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A major reworking of Halliwell's, the definitive brand in movie publishing, featuring the Editor's personal selection of 3,000 essential films -- from the 1930s classics to the modern-day blockbusters. Includes over 350 new releases in the UK in the last year, plus stand-alone feature articles on new talent, film genres and movie news for 2008. Long established as the first and last word in movie-going information, this new-look guide promises to be as cutting edge as it is wide-ranging. And as always, it's a promise that Halliwell's guarantees to deliver. These are the movies that have created a benchmark -- the 3,000 films that stand out through more than seven decades of movie making. From the black and white classics of the pre-War years, through the golden period of the seventies and eighties to the genre-breaking films of the 21st Century, these are the movies that matter. This beautifully designed, perennially entertaining and indispensable guide includes plot synopses and evaluations, plus reader-friendly icons denoting films suitable for family viewing, Academy Award winners and nominees, and lists of best films by genre. Brand new to Halliwell's, editor David Gritten will introduce a series of features on topical issues, ranging from actor and actress profiles, the rise of the family movie and video-on-demand through to the glitz and glamour of film festivals, what's hot in the current film industry and a look ahead to what the forthcoming cinematic year will bring. Lead title / Halliwell's is renowned as the film industry's favourite guide. / Over a million Halliwell's guides have been sold since they were established in 1977. / Fully revised in a contemporary new format and series style offering for the first time the Editor's personal selection of essential films plus added value features on a host of topical film issues. / Includes over 350 new films released in the UK in the 12 months leading up to summer 2008. / Marketing and publicity to target film fans via online and print media channels as well as gift round-ups. / Competition: Time Out Film Guide (GBP19.99), Empire Film Guide (GBP19.99) Radio Times Guide to Films (GBP22.50), Rough Guide to Film (GBP18.99)
DAVID GRITTEN has been writing about and reviewing films for the Daily Telegraph for 15 years. He has interviewed many of the film's world's leading names: Scorsese, Spielberg, Streep, Almodovar, Clooney and Hanks. He is a long-time London correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, and in 2004 became the first film critic in the history of Saga magazine. He is also a contributing editor at Conde Nast Traveller magazine. He spent the 1980s in Los Angeles, working first as arts editor and then as TV critic for a daily newspaper, the Herald Examiner. In 2002, Penguin published his book Fame: Stripping Celebrity Bare, which dealt with the corrosive effects of celebrity culture. He has completed a spell as chairman of the London Film Critics' Circle.
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