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Red and Japeth in HOODWINKED, directed by Cory Edwards. Momentum PicturesHoodwinked
Irreverent computer animated feature putting a comical spin on a traditional fairy-tale. Little Red Riding Hood arrives at the house of her Granny to discover the Wolf in the bed, ready to eat her. Before the impostor can attack, Granny falls out of the wardrobe and an the axe-wielding Woodsman crashes through the window...

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 Click here to read the interview of Anne Hathaway (Red)      
 Watch the trailer and clips      
 Play the Extreme Granny game...
 Sing along to 'Critters have feelings' with our karake video...

The Nutcracker at the London ColiseumThe Nutcracker
London Coliseum
Fri, 8th December 2006 - Sun, 24th December 2006
 
The English National Ballet presents its magical and eccentric production of The Nutcracker. Designer Gerald Scarfe and choreographer Christopher Hampson's magical show is the ideal Christmas treat for all the family... Read More 

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Top Attractions Sellers:
(22/09/06- 04/10/06)

1. London Eye   
2. Magic of London Half Day Tour    
3. London Travelcards    
4. Sunday Lunch Jazz Cruise    
5. Stonehenge and Bath Tour       

Diary

A Treatise on Spitting

Lily Allen and Avril Lavigne are famous celebrity spitters of recent times and this week their own peculiar brand of charm is alleged to have dribbled down to the London Underground.

A fare dodger at Southend East was wrestled to the ground and strangled after he gobbed on station security staff, or so they say. It's handy for the ticket-bouncers to have a reason for their attack – the only part of the incident caught on camera - but anyway, what is it that's so bad, or good if you're a young female celebrity, about spitting?

One objection seems to be that spit is unhygienic, but that depends on the germ status of the spitter. Spit isn't inherently unhealthy, or couples wouldn't stick their tongues down each other's throats. On Tube trains, people don't complain too loudly when forced to share air molecules with a cougher, a farter or a BO merchant.

Another thing said against spitting is that it is aggressive in intent. Hard to deny that one, unless you were a glory-days punk, but then so is swearing at someone, or wagging your finger in their smug face, neither of which, I find, ordinarily result in having your head mashed against the floor and your neck squeezed Homer versus Bart style.

The truth is, I think, that spitting arouses people's anger out of jealousy in a Doh!-wish-I'd-thought-of-that kind of way. Which other form of abuse can inflict as much emotional damage for as little effort and as little chance of legal reprimand?

Allen and Lavigne seem pretty cute operators. They probably know that if caught lashing out in other, more physical, ways, they'd be up in court faster than you could say "Naomi Campbell", so instead they abide by the motto that sometimes, at least for girls, it's better to spit than to swallow.

- David Clee

Entertainment

See below for what's currently happening in and around London:
Theatre | Music | Classical | Cinema | News

Theatre

The Sound of MusicThe Sound of Music
London Palladium
Mon, 13th November 2006 - Sat, 14th April 2007
The world's best-loved musical, The Sound of Music, returns to the West End with Andrew Lloyd Webber's dazzling new production opening at the London Palladium - starring a Maria chosen by the British public! Read More    

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Top Theatre Sellers:
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1. Mary Poppins      
2. The Sound of Music        
3. Billy Elliot: The Musical        
4. Phantom of the Opera        
5. Disney's The Lion King 

Music

The KillersThe Killers
When the Las Vegas quartet released their debut album Hot Fuss, little did they suspect that it was going to sell over a 1 million copies worldwide. The band also went on to have a UK top ten hit with Mr Brightside.

Not the types to hang around, their single Somebody told me was released on January 10. And the band is now touring.
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Top Music Sellers:
(22/09/06- 04/10/06)

1. The Kooks    
2. The Killers    
3. Snow Patrol    
4. Razorlight   
5. Goo Goo Dolls    


Classical


George Piper Dances present Ballet Boyz encoreGeorge Piper Dances present Ballet Boyz encore
Sadler's Wells Theatre
Tue, 26th September 2006 - Sun, 1st October 2006
Michael Nunn and Billy Trevitt - TV's Ballet Boyz - started George Piper Dances in 2001 with one goal; to offer a new way to see choreography of the highest quality. Since then they have collaborated with some of the most important and influential choreographers of our generation as well as new and emerging artists... Read More 
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Top Classical Sellers:
(22/09/06- 04/10/06)

1. Birmingham Royal Ballet: Stravinsky Triple Bill / Romeo & Juliet     
2. The Nutcracker      
3. The Queen of Spades     
4. Alice in Wonderland    
5. Swan Lake  


Cinema

Jack Nicholson and Matt Damon in The Departed. Film released by: Entertainment FilmsBlockbuster of the Week
The Departed (18)
Thriller (2006) 151mins US
Director: Martin Scorsese
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson Undercover cop Billy Costigan successfully infiltrates the South Boston crime ring fronted by Frank Costello. Meanwhile, one of Frank's underlings, Colin Sullivan, worms his way into the upper echelons of the police force, acting as an informant for his boss...
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Fashion magazine editor Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep) is relentless in the demands she makes of her new assistant, Andy Sachs (Anne Hathaway). TM and copyright Twentieth Century Fox. All Right Reserved. Photo Credit: Barry Wetcher.Comedy of the Week
The Devil Wears Prada (PG)
Comedy (2006) 109mins US
Director: David Frankel
Starring: Emily Blunt, Stanley Tucci, Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway
Having graduate from college with honours, aspiring journalist Andy Sachs lands a plum job as second assistant to the fearsome Miranda Priestly, editor of Runaway magazine...
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Justin Long and Blake Lively in Accepted. Photo Credit: Suzanne Hanover / Universal Pictures. Copyright: © 2006 Universal Studios. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.Turkey of the Week
Accepted (12A)
Comedy (2006) 93mins US
Director: Steve Pink
Starring: Justin Long, Adam Herschman, Blake Lively
High school slacker Bartleby "B" Gaines is humiliated when he is rejected by every single one of the colleges to which he applies. His parents are angry that he has thrown his life away, while his goody two shoes little sister Lizzie revels in his downfall...
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See Also:
 A-Z of London Films     
 A-Z of London Cinemas      
 Top 10 Movies     
 New Films This Week         
 Forthcoming Releases       
 Interviews     
 London Film Festival 2006        
 Raindance Film Festival 2006         

News

Cash Boost for Historic Southwark
- Brunel Museum's Engine House among borough's winners in English Heritage giveaway
FOUR historic sites in the London Borough of Southwark have been awarded repair grants totalling nearly UKP100,000 from English Heritage... Read More  

Competition

Scarface CompetitionConsidered one of the most iconic gangster films of all time, Scarface charts the rise and fall of Tony Montana, a Cuban immigrant who rose to the top of Miami criminal underworld against the backdrop of the 1980's Miami cocaine boom. Played by Al Pacino in one of his most recognised roles, the film has become of the most acclaimed films ever and is still impacting culture today.

The screening will be free to all members of the public, but will be ticketed to ensure manageable numbers.

We have 25 pairs of tickets to give away. To have the chance to be one of the lucky winners, send us an email!

How to Enter: Send an email to competition@londonnet.co.uk, with the Subject "Scarface Competition." You must include your name, email address, telephone number and postal address, to be considered for the prize.

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Closing Date: Friday, 06 October 2006, Noon

Hotels

4 of the best

Swissotel the Howard, LondonSwissotel The Howard, Temple Place (5*)
Swissotel The Howard, London features 189 rooms and suites offering stunning views over the Thames from the Houses of Parliament to Tower Bridge. The hotel completed its extensive refurbishment by late 2002, which also included the addition of two new floors of luxurious suites, which feature stylish soft furnishings and private balconies.

The Gore Hotel, LondonThe Gore Hotel, Kensington (4*)
One of London's most popular privately run hotels, The Gore first opened its doors in 1892 as an annexe to the neighbouring Queen's Gate Mansions Hotel. The two establishments were linked by a tunnel under Bremner Road. When the other end became the Bulgarian Embassy, these arrangements were hastily revised.

The Avni Hotel London, South KensingtonThe Avni Hotel London, South Kensington (3*)
If you're looking for a stylish, affordable hotel in fashionable South Kensington, Avni Hotel London is ideal. As this hotel was completely renovated in 2006, you will have all the amenities you need at your fingertips.



The Lincoln House Hotel, Marble ArchThe Lincoln House Hotel, Marble Arch (2*)
Close to Marble Arch, a monument originally planned to front up Buckingham Palace, Lincoln House is just a short walk away from many major attractions such as Madame Tussaud's, the Planetarium, and Hyde Park. London's famous shopping streets - Oxford Street, Regent Street and Bond Street - are close by.


3 Accommodation Deals

The Crestfield Hotel, Kings CrossCrestfield Hotel, Kings Cross (Bed and Breakfast)
Crestfield Hotel is a clean comfortable hotel, offering budget accommodation for both short and long stays. Situated just minutes away from King's Cross and Euston stations, Crestfield Hotel is perfectly located for access around the city.



Citadines Barbican, Goswell RoadCitadines Barbican, Goswell Road (3 Star Apartment)
Citadines Barbican offers modern apartments in the trendy Barbican area. Nearby are the fashionable areas of Old Street and Hoxton, renowned for their chic cafes and art galleries.




Acacia Hostel, South KensingtonAcacia Hostel London, South Kensington (Hostel)
Acacia Hostel London is a very basic hostel in a great location. Situated just minutes away from South Kensington tube station, you can see and get across London quickly and easily. There are plenty of things to see and do in this area - Cromwell Road has been dubbed Museumland because of the three top museums located there. Acacia Hostel London is a basic hostel suited to backpackers on a budget, students and budget travellers who want a central location at a very low price.

Top Hotels Sellers:
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1. So London Apartments, Kilburn (3 Star Apatment)       
2. Lord Jim Hotel, Earls Court (Budget Hotel)           
3. Airways Hotel, VGictoria (Bed and Breakfast) 
4. Normandie Hotel London, Paddington (Bed and Breakfast)   
5. Boulevard Hotel, Paddington (Bed and Breakfast)    

Talkback

Dear LondonNet,
Make more movies on what is it to be human. I will be going to see this movie.
Make movies of the Holy Trinity versus the 10 Commandments which I have made a 14 page book and going to make it into a DVD. Bless you. The world is gone wackoo jackoo.
- Audrey

Dear Audrey,
Many thanks for your comments.
Unfortunately we do not produce movies, but we are really looking forward to your DVD release and would like to receive a copy for review.
Best regards,
- LondonNet

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