Steven Spielberg and Clint Eastwood fight to save UK Film Council

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I am British and work in the entertainment industry in Hollywood. Shutting down the UK Film Council is unforgivable and short sighted. All British talent will move to Hollywood. All foreign film production will forget about the UK. How does this help the UK economy? The British could be proud of the films produced in recent years but now we will return to Thatcher days of creative depression.

Sign the petition. Voice your concerns with Steven Spielberg and Clint Eastwood.

Harrison Ford is Hollywood’s top earner


Forbes Magazine named Harrison Ford the highest earning Hollywood actor of the last 12 months after the actor accumulated $64.95m in profits from his starring role in Steven Spielberg’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. The 66 year old actor rose to super stardom as Han Solo in George Lucas’s Star Wars (1977) and went on to further Hollywood success with box office hits, Witness (1985), The Fugitive (1993), and Air Force One (1997). Ford’s twenty-first century output has been less than thrilling in forgotten pictures such as Hollywood Homicide (2003) and Firewall (2006).


Additionally, Ford’s reign as Indiana Jones also looks to be on the down side. Hints that Shia LaBeouf will take over the role were less than subtle towards the end credits of Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. In the final scene, LaBeouf as Indiana’s long lost son dares to try on his father’s beloved hat for size and the hat fits. Moreover, in a BBC interview this week, LaBeouf practically let the cat out of the bag when he mentioned Spielberg was putting a story together in time for the next installment.

LaBeouf stars in the sequel of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, released next week.


Land of the Lost

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Given enough distance from Steven Spielberg’s gargantuan hit Jurassic Park, Land of the Lost is the remake of the classic 1975 television adventure of a family thrown back in time and into another dimension in the land of the dinosaurs. This time round Will Ferrell plays has been scientist Dr. Rick Marshall who is inadvertently sucked way back in a space-time vortex. Along for the ride is his smart research assistant Holly (Anna Friel) and a redneck survivalist named Will (Danny McBride). On the plus side, there are no kids in this kids film but there is a primate named Chaka (Jorma Taccone) who helps the team survive through a maze of large distances and even larger dinosaurs. No doubt we can expect some laughs from Ferrell but reviews just in haven’t been promising.