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Sony, Paramount appoint UK MDs

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Sony, Paramount appoint UK MDs
Exclusive: Departure of long-time Sony UK boss Peter Taylor prompts shake-up at studios.

The quiet retirement of long-time Sony Pictures UK MD Peter Taylor has prompted a shakeup at the top of two Hollywood studios in the UK.

Industry veteran Taylor has been replaced as MD by former Paramount Pictures UK MD Ian George.

In turn, Paramount marketing director John Fletcher has been appointed Paramount UK MD following George’s departure.

Taylor had steered Sony’s UK office for more than a decade, joining in 2006 after a two-year stint as MD of Warner Bros UK.

The studio veteran had previously worked at Columbia (and then Sony) in various roles between 1982-2004.

During his tenure as MD he oversaw huge results for the Bond franchise, including the UK’s second and third-biggest releases ever in the shape of Skyfall, which took more than £100m in 2012, and Spectre, which made £94m in 2015.

He also co-ordinated big local successes for the
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The Ninth Configuration (Region B UK)

Savant UK correspondent Lee Broughton analyzes one of his favorite pictures starring Stacy Keach, who seemed to make only cult items in the '70s and '80s. William Peter Blatty dishes out a thick mix of comedy and dark soul-searching about the human condition as a Caligari- insane asylum, but with new twists. The Ninth Configuration Second Sight Region B Blu-ray 1980 / Colour / 2.35:1 enhanced widescreen / 118 m. / available through Amazon.uk Starring Stacy Keach, Scott Wilson, Jason Miller, Ed Flanders, Neville Brand, George Dicenzo, Moses Gunn, Robert Loggia, Joe Spinell, Tom Atkins. Cinematography Gerry Fisher Production Design William Malley Film Editors Peter Taylor, T. Battle Davis, Roberto Silvi, Peter Lee-Thompson Original Music Barry DeVorzon Written, Produced and Directed by William Peter Blatty from his novel

Reviewed by Lee Broughton

(Note: Savant reviews as a guest at Tfh. Here I stretch my prerogatives by presenting a review from Lee Broughton, a valued U.
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"An Education" Leads 2010 BAFTA Film Awards Longlist, "Inglourious Basterds" Not Far Behind!

"An Education" led the 2010 BAFTA film awards. The British Academy of Film and Television Arts announced its longlist and the coming-of-age drama scored 17 mentions including best film, director, and actress for Carey Mulligan.

Not too far behind was Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds" with 15 mentions and Kathryn Bigelow's "The Hurt Locker" scored 12. Meanwhile, James Cameron's "Avatar" and Peter Jackson's "The Lovely Bones" received 11 mentions apiece.

This longlist will be cut down to a shortlist from 15 mentions per category (except Best Animated Film) to 5. They will be announced January 21st. Then, the winners will be crowned one month later on Feb. 21st.

Here's the full BAFTA longlist:

Best Film

"Avatar"

"District 9"

"An Education"

"Gran Torino"

"The Hurt Locker"

"Inglourious Basterds"

"Invictus"

"Moon"

"Precious"

"The Road"

"A Serious Man"

"A Single Man"

"Star Trek"

"Up"

"Up in the Air"

Adapted Screenplay

"Crazy Heart"

"The Damned United"

"District 9
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