The Lion King review deepfake copycat ain’t so grrreat

Disneys reboot of its much-loved 1994 animation is a plausibly real retelling of the story of prince Simba and his struggle against wicked uncle Scar After 25 years, during which it gained classic status as the last Disney picture in the old style that Walt himself would have endorsed and enjoyed a long afterlife in theatres all over the world with Julie Taymors staging and costumes, the 1994 animation The Lion King has been remade as a quasi-live-action digital movie. This is an anthro-leonine deepfake of impressive proportions, but the new Lion King gains in shock and awe while losing in character and wit. These are walking, talking animals that are realer than real and whose facial/speech patterns are eerily …

Why does Netflix keep making so many cheap TV movies?

From the studio that brought you Roma comes Secret Obsession, the latest in an increasingly long line of sub-Lifetime channel, semi-ironic duds You dont need to watch Netflixs upcoming movie Secret Obsession to know exactly what its going to be like. Theres the title, which appears to be chosen via some sort of generic thriller tombola. Theres the typography, which has a crack through it. Theres the cast, who all unfailingly look like catalogue models troubled by the incoming prospect of gastroenteritis. But mainly you know exactly what Secret Obsession will be like thanks to its trailer, which does a very good job of explaining the entire story. A woman suffers from amnesia. Her husband takes her back to their …

Notes from a Hollywood divorce: ‘We had a primal connection. But we hung by a thread for years’

I wrote a part for my husband in my first movie. By the time filming was over, so was our marriage In every city Ive lived, my sister has been the one to set up the printer, testing it by printing me the lyrics to George Michaels Freedom! 90. I am not the only grown woman entwined with their family, as I am not the only British person entwined with George Michael. When, in 2010, he drove his car through the wall of the Hampstead Snappy Snaps, the resulting hole was quickly daubed with the legend WHAM, by a local who meant it in a loving way. Walking to the underground, I saw it (as well as the aftermath and …

Game of Thrones’ Indira Varma: ‘All I was being offered was women undressing’

She was ruthless Ellaria in the TV epic. As she appears in a Nol Coward comedy, the actor talks about her dreams of returning to mime and why sticking with her name may have hurt her career People always talk about that scream, says Indira Varma over salad and strawberries at the Old Vic theatre. The actor is recalling the howl she lets out in season four of Game of Thrones, after her lover Oberyn has his eyes gouged out by a hulking brute called the Mountain. Splatter flies and we cut to her character, Ellaria, who gives a blood-curdling screech. What personal demons, I wonder, was Varma summoning to produce that? It was the last thing they shot that …

Streaming: Scorsese’s freewheeling Dylan doc

Martin Scorsese is in playful mode with Rolling Thunder Revue, an intimate portrait of a 1970s Bob Dylan tour In a year that has seen Steven Spielberg become the Bob Dylan documentary. I say another, but if youre expecting a direct follow-up to Scorseses 2005 opus The Last Waltz, youll be surprised. Allen Ginsberg bewildering polite midwestern audiences with ornately woolly poetry readings, or Joni Mitchell riffing on her then newborn song Coyote in a backstage jam session alongside the perfectly selected Dylan stage performances youd expect, from a transfixing version of One More Cup of Coffee to electrified renditions of his folkier 1960s standards to a duet with Sam Shepard and some very funny running commentary from Dylan himself, …

Guardian film Black Sheep nominated for best short documentary Oscar

Ed Perkins film about a young black boys response to a racist gang after he moves out of London is up for an Academy award murder of schoolboy Damilola Taylor in 2000. Walker, the same age as Taylor and of similar background, found himself confronting a gang of local racists and, after first fighting back, went to extraordinary lengths to fit in and gain their friendship. The film features interviews with Walker looking back 15 years on from the events he describes, which are re-enacted in the locations where they took place, with Kai Francis Lewis playing Walker. Responding to the nomination, Walker said that he was, humbled and proud. I worked on this film to tell my story and …

Who said it Michael Cohen, or Henry Hill from Goodfellas?

In his explosive testimony, Cohen said President Trump called him a rat for choosing to tell the truth, much like a mobster would when one of his men decides to cooperate with the government. Take our quiz to see if you can tell the difference between the lawyer and the mobster I could go anywhere. I could do anything. I knew everybody and everybody knew me. I was part of something. And I belonged. Henry Hill Michael Cohen [He] had never asked me to whack somebody before. Michael Cohen Henry Hill I was living a fantasy. Michael Cohen Henry Hill [He] was the kind of guy who rooted for the bad guys in the movies. Henry Hill Michael Cohen Being …