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The Steve McQueen film made £2.5m in its opening weekend

British actor Andrew Lincoln stars in The Walking Dead

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The companion series will have an entirely new story and cast

Three Brits are likely to be in the running for Oscars including Ejiofor
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'12 Years a Slave' wins top prize at Toronto film fest

12 Years a Slave, based on an 1853 memoir of a free black man sold into slavery, won the top prize at the Toronto International Film Festival tonight.

Hugh Grant was the 72nd person to be auditioned for the lead role in Four Weddings and a Funeral

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With his cut-glass English charm and endearingly chaotic manner (not to mention the floppy hair) Hugh Grant has proven himself every bit the leading man. But the actor was actually the 72nd person to be auditioned for Four Weddings and a Funeral, and the was the first to make it seem funny, Richard Curtis has revealed.

Bridget Jones is back, with another film with Renée Zellweger planned, too

Heads Up: Booze, babies and bad men: Bridget Jones is back (v.g.)

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The owner of a location used in 'The King's Speech' has admitted to
hosting sex parties there

Netflix buys exclusive rights to Weinstein Company movies

Netflix has signed a deal with another major film production company, bagging the streaming rights to every Weinstein Company film from 2016.

Adele might be breaking into acting

Adele reported to be on all-star cast list for new Matthew Vaughn film

Singer might be joining David Beckham and Sir Elton John in The Secret Service

Matthew Rhys says he won't imitate Colin Firth's portrayal of Mr Darcy in Death Comes to Pemberley.

There will be no lake scene and no white shirt: Matthew Rhys says his Mr Darcy can't compete with Colin Firth's

TV star Matthew Rhys has said he has no intention of competing with Colin Firth's smouldering portrayal of Mr Darcy when he appears in the role.

David Beckham is said to be considering a film role in The Secret Service

The perils of switching from sports field to silver screen as David Beckham 'considers' role in spy film

As if David Beckham didn’t have enough opportunities to show off his image, he is now said to be considering a film role in The Secret Service.

Cinemas beat expectations as Britons flock to see blockbusters

Movie blockbusters, including  Man of Steel, Les Miserables and Iron Man 3, helped box office takings at British cinemas to smash expectations and rise 8.5 per cent to £578.7m in the first half of this year.

New cover revealed for 'Bridget Jones Mad About the Boy'

Bridget's back: First look at cover of Helen Fielding's Bridget Jones Mad About the Boy

Bridget Jones is set to make a return. And judging by the new title of Helen Fielding's book our thirtysomething singleton still loves the boys. But not enough to put one on the cover.

The Good Life's Penelope Keith makes TV return in Pride and Prejudice sequel Death Comes to Pemberley

The Good Life star Penelope Keith is returning to television in an adaptation of PD James's follow-up to Pride And Prejudice.

Mad About The Boy: Title of new Bridget Jones novel by Helen Fielding revealed

When asked which boy Bridget was mad about, Fielding merely raised one eyebrow enigmatically

Galifianakis reportedly invited Elizabeth “Mimi” Haist, 87, to the Los Angeles premiere of the third of his Hangover films

Hollywood practices random acts of red-carpet kindness

The Hangover actor Zach Galifianakis’s date for his movie premieres isn’t arm candy  – it’s his 87-year-old friend who he saved from homelessness. Bravo, says Simon Usborne

Jessica Chastain cast in The Zookeeper's Wife

Screen Talk: Jessica Chastain cast in The Zookeeper's Wife

Our contact at The Hollywood Reporter gives us the insider gossip from Tinseltown

Hugh Grant reveals birth of son on Twitter

Actor Hugh Grant has become a father for the second time and announced the news on his Twitter account - but warned the press to leave his family “in peace”.

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