Monthly Archives: May 2017

Tom Cruise: filming for Top Gun sequel will begin ‘probably in the next year’ – video

On Australian morning show Sunrise, actor Tom Cruise confirmed a sequel to classic 1986 action movie Top Gun is in the works. ‘It’s true. It’s true,’ he said. ‘I’m going to start filming it probably in the next year’

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Tom Cruise: filming for Top Gun sequel will begin ‘probably in the next year’ – video

On Australian morning show Sunrise, actor Tom Cruise confirmed a sequel to classic 1986 action movie Top Gun is in the works. ‘It’s true. It’s true,’ he said. ‘I’m going to start filming it probably in the next year’

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Top Gun 2 is ‘definitely happening’, says Tom Cruise

Actor confirms sequel to 1986 classic with filming to begin ‘probably in the next year’

Tom Cruise has confirmed rumours that a sequel to 1986 classic Top Gun is in the works, with filming to begin “probably in the next year”.

He revealed the news while on a promotional tour for his upcoming film Mummy, telling Australian morning show Sunrise, “It is definitely happening.”

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Rodin review – Jacques Doillon sculpts an excruciatingly bad film

The only passion this mind-blowingly dull biopic of the French sculptor is likely to incite is from audiences screaming for their money back

Related: Radiance review – a poignant vision of the power of sight

Jacques Doillon has directed a quite excruciatingly bad film about the sculptor Auguste Rodin and he needs to sit down and think about what he has done.

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Cannes 2017 day seven: Charlize Theron and Naomi Campbell on the red carpet – in pictures

Day seven at Cannes was dominated by a ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the film festival, with hordes of film-world luminaries on hand to celebrate Continue reading… Continue reading

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Top of the Lake: this singular drama is still gloriously weird

The second series features big budgets and huge stars – little wonder Cannes finally embraced a TV show

The barbarians have stormed the battlements. Television has arrived at Cannes. It’s a development that some swore would never come to pass, including the artistic director of the festival, Thierry Frémaux. “Cannes is a film festival,” Frémaux rather tersely said last year. Netflix is one thing, with its flouting of theatrical releases, but at least it still makes movies. TV is quite another.

Still, it seems that needs must, and Cannes have solemnly recognised that prestige TV is frequently beating arthouse cinema at its own game – in its budgets, its audiences, the stars it attracts, and, most crucially, the quality of the stories it tells. And so, this week two shows are being shown at the festival: David Lynch’s revived Twin Peaks, and Jane Campion’s Top of the Lake.

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From The Saint to the knight: the life of Roger Moore – video obituary

A career retrospective of Sir Roger Moore, who has died aged 89. Moore is best remembered as the third James Bond, but had a glittering television career before taking on the role of 007 – starring in The Saint and The Persuaders! In later life Moore was Unicef goodwill ambassador and received a knighthood in 2003

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Radiance review – a poignant vision of the power of sight

In Naomi Kawase’s gentle, thoughtful story, a photographer with deteriorating eyesight meets a woman who writes audio descriptions for the visually impaired

Naomi Kawase’s delicate movie Radiance lowers its eyes humbly in the presence of blindness with this story of a young woman employed to write movie audio commentary for visually impaired people, who falls in love with the semi-sighted photographer on the advisory panel offering guidance on her script.

Radiance attempts to find in this a metaphor for the act of noticing, for the need to communicate and the need to imagine what other people think, see and feel.

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Radiance review – a poignant vision of the power of sight

In Naomi Kawase’s gentle, thoughtful story, a photographer with deteriorating eyesight meets a woman who writes audio descriptions for the visually impaired

Naomi Kawase’s delicate movie Radiance lowers its eyes humbly in the presence of blindness with this story of a young woman employed to write movie audio commentary for visually impaired people, who falls in love with the semi-sighted photographer on the advisory panel offering guidance on her script.

Radiance attempts to find in this a metaphor for the act of noticing, for the need to communicate and the need to imagine what other people think, see and feel.

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Roger Moore: the modest, self-deprecating 007 who brought some serious aplomb | Peter Bradshaw

Though Moore never considered himself much of an actor, he was an incredibly skilled performer who inspired adoration in the audience

Related: Roger Moore – Saint, Persuader and the suavest James Bond – dies aged 89

Action heroes aren’t prized for suavity much these days, or for knowing how to carry off a double-breasted pinstripe Savile Row suit, or how to raise a single eyebrow, or how to pose with a Walther PPK – under the chin in repose, or drawn dramatically, as if about to shoot the photographer, with a facial expression of satirically calm disapproval. Even the Action Movie 101 skill of finishing a deafeningly loud and chaotic scene with a single droll wisecrack is not executed with much of the élan of old. But Roger Moore’s James Bond was a master of all this; over seven Bond movies from 1973 to 1985, he brought some serious aplomb. No-one delivered the aplomb like Roger Moore. He was the secret agent with the twinkle of humour in his eye, and who put wit into his elegant, educated tones, which deepened and decelerated into a sensual purr as his tenure went on.

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Roger Moore: the modest, self-deprecating 007 who brought some serious aplomb | Peter Bradshaw

Though Moore never considered himself much of an actor, he was an incredibly skilled performer who inspired adoration in the audience

Related: Roger Moore – Saint, Persuader and the suavest James Bond – dies aged 89

Action heroes aren’t prized for suavity much these days, or for knowing how to carry off a double-breasted pinstripe Savile Row suit, or how to raise a single eyebrow, or how to pose with a Walther PPK – under the chin in repose, or drawn dramatically, as if about to shoot the photographer, with a facial expression of satirically calm disapproval. Even the Action Movie 101 skill of finishing a deafeningly loud and chaotic scene with a single droll wisecrack is not executed with much of the élan of old. But Roger Moore’s James Bond was a master of all this; over seven Bond movies from 1973 to 1985, he brought some serious aplomb. No-one delivered the aplomb like Roger Moore. He was the secret agent with the twinkle of humour in his eye, and who put wit into his elegant, educated tones, which deepened and decelerated into a sensual purr as his tenure went on.

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‘A force of nature’: tributes pour in for Bond and The Saint actor Roger Moore

The enduringly popular 007 actor has died at 89, and figures from across the world of entertainment and showbusiness have paid tribute

Related: Roger Moore – Saint, Persuader and the suavest James Bond – dies at 89

Stars of film, television and music have paid tribute to Roger Moore, the James Bond and The Saint actor, who died on Tuesday aged 89. A statement for his family said that Moore passed away “after a short but brave battle with cancer”.

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‘A force of nature’: tributes pour in for Bond and The Saint actor Roger Moore

The enduringly popular 007 actor has died at 89, and figures from across the world of entertainment and showbusiness have paid tribute

Related: Roger Moore – Saint, Persuader and the suavest James Bond – dies at 89

Stars of film, television and music have paid tribute to Roger Moore, the James Bond and The Saint actor, who died on Tuesday aged 89. A statement for his family said that Moore passed away “after a short but brave battle with cancer”.

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Share your Roger Moore tributes and stories

If you have tributes and memories of the legendary James Bond actor, we’d love to hear them

The British actor Roger Moore has died aged 89.

With the heaviest of hearts, we must share the awful news that our father, Sir Roger Moore, passed away today. We are all devastated. pic.twitter.com/6dhiA6dnVg

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Irreverent and knowing as James Bond: Sir Roger Moore obituary

Actor who brought humour, panache and suavity to his starring roles in The Saint, The Persuaders! and seven James Bond films

Sir Roger Moore, who has died aged 89, considered himself to be only the fourth best actor to have played Ian Fleming’s secret-service agent James Bond on screen: in his estimation, he came in behind Daniel Craig (whom he called “the Bond”), Sean Connery and George Lazenby. Though Moore was rarely regarded as the best or most definitive Bond, his inimitable humour and panache made him many viewers’ favourite. His tally of seven films – beginning with Live and Let Die (1973) and ending with A View to a Kill (1985) – equalled that of Connery, though Moore occupied the role for a longer consecutive period. He was eloquent on the distinction between their portrayals. “Sean played Bond as a killer and I played Bond as a lover,” he said. Only on Fridays did he resemble a cold-blooded mercenary: “That’s the day I received my paychecks.”

His casting was sometimes erroneously considered to be the catalyst for a new-found levity in the series; in fact, the two films prior to his arrival (On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, 1969, and Diamonds Are Forever, 1971) had already tipped the tone towards silliness. What Moore did very cannily was to underline the absurdity of Bond himself. “My whole reaction was always – he is not a real spy,” he said. “You can’t be a real spy and have everybody in the world know who you are and what your drink is. That’s just hysterically funny.”

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24 Frames review – a mesmeric glimpse into Abbas Kiarostami’s mysterious mind

The Iranian director has produced a posthumous marvel with this bizarre, experimental ghost-film that even puts his hated cinema seats to decent use

Abbas Kiarostami last came to Cannes competition in 2012 with Like Someone in Love, a head-scratching tease of a film, bowing out with a crash ending that left the audience hanging. At the time, the Iranian director was unrepentant; he said that cinema seats made an audience lazy and that question marks were “part of the punctuation of life”. Now, nearly a year after his death at the age of 76, Kiarostami is back – after a fashion – with a mesmerising sign-off. Belatedly, it seems, he has provided Cannes with an ending.

24 Frames was conceived as Kiarostami’s response to the paintings and photographs that inspired him, prompted by the desire to hold the frame steady so as to watch each image come to life, each drama play on. Except this project doesn’t feel like a homage, or even an act of curation. It’s something richer and stranger than that – almost as if, in the moment of death, the man’s unconscious has somehow poured out and been caught in a bottle. Yes, 24 Frames is rigorously experimental; it demands patience and engagement. But this haunted ghost-film had me completely entranced.

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King Arthur topples Alien: Covenant to reign supreme at UK box office

Guy Ritchie’s historical romp debuted to middling reviews and underwhelming ticket sales but came up against weak opposition from Snatched and Colossal

Buzz on King Arthur: Legend of the Sword may have been pretty flat following its weak performance in the US and other territories the previous weekend, but Guy Ritchie’s Middle Ages actioner nevertheless managed to nab the top spot at the UK box office, dethroning Alien: Covenant. It did so courtesy of fairly uninspired debut takings of £2.5m. That’s the lowest gross for a No1 film so far this year, and also the lowest since early September 2016, when Sausage Party held on to the top spot in a weak field of new releases led by Ben-Hur.

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Roger Moore – Saint, Persuader and the suavest James Bond – dies aged 89

The much-loved English actor, who made his name on the small screen before taking on the mantle of 007, has passed away in Switzerland

Bond actor Roger Moore: a life in pictures

He was the epitome of the suave English gent, quipping sweatlessly in a bespoke three-piece suit, who enjoyed an acting career spanning eight decades. On Tuesday, Roger Moore’s children announced his death at the age of 89 in Switzerland, saying: “he passed away today … after a short but brave battle with cancer”.

Related: Roger Moore: ‘Being eternally known as James Bond has no down side’

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Bond actor Roger Moore: a life in pictures

The actor, most famous for his seven 007 movies, has died at the age of 89. Here we look back at his life and career

Roger Moore – Saint, Persuader and the suavest James Bond – dies aged 89

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Justice League: Zack Snyder quits movie after daughter kills herself

Director known for Man Of Steel and 300 steps down to support his family, with Joss Whedon lined up to complete filmDirector Zack Snyder has stepped down from working on Justice League to support his family following the suicide of his daughter.Snyder,… Continue reading

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