Never Say Never Again

Wednesday, February 26 2014
Never Say Never Again

Metallica Through The Never was, even its fiercest critics would admit, not your average film. Part live concert, part horror flick, it deftly wove together footage of the band on stage coupled with an actual plot – the kind most likely to appeal to fans of the band – to come up with something that […]

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The Walking Dead March On

Monday, September 9 2013
The Walking Dead March On

Former UK video trade press editor Toby Weidmann, now at the helm of The Walking Dead: The Official Magazine, published quarterly in the US and UK by Titan Magazines, on why the series is going from strength to strength… This autumn marks the return of AMC’s The Walking Dead to TV and with the series […]

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Hammering Home The Message…

Friday, August 23 2013
Hammering Home The Message…

Making films with a keen eye on their home entertainment potential is nothing new, ever since the first video era boom, direct to video (DTV) releases have been a staple of every film market and production meeting. And in recent years even major studios have set up their own arms to produce or acquire films […]

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Punching Above Your Weight

Sunday, August 11 2013
Punching Above Your Weight

Browsing through the shelves of your local High Street retailer (more often than not HMV) or local supermarket, the consumer is presented with a dazzling array of choices in terms of titles on offer. And as well as the choice of films, from blockbusters that they’re fully aware of, through to DTV titles that have […]

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British TV Makes A Killing

Friday, June 28 2013
British TV Makes A Killing

The Fall at number one in the charts, following hot on the heels of the success of Broadchurch. The Village wins plaudits and impressive viewing figures, becoming a homegrown sensation. Run, starring BAFTA winner Olivia Colman among others, charts the miserable lives of a group of Londoners living below the poverty line. All are gritty, […]

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eOne’s Direction

Saturday, June 15 2013
eOne’s Direction

It’s surprisingly relaxed at the new, expanded eOne’s offices in central London. Momentum staff have moved in, the merger between the two companies is pretty much done and the first batch of titles put out under an eOne banner have worked at retail – in some cases supremely well. But like a duck, gently gliding […]

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Keeping The Wolves From The Door

Thursday, March 14 2013
Keeping The Wolves From The Door

Another week, another event release and many in the video industry should have their hearts warmed by seeing at least one of these pictures – eager punters snapping up a new release on a Monday in an HMV outlet. March 11 saw the release of the final part of The Twilight Saga, Breaking Dawn Part […]

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Dawn Breaks, Franchise Closes

Wednesday, March 6 2013
Dawn Breaks, Franchise Closes

The Twilight Saga bandwagon is now up and rolling in earnest as eOne prepares for the release of Breaking Dawn Part 2, the final part in the five-film series. And as the by now well-oiled machine swings into action, with TV spots appearing and, as we’ve noticed this week, outdoor ads aplenty, including bus sides […]

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The Top 10 Bestselling Titles Of 2012… So Far

Thursday, December 6 2012
The Top 10 Bestselling Titles Of 2012… So Far

The Official Charts Company has had a busy year, what with celebrating the 60th anniversary of the singles chart, among  other things. It is also increasing its consumer focus too, becoming as much for the public as it is the trade. This new consumer-facing strategy has seen it upping its game in the PR stakes, […]

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The RECing Crew

Wednesday, September 19 2012
The RECing Crew

It started with a tweet on a Friday afternoon, sent in the direction of @theraygun. It told us, with some severity: “[REC] Genesis review discs are INFECTED!” Within 24 hours it was boasting scores of tweets, new followers and a  whole piece of Twitter theatre – an industry first – as scores of horror writers and […]

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“Get Your Trousers On Pirates… You’re Nicked!”

Monday, July 30 2012
“Get Your Trousers On Pirates… You’re Nicked!”

The latest in the award-winning Moments Worth Paying For campaign, the Industry Trust-led initiative aimed at highlighting the importance of our creative industries to the film-making process – and the kind of feelings they can inspire – has gone live at UK cinemas.  Announced a few weeks ago (and featured on our newsletter), the latest […]

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Know The Ledge

Monday, June 18 2012
Know The Ledge

A miserable so-called summer morning in London’s Leicester Square. You’re on the daily trudge to work, still trying to wake up properly and shake off the hangover you’ve got after watching England in the Euro 2012 football tournament the night before. And suddenly, it starts raining five pound notes from the sky. Literally. You rub […]

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Breaking Records…

Thursday, March 22 2012
Breaking Records…

Entertainment One scored a remarkable achievement with the launch of Breaking Dawn Part 1, the latest instalment in The Twilight Saga. It sold almost 1 million units in its first week, making it a bona fide success and, interestingly, showed that the franchise, although it’s nearing the end of its life cycle, is far from […]

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In A State…

Monday, January 23 2012
In A State…

Gamers using the X-box Live function may have noticed something a little different recently, as Kevin Smith’s flawed but eminently watchable Red State became the first DVD (and Blu-ray) release to be advertised on the pre-roll platform of the service. It’s another intriguing footnote to this most fascinating of films. Its UK release (January 23) […]

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An Ace Idea

Thursday, December 1 2011
An Ace Idea

The Ace Cafe is one of London’s most notable biker haunts, despite its rather unglamorous location (it’s on the tip of north-west London, right by the North Circular Road), it’s an iconic location and legendary among leather-clad motorbike fanatics all over the UK.   So it was a fitting venue to choose for one of […]

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