Coming soon: £150m Hollywood-style film studios to Reading

Film industry US-based movie-maker Blackhall Studios says production complex could bring up to 3,000 jobs Tom Hardy in the 2018 film Venom, made by Blackhall Studios who want to build new studios in Reading. Photograph: Allstar/Marvel Entertainment A US movie studio group behind blockbusters including…

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Trust your nose: what rich people can learn from Parasite

Parasite Bong Joon-ho’s savage Oscar-winning satire offers plenty of helpful insights into how the wealthy can avoid being preyed on by the less fortunate Warning: contains spoilers Get a smaller table … the oblivious Park family in Parasite. Photograph: CJ ENM Corporation, Barunson E&A Now…

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Rose McGowan says she regrets Natalie Portman Oscars dress comments

Film McGowan tweets that she ‘lost sight of the bigger picture’ after calling fellow actor a ‘fraud’ ‘All voices are valid’ … Rose McGowan, centre, stands with other accusers of Harvey Weinstein outside the New York Supreme Court on the first day of his criminal…

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Rogue colons, endless ellipses: the worst grammar crimes in film titles

Film New Austen adaptation Emma. puts the period into period dramas. What other film titles include incongruous punctuation? Point of no return … egregious examples of film punctuation. mother! In “the most Darren Aronofsky thing of all time”, the director decided on having the exclamation…

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Harvey Weinstein jury carries weight of #MeToo into deliberations

Harvey Weinstein Twelve New Yorkers will walk out of courtroom 99 on Tuesday to decide the case that triggered a movement Courtroom sketch of the jury listening to testimony during film producer Harvey Weinstein’s sexual assault trial. Photograph: Jane Rosenberg/Reuters Seven men and five women…

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The Call of the Wild review – old-fashioned shaggy-dog story with bite

Action and adventure films 3 / 5 stars 3 out of 5 stars. Disney’s adaptation of the classic Jack London adventure, starring Harrison Ford and a pack of CGI critters, is enjoyably corny Uncanny valley … Harrison Ford and the CGI’d Buck in The Call…

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Built on rock: the geology at the heart of Oscars sensation Parasite

Parasite As in Uncut Gems and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, a symbolic stone adds weight to Bong Joon-ho’s searing satire of Korean society ‘It’s so metaphorical!’ … the viewing stone in Parasite When Bong Joon-ho made movie history by winning a clutch of Oscars for Parasite,…

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Greed is … good? Why Hollywood can’t make its mind up about billionaires

Steve Rose on film Steve Coogan Steve Coogan’s take on Philip Green is the latest in a long list of tycoons portrayed on screen, ranging from corrupt tax avoiders to smouldering heroes Top man… Steve Coogan in Greed. Photograph: Sony Pictures Greed is not good…

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Leigh Whannell on reinventing The Invisible Man: ‘I want to change people’s perceptions’

Film Interview Maria Lewis After his work on the Saw franchise, and a directorial triumph with Upgrade, the Australian genre artisan enters the dark universe of classic monster films ‘Maybe my dreams weren’t as unachievable as I thought’: director and actor Leigh Whannell. Photograph: Don…

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Ugandan student, 15, who starred in Queen of Katwe dies of brain tumour

Film Nikita Pearl Waligwa was much-loved following the 2016 Disney film about a local chess prodigy Disney’s 2016 film Queen of Katwe featured Nikita Pearl Waligwa, who died on Saturday. Photograph: Disney/Youtube A Ugandan student who played a memorable role in a 2016 Disney film…

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