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Yaphet Kotto, star of Live and Let Die and Alien, dies aged 81

Yaphet Kotto, star of Live and Let Die and Alien, dies aged 81

The actor, who played the lead villain in the 1973 Bond film, also starred in hit TV series Homicide: Life on the StreetTue 16 Mar 2021 09.19 EDTLast modified on Tue 16 Mar 2021 09.22 EDTYaphet Kotto, the African-American actor best known for memorable roles in and the 007 film Live and Let Die, as well as the hit TV series Homicide: Life on the Street, has died aged 81 in the Philippines. by Kotto’s wife Tessie Sinahon, who wrote: “You played a villain on some of your movies but for me you’re a real hero and to a lot of people also. A good man, a good father, a good husband and a decent...

Mar 16
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Christopher Plummer, Sound of Music star and oldest actor to win an Oscar, dies aged 91

Christopher Plummer, Sound of Music star and oldest actor to win an Oscar, dies aged 91

Veteran and respected actor had a career stretching back to the 1950s, but won his Oscar for best supporting actor for Beginners in 2011Fri 5 Feb 2021 13.01 ESTLast modified on Sat 6 Feb 2021 00.12 ESTChristopher Plummer, the dazzlingly versatile Canadian actor whose screen career straddled seven decades, including such high-profile films as The Sound of Music, The Man Who Would Be King and All the Money in the World, has died aged 91.His family confirmed the news, saying he died peacefully at home in Connecticut with his wife of 53 years, Elaine Taylor, by his side.Lou Pitt, his longtime...

Feb 5
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Spike Lee compares Donald Trump to Hitler

Spike Lee compares Donald Trump to Hitler

The director also called the Capitol breach a ‘very sad day in the history of America’Mon 25 Jan 2021 06.35 ESTLast modified on Mon 25 Jan 2021 06.38 ESTSpike Lee has likened to Hitler in an acceptance speech at a film critics awards show, adding that “the whole world is laughing at the United States”.The director made his comments when he accepted a special award from the New York Film Critics Circle for his short film New York, New York. The film was and Lee described it as a “love letter to its people”.Lee said the comments about the Trump were recorded on 6 January, the day of , which...

Jan 25
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Cinemas battle to keep filmgoing flame alive as UK lockdown bites

Cinemas battle to keep filmgoing flame alive as UK lockdown bites

Cinemas across England shut down today as the new national restrictions introduced by Boris Johnson take effect. Cinemas are already closed in Wales, as part of the “firebreak” lockdown, and in Northern Ireland. However, some UK venues are still open – mainly in , where a tiered lockdown system in still in operation. Cinemas in tier 1 and 2 districts, such as the Eden Court in Inverness, and the Playhouse in Perth, are still showing films, albeit under social distancing regulations.As the ramifications of the new lockdown became clear, the country’s film distributors scrambled to salvage...

Nov 5
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Sean Connery, James Bond actor, dies aged 90

Sean Connery, James Bond actor, dies aged 90

, the Scottish actor best known for his portrayal of James Bond, has died aged 90. His son, Jason, said he had died peacefully in his sleep, having been “unwell for some time”.He was admired by generations of film fans as the original and best 007, and went on to create a distinguished body of work in films such as The Man Who Would Be King, The Name of the Rose and The Untouchables.Jason Connery, also an actor, said his father died overnight while in the Bahamas with many of his family beside him.“We are all working at understanding this huge event as it only happened so recently, even...

Oct 31
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Dwayne 'the Rock' Johnson endorses Joe Biden in US presidential election

Dwayne 'the Rock' Johnson endorses Joe Biden in US presidential election

The actor has posted his support on social media for the Democratic candidates, including an interview with both Mon 28 Sep 2020 06.27 EDTFirst published on Mon 28 Sep 2020 06.01 EDTDwayne Johnson has come out in support of Joe Biden and in the US presidential election, with the self-proclaimed “registered independent with centrist ideologies” saying they are “the best choice to lead our country”.Johnson posted his statement on and on Sunday, which he said was his first public presidential endorsement, adding: “Progress takes courage, humanity, empathy, strength, KINDNESS & RESPECT.”His...

September 28, 2020
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Hollywood stars to be exempt from UK's coronavirus quarantine rules

Hollywood stars to be exempt from UK's coronavirus quarantine rules

Mission Impossible’s Tom Cruise among key personnel who can resume filming as part of a drive to kickstart film production in the UK Mon 6 Jul 2020 07.10 EDTThe government has announced that major Hollywood stars, including Tom Cruise, will be exempt from quarantine regulations as part of its drive to get film production in the UK back up and running., which will cover sporting events such as the British Grand Prix as well as production on films such as Mission Impossible 7, to allow key personnel to travel to the UK . Dowden’s statement said that “any such individuals will be required to...

July 6, 2020
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Ian Holm, star of Lord of the Rings, Alien and Chariots of Fire, dies aged 88

Ian Holm, star of Lord of the Rings, Alien and Chariots of Fire, dies aged 88

Ian Holm, the versatile actor who played everything from androids to hobbits via and King Lear, has died in London aged 88, his agent confirmed to the Guardian.“It is with great sadness that the actor Sir CBE passed away this morning at the age of 88,” they said. “He died peacefully in hospital, with his family and carer,” adding that his illness was Parkinson’s related. “Charming, kind and ferociously talented, we will miss him hugely.”Holm’s final days were in a series of pastel portraits by his wife, Sophie de Stempel.Read moreHolm, who won a Bafta and was nominated for an Oscar for his...

June 19, 2020
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Tarantino's controversial Manson film casts Brad Pitt alongside Leonardo DiCaprio

Tarantino's controversial Manson film casts Brad Pitt alongside Leonardo DiCaprio

Brad Pitt is to join as one of the lead actors in Quentin Tarantino’s forthcoming movie about the murders perpetrated by Charles Manson and his “family” in 1969., DiCaprio and Pitt will play Rick Dalton and Cliff Booth, a former TV star and his stunt double who are living in Los Angeles in 1969. In a statement released by Sony Pictures, Tarantino describes his film as “a story that takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood … Both [men] are struggling to make it in a Hollywood they don’t recognise any more. But Rick has a very famous next door neighbour … Sharon...

March 1, 2018
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Sacha Baron Cohen: Facebook would have let Hitler buy ads for 'final solution'

Sacha Baron Cohen: Facebook would have let Hitler buy ads for 'final solution'

Sacha Baron Cohen has denounced tech giants Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Google as “the greatest propaganda machine in history” and culpable for a surge in “murderous attacks on religious and ethnic minorities”. Baron Cohen was speaking on Thursday at Never Is Now, the Anti-Defamation League’s summit on antisemitism and hate in New York, where he was presented with the organisation’s international leadership award. He said that “hate crimes are surging, as are murderous attacks on religious and ethnic minorities” and that “all this hate and violence is being facilitated by a handful of...

November 23, 2019
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