Top 10 Martin Scorsese Films

Friday, May 28 2010
Top 10 Martin Scorsese Films

As Paramount readies itself for the August 2 DVD and Blu-ray release of the latest outing from Martin Scorsese, we assess the director’s 10 most successful movies in terms of box office gross and come up with some interesting conclusions. The Departed £12.9 million Strange in that arguably one of Scorsese’s most successful films is […]

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A ‘True’ Story

Thursday, May 27 2010
A ‘True’ Story

At one point, we actually considered just printing this picture and letting our readers guess what kind of publicity stunt it involved, but perhaps wisely, given that this is the Internet, after all, decided to give you chapter and verse. It’s all part of a press junket organised by HBO and its agency Premier PR […]

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Putting On The Ritzy

Thursday, May 27 2010
Putting On The Ritzy

We’ve covered this on this week’s Raygun newsletter, looking at how Lionsgate is going about “launching” Tyler Perry – a multi-million dollar box office grossing star in the US – in the UK and kicked off its activity with a promotional visit to the UK this week. And while Perry, star of the forthcoming theatrical […]

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Archive Material

Thursday, May 27 2010
Archive Material

We’ve long since admired the rejuvenated BFI’s ability to unearth gems for release, the kind of projects that few others can or even will do. Its next bath of releases, for example, includes unearthed rarely seen Ken Loach material (Black Jack, covered elsewhere on this site), more to its hugely impressive Flipside range, exploring the […]

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A Tribute To The Queen

Monday, May 24 2010
A Tribute To The Queen

Anjelica Huston – daughter of famed director John and a big name in her own right – is in the UK for a special screening of ITV Studios’ sumptuous restoration edition of her father’s classic The African Queen this week, as part of a flurry of activity that has seen another Huston offspring, actor Danny, […]

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Loach’s Trump Card

Monday, May 24 2010
Loach’s Trump Card

There’s little you could surprise us with these days, as it often seems as if the rich seam of unreleased classics lurking under the radar has been well and truly mined. And yet every now and then, something comes along that sticks out as never having seen the light of day on DVD (and in […]

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Let’s Hear It For The Boy

Friday, May 21 2010
Let’s Hear It For The Boy

It was one of the most talked about TV programmes of the week and now Universal Playback has unveiled its release strategy for the thoroughly entertaining Boy George docudrama Worried About The Boy. The feature length programme, which aired on Sunday night on BBC2, drawing an impressive 2 million plus viewers, charts the early days […]

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Story Opens A New Chapter At Disney

Thursday, May 20 2010
Story Opens A New Chapter At Disney

It’s never easy launching a major overhaul of your business, especially not when you’re restructuring in a way that is both hugely ambitious and groundbreaking. Doing it slap bang in the middle of offering up a slate that includes what is set to become one of, if not the biggest grossing, bestselling animated film ever, […]

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Making Precious A Monster Hit

Wednesday, May 19 2010
Making Precious A Monster Hit

Award-winning films can often be a double edged sword. You have the kudos of a major gong under you belt – and history has proved that can add a decent number to potential sales – but, at the same time, their success is not guaranteed. For the thing that often helps big winners do well […]

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10 Things We Learnt From Reading The BVA Yearbook

Tuesday, May 18 2010
10 Things We Learnt From Reading The BVA Yearbook

We’ve been perusing the newly published BVA Yearbook, which now includes a directory listing at the back. And, as ever, the Yearbook makes for essential reading and is always handy to have floating around on your desk. Here’s some facts we gleaned from flicking through its pages of information… 1. BVA and Blu-ray promotions received […]

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Psycho’s Night Out

Thursday, May 13 2010
Psycho’s Night Out

Hey, we were told to post this picture or else former England hero Stuart Pearce, still involved with the international set-up, would come round and tackle us. The former Forest legend was one of the guests of honour at this week’s premiere and special nationwide screening programme for Kaleidoscope’s One Night In Turin, out at […]

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Mocking Birds

Thursday, May 13 2010
Mocking Birds

If you haven’t yet seen this trailer floating around – and it’s been viewed millions of times, so you should have – then check this trailer for Birdemic: Shock And Terror, arguably the worst film of the past 10 years and a contender for the title of worst film ever. But out of the calamity […]

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One Eye On The Charts

Thursday, May 13 2010
One Eye On The Charts

The challenge facing Momentum over its forthcoming Valhalla Rising was clear: the Viking extravaganza is as brutal as anything you’ll see this year and it was as keen to push this as anything else – but how do you convey its ultraviolent content without upsetting the powers that be and, crucially, retailers. Well, you start […]

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Thinking Outside Of The Box

Tuesday, May 11 2010
Thinking Outside Of The Box

It’s not often that studios and distributors make really bold moves when it comes to artwork or trailers – there appear to be a standard set of rules that can be applied, but most agencies seem to work within criteria that have long been laid down. Not that there’s anything wrong with the existing formula, […]

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“New Toys!”

Monday, May 10 2010
“New Toys!”

Just ahead of posting our full guide to Disney’s Q4 line-up from WDSHE’s recent presentation, we thought we’d give you a little sneak preview of the contents of its ever-desirable goodie bag handed out to retailers (and of course, us in the trade press) after the event. Naturally, there was more than a fair share […]

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