Get your film fix at the cinema this weekend #tomhiddleston #whattowatch #cinema @thereelfilmshow

Film Fans, and movie maniacs you need to head to your local cinema this weekend to see the hottest films around. If you’re after Tom Hiddleston as a blood thirsty vampire, or Shia laBeouf wearing far less than a paper bag, well its all here in one bite size package just for you and courtesy of our friends at The Reel Deal.

So watch our resident film critic take you through whats hot on the big screen this week. Its a corker!

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Music Monday – The iBean gets Peter Gabriel and co listening in! #music #tech #digital

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So a few weeks ago we talked about the quirky answer to an iPod, the iBean – which is the worlds first “cybatonic” digital music player made all the way over in South America. Well, those clever people at Cybatonics who created this cheeky invention seem to have already made brilliant progress, so we thought we’d update you all. 

This very exciting consumer electronics design company have now agreed to work with Real World Records, Peter Gabriel’s legendary world music record label, on an exclusive, preloaded content deal with the iBean & iTagua.Screen Shot 2013-08-18 at 23.57.49

Real World Records is home to some of the most forward-thinking, boundary-shaking music from around the world, and grew alongside international world music, arts and dance festival, WOMAD. It is now in final discussions with Cybotanics to provide exclusive content in ‘lossless’ CD quality form on the much talked about iBean® & iTagua®  with is made from Amazonian beans and nuts from Colombia.  The first deal will centre on the unique digital audio products, preloaded with a number of Real World’s global artists from WOMAD.

The London-based start-up’s iBean and iTagua products are currently available to ‘pre-order’ without preloaded content on the crowd sourced funding website, Kickstarter and upon successful completion of this with enough pledges from the general public, they will go into commercial production and have an agreement ready to sign to launch an exclusive preloaded device with the label’s content.

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Each 4GB music player is a meticulously crafted and engineered digital  audio device that delivers ‘lossless’, CD quality exclusive Real World music at a much higher bit rate than conventional music players all housed in a naturally beautiful and truly original form. Lossless compression reduces a file’s size with no loss of quality.  APE is a form of lossless compression.  Each unique product will retail for under £50.00

Here’s a few burning questions you all might have…

Why is the sound quality so much better than an iPod?

iBean® and iTagua®  use a new form of music compression in lossless CD quality form (APE-Monkey’s audio). The devices also play normal MP3 files.http://www.monkeysaudio.com/  Unlike traditional methods such as MP3, OGG, or LGT that permanently discard quality to save space, Monkey’s Audio represents bit-for-bit copies of music. That means it always sounds perfect – exactly the same as a CD. Even though the sound is perfect, it still saves a lot of space (think of it as a beefed-up Winzip™ for your music).  The other great thing is that you can always decompress your Monkey’s Audio files back to the exact, original files.  That way, you’ll never have to recopy your CD collection to switch formats, and you’ll always be able to perfectly recreate the original music CD.

What is the Tagua nut that iTagua is made from?

The Nut- Tagua (Vegetable Ivory)

The Nut- PHYTELEPHAS  Family: Arecaceae  (Phytelephas Aequatorialis Macrocarpa)  The Tagua is actually a kind of palm nut, it has become referred to as ‘Vegetable Ivory’ because of its internal colour and working properties which are almost identical to elephant ivory, from which its latin name derives.

What is the bean that the iBean is made from?

The Bean – ENTADA GIGAS Family: Fabaceae (Leguminosae Mimosoldea)  Known as ‘Sea Beans’ these gigantic seeds come from pods which grow up to four feet  in length. They measure about 5cm across and have a beautiful surface that can be polished. The beans are as hard as polycarbonate and have even baffled NASA scientists. Cybotanics has discovered a unique way of machining them to incorporate their digital hearts.

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Charlie and The Chocolate Factory’s star studded press night! #theatre #musical @charliechoc_uk

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Roald Dahl’s deliciously dark tale of young Charlie Bucket and the mysterious confectioner Willy Wonka comes to life in a brand new West End musical directed by Academy Award® winner Sam Mendes. Last night was the star studded press night and Snoochie Boochies has some exclusive first look photos and video for you. So get excited for this magical tale brought to life on stage.

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C&CF_Brinkhoff_Moenburg_901-0003_smlMore about the story

When Charlie wins a golden ticket to the weird and wonderful Wonka Chocolate Factory, it’s the chance of a lifetime to feast on the sweets he’s always dreamed of. But beyond the gates astonishment awaits, as down the sugary corridors and amongst the incredible edible delights, the five lucky winners discover not everything is as sweet as it seems.

Charlie and the Chocolate FactoryFeaturing ingenious stagecraft, the wonder of the original story that has captivated the world for almost 50 years is brought to life with music by Marc Shaiman, and lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman(Grammy® winners for Hairspray; Smash), a book by award-winning playwright and adaptor David Greig (The Bacchae; Tintin In Tibet), set and costume designs by Mark Thompson (Mamma Mia!; One Man, Two Guvnors) and choreography by Peter Darling (Billy Elliot; Matilda).

A chocolate garden, an army of squirrels and the curiously peculiar Oompa-Loompas must be believed to be seen in this spectacular new musical that is choc-full of fantastical treats to dazzle your senses.

Catching Fire – The Hunger Games new Trailer drops! #film #jenniferlawrence

Here you go folks, you’ve heard the hype now its time to watch the teaser trailer of our favourite book out of The Hunger Games Trilogy – Catching Fire. It looks brilliant so make sure you keep up to date with all the latest on the Hunger Games here and at its official sites.

Here’s a quick run down of what to expect from the film

Hunger Games victors Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and District 12 companion Petta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson), will face re-entering the Hunger Games for a Quarter Quell – winners edition of the contest hosted every 25 years, where all the past winners once again fight it out to become the ultimate champion.

May the odds be ever in your favour!

 

Free popcorn and more with the @odeon #cinime app #film #movie #cinema

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Right cinema goers, we’ve just come across this cool app from Odeon Cinemas which helps enhance your cinema going experience. What we really liked about it is that it seems to be the gateway to unlocking cool offers and information about the films you’re watching.

It’s called Cinime and you can download it onto your iPhone from the app store or if you’re on Android, from Google Play. Its currently compatible in 11 Odeon cinemas and when you see this sign:

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You have the chance to scan and interact with posters or connect whilst watching the screening to receive exclusive content.

So what is it that you might be able to get…

Well, There’s everything from exclusive video content, to photos from the films and its stars and also vouchers. To start you off, there’s a free box of popcorn to get you started.

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We think this is a cool and innovative app idea from Odeon and certainly adds a lot of value, but the argument may be whether or not it opens the door for more people to (annoyingly) play around with their phones in the cinemas whilst the film is screening. Only time will tell on this one, so we’ll have to wait and see, but if you want more information make sure you check Odeon’s website here where you can find out all about it.

Here is a list of all the Odeon cinemas which currently support the app.

  • ODEON Bath
  • ODEON Brighton
  • ODEON Guilford
  • ODEON Hatfield
  • ODEON Huddersfield
  • ODEON Liverpool One
  • ODEON London West End
  • ODEON Metrocentre
  • ODEON Norwich
  • ODEON Uxbridge
  • ODEON Surrey Quays

Happy Cinema Going!