Top Ten: Actors Snubbed by Oscar

We’re now at the stage in the cinema calendar where the Oscar nominations have been announced and the films designed to bait the audience are being gushed over. Steven Spielberg directs Tom Hanks in a Cold War thriller. Tick. Cate Blanchett in a 1950s lesbian love story. Tick…

The Social Network

If you listen to the BBC’s flagship movie programme Kermode & Mayo’s Film Reviews on Five Live, you’ll know there’s an ongoing debate about whether Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is a spy movie…

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

When I named my five must-see films for autumn/winter 2011 Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy was right at the top of the list. The extended clips and discussion with producer Robyn Slovo and screenwriter Peter Straughan at Empire Big Screen really whetted my appetite….

5 movies I can’t wait to see… but will just have to!

This summer hasn’t exactly been a classic. Not in terms of the shocking weather and certainly not when you look at what’s been on at the cinema. Harry Potter was the first brilliant blockbuster of the year…

Empire Big Screen – Day Two Review

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Empire Big Screen (2011)

Guest post by James Eckersley

Having been warned about the organisation at the Big Screen event (Louise recommended bringing a patient face – not something I possess) I was pleasantly surprised that there was minimal effort required to get to our seats in the initial Diamond Ticket holders Showcase in the morning. Giving up phone and camera were the main hardships, but understandable if we were seeing something unfinished that the film-makers didn’t want to get onto the internet out of context.

We saw so much in the initial session that I can only really go into the highlights – there were big reactions from the crowd for exclusive footage from ‘Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows’ (presented by Guy Ritchie), which looked good. I’ll be interested to see Jared Harris as Moriarty and Stephen Fry play opposite Robert Downey Jnr as Mycroft, a brutal fight scene from Stephen Soderbergh’s ‘Haywire’ – performed without stunt doubles, and ‘The Amazing Spiderman’ footage that screened at Comic Con.

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Empire Big Screen – Day One Review

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Empire Big Screen (2011)

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Empire Big Screen (2011)  I’m now on my long break between sessions at Empire’s Big Screen so it’s a good time to report back on my thoughts so far. First – the positives. The screening of ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ with a […]