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London Critics hail 12 Years a Slave

London Critics hail 12 Years a Slave

The British-led US slave drama 12 Years a Slave has come away from the annual London Film Critics Circle awards as the big winner, being chosen as the Best Film, as well as picking the Best Actor award for Chiwetel Ejiofor and the prize for the Best Supporting Actress, for Lupita Nyong’o. Cate...

American Hustle, Gravity and 12 Years a Slave lead Oscar nominations

American Hustle, Gravity and 12 Years a Slave lead Oscar nominations

Last year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voters shocked the film industry when they overlooked Ben Affleck in the best director’s category, this year they outdid themselves, snubbing safe potential contenders such as Emma Thompson, Robert Redford and Tom Hanks in the acting categ...

I’m So Excited by Gravity: UK Screen’s best and worst of 2013

I’m So Excited by Gravity: UK Screen’s best and worst of 2013

2013 has been another busy year for UK Screen, with more than a hundred theatrical releases reviewed and the usual mix of big celebrity interviews and reports from awards, such as the Oscars and the Golden Globes, and festivals including Cannes, Toronto and the London Film Festival. The best release...

Tom Hanks: I am not a political guy – TV interview

Tom Hanks: I am not a political guy – TV interview

    In an exclusive interview for my BBC show Alternative Cinema, Tom Hanks, who openly supported Barack Obama in the 2008 US elections and made donations to many Democratic politicians, denies being a political guy. He is only interested in examining the process. “I admit it!  I voted ...

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 at the top in the UK

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 at the top in the UK

American computer animated comic science fiction film Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 raced to the top making £3,658,618 last weekend in the UK. The film is the sequel to the 2009 film Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs which was loosely based on the book of the same name by Judi and Ron Barrett...

Turbo to the top in the UK

Turbo to the top in the UK

Speeding to the top spot is 3D animated sports film Turbo which made an impressive £3,892,774 in its opening weekend. Produced by DreamWorks Animation, which also made films such as The Shrek franchise and the Madagascar trilogy, Turbo was based on an original idea by David Soren who also directed ...

Record LFF ticket sales but who’ll remember 2013?

Record LFF ticket sales but who’ll remember 2013?

The BFI has hailed the success of Clare Stewart’s second London Film Festival at the helm, with last year’s record audience attendance being broken, with the figure passing the 150,000 mark for the first time. Sandwiched between two Tom Hanks films, the piracy drama Captain Phillips at t...

Captain Phillips – Review

Captain Phillips – Review

Director: Paul Greengrass - Starring: Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi, Barkhad Abdirahman, Faysal Ahmed, Mahat M Ali, Michael Chernus, Catherine Keener, David Warshofsky, Corey Johnson, Chris Mulkey, Yul Vazquez, Max Martini, Omar Berdouni ...

LFF brings pick of the festivals to London

LFF brings pick of the festivals to London

Coming late in the year, the London Film Festival is continuing its modest streak of bringing some of the best films of the year’s other festivals – including Sundance, Cannes, Venice and Toronto – to Britain. Many festivals insist on screening the world premieres for their films, ...

Tom Hanks to bookend London Film Festival

Tom Hanks to bookend London Film Festival

The BFI has announced the 57th London Film Festival will close with Saving Mr Banks, the story of how Mary Poppins was brought to the big screen. Emma Thompson stars as the author PL Travers with Tom Hanks playing Walt Disney. The film is directed by The Blind Side’s John Lee Hancock and co-st...

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