David Leon was born in 1980 in Newcastle upon Tyne. A decade ago he made his film debut in Oliver Stone's Alexander, and went on to feature in hit BBC drama Cutting It, and Guy Ritchie's RocknRolla. I spoke to the actor, producer and director about playing DS Joe Ashworth in hit ITV drama Vera; working with national treasure Brenda Blethyn, and his thoughts on being a pin-up.
In the aftermath of the Second World War Tom had to return to his family after spending the duration in Polly's tiny rural village. Circumstances and parents didn't allow the young couple to meet for a year. It was their daily love letters on cheap lined paper torn from exercise books that kept their love alive.
The top 20 chart-selling DVD series, Lord of the Mics, returns for its 5th series on 16 December this year. Having launched in 2001 by cemented grime producer/artist Jammer, the series caused a shockwave of excitement throughout the UK's urban underground by showcasing the battling talents of the, then unknown, artists such as; Wiley, Skepta, Kano and Tinchy Stryder.
Blu Ray, as a medium for distributing feature films, is dead. It was the last mainstream physical format. We will not see its like again, etc. Taken from us too soon, it never properly escaped from the shadow of its older brother DVD, largely because unlike DVD the advantages presented by Blu Ray never particularly outweighed the disadvantages.
It appears that the film companies, and the cinemas for that matter have no idea just how extortionate these prices are (or maybe they do.) It feels like they don't realise that most people can't afford the prices they are charging in order to go to the cinema, therefore more and more people are turning to a 'life of crime' in order to obtain films to get some release from the hardships of day to day life.
We learned this week that Irish rappers don't have beefs with their rivals, they have a combination of beef, horse and pork.
Ah, I can smell of schlock in the air. And there's nothing like a B movie with an amazing cast (doesn't happen all that often, not since the 80s anyway) like Haywire, which is out on DVD right now.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the untimely death of Hollywood's ultimate glamour girl, Marilyn Monroe. In recognition, German art book publishers Taschen have produced the most exquisite coffee table tome which republishes the original text from two time Pulitzer winner, Norman Mailer's 1973 biography, Marilyn, paired with influential New York photographer Bert Stern's sumptuous portraits.