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Small-Screen Jabber 13-19 December

Posted by Louise Bolotin | Fri, 12/12/2014 - 16:48

By Louise Bolotin

Frances McDormand heads the cast as the eponymous Olive Kitteridge (Sun/Mon, Sky Atlantic, 9pm), HBO’s mini-series of Elizabeth Strout’s Pultizer Prize-winning 2008 novel. Set in a fictional coastal town in Maine, the gentle but very watchable tale focuses on the life of Olive, a misanthropic retired schoolteacher and her strained marriage to pharmacist Henry, as she copes with depression, bereavement, jealousy and her fractious relationships. Charlie Brooker’s superb dystopian series returns for it’s Christmas special – Black Mirror: White Christmas (Tues, C4, 9pm). Mad Men’s Jon Hamm, Oona Chaplin and Rafe Spall star in this creepy morality tale about “blocking” people in real life as well as social media and the detrimental impact of gadgetry. Brooker is an expert in throwing up tough questions about modern life – unmissable.

Stephen Fry and Kiefer Sutherland star in Marked (Thurs, Sky Arts 1, 10pm), a quirky and heartwarming festive tale. James is a debt-ridden dead-beat dad and husband at breaking point. Desperate for cash, he agrees to do a hit for his unpleasant next-door neighbour on his wife’s secret lover. But things aren’t quite as they appear and James unexpectedly encounters the last person he expects to see – Father Christmas. Seasonal fluff, but great to see Fry back in a comic role at last and he sparks off Sutherland beautifully in their big scene together.

Another chance to see: United (Sat, Drama, 9pm). Chris Chibnall’s TV film about  Manchester United's "Busby Babes" and the aftermath of the 1958 Munich air disaster. Stars David Tennant as assistant manager Jimmy Murphy and Dougray Scott as Matt Busby.

In an hour-long special, Panorama scrutinises the world’s biggest company in Apple’s Broken Promises (Thurs, BBC1, 9pm) and it’s not a pretty sight. An undercover reporter films inside a Chinese factory turning out the iPhone 6, and there’s an investigation into the hazardous Indonesian tin-mining industry, where children mine for one of the metals that makes a smartphone work. Conflict minerals and production line conditions raise uncomfortable human rights issues for Apple, whose luxurious HQ in Cupertino, California, is a world away.

The divine Miss M belts out her big hits and new material in Bette Midler: One Night Only (Mon, ITV, 9pm). It’s her first-ever UK TV special, somewhat belated after nearly half a century in showbiz. In between her Grammy-winning bestsellers, she cracks jokes, shares memories and shares gossip and chat with host Joanna Lumley. The Joy of the Bee Gees (Fri, BBC4, 9pm) profiles the hit-making trio of brothers and their extraordinarily lengthy career. From the 60s pop hits to superstardom with their Saturday Night Fever disco soundtrack and the solo careers, it’s all here. Surviving sibling Barry Gibb is interviewed and there’s a fabulous array of luminaries chipping in to analyse their success – songwriter Guy Chambers, rock critic Alexis Petridis and even that old punk John Lydon. It’s followed by a Bee Gees clips compilation from the BBC archives. And the unlikeliest duo ever, Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek Live (Fri, BBC1, 11.55pm) (above) work their way through a set of jazz and swing standards. Bennett was previously well matched with the late Amy Winehouse but it’s interesting to see how Gaga reconnects with singing rather than aiming to be a walking art installation. A shame it’s been dumped in the midnight slot, when it’s worthy of an earlier airing.

We had a taster last week of the nominees and now it’s time to see the gongs handed out in The British Comedy Awards (Wed, C4, 9pm). There’s an impressive list of contenders, among them Lee Mack, Katherine Parkinson and Matt Berry, whose Toast series is also nominated. Other shows lined up for prizes are Rev, The Wrong Mans and Monty Python Live (Mostly). Jonathan Ross hosts and there are more laughs and awards on E4 straight after.

Last week, on BBC Question Time, Russell Brand dubbed Nigel Farage “the poundshop Enoch Powell”, rather accurate in my view. But when Steph and Dom Meet Nigel Farage (Mon, C4, 10pm) the politician gets a much softer ride. The two posh Gogglebox stars grill the Ukip leader during a booze-filled evening. Hideously compelling, whatever your views on Ukip, so book that seat on your sofa. Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood get cooking in The Great British Bake Off Christmas Masterclass (Tues, BBC2, 8pm), with an array of sweet festive treats including a mouth-watering ginger cheesecake. TV goes introspective with The Fight for Saturday Night (Wed, BBC4, 9pm), in which Michael Grade explores how TV stations go head to head for the all-important ratings battles. So far ITV is winning, although X Factor has been nudged out by Strictly, and there’s a look at the BBC’s recent turkeys. Tune in to find out the ingredients of a hit entertainment show.

The betting odds are on for either Lewis Hamilton or Rory McIlroy to win Sports Personality of the Year (Sun, BBC1, 8pm) – Hamilton took F1 championship for the second time, while McIlroy won two major golfing championships. Clare Balding shares hosting duties with Gabby Logan and Gary Lineker, live from the SSE Hydro in Glasgow.

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Interview: Rich Peppiatt on One Rogue Reporter

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Tue, 09/12/2014 - 13:00

Screenjabber's Stuart O'Connor chats with Rich Peppiatt about his film One Rogue Reporter and the state of the press in Britain ...

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Peppiatt, the former tabloid journalist who resigned from the Daily Star and revealed all at the Leveson Inquiry, turns the tables on deceitful elements of the UK media in a hilarious dissection of his former trade. Through a series of cunning stunts and interviews with heavyweights of journalism, politics and entertainment One Rogue Reporter is this year’s most side-splittingly controversial documentary. Peppiatt’s widely-acclaimed filmmaking debut is now available across a range of platforms including iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Xbox 360 and GooglePlay

Featuring interviews with heavyweights from film, comedy, journalism and politics including Steve Coogan, Hugh Grant, John Bishop, Kate Smurthwaite, Roy Greenslade, Nick Davies, Owen Jones, Joan Smith, AC Grayling, Kate Smurthwaite and former Deputy Prime Minister, One Rogue Reporter is a riotously satirical film: part exposé; part comedy caper and a rally against the dangers of unaccountable press power.

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US Box Office Report

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Mon, 08/12/2014 - 08:36

No new big releases means Mockingjay Part 1 is still top dog

By Rich Matthews

The weekend after the Thanksgiving marathon is traditionally barren of major studio releases, following the logic that nothing can open well in the post-Turkey slot except more turkeys. While we'll have to continue wondering what would have happened if Warner Bros had been ballsy and opened December 17's The Hobbit: Battle Of The Five Armies this weekend, the year's bums-on-seats decline continued, following last weekend's 20 per cent drop from Thanksgiving 2013, with a further loss of 17 per cent for even this perennially quiet period.

So, even though The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 declined a massive 62 percent to bag $21,600,000, taking it's US tally to $257.7m and worldwide gross to $560m, it was still enough to stay in pole position. Plus, Mockingjay is now only a couple of million away from overtaking Marvel's Captain America: The Winter Soldier as the second most successful in the US this year – with only $70m to get to catch Cap's stablemate, Guardians Of The Galaxy, at the top. With Fox only opening The Pyramid on 589 screens at number nine with $1.4m, the rest of the chart is pretty as it has been for a few weeks now.

At two, Dreamworks' Penguins of Madagascar continued to underperform when it grossed $11,100,000 (US $49.6m, $143.4m worldwide), while Warner's R-rated comedy sequel Horrible Bosses 2 also stayed well below the original at three with $8.6m ($36.1m, $59.2m), Disney's latest animated success story Big Hero 6 took fourth with $8.1m ($177.5m, $240m), and Chris Nolan's epic Interstellar rounded out the top five with $8,000,000 ($158.7m, $593m).

At six, Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels still couldn't quite stop Dumb and Dumber To's freefall with $4.2m ($78.1m, $117m), Eddie Redmayne's take on Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything hung in there at seventh with $2,.7m ($13.6m), while David Fincher and Ben Affleck's Gone Girl keeps raking it in at eight with $1.5m ($162.9m, $336.2m). Jumping The Pyramid, the chart was topped off by Michael Keaton's postmodern Birdman taking $1.2m ($19m).

Next week, Sir Ridley Scott thumps bible by making Batman plays Moses in the Christian Bale-starring Exodus: Gods and Kings, then the aforementioned Hobbit bows the Wednesday before the updated Annie and Ben Stiller's Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb make a stab for your festive buck.

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10 Alternative Christmas Movies

Posted by Mark Searby | Sun, 07/12/2014 - 15:49

By Mark Searby

Sick of Santa Clause: The Movie? Bored with Miracle on 34th Street? Hate White Christmas? Check out Screenjabber’s list of 10 alternative Christmas films that might put a bit of festive spirit back in your stockings.

Christmas Evil
Is this the best horror movie set at Christmas? That’s a debate for another day. But Christmas Evil is the type of movie that will have the bah humbug people frothing at the mouth in excitement. A psycho Santa decides who has been naughty or nice by means of a killing spree. However, don’t expect this to be a balls-to-the-wall horror straight off the bat; instead it’s a very interesting psychological case study of one man’s descent into losing his mind because of his parents. Christmas Evil builds a whole lot of storyline tense for an hour before finally releasing a kill. It’s a ballsy movie of a low budget horror to wait that long, but it works for the better as the remaining thirty something minutes fly by as the bloodletting doesn’t stop. Halloween is always heralded as the quintessential slasher flick. Well move forward a couple of calendar months and this equally entertaining horror is well worth watching if you are of that sadistic Christmas disposition. Cult Christmas Cracker.

Comfort And Joy
Bill Forsyth’s black comedy about warring ice cream van men isn’t a natural addition to the Christmas movies list. In fact upon first viewing it seems a little dull and possibly baffling. However, sticking with it and giving it another (and another and another) chance soon brings on the understanding that Comfort And Joy has matured with age in rather spectacular fashion. The humour now resembles the type of fare we are used to with such shows as The Thick Of It – cruel, twisted and deeply sarcastic. Bill Paterson manages to play the lead role somewhere between Alan Partridge and Basil Fawlty. If you are pessimistic about Christmas then this is the film for you. Crucially it was inspired by an actual ice cream turf war in Glasgow, and people think The Sopranos is real life!

Rare Exports
Ahhhhhh, isn’t Santa such a jolly fat man. He is never nasty to anyone. Well, think again as Rare Exports introduces us to the “real” Santa Claus. A troll like creature who is more intent on bite and chewing on human flesh. Captured by a rag tag bunch of men (and a young boy) and imprisoned in a barn, only for Santa’s elves to turn and start a battle.  Plenty of dark comedy ensures it’s not all blood & guts. Playing out like many of the Scandinavian crime films/TV shows we have loved over the past couple of years. Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale is a movie based on a fable that might well be more realistic than the Santa Claus we know and love today.

The Last Boy Scout
It’s only fair we put one Shane Black film on here. Lethal Weapon and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang are too obvious. So how about a cynical detective teaming up with an ex-American Football star to solve a murder that drags in an entire football team and a politician. Black’s usual running and gunning style is still in use here, but this is also much more dialogue heavy, at times feeling more like a drama than action. Giving directing duties to Tony Scott was always going to ensure the action scenes went off with an almighty bang. Also don’t forget, it is another Christmas outing for Bruce Willis – surely the only man who got caught up in gun violence nearly every Christmas during the late 80s and early 90s.

Eyes Wide Shut
Stanley Kubrick’s final film got a bit of a kicking upon release; however it seems to have matured rather well. But what the heck is it doing on here though? Well...there are loads of pretty twinkling lights in it and the majority of the film appears to have a Christmas tree in it. Ahhh fun times. Yet its playful surface soon gives way to typical Kubrick complexities. The symbolisms reverb throughout the entire film. The two alternate worlds are separated by the use of rainbow lights, mainly seen on Christmas trees. It’s that kind of intelligent film making that set Stanley apart from his peers. Oh and also there is plenty of sex. So if you can’t get it up once a year at Christmas you will be walking round with a rather large sack.

Dreams Of A Life
Those work colleagues you went out for pre-Christmas drinks, are they really your friends? Would they honestly care if you didn’t turn up to work in the New Year? Would they come looking for you? Or not bat an eye lid? Carol Morley’s documentary sets out to find why nobody discovered the body of Joyce Vincent for three years, THREE YEARS!!!!!. According to reports and interviews in this doc she was well liked and very easy to get on with. No shortage of friends it seemed. She died in her bedsit in North London whilst wrapping Christmas presents. A sobering thought at Christmas.

All That Heaven Allows
Good old fashioned US melodrama. Mixed with the Christmas period. Box of tissues will be required here. Society class rears its head as a posh widow falls for a man who owns a garden nursery (a real grafter some might say), yet the stuck snobs at the Country Club disapprove of this uncouth male in their establishment. Also her grown-up kids don’t take well to this new bloke. Rock Hudson seems weak in the role, its left to = Jayne Wyman to give an absolute stellar performance as the troubled lead. A real humbling of a film that depicts the breakdown in family and friends to just one person. It is utterly scathing in its commentary on social class. Yes, it is a little too soap opera hammy to be taken much to heart, but damn if it doesn’t hit you hard when you see what being on the outside of the club looks like after years of being in it. We must be true to ourselves is the message.

‘R Xmas
Abel Ferrara, known video nasty director, has done a Christmas movie???? Not only that, but it stars Ice-T and Drea De Matteo???  Yes, it is a crime drama about kidnapping and ransom money. But ‘R Xmas takes this use of destruction & greed and sets it against a Christmas backdrop, arguing that the holiday season brings out the same dismantling of values that any drug racket might do. Filmed in a sort of warm, fuzzy style akin to TV soap operas, Ferrara gives it that sense of Christmas movie nostalgia at odds to the brutal storyline. OK, it’s not Abel’s best work and it does lack the street knowledge of other, more classic, work. Also Brancato Jr. can’t handle the leading man status. Yet ‘R Xmas manages to blend crime, drugs, double lives and Christmas into a film that humanizes the type of despicable people Ferrara so loves to make movies of.

The Ref
A jewel thief takes hostage a husband and wife but ends up on the wrong end of their in-family fighting. Crime doesn’t take the holidays off you know, especially not in Ted Demme’s Christmas movie. But it’s not about the setting, more about the individual characters. Dennis Leary’s stilted, shouty stand-up routines have never really come across well in his films. That is until you have seen The Ref and realise that it is the perfect expression for his pent-up thief role.  This is the role Leary was meant to have the breakthrough with; sadly it never got recognised for what an outstanding job he does in The Ref.
The interaction between Kevin Spacey and Judy Davies, as the husband and wife, is electric. They squabble and verbally fight with such menace that you will laugh excessively, but also gasp at some of the acid tongue lines. The dinner scene goes so crazy that you do wonder how each line will be topped by the next one. There is a temptation to say this would have worked nicely as a sequel to War Of The Roses, yet The Ref actually leans more towards screwball humour than black comedy.
Survive Style 5+
OK, I’ll be honest here – I haven’t got a clue what was going on half the time with Survive Style 5+. Even the name baffles me. The film is broken down into five loosely linked storylines that run simultaneously, and then they intertwine in a trippy way.
The storylines range from boring to intrigue to WTF. There is a sense of just sitting there and letting the movie hit you in the face without being able to do anything about it. So much happens in each frame that multiple viewings are the only way of seeing it all (that’s if you dare do a rewatch). It is billed as a comedy, and yes there are funny moments, but this isn’t the comedy you instantly talk about. Probably because it is so outlandish. There is a wonderful, almost fairytale-like, scene that is strung low to high with Christmas decorations and a classic Christmas song playing. But at the swing of a stocking the moment changes to art house bizarreness. If you thought Gasper Noe’s Enter The Void was a psychedelic avant-garde movie, well Survive Style 5+ will take you beyond the brink. But in a festive manner.

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That's Showbiz! With Jenny

Posted by Jenny Priestley | Sun, 07/12/2014 - 13:35

By Jenny Priestley

★ David Hasselhoff is launching his own app – Hoff Zombie Beach involves Hoff defending a beach from a wave of zombies. He's promoting it at the Apple Store on Regent Street on December 15.

Fancy spending a festive evening with Eddie Izzard? He'll be at a special screening of his BBC drama Lost Christmas at the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill-on-Sea on December 29. Eddie stars alongside Jason Flemyng in the 2011 drama which follows a young orphan who meets a mysterious stranger.

Bad news for a Star Trek fans. Robert Orci, who was due to direct the new film, has suddenly dropped out. He took over directing duties after JJ Abrams opted to travel to a Galaxy Far, Far Away. Rumours are Brit director Edgar Wright could be in line to take over – which I think would be fantastic! I'd love to see a Wright version of Star Trek. The next film is expected to be released in 2016, just before Trek's 50th anniversary.

★ Seth MacFarlane and Jimmy Kimmel will be on hand to pay tribute to producer Don Mischer when he receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame this week. Mischer, who's worked on everything from the Oscars to the Super Bowl Half Time Show will be honoured on December 11.

Former Frasier actress Peri Gilpin is returning to TV in a new sitcom for NBC. The show, called Mr Robinson, stars Craig Robinson as a teacher with Gilpin playing the school principal. The show also features Spencer Grammer, daughter of Kelsey

It's a big week in the race to Oscars. On Wednesday Eva Longoria and Ansel Elgort announce the nominees for the Screen Actors Guild Awards at 6am PST (2pm UK time). Then on Thursday it's the Golden Globes' turn to reveal their nominees. That one's at 5.30am PST (1.30pm GMT) and you can watch it live online.

Lots of superhero casting news this week, first Benedict Cumberbatch has finally been confirmed as Marvel's Doctor Strange. Plus Krysten Ritter has been cast in Marvel's latest Netflix series Jessica Jones. The character is a former superhero who decides to set up a detective agency after suffering post-traumatic stress disorder. And if that's not enough, Ryan Reynolds has confirmed he'll be returning as Deadpool. Filming's due to begin in March. At least it's not The Green Lantern!

The dates been announced for the debut of Matthew Perry's version of The Odd Couple. Perry stars as Oscar Madison alongside Thomas Lennon as Felix Unger. The show will premiere on CBS on February 19 right before the very last episode of Two And A Half Men.

★ Chris Pratt is in talks to star alongside Denzel Washington in a remake of The Magnificent Seven. The film's being directed by Antoine Fuqua. Pratt's in early talks to play a character called Farraday. Filming's due to begin in the first quarter of 2015 so there'll be lots more casting announcements over the coming months.

★ Helena Bonham Carter and Rebecca Hall are to star in a new HBO drama from Steve McQueen. Codes of Conduct is about New York's high society. If the pilot becomes a series (and with that calibre of talent involved it definitely should) it would be Bonham Carter's first series regular role. She's expected to play a society maven while Hall will star as the eldest child of a New York billionaire.

Probable Oscar nominee Felicity Jones is in talks to join Tom Hanks in Inferno. Jones could end up playing Sienna Jones, a doctor Robert Langdon teams up with to stop a madman releasing a global plague. Ron Howard will be directing the third film based on Dan Brown's best-selling novels.

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Screenjabber Podcast: Bumbersnatch is Strange

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Sun, 07/12/2014 - 11:59

Join Andrew Jones, Amon Warrman and host Stuart O'Connor for a quick review of this week's big movie news - including the reveal of the title of the new James Bond film (Spectre), the release of the first Terminator Genisys trailer and the casting of Benedict Cumberbatch as Marvel's Doctor Strange - as well as a look at a few of the new films on offer in UK cinemas this week: The Pyramid, Get Santa, St Vincent, The Grandmaster, Black Sea, Men Women and Children, and Penguins of Madagascar.

You can listen to and download the podcast – or subscribe to it on iTunes ... plus you can follow us on Twitter and join us on Facebook.

PubQuest: We're looking to take the Screenjabber Pubcast on the road, and want your input. Know a great pub in London we should visit to record the show? Drop us a line and let us know.

WriterQuest: We're seeking some more writers, particularly those who want to cover video games for us. Please get in touch if you're keen.

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Small-Screen Jabber 6-12 December

Posted by Louise Bolotin | Fri, 05/12/2014 - 22:18

By Louise Bolotin

TV’s answer to Spinal Tap is back for a second series – Brian Pern: a Life in Rock (Tues, BBC2, 10pm) is a gut-clenchingly funny spoof about ageing rock stars, starring Simon Day of The Fast Show fame. Writer Rhys Thomas has a sharp eye for the eccentricities many rock musicians have and he knows how to twist the knife to get the laughs. Day is backed a cast of household names that includes Al Murray, Martin Freeman, Kathy Burke and Jack Whitehall, and the opening episode’s cameos are Billy Bragg, Tim Rice, Annie Nightingale and Tony Blackburn. When student Joanna Yeates was murdered in Bristol in 2010, the tabloids quickly monstered her innocent landlord in the belief he was the killer. The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies (Wed/Thurs, ITV, 9pm) explores in dramatised fashion how his life was destroyed by a press eager to point a finger at someone. Jason Watkins (left) plays the title role with huge sensitivity in this modern morality tale about tabloid excesses. The supporting cast includes Anna Maxwell Martin and Ben Caplan, and this quite frankly the best new drama on screen between now and Christmas.

Our troops are finally leaving Afghanistan, after eight years, but the infrastructure will take a bit longer to dispose of. The Billion-Pound Base: Dismantling Camp Bastion (Sun, C4, 8pm) is a fascinating study in removing the traces of our intervention there. The statistics are staggering – and Bastion is not so much a camp as a town as big as Reading, with all the amenities you’d expect: hospitals, an airport, even a McDonald’s and KFC. A specialist squad has been tasked with dismantling every last brick and panel to send back to the UK, as the cameras follow their every move. One of science’s most complicated branches of physics gets explained in lay terms in The Secrets of Quantum Physics (Tues, BBC4, 9pm). Professor Jim Al-Khalili talks us through Einstein’s theory of relativity, which kicked off the discovery of quantum mechanics, and then on a wondrous dance through all the developments since then. It’s all to do with light, according to the prof.

That recently aired multi-celeb video version of the Beach Boys’ God Only Knows was a taster for the BBC’s self-positioning as the home of British music. The BBC Music Awards (Thurs, BBC1, 8pm) will attempt to cement that – it’s a tough job, given the array of rather limp award shows already in existence: the Brits, Mercury Prize et al. Chris Evans and Fearne Cotton are the hosts, live from Earl’s Court, and the star-studded lineup includes Paloma Faith, Take That, Calvin Harris and Coldplay. The awards celebrate the best of 2014’s music on the BBC – with nominations made by music journalists, the public and a BBC panel, the question is, how predictable will the winners be?

Eccentric, tormented and a national treasure, Spike Milligan: Love, Light and Peace (Wed, BBC4, 9pm) pays fine tribute to the man and comedian. This charming profile has Milligan telling much of his own story, using home movies, archive clips and recordings. Brave enough to come out as a depressive in an age where mental ill-health was never talked about in public, Milligan’s life is viewed here as a textbook case of what happens when stress and mental fragility collide to produce personal horrors but also his public comic genius. A profoundly honest portrait.

The British Comedy Awards Nomination Show (Tues, C4, 11.05pm) is the forerunner of Channel 4’s forthcoming, inaugural British Comedy Awards. At an hour long, it’s packed with clips from the past 12 months of the contenders, who include Stewart Lee, Ian Hislop and Greg Davies.

It’s time for the annual Royal Variety Performance (Mon, ITV, 7.30pm) and it’s just as well, for we’re in the dead zone before Christmas when new shows are rarer than red-nosed reindeer. Michael McIntyre hosts almost three hours of entertainment from the London Palladium – performances include divas Shirley Bassey and Bette Midler, pop stars Ellie Goulding, One Direction and Ed Sheeran, theatre from Miss Saigon and La Soirée, comics Sarah Millican and Russell Kane. On the kitchen front Jamie’s Cracking Christmas (Mon, C4, 8pm) should get you in the mood for lunch on the 25th. The chef demonstrates how to cook roast goose and beef wellington, with all the trimmings and a show-stopping dessert – chocolate and marmalade bread-and-butter pudding made with that Italian festival staple, panettone. There’s more seasonal cookery in the two-part Mary Berry’s Absolute Christmas Favourites (Fri, BBC2, 8.30pm). In the first episode she cooks a crouton-topped fish pie and horseradish beef, plus a spectacular chocolate mousse cake and a winter crumble.

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Christmas Gift Guide: Paramount Home Media

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Fri, 05/12/2014 - 13:12

It's hard to go wrong with a DVD or Blu-ray as a perfect Christmas gift, so let Paramount Home Media help you to pick the perfect prezzie this Christmas. As the nights draw in and our thoughts turn to all things festive, shoot your way to the top of the Christmas card list by offering your friends and family the perfect night in.

Lock the doors and pull down the blinds – you’re not going anywhere once you’ve checked out these wonderful treats



Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy &
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues Box set

Say Whatttttt! Will Ferrell is Ron Burgundy, a top rated 1970s San Diego anchorman who believes women have a place in the newsroom – as long as they stick to covering fashion shows or latebreaking cooking stories. So what will happen when Ron is told he’ll be working with a bright young newswoman (Christina Applegate) who’s beautiful, ambitious and smart?

After a long absence, Ron Burgundy is back, bigger and bolder than before in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. After losing his job to his wife, will the world’s greatest anchorman be crushed beneath the weight of his own ego? After all he was put on this earth to read the news and have salon quality hair! Filled with wicked wit and slapstick humour, this box set is the perfect laughter fuelled gift this festive season.



Star Trek Stardate Collection: The Movies 1-10

The first original 10 FILMS REMASTERED plus over 8 HOURS OF SPECIAL FEATURES for the first time in STAR TREK history, nearly every frame of the final frontier is brought together in one brilliantly remastered motion picture box set.

Discover the Star Trek Universe and experience every unforgettable moment from Kirk’s triumphant return to the bridge of the USS Enterprise in STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE to Picard, Data and the crew of the Enterprise-E’s final battle for control of the universe in STAR TREK NEMESIS.

The spirit of the Enterprise lives in the heart-stopping action and unforgettable characters of this one-of-a-kind collection which is a most have for any Trekkies, sci-fi fans or simply your Dad.






Indiana Jones: The Complete Collection

A great Christmas experience all in one, either on DVD OR Blu-ray, for the ultimate hero in your life. From the award-winning duo of Steven Spielberg and George Lucas, experience every heart-pounding thrill like never before with Indiana Jones The Complete Adventures on DVD and Blu-ray Recently released on Blu-ray, featuring brilliant high definition picture quality and 5.1 audio presentation.

This five-disc Blu-ray collection boasts fully colour corrected digital master versions of The Temple of Doom and The Last Crusade, and the highly anticipated frame-by-frame full restoration of Raiders of the Lost Ark. Dive into the adventures and spectacular action of the Academy Award-winning Indiana Jones series with hours of special features. Only one name defines the ultimate hero... only one format delivers the ultimate experience.





Dexter Complete 1-8

The perfect gift for the psychopath in your life! After eight seasons of cling-film-wrapped kills, heart-stopping nearmisses and shocking twists, it’s time to mourn the loss of our favourite serial killer thriller as Dexter comes to a shocking end. Satisfy your dark passenger and own all 8 acclaimed seasons in this to die for 1-8 complete box set collection.




Sex And The City: The Essential Collection

It has become the by-word for a generation of women. It has defined how we wine, dine and drink cocktails, and how women relate to men and each other. It made fashion a bonafide best friend, and superstars of its leading ladies. Very rarely do TV series capture a moment, but over six saucy seasons, Carrie, Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte have delighted, inspired, shocked and comforted women the world over. And where better for it all to take place, give or take a few hilarious jaunts, than in the concrete jungle that dreams are made of. Sex And The City: The Essential Collection is a revamped edition box set that will make the perfect gift for fans, friends and even newcomers, as the series that led the way establishes itself as the ultimate guide to dating, mating and shopping. It’s all here – each and every man and Manhattan, and of course, many more Cosmopolitans. With new special features and beautiful shelf-friendly packaging, this must be the easiest and quickest way to any woman’s (and the odd man’s) heart this Christmas.





Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery

Probably THE TV series to have revitalised television in the 90s. Now for the first time ever, Twin Peaks is here on this amazing HD Blu-ray box set containing a 10-disc set that houses an extraordinary archive of special features culled from the entire history of Twin Peaks on home video, including featurettes, cast and crew interviews, promotional reels, archival deleted scenes... plus much much more.

This extraordinary box set includes every episode from the original TV series, plus almost 90 minutes of deleted and alternated scenes from the film itself, making Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery an outstanding Christmas gift for anyone that loves TV at its best.

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Interview: James Buckley on The Pyramid

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Thu, 04/12/2014 - 15:56

Screenjabber's Stuart O'Connor chats with British actor James Buckley about his first steps into Hollywood with the horror film The Pyramid ...

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Interview: Christopher Smith on Get Santa

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Tue, 02/12/2014 - 15:49

Filmmaker Chris Smith – known for the Brit horrors Severance, Creep, Triangle and Black Death – chats to Screenjabber's Stuart O'Connor about his new festive family film Get Santa, which stars Rafe Spall, Jim Broadbent and some flatulent reindeer...

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