57th annual BFI London Film Festival – more than 300 movies across the capital

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The BFI London Film Festival offers enhanced opportunities for audiences to engage with a wide diversity of British and international films, celebrating and reflecting upon the rich diversity of life in the UK and beyond.

The BFI London Film Festival (also known as just the London Film Festival) is the UK‘s largest public film event, screening more than 300 features, documentaries and shorts from almost 50 countries. The festival, (the LFF), currently in its 57th year, is run every year in the second half of October under the umbrella of the British Film Institute. The Festival showcases the best of world cinema to champion creativity, originality, vision and imagination, and presents the finest contemporary international cinema from both established and emerging film-makers.

The festival hosts high profile awards contenders, screens recently restored archive films, champions new discoveries and combines curatorial strength with red carpet glamour. It also provides an extensive programme of industry events, public forums, education events, lectures, masterclasses and Q&As with film-makers and film talent.

For tickets and more information on screenings and premieres please visit :

http://www.bfi.org.uk/lff

Jack Davenport and Company leave us Breathless in delightful ensemble drama

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*Set before the swinging sixties when Britain was still constrained by convention, the ensemble drama stars Jack Davenport, Zoe Boyle (Downton Abbey), Catherine Steadman (The Tudors), Iain Glen (Game of Thrones) and Joanna Page (Gavin and Stacey).

The story centers around the complicated personal and professional lives of hospital staff in a London on the brink of the sexual revolution in 1961. It’s a pre-Beatles Britain, where the pill hasn’t been introduced yet, abortion is outlawed and it’s illegal to be gay. The political perspective made it palatable for both Unwin and Davenport. “I don’t actually like period drama,” admitted Unwin, while Davenport diagnoses himself as “allergic” to medical procedurals.  “We worked really hard for it to not look like a traditional period drama,” Unwin told The Hollywood Reporter. “We really wanted it to feel funkier, brighter, more colorful and sharper than the slightly dourer outlook of that period we are used to seeing. We tried to invent something that is a period drama but doesn’t necessarily feel like one.”

Davenport praises Unwin for turning out Pinteresque scripts with little dialogue but lots of wiggle room. “Where most writers tend to use seven words, Paul tends to use three, which is really liberating. This is a very controlled, clipped and stratified world, and yet they’re still human beings. From the get-go, it’s clear that what’s unsaid is as important as what is said, if not more so.”

The clothes, however, are a different story. “Truthfully, you start dressing yourself up in that stuff and suddenly your physicality is taken care of, whether you like it or not.”  While sure to draw comparisons to Mad Men starting from the opening credits to Boyle’s social-climbing sexpot redhead to the impeccable costumes and sets, the six-episode ITV Studios and Masterpiece co-production sets out to shatter the world.

See the Trailer Here :

Breathless is a six parter and airs Thursdays from 10th October on ITV1 in the UK

*Courtesy The Hollywood Reporter

British Movie Star pays Homage to the Legendary Douglas Fairbanks

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British Hollywood Movie star Tamer Hassan, paid a fond tribute to the Legendary Douglas Fairbanks, during an interview at BAFTA.  Tamer certainly bears a passing resemblance to one of the greatest figures and founding fathers of Cinema.

Douglas Fairbanks Snr was born May 23, 1883, in Denver, Colorado, and died Dec. 12, 1939 in Santa Monica, California.  He was one of the first and greatest of the swashbuckling screen heroes. His athletic prowess, gallant romanticism, and natural sincerity made him “King of Hollywood” during the 1920s. Learn more about him here : http://www.biography.com/people/douglas-fairbanks-sr-9290911

Tamer Hassan recently joined global powerhouse, Talent and Literary Agency Curtis Brown.  He will be represented by legendary Agent Maxine Brown.

Curtis Brown ia one of the world’s leading literary and talent agencies, which also has a film production arm (CUBA Pictures), running an innovative series of creative writing courses (Curtis Brown Creative), and an industry leading translation rights department.

Tamer has just completed a role opposite Sir Ben Kingsley in ‘Our Robot Overlords’ due to be released in 2014 and this Autumn/Fall will be co-starring with Jonathan Rhys Meyers in NBC’s eagerly anticipated new series ‘Dracula’ (http://www.nbc.com/dracula) .

Oprah Winfrey to Receive Hollywood Reporter’s Sherry Lansing Leadership Award

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News comes to us courtesy of our friends at the Hollywood Reporter that Oprah Winfrey has been selected as the 2013 recipient of The Hollywood Reporter‘s Sherry Lansing Leadership Award, which recognizes a woman who is a pioneer and a leader in her industry.  Journalist and activist Maria Shriver will present Winfrey with the award at THR’s 22nd annual Women in Entertainment Breakfast, which will be held Dec. 11 at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles.

“Oprah is an inspiration to us all,” The Hollywood Reporter editorial director Janice Min said. “She has wielded her tremendous influence to empower women both here in Hollywood and around the world, and motivated countless individuals to contribute to causes that better their communities. She is the embodiment of this award.”  The breakfast, presented by Lifetime and sponsored by Gucci, Samsung Galaxy, Audi, Roberto Coin, City National Bank and Loyola Marymount University, coincides with the publication of The Hollywood Reporter‘s annual Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Entertainment list, on which Winfrey has been featured numerous times.

Also during the breakfast, the 2013 Women in Entertainment Mentorship Program, which pairs ambitious inner-city girls with leading women executives from media and entertainment, will be presented. The 2013 mentees will spend an afternoon with their mentor every two weeks for a year learning the ins and outs of developing a career in media and entertainment. Past mentors have included Anne Sweeney, president of Disney/ABC Television Group and co-chair of Disney Media Networks; A+E Networks chairman Abbe Raven; 20th Century Fox chairman Dana Walden; and Universal Pictures co-chairman Donna Langley.

Showrunner Simon Mirren on Hollywood and getting away with Murder

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(Image Courtesy Louise Fancey-Mirren)

Simon Mirren is a successful Hollywood screenwriter and showrunner.  Before his relocation to LA, Simon was a screenwriter on British hits such as Waking the Dead. He was a key contributor on Series 1 and 2 of Spooks and was responsible for sourcing much of the research that gave the opening seasons such authenticity.  Simon worked on Without a Trace and Third Watch before spending six years on the hit series Criminal Minds culminating as showrunner. He is the nephew of Oscar Winning Actress Dame Helen Mirren.  We were delighted to interview him for LA Talk Radio.

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Click here for the interview: http://www.latalkradio.com/images/Hollywood-011610.mp3

Simon is currently co-writing the pilot for new Canal Plus series Versailles with David Wolstencroft.

Hollywood Stars Sign Up to Exclusive UK ‘Have Guru’ Travel Service

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Hollywood stars sign up with interest for the latest across the pond service offered by Fit4 THE PART, an addition to the popular ‘Have Guru Travel’ package.  This is yet another unique service offered by UK Celebrity Fitness guru Jon Trevor. In collaboration with Jayjay Epega who runs Epegamedia which works in conjunction with talented individuals and innovative companies to meet the demands of a constantly changing media world, this service was designed by Jon to meet the demands of artistes travelling to the UK, providing practical and reassuring solutions for international clients who wish to maintain their health and fitness under professional guidance.

Continuing a duty of care Jon Trevor will liaise with a client’s health professional or personal trainer back home to provide informed and continued programme maintenance while in the UK, this exclusive across the pond service can be provided at a client’s residence or alternative locations, a popular request is in the comfort and privacy of a hotel suite, many clients have experienced Jon’s unique training solutions in some of London’s most prestigious hotels, including The Lanesborough in Knightsbridge, the Soho Hotel and also at the Savoy London.

Join Jon Trevor’s exclusive green room at : http://fit4thepart.com/green-room-clients/

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