What does Sansa Stark, Neil from the Inbetweeners & a Misfit have in Common? #gameofthrones #tv

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What does Sansa Stark, Neil from the Inbetweeners and a former Misfit all have in common? Well, they spoke to us at the amazing BAFTA Television Craft Awards this weekend.

Its a hard life standing on the red carpet chatting to amazing talent infront and behind the camera, but someone’s gotta do it! So we asked one of our contributors and our friends Red Carpet News TV to check out all the gossip and the awards from backstage at the Brewery in Barbican and here’s what we came up with – enjoy!

Sophie Turner – Sansa Stark in Game of Thrones tells us what’s in store for her character next season:


Blake Harrison– Neil from The Inbetweeners lets us know if there really is going to be an Inbetweeners 2 movie 

Antonia Thomas – Tells us what she misses most about Misfits and all about her new film projects

Jessica Hynes – Talks about her new Suffragette comedy and about the final Cornetto Trilogy film from her good friend Simon Pegg

Russell Tovey – Chats about his brand new sitcom The Job Lot

Is this the end for Sister Bernadette? – Laura Main and Stephen McGann give a Call the Midwife Exclusive! 

 

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Sundance London Film Festival Takes Over the O2 @sundancefestuk @the_O2 #film #festival

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Sundance Film Festival has hit London town (well the outskirts in North Greenwich) for the second time, and this weekend is packed with amazing films, incredible street food and lots of cool stuff going on. With our friends at Red Carpet News we were able to send our reporter Becky along to chat to some of the film makers and stars that attended this years festival . Here are some of the highlights:

Interview with Kaya Scodelario for her breakout role with Jessica Biel in Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes

Emanuel, an acerbic but sensitive teen, lives with her father and stepmother. She’s on the verge of another birthday – a day she has never cared for since her mother died giving birth to her – when the mysterious Linda, a young and hip mother, moves in next door. Intrigued by Linda’s striking resemblance to her late mother, Emanuel begins to babysit for Linda’s newborn daughter. As Emanuel and Linda spend more time together, they develop a bond that becomes deeply entwined in a surprising secret Linda harbors.

Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes is a hyperstylized and often darkly humorous film that vacillates between surrealism and realism while it incorporates suspenseful drama. Writer/director Francesca Gregorini’s tightly constructed script fuses pain with poetry and explores the complexity of being complicit in the lives of our loved ones. In a breakout performance, Kaya Scodelario is the heart of the film as Emanuel, who must take a courageous journey to enter her dream and help extract Linda from hers.

Interview with Lake Bell about her Directorial Debut about the crazy world of voice overs In A World…a

Winner of the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, In A World… is sure to tickle your funny bone as it pokes holes in the clandestine world of Hollywood voice over talent. Carol Solomon, a struggling vocal coach is both irritated and propelled by the gargantuan ego of her father, Sam Sotto, the reigning king of movie-trailer voice-over artists. Carol musters the courage to pursue her secret aspiration to be a voice-over star. She enlists her fiery sister, Dani, as trusted confidante, and engages the skills of a charming sound techie named Louis. Armed with renewed confidence, Carol lands her first voice-over gig – a primo spot – nabbing the job from industry bad boy Gustav Warner. And then the real trouble begins. Carol becomes entangled in a web of dysfunction, sexism, unmitigated ego, and pride.

Lake Bell shines in her enchanting feature directorial debut. The multitalented Bell also wrote and stars in this hilarious comedy. With the help of a captivating ensemble cast that includes Fred Melamed, Demetri Martin, Michaela Watkins, Ken Marino, and Rob Corddry, In A World… brings us into an idiosyncratic world where one woman fights the odds and finally finds her voice.

Interview with Barbara Kopple Director of Running From Crazy

Hailed as one of the most distinguished families in American literature, the Hemingways have always exposed both their bright brilliance and their harrowing secrets. Two-time Academy Award winner and the only person to sweep all three of the Sundance Film Festival’s documentary awards for American Dream, Barbara Kopple focuses her newest film on Mariel Hemingway, a granddaughter of the legendary writer Ernest, as she explores her family’s disturbing history of mental illness and suicide. As a youngster, Mariel followed her supermodel sister, Margaux, into the acting world. Critics immediately praised Mariel’s natural talent, which created a deep rift between the sisters.

Kopple’s bold portrait of the Hemingways intertwines haunting archival footage from Margaux’s personal family documentary with scenes from Mariel’s life today as she advocates for suicide prevention and strives to live a rigorously healthy lifestyle to combat what appears to be her birthright. Mariel’s courageous journey of acceptance and introspection allows her to view her family and turbulent upbringing through new eyes and, for the first time, accept them with a peaceful heart.

So there’s just a taster of what we’ve heard about so far! We’re at the Festival again today so will be catching up with more talented film makers – so make sure you look out for the videos!

Dancing fans Burn the Floor is THE hot ticket for you! @burntheflooruk @superbreak #dance #theatre

Burn The Floor is the latest hit to take over the Shaftesbury Theatre. This explosive dance show comprises of world-class dancers from around the world showing off their shoe shuffling skills with the utmost precision.

Screen Shot 2013-04-26 at 12.11.28Burn the Floor  has been touring for the last fourteen years and now it’s here for all those fans of Strictly Come Dancing to relish in. Lead (more in marketing than on the stage) by Strictly’s very own Robin Windsor and Kristina Rihanoff, who join an ensemble cast of dancers from far and wide, this show demonstrates the stamina and creativity required to become a world class dancer.

Burn the Floor takes the audience on a tour of dance styles starting with a history lesson from the glamorous era reminiscent of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers through to a powerful finale of Tina Turner’s Proud Mary.  There is no story line to follow within this show, so what you are watching is a series of dances which seamlessly interchange with one another not just in movement but costume change and set also.

What’s great about this show is the precision and endless energy that these dancers have. There is fantastic audience participation from the pre-opening, where a couple of ‘volunteers’ get to dance with one of the pro’s and this is wonderfully carried through from start to finish – we particularly enjoyed the creative way they told the audience to turn their phones off before the performance began – a nice twist to one of the most boring announcements out there!

Nothing is wasted in Burn the Floor, every corner of the stage is used, including the viewing boxes and even down the aisles, which really makesScreen Shot 2013-04-26 at 12.12.09 you feel fully part of the action. There is humour, emotion and elegance in all of the dances and the faster numbers really do pack a punch – particularly in the second act – the Paso Doble was perhaps our favorite routine, the lighting produced a dusty and warm looking set ready for the matador dancers to step on stage and show off a Flamenco style dance not to be missed!

On the flip side, as there is no real narrative to follow, the show does feel like it has some form of lull in the middle where the audience are left wondering where Burn the Floor really is taking us. As is natural, the slower numbers also feel slightly strained as you really do need the pace to be maintained throughout to keep engagement levels high. However, we appreciated that, that probably isn’t humanly possible and it’s already incredibly impressive how the dancers really don’t seem to break a sweat throughout – we’re pretty sure we’d be needing a drink and a lie down after the first number – but maybe that’s why we’re in the audience and not on stage!!

The only other small niggling criticism is that it would be great to see a few more props used on stage. Yes there are chairs, but if you do watch programmes like Strictly, you’ll see how much fun can be had with props such as hat stands, canes and backing boards showing familiar scenes. Burn the Floor felt bare in elements – and although this was probably a conscious decision to help the audience focus on the dancing itself, in two hours it would be nice to have a little change of scene to keep us guessing and surprised.

Screen Shot 2013-04-26 at 12.11.47So here’s our final verdict. If you’re a Strictly Come Dancing fan, Burn the Floor is a must, and if you’re lucky, once a week it holds a Q&A after the show so keen audience members can meet the dance troupe (which is a fantastic addition!). But even if you have just the smallest bit of interest in dance, or are just intrigued with the concept its most definitely worth a watch.

You can book your tickets to Burn the Floor through any of these links below – make sure you go and see it before it heads off around the world touring again!

SuperBreak Theatre breaks site: http://www.superbreak.com/theatre-breaks.htm

 

UK cinema goers vote all time favourite movie icons!! #film #movie #icon #news #celebrity

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We’re going film crazy this week as there’s so much fun news! And one of our favourite topics is who the ultimate movie icon is according to the UK public. So do you know who you would choose? Well, prepare to be surprised as we delve into who YOU voted for, as the top twenty icons of the silver screen of all time are revealed.

According to a poll announced by the Film Distributors Association, you the public have voted your icons from the 1940s through to present day! And its not all heroes and heroines, some famous villains have made the top of the list too!

The poll coincides with the launch of the UK cinema line up for 2013 which we were lucky enough to attend at Somerset House in London. Hosted by Alex Zane, we were taken on a roller coster ride of all the films coming up over the summer months, and you lot are really in for a lot of fun! We also heard from some incredible speakers including the Head of Film London Adrian Wootton and the legendary Empire film critic Ian Freer!

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So get ready to let us know if you agree or disagree with these poll results – we definitely want to hear your views!

HERE’S THE POLL:

20. Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze)  in Dirty Dancing (1987)

19. ‘Red’ Redding (Morgan Freeman) in The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

18. John McClane (Bruce Willis) in the Die Hard series (from 1988)

17. The Man with No Name (Clint Eastwood) in The Good, The Bad and the Ugly (1966)

16. Don Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando) in The Godfather (1972)

15. George Bailey (James Stewart) in Its a Wonderful Life (1946)

14. RP McMurphy (Jack Nicholson) in One Flew Over the Cukoo’s Nest (1975)

13. Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) in The Indiana Jones series (from 1981)

12. The Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger) in The Terminator series (From 1984)

11. Sugar Cane (Marilyn Monroe) in Some Like It Hot (1959)

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10. Rick Blane (Humphrey Bogart) in Casablanca (1942)

9. Forest Gump (Tom Hanks) in Forest Gump (1994)

8. The Joker (Heath Ledger) in The Dark Knight (2008)

7. Tony Montana (Al Pacino) in Scarface (1983)

6. Darth Vadar (James Earl Jones) in the  Star Wars Episodes (From 1977)

5. Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) in The Pirates of the Caribbean series (from 2003)

4. Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) in The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

3. Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) in The Godfather Trilogy (1972, 1974, 1990)

2. James Bond 007 (various actors) in the 23 films from Dr No to Skyfall (1962 – 2013)

1. Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn) in Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)

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So did you agree with this top list? Tweet us your thoughts @mysnoochiebooch

#Horror fans are you ready for The Collection? – Out on DVD 29th April #scarycollection #review

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Anyone keen for a bit of blood, guts and gore? Well, this may be the perfect present for you. Out on DVD on the 29th April is The Collection. A splatter-fest from the makers of Saw IV, V, VI and 3D, this is the sequel to the terrifying The Collector and is great, great fun!

Here’s what it’s all about:

When Elena (Emma Fitzpatrick) is talked into attending an underground warehouse party with her friends, she finds herself caught in a nightmarish trap where the revelers are mowed, sliced and crushed to death by a macabre series of contraptions operated by a masked psychopath. When the grisly massacre is over, Elena is the only survivor. But before she can escape, she is locked in a trunk and transported to an unknown location.

Fortunately for Elena, one man – Arkin (Josh Stewart) knows exactly where she’s headed, having just escaped from there with his life and sanityScreen Shot 2013-04-23 at 12.52.07 barely intact. Going back is the last thing on Arkins mind, but Elena’s wealthy father (Christopher McDonald) hires a crack team of mercenaries to force Arkin to lead them to the killers lair. But even these hardened warriors are not prepared for what they encounter: an abandoned hotel turned torture chamber, rigged with deadly traps and filled with mangled corpses.

What is great about this film is that its all about the action. There is no significant backstory build up, the film centres upon one night and where it leads. Bar a quick flashback to open the film, we pretty much start with Elena being stood up by her boyfriend and immediately tempted to put her studying to one side and head out with her group of friends. By heading straight into an action packed start, we’re faced with a roller coaster ride, which makes the film sail through without you even stopping to take a breath.

Emma Fitzpatrick is a solid leading lady in The Collection, smart, vulnerable and likeable, she seems less superficial than her group of friends who we meet at the beginning of the film, and her tomboyish look and nature makes her incredibly relatable and likeable to the audience watching – she is in no way a damsel in distress. What we don’t see with her are those moments where you want to shout at the TV screen “don’t go in there” because you know what’s going to happen. Instead we see her making decisions, which probably wouldn’t be too dis-similar to those the audience would make if they were ever placed in this gruesome situation – which in comparison to other horror leading ladies, is a relief!

Screen Shot 2013-04-23 at 12.44.55The entrance of our villain – The Collector himself, immediately reminded me of The Phantom of the Opera – a masked man stood above a room full of people, watching and ready to strike. Quite fittingly you see him descend on a room of club revelers as they are ripped apart by perhaps his largest contraption (something along the lines of a room sized lawn mower blade!) Not a pretty way to go! But you immediately get the sense that this is a calculated, clever human being with a disturbingly sadistic mind, who thinks three steps ahead.

With this, you have the beauty and the beast combination, which makes horror films like The Collection so engaging to watch. The audience is kept wondering why Elena is spared, and just when you think you’ve worked it out, another gory surprise is just around the corner.

The supporting cast, comprising of Arkin and the team sent in to save Elena throws another element into the mix. For us skeptical Brits, the team is essentially a hammed up stereotypical American pseudo SWAT team who use their brawn over brains and their single mindedness provides the very subtle comedic undertones to this film. Arkin on the other hand proves himself to be the redeeming protagonist in The Collection. An ex-con who was missing for months in The Collectors capture and like Wentworth Miller in Prison Break is the key to getting the girl and getting out. Like Elena, his character is sympathetic to watch and suitably underplayed, particularly in relation to “the team.” Arkin is resourceful, careful and believable which makes him yet another engaging character to watch.Screen Shot 2013-04-23 at 12.44.39

The Collection isn’t the greatest horror movie of all time, and certainly isn’t on the scale of the Saw films. However, you can’t deny that for what it is, its most certainly well shot, watchable and lots of good fun. We would have loved to have had a few more jumpy moments, but at least we could still go to bed that evening not worrying that some lunatic hasn’t rigged it to swallow us up whole! If you like blood, guts and gore in films, this is definitely a keeper for your ‘collection,’ and in any way it’s certainly worth a watch.

3.5 stars

 

Jumeirah Restaurant Week Goes Global For 2013 #food #restaurant #hotels @jumeriahCT @jumeriahLH

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Bringing even more sunshine over from the United Arab Emirates, Jumeirah Restaurant Week is going global following its huge success last year.

Now we can enjoy a taste of paradise between the 23rd May and 1st June. Featuring three-course set menus across 56 renowned restaurants worldwide, diners will be able to experience the New York-style Restaurant Week and get a taste for the great quality food and creative cuisine for which Jumeirah restaurants & bars  have become famous. Screen Shot 2013-04-23 at 09.10.47

This year will see participation from some of Europe’s most popular restaurants and hotels including The Rib Room Bar & Restaurant at Jumeirah Carlton Tower London, Max on One at Jumeirah Frankfurt, Agatha Restaurant at Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah in Istanbul and Cap Roig at Jumeirah Port Soller, Mallorca. And if you happen to be on holiday further afield during the restaurant week – diners can also frequent Junsui at Burj Al Arab, Voi at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Pierchic at Madinat Jumeirah, The Ivy at Jumeirah Emirates Towers, La Parrilla at Jumeirah Beach Hotel, The Rib Room in Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Blue Flame at Jumeirah Creekside Hotel and Tori No in Jumeirah at Etihad Towers in the United Arab Emirates. As well as a selection of restaurants in Asia such as Grill Room at Jumeirah Himalayas Shanghai, Fenesse at Jumeirah Vittaveli and Johara at Jumeirah Dhevanafushi in the Maldives!

Sounds very fancy non?

Screen Shot 2013-04-23 at 09.12.49Well, its not a bad price either! If you’re keen to make the most of this tempting offer you can choose from an exciting selection of set menus ranging from £29 at either The Rib Room Bar & Restaurant or Lowndes Kitchen & Bar in London to $70 at Johara Restaurant at Jumeirah Dhevanafushi in the Maldives.

So why not give it a go, you can find out more below:

 

Booking details:

To book call 00971 (0) 4 366 6730 or email restaurants@jumeirah.com

 

Participating Restaurants

Jumeirah Carlton Tower – London, UK

The Rib Room Bar and Restaurant (£29 per person)

Jumeirah Lowndes – London, UK

Lowndes Bar and Kitchen (£29 per person)

 

Booking terms and conditions:

–      Guests wishing to enjoy the Jumeirah Restaurant Week menus are required to book in advance and state which offer they are booking

–      No other discounts/vouchers can be used in conjunction with Jumeirah Restaurant Week

–      Sirius members can redeem / spend points during Restaurant week

 

 

How to look elegant and fabulous when pregnant #pregnancy #fashion #lifestyle

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Well it really does seem that 2013 is going to be a big year for babies… what with the hotly anticipated Royal baby due this Summer in the UK, and the queen of reality TV producing a suitable heir to the Kardashian throne over in the US. With all this going on, it seems that the world is going baby crazy!! Screen Shot 2013-04-21 at 21.54.11

So whilst we all wait with baited breath to see who has the cutest kiddie later this year, we can’t help but spend our time doting on who made the right (or wrong) fashion choices throughout their pregnancy.

So lets start with the not so good shall we? Poor old Kim Kardashian – she is getting it in the ear quite a lot about her  pregnancy clothing choices. But should we really be giving her such a hard time? Shouldn’t you be proud of your beautiful bump? Of course, so why when wearing such tight gear is she getting such a telling off? Well, maybe squeezing into a leather dress when pregnant is a little over board (and may be a little too restrictive for baby bump), but she looks happy and healthy so we’ll let this one slide.

If you want to show off your beautiful bump when out and about, how best should you do this? Well here’s a selection of choices which we think look lovely and elegant:

Screen Shot 2013-04-21 at 22.05.141) Balancing the Bump. 

Here you can look stylish and ready to take on the world as you head out teaming a tight top with a fashionable jacket to balance it up, and then some great skinny jeans to remind yourself that yes, you still can fit into them, and yes, you still look fabulous!

 

 

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The queen of mastering a fashionable pregnancy is Nicole Richie. With Summer quickly approaching its going to be all about cute sandals and floaty dresses (the perfect combination to show off your blossoming bump and glowing complexion). You can find inspiration from Nicoles’ A Pea in the Pod collection – a perfect excuse to do some internet shopping!

Screen Shot 2013-04-21 at 22.21.503) Go all out Glam! 

Who says you don’t know how to party when pregnant? On a (relatively relaxed) night out, make sure you still turn heads and dismiss anything dumpy by saying hello to sensational pregnancy wear. Take some inspiration from Peaches Geldof (yes, we never thought we’d say this but…) she looks so fabulous in this vintage looking frock which says ‘I’m pregnant, proud and fabulous’ Who says this look is just for celebrities, get creative and get out there!

So there you go, three simple ways of looking pregnant and perfect at the same time! So Kimmy K may not be our style guru of 2013, but at least she embraces her bumps and curves as every woman should.

But if you are looking for the ultimate style sensation then in our book there really was one lady that managed to capture it all when she was expecting and that was the amazing Angelina Jolie – check out her capturing all of our top three tips for pregnant fashion – what an inspiration!

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If you have any fun fashion tips for all those pretty pregnant ladies out there, make sure you let us know here and on Twitter @mysnoochiebooch.

Happy Shopping!