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What to watch this week – #TheHungerGames #CatchingFire #film #movie #entertainment #cinema

27 Nov

Screen Shot 2013-11-22 at 16.37.24If you had any worries or concerns that Director Gary Ross’s successor would be turning this sequel into a Twilight esq format, where each film has its own unique stamp per director, and the lead character looks more and more bizarre as the films progress, then fear not, as The Hunger Games – Catching Fire  continues the franchise brilliantly.

In the second installment of the hugely popular film adaptation, Tribute victors of the 74th Hunger Games Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark become targets of the Capitol after their victory sparks a rebellion in the Districts of Panem. As a result, President Snow decides to hold the 75th Hunger Games in which all previous victors will once again fight against each other.

If you have been a fan of the books and then watched the first film, you may have felt a little short changed in terms of the detail throughout the Games section itself. Catering to a 12a audience, the first installment of this franchise lacked some of the more graphic scenes of violence throughout, and replaced this with clever jump cuts and edits to keep the action flowing. I for one, was one of those people, and felt slightly underwhelmed when walking out of that original viewing.Screen Shot 2013-11-22 at 16.40.18

However, this second film seems to have found its feet much more – realizing that there is a large share in terms of older audience members, it quite purposefully takes more risks. There is a whipping scene involving Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth) the shooting of an old man who dares to acknowledge the revolution, and a very unceremonious punch to the face for Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence). Although these are all wincing to the eye, they are a refreshing progression for the film, and as the film tackles more grown up subject matter, you very much feel like you’re watching a much more grown up film.Screen Shot 2013-11-22 at 16.37.46

Once again the lead characters are portrayed well. Lawrence’s Katniss Everdeen is brooding and thoughtful, more of the relationship between herself and Hemsworths Gale is explored, and Josh Hutcherson’s Peeta Mellark has realized that he must suppress his feelings in order to play the game and put on a great show. There is also an influx of new cast members (all the other Tributes get killed off in the previous film – in the style of a less brutal Battle Royale!) and one of the biggest surprises of this is Sam Claflin as Finnick Odair. With a flawless American accent, a smile to melt a lot of hearts in the female share of the audience, this British actor will probably use this character to cement his place in the Hollywood heart throb elite – Robert Pattinson better watch out!

Out with the old and in with the new is the way this second running of the film works, the style has been cleverly matched by Director Francis Lawrence to its predecessor and not a minute of filming is wasted. Even if you’re coming to the movie having loved the book, its truthful approach to what is written will be a welcome relief, and it may even hold some surprises for you too. Plenty of action for everyone, some eye candy for both boys and girls, and a very enjoyable film to watch. You will not be disappointed!

4 Stars

Catching up with The Risk (@theriskoffic ) at The London Dungeons….

11 Feb

Just before the Christmas rush, I managed to catch up with the lovely boys from The Risk –  The X Factor last year – as they treated their ever loyal fan base to a top secret gig at the not so Christmassy London Dungeons!

We chatted about why they wanted to perform at that venue, what they thought of the most recent winner of the X Factor – James Arthur, and how hard it really is to deal with all the flack contestants from the show get in the press (Poor old Christopher Maloney!)

The boys were also there to give a sneak peek of their new single Missiles (which after hearing it through the sound checks and performance is very addictive!) Here’s hoping it does really well for them!

So here’s my interview for Red Carpet News Extra and below its the boys latest single – so go download now!

Oh and as an added bonus, here’s the behind the scenes to their music video too!

You can follow the boys on Twitter @theriskoffic or on their ever popular Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/TheRiskOfficial

Klaim “Smart Export” Official Music Video…and me!

29 Nov

Hi everyone,

Thought I’d share with you a fantastic little music video I starred in recently. It was for the European band Klaim’s new single Smart Export and was filmed by the amazing decollage.tv.

It was a fantastic shoot all round London town during day and night, and in one spooky ass warehouse in Camberwell!

Now I look a little grumpy in this video but you all know that its just acting darrrlling! So I can now resume to my happy self!

Thanks for all your support and enjoy! x

I’m feeling filmy!!! …..

6 Sep

Well yesterday marked the start of the most exciting time of London’s film calendar…The London Film Festival. I was lucky enough to be at the event in the Odeon Leicester Square to capture all the reactions from the BFI Execs through to the film makers who are so over the moon to be a part of this fantastic festival! Well done all, it looks like an amazing line up!!!

For anyone who isn’t familiar, here are a few interviews to get you up to speed on all the wonderful films on offer this festival season….

 

Amanda Nevill CEO BFI

Sally El Hosaini – Director – My Brother the Devil

Sarah Gavron – Director – The Village at the End of the World

Charlie Paul – Director – For No Good Reason

Alice Lowe – Actress and Screenwriter – Sightseers

Mat Whitecross – Director Spike Island

Kicking off a busy week with…THE SWEENEY

4 Sep

Its a good job its warm outside this week…as its choca-block with premieres and big film announcements, and why not kick it off with one of its most star-studded. The Sweeney crashed into the Vue Leicester Square last night to the sound of a siren or two and a massive reception from fans. For those who may be too young to remember the John Thaw and Dennis Waterman original can be safely brought up to 2012 with this high action chaser centred around our wonderful city of London. It hits cinemas next week and to if you cant wait that long, then check out my interviews with the cast and crew!

Enjoy!

Why only have one version right?…

24 Aug

Well, sometimes you can just get plain lucky and have someone decide to use the content you’ve shot for one show for a whole other show… So here’s a brand new edit of my followings of Leo The Lion’s 24 Gigs in 24 hours! Hope you like it! Enjoy!

 

Following The Streets…on The Streets…

22 Aug

So what better way to make use of the fantastic weather outside than to become the ultimate groupy for former The Streets singer Leo The Lion, as he wanders to various locations around London raising money for charity. I like to call it exaggerated busking, or “glusking” as he manages to have a huge entourage by his side throughout this journey – but it was far cooler than any signing efforts I could ever pull off!

Anyway, its a long old slog 24 gigs in 24 hours, so Millie’s Cookies thought what a better way to keep his spirits up than plying him with cookies along the way – and what better person to do that than me! : ) Luckily I only joined him for the last leg of the journey, but visiting the Royal Ballet School, W Hotel and Carnaby Street were huge highlights…

Check it out…