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How To Be (a little bit) Greek
by Lynsey on Sep 30, 2009 at 12:34 pm
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Do you remember Stavros Flatley on Britain’s Got Talent? Father and Son Demi and Lagi Demetriou won the hearts of the nation with their brilliant Greek/Irish dance routines, their incredible bond and their contagious love of the ridiculous, prompting Ant to say ‘I wanna be Greek so much right now!’.

Well, now’s his chance! Stavros Flatley are bringing all their knowledge of being Greek to us in their new book, How To Be (a little bit) Greek. 

Here they are to tell us about the book themselves:

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NT Live – Theatre on the Big Screen!
by Lynsey on Sep 29, 2009 at 11:35 am
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NT LIVE: a series of four live plays from the National Theatre broadcast to 270 cinemas and performing arts centres worldwide!

Phèdre, All’s Well That Ends Well, Terry Pratchett’s Nation and Alan Bennett’s new play The Habit of Art feature in NT Live’s pilot season.

The pilot season of NT Live, the new initiative by the National Theatre to broadcast live performances of plays onto cinema screens in the UK and worldwide, launches on 25 June with Nicholas Hytner’s production of PHÈDRE by Jean Racine, in a version by Ted Hughes, with Helen Mirren, Dominic Cooper and Margaret Tyzack.

It will be followed on 1 October by Shakespeare’s ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL with Clare Higgins; on 30 January 2010, by NATION, based on a novel by Terry Pratchett, adapted by Mark Ravenhill; and, in early 2010, Alan Bennett’s new play THE HABIT OF ART with Michael Gambon, Alex Jennings and Frances de la Tour.

NT Live performances will be filmed live at the National Theatre in high definition and broadcast via satellite to 70 cinemas, reaching a widespread audience across the UK from Guernsey to Aberdeen. The National is working with the Picturehouse, Odeon, Cineworld and Vue chains and a range of independent cinemas and arts centres. The performances at the National are nominated in advance to allow cameras greater freedom in the auditorium.

Over 200 cinemas abroad, including venues in the USA, Canada, Australia, South Africa, Scandinavia and Europe, will also screen the performance.

“The NT Live events are designed to bring what we do on the stages of the National to a far greater number of people than we would ever be able to reach otherwise,” says Nicholas Hytner. “We’ve been thrilled by the response of cinemas around the world to this new experiment. It means we can reach tens of thousands of people in addition to our work in London and on tour.”

NT Live is funded in partnership with Arts Council England and NESTA.

Nation by Terry Pratchett

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Ken Bruen on the set of Blitz
by Lynsey on Sep 25, 2009 at 10:49 am
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Ken Bruen is one of our favourite Irish authors, and next year he has not one but two film adaptations of his books coming out! The first is London Boulevard, starring Keira Knightley and Colin Farrell and the second is Blitz, starring Jason Statham.

We were lucky enough to visit Ken on the set of Blitz, where he was playing a cameo role as a priest. Here’s a picture of Ken (centre) with Jason Statham and Elliott Gould, the film’s director.

Ken Bruen on the set of Blitz

We’ll be releasing tie-in editions of both books next year, as well as Ken’s new novel The Devil. Watch this space for more film news!

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John Boyne at the SW11 Literary Festival!
by Lynsey on Sep 9, 2009 at 12:31 pm
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John Boyne joined debut novelist Rosie Alison at the SW11 Literary Festival in Waterstone’s Clapham on Monday night. John read from his latest book THE HOUSE OF SPECIAL PURPOSE and he and Rosie, who co-produced the film of THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PYJAMAS, answered questions about working together on the film. John clearly remembered Rosie’s initial call back to him in 2005, which led of course to the film’s release exactly a year ago. The book continues to enjoy enormous commercial success for both David Fickling Books and Transworld.

John Boyne and Rosie Alison

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Richard Dawkins on The Greatest Show on Earth
by Lynsey on Sep 4, 2009 at 5:16 pm
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Richard Dawkins, author of The God Delusion, is back with his new book The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution.  Here he is telling us what the book is about and why it’s important that we all read it:

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The book is released on 10th September.

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Dan Brown competition
by Kate on Sep 4, 2009 at 1:21 pm
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Excitement is mounting ahead of the release of the long-awaited new novel from Dan Brown, The Lost Symbol.

You won’t be able to get your hands on a copy until 15th September, but to keep you thriller-lovers entertained in the meantime we’re giving away all four of the Dan Brown titles, complete with beautifully redesigned covers. Just head over to http://www.rhgdigital3.co.uk/competitions/Brownbacklist/index.as for your chance to win!

 Dan Brown backlist

There’ll be loads more news and competitions as the release date gets nearer, so keep an eye on www.danbrownofficial.co.uk 

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