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Pinewood gets the go-ahead
for £200m expansion plan

Pinewood Studios, home of the James Bond films and the latest Star Wars movie, has won permission to double in size despite strong opposition from people living nearby.

South Buckinghamshire district council had repeatedly turned down Pinewood's applications after complaints from residents.

But Eric Pickles, the Communities Secretary, said the economic benefits of expanding the UK's largest film studio, which opened in 1936, overrode the objections of the council, which had said the development was "inappropriate" for the green belt.

The studio said the decision would secure its future by creating the extra capacity needed to make blockbuster movies. It has been trying for eight years to get permission to expand. The £200million scheme will add 100,000 sq metres (1.1million sq ft) of new space, including 12 large stages with supporting workshops and production offices, as well as streetscapes.

Meanwhile, Harrison Ford is still recuperating after an operation on a broken leg he sustained in an accident on the set of the new Star Wars film at Pinewood.

Dawn goes ape at box office

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was the No 1 film at the box office on both sides of the Atlantic over the weekend of July 18-20.

It took £8.7 million on its opening weekend in the UK and another $36.2 million in the US, bringing its two-week total to £139 million.

In the UK the videocasts of Monty Python Live (Almost) from the O2 and Andre Rieu’s 2014 Maastricht Concert were at 4 and 5, with new releases Pudsey the Dog: The Movie at 7 and Veliyilla Pattahari at 15.

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Famous Five go filming

The adventures of Enid Blyton's beloved
Famous Five, Julian, Dick, Anne, George and Timmy the dog, are to hit the big screen after the theatrical rights to the 20-plus books were acquired by the British production company Working Title, which intends to launch a live action film franchise.  













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Scarlett Johansson has won a legal action for defamation against French writer Grégoire Delacourt, who used a character who was a lookalike of the actress in his novel La Première Chose Qu'on Regarde.

The fictional character had two affairs that the real Johansson never had. It was, the actress said, defamatory – and a French judge agreed.

But the court rejected her claim that the book, which has sold more than 100,000 copies and been translated into several languages – "fraudulently exploited her name, her image and her celebrity" and should not be translated or made into a film, as planned.

Instead of the €50,000 (£40,000) in damages Johansson wanted, the court awarded her just €2,500, plus €2,500 in legal costs, saying she had already talked about her private life in interviews.

Delacourt said later that had he known Johansson would kick up such a fuss, he would have chosen someone else as his icon of modern-day beauty.

Summer films trailer on show

The Film Distributors Association has released its
new Amazing Summer of Cinema trailer, with clips from 34 of the new films being released in British cinemas this summer.

They include Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, The Inbetweeners 2, Pudsey The Dog: The Movie, Guardians of the Galaxy, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For and Planes 2: Fire and Rescue.

You can watch it by clicking here and see details of all the films by clicking here.