Film (UK)

John Singleton: 'The crack epidemic gave me something to write about – but I had to survive it first'

The Boyz N the Hood director is back – with Snowfall, a TV show about America’s drug epidemic. Over a lunch of fried catfish in South Central LA, John Singleton reveals all about his ‘ghetto Game of Thrones’<p>‘Welcome to South Central Los Angeles,” says John Singleton, as he makes himself comfortable …

Watch the fur fly: why cat films are better than dog films

Films with cats are cool and mysterious. Mutt movies are a soppy wet lick to the face. No surprise then which Hollywood favours<p>It is a truth universally acknowledged that not only are cats better than dogs, but cat films are better than dog films. Proof of this arrives on Friday with the release of …

Brad Pitt, Benedict Cumberbatch and Julia Roberts star in Andy Gotts' unseen, unretouched celebrity portraits

Hollywood

All Eyez on Me review – passionless paean to rapper Tupac Shakur

This long and solemn hagiography seems concerned only with bolstering the sainthood of the murdered hip-hop star<p>Demetrius Shipp Jr gives a very accomplished impersonation of Tupac Shakur in this long and solemn hagiography, similar in its piety to the 2003 documentary Tupac: Resurrection. It has …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Swedish actor Michael Nyqvist, of Dragon Tattoo and John Wick, dies at 56

The actor, who appeared as Mikael Blomkvist in the Swedish adaptations of the Stieg Larsson novels, has died of lung cancer<p>Swedish actor Michael Nyqvist has died at the age of 56. He had been battling lung cancer.<p>The Stockholm-born actor was best known for his role as Mikael Blomkvist in the …

Celebrity News (India)

With Okja, does Netflix have its first blockbuster movie?

The fantasy epic, directed by South Korean film-maker Bong Joon-ho, could be the streaming service’s first big splash in original cinema<p>If Netflix’s foray into original television content has been one of the great, industry-shaking developments of the past decade, the streaming service’s attempts …

Netflix

Michael Bond obituary

Author and creator of Paddington Bear, whose popularity and relevance lasted six decades<p>Paddington station, as described in the opening chapter of Michael Bond’s book A Bear Called Paddington, has the melancholy of a departed world. Some of its trains are still steam, whistling away to halts as yet …

Books

Steve Carell on Despicable Me 3: 'I think I'm naturally an evil person'

Reformed supervillain Gru and his dungaree-sporting Minions are back for another instalment of the high-energy animated comedy. This time Gru attempts to recover a stolen diamond, while trying to resist being tempted back into evildoing by his brother Dru. The film’s stars Steve Carell and Kristen …

Movies

Daniel Day-Lewis reportedly retiring from acting 'to become a dressmaker'

The notoriously reclusive Daniel Day-Lewis, who last week released a characteristically vague statement announcing that he is retiring from acting, is reportedly turning his back on the profession that has netted him three Oscars as he's finally found his true vocation in life: making designer …

Did a zany, Ace Ventura-style Han Solo result in the firing of the film's directors?

There has been a lot of finger-pointing in the wake of the firing of Han Solo directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, who were last week surprisingly announced to be departing the project despite having been already filming the movie for nearly five months.<p>A reportedly tyrannical Kathleen …

Star Wars

More troubling rumours from the Han Solo film have emerged

In the fallout from Phil Lord and Chris Miller's departure from the Han Solo movie, with Ron Howard in as their replacement, the rumour mill has …

Star Wars

Baby Driver review – Edgar Wright puts pedal to the metal for wildly enjoyable heist caper

This high-revving thrill ride about a music-obsessed teenage getaway driver is a terrifically stylish piece of work with a banging soundtrack<p>In 2011 a resident of Oakland, Michigan, caused a sensation by bringing a lawsuit against Nicolas Winding Refn’s film Drive for not having enough actual …

Baby Driver

The director of one of the year's worst reviewed films has responded to critics

Film director Colin Trevorrow has responded to the scathing reviews his new film <i>The Book of Henry</i> received.<p>The drama, starring Naomi Watts, Jacob …

Movies

A plucky and lively Fidelio that's filled with light and hope: review

Previously immune to the outrageously experimental school of opera production, Longborough Festival has taken a rather brave step forward with this plucky and lively, if flawed, staging of Fidelio. During the interval I heard many of the audience harrumphing and bridling at its willful …

Mad Max

Okja director Bong Joon-ho: 'Capitalism turns love into something ugly'

He's been called a master of cinema, but Bong Joon-ho’s more concerned with control<p>Bong joon-ho doesn't drive much these days. "I can't concentrate," …

Netflix

Baby Driver review: Edgar Wright's infectious car-chase thriller will make you believe in magic

<b>Director: Edgar Wright; Starring: Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Lily James, Jamie Foxx, CJ Jones, Jon Hamm, Eiza González, Jon Bernthal. 15 cert, 113 mins.</b><p>The fact that the DNA of Edgar Wright’s new film has been lying dormant in the lyrics of a Simon & Garfunkel B-side for almost half a century just …

Baby Driver

The Little Hours review – foul-mouthed nuns run riot in flimsy but fun comedy

Aubrey Plaza heads up a cast of skilled comic actors in a sex farce that has amusing moments scattered throughout but risks feeling like an extended SNL skit<p>Rather like 2011’s Your Highness, the initial gimmick proudly, even boastfully, revealed in The Little Hours is based on the notion that …

Alison Brie

Baby Driver: can a bad title sink a film?

Will Edgar Wright’s decision to make his latest film sound like a slapstick childcare comedy affect its impact – or make no difference?<p>There is a lot going on in Baby Driver, a caffeinated splicing of crime thriller and jukebox musical. Once you clunk-click into the central conceit – audacious …

Movies

It's National Beard Week! Can you identify the celeb based on their chinstrap alone?

Tom Hardy

People are finally getting bored of the Transformers franchise

New <i>Transformers</i> film <i>The Last Knight</i> is on course to be the franchise's least successful film yet.<p><i>Variety</i> reports that the fifth film in Michael Bay's …

Movies

Despicable Me 3 review: consistently funny, but could use more of Gru's ambition

<b>Dirs: Kyle Balda, Pierre Coffin; Starring: Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Trey Parker, Steve Coogan, Julie Andrews, Jenny Slate, Andy Nyman (voices). U cert, 90 mins.</b><p>For all their extraordinary popularity, the Despicable Me films have never quite landed on a look or tone that felt ineffably <i>them</i>. You …

Movies

Will Ferrell on new film The House, playing Sherlock Holmes and SNL

For all his colourful performances, Will Ferrell is polite and softly spoken in person; the kind of man who wears a smart blazer, tie and pocket …

Sports (India)

Emma Thompson on new film Alone in Berlin, global warming and getting out of her comfort zone

Emma Thompson can still remember a request from her mother – and sometime co-star – actress Phyllida Law: “Please don’t play another good woman in a …

Despicable Me 3 review – aspartame-rush animation that is starting to run out of steam

The third helping of the blockbuster Despicable Me series featuring Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig makes all the right moves – but to incrementally less successful effect<p>The Despicable Me series has shown there is life outside Pixar and Disney, both commercially and artistically, in the blockbuster …

Movies

Tuesday’s best TV: Hokusai: Old Man Crazy to Paint; Broken

Everything you need to know about the celebrated Japanese creator of The Great Wave; plus Jimmy McGovern’s portrait of the nation ramps up the grimness yet further<p><b>Hokusai: Old Man Crazy to Paint</b> <br>9pm, BBC4<p>According to David Hockney, printmaker and painter Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) understood …

TV

War For the Planet of the Apes review: a soulful, mesmerising spectacle worthy of David Lean

<b>Director: Matt Reeves; Starring: Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Karin Konoval, Steve Zahn, Terry Notary, Amiah Miller. Cert tbc, 142 mins</b><p>Six years on from the reboot, life isn’t getting any easier on the Planet of the Apes. Following Rise of (2011) and Dawn of (2014), the series has now moved …

Movies

Turkish filmmakers fear the spectre of censorship

The dynamism of the Turkish film industry in recent years is a paradoxical story: while the headline figures are robust, the foundations seem …

Censorship

How we made Rita, Sue and Bob Too

George Costigan: ‘I watched the premiere with my wife on one side of me – and my mother on the other’<p>Max Stafford-Clark, artistic director of the Royal Court theatre<p>Rita, Sue and Bob Too really happened. Andrea Dunbar, who wrote the play and the screenplay, had an affair with a married man, having …

UK News

Tom Hardy's Venom won't ever appear in the MCU, Sony clarifies

Marvel fans hoping to see Tom Hardy’s Venom onscreen with the likes of Chris Hemsworth’s Thor or Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man will be sadly …

Marvel Universe

Albert Herring review – gentle humour, period detail and a terrifying Lady Billows

The Grange, Northington John Copley’s expertly crafted production extracts every ounce of humour from Britten’s cosy comedy; in the pit, Steuart Bedford brings precision and sensibility<p>Benjamin Britten’s 1947 opera shares its tone with the famous series of Ealing screen comedies launched that year: …