Monthly Archives: November 2014

Foxcatcher: the tale of two Olympic stars and an offer they should have refused

In the late 80s, close brothers and Olympic wrestling stars Dave and Mark Schultz were lured by a wealthy eccentric to set up a training camp on his vast estate. It ended in disaster with the brutal murder of Dave Schultz. Here his wife, Nancy, tells the extraordinary story, now the subject of the film Foxcatcher starring Steve Carell

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Horrible Bosses 2 review – a vulgar, depressing bromance

Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day star in this lame comedy sequel

Blimey, this is miserable. From the sub-Austin Powers sight-gags to jokes about coprophilia with Jennifer Aniston (really), this depressingly vulgar bromance left me longing for the days when mainstream comedy had more to offer than a bunch of middle-aged men morosely playing with their dicks. The set-up is lazy (our three antiheroes turn to 9 to 5-inspired kidnapping), the humour predictable, the sentimentality insufferable. Kevin Spacey and Jamie Foxx pick up “don’t blame me” cameo cheques; Christoph Waltz looks desperate to be out of there; Chris Pine just looks desperate. As always, the end-credits outtakes attest that the cast found it all hilarious. Good for them. Bad for us.

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Man versus myth: does it matter if the Moses story is based on fact?

As Ridley Scott prepares to release another blockbuster based on the exodus, the row has reignited the debate over whether Judaism’s historical saviour actually existed Continue reading…
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Lars von Trier: I was addicted to drugs and alcohol

Danish director said he is now sober and receiving treatment for dependency, but expresses concern over whether he will be able to make films in the future Continue reading… Continue reading

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser trailer – as it happened

We round up reaction to the release of the new Star Wars trailer – let us know what you think of it in the comments below. Watch the trailer hereStar Wars: The Force Awakens trailer review: a first look at 88 glorious seconds Continue reading… Continue reading

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Star Wars 7: Mark Hamill predicted The Force Awakens plot in 1983

Actor, who returns as Luke Skywalker in the third Star Wars trilogy, told British breakfast TV he’d discussed playing an Obi-Wan Kenobi-type character with George Lucas

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Ian Lavender ‘deeply shocked’ by yellow stripes on Pike’s scarf in Dad’s Army film

Actor who played Private Pike in sitcom – and who has cameo in new film – damns garment worn by young actor Blake Harrison as ‘like a banana split’

• Gallery: Dad’s Army movie on location

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China’s Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 release delay ‘no cause for panic’

World’s fastest growing film market is open for business from Hollywood, but is also protecting homegrown titles, says expert Continue reading…
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Shia LaBeouf: I was raped during performance art project

In an interview with Dazed, the actor says that a woman ‘whipped my legs for ten minutes and then stripped my clothing and proceeded to rape me’ during his silent performance art work #IAMSORRY

Shia LaBeouf collaborators speak out about his alleged rape

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Cate Blanchett: I was so proud of Emma Watson’s UN speech

The Australian actor speaks out in support of Watson’s HeForShe campaign, while praising Julia Gillard, Hillary Clinton and Christine Lagarde as role models for women

Emma Watson’s UN speech: gender equality is a men’s issue too – video

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Ridley Scott does a runner on Blade Runner sequel

The veteran British director has confirmed he will no longer act as director on Blade Runner 2 – though he will still produce – and that Harrison Ford’s character won’t appear until the film’s third act

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John Gielgud-scripted gay porn movie Trouser Bar to enter production

Film will go against the wishes of the John Gielgud estate, according to producer David McGillivray

• Remembering Peter de Rome: the maker of gay erotica loved by Warhol, Gielgud and the BFI

He is known as one of the greatest ever interpreters of Shakespeare, who was awarded an Oscar and made a knight, but John Gielgud is to become known for something rather more counter-cultural: a gay porn film he wrote for Peter de Rome, which may finally go into production.

De Rome was a film-maker who made gay pornography in New York from the 1960s onwards, at a time when homosexuality was illegal, and became the subject of the recent documentary Peter de Rome: Grandfather of Gay Porn. He died earlier this year. The film’s producer David McGillivray, in conversation at a recent retrospective of pulp director Pete Walker, revealed details of a collaboration between De Rome and Gielgud.

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Oscar Isaac to play Apocalypse in new X-Men film

Star of Coen brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis to play an unstoppable, immortal mutant in new superhero episode

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Green Knight Rises? Bale ‘jealous’ of Affleck playing Batman

‘I just stopped and stared into nothing for half an hour,’ admits the former Batman star, who took on the role in three movies before passing the mantle to Ben Affleck for the forthcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

After three films of donning black rubber and speaking like an angry chainsmoker, Christian Bale has understandably found it hard to let go of Batman – to the point where he has admitted being jealous of Ben Affleck taking on the role for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Speaking to Empire magazine, he said:

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The 20 best British science fiction films – in pictures

To coincide with the BFI’s sci-fi season and its digital re-release of 2001: A Space Odyssey, we thought this would be a good time to look at some of the British greats of the genre. Since the 1970s co-productions and foreign investment mean it’s hard to say exactly what a British film is, so for this gallery we have decided to look at films set in Britain

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Anjelica Huston: ‘I wanted a perfect romance and a lovely husband’

The affairs and the scandals of a life among Hollywood royalty – and where Renée Zellweger and Jennifer Lawrence get it wrong

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Les Misérables: my most overrated film

Tom Hooper’s blockbuster adaptation of the hit musical doesn’t lack soul, but all that ‘live’ singing makes it excruciating to watch

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It all starts with out-of-tune Russell Crowe. Let’s just say it’s not the most fortunate of beginnings. I approached Les Misérables with an open mind and had hoped that, despite my dislike of musicals, this film would be so good that the format wouldn’t matter. But, faced with that cringeworthy exchange between Crowe’s Javert and Hugh Jackman’s Jean Valjean, in which the former offers parole to the latter in a weird, no-man’s-land tone between singing and speaking, I feared the worse. I looked around, and the rest of the audience seemed to be pleasantly immersed in the revolutionary drama. Already.

Let’s get this out of the way: Les Mis is technically spectacular and the performances are good – the singing was filmed live, which is impressive. It is a good screen adaptation of the musical (which I’ve also sat through in the West End) – but it’s still a three-hour movie version of Les Misérables, and that, for me, just does it.

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Really, really, ridiculously good looking Penelope Cruz set for Zoolander 2

The Oscar-winning actor will join Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson and Will Ferrell for the further adventures of Derek Zoolander, who must reinvent himself in a fast-changing fashion environment Continue reading… Continue reading

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Storm Boy rewatched – heartfelt portrait of a boy and his pelican

Australia’s answer to Free Willy and E.T. emotively celebrates an unconventional friendship – minus the super serve of cheese

Films about the relationship between children and their pets often embody one of the most powerful themes in coming of age stories: the idea of loving something and learning to let it go.

Movies such as Free Willy and E.T. distill that theme into actual visual moments – the whale jumps over the rocks, the alien flies off with the mothership – while others, like director Henri Safran’s 1976 heart-tugger Storm Boy (based on author Colin Thiele’s children’s book) avoid postcard moments in favour of richer and more subtle gestures.

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My Old Lady review

Kevin Kline, Maggie Smith and Kristin Scott Thomas star in this thoughtful drama about a ménage à trois of sorts – peppered with some ingenious twists

That title might lead you to expect a soundtrack from Chas and Dave. Actually, it’s a thoughtful emotional drama, written and directed by the veteran playwright Israel Horovitz. The film is a bit sentimental here and there, but well-acted, and when the cinemas are so full of YA, it’s interesting to get some A: a film for grownups. Kevin Kline plays recovering alcoholic Mathias, who shows up in Paris, having been left a handsome apartment by his father; embittered by failures and disappointments, he is relying on this property to boost his self-esteem. But to his horror, he finds it is a viager: it has a sitting tenant – who sold it for a song on condition that she can stay and receive rent for the rest of her life. This is the 92-year-old Mathilde (Maggie Smith) who regards Mathias with polite, queenly tolerance, though her daughter Chloé (Kristin Scott Thomas) is more disdainful. It is perhaps not too hard to guess the narrative direction of this ménage à trois, but there are ingenious twists along the way and the performances make it watchable. A soft-centred piece of movie confectionery, not without charm.

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