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Even by host Neil Patrick Harris’s standards, the mid-show cabaret tune, The Number in the Middle of the Show, was light on laughs and celebrity cameos. Photograph: Mike Blake/Reuters

When it comes to television award shows, the Emmys have consistently tried to emulate other awards shows. They think they’re the TV Oscars. From cerem(...)

Actors Anna Gunn, Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston celebrate the success of Breaking Bad at the Governors Ball for the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles yesterday. Photograph: Reuters

Television drama Breaking Bad won the top Emmy award for the first time in Los Angeles , just as the gritty tale of a chemistry teacher turned meth (...)

Plein Soleil
Plein Soleil

Compilers of film trivia quizzes enjoy asking what links Alain Delon, Matt Damon, John Malkovich, Dennis Hopper and a few others. The answer, of cours(...)

‘Just enjoy the film, Dad, you don’t always have to write about it,” is a familiar refrain from my family on our sporadic outings to the movies. Yet c(...)

Matt Damon (left) and Sharlto Copley in Columbia Pictures’ ELYSIUM.
Review: Elysium

No person who has sat through Neill Blomkamp’s superb District 9 will easily mistake Elysium for the work of any other director. Trent Opaloch’s mobil(...)

The olden days were often bloody awful. Younger readers may be surprised to hear that there was a time when large swathes of the mainstream refused to(...)

Michael Douglas in Steven Soderbergh's Behind the Candelabra

If you’re talking to Michael Douglas about playing Liberace the wrong place to meet would be a tattered bus shelter on the outskirts of a sink estate.(...)

Steven Soderbergh’s most recent movie, Side Effects , was billed as his last ever for theatr(...)

Workers sets up a giant 66th Cannes Film Festival official poster at the front of the Palais des Festivals, showing Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward kissing on the set of  A New Kind of Love  in 1963. The Cannes Film Festival starts today. Photograph: Lionel Cironneau/AP

Cast a quick glance about Cannes tonight and you could be forgiven for deducing that Hollywood bosses the world’s greatest film festival. For t(...)

Promised Land

Gus Van Sant is, it seems, still in a mainstream mood. It’s been quite a while since he made a film in which nothing much happens to nob(...)

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