Mark Hodge
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Mark is a journalist and copywriter from Glasgow. While he has previously dabbled in search marketing, his main passion is writing about culture and sports. He is currently one of the news writers for DoddleNEWS and the publisher of spoof football news site EPLwire.com.

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Ukip: "God Wants Referendum On Europe Now"

(0) Comments | Posted 20 January 2014 | (18:54)

Political ingrown toenail UKIP has confirmed that God wants a referendum on Britain's EU membership now and will not wait until 2017.

This latest revelation follows party councillor David Silvester's declaration that gay people cause bad weather and that Eastern Europeans are linked to childhood obesity.

A source within the...

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Meaningless Political Speeches Translated Through Sign Language

(0) Comments | Posted 12 December 2013 | (19:06)

Controversial interpreter Thamsanqa Jantjie has confirmed his sign language at the Nelson Mandela memorial was "100% intentional".

Jantjie insisted that he was simply conveying, through the use of mime art, the cynicism which surrounds modern politics.

He said: "Most of the politicians treated the event as a PR exercise rather...

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Can Republicans Survive In Hollywood?

(0) Comments | Posted 31 October 2013 | (09:50)

Republicans haven't always been pariahs in Hollywood. In fact, the widening of the US political chasm can be traced back to the White House's first movie star President, Ronald Reagan.

Since then, a kind of reverse McCarthyism has developed in Hollywood, with vocal right wingers effectively exiled from the notoriously...

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Could 'The Wolf Of Wall Street's' Success Slow the Death of Grown-Up Cinema?

(1) Comments | Posted 28 August 2013 | (00:00)

For the past 30-years, studios have been reluctant to throw big money at any kind of subject matter which doesn't involve superheroes, and people slowly walking away from massive explosions.

This distrust of audiences' intelligence is of course nonsense and can be dispelled by the hugely popular and totally uncompromising...

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The Royal Baby & The Cult Of Celebrity

(1) Comments | Posted 29 July 2013 | (17:39)

Sky News' saccharine coverage of the Royal birth owed more to the ever expanding cult of celebrity, than it did to monarchical approval.

While most 24hour news channels, Sky included, normally stay clear of the hollow vacuum of celebrity tittle tattle, the birth of the future King gave them an...

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Batman Returns Again! But What Next for Cinema's Favourite Vigilante?

(0) Comments | Posted 24 July 2013 | (18:53)

After Warner Bros' revelation that Batman will square off against Superman in the sequel to Man of Steel, the real question is; what will be the character's new incarnation be?

Of course, for many people, the idea of two comic book heroes fighting each other, is a fairly ridiculous and...

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Brad Pitt's 'World War Z': Biggest Flop Ever?

(96) Comments | Posted 13 May 2013 | (00:00)

Brad Pitt could soon hold the ignominy of presiding over the biggest flop in film history.

The film in question is zombie epic World War Z, which originally had a budget of $170million, but has now ballooned to a reported $400million.

For anybody not keeping score, that is a huge...

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Did Thatcher Inspire Great Political Cinema?

(0) Comments | Posted 16 April 2013 | (19:27)

In the 1980s, while Hollywood was regaling us with ultra violent, apolitical action movies, Britain was going to war with itself over the polarising policies of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

But, while you would assume that such a contentious period would result in a new generation of politically motivated filmmakers,...

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The Curse of the Remake: Why Is Hollywood Repeating Itself?

(2) Comments | Posted 19 March 2013 | (20:38)

While Steven Spielberg and George Lucas changed big budget cinema forever in the 1970s, it was in the proceeding decade that the blockbuster was successfully packaged and replicated by others.

And, even though Hollywood's output in the 1980s was patchy, it overall gave film fans, young and old, a taste...

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Stanley Kubrick's Napoleon To Be Adapted By Steven Spielberg

(0) Comments | Posted 4 March 2013 | (19:01)

The news that Steven Spielberg is to produce Stanley Kubrick's infamous unrealised Napoleon film, has been met with trepidation.

Of course, the last time Spielberg attempted such a project, the result was the much maligned A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001).

But, the Jaws director is looking to side-step such criticisms, and...

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Ben Affleck's Snub Yet Another Oscar Injustice

(5) Comments | Posted 22 February 2013 | (23:00)

The Academy Awards is an opportunity for stars to congratulate each other, while the rest of the world scrutinises them intensely. But, while fashion faux pas and speech gaffes are to be expected, every year the short-list of nominees demonstrates the glaring inconsistencies within the Academy voting system.

The...

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The Dangers of the TV Interview

(2) Comments | Posted 15 February 2013 | (23:00)

Bruce Willis was the latest star to fall victim to the unforgiving lens of a live television camera last week. On the BBC's The One Show, Willis was supposed to be promoting his new film A Good Day To Die Hard, but instead only succeeded in mumbling and squirming his...

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