Wednesday, May 29, 2024

London Film Festival Picks Tom Hanks Film to Open, Same as New York


I don’t get this at all. But hey, whatever…Tom Hanks’ movie “Captain Phillips” is opening the London Film Festival. The Paul Greengrass movie about Somali pirates taking over the Maerska Alabama will have already opened the New York Film Festival a couple of weeks earlier, in September. With all the good films coming this fall, you’d think the Brits would have chosen something else. But there is is. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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