British Institute Fellowship for Christopher Lee

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British acting legend Sir Christopher Lee has received a fellowship from the British Film Institute. The fellowship is the highest honour the BFI presents.

Lee, who is 91, was presented with the honour at the 57th BFI London Film Festival recently. Other actors who have received fellowships from BFI includeHelena Bonham CarterTim BurtonDavid Cronenberg and Ralph Fiennes. He said it was a privilege to be included in the group of actors who have won awards from the BFI.

Sir Christopher is one of the legends of film, starring in old horror films alongside Peter Cushing among others. He has been in more than 200 films as well as television and starred in his first film – 1948’s “Corridor of Mirrors”. He made his name starring as Dracula in the 1960’s series of films.

The tall actor has also played Lord Summerisle in the 1973 movie “The Wicker Man” and with Sir Roger Moore in the James Bond film “The Man With the Golden Gun”.

In recent times Sir Christopher enticed a new generation playing Saruman the White in the “The Lord ofthe Rings” and “The Hobbit” series. He received a knighthood in 2009. The actor has many talents as he recorded a metal album back in 2012.

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Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult top billed for new film

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Twilight saga star Kristen Stewart and “About a Boy” ingénue Nicholas Hoult are hooking up. Not in that way! But for a new film entitled “Equals”. The pair has been billed to star in the science fiction film to be written and directed by Drake Doremus.

The movie is to be based on a screenplay by Nathan Parker. Parker previously scripted the the 2009 film “Moon”.

Doremus has worked on the other films including “Breathe”.

The roles that Stewart and Hoult will play have not yet been revealed. They have never yet worked together although both have worked on films that were based on non-fiction books. It is reported that they will be romantically linked in the movie.

Stewart made her latest splash on screen in the Twilight movies in which she played Bella Swan which wrapped up last year with “Breaking Dawn: Part Two” while Hoult’s most recent work was in the film Warm Bodies.

Warm Bodies was based on Isaac Marion’s book of the same name. The film was adapted by Jonathan Levine. Hoult also worked on “Jack The Giant Slayer” in 2013.

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Stills released from new X-Men film

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The X-Men franchise continues with the X-Men: Days of Future Past due to be released sometime in 2014.

The film’s director Bryan Singer has released stills from the new film which is currently in production.

A short teaser trailer was released early in the week and then a few equally short new stills have also been released.

The images from the film, being produced by 20th Century Fox, were released by Empire andEntertainment Weekly magazines. Much of the main cast from the earlier films have reunited for his sequel.

Among the stars involved in the production are Charles Xavier played by Scottish actor James McAvoy, and Erik Lehnsherr being played by Michael FassbenderHugh Jackman asWolverineEllen Page as Kitty Pryde, and Shawn Ashmore as Iceman.

Also making their return to this new X-Men movie are an old Professor Xavier played by English actor Patrick Stewart and Magneto, played by Sir Ian McKellan.

The X-Men has spawned a slew of sequels and prequels including Wolverine, and X-Men United.

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Zac Efron reunites with British girlfriend

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American cinema star Zac Efron has reunited with his British girlfriend Lily Collins after the actor went into rehab.

It appears that Collins has been offering Efron support through his struggles and the flame was reignited. Efron, who starred in the High School Musical film and their sequels, has been struggling with a cocaine addiction. He stayed in a rehab facility several times and Collins was one of the persons who reached out to him in his hour of need.

The pair had split up prior to his troubles and so they never quite ended their romance. The two dated for three months in 2012 and then they ended their relationship in June. It was assumed that their relationship ended because they weren’t serious about each other.

However, now that Efron is in trouble maybe the two will find common ground once again. The two have been sighed together out in public, at the movies. It appears that Collins has competition though. Efron was also seen out with another actress, American Brittany Snow.

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Tim Roth for Sepp Blatter film

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British actor Tim Roth has signed up to star as the head of football’s world governing body FIFA in a new movie about Joseph Sepp Blatter.

Blatter the Swiss boss of the football body and the movie will be based on his life and will not only coincide with the FIFA World Cup Football Finals inBrazil in 2014 but also the 110th anniversary of the Geneva-based organisation.French star Gerard Depardieu will also star in the film.

The movie will be made by a French production company and will tell about the formation of FIFA in 1904 to the present day.

Roth will play Blatter while Depardieu will play the former FIFA president Jules Rimet after whom the World Cup trophy is named. Rimet was president of FIFA from 1921 to 1954.

Blatter, who is often controversial, has said he is pleased about the casting for the film and is happy about being portrayed by Roth on film.

“I had read a lot of the CV and (seen) all the realisations (films) that Tim Roth has made. I was very eager to meet him, and I have just realised that really we have something in common,” Blatter was quoted by Reuters as saying.

Filming for the movie will take place in FranceBrazil, and Azerbaijan.

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Guardian’s top 10 sci-fi flicks

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There are some movies that no matter how much time passes, have stuck in the mind and never go away.

These are the movies that legends are made of, the standard by which all other films are judged and they have endure throughout time.

The UK Guardian has named its list of the top 10 science fiction films of all time. Some were directed by one o the greatest film directors of all time – the American Steven Spielberg (Close Encounters of the Third Kind and ET: The Extra Terrestrial) and there are others by the British film director Stanley Kubrick(2001: A Space Odyssey) that earned a reputation for breaking down barriers in film corners.

Many of these films were made before the year 2000 which in itself perhaps speaks to the quality of contemporary film making.

The top ten in reverse order are: 10. The Matrix; 9. The Terminator/The Terminator 2:Judgment Day; 8. Close Encounters of the Third Kind; 7. Star Wars; 6. ET: The Extra Terrestrial; 5. Solaris; 4. Alien; 3. Blade Runner; 2.Metropolis; 1. 2001: A Space Odyssey.

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Avatar 2 set to start filming

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James Cameron’s Avatar became the highest-grossing movie in the world and now the plans are the works to make a sequel to the film.

Cameron has confirmed that he will make Avatar 2, 3, and 4 with the first sequel due to begin filming in October 2014. Avatar 2 will be released in December 2016 with the third installment to hit theatres in December 2017 and the final in December 2018.

Stephen Lang will reprise his role as Colonel Miles Quatrich, despite seeming to have died in the first Avatar film.

The first Avatar film was released in 2009 and made over $2.7 billion worldwide making it the biggest money earning film of all time and was nominated for several Academy Awards including Best Director for Cameron. The award eventually went to Cameron’s ex-wife for directing The Hurt Locker.

It appears that former Governor of California Arnold Schwarzeneggar is interested in the films. It has been reported that he is being sought to play the role of a human general in the films.

The pair has previously worked on Terminator, Terminator 2, and True Lies together.

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King’s Speech top UK real life film

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King George VI was one of the UK’s favourite kings and now the movie about his life is the top British real life film.

The King’s Speech, which won British actor Colin Firth the Academy Award for Best Actor in 2011, has been named the top UK real life film in a poll conducted by American Express.

The film, directed by Tom Hooper, won 28 per cent of the votes.

The 2008 movie The Boys in the Striped Pyjamas which was directed by Mark Herman was the runner up while Steven Spielberg’s 2012 film Lincoln which tells the story of the American president was third.

Mark Zuckerberg’s story The Social Network which told about the emergence of Facebook was also in the running with 127 Hours, the story of a man trapped while mountain climbing was also in the running in fifth.

The poll was conducted at the end of last week’s London Film Festival which had several real life movies making their premiere.

The top ten in that order are 1. The King’s Speech, 2. The Boys in the Striped Pyjamas, 3. Lincoln, 4. The Social Netwrok, 5. 127 Hours, 6. Argo, 7. The Impossible, 8. The Blind Side, 9. Valkyrie, 10. Zero Dark Thirty.

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Steve Coogan talks about his new film

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Irish actor Steve Coogan has a new film and he says his Irish Catholic roots had a big role I his new film “Philomena”.

The film, which also stars Dame Judy Dench, tells the story of Philomena Leean Irish woman who was forced to give up her son for adoption in the 1950s and then later goes on a search for the boy.

Coogan, who is also a producer, along with his co-writer Jeff Pope, has won a best screenplay award for the film at the Venice Film Festival.

The boy depicted in the story, Anthony Lee, eventually became an advisor to then-presidents George Bush and Ronald Reagan, but eventually died of AIDS before he was able to meet his birth mother.

Coogan, a devout Catholic himself, says he wanted to tell the stories of persons who were devout Catholics who became victims of the system of the times.

He said that the story of Philomena is a story of a lot of people who still practice the Catholic faith “with diligence”. Philomena Lee opened at the Irish Film Institute last week to good reviews.

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Guardian’s Top 10 crime movies

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These days it seems that most movies are being recycled and oftentimes the remake isn’t half as good as the original. The UK Guardian has counted down its top 10 crime films in history. Some of them are American made but their appeal crosses borders and oceans.

The films include three from the 1980s and 1990s and one Japanese (“Rashomon”) which won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and one French (“Hidden”) and three which were made before 1970 ( Vertigo, Touch of Evil, and Double Indemnity).

Interestingly, the list does not include any of The Godfather films and it includes only one film directed by Martin Scorsese. It does include a classic by the great British suspense/thriller director Alfred Hitchcock.

The top 10 in that order are 1. “Chinatown”, 2. “Touch of Evil”, 3. “Vertigo”, 4. “Badlands”, 5. “Rashomon”, 6. “Double Indemnity”, 7. “Get Carter”, 8. “Pulp Fiction”, 9. “Hidden”, and 10. “Goodfellas”.

There are a lot more great films in the genre that couldn’t make the list.

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