London Day #1 (2/2): easyHotel, Soho Delights And Amour

Curzon Soho

Upon arriving in London, I found myself in one of the busiest queues I have seen in some time waiting to pick up an Oyster card. Yes, you heard that right. Instead of diving into the nearest Starbucks I came across (and believe me, there were plenty), I decided to grab myself an Oyster card and head straight for my hotel to dump off my stuff and shower off the overlong train journey. (I honestly have no idea why I was so worried about using an Oyster card now. From the minute it Continue reading “London Day #1 (2/2): easyHotel, Soho Delights And Amour”

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85th Academy Awards: Nominations

Academy Awards

The nominations for the 85th annual Academy Awards were announced earlier today by host Seth MacFarlane and actress Emma Stone, both of whom brought some much-needed humour to the usually dull announcement. Lincoln, Steven Spielberg’s historical biopic about former US president Abraham Lincoln’s endeavours to achieve passage of the constitutional amendment, was revealed as the frontrunner with a total of twelve nominations, with Silver Linings Playbook Continue reading “85th Academy Awards: Nominations”

BIFA Awards 2012: Nominations

Actor Adrian Lester announced the nominations for the 15th annual Moët British Independent Film Awards (BIFA’s) at St Martins Lane, London earlier this afternoon. The films that received the highest number of nominations include Broken (9), directed by Rufus Norris and starring Tim Roth and Cillian Murphy; Berberian Sound Studio (7), directed by Peter Strickland and starring Toby Jones; and Ben Wheatley’s Sightseers (7), starring Alice Lowe and Steve Oram. Continue reading “BIFA Awards 2012: Nominations”

56th BFI London Film Festival Lineup Announced

The official programme for the 56th BFI London Film Festival was announced earlier today by Festival Director Clare Stewart.

Featuring a massive two hundred and twenty five features, including fourteen World Premieres, fifteen International Premieres and thirty four European Premieres, this year’s instalment will open with the previously confirmed Continue reading “56th BFI London Film Festival Lineup Announced”

EIFF 2012: My Ten Picks

Last year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival was, for all intents and purposes, a complete shambles. Festival director James Mullighan was roped in at the last minute when the search to replace Hannah McGill went sour and the festival had a distinct lack of energy compared to previous years. Whether that was down to the poorly run press department, absurd choice of venues or Mullighan himself is anyone’s guess.

This year, however, things seem to be looking up for the world’s oldest continually running film festival. Not to sound too optimistic or anything but, Continue reading “EIFF 2012: My Ten Picks”

Isabelle Huppert Joins Dead Man Down

Isabelle Huppert (I Heart Huckabees) has landed a supporting role in Dead Man Down, Deadline has revealed.

Huppert, who will next be seen in two Cannes-bound films: Michael Haneke’s Amour (Love) and Hong Sang-Soo’s In Another Country, will star opposite Colin Farrell (Fright Night), Noomi Rapace (Babycall), Dominic Cooper (An Education) and Terrence Howard (Crash) in the crime-thriller.

The film, which is scheduled to shoot in May, centers on a crime lord’s right hand Continue reading “Isabelle Huppert Joins Dead Man Down”

Sony Pictures Classics Acquires Michael Haneke’s Amour (Love)

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired the North American distribution rights to Amour, French filmmaker Michael Haneke’s follow-up to the multi-award winning The White Ribbon, The Playlist have discovered.

Amour, known as Love in English-speaking countries, tells of the struggles felt by a cultivated, retired couple, Georges (Jean-Louis Trintignant) and Anne (Emmanuelle Riva), when Anne unexpectedly suffers a life-threatening stroke. Continue reading “Sony Pictures Classics Acquires Michael Haneke’s Amour (Love)”