NetflixAccording to BARB (the Broadcasters’ Audience Research Board), 3 million households in the UK have Netflix. The only paid for viewing service with more subscribers is Sky with over 10million homes in the UK signed up. So, what is it about Netflix that makes it so popular?

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Marvel’s latest action film franchise, set in the same universe as The Avengers, starts off as far more quirky and raggedy than their usual offerings. Action packed and full of snappy one liners though it may be, it is not a superhero movie as such and has a very different feel to any of the other recent releases.

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Book to Film Adaptations

The fault in our stars

The big hit at the cinema this year has been The Fault in Our Stars. Directed by young newcomer, Josh Boone, this tragic romance has had teenage girls weeping in the aisles all over the world. Its success was due to the huge popularity of the book, by John Green, the film was adapted from. Published in 2012, this book had sold 10.7 million copies by the time the film came out. Previous book to film adaptations have met with a mixed reception.

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Star Wars

Some of the biggest and most famous films of all time were shot at Shepperton Studios. Notable productions include:

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Star Wars (1977)
The Elephant Man (1980)
Shakespeare in Love (1998)
Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001)

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From the premise of Michael Fassbender (famous for playing Magneto in the new X Men films and creepy android, David, in Prometheus) in a big papier-mache head making weird music in the middle of the countryside in Ireland, you may think that this film does not sound promising.  If you think that, then you are so wrong.

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Tom Hiddleston

Actor profileBorn on 9th February 1981, Thomas William Hiddleston shot to fame in 2011 when he played Loki in Kenneth Branagh’s adaptation of Marvel Comic’s Thor.

He boarded at Eton College from the age of 13 and went on to gain a double first in Classics from Cambridge University.  In 2005, he graduated from RADA (The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art), one of the most prestigious acting colleges in the world.

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Oscars 2014This year’s Oscars ceremony turned out to be more about a picture taken on a phone than about the actual winners. Saying that, there was sufficient discussion about a few of the winners to ensure that, if you hadn’t heard the films 12 Years a Slave and Gravity before the event, then you certainly would have afterwards.

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August: Osage County

August: Osage County has an all star cast including Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep, Ewan McGregor and Chris Cooper.  The film is an adaptation of the award-winning play and was adapted for the screen by Tracy Letts himself.

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baftaThe nominations for BAFTAs have been announced and quite a few very good films look under represented such as Pacific Rim, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Frozen and the Wolf of Wall Street. Here are a few of the most noted films up for this year’s BAFTA awards.

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breaking badBreaking Bad is rated 9.5 out of 10 on IMDB. It’s safe to say that the Emmy-award winning series owns a place in the pantheon of most popular TV series ever.

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