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A United Kingdom - Featurettes

'A United Kingdom' is the story of Sir Seretse Khama who, in 1948, caused a stir within both the UK and South African governments when he - as the Prince of Bechuanaland (now Botswana) - fell in love and decided to marry a white woman named Ruth Williams from London.

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A United Kingdom Review


Based on a powerful true story from the late 1940s, this drama is packed with present-day resonance as it explores a relationship that sparks intense social and political fallout. And it's made properly engaging with central roles beautifully played by David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike. So it's a shame that the screenplay is so simplistic, failing to generate any momentum in the story with its awkward structure and paper-thin side characters.

It opens in 1947, as Seretse Khama (Oyelowo) has spent 20 years of his life studying in London and is ready to return to Bechuanaland (now Botswana) to take his rightful place as king. But he has fallen in love with white, working-class Englishwoman Ruth (Pike), and they decide to return to Africa together. This causes a crisis for Seretse's uncle Tshkedi (Vusi Kunene), who has been ruling the country while Seretse was away. And there's even more fierce resistance from the British colonial officials (including Jack Davenport and Tom Felton), who refuse to allow the couple to live together in Bechuanaland because a mixed-race marriage undermines the UK's acceptance of South Africa's policy of Apartheid. So they exile Seretse from the country and manipulate the situation to Britain's political benefit. But Ruth stays and fights on.

The film chronicles this astonishing battle with a fascinating attention to detail, although screenwriter Guy Hibbert struggles to avoid repetition as the events shift between Africa and London, leaving main characters off the screen for what turns out to be years at a time. Meanwhile, the British are portrayed as moustache-twirling villains who lie and conspire to undermine the government of Bechuanaland. A bit more complexity might have made the situation compelling on-screen.

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A United Kingdom Trailer

Once upon a time, a handsome, intelligent man fell in love with an equally clever and intelligent woman, the couple married and lived happily ever after. Ruth Williams and Seretse Khama met in Britain in 1947, he was a young man training to be a barrister and she was a clerk working for Lloyds of London.

The pair immediately felt an affinity for one another and courted for a year before Seretse and Ruth married. As well as being an interracial couple, Seretse has a lot more to his past than Ruth ever knew. Seretse is a prince of Bechuanaland and lives a hugely important life in a county that feels a whole world away from the comparatively cosmopolitan London.

 Though Ruth and Seretse married - much against the advice of all their peers - apartheid in South Africa, the people of Bechuanaland and the British government all played a part in keeping Sertse from his birth right and went to extreme lengths to have the couple extradited from the country.

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Ben Foster Is Cast In Hostiles

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Ben Foster has been cast in 'Hostiles'.

The 35-year-old American actor is set to star alongside Christian Bale, 42, in Scott Cooper's tale, which is set in 1892, and follows the story of an army captain who is forced to escort a dying Cheyenne war chief to his tribal land.

The forthcoming production will be just the second time the pair have worked together, after co-starring together in the 2007 blockbuster '3:10 to Yuma'.

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'Birdman' Leads Golden Globe Nominations

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The Golden Globe nominations are out, and yet again it’s the dark comedy of Birdman that leads the way with nods in seven categories in total. The surreal drama-comedy, by Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, has been nominated for best picture in the comedy / musical category.

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Michael Keaton's starring role in Birdman has had the critics purring since its release in October

Michael Keaton, whose flagging career was revitalised by the film, has been selected for the best actor category, and supporting actor Edward Norton and supporting actress Emma Stone have been given the nod in those respective lists. The other three nominations it attracted were best director, screenplay and score.

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Twisting, Turning 'Gone Girl' Retains No.1 Spot With $26.8 Million

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David Fincher's thriller Gone Girl has retained its spot atop the U.S box-office for a second week, out-battling several new releases to pull in a considerable haul of $26.8 million for 21st Century Fox. Horror entry Dracula Untold, a new release from Universal, came in second place with $23.5 million.

Gone GirlBen Affleck as Nick Dunne in 'Gone Girl'

Elsewhere, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible No Good, Very Bad Day took third-place, while The Judge had to settle for fifth despite a marketing push from Robert Downey Jr last week. 

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"Gone Girl" Continues Box Office Hold Over, "Dracula Untold" Barely Makes A Ripple

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In a pretty predictable turn of events this weekend, David Fincher’s critically acclaimed baby Gone Girl has gone on to top Dracula Untold. Gone Girl’s second weekend saw a 29% drop, but even so, it was an easy win over Dracula, which can already be counted as a flop at this point.

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David Fincher's powerhouse Gone Girl easily smoked the competition for the second weekend in a row.

Through Sunday, its 10th day in release, Gone Girl's domestic total is $78.3 million for 20th Century Fox and New Regency. Dracula, meanwhile, came in second with $29,5 million. Movie of the year it ain’t,  but it could have been a lot worse.

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"Gone Girl" Wins Weekend Box Office. Barely.

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Over the weekend, David Fincher’s suspenseful thriller Gone Girl breezed past box office competition, including the supernatural prequel Annabelle. Fincher's mystery flick about a husband, who finds himself the prime suspect in the disappearance of his wife, did better than any of the director’s previous films and scored a $38 million debut – much hire than industry experts originally predicted.

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Ben Affleck plays the anti-hero in Fincher's Gone Girl.

Gone Girl easily blew past Fincher’s previous personal best – the Jodie Foster starrer Panic Room, which opened to $30 million in 2002. Starring Affleck as Nick Dunne and Britain’s Rosamund Pike as missing wife Amy, with Neil Patrick Harris and Emily Ratajkowski in supporting roles, the film was a favorite of critics and a commercial hit for the time of year.

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A Week In Movies: Stars Turn Out In New York, Cruise Shoots In London And Trailers For Interstellar, Inherent Vice, Taken 3 And Blackhat

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Gone Girl

A week before it arrived in cinemas, the anxiously awaited thriller Gone Girl had its world premiere at the New York Film Festival, where Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry and more turned up to walk the red carpet.

Video - Neil Patrick Harris Photographed On The Red Carpet During 'Gone Girl' Premiere - Part 1

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Video - Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike And Gillian Flynn At The 'Gone Girl' World Premiere In New York - Part 2

During the 52nd New York Film Festival the world premiere for David Fincher's 'Gone Girl' took place, with many celebrities and members of the film festival community appearing on the red carpet. Amongst these, were Ben Affleck who plays the main character Nick Dunne in the film, as well as Rosamund Pike who plays Dunne's wife. Also in attendance was the novel's writer, Gillian Flynn, who arrived with a special guest.

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A Week In Movies: Lively Premieres In London, L.A. And San Sebastian, Plus Trailers For Films With Kristen Stewart, Katie Holmes, Jeremy Irvine And Catherine Tate

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What We Did on Our Holiday

At the premiere of the new British comedy What We Did on Our Holiday in London this week, David Tennant strolled the red carpet in a kilt while Rosamund Pike looked stunning in a lacy black dress that only barely concealed her baby bump. She's also been out promoting her upcoming blockbuster Gone Girl. Browse our Rosamund Pike and David Tennant photos at the 'What We Did on Our Holiday' premiere on Monday 22nd September 2014. Read our 'What We Did on Our Holiday' review.

Meanwhile in Los Angeles, The Boxtrolls held a family-friendly premiere at which Elle Fanning surprised fans with a new brunette hairdo. She was accompanied by costars Ben Kingsley and Nick Frost, plus Ian Ziering, Kathryn Hahn, Molly Ringwold and Garcelle Beauvais, who were accompanied by their families. View our photos from the premiere of 'The Boxtrolls' - Sunday 21st September 2014. Read our 'The Boxtrolls' review.

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David Fincher, Ben Affleck And Rosamund Pike Talk "Gone Girl" At New York Premiere

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So Gone Girl, the movie, is a thing now, out there in the world for audiences to enjoy (selected audiences, for the moment). The David Fincher adaptation of a Gillian Flynn thriller received a lot of critical praise ahead of its release and stars Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike managed to squeeze in a little extra promotion on premiere night – without going into too much spoiler-y detail, of course.

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David Fincher's film-making philosophy - hire the right people and stand back.

Affleck in particular had some praise to heap on Fincher. In an interview for Entertainment Weekly, the actor said: “It was great to work with David and I learned a great deal from him. David’s also, despite his reputation, a very funny and nice guy. Not just a demon.”

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'Gone Girl' Premiere - Which Celebs Attended The New York Film Fest Opening?

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The opening of the New York Film Festival on Friday (26th September) was attended by many of the great and the good from the acting community. Check out the pictures from the red carpet!

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Ben Affleck stars in Gone Girl.

See More Pictures From The World Premiere Of Gone Girl At The New York Film Festival.

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'What We Did On Our Holiday' Transfers A Formula From Small To Big Screen

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The new British comedy 'What We Did on Our Holiday' carries on a fine tradition of lively romps with serious undercurrents, blending a cast of comedy stars and solid actors to create hilariously offbeat characters. But what sets the film apart is its approach to its child stars.

David Tennant [L] and Rosamund Pike [R] in 'What We Did On Our Holiday'
David Tennant and Rosamund Pike led the cast of 'What We Did On Our Holiday'

Writer-directors Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin perfected their methods on the long-running UK television sitcom 'Outnumbered', for which they script the adult characters' dialogue but allow the children to improvise based on last-minute instructions just as a scene begins filming.

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Rosamund Pike Suggests 'Gone Girl' Sex Scenes Were "Inappropriate"

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The British actress Rosamund Pike who stars in David Fincher's forthcoming drama Gone Girl has suggested the sex scenes that she shares in the movie with Neil Patrick Harris were "inappropriate." While the majority of the movie press has taken this as Pike damning the scenes on moral grounds - she was probably just joking around in an otherwise pretty interesting interview with Glamour.

Rosamund Pike

The 35-year-old, best known for her work in Die Another Day, plays the female lead Amy Dunne in Fincher's adaptation of Gillian Flynn's best-selling novel of the same name. However, when it came to working with her co-stars, Pike suggested things got a little awkward.

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Simon Pegg's 'Hector And The Search For Happiness' Has 0% On Rotten Tomatoes

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Hector and the Search for Happiness, the latest of Simon Pegg's movies that has nothing to do with Edgar Wright, is out on Friday (August 15, 2014) - and it ain't looking good. It's sort of familiar territory for Pegg - he plays a quirky British psychiatrist who becomes increasingly tired with the humdrum of dating Rosamund Pike, having a well-paid job and owning a nice flat in London.

Hector and the Search for HappinnessSimon Pegg [L] and Rosamund Pike [R] in 'Hector and the Search for Happiness'

So Hector does what anyone in his situation would do: he embarks on a global quest in the search for happiness. It's based on the novel of the same name - which doubled as a bit of a self-help hit in 2010 - though the movie appears to have bombed with the critics. It currently holds a 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, albeit with the big-hitters yet to wade in.

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UK Premiere Of 'Hector And The Search For Happiness' [Pictures]

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Simon Pegg and a bunch of celebs attended the UK premiere of 'Hector And The Search For Happiness' in London on Tuesday night.

Pegg’s character – Hector – has everything you could ostensibly want in life: an interesting job with a comfortable salary and a beautiful girlfriend, Clara (Rosamund Pike). But it soon dawns on Hector that there’s more to life than living in London, attending dinner parties and earning a decent wage – he wants to travel the world in the search for happiness. 

But that doesn’t leave his friends and girlfriend feeling too great, and problems soon ensue. Hector has to appease Clara, reeling from the recent discovery that her boyfriend isn’t happy, while simultaneously attempting to find that very happiness. 

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'Hector And The Search For Happiness': Simon Pegg Travels The World [Trailer + Pictures]

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Simon Pegg stars in Hector & The Search For Happiness, a feel good comedy about a London-based psychiatrist who suddenly realises that his inner-city professional life adds up to one thing: unhappiness.

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So he decided to take off and try and find it for himself, leaving his wife (Rosamund Pike) behind in London as he traverses the earth in persuit of something close to happiness. Christopher Plummer, Toni Collette, Stellan Skarsgård, and Jean Reno also star. 

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Gone Girl' Author Is Rewriting Hamlet - But Is There Any Point?

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Gillian Flynn, the author of the bestselling thriller Gone Girl - which is set for a Hollywood adaptation starring Ben Affleck - is writing a modern version of William Shakespeare's Hamlet. Flynn will rewrite the tragedy as part of the forthcoming Hogarth Shakespeare series.

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According to the Independent, the series will be marked in 2016 to mark the 400th anniversary of the bard's death, retelling Shakespeare's plays from other authors. 

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'Gone Girl,' 'The Fault In Our Stars': Upcoming Book Adaptions We Can't Wait To See

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Film adaptions of books are currently the hottest ticket in film making. Studios seemed to have realised that with popular books comes a ready made fan base, although this can be a double edged sword. Sure, you’re attracting big crowds, but they’re also going to be much more scrutinising when it comes to the plot lines and characters that they know and love. These upcoming book adaptions have got a lot of draw, let’s hope they live up to fan expectations.

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Rosamund Pike is cast as Amy in Gone Girl

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Rosamund Pike Chosen To Voice Lady Penelope In New 'Thunderbirds' Re-Boot

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Rosamund Pike has been selected to provide the voice for Lady Penelope in an all-new version of the hit puppet adventure show Thunderbirds. Pike will join the likes of Kayvan Novak, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, David Menkin, Sandra Dickinson and Rasmus Hardiker as the newest voices behind the Tracy Island rescue team, and they will be joined in the recording booth by a familiar voice from the first incarnation of Thunderbirds.

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Rosamund Pike will voice Lady Penelope in the new version of Thunderbirds

David Graham, who provided the voice for the ever-reliable chauffer Parker in the original 1960's series, has been hired to once again lend his voice to the pink Rolls Royce driving companion of Lady Penelope for the new series. He is the sole returnee for the new Thunderbirds series, which will be titled Thunderbirds Are Go! and will be a mixture of live-action, miniature sets and CGI animation.

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Thunderbirds (And David Graham As Parker) Are Go!

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The sole member of the original Thunderbirds cast returning for the ITV remake is Parker, and what a fitting return it is. Parker was always there, always reliable, and when the franchise came knocking for a contemporary reboot, who was there? Well it was Parker of course.

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"I am triple chuffed to be on board the new series of Thunderbirds Are Go! and reprising my role of dear old Parker with such a distinguished cast," said Graham. "My driving skills are in good nick and I am delighted to be behind the wheel again with M'Lady. (BBC)

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Tyler Perry Cast Alongside Ben Affleck & Neil Patrick Harris In David Fincher's 'Gone Girl'

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Tyler Perry is the latest in a long list of big-names to be cast in the upcoming thriller from David Fincher; Gone Girl. The adaptation of Gillian Flynn's bestselling novel of the same name already features a strong cast, including Rosamund Pike and Ben Affleck in the main starring roles, and given Fincher's history of hiring the exact actor needed for a role, Perry's addition will hopefully be a fruitful one. Flynn is also writing the screenplay.

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Tyler Perry has been cast as defence attourney Tanner Bolt

According to Deadline, Perry will play the role of Tanner Bolt, a defense attorney who is hired to represent Affleck’s character, Nick Dunne, after he is accused of having a part in the disappearance of his wife Amy Dunne (Pike) on the day of their wedding anniversary.

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'Gone Girl' Readers React As Rosamund Pike Lands Role In Fincher Movie

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Rosamund Pike has landed the key role of Amy in David Fincher's adaptation of the mystery thriller Gone Girl. She will star opposite Ben Affleck as a wife who goes missing on her fifth wedding anniversary, with her husband Tom becoming the main suspect.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Pike - who starred in The World's End - "has been offered and is expected to accept the starring role" in the movie, which is being co-financed by 20th Century Fox and New Regency. 

It marks a major turning point in the career of the British actress who has impressed in numerous supporting roles without landing lead parts. She fended off competition from several of Hollywood's major players, including two Oscar winners in Charlize Theron and Natalie Portman, as well as Emily Blunt, Abbie Cornish and Olivia Wilde.

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Rosamund Pike Lands Role In David Fincher's 'Gone Girl': Good Casting?

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Rosamund Pike has beaten out some illustrious competition in Charlize Theron, Natalie Portman and Emily Blunt for the lead in Gone Girl. Pike will play Amy Dunn in the cinematic adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s thriller novel of the same name.

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The story sees Dunne and her husband Nick amidst a difficult marriage. Nick, a former high-profile journalist, risks their future by relocating to Missouri and opening a bar with his wife’s trust fund, or what’s left of it anyway after he lost his lucrative job.

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David Fincher's "Gone Girl" Has Been Found - Rosamund Pike

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Rosamund Pike might turn out to be David Fincher’s Gone Girl. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actress, who co-starred alongside Tom Cruise in this year’s Jack Reacher, has been rumored to take on the role of Amy Dunne in the Fincher directed movie. The story sees Pike’s character kidnapped on her wedding anniversary, shortly after she and her husband move to a new city. Naturally, the blame initially falls on the husband and he takes on the double mission of locating Amy and clearing his name.

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Pike plays the part of the kidnapped wife.

Earlier this year it was announced that Ben Affleck was to play Nick Dunne. According to The Reporter, audience favorites Neil Patrick Harris and Tyler Perry are being considered for supporting roles. It would certainly be a new experience to see those two in dramatic roles, but for now the big topic is Pike’s alleged appointment.

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World's End Premiere In Pictures - Simon Pegg And Nick Frost Eat Their Last Cornetto

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Who would have thought “Cornetto” as a response to “Want anything from the shop” would herald one of the most popular comedy trilogies in British history. The last film in the trio – The World’s End – sees five buddies reunite to tackle a pub crawl, only to find out that 12 pints is the least of their problems.

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It premiered last night in Leicester Square, and we’ve got loads of snaps, which you can check out here

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Rosamund Pike, Simon Pegg And Nick Frost Attend 'The World's End' Premiere, London [Pictures]

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The World's End World Premiere took place in London last night (Wednesday 9th July). The stars of the upcoming comedy attended: Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead), Rosamund Pike (Pride and Prejudice), Nick Frost (Hot Fuss), Eddie Marsan (Sherlock Holmes) and Martin Freeman (The Hobbit). Joining them on the red carpet was a vast array of actors, musicians and other celebrities.

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From L-R: Nick Frost, Rosamund Pike and Simon Pegg at the premiere. 

The film centres on five friends, reunited after several years apart, who must prevent the end of the world. Following in the same fashion a Shaun of the Dead, a considerably amount of these unlikely heroes time is spend in the pub. 

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Bradley Cooper The Big Name At Elle Style Awards (Pictures)

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Oscar-nominee Bradley Cooper was the biggest name at the Elle Style Awards

Well there was no denying who the biggest name at the Elle Style Awards was last night, as Oscar-nominee and Silver Linings Playbook actor Bradley Cooper turned up to the UK capital of London last night dressed in a suave looking blue suit with checked tie ensemble (February 11, 2013). However he was far from the only one to turn the heads of the paparazzi as many of the great and good turned out for the annual bash which, far from what it's name would suggest, also awards leading performances in film and television.

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Jack Reacher Review

Very Good

Tom Cruise may be oddly miscast in this big action movie, but he certainly knows how to make one of these preposterous films connect with an audience. And writer-director McQuarrie adds a driving sense of internal logic that keeps it consistently enjoyable. So even if the hero in Lee Child's series of novels is a 6-foot-5 blond-haired, blue-eyed muscle-man, the cast and crew get away withThe story takes place in Pittsburgh, where a multiple shooting leads Detective Emerson (Oyelowo) and DA Rodin (Jenkins) to a withdrawn gun nut (Sikora). It seems like an open-and-shut case until man of mystery Jack Reache (Cruise) turns up. An off-the-grid ex-Army agent, Jack offers to help defence attorney Helen (Pike) prove her client's innocence. Of course, he instantly solves the case, uncovering a conspiracy and putting himself and Helen in danger from a ruthless Russian (Herzog) and his henchman (Courtenay). Meanwhile, Jack befriends a gun-range owner (Duvall) who has a connection to the case.

There's clearly an attempt here to echo Bourne-style questioning of identity and morality through Jack's hazy history and super-spy methodology. And the plot is also packed with far-fetched details and silly connections (Helen is Rodin's daughter), although McQuarrie does his best to keep things plausible and intelligent enough to hold our attention. There's also a sense of the bigger issue in Jack's life, that he can't cope with the grey-scale relativity in society and prefers right-or-wrong battlefield morality. He also hates modern-day connectivity, refusing to carry a mobile phone. But then he doesn't travel with a vehicle, weapon or change of clothing either; he prefers to "borrow" everything as needed.

Despite being nearly a foot shorter than the literary Jack, Cruise inhabits the role nicely, offering a slightly scrapper, more shadowy version of his Mission: Impossible character. But he's just as sexless, never putting much oomph into his flirtation with the always terrific Pike. On the other hand, he generously lets his costars steal every scene. Duvall is hilariously offhanded, while Herzog adds his own mad genius into his role as a, well, mad genius. And Oyelowo more than holds his own opposite these veteran hams. So even if the film never tries to be anything more than a ripping, mindless thriller, the stylish filmmaking and cool characters make it an enjoyable waste of time.

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Rosamund Pike Talks Of Great Chemistry With Tom Cruise As Jack Reacher

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Tom Cruise's latest role sees him as Jack Reacher. Rosamund Pike has been talking about working with the star, while writer/director Christopher McQuarrie spoke about casting Cruise as Reacher. 

"Tom and I had a very easy chemistry," says British actress Pike, who plays defense attorney, Helen in the film. "We manage to get the satisfaction of a love affair without ever touching," she continued to the audience of a New York press conference. Considering the fictional Reacher is a blonde, six foot, five inch hunk, many fans of the character were disappointed to see Cruise innvoled. He's, well, not 6"5 (more like the other way round) and certainly isn't blond, but to some... people; he is a hunk.

"When we started to compile the list of six foot-five, 250 pound, blond-haired, blue-eyed, American actors, we discovered that not only were there none, but there had never been one and there were none in the pipeline," explained McQuarrie. "We knew very early on that fans were going to have a reaction no matter who we cast."

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Jack Reacher Premiere Postponed Out Of Respect For Shooting Victims

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Tom Cruise and Paramount's new film, Jack Reacher, will be put on ice for the time being as the film's producers have deemed the time inappropriate to hold a lavish film premiere in lieu of yesterdays horrific shooting incident that has horrified the nation and the world.

With a nation in mourning for the 28 people left dead, 20 of whom were children, at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, Paramount have decided the best thing to do is to postpone tonight's premiere in Pittsburg for an indefinite time. In a statement obtained by E! News, a spokesperson for the production company said: "Due to the terrible tragedy...and out of honor and respect for the families of the victims whose lives were senselessly taken, we are postponing tomorrow's Pittsburgh premiere of Jack Reacher. Our hearts go out to all those who lost loved ones."

The upcoming action film, which stars Rosamund Pike and Richard Jenkins as well as Cruise, sees the film veteran play a loner detective, who possesses exceptional intelligence and physical acumen as he investigates a case, involving a trained military sniper who shot five random victims. The film has already enjoyed premieres in London and Stockholm and was due to have its U.S. premiere in Pittsburg today (Dec 15). Certain parts of the film were shot in Pittsburgh, hence its selection as the locale for the U.S. premiere.

A Week In Movies Feat: Tarantino's Django Unchained, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey And Tom Cruise's Jack Reacher All Premier

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Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained

In New York, Leonardo Dicaprio, Jamie Foxx, Samuel L. Jackson, Don Johnson and a bald-shaven Christoph Waltz attended the premiere of Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained, joking with the photographers as they posed for them. And Tarantino even turned up with his Kill Bill star Uma Thurman on his arm.

Meanwhile in London, the first part in Peter Jackson's new trilogy, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, had its royal film performance this week with much of the cast in attendance, including Martin Freeman, Cate Blanchett and Ian McKellen, who watched the film alongside Prince William. The film is in cinemas now, with the following chapters scheduled for next Christmas and the summer of 2014.

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Pictures: Tom Cruise Makes Action Hero Exit From Jack Reacher Premiere Featuring Rosamund Pike, Nicole Scherzinger And Tom Hardy

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Tom Cruise, Jack Reacher Premiere

Tom Cruise at the Jack Reacher premiere in London. The 5'7 star has come under fire for playing a character 6'2 in book form

As tall as he draws his posture, there's no way Tom Cruise is anywhere near the height of six foot two that the eponymous character he plays in Jack Reacher is in the original book written by Lee Child. Yet it's Cruise who was given the role for the forthcoming film adaptation and, to be fair to him, he took it with the blessing of Child. Both were in attendance for the film's premiere in London last night (December 10) alongside the rest of the cast including Rosamund Pike and Robert Duvall, whilst director Christopher McQuarrie also put an appearance in. 

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Baby No.2 On The Way For Sophie Dahl And Jamie Cullum

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Sophie Dahl and Jamie Cullum are adding to their brood! The Mirror have pictured Sophie and Jamie together at the Harper’s Bazaar’s Women of the Year awards bash at Claridge’s in London. Sophie was sporting not only a beautifully patterned green, blue and black dress but was also sporting a bit of a baby bump, too. The actress and TV cook confirmed that she and jazz singer Jamie are indeed awaiting a new arrival. They already have a daughter, Lyra, who was born in March 2011.

The couple attended the glamorous awards ceremony, which also boasted guests such as Erin O’Connor and Yasmin Le Bon, with whom Sophie is already familiar, from her modelling days. The former X Files star Gillian Anderson was also in attendance, as was Rosamund Pike and Daisy Lowe.

Amongst the winners at the Woman of the Year awards were Team GB Olympics athletes Jessica Ennis, Victoria Pendleton and Ellie Simmonds, who were all awarded a British Ambassador of the Year prize. Emily Blunt, Marion Cotillard and Stella Mccartney were all also awarded prizes during the star-studded ceremony. It’s been a successful week for Jessica Ennis, in particular, who was crowned the Ultimate Olympian at the Cosmopolitan’s own awards the nigt before, at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

Jack Reacher Trailer

Jack Reacher is a former military police officer who with the ability to make himself untraceable; i.e. it's only possible to find him when he chooses to be found. However, he shows himself readily when he is recruited to investigate a quadruple murder when the suspect they rope in specifically requests him to be involved. The suspect is James Barr, a former sniper who once got away with shooting four people in a similar crime; a man who Reacher insisted he would kill should an incident like this ever occur again. Initially, he is determined to prove this guy's guilt, however as he delves deeper into the investigation he starts to believe the evidence shown to him by defense lawyer Helen Rodin points to his innocence and finally starts to see that there is a different perpetrator who deliberately set Barr up. Reacher is determined to find out the truth no matter how many laws he breaks on the way; though when Rodin is kidnapped by a cohort of the real killer after they get too close to the truth, the stakes are increased no matter how much Reacher tries to insist he has nothing to lose.

This gritty crime thriller is based on the 2005 novel 'One Shot' by Lee Child and has been entirely filmed in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. With a first class director and writer, Christopher McQuarrie ('The Usual Suspects', 'Valkyrie', 'The Tourist'), Jack Reacher looks definitely set to become a huge hit when it hits movie theaters on December 26th 2012.

Starring: Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike, Robert Duvall, James Martin Kelly, Richard Jenkins, Werner Herzog, David Oyelowo, Michael Raymond-James, Kristen Dalton, Nicole Forester & Josh Helman.

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Jack Reacher Trailer

Opening on a terrified-looking man in a hospital bed, we are immediately informed that Jack Reacher is a, "kind of cop", but doesn't care about proof or the law, only what's right. From the word go, we ca see that Reacher is not a man to be trifled with.

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Wrath Of The Titans Review


While this sequel is just as loud and chaotic as 2010's Clash of the Titans remake, it's also considerably more fun due to some exhilarating action and a refreshing sense of humour. It also looks amazing in 3D on an Imax screen.

Years later, the now-widowed hero Perseus (Worthington) is trying to live as an anonymous fisherman with his pre-teen son Helius (Bell). Then he hears about stirrings of a coming calamity. Indeed, his father Zeus (Neeson) has been kidnapped by Hades (Fiennes) and Ares (Ramirez) as pat of a plan to release Zeus and Hades' evil father Kronos from the underworld. So Perseus teams up with Queen Andromeda (Pike) and rogue demigod Agenor (Kebbell), son of Poseidon (Huston), to rescue his father and stop his brother, uncle and grandfather.

Yes, this is one seriously dysfunctional family, as four generations of men set out to either destroy the world or save it. To be honest, it's never clear why Hades and Ares are so hellbent, as it were, on cataclysmic destruction, but at least this also allows for changing alliances as the story progresses. Not that there's much story, really, as the plot essentially just links a series of action set-pieces.

Fortunately, most of these sequences are entertaining enough to keep us gripped. Highlights include a rather fabulous dragon attack and a desperate, full-on fight with cyclops-giants in a forest. Less convincing are a convoluted underworld rescue-battle and the climactic assault on the volcano-sized Kronos, who rains down fire and destruction rather selectively. (There's also the problem of how the filmmakers can top Kronos in the probable sequel.)

Along the way, there are some refreshing moments of deranged humour, mainly in Kebbell's snarky dialog, Pike's sharp glances and a particularly colourful turn by Nighy (as super-spear smelter Hephaestus). But as the story progresses, there's more than a whiff of Lord of the Rings (the fires of Mount Doom, plus some pointless two-torsoed Orc-a-likes), Harry Potter (the three-pronged Deathly Hallows) and even Star Wars (all that father-son angst). But filmmaker Liebesman keeps things moving briskly, wowing us with so much eye-candy that we just sit back and enjoy the rickety ride for what it is.

Wrath Of The Titans Trailer

It's been ten years since Perseus triumphantly defeated the gargantuan Kraken that roamed the shores of a fishing village. Now, though, he is content to scrape a living as a fisherman, while raising his ten year old son, Helius, alone.

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The Big Year Review

Even though it's rather corny and sentimental, this colourful comedy-drama holds our interest mainly because it's about a subject we'd never imagine watching a film about.

Brad (Black) is a birdwatcher who decides to do a Big Year, seeing as many birds as possible in 12 months, while holding down a full-time job and borrowing against his credit cards. Jetting around the country for rare spottings, he comes up against his record-holding nemesis Kenny (Wilson) as well as Stu (Martin), a corporate big-wig who has taken a year off work to follow his dream. But will their obsession with birding cause problems in their private lives?

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The Big Year Trailer

Brad Harris is having what he calls a 'no-life crisis'. He is stuck in a soul destroying job and he is still living with his parents, despite him being in his mid-thirties. The one thing that holds any interest for him is bird watching. When he discovers that this year is known to 'birders' as 'The Big Year' - one year where birders set out to find as many birds in the country as possible - Brad is determined to beat the record previously set by Kenny Postick.

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Johnny English Reborn Review

After the painfully unfunny 2003 original, a franchise was highly unlikely. And yet the spoof spy is back, and this film actually has several hilarious set pieces. It's not hugely consistent or clever, but this one's at least amusing.

After a disastrous mission in Mozambique, disgraced spy Johnny English (Atkinson) joined a Himalayan monastery. But MI7 boss Pegasus (Anderson) calls him back into service, and soon he stumbles into a nefarious plan to assassinate China's prime minister. But he's also of course causing havoc. Now the lead suspect, only the agency's sexy shrink Kate (Pike) and his sidekick Tucker (Kaluuya) still have faith in him. And as the murderous plot unfurls at a mountain-top Swiss hideaway, English makes a daring attempt to save the world and clear his name.

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Barney's Version Trailer

Finding love has never really been a problem for Barney. Having been married once before, he thinks his marriage to 'the second Mrs P' is going to be it, he's finally ready to settle down. After all, you couldn't hope for more when you're marring a beautiful princess with 'a wonderful rack'; however when Barney lays eyes on Miriam, a guest at his wedding, he knows his marriage is a total sham and a huge mistake.

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Made In Dagenham Trailer

In 1960's England, there wasn't such a thing as womens rights in the workplace, for the most part they were treated as an underclass. Working for less pay was just one of the pitfalls of working as a woman.

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Surrogates Trailer

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An Education Trailer


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Jenny (Carey Mulligan - Public Enemies) is a schoolgirl with very high hopes in a considerably bleak post war Britain. Her thoughts of a place at Oxford University are fuel to her 'study-intensive' life as she forever tries to excel. Until just a short time before her 17th birthday she meets David (Peter Sarsgaard- Jarhead) who is considerably older than her, and she soon finds herself in the middle of a whirlwind romance.

Enticed by the lifestyle that it seems David can offer her, her dreams of Oxford start to slowly dissipate as the idea of an easy life becomes her new fascination. But as she makes the transition from enthusiastic schoolgirl to a lady of sophistication, she starts to question David, herself and the path in life she has chosen to take.

Directed by Lone Sherfig (Hjemve) and with a screenplay from Nick Hornby (Fever Pitch, About A Boy), and featuring a performance from Academy award winner Emma Thompson, the film received great critical acclaim when it premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival.

Cast: Peter Sarsgaard, Carey Mulligan, Alfred Molina, Dominic Cooper, Rosamund Pike, Olivia Williams and Emma Thompson.

Screenplay: Nick Hornby.

Director: Lone Sherfig.

Fracture Review

It is hardly a reassuring sign when one of the more interesting things in a film is not even sentient. Over the title sequence of Fracture, and in the midst of some of the duller stretches (of these there are many) we see a glittering sort of Rube Goldberg contraption, all shiny metallic tracks and carved wooden wheels, where small glass balls skitter and roll in an elaborately choreographed dance. It's a beautiful piece of elegant machinery and, one hopes, symbolic of the many complex and artfully managed plot twists to come. Instead, what we're given is Anthony Hopkins and Ryan Gosling sleepwalking around each other as they navigate through one of the year's laziest films.

Fracture has no excuse to be so lazy, given the actors at its disposal and a setup that should have made this an easy slam-dunk. Hopkins plays Ted Crawford, an aeronautics engineer who's found out that his wife Jennifer (Embeth Davidtz) is having an affair with police detective Rob Nunally (Billy Burke). Confronting her at home, Crawford shoots her in the head and calmly waits for the cops to arrive. When they do, it's with none other than Nunally at the lead, who's shocked and enraged at finding Jennifer in a pool of blood and Crawford standing there as though nothing had happened. After a quickly-interrupted beating from Nunally, Crawford later confesses and even waives his right to a lawyer. When it's all dropped in the lap of assistant district attorney Willy Beachum (Gosling), the case couldn't seem more airtight, which is good since Beachum can't wait to slip the bonds of lowly civil employment for a well-paying private sector job.

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Die Another Day Review


Until director Lee Tamahori blasts right past a perfectly good ending, only to burn a superfluous 20 minutes on an all-action, all-gimmick epilogue that leaks suspension of disbelief like a sieve, "Die Another Day" is as stimulating and heart-rate-raising as any James Bond thriller.

It has fresh new stunts (Bond goes surfin' surfin' MI6) set to energetic renditions of the Bond theme. It has an exhilarating sword fight (things get out of hand at a fencing club) and an awesome gadget car chase across a vast frozen inlet in Iceland (Bond drives an Aston Martin V12 Vanquish with missiles, pop-up machine guns, ejector seat and invisibility). It has a slithering, credibly psychotic bad guy (Toby Stephens, "Possession") who literally never sleeps, and a henchman (Rick Yune, "The Fast and the Furious") whose face is scarred by diamonds that became embedded in his skin when Bond almost blew him up with a briefcase full of jewels and C-4.

"Die Another Day" also has a modicum of success updating the series' style (slick, kinetic cinematography with swing-perspective camera tricks works well but virtual reality sequences and rock tunes on the soundtrack do not), and it takes risks with 007's invincible image. Bond is captured in the film's requisite action-packed pre-credits sequence and his torture by North Korean interrogators is blended into the sexy title song (a throwaway rave-mix tune from Madonna).

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