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Philomena and 12 Years A Slave carry UK Oscar hopes

Films starring Judi Dench and Benedict Cumberbatch head up the British hopes for nominations at this year's Oscars.

The jubilant cast of 12 Years A Slave after winning best film at the Golden Globes. Could an Oscar be next? Credit: Reuters

Nominations for the annual awards show are due to be announced at 1:30pm later today, with British-American production 12 Years A Slave tipped as a hot contender.

The Steve McQueen film stars Chiwetel Ejiofor as Solomon Northup, a free-born African American violinist who is captured and sold to Michael Fassbender's sadistic plantation owner.

It won best film at the Golden Globes on Sunday and British film fans are hoping it will repeat that success throughout the awards season.

Steve Coogan may also get a nod for his work on Philomena - the man behind Alan Partridge has already been nominated for writing the screenplay, which follows Judi Dench's attempts to find the son she was forced to give up for adoption.

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Film watchdog to study effects of 'gore' in horror

The body that decides movie ratings is to put a new emphasis on the effects of "gore" in horror films under new guidelines published today.

The British Board of Film Classification said in future it will further scrutinise the "psychological impact of horror" by examining the visual detail in films.

Films such as Evil Dead are given an 18 rating due to their gory content. Credit: PA

The BBFC said there will be more focus on "theme and tone" rather than simply specific scenes and details on screen, particularly at the 12A/12 and 15 levels.

It also said it will be tougher on strong language in films aimed at family audiences, and pay further attention to sexual content.

Julie Walters to land gong for contribution to UK film

Julie Walters will be recognised for her outstanding contribution to the UK film industry at an awards ceremony tonight celebrating the best in independent British cinema.

Julie Walters is up for a gong. Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The 63-year-old actress, star of Educating Rita and the Harry Potter films, will accept the Richard Harris Award at the British Independent Film Awards (Bifas) in central London.

Previous winners include John Hurt, Daniel Day-Lewis and Helena Bonham Carter.

Tonight's ceremony could be a triumph for Philomena with its stars, Dame Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, both in the running to pick up gongs.

The Inbetweeners head Down Under for film sequel

The cast of The Inbetweeners are heading to Australia for the second movie, producers have announced.

The Inbetweeners Movie, based on the E4 sitcom about the exploits of characters Will, Simon, Jay and Neil, raked in millions on the big screen and from the DVD market.

Blake Harrison, James Buckley, Joe Thomas and Simon Bird pictured arriving for the world premiere of The Inbetweeners Movie. Credit: Ian West/PA Archive

Producers have confirmed that The Inbetweeners Movie 2 will be shot in Australia this month before coming back to the UK in January ready for release in August.

The original 2011 film starred Simon Bird, Joe Thomas, James Buckley and Blake Harrison as the hapless teens celebrating their final school year with a holiday in Crete.

Inbetweeners creators Iain Morris and Damon Beesley said in a statement: "We can't say too much as we don't want to spoil the jokes for you, but what we can exclusively reveal is there will be kangaroos. And Australians. And possibly koalas".

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Labor Day comes early for a pregnant Kate Winslet

Kate Winslet's Labor Day came early as the heavily pregnant star lit up the red carpet at the premiere of her new movie tonight.

Kate Winslet greeted fans as she walked the red carpet tonight. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Winslet was promoting tense drama Labor Day at the BFI London Film Festival and walked the carpet greeting fans, despite being weeks away from her due date.

Kate Winslet glowed in a red embellished dress. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

The actress said, "I haven't had many cravings. I've been wanting to drink a lot of orange juice but I don't know if that is part of it."

Kate Winslet was attending the official screening of Labor Day during the BFI London Film Festival. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Asked whether she would be taking a long maternity leave, Winslet replied, "Err... Ask me that on a different red carpet, I've got pregnancy brain!"

Corden 'not offended' his singing is dubbed in new film

James Corden said he "wasn't offended" that his singing is dubbed in his latest movie One Chance.

James Corden on his new film One Chance, the Paul Potts story. Credit: ITV News London

Corden, who plays mobile phone salesman turned Britain's Got Talent winner Paul Potts, said he even took singing lessons in a bid to get his voice in the film - but the director had other ideas.

'Anchorman' Ron Burgundy's memoirs cover released

The cover for Ron Burgundy's new autobiography, set to be released ahead of the Anchorman 2 film, has been released by the publisher.

The cover is released for Ron Burgundy's memoirs - Let me off at the top: My Classy Life and Other Musings. Credit: Random House

Let me off at the top: My Classy Life and Other Musings is "a shockingly candid and raw confessional from a national treasure," according to Random House.

Will Ferrell and the rest of the Channel 4 news team will return to the big screen in December with Ron' memoirs set to be released on 19th November.

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