16 classic video labels, and what happened to them

Simon Brew May 30, 2017

Cic Video? Medusa? Odyssey? Thorn Emi? We track down the classic video companies of yesterday…

The modern DVD and Blu-ray market? Well, it’s all so corporate isn’t it? No slight on the releases, or the companies involved, but I don’t think anyone gets a frission of excitement when they see a Warner Bros Home Entertainment logo on a box, in the way they used to when the Medusa logo popped up. And whilst there are firms such as Arrow and Eureka keeping the flag of quirky film companies flying, there are still a few names consigned to the VHS recycle bin, whose story is in danger of being lost. Hence, this article…

Tartan Video

For a long time, along with Artificial Eye, Tartan Video was one of the most prominent releases of world cinema in the UK. In the 1990s in particular, its commitment
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'American Chopper' Star Paul Teutul Sued, Allegedly Screwed Partner On Failed Show (Update)

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2:20 Pm Pt -- Paul doesn't share his ex biz partner's memory of the deal. He tells us, "Unfortunately, Mr. Derbyshire's interpretation of said events is without merit."Paul Teutul Sr. -- co-founder of Orange County Choppers and star of "American Chopper" -- cost his business partner millions and ruined a future TV project ... according to a new suit. Thomas Derbyshire claims he and Teutul formed a company specifically to produce a show for A
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Nick Cannon Hospitalized Due To Lupus Complications

Rapper Nick Cannon revealed that he will be hospitalized throughout the holidays. Cannon posted an image on Instagram, captioned: “For all who have been trying to contact me the last few days this is where I’ve been. And I will be in the Hospital through Christmas. All good though, Doctors say I will be back […]

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Nick Cannon Hospitalized Through Holidays Due to Lupus Complications

Nick Cannon Hospitalized Through Holidays Due to Lupus Complications
Nick Cannon will be spending his holidays in the hospital.

The 36-year-old actor and TV personality took to Instagram on Thursday to reveal that he was hospitalized due to complications from lupus, an autoimmune disease.

“For all who have been trying to contact me the last few days this is where I’ve been,” he wrote to his fans. “And I will be in the Hospital through Christmas.”

“All good though, Doctors say I will be back to normal before the New Year. #LupusSucks #ncredible #warrior,” he continued.
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Nick Cannon Will Spend Christmas in the Hospital

Keep your head up, Nick Cannon! The Wild 'N Out host's holiday plans quickly changed in recent days, as Cannon took to Instagram to reveal that he has been in the hospital because of Lupus complications. Cannon posted a picture of himself hooked up to a monitor while lying in a hospital bed at Los Angeles' Cedars-Sinai Hospital. "For all who have been trying to contact me the last few days this is where I've been. And I will be in the Hospital through Christmas," he wrote. "All good though, Doctors say I will be back to normal before the New Year. #LupusSucks #ncredible #warrior." Despite the bad news, it appears Cannon is maintaining a positive...
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Nick Cannon Reveals He's Spending Christmas in the Hospital Due to Lupus

Feel better, Nick Cannon!

The America's Got Talent host took to Instagram on Thursday to inform his fans that he'll be spending Christmas at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles due to complications from lupus.

Watch: Nick Cannon Talks Holiday Plans With Mariah Carey

"For all who have been trying to contact me the last few days this is where I've been," he captioned a pic taken straight from his hospital bed. "And I will be in the Hospital through Christmas. All good though, Doctors say I will be back to normal before the New Year. #LupusSucks #ncredible #warrior."

Unfortunately, this isn't the first time Cannon, who revealed he was diagnosed with the autoimmune disease in March 2012, has had to deal with medical issues during the holidays. The 36-year-old comedian first experienced kidney problems in December 2011 when he was vacationing in Aspen, Colorado, with his family.

"Currently being transferred to a hospital in La," Cannon tweeted
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Wednesday’s best TV: Celebrity MasterChef, Unlocking the Cage

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Famous faces compete in the kitchen in this 11th series. Plus: a documentary on the struggles of rights for captive animals

An 11th series of famous faces chasing a MasterChef title, with tonight’s quintet comprising comedian Tommy Cannon, The X Factor’s Sinitta, premillennial TV mainstay Donna Air, Real Hustler Alexis Conran and vlogger Marcus Butler. Contestants are asked to prove their competence by digging into the infamous mystery box, whose contents resemble the results of a trolley dash through Waitrose at closing time on Christmas Eve. The cook-off continues on Friday. Mark Gibbings-Jones

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Doomwatch: revisiting a UK 'sci-fact' classic




Ground-breaking, intelligent, prescient 1970s drama Doomwatch, now out on DVD, is a British television classic...

Playing on the public's fear that 'this could actually happen', Doomwatch had a veneer of credibility unusual in the escapist television drama landscape of the late 60s/early 70s. This spring sees the most comprehensive haul of Doomwatch episodes released on DVD for the first time. The nickname for the "Department for the Observation and Measurement of Scientific Work", the series first appeared on BBC1 on Monday 9th February 1970 at 9.40pm. It followed half an hour of comedy from Kenneth Williams, which must have surely heightened its dramatic impact.

The series would run in tandem with the early Jon Pertwee era of Doctor Who; the first episode made its debut two days after part two of Doctor Who And The Silurians. The two shows undoubtedly shared a synergy of ideas - not to mention cast and crew.
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Maisie Williams’ Drama ‘The Falling’ Bought by Cinedigm

Maisie Williams’ Drama ‘The Falling’ Bought by Cinedigm
In a pre-Cannes sale, Cinedigm has acquired North American distribution rights to British drama “The Falling,” starring “Game of Thrones” actress Maisie Williams.

Independent is selling international markets at Cannes. “The Falling” will have a national theatrical, VOD and digital download release in late summer.

Carol Morley directed from her own script, which centers on the aftermath of a tragedy in the late 1960s at an English girls school, when an epidemic of fainting strikes. Florence Pugh, Maxine Peake, Monica Dolan, Joe Cole and Greta Scacchi also star.

Guy Lodge called the film “alluring” in his London Film Festival review for Variety. It was released on April 24 in the U.K.

The Falling” is produced by Cairo Cannon of Cannon and Morley Productions and Luc Roeg of Independent. It’s presented by BBC Films and BFI in association with Lipsync Productions, a Cannon and Morley/Independent production in association with Boudica Red.
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13 I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! winners ranked: Who was best?

After 13 series, there have now been more than enough I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! winners to fill up their own all-star series.

They all had to endure creepy crawlies, tough Bushtucker Trials and mockery by Ant & Dec, but they all won the hearts of the nation for a couple of weeks.

Some of them may have fallen from grace since, while some have soared up the UK fame ranks. But who were the best champions from their respective series? Here's our just-for-fun, don't-take-it-too-seriously Top 13.

13. Carol Thatcher - Series 5 (2005)

Potentially the most surprising winner of the lot, no-one could have guessed that Margaret Thatcher's daughter would have been voted the nation's favourite.

Viewers were won over by how involved she was in the tasks, her no-nonsense attitude, and the fact that she was only up against Sid Owen and Cannon & Ball.

12. Matt Willis - Series 6 (2006)

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Teen Choice Awards 2013: Full winners list

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The 2013 Teen Choice Awards are a glimpse inside the teenage mind, as they choose their favorite movies, TV shows, singers, athletes and more. Among the top nominees are "Pitch Perfect," "Glee," Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez. Who will walk away with the most surfboards this time?

Check out the full list of winners below. Winners are in bold and will be updated as the show continues. Sound off in the comments with your thoughts on who the teens choose:


Choice Movie: Action"G.I. Joe: Retaliation""Iron Man 3″"Skyfall""The Bourne Legacy""The Dark Knight Rises"

Choice Movie Actor: ActionChristian Bale, "The Dark Knight Rises"Daniel Craig, "Skyfall"Robert Downey, Jr., "Iron Man 3Chris Hemsworth, "Red Dawn"Dwayne Johnson, "G.I. Joe: Retaliation"

Choice Movie Actress: ActionJessica Biel, "Total Recall"Anne Hathaway, "The Dark Knight Rises"Adrianne Palicki, "G.I. Joe: Retaliation"Gwyneth Paltrow, "Iron Man 3Rachel Weisz, "The Bourne Legacy
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Nintendo eShop Update 4.25.13

This week's eShop update is pretty darn small, but that doesn't mean you don't have some cool games to check out. Wii U owners will definitely want to download the free "Rayman Legends" Challenge App, which was just released today, and 3Ds owners have 1992's Capcom classic "Mega Man 4" at their fingertips.

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Nintendo eShop on Wii U™

Rayman® Legends Challenges App – The Rayman® Legends Challenges App allows users to compete against players from around the globe in daily and weekly challenges. Jump in and play challenges on several different maps, including the exclusive Wii U level Murfy's Dungeon.

Virtual Console on Nintendo 3Ds™

Mega Man™ 4 – Originally released in 1992 for the Nintendo Entertainment System™, Mega Man 4 provides the same action-based game play the series is known for. In this game, Mega Man has the ability to charge up energy inside his Arm Cannon, allowing him to fire larger and more damaging blasts.
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Frank Carson: may he Rip

Even Clive Anderson couldn't get a word in edgeways when the Belfast-born comedian was a guest on his show. Bruce Dessau looks back at the much-missed motormouth's career

The death of Frank Carson has been accompanied by one final punchline. His family released a statement saying: "It's quieter down here now. God help them up there!" There is, of course, many a true word spoken in jest. The Belfast-born clown will be remembered as one of standup's unstoppable gagmeisters.

Once you switched him on, you could just relax and laugh. Nowhere was this better illustrated than when he was a guest on Clive Anderson Talks Back. Not even the master of chatshow interruptus could get a word in. Instead Anderson drank a glass of water and let Carson rip: "Fella walked into a pub, no eating your own food in here, two Irishmen, so they swapped sandwiches." Carson barely had to complete his sentences.
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Big Brother Nikki, Aisleyne, Paul Burrell sign for 'Celeb Coach Trip'

Big Brother Nikki, Aisleyne, Paul Burrell sign for 'Celeb Coach Trip'
Big Brother 7 housemates Nikki Grahame and Aisleyne Horgan-Wallace are among the stars taking part in the third series of Celebrity Coach Trip. Grahame and Horgan-Wallace will be joined on the reality show by ex-Tory MP Edwina Curry and her husband John Jones, comics Tommy Cannon and Bobby Ball, former royal butler Paul Burrell and etiquette expert Jean Broke-Smith. Former EastEnders duo Derek Martin and (more)
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Among the psychics

Psychics say they can talk to the dead. Alex Clark has a few questions she'd like answererd

At the Wyllyotts Theatre, handily situated just round the corner from Potters Bar train station and a few minutes' drive from the M25, the auditorium is gradually filling to capacity. Predominantly female, predominantly upwards of middle-aged but with a visible smattering of far younger and far gigglier women, the Thursday-night crowd seems chatty and excited, and not particularly different from the audience you'd expect to see the following evening, when Cannon and Ball are due to hit Hertfordshire. There's little palpable sense of apprehension or emotional tension, certainly not enough to make you believe that those gathered here this evening are expecting to make contact with their dead loved ones.

"Lots of virgins in Potters Bar!" jokes Colin Fry, the spiritualist medium they've all come to see. He's just asked for a show
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Ricky Gervais: 'Bring on the haters'

In 10 years, the 'little fat bloke' from Reading has become a comedy god. But after the 'mong' row, and on the eve of his new TV show Life's Too Short, have we fallen out of love with Ricky Gervais? Plus Ricky Gervais: a prize clown – in pictures

Ricky Gervais was enjoying a relatively quiet time, promoting his new show, when I met him a few weeks ago at his office in Hampstead. We had a nice chat, he talked about comedy, explained in the abstract that causing offence isn't in and of itself a bad thing, then a few days later managed to offend everyone so violently that he wound up being lectured on morality by the front page of the Sun.

He had tossed out a reference to "mong" on Twitter and, when challenged, defended and aggressively reused it on the basis that the word had evolved from
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Why the north is the home of British television comedy

The director of BBC North on why British television comedy – from Open All Hours to Phoenix Nights to Benidorm – has its roots and its future in the north

"Hello, my darlings." The first television words I ever remember. Spoken by the pint-sized comic Charlie Drake. It could easily have been Captain Mainwaring's "stupid boy", courtesy of the immortal Arthur Lowe or something from Hylda Baker. And let's not forget that other Hilda, Coronation Street's Hilda Ogden – my nomination for the funniest performance on British television for 50 years.

Catchphrases and comics lit up my childhood and now the BBC is searching for the next generation of comedy artists. And the north is a great place to start looking. When we think of great, iconic comedic talent, a whole host of northern names immediately spring to mind. From classic entertainers such as Morecambe and Wise, Les Dawson, Russ Abbott and Cannon and Ball
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QVC: sale of the century

It reaches 106 million customers and profits are soaring, despite the economic downturn. Can things get any better for shopping channel QVC?

It's Christmas time at QVC. But then it often seems to be Christmas time at QVC. It is 25 November when I visit the HQ of the home shopping channel in Battersea, south London, and it is gearing up for its Big Christmas Weekend. That's different from Early Bird Christmas; that was 25 September. Or Christmas In July, which took place on 25 July. "If there's a 25 in the month – there'll be Christmas," says Dermot Boyd, QVC's twinkly CEO. "It's the best time of year for us. We do make a feature of it." The channel's buyers, almost 100 of them, have already done their buying for Christmas 2011. You can see why.

But then QVC has reason to feel extra-specially Christmasy this year. Profits are up 6%, and it is now the UK's most widely distributed retailer.
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What makes a great TV comedy double act?

From Little and Large to Mitchell and Webb, comedy partnerships have proven a winning formula – but what is the secret of their success?

It's not difficult to spot when a comedy double act works – the guffaws and giggles are usually a dead giveaway. But identifying exactly what makes a TV comedy duo great? That's an altogether trickier art and happily one that BBC2 can help with tonight, delivering an evening schedule that offers up Mitchell and Webb, Reeves and Mortimer and – be still my beating heart – a reunited Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins for examination. It's a positive celebration of comedy duos.

Each brings a dynamic of their own to television. David Mitchell and Robert Webb have found the right balance of populism and postmodern, and Reeves and Mortimer have been firing on all cylinders in Shooting Stars. Mel and Sue clearly know when they're at their best – working together with food between them.
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Big Top: the first sitcom that manages to be less funny than its situation?

We've had shops, police stations, hospitals, newsrooms, prisons and offices – what about a circus sitcom? On BBC1. Starring Amanda Holden. What could possibly go wrong?

Tonight, BBC One unveils its big new circus-based sitcom Big Top, starring, among others, Tony Robinson and John Thomson. I think it could actually make history – as the first sitcom ever that makes its situation seem markedly less funny than it actually is in real life.

Prison isn't generally known for its hilarity, so it was easy for Porridge to be funnier than the situation it was based on. Being a member of the French resistance during the second world war wasn't especially jolly either, so it wasn't hard for 'Allo 'Allo! to out-funny that. A basement bar surrounded by habitual alcoholics who all suffer from varying levels of self-loathing? Depressing. And yet Cheers is one of the most-loved sitcoms ever. But here's the problem
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