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      23.03.2017 19:03

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      Star - NWA
      Genre – Drama >Biopic
      Run Time – 147 minutes
      Certificate – 18
      Country – USA
      Oscars – 1 Nomination
      Awards – 25Wins & 39Nominations
      Amazon – £4.50 DVD £4.99 Blue Ray
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      After the 2016 Oscars there was general disquiet within Black groups that black and Asian actors failed to receive any of the 20 acting nominations and none of the directing ones. Incredibly, at that point a black director had never won a directing Oscar. Black film themes also seemed to be ignored. This year The Academy were under huge pressure to promote black actors and directors this year and they almost swept the board. Wise directors like Barry Jenkins and Denzel Washington saw that reverse bias coming and rushed out Moonlight and Fences respectively to cash in, Jenkins becoming the first black director to win a Directing Oscar, Viola Davis winning for Fences. As far as the acting gongs go the makers of Straight Outta of Compton, Creed, Selma and Concussion, amongst others, seemed particular narked their films didn’t win anything last year. In my opinion neither of these films deserved the main Oscars - nor did many of the white actors and films that won. The Academy never get it right. Mrs Will Smith seemed very angry her husbands very average ‘issues’ film didn’t win and some say kick started the campaign for black talent to win Oscars because of that. But the problem is good box office doesn’t always mean they are good movies but simply popular and anticipated. ‘Straight Outta Compton’ would become the highest-grossing music biopic ever, beating Walk the Line (2005), another American dressed in black bad boy, and until the Oscar winning Moonlight, the highest grossing movie by a black director, somewhat surreally beating Scary Movie by director Keenen Ivory Wayans.

      The film, if you haven’t worked out, is the story of NWA (played by actors), the hardcore rap band that took America and the world by storm, their unfavorable lyrics towards the police and authority and the perceived promotion of violence in the black community making them extremely controversial. Rather ironically, despite the success of the movie, the film has not been screened in Compton because the city doesn't have a cinema due to regular shootings at them. Where the film debuted in 2015 there were extra police at the multiplexes in fear of gang violence, even though, as we know, most rap fans are white kids called Gaz and Darren. It always rankles with me that white kids like rap as most of it is about how much black people feel white people don’t like them. White rappers are just ridiculous, apart from Eminem, of course.

      Band members Eazy-E and M.C. Ren were the only members of NWA who belonged to a street gang, and were both members of the Kelly Park Compton Crips. They were friends long before NWA was formed and they gangbanged and sold drugs together before venturing into music with Ice Cube, DJ Yella, Dr Dre and Arabian Prince. Their seminal album Straight Outta of Compton put gangster rap on the commercial map and in the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame. Ice Cubes real son, O'Shea Jackson Jr, was cast in the movie to play his dad.

      According to Wikipedia, On July 16, 2014, a casting call for extras for Straight Outta Compton was released on the Sande Alessi Casting Facebook page. The casting call was looking for sexy African-American girls using an A-D ranking scale. The 'A girls' category was looking for drop dead gorgeous 'classy' women of all colors; the 'B through D' categories were very explicitly linked with skin-tone. As the women get less attractive, the casting call wants the women's flesh tone to be darker, with the lowest listing calling for 'African American girls. Poor, not in good shape, medium to dark skin tone. Needless to say black and women’s groups were not happy about this but the publicity still maximized the amount of ‘honeys’ that turned up at the swimming pool auditions.

      The shoot was very real when that just seven days into filming in Compton, a drive-by shooting took place directly in front of the cast and crew members while they were on the set. A group of black kids standing outside the Compton Courthouse made gang signs at a passing car and passengers in the car opened fire on the group with real guns. No one from the film was injured, but one civilian near the set was shot in the leg. In 2015, Marion 'Suge' Knight, of Death Row Records, a notorious figure in the film and the gangster rap music scene, was involved in an infamous hit-and-run incident that left one dude dead and another hospitalized. Knight followed the black guys after an argument on the Straight Outta Compton film set to a burger joint parking lot in Compton and brutally ran them over. YouTube footage is damming and he may die in jail.


      ===Cast===

      O'Shea Jackson Jr. ... Ice Cube
      Corey Hawkins ... Dr. Dre
      Jason Mitchell ... Eazy-E
      Neil Brown Jr. ... DJ Yella
      Aldis Hodge ... MC Ren
      Marlon Yates Jr. ... D.O.C.
      R. Marcos Taylor ... Suge Knight
      Carra Patterson ... Tomica
      Alexandra Shipp ... Kim
      Paul Giamatti ... Jerry Heller
      Elena Goode ... Nicole
      Keith Powers ... Tyree
      Joshua Brockington ... Young Warren G
      Lakeith Stanfield ... Snoop

      ===Plot===

      It’s Compton, L.A in 1986…

      Eazy-E (Jason Mitchell) is a drug dealer, Dr. Dre (Corey Hawkins) is an aspiring DJ, and Ice Cube (O'Shea Jackson Jr) is a young rapper in the Compton Hood. Producer Dre is intrigued by Ice Cube's raps reflecting on the crime, gang violence, and police harassment that they and other African Americans suffer. Dre convinces Eazy-E to fund a startup indie record label, Ruthless Records, with Dre as producer, promoting local talent ignored by the mainly white West Coast music business. When their best song yet, "Boyz-n-the-Hood", is rejected by a New York rap group, Dr. Dre convinces Eazy-E to perform it instead. It becomes a local L.A hit, and Eazy-E, Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, DJ Yella, and MC Ren form N.W.A ("Niggaz Wit Attitudes").

      Eazy-E is head hunted by Jewish record producer Jerry Heller (Paul Giamatti) who offers to manage N.W.A and co-run Ruthless Records, introducing Easy and the band to predominantly white Jewish run Priority Records, who offer N.W.A a deal. While recording their debut album, Straight Outta Compton (1988), the group are harassed by white cops for looking like gang bangers in a nice area and that inspires Ice Cube to write "F*ck the Police". It becomes a controversial hit with hug airplay and the media dub them as ‘gangsta rap’. It sends the group stratospheric as they pack big arenas around the world. The police and FBI are not happy with the lyrics and say they will be arrested if they use it on stage, which they do in 1989 concert in Detroit and a riot ensues.

      By now Easy, as co partner, is making the big bucks and the band members are not happy. Jerry knows by loading responsibility on to one of the band members it was easy to exploit them as friends and keeps delaying the individual members' contracts with Ruthless, and when he insists that Ice Cube sign without legal representation with a 75k cheque pay off for 3 years work, Ice Cube quits the group to go solo album with ‘AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted (1990)’ with Priority Records, becoming a big hit, but also stuffed by the record company and so he trashes their office.


      With N.W.A now huge and insulting Ice Cube on their next record, 100 Miles and Runnin' (1990), Ice responds with some anti Semitism in a track criticizing Jerry and his former bandmates. Tension rises between both parties and so Dr. Dre hires the notorious thug Suge Knight (R.Marcos Taylor) as his manager and the Nation of Islam as his security, through whom he learns that Jerry has indeed been underpaying him over the years. He would, of course, leave N.W.A to form Death Row Records with Suge.



      ===Results===

      The film is OK but way too long. If you love the band and the music then you will enjoy this more than I did but still a bum twitcher. The original directors cut, which is included in the DVD packet on a separate disc, is three-and-a-half hours long! I quite like gangster rap and was in LA just after the riots and understand where the hate for the police is coming from, and indeed vice versa. If you have black skin in America you get dragged into this as the cops label you as one of the bad guys from day one. A lot of black kids don’t help by dressing the part. In those days even sports companies would get involved in gang colors with their sneakers designed for the various gang affiliations with rd and blue flashing. The black LA Raiders sports look was also an integral part of the gang look although not the now defunct Raiders fault.

      The movie cost $28 million dollars to make and did that record $200m plus back as fans packed the cinemas. The unknown actors are very good and re-recorded NWA's entire Straight Outta Compton album (with producer Harvey Mason Jr.) to help them get into character. The band and director clearly wanted to keep control of the bands image and message and the casting of Ice Cube son to play his dad a pointer to. Easy E’s son (one of seven kids from six different mothers) also thought he was going to play his dad in the film but missed out late on. This is a movie made by a black director who treasures the bands legacy and doesn’t want them to be trashed on screen by a white director.

      Apart from the booty call to cast the girls in the film the main controversy is how accurate director F Gary Gray’s movie is. The screenplay was written by two Jewish white Americans but a lot of the negative stuff on the band didn’t make the movie and so NWA glamorized because of. Scenes cut included Dr. Dre's infamous beating of journalist Dee Barnes, the incident where Dre was shot four times in the leg, and a graphic flashback of his younger brother's death. The film was also heavily criticized for omitting Dr. Dre's domestic abuse allegations. The violence the band members dish out in real life points to the point critics make that the band not only promote violence but dishes it out.

      F. Gary Gray said that Dre's rap sheet was "an avenue we decided not to go down". This film was clearly aimed at a black audience to celebrate their heroes. Nothing wrong with that as this is Hollywood but a more realistic and honest biopic would have made a better movie, why Selma, the film about Martin Luther King, was the better movie.


      ===RATINGS===


      Imdb.com – 7.9/10.0 (136,435votes)
      Rottentomatos.com – 89% critic’s approval
      Metacritic.com – 72% critic’s approval

      ===Trailer===

      http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1398426/videoplayer/vi2333454617?ref_=tt_ov_vi



      ===Special Features===

      -NWA:The Origins-

      Behind the scenes stuff with the guys and actors on set cut with old footage of the group.


      ===Critics===

      Japan Times –‘Straight Outta Compton swears to tell the truth, the half-truth, and nothing but the, uh... you know the rest’.

      Empire Magazine –‘Potent and visceral in its depiction of street life and blinged-up excess alike, Straight Outta Compton delivers big beats of both kinds’.

      The Mail-‘Gray's camera bobs and weaves around the action like a wary boxer, giving the story an athletic urgency’.

      NY Times –‘gets a sweeping, epic, but somewhat partisan treatment in F Gary Gray's explosive drama Straight Outta Compton’.

      Movie Talk –‘Straight Outta Compton is at its most compelling when the band's adversaries are the authorities... But the film's energy level noticeably sags in the second half when the band are at odds with each other.

      Flavourwire –‘In spite of its many formal and structural flaws, 'Straight Outta Compton' works, because it captures a moment, and positions its music at the center of that moment’.


      Financial Times –‘The movie has inescapable verve, capturing why its subjects mean every bit as much as The Sex Pistols or Rolling Stones’.

      Independent-‘Straight Outta Compton is an unwieldy, expletive-strewn sprawl of a musical biopic’.

      Baltimore Times –‘The backdrop of Rodney King-era L.A and the realness and rawness of N.W.A.'s music, not to mention the passionate and heartfelt performances of the film's three young leads gives the film an undeniable power’.


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    • Phoenix in general / Archive Music / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      22.03.2017 14:51

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      Great movie from Germany!

      Star – Nina Hoss
      Genre – World Cinema > Drama
      Run Time – 100 minutes
      Certificate – PG13
      Country – German
      Awards – 15 Wins & 28 Nominations
      Amazon – £5, 99 DVD £9.99 Blue Ray
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      So Phoenix, adapted from the 1965 book "Le Retour des cendres / Return from the ashes" by Hubert Monteilhet. This often mesmerizing film is directed by Christian Petzold and yet another one of those Holocaust movies the critics loved. They usually do well at The Oscars because of the subject matter and Hollywood’s Jewish providence but this one well worthy of that attention but sadly missed out on a nomination. This is the fifth out of Christian Petzold's seven feature films to feature striking actress Nina Hoss, who is brilliant and distinctive in the films I have seen her. It's Pretzold’s second film in a row after Barbara (2012) to star Hoss and Ronald Zehrfeld in the leading roles. This is an Oscar winning performance by her but subtitles put paid to that.



      ===Cast===

      Nina Hoss ... Nelly Lenz
      Ronald Zehrfeld ... Johnny Lenz
      Nina Kunzendorf ... Lene Winter
      Trystan Pütter ... Soldat an der Brücke
      Michael Maertens ... Arzt
      Imogen Kogge ... Elisabeth
      Felix Römer ... Geiger
      Uwe Preuss ... Clubbesitzer
      Valerie Koch ... Tänzerin
      Eva Bay ... Tänzerin
      Jeff Burrell ... Soldat im Club
      Nikola Kastner ... Junge Frau
      Max Hopp ... Der Mann
      Megan Gay ... Mitarbeiterin Zentralstelle Halensee
      Kirsten Block ... Wirtin

      ===Plot===

      Nelly Lenz (Hoss), a Holocaust survivor and Jewish cabaret singer, is terribly disfigured from the death camps as the fleeing Nazis did terrible things to them in one last act of hatred. Her face is heavily bandaged from a shotgun round and we can only imagine the terrible damage as they cross the border into Switzerland to have reconstructive surgery after the war. Although Nelly tells the surgeon that she would like to look exactly as she used to, he is unable to recreate her old face and beauty completely and Nelly is disappointed with the final result. The mental and physical scars may heal but it will take sometime.

      With her best friend Lene (Nina Kunzendorf) thy return to Berlin so she can convalesce in peace. Since Nelly's family members all died during the war, Nelly has inherited a considerable amount cash and property and so that has to be dealt with. Lene suggests to Nelly that she cash in the money and houses and they travel to Palestine to be as far away from the Nazi as possible. She believes they will be safe there and can help with the creation of an independent Jewish state.

      Nelly is married and learns that her musician husband Johnny (Ronald Zehrfeld) is alive and well in Berlin, and that may have been the one to betray her to the Nazis as she was discovered in an Anne Frank style hidden compartment. Nelly denies this is a possibility but doesn’t want to believe it so seeks him out.

      Johnny is working in a nightclub called The Phoenix. Nelly dos not reveal her identity to him as he fails to recognize her post surgery and so she has to accept that she no longer exists as Nelly although Johnny points at that she bears an uncanny resemblance to his late wife, who he believes dead in the camps and not very mournful for her.

      After a couple of visits to him at the club, events take a turn for the surreal. He tells her in order to obtain his wife's inheritance, he asks Nelly to impersonate his wife. Shocked at first Nelly (calling herself Esther) realizes this is the only way to get close to him so to find out if he betrayed her. It may also agitate feelings in him for Nelly and maybe he will somehow fall in love with her again.

      Johnny slowly transforms Esther into Nelly through hr clothing, the look and manner, before her arrest by the Nazis. If they can convince the authorities she has returned alive from the camps they can split the money. Lene is not happy and continues to warn Nelly that Johnny was possibly complicit in her arrest. Nelly, as Esther, questions Johnny about his feelings for his wife and his behavior at the time of her arrest. She just can’t believe he would betray and wish her dead for her money. But Johnny just doesn’t want to go there. He has a plan for Esther and she agrees to go along with it, picking her moment for the big reveal, if he doesn’t twig first.


      ===Results===

      I really enjoyed this film and one of the most mesmerizing performances I have seen for a while. Nina Hoss is quite brilliant. She loves this guy who clearly only loved her beauty and cabaret lifestyle and yet she can’t reveal who she really is as he may have betrayed her so he must be taught a crueler lesson. The nuances performance is electrified as she tries to get him to fall in love with the new version of her as his only redemption on offer. The final reveal is one of cinemas best moments to date. You are built up to salivate for this sweet moment of revenge through the film.

      There is some artistic license taken here as it’s only her face that has changed and her husband should at least recognize her voice, figure and mannerism, the ones he is trying to install in her somewhat quicker. Yes she teases him to recognize her in various ways and the handwriting scene also very good but it does stretch the premise somewhat at times. Saying that it does play into the narrative and that heightens that tension to the eventual and thrilling reveal.

      As a film its all about Hoss and you will be gripped by her and the performance, this movie having an old style classic movie feel about it. The post war look is authentic and Nina Kunzendorf as her best friend who went through the same horrors is very good as the conscious of the film. It’s not a holocaust movie in the traditional sense as we see no Nazis or the camps and very much an unseen menace and terrible memories with no flashback sequences.

      This is an inverted love story around a brilliant idea. I believe some films have done something similar but I haven’t seen them and so why this film worked well for me. It did a feeble £5.5 million for what it is and lost money by the time it hit DVD. Such an intriguing and emotive film deserves more attention. I recommend you guys should watch this just for Hoss’s incredible performance, exploiting what love really is and how quickly it can die. Sadly, handsome men rarely date ugly older women and pretty women will always marry rich older and ugly men.


      ===RATINGS===


      Imdb.com – 7.3/10.0 (11,971votes)
      Rottentomatos.com – 98% critic’s approval
      Metacritic.com – 89% critic’s approval

      ===Trailer===
      http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2764784/videoplayer/vi3630936089?ref_=tt_ov_vi

      ===Special Features===

      None

      ===Critics===


      Sight & Sound –‘’This is cinema at its most ineffable and its most potent’

      Hollywood Reporter –‘Both a powerful allegory for post-war regeneration and a rich Hitchcockian tale of mistaken identity’.

      Variety –‘Life is a bombed-out, soulless cabaret in Christian Petzold's Phoenix, a haunting portrait of identity, loss and the search for answers in post-WWII Berlin’.

      Washington Post –‘"Phoenix" takes its time and leaves us guessing until the final electrifying scene’.

      The Mail –‘Bleak and beautiful, it's a moody drama built on subtle performances and a stunningly well-written script. Setting it apart is an enigmatic ending that allows viewers to come to their own conclusions’.

      The NY Post –‘Nina Hoss's performance is one of the shining highlights of the movie year’.

      Epoch Times –‘There is no need to mince words here-Phoenix is an absolutely terrific film’.

      The Times –‘a shrewd, engaging play of psychological dexterity that, despite its melodramatic roots, never feels arch or forced’

      The Berlin Bugle –‘An authentic melodrama, carefully employing history, genre and beloved filmic precedents to generate large, complicated, unsettling emotions’.
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      19.03.2017 19:22

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      The Chase is almost over...

      Star – Jeremy Piven
      Genre – TV Box Set > Comedy
      Run Time – 10 x30 minutes
      Certificate – 18
      Country – USA
      Awards – Wins & Nominations
      Amazon – £7.85 DVD £16.16 Blue Ray
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      It took me 10-years to discover Entourage and a great example of how many of us miss out on good shows buried on cable. Unless they are very special like Breaking Bad, you never here about them. I have to research a lot online to find the best stuff, Narcos and The Newsroom next on the pile to watch. Because Entourage was such a big hit a grueling 8 seasons where knocked out in 8-years to cash in and so the much loved cast unable to really cash in themselves on their fame with films and projects in the gaps. None of the main four have gone on to do anything of note on that score, I can recall. Very rarely are you watching films and saying ‘hey, that’s the guy from Entourage?’ Jeremy Piven is the star of Entourage,, of course with his brilliant agent character and has gone on to do some good stuff.

      If you haven’t seen the show - which is quite a lot of you - it’s basically a cross between The Larry Sanders Show and Curb Your Enthusiasm, about three friends, Eric (Kevin Connolly), Johnny 'Drama' (Kevin Dillion) and Turtle (Jerry Ferrara), who pitch up in Hollywood to support their boy Vinnie Chase (Adrian Grenier) movie career shot, following the foursome’s wild adventures in Hollywood thereafter. There are tons of tongue-in-cheek celebrity cameos throughout the eight series as just about everyone sends themselves up. It’s produced by Mark Wahlberg and based on his and his friends early experiences on pitching up from Boston to break Hollywood.

      ===Cast===

      Kevin Connolly ... Eric Murphy
      Adrian Grenier ... Vincent Chase
      Kevin Dillon ... Johnny 'Drama' Chase
      Jerry Ferrara ... Turtle
      Jeremy Piven ... Ari Gold
      Rex Lee ... Lloyd
      Perrey Reeves ... Mrs. Ari
      Debi Mazar ... Shauna
      Emmanuelle Chriqui ... Sloan
      Rhys Coiro ... Billy Walsh
      Beverly D'Angelo ... Barbara Miller
      Constance Zimmer ... Dana Gordon
      Sasha Grey ….Herself
      Scott Lavin …Scott Caan
      Phil Yagouda …Will Fitchner
      Dania Ramirez….Alex
      Autumn Reece….Lizzie Grant
      Bob Odenkirk ….Ken Austin

      ===Plot===

      Vince (Adrian Grenier) is forced into a dangerous stunt on an action movie by headcase director Nick Cassavetes, setting the tone for the season that Vince will be taking more decisions in his life from now on and so have more fun, like cutting his hair short, popping pills and dating porn actress Sasha Grey ( herself).

      Turtle (Jerry Ferrara) is now running a fledgling car service business using beautiful girls to run people around L.A. He has a crush on one of them, Latina hothead Alex (Dania Ramirez), but has to fire her because she is terrible at the job. Vince’s dimwit TV star brother Drama (Kevin Dillon) also needs a new job since his holding deal will expire in eight weeks, but his agent Lloyd (Rex Lee) and booking manager Phil (Will Fitchner) have not been forthcoming about his prospects.

      Ari’s brand new desk assistant suggests he try to get NFL TV rights now their agency is the biggest in America. Drama continues to panic over finding a job, so Eric (Kevin Connolly) offers to go through scripts with him while Eric also faces his own problems in the form of colleague, Scott Lavin (Scott Caan) who is courting client Vinnie Chase to further his career in another direction. Meanwhile Turtles corporate card is charged $10,000 by Tiffany’s and sacked Alex is the main suspect.

      Drama snubs the idea of being in another sitcom, but some convincing from Eric and Phil start to change his mind. Co - Agency Director Barbara Miller (Beverly D'Angelo) demands Ari (Piven) promotes Lizzie Grant (Autumn Reece) to head of TV talent but Ari refuses and so Lizzie walks. Turtles business folds whilst the slimy Scott Lavin continues to ingratiate himself with Vince career, upsetting E some more.

      Alex and Turtle are now friends and she invites him to Mexico for a new business opportunity with her Uncle, uncertain of her intentions, but goes along with it since he needs the money. Her uncle (Rodrigo Dias) wants to sell his home recipe tequila in America and use Vincent Chas on the label. John Stamos (himself) is at Vince's house to convince Drama to be his co-star but Drama trounces him at ping pong to upset him, meaning Bob Segat (himself) may get the job instead. Ari attempts to make up with Lizzie on good terms, with no success, but a meeting with some of Hollywood's elite to bring the NFL back to LA looks very nice for him. Eric makes up with Scott to try and get back onside with Vince, Chase increasingly going off the rails with his porn star girlfriend and Turtles tequila.

      Lizzie has a job with another agent now and starts to try and steal Ari’s clients, Jessica Alba, Aaron Sorkin and Mike Tyson getting their heads turned. Much to Eric and Ari's dismay, Vince jeopardizes his career with a risqué drunken online video advertising the tequila on his Twitter page.
      A cleaned up Billy Walsh (Rhys Coiro) is back on the scene and asking Eric for help in restarting his career after the disastrous Medellin movie. Eric and Billy also present an idea for Johnny Drama, who's been in a sulk since the Segat let down. Ari finds his NFL deal in jeopardy when he realizes that Lizzie – with Amanda's help – could sue him for wrongful termination, among other things after a tape of insults emerges on Buzzfeed.


      ===Results===

      Sticking with Entourage is like not wanting to dump a girlfriend you are bored of because she is still pretty and kept her figure. You need and like to be seen with it and so you go back for more, knowing you will get the same. My plan here to avoid that ennui was to have a big break between season six and seven as I had watched the first six series in two years. To an extent that has worked because I enjoyed this more than I did season 6. There was no doubt this show had done its best work by season 4 ending and so greedy to expect it to improve again. Drug addicts say their first hit of heroin is the best they ever had and so you chase that hit thereafter taking more and more never to get near it again. It’s like that with a great TV series like this. I enjoy Entourage but five series would have been enough. It’s seriously diluted by season 7.

      As usual its one long ladmag fantasy onscreen with beautiful girls in next to nothing in most scenes and those perfunctory Entourage celebrity cameos coming thick and fast. Turtle has lost weight and more mature and so no longer the shows whipping boy and so a lost comic dimension there and the fact they all have their own thing going on means the camaraderie that made this show so appealing has withered. This series is all about Vince feckless decline, perhaps a subliminal confession by the writers the series had run too far.

      The break did me good though and I enjoyed it enough to order season 8 and the final series (although I’m steering clear of the movie). Its funny in places and you still enjoy the guys company and celebrity cameos and perhaps more pleasing this time as you are savoring the last of your fix. Its no where near as good as it was, of course, but that’s still puts it above most US comedy. If you think the Big Bang Theory is Americas biggest comedy show from the last five years you know how low the bar has been set.


      ===RATINGS===



      Rottentomatos.com – 55% critic’s approval
      Metacritic.com – 61% critic’s approval

      ===Trailer===

      None

      ===Special Features===


      -Audio Commentary –

      Doug Ellin and some of the cast talk over two of the ten episodes.


      -Characters-

      A look back at some of the best characters in the show and where they are now.



      -Behind the scenes-

      Meet the cast & crew celebrating their show. After seven series they look jaded.


      -Deleted Scenes-


      ===Critics===

      NY Daily –‘This season's opener feels like it's content with laying a new bed of jokes on ground we've already covered. That doesn't mean the jokes aren't funny, or that we don't enjoy seeing the characters acting like their neurotic selves’

      The Mail –‘"Entourage" is showing its age, but still offers a reliable dose of frat-boy humor and Hollywood-style hilarity’

      Entertainment Weekly –‘Yes, Entourage has become somewhat predictable. But that can be a good thing, since it means it's reliably quick, verbally nimble, and casually vicious about the Hollywood world in which it revels’.

      Time Magazine –‘Entourage continues to coast in the same zone of amiable purposelessness in which it's spent the last few seasons’.

      Washington Post –‘"Entourage" is chronically allergic to momentum. It is change-phobic. It's pretty to look at, but stagnant all the same’.

      Star.com –‘With all of the main characters and supporting players involved in more and more peripheral pursuits, there is little time for the four friends to get together to shoot the breeze, meet some babes, or just have some fun’.


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    • Tiny Tower / Apps / 1 Reading / 1 Rating
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      Simplistic , easy to use and fun.

      Tiny Towers is a very fun game . You can customize every thing in the game from the elevator to the people . It is user friendly . It has nice retro graphics . The tower itself can grow to over one hundred and fifty floors . In every floor you can build different things like apartments , fast foods , entertainment floors and other things . With every floor that you build you can get money to build more floors . The bad thing about this wonderful game is that you need to wait an period of time to build a floor or to restock . It is a very nice simulated world . It is easy to use .

      I like this game and I recommend it for it's simplicity .

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    • Acer Aspire 8000 / Desktop PC / 1 Reading / 1 Rating
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      tinggal pilih yang sesuai bujet anda

      Bagus dan berkualitaa di pilih aja di baca juga spefikasinya

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      I bought a Kodak printer. I printed pictures from one banner which was fine. I am very surprised as my printer is so good.

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      Trainwreck - a film I saw here

      Star – Amy Schumer
      Genre – Romantic Adult Comedy
      Run Time – 125 minutes
      Certificate – 18
      Country – USA
      Golden Globes – 2 nominations
      Awards – 5 Wins & 22 Nominations
      Amazon – £2.88 DVD £5.69 Blue Ray
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      So meet Amy Schumar, a cross between Bette Midler and Ricky Gervais, another potty mouth sassy New York, Jewish comic thrust upon the unsuspecting public, the latest in a long line of ladish female stars from that Saturay Night Live/stand up scene getting their own movie, Trainwreck her debut feature. It didn’t quite workout for the likewise Sarah Silverman and so its Amy’s turn now, and going by this, she has a great chance to make more films, an original and fresh comic voice. Both are not your traditional Hollywood starlets and very much that girl next door sex appeal to traditional movie glamour and so carry all the imperfections and vulnerability that involves in the industry. The tabloids take great pleasure in getting unflattering pictures of this type of female star in their swimwear and pretend to print them to say how ‘wow’ thy are looking in the pictures when they really mean they look plane and podgy.

      After the success of Bridesmaids the industry saw the dollar signs around girls behaving badly on stage and screen and demanded lots of new projects and female talent, the rotund motor mouth Melisa McCarthy having great success and not exactly the Hollywood image either. It didn’t quite work with the all female and well meaning Ghostbusters reboot but there is money to be made as female audiences love this stuff where the male of the species are mostly two dimensional and belittled for once. Baring in mind guys have been doing that to girls forever in movies then fairs fair.

      Trainwreck is director Judd Apatow’s first NY movie and so a new batch of East Coast comics and faces to work with from his normal West Coast crowd of the likes of Jonah Hill and Paul Rudd etc. It’s also the first film Judd’s wife Leslie Mann doesn’t appear. But whatever the line up it did good business.


      ===Cast===

      • Amy Schumer… as Amy Townsend
      • Devin Fabry…. as 9-year-old Amy
      • Bill Hader…. as Dr. Aaron Conners
      • Brie Larson… as Kim Townsend
      • Carla Oudin… as 5-year-old Kim
      • Colin Quinn…. as Gordon Townsend
      • John Cena…. as Steven
      • Vanessa Bayer…. as Nikki
      • Mike Birbiglia…. as Tom
      • Ezra Miller…as Donald
      • Dave Attell … as Noam
      • Tilda Swinton… as Dianna
      • LeBron James… as himself
      • Jon Glaser… as Schultz
      • Randall Park….as Bryson
      • Evan Brinkman…. as Alistair
      • Amar'e Stoudemire…. as himself
      • Norman Lloyd…. as Norman


      ===Plot===

      Amy Townsend (Schumer) is a staff writer for New York City lifestyle ladmag ‘Snap’ and looking to get on in the world as she chases the assistant editor job. Her rather brutal boss Dianna (an unrecognizable Tilda Swinton) has given Amy her first sports assignment to write a piece about celebrated surgeon Dr. Aaron Conner’s (Bill Hader), who treats the countries top sports stars for athletic injuries.
      Amy lives the life of a Manhattan singleton of clubs, boys, booze and sex and critical of all four in her columns. She dates and bonks men she knows she won’t fall for so she doesn’t have to suffer a broken heart. Her current hunk is 15 stone bodybuilder Steve (John Cena, the WWF wrestler) also under Amy’s caustic thumb and assaulted by her demeaning sense of humor.

      The doc is smart and interesting and Amy soon pushing back her feelings for him. Her sister Kim (Brie Larson) is happily married to boring Tom (Mike Birbiglia) with two adorable kids and knows Amy needs to meet someone genuine and real like the doc to be happy. Conner’s current best friend and confident is Le Bron James (himself), the huge American basketball star of the Cleveland Cavaliers, who is also keen that he and Amy hook up proper.

      Amy is preprogrammed to reject men and soon pushing him away but the two a couple in all but name. The sex, conversation and social life is good so what’s the problem? Even dad Gordon (Colin Quinn), who is in care home as his MS worsens, likes him. Dad and Amy are very similar creatures. But can she keep her flame burning with her two wet fingers trying to pinch the flames?


      ===Results===

      What distinguishes Trainwreck from those that have come before is Schumer's loud, original, and versatile voice. She is pretty funny and although the belittling of men stuff is constant and wearing through the film there are laughs to be had from it. Judd Apataw enjoys the ‘improve’ style of comedy in his movies and so Schumer and co let lose in that caustic Jewish New Yorker way Joan Rivers made her name by and so more laughs to be had in the movie. Even though I didn’t recognize many of the many big US sports stars and sports people that cameo in this movie they are quite funny at playing versions of themself. Apparently Chris Rock was hanging around the set to help some of them out with some new lines. Le Bron James seems a fun guy up for a laugh and great at playing vain muscle heads. I certainly didn’t recognize Tilda Swinton as the gobby editor and confused to see her name in the credits.

      Although the film starts out trashing men and life in general it soon softens into conventional romantic comedy for the two to get together. There is no doubt the first half of the movie was a vehicle for Schumers talent and shtick to shine and then Apataw took over to get it back on the straight and narrow to deliver an appropriate date movie conclusion and somewhat cliché 1908s cheerleader dénouement. There is a definite role reversal going on here on that defined romcom and two fingers to that convention at times by Shumen. She wrote the script and the first Apataw film he didn’t. He obviously rates her potential.

      I enjoyed enough of it to recommend and a solid debut from an entreating and intelligent girl. You will laugh but ashamed that you did and although it could do with some tidying up and more use of Swinton and plot it’s patchy but fun. This girl has definitely got a big movie in her. The adult humor and occasional deliberate cringe and crass mean it is for adults only and not one to watch with your kids. There is some sex, drugs and rock n roll. But there is also some knowing sharp writing here that elevates it above the rest and snaps you back into the movie. It’s the girls first go and its a good effort.




      ===RATINGS===


      Imdb.com – 6.3/10.0 (103,425votes)
      Rottentomatos.com – 85% critic’s approval
      Metacritic.com – 75% critic’s approval

      ===Trailer===

      ===Special Features===

      -Audio Commentary –

      Apataw and Amy and co let rip.


      -Like-o-rama-


      This is when the director lets the cast run ‘improv’ wild on camera and 99% end up on the extras. They are often annoying and just plain showing off.


      -Deleted Scenes-

      Quite a few


      -Extended version of the film-

      It’s the full two hours. Not for me.


      -Secrets of the Wu-

      Members of the Wu Tan Clan play care home assistants. A lot of people are in this movie that are not in other movies.

      -Gag Reel-

      More of that guffaw guffaw improv and mucking around on set.




      ===Critics===

      Baltimore Times –‘Trainwreck is a complete blast. Even as it sends up rom-com clichés, it manages to be both seriously funny and genuinely romantic’.

      London Evening Skies –‘Schumer has produced the most retrograde romcom for years, funny though it often is’.

      Little White Lies –‘Trainwreck is both the best romantic comedy of the year as well as its most crushing disappointment’.

      Empire Magazine –‘At times it feels as if five different films are going on at once, but Schumer's whip-smart delivery and no-holds perkiness keeps it all in place’.

      ABC Radio –‘What distinguishes Trainwreck from those that've come before is Schumer's loud, original, versatile voice’.

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      Independent –‘Its contradictions are obvious but its one consistent quality is it humour. Amy sees the comedy in everything from divorce to death and, most absurd of all, her own romantic longings’.

      Japan Times –‘For Schumer fans, it's a real treat. For those with less than moderate enthusiasm for the raunchy comedienne, it can get just a wee bit taxing.





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    • Ebuyer.com / Online Shop / 1 Reading / 1 Rating
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      wish all online shops where this good. been using ebuyer for years.

      I ordered a product on the Friday night at 7pm and had it installed by 2 oclock on Saturday , now that's service! Also with the product I got a game code which through my own mistake I missed the email and with the help of a polite and efficient customer service desk lady Chloe, I managed to get the game installed.

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    • The Bath Store / DIY Store / 1 Reading / 1 Rating
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      Broken promises, poor workmanship and product quality, months late

      We placed our order for a bathroom refit and the builders arrived on 28 November 2016 to fit it in time for Christmas. Nearly four months later we are still waiting for the job to be finished. And compensation.
      So what went wrong? It was a combination of incompetent fitters, no supervision, poor quality product and little urgency.
      • The builders arrived without any drawings or information and were ready to rip out the wrong door before we stopped them
      • They removed the toilet on the first day and would have left it on the front lawn if we had not insisted that they replace it temporarily, each evening, for three weeks
      • The tiles they put up were a mess with steps and irregular gaps and no thought to layout - horizontal and vertical joints did not line up
      • The plumbing above the bathroom was a birds nest of assorted, mismatched pipes
      • The flood. My wife heard the pump running and went into the bathroom to see a leak from one joint under the bath. The leak then became flood of hot, pumped water when the joint came apart
      • The ceiling fell in. They had skimmed the ceiling without cleaning it first and the plaster fell down when they began to paint it
      After two weeks of us supervising the builders every hour to stop the worst mistakes we persuaded Bathstore to do something. Keith spent three days making the installation safe - there had been joints that spurted water if you touched them lightly. We had an almost- flushing toilet, a wash basin and a narrow bath in time for Christmas, but no shower and we used a fan heater to keep the room warm.

      In the new year Emil and Nik stripped out all the fittings and the tiling and started again, beginning with a new ceiling. Their quality of workmanship was excellent but it was let down by the Bathstore products: cupboard doors that are warped, glass shelves that are too long for the cupboard, an intermittent shower pump, a bath where the water collects around the rim next to the tiling... All these can be fixed but Bathstore has taken a leisurely approach and we are still waiting for some.
      We dealt with a director (Liz Lakin) and a divisional manager (Andy Barnes) and a regional manager (now left) and two people in the support office. We soon learnt to copy all of them in emails because a message to one did not get passed on to the others. Don't assume that people at Bathstore talk to each other.
      Bathstore offered £500 compensation as a maximum and said that a higher amount could only come through the Furniture Ombudsman. We have doubts about the effectiveness and independence of this ombudsman - see this article in the Guardian (https://www.theguardian.com/money/2011/dec/02/complaint-new-furniture).
      We now have a website www.bathstory.co.uk with all the gory details and links to contact people at Bathstore. Have a look.

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    • fitnessdigital.co.uk / Online Shop / 1 Reading / 1 Rating
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      Everybody really needs to avoid this company like the plague. You have been warned .

      You really need to not shop with this company unless you live in Spain . I bought a Marcy multigym and on unpacking found it to be damaged and distorted so it wouldn't fit together . I contacted Fitness digital who initially just ignored me . I sent them photos of the damage and still they ignored me . Finally after a few attempts to get a response from them they did actually reply and said a technician would be in touch . No technician got in touch surprisingly . Again I emailed them and again they said as a matter of urgency they would get a technician to contact me . Funnily enough nothing happened again . Now I know a multigym is a huge item to return but all I wanted was a replacement part . More fool me to think they value their customers. Finally I emailed them and wished them all a miserable life and hoped they go bust and all lose their jobs and funnily enough they replied with the same old nonsense regarding a technician . I've instead put a compensation claim in through my credit card and boy do I hope they manage to get the money back off them . Hopefully too they ll go bust and nobody else will be ripped off by Fitness digital because ultimately what they've done is steal my money as I'm left with a useless multigym . Screw you Fitness digital .

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      16.03.2017 19:57

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      Let the Bullets Fly - a film I saw here

      Star – Yun Fat Chow
      Genre – World Cinema > Martial Arts
      Run Time – 132 minutes
      Certificate – PG13
      Country – Honk Kong/China
      Awards – 14 Wins & 34 Nominations
      Amazon – £2.83 DVD £6.99 Blue Ray
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      In Chinese/Honk Kong cinema you have three types of Martial Arts movies. Generally you have the straightforward good Kung Fu dudes against the bad Kung Fu dudes that can be set in any timeline, you have the martial epic with all those arrows flying through the air and extravagant sword fights in lovely silky tunics, and then the slick Triad shiny suits and fast cars one with slow motion gunplay and plenty of over-the-top wire play in the big cities. And then you have Let the Bullets Fly, a rather ludicrous sprawling epic that deserves its own category if the truth be told.

      The multi Asian award winner directed by Jiang Wang pleased the masses big time though and Let the Bullets Fly is now the highest grossing Chinese film ever and so a film to checkout, pulling in $110 million dollars alone in China. It’s about $2 dollars a ticket there to see a movie so you are talking up to 50 million people seeing it. It’s an epic martial arts western set in 1920 Sichen province around the time of the industrial world beginning to arrive in China. That means bandits armed with guns, dynamite and industrialist in ivory towers cashing in on it. It’s a bit like one of my favorite and bonkers Honk Kong movies of all time, Kung Fu Hustle. Its nowhere near as good as that but china loved it.

      ===Cast===

      Yun-Fat Chow ... Master Huang
      You Ge ... Ma Bangde
      Wen Jiang ... Pocky Zhang
      Carina Lau ... Mrs. Ma
      Jun Hu ... Fake Pocky
      Pu Miao ... Shanxi MIstress
      Wu Jiang ... Master Wu
      Fan Liao ... Three
      Yun Zhou ... Flora
      Kun Chen ... Hu WanMo Zhang ...
      Six
      ===Plot===

      It’s the warring 1920s rural China as the provinces go head-to-head with warlords trying to seize the embattled Emperors’ lands. A feared bandit called "Pox" Zhang (Jiang Wen) and his gang, each of whom is numbered rather than named, are in the hills looking for targets and preparing to ambush a government horse train carrying minster Ma Bangde (Ge You), who is on his way to a place called Goose Town to assume the position of county governor.

      The bandits derail the train, killing both Ma’s bodyguards and, they think, his adviser, Counsellor Tang (Tang-shiye). But Ma has no money, having spent it all to bribe and buy his position in Goose Town. To avoid being killed by Zhang's bandits, he decides to pretend that he is Counsellor Tang and that his real wife (Carina Lau) was the dead governor's wife. He tells Pox and the bandits that, if they spare him and his wife, he will help Zhang to impersonate Ma and pilfer Goose Town.

      The bandits pitch up at the impressive town and as no one there knows what there new governor looks like it should be straight forward for Zhang to impersonate him. But he is quickly opposed by local mobster boss Master Huang (Chow Yun Fat), who lives in a fortified castle with most of the town’s money. Ma tells Zhang that previous governors would split with Huang the majority of taxes levied from the towns residents. However, Zhang is a bit of a Robin Hood character and not interested in taking money from the poor.

      As yet no one has recognized the deception as the bandit’s bed in. Ma plots to relieve Master Hang of his fortune and will only use force if needed. But Hang is not about to roll over and also plots the governor’s downfall, especially when the governor starts to hand over Hangs money to the poor.


      ===Results===

      Although it looks great and very colorful in its bold epic approach and some original plotting it’s a bit of a bloated mess. It has an overwritten script, occasional silly exaggerated special effects and all-round incoherence. It’s a right old farce with its finer qualities lost on non-Chinese-speaking audiences not familiar with 1920s warlords and their plundering history. I had no idea what was going on. Apparently some of this is based on a true story. They say the director went though 30 drafts of the script before he was satisfied. Perhaps he should have gone for 31. It looks like he used the first one. I could not make head or tail of this.

      As I say its way too long and baggy at 2 ½ hours and at times the film just stops dead as the characters sit around eating chicken drumsticks. The Shakespearean plotting is all muddled up and you don’t know who to root for of the miscreant characters. It could have done with 30 minutes loped of with one of those Samurai blades. The charismatic acting from the leads just about holds it together and the crazy action is fun. In fact I would have liked more of that action as this film is pitched as a comedy. As it is aimed at mostly illiterate rural China to get those big grosses it has to be simplified and so a lot of the lesser characters are village idiots. Its pretty dumb stuff.

      I would ignore that Chinese gross and the critics as this film is not really aimed at Westerners. I bought it to see lots of big sprawling martial arts fights and that signature choreographed Hong Kong action sequences that make these films so much fun. But it was not to be and barely 30 minutes of kung fu fighting action. I did like the horse trains though, train carriages pulled on rails by horses, which is completely ridiculous, of course. You could give it ago but there is along list I have seen of much better out there, starting with Kung Fu Hustle.

      ===RATINGS===


      Imdb.com – 7.3/10.0 (6.836votes)
      Rottentomatos.com –72 % critic’s approval
      Metacritic.com – 66% critic’s approval

      ===Trailer===

      http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1533117/videoplayer/vi4213416217?ref_=tt_ov_vi


      ===Special Features===


      -Deleted Scenes-

      As you would expect with 30 drafts there are a lot of them.



      -Behind the Scenes-

      It’s in Cantonese, very long and so worth a miss.


      -Gallery-


      -Interviews-

      Again it’s in Chinese and one to miss.


      -Alternative Ending-

      It would not have made much difference.






      ===Critics===

      Minneapolis Tribune –‘After watching it, I was as confused -- and giddy -- as if I had been rolled down a hill in a rain barrel. For unmitigated insanity, this is a hard film to beat’.

      Variety –‘A rollicking, violent, Western-cum-comedy that serves many masters, but adds up to an entertaining hot pot of wry political commentary and general mischief.


      Newark Ledger –‘See it now, uncut and in widescreen, before it disappears - and then reappears, years later, referenced in some Quentin Tarantino picture’.

      The Mail –‘The stylish direction of Wen Jiang helps to overcome some flaws in his convoluted screenplay’.

      LA Times –‘Not exactly a western, barely an action film and hardly a historical drama, the Chinese saga "Let the Bullets Fly" promises genre pleasures it routinely leaves un-triggered in its chamber.

      Observer –‘It's satire of sorts, but broad, confused, extremely talkative and interminable’.

      Wall Street Journal –‘"Let the Bullets Fly" has a clearly defined moral dimension, but Mr. Jiang, an absurdist at heart, never lets it interfere with the fun’.

      Daily Telegraph –‘Overwritten script, ugly visuals, queasy rape humour, feeble special effects and all-round incoherence’.







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      16.03.2017 19:52

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      The Ladbrokes Snooker Grand Prix, Wales


      The Players Championship is the best 16 ranked snooker players by the end of the previous tournament (The Gibraltar Open last week) assembling in Llandudno, Wales for a big ranking points grab. Every player wants to be in this one. But it’s not exactly the most glamorous location for such a top qualify field and Ronnie O’Sullivan said so. It’s a similar set up to the ‘Champions of Champions’ top 16 British based invitational event that sees all 16 winners of ranking events from the previous season pitch up at the Coventry showpiece in November to do battle, both excellent events to attend for fans as you actually know who you will b watching and brilliantly priced at around ten quid a match for the early rounds to see the stars. The big players enjoy these events more and so perform in them as there is no chaotic 128 multi table qualifying and a mad scramble for practice tables. Ronnie O’Sullivan has certainly not enjoyed the flat 128 draw and underperformed in most of them. Only back him with money in the invitational’s if I was you.

      This event was screened on ITV4 and Eurosport and British venues and TV really getting behind snooker here. It’s never been so good, or busy, for the sport, the Ladbrokes final on Sunday completing 40 days straight of solid top level snooker played around the world although its reaching saturation point and so the top players having to miss events to try and stay fresh, which has produced some odd winners this season, like fortysomething journeymen Mark King and Anthony Hamilton, their first ever ranking event wins after 25-year careers. In fact the majority of winners have been over 30-years-old this year. Barry Hearn’s snooker revolution is backfiring. The older players have a few quid in the bank to fund the grueling schedule of flights and hotels and so win the events. The younger talented lads the 128 draw was supposed to drag up simply get priced out of the tour as any winnings quickly spent on survival. That stacks pressure on their game and the kids don’t win enough matches. Guys like Luca Brecel, Kyren Wilson and Michael White are behind where they should be because of.

      The first round saw Ronnie O’Sullivan arrive at the venue with just 5 minutes to go before he would have had a frame docked for lateness. For invitational’s he pulls rank and traditionally first match on so he gets the biggest gap to the second round to recover so to attend to any other of table business, deciding to base himself in a swanky hotel in Liverpool this week to avoid the manky Welsh seaside resort. Ronnie being Ronnie decided to tell the TV audience and the town exactly that live on air although most residents were pissed or signing on at the time. He can be such a wa*ker sometimes. Ronnie is currently in a massive sulk with the media because they misquoted him when he wanted exactly that and so only gives short curt answers to questions now. Alas Liang Wenbo had no answers as the Rocket swept him aside 5-1 and jumped in car back to Liverpool, no questions answered.

      Judd Trump is looking in great nick as the World Championships approaches and saw off Mark King 5-2 to set up a tantalizing ¼ final tie on Wednesday night with The Rocket. Trump is a confident kid and talks himself up against the top players to motivate himself and relishes trying to get at The Rocket. Defending World Champion Mark Selby is also tuning up for the Worlds and put away Ryan Day 5-1 and also 5-1 to excellent outside bet for Sheffield Marco Fu seeing off Anthony McGill. The ‘Sherriff of Pottingham’ in Nottingham boy Anthony Hamilton (the best nickname in the sport for sure!) supplied the big shock of the round seeing of recent Welsh Open winner and world number two Stuart Bingham 5-1.

      Neil Robertson looked imperious for his 5-0 thrashing of Barry Hawkins, two men that always go well at Sheffield, whilst Shaun Murphy was patted on the head 5-3 by Ali Carter. Shaun seems more obsessed with the science of the game and kicks and stuff than actually wining.

      Higgins raced into a 4-0 lead over a disinterested Ding who suddenly became interested and won 5-4! He looks so dodgy Ding and almost as is if he loses early frames for other reasons and can only start playing when he has done that. He has just 18 centuries all season in 18 tournaments. Chinese mafia have him in his pocket.lol.

      ===Second Round===

      Round Two exploded into action with Trump beating The Rocket 5-3 in an entertaining game, not only Trumps third straight win over Ronnie but Trump running the game from ball one. It was a rare case of The Rpcket playing his opponent, not his own game, why he lost. The Rocket is simply not a problem for Trump and the changing of the guard tonight. Ronnie had just one break of 36 in the first 6 frames at 2-4.
      Ali Carter saw off Neil Robertson 5-3 and the rapidly improving Marco Fu beat the world Champion Mark Selby 5-2. To point out the quality here five straight word champions lost their matches as the final four were decided when Ding beat Anthony Hamilton 5-2.

      ===Last Four===

      Semi-final one saw Judd Trump march on to beat Ali Carter 6-4 and beginning to look good in his fifth final of the season. Trump was just 10-years-old when he one the World Under 16s title and will forefill his destiny in May at Sheffield for me. Ding took on Fu in the all Asian semi final and Fu squeezed through on a final fame decider. The Honk Kong star is looking good to go deep at Sheffield and missing next weeks China Open and all that positive attention that brings to prepare for the Worlds. This guy will be right in there.

      ===The Final==

      After Judd opened up with both cannons to lead 2-0 Fu slowed it down to share the opening first session 2-2. After the break Trump wobbled with two bad misses and Fu surged to 5-2. It would be critical for Trump not to be down by more than two going into the evening session and he responded with two hundreds to close on 4-5. And it was six frames in a row as he took over the match to lead 8-5 in the evening, two needed. But Marco Fu’s season has been defined by fighting back methodically and Trump was pegged back to 9-7. But he was missing chances all match and Trump closed it out with a century, his fourth of the match, to win his second final of the season from five attempts and 125k in the top pocket. Trump looks almost there to take over the game and his win in the worlds in May will be the firing gun. This guy is Ronnie O’Sullivan box office, drives a Lambo and way better looking.

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      The Ladbrokes Snooker Grand Prix

      The Players Championship is the best 16 ranked snooker players by the end of the previous tournament (The Gibraltar Open last week) assembling in Llandudno, Wales for a big ranking points grab. Every player wants to be in this one. But it’s not exactly the most glamorous location for such a top qualify field and Ronnie O’Sullivan said so. It’s a similar set up to the ‘Champions of Champions’ top 16 British based invitational event that sees all 16 winners of ranking events from the previous season pitch up at the Coventry showpiece in November to do battle, both excellent events to attend for fans as you actually know who you will b watching and brilliantly priced at around ten quid a match for the early rounds to see the stars. The big players enjoy these events more and so perform in them as there is no chaotic 128 multi table qualifying and a mad scramble for practice tables. Ronnie O’Sullivan has certainly not enjoyed the flat 128 draw and underperformed in most of them. Only back him with money in the invitational’s if I was you.

      This event was screened on ITV4 and Eurosport and British venues and TV really getting behind snooker here. It’s never been so good, or busy, for the sport, the Ladbrokes final on Sunday completing 40 days straight of solid top level snooker played around the world although its reaching saturation point and so the top players having to miss events to try and stay fresh, which has produced some odd winners this season, like fortysomething journeymen Mark King and Anthony Hamilton, their first ever ranking event wins after 25-year careers. In fact the majority of winners have been over 30-years-old this year. Barry Hearn’s snooker revolution is backfiring. The older players have a few quid in the bank to fund the grueling schedule of flights and hotels and so win the events. The younger talented lads the 128 draw was supposed to drag up simply get priced out of the tour as any winnings quickly spent on survival. That stacks pressure on their game and the kids don’t win enough matches. Guys like Luca Brecel, Kyren Wilson and Michael White are behind where they should be because of.

      The first round saw Ronnie O’Sullivan arrive at the venue with just 5 minutes to go before he would have had a frame docked for lateness. For invitational’s he pulls rank and traditionally first match on so he gets the biggest gap to the second round to recover so to attend to any other of table business, deciding to base himself in a swanky hotel in Liverpool this week to avoid the manky Welsh seaside resort. Ronnie being Ronnie decided to tell the TV audience and the town exactly that live on air although most residents were pissed or signing on at the time. He can be such a wa*ker sometimes. Ronnie is currently in a massive sulk with the media because they misquoted him when he wanted exactly that and so only gives short curt answers to questions now. Alas Liang Wenbo had no answers as the Rocket swept him aside 5-1 and jumped in car back to Liverpool, no questions answered.

      Judd Trump is looking in great nick as the World Championships approaches and saw off Mark King 5-2 to set up a tantalizing ¼ final tie on Wednesday night with The Rocket. Trump is a confident kid and talks himself up against the top players to motivate himself and relishes trying to get at The Rocket. Defending World Champion Mark Selby is also tuning up for the Worlds and put away Ryan Day 5-1 and also 5-1 to excellent outside bet for Sheffield Marco Fu seeing off Anthony McGill. The ‘Sherriff of Pottingham’ in Nottingham boy Anthony Hamilton (the best nickname in the sport for sure!) supplied the big shock of the round seeing of recent Welsh Open winner and world number two Stuart Bingham 5-1.

      Neil Robertson looked imperious for his 5-0 thrashing of Barry Hawkins, two men that always go well at Sheffield, whilst Shaun Murphy was patted on the head 5-3 by Ali Carter. Shaun seems more obsessed with the science of the game and kicks and stuff than actually wining.

      Higgins raced into a 4-0 lead over a disinterested Ding who suddenly became interested and won 5-4! He looks so dodgy Ding and almost as is if he loses early frames for other reasons and can only start playing when he has done that. He has just 18 centuries all season in 18 tournaments. Chinese mafia have him in his pocket.lol.

      ===Second Round===

      Round Two exploded into action with Trump beating The Rocket 5-3 in an entertaining game, not only Trumps third straight win over Ronnie but Trump running the game from ball one. It was a rare case of The Rpcket playing his opponent, not his own game, why he lost. The Rocket is simply not a problem for Trump and the changing of the guard tonight. Ronnie had just one break of 36 in the first 6 frames at 2-4.
      Ali Carter saw off Neil Robertson 5-3 and the rapidly improving Marco Fu beat the world Champion Mark Selby 5-2. To point out the quality here five straight word champions lost their matches as the final four were decided when Ding beat Anthony Hamilton 5-2.

      ===Last Four===

      Semi-final one saw Judd Trump march on to beat Ali Carter 6-4 and beginning to look good in his fifth final of the season. Trump was just 10-years-old when he one the World Under 16s title and will forefill his destiny in May at Sheffield for me. Ding took on Fu in the all Asian semi final and Fu squeezed through on a final fame decider. The Honk Kong star is looking good to go deep at Sheffield and missing next weeks China Open and all that positive attention that brings to prepare for the Worlds. This guy will be right in there.

      ===The Final==

      After Judd opened up with both cannons to lead 2-0 Fu slowed it down to share the opening first session 2-2. After the break Trump wobbled with two bad misses and Fu surged to 5-2. It would be critical for Trump not to be down by more than two going into the evening session and he responded with two hundreds to close on 4-5. And it was six frames in a row as he took over the match to lead 8-5 in the evening, two needed. But Marco Fu’s season has been defined by fighting back methodically and Trump was pegged back to 9-7. But he was missing chances all match and Trump closed it out with a century, his fourth of the match, to win his second final of the season from five attempts and 125k in the top pocket. Trump looks almost there to take over the game and his win in the worlds in May will be the firing gun. This guy is Ronnie O’Sullivan box office, drives a Lambo and way better looking.








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