May 21 2013

“Party like it’s 1949″: Plan your own ‘Gangster Squad’ Party!

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Set in Los Angeles in the late 1940s, Gangster Squad is a nostalgic, noir-tinged blockbuster that features the classic combination of girls, guns, gangsters and glamour. And in post-war America, there was nowhere more glamorous than Tinseltown itself. From the big band music to the sharp suits and beautiful women with long flowing hair, there was no better place to party than in the City of Angels. Which is why we’re currently in the middle of planning a Gangster Squad party!

So this week, while we hold our own private shindig at the blinkbox offices, we thought we might share our research into the food, clothes and drinks essential to a great 40s theme party!

blinkbox Guide to Hosting Your Own Gangster Squad Party

Part 1: The Look – Costume and Decor

Part 2: The Food – Classy Canapés

Part 3: The Drink – Classic Cocktails

Part 4: The Music – Super Sounds of the 1940s 

Gangster Squad is now available to Buy and Rent at blinkbox

May 21 2013

‘Gangster Squad’ Party (part 1 of 4): The Look – Costume and Decor

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First impressions matter.

Seeing as there’s no two ways around that fact, you have to make sure your guests are transported to the glamour of the late 1940s as soon as they step foot into your home/rented venue. That means the decor has to be just right and that you have make a decent effort with what you’re wearing as well.

Okay, so you’re not going to be hiring professional set decorators to gussy up your living room to resemble a 1940s night club. That’s fine: with a few small touches, you’ll be able to lend any room an appropriate period vibe that will impress even the most brazen of party guests.

Post-war America was in a period of transition in terms of architecture. As they moved into the back end of the Art Deco phase, the ornate Egyptian-inspired designs gave way to simpler lines and smoother edges.

Using nightclub scenes from Gangster Squad as a model:

1. Purchase or borrow some light velvety drapes to punch up your walls:Drapes

2. Placing table lamps on the floor near the corners of your room should do the trick: There’s nothing that will kill a room’s vibe more than having all the light coming straight down from the ceiling so try to keep all your illumination sources close to the ground. Lighting the room from the floor up will create some interesting textures on the wall and give the place a sexier glow.

3. Some interesting table cloths and a couple of vintage-style table lamps will also go a long way:Table-Cloths

Clothes: Menwear
As always, men’s period attire is simple to pull off, though not necessarily cheap.

Post-war America saw fellas erring on the side of flamboyant. This was, after all, the period that made the Zoot Suit popular. But please, let’s try to keep this affair classy and make sure you don’t look like a comic-book pimp.

As a trend, double-breasted suits were back in fashion in the late 40s but if you’re looking for something with a slimmer fit, a single-breasted grey, black or brown jacket with wide lapels should do the trick. Pair this with high-waisted trousers and fedora, and you’ve got the basis of a decent 40s get-up.

BogartBonus points will be awarded for wing-tipped shoes.

Finish the effect by slicking back your hair with some sort of pomade: Brylcreem will do. That is unless you’re a Dapper Dan man.

Clothes:  Ladies’ Finery
The gals were always going to have a tougher time with the attire. There’s a fine line to be drawn between a great 40s-inspired look and a lazy Halloween costume.

Let’s get this out of the way though: there’s very little way you’re going to throw together an authentic 40s cocktail apparel without breaking the bank or buying some unwanted moldy dress from a vintage store. But here are a few tips that will help you put together a ensemble that will drive the other girls green with envy.

While Christian Dior’s 1947 New Look collection started a fashion fire that would eventually spread across the world, we’re talking about Hollywood in 1948: a place that marched by the beat of its own drum. Take a look at the most popular film stars of the day: style icons like Marlene Dietrich, Judy Garland and Lauren Bacall all set standards for women up and down America’s West Coast.


Post-war America also saw luxury come back into fashion, so don’t be afraid to utilise more sumptuous, satiny fabrics. Low-cut bodices were also en vogue, accentuated by a trend towards dresses that were pinched at the waist — so consider wearing a corset. But if you do, bear in mind there won’t be much leeway for you to enjoy all that gourmet 40s food you will have prepared.

And as for the hair, you shouldn’t have much trouble finding tutorials on YouTube that will show you how to achieve the wavy look of the 1940s most glamorous movie stars. Failing that, just go to your nearest hairdresser and point them to this picture of Rita Hayworth on your smartphone.

Come back tomorrow, when we’ll be dishing out the dirt on Cocktail Food of the late 1940s!

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May 21 2013

Look! Up in the Sky! New Man of Steel Character Posters!

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It’s only a few more weeks until we finally get to see Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel hit the cinemas. Of all the tent pole blockbuster to come out this Summer, the biggest question mark is firmly next to this highly-anticipated superhero reboot: will Snyder balance the ludicrous optimism of Superman with the grittier tone that made Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight films such a major success? Is the movie going to be all flash and no substance? As the first British Superman, will Henry Cavill turn out to be a boon or a goon?

Until we get the answers to those questions next month, feast your eyes on these brand new character posters depicting Cavill as titular character, Russell Crowe as his Kryptonian birth father and Michael Shannon as the villainous General Zod. Enjoy:




Man of Steel is in cinemas 14th June



May 21 2013

NSFW: Kristin Scott Thomas is Mother of the Year in ‘God Only Forgives’ Clip

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Making its debut this month at the Cannes Film Festival is the highly touted follow up to Drive by from director Nicolas Winding Refn. Playing in competition, the film sees Ryan Gosling as an American boxing promoter/criminal in Bangkok. He finds himself under all sorts of pressure when his brother is killed and his mother jets into town in the form of Kristin Scott Thomas. And from this first extended clip of the film, we can see that she’s not well pleased. There’s all sorts of salty language in this video, so take heed.

This remains our most highly anticipated film of the year…

Only God Forgives is slated for an August 2nd

May 20 2013

WATCH: Larry David’s ‘Clear History’ Teaser!

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It’s been a few years since we saw the last of Larry David, the curmudgeonly misanthropic star of Curb Your Enthusiasm. And while future episodes of Curb could still be in the cards at some point, David has been using his time to write and star in his very own movie. Surrounding himself with excellent supporting actors the likes of Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton, Kate Hudson and Bill Hader, David plays “a disgraced former marketing executive plots revenge against his former boss who made millions from the electric car company the once owned.”

Directed by Superbad‘s Greg Mottola, the film will almost certainly not be just a spin-off of David’s Curb character. After all, this guy has a beard… and hair!

Clear History will air on HBO in the States in 2014 apparently. We should hopefully be seeing it this side of the pond shortly thereafter.

May 19 2013

“The D is Silent” – New Releases 20th May 2013

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Django Unchained
Django-UnchainedQuentin Tarantino follows up his blockbuster WWII fantasy Inglourious Basterds with this genre-riffing revenge epic. Jamie Foxx plays Django, a former slave on a mission to rescue his beloved wife (Kerry Washington). Helping him on his quest is German bounty hunter Cristophe Waltz, who won an Oscar for his charming performance. Highly controversial and endlessly entertaining, see what all the fuss is about and watch Django Unchained!

Parental GuidanceParental-Guidance
You could say that this is a big year for Billy’s Crystals. He’s set to headline another Pixar movie this summer, reprising his role from Monster Inc. But before that happens, there’s this family comedy with Bette Midler and a group of unruly children. The pair of them play grandparents who parachute in to look after the grandkids while their son is off on a vacation with his wife. Cue: cross-generation fish out of water humour as old luddite Crystal comes to grips with modern youth culture with their eyePads and twootlers and youFaces.

White Collar Hooligan 2: England AwayWCH“Mike Jacobs thinks he’s safe in Witness Protection in Spain. However, when he’s spotted at an England game, a deadly game of cat and mouse between London, Marbella and New York ensues.” Look: if you’ve seen the first ‘Hooligan’ movie, you know what you’re in for here. If, like us, you have a soft spot for mindless films about tough geezers and their codes of honour, you will end up renting WCH2:EA (hey, that’s almost my postcode!) at some point in the near future.

West of MemphisWest-Memphis-3In 1993, three young boys were found dead in West Memphis, Tennessee. Convicted for their torture and murder were three teenagers. During their trial, the prosecution asserted that the victims were targeted as a part of a satanic ritual. However, it only came to light fifteen years later that the investigation was riddled with mismanaged evidence, violence, coercion and corruption. This documentary, produced by Peter Jackson, will make you angry at the kind of hypocrisy that still exists at the highest level of western democracy. It’s a compelling film and perhaps one of the best from the last year.

The LiabilityLiabilityHit man Tim Roth gets paired up with mouthy young Jack O’Connell: the young lad wants to get in on some of the action, but Roth looks like he’s just about done with this line of business. A simple job takes a left turn when they stumble into the dark world of sex trafficking. Peter Mullan plays their boss and the chemistry between Roth and O’Connell make the whole affair feel a little like In Bruges, which is no bad thing. As British films about organised crime go, it’s certainly a lot more subtle than White Collar Hooligan.

The Hidden FaceHidden-FaceA psychological thriller that revolves around the disappearance of a Spanish conductor girlfriend. Mysterious in nature at first, the story turns twisted as secrets are revealed and jealousy plot are uncovered. It’s a film with tones of The Orpanage and sex thrillers like Fatal Attraction or Single White Female. All in all, it’s a pretty effective package. Just one word of advice: avoid seeing the trailer at all costs. It’s is packed full of plot spoilers.

Tomorrow You’re GoneTomorrow-You're-GoneStephen Dorff is a career criminal recently out of prison. He wants to make a new start with Michelle Monaghan but just when he thought he was out, they pull him back in. ‘They’ in this case being Willem Dafoe, the gangster responsible for saving his life back in the slammer. In order to square the debt, Dorff’s got to take one last job that could surely push him over the edge.

Curious George Swings into SpringCurious-GeorgeAre you a child? Do you have a young child you need to entertain? If the answer to both of those questions is no, then this film is definitely not for you. But for the young’uns, this is a pleasantly diverting little feature that sees George excited at the prospect of the spring. OK, so there aren’t too many plot elements to this film, but it does build up to a climax where George accidentally launches a hot air balloon! Yeah, balloons!

For more of the latest films, check out our New Releases page.

May 16 2013

TRAILER: ‘About Time’, Richard Curtis’ Time Travelling Rom-Com

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Notting Hill and Love Actually writer/director Richard Curtis goes high-concept for his latest romantic comedy. About Time stars Domhnall Gleeson as an awkward young Englishman (of course) who falls in love with a beautiful American woman (naturally) played by Rachel McAdams. The big difference this time is that Curtis’ protagonist also happens to be… a time traveller!

The trailer is a little reminiscent of McAdam’s earlier film The Time Traveler’s Wife but with a much less ponderous touch. Perhaps a more fitting comparison can be drawn with Groundhog Day, which perfectly used its time travel plot device for comedic and philosophical purposes. If he comes anywhere close to the high water mark of that comic classic, we might be in the mood to forget the unfunny mis-step of Curtis’ last film, The Boat That Rocked.

About Time is scheduled to arrive in cinemas September 9th.

May 16 2013

Sing-along with Les Misérables!

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Untitled-1Considering how popular and beloved Les Misérables is as a musical, most of the songs in it are incredibly hard to sing. With the exception of a few, none of the tunes follow a traditional verse-chorus structure. A few of the songs have a strict rhyme scheme, while others don’t. Many of the exposition-heavy numbers don’t even follow a regular rhythm.

So when it came to choosing numbers to include in our blinkbox Les Miz sing-along, we selected three songs that we thought you guys could sing without having to be 100% familiar with the musical — in fact, we’re sure that most of your will know ‘On My Own’ even if you’ve never seen the show. Warning: the very last number requires a group to pull off, so be sure to get as many friends over for your blinkbox-sanctioned singalong session.




Now all you need to host your very own sing-along are a group of good friends, some snacks and a copy of Les Misérables, which is now available to buy and rent from blinkbox. Enjoy!

May 16 2013

Retrospective: The Career and Quiffs of Robert Pattinson

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May 15 2013

The 8 Awesomest Movie-Themed Tattoos!

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If you like a movie, you might buy your own copy; you might get a poster framed on your wall. But if you LOVE a movie, there’s no better way to show your devotion than through the indelible medium of skin art.

We’ve had a look around at the internet and found 8 of our favourite movie-themed tattoos. And while their owners may one day regret getting them done, we owe them all a debt of gratitude for making our day.

1. Nothing gets you ready for a bit of the old ultra-violence like a tattoo from Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange.

2. It would be the ultimate irony if getting this tattoo resulted in him losing custody of his children.

3.This piece of ink is basically a warning sign for all potential spouses to stay well away.

4. If they ever find Julia Roberts’ body lying face-down in a ditch, we know exactly who the cops should talk to first.

5.Hey girl, why don’t I come over to your place tonight? You can electrocute me and drop bowling balls on my head. Just the way I like it…”

6. Turns out, ‘Home Alone’ made a pretty big impression on this generation of tattoo getters.
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7. As this woman gets older, the tattoo will start looking like a lost Salvador Dali painting. You know, from the period in his career when he was working on his vampire slash fiction...

8. “Hey bros! No party can start without Darth Buscemi!”

If you have any other favourites that we missed out, head over to our facebook page and share them with us!