John Cusack in 1408. Paramount Pictures UK

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1408

John Cusack in 1408. Paramount Pictures UKThe conventions of the horror genre have shifted immeasurably in the past five years, moving increasingly into the godforsaken realms of sadism and torture... Read more
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Russell Peters – Carling Apollo Hammersmith

Russell Peters - Carling Apollo HammersmithFriday 5 October 2007, Saturday 6 October 2007
Canadian comic Russell Peters is coming to London's Hammersmith Apollo as part of a full international tour. With all those immigrant bent jokes flying around, in the token words of Peters himself, "Somebody's gonna get real hurt..." Read more
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Diary

Counting the Last Peas in the New Piccadilly

The New Piccadilly, on Denman Street, Soho, is one of the last genuine 1950s cafe-restaurants left in London. It's famous for serving between-rehearsals actors, for its adherence to its original ethos and, well, just for still being there. Next month it serves its last fry up and its last milky coffee.

Lorenzo Marioni, the man who has run the joint for years, puts a brave face on the closure, saying the re-development of the cafe's site will be good for the area.

He might be right. London has plenty enough dopey heritage without adding a layer of 50s retro-chic on top of all the Victoriana and Mock-Tudor.

Still, it's not just the time-warp peculiarity of the cafe's design that's at stake, nor really, if I'm honest, that there'll be another chain store in its place; it's the way New Piccadilly has lodged itself in the old memory banks.

Whole eras of my life can be marked out by various lazy meetings and other missed opportunities in the New Piccadilly. Marked out in peas, in fact, as I used to judge people on how many peas they left on the plate. I had a phobia about fussy eaters, so the more on the plate the less I approved. Beans worked almost as well. They don't do peas or beans in Starbucks and counting the pomegranate pips probably won't be as fair-minded.

- David Clee

Entertainment


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Theatre | Music | Classical and Dance | Cinema

Theatre

The Sea - Theatre Royal Haymarket

The Sea - Theatre Royal HaymarketA wild storm shakes a small East Anglian seaside village and sets off a series of events that changes the lives of all its residents. Set in the high Edwardian world of 1907, The Sea is a fascinating blend of wild farce, high comedy, biting social satire and bleak poetic tragedy... Read more
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1. The Sound of Music
2. Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
3. Billy Elliot
4. Phantom of the Opera
5. Mamma Mia

Music

Beverley Knight

Beverley KnightUK Soul Queen Beverley Knight, who released her new album Music City Soul on Parlophone on May 7th is to embark on her biggest ever UK tour this Autumn. Culminating in a headline show at London's Royal Albert Hall. The tour covers the whole of the UK from Glasgow to Southampton and includes Beverley's home town of Wolverhampton...
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1. Pete Murray
2. Maroon 5
3. Gogol Bordello
4. Arcade Fire
5. John Butler Trio

Classical and Dance

Stuttgart Ballet - The Coliseum

Stuggart Ballet - The ColiseumThis production of "Romeo and Juliet," based on the Shakespeare play, played a pivotal role in the history of the Stuttgart Ballet. Although the ballet tradition in Stuttgart can be traced back to the early 17th century, the city's ballet company was catapulted to a new level of international prominence by British director John Cranko... Read more
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1. The Snow Queen
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Cinema

Blockbuster of the Week - 1408 (15)

John Cusack in 1408.  Paramount Pictures UK Thriller (2007) 104mins US
Starring: John Cusack, Samuel L Jackson, Mary McCormack
Mike Enslin has made a name and a small fortune by debunking paranormal myths and legends, and writing about his experiences in a series of lowbrow books... Read More
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Critics' Choice of the Week - Hallam Foe (18)

Jamie Bell and Sophia Myles in Hallam Foe. Photo Credit: Neil Davidson. Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures UKDrama(2007) 95mins UK
Starring: Jamie Bell, Sophia Myles, Jamie Sives, Ciaran Hinds
Tormented by the death of his mother and - he suspects - the involvement of his new stepmother in the drowning, Hallam runs away from home and heads for Edinburgh, where he becomes obsessed with hotel worker Kate... Read More
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Romantic Comedy of the Week - No Reservations

CATHERINE ZETA-JONES stars as Kate and AARON ECKHART stars as Nick in Castle Rock Entertainment's and Village Roadshow Pictures' romantic drama No Reservations, distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. Photo by David Lee. ©2006 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.-U.S., Canada, Bahamas & Bermuda ©2006 Village Roadshow Films (BVI) LimitedDrama (2007) 104mins US
Starring: Catherine Zeta-Jones, Aaron Eckhart, Abigail Breslin
Kate Armstrong has devoted her life to becoming one of the best chef's in New York. Her world changes forever when her sister in killed in a car accident, leaving behind nine-year-old daughter Zoe... Read More
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Top 10 Movies
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Competition

Miami Vice Season 4 competition

Mimai Vice Season 4  CompetitionHit the streets again with Don Johnson as James "Sonny" Crockett and Philip Michael Thomas as Ricardo Tubbs, two of the world's slickest undercover cops, in Season 4 of Miami Vice.

This season sees not only sees Sonny getting married, but true to style, the pair continue to hunt down a series of sleazy perps ranging from a drug-dealing serial killer, a corrupt Chilean police chief and a convicted rapist.

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Closing Date: Thursday 13 September 2007, Noon

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Talkback

Dear LondonNet,
I am visiting London next week and would love to see the film Perfume (The
story of a Murdered). Can you tell me if it will be showing and where?
Many thanks,
- Katharine

Dear Katharine,
Many thanks for your feedback.
Unfortunately, the movie Perfume isn't showing in London anymore. To see the list of films currently showing in the capital, please use the following link:
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/films/index.html
Best regards,
- LondonNet

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