September 9th, 2011

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Friends with Benefits out today (Friday 9 September)

I am a sucker for a good romantic comedy. Friends with Benefits is out today. I saw this at the Empire Big Screen and I loved it! So I am recommending this for those of you who like romantic comedies and want a feelgood film to watch this weekend. It stars Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis. I am going to be bold and put my money where my mouth is and say that I will be going to see this film again, sometime over the coming fortnight.

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Justin Timberlake. OMG! Tall, dark, and handsome, with blue eyes that you could lose yourself in. I will definitely be following Justin from now on. I loved him in The Social Network (which was one of my favourite films last year). Justin was genius in this film. It is very hard to carry a romantic comedy. You have to charm each and every woman in the cinema. Justin delivered on that - he had me at "Hello"!

Follow the links to find out more about the film:
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55th BFI London Film Festival

This is one for all the film buffs out there - just what we have all been waiting for - the full prgramme for the 55th BFI London Film Festival is out now. This is one of the world's biggest and best film festivals and it is very special because the general public, not just the industry, have access to all of the screenings. Follow the link for the full programme:

Cut and pasted from an email from the BFI:

55th BFI London Film Festival, 12-27 October 2011

The programme for the 55th BFI London Film Festival, in partnership with American Express, was launched by Artistic Director Sandra Hebron. It celebrates the imagination and excellence of international filmmaking from both established and emerging talent.

Over 16 days the Festival will screen a total of 204 fiction and documentary features, including 13 World Premieres, 18 International Premieres and 22 European Premieres. There will also be screenings of 110 live action and animated shorts. Many of the films will be presented by their directors, cast members and crew, some of whom will also take part in career interviews, masterclasses, and other special events.
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World Shakespeare Festival 2012

Cut and pasted from an email from the RSC:

The World's Playwright

Running from April - November 2012, the World Shakespeare Festival is a celebration of Shakespeare as the world's playwright, produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company in an unprecedented collaboration with leading UK and international arts organisations and with Globe to Globe, a major international programme produced by Shakespeare's Globe.

The Festival features major new productions, groundbreaking international collaborations and radical interpretations of Shakespeare's work by some of the world's leading theatre companies, alongside a range of exhibitions, events and interactive online projects.

Productions and events will take place across the UK, in locations including Stratford-upon-Avon, London, Newcastle/Gateshead, Wales and Scotland, as well as online.

The Festival is an unprecedented collaboration involving theatres, companies and cultural organisations from across the world, including:

Almeida Theatre | Anglo Mexican Foundation | Artistes, Producteurs, Associés | Barbican | Barcelona Internacional Teatre | BBC | Birmingham Repertory Theatre Company | Brighton Festival | British Council | British Museum | Chekhov International Theatre Festival | Companhia BufoMecânica | Compañia Nacional de Teatro | Contact, Manchester | Dmitry Krymov's Laboratory | dreamthinkspeak | Edinburgh International Festival | Hall for Cornwall | House of Fairy Tales | Iraqi Theatre Company | London International Festival of Theatre | Lyric Theatre, Belfast | National Student Drama Festival | National Theatre | National Theatre of Scotland | National Theatre Wales | National Youth Theatre | New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich | Newcastle University | Ninagawa Company | Northern Sinfonia | Northern Stage | The Nuffield, Southampton | Oily Cart | Pilot, Questors Theatre | Riverside Studios | Roundhouse | Royal Shakespeare Company | Sage Gateshead | School of Dramatic Art Theatre | Shakespeare Birthplace Trust | Shakespeare's Globe | Shanghai Dramatic Arts Center | Sherman Cymru, Cardiff | Squidsoup | Stratford Circus | Tate Modern | Teatr Warszawa | Theatre Royal Newcastle | Voluntary Arts Network | The Wooster Group

For more information explore the website:
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Last performances at the Paintframe: Saturday 10 September

One of the best things in London theatre at the moment (although I fully admit that I am completely biased!) is the Paintframe at the National Theatre. The Paintframe is the NT's new performance space. On at the Paintframe is Double Feature 1 and Double Feature 2, each contain two new plays (world premieres) by two new writers.

Having seen both Double Feature 1 and Double Feature 2, and having been blown away by both, and also by the Paintframe in general, I think that the Paintframe is one of the most innovative and exciting things going on in London theatre at the moment.

Anyway, the final performances of both Double Feature 1 and 2 are this Saturday (10 September), so if you have not yet got down to the Paintframe this is your last chance!

For the full details and to book tickets follow the link:

These are the links to the two previous times I have talked about the Paintframe:

Forgot to add, that I am putting my money where my mouth is on this one too - I am seeing Double Feature 1 tonight and Double Featute 2 tomorrow night (I have seen both once already but I thought that they were both worth revisiting!).
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Jane Eyre out today (9 September)

I have just belatedly realised that Jane Eyre is also out today on general release. I have already recommended Friends with Benefits as a fun romantic comedy. If you think that is too fluffy and lightweight for you, but you want to see a romance, then Jane Eyre is the one for you. I highly highly highly recommend it!

To read my write-up of the preview screening of Jane Eyre follow the link:
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Richard III, Old Vic, closing this Sunday (11 September)

Richard III, at the Old Vic, starring Kevin Spacey in the title role, closes this Sunday (11 September). However, if you have not yet seen it, all is not lost as it will be going on an international tour.

For details of the tour, follow the link:

I saw this production two times and I would recommend it. My gut reaction was as follows:
Kevin Spacey. Richard III at the Old Vic. Old style sock it to 'em acting. Subtlety out the window. Result = very powerful. Blew me away. Loved it!