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    ISA of the Day: Hilary Davis of Bankside Films

    Co-Managing Director Hilary Davis shares more about her years and wealth of experience that helps to make Bankside Films a distinguished company in independent cinema, the company's background and latest films, and reflects on trends and changes in the industry.

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    London Critics' Circle Film Awards Go to '12 Years a Slave,' Blanchett, Ejiofor and More (FULL WINNERS LIST)

    Across the pond, the London Film Critics' Circle unveiled their picks for the best films and performances of the year at a black tie ceremony on Sunday. The awards anticipated a few likely Oscar winners -- "12 Years a Slave" and Cate Blanchett -- while doling out a few surprises, including Oscar nom...

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    Gangbangs, Candle Wax & Cocaine: 5 Jessica Biel Performances From Her Indie Resume

    Jessica Biel has been playing both sides of the Hollywood coin for most of her career, alternating between wide releases and specialty fare. She was at it again this past weekend with two movies in theaters: new release "Playing for Keeps" from FilmDistrict and holdover "Hitchcock&rdq...

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    London Film Fest Closes with Deep Blue Sea, Awards for Ramsay's Kevin, Herzog's Into the Abyss

    Matt Mueller reports back on the final day and winners of the BFI London Film Festival:The BFI London Film Festival bowed out last night with the European debut of Terence Davies’ The Deep Blue Sea, wrapping up after 16 days, the unspooling of 207 fiction and documentary features and a smattering of...

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    London Film Fest Reviews of New Brit Flicks: Hunky Dory, The Awakening, Wild Bill Are Winners

    London critic Matt Mueller finds three winners among the smattering of new Brit films unspooling at the London Film Fest. This year’s London Film Festival has played host to more than a dozen new British features, several of them world premieres. Many fall under the banner of the grim and uncompromising but instantly forgettable social-statement tracts that too many British filmmakers seem in thrall to, as if making your feature an unpleasant ordeal is the ultimate arbiter of artistic success. This year’s entries include Sket, a tiresomely misogynistic urban gang drama, and Junkhearts, the bitter tale of an ex-British soldier suffering from p...

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    London Fest Opening Night: 360 is “Love Actually… without the laughs," Saatchi Fete Ends Early

    Matt Mueller reports from the opening night of the London Film Festival, which ended too early for his taste:

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    London Film Festival: Sandra Hebron Steps Down, Looks Back

    As Sandra Hebron’s reign as Artistic Director at the London Film Festival draws to a close, Matt Mueller asked her cast an eye over her final program and look back over her time steering Europe’s largest public film festival.After nine years holding the London Film Festival (LFF) reins (she stepped up from deputy in 2003), well-regarded Sandra Hebron decided that this year’s festival – its 55th edition – would be her last. The decision was partly foisted upon her as she opted not to apply when the British Film Institute declared their intention to merge her post with that of the artistic director of BFI Southbank (the old National Film Theatr...

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    BFI London Film Fest To Close with Terence Davies' Deep Blue Sea, Starring Weisz & Hiddleston

    The BFI London Film Festival, in its 55th year, will close its fifteen-day festival (October 12-27) with the UK premiere of Terence Davies' The Deep Blue Sea. Rachel Weisz, Tom Hiddleston and Simon Russell Beale star in the intense 50s drama, which will premiere in September in Toronto. Based on Ter...

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    Meirelles' 360 To Open London Film Festival, What Will Close?

    Fernando Meirelles’ 360 will be the opening night film at the 55th BFI London Film Festival, which will be the last under the stewardship of artistic director Sandra Hebron. Meirelles has history with the LFF – The Constant Gardener opened the festival in 2005 – although many Brit pundits had been expecting Hebron to unveil a world premiere to crown her final year. But that’s never been a major motivation for the LFF’s extremely popular head when it comes to programming Europe’s largest non-competitive film festival. Although the 2009 festival opened with a splashy world premiere for The Fantastic Mr. Fox, last year’s LFF debutante was Never ...

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    Oscar Talk: Foreign Race, Harry Potter, London Fest, Blue Valentine, All Good Things, Black Swan

    This week, Kris Tapley and I engaged in Oscar Talk via Skype across the Pond with London Film Festival attendees Guy Lodge (In Contention) and Peter Knegt (indieWIRE). We dug into the foreign Oscar race, the NC-17 Blue Valentine controversy, Oscar chances for Black Swan, All Good Things and Never Le...

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