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Dr Strangelove: Peter Sellers in Stanley Kubrick's anti-war masterpiece – video

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To mark what would have been Stanley Kubrick’s 88th birthday on Tuesday, here is a clip from his 1964 cold war satire Dr Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. In this celebrated scene, Peter Sellers plays two of his three roles in the film: the mild-mannered Us president, Merkin Muffley, and the creepy ex-Nazi scientist, Strangelove. Also on hand is George C Scott as the Communist-baiting General Buck Turgidson.

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- Guardian Staff

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Netflix to make rival Panama Papers movie

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Cinema must shine a light on ‘the evil that men do,’ says Netflix chief Ted Sarandos, as new film telling story of massive data leak announced

Netflix, the streaming giant turned original content studio, is to make a film based on the account of the Panama Papers written by two German journalists at the centre of the biggest data leak in history.

The company has acquired exclusive rights to The Panama Papers: Breaking the Story of How the World’s Rich and Powerful Hide Their Money, the recently published book by Frederik Obermaier and Bastian Obermayer. The pair, who work for Munich-based Süddeutsche Zeitung, a subscription daily newspaper, were the only journalists to have direct access to the anonymous source who leaked the 11.5m documents from the Panama-based company Mossack Fonseca, one of the world’s biggest offshore law firms.

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- Catherine Shoard

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Jason Bourne review: Matt Damon back in fun but forgettable action revamp

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Paul Greengrass and his star have upped the tech and chucked in references to Snowden, but it’s basic Bourne that remains most persuasive: whacking baddies with a door handle and tensely unleashing testostrone on well-dressed women

Here it is: Matt Damon’s fourth and not necessarily final outing as the CIA’s amnesiac super-assassin gone rogue, Jason Bourne. That’s after The Bourne Identity (2002), The Bourne Supremacy (2004) and The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) and not counting franchise spinoff The Bourne Legacy (2012) in which Bourne himself did not actually appear.

This latest iteration reunites Damon with director Paul Greengrass who as ever shows his mastery of muscular, deafening, frenetically edited action sequences - the visual equivalent of a drum-roll. Greengrass, who has co-written the film with his editor Christopher Rouse, whisks us to cities all over the world and the drama here culminates in an eye-poppingly spectacular finale in Las Vegas, whose »

- Peter Bradshaw

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Margot Robbie calls her Vanity Fair profile 'really weird'

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Australian actor reveals the ‘Aussie pride’ she felt in the aftermath, when Rich Cohen’s article was denigrated as sexist and patronising

Australian actor Margot Robbie has described a controversial Vanity Fair profile of her as “really weird”, telling Channel Ten’s The Project that she remembered thinking “that was a really odd interview” after it came to a close.

Written by Rich Cohen, the profile was widely denigrated as a sexist portrayal of Robbie and a patronising portrayal of Australia when it was published online in July.

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- Steph Harmon

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Equity: the cast and crew on the women of Wall Street – video interview

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It’s a place we seldom see women represented: Wall Street. Breaking Bad’s Anna Gunn stars as a successful investment banker threatened by financial corruption in Equity. Sarah Megan Thomas and Alysia Reiner, co-stars and producers of the movie, talk to the Guardian’s Nigel M Smith about the ever-evolving roles of working women, and the director, Meena Menon, sheds light on the film’s setting

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- Nigel M Smith

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Rotten luck: tree from The Shawshank Redemption toppled by strong winds

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The landmark from Frank Darabont’s prison-escape classic has been blown down, to the dismay of fans

An oak tree, hailed as a symbol of hope for appearing in a key scene from The Shawshank Redemption, has been toppled by heavy winds in Lucas, Ohio.

In the film, Red, played by Morgan Freeman, travels to the site of the tree on the advice of Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) after receiving parole following a 40-year sentence. There, he finds some money and a note left by his friend directing him to Zihuatanejo in Mexico. “Remember, Red,” the letter reads. “Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.”

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- Nigel M Smith

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Comic-Con 2016: the good, the bad and the unbearable

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Comic-Con is merely the first taste of everything you won’t be able to shut up about for the next year or two, from Wonder Woman to Rihanna in Bates Motel

Comic-Con 2016 is over, but in my mind, it’s still going on. It’s been a full day since I left San Diego and the moist throng of sweaty pop culture enthusiasts, but I’m still unpacking all of the merchandise I bought (and the merchandise given to me by studios eager to hawk their latest big-budget gambles), washing the party stench out of my clothes, and breathlessly pondering casting announcements, flashy trailers and plot reveals. When you spend large portions of your everyday life following the progress of an in-production motion picture or TV show or comic book series, you’re essentially living Comic-Con year-round. For the truly dedicated fan in 2016, Comic-Con never ends.

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- Dave Schilling

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Backwards to the future: how Britain’s nostalgia industry is thriving

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From the new film of Swallows and Amazons to Harry Potter, Britain is obsessed with a past that never existed. What is this endless Downtonisation all about?

Ron Howard had a theory about why the Us sitcom Happy Days was such a hit. The Oscar-winning director, who played Richie Cunningham in the show, argued that central to its appeal was that it was set in the 1950s, before Vietnam, drugs and hippies, when teenagers were civil to their elders. Happy Days – which ran from 1974 to 1984 – was, he told me, a return to lost innocence before Watergate. It put the 50s back into the 70s and made people happier.

The new film adaptation of Arthur Ransome’s novel Swallows and Amazons, starring Rafe Spall, Kelly Macdonald and Andrew Scott, has a similar nostalgic function. It takes us back to 1935, a time before multicultural Britain, swinging London, gay marriages, gender fluidity, online »

- Stuart Jeffries

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King Arthur: Legend of the Sword - Guy Ritchie's take on a medieval myth - video

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Having re-invigorated the Brit gangster flick and given Sherlock Holmes a new sheen, Guy Ritchie takes on the legend of King Arthur. In Ritchie’s film Arthur (Charlie Hunnam) is a street urchin who discovers his noble destiny after removing the sword from the stone. Also starring Jude Law, Eric Bana and Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is released in March next year

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- Guardian Staff

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Letter: I featured in the first documentary Peter Morley made – in 1947

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I went to the same progressive boarding school as the film-maker Peter Morley and featured in the first documentary he made, in 1947. The film was dedicated to Anna Essinger, a far-sighted Jewish educationist who fled to Britain with many of her pupils six months after Adolf Hitler came to power in Germany in 1933. Peter and his siblings fled with their father at much the same time and naturally came to a school, Bunce Court, near Faversham in Kent, where the pupils and most of the staff spoke their native language.

Wartime evacuation took them to Shropshire, and I arrived there came after my mother had wanted to move me as far from bombing as possible. To this day I have no idea what she knew about the school but I spent most of the war years at Trench Hall, near Wem, speaking German.

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- Harold Jackson

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Comic-Con trailer rundown: from comedy Batfleck to Guy Ritchie's streetfighting King Arthur

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Doctor Strange is turning psychedlic, Zack Snyder’s pitching a DC renaissance and is that one of Jk Rowling’s Pukwudgies? Here’s what the new teasers tell us

San Diego’s annual Comic-Con event has become the prime venue for Hollywood to show off its upcoming movies to tens of thousands of adoring fans. Here are the pick of this year’s specially prepared trailers, for those who couldn’t make it to southern California.

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- Ben Child

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Brie Larson and Tom Hiddleston go ape in trailer for Kong: Skull Island – video

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Watch the trailer for the King Kong origins story, Kong: Skull Island. Set in the 1970s, it follows an intrepid group of explorers who discover a remote Pacific island and realise too late that they aren’t its only inhabitants. Starring Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, John Goodman and Samuel L Jackson, Kong: Skull Island will be released in March 2017

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- Guardian Staff

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My Fair Lady and West Side Story 'ghost singer' Marni Nixon dies, aged 86

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Nixon filled in secretly as a playback singer for Audrey Hepburn, Deborah Kerr, Marilyn Monroe and Natalie Wood in a long career as a soprano

Marni Nixon, the singer whose voice can be heard filling in for Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady and for Deborah Kerr in The King and I, has died aged 86, according to the New York Times. Randy Banner, a friend and student, said she died from breast cancer.

Related: Stand-in for the stars – the art of the dubbing singer

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- Andrew Pulver

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Wonder Woman trailer: trailer for DC superhero film – video

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Gal Gadot made her first appearance as Wonder Woman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, released earlier this year. Now she is starring in a standalone movie, directed by Patty Jenkins and set for release in the Us and UK on 2 June 2017. This first trailer for the film, which made its debut at Comic-Con over the weekend, introduces us to Princess Diana of Themyscira as she fights for peace during the first world war, alongside Steve Trevor (Chris Pine)

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- Guardian Staff

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Secret Cinema: Dirty Dancing review – the UK's biggest hen party

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Re-enactments of the film’s big scenes enable a hyped-up, hula-hooping crowd in a sing-along with the atmosphere of a drunken sleepover

“When I say Dance, you say Ing, dancING, dancING!” honks a pigtailed rep through a megaphone, wearing boxfresh Keds, a burgundy Kellerman’s T-shirt and apostrophes for eyes, at the entrance to a familiar looking time warp. “The talent contest will be at 6.45pm!” The crowd, dressed head to toe in 1963, cheerfully whoop and expectantly scan the commotion of fancy dress and forced fun. This is Secret Cinema, after all, where the first rule isn’t don’t talk about Secret Cinema; it’s get involved or go home.

For summer, the blockbustering site-specific behemoth has recreated randy coming-of-age classic Dirty Dancing. As usual, at a secret London location, there are interactive re-enactments and festivalesque frippery foreshadowing the film itself, elevating it from “outdoor screening in a field »

- Kate Hutchinson

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them trailer: Eddie Redmayne in Harry Potter spinoff – video

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This footage from the upcoming fantasy in the Harry Potter universe written by Jk Rowling was released at Comic Con over the weekend. Directed by David Yates, the film stars Eddie Redmayne as a Hogwarts alumni who arrives in America in 1926 but runs into trouble after magical beasts escape from his briefcase. The film will be released worldwide on 18 November 2016

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- Guardian Staff

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T2: teaser trailer for Danny Boyle's Trainspotting sequel – video

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Twenty-one years after the release of his breakthrough hit, director Danny Boyle reunites with the cast of Trainspotting for T2, to be released in the UK on 27 January 2017 and in the Us a week later. In this first look at footage from the new film, Renton (Ewan McGregor), Spud (Ewen Bremner), Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller) and Begbie (Robert Carlyle) are glimpsed in a echo of a scene from the original, standing on a platform as a train trundles through, this time yet more weathered, as Iggy Pop’s Lust for Life plays in the background

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- Guardian Staff

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California fire threatens Tippi Hedren animal sanctuary and destroys film set

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The Sand Fire has forced the evacuation of the Hitchcock actor’s Shambala Preserve and razed popular Hollywood film set Sable Ranch

A fire that is sweeping through the Santa Clarita valley in California has destroyed a set used to shoot films including Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Maverick and Bells of Coronado. It has also forced workers at the Shambala Preserve, an animal sanctuary founded by Tippi Hedren, to evacuate most of its animals, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The Sand Fire, which has expanded to 51 square miles and burned down at least 18 homes, was only 10% contained as of late Sunday night. The Los Angeles County sheriff’s department is investigating the death of a man who was thought to be caught in the blaze.

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- Henry Barnes and agencies

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Barry Lyndon: why it’s time to reassess Kubrick’s ‘coffee-table’ movie

25 July 2016 1:00 AM, PDT

Beneath the courtship and civility of the master’s glacial period drama lies a film of striking savagery

Related: Stanley Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon: ‘It puts a spell on people’

Barry Lyndon is 41 years old and its sparkling new digital facelift gives us the chance to reassess Stanley Kubrick’s lone flop and, to my mind, greatest masterpiece. “Glacial” they called it in 1975; “a coffee-table movie” (Pauline Kael), with a terrible bit of casting at its heart, and a misanthropist at the helm. Wrong, wrong, wrong.

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- John Patterson

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Sid & Nancy: exclusive trailer for the 30th anniversary release of the punk rock tragedy – video

25 July 2016 12:00 AM, PDT

In 1986, Alex Cox followed up Repo Man with a biopic of Sid Vicious, the Sex Pistols bassist who was arrested for the murder of his girlfriend Nancy Spungen, but who died in 1979 from a heroin overdose before the case came to court. Cox cast Gary Oldman in the lead role, whose career took of meteorically as a result – even though the film incurred the displeasure of John Lydon ,aka Johnny Rotten. Sid & Nancy has been restored for its 30th anniversary and will be released in cinemas on 5 August, and DVD/Blu-Ray on 29 August.

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- Guardian Staff

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