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Oscar fans kept at arms length

Oscar fans kept at arms length

Jason Korsner reports from LA 15 February 2010 The exclusive Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills has again played host to the annual Oscar nominees luncheon, the first time those up for the most prestigious awards in the film calendar have a chance to celebrate collectively. This event used to ...

You dont have to be Jewish... but it helps!

You dont have to be Jewish… but it helps!

Jason Korsner reports 22 November 2009 The UK Jewish Film Festival marked its barmitzvah year this month – for those unfamiliar with Jewish culture – that's its thirteenth birthday. As if to ram home the message, the festival included a revival of the BAFTA-winning 1976 TV drama The ...

Record crowds flock to London for Britains biggest film event

Record crowds flock to London for Britains biggest film event

Jason Korsner reports from London  1 November 2009 The organisers of the London Film Festival say a record 124,000 people attended screenings at this year's event, which drew to a close with the world premiere of Sam Taylor-Wood's Nowhere Boy. The figure was 8% up on last year. Of nearly two hund...

Be wary of an invite to a Dinner Party at Raindance

Be wary of an invite to a Dinner Party at Raindance

Jason Korsner reports 10 October 2009 It's now the stuff of legend in Australia – the story of two university students from Canberra, who – as part of a suicide pact – invited their friends round for a dinner party beforehand. Then, things didn't quite go to plan. ...

International row erupts as Creation opens Toronto

International row erupts as Creation opens Toronto

John Hiscock reports from Toronto 12 September 2009 Actress Jennifer Connolly and actor Paul Bettany attend the 'Creation'...

Prizes evenly spread at Cannes, as Haneke wins Palme dOr

Prizes evenly spread at Cannes, as Haneke wins Palme dOr

Jason Korsner reports from Cannes 26 May 2009 With the recession muting the glitz and glamour of this year's Cannes Film Festival, many reviewers say the competition films themselves were among the strongest selection for years. In a year when almost all of the directors in competition had been o...

Humble start for LA British Film Festival

Humble start for LA British Film Festival

Husam Asi reports from LA 5 May 2009 Under the slogan "The British are coming", the LA British Film Festival was inaugurated last night at the Custom Hotel in Los Angeles. Leila BirchThe...

Oscar lifts Boyle out of the slums

Oscar lifts Boyle out of the slums

British film Slumdog Millionaire sweeps the board, says Jason Korsner 23 February 2009 For days now, some of the busiest streets have been closed and covered in red carpet, ready for undoubtedly the biggest event of the film calendar, tonight's Oscars. Bleacher seats have been erected as workmen...

Academy unveils animated and live-action nominees

Academy unveils animated and live-action nominees

Short films more than stepping stones to features, learns Jason Korsner 18 February 2009 "This event can't get any bigger," boasted Jon Bloom, the Academy's governor responsible for Short Films and Feature Animations, as he introduced a showcase of the ten films nominated for the animated and live...

Free lunch for Oscar nominees

Free lunch for Oscar nominees

With the Oscars just three weeks away, the nominees have been honoured at the annual luncheon at the prestigious Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills. Most of the nominees, from the leading categories attended - including Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler) and Sean Penn (Milk), the frontrunners for Best ...

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