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Suffragette to open this year's London film festival

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Carey Mulligan stars alongside Meryl Streep in drama about the suffragrettes who fought for women’s right to vote

Suffragette, the first feature film to tell the story of women’s fight for the vote, will kick off this year’s London film festival (Lff). Starring Carey Mulligan, the film tells the story of the working-class British women who, inspired by the suffragette leader, Emmeline Pankhurst, took their fight for enfranchisement to the male establishment in Westminster.

Mulligan plays Maud, a housewife who defies her husband (Ben Whishaw) and risks losing custody of her children in the struggle for universal suffrage. Meryl Streep plays Pankhurst, the co-founder of the Women’s Social and Political Union, who undertook hunger strikes and advocated property destruction as a means of protest.

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- Henry Barnes

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Ian McKellen webchat – post your questions now

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The British acting legend, now starring in Mr Holmes, is joining us to answer your questions in a live webchat on Friday 5 June – post yours in the comments below

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It requires an actor of some gravity to take on yet another portrayal of Sherlock Holmes but if anyone has the chops, then it’s Ian McKellen. From Richard III to The Da Vinci Code, Gods and Monsters to Coronation Street, McKellen’s ability to swing from Beckett to Hollywood marks him as one of Britain’s greatest actors.

His new film Mr Holmes, in which the detective frets over an unsolved case in the twilight of his years, contrasts with the wisecracking recent incarnations by Robert Downey Jr and Benedict Cumberbatch. It’s a chance for McKellen to take centre stage on screen, after years adding ensemble ballast to the Lord of the Rings and X-Men films - »

- Guardian Staff

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Claude Lorius and Luc Jacquet on Ice and the Sky: 'Climate change is like a war'

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The director and subject of a major new movie about the impact of greenhouse gases talk to Catherine Shoard about signing up to fight climate change, engaging petrolheads and launching their film at the most environmentally unfriendly place on earth, the Cannes film festival

Claude Lorius sits in crisp linen on the roof terrace of Cannes’s Majestic hotel, white hair whipped under the blustery sun. Behind him lies an infinity pool; beyond that, the ocean, chocka with yachts. Helicopters whirr overhead, flunkies deposit a delicate smoked salmon slider at his side.

At 83, it’s his first time in town – he travelled down a couple of days ago from Macon. What does he make of it so far? “I don’t know if I would come here for holidays,” he chuckles. He winches up his eyebrows; nonchalant, a charmer. He is very, very, very French.

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- Catherine Shoard

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Entourage review – four-way bromance is hard to hate

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Packed with cameos by everyone from Jessica Alba to Mark Wahlberg and created for those with a very short attention span, the first big-screen film about TV’s spoiled Hollywood brothers somehow works

While hating on Entourage has become as socially acceptable as deriding Adam Sandler movies or saying Kim Jong-un has anger issues, it is worth remembering the show used to have a casual charm. Its soft film-industry satire, glossy hedonism and strong chemistry among the cast made it an enjoyable, if unchallenging, show to watch.

Related: The boys are back in town: how Entourage signals the second era of 'bro'

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- Benjamin Lee

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Dwayne Johnson cracks the disaster movie as San Andreas hits the UK

2 June 2015 9:11 AM, PDT

Pitch Perfect 2’s top spot crumbles as The Rock’s earthquake thriller shakes up the UK box office chart

When Hercules debuted last year with a mild £1.45m, it was easy to question the box-office prowess of its star, Dwayne Johnson. Had the Rock got it what it takes to open a movie in the UK to blockbuster numbers? Now, with San Andreas, the answer appears to be yes: it debuted with a muscular £3.89m, plus £740,000 in previews. That’s the best start for a Johnson movie outside the Fast & Furious franchise, unless you count The Mummy Returns, where the actor had scant screen time.

Related: San Andreas rocks Us, but Cameron Crowe does not have audiences at Aloha

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- Charles Gant

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Not coming soon: the films still stuck in purgatory

2 June 2015 7:28 AM, PDT

The director’s disowned it, the stars have moved on, but after years of delay David O Russell’s Accidental Love (aka Nailed) is finally getting released. To celebrate Banjamin Lee rounds up the most intriguing prospects still suffering on the shelf

Once you’ve actually got your film made and production has wrapped, you’d be forgiven for expecting that audiences will be given the chance to see it.

But even if your film is blessed with an all-star cast, it could still be placed on a dusty faraway shelf and then kept there for years. This month sees the release of Accidental Love, aka Nailed, a comedy that David O Russell made in 2008, before he became an Academy Bff with The Fighter, Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle. A starry cast, including Jessica Biel and Jake Gyllenhaal, couldn’t prevent production delays and legal issues that led to »

- Benjamin Lee

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How Obama blurred the border between Hollywood and Washington

2 June 2015 5:25 AM, PDT

Later this month, Hillary Clinton will host a fundraiser in Tobey Maguire’s house, the day after Barack Obama does the same at Tyler Perry’s La gaff. When did the movies and politics start cohabiting?

The ad was called, simply, “Celeb.” Just 30 seconds long, it opened by placing in montage an image of Barack Obama, just weeks from accepting the Democratic nomination for president, alongside Britney Spears and Paris Hilton, before launching into a criticism of his tax and energy policies. In the early days of August 2008, when it looked as if nothing could stop Obama’s ascension to the presidency, the ad resonated deeply with voters. And when Obama suffered a subsequent dip in the polls, many pundits, including Obama’s mentor and campaign adviser Tom Daschle, attributed it to “Celeb”.

Why was this ad so successful? In essence, it identified a lingering fear among all but Obama »

- Noah Gittell

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Jason Statham: 'Do I want to be the next James Bond? Absolutely'

1 June 2015 11:37 AM, PDT

He’s got the deadliest skills and the maddest stare but has Jason Statham got the chops for comedy? As his new film Spy opens, Britain’s toughest export talks about keeping a straight face, doing his own stunts and having 007 in his sights

Related: Melissa McCarthy and Paul Feig on Spy: 'When it works, it works like jazz'

“If someone wants me to jump off this balcony,” says Jason Statham, nodding to the window behind him, “and land on a crash pad, that’s a piece of cake for me.” We’re only on the first floor of a Mayfair hotel, but it’s still quite a drop. This isn’t Statham boasting – it’s more a casual aside – but we both know he’s not joking, either. I’m tempted to challenge him to do it without the crash pad, though there’s the possibility he’d »

- Steve Rose

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Sabotage: a clip from Alfred Hitchcock's 1936 thriller

1 June 2015 7:35 AM, PDT

A clip from Alfred Hitchcock's dark thriller from 1936, adapted from Joseph Conrad's novel The Secret Agent. By coincidence, Hitchcock's previous film, released earlier in the same year, was called Secret Agent. Austrian actor Oscar Homolka plays Verloc, who is plotting a terrorist outrage in London, with Sylvia Sidney as his wife. In this scene, Verloc blames Scotland Yard for the death of his wife's hapless brother, blown up accidentally as he carries a bomb intended for Piccadilly Circus tube station

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- Guardian Staff

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Paul Feig turned down Ghostbusters 3 to focus on all-female reboot

1 June 2015 2:40 AM, PDT

The Bridesmaids director says he rejected a more traditional sequel to try something new with the franchise, involving Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig

When Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters reboot was initially announced last year, the director found fan response to be “vile” and “misogynistic” after some criticised the decision to go with an all-female cast.

But, while promoting his new comedy Spy, the Bridesmaids director says he was originally offered the chance to direct a more traditional Ghostbusters sequel.

Related: Who I gotta call to stop the Ghostbusters universe expanding?

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- Benjamin Lee

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