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Star Wars: having my cake and eating it

November 1, 2012   -   0 comments   -  

A few months ago I wrote a piece called Why George Lucas Isn’t Getting Any More Of My Money. In it, I explained how – even though I still love Star Wars and want to see the new releases – the director’s incessant tinkering and apparent egomania meant I couldn’t in good conscience chuck more money at him and his “improved”, “remastered”, “ultimate version” cuts of the beloved movies.

C3PO and R2D2

And then, a couple of days ago, the news dropped that Lucas had sold Star Wars and the rest of Lucasfilm to Disney, who immediately announced parts seven, eight and nine.

It seems you can have your cake and eat it.

You’re not what Oxbridge is looking for

August 23, 2012   -   2 comments   -  

  A combination of exam results in the news and an excellent blog by @pme200 has reminded my of my own Oxbridge experiences. My parents didn’t go to university and until I hit my late teens, I didn’t know anyone who had gone, so the very idea of heading off to get a degree was still

Charging journalists for an interview? It had better be good

June 16, 2012   -   0 comments   -  

Ever wonder why most of the interviews you read with celebrities are virtually identical? Well, it’s because very often they are the same interview, just packaged differently. Despite the “Exclusive interview!’ lies you’re fed, few outlets actually get to have one-on-one time with the stars of new movies, and have to make do with dry,

How short-sighted PRs are hurting their clients

June 10, 2012   -   5 comments   -  

After months of hype and a very cool viral campaign, Prometheus is upon us. You may have noticed that, unlike most new releases, the number of reviews out there before the release was quite small. Usually when this happens it’s because the studio knows that their film sucks, and they don’t hold preview screenings for

The perpetuation of an urban myth

July 17, 2011   -   0 comments   -  

Someone called a little while ago to tell me a story. He doesn’t generally care about gossip, but felt this was good enough to share with me. Last night he was talking to a friend whose neighbour hired out a suite in a hotel in Sandwich, Kent this weekend for his wedding anniversary. He booked

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