Barbie cast turn London Eye pink to celebrate film premiere
Hollywood feels more like the centre of the universe than ever this week as the release of the two biggest films of the year coincides with a historic actors’ strike.
Anticipation for Greta Gerwig’s Barbie and Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer has reached a fever pitch ahead of their release in unison on 21 July.
Axios has reported this week that movie theatres in Texas, Washington DC and Atlanta have already sold out tickets for the Margot Robbie-led feature about the famous toy doll.
Meanwhile, Oppenheimer star Matt Damon got personal about his decision to join the movie, which came after he promised his wife he’d take an acting break in couples’ therapy.
Oppenheimer’s London premiere was cut short, however, as the cast left early in preparation for the SAG-AFTRA strike order, which was initiated hours after the premiere.
The actors’ union joined the Writers Guild of America, which has been on strike since early May, over demands for increases in base pay and residuals in the streaming TV era, plus assurances that their work will not be replaced by AI.
The Independent calls ‘Barbie’ ‘a near-miraculous achievement’
The Independent’s Barbie review has just gone live and boy is our critic Clarisse Loughrey a fan.
In her five-star review, Loughrey calls Gerwig’s picture “one of the most inventive, immaculately crafted and surprising mainstream films in recent memory – a testament to what can be achieved within even the deepest bowels of capitalism”.
“Barbie is joyous from minute to minute to minute. But it’s where the film ends up that really cements the near-miraculousness of Gerwig’s achievement,” Loughrey teases.
Read the full review here:
Tom Murray14 July 2023 00:31
Watch: Oppenheimer actors walk out of UK premiere as Hollywood stars join strike
Oppenheimer actors walk out of UK premiere as Hollywood stars join writer strike
Tom Murray19 July 2023 02:59
How a former ‘Love Island’ star got a cameo role in ‘Barbie’
If you know Margot Robbie then you know how much of a fan the Australian actor is of Love Island.
The Barbie star is a self-obsessed fanatic of the ITV dating show – so much so that season five contestant Chris Taylor found his way into her movie.
Taylor confirmed in an interview at the Barbie premiere in London that he has a small, speaking part in the picture.
Tom Murray19 July 2023 02:02
How long are ‘Barbie’ and ‘Oppenheimer’?
Christopher Nolan isn’t known for quick afternoon flicks and Oppenheimer is no different, clocking in with a runtime of three hours exactly.
Great Gerwig’s Barbie, meanwhile, is a more manageable hour and 54 minutes long.
Tom Murray19 July 2023 01:20
Oppenheimer to feature ‘prolonged full nudity’ by Florence Pugh and Cillian Murphy
Oppenheimer features a significant subplot involving the nuclear scientist’s relationship with psychiatrist and physician Jean Tatlock, played by Florence Pugh.
In a recent report, it was claimed that the film’s lead Cillian Murphy and Pugh have scenes of “prolonged full nudity” together, and that it makes Oppenheimer one of Nolan’s rare films to include a significant interest in sex and relationships.
Tom Murray18 July 2023 23:19
Watch: Margot Robbie says it took just one question to get John Cena in the Barbie movie
Margot Robbie says it took just one question to get John Cena in the Barbie movie
Tom Murray18 July 2023 22:11
How the Barbie soundtrack came together, according to Mark Ronson
“You know the Chicago (Disco Demolition) thing, where everyone burned their disco records, Saturday Night Fever had reached its apex and the poor Bee Gees were like, ‘All we wanted to do was make people dance! What did we do wrong?’ That’s Barbie,” Ronson told The Associated Press.
“I’ve never really executive produced something before,” he said. “I love this film. We had an amazing partner in Atlantic Records.”
“And then doing the score, but it was a lot of learning on the job. It was still a job that I’ve never really done before. … It’s fun to show people different scenes and getting them to dream big.”
Tom Murray18 July 2023 21:40
Watch: Issa Rae says she can’t wait to ‘burn’ pink Barbie clothes
Issa Rae says she can’t wait to ‘burn’ pink Barbie clothes
Tom Murray18 July 2023 21:24
Cillian Murphy addresses Danny Boyle’s ‘28 Days Later’ sequel update
In June, 28 Days Later director Danny Boyle and writer Alex Garland revealed plans to make a follow-up to their hit 2000 horror film.
Oppenheimer star Murphy played the lead role of Jim in the horror film, released in 2000, which follows survivors of an incurable virus that ravages the world.
In an interview with The Independent this week, Murphy said he’d “be there in a flash” if the opportunity to reprise his role arose.
Tom Murray18 July 2023 20:55
Mayor in Norway admits he secretly kept Tom Cruise’s stunt bikes
Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One was also released in cinemas this month.
This week, a mayor in Norway, who was supposed to destroy motorbikes used in the latest Tom Cruise movie admitted he kept them as mementoes.
The stunt was filmed on the Helsetkopen mountain in Stranda in September 2020, and involved Cruise driving a motorbike off the side of a cliff before pulling a parachute.
“A mayor in Stranda can’t always be the one who follows rules and regulations,” came his mischeivous explanation in an interview.
Tom Murray18 July 2023 20:20