Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love review tender, vivid snapshot of a singer and his ‘muse’

Two love stories are explored in Nick Broomfields riveting documentary the affair between Leonard Cohen and Marianne Ihlen, and one of his own Nick Broomfields riveting documentary gives us a vivid snapshot of the early 1960s and a complicated, mysterious love story. In this era, the poet and future music star thought of her as his muse, inspiring songs such as So Long, Marianne and Bird on a Wire. Or maybe he fell in love with himself, with his own …

Bruce Springsteen changed my life and so did my best friend Amolak

Sarfraz Manzoor was a teenager in Luton when he met a friend for life and discovered his musical hero. Now that fateful encounter is the subject of a major film We were just kids. The first time I met Amolak was in autumn 1987. I was 16 and starting my first week at Luton sixth form college. My father worked on the production line at the Vauxhall car factory, my mother was a seamstress working from home and I was …

‘A brutal dinner’: celebrities talk about meeting Donald Trump

Woody Harrelson is the latest person to share his embarrassing story of meeting the reality TV star before he became president If you think its bad enough just sharing a planet with Donald Trump, spare a thought for poor Woody Harrelson. Because according to the man himself, Harrelson once shared a dinner table with the president, and it went just as well as you would expect. In recalled in 2016. When the jeweller took a look, she recoiled and said: …

Alia Shawkat: I think my teen self would be happy with me

The former Arrested Development actor talks about co-starring in buddy movie Animals A two-hour drive from Los Angeles, in the Coachella Valley desert, lies the resort city of Palm Springs: upmarket hotels, golf courses, palm trees as far as the eye can see, mountain ranges sprawling majestically in the distance. It was a slow, suburban kind of town a very chill place to grow up, says Alia Shawkat. By the time we were in high school, we would drive around …

Rupert Everett: ‘I’d have done anything to be a Hollywood star’

He lit up the screen in the 80s but things did not go as planned. As he takes on Chekhov, Everett speaks about stardom, midlife crises and penis padding RUncle Vanya, in which Everett also stars, and all did not go as planned in its first preview. In a fight scene I elbowed the leading actor, John Light [who plays Dr Astrov], says Everett. He really hurt his eye and had to go to hospital. He came back and then, …

Men behaving badly: why cinema’s great hellraisers were a breed apart

Rip Torn belonged to a high-spirited tradition that was fuelled by too much booze and testosterone. Like it or not, we may never see their like again The death of the film and TV star Rip Torn, whose drunken exuberance so often resulted in the breaking of glass, the splintering of wood and the bandaging of limbs, has led the industry to ponder that exotic creature whose rocknroll behaviour, from the 1960s onwards, persisted for decades to tolerant chortling from …

Rutger Hauer: an icily elegant presence with a touch of self-aware drollery | Peter Bradshaw

Hauer became a hall-of-famer with his Tears in Rain speech in Blade Runner, but there was much more to this talented, stylish actor Quite an experience to live in fear, isnt it? Thats what it is to be a slave. So begins the icily elegant final speech in Ridley Scotts 1982 classic Blade Runner. It is famously delivered by the Dutch star Rutger Hauer, playing Roy, the charismatic replicant rebel with the mysterious moral sense who rescues Harrison Fords cop …

Alec Baldwin: ‘You naughty English could fold sex into dentistry’

Playing the fallen car entrepreneur John DeLorean, skewering Donald Trump on SNL, Woody Allen, #MeToo Why is it so hard to pin the actor down on anything? A conversation with Alec Baldwin feels rather like being in a holding pattern above New York. Not that its boring: on the contrary, talking with this old-fashioned film star and modern-day sitcom god, this part-time Trump antagonist and full-time schmoozy showbiz personality, is an entirely pleasant experience. You are in business class, perhaps …

Nepotism in the movies: it’s time to call out the acting school of mum and dad

If youve got famous parents, your chances in the film industry appear to improve exponentially. If were serious about equality, this has to change Interviewed by Variety at the Los Angeles premiere of the actor Maya Hawke denied that a personal connection led to her being cast in Quentin Tarantinos latest film. Hawke is the daughter of Uma Thurman, who has appeared in three Tarantino films, and she argued that she had gone through the same casting process as other …

Why is Justin Bieber Cruising for a bruising?

Forget Ali v Frazier, a scrap between the Canadian singer and Tom Cruise, an actor known for his hard-as-nails fitness, would surely be the (one-sided) fight of the century Dignitaries and handlers alike flock to the central temple where Tom Cruise spends 18 hours of every day sleeping still with his eyes wide open. The ceremonial robes are maroon today, which signifies danger. Someone has to tell him. Someone Has To Tell Him Justin Bieber Wants A Fight. Enter, Cruise …