Micro-aggressions and misery: why Marriage Story is a rare example of a Hollywood divorce film

Starring Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver, Noah Baumbachs film doesnt just put you off divorce it puts you off marriage in the first place It is amazing how much great pop music has been inspired by break-ups and how little great cinema. Perhaps we are happier dealing with heartbreak via three minutes of Fleetwood Mac than we are poring over it in live-action detail for two hours. Give us a romcom any day. This is what makes Noah Baumbachs Marriage Story, if not exactly refreshing, at least very honest. Marriage Story is one of the rare movies to stare divorce in the face. Or faces. Intensely focused on its unhappy couple (Scarlett Johansson), it tracks the mechanics of the modern …

Elizabeth Banks: My film is loaded with sneaky feminist ideas

Actor, writer and director Elizabeth Banks is that rarest of people in Hollywood: a woman who gets her voice heard. As her Charlies Angels reboot arrives in cinemas, she talks about setting her own agenda, equal pay and what she learned from Julia Roberts When public service announcement for the American Heart Association that went very viral and a funny short film with the actor Chlo Grace Moretz. Banks had already set up a production company, Brownstone, with her husband, the sportswriter Max Handelman. When the director of Pitch Perfect declined to take on a sequel, Banks considered it a no-brainer to take the job. Shed been a producer on the franchise already; she had all the intel she needed. …

Last Christmas review Emma Thompson’s romcom is an overstuffed turkey

An attempt to pay tribute to the music of George Michael and the fandom of Love Actually fails on both counts and at many more things along the way Somewhere in the last decade, audiences, and in turn financiers, fell out of love with the London-set romantic comedy, a subgenre that had almost single-handedly been keeping the British film industry alive, or at least somewhat in profit. They were repetitive, predictable and filled with characters who were exclusively, uncomfortably, posh and white yet they were also undeniably effective crowd-pleasers and like many, Ive missed them, as parodical as they can often be. So has Emma Thompson, it seems. Because with all the confidence of a well-spoken Oxbridge alumnus delivering a …

Paul Feig: ‘Male humour always devolves into homophobia and name-calling’

The director adores working with women but did the all-female Ghostbusters furore change that? Not a bit, he says Paul Feig has a tendency to make films that are difficult to talk about until you have seen them. The trailers for The Heat and A S Last Christmas Daenerys Targaryen is an excellent comic actor. Isnt it crazy? Feig says. A huge Game of Thrones fan, he summoned her for a meeting. I was expecting her to be very Daenerys, you know, proper: How do you do? She comes in, and shes just funny, goofy and effervescent. I equate her in this movie to when Meg Ryan was in When Harry Met Sally. The whole country just goes: were in …

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 have the world at her feet. But she soon wanted to go back to her home town. There was a lot of cocaine around, she says. I had a small …

Miley Cyrus: I was fired from Hotel Transylvania over penis cake photos

Actor-singer says Sony let her go from family animation after seeing images of her licking a phallic gateau bought for her then-boyfriend Liam Hemsworth Miley Cyrus claims she was fired from childrens animation Hotel Transylvania after posing with a penis-shaped cake purchased for her then-boyfriends birthday. Listing a series of her lowest points on Twitter on Thursday, Cyrus who started her career as a Disney Channel star said she was kicked off Hotel Transylvania for buying Liam a penis cake and licking it. Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) I got kicked off hotel Transylvania for buying Liam a penis cake for his birthday and licking it. comedian Sarah Silverman spoke about being fired from a recent film the night before shooting …

When will the white rockumentary conveyor belt end?

Blinded By the Light and Yesterday are essentially uncritical, feature-length promos for heritage bands, and theres more to come If you only have a passing knowledge of the work of Sarfraz Manzoors memoir about growing up in racist 1980s Luton as a British Pakistani whose life was transformed by the music of Bruce Springsteen. It is also, unavoidably, a feature-length eulogy to, and advertisement for, the Boss. Springsteens music accompanies the emotional beats, his lyrics are projected across the screen, and his contribution to humanity argued in the strongest possible terms (Bruce is the direct line to all thats true in this shitty world). If you dont agree, youre basically on the side of the skinhead racists and the conservative …

‘You’ve caused an international incident’: how my work mistake came back to haunt me

It was the Observers big scoop of 2003, and as a young journalist, I was asked to type up a top-secret memo. Now my mess-up has made it to the big screen Have you ever wondered whod play you in a film? I had, occasionally, until the day I got the answer. In spring 2018, a message pinged on to my phone via Facebook from a journalist friend. So this is a bit weird, it read. A sister of a friend is playing you in a movie, apparently. You aware of this? I wasnt. Official Secrets. She wants to meet you, like actors do. She saw we were pals and asked if Id ask you. What did you do in …

This Cosplayer Can Turn Herself Into Any Character (29 New Pics)

Alyson Tabbitha is no different. Except for the fact that being just one hero isn’t enough for her. Sometimes it seems like she wants to embody every single comic book, movie and video game protagonist in existence. At least for a few hours. Keep on scrolling, share your fave Alyson cosplays with your friends, and remember to upvote the ones you love most! When you’re done, check out Bored Panda’s other post about Alyson the cosplayer. #1 Nebula (Guardians Of The Galaxy ) #2 Newt Scamander (Fantastic Beasts) A mind-boggling 1 million cosplay fans follow Alyson on Instagram, while another 516,000 Internet users follow her on Facebook. I’m sure that some of us are a tiny bit jealous of all …

It’s electrifying! Olivia Newton-John on her big Grease auction

Those headturning trousers, a pink ladies jacket, plus many more items from the actors 55-year career are going under the hammer. So why-yi-yi-yi now? When Sandy told Danny to Tell me about it stud, in skin-tight black trousers and a leather jacket in the 1978 film Grease, little did Olivia Newton-John realise her characters costume would go on to fetch a combined estimate of $230,000 (185,000) at auction more than 40 years later. These items of cinema history, along with 200 more of the actors costumes and personal clothes will go under the hammer at Juliens Auctions in LA in November, with 32 highlights now on display at the Museum of Style Icons in Ireland. Needless to say, the black …

Rip Torn, cult actor and Artie in the Larry Sanders Show dies aged 88

Star of a string of 60s classics fell foul of Hollywood because of his temper but found a fresh lease of life in comedy, from TVs Larry Sanders Show to the Men in Black films Rip Torn, Americas celebrated wildman actor, has died aged 88. Torn, who had been a constant presence on stage and screen since the mid-1950s, was arguably better known for his eccentric, and occasionally violent, antics when the cameras werent rolling and on one notorious occasion, when they were. His publicist, Rick Miramontez, confirmed Torn died Tuesday afternoon at his home with his wife, actor Amy Wright, and daughters Katie Torn and Angelica Page by his side. No cause of death was given. During the filming …

Notes from a Hollywood divorce: ‘We had a primal connection. But we hung by a thread for years’

I wrote a part for my husband in my first movie. By the time filming was over, so was our marriage In every city Ive lived, my sister has been the one to set up the printer, testing it by printing me the lyrics to George Michaels Freedom! 90. I am not the only grown woman entwined with their family, as I am not the only British person entwined with George Michael. When, in 2010, he drove his car through the wall of the Hampstead Snappy Snaps, the resulting hole was quickly daubed with the legend WHAM, by a local who meant it in a loving way. Walking to the underground, I saw it (as well as the aftermath and …

David Lynch: Its important to go out and feel the so-called reality

The cult director of Blue Velvet is soon to bring his creative vision to Manchester international festival. But how does he get his ideas? David Lynch is best known for his strange, beguiling, often nightmarish work for cinema and television films such as Manchester festival, where the 73-year-old presents a special season of screenings, live music and talks at the citys Home arts centre, alongside his first major UK exhibition of visual art. Lynch was born in Montana and grew up in various parts of the white-picket-fence middle America he would later interrogate in his films. He studied painting in Philadelphia before making a transition to experimental cinema. His 1977 debut, Inland Empire (2006), though his 1999 road movie, Twin …

Leonard Cohen and Marianne Ihlen: the love affair of a lifetime

The romance between Leonard Cohen and Marianne Ihlen inspired countless Cohen songs In November 2016, the singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen, renowned for his plaintive ballads, died a few months after the woman who inspired many of them, his Norwegian lover and muse, Ihlen. Theirs had been a large and chaotic romance that was in many respects a product of the particular times (the 1960s) and the specific place (the Greek island of Hydra) in which they met. The relationships legacy was a catalogue of classic songs Hey, Thats No Way to Say Goodbye, the Wire a great deal of heartache, but also a lasting sense of the creative power of love. All of this the documentary maker Nick Broomfield explores in …

Why is Justin Bieber Cruising for a bruising?

Forget Ali v Frazier, a scrap between the Canadian singer and Tom Cruise, an actor known for his hard-as-nails fitness, would surely be the (one-sided) fight of the century Dignitaries and handlers alike flock to the central temple where Tom Cruise spends 18 hours of every day sleeping still with his eyes wide open. The ceremonial robes are maroon today, which signifies danger. Someone has to tell him. Someone Has To Tell Him Justin Bieber Wants A Fight. Enter, Cruise says. Speak. Your worship, I What is it? Im afraid I What is it? It is explained very slowly to him: on Twitter (A high-profile social media platform for Nazis, sir. The studio were very keen you sign up for …

Borat caused Pamela Anderson’s divorce, says Sacha Baron Cohen

The comedian confirms that Kid Rock was so incensed by the 2006 comedy that he filed to end his marriage to Baron Cohens co-star Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, led directly to her divorce from the rapper Kid Rock. Speaking on the Last Laugh podcast, Baron Cohen recalled needing to twice shoot a scene in which his character kidnaps long-time crush Anderson at a meet and greet, with the intention of marrying her later that day. The first time they shot it, at a book signing, Baron Cohen grabbed her over my shoulder and ran out with her and no one did anything, he said. I was like, what kind of fans are …