‘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: In their finest moment, they were cheap pewter and bad zirconia. They had Trump stamped on them. I think that says a lot about the man. Daniel Radcliffe was just 11 years old when he met Trump, before an appearance …

‘It’s ghost slavery’: the troubling world of pop holograms

Dead stars from Whitney Houston to Maria Callas are going on tour again. As Miley Cyrus explores the issue in a new Black Mirror, we uncover the greatest identity crisis in music today In the star-making Disney Channel switcheroo Hannah Montana,Miley Cyrus played a teenage girl who is able to metamorphose from regular eighth grader to pop icon, simply by donning a streaked blonde wig. Most of the show seems quaintly dated now, but one moment taps into a very 2019 pop anxiety. On foam-finger humper to The episodes trailer ends with Ashley Too acquiring potty-mouthed sentience, screaming for her owner to get this [USB] cable out of my ass! Holy Shit! Specifics are under wraps, but the episode seems …

Russia cuts Rocketman scenes citing ‘homosexual propaganda’ law

Elton John biopics gay sex and kissing footage edited out in effort to play down singers sexuality A Russian media company has reportedly cut all scenes featuring gay sex and men kissing from the Elton John biopic Rocketman because of laws banning homosexual propaganda. An estimated five minutes of footage have been cut from the film in an attempt to play down the sexuality of one of the worlds most famous gay celebrities for a conservative Russian audience. The cuts were first reported by Russian journalists after the films 30 May release in Moscow. Anton Dolin, a popular Russian film critic, wrote on Facebook that all scenes with kissing, sex and oral sex between men have been cut out The …

Mindy Kaling: I was so embarrassed about being a diversity hire

The star of The Office and The Mindy Project has defied typecasting by writing her own roles and working very hard. She talks about Late Night, her new film with Emma Thompson, remaking Four Weddings, and her own real life rom-com Oh my God, I cant believe youre doing it again, youre insane! I love it! But youre insane! Mindy Kaling cackles when she spots me waiting for her in a central London hallway and points to my large pregnant stomach. Kaling and I first met when I Inside Out, and I was doing some interviews while pregnant. Whereas most celebrities have forgotten the face of the journalist who interviewed them before they have even left the room, let alone …

After sex on the damp sheets, we passed out the worst moments from Mobys memoir

Natalie Portman has disputed the musicians account of their relationship. But fear not: his new book has plenty more steamy stories You can tell a lot about Mobys second memoir, the follow-up to his 2016 effort, Porcelain, from its title: Then It Fell Apart. You can tell even more from its preface, about how it came into being: After finishing the book, rather than go to therapy, I kept writing. Then It Fell Apart, charting Mobys lost decade, is a globe-spanning morality tale (so the publishers say) with so many dropped names that the index, if it had one, would make the book half as long again. Although it was published earlier in the month, this week it made headlines …

Keanu Reeves: Grief and loss, those things dont ever go away

From Bill & Teds excellent dude to assassin John Wick, the actor has carved out a stellar career. But it hasnt come without personal tragedy Hey, Im Keanu, he introduces himself unnecessarily, of course, and yet very Keanu-ishly. Despite being so famous his surname has long been superfluous, Keanu Reeves has always given the impression of being utterly unaffected by his own celebrity. He is regularly described by his co-stars as kind (Winona Ryder) and humble (Laurence Fishburne) and it is easier to imagine him walking on the moon than knocking back champagne with other celebrities on a yacht in St Barts. After all, the most famous paparazzi photo ever taken of Reeves that devastating smile he flashed at Sandra …

Gotta catch ’em all over again: the return of Pokmania

It made adults walk into lamp posts and kids throw sickies: now Pokmon fever is back. Whats the appeal? When it was released in 1996, Pokmon made zealots of children. Desperate to catch em all (as the slogan goes), they would Pokflu apparently), steal and bankrupt their parents. Exasperated schools moral panic. In November 1999, as the phenomenon reached its climax, Pokmon graced the cover of highest grossing media franchise of all time. Now, with the release of Detective Pikachu, starring Ryan Reynolds, this month, the franchise gets its first ever live-action film. Not only is it expected to be a early reactions indicate it is cleverly positioned to appeal to both die-hard fans and those who dont know their …

She was our Michelle Obama: how Gilda Radner changed comedy for ever

The death of the SNL star 30 years ago robbed the industry of one its finest voices but not before she had blazed a trail for women such as Tina Fey to follow There is no shortage of excellent critical writing about the US comedy scene in the 80s, and John Belushi, Eddie Murphy and Gilda Radner, one of the original cast members of SNL, alongside Chase, Belushi, Aykroyd and others. Although she is comparatively little known today outside comedy circles, back then she was widely assumed to be the future megastar of that group. With her sharp parodies of celebrities and her skill at satirising her own femininity and neuroses, she set the mould for modern female comedians. Without …

Vox Lux director Brady Corbet: ‘The movie is about the desire to be iconic’

The US film-maker on creative burnout, working with Scott Walker and his new film starring Natalie Portman as a messed-up pop star Having made his Orson Welles, American writer-director Brady Corbet is used to being on the receiving end of the brutal P-words precocious and pretentious. Those are things you steel yourself for, he says. Corbet, now 30, expects strong responses because, as he puts it, his films go for operatic heights When people totally hate a movie that Ive made, I totally understand, and if they love it I also understand. In London to promote his second feature, Vox Lux, Corbet pronounced Cor-bay initially resembles your average indie bro: the regulation backwards baseball cap and fuzzy beard, coupled with …

Harvey Weinstein trial should be public, news organizations argue

Defense and prosecution seek to hearing behind closed doors but media to tell judge there is no rational basis for secrecy News organizations are fighting to open Harvey Weinsteins next court appearance to the public, after both prosecutors and defense attorneys asked for it to be held behind closed doors. At a hearing set for Friday, ahead of the disgraced movie moguls trial in New York on rape and sexual assault charges, the sides will argue over whether some of the many women who have accused Weinstein of sexual assault besides the ones involved in the criminal charges will be allowed to testify at his June trial. But prosecutors and defense attorneys have both asked the judge to shut out …

Avengers: Endgame may well be brilliant but the pressure to say so isnt | Catherine Shoard

Critics are now routinely monstered if they express the wrong view of a film, says Guardian film editor Catherine Shoard In search of the new Nol Coward? You should probably give a wide berth to the Twitter mentions of critics sceptical about Avengers: Endgame. Eat dirt and die, trash! is typical almost universal five-star reviews, including outstandingly incompetent and told a Canadian reviewer ambivalent about the new Avengers. If something is better than all your filthy criticism, you better retire and kiss the feet of the @Russo_Brothers [the directors] that his job was bigger than your whole life in that environment bastard! You cant blame the studios for leveraging such passion. Marketing a movie as a love letter to the …

Scarlett Johansson warns: paparazzi risk another death like Princess Diana’s

Actor alleges she was pursued through LA by paparazzi who put other drivers and pedestrians at risk after her appearance on Jimmy Kimmels chatshow Scarlett Johansson warned of another incident like Princess Diana after alleging she was pursued through Los Angeles by a group of paparazzi. The actor, 34, said she was leaving a studio following an appearance on US talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live! when a group of photographers spotted her. Five cars with blacked-out windows then apparently sped through red lights and put other drivers and pedestrians at risk so their paparazzi passengers could obtain details of where she and her four-year-old daughter were staying. Johansson said such a situation is a waiting game before another person gets …

Purr evil: cats with hidden agendas ranked!

As Goose the Cat has stolen the show in Captain Marvel, we pick 10 fiendish felines from past films 10. Orion in Men in Black (1997) Orion is a ginger-and-white puss who sees his beloved can-opener, an elderly Manhattan jeweller called Rosenburg, being murdered by a giant cockroach-like alien called Edgar, and refuses to leave the old mans corpse. The cats loyalty to the dead man is genuinely moving in a sci-fi comedy that otherwise opts for flippancy. But Rosenburg had a secret and so does his cat. SPOILER! Hanging from the collar around Orions neck is a bauble that turns out to contain the missing galaxy for which everyone in the film has been searching. Orion, from Men in …