Bigelow's war film is nominated for a host of trophies at next month's (Mar10) Oscars, and after winning a string of awards at several recent ceremonies, she picked up another honour from the British capital's critics.
Gritty U.K. movie Fish Tank was also a big winner on the night - the film picked up four of the event's major prizes, including Best British Director for Andrea Arnold, The Attenborough Award for British Film Of The Year, Best Supporting Actor for Michael Fassbender and Young British Performer Of The Year for newcomer Katie Jarvis.
A Prophet was named the Film of the Year.
Oscar-nominated Brit Carey Mulligan was named Best British Actress for An Education, while fellow Academy Award hopeful Colin Firth took home Best British Actor for A Single Man.
In the international acting categories, Mo’Nique was voted Best Actress for Precious, while Christoph Waltz was the Best Actor winner for Inglourious Basterds. Speaking at the ceremony, Waltz told WENN, "London critics giving me this? It's not too late, thank you."
Anne-Marie Duff won the Best Supporting Actress honour for her role as John Lennon's mother in Nowhere Boy.
David Bowie's son Duncan Jones was presented with the Breakthrough British Filmmaker honour for his directorial debut Moon.
Meanwhile, Quentin Tarantino received a special prize for filmmaking, winning the Dilys Powell Award For Excellence In Cinema.
Tarantino was shocked to be handed the prize, because he feels too young to receive such a title when he is only half way through his career.
Speaking at the event, he tells WENN, "I was reading the pack for the ceremony and it (showed previous Dilys Powell winners) John Mills and Richard Harris and I was like, 'F**k me, I am way too young to get this award'. I actually really like that. I actually like the idea of giving this award to somebody in the middle of their career... It's pretty gratifying. It's just wonderful to get an award and an honour in your name."
After being cursed by delays The Wolfman Hollywood’s latest spin on the popular werewolf myth finally bares its ugly fangs in theaters this week. Predictably the film is a train wreck of a debacle -- one would expect nothing less from a notoriously troubled production that saw its original director Mark Romanek abandon ship just two weeks before the start of shooting -- but The Wolfman’s problems stem less from the late-game addition of helmer Joe Johnston who at the very least delivered a terrific looking film (its gorgeously eerie Victorian aesthetic evoking a palpable exquisite sense of dread is by far its best feature) than from the misguided efforts of its producer and star Benicio Del Toro.
The Wolfman is the brainchild of Del Toro an ardent horror fan who conceived the film as an homage of sorts to the low-budget “monster movies” from the ‘30s and ‘40s that he loved dearly as a child. It’s fashioned as a loose remake of 1941’s The Wolf Man a film that both established Lon Chaney Jr.’s performance as the definitive take on the character and introduced aspects of the werewolf legend now considered sacrosanct. The notion that a werewolf can be felled by an item made from silver for example owes its origin to The Wolf Man.
But Del Toro feels all wrong in the role of Lawrence Talbot the prodigal son of a 19th-century English aristocrat whose fateful encounter with a bloodthirsty lycan the same creature that brutally murdered his brother just days prior triggers his unwitting initiation into the accursed tribe of feral man-beasts. Del Toro's resume of low-key understated performances marked by a muttering often imperceptible delivery in films like Traffic and The Usual Suspects suggests a skill set better suited to playing another famous movie monster one significantly less loquacious than his character in this movie. Seriously -- the guy should have remade Frankenstein instead.
Playing an American-bred (but English-born we’re told) character in an 1890 setting looking uncomfortable in period attire surrounded by such “proper” British actors as Sir Anthony Hopkins and Emily Blunt and fully annunciating all of his line readings for the first time that I can recall Del Toro appears hopelessly out of place in The Wolfman.
Things only get worse unfortunately when Del Toro’s character transforms into the dreaded werewolf. Each time the moon is full the film transitions with increasing ridiculousness from a somber Victorian drama into a hard-core horror flick replete with grisly shots of torn flesh exposed spines and severed limbs. The first overly gruesome attack triggers a kind of nervous laugh more from the shock than anything else. The second invites an amused uneasy chuckle which soon snowballs into an outright belly laugh. And the effect soon spreads to the dialogue the outrageous gore rendering the film's mannered melodrama strangely hysterical.
Of all the Wolfman players only Hopkins seems to get the joke reveling in his manipulative mischief as Talbot's inappropriately glib stoutly aloof father. If only he'd let his castmates in on it.
Stang passed away on Sunday (20Dec09) in Newton, Massachusetts, after a battle with pneumonia.
He enjoyed a long career in radio, film and television, starring as Frank Sinatra's sidekick in 1955 drama The Man With the Golden Arm, co-starring with Arnold Schwarzenegger in the action man's first feature film, 1970's Hercules in New York, and 1963 comedy It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.
Stang also became known for voicing numerous cartoon characters, including Nurtle the Turtle in the 1965 film Pinocchio in Outer Space and 1960s animated U.S. TV series Top Cat, as the series' main character, T.C.
He made the transition to Broadway too, appearing on the New York stage three times, most recently in the 1969 revival of The Front Page.
Other guest appearances include TV spots in Bonanza, Batman and The Cosby show, and as a regular on The Goldbergs, a long-running 1950s family series.
Stang is survived by his wife, JoAnne, son David, daughter Deborah, and two granddaughters.
The director's low-budget sci-fi movie has won him glowing reviews and a growing trophy haul - and his success continued at the BIFAS ceremony in London as he accepted the Best Debut Director honour.
Jones, who also took the top prizes at Scotland's Edinburgh International Film Festival and Spain's Sitges Film Festival earlier this year (09), was not present as he's currently in Los Angeles to prepare for his next movie.
Elsewhere at the BIFAS prizegiving, Andrea Arnold won the Best Director trophy for Fish Tank, while the film's star Katie Jarvis was named the Most Promising Newcomer.
Carey Mulligan's turn in An Education earned her the Best Actress prize, while Tom Hardy won Best Actor for his performance as Charles Bronson in Bronson.
Daniel Day-Lewis and Sir Michael Caine also received special awards in recognition for their contributions to British film.
The action man was snapped in his Mustang on Sunday (22Nov09) with two young girls sharing the front seat - a flagrant violation of California state law.
LAPD Detective Bill Bustos tells RadarOnline.com, "California law states you must have only one passenger per seat. Driving with two passengers in one seat is vehicle code violation 27360. You must have one passenger per seat belt."
And the Rocky star has also been blasted by the California Department of Motor Vehicles as the seat only has one seat belt: "Children ages six and older, but less than 16, and children under age six who weigh more than 60 pounds, must be properly secured in an appropriate child passenger restraint system or safety belt which meets federal safety standards.”
Stallone is not the only celebrity to be caught out violating motor laws recently - David Beckham was photographed using his cellphone while driving last month (Oct09), and Arnold Schwarzenegger's wife Maria Shriver was also caught chatting on her handset.
The black-and-white shots were saved from a bonfire in the mid-1970s when celebrity photographer Brian Duffy tried to destroy his archive of work after an argument with his staff.
They have remained hidden away in cardboard boxes ever since - but now form part of an exhibition of Duffy's images at a gallery in the U.K. capital.
The pictures, which also include shots of Arnold Schwarzenegger and notorious London gangster Reggie Kray, survived the blaze when fellow photographer David Bailey intervened and convinced Duffy not to throw them on the pyre.
Duffy says, "I went out into the garden and started burning things. You would think celluloid would burn easily but it didn't... David Bailey turned up and he said he would have helped me (with the pressure of my work) if he'd known. I stopped burning stuff and the rest of the negatives just sat in shoe boxes in my house until my old lady (wife) asked me what I was going to do with them."
The Los Angeles Galaxy player was photographed flaunting California's motoring laws while cruising through the city on his way home from training on Wednesday (21Oct09).
In pictures posted on RadarOnline.com, the 34 year old can be seen taking both hands off the wheel to deal with the device.
The news comes just a week after Arnold Schwarzenegger's wife Maria Shriver was caught chatting on a cellphone while driving.
Shriver, whose husband introduced the law banning the use of handheld mobiles behind the wheel, apologised and donated the device to charity.
Leading British workout expert Joe Fournier - whose previous clients include Madonna and Gwyneth Paltrow - pleaded not guilty to assaulting a taxi driver following a night on the town during a promotional trip to Australia last month (Aug09).
The 29 year old has been accused of punching the driver in the face after an argument about the fare, as his fiancee and 15-month-old son looked on.
He was also alleged to have driven away in the taxi, although that charge was later dropped.
Film composer David Arnold, who worked with Fournier on the James Bond film franchise, offered the court references on Fournier's behalf, and the fitness expert was later granted unconditional bail to make his return to Britain.
The case will go to court in October (09) but Fournier does not have to return to Sydney to appear before the judge, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.
Fournier boasts his client base includes several major stars, international royalty, and bosses of some leading Hollywood film companies who hire him to train actors for demanding roles.
The Los Angeles Galaxy star has agreed to help state Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger promote California as a tourist destination.
His new ad campaign for the California Travel & Tourism Commission will launch in the U.S., Canada and Britain later this month (Sep09).
He filmed his ad on Santa Monica beach last Thursday (27Aug09).
The new tourism campaign also features Rob Lowe and Vanessa Williams.
The Los Angeles Galaxy player has lived in the state with his family for more than two years since moving from Britain to play for the soccer club.
And Beckham is so enamoured with his Californian lifestyle, he's reportedly agreed to appear in a series of TV commercials to pull in more tourists.
A source tells Britain's The Sun newspaper, "It will be a massive campaign. It shows the governor believes David is a big catch in getting tourists to visit.".