation about the war and over time became firm friends.
Bill was called up in 1942 and joined the Essex Yeomanry where he trained as a radio operator, later being assigned to Sherman tanks. Aged 21, he was one of the first ashore on D-Day, tasked with firing at a German gun emplacement defending the village of Le Hamel, before rejoining his tank. Within 45 minutes, he’d been shot by a German sniper hiding in the adjacent field. The soldier next to him was killed. Bill played dead, his colleague slumped on top of him. His leg bears the scar to this day.
Keanu Reeves blasts back in a full-throttle action film that twists the conventions of the genre to exhilarating effect Continue reading… Continue reading
The actor says that she was only asked about her work-life balance in a recent film junket, while husband Ben Affleck was asked crude questions about his Gone Girl co-star Emily Ratajkowski
The actor Jennifer Garner has voiced her frustration at the sexism she experiences in Hollywood, and from the media.
Addressing the Elle Women in Hollywood event earlier this week, she said that it was “a little bit sad” that such an event even had to exist. “The ‘men in Hollywood’ event is every day – it’s called Hollywood. Fifty-one per cent of the population should not have to schedule a special event to celebrate the fact that in an art that tells the story of what it means to be human and alive, we get to play a part.”
Danièle Watts and chef Brian Lucas accused of having sex in a car outside CBS studios in LA after high-profile arrest that prompted accusations of racism
Jena Malone said to be playing Carrie Kelley in Superman v Batman, Zack Snyder’s followup to Man of Steel – information that could cost extra who broke non-disclosure agreement dear
Born in 1965, Robert Downey Jr made his screen debut at five and won an Oscar in 1992 for Chaplin Continue reading… Continue reading
We look back over Duvall’s 52-year career and choose his best on-screen performances. Which would make your top five?
The actor, who plays gay code breaker Alan Turing in The Imitation Game, says he would ‘take up arms’ against any fundamentalists who attempted to force their doctrine about sexuality or religion on him
- The Imitation Game: first-look review
- The Imitation Game: the queerest thing to hit multiplexes for years?
Downey to be given prominent role in third Captain America film, which will see Steve Rogers and Tony Stark on opposite sides in the Marvel Civil War
- Robert Downey Jr not solder on Iron Man 4
- Mark Kermode on Captain America: The Winter Soldier – eye-popping Marvel spectacular