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Amy Schumer to take active role in gun control movement

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Comic teams up with her cousin, the New York senator Charles Schumer, behind plan to limit access to weapons for criminals and people with mental illness

The comic and actor Amy Schumer teamed up on Monday with her second cousin, Us senator Chuck Schumer, to call for greater gun control in the wake of the fatal shooting of two women at a screening of her film Trainwreck.

The Schumers joined forces to promote a three-part plan aimed at making it more difficult for violent criminals and mentally ill people to obtain firearms after a man opened fire in Lafayette, Louisiana, minutes into an opening-weekend showing of the romantic comedy last month. The shooter, described as a “drifter” with a history of mental illness, killed Jillian Johnson, 33, and Mayci Breaux, 21, and injured nine others.

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- Lauren Gambino in New York and Ben Child

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Five great female-friendly comic-book adaptations

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The Diary of a Teenage Girl is the latest comic book movie to feature a heroine, but women are still woefully underrepresented in the genre overall

Not many comic book movies start with a scruffy, smiling 15-year-old girl confessing: “I had sex today … Holy shit.” If we met Minnie, the protagonist of Marielle Heller’s adaptation of Phoebe Gloeckner’s 2002 graphic novel The Diary of a Teenage Girl in any other comic book adaptation, she’d most likely be the high school siren and love interest. If she’s lucky she might be a feisty foil in the mould of Anne Hathaway’s Catwoman or Anna Kendrick’s Stacey Pilgrim in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. But she wouldn’t have thoughts or a movie of her own.

The forthcoming films of Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel are long overdue, and hopefully will fare better than a lot of other past big-budget, »

- Isabel Stevens

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Channing Tatum doubles down on X-Men spin-off Gambit

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Magic Mike star’s deal to play card-throwing superhero confirmed by Hollywood sources despite reports he might walk away

Channing Tatum has confirmed he will play the card-throwing superhero Gambit despite speculation that he might be set to quit the project.

Reports last week suggested the Magic Mike star’s chances of playing the mutant antihero were rapidly unravelling in the face of an impasse with studio Twentieth Century Fox. But the Hollywood Reporter now says the deal has been done.

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- Ben Child

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Road to audition: Tom Hanks letter begging to be 'discovered' unearthed

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High school student Hanks admits he is ‘not built like a Greek God’ but says he hopes to one day call Robert Redford ‘Bob’ in 1974 letter to George Roy Hill

A 1974 letter from a pre-fame, teenage Tom Hanks asking the Oscar-winning director of The Sting, George Roy Hill, to “discover” him has been unveiled by Hollywood archivists. In it, the high school student describes a number of scenarios via which he can achieve stardom, despite admitting that his “looks are not stunning” and he “cannot even grow a mustache”.

Two-time Oscar-winner Hanks wrote the letter as an 18-year-old at Skyline high school in Oakland, California. Hill, whose 1973 con artist caper starring Robert Redford and Paul Newman won seven Oscars, kept the letter and it was recently unveiled by the Margaret Herrick Library of the Motion Picture Academy in Beverly Hills.

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- Ben Child

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Gael Dohany obituary

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My friend Gael Dohany, who has died aged 73 of cancer, was a film-maker whose dramatised documentary Occupy! chronicled the work-in at a Merseyside factory in 1972 when Fisher-Bendix announced that it would move washing-machine production to Spain, axing 500 jobs.

Born and brought up in Buffalo, New York state, the only child of Effie (nee Leonard), a business studies teacher, and Joseph Dohany, a manager at American Motors, Gael received a Catholic education at Buffalo Seminary, and went on to complete a master’s degree at Columbia University, New York.

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- Robin Porter

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Drishyam review – entertainingly twisty thriller gets another remake

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This summer’s second take on Jeethu Joseph’s 2013 Malayalam tale is an overlong yet still deftly satisfying film

Some may decry the news that the Fantastic Four franchise has been rebooted after a decade. Drishyam marks the Indian cinema’s second crack this summer at its own material: Jeethu Joseph’s 2013 Malayalam thriller of this name, remade first in Tamil (July’s Papanasam, again directed by Joseph) and now in Hindi by writer Upendra Sidhaye and director Nishikant Kamat.

The temptation is to ascribe such speedy recycling to commercial imperatives – in theory, Hindi grants the story its biggest audience – but even on its third spin, this story still feels fresh, urgent and relevant to a moment when we’re surrounded by screens.

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- Mike McCahill

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Long catwalk home: can Ben Stiller make audiences care about Zoolander 2?

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An ambitious teaser trailer showcases our first look at the really, really good-looking model’s return to the big screen after a 14-year absence

With Arnie heading back, or perhaps forward, or perhaps both simultaneously, in Terminator Genisys, Stallone refusing to let Rocky go down without a fight in upcoming spin-off Creed and Tom Cruise rumoured to be feeling the need for speed, even at his age, in Top Gun 2, it’s never been as commonplace for actors to relive their greatest hits.

Related: Five things we'd like to see in Zoolander 2

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- Benjamin Lee

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Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation accepts top spot with $56m debut in Us

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Strong North American opening suggests Tom Cruise retains popularity, while Ed Helm remake Vacation disappoints with weak $14.8m bow in second place

Big budget spy caper Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation surpassed expectations to open in top spot at the Us box office this weekend with an impressive $56m, just short of a record bow for the fifth instalment in the two-decade-old saga inspired by Bruce Geller’s 1960s TV show.

As far as the film series goes, only John Woo’s Mission: Impossible II debuted to higher figures, taking $57.8m in 2000. Brad Bird’s Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, which is widely considered to have revived audiences’ interest in the saga, made just $29m on its first weekend on wide-release on its way to a series-best $694m worldwide four years ago.

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- Ben Child

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Marshland: an Andalusian killer thriller haunted by Franco's ghosts

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Sinister scenery, an antagonistic cop duo and political unrest set this sleek Spanish crime drama apart

It’s 20 September 1980, Spain. Franco is five years in the ground. A new Spain is struggling to its feet after 40 years under the Generalissimo’s deadening rule. Eta has today killed four Guardia Civil officers in the north and, on the TV, crowds throw fascist salutes in the streets of Madrid. The first stirrings of post-Franco labour unrest are dimly audible in the distance. And in faraway Andalucía, someone is raping and murdering teenage girls.

The genius of Marshland, Alberto Rodríguez’s serpentine Spanish crime drama, is to be found in its period setting, between the death of Franco in 1975 and the landslide election of the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party in 1982, which solidified the newly democratic state. We are in La Transición. Everything is either dying slowly or taking a long time getting born; in the interim, »

- John Patterson

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