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London Premiere of Salmon Fishing In The Yemen – in photos

A WET Tuesday in April meant one thing: the premier of Salmon Fishing in The Yemen at the Odeon cinema in Kensington High Street in west London. Lovely weather for Emily Blunt and Ewan McGregor, trout pouts and other fish…


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Emily Blunt and Ewan McGregor arriving for the UK premiere of Salmon Fishing In The Yemen, at ODEON Kensington, Kensington High Street in west London.

Posted: 11th, April 2012 | In: Film | Comment

In photos – the Black Cat Auditions for Tales of Terror

IN 1961, Ralph Crane took photographs of the so-called Black Cat Auditions, a feline casting for a part in the 1962 film Tales of Terror, starring Vincent Price, Basil Rathbone and Peter Lorre…


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Posted: 9th, April 2012 | In: Film | Comment

Kid Casting: child actors who played the young stars on film and TV flashbacks – photos

KID Casting is David Shumka’s tribute to the children hired to play the young adult in films, whether in a flashback or a dream sequence. You know the kid who played a young Woody Allen in Annie Hall? His mum might. What about the class who played the young cast of Lost? It was their big break. The youngster Roger Daltrey in Tommy is called…? Did the youth who played the young Robert Redford in The Natural grow up to be a star? Who played the young Voldermort on Harry Potter? The young Tina Fey in 30 Rock? Somewhere in Tinsel Town is silo marked “I Was The Young…”


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Posted: 3rd, April 2012 | In: Film, Key Posts | Comment

Rear Window timelapse video

THIS Rear Window timelapse video is brilliant. All footage is taken from the original Rear Window (1954) directed by Alfred Hitchcock:

Rear Window Timelapse from Jeff Desom on Vimeo.

Spotter: @jonathanwakeham

Posted: 3rd, April 2012 | In: Film | Comment (1)

Ashton Kutcher to play Steve Jobs in humourless biopic

THE past 12 months has been the year of men upsetting women, but enjoying something of a renaissance with their careers on the back of it. Chris ‘knocks seven shades out of Rihanna’ Brown has seen his stock soar and Ashton Kutcher, who, allegedly, shagged a young woman in a hot tub on the anniversary of his marriage to Demi Moore has since got a rake of work.

While Demi Moore cries herself inside out while reportedly having issues with drugs and an eating disorder, Kutch heads up Two And A Half Men and, apparently, will play Steve Jobs in one of the two biopics about the late founder of Apple. Dude, Where’s My Hair Gone? in the later stages, presumably.

Of course, Kutcher has a little likeness to the young Jobs (long hair, occasional beard) and the role will see him going from vaguely wayward hippie to founder of Apple.

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Posted: 2nd, April 2012 | In: Film | Comment (1)

Arnold Schwarzenegger, Danny DeVito to follow up Twins with Eddie Murphy in Triplets

WHAT you’re about to read is one of the most disturbing and potentially brilliant things you’ll ever digest. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito will be revisiting their awful family comedy, Twins. If that isn’t a weird enough notion in itself, they’ll be drafting Eddie Murphy for this sequel, which will be called Triplets. 

Yes. You heard.

The brothers Julius and Vincent are going to discover that they have a third genetically-conceived sibling and that person just happens to be Eddie Murphy who will no doubt be itching to play as many characters in the film as he can (as opposed to, y’know, sticking to one character and making it half decent).

According to reports, Schwarzenegger, DeVito and Murphy are all signed up for this obviously terrible idea. However, it is such a godawful notion, that it will surely be a must for those among you who love watching a carcrash unfold.

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Posted: 30th, March 2012 | In: Film | Comment

Titanic 3D – World Premiere photos

JUST when you thought it was safe to go back into the cinema, Celine Dion clears her throat, pops her best teeth back in and belts out the Titanic theme song. It’s Titanic. It’s back. And it’s in 3D. Relive the drama of mass death for beautiful people  in three dimensions. And you know what’s coming next.

The film’s director James Cameron successfully completed a seven-mile dive. sailing 36,756ft down to the floor of the Pacific Ocean in Challenger Deep. He said:

“Despite this big procedure I’d written for myself, there had to be a moment I stopped and just took it all in and said ‘This is where I am, I’m at the bottom of the ocean, the bottom of the world, the deepest place on Earth. What does that mean?”

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Posted: 27th, March 2012 | In: Film | Comment

Name that film – photos from behind the scenes of famous movies

NAME that film. We’ve got a gallery of images from behind the scenes on famous films. Can you name all the movies?


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Posted: 26th, March 2012 | In: Film, Key Posts | Comment (1)

What if other directors had brought The Hunger Games to life?

WHAT if The Hunger Games had not been directed by Gary Ross? What if, say, Michael Bay, had got to work on Jennifer Lawrence? Would there have bene more guns and cleavage? Would Lawrence have minded?

Spotter: Happy Place

Posted: 24th, March 2012 | In: Film | Comment

Hunger Games in photos – Jennifer Lawrence signs in New York

JENNIFER LAwrence is the stand-out star of The Hunger Games. We spotted her singing book at at Barnes & Noble in New York. Eat yer heart our Bella Swan… The Hunger Games trilogy is huge. It’s all about life of grisly death. Teeangers fight to the death for the entertainment of cynical adults. It’s the X Factor with bows and arrows and a dystopian backstory… Oh, and you can fancy Lawrence. Her character, Katniss, might be 16, but she is 21. She know the routine. As she says:

“I always think it’s kind of strange when actors are shocked by fame, or claim to be disgusted by it,” she says. “It’s kind of like, really? You knew what you were doing. You’re in movies. You can’t put walls around yourself and say, ‘No, I’ll only let myself get this successful’.”


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Star of "The Hunger Games," Jennifer Lawrence attends a book signing at Barnes & Noble in New York, Tuesday, March 20, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)

Posted: 23rd, March 2012 | In: Film | Comment

The Premiere of Wild Bill in photos

THE Premiere of Wild Bill in photos: Jason Flemyng, Dexter Fletcher and Nick Moran are the streetwise trio of British acting…


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Jason Flemyng and Elly Fairman attending the premiere of Wild Bill, at Cineworld Haymarket in London.

Posted: 21st, March 2012 | In: Film | Comment

Hunger Games: A Map of Panem

THE Hunger Games is here (Twilight met Columbine). In the dystopian post-USA north America, demonic leaders living in Capitol City get taught-skinned, photogenic teens to kill each other on the TV. But where is Panem? Well, one man has investigated. Capital City is in Denver. District 12 is in Appalachia. Lots of bits are underwater or just gone. And Canada is full of trees… Fanciful, we know. But you can’t argue with fictionalised visions of the future.

Click the map. It’s massive.

More here.

Spotter: WOW.

Posted: 14th, March 2012 | In: Film | Comments (2)

Hunger Games Premiere – Twilight meets Columbine

TO the premiere of the Hunger Games, the new teen sensation. Elizabeth Banks was there, showing her backside to rows of men with cameras. (Also, there were Michelle Heaton, and Katie Price, both dressed.) The Hunger Games are based on the triology by Suzanne Collins. In the not-too-distant future, America is finished. The demonic leaders select 24 teenagers to fight each other to the death for a TV show. It’s the TV news bulletins on London kebab shop knifings, only more ordered and better lit. It stars Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen, a simple 15-year-old who is who fancies two macho hard-bodied lads Peeta and Gale. Of Gale,  she says in the book: “His body is familiar to me … but this is the first time I really feel it, lean and hard-muscled against my own.” This is Twilight set amid the Columbine Massacre. It can’t fail…

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Posted: 14th, March 2012 | In: Film | Comment

John Carter is not as good as Avatar – it’s so terrible you might die watching it

IS John Carter the film any good? Peter Bradshaw reviews in the the Guardian:

John Carter is one of those films that is so stultifying, so oppressive and so mysteriously and interminably long that I felt as if someone had dragged me into the kitchen of my local Greggs, and was baking my head into the centre of a colossal cube of white bread. As the film went on, the loaf around my skull grew to the size of a basketball, and then a coffee table, and then an Audi. The boring and badly acted sci-fi mashup continued inexorably, and the bready blandness pressed into my nostrils, eardrums, eye sockets and mouth. I wanted to cry for help, but in bread no one can hear you scream. Finally, I clawed the doughy, gooey, tasteless mass desperately away from my mouth and screeched: “Jesus, I’m watching a pointless film about a 1860s American civil war action hero on Mars, which the inhabitants apparently call Barsoom. I can’t breathe.”

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Posted: 12th, March 2012 | In: Film | Comments (2)

Zero Dark Thirty: Osama bin Laden film attracts predictable protests from extras

ZERO Dark Thirty is Kathryn Bigelow’s film about Osama bin Laden. It’s being filmed in Chandigarh, India. The right-winged Hindu nationalist group Vishwa Hindu Parishad, or World Hindu Council, have protested against the hoisting of Pakistani flags during the shooting of the film.

Bigelow was denied permission to film in Pakistan. So Chandigarh became Lahore.

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Posted: 2nd, March 2012 | In: Film | Comment

Harry Potter: Hogwarts castle at the Warner Bros Studio Tour – in photos

EVER wonder why the stars of The Harry Potter films are so small, all sons and daughters of stars from Michael Bentine’s Potty Time? It’s because they have to fit into Hogwarts. which is not larger than a small camper van. Jose Granell, model supervisor, has unviled a model of Hogwarts castle at the Warner Bros Studio Tour, Watford, London. The Hogwarts castle model was built for the first film ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’, it was created for aerial photography and was digitally scanned for CGI scenes. It took 86 artists and crew members to construct, it measures over 50 feet in diameter and has over 2,500 fibre optic lights.

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Posted: 1st, March 2012 | In: Film | Comment

In the movies – The top 10 rules

IN the movies there are rules. Here are the Top Ten:


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Posted: 28th, February 2012 | In: Film, Key Posts | Comment

Oscars 2012: the best moments in photos

THE 84th Oscars wer a terrific show. Silence as an golden as the statuette as The Artist was named best film at the Oscars. Jean Dujardin became the first Frenchman to win an Academy Award for acting. Michel Hazanavicius, thanks three people for his best picture award for the same film: “Billy Wilder, Billy Wilder and Billy Wilder.” Nicholas Sarkozy, the French president, did as all politics must and thrust himself into the limelight saying the The Artist has made “French cinema proud”.  Meryl Streep scored her second Osar form 17 nominations for playing Lady Thatcher in The Iron Lady. Sacha Baron Cohen hogged the limelight, turning the AGM for the Hollywood film industry into a promotion for his new film by spilling Kim Jong-il’s ashes over the red carpet – but not Halle’s Berry’s chest (again). Another landmark was scored by Christopher Plummer, who at 82 became the oldest actor to win an Oscar, for his performance in The Beginners. Octavia Spencer for getting a gong for her role as the pastry chef in The Help, offering: “I’m freaking out … I’m sorry, I love you … I’m sorry, I love you.” Which might explain why the best actors work with the best scripts…


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Actress Angelina Jolie arrives before the 84th Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)


Posted: 27th, February 2012 | In: Film, Key Posts | Comment

Sacha Baron Cohen’s Oscar stunt gives Ryan Seacrest a powder – video

SACHA Baron Cohen was first banned from promoting his new film, The Dictator, on the Oscars red carpet then allowed to. Arch self-publicist Baron Cohen celebrated on Twitter:

VICTORY IS OURS! Today the Mighty Nation of Wadiya triumphed over the Zionist snakes of Hollywood. Evil and all those who made Satan their protector were vanquished and driven into the Pacific Sea. What I am trying to say here is that the Academy have surrendered and sent over two tickets and a parking pass! TODAY OSCAR, TOMORROW OBAMA!

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Posted: 27th, February 2012 | In: Film, Key Posts | Comment (1)

Oscars – 84th Academy Awards dresses, surgery and red carpet photos


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Meryl Streep arrives before the 84th Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

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Posted: 26th, February 2012 | In: Film, Key Posts | Comment

Oscars 2012: 84th Academy Awards – British nominees reception (photos)

THE Oscars – the 84th Academy Awards. Before the show the British nominees reception was held at the British Consul General’s Residence in Los Angeles, California. Victoria Beckham and the Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Culture, were there. Which of them is the bigger actor, only you can decide…


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AP OUT: Victoria Beckham arrives at a reception to honour the British Nominees of the 84th Annual Academy Awards, held at the British Consul General's Residence in Los Angeles, California.

Posted: 25th, February 2012 | In: Film | Comment

Sacha Baron Cohen banned from Oscars – Dictators gotta dictate

CONGRATULATIONS to Sacha Baron Cohen for getting barred from the Oscars. The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has revoked Sacha Baron Cohen‘s invite. What has the Academy member and Hugo star done to offend?

Well, he wanted to rock up dressed as the eponymous star of his new firm The Dictator. The Academy don’t like the promotion. It’s an AGM not an entertainment show. So he’s banned.

An Oscars spokesperson tells Deadline Hollywood:

”We would hope that every studio knows that this is a bad idea. The Red Carpet is not about stunting.” Oh really? Then why did Trey Parker and Matt Stone of South Park crossdress down the Red Carpet as J-Lo and Gwyneth Paltrow in evening gowns in 2000? Or Ben Stiller appear as an Oscar presenter in full blue Avatar makeup and hair in 2010?

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Posted: 23rd, February 2012 | In: Film | Comment (1)

Iron Sky: A feeble sense of humour means Nazis will love it

THE Berlinale film festival has given a platform to Iron Sky, the Finnish film in which moon-living Nazis invade Earth

It’s 2018 and the Nazis are zooming back to Earth for one final dash at conquest. As Werner Von Braun said: “Vot gos up musst kom down.”

Director Timo Vuorensola told The Wall Street Journal:

“It’s a funny thing, you make a movie about Moon Nazis and the people who get offended are the Americans. I was expecting the Germans to take it badly… I find that when you make fun of Americans, but you aren’t an American, it’s not always accepted.”

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Posted: 17th, February 2012 | In: Film | Comment (1)

Winners and photos – Bafta Film Awards 2012

HERE are the winners and nominees for the Bafta Film Awards 2012. It was cold on the red carpet. The women wore off-the-shoulder gowns and big grins– acting talent commanding teeth not to chatter and skin not to prick and blister against the flashing bulbs. Clooney, Pitt and all the men wore vests, suits and heavy overcoats, preferring to look cool rather than be very cool indeed…


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Holliday Grainger and Joseph Mawie in the press room at the 2012 Orange British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London.

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Posted: 12th, February 2012 | In: Film, Key Posts | Comment (1)

Behind the scenes at the 64th Baftas – photos

BEHIND the scenes at the 2012 Baftas. The 64th Bafta awards will feature such starry stars as George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Tilda Swinton, Gary Oldman and Michael Fassbender. Penelope Cruz. They will tread the red carpet outside Covent’s Garden’s Royal Opera House. We went behind the scenes. Here are the photos of the stars, the dresses, the metal faces on sticks and the food…


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EMBARGOED TO 0001 MONDAY FEBRUARY 6. Fettler Piotr Lichon of New Pro Foundries in West Drayton, West London puts the finishing touches to the Iconic BAFTA Film Award masks ahead of the ceremony later this month.

Posted: 11th, February 2012 | In: Film | Comment