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London’s independent cinemas: building revolution

London’s independent cinemas: building revolution

Art, Audio, Culture, Film, Media, News, Social media
It’s Saturday evening in Central London. It’s cold outside, and a young student couple fancies a good movie. Their decision will reveal how the cinema business in the capital has evolved to a new paradigm of both management and consumption. It’s mid-March and all the Oscar-award winning films are on screen. She wants to see La la land, but he has already seen it, so it’s going to be Moonlight. They check the screenings on their smartphones. The closest venue is the Curzon in Bloomsbury. 13 pounds. Too much for their short budget. Another option: the Vue in Islington. 11 pounds. Still too expensive. They live in East London, so what about the Hackney Picturehouse? 11,5 pounds, no way. He is about to quit. Wait, she says, let’s check the Genesis in Whitechapel. Look, 7 pounds. Deal. Once
“Women have to work harder and longer to get recognised”: Are the arts a man’s world?

“Women have to work harder and longer to get recognised”: Are the arts a man’s world?

Art, Culture, Film, Media, Music, musicians, Opinion
Last night’s 89th Academy Awards made headlines for several reasons. Issues ranged from the use of the wrong photo during the memorial video and the already infamous mix-up when announcing Best Picture clouded proceedings. However one key source of controversy has followed the awards since nominees were announced: 80 per cent of nominees outside of the acting categories are male. Criticised last year for a lack of racial diversity, #OscarsSoWhite dominated coverage of the proceedings. It seems that although this year’s ceremony is more representative in some ways, the nominations still come up short in others. This has prompted us to question how much gender inequality women face within the arts. Male-dominated industries Fresh from being awarded a Breakthrough Brit award by BAFTA,
Are London Street buskers being ‘criminalised’?

Are London Street buskers being ‘criminalised’?

Art, Film, Music, musicians, Uncategorized
The streets of London are a stage to all aspiring musicians. However, with the recent introductory of busking licences in Camden a concern for the future of busking has emerged. Isn't it amazing how the streets of London curate symphonies with melodies, sounds and voices of different musicians? For years London has been a hub for the live music scene. Famous artists such as Ed Sheeran and Robin Williams are amongst those who started off their careers as buskers. So, be aware, next time you walk past a busker. They may be the very next star. However recently Camden council fined Beatboxer Fredy Garcia £1000 for busking without a license. Camden Town, well known for it's musicality has been criticised for it's controversial busking regulations. Street musician Jonnie Walker,
James Bond film production designer, Sir Ken Adam dies

James Bond film production designer, Sir Ken Adam dies

#breakingnews, Film
Sir Ken Adam, renowned for his work on James Bond films, died on Thursday at his home in London according to the BBC. He was 95. Sir Ken, worked on seven James Bond films including Dr. No (the first of the series) and Goldfinger. He was known for his innovative designs of villain lairs. The Production designer also designed the famous racing car in the 1968 film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, based on Ian Fleming's novel Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang: The Magical Car. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-P2jiRPlq2U Sir Adam, born in Berlin as Klaus Hugo Adam later migrated to England in 1934 with his Jewish family. In 1975, he won an Oscar for his work on Barry Lyndon (British-American period drama film) and his second Oscar in 1995 for his work on The Madness of King George. He was later

“Ghostbusters is racist,” fans claim

Culture, Film, Look, Social media
Fans of the world-acclaimed movie allege that the new version is racist. Thirty years after the much-loved original franchise took the world by storm, the sequel made its long-awaited reboot with an all female cast. When the film's trailer debuted this Thursday, fans who watched the two-minute video quickly took to social media to share their disappointments. They claimed the movie is “racist” because it “lacks diversity”. Why does the Ghostbusters' token character always have to be black? That's racist! #Ghostbusters — PCobbs (@pcobbsthoughts) March 5, 2016 Is it me or based on trailer the Ghostbuster film looks kinda racist. Three white scientists and Lisa Jones is the street girl I'll pass — Mark Harris (@1555FILMWORKS) March 4, 2016 Also I think it's bad &am

Stars make bold choices at the Oscar’s red carpet

#breakingnews, Culture, Film
The 88th Academy Awards was a memorable night for the world of fashion, as many stars on the red carpet made bold choices. Some of the biggest brands like Versace, Armani, Ralph Lauren and Dior were the usual favourites. For this year’s Oscars, bright and dark colours were the new trend. Here's how social media reacted to it. All eyes on Naomi Watts on the #ERedCarpet! What do you think @MelRivers will think of this look on #FashionPolice? pic.twitter.com/cKDj5MJqBx — Fashion Police (@e_FashionPolice) February 29, 2016 Olivia Munn putting a little too much pepper on the comedy there. — Michael Ian Black (@michaelianblack) February 29, 2016 Enough about Leo, let's talk about her. Rachel McAdams. goddess pic.twitter.com/1eljjLiGOi — Fernando Flores (@fafloresmo

The 88th Academy Awards: As they happened…

#breakingnews, Culture, Film
The 88th Academy Awards kicked off last night with host Chris Rock taking the helm this year. Alejandro G. Iñárritu's The Revenant was the favourite to win Best Picture but with a surprise win from Spotlight and Leonardo DiCaprio's Best Actor win it all made for a rather exciting ceremony. It was finally Leo's year! This is the Oscars as they happened... Nominees for the 88th Academy Awards at the Nominees Luncheon. Photo credit: Academy Awards //

Oscars Weekend: Leonardo DiCaprio’s predicted win and other things to look out for

Culture, Film, News
The Oscar weekend is finally upon us and if all the backlash the academy has received in the past month is anything to go by - this will be one award show for the books. Since announcing the nominees for the most coveted award in Hollywood this past January, the Oscars have been heavily criticized for their lack of diversity when choosing said nominees. This year, not one person of colour as well as no movie of colour such as 'Straight Outta Compton' was nominated. The hashtag #OscarsSoWhite soon started making the rounds on twitter with big names such as Jada Pinkett-Smith - who called for a full on boycott of the award show, Will Smith, Mindy Kaling, Rebel Wilson among many others shared their thoughts on twitter about the lack of diversity in Hollywood as a whole. ...

Review: Deadpool

Culture, Film
108 minutes of pure unadulterated violence, sexual montages and fourth wall destroying monologues. Yes, this is Deadpool and he is Marvel’s new antihero... Screencap from Deadpool. Credit: Fox Movies Marvel's Deadpool is not your average superhero film nor does it conform to the norms of general filmmaking. From the offset it strives to remind you of this with the inclusion of unconventional credits stating that it is written by 'the real heroes here' and is directed by 'an overpaid tool'. And the slow motion action underlaying this launches you straight into the promised unadulterated violence which certainly starts the film with impact. #Deadpool is *not* a movie to take your kids to, unless your kids are 21 and 17 like mine are. We enjoyed it. :D — Rick Riordan (@camphalfblood

Hugh Grant to play Meryl Streep’s husband in an upcoming biopic

#breakingnews, Film
Hugh Grant is going to play an aristocrat in his next film 'Florence Foster Jenkins'. The movie is based on a true story of a terrible opera singer played by Meryl Streep.  The London based actor is working with the Oscar winning actress for the first time. Grant is going to play the role of St. Claire Bayfield, Jenkins' manager and husband. His character is supportive of his partner's dream of becoming an opera singer, despite her lack of talent. While Streep believes that she is the epitome of vocal talent, Grant desperately hides the ugly truth from reports The Wrap. Grant was last seen in 2015, in the film The Man from U.N.C.L.E. The actor recently became a father for the fourth time. Florence Foster Jenkins is being directed by Stephen Frears who has directed films like 'The Que