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Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner to divorce after 10 years of marriage

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The pair announced their decision to part the day after their 10th wedding anniversary: ‘We will go forward with love and friendship for one another’

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are divorcing after 10 years of marriage.

The Oscar winner and his wife sent out a joint statement on Tuesday after weeks of public speculation on the status of their marriage.

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- Guardian staff and agencies

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Terminator Genisys review: Arnie's back, but the lustre isn't

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‘Old, but not obsolete,’ insists Schwarzenegger in a return to his most famous role. The truth, heartbreakingly, is quite the contrary

He is, inevitably, back. Again. The Terminator franchise stumbles out of the wreckage of the critically savaged sequel Salvation, this time with the participation of the original model, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and the lavish endorsement of series co-creator James Cameron.

Salvation “sucked” and Genisys, we’ve been told, is a new dawn. In this alternate timeline, the genius of 1984’s splendidly cheesy The Terminator and its sleek, superior follow-up Terminator 2: Judgment Day, are the only history that matters.

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- Henry Barnes

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William Hurt describes fatal Midnight Rider train accident

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Actor shares eyewitness account of the collision on a railway track that led to the death of camera assistant Sarah Jones during filming of Gregg Allman biopic

Actor William Hurt has revealed his perspective on the incident that led to the death of camera assistant Sarah Jones during the filming of the Gregg Allman biopic Midnight Rider. Hurt had been cast in the lead role of musician Allman in the now-suspended production, and was present at the scene of the crash that killed Jones.

Speaking to the Canadian Press news agency, Hurt said: “I just had an unsettled feeling from the very time I got there. I stopped everything and I said in front of everybody, I said, ‘Stop.’ And I asked [assistant director] Hillary [Schwartz] in front of the whole crowd, ‘Are we safe?’ Because it’s her job as the first Ad to tell us that. She said, ‘Yes.’” Schwartz was »

- Andrew Pulver

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Chiwetel Ejiofor and Julia Roberts in first trailer for Secret in Their Eyes remake

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A star-studded remake of the Oscar-winning Argentinian thriller, also starring Nicole Kidman, has Roberts out for revenge against the man who killed her daughter

Given the near universal acclaim that met Juan José Campanella’s 2009 thriller The Secret in Their Eyes, initial reaction to news of a remake was less than enthused.

But with a stellar cast and Billy Ray, the director of Shattered Glass and Breach, on board, it might not be the disaster that many expected. The first trailer for the remake has landed and has Chiwetel Ejiofor and Julia Roberts as FBI investigators working with their Da supervisor, played by Nicole Kidman.

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- Benjamin Lee

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Precinct Seven Five review - a jaw-dropping account of New York police corruption

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How a small precinct in Brooklyn became one of the most notorious examples of police corruption is outlined in Tiller Russell’s excellent documentary

Here is a documentary about an extraordinary episode of outrageous corruption among New York police in the 1980s; a sort of real life counterpart to A Most Violent Year, but without any of the machinations of drama, and a hundred times more appalling.

The backdrop is the chaos-riven New York of recent myth: the bankrupt city swamped by a tide of crack cocaine and violence, with big-money gangsters ruling the streets and honest folk too terrified to step outside their doors. The central protagonist is Michael Dowd, a patrolman in the NYPD’s 75th precinct in the East New York area of Brooklyn (hence the title); having served over 11 years in jail for his eight-year splurge shaking down drug dealers and and stealing from robbery scenes, »

- Andrew Pulver

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UK box office: Minions makes millions, Jurassic World biggest hit since Skyfall

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Despicable Me spin-off continues a good year for Universal, while Salma Hayek’s action movie Everly high-kicks off with an unexplosive £40 screen average

They’re small, yellow, speak an indecipherable babble and lack the strong individual characters typically associated with hit movies, and yet Minions has just scored the biggest debut weekend in the UK for an animated feature. Most people would struggle to pick Stuart, Kevin and Bob out of a lineup, yet the trio has bested Toy Story, Shrek and all the other big guns from Disney, Pixar and DreamWorks.

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- Charles Gant

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French film industry shows love for Gaspar Noé's graphic 3D sex story

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French film guilds support director’s film Love amid fears the country’s culture minister is cowing to rightwing pressure for more restrictive film classification

Gaspar Noé’s Love, a story of relationships, romance and 3D cum shots, has French film guilds rallying to its cause after the country’s minister of culture and communication, Fleur Pellerin, asked for its certification to be bumped up from a -16 (forbidden to under-16s) to a -18 (forbidden for under-18s).

Guilds, including the Arp, France’s association of directors, authors and producers, fear Pellerin is cowing to pressure from Promouvoir, a rightwing group notorious for pushing for more restrictive of film classification, according to Variety.

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- Henry Barnes

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Pinewood studios announce record revenue

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British home of film-making to expand facilities at home and abroad following blockbuster year

Britain’s Pinewood Group, which includes the celebrated Pinewood and Shepperton film studios in the UK, as well as facilities in Toronto and Atlanta, Georgia, has posted record revenue as it seeks to expand its operations worldwide.

In an investor announcement that appeared on the company’s website, Pinewood said its income for the 2014/15 financial year was £75m, an increase of £10.9m on the previous year. The operating profit for the group was recorded as £5.8m, an increase of £0.9m on 2013/14.

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- Andrew Pulver

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House that inspired Up to come down

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Disney publicists tied multicoloured balloons to Edith Macefield’s tumbledown home in 2009 to promote the release of the Oscar-winning animation – following her death it’s to be demolished

A 115-year-old house which may have inspired the Oscar-winning Pixar movie Up looks set to be demolished, eight years after its octogenarian owner won a battle to fend off developers.

Edith Macefield made headlines around the world in 2006 when the 84-year-old refused an offer of $1m for her $120,000 tumbledown home in Seattle, Oregon. Disney publicists tied multicoloured balloons to the property in 2009 to promote the release of Up, which features the similar storyline of a pensioner who refuses to give up in the face of encroaching development and soon sees high rise buildings leaping up to dwarf his home.

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- Ben Child

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I'll be crap: guess the failed Arnie catchphrases - quiz

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After Arnie promised he would return, said goodbye in Spanish and insisted on a helicopter trip, every subsequent film of his was built around the hope that a new catchphrase would join the t-shirt ready hall of fame. But lightning doesn't strike two or three times in every Arnie movie. As Terminator Genisys hits cinemas, can you identify the failed attempts? Continue reading »

- Benjamin Lee

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Idris Elba says never say never as he calls James Bond role 'a rumour'

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Hackney-born star remains a frontrunner to replace Daniel Craig as the suave secret agent

Idris Elba has denied reports he is entering the final straight in the race to become the next James Bond.

Elba, 42, is currently one of the bookies’ favourites to replace Daniel Craig as 007 when the latter’s run ends in two movies’ time. But the Hackney-born star, best known for television roles in The Wire and Luther and his portrayal of Nelson Mandela, said tabloid reports suggesting he is the frontrunner to take on the role were wide of the mark.

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- Ben Child

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Oscars chief: Academy to 'normalise' membership through diversity

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Cheryl Boone Isaacs says record intake of younger, ethnic minority and female voting members reflects goal of inclusiveness for world’s most powerful film awards ceremony

The head of the organisation that puts on the Oscars has said it is seeking to “normalise” its membership after decades of being seen as a Hollywood club for members who are largely white, male and over 50.

Cheryl Boone Isaacs, president of the Us Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, was discussing last week’s induction of 322 new “invitees”, the largest in the body’s history. The high numbers of new ethnic minority, female and younger members could radically shift the kind of movies garlanded each year at the world’s most prestigious film ceremony.

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- Ben Child

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Monkey bites woman on ear in sneak attack near Pirates of the Caribbean set

29 June 2015 11:44 PM, PDT

Hollywood blockbuster surrounded by further controversy after a makeup artist working on a nearby set attacked

A monkey thought to be from the Gold Coast set of Pirates of the Caribbean 5 has attacked a makeup artist working on the set of another movie.

The artist, a woman in her 50s, told paramedics she was in the sound stage of the Movie World theme park about midday on Tuesday when the monkey bit her on the ear.

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- Joshua Robertson

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Tim Tams and panel vans: Looking for Alibrandi, Australia’s best teen movie

29 June 2015 9:07 PM, PDT

How did some fictional friends from the Sydney suburbs sum up a generation? One film fan pays tribute to Josie, Jacob Coote and John Barton 15 years on

Still Looking for Alibrandi: migrant teens deserve their own Ya fiction

Rewatching classic Australian films: week by week

Fifteen years ago, Josie Alibrandi was walking along George Street in her formal dress when she stopped and looked at Jacob Coote in disgust. “In a panel van?” she said. I may not have actually known what was wrong with a panel van, but I fell immediately in love.

To a specific generation of Australians, Kate Woods’ film Looking for Alibrandi is such a cultural touchstone it’s hard to remove it from our own personal history. Based on Melina Marchetta’s 1992 novel, it was critically embraced for thoughtfully telling an authentic non-Anglo-Saxon coming-of-age story from the perspective of a non-male protagonist, a combination rarely explored. »

- Sinead Stubbins

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Is Seth MacFarlane fatigue to blame for Ted 2's threadbare box office?

29 June 2015 8:34 AM, PDT

• $33m Us debut for R-rated sequel fails to spur on would-be franchise

• Early records hint at Minions’ $1bn potential

Jurassic World looks set for bronze-medal finish on the all-time list

So Jurassic World has bite – breaking all debut-weekend records – and pace – grossing $1bn faster than any other film. Now its stamina will be put to the test. It’s already taken $1.24bn, standing it eighth on the all-time list. But this weekend, its third, saw signs that the blockbuster is, if not flagging exactly, then starting to fall short of the kind of showing needed to make king of the box office James Cameron break into a sweat. After unprecedented Us weekends, $54.2m was – the shame! – just the third highest third weekend ever. Which means, with a second successive 49% drop, it is performing more like No 3 all-time film The Avengers (second weekend, -50.3%; 3rd, -46%), rather than the exceptional holds »

- Phil Hoad

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Magic Mike Xxl review: like watching pained strippers dryhump

29 June 2015 6:00 AM, PDT

Our oiled-up heroes are en route to a male stripper convention – but it’s not just the clothes they’ve lost for this sequel. It’s depth, humour, narrative tension and Matthew McConaughey, leaving just a faintly demeaning, penis-free hen night

Those great big semi-unclothed hunks are back, with abs even more defined than ever, like roof tiles or armadillo scales. The guys are back to strut their increasingly uninteresting stuff in a shower of crumpled dollar bills from unironically whooping female fans. Actually, they always conclude their act pretty much knee-deep in greenbacks. Someone presumably has to sweep up the cash afterwards and make sure it is fairly distributed among the male erotic dancers. This grim business always happens off camera.

Related: Magic Mike Xxl trailer review: no doom, no gloom, just nipples

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- Peter Bradshaw

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Zadie Smith to co-write space adventure with French director Claire Denis

29 June 2015 4:57 AM, PDT

The Man Booker shortlisted novelist will make her screenwriting debut on the Beau Travail director’s first English-language film

Zadie Smith has been recruited by Claire Denis for the writer-director’s new film, a space adventure set beyond our solar system in a future “that seems like the present”, according to Screen International.

Smith, author of the award-winning bestselling novel White Teeth, will write the script with her husband, Nick Laird, and Denis. It is Smith’s first venture in scriptwriting, although White Teeth was developed into a TV show for Channel 4. A film adaptation of her 2005 novel On Beauty, about a mixed-race British-American family’s experience of moving to the Us, is in the works.

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- Henry Barnes

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Top Gun sequel to feature Tom Cruise versus drones storyline

29 June 2015 3:26 AM, PDT

Producer David Ellison confirms follow-up is moving closer to production and admits there is ‘no Top Gun without Maverick’

The long-mooted sequel to 80s blockbuster Top Gun will explore the culture clash between old school aviation and the new generation of unmanned drones, according to the film’s producer.

David Ellison of production company Skydance also confirmed the follow-up will feature Tom Cruise reprising his role as star fighter pilot Maverick during a junket to promote Terminator: Genisys in Berlin.

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- Ben Child

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Jurassic Park author's novel Micro set for DreamWorks adaptation

29 June 2015 3:24 AM, PDT

Michael Crichton’s book about miniaturised students stuck in a rainforest to be made into a movie, with DreamWorks’ co-founder Steven Spielberg’s approval

The giant success of Jurassic World has prompted DreamWorks to gobble up the rights to Micro, one of the last novels by Jurassic Park writer Michael Crichton.

Micro is about about “a group of graduate students lured to Hawaii to work for a mysterious biotech company – only to find themselves miniaturised and cast out into the rainforest, with nothing but their scientific expertise and wits to protect them”, according to a statement from DreamWorks. The book was one of a number of projects Crichton was working on before he died in 2008. It was finished by science thriller writer Richard Preston and published in 2011.

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- Henry Barnes

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Sardarji review – Diljit Dosanjh hunts for a funny joke in ghastly ghost story

29 June 2015 3:14 AM, PDT

A cameo from the Queen and a reject Downton Abbey location are not enough to save this silly ghost-hunting tale that at best exudes a naive charm

The Indian popular cinema’s best-kept secret is that it’s actually several cinemas in one. The Hindi movies that dominate the box office obscure the Punjabi, Malayalam and Telugu productions emerging from separate regions of this vast country; though directors and stars have been known to switch between them, each cinema retains its own distinct tenors and textures (and, indeed, audience). If Sardarji, the new vehicle for actor-singer Diljit Dosanjh, is in any way typical, Punjabi film-makers are happy to push beyond standard Bollywood broadness towards full-on wackiness: here is a cinema where the sound of the pennywhistle still enjoys some comic currency.

The tone of Rohit Jugraj’s film can be discerned from the early episode that finds Dosanjh’s Jaggi, »

- Mike McCahill

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