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‘Eat Locals’ Review

Review by Matthew Turner

Stars: Charlie Cox, Billy Cook, Freema Agyeman, Robert Portal, Mackenzie Crook, Eve Myles, Vincent Regan, Tony Curran, Dexter Fletcher, Ruth Jones, Annette Crosbie | Written by Danny King | Directed by Jason Flemyng

The directorial debut of actor Jason Flemyng, this low budget British horror-comedy has a solid cast and a moderately intriguing premise, but it can’t quite decide whether it wants to go for scares or laughs and ends up falling awkwardly between the two.

Written by Danny King (Wild Bill), Eat Locals (originally Eat Local, with an ‘s’ being added in the marketing stage) centres on a coven of centuries-old vampires – including Daredevil’s Charlie Cox, Doctor Who’s Freema Agyeman and One Foot in the Grave‘s Annette Crosbie – convening for their semi-centennial meeting at a remote country farmhouse. Also present is naïve orphan Sebastian (Billy Cook), who thinks he’s on a promise with vampish Vanessa (Eve Myles,
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Doctor Who Review – The Fourth Doctor Adventures 2.1 – “The Auntie Matter”

[rating 4.5]

It is a bittersweet thing to listen to the first story in Big Finish’s second season of Fourth Doctor adventures. It’s nice to have Tom Baker back, and the story is as good as anyone could want from them. But…Mary Tamm. Poor, dear, Mary Tamm.

This story is chock-full of Season 16 goodness. It starts with the Doctor (Tom Baker) and Romana (Mary Tamm) leaving the Tardis to spend some time on Earth. The Tardis itself has had its randomizer turned on so that it can lead the Black Guardian on a merry chase while K9 stays inside to keep it company. Meantime, the Doctor and Romana set up housekeeping in London in the 1920s.

While this is going on, a young man (Robert Portal) is having a problem with his aunt (Julia McKenzie). It seems said aunt keeps killing his fiancées and stealing and stealing their bodies,
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My Week with Marilyn - Blu-ray Review

With brilliant performances from Michelle Williams and Kenneth Branagh, My Week with Marilyn is a behind the curtain look at one of Hollywood.s biggest icons and one of its greatest actors. Based on Colin Clark's books The Prince, The Showgirl and Me and My Week with Marilyn, the film was directed by Simon Curtis (Cranford) and written by Adrian Hodges (1994's Tom & Viv). Along with Branagh and Williams, it stars Eddie Redmayne, Judi Dench, Julia Ormond, Dominic Cooper, Emma Watson, Dougray Scott, Pip Torrens, Geraldine Somerville, Michael Kitchen, Miranda Raison, Karl Moffatt, Simon Russell Beale, Toby Jones, Robert Portal, Philip Jackson, and Jim Carter. The film opens with 23-year-old Colin Clark (a wide-eyed Redmayne) explaining his love
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Portal Raises $640,000 From Rowing Challenge For Kelly's Charity

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Actor Robert Portal has raised more than $640,000 (£400,000) for Natascha McElhone's late husband's charity after successfully rowing across the Atlantic Ocean.

Portal, who appeared in The King's Speech and is dating Kristin Scott Thomas' sister Sam, signed up to row 3,000 miles (4,828 kilometres) from the Canary Islands to Barbados with his friend James Cash to benefit the actress' late partner Dr Martin Kelly's health organisation Facing The World.

They were left stranded after their boat was damaged on 2 January but managed to complete their challenge when new oars were delivered, and Portal has spoken of his delight about raising so much cash with the challenge.

Speaking on British morning show Daybreak, he says, "A great friend of mine, Martin Kelly, was a surgeon for a charity called Facing The World. He was a great friend and I thought (when he died)... I'm going to have to do something to make people sit up and take notice and I thought what could be the worst thing I could do to raise the most amount of money and that ticked the box.

"At the moment we're over £400,000, it's still coming in on Facebook and Justgiving. People have been wonderfully kind, so that's brilliant."

Portal 'Frustrated' By Stalled Atlantic Challenge

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Portal 'Frustrated' By Stalled Atlantic Challenge
Actor Robert Portal is struggling to survive as he drifts in his boat in the Atlantic Ocean, and he fears "getting swept off" the vessel every time he ventures out on deck.

Portal, who appeared in The King's Speech and is dating Kristin Scott Thomas' sister Sam, signed up to row 3,000 miles (4,828 kilometres) from the Canary Islands to Barbados with his friend James Cash.

They set off on their charity mission last month, but their vessel was hit by huge waves over the Christmas holidays and the pair's oars broke - leaving them drifting across the ocean.

Portal and his pal are awaiting the delivery of new oars so they can reach their destination, but the fierce weather conditions are making the experience difficult.

He tells London's Evening Standard, "It's quite uncomfortable. We will have been here a week by the time the oars get here. It's really hot in the cabin. If we want to go on deck we risk getting swept off because the waves are so big. It's really frustrating because we want to get it done."

Actor Portal Stranded In Atlantic

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Actor Portal Stranded In Atlantic
Actor Robert Portal has been left stranded in the Atlantic Ocean after his boat was damaged partway through a charity challenge.

Portal, who appeared in The King's Speech and is dating Kristin Scott Thomas' sister Sam, signed up to row 3,000 miles (4,828 kilometres) from the Canary Islands to Barbados with his friend James Cash.

They set off on their mission last month, but their vessel was hit by huge waves over the Christmas holidays and the pair's oars broke - leaving them drifting across the ocean.

Sam tells Britain's Daily Mail, "Their boat capsized... and could have sunk. The boat is designed to right itself and they were both in the cabin with the door shut when it turned over. Had they not been, the cabin would have filled with water.

"They are just sitting there in huge seas, stuck in a tiny cabin. The weather has been absolutely dreadful - lots of wind. And to capsize 1,000 miles out in the Atlantic is very scary. My sisters Kristin and Serena have been incredibly supportive. Bertie and James have been working towards this challenge for two years. Their courage is amazing."

Sam reveals a rescue ship is due to deliver the pair new oars by the weekend (07-08Jan12) so they can complete their challenge, which is to raise money for actress Natascha McElhone's late husband Dr Martin Kelly's health charity Facing The World.

Why have national broadcasters ignored the heroism of charity rowers?

Two men with almost no rowing experience and lacking any background as seamen are currently adrift in mid-Atlantic.

One of them, Robert Portal - better known as Bertie - is an actor. The other, James Cash, is a personal trainer.

They are attempting to row almost 3,000 miles - from La Gomera in the Canary Islands to Barbados - as part of the Talisker whiskey Atlantic challenge.

Having set off on 5 December, they have now lost all six of their oars - due to the force of the waves - and, amid a huge and threatening swell, must wait a couple of days to receive new ones from a back-up boat.

Portal and Cash are risking their lives to raise money for a charity, Facing the World, which exists in order to provide life-changing facial reconstructive surgery by some of Britain's leading surgeons to children from the world's poorest countries.

This
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Bid on True Blood Items Signed by Stephen Moyer & Anna Paquin and Help a Worthy Cause

All right, fangbangers, it's time to put your money where your mouths are. Stephen Moyer and Anna Paquin, the "True Blood" stars who play vampire Bill Compton and telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse, are auctioning off a set of autographed "True Blood" Season Two posters and a DVD set for charity, and just a few days remain for you to take part!

Fansite Simply Moyer has provided the two "True Blood" Season Two posters, one signed by Moyer and one signed by Moyer and Paquin, and a Season Two DVD set signed by both to benefit the charity Facing the World. Actor Robert Portal and trainer James Cash will row across the Atlantic starting December 4 to raise money for Facing the World, and the auction (located here) runs until November 18, 2011 at 15:00:44 Pst.

Robert Portal is a long-time friend of Stephen Moyer's, serving as best man when Stephen and Anna were married last summer.
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Contest: Win The King's Speech on Blu-ray

Contest: Win The King's Speech on Blu-ray
The King's Speech will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on April 19, and you know we have to celebrate the Oscar winner for Best Picture. We have a new contest running and we're giving away copies of the Blu-ray to our readers. These high-def discs will go fast, so enter this contest today.

Winners Receive:

The King's Speech Blu-ray

Here's How To Win!

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After the death of his father King George V (Michael Gambon) and the scandalous abdication of his brother King Edward VIII (Guy Pearce), Bertie (Colin Firth) - who has suffered from a debilitating speech impediment all his life - is suddenly crowned King George VI of England.
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Box Office Beat Down: Hop's Easter Basket Overflows with $38 Million

Box Office Beat Down: Hop's Easter Basket Overflows with $38 Million
Weekend Box Office

Hop $38.1 millionSource Code $15.1 millionInsidious $13.5 millionDiary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules $10.2 millionLimitless $9.4 millionThe Lincoln Lawyer $7.1 millionSucker Punch $6.1 millionRango $4.6 millionPaul $4.3 millionBattle: Los Angeles $3.5 million

Hop was the big winner at the weekend box office with an almost stunning $38 million take placing it well above industry expectations. Unsurprisingly, the crowd was mostly families and kids under 12. But the parents on my Facebook and Twitter feeds who dared venture out to take in this kid flick were almost universally underwhelmed by it. The kids liked it though, so that's something. It also had the biggest opening weekend of any movie this year. Easter comes early!

Jake Gyllenhaal didn't embarrass himself with the strong, it not wildly impressive, $15 million box office for Source Code. This should mean they'll make their money back (it only cost about $32 million to make) but it continues to cast doubt on Jake's ability to open
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Box Office Predictions: Can Hop Bounce to Victory This Weekend?

Box Office Predictions: Can Hop Bounce to Victory This Weekend?
Predicted Weekend Box Office

Hop $22 millionSource Code $18 millionDiary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules $13 millionLimitless $11 millionInsidious $10 millionThe Lincoln Lawyer $8.5 millionSucker Punch $8 millionRango $6 millionBattle: Los Angeles $4.5 millionPaul $4 million

The Easter bunny movie you never asked for, Hop, bounces into theaters this weekend just in time for spring. The mixed live-action/animated pairing of Hugh Laurie and James Marsden should get enough parents and their kids to turn out for a weekend win - maybe. The film hasn't been tracking especially well and, along with its generally terrible reviews, is only expected to gross about $22 million (maybe it goes big and does $25M?). The good news for rabbit fans is that the film cost a meager $63 million, so it should recoup its cost relatively easily.

A more intriguing film opening today is the Jake Gyllenhaal thriller Source Code. It's been getting high marks (and includes the lovely Vera Farmiga and the

Box Office Predictions: Can Hop Bounce to Victory This Weekend?

Box Office Predictions: Can Hop Bounce to Victory This Weekend?
Predicted Weekend Box Office

Hop $22 millionSource Code $18 millionDiary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules $13 millionLimitless $11 millionInsidious $10 millionThe Lincoln Lawyer $8.5 millionSucker Punch $8 millionRango $6 millionBattle: Los Angeles $4.5 millionPaul $4 million

The Easter bunny movie you never asked for, Hop, bounces into theaters this weekend just in time for spring. The mixed live-action/animated pairing of Hugh Laurie and James Marsden should get enough parents and their kids to turn out for a weekend win - maybe. The film hasn't been tracking especially well and, along with its generally terrible reviews, is only expected to gross about $22 million (maybe it goes big and does $25M?). The good news for rabbit fans is that the film cost a meager $63 million, so it should recoup its cost relatively easily.

A more intriguing film opening today is the Jake Gyllenhaal thriller Source Code. It's been getting high marks (and includes the lovely Vera Farmiga and the
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The King's Speech PG-13 Version Hits Theaters April 1st

The King's Speech PG-13 Version Hits Theaters April 1st
The Weinstein Company (TWC) announced today that The King's Speech PG-13, the family-friendly version of its Academy Award-winning historical drama about King George VI, will open on 1,000 screens nationwide on April 1, and will be the only version available in theatres. One of the year's most celebrated, successful and beloved films, The King's Speech was honored at the 83rd Academy Awards with Oscars for Best Picture, to producers Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Gareth Unwin; Best Director, to helmer Tom Hooper; Best Actor, to star Colin Firth; and Best Original Screenplay, to screenwriter David Seidler. The announcement was made by TWC's President of Theatrical Distribution and Home Entertainment Eric Lomis.

Said Lomis, "We are thankful to the MPAA for their wisdom and swift action in approving the release of The King's Speech PG-13 release. The action enables those to whom it speaks most directly - young people who are troubled by stuttering,
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The King's Speech Gets a PG-13 Edit

The King's Speech Gets a PG-13 Edit
The Weinstein Company is being allowed to release a PG-13 rated version of their Oscar-nominated hit The King's Speech. It was not announced when this new version would begin to replace the R rated original version that is now in theaters, which contains fifteen uses of the F-word. Those words will be muted out in this new PG-13 rated version.

Here is the original press release regarding the matter.

The Classification and Rating Administration (Cara) has assigned a PG-13 rating to an alternate version of The King's Speech submitted by The Weinstein Company. The original version of the film is rated R "for some language." Cara has rated the alternate version PG-13 "for language." Bob Pisano, President and Interim CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA) and John Fithian, President and CEO of the National Association of Theatre Owners, have also waived, upon request from The Weinstein Company,
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The King's Speech Gets PG-13 Rating

The King's Speech Gets PG-13 Rating
The Weinstein Company is being allowed to release a PG-13 rated version of their Oscar-nominated hit The King's Speech. It was not announced when this new version would begin to replace the R rated original version that is now in theaters, which contains fifteen uses of the F-word. Those words will be muted out in this new PG-13 rated version.

Here is the original press release regarding the matter.

The Classification and Rating Administration (Cara) has assigned a PG-13 rating to an alternate version of The King's Speech submitted by The Weinstein Company. The original version of the film is rated R "for some language." Cara has rated the alternate version PG-13 "for language." Bob Pisano, President and Interim CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA) and John Fithian, President and CEO of the National Association of Theatre Owners, have also waived, upon request from The Weinstein Company,
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Ascension: A Tom Hooper Profile (Part 2)

Following his Academy Award nomination for Best Director on The King's Speech, Trevor Hogg profiles the career of British filmmaker Tom Hooper in the second of a two part feature... read part one here.

Expecting to do a film about Katharine Graham, the legendary publisher of The Washington Post, British director Tom Hooper found his cinematic agenda changed; for his third outing with HBO, he was given the task of helming a nine-hour miniseries about John Adams, one of the founding fathers of the United States of America. “When HBO entrusts you with $100 million to tell that kind of story and they are bringing it out at the time of the primaries in the election race, let’s just say there’s a little bit of pressure to perform,” admitted the London native. “This is the creation story and in a country that has such an incredibly strong film tradition it’s been overlooked.
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The King's Speech Blu-ray and DVD Arrives April 19th

The King's Speech Blu-ray and DVD Arrives April 19th
Anchor Bay Entertainment and The Weinstein Company announced today the highly anticipated Blu-ray and DVD release of The King's Speech, the first release under the two companies' new agreement. Heading to retail on April 19th, 2011, The King's Speech has dominated the nomination lists for the Oscars, Golden Globes, Critics Choice Awards and BAFTA awards, earning widespread critical acclaim and grossing over $73 million at the North American box office thus far. Its 2011 honors to date include two Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by a Cast and Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role (Colin Firth); the PGA Award for Outstanding Producer of a Theatrical Motion Picture; the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Feature Film (Tom Hooper); and the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture-Drama (Colin Firth). A delicate portrait of humanity set during an earth-shaking time in history,
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17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Award Winners!

Screen Actors Guild presented its coveted Actor statuette for the outstanding motion picture and primetime television performances of 2010 at the 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in ceremonies attended by film and television's leading actors, held Sunday, Jan. 30, at the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center. The 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards was simulcast live coast-to-coast by TNT and TBS at 8 p.m. (Et), 7 p.m. (Ct), 6 p.m. (Mt) and 5 p.m. (Pt). An encore presentation was telecast on TNT at 10 p.m. (Et), 9 p.m. (Ct), 8 p.m. (Mt) and 7 p.m. (Pt).

The complete list of recipients of the Screen Actors Guild Awards follows.

Theatrical Motion Pictures

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

Colin Firth / King George VI - The King's Speech (The Weinstein Company)

Jeff Bridges / Rooster Cogburn - True Grit (Paramount Pictures)

Robert Duvall / Felix Bush - Get Low (Sony Pictures Classics
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63rd Annual DGA Award Winners!

The winners of the Directors Guild of America Outstanding Directorial Achievement Awards for 2010 were announced tonight during the 63rd Annual DGA Awards Dinner at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Los Angeles. Tom Hooper won the DGA's Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for The King's Speech.

Following the welcome by DGA President Taylor Hackford to an audience of more than 1,600 guests, director/actor Carl Reiner hosted the ceremony.

Here is the full list of winners below:

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2010:

Tom Hooper, The King's Speech (The Weinstein Co.)

Tom Hooper's Directorial Team:Production Manager: Erica BenslyFirst Assistant Director: Martin HarrisonSecond Assistant Director: Chris Stoaling

This is Mr. Hooper's first DGA Feature Film Award Nomination. He was previously nominated for the DGA Award for Movies for Television/Miniseries for John Adams in 2008.

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary for 2010:

Charles Ferguson, Inside Job Representational Pictures,
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Interview: ‘The King’s Speech’ Director Tom Hooper on Colin Firth’s Masterful Stutter

Chicago – As “The King’s Speech” will almost certainly earn multiple Oscar nominations in tomorrow’s announcement from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, we bring you this behind-the-scenes glimpse inside the mind of the masterful production.

“The King’s Speech” director Tom Hooper.

Photo credit: Laurie Sparham, The Weinstein Company

HollywoodChicago.com recently interviewed “The King’s Speech” director Tom Hooper about his evocative film on King George VI’s stutter with Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter and Guy Pearce. While elocution coaches exist aplenty to help people prevail over a stutter, the 39-year-old Hooper says Colin Firth’s challenge was to spawn one and then conquer it with authenticity.

HollywoodChicago.com: So, you’ve come a long way since your first film, “Runaway Dog,” at the age of 13…

Tom Hooper: Who knew that film would make it into the public consciousnesses. I made
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