Mark Hodge

Film, Technology and Sports Writer

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
Can Republicans Survive In

Can Republicans Survive In Hollywood?

Luckily for James Woods, his criticisms of Obama, while hardly measured, could never be considered extremist. But, if he does find himself on a Fox News sofa, talking about how the President may be a Muslim, he can kiss his career in the mainstream goodbye.
31/10/2013 14:39 GMT
The Royal Baby & The Cult Of

The Royal Baby & The Cult Of Celebrity

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 excuse to relieve themselves of serious journalism. Commercial breaks are now greeted with a nauseating montage of the day's events, compeered by the usually hard-nosed Kay Burley, prancing around like Fern Cotton.
31/07/2013 15:40 BST
Brad Pitt's 'World War Z': Biggest Flop

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

Brad Pitt could soon hold the ignominy of presiding over the biggest flop in film history. <em>World War Z</em>, which originally had a budget of $170million, but has now ballooned to a reported $400million. That is a huge $100million more than <em>Pirates of The Caribbean: At World's End</em>, which is currently the most expensive film ever made.
10/05/2013 10:54 BST
Did Thatcher Inspire Great Political

Did Thatcher Inspire Great Political Cinema?

Arguably the finest example of Thatcher's Britain captured on film is Stephen Frears's My Beautiful Laundrette (1985). The director, along with screenwriter Hanif Kureishi, managed to encapsulate pertinent social and economic issues in a truly unconventional romantic comedy.
17/04/2013 15:39 BST
The Curse of the Remake: Why Is Hollywood Repeating

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

After some notable successes in the 1990s ... studios seemed to lose their nerve when it came to delivering big budget bonanzas. Subsequently, fans have been fed a constant regurgitation of films from those glory days, in the form of prequels, sequels, remakes and reboots. If none of those words mean anything to you, then you evidently haven't been going to the cinema for the last 10-years.
20/03/2013 13:37 GMT
Stanley Kubrick's Napoleon To Be Adapted By Steven

Stanley Kubrick's Napoleon To Be Adapted By Steven Spielberg

As for Spielberg's intentions to once again adapt a lost Kubrick masterpiece, the uninitiated may smirk, but there is still no questioning his skill as a director. In fact, while Spielberg could have benefited from his colleague's artistic prudence, his powers as a producer and his ability to get projects made are second to none.
06/03/2013 13:57 GMT
Ben Affleck's Snub Yet Another Oscar

Ben Affleck's Snub Yet Another Oscar Injustice

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. How can a director, who has a film nominated for Best Picture, not be short-listed for Best Director?
22/02/2013 17:35 GMT
The Dangers of the TV

The Dangers of the TV Interview

The internet quickly became awash with the news that a Hollywood A-Lister was in fact fallible, humourless even. How could someone we all know so well, turn out to be so different? But, this is nothing new. Actors may be rich and famous, but they are still like the rest of us, utterly flawed and hopeless individuals who are simply stumbling their way through life.
15/02/2013 17:11 GMT