People want to know because learning about the creative process of artists and writers is fascinating, and it's also a reminder that all great work starts somewhere and changes and grows. That's why it's genuinely such a joy that Grayson Perry has published parts of his sketchbooks from throughout his career...
When overseas on assignment he orders double portions of coffee to go with his scrambled eggs in France, espressos in the United States, Irish coffee to follow a steak and champagne dinner at Shannon airport, and iced coffee for lunch while on the road to Saratoga with Felix Leiter.
Film trailers = portentous voiceover, something to whet the appetite and at least four major spoilers. Think how amazing it would have been to have watched Jurassic Park with no knowledge that it was about a park of dinosaurs.
The ageist jokes were boring when they were made before Crystal Skull, and they're even more tiresome now. Not only does Ford's age not matter in the slightest, but it actually offers the opportunity to do something genuinely new with a blockbuster.
If you're passionate about supporting and promoting equality; believe culture is the strongest way to bring people together; and work in over 100 countries, I guess creating the world's biggest online LGBT film festival is the inevitable result.
In my opinion there is another actor, now dead unfortunately, who would have certainly made a brilliant Bond had he been young enough at the time, and that was Cary Grant. Without doubt Grant had the looks, acting talent, and presence, to have made the role his own.
I attended the VIP screening of Lionsgate's latest action thriller, London Has Fallen, last week at London's Ham Yard Hotel. It's taken me a while to do a write-up because I have mixed feelings about the film. On the surface, it's a great action film with incredible special effects, spectacular stunts and a great cast, but there were also moments which made me feel a little uncomfortable.
Award-winning film-maker D R Hood took time out of her busy schedule raising money for her latest feature to chat to me about being a director and screenwriter. I have had the pleasure of working with Hood as an actor on a number of her projects and as a director, Hood has an astounding ability to direct the actor in what feels like a partnership between the two.
I actually felt a bit bewildered by The Maids. It's about two maids who are obsessed with their employer to the extent that they will dress up in her clothes and pretend to be her, but also hate her so much that they want to poison her tea. I will no longer be drinking any more tea made for me by my co-workers.
It really strikes you how special this awards show really is when you see people coming down from the dizzy heights of accepting their Oscar. They're on cloud nine and it's infectious excitement, you don't even know them, but you feel happy for their success. I certainly felt that way for the big surprise winner of the night, British actor Mark Rylance...
In recent years, February, usually one of the s-l-o-w-e-s-t months of the year, has surprisingly become a time that I eagerly look forward to. This shift in attitude can be attributed to one thing, the Glasgow Film Festival.
All joking aside, when you realise only 16 female screenwriters in the past 88 years have managed to take Oscar home, it's hard to have a sense of humor about that dismal number.
The average cost of a 30-second spot in this year's three-hour-plus telecast to be $1.9 million to $2 million, a double-digit bump versus last year and an all-time record, per Kantar Media figures. In the end, the total is expected to reach $114 million.
As I consider this year's winners, I think about how the they compare to previous years' nominees, as well as to overlooked and under-appreciated performers and filmmakers. So I compiled a list of my all-time, greatest, Best Ever Film Awards - the BEFAs. How have I compiled this list? Well, it's based on the impact of these films on my life...
Judging by the reviews I'd read, I knew it wasn't going to be great, but I had no idea it was going to be quite so bad. Before the climax, I decided enough was enough and walked out. Something I've never done before.
Will I miss being 'Chief Censor'? I have managed to retain my love of film, going on the weekends throughout my time at the BBFC, so this I'm sure will continue... I have been privileged to work so closely with so many films, their makers, distributors, exhibitors and of course the BBFC employees who work to classify these compelling artworks.