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  • post Can Michael Fassbender survive his year of flops? - 23 October
  • The Snowman is melting at the box office. It only continues what Assassin?s Creed and Song to Song started, threatening to ruin this actor?s previously sparkling career Related: The Snowman, Yogi Bear and Hollywood's unintentionally funny movie posters The Snowman is a turkey. Everyone saw it coming, and now it?s happened. Audiences simply did not want to see Michael Fassbender play a man called Harry Hole in a film that was released before it was finished and marketed by a drawing of a Snowman who calls everyone ?Mister Police?, like some sort of cut-price children?s entertainer. Lessons have been learned and everyone will move on. Continue reading...
  • post Murder on the Orient Express: has the all-star gravy train run out of steam? - 23 October
  • The all-star cast is part of Hollywood tradition. In 2017, have we reached capacity? Related: A message for Sir Kenneth Branagh. Let the people see the Hiddleston Hamlet! | Peter Bradshaw The names flash past in the trailer for the new Murder on the Orient Express like carriages on a bullet train: Kenneth Branagh (who also directs), Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Dench, Depp, Gad, Jacobi, Pfeiffer, Ridley. The whole approach screams: ?Never mind the story; look at those names!? Continue reading...
  • post Into the void: the fast life and shocking death of a wingsuit-flying superstar - 23 October
  • Alexander Polli was an adrenaline junkie, a daredevil who could fly through holes in rockfaces at 150mph. Our writer tells the extraordinary story of Base, a new film starring Polli that had to be delayed when he was killed by the sport he lovedOne week after his wingsuit-flying partner died, Carlos Briceńo Schutte launched himself into the void holding an inflatable pig. The drop from the Aiguille du Midi, the 3,842m peak that towers over the French alpine town of Chamonix, had been one of Alexander Polli?s favourites. It was only right, says Schutte, to fly it in remembrance ? accompanied by his friend?s spirit animal. ?He was sometimes a little bit fat, not doing much exercise,? says Schutte. ?I was like, ?You?re not an eagle, bro. You?re a pig.??Polli, who was just 31 when he died last year, was the Jimi Hendrix of wingsuit-flying, the supremely dangerous sport whose elite are revered like rock stars, thanks to the eye-watering feats they perform. Polli, like Schutte, had taught himself by trial and error to use the nylon-webbed suits that allow base-jumpers to ascend to the next terrifying level. Launching themselves from peaks and helicopters, they cut horizontally through the air at speeds that can exceed 200mph, ?proximity-flying? just inches from rockfaces and buildings. There is little room for error on such high-octane flights ? and none whatsoever on the 2013 stunt with which Polli made his name: threading the needle of a 25ft hole in a rockface in Spain?s Montserrat mountains, an accomplishment unusually extreme even by wingsuit standards. Continue reading...
  • post Pickups review ? Aidan Gillen laughs at himself as he turns killer in meta-film - 23 October
  • Directed by Jamie Thraves, the Game of Thrones actor?s sketches about the travails of mid-range celebrity are full of likable self-mockeryLike Larry David in Curb Your Enthusiasm or Matt LeBlanc in Episodes, the Irish actor Aidan Gillen plays an actor called Aidan Gillen in this scrappy, low-fi meta-musing on fame and life as a jobbing actor. Gillen, who co-wrote the script with director Jamie Thraves, runs the risk here of looking like a raging narcissist by making a film all about himself. Instead he sketches the travails of mid-range celebrity with likable self-mockery. The film?s running gag is that his character is constantly being recognised as ?that fella off the TV? by people who then won?t believe it?s really him. ?Nah. The guy I?m thinking of is much younger looking than you.?Pickups is Gillen?s third film with Thraves, after The Low Down and Treacle Jr, two authentic, tiny-budget London dramas. Since Treacle Jr in 2010, he has become stop-you-in-the-street famous playing Machiavellian brothel owner Petyr Baelish in Game of Thrones. This film, with its feel of an experimental side project, seems to be his attempt to process that. Continue reading...
  • post Director James Toback accused of sexual harassment by 38 women - 22 October
  • Hollywood veteran denies allegations saying he never met his accusersToback, 72, received Oscar nomination for writing Warren Beatty movie BugsyThe Oscar-nominated writer and director James Toback has been accused of sexual harassment by 38 women in a report published by the Los Angeles Times. Related: How Harvey Weinstein?s accusers gave women worldwide a voice Continue reading...
  • post The Princess Bride review ? golden-age throwback glows brighter than ever - 23 October
  • Thirty years on, Rob Reiner?s salute to Hollywood swashbucklers remains a poignant pastiche, gloriously unencumbered by CGI visuals and gender clichesAfter 30 years, the wit, fun, charm and idealism are fresher than ever. The Princess Bride, adapted by William Goldman from his novel and directed by Rob Reiner, now makes a brief reappearance in UK cinemas. Catch it while you can. My colleague Hadley Freeman has a magisterial chapter on it in her memoir of 1980s Hollywood, Life Moves Pretty Fast, showing how it made possible fairytale homages and Shrek and Frozen and also affected the language of irony and comedy in the television pop culture that came afterwards. It?s a movie that manages to be both a pastiche and a fervently real love story. The Princess Bride is an organically grown comedy romance from an analogue age: different from the genetically modified, digital creations that came along later. And there is a specific kind of poignancy given how two of its stars have since achieved new fame in TV dramas of cynicism and disillusionment: Robin Wright with House of Cards and Mandy Patinkin in Homeland. Related: My favourite film: The Princess Bride Continue reading...
  • post Meet the new hotshots of American film-making - 22 October
  • As Dee Rees?s racially charged, Oscar-tipped film Mudbound debuts on Netflix, we speak to the director about challenging the establishment, while below, we profile directors Eliza Hittman, the Safdie brothers and Chloé ZhaoIn the opening scene of the new film Mudbound, two bedraggled white men are digging a hole, ominous storm clouds overhead. They are using old-fashioned shovels and it?s difficult immediately to date the action, but it becomes clear they are brothers, burying their father. When they realise the coffin will be too heavy for them to lower in, they stop a black family, passing by in a horse and trap. Only a few words are spoken, but the looks they exchange make it clear that there is history between these two families.The ambiguity of the film?s time frame was intentional, explains Dee Rees, Mudbound?s 40-year-old director. The film is actually set in the 1940s in the Mississippi delta, but the scene could have taken place a century earlier or even, to a degree, shockingly recently. ?Black people, we didn?t get the right to vote in America until 1965,? says Rees. ?That?s not long ago at all! Women got the right in 1920, we got the vote in ?65. Even when I was growing up in Nashville, Tennessee, as a suburban middle-class kid in a poor white suburb, we were the only black family on the block and there were confederate flags as curtains. Growing up in the 1980s, which we think of as contemporary, I was bussed to school because a lot of the public schools in Nashville were still segregated. This was in the 80s! So our history is with us, this isn?t some far-away thing.? Continue reading...
  • post Paddington 2 backers thought to be seeking to cut ties with Weinstein Company - 22 October
  • Backers thought to be seeking to scrap US distribution deal claiming family film should not be associated with studio at centre of sex harassment scandalThe backers of the Paddington films are thought to be seeking to scrap the Weinstein Company?s lucrative deal to distribute the upcoming sequel in the US, in the wake of the sexual harassment and assault allegations against its co-founder Harvey Weinstein.A source close to Heyday Films, the co-producer of Paddington with the French company StudioCanal, said the family film should have no association with TWC. Continue reading...
  • post Hollywood? It?s finished, claims Oscar-winning director who fled to New York - 21 October
  • Paul Haggis, who depicted LA?s racist underbelly in Crash, says Harvey Weinstein scandal is another sign of the film capital?s need for radical changeA change of the old order in Hollywood is long overdue, according to Paul Haggis, the Oscar-winning film-maker behind the hit films Crash and Million Dollar Baby.The Canadian screenwriter and director said many of the established rules of big-budget showbusiness should be re-examined in the light of falling box-office receipts and the recent scandalous claims and revelations about the enduring influence of the casting couch. Continue reading...
  • post Sexism and the music doc: 'Grace Jones has had her 15 minutes' - 21 October
  • Why Bloodlight and Bami bucks the cliched trend that?s haunted films about Whitney Houston and Amy Winehouse Related: Grace Jones and giant confetti cannons: the 20 biggest festival moments of 2017 The tragic downfall of a celebrity ingenue: a trusted, market-friendly formula for the big screen, especially where female recording artists are concerned. Documentaries about female stars tend to tread a similar narrative, involving a reductive look at personal histories, where the film-maker is less interested in the idea of accomplished musicians than of girls who supposedly dreamed too big and self-destructed through addiction and failed relationships. With this mythologising, you might say that Amy Winehouse (Asif Kapadia?s Amy), Whitney Houston (Nick Broomfield?s Whitney: Can I Be Me), Nina Simone ( Liz Garbus and Hal Tulchin?s What Happened Miss Simone?) and Janis Joplin (Amy Berg?s Janis: Little Girl Blue) have been made more alike in death than in life. Continue reading...

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