Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Bandit Star Willis to Fly in and Steal Show; Actor Makes Date to Be in Capital for Film Festival

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Bandit Star Willis to Fly in and Steal Show; Actor Makes Date to Be in Capital for Film Festival

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Byline: LAURA SMITH

BRUCE WILLIS is coming to London for the premiere of his latest Hollywood blockbuster at next month's London Film Festival.

The Die Hard star will be a welcome presence intown for the opening of Bandits at the festival's Evening Standard Gala. He has joined the host of celebrities urging Londoners to support the event while tourism chiefs are encouraging visitors to make the most of the capital.

Bandit director Barry Levinson and actress Cate Blanchett, who stars with Willis in the crime caper, are also expected to attend the screening on 15 November.

Now in its 45th year, the 16-day festival aims to give a snapshot of the best in world cinema, with premieres from 46 countries which include independent gems from relatively unknown filmmakers as well as the highprofile Hollywood offerings.

Celebrities expected at the festival include Robert Altman, Francis Ford Coppola, Kristen Scott Thomas, Kevin Spacey, Martin Sheen, Michael Caine and Helena Bonham Carter. "It is the largest showcase of world cinema in the country," said Adrian Wootton, director of Regus London Film Festival.

"There isn't a type of cinema that isn't represented. But it's not just for film buffs. It's for people who enjoy movies and want an opportunity to see things they wouldn't normally see.

"It's also a unique opportunity to see stars - not only acting in films but talking about those films before their screenings. We have 350 filmmakers attending and most will be on stage talking to the audience before the showing."

Bandits - premiered in the US earlier this month - became the Standard's gala showing when the release of the film originally selected for the honour, John Woo's Second World War drama Windtalkers, starring Nicolas Cage, was postponed after the terrorist attacks in the US. …

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