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All the Bgt winners: Ranking the winning acts by their success post-Britain's Got Talent

Congratulations to Jules O'Dwyer and her loveable border collie Matisse who won Britain's Got Talent last night (May 31). We must admit we came over a tad teary-eyed when Matisse's three-legged collie companion Skippy made his debut in their final act.

Last night's final prompted us to look back at all eight winners from the ITV talent show to see how they faired after their victories.

From Collabro to Pudsey the dog - which acts have had the most success post-bgt? Here's our ranking below:

1. Paul Potts

Paul Potts stunned the judges, audience and viewers of Bgt alike with his breathtaking rendition of 'Nessun Dorma' on the ITV talent show's first run in 2007. His audition became a YouTube sensation and was later confirmed as the fourth most viewed YouTube video in the UK.

Following his transition from Carphone Warehouse salesman to Bgt winner, Potts released his debut album One Chance
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The Voice UK: Get all the details of Saturday's blind auditions

The Voice UK is about to get very serious indeed. This Saturday is the last episode of blind auditions, and there are only six spaces left on the coaches' teams - but 14 acts. It's going to get very messy!

If you want to prepare yourself for the drama, you're in luck - we have all the information you need about who's auditioning and what they're going to be singing in an attempt to impress the coaches...

1. Vanessa Hunt - 26, Peterborough

Song: 'Sunshine of Your Love' - Cream (Spanky Wilson version)

What you need to know: Vanessa has a pretty spectacular, glamorous day job - she goes from company to company selling toilet paper. Wonder why she wants to become a singer instead? She already sings in a function band called The Look with her boyfriend.

2. Matt Baker - 32, Bristol

Song: 'Are You Gonna Go My Way' - Lenny Kravitz

What you need to know: No,
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BBC Films to Receive BAFTA Honor on 25th Anniversary

London — BBC Films, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary, will receive the outstanding British contribution to cinema award at the Ee British Academy Film Awards ceremony at London’s Royal Opera House on Feb. 8.

Previous recipients include Mike Leigh, Kenneth Branagh, Derek Jarman, Ridley and Tony Scott, Working Title Films, the Harry Potter series of films, John Hurt and Tessa Ross. Last year’s recipient was Peter Greenaway.

Nik Powell, chairman of BAFTA’s film committee, said: “I cannot think of a more deserving institution for this award than BBC Films, unbelievably in its 25th year and with more than 250 predominantly British films in its catalog. With a wide range of films from populist British box office hits like ‘Billy Elliot’ and ‘Mrs. Brown’s Boys D’Movie’ and an enviable collection of ground-breaking films, I hope that this award will be not simply a recognition of past and present achievements,
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BBC Films to receive BAFTA for Outstanding Contribution to Cinema

BBC Films will receive the BAFTA for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema.

The film-making arm of the BBC will take home the honour during the awards ceremony on Sunday, February 8.

Chairman of BAFTA's Film Committee Nik Powell said: "I cannot think of a more deserving institution for this award than BBC Films, unbelievably in its 25th year and with more than 250 predominantly British films in its catalogue.

"With a wide range of films from populist British box office hits like Billy Elliot and Mrs Brown's Boys D'Movie and an enviable collection of ground-breaking films, I hope that this award will be not simply a recognition of past and present achievements but also an affirmation of why BBC Films is so important for the film industry both here in the UK and further afield."

Head of BBC Films Christine Langan added: "We're truly delighted and honoured at BBC Films to
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Snd Teams With Capture The Flag And Vertigo For ‘The Sweeney’s’ French Redo

Paris– Snd is teaming up with Paris-based producer Capture (The Flag) Films and U.K.’s Vertigo Films to produce Benjamin Rocher’s actioner “The Squad,” a remake of Nick Love’s “The Sweeney” that will topline Jean Reno (“The Professional”).

Reno will star as Buren, an old time cop who runs a squad In the Paris underworld and doesn’t play by the rules. When a heist turns into murder, Buren follows his guts and raids the house of Kasper, a former convict. The operation is carnage and Buren takes the fall for it. But when he realizes that the bank and the jewelry heist are part of a bigger operation, Buren with nothing to lose will play all in.

Jean Reno, one of the most beloved French actors with a worldwide fan base, will bring all his charisma and depth to portray Buren, a tough police officer determined
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Walking on Sunshine review: Grease 2-style cult status beckons?

Walking on Sunshine review: Grease 2-style cult status beckons?
Directors: Max Giwa, Dania Pasquini; Screenwriter: Joshua St Johnston; Starring: Hannah Arterton, Annabel Scholey, Leona Lewis, Katy Brand, Greg Wise; Running time: 97 mins; Certificate: 12A

Let's get one thing out of the way from the off. Walking on Sunshine, a jukebox musical featuring all your favourite pop hits from the '80s, can in no way be recommended to anyone under the guise of being "a good movie". The story ticks off every rom-com cliché in the book, the characters have all the appeal of third-degree sunburn, the acting frequently hits pantomime levels and the production values on both the recorded tracks and song and dance numbers leave something to be desired.

Yes, Walking on Sunshine really does make Mamma Mia! look like Citizen Kane. And yet, despite all this, you can't take your eyes off it for a second. One thing you can't accuse this film of is lacking in car-crash entertainment value.
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Film Review: ‘Walking on Sunshine’

Film Review: ‘Walking on Sunshine’
Two sisters — one newly smitten with a handsome Italian, the other quietly hung up on a past holiday fling — realize they have their hearts set on the same guy in “Walking on Sunshine,” a high-energy jukebox musical from “StreetDance” directors Max Giwa and Dania Pasquini that’s as shamelessly unoriginal as it is guiltlessly entertaining. But why shouldn’t a pic whose soundtrack consists entirely of ’80s pop hits be allowed to recycle tricks that have worked for everyone from Jane Austen to Abba? Featuring British chantoosie Leona Lewis’ bubble-gum acting debut, “Sunshine” (which opens Friday in the U.K.) should brighten up the Euro box office this summer.

How many times have you heard such catchy ’80s chart-toppers as Roxette’s “It Must Have Been Love” and the Bangles’ “Eternal Flame,” but have you ever really listened to the lyrics? As vapid and overproduced as much of the decade’s music undoubtedly was,
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Cannes Film Review: ‘Catch Me Daddy’

Cannes Film Review: ‘Catch Me Daddy’
Musicvideo helmer Daniel Wolfe and his brother Matthew confirm that style and content need not be mutually exclusive with their impressive feature debut, “Catch Me Daddy,” which tracks the doomed attempts of a British Asian teen runaway to escape the long arm of her violently protective family. Beautifully shot on 35mm by justly garlanded lenser Robbie Ryan, and performed with affecting naturalism by a cast that mixes trained thesps with non-professionals, the pic looks certain for further fest action following its Cannes Directors’ Fortnight berth, before niche theatrical outings. But the bleak storyline will likely discourage broader audiences from joining the pursuit.

Initially conceived as a Western set on the Yorkshire Moors, the story begins with Laila (screen debutante Sameena Jabeen Ahmed), a girl in her late teens, on the run with her Scottish boyfriend, Aaron (Conor McCarron, the young discovery of Peter Mullan’s 2010 teen-gang drama “Neds”). Lying low
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Has Britain still Got Talent? 11 memorable Bgt acts, then and now

Britain's Got Talent returns to our small screen on Saturday (April 12), and we've already been treated to a sneak peek at some of the acts we can expect to see on stage during the show's premiere.

But whatever happened to some of the show's most memorable acts from years gone by? What have they gone on to do following their appearance on the ITV talent show, we hear you ponder? Wonder no more with some of Bgt's past performers - from stand-out stars to the plain strange:

Faryl Smith

Mezzo-soprano Faryl Smith - then aged just 12 - blew the judges away and probably made Amanda Holden break down and blub with her beautiful rendition of 'Ava Maria' on the show in 2008.

Following her accomplishment as a finalist on the show, the singer signed a contract with Universal Classics and Jazz and released her debut album Faryl in March 2009. It went
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Baxter joins Pinewood Pictures

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Exclusive: Protagonist exec named head of acquisitions and development at Pinewood Pictures.

Protagonist Pictures head of acquisitions Jeremy Baxter is to join UK production outfit Pinewood Pictures as head of acquisitions and development.

Baxter will join the production arm of the Pinewood Studios Group, run by Former CinemaNX chairman Steve Christian, in late April.

The addition of the executive is a coup for Pinewood, which to date has backed productions including Crispian MillsA Fantastic Fear Of Everything, Amma Asante’s period-drama Belle and Richard Shepard’s Dom Hemingway, and is now looking to ramp its production activities.

Parent company Pinewood Studios manages the multi-million pound Isle of Man Film Fund and was recently appointed as advisor to the Welsh government on their new film and TV investment pool.

London-based sales outfit Protagonist has yet to announce how it will fill the role vacated by Baxter, who joined the company shortly after its launch in 2008, working on titles
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Pinewood Pictures poaches Protagonist exec

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Exclusive: Protagonist acquisitions exec to join Pinewood Pictures.

Protagonist Pictures head of acquisitions Jeremy Baxter is to join UK production outfit Pinewood Pictures as head of acquisitions and development.

Baxter will join the production arm of the Pinewood Studios Group, run by Former CinemaNX chairman Steve Christian, in late April.

The addition of the executive is a coup for Pinewood, which to date has backed productions including Crispian MillsA Fantastic Fear Of Everything, Amma Asante’s period-drama Belle and Richard Shepard’s Dom Hemingway, and is now looking to ramp its production activities.

London-based sales outfit Protagonist has yet to announce how it will fill the role vacated by Baxter, who joined the company shortly after its launch in 2008, working on titles including Submarine, Kill List, StreetDance 3D, Monsters, In The Loop and Searching for Sugar Man.

Recent Protagonist acquisitions during the executive’s tenure include Yann Demange’s ‘71, John Michael McDonough’s Calvary, and [link=nm
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Why film producers are relieved when the Oscars are over

Head of BBC Films Christine Langan explains why the end of the awards season is a good thing, and how she 'nurtures' winners like The Queen and Philomena

The Oscars inspire various emotions in film producers: suspense, elation, deflation … and relief. Whatever the outcome, award season is finally over. "They are very exciting, but it's got to the point where they take up a big chunk of the year," observes Christine Langan, head of BBC Films. "You're barely through the summer when the pundits are coming up with a programme of what to watch."

Still, she grants, for those outside the major studios, gongs can be a film's best friend. "Working in the independent sector, you're in the lunatic gang anyway, hoping for some magic – a really unusual story or a really knockout performance – so of course awards are important. They can prolong the life of your film, get it noticed,
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Mason explains why Caplan is a smart hire

The hiring of Sally Caplan as head of production at Screen Australia has prompted several producers to ask If: How can a Brit who has never worked in Australia get up to speed with the complexities of the Oz screen industry?

Screen Australia CEO Graeme Mason acknowledges that Caplan will not be familiar with the .minutiae. of some local screen projects but he is supremely confident her skills, experience and knowledge of global development, production, distribution and acquisition are precisely what the agency needs.

..She will be aware of the Australian films and programs and formats that have been successfully exported,. Mason tells If. .She has worked with a wide variety of filmmakers and genres, from Ken Loach and Mike Leigh to Streetdance 3D and The King.s Speech, from the art-house and speciality arena to wide multiplex releases.

.She has proved she can work incredibly well with culturally-specific material.
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How well are women represented in the UK independent film industry?

New figures from the British Film Institute suggest a "breakthrough" over the past three years for female screenwriters, while the number of women directing UK independent films remains low. How well are women represented in this industry?

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Under-representation of women in key creative and production roles in the film industry has been well-documented for many years. The latest figures from the British Film Institute (BFI), looking at female screenwriters and directors of UK independent films, provide a varied set of results.

According to the BFI, there has been something of a "breakthrough" over the past three years with the representation of female screenwriters in the top 20 UK independent films reaching 37%.

The BFI also break this figure down by profitable films, with profitability estimated from an indicator developed by the BFI research and statistics unit. Of the profitable UK independent films over the same period, 30% had a female screenwriter.
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Leona Lewis takes Holiday! for first acting role

UK X-Factor winner to star in an 80s-set rom-com musical described as "the ultimate chick flick" by its producers

X-Factor UK winner Leona Lewis is to make her acting debut in the musical romance Holiday!, billed by its makers as the "ultimate chick flick".

Lewis will play an unspecified role in the 80s-themed movie, which tells the story of a sunkissed love triangle and an old flame against the background of an upcoming wedding, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Originally, titled Walking on Sunshine, it is being produced by Vertigo Films, the production company behind 2010's StreetDance 3D.

As well as Lewis, Holiday! will also feature Sense & Sensibility's Greg Wise, British comic Katy Brand and newcomers Annabel Scholey, Hannah Arterton and Giulio Berruti. The film is being shot in Italy and the UK for a release in summer 2014.

Holiday! will feature a soundtrack of songs from the era, including Human League
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Shoot begins on musical Holiday!

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Vertigo Films to release musical, including the feature debut of singer Leona Lewis, in 2014.

Principal photography has begun on Holiday! and will shoot for five weeks on location in Italy and the UK, according to Vertigo Films.

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Holiday!

The musical comedy centres on Maddie (Hannah Arterton) who is set to marry Raf (Giulio Berruti) after a whirlwind romance in Italy. Maddie invites her sister Taylor (Annabel Scholey) to the wedding without realising Raf is her sister’s ex-holiday fling.

The film will include 1980s songs such as the Human League’s Don’t You Want Me Baby, Madonna’s Holiday, Cyndi Lauper’s Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, and Wham’s Wake Me Up Before You Go Go.

Other cast members include Greg Wise (Sense & Sensibility), UK comedian Katy Brand and Grammy nominated singer-songwriter Leona Lewis in her first film role.

Directors are Max & Dania (StreetDance). Music producer and composer is Anne Dudley ([link
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Leona Lewis To Make Film Debut With “Holiday!”

Here is some nice and happy bubblegum film news to make your teeth rot – X Factor winner and Princess of the soppy ballad Leona Lewis is set to make her acting debut in the latest project from Streetdance creators Max Giwa and Dania Pasquini.

Originally titled Walking On Sunshine, Holiday! follows Maddie as she is preparing to marry her Spanish tutor Raf, but unknown to Maddie, her sister Taylor is her husband to be’s ex girlfriend. Of course the role should not be much of a tall order for Lewis, as Holiday! is being billed as a British musical which will include hits from the 80s with artists like Wham!, Madonna and Human League all included in the soundtrack.

Other cast members that have been confirmed include Annabel Scholey, Hannah Arterton, Giulio Berruti, Greg Wise and comedian Katy Brand. The film is being geared up for a Summer 2014 release via Vertigo Films.
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Leona Lewis to make movie debut in 'Holiday!' musical

Leona Lewis to make movie debut in 'Holiday!' musical
Leona Lewis will make her movie debut in Holiday!

The X Factor winner will arrive on the big screen in the musical from the StreetDance series filmmakers, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Annabel Scholey, Hannah Arterton, Giulio Berruti, Greg Wise and Katy Brand will also feature in director Max Giwa and Dania Pasquini's film.

Formerly titled Walking On Sunshine, the film will centre around a holiday love triangle and approaching marriage.

Les Misérables music producer and composer Anne Dudley has signed up for the project.

The soundtrack will feature 1980s hits including Human League's 'Don't You Want Me Baby', Madonna's 'Holiday', Cyndi Lauper's Girls Just Wanna Have Fun' and Wham's 'Wake Me Up Before You Go Go'.

Lewis was recently named the bestselling X Factor act in the UK.

Holiday! will shoot in the UK and Italy.

Watch the trailer for StreetDance 2 below:
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'X Factor' U.K. Winner Leona Lewis to Make Film Debut

'X Factor' U.K. Winner Leona Lewis to Make Film Debut
London – X Factor U.K. winner Leona Lewis will make her big screen debut in Holiday!, a British musical directed by the StreetDance franchise team Max Giwa and Dania Pasquini. The movie, produced by U.K. indie production and distribution banner Vertigo Films, stars fresh faces Annabel Scholey, Hannah Arterton and Giulio Berruti, alongside Greg Wise (Sense & Sensibility) and British TV comedian Katy Brand. Photos: Fully Exposed: A Brief History of Nudity in Music Videos The movie, originally named Walking On Sunshine, details the story of a holiday romance love triangle, an upcoming wedding and old flames. StreetDance 3D, released

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Soda acquires ‘Peril’ for UK

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Soda acquires ‘Peril’ for UK
Exclusive: Protagonist Pictures has secured a deal with Soda Pictures to handle UK distribution on Cannes Critics’ Week title For Those In Peril.

The film, written and directed by Paul Wright, will receive its UK premiere on Friday (June 28) at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, following its world premiere in Cannes last month.

The deal was negotiated by Edward Fletcher for Soda Pictures and Dave Bishop on behalf of Protagonist.

Review: For Those In PerilQ&A: Paul Wright

The Warp X production is produced by Mary Burke and Polly Stokes with the backing of the BFI Film Fund, Film4, Creative Scotland and Screen Yorkshire.

It stars George MacKay (How I Live Now), Kate Dickie (Red Road), Nichola Burley (Streetdance 3D, Wuthering Heights) and Michael Smiley (Kill List, A Field In England).

For Those In Peril centres on Aaron (MacKay), the lone survivor of a strange fishing accident that claimed the lives of five men including his older
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