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It's taken Yann Martel's best-selling novel "Life Of Pi" close to a decade to come to the screen. Directors including Jean-Pierre Jeunet, M. Night Shyamalan and Alfonso Cuaron all flirted with the project, but for various reasons, elected not to shoot it. And it's fair enough, really, because it's difficult material, driven by a single character, mostly set in a single location at sea, and crucially, with the second lead is a wordless, enormous Bengal tiger. Even with the technology of the early 2000s, it seemed almost impossible to make it happen, but thanks to the evolution in CGI in the last few years -- and the advent of 3D -- the film is finally hitting screens tomorrow (read our review here), with the great Ang Lee directing. The film is generally expected to be a big Oscar player, with Picture, Director and technical nods likely to happen, but »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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