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George Clooney accuses Daily Mail of stirring up hate

18 hours ago

In an open letter published by USA today, George Clooney has spoken out against an article published by the Daily Mail about his fiancée's mother, Baria Alamuddin. The actor, who has long been a defender of free speech, accuses the newspaper of fabrication and criminal irresponsibility.

The offending article makes several claims - about Ms Alamuddin's religion, her whereabouts and her feelings about the impending wedding - which Clooney describes as factually incorrect. It also makes the claim that some Druze traditions support the 'honour killing' of women who go against their families' wishes. Whilst such killings have happened in recent years, they remain rare and there is no evidence that they meet with widespread social acceptance. Clooney implies that the making of this claim (misleading to begin with, as Ms Alamuddin is not Druze) is inflammatory and motivated solely by profit. He has also expressed concern that his family. »

- Jennie Kermode

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Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette, Joel Grey and Ellar Coltrane at the Boyhood première.

8 July 2014 2:21 PM, PDT

Patricia Arquette with Ethan Hawke and Ellar Coltrane: "you lose contact with those people and then you can never find them again." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Richard Linklater's 12-years-in the making opus Boyhood had a New York première at the Museum of Modern Art with its stars Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke, Ellar Coltrane and Lorelei Linklater, the director's daughter, attending. Boyhood producers Cathleen Sutherland, Jonathan Sehring, John Sloss, filmmakers Alex Gibney, Joe Berlinger with current and former New York Film Festival Directors of Programming and Selection Committee Chairs Kent Jones and Richard Peña celebrated the IFC Films release. Joel Grey, although not in the film, shared with me a very early boyhood memory. I brought up to Linklater, Michelangelo Antonioni's Zabriskie Point and Michael Powell's Peeping Tom as filmic references and the director was surprised and amused.

Ethan Hawke with Lorelei Linklater: "You always start to »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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Accent on youth for European award

8 July 2014 3:49 AM, PDT

The cast from Lux prize contender Girlhood Every year in Karlovy Vary the European Parliament announces the contenders for the Lux prize which is designed to celebrate “the richness, diversity and excellence of European cinema.”

This year’s crop includes no less than five features that deal with the challenges faced by young people in Europe. The films are Celine Sciamma’s Girlhood (Bande de filles) from France; The Wonders (Le Meraviglie) by Alice Rohrwacher from Italy; Class Enemy (Razredni Sovraznik) by Rok Bicek from Slovenia; Xenia by Panos H Koutras from Greece, and Jaime Rosales’ Beautiful Youth (Hermosa Juventud) from Spain.

Two other titles in the selection had younger people in prominent roles: Kornel Mundruczo’s White God (Hungary, Germany, Sweden) and Pawel Pawlikowski’s Ida (Poland, Denmark). The rest of the selection comprises Dietrich Brueggemann’s Stations Of The Cross (Germany), Sudabeh Mortezai’s Macondo (Austria) and Ruben Ostlund’s Force Majeure (Sweden, »

- Richard Mowe

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Conversation with Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Adam Levine, James Corden and John Carney on Begin Again

7 July 2014 6:46 AM, PDT

James Corden, Mark Ruffalo, Adam Levine and Keira Knightley with Begin Again director John Carney on Times Square: "That was the one true moment of maverick, crazy John Cassavetes" Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

With Begin Again, starring Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo with Adam Levine, Catherine Keener, Hailee Steinfeld, James Corden and Ceelo Green, Irish director John Carney returns twice to the world of street musicians after his Oscar winning Once. At the Crosby Street Hotel, I followed up on my Anna Karenina conversation with Keira Knightley on costumes to find out how little A Dangerous Method goes with Annie Hall.

Keira Knightley on her costumes: "I wanted her [Gretta] to dress for women and not for men." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

And the boys - Ruffalo, Levine, Corden and Carney - talked about music, acting, filming John Cassavetes style and not selling out.

This time the streets of New York »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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Fanny Ardant on Obsessive Rhythms in Karlovy Vary

7 July 2014 6:17 AM, PDT

Asia Argento and Nuno Lopes in Obsessive Rhythms She was one of the original Nouvelle Vague stars. Now Fanny Ardant, who after more than 60 films, 25 theatre runs and a dozen-plus television series, has emerged as a grande dame of French cinema, although do not mention the phrase in her presence.

She continues to reinvent herself – not least behind the camera as a director. That’s the reason she’s at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival for presentations of Obsessive Rhythms (Cadences Obstinées) a drama about a former cellist stuck in a dead-end relationship with an obsessive architect and featuring an impressive cast of Asia Argento, Nuno Lopes, Ricardo Pereira, Gerard Depardieu, and Franco Nero.

"The point of view of someone else has always interested me" Photo: Richard Mowe The reviews may not have been wildly enthusiastic but Ardant is nonplussed because she never reads the critics. More successful was »

- Richard Mowe

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