Tuesday, January 17, 2012

BAFTA Awards 2012: Full Nominations List

Silence may indeed be golden as The Artist looks set to sweep up at the BAFTA Awards  on Sunday 12th February 2012 at London's Royal Opera House. The silent film is up for a total of twelve awards at the British ceremony next month but faces tough competition from Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, which is nominated for eleven awards this year.

Here are all the BAFTA Award Nominations for 2012:

Best Film:

The Artist
The Descendants
The Help
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Outstanding British Film:

My Week with Marilyn
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
We Need to Talk About Kevin

Leading Actor:

Brad Pitt (Moneyball)
Gary Oldman (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy)
George Clooney (The Descendants)
Jean Dujardin (The Artist)
Michael Fassbender (Shame)

Leading Actress:

Bérénice Bejo (The Artist)
Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady)
Michelle Williams (My Week with Marilyn)
Tilda Swinton (We Need to Talk About Kevin)
Viola Davis (The Help)

Supporting Actor:

Christopher Plummer (Beginners)
Jim Broadbent (The Iron Lady)
Jonah Hill (Moneyball)
Kenneth Branagh (My Week with Marilyn)
Philip Seymour Hoffman (The Ides of March)

Supporting Actress:

Carey Mulligan (Drive)
Jessica Chastain (The Help)
Judi Dench (My Week with Marilyn)
Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids)
Octavia Spencer (The Help)

Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer:

Richard Ayoade (Submarine)
Paddy Considine (Tyrannosaur)
Joe Cornish (Attack the Block)
Ralph Fiennes (Coriolanus)
Will Sharp (Black Pond)

Film Not in the English Language:

A Separation
The Skin I Live In


George Harrison: Living in the Material World
Project Nim

Animated Film:

The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn
Arthur Christmas


Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist)
Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive)
Martin Scorsese (Hugo)
Tomas Alfredson (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy)
Lynne Ramsay (We Need to Talk About Kevin)

Original Screenplay:

The Artist
The Guard
The Iron Lady
Midnight in Paris

Adapted Screenplay:

The Descendants
The Help
The Ides of March
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Original Music:

The Artist
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
War Horse


The Artist
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
War Horse


The Artist
Tinker Tailor Solider Spy

Production Design:

The Artist
Jane Eyre
My Week with Marilyn
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Costume Design:

The Artist
Jane Eyre
My Week with Marilyn
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Make Up & Hair:

The Artist
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2
The Iron Lady
My Week with Marilyn


The Artist
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
War Horse

Special Visual Effects:

The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
War Horse

Short Animation:

Bobby Yeah
A Morning Stroll

Short Film:

Mwansa the Great
Only Sound Remains
Pitch Black Heist
Two and Two

Orange Rising Star Award:

Adam Deacon
Chris Hemsworth
Tom Hiddleston
Chris O'Dowd
Eddie Redmayne

BAFTA Fellowship:

Martin Scorsese

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Sunday, January 15, 2012

Tales From The Television - Part 4

Dr Who has entertained generations and become iconic, thankfully the BBC revived the programme for a new worldwide audience.

We've all got a favourite Doctor, and this latest video reveals mine along with a little tale about the Dr Who theme music!

*Red Rob - a view from the left side

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Brit Awards 2012: The Nominations

The full nominations have been revealed for the 2012 Brit Awards, with Adele and Ed Sheeran set for an award or two at the glitzy music event at London's O2 on Tuesday 21st February 2012. JLS will have to battle it out for British Single of the Year against other new boys on the block - One Direction and The Wanted.

Full list of Brit Award nominations:

Ed Sheeran
James Blake
James Morrison
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
Professor Green

Florence & The Machine
Jessie J
Kate Bush
Laura Marling

Anna Calvi
Ed Sheeran
Emeli Sandé
Jessie J
The Vaccines

Arctic Monkeys
Chase & Status

Adele Someone Like You
Ed Sheeran The A Team
Example Changed The Way You Kissed Me
Jessie J Ft B.o.B. Price Tag
JLS Ft Dev She Makes Me Wanna
Military Wives / Gareth Malone Wherever You Are
Olly Murs Ft Rizzle Kicks Heart Skips A Beat
One Direction What Makes You Beautiful
Pixie Lott All About Tonight
The Wanted Glad You Came

Adele 21
Coldplay Mylo Xyloto
Ed Sheeran + Atlantic Records / Warner Music
Florence & The Machine Ceremonials Island

Aloe Blacc
Bon Iver
Bruno Mars
David Guetta 
Ryan Adams

Lady Gaga

Fleet Foxes
Foo Fighters
Jay Z / Kanye West
Lady Antebellum
Maroon 5

Aloe Blacc
Bon Iver
Foster The People
Lana Del Rey
Nicki Minaj


1st - Emeli Sandé
2nd - Maverick Sabre
3rd - Michael Kiwanuka

Paul Epworth
Ethan Johns

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Tales From The Television - Part 3

Media has changed so much over the past 30 years, but back in the 'old' days we had to rely on television for most of our screen entertainment. ITV was made of many smaller regions, like Thames (and London Weekend Television) and I loved watching the Thames/LWT logo at the start of some programmes.

I also remember going to bed quite scared after watching a certain programme at about 8.30pm on some school nights - this episode of 'Tales From The Television' reveals that TV thriller......

Tales From The Television - Part 3: The Scary TV Titles and More TV Logos

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Sunday, January 08, 2012

Top 10 DVD Chart 2011

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows topped the DVD sales chart for 2011, but overall DVD sales dropped 7.2% in the UK last year. Total DVD units sold in 2011 were 207m, continuing the decline from 253m total sales in 2008.

As physical DVD sales continue to drop, it is downloads and online streaming that are propping up the entertainment industry, but this was not enough to stop a 3.4% year on year drop (includes all digital and physical retail sales, plus physical rental transactions, consumers spent an estimated total of £2.25b).

It was a good year for British films, with eight out of the top ten films for 2011 earning a place in the end of year chart. The year to come is expected to see physical DVD sales continue in their free fall, while at the same time customers move online to more subscription download content. This will increase the pressure on retailers like HMV, as previously discussed HERE.

Top 10 DVD Sales 2011:

1. Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows – Part 2
2. Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows – Part 1
3. The Inbetweeners Movie
4. The King's Speech
5. Pirates of the Caribbean – On Stranger Tides
6. Despicable Me
7. Paul
8. Tangled
9. Peter Kay – Live – The Tour That Didn't Tour
10. Transformers – Dark of The Moon

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Friday, January 06, 2012

Tales From The Television - Part 2

Ever wanted to watch a 'naughty' programme on TV  but you knew your parents would never let you view it?

This was the situation robmacca found himself in when OTT was first broadcast on Central TV. Today's 'Tales From The Television' explores what happened....

Tales From The Television - Part 2: OTT, Bullseye and the Central TV logo

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Thursday, January 05, 2012

US Top Selling Albums And Singles 2011

British singer Adele had the best selling album and single in the US with her album '21', according to figures released by Nielsen SoundScan. Adele sold 5.8m copies of her second album that went on sale in March 2011 - selling 352,000 copies on the first week. The single 'Rolling In The Deep' topped the biggest selling singles chart for the year, also selling 5.8m copies in the US.

The Spice Girls and Elton John were the last British acts to top both album and singles best sellers list in 1997. Album sales in the US were up 1% in 2011, reaching a total of 330m by the end of the year - the first increase since 2004 and bucking the trend we have seen in the UK, where album sales fell 6%.

US Best Selling Albums 2011:

1.Adele - 21 - 5.8m
2.Michael Buble - Christmas - 2.4m
3.Lady Gaga - Born This Way - 2.1m
4.Lil Wayne - The Carter IV - 1.9m
5.Jason Aldean - My Kinda Party - 1.6m

US Best Selling Singles 2011:

1.Adele - Rolling In The Deep - 5.8m
2.LMFAO - Party Rock Anthem - 5.5m
3.Katy Perry - E.T. - 4.8m
4.Maroon 5 - Moves Like Jagger - 4.1m
5.Pitbull - Give You Everything - 3.9m

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Wednesday, January 04, 2012

PICTURES: David Beckham H&M Underwear Launched

David Beckham has once again stripped down to his underwear for his latest ad campaign, this time it is for H&M. The pictures will interest fans around the world as well as boosting sales for the clothing range at H&M. Previously the Beckhams modelled underwear for Armani, as seen HERE.

See more pictures of Beckham in his underwear on this blog: Beckham Underwear Pictures

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Tales From The Television - Part 1

A brand new series of videos exploring the effects of television on the life of robmacca. In this opening episode we venture back in time to the launch of Central television and the end of ATV.

The video series will take a trip down memory lane, looking at unforgettable TV programmes shown on British television over the decades. Who can forget Crossroads, Tiswas or the launch of Channel 4?

Each week two new videos will be coming out, so keep updated and subscribe to the YouTube channel: Tales From The Television

Tales From The Television - Part 1: The ATV and Central Logo

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Monday, January 02, 2012

HMV Dogged By Digital Revolution

When HMV announce their sales update on 9th January 2012, it is expected his masters voice will have fallen on deaf ears as the digital age eclipses the physical stage. Could it be that the HMV dog is about to be put to sleep? With like for like sales expected to be down 8% and UK album sales plunging 6% with CD's dropping 13%, HMV is holding on for dear life.

Record stores have been disappearing from the High Street at a rapid rate as Woolworths, Virgin (Zavvi) and Borders vanished from the retail world. The big supermarkets dropped singles and independent outlets shut up shop as physical sales continued to decline at an alarming rate. A new generation had arrived and they did not want the hassle of trawling through the High Street, instead they opted for digital downloads and couldn't give a fig about owning a CD or DVD.

The Enemy @ HMV, Coventry

Online retailers like iTunes and  Amazon have revolutionised the way we own music and movies, our collections can be seen on screen instead of a bulky display shelf - but sadly, HMV was slow to respond to the rapid shift in consumer consumption. Other online retailers like Play.com and CD Wow ate into the retailers market share and took a chunk out of the dogs ear - but HMV would not go down without a fight. The stores stocked new products as they tried to shift reliance from their traditional sales base to other products, but this just added to the confusion as they became more like Woolworths, having a bit of everything but a lot of nothing!

The loss of HMV will be another nail in the High Street, this goes beyond a recession. We are seeing the effects that cheaper online retailers, with lower overheads, are having on High Streets across Britain. Sadly for HMV, although they have tried different approaches, their fate will be rather like a sick dog visiting the vet for the last time. A new generation has a different High Street which is accessed via the super fast highway called The Internet. Retailers like HMV will fall by the wayside unless they can reverse their fortunes via the internet.

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