Britain's box office booms but filming is set to slow

The UK Film Council is predicting another bumper year for production in 2010, despite a slowdown of features in the first half and cinema admissions hit by the World Cup.

Danny Boyle lined up to direct 2012 Olympics opening ceremony

When the Chinese film director Zhang Yimou was enlisted to orchestrate the inaugural ceremony of the Beijing Olympics, the world waited with excitement and later praised the breathtaking results.

On the Front Foot: Meaningless matches could put domestic game in a right fix

What excitement there has been this week at the news that no matches in English domestic cricket have been fixed. It has been caused by the revelations that there might have been an attempt to fix them. Two senior county players have been approached by apparently nefarious characters and offered undisclosed sums to affect the outcome of matches. In each case they terminated the discussion early on and reported the contact. This has created a kerfuffle. While the names of the players have been let slip, as these things are, they wish to remain anonymous in case of possible reprisals from gambling syndicates with which they have never had any involvement. Several journalistic man-hours have been spent wondering whether to name the innocent men. A sense of perspective, as always when the F-word is mentioned, has been missing. There was much more tampering with games in the days of three-day cricket, when captains colluded on a certain amount of joke bowling to ensure a certain target was set in a certain time. Whatever else those matches were, they were not genuine sporting contests. There is no evidence at all that betting markets in the subcontinent or anywhere else have been affected by loads of money being gambled on Twenty20 matches. To a man, the great and the good of English cricket have been lining up to say how vigilance must be eternal while, apart from the players approached but unnamed, every other cricketer has insisted that he has never been approached to tinker with a match nor heard any talk of it. What the administrators might profitably (in the moral rather than monetary sense) do is examine their Twenty20 schedules. There are an unfeasible amount of games this summer – 151 compared to the 45 of the small but perfectly formed tournament sprung upon an unsuspecting world in 2003 – which means that there is a greater likelihood of meaningless matches on which no league placing depends. Meaningless matches, of course, expose themselves to being rigged. Ah well, on with the motley.

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Indian director to use cause he fights for as the basis for his latest movie

Cannes Diary: Stars lined up for BBC rom com

The BBC is planning a film adaptation of Paul Torquay's romantic comedy Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, to star Ewan McGregor, Emily Blunt and Kristin Scott Thomas. The script will be written by Simon Beaufoy, who wielded the pen behind the eight Oscars-winning Slumdog Millionaire.

British-US film: The special relationship

Robin Hood is the latest British movie made with US money. Can our film industry survive without help from Hollywood? By Francesca Steele

Film 4 renaissance set to continue

The renaissance of Film4 is set to continue following an emphatic vote of approval from the incoming Channel 4 chief executive, David Abraham, who has increased the budget of the film financing division by 20 per cent.

Film4 boosted by 20% budget increase

Channel 4 is ramping up its film financing budget, with new films involving Danny Boyle, Keira Knightley and Carey Mulligan in the pipeline.

Kathryn Bigelow wins battle of 'exes' as 'Hurt Locker' storms Baftas

Carey Mulligan takes Best Actress while Colin Firth awarded Best Actor

Baftas go to Hollywood

American actors and directors are likely to dominate tonight's awards, leaving few chances for British nominees

And the award for best Oscar prediction ...

Bafta winners tend to do the same at the Oscars. So is the British tail wagging the American dog?

24 - Grin and Bauer it again

Rogue elements in the Middle East force Jack Bauer out of retirement for season eight of 24. Gerard Gilbert asks whether Kiefer Sutherland's secret agent can endure on US television in a crowded market for espionage thrillers

An education in how to compete with blockbusters

British film matches $300m Avatar with eight nominations for Bafta awards
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