Ben Chaplin helms classic drama The ‘WIPERS TIMES”

ImageHighly recommended for your DVD collection is – THE WIPERS TIMES, which is set in the backdrop of World War One.  The stellar cast includes Ben Chaplin, Emilia Fox, Michael Palin and Julian Rhind Tutt. Described as a story of the extraordinary resilience of the human spirit in the face of overwhelming adversity, the story follows two soldiers who created a satirical magazine that was published in the trenches during World War I ! Ben Chaplin plays Captain Fred Roberts who discovered a printing press in the ruins of Ypres, Belgium in 1916 and began publishing the blackly comic WIPERS TIMES for troops on the Western Front.  There have been some exellent reviews – read here :  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/10303282/The-Wipers-Times-BBC-Two-review.html .  Ben Chaplin has featured in a number of great Movie and TV roles from THE THIN RED LINE, MAD DOGS, DATES to WORLD WITHOUT END and will soon be seen in SKY 1’s MOONFLEET – a swashbuckly historical drama which features Ray Winstone, Aneurin Barnard and Phil Daniels.

The ‘Maltese Falcon’ Statue bags an astounding $4 Million at Auction

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Courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter :  http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/maltese-falcon-statue-sells-eye-660048

The Maltese Falcon statue from the movie of the same name sold at auction for $4,085,000, including a buyer’s premium of $585,000.  The sale was conducted by Bonhams in New York in conjunction with Turner Classic Movies.  The price was at the high end of expert estimates for the piece. Bonhams had declined to offer a pre-sale estimate.   It ranks with the most expensive pieces of movie and TV memorabilia ever sold at auction, trailing the original Batmobile from the 1960s TV show, which sold for $4.6 million, and the Aston Martin driven by Sean Connery in Goldfinger, which sold for $4.1 million.  But it far outstripped the $2 million paid for a pair of ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz, or the $576,000 paid for an Enterprise model used in Star Trek.   The falcon statue was one of two made for the movie but the only one known to have appeared on film. According to Bonhams, markings on the statue — particularly a small dent from where the statue was dropped — can be matched to the one on film.

 “The spectacular price achieved reflects the statuette’s tremendous significance. The Maltese Falcon is arguably the most important movie prop ever and is central to the history of cinema,” Catherine Williamson, the director of the Bonhams entertainment memorabilia department, said in a statement.
 The piece was owned by an unidentified Calfifornia collector who acquired it in a private sale in the 1980s. The identity of the winning bidder has not been disclosed.

I Used to be in Pictures – An Untold Story of Hollywood

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This book is a fascinating insight into the Golden Age of Hollywood, the public and private face of an industry rarely explored in such an intimate fashion

I Used to be in Pictures is a collection of unpublished correspondence between English born brothers, Austin and Howard Mutti-Mewse and some of the most celebrated and iconic film stars from the silent and ‘golden’ era of film-making.

The brothers’ foray into this glamorous world began with a simple fan letter to Lillian Gish, followed by another to Douglas Fairbanks Jnr. This gave rise to a wealth of letter writing. Yet, the most interesting part of this story is that these letters were written retrospectively, as raised on a diet of black and white movies, Austin and Howard’s unique relationships with these screen legends developed long after the height of their celebrity, a quarter of a century after the cameras had stopped rolling, at a time when they were able to reflect back on lives lived in the spotlight.

– See more at: http://www.antiquecollectorsclub.com/uk/store/pv/9781851497539/i-used-to-be-in-pictures/austin-and-howard-mutti-mewse-foreword-by-dominick-fairbanks#sthash.Nj4LBz7z.dpuf

 

 

I Used to be in Pictures is a collection of unpublished correspondence between English born brothers, Austin and Howard Mutti-Mewse and some of the most celebrated and iconic film stars from the silent and ‘golden’ era of film-making.

The brothers’ foray into this glamorous world began with a simple fan letter to Lillian Gish, followed by another to Douglas Fairbanks Jnr. This gave rise to a wealth of letter writing. Yet, the most interesting part of this story is that these letters were written retrospectively, as raised on a diet of black and white movies, Austin and Howard’s unique relationships with these screen legends developed long after the height of their celebrity, a quarter of a century after the cameras had stopped rolling, at a time when they were able to reflect back on lives lived in the spotlight.

– See more at: http://www.antiquecollectorsclub.com/uk/store/pv/9781851497539/i-used-to-be-in-pictures/austin-and-howard-mutti-mewse-foreword-by-dominick-fairbanks#sthash.Nj4LBz7z.dpuf

Tom Hardy will be our Rocket Man – Elton John Biopic in the Frame

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The news is out !!  Bane is ready to ditch his mask for rose-colored glasses.

Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises, Inception) has signed on to play Elton John in Rocket Pictures’ biopic Rocketman, which will be released in the U.S. by Focus Features.

Rocketman will tell John’s legendary story, from his childhood to his unbelievable rise to fame. John is set to re-record a number of his biggest hits to match the emotional moments in the film, which will be directed by Michael Gracey, the man behind the upcoming film The Greatest Showman on Earth starring Hugh Jackman.

With an original screenplay written by Academy Award nominee Lee Hall (War Horse), Rocketman is scheduled to start shooting in fall 2014.

Tom is very much looking forward to getting into the role, and has already been sent lots of material to study on from Elton John himself.  Good luck Tommy Boy !

Follow Elton John:  https://twitter.com/eltonjohndotcom

Courtesy EW : http://www.ew.com/ew/

Monique Maion has Trouble in Mind…musical journey from heartbreak

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We are celebrating the release of Brazilian Songtress Monique Maion’s latest release.

She tells us the Story behind its conception:

“I made this record with my 3 years savings, via an underground record label kkk.
The album will be released first in America, Brazil will be launched mid November, and then the rest of the world.It has been quite a journey, healing from a divorce and many other life’s surprises. I am going it alone.
I have a solo pocket show where I play brazilian and negro spirituals blues on piano, guitar and a capella.
I’m staying in Santa Monica, California for a while trading vinyls, digging concerts and on the road.”

We are certainly taken on a melancholy journey – enjoy the blues here :

WATCH MONIQUE PERFORM  “I killed a man”  :

FOLLOW MONIQUE MAION ON TWITTER : https://twitter.com/moniquemaion

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