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Annabel Williams

On the 26th October 30 shows with 30 different artists, being filmed by 30 filmmakers were performed all on the same night at around 7’oclock. This huge challenge was undertaken by Theatre Royal Stratford East as part of a project called ‘Home Theatre’. The project originated in Brazil taking place in the homes of 30 hosts resulting in 30 completely individual pieces of theatre for an audience entirely chosen by them.» >

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Noel Coward Theatre
16th November 2013

“Little Britain meets Shakespeare’s pot smoking fairies” is how my best mate described the show, and I would certainly agree with her.

You will already know the story of the four lovers, but here’s a reminder: Lysander loves Hermia and Hermia loves Lysander. Helena loves Demetrius; Demetrius used to love Helena but now loves Hermia. Confused? Things just get worse when the four venture into the mysterious forest and they become more liberated Athenians.» >

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Harry Potter Studio Tour!

My Magical Experience Visiting the Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studios Tour

When I first heard about a Harry Potter Studios tour opening, it really excited me as to how I could go and see objects, props and sets from the films I adore. Ever since 1997 (woah!), when the first Harry Potter novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, was released, I was captivated by J. K. Rowling’s incredible and simply magical stories.» >

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Top 10 – New Doctor Who Episodes

So incredibly excited for the 50th Anniversary Ep that is only 24 hours away!!!!! Of course we are seeing it in the cinema and Jack is threatening to dress up (and much as I am taking the mick out of him for it, I can not wait to see how he looks)! In celebration of the anniversary today check out Siobhan’s top 10 episodes of Doctor Who that have aired since it’s return in 2005 – Charlotte, Spark * Film and TV Online Editor

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Film Review – Dom Hemingway (by Leah Isaac Richards)

Jude Law stars as the rebellious Dom Hemingway, a criminal who has just been released from prison after serving a lengthy 12 years. After keeping his mouth shut for his boss, the notorious Mr Fontaine, he travels to the South of France with his one handed associate Dickie (Richard E. Grant), to demand compensation. The pair could not be more out of place within these sophisticated surroundings and to stress this, idyllic shots of the villa are juxtaposed with interior shots of ridiculous monkey pictures on the wall.» >

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Film Review – The Butler

Have you ever been so engrossed in a film that you forgot you were watching it? Only to be shocked when the credits roll and the lights flood your sensitive eyes to find that you have spilled your popcorn and you need to find a ride home. Some movies make the viewer aware of their spectatorship; they attract attention to the idea that what they are watching is in indeed a film, created in a fictional world, constructed in an artificial space.» >

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Film Review – Jackass Presents Bad Grandpa

Irving Zisman (Johnny Knoxville), an 86 year old randy pensioner, has been recently widowed much to his delight. Just as he’s preparing for a new life of booze and women, his daughter turns up with his grandson Billy (Jackson Nicoll), demanding that Irving ensures her son’s safe return to his father (Greg Harris), as she is being sent to jail. After a disastrous send off, with his dead wife ending up in the trunk of his car, Irving embarks on a road trip with his grandson from Nebraska to North Carolina to complete the job.

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Film Review – Gravity

The Earth. The slight crackling of a radio as a white shape slowly floats into the frame, revealed as the Hubble telescope being fixed by three space technicians. This is a seemingly routine spacewalk until debris from a missile crash interrupts it. What follows is tense but above all, it is beautiful. This is the ultimate magic of Gravity: its beauty on the big screen.

Alfonso Cuarón is renowned for his use of long shots in films such as Children of Men (2006) but this takes it to another level. The majority of the film’s shots are unbroken, with the opening one running for over ten minutes as we float above and below the telescope. Astronauts when not working, float gracefully and marvel at the Earth’s beauty before the debris hits.» >

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