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  • post Assassination Nation review ? social media revenge porn - 19 October
  • Salem witch hysteria gets a Maga makeover in Sam Levinson?s satirical thriller about digital privacy and the patriarchyEvery American presidency gets the extreme horror film that it deserves, and the Maga-era US has now got Assassination Nation, which could as well be called Confrontation Nation or Indignation Nation ? a new spin on the Salem witch hysteria, a full-on splattery meltdown far from Arthur Miller, written and directed by actor-turned-filmmaker Sam Levinson.A mysterious hacker (whose IP address discloses a location in Moscow, of all places) gets access to the internet search histories, digital photos and text conversations of everyone in the respectable American town of Salem ? and proceeds to dump them online, thus revealing how, in 2018, people?s private lives and imaginations have become extensively pornified by the internet. Continue reading...
  • post The Hate U Give's Amandla Stenberg on bringing Black Lives Matter to the box office - 19 October
  • Stenberg is the star of a new adaptation of the YA novel phenomenon. The actor, and the film?s director, discuss cinema?s new generation of resistance
    Any resemblance between The Hate U Give and your average teen movie evaporates about 20 minutes in, when 16-year-old Starr Carter, played by Amandla Stenberg, witnesses a police officer shoot dead her friend Khalil at point-blank range. By this stage, Starr?s father has already given her The Talk, the time-honoured ritual where African-American parents instruct their children how to behave if stopped by the police: be polite, stay calm, put your hands where they can see them. When their car is pulled over, Starr follows the drill. Khalil reaches for a hairbrush. The police officer thinks it?s a gun. That?s all it takes.The Hate U Give is fictional, but barely. To see the stricken expression on Stenberg?s face during the shooting scene is to recall Diamond Reynolds, partner of Philando Castile, who livestreamed the aftermath of Castile?s 2016 police shooting from the passenger seat while he bled to death beside her. The victims? names have almost become a mantra: Castile, Freddie Gray, Oscar Grant, Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, Sandra Bland ? all young African Americans killed by law enforcement, each an avoidable tragedy. Continue reading...
  • post Tell us: how does it feel to watch a classic film on first release? - 19 October
  • As audio of frenzied audience reactions to the original Halloween has gone viral, we want to hear your stories of seeing defining films at the cinemaThe much-hyped release of the latest Halloween installment (tipped to break records with a $70m opening) has led many to think back to the film that started it all back in 1978.While there have been rankings aplenty, there?s also been a rather fascinating video going viral that gives us an idea of what it would have been like to see the original on the big screen. Audio from the time has been matched with remastered footage and the result is a nifty leap back in time when Michael Myers was still a terrifyingly unknown quantity. Continue reading...
  • post 'Rescue yourself!': Keira Knightley on why her daughter can't watch Cinderella - 19 October
  • Knightley has ?banned? the Disney princess film, while Kristen Bell uses Snow White to teach her children about lack of consentActors Keira Knightley and Kristen Bell have both commented on their unease about using Disney princesses as role models for their children.Speaking on the Ellen Show, Knightley said her daughter (who was born in 2015) was ?banned? from watching Cinderella, which Disney produced as a cartoon in 1950 and a live-action film in 2015. ?[Cinderella] waits around for a rich guy to rescue her. Don?t. Rescue yourself! Obviously.? Continue reading...
  • post The School in the Cloud review ? how a computer for slum kids inspired a learning debate - 19 October
  • This stimulating documentary looks at physicist and TED-talk guru Sugata Mitra?s ideas about using technology to help children learn for themselves Half term usually brings forth a minor deluge of U-rated animated features, laid out like cinematic kitchen roll to absorb the attention of restless children. This documentary offers, instead, debate-stimulating viewing for all educators enjoying time off, too.Director Jerry Rothwell has tracked projects set up by Sugata Mitra, a physicist turned TED-talk guru over several years. In the late 90s, Mitra set up an experiment. He made a hole in the wall of his office building in New Delhi, in which he installed a computer screen and mousepad for use by local slum kids. The way he tells the story, after a few months they wanted more expensive graphics cards and a better mouse, and displayed a thirst for knowledge that got Mitra thinking about how our Victorian-designed, factory-style education systems might be improved with modern technology. Continue reading...
  • post Javier Bardem condemns 'public lynching' of Woody Allen - 19 October
  • The Spanish actor has spoken in defence of the director, calling him a ?genius? with whom he?d work again immediatelyJavier Bardem has spoken out in support of Woody Allen, who directed him and his wife Penélope Cruz in the 2008 comedy Vicky Cristina Barcelona.Bardem?s comments emerged from a masterclass at the Lumiere festival in Lyon, France. The Spanish actor, who also appeared in the 007 film Skyfall and won an Oscar for best supporting actor for the Coen brothers? No Country for Old Men, said he would be happy to work for Allen again. Continue reading...
  • post Tom Hooper's Cats film to be gender flipped as Judi Dench joins cast - 19 October
  • Dench is to play elderly mog Deuteronomy, a role traditionally played by a man, in adaptation of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musicalHaving already herded Taylor Swift, James Cordon, Jennifer Hudson and Ian McKellen, director Tom Hooper has added two new arrivals to the Cats litter.On Wednesday it was announced that Idris Elba is to join the cast of his movie version of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical as Macavity, the villain of the piece. On Friday, Judi Dench was also added, playing Old Deuteronomy, the Jellicle leader who is kidnapped by Macavity. Continue reading...
  • post Judy Blume's Are You There God? It?s Me, Margaret to be adapted for film - 18 October
  • After half a century of batting off Hollywood offers, beloved US children?s author agrees to movie version of her best-known novelForty-eight years after its publication, Judy Blume?s seminal young adult novel, Are You There God? It?s Me, Margaret, is to be adapted for cinema.Following many decades rejecting the advances of film producers, Blume tweeted in August that she was having meetings in Hollywood to discuss possible movie versions of her books, and invited readers? opinions on which title would be best suited to the big screen. ?I think the time has come,? she said. Continue reading...
  • post Detective allegedly urged Weinstein accuser to delete material from phone - 17 October
  • Nicholas DiGaudio told accuser to remove information she did not want seen before handing cellphone over, prosecutors saidA police detective already facing allegations that he coached a witness in Harvey Weinstein?s criminal sexual assault case was accused on Wednesday of urging one of the movie mogul?s accusers to delete material from her cellphones before she handed them over to prosecutors.The Manhattan district attorney?s office detailed the alleged misconduct in a letter to Weinstein?s lawyer that was made public. Continue reading...
  • post A Star Is Born outshines Venom and Johnny English at UK box office - 16 October
  • The acclaimed romance starring Lady Gaga takes a late leap to the top spot as Neil Armstrong biopic First Man steps in at No 4For its opening weekend at the UK box office, Bradley Cooper?s A Star Is Born found itself in third place, beaten by Venom and Johnny English Strikes Again. But for the second session it?s a totally different story: A Star Is Born rises to the top, knocking Venom into second position. Continue reading...

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