Who’d have thought that a major film studio would be so wholeheartedly dedicated to civil rights? But, yes, the gods have responded to the hordes of teenagers left weeping at the turnstiles of Odeons, Cineworlds and Vues across the land by decreeing that the producers of ‘Brüno’ edit the film into a version fit for 15, 16, and 17 year olds. So, what’s missing? Gone is a scene at the beginning showing the colourful sex life of Brüno and his pygmy boyfriend. Gone is a scene in which Brüno mimics oral sex with a dead friend. And gone is a scene in which Brüno gets close to a couple having sex at a swingers’ party. The new edit is less sexually charged – and less explicit – than the original ‘18’ cut and Brüno’s bedroom antics are left more to the imagination. But worry not, there are plenty of jokes left about abortion, homophobia, Palestine and the like for teens to giggle at.
Filmed in December 1983 at the band's Hammersmith Odeon gig (and first released on video), this features all their singles and material from both albums. The picture quality is superb, due no doubt to the special equipment used in the filming, but that's more than can be said for the digital-sound mix. The drums dominate most of the time (probably because drummer Jon Moss mixed it), with George and Helen Terry's vocals often lost in the sea of scream from adoring fans. Other than that, a tight, well-paced show.
You know summer is officially on the way out when the films are revealed for the BFI London Film Festival (October 7-18), and that's what happened this morning when the great and good of the British film industry (okay, a bunch of shaggy film journalists) came together at the Odeon Leicester Square for the big reveal. We already knew that the festival will open with the Carey Mulligan-starring historical drama 'Suffragette' on Wednesday October 7 and close with Danny Boyle's 'Steve Jobs' (with Michael Fassbender as the Apple founder) on Sunday October 18. We also knew that Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara and director Todd Haynes' will turn up on Wednesday October 14 for the British premiere of the 1950s lesbian romance 'Carol'. We knew too – but you didn't – that the Time Out gala screening at this year's LFF will be the wonderfully weird satire 'The Lobster' from 'Dogtooth' director Yorgos Lanthimos. It stars Rachel Weisz, Colin Farrell, Ben Whishaw and others as a bunch of captured single humans who will be turned into animals within weeks if they don't find a partner. Perhaps not a date movie – it's fresh, strange and challenging. We're proud of our long line-up of Time Out galas at the festival, including last year's 'Mr Turner' and, in previous years, 'We Need to Talk About Kevin', 'Amour', 'Hunger' and 'The White Ribbon'. You can judge for yourself whether 'The Lobster' belongs in their illustrious company or not. Elsewhere, we're especially excited by the British films
For the thousands of Benedict Cumberbatch fans who missed out on tickets to his take on Shakespeare's most tragic role, the NT Live screening is an absolute must. From the comfort of your local cinema, you can watch 'Hamlet' screened live from the Barbican Theatre. It's almost as good as watching the real thing. Don't miss also the Encore (not live) screening late in the month. The show itself is directed by Lyndsey Turner with Cumberbatch being joined on stage by Ciaran Hinds as Claudius, Sian Brooke as Ophelia and Anastasia Hille as Gertrude. RECOMMENDED: 'Hamlet' at the Barbican guide The live screening will take place on October 15. At various cinemas around London, including Curzon Mayfair, Marble Arch Odeon, Curzon Chelsea, Curzon Victoria, Fulham Road Cineworld, Picadilly Live, Picturehouse Centra and Haymarket Cineworld. For full listings head to http://ntlive.nationaltheatre.org.uk/productions/ntlout10-hamlet
It’s not surprising that the Odeon Leicester Square is London’s number one destination for red carpet premieres. Not only do you get blockbuster bangs at this massive 1683-seater cinema, you get them in splendour. The Odeon Leicester Square still has a fully-operational pipe organ and gorgeous 1930s art-deco nymph motifs on the walls. It’s also one of the few remaining cinemas to still have its circle – from which the view (at extra cost) is pretty spectacular. If you’re looking for a more intimate experience try the Odeon Studios ‘mini-plex’ next door, home to five screens, each seating between 50 and 60.
On Christmas Eve 1975, Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon recorded a concert at the Hammersmith Odeon in London, which was transmitted live on BBC Two's iconic music show, Old Grey Whistle Test. This documentary includes that concert recording accompanied by archive footage and interviews with all four members of the band as they reflect on a monumental 12 months.
A new concept of 'in-cinema dining' at the Odeon cinema in the Whiteleys shopping centre. A 'finger, fork and spoon' menu designed by Le Café Anglais chef Rowley Leigh features dishes such as salsify fritters with aioli, venison chilli and passion fruit cheesecake, and can be ordered from your cinema seat at any point during the film screening. Odeon promises food will be placed on 'sound proof tables' to ensure minimal disruption to other viewers.
On July 3, 1973, David Bowie took to the stage of the Hammersmith Odeon in London in the guise of his extrovert alter ego, Ziggy Stardust, with his band The Spiders From Mars. During the performance, Bowie stunned the audience by announcing, "It's the last show we'll ever do." This concert film captures the iconic show in its entirety followed by an exclusive short film produced by Mojo magazine.
The whole flashy, rockist affair is based on a wobbly premise of sentimentality. It's a record of the Ziggy character's farewell dates at the Hammersmith Odeon in 1973, and while the likes of 'Oh You Pretty Things' and 'All the Young Dudes' still raise a smile, the presiding image is of those flesh-crawling glam-rock costumes and stage antics. Go for the music, or not at all.