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Scarlett Johansson- A Career Retrospective

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Scarlett Johansson- A Career Retrospective

Posted on 30 June 2014 by Chris Ford

It’s hard to recall that Scarlett Johansson started out as a child actress, starring in films ranging from Robert Redford’s The Horse Whisperer to The Coen Brothers’ The Man Who Wasn’t There. Transitioning from those child roles to altogether more grown-up performances, Johansson has risen to the A-list, ensuring her presence in Hollywood as a commercially successful actress who turns in critically-acclaimed performances and she also happens to be my biggest actress crush!

To mark the release of Under the Skin on Blu-ray and DVD on 14th July 2014 from STUDIOCANAL, we look back at some of her best performances…

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Ghost World (2001)
Despite small roles in her teens, many began taking notice of Johansson as a rising star after her performance in Ghost World, Terry Zwigoff’s cult comedy-drama based on the comic book of the same name. She plays Rebecca Doppelmeyer, a social outcast alongside best friend Enid (Thora Birch), who get up to no good in the summer following their graduation. Although the film wasn’t a commercial success, Johansson received critical acclaim for her understated performance.

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Lost In Translation (2003)
It was Sofia Coppola’s Lost In Translation which saw Johansson, not only become an adult but propelled forward to become the Hollywood starlet she is today. She plays Charlotte, a listless and lonely young wife who crosses paths with Bill Murray’s faded movie star in Tokyo. Acclaimed by all, Johansson earned a BAFTA and Golden Globe nomination for her efforts.

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Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003)
At the age of 18, the same year which saw her breakout role, Johansson played Griet in Girl with a Pearl Earring (directed by Peter Webber), which saw her nominated for further BAFTAs and Golden Globes. The character of Griet was a 17th-century servant in the household of Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer (Colin Firth). After Kate Hudson stepped down from the lead role and Webber came on-board as director, he auditioned 150 girls, opting for Scarlett Johansson as she ‘…just stood out’.

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Match Point (2005)
In the same year as critical bomb The Island alongside Ewan McGregor, she appeared in Woody Allen’s Match Point for which she received another Golden Globe nomination. She plays American actress Nola who begins an affair with her ex-boyfriend’s brother-in-law Chris Wilton (played by Jonathan Rhys Meyers) which causes problems for his social standing within his wealthy family. Many deemed the two lead performances as the best acting seen in a Woody Allen film for some time at that stage.

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The Prestige (2006)
A small, but extremely pivotal role, Johansson plays Olivia Wenscombe in Christopher Nolan’s The Prestige in which Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale’s rival magicians try to outdo each other, with dire consequences for all surrounding them. Wenscombe is the assistant and lover of Robert Angier (Jackman) who becomes nothing more than a pawn played by the two. Showcasing an eye for quality, the actress was vocal of her praise for Nolan’s directing methods.

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Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)
Her third appearance in a Woody Allen film (after 2006’s Scoop), Vicky Cristina Barcelona went onto become the director’s most profitable film. Johansson plays Cristina, one of two American women who spend a summer in Barcelona where they meet and become attracted to artist Juan Antonio (Javier Bardem), who remains enamoured with his emotionally unstable ex-wife (Academy-award winning performance from Penélope Cruz). Perhaps most notable for showing she can remain memorable amongst an ensemble of terrific actors.

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Iron Man 2 (2010)
An important film in Johansson’s career as this was her first performance as Natasha Romanoff AKA Black Widow, ahead of Avengers Assemble and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, furthering the ability to steal scenes amidst a gathering crowd of world-famous stars (including Robert Downey, Jr. and Chris Evans). Despite not being the initial choice for the role (Emily Blunt, don’t you know…), she has since made the role her own, embracing the many extended choreographed fight sequences she partakes in throughout each film she appears in. Next up will be Avengers: Age of Ultron in May 2015.

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Don Jon (2013)
Furthering her acting skills as sassy, gum-chewing Jersey girl Barbara Sugarman, Johansson’s role in the Joseph Gordon-Levitt directed Don Jon was deemed a highlight by many. Starring opposite Levitt himself, who takes lead role duties as a modern day Don Juan obsessed with pornography, it is to the actresses credit that Sugarman is a character you will yourself fall in love with, and then rue the day you ever messed with her, just like the title character.

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Her (2013)
One of the more impressive feats of her career, in Spike Jonze’s Her, Johansson never once appears on the screen, instead allowing her voice to deliver a standout performance that had many calling for the Academy to take notice. Set in a futuristic setting, she voiced Samantha, an intelligent computer OS (operating system) who enters a virtual relationship with Joaquin Phoenix’s human Theodore Twombly.

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Under the Skin (2014)
Scarlett Johansson’s performance in Jonathan Glazer’s acclaimed feature Under the Skin is a career best; starring as an alien who preys on men in Scotland, the actress heightens the mystery and intrigue surrounding her very existence. As the film endures, Johansson conveys the emotional battle she experiences, overcome with an unexpected feeling of guilt over her actions. Baring all for the role, Johansson embraces the experience – driving a van around Scotland and picking up unsuspecting Scottish men whilst a camera crew sat in the back of the van is a slice of film-making genius which has since hit headlines.

Under the Skin is released on Blu-ray and DVD on 14th July 2014 from STUDIOCANAL

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Osmo Matte Clay Extreme

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Osmo Matte Clay Extreme

Posted on 23 June 2014 by Eddie

This hair clay describes itself as an “extreme hold texture wax for natural matte expression”.

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In the 100ml tub it is a firm white cream with a fresh fruity scent. The instructions tell you to “rub the desired amount…” not very helpful, but easy enough to gauge after the first few uses. When this first arrived my hair was in serious need of a hair cut so after trying it and realising my hair was terribly overgrown off I went to the barber. With shorter hair I really liked this product, it allowed me to mess up my hair and it stayed in place without looking like it was gelled.

I liked the no “effort look” it gave. The amount required is fairly small so the tub has lasted very well. I find it suits me to apply it to my hair after lightly towel drying following a shower. I’ve used it on dry hair and find it effective, but a little “pully” when it’s applied. It gives good control over the style whilst looking like there is no product being used. There would be much more to say about this product if it didn’t work, but it does exactly what it says on the (nicely styled metal) tin; matte, strong hold, Lasts all day.
I’ve not had a chance to use it in hot weather without rain to assess how it copes with sweat, but even after a night’s sleep my hair is somewhat in the state that it was when I went to bed. I loved the fact that it washes out easily and leaves no residue. In summary, this product suits me when my hair is short, but if you have longer hair then I would expect the level of hold to still work for some styles (perhaps even approaching Jedward length).

Osmo Matte Clay Extreme is available from Amazon and all good retailers for around £8.99 now.

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Win the Russian epic STALINGRAD on Blu-ray/DVD!

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Win the Russian epic STALINGRAD on Blu-ray/DVD!

Posted on 18 June 2014 by Chris Ford

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Acclaimed Russian director Fedor Bondarchuk’s action epic STALINGRAD explodes onto Blu-ray and DVD this June 23rd and to celebrate we’ve got 3 copies of the Blu-ray/DVD to give-away completely free!
Starring Thomas Kretschmann (King Kong, upcoming The Avengers: Age of Ultron) “Stalingrad” is an epic look at the battle that turned the tide of World War II. A band of determined Russian soldiers fight to hold a strategic building in their devastated city against a ruthless German army, and in the process become deeply connected to two Russian women who have been living there. The film is directed by acclaimed Russian filmmaker Fedor Bondarchuk (9th Company), who was introduced to the world of cinema at an early age as the son of actress Irina Skobtseva and internationally acclaimed film actor and an Academy Award®-winning director Sergei Bondarchuk. The film stars an ensemble cast including Thomas Kretschmann (King Kong), Petr Fedorov, Sergey Bondarchuk, Mariya Smolnikova and Yanina Studilina.

To be in with a chance of winning simply watch the above trailer and answer the following question. What year did the Battle of Stalingrad commence?
a) 1942
b) 1842
c) 1742

email us the answer at enterthecomp@gmail.com, three winners will be chosen at random on 27th June

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STALINGRAD is out on Blu-ray (with 3D), DVD and digital download June 23rd. You can order your copy now here

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Top Ten  Movie Drunks

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Top Ten Movie Drunks

Posted on 18 June 2014 by Chris Ford

A true test of a great actor is the unlikeliest of scenarios; however, if an actor or actress can convey the sense they have consumed large amounts of alcohol without actually doing so, then it’s only a matter of roles until you deliver a performance which will stand the test of time. To mark the DVD release of Downhill on 16th June 2014, we count down the ten best movie drunks.

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Ted Striker (Airplane! – 1980)
Played by… Robert Hays
As an airplane passenger forced to take action when everyone’s lives are thrown in danger, this classic spoof of disaster movies depicts Striker as an edgy, over-serious ex-fighter pilot with a drinking problem – best evidenced in the hilarious scene where he has a drink, but due to the heavy turbulence ends up slashing himself in the face rather than drinking any of it.

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Marion Ravenwood (Raiders of the Lost Ark – 1981)
Played by… Karen Allen
Appearing in all Indy films bar The Last Crusade, Marion Ravenwood’s memorable first appearance comes in the midway point of a drinking contest which she is naturally winning. Surrounded by empty shot glasses, Ravenwood embraces her liquor-holding technique to get out of a few threatening scenarios, including her escape from Belloq.

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Withnail (Withnail & I – 1987)
Played by… Richard E. Grant
It’s hard to recall this as Richard E. Grant’s performance, but what a way to burst onto the cinematic landscape; as titular character Withnail, Grant steals the film as a drugged and very drunk British unemployed actor who ups and leaves his squalid Camden apartment for an idyllic holiday in the countryside, courtesy of his Uncle Monty (Richard Griffiths). Raining non-stop with a lack of food, Withnail and pal Marwood (Paul McGann) end up drunker than before…

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Ben Sanderson (Leaving Las Vegas – 1995)
Played by… Nicolas Cage
Perhaps the most accolade-strewn ‘drunk’ performance comes from Nicolas Cage in heavy drama Leaving Las Vegas, and rightfully so; his intensely played performance shows the other side of alcoholism – the real side; the one which tears lives apart. Harrowingly difficult to watch, any doubt as to the scope of Cage’s career, look no further than this performance.

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The Dude (The Big Lebowski – 1998)
Played by… Jeff Bridges
This White Russian drinking layabout becomes embroiled in a kidnapping plot due to sharing names with a wheelchair-bound millionaire (David Huddleston); the kidnap in question occurs when the latter’s wife Bunny is held for ransom, and with an array of characters getting in The Dude’s way, including troubled Vietnam veteran Walter (John Goodman), Julianne Moore’s avant-garde feminist Maude Lebowski and John Turturro’s Italian bowling opponent Jesus Quintana, it’s no wonder he accepts drinks more readily than most.

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Gwen Cummings (28 Days – 2000) Played by… Sandra Bullock
As a newspaper columnist obliged to enter rehab for her alcoholism, Sandra bullock’s portrayl of Gwen Cummings reaches for the Nicolas Cage heights of movie drunks. Kick-starting the film with a spiralled event where Cummings wrecks her sister’s wedding after consuming more than enough alcohol, it is refreshing to see a script depict a troubled character who is willing to try and beat their condition.

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Willie T. Stokes (Bad Santa – 2003)
Played by… Billy Bob Thornton
Not even working as Santa Claus in a shopping mall can prevent Billy bob Thornton’s Willie T. Stokes snatching numerous moments to swig from alcohol-filled flasks – so much so that he even ends up vomiting on the job. His priceless reaction where child Thurman (Brett Kelly) brings him a glass of orange juice to sober him up best encapsulates why Stokes made it onto this list.

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Miles Raymond (Sideways – 2004)
Played by… Paul Giamatti
What better way is there to disguise your alcoholic tendencies than to travel to peaceful wineries with a friend; this is precisely what Paul Giamatti’s Miles does in Alexander Payne’s Sideways. Perhaps due to drinking so much of it, Miles is an apparent wine expert, shown to be the case with his oft-quoted outburst – ‘I am not drinking any f*cking Merlot!’

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Jasmine (Blue Jasmine – 2013)
Played by… Cate Blanchett
Jasmine, a babbling, drinking shadow of her former socialite self, is thrown into despair following the downfall of her fraudulent businessman husband (Alex Baldwin). Heading to New York City where she plans on staying with free-spirited adoptive sister (Sally Hawkins) who lies on the opposite end of Jasmine’s spectrum, scene by scene she melts further down, drowning sorrows in a number of glasses of alcohol throughout the running time of Woody Allen’s film.

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Julian (Downhill – 2014)
Played by… Ned Dennehy
Despite all four old school friends participating in the same amount of drinking during a coast-to-coast walk across the UK, there is naturally one who embraces the opportunity to drink copious amounts of alcohol rather than enjoying the outdoors or, you know, each other’s company. This Ned Dennehy’s Julian, in a peculiar but hilariously watchable performance, which sees the four blokes get up to a whole manner of brilliant hi-jinks.
Downhill is available on DVD and digital platforms on the 16th June 2014

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Win DownHill on DVD

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Win DownHill on DVD

Posted on 16 June 2014 by Chris Ford

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Downhill was without a doubt the best British film Ive seen in years, funny, heart warming and clever which is why I’m really happy to be able to giveaway three copies of of Downhill on DVD

for your chance to win just email us at enterthecomp@gmail.com

Three winners will be picked at random on the 27th June , open to UK and Ireland only.

Downhill is released on DVD and digital platforms on 16th June 2014

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SOUTHERN COMFORT – Drink Yourself

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SOUTHERN COMFORT – Drink Yourself

Posted on 16 June 2014 by Chris Ford

According to Wikipedia Southern Comfort is an American liqueur made from neutral spirits with fruit, spice and whiskey I must admit I always assumed as a casual spirits drinker that it was just another regular bourbon!

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My first introduction to Southern Comfort was many years ago when as someone new to drinking it was suggest Southern Comfort would be nice with lemonade, and it was! since then that’s the only way I have really drank the brand.

In honour of Southern Comforts current ‘Drink Yourself’ challenge where they ask you to create your own Southern Comfort based drink on their website I thought I would do something a bit different, so I present to you

The Comfort Old Fashioned

Ingredients

A Dash of Angostura Bitters
1 tspn of Sugar
1/2 a Measure of water (half a shot glass)
1 Measure (shot glass) of Southern Comfort
1 Cherry, 1 Slice of Orange 1 lemon peel

Method

Stir the sugar, bitters, and water in a glass.
Add Ice
Pour in Southern Comfort.
Stir then top with a Cherry and slice of orange and lemon peel.

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So there you go a real Gentlemens drink from the Mad Men era of the 60s, I found my inspiration here from an original 60s drinks menu which is rather cool.

If you want to mix your own Southern Comfort drink head over to www.southerncomfort.com/drink-yourself-uk now.

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ICE WATCH EYEWEAR

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ICE WATCH EYEWEAR

Posted on 13 June 2014 by Chris Ford

Following the success of ICE-WATCH timepieces, which seem to be a popular as ever, the new ICE-WATCH EYEWEAR brand is guaranteed to be popular.

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NEW for summer 2014, the stylish curved design of the arms and super cool box packaging make these great for lounging by a pool, dancing in the festival sun or waiting for a glimpse of the British summer.

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Part of a 20-piece collection – there are two truly iconic styles to choose from; Pulse, the brand’s design with a timeless shape, and Mood, a rounded model with retro detailing.

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Both available in 10 different shades, there’s the conventional black, grey and white and blue, green, yellow, orange, red, pink, and purple for those that are more daring!

Perfect for your summer holidays I tried these out for a week in Spain and received no end of enquires wanting to know where I bought them which I think is always a good sign the thing is I kind of want to keep these a secret but alas I feel obligated to spread the word.

The frames are ergonomic, lightweight and adapt to all facial types. They are produced in Europe without hinges and screws, so allowing them to withstand any deformation.

Currently available at independent retailers nationwide, they retail at an RRP of £59.50, so guys you can expect affordable quality, functionality and bags of style as well as a product that is sure to last.

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Delivery Man – Competition

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Delivery Man – Competition

Posted on 12 June 2014 by Chris Ford

Delivery Man staring Vince Vaughn as an affable underachiever who finds out he’s fathered 533 children through anonymous donations to a fertility clinic 20 years ago. Now he must decide whether or not to come forward when 142 of them file a lawsuit to reveal his identity.

Sound good? well how would you like to win a copy on DVD as well as that you will also get a Delivery Man Coffee mug!

all you have to do to win is email us at enterthecomp@gmail.com telling with the answer to this question:

In one of Vince’s previous movies, what did he and Owen Wilson ‘Crash’ ?

We have three sets of DVDs and Mugs to giveaway and winners will be selected Friday 20th June at random

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Delivery Man is out now on DVD and Blu-Ray

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Out of the Furnace – Review

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Out of the Furnace – Review

Posted on 03 June 2014 by Chris Ford

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When I saw the cast they put together for this movie, I really couldn’t wait to see it. After The Mechanic and Batman, Christian Bale really can’t do any wrong in my book , and Casey Affleck in my opinion is one of the best actors of the day. The movie is a slow and violent portrayal of two brothers living in a hard depressing steel town . While one serves time in prison , the other serves time in Iraq . Casey Afflecks portrayal of a war veteran fighting his demons while bare knuckle fighting his way out of debt really catches the mood of this wrong side of town story. When told to take a dive by the massively vindictive and money driven Degroat (played by a superb Woody Harrelson) and still getting murdered for it , it’s left to his older brother to take it into his own hands. Throw in a police force who don’t want to know , captained by Forest Whitaker and his Uncle played by Sam Shepard this moody , brooding story comes to it’s violent conclusion.
An all star cast , of which Bale shines , really make this tale believable , this could be any small struggling town and it’s people , all slowly heading to a harrowing end.

8/10

Out of the Furnace is out now on Blu-Ray and DVD

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True Detective Boxset  Competition

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True Detective Boxset Competition

Posted on 02 June 2014 by Chris Ford

HBO Home Entertainment’s groundbreaking and universally acclaimed new thriller series TRUE DETECTIVE is released on Blu-ray and DVD on 9 June 2014 following its successful broadcast on Sky Atlantic.
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This is the next must see box set from HBO the people that brought us groundbreaking shows such as The Sopranos and The Wire.

Starring Mathew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson their characters are partners on a sinister case that takes place in the pits of rural Louisiana, contending with oil industry pollution, religious zealots and satanic sacrificial murders.

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To celebrate the release HBO have very kindly given me two DVD boxsets to give away + 1 set of Bulldog Men’s Skincare range which includes; Original Facewash, Original Moisturiser, Original Eye Roll-on and Original Shave Gel.

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you want in? all you have to do is email me at enterthecomp@gmail.com and tell me what movie did Mathew McConaughey win an Oscar for at this years Academy® Award’s?

Winners will be selected and notified the week beginning June 9th

TRUE DETECTIVE is released on Blu-ray and DVD on 9 June 2014 courtesy of HBO Home Entertainment.

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