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LIVE: 2010 BAFTA Film Awards

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Sun, 21/02/2010 - 18:36

FINAL THOUGHTS:  For me, this has been an awards night where they got it pretty much spot on. The Hurt Locker won six of the eight awards that it was nominated for - including Best Film, Best Director and Original Screenplay. Avatar - which everyone predicted would sweep the night - won just two of the technical awards (Visual Effects and Production Design). Which is as it should be. It was wonderful to see Duncan Jones finally recognised for the stunning piece of work that is Moon, his debut film as a director. Christoph Waltz, for his scene-stealing performance in Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds - was a complete no-brainer for Best Supporting Actor. Leading actor Colin Firth and Leading Actress Carey Mulligan were also great choices in my opinion - A Single Man and An Education would not have been half the films they are without those two fantastic leads. And A Prophet is one of the finest foreign language films I've seen in the past year, and was another deserving winner. Also no surprse was Up for Best Animated Film and Mo'Nique for Best Supporting Actress. What was surprising, though, were the choices of Fish Tank for Outstanding British Film (my money was on An Education) and Kristen Stewart for Rising Star. But all in all, a great first time for me at the Bafta Film Awards - and I hope to get the chance to do it all again next year.

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21.38: A standing ovation for Redgrave. As there should be.

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2010 British Academy Film Awards preview

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Sun, 21/02/2010 - 17:25

As we wait for the red carpet arrivals to begin – and for the ceremony itself to kick off (6.30pm GMT) I have a quick chat with Guardian film writer Xan Brooks and get his predictions for the night ...

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We're going to the BAFTAS ...

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Sun, 21/02/2010 - 13:13

Today sees the 2010 British Academy Film Awards being presented at a star-studded ceremony in London. And Screenjabber will be there to bring it all to you LIVE. We have a place on the red carpet, which is being manned for us by Lewis Bazley from Inthenews.co.uk, and we’ll also be live tweeting and updating each winner as we go along during the ceremony LIVE from the BAFTAs themselves.

So, be sure to follow @Screenjabber on Twitter for all the news as it happens live from the event, as well as coming back here for our LIVEBLOG from 3pm. And you check out the nomination list below.

In the meantime, who are our picks for the top prizes? Well, Avatar will probably win Best Film and Best Director (for James Cameron) but The Hurt Locker and Kathryn Bigelow deserve to win both. The brilliant An Education should win Outstanding British Film, with Carey Mulligan taking the gong for Leading Actress. And Colin Firth will walk away with the Leading Actor award for A Single Man.

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NEW TRAILER: Get Him To The Greek

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Sun, 21/02/2010 - 12:20

Get Him To The Greek reunites Jonah Hill and Russell Brand with Forgetting Sarah Marshall director Nicholas Stoller in the story of a record company executive with three days to drag an uncooperative rock legend to Hollywood for a comeback concert. The comedy is the latest film from producer Judd Apatow.

Aaron Green (Hill) gets things done. The ambitious 24-year-old has been given a career-making assignment. His mission: Fly to London and escort a rock god to LA’s world famous Greek Theatre for the first-stop on a huge comeback tour.  His record mogul boss, Sergio Roma (Sean Combs), gives him one warning: “The artist is the worst person on Earth. Turn your back on him at your own peril.” British rocker Aldous Snow (Brand) is a brilliant musician, but due to a bad break up and nose-diving career, has fallen off the wagon and is now a drunken disaster.  Weary of “yes men” and scared he’s entered the “greatest hits” moment in his career, Snow’s in the midst of a nihilistic downward spiral. When he learns his true love, model/pop star Jackie Q (Rose Byrne), is in Los Angeles, Aldous makes it his quest to win her back … right before kick-starting his world domination.

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Armchair Viewing: Top Gun (1986)

Posted by Justin Bateman | Sun, 21/02/2010 - 10:42

"Don't screw around with me Maverick. You're a hell of an instinctive pilot. Maybe too good. I'd like to bust your butt but I can't. I got another problem here. I gotta send somebody from this squadron to Miramar. I gotta do something here, I still can't believe it. I gotta give you your dream shot! I'm gonna send you up against the best. You two characters are going to Top Gun."

What's it about?
Pete 'Maverick' Mitchell (Tom Cruise) is a rookie fighter pilot and despite some run-ins with the authorities manages to get into the Navy's Fighter Weapons School aka Top Gun. Once there, he takes a liking to his female instructor (Kelly McGillis) while trying to win the respect of 'Iceman' (Val Kilmer).

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Armchair Viewing: Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)

Posted by Justin Bateman | Sat, 20/02/2010 - 15:57

"Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?"

What's it about?
Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick) is the coolest kid in school. At least, when he bothers to go to school. Because as Ferris says, "Life moves pretty fast. You don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." So one sunny day in Chicago he fakes a stomach cramp ("It's a little childish and stupid, but then, so is high school") and sets off for a day of fun with girlfriend Sloane (Mia Sara) and best friend Cameron (Alan Ruck). Meanwhile, school principal Ed Rooney (Jeffrey Jones) who knows somethig isn't right, sets about catching him out.

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Armchair Viewing: Gremlins (1984)

Posted by Justin Bateman | Fri, 19/02/2010 - 20:10

"With mogwai comes much responsibility."

What's it about?
Rand Peltzer is searching for an unusual Christmas gift for his son Billy when he stumbles across a ramshackle Chinese shop and finds a small furry creature called a mogwai. The owner of the shop says it's not for sale but Peltzer insists. The old man relents but gives his strict instructions. Don't get it wet, don't expose it to bright light and never, ever feed it after midinight. And although Billy is a responsible young man, one night it all goes horribly wrong.

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NEW TRAILER: The Spy Next Door

Posted by Justin Bateman | Fri, 19/02/2010 - 00:13

Jackie Chan is back... as a babysitter (who just happens to be a spy on loan to the C.I.A).

Family comedy The Spy Next Door starring the legendary Jackie Chan will be fly kicking its way into UK cinemas on 19th March 2010.

Jackie Chan stars as Bob Ho, an undercover CIA superspy who decides to give up his career in espionage to settle down with his next-door neighbor and girlfriend, Gillian (Amber Valletta). But Bob has one more mission to complete before Gillian agrees to marry him: winning over her three opinionated kids.When Gillian suddenly has to leave town, Bob volunteers to babysit the children so he can earn their approval. But when one of the kids mistakenly downloads a top-secret formula from his computer, Bob’s archenemy, a Russian terrorist, moves in for the attack, forcing Bob to juggle the roles of spy and prospective stepfather in the most challenging mission of his career!

 

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NEW TRAILER: Despicable Me

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Thu, 18/02/2010 - 22:41

Now, anyone who knows me well knows that a) I'm a sucker for CGI animation (when it's done well), and b) I'm a sucker for 3D. And when you put the two together – and throw in a voice cast of comedy greats well, I'm as happy as a pig in the proverbial. So imagine my joy at seeing the so-far pretty damned funny teaser trailers for the new Universal 3D CGI comedy, Despicable Me.

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Armchair Viewing: The War of the Roses (1989)

Posted by Neil Davey | Thu, 18/02/2010 - 11:39

"When I watch you eat... When I see you asleep... When I look at you lately, I just want to smash your face in..."

What's it about?
Oliver Rose (Michael Douglas) and his wife Barbara (Kathleen Turner) have been married for 17 years. But that's about to change. Barbara is starting to spread her wings, Oilver is losing control of his formerly sweet and loving wife - but both want the house. Thus begins the bitterest of divorce battles as each tries to force the other out.

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