It's that time of year again, when we look back at the film offerings over the past 12 months. There were quite a few musical offerings this year as well as true story movies. We've gone well beyond our top 10 taking in a few of our family favourites, hard hitters and big box office hits. The year started strong with Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and continued with A Star is Born - seeing Lady Gaga give a performance edging her into place for an award win. There was also Alfonso Cuaron's Roma, which dropped on Netflix. Netflix has given us quite a few strong contenders this year. The much-anticipated Avengers: Infinity War packed a punch too, in fact Marvel and Disney continued to storm the box office. Disney also won big with Incredibles 2 and Wreck it Ralph. Horror also had a good year, with Halloween, Hereditary and A Quiet Place, starring Emily Blunt - who also starred in Mary Poppins Returns. We've put together our rankings for the best movies of 2018. Note this is … [Read more...] about Best films of 2018 ranked
One morning Tim Blake Nelson heard a knock at the door of his apartment in the Upper West Side of Manhattan. It was his neighbour Joel Coen, the elder of the two film-making brothers, clutching 20 pages of freshly typed script. Nelson had played the escaped convict Delmar O’Donnell in the Coens’ musical crime caper O Brother, Where Art Thou?, and now Joel had him in mind for another role: a singing cowboy called Buster Scruggs, whose perfect pitch and affable demeanour belie his psychotic proficiency in a shoot-out. “Joel said, ‘We’re going to make this and you’re going to be Buster, but it’s going to be an anthology film, so we’ve just got to come up with some more stories and eventually we’ll have a movie here,’” Nelson recalls. So he read the pages, felt the fizz of anticipation, then tucked them into a drawer, “because I didn’t want to perseverate on it in the way that actors can, where you can’t … [Read more...] about No close-ups and flies: Joel and Ethan Coen on why Buster Scruggs takes the western out of its comfort zone
Nottingham actress Erin Kellyman, who appeared in Solo: A Star Wars Story as "badass" Enfys Nest, has been confirmed for the new BBC adaptation of Les Miserables. The 20-year-old will play Eponine in the six-part drama which stars Dominic West and Olivia Colman and is based on Victor Hugo's 19th century classic novel about Jean Valjean and Javert's cat-and-mouse relationship, set against the backdrop of France at a time of civil unrest. Epinone is a spoilt and pampered child but later appears in Hugo's novel impoverished and dressed in rags. Heading up the project is Andrew Davies whose previous work includes Bridget Jones's Diary and House of Cards. The drama is currently in production in Belgium and is due for release in 2019. He said: "This is such an intense and gut-wrenching story." Dominic West and David Oyelowo will play the iconic roles of Jean Valjean and his nemesis Javert. Said Davies: "In Valjean, we see the terrifying anger and resentment against society but also the … [Read more...] about Did you know there’s a Nottingham actress in the latest Star Wars film?
PEOPLE with an unusual name will know it is a major bother when people can't pronounce it. Chrissy Teigan revealed she was sick of correcting people as to how to say her last name. "Last name is tie-gen not tee-gen," she announced on Twitter. But she's not the only celebrity whose name we've been pronouncing wrong for years. Speaking to a radio station in Australian, Ariana Grande explained her surname was pronounced Grand-ee, not Grand-ay. "My brother [Frankie Grande] kind of changed it to [Grawnday] because [Grandee] was kind of like the Americanised version of it," she said. "I grew up saying [Grandee]." Now W Magazine has alerted us to some other common mispronunciations: Rachel Weisz Her surname is pronounced ViceZooey Deschanel Her surname Des-shuh-nell rhymes with ChanelTiffany Haddish Not so confusing - her surname rhymes with radishDonatella Versace Donatella is keen to remind people her surname ends like 'chee' not 'chay'Maya Jama Stormzy's girlfriend pronounces her … [Read more...] about Celebrity names you’re probably saying all wrong – from Chrissy Teigen to Ariana Grande – and how to get them right
PUBLISHED: 11:10 17 July 2018 Paul Steward It’s been barely six months since the last instalment, yet Solo – A Star Wars Story sees us journey to a galaxy far, far away once more. This time, renowned director Ron Howard takes the reins for a stand alone prequel story following the exploits of a young Han Solo. Howard took over deep into the film’s production, after original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller were sacked and is rumoured to have re-shot as much as 80 per cent of the film. However, the final cut bears few hallmarks of this troubled production and is remarkably coherent throughout. This is mostly thanks to an excellent script from Empire Strikes Back writer Lawrence Kasdan and his son Jonathan, which recaptures the spirit of the original trilogy. The plot follows young Solo’s first forays into the criminal underworld as he joins a group of smugglers led by Woody Harrelson’s Tobias Beckett. Hired by a shadowy crime syndicate to steal a … [Read more...] about Review: Solo