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James Cameron Explores His Cinematic Creative Process With Masterclass

Legendary director James Cameron has hopped on board the Masterclass train and is finally teaching his principles and techniques for directorial success.Read more...
Tags: Science, Film, Avatar, James Cameron, David Lynch, Martin Scorsese, Masterclass, Werner Herzog, Jim, David Rogier, Terminator Dark Fate, Creative Works, English Language Films, Entertainment Culture, 20th Century Fox Films, Film Director


One in a Thousand review – Argentinian teen’s hoop dreams, hanging out and hoping

Clarisa Navas’s film is a confident, visually engaging romance conjuring a world of teenage waiting and wantingThis is an LGBT urban pastoral from film-maker Clarisa Navas, set in a tough barrio in Corrientes province, north-eastern Argentina. Sofia Cabrera plays Iris, a teenage girl who appears to have been excluded from school – although that doesn’t make her lifestyle any more obviously aimless than all the people she’s hanging out with. Iris is obsessed with basketball and spends most of her...
Tags: Film, Americas, World news, Culture, LGBT rights, Argentina, World cinema, Iris, Renata, Corrientes, Drama films, Romance films, Clarisa Navas, Argentina Sofia Cabrera, Renata Ana Carolina García


Golden Globes: two members resign from ‘toxic’ Hollywood Foreign Press Association

Wenting Xu and Diederik van Hoogstraten cite resistance to change, watered down diversity rules and a culture of fearTwo members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), the body that organises the Golden Globes, have resigned, denouncing the organisation as “toxic” in a letter obtained by the LA Times.In their letter, Wenting Xu and Diederik van Hoogstraten said that “staying inside the association is no longer tenable for us”. They list a number of reasons, including that “the majori...
Tags: Film, World news, US news, Culture, Awards and prizes, Golden Globes, Hfpa, LA Times, Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Hollywood Foreign Press Association HFPA, Diederik van Hoogstraten, Wenting Xu


How straight actors playing gay went from ‘brave’ to ‘blacking up’

If Ammonite and Supernova are anything to go by, queer roles are no longer awards bait. Instead, such films’ stars find themselves having to justify taking work away from LGBT+ performersIn February 1994, Hollywood seemed to change for ever. Tom Hanks – the epitome of the American everyman – won a best actor Oscar for playing the out gay protagonist in a major studio movie.In retrospect, Philadelphia looks a bit iffy. It is melodramatic, littered with tropes, and gets an awful lot of cathartic m...
Tags: Hollywood, Film, Tom Hanks, Culture, Awards and prizes, LGBT rights, Oscar, Oscars, Philadelphia


Not only the brave: why straight actors playing gay are no longer automatically acclaimed

If Ammonite and Supernova are anything to go by, queer roles are no longer awards bait. Instead, such films’ stars find themselves having to justify taking work away from LGBT+ performersIn February 1994, Hollywood seemed to change for ever. Tom Hanks – the epitome of the American everyman – won a best actor Oscar for playing the out gay protagonist in a major studio movie.In retrospect, Philadelphia looks a bit iffy. It is melodramatic, littered with tropes, and gets an awful lot of cathartic m...
Tags: Hollywood, Film, Tom Hanks, Culture, Awards and prizes, LGBT rights, Oscar, Oscars, Philadelphia


The How It Ends Trailer Shows an Introspective, Funny Apocalypse

The cast list for the upcoming apocalyptic comedy How It Ends is almost unfathomable. Fred Armisen, Glenn Howerton, Whitney Cummings, Charlie Day, Halen Hunt, Nick Kroll, Lamorne Morris, Pauly Shore, Bradley Whitford, Colin Hanks, and Olivia Wilde are just a few of the people who appear. However, that’s kind of all…Read more...
Tags: Science, Film, Actors, Nick Kroll, Olivia Wilde, Fred Armisen, Pauly Shore, Younger, Liza, Bradley Whitford, Glenn Howerton, Charlie Day, Whitney Cummings, Lamorne Morris, Zoe Lister Jones, Daryl Wein


Scarlett Johansson criticises ‘hypersexualisation’ of Black Widow in Iron Man 2

Actor says her character was ‘talked about like a possession’ in her first appearance in the Marvel film franchiseScarlett Johansson has spoken out against the sexualisation of Black Widow in Iron Man 2, the 2010 blockbuster in which her character first appeared in the Marvel Cinematic Universe series.Speaking to Collider in the run-up to the release of the standalone Black Widow film, Johansson said: “While [Iron Man 2] was really fun and had a lot of great moments in it, the character is so se...
Tags: Film, Women, Marvel, Life and style, World news, Culture, Black Widow, Superhero movies, Scarlett Johansson, Sexual Harassment, Gwyneth Paltrow, Tony, Johansson, Iron Man 2


Robert Altman’s 20 best films – ranked!

From The Long Goodbye to Short Cuts, Altman’s innovative movies have influenced a generation of film-makers. With the re-release of Nashville and a BFI tribute, we rank the work of one of America’s greatest directors Continue reading...
Tags: Music, Film, Country, America, US news, Culture, Nashville, Robert Altman, Altman, Drama films


Cotton plantations and non-consensual kisses: how Disney became embroiled in the culture wars

The company has been addressing its historical racism and sexism, adding disclaimers to films and altering theme park rides. But these moves have stirred contempt as well as approvalVery little ammunition is required for a culture war these days, so long as your troops are primed to mobilise at the drop of a blog. Julie Tremaine and Katie Dowd, two writers for the online newspaper SFGate, discovered this last month. Their review of the revamped Snow White ride at Disneyland was generally positiv...
Tags: UK, Media, Film, Race, Women, Disney, World news, Film Industry, US news, Culture, Piers Morgan, LGBT rights, Fox News, Walt Disney Company, Snow White, Disneyland


Eddie Munster and me: the secret lives of spooky, sinister screen children

Eerie kids have been a staple of horror films for decades. But what is it like to be forever known for playing a tiny werewolf, misfit or murderer?When you have been a spooky child on film or TV, where do you go? For the former child star Butch Patrick, best known for playing the baby-faced werewolf Eddie Munster in the 60s sitcom The Munsters, it is cross-country. Patrick has converted a trailer into a Munsters-themed escape room. Inside, it is rigged up to look like the inside of the family’s ...
Tags: Television, Film, Culture, Television & radio, Munster, Horror Films, Patrick, Herman, Frankenstein, Eddie Munster, Butch Patrick, Fauntleroy, Horror (TV, Munster Coach, St Clair Shores Michigan, Woof Woof


The Rashomon Effect: The Phenomenon, Named After Akira Kurosawa’s Classic Film, Where Each of Us Remembers the Same Event Differently

Toward the end of The Simpsons’ golden age, one episode sent the titular family off to Japan, not without resistance from its famously lazy patriarch. “Come on, Homer,” Marge insists, “Japan will be fun! You liked Rashomon.” To which Homer naturally replies, “That’s not how I remember it!” This joke must have written itself, not as a high-middlebrow cultural reference (as, say, Frasier would later name-check Tampopo) but as a play on a universally understood byword for the nature of huma...
Tags: Psychology, Facebook, Japan, Film, College, West, Literature, Akira Kurosawa, Seoul, David Eagleman, Kurosawa, Homer, Michio Kaku, Marge, Rashomon, Colin Marshall


Jenni Olson: ‘I remember walking out of the movie theatre like, “Yeah, I’m a cowboy!”’

How did a little girl who loved Westerns grow up into an icon of queer cinema? As she wins a Teddy award, the filmmaker talks about a life devoted to the moviesWhen Jenni Olson accepts the Berlin film festival’s coveted Teddy award this month – for “embodying, living and creating queer culture” – she will join the ranks of past recipients including John Hurt, Joe Dallesandro and Tilda Swinton. “Me and Tilda, you know?” laughs the 58-year-old as she winces in the morning sunlight which is streami...
Tags: Film, Berlin, San Francisco, Harvard, Culture, Festivals, LGBT rights, Berlin Film Festival, Tilda Swinton, Jenni Olson, Berkeley California, University of Minnesota, Charles M Schulz, Tilda, John Hurt Joe Dallesandro


Lin-Manuel Miranda apologizes for lack of diversity in In the Heights

Actor and director acknowledged musical failed to adequately represent Afro-Latinos, saying: ‘I can hear the hurt and frustration’Actor and director Lin-Manuel Miranda has apologized for failing to adequately represent Afro-Latinos in his latest musical project, In the Heights, that is centered on New York’s Latino communities.The Hamilton star posted a note to social media on Monday acknowledging that casting for his latest project, set the in diverse neighborhood of Washington Heights in upper...
Tags: New York, Musicals, Film, Race, World news, US news, Culture, Manhattan, Hamilton, Washington Heights, Lin Manuel Miranda


One in a Thousand review – hoop dreams, hanging out and hoping

Clarisa Navas’s film is a confident, visually engaging romance conjuring a world of teenage waiting and wantingThis is an LGBT urban pastoral from film-maker Clarisa Navas, set in a tough barrio in Corrientes province, north-eastern Argentina. Sofia Cabrera plays Iris, a teenage girl who appears to have been excluded from school – although that doesn’t make her lifestyle any more obviously aimless than all the people she’s hanging out with. Iris is obsessed with basketball and spends most of her...
Tags: Film, Americas, World news, Culture, LGBT rights, Argentina, World cinema, Iris, Renata, Corrientes, Drama films, Romance films, Clarisa Navas, Argentina Sofia Cabrera, Renata Ana Carolina García


Treasure City review – bizarre, oppressive and horribly brutal

Anger, confusion and despair are the keynotes of this one-night-in-a-city film that leads towards a horrendous scene of abuseA one-night-in-the-city movie from Hungary with an ensemble cast interconnecting and interrelating in bizarrely unexpected ways; the city in question is perhaps Budapest, though it was filmed in Cluj, in Romania. The keynotes are anger, confusion and despair, and to some degree the film could have been opaque or contrived but its malaise ultimately finds expression in a tr...
Tags: Europe, Film, World news, Culture, Budapest, Hungary, Romania, World cinema, Cluj, Drama films


Great strides: how Annie Hall’s ‘dad pants’ conquered the world

After a year of loungewear and dressing from the waist up, these tailored but informal trousers have won over everyone from Kendall Jenner to the Duchess of CambridgeScrolling through the Instagram page of model and Kardashian scion Kendall Jenner, one photo, posted on 28 April, stands out. In this one, she’s not on a Vogue cover or the deck of a yacht, but crossing a New York street. And instead of a bikini or cycling shorts and a crop top, she’s wearing a pair of tailored beige trousers, cinch...
Tags: Fashion, New York, Jennifer Lawrence, Instagram, Film, Life and style, Vogue, Cambridge, Philadelphia, Kendall Jenner, Kardashian, Kennedy, Annie Hall, Diane Keaton, Rosie Huntington Whiteley, Katharine Hepburn


Memories Of Murder Criterion Collection Blu-ray

In his breakthrough second feature, Bong Joon-Ho explodes the conventions of the policier with thrillingly subversive, genre-defying results. Based on the true story of a string of serial killings that rocked a rural community in the 1980s, Memories of Murder (2003) stars New Korean Cinema icon Song Kang Ho as the local officer who reluctantly joins forces with a seasoned Seoul detective (Kim Sang Kyung) to investigate the crimes—leading each man on a wrenching, yearslong odyssey of failure a...
Tags: South Korea, Film, Filmmaking, Guillermo Del Toro, Anime, Blu-ray, Criterion Collection, Seoul, Cinematography, Ryan, Bong, Jeff Smith, Janusz Kaminski, Bong Joon, Bong Joon-ho, Amazon De


The Viewing Booth review – seeing is believing in the Israel-Palestine conflict

Volunteers respond to politically polarised film footage from Israel and the Palestinian territories in this critical look at interpretation Even though he tries to maintain a cool, scientific demeanour, Israeli director Ra’anan Alexandrowicz finally lets slip a twinge of despair at the end of this interesting geopolitical Rorschach test. Alexandrowicz sits studiously behind a monitor as he invites a succession of volunteers to enter an adjacent booth. There, they have a choice of 40 clips to wa...
Tags: Film, Israel, World news, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, Palestinian territories, Palestine, Israel Palestine, Maia, B'Tselem, Documentary films, Ra'anan Alexandrowicz, Alexandrowicz


Ned Beatty: the good ol’ boy who made playing the ordinary guy look easy

From his breakthrough in Deliverance to a memorable turn in Toy Story 3, the authenticity of Beatty’s middleman gone bad made him the perfect co-star – and often stole the showNed Beatty dies aged 83If ever a character actor personified the “good ol’ boy” archetype of Hollywood’s new cinema of the 1970s it was Ned Beatty from Louisville, Kentucky, whose broad, open, good-natured face seemed so often to be covered with a sheen of sweat – either from suppressed guilt, or tension, from discomfort i...
Tags: Hollywood, Film, Georgia, Culture, Beatty, Burt Reynolds, Deliverance, John Boorman, Louisville Kentucky, Reynolds, Ronny Cox, James Dickey, Ned Beatty, Crime films, Drama films, Period and historical films


Edge of the World review – swashbuckling white saviour biopic feels out of date

Jonathan Rhys Meyers plays James Brooke, a British adventurer who became the White Rajah of Sarawak, in a film that fails to probe the complexity of its fascinating subjectWhile the name James Brooke might seem obscure to many viewers, his exploits in south-east Asia, retold here in Michael Haussman’s adventure biopic, are not so foreign. After all, they inspired Joseph Conrad’s Lord Jim and Rudyard Kipling’s The Man Who Would Be King. Brooke’s stranger-than-fiction journey from ex-soldier in th...
Tags: Asia, Film, Race, UK News, World news, Culture, Asia Pacific, Malaysia, Colonialism, Errol Flynn, Sarawak, Rudyard Kipling, Jim, Bengal, Brooke, Jonathan Rhys Meyers


Ned Beatty, star of Deliverance, Network and Superman, dies aged 83

Prolific supporting actor also appeared in All the President’s Men, Nashville, The Big Easy and Hear My SongNed Beatty, the Oscar-nominated character actor who in half a century of American movies, including Deliverance, Network and Superman, was a booming, indelible presence in even the smallest parts, has died. He was 83.Beatty’s manager, Deborah Miller, said Beatty died on Sunday of natural causes at his home in Los Angeles, surrounded by friends and loved ones. Continue reading...
Tags: Television, Film, Superman, Los Angeles, Culture, Television & radio, Stage, Beatty, Deliverance, John Boorman, Deborah Miller, Ned Beatty, Deliverance Network, Nashville The Big Easy, Beatty the Oscar


Christchurch attacks: producer resigns from film They Are Us as criticism grows

Jacinda Ardern says subject still feels ‘very raw’ amid ongoing accusations that film sidelines Muslim victims of 2019 massacreA producer for a controversial Hollywood film depicting Jacinda Ardern’s response to the Christchurch terror attacks has resigned from the project after criticisms that it sidelined Muslim victims.The premise of the film, They Are Us, has also been criticised by its proposed subject, New Zealand prime minister Ardern, who is slated to be played by Rose Byrne. Ardern said...
Tags: Hollywood, Film, New Zealand, Christchurch, Jacinda Ardern, Ardern, Christchurch shooting, Rose Byrne Ardern


Ben Wheatley: ‘Early on the pandemic felt like a time for getting a crossbow ready to hunt for petroleum’

The director on his new horror movie set during a pandemic, fearing he’d never work again, and why audiences love Jason Statham For many of us, much of the past year will have felt like the plot of a horror film. So when, in March 2020, the British writer and director Ben Wheatley, 48, found himself with some unexpected free time, it was clear what the genre of his next project would be. The result, the terrifying and blackly comic In the Earth, went from concept to virtual Sundance premiere in ...
Tags: Film, Earth, Rebecca, Culture, Brighton, Jason Statham, Horror Films, Ben Wheatley, Joel Fry, Comedy films, Ellora Torchia, Reece Shearsmith Wheatley, Amy Jump Wind


Is Censor the Future of Giallo Horror?

Censor is a 2021 Giallo film written and directed by Prano-Bailey Bond, and co-written with Anthony Fletcher. The story follows Enid Baines (Niamh Algar), a woman who works at the British film censor board. She is part of a team that decides which movies make it into theaters and which films will never see the light…Read more...
Tags: Science, Film, Thrillers, Sundance, Enid, Germain Lussier, Giallo, Censor, Try, Niamh Algar, Film Genres, Anthony Fletcher, Creative Works, Prano Bailey Bond, Bailey Bond, Entertainment Culture


Sir Ian McKellen: ‘What does old mean? Quite honestly I feel about 12’

It’s half a century since Sir Ian McKellen first played Hamlet. Now he’s starring as the Dane again – at 82. He talks about his extraordinary life, why he’ll never write his memoir – and his one lasting regretOh, birthdays,” Sir Ian McKellen growls, on the occasion of his 82nd. “At my age I don’t do birthdays.” The wider world has not yet been informed, however, and cheerful cards have come in stacks to McKellen’s London townhouse. Messages chime in on his computer and two landline phones ring o...
Tags: London, Film, Theatre, Life and style, Culture, Stage, Harry Potter, Lord Of The Rings, Ian Mckellen, McKellen


How did a £120 painting become a £320m Leonardo … then vanish?

A film about the disputed Salvator Mundi blames the National Gallery for its role in giving credibility to the claim that it was the artist’s lost workThe National Gallery is facing controversy over its role in the tangled story of how the world’s most expensive painting emerged from obscurity before being sold for a staggering £320m, only to vanish again from the public eye.The gallery exhibited the Salvator Mundi in its Leonardo da Vinci exhibition a decade ago when it was an unknown work with...
Tags: Art, Film, Painting, UK News, Culture, Art and design, Heritage, Museums, National Gallery, Leonardo da Vinci, Salvator Mundi, Documentary films


Put the Accent on Diversity: Persis Khambatta

A recent FEZANA Talk featured the life and times of the brilliant Parsi actor Persis Khambatta. The talk brought Vaishali Gupta, Sooni Taraporevala and Farah Bala to discuss Persis Khambatta. The backdrop of the talk is a movie that Vaishali is producing called PERSIS. Learn more about the movie and donate to it here: https://www.wmm.com/sponsored-project/persis/ Below is an article that Persis wrote way back in 1994, which is so relevant today. Persis Khambatta has starred ...
Tags: Hollywood, London, Film, Life, America, Star Trek, Sophia Loren, Cbs, Michael Caine, Jeff Bridges, Screen Actors Guild, Los Angeles Times, Isabella Rossellini, Bombay, Michael Stein, Megaforce


In the Heights brings fame to New York neighborhood – but what do residents think?

As the city launches a film-linked tourism campaign, Washington Heights residents question where the money will goThe aspiring actor Louis Valentino glanced around J Hood Wright Park, a place popular with local families in the New York City neighborhood of Washington Heights that’s become something of a hotspot since appearing in the musical and now movie In the Heights. He looked a little worried.New York’s mayor, Bill de Blasio, has launched a new tourism campaign to bring people to the neighb...
Tags: New York, Film, New York City, US news, Culture, Bill De Blasio, Washington Heights, Lin-manuel Miranda, Louis Valentino


Finding fangs: new film exposes illicit trade killing off Bolivia’s iconic jaguar

Undercover documentary investigates the trafficking of Latin America’s big cat to meet demand in ChinaElizabeth Unger was a 25-year-old biology graduate working as a PhD research assistant for big cat and climate projects in Latin America when she heard about the Bolivian authorities intercepting dozens of packages containing jaguar fangs sent by Chinese citizens to addresses in China.“I was really blown away as [the story] was completely under the radar,” she says. Six years later, she is makin...
Tags: Film, China, Animals, Environment, Americas, World news, Culture, Asia Pacific, Wildlife, Conservation, Endangered Species, IUCN red list of endangered species, Illegal wildlife trade, Biodiversity, Latin America, Bolivia


Review: ‘Murder in Paris’: Who killed Dulcie September?

Fast-paced and densely structured, a new documentary retrieves Dulcie September from the confines of ‘forgotten apartheid hero’ The post Review: ‘Murder in Paris’: Who killed Dulcie September? appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Film, Documentary, Paris, Friday, Film Review, Ahmed Timol, Dulcie September, Durban FilmMart Institute, Evelyn Groenink, Indians Can’t Fly, John Vorster Police Station, Someone to Blame, Talent Durban, Talent Press