This Is It Review & Michael Jackson

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Michael Jackson in This Is It

Opening Date: 28th October (UK & US)
Running Time: 111 minutes
Certification: 15 (UK), PG-13 (US)
Rating: ★★★★.5 / ★★★★★
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With all the hype surrounding Michael Jackson’s death and the ensuing furore over whether his doctor, Conrad Murray, is guilty of causing his untimely demise, it was hard to know what to expect from AEG‘s This Is It, the music documentary about Jackson’s last days, pieced together from rehearsals and behind-the-scenes footage originally meant for the DVD of his 02 Arena concert tour.

As a big Michael Jackson fan myself, I expected to feel very sad while watching the documentary, particularly after reading reports and the fan campaign “This Is Not It”, which claimed that Michael Jackson had been reduced to mere skin and bones in the last days of his life and was being forced by AEG to keep rehearsing. And despite knowing that film was almost certainly AEG’s new money-making vehicle to try to re-coup their losses from the 02 Arena tour, I had to see it. Read More… »

StreetView vs. Phorm – which is worse?

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I’ve waited a while to blog about this topic because I wanted to make sure that I got all my facts straight and got a good idea what was being said in the media, but I think it’s time – Google’s StreetView vs. Phorm – which is worse?

Google’s StreetView
In case you haven’t heard about it yet, Google launched a new service in the U.K. about 3 weeks ago. I know this concept isn’t entirely new, and it’s been going on for quite a while in New Zealand and Australia and America, but I guess it brings it home to you when it’s actually in an area where you, personally are.

StreetView gives people a complete 360-degree virtual tour of major cities in England, including every major street and all the buildings on it, using a camera Read More… »

Fox Writer fired for condoning download of leaked Wolverine film

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This piece of news REALLY needs to be filed under a new blog category I am going to create right now called, “How f***ing stupid are you?!”

THE DEAL: A man – Roger Friedman – works hard as a writer, works his way up the journalistic ladder and eventually gets a cushy job as a regular gossip columnist on Fox news website’s 411 section for 10 years – a job, by the way, that I would KILL to have. And then you know what he does? He downloads the leaked version of X-Men Origins: Wolverine (which is, by the way, a Twentieth Century Fox film), reviews it, and in his review he condones the illegal downloading of the film! Read More… »

Nicked by the Nationals

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Last month, amid rushing around filming for my 10-minute TV documentary on Mantovani and working on this site, I wrote a story about Bournemouth University students who were asking for Facebook to be banned on campus because they’re never able to use the computer facilities for their work. My story was published in our uni paper WIRE a couple weeks ago, and to my surprise, today, the Daily Telegraph nicked my story! They put it on the front cover of the newspaper, and even took a quote verbatim:

Miguel Dias, a final-year field archaeology student, told Wire, the student paper: “I come into university at 9am to work on my dissertation thinking I’ve beaten the crowd to the computers and I still can’t get on them because people are on Facebook.”