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Creator of Laser Tag Says He Was Inspired By Star Wars

The creator of Laser Tag, George Carter, says that Star Wars inspired him to make the game. After seeing the film in Las Vegas, Carter wanted to recreate the scenes he saw on the screen in real life. The final design, however, was not what Carter initially intended his idea to be!

"I found out early on that there was a rule against shooting lasers at people. There's a federal agency that didn't allow that."

Interesting side note on Carter: he also invented the modern form of "bumper boats." So basically this guy was responsible for a bulk of fun you had in the late '80s to mid '90s. Looks like those ideas served him well as he has a pretty sizable house he's getting interviewed in! Hear the rest of his story below. 
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Tom Clegg obituary

Director who launched The Sweeney and was in demand for many television action series

The television director Tom Clegg, who has died aged 81, gained a reputation for his expert handling of action on screen, in work ranging from the pilot episode of The Sweeney, featuring John Thaw and Dennis Waterman as tough, no-nonsense detectives, to the swashbuckling Sharpe television films, following the daring exploits of a British officer (Sean Bean) in the Napoleonic wars. “Action isn’t just about fights,” Clegg told Rachel Murrell, author of Sharpe’s Story: The Making of a Hero (1996). “Action is what moves the story on dramatically. Just because people are rushing around, [it] doesn’t make it action. A good argument between Sharpe and Hakeswill can have as much action as the Chosen Men running across a battlefield.”

Clegg directed Regan, the 1974 pilot of The Sweeney, which featured Thaw as the detective inspector of the title,
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Review: ‘The Sweeney’ Is Brash But Not Quite Brash Enough

The Sweeney is a celebration of shoddy police work. Not that it’s different from many other cop movies in that respect. If you think about it, the amount of collateral damage that piles up in the genre should get most of the silver screen’s badge-carrying heroes fired. Cars fly into buildings, public spaces get blown to bits, and innocent civilians get drawn into the fray. Usually we don’t even think about it. The Sweeney, to its credit, is often about its own indulgent and bombastic style. The cops in question are London’s Flying Squad, known as ‘The Sweeney’ by way of some Cockney rhyming slang (Flying Squad sounds like Sweeney Todd). They are lovingly adapted by writer/director Nick Love from the classic British television show of the same name, which ran from 1975 to 1979. Ray Winstone takes on the role of the head of the squad, hot-heated
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The Sweeney: box set review

Jack and George, a pair of bleary-eyed, tough 70s coppers careering around in Ford Consuls and kipper ties, are a hard act to follow

In the 1970s, this was only one cop show that mattered. The Sweeney swooped down on the exploits of the notorious Flying Squad, a section of the Met devoted to solving serious, violent crime. For decades, in the days before the 1984 Police and Criminal Evidence Act, a blind eye had been turned to their often shady tactics, which included getting close to the criminal fraternity. In the early 1970s, amid tales of corruption and brutality, management structures were brought in to tame this wild beast. Many officers immediately resigned.

This was a bad time for the Met – but, as writer Ian Kennedy Martin spotted, this state of flux and friction would make for a terrific all-action drama. Not only that, Martin saw a great role for
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The Sweeney Photos with Hayley Atwell and Ray Winstone

The Sweeney Photos with Hayley Atwell and Ray Winstone
Fox Searchlight Pictures has provided us with four new photos from The Sweeney, to go along with the gallery that debuted last week. Ray Winstone plays Jack Regan, the leader of the Flying Sweeney Squad, a group of special agents fighting crime in London. Here, we see him alongside Hayley Atwell as Nancy, Ben Drew as George Carter, and Damian Lewis as Jack's boss Frank Haskins. Take a closer look at these characters from director Nick Love's upcoming British crime thriller before it hits theaters this March.

The Sweeney comes to theaters March 1st, 2013 and stars Ray Winstone, Ben Drew, Damian Lewis, Hayley Atwell, Allen Leech, Paul Anderson, Steven Mackintosh, Kara Tointon. The film is directed by Nick Love.
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Watch: 'The Sweeney' with Ray Winstone Gets a Trailer for Us Release

After hitting the UK last fall, the film adaptation of the British TV series The Sweeney is finally coming to the United States. Ray Winstone and Ben Drew (aka rapper Plan B) lead the film as Detective Inspector Jack Regan and Detective Sergeant George Carter respectively, two members of the "Flying Squad," a branch of the Metropolitan Police specializing in armed robbery and violent crime in London. The first Us trailer for the release has arrived and has Winstone and Drew donning leather jackets and wielding guns in the average looking crime thriller that also features Hayley Atwell and Damian Lewis. Watch it below! Here's the first Us trailer for Nick Love's The Sweeney via YouTube: Nick Love (The Football Factory) directed The Sweeney and co-wrote the screenplay with John Hodge (Trainspotting, The Beach) based on 1970's British TV series of the same name. Ray Wintsone and Ben Drew
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What to Buy This Week: DVD and Blu-ray releases for January 21st

It’s Monday, so we all know what that means! Yes, it’s time for another rundown of DVDs and Blu-ray’s hitting stores online and offline this week. It’s a very light week this week, so let us breakdown the new releases and highlight what you should – and shouldn’t – be buying from today, January 21st 2013.

Pick Of The Week

American Mary (DVD/Blu-ray)

One of the year’s most horrific highlights, American Mary tells the story of broke student Mary Mason (Katharine Isabelle) who grows disenchanted with medical school and the doctors she once idolised. The allure of easy money sends a desperate Mary through the gruesome world of underground surgeries but soon finds they leave more marks on her than the so-called freakish clientele… Smart, sexy, funny and utterly gorgeous to look at, American Mary features a standout lead performance from horror icon Katherine (Ginger Snaps) Isabelle,
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The Sweeney Poster with Ray Winstone and Damian Lewis

The Sweeney Poster with Ray Winstone and Damian Lewis
Debuting in theaters and on VOD March 1 is The Sweeney, director Nick Love's crime drama set in the London underworld. Ray Winstone and Ben Drew star as British detectives Jack Regan and George Carter, who have their own old-school ways of bringing in the bad guys. When Jack's longtime nemesis shows up during a bank heist in progress, Jack will do whatever it takes to get the job done. A new poster has debuted, featuring Ray Winstone, Ben Drew, Hayley Atwell, and Damian Lewis.

Tearing up the streets of London, The Sweeney is a stylish, exhilarating action thriller proving sometimes you have to act like a criminal to catch a criminal. Armed and dangerous, the Sweeney Flying Squad are old school crime fighters enforcing the law. Led by legendary detective Jack Regan (Ray Winstone) and his loyal partner, they have their own unique way of operating and always get results.
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Win: The Sweeney Blu-ray

The “Best British action movie in years” (The Sun) – The Sweeney– is available to pre-order now in advance of its release on 21st January 2013. We are giving away a copy of the Blu-ray to our readers.

An adrenaline-pumping UK action blockbuster that took cinema audiences by storm, The Sweeney will be the focus of heavyweight marketing activity and a comprehensive PR campaign reflecting key themes of high-octane London action.

As befits a best of British title, The Sweeney will also come complete with slick O-ring packaging on the DVD and Blu-ray, perfect for banishing those post-Christmas blues. The DVD and Blu-ray release will also include over 1 ½ hours of bonus features, including behind-the-scenes action and an audio commentary! Entertainment One will also be releasing a Blu-ray Steelbook® exclusive to Amazon and Play.com.

Follow the Metropolitan Police Flying Squad’s Detective Inspector Jack Regan (Ray Winstone) and his partner George Carter
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Exclusive: First Poster for The Sweeney Starring Ray Winstone, Hayley Atwell, and Damian Lewis

We’re happy to debut the first poster for the upcoming action thriller The Sweeney today. Directed by Nick Love (Outlaw) and co-written by John Hodge (Trainspotting), the film stars Ray Winstone as Detective Inspector Jack Regan and Ben Drew as his partner George Carter. The two are “old school crime fighters” who enforce the law in a modern underworld, and with a bank heist in progress and Regan’s old enemy making an appearance on the streets of London, the veteran cop will do whatever it takes to get the job done. The pic also stars Homeland’s Damian Lewis and Captain America’s Hayley Atwell. Hit the jump to check out the poster. The Sweeney will be available in theaters and VOD on March 1st. Click to enlarge. Check out The Sweeney on Facebook. Here’s the official synopsis for The Sweeney: Legendary Detective Inspector Jack Regan
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DVD Review: The Sweeney

The Sweeney

Review by Jeff Galasso

Stars: Ray Winstone, Ben Drew, Hayley Atwell, Steven Mackintosh | Written and Directed by Nick Love

In the 1970s, Ian Kennedy Martin’s The Sweeney was a ground-breaking British television drama that exposed the rough underbelly of the Metropolitan police force- one which had previously been ignored by the media. Now, over 30 years later, police brutality and corruption seems rather passé; countless TV programmes and films have explored the dark side of law enforcement. So what can the big screen reboot of the iconic British coppers, The Sweeney, offer in the year 2012? With writer/director Nick Love playing a poor man’s Michael Mann, the answer is: not much at all.

As Ray Winstone steps into John Thaw’s shoes as the leader of the flying squad, Jack Regan, some artistic license has been taken in modernising the character. Regan’s drinking has been swapped
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"The Sweeney" : Catch A Criminal

Sneak Peek actor Ray Winstone ("Sexy Beast") as police detective 'Jack Regan'  in "The Sweeney", based on the 1975 UK TV series of the same name. 

The new film is directed by Nick Love from a script by Love and John Hodge, based on characters created by Ian Kennedy Martin

Cast also includes Ben Drew as Regan's partner 'George Carter', Damian Lewis ("Band Of Brothers"), Hayley Atwell and Steven Mackintosh

 The original "Sweeney" focused on two members of the 'Flying Squad', a branch of the Metropolitan Police specializing in tackling armed robbery and violent crime in London.

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "The Sweeney"... 
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Competition: Win ‘The Sweeney’ merchandise

A big-screen adaptation of the classic 70′s UK television series, The Sweeney is currently n UK cinemas, and thanks to eOne we have some Sweeney-related goodies to giveaway – including a T-shirt and Flying Squad cap!

Legendary Detective Inspector Jack Regan (Ray Winstone) and his loyal partner George Carter (Ben Drew) are old school crime fighters enforcing the law in a modern underworld. Armed and dangerous, the Flying Squad (rhyming slang Sweeney Todd) have their own unique way of operating, however, they always get the results. With a bank heist in progress and his old enemy making a re-appearance on the London crime scene, Regan will do whatever it takes to get the job done, even defying orders from his no nonsense Guv (Damian Lewis). Tearing up the streets of London, The Sweeney is a stylish, exhilarating action thriller directed by Nick Love (The Firm), co-written by BAFTA winning John Hodge
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The Sweeney – review

This is the first big-screen version of the classic 1970s cop series since the highly efficient 1978 Sweeney 2 in which John Thaw and Dennis Waterman reprised their TV roles as the boozy, violent Flying Squad Inspector Jack Regan (very obviously a British "Dirty" Harry Callahan) and his dedicated sidekick George Carter. In Love's pretty ordinary updating, Ray Winstone's overweight, fascistic Regan makes Thaw's original look like Lord Peter Wimsey, while rapper Ben Drew (alias Plan B) is a pale copy of Waterman's Carter. The plotting is weak with paid-for informants replacing any kind of investigation. There is a spectacularly staged, if ultimately absurd gunfight and chase following a bank robbery in Trafalgar Square that is superior to anything I recall from the TV series or the other theatrical spin-offs.

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The HeyUGuys Cinema Release Round-up: 14th September

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It was a relatively poor few days in terms of cinema attendances this past weekend as the general public made the collective decision to make the most of one last dose of sunshine before five months of jumpers, freezing mornings and flood warnings. In fact, the market was so bad this past weekend, takings were actually down nearly 30% on the same time last year. Thanks to this relatively low cinematic turnout, Dredd 3D, which became the first 18 certificate film to top the chart since Saw 3D back in October 2010, did so with only just over £1million grossed. This was the lowest total gross to clinch the top spot since Ice Age 4 limped its way to the top a few months back.

Last week’s other two big releases, Lawless and Anna Karenina, came in second and third respectively but also experienced relatively disappointing opening weekends. Given the lack of
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Sneak Peek The Big Screen "Sweeney"

Sneak Peek actor Ray Winstone ("Sexy Beast") as police detective 'Jack Regan'  in the new feature "The Sweeney", based on the 1975 UK TV series of the same name. 

The new film is directed by Nick Love from a script by Love and John Hodge, based on characters created by Ian Kennedy Martin

Cast also includes Ben Drew as Regan's partner 'George Carter', Damian Lewis ("Band Of Brothers"), Hayley Atwell and Steven Mackintosh

The original "Sweeney" focused on two members of the 'Flying Squad', a branch of the Metropolitan Police specializing in tackling armed robbery and violent crime in London.

 Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "The Sweeney"...
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The Sweeney Review

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Chances are many of you have never heard of the old TV show, The Sweeney. And you’re in good company. I never really heard of it either. But fear not, this incarnation of The Sweeney kicks the ancient TV show into high gear and 2012. Starring Ray Winstone and Ben Drew amongst others, it tells the story of The Sweeney, or The Flying Squad, or basically some seriously hard edged armed detectives and cops. While the story here is one of two separate halves, I won’t delve into it too much for fear of dropping a spoiler, but theres a few twists here and a decent story as well as some fantastic shoot outs. The relationship between the characters is primarily surrounding Jack Regan (Ray Winstone), George Carter (Ben Drew) and Nancy (Hayley Atwell) and the rest of the cast take a bit of a back burner. Not in a bad way either,
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Win some cool stuff from The Sweeney

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We’ve got some very cool stuff to giveaway for The Sweeney (Out on Wednesday). To be in with a chance of blagging it, watch our exclusive video clip below and then fill in your details Loading... Synopsis: Legendary Detective Inspector Jack Regan (Ray Winstone) and his loyal partner George Carter (Ben Drew) are old school crime fighters enforcing the law in a modern underworld. Armed and dangerous, the Flying Squad (rhyming slang Sweeney Todd) have their own unique way of operating, however, they always get the results. With a bank heist in progress and his old enemy making a re-appearance on the London crime scene, Regan will do whatever it takes to get the job done, even defying orders from his no nonsense Guv (Damian Lewis). Tearing up the streets of London, The Sweeney is a stylish, exhilarating action thriller directed by Nick Love (The Firm), co-written by BAFTA
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Exclusive Clip from The Sweeney

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We’ve got hold of an exclusive clip from The Sweeney, which opens this Wednesday. As far as I’m concerned you can’t go wrong with Ray Winstone! Keep your eyes peeled for an exclusive competition coming your way later today. Synopsis: Legendary Detective Inspector Jack Regan (Ray Winstone) and his loyal partner George Carter (Ben Drew) are old school crime fighters enforcing the law in a modern underworld. Armed and dangerous, the Flying Squad (rhyming slang Sweeney Todd) have their own unique way of operating, however, they always get the results. With a bank heist in progress and his old enemy making a re-appearance on the London crime scene, Regan will do whatever it takes to get the job done, even defying orders from his no nonsense Guv (Damian Lewis). Tearing up the streets of London, The Sweeney is a stylish, exhilarating action thriller directed by Nick Love
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Video Interview: Ray Winstone & Ben Drew (aka Plan B) talk all things ‘The Sweeney’

Legendary Detective Inspector Jack Regan (Ray Winstone) and his loyal partner George Carter (Ben Drew) are old school crime fighters enforcing the law in a modern underworld. Armed and dangerous, the Flying Squad have their own unique way of operating, however, they always get the results. With a bank heist in progress and his old enemy making a re-appearance on the London crime scene, Regan will do whatever it takes to get the job done, even defying orders from his no nonsense Guv (Damian Lewis).

Tearing up the streets of London, The Sweeney is a stylish, exhilarating action thriller directed by Nick Love (The Firm), co-written by BAFTA winning John Hodge (Trainspotting) and boasting a terrific British cast including Hayley Atwell (Captain America) and Steven Mackintosh (Underworld: The Rise of the Lycans).

In the second of two interviews, Joel Jaggar sits down with Ray Winstone and Ben Drew (aka Plan B
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