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Jeremy Clarkson offered role in Russian comedy about man trapped in cat
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- Benjamin Lee
Far From the Madding Crowd star Carey Mulligan: 'It's shocking how real Bathsheba feels to a female reader' - video interview
7 hours ago
Thomas Vinterberg's adaptation of Thomas Hardy's classic romance Far From the Madding Crowd stars Carey Mulligan as Bathsheba Everdene, a Victorian landowner who is torn between safeguarding her independence and following her heart. Here the film's star talks to Catherine Shoard about how accurately Hardy was able to write a female character, while Vinterberg and co-star Matthias Schoenaerts explain why the story offers up a good example of how men should act. Far From the Madding Crowd is released in the UK on 1 May Continue reading »
- Catherine Shoard and Henry Barnes
Avengers: Age of Ultron beats Fifty Shades for best UK opening since Skyfall
10 hours ago
Ensemble blockbuster earns £18m on first weekend smashing records for April openings, Saturday takes, superhero movies and single-day Disney revenues
The latest Marvel superhero blockbuster, Avengers: Age of Ultron, left a trail of devastation in its wake at the UK box office this weekend, with records smashed and previous chart-topper Fast & Furious left eating dust.
The film took £18m from 585 sites, which makes it the biggest opening of 2015, the eight biggest of all time, the biggest April opening ever, the biggest ever day for a superhero movie and Disney’s own best-ever day.
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- Catherine Shoard
My favourite Cannes winner: Padre Padrone
10 hours ago
Continuing our series in which writers choose their favourite recipient of the Palme d’Or, Ryan Gilbey celebrates a controversial choice: the Taviani brothers’ earthy 1977 coming-of-age drama
Few films, even the greatest ones, are life-changing. It’s just something critics say. But Roberto Rossellini’s Paisan, showing Italy in tatters in the second world war, really did alter the paths taken by two Italian brothers: 17-year-old Paolo Taviani and his 15-year-old brother Vittorio, who saw it in 1946. They made a pledge after leaving the cinema: if they were not shooting films within a decade, they would buy a gun and shoot themselves. Thirty years later, and fully established as directors, they made their masterpiece, Padre Padrone. It won the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 1977, as well as the international critics’ prize – the first picture to scoop both awards at the festival. The jury president that year was the man »
- Ryan Gilbey
Ben Mendelsohn: Alf from Home and Away has the best acting career in Australia
12 hours ago
One time, a very long time ago, Ben Mendelsohn still lived in Melbourne and so did I. He wound up at my house and I wanted to be an actor so I asked him all about it. I don’t remember much of what he said but I remember this because it seemed universal for most Australian creatives: have a back-up plan.
“My advice in that respect hasn’t changed,” Mendelsohn says when we meet again, with his latest film, Black Sea, in Australian cinemas and small-screen drama, Bloodline, on Netflix. “I don’t think it’s necessarily a great thing not to have another option on the table. When it gets lean and dry, it’s pretty tough, and it can go »
- Toby McCasker
Party with the Wolfpack brothers: the new breed of documentary film stars
27 April 2015 10:21 AM, PDT
They spent their childhoods locked up. Now it’s VIP parties, red carpets and adoring fans for the Wolfpack brothers. But should today’s documentaries really be making celebrities of their subjects?
The stars were out in force at this year’s Sundance film festival, with the likes of Nicole Kidman, Brad Pitt and Lena Dunham all looking great in down jackets on Main Street. But there was an alternate galaxy, if you will, another cast of characters who also smiled for the paparazzi and caused adoring fans to swoon. They were the subjects of the festival’s documentaries – and they included a Texas cattleman, autistic teens, former Scientologists and an ex-porn star.
Also in attendance were the “stars” of The Wolfpack, a documentary about the Angulos, six brothers and one sister who were home-schooled by their mother and virtually imprisoned by their domineering, paranoid father for more than 10 years »
- Tom Roston
Lambert & Stamp: documentary about the Who's managers – video clip
27 April 2015 6:18 AM, PDT
Aspiring film-makers Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp set out to make a low-budget film about the 60s counterculture. Instead they discovered a rock band called the High Numbers, renamed them the Who and shepherded them to rock superstardom. In this clip, the Who's Pete Townshend explains how the relationship between the two men worked. Lambert & Stamp is on release in the UK on 15 May. Continue reading »
- Guardian Staff