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Eddie Redmayne invited to cameo on Neighbours after praising stars of show

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Oscar winner calls actors who play Karl and Susan Kennedy ‘the greatest unsung acting duo in history’

Related: Halle Berry: ‘If an Oscar winner tells you they can pick out hits, they’re lying!’

After winning an Oscar, actors are given a rather short amount of time to utilise their moment in the spotlight and make some prime decisions as to what to work on next. Just ask Halle Berry. While it’s been pretty quiet so far from Julianne Moore, Patricia Arquette and Jk Simmons, best actor winner Eddie Redmayne has been difficult to avoid.

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- Benjamin Lee

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The film that makes me cry: Babe

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Babe charts the rise of a cute orphaned piglet who is polite to sheep and befriends a surly farmer. It also encapsulates themes of social isolation and animal cruelty. Eleanor Ross tells us why she finds Babe so traumatising

As an adult, I had it pointed out to me by my mother that Babe – held up as the “cutesy” film of the 1990s – was actually pretty mean, encapsulating as it did themes of social isolation, animal cruelty and victimisation: no wonder I’m left traumatised every time I watch it.

Related: The film that makes me cry: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly | Peter Bradshaw

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- Eleanor Ross

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CA Lejeune: the pioneering female film critic who changed our view of cinema

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The Guardian and Observer critic blazed a trail for female reviewers – but today, the proportion of women writing about film is falling. What can we learn from this bracing, witty writer?

“The kinema must please the women or die,” thundered the Manchester Guardian’s weekly film column in 1926. Back then, cinema audiences were largely female, but film-makers largely male. “She is no fool, this woman, no sluggard in criticism”, wrote the critic, appalled at an industry utterly mistaking what mothers and housewives wanted to see at the cinema. “[She is] the first to notice the inconsistencies of a production, the bad workmanship, the flaws in thought, she has no illusions about her screen friends and their quality.”

Today, the UK cinema audience is more evenly gender-balanced, but the industry remains overwhelmingly male, and the proportion of women reviewing films in newspapers is falling. All this, despite the fact that female-led hits from »

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Chinese box office beats Us monthly total for first time

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Record-breaking number in China makes it the biggest market for movies in February

Box office revenue in China hit an all-time high in February with a mammoth $650m total, beating both the Chinese monthly record and the Us figure for the same period.

While the north American equivalent was initially $710m for a month which saw the release of erotic smash Fifty Shades of Grey, once Canada’s input was stripped away, the number was down to just $640m.

Related: Out of Focus: low turnout to Will Smith movie – but film still tops Us box office

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- Benjamin Lee

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Julianne Moore on Still Alice: 'The idea our inner self could be taken away is very frightening' - video interview

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Julianne Moore, star of Still Alice, talks to Catherine Shoard about playing a character with early-onset Alzheimer's. The actor explains how talking to people with the disease helped shape her Oscar-winning portrayal of a university lecturer dealing with her diagnosis, calls for more funding and challenges the idea that Alzheimer's is an immediate death sentence. Still Alice is released in the UK on Friday Continue reading »

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