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One Last Hurrah

Just when you thought that the awards season was over, there is time for just one more… For all the goss on the Jameson Empire Awards, head this way. Advertisements

Take Five: March 24-30

A snapshot of the week’s movie news: 1. Frozen overtakes Toy Story 3 to become highest-grossing animated film in history. 2. Harry Potter spinoff turns from one into three films. 3. Kevin Spacey is to play Winston Churchill in biopic entitled Captain of the Gate. 4. Fox sets dates for Fantastic Four and Wolverine sequels. 5. … Continue reading

Top Ten: Those Were The Days

It was my grandmother’s funeral today, so this week’s Top Ten is in her honour. Born at the height of the Roaring Twenties into a sleepy part of England, she would not have been aware of the lure of ’20s directly, but I like to imagine that she would have enjoyed the era had she … Continue reading

Review: Turks and Caicos

Well acted (yet strangely uneventful) TV spy drama starring Bill Nighy, Helena Bonham Carter and Christoph Waltz. Largely enjoyable thriller in style of classic novels. Nicely shot, but predictable plot. Three stars. Full review to follow.

Review: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Arguably Wes Anderson’s most enjoyable film to date. Wonderful use of colour combined with action-packed plot and wonderful dry humour. Slightly sluggish in places, but Ralph Fiennes sublime. Four stars. Full review to follow.

Here Comes The Sun

With just over a month to go, Sundance London yesterday announced the programme for this year’s festival. Highlights among the 21 feature films include Fassbender in Frank, Arterton in The Voices and Coogan in The Trip to Italy. The festival also includes 18 short films and a selection of panels. Tickets will go on sale … Continue reading

Naming A Legend

The latest issue of Empire arrived on my doormat today and its cover is graced by the man named as their ‘Legend of our Lifetime’… (drum roll)… Mr Tom Cruise. Having been on the cover of the magazine more times than anyone else, Cruise is no doubt a powerful force in Hollywood. And I must admit that I have … Continue reading

Take Five: March 17-23

A snapshot of this week’s movie news: 1. Star Wars: Episode VII is set to start shooting in London’s Pinewood Studios in May 2014 and will be set 30 years after Episode VI. 2. David Fincher wants Christian Bale for the role of Steve Jobs in Apple biopic. 3. Disney and Pixar are planning new sequels Incredibles … Continue reading

Done In Sixty Seconds

Every year Empire teams up with Jameson to host its own awards evening, the highlight of which is a showcase for new filmmakers who have reduced classic films to just one minute of footage. This year’s nominees for the UK section have been announced, ranging from Dead Poets Society to Gravity, Manhattan, The Artist and … Continue reading

Top Ten: Maybe Movies

Many a brilliant concept has failed to make the leap from page to screen, falling foul of money/casting/personality clash woes. This week’s Top Ten (compiled by Simon Braund at Publishers Weekly) imagines what might have happened if the fates had been kinder… 1. Alejandro Jodorowsky’s Dune 2. Giraffes on Horseback Saddles 3. Kubrick’s Napoleon 4. … Continue reading