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  • post James Corden's Peter Rabbit: another kids' classic wrecked forever - 25 September
  • A new trailer reveals Beatrix Potter?s gentle rabbit has been turned into a house-trashing, cocky jerk. It looks like he?s gone the way of Postman Pat and ThunderbirdsIn a concrete bunker situated miles below civilisation lives a crack team of scientists dedicated to one thing and one thing only: ruining Peter Rabbit as comprehensively as they possibly can.Parents of young children might be fooled into thinking that their mission has already been a success. After all, there?s already a CBeebies Peter Rabbit adaptation that paints the sedate, 115-year-old Beatrix Potter character as a go-get-?em adventurer whose escapades are typically soundtracked by a series of nightmarish sub-Levellers songs about standing your ground and laughing in the face of danger. Continue reading...
  • post Pixel wizards: meet the unsung heroes bringing your favourite films to life - 25 September
  • Forget directors, the real stars behind the likes of The Jungle Book and Star Wars are the VFX artists who build their digital worlds. We report from the cutting edge festival offering a glimpse into the secret life of cinema
    ?So I need to know: Are you ready to be transformed?? shouts Scott Ross to the 900-strong crowd in the auditorium. They respond with raucous applause. To them, Ross is a legend. He ran George Lucas?s visual effects company, Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) in the 1980s, then founded his own Oscar-winning effects firm with James Cameron. His audience is largely made up of young people looking to follow in his footsteps: animators, video game designers, concept artists, illustrators and effects specialists. These are the people who build the digital worlds where we?re increasingly spending our leisure time ? in movies, games, and virtual reality. They are transforming culture and they?ve come here to transform themselves, even if they?re not exactly sure what into.
    Welcome to Trojan Horse Was a Unicorn. If the name sounds odd, that seems to be the idea. It takes place in Troia, Portugal, an idyllic peninsula just south of Lisbon. Its organisers describe it as ?Burning Man meets TED Talks?, though it?s equally a spiritual retreat. Students and young professionals come here from across the world, as do big industry names looking to hire new talent, make connections and softly promote their brands ? brands such as Disney, DreamWorks, Pixar, Google, Oculus (the Facebook-owned VR company), King (the makers of Candy Crush Saga) and Unity (makers of the pre-eminent game engine). Continue reading...
  • post Czech actor Jan T?íska dies, aged 80, after fall from Prague bridge - 25 September
  • Actor who emigrated to the US during Czechoslovakia?s communist era was best known for his appearances in The Karate Kid Part III and Quantum Leap Actor Jan T?íska, who moved to the US after being banned by Czechoslovakia?s communist regime, has died after falling from Prague?s iconic Charles Bridge. He was 80. Prague theatre director Jan Hru?ínský confirmed T?íska?s death on Monday. The actor died in Prague?s military hospital overnight due to injuries from the fall on Saturday, the circumstances of which remain unclear. Continue reading...
  • post From Blade Runner to Rollerball: did cinema's sci-fi dystopias predict the future? - 25 September
  • We are living in the era imagined by science-fiction films ? but is reality really mirroring fiction? Related: Deadly reality TV and sex robots: what can we learn from films set in 2017? Police cars can?t fly, artificial snakes are not commercially available, and the exodus to off-world colonies has not yet begun, but we?re already living in the world of Blade Runner ? chronologically, at least. The original movie is set in 2019. Rutger Hauer?s replicant-in-chief has been activated since January 2016. He might be watching attack ships off the shoulder of Orion as we speak. Continue reading...
  • post From Queen Victoria to Jesus Christ: the figures who most fascinate filmmakers - 24 September
  • Thanks to Judi Dench, Victoria now reigns supreme as the most popular character ever in British films. But who are the pretenders to her throne?Queen Victoria has replaced Sherlock Homes as the most featured character on British screens. According to a study by the British Film Institute, the monarch now is jointly tied with James Bond, on 25 films ? thanks to Judi Dench?s turn in Victoria and Abdul. But which other enduring characters have appeared multiple times in the movies around the world? Continue reading...
  • post The Guardian at Tiff 2017: Darkest Hour producers on Brexit and Churchill ? video - 25 September
  • Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, the co-chairs of celebrated British production outfit Working Title talk to the Guardian?s Peter Bradshaw about their long and varied careers, including the glory days of the Richard Curtis romcoms Notting Hill and Four Weddings and a Funeral, and their newest films Victoria & Abdul and Winston Churchill biopic Darkest Hour. Continue reading...
  • post 'The voice of the voiceless': how Viola Davis and Julius Tennon are changing the face of Hollywood - 24 September
  • The wife-and-husband team set up their own production company to tackle Hollywood?s persistent diversity problemThe actor Julius Tennon is thrilled to be appearing alongside his Oscar-winning wife, Viola Davis, in the new season of her hit show, How to Get Away with Murder, later this month. It is rare they work together onscreen.
    Offscreen, however, the power couple spend much of their time working together for they have a joint mission: to change the face of Hollywood by increasing diversity across the industry. Continue reading...
  • post Brexit critic Colin Firth opts for Italian passport for ?family reasons? - 23 September
  • Oscar-winning actor will continue to be based in London as officials in Rome confirm he now holds dual nationalityMany of the threats and promises exchanged during the row over Brexit have yet to be tested by time, but this weekend at least one has come to pass. The Oscar-winning film actor and producer Colin Firth, unmoved by Theresa May?s pronouncements in Florence, has accepted Italian citizenship, according to the Italian interior ministry in Rome. Related: Kingsman: The Golden Circle review ? spy sequel reaches new heights of skyscraping silliness Continue reading...
  • post How weird does a celebrity have to be before we stop watching their films? - 23 September
  • All celebrities are a bit weird, so when one is known for being Weird Even For A Celebrity, you know they are probably crossing over to ?actually quite scary?Of the many deeply uncool things I am obsessed with ? The Golden Girls, the oeuvre of Roxette, Princess Anne?s hair ? the uncoolest is also the one that has been with me the longest. Tom Cruise has been a part of my mental landscape ever since I was old enough to read in a magazine that I was supposed to fancy him. I was alive in the 80s and, as strange as this is now to think about, what with his deeply unsexy obsession since with thetans, back then he was very much pitched as Mr Sexxxxxy. Which is even stranger when you think that Cruise didn?t even grow into his face for another decade: back in Risky Business and The Outsiders, he looked vague and doughy next to his co-stars, particularly the Adonis that was the young Rob Lowe.Cruise was never really my type, but I will argue until closing time and beyond that he is one of the most watchable actors of all time: a proper Hollywood star who proved in one decade he could do top notch schlock (Top Gun), mediocre schlock (Cocktail) and proper acting (Born On The Fourth Of July and Rain Man, for which he should have won the Oscar instead of Dustin Hoffman). Continue reading...
  • post Gaga: Five Foot Two review ? pint-sized music doc wallows in self reflection - 22 September
  • Despite artful direction and meticulous curation by Gaga herself, the documentary never quite shakes the feel of a longform advert for the singer?s new phase ? one that?s preaching to the convertedIt?s been a transformative year in the life of Stefani Germanotta, a cycle purportedly captured in the new documentary Gaga: Five Foot Two, which is streaming on Netflix starting Friday. The vérité-style feature tracks the artist during the recording, release and promotion of her fifth studio cut, Joanne, culminating with her triumphant performance at the Super Bowl half-time show. The title, a nod to both the performer?s diminutive stature and the Guy Lombardo number, showcases the sincerity and humor and artistry that?s engendered a connection with her legion of Little Monsters over the years, but not even as formidable a talent as Gaga can overcome the inherent pitfalls of the authorized popstar documentary.Artfully directed by the Banksy profiler Chris Moukarbel and meticulously curated by the subject, who doubles as executive producer, the narrative follows the familiar beats of the genre with similarities to 1991?s Madonna: Truth or Dare. That similarity will do no favors for an artist who?s sparred with comparisons to Her Madgesty, which are addressed directly, and amusingly, on more than one occasion. Nearly a decade after she soared to global success with 2008?s The Fame, with an array of masks, headgear, and wigs to conceal her persona, there are moments of revelation and self-reflection dressed as a compelling pitch for the present chapter and ones to come. But not nearly enough of them, as Five Foot Two never quite shakes the feel of a longform advert for Gaga?s new phase that?s preaching to the converted. Continue reading...

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