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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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Cats trailers weirdness would have appealed to TS Eliot, suggests estate

Trustees of the poets legacy, welcoming the forthcoming film, say it is no stranger than his Old Possums Book of Practical Cats Although the trailer for the film adaptation of Cats divided the internet when it was released last week, TS Eliot would likely have approved of the rich strangeness that has disturbed so many, according to his estate. Thomas Stearns Eliot wrote the poems that form Old Possums Book of Practical Cats, on which both Andrew Lloyd Webbers stage musical and Tom Hoopers forthcoming film are based, in the…

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The Wizard of Oz at 80: how the world fell under its dark spell

The 1939 classic has inspired everyone from David Lynch to Salman Rushdie. Novelist and super-fan Luiza Sauma explores why the films message about home still holds such power Eighty years ago, in the summer of 1939, 16-year-old Judy Garland appeared on cinema screens as the orphan Dorothy Gale, dreaming of escape from bleak, monochrome Kansas. Find yourself a place where you wont get into any trouble, her aunt beseeches, too busy for poor old Dorothy, who soon breaks into song: Somewhere, over the rainbow, skies are blue / And the…

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Taron Egerton speaks out against Rocketman scene cuts in Russia

Actor who stars in Elton John biopic says he is crestfallen at removal of gay scenes Taron Egerton, the star of the Elton John biopic, Rocketman,has said he is dismayed that gay scenes have been cut from the film in Russia. Egerton, who has won praise for his portrayal of John in the film, Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2019/jun/01/taron-egerton-speaks-out-against-rocketman-gay-scene-cuts-in-russia

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Michael Sheen: Anything I do, I commit to

Michael Sheens many roles, from Caligula to Blair, have always been full-blooded. But now its social injustice that really gets him going, says Tim Lewis One of the things the actor David Lynch, Sheens all-time favourite director, was one: Oh God, as a David Lynch fan, he was everything you could possibly want. Laurie Anderson, avant garde artist, composer and partner of Lou Reed. Now, says Sheen, when I was 11 or 12 one of the first singles I ever bought was O Superman. Ive played it all my life…

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Lesley Manville: I want to go dancing and drink too much and Im over 60

The Bafta nominee has been discovered by Hollywood after 47 years as an actor. She talks about ageism, losing her anonymity and spa trips with her Mum co-stars Simon Amstell spotted her and came up for a chat. He wanted to know what she was doing there. Manville affects bewilderment. I said: Well, why? Im going to get the bus. He said: I dont imagine you getting the bus. He could see her on a bus, but not actually waiting for it, perhaps because she seems both grounded and grand.…

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Whole lotta rock: first official Led Zeppelin documentary announced

Bernard MacMahon, director of roots music series American Epic, will helm film exploring bands explosive early years The first ever official documentary film about Led Zeppelin has been announced, to celebrate the bands 50th anniversary. Announcing the project, bassist Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page said in a statement, with frontman entire history of the group, MacMahon will focus on their development and rise to fame, as the three members each left session work and existing bands to come together in 1968, along with late drummer John Bonham. The film will…

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Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew dies aged 74

Family of Star Wars star says he died at Texas home on Tuesday The family of Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca in the original Star Wars franchise, announced his death on Twitter on Thursday. He was 74. Mayhew died in his North Texas home surrounded by his family, the statement on Twitter said. He is survived by his wife, Angie Mayhew, and their three children. Peter Mayhew in costume as Chewbacca, left. Photograph: Lucasfilm/Fox/Kobal/REX/Shutterstock Following roles in the original Star Wars trilogy and episode three of the prequels, Mayhew fought…

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‘God of War: Raising Kratos’ doc looks at how the biggest game of 2018 got made

Sony Santa Monica’s critically and commercially acclaimed 2018 hit God of War is going to be the subject of a “making of” documentary. It’s a Sony production, so it’s reasonable to expect the rosiest possible picture. But this trailer for Raising Kratos hypes a feature-length documentary look at the intricate development process that fuels a modern-day video game blockbuster. Best of all: it’s a no-cost deep dive into that process. There isn’t a release date, but Sony promises a PlayStation YouTube channel debut for Raising Kratos “soon.” Read more: https://mashable.com/video/god-of-war-raising-kratos-documentary-trailer/

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Cast of Cats film to be size of actual cats

Stars including Judi Dench, Ian McKellen and Taylor Swift will be shrunk via CGI and made hirsute using digital fur technology Ever since Tom Hoopers movie adaptation of Cats the long-running Andrew Lloyd Webber musical based on the puss prose of TS Eliot was Judi Dench, Ian McKellen and Taylor Swift, be donning Lycra, heavy makeup and fluffy wigs in the style of the stage show? How method might they be going with their performances? How many parts on top of playing the traditionally male Deuteronomy would be gender-flipped? Some…

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Blindfolded Bird Box Challenger crashes car

Remember, way back on January 2 when Netflix issued a warning to its customers over the viral Bird Box challenge meme to “PLEASE DO NOT HURT YOURSELVES WITH THIS BIRD BOX CHALLENGE?” That warning wasn’t heard or followed by at least one 17-year-old in Utah who decided to give the challenge — which involves a blindfold — a whirl while driving. The result was what one might expect. There was a crash (hat tip CNN, which spotted the tweet from Layton Police).

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‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ trailer: Watch the first look here

[incoherent screaming] The first Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer is here! We’ve all been on the edge of our seats since April 2018, when Peter Parker first mentioned he wasn’t feeling so well in the waning moments of Avengers: Infinity War. What happened? Where did Peter and all his friends go? Will they ever come back? SEE ALSO: New ‘Spider-Man’ trailer is great evidence for a popular ‘Avengers: Endgame’ theory All of those questions will be answered when Avengers: Endgame hits theaters in April. Far From Home is coming later,…

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