Superheroes and freaky cats: how Captain Marvel rewrote the rules

March 24, 2019

From the tale behind Nick Furys eyepatch to the reclamation of the Skrull, the latest Marvel film has altered comic-book canon in fruitful ways If there’s one thing we should have been primed for, prior to starting viewing Captain Marvel, it would be to expect the unexpected. Marvel is a studio that, time and again, has chosen to twist comic-book canon to dres brand-new requires, rather than deliver overly faithful…


‘You can’t dismiss us any more’: the rise of black female costume designers

March 10, 2019

Ruth E Carter hopes her Oscar win for Black Panther will open the door for more diversity in an area thats been lacking Regally draped in an embellished silk ball garment and a glittering jewelled necklace, costume designer Ruth E Carter ascended the stairs to the stage of the Dolby Theatre last week to assert her very first Oscar. Triumphing for her dazzling work in the Marvel blockbuster Black Panther,…


‘Serenity’ is hiding a huge, relentlessly weird twist

February 13, 2019

Image: G Bartholomew/ IM Global/ Kobal/ REX/ Shutterstock Here’s the most wonderful spoiler-free description I can give you of Serenity : It’s Matthew McConaughey starring in a Nicolas Cage movie. Not a normal one either. We’re talking about one of those strange religion favourites, like The Wicker Man or 2018 ‘s Mandy . This isn’t a review of Serenity , nor is it any kind of critical look at the…


Rami Malek: Being offered the part of Freddie Mercury was a gun-to-the-head moment

November 6, 2018

The controversial new Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody is dividing opinion. But critics are united in the performance of Rami Malek as the charismatic frontman. Here he tells Tom Lamont why he risked all for the part of Freddie Mercury Rami Malek, the Californian actor, says: I dont know man. I guess Im an unusual human being. Its an afternoon in Hyde Park and weve been talking about the 37-year-olds extremely…


Kate Beckinsale on her role in Farming: ‘If the parent is 100% evil, it’s almost less damaging’

October 24, 2018

Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbajes first, autobiographical film is a fractured love story between mother and adopted son. He explains why he chose Beckinsale to play the emotionally abusive woman to whom his parents farmed him out as a child Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje wrote what became his first film script in the hope it might help him to get a good nights sleep. The 51-year-old actor, best known for roles in Lost, Game of…


Mary Steenburgen: ‘We have ugly words for successful female actors’

October 18, 2018

The star on industry prejudice, female friendship and why ageing is so appealing The Help (2011) as much as she is for her early Oscar (for Melvin and Howard, in 1980). Despite her friendship with Hillary Clinton and her longstanding support for civil rights (she once said of Arkansas: Growing up someplace like that, you either become committed toward bigotry or against it. You cant really sit on the fence),…


#MeToo and Hollywood: what’s changed in the industry a year on?

October 11, 2018

In the past 12 months, talk of change and proposed structural changes within the industry have altered the pendulum but more work is required It was always about far more than a hashtag. Tarana Burke should be the first person has been described in any clause about #MeToo, the free movement of persons that has amplified a mutter network and induced ructions in the media industry that were well overdue….


The Land of Steady Habits review smart, sad Netflix tale of midlife crisis

October 8, 2018

In Nicole Holofceners sixth feature, adapted from Ted Thompsons 2014 novel, a mans midlife crisis is rendered with tragicomic sincerity The women of writer-director Nicole Holofceners films have often been described as dysfunctional or complicated, the most rote of the catchwords used to suggest a kind of tough-as-nails realism. They are women, frequently single, sharp-tongued and exasperating, who evoke Henrik Ibsens groundbreaking Nordic anti-heroines, Nora Helmer and Hedda Gabler and…


Kevin Spacey will not face charges over Los Angeles sexual assault claim

September 23, 2018

Prosecutors say the alleged sex crime in 1992 falls outside of Californias statute of limitations Kevin Spacey will not be prosecuted over a sexual assault contend because too much occasion has passed since the alleged incident took place. A man alleged the actor had assaulted him in West Hollywood in October 1992, but Los Angeles lawyers said on Tuesday they could not take the lawsuit forward because any alleged sex…


The kids aren’t alright: is the YA movie boom over?

September 17, 2018

Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, Twilight: merely a few years ago young adult fantasy cinemas were massive but periods, and adolescents, have changed Tanya Seghatchian started working at Heyday Films in 1997. Heyday, a brand-new, tiny studio, had landed a addressed with cinematic giants Warner Friend as their UK eyes and ears. “Listen,” a pal informed her.” This deal will only last if you find Warner Bros the equivalent of…