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CHRISTIAN BALE as Batman in THE DARK KNIGHT RISES. Copyright: (C) 2012 WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC. AND LEGENDARY PICTURES FUNDING, LLC. Photo Credit: Ron Phillips.  
The Dark Knight Rises (12A)
Parting is such sweet sorrow. Director Christopher Nolan completes his dark and brooding trilogy based on the DC Comics crime-fighter in suitably grandiose fashion, delivering not only the longest film in the series but also the most brutal, violent and satisfying...
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The View From The Shard - Tickets and Info. Photo Credit: CarlosVanVegas. C.C.License  
The View From The Shard
Visitors to The Shard will be whisked upwards via high speed lifts to the public viewing gallery dubbed The View From The Shard. The Shard is the tallest building in the EU, standing at 310 metres (1,016 feet). The observation gallery will be more than twice the highest point achieved by capsules on the London Eye, whose structure stands at a mere 135 metres (443 feet) at its peak....
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Top Attractions Sellers (05/07/12 - 18/07/12):
1. The London Eye, 2. Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter, 3. The View From The Shard, 4. Buckingham Palace, 5. St Paul's Cathedral




Diary: Keep the Olympics going to save the economy



What with the daft VIP lanes and the G4S debacle, the Olympics has had an iffy week, so yesterday's news that the 2012 Games has helped on the jobs front was a welcome boost for under-the-cosh organisers.

Unfortunately, experts say those jobs might well disappear when the show leaves town. Conclusion: don't let the show leave town. All that needs to happen is for LOCOG to be a bit creative.

Turn the 100m into the 100 megametres (1 megametre = 1 million metres), make the infinity pool do what it says on the tin and change the closing ceremony into the will-this-never-stop ceremony, which probably wouldn't take much adjustment, to be fair.

Reading between the lines, it looks like some of the athletes have already had their cards marked e.g. presumably because he knows he's in for a long stay, Usain Bolt has ordered a new bed. Sleeping Beauty slept for a hundred years is all I'm saying.

Other athletes could be encouraged to apply for asylum on condition they stayed to work on the Olympic village and for any thinking of making a break for it, just let them try. What did you think all those extra troops were really for?

David Clee





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- Cinema



DARK KNIGHT RISES, THE. Copyright: (C) 2012 WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC. AND LEGENDARY PICTURES FUNDING, LLC  
Blockbuster of the Week: The Dark Knight Rises (12A)
Starring: Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Marion Cotillard, Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman
Following the death of District Attorney Harvey Dent, gangs run riot in Gotham City...
IMAX | Review | Showing at these Cinemas | Trailer
Something From Nothing: The Art Of Rap (15)  
Critics' Choice of the Week: Something From Nothing: The Art Of Rap (15)
Director: Ice-T, Andy Baybutt
Documentary about the men and women who propelled rap into the musical mainstream...
Showing at These Cinema | Trailer
In Your Hands (Contre Toi) (15)  
Thriller of the Week: In Your Hands (Contre Toi) (15)
Starring: Kristin Scott Thomas, Pio Marmai, Jean-Philippe Ecoffey
Dispassionate surgeon Anna returns to work after a holiday but something has clearly unsettled her...
Showing at these Cinemas | Trailer


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A-Z of London Cinemas, A-Z of London Films, A-Z of UK Cinemas, A-Z of UK Films, Top 10 Movies, New Films This Week, Forthcoming Releases, Interviews


Listings Menus:
Movies by Genres, 3 D Movies, Over 18s Screenings, Parents and Baby Screenings, Subtitled Movies


- Classical and Dance



Sleeping Beauty - Peter Schaufuss Ballet, The London Coliseum. Information and tickets.  
Sleeping Beauty: Peter Schaufuss Ballet - The London Coliseum
Sleeping Beauty, Tchaikovsky's second and most romantic ballet, premiered in St Petersberg in 1890. Since its premiere there have been countless tradtional productions and some modern versions...
Info and Tickets | More Classical Tickets | Opera and Dance Tickets


Top Classical and Dance Sellers (05/07/12 - 18/07/12):
1. The Nutcracker, 2. Swan Lake, 3. LMA Orchestra - Festive 'Promenade' Concert, 4. LMA Ensemble - Vivaldi Four Seasons, 5. Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet


- Comedy



Sarah Millican at HMV Apollo, London. Information and tickets.  
Sarah Millican - HMV Apollo
Forget your troubles and laugh your socks off at the latest comedy extravaganza. The hugely popular comedian Sarah Millican will be performing her live stand up at the HMV Apollo in November of this year and March of next year...
Sarah Millican DVDs | Info and Tickets | More Comedy Tickets


Top Comedy Sellers (05/07/12 - 18/07/12):
1. Michael McIntyre, 2. Richard Herring, 3. John Bishop, 4. Frankie Boyle, 5. Paul Merton


- Music



Madness at the O2 Arena, London. Information and tickets.  
Madness - O2 Arena
The legendary Madness will embark on their biggest UK arena tour to date this November / December taking in thirteen cities. The tour will see the band showcase new tracks from their forthcoming album - the follow up to the critically acclaimed, "The Liberty Of Norton Folgate" as well playing all the hits and fan favourites....
Info and Tickets | More Music Tickets


Top Music Sellers (05/07/12 - 18/07/12):
1. Bestival, 2. Muse, 3. Beach Boys, 4. Justin Bieber, 5. Lady Gaga


- Theatre



Damned By Despair, Olivier Theatre. Information and tickets.  
Damned By Despair - Olivier Theatre
Obsessed with his own salvation, the hermit Paulo dedicates himself to ten years of prayerful penance. When his faith wavers, the ever-watchful Devil seizes the moment to convince him that he shares the fate of one Enrico, a notorious Neapolitan gangster destined for damnation...
Info and Tickets | More Musical Tickets | More Play Tickets






Top Theatre Sellers (05/07/12 - 18/07/12):
1. We Will Rock You, 2. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, 3. The Lion King, 4. Rock Of Ages, 5. Shrek The Musical

Competition



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Win Shameless Series One on DVD...
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London Accommodation



Holiday Inn Camden Lock, Camden. 4 Star Hotel  
Holiday Inn Camden Lock - Camden (4* Hotel)
Holiday Inn Camden Lock enjoys an enviable location, in one of London's most famous and exciting areas. Known for its vast number of music venues, Camden Town seen many famous bands pass through its streets on the road to success, including Oasis, Blur, U2 and Moby...
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Kingsland Hotel, Kingsbury. 3 Star Hotel  
Kingsland Hotel - Kingsbury (3* Hotel)
Kingsland Hotel is a modern three star hotel in a quiet residential area of North West London. Kingsbury Underground Station is just a short walk away from the hotel and offers fast access to Wembley and Central London via the Jubilee Line...
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Victoria Inn London, Victoria, London (3 Star Bed and Breakfast).  
Victoria Inn London - Victoria (3 Star B&B)
Victoria Inn is a comfortable hotel, which provides low-cost accommodation close to London's Victoria Station. This centrally located hotel is ideal for both families and those on business. All that London has to offer is within easy reach of Victoria Inn...
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The Leonard Hotel, Marble Arch (4 Star Hotel)  
The Leonard Hotel - Marble Arch (4* Hotel)
The Leonard Hotel, London is situated within a stunning 18th Century London townhouse and is superbly situated in Marble Arch. The hotel is within walking distance of Hyde Park, Madame Tussauds and the fantastic shopping at both Bond Street and Oxford Street...
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Top Hotel Sellers (05/07/12 - 18/07/12):
1. Queens Hotel London - Crystal Palace (2 Star Hotel), 2. So London Paddington - Paddington (3 Star Hotel), 3. Hostel 639 - Kensal Green (Quality Hostel), 4. Belmont Hotel London - Paddington (2 Star Hotel), 4. Barkston Rooms - Earls Court (2 Star Accommodation)




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