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Harry Potter actors Ian Hart, Isabella Laughland and Shirley Henderson starring in 'Urban Hymn'

From Dashishah Global Film Production --

Film producers Ibrahim Dashishah (Chairman), and Anwar Kawadri (Executive Producer), announce their joint, full financing of the feature film "Urban Hymn", through Swiss-based company Dashishah Global Film Production. Anwar Kawadri, a veteran film maker, based in London, has found common ambition with Ibrahim Dashishah, a Saudi businessman committed to making movies for the international market. Together, they bring film director Michael Caton-Jones (Shooting Dogs, Rob Roy) back to London for this new production.

Set against the backdrop of the 2011 British summer youth riots, Urban Hymn is a redemptive coming-of-age story set in South-West London. It follows a wayward teen, Jamie, who possesses an amazing singing voice and is torn between her loyalties towards an inspiring, unconventional care worker, Kate, and her possessive and volatile best friend, Leanne. Caton-Jones directs from an original screenplay by Nick Moorcroft (St. Trinian's 1&2, Burke & Hare).

The film explores, in depth, the contemporary challenges faced by youth in their modern lives, and their fallout on a wider social and political stage. Producers Dashishah and Kawadri believe the film offers, too, the possibility of real resolution of these issues, and a vision of triumph and hope.

It is DGFP's hope that Caton-Jones, who introduced movie star Leonardo DiCaprio with This Boy's Life, will achieve the same with Letitia Wright - Screen International Star of Tomorrow (Top Boy, My Brother The Devil( - and Isabella Laughland (Harry Potter, Now is Good), nominated for Outstanding Newcomer at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards, 2010.  

Shirley Henderson (Southcliffe, Filth, Trainspotting) has also signed on for a leading role. Other main cast members include Ian Hart, Steven Mackintosh and musician and activist, Billy Bragg.

Caton-Jones comments:  "I'm tremendously excited with the potential of UrbanHymn. Nick Moorcroft's heartbreakingly beautiful screenplay perfectly captures a tale of hope and humanity and examines the transcendental nature of music in a cold and cruel world."

Music for the film, as an important artistic element of any successful venture, has been prepared by a world-class music producer.

The production, which began principle photography on Monday 22nd September, is being produced by Dashishah Global Film Production and Eclipse Films in association with Powderkeg Pictures. To ensure successful post-production operations, the producers have signed a distribution agreement with one of the major global distribution companies: Metro International will handle international sales.


Chengdu Welcomes a "Magical" Visitor - Bonnie Wright - and Introduces her to its Most Famous Citizens: the Giant Pandas

From Honcho PR/BA --

British actress and film maker Bonnie Wright is casting her magic over Chengdu, the panda capital of China, to promote the provincial capital of Sichuan province to UK tourists and help celebrate the first anniversary of British Airways' direct flight service between London Heathrow and Chengdu.

Bonnie - who, as Ginny Weasley, starred in all the Harry Potter films - is a guest of Chengdu Municipal Administration of Tourism and Chengdu Culture and Tourism Group, visiting many of Chengdu's must-see sights on her three-day visit. The highlight of the trip is a hands-on encounter with adult and baby pandas at Chengdu's famous panda sanctuary. 

Chengdu is the home and natural habitat to the giant panda. Of the estimated 1,000 giant pandas in existence, 85% are in the Chengdu area.

"In its first year, British Airways' direct route between Chengdu and London has become incredibly popular for both business and leisure travellers to the city of Chengdu," says Chengdu Culture & Tourism Development Group L.L.C. "I'm sure the route will continue to grow from strength to strength as tourists realise the wealth of things they can experience, and the heritage, culture and beauty of Chengdu."

British Airways is the only carrier that offers a direct service between London and Chengdu and currently flies five times a week.


Review: Angry Video Game: The Movie

An implausible story line ... over the top characters ... low-budget special effects.


Angry Video Game: The Movie poster 


As a longtime fan of the YouTube sensation Angry Video Game Nerd, I knew that Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie could go one of two ways. I have to admit, the film wasn't exactly what I expected - it was better. Kudos to directors/writers James Rolfe and Kevin Finn for working out an ingenious, complex yet somehow understandable plot.

Edited by Michael Licisyn (who should get a medal for piecing it all together), Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie takes Rolfe's 'Nerd' character on a quest across the country in search of the truth of the legend of the 1982 E.T. Atari video game. Part historical documentary, part hilarious insanity, this film does not disappoint. The end of the story had a fantastic twist that I didn't see coming. Not an easy feat these days.

Shot in a little over a month with a budget of just $325,000 raised by crowd funding, Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie definitely has the B-movie feel the filmmakers were going for. The special effects for the feature were created by volunteer fans. At one point, the title character comments, "Even my dreams are low budget." But I have to say the live action Super Mario Bros scene had me drooling. Oh to be able to ... Note to self: Suggest to Universal Studios that they get started on making THAT attraction. 

Angry Video Game: The Movie is available now on VOD on Vimeo and will be released on DVD/Blu-ray in November. The soundtrack is available on Amazon

Last Updated ( Monday, 22 September 2014 17:05 )

Doctor Who FAQ book giveaway!

Doctor Who FAQ book cover

Doctor Who? Doctor Whooooooooo??  How well do you know the Doctor? Are you a Doctor Who aficionado or are you only just about to step into the TARDIS and discover the wonderful world of Doctor Who? Are you digging for more information about the First Doctor? Are you wondering why all of these questions? It's because I got a chance to read through the Doctor Who FAQ: All That's Left to Know About the Most Famous Time Lord in the Universe

If you have a question about the Doctor, crack into this book and see what timey-wimey gems you can find! You can also catch a glimpse of Barty Crouch Jr ... I mean David Tennant ... err, the Tenth Doctor throughout the book, as well as all the different faces of the Doctor. Have fun revisiting all your favorite Doctors and villains in this book that looks small on the outside, but is much bigger on the inside with all the info that is jampacked within its pages. Spoilers!

Here's your chance to check out this awesome book for yourself. We're giving away copies of this awesome book to a few of our lucky readers. All you have to do to enter is  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  by Sunday, Sept. 28, at midnight PST and enter "Doctor Who FAQ" in the subject line. Contest is open to U.S. residents only. 

Last Updated ( Thursday, 18 September 2014 14:01 )

Announcing HARRY POTTER: THE CREATURE VAULT from Harper Design

From Warner Bros. and HarperCollins --

HARRY POTTER: THE CREATURE VAULT (Harper Design; on sale October 28, 2014; $45.00, 208 pages, full color photos and illustrations throughout; ISBN: 9780062374233) is the first book devoted exclusively to the fascinating process of bringing to life the creatures in the Harry Potter films.  With full support from Warner Bros., the studio behind the enormously successful film franchise, HARRY POTTER: THE CREATURE VAULT is a comprehensive and delightful look at the memorable creatures that populate the magical world. From Dementors and goblins to merpeople and Chinese Fireball dragons, HARRY POTTER: THE CREATURE VAULT peers into the filmmaking archives to give readers an inside look at the magical creatures featured in the wizarding world of the Harry Potter films.

HARRY POTTER: THE CREATURE VAULT is bound in a purple leatherette case with de-bossed images of the creatures featured in the magical world of the Harry Potter films. The interior features high-quality photographs of each of the creatures and is loaded with beautifully detailed concept art, behind-the-scenes shots, and film stills. A true collector’s edition, HARRY POTTER: THE CREATURE VAULT includes a removable poster that pictures each of the creatures in full color and an eight-page Eeylops Owl Emporium catalog, profiling the owls on offer at Diagon Alley’s one-stop shop for every wizard’s owl needs.

Compiled by Jody Revenson, this lavish volume will answer questions such as: How was Dobby created? How were the Hippogriffs (part horse, part eagle) made to look so real? In short: How does movie magic happen? 

Last Updated ( Monday, 22 September 2014 17:38 )
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