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 …

Sexists assemble! Someone has ‘defeminised’ Avengers: Endgame

An anonymous fan has made a new edit of the Marvel hit with fewer women, fewer feelings, less male hugging and less entertainment Like me, you probably hated Avengers: Endgame because it contained too many components that you ideologically oppose. Like women, for instance. And homosexuality. And feelings. And women. God, women, yuck. So it gives me enormous relief to inform you that this is exactly how Donald Trump chooses to watch movies. If he can manage to cut the fat out of Bloodsport a film that is basically one long unbroken grunt then we should be able to do the same to any films stupid enough to contain any female characters that arent simply two-dimensional submissive sexbots. The question …

Romanian immigrant elected German mayor after anti-AfD alliance

Actors and directors called on Grlitz voters to not succumb to far-right partys hate and enmity A 51-year-old immigrant has been elected mayor of a town in eastern Germany after beating a candidate from the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party in a campaign that drew international attention. Octavian Ursu, a classical musician who came to Germany from Romania in 1990s, stood for Chancellor Angela Merkels centre-right Christian Democratic Union party, receiving 55.1% of the vote in Sundays election in Goerlitz. Preliminary returns showed his AfD opponent, Sebastian Wippel, an ex-policeman received 44.9%. Actors, directors and others who made films on location in Goerlitz had called on residents to vote against Wippel. The petition urged voters not to succumb to …

The Wizard of Oz at 80: how the world fell under its dark spell

The 1939 classic has inspired everyone from David Lynch to Salman Rushdie. Novelist and super-fan Luiza Sauma explores why the films message about home still holds such power Eighty years ago, in the summer of 1939, 16-year-old Judy Garland appeared on cinema screens as the orphan Dorothy Gale, dreaming of escape from bleak, monochrome Kansas. Find yourself a place where you wont get into any trouble, her aunt beseeches, too busy for poor old Dorothy, who soon breaks into song: Somewhere, over the rainbow, skies are blue / And the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true. Her wish is soon granted by a tornado that carries her to the gaudy, Technicolor Land of Oz, instilling her …

Liam Gallagher: As It Was review rock’n’roll rebel grows up

The charismatic swagger remains, but this disarming portrait of the former Oasis singer reveals a newfound humility Bros raised Liam Gallagher to respond: strange days indeed. This disarming portrait of pops pre-eminent monobrow picks up where Oasiss toxic 2009 tour. As It Was follows Liam through a challenging transition period. Their familiar braggadocio is still on display within five minutes, the films subject can be heard declaring I know how great I am but the opening half-hour describes the failures of multiple projects close to the singers heart: rebound band Pretty Green, the dissolution of his Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Laura Dern: ‘I feel like Im ready to try anything and to dive deeper

Laura Dern decided to become an actor when she was just six. But its only now, with 55 films under her belt and as Big Little Lies returns to our screens, that she really feels free to try anything To hear her mother tell it, its a miracle that Laura Dern exists at all. In the early 1960s Diane Ladd and her then husband, Bruce Dern, suffered an excruciating loss when their 18-month-old daughter drowned. The trauma was not just emotional but physical, and doctors told her that she would be unable have another child. But they were wrong, and the proof was Dern. One confounded doctor travelled to the hospital to witness the miracle child. From her home in …

Saving Private Ryan review war epic still hits with sledgehammer force

The trauma of war is made viscerally clear in Steven Spielbergs dazzling fusion of audacity, action and poignant human drama A present participle in the title usually promises a film with light, ironical flavour: Driving Miss Daisy, Being John Malkovich, Breakin 2: Electric Boogaloo. Not here. Screenwriter Robert Rodat imagined this colossal second world war blockbuster with absolute seriousness, loosely inspired by the real-life case of Sgt Frederick Niland, recalled to the US from the Normandy campaign on emergency compassionate grounds because all his brothers were believed (wrongly, as it turned out) to have been killed in action. With this movie, re-released 21 years on, John Williams, candidly inspired by Elgars Nimrod. And it was based on a redemptive, quietist …

Alice Lowe: I was terrified that Bill Nighy was going to hate me

The actor, writer and Prevenge director on her new film, demonic possession and Scrabble APrevenge, and last year appeared in Sometimes Always Never, a film written by before, she was in my tummy, which makes her a lot easier to keep your eye on. Luckily, the company, Western Edge Pictures, who also did Prevenge, are so supportive of me being a mum that is vital. Is there a widening understanding of this in the industry?Definitely there was a creche for the first time in Cannes this year, and I support Raising Films, a charity all about parents and carers working in the film industry. Being a film-maker shouldnt mean you have to be completely antisocial and never see your family …

Get on one, comrade! The story of Russias post-Soviet rave scene

For a brief period in the early 90s, anything seemed possible for the pioneers of a new youth culture. But as a new film reveals, things didnt turn out quite as hoped In 1991, the Soviet Union finally crumbled under the weight of its own contradictions. As the walls came tumbling down, it looked as though a space was finally opening up for young people to express themselves after the crushing conformity of the communist years. For us it was awesome when the Soviet Union fell, because we could fool around, says artist Illya Chichkan. And thats exactly what we did. We experimented with psychedelics and psychotropics. We tried everything. Rave promoter tsky was equally optimistic: It looked like the …

Frank Lucas, the drug lord who inspired American Gangster, dies aged 88

Mobster who climbed ranks of New York crime in 1970s was played by Denzel Washington in acclaimed 2007 movie Frank Lucas, the former New York drug kingpin whose life was the subject of the 2007 movie American Gangster, has died. Lucas, who was 88, died on Thursday in New Jersey, his nephew Aldwan Lassiter said. Lucas had been in declining health, according to his former lawyer. Raised in North Carolina, Lucas climbed the ranks of crime in Harlem in the 1960s and 70s, becoming a major drug dealer known for supplying huge amounts of particularly potent heroin. Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe in a scene from American Gangster. Photograph: David Lee/AP He said it netted him millions, and authorities seized …

Hollywood needs to stop letting stars author their own biopics | Charles Bramesco

Elton Johns biopic Rocketman is the latest in a long line of fact-based dramas that suffer from their subjects involvement The new musical drama Rocketman opens on Elton John majestically strolling into a rehab meeting, resplendent in a flamboyant Satan getup we will soon come to understand as aggressively, relentlessly symbolic. A haggard-looking John plops in his chair and rattles off his laundry list of flaws: hes a profligate boozer and overly fond of both cannabis and cocaine, hell shag anything with a pulse and a Y chromosome, he has wrestled with a touch of bulimia, some anger management issues here and there, etc. The film frontloads this scene as a purposeful statement of intent, that this will be the …

Hillary and Chelsea Clinton to form film and TV production company

The mother-daughter pair follow the Obamas into content creation, focusing on stories about women Hillary and Hillary Clinton is out of politics. Last August the former Democratic presidential candidate, secretary of state and first lady signed a deal to executive produce The Womens Hour, a Steven Spielberg-produced series about the suffrage movement. Former president Barack Obama recently founded a film and TV production company called Netflix and last month released its initial slate of seven projects, also with the stated ambition of altering society. Touching on issues of race and class, democracy and civil rights, and much more, said Obama, we believe each of these productions wont just entertain, but will educate, connect and inspire us all. The three films …

Bernadette Peters: ‘Every role I’ve played, I’ve thought that’s me!’

The Broadway powerhouse talks about trusting Sondheim, hearing others sing her songs and waiting to be taken seriously Cafe Luxembourg, the closet-sized New York bistro Bernadette Peters chooses for our lunch, opened in 1983 and seems almost unchanged. That also goes for Peters, although she has been in business longer. As a child actor, she made her New York debut more than 60 years ago in a revival of The Most Happy Fella and has rarely been off the stage or screen since. A gift to musical comedy, in some very dishy wrapping, she synthesises sex, sophistication and emotional nuance. Has another Broadway baby made it to the cover of Playboy? Just Ethel Merman, she quips. At 71, she looks …

The fairest of them all? Two cheers for Aladdin’s browner Princess Jasmine

Ethnic casting has moved on from Disneys last stab at the story in 1992 but Naomi Scotts star turn is not without controversy You look like Princess Jasmine is a popular pickup line used on ethnic women with genetically natural tans and long, dark hair. It exoticizes us while making grasps at a comparison to one of the few brown women in mainstream media. On 24 May, Princess Jasmine comes to life in the live-action revival of 1992s Disney cartoon Aladdin, and news of the film has been met with excitement and anticipation particularly from Middle Eastern and south Asian women who grew up with the film. Aladdin was a nod of approval from Disney to girls, including my younger …