Film (UK)

How bad parenting can knock 20 years off your life

Heart disease, depression, life expectancy. New research claims that stress exerts a far heavier physical toll than previously understood. The film-maker James Redford talks about how childhood stress can be a killer<p>There is a scene in James Redford’s new film, Resilience, in which a paediatrician …


Cannes 2017 preview: Netflix and Nicole Kidman are in, bikinis and Dunkirk are out

If you think we film critics are excited about what we’re going to see at Cannes next month, it pales in comparison to the thrill of wondering what we’re going to eat.<p>Rumours are already rife that the 70th edition of the festival, which runs for 12 days from Wednesday May 12, may feature an …

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Former Bond girl Lana Wood, sister of Natalie, reveals she is homeless

In the Sixties and Seventies, Lana Wood was a big star. She starred in the TV soap Peyton Place before becoming Bond Girl Plenty O’Toole opposite Sean Connery in Diamonds Are Forever. Her big sister Natalie, on the other hand, was Hollywood royalty, having shot to fame in Rebel Without a Cause and …

Clive James: ‘A reader has complained about my still being alive’

He has guessed the unsettling effect of going nuts in your face, like Peter Capaldi in The Thick Of It<p>Somebody on the point of bursting into flames from ungoverned anger has written in with a list of my perfidies, which include my still being alive when he has specifically indicated that he wants …

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Suntan review – stellar male midlife crisis comedy gets steadily darker

A superbly directed, quietly devastating film about an EasyJet Gustav von Aschenbach who embarrasses himself by falling in love with a younger beauty<p>Argyris Papadimitropoulos is a Greek film-maker whose work I didn’t know before seeing this unbearably sad story of sexual obsession. His style stands …


What happened after Thelma & Louise's death plunge? 12 rejected movie endings


Ellie Kendrick on Game of Thrones, new film Whisky Galore! and writing plays

<i>Game Of Thrones</i> actors travel all over the world. Some get to go to Croatia, others shoot in Morocco or Iceland or Malta or Spain. Ellie Kendrick, …

Game of Thrones

'It made my children cry': when real-life figures hate their biopics

Madonna has expressed her unhappiness over unauthorised biopic Blond Ambition, but she’s not the first famous person to get annoyed<p>Madonna is disgruntled. Blond Ambition, the biopic of her early days, is arguably one of the most anticipated movies of recent years. Its script was so acclaimed that …


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Johnny Depp in dying fan's film<p>The Make A Film Foundation made cancer patient Anthony Conti’s dying wish come true.<p>The Make A Film Foundation made cancer patient Anthony Conti’s dying wish come true.


Our actors upstaged by weather presenters

Reader Mary McKeown applauds Dame Judi Dench for speaking up about actors delivering inaudible lines<p>Hurrah for Dame Judi Dench (Get off the sofa and learn your Shakespeare, Dench tells young actors, 28 April). The first requirement of an actor or broadcaster is TO BE HEARD. I am considering giving …


Romeo and Juliet review – the Globe's perverse show vandalises Shakespeare

Shakespeare’s Globe, London This risible production butchers the language, turns Juliet into a squawking, pampered princess and makes everyone dance to the Village People<p>Daniel Kramer, director of this dismal production and part of the artistic team at English National Opera, says in the programme …

Romeo and Juliet

Roseanne set for TV revival with original cast on board

The hit 90s sitcom is set to return for an eight-episode limited series with Roseanne Barr, John Goodman and Sara Gilbert attached<p>Hit 90s sitcom Roseanne is set for a small-screen return in the shape of an eight-episode limited series.<p>According to Deadline, the ABC family comedy reboot has already …


From Sixties 'It' girl to Amy Schumer's mother: the life and movies of Goldie Hawn

Michael Mantenuto Dead: Former Disney Star Dies, Aged 35

You might remember him from the sports biopic, 'Miracle'.<p>Former Disney actor Michael Mantenuto has died, at the age of 35.<p>Michael was best known for his role in Walt Disney Pictures’ sports biopic ‘Miracle’, in which he appeared opposite Kurt Russell and Patricia Clarkson.<p>He starred as ice hockey …

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Baahubali 2: The Conclusion review – joyous action epic soars

The second part of India’s most expensive film ever is a jaw-dropping blockbuster that combines nimble action with genuine heart<p>2015’s Baahubali: The Beginning, the impressive first chunk of India’s most expensive film yet, built towards a literal cliffhanger, with a strongman knifed in the back by …


Joseph Fiennes Defends Controversial Portrayal Of Michael Jackson - 'Comic, Lighthearted Satire'

"It's comic, lighthearted.'<p>Joseph Fiennes has broken his silence on his controversial portrayal of Michael Jackson, in a project so derided it was pulled from screen before it was even aired.<p>The ‘Shakespeare in Love’ star took on the role of the late superstar for a proposed episode of ‘Urban …


Guerrilla's John Ridley: 'As Three Kings went through the system, George Clooney was unblackified'

The Oscar-winning writer of 12 Years a Slave on race in Hollywood, his ‘must-suffer’ TV and his spat with Steve McQueen<p>Did John Ridley know what he was letting himself in for? When we meet the morning after the London premiere of his political drama Guerrilla, the busiest man in television still …


Fugitive Polanski returns to Cannes film festival

The movie, Based On A True Story (D'apres Une Histoire Vraie), will be screened out of competition and stars Emmanuelle Seigner as a Parisian author …

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 and Lady Macbeth: the best films in the UK

The Marvel sequel lives up to expectations, while Florence Pugh excels as a bartered teen bride. Plus: Heal the Living and Their Finest<p>1 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 (12A)<br>(James Gunn, 2017, US) 136 mins<p>Propelled by 1970s soft-rock and fantasy-art visuals, Marvel’s knockabout space spectacle just …


Culture stars who died in 2017: from Jonathan Demme to Bill Paxton

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Dear White People review – race relations go back to school in still-searing satire

Netflix’s 10-part adaptation of Justin Simien’s 2014 film about racism on college campuses retains its bite and finds more depth amid the drama<p>It’s fair to say Justin Simien’s Netflix adaptation of his 2014 film Dear White People ruffled a few feathers. The mere sight of the trailer was enough to …

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Entertainment news round-up: 23 - 28 April

<b>Madonna got justifiably - and unjustifiably - angry over claims made in a film script; Friends star Matt LeBlanc may prove to be the saviour of a British TV brand; the sad passing of Silence of the Lambs director Jonathan Demme - and much more...</b><p>Here's a round-up of some things you might have …


Woody Harrelson webchat – post your questions now

The Hollywood star is joining us to answer your questions in a live webchat on Monday 1 May – post them in the comments below

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The 10 best things to do this week: Reginald D Hunter and Cheltenham jazz festival

The controversial US comic starts his UK tour, while the annual music marathon returns: your at-a-glance guide to the best in culture<p><b>Comedy</b><p><b>Reginald D Hunter</b><br>The controversial US comic is back on tour in the UK with a new show, Some People v Reginald Hunter, taking in a mammoth 43 dates before he …


Saturday’s best TV: Doctor Who; Britain's Got Talent; LA 92: The Riots

Peter Capaldi’s final series hits its stride, Britain continues to have talent and the LA riots are remembered, in bruising, minute-by-minute style.<p>Doctor Who<br>7.20pm, BBC1<p>A proper little belter by Sarah Dollard takes Bill and the Doctor to London in 1814, where visitors to a fair that has sprung up …

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Austin Powers 4: 'I would love to do another' Mike Meyers says as original turns 20

<i>Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery</i> celebrates its 20th anniversary this month, an improbably DVD hit that spawned sequels and catchphrases …

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How My Light Is Spent review – Newport life becomes as strange as Under Milk Wood

Royal Exchange, Manchester Anxieties over loneliness and zero-hours contracts take an eerily real form for the characters in Alan Harris’s lyrical two-hander<p>Jimmy, who is 34 and lives with his mum, can’t pinpoint the exact moment that he began to disappear. Yet he wakes up one morning to discover …

The Bodyguard review – a shallow, shaky love story with all the thrills of a wet sock

Sydney Lyric Theatre, Sydney Even Australian Idol Paulini’s stellar voice can’t rescue this musical, which turns the Whitney Houston film into a glitzy but baffling spectacle for the stage<p>There’s a moment in The Bodyguard when even the most sceptical of romantics might swoon. In the midst of …


London Sinfonietta review – a 21st-century cult classic shines in the dark

Royal Festival Hall, London Ushers in night-vision goggles and two terrifying blackouts enhance the enthralling soundworld of Haas’s In Vain<p>When London Sinfonietta gave the British premiere of Georg Friedrich Haas’s In Vain in 2013, the piece could already be branded a cult classic. Simon Rattle …


The Exterminating Angel; Doctor Atomic review – incendiary Adès and Adams

Royal Opera House; Barbican, London Two living composers, two powerful operas, two striking performances<p>On first encounter – at the world premiere in Salzburg last year – Thomas Adès’s <b>The Exterminating Angel</b> challenged ears and eyes simply to keep up, to absorb the panoply of sounds and sights: …