9th November 2012

As big movies like Skyfall and Argo open in the USA and UK respectively, it's the smaller titles that are getting the most attention. The British independent drama My Brother the Devil won awards at Sundance and festivals in Berlin, London, Los Angeles and San Francisco, and has garnered four-star reviews across the board from UK critics this weekend. Now the public gets a chance to see it.

Ben Affleck

In London, the stars turned out this week for the premiere of Gambit, a remake of the 1966 heist comedy. The film's stars Colin Firth, Cameron Diaz, Alan Rickman and Tom Courtenay were on hand both for the red carpet premiere and a meet-the-filmmakers event at London's Apple Store.
Hitchcock Trailer

Meanwhile, Helen Mirren has been doing Q&As in London for her new film Hitchcock, in which she plays Alma Reville, wife of Alfred Hitchcock (Anthony Hopkins). The movie traces the making of Psycho with Janet Leigh (Scarlett Johansson), Vera Miles (Jessica Biel) and Anthony Perkins (James D'Arcy). A new trailer makes it look like a lot of fun. And a probable awards contender too.

Over in Los Angeles, paparazzi temporarily blinded Emma Stone as she left a salon on Monday evening. She makes it back to her car and asks them to stop setting off their flashbulbs in her face as she's trying to reverse onto the road, but they carry on snapping as she drives away.

Penelope Cruz also faced the paps at a Rome photocall for her new movie Venuto al Mondo. She looks gorgeous in a black leather trenchcoat posing with the cast and the lively director Sergio Castellitto, who plants a kiss on her for the cameras.

And with only a week until Breaking Dawn: Part 2 opens, Twilight fans were further stirred up with the release of a new trailer that shows a lot more of the plot and characters. It looks like a properly bonkers conclusion to a movie series that has sometimes been a bit dull. But since the distributor refuses to show it to critics, there won't be any reviews on the film's opening day. Which is a bit worrying....

Rich Cline