Monday, 8 February 2016

John Williams plays the piano
Today, John Williams celebrates his 84th birthday.  Happy Birthday!  To celebrate here are a number of photos of everyone's favourite composers from his baby days to current times.


A young John Williams conducts.

A very young John Williams in a school play


Yes, that is John Williams





John Williams on the piano.

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Sunday, 7 February 2016



The London Evening Standard tonight unveiled the winners of its British Film Awards at Television Centre, in White City. The awards ceremony, hosted by comedian and TV presenter Simon Amstell, celebrated an astounding year for British cinema and film talent, attracting high-profile guests to shine a spotlight on the industry’s remarkable creativity. The star-studded event drew in big names from the acting world, including Agyness Dean, Idris Elba, Tuppence Middleton, Stanley Tucci, Matthew Perry, Vanessa Redgrave and Tom Courtenay.

John Crowley’s Brooklyn claimed the top prize in the category for Best Film, presented by Matthew Perry, surpassing other contenders 45 YearsThe Lobster and High-Rise. Meanwhile, Idris Elba was awarded Best Actor, presented by Vanessa Redgrave, for his performance in West African civil war drama Beasts of No Nation. In the Best Actress category, Maggie Smith’s tragi-comic portrayal of her character in The Lady in the Van saw her picking up the accolade for Best Actress, presented by David Hare. This is now the fourth time Dame Maggie Smith has been recognised by the Evening Standard in this category; thirty seven years since she first won the award for her performance in California Suite

The awards were held in partnership with Television Centre, the former home of the BBC in White City, being transformed by Stanhope into a vibrant mixed use development featuring 950 new homes, independent restaurants and cafes, a Soho House members club and hotel and office space for the creative industries. Residents at Television Centre will also enjoy access to a boutique cinema, 24-hour concierge and a rooftop culinary experience.

From established film luminaries to the most exciting rising talent, the full Evening Standard British Film Awards shortlist is below with winners in bold:


BEST FILM, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH TELEVISION CENTRE:
Brooklyn
45 Years
High-Rise
The Lobster

The film’s director, John Crowley, picked up the award, presented by actor Matthew Perry

BEST ACTOR:
Tom Courtenay (45 Years)
Idris Elba (Beasts of No Nation)
Michael Fassbender (Macbeth/ Steve Jobs)

Idris Elba was presented the award by actress Vanessa Redgrave

BEST ACTRESS:
Emily Blunt (Sicario)
Charlotte Rampling (45 Years)
Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn)
Maggie Smith (The Lady in the Van)

Maggie Smith was presented the award by English playwright and director David Hare

BEST DOCUMENTARY:
Amy
My Nazi Legacy
Palio

Amy’s childhood friends and first manager picked up the award, presented by actress Tuppence Middleton

BEST SCREENPLAY:
Emma Donoghue (Room)
Nick Hornby (Brooklyn)
Carol Morley (The Falling)

StudioCanal’s Danny Perkins picked up the award on behalf of Emma Donoghue, which was presented by actress Jessica Hynes

RISING STAR:
Tom Browne (director, Radiator)
Jake Davies (X+Y)
Agyness Dean (Sunset Song)
Maisie Williams (The Falling)

Maisie Williams was presented the award by actor Adrian Lester

AWARD FOR COMEDY(Film or performance):
Bill (director Richard Bracewell, writers Laurence Rickard and Ben Willbond)
Olivia Colman (The Lobster)
Colin Farrell (The Lobster)
Emma Thompson (The Legend of Barney Thomson)

Emma Thompson was presented the award by actor Stanley Tucci

TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT:
Roger Deakins, cinematographer of Sicario
Mark Digby, production designer ofEx-Machina
Michael McDonough, cinematographer of Sunset Song
Mark Tildesley, production designer of High-Rise

Mark Digby was presented the award by actress Ashley Jensen 

SPECIAL AWARD (OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION):
Alan Bennett for his contribution to British Film

Alan Bennett was presented the award by actor Alex Jennings

EDITOR’S AWARD:
45 Years

The Editor’s Award is a special award to celebrate an extraordinary achievement or person that has lit up the industry in the last year. This year’s winner is Andrew Haigh’s romantic drama 45 Years, a chilling look at the fault line opening under a long-term marriage. The film stars Tom Courtenay and Charlotte Rampling, and has been nominated for various awards since its release.

Sir Tom Courtenay and the film’s producer Tristan Goligher picked up the award, which was presented by actress Emilia Fox

BLOCKBUSTER OF THE YEAR:
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Fifty Shades of Grey
Furious 7
Inside Out
Jurassic World
Home
Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2
Minions
Spectre
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

This award is voted for by the readers of the London Evening Standard, who were asked to vote for their favourite from the top ten UK box office grossers of 2015. The winner, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, smashed records for the biggest box office debut weekend globally, with J.J. Abrams’ film also achieving the largest four-day weekend total revenue in British and Irish cinemas.

C-3PO’s Anthony Daniels picked up the award, presented by actress Kelly Macdonald

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GeekedFest

GeekedFest returns to Newport and it's going to be the biggest one yet.  This is in my neck of the woods so I'll be there in August.  Why not come along and say hello? - Rob

‘GeekedFest’; Newport’s own Film/TV/Comic convention announced for 2016!!!
GeekedFest Ltd has announced that the ‘GeekedFest’ event will be returning to Newport for the second year running on 6th & 7th August at the Newport Centre. 

GeekedFest’ is Newport’s own Film/TV & comic book convention and visitors can expect celebrity guests from the world of Film, TV & beyond who will be offering autographs and photo opportunities. There will also be many stalls selling all variety of comic books, memorabilia, toys & crafts as well as many Film/TV exhibits, gaming & cosplay zones and family-friendly activities. The event also hopes to raise money for several local charities.

GeekedFest was started in 2015 by local business-man Shane Richard Jordan who also launched his own comic-book shop ‘Sin City Comics’ in Cwmbran the same year.

 “We are committed to providing a fun, safe and friendly event for all involved and one that benefits our area; so that we can offer some-thing to locals that has up till now only been available at events in Cardiff “
“We had a great first event in 2015; however with the recent re-development of Newport’s town centre [Friars Walk] we are expecting this year’s event to be even bigger! We are also working with several local businesses that have recently moved to Friars Walk”
Shane Richard Jordan – Managing Director

Tickets are due to go on-sale in April at www.GeekedFest.com with early-bird tickets available to buy right now at Sin City Comics Cwmbran; further details of special guests and activities will released in the coming months.

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Saturday, 6 February 2016

CLEANIN' UP THE TOWN

There are a lot of Kickstarter campaigns out there, some good, some not so good.  But every once in a while you get one that comes along and you know it's going to be a hit.  CLEANIN' UP THE TOWN is one of those campaigns.  It's a professionally done documentary on the 1984 classic, GHOSTBUSTERS.  With interviews with cast members including Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson and Sigourney Weaver to name a few and director, Ivan Reitman.  The documentary is being produced by Bueno Productions and their aim is to 'deliver the most complete account of how these classic films were made and hence have interviewed over 70 members of the cast and crew responsible for bringing these stories to life.'

Their Kickstarter campaign aims to bring them £40,000 and they are well on the way to achieving that goal.  I've personally supported it.  One thing that Ghostbusters is missing is a really good behind the scenes documentary.  It deserves one, after all Ghostbusters is a classic timeless comedy.

The Kickstarter rewards are worth checking out.  For just a £10 donation you can get your name in the documentary credits.  How cool is that?  We're so pumped for this campaign that we're going to
put the Kickstarter widget on our front page for it's duration.  The Bearded Trio really hope you can support it and spread the word.

Rob
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Here's a little write up on the doc along with a trailer and links.

Kickstarter Page.

Eight years in the making and with over seventy cast and crew interviews Cleanin’ Up The Town: Remembering Ghostbusters is the definitive documentary that charts how Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters 2 came to fruition and how these films were made by the people that made them. Interviews include actors in the film Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver Annie Potts, David Margulies, William Atherton, Kurt Fuller and Jason Reitman, Director Ivan Reitman, Producer Michael C. Gross, Visual Effects crew including Richard Edlund, Terry Windell, Dennis Muren and Steve Johnson, musicians Ray Parker Jr and The Bus Boys. In this extended cut we want audiences to experience a little more of what they can expect from this feature length documentary.

CLEANIN' UP THE TOWN: Remembering Ghostbusters
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John Williams Lifetime Contribution to Hollywood Award

John Williams has received the Lifetime Contribution to Hollywood Award at the Made In Hollywood Honors event.  The ceremony which is in it's fifth year took place on the Heart of Hollywood Terrace of corporate sponsor 1600 VINE.   Vice President Esai Morales (La Bamba) was the evening's host.  Morales talked about Williams and his work on his most recent soundtrack, Star Wars The Force Awakens:

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” — more nominations than any living person. “The scoring for this motion picture brought one of the largest film scoring projects of the year to Hollywood’s music community,” Morales said, “jobs for 125 orchestra members; 23 singers; more than 40 conductors, music contractors and music preparation professionals; in addition to technicians and engineers, all who collaborated to bring Williams’ brilliant score to life.”

John Williams said:

“Recording the music for ‘Star Wars’ in Los Angeles was for me a great treat, but the people who really should be thanked for having this happen are J.J. Abrams, the director of the film, Kathy Kennedy the producer, and also Michael Gorfaine and Jamie Richardson, who worked so hard to convince the powers that this was in the best interest of the score and in the best interest of the film. I also must thank Sandy De Crescent who has put this orchestra together, and who for 40 years has established a standard and maintained this standard — and if anything improved this standard over the 40 years that she and I have been working together. I have been very, very happy with this fabulous orchestra, which is a world-class orchestra. The group of musicians who play here with us in the films are the highest world-class level of professionalism in terms of comprehension of the material, sight reading, and the execution of all of it.”

Read more about the event here.



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