Reliving the absolute genius of Hammer and Tongs

Hammer and Tongs: Take a trip back to the 1990s with Garth Jennings and Nick Goldsmith’s impressive run of music videos and movies.

Hammer and Tongs was the pseudonym of two British director and producing legends, and you’re a bigger fan of them than you thought you were.

I was lucky enough to meet and interview British filmmaker Garth Jennings in London late last week. The director was in town to discuss his latest film Sing, the animated extravaganza featuring the vocal talents of Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson, Taron Egerton and many more of Hollywood’s current A-list. The film is Jennings’ first for nearly nine years, and is really worth checking out this weekend – whatever your age or musical/ film tastes.


Before the ambitious, five-year long journey ofbringing Sing to screens, Jennings was bashing out content with his production outfit ‘Hammer and Tongs’. In 2007, Jennings and producing partner,
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Exclusive Interview: Director Garth Jennings on feature animation ‘Sing’

Garth Jennings Interview: The director of The Hitchhiker’s Guide The Galaxy and Son Of Rambow talks up his new film, the animated feature ‘Sing’.

We first caught the latest feature animation from Illumination and Universal Pictures Sing at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival, and immediately fell in love with it. Well, this week the film opens in UK cinemas after a very successful run in the Unites States over the Christmas period. Well, this week we caught up with the film’s very talented writer/ director Garth Jennings (The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, Son Of Rambow) in London to chat about working on the film, his choice to take on a big animation, moving to Paris for five years to make it, and much more. Check out our Garth Jennings interview below.

Sing is essentially a movie musical full of modern jukebox classics as sung by zoo animals – continuously.
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‘Sing’ review [Tiff ’16]

Sing review: Garth Jennings makes his feature animation debut with this utterly charming and entertaining feature from the studio who brought us Minions.

Sing review by Paul Heath, Tiff ’16.

Garth Jennings, the British director whose films Son Of Rambow and The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy delighted upon release, turns to animation with this enjoyable feature from the Minions people, Illumination Entertainment, with the musical effort Sing.

A film where you can see/ hear Matthew McConaughey voicing a theatre-owning koala bear named Buster Moon, singing ditties like Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepson will always have me stood first in line. This is what you get with the quirky, well-told animated feature from former music video director Jennings, a film technically could shares a world with tow of the other big animated movies of the year so far, Zootropolis and The Secret Life Of Pets. It’s talking
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BBC won't show Dave Lee Travis presenting editions of Top Of The Pops

The BBC says it will no longer show archive Top Of The Pops episodes featuring Dave Lee Travis.

Travis was last month given a three-month jail sentence suspended for two years, after being found guilty of indecent assault.

"The BBC will not show Top of the Pops repeats fronted by Dave Lee Travis," a BBC spokesperson told The Guardian. "We will consider any other archive appearances on a case-by-case basis."

Programmes that Travis hosted had already been pulled from the weekly BBC Four repeats of the show following his initial arrest in 2012.

The BBC recently apologised after an excerpt of Top of the Pops featuring Jimmy Savile was broadcast on TV.

The corporation carefully reviews programmes where the disgraced broadcaster featured ahead of transmission, and axes or edits any material which may cause offence or distress.

The attorney general's office has confirmed that it is considering whether to refer the
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Travis – ‘Where You Stand’ Review

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

It has been a long time since Travis first reached the consciousness of the nation at large with huge single ‘Why Does It Always Rain On Me’ in the summer of 1999. They were, for a time, the biggest band in the country and trod the path that bands like Snow Patrol and Coldplay followed and Mumford & Sons continue to tread. After years of silence it seemed as if the band had drifted into the sunset but it turns out that instead they were taking their time to make a record that stands proudly when held against their previous efforts.

The band sound energised and refreshed after the five year gap between this and their last album, ‘Ode To J.Smith.’ The new single ‘Where You Stand’ sounds effortless and picks up where the band left off without missing a step. The first track, ‘Mother’ is more
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Lisa Marie Presley to Release New Album, Her First in Five Years

Lisa Marie Presley to Release New Album, Her First in Five Years
Lisa Marie Presley will release a new album, Storm and Grace, on May 15. It will mark the singer's first album in five years and her Universal Republic/Xix Recordings debut. It was produced by Grammy winner T Bone Burnett and recorded at The Village studios in Los Angeles. Said to reflect her "southern roots," Elvis Presley's only daughter, managed by American Idol creator and Xix founder Simon Fuller, traveled to England for inspiration and found it in the artist-friends Richard Hawley (from Pulp), Ed Harcourt, Sacha Skarbek and Fran Healy (from Travis). Story: Lisa Marie Presley Opens New

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The James Clayton Column: to drive or not to drive?

Ahead of Drive’s release in cinemas, James takes a leisurely cruise through the history of auto-obsessed movies…

I feel the need - the need to not have to rely on public transport because I can’t drive, and have never seen Top Gun. I just don’t want to hang around on an aircraft carrier with Tom Cruise. Sorry.

One day, no doubt, I will plug that gap in my pop culture knowledge and run around in aviator shades screaming, “How did I live without you, Maverick?!” but right now I have more pressing priorities, like learning to drive. As far as life skills go, that’s more important than total familiarity with every single Jerry Bruckheimer production.

As Sun Tzu states in The Art Of War: “Know your enemy... but first learn the art of changing gear so you can accelerate away from him when he starts
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Travis singer Fran Healy shuts down Facebook page

Fran Healy has shut down his Facebook page, describing the social networking site as "annoying". The Travis frontman told the Daily Record that he doesn't mind Twitter, but has "no love" for Facebook. "I have absolutely no love for the thing. Twitter is fine but there is something really annoying about Facebook," he said. "Everyone I speak to says they don't like it but are trapped. Not to (more)
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Fran Healy shuts down Facebook page

Fran Healy has shut down his Facebook page, describing the social networking site as "annoying". The Travis frontman told the Daily Record that he doesn't mind Twitter, but has "no love" for Facebook. "I have absolutely no love for the thing. Twitter is fine but there is something really annoying about Facebook," he said. "Everyone I speak to says they don't like it but are trapped. Not to (more)
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Grey's Anatomy Music: "Something's Gotta Give"

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Last night's episode of Grey's Anatomy, "Something's Gotta Give," featured some emotional story lines, with a soundtrack that definitely set the mood throughout (see our review).

Below is a list of the Grey's Anatomy music from this week ...

K'naan - "Dreamer" Fran Healy - "Sing Me To Sleep" Eels - "Gone Man" Azure Ray - "Shouldn't Have Loved" Metric - "Dead Disco" Mackintosh Braun - "Could It Be"
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Music: Review: Fran Healy: Wreckorder

Fran Healy’s solo debut suggests there isn’t much need for Travis to exist anymore: With songs such as “Buttercups” and “Holiday,” Healy proves he can still write silly, forgettable pop, but he’s also developed a lushly dark edge that’s more interesting than most of his band’s recent output. Playing nearly all of the instruments, Healy opens the record with a string of mature, orchestral tracks that are alternately beautiful and unsettling. Sounding world-weary and tired, he ruminates on broken relationships, aging (“Rocking Chair”), and death (“As It Comes,” featuring a barely noticeable bassline by Paul ...
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Bruno Mars, 'American Idol's' David Archuleta, Toby Keith lead new releases

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Bruno Mars, 'American Idol's' David Archuleta, Toby Keith lead new releases
New albums from an “American Idol,” a country superstar, a group composed of three well-known solo artists, and a star in the making are Oct. 5’s top offerings. David Archuleta tries his hand at pop radio again as Toby Keith, Fistful of Mercy and Bruno Mars all release new efforts. Joining the release-week fun are the Avett Bros., with a live set, Travis’s Fran Healy and guitar god Joe Satriani. David Archuleta, “The Other Side of Down” (19/Jive): “American Idol” finalist comes back and shows off his songwriting chops: the 19-year old penned 10 of the 12 songs on the pop...
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Fran Healy busks for War Child

Fran Healy busks for War Child
Fran Healy has busked in the City of London to raise awareness for War Child. The Travis frontman performed a number of hits, including 'Why Does It Always Rain On Me', 'Sing', 'Writing To Reach You' and 'Turn', outside the headquarters of Deutsche Bank. The financial institution has shortlisted War Child for its 2011 'Charity of the Year', a choice voted for by members of staff later this week. Healy said: "The impact of war on children is simply unacceptable, but with our support War Child are doing something about it. I hope (more)
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Radcliffe Turns 21

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Radcliffe Turns 21
Happy birthday Harry!

It's true, the boy who became Harry Potter is now a man. Daniel Radcliffe is 21 today!

From his big breaks as a 10 year old in an epic TV adaptation of Charles Dickens' David Copperfield and Pierce Brosnan's Tailor of Panama - a film he has never seen - to landing the coveted title role in the Harry Potter franchise, we've seen young Dan grow up before our very eyes on the big screen.

In between his Potter outings, Radcliffe has stripped onstage in London and New York, found success as a poet and enjoyed romance onscreen with Hollywood's new it girl Teresa Palmer.

To celebrate his 21st, WENN dug deep and used more than a little magic to come up with 21 facts about the man:

- he'll be celebrating turning 21 with a tequila - his favourite tipple.

- his favourite book from the Harry Potter series is Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

- he was voted Person of the Year 2002 by Time Kids magazine.

- he can rotate his arm 360 degrees.

- he was, at one point, Britain's richest teenager.

- a lock of his hair sold for $1,125 (£750) at auction during a Comic Relief fundraiser in 2003.

- he is an atheist

- he writes poetry under the pseudonym Jacob Gershon. Jacob is his middle name.

- at the age of 16, he became the youngest non-royal ever to have an individual portrait in Britain's National Portrait Gallery.

- he suffers from a mild form of the neurological disorder dyspraxia, which affects his hand-eye co-ordination.

- he supports Fulham Football Club.

- His favourite film is courtroom drama 12 Angry Men.

- Radcliffe is terrified of spiders, snakes and clowns.

- his favourite TV show is The Simpsons.

- he speaks fluent Spanish.

- Radcliffe's parents turned down the Harry Potter role twice, fearing the film fame could wreck their son's childhood.

- he reportedly earned $110,000 (£73,300) for the first Harry Potter film. His pay packet grew to $14 million (£9.3 million) for his role in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

- he has two dogs called Binka and Nugget.

- he attended the 2009 Reading Festival in England wearing a Batman mask disguise.

- he shares his birthday with former Destiny's Child star Michelle Williams, David Essex, Travis singer Fran Healy, Slash, Woody Harrelson and actor Philip Seymour Hoffman.

- his big day also falls on two notorious women's birthdays - Monica Lewinsky and late Moors Murderer Myra Hindley.

Fran Healy predicts Oasis reunion

Fran Healy has predicted that Liam and Noel Gallagher will reunite to reform Oasis. The Travis frontman told his official website that the siblings will get back together after clearing the air with their separate projects following Noel's departure in the summer. Healy said: "I met Liam at the Oasis concert in Wembley. He kissed me square on the lips and said, 'I fookin' love you'. Liam is a doll. "As for Noel, I have not heard from Noel for years. I’m sure they'll return. The solo projects are a perfect digestive before the inevitable Oasis reunion. But I will say that my solo (more)
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Travis star 'works with McCartney on LP'

Travis star 'works with McCartney on LP'
Travis frontman Fran Healy has teamed up with Sir Paul McCartney for a song on his first solo album Wreckorder. The singer, who has previously covered McCartney's 'Pipes Of Peace', secured the help of the former Beatles star as a bassist on his record. "One of the biggest coups was getting Paul McCartney to play bass on a song. I'm not sure what non-McCartney tunes he has played bass on but I couldn't think of many. Anyway, his bassline is brilliant," he wrote on his website. Healy revealed that he agreed to turn vegetarian out of appreciation for (more)
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Paul McCartney gets back to bass

Sir Paul McCartney plays bass on Fran Healy's new album. The former Beatle has recorded instrumental parts on one track on the Travis frontman's debut solo LP, tentatively titled 'Wreckorder'. Fran was so thrilled to have his idol - who is a strict vegetarian - appear on the song he agreed to became a vegetarian as a thank you. Writing on his blog on website, the 'Turn' singer said: "My wife Nora and I were sitting and thinking of a thank you present and I suggested going vegetarian. Our son is already one, so it would mean we would all be on the same boat. I met Paul at his show in Berlin and told him what we wanted
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Travis 'to write new album during Us tour'

Travis have revealed that they will start work on their seventh studio album while touring the Us. The group, who now release material on their own label, claimed that their Stateside jaunt will help boost their creativity. "We're gonna hopefully write the whole thing, me and Andy [Dunlop] on the bus," singer Fran Healy told Billboard. "I like the idea of writing an album going across America. I can kind of write anywhere; mostly I tend to sit in hotel rooms and quiet places, but I've written in the loudest, noisiest places imaginable, too. "It's like taking a (more)
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Stephenie Saturday: Stephenie's Playlists - 'Why Does It Always Rain On Me?'

Sadly all good things come to an end. Stephenie Saturdays has reached the end of the outtakes and extras that are featured on Stephenie Meyers official website Outtakes and extras are only available for Twilight and New Moon though we hope she will one day post some for Eclipse and Breaking Dawn!.We will continue to bring you questions answered by Stephenie every other Saturday and on alternating Saturdays we are happy to bring you a fun new feature called Stephenies Playlists. We will share a video for each song on Stephenies extensive playlist discuss the artists their music and how they fit into the Twilight universe. For the very first edition of Stephenies Playlists TAers Claire and Rebecca bring us the song Why Does it Always Rain on Me? by Travis a little about the band and of course some questions for consideration. So without further ado here is
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Travis: Ode to J. Smith

Fran Healy and company find themselves back on the good foot

As a band, Travis seems have found itself in the shadows—of influences, contemporaries and even its own previous releases. Calling this album an ode seems suiting, then. The record, at various moments, channels Nirvana, The Cure and the half-spoken delivery of Bono. Which is not to say that it is lacking originality. In fact, this may be the furthest Travis has removed itself from its catalog, with lyrics driven by a more outrospective narrative. “J. Smith,” with its Latin choir, carries the mystic of Gregorian chants juxtaposed against screaming electric guitar. “Broken Mirror” is punctuated with the thoughtful use of hi-hat and an unhurried rhythm. Tracks such as “Friends” and “Before You Were Young” have seemingly resulted from the band writing the album completely on electric guitar, a first since its 1997 debut Good Feeling. Consider it, then, an
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