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INTERSTELLAR

Dir. Christopher Nolan USA 2014

Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain

When a wormhole is discovered, explorers and scientists unite to embark on a voyage through it, transcending the limits of human space travel. Among the travellers is a widowed engineer (McConaughey) who has to decide to leave behind his two children to join the voyage with the goal of saving humanity. Interstellar is written by Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan, who combined his idea with an existing script by his brother that was developed in 2007.

Genre: Mystery / Sci-Fi

THE HUNGER GAMES MOCKINGJAY PART 1

Dir. Francis Lawrence USA 2014

Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth

Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) finds herself in District 13 after she literally shatters the Games forever. Under the leadership of President Coin (Julianne Moore) and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss spreads her wings as she fights to save Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and a nation moved by her courage. Part 1 is scheduled to be released on November 20, 2014 in the United Kingdom and November 21, 2014 in the United States, and landed atop Fandango’s list of most-anticipated films for 2014.

Genre: Adventure / Sci Fi

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PADDINGTON

Dir. Paul King UK/France/Canada 2014

Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters

A young Peruvian bear with a passion for all things British travels to London in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone at Paddington Station, he begins to realize that city life is not all he had imagined – until he meets the kindly Brown family, who read the label around his neck (‘Please look after this bear. Thank you.’) and offer him a temporary haven. It looks as though his luck has changed until this rarest of bears catches the eye of a museum taxidermist.

Genre: Comedy / Family

THE IMITATION GAME

Dir. Morten Tyldum USA 2014

Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode

At Cambridge University, young Alan Turing quickly establishes himself as a ground-breaking thinker with his theories about the potential of computing machines. When war between Britain and Germany is declared, these theories are put into active practice. Turing easily passes a test to become a member of a top-secret group assigned to decode critical German naval communications. Much to the surprise of the commanding officers, so does a woman, Joan Clarke, Turing and Clarke become fast friends, and are soon engaged to be married. But Turing is gay, struggling with his identity at a time when it is illegal and subject to terrible punishment.

Genre: Biography / Drama / Thriller

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HORRIBLE BOSSES 2

Dir. Sean Anders USA 2014

Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis

Fed up with answering to higher-ups, Nick, Dale and Kurt decide to become their own bosses by launching their own business. But a slick investor soon pulls the rug out from under them. Outplayed and desperate, and with no legal recourse, the three would-be entrepreneurs hatch a misguided plan to kidnap the investor’s adult son and ransom him to regain control of their company.

Genre: Comedy

THE DROP

Dir. Michaël R. Roskam USA 2014

Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, James Gandolfini

The Drop follows lonely bartender Bob Saginowski through a covert scheme of funnelling cash to local gangsters – “money drops” – in the underworld of Brooklyn bars. Under the heavy hand of his employer and cousin Marv, Bob finds himself at the centre of a robbery gone awry and entwined in an investigation that digs deep into the neighbourhood’s past where friends, families, and foes all work together to make a living – no matter the cost.

Genre: Crime / Drama

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Lady Gaga has splashed out $24 million on a new mansion.

The 28-year-old singer – who grew up in New York City – has reportedly purchased her first home in California.

A real estate source told gossip website TMZ.com that the ‘Bad Romance’ hit maker bought a huge compound in Malibu from the founder of Warner Bros Worldwide Consumer Products Division, Dan Romanelli.

The lavish property, which has a secret entranceway, sits on six acres and boasts five bedrooms, 12 bathrooms, an elevator, pool, gym, wine cellar, two-lane bowling alley, bocce ball court, eight-horse stable and walk-in closets.

Romanelli put the house on the market for $24.95 million in May 2013.

The blonde beauty previously insisted she would never buy a house in Los Angeles after sampling the lifestyle there in 2011.

She said at the time: “I ran furiously back to New York, to my old apartment, and I hung out with my friends, and I went to the same bars.”

The Grammy Award winner – who is dating 33-year-old actor Taylor Kinney – started renting a luxurious penthouse apartment in New York City last year for $22,000 a month.

U2’s Bono Reveals Why He Wears Sunglasses

Pop star tells Graham Norton he’s suffered from glaucoma for two decades…

U2 frontman Bono has revealed why he has sported sunglasses for the last 20 years – and it’s something of a surprise.

Appearing on The Graham Norton Show last month, the 54-year-old singer – real name Paul Hewson – said he had been suffering from eye condition glaucoma for two decades.

“This is a good place to explain to people that I’ve had glaucoma for the last 20 years,” he said.

“I have good treatments and I am going to be fine.”

And he played down the condition, saying: “You’re not going to get this out of your head now and you will be saying, ‘Ah, poor old blind Bono’.”

Earlier in the week the star took part in a Reddit AMA – where he addressed the controversial move that saw U2’s latest album installed on every new iPhone.

“I had this beautiful idea and we got carried away with ourselves – artists are prone to that kind of thing,” he confessed.

“Drop of megalomania, twitch of generosity, dash of self-promotion and deep fear that these songs that we’ve poured our life into over the last few years mightn’t be heard.”

One Direction star Zayn Malik is being wooed by Bollywood bosses who want him on a blockbuster soundtrack. The 21-year-old hunk has been lined up to join the likes of Kylie and Snoop Dogg, who have swelled their fan base – and coffers – through the lucrative Asian movie scene. Producers in Mumbai want to tap into his global popularity and Bradford-born Zayn could pocket up to £500,000 for a song. A movie insider says: “One very big production company is putting together an offer for him to act as well as sing.  Previous big pop stars who have done songs for Bollywood include Kylie who was paid £800,000 to appear in Blue, Snoop Dogg for the film Singh Is King and rapper Akon for Ra One.

Neil Patrick Harris to Host the Oscars 2015

Actor confirms he’ll be MCing at the movie world’s biggest night of the year…

Commenting in an official release from the Academy, he said: “It is truly an honour and a thrill to be asked to host this year’s Academy Awards.

“I grew up watching the Oscars and was always in such awe of some of the greats who hosted the show. To be asked to follow in the footsteps of Johnny Carson, Billy Crystal, Ellen DeGeneres, and everyone else who had the great fortune of hosting is a bucket list dream come true.”

And show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron were equally upbeat and enthusiastic.

They commented: “We are thrilled to have Neil host the Oscars. We have known him his entire adult life, and we have watched him explode as a great performer in feature films, television and stage.

“To work with him on the Oscars is the perfect storm, all of his resources and talent coming together on a global stage.”

The event will be held next February, in Hollywood of course.

From 31 October, Picturehouse will be taking over the operation of the three screens at the Museum: the 300-seat Pictureville (described by Lord Puttnam as ‘The best cinema in the world’), the 100-seat Cubby Broccoli Cinema, and Europe’s first IMAX screen.

The opening of Interstellar, Christopher Nolan’s IMAX space epic, on 7 November will serve as a celebration of the National Media Museum’s historic role in introducing the IMAX format to the UK, and its status as one of the few true IMAX 70mm film cinemas in the world. Interstellar might be one of the last studio films ever to be released in the 70mm format.

Later in November the National Media Museum will play a key role in the release of Hockney, the acclaimed feature documentary by Randall Wright. The film is an intimate portrayal of David Hockney, one of the most significant artists of his generation. Bradford born and raised, Hockney’s beginnings as an artist are revealed through unprecedented access to personal archive footage, giving an insight into how his beloved home town helped to forge his creative journey.

Existing members

If you are currently a National Media Museum Member, you will continue to receive Membership benefits for the full 12 months from the date you joined. You can then become a Picturehouse Member, receiving discounts at all our cinemas, and much more.

Where to book tickets and find out about upcoming films

Until 31 October it is business as usual, and tickets can be bought through the usual National Media Museum channels. Details of the film programme will be available on the Museum website and in the Museum’s film brochure and leaflets. From 1 November tickets will be bookable online on the Picturehouse and National Media Museum websites. The film programme will be available on the Picturehouse website, and in a new Picturehouse at National Media Museum brochure.

YORKSHIRE DIARY

Date: November 1987

Event: Launch of Leeds International Film Festival

The first Leeds International film festival (LIFF) took place in 1987. LIFF is now the largest film festival in England outside London. Every November, Leeds hosts the largest film festival in England outside London, welcoming thousands of film lovers to over 250 screenings across 18 days at venues across the city. Its inspirational programme presents the best new and unseen films from around the world, across six different genre strands, and includes world premieres of new releases (previous years have included The King’s Speech and The Artist), hit comedies, gripping dramas, outstanding new world cinema, wonderful short films, amazing experimental films, beautiful animation and great Japanese Anime. Since 2012 the Leeds International Film Festival has been an Academy Award Qualifying Festival through its short film awards.

Venues include the luxurious Everyman Cinema, in Trinity Leeds and Hyde Park Picture House – the independent art-house cinema known worldwide for its prestigious historical setting, where the festival began over a quarter of a century ago. Since 2010 the magnificent Leeds Town Hall has been transformed into enormous cinema each year, the ideal place for filmgoers to embrace the brilliant light of cinema on a cold, dark November evening. For more information go to www.leedsfilm.com.

Bollywood came to the streets Bradford in October to shoot the film, Welcome to Karachi. Directed by Ashish Mohan and produced by Vashu Baghnani, the acclaimed producer responsible for past blockbusters such as Biwi No. 1 and Tera Jadoo Chal Gaya, the latest project is due to hit the cinemas by next year. Originally, Life of Pie actor Irrfan Khan was due to appear in the film but due to unavailable dates, he was replaced by fledgeling actor Jackky Baghnani. Baghnani joins fellow actor Arshad Warsi in this tale of two friends who are stuck in Karachi due to mistaken identities.

When asked why he chose Karachi, director Rohit Shetty said, “Karachi when compared to any other place is considered to be the most dangerous city, but it’s the people who make the perception. Good human beings are everywhere and that’s what I would like to show through my film.”

Talking about his character, Warsi said, “My character is a little accident-prone as things keep happening to him all the time.”

The filmmakers shot extensive scenes at one of Bradford’s most popular Bazaars, Bradford Bazaar on Cemetery Road much to the joy of its owner Jas Maharaja, also MD of Maharaja Fabrics.

Speaking to Urban Echo, Mr Maharaja said the film shoot is positive news for Bradford. “Vashu Baghnani is one of the leading producers in India and worked with more or less all the big stars in Bollywood. The fact that they have chosen Bradford as a location further solidifies our reputation as UNESCO City of Film,” he states. Asked whether this could be the start of more films being shot in the city in the future, he excitedly replies, “Absolutely, why not? We have a beautiful city with awe-inspiring locations in Haworth and beyond. The world needs to see our beautiful city and hopefully after the film is released, we can encourage more filmmakers from the Asian sub-continent to invest in our city in the future.”

The film was also shot in other locations around the district including the council chamber in Bradford’s City Hall. The film is due to release in 2015. In the meantime we can only wait in anticipation to see Bradford featured in a major Bollywood release.

After decades of decay and decline, Bradford’s City Centre seems to be on its path to recovery. The recent reports in the national media suggest some sympathy and leniency in depicting the district.

Bradford’s image was badly bruised and brutalised after the two riots. The city, invariably, was portrayed as a very dangerous place to live and to invest by some sections of the media. Sadly, since then, all the successive national governments treated Bradford with indifference and obliviousness. The local governments also miserably suffered from feckless leadership and unimaginative, nebulous and unsustainable regeneration and economic policies.

Now after prolonged efforts made by Bradfordians including some of their representatives, the redevelopment of the city centre has commenced. It is showing speedy progress and hopefully will meet the target of completion by the end of next year.

Associated with this expensive project [Westfield], are the plans to build four new leisure sports centres, renewing of the adjacent streets to the new shopping centre and improvement of nearby roads in the area. Also, the revamping of the dilapidated Odeon cinema will be a valuable addition to the city’s cultural life and maybe a new attraction to entice tourists to the city.

However, the catalyst for most of the new initiatives was the development of City Park which started the ball rolling. The point to not forget, though, is we need the process of rejuvenation to continue to uplift this city’s economy. It is also quite apparent this process will take a great deal of time to accomplish. Nevertheless, Bradford seems to be on the right track after a long time.

The fears of any after effects of the Westfield project on the established part of the shopping area must be thoroughly examined now and serious attempts be made to allay these concerns without any unnecessary delay. To overlook these may mar the momentum and enthusiasm that is required to bring this city back to its feet.

Bradford with its syncretic and diverse mix of race, ethnicity and religious practices as well as the young population has to be acknowledged as its strength and not weakness. It is a unique city in many respects. With many of its cultures trying to seek accommodation with each other, this could be explored and encourage its residents to work together as Bradfordians to promote and safeguard the commonly shared interests of their great City. The future economy of the district in many ways will depend upon its strategic ability to consult and involve all communities at its planning stage for any new policies. One of the novel initiatives could be to develop and promote Bradford as an international City of leisure and culture. All the possible ingredients to realise this dream are present locally.

Most importantly the Council in cooperation with Chambers of Trade, Bradford University, and big businesses, has to explore every possible avenue to invite more investment to the city. The National Government must assist the local efforts in reviving the economy of the area. There is a big question mark, however for the success of the new shopping centre. Can it survive without the city achieving economic growth in other areas to argument the income of its citizens? The spending capacity of Bradfordians will be a decisive factor in determining the success or failure of the new shopping centre.

It would be wrong to predict doom and gloom for the future of the city but there should be no room for complacency and no need for despondency.

However, Bradford still has a bumpy road ahead but surely it has the ability and capability to cross all these bumps safely and successfully with prudent political leadership and its people working together for a better future for all.

Mohammed Ajeeb CBE

Former Lord Mayor of Bradford

On October 2014, at just 17 years old, Malala Yousafzai became the youngest ever winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for her resolute determination to ensure girls and children all over the world are entitled to an education. Her now internationally recognised activism began with a gunshot to the head by a Taliban member in October 2012, because of her demands for girls in Pakistan to be able to go to school. Since then, Malala has been pushed into the limelight and has delivered speeches worldwide, including the United Nations. It is with no doubt that such recognition made her Nobel Peace Prize victory inevitable at some point, but nobody would have thought she’d get it at such a young age.

However, even though the majority are fully supportive of Malala’s efforts and subsequent success, there are a minority that are rather vocal about their criticisms of her, not least because they feel Malala was not deserving of such an accolade. It is well known that the West have been backing Malala ever since she got shot by the Taliban, unsurprising, given that both share a common rival that they wish to defeat. Therefore the question arises, who are her critics if not the West?  Well, it seems the people that do not support her are in fact people from her home country, Pakistan.

Whilst many will raise their eyebrows at this fact, it is fully understandable why a minority in Pakistan dislike her. First of all, it is incredibly likely that Malala’s critics believe she has created a bad name for Pakistan due to her strong claims that essentially girls in Pakistan do not get the education they deserve and that this is untrue.  Another reason as to why Malala’s critics shun her Nobel Prize triumph is simply because they think she did not deserve it, as there are far worthy recipients within Pakistan such as drone strike victims and long serving humanitarian worker, Abdul Sattar Edhi. Others argue that she is too young and has not yet proved that she is worthy of the Peace Prize with only one year’s worth of activism.

However all of her critics aside, it is to be noted that they are but a minority compared to the vast amount of people that support her. Indeed for the Muslim world, Malala’s Nobel Laureate status now means that overall there are 7 winners of the peace prize including the likes of Yasser Arafat and Shirin Ebadi. The majority would argue that Malala Yousafzai has done her nation proud.

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