Film (UK)

The two Coreys: the forgotten child star tragedy that shames Hollywood

In recent weeks, a three-year-old YouTube video of an interview with former child star Corey Feldman was dragged up from the depths of the internet and shared on social media. In it, Feldman appears on Barbara Walters' chat show The View, and explains, clearly and with conviction, that he and …

Tom Hanks's writing is yet another sad story of how men write women

The actor’s debut collection, Uncommon Type, is blighted by Hollywood’s obsession with female bodies – but he’s not the only author to write too much about hair and breasts<p>Seeing a movie star writing fiction is a bit like seeing a dog deliver a speech – we’re rarely impressed at how good it is, but …

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Into the void: the fast life and shocking death of a wingsuit-flying superstar

Alexander Polli was an adrenaline junkie, a daredevil who could fly through holes in rockfaces at 150mph. Our writer tells the extraordinary story of Base, a new film starring Polli that had to be delayed when he was killed by the sport he loved<p>One week after his wingsuit-flying partner died, …

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Can Michael Fassbender survive his year of flops?

The Snowman is melting at the box office. It only continues what Assassin’s Creed and Song to Song started: threatening to ruin this actor’s previously sparkling career<p>The Snowman is a turkey. Everyone saw it coming, and now it’s happened. Audiences simply did not want to see Michael Fassbender …

Movies

Woody Allen film includes 'disturbing' sex scene with teenager and adult man

Woody Allen’s upcoming film reportedly features a 44-year old male character accused of sleeping with numerous young starlets.<p>According to <i>Page Six</i>, …

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The Princess Bride review – golden-age throwback glows brighter than ever

Thirty years on, Rob Reiner’s salute to Hollywood swashbucklers remains a poignant pastiche, gloriously unencumbered by CGI visuals and gender cliches<p>After 30 years, the wit, fun, charm and idealism are fresher than ever. The Princess Bride, adapted by William Goldman from his novel and directed by …

It's become fashionable for actors not to learn their lines, Bill Nighy laments

Bill Nighy has outlined what he sees as a widespread problem of actors increasingly thinking it is better not to learn their lines, falsely believing …

Murder on the Orient Express: has the all-star gravy train run out of steam?

The all-star cast is part of Hollywood tradition. In 2017, have we reached capacity?<p>The names flash past in the trailer for the new Murder on the Orient Express like carriages on a bullet train: Kenneth Branagh (who also directs), Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Dench, Depp, Gad, Jacobi, Pfeiffer, …

Trains

First trailer for Journey's End sends Sam Claflin and Paul Bettany into the trenches

The first trailer has been released for the highly-anticipated war drama Journey's End, the first film adaptation of R.C. Sherriff's celebrated play since 1930.<p>The film casts Asa Butterfield as a baby-faced Second Lieutenant posted to northern France at the tail end of the First World War. There he …

Movies

Phantom Thread: watch the first trailer for Daniel Day Lewis's final film before retirement

Set in the fashion world of post-war London, the drama sees the acclaimed actor collaborate with director Paul Thomas Anderson for the first time since There Will Be Blood<p>The first trailer for Phantom Thread, Daniel Day-Lewis’s final film before retirement, has been unveiled<p>Directed by Paul Thomas …

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Exclusive: Interview with Korean actor Lee Byung Hun on his role in The Fortress, whitewashing and navigating Hollywood

Korean actor Lee Byung Hun looks immaculate in a dark suit as he sits comfortably across the sofa from me. “I just arrived last night,” he says, but …

Comedy duo Flight of the Conchords are coming to Birmingham and here's how to get tickets

New Zealand comedy duo Flight of the Conchords are returning to the UK for their first tour in seven years.<p>Fans will be able to catch the cult Grammy …

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Roman Polanski accused of sexually assaulting 10-year-old girl in 1975

Marianne Barnard – the fifth woman to make abuse allegations against the film director – claims Polanski molested her during a photoshoot in California<p>A Californian artist has accused Roman Polanski of sexually assaulting her when she was 10 years old, the fifth such allegation of abuse made …

Crime

Vince Vaughn on new film Brawl In Cell Block 99: 'These are real punches being thrown'

Vince Vaughn wrinkles his nose. An amiable comic star, in films like <i>Wedding Crashers</i>, <i>Old School</i> and <i>The Internship</i>, he’s made a break for the dramatic …

Hamlet review – careers are made in a ferociously powerful trip to Elsinore

Glyndebourne, Sussex Brett Dean’s returning adaptation is a formidable achievement, and David Butt Philip is a revelation as Shakespeare’s tortured prince<p>Given its world premiere at Glyndebourne earlier this year, Brett Dean’s Hamlet, regarded by some as the most successful operatic adaptation to …

Renee Zellweger to play Judy Garland in new biopic

A new film about the legendary Judy Garland is rolling into production.<p><i>Judy</i> will open in London in the winter of 1968 as Garland arrives for a …

Thor: Ragnarok's Tessa Thompson on being Marvel's Han Solo

The spotlight on Tessa Thompson has been steadily growing brighter ever since her impressive turn as an unapologetic black activist in <i>Dear White</i> …

Comics

Pickups review – Aidan Gillen laughs at himself as he turns killer in meta-film

Directed by Jamie Thraves, the Game of Thrones actor’s sketches about the travails of mid-range celebrity are full of likable self-mockery<p>Like Larry David in Curb Your Enthusiasm or Matt LeBlanc in Episodes, the Irish actor Aidan Gillen plays an actor called Aidan Gillen in this scrappy, low-fi …

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Frustration for Stephen Ormond in Belfast battle with Paul Hyland

Two of the three judges went in favour of the local fighter in another example of an unruly system that doesn’t work<p>Stephen Ormond always wanted to be a world champion – from the age of six when he became entranced by the magic of the sport – but he craved something simpler and easier to understand.<p>…

Boxing

How Wim Wenders put the snap back into Polaroids

<b>Wim Wenders became a major film-maker when, in the 1970s, German cinema became cool around the world. His hits included The American Friend and Paris, Texas. But Wenders was privately experimenting with one of the most straightforward of visual technologies - the Polaroid stills camera. Thousands</b> …

Photography

Actor Rosemary Leach dies aged 81

Agent announces death of star known for films such as A Room With a View and TV series including The Jewel in the Crown<p>Rosemary Leach, the award-winning stage and screen actor best known for the films A Room With a View and That’ll Be The Day, has died after a short illness.<p>Leach, who also played …

Entertainment

Harvey Weinstein 'used fashion businesses as a pipeline to harass models'

Disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein reportedly used his fashion businesses to get close to and harass a string of models.<p>Although he is best …

Harvey Weinstein

I Am Not a Witch review – magical surrealism

Rungano Nyoni’s debut feature, the story of a girl in Zambia accused of witchcraft, is comic, tragic – and captivatingly beautiful<p>In a remote Zambian village, a nine-year-old girl (Margaret Mulubwa) is accused of being a witch and given a stark choice: to accept her supernatural branding and live a …

Rosemary Leach obituary

Stage and screen actor who was admired for her roles as Helene Hanff in 84 Charing Cross Road and Mrs Honeychurch in the 1985 film Room With a View<p>The versatile and accomplished actor Rosemary Leach, who has died aged 81, reminded an interviewer in 2012 that she had never been invited to appear …

Literature

The Death of Stalin review – more bleak than black

Armando Iannucci’s comic-book adaptation, about the aftermath of the despot’s death, is less caustic than his usual offerings<p>Known and loved for lacerating political satires <i>The Thick of It</i>, <i>In the Loop</i> and <i>Veep</i>, Armando Iannucci has a gift for skewering incompetent authority figures – locating the …

TV

Meet the new hotshots of American film-making

As Dee Rees’s racially charged, Oscar-tipped film Mudbound debuts on Netflix, we speak to the director about challenging the establishment, while below, we profile directors Eliza Hittman, the Safdie brothers and Chloé Zhao<p>In the opening scene of the new film <i>Mudbound</i>, two bedraggled white men are …

DVD reviews: Gifted; Alone in Berlin; The Mummy; Slack Bay and more

Marc Webb’s child-custody weepie has an honest edge, while Brendan Gleeson and Emma Thompson raise the stakes of a Nazi resistance drama<p>My esteemed colleague Mark Kermode often talks of Altitude Adjusted Lachrymosity Syndrome (AALS), the tendency we have to vulnerably cry buckets while watching …

Unrest review – bracingly inventive and moving

Jennifer Brea’s documentary about coping with chronic fatigue syndrome sheds much-needed light on an often misunderstood illness<p>Intended as an activist text, Jennifer Brea’s bracingly inventive and moving documentary chronicles her often debilitating struggle with myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) or …

Fibromyalgia

The Second Woman review – stunning endurance theatre takes aim at patriarchy

Carriageworks, Sydney Nat Randall suffers through 100 break-ups over 24 hours in an utterly compelling production<p>Nat Randall is about to send away her fourth lover for the evening. In a red shift and a blonde wig, she and a young man are seated at a coffee table in a square, red-carpeted sitting …

Game of Thrones actor Indira Varma stars in child abuse drama

Varma explores all-too-real fears of domestic sexual abuse in a documentary maker’s fictionalised account on Channel 4<p>It is a crime that terrifies parents, and is one of the hardest to tackle in a drama. Now, Indira Varma, last seen facing down her enemies as a vengeful Sand Snake mother in <i>Game of</i> …

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