Readers reply: do animals in film and TV know that they’re acting?

Readers reply: do animals in film and TV know that they’re acting?

Dogs and other animals will absolutely take direction, but do they know they’re acting?My cat and my dog know how to play-act for attention.

The Electrical Life of Louis Wain review – Cumberbatch’s cat artist drowns in quirk

The Electrical Life of Louis Wain review – Cumberbatch’s cat artist drowns in quirk

He plays eccentric Edwardian artist and illustrator Louis Wain, a lively and arguably brilliant man who might today be considered neurodiverse, and who certainly suffered from depression.

Stray review – exquisite dog's eye view of Istanbul

Stray review – exquisite dog's eye view of Istanbul

Perhaps because the star species here is more biddable and less camera-shy than the average cat, Lo’s film stays closer to its non-human heroine than Kedi did, creating a more lyrical, less anthropological study.

Dog needs op after stealing a stone – just like Disney character namesake

Dog needs op after stealing a stone – just like Disney character namesake

An X-Ray showed the stone but luckily Maui is now doing much better (Picture: Vets Now/Disney)When Paula Meanwell named her four-month-old Doberman puppy Maui after the character in the Disney film Moana, she had no idea the story was going to translate into real life.

'Rum Tum Tugger is the sexiest': one-man Cats show claws through film flop

'Rum Tum Tugger is the sexiest': one-man Cats show claws through film flop

As London’s theatres prepared for tier 3 closure last night, some of us spent our last evening out of the year in an auditorium watching a man in a cat costume give a PowerPoint presentation on the now infamous Hollywood CGI disaster Cats .Linus Karp’s one-man show How to Live a Jellicle Life, performed at the Lion and Unicorn theatre in north London, is a parody and homage to the phenomenal 2019 flop.

BBC defends dog breeding documentary as petition reaches 24,000

BBC defends dog breeding documentary as petition reaches 24,000

The programme was the idea of Helena Rochester and Sophia Slater (Picture: BBC)The organiser of the petition has also expressed their concern that people who watch the show may ‘see it as a “how-to-guide” to buy dogs solely for the purpose of breeding and making money’.

A Christmas Gift from Bob review – family-friendly festive sequel

A Christmas Gift from Bob review – family-friendly festive sequel

When a literary agent suggested he turn his story into a book Bowen wrote a bestseller about recovering from heroin addiction and finding purpose looking after Bob. It’s a happy ending against all the odds, so I find it hard to be unkind about this family-friendly festive sequel – an undeniably good-hearted film.

Netflix's film about a burned-out man and an octopus is the antidote to 2020

Netflix's film about a burned-out man and an octopus is the antidote to 2020

“The incidence of endemic species in kelp forests is huge, but what’s happening with climate change is almost every kelp forest in the world is shifting and changing,” she said.For example, in Tasmania, kelp forests have disappeared over a number of years, and that’s because of climate change.

Is COVID-19 just an excuse for pet abandonment?

Is COVID-19 just an excuse for pet abandonment?

Animal activist Sai Vignesh has rescued close to 12 such abandoned dogs in the past few months.Pets are abandoned on a regular basis and the coronavirus era is no exception, explains Chennai-based animal activist Shravan Krishnan.

TV tonight: Supervet Noel Fitzpatrick returns with a puppy special

TV tonight: Supervet Noel Fitzpatrick returns with a puppy special

A soothing “how it’s made”-style series pairing jolly narration with factory footage of how our favourite foodstuffs are produced.Sport choice: Premier League football: Sheffield United v Tottenham Hotspur 5.30pm, Sky Sports Main Event.Premier League football: Manchester City v Liverpool 8pm, Sky Sports Main Event.

Street Cat Named Bob: pet who inspired books and film dies aged 14

Street Cat Named Bob: pet who inspired books and film dies aged 14

James Bowen met Bob in 2007 during his battle with drug addiction when he found the cat abandoned and injured and decided to look after him .Paul McNamee, editor of The Big Issue, said: “First Bob changed James Bowen’s life, then he changed the world.

Hollywood hounds: canine film stars – in pictures

Hollywood hounds: canine film stars – in pictures

It was meeting a collie called Hey Hey, a direct descendant of the first dog to play Lassie, that gave author and film journalist Wendy Mitchell the idea for her new book, Citizen Canine: Dogs in the Movies.

Dog survives after owner shot and dragged her by a rope

Dog survives after owner shot and dragged her by a rope

Alma was allegedly shot twice before being dragged home where her owner is believed to have intended to kill her (Picture: Mundo Vivo)A hunter who allegedly shot his dog twice and dragged her by a rope after she gave birth is being investigated by police.

These are the most popular dog names for 2020

These are the most popular dog names for 2020

The Twilight craze led to Bella topping the pet name charts for both dogs and cats the year the final instalment was released, and it’s still the second most popular puppy name seven years later.

Labradoodle inventor regrets making 'frankenstein's monster'

Labradoodle inventor regrets making 'frankenstein's monster'

Speaking with Sum of All Parts, an Australian science podcast, Wally Conran, who invented the breed, said: ‘I opened a Pandora box and released a Frankenstein monster.’.

You can now win a rooftop wedding for your dog

You can now win a rooftop wedding for your dog

The bride doesn’t look thrilled about the wedding, but maybe it’s just because her veil is crumpled (Picture: Rooftop Film Club)If you’ve been dreaming of the day your pooch can marry his or her sweetheart, we’re happy to announce that the wait is finally over.

The Art of Racing in the Rain review – Kevin Costner as a lovable pup

The Art of Racing in the Rain review – Kevin Costner as a lovable pup

You have to bow down to the pure demonic inspiration of creating a sentimental live-action family film about a lovable golden retriever, whose grouchy inner monologue is voiced by none other than Kevin Costner .

US cinema allows dogs and has bottomless wine and whiskey

US cinema allows dogs and has bottomless wine and whiskey

It’s a great way for the dogs to get out of the heat (Picture: @K9Cinemas / Instagram) K9 owner Eric says its the first of its kind in the world (Picture: @K9Cinemas / Instagram)There aren’t plenty of rules, but you do need to make sure you clean up after your dog (you should really be doing this anyway), and bring in their papers so you can confirm they’re up-to-date with vaccinations.

'Make sure they don't eat the set!' Movie animal trainers' tips

'Make sure they don't eat the set!' Movie animal trainers' tips

You can train a lion like a dog, as it wants love, while tigers are solitary and more like cats, motivated only by food. When people say: “I need a lion trained up in the next few weeks,” I always say: “No, because I don’t want to die.” It’s not something to take on lightly.

Cast of Cats film to be size of actual cats

Cast of Cats film to be size of actual cats

Stars including Judi Dench, Ian McKellen and Taylor Swift will be shrunk via CGI and made hirsute using ‘digital fur technology’. Would the cast, including Judi Dench, Ian McKellen and Taylor Swift , be donning Lycra, heavy makeup and fluffy wigs in the style of the stage show?