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Woody Allen and Amazon end legal battle over four-film deal

Agreement in US district court sees $68m suit centering on #MeToo remarks dismissed without prejudice Woody Allen and Amazon have ended their legal battle. The filmmaker responded that Allen, whose daughter Dylan insensitive remarks released overseas, but not in the US. Allens career has slowed in recent years, with actors who had appeared in his films, among them Rebecca Hall, saying they would not work with him again. Others, Samantha Morton, have Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2019/nov/09/woody-allen-amazon-end-legal-battle-four-film-deal-metoo

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‘Nobody works like Jane’: hundreds join Fonda at latest climate protest

Activists of all ages join actor in Washington for her fifth Fire Drill Friday, focused on the military Hundreds of protesters joined the celebrity activist Jane Fonda in Washington DC for her fifth Friday urging radical change to fight the climate crisis. In front of the US Capitol, Fonda spoke of the urgency of the climate crisis and need for activism on an unprecedented scale. We cannot leave it to young people to fight this fight for their future by themselves, Fonda said. Donning her signature vivid red coat which…

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Release of Vaxxed sequel prompts fears dangerous propaganda will spread again

Anti-vaccination film to premiere in theatres as several states have been battling against localised outbreaks of measles Anti-vaccination campaigners are preparing to release the sequel to Vaxxed, the highly contentious film that has been used to spread the unfounded claim that vaccines cause autism and other developmental problems. Vaxxed II: The Peoples Truth will be premiered on 6 November in 50 venues across America. Its producers, led by Robert F Kennedy Jr, are keeping locations secret with tickets sold quietly in advance in the hope of foiling efforts to block…

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‘I did the first nude in Vogue’: Marisa Berenson on being a blazing star of the 70s and beyond

She was photographed by Warhol, and Dal wanted to paint her; the first films she made were Death in Venice and Cabaret. So why did she walk away? Most people, says Marisa Berenson, tend to live in my past. Which is fine. She smiles, well aware of the fascination. But I tend to live in the present and in the future. A 2001 profile of the model/actor in the New York Times described her as a Studio 54 birthday party the fabled night of the white horse and attended Truman…

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Gods gift: how to look like Chris Hemsworth

More than 1 million people have already downloaded Chris Hemsworths fitness app. Why? Is it because they too want to look like a Norse demi-god, asks Alex Moshakis The actor Chris Hemsworth Hollywood leading man, make-believe Thor employs a small army of fitness professionals to maintain peak condition. There is the personal trainer he has known since he was eight, and the nutritionist and the Pilates coach and the yoga coach and the meditation guru. Even Hemsworths stunt double is part of the gang. Collectively the army is known as…

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El Camino: is the Breaking Bad movie worth the wait? Discuss with spoilers

The long-awaited return of Jesse Pinkman has landed on Netflix, along with some other surprise characters The past weekend saw the much-anticipated release of El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie on Netflix. As we knew from strong reviews, one talking point that keeps popping up is the notion that since it doesnt throw any big twists our way, or even really expand on what we probably surmised at the end of the original series re Jesses fate, the film is somehow unnecessary. Even without diving into a larger discussion about…

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Gemini Man review Will Smith out-performs his younger self

All the digital de-ageing technology in the world cant make this silly sci-fi thriller about a cloned hitman convincing Will Smith is a 51-year-old contract killer named Henry Brogan who wants out of the game. His bosses arent having it and send in Junior, an assassin tailor-made to kill him. But, on removing his sunglasses and backwards baseball cap, Junior is revealed to be a younger clone of Henry. Never mind the silly science or that Smiths face is shoddily de-aged with digital technology to enable him to play Junior:…

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Robert Forster: a coolly charismatic character actor with an intensely sympathetic air

Forster was a performer whose all-American looks could convey a deeper, more complex personality, something Quentin Tarantino and David Lynch picked up on If ever an actor grew into his looks, it was Robert Forster, whose cleancut mainstream handsomeness evolved and cragged up over the forty-odd years of his career in film and TV into something that fascinated audiences and directors alike. He started out looking like Alain Delons roughed-up elder brother; later he came to be a coolly charismatic and distinctive American character actor who lent style and weight…

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US cinemas ban masks and costumes at Joker screenings

Following concerns about the potential for violence, several chains will not allow face coverings or clothing that would make other guests feel uncomfortable Major cinema chains in the US have announced that they will enforce bans of masks, costumes and toy weapons at screenings of Joker, the new film starring says on its website that no masks, painted faces or costumes will be permitted into our theatres. AMC Theatres, the USs largest cinema chain with more than 600 venues, 2012 shooting in Aurora, Colorado, at a midnight screening of The…

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The blockbuster that wasn’t: inside an alleged $14m scam to make the next Netflix hit

A California man was charged with fraud after securing millions in funding and using most of the money on himself, prosecutors say On paper, Legends looked like a box-office hit. Adam Joiner billed his movie as an anachronistic mash-up of legendary 19th-century American figures, a steampunk Avengers tailor-made to satiate the ever-expanding appetite for big-ticket, fantasy-action pictures. With Endgame, the latest Avengers installment, Game of Thrones or the recently Disney-fied Star Wars universe have inspired an undeniable gold rush for premium content so much so that the genre has, in…

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All hail Tina Fey: the funniest comic of the 21st century

From skewering Sarah Palin to handing us Liz Lemon on 30 Rock, here are 10 of the SNL legends most hilarious moments A nice girl with an anarchic bent and a tongue as sharp as a boning knife, Saturday Night Live), network comedy (The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), while writing Jimmy Fallon, the goofy little brother to her sardonic big sister, then with The 2004 movie, which Fey blithely adapted into Alec Baldwins Jack Donaghy. For Fey at her neurotic, lemon-scented best, try the second-season episode Sandwich Day, which shows her…

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Id ask my mum: why do you drink? Andie MacDowell on childhood and Hollywood

She learned responsibility young, caring for her mother then became a stunningly successful model and screen star. The actor talks about ageing on screen, why she eschews drugs, and her pride in her daughters acting careers Andie MacDowells career as a successful model, who went on to become a successful actor, almost ended before it began. It was 1979, in the middle of the Studio 54 era, when she moved to New York. She was 21 years old, had just been signed by the Elite model agency and appeared to…

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Rosanna Arquette: They said I was a pain in the ass. Its not true

Ever since she was abused by Harvey Weinstein, Rosanna Arquette says she has lived in fear. She talks about harassment, the collapse of her career and the thin line between caution and paranoia Rosanna Arquette sounds panicked. She thinks someone wants to stop our conversation taking place. For 30 minutes, a BBC publicist has tried to patch us into a conference call; now, Arquette has taken matters into her own hands and phoned me directly. This is what happens! All the time! she says, her voice rising. There are no…

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The Genius of D.A. Pennebaker: He Could See Things in His Camera That Other People Couldnt

Cory Booker was elected mayor the following year, and later became a United States senator and 2020 D.A.for Donn AlanPennebaker and his artistic collaborator and wife Bob Dylan through a British concert tour for the 1967 masterpiece Don't Look Back. He also made the mother of all rockumentaries, 1968s Monterey Pop; captured a historic clash between entrenched male chauvinism and nascent feminisma raucous 1971 debate pitting a charmingly belligerent Town Bloody Hall(adapted for the stage in 2017); and got inside Bill Clintons 1992 presidential campaign for the Oscar-nominated real-life 1993…

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Joseph Fiennes: Ive done my bit for society Ive illustrated the patheticness of misogyny

The star of the hit dystopian drama says he doesnt like to equate Donald Trumps politics with the show. But, he adds, sometimes you just have to point out the blazingly obvious Its alluded to in the novel someday, something will happen to Fred. Quite soon. In a neutral-looking cafe in central London, Joseph Fiennes is talking about the future of his role in The Handmaids Tale. Why, though? I plead with him. Why does he have to die? Its in the novel, Fiennes explains very patiently. Hes got to.…

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