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Empire Cinemas claim Ealing work is underway

The developer, which Ealing Council wants to replace for the development of a new cinema, says it has already started work on the project. Empire Cinemas says it complied with a council deadline to start work in October and its project managers have been in regular discussion with the council.

Ealing Council has threatened to use a Compulsory Purchase Order to take over the site but Empire says that would be counter-productive:

"Should the Council continue in its attempt to CPO the site, the whole development will be frozen for a considerable period whilst we litigate and a considerable amount of taxpayers’ money will be wasted."

– Empire Cinemas statement

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Movie costumes on show in London

The Hollywood Costumes Exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum features more than 100 costumes from the best-loved films of the last century, including:

"Elizabeth: The Golden Age" Credit: Universal/Working Title/The Kobal Collection/Greg Williams
"The Birds" Credit: Universal Pictures/Photofest/The Kobal Collection
"Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" Credit: Walt Disney Pictures/The Kobal Collection
"Raiders of the Lost Ark" Credit: Lucasfilm/Paramount/The Kobal Collection
"Titanic" Credit: 0th Century Fox/Paramount/The Kobal Collection
"Saturday Night Fever" Credit: Paramount Pictures

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Earliest colour footage of London ever seen

A unique glimpse of London at the beginning of the 20th Century has been revealed for the first time.

The capital features in film clips, unveiled today by the National Media Museum, which date back to 1901 or 1902 - making them the earliest examples of colour moving pictures ever made.

The films were created by photographer and inventor Edward Turner using a complex three-colour process he patented in 1899.

Until now, his invention had been regarded as a practical failure - but digital technology has now "unlocked" the film strips, revealing the images he produced for the first time in over a hundred years.

The clips include a street scene, with horse-drawn carriages making their way through Knightsbridge, and children playing in a garden in Hounslow.

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