BFI Presents Movie-Con 2009 Empire Online
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    August 15-16, BFI Southbank, London

Empire and the BFI joined forces once again to bring you the second in our franchise of movie events at London's Southbank. Like last year, it was a feast of advance footage and exclusive screenings, with talent at every juncture. Without wanting to boast Actually, fully boasting, we think it was even better than last time. District 9 as a secret screening, A Nightmare On Elm Street, Sherlock Holmes, Where The Wild Things Are, The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, Irom Man 2, Alice In Wonderland, Tron Legacy... and James Cameron's Avatar in all its blue glory. And there was much, much more.

Thus, the BFI and Empire would like to thank everyone involved in helping make this event such an amazing success once more, including Disney, E1 Entertainment, Icon, Lionsgate, Momentum, Paramount, Sony Pictures, 20th Century Fox, Universal, Warner Bros and all the filmmakers for supplying fantastic footage.

We especially want to thank our incredible array of guests who were ready to face the scrutiny of the master Movie-coners. Harry Brown director Daniel Barber and actor Sean Harris; the inimitable, irascible, incredible Terry Gilliam; horror master Chris Smith; event favourite Guy Ritchie; the divine Kathryn Bigelow with screenwriter Mark Boal; splendidly coiffured Bunny And The Bull duo, director Paul King and star Simom Farnaby; the doing-awfully-well-for-himself director of Exam Stuart Hazledine, the jovial Jonah Hill: we salute you all for your time and understanding of our unusual ways. And, of course, Mr. Robert Downey Jr. who dropped by not once but twice to feel the love.

Not to forget our own beloved Kim Newman, master of the trivia thrust.

Thanks to the kind folks at 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, Paramount Home Entertainment, Warner Home Video, Universal Home Entertainment, and Sony Home Entertainment for getting together and providing the awesome Blu-ray library quiz prize. Also thanks go to Lionsgate, Optimum, Faber and Faber, EMI Music, Dorling Kindersely, Titan Books, Meet The Bulldog, Alliance Films, the BFI themselves, Benefit Cosmetics, and Gawen from Mason Williams - who gave us those cute George Lucas Stormtroopers on behalf of Hasbro - for giving us another lovely goody bag.

Most of all we once again want to thank all of you who came along and screamed, hollered, laughed, shrieked, and gave the event the unique atmosphere that is so special. Even Row E, bless ya' all.

See you next year for Movie-con III: The Search For Spock (working title).

Mark Dinning, Editor

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