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The Excess Factor | Peter Preston

13 December 2009 12:30 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

TV programmes, films and even politics these days are swollen with inordinate repetition

Let's call it the Excess Factor, the panting growth of flab that defined mass entertainment and too much else through the decade just wheezing its last. Thus last weekend's X Factor final, two hours on Saturday, two more last night, contained a bare 90 relevant minutes of singing, judging and actual competition. The rest was hype, video silt, drum rolls, guest fill-ins, outside broadcasts – and inordinate repetition. How long does it take to choose between an ordinary Joe, Olly and Stacey?

Meanwhile, over on BBC1, the score seemed much the same: 105 minutes of Strictly Come Dancing, featuring 14 of actual dancing, 10 of judges waving their cards, plus six to announce the result.

Make that two hours of necessary action covering a couple of shows that consumed five hours and 45 minutes of primetime attention. And if you add two more »

- Peter Preston

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The Excess Factor | Peter Preston

13 December 2009 12:30 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

TV programmes, films and even politics these days are swollen with inordinate repetition

Let's call it the Excess Factor, the panting growth of flab that defined mass entertainment and too much else through the decade just wheezing its last. Thus last weekend's X Factor final, two hours on Saturday, two more last night, contained a bare 90 relevant minutes of singing, judging and actual competition. The rest was hype, video silt, drum rolls, guest fill-ins, outside broadcasts – and inordinate repetition. How long does it take to choose between an ordinary Joe, Olly and Stacey?

Meanwhile, over on BBC1, the score seemed much the same: 105 minutes of Strictly Come Dancing, featuring 14 of actual dancing, 10 of judges waving their cards, plus six to announce the result.

Make that two hours of necessary action covering a couple of shows that consumed five hours and 45 minutes of primetime attention. And if you add two more »

- Peter Preston

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James Bond Barbecue At Pinewood Studios, August 23- Some Remaining Tickets Still Available!

11 May 2009 3:34 PM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

Our friends at Bondstars.com are no strangers to 007 fans: they consistently put on outstanding cast and crew reunions at England's fabled Pinewood Studios, longtime home of the Bond franchise. Their latest event is already 90% sold out: a James Bond barbecue to be held on Sunday August 23. As British movie fans know, it's a real treat to be admitted to Pinewood, as it is not open to the public. The day's festivities will include a screening of the new digital print of From Russia With Love and appearances by cast and crew members from the series, including Honor Blackman, directors John Glen and Lewis Gilbert, Margaret Nolan and many others. For more info click here »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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Blu-Ray Review: James Bond Continues Blu-Ray Dominance With Four New Releases

1 April 2009 4:38 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Blu-Ray Rating: 5.0/5.0 Chicago – James Bond continues working his way into your Blu-Ray collection with the release of Volume Three of MGM’s “James Bond Blu-Ray,” which includes HD versions of “The World is Not Enough,” “Goldfinger,” and “Moonraker”. Meanwhile, the unofficial Bond adventure, Fox’s “Never Say Never Again” hits Blu-Ray at the same time. All will make worthwhile additions to 007 fans with Blu-Ray players.

In case you missed it, Volume One of “James Bond Blu-Ray” included “Die Another Day,” “Live And Let Die,” and “Dr. No”. Volume Two includes “For Your Eyes Only,” “From Russia With Love,” and “Thunderball”. Both collections were released last October. With the new volume, that’s nine official Bond movies on Blu-Ray. In other words, there will be more volumes in the future.

James Bond Blu-Ray: Volume Three was released on Blu-Ray on March 24th, 2009.

Photo credit: MGM

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- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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