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Armchair Viewing: Scream 2

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Thu, 15/10/2009 - 10:31

"Sequels suck! Oh please, Please! By definition alone, sequels are inferior films!"

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Tonight's terrestrial telly tips

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Thu, 15/10/2009 - 08:20

There are more than 53,000 pubs in the UK and the most popular name for a licensed hostelry is not the King's Arms or the Queen's Head but The Red Lion. There are 600 of them and documentary maker Sue Bourne has created a charming, quirky film about Red Lions scattered all over the country. It's one helluva of a pub crawl but this film isn't about the pubs but the people who drink in them and the communities in which the Red Lion acts as the local hub. As most TV programmes about alcohol are of the finger-wagging variety, warning us our livers are all about implode or something, it's a delight to have The Red Lion gracing our screens, as it serves to remind us why pubs have been such an important part of our culture for longer than a millennium. (Channel 4,9pm)

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Tonight's terrestrial telly tips

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Wed, 14/10/2009 - 08:39

Putting aside Labour, old and new, for a moment, whatever you think of its policies or record in government, you can't ignore John Prescott. Prezza has always been good value as entertainment, from his strangled speeches full of bizarre neologisms, to the Two Jags jibe and that egg-throwing incident followed by a swift right hook. He's now quite the sensation on Twitter, but he's also a burgeoning TV star. Last year, he presented The Class System and Me, a three-parter exploring his very genuine working class origins - his politics shaped by a lengthy stint in the merchant navy, an education at Ruskin College and a later career as a union organiser.

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Film Industry News Bites

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Wed, 14/10/2009 - 07:26

Chris Pine to be third actor to play Jack Ryan?
Paramount Pictures
are in discussions for Chris Pine to play CIA analyst Jack Ryan, in a reboot of the franchise based on the novels by Tom Clancey. The character has already been portrayed by Alec Baldwin (The Hunt for Red October), Harrison FordPatriot Games and Clear and Present Danger) and Ben Affleck (The Sum of All Fears). This would be the second Paramount franchise for Pine to star in, due to him returning to reprise his role as James T. Kirk in a Star Trek sequel. More at Variety.

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London Film Festival preview: what our critics will be watching

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Tue, 13/10/2009 - 20:03

xxxThe Times BFI 53rd London Film Festival is about to kick off, running from October 14 to October 29. There's a wide and varied choice of cinema to be had, from the latest Hollywood biggies (including THREE films that star George Clooney) to the newest from, Britain, Europe and around the world. Here, Screenjabber's top critics tell you what films they are most looking forward to seeing.

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Film Industry News Bites

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Tue, 13/10/2009 - 09:04

Matt Helm coming for Bond and Bourne
Gary Ross
, writer and director linked to the Venom spin offs from the Spiderman series, will be taking the reigns to Matt Helm. The film is about an American "counter agent" and originates from a series of novels by Donald Hamilton. Bradley Cooper is tipped to star although nothing official has been announced regarding casting. More at Empire Online.

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Tonight's terrestrial telly tips

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Tue, 13/10/2009 - 08:05

The bees are dying and no one knows why. The global agricultural economy is heavily dependent on bees to pollinate crops, so their disappearance could lead to mass starvation and other terrible consequences. True Stories: Last of the Honeybees (More4, 10pm) explores some of the theories about what causes colony collapse disorder (which results in lost bees) and just what the fate of the world might be if bees die out completely.

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An American Werewolf back on the big screen

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Mon, 12/10/2009 - 22:12

An American Werewolf in London

The clasic John Landis horror comedy An American Werewolf in London has been dusted off, cleaned up (ie, digitally remastered) and given a shiny new Blu-ray release (it's out now, but the review has been delayed thanks to Royal Mail). The remastered film had its premiere at FrightFest in August, but now it's getting another UK cinema outing – this time for Halloween. According to the press release from Universal Pictures:

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Tonight's terrestrial telly tips

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Mon, 12/10/2009 - 08:15

Think of nature on the BBC and one name springs to mind - David Attenborough. The great man has fronted series after series of groundbreaking programmes on the natural world, not only because of his measured approach and mellifluous tones but also because of his genuine enthusiasm for whatever he's showing us on cameras. He couples up perfectly with the BBC's Natural History Unit, which has pioneered how the wonders of our flora and fauna are filmed in such astonishing detail. It's a great joy to have Attenborough back on our screens tonight presenting Life (BBC1, 9pm), a brand new 10-part series. There's no obvious core theme this time, just plenty of amazing spectacles to gape at open-mouthed. Sit back and enjoy the ride.

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News Jab: Red Dwarf, Tennant's new role and more

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Sun, 11/10/2009 - 20:37

Red Dwarf's KrytenAfter the success on Dave and DVD of Red Dwarf: Back to Earth this year, it appears that a 10th season of Red Dwarf has been commissioned, But don't get too excited yet, warns star Robert Llewellyn (for those not in the know, he plays mechanoid Kryten).

While appearing at the Dimension Jump fan convention in Birmingham yesterday, BobbyLlew told his Twitter followers:

"Series 10 of Red Dwarf announcement just been made at DJ 09. To clarify the scripts have been commissioned, wont be filming til 2010". But he tweeted today: "Want to re-state that UKTV, aka Dave have commissioned Doug Naylor to write scripts, still a long way to go before it's all official."

And according to comedy site Chortle.co.uk: "Llewellyn is the second person connected to Red Dwarf to talk about a new series. Stuart Snaith, head of DVD firm 2entertain, first let the cat out of the bag at the Broadcast TV Comedy Forum last month, saying that the show had been ‘recommissioned as a series next year’. But he later backtracked, saying: ‘There is no confirmed new series of Red Dwarf, just some talk of the possibility.’ "

So it's not time to twirl your nipplenuts and squeal like a pig on a honeymoon just yet, but I think we can be quietly optimistic that there could well be some new Red Dwarf heading our way in the next year or two. Smegging brilliant!

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