Category Archives: CULTURE

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BLOCKBUSTER INTERSTELLAR DROPS TOMORROW!

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Film critic James King meets Interstellar star Matthew McConaughey at the BFI IMAX for the film’s European Premiere.

As anticipation for Nolan’s intergalactic masterpiece reaches boiling point, this IMAX featurette provides a sneak peak of the film’s Ranger ship, now on display at the Waterloo venue.

McConaughey explains in his own words, why you absolutely must go and watch INTERSTELLAR at your nearest IMAX screen.

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AS IF! THE A-Z OF 90S SLANG!!

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i-D’s A-Z videos are always a hoot, this time they’re taking us back to the 90s with their A-Z of 90s slang.  The video directed by the Layzell Bros features some iconic 90s animation (think Clarissa “Explains it All”, “Doug”, and “Fido Dido”).  If you’re a 90s kid, this is gonna be so bodacious for you – if not, then watch and learn!

CURZON GIVEAWAY COMP

COMPETITION: A BUNDLE OF FILMS FROM CURZON CINEMA

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Shit weather, soaked ankle boots, f*d up hair; winter is physically rearing it’s ugly head – this means warm nights in on the sofa with a good DVD right? RIGHT!!!

On that note we have the perfect giveaway / competition for you *insert jazz hands here* courtesy of Curzon Film World.  A stylish bundle of DVDs is up for grabs for one lucky winner!

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GREATEST BOX SET SOUNDTRACKS

While storylines, acting, graphics and sets are hugely important, many viewers often underestimate the impact that a musical soundtrack can have on production value. To celebrate the efforts of musical production teams, we’ve put together a list of some of the greatest box set soundtracks in existence, from modern greats to timeless classics.

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Game of Thrones

Composed by German born Ramin Djawadi, the HBO Game of Thrones soundtrack is nothing short of an instrumental masterpiece. The dramatic Main Title theme song is instantly recognisable and has embedded itself in contemporary pop culture. Search ‘Game of Thrones song’ on YouTube and you’ll be bombarded with covers from jazz groups, bagpipers, rock bands and everyone in-between. The Game of Thrones Season 4 soundtrack is just as impressive as its predecessors, featuring a cameo appearance from Icelandic band Sigur Rós as well as 21 other original compilations. Djawadi has most definitely done the epic fantasy drama series justice with Emmy Award winning tracks such as The Mountain and the Viper. 

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Nashville

As a series revolving around the US country music scene, it comes as no surprise that Nashville boasts a pretty impressive soundtrack. It can be a risky business asking actors to lend their vocals to a show but it turns out that Hayden Panettiere and Connie Britton can really belt out a tune! Not to mention their talented co-stars Clare Bowen and Charles Esten. Hundreds of original recordings were produced for the show, with a cherry picked selection making it onto the soundtrack and even winning places in the official US country music charts.

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Girls

Sassy and scandalous, Girls was one of the hottest TV shows to hit screens in 2012. And Lena Dunham’s handpicked selection of tunes was the icing on the cake. Featuring artists such as Robyn, Oasis, Fleet Foxes and Santigold, the compilations are a fantastic mix of classic rock, on-trend indie and upbeat pop.

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The Wire

After five seasons on air, fans of the ‘greatest TV drama of all time’ were crying out for an official soundtrack. Warner delivered with a 35 track deluxe album titled, ‘The Wire… And All The Pieces Matter.’ Covering five years of music as well as clips of some of the show’s most famous quotes, this compilation is a must-have for any fan of the acclaimed crime drama series.

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Flight of the Conchords

Against all odds, quirky New Zealanders Bret McKenzie and Jermaine Clement managed to simultaneously break into the comedy, music and TV scenes. The result was a hit HBO TV series which quickly developed a cult following. Featuring hit songs such as Bowie, Robots and The Prince of Parties, the debut Flight of the Conchords is charming, funny and inherently clever. With HBO confirming a four episode encore, fans can expect a handful of new songs and an abundance of guaranteed laughs.

Next time you’re watching your favourite TV series, take a minute to think about what music is accompanying the scenes and whether or not the episode would be anywhere near as engaging without it!

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SCATTER MY ASHES AT BERGDORF’S HITS LONDON

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Not sure if you’re aware of this but the eagerly awaited fashion documentary Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s has hit London, we get to watch it on the big screen too! We had the opportunity to go to a screening at the Curzon cinema in Mayfair and loved every minute of it – so inspiring, so motivating for those looking to start a career in the fashion industry, and for those already in it. See how Michael Kors got his big break, and watch the development of those famous windows from sketch to finish.

Go see it at the Curzon cinema in Mayfair before Christmas, then put it on your Christmas wishlist; maybe Santa will drop it off for you.

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FILM: HUNGER GAMES CATCHING FIRE SETS BOX OFFICE ABLAZE!

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The long awaited sequel The Hunger Games: Catching Fire opened here in the UK with ‘Midnight Screenings’ last Thursday (21st November) across the country that took a hefty total of £300k from 275 cinemas. The film then went on to take a record breaking total of over £12m over the course of the weekend; making it Lionsgate UK’s largest ever opening!

This figure is a 250% increase on the franchise’s first instalment opening weekend of £4.9m in March 2012. The Hunger Games took £24m in the UK and grossed nearly $700 million at the box office worldwide.

Lionsgate UK CEO Zygi Kamasa commented: “We are thrilled with the outstanding box office and audience response to THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE. Katniss and the world of Panem has struck a chord with UK audiences and critics alike with results to substantiate that. We are looking forward to seeing where Mockingjay will take us next.”

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire begins as Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a “Victor’s Tour” of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) – a competition that could change Panem forever.

Just so you know, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire will be available to pre-order on DVD and Blu-ray from Tuesday 3rd December!!!

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CULTURE: SO EXCITED TO SEE YSL LE FILM

After reading Alicia Drake’s The Beautiful Fall (book about the rivalry between designers Yves Saint Laurent and Karl Lagerfeld) about 6 years ago, I have wanted to watch this movie; YSL Le Film! You know when you read a book and you visualise ab-solu-tely-ev-ery-thing that’s happening on the page? Yeah that!

The bits that I was most enamoured by were the bits about Mr YSL’s life (his trips to Marrakech, his nights in Studio 54, etc) now I know this is not The Beautiful Fall on screen, but it will be an exciting insight into Yves Saint Laurent’s life as a rising fashion designer. The film, due out in France early 2014, is heavily endorsed by Pierre Bergé (co-founder of Yves Saint Laurent’s fashion house, long term business partner, and Yves’s former life partner).

We get to watch (Pierre Niney as) him designing his most iconic pieces, defying the critics, and take a dip into his life behind closed doors.

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FILM: LIVING FOR FROZEN’S OLAF THE SNOWMAN

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This is that wonderful moment before reality craps all over your dreams and aspirations! Olaf the snowman from Disney’s new flick Frozen, loves the idea of ‘summer, and suuun, and all things hooot’. Watch his music vid below and feel his enthusiasm, take it all in! Be sure to check him out in his full glory in Frozen, released nation wide on December 6th.