Craig Pickard

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Gilbert Taylor obituary

The British cinematographer Gilbert Taylor, who has died aged 99, was best known for his camerawork on the first Star Wars movie (1977). Though its special effects and set designs somewhat stole his thunder, it was Taylor who set the visual tone of George Lucas's six-part space opera.<p>"I wanted to …

The Fantastic Four and X-Men to meet on screen

Twentieth Century Fox's superhero guru Mark Millar has confirmed that the X-Men will meet the Fantastic Four in future films.<p>Fox, which currently owns the rights to both Marvel comics sagas, will hope to ape the success of movies such as last year's $1.5bn The Avengers by cross-pollinating between …

Vivien Leigh correspondence archived at V&A

Although the world may remember her as the ravishing beauty who was once married to Laurence Olivier, Orson Welles knew the real worth of Vivien Leigh. When in 1951 she won the Oscar for her performance as Blanche DuBois in the film of Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire, the legendary …

Rocky: The Undisputed Collection

• Home<br>• Blu-ray<br>• Rocky: The Undisputed Collection<p>Story Review Storyline: Our Reviewer's Take<p>4.5 Stars out of 5<p>Video Review<p>3.5 Stars out of 5<p><b>'Rocky' (3/5</b> …

Jurassic Park Ultimate Trilogy

• Home<br>• Blu-ray<br>• Jurassic Park Ultimate Trilogy<p>Story Review Storyline: Our Reviewer's Take<p>3.5 Stars out of 5<p><b>Jurassic Park</b><p>Along with 'Terminator 2: Judgment …

Predator: Ultimate Hunter Edition

• Home<br>• Blu-ray<br>• Predator: Ultimate Hunter Edition<p>Story Review Storyline: Our Reviewer's Take<p>4 Stars out of 5<p>Video Review<p>2 Stars out of 5<p>'Predator' has …

Orson Welles's first professional film discovered in an Italian warehouse

Reading this on mobile? Click to view<p>It's hugely exciting discovery – and a bizarre, unexpected one too. An early Orson Welles film, previously thought lost, has been found in a warehouse in northern Italy. Too Much Johnson, the second film Welles ever created, is a silent movie, a slapstick comedy …

Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling shortlisted to play Batman in Man of Steel 2

Josh Brolin, Hobbit star Richard Armitage and – yes – Ryan Gosling are among Warner Bros's top choices to play Batman in forthcoming superhero sequel Man of Steel 2, according to the Hollywood Reporter.<p>Speculation over who will play the new Bruce Wayne has been rife ever since the studio revealed …

Stop the voyeuristic reporting of sad alcoholics, writes Gabriel Byrne

Gabriel Byrne, actor friend of the late Oliver Reed, has written a perceptive review in the Irish Times of the authorised biography* of one of the movie world's leading hell-raisers.<p>Byrne, who revealed some of his bizarre personal experiences of working with Reed, argues that the book fails to …

Mark Kermode's DVD round-up

There's a special kind of magic involved in the creation of a really great pop movie, something that manages to capture both the electrifying thrill the music and the tangible air of the period. Like Steve Rash's <i>The Buddy Holly Story</i>, which still stands up to repeat viewing after 35 long years, <b>Good</b> …

Logan's Run Movie Review & Film Summary (1976)

"Logan's Run" is a vast, silly extravaganza that delivers a certain amount of fun, once it stops taking itself seriously. That happens about an hour …

Second trailer for Robert Rodriguez’s Machete Kills

Open Road Films has released a brand new theatrical trailer for director Robert Rodriguez’s upcoming grindhouse sequel <b>Machete Kills</b>, which sees …

New trailer and TV spots for Riddick

We just saw a new trailer for <b>Riddick</b> a couple of weeks ago to coincide with the San Diego Comic-Con International [watch it here], but with just over …

Samuel L. Jackson signs up for The Secret Service

With Tom Cruise (<b>Edge of Tomorrow</b>) and Leonardo DiCaprio (<b>Django Unchained</b>) both passing on the role, director Matthew Vaughn (<b>X-Men: First Class</b>) …

Heaven's Gate – review

This restored rerelease of Michael Cimino's spectacular western epic puts the grandeur into folie de grandeur. Brought back to its full three-and-a-half-hour-plus running time, it is colossally ambitious and mysteriously moving, with an unhurried, unforced pace, beautifully photographed by Vilmos …

Why can't women time travel?

Poor Rachel McAdams. Three time-travel movies and not a whiff of the action. First was 2009's The Time Traveller's Wife, in which Eric Bana played a Chicago librarian darting through time while his on-screen wife McAdams plodded on faithfully in the present. Then, two years later, came Midnight in …

Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection

• Home<br>• Blu-ray<br>• Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection<p>Story Review Storyline: Our Reviewer's Take<p>4.5 Stars out of 5<p>One aspect Universal …

Joss Whedon explains his choice of villain for Avengers: Age of Ultron

Since taking to the stage at Comic-Con to reveal that the follow-up to last year’s mega-blockbuster <b>The Avengers</b> is going by the name of <b>Avengers: Age</b> …

Hollywood studios owed millions by China

Hollywood studios have not been paid by the organisation which represents Chinese cinema distributors for a number of months, a period during which blockbusters such as Skyfall, Man of Steel and Star Trek Into Darkness have pulled in hundreds of millions of dollars at the local box office, …

Clip joint: evil millionaires

In these times of austerity, the rich have never been less popular, but the world of film has thrown up countless examples of millionaires that make Fred Goodwin and Conrad Black seem like pretty decent guys.<p>From serial killers to crime bosses via evil geniuses, here's a list of the five top evil …

Arnold Schwarzenegger to star in Conan trilogy?

We’ve known for a while that Arnold Schwarzenegger plans to reprise the role of Robert E. Howard’s Cimmerian warrior Conan the Barbarian for <b>The</b> …

Jon M. Chu talks Masters of the Universe and G.I. Joe 3

Having rejuvenated the <b>G.I. Joe</b> franchise earlier this year with the sequel <b>G.I. Joe: Retaliation</b>, director Jon M. Chu is currently prepping the third …

Eddie Murphy signs on for Beverly Hills Cop 4

The recent <b>Beverly Hills Cop</b> TV pilot may have failed to make it to series, but that doesn’t mean we’ve seen the last of Axel Foley, with Deadline …