100 Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019) Quentin Tarantino’s latest jaw-dropper bumps Kill Bill: Vol 1 off the list in gloriously irreverent fashion. Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt star as a fading western star and his mutt-loving stunt double in this relaxed and loving roast of bygone Tinseltown. CS Read the review 99 Bright Star (2009) An early lead for Ben Whishaw as the ailing John Keats romancing Fanny Brawne (Abbie Cornish) is the tremulous soul of this underappreciated Jane Campion drama. The butterflies are too tropical for Hampstead, but the rest is spot-on. CS Read the review 98 The Dark Knight (2008) The only comic book movie to make the cut is Christopher Nolan’s genre masterpiece: fatalist, bracing and forever the legacy of Heath Ledger, posthumously awarded an Oscar for his terrifying performance. CS Read the review 97 Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004) Michael Moore’s finest hour: a blazing juggernaut with George W Bush, the Iraq war, the media, democracy and us, … [Read more...] about The 100 best films of the 21st century
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The author of a controversial book causing a stir in Hollywood for exposing collaboration between the major studios and Nazi Germany in the runup to the second world war has defended his claims to the Observer. Harvard scholar Ben Urwand, who spent a decade sifting through German and American archives, said: "I want to bring out a hidden episode in Hollywood history and an episode that has not been reported accurately." Urwand's interpretation of the relationship is disputed by other scholars of the period. He claims that Hollywood studio chiefs, many of them recent eastern European Jewish refugees, enthusiastically worked with Hitler's censors to alter films or even cancel productions entirely in order to protect access to the German film market. "In the 1930s the Hollywood studios not only collaborated by not making films that attacked the Nazis, they also did not defend the Jews or touch on Germany's persecution of the Jews," Urwand said. The book, The Collaboration: Hollywood's … [Read more...] about Hollywood and Hitler: did the studio bosses bow to Nazi wishes?
The Irishman has become Martin Scorcese's most critically- acclaimed film of all-time, garnering a perfect score on Rotten Tomatoes. The popular website - which aggregates official film reviews to give each movie a percentage score - has awarded the film a 100% rating based on reviews from 80 different publications. The gangster epic, which sees Robert DeNiro play real-life hitman Frank Sheeran, has even superseded Scorcese's most famous film, Taxi Driver, which holds a 98% rating. The Irishman has also come out on top against the director's other beloved movies, Goodfellas and Raging Bull - each of which hold a 96% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It's extremely difficult to attain a 100% 'Certified Fresh' rating on the website, as a single negative review will undercut a perfect score. The Irishman has become Martin Scorcese's most critically- acclaimed film of all-time, garnering a perfect score on Rotten Tomatoes. Robert De … [Read more...] about The Irishman becomes Martin Scorsese’s most acclaimed film of all-time receiving a perfect 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and beating both Taxi Driver and Goodfellas
By fall 2017, I had taken my story to the New Yorker. As the investigation moved closer to publication, I called the Weinstein Company for comment. Sounding nervous, an assistant said he’d check if the boss was available. And then there was Weinstein’s husky baritone. “Wow!” he said with mock excitement. “What do I owe this occasion to?” The writing about the man has seldom lingered on this quality: he was pretty funny. But he veered swiftly toward fury. Weinstein hung up on me several times that fall, including on that first day. I told him I wanted to be fair, to include anything he had to say, then asked if he was comfortable with me recording. He seemed to panic, and was gone with a click. The pattern repeated that afternoon. But when I got him to talk for a sustained time, he abandoned his initial caution and got sharply combative. “How did you identify yourself to all these women?” he demanded. I was caught off balance. I had … [Read more...] about The day I confronted Harvey Weinstein: ‘He said, “You think you can save everyone”’
TV chiefs are investigating fresh Apprentice race row claims after candidates are alleged to have complained that Lottie Lion made racist and homophobic comments. It comes just one week after it was revealed that the 19-year-old had exchanged messages with fellow contestant Lubna Farhan, 33, which told her to 'shut up Gandhi'. Contestants are now claiming that producers 'swept the comments under the carpet', and in response one contestant is said to have complained directly to the BBC. The production company behind the show, Boundless, the UK arm of Freemantle Media, has also launched a formal inquiry into the claims. The fresh allegations come just one week after it was revealed that Lottie (left) had told Lubna (right) to 'shut up Gandhi' Lottie (pictured above) has denied that she is racist, transphobic or homophobic following the new claims The Sun reported that contestants could be hauled in for questioning and have been told that the inquiry could last a week. It … [Read more...] about TV chiefs investigate fresh Apprentice race row after furious candidates ‘complained Lottie Lion, 19, made racist and homophobic comments during filming but producers swept it under the carpet’