About Mark Hodge

Mark Hodge is a journalist and copywriter from Glasgow, Scotland. As well as being involved in film festivals in the UK, Mark has also worked as a sports reporter covering soccer matches in his home country. In fact, he even attended the Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, helping to document the cultural impact of the event on the city. He also writes for The Huffington Post covering topics such as film, sports and politics.

London Film Festival Movie Review: Jon Stewart’s Rosewater

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By Mark Hodge (doddleNEWS) Considering Rosewater is Jon Stewart's first feature as a director, the satirist can be proud of his efforts. Unfortunately it falls a little short when compared to other movies which deal with themes of false imprisonment and torture. Adapted from Maziar Bahari's … [Read more...]

London Film Festival Movie Review: Serena

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By Mark Hodge (doddleNEWS) One of the biggest disappointments of the BFI London Film Festival was Serena, starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper. The Susanne Bier-directed drama sat on the shelf for two years, and now we know why. Firstly, this is not a bad film, in fact the first … [Read more...]

Paul Schrader Attacks ‘Dying Of The Light’ Producers On Facebook

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By Mark Hodge (doddleNEWS) Director Paul Schrader and star Nicolas Cage have launched a protest against the producers of their latest film, Dying of the Light. Producing duo Todd Williams and Gary Hirsch have taken post-production duties away from the Taxi Driver writer after they were not … [Read more...]

London Film Festival Movie Review: Foxcatcher


By Mark Hodge (doddleNEWS) Another day at the BFI London Film Festival, and yet another potential award's contender, this time in the form of Bennett Miller's Foxcatcher. Based on a true story, the film centres on an Olympic gold medal winning wrestler, Mark Schultz, played by Channing Tatum … [Read more...]

London Film Festival Movie Review: Birdman

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By Mark Hodge (doddleNEWS) Last night I was lucky enough to sneak into the BFI London Film Festival's surprise film, which is generally a big award's contender. And this year did not disappoint, as we were treated to Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s Birdman. The film had already been lauded at … [Read more...]

Christian Bale In Talks Over Steve Jobs Role

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By Mark Hodge (doddleNEWS) Christian Bale is rumored to be set to play Apple's co-founder Steve Jobs, in a film biopic written by the Social Network's Aaron Sorkin. Multiple sources confirm that the Oscar winning actor is in talks about taking the lead in the Danny Boyle-directed drama. The … [Read more...]

London Film Festival Movie Review: Whiplash, 2014′s Best Film

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By Mark Hodge (doddleNEWS) Whiplash is quite simply the best film of 2014 – the movie is exhilarating, witty, and brilliant. At the press screening I attended, there was a huge applause when the credits rolled, the whole audience was blown away by this extraordinary picture, which left jaded … [Read more...]

Bill Murray and Sofia Coppola Join Forces For Christmas TV Special

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Bill Murray is one of Hollywood's more mercurial talents, however nobody could have predicted that he is planning on doing a Christmas TV special. What makes this story even more bizarre is that art house favorite and Lost in Translation filmmaker Sofia Coppola will direct the show. Little else … [Read more...]

London Film Festival Movie Review: Wild, Starring Reese Witherspoon

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By Mark Hodge (doddleNEWS) (This screening was part of the 58th BFI London Film Festival) One of the most discussed realities of the film industry is the distinct lack of meaty roles for women. Indeed for stars like Reese Witherspoon, whose career now spans three decades, sometimes the … [Read more...]

Ben Affleck and Matt Damon Develop Syfy’s Incorporated

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By Mark Hodge (doddleNEWS) Ben Affleck and Matt Damon have joined forces once again – this time on the small screen. The Good Will Hunting duo are exec-producing, through their Pearl Street Films company, Incorporated for Syfy, according to THR. The drama centers on one man's fight to … [Read more...]

Update: Nope, Jim Henson Company Isn’t Developing Labyrinth Sequel


Update: According to EW (via /Film), while the Jim Henson Company talks about doing a Labyrinth sequel, there isn't any active development. Original story follows. By Mark Hodge (doddleNEWS) The Jim Henson Company is developing a raft of new big screen projects including a sequel to cult … [Read more...]

Guardians Of The Galaxy’s Dave Bautista Reportedly Set For Bond 24 Henchman

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By Mark Hodge (doddleNEWS) Guardians of the Galaxy's Dave Bautista is reportedly set to grapple with Daniel Craig in the upcoming Bond 24. Back in August, details of a casting call were leaked, which revealed that Sam Mendes was looking for an actor who was over 6 feet tall, and looked … [Read more...]

Teaser Trailer: Tomorrowland Starring George Clooney


By Mark Hodge (doddleNEWS) The teaser trailer for Disney's highly anticipated blockbuster Tomorrowland, starring George Clooney, has arrived. Also starring Hugh Laurie and Britt Robertson, the preview hints at a magical pin badge which is the gateway to a new dimension. Here's the teaser … [Read more...]

Dynamite To Publish Comic Series Around Ian Fleming’s Bond Novels

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By Mark Hodge (doddleNEWS) Ian Fleming's original James Bond novels are to be adapted into an exciting new comic, thanks to the folks at Dynamite Entertainment. The company will create a series based on all of the author's 14 books featuring the roguish super spy. Also as part of the … [Read more...]

Will Avengers 3 Feature A Rebooted Team of Heroes?


By Mark Hodge (doddleNEWS) Marvel is rumored to be planning on shaking up their tentpole universe, by possibly assembling a new team of superheroes in Avengers 3. That's according to Badass Digest, and while this report should still be filed in the drawer marked rumor, it does make a lot of … [Read more...]

Robert Downey Jr. Discusses Mel Gibson Directing Iron Man 4

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By Mark Hodge (doddleNEWS) Robert Downey Jr. has admitted that he would return to the role of Iron Man if his friend Mel Gibson was handed directing duties on Iron Man 4. Admittedly, this question was shoehorned in at the end of a very enlightening interview with Deadline, where the actor … [Read more...]

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