The Admirable Criterion

Monday, April 18 2016
The Admirable Criterion

The black and white circle swirls, with the words The Criterion Collection spooling around, mirroring an old film reel… It’s one of the most distinctive distributor identities in the world, one which is known far beyond its original home in the US… And now, some 30 odd years since it first launched, 800-plus releases down […]

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Jurassic World In Numbers

Thursday, October 29 2015
Jurassic World In Numbers

With its week one now firmly under its belt, Universal is planning to keep the latest Jurassic era going right through until Christmas. And here’s what it’s done so far and some of the plans for the next few weeks, as well as looking at some of the in-store implementation of its own take on […]

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Shouting Out Loud

Monday, July 6 2015
Shouting Out Loud

Arrow Films has been making plenty of noise about The Voices since the spring, shouting out loud about the blacker than black comedy starring Ryan Reynolds in both traditional and more innovative ways. After its high profile theatrical release earlier this year, complete with an amazing stunt aimed at passers-by in Westfield, London (see below), […]

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Taken The Mickey

Thursday, July 2 2015
Taken The Mickey

“I don’t know who you are, I don’t know your dad, but I bet he has a very particular set of skills… Skills he has acquired over a very long career of being a dad… Skills that I bet you don’t even appreciate because he’s Taken For Granted, isn’t he?” Aping Liam Neeson’s speech as […]

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The Game’s Afoot

Friday, June 19 2015
The Game’s Afoot

It’s been a big week or two for Game Of Thrones. June 11 saw HBO pick up Marketing Campaign Of The Year For Television at the BVA Awards for its work on the third season of the sword and sandals epic. A few days later, the fifth series of the hugely popular programme, which consistently […]

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King For A Day

Monday, June 1 2015
King For A Day

Fox marked the recent exclusive digital window release of comic book adaptation Kingsman: The Secret Service by fitting up assorted journalists, writers and media types. The major hosted an event in London’s most prestigious gentlemen’s address, Savile Row, London W1, with the man behind the props, David Cheesman, and one of the actioner’s stars, Taron […]

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Babadook Hits The Streets

Sunday, March 1 2015
Babadook Hits The Streets

Who’s this, strolling down Oxford Street? Performing some weird kind of meet and greet… Out and about, going for a shop… First in hmv then on to FOPP On a Monday, then he was gone Performing launch duties for Icon Out for PR, playing his part Helping his film get off to a great start […]

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A Capitol Idea

Monday, March 17 2014
A Capitol Idea

What the Effie? Here’s a whole host of Effie lookalikes dolled up to the nines for a special flash-mob-style event held to mark the launch of The Hunger Games Catching Fire on DVD, Blu-ray and digital formats from Lionsgate. They’d donned the distinctive and colourful garb worn by the flamboyant character in the films for […]

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A Night At The Museum

Monday, February 17 2014
A Night At The Museum

Vikings are, says Michael Hirst, the creator of the hit TV show of the same name, currently part of the zeitgeist. When he’s talking from the stage of a plush screening room at the British Museum, which is about to host a major exhibition on the Vikings and their world, it’s easy to see why. […]

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An Epic Tale

Thursday, January 30 2014
An Epic Tale

“Immersion is not enough, you think you know everything, then discover you’re miles off. I discovered things about it bit by bit. There’s things I’ve discovered about it here today by reading the DVD notes.” So says composer Simon Fisher Turner, the composer behind the brand new score for The Epic Of Everest, the latest […]

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A Dog’s Life

Tuesday, December 17 2013
A Dog’s Life

“Never work with children and animals,” the old showbusiness saying says, but the brave souls at Signature Entertainment took on both when the indie hosted a special seasonal screening of its Yuletide release, 12 Dogs of Christmas 2. For it invited along scores of media representatives and their children, ourselves at The Raygun included, to […]

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Resurrection Men

Monday, October 28 2013
Resurrection Men

Director Shane Meadows and producer Mark Herbert are suitably relaxed as they stroll into the Century Club in London’s Shaftesbury Avenue on a Monday, despite the early morning start and the miserable weather outside. The reason for their particularly laid back demeanour? The duo, pals who have worked together for most of the former’s projects […]

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Machine Gun Etiquette

Wednesday, October 23 2013
Machine Gun Etiquette

Mondays and Tuesdays, it appears, are big days in the offices of film and other consumer magazines based in and around London’s West End. For it’s the time when the receptions of publications such as Empire and Total Film and others are packed full of PR people and product managers carrying cup cakes, goodies and […]

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A World Rediscovered

Tuesday, October 15 2013
A World Rediscovered

“This,” says Mark Gattis, founder member of the League Of Gentlemen, and, latterly, a writer and star in both Doctor Who and Sherlock, “is an amazing day.” Gattis is speaking at what is a momentous occasion for Doctor Who fans and, speaking as a fan as well as someone who’s worked on the programme, he’s […]

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Making The Big Time

Monday, August 5 2013
Making The Big Time

You’ve got to feel sorry for Dave Calhoun, film editor at Time Out and host of a Q&A session with Belfast punk supremo Terri Hooley, the man whose life story is covered in Good Vibrations. Calhoun is meant to be asking questions of the great man, but he can barely get a word in edgeways. […]

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