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Paul Greengrass 'honoured' to open BFI London Film Festival

Paul Greengrass 'honoured' to open BFI London Film Festival

Sep 4 2013, 8:06am CDT | by Bang Movies

Paul Greengrass says it's a ''big honour'' to open the BFI London Film Festival with his new movie 'Captain Phillips'. The BAFTA Award-winning director will launch the 57th annual movie gala on...

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Paul Greengrass 'honoured' to open BFI London Film Festival

Sep 4 2013, 8:06am CDT | by Bang Movies

Paul Greengrass says it's a ''big honour'' to open the BFI London Film Festival with his new movie 'Captain Phillips'.

The BAFTA Award-winning director will launch the 57th annual movie gala on October 9 with his Tom Hanks-starring high-stakes thriller about the 2009 hijacking of US Maersk Alabama by a crew of Somali pirates, and he is delighted by the distinction, especially as it will allow him to fly the flag for his home country.

Speaking to BANG Showbiz at the press launch of the London Film Festival today (04.09.13), he said: ''It's a very, very big honour. It's an absolute thrill. I'm a British filmmaker, I've always made films here, including this one. Although it wasn't shot here, it was a largely British crew. I believe passionately in British filmmaking and British talent, in front of and behind the camera, so to be asked to open the festival is a huge, huge honour.''

'Captain Phillips' leading man Tom Hanks will have the unique role of opening and closing the festival, as his Walt Disney biopic 'Saving Mr. Banks' will serve as the closing night gala on October 20.

Other films set to screen at this year's 12-day extravaganza include Alfonso Cuaron's breathtaking space adventure 'Gravity', starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney; Joel and Ethan Coen's 'Inside Llewyn Davis' with Justin Timberlake and Carey Mulligan, which took home the Grand Prix award at Cannes earlier this year; Steve McQueen's '12 Years a Slave' starring Brad Pitt and Michael Fassbender; and 'The Dark Knight Rises' actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt's directorial debut, comedy 'Don Jon'.

The 57th annual BFI London Film Festival is set to be the biggest yet, boasting 22 world premieres and 29 European premieres, and many of the films being shown will be vying for acclaim in the lead-up to the BAFTAs and Oscars.

BFI CEO Amanda Nevill told BANG: ''Producers want their films to be in the London Film Festival because it is very close to the awards season and it is the perfect opportunity to get that really important spotlight on the films.''

The BFI London Film Festival takes place between October 9 and 20.

For more information and the full festival line-up visit http://www.bfi.org.uk/lff.

Source: Bang Movies


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Steven Spielberg Developing MINORITY REPORT TV Series with GODZILLA Writer

Aug 21 2014 2:51pm CDT | Source: Collider

Steven Spielberg is no stranger to the television landscape, but for one of his upcoming small screen projects it appears that he’s keen on mining one of his own properties.  Spielberg is developing a Minority Report TV series based on his Tom Cruise-fronted 2002 sci-fi thriller of the same name, per The Wrap.  As you well know, Minority Report was based on a Philip K. Dick short story that revolved around the PreCrime unit, which spe ...
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Tom Hanks’ Free iPad Typewriter App Climbs to No. 1 on Apple’s App Store

Aug 18 2014 2:51pm CDT | Source: variety

Award-winning actor Tom Hanks now has the most popular iPad app on Apple’s iTunes App Store, as the thesp’s Hanx Writer free app — emulating a manual typewriter — currently sits atop the service’s ranking for the tablet devices. Launched on Aug. 14, Hanx Writer simulates the experience of a manual typ ...
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Global Showbiz Briefs: Brad Pitt’s ‘Fury’ To Close London Film Festival; Zurich Fest Unveils First Gala Premieres; More

Aug 15 2014 12:00am CDT | Source: Deadline

Last year, the London Film Festival was bookended by a pair of Tom Hanks movies. This year, the fest is going in a different direction with opening- and closing-night films set during World War II. The event will open with The Imitation Game on October 8 and now has set David Ayer's Fury as the capper on October 19. The pic stars Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Peña, and Jon Bernthal. Pitt and Ayer are confirmed to at ...
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3 weeks ago

WEST SIDE STORY Remake is Still on Steven Spielberg’s Mind

Aug 8 2014 5:59pm CDT | Source: Collider

Steven Spielberg is busy promoting The Hundred-Foot Journey, gearing up to shoot his Untitled Cold War Thriller with Tom Hanks and prepping for his adaptation of The BFG, but the guy’s still got West Side Story on the brain.  We first told you about Spielberg’s hope to make his own version of the 1961 classic back in March.  There was no writer attached and Spielberg merely expressed interest in the idea and nothing more, but when someone like Steven Spielberg says he wants t ...
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3 weeks ago

Here’s How Steven Spielberg’s ‘The BFG’ Movie May Be Different From the Book

Aug 8 2014 3:30pm CDT | Source: slash film

Roald Dahl fans the world over rejoiced to hear that Steven Spielberg had chosen a live-action adaptation of Dahl’s The BFG as one of his next projects. But purists should be warned: It seems Spielberg plans on making a few changes from Dahl’s beloved novel. Hit the jump to find out how Spielberg’s The BFG movie may be different. The basic premise of The BFG will remain the same as that of the book. The protagonist is a little girl ...
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3 weeks ago

Trivia: The New Ninja Turtles Were Modeled After These Popular Movie Characters

Aug 7 2014 11:00am CDT | Source: movies.com

Last year we visited the New York set of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and were surprised to learn that even though these characters had existed for 30 years, filmmakers wanted a fresh approach and looked for inspiration from existing movie characters, as well as famous actors and world leaders.  So when you watch Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles this weekend, see if you can spot any similarities between your favorite turtl ...
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4 weeks ago

This Role Could Have Killed Chris Pratt's Career Before GotG!

Aug 3 2014 9:20pm CDT | Source: movie pilot

DISCLAIMER: This article is based solely on opinion and speculation.With his acclaimed voice-over role as Emmet in The Lego Movie and his equally acclaimed starring role as Peter Quill/Star Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy, Chris Pratt is set to be one of the 2014's breakout stars. After such high-calibur roles as Justin in Zero Dark Thirty, Paul in Her, and Andy Dwyer on Parks and Recreation, Pratt has earned his status as a star. However, in 2013, he had what was arguably one ...
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4 weeks ago

Paul Greengrass to Direct Spy Drama Agent Storm

Jul 31 2014 10:03am CDT | Source: movie pilot

Topical adaptation alert!Paul Greengrass and Scott Rudin - the team behind the Oscar-nominated Captain Phillips - look set to team up once again, and this time, it's political.The duo have jumped aboard the adaptation of the real-life spy thriller Agent Storm: My Life Inside Al-Qaeda. The film, like the novel, will follow Morten Storm, the (brilliantly named) Dane who went from an unruly teenager, to an Islamic Jihadist in Yemen, and eventually ...
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6 weeks ago

Amy Ryan & Alan Alda Joining Steven Spielberg's Cold War Thriller

Jul 22 2014 12:47am CDT | Source: First Showing

By the time the next film from Steven Spielberg hits theaters, it will have been nearly three years since Lincoln hit theaters. That just goes to show you how hard it is to find the right project or even get one made, regardless of whether you're an iconic filmmaker or not. But Spielberg is hard at work on getting an untitled Cold War thriller off the ground, aiming to begin shooting this fall, with Tom Hanks reuniting with the director for a four ...
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