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Harvey Keitel was originally cast in the lead role but, deemed unacceptable, was replaced by Martin Sheen (above)

Forty years ago this week, Francis Ford Coppola finally premiered Apocalypse Now at the Cannes film festival. The movie had been mooted a decade earli(...)

Steve McQueen: Wore his own clothes

Just last week, Jack Lyon, among the few remaining veterans of the escape from Stalag Luft III in 1944, died at his home in Bexhill-on-Sea. A former R(...)

Alita: Rosa Salazar plays the title role in a motion-capture suit

Robert Rodriguez made ‘El Mariachi’ for $7,000. His new film, ‘Alita: Battle Angel’, made with his pal James Cameron, cost $200m. ‘They’re get(...)

Star Wars action figures. Photograph:  Kenzo Tribouillard/ AFP/ Getty Images

A wonderful archive clip of the late Barry Norman reviewing the original Star Wars on the BBC’s Film 77 leaves no doubt as to his opinion on a certain(...)

Top of the list: Seven Samurai, directed by Akira Kurosawa. His Rashomon came in at No. 4

Over the last few years, BBC Culture has been asking the world’s critics – including this writer and my colleague Tara Brady – to vote for their 100 f(...)

'Rey, I’m not your daddy.' Fans were annoyed that the character played by Daisy Ridley was not the daughter of Luke Skywalker or a Wookiee or something

Let’s be Gerry Adams. Those nutcases who aren’t really remaking The Last Jedi haven’t gone away, you know. Last week a characteristically incoherent p(...)

Joonas Suotamo is Chewbacca, Woody Harrelson is Beckett and Alden Ehrenreich is Han Solo in ‘Solo: a Star Wars Story’

Donald Glover, the actor, comedian, writer, director, producer, singer, songwriter, rapper, DJ and man-of-the-moment has, in recent weeks, using his m(...)

Streaming in May: season 2 of 13 Reasons Why. Photograph: Beth Dubber/Netflix

A Little Help with Carol Burnett Netflix Her much-anticipated Amy Poehler-produced sitcom, Household Name, may have been nixed by meddling ABC executi(...)

Xavier Legrand: 'It struck me when I was talking to victims of domestic violence, and they were telling their stories, that sometimes they might have been relating the plot of a thriller.' Photograph: Claude Medale/Corbis via Getty

In France a woman dies at the hands of her live-in partner every two and a half days, a shocking statistic that, depressingly, doesn’t include related(...)

Alden Ehrenreich is Han Solo and Joonas Suotamo is Chewbacca in Solo: A Star Wars Story. Photogrpag: Disney/LucasFilm

Where’s my Star Wars? I haven’t seen a new episode from the franchise in at least 15 minutes. If this goes on any longer I’ll have to start making my (...)

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