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  • post What we learned from Vanity Fair's Star Wars: The Last Jedi issue - 24 May
  • The magazine?s latest issue offers an in-depth look at the highly anticipated sequel. From Leia?s role to the remote planet of Ahch-To, here?s what it revealedThe closer we get to the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi this December, the more JJ Abrams? achievement on The Force Awakens begins to crystallize. That cliffhanging final scene ? with Daisy Ridley?s Rey reaching out to a mute, disbelieving Luke Skywalker on the remote planet of Ahch-To ? left Rian Johnson with the perfect platform to go deeper into the new Star Wars galaxy in part two. Vanity Fair?s latest issue offers an in-depth look at the highly-anticipated sequel to Abrams? blockbuster megalith. Here are six takeaways from the magazine?s extensive behind-the-scenes view. Related: 40 years of Star Wars ? why the blockbuster saga is the greatest soap opera in the galaxy Continue reading...
  • post Meme team: after Rihanna-Lupita, what if other viral moments became movies? - 24 May
  • A joke about a picture of Rihanna and Lupita Nyong?o is set to become a movie ? so maybe there?s more money to be made from scouring the web for viral pitches Aspiring film-makers on the verge of giving up: take heart, for we now know exactly what Hollywood wants. Forget nimble storytelling or twist endings ? if you really want your project to get off the ground, you need to do a good meme. Related: A meme come true: Rihanna and Lupita Nyong'o to star in film based on tweet Continue reading...
  • post How to stage a Hollywood comeback - 24 May
  • Avoiding tabloid headlines, choosing the right director and knowing your eccentricities are just a few of the secrets to Nicole Kidman?s reinventionFor all intents and purposes, the 70th Cannes film festival belongs to Nicole Kidman. She has four offerings his year and seems to be a virtual one-woman invasion on the Croisette. She?s the ruthless head of a girls? seminary in Sofia Coppola?s The Beguiled; she reigns as the intergalactic punk monarch Queen Boadicea in How to Talk to Girls at Parties; she goes deadpan in high-concept head-scratcher, The Killing of a Sacred Deer, from The Lobster director Yorgos Lanthimos. She also forcibly integrates TV into the festival by virtue of her star power with a turn in season two of Top of the Lake. Related: Nicole Kidman in Cannes: her tortuous journey to Queen of the Croisette Continue reading...
  • post Rodin review ? Jacques Doillon sculpts an excruciatingly bad film - 23 May
  • The only passion this mind-blowingly dull biopic of the French sculptor is likely to incite is from audiences screaming for their money back Related: Radiance review ? a poignant vision of the power of sight Jacques Doillon has directed a quite excruciatingly bad film about the sculptor Auguste Rodin and he needs to sit down and think about what he has done. Continue reading...
  • post 'Keeping the British end up': Roger Moore's career in clips - 24 May
  • From his early days in The Saint, through his series of 007 movies, to his post-Bond semi-retirement, Roger Moore always lit up the screen, however dodgy the materialPeter Bradshaw on Roger Moore: a modest, self-deprecating James Bond who brought some serious aplomb Continue reading...
  • post Why I bluffed my way into North Korea: Claude Lanzmann on his Pyongyang lover - 24 May
  • He said he was making a film about taekwondo. But the great French director was actually on the trail of an old flame he had a secret romance with in the 1950sAt 91, Claude Lanzmann is a virtual folk memory of cinema. He is the former teenage fighter in the French resistance whose Jewish family went into hiding when war broke out. In 1985, he directed Shoah, the eight-hour documentary about the Holocaust composed almost entirely of first-person testimony. Now in Cannes, he has premiered a film about his personal experiences in North Korea. Napalm is a movie that, initially, takes its cue from the underreported fact that the US used the incendiary weapon in the Korean war of 1950-53. Related: Napalm review ? Claude Lanzmann's gripping account of erotic encounter in North Korea Continue reading...
  • post Nicole Kidman: I will work with a female director every 18 months - 24 May
  • Actor makes pledge as part of an effort to improve the number of women working behind the camera in film and televisionNicole Kidman has pledged to work with a female director at least once every 18 months as part of a wider effort to increase the number of women filmmakers in Hollywood. Related: The Beguiled review ? Sofia Coppola contrives hilariously fraught feminist psychodrama Continue reading...
  • post What?s the scariest tune at the Cannes festival? (Clue: it?s all around us) | Peter Bradshaw - 24 May
  • These notes signal something menacing and malign. Yes, it?s the unmistakable, jarring little marimba of the iPhone ringtoneAt this year?s Cannes festival there is a new musical signature, almost supplanting the Saint-Saëns theme which traditionally prefaces every film. I?ve heard it in almost every movie here, and it?s a harbinger of bad news. Related: How the phone case became the most important part of your wardrobe Continue reading...
  • post The Beguiled review ? Sofia Coppola contrives hilariously fraught feminist psychodrama - 24 May
  • Colin Farrell plays a wounded soldier who throws himself on the mercy of a ladies? seminary during the American civil war ? and sets them all of a decorous flutterSofia Coppola delivers a very enjoyable southern melodrama, the tale of a handsome, badly wounded Union soldier in enemy terrain during the American civil war who throws himself on the mercy of a ladies? seminary ? of all the outrageous things. Their inhabitants are all of a decorous flutter at the idea of this semi-unclothed male to whom they must minister, intimately. With its hilariously fraught psychodynamic, the film has hints of Black Narcissus and the famous Diet Coke ad about office workers admiring a perspiring worker slaking his thirst. It is adapted by Coppola from the 1966 Thomas P Cullinan novel - already filmed by Don Siegel in 1971 with Clint Eastwood in the lead role. Continue reading...
  • post Cannes 2017 day seven: Charlize Theron and Naomi Campbell on the red carpet ? in pictures - 23 May
  • Day seven at Cannes was dominated by a ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the film festival, with hordes of film-world luminaries on hand to celebrate Continue reading...

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