Snow Monster “Mini Monster” dessert and beverage shop opens at Universal CityWalk Hollywood

Regulars at (and visitors to) the Universal CityWalk Hollywood shopping district have another cause to celebrate. The popular Southern California-based dessert and beverage chain Snow Monster has opened a new “mini monster” location just outside the gates to Universal Studios Hollywood in Los Angeles. The minimalist decor in the shop shouldn’t turn off seekers of […]

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Women in Film: Abina and the Important Men







Trevor Getz and Liz Clark’s graphic novel about a young woman who fights for her freedom in the courts of Africa’s gold coast in the late 1800’s comes to life in an animated feature produced by the Documentary Film Institute at San Francisco State University. The novel won the James Harvey Robinson prize in 2014.

Abina and the Important Men by Soumyaa Behrens | US | 1 h | 2016

A graphic history of a woman fighting for freedom. Women in Film block is a collection of short animated films which are either directed by or about women in intricate stories about life.


BATTLE OF THE SEXES Gala screening at 61st London FIlm Festival Announced

The 61st BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express® is thrilled to serve up BATTLE OF THE SEXES, starring Emma Stone and Steve Carell, as this year’s American Express Gala at this year’s Festival. The film will receive its European Premiere on Saturday 7 October at London’s Odeon Leicester Square, with Emma Stone, Andrea Riseborough, Elisabeth Shue, directors Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton, and the legendary Billie Jean King expected to attend. The BFI London Film Festival, Fox Searchlight Pictures and American Express® are also delighted to announce that there will be screenings of BATTLE OF THE SEXES with highlights from the festival premiere taking place at cinemas across the UK on Tuesday 10 October.


In the wake of the sexual revolution and the rise of the women’s movement, the 1973 tennis match between women’s world champion Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and ex-men’s-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) was billed as the BATTLE OF THE SEXES and became one of the most watched televised sports events of all time, reaching 90 million viewers around the world.  As the rivalry between King and Riggs kicked into high gear, off-court each was fighting more personal and complex battles. The fiercely private King was not only championing for equality, but also struggling to come to terms with her own sexuality, as her friendship with Marilyn Barnett (Andrea Riseborough) developed. And Riggs, one of the first self-made media-age celebrities, wrestled with his gambling demons, at the expense of his family and wife Priscilla (Elisabeth Shue). Together, Billie and Bobby served up a cultural spectacle that resonated far beyond the tennis court, sparking discussions in bedrooms and boardrooms that continue to reverberate today.  


Starring Academy Award® winner Emma Stone and Academy Award® nominee Steve Carell as 1970’s tennis greats Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs, BATTLE OF THE SEXES is directed by Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton from a screenplay by Academy Award® winner Simon Beaufoy. BATTLE OF THE SEXES also stars Andrea Riseborough, Sarah Silverman, Bill Pullman, Alan Cumming and Academy Award® nominee Elisabeth Shue.


The film is produced by Cloud Eight Films’ Christian Colson and Decibel Films’ Danny Boyle, the team behind Academy Award® winning and nominated films such as Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours and Steve Jobs. Also producing is Robert Graf, who has previously collaborated with the directors on Ruby Sparks and has produced such projects as Hail, Caesar and No Country for Old Men.


Clare Stewart, BFI London Film Festival Director, says: “We are delighted that Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton’s BATTLE OF THE SEXES will be this year’s American Express Gala. This playful, funny and moving film is a rousing tribute to Billie Jean King whose impact on gender politics was as powerful as her legendary forehand.”


Christian Colson, producer BATTLE OF THE SEXES says: “Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton, together with our exceptional ensemble led by Emma Stone and Steve Carell, have brought Simon Beaufoy’s richly textured screenplay joyously to life and I can’t wait to share the film with my fellow Londoners at LFF”.


Twentieth Century Fox will release the film across the UK and Ireland on 24 November. 


The 61st BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express® takes place from Wednesday 4 October-Sunday 15 October 2017. The full Festival programme will be announced on Thursday 31 August 2017.


Festival Information & Ticket Booking

BFI Members’ priority booking opens 10.00am, 7 September – join at

Amex priority booking opens at 10.00am, 12 September

Public booking opens 10.00am, 14 September

Telephone Bookings: 020 7928 3232 between 10:00 – 20:30


In person: BFI Southbank Office: 10:00 – 20:30



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For further press information and general enquiries about the 61st BFI London Film Festival


Please note separate DDA and Four Colman Getty details for the BFI LFF sections:



DDA Email:  | Tel: +44 +207 932 9800

Head of Press: Kate Hudson    Festival Publicity Assistant: Yasmin Purves


For Headline Gala Red Carpet Media Enquiries:

DDA Media Manager: Hannah Proudlock 

Email:  | Tel: +44 207 932 9800   



Four Colman Getty Email: | Tel: + 44 20 3697 4262

Accreditation: | +44 20 3697 4241

Project Lead: Matt Railton   Title PR Lead: Jon Rushton                      



61st BFI London Film Festival enquiries

BFI London Film Festival PR Manager: Mia Farrell 

Email: | Tel: +44 (0)20 7957 8970


BFI Head of Press and PR: Judy Wells 

Tel: +44 (0)7984 180 501


For further details on the UK release of BATTLE OF THE SEXES


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About the BFI

The BFI is the lead organisation for film in the UK with the ambition to create a flourishing film environment in which innovation, opportunity and creativity can thrive by:

  • Connecting audiences to the widest choice of British and World cinema
  • Preserving and restoring the most significant film collection in the world for today and future generations
  • Championing emerging and world class film makers in the UK – investing in creative, distinctive and entertaining work
  • Promoting British film and talent to the world 
  • Growing the next generation of film makers and audiences


The BFI is a Government arm’s-length body and distributor of Lottery funds for film. The BFI serves a public role which covers the cultural, creative and economic aspects of film in the UK. It delivers this role:

  • As the UK-wide organisation for film, a charity core funded by Government
  • By providing Lottery and Government funds for film across the UK
  • By working with partners to advance the position of film in the UK.

Founded in 1933, the BFI is a registered charity governed by Royal Charter.

The BFI Board of Governors is chaired by Josh Berger.


The BFI London Film Festival   

BFI London Film Festival is Britain’s leading film event and one of the world’s best film festivals. It introduces the finest new British and international films to an expanding London and UK-wide audience and attracts significant international film industry participation. LFF is a compelling combination of diverse films, red carpet glamour, friendly audiences and vibrant exchange. LFF provides an essential profiling opportunity for films seeking global success; promotes the careers of British and international filmmakers through its industry and awards programmes and positions London as the world’s leading creative city.


Clare Stewart Biography

Clare Stewart’s 21 year programming career has encompassed leadership roles as Festival Director, Sydney Film Festival (2006-2011) and the inaugural Head of Film Programs at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image in Melbourne (2002-2006) as well as various roles at the Australian Film Institute (1996-2001), including Exhibition Manager, and programmer and Committee Member of the Melbourne Cinémathèque (1995-2002). She has been BFI Head of Festivals and BFI London Film Festival Director since October 2011.



‘It’ Could Be a Blockbuster

The big-screen adaptation of Stephen King's It has been steadily building anticipation for more than a year. That might be a surprise to some; after all, It revolves around a young cast of unknowns and the best-known actor, rising star Bill Skarsgard (above), is covered up in a clown costume and makeup. Yet the premise remains tantalizing and terrifying, even more than 30 years after Stephen King's novel was first published. It follows a likable group of children who are pitted against a horrible, shape-changing monster who preys on children. Clearly, that's struck a responsive chord because Variety reports the movie "is on pace to open to more than $50 million." To put that into perspective, the biggest past theatrical opening in September came in 2015…
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7 Spell-Binding “Harry Potter” Studies Being Offered at Colleges this Fall

Summer is almost over and it is just about time to register for classes.  That’s not necessarily a bad thing.  This is especially true when you can get college credit for learning about (and from) J.K. Rowling’s magical masterpieces or even enjoy playing quidditch for your school. This fall, why not add a bit of […]

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2017 Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend celebrates Pixar with new line of merchandise

Guests who attend the 2017 Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend will find a collection of commemorative merchandise based on some of their favorite characters from the wonderful films of Pixar. The collection will feature various designs and logos for the 5k, 10k and half marathon events that weekend. Characters from “The Incredibles” and “Monsters Inc.” can […]

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VIDEO: Adventure Island teases new attraction coming in 2018

Busch Garden Tampa Bay’s Adventure Island is home to some great and exciting water slides. According to a teaser video that the water park just released, they’ll be adding a very exciting new experience in the near future. WATCH – A NEW ATTRACTION COMING TO ADVENTURE ISLAND IN 2018: We have not yet been given […]

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Dreamport Villages amusement park project near Phoenix reportedly gets ‘OK’ from Casa Grande City Council

The Block Sports Co. has been been eyeing land just south of Phoenix for a theme park project for some time now. Yesterday, they reportedly received the ‘ok’ from the Casa Grande City Council to begin development of that project. Dreamport Villages is planned to be a destination resort complete with an amusement park, extreme […]

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Movie News: Michael B. Jordan to Star in ‘A Bittersweet Life’; Glenn Close Touted for ‘Sunset Boulevard’ Musical

A Bittersweet Life: Michael B. Jordan (Creed, above) will star in A Bittersweet Life. It's a remake of a Korean action thriller about a gangster whose loyalties are tested when he is ordered to kill a woman he's fallen for. Jennifer Yuh Nelson (Kung Fu Panda 2; Kung Fu Panda 3) will direct. [Deadline]   Sunset Boulevard: Glenn Close is in "advanced talks" to star in a big-screen musical version of Sunset Boulevard. Close originated the role on stage in 1994 and recently starred again in a revival of the musical (above). It's inspired by Billy Wilder's 1950 classic drama about a faded silent film star who develops a strange relationship with a young screenwriter. [The Wrap]   Mary, Queen of Scots: Our first look at Saoirse Ronan in…
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Add a little Nightmare to your Christmas with this horribly fun monster wreath

What’s this!? The Disney Store has the perfect new holiday decoration for fans of Time Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” You can celebrate the Christmas season with a Halloween twist with this 17″ x 24″ wreath that looks like it was taken straight out of the movie. Layered felt leaves, red button ornaments and a striped […]

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