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INTERVIEW: The Muppets’ director James Bobin

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Earlier this week Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie and Gonzo The Great all arrived on DVD and Blu-ray for you to take home and keep forever and ever. Just before Christmas, I talked to the man responsible for resurrecting the Muppets from fuzzy obscurity, director James Bobin. During our brief chat we discussed everything from the Brit filmmakers life-long relationship with Kermit and pals to which celebrity cameos were nothing more than internet gossip. So without further ado…

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The Walking Dead: Triggerfinger (Episode 9)

Things just won’t let up on The Walking Dead. The events of the past few weeks have strained relationships and pushed people to their limits. This week proves to be no different, as we get ever closer to that inevitable moment where all hell breaks loose.  Rick may have saved Glenn and Hershel from a deadly encounter at the bar but his necessary actions weren’t without consequence. It’s not long before the buddies of the two recently deceased drifters start sniffing around forcing Rick to overcome yet another tricky situation.

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A Movie A Week#21: The Descendants

Sometimes, just when you think you’ve got it all everything collapses around you. Sideways director Alexander Payne dives head first into this bittersweet subject matter with his melancholic new movie The Descendants. George Clooney plays Matt King, the last in a long line of beneficiaries due to inherit a large portion of scenic Hawaiian real estate and a father of two unruly daughters. He lives in a picturesque paradise, surrounded by postcard perfect beaches and tropical foliage but as he so eloquently explains in the film’s opening monologue, ‘Paradise can go fuck itself’.

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Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol IMAX preview

Brad Bird’s face looks massive, but then again, so does everything on the BFI IMAX. The Pixar director turned Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol mastermind has gathered a group of journo types here today to introduce a selection of exclusive scenes to whet the appetite. A sizzle reel, if you will, and they do indeed sizzle.

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The Walking Dead: Secrets (Episode 6)

Secrets. Glenn is well rubbish at keeping them. That’s what we learn from tonight’s episode as he blabs his newfound secrets about Lori’s pregnancy and Hershel’s barn-zombies to Dale almost instantly. It also happens to be the show’s title, which is appropriate. Well, sort of. Perhaps a more apt name would be ‘Revelations’ as this episode’s chock full of them. People find out all kinds of stuff whether they want to or not resulting in an even more uncertain future for this weary troupe of survivors.

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A Movie A Week#19: Carnage

Tensions run high in Carnage, a painfully funny dissection of relationships and human interaction from the master of claustrophobic cinema Roman Polanski.  Based on Yasmina Reza’s play God of Carnage, it invites us to spend an eventful afternoon with two sets of parents who’s children have recently gotten into a bit of a scuffle. What starts as a polite meeting of reconciliation slowly devolves into a battle of wills. As the polite smiles fade, an unbearable tension fills their tiny apartment setting, eventually spilling out of the mouths of these four seemingly concerned parents.

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A Movie A Week #17: Sennentuntschi: Curse of the Alps

Sentunchi? Sennanichi? Senterparks?  This Euro-horror may be a bit of a mouthful but it’s one that’s worth ingesting. With Sennentuntschi: Curse of the Alps, director Michael Steiner chaperones Switzerland’s first genre movie to the big screen with style. Part murder mystery, part grizzly fairytale it’s duel story lines combine nicely to form a memorable and impressive debut.

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