Monthly Archives: December 2014

Sony hack: sacked employees could be to blame, researchers claim

Exchanges in secretive web forums point to former employees with a grudge, researchers claim, and could explain how hackers knew how to navigate Sony’s systems

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Kingsman: The Secret Service review – dapper laughs in thrillingly adolescent 007 pastiche

Colin Firth’s well-turned-out secret agent is both homage and mickey-take of Bond in Matthew Vaughn’s second adaptation of deliriously irreverent Mark Millar material Continue reading…
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Luise Rainer, double Oscar winner, dies aged 104

Rainer, a star of cinema’s golden era, won back-to-back Oscars but then turned her back on Hollywood

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Paul Thomas Anderson: ‘Inherent Vice is like a sweet, dripping aching for the past’

Film-maker Paul Thomas Anderson talks about Inherent Vice, his new nostalgia noir based on a Thomas Pynchon novel, in which a stoned private eye hits the trail of his ex, and leads a homage to 70s California Continue reading… Continue reading

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Back with a bong: why we need stoner movies more than ever

What is it that we love about cinema’s stoners? As Inherent Vice hits our screens, we look at how toking antiheroes like The Big Lebowski’s Dude freed the weed from the dopey comedies of Cheech and Chong

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Felicity Jones on Stephen Hawking: ‘He’s a rock star’

The actor plays Stephen Hawking’s wife alongside Eddie Redmayne in Oscar-tipped The Theory of Everything. Steve Rose quizzes her on comedy, privacy and quantum physics

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How movies embraced Hinduism (without you even noticing)

From Interstellar to Batman and Star Wars the venerable religion has been the driving philosophy behind many hit movies. Why?

Interstellar’s box office total is $622,932,412 and counting. It is the eighth highest-grossing film of the year and has spawned an endless raft of thinkpieces testing the validity of its science and applauding the innovation of its philosophy. But it is not so new. The idea that propels the plot – there is a universal super-consciousness that transcends time and space, and in which all human life is connected – has been around for about 3,000 years. It is Vedic.

When the film’s astronaut hero (Matthew McConaughey), declares that the mysterious and all-knowing “they” who created a wormhole near Saturn through which he travels to save mankind – dissolving his sense of material reality in the process – are in fact “us”, he is simply repeating the central notion of the Upanishads, India’s oldest philosophical texts. These hold that individual human minds are merely brief reflections within a cosmic one.

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Rush Limbaugh: Idris Elba can’t be Bond because he’s black

Ian Fleming conceived character as white and Scottish, says right-wing commentator, adding: ‘I know it’s racist to point this out’

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Russell Crowe: even at my most successful, I just wanted to be home

The road to Oscar-winning stardom has been a long, slow slog for the antipodean actor. If his directorial debut, The Water Diviner, proves a commercial success, Crowe hopes it will deliver him his ultimate career goal – to be back in Australia

The Water Diviner review: a handsome crowd-pleaser

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Charlotte Rampling: ‘I’m exotic, and I like that’

Star of a new series of the ITV hit Broadchurch, Charlotte Rampling talks about playing the outsider, how she nailed The Look – and why her sister’s suicide changed everything

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Tim Burton on Big Eyes: ‘A weird symbolic version of the American dream’ – video interview

Andrew Pulver sits down with Tim Burton and Christoph Waltz, director and star of Big Eyes, to discuss suburban art and why it’s hard to judge characters based on real people. Big Eyes stars Waltz as Walter Keane, who took credit for paintings depictin… Continue reading

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The ‘samurai guitarist’ headhunted by Angelina Jolie for Unbroken

Japanese pop star Miyavi was surprised to be cast as a sadistic POW guard in a Hollywood movie, a controversial move in a country still arguing about the second world war

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Michael Keaton on his career before Birdman: ‘I’m shocked and thankful that I’ve gotten away with everything’

In Birdman, the camera follows Michael Keaton around in one seemingly single take, a performance that has made him an Oscar favourite. He talks about how the film has redefined movie-making, his unpredictable career and how he would like to be hit by a meteor

• Birdman: early review

• The tracking shot: film-making magic – or stylistic self-indulgence?

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Children’s films have more death than adult ones

Study finds animated movies average more than twice the number of main characters who die on screen – often violently – and suggests parental discussion

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Germany can’t kick the Hobbit: Bilbophilia sweeps Europe

In this week’s instalment of our series tracking cinema’s worldwide winners …

  • Formidable German opening for Battle of the Five Armies
  • Ridley Scott may have played it too safe with Exodus
  • Chris Rock outpaces Woody Allen in the US with Top Five

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The best films of 2014 – readers’ picks

From book adaptations to chilling thrillers, here are your picks of this year’s best

• Our critics’ top 10
• Video: 2014 in review

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Mark Hamill: I wouldn’t want to be in new Star Wars film without Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher

Luke Skywalker actor explains absence of his character from 88-second teaser trailer by saying that Force Awakens focuses on ‘new generation’

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Across the divide in Northern Ireland

A Catholic and a Protestant girl swap school uniforms in a fine short film produced as part of a project to teach children about the Troubles

No actor could act – and no writer could script – the charming but poignant scene when two 17-year-olds from either side of divided County Derry in Northern Ireland switch school uniforms and behold themselves, and each other, in a mirror.

The gesture is simple and effervescent, but utterly subversive. Courtney Cooke is from Lisneal college, in the loyalist Waterside, on the Protestant east bank of the river Foyle; Yvonne Weir attends Catholic St Cecilia’s college across the river in Creggan, fortress estate of republican Bogside, once the IRA-controlled “Free Derry”.

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Sony emails reveal Jennifer Lawrence paid less than male co-stars

Leak shows that American Hustle’s female star was on 7% deal, while male co-stars Christian Bale and Bradley Cooper were on 9% each

She’s an Oscar-winner, a Hollywood A-lister and one of the most bankable actors in the world – but all that wasn’t enough to get Jennifer Lawrence financial parity with her male co-stars in American Hustle.

The emails from Sony Pictures hacked by a group called Guardians of Peace have revealed that Lawrence was paid considerably less than Christian Bale and Bradley Cooper. She was paid seven “points” (7% of the profits), as opposed to the 9% her male co-stars and director David O Russell received.

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Top 10 films of 2014: complete UK chart

The complete list of the Guardian’s top 10 films of the year, as determined by UK release date

• Read the US cut

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