Can Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt save Hollywood?

In an industry obsessed with franchises and superheroes, critics have suggested that Leo might be the last true film star Is Hollywood Reporter feature, suggesting he stands alone as an actor whose name is a hallmark of a movies quality in itself, who rarely has a flop, and who doesnt put himself about too much Quentin Tarantinos 2015s The Revenant. He is arguably the only global superstar left in a film industry in which an interchangeable group of actors regularly suit up in spandex or brandish a lightsaber for the latest billion-dollar earner, the magazine argues, comparing DiCaprios pre-eminence with would-be peers such as Jennifer Lawrence and Brad Pitt. Pitts back catalogue might be patchier (recent flops such as Allied …

The ultimate summer playlist: 21 golden tracks chosen by 21 artists

What makes the perfect summer song? We asked 21 musicians to share their all-time favourite sunshine track Jimi Hendrix: Have You Ever Been (to Electric Ladyland), 1968 Chosen byDave Stewart (Eurythmics) I was 16 in 1968 when Jimi Hendrix came out with Patrice Rushen: Number One, 1982 Chosen byRisn Murphy Music sounds and feels different outside in nature than it does in a room. In the summer I do a lot of walking outdoors with music: I do a dancercise thing, where I sort of dance along the path. I skip along, at a sort of walking groove, listening to this song. Its wonderful. Its got one of the all-time great intros from any track ever. The whole band is …

Pamela Adlon: Better Things is about hope and love amid the darkness

The star and creator of the comedy hit tells Rebecca Nicholson about life, TV, bringing up three daughters as a single mother in LA and making it big after 50 This is fuckin inner sanctum, says Pamela Adlon. Were speaking over FaceTime, and this is a quiet morning in Los Angeles for her. Her writers are about to turn up and start working on season four of Better Things, the neat, witty and often beautiful comedy loosely based on Adlons own life. As soon as shes finished ordering lunch for her team, and sage to cleanse the energy of the office this is the West Coast, after all she leaps up and launches straight into a virtual tour. She shows …

Take me to the Boom Boom Room! Inside the risqu hotel for 24-hour party people

Americas raciest hotel chain has turned a boring British office block into an Austin Powers-style crash pad complete with retro reception, leftie library and rooftop baths. Groovy baby! When the clerks of Camdens highways department were issuing parking fines from their gloomy office in the 1970s, little can they have imagined that jet-setting hipsters would one day be supping cocktails in the public library below them before taking an al fresco dip up on the roof. Maligned for years as the concrete egg box of Euston Road, the Shawn Hausman, the Los Angeles-based designer behind the Standards flamboyant interiors, who started out creating film sets for live models in a vitrine behind the reception desk, part of an art installation …

The Impeachers review: Andrew Johnson and the men who nearly trumped him

Brenda Wineapple has written a book entirely right for its moment, a history of the perils and politics of impeachment Brenda Wineapples new book was surely timed for this moment. Working with the support of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in 2016 and 2017, her research predated the Mueller investigation. But in some quarters, the tantalising thought of a third impeachment of a president was already in the air. Her book, therefore, is not merely the story of a trial (and likely associated corruption), engrossing though that is. It is also the story of how a nation torn by civil war and grieving the memory of Abraham Lincoln took a very different turn during the presidency …

Naomi Wolf faces new questions as US publisher postpones latest book

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt had said it would stand by Outrages after row in UK over its historical accuracy, but has now recalled copies from stores Naomi Wolfs US publisher has postponed the release of her new book and is recalling copies from booksellers, saying that new questions have arisen over the books content. Outrages, which argues that the Obscene Publications Act of 1857 led to a turn against consensual sex between men and an increase in executions for sodomy, was published in the UK on 20 May. told the New York Times on Thursday that the book will be delayed. As we have been working with Naomi Wolf to make corrections to Outrages, new questions have arisen that require more …

Mothers who have abortions: what to do with TVs third rail?

Most women who terminate a pregnancy are already mothers but we rarely see that on screen. Australian comedy The Letdown is the latest show to tackle the taboo We got a beautiful email from a viewer last week, says Sarah Scheller, co-creator of the ABCs The Letdown. It said, That was my scenario. I cant believe I just saw it on screen. Women who have abortions are only just now beginning to see themselves depicted on screens, but for a certain subgroup women who are already mothers when they decide to terminate the taboo is stronger than ever. Its a taboo that Schellers low-key comedy was determined to quietly break. The Letdown follows Audrey: a middle-class woman, played by Schellers …

Victoria Hamilton: ‘Women can now carry shows without faces full of Botox’

She donned a specially modified swimsuit to play the Queen Mother in The Crown. Now shes a spy-busting gay senator in Deep State and revelling in its love story Shortly before Im due to interview her in a hotel room, I run into Victoria Hamilton in the loo. I wouldnt have recognised her from The Crown, in which she plays the Queen Mother, even though she swears they did nothing to her appearance except make her wear a swimsuit that had tits built into my stomach. Then theyd take all my makeup off and put a grey wig on my head. I would have recognised her from Deep State, because Id only just watched an episode: a hot, gory spy …

Seth Meyers on Trump: ‘Treat him like he’s a grandpa in a nursing home’

Late-night hosts focused on the strange battle between the president, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer Late-night hosts focused on Donald Trumps snap press conference on Wednesday as well as the controversy over Democratic candidates appearing on Fox News. Seth Meyers The Late Night host Seth Meyers took a closer look into the events of the day, starting with the strangeness of the presidents press conference. You knew right off the bat this was going to be a weird one because before Trump even got there, he had a sign printed up in front of the podium with the words No collusion, no obstruction on it, he said. I have a feeling the staff at DC Kinkos voted for Hillary. During …