Monthly Archives: August 2011

Davies’s ‘Deep Blue Sea’ to close London Film Festival

By Ray Bennett Rachel Weisz will open and close the 55th BFI London Film Festival as she stars in “The Deep Blue Sea”, Terence Davies’ film of the Terence Rattigan play, which will screen on the final night on Oct. … Continue reading

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THEATRE REVIEW: ‘South Pacific’ at the Barbican

By Ray Bennett LONDON – The big numbers in the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical “South Pacific” are so entertaining that the Tony Award-winning Broadway production at the Barbican until Oct. 1 is irresistible even though the production is a bit … Continue reading

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Meirelles’s ‘360’ to open 2011 BFI London Film Festival

By Ray Bennett Brazilian filmmaker Fernando Meirelles’ “360”, starring Rachel Weisz, Jude Law and Anthony Hopkins, will have its European premiere to open the 55th BFI London Film Festival on Wednesday Oct. 12. It has its world premiere at the Toronto … Continue reading

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PREVIEW: Spies go back into the cold in ‘Tinker, Tailor’

By Ray Bennett When John Le Carré created his master spy George Smiley – who is about to be revisited in Optimum Releasing’s Working Title Pictures production of “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” – he made him a fat man. The … Continue reading

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THEATRE REVIEW: ‘Anne Boleyn’ at Shakespeare’s Globe

By Ray Bennett Finally made it to Shakespeare’s Globe in London to catch Howard Brenton’s Tudor romp “Anne Boleyn” before it closes today. A hit this summer as it was on its debut last year, the crowd- and critic-pleasing production … Continue reading

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FILM REVIEW: ‘The Guard’ starring Brendan Gleeson

By Ray Bennett LONDON – There is a fish out of water in John Michael McDonagh’s entertaining Irish crime yarn “The Guard” but it’s not the black American FBI agent parachuted into Galway on the hunt for a gang of … Continue reading

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Nominees set for WSA, concert to honour Ronni Chasen

By Ray Bennett The World Soundtrack Awards concert at the 38th Ghent Film Festival on Oct. 22 will be a night of mixed emotions because while it will celebrate the music of some great composers, it also will be dedicated … Continue reading

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DVD and Blu-ray Disc rule in entertainment spending

By Ray Bennett DVD and Blu-ray Disc account for 42% of all entertainment spending compared to 25% at cinemas, 27% for Pay TV or Premium TV, and 5% on Video On Demand and electronic sell-through, according to data published by … Continue reading

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The Cliff Edge … my original photo

Many have asked to see my original photo at Tintagel, which became the logo for this website, so here it is.

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FILM REVIEW: J. J. Abrams’s ‘Super 8’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – Pity the poor kids who flock to see “Super 8”, the new film from J.J. Abrams and Steven Spielberg about kids and aliens that Paramount releases in the UK today. It’s not just that once … Continue reading

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