FILM / Rushes
The first British edition of Premiere hits news-stands next Wednesday, which sounds like good news for fans of the American movie mag but may prove to be something of a mixed blessing. The snag is not that the British version will feature much of the same material as its powerful American sibling (at least 75 per cent according to the magazine's publishing director, Susan Lyne), but that the reprinted features and interviews will be 'remixed to coincide with movie release dates in the UK'. What this appears to mean - although copies of the launch issue have not yet been made available - is that the 10,000 British fans of the magazine's US edition will now be forced to make a choice between forking out for articles they've already read, or else paying again for the imported original.
Early details of this year's 36th London Film Festival were announced this week. The final line-up has yet to be settled, but highlights so far include screenings of Nora When Harry Met Sally Ephron's This Is My Life; Sarafina, a BBC co-production starring Whoopi Goldberg; Barry Primus's Mistress, starring Robert de Niro; and Liv Ullman's directorial debut, Sofie. A new feature this year will be the pounds 10,000 Tennents Gold Bier award for the 'most popular' British film. The Festival runs from 5 to 22 November, and all screenings are open to the public.
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