3rd December 2007
ZETA MINOR NEWS
A new review has been added to the site
today! Ceri Laing has taken a look at the latest Douglas Adams audiobook,
Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, which was released
recently by BBC Audiobooks. Click on the sleeve image, left, or
here to read Ceri's review.
Many new titles have been added to the
database this week, including recent ITV2 bonkbuster
Secret Diary of a Call Girl; George Clooney's hit thriller
Michael Clayton; straight-to-DVD horror sequel
Wrong Turn 2: Dead End and David Renwick's bittersweet sit-com
New listings include the first sightings of
TV favourites, notably
Two Ronnies - Series 3;
Fugitive - Series 1 and
- Series 4.
We've also added full details for many
forthcoming releases, including
Spooks - Series 6; and the sequel to
the acclaimed Russian vampire movie Night Watch,
Watch (check out HMV's very good pre-order price for the Day
Watch / Night Watch box set!)
Check it out - there's something for
everyone this week!
Giant crocodile thriller Primeval
has been re-named for its UK release, presumably to avoid confusion with
the recent ITV TV series. It's now known as
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
has issued a recall notice to retailers about Stargate SG-1 - Season 10
- Volume 3. This was due to "an artwork / BBFC certification issue".
Books will release Alien Vs Predator: Requiem - Inside The Monster Shop,
a behind-the-scenes look at the latest film in the Alien and
Predator film series, on January the 18th.
The book looks at the work of special
effects supervisors Tom Woodruff Jr and Alec Gillis, of Amalgamated
Dynamics, who have worked on many films in the series, as well as some of
the Tremors, Terminator and Spider-man films.
The 128-page book has an RRP of £14.99.
Amazon.com has it available for pre-order for £9.89,
The BFI IMAX theatre at the South Bank is
hosting an all-night event showcasing modern musicals on Saturday. Here's
the full press release:
DARK ALL-NIGHTER ON SATURDAY 8 DECEMBER
Put on your dancing shoes for a musical
spectacular with Fame, The Blues Brothers, Chicago
and Moulin Rouge
In tune with the festive season, the next
BFI IMAX After Dark All-Nighter on Saturday 8 December is a song and dance
spectacular with four favourite modern musicals to get you feeling ready
to party. Why not come down with all your friends and make a real night of
it, 10 hours long!
Hot on the heels of the sell-out Lord of
the Rings and Bourne Trilogy All-Nighters comes an entire night of music
and dancing. The evening kicks off with two 1980 cult classics; the
downright disco favourite Fame and the crazy rhythm and blues
frenzy that is The Blues Brothers. In the wee small hours it’s
showtime with Chicago, as Catherine Zeta-Jones and Renée Zellweger
strut their stuff. Then Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor pair up in the
gorgeous Moulin Rouge.
Tickets are £25 and £18 for concessions and
special rates for groups. Hot dogs and snacks are on sale all night, with
alcoholic and soft drinks available at the bar and free teas and coffees
on offer to keep you on your toes. All films will be shown in 35mm,
filling about a third of the giant screen.
Timings are as follows:
11:15pm Fame (Alan Parker, 1980) 133
2:00am The Blues Brothers (John
Landis, 1980) 133 mins
4.45am Chicago (Rob Marshall, 2003)
7.00am Moulin Rouge (Baz Luhrmann,
2001) 128 mins
The event is certificate 15 and will finish
at 9.10am approx on Sunday morning.
currently screening at the BFI IMAX are...
A trip to Britain’s biggest screen is also the thing to do
this December and Christmas holiday for a magical 3D cinema treat. Back by
demand and enjoyed by audiences of all ages, The Polar Express 3D
directed by Robert Zemeckis and starring Tom Hanks returns for a fourth
year. The film made cinema history in 2004 as the first ever full-length
feature converted into IMAX 3D. Children love to grasp at the falling
snowflakes, duck as the train screeches into their laps and feel the howl
of the steam whistle through 12,000 watts of surround sound.
Beowulf 3D, also directed by
Robert Zemeckis, opened at the BFI IMAX 10 days ago and has been playing
to packed houses every night with 18,500 tickets sold so far. Beowulf
3D combines digitally enhanced live-action filmmaking technology
(first seen in The Polar Express) with an all-star cast that
includes Ray Winstone, Anthony Hopkins, John Malkovich, Robin Wright Penn
and Angelina Jolie.
With family viewing in mind, the cinema is showing other
IMAX films (average running time 40 mins) where the 3D immersive sensation
takes you right into the screen. National Geographic’s Sea Monsters 3D:
A Prehistoric Adventure brings to life the extraordinary marine
reptiles of the dinosaur age. Back on dry land is Dinosaurs 3D: Giants
of Patagonia, the closest you can get to actually being in the
presence of these eternally fascinating, extraordinary creatures.
The BFI IMAX is located at South Bank, London SE1. Nearest
tube is Waterloo. Tickets can be bought in advance from the ticket desk or
by telephone on 0870 787 2525 or online from
prices: IMAX DMR films Adults £12.00, Children £8.00, Concessions £9.75.
IMAX films: Adults £8.50, Children £5.00, Concessions £6.25. Musical All-Nighter:
Adults £25, Concessions £18.
Discounts for group bookings: Discounts are available for
groups of 10 or more and the flexibility of the cinema enables groups of
40 or more to arrange their own morning screening of IMAX films. Contact
David West, Group Sales Manager at
firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel: 020 7960 3120.
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