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Hilary Swank: an actress with conviction

Hilary Swank: an actress with conviction

"I became an actor because I felt like an outsider," Hilary Swank reflects. As a child, the double Oscar-winning actress was the pariah neighbours didn't let their kids play with because she lived in a trailer park. At the time, she couldn't understand why people would look down on her, and...

Danny Boyle creates an immobile action hero

He reveals how he made an action movie in which the action hero couldn't move. After the phenomenal success of his multi-Oscar winning, rags-to-riches hit, Slumdog Millionaire, in 2009, Danny Boyle was deluged with directing offers from Hollywood, but, having been stung by a Hollywood adventure in...

Colin Firth learns how not to stammer

Colin Firth learns how not to stammer

The man who epitomised Englishness on the screen, doesn't even feel that he belongs to the English society. Last year, Colin Firth awed Toronto International film festival audience playing a gay British professor who grapples with solitude after the death of his partner in "Single man", for which h...

Cher: The Queen of Burlesque

Cher: The Queen of Burlesque

As I was heading into the Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, to attend the premiere of the musical 'Burlesque', I heard an eruption of cheers, emanating from the crowds, lined up behind police fencing along the sides of Hollywood Boulevard. Turning around, I caught a sight of a woman, with long...

Nicole Kidman: from Acting to Producing

Nicole Kidman: from Acting to Producing

Playing a grieving woman in her new film, 'Rabbit Hole', drove Nicole Kidman into agonizing sob during the night. She is one of the highest-paid actresses in the film industry, yet Nicole Kidman projects humility and self-deprecation. She rose to fame in the early 90s thanks to her collaboration wi...

New BFI Fellow Danny Boyle ends another two week festival of film in London

New BFI Fellow Danny Boyle ends another two week festival of film in London

Jason Korsner reports 2 November 2010 The organisers of the London Film Festival say this year's event had an outstanding British presence - including the opening and closing night galas. The festival got off to a glittering start with Mark Romanek's Never Let Me Go - adapted from Kazuo Ishiguro'...

Woody Allen meets a tall dark stranger

Woody Allen meets a tall dark stranger

Woody Allen is still searching for the meaning of Life. Woody Allen is one of the most prolific filmmakers in the world, turning in one or two movies, year in and year out, since 1969. He has been nominated for 15 Academy awards for his acting, writing and directing, winning for...

Michael Douglas revives Gekko and battles Cancer

Michael Douglas revives Gekko and battles Cancer

"I've always liked to make characters in the most precarious situations and try to bring them back." Michael Douglas exclaims. During his acting career, Michael Douglas has enthralled his audience, not by playing heroic characters, but by taking on unsympathetic characters and infusing them with ch...

Stars lament demise of Film Council

Stars lament demise of Film Council

John Hiscock, Toronto 20 September 2010 British films and filmmakers have grabbed the spotlight at this year's Toronto International Film Festival, sending a strong message to the Government about the questionable wisdom of its controversial decision to abolish the U.K. Film Council. The movies d...

The Special Relationship

The Special Relationship

Following his previous dramas, The Deal and The Queen, the prolific screenwriter Peter Morgan delivers the last instalment in his trilogy, The Special Relationship, which deals with Tony Blair's foreign politics and particularly his relationship with America. The film provides an intimate behind-th...

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