1st June 2012

This week saw the reopening of London's premiere movie space, Leicester Square, after a major two-year renovation. And the square was used for film events all week, starting with the world premiere of Ill Manors, the East London drama written and directed by Ben Drew(better known as Plan B). He was joined on the red carpet by a range of celebrities from actors Tom Hardy and Riz Ahmed to boxer David Haye. There was also a blinding selection of musical artists, including Paloma Faith, Ed Sheeran, Professor Green, Paul Young, Tinie Tempah, Alexandra Burke, Emeli Sande, Alesha Dixon, Rizzle Kicks and Madness.

But the biggest Leicester Square event this week was the premiere of Ridley Scott's long-awaited sci-fi thriller Prometheus, which is a very loose prequel to his 1979 classic Alien. Scott was on hand to shepherd his cast up the red carpet, including Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Noomi Rapace and Guy Pearce.

Robert Pattinson and David Cronenberg were out for a premiere screening and Q&A for their Cannes hit Cosmopolis

Meanwhile across town, Robert Pattinson and David Cronenberg were out for a premiere screening and Q&A for their Cannes hit Cosmopolis, based on the Don DeLillo novel about a young billionaire's particularly fraught limousine journey across New York City.

New trailers this week include a glimpse of Katy Perry: Part of Me, which tells the singer's life story along with colourful concert performances and backstage footage. It opens is the US and UK on July 5th, and is of course in 3D.

Won't Back Down, an education-system drama starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis and Holly Hunter.

And then there's Won't Back Down, an education-system drama starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis and Holly Hunter. It not only looks like an involving, hard-hitting exploration of an important issue, but it also has Oscar-bait written all over it. It opens in the autumn.

And finally in the paparazzi department, we have a clip of Pierce Brosnan demonstrating his spy skills without the benefit of a James Bond script, as he wanders around an American parking lot looking for his car. At least he smiles good-naturedly at the journalists who are pestering him.

Rich Cline

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