How Much Does James Bond Cost The Taxpayer? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted: October 10th, 2012 | Author: |

James Bond is the world’s most revered secret agent. Since the first film in the franchise was released [Dr. No in 1962] 007 has blown-up more buildings, crashed more cars and saved the world more times than I can count. At his disposal are lavishly kitted out supercars and Q-customised gadgets. He has a taste for extravagant beverages such as Champagne and vodka Martinis and is sent on numerous trips to exotic locations. To top if off, most of the action such as gun fights and car chases occur while he is wearing an exquisitely tailored Savile Row suit.

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10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About E.T.

Posted: September 17th, 2012 | Author: |

E.T. was the heartwarming family film about the friendship between a child and a stranded alien that captured imaginations and broke the box office. It was a uniquely child friendly film told from the perspective of 10 year old boy, Elliot. You’d be surprised though, at how little you know about this sci-fi classic.

E.T. And Indiana Jones Are Connected

Ok, not in the sense that they necessarily occur in the same fiction but not only was Harrison Ford cast and filmed (and eventually cut) for a part in E.T., but the bulk of the script was written while filming on location for Raiders of the Lost Ark.
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Fancy Dress Ideas: Mirror Mirror

Posted: April 15th, 2012 | Author: |

The recent release of ‘Mirror, Mirror’, starring Lily Collins and Julia Roberts and directed by Tarsem Singh, has definitely caused a resurgence of interest in the classic fairytale ‘Snow White’. This re-imagining of the classic fairytale casts Lilly Collins as Snow White, Julia Roberts as her evil stepmother Queen Clementianna and includes a few novel twists and turns in the tale; including new versions of the seven dwarves who are adept thieves and a brilliant Bollywood style ending.

‘Mirror, Mirror’ has performed reasonably well at the box office despite having mixed reviews from critics but it has been roundly praised for its stunning production values and sumptuous costumes. Sadly, costume designer Eiko Ishioka passed away this January but she is already Read More…

Titanic Memorial Travellers Dress Up In Period Costumes

Posted: April 12th, 2012 | Author: |

Over 1300 passengers from 28 countries set sail on Sunday aboard the MS Balmoral for a 12-Day Titanic memorial cruise in which the modern ship will precisely re-trace the ill-fated route of its predecessor which sank tragically exactly 100 years ago. Some of the passengers are direct descendants of the infamous ship’s survivors; such as Philip Littlejohn, grandson of the first class steward of the Titanic Alexander James Littlejohn, hence tour organiser Miles Morgan has insisted that he is especially conscious of the fact that the cruise should be a memorial rather than a celebration and will include on-board lectures, authentic food from the period and respectful memorial services on the 14th and 15th of April, to respectively pay tribute to the moments that the ship hit an iceberg and finally sank.

Of approximately 2,223 passengers on board the ship, only 711 survived and in a cruel testimony to the divisive nature of the contemporary British class system which existed at sea as well as on land, the Third Class contingent suffered the greatest losses; with only 174 survivors from Read More…

Jesus Rises As Batman In Easter Play

Posted: April 11th, 2012 | Author: |

Enthusiastic members of the congregation at Winnipeg’s evangelical Church of the Rock were treated to an alternative version of the familiar seasonal tale of Christ’s Resurrection; as the cast of the play organised by Pastor Mark Hughes dressed as characters from ‘Batman’ with the resurrected Christ represented by none other than the Caped Crusader himself!

Batman’s sidekick Robin also appeared in the slightly surreal performance, as did super-villains The Joker and The Riddler and (at least according to Pastor Hughes!), the Batman mythology provides the perfect modern parable for representing Christ’s Resurrection Read More…

Fancy Dress Ideas: The Avengers

Posted: April 9th, 2012 | Author: |

Although every self-respecting superhero fan on the planet knows that ‘The Avengers’ is slated for release in the US on May 4th, Facebook fans of the movie have been sent into spasms of Super-heroic delight by the news that they can see special early screenings of the eagerly-anticipated movie on April 14th in Miami, Houston, New York and Chicago, with free admission on a first-come, first-served basis and the imminent announcement of screenings in a further five major cities.


‘The Avengers’ is directed by Joss Whedon and is bursting at its celluloid seams with superheroes such as Iron Man; played by Robert Downey Jr., Thor played by Chris Hemsworth, Captain America; played by Chris Evans, Nick Fury; played by Samuel L. Jackson, The Hulk played by Mark Ruffalo, Black Widow played by Scarlett Johansson and Hawkeye played by Jeremy Renner as well as a rumoured cameo appearance by Read More…

Iconic Movie Costumes Go Under The Hammer

Posted: April 4th, 2012 | Author: |

Some iconic pieces of Hollywood history went up for sale over the weekend of March 31st- April 1st; in an auction by Beverley Hills based celebrity auction house Julien’s. Amongst the amazing items up for sale were Charlie Chaplin’s bamboo cane, which sold for $42,000, his bowler hat, which was snapped up for $58,000, a Christopher Reeve Superman costume from ‘Superman IV: The Quest for Peace’, and a complete Caped Crusader costume from ‘Batman Returns’ .

Meanwhile, a Catherine Walker gown designed for and worn by Princess Diana was also up for grabs, as was a vintage Christian Dior dress once worn by Princess Grace of Read More…

Fancy Dress Ideas: Use White Contact Lenses To Perfect That ‘Undead’ Look

Posted: April 2nd, 2012 | Author: |

Coloured contact lenses can add a really dramatic finishing flourish to any fancy dress costume and white contact lenses look particularly stunning, dramatic and uncanny. Of course, it’s worth remembering that these contact lenses are non-prescription and should be used according to the same hygienic guidelines as any contacts in order to protect your eyes, but nevertheless, they can really set your fancy dress costume apart from your party competitors.

For instance, a set of white zombie contact lenses which white out all but the small pupils, are ideal for any outstanding undead costume at a Halloween or horror-themes fancy dress event. Therefore, if you are dressing as a sexy but scary zombie nurse in a tattered and stained Read More…

The Evolution Of The Batsuit

Posted: March 31st, 2012 | Author: |

Although the TV and cinematic representations of the iconic Batman costume over the years have featured the similar basic elements of the mask, jumpsuit, utility belt and cape, the style of the costume has changed commensurately with the development of the various incarnations of the character. Therefore, it’s interesting to take a look back at the evolution of the Batsuit over the years.

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Fancy Dress Ideas: The Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists

Posted: March 30th, 2012 | Author: |

‘The Pirates! : in an adventure with scientists!’ is set to hit cinema screens in the UK on the 28th March and is brought to us by the Aardman Animations team which has been so successful with ‘Chicken Run’ and ‘Wallace and Gromit’. Based on the first book in ‘The Pirates!’ series by Gideon Dafoe, the movie is set at the very beginning of Queen Victoria’s reign in 1837 and follows The Pirate Captain’s quest to defeat his salty sea dog rivals Black Bellamy and Cutlass Liz in order to win the Pirate of the Year award.

The movie features the vocal talents of Hugh Grant, Salma Hayek, Brendan Gleeson, Jeremy Piven, Brian Blessed and David Tennant and features supporting characters such as Charles Darwin, a young (and hot tempered!) Queen Victoria, The Pirate King, The Pirate with  Read More…