Toronto 2016: Magnificent Seven diversity 'not a statement', says director
The director of the remake of western The Magnificent Seven says he wasn't trying to make a statement with the film's diverse casting. The film, starring Denzel Washington, opened the Toronto International Film Festival on Thursday night. Speaking before the film's world premiere, director Antoine Fuqua said: "I just wanted to see Denzel Washington on a horse. "Everyone else fell in place around that idea." Chris Pratt and Ethan Hawke also star in Fuqua's retelling of John Sturges' 1960 west...Madonna and Ritchie reach custody deal over Rocco
Madonna and ex-husband Guy Ritchie have settled a court dispute over the custody of their 16-year-old son Rocco. A spokesman for the New York State court system said the pair had reached an agreement, but did not reveal with which parent the teenager would live. Ritchie's lawyer Peter Bronstein said Rocco would continue to live with his father in London. The dispute arose in December when Rocco ignored a court order to fly back to live with his mother in New York. He has since stayed with hi...Lost Doctor Who adventure to return in animated form
A "lost" Doctor Who adventure from 1966 whose original master tapes were wiped in the 1970s is to be released in animated form, the BBC has confirmed. The animated makeover of The Power of the Daleks is based on film clips, surviving photographs and audio recordings featuring the original cast. The six-part story was the first full outing of Patrick Troughton's Doctor. It will be available on 5 November at 17:50 GMT on BBC Store, 50 years to the minute after its broadcast on BBC One. The adv...Florence Pugh to miss Lady Macbeth premiere in Toronto
Period drama Lady Macbeth has its world premiere in Toronto this week - but its leading actress Florence Pugh will have to miss the event because she's in so much demand back home. Ever since her breakthrough role in 2015's The Falling, Pugh has been hailed as one of the UK's brightest rising stars. Lady Macbeth, which has its first screening at the Toronto International Film Festival on Friday, sees the actress in her first lead role. But the 19-year-old from Oxfordshire won't be able to mak...Jackie Chan awarded honorary Oscar
Action movie star Jackie Chan is to be given an honorary Academy Award for his "extraordinary achievements" in film. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences also voted to give honorary Oscars to British editor Anne V Coates, casting director Lynn Stalmaster and documentary maker Frederick Wiseman. Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs described the recipients as "true pioneers and legends in their crafts". They will be honoured at the Academy's Governors Awards on 12 Novembe...David Huddleston, star of Big Lebowski and Santa Claus, dies at 85
David Huddleston, the US actor who played the title roles in The Big Lebowski and Santa Claus: The Movie, has died in New Mexico aged 85. Born in 1930, the former US Air Force mechanic played the millionaire Jeff Bridges' Jeff Lebowski was mistaken for in the Coen brothers' 1988 comedy. He previously starred with Dudley Moore in the 1985 film about the Christmas gift-giver. His widow said he died on Tuesday of advanced heart and kidney disease. "He'd always make you laugh," Sarah Koeppe ...Will Smith's Suicide Squad explores nature of 'evil'
"This is different from other superhero films," says Will Smith, star of the forthcoming film adaptation of DC Comics' Suicide Squad. "It's not about good versus evil. It's about bad versus evil." Suicide Squad, starring Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Viola Davis and Cara Delevingne, and directed by David Ayer has been given the tagline "Worst Heroes Ever". The film title refers to its protagonists being a bunch of ne'er do-well superheroes who are offered a chance to redeem themselves on a...Game of Thrones to end after season eight in 2018
Game of Thrones - the record-breaking fantasy drama TV series - will end after its eighth season, American broadcaster HBO has confirmed. HBO programming chief Casey Bloys made the announcement at the Television Critics Association's conference. The seventh season - made up of seven episodes instead of the usual 10 - is expected in summer next year, while the final season will be in 2018. Game of Thrones is based on novels written by George R R Martin.How real-life tragedy can alter the course of films and TV
A movie set in France about a terrorist plot on Bastille Day had to be pulled from cinemas in the country after the Nice lorry attack - it is a situation that film studios and TV networks have become accustomed to as release schedules are affected by horrific real-life events. Producing a film or TV series is a long and laborious process - the whole operation can often take years, during which time the project can be thrown into uncertainty as a result of reality suddenly rendering the project ...Meryl Streep 'set for Mary Poppins role'
Meryl Streep is in talks to reunite with her Devil Wears Prada co-star Emily Blunt on Disney's upcoming Mary Poppins sequel, according to Variety. Streep is linked to the role of Mary's cousin Topsy - a role that would see her sing, as she did alongside Blunt in 2014 film musical Into the Woods. Lin Manuel-Miranda, star of Broadway hit Hamilton, will play another new character, a lamplighter named Jack. Rob Marshall's film is set for release on Christmas Day in 2018. Set in Depression-e...Beyonce dominates MTV award nominations
Beyonce's ambitious visual album, Lemonade, has earned 11 nominations for this year's MTV Music Video Awards. Adele follows close behind with eight nominations, including seven for her Hello video. Kanye West's highly-controversial video for Famous, which features the rapper in bed with several naked celebrities including Donald Trump and Taylor Swift, also received two nominations. The awards take place on 28 August at New York City's Madison Square Garden. In Lemonade, Beyonce depicts a wo...Led Zeppelin: Stairway to Heaven verdict appealed
The plagiarism dispute over Led Zeppelin's Stairway to Heaven is to go back to court, after an appeal was filed against June's verdict clearing the rock band of copying another song. A jury found Robert Plant and Jimmy Page did not lift the opening chords of Taurus, written by US band Spirit. Court documents show Michael Skidmore - who originally brought the claim on behalf of Spirit's late guitarist Randy Wolfe - has now lodged an appeal. It is unlikely to be heard before 2017. Mr Skidmore ...Guns N' Roses: Up to 30 arrested at New Jersey show
Up to 30 people were arrested at a Guns N' Roses concert in New Jersey, according to local reports. Police told New Jersey 105.1 radio that at least 11 people were arrested for solicitation at the show at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford on Saturday. Other offences included disorderly conduct, harassment, criminal trespass and assaulting a police officer. The band was playing two nights at the venue to crowds of about 55,000 as part of their Not In This Lifetime tour. The tou...Veep actor Peter MacNicol's Emmy nomination disqualified
Veep actor Peter MacNicol has had his Emmy nomination withdrawn after the Television Academy ruled his performance was ineligible. He had been nominated last week for outstanding guest actor in a comedy for his role as Jeff Kane in the HBO show. The category is open to actors who have appeared in less than 50% of a programme's current series. MacNicol appeared in five of the 10 episodes of Veep's latest season - exactly 50%. The Television Academy told The Hollywood Reporter: ...
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