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Oz The Great And Powerful Press Conference

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Yesterday, I headed to Claridge’s for the Press Conference for Oz The Great And Powerful for The Hollywood News. Aside from hearing about the film, it confirmed two things – that Zach Braff is hilarious and Rachel Weisz may be the most beautiful person I have ever laid my eyes on. I live blogged the whole thing with some short and sweet Twitter soundbites and you can read it all back here. Oh, and here’s a few of the photos I took. I spoil you, I know.

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The 40th Annual Annie Award Nominations

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It’s alliteration a gogo for the announcement of the 40th Annual Annie Awards.

Brave, Wreck-It Ralph and Rise Of The Guardians lead the nominations, with Hotel Transylvania and ParaNorman not too far behind. It’s a strong set of nominations for Disney, with John Carter and The Avengers also lurking on the sidelines.

As for who to put your money on in regards to the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, well, I think it’s pretty safe to say it’s a two-horse race between Brave and Wreck-It Ralph.

Check out the full list of nominations (minus anything TV-related) below: Continue reading

Review: Brave – The Hollywood News

My review of Disney Pixar’s new film, Brave, can be found here, over at The Hollywood News.

To check out my interviews from the Brave Red Carpet at its European Premiere back in June, click here.

What I’m Watching – August 2012

This list only includes films I watched for the first time this month. My most recent viewing is the top entry:

Now Is Good (Dir: Ol Parker, 2012) **

Untouchable (Intouchables) (Dir: Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano, 2011) *****

Happy, Happy (Sykt Lykkelig) (Dir: Anne Sewitsky, 2010) ****

Detention (Dir: Joseph Kahn, 2011) ***

The Sound Of My Voice (Dir: Zal Batmanglij, 2011) ****

Flashbacks Of A Fool (Dir: Baillie Walsh, 2008) **

The Loved Ones (Dir: Sean Byrne, 2009) ***

Romeos (Dir: Sabine Bernardi, 2011) ****

Hysteria (Dir: Tanya Wexler, 2011) ***

On The Road (Dir: Walter Salles, 2012) **

Tabu (Dir: Miguel Gomes, 2012) *****

Circumstance (Dir: Maryam Keshavarz, 2011) ****

Samsara (Dir: Ron Fricke, 2011) *****

Love Crime (Crime D’Amour) (Dir: Alain Corneau, 2010) **

Page Eight (Dir: David Hare, 2011) ***

Damsels In Distress (Dir: Whit Stillman, 2011) ****

Predator (Dir: John McTiernan, 1987) ***

The Bourne Legacy (Dir: Tony Gilroy, 2012) ***

Brave (Dir: Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman, 2012) ****

Taken (Dir: Pierre Morel, 2008) ***

Edinburgh International Film Festival 2012 Coverage

With an arm that was just out of a cast and a laptop that decided to give up on me a little too far before the halfway mark for comfort, the 66th Edinburgh International Film Festival may have had a few too many hiccups along the way in regards to my coverage, but the Festival itself was a resounding success. And, when the news was announced yesterday that Artistic Director Chris Fujiwara has committed his services for a further three years, there was not a bad word to be said.

With the return of the Michael Powell and International Awards and two big Red Carpet Galas in the form of William Friedkin’s Killer Joe and Disney Pixar’s Brave, Fujiwara has set himself an incredibly high bar, but one that he is surely ready (and more than able) to contend with. After all, there is a reason he’s referred to as The Mighty Fujiwara.

To check out what coverage was salvageable from my now wreck of a Mac, including interviews from the Brave Red Carpet, just click here.

What I’m Watching – June 2012

This list only includes films I watched for the first time this month. My most recent viewing is the top entry:

Lawless (Dir: John Hillcoat, 2012) ****

God Bless America (Dir: Bobcat Goldthwait, 2011) ****

Sexual Chronicles Of A French Family (Dir: Pascal Arnold, Jean-Marc Barr, 2012) ***

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (Dir: Timur Bekmambetov, 2012) **

Life Just Is (Dir: Alex Barrett, 2012) **

Small Creatures (Dir: Martin Wallace, 2010) *

Shadow Dancer (Dir: James Marsh, 2012) ****

Unconditional (Dir: Bryn Higgins, 2012) ****

Flying Blind (Dir: Katarzyna Klimkiewicz, 2012) ***

Young Dudes (Dir: Yin-jung Chen, 2012) **

Leave It On The Track (Dir: Benjamin Pascoe, 2011) ***

Fred (Dir: Richard Ledes, 2012) ***

The Imposter (Dir: Bart Layton, 2012) ****

Killer Joe (Dir: William Friedkin, 2012) ****

Mirage (Dir: Yang Jung-ho, 2012) ***

Pusher (Dir: Luis Prieto, 2012) ***

Girimunho (Dir: Clarissa Campolina, Helvecio Marins Jr, 2011) ***

Bottle Rocket (Dir: Wes Anderson, 1996) *****

Son Of Rambow (Dir: Garth Jennings, 2007) ****

The Muppets (Dir: James Bobin, 2011) ****

The Angels’ Share (Dir: Ken Loach, 2012) ****

Snow White And The Huntsman (Dir: Rupert Sanders, 2012) ****

Prometheus (Dir: Ridley Scott, 2012) ***

Review: The Avengers (2012)

DIRECTOR: Joss Whedon.

CAST: Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson, Clark Gregg, Cobie Smulders, Stellan Skarsgard, Gwyneth Paltrow, Paul Bettany (voice).

SYNOPSIS: When the fate of the Earth is threatened by Loki (Hiddleston) and his alien army, Nick Fury (Jackson) and Agent Coulson (Gregg) have no choice but to form a team of superheroes whose combined powers are the only hope of saving the world from disaster.

With the anticipation and excitement circling The Avengers enough to send anyone into an Asgardian-induced coma, hopes were pinned on the master of the supernatural supersquads to rule supreme over previous Marvel outings. Writing alongside long serving comic adaptation alumni Zak Penn, Whedon weaves an impressive patchwork where every player gets their moment in the sun and feels important to those who favour them. As soon as Whedon sounds the introductory ringside bell, he doesn’t give you a chance to breathe. Continue reading