• Ed Westwick will not be prosecuted over sexual assault allegations in the US
    Movies
    The Independent

    Ed Westwick will not be prosecuted over sexual assault allegations in the US

    British actor Ed Westwick will not face prosecution over three sexual assault allegations made against him in the US. The Los Angeles District Attorney said it would not pursue the cases against the star of TV series including Gossip Girl and White Gold, despite the first two accusers having identified witnesses. The 30-year-old actor vehemently denied the “unverified and provably untrue” allegations when two women accused him of rape last November.

  • James Gunn fired from Guardians of the Galaxy 3 by Disney over offensive tweets
    Movies
    The Independent

    James Gunn fired from Guardians of the Galaxy 3 by Disney over offensive tweets

    Disney has fired Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 director James Gunn after a number of offensive social media posts were unearthed. The 51-year-old is an outspoken critic of Donald Trump and the current administration. Before his firing, Gunn took to Twitter to apologise for causing offence: “Many people who have followed my career know when I started, I viewed myself as a provocateur, making movies and telling jokes that were outrageous and taboo.

  • Mamma Mia 2: Full list of ABBA songs featured in sequel Here We Go Again
    Movies
    The Independent

    Mamma Mia 2: Full list of ABBA songs featured in sequel Here We Go Again

    When news of a sequel to hit film Mamma Mia! was announced, the question on the majority fo ABBA fans' lips was: which songs would they use?

  • Maisie Williams pays a bloody farewell to Game of Thrones
    Movies
    The Independent

    Maisie Williams pays a bloody farewell to Game of Thrones

    The cast of Game of Thrones have been making their final goodbyes to the show as filming wraps for the last time. Maisie Williams, who plays Arya Stark, found a particularly fitting way to say farewell, as she took to Instagram to post a shot of her blood-stained sneakers - let's just hope that blood is fake.

  • Sony Pictures accidentally upload entire movie to Youtube instead of trailer
    Movies
    The Independent

    Sony Pictures accidentally upload entire movie to Youtube instead of trailer

    While fans have long complained about trailers spoiling movies, Sony Pictures has taken that to a new extreme: the studio uploaded an entire movie onto YouTube, labelled as a trailer. ‘Khali the Killer: Official Red Band Trailer’ was intended to offer fans just a snapshot of the crime drama Khali the Killer. What’s perhaps more incredible is that Sony took over six hours to remove upload, which clocked over 11,000 views.

  • Doctor Strange director refuses to return for reshoots on Snowpiercer TV show: 'It may have been my best work'
    Movies
    The Independent

    Doctor Strange director refuses to return for reshoots on Snowpiercer TV show: 'It may have been my best work'

    Scott Derrickson has declined to carry out "extreme reshoots" on TNT's upcoming Snowpiercer series due to the new shortener's "radically different vision for the show".

  • 50 Cent mocks Terry Crews for being a victim of sexual assault: 'LOL what the f**k is going on'
    Movies
    The Independent

    50 Cent mocks Terry Crews for being a victim of sexual assault: 'LOL what the f**k is going on'

    50 Cent has deleted an Instagram post where he mocked actor Terry Crews for being a survivor of sexual assault following a fierce backlash. Crews, a proud feminist and supporter of the #MeToo movement, recently explained why he did not fight back against the man he accused of sexually assaulting him. In an emotional testimony before a US Senate committee, Crews testified in favour of proposed legislation known as the Sexual Assault Survivors Bill of Rights.

  • Benedict Cumberbatch undergoes balding transformation to play Vote Leave campaign manager
    Movies
    The Independent

    Benedict Cumberbatch undergoes balding transformation to play Vote Leave campaign manager

    Benedict Cumberbatch has switched up his look to play Vote Leave campaign manager Dominic Cummings for a new TV one-off drama. The Channel 4 TV movie, which currently has the working title Brexit, will focus on the data-driven political campaign during the EU referendum, including the "myriad tactics employed to swing one of the most surprising referendum results in living memory". Filming has begun on what's been promised to be an "explosive and illuminating" Brexit thriller, directed by Toby Haynes, who's worked on the likes of Sherlock, Black Mirror, and Doctor Who.

  • Emilia Clarke says goodbye to Game of Thrones after season 8 filming wraps
    Movies
    The Independent

    Emilia Clarke says goodbye to Game of Thrones after season 8 filming wraps

    The end is nigh for Game of Thrones fans - for its cast and crew, it's already come and gone. Star Emilia Clarke, who plays the one and only Daenerys Targaryen, First of Her Name, the Unburnt, Queen of the Andals and the First Men, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Breaker of Chains, and Mother of Dragons, has said her own personal goodbyes to the show on Instagram. Clarke's comments were flooded with fellow Game of Thrones cast mates adding their own sentiments.

  • Incredibles 2 review roundup: Another heroic Pixar outing
    Movies
    The Independent

    Incredibles 2 review roundup: Another heroic Pixar outing

    Wile Pixar may have initially focussed on original films (minus the Toy Story series), recent years have seen the studio release sequels to nearly all their most-beloved properties. Finding Dory, Monster’s University, and both Cars sequels are not necessarily bad film but they fall into the lower echelons of Pixar’s work. Does the Brad Bird-directed sequel, reaching cinemas fourteen years after the original, suffer from sequelitus?

  • Margot Kidder: Actor who played Lois Lane opposite Christopher Reeve in Superman films
    Movies
    The Independent

    Margot Kidder: Actor who played Lois Lane opposite Christopher Reeve in Superman films

    Margot Kidder was the raspy-voiced actress who played reporter Lois Lane in the Superman phenomenon opposite Christopher Reeve. Kidder, who has died aged 69, was a self-described “scream queen” in her early roles. Reviewing Sisters, the late film critic Pauline Kael said Kidder could “turn on sexiness with a witch’s precision”.

  • Avengers: Infinity War's funniest line was improvised by Dave Bautista
    Movies
    The Independent

    Avengers: Infinity War's funniest line was improvised by Dave Bautista

    *WARNING: MAJOR SPOILERS FOR AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR*

  • Ryan Reynolds is still trying to get Hugh Jackman to return as Wolverine
    Movies
    The Independent

    Ryan Reynolds is still trying to get Hugh Jackman to return as Wolverine

    A Deadpool/Wolverine film is still possible - in the depths of Ryan Reynolds' mind, at least. Deadpool 2 does, at least, take place years before Logan, in which - SPOILER ALERT - Wolverine was killed off, in a final salute to the mutant. "He's alive and well in my timeline," Reynolds pointed out to Entertainment Weekly.

  • Man dies watching Avengers: Infinity War
    Movies
    The Independent

    Man dies watching Avengers: Infinity War

    A 43-year-old man died during a cinema screening of Marvel's latest blockbuster, Avengers: Infinity War, on Tuesday.

  • Allison Mack: Documentary about alleged sex cult involving Smallville star being produced
    Movies
    The Independent

    Allison Mack: Documentary about alleged sex cult involving Smallville star being produced

    Thanks to the arrest of Smallsville actor Alison Mack, the organisation NXIVM has been making headlines all over the world. Founded by Keith Raniere – who has also been arrested – the group offered people self-help but was allegedly a sex cult that kept women as “slaves”. TV producers have since announced that a documentary series about NXIM will soon reach screens around the world.

  • Verne Troyer: Actor who gained fame playing Mini-Me in Austin Powers films
    Movies
    The Independent

    Verne Troyer: Actor who gained fame playing Mini-Me in Austin Powers films

    Verne Troyer, who has died aged 49, was the American actor best known for playing the character Mini-Me in two films from the enormously popular Austin Powers franchise. Taking on the role of being a diminutive replica of Dr Evil, played by Mike Myers, he appeared first in 1999’s Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me. He was so popular that he returned for the third of the trilogy, Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002). Troyer was born on New Year’s Day 1969 in Sturgis, Michigan, the son of Susan, a factory worker, and Reuben Troyer, a repair technician.

  • The Walking Dead season 8 finale: Showrunner reveals deleted scenes
    Movies
    The Independent

    The Walking Dead season 8 finale: Showrunner reveals deleted scenes

    The Walking Dead’s eighth season has wrapped, the war between Rick and Negan finally coming to an end (for now). Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, showrunner Scott Gimple revealed some of the scenes that failed to make the final cut. “There was some really cool stuff with Negan at the Sanctuary sort of addressing the troops and seeing some of his own conflicts about what they’re facing,” he told the publication.

  • The Walking Dead season 8 episode 16: How does the war with Rick and Negan end in the finale?
    Movies
    The Independent

    The Walking Dead season 8 episode 16: How does the war with Rick and Negan end in the finale?

    The Walking Dead season 8 finale has aired bringing with it the conclusion to the All Out War arc which has shaped the AMC series for two whole seasons. Titled 'Wrath,' the episode wrapped an action-packed season with one final showdown between Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and his biggest adversary yet, Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan). Negan - the leader of The Saviours - first appeared in the traumatic season 6 finale, an introduction which saw him bludgeon one of the main heroes to death.

  • Bollywood star Salman Khan granted bail as he appeals five year poaching sentence
    Movies
    The Independent

    Bollywood star Salman Khan granted bail as he appeals five year poaching sentence

    Bollywood star Salman Khan has been granted bail while he appeals the five year jail sentence that he was handed after being convicted in a 20-year-old poaching case. One of the highest paid actors in the world, Khan was convicted of the 1998 shooting two rare blackbuck deer from his car window at a wildlife preserve near the city of Jodhpur, in the country's north west. Public prosecutors alleged that the 52-year-old and four other actors in the car with him fled the scene, leaving the carcasses behind.

  • The Crown season 3: The cast, plot and Netflix release date
    Movies
    The Independent

    The Crown season 3: The cast, plot and Netflix release date

    "After two seasons, that's it, I'm gone," Claire Foy, who previously played Queen Elizabeth, told Vulture in 2016. Paul Bettany was originally set to play the role of Philip, but was forced to drop out due to the time commitment required, hinting he may still be wrapped up in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

  • Marvel hilariously sent up for calling Avengers: Infinity War 'most ambitious crossover event in history'
    Movies
    The Independent

    Marvel hilariously sent up for calling Avengers: Infinity War 'most ambitious crossover event in history'

    Marvel's decision to brand forthcoming superhero mash-up Avengers: Infinity War "the most ambitious crossover event in history" has received quite the response on Twitter.

  • Hollywood diversifies as stars adopt 'inclusion riders' after Oscars  speech
    Movies
    The Telegraph

    Hollywood diversifies as stars adopt 'inclusion riders' after Oscars  speech

    Hollywood diversifies as stars adopt 'inclusion riders' after Oscars  speech

  • Beatrix Potter would have disapproved of Peter Rabbit film, biographer says
    Movies
    The Independent

    Beatrix Potter would have disapproved of Peter Rabbit film, biographer says

    Beatrix Potter would have disapproved of the recent film adaptation of her book The Tale of Peter Rabbit, according to her biographer. Matthew Dennison, who wrote the biography Over the Hills and Far Away in 2016, said the beloved children’s author and illustrator had a very clear idea in her head of how her characters were represented in the books, and in merchandise. Dennison added that the film changes the essential character of its eponymous hero, voiced by James Corden: “Peter Rabbit emerges as a bully, and there really isn’t any evidence for that in the story,” he said.

  • Oscars 2018: MeToo founder says Ryan Seacrest should not be interviewing on the red carpet
    Movies
    The Independent

    Oscars 2018: MeToo founder says Ryan Seacrest should not be interviewing on the red carpet

    The founder of the MeToo movement says the American network E! should not send Ryan Seacrest to cover the Oscars 2018 red carpet. “They really shouldn’t send him [to the Oscars],” Tarana Burke, who started the MeToo movement in the wake of multiple accusations against producer Harvey Weinstein, told Variety.

  • Oscars 2018: Independent Spirit Awards name Get Out best picture
    Movies
    The Independent

    Oscars 2018: Independent Spirit Awards name Get Out best picture

    The Film Independent Spirit Awards winners have been announced — the winner of their best picture prize having taken the same trophy home at the Oscars for the past four years running. Get Out — the timely horror movie that has Hollywood floored — picked up the best picture award last night, strongly hinting that another outsider upset could storm tonight’s Oscars. Jordan Peel also took home best director.