London critics honour Steve McQueen and Gary Oldman in starry ceremony. Philip Seymour Hoffman's death reverberates through the film and theatre communities. And new trailers offer glimpses of Russian war, Wild West antics, doppelganger thrills and animated mayhem...
Awards season finally hit London on Sunday night as Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave collected three top awards at the London Critics' Circle Film Awards: Film of the Year, best actor Chiwetel Ejiofor and supporting actress for Lupita Nyong'o. Winners in attendance included McQueen, supporting actor Barkad Abdi (Captain Phillips), Excellence in Film honouree Gary Oldman, and cast and crew of the double winner The Selfish Giant. In addition, Steve Coogan collected Judi Dench's British actress award, while Andy Serkis read out a hilarious message from Cate Blanchett, who won best actress. Have a look over our photos from the event, we have The London Critics' Circle Film Awards Arrivals photos as well as photos of the guest leaving and signing for fans at the end of the night. We also have a full list of London Critics' Circle Film Awards winners, lead by 12 Years a Slave.
The awards ceremony started just a few minutes after it was confirmed that Philip Seymour Hoffman died in New York, and when the announcement was made the audience rose in a spontaneous standing ovation. Over the last few days, the film and theatre communities have been speaking out over Hoffman's untimely death. We have video footage shot as Philip Seymour Hoffman's body is retrieved from his apartment. We also recap his glorious career - Philip Seymour Hoffman's movies list features classic after classic.
As the Olympics kick off in Sochi, we have a trailer for one of the biggest epics ever made in Russia. Stalingrad recounts the epic WWII battle for the strategic Volga River city through the eyes of a handful of Russian soldiers, a lonely woman and a conflicted German officer. It's also a massive effects extravaganza with huge set-pieces and big emotions. It opens in Britain and America later this month. To watch the 'Stalingrad' trailer click here.
Seth Macfarlane will be back this summer with a comedy called A Million Ways to Die in the West. A new trailer this week promises a wacky Western starring Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson, Amanda Seyfried, Giovanni Ribisi, Neil Patrick Harris and MacFarlane himself. It looks pretty hilarious. We have a greenband trailer and TV spot of A Million Ways To Die In The West to watch.
We also had our first look at Enemy, the new thriller by filmmaker Denis Villeneuve, who made last year's hit Prisoners. This film reunites him with Jake Gyllenhaal for what looks like a very creepy story about a guy who sees an actor who looks exactly like him. The trailer promises a churning, slow-burning freak-out. It opens in March. Check out Jake Gyllenhaal in the 'Enemy' trailer.
And finally, there was the first trailer for a new Postman Pat movie, which sends the beloved character into a Britain's Got Talent-style competition. It looks like a full-on action comedy musical, with more than a hint of Wallace & Gromit about it. It's in cinemas in May, and features the voices of Stephen Mangan, David Tennant, Rupert Grint and Jim Broadbent. Take a first look at 'Postman Pat: The Movie' here.