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Hunger Games Trailer – Movie Preview

Watch the official trailer for The Hunger Games movie by Suzanne Collins.

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The Siege of Trencher’s Farm reissued

I see The Siege of Trencher’s Farm by Gordon Williams has been reissued (finally) to coincide with the remake of Straw Dogs. Sam Peckinpah shocked everybody with his ultra-violent 1971 movie set in the Cornish countryside that infamously suggested that Susan George enjoyed being raped by a former lover. Rod Lurie’s remake moves the plot […]

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The reality of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

With John Le Carre’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy back in the news thanks to the Gary Oldman movie, the BBC investigates how much of the novel was based on truth. SPOILER ALERT – this link gives away pretty much the whole plot. The Circus – le Carre’s headquarters for MI6 based in Cambridge Circus, in […]

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Cecil Beaton’s books: Master of photography, writing & design

You may not be familiar with Cecil Beaton unless you are a person of a ‘certain’ age (hello, baby boomers!). Beaton photographed the world’s rich and famous for six decades. He also designed Oscar-winning costumes for famous movies like My Fair Lady and Gigi. He led a remarkable life and was an avid diarist. This […]

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Swallows and Amazons coming to big screen

The BBC and some major movie producing company are planning a big screen adaptation of Arthur Ransome’s Swallows and Amazons, reports The Guardian. They are treading on dangerous ground in a desperate attempt to find another Harry Potter-style franchise featuring school children with English accents. Do they not realise that a group of children – […]

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Nibbles and Me by Elizabeth Taylor

Not many people are aware that Elizabeth Taylor, who died earlier today, published a book in 1946 called Nibbles and Me. Oddly, this book has become rather collectible over the years. Nibbles was her pet chipmunk. She wrote the book when she was just 13 but already a huge Hollywood star thanks to Lassie Come […]

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Don’t Judge a Book By Its Movie

With the Oscars over for another year, we’ve compiled a list of films recently adapted from books and listed the best ones – and the worst ones – for your consideration. Gulliver’s Travels, Shutter Island, A Single Man, The Lovely Bones and True Grit are just some of the films that are put under the […]

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Blade Runner 2? Say it ain’t so.

I don’t mean to ruin your weekend but it sounds like Alcon (the filmmaking company) is kicking the tires of a Blade Runner sequel/prequel after witnessing the effect of masses of mindless drones tripping over themselves to throw money at that Tron fiasco a few months back… In case you were wondering the the screenplay […]

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Walking Dead Trailer

Robert Kirkman’s excellent zombie comic and graphic novel story is being released by AMC as a television series as well.

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Diary of a Disappointed Book: A Short Film

A lovely short (2:20) film about a year in the life of a disappointed book.

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