We’ve drawn the winners for our Black Mile competition – the first fifteen names out of the (virtual) sack have been notified. We’ve been blown away by the amount of entries – easily the most we have ever had. The success of the contest means we’re going to run another – and, since originality is not a strong point of ours, it’s going to offer the exact same prizes as the last one.
The winner will receive an overnight stay in The Soho Hotel, a funky hang-out slap bang in the middle of Soho (which is the setting for the novel). Runners-up will receive signed copies of the artwork for the novel (by the artist responsible for some of Bret Easton Ellis' UK covers), together with signed copies of Mark's previous novels.
Keep reading for details.
The heroic story of a dictator who risks his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed.
After getting over the fact that Audrey Tautou looks identical to when she played Amelie some 11 years ago (I don't what they put in Chanel No. 5 but it must be very good), she convinces as the fragile, grief stricken widow but slowly that trademark ingenue smile starts to creep back onto her face, thanks to her burgeoning relationship with Swedish employee Markus.
As the nation states Euromerica and New Shanghai vie for supremacy, a factory worker (Farrell) begins to suspect that he's a spy, though he is unaware which side of the fight he's on.
I am a huge fan of comic book movies. This is no secret. I love them all, good, bad and otherwise. However, not everyone shares my love for pretty people in ludicrous costumes beating other people in ludicrous costumes up while things explode in the background. There will soon come a time when the juggernaut of superhero and comic book movies will grind to a halt. The genre is very close to a pastiche of itself right now, with properties being rebooted seemingly as the credits finish rolling on the previous film.
Sequel to the 2010 film Clash of the Titans and set ten years later, Wrath of the Titans sets itself up as a tale of epic fantasy that is full of monstrous and terrifying beasts. Unfortunately, it isn’t. With a decent storyline that doesn’t become boring or confusing, the problem is that we’ve heard and seen this Greek mythological tale so many times before. Unfortunately, this most recent franchise just doesn’t stand out enough from the ever-expanding crowd to make a name for itself. With poor dialogue and stiff acting throughout, the film completely lacks imagination and is underwhelming in most aspects.
Going up against James Cameron’s seemingly indestructible Titanic (in 3D no less) at the box office this Easter weekend is an eclectic selection of foreign fare. Jo Nesbo’s deliciously dark thriller Headhunters leads the way, ably supported by French classic and the first foreign language film to be nominated for Best Picture La Grande Illusion and fellow gallic offering Le Havre. If three dimensions or reading subtitles sounds like too much of a stretch, then fairy tale fluff Mirror Mirror offers respite (and ridiculous eyebrows).
While recent news of the X-Men: First Class sequel adjusting its production window means Lionsgate will have Jennifer Lawrence free for production to begin on The Hunger Games sequel, as originally planned, things are less positive for director Gary Ross.
Ross, who co-wrote and directed the monster hit, did not sign a deal for either Catching Fire or Mockingjay (typically only the cast sign such binding deals) and negotiations to sign on for the sequels were described as "heated" after talk of a pay increase.
Now it appears Ross has dropped out of the production, The Playlist cites a lack of interest in rest of the series (claiming Ross prefers the first book) and will step aside to allow a hungrier (forgive the pun) director to take over.
Sources claim that 20th Century Fox intend to begin shooting a sequel to X-Men: First Class this coming January, resolving a scheduling conflict with Catching Fire, Lionsgate's planned sequel to The Hunger Games.