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    Tom Hanks Talks His 'Life in Pictures,' Hair-Raising 'Captain Phillips' and Sugar-Coating Walt Disney at London Film Festival (CLIPS)

    During his 33-year career Tom Hanks has branched into writing, directing and producing, both in film and television. But it was as an actor that he was in London this month, performing a rare double as his films "Captain Phillips" and "Saving Mr. Banks" opened and closed the London Film Festival, re...

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    BFI London Film Festival Diary Day 7: 'Inside Llewyn Davis,' 'Ida,' 'Grand Piano' & More

    At this point it's more notable when the Coen Brothers make a film that's disappointing than when they make an excellent one: the filmmakers have one of the highest hit rates in the business, and aside from a spotty period in the mid '00s, they've generally gone from great film to great film. That s...

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    'Saving Mr. Banks' Producer Owen Says Film Industry Should Embrace the Internet in Keynote for BFI London Film Fest

    “It’s about bloody time!” said Clare Stewart, the BFI London Film Festival’s Artistic Director, in her introduction to the first woman to give the festival’s annual industry keynote address, the fourth. British producer Alison Owen focused her 40-minute talk at the Curzon Soho Cinema on "The Power O...

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    3 Lessons for Storytellers from 'Power to the Pixel' and Why 'Transmedia' Doesn't Tell the Full Story

    "If you are using the word 'transmedia,' you have wasted a lot of dollars on business card printing," Elan Lee, chief of design at Microsoft's Xbox Entertainment Studios, said in his keynote speech at "Power to the Pixel," now in its seventh year at the BFI London Film Festival.

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    BFI London Film Festival Diary Day 6: 'Labor Day,' 'The Selfish Giant,' 'Of Good Report' & More

    It's not the coolest thing to admit in certain circles, but I'm an unrepentant fan of Jason Reitman's work. Though his debut "Thank You For Smoking" was uneven (though a little fun), his three subsequent films have shown him to be a fine director of actors, and to have a real command of tone, and I ...

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    BFI London Film Festival Diary Day 5: 'The Double,' 'We Are The Best!,' 'Nobody's Daughter Haewon' & More

    In the run up to its release, I was absolutely champing at the bit to see "Submarine," the debut feature from British comedian Richard Ayoade. I'd been a huge fan of the comic's breakthrough work on "Garth Marenghi's Darkplace," the buzz was electric, it appeared to tick all the right boxes in terms...

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    BFI London Film Fest Diary Day 4: 'All Is Lost,' 'Mistaken For Strangers,' 'Jodorowsky's Dune' & More

    You could speculate about the reasons for it, but few could deny that there's something in the air involving survival narratives. Last year saw "The Grey," "Life Of Pi" and "Kon-Tiki" premiere to acclaim, and right now, Sandra Bullock's battle against the void of space in "Gravity" has led to rave r...

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    BFI London Film Festival Diary Day 3: 'Nebraska,' 'Starred Up,' 'A Touch Of Sin' & More

    The big gala on the first Friday of the BFI London Film Festival was for Alexander Payne's "Nebraska" [D+], which heads up the LFF's Journey strand (last year's major innovation saw the festival split into multiple themed sections, mostly named after verbs for some reason—Laugh, Dare, Debate, Thrill...

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    BFI London Film Fest Diary Day 1: 'Captain Philips,' 'The Congress,' 'Bertolucci On Bertolucci' & More

    Even with the New York Film Festival still ongoing for a few more days, the international festival circuit isn't pausing for breath: Wednesday saw the kick off of the 57th BFI London Film Festival across the pond. After a fairly rocky start under new director Clare Stewart last year, the U.K.'s bigg...

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    Sir Christopher Lee Will Receive A BFI Fellowship

    The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson joined Sir Christopher Lee in celebrating Lee's upcoming British Film Institute Fellowship. Lee is best known for his roles as Count Dracula and Saruman in the "Lord of the Rings" franchise, in which he can next be seen when the second and third installments of "...

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