Oscar® winners TOM HANKS as Congressman Charlie Wilson and JULIA ROBERTS as socialite Joanne Herring join Academy Award®-winning director MIKE NICHOLS and Emmy Award-winning screenwriter AARON SORKIN to tell the raucous true story of the largest covert operation in history: Charlie Wilson\'s War. Photo Credit: Francois Duhamel / Universal Pictures. Copyright: © 2007 Universal Studios. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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Charlie Wilson's War

JULIA ROBERTS as Houston socialite Joanne Herring in the film that tells the raucous true story of the largest covert operation in history: Charlie Wilson's War. Photo Credit: Francois Duhamel. Copyright: © 2007 Universal Studios. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.Although it stops tantalizingly short of drawing explicit links between American involvement in Afghanistan during the early '80s and the rise of Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda, Mike Nichols's starry political satire draws a trickle of blood with its timely references to conflict in the Middle East... Read More
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Chinese New Year 2008

Chinese New Year 2008. Photo Credit: George SylvainThe 10 February 2008 the year of the Rat begins with the opening ceremony in Trafalgar Square with thousands of Londoners celebrating the Chinese New Year. Programme organizers expect a significant turn out for weekend festivities, as they promote the celebration of Chinese culture planned for the next couple months... Read More
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Valentines Day 2008

Valentines Day 2008. Photo Credit: ButterflyShaLondonNet knows how to do Valentine's Day: romantic dates at an intimate restaurant, and perhaps a night at a mood-setting hotel - it's yours to choose, and we're here to help... Read More
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Top Attraction Sellers:
(27/12/07 - 10/01/08)


1. London Eye
2. Ice Skating in London
3. Madame Tussauds
4. Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs
5. London Zoo

Diary

Sweet Style in Docklands

One hundred and twenty five years ago, London's docks were the busiest in the world, with all kinds of important Victorian goods like moustache twirlers, whale-bone bodices and fiendish tropical diseases arriving from all corners of the globe.

Sadly, fashions have changed and moustaches have been shaved off and the docks have almost all gone, but not Lyle's Golden Syrup, which is still produced on the same Plaistow site it was in 1883.

The Guinness Book of Records has the gloopy sugary stuff down as the world's oldest still-running brand-packaging, beating Coca Cola by three years. Its famous deep green tins have barely changed in all that time and you still get the thrill of sweet anticipation as you pop the lid with a practised flick of your spoon.

To celebrate the 125 year anniversary, they're going to produce special golden tins. Hopefully that doesn't mean the syrup will be green, though to be fair I'd still spread the stuff on buttered bread or pancakes whatever colour it was. I'm picking up a new set of false teeth tomorrow: Tate and Lyle isn't rhyming slang for Style for nothing.

- David Clee

Entertainment

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

Theatre

The Mikado - Gielgud Theatre

The Mikado - Gielgud TheatreFeaturing the Oscar winning sets and costumes from Mike Leigh's film Topsy Turvy, this superb production transports us to the magnificent court of Titipu and the hilarious tale of love, corruption, marriage, executions and heroics... Read More
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Top Theatre Sellers:
(27/12/07 - 10/01/08)


1. Absurd Person Singular
2. Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs
3. Phantom of the Opera
4. Chicago
5. Disney's The Lion King

Music

Jack Johnson - Hyde Park

Jack Johnson - Hyde ParkJack has released 3 solo records (Brushfire Fairytales, On & On and In Between Dreams), and contributed to a number of Soundtracks including Curious George, A Brokedown Melody, Thicker Than Water and September Sessions. These albums have sold over 15 million copies worldwide... Read More
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Top Music Sellers:
(27/12/07 - 10/01/08)

1. The Pigeon Detectives
2. Westlife
3. Radiohead
4. Mark Knopfler
5. Linkin Park

Classical and Dance

The Mikado - The Coliseum

The Mikado - The ColiseumIn the town of Titipu, local government has fallen into the hands of two dubious characters: Ko-Ko, in charge of public executions; and Pooh-Bah, who has a finger in every pie. A young man arrives who, unknown to most, is Nanki-Poo, son of the Mikado... Read More
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Top Classical and Dance Sellers:
(27/12/07 - 10/01/08)


1. Swan Lake
2. Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute)
3. Carlos Acosta
4. New York City Ballet
5. Sylvia

Cinema

Blockbuster of the Week - Charlie Wilson's War (15)

TOM HANKS as Congressman Charlie Wilson in the film that tells the raucous true story of the largest. covert operation in history: Charlie Wilson's War. Copyright: © 2007 Universal Studios. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
Starring: Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, Emily Blunt
Iidealistic Texas congressman Charlie Wilson is causing a stir on Capitol Hill, flanked by his assistant Bonnie Bach...
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Critics' Choice of the Week - 4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days

I'm Not There. Paramount Pictures UK
Starring: Anamaria Marinca, Laura Vasiliu, Vlad Ivanov
Otilia and Gabita share at dormitory at college where they are both students under the Ceausescu regime in mid-'80s Romania. While Otilia sources supplies including soap and cigarettes...
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Comedy of the Week - Dan In Real Life (PG)

STEVE CARELL & JULIETTE BINOCHE in Dan in Real Life. Icon Film
Starring: Steve Carell, Juliette Binoche, Dane Cook, Dianne Wiest
Professionally, newspaper advice columnist Dan Burns is extremely content. His column is about to be picked up for syndication and his readers avidly devour his every word on raising a balanced, functional family...
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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

Competition

Like Minds Competition

Like Minds CompetitionReleased: 7 January 2008
From writer/director Greg Read, Like Minds stars Oscar® nominee Toni Collette (The Night Listener, In Her Shoes, About A Boy) and is the cinematic debut of hot upcoming young star, London-born Eddie Redmayne (The Good Shepherd, Elizabeth - The Golden Age).

Like Minds is a brilliant psychological thriller and a highly original screenplay brought chillingly to life by outstanding performances from the key cast.

When the new boy Nigel arrives at school, Alex suddenly finds himself lumped with a new and very weird dorm-mate. Quiet, cold and with an unhealthy pre-occupation of all things dead, Nigel's other bizarre interests extend to a macabre fascination with pure blood-lineage and history. Despite their differences, slowly Nigel manages to insinuate himself into Alex's life and soon an inexplicable bond forms between the two boys, that will lead to the ultimate tragedy of Nigel's death.

For a chance to win one of three copies of Like Minds on DVD, answer the following question: Which of the following three people starred in the movie In Her Shoes?

a. Greg Read
b. Toni Collette
c. Eddie Redmayne

Closing Date: Thursday 7 February 2008, Noon

How to Enter:
- Send an email with the correct answer to [email protected], with the subject "Like Minds Competition"
- NB MUST include name, date of birth, email, MOBILE 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!

More Necessary Info:
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- First correct answer out of the Editor's hat wins the prize.
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- LondonNet is not responsible for prize distribution.
- The Editor's decision is final.
- There is no cash alternative.

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