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'Blonde, fit, smokin' hot': Hollywood producer shares sexist scripts on Twitter

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Ross Putman tweets verbatim introductions to female characters in scripts he reads, from ‘as adorable as she is sexy’ to ‘honey-blonde farmland beauty queen’

A Hollywood producer is sharing excerpts of sexist scripts he gets sent, to highlight the grim state of roles for women in film – as well as some equally dire writing.

Producer Ross Putman, who wrote and produced the 2012 film Trigger Finger, created the @femscriptintros Twitter account on Wednesday to share examples of how female lead characters are introduced in “actual scripts” he reads.

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- Elle Hunt

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Mel Gibson joins Tropfest 2016 short film festival judging panel

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Troubled film competition to take place on 14 February, two months after its scheduled December date and after being bailed out by Cgu Insurance

Australian film-maker and actor Mel Gibson has joined the judging panel of beleaguered short film competition Tropfest, which will take place on 14 February in Sydney.

A month before its scheduled December 2015 date, the annual competition was cancelled due to what founder John Polson called “a terrible and irresponsible mismanagement” of funds.

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- Monica Tan

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Has Ben Stiller become Derek Zoolander?

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Retreading old jokes while inviting the fashion elite to cameo, it seems Zoolander 2’s director has lost the sense of satire that made the original film a cult hit

In Zoolander 2, we first see Ben Stiller’s well-heeled and intellectually challenged male model hidden away from the world, avoiding contemporary culture, unaware of how everything has progressed in his 15-year absence. After enduring 102 minutes of laboured and misguided jokes, it feels like Stiller himself has been doing the exact same thing.

Related: Zoolander 2 review: Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson are so lukewarm right now

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- Benjamin Lee

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Funny or Die releases spoof Donald Trump biopic starring Johnny Depp

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Comedy website launches Donald Trump’s The Art of the Deal: The Movie, a 50-minute mock TV film about the controversial figure

The comedy website Funny or Die has released a surprise 50-minute film about the controversial businessman turned politician Donald Trump in the wake of his victory in the New Hampshire primary.

Related: Michael Moore: 'Donald Trump is a performance artist'

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- Benjamin Lee

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Ad brake: are Zootropolis and Hail, Caesar! ushering in a new age of slow trailers?

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The snail-paced teaser for Disney’s new animation is the latest to merrily reject the usual frenetic framework. Does it mark a golden dawn of ponderous promos?

Deliberately infuriating your audience is not usually rule No 1 in the marketing world. But that’s exactly the experience the magnificent trailer for Zootropolis gives us. A taster for Disney’s forthcoming animation (titled Zootopia in the Us) about a city populated by animals, it is mostly one unbroken scene of a rabbit police officer and her fox accomplice trying to run a licence plate at a vehicle registry staffed by sloths. Which means – unlike almost every other trailer out there – it takes its own sweet time.

“We are in a really big hurry,” squeals the rabbit, as Flash the sloth subjects her to torture-by-painstaking-keyboard-input. Every sleepy blink, every superfluous extra word, every gag – we see them coming a thousand miles off. All »

- Phil Hoad

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Charlize Theron in pole position for head villain in Fast & Furious 8

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Mad Max: Fury Road star eyed to play main antagonist in the first of a new trilogy that will bring the long-running petrol-head action series to a close

Charlize Theron is to be offered the role of villain-in-chief in the next instalment of the hugely successful Fast & Furious saga, Fast 8, according to reports in Hollywood.

The South African actor is currently riding high following acclaim for her turn as one-armed hero Imperator Furiosa in Oscar-nominated sci-fi sequel Mad Max: Fury Road. Her performance, and position as co-lead alongside Britain’s Tom Hardy in the title role, was a key contributor last year to the ongoing debate about Hollywood diversity.

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- Ben Child

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Hollywood's diversity problem and why Zoolander 2 fails – the Dailies film podcast

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The Guardian film team’s round-up of today’s movie news

Your daily update of the latest news and reviews from the Guardian film team. Now showing: a new study shows that while women are becoming more visible in blockbusters, black women are still under-represented; and the reviews for Zoolander 2 are in. And they are not good.

Follow us on Twitter (GuardianFilm, Henry, Ben, Catherine and producer Rowan) and check out our Facebook page. Comment on the show below.

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- Presented by Benjamin Lee with Catherine Shoard and produced by Rowan Slaney

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Johnny Depp to play the Invisible Man in remake of horror classic

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Replica of James Whale’s 1933 chiller chronicling a former medical student’s descent into madness part of Universal’s plan to bring scary movies back to big screen

Johnny Depp has signed on to play the Invisible Man in a reboot of the horror staple, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The project is part of studio Universal’s ambitious plan to bring a slew of classic monster movies back to the big screen. Tom Cruise has already signed on for a new version of The Mummy, due to be released in June 2017, while producers Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan are reportedly hoping to convince Angelina Jolie to star as the Bride of Frankenstein in a remake of the classic 1935 chiller. New films based on the original Frankenstein, as well as Dracula, the Wolfman and the Creature from the Black Lagoon are also being planned as part of a big-budget-horror “cinematic universe”.

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- Ben Child

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Female lead roles rose in 2015's biggest films – but not for women of colour

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Women took 22% of key roles in top films of 2015, the most since study began in 2002, but number of roles for women of colour did not increase

The number of lead characters played by women in major Hollywood films has leapt 10% in a single year, yet actors from ethnic minority backgrounds are still struggling to secure roles, according to a new study.

The Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University report examined the 100 top-grossing films at the North American box office in 2015, noting the ethnic and gender makeup of 2,500 characters. Executive director Dr Martha M Lauzen found that women made up just 22% of key players, up from 12 per cent in 2014. The proportion of female characters was the highest since records began in 2002, when the previous best figure of 18% was posted.

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- Ben Child

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Marilyn Monroe: sex symbol, model and muse – in pictures

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A new exhibition looks at Hollywood actor Marilyn Monroe through the lens of the artists she inspired and worked alongside. More than 100 paintings and photographs, including by Andy Warhol and photographers Cecil Beaton and Henri Cartier-Bresson, chart her rise through the Hollywood ranks as well as her lasting influence on popular culture. Curator Bianca Acimovic says the public’s fascination with Monroe flourished after her death and her ability to inspire decades of artists sees works from as recent as 2010 in the exhibition. ‘She became the ultimate muse,’ Acimovic says

Marilyn: Celebrating an Icon is at Murray Art Museum Albury from 12 February to 8 May

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- Monica Tan

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Zoolander 2 review: Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson are so lukewarm right now

9 February 2016 7:00 PM, PST

Derek and Hansel are back on the catwalk 14 years on – and though age may have withered their cutting comedy edge, there’s still fun to be found in the familiarity

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

Ridiculously good-looking fashion model Derek Zoolander now joins newsroom king Ron Burgundy in making his slightly disappointing but still reasonably funny comeback — all set for some bewildered fish-out-of-water comedy in the modern world which has moved on without him. Britain’s management guru David Brent is incidentally poised to do pretty much the same thing.

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- Peter Bradshaw

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Unfinished business: how Disney and Marvel killed happy ever afters

9 February 2016 10:45 AM, PST

Princess Leia thought the rebels had won. Iron Man had hung up his suit. Bruce Wayne had swapped Gotham for Florence. But the fans and the studios wanted more. Whatever happened to going out with a bang?

Star Wars: The Force Awakens may be one of the highest-grossing films ever released, but it is also one of the most depressing. However delighted our heroes are to destroy the Death Star – sorry, Starkiller Base – the overriding message is that such triumphs are meaningless; specifically, the triumph that rounded off the previous Star Wars episode, The Return of the Jedi. When we saw it in 1983, we couldn’t have envisaged a sweeter or more total victory. There were parties on every planet in the galaxy, Leia was cosying up with Han next to a bonfire, and Darth Vader had redeemed himself by chucking someone down one of those 100-storey maintenance ducts that »

- Nicholas Barber

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The Academy nominees group shot brings #OscarsSoWhite into focus | Maurice Mcleod

9 February 2016 10:00 AM, PST

Seeing a line of grinning white Hollywood faces makes it harder to break the debate down into one about individual omissions

No one should need to tell those who work in Hollywood that images matter.

The Oscars are the highlight of the year for an industry that exists to create fantasy worlds for us to escape into. The hype train for this year’s event, at the end of February, has already left the station. Monday saw the prestigious luncheon where all of those nominated for this year’s awards get a chance to suck some extra publicity out of proceedings.

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- Maurice Mcleod

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Oscars producers ask for thank you list in advance to end gushing speeches

9 February 2016 9:57 AM, PST

After years of cut-offs when winners breach the 45-second limit on acceptance speeches, telecast takes steps to ensure names will scroll on screen tickertape

The tickertape may or may not include the word “God”, but it will certainly include the words “Meryl Streep”, as it was revealed that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the body who organise the Oscars, are taking steps to limit the time required for winners’ speeches and the inevitable clashes with the orchestra that result. The traditional list of thankyous will be replaced by a preprepared scrolling list of names, in which – as was noted in 2014 – the Iron Lady star has figured even more heavily than the Judeo-Christian deity.

At the annual Oscar nominees lunch, the producers of the Academy awards telecast announced that nominees will be asked to submit their full list of “thank you” recipients in advance of the ceremony for the first time this year. »

- Andrew Pulver

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Lupita Nyong'o set to play an alien in sci-fi thriller Intelligent Life

9 February 2016 7:53 AM, PST

Selma director Ava DuVernay reportedly tops producers’ wishlist for Colin Trevorrow-scripted tale of extraterrestrial first contact

Her role as a diminutive alien with mysterious powers was one of the more controversial aspects of space opera blockbuster Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Now Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o looks set to step into futuristic territory again, after entering talks to play a mysterious woman who turns out to be an extraterrestrial in the science-fiction thriller Intelligent Life.

Related: Maz Kanata 'used telekinetic powers' in Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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- Ben Child

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Samuel L Jackson says he was racially profiled by police during Pulp Fiction filming

9 February 2016 5:10 AM, PST

‘Policemen surrounded us, guns pointed, lights in our face,’ says the star, who went on to receive an Oscar nomination for his role in Quentin Tarantino’s film

Samuel L Jackson has revealed that he was among a group of people racially profiled by police in 1993, during the shooting of Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction.

In a piece published in Vanity Fair magazine, the actor related how he and a group of friends had visited a restaurant after he had performed at the Coast Playhouse on Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood, while on a break from filming.

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- Andrew Pulver

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Awkward Oscars lunch and Lupita's latest – the Dailies film podcast

9 February 2016 4:18 AM, PST

The Guardian film team’s round-up of today’s movie news

Your daily update of the latest news and reviews from the Guardian film team. Now showing: yesterday’s Oscars lunch brought up more talk of diversity and the annual awkward group picture; and Lupita Nyong’o finally lands a visible role in a new film.

Follow us on Twitter (GuardianFilm, Henry, Ben, Catherine and producer Rowan) and check out our Facebook page. Comment on the show below.

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- Presented by Henry Barnes with Benjamin Lee and produced by Rowan Slaney

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How to crash the Oscars’ swag bag and get your goodies into celebs’ hands | Arwa Mahdawi

9 February 2016 4:15 AM, PST

Follow these simple rules and your outlandish products could feature in the goody bag presented to Oscar nominees. Meringue tiara, anyone?

This year’s opulent Oscars swag bags include gifts from the government of Israel; the government of Japan; and a “proud farm wife” from Canada. While only a handful of people leave the Academy Awards with a gold gong, every year nominees are consoled with an extravagant goody bag. These swag bags aren’t officially endorsed by the Academy; they’re put together by Distinctive Assets, a company that helps place products with celebrities. “Celebrity seeding” is a cost-effective marketing tactic for brands. Sending a celeb a freebie in the hope it gets PR is a lot cheaper than an advertisement or endorsement deal.

Related: Mink eyelashes and armpit nappies: what are the worst Oscar goody bag gifts?

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- Arwa Mahdawi

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Berlin film festival embraces Hollywood with Coens, Clooney and Tatum

9 February 2016 4:08 AM, PST

George Clooney and Channing Tatum, stars of festival opener Hail, Caesar!, will grace the red carpet, Meryl Streep will head the jury, while Alan Rickman and David Bowie will both be honoured

Related: Hail, Caesar! review: Coen bros hit peak star-cameo in superb sister film to Barton Fink

The Berlin film festival opens on 11 February on something of a high, having secured a number of high-profile participants and screenings for its 10-day run. Hollywood stars such as George Clooney and Channing Tatum will grace the red carpet on its opening night, Meryl Streep will lead the festival jury as it deliberates over the winner of the top prize, the Golden Bear, while the legacy of such high-profile figures as Alan Rickman and David Bowie will be celebrated in special tribute events.

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- Andrew Pulver

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This year's Oscar nominees class photo: the real stars emerge

9 February 2016 2:21 AM, PST

They may not bag an Oscar this year, but these losers are still winners to us: we nominate the Oscar Nominees Luncheon photoshoot awards

As Leonardo DiCaprio will tell you – at length, until the corners of his mouth begin to froth and you politely back away in order to attend to a quickly invented emergency – they don’t hand out Oscars to just anyone.

This is partly the reason for the annual Oscar Nominees Luncheon. Ostensibly a chance for the great and good of Hollywood to blithely rub shoulders three weeks before they’re plunged into a vicious teeth-and-fingernails battle to the death, it’s also an opportunity for the small-fry contenders to elbow out a brief moment of glory in the annual Oscar Nominees Luncheon photograph.

Sure, if look at the photo from a distance, you might just see an ocean of rich old white people pulling faces like »

- Stuart Heritage

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