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21 May 2002
Turtle Beach Introduces 220/240V AudioTron for European Sale
Turtle Beach today announced a 220/240V model of its AudioTron digital audio appliance for European sale.

Designed to organize and play up to 30,000 digital audio files stored on the owners' personal computer and play Internet audio streams through TurtleRadio, the AudioTron transmits and receives data through an Ethernet 10BaseT or 10/100BaseT network. A recent firmware release has added Windows Media Format streaming, a more robust Web interface, and
a user-configurable front panel display. With the included AudioStation® software, the PC becomes a whole-house music jukebox, delivering audio to any room where the AudioTron is located. The AudioTron supports playback of MP3 and WMA files, as well as uncompressed WAV files.

The digital jukebox market reaches well beyond North American shores, said Carmine J. Bonanno, president and CEO of Turtle Beach. IT analysts are predicting that digital jukebox sales will be closely tied to the explosion in home broadband installations.

Turtle Beach makes its entire line of products available directly to consumers via its e-commerce Web site ( and customer service centre (1-800-233-9377 or 914-966-0600).

May 2002
Blast from the BBC
To encourage young talent and to put them in touch with information and local resources the BBC has launched Blast. If you are a young person with an interest in art, music, dancing or film-making you can visit their website at, call the free helpline on 0800 011011 or visit one of the roadshows that are taking place throughout the UK during the summer. Blast aims particularly at reaching those who might not have enough confidence, self-belief or just the practical knowledge to make the most of their creative abilities. The website provides inspiration, advice, details about training, an interactive map showing where to find local facilities, live chats and information about the roadshows. You can also email questions to a panel of experts.

May 2002
New Spidey Drink
To celebrate the new Spider-Man Movie, Ripfast, the leading bodybuilding and fitness nutrition company have come out with a BRAND NEW Spider-Man Range of flavours for their powerful protein drink ‘Protein Intelligence’.

Spider-Man protein drink.Delicious flavours include: Aunt Mays Banana Ice Cream, Spidey Strawberry, Goblin Green Chocolate Mint, Peter Parker Capuccino and Spida Thrilla Vanilla! This is a great way to introduce younger persons to training and fitness, as well as please the rest of us die-hard Spidey fans who’ve grown up with the super-hero says the Company. ‘Protein Intelligence’ is a high grade protein drink for bodybuilders, athletes and persons who train at the gym! Quality protein is essential for persons interested in health and fitness, particularly straight after an intense training session, to help rebuild the muscle faster and stronger. For more info visit or call Ripfast on 0800 95 22 007.

To win a tub of the Limited Spider-Man Edition ‘Protein Intelligence’ answer the following question:
What is the name of Peter Parker’s girlfriend?

a) Mary-Jane
b) Mary-Sue
c) Mary-Lou

The first entrant out of the bag wins the prize. All entrants win a limited edition Spidey Poster. Please state your preferred flavour. Competition entries should be sent direct to:

Spiderman Competition
Ripfast (ref: Talking Pictures)
PO Box 34

15 May 2002
Digital Cinema for Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones
In a continuing effort to bring the excitement of digital cinema to movie-goers worldwide, Texas Instruments (TI) (NYSE: TXN), announces that 94 screens worldwide will show Lucasfilm's Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones utilizing DLP CinemaT digital projection technology.

TI DLP CinemaT technology enabled the first digital cinema viewing of Star Wars: Episode IThe Phantom Menace in June 1999.  Star Wars: Episode II is the first major live action motion picture to be captured, produced and projected digitally, without a single roll of film. "If you actually want to see the film we made and see it in the way in which we want you to see it then the only way you can do that is digitally," said Rick McCallum, Lucasfilm producer.

"Digital cinema is very compelling and Texas Instruments is excited about the momentum, with rapid increase in installations now occurring worldwide," said Doug Darrow, Business Manager, TI DLP CinemaT Products.  "Through the bold, industry-guiding steps of a core group of enthusiastic exhibitors, studios and supporting technology companies, the digital rollout has begun and audiences worldwide are experiencing the promise and visual excitement of digital cinema."

Lucasfilm announced on Tuesday that 94 screens in 17 markets around the world will display Star Wars: Episode II on digital screens, all enabled by DLP CinemaT.  To locate the theatre near you, please go to:

13 May 2002
HotºHouse Created For Feature Film Music
In a major development for the world of film music, a new joint venture has been announced between media music mavericks Extreme Music and Los Angeles based music conglomerate Media Ventures Entertainment Group, headed by composer Hans Zimmer and producer Jay Rifkin to create HotºHouse, a headquarters for coordination, supervision and full service agency for feature film music, co-headed by Karen Elliott and Becky Bentham. 

The companies will work together in handling all aspects of the preparation and production of film music and offer a full range of services to handle every aspect of film score pre-recording through mixing to final delivery. Further plans are well under way for HotºHouse to launch a film music composer agency in the UK representing an elite group of composers in all musical genre’s both in the UK and the United States.

22 April 2002
BAFTA Television Awards 2002 at 8.30 pm  on ITV1.

Sheila Hancock and former EasterEnders actor Martin Kemp will be among the stars attending this year’s British Academy Television Awards.

It will be Sheila’s first public appearance since the death of her actor husband John Thaw in February.

Sheila is nominated for Best Actress for her role in ITV1’s The Russian Bride.

Her late husband also features in the nominations - one of his last starring vehicles, ITV1’s drama Buried Treasure, is among the five programmes shortlisted for the Lew Grade Audience Award, the only category decided by TV viewers.

Last year John Thaw won the Lew Grade Audience Award for Inspector Morse, and also received the trophy in 1999 in recognition of Goodnight Mr Tom. Buried Treasure faces competition from A Touch of Frost starring David Jason, who has also collected the award twice. More....

12 April
The Steamroller and the Violin
Facets Video will release The Steamroller and the Violin, a lost masterwork from legendary director Andrei Tarkovsky, on DVD and VHS on 11 June, 2002. DVDs and VHS tapes will retail at $24.95 each. More...

Sony Launches Two New DVD Players
This month Sony launches the entry level DVP-NS305 DVD player and in May they launch the higher-spec DVP-NS405 machine. Both are available in silver and are just 62mm high. They will be their most competitive and feature packed models yet.

29 March 2002
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
Supernatural Spielberg - buy it now!Spielberg's 1982 masterpiece is re-released today in the UK. So it is a good opportunity to publish an extract from Darren Slade and Nigel Watson's book Supernatural Spielberg, which has a long chapter on E.T. Part Two will be posted on the website in a couple of weeks. If you have any comments or reviews of E.T. email them now. Also email me if you'd like to buy a copy of the book or would like more information about it. Now see our E.T. article here

26 March 2002
Roxio Unveils Digital Media Creation Software
Roxio, Inc., The Digital Media Company, today announced the release of WinOnCD 5 Power Edition (PE). This powerful multimedia recording software enables users to record audio and data CDs, VideoCDs, Super-VCDs and data DVDs, as well as offering high quality audio and video creation tools, combined with easy-to-use operation. More...

19 March 2002 
Isle of Man Film Fund Announced

The Isle of Man Government is launching today a new £25 million Media Development Fund to attract big budget films to the Isle of Man. 

Treasury Minister Allan Bell MHK is making the announcement in his 2002 Budget Speech.

The money will help investment in films, as well as developing an infrastructure which will allow more film industry activity on the Island. By the end of 2004/5 the Isle of Man aims to establish a new mechanism enabling the industry to become self-financing. This mechanism will allow the new fund to retain and re-invest a proportion of the income it generates.

Since 1995, 37 films have been shot on the Isle of Man including Waking Ned, Relative Values, starring Julie Andrews and Colin Firth and, more recently, Me Without You, starring Anna Friel and The Heart of Me, starring Helena Bonham-Carter.

Even before this £25 million cash injection to the film industry, there were already generous incentives in place for film and television productions. Incentives include up to 25% of the film budget as direct equity investment, no upper or lower limits and help with the financial structuring of budgets.  Film and television projects can also apply for production credits where the project is being funded, at least in part, by a recognised broadcaster. 

Allan Bell, the Isle of Man’s Treasury Minister, said: 

“This extra £25 million is intended to boost the growing number of films and television productions shot in the Isle of Man. There are an increasing number of bigger budget films wishing to do business with our Film Commission.

“We have decided to make long term investment to build on the benefits both to the film industry and the Isle of Man’s economy.

“The Isle of Man has a multitude of different locations with contrasting inland and coastal scenery, townscapes, steam and electric trains and international motorsport.  A surprisingly high percentage of production facilities can also be sourced locally.” 

14 March 2002
Young Adam In Production
Today Young Adam starring Ewan McGregor, Tilda Swinton, Peter Mullan and Emily Mortimer starts principle photography in Glasgow. It is being directed by award winning filmmaker David Mackenzie and it's based on beat writer Alexander Trocci's 1954 novel. The story is about a young drifter who hitches a ride on a barge travelling from Glasgow to Edinburgh. A young woman is found drowned in the water and the drifter seems to know more about her than he lets on. Warner Bros has already acquired the UK rights to it. "The project is firmly rooted in the local culture and is the kind of independent production we are supporting across Europe," says Simona Benzakein, Vice President, European Production, Warner Bros.

March 2002
Boy's Town
In this article Richard Armstrong says that we need better film critics and criticism. What do you think? Read it here.

March 2002
Seeing with Snake Eyes
This is an interview with Kurt Russell by the magnificent Carol Allen. Read it here.

19 February 2002
War of the Worlds and Chrome
Pendragon Pictures announces March 18, 2002 as the official start date of live action photography for Chrome, their new sci-fi action thriller, starring Katie Tomlinson. More...

14 February 2002
Top Ten Romantic Films has revealed Britain’s top ten favourite romantic movies to set the mood for Valentine’s day. Choices include both classic and more recent titles as follows:

1 Casablanca (1942)
2 William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet (1996)
3 The English Patient (1996)
4 Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
5 When Harry Met Sally (1989)
6 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
7 Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
8 Gone With The Wind (1939)
9 Brief Encounter (1945)
10 Roxanne (1987)

I'm surprised Ghost didn't feature. When Harry Met Sally, starring the combination of Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal in a New York set love story, is one of the FilmFour channel’s highlights for Valentine’s Day (screening at 8.00pm). More...

February 2002
Launch of Screentrade Magazine
This new quarterly journal for exhibitors and cinema enthusiasts is launched this month. It contains insights into multiplex cinemas, a profile of the 1980s Cannon Cinemas circuit, box office analysis, projection tips and problems, nostalgia and lots more. One issue costs £5.50 (£7.00 outside the UK) and a year’s subscription is £20 (£28.00 outside the UK). Cheques or international money orders should be made out to Screentrade media and posted to:
Screentrade Sales and Subscriptions, Screentrade Media, PO Box 144, Orpington, Kent, BR6 6LZ, UK. 
Please mention Talking Pictures when making your order. For more information email:

January 2002
Regular visitors will notice I have revamped this page and added more links and pages to enable better access to the News Archives, Lenore Wright's scriptwriting column and to pages about new DVD/video/film releases. If you are unfamiliar with this site or are looking for something specific scroll up to the excellent FreeFind search facility in the panel above. Suggestions about improving the navigation or other aspects of this site are always welcome. 

January  2002
NDi Media's Gael MacLean garners Genie Nomination
NDi Media West President, Gael MacLean has been nominated for a Genie award for best sound on the feature film Marine Life. Directed by Anne Wheeler, Marine Life stars Cybil Sheppard and Peter Outerbridge.

During her extensive career as a sound designer and sound supervisor, MacLean has received numerous nominations, taking home the Genie twice for the films Angel Square and the Lotus Eaters.

29 January 2002
Dallas, Texas
Digital Light Processing (DLP) Brings Video Projectors Closer To Home
For many visitors to the recent Consumer Electronics Show, there was one ‘must see’ booth – the Texas Instruments (TI) (NYSE: TXN) booth. CES confirmed the rapid emergence of DLP™ technology as the technology of choice for home entertainment projection and display applications. More...

January 2002
Certified After 7 Years
The UK controversial cult classic Boy Meets Girl by Ray Brady has been finally granted an 18 certificate by the BBFC following a ban of 7 years on video.

Boy Meets Girl is now avalable uncut and uncesored on Video and will be released on DVD in March by BOUDICCA. For more information visit:

January 2002
Can You Spare 7 Billion Dollars?
Kirk Kerkorian is selling his 80 per cent stake in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. It has a huge film library and a great brand name so would be an excellent addition to the Talking Pictures movie empire. All I need is the 7 billion to make this real. Cash or cheques are very acceptable.

January 2002
Ever Decreasing Circles
The BBC comedy series starring Richard Briers, Penelope Wilton and Peter Egan makes its video and DVD premiere early in 2002. More...

January 2002 
Wallace and Gromit Return
Nick Park has set into production 12 exciting new Wallace and Gromit films all to be released later this year, free of charge with the help of the internet. Each film features one of Wallace's unique new inventions and runs for approximately 1 minute.More...

January 2002
Film Book Awards
The winners of the 2001 Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards for the best books on the moving image will be announced on Tuesday 5 February at the Arts Club in London. Film-maker Mike Leigh will be the guest presenter at the awards ceremony. More...

January 2002
A Riveting Filmmaker
Jacques Rivette is celebrated by Alan Pavelin. See the article here.

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