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The Age Of Stupid director attacks Channel 4 and BBC over green documentaries

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Franny Armstrong, acclaimed director of global warming drama-documentary The Age of Stupid, has attacked the BBC and Channel 4 over their green documentary records, calling them “miserable.” Read the rest of this entry »

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April 23, 2009 at 3:28 pm

The worst movie taglines: Crank 2 and more

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I’m sure Crank 2: High Voltage is  a shockingly bad film. I haven’t seen it, nor the first one, but you can guarentee that any film with Jason Statham playing a cockney John McClane with the tagline ‘He was dead. Then he got better’ is going to be bloody awful. Granted, a few teenagers with haywire testerone are going to love it in much the same way they regard Statham’s other action franchise The Transporter, but the rest of us will either avoid it or leave the cinema and run straight home for a Coen Bros/Scorcese boxset marathon to exercise the memory. Read the rest of this entry »

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April 16, 2009 at 10:28 am

Fast and the Furious 5 touted: Movie franchises that won’t go away

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This week, pseudo action-hero Paul Walker told a radio show that Fast and the Furious 5 is on the cards, and that both he and Vin Diesel would be reprising their roles. Considering that the first film was a masterclass in poor quality, over-budgeted, hi-concept dross and that the rest of the series has gotten progressively worse, the money-spinning success of the franchise can be the only possible reason it lives on.

Here, Eye Box casts its mind over other movie franchises which just won’t go away and considers how we can get rid of them… Read the rest of this entry »

Shameless self-promotion

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As it says above.

This is just to say a quick thank you to the BBC Blogs editorial team who linked my post on The Wire, which brought a lot of new people to my blog, and also to the Blogs of the Day wordpress blog, which ranked Eye Box in a top 100 last week. All good news and posting will increase over the next few days. I’ve been working at the Times Higher Education magazine so my output has dipped a bit but keeping checking in for more tele and film news and opinion.

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April 9, 2009 at 7:42 pm

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Welcome to the Tellydump podcast

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Following on from my post about the public annoyance of the late night showing of The Wire on BBC, here is a discussion I had with my tell! Magazine co-news editor Ali Plumb about the problems with commissioning programmes on Britain’s public broadcaster.

Welcome to the world’s first Tellydump

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April 5, 2009 at 9:01 pm

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The Wire BBC2 debut is too late for many

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The Wire premiered on BBC2 yesterday… but many couldn’t stay awake to see it. Without securing iPlayer rights for the show, the question of editorial policy must be raised. Read the rest of this entry »

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March 31, 2009 at 9:24 pm

Apprentice record-breaking ratings suggest a good year for BBC

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446apprentice2Upon hearing the news that The Apprentice scored the highest ever BBC1 opening show ratings – a hefty 8.1m viewers, or 13.5% of the entire UK – I thought that now seems like as good a time as any to round-up what we can expect from the Beeb’s four main channels, BBC1, 2, 3 and 4, in the coming months. Read the rest of this entry »

Hollywood nepotism

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Hollywood has always been full of nepotistic movie star families. Some of them have been hard at work this week. Read the rest of this entry »

Poll: Red Riding

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I’ve been unbelievably disappointed by Channel 4’s flagship ‘television event of the year’ Red Riding. Two episodes in and convoluted, disjointed and outright ridiculous plot twists added with bad direction have left me feeling like a guy who missed his plane for a round-the-world tour. Hopefully the final part of the trilogy improves.

Please complete the below poll with your opinion:

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March 13, 2009 at 11:08 am

Great news – The Wire is coming to BBC2

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Great news for terrestrial TV viewers in the UK – BBC2 has announced that they are to screen all 60 episodes of the critically-acclaimed crime drama The Wire. Read the rest of this entry »

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March 12, 2009 at 10:36 pm