In today’s Daily Bite, Julian Fellowes signs up to give BAFTA lecture next month; ‘Avengers Assemble’ is credited with helping cinema chain Cineworld hit a pre-tax profit and a look at Clint Eastwood’s return to acting.
Julian Fellowes To Deliver BAFT/BFI Lecture… Oscar and Emmy winner Julian Fellowes is to deliver a lecture for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) and the British Film Institute (BFI) as part of the line-up for their third annual Screenwriter Lecture Series, reports Variety. ‘Downton Abbey’ creator Fellowes will deliver his lecture on September 26 with Oscar nominee Scott Frank (Out of Sight), BAFTA winners Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) and Abi Morgan (The Iron Lady), and Oscar-winner Brian Helgeland (L.A. Confidential) also on this year’s line-up.
’Avengers Assemble’ Boosts Cineworld Profits…The huge success of ‘Avengers Assemble’ helped Cineworld almost double pre-tax profits to more than €17m in the first half of 2012, despite an almost 12 per cent dip in cinema advertising, The Guardian has reported. Cineworld is the UK's second largest cinema chain behind Odeon/UCI and has one multiplex in Dublin. Box office takings from ’Avengers Assemble’, which grossed more than €64m in the UK, are said to have helped the strong performance.
If you watch one trailer today…Oscar-winner Clint Eastwood returns to acting opposite Amy Adams, and Justin Timberlake in ‘Trouble with the Curve’. It is released in cinemas on September 21.