Detroit director Kathryn Bigelow urges race talks

Detroit director Kathryn Bigelow urges race talks

Media playback is unsupported on your device The Oscar-winning director of a new film about the 1967 Detroit riots says talking about race in the US is “more vital than ever”. Kathryn Bigelow was speaking as Detroit is released in the wake of the violent clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia. She said she wanted to meet racism “head-on”, adding: “To do nothing is not an option”. John Boyega, who stars in the film, said: “We all…

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Shakespeare's Globe: Michelle Terry named as new director

Shakespeare's Globe: Michelle Terry named as new director

Actress and writer Michelle Terry has been named as the incoming director of Shakespeare’s Globe theatre. She said she was “so proud and excited” about her new role, describing it as “a dream come true”. Terry, who has performed at the Globe in As You Like It, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Love’s Labour’s Lost, will take over from Emma Rice in April 2018. Terry won an Olivier award for her performance in Tribes at…

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Living Dead director George A Romero dies at 77

Living Dead director George A Romero dies at 77

The American-born filmmaker George A Romero, who created the genre-defining Living Dead movie franchise, has died at the age of 77, his manager has said. Romero died in his sleep on Sunday with his wife and daughter at his side, after a “brief but aggressive battle” with lung cancer, Chris Roe said. Romero co-wrote and directed the film that started the zombie series Night of the Living Dead in 1968. It led to a number…

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John Avildsen, Oscar-winning director of Rocky, dies aged 81

John Avildsen, Oscar-winning director of Rocky, dies aged 81

John G. Avildsen, the Oscar-winning director of Rocky and The Karate Kid, has died at the age of 81. Avildsen’s son Anthony told US media the filmmaker had died of pancreatic cancer at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Rocky – starring Sylvester Stallone as a rags-to-riches boxer – became the highest grossing film of 1976, despite having a relatively low budget. It won an Oscar for best picture, as well one for Avildsen as…

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Wonder Woman's female director conquers box office

Wonder Woman's female director conquers box office

Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman took $ 100.5m (£78.09m) at the US/Canada box office this weekend – the biggest domestic debut for a female director. Jenkins beat the previous record set by Sam Taylor-Johnson for Fifty Shades of Grey, which opened with $ 85.1m in 2015. Wonder Woman, starring Israeli actress Gal Gadot, has received largely positive reviews from film critics. Hollywood is known for its reluctance to hire female directors, especially for blockbuster superhero movies….

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Jonathan Demme, director of The Silence of the Lambs, dies at 73

Jonathan Demme, director of The Silence of the Lambs, dies at 73

Jonathan Demme, the Oscar-winning director of The Silence of the Lambs, has died in New York at the age of 73. His publicist confirmed he died from complications from oesophageal cancer. Born in 1944, Demme’s other features included Philadelphia, Something Wild and the Talking Heads documentary Stop Making Sense. Tom Hanks, who won an Oscar for his performance in Philadelphia, told the Press Association Demme was “the grandest of men”. He said: “Jonathan taught us…

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Anne Hathaway admits 'not trusting' female director

Anne Hathaway admits 'not trusting' female director

Oscar-winning actress Anne Hathaway has admitted to not trusting female directors in the past due to “internalised misogyny”. In an ABC interview, the star said she didn’t give her all to director Lone Scherfig in 2011 film One Day. “I really regret not trusting her more easily,” she said. “And I am to this day scared that the reason I didn’t trust her the way I trust some of the other directors I work with…

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