Oppenheimer reviews are in as Barbie branded ‘near miraculous’ – movie news

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 arrival 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.

While Oppenheimer’s critical ratings have blown past Barbie with a near-perfect Rotten Tomato score, it’s expected that the latter will, in fact, take over the former in ticket sales.

Barbie is estimated to earn $110m at the US box office during opening weekend, while Oppenheimer is set to take in $50m.

Axios has reported this week that movie theatres in Texas, Washington DC and Atlanta have already sold out of tickets for the Margot Robbie-led feature about the famous toy doll.

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 event.

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.


When Barbie is released in cinemas tomorrow, eagle-eyed Love Island fans might notice a blink-and-you’d-miss-it cameo from one unexpected face.

Chris Taylor, who appeared on the dating show in 2019, has a one-line role in the new film – and it’s all thanks to Margot Robbie.

Margot Robbie and Chris Taylor at the Barbie premiere in London

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Australian actor is a self-confessed ‘Love Island’ fanatic

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Every Barbie-inspired outfit Margot Robbie has worn so far

Margot Robbie has been delivering some memorable fashion moments throughout the press tour for the highly-anticipated Barbie film, and the looks just keep coming.


The actor has kicked off the ‘Barbie’ press tour in plastic fantastic style

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Are rumours correct? Has Oppenheimer been banned in Japan?

Nuclear weaponry was, of course, used to reap death and destruction on Japan during the Pacific War in 1945.

The USA detonated two atomic bombs over the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, respectively, killing approximately 200,000 people, most of whom were civilians. It remains the only use of nuclear weapons in an armed conflict.

Oppenheimer does not yet have a theatrical release date for Japan, leading some to speculate that the film has been banned in that territory.

However, this theory has been debunked.


Film depicts the 1945 bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which killed around 200,000 people

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Margot Robbie admits to ‘pressure’ concerns over Barbie role

Before Margot Robbie was cast in the lead role, she was attached as a producer and pitched the film to Warner Bros Pictures, who ultimately acquired it from Sony after some hustling from the Wolf of Wall Street actor.

She told Collider in a new interview: “I think I told them that it’d make a billion dollars, which maybe I was overselling, but we had a movie to make, OK?”

However, Robbie shared her one condition for producing the film before the role of Barbie had been cast.

“I didn’t want whoever our director was going to be – Greta [Gerwig] being the first choice, but if she had said no – I didn’t want our director to feel pressured to put me in the role.:

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‘I was just really upfront,’ the ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ actor said

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Don’t be late to Oppenheimer 70mm IMAX screenings!

There’s been a lot of talk about seeing Oppenheimer in 70mm IMAX, which refers to viewing screen size. But it’s important to note that you should expect there to be no advertisements or prior trailers before the movie. Therefore, the movie will begin promptly at your listed showtime.

This is apparently due to the size of the film print: 70mm is much larger than the standard size.

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Barbie’s outshining Nicole Kidman’s AMC ad, oh no…

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Ryan Gosling concedes to BTS star Jimin: ‘You definitely wore it best’

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The true story behind Christopher Nolan’s biopic about ‘the father of the atomic bomb’

Ahead of Oppenheimer’s release, Tom Murray investigates the life of the man at the centre of the film.

Robert J Oppenheimer, played by Cillian Murphy in Christopher Nolan’s movie, was an American scientist who played a crucial role in the invention of the atomic bomb.

Cillian Murphy in ‘Oppenheimer’ (left) and J Robert Oppenheimer

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Real-life scientist behind the atomic bomb has a complicated legacy in America

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Unicorn statues, disco balls and vanity mirrors: Inside the Barbie-inspired dream houses in the UK

Ever wanted to stay in your own Barbie Dream House? Turns out, there are a plethora of pink properties across the UK that you can rent for the ultimate pastel fix.


As Greta Gerwig’s ‘Barbie’ movie is about to premiere, we take a closer look inside the pinkest properties

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Christopher Nolan on why he cast his daughter as girl who gets blown up in nuclear explosion

One could imagine that a parent would do anything not to have a visual image of their child in pain.

Yet, Oppenheimer director Christopher Nolan has made the shocking decision to cast his eldest daughter, 22-year-old Flora, as a burn victim in the film.

Flora plays a nameless young woman whose flesh is flayed from her face in a nuclear explosion, in a sequence that happens within Oppenheimer’s (Cillian Murphy) mind.

Of his daughter’s involvement, Nolan said it was “wonderful to just have her sort of roll with it”.

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Flora is credited as ‘Burn Victim’ in the new movie about the making of the atomic bomb

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