Team Scores A Winner

Monday, November 29 2010
Team Scores A Winner

Loads of DVD coverage this weekend, with a clutch of films taking the lion’s share of the coverage – honours were split fairly evenly between Warner’s Sex And The City 2, The A-Team from Fox and Optimum’s Splice. It was good to see the independents fairing well in among the blockbusters and increased special interest […]

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My Inspiration – Tom Langlands (Elevation Sales)

Friday, November 26 2010
My Inspiration – Tom Langlands (Elevation Sales)

. . . “You can’t win, Darth. Strike me down, and I will become more powerful than you could possibly imagine.” Star Wars Indecisive about whether to plump for Jaws (quite frankly the water’s never been safe since that entered my life) or The Godfather: Part II (it would have ended up a dissertation) I […]

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Top 10 Most Pirated Films On BitTorrent

Wednesday, November 24 2010
Top 10 Most Pirated Films On BitTorrent

Inception The news that the first 40 minutes or so of the new Harry Potter film, The deathly Hallows, has leaked online has brought illegal downloads, mainly via BitTorrent, sharply back into focus again. So we thought we’d offer up a look at what illegal downloaders are currently going for when scouring the web for […]

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Never Stand In The Way Of A Good Story

Monday, November 22 2010
Never Stand In The Way Of A Good Story

It was the weekend DVD invaded the weekend colour supplements and, it seemed, everywhere. Most of the national newspapers, particularly in their accompanying magazines, seemed to cover DVD (or Blu-ray) in some form or another, beyond their traditional review coverage. Just as the shelves are now creaking under the weight of stand-up releases, so distributors […]

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Hammering Home The Message

Monday, November 22 2010
Hammering Home The Message

Due out today (November 22), the Hammer & Tongs Collection is not your average Optimum Releasing title – for starters it’s a compilation of pop promos rather than one of the wealth of features the company has made its name on. But there is a method here, and to describe the Collection as merely a […]

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My Inspiration – Alan McQueen (sales consultant)

Friday, November 19 2010
My Inspiration – Alan McQueen (sales consultant)

“It’s not me that’s crying. It’s my eyes.” Jen De Florette (1986) In 1972 I was still at school (Lord Wandsworth College where Jonny Wilkinson would follow……a long while later). The film club there was very forward-thinking and, as a fifteen-year-old, watching Soldier Blue and A Clockwork Orange certainly whetted my appetite for quality, hard-hitting […]

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Ten Things We Learnt At The London Film Festival

Thursday, November 18 2010
Ten Things We Learnt At The London Film Festival

We at The Raygun got a press pass for the London Film Festival last month and, diaries permitting, got to see as many films as we could. Here, with the help of a few industry insiders, retailers and distributors, we look at 10 things we learnt from the LFF… LFF gives you a chance to […]

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Strangling Sales

Thursday, November 18 2010
Strangling Sales

Interview of the week, from where we’re standing, was the one with Frankie Boyle in the Sunday Times’ Culture supplement at the weekend. We mentioned it in our round-up of the weekend’s press coverage, but seeing as we can’t link to the feature without making someone pay for the privilege, but try this: he hates […]

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Take Hart

Thursday, November 18 2010
Take Hart

Good to see Miranda back on our screens this week, with the arrival of the second series of her eponymous show on BBC2. It’s neatly timed to coincide with the release of the first series via 4DVD and, if you’ve been looking, you’ll probably have seen Miranda ads in assorted newspapers and magazines and she’s […]

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Camp Essentials

Thursday, November 18 2010
Camp Essentials

And more from the Scooby-Doo event, here are some of the goodies we came away from the event clutching – a fantastic Scooby blanket, torch and some late night reading material from the event. We were even provided with some sleeping bags too, but seeing as they weren’t branded, we decided not to sully the picture […]

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A Bug’s Life

Thursday, November 18 2010
A Bug’s Life

Not the kind of picture we’ll be running every week up on here, but then the Scooby Doo Halloween sleepover held at London Zoo was not the average kind of event. Held at the scariest weekend of the year, the event was timed to coincide with Warner’s release of Camp Scare, the latest feature length […]

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Harry Potter And The New Studio

Thursday, November 18 2010
Harry Potter And The New Studio

There’s something about this picture that, when we first came across it some time last week, we were genuinely excited. And for us here in the UK in the entertainment business, be that films or, as most of you reading this will be, it’s an interesting piece of news. It’s a projection of what the […]

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Free Stuff To Marvel At…

Thursday, November 18 2010
Free Stuff To Marvel At…

Some more free stuff… This Iron Man package came to us courtesy of Paramount and its agency Shine and we love it – the bust of the Marvel superhero currently has pride of place in our office here. We were presented it at a previously reported screening of the second outing for Tony Stark, aka […]

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The Viking Way

Thursday, November 18 2010
The Viking Way

And more from Paramount’s special screening of DreamWorks’ How To Train Your Dragon. Here’s the stuff we picked up from the event – a notebook for us to take notes during the film (fantastic as our junior correspondent was penning a review for the Times Educational Supplement (honestly), our Viking-based headwear, and a copy of Cressida […]

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Training Day

Thursday, November 18 2010
Training Day

“I’ve seen it about 20 times, and I still never tire of it.” So said author Cressida Cowell, the driving force behind the bestselling How To Train Your Dragon series of books, which has, thanks to DreamWorks and Paramount, this week made its debut on DVD. As previously reported on our newsletter, The Raygun went […]

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