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The Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made?

epic safety video

Air New Zealand just sent me their new in flight safety video, claiming it is The Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made. Why? Because it is Hobbit-tastic. Hobbit and Lord of the Rings fans might spot a few familiar faces in the video.


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Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer

Avengers Age of Ultron trailer poster

Soo exciting! Avengers: Age of Ultron has finally got a trailer following various official images. It’s looking pretty dark. Captain America’s shield is broken, everyone seems to be angry at Tony Stark. There is also a new teaser poster, although I don’t think it is much of a teaser!

So the trailer was ‘accidentally’ released a day early. Who did Marvel decide to blame? Hydra! Brilliant.

Sadly we still have to wait until 24 April in the UK and 1 May in the US for this to hit cinemas. Hopefully we’ll get to see a second trailer soon.

Horns review

Horns Daniel Radcliffe

Last night I was lucky enough to head to the London premiere of Daniel Radcliffe’s new film Horns. I’ve been reading a lot about this film for the the last year (if not longer) that I’ve been exciting that its release date is almost upon us. So I was delighted to get to see it in advance of general release, thanks to ShowFilmFirst! We had an introduction from Mr Harry Potter himself as well as a few folks at Lionsgate.

Whilst I’d been reading a lot about this film, I hadn’t been reading into too much detail on the plot. All I knew was I wanted to see this film, I was sure it was something I would like, but it was not the top of my ‘must see’ list. It is based on the novel of the same name by Joe Hill – I haven’t read the book…yet.

I have to say this film exceeded my expectations. This is a really good film. Having now seen it I would highly recommend it. This fable follows Ig (Daniel Radcliffe) in the aftermath of his girlfriend’s death, for which he is the only suspect. After losing his faith in god for the death of the love of his life, he awakens one night to find horns growing from his head. The people that he encounters don’t seem bothered by his horns, but do seem to be confessing the most obscure (and never say out loud) things. Ig soon heads on a quest to find out what really happened to the love of his life Merrin.

The story is told to us through a series of flashbacks as Ig progresses in his search. There were lots of laugh out loud moments, along with hide behind your hand moments. Whilst the main ‘who dunnit’ I got pretty quickly, and another main plot hole, I did not see the last 15 minutes of the film coming.

Horns is a thoroughly entertaining film and is has great performances by Daniel Radcliffe and Juno Temple. If you want laughs, shocks, gore and action then you will enjoy this film.

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Chanel No. 5 ad gets a movie style TV premiere

Chanel No.5 Baz Luhrmann adBaz Luhrmann has done it again. He has directed another beautiful Chanel No.5 ad. However this time I did’t quite understand the plot…I’m sure after I watch it a few times I will get it.

The ad stars supermodel Gisele Bundchen and the very hot Game of Thrones and Nashville actor Michiel Huisman. Lo-Fang also stars performing a beautiful cover of Grease’s You’re The One That I Want.


The ad had teaser ads promoting the date and time of the premiere and it appeared for the first time on UK TV during the returning episode of this season’s Jonathan Ross Show.

Anyway, for those that missed it, here is the ad itself. What do you think?


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Avengers 2: first-look pictures


It’s not due for release until May 2015, but with little-to no plot details Marvel is teasing us with what is to come from the next phase of its gang of ultimate heroes in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Here are a few of the images that have been released. Don’t you just love how both Black Widow and Thor both have new hair dos for every movie?!

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Ding-a-ling! Almost time for the return of Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey

We’ve known the new season of Downton Abbey was fast approaching, what with those dodgy promo pictures with a modern bottle of water sat on the fire place (see above). But now the trailer has arrived and it does look like we are in for an exciting season at the Downton residence.

It appears the servants are stepping out of their quarters and getting a life!

Downton Abbey returns to ITV on 21 September 2014 in the UK and January 2015 in the US.

Review: Guardians of the Galaxy

4000050-guardians-of-the-galaxy-movie-poster-wallpaper-1920x1200I was lucky enough again to get to see a preview of the latest Marvel film thanks to the lovely people at Skype Moments. I wasn’t around for the Captain America: The Winter Solider screening (gutted as my collection of Skype Marvel memorabilia and T-shirts is now not complete) but I did manage to make it this time round to the Guardians of the Galaxy screening.

I’ve been really excited about this screening as it is the first outing from Marvel Studios for an area of the Marvel Universe that I’m not familiar with. Plus from the end credit teasers at the end of the Avengers movies I get that it is loosely linked as they are trying to keep the connection between the Marvel Universe close, whilst launching these other franchises from the page to screen. I have to say this film didn’t disappoint. Where I thought Avengers Assemble was funny, this made Avengers  look serious. It is full of humour, it is completely an action comedy but still has that Marvel comic feel as per the other films. I think it links in perfectly but equally stands alone so well.


Chris Pratt is just brilliant as Star Lord. And the opening scene (where we first see Chris, not young Star Lord) is brilliant. From that moment I knew I would be heading to iTunes to purchase Awesome Mix Volume 1.

I am Groot

But back to the film itself. I love all of the characters. Who would have thought that “I am Groot” would not get boring?! Bradley Cooper’s voice is barely recognisable as Rocket – although my theory in this is that Chris Pratt sounds very similar so I think they had to lower Bradley’s voice a bit – I’m sure I’m wrong and he is just talking that way as the character but hey-ho.


I also, (don’t judge me as this proves I’m not as much of a geek as everyone thinks) didn’t realise that Thanos (who appeared at the end of Avengers Assemble) would appear in Guardians of the Galaxy and that he was voiced by Josh Brolin. I guess this is the first comic-film that I haven’t read up on. I didn’t know much on the storyline, I’d only seen the trailer and I decided to keep my knowledge that way. And it paid off as I am more excited by this film then I have ever been of the others. Not necessarily in advance (although the 17 minute preview I saw did help) but coming out of the cinema I have never been so excited to want to go back in and watch it again.

I could go on, but I think I have given you the idea that this is a film worth watching. I will be going back to the cinema to watch it as we didn’t get the end credit teaser (they didn’t want it leaked) so I need to go and see that now.

Guardians of the Galaxy is in cinemas nationwide now.

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Review: Fact or Fiction: The Life and Times of a Ping Pong Hustler

Marty Reisman

It’s not often that my passion for film collides with my work, and lucky for me this month it has. I’ve been working with U-Dox on the launch of a new documentary directed by Leo Leigh (son of Mike Leigh) – Fact or Fiction: The Life and Times of a Ping Pong Hustler. Don’t be fooled by the title, it is not about a ping pong hustler, it is about an eccentric character who happens to be a ping pong legend and hustler. The film is directed by Leo Leigh, the son of Mike Leigh who directed one of my favourite films Abigail’s Party.

Fact or Fiction: Ping Pong hustler

The film is about Marty Reisman, who won the US championship twice and then went back and won again when he was the ripe old age of 67. In the 70s he was a true legend. He made ping pong cool, his was known for his extravagant fashion and his ‘beautiful stroke’ to quote the man himself. But at aged 80, he could walk down the street and no one knew who he was. If he went to Spin he was a legend, but day-to-day his is lost in the crowd. During the three years the crew followed him you can see this is a man that wants to hold on to the legend he was, as he is getting closer to death he wants to continue the memory, the man that he was. Having a documentary made about him seems to give him some hope, some evidence to show to those around him that he is still of importance in this world.

Ping Pong Hustler

I found this film really gripping, the guy is funny. Although I felt like I was laughing at him at times, I think he was making us laugh. There is also a touching moment too, when he talks about his beloved wife.

I would have loved to have met Marty, and it’s a shame he sadly passed away before the film was released, I think he would have been proud to see his story being told.

Fact or Fiction: The Life and Times of a Ping Pong Hustler is out now on iTunes. Check out the trailer below.

Fact or Fiction : The Life and Times of a Ping Pong Hustler [TRAILER] from UMI on Vimeo.

50 Shades of Grey trailer

50 Shades of Grey trailer

At last. The trailer for 50 Shades of Grey has arrived. Apparently its too raunchy for TV, but fine for the internet. I think the trailer looks good, I really hope that the film lives up to it. We also get to see a look inside the red room and some of Mr Grey’s ‘tools’. So it seems this film is going to be very close to the book, compared to the five minute clip that was shown earlier this year (not for general release), which was reported to focus on the love story. The last few seconds of this trailer are obviously answering the prayers of those that were disappointed with what they had seen before.

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Singapore Airlines Canary Wharf F1 experience

11 Singapore Airlines Simulator

I’ve been working on something pretty cool this week in my day job. Singapore Airlines is the sponsor of the Singapore Grand Prix, and to celebrate we headed down to Canary Wharf with an F1 simulator car to give Forumla 1 fans a chance to get behind the wheel and race the Singapore Night Race track. One lucky person will be heading off to Singapore to enjoy the Grand Prix in September.


To kick off this event we took British F1® driver Max Chilton and Sky Sports presenter Natalie Pinkham to meet fans and race themselves. I of course had to get my picture taken with them :-) I think after working with Max and his team Marussia F1 on a previous project I am going to have to keep routing for Max and the team!

Marussia F1 fan

The 2014 Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix Experience in London’s Canary Wharf is running until this Friday 18 July – so there’s still time to enter.

07 Singapore Airlines Simulator

Check out this video of Max and Natalie talking about the Singapore Grand Prix. Max shares what it’s like to drive the Marina Bay Street Circuit at the premier night race, why street circuits are popular amongst fans around the world, and how the current F1® season is stacking up – including who he thinks will walk away with the drivers’ championship, Rosberg v Hamilton.

For more information on Singapore Airlines and the Singapore Grand Prix visit the website

And for the real F1 geeks, here are some fun facts for you.

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