Hollywood stars: Olivia de Havilland, Charlize Theron and Meryl Streep

Anyone who gives a heck about Hollywood was moved by the death of Olivia de Havilland at the weekend. The last surviving star of Hollywood’s golden er(...)

Studio portrait of Olivia de Havilland in 1935. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

It is hard to overestimate the significance of Olivia de Havilland’s death to Hollywood. De Havilland, whose death in Paris was announced on Sund(...)

 Olivia de Havilland who died in Paris. She was 104. Photograph: John Kobal Foundation/Getty Images

Olivia de Havilland, the last remaining superstar of Hollywood’s Golden Age, has died in Paris at the age of 104. Reports say she died peacefully from(...)

Thandie Newton. Photograph: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

The movie business is sexist and racist. Movie stars are overly indulged. Directors abuse their power on set. Casting directors demand sexual favours.(...)

Belfast-born film expert Mark Cousins says he seldom watches a film twice, unless he is presenting it to an audience or if he wants to use a clip in a documentary. Photograph: Jamie Fry

I hope you enjoy this column. If you really, really like it (anything is possible) you may feel inclined to read it again. After all, that’s what we a(...)

Actor Montgomery Clift standing outside sound stages at Paramount Studios while  filming A Place in the Sun. Photograph:  Peter Stackpole/The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images/Getty

For decades the cult around the late actor Montgomery “Monty” Clift has traded on his supposed miseries; he was a beautiful loser, as the title of Bar(...)

Taron Egerton as the altruistic thief

You could argue that a lot is riding on the latest version of Robin Hood. That’s the sort of thing they say in Hollywood: “A lot is riding on this.” (...)

Dwayne Johnson succeeds because he has enormous charm and because he is disciplined in his choices. Photograph: Ryan Conaty/The New York Times

This weekend sees the release of two potentially huge blockbusters: The Incredibles 2 and Skyscraper. Already the highest-grossing animated film in th(...)

Hollywood great: Olivia de Havilland in 1938. Photograph: George Hurrell/Donaldson/Ochs/Getty

To the relief of film-makers and TV executives everywhere, a panel of three judges has rejected the defamation suit brought by the veteran actor Olivi(...)

Leap of faith: Off the bike McQueen, that's not how it happened

It’s Oscar season, which means it’s time, yet again, to ponder the significance of historical accuracy in films. The question is, each year, thrust up(...)

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