Bond’s number is up: black female actor ‘is the new 007’

Daniel Craig retains title role but 25th instalment in the franchise reveals codename has been reassigned to British actor Lashana Lynch While James Bond in the next film, the franchise is set for a shake-up, with reports claiming that black British actor Lashana Lynch has been cast as 007 taking over Bonds secret agent number after his character leaves MI6. The Mail has quoted from an anonymous movie insider, who says that the 25th film opens with Bond (Craig), retired in Jamaica, being called back to action to fight a new villain. There is a pivotal scene at the start of the film where M says, Come in 007, and in walks Lashana who is black, beautiful and a woman, …

Harry Styles in talks to play Prince Eric in live-action The Little Mermaid

The ex-One Direction frontman is being touted to star opposite R&B singer Halle Bailey in Disneys new take on the animated romance Harry Styles is in talks to take on the role of Prince Eric in Disneys live-action remake of The Little Mermaid. The former One Direction singer is said to be an early favourite and is currently in discussions with the studio. Styles would star alongside the a user suggested that Styles would make the perfect choice for the character. The Little Mermaid will follow in the footsteps of a long list of mostly successful Disney remakes. This year has seen Guy Ritchies Aladdin make $961m worldwide while Jon Favreaus The Lion King is predicted to take as much …

Sarah Jessica Parker reports ‘countless’ cases of on-set harassment

Sex and the City star comments on NPR about impact of #MeToo and reveals harassment by a big movie star Sarah Jessica Parker has spoken about countless incidents of men behaving inappropriately on film and TV productions, including one with a big movie star that was only resolved after her agent threatened she would walk off the set. on the NPR Original Article : HERE ;

Spider-Man is showing our boys that normal guys can be heroes too | Gaby Hinsliff

Youngsters are growing up with a much broader concept of masculinity and even Hollywood is catching up, says Guardian columnist Gaby Hinsliff Not all superheroes wear capes. But if they come in many guises, what they tend to have in common is a desire to save the world. And thats what makes the new not to run for the Tory leadership because she didnt want to leave Scotland and has just had a baby. He is the Prince William of superheroes, visibly conflicted about the prospect of becoming king. Welcome to Work-Life Balance Man, who isnt sure he wants to make it to the top of the Avengers pantheon if that means theres no time left for anything else; a …

Woody Allen: ‘I never think of retiring’

Allen says at Spanish press conference to launch production on his new film, starring Christoph Waltz, that hell probably die on set Woody Allen has no plans to give up film-making despite the years of controversy that has dogged his directing career. I never think of retiring. Its not just something that has occurred to me,his new film, which is set in Spain and funded by the Spanish media giant Mediapro. It stars Christoph Waltz, Gina Gershon and Elena Anaya, and is informally known as Rifkins Festival though is still officially called Woody Allen Summer Project 2019. Allen said: My philosophy, since I started many years ago in show business, is that no matter what happens is to focus on …

Streep, Clooney … Cruise? Why no one is ‘too big for TV’ any more

Hollywood stars used to turn their noses up at television, but now Meryl Streep and George Clooney are stealing the show in your living room. Who might join them next? There have been plenty of surprises concerning Meryl Streep joining Big Little Lies. First, there was the Streep Scream, an earth-shattering howl that launched 1,000 memes. Second, there has been her performance as a whole: sometimes Deirdre Barlow channelling Willy Wonka; sometimes a less considered Mrs Doubtfire. Yet for many watchers, the main surprise remains that were seeing Streep on TV at all. With her three Oscars, Streep is the queen of Hollywoods old guard, the kind of film icon who at one time would never have done telly. She …

Spider-Man: Far from Home review Peter Parkers teenage kicks

Marvels cinematic domination enters a new era with this winning, witty offering This sequel to 2017s Spider-Man: Homecoming offers a soft launchpad for the next phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, tying up loose ends in the wake of Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Activists condemn Canadian cinema chain for screening anti-abortion film

Canadas largest cinema chain criticized for screening Unplanned, which is said to promote falsehoods about reproductive health Abortion rights defenders in Canada have accused the countrys largest cinema chain of hiding behind freedom of expression laws in order to screen made a decision based on money, not freedom of speech by choosing to screen Unplanned. ARCC executive director Joyce Arthur said: The movie theatres who are agreeing to show this film under the guise of free speech are publicly legitimizing anti-choice views. She told the Guardian: Why does much of civil society seem to think its still OK to allow public challenges of womens rights in the name of free speech? That would never be tolerated if it, for example, …

Toy Story 2 casting couch ‘blooper’ deleted by Disney after #MeToo movement

Now removed scene features Stinky Pete behaving in an inappropriate way with Barbie dolls A fake blooper scene from Toy Story 2 featuring a casting couch scenario has been quietly deleted by Disney from the latest home releases of the animated film. A running gag in Pixars films are the faux outtakes that play alongside the closing credits, depicting the animated characters making mistakes, pulling pranks on each other, fudging their lines or speaking directly to camera as if they were real actors. The outtakes regularly make fun of Hollywood and the film industry more broadly. The now deleted scene from the 1999 film featured the character Stinky Pete the Prospector, a small, rotund, bearded toy, caught chatting salaciously to …

Zombie movies ranked!

The dead just keep on risin on the big screen. But which are the grisliest, bloodiest, most skin-crawling flesh eaters ever? 20. Oasis of the Zombies (1981) The zombie genre has long had a vehemently offensive Nazi subsection and this is a perfect example. Members of Rommels Afrika Corps are still alive in the desert as zombies, guarding a cache of Nazi gold. So at least they are preoccupied with something other than their own selfish flesh-hunger. 19. Zombieland (2009) This zombie comedy stars Jesse Eisenberg as the nervy, obsessive-compulsive survivor of a zombieocalypse, who goes on the road with Woody Harrelson. 18. Burial Ground (1981) AKA Le Notti Del Terrore, or The Nights of Terror, and a ripe example …

‘I felt kind of promiscuous’: Gemma Arterton on Vita and Virginia

With director Chanya Button, the star has made an ambitious drama about the passionate Bloomsbury love affair. They talk about female desire and the rise in lesbian romances on screen Chanya Button are frolicking for the camera in a female-only London club. Behave as if you would normally, orders the photographer. We could cuddle up, quips Arterton, but that would give the wrong impression. She has just rushed up from Chichester, where she is staying with her boyfriend Rory Keenan, while he performs in a play. Its a reminder if any were needed that both women are busy, busy, busy. They have arrived late, creating a comic road-drama of their own as their respective assistants monitored their cars converging from …

Keanu Reeves supports Rome cinema collective attacked by far right

Actors and directors, from Richard Gere to Spike Lee, condemn violence that targeted Cinema America Hollywood names including Willem Dafoe and issued a message of support on its Facebook page after four people were attacked following a showing of the First Reformed. The message reads in Italian: It is unacceptable that there is still someone that thinks they can impose their view through the use of violence We cant accept a wound of this kind, inflicted not only to the world of art and cinema but to the whole world. The letter was also signed by the directors Spike Lee, Reports in the Italian media suggest that at least one of the men accused of perpetrating the attack on 16 …

Teen wrestlers, sci-fi road trips and lesbian vampires: the brave new world of trans film

San Franciscos Frameline43 festival highlights the evolution of trans lives onscreen from bigotry to complex reality Things are tense. The 18-year-old who left home to find herself in the big city has just had her first lesbian encounter concluded with a savage bite to the neck. Turns out that her sexual partner is a vampire, and now shes a vampire too. Will she take the antidote and go back to being human, or will she embrace eternal life and a diet of blood? Its a tough choice but the fact that years ago she made a different kind of transition makes things easier. Welcome to the brave new world of trans film. Once dominated by misunderstanding, exoticization and bigotry, transgender …

Catch-22: has George Clooney broken the curse of the unfilmable novel?

Its a modern American classic, but Joseph Hellers fractured story has defied suitable translation on to the screen until now Fans of the unfilmable novel must be having a terrible time of it now. In the last three weeks alone, two of the most notorious examples have made their way to screen. Admittedly one Amazons Good Omens functions as a pretty watertight argument for never trying to adapt an unfilmable book. But the other is Catch-22, and that functions as an equally watertight argument to the contrary. I have to admit that I didnt see this coming. Throughout its gestation, the Catch-22 series seemed like an almighty act of hubris; as if Hulu, still drunk on the success of The …

Cardi B and Nipsey Hussle top 2019 BET award winners

Beyonc, Bruno Mars and Migos among winners at black entertainment awards, where tributes were paid to Nipsey Hussle who was shot dead in March Invasion of Privacy. The awards, which celebrate the best in black American entertainment, paid tribute to the rapper John Legend and Beyonc and Migos won best group. Their fellow Atlanta rapper Michael B Jordan and Regina Kelly won the acting categories, while Stephen Curry won the sports awards. Spike Lees film Burna Boy and rising South African dance artist Dave, Headie One and Ella Mai, the British R&B singer who achieved major US success in 2018, won the public-voted Coca-Cola Viewers Choice award for her song Trip. Childish Gambinos much-discussed Scorpion. Drake and Travis Scott were …

Ill never be a cute object… Dragon Tattoo star Noomi Rapace on bank heists, sexism and loving England

As her latest film, The Captor, is released, the star of the Millennium trilogy tells why shes determined to portray women taking control of their lives Noomi Rapace found fame across the world playing the fearless Lisbeth Salander in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy. The films based on the Millennium thrillers are now a decade behind the Swedish actress, who went on to co-star with Michael Fassbender, Glenn Close, Tom Hardy and Will Smith in a succession of Hollywood blockbusters. Yet, Rapace says, the fighting spirit of the heroine of the late affecting the state of Louisiana, Rapace was working in New Orleans. I was so upset to be in the city. It is so backwards and so …