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'Godfather of gore' Herschell Gordon Lewis dies aged 87
Herschell Gordon Lewis, the horror filmmaker known as the "godfather of gore", has died at the age of 87. He directed films such as Blood Feast, The Gruesome Twosome and Two Thousand Maniacs. Gordon Lewis died in his sleep at his home in Pompano Beach, Florida, his spokesman James Saito confirmed. The director pioneered the horror genre in the 1960s known as the "splatter film," which intentionally focused on gore and gruesomeness. Blood, violence and nudity usually featured heavily in his f...
Turner Prize exhibition opens with giant buttocks, train rides and scrap metal
Members of the public have their first chance to see the artwork nominated for the Turner Prize when an exhibition featuring the four artists opens later. Anthea Hamilton is nominated for work focusing on fetishism including an enormous sculpture of a man's buttocks. Visitors can ride on Josephine Pryde's Lapses in Thinking, a train that goes around the gallery. Michael Dean, Helen Marten are the other two artists in the running for the prestigious £25,000 prize. In a rare move, visito...
Bill Nunn, actor in Spike Lee and Spider Man films, dies
US actor Bill Nunn, who featured in Spider Man as well as films by the director Spike Lee, has died aged 63 at his home in Pittsburgh, his wife said. The actor, best known for his role as Radio Raheem in Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing, had been battling cancer. Mr Lee paid tribute to his "dear friend" on social media, saying he was "resting in power". Nunn went on to appear in dozens of films and TV programmes, including New Jack City and Sirens.  
Curtis Hanson: Oscar-winning writer and director dies at 71
Oscar-winning writer and film director Curtis Hanson has died at his home in Hollywood at the age of 71. Police said he died of natural causes. A report said he had retired in recent years due to Alzheimer's. Hanson won an Oscar in 1998 for best adapted screenplay for LA Confidential. His directing credits included The Hand That Rocks the Cradle and Wonder Boys. He also directed Detroit hip-hop movie 8 Mile starring Eminem, who led the tributes. "Curtis Hanson believed in...
Brad Pitt 'saddened' by Angelina Jolie divorce
Actor Brad Pitt has said he is "very saddened" that his wife Angelina Jolie has filed for divorce and has asked for privacy on their children's behalf. "I am very saddened by this, but what matters most now is the well-being of our kids," he told People magazine. "I kindly ask the press to give them the space they deserve during this challenging time." Jolie, 41, filed for divorce from Pitt, 52, citing irreconcilable differences on Monday. Her lawyer, Robert Offer, said the decision had...
Sound of Music 'Liesl' actress Charmian Carr dies
American actress Charmian Carr, who played the eldest von Trapp daughter Liesl in the film The Sound of Music, has died aged 73. Carr died in Los Angeles after complications from a rare form of dementia, her representative said. In her role in the 1965 film, she famously performed the song Sixteen Going on Seventeen. After leaving the film industry, Carr ran an interior design firm in California. Her mother had arranged for her to audition for the role, although she had had no singing or act...
National Theatre puts spotlight on Brexit Britain
The National Theatre has embarked on a major project to tell the story of modern Britain following the vote to leave the European Union. The theatre is conducting interviews about life in the UK with people in more than a dozen towns and cities. That "massive verbatim archive" will then form the basis of future shows. "We will attach a load of writers and theatre-makers to that and they will draw from that what they will," artistic director Rufus Norris said. The National has already sent in...
The Grand Tour: Jeremy Clarkson's Amazon show to launch in November
The first episode of the new car show fronted by former Top Gear hosts Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond will be made available on 18 November. New episodes of The Grand Tour will become available on Amazon Prime Video every Friday for 12 weeks. The trio moved from the BBC to Amazon after Clarkson was sacked for punching a Top Gear producer last year. The Grand Tour's first episode will be 70 minutes long and will be partly filmed in California next month. Studio scenes are...
Mercury Prize: Grime star Skepta wins music award
Grime star Skepta has beaten the likes of David Bowie, Radiohead and The 1975 to win the Mercury Prize. He won the £25,000 award for self-released album Konnichiwa, which covers topics including police harassment and his anger at British politics. The record, described by the NME as a "landmark in British street music", went to number two earlier this year. "I'm just so thankful. I've been trying to do this music stuff and work it out for so long," Skepta said of his win. Speaking to t...
Deepwater Horizon film 'a tribute', says Mark Wahlberg
Mark Wahlberg, star of the film Deepwater Horizon, says it is a tribute to the people who lost their lives in the 2010 disaster. The explosion on a rig in the Gulf of Mexico led to one of the world's worst environmental catastrophes. At the film's world premiere in Toronto, Wahlberg was joined by Mike Williams, the rig worker he plays on screen. "It's a character-driven piece," Wahlberg said. "It's an action movie but it's about the people that lost their lives and the heroes on these drill ...
Sarah Jessica Parker to play singer in next movie
Sarah Jessica Parker is to play a singer battling a serious health issue in her next big-screen role. The Sex and City star will play a New York performer named Vivienne in the as-yet-untitled film, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The screenplay is the work of Laura Eason, who also wrote the script for hit US TV drama House of Cards. French film-maker Fabien Constant will direct, with filming due to begin in the winter in New York. Constant is known for his work on several document...
Birth of a Nation gets standing ovation in Toronto
Actor and director Nate Parker received an enthusiastic welcome as his film The Birth of a Nation screened at the Toronto International Film Festival. After a public showing on Friday of the film - based on a slave uprising led by preacher Nat Turner in 1831 - Parker described it as "a labour of love". There were gasps in the audience at some of the harrowing scenes. After the screening, Parker, who has faced media scrutiny over a historic rape trial, got a standing ovation. Parker acted in,...
Lady Gaga wrote her new single, Perfect Illusion, on a typewriter
Pop star Lady Gaga has revealed she wrote the lyrics for her new single,Perfect Illusion, on a typewriter. The singer unveiled the song on Radio 1's Breakfast Show, explaining how it was composed with producer Mark Ronson and Tame Impala's Kevin Parker. "Kevin flew to us from Australia and he came with this idea, that was the beginning of a song called Illusion," she told Nick Grimshaw. "I work on a typewriter and we would bounce new lyrics back and forth." She added: "We stripped every...
Renee Zellweger 'enjoyed anonymity' during career break
Actress Renee Zellweger has revealed that she enjoyed not being recognised during the six-year career break that preceded her new Bridget Jones film. "When you go away and you're out of people's consciousness, they stop noticing you," she told Jonathan Ross at a recording of his ITV chat show. "It's fantastic: you order your coffee and you get a coffee and leave." Before her starring role in Bridget Jones's Baby, the 47-year-old had not appeared on screen since 2010. The Oscar-winning actres...
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