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Obituary: Baron Munchausen and X Files star John Neville dies aged 86

John Neville, best known for playing the lead role in Terry Gilliam’s 1986 film The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, has died at the age of 86. The British actor died in a long-term care facility in Canada, with the cause of death apparently listed as Alzheimer’s disease. Neville had a distinguished acting career on the … Continue reading

Is Twilight’s birthing scene giving people epileptic seizures?

There’s a rumour going around online suggesting that a small number of people have suffered epileptic seizures, allegedly after seeing the ‘birth scene’ in the new Twilight film. Could it be true, or are people just really keen to get out of the theatre? The scene in question involves flashes of red, white and black … Continue reading

Ben Whishaw to play Q in James Bond: Skyfall

Ben Whishaw is to play Q in the upcoming James Bond film Skyfall. The former Nathan Barley and Perfume star is expected to start filming in the next few weeks. Whishaw will be the fourth Q in the big screen franchise’s history. Peter Burton played the character in Dr No before Desmond Llewellyn, the most … Continue reading

UAE censors change name of Puss in Boots to Cat in Boots

Shrek spin-off Puss in Boots has already been a hit in America and Britain, but cinemagoers in the UAE will have a slightly different experience. The country’s censors have renamed the film Cat in Boots, because the word ‘puss’ is deemed to be too risque. While most people would probably still associate ‘puss’ with cats, … Continue reading

HMV to launch on-demand film service with FilmFlex

HMV is partnering with FilmFlex to launch hmvon-demand, a new on demand video service that will feature content from all the major US studios. The service is launching this week, and its success (or otherwise) will be keenly watched by analysts wanting to see how HMV can perform in the digital world. HMV’s partner FilmFlex … Continue reading

Crew member dies on New Orleans set of G.I. Joe: Retaliation film

A crew member has died on the New Orleans set of upcoming action film G.I. Joe: Retaliation. The unidentified male set worker was taking down part of the set when a high-powered crane allegedly fell over. The circumstances of the accident are now being investigated and Paramount Pictures have confirmed that they are cooperating with … Continue reading

Police re-open Natalie Wood death investigation, 30 years after star drowned

LA police are re-opening their investigation into the death of Hollywood star Natalie Wood, who drowned in 1981. They say they have received new information, and that more will be revealed at a press conference. Natalie Wood died on November 29th 1981. She drowned after allegedly drinking while on a yacht with her husband Robert … Continue reading

Obituary: Karl Slover, one of the last surviving Munchkins, has died aged 93

Karl Slover, one of the last surviving original Munchkins from the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz, has died at the age of 93. He suffered cardiopulmonary arrest on Tuesday, but as recently as early November he had appeared at various public events. There were 124 Munchkins in The Wizard of Oz but by now … Continue reading

Harry Potter’s David Yates to direct Doctor Who movie starring Matt Smith?

David Yates, the director responsible for four of the Harry Potter films, has signed up to direct a big budget Doctor Who movie for the BBC. Further details are sketchy, but current TV star Matt Smith is reportedly in line for the lead role. Yates has told Daily Variety (link has ad first) that he … Continue reading

Brad Pitt to quit acting when he turns 50?

Brad Pitt has suggested that he might quit acting when he turns 50, which means that one of the world’s most famous film stars could be retiring in just three years’ time. But he also hints that he wouldn’t mind returning for the occasional gig, perhaps as a grump old man some way down the … Continue reading