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  1. ...100/1 Robbie Williams, Eminem, 500/1 Boris Johnson.

    Article created on 12/11/2004 13:04

    Come again? :huh:

    And Eminem? Are you kidding me?

    Just put this one down to 'British sense of humour' :rolleyes:. I don't think anyone is seriously expecting Eminem to become the next Bond: I should imagine someone attempted to place money on Eminem 'for a laugh' and the bookmakers William Hill were obliged to give odds. Same for Boris Johnson.white-haired, chubby and outspoken British journalist and politician, who's been very much in the news lately. Someone's merely having a laugh.

    Eric Bana gets my vote as Bond. The man has great physical presence, is handsome (rather than pretty), and has intelligence, charisma and charm by the bucket-load. Cons: English accent very dodgy, but can be improved upon one presumes.

    Oh, and Orlando would make a fantastic Baby!Bond :wub:.

  2. The Film Distributors' Association have added a UK release date for Elizabethtown.  It's listed as September 16th 2005, which sounds about right given the US date - though why we have to wait so long beats me, it's not as if we don't speak the same language (almost  :)  ).

    Fantastic ! I, for one, am glad that the film won't be released until mid September. I'm going to be out of the UK for much of next year, almost certainly missing KOH plus promos/publicity, etc. But, if this date is correct, I should, at least, be back in time for Elizabethtown plus all its goings-on in the UK. Go me :clap:!

  3. Many thanks for the great reviews, ladies. I was in two minds as to whether or not to read them, given the heavy spoiler content, but decided, sod it, the chances of me seeing this film are probably 50/50 at best anyway, so what the hell ! Needless to say, if the film does make its way to London, I shall be first in the queue on opening night, with my Haven cinema ticket in my sweaty palms, ready to indulge in some gorgeous, angsty Orlando :wub: .

  4. -  Bernard Hill mentioned that, on a number of occasions during filming when his own horse was indisposed, he used Legolas' horse Percy

    I always wanted to know what "Arod" 's name was - thanks for your report, PotNoodle!

    Eledh, I just thought Percy was such a great name for a horse !

    I'm so glad you had a great time at the festival as well.

    What day did you go? Who knows, maybe I even saw you & didn't know. Aww, missed out on meeting a fellow Ka Bloomer.

    Cl@ire, I went on Saturday. And it's a shame I didn't get to see earlier the fantastic photos you posted in the other thread.I would have looked out for you had I been able to recognise you :) ! As for seeing me, if you spotted someone in the audience in a £60 seat, nervously fingering a £20 ticket, that would have been yours truly :unsure:!

    I read your fantastic report, and am so disappointed I missed hearing Craig's impersonation of Orlando: I left the Radio Show about one third of the way through to sit in on Alan Lee and John Howe's chat in the other room. Actually, though, Alan and John had a lot of interesting things to say and were really quite sweet in their very quiet and unassuming way, so perhaps no huge regrets.

    I didn't get chance to see any Karl talks - but that story sounds priceless.

    Karl was warm, charming and relaxed. At one point during his Q& A session, he seemed to be quite taken with a little girl who had approached the stage with a question for him, and squatted down to speak with her more easily.very sweet :wub: ! He also gets bonus points from me for being full of praise for London and admitting to finding it 'the coolest'. Also, I did see him quite close up when hanging about the signing queue earlier (despite the fact I hadn't paid for a signing !), and he's a lovely looking man.nice bod :yum:!

  5. Just got back from the Fellowship Festival, which was hugely enjoyable.

    The exhibition was divided into 2 large rooms: the Hall of Fire featuring a stage with guest speakers, and a second room featuring signings, games and make-up workshops, merchandise and seminars (including an interesting chat with artists Alan Lee and John Howe).

    The guest speakers included Craig Parker and Mark Ferguson (Gil-Galad) (who together also hosted the event), Bernard Hill, John Noble and Karl Urban, who took questions and answers for an hour each. There were also a number of sessions with people who'd appeared as extras (e.g. Sarah McLeod (Rosie Cotton) and Lawrence Makoare (Lurtz, Witchking), amongst others). All who spoke were very charming and enthusiastic but by far the most funny and entertaining was the duo of Craig and Mark, who seemed to have an established comedy act, and even did a little improvisation. And I apologise to Haldir fans in advance here, but Mark won't let Craig (who is not the tallest of blokes) forget the time when at one convention in Germany, a lady stood up to ask 'Whatever happened to the short, fat elf ?', at which point Mark, apparently, fell about laughing so much, he almost stopped breathing !

    Orlando/Legolas barely got a mention from the speakers, but, from what I remember, his name popped up on the following occasions:

    - Bernard Hill mentioned that, on a number of occasions during filming when his own horse was indisposed, he used Legolas' horse Percy

    - Jarl Benzon (Glorfindel) mentioned that he acted as Orlando's double

    - Karl Urban recounted the time when the night before Viggo, Orlando and John Rhys-Davies were due to film the scene of them running across the plains of Rohan, Viggo suggested they spend the night camping out. It sounds as though the evening turned into a bit of a drinking sess because the next morning, Orlando (whom Karl continually referred to as 'Leggy') was 'green' ! Bless. :wub:

    Oh, and I'm glad I bought just the standard £20 ticket, because the Hall of Fire being only about one third full, Craig and Mark were encouraging visitors in the cheaper seats to move forward into the empty £60 and £80 ones ! Bargain !

  6. In the past, haven't they always been at the Olympics as the United Kingdom? Or is my memory playing tricks on me?

    No, I'm afraid your memory is playing tricks on you :lol:! As far as I know, the UK team has always participated as Great Britain.

    Thank you so, so much. It was never made clear to me what the difference between the UK and GB were, so like most people, I used them as synonyms  .

    You're very welcome, Rachel_M :hug:!

  7. "Britain" and "England" are not synonyms. "Britain" is island which is home to three countries - England, Scotland and Wales (and "Great Britain" includes Northern Ireland).

    Mmm, I'm afraid that's not entirely accurate. Strictly speaking,

    Great Britain (or Britain) = England + Scotland + Wales

    United Kingdom = Great Britain + Northern Ireland

    (and British Isles = United Kingdom + Republic of Ireland + Channel Islands)

    However, many Brits (a Brit (or Briton) being an Englishman, a Scotsman, a Welshman or a Northern Irishman) use the terms Great Britain and the United Kingdom as though they were synonymous (i.e. to mean the United Kingdom). And officialdom isn't much better: it's interesting to note that at the Olympics (and in fact in many sports), the UK team is titled Great Britain ! Why ? I have no idea :blink:!

  8. Many thanks Hammil77 :hug:. Certainly the 150 minute documentary is new to me, as are some of the featurettes you mentioned. Now, if only there was a way of viewing this DVD without actually buying it.I can't possibly justify buying this DVD when I already own an earlier version !

  9. I own the 2-disc version of BHD that was released in the UK in 2002, that already included deleted/alternate scenes and Ranger/Delta training, etc. (I think I'm right in thinking that the version of BHD released in the US in 2002 was a single disc one with limited extras.) The 3-disc version has only just been released in the UK. Does anyone know how this version differs from the 2-disc UK version (in other words.do we get to see any more Orlando ?)

  10. Oh dear! Mean comment about Peter O'Toole but actually I did agree. I felt like a fraud. after all, as a Brit, how do you criticise the awesome Peter O'Toole?

    Cazrider.you fraud you :lol: ! Actually, I think Peter O'Toole is technically Irish, so they won't be carting you off to the tower just yet !

  11. Ooh, my turn.

    Paris' "Money Shot" natch. I had been forewarned about this scene, but no way was I expecting that :w00t: ! I do believe a large group of ladies to my far left let out a collective gasp at this point.

    Paris' hands on Helen's neck. Those wrist guards.lordy, lordy :yum: .

    Paris and Helens' full-on snogs.

    Paris's megawatt smile on greeting Brisies for the first time. Our boy has a smile that would light up a whole city.

    Paris and Hector's synchronised horse dismount. Bless. :wub:

    Paris' cowling at his brother's feet and Hector's "He's my brother" quip. Actually, made me wibble rather than swoon. The relationships between Paris and Hector, and Hector and Andromache were, IMHO, by far the most touching and unforced of the movie.

    Paris and.oh you get the idea. Has any man, woman or elf, for that matter, ever looked so beautiful ? Any scene with Paris was an occasion to wub, wibble or pop an ovary.

    Yes, when Paris handed Aeneus the sword I immediately thought, "Wow.Aeneus is HOT!  The actor is Frankie Fitzgerald, by the way -- a 19-year old Brit who's mainly just done TV (i.e., Eastenders in 2000). Now I want to see Peterson film the Aeniad with Frankie!

    PotNoodle silently curses herself for giving up watching Eastenders shortly after Tiff left.

  12. A Teletext (UK) review that rather slates Pitt's performance but which otherwise finds much to enjoy in the film.



    A lavishly staged recreation of Homer's greatest hits that suffers from a central performance as hollow as the horse.

    "War," says Sean Bean's charming Odysseus, "is young men dying and old men talking."

    Director Wolfgang Petersen has taken this excellent advice to heart. Troy, a heavyweight epic of the old school premiered this week at Cannes, is composed of two elements: buff young hotties carving each other up and crazy old British hams chewing the tent flaps.

    For the first hour or so, Troy is proper blockbusting fun. Petersen sets up the story with light-footed speed, whizzing around the Aegean from Thessaly to Sparta, where Orlando Bloom's epicene Paris seduces Helen (Diane Kruger), wife to Brendan Gleeson's gruff old warrior Menelaus, and whisks her off to Troy.

    Understandably miffed, Menelaus enlists the help of his warmongering brother Agamemnon (a vertiginously coiffed and very entertaining Brian Cox) to teach those thieving Trojans a lesson, and before you know it, a thousand ships have crossed the wine-dark sea in search of conquest.

    The only thorn in Agamemnon's side is Pitt's mercenary warrior Achilles, "a man born to end lives", who fights solely for personal glory. The Trojans have their own legendary killing machine in Hector (Eric Bana, impressive as ever) to rally the troops, and for all the computer-enhanced armies of spearmen, it's clear that these two rude boys will decide the outcome of the war.

    Though it is based loosely on the Iliad (with bits of the Odyssey thrown in for good measure) Troy's spiritual ancestors are the sword'n'sandal epics of William Wyler and Anthony Mann, recently revived by Ridley Scott's Gladiator. The key elements are big battles, portentous dialogue and a stampede of beefcake, all of which Troy delivers.

    The battles are visceral enough, and cutting-edge effects give them the scale, if not the grandeur and clarity, of Peter Jackson's breathtaking dust-ups in The Return Of The King. Petersen's gift though, is for shooting single combat — the mano a mano scraps in Troy are thrillingly realised.

    The script, by 25th Hour scribe David Benioff, is cannier than we've come to expect from summer event movies, and while it plays fast and loose with Homer (the war is compressed from 10 years to a matter of weeks) there are enough killer lines and switcheroos to keep you interested throughout the gargantuan 163-minute running time.

    As for beefcake, Petersen lays on a smorgasbord of lovingly photographed Gaultier muscle-boys — Bloom, Bana, the alarmingly pumped-up Pitt — who can't seem to keep their leather skirts on for more than two minutes at a time.  :naughty:

    Despite this persistent homoerotic hum, any suggestion that Achilles might have a thing for his protege Patroclus is ruthlessly excised. They're cousins, okay? Cousins.

    The girls hardly get a look in. Saffron Burrrows is a dignified Andromache but has nothing to do, while newcomer Diane Kruger's Helen (whose face, incidentally, would barely get a dinghy out of Grimsby) is an insipid and watery presence.

    The real problem, though, is Brad Pitt, who hasn't got either the acting chops or the raw charisma to carry a film of this size. Struggling manfully with an RSC accent, his great slab of a face as clenched and inexpressive as his forearms, he approaches triumph and disaster, love and war with the same unwavering pout of simian petulance. Achilles is a nasty piece of work, and the role cries out for the devilish warmth of, say, a young Harrison Ford to offset this chilly narcissism.

    Pitt's performance, such as it is, fatally unbalances the movie. A shame, since all sorts of good stuff happens in the periphery. It's wonderful, for instance, to see Peter O'Toole's delicate King Priam, watching the slaughter with numbed horror, or Rose Byrne's Briseis in post-coital bliss the morning after an Olympian seeing-to from Achilles. Agamemnon and Menelaus, meanwhile, spend much of the film contesting an award for the most architecturally improbable hat.

    Also impressive is Petersen's determinedly modern attitude to the war itself: no goodies or baddies, no interference from Homer's gods and plenty of political infighting. There's not quite enough fun in Troy to compensate for the Achilles-shaped void at the film's centre, but it's pretty close. Bring a cushion.

    Review by Paul Arendt

  13. OK, I give.what are Hobnobs??

    Thanks for the article Dair. :hug:

    What she said.

    Hobnobs are chunky biscuits/cookies made of oatmeal. You can buy them plain or coated with chocolate. When I was at university I (as did every other student) acquired a serious Hobnob habit.in fact, I think that's where my entire grant money went.on hobnobs !

  14. What I do for that boy ! Yes, I had to make a special trip into central London Saturday afternoon to see The Calcium Kid since my local cinema wasn't showing it. The theatre was probably the teeny-tiniest I've ever sat in and was probably less than half full, but I was pleasantly surprised to see myself surrounded by an equal spread of ages and genders, and not the 15-year-old fan-girls I was expecting !

    Was my trip worth it ? Oh yes, indeedy ! The Calcium Kid is a very cute, very British film. It's not great, but it's not the disaster the critics are suggesting. Yes some parts were cliched and corny (Ronnie Ancona's "masseuse" springs to mind), but there were some genuinely funny, laugh-out-loud moments. Herbie's shameless mugging when he thinks Jimmy is about to jack-in the fight was hilarious. And for some odd reason the Altar Boys' rendition of "God Save The Queen" tickled me (but then I do have a bit of a soft spot for young gorgeous blokes), which brings me on to Orlando.

    Our boy was just the cutest, most adorable thing ever. He was utterly convincing in the role and had many wonderful (for me anyway !) moments.the sitting at the breakfast table with his egg soldiers, the yo-yoing, the chip-eating, his little jig after he'd smashed the board over his head.I could go on. Can he act ? I think so.although I thought I noticed a bit of a tendency to over-emote :unsure:.

    As for the other performances, Omid Djalili and Rafe Spall were very good. I was less enamoured with Tamer Hassan (whose psycho performance just irritated), and Billie Piper (who was just wooden). The cameo from Frank Bruno just made me cringe.

    Absolutely hated the ending of the film.wildly improbable, and seeming to belong more in a violent gangster flick, than in the gentle comedy that The Calcium Kid had been up to that point. Otherwise, an enjoyable film, which will probably bomb at the Box Office because of the limited distribution and bad reviews, which I think is a shame: it's certainly not a film or performance of which Orlando should be ashamed.

    Ooh.just discovered that I can't vote in the poll because I'd viewed the results earlier. Is one of the PEFIC able to put me down for a "Liked it. Orlando was cute, the movie was enjoyable." Cheers !

  15. From View London

    Two out of Five stars

    Running time: 89 mins

    Despite several decent gags and a good lead performance from Bloom this is ultimately hamstrung by budgetary constraints and fails to deliver any knockout punches.

    Thanks to his roles in four of the biggest movies of the last few years (the Lord of the Rings trilogy and Pirates of the Caribbean) Orlando Bloom has built himself a sizeable following, to the point where the mere mention of his name is enough to send certain susceptible people into rapturous reveries. It remains to be seen, however, whether ‘the Bloomers’ (as they may or may not be called) will be sufficient in number to turn The Calcium Kid into a box office hit – after all, where were they for Ned Kelly, eh? Eh?

    Milkman Damages British Boxing Hope

    Bloom stars as Jimmy Connelly, a fresh-faced kid who loves his job as a milkman and wants nothing more than to become regional manager for Express Milk Dairies. However, during a sparring match at the local gym, he accidentally puts Britain’s contender for the World title out of action for a few weeks. With no time to find a replacement, the fight’s promoter (Omid Djalili) puts Jimmy forward as Britain’s Boxing Hope instead…

    The Calcium Kid is filmed as a documentary (or, if you must, mockumentary) and the film-makers squeeze just about every conceivable documentary-style joke they can out of the format, from supposedly off microphones to comedy re-takes. This works well enough in places, but isn’t really sustained throughout the film, which detracts somewhat.

    Bloom is excellent – he has an extremely likeable screen presence and he’s always watchable. However, the majority of the other characters are poorly-drawn clichés, from the drunken trainer (David Kelly) to the big-shot American promoter (Michael Lerner), though Omid Djalili does the best he can with his role as Herbie Bush.

    The exception to this is Rafe Spall, who puts in a brilliantly oblivious performance as Jimmy’s best friend Stan – his rap scene is particularly funny. As for Billie Piper, she’s barely even in it, which suggests the bulk of her performance ended up on the cutting room floor.

    Lack Of Decent Budget Is Main Problem

    The main problem with the film is that its lack of a decent budget prevents it from delivering the expected climax – clearly they couldn’t stretch to a boxing arena and a few hundred extras. (The solution is perhaps the worst example of papering over the cracks since the “burning of the Porsche” scene in Shopping, where you only see the car burn from the inside.).

    Frankly, it’s a surprise that the Milk Marketing Board didn’t pony up the cash they needed, given the fact that the film could play as an extended milk ad.

    In short, The Calcium Kid delivers the odd good laugh and Orlando fans probably won’t be disappointed, but it’s too uneven to really impress.

    Reviewed by - Matthew Turner 

    PotNoodle (a 'Bloomer', apparently :lol:)

  16. I popped to the British Museum website and found this little bit of info re the Troy exhibition.

    The story of Troy is one of mankind's greatest epic tales, re-told from antiquity to the present. A new version, the film Troy directed by Wolfgang Petersen and starring Brad Pitt as Achilles, will be released by Warner Bros in May. Costumes from the film will be displayed in the Great Court from mid-May. They will be linked to related objects from different cultures and ages, encouraging visitors to explore the Troy theme throughout the Museum.

    Looks like a trip to the British Museum in the near future is in order.

  17. Is this the one?

    Black Hawk Down Trailer

    Yes, this is the one I tried earlier, but the links just refuse to work.

    Or here is another.

    Black Hawk Down Trailer #2

    Now this is much better.although the quality of the trailer (Low-Res since I have Dial-Up) is a bit pants. But bless you for finding it for me :wub:

    I can see the trailer fine, but I'm not sure if it's Moby though.

    Yes, it's Moby that kicks in at the very end. Which site are you viewing the trailer at ?

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