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What an Oscar or Bafta means to home entertainment

By Ray Bennett The Oscars and the Bafta Film Awards generate huge publicity but it’s very hard to say how much they benefit specific titles. HMV’s Andy Anderson observes drolly that the best case scenario for a film in awards … Continue reading

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HMV calls for votes on Best of British films and albums

By Ray Bennett HMV has launched a national poll on Facebook that asks fans to choose the best British movie and record album from the past 60 years to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The Best of British campaign lists … Continue reading

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The Toronto International Film Festival shows the way for Q1

By Ray Bennett As the cost of publicity and promotion has become ever more expensive, big studios and indies know that the hoopla that surrounds major events such as the Toronto International Film Festival can have a huge payoff.  The … Continue reading

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DVD and Blu-ray Disc rule in entertainment spending

By Ray Bennett DVD and Blu-ray Disc account for 42% of all entertainment spending compared to 25% at cinemas, 27% for Pay TV or Premium TV, and 5% on Video On Demand and electronic sell-through, according to data published by … Continue reading

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‘It’s like picking up Rupert Murdoch’s dropped wallet’

By Ray Bennett Lots of so-called experts claim to know what young people think about entertainment these days, but a panel at Screen Digest’s recent PEVE Digital Media Conference in London provided some genuine insight. Describing how they consume screened … Continue reading

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There’s always a Ray in the movies, now there’s Blu-ray

By Ray Bennett There’s always a Ray in the movies. Scriptwriters really like the name. Michael Keaton, Dan Aykroyd and Gregory Hines each played a guy named Ray three times, Harvey Keitel twice. Kevin Costner was Ray in “Field Of … Continue reading

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Oscar winners and wannabes in February film releases

By Ray Bennett Everything comes in pairs in the United Kingdom’s February film releases. Two Oscar-winning veteran filmmakers show how it’s done with Clint Eastwood’s “Gran Torino” and Woody Allen’s “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” (pictured above). Two famous characters from the … Continue reading

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Lots of awards contenders in UK January film releases

By Ray Bennett The January UK release schedule is chock-a-block with awards contenders including two with much-anticipated Kate Winslet performances, another with Anne Hathaway, and several films featuring potential BAFTA and Oscar candidates for best actor such as Benicio Del … Continue reading

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‘Small Town’ folk with big time plans

By Ray Bennett LONDON – With little more than a digital camera and the New Forest, four resourceful filmmakers from Ringwood in Hampshire who call themselves Gumboot Pictures have made a fantasy horror movie titled “Small Town Folk” that has … Continue reading

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