PUBLISHED: 10:13 07 November 2018 | UPDATED: 10:23 07 November 2018 James Scott A digital impression of the London Screen Academy, an Islington film school due to open in 2019. Photo by London Screen Academy Archant An incoming Islington film school will “reflect the diversity and cultural richness of London”, according to the illustrious names in the movie industry backing the project. A digital impression of the London Screen Academy, an Islington film school due to open in 2019. Photo by London Screen AcademyThe stage is set for the London Screen Academy (LSA) to open in September 2019, with 300 budding film-makers to be welcomed through the doors of the transformed Ladbroke House building in Highbury. Just down the road from the City of London Academy, Highbury Grove, the school – based on Pinewood Studios – will give students aged between 16 and 19 a hands-on approach to the film and television industries. Nick Watkiss, who … [Read more...] about Big-hitting movie producers believe Islington film school will ‘reflect diversity of London’
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A former Chester student is about to unveil her first starring role in a major film to an audience of family and friends at the Vue at Cheshire Oaks later this month. Anna Demetriou, who went to Upton-by-Chester High School and used to live in Backford, is starring in the new Viking fantasy film Of Gods and Warriors which also features screen legend Terence Stamp and Hollyoaks actor Will Mellor. It is the culmination of a long-held ambition to become an actor which began in infancy and saw her devouring movies on tape and disc while developing an all-consuming ambition to follow in the footsteps of her idol Barbra Streisand. Chester audiences have already seen her in action as part of shows staged by Tip Top Productions at the Forum Studio Theatre and the Grosvenor Park Young Theatre Company. Anna, 25, admits she was an exuberant child and this is what set her on the path to an acting career: “My parents told me I had so much energy as a kid they weren’t sure what to do … [Read more...] about Former Chester student stars in her first big screen movie
MARY Steenburgen is a well known face in Hollywood thanks to her long career that has spanned over four decades. But what is her background? And what movies has she starred in? Here's what we know... Who is Mary Steenburgen? What is her background? Mary, 65, was born February 8, 1953 and is an American actress. Her big break came when she was discovered by Jack Nicholson in the reception room of Paramount's New York office, and was cast as the female lead in his 1978 Western movie Goin' South. After that she had a leading role in the 1979 film Time After Time where she played a woman who falls in love with author H. G. Wells, played by her future-first husband Malcolm McDowell. Mary won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for the role of Lynda Dummar in the 1980 film Melvin and Howard. What are Mary's biggest movies? Mary has starred in many big Hollywood movies, these include: Parenthood (1989) Back to the Future Part III (1990) Philadelphia (1993) What's Eating Gilbert Grape … [Read more...] about How old is Mary Steenburgen, what movies has the Book Club and Step Brothers actress been in and is she married?
“I was looking up at the sky and saying ‘is there any more I can do with my life?’ The minute I hit the ground I heard a big crack and I knew there was something seriously wrong” YOU could have heard a pin drop during Ian O’Connell’s appearance on the Late, Late Show last Friday night. Back home in Killarney, he had probably dreamed of appearing on the programme one day in the future as a famous sports star in one field or other. Instead the teenager was sat opposite Ryan Tubridy less than a year after being left paralysed from the shoulders down following a fall from his bike last summer. He told the audience how he had hit a log hidden by grass and flipped over the handlebars, landing on his neck before rolling onto his back. In the blink of an eye, his life was changed forever. And that was Ian O’Connell’s message - appreciate everything you have because one day it might not be there. “Life is a roller coaster, you don’t … [Read more...] about ‘The Monday after this game I’ll go into work and, win or lose, there’s always somebody in a worse position than me’: Ryan Wylie on why there’s life away from football
'Molly's Game' Film Review: Jessica Chastain Gives an Oscar-Worthy PerformanceRating2017-12-225.0RatingCan you make a five-star drama that lasts for 140 minutes with heavy dialogue, fairly unknown actors and an Aaron Sorkin script? If you’re Aaron Sorkin, you can. Molly’s Game is so far the best picture of the year. Let’s get into whys.Click to find out more. It’s fair to say that the first-time movie director but long-time screenwriter, Sorkin, got some help from the book with the same title written by Molly Bloom. It’s a popular non-fiction account of a 26-year-old woman behind iconic underground poker games, involving actors from Leonardo DiCaprio to Ben Affleck. (In the film, the names of the players have been fictionalized.) While I’m still reading the book, and it appears fine, the best picture rating has not much to do with poker or famous circles. Jessica Chastain plays Molly Bloom. Picture: STX Entertainment Molly’s Game becomes a gem … [Read more...] about ‘Molly’s Game’ Film Review: Jessica Chastain Gives an Oscar-Worthy Performance