SCENE STEALER Jim Broadbent stands trial as real-life taxi driver and alleged art thief Kempton Bunton.
You know what?” muses Roger Michell (Notting Hill). “I’ve yet to meet anyone who remembers that story.” The subject of Michell’s new film The Duke, the story in question concerns Kempton Bunton, a 60-year-old Newcastle taxi driver and family man who, in 1961, allegedly evaded security at the National Gallery and stole Goya’s portrait of the Duke of Wellington, the only time the venerable London art institution has ever been raided.
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With prequel movie The Many Saints Of Newark about to hit cinemas, Total Film pays respect to modern TV classic THE SOPRANOS, and how a hit show changed the mob genre, long-form storytelling and audience expectations forever.
THE BITE STUFF
DRACULA has been terrifying readers ever since Bram Stoker first created the ultimate vampire. As Bela Lugosi’s screen turn as the bloodsucker celebrates its 90th birthday, Total Film examines the appeal of one of horror’s most enduring icons.
STATE OF THE NATION
MICHAEL WINTERBOTTOM IS ONE OF BRITAIN’S MOST PROLIFIC FILM DIRECTORS, BUT IN HIS NEW BOOK HE LIFTS THE LID ON WHY IT’S SO HARD TO GET FILMS MADE IN THE UK. HAVING USED THE FIRST COVID LOCKDOWN TO INTERVIEW A WHO’S WHO OF THE COUNTRY’S AUTEURS, WINTERBOTTOM TELLS TOTAL FILM WHY THE INDUSTRY OFTEN FAILS TO NURTURE ITS MOST PROMISING TALENT.
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Two young women with big dreams discover that London can be the stuff of nightmares in Edgar Wright’s disturbing, dazzling Last Night In Soho. Total Film cowers on set as Wright terrorises Thomasin McKenzie and Anya Taylor-Joy in the horror event of the year.
SET AROUND A FICTIONAL MAGAZINE, WES ANDERSON’S COMIC ANTHOLOGY THE FRENCH DISPATCH IS A TRIBUTE TO BOTH A BYGONE ERA AND THE WRITTEN WORD. TOTAL FILM LISTENS UP AS THE CAST AND CREW GIVE THE LOW-DOWN ON THE DIRECTOR’S MOST AMBITIOUS MOVIE YET.
AFTER CONSISTENTLY IMPRESSING IN POWERHOUSE DRAMAS, JONATHAN MAJORS IS GEARING UP FOR WORLD DOMINATION IN THE MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE AND CREED III. AHEAD OF THE RELEASE OF REVISIONIST WESTERN THE HARDER THEY FALL, TOTAL FILM MEETS THE EFFORTLESS CHARISMATIC MEGASTAR-IN-WAITING.
10 IMMORTAL HEROES 7,000 YEARS ONE OSCAR WINNING DIRECTOR MARVEL'S BOLDEST MOVIE YET
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Robin Hood - PRINCE OF THIEVES
Buff looks back at how one American Kevin teamed up with another to give Nottingham’s legendary outlaw a new lease of life in Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves. But it wasn’t all plain sailing: production problems, casting issues and on-set difficulties proving almost as dastardly as the scene-stealing Sheriff…
FLOP CULTURE - SPEED RACER
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UN URGES MORATORIUM ON USE OF AI THAT IMPERILS HUMAN RIGHTS
The U.N. human rights chief is calling for a moratorium on the use of artificial intelligence technology that poses a serious risk to human rights, including face-scanning systems that track people in public spaces.
Pumpkin spice latte season is upon us again. Celebrate with a September barbecue, a cookbook contest, the launch of a new eatery and more.
OTHERWISE KNOWN AS
How DAYS’s Head Writer Ron Carlivati Chooses Character Names
Global Food System
Local Communities Empower a Resilient
Y&R: PHYLLIS SETS A TRAP FOR SALLY AND TARA
Convinced that Sally and Tara conspired to make Summer leave Genoa City, Phyllis resolves to expose them. “Phyllis already doesn’t trust Sally at all,” notes Michelle Stafford (Phyllis). “Phyllis is like, ‘I know what you’re all about.’ And Phyllis thinks Tara is a lunatic, so to Phyllis, those two are a couple of mean girls. They took down Summer and now Phyllis wants blood.”
LICENSE TO THRILL
Actress and model Natalie Martinez has secret agent skills among her many talents
Michelle Pfeiffer – This One's on Her
A melancholy farce is nearly capsized by its star.
On the waterfront
A Jackson home takes full advantage of its lakeside location, swans and all.
MICHELLE'S MILLION-BUCK MAKEOVER!
Glam redo to open doors, perk up marriage
MICHELLE: CLEAN UP, YOUR ACT BARACK!
Her $175M divorce ultimatum!