The new 007 is a black woman don’t make her a Bond girl

Online joy over Lashana Lynch inheriting James Bonds codename may be premature. White men wont give up their hero status so easily Fans have been hoping for a black actor to play first rumoured as a possible successor to Lashana Lynch is going to be the new 007. There was much celebration on social media, which is understandable. But it may be a little premature. Casting black female actors as legacy characters is a great step towards rectifying the historical racism and sexism that has led to a disproportionate number of those characters being white men. But its only a step. Black women also need to be written with respect; they have to be presented as natural, worthy heroes who …

Men behaving badly: why cinema’s great hellraisers were a breed apart

Rip Torn belonged to a high-spirited tradition that was fuelled by too much booze and testosterone. Like it or not, we may never see their like again The death of the film and TV star Rip Torn, whose drunken exuberance so often resulted in the breaking of glass, the splintering of wood and the bandaging of limbs, has led the industry to ponder that exotic creature whose rocknroll behaviour, from the 1960s onwards, persisted for decades to tolerant chortling from the similarly inclined or wistfully well-behaved gentlemen of the press. And that creature is the hellraiser a term that originates from a defiant credo espoused by the hard-drinking, hard-living Hollywood legend Richard Burton: Peter OTooles death in 2013 led to …

Princess Diana was set to star in sequel to The Bodyguard with Kevin Costner

Actor has confirmed the late Princess of Wales was keen to play role after conversations instigated by Sarah Ferguson Kevin Costner has confirmed that the late Princess of Wales was set to star alongside him in a sequel to 1992 hit The Bodyguard, in which he starred as an agent assigned to protect a pop star played by Whitney Houston. Speaking to turned into a stage musical in 2012, and is still running in Londons West End. Houston died suddenly in 2012, drowning in the bath after a long history with drink and drugs.

Sun’s out, flops out: what’s the worst movie summer ever?

After a string of disappointments, analysts are calling 2019s summer season one of the most disastrous on record but there have been far, far worse This summer might have started with a bang, thanks to the Avengers finally reaching their Endgame, but its set to go out with more of a shrug, thanks to pretty much everything thats come since. Godzilla: King of Monsters; X-Men: Dark Phoenix; Men in Black: International, Shaft, The Hustle all loathed by critics and shunned by audiences. Animated sequels Toy Story 4 and The Secret Life of Pets 2 are far from flops but theyre both performing way below expectations. Aladdin might be a hit but its the second Disney live-action remake to have scored …

Anna review Luc Besson’s empty assassin thriller shoots blanks

A vacuous performance from model Sasha Luss sinks the directors attempt to add a modern spin on his 1990 thriller La Femme Nikita Who or what is Anna? Answers include a reminder of director Luc Bessons action movie credentials, an attempt to start a female-fronted assassin franchise and a showcase for the acting talents of model Sasha Luss. Or at least thats what could be said of the film, sight unseen. Because in actuality, the delayed, and rather dumped thriller (distributor Lionsgate refused to screen the film for press) is an unqualified failure on all three counts, a wide-releasing multiplex dweller that instead works best as an undemanding late-night TV watch, exactly where it should have been offloaded in the …

The warrior critic: in praise of Pauline Kael

The New Yorkers legendary reviewer would have been 100 this year. Here, fans of her work assess her essential contribution to film journalism David Thomson Essential and kind of crazy To be mad about the movies, must you be mad? Isnt sitting in the dark, hooked on light, a little odd? The shrewdest thing to say about Pauline Kael beyond recognising that she was essential is that she was kind of crazy. Yet determined to seem rational or in control. She would have been 100 this year. That is a fanciful proposition, for she often seemed emotionally closer to 19, which must have been some strain if you realise she was nearly 50 before she stumbled into the authority she …

Richard Madden: I dont like the look of me in the mirror

Bodyguard made him a star but he hasnt always been comfortable as the lead. He talks about bullies, his inner fat lad and new Elton John biopic Rocketman For some lucky actors, there are moments when their career suddenly shifts into a higher gear. The right part comes along, the world notices, and boom! their whole life is different. This happened to Richard Madden with Bodyguard, in August last year. He played the tight-mouthed, tight-muscled David Budd, personal minder to Keeley Hawes home secretary, Julia Montague, in Jed Mercurios six-part BBC One thriller, and the country went bananas. Bodyguard was great TV gripping, unpredictable, sexy, with a madly OTT finale but nobody could have predicted the furore it would cause. …