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Posted by Stuart OConnor | Fri, 25/09/2009 - 07:17

Weinsteins go back to their roots
The Weinstein Company
has revealed that its Dimension production company will be preparing a number of remakes and franchise reboots. The company is currently talking to Wes Craven to return to direct Scream 4, which has already announced that Courtney Cox, Neve Campbell and David Arquette are due to return. The company also has plans for Spy Kids 4, Halloween 3 and remakes of Children of the Corn, Short Circuit and An American Warewolf in London. More on this story at Variety.

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RAGE: The Premiere...

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Fri, 25/09/2009 - 00:04

Tonight (Thursday September 24 2009) saw the fruition of the world’s first ever completely interactive, multi-venue film premiere. Held at London’s BFI Southbank, Rage, written and directed by Sally Potter, was broadcasted live via satellite to over 35 additional venues across the UK.

The unusual one-night-only screening of the film was then followed by a Q&A session with the director and some members of the cast. Questions were submitted by members of the audiences across the UK via text or Skype direct from their mobile phones, or via the internet using Twitter.

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Telly Notes: Live From Studio Five settles in but misses the point

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Thu, 24/09/2009 - 10:46

We’re still very much in the bedding-down period of Five’s new nightly "magazine" show Live From Studio Five, hosted by Ian Wright, Melinda Messenger and Kate Walsh, whose collective toothy smiles are brighter than the sun. A pacey, glittery, energetic hour, Live certainly has something to offer, and it’s quite surprising that Five’s only just set something like this in motion. But there’s something distinctly nervous about it.

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Tonight's terrestrial telly tips

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Thu, 24/09/2009 - 08:37

Sex sells. Even on telly. Even when it's the wrong kind of sex. Earlier in the week, we had the cameras following the Met's Paedophile Unit. Tonight, it's the turn of the Met's Vice Squad (Five, 9pm), a six-parter looking at the work of the Vice Unit. People's natural prurience guarantees reasonably good ratings for this kind of documentary, but I wonder if this programme will show us anything new. I can't help feeling it's all been done before, but I live in hope of being surprised.

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Film Industry News Bites

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Thu, 24/09/2009 - 07:51

Universal to bring Barbie to life

Toy maker Mattel has signed a deal with Universal to bring Barbie to the big screen in a live action feature. Many studios are racing around to snap up any well know properties at present, making this acquisition a major deal due to the global appeal of the doll. More details at Variety.

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London Film Festival bookings open this weekend

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Thu, 24/09/2009 - 07:27

LFFExcitement is mounting (well, among us film buffs it is) as the 2009 London Film Festival gets closer. And the good news is that public booking for tickets opens this Saturday, September 28. You can book tickets via the official website, by phone (020 7928 3232, from 9.30am to 8.30pm) or in person at the BFI Southbank Box Office, which is open daily from 11.30am to 8.30pm.

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Telly Notes: Nigel Slater makes a right meal of supper

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Wed, 23/09/2009 - 17:12

Define ‘simple cooking’. Easy? Quick? Cheap? It’s all of those, certainly. What it is unlikely to conjure up are visions of growing your own seasonal vegetables, planning and nurturing your various roots and shoots for months on end before finally picking a few of them to form the basis of a stew. There’s something terribly flawed in the concept of the series Nigel Slater’s Simple Suppers (BBC One) and, more generally – let’s not blame Nigel here – with TV’s incessant blending of cookery and ‘grow your own’ as though the two activities are one and the same thing.

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Tonight's terrestrial telly tips

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Wed, 23/09/2009 - 09:20

If you watch only one programme tonight, make sure it's Wounded (BBC1, 9pm). Whatever you think about the British presence in Iraq and Afghanistan, the fact is our young men and women are dying out there, or coming home with horrific injuries. Wounded is on our screens tonight as the Ministry of Defence has allowed a camera crew to film some of these troopers for the first time ever. This emotionally wrenching documentary follows two soldiers from their arrival back home through their entire treatment and rehab. You'll need a strong stomach to watch this as some of the footage is graphic, whether it's the depiction of a landmine going off or close-ups of a bloody stump where a leg was blown off. Continues after the news.

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Posted by Stuart OConnor | Wed, 23/09/2009 - 07:33

Trio signed to star in Facebook movie
Director David Fincher has cast the three major players in his movie about the formation of Facebook. CEO of the company Mark Zuckerberg will be played by Adventureland's Jesse Eisenberg, founding President Sean Parker will be played by Justin Timberlake and co-founder Eduardo Saverin will be played by Andrew Garfield. More on this story at Variety.

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Tonight's terrestrial telly tips

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Tue, 22/09/2009 - 09:41

The growing hysteria about paedophilia in the UK has led to some very draconian laws that have restricted the rights of all of us. But while it's easy to acknowledge that child porn has become more accessible thanks to the internet, which has also made it easy for paedophiles to groom vulnerable children, has the actual problem really increased? In To Catch A Paedophile (ITV1, 10.35pm) ex-cop and child protection expert, Mark Williams-Thomas, goes behind the scenes at the Paedophile Unit attached to London's Metropolitan Police. The cameras trailed the specialist officers for 6 months to observe how they track down and arrest paedophiles, including the controversial practice of honey-trapping potential offenders in internet chatrooms. This promises to be a fascinating insight into the workings of a vice squad. Part two is next week.

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