Michael Shannon, 'the best actor you've never heard of', stole the show in a minor part in Revolutionary Road. He talks to James Mottram about his next, leading, role
In his rollercoaster career at the BBC, Jonathan Ross made it his personal mission to prick pomposity and court controversy. So it was perhaps fitting that, after a decade of trashing chatshow etiquette, he should bring down the curtain on his Beeb career by meting out the same treatment to his studio set.
Francis Ford Coppola has often focused on personal issues. His latest film after a long hiatus is no different, he tells Kaleem Aftab
Robert Downey Jr's hi-tech anti-hero hardly lets Mickey Rourke's Russian villain get a word in edgeways in this noisy, brash yet entertaining comic-book sequel
While not traditionally beautiful according to the Hollywood standards of yore, the American actress Brittany Murphy had "jolie laide" looks – big, brown eyes, a slightly disdainful mouth, a pointed chin, just-out-of-bed hair – which she used to great effect as she combined parts in ditzy comedies like Clueless and Just Married to meatier roles in the dark thrillers Girl, Interrupted and Don't Say A Word.
Why is it that Hollywood actresses seem to have stopped...acting? This week's Golden Globe nominations may have been a triumph for Brits like Carey Mulligan, Emily Blunt and Helen Mirren but they underscored just how limited Hollywood actresses' choices have become. When Sandra Bullock is nominated for her performance in a lightweight romantic comedy like The Proposal and Meryl Streep racks up yet another nomination for her inglorious mugging in Julie & Julia, it is clear that something is very badly awry.
A new exhibition in Paris sheds light on the risqué establishments where stars, men of letters and royalty mingled
Optimum Releasing is venturing into the realms of production to satisfy its appetite for film distribution, as Ian Burrell reports
The F word is a powerful weapon in the armoury of television, and one that should be used sparingly
He was down and out of the Hollywood A-list, but with a Bafta in one hand and a bottle of bubbly in the other Mickey Rourke is the undisputed king of the comeback.
At the time of writing, I don't know what films appeared on the list of Oscar nominations announced on Thursday, but the results are such a foregone conclusion that I can confidently predict that Slumdog Millionaire will win Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay; Milk will win Best Original Screenplay; and Kate Winslet will win Best Actress.
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Frank Miller created the Dark Knight, and the template for the brooding superhero. So why did it take 20 years for Hollywood to give the comics genius a film of his own to make?
The Oscar nomination ballots have been with the arbiters of movie genius – members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences – since Boxing Day, and the addition of a sub-plot involving what Mickey Rourke did or didn't say about Sean Penn has added a little bit of drama to the process.
Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire earned six nominations for the 2009 London Critics' Circle Film Awards announced today.
The Hollywood actress Rose McGowan has been heavily criticised after expressing sympathy with the IRA ahead of the release of her new film.