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Golden Globes 2019: Vice leads pack with six nominations
Adam McKay's comedy starring Christian Bale as Dick Cheney picks up most nods. A Star Is Born, The Favourite and Green Book each take five - while Widows and Sorry to Bother You are among high-profile snubsGolden Globes 2019 nominations: the full list. Dick Cheney may never have officially ruled over America, but Vice, a new biopic about the power-hungry politician, is the surprise leader going into next year's Golden Globe awards.
Dec 6 2:02PM Guardian-Culture

Movie Santa Clauses - ranked!
Ten of the best Hollywood Kris Kringles, from Jim Broadbent (twice) and Billy Bob Thornton to Richard Attenborough and Gene Hackman For the veteran supporting actor - who would go on to play a certain big Lebowski - this must have seemed like a welcome headlining role, even if the plot revolves round Dudley Moore's wide-eyed elf being seduced by capitalism. Still, Huddleston brings bags of earthy jollity. Continue reading.
Dec 6 1:27PM Guardian-Culture

First trailer for Kenneth Branagh's Shakespeare drama All Is True released
Written by Ben Elton, the forthcoming film features Branagh as the playwright in his retirement years, opposite Judi Dench as Anne Hathaway The first trailer for Kenneth Branagh's Shakespeare in retirement drama All Is True has been released. Branagh directs the film, as well as playing Shakespeare, living in retirement with his wife Anne Hathaway (Judi Dench) and grappling with a number of personal crises - including the death of his son Hamnet and the destruction of the Globe theatre in a fire. Continue reading.
Dec 6 11:15AM Guardian-Culture

Icebox: the harrowing drama about child separation in America
The director of a troubling new film about imprisoned immigrant children talks about the prescience of telling such a difficult story A bewildered boy sits wrapped in a foil blanket on a concrete floor under strip lights in a bleak, cavernous warehouse. He is locked inside a wire mesh cage with other boys, watched over by uniformed guards who carry guns and speak a language he does not understand. Continue reading.
Dec 6 9:00AM Guardian-Culture

Schindler's List at 25: looking back on Spielberg's defining Holocaust drama
A big screen re-release leads to a re-examination of the 1993 Oscar-winner which had a profound effect on both critics and audiences Twenty-five years ago, Steven Spielberg brought out two of his best movies, in just a matter of months. The films were poles apart in style and subject matter, and the process of completing one while shooting the other left the director exhausted and emotionally ragged. In spring 1993, Spielberg was in Poland, recreating the terror of the Krakw ghetto and the Krakw-Plaszw concentration camp for Schindler's List by day, and each night he was calling Industrial Light & Magic in California to oversee the special effects for the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park.
Dec 6 8:00AM Guardian-Culture

Don't listen too hard to Christmas songs: their lyrics are always creepy | Katy Guest
Post-#MeToo, some radio stations have banned Baby It's Cold Outside. But it's not the only song with potentially sinister lyrics. The world can be roughly divided into two sorts of people: those of us who pay attention to the lyrics of songs, and the others, who risk finding themselves in couples whose our tune is all about a breakup, or a stalker, or a little boy's love for his rat.
Dec 6 6:00AM Guardian-Culture

Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg to co-host 2019 Golden Globes
The Killing Eve star and the Brooklyn Nine-Nine comedian will co-host next year's ceremony Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg have been announced as hosts of the 2019 Golden Globes. The Killing Eve star and the Brooklyn Nine-Nine comedian will follow in the footsteps of this year's host, Seth Meyers, next January. The pair presented together at that ceremony, ridiculing the La La Land snafu in a warmly received skit.
Dec 5 10:41PM Guardian-Culture

Oscars host Kevin Hart's homophobia is no laughing matter | Benjamin Lee
The comedian-actor has been chosen to take charge of next year's awards ceremony but a history of hateful remarks suggest he's not the man for the job At first glance, the Academy picking the ebullient and experienced comedian-actor Kevin Hart to host the 2019 Oscars seems like a smart pick. The 39-year-old star of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and Ride Along has quipped his way to becoming one of the most dependable box office stars working today with his films totalling over $3.5bn worldwide.
Dec 5 9:52PM Guardian-Culture

Mortal Engines review - Peter Jackson's steampunk Star Wars stalls
Jackson has turned Philip Reeve's dystopian adventure novel into a tiringly frenetic and derivative fantasy-adventure movie Mortal Engines was originally a YA dystopian adventure novel from British author Philip Reeve, published in 2001, the first of the Mortal Engines quartet. Among its many fans is Peter Jackson, who has now turned it into a tiringly frenetic and derivative fantasy-adventure movie, co-producing and co-writing the adaptation with Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens. Making his directing debut here is Jackson's former storyboard artist and visual effects supervisor Christian Rivers.
Dec 5 8:00PM Guardian-Culture

Stephen Colbert on Trump's 'great' America: 'Might be short for Great Depression
Late-night hosts discussed Trump's disastrous effect on the stock market and Republican attempts at voter suppression Late-night hosts took aim at Donald Trump for his effect on the stock market and his son Eric's attack on Kellyanne Conway's husband. Related: Jimmy Kimmel on Trump: 'He carries himself like a demented grandfather' Continue reading..
Dec 5 3:45PM Guardian-Culture

Four Weddings and a Funeral sequel set for Red Nose Day
Original cast to reunite for short film directed by Mike Newell and scripted by Richard Curtis, 25 years after release of groundbreaking comedy Hugh Grant, Andie MacDowell, Kristin Scott Thomas and Rowan Atkinson are among the stars confirmed to take part in a short Four Weddings and a Funeral sequel, to be screened in the UK on Red Nose Day 2019. The film, which will be directed by the original's Mike Newell, and scripted by original screenwriter Richard Curtis, takes place 25 years after the events of the original and features yet more nuptials. Continue reading.
Dec 5 2:58PM Guardian-Culture

Motion impossible: Tom Cruise declares war on TV frame interpolation
It's over. Now Tom Cruise has set his sights on 'motion smoothing' - the TV effect that makes films look like soap operas - it's only a matter of time before you tweak the settings This has been a landmark year for Tom Cruise. In Mission: Impossible - Fallout he made the action film of his career.
Dec 5 1:07PM Guardian-Culture

Can Kevin Hart tiptoe through the Oscars minefield?
The comedian is hosting next year's Academy Awards thanks partly to its diversity drive, but his close-to-the-bone style has potential for gaffes social media will leap on So the curiously flavoured chalice passes to stadium-filling, movie-starring, controversy-provoking comedian Kevin Hart, the star of Jumanji and many other films and specials, who has confirmed that he will be hosting the 2019 Oscar ceremony. In some ways, it is a surprise that he hasn't done this gig before now. Hart's is one of the most dizzying rises to the top in modern showbusiness history; so spectacular that fellow comedian Dave Chappelle has a pretty mordant bit about he feels about this staggeringly upward career.
Dec 5 12:11PM Guardian-Culture

Surviving R Kelly' documentary premiere cancelled after shooting threat
An anonymous caller claimed that an audience member would fire a gun if the documentary, detailing allegations of sexual assault by the R&B singer, was screened, reports say The premiere of a documentary series about the survivors of alleged abuse by the singer R Kelly was cancelled and evacuated after a gun threat. Anonymous threats were made to the NeueHouse Madison Square venue in New York City, a representative for the US television network Lifetime told Rolling Stone. The venue had received two calls from an unidentified male caller, who said that someone in the theatre had a gun and would shoot if the documentary was shown, the magazine was told.
Dec 5 10:46AM Guardian-Culture

Agnieszka Holland: 'Maybe freedom is overrated?
With her dystopian Netflix series 1983, the director has imagined a Poland in which communism never fell. But are these dark fantasies of creeping authoritarianism becoming reality? In October last year, Piotr Szczesny, a 54-year-old chemist and father of two, doused himself in petrol in front of the communist-era Palace of Culture and Science in central Warsaw then set himself on fire. The act was a protest against creeping authoritarianism under Poland's populist right-wing government.
Dec 5 10:18AM Guardian-Culture

Pop goes the fantasy: how Vox Lux shows the darker side of music
While the Oscar-buzzed remake of A Star is Born stuck to its romantically old-fashioned roots, the Natalie Portman-starring drama offers a toxic alternative Who'd be a pop star, eh? If there's one thing we've learned from cinema in 2018 - A Star is Born, Vox Lux, even the PG-rated neutering of Freddie Mercury's legend in Bohemian Rhapsody - it's that the gleaming lights of the music industry can emit a pretty harsh glow when you're under them, that the warm embrace of a crowd can turn to a stranglehold in the blink of a heavily made-up eye. That fame comes at a price is, admittedly, not the hottest of takes: in the movies, it goes back at least as, well, 1932's What Price Hollywood?, the film that directly bore one of this year's grit-amid-the-glitter case studies. Related: Vox Lux review - Natalie Portman powers dark portrait of the fame monster Continue reading.
Dec 5 9:00AM Guardian-Culture

The Prince musical shows anything goes in Hollywood - bar original ideas
Good luck to the execs tasked with making a jukebox singalong from songs laden with kink and taboo. But will cinema's tedious mining of old material ever stop? With the news that a film based on the songs of Prince is in the works, Hollywood is about to write another enthralling chapter in the ongoing saga that sees it plunder any recognisable brand for a new movie. Reports have emerged that Universal Pictures has picked up the rights to a number of classic songs that will form the basis of a fictional big-screen musical.
Dec 4 5:14PM Guardian-Culture

Jimmy Kimmel on Trump: 'He carries himself like a demented grandfather
Late-night hosts discussed Trump's mishap-filled trip to the G20 summit in South America, 'the America he hasn't ruined yet' Late-night hosts ridiculed Donald Trump over his embarrassing trip to Argentina as the Russia investigation heats up. Continue reading..
Dec 4 4:17PM Guardian-Culture

The 50 best movies of 2018 in the US: 50-41
A heart-stopping doc, an intelligent romcom and a slow-burning thriller start this year's countdown of our critics' favourite feature films. Check the list daily for updates - from Trump-baiting comedy to spellbinding horrorSee the UK cut of this listMore on the best culture of 2018. Slow-burn crime thriller set on Jersey with Jessie Buckley as a woman who falls for a man who may or may not be a serial killer.
Dec 4 12:00PM Guardian-Culture

By the beard of Zeus! Why The Ron Burgundy Podcast could be kind of a big deal
San Diego's favourite anchorman is returning as a podcaster - and it might be his most glorious outing yet Now that every single person on the planet has a podcast, you might have assumed that the industry had reached its saturation point. But you would be wrong, because now characters from films have started to get their own. Leading the pack? None other than Ron Burgundy.
Dec 4 10:26AM Guardian-Culture