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Bob Rafelson: subtle and complex director was presiding genius of the Hollywood new wave

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Of all the creative energies and commercial synergies that swirled around Hollywood at the end of the 1960s, surely the strangest was the one between the Monkees, actor Jack Nicholson and the producer-director who was...

Bob Rafelson, Monkees co-creator and key Hollywood new wave director, dies aged 89

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Bob Rafelson, a co-creator of the Monkees who became an influential figure in the New Hollywood era of the 1970s, has died. He was 89. Rafelson died at his home in Aspen on Saturday night surrounded by his family, sai...

Hollywood Ending: Harvey Weinstein and the Culture of Silence by Ken Auletta – review

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What kind of barbarous creature was Harvey Weinstein, who punctuated business meetings by hurling marble ashtrays at the wall, ripped out a smoke alarm in a toilet on Concorde so he could enjoy a cigarette mid-Atlanti...

James Caan: my lunches, fallouts and golf-shoe hunts with the Hollywood legend

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I can’t remember calling him James. It was Jimmy from the off. An email came from his agent: Jimmy wanted to talk about my script but he’d prefer to meet me in person. Could I come to Los Angeles? I was on the next fl...

Last Looks review – Mel Gibson is cast too close to the bone in Hollywood caper

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The seemingly unstoppable rehabilitation of Mel Gibson continues with this Hollywood-set comedy-crime thriller in which Gibson is practically trolling us by playing Alastair Pinch, a close-to-the-bone version of himse...

Coming of aged: why is Hollywood bringing back veteran stars?

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Imagine you fell into a coma some time around the start of the millennium and just woke up. What year is it? You scan the cinema releases for clues. Let’s see: Keanu Reeves just had a new Matrix movie out, Tom Cruise ...

Depp v Heard sequel turns Hollywood drama as actors prepare to take stage

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With acting roles hard to come by, Johnny Depp and Amber Heard are now starring in a legal drama about the collapse of their volatile marriage. The script is ugly, the walk-on parts unpredictable, and the lighting har...

Flushed with success: singing plumber signs Hollywood film deal

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A plumber who landed a record contract after he was overheard singing at work has now signed a Hollywood movie deal for the rights to his story. Kev Crane, a 50-year-old plumber from Leicestershire, was fitting a bath...

Hollywood Forever cemetery, resting place to the stars, named a historical site

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The Hollywood Forever cemetery, the final resting place of stars such as Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney and Burt Reynolds, is now a historic-cultural monument. The Los Angeles city council unanimously voted this week to ...

Basic Instinct at 30: a lurid throwback to when Hollywood still took risks

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Thirty years ago, Basic Instinct was all anyone could talk about. Before our current age of Insta-controversies and aggregated showbiz news, it was widely known that screenwriter Joe Eszterhas had sold his screenplay ...

US veteran ships Hollywood military gear for real-life use in Ukraine

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Jon Barton spent his days reading scripts, advising costuming departments and thinking through fight choreography for top military movies. The retired US marine took his expertise after four tours in the Middle East t...

Putin’s Hollywood pals – the stars who snuggled up to the Russian dictator

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It was one of those surreal moments when light entertainment mugs history. Vladimir Putin crooned the song Blueberry Hill at a children’s charity benefit in St Petersburg in 2010, as a crowd of celebrities – including...

Uncharmed: why Chinese film fans are shunning Hollywood

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Matt William Knowles, a 36-year-old Hollywood actor, has been packing for a forthcoming trip to China in the past week. He’s looking forward to his first China visit since the pandemic. “The last time I was in China w...

The Taliban forced Afghan TV workers into hiding. Now they’re asking Hollywood for help

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For nearly two decades, Afghanistan’s TV industry developed popular hits, from medical shows and family dramas to Afghan Star, a music competition based on American Idol. Now, nearly six months after the Taliban seiz...

Killer comeback: the big-star Hollywood whodunnit is back again

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Surprise is not much of a factor in Death on the Nile, Kenneth Branagh’s second gaudy, glossy all-star adaptation of an Agatha Christie chestnut. As with its predecessor, 2017’s marginally worse Murder on the Orient E...

Move over, silver foxes: Hollywood gets to grips with the age gap

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It’s a contentious issue. The Hollywood age gap romance – the habitual casting of an older male actor and a much younger female actor, for so long accepted as the norm – is now meeting with increasing scrutiny and cri...

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