Worlds Apart

Wednesday, April 25 2012
Worlds Apart

When Warner opened its eponymous studio tour at Leavesden just outside London over Easter, it was an innovative way of keeping the franchise alive, even though the films (and books) have reached the end of the line. For while there may be no more source material in terms of films to be made – Harry […]

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The Week In Screenings Part LVI

Tuesday, April 24 2012
The Week In Screenings Part LVI

Stop the presses, hold the front page and numerous other cliches: our roving reporter Alex Kidd has just seen what he simply states is one of the best films of the summer – and it’s still only April. Here’s the former HMV man’s thoughts on The Avengers, aka Marvel Avengers Assemble, and the rest of […]

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Plenty Of Ink For Tattoo

Tuesday, April 24 2012
Plenty Of Ink For Tattoo

Given the million-selling performance of the original The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo film for Momentum, the current obsession with anything that might loosely fall under the Nordic Noir banner, the near unanimously good reviews for director David Fincher’s previous outings and the presence of James Bond, aka Daniel Craig, it was fairly obvious to […]

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Pirate Treasure

Thursday, April 19 2012
Pirate Treasure

Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum… Well not necessarily a bottle of rum, but this haul of precious booty, picked up at Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s recent screening of The Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists, was worth its weight in gold doubloons. The treasure chest, or rather goodie bag, included a mini-chest […]

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Desert Island Freebies

Thursday, April 19 2012
Desert Island Freebies

The essential spring summer wear for 2012 among The Raygun’s junior correspondents, especially our four-year-old, has been this hooded, zipped red sweatshirt with a huge A on the back, given out at the recent Alvin And The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked launch courtesy of Fox and its agency Premier PR. It mirrors the outfit worn by the […]

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10 Things We Learnt From The FDA Yearbook…

Thursday, April 19 2012
10 Things We Learnt From The FDA Yearbook…

The arrival of the any trade-related yearbook is always an exciting moment in The Raygun office. For anyone in the trade, and certainly for us on the trade press, it’s the perfect way to enjoy a tea break,  sitting, with our feet up, brew in hand, a film or some weird soundtrack choice playing in […]

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Chips Off The Old Block

Wednesday, April 18 2012
Chips Off The Old Block

More week of launch promotional activity, and, rather than coming up with some smart aleck comment or caption ourselves, maybe we should have just invited readers to dream up their own caption for these images… To your left, there’s a rather impressive piece of sand art, carved into the beach at Blackpool, just one of […]

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Taking Out The Litter

Wednesday, April 18 2012
Taking Out The Litter

Some might say that the Internet is driven by, ahem, adult entertainment, but for many others, one of the main reasons for going online is to look at pictures of cats doing daft things. Sadly, we haven’t been able to readily cash in on this phenomenon (there’s more of the former than the latter round […]

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The Week In Screenings Part LV

Tuesday, April 17 2012
The Week In Screenings Part LV

Well this week certainly started off with a BANG! As the first film up was Battleship, which proved to be one of the loudest films I’ve ever watched. There were points in the film where my seat was actually rumbling and my ears were ringing afterwards, which is partly due to the fact that I […]

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Pond Swimming In Coverage

Monday, April 16 2012
Pond Swimming In Coverage

When a film has a budget of around £25,000, that’s a story in itself, but while it might help pre-theatrical release, but when it comes to DVD, you need a bit of quality to catch the attention of reviewers. Thankfully for its ingenious producers, independent release Black Pond had it in spades, which enabled it […]

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The Week In Screenings Part LIV

Tuesday, April 10 2012
The Week In Screenings Part LIV

From a hooligan classic to  a remote area of Scotland, our regular screening correspondent Alex Kidd has been from darkened Soho preview theatre to multiplex over the past seven days, viewing the best of what’s on general release, due at cinemas and on DVD shortly. Here’s his latest missive from the front line…  One thing […]

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Eric’s Still The King

Tuesday, April 10 2012
Eric’s Still The King

With the Bank Holiday looming, it was a quieter Monday for releases – with most of the children’s fare out of the way, there was a slight lull in the release schedule which meant there were no standout titles when it came to DVD and Blu-ray coverage in the weekend’s newspapers, as our weekly round-up […]

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The Choice Is Yours…

Wednesday, April 4 2012
The Choice Is Yours…

It was once one of our industry’s biggest retail brands and now, sadly, the Choices name is set to disappear forever. Here former Choices UK staffer David Jones reminisces about the company, its foibles and its strengths… The news that Webb Ivory has gone in to administration has prompted your esteemed editor to ask me […]

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The Week In Screenings Part LIII

Monday, April 2 2012
The Week In Screenings Part LIII

Fresh from his first anniversary of covering events for The Raygun, our screening correspondent Alex Kidd has been out and about again, taking in the week’s big cinema releases as well as a stylish French cop thriller and co-hosted his own film club. Here’s his latest missive from the front line… This week started off […]

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Hugo A Gogo

Monday, April 2 2012
Hugo A Gogo

Kids’ films aplenty are released in the run-up to Easter, and that was reflected in reviews for DVD and Blu-ray titles, as our weekly round-up of home entertainment coverage illustrates. Chief among these was Hugo, the presence of director Martin Scorsese made it far easier for grown-up reviewers to digest than, say, Alvin And The […]

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