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Hollywood producers draw up a moral code – archive,18 September 1928

18 September 1928 Twenty-four producers have drawn up a list of things which will be excluded from the pictures for which they are responsible When things get going at Hollywood they always go with a rush even morals. Morals now seem to be rallying very strongly in the film trade, and twenty-four Hollywood producers have drawn up a list of things which they vow that they will henceforward exclude from all the pictures for which they are responsible. One of them is pointed profanity by title or lip, and another…

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City of Joy: the powerful Netflix documentary where ‘everything is about love’

The team involved with a centre in the eastern Congo that acts as a refuge for women who have survived violence discuss the impact of their work How does one find joy amid unspeakable tragedy? Madeleine Gavins documentary City of Joy, about a community built around women who have survived horrific violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), gives us a glimpse at both an incredible injustice still occurring today, and how Congolese women are combating it with their own grassroots movement. The documentary follows the beginnings of City…

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Flowbox is a tool that makes it easy to build special effects

What do you get when you connect a bunch of filmmakers with a bunch of programmers? Something like Flowbox. Flowbox, which began life as a unique object-oriented programming language for visual effects, has grown into something truly powerful in the moviemaking industry. Run by Mikołaj Valencia​, Michał Urbańczyk​, Paweł Pietraszko, and Mat Bujalski, this Polish company is currently working with a number of big studios to add VFX to huge productions. “Flowbox is an industrial strength image processing platform incorporating many recent innovations in computer graphics field,” said Valencia. “It…

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Kathleen Turner: Donald Trump has a ‘gross’ handshake

Actor sheds light on US presidents infamous greeting, and says she was a sexual target in Hollywood The veteran actor Kathleen Turner has revealed details about Donald Trumps gross handshake technique in an interview in which she also criticised the sexism in Hollywood that made her a sexual target at the beginning of her career. greeted her. He goes to shake your hand and, with his index finger, kind of rubs the inside of your wrist, she said. Hes trying to do some kind of seductive intimacy move. You pull…

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Mark Hamill gets us crying again with his touching Carrie Fisher tweet

Image: Araya Diaz/Getty Images for The Midnight Mission Carrie Fisher has one, last ride to take in a galaxy far, far away and her big screen bro, Mark Hamill, is just as broken up about it as the rest of us. Star Wars fans the world over greeted Friday’s news that Fisher would have a role in Episode IX with wistful excitement. We’re all jazzed to see Leia Organa one last time, but many fans are also still coming to terms with Fisher’s unexpected death at the tail end of…

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Mad Max: Fury Road voted greatest Australian film this century by critics

Top 25 movies also include Animal Kingdom, Samson and Delilah, and Chopper Mad Max: Fury Road, the 2015 feminist reincarnation of the Australian classic film that catapulted a young Mel Gibson to fame, has been named the greatest Australian film of the 21st century so far. Fifty-one working Australian film critics voted to find the top 25 films of this century BBCs 2016 project to name the 100 greatest films of all time, in which critics surveyed 177 film critics from 36 countries. The top films also included 2010s Animal…

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Shoah director Claude Lanzmann dies aged 92

Giant of French intellectual life known for his heavyweight journalism and series of documentaries about the Holocaust Claude Lanzmann, the French film-maker and journalist who was best known for the exhaustive Holocaust documentary Shoah, has died aged 92. Lanzmanns family He embarked on a passionate relationship with de Beauvoir, 18 years his senior, and they lived together from 1952 to 1959. In 1986, Lanzmann became chief editor of Les Temps Modernes on de Beauvoirs death and remained in the post for the rest of his life. As a journalist, Lanzmann…

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10 epic drags from reviews for ‘Gotti,’ the rare movie to earn a 0% score from RottenTomatoes

Image: Brian Douglas/Lionsgate/Emmet/Furla Oasis Films/new york times The reviews are in for the mobster movie Gotti which profiles the life of notorious crime boss John Gotti. Following the laundry list of excellent mob movies this should be an easy win, but Gotti‘s reviews are apparently the only entertaining thing about it. The movie currently has a 0 percent Tomatometer score on Rotten Tomatoes. That’s right, zero. Tomatometer ratings are based on “the percentage of professional critic reviews that are positive for a given film or television show,” provided there are…

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Solo: A Star Wars Story review Han Solo origins film is boisterous bromance

Alden Ehrenreich ably apes Harrison Ford in this straightforwardly rollicking adventure, which betrays little trace of its troubled production Solo: A Star Wars Story is a crackingly enjoyable adventure which frankly deserves full episode status in the great franchise, not just one of these intermittent place-holding iterations. And Han also chances across a charismatic dandy-ish smuggler, gambler and flier called Lando Calrissian, a very funny performance from Donald Glover. It is Lando who is the owner of the Millennium Falcon, but sporting man that he is, Lando is willing to…

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Bohemian Rhapsody: first trailer of Queen and Freddie Mercury biopic released

First footage goes online of long-in-development film about big-selling British rockers, starring Mr Robots Rami Malek The first full trailer of the long-gestating Queen and Freddie Mercury biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody, has been released onto the internet. Starring Mr Robots Rami Malek as Mercury, the bands exuberant lead singer a short teaser on Queens official Youtube channel. The film has been in the works since at least 2010, when it was announced that Sacha Baron Cohen was to play Mercury; however, calling Baron Cohen an arse. Eddie the Eagle director Dexter…

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Margot Kidder, Superman’s Lois Lane, dies aged 69

Canadian-born actor, who secured screen stardom via blockbusting comic book adaptation, experienced long-term mental health issues Margot Kidder, whose best known role was as reporter Lois Lane in the 1978 Superman movie has died aged 69. a highly publicised breakdown in 1996 in which she disappeared for four days. She subsequently turned to social and political activism, becoming an organiser for the Progressive Democrats of America and writing numerous articles for left-leaning publications. Kidder was married three times: to novelist Thomas McGuane (with whom she had a daughter, Maggie), actor…

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Watch Mark Ruffalo squirm as he accidentally spoils ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ … in July 2017

Image: marvel studios Mark. Dude. You’re a great Bruce Banner, but you’re terrible at this whole keeping secrets thing. When Avengers: Infinity War stars Mark Ruffalo and Don Cheadle sat down for a chat with Good Morning America in July 2017, Ruffalo did a dumb thing. He spoiled the end of Infinity War. SEE ALSO: Who’s who in ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ What? I’m not going to do the thing and tell you what he said. You’ll have to watch the video to hear the spoilers for yourself. (Honestly, it’s also…

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest director Milo Forman dies aged 86

Film-maker became key figure of the Czech new wave before emigrating to the US and establishing a successful career in Hollywood Milo Forman, the Czech-born director of One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest and Amadeus, has died at the age of 86. Producer Michael Douglas later told the Guardian the hiring was on the strength of The Firemans Ball: It took place in one enclosed situation, with a plethora of unique characters he had the ability to juggle. With a cast led by Jack Nicholson at the height of his…

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The new ‘Solo’ trailer has arrived got a good feeling about it?

We’ve got a good feeling about this — or at least, Han Solo does. You may have forgotten that Solo: A Star Wars Story is out next month, since Disney and Lucasfilm haven’t done all that much marketing for the spin-off film since its first trailer dropped after the Super Bowl in February. SEE ALSO: ‘Solo’ trailer breakdown: Why we have a bad feeling about this Star Wars spin-off But that changed Sunday, when a new Solo trailer arrived during American Idol on Disney-owned ABC.  The trailer focuses on the…

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Michael Caine: Boy, did we have fun

As his documentary about the 1960s opens, the veteran actor talks working-class culture, Woody Allen and why he never liked drugs Now 84, Michael Caine has appeared in 127 films, including Zulu, Alfie and The Italian Job, and been Oscar-nominated six times, winning twice. Caine is the narrator, co-producer and star of new documentary film My Generation, about his journey through 1960s London. What inspired you to make MyGeneration?Simon Fuller [Spice Girls/Pop Idol svengali] and I are friends, and over dinner, conversation kept coming round to the 60s. He was…

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