In the new animated-adventure, RATATOUILLE, a rat named Remy (pictured) dreams of becoming a great French chef. RATATOUILLE is directed by Academy Award®-winning Brad Bird (The Incredibles) and co-directed by Academy Award®-winning Jan Pinkava (Geri\'s Game). ©WALT DISNEY PICTURES/PIXAR ANIMATION STUDIOS. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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Ratatouille

In the new animated-adventure, RATATOUILLE, a rat named Remy (pictured) dreams of becoming a great French chef. RATATOUILLE is directed by Academy Award®-winning Brad Bird (The Incredibles) and co-directed by Academy Award®-winning Jan Pinkava (Geri's Game). ©WALT DISNEY PICTURES/PIXAR ANIMATION STUDIOS. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED The word 'masterpiece' is overused, but in the case of the computer-animated wizardry of Pixar, no other word will suffice. Since its dazzling 1995 debut with Toy Story, the company founded by John Lasseter has revolutionized attitudes towards animated films with dazzling stories such as Monsters Inc., Finding Nemo and The Incredibles... Read More
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The Nutcracker

Mathew Bourne's Nutcracker. Photo: Catherine AshmoreTchaikovsky seasonal ballet returns to London at three different venues: The London Coliseum, The Royal Opera House and Sadler's Wells Theatre... Read More
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Ice Skating

Ice Skating at the Greenwich Ice RinkInstead of trying to escape the cold this winter, try to embrace it at one of the 10 ice rinks scattered all over London: Canary Wharf, Greenwich, Hampstead Heath, Hampton Court, Ice Disco at The O2, Kew Gardens, Natural History Museum, Royal Windsor, Somerset House and Tower of London
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1. London Eye
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5. Jack the Ripper Tour and Thames Terror Cruise

Diary

Hot Air Fills the Dome

The O2I blame those automatic spell-checkers. One unpublished survey found that 99.98% of spell-check corrections over the last ten years were for the word 'millennium' and its pesky double-n.

People grew irritable with being told off by their computers all the time and that's why they were keen to drop the 'millennium' from Millennium Dome and call it just 'the Dome', which, in turn, let the door open for the Greenwich big tent to be called the 02 Arena, or simply the 02.

Never been convinced with buildings called after chemical symbols, myself, but maybe they're going for an allusion to hot air as the Dome was opened by politicians and will now be staffed by pop stars?

When environmentally-conscious band Coldplay turn up, apparently it'll be called the C02 and the audience will be required to sequestrate itself into the atmosphere by hanging off thousands of mini-Domes, known as 0.2s, like a mass version of Mary Poppins. Powered by helium, of course. He he.

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Entertainment

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Theatre | Music | Classical and Dance | Cinema

Theatre

Swimming With Sharks - Vaudeville Theatre

Swimming With Sharks - Vaudeville TheatreAdapted from the George Huang film by playwright Michael Lesslie, Swimming With Sharks is an incisive look into the cut-throat world of Hollywood. Slater plays incendiary, irresistible movie producer Buddy Ackerman (played by Kevin Spacey in the film), one of Hollywood’s most powerful men and the boss from hell... Read More
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1. Swimming With Sharks
2. Disney's The Lion King
3. King Lear
4. Wicked
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Music

Amy Winehouse - Carling Academy Brixton

Amy Winehouse - Carling Academy BrixtonFresh from her triumphant performance at the Brits where she picked up the British Female Solo Artist award, Amy Winehouse has her much anticipated new single, "Back To Black", released on April 16th through Island Records... Read More
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Top Music Sellers:
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1. The Pogues
2. Buena Vista Social Club
3. Kaiser Chiefs
4. Groove Armada
5. Spiritualized

Classical and Dance

The Snowman - Peacock Theatre

The Snowman. Photo credit Herbie KnottWhen a young boy's snowman comes to life on Christmas Eve, the two set off on a night-time quest for adventure. On their travels, they meet dancing penguins, reindeer and, of course, Father Christmas... Read More
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Top Classical and Dance Sellers:
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1. The Nutcracker
2. The Snow Queen
3. Swan lake
4. Romeo and Juliet
5. Carmen

Cinema

Blockbuster of the Week - Ratatouille (U)

Django (left), Remy's father, does not understand his son Remy's obsession with good food - he thinks rats should eat whatever then can, even if it's garbage. Remy's brother, Emile (right), has no problem eating garbage. Remy and Linguini team up to become one great chef in the new animated-adventure, RATATOUILLE. RATATOUILLE is directed by Academy Award®-winning Brad Bird (The Incredibles) and co-directed by Academy Award®-winning Jan Pinkava (Geri's Game). ©WALT DISNEY PICTURES/PIXAR ANIMATION STUDIOS. ALL RIGHTS RESERVEDFamily (2007) 111mins US
Starring: Patton Oswalt, Brian Dennehy, Brad Garrett, Janeane Garofalo
A Paris street rat dreams of becoming a top chef in the beguiling new computer animated feature from Pixar (Toy Story, The Incredibles)....
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Critics' Choice of the Week - Black Sheep (15)

Black Sheep. Icon FilmsHorror (2007) 87mins NZ
Starring: Nathan Meister, Peter Feeney, Danielle Mason, Tammy Davis
New Zealand farmer Angus Oldfield intends to use genetic engineering to breed a super species of sheep to maximise his profits...
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Comedy of the Week - The Nanny Diaries (12A)

Copyright: © 2007 Paramount Pictures. All Rights Reserved.Comedy (2007) 104mins US
Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Laura Linney, Paul Giamatti
College graduate Annie Braddock wins a position as nanny to Upper East Side doyenne Mrs X and her young son Grayer....
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See Also:
A-Z of London Films
A-Z of London Cinemas
A-Z of UK Cinemas
Top 10 Movies
New Films This Week
Forthcoming Releases
Interviews

Competition

Tutankhamun Competition

Tutankhamun CompetitionThe last time Tutankhamun visited the UK was back in the 70's when the British Museum held the Treasures of Tutankhamun exhibition. The exhibition boasted the museum's largest attendance ever for a travelling exhibition with over 1.7 million people visiting the show. The exhibition returns to the UK once again this coming November and looks set to take the country by storm, introducing millions more to these wonders of the ancient world.

This timeless DVD features National Geographic images and film footage about the golden age of the pharaohs as well as information on cutting-edge research into the life and death of Tutankhamun.



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Buy tickets for the exhibition in London >>

For your chance to win one of three copies of Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs, the official exhibition DVD, answer the following question:
Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs will open in London on the 15 November. Where will the exhibition be held?
a. The O2
b. The British Library
c. The Tate Modern

Closing Date: Thursday 1 November 2007, Noon

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

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- 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
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- The Editor's decision is final

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