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Happy New Year! It's been a tumultuous year for me and for many of us of a certain age. I lost a brother. The world lost a slew of pop culture -- Carrie Fisher, Alan Richman, Craig Sager, John Glenn -- and music icons -- Bowie, Prince, Leonard Cohen, George Michael, et al. One comfort for me was music and my rediscovery of vinyl. The warm, comforting sound of analog became my daily meditative fix. Quite literarily. Seeking out vinyl "nuggets" became a quest to help me deal with my own pain and depression. Chasing down albums that I owned thirty years, abadonded at the advent of those shiny new things called compact discs. Restorative analog power reigned o'er me. One of my chief caveats: I would not purchase anything on vinyl that I already owned on compact disc. Well, that rule didn't last long as I found comfort in »
- Dusty Wright
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Thirty years since it ended, we revisit much-loved 80s historical fantasy series Robin Of Sherwood...
The Robin Hood legend has been retold in countless ways, but one of the most memorable of modern times is Richard Carpenter’s hugely influential 1980s imagining, telling the story of Sherwood’s band of outlaws with a combination of realism and luminous fantasy with its roots in British folklore.
Made by Htv in association with production company Goldcrest Films (which was also behind Chariots Of Fire and Gandhi), its 26 episodes ran on ITV from 1984 to 1986, garnering a positive critical reception and inspiring a fan following that’s still enthusiastically active today.
Much of the success of the show was down to the spot-on casting and the chemistry between the performers. Michael Praed’s charismatic-yet-otherworldly presence as Robin was the perfect match for the show’s aesthetic, and the more down-to-earth Little John, »
You may recall last year that a very odd robbery took place which saw £14 million (though estimated at £200 million) worth of jewels stolen from London’s Hatton Garden Vault, where the collective ages of the four ringleaders came to 278 years. Well, now Signature Entertainment have secured the UK distribution rights for a movie adaptation of the robbery, with filming now underway in and around London.
The Hatton Garden Job picks up with a mysterious thief, who is presented with an opportunity to take down the exclusive Hatton Garden Vault just days after leaving prison. It’s an old school job, requiring old school skills. With real life twists and turns as though written for a movie, The Hatton Garden Job follows our convict recruiting a team of veteran British criminals all eager for one final chance at glory. Together they must stay ahead of the law, dodge hired mercenaries and »
Hatton Garden Robbery film gets its cast and a distributor. Shooting kicked off this week. The Hatton Garden Robbery film will be titled The Hatton Garden Job, and will release in late 2016. Larry Lamb, Joely Richardson and Matthew Goode have landed parts in the Hatton Garden Robbery film, which has started shooting int London. The Hatton Garden Robbery film is the first to be made of the $14 million heist in 2015. Hatton Garden Robbery film gets its shoot underway in the capital
Also starring is The Imitation Game and Downton Abbey star Matthew Goode and Joely Richardson (The Patriot, TV’s Nip Tuck), whilst the ringleaders of the robbery will be played by TV favourite Lamb (TV’s Gavin & Stacey, Eastenders) as Brian Reader, »
- Paul Heath
The main cast of a film about the Hatton Garden robbery has been announced, with the former EastEnders actor Larry Lamb being given the key role of heist ringleader Brian Reader. Also in the cast are Matthew Goode (Downton Abbey), Joely Richardson (Nip/Tuck) and Phil Daniels (Quadrophenia).
The film, currently entitled The Hatton Garden Job, has started filming in London. It tells the story of the 2015 “robbery of the decade” that instantly became folklore after it became apparent that many of the perpetrators were well into their 60s. Reader, who was named in court as one of the key planners, was 77 years old when he was sentenced to six years in jail in March.
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- Andrew Pulver
In 1973, English rock group The Who released their second rock opera "Quadrophenia," which loosely followed the story of young mod named Jimmy and his search for a place in the world. Six years later, Franc Roddam's film adaptation of the album starring Phil Daniels ("Vinyl," "Chicken Run") as Jimmy, a kid who falls in with the mod culture only for his life to slowly spiral out of control, was released to mostly positive reviews. The Criterion Collection released a restored Blu-ray of the film featuring an all-new sound mix in 2012. Now, NME reports that a sequel is set to be filmed this summer, 37 years after the original film's release. Read More: Dardenne Brothers, 'Quadrophenia,' Andrew Haigh's 'Weekend' Lead August Criterion Collection Releases The film will be based on the Pete Townshend-approved Peter Meadows book "To Be Someone," which continued Jimmy's adventures after the events of the film. »
- Vikram Murthi
6 items from 2016
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