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Gérard Depardieu set to make film about second world war French fighter pilots

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French-born actor aims for ‘historically accurate’ account of warplane unit that fought alongside Soviets on the eastern front

Having become a passport-holder of the Russian Federation – among others – actor Gérard Depardieu is planning to solidify his relations with president Putin by making a film about a little-known episode of the second world war, in which French fighter squadrons fought alongside Soviet forces on the eastern front.

Related: Gérard Depardieu discusses Russia in Cannes: 'If Crimea had been American it would have been a different matter'

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- Andrew Pulver

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Cricket in cinema: heroes and villains hit the big screen

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Cricketing films tend to focus on heroics on the pitch, but a new campaigning documentary, Death of a Gentleman, looks at the dirty tricks off the pitch

Mismanagement by cricket’s administrators is threatening the sport’s existence, says the new documentary, Death of a Gentleman. Cricket journalists Sam Collins and Jarrod Kimber spent several years making the film. They start by asking whether there is a future for Test cricket and go on to rail against the state of the modern game.

Test cricket, says Tony Greig, one of many former players and commentators featured in the film, is “a character builder”. But the five-day game is threatened by the rise of T20, which has condensed cricket into three-hour, bite-sized chunks of entertainment with big hitters and cheerleaders. India, the main driver of TV revenue, calls the shots to the detriment of the wider game outside the “big three” of India, »

- Toby Chasseaud

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Guardian Australia launches next Film Club event, with screening of Kenny

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Our new series of film screenings and debates continues with the acclaimed mockumentary and a discussion about Australian comedy on screen

Kenny: rewatching classic Australian films

After the success of our first Film Club event, Guardian Australia is pleased to announce the second instalment in our new series of movie screenings and panel discussions about Australian film, sponsored by Madman Entertainment

Related: Kenny: Rewatching classic Australian films

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- Guardian Australia

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Danny Boyle's Steve Jobs film to be 'centrepiece' at New York film fest

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The biopic, which is written by Aaron Sorkin and stars Michael Fassbender, will be screened at the 53rd edition of the festival on 3 October

Steve Jobs, the upcoming film about the Apple maverick – which stars Michael Fassbender in the titular role and was directed by Danny Boyle – will screen as the centerpiece film for the 53rd New York film festival.

The Film Society of Lincoln Center, which hosts the event, doesn’t list it as a world premiere. Sources say it will bypass the Toronto and Venice film festivals that occur a month beforehand, so a Telluride film festival world premiere seems likely.

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- Nigel M Smith

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Tom Cruise rules out CGI for Top Gun 2, but special effects have their place

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The star’s pitch for greater realism chimes with current fashion for practical effects, but as the cast of The Revenant found out, sometimes studio is best

Related: Tom Cruise: I'll do Top Gun 2 if there's 'no CGI on the jets'

So, Tom Cruise wants to do Top Gun 2, but only “if there’s no CGI on the jets” and if the film relies, instead, on practical effects.

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- Marnie Langeroodi

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Baahubali and Bajrangi Bhaijaan clash in Indian heavyweight battle

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In this week’s round-up of the global box-office scene:

• Monster Hunt becomes the most successful Chinese film ever

• Latin American love for Adam Sandler could rescue Pixels

Inside Out on track for a stellar global performance

First of all, let’s catch up with the Indian big boys not mentioned on Rentrak’s chart. After a leaden first six months at the box office there, July has thrown up a titanic tussle between two megastars: moustachioed Telugu supremo Prahbas, and his war epic Baahubali, and Muslim main man Salman Khan, and his cross-border drama Bajrangi Bhaijaan. Baahubali, the country’s much-trumpeted most expensive production to date, at $40m, was looking unbeatable after its record-breaking debut weekend on 10-12 July; its global take was 450 crore ($70.1m) after 17 days on release at the close of this weekend, according to the International Business Times. Which puts it in third place on the »

- Phil Hoad

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The Revenant producers deny putting cast and crew in danger on set

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Film crew rep claims executives on Alejandro González Iñárritu’s latest film, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, ignored multiple warnings about safety concerns

How far is too far in pursuit of that perfect shot? Filming during Alejandro González Iñárritu’s latest offering, The Revenant, has been described as “a living hell” according to some cast and crew, a fact the director does not dispute.

While conditions were undeniably brutal, now Damian Petti, president of film crew union body Iatse Local 212, suggests that cast and crew may have been in real danger. He told the Hollywood Reporter that production executives ignored multiple warnings about safety concerns.

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- Marnie Langeroodi

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Inside Out: a crash course in PhD philosophy of self that kids will get first

27 July 2015 4:08 AM, PDT

Pixar’s latest animation is a remarkably intelligent treatment of one of the most complicated and confusing issues in philosophy: the self

When you go to see a Pixar film you know you’re going to see something clever, funny and inventive. What you don’t expect, however, is to see a remarkably intelligent treatment of one of the most complicated and confusing philosophical issues of them all: the self.

Related: Inside Out review – high Iq family entertainment

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- Julian Baggini

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Tom Cruise: I'll do Top Gun 2 if there's 'no CGI on the jets'

27 July 2015 2:08 AM, PDT

The actor is keen to reprise his role of Maverick in a sequel to the 1986 hit but only if the film relies on practical effects

Tom Cruise has revealed that he’s keen to star in Top Gun 2 but only if the film avoids relying on CG effects.

Related: Top Gun sequel to feature Tom Cruise versus drones storyline

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- Benjamin Lee

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Rick Perry calls for more guns in cinemas following Lafayette shooting

27 July 2015 1:39 AM, PDT

Us Republican hopeful for 2016 presidential race says ‘gun-free zones’ are a ‘bad idea’ and citizens should be allowed to carry weapons while watching movies

Us presidential hopeful Rick Perry has said filmgoers should be able to take their guns into cinemas in order to help stop fatal shootings.

Speaking on CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday, gun rights proponent Perry was reminded by host Jake Tapper of the killings in Lafayette, Louisiana on Thursday evening at a screening of the Amy Schumer comedy Trainwreck. The former Texas governor, who is running for the Republican ticket for the 2016 presidential election, said “gun-free zones” were a “bad idea” and questioned whether allowing people to carry firearms in public spaces might have saved lives during recent fatal shooting incidents.

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- Ben Child

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Hot Pursuit: Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara cook a big turkey

27 July 2015 1:00 AM, PDT

The usually reliable Reese Witherspoon and Sofía Vergara produced their latest comedy vehicle themselves. It appears that they’ve aimed low, and missed

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Such a shame about Hot Pursuit: critically lambasted, branded with a shameful 8% aggregate score on Rotten Tomatoes, and swiftly frogmarched from the Us multiplexes after barely recouping its $35m budget, this lifeless retread of 48Hrs and/or Midnight Run wastes two immensely likable performers, Sofía Vergara and Reese Witherspoon.

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- John Patterson

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Game over for Adam Sandler comedy Pixels at Us box office

27 July 2015 12:59 AM, PDT

Critically-derided video game comedy underperforms as young adult adaptation Paper Towns disappoints and Jake Gyllenhaal’s Southpaw impresses

Pixels review – just another Adam Sandler movie, despite impressive CGI

Adam Sandler sci-fi romp Pixels failed to rack up the weekend’s highest score on its debut at the Us box office, pulling in a disappointing $24m to open in second place behind Marvel’s Ant-Man.

Related: Adam Sandler says Ridiculous Six controversy a 'misunderstanding'

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- Ben Child

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