Our man Ben Mortimer is currently at a swanky hotel in London with director Jon Favreau, and cast Harrison Ford, Daniel Craig and Olivia Wilde for their new movie, The Cowboys & Aliens. The movie also has it’s UK Premiere this evening and we’ll be there to interview all the stars.

Before that though we are going to blog the Cowboys & Aliens UK Press Conference live. Just scroll down and you’ll see Ben’s updates coming in as it all happens. The press conference is due to start at 13.30 GMT but it may start a little late as they tend to do.

Cowboys & Aliens hits UK cinemas next Wednesday, 17th August.

  Cowboys & Aliens UK Press Conference (08/11/2011) 
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HeyUGuys: 

Getting ready for the Cowboys & Aliens UK Press Conference! Those expected to attend include Harrison Ford, Daniel Craig, Olivia Wilde and director Jon Favreau. Yes, we are a little excited!

Thursday August 11, 2011 1:10 HeyUGuys
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HeyUGuys: 

Looks like we’re running a little late. Currently queuing to get in! More interesting updates should follow shortly!

Thursday August 11, 2011 1:36 HeyUGuys
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montimer: 

Currently waiting for the talent to arrive at the Cowboys and Aliens premiere. I’ll be live tweeting it on HeyUGuys.co.uk [via Twitter]

Thursday August 11, 2011 1:46 montimer
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Who would win in a fight?
Indiana Jones

 ( 40% )

James Bond

 ( 40% )

Quorra

 ( 20% )

Thursday August 11, 2011 1:51 
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Ben Mortimer: 

Sorry to keep you all waiting. The PRs are just adding a few more chairs so they can accommodate all the journalists.

Thursday August 11, 2011 2:06 Ben Mortimer
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Ben Mortimer: 

In a slightly weird turn of events, it would appear that Jason Schwartzman is working as a waiter at Claridges.

Thursday August 11, 2011 2:07 Ben Mortimer
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Ben Mortimer: 

Or at least a man who looks a lot like him.

Thursday August 11, 2011 2:07 Ben Mortimer
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Ben Mortimer: 

The panelists for today are:

Jon Favreau
Daniel Craig
Olivia Wilde
Harrison Ford
Roberto Orci

Thursday August 11, 2011 2:08 Ben Mortimer
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I won’t lie. Even I’m slightly awestruck by that lineup, and I’m usually the most glib man in the room.

Thursday August 11, 2011 2:09 Ben Mortimer
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Oh, and to make things easier (for me, not you – sorry) I’ll be using initials rather than names when I refer to them.

Thursday August 11, 2011 2:09 Ben Mortimer
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The room’s suddenly got a lot quieter. Hopefully we’ll be starting fairly soon.

Thursday August 11, 2011 2:11 Ben Mortimer
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Ben Mortimer: 

On the giant poster behind where the panellists will sit is a tagline. It reads: ‘First contact. Last stand’. I’m trying to think of something terribly witty to write about that, but failing. Anyone want to come up with something? Don’t think there’ll be a prize, but you will earn my admiration and respect.

Thursday August 11, 2011 2:14 Ben Mortimer
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montimer: 

@HeyUGuysLive Might be worth retweeting that with a . before my username. [via Twitter]

Thursday August 11, 2011 2:17 montimer
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Ben Mortimer: 

Oops. Just managed to not only not send a DM on Twitter, but to also post it to the live blog. D’oh!

Thursday August 11, 2011 2:18 Ben Mortimer
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Ben Mortimer: 

Sorry to keep you all waiting by the way. The panellists are still hiding out back. We’re assured that this will start soon enough though.

Thursday August 11, 2011 2:19 Ben Mortimer
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It begins.

Thursday August 11, 2011 2:22 Ben Mortimer
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For those of you interested, they’re all wearing clothes.

Thursday August 11, 2011 2:22 Ben Mortimer
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Q: Which side of the movie appealed to you more: the cowboy side, or the alien side.

Thursday August 11, 2011 2:22 Ben Mortimer
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JF: Huge sci-fi fan, but I became aware of westerns throguh science fiction

Thursday August 11, 2011 2:23 Ben Mortimer
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DC: The western – ‘I always wanted to play a cowboy’

Thursday August 11, 2011 2:23 Ben Mortimer
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OW – The western – ‘I didn’t think there’d be a female role this strong in a western’

Thursday August 11, 2011 2:24 Ben Mortimer
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HF – ‘I don’t care which genre – I’m in it for the money.’

Thursday August 11, 2011 2:24 Ben Mortimer
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HF – ‘The character is the main draw for me’

Thursday August 11, 2011 2:24 Ben Mortimer
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Q: For Daniel – What did your 9 year old self think about sharing a screen with Harisson Ford?

Thursday August 11, 2011 2:25 Ben Mortimer
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DC – I went to the cinema on my own and saw Blade Runner, and thought to myself: ‘I want to work with that man’

Thursday August 11, 2011 2:25 Ben Mortimer
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Q: For Olivia – I hear you’re a trekkie, and have a burning desire to play Captain Kirk.

Thursday August 11, 2011 2:26 Ben Mortimer
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OW – I grew up watching Star Trek with my family. There have been great female characters in Trek over the years, but I would love to play more powerful women in science fiction. I love the genre and I’d love to do more of it.

Thursday August 11, 2011 2:28 Ben Mortimer
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RO – Do you mind if we paint you green?

Thursday August 11, 2011 2:28 Ben Mortimer
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Q: For Daniel – When a stranger arrives in a western town you immediately think of Clint Eastwood. Do you go with it, or try to fight it?

Thursday August 11, 2011 2:29 Ben Mortimer
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DC – You go with it. I watched loads of westrns for research, and stole everything I could.

Thursday August 11, 2011 2:29 Ben Mortimer
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By the way, unless the quotes are in inverted commas, they’re paraphrased. Badly.

Thursday August 11, 2011 2:30 Ben Mortimer
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JF – Our start gift from Steven Spielberg on this movie was an iPad filled with classic westerns. We’d watch a classic western every night.

Thursday August 11, 2011 2:31 Ben Mortimer
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Q: For Harrison – Your character starts out quite feared. Was it fun to play a villain?

Thursday August 11, 2011 2:32 Ben Mortimer
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HF – It was fun. I didn’t know where it was going in the script, but I was pleased with what I read, and it was fun to do.

Thursday August 11, 2011 2:32 Ben Mortimer
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Q: Favourite westerns?

Thursday August 11, 2011 2:32 Ben Mortimer
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JF – Seven Samurai

Thursday August 11, 2011 2:32 Ben Mortimer
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DC – Little Big Man. Fave Sci-fi: Alien

Thursday August 11, 2011 2:33 Ben Mortimer
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OW: Alien

Thursday August 11, 2011 2:33 Ben Mortimer
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Here’s an image of Harrison Ford and Olivia Wilde courtesy of @FilmFan1971
Thursday August 11, 2011 2:33 
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HF – ‘I’m going to opt out of this’

Thursday August 11, 2011 2:33 Ben Mortimer
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Q: Harrison – I gather you weren’t too keen on the project when you first read it. What changed your mind?

Thursday August 11, 2011 2:34 Ben Mortimer
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And one of Daniel Craig & Director Jon Favreau courtesy of @FilmFan1971
Thursday August 11, 2011 2:35 
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HF – I didn’t know what I was reading, and was impatient a bit. Then when I spoke to Jon about what tone he was looking for in the script. I was reassured that JF wasn’t making a tongue in cheek poke at westerns.

Thursday August 11, 2011 2:35 Ben Mortimer
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JF – We thought long and hard about whether to keep the title ‘Cowboys and Aliens’. They had tried to make it as a comedy, but with a more ridiculous premise, you need to play it straight.

Thursday August 11, 2011 2:36 Ben Mortimer
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Favreau just said, ‘You have an expression around here ‘It does what it says on the tin” – Ronsil will be pleased/

Thursday August 11, 2011 2:37 Ben Mortimer
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JF – What I’m most proud of is that these are real characters with real stakes, and we’ve made them work together.

Thursday August 11, 2011 2:38 Ben Mortimer
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Q: We are seeing a number of movies that are based in comic books. Why do you think that is?

Thursday August 11, 2011 2:39 Ben Mortimer
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JF – It’s to do with marketing. Piracy has killed the DVD market, so the main market is in the theatre. Young people still do that, and they respond strongly to branded product

Thursday August 11, 2011 2:40 Ben Mortimer
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JF – The independent film market is being replaced by television with shows like Mad Men and The Wire.

Thursday August 11, 2011 2:40 Ben Mortimer
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JF – We hope that C&A might introduce young people to the western.

Thursday August 11, 2011 2:41 Ben Mortimer
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Q: For Harrison – As an actor how has working with special effects changed over the years

Thursday August 11, 2011 2:41 Ben Mortimer
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HF – For an actor special effects require only an active imagination, and I don’t find it that much more difficult to imagine an alien scampering in front of me than I do to ignore the grip pulling a carriage through a period drama.

We now have the ability to replace a man in an alien suit with a computer generated alien, and what I was pleased with with Jon’s creations was that they didn’t move like a man in a suit.

Thursday August 11, 2011 2:43 Ben Mortimer
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HF – There is a tendency with directors to replace practical effects with visual effects and loose human scale.

Thursday August 11, 2011 2:44 Ben Mortimer
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Q: For Olivia – Can you talk about your research into the small number of women like your character in the film.

Thursday August 11, 2011 2:44 Ben Mortimer
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OW – There’s a great museum in LA that had a great exhibition called ‘Women of the Old West’, and I found it interesting researching them.

In terms of characters from films, I didn’t really look at women in films, I looked at the same guys we all were. When I grew up watching westerns I wanted to be Steve McQueen, I didn’t want to be the girl.

Thursday August 11, 2011 2:46 Ben Mortimer
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OW – In the wide shots we were all spinning the guns, and Jon would say ‘Guys, not all of you can spin your guns.’

Thursday August 11, 2011 2:47 Ben Mortimer
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Robert Orci has just described the cast as ‘The finest acttors in their price range’

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