Sunday, October 21News For London


James Bond film production designer, Sir Ken Adam dies

James Bond film production designer, Sir Ken Adam dies

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Sir Ken Adam, renowned for his work on James Bond films, died on Thursday at his home in London according to the BBC. He was 95. Sir Ken, worked on seven James Bond films including Dr. No (the first of the series) and Goldfinger. He was known for his innovative designs of villain lairs. The Production designer also designed the famous racing car in the 1968 film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, based on Ian Fleming's novel Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang: The Magical Car. Sir Adam, born in Berlin as Klaus Hugo Adam later migrated to England in 1934 with his Jewish family. In 1975, he won an Oscar for his work on Barry Lyndon (British-American period drama film) and his second Oscar in 1995 for his work on The Madness of King George. He was later

“Ghostbusters is racist,” fans claim

Culture, Film, Look, Social media
Fans of the world-acclaimed movie allege that the new version is racist. Thirty years after the much-loved original franchise took the world by storm, the sequel made its long-awaited reboot with an all female cast. When the film's trailer debuted this Thursday, fans who watched the two-minute video quickly took to social media to share their disappointments. They claimed the movie is “racist” because it “lacks diversity”. Why does the Ghostbusters' token character always have to be black? That's racist! #Ghostbusters — PCobbs (@pcobbsthoughts) March 5, 2016 Is it me or based on trailer the Ghostbuster film looks kinda racist. Three white scientists and Lisa Jones is the street girl I'll pass — Mark Harris (@1555FILMWORKS) March 4, 2016 Also I think it's bad &am

Stars make bold choices at the Oscar’s red carpet

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The 88th Academy Awards was a memorable night for the world of fashion, as many stars on the red carpet made bold choices. Some of the biggest brands like Versace, Armani, Ralph Lauren and Dior were the usual favourites. For this year’s Oscars, bright and dark colours were the new trend. Here's how social media reacted to it. All eyes on Naomi Watts on the #ERedCarpet! What do you think @MelRivers will think of this look on #FashionPolice? — Fashion Police (@e_FashionPolice) February 29, 2016 Olivia Munn putting a little too much pepper on the comedy there. — Michael Ian Black (@michaelianblack) February 29, 2016 Enough about Leo, let's talk about her. Rachel McAdams. goddess — Fernando Flores (@fafloresmo

The 88th Academy Awards: As they happened…

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The 88th Academy Awards kicked off last night with host Chris Rock taking the helm this year. Alejandro G. Iñárritu's The Revenant was the favourite to win Best Picture but with a surprise win from Spotlight and Leonardo DiCaprio's Best Actor win it all made for a rather exciting ceremony. It was finally Leo's year! This is the Oscars as they happened... Nominees for the 88th Academy Awards at the Nominees Luncheon. Photo credit: Academy Awards //

Oscars Weekend: Leonardo DiCaprio’s predicted win and other things to look out for

Culture, Film, News
The Oscar weekend is finally upon us and if all the backlash the academy has received in the past month is anything to go by - this will be one award show for the books. Since announcing the nominees for the most coveted award in Hollywood this past January, the Oscars have been heavily criticized for their lack of diversity when choosing said nominees. This year, not one person of colour as well as no movie of colour such as 'Straight Outta Compton' was nominated. The hashtag #OscarsSoWhite soon started making the rounds on twitter with big names such as Jada Pinkett-Smith - who called for a full on boycott of the award show, Will Smith, Mindy Kaling, Rebel Wilson among many others shared their thoughts on twitter about the lack of diversity in Hollywood as a whole. ...

Review: Deadpool

Culture, Film
108 minutes of pure unadulterated violence, sexual montages and fourth wall destroying monologues. Yes, this is Deadpool and he is Marvel’s new antihero... Screencap from Deadpool. Credit: Fox Movies Marvel's Deadpool is not your average superhero film nor does it conform to the norms of general filmmaking. From the offset it strives to remind you of this with the inclusion of unconventional credits stating that it is written by 'the real heroes here' and is directed by 'an overpaid tool'. And the slow motion action underlaying this launches you straight into the promised unadulterated violence which certainly starts the film with impact. #Deadpool is *not* a movie to take your kids to, unless your kids are 21 and 17 like mine are. We enjoyed it. :D — Rick Riordan (@camphalfblood

Hugh Grant to play Meryl Streep’s husband in an upcoming biopic

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Hugh Grant is going to play an aristocrat in his next film 'Florence Foster Jenkins'. The movie is based on a true story of a terrible opera singer played by Meryl Streep.  The London based actor is working with the Oscar winning actress for the first time. Grant is going to play the role of St. Claire Bayfield, Jenkins' manager and husband. His character is supportive of his partner's dream of becoming an opera singer, despite her lack of talent. While Streep believes that she is the epitome of vocal talent, Grant desperately hides the ugly truth from reports The Wrap. Grant was last seen in 2015, in the film The Man from U.N.C.L.E. The actor recently became a father for the fourth time. Florence Foster Jenkins is being directed by Stephen Frears who has directed films like 'The Que

Stephen Fry deletes Twitter account after facing flack over BAFTA ‘Bag Lady’ joke

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Stephen Fry has removed his twitter account after arguing online with some of his critics over a joke he made during the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Award.   Fry, who has been hosting for the BAFTA's since 2001, commented on the appearance of costume design award-winner Jenny Beaven at the event on Sunday. He stated "only one of the great cinematic costume designers would come to an awards ceremony dressed as a bag lady".   Vine.   The majority of the BAFTA audience laughed at the gag.   However, online some people were offended by the host's remarks.

Daniel Craig to quit playing James Bond

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Daniel Craig is said to leave the James Bond franchise according to The Sun. The actor is set to join the cast of American TV show 'Purity'. Before the release of 'Spectre' in 2015, the 47 year-old actor said that he would rather 'slash his wrist', rather than reprise the role of Agent 700. War and Peace actor James Norton is his probable replacement. Other possible candidates for this role are: Idris Elba, Hardy and Henry Cavil reports The Independent. After playing the character for 10 years, Craig will make his debut on American television. He is starring in the TV series 'Purity', which is an adaption of the novel of the same name. The book was written by American novelist Jonathan Franzen. The series consists of 20 episodes and will be co-written by Franzen and Todd Field, who

Revenant wins big at 2016 BAFTAs

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Battle scene featuring Leonardo DiCaprio in The Revenant. Photo credit: 20th Century Fox. The Revenant, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy has scooped up many of the awards in the major categories at the BAFTAs this evening. The film took best director, best picture, best sound, best cinematography and best actor for Leonardo DiCaprio. The BAFTAs, one of the most prestigious awards ceremony ahead of the Academy Awards, honoured Alejandro González Iñárritu's the Revenant with five big awards at the ceremony this evening. The film, based on true events, focuses on a wilderness survival tale with Leonardo DiCaprio starring as the main character Hugh Glass. DiCaprio's harrowing portrayal of the character was rewarded with a best actor award and with The Telegraph calling it his "b