The lights, the cameras, the action… The biggest event in the British film calendar, the Orange British Academy Film Awards, is over for another year and we here at Rotten Tomatoes UK have just about recovered from the excitement. And for a reason I can’t fathom I persuaded myself to present our exclusive video coverage from the red carpet, as we chatted to the stars on their way to pick up or present their awards.
So in between the ugly dude with the unkempt hair you can watch said dude (thankfully off camera) speak to Andy Serkis, Jamie Bell, Peter Morgan, Guillermo del Toro, Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu, Alfonso Cuaron and Simon Pegg.
And what did we learn from the stars?
Our cameras weren’t quite trained appropriately earlier in the evening when Sumner Redstone, Viacom chairman and the 63rd Richest Person in the World according to Forbes, stopped by for a chat. After getting some advice on what to do with all the money we pulled in for working on a Sunday (all none of it) we did quiz him about a certain couple of projects in development at Paramount Pictures.
"Everyone has read the script for ‘Indy IV,’" he told Rotten Tomatoes, "and we absolutely love it. Of course we’re a while away yet, it’s coming out next summer, but we’re very excited to get going."
But the big exclusive… J.J. Abrams IS still in line to direct "Star Trek XI." "He directed ‘Mission: Impossible III’ for us," Redstone said, "and we adored it. It didn’t get the reception it deserved in America, but ‘Star Trek’ is definitely going ahead and J.J. is going to direct it for us.
J.J. Abrams on the set of "M:I:III"
"Everything Paramount’s doing is very exciting — we have great people working at the studio and things are on the move."
So there you have it. A busy night full of wonderful education on all things movie.
The learning didn’t stop there, though… We later learned from the free bar at the Opera House that considerable amounts of alcohol get you intoxicated. We really are breaking all the exclusives today…
Until next year!