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  • post Holly Hunter: 'Sometimes I take a movie that I know is not great' - 23 June
  • The Oscar-winning actor is back on the big screen and receiving awards buzz for her role in romantic comedy The Big Sick. But despite a string of earlier successes, the industry hasn?t always been kind to herI haven?t been to Holly Hunter?s house and, I?ve come to terms with the fact that I probably never will, but meeting her in a New York hotel room gave me a tantalizing idea of what kind of host she?d be. As I wait outside a suite at the Four Seasons, I can hear the Oscar-winning actor conduct some last-minute feng shui with a publicist, doubling up as furniture re-arranger. When I enter, she?s up on her feet awaiting my arrival and quickly explaining that she wanted us both on the sofa together as the previous set-up was far too much like an ?interrogation?. We sit and she?s offering to serve me tea before talking through why it?s so much better in the UK (?All I drink is tea but in a way, we just don?t know how to do it?) and offering up career-based empathy (?It?s got to be a weird job when you have to have to talk about movies that you don?t like?). Needless to say, most interviews don?t tend to start with such informal warmth. Continue reading...
  • post Lard Brexit: did the EU's 30-year fight over 'greasy' British chocolate cause the split? - 23 June
  • On the Brexit vote anniversary, Jonathan Coe remembers his days in Brussels covering the cocoa wars ? and trying to turn them into a filmThe film was to begin with a shot of the Houses of Parliament. Patriotic music on the soundtrack (?Land of Hope and Glory?, probably). A blustering British journalist in his mid-60s ? think Boris Johnson if he had never become an MP ? speaking to camera. ?London,? he intones. ?For centuries, the place where the British ruling class has made its decisions. The parliament building is the seat of government for the whole of the United Kingdom. A place steeped in tradition, symbolising all that is best about Britain: proud, independent, committed to the freedom of the British people.?At which point a voice off camera calls out ?Cut!?. And then ?the music stops abruptly and the camera pulls back to reveal what appears to be a man 300ft tall, standing behind the parliament building. This is James, a British journalist with grey hair, a cynical expression and an impeccable, tailor-made suit from Savile Row. We now realise that we are merely looking at a scale model of the parliament building. It comes up to James?s waist, and is surrounded by models of other European landmarks: the Eiffel Tower, the Brandenburg Gate, the leaning tower of Pisa etc. We are in Mini-Europe, the theme park just outside Brussels, and James is being interviewed by a French TV crew.? Continue reading...
  • post Summer in the Forest review ? affecting study of Jean Vanier's vision of peace and love - 23 June
  • This documentary about the Catholic author who created the L?Arche community for people with learning disabilities traces his activism and faith from wartime to todayThis is a calm and often affecting study of L?Arche, a community of people with learning disabilities in Trosly-Breuil, northern France. It was founded by the Canadian-born Catholic author and philosopher Jean Vanier, a saintly, snowy-haired figure who is now 88. As a young officer in the British Royal Navy, Vanier was stricken by the horror of the second world war and the Nazi death camps. He felt a vocational calling to do good that found its focus in the early 1960s, when a priest showed him the grim conditions in which mentally ill people were housed. Continue reading...
  • post Johnny Depp jokes about killing Donald Trump in Glastonbury appearance - 23 June
  • ?When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?? star asks crowd at a drive-in cinema at the festivalJohnny Depp joked about assassinating Donald Trump during an appearance at Glastonbury.The actor received a rock star welcome during the event at Cineramageddon ? a drive-in cinema on the Somerset site. Continue reading...
  • post Hampstead review ? Diane Keaton in placid, silver-years Richard Curtis knockoff - 23 June
  • Based on a case of a real-life Hampstead Heath squatter, this treacly romcom starring Brendan Gleeson and Diane Keaton lacks Notting Hill sparkleMore proof that Richard Curtis?s style of comedy-drama is very difficult to imitate. This placid, silver-years heartwarmer, set in a picturesque and pricey part of the capital ? in this case, Hampstead ? is pretty obviously inspired by Curtis?s 1999 hit Notting Hill, though actually taken from the true-life case of Harry Hallowes, a reclusive man who in 2007 claimed squatter?s rights to a patch of ground in Hampstead Heath in London where he?d set up camp and legally saw off some property developers who?d tried to oust him. Related: From Notting Hill to Hampstead: why do directors get London so wrong? Continue reading...
  • post On the set of Edgar Wright?s Baby Driver: ?Everything is fun with Jamie Foxx around? - 22 June
  • Bullitt collides with Barry White in the British director?s most ambitious project to date. Wright and his stars Ansel Elgort, Jon Hamm and Lily James explain why this noisy heist is a Hollywood ?unicorn?

    Edgar Wright is in remarkably, unfathomably good spirits. It?s day 23 of a high-pressure shoot for Baby Driver, the director?s latest and biggest film, and Wright is standing on a closed-off portion of a highway in Atlanta, overseeing a frenetic car chase on a scale that easily surpasses anything he?s made before.Wright is casually propped up against one of the many vehicles on the road, wearing a boater and looking like the postcard embodiment of an Englishman abroad. As he excitedly talks about the world he created on paper coming to life, Jamie Foxx walks past in a boilersuit. ?Everything is fun with Jamie Foxx around,? Wright says, beaming at his Oscar-winning star. ?We have Gladys Knight and the Pips playing, so we good,? Foxx replies, one earphone in. Continue reading...
  • post Tubelight review ? Salman Khan's stuttering charm offensive - 23 June
  • Hoping to continue the personal rebranding begun in 2015?s Bajrangi Bhaijaan and seduce the Chinese audience at the same time, Salman Khan?s latest is a cold-eyed sentiment-wringerThree years ago, few could have predicted that Salman Khan ? Bollywood?s somewhat incredible hulk, then mired in career controversy ? would eventually devote himself to issuing humanitarian statements in film form. This curious turn into mid-career community service began with 2015?s summer mega-hit Bajrangi Bhaijaan, in which the star sought to build bridges between India and Pakistan; it continued through last year?s biopic Sultan, where an ageing action man pondered how best to use his muscle. In new release Tubelight, the charm offensive stutters: with its pitifully glib pleas for peace, this 1960s-set mushfest makes Culture Club?s low-barring The War Song sound as though it was written by AJP Taylor. Related: Salman Khan: 'I have no interest in doing Hollywood films' Continue reading...
  • post Johnny Depp jokes about assassinating Trump at Glastonbury - video - 23 June
  • Johnny Depp jests with the Glastonbury crowd about killing Donald Trump. The actor asks his audience: ?When was the last time an actor assassinated a president??, a reference possibly to the assassination of Abraham Lincoln by John Wilkes Booth. Depp is at the festival to promote his film The LibertineJohnny Depp jokes about killing Trump in Glastonbury appearance
    Continue reading...
  • post Ron Howard signed up to direct Star Wars spin-off Han Solo movie - 22 June
  • Veteran director takes over after Lego Movie co-directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller fired two days ago following clash with studio headsThe Da Vinci Code?s Ron Howard has replaced The Lego Movie?s Phil Lord and Chris Miller as director of the Han Solo spin-off movie, the much-anticipated new instalment of the Star Wars standalone series.According to the Hollywood Reporter, Howard joined the film two days after Lord and Miller were sensationally fired over ?creative differences? with the film?s producers Lucasfilm. Reports have suggested clashes with veteran scriptwriter Lawrence Kasdan were partly responsible. Continue reading...
  • post Rebel Wilson's $7m damages claim should be thrown out, Bauer Media says - 22 June
  • Actor seeks money over eight articles that defamed her in May 2015, including $5.89m in special damagesRebel Wilson?s ?extraordinarily large? special damages claim should be thrown out because she has failed to prove she suffered losses as a result of a series of defamatory magazine articles, a court has heard.Wilson is seeking $5.893m in special damages ? which would cover the loss of one film role ? and general damages of $1.2m, bringing total damages sought to an ?extremely conservative? $7.093m. Continue reading...

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