Star Wars Episode VIII title announced

It's official, the 8th film in the Skywalker saga will be called The Last Jedi, which will be released on December 15th 2017

The news was announced in a tweet from the official Star Wars account, which read: “It’s official. STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI is the next chapter of the Skywalker saga. This December.#TheLastJedi”

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GTA V Returns to Top of the UK Game Charts

Despite being released almost 3 and a half years ago GTA V has this week returned to the top of the UK Games charts for the 10th time.

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Rogue One's CGI resurrection tech: how 'ghosting' will change Hollywood

It’s already possible to be in two places at once in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as Benedict Cumberbatch proved during several out-of-body experiences in last year’s Doctor Strange. So the New York Post story that the Sherlock star has been replaced by a body double for the shooting of scenes as the sorcerer supreme in the forthcoming MCU instalment Avengers: Infinity War Part One should come as no shock. Moreover, with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story having shown you don’t even need to be alive to star in a new movie, we should hardly be surprised that an actor no longer has to be on set to get involved in a shoot.

Disney has denied that Cumberbatch’s performance will be superimposed over that of Broadway thesp Aaron Lazar, just as the late Peter Cushing’s features blanketed those of Holby City actor Guy Henry for Grand Moff Tarkin’s return in Gareth Edwards’ Rogue One. But the Post’s story reveals the brave new and rather scary world of ghosted performances that we now live in.

Cushing’s posthumous appearance in Rogue One was inspired by a determination to bring back as many fan favourites as possible from the original Star Wars – and perhaps, if we’re being cynical, the knowledge that morbid curiosity would help boost the box office receipts. It is hard to imagine that studios, particularly those struggling with the scheduling conflicts that always come into play when working with busy A-list talent such as Cumberbatch, won’t consider taking a similar route with still-living talent in the future.

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Female directors on decline in Hollywood, study shows

The number of female directors working in Hollywood has fallen, according to a new study.

In 2016, just 7% of the top 250 films were directed by women, a fall of 2% from the year before. The annual report from the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film found that the number was also behind the figure achieved in 1998.

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Here at ELAM we are fully committed to reversing this trend and actively encourage women to get involved in the film industry and starting their journey to become directors by joining our new Film and Television Production course.

Nintendo Switch Launch Date Announced

Japanese gaming company Nintendo has unveiled its new Nintendo Switch console at a presentation in Tokyo.

The device, a hybrid that can be used both hand-held and with a TV when in a dock, will go on sale on 3 March priced $299.99 in the US and £279.99 in the UK. 

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BAFTA Slammed For Lack of Diversity In Nominations

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has come under criticism after announcing their 2017 nominations which revealed that there was no recognition for BAME actors in leading roles or directors.

"The issue was thrown into sharp relief by the fact that the Bafta nominations arrived the day after the Golden Globes, where Moonlight won best film (drama) and Jenkins, Washington and interracial romance Loving star Ruth Negga were all nominated in major categories. However, Moonlight’s Mahershala Ali and Naomie Harris, and Fences’ Viola Davis were nominated in Bafta’s supporting actor slots, as well as Lion’s Dev Patel."

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Lack of BAME representation in the film industry and particularly in the British film industry is something that we are committed to improving at ELAM, which is one of the reasons why we are launching our new Film and Television Production course from our brand new building in Bromley by Bow next year.


Sony Sells 6.2 million PS4s over Christmas

According to their sales figures, it looks like Sony had a good Christmas, with Uncharted 4 sales closing in on the 9 million mark.

At the beginning of December Sony announced worldwide PlayStation 4 sales had hit a whopping 50 million, and thanks to Christmas that’s already jumped to 53.4 million.

Sales between November 20 and January 1 totalled a whopping 6.2 million. During that same ‘holiday’ season more than 50.4 million PlayStation 4 games were sold, at both retail and digitally.

The most successful PlayStation 4 exclusive by far has been Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, which was first released in May and has now sold more than 8.7 million copies worldwide.

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BAFTA Awards Nominations Announced!

The BAFTAs have announced their 2017 nominations and La La Land leads the way with 11 nominations. There were also nods for Ken Loach's northern social realist drama I, Daniel Blake and fashion designer Tom Ford's film Nocturnal Animals. The ceremony will take place on February 12th hosted by Stephen Fry.

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