KEN WATANABE (General Kuribayashi) in Warner Bros. Pictures\' and DreamWorks Pictures\' World War II drama Letters from Iwo Jima, directed by Clint Eastwood. Copyright: © Warner Bros. Pictures 2006. Subscribe or Unsubscribe from AHOY!
KEN WATANABE (General Kuribayashi) in Warner Bros. Pictures\' and DreamWorks Pictures\' World War II drama Letters from Iwo Jima, directed by Clint Eastwood. Copyright: © Warner Bros. Pictures 2006.

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Letters From Iwo Jima

TSUYOSHI IHARA as Baron Nishi in Warner Bros. Pictures' and DreamWorks Pictures' World War II drama Letters from Iwo Jima, directed by Clint Eastwood. Photo by Merie W. Wallace, SMPSP. Copyright: © Warner Bros. Pictures 2006.Nominated for four Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director, Letters From Iwo Jima is one of the finest films of Clint Eastwood's already glittering career. His companion piece to the profoundly moving Flags Of Our Fathers relates the same events - the first battle fought on Japanese territory during World War II... Read More   
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School For Scoundrels Competition

School For Scoundrels. Paramount Pictures UKThis week, LondonNet gives you the chance to win a private screening of the movie School For Scoundrels for you and 30 friends... Read More  
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Diary

My Lost London Home

I saw a quirky French film the other day; Orchestra Seats (on general release from Friday 23 February 2007). Set on a single street in Paris - Avenue Montaigne - it concerns a half dozen or so characters who share a connection with the road's historic café the Bar des Theatres. There's a waitress, a concert pianist, an art collector, his lecturer son, a soap actress, a film director and a concierge. Through a series of coincidences they each meet on the Avenue or in the café. These chance encounters fuel profound changes to all their lives. One road; so many characters, so many stories.

Now one of the perks here at LondonNet is that not only do we get to see lots of great films, we often get to meet the talent behind them. So the day after I saw the movie I headed off to South Kensington to meet the co-writers Danielle Thompson (the film's director) and her actor son Christopher Thompson (who plays the lecturer).

The real treat for me though was that the interview was to take place in the Pelham Hotel on Cromwell Place. I lived a few doors down for ten years and feel this area is my lost London home. LondonNet was born in my bedroom there back in the mid-90s. However, this short street has had far more important occupants than little-old-me. The artist Francis Bacon lived there for many years. Roman Polanski decamped here with Catherine Deneuve to shoot Repulsion in 1965. The list could go on; there are four blue plaques (signs denoting famous occupants) in a road with no more than two dozen houses. To complete the cinematic circle I sat in one of London's oldest cafés Dino's (est 1949) sipping a coffee prior to our conversation.

I can't say that my current road has the same history. But who knows? Each street in London and elsewhere has its own fascination, whether it concerns the famous or the ordinary. It seems there is always a tale to tell. So what's the story on your street?

- Peter D. Clee

A conversation with Danielle and Christopher Thompson
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/ent/cinema_orchestraseats.php

Orchestra Seats Review and Listings
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/films/orchestraseatsfauteuilsdorchestre.html

Entertainment

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Theatre

The Dumb Waiter

The Dumb WaiterTrafalgar Studios
In an airless basement room, two killers await confirmation of the identity of their next 'hit'. They're a team from way back. Today something has disturbed their normally efficient routine. Unseen forces bear down on them in their precarious and darkly funny world... Read More 
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Music

The Who

The Who at Wembley Arena, LondonTue, 26th June 2007
Wembley Arena

The Who World Tour begins 2007 with the announcement of a full European tour kicking off in Lisbon and visiting 14 different countries and 28 cities throughout the summer... Read More       Buy Tickets       


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Classical

Sasha Waltz & Guests: Dido and Aenaes

Sasha Waltz and Guests: Dido and Aenaes. Photo: Sebastian BoleschSadler's Wells Theatre
Sasha Waltz's stunning adaptation of Purcell's classic opera Dido & Aeneas brings dance and opera together in a remarkable work featuring over forty dancers, singers and musicians... Read More    
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Cinema

Blockbuster of the Week - Letters From Iwo Jima (15)

SHIDOU NAKAMURA (Lieutenant Ito) in Warner Bros. Pictures' and DreamWorks Pictures' World War II drama Letters from Iwo Jima, directed by Clint Eastwood. Copyright: © Warner Bros. Pictures 2006Drama (2006) 140mins US/Jap
Director: Clint Eastwood
Starring: Ken Watanabe, Kazunari Ninomiya, Tsuyoshi Ihara
Clint Eastwood's companion piece to the profoundly moving Flags Of Our Fathers relates the same events - the first battle fought on Japanese territory during World War II...
 Showing at these cinemas...  

Critics' Choice of the Week - Orchestra Seats (Fauteuils D'Orchestre) (12A)

Jessica (Cecile de France) in Orchestra Seats. Optimum ReleasingComedy (2006) 105mins Fr
Orphaned at a young age, Jessica moves to Paris where she secures a position as a waitress on the exclusive Avenue Montaigne. There, Jessica witnesses the hustle and bustle of rich and important clients, including classical pianist Jean-Francois Lefort...
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Drama of the Week - The Good Shepherd (15)

MATT DAMON as Edward Wilson, a man who believes in America and sacrifices everything he loves to protect it, in the untold story of the birth of the CIA, The Good Shepherd. Copyright: © 2006 Universal Studios. ALL RIGHTS RESERVEDThriller (2006) 167mins US
Director: Robert De Niro
Starring: Matt Damon, Angelina Jolie, Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci
Talented Yale student Edward Wilson is recruited to join a secret brotherhood called Skull and Bones, before enlisting in the OSS (the precursor to the CIA)...
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Competition

School For Scoundrels Competition

School For Scoundrels Competition. Paramount Pictures UKIn School For Scoundrels, Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite) plays Roger, a beleaguered New York City meter maid who is plagued by anxiety and low self-esteem.
In order to overcome his feelings of inadequacy, Roger enrolls in a top-secret confidence-building class taught by the suavely underhanded Dr. P (Billy Bob Thornton). Aided by his assistant, Lesher (Michael Clarke Duncan), Dr. P uses unorthodox, often dangerous methods, but he guarantees results: Employ his techniques and you will unleash your inner lion.

ARTWORK © 2006 THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
School For Scoundrels (cert 15) opens in UK cinemas Friday 23rd February

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For your chance to win a private screening of the movie School For Scoundrels for you and 30 friends*, answer the following question:

Jon Heder is famous for having previously been in which of the following movies?
a. Casino Royale
b. Star Wars: Return Of The Jedi
c. Napoleon Dynamite

* The private screening will take place at Paramount Pictures, 12 Golden Square. Dates/time of the screening are subject to availability and the prize needs to be taken before June 30th 2007. Winner can bring up to 30 friends.

Closing Date: Thursday 22 March 2007, Noon

How to Enter:
- Send an email with the correct answer to [email protected], with the subject "School For Scoundrels Competition"
- You must include your name, email address, telephone number and postal address, to be considered for the prize.

More Necessary Info:
- The private screening will take place at Paramount Pictures, 12 Golden Square. - Dates/time of the screening are subject to availability - The prize needs to be taken before June 30th 2007. - Winner can bring up to 30 friends.
- NB MUST include name, email, telephone number and postal address (which will only be used for this compie only - guaranteed). If you don't include your details we can't send you info about the prize!
- First correct answer out of the Editor's hat wins the prize
- Details will be sent to the winner
- LondonNet is not responsible for prize distribution
- The Editor's decision is final

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Talkback

Dear LondonNet
With the Royal horological Society I have been twice to the Belfry [Big Ben]. On the way up, there is a prison cell apparently used for imprisoning the occasional sufragette and also MPs who were 'slightly the worse for wear' etc. Do you have any info on the unfortunate people held in the cell? When last used etc? Has a prime Minister ever been held there? It may already be on your site (which I think is excellent, by the way), but I couldn't find it. Any other links that could help me find this info would be very gratefully received.
- John Vyse

Dear John,
There is effectively a prison cell in the clock tower which was originally used for MPs who transgressed against Parliamentary privilege.
Members of both Houses could be sent to the Clock Tower’s Prison Room for misbehaving during debates and Charles Bradlaugh MP was the last person to have a stay (in 1880) as he refused to swear the oath of allegiance to Queen Victoria.
Best regards,
- LondonNet

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