9 stars who turned down great film roles

9 stars who turned down great film roles

John Lithgow as The Joker? It’s not as crackpot as it appears, as the star of The Crown was once in the frame to play the comic book supervillain. Correction: The lanky 71-year-old was actually tapped to play Batman’s cackling nemesis TWICE – first in a Joe Dante movie that never got made, and again in Tim Burton’s 1989 blockbuster. “My worst audition was for Tim Burton for Batman,” Lithgow revealed ahead of this year’s…

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Cannes Film Festival highlights: Laughter, tears and monkey business

Cannes Film Festival highlights: Laughter, tears and monkey business

With the prizes given out, the bags packed and the hangovers kicking in, the 70th Cannes Film Festival has drawn to a close. This year’s top prize went to surprise winner The Square, a Swedish film about the sometimes bonkers art world and how we can best help others. Cannes has seen dozens of film premieres and parties, and red carpet appearances from the likes of Rihanna, Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner. Here are some…

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Cannes Film Festival: The Square wins Palme d'Or

Cannes Film Festival: The Square wins Palme d'Or

Art world satire The Square, directed by Ruben Ostlund, has won the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival. The Swedish title was one of 19 films competing for the prestigious Palme d’Or, in the 70th year of the festival on the French Riviera. Prizes also went to British filmmaker Lynne Ramsay and director Sofia Coppola. But juror Jessica Chastain said she was shocked at the way many of the films she saw at Cannes…

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Cannes festival: Netflix film Meyerowitz Stories 'made for big screen'

Cannes festival: Netflix film Meyerowitz Stories 'made for big screen'

The director of a second film at the centre of a row over Netflix’s place at Cannes said he always intended for it to be seen on the big screen. Noah Baumbach said he made The Meyerowitz Stories “as I make all my movies, with the expectation it will be shown on the big screen”. There has been controversy over Netflix’s features being included in the competition for the Palme d’Or. Netflix has not screened…

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Cannes Film Festival 2017: Dominic West on inspiration for The Square

Cannes Film Festival 2017: Dominic West on inspiration for The Square

Dominic West has revealed he based his performance in Palme d’Or contender The Square on real-life contemporary artists – but refused to reveal who. The Wire actor plays famous artist Julian in the art world satire, alongside Mad Men star Elisabeth Moss. He admitted he would be “pretty scared” to meet Julian as those kind of people are “so powerful and so rich”. Asked who he was inspired by for the role, he said: “I’m…

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Captain Pugwash: Nick Frost starring in live-action film

Captain Pugwash: Nick Frost starring in live-action film

Ahoy there mateys! Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead star Nick Frost is going to play Captain Pugwash on the big screen. The star will play the bumbling and cowardly pirate in the live action movie based on the classic 1950s children’s books and 1970s TV series. “Besides Winston Churchill and Henry VIII, Captain Horatio Pugwash seems like a role I was born to play,” Frost said. Production on the film will start next…

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Cannes: Netflix film Okja stopped after technical glitch

Cannes: Netflix film Okja stopped after technical glitch

A screening at the Cannes Film Festival had to be stopped after technical problems during the first few minutes of the film. Okja, starring Tilda Swinton and Jake Gyllenhaal, had been booed by some in the audience after the Netflix logo appeared at the beginning. But it then became clear the film was playing in the wrong aspect ratio. The film has been controversial because producer Netflix has refused to screen it in French cinemas….

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EXCLUSIVE: Miranda Hart says there WON'T be a Miranda film

EXCLUSIVE: Miranda Hart says there WON'T be a Miranda film

Sorry Miranda fans, but the lady herself says there won’t be a big screen version of her hit sitcom. There have been rumours of a possible Miranda film ever since the BBC One show was last seen on screen in 2015, when a Christmas special was broadcast. Its star Miranda Hart told BBC Radio 4 Extra she had been in talks with BBC Films about making a movie. “I considered it and worked towards writing…

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