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Rebel Wilson deserved right to reply before liar accusations published, court told

Actor’s barrister says Bauer had a campaign to ‘take down’ Wilson and attempted to ‘neutralise’ her responses
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Rebel Wilson deserved the right of reply before a magazine painted her as a serial liar, and an apology after the articles went to print, a Melbourne court has been told.

The Hollywood star sat through day two of a court of appeal hearing on Thursday as the publisher of Woman’s Day challenged supreme court of Victoria orders it must pay her $4.5m for defamation.

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Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story review – startling life of the film star/inventor

This excellent documentary celebrates the glamorous Hollywood icon and brilliant engineer whose groundbreaking work led to Bluetooth and wifi

There can hardly be any more extraordinary story from the Hollywood golden age than that of Hedy Lamarr; a very beautiful star with a moderate acting talent but an untutored brilliance in science and engineering that should by now be getting her compared to Nikola Tesla, or maybe even a neglected female scientist like Rosalind Franklin. Her tragedy was that she was in the wrong business, precisely that business that promotes beauty over brains – the movie business.

Alexandra Dean’s excellent and important documentary about her is very instructive – a parable of modern sexual politics and assumptions about science. Even now, many can’t believe in their hearts that movie star Hedy Lamarr really was a scientist, or scientist manqué. The accomplishment simply doesn’t square with the accepted female star biography narrative into which Lamarr otherwise fits: movies, husbands, poignant reclusive decline etc. Many film encyclopedias and reference books simply omit what was important about Hedy Lamarr.

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‘Hitler was a wonderful painter’: Erykah Badu, and other career capsizing interviews

From brostep pop stars to Hollywood veterans, we explore some of the problematic interviews that caused a furore

What she said Oh dear Lord. She starts with: “I see good in everybody. I saw something good in Hitler,” then proceeds to qualify the statement with the entirely baseless assertions that “he was a wonderful painter” and “he had a terrible childhood”, neither of which is true. She then ponders what her own daughter might have turned into had she grown up in the Hitler household. As one does.

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James Cromwell: 'In jail, everyone recognises my face'

The Hollywood star now has a second life as a fearless animal activist and eco warrior – and, he reveals, it all started with Babe, his film about a talking pig

James Cromwell, veteran actor, Oscar nominee and star of LA Confidential and The Green Mile, is listing what he hates about Hollywood. “I don’t like the system,” he says. “I don’t like what it does to people. I don’t like the values. I don’t like the class system. I don’t like the disparity in pay, for men and women, and men and men.” He smiles. “I have a chip on my shoulder about Hollywood.”

Cromwell, at 78, might be assumed to have shed any youthful inhibitions about speaking his mind. In fact, he says, he has always been awkward, particularly when starting out. “I had issues with authority and made myself fairly unpopular in almost every theatre.” Not only was he “terminally stupid”, he had a temper. On the set of 1997’s LA Confidential, Cromwell disagreed with the director Curtis Hanson over a line. “I cursed him,” he recalls. “I kicked dirt. I punched the car.”

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Jennifer Lawrence’s ‘gaffe’ and the fickle nature of public opinion | Rebecca Nicholson

Time was when the Hollywood star could do no wrong. But, oh dear, now…

Remember when Jennifer Lawrence was nice? It seems like only yesterday when she fell over adorably at the Oscars, and then again at another Oscars, and then again at the premiere of the final Hunger Games movie. Or only yesterday since she gave hilariously candid interviews that made her seem like a fun, regular human being, or since she earned a cute nickname, JLaw, because she was just so hilariously candid, and such a fun, regular human being.

But in the gaping chasm of insatiable celebrity commentary, the snapback has been swift and brutal. In the dramatic narrative of Hollywood’s popularity stakes, Lawrence has gone from down-to-earth darling to diva with astonishing speed. She can’t seem to do or say anything right. She’s the anti-Teflon, the star to which everything sticks.

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Psychotherapist Susie Orbach: how I eat

What would you expect the author of Fat Is A Feminist Issue to eat? The writer and social critic tells all

I wake at 6.30am and have hot water with licorice root, or fresh mint, followed by mango tea. Much of my work has been about what we’re hungry for and when. So I eat only if I am hungry: toast, an omelette or a grain of some kind (quinoa, oatmeal, polenta); always savoury.

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The New York underground – in pictures

From a solemn Susan Sontag in repose to Candy Darling on her deathbed, photographer Peter Hujar’s work reveals a life embedded in East Village underground art, music and drag scenes – capturing queer life from the Stonewall riots in 1969 to the Aids crisis

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Everyone says I hate you … pinpointing the exact moment Woody Allen became toxic

One actor after another is coming out denouncing the director. When did the honour of being in one of his films lose its lustre?

I wonder when historians will pinpoint the exact moment that working for Woody Allen flipped from being an absolute honour for any actor to a matter of obvious shame, for which they would be donating their fee to charity. To the untrained eye, it seems to have been sometime last week, despite his daughter Dylan Farrow’s claims that Allen sexually abused her when she was seven having been known about for many years. (The director denies the allegations.) First to say she wouldn’t be working with him again was Greta Gerwig, and the actor and director has now been followed by Mira Sorvino, Rebecca Hall, and Timothée Chalamet.

Whenever the precise date falls, the director’s insistence on making a film approximately every 10 minutes means two things. One, that the much-vaunted “honour” has been somewhat diluted. Contrary to actors’ usual humblebrags, there are about three people in Hollywood who haven’t worked with Woody Allen, so much so that he’s down to honouring former Disney kids with roles. Once Selena Gomez, Miley Cyrus and Justin Timberlake are having the most extraordinary creative experience of their career, or whatever the standard line is, you have to realise that Woody’s only a couple of rehashed melodramas away from casting the guy who plays Goofy at the Anaheim theme park as a romantic lead.

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Donald Trump and Stormy Daniels: brief encounters of the ‘textbook generic’ kind

The dignity of the presidential office has plummeted to a new improbable low with the revelations from the adult film star. Obviously this column is clearing its diary to hear the whole story

Even for a messy president who lives for the drama, it must have hurt that Donald Trump’s inaugural Fake News awards were so completely overshadowed by a kiss-and-tell trailer containing the phrase “she talks about what he’s like down there”.

I mean … no offence, Mr President, but the 14-month-old Paul Krugman column you’re trying to get my attention with now desperately needs to contain speculation about bottoming-out that is unrelated to post-election markets. Does Krugman make some fanciful claim about how you guys met, and how he had to tolerate some horrendous, although mercifully very brief, discussion about economics with you, in which you maintained one position throughout, and were “textbook generic”? Does he claim you got him to sign a copy of his Nobel prize citation? Because, otherwise, I need you to pipe down while I listen some more to Miss Stormy Daniels.

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