Feb 28 2014

Trailer: The Muppets ‘Do It Again’ With a Song and a Dance

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Disney and The Henson Company have been hitting it out the park with their recent run of trailers for Muppets Most Wanted. And this one may be their best one yet.

Playing over the film’s opening song and dance number, the trailer skewers the idea of follow-ups (“…and everybody knows the sequel’s never quite as good”) while also setting up the film’s whizz-bang plot.

There are appearances from the movies’ human cast, including Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, Tina Fey and a cranky Danny Trejo. All your favourite Muppets also make an appearance, from Kermit all the way to Doctor Teeth and the Electric Mayhem.

Must most importantly, it plays out over a cracking song (written by Flight of the Conchords’ Bret McKenzie) that you’re sure to be humming all weekend. If Muppets Most Wanted is anywhere are good as its trailers, it could be on its way to becoming a true family classic.

Muppets Most Wanted is in cinemas March 28

Feb 28 2014

Can’t Decide What to Watch? Our ‘Try TV on Us’ Flow Chart is Here to Help!

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If you want watch a new TV show but don’t know which one to start with, let us help you with our Try TV on Us flow chart. We’ll be able to tell you whether you’re better off watching Top Gear or The Tudors, Glee or New Girl, Sherlock or Luther. Each one of these great shows are available for you to sample. Just head over to our Try TV on Us page and add the first episode of all 28 shows to your library.

Don’t worry, they’re on us and you can watch them at your own leisure, whenever you like!

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These titles will only be available on Try TV on Us until the end of Sunday. So hurry up and add them all to your library while you can!

Feb 27 2014

Try TV on Us and Win £200 blinkbox Credit!

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This competition is now closed. Thanks for entering!

With our ongoing Try TV on Us promotion, we’re giving all our customers the chance to try new television shows without having to buy them.

All you have to do is head to our Try TV on Us page, click on the shows you want and their first episodes will be added to your video library forever. You can choose as many as you like and watch them all at your leisure, whenever you want!

To put it even more bluntly: you can own the first episodes of all 28 shows without ever having to dip into your wallet.

There isn’t a bad title in this bunch, but we urge you to collect as many of these as you can before Sunday 2 March. After that we’ll be replacing these titles with a whole new batch of great shows.

This is your last chance to hit up these following shows while they’re still a part of the offer:

From top left: Spartacus, Sherlock, Sons of Anarchy, Hell on Wheels, Nashville, Breathless, Luther, Inspector George Gently, Glee, Weeds, Mr Selfridge, Orphan Black, New Girl, The Bible, Low Winter Sun, Futurama, How I Met Your Mother, Endeavour, Awake, Vera, The Shield, Downton Abbey, Lost Girl, The Field of Blood, Top Gear, Anger Management, Royal Pains and The Tudors.

For our competition this week, one lucky winner will receive £200 blinkbox credit.

This competition is now closed. Thanks for entering!

Check out our Try TV on Us flow chart for a solid show recommendation!

Feb 27 2014

Throwback Thursday: Behind the Scenes of ‘Jaws’

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This year marks the 40th Anniversary of the making (not the release) of Jaws, Steven Spielberg’s breakout hit that defined blockbuster film-making. Just 27 years old when the cameras started turning, the ‘berg already had the directing chops that would set him up as one of Hollywood’s greatest entertainers.

For this week’s Throwback Thursday, let’s head back to Amity Island for a look at some fantastic behind-the-scenes photos.

Spielberg mounts the mechanical shark
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Apparently nicknamed ‘Bruce’ after Spielberg’s lawyer at the time, the animatronic shark used in the film was notoriously unreliable. While this slowed down production on more than one occasion, it led to a number of fortuitous decisions. The now-classic point-of-view shots were a way of getting around not showing the shark. Fans and critics alike attribute some of the film’s frightening effectiveness to the fact that the audience doesn’t properly see the shark until the film’s second hour.

Spielberg lines up a shot
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Behind the director are camera operator Michael Chapman and assistant James Contner. Shortly after Jaws, they both moved onto bigger and better thing: Chapman is best known for shooting Taxi Driver and Raging Bull for Scorsese while Contner has since amassed an impressive resume as a television director.

Richard Dreyfuss having a laugh between takes
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According to stories from the set, Dreyfuss did not get along with his co-star Robert Shaw. In part due to Shaw’s drinking problem, their animosity was said to have contributed to their bristly chemistry.

‘Bruce’ in action
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The shots of Richard Dreyfuss being tormented inside the shark cage were not done with this model. Instead, they built a scale replica of the cage with a smaller actor and filmed in a location with actual Great White Sharks. That way, the real sharks would look comparatively massive on screen.

Spoiler Alert!
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If you haven’t seen the film yet: a) shame on you; and b) Er… don’t worry, we’re sure Robert Shaw’s character survives this little tussle.

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Watch Jaws now on blinkbox

Feb 26 2014

Video: Ron Burgundy and the Channel 4 News Team are back again (again)!

Tag: blinkboxblinkbox @ 5:14 pm

Will Ferrell and company are heading back to the cinemas this Friday with Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues!

But instead of just re-releasing the same film they did late last year, they’re presenting an all-new cut that allegedly contains 763 new jokes. Also promising to be 20 minutes longer, the film will feature previously unseen segments, including that little exchange at the top of the page!

Have you been looking for an excuse to see this movie again? Did you miss out on seeing it the first time round? Here’s your chance to make your (Anchorman-viewing) dreams come true!

The extended edition of Anchorman 2 will be in cinemas for one week only from Friday 28 February

Feb 26 2014

Valar Morghulis: New ‘Game of Thrones’ Character Posters & Teasers

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With less than two months to go before Game of Thrones‘ Season Four premiere, HBO have released a series of evocative character posters. Shot in stark (!) black-and-white, each poster bears the phrase Valar Morghulis, meaning ‘All men must die’ in the show’s fictional Valyrian tongue. In addition, there are a couple of new teaser clips.

Check out all of your favourite characters, plus a couple of new ones:

Arya Stark

Queen Cersei Lannister

Daenerys Targaryen (aka Khaleesi aka Mother of Dragons)
Check out a short Daenerys teaser:

The Hound

Jaime Lannister

King Joffrey Baratheon

Jon Snow (aka Jon Snerr)

Tyrion Lannister (aka The Imp)

Here’s a short Tyrion teaser for Season Four:

Jorah Mormont

Petyr Baelish (aka Littlefinger)

Oberon Martel

Sansa Stark

Another teaser, this one’s for the entire Stark clan:

Tywin Lannister


Catch up on Seasons 1-3 of Game of Thrones here at blinkbox

Feb 26 2014

Midsomer Murders Turns 100

Tag: blinkboxblinkbox @ 12:07 pm

One of British Televisions most storied institutes reached a landmark this year with the airing of Midsomer Murders‘ 100th episode. This might not sound like a lot for viewers used to seeing American shows like The Big Bang Theory pump out 170 episodes over 7 years, but here in the UK, that’s a pretty big deal. After all, since it first aired in 1997, there have only been 4 to 8 episodes aired in any given year.

On top of that, each episode is around 90 minutes (without adverts), which could technically make Midsomer the most prolific feature film franchise EVER.

For its first 13 series,  John Nettles starred as DCI Tom Barnaby, a patient and observant CID detective in the the fictional county of Midsomer. On an almost weekly basis, he would solves murder mysteries with uniquely pastoral flavour. After all, most of these killings were motivated by things like siblings squabbling over farm inheritances or the local vicar’s attempt to conceal his affair with a parishioner.

Since Series 14, Nettles has been replaced by John Dudgeon as the show’s full-time lead. Dudgeon, an actor who looks like a blend of David Cameron and Neil Hamilton, plays DCI John Barnaby, Tom’s cousin who moves to Midsomer, presumably with the idea of curbing the county’s phenomenal homicide rate.

And what a homicide rate it is!

It’s news to no one that Midsomer plays host to an awful lot of premeditated killings, but did you have any idea exactly how dangerous it was there?

Between the years of 1997 and 2011, there were 246 deaths in Midsomer. Generously assuming that it has the same population as Oxfordshire (where the show is filmed), the county has an annual murder rate of 32 per million people. To put that in perspective, London recently enjoyed one of its least murder-y years with just 12 murders per million.

But if you think Midsomer is the most dangerous place in TV Land, you’d also be wrong. In Murder She Wrote, Jessica Fletcher’s sleepy hometown of Cabot Cove (population: 3,560) has to deal with a murder rate of 1,490 per million. The numbers are slightly skewed by the fact that Murder She Wrote had 24 episodes a year, compared to the paltry annual average of 6 for Midsomer.

In fact, were ITV to commission 20 episodes for every series, the wooded county of Midsomer would likely have a homicide rate greater than that of Pinochet-era Chile.

For the show’s 100th edition, ITV pulled out all the stops with a very special episode that take place partly in Denmark. As a tribute to the recent popularity of Scandinavian Noir, the episode ‘The Killings of Copenhagen’ guest stars a number of actors from your favourite Scandi-shows.

Keep your eyes peeled for Birgitte Hjort Sørensen (better known as journalist Katrine Fønsmark from Borgen) and Ann Eleonora Jørgensen (grieving mother Pernille Birk Larsen from The Killing). They both play detectives from the Copenhagen Police working with DCI Barnaby on a case involving the death of a Midsomer biscuit magnate.

Fans of The Bridge will also recognise some key locations, including the distinctive Copenhagen Police HQ.

Now in its 17th year, Midsomer Murders is showing no signs of slowing down. The British public’s appetite for mystery is only increasing and as the makers have already proven, the show can survive casting changes and adapt with the times.

So now, we propose a toast: here’s to another 100 episodes. And to the poor unfortunate residents of that most dangerous county.

All 16 series of Midsomer Murders are now available at blinkbox

Feb 26 2014

The Dark World of Thor’s Internet Virals

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Hollywood’s favourite Norse deities are back this week in Thor: The Dark World! Following on from 2011′s Thor and The Avengers, this sequel sees the God of Thunder team up with his brother Loki (the God of Mischief) to battle the Dark Elves. Even before its big blinkbox release, the film has already proven itself to be a massive success. Thanks to hoards of fans all over the world, it managed to score over £380 million at international box offices. That’s a lot of cash.

Not only have the films made money, its characters have managed to permeate modern culture in a way few other films can claim. A poll conducted recently found both ‘Thor’ and ‘Loki’ among the most popular names given to dogs while the internet is awash with Thor-based fan art of varying quality.

And it’s only a matter of days before Buzzfeed releases another feature with ’15 Reasons Why Tom Hiddlestone is our #1 Mega Crush’.

In the space of a few short years, stars Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddlestone have amassed a fervent web following that verges (dare we say) on the religious.

Here are a few of our favourite viral ‘things’ that best sum up the current Thor-nomenon.

1. If Marvel did haircare products…
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2. A mainland Chinese cinema accidentally used a fan-generated image for their lobby poster
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(via Weibo/reddit)

3. Screen Junkies gave The Dark World their hilarious Honest Trailer treatment (spoilers ahoy!)

4. Is there any part of popular culture that hasn’t been invaded by Miley Cyrus?
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5. The one on the bottom right is a sweet reference to one of Norse mythology’s weirder, darker stories.
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6. Hiddlestone’s Loki also gets his fair share of love
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7. This one’s for dedicated fans of The Emperor’s New Groove Thors-New-Groove
(via Ginger Haze)

8. And this being the internet, there is no shortage of adorable Welsh Thorgis.
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Thorgi 9gag
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Thorgi quickmem
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Thor: The Dark World is now available to buy and rent

Feb 24 2014

‘Groundhog Day’ Director Harold Ramis Dies

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Known to film fans all across the world as Egon Spengler from the Ghostbusters, the writer, director and actor Harold Ramis has suddenly passed away at the age of 69.

Having started his comedy career at Second City in Chicago alongside John Belushi and Bill Murray, he brought his understated performance style to the big screen in 1981 with the knockabout army comedy Stripes. Serving as its writer and co-star, it was the movie that announced Murray as one of the world’s great funnymen. Over the next decade and a half, they were to partner on a number of films now seen as classics, most notably Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day (which Ramis co-wrote and directed).

His resume reads like a ‘greatest hits’ of mainstream comedy, having directed both National Lampoon’s Vacation and Caddyshack as well as Analyze This and its sequel.

More recently, he starred in Knocked Up, playing Seth Rogen’s father. It was a role given to him by Judd Apatow, who has (in many ways) inherited Ramis’ mantle as Hollywood’s leading comedy director.

Harold Ramis, 1944-2014

Feb 24 2014

‘Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2′ Foodimals… as created by you!

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In last week’s blinkbox competition, we asked you to created your very own Foodimals inspired by the fantastic creatures in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.

The entries we received were really mind-blowing, showing a tremendous level of creativity that we never expected. Sadly there can only be big winner but we think you’ll agree that it’s a stonker.

So without further ado, the grand prize of £100 blinkbox credit and the ‘Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2′ gift pack goes to…

Diane B from Ipswich with her incredible Pineapp-owl!
Excellent work and congratulations, Diane!

The following six runners-up will receive £10 blinkbox credit:

1. ‘Butternut Bob’ via @ambiambiamb
Butternut Bob

2. ‘Cabbage Head Kid’ via Maria E

3. ‘Brocolli Bushes and Baarlic Sheep’ via Tiffany C
Garlic Sheep

4. ‘Untitled Art Attack’ via Lucy R
Art Attack

5. ‘Hope and her family of caterpillars and Snails, all called Sammy’ via Clare L

6. “No need to be Crabby with so much to sea on Blinkbox” via Marsha E

Congratulations and very well done! We’ll be in touch with you all shortly regarding your prizes!

Here are some of the other wonderful entries that narrowly missed out on a prize:

‘Alfie and his Carrotimal’ via Michaela A

‘StrawBarry’ via Stacy H

‘Mr organic potato and Mrs organic carrot’ via Lisa W

“Puddy”cat., thinks blinkbox is purrrrrfection” via Standley CE

‘Untitled’ via Paul B

“our foodieanimals , sausage and brocolli trees” via Andrew C

‘Joe Cornish’ via Christopher B
Joe Cornish Pasty

Well done everybody!