Saturday, June 30, 2007


Dark sci fi comedy from Gilliam. Still looking amazing. A future classic.

Friday, June 29, 2007

From the Fopp Cardiff MySpace site

It is with great regret that we announce the closure of Fopp

Current mood: gloomy

As you may be aware, we were closed last Friday for the day, and reopened Saturday, taking cash only. We would like to thank you for your patience and understanding this last week.

Last night we were asked to close again and have been asked to remain closed.

The future now looks uncertain although it is hoped this will be temporary.

We would like to take this opportunity to say thanks to everyone who came through our doors over the last three and a bit years, and to the artists who performed at the store.

For myself, it has been a privilege to work for Fopp; the 'perfect' job. I am sure the Cardiff team join me in thanking the guys in charge for being having us be a part of one of the finest stores around.

if you are one of the unsigned artists please leave a private message and I will get back to you.

Guess Who ?

Only European Date in 2007/2008
William C. Martell's
Script Secrets: The Big Idea

Saturday/Sunday 7/8 July


I'm writing to tell you of a special 20% discount to William C. Martell's Script Secrets: The Big Idea class on the weekend of July 7/8.

Most screenwriting seminars are by script doctors and teachers ... not by professional screenwriters.. They may not know HOW to write an action sequence, but they know that action sequences are important.

Bill Martell writes to sell scripts.

He has sold 24 scripts. He knows HOW to write an action sequence because he does it for a living... so he can SHOW you how to write a reversal, or explain the 'minor mischief trick', or show you how to write a plot twist, or explain how suspense works - and SELLS: - 19 of his scripts have been made into feature films.

About William C. Martell

William C Martell had his first film made when he was 21 years old. It took him ten years to get his second made, but he didn't waste that time. Holding down a full-time job in a warehouse, he continued to write an average of three scripts a year. By the time he sold his second screenplay he had thirty scripts written. Of those thirty scripts he has, so far, sold 24.

Of all the scriptwriting gurus Raindance brings over from the States, Bill is the most successful at getting his scripts produced; he is the one making a living from writing. He is the one who can afford to turn down the job of adapting Dan Brown's ANGELS & DEMONS.

Bill is in London on Saturday/Sunday 7/8 July with his acclaimed Masterclass, SCRIPT SECRETS: THE BIG IDEA.


THURSDAY 5 JULY AT 6:30 - 9:30pm

Few know more movies than William C. Martell.

This class covers the essentials of a thriller screenplay, using examples from MINORITY REPORT, NORTH BY NORTHWEST, BOURNE IDENTITY, BREAKDOWN, THE LADY VANISHES, THE GAME and THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR as primary examples -

What do all of those films have in common?

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Part Two covers the 20 iconic scenes in Thriller films, and explains how suspense works using MINORITY REPORT as an example and how plot twists work using BOURNE SUPREMACY and other films.

Our Price: FREE with weekend class, or to Raindance members.
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Day 1/ Saturday 7th July : What You Will Learn:

Discover techniques that sell

A well-written script with a boring idea will get you nowhere. Bill will take you through the genesis and development of ideas and how to make the most of them. Find out how your idea creates the story, characters, subplots, theme, scenes and everything else!

Day 1
will concentrate on story, character and theme: why theme is the most important element in a screenplay; growing story from character - character from story; traditional 3-acts to structural freaks - 7 alternate structures for your screenplay; creating and bringing your protagonist to life; how to involve the audience by using reversals, suspense, and plot twists.

Deal Day 2/ Sunday 8 July: Advanced Techniques
Learn from a successful working writer

Now that you have your story, characters, and theme. Day 2 will help you to put them to work. Proven techniques used by professional writers to make their scripts great. You'll learn how to heighten drama by using contrast. How to use slang, jargon, subtext, banter and non-verbal dialog. Demonstration, symbolism, leitmotifs, and other ways to tell stories with pictures. How to sell your script - the difference between agents and managers. Finding the right producer for your screenplay.

What: Script Secrets: The Big Idea
Saturday/Sunday 7/8 July 9:30 - 6pm
Where: Diorma, Nr Warren Street tube, London W1
How Much: £250 + VAT = £293.75
Save 20% - Just £235.00 inc VAT Book Online Here
Or call Raindance 0207 287 3833

Of all the scriptwriters we bring over from LA, William Martell is the most successful at getting his scripts made.

Raindance tutors John Truby has taught the most students and Christopher Vogler has had the most influence and Robert McKee makes the big bucks teaching.

Bill Martell is the guy who earns his living by writing and selling scripts that get made.

He has written 19 produced films, and though you might struggle to recall some of his films unless you're a cable addict (Steel Sharks, Droid Gunner, Black Thunder, and Crash Dive! among many others), the fact is that he's out there doing what lots of us wish we were doing - earning his living as a professional scriptwriter. He's also the West Coast Editor of Script Magazine, the largest circulation scriptwriting magazine in the world.

Martell is here on the weekend of 7/8 July.

Information on the course can be found on our website.

If you're interested but need more info, give me or Will a bell on 020 7287 3833 or drop us a line at or Our 20% deal lasts until June 30th.

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Raindance Festivals Limited
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What They Say
"I recommend William C. Martell's "tennis plotting" approach to screenplay" plotting Scr(i)pt Magazine, Vol 11, No. 5.

"the best class on the practical nuts-and-bolts mechanics of writing a screenplay I've ever attended".

I got more from your class than any other.
R. Sharp

Very practical information presented in an easygoing, approachable manner. With his no-nonsense presentation and nuts-and-bolts approach, Bill Martell demystifies the often obfuscated process of screenwriting. Using concrete examples from classic movies and recent blockbusters, Bill takes the "woo-woo" out of the art of writing for film and replaces it with solid craft.
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Thursday, June 28, 2007

IN DEPTH FILM REVIEW - Hollywood Homicide

Good idea, but it's a bit flimsy. Not much happens.

My 100 films

Here are my Top 100 films.
I decided to slap them all together to save space and annoy you.

2001 : A Space Odyssey A Clockwork Orange A Fish Called Wanda Abigail's Party Airplane ! Alien Annie Hall Being John Malchovich Black Naricussus Blade Runner Blow Up Bonnie And Cylde Borat : Cultural Learnings Bottle Rocket Boyz N The Hood Brazil Brewster's Millions Bringing Up Baby Casablanca Children Of Men Chinatown Citizen Kane City Of God Clockwise Coming To America Die Hard Do The Right Thing Dog Day Afternoon Double Inemdnity Dr. Strangelove Duck Soup E.T. : The Extra Terrsiatl Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind Fargo Ferris Bueller's Day Off Ghostbusters Glengary Glen Ross Goodfellas Heathers His Girl Friday It's A Wonderful Life Kind Hearts And Coronets Labythith Leon Life Is Sweet Life Of Brian Little Miss Sunshine Little Shop Of Horrors Lost In Translation M*A*S*H* Manhattan Midnight Cowboy Modern Times Network North By Northwest Office Space Oldboy Platoon Psycho Pulp Fiction Punch Drunk Love Raging Bull Rear Window Seven Samuri Singin' In The Rain Some Like It Hot Spirited Away Star Wars Stir Crazy Strangers On A Train Superman II Taxi Driver The Apartment The Big Lebowski The Birds The Converstion The Exorcist The Fisher King The Godfather : Part 2 The Goonies The Graduate The Jerk The Ladykillers The Lavedner Hill Mob The Man With The Two Brains The Producers The Rescuers The Royal Tenenbaums The Shining The Third Man The Wild Bunch The Wizard Of Oz This Is Spinal Tap To Kill A Mockingbird Tootise Toy Story Trading Places Trainspotting Vertigo When Harry Met Sally

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* Cheeta lives! And paints watercolours
* Don't touch John McClane's dinner
* Charts: Rihanna is still number one

>> Winning formula <<
Stevenage man in bet of the decade

In 1998 a man watched his son soundly beaten
in a go-kart race by a very fast young driver.
He went to the bookies and asked to put a bet
on this kid winning a Formula One race before
he reached the age of 23.

William Hill laughed him out of the shop, but
Ladbrokes gave him odds of 200-1. After
this month's Montreal Grand Prix, where
22 year-old Lewis Hamilton recorded his first
victory, the chap called up Ladbrokes to claim
his winnings - 40,200 pounds.

Rider of the week: Snoop Dogg's people asked
Live Earth Germany for six hookers.

>> Big Questions <<
What people want to know this week

It's not just Britain that's obsessed by
gay footballers. There's a huge rumour going
around media circles in Brazil that a top player
in Sao Paulo wants to come out on a TV
show, Fantastico, but that his agent and the
club are trying to talk him out of it.

Which F1 star suspects that's he's been
defrauded by a business partner to the tune of
15 million? He's commissioned a team of
accountants to investigate. Oh well, guess
that would mean selling one of the yachts.

Prince is coming! Get ready for his 21 dates in
London's new O2 by downloading his new single,
Guitar. It's got a hint of Girls & Boys:

>> Ear today... <<
News channels take no chances

Alan Johnston is once again the subject of
gruesome execution rumours. One UK news channel
has asked for a DNA sample from all their foreign
correspondents. If they get taken hostage,
and a piece of their body sent back to their
bosses, they can confirm the veracity of who
the owner is/was. For insurance purposes.

Socialist comedian Mark Steel spotted washing his
smalls in the Crystal Clean launderette, Gypsy Hill.

>> "Znbt - your tea is ready! <<
Modern celebrity parenting problems

Mylene Klass, in OK!, on arguments with her
boyfriend about naming their upcoming baby:

"I want a traditional name but Graham wants
something unusual without any vowels in it."

WWF star Chris Benoit asphyxiated his wife and seven
year-old son. Benoit's signature move in the ring was
the "Cross-Face Crippler", crossing his arms under an
opponent's chin to stop them breathing before
snapping the head back. Nice irony.

>> Owner of a Lonely Heart <<
The real story of Frankie's Relax

Trevor Horn is one of pop's greatest producers.
Along with formidable wife, Jill Sinclair -
the Sharon Osbourne of her day - he
made ZTT Records the most exciting label
of the 80s. One year ago this week, Jill
was shot by their son in a freak accident
and still lies in a coma. Lets celebrate Trevor's
better times with the story behind Relax.

Trevor Horn saw Frankie Goes To Hollywood on
the Tube, loved their look and signed them to
ZTT. He started recording Relax in Sarm studios
with his usual programmers and percussionists.
On the first day they laid down a kick drum,
bass and hi-hat. Over the next few months the
perfectionist Horn created hours of similar
recordings, then wanted a live feel so got The
Blockheads in to play it. He scrapped that, flew
to America and spent more weeks in the studio.
Still not liking any of it he jetted back to
London. One day back in Sarm, Trevor just lies
on the floor smoking a huge joint, seeking
inspiration. The programmer gets out their very
first tape. The sound of a kick-drum, bass and
hi-hat echo around the studio. "That's it!" shouts
Trevor. They use it for Relax and It becomes one
of the most recognisable sounds in pop history.

Popbitch's favourite Wimbledon first round winner:
Roger Vaseline.

>> Brought to book <<
What will Posh Vatoria say

If you needed another sign that the world has
gone mad, Geri Halliwell's books for children
will be published next year. Here's a sneak
preview of Ugenia Lavender. Wonder where
she got her inspiration.

"In the middle of Musical Startroopers Ugenia
heard a noise that sounded like an over-excited
army trumpet. It came from Posh Princess
Vatoria's bottom. "'Ooh that was a good one!'
giggled Posh Princess Vatoria, as an eggy smell
wafted through the tree house.

(And just in case anyone was in doubt, another
character comes along, "Across the green Ugenia
saw Davey Bockham, kicking a football."

Roll on that friendly Spice Girls reunion...


Rob Lowe, on Virgin Atlantic from London to LA on
Monday, charmed the other passengers and helped an
old man who was struggling at the baggage carousel.

>> Cheeta lives! <<
Movie legend - happier than Bubbles

Jiggs the chimp was captured in Africa and
brought to Hollywood where he became the movie
legend "Cheeta", starring in 12 Tarzan movies
in the 30s and 40s, before retiring in 1967
after making Dr Doolittle. Like many of his
Hollywood contemporaries he loved nothing better
than relaxing away from the film set with
cold beer and cigars. Now aged 75 he lives in a
California animal sanctuary, and is officially
the world's oldest chimpanzee.

When chimps retire from acting most are sold
into biomedical research. But Cheeta's
trainer couldn't bear that. He kept Cheeta and
put it in his will for Cheeta to be put down
instead. The trainer's nephew talked him out of
it on his deathbed, adopted him and opened a
primate sanctuary. Sadly for Cheeta it's a
tee-total, no smoking institution, but he still
likes to go out for drive-thru hamburger meals
and enjoys painting abstract art.

Buy an original Cheeta:

Johnny Depp loves liquorice roll-ups.

>> Dead funny <<
Texas execution no laughing matter

On Tuesday Texas executed its 17th prisoner of
the year. But this one, Patrick Knight, was
different. He decided he was going to be the
first prisoner who would tell a joke as his
last words. A myspace page was set up and he
received over 1,300 joke submissions.

So which one did he choose? Strapped to the
chair, waiting for his lethal injection he
announced, "I said I was going to tell a joke.
Death has set me free. That's the biggest joke."

There was no gag to follow. Choking back tears,
his last words were, "Go ahead. I'm finished."

(FYI: We'd probably have gone with:
"Why did the farmer get into punk?
Because he was sick of Hall & Oates.)

Liza Minnelli got off the plane in Brazil gasping for
a cigarette. A waiting photographer handed her a
packet, and she was so happy she gave him a bear-hug.

>> Things that make you go hmmm <<
Warbears, suicide bombers, Joss Whedon

Paris Hilton tells E!'s Ryan Seacrest she
wants to build a halfway house to help women
ex-inmates from Lynwood. Failing that I
guess she could help them by buying her drugs
off them in future... More news:

British Jihadis turn to Islamism not because of
the Iraq war but because it allows them to marry
for love, and not be forced by their families
into an arranged marriage. Great article:

Do not play unless you want to be addicted.
It's the new warbears:

Servalan is now a blogger:

Want to have dinner with Joss Whedon?

Not as Ugly as Betty and other new t-shirts:

Sondre Lerche's album has got a UK release.
Listen to Say It All and get a flavour:

Krumping gets off the LA streets and on to the
driving range:

Watching Big Brother? Bored with Big Brother?
Either way, bet on this week's eviction with us
and make some money:

>> Chart Predictions <<
New entries/High climbers Sun 1st July

++ Number One
RIHANNA Umbrella

++ Top Ten
JACK PENATE Torn On The Platform
KATE NASH Foundations
ENEMY Had Enough
HOOSIERS Worried About Ray

++ Top Twenty
KLAXONS It's Not Over Yet
BON JOVI Make A Memory

++ Top Forty
WOMBATS Kill The Director
HADOUKEN Liquid Lives
CHERRY GHOST People Help The People
ARTCTIC MONKEYS Fluorescent Adolescent

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Old Existential Jokes Home:
Two penguins are walking across an iceberg.
One penguin turns to the other and said,
"You look like you're wearing a tuxedo."

The second penguin replies, "Maybe I am."

Still Bored?
Even cuter than the sea otters?

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Monkey - Circus Opera

I'm off to see this in Manchester on Saturday.
I will report back on Sunday.

IN DEPTH FILM REVIEW - Executive Decision

Like Snakes On A Plane, but without snakes. But with nerve gas, Kurt Russell and Halle Berry

Tuesday, June 26, 2007


I like. Although it loses it's darkness in the last third. Never mind.


Good fun. Best film about a hockey playing golfer. Sandler's second best film.


Good fun. Vanessa Angel is fit. A couple of good laughs.


Supernatural serial killer thing. I got bored half way through to be

Monday, June 25, 2007

IN DEPTH FILM REVIEW - Starsky And Hutch

Cheeky version of the TV cop show. Rubbish, but these girls are lush.

IN DEPTH FILM REVIEW - The Silence Of The Lambs

This classic and Manhunter. The rest shouldn't have been made.

IN DEPTH FILM REVIEW - The Shawshank Redemption

One of the best films ever made, according to most ordinary folk. It's good.


Utter, utter rubbish. Why did you do it Jackie Chan ?!

IN DEPTH FILM REVIEW - The Royal Tenenbaums

Great ensemble cast, great script, great film.


Ooohh... that brass bikini... Lovely stuff.


Pretty cool cult film. Very British. I enjoyed it.

IN DEPTH FILM REVIEW -Lost In Translation

One of my Top 100 films ever. I love this film.

Sunday, June 24, 2007


First half - awesome. Second half - not so.

IN DEPTH FILM REVIEW - Jay And Silent Bob Strikes Back

Rubbish. This photo signifies the best bit.


Great kids caper. Great bunch of characters. We need more films like this.

IN DEPTH FILM REVIEW - Ferris Bueller's Day Off

I loved this film as a kid. I bunked off school, but was never as enjoyable as this.

IN DEPTH FILM REVIEW - Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind

I love this film. It's one of this favourites. Very inventive.

IN DEPTH FILM REVIEW - Coffee And Cigarettes

A nice little movie. Featuring all sorts of people chatting over coffee and fags.


I like it, maybe not as much as most. A "final cut" of this film is coming very soon.

IN DEPTH FILM REVIEW - 2001 : A Space Odyssey

Kubrick's masterpiece. It still looks stunning today. What's the meaning of the ending ?

Saturday, June 23, 2007

IN DEPTH FILM REVIEW - Yellow Submarine

What can I say about this film ? It's off it's head !

IN DEPTH FILM REVIEW - The Man With The Golden Gun

The best of the Roger Moore ones I think. And I like Nik Nak.


Great music. Martin finally won his Oscar, for this movie. It's great.

IN DEPTH FILM REVIEW - The Squid And The Whale

Not bad. Feels like a Wes Anderson film.

IN DEPTH FILM REVIEW - Pursuit Of Happyness

Good true story film. I thought it would be lame and cheesy, but it's not.


Quentin's best. He'll never make a film as good ever again.


Brilliant. Great twist if you haven't seen it.


It's okay. I don't understand why women love it !

IN DEPTH FILM REVIEW - North By Northwest

Brilliant Hitchcock film about mistaken identity. Go rent it.

Andy Gardner

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Thursday 5 July 6:30 - 9:30pm

The essentials of a thriller screenplay:

What do all of those films have in common?

Part Two covers the 20 iconic scenes in Thriller films, and explains how suspense works using MINORITY REPORT as an example and how plot twists work using BOURNE SUPREMACY and other films.

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Bill Martell is a working writer who has sold 24 feature film scripts. 19 of them have been made.

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Friday, June 22, 2007


Colourful kids film. I think it's the best out of all the Muppet Movies.

IN DEPTH FILM REVIEW - Little Miss Sunshine

Lovely. I have mentioned this film already.


The best out of the four. Has dated a little though. It seems a bit slow.


Great special effects. Took ages to see the star of the film.


Funny, a bit long though. Not as good as Shaun.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Next Wednesday

I hope the below links work.