Anyone who’s seen U-571 knows it was Matthew McConaughey and Jon Bon Jovi who captured the Enigma machine from the Nazis. In a daring mission, the heroes intercepted a damaged U-boat, disguised themselves as Germans, and boarded the sub – kicking off a gun and torpedo fight that saw Jon Bon Jovi die a hero's death, decapitated by a wayward slice of metal (but not, as his earlier work suggested, shot through the heart). McConaughey would steal the U-boat and its Enigma machine, blow up a Kriegsmarine destroyer, and win the war. None of that happened, of course. U-571 – directed by Jonathan Mostow and co-written by David Ayer – is a cynical Hollywood fantasy: the kind of crafty historical tinkering which has riled up Brits for years. U-571 is so outrageously fabricated that when it was released back in April 2000, Tony Blair said it was an “affront”. In truth, it was the British Royal Navy destroyer HMS Bulldog that captured the Enigma machine in May 1941 – seven months before the Americans officially entered the war. The real hero was a 20-year-old sub lieutenant named David Balme, who led a party of eight onto a damaged U-boat – the U-110 – and found the Enigma machine and codebooks. Dubbed Operation Primrose, it was one of several “pinches” that helped the code-breaker boffins at Bletchley Park crack the naval Enigma. It helped turn the tide in the Battle of the Atlantic and brought forward Operation Overlord – and ultimately the end of the war – several years.
Princess Anne has shared her thoughts on The Crown after admitting she has watched the hit Netflix series.Speaking in an upcoming ITV documentary titled Anne: The Princess Royal At 70, which marks her 70th birthday, Anne said that while she does not watch the show anymore, she found the early episodes “quite interesting”.
The BBC show's creator, writer and star said she ran into ownership issues with the streaming service.
The film producer, who penned Kangaroo Jack, had a relationship with British model and actress Elizabeth Hurley in the early noughties.
The film version of Broadway’s smash hit “Hamilton” is heading exclusively to Disney+ — what the move means for the streaming wars as HBO Max preps its long-anticipated entrance.
Everybody knows the drudgery of a bad day in the office. But, thankfully, for us non-famous normal people, that usually ends - or at least it used to - with the commute or a trip to the pub. If you're a Hollywood star, however, taking on a bad project will live, in full, shimmering technicolour, on record forever. Worse, there will be strangers who are paid money to critique your efforts. Some stars have managed to avoid – or disobey – media training enough to tell the world what they really thought of that turkey they made: and here are some of the best. The entire cast of Cats – Cats (2019)
Almost 20 years before the Netflix documentary, the animal trainer was part of another iconic pop culture moment.
The coronavirus is disrupting Disney's live-action "Mulan" remake as China postpone the film's highly anticipated premiere.
Netflix has plenty of classic films in its catalogue – and in recent years, the streaming service has also produced some remarkably original films of its own, from the animal rights satire Okja to the Oscar-winning Roma. But for every award-winning drama, there are just as many trashy B-movies (such as the risible romance A Christmas Prince).
While Margot Robbie has received two nominations in the same category, it's been noted actors of colour have been overlooked completely.
The big-screen version of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical has come in for a mauling from critics.
The film version of the classic musical has received a few tweaks after its initial release this week.
Honey Boy director Alma Har’el is now calling for awards shows to introduce separate categories for female filmmakers.
The show's divisive final series failed to rack up more than one nod at the upcoming ceremony, despite breaking records at the Emmys.
The fifth series of the good, the bad and the Brummie was left beautifully poised for a bloody final reckoning. Here are all the talking points from the explosive penultimate episode…
There were some wonderfully funny moments in Python at 50: Silly Walks and Holy Grails (BBC Two, Saturday). Such as Michael Palin, Graham Chapman and Terry Jones making life impossible for a local TV news reporter during a Monty Python shoot in remotest mid-Seventies Yorkshire, or John Cleese delightedly sharing with fellow Pythons his tax-deductible new hair implants, or Terry Gilliam wearing the briefest (and possibly snuggest) cut-offs ever worn by a working film director, on the set of The Life of Brian in Tunisia.
Fascists with friends in high places. Glaswegians with grudges. Wives waving divorce papers. We’ve already reached the midway point of the fifth series and the Peaky Blinders are besieged from all sides. Here are all the talking points from the plot-thickening third episode…
The new Andrew Davies adaptation of Sanditon on ITV on Sunday evening unveiled one of Jane Austen’s lesser-known works as an entertaining romp set in an England undergoing unprecedented social change – with lashings of sun, sand, sex and bare-bottomed sea bathing.
News reports last week that a generation of viewers has taken refuge in watching endless reruns of Friends and the US version of The Office (according to data on Netflix’s most-watched shows) have mostly ignored one salient fact: the generation before has been doing that for years in Britain. They just endlessly watch repeats of Dad’s Army.
After months of mystery, plans for the 25th James Bond film seem to be taking shape. We have a star, a director and even a title. We’re beginning to get a sense of the film that has, until now, felt as elusive as its eponymous hero.
Close your eyes and you might just be back in Walmington-on-Sea in the early 1940’s. Or at least in a living room in the late 1960’s. From whatever distance you view your nostalgia for the Second World War as seen through the lens of classic sitcom Dad’s Army, the ‘new’ episodes re-created from three missing shows, will hit your nostalgia buttons bang in the middle.
There was mid-series misery for Gentleman Jack, as Anne Lister (Suranne Jones) was left broken-hearted and bloody-nosed.