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Google doodle marks Francois Truffaut’s 80th birthday

A new Google doodle has been launched today, marking the 80th birthday of one of the 20th century’s greatest film-makers. Francois Truffaut, who died in 1984 aged just 52, was a key figure of the French New Wave of the 1960s and has influenced a number of others, most notably Martin Scorsese. After meeting film … Continue reading

Campaign aims to encourage people to boycott The Dark Knight Rises in SOPA protest

As opposition to Hollywood studios relentless support of SOPA and PIPA continues, a new campaign is urging people to boycott The Dark Knight Rises (this year’s big new Batman film) in protest. The campaign is based around this Reddit page and aims to hit Hollywood where it hurts by knocking some dollars off the film’s … Continue reading

Obituary: Greek film director Theodoros Angelopoulos dies aged 76 after being hit by bike

Greek film director Theodoros Angelopoulos has died at the age of 76, after being struck by a police bike while crossing a busy road in Athens. Angelopoulos was knocked down on Tuesday evening while working with his film crew. He was rushed to hospital but died a few hours later. Angelopoulos began making films in … Continue reading

Twilight saga to continue after Breaking Dawn part 2?

Not content with dividing the final Twilight book into two films, it looks like Hollywood is now considering extending the franchise despite the fact that there are no more books left to adapt. Well, apart from The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner… With Breaking Dawn part 2 set to make $700m, studio bosses are … Continue reading

Is this the worst ever report into the state of British film-making?

A new report is expected to recommend that British film-makers back more commercially successful projects. The report by Lord Smith will be published on January 16th, but is already been heavily trailed as a call for a more ‘mainstream’ industry. Critics are already lining up to slam the report’s conclusions. There are really two things … Continue reading

Obituary: silent-era screenwriter Frederica Sagor Maas dies aged 111

Frederica Sagor Maas, the US playwright, author and screenwriter who was one of the last living connections to the world of silent cinema, has died aged 111. She died at a nursing facility in California, and at the time of her death she was the third oldest person in the state. Born in 1900, Frederica … Continue reading

Obituary: Lord of the Rings, Star Wars sword master Bob Anderson dies aged 89

Bob Anderson, the sword master whose work was featured in films such as the Star Wars and Lord of the Rings series, has died at the age of 89. The former competitive fencer passed away in hospital on January 1st. Anderson’s most famous film role was probably his work as Darth Vader in the majority … Continue reading

Obituary: film producer Bert Schneider dies aged 78

Bert Schneider, the Oscar-winning film producer responsible for such classics as Easy Rider and Hearts and Minds, has died at the age of 78. He reportedly died as a result of ‘natural causes’. Along with Bob Rafelson, his partner in Raybert Productions (later BBS Productions with the addition of Steve Blauner), Bert Schneider was one … Continue reading

Obituary: Bollywood star Dev Anand has died aged 88

Dev Anand, an actor-director once known as the Adonis of Indian cinema (and dubbed ‘the Indian Gregory Peck’) due to his good looks and his success in romantic films, has died at the age of 88. He suffered a heart attack while in London to have a medical check-up. While working in Bombay at the … Continue reading

Obituary: film director Ken Russell dies aged 84

Ken Russell, one of Britain’s best known film-makers and something of a cultural force in his own right, has died at the age of 84. He is reported to have died in his sleep over the weekend. Still best known for the Oscar-winning Women in Love (1969), Russell was one of the most flamboyant and … Continue reading