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Sir Roger Moore dies of cancer aged 89

Tributes have flooded in to former James Bond star Sir Roger Moore who has died following a short battle with cancer. He was 89.

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Charlotte Gainsbourg and Marion Cotillard in Ismaels Ghost, opening night film of the 2017 Cannes Film Festival

Film: Stephen Applebaum reports from the Cannes Film Festival

The Cannes Film Festival would have wanted to start its 70th edition on a high note, and this year’s opening night film, Ismael’s Ghost (**), looked like it had all the right ingredients. A homegrown film from the Cesar-winning director Arnaud Desplechin, starring the cream of French actresses, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Marion Cotillard, and the always watchable Mathieu Amalric, it practically oozes promise. In reality, however, the film is a patchy, incomprehensible mess, which comes over like an obscure private joke. It revolves around a film director, Ismael (Amalric), and his lover, Sylvia (Gainsbourg), whose lives are disturbed when Carlotta (Cotillard), the wife Ismael thought had died after going missing years earlier, returns to claim her man.

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Djimon Hounsou and Charlie Hunnam in the disappointing King Arthur : The Legend of The Sword

Film reviews: King Arthur: Legend of the Sword | Colossal | Snatched

Guy Ritchie’s reboot of the legend of Camelot is a mash-up of Lock Stock and Lord of the Rings, and not in a good way, while Anne Hathaway mixes genres with more success in Colossal

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Louise Linton, is the new CEO of Dune Entertainment.

Scots actor Louise Linton becomes US film studio boss

A Scottish actor has become one of Hollywood’s most influential women as the new head of a US film studio.

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Picture: Edinburgh International Film Festivals hugely popular open-air cinema, Film Fest in the City, is set to return to St Andrew Square Garden this summer TSPL

4 outdoor cinema events coming soon to Scotland

Enjoy the sun (hopefully) at one of these alfresco, weekend film screenings

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Alien: Covenant is like a best-of compilation from the horror franchise.

Film reviews: Alien: Covenant | Miss Sloan | The Levelling | Frantz

The latest in the Alien franchise sees Ridley Scott offer up a Ripley-esque female lead, lengthy philosophical musings and plenty of savage, hard-hitting violence

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Saoirse Ronan will star in Mary Queen of Scots, the monarch who famously stayed at Edinburgh's Holyrood Palace.

£180m Mary Queen of Scots blockbuster to be filmed in Edinburgh

A major new film telling the story of Mary Queen of Scots is set to be shot in Edinburgh this year.

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Pooles Roxy Cinema, Gorgie Road, was a favourite haunt of a young John Lennon. Picture taken in the 1940s. Picture: TSPL

Edinburgh’s lost picture houses remembered

Edinburgh now has about ten cinemas, but many more have flickered out of existence. Hannah Robinson, author of Secret Edinburgh: An Unusual Guide winds back the reel to take a closer look.

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Kevin Guthrie, stars in Whisky Galore!, out now

Interview: Kevin Guthrie

With Whisky Galore! out this week and the blockbuster Dunkirk and TV series The Terror in the pipeline, the Scottish actor has a lot to celebrate

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Star Wars Day: fans debate ‘philosophy’ of film in Glasgow

As the country goes to the polls to vote in the council elections, Star Wars fans were debating the philosophy of the iconic film franchise.

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May 4th marks Star Wars Day. Picture; AP

Star Wars Day: Edinburgh’s links with the galaxy far, far away

Firstly, May the 4th be with you. Star Wars Day has become even more popular in recent years thanks to the growth of social media and Disneys ownership of the franchise.

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Julian Barratt stars in Mindhon

Film reviews: Mindhorn | Whisky Galore! | The Journey | Citizen Jane: Battle for the City | A Dog’s Purpose

Julian Barratt’s ridiculous – and ridiculously funny – film about the misadventures of a washed-up 80s TV star is a delight, while The Journey, about a key moment in the Northern Ireland peace process, fails its charismatic leads

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Karen Gillan reckons all films should be made in Scotland. Picture: PA/Ian West

‘Every film should be shot in Scotland’, says Karen Gillan

Karen Gillan reckons every film should be shot in Scotland - because of its ‘amazing’ locations and the skill of crew members.

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Dennis Quaid  Picture: Debra Hurford Brown

Interview: Dennis Quaid

This morning Dennis Quaid is like a dog with two tails. And why wouldn’t he be? He’s got a feel-good family friendly film out this week, an edgy, hit TV series that’s been recommissioned and his band’s about to go on tour with ZZ Top.

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Chris Pratt as Peter Quill in Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2. Picture: Film Frame. �Marvel Studios 2017

Film reviews: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 | The Promise | Lady Macbeth | Handsome Devil

The second outing for the Guardians of the Galaxy tips over from self-confident to self-indulgent, while Florence Pugh transfixes as a trapped young wife in Lady Macbeth

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Ian McDiarmid had the pivotal role as the Emperor in the Star Wars films.

Star Wars villain Ian McDiarmid to play Enoch Powell on Edinburgh stage

He is known to millions of movie fans as the man behind the villainous Emperor Palpatine in the Star Wars blockbusters.
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Geillis Duncan (Lotte Verbeek) and Claire Fraser (Caitriona Balfe) pictured in front of Castle Leoch (in reality, Doune Castle). Picture: Starz

8 Scottish castles from film and television

Scotland has no shortage of picturesque castles and imposing towers, so it’s no surprise that a great many of them have featured on the TV screen or silver screen. We’ve picked out eight of the more recognisable film star fortresses around the country.

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Eric Ruffin impresses as Milo in The Transfiguration

Film reviews: The Transfiguration | A Bunch of Kunst | Rules Don’t Apply | Their Finest

The Transfiguration is a clever take on the vampire genre, showing how society sucks the life out of those at the bottom, while Warren Beatty’s return is intriguing but not all that exciting

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Woody Harrelson enjoyed a night out in Edinburgh after attending a screening of his new film at the Cameo. Picture: Wikicommons

Woody Harrelson enjoys night out in Edinburgh New Town

Hollywood A-lister Woody Harrelson partied into the early hours in Edinburgh after attending a screening of his new film at the Cameo cinema.

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Emma Curtis, a professional actor, plays the lead in Wild Horses but most of those involved are recent film graduates. Picture: Contributed

Scottish student’s film selected for Cannes festival

A Scottish student is set to walk the red carpet at this year’s Cannes film festival after his short graduation film was chosen from thousands to compete for a top prize.

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