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Pirate Radio

13 November 2009 4:07 AM, PST | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

Pirate Radio

Directed by: Richard Kurtis

Cast: Tom Sturridge, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Nighy, Rhys Ifans, Nick Frost, Kenneth Branagh

Running Time: 1 hr 55 mins

Rating: R

Release Date: November 13, 2009

Plot: A rogue group of rock and roll deejays are on the high seas outside of England keeping music alive. This is the story based in some fact of a “pirate radio” boat that inspired 1960s Britain.

Who’S It For? Do you like music? More specifically, the rock and roll that truly mattered? Then you’ll love this. Beyond that though, this film is filled with a great cast of characters that provide enough laughs for any adult to enjoy.

Expectations: This is the director who wrote Notting Hill and directed Love Actually … but romance isn’t center stage. So I was hopeful, but not expecting much.

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Tom Sturridge as Carl: Who’s he, right? After all, »

- Jeff Bayer

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Review: Pirate Radio

12 November 2009 11:11 PM, PST | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

If you know me personally, or read anything I write, you know that I worship the 1960s and the music of the time. I grew up behind the seat belt of my dad's Chevy Silverado, driving around town with the Oldies station blaring out songs about Brown Sugar tasting so good, My Guitar Gently weeping, and People Trying to put down my father's generation. I fell in love with grinding guitars, amps that never worked quite right, and the homemade sound of just trying to be louder and more soulful than the guys who were just on stage. As if it were really hard to impress me when a soundtrack includes some of the coolest Rock 'n' Roll of the mid-60s, Pirate Radio (aka The Boat That Rocked) goes far beyond the Whiter Shade of Pale in order to build an irreverent story that captures the (romanticized) spirit of the time and become one of the »

- Dr. Cole Abaius

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Interview: Director Richard Curtis on Rock, Politics, Sex & ‘Pirate Radio’

12 November 2009 1:41 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Chicago – The legendary Richard Curtis returns this week with “Pirate Radio,” the story of Radio Rock and the first disc jockeys to ever play rock and roll in the United Kingdom. Co-starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Nighy, Nick Frost, Kenneth Branagh, Tom Sturridge, and many more, “Pirate Radio” is another ensemble comedy from the man who made the beloved “Love Actually” and wrote “Four Weddings and a Funeral,” “Notting Hill,” and created “Black Adder”. Curtis recently sat down with (and Matt Fagerholm of Film Monthly and Locke Peterseim of RedBlog) to discuss his new film and its inspirations.

Naturally, if a writer is going to make a film about the power of rock music, he probably has a pretty close kinship to the tunes of the era himself. Curtis vividly remembers tuning into Radio Rock on his transistor, a moment copied for the very first shot of “Pirate Radio »

- (Adam Fendelman)

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8 November 2009 5:23 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Chicago – In our latest comedy edition of Hookup: Film, we have 50 admit-two passes up for grabs to the advance Chicago screening of “Pirate Radio”! The film was formerly titled “The Boat That Rocked”.

Pirate Radio” from writer and director Richard Curtis (“Love Actually,” “Four Weddings and a Funeral,” “Notting Hill”) stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Nighy, Rhys Ifans, Nick Frost, Kenneth Branagh, Tom Sturridge, Rhys Darby, Talulah Riley and January Jones. The film opens everywhere on Nov. 13, 2009.

To win your free pass to the advance Chicago screening of “Pirate Radio” courtesy of, all you need to do is answer our question below. That’s it! This screening will be held on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2009 at 7:30 p.m. in downtown Chicago. Directions to enter this Hookup and immediately win can be found beneath the graphic below.

Pirate Radio” stars Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Image credit: Universal Pictures

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- (Adam Fendelman)

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'The Guards' Shoot Underway in Galway

27 October 2009 12:29 AM, PDT | IFTN | See recent IFTN news »

Magma Films' latest project, an adaptation of Ken Bruen's 'The Guards', has begun shooting today, October 27th, in Co. Galway. The film is directed by Stuart Orme (Inspector Morse, Merlin) with Iain Glen (Song for a Raggy Boy, Tara Road) leading the cast. Produced by Ralph Christians (Niko and the way to the Stars) and Clodagh Freeman (Summer of the Flying Saucer), the script was adapted from Bruen's novel by Anne McCabe, Tom Collins and Ralph Christians. Other crew involved includes Director of Photography John Conroy (The Bourne Ultimatum) and Production Designer Derek Wallace (Triage). Iain Glen (Tara Road) leads the cast as disgraced ex-cop Jack Taylor whilst Ralph Brown (The Boat that Rocked) stars as his sidekick Sutton. The female leads are played by Irish actresses Tara Breathnach (The Tudors) and Nora-Jane Noone (Savage). »

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