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  • post Stolen thunder: Keira Knightley's Colette champions overlooked female writers - 18 December
  • Films such as Colette and The Wife are eager to tell the stories of female authors whose husbands took credit for their work ? and it?s a battle that still isn?t wonThere is a Punch cartoon that depicts a business meeting in which the lone woman at the table is sharing an idea. Her boss responds: ?That?s an excellent suggestion, Mrs Triggs. Perhaps one of the men here would like to make it.?Watching Colette, this joke kept popping into my head. Starring Keira Knightley, the film tells the story of French author Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette in the years following her marriage to ?Willy,? a literary celebrity 15 years her senior. When Willy?s Claudine novels take Paris by storm, he indulges in toasts and parties, gathering up young women to dance the can-can on restaurant tables. The only issue is that the books are, in fact, written by Colette. Continue reading...
  • post The Favourite rules roost with 10 nominations at London critics awards - 18 December
  • Olivia Colman?s royal comedy leads a pack that includes Rupert Everett?s The Happy Prince, while Hollywood big-hitter Vice only scores two nods Related: 'Awards chat makes me sick': Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz on new film, The Favourite The Favourite has maintained its early season momentum in the awards race as it emerged at the head of the pack in the nominations for the London Film Critics? Circle awards. Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos and starring Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone, the comedy drama of 18th-century court intrigue scooped 10 nods, including film, director and screenwriter of the year. Colman and Weisz were also nominated for actress and supporting actress of the year respectively. Continue reading...
  • post Aquaman sinks Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse at UK box office - 18 December
  • DC?s marine superhero tops the chart ahead of the animated Spidey caper but Mortal Engines runs out of steam at No 5Warner Bros proclaimed Aquaman ?king of the box office as well as the seven seas?, as its oceanic superhero ended the two-week reign of Ralph Breaks the Internet at the top of the UK box office, taking Ł5.23m, including previews. Continue reading...
  • post 'Awards chat makes me sick': Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz on new film, The Favourite - 18 December
  • The three stars talk rivalry, royalty, referendums and the depiction of women running the country in their new period drama. Will the script?s filthy language affect their Oscar chances?
    Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone play love rivals in The Favourite, a period romance set in the court of Queen Anne. That?s underselling it: this ain?t your usual corset soap. The script is swearier, the stakes higher. Whoever wins the heart of the bedraggled monarch (Olivia Colman) earns not just a place in her four-poster, but safety, unlimited cake, a palace or two, plus free rein running the country at a time of peasant dissent and war with the French.Off screen, Weisz and Stone are also rivals: both so brilliant in the film ? the former as Lady Sarah, a sexy strategist in the Malcolm Tucker mould; the latter as Abigail, a bracingly aspirational maid with an immaculate accent ? they?re up for the same awards. But that, they nod as one, is the limit of it. Continue reading...
  • post The 50 best films of 2018 in the UK: No 4 ? Loveless - 18 December
  • Andrei Zvyagintsev?s stark drama about a couple?s toxic relationship ? and its catastrophic fallout ? was a passionate dissenting cry from within RussiaSee the rest of the UK countdownMore on the best culture of 2018Andrei Zvyagintsev?s Loveless is a film with a brutally informative adjective for a title. It?s something which applies to the toxic, failed relationship which is at the heart of the drama, but also to everything around the unhappy man and woman, to the very air that they breathe. Modern, aspirational Russia seems in this film to be grasping, unforgiving, a spiritual wasteland of materialism and selfie narcissism, like a distant planet which has lost the means to support life. It is a stark, mysterious, painful film in the high European tradition of Bergman, Antonioni and Haneke. Related: Leviathan director Andrei Zvyagintsev: ?Living in Russia is like being in a minefield? Continue reading...
  • post Woman claims underage relationship with Woody Allen in 1970s - 18 December
  • Model and actor Christina Engelhardt says she met Allen in 1976 and had secret relationship with him for eight yearsFormer model and actor Christina Engelhardt claims she started a secret sexual relationship with Woody Allen a few months before her 17th birthday in the 1970s, when she was younger than the legal age of consent of 17 in New York state.According to an interview in the Hollywood Reporter, Engelhardt ? currently working as an assistant to veteran producer Robert Evans ? said she met Allen in October 1976 and the pair subsequently commenced a relationship that lasted for eight years, and of which she says she has ?no regrets?. Engelhardt says Allen introduced her to Mia Farrow after Allen met the Rosemary?s Baby actor in 1979 and began a relationship with Farrow. Continue reading...
  • post Penny Marshall, film director and star of Laverne and Shirley, dies aged 75 - 18 December
  • Marshall?s Big was first female-directed film to gross $100mFrom 1976 to 1983 she starred in ABC?s Laverne & ShirleyPenny Marshall, who starred in Laverne & Shirley before becoming one of the top-grossing female directors in Hollywood, has died. She was 75.Marshall?s publicist, Michelle Bega, said Marshall passed away at her home in the Hollywood Hills, California, on Monday due to complications from diabetes. Continue reading...
  • post Yael Stone alleges Geoffrey Rush acted inappropriately towards her in dressing room, a claim he denies - 16 December
  • New York Times interview with Orange is the New Black star Stone details a string of alleged incidents during production of The Diary of a Madman The Oscar-winning actor Geoffrey Rush has denied acting inappropriately towards Orange is the New Black star Yael Stone during a 2010 theatre production.On Monday the New York Times published an interview in which Stone alleged Rush engaged in inappropriate behaviour when the two actors were co-stars in a 2010 theatre production of The Diary of a Madman. Continue reading...
  • post Sondra Locke's most memorable film performances ? video - 14 December
  • Sondra Locke, the American actor who was nominated for an Oscar for her first film, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, has died. Locke was best known for the six films she made with her one-time partner, Clint Eastwood, whom she dated for 13 yearsSondra Locke, actor and former partner of Clint Eastwood, dies at 74 Continue reading...
  • post Big-screen boom: UK cinemas on track for best year since 1971 - 14 December
  • Box-office success is attributed to a more diverse film slate and rise of boutique theatresThe British box office is heading for its best year in almost five decades as cinemas continue to defy the stay-at-home lure of Netflix.When the final ticket stubs are counted it is expected that British cinemagoers will have attended 176m times this year, a number not seen since 1971 when the hits included Diamonds are Forever, French Connection, Dirty Harry and Fiddler on the Roof. Continue reading...

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