Monthly Archives: October 2014

James Rolleston: New Zealand’s teen star on why he’s ‘nothing flash-as’

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

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Eden Lake: the film that frightened me most

Alex Hess quivers at the sight of a slasher flick that swaps self-consciousness for societal fears and sadistic gore

I’ve seen a fair few horror movies in my time. I’ve sat through Hellraiser, haunted houses and Hannibal Lecter – but it was hoodies that scared me the most.

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.

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Godfather role was an offer Al Pacino could refuse

Actor reveals he ‘didn’t want’ the part of Michael Corleone and thought Francis Ford Coppola ‘a bit mad’ for offering it to him

• Have you actually seen The Godfather?

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The Babadook review – you’ll scare because you care

Terrific central performances are the key to writer-director Jennifer Kent’s deeply chilling debut feature Continue reading…
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What’s wrong with Australian cinema?

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?

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Serena review – ripe romantic melodrama

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

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Keira Knightley: ‘I used to try to be sensible and good and professional’

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?

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Kristen Stewart will take acting break to ‘make some stuff with my hands’

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

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A tank veteran on Fury: ‘Very realistic, but it can’t show the full horror of war’

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

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A tank veteran on Fury: ‘Very realistic, but it can’t show the full horror of war

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

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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.

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John Wick review – a thrill ride driven by a relentless vengeance machine

Keanu Reeves blasts back in a full-throttle action film that twists the conventions of the genre to exhilarating effect Continue reading… Continue reading

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‘Change the conversation’: Jennifer Garner hits out at sexism in media

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.”

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Django Unchained actor Danièle Watts charged with lewd conduct

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

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Holy smokes! Possible $5m fine for Batman extra who leaked female Robin

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

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Citizenfour review – Edward Snowden documentary is utterly engrossing

Laura Poitras’s brave documentary follows Edward Snowden as his leaks about the activities of the NSA shock the world Continue reading…
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Robert Downey Jr, everything you need to know – infographic

Born in 1965, Robert Downey Jr made his screen debut at five and won an Oscar in 1992 for Chaplin Continue reading… Continue reading

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Robert Duvall: five best moments

We look back over Duvall’s 52-year career and choose his best on-screen performances. Which would make your top five?

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Citizenfour review – gripping Snowden documentary offers portrait of power, paranoia and one remarkable man

Laura Poitras’s film shows the first extensive interviews with Edward Snowden after he blew the whistle on NSA and government intrusion Continue reading…
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Benedict Cumberbatch: I’d defend gay rights ‘to the death’

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

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Robert Downey Jr hammers Iron Man into Captain America 3

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

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