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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

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 »

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

Umbrellas at Channel 4

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Courtesy of Channel 4

Found this via Twitter today. It shows Stephanie Imbeau’s Shelter: umbrellas all over the Channel 4’s massive steel Big 4. Imbeau recently won C4’s Big 4 competition. Read the rest of this entry »

ITV jobs cuts: Grade not phased, says Guru Murthy on Twitter

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We all know that Twitter has taken over from real life as the number one way to experience reality, but isn’t it getting horribly postmodern when you’ve got broadcasters announcing the news online before their own bulletins. Is it just me or doesn’t that work against you?  Where the hell is point hiding? Read the rest of this entry »

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March 4, 2009 at 12:39 pm

Hollywood Reporter says Oscars ‘still have bounce’

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Whilst it’s true that the Oscars don’t hold the same level of prestige that it once did, American entertainment bible Hollywood Reporter‘s  Gregg Kilday has contended that last week’s event proved the Academy Awards still have bounce. Read the rest of this entry »

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March 4, 2009 at 12:07 pm